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Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. The way I figure it, you’ve got three options. With Trump’s trial currently underway in the U.S. Senate, your first option is to watch as much as you can, and absorb as many perspectives and insights as you can. We can help with that. You can start on this very page—we get letters about Trump and/or the impeachment on a nearly daily basis, and there are a few in this week’s letters to the editor. After that, you might want to turn to page 5, our opinion page, which this week includes an editorial about the trial, an on-the-street question about it, and a typically fiery cartoon from Tom Tomorrow. Your second course of action is to ignore the national fiasco—which might leave you feeling helpless and immobile because of your inability to do much about it—and focus instead on local issues. If you want some insight on things happening closer to your own backyard, you might want to first turn to our columnist Sheila Leslie on page 7, and then check out our main news story on page 8 by Bob Conrad, one of the best watchdog reporters in the valley. The third option is to ignore politics altogether and find a rewarding distraction. I wouldn’t necessarily advise this approach, but I’d also be among the first to acknowledge that sometimes we all just need a worthwhile diversion. We’ve got some first-rate arts coverage in this week’s issue, spearheaded by our theater critic, Jessica Santina, who wrote an Arts & Culture feature, on page 16, about one local theater company, and a review of a play at another theater company on page 18. And of course, if you want take that approach, your best bet might be to dive into fiction. We’ve got 20 great little short stories starting on page 13. The stories are the winning entries in our annual micro-fiction contest—and this year’s batch includes some of the best stories I’ve read in a over a decade of judging the contest. No matter which path you take, we’ve got you covered.

Re “Clay station” (Homes, Jan. 16): Regarding “sinking homes in South Reno,” what if airbag manufacturer Takata got away with saying, “Yup, our detonators have the chemical composition the outside engineers said they have”? Nobody would get new airbags (and people would continue to be killed by them). And yet, the construction industry is the only one that can repeatedly make the same mistakes regarding soil composition, and get away with it and with the same engineering excuse. While the protector of our tax base, the local building departments—yes, that’s what building codes are for—gets away year after year with the excuse akin to, “As long as we continue to not propose changes in the code for our elected officials to approve, our hands are tied.” Marcus Krebs Reno

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Shifting soils Re “Clay station” (Homes, Jan. 16) We were surprised to read to “Clay station,” in your most recent issue because no homeowners were apparently interviewed or quoted for this story despite this story purporting to be about South Reno residents experiencing construction defects from foundation and soils issues. We are attorneys who represent homeowners, exclusively, in construction defect matters against builders, and we have represented hundreds of homeowners in Northern Nevada that have experienced damage to their homes and foundation systems as a result of adverse soils conditions. While you quote Mr. Peak, he is an attorney who generally represents builders and/ or subcontractors. Yes, there are adverse soils conditions in south Reno but there are also adverse soils conditions in Sparks, northwest Reno, Carson City, Douglas County and many other locations throughout Northern Nevada. Contrary to Mr. Peak’s representations, homes that experience damage from

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soils not being properly prepared and/or built for the soils on which the homes are located, these defects are typically not the homeowner’s fault. In fact, we have represented homeowners who have not yet improved their backyards and they experience foundation movement from adverse soils conditions. The truth is that every builder in Northern Nevada must obtain a soils report prior to building that indicates the soils on which the homes are to be built and how to: 1) build for such soils conditions; and 2) excavate and/or otherwise prepare such soil for building. Many times, there are problems with these reports, but just as often, these reports are not followed. Even if your builder tells you that you only have a one-year warranty, you very likely have more rights under Nevada law. The problems with the design and/or construction of the home in not following a soils report are not the fault of the homeowner. It is important to be informed that the 2019 legislature passed AB 421, which restores many of the rights homeowners have against their builders for construction defects after those rights were heavily restricted in the 2015 session. This bill is in effect now, and is a step in the right direction to protect homeowners who buy homes with adverse soils conditions. Eva G. Segerblom, Esq. Ardea Canepa-Rotoli, Esq. Reno

Old argument There’s a form of argument called ad hominem. It’s simply calling your opponent names when arguing, then doing it again and again. It means you have lost the argument when you resort to denigrating your opponent. Trump and Fox News do this all the time. It works with low-information folks. Another thing Trump does is make things up. All the way from the birth certificate thing on Obama that Trump and Fox propagated to the Nancy Pelosi doctored video. It’s delegitimizing your opponent. Trump has done the same to our military, decorated soldiers, heroic diplomats, the courts, the Distribution Manager Bob Christensen Distribution Drivers Alex Barskyy, Corey Sigafoos, Gary White, Marty Troye, Timothy Fisher, Vicki Jewell, Olga Barska, Ashley Martinez, Rosie Martinez, Adam Martinez, Duane Johnson, Andy Odegard President/CEO Jeff VonKaenel Director of Nuts & Bolts Deborah Redmond Director of People & Culture David Stogner Director of Dollars & Sense Debbie Mantoan Payroll/AP Wizard Miranda Hansen Account Jedi Jessica Kislanka Sales & Production Coordinator Laura Anthony Developer John Bisignano System Support Specialist Kalin Jenkins

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press, his opponents, the intelligent agents … in other words, America. That’s us he is attacking. Don McKechnie Sparks

Nasty system Ah crap, another miserable caucus. Why on Earth would they force us to use a nasty system that no one likes? One that, in fact, discourages participation? That is manipulable, secretive, non-transparent and where they are not obliged to share information? I don’t like it, and don’t know anyone who does, with the exception perhaps of the long-tongued liar, and his pal Putin? Well, suck up that caucus and vote kiddies … regardless. Eewwww. Craig Bergland Reno


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Honestly, I haven’t really been keeping up with it. … I like to have good days, and listening to politics and anything that has to do with President Trump doesn’t set me up for good days. … Anything that has to do with him, I’m in the dark about.

James edward Business owner

I don’t believe it is. I think I remember reading something about he had seven days out of 72 to be present in the hearings at the House. I don’t think he’s getting a fair trial, personally. [They should] stop harassing him.

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No news is bad news Last week, the discussion in the RN&R newsroom turned to Trump’s ongoing impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, then entering the second day of the Democrats’ testimony. Eventually, the question was raised: is anyone even paying attention? On Jan. 23, the Los Angeles Times published a commentary by Lorraine Ali entitled: “The impeachment trial tests the national attention span. Failure is not an option.” Ali is the Times’ television critic—a fitting perspective for, in her own words, “A made-for-TV spectacle” starring a reality TV show president. Ali’s critique is more of the technical aspects of the impeachment broadcast—much different from the blockbuster movie this case will no doubt one day inspire—but it makes a good central point: Our collective appetite for disaster is wrung out, at the exact moment we most need to pay attention. The beginning of Trump’s trial shared the news cycle with a city-wide lockdown of Wuhan, China, to contain the spread of the deadly Coronavirus, and the tragic death of NBA star Kobe Bryant, his teenage daughter, and seven others in a helicopter crash. This, at the end of a month wherein the U.S. came very near to war with Iran, wildfires burned a large portion of Australia to literal ashes, and here in Nevada, the housing crisis worsens by the day. That’s a lot of bad news, and to many, an impeachment trial bitterly divided by party lines is simply too much to keep up with. At least that was the impression given to our reporter, who posed a question about the trial to some of Reno’s

citizens for our Streetalk column. One respondent openly admitted to avoiding the anxiety caused by reading anything related to the president’s actions, while others felt it was unnecessary to follow the daily proceedings because they had already decided on the president’s innocence/ guilt—some, seemingly months ago. The national media has to bear some of the blame for this collective burnout, when every detail and development in the case is packaged as a bombshell, pundits and politicians regularly slam the opposition, and the entire crux of the trial—Trump’s dealings with Ukraine— remains “explosive,” even after several months. It can be exhausting to sort through all the meaningless fumes to find the real smoking guns, like former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s first-hand accounts of abuses of power. However, in spite of all this, the impeachment trial is one matter that deserves every American’s attention, no matter how tedious it may seem. Beyond the headlines and political posturing, forming an informed opinion about conduct of the nation’s top elected official should fall under the banner of civic duty—like voting, or getting drunk on the Fourth of July. While fake news still threatens to upend our civil discourse, remaining informed is the only acceptable course of action when the alternative is apathy. It’s tempting to stick our heads in the sand and wait for it all to blow over, but look at it this way: There’s probably at least a few very powerful people who don’t have your best interests in mind, and that’s exactly what they hope you’ll do. Ω

No, he’s not getting a fair trial. He’s cheating. He’s not allowing any of the evidence in, he’s controlling our judicial system—no, he’s not getting a fair trial. The impeachment is a farce anyway. … It needed to done. He needed to be held accountable but … after this, he’s going to be above the law.

Jody sandford Retiree

No, not really. It’s trumped up. They’re pushing the envelope. No one else is getting in trouble for the false charges. Nobody’s taking any responsibility for their own part in it.

Jim williams Tradesman

I think that’s a loaded question. The trial isn’t fair, but I don’t think it’s fair to the public because we’re not seeing the evidence or hearing from witnesses. I believe the American public deserves to see the evidence. We’re essentially the plaintiff.












Law of the landlords Campaign season often brings out the worst in people, and I’m not talking about the presidential race. Even though filing for state legislative races doesn’t open until March, at least one organized interest group is already boasting about their $2 million war chest and threatening to add to it to defeat candidates who won’t jump on their train. The Nevada Association of Realtors trumpeted their multi-million dollar campaign fund in an interview with The Nevada Independent to make it clear how mad they are at Senators Yvanna Cancela and Julia Ratti for daring to introduce legislation to help Nevada’s renters get a fairer shake in a state that has long supported landlords over tenants. When Senator Cancela tried to balance the scales a little through her bill to limit late fees and nonrefundable charges, the Realtors called it a “slap in the face” and killed the bill. When legislative leaders allowed some of the provisions to be added to another bill that passed on the final day of the session,

the Realtors aggressively lobbied Governor Sisolak to veto it. He refused, and renters won a small victory. But the Realtors have continued to push back, predicting the new law would be disastrous, leading “to more litigation, fewer homes available for rent, and higher rents.” But groups that supported the bill, like the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, say the new law has actually helped stabilize the rental market by producing fewer evictions. Remember, we’re not talking about mandatory limitations on rent increases as the Oregon legislature passed last year— although I wish we were. Our new law just says you can’t charge an unlimited amount of money as a late fee in order to get rid of your current tenants so you can “renovate” and significantly raise the rent in a tight housing market. Special interest groups have every right to support the candidates of their choice, but the Realtors’ public threats of retaliation against any legislator or candidate

who supports tenants’ rights is reprehensible in its positioning of “us” and “them.” The Realtors told the Independent they intend to recruit and support candidates who are “aligned” with landlords and their goals. They want to “elect new lawmakers with stronger ties to the industry” so they won’t have to deal with bills that forces landlords to treat tenants more fairly. Beyond direct contributions, the Realtors plan to use their cash for thirdparty ads to attack the candidates they don’t like and help the ones they do. They even had the gall to tell the Independent that they were determined they were “not going to be on the menu any longer.” Really, they said that. As if the small tilt towards justice by slightly limiting abusive financial practices of landlords will put them out of business. The Realtors are counting on their bluster to scare candidates into submission but that tactic isn’t likely to work. I’ve never known a legislator who appreciated being publicly threatened, especially when promoting

legislation to help their constituents survive in a brutal housing market. Senator Cancela tweeted her thoughts on the controversy, saying “As the only legislator mentioned by name in the article, let me be clear, $2M doesn’t scare me. If NV realtors want to work on housing policy, I’m in. I’m not interested in political warfare, I’m interested in quality affordable housing for all Nevadans.” Other legislators would be wise to send a message of their own and refuse campaign contributions from a lobbying group that is openly bullying elected officials and trying to intimidate candidates before filing even begins. Then let’s put sound public policy that balances the needs of tenants and landlords back on the menu. Ω

Full disclosure: The Nevada Association of Realtors owns the building that houses both the Association and the Reno News & Review’s offices. … They’re literally the landlords of the RN&R.








