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Bern notice Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. The big news of the week around Nevada is that Sen. Bernie Sanders totally crushed in the state’s Democratic Party caucus. He won 46.8 percent of the vote. Sanders supporters are elated, and I’ve heard—and seen on social media— grumblings from supporters of other candidates. If you participated, drop a line and let us know what you thought of the caucus process. As I wrote last week, I loved the ranked-choice ballot used in early voting. Probably because I love making lists. I’ve whiled away more hours than I’d care to admit arguing among friends about the relative merits of “greatest ever” rock bands and movie directors and so forth, so it was fun to approach voting the same way. And it’s been pretty amazing to read so much national coverage of Nevada. Sanders’ win here certainly seems like a definitive breakout moment for the candidate. Still, a lot of the grumbling I’ve heard has focused on perceptions of how folks think Sanders will fare in a general election. The debate boils down to a simple question: Who will fare better against Donald Trump in a general election, a moderate or a progressive? It’s a bit of an open secret that elections are really decided by one thing: voter turnout. If everyone who’s eligible to vote actually showed up and voted, Washington D.C. would be a much different city. Especially if those voters actually voted in their own best interests. There’s a reason why rich and powerful people try to suppress voter turnout with bullshit like supporting voter I.D. laws and propagating phony voter fraud conspiracies. They don’t want everyone to vote. Let’s look at elections since 2000. Here’s a list of the Democratic presidential nominees who seemed primed to appeal to moderate voters: Al Gore, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton. And here’s a list of the nominees who excited progressives and the Democratic base: Barack Obama. So, which approach seems more likely to net a winning candidate?
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Integral questions Where are all the Republicans with integrity? Seems there’s only one left? During the impeachment inquiry, the Republicans did not follow the facts (i.e., truth) nor defend the Constitution but rather just bloviated (actually lied) to cover up Trump’s offenses. And many offenses there were, as the Mueller Report had exposed. Many instances of abuse of power and many instances (actually 10) of obstruction of justice. The GOP has become a cult with Trump as their Jim Jones and drinking his Kool-Aid. We’ve seen this cultism before in the 20th century with Hitler and the Nazis. Now, in the 21st century, it’s happening again. In 2018, former Secretary of State Albright wrote “Fascism: A Warning.” American Democracy is in peril as our Constitution is being dismantled. Mitch McConnell turned the impeachment trial into a sham acting as Trump’s henchman. We must change the Senate and the Presidency to protect this experiment of our founders. If not, as in the last century, it will not end well! Vin Agamenone Carson City
Caucus criticism I arrived at the Robb Drive Library at 1:40 p.m. on Feb. 18 for early voting. I stood in line for four-and-a-half hours. While I was impressed that hundreds of my Northwest Reno neighbors waited with me, I also saw quite a few people leave without voting. Early voting or a primary are the way to go, but the Nevada Democrats need to get their act together. The people around me were all furious that it took over four hours to vote. We need to switch to a primary and to have adequate resources allocated so people do not have to spend the afternoon to vote. Victor Morin Reno
Caucus commendation On Saturday, I attended my first caucus. Even though I have lived here for almost
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30 years, I only became a citizen two years ago. I considered early voting but decided to immerse myself in the whole process. After arriving at Galena High School, I was checked in within minutes and heading to my precinct area. The process was straightforward even through the alignments, and I saw no signs of “funny business.” I think it should either be a caucus without early voting or a primary with. The point of a caucus is to have meaningful discussions on who to support if your candidate isn’t viable, not just pre-selecting your second and third choices to avoid attending. I’d prefer keeping the caucus so you feel like you’re participating in our democratic process. It was interesting and well run. Thanks to the volunteers who gave up their time for this. Rob Douglas Reno
there ain’t no other way (Chorus) They gave us early caucus voting, thought it would be fine/But as it turns out ya know/ It’s just another (long) line (Chorus) Then they put your sacred vote onto an iffy app/They say its safe and see-cure/Well that’s a buncha crap (Chorus) We need to do it better, gotta be another way/We cannot put a stop to life, and stand in line all day (Chorus) We need those paper ballots/Safe, tried and true/Hacks and foreign influence really make me blue (Chorus) Mail in voting, ya know it’s where it at/ Available for everyone/That’s the end of that. Suggested chorus: Let’s do the BattleBorn Ballot Box Boogie This is why I am not a musician. Craig Bergland Reno
Gross dish I think the coronavirus is God’s political contribution to the Democratic Party. What a sick ward of contenders for the White House! It is no surprise to see a man’s male wife, a carpetbagging career politician, a communist, a socialist and assorted quid pro quo spendthrifts growing in the Democratic Party’s presidential petri-dish. They should all be quarantined indefinitely! The petries call President Trump a racist and unfit for office for doing what he promised the American people he would do if elected president, while doing nothing themselves in the House but trying to undo his election for their own personal benefit. President Trump is no saint, except when compared to his gun-grabbing, anti-life, tax-and-tax Democratic rivals (and Mitt Romney on an off day). Michael W. Jarvis Salt Lake City, Utah
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Keep the caucuses The Reno Gazette Journal front page headline on Feb. 22: the caucus early voting. (Same for the Republicans, who “Harry Reid: Remove caucuses for primaries.” opted out of holding a caucus in Nevada this year since the In the article, Reid, the former Senate Majority Leader incumbent is sure to be their nominee.) More days, more and arguably the most powerful politician from Nevada locations, longer hours. We know that this is easier said ever, is quoted as saying, “We’ve made it easier for people than done, but it’s worth working toward. to vote here in Nevada in recent years and now we should And we loved the early voting process because it make it easier for people to vote in presidential contests. allowed for ranked-choice voting on a preferential ballot, That’s why I believe it’s time for the Democratic Party to which is a fantastic exercise—especially in a contest like move to primaries everywhere.” this year’s Democratic Primary in which there are Those two sentences form something of a several appealing candidates. non sequitur argument. We’re all for open If you’ve ever been among a group of We’d like and easy voting registration and voting, but three or more people deciding where to we’re not sure it follows that getting rid of dine, you know that building a consensus to see more caucuses is the best next move. is almost never an instantaneous process. ranked-choice One irony is that Reid himself, while It can take hours of meandering conversavoting in American in the Senate, was instrumental in position that can veer quickly from polite to tioning the Nevada caucuses to be so early resentful. A ranked-choice voting process Democracy. in the presidential nominating process. can streamline the process. If one person We like the caucuses for several reasons. wants Mexican, one person wants sushi, First, caucuses are conducted by the political and one person wants Chinese, but everyone’s parties themselves, not the state, so are therefore less second choice is Thai, you know where to head. expensive to taxpayers. Second, for states participating We’d like to see more ranked-choice voting in early in the presidential nomination process, caucuses American Democracy. But don’t do away entirely with make a lot of sense because the realignment process helps the traditional caucuses. Since they’re a place for choosing winnow the field, which, of course, is much wider in party convention delegates, they present a great opportunity February than it is in June. for folks who want to take a more active role in politics. And this year, the Democratic Party did something to This year, the Democratic Party demonstrated that improve the process: They implemented an early vote. the caucus process can be improved. Let’s hope that both If, as Reid suggests, the Democrats want to make it parties continue to improve the caucuses rather than ditcheasier for folks to vote, the best thing they can do is expand ing it for a boring ol’ primary. Ω
I’ve Googled this many times. I’m from the Midwest, so I like my meat, if you will, and it’s Jox. They double char them, so they’re good, and I think it’s right behind the Atlantis. You go in, and it’s a very inviting scene.