Attendees at last week’s public hearing debate the future designation of new lands as outlined in the Truckee Meadows Public Land Management Act.

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Nevada State Museum celebrate the 150-year anniversary of the Carson City Mint. The Mint contains one of the first ever coin presses used in American history—beginning operation in 1870. Director of United States Mint David J. Ryder will speaking at the event. The coin press itself, all 12,000 pounds of it, has been on a journey over the past 150 years. While first operating in Carson City, the coin press has traveled to places like Philadelphia, San Francisco and Denver when it was borrowed during a national coin shortage. In San Francisco, it was slated to be scrapped, but a plate saying “Virginia and Truckee Railroad” led the sellers to call the Nevada State Museum in 1956, and they were able to purchase the coin press back for $225—the price the scrap material would’ve sold for.

Myron Freedman examines the historic coin press on display at the Carson City Mint.

Director of the Nevada State Museum and soon to be Administrator of the Nevada Division of Museums and History Myron Freedman has been working in the industry for over 30 years. “I’m very lucky to be in the position I’m currently in to be able to witness this historic day,” Freedman said. “David J. Ryder agreeing so enthusiastically just shows what an important day it’s going to be. It will be so interesting getting to watch the coin press in operation after being the only coin press still working in its original home.” The coin press will produce medallions that are available to anyone who purchases a ticket to the event commemorating the 150-year celebration of the Mint’s opening. Over a century’s worth of history will be made as attendees will have the chance to receive a medallion printed from the same coin press that has made currency for multiple generations of Americans. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak will be in attendance and speaking at the event as well. “People nowadays are so quick to tear things down to build new, nicer things instead of valuing the history behind them,” Freedman said. “It’s why Nevada is one of the best places to find so much American history and stories that never seemed possible. When we gather in front of the historic doors and enter inside the Museum to the Mint, it will just be an extraordinary celebration of the rich history of Nevada and Carson City.” Admission is free for everyone on Feb. 4 and the museum will be opening at 8:30 a.m. for the events beginning at 9:45 a.m. The Sesquicentennial Celebration is also sponsored by Coeur Rochester, the Nevada Mining Association and Visit Carson City.








Staking a claim Lands bill gets new consideration The Washoe County lands bill, known as the Truckee Meadows Public Land Management Act, is back. The bill was stalled for about two years after a number of public hearings and meetings about what the bill could look like. But it’s only been since late 2019 that those discussions have been brought back to the public arena. A meeting last week hosted by the City of Reno, City of Sparks and Washoe County was held for those with vested interests in how the bill will play out. “It really stalled locally,” said Assistant Washoe County Manager Dave Solaro. “I think we had gotten to that point where we could not get, locally, consensus around a conservation proposal. We looked at it and said, ‘maybe some time needs to occur here,’ and we’ll think about it a bit more and start back up when the time is appropriate.” That time is now, he added. “Of course, every time we turn around people think we’re going too fast or we’re going too slow. As you can

imagine, there are a lot of people that have interest in how these lands are designated at the federal level.” The occasionally contentious meeting last week revealed just how many interests are weighing in on the bill. Concerns expressed by those in attendance included maintaining livestock grazing permits, trails access, impacts on wildlife, how much land would be transferred for development, mining interests and what will happen to land designated as wilderness. One thing the groups appeared to agree upon was clear: They want an open, transparent process. That message to the local governments is not new. In 2016, when the lands bill was being discussed in public, some of the same groups attending last week’s meeting had the same concern. Doug Busslemen with the Nevada Farm Bureau said at the time that Nevada farmers affected by the bill were concerned that the process was not transparent enough. “Our main concern is wanting to make sure that what develops in the

process is a public process,” he said at the time. Shaaron Netherton, executive director of the Friends of the Nevada Wilderness, had similar thoughts nearly two years later, in 2018. “[Washoe County] heard pretty loud and clear from the public that they were not really happy with the direction the county was going, or at least the explanation and information that the county has presented,” she said. “They’re not getting a very strong explanation from the county, and I think people are frustrated. I’d like to see a more inclusive process.” Last week’s meeting attempted to bring inclusivity back to the process with a new timeline and website (landsbill.org) for the bill. Public lands bills have been used by other Nevada counties to transfer federal land to local jurisdictions. Nevada’s land mass comprises more than 80 percent of public land managed primarily by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. “Nevada is unique among other states in that there’s a lot of public lands, and sometimes it literally takes an act of Congress to make something happen,” Netherton said in a 2018 interview. Lands bills, she added, take a comprehensive look at community needs and how those may balance with potentially available federal parcels. The Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act, for example, authorized the transfer of 25,000 acres of federal property to serve growth in Clark County. It passed in the late 1990s. Proceeds from those land sales are still benefiting projects. “This act would ensure that land disposal activities are coordinated with the local government and consistent with local land use planning and management,” University of Nevada researchers wrote at the time. “It is recognized in the Act that the Las Vegas metropolitan area is the fastest growing urban area in the United States with a need for orderly development.” Today’s Washoe County’s lands bill is already highlighting some uses for potentially available land. Parcels are proposed for a cemetery, expanded parks boundaries, a

shooting range, wildlife habitat protection, “That land piece gets nominated by the trails, road connectors and a school site. local jurisdiction,” Solaro explained. “[Then] “It’s a way to wrap this up in one place that land then goes to the Bureau of Land ... and has been used successfully in a Management, and they do a full review of number of counties,” Netherton added, also whether that land has characteristics they’re citing a need to preserve wilderness areas comfortable with being sold. Stakeholders especially as growth continues at a rapid can then say, ‘this makes sense’ or ‘it doesn’t rate in Washoe County. make sense.’ If it doesn’t make sense, then Both ranchers and wilderness advocates that piece dies. It does not get sold.” said such growth represents “death Solaro said the lands bill may by a thousand cuts” for their never see the light of day. The interests. three local governments have Top of mind for already passed resolutions in “As you can urbanites is housing support of the process, and imagine, there are a affordability and Solaro stressed that there the availability of will be full-blown public lot of people that have residences. Goals meetings for people to interest in how these lands outlined by local provide input before a are designated at the federal governments for the bill gets to Congress. lands bill emphasize Getting everybody level.” these issues, as well to agree on what it Dave Solaro, Assistant Washoe as encouraging infill should look like is County Manager development and preservunlikely, though. ing open spaces. “We are going to get to A number of federal a point where, hopefully, we parcels around the Reno area have enough consensus that the have already been identified for these federal delegation says, ‘OK, if the local purposes. entities bring something to us, we’ll push it across the finish line,’” Solaro said. “We are certainly not going to be able to please WHAT’S NEXT everybody.” Ω Any federal lands transferred for potential development will need to undergo federal review. It’s not a simple matter of giving a city Learn more at landsbill.org acreage and watching a development pop-up.

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One of the University of Nevada, Reno’s newest dorms has begun to take shape on Virginia Street, next to the Little Waldorf Saloon. The new structure is the brainchild of New York-based developer Park7 Group, and will be called “Park Place Reno.” Early planning by the group states that the new dorm will house over 700 students. PHOTO/MATT BIEKER












by MAtt Bieker

An attendee at last year’s Science of Cocktails samples a “vaportini”—a cocktail in cloud form.

extracurricular The Science of Cocktails To some, the science of cocktails is calculating how many $1 margaritas you can chug at happy hour and still be on-time for work the next morning. At the University of California, Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, however, the science of drinking gets a little more clinical. “We have a bunch of scientists and our graduate students, and the professors that we work with, and the research projects and the other organizations that we work with, and we come up with cocktail ideas that connect to the research in some way,” said Heather Segale, education and outreach director for TERC. “Not always perfectly—sometimes it’s a stretch. But, you know, we make it fun.” Now in its fourth year, the Science of Cocktails is an annual fundraising event at the research center— which studies plant and animal marine life and its interactions with humans around Lake Tahoe. The idea is that the cocktails are somehow inspired by research projects taking place at the center, and each drink comes with an explanation of both the drink and the science by the actual research team. One of Segale’s favorite examples is the center’s renaming of the Corpse Reviver Number Two—which includes gin, Cointreau and absinthe shaken with lemon juice. “We’re calling it the Daphnia Reviver Number Two, because one of our big research projects is related to bringing back the native zooplankton Daphnia,” Segale said. “They’re like a millimeter tall, and they’re these cute, chubby little plankton that live in Lake Tahoe. … So, the scientist that has been leading that research project will be there next to a bartender who’s serving this cool drink.” Another example is a selection of drinks made with locally foraged ingredients to showcase their

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individual phenolics—chemical compounds that give plants their unique smells, and have been shown to sometimes attract invasive species, like bark beetles, around the lake. Vermont distillery WhistlePig Rye is also donating whiskey for flaming drinks, served with a presentation from the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities. Segale said plenty of museums and scientific organizations put on similar events, but the faculty of TERC wanted theirs to be different. “We wanted our event to be really scienceforward,” Segale said. “So, yes, there’s cocktails and yes, there’s food, and yes, there’s kind of like a name or something that connects the cocktail to the science. But the important thing is that we have hands-on science activities and actual scientists with their equipment that they can talk about the research that they’re doing so that people can come and learn something new and really try to make it like an educational event as well.” Segale said there will be approximately 32 different stations at this year’s event, and not all of them will serve alcohol. Some will have food or purely interactive exhibits, while others will serve non-alcoholic offerings like punch, mocktails or vaporized cocktails served as wisps of cloud. There will also be Jell-o shots. “We just joke it’s a college throwback,” Segale said. According to Segale, the Science of Cocktails gets a lot of support from local breweries, distilleries and vendors, and has sold out the past two years with all funding going toward TERC’s research programs. This year’s event takes place at the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center in Incline Village, 291 Country Club Drive, on Friday, Jan. 31 from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m. Ω

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The winners of our annual

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First place

the lost language of Childhood At 5, he was kidnapped from his tribe and sent to Indian school. Lost for years among all the other weeping Indian kids, beaten for speaking his mother-tongue, he learned English and forgot the rest. He grew up, married, had children, grew old. His mother’s tribe died out. One day, the old man suffered a stroke. Sent to a nursing home, suddenly five years old again, he remembered only his mother’s tongue. His one remaining daughter knew only English. Hour after hour she sat unable to comfort a lost 5-year-old crying out to his mother.

Janet Marriott is a retired child protective services investigator and supervisor. She now volunteers at Our Center, is a supporter of the Human Rights Campaign, and is a member of Reno’s Diverse Voices writers’ group.

—Janet (Mackie) Marriott

Stories come and go when you’ve rolled up five decades on your odometer. Buy Jamie Bate a beer or three, and he’ll gladly lie to you about misadventures from California to the Caribbean, and points between. Bate owned a menagerie of bugs over the years. Trafficking contraband cargo? Maybe. Maybe not.

Second place

120 Seconds A staredown measured in the lifetime between red and green. A cop trained in reading people. Me piloting a rolling fix-it ticket V-Dub bug laden with pounds of skunk-reeking weed. We’re stopped side-by-side eyes locked under a deserted midnight stoplight’s red glow. He knows. How can he know? Look away. Don’t look away! Whoa, I’m stoned ... In a millisecond, his face flips red to green signaling the wordless interrogation’s end. Cop countenance broken he rolls away seeking a more obvious perpetrator. Exhaling, I vow to buy a new ride when this last deal is done.

—Jamie Bate

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ere are the winners of our annual micro-fiction contest. Our challenge to y’all: write a tiny story that’s exactly 95 words long. Your reaction: more than 160 submissions—some tear-jerkingly poignant, others gutbustingly hilarious. The contest judges—a.k.a. the RN&R editors, wearing different hats—all agreed that this year’s batch was one of the strongest ever. The winners and other favorites are below—hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did. Huge thanks to everyone who submitted stories, and congrats to all the winners!

In sixth grade, Liz and I stole our first bras at the downtown Woolworth’s. Memories pour in like a music video in flashback bites. The #7 bus we took into the city, the rows of folded, satiny bras, her shoulders shivering in laughter as we pushed on the revolving exit doors. We are old wise women now walking the balance beam of remembering and forgetting; the bra-stealing caper was only the first act. The play’s denouement was understanding the necessity of having a foxhole friend. The bras did not fit. But we laugh forever.

—Eileen Driscoll

Eileen Driscoll has lived in Reno for 10 years. She is an East Coast transplant by way of California. She stands by her motto: “The true west is east of California. So live and love in the city by the river—Reno, Nevada!”

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What I Have learned


the Ruler of the World Baby was six years old. Nervous about starting kindergarten, she clutched her beloved ruler. Her world revolved around its twelve numbers. She measured her toys, backyard tree trunks, her daddy’s fingers. If she didn’t understand what she was looking at, Baby measured it. Her ruler went everywhere with her, tightly grasped in her little fist. She wielded it like a sword against nasty bugs and bothersome cats. It was her talisman in an unknown world. Baby entered the kindergarten classroom, ruler at her side, ready to measure her new world. Her life was finally afoot.

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Untitled My recent weight loss had me desperate for pants that wouldn’t fall down. Imagine my satisfaction in scoring a decent-looking pair of Levis at the thrift store. After washing and drying, they fit me perfectly. I was good to go! As my body heat warmed the stiff denim, a ghost in the Levis emerged. Phantom male genitalia pouched the crotch. The right back pocket puffed out expectantly, waiting for the wallet that would never come. Even though I consider myself androgynous, I was born female. The ghost in the Levis was an unexpected curveball.

—C. M. Kroon

—Eileen Driscoll

—Trish Andrew

Ba by Face Nelson Hides out in Genoa, 1934 When Baby Face hid out at Wally ’s Hot Springs, he held the record for FB I killings. His likeness hung in the National Ga llery, post office annex. No doubt he soaked in the hard, hot water. Nelse n must have be en easily spooked by the rat-tat-tat of a woodpecker, jarred awake by the near-siren sound of marauding coyote s, those bad-bo ys of the high desert. Alert for trouble, but ther e’s nothin’ in Genoa; event of the year’s th e Candy Dance. Nelson’s trigger-finger go t prunie. He lit back to Chica go, every gangst er’s glitter gulch. Within a mo nth, dead. Bang -bang.

the Special


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“But I have a coupon!” “Yes, ma’am, I know, but it’s expired; we can’t accept it.” “‘We’? Who’s ‘we’? It’s just you, missy! are choosing not to accept it.” “Ma’am, as I’ve said, I’m not allowed to accept expired coupons. I could lose my job.” “Well, that’s not my fault. You should really demand more of the company you work for.” “This is just a job to get me through the semester. Hopefully after I graduate, I’ll work in a place that treats people better.” “That’s the problem with you Millennials. You’re so entitled.”

—Ashley Ingle

—Carrie Ann Legg

—Laura Newman

Untitled The bar’s crowded, raucous. People vie for space between elbows and looks as some two-bit band tries to tie the room together with a pastiche of ballad covers from the ’70s about adrift wayfarers and forlorn dreamers doomed to paradises lost. A midget with a monkey dances for quarters. It’s sweltering, tropical, south of many borders of the mind and feels like a powder keg looking for a spark. Then she walks in and all the other patrons seem to melt away—even the midget—for some reason, the monkey stays—the band sounds better.

—Stv xiS

—Bob Gabrielli






Kyle was tu rning 3 and had recent moved to a ly new neighb orhood. His mom was sc rambling to invite kids his party. to Before his party, Kyle was helpin clean his gr g eat-grandm other’s ap ment. He fo artund a huge dead bumbl He deposite ebee. d it in a plas tic bag for safe-keepi ng and proc eeded to ca around pr rry it oudly. His grandm other, Mom -Mom, unsu of the new re “pet,” enco uraged Ky drop it in th le to e trash. As Kyle droppe the dead bu d mblebee in to the tras leaned his h, he head in an d asked, “W you like to ould come to m y birthday party?”

—Danette Fulk

an Organ in the Right Place Sniffling and coughing in bed, she knew who it was even as the text came in. “No Cold-Eeze.” “It’s right next to the NyQuil,” she texted bac k. “Nope. Second choice ?” “Something with zinc.” Pause. “Found Cold-Eeze. It was in the next aisle.” She sighed but gave her shopping list-ch allenged husband points for tak ing on the chore. “No Lean Cuisine chi cken parm,” the nex t text read. “How about Smart On e?” “No!” she responded , petulantly. Pause. “Can only find Cheeri os.” “But Raley’s Toasted Oats was there last week!” Long pause. “… Was I supposed to go to Raley’s?”

If I Only Had a Fr iend!


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—Mark W. White

His Name Is Charlie “Nine One One Emergency Operator. Can I help you?” “There’s a man in my house!” “Are you in any immediate danger?” “I don’t think so. Not right now.” “Is he armed?” “Not that I can see.” “Can you get away?” “Why should I have to leave? It’s my house!” “What’s he doing?” “He’s in a chair in the living room. He’s snoring.” “What’s your address?” “Umm ...” “What’s your name?” “Umm ...” “Is this Ellie?” “I believe so, yes.” “Is the man wearing a blue flannel shirt?” “Yes! He is!” “His name is Charlie. He’s your husband.”

—Steve Recchia


Single Handed The crab wouldn’t lea ve her alone. It kept trying to burrow into her bag. She pus hed it away with her flip-flo p, but the determine d crustacean simply circle d and came back. Fin ally she smacked it with her book and watched in horror as one of its front claws snapped clean off. The crab took off oce anward and showed no sign of return. She must have dozed off. Gathering her thi ngs as the sun lowered, she noticed movement nea r the water. The crab, disapp earing into the surf, was waving her car key fob in its remaining claw.

—L . M. Stat on

Terminal One

Ruth, age 67, greeted the ladies voice quave ring, “How is everyone?” Robin replied cheerfully, “I’m fine, and I look good too. How are you, Ruth?” “Not well, arthritis and rheumatism are acting up, may be getting the flu. Getting old is really hard you know, really, really hard.” Alma, a hale 85, said, completely deadpan, “Gee, is that something I have to look forward to?” The ladies suppressed their mirth, not wanti ng to hurt Ruth’s feelings. Jenny lightened the mood, “Ruth, how do you hold someone in suspense?” Ruth shrugged, “How?” “I’ll tell you later.”

—Jon Rea

Untitled “He’s what!!” The CEO had been on the toilet seat for an hour. It had automatically flushed before he could get off. The flushing had not stopped, and he could not break the suction. “Sir, he’s color blind and doesn’t know which wire to cut.” “Have him cut them all!!” The captain passed the order and received a reply. “Sir, if he cuts all the wires, it may jettison the toilet for security reasons.” The CEO just shook his head and said to himself, “Buying Air Force One, on sale from Trump, was not good.”

Food for Thought

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DFW: At 27 square miles, it had been the second largest airport in the U.S. after Denver International. It was larger than Manhattan. It’s surrounded by grimy industry and warehouses—who wanted to live next to an airport?—and damned sharp, post-9/11 razor-wire fencing. After the perfection of vertical, magna-launch airliners and 3D bio-print teleportation, airports moved into the cities. DFW Airport became DFW City of Rehabilitation—the country’s only prison. Jesus, locking up three million men where people once flew. S’okay. I’m in Terminal One, Death Row. I’m flying out tonight.

—John “JB” Bianchi

—Mike Trute









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Good Luck Macbeth Theatre offers a new series of unconventional, mini-run productions


f the final season of Game of Thrones left you with a bad taste in your mouth, take heart: At the very least, it planted the seed for a brave new series of entertaining, out-of-the-box theater productions in Reno that might help ease your pain. “As a company, we all watched Game of Thrones, and we were all equally devastated by how horrendous the final season was,” laughed Christopher Daniels, executive director for Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Co. in Reno. “And then we thought, what a unique opportunity as artists to, instead of just complaining about it, do something about it, to put our own spin on it.” In a matter of weeks, Daniels had a script for GoT Thrones? Winter is Back, GLM’s redux of GoT’s disastrous (by some accounts) season eight. The show, capitalizing on the comedic and improv talents of Daniels and other members of GLM, will run for just one weekend, Feb. 7-8. This loving parody promises stronger character arcs and new approaches to disappointing plot points, according to Daniels, while also being ridiculous and over the top. “It’ll just be a really fun time, but it’ll be closure for so many of us who are frustrated by it,” he said. “I think it’ll be really cathartic.” But other benefits of the show were clear right away: It provided something easy and fun to produce, requiring little preparation, during what would otherwise be a dark period between month-long productions. Doing more bite-sized shows also enables GLM to showcase a wider range of available talent with unconventional works, all while building audiences’ anticipation for more and inciting their fear of missing out on these short-but-sweet productions. Hence, the FOMO series. “In traditional theater, you put on a show and you rehearse for weeks, sometimes months, and then have runs that go anywhere from three to six weeks,” Daniels said. “What we wanted to do was short bursts of really exciting, unique programming that would be appealing to a broad-based audience.” The FOMO series will feature two to three performances each of original or new works that haven’t been done in Reno, with very small windows in which to see them. “So everyone would be like, ‘Oh, you have to see it,’” Daniels said, explaining that FOMO productions will take place year round, intermingled with GLM’s roster of traditional plays and musicals.