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Choices made The candidates have moved on, and Nevada Democrats can breathe a huge sigh of relief that our caucus did not repeat the Iowa disaster, and we are not the laughingstock of the nation. Sure, there were some glitches when iPads malfunctioned or the early votes didn’t arrive at a precinct on time. And there were errors in how the early vote was accounted for in the realignment process in some precincts. Then there was that embarrassing moment on the national stage when the party’s tone-deaf use of non-disclosure agreements to muzzle key volunteers was exposed, making us look a bit amateurish. It’s one thing to have people sign a confidentiality pledge to keep voter information private or to ask volunteers to refer media inquiries to a party spokesperson, but it’s quite another to forbid any encounter with the media. It’s unenforceable anyway, so why do it? But the caucus circus is over for another four years, and—with any
luck—Nevada won’t have another one. Voters demonstrated their intense dislike for the caucus process as more than 75,000 people, well over half of Democrats who participated in the caucus, chose to cast an early vote instead of attending the traditional neighborhood caucus. During early voting, the volunteers were friendly and patient. They took the process very seriously as they carefully (and sometimes painfully and slowly) asked the same questions twice in order to log in each early voter in the Google spreadsheet and check their party registration. At my early vote location at the University of Nevada, Reno, people in line passed the time amiably, chatting about the pros and cons of candidates without rancor or pressure as the line inched forward. A volunteer repeatedly canvassed the line for those with a disability or anyone needing to register or change their party affiliation in order
this year, although caucus math was still challenging, especially in larger precincts. Volunteers appeared to take it in stride for the most part, and there were far fewer complaints than in 2008 or 2016. Nevada enjoys the attention we get from being the third state to vote in the presidential contest, allowing us to showcase our diversity, our unions and our interest in a wide variety of issues from health care to the environment. But it’s time to retire the caucus and move to a regular primary, run by government officials instead of depending upon party volunteers, no matter how nice and friendly they are. If we’re unwilling to move our existing June primary to earlier in the year, let’s cowboy up and agree to pay for a special presidential primary with fewer voting locations but with plenty of early voting opportunities and the usual 12 hours on primary day. It would be worth every penny. Ω
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to participate in the Democratic caucus. People were annoyed with the wait but talked each other out of leaving, noting the line would probably get even longer as early vote locations decreased throughout the week. We didn’t know it at the time, but our wait was on the low end. On the first morning of early voting at UNR, it took a little over an hour to cast a ballot. A friend of mine voted the evening of the last day at the headquarters of the Washoe County Democratic Party, and he stood outside in the cold for more than two hours. I saw reports on social media that night of people waiting up to four hours at a neighborhood library. I admire the tenacity and determination of Democrats to choose their champion to run against Trump, but it shouldn’t ever take that long to vote. Attendance at the actual caucus was greatly diminished by all those early voters willing to stand in line, enabling the process to run much more smoothly
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BOB CASHELL REMEMBERED Hundreds of people gathered to pay tribute to former Reno Mayor Bob Cashell on Feb. 20. Prior to his funeral, a procession of casino limos, city vehicles, buses, fire trucks and police cars stretched for blocks, following the white hearse that carried Cashell’s casket under the Reno Arch and to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in south Reno, where his funeral was attended by hundreds of family members, friends and others. Those present included both former and current council members, two former city managers, two former U.S. senators and a former governor. At the Reno Ballroom, others who did not attend the funeral began gathering around 3:30 p.m. to watch as its conclusion was live-streamed onto large screens. The public celebration of life for Cashell took place at the venue from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Music Cashell liked was played and a photo montage from his life took over the screens. Attendees bought drinks from the full bar and were treated to food catered by the Eldorado Casino. People remembered Cashell not only as a mayor, but also as a casino owner and loyal fan and booster of University of Nevada, Reno, football. Cashell, who passed on Feb. 11, was the mayor of Reno from 2002 until 2014. He served as the 28th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada from ’83 to ’87 and was on the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents from ’79 to ’82. Last week, the City of Reno launched a “kindness campaign” in memory of Cashell. It runs until Feb. 29 and is being done in conjunction with the Random Acts of Kindness Week—which is exactly what it sounds like, a campaign to encourage selfless good deeds. Mayor Hillary Schieve signed a proclamation declaring it Robert A. Cashell, Sr. Week, and the city started a #kindnessforBob hashtag, which it has been using to promote the campaign on its social media throughout the week.
People gathered at the Reno Ballroom to remember former Mayor Bob Cashell. PHOTO/JERI DAVIS
Caucusgoers gathered on the steps of Mount Rose School on the morning of Feb. 22. PHOTO/JERI DAVIS
Meeting of minds The 2020 Nevada Democratic caucuses are finished, perhaps for good More Nevadans participated in the 2020 caucuses than did in 2016—but the numbers didn’t top the record turnout of 2008, when the state’s Democratic party moved the caucus date up to January to make Nevada third in the nation and first in the West to weigh in on presidential primaries. According to the Washoe County Democratic Party, approximately 105,000 Nevada Democrats caucused this year. Of those, nearly 75,000 of them did so early—an option they had for the first time this year during a four-day early voting period at locations around the state. The majority of caucusgoers were first-time participants. In addition to being the first in the West, the Nevada caucuses are significant because they’re the first to take place in a state with a minority-majority population. Nearly one-third of Nevadans are Latinx, and the state is home to a growing number of black, Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. And, according to entrance polls, 35 percent of participants this year were non-white. The fact that 14 percent of the state’s workforce is unionized also makes the Nevada first primary state with a large organized labor presence. This diversity was on display when
30,000 Nevadans turned up to caucus in person on Saturday, Feb. 22.