Room to improv

and led a workshop on how to write a 10-minute play. The participants in that workshop each wrote a 10-minute play that will be part of this festival. How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes, running Sept. 7-8, is a unique, experimental show created by Sojourn Theatre out of Northwestern University in 2013 and has since been produced in major cities around the country. The idea, at its most basic, is what Daniels calls “a Choose Your Own Adventure theatrical experience.” The audience and actors engage in a dialogue about how to end poverty in our community—is it education, health care, local economic factors, or something else? As actors perform from a script that inserts audience participation and suggestions, audience members get to see their ideas played out before them. At the end, the audience votes on where to donate a cash bank of $1,000—which organization they feel, based on the show, best addresses poverty in the community. “It’s a way to start the conversation, because we all know that when we go to see a show, we’re more open and receptive to hear messages and change perspectives on issues,” Daniels says, explaining that the show was inspired by the Netflix film, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, about a 1980s programmer adapting a fantasy novel into a video game and featuring multiple endings.

Following GoT Thrones?, FOMO returns at the end of February with Theatresports, a competition-style improv show originally developed in Alberta, Canada, by director Keith Johnstone, who observed techniques used in professional wrestling to generate audience excitement. Two teams are pitted against each other to compete in a series of improv games and theater scenes that are based on audience suggestions. A panel of judges score the teams, and a referee keeps participants in check. The challenges are bracket-style, with three different “shows,” each featuring different teams competing, leading up to the final game. “We’re inviting all the local theater and production companies to form teams of four to six people to compete,” Daniels said, adding that up to six to eight teams total could compete. Prompts vary from the dramatic to the downright silly and aren’t necessarily just for formally trained improv actors. Audiences can buy specially priced tickets for the entire tournament, so they can cheer their favorite teams on to victory. Additionally, the show will raise funds for suicide prevention, which, as Daniels explained, is particularly relevant to those in the arts, where depression is often pervasive yet hidden. Unscripted, a new series of improvised plays and musicals directed by Tim Mahoney of Reno Improv and the GLM Board, will roll out April 10-11 and take place throughout the year. These roughly 90-minute plays are all completely made up on the spot, based on audience suggestion. Costumes, props and sets are composed with what’s available. “Improvised plays are something that hasn’t been done in Reno Christopher Daniels before,” Daniels said. “You have Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Co. all these improv groups doing these types of shows. The improv community is growing here, and “Someone might be adamant that doing this one we wanted to find that beautiful, harmonious blend thing is the way to handle it, but by seeing the play, between improv and theater, and this is it. The cast of we hope, they might think, ‘Oh, I never saw that side about 12 to 16 people will cycle through depending on of it before or even thought about how that plays into availability, but it is a true hodgepodge of theater and the issue of poverty.’” improv—people who may not have had the chance to The FOMO series schedule is still in development, work with each other before but are bringing different but GLM’s commitment to telling stories that haven’t skill sets to the table to make an amazing show.” been told, showcasing original work and making Next, on June 5-7, comes an exciting collaboration theater accessible to everybody will remain top prioriwith Genaro Mendez, assistant professor of voice at ties in that selection process. the University of Kansas, who will bring two short “I think there’s something really cool about showoperas to GLM—a medium, or short dramatic opera, casing local talent here across the spectrum—writers, and a soap opera, both in foreign languages—in an directors, actors, comedians, designers—and have effort to make opera more accessible and approachthem do something that no one has done before,” able to modern, uninitiated audiences and build the Daniels said. “Theater is such an amalgamation of next generation of opera lovers. Formally trained different things, so this is really an opportunity to operatic performers will be part of the shows, which highlight the different types of theater that are out give audiences a rare chance to see opera up close. there. There’s truly something for everybody.” Ω On June 13 and 14, the FOMO series presents The 10 10-Minute Play Festival, an idea that originated last year during the run of Greg Burdick’s new play, For more information, visit ww.goodluckmacbeth.org. Monessen Falls. Burdick himself attended the show 01.30.20    |   RN&R   |   17

“I think there’s something really cool about showcasing local talent here across the spectrum—writers, directors, actors, comedians, designers—and have them do something that no one has done before.”

by JEssica santina

The cast of Murder on the Orient Express perform a scene at Reno Little Theater.

All aboard A kidnapped child, a dead body and a snowbound train—you wouldn’t think these events would be funny, but they are when you cross Agatha Christie’s seminal whodunit with Ken Ludwig, a prolific farceur who wrote its stage version, currently appearing at Reno Little Theater. Ludwig was actually handpicked by the Christie estate to be the first playwright allowed to adapt Murder on the Orient Express for the stage, which he did in 2017. Though Ludwig is known for his slapstick adaptations, this play is respectful of Christie’s original story, while also mindful of modern-day audiences’ needs. As much as I love a juicy murder mystery and believe Agatha Christie was a genius of her time, I’m also the first to admit that her books can be dull at times. There are endless scenes involving sleuths questioning suspects, with very little else happening for chapters, not to mention the incessant need to beat a dead horse by sharing every minor detail of the crime ad nauseum after the culprit is revealed. Her work can stand some updating, and Ludwig admirably keeps the action chugging along, with snappy dialogue, swift pacing and a more manageable cast of characters. The story is set in motion when Inspector Hercule Poirot (played by Scott Hernandez), the prissy, mustachioed French detective, hops aboard the Orient Express traveling from Istanbul to Calais. On board, he meets a motley set of travelers; the conductor, Michel (Scott Sarni); and Monsieur Bouc (Jeff Chamberlin), the director of the railway—11 passengers total. The travelers, for the most part, are pure stereotypes. There’s Princess Dragomiroff (Evonne Kezios), the Russian princess traveling with her missionary assistant, Greta Ohlsson (Libby Bakke). There’s Helen Hubbard (Moira Bengochea), the annoyingly talkative 18





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American woman with a string of former husbands. There’s the mysterious and beautiful Miss Debenham (Madeline Bennett), a former nanny, and her secret lover, the Scottish Colonel Arbuthnot (Caulder Temple); the Hungarian Countess Andrenyi (Deanna Podstawa), who also mysteriously has medical training; and a crude American mobster, Samuel Ratchett (Bryce Keil), traveling with his stuttering idiot of a secretary, Hector (Brian Ault). The ride gets bumpy when a snowstorm strands the train on the tracks, a passenger winds up dead, and Poirot steps up to solve the mystery of how a murder could take place when all the other passengers’ whereabouts seem to have been accounted for. Some of Ludwig’s choices, though made in the interest of moving things along, result in head-scratchers. How, for example, does he excuse letting one of the suspects work with Poirot to solve the case? And there were some issues with accents and pacing, though these surely have improved since the pre-opening sneak preview I caught. None of this dampens the fun. Hernandez’s Poirot, it should be noted, is perfection. The hilarious one-liners almost outdo the gorgeous set, outfitted as two train cars complete with bunks, doors and steam spewing. Marvelous lighting design creates the illusion of a snowstorm. The combined effect is … ahem … transporting. Ω

Murder on the Orient Express

12345 Written by agatha christie, adapted for the stage by ken Ludwig and directed by Melissa taylor. at reno Little theater, 147 E. Pueblo st., on Jan. 30, 31, Feb. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 2, 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. tickets: $25 adult, $20 seniors 60+ and military; $15 students. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.renolittletheater.org or call 813-8900.


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“Ah dammit, I forgot I ditched the spare tire to make room for the body.”

Have a blast There are many reasons to happily hop to your local cinema for a showing of Guy Ritchie’s return to gangster comedy, The Gentlemen. Chief reason is the cast, led by Matthew McConaughey and an extremely amusing Hugh Grant. Throw in Colin Farrell, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery and Eddie Marsen, all in top form, and you’re talking about what’ll probably be one of the best casts of the 2020—and it’s only January. Also, if you’re a big fan of weed, this movie might be your bag. The film, directed and co-written by Ritchie, isn’t an amazing piece of screenwriting. It feels like the other films Ritchie contributed to the gangster comedy drama (Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), in that it has zippy dialogue and a fairly routine mystery at its core. But it’s also a lot of fun, from start to finish, and you will forgive it its familiarities and foibles. McConaughey is at his best as Mickey Pearson, a pot gangster who has built a large illegal weed empire as that particular plant seems headed for legalization. He’s toying with getting out, offering his empire to Matthew (Jeremy Strong) for a tidy, yet semireasonable sum. Wife Rosalind (Dockery), a shrewd businessperson, is fine with him retiring, as long as it doesn’t mean he will always be hanging around, bothering her while she’s trying to get stuff done. Bodies start piling up. Mickey’s farms are getting raided, and somebody in the cast is responsible. That includes Farrell as Coach, a local boxing trainer who has shrewdly constructed a little side game involving street thugs. Ray (Hunnam), Mickey’s right hand man, seems loyal but, hey, maybe he’s looking to move ahead in the crime world. Lord George (Tom Wu) and Dry Eye (Henry Golding) have the motive to screw Mickey over because, like Matthew, they want his empire. Then there’s private investigator Fletcher (Hugh Grant), who has been following everybody around,

gathering evidence to blackmail Mickey while writing a screenplay based on the whole mess. Fletcher, in what counts as a framing device, tells Ray his observations throughout the film, and the action plays out along with his storytelling. Grant gets a chance to go full sleaze in this movie, and it becomes him. Bearded, bespectacled, and going full cockney accent, he’s a crack up, and one of the only real reasons to call this movie any kind of comedy. McConaughey isn’t a laugh riot here, with his role calling on a combination of his laidback strengths with flashes of his brilliant raging mode. I believe this movie might contain two of my favorite ever McConaughey raging moments. Farrell, starting with In Bruges, moved into my “favorite actors” file and has managed to stay there. His Coach actually feels like an offshoot of his In Bruges persona, with, perhaps, a dash more bravado. His role is small, but he makes the most of all his minutes. Everything plays out in a way that’s not surprising at all, so if you go to The Gentlemen looking to judge it on the basis of its mystery contents, you might find yourself disappointed. It’s nothing extraordinary on that front. It’s not bad on that front either, just nothing all too memorable or shocking. When everything is revealed, the results are slightly ho-hum. That doesn’t prevent the film from being an overall good time. The Gentlemen provides a good chance to see a cast having a blast, and to see Ritchie playing in the sandbox that suits him after a recent slump that included dreck like Aladdin and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. He’s definitely more at home with the snappy, profane dialogue and comic violence over magic carpets and blue genies. Ω

The Gentlemen



A couple of British World War I 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.


Bad Boys for Life

Twenty-five years have passed since detectives Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) first suited up for Captain Michael Bay in Bad Boys, and 17 years have passed since they joined him again for Bad Boys II. For this third helping, the directing team of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah does a sufficient job of continuing the mayhem, easily topping Bay’s lame original and providing a chapter that is as good, and sometimes better, than chapter two. Burnett is eying retirement, while Lowrey is dealing with the psychological and physical ramifications of aging. (He’s dyeing his goatee, so it’s all good.) A crazy witch lady gangster Isabel (Kate del Castillo) has escaped from prison and has put out a hit list for her son Armando (Jacob Scipio) to work his way through. Isabel has some vengeance in mind. The targets are former associates, and they have connections to Lowrey. Lowrey himself is on that list, and he takes a couple of bullets early in the film. I’m not giving too much away here in telling you that Lowrey doesn’t die. There’s no movie if Lowrey dies. So, a brief healing time later, Lowrey and a very reluctant Burnett are back in action, wisecracking and shooting people in slow motion. Some familiar faces return, including Theresa Randle as Burnett’s long suffering wife. She’s good in a subplot that has Burnett becoming a grandad while getting more house time in attempted retirement. House retirement doesn’t go well. Bad things happen with ceiling fan repair. Joe Pantoliano makes a welcomed return as Pepto-Bismol-swigging Captain Howard, a still capable riff on all of those screaming captains from Beverly Hills Cop movies.


Just Mercy

Michael B. Jordan stars as civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, a real-life attorney who has dedicated his life to freeing wrongly convicted death row inmates. Destin Daniel Cretton’s film focuses primarily on the case of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), a man sentenced to death for

the murder of a girl, even though evidence showed him with friends and family at the time of the killing. What happened to McMillian is depicted competently in the movie, as are some other cases and Stevenson’s struggles to bring injustices into the light. Jordan and Foxx are very good, as are a supporting cast of Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. The film is well done, but perhaps a little too routine for stretches. Still, it’s a showcase for fine acting, especially by Jordan and Foxx. It’ll also get you thinking on the downfalls of the death penalty, and the kinds of horrors men like McMillian went through.


Little Women



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 is an across-the-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.

Kristen Stewart goes into badass movie star mode in Underwater, a long delayed and surprisingly decent deepsea horror/thriller from director William Eubank. While it stands to be the second big-budget box office disaster in a row for Stewart after Charlie’s Angels, it deserves a better fate. The movie is actually pretty good. The film doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel or work any miracles. It’s successful in a very basic way in that it engages from beginning to end, with an occasional effective scare, a constant sense of dread and high-pressure tension. Stewart stars as Norah, an underwater engineer on a drilling rig in the middle of the Mariana Trench. We first see her brushing her teeth as the lights around her flicker, accompanied by some dull thuds. She glances around, plays a little with a spider in the sink, and she isn’t too concerned. Then, “boom!,” her section of the rig implodes, blasting water all around her as she and another crew member narrowly escape to a temporary safe place. And by temporary, I mean safe for the next 30 seconds or so. Norah eventually finds herself squaring off against sea creatures on the ocean floor in a deep sea horror flick that’s decent enough to warrant a viewing, but far from classic. Stewart’s star power, and some decent effects, put this one over-the-top.






by Todd SouTh

Great Basin’s Breuben sandwich—the housemade bread is made with the same grains used to brew the iconic “Icky” IPA beer.

First basin My family and I were recently turned away at a succession of Sparks eateries (Chinese New Year, lack of reservations, etc.). We ended up at the original Great Basin Brewing Company (circa 1993). I hadn’t eaten there in years, so what’s old is new again. Starting with drinks, my daughter ordered a margarita ($7), served in a saltrimmed pint glass. Pretty standard flavor, but plenty stiff. Bonus. My son and I went with the award-winning cerveza chilebeso ($6 pint), a Kölsch-style ale brewed with hand-sliced jalapeños. I think this might be my hands-down favorite beer, ever. Housemade brews are used in many of the comestibles served. Drunken stuffed jalapeños ($10) are giant split-open chilis stuffed with cream cheese, deep-fried in ale batter, topped with cheddar cheese and crumbled smoky bacon. A honey jalapeño dipping sauce provided a counter to the heat and salt. Tatchos followed ($9.50), tater tots topped with shredded cheese, fried bits of andouille sausage, diced tomato and scallion, sliced fresh jalapeño, and plenty of fabulous Wisconsin sharp cheddar beer cheese sauce. The tots remained crispy among the deluge, and I had to restrain myself from eating more than my fair share of this satisfying delicacy. My daughter added 75 cents worth of parmesan to her black bean veggie burger with fries ($10.50), substituting sweet potato fries with chipotle aioli for $1.50. The sweet waffle fries were crunchy and more than acceptable. The bean patty had great flavor, with cumin a noticeable standout. My daughter’s friend ordered loaded nachos ($11) with grilled chicken added for $3.50, topped with chipotle black bean, tomato, scallion, jalapeño and sour cream, 20





Photo/todd South

with a chunky, medium-spicy salsa on the side. The chips were cemented together with a melted mix of three shredded cheeses. If they used a spiced-up version of that great beer cheese sauce instead, they’d have the best nachos in town. My daughter-in-law’s black and blue burger with fries ($12.50), plus bacon jam for $1.50 and substitution of garlic fries for 75 cents, was a damn good burger. The Cajun blackened patty filled out its brioche bun—cooked to a perfect medium—topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, house dressing and plenty of blue cheese. Between the seasonings and fromage, I really didn’t notice the “jam,” but perhaps it played a subtle part in the overall effect. The garlic fries were pungent and completely enjoyable. My son ordered the Breuben with fries ($12.50), substituting bacon beer cheese fries for $1.50. The housemade bread is made with the same grains used to brew the iconic “Icky” IPA beer, nicely grilled and stuffed with plenty of thin-sliced pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and house dressing. The fries were topped with beer cheese sauce, crispy hardwoodsmoked bacon and scallion. My grandson ordered the kids’ fried fish ($7) with applesauce. Grandpa followed his lead with an adult order of fish and chips ($14), served with cucumber salad and fries. The ale batter on the wild Alaskan cod was darker brown and more flavorful than most. The fries, perfectly fine. Perhaps best, the thin-sliced cucumber salad with carrot, onion, and cabbage in a rice vinegar dressing. Man, that stuff’s good. Ω

Great Basin Brewing Company

846 Victorian Ave., Sparks, 355-7711

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by Mark EarNEST

turning heads Sacred Moon In a musical world where artists tend to find their niche and stick with it—or drive it into the ground— Reno band Sacred Moon is the proverbial sore thumb. What sounds on paper like confusion, or maybe even too much dabbling, is actually refreshing and intriguing, especially the first time you see or hear them. Here’s an example: one song called “Duh” is like all the loud rock styles of the ’90s, from groove metal to the Seattle scene to the more radio-friendly heavy rock of that era, smashed together in one song. Another one, “There You Are,” has no distortion on the guitars and excellent vocal harmonies, floating along like a hybrid of modern alternative music and the more psychedelic wing of ‘70s rock. The 180-degree turns continue throughout the band’s catalog of songs. One of them starts with a carnival music vibe but transitions to a reggae part at the end. There’s also one with elements of classic funk music. This lack of allegiance to a style is something that Sacred Moon has turned into a badge of honor. “We don’t want to get pigeonholed,” said singer Guy McCamant. One of the band’s guitarists, Todd Morrison, added, “We just try to keep ourselves interested in what we do.” “We’re really playing for ourselves,” McCamant continued. “If we all like it, then it’s a song. We go through a lot of music where we just say, ‘No,’ and throw it away and go on to the next thing. We have this process where we find something we all like, and then it becomes part of our stuff.” “The reggae song that we do is a big crowd pleaser,” said bassist Bob Nation. “When we go into

The members of Sacred Moon are, from left: Todd Morrison, Gray Harris, Guy McCamant, Bob Nation and Tim Jennings. Photo/Mark EarnEst

the reggae part, people turn around who had their backs to us and go, ‘What?’” Sacred Moon started four years ago as a trio with McCamant on vocals and bass, Morrison on guitar and Tim Jennings on drums. McCamant had played in another band with Nation called Deadly Grin a few years before that. Nation liked what he heard with the trio two years ago and offered to play bass, freeing up McCamant to front the band. From there, the band auditioned several other guitarists before finding Gray Harris on Craiglist. Sacred Moon hones its experimental vibe in the songwriting process. Harris and Morrison may bring in a riff, but then everyone contributes ideas to how it will end up. “It’s very collaborative,” Nation said, with Morrison adding that “it doesn’t take us long to write songs, but it takes a lot of time to organize it.” Sacred Moon’s music is mostly a live affair right now. The band did a quick recording early on to get gigs, but its true debut album will be out sometime this summer, as recording starts in February with local producer/engineer Tom Gordon. Even without tracks you can listen to or buy, Sacred Moon’s had several opportunities, both in and out of Reno. Locally, they’ve opened for national acts such as Lynch Mob and Jackyl. The band’s song “Sacred Moon” is also featured on a national compilation album called We Got Next 2: The Revolution is Here. The song has earned 23,000 plays on Spotify so far, an interesting development as most of the artists on the comp are either pop-rock or hip-hop. Perhaps it’s a case of standing out in the crowd that’s helped Sacred Moon find their sound. “I’ve never heard anyone say, ‘You sound like everybody else,’” Morrison said. Ω

sacred Moon opens for Blacktop Mojo at 7 p.m., Feb. 6, at the saint, 761 s. Virginia st. Find out more about the band at facebook.com/ goingbigtime










Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

132 West St., (775) 499-5655

Dance party, 10pm, $5 no cover before 10pm


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

Golf Clap


Feb. 1, 10 p.m. 1up 214 W. Commercial 813-6689

Smokey the Groove, 9pm, no cover

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

Dance party, 10pm, $5 no cover before 10pm

Karaoke, 9pm, W, no cover

The Tahoe Tribe, 9pm, no cover

Trivia Night, 7pm, Tu, no cover

John Underwood, 9pm, no cover



Carson Comedy Club, Carson Nugget, 507 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 8821626: Sean Peabody, Fri, 8pm, $15 Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 3257401: Rocky Dale Davis, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Tanyalee Davis, Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, $21.95 LEX at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: Kira Soltanovich, Fri, 6:30pm, $10 The Library, 134 W. Second St., (775) 6833308: Open Mic Comedy, Sun, Wed, 8pm, no cover Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-5233: Kira Soltanovich, Thu, 7:30pm, $7-$12; Fri, 9pm, $12-$19; Sat, 6:30pm, 9:30pm, $12-$19