VOTERS’ VIEWS Voters from four precincts began gathering on the steps of Mount Rose School around 10 a.m. on Feb. 22. Volunteers greeted them and directed them to tables to either check in or register to vote. Those whose names were not on the rosters—many who’d either recently registered or moved to a new address— were directed to register again, as a fail-safe, volunteers explained. Early comers mingled on the school grounds after receiving their presidential preference cards. Phone scrolling, the reading of books and even a game of cribbage punctuated breaks in discussion of candidates, the current president and the caucus process, which many noted could be the last one Nevada voters go through. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released a statement the day after the caucus calling on the Democratic Party to abandon the caucus system. There was no consensus to be found among those present as to whether a caucus or primary would be preferable,
just as there were differing opinions on the best candidate to square off against Donald Trump. Debbie Spieker-Martin, co-owner of Bibo Coffee Company, said she was there to support Elizabeth Warren. “I think she’s a complete package,” Spieker-Martin said. “She has experience. She has temperament. I like where she stands on the issues. And she’s progressive, but she knows there’s a path to that—and I appreciate that.” Standing nearby was Paul Carrica— there as what he described as “just a lowly precinct captain” to support and caucus on behalf of the considerably more moderate Pete Buttigieg. “I feel like Pete has a wonderful opportunity to beat Trump,” Carrica said. “I think that he appeals to a really broad number of people. And I feel like he really shares my values. … He believes in Medicare for All. He believes in science. Pete believes in science.” Of course, Carrica is aware that Buttigieg actually supports Medicare for All with the caveat “who want it.” “Yes, but I also feel that … if you really want to improve health care in this country, going too far too fast is just as likely to backfire as just sticking to the same old thing,” he said. “I feel like this is America, and it’s a nation built on compromise. I feel like we need to go back to compromise. And I feel like the two-track system, yes, there’s a threat that it could become a two-tier system. But if we compromise, it doesn’t have to, right?” Carrica thinks having both public and employer-funded insurance options will help spread out the cost of health care. “Over time, those two systems will grow together, not apart—if we hold to our tradition of being a nation of compromises,” he said. Another Buttigieg supporter was Peter Mullen, who came from Silicon Valley with his wife as caucus observers. They made the drive, he said, to support both Mayor Pete and the Democratic process. “We have to keep this thing alive,” Mullen said. “We have to become more engaged, not less engaged. And it’s really easy to become less engaged right now. So, therefore, a little bit of extra effort is worth it.” Mullen—who, like Buttigieg, comes from South Bend, Indiana—has known the former mayor for years.
“So, we’ve watched him evolve,” Mullen said. “We’ve watched him grow. We’ve watched him take a leadership position. And from the beginning, there’s been something special about him—whether it was from his incredible charisma, his incredible intelligence or just passion for doing the right thing for our country. He’s the whole package.” Mullen and his wife were not the only out-of-towners who came to observe the caucus. Bob Henderson and Myles Roach drove from Davis, California, in support of Bernie Sanders. “He’s consistent with his message,” Henderson said. “He supports Medicare for All. He supports the people. He’s a man of the people, you know?” Roach added that he appreciates Sanders because he’s “not funded by rich billionaires who want to keep the status quo,” and, in Roach’s estimation, is the candidate who “sees crises like Flint, [Michigan] and the fires that have ravaged California—and sees that corporate greed is causing those things.” “He wants the American people to have more of a voice in the government and have a real opportunity to make policies that will cater to our interests and not just the rich people’s,” Roach said. For Warren supporter Michael Moberly, the momentum he’s seen friends and peers put behind Sanders has been a concern. “I, unfortunately, feel it has washed out some of [Warren’s] message,” he said.
“I think her classic, Democrat ideas like childcare credits and lower prescriptions rates and things like that—you know, I don’t think anyone’s listening to that. I also think people are still really burned about him losing last time. I think people are mad, and that’s what it looks like. I don’t think that fear or anger should make people do things, but I think it’s happening now.” As noon drew closer, conversations petered out and caucusgoers moved to their precincts’ designated rooms for voting. For precinct 1018 (of which this reporter is a member), the process went fairly smoothly, resulting, after first and second alignments, in only two viable candidates—Sanders, with a marked lead, and Warren in second place. These results only partially foreshadowed those of the state as a whole. While Sanders’ win in precinct 1018 was repeated across the state, leaving him with 46.8 percent of the votes, it was Joe Biden rather than Warren who took second place in the state. The fully reported results of the caucuses show Sanders with a wide 26.8 percent margin of votes over Biden, who took a decisive second place position with 20.2 percent. Former South Buttigieg trailed in third with 14.3 percent. Warren’s 9.7 percent earned her fourth place. And Tom Steyer and Amy Klobhuchar took fifth and six—earning 4.7 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively. The next primary contest takes place in South Carolina on Feb. 29. Ω
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Pleased to mead you Black Rabbit Mead Company By now, most of us know what to expect from a brewery, winery or a distillery. Most of our bases are covered in terms of alcohol production and consumption in the same place, right? However, just when you think you’ve got everything figured out, welcome to Black Rabbit Mead Company—Nevada’s first meadery. For those not hip to mead, it’s a fermented, honey-based drink. It’s possibly the oldest alcoholic beverage known, dating back millenia and often associated with Vikings. Mead can vary widely, from light, carbonated versions to a flat, wine-like drink, and from dry to sweet—often infused with fruits, herbs or spices. When Black Rabbit opened last year in the heart of Fourth Street’s Brewery District, I was eager to go mead drinking. Beer and I are like soulmates, intimately familiar on a molecular level, but I’m still a mead amateur. I’ve tasted a few world-class examples, but the one time I tried making it years ago, it was an undrinkable hot mess reminiscent of gasoline. My wife and I made it down to Black Rabbit on a recent Friday evening with few expectations. I didn’t know if it would be more like a bar or a tasting room. Their website promised “cider