Bluegrass jam, 6pm, no cover Sounds of the City: Lenny El Bajo, Marty Hruz, 5pm, no cover

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


10040 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, (530) 587-2626 Reno/Tahoe Producers Social, 6pm, $10

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

Bias & Dunn, 9pm, no cover

Bias & Dunn, 9:30pm, no cover

The Fever Disco Party: Roger That!, Jeremy Curl, Desiderata, $0-$15

Doctor P, Cookie Monsta, Anthony Sceam, 9pm, $30-$40


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


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

Haystack Slim, 9pm, no cover

Roger Scimé, 8:30pm, no cover

VooDooDogz, 9pm, no cover

Leroy Virgil, 9pm, no cover

Jonathan Hennion, 6:30pm, no cover


275 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-1917

Ritual (industrial, gothic): DJs David Draven, Uncle Rusty, Tigerbunny, 9pm, $3-$5

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Chad Prather, 8pm, $25-$35

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

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MON-WED 2/3-2/5

Golf Clap, Tirxü, Blue Whiting, Christian Goodell, Zehbra, 10pm, $10-$15

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



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

THURSDAY 1/30 FAT CAT BAR & GRILL (MIDTOWN) 1401 S. Virginia St., (775) 453-2223

The hOLLAND PROjeCT 140 Vesta St., (775) 448-6500


Unplugged: Open Mic Thursdays, 7pm, no cover

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




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Jamie Rollins, 8:30pm, no cover

Nick Eng, 8pm, no cover

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

Video Prick, Street Person, Heckdorian, Mesa Girl, 8:30pm, $5

Dogleg, Glass Beach, Made for Shelter, Ummm Jr., 7:30pm, $8-$10

together PANGEA, Tropa Magic, Reckling, 7:30pm, W, $10-$12

The Heidi Incident, 8:30pm, no cover

The Boom Cats, 8pm, no cover

Doctor P


Girls & Pearls Ladies Night: DJs Mario B, Miggz, Kentot, 10pm, free for women

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


Acoustic Wonderland, 8pm, no cover


DJ Trivia, 7pm, no cover

Ladies Night Out with DJ Bobby G, 9pm, no cover

Audio Breeze, DJ Bobby G, 8pm, no cover

The Big Game Party, 2:30pm, no cover


Adam Springob, 6pm, no cover

Kat Heart, 8pm, no cover

Greg Gilmore, 8pm, no cover

Super Bowl 2020 watch party, 2:30pm, no cover

906 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 359-1594

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

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


Sunday Jam Slam, 8pm, no cover

Thursday Night Salsa—Santos de la Salsa, 7pm, no cover before 9:30pm

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

Pink Awful, Soda Boys, Ichthyosaur, 9:30pm, $5-$6


New Wave Fridays with DJ Montague, 9pm, no cover

Saturday Soul Power with DJ Jose Vera, 9pm, no cover

Fraternity Fridays, 10pm, no cover with college ID

NV/DC, Unchained, 8:30pm, $10 Super Bowl viewing party, Silent Disco Black Light Party, 10pm, $TBA 2pm, no cover

445 California Ave., (775) 657-8484

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

Silent Disco, 10pm, $TBA


Ten Foot Tiger, Derek Brooker, 9pm, no cover

2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., S.Lk. Tahoe, (530) 544-3857

The CEO’z, Gina Rose, Jen Scaffidi, 8pm, W, $6




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Logan Mize, Willie Jones, Jake Jacobson, 8pm, Tu, $18

Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. The Holland Project 140 Vesta St. 448-6500

Super Bowl viewing party and potluck, 2pm, no cover

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Karaoke, 8pm, M, no cover Troupe Tuesdays, 8pm, Tu, no cover

Country line dance lessons and dance party, 6pm, W, no cover

Country Dance Party, 7pm, no cover


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

Feb. 1, 9 p.m. The BlueBird 555 E. Fourth St. 499-5549

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aTlanTIs CasIno resorT 3800 S. Virginia St., (775) 825-4700 Cabaret ESCALADE: Thu, 1/30, 8pm, Fri, 1/31, Sat, 2/1, 4pm, no cover

LIVE MUSIC: Fri, 1/31, Sat, 2/1, 10pm, Sun, 2/2, Mon, 2/3, Tue, 2/4, 10pm, Sun, 2/5, 8pm, no cover

BooMToWn CasIno HoTel 2100 garSOn rOad, Verdi, (775) 345-6000 gUitar bar BROTHER DAN: Thu, 1/30, 6pm, no cover VELVET DUO: Fri, 1/31, Sat, 2/1, 5pm, no cover THE LOOK: Fri, 1/31, Sat, 2/1, 9pm, Sun, 2/2, 8pm, no cover

TANDYMONIUM: Mon, 2/3, 6pm, no cover STEPHEN LORD: Tue, 2/4, 6pm, no cover GARY DOUGLAS: Wed, 2/5, 6pm, no cover

Carson nUGGeT 507 n. CarSOn St., CarSOn City, (775) 882-1626 tHe LOFt DECEPTION: Fri, 1/31, Sat, 2/1, 9pm, no cover






Football’s most anticipated game of the year is here and several area casinos are offering Big Game (a.k.a Super Bowl) viewing parties on Sunday, Feb. 2. The Big Game Party includes multiple big screens, stadium-style food and giveaways throughout the game at the Boomtown Casino Hotel, 2100 Garson Road, Verdi. Tickets are $30-$60. Doors open at 2 p.m. Visit boomtownreno.com. Grand Sierra Resort’s Big Game Bash includes reserved seating, viewing on big screens, 12 oz. domestic draft and unlimited popcorn and pretzels for $30 or an all-youcan eat upgrade for $40. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. at the Grand Theatre inside the Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., www.grandsierraresort.com. Hard Rock Lake Tahoe’s Big Game Viewing Party includes reserved seating, large viewing screens and stadium food served family-style. Doors open at 1 p.m. in the Big Game Ballroom at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, 50 Highway 50, hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com. MontBleu’s Big Game Viewing Party offers high-definition, multi-screen viewing, a stadium-style food buffet, one draft beer and one drawing entry to win prizes. Tickets are $40. The party starts at 2:30 p.m. in Blu Nightclub at MontBleu Resort, Casino & Spa, 55 Highway 50, Stateline, www.montbleuresort.com. The Nugget’s Big Game party includes viewing on more than 50 HD screens, an all-you-caneat tailgate buffet and unlimited servings of Bud or Bud Light draft beer. Tickets are $55. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. at Game On! inside the Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, www. nuggetcasinoresort.com.

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DJ BIRD & VJ RIZZO: Fri, 1/31, Sat, 2/1, 10pm, no cover

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BREW CLUB TUESDAYS: Tue, 2/4, 9pm, no cover



SOUNDWAVE: Fri, 1/31, Sat, 2/1, 9pm, no cover

DJ SCENICK & DJ RONI V: Fri, 1/31, Sat, 2/1, 9pm,

eL JeFe’S Cantina SKYY HIGH FRIDAY WITH DJ MO FUNK: Fri, 1/31, 10pm, no cover


CrysTal Bay CasIno 14 HigHway 28, CryStaL bay, (775) 833-6333 CrOwn rOOM PINK TALKING FISH & AFTER PARTY WITH DUSTY GREEN BONES BAND: Fri, 1/31, 9pm, $20-$23 THE ILLEAGLES—TRIBUTE TO THE EAGLES: Sat, 2/1, 9pm, $20-$25

Wed, 2/5, 10pm, no cover

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rOXy’S LiVe PianO bar LIVE PIANO: Thu, 1/30, Fri, 1/31, Sat, 2/1, Sun, 2/2, Mon, 2/3, Tue, 2/4, Wed, 2/5, 4:30pm, no cover

DJ OSCAR PEREZ: Fri, 1/31, 10pm, no cover DJ MO FUNK: Sat, 2/1, 10pm, no cover

GranD sIerra resorT 2500 e. SeCOnd St., (775) 789-2000 grand tHeatre BIG GAME BASH: Sun, 2/2, 2:30pm, $30

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CITY OF THE SUN: Sat, 2/1, 11pm, no cover

THROWBACK THURSDAY WITH DJ SWERVE-1: Thu, 1/30, 6pm, no cover

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1100 NUggET AVE., SPARkS, (775) 356-3300

407 N. VIRgINIA ST., (775) 325-7401



SAMMy’S SHOWROOM IGNITE CABARESQUE: Sat, 2/1, 9pm, $30.04-$39.22





Tower of Power Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 8 p.m. MontBleu Resort, Casino & Spa 55 Highway 50 (775) 588-3511

HARRAH’S LAKE TAHOE 15 HIgHWAy 50, STATELINE, (800) 427-7247 SOUTH SHORE ROOM SAWYER BROWN: Sat, 2/1, 7:30pm, $45.41



DJ SET: Fri, 1/31, Sat, 2/1, 9pm, no cover



18 HIgHWAy 50, STATELINE, (775) 588-6611 HARVEy’S CABARET THE NEVADA SHOW: Fri, 1/31, 10pm, $26.83-$36.83


BIG GAME VIEWING PARTY: Sun, 2/2, 2:30pm, $55

EDgE SPIN THURSDAYS: Thu, 1/30, 10pm, $20 LATIN DANCE SOCIAL WITH BB & KIKI OF SALSA RENO: Fri, 1/31, 7pm, $10-$20, no cover before 8pm

LADIES NIGHT: Fri, 1/31, 10pm, $20, no cover

SAL’S GREENHOUSE: Thu, 1/30, 7pm, Fri, 1/31,



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DJ SPRYTE’S BIRTHDAY BASH: Sat, 2/1, 10pm, $20


TOWER OF POWER: Fri, 1/31, Sat, 2/1, 8pm,

DJ MO FUNK: Thu, 1/30, Sun, 2/2, 9pm, no cover THE RUN UP: Thu, 1/30, 9pm, no cover PLATINUM: Fri, 1/31, Sat, 2/1, 9pm, no cover

2707 S. VIRgINIA ST., (775) 826-2121



Fri, 1/31, Sat, 2/1, 9pm, no cover



BLU NIgHTCLUB 2:30pm, $40


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

Sat, 2/1, 8pm, no cover

LIVE MUSIC: Sun, 2/2, Mon, 2/3, Tue, 2/4, Wed, 2/5, 6pm, no cover


The Elbow Room Bar, 2002 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 358-6700: Wednesday Night Karaoke, Wed, 8pm, no cover

The Point, 1601 S. Virginia St., (775) 3223001: Karaoke, Thu-Sat, 8:30pm, no cover West 2nd Street Bar, 118 W. Second St., (775) 348-7976: Karaoke, Mon-Sun, 9pm, no cover

Wed, 2/5, 6:30pm, no cover






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FOR THE WEEK OF januaRy 30, 2020 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. FIRST SATURDAY FANDANGO: Bring the family to this new monthly program on every first Saturday of the month. This month’s theme is “Be My Valentine!” Get a head start on celebrating Valentine’s Day by reading some stories and creating Valentine cards for loved ones. Sat, 2/1, 11am. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100, events.washoecountylibrary.us.