style” meads, which I correctly assumed would be lighter and carbonated. They were different than I have tasted before, made with honey sourced from the Sierra Nevada, but beyond that, we went in blind. After finding easy parking, we entered past the curious black facade like we knew what we were doing. The place is welcoming, clean and a little idiosyncratic—including elements of bicycle culture, mountain sports, breakdancing on the TV and botanical decor. Dark wood beams and tables evoke both “Swiss ski lodge” and “Viking drinking hall.” Entirely uncrowded, it was easy to approach the bar and ask questions—signage explained a lot, almost too much information at once. The main menu lists four dry, cider-style house meads, all 6.9% alcohol. I liked the unflavored “Church of Roger,”—basic, light and refreshing, balanced between dry and slightly sweet. I really enjoyed the pineapple/jalapeno “Hawaiian Ember”—flavorful but without heat—and the hop-infused “Three Headed Rabbit.” Neither the tangy raspberry nor the rosemary/blackberry versions appealed to me, though. Their flavors were too subtle or out of balance for my palate. Convenient flights of four five-ounce pours made it easy to sample everything without fully committing to something unfamiliar. The draft menu also offers three “beer-style meads,” which were blended with beers from neighboring Lead Dog Brewing Co. I enjoyed them but found them beer-dominant, not balanced enough to find the “wow” I hoped for. I do appreciate the collaboration, though. There’s also a non-alcoholic “junbucha,” a green tea/honey kombucha, available. While the draft meads and blends are the core lineup, there’s certainly more to enjoy at Black Rabbit. Weekend afternoons offer a variety of “mead-mosas,” blending meads with different fruit juices, or a “mead-chelada.” A few commercial sodas, CBD shots and a warm spiced mead round out the options. We took home a fresh bottle of the hoppy mead and growler fills are available as well. Ω
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Wondrous and weird: Brüka Theatre Brüka’s spring shows examine the little known and poorly understood. It starts with Mary Zimmerman’s Secret in the Wings, taking the stage March 20-April 4. Despite its whimsical name, beautiful imagery, humor and basis in a set of rarely told fairy tales, Wings is decidedly dark and definitely not for fairyseeking children. One of the most well-known and thought-provoking plays in contemporary theater is Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, coming to Brüka April 24-May 16. Holly Natwora directs this one in traditional fashion, though with winks to vaudeville. Vaudeville plays a part in Brüka’s summer production, Side Show, a musical inspired by the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, who became stars during the Depression as carnival sideshow freaks. Told almost entirely through song, the story follows their difficult journey. Playwright Bill Russell lends his support during opening weekend as host of a community workshop and talkback. Brüka’s making a considerable investment in the show, transforming its space into a circus setting and giving it a six-week run, June 19-Aug. 1. Even Nevada’s history gets whimsical in the Brüka Theatre Children production of Nevada 150ish, which it’s calling a “wild and abridged journey through the history of Nevada.” The company takes performances into the community through the Pioneer Performing Arts Youth Roster, exposing schoolchildren to live theater, though a few public performances will take place at Brüka (check website for dates).
by Jessica Santina
The RN&R’s complete guide to Northern Nevada’s Spring theater season
obin Williams once said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘let’s party!’” It’s a time to come out of hibernation, put away your big coats, start new projects, and go play in those few extra hours of sunshine. It’s time to shake off winter’s funk, get out of the house, and do some new stuff. It’s time for some theater, my friends, and there’s a fresh crop of it sprouting up all over Northern Nevada. Let’s party!
• Tickets and information: www.bruka.org
Over the top: Good Luck Macbeth Big, splashy musicals are cropping up everywhere this spring, even in places you don’t expect. Here’s another one. Good Luck Macbeth presents Noises Off March 6-April 4. Often called “the funniest farce that’s ever been written,” it’s a play within a play about a touring theater troupe’s production of a show called Nothing On, performed in three acts (dress rehearsal, opening performance and the last performance of its debilitating run). Completely over the top in its zaniness, it also promises an impressive rotating set—another bold undertaking by GLM in a season featuring an extensive roster of ambitious works. Take, for example, its FOMO Series lineup (see “Face your fears,” A&C, Jan. 30), featuring an improvised play (The Unscripted Series in April and June); a foray into opera (June 5-7); a festival of tiny, original plays (June 12-14) and a “chooseyour-own-adventure” play that explores poverty (Aug. 28-30). Then you have The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson, May 1-23, a comedic retelling of history featuring four badass female legends—Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette and Haitian rebel Marianne Angell—during the French Revolution. GLM’s Artown offering is another sort of retelling. Matt Cox’s Puffs, July 10-Aug. 1, tells the story of seven years at a certain school of magic, where a certain famous wizard does some important things but does not live in the Hufflepuff house, which is what this story is really about. Though this is not the kids’ version, it’s fairly clean and might safely be labeled PG-13. GLM’s New Works Initiative strives to bring emerging plays and playwrights to Reno. Its summer offering (Aug. 14-22) is the U.S. premiere of Gina Stevensen’s The Colony, which explores the eugenics movement in America and asks important questions about the regulation of women’s bodies.
The University of Nevada, Reno’s production of Antigone features an allfemale cast.
• Tickets and information: www.goodluckmacbeth.org PHOTOS BY ERIC MARKS
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Pushing the envelope: Restless Artists Theatre Let it never be said that this little theater in Sparks doesn’t try new things. RAT is noteworthy for its commitment to provocative shows few others take on. Slowgirl, running through March 1, is a dramatic comedy about a teenage girl who escapes to the Costa Rican rainforest to hide out with her uncle after a horrific accident. After that, things get weird. April 10-26, take a run at Deer, in which New York empty-nesters Ken and Cynthia head to the Poconos to reset their lives, but the trip goes off the rails when they hit a deer. The bloody, lifeless deer takes on a life of its own, talking the couple over the edge in this grisly black comedy. From talking deer to talking toilets (now there’s a line I never thought I’d write) … May 15-31, settle in for a sci-fi/mystery/ comedy about another couple on the brink. The Feast actually contains no feasts. Matt and Anna’s toilet is now talking to them, plumbing the depths of their relationship. It Can’t Happen Here takes the stage in June (check website for dates). This cautionary tale based on a Sinclair Lewis novel is haunting in its relevance as it asks the question, “Could America slide into fascism?” • Tickets and information: www.rattheatre.org
TWNN is kicking off the year, after repeated requests from the company and audiences, with The Addams Family Musical. 12
Leave it to our top-tier research institution to present bold works that confront social issues and attempt innovative revisions. It starts with Antigone, Feb. 28-March 7. Thebes is divided, and with one brother killed on either side of the city’s wall, Antigone must decide whether she’ll follow the law or defy it. The story explores the theme of border politics, among others, and notably will feature an all-female cast. Professor Adriano Cabral directs the musical theater program’s production of Spring Awakening, on stage April 3-11. With music by Duncan Sheik, it follows a group of 19th century German students on their journey from adolescence to adulthood and explores issues of sexuality, assault and mental health. Guest artists Murielle Elizéon and Tommy Noonan of North Carolina-based Culture Mill lend their talents in a spring collaboration with UNR dance students. Together, the artists and students will create a new dance work that will be performed April 23-25. • Tickets and information: www.unr.edu/cla/ theatredance
Partnered up: TMCC Performing Arts As our local community college continues its year in flux, putting together strategic partnerships that open up new performance venues and opportunities for theater students, its spring lineup demonstrates the power of creative problem solving. One of the most exciting developments is a new partnership between the TMCC
Concert Band and UNR’s wind ensemble, which will perform together on March 4 at UNR’s Nightingale Concert Hall. Several years ago, TMCC brought Monty Python’s Spamalot to life at its now-defunct Keystone performing arts center. Now, the staff and students breathe new life into that show by teaming up with Reno High School’s Jump Start dualcredit program to enable high schoolers to produce the show with the help of TMCC’s wonderful costumes, set pieces and talent. That show takes the stage at Reno High April 17-24. Theater and dance students will collaborate this spring on The Roaring (20)20s: A Dance Theater Experience, on stage April 30-May 2 on the Dandini campus, Red Mountain 240, a 50-seat space that the performing arts crew is rebranding as The Performance Lab. It will feature choreography from the 1920s and vaudevillian comedic theater woven throughout. The school year wraps up with a concert band performance (May 5), concert choir show (May 6) and student choreography showcase (May 14). • Tickets and information: www.tmcc.edu/ visual-performing-arts
The gamut: Reno Little Theater Whatever you’re in the mood for, it’s likely Reno Little Theater has it this spring and summer. A classic comedy? A thoughtprovoking drama? Big musical? Jazz show? Ballet? Check. In RLT’s recently renovated prosceniumstyle theater, look for The Imaginary Invalid, March 13-29. Based on Moliere’s original farce and adapted by Milles Malleson, it’s
Whatever you’re in the mood for, it’s likely Reno Little Theater has it this spring and summer. the hilarious story of a hypochondriac who complains of a million imaginary illnesses and racks up an astronomical tally of medical bills. The solution? Marry off his daughter to a doctor and get free medical care. Explore The Quality of Life June 5-21, in which a couple whose home was destroyed in a California wildfire now lives in a yurt. The husband, who has terminal cancer, considers ending his life, and the pair are determined to live every day to the fullest until he does, which is at odds with visiting cousins’ philosophy. It’s dark subject matter but unexpectedly uplifting. RLT ends its season with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, its Artown offering, July 9-Aug. 2. This musical comedy about middle schoolers facing off in a spelling bee will include audience interaction and a second youth cast from area high schools (watch website for youth cast performance dates). Intermingled with RLT’s productions are monthly Sunday jazz shows presented by For the Love of Jazz (March 15, April 12, May 17, June 7 and July 12); Sierra Nevada Ballet’s Brews, Brats & Ballet on April 4-5; and monthly performances by Ageless Repertory Theater (see next page). • Tickets and information: www.renolittletheater.org
Read all about it: Ageless Repertory Theatre The local readers’ theater presents two free (donations requested) performances each month—Tuesday and Friday afternoons—at Reno Little Theater. The spring and summer lineup starts with A Year in the Death of Eddie Jester, March 31 and April 3, about a standup comic who is mugged and, while in a coma, receives hospital visits from his wife and girlfriend and, as a disembodied spirit, continues offering up joking commentary on his life. Next is Weekend Comedy, April 21 and 24, in which two couples must reluctantly share the same vacation cabin. On May 12 and 15, catch James Sherman’s Relatively Close, about three sisters who converge at their childhood home to decide what to do with it. ART takes a break each June, but it will return for an Artown production, Moon Over Buffalo, July 14 and 17, a Ken Ludwig show about two fading Hollywood stars who may have one last shot at stardom, but things go hilariously, horribly wrong. • Tickets and information:
The bee team: Carson Valley Community Theatre Can’t wait for the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at RLT this summer? Take a gorgeous drive to Minden between March 20 and 29 for the CVCT version! The company received a grant from Douglas County for the show, which will include students from the Douglas High School theater department and its drama teacher, Amy Sando, as director. From the bee to the Bea … A Night With Bea Arthur, that is, in a standup impersonation performance April 24 and 25. CVCT opens its Artown show, Nunsense II: The Second Coming, on July 17. The sequel to the popular Nunsense story, this hilarious musical spoof brings the same five nuns back to Mt. Saint Helen’s School for a thank-you program for their supporters. • Tickets and information:
They’re creepy and they’re kooky: TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada With new executive and artistic director Elisha Harris at the helm and finally its very own space at 315 Spokane St. in
Reno, TWNN is kicking off the year, after repeated requests from the company and audiences, with The Addams Family Musical, March 6-15. It features a cast totaling more than 50 in a sort of “guess who’s coming to dinner” story in which Wednesday falls in love and brings home her “normal” boyfriend and his family. Next comes Ellen Hopkins’ Crank. The local author’s novel was adapted for the stage and produced by TWNN in 2014, and since then Hopkins’ has updated the text about an addicted teen to remain current. The new show runs April 17-26, with talkbacks to discuss issues related to the story. TWNN’s Artown offering is The Wizard of Oz throughout July, with two shows at the Atlantis to give them room to spread out. • Tickets and information: twnn.org
Carson City’s youth theater company has increasingly earned a reputation for musicals with high production quality, and it’s adding to its repertoire.
weekends starting April 24. A double cast totaling roughly 80 kids brings the Disney classic to life, backed by eye-popping animated projections that will make the fall down the rabbit hole visually stunning. Look for an Oz-like shift from monotone to color when Alice enters Wonderland, as well as a special sensory-friendly performance on May 2 that’s geared toward families with children who have sensory disorders. • Tickets and information:
Hard knocks: Sierra School of Performing Arts SSPA is gearing up for its big summer outdoor production, the classic musical Annie, playing at Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater Aug. 14-28, featuring a live orchestra, choreography by Amanda Flocchini and vocal direction by Terry Thompson. It’s not too late to audition for this one—try out March 28-April 1. • Tickets and information:
Royal treatment: Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company WNMTC opens its 30th anniversary season with Once Upon a Mattress at the Carson City Community Center May 8-17. This hilarious twist on the fairytale “The Princess and the Pea” is the story of how a nasty queen administers tests to find her wimpy son, Dauntless, a new wife. All fail until the hearty Princess Winnifred takes her turn. It’s accompanied by the music of Mary Rodgers and a full, professional orchestra. • Tickets and information: www.wnmtc.com
Kids of all Ages: Wild Horse Productions Carson City’s youth theater company has increasingly earned a reputation for musicals with high production quality, and it’s adding to its repertoire. The company is resurrecting its Wild Horse Stage Company to focus on teen and young adult productions with edgier, more provocative content. Its first production, March 20-29, is Heathers: The Musical, based on the 1988 cult film. Wild Horse Children’s Theatre is going mad with Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr., running for two
Step right up: Eldorado Resort Casino In keeping with the razzle-dazzle often found at the Eldorado comes a vintage circus experience from the producers of The Illusionists. Circus 1903 offers thrilling daredevil acts designed to transport audiences to the Golden Age of Circus, complete with contortionists, trapeze artists, high-wire performers, jugglers, elephant acts, knife throwers and more. • Tickets and information:
With over a dozen shows slated between now and June, the Pioneer offers something for everyone.