FOUR SEASONS BOOK CLUB: The book club will meet the first Saturday of each month. February’s selection is The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. Sat, 2/1, 1pm. Free. Sparks Library, 1125 12th St., Sparks, (775) 352-3200.




In celebration of Black History Month, South Valleys Library will present a series of film events every Saturday in February. This series kicks off with Loving, a biographical romantic drama film starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The free event starts at noon on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the South Valleys Library, 15650-A Wedge Parkway. Other films in the series include Glory on Feb. 8, Selma on Feb. 15, Race on Feb. 22 and The Help on Feb. 29. Call 851-5190. Sierra View Library will also host a documentary double feature event on Feb. 1 in honor of Black History Month. The first film is Good Hair starting at 12:30 p.m. Prompted by a question from his young daughter, comedian Chris Rock sets out to explore the importance of hair in black culture. Rock interviews celebrities such as Ice-T and Raven-Symoné and visits hair salons, stylist competitions and even an Indian temple to learn about hair culture. The second film is I Am Ali (pictured above), which begins at 2:30 p.m. Muhammad Ali’s own audio journals, friends, family and fellow boxers provide insight into the extraordinary life and career of the heavyweight champion. The free event takes place at Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia St. Call 827-3232 or visit www.washoecountylibrary.us.

EVEnTS CABIN FEVER: This nature program is geared toward kids ages 4-6. Each session will feature a short lesson, a story, an indoor activity and a guided outdoor exploration in the May Arboretum. Parent attendance is required. Call to register. Tue, 2/4, 10am. $5. Wilbur D. May Center, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., (775) 785-4153.

CENSUS 2020 KICK OFF: Nevada Census 2020 holds a kick-off event aimed at educating Washoe County residents about the benefits of participating in the census and encouraging responses. Kerry Durmick, statewide coordinator from Nevada Census 2020 will be on site to answer questions about the Nevada Census operation. Thu, 1/30, 2pm. Free. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St., (775) 327-8300, www.reno.gov.

CINEMATIC STORYTELLING DANCE, FILM AND MOTION: Join in a discussion about the art of filmmaking with Elspeth Summers and James Coleman from Tweaking Reality Studios as they talk about their creative process with collaborator Caitlin McCarty of the local dance company Collateral and Co. The program will include a preview of the short dance film The Space Above. Fri, 1/31, noon. $10 general admission, free for students, NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.

CLICKETS KNITTING GROUP: Learn to knit at the library every first and third Sunday. There will be plenty of yarn and needles available. Sun, 2/2, 1pm. Free. Spanish Springs Library, 7100-A Pyramid Highway, Sparks, (775) 424-1800.

FAMILY GAMES DAY: Try out popular games such as Scrabble, Monopoly, Wheel of Fortune, Sequence, chess, checkers and more. All ages and abilities are welcome. Sun, 2/2, 10am. Free. Spanish Springs Library, 7100-A Pyramid Highway, Sparks, (775) 424-1800.

Association’s national board member for Nevada, will present a lecture and slide show on the development and history of the United States’ first transcontinental highway, which spanned from New York City to San Francisco, passing through Reno, Sparks and Carson City. Sun, 2/2, 12:30pm. Free. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St., (775) 327-8300.

THE ROLE OF SEEDS AND THE SEED BANK IN THE MANAGEMENT OF GREAT BASIN ECOSYSTEMS: Join Israel Borokini, a doctoral candidate in ecology, evolution and conservation biology at the University of Nevada, Reno, to learn about his current research. His PhD research is on a federally listed and rare endemic plant species, Ivesia webberi, a.k.a. wire mousetail. Wire mousetail is native to western Nevada and northeastern California. In this presentation, Borokini will discuss the significance of seed behavior and regeneration of wire mousetail from the soil seedbank and the implication for the management of desert perennials. Sat, 2/1, 10am. $5 suggested donation. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948,.

SCIENCE OF COCKTAILS 2020: Mixology and science meet at the fourth annual event. Tickets include drink tastings, two drink tickets, heavy appetizers, dessert and interactive stations. Proceeds benefit the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center and its science education programs. Fri, 1/31, 6pm. $10-$35. UC Davis Tahoe Science Center, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, (775) 881-7560, tahoe.ucdavis.edu.

STORY TIME: Paula Robison shares stories, rhymes, songs and art projects with young readers ages 3-6 on the first Tuesday of every month. Children must be accompanied by a chaperone. Tue, 2/4, 10:30am. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188, www.sundancebookstore.com.

WINTER FIREWORKS: Enjoy a winter fireworks celebration on Saturdays in February at the KT Deck. All fireworks shows are dependent on weather conditions. Sat, 2/1, 7pm. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, (800) 403-0206, squawalpine.com.


DISRUPTED SCREENING: An Oakland widower’s thirst for justice is rekindled when a local killing is oddly similar to his wife’s unsolved murder from decades ago. Filmed in Oakland and Lake Tahoe. Produced by Realization Films based in Tahoe City. The cast and director will be at the screening. Fri, 1/31, 10pm. $12. Tahoe Art Haus, 475 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, (530) 584-2431, tahoearthauscinema.com.

ARTISTS CO-OP GALLERY OF RENO: Virginia Range Sanctuary Benefit Show. Artists Co-Op Gallery of Reno presents its February show. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Virginia Range Sanctuary, which is dedicated to protecting wild horses in Nevada, particularly in the Virginia Range. There will be a reception on Feb. 2, noon4pm. Sat, 2/1-Wed, 2/5, 11am-4pm. Free. Artists Co-Op Gallery of Reno, 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896.

FILM CLASSICS: Spanish Springs Library presents a showing of the classic film Prisoner of Zenda, starring Stewart Granger and James Mason and directed by Richard Thorpe. The 1952 adventure film is an action-packed story of a tourist who is asked to impersonate the king of mythical Ruritania. Sun, 2/2, 10am. Free. Spanish Springs Library, 7100-A Pyramid Highway, Sparks, (775) 424-1800.

CITY HALL METRO GALLERY: Only Two Ways to Fire. The Reno City Hall Metro Gallery hosts an exhibition of ceramic work by Fred Reid and Richard Jackson. Reid and Jackson’s work is inspired by their Nevadan heritage and the process of firing ceramics. The sculptures are made by using high fire or raku techniques. Thu, 1/30-Fri, 1/31, Mon, 2/3Wed, 2/5, 8am-5pm. Free. City Hall Metro Gallery, 1 E. First St., (775) 334-6264.

THE LADY EVE: Carson City Classic Cinema Club presents a screening of the 1941 screwball comedy starring Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda and Charles Coburn. A lady card sharp tries to con an eccentric scientist only to fall for him. Intro and trivia at 6pm followed by the film at 7pm. Tue, 2/4, 6pm. $5 general admission, free for students, members. Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, 511 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 315-8495, ccclassiccinema.org.

E. L. WIEGAND GALLERY, OATS PARK ART CENTER: Austin Pratt—A Gate, Wild, Breathing: Painting Objects and Images. The show runs through April 4. There will be a reception of the artist on Feb. 1, 5-7pm. Thu, 1/30-Wed, 2/5. Free. E. L. Wiegand Gallery, Oats Park Art Center, 151 E. Park St., Fallon, (775) 423-1440, www.churchillarts.org.


KIRK ROBERTSON GALLERY, OATS PARK ART CENTER: Ahren Hertel—Match. Connecting to landscape through mimicry and abstraction. The show runs through April 4. There will be a panel discussion and reception for the artist on Feb. 1, 5-7pm. Thu, 1/30-Wed, 2/5. Free. Kirk Robertson Gallery, Oats Park Art Center, 151 E. Park St., Fallon, (775) 4231440, www.churchillarts.org.

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COME IN FROM THE COLD—FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT SERIES: The annual winter family entertainment continues with a performance by the Reno Swing Set. Sat, 2/1, 7pm. Free. Western Heritage Interpretive Center at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 828-6612.


exhibition encompasses a select group of painters, sculptors and ceramicists with ties to the Silver State, spanning from the 19th century to present day. The show runs through Feb. 15. Thu, 1/31-Sat, 2/1, Mon, 2/3-Wed, 2/5. Free. Stremmel Gallery, 1400 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-0558.

Theater presents Agatha Christie’s

classic murder mystery. Thu, 1/30-Sat, 2/1, 7:30pm; Sun, 2/2, 2pm. $15-$25. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., renolittletheater.org.

SUNDAY MUSIC BRUNCH: Chez Louie hosts live music with Erika Paul and brunch featuring creative dishes, mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar. Reservations strongly encouraged. Sun, 2/2, 10am-2pm. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 284-2921, www.nevadaart.org.

FILM 2020 OSCAR SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL: The Joe Crowley Student Union and KUNR have partnered with Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures to present the Academy Awards nominated short films. With all three categories offered—animated, live action and documentary—this is your annual chance to predict the winners. Thursday, Jan. 30, is for the documentary category showing only. All other showtimes include both the live action and animated categories. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 9. Thu, 1/30-Fri, 1/31, 7pm; Sat, 2/1-Sun, 2/2, 2pm & 7pm. $15. Joe Crowley Student Union, Third Floor Theatre, University of Nevada, Reno, 1500 N. Virginia St., (775) 785-4153, oscarshorts2020.bpt.me.

WARP TRIO: The New York City-based trio will perform an eclectic mix of its genre-bending compositions, traditional classical and jazz and contemporary compositions. Tue, 2/4, 4pm. Free. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St., (775) 327-8300; Wed, 2/5, 10:30am. Free. North Valleys Library, 1075 North Hills Blvd., (775) 972-0281. Wed, 2/5, 4pm. Free. Incline Village Library, 845 Alder Avenue, Incline Village, (775) 832-4130.












From hear to eternity My roommate has this need to tell me all about his day when he gets home. Making matters worse, his main form of communication is complaining. I need quiet time when I come home, not a second job as an unlicensed therapist. I’ve hinted at this, but he isn’t catching on. Your hopes and dreams change as you go through life—like when you get a roommate who won’t shut up and you regularly fantasize that masked violent orthodontists are holding him down in an alley while they wire his jaws together. The thing is, you can live this dream—minus the gangland orthodontists. Retiring from your nightly gig as your roommate’s emotional garbage can just takes asserting yourself—asking for what you want instead of merely hinting at it. Assertiveness is the healthy alternative to being passive—silently sucking up others’ upsetting and/or unfair behavior—or going aggressive, eventually blowing up at them after you repeatedly say nothing, and they, in turn, change nothing. The foundation of assertiveness is self-respect—believing you’ve got a right to have and express desires and preferences that conflict with others’ desires and preferences. Sure, you might sometimes put somebody else’s needs first—but if you’re assertive, you’re generous by choice, not because you just automatically go all Wimpy McWimpleton. In contrast, clinical psychologist Randy J. Paterson explains, “When you behave passively, control of your life is in the hands of people around you.” He also notes that not asserting yourself leads to stress, the “bodily reaction to the perception that we are under threat.” When that stress is chronic—happening on the regular—it’s poisonous and damaging. It’s associated with decreased immune function and an increased risk for heart attacks, strokes and other fun ways to get to the morgue ahead of schedule. Assertiveness is best exercised as soon as you realize you want somebody to change their behavior. When you don’t let your annoyance fester, you’re more likely to have the composure to open with a little positivity, like saying to your roommate, “Hey, I really admire your openness about your life...” Yes, that’s the sound of the truth being sacrificed on

the altar out back, but it’s for a good cause—making him feel appreciated rather than attacked. This sets him up to be more amenable to your request that follows: “When I come home, I need an hour or so without conversation so I can decompress.”