Mixed Bag: Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts With over a dozen shows slated between now and June, the Pioneer offers something for everyone. Here are some highlights: The Broadway Comes to Reno series presents Bandstand, March 27-29. Set in 1945, it’s the story of Private First Class Donny Novitski, a singer/songwriter who returns home from war, starts a band and enters a national talent competition. April 8-12, catch another story about young men and an unexpected rise to fame: Jersey Boys, the behind-thescenes story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Next, jet on over to the City of Lights for An American in Paris, May 15-17. Gershwin tunes set the mood for this tale of an expat in Paris who falls in love with an in-demand Parisian shop girl. Pie always fixes things, in life and in Waitress, the uplifting musical based on the quirky film about Jenna, a young woman in a rocky marriage who gets a shot at a new life, on stage May 29-31. Intermingled with the Broadway Comes to Reno schedule are numerous touring acts as well as locally produced shows, including: The Reno Philharmonic’s Scheherazade: March 21 and 22 AVA Ballet Theatre’s The Little Mermaid: April 18 and 19 The Reno Philharmonic’s Ode to Joy, Beethoven’s Final Bow: April 25 and 26 The Reno Philharmonic’s Disney in Concert: June 7 For the full lineup, visit the website. • Tickets and information: www.pioneercenter.com
Shenanigan’s Olde English Pub
77 Plumb Lane, 324-1177
n a Jan. 23 letter to the editor, Tom Verzola of Reno wrote:
“I’m a little disappointed after watching an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives filmed in Reno. The restaurant chosen to represent the best of Reno was Noble Pie Pizza Co. The pizza is sub-standard—at its best, mediocre. “The award-winning wings” Anyone can deep fry a wing and add Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to it and call it award-winning? If research was done properly, it would be known that Boulevard Pizza best represents Reno. … I want it to be known that Boulevard Pizza is the standard when it comes to wings in Reno. Can there be a wing article to set it straight?”
An epic quest to find the best chicken wings in town BY LUKA STARMER
So, being from an upstate New York town with more pizza and wing joints per capita than the relative all-you-can-eat sushi ratio here, I offered to take on the task of writing this Reno wing article. However, I’m not a regular food critic. So to do my research properly, as suggested, I rounded up a team of experts. Cue slow-mo montage introducing the crew walking in formation.
Jox Sports Bar & Grill 3652 S. Virginia St., 827-6688
Wingmen I called up Paul Archie, who’s actually from Buffalo, New York. For years, he and his wife owned Paulie’s Pizza located on Kietzke Lane. I never made it there before it closed a few years ago, but it sounds exactly like the pizza places in my hometown. But what makes Paulie super qualified to participate in this wing tour are his 14 trophies from the annual Biggest Little City Wing Fest hosted by the Eldorado. Paulie has won people’s choice six years straight with zany recipes like strawberry cheesecake hot wings, salted caramel, bacon-wrapped, and chicken and waffles in wing-form. He’s a fierce competitor—feared and respected by other wing cookers. He’s eccentric and funny as shit, and he knows wings. I also brought Michael Tragash, Reno’s community manager for the user review app Yelp. Tragash is a well-connected foodie. He’s been a celebrity judge for the Wing Fest, and he’s well aware of the wide breadth of places to get wings in this town. (Editor’s note: Yelp did not pay for any of the wings consumed for this article. Neither did the Reno News & Review. I’m getting paid for writing the story but bought the food out of pocket.) Last I invited along my buddy Nick Rogers who is a local music promoter and DJ. He’s more of a wing enthusiast than an expert. I’ve just seen him eat a lot of wings. He was dubbed our “clean up hitter” helping us through the 15 orders of wings we ate.
The first place we stopped was Shenanigan’s Olde English Pub. Apparently this is a sneaky spot for good whiskey, but that’s not why we were there. Paulie got there before anyone. He said he was spooked that maybe he was about to be whacked by some chicken wing mafia conspiring to end his wing fest win streak. He took the cake for most requests to keep his colorful tid bits off the record. We ordered the medium wings, the sweet hot, and the dry Cajun rub. “My M.O. lately is dry rubbed wings with a side of sauce,” Tragash said. He said that ensures the wing is crispy enough, while still giving the option to dip in as deeply into the sauce as necessary. I have to admit, I’ve adopted this technique too since living in Reno. Places like Brasserie Saint James only serve their wings that way, and they’re great. But Paulie says it’s blasphemous. It’s more like fried chicken. At Shenanigan’s, the sweet hot wings won. They were the best consistency on the outside. The sauce was a sticky sweet chili that I thought could have had a little more spicy heat, but was delicious. The medium wings were soggier than they should be—granted we spent a lot of time raving about the sweet hot.
Jox Sports Bar & Grill is a place that still allows smoking inside. We got the New Orleans, which are like a barbecue style wing, and we got the medium wings. Jox grills the wings after they’re sauced. It adds these nice-looking char lines. Overall we rated the wings four out of 10. They’re nothing special, but they get the job done without being offensive. There was a tang we all noticed in the medium sauce that we couldn’t quite figure out. It’s a place you might want to ask to make them extra crispy and a side of more sauce.
Legends Grill Sports & Spirits 6015 S. Virginia St., 853-5550
Methodology Let me describe the perfect wings. I like a Buffalo wing that is fried, not breaded. They’re freshly tossed in a medium sauce that will draw a bead of sweat to the brow, but isn’t “hot.” And I want enough sauce in the container to be able to dip pizza crust or fries or whatever’s left over. I do bleu cheese because I’m East Coast. This is essentially the classic Buffalo wing. “Rubbery wings are nasty— Buffalo wings are supposed to be crispy,” Paulie said. “That’s why I always request the wings be ‘extra crispy,’” said Tragash. “The places that are known for having good wings, you don’t have to say that.”
Each place we stopped, we ordered one classic medium, and then whatever other wing styles people like there. I printed a scorecard I compiled with nine categories from appearance and aroma to sauce consistency and heat with 10-point scale for each. In the end, we resorted to just giving one overall score for each place and talking at length. The whole ordeal took us over five hours— that’s a lot of deliberation. As a crew, we narrowed a long list of wing places down to five, of course including Mr. Verzola’s preferred Boulevard Pizza.
Legends Grill Sports & Spirits is a classic sports bar. They have a pretty wide selection of styles, and they specifically note to give them at least 15 minutes to prepare them. We got our usual medium, a Cajun dry rub and their “nutty” sauce which is barbecue and Buffalo combined. Nick insisted we get the Nuclear sauce on the side. “I just want to try them,” he said, having not yet tested his heat tolerance. There’s also a secret sauce called the Ramon that isn’t on the menu. It’s so secret our waitress didn’t know about it either. So there you have it, the legend of Legends. I like a medium to carry a little heat, but the medium wings here were intense. Paulie isn’t a hot wings guy either, so we were both nearly tapped out right away. I thought the Nutty was exceptionally hot, too. Nick happily ate like twelve more wings, and Michael was dipping the Cajuns in everything. He said this dry rub won out over Shenanigan’s.
1076 Rock Blvd, Sparks, 359-2124 Boulevard Pizza is a big restaurant with one of the last vestiges of a salad bar. They proudly display their wing fest trophies. Paulie asked to say hi to the owner, Tony, a staunch rival and competitor, but he had stepped out for the night. While we were waiting, we taught Paulie how to use Instagram. Everything was jovial until our wings showed up. They were tiny raisins of meat wrapped around toothpicks for bones. Paulie took a photo of them next to a quarter for scale. They were lightly sauced—vinegary and peppery, enough to make you sneeze. “Welp, that was easy,” said Nick. We threw them down and left them behind.
8798 N. Red Rock Road, 622-8825 Aloha Shack is a Hawaiian restaurant that used to be a food truck, so it’s definitely an outlier for typical Buffalo wings. Owners Chris and Theresa Luke are also competitors at Wing Fest. “You brought this dude?” said Chris when we saw Paulie come through the door, ribbing him the whole time about whose wings were better. We tried one of each of their styles— island barbecue, garlic mango Buffalo, peach habañero barbecue, the dry rub, their
ono Sirarcha honey and their pineapple upside down. The wings are suspiciously massive, like the chickens used to train at some Crossfit body builder farm. “One of these wings is like all six of fuckin’ Boulevard’s,” said Paulie. I was amenable to the garlic mango Buffalo, despite being a twist on the classic. They weren’t Nick’s favorite. They were crispy enough but could have crisped a little longer. The ono style was really nicely dressed with green onions and sesame seeds, maybe the best presentation of the day.
Everywhere else We only had time for five spots, but we spent the whole time talking about everywhere else that does great wings in Reno. Paulie is a huge fan of Red Necks, a food truck that does grilled barbecue wings. Noble Pie got that glowing review from Guy Fieri on the Food Network, so good for them. I eat those wings a lot myself, especially late night. Also worth noting is Archie’s and The Depot for happy hour. Tragash mentioned Louis’ Basque Corner, Arario and Carolina BBQ for unusually delightful wing styles. But to Tom Verzola and everyone out there, when it comes to wings, go with whatever makes your mouth water. Ω
When applying the scientific method, it helps to start with a large sample size.
by MARk EARNEST
Many pollutants like trash, fertilizers, and oil wreak havoc on our water supply in the Truckee Meadows, but did you know that weeds also impact our water quality? That’s right - weeds. Weeds may not seem to be a very hot topic at the moment, however, they cause much more damage than you would think. Noxious weeds - as in weeds that have been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment - can cause countless problems aside from damaging the aesthetic value of communities. Other ways in which noxious weeds can impact our community include:
Decreased Water Quality
Weeds can impact water quality in a number of ways. Erosion leads to increased sediment in our waterways, increased sediment leads to higher temperatures and thus lower oxygen levels, and the potential use of herbicides on weeds near riverbanks can drain into waterways and can cause algae blooms.
Displaced Wildlife and Native Plants
Nutrients can be hard to come by, especially when you’re competing with an invasive weed. Weeds will out-compete other plants for nutrients, sunlight, and space, leaving native flora in the dust. While the native plants are suffering, so are the local animals. The native fauna had adapted to co-exist with certain plant species, and when those plants are out-competed by weeds, the animals have lost their source of food and shelter.
Reduced Recreation Potential
The presence of weeds affects the aesthetic value of properties as well as the health of native species. Higher levels of sedimentation in our waterways, increased risk of erosion and flash floods as well as fewer sightings of native flora and fauna will lead to a lack of opportunity for recreational activities.
Participants in last year’s Poetry Out Loud Nevada semifinals perform at the Nevada Museum of Art.
the root of the problem
Increased Fire Danger
Once weeds have gone dry they become an extreme fire hazard. Invasive species such as Cheatgrass and Medusahead are quite common as well as flammable. In an attempt to stop weeds in their tracks and to pay for damages caused by weeds, the United States pays up to $137 billion every year.
Spread the Word, Not the Weed
Other than eradication, there are many other ways that you can help slow the spread of invasive weeds. Some easy steps you can take and practice every day are: • Come Clean: Before leaving home, take time to inspect and remove dirt, plants, and bugs from clothing, boots, gear, pets, and vehicles. • Leave Clean: Before leaving the trail, campsite, etc, inspect your belongings and remove any dirt, plants or bugs. Also, check your pet’s paws and fur! • Stay on designated trails: Stay on the designated trail when walking, hiking, running, biking, or riding your horse or OHV. • Be informed: Learn about invasive species that are a problem in your area. Learn about and use native plants that grow well in your area. Visit KTMB.org for more information!
To learn more about noxious weed identification and eradication, please visit Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful’s website at ktmb.org and refer to our latest blog post: “Weeds: the root of the problem”
Source: http://agri.nv.gov/Plant/Noxious_Weeds/Noxious_Weed_List/ This program is supported by funding from the Nevada Division of Forestry, Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources through a Landscape Scale Restoration Grant awarded by the US Forest Service.