Bald eager Are there any psychological hacks for getting people to like you? There are two essential pieces of advice for getting people to like you: 1. Cool pursuit instead of hot pursuit. 2. Shut up and listen. 1. Cool pursuit: A popularity contest is the one competition where it pays not to try—or, rather, to seem like you aren’t trying. You do this, for example, by making some A-lister wait to talk with you—“Gimme a sec while I nab that appetizer...”—even though it’s probably killing you inside. Erring on the side of seeming undereager is important, per psychologist Robert Cialdini’s “scarcity principle”: The less available something appears to be, the more valuable it seems and the more we want it. Accordingly, my rule: Try to seem more hard to get than hard to get rid of. 2. Shut up and listen: People think they can talk somebody into liking them, but really, you’re most likely to listen somebody into doing that. Listening doesn’t just mean hearing. It takes effort. It means paying close attention to what somebody’s saying and drawing on your emotions to connect with it. That sort of listening is a form of emotional generosity. It ultimately sends the message “I’m talking to you because I’m interested in you and what you’re saying.” Listening is also important because it helps you see whether the person you’re interested in is actually worthy of your interest. Ideally, you aren’t chasing somebody simply because you’ve been chasing them, and, clever you, you’ve seen through the liberties they’ve taken in staging their own death. Ω


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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus author Anthony

Trollope (1815–1882) published his first novel at age 30. During the next 37 years, he completed 48 additional novels and 18 works of nonfiction. Critics liked his work well enough, but were suspicious of his prodigious productivity. When they discovered that one of Trollope’s motivations for writing was to make money, they disapproved. Then they found out that Trollope kept a watch nearby as he worked, determined to generate 250 words every 15 minutes. The critics hated that even worse. Creative artists are supposed to court inspiration, not adhere to a schedule—at least according to the critics. But I approve of and recommend Trollope-like behavior for you in the coming weeks. Cosmic forces will be on your side if you do.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22): I love living in the material

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tender and open-hearted toward the people who care for you? I don’t mean to imply that you are currently too hard and closed. But all of us can benefit from enhancing our receptivity, and the coming weeks will be prime time for you to do just that. I think you’ll find it easier than usual to deepen your listening skills and intensify your sensitivity. You’ll have an acute intuitive grasp of the fact that you can earn yourself huge blessings by expressing love and compassion in very practical ways.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): All of us are in service

to someone or something—to certain people or ideas or situations. We provide them with help or energy or mirroring or love. We are dutiful in attending to their needs and wants. For some of us, our service feels like a burden. It’s grating or humbling or inconvenient, or all of the above. For others of us, being of service is fulfilling, even joyful. We find a rich sense of purpose in our devotion to a higher cause or deeper calling beyond our selfish concerns. Among the 12 signs of the zodiac, you are more likely than most to carry out the latter kind of service. I bring these thoughts to your attention because the coming weeks will be

an excellent time to re-evaluate, reconfigure and reinvigorate your own service.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Author David Markson

imagined what it would be like to write a novel that lacked conflicts or confrontations—in other words, a novel unlike any ever created. Libran author Ursula Le Guin also fantasized about stories with plots that weren’t driven by strife and struggle. Since many of us are addicted to entertainment that depends on discord to be interesting, we might find it hard to believe Markson’s and Le Guin’s dream would ever happen. But I’m pleased to inform you that your life in the coming weeks may be exactly like that: a fascinating adventure with few hassles and wrangles.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): According to Scorpio

painter Georgia O’Keeffe, success is irrelevant. The most crucial life-long effort that anyone can be devoted to is “making your unknown known.” Did she mean making your unknown known to yourself? Or making your unknown known to other people? Or both? According to my analysis of the astrological omens, the coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to do both. So I hope you will tease out your best and biggest mysteries from their hiding places. Give them expression.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You have a talent for

burning bridges that really do need to be burned. Your intuition often guides you to assess when the time is ripe to withdraw from connections that no longer benefit you. On the other hand, you sometimes burn bridges prematurely. You decide that they are in such disrepair that they’re of no use to you, even though it might serve your ultimate interests to fix them. I offer these thoughts as a preface for my advice: 1. Refurbish rather than burn a certain bridge you’re a bit disenchanted with. 2. Build at least one new bridge that will be valuable in the future.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The shape of the

planets’ orbits around the sun is elliptical, not circular. Capricorn astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571–1630) was the first person to figure this out. He didn’t like it. He really wanted the orbits to be circular. That would have been more satisfying to his aesthetic and spiritual sensibilities. Explaining the arduous labor he did to arrive at his conclusion, he wrote, “Take pity on me, for I have repeated these calculations 70 times.” In the big picture of our understanding of the universe, of course, his discovery was felicitous. It’s not a problem that the orbits are elliptical, merely the truth. In the coming weeks, I foresee you engaging in a process that’s metaphorically comparable to Kepler’s. Hard work will yield useful, if unexpected results.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Please don’t imitate

or repeat yourself in the coming weeks. Refrain from relying on formulas that have worked for you before. Resolve to either ignore or rebel against your past as you dream up fresh gambits and adventures. Treat your whole life like an improvisatory game that has just one purpose: to attract and stir up useful novelty. If you do these things, I can practically guarantee that you will win the game.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Poet Robert Bly be-

lieves that each of us has a special genius, and the key to understanding and fully activating that genius is in our core wound. In other words, the part of us that got hurt the worst is potentially the generative source of the best gifts we have to give. Do you know where that is in yourself: the wound that could be the source of your blessing? Now is a great time to investigate this tantalizing mystery.

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Ed Adkins has been creating and organizing the well-known Crawl Reno bar crawls for many years. The Onesie Crawl is on Feb. 8, and cups can be bought at many different locations including Party America, a main sponsor for the event.

How did the bar crawls first begin? Well, I went to my first bar crawl on accident and had never been. I loved the atmosphere and the way people gathered for the event, and for me, I’ve always loved stuff like zombies, and with my birthday being in October, it was always around Halloween. Once I went to that first bar crawl on accident, the idea to create my own in Reno just followed. The first crawl we put on, I think 100 or so people showed up, and it was kind of like a big house party, which was the main goal: To have this party where everybody knows each other. And even though five times as many people showed up in the next couple years, it’s never lost that atmosphere.

With how much success the crawls have seen, and how many ideas you’ve come up with over the years, do you ever think of the possibility of Reno hitting a saturation point? When can you tell if there’s just too many crawls?

We try to always stick to the original idea of having a party where you look across the bar and know the person. So, with that, we can always tell just because people will recognize and come up and say whether they liked a crawl or not, and we just go off of that type of feedback. Plus, the attendance of each crawl is obviously pretty showing on whether or not we should do the same crawl next year or add more. It’s completely based on how the people react and what they have to say whether in person or afterwards on social media. The only real threat we fear is losing what we wanted to make.

Is social media something you use regularly when planning the crawls and looking for feedback? Oh yeah. That’s how we advertise the event and get people knowing

that it’s happening. That’s how we’ve heard a lot of stories over the years from people who go if they don’t see us and tell [us] in person. We try to show our identity through social media and advertising the crawls because something that is really important to us is showing that everyone belongs. People worry so much about going out because they think they won’t fit in, but that isn’t the case here.

Even with all the new developments in Reno, and how much the city has been growing, you don’t ever worry about losing that identity? I feel as if people who come to Reno and try to change it are just embarrassed or scared of it. We party better than anyone else in the world, and as long as we don’t lose what gives us teeth, then we’ll be fine. Our events come from the people of Reno. Interns we have from [the University of Nevada, Reno] gave us the idea for the Harry Potter crawl, and people will really just come up and request different ideas for crawls that, if we think there’s a crowd for, we’ll try to make it happen. The crawls give something that makes Reno unique, and no one does what we do. No other place has people coming up to you and telling you countless experiences and stories they’ve had because of the crawls. I’m incredibly lucky to do what I do. Ω


Force of nature Recently, while nursing a cold, I binged the excellent Our Planet series on Netflix (narrated by the awesome David Attenborough, who is to nature flicks what Jesus is to candles). I came away with a commodity that’s in somewhat short supply these days, and that’s optimism. Yes, optimism. You know how it is with nature documentaries. Sooner or later, in every freakin’ episode, there’s a point where it’s obvious—another beautiful, elegant ecosystem getting horribly screwed up by people. The endangered wetlands, for example, are never getting threatened because there’s too much muskrat poop in the water. It’s always about mankind and some horribly wretched toxic slob behavior that’s gone completely haywire, which seems to be a specialty of our species. But there was a segment on Our Planet about Chernobyl, of all

places, that blew my mind with inspiration. Indeed, it was so inspirational that the producers wisely chose it to be the last segment of the entire 8-hour series, because the message is just so doggone positive. I mean, here is this City of Total Doom. You simply can’t have a bigger disaster than Chernobyl, a place soaked in The Worst Poison Ever, soaked so badly that all the humans had to pack up and GTFO. And sonuvagun, if that didn’t turn out to be Nature’s cue to move in, set up shop and get down to business. And when the cameras returned to this Voodoo Meltdown Hellhole 35 years later, they found … trees. Growing all over the place. Bushes. Shrubbery. Bunnies and deer and goddang wolves running around, eating the plants and each other. It’s a lesson we see played out time and time again. You give animals and plants a place, no matter

how crappy, and you get the humans out of there, and bingo! Nature absolutely loves it! Even in some nuclear dump shithole like chernobyl, fercrissake. The sheer resiliency of life on our wondrous planet is breathtaking. There are a lot of kids in America and Canada and Peru and Kenya and Spain and Greece and India and Korea who want to be nice to polar bears and bats and coral. All the kids who are gung ho ho ho and ready to love this wounded planet. There are a lot of Greta Thunbergs out there, and they just might be capable of something good. Something really good. It’s quite easy to envision The Momentum swinging over to these kids. I’m not gonna put it past ’em. Are you kidding? Times change. Momentum shifts. Pendulums swing. Sooner or later. Shit happens. Ω