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Speaking volumes Poetry Out Loud The power of the written word—especially when it comes to the often heightened emotion of poetry—can be tangible when it’s spoken out loud. It’s compelling to see, especially when the words really mean something to the speaker. That’s the idea behind Poetry Out Loud, a national initiative for students that encourages them to perform poems aloud as part of a competition. The latest round of this event for Nevada students will take place Feb. 29 at the Nevada Museum of Art. The event taking place at the museum will feature readers from all over Washoe County. Students read two different poems that they’ve chosen from the Poetry Out Loud website, which has hundreds of them ranging from modern writers to classic authors. Poetry Out Loud’s semifinals are co-sponsored by The Holland Project, and one of its biggest supporters is Shaughn Richardson, a social studies teacher at Washoe Inspire Academy and Holland board member for four years. He first got involved with Poetry Out Loud as part of his own work with the Spoken Views Collective, the longtime performance poetry group that often performs at the venue. Spoken Views also has POL workshops and has formed an offshoot youth group, from which several members are a part of the POL event. “I think poetry is an outlet for students who are more quiet and who need an outlet to vent their personal feeling and thoughts,” Richardson said. “They may have so much going on that they have to write as a way to process their feelings and find their place in the world. It might seem trivial to other people in the world, but it’s deeply meaningful for them, and they
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can learn from it and then find a sense of themselves.” Richardson, who has judged POL before, said that the students are rated on accuracy of the words as well as performance elements. The top three students at the Reno event go on to the state finals in Las Vegas later this year. “The judging takes place live, and it’s kind of nerve wracking when you have to do it,” Richardson said. “There’s only so much time you have to judge and score them before the next performer comes up.” Richardson said that the competition has led to some participants writing poems of their own. “A student might start out reading poetry in class as a freshman or sophomore, and then after they compete they continue to write and perform, whether it’s slam poetry or whatever they want to pursue,” Richardson said. “Some of have gone on to UNR and started their own poetry collective and collaborated with Spoken Views.” Kira Temple, an English teacher at McQueen High School who is also active in Poetry Out Loud, gets her students involved through information that the Nevada Arts Council sends the school district. She said all of the English teachers at McQueen ask their students to find a poem and read it. From there, they can then decide if they want to participate in a school-wide competition, which has been hosted by Grace Church. While Temple said she hasn’t witnessed many of her students take up poetry later in life, she did add that the performance aspect has a positive effect on her students. “It’s more fun to see a Shakespeare performance than to read it quietly at your desk,” Temple said. “You don’t have to read poetry alone in a sterile environment. They are with their friends, and there’s definitely more learning through doing and through absorbing.” Ω The Poetry Out Loud statewide semifinals take place at 11 a.m. Feb. 29 at Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St. Admission is free. Get more details at nevadaart.org.
BY BOB GRIMM
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“Last night, I dreamed that you and I flew around in a hamburger-shaped spaceship.”
Where the mild things are A grumpy, growly Harrison Ford, sporting a David Letterman beard, stars alongside a CGI dog in this latest cinematic take on Jack London’s classic—far too nasty to be faithfully adapted for kids—The Call of the Wild. Shooting for a safe PG, much of the story’s violence, against humans and dogs alike, has been removed in favor of a more family-friendly take on the fable of a man and his dog. The dumbing down of the original text might’ve been forgivable if some of the CGI animal antics weren’t so jarringly unrealistic. Don’t get me wrong. I’m in no mood to see real dogs getting hit with clubs and pulling sleds across frozen tundra. But Buck, the cartoon dog, would’ve been far more suitable for a completely animated CGI affair. In a way, it’s the humans who sometimes throw things out of whack. The humans and the CGI beasts don’t look like they belong together. But the scenes where it’s just humans sitting around, or a bunch of dogs fighting one another off on their own, look OK. Ford plays John Thornton, a character who showed up much deeper in the novel than he does in the movie. In the novel, Thornton was one of the many men prospecting for gold. In director Chris Sanders’ film, Thornton is a grieving loner who has left his wife after the death of their son. He drinks a lot of booze, and when he eventually joins forces with Buck, they discover a gold-filled river while just sort of passing through, and not really seeking it. I, for one, don’t see why this change was made, but there you go. Buck, the big house dog who will eventually lead a sled pulling dog team, is a curious enough technological creation. He doesn’t look bad—he just doesn’t look and act “real.” He’s smart in ways that are complete bullshit, including figuring out that booze is bad for John, and stealing his bottles. Again, this is the stuff of cartoons and not live-action movies.
Another big departure from the novel is the portrayal of Hal, a negative presence in a small part of the novel, but a full-blown villain in the movie. As played by Dan Stevens, with a mustache-twirling bad guy spin, he has an extended stay in the film, and he’s a little over-the-top. Karen Gillan might’ve been fun as his spoiled sister Mercedes had she been given more than five minutes in the movie. The scenery depicting the Yukon is breathtakingly shot by famed cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, so that’s a plus. While most things might look out of place in this movie, the outdoor scenery is never short of gorgeous. Chewbacca was essentially a big walking dog, so who better than Ford to play a drunk guy who talks to his dog a lot? Ford narrates the movie with his huffy grumble, but his onscreen persona has surprising nuance. (He smiles sometimes!) He makes much of the movie watchable, at times even heartwarming. And then Buck the dog bounces around like ScoobyDoo and kills the moment. Because the violence has been toned down, and because the film is coming in with a PG rating, I can give the movie a mild recommendation if you are looking to take the kids out for the night. Heck, my parents took me to see that shitty The Wilderness Family flick and low-grade Disney movies like The Apple Dumpling Gang when I was a kid, and I dug the hell out of it. This movie slips into that category of clumsy family fare that will please the kids and allow the parents to watch a movie comfortably knowing that nobody gets fully naked or rips somebody’s tongue out. Hey, it might even inspire a nice “Say kids, alcohol is bad for you … don’t drink like grouchy Harrison Ford in that movie!” conversation on the ride home. But as straight-up adult viewing, with no kids, The Call of the Wild probably won’t do the trick. Ω
The Call of the Wild
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.
Birds of Prey
After being the only thing worth your time in Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn gets her own show in Birds of Prey, a marked improvement over the film that housed Margot Robbie’s first go at the role. Sadly, in this case, improved doesn’t necessarily mean good. There’s something very askew plot-wise in this movie, in that it doesn’t really have one, and the shards of a plot it does have are presented in especially sloppy fashion. The movie hops around time like a tweaker on a pogo stick. Also, while I love Robbie, her Harley Quinn shtick can get a little grating at times. Harley Quinn is joined by the Birds of Prey this time out, and the likes of Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), the Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) all get high marks for what they bring to the party. The basic plot involves bad guy Roman Sionis, a.k.a. Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), trying to get a big diamond from a young pickpocket (Ella Jay Basco). That’s about it for story. Much of the film is spent talking about the Joker, which is a bit strange because this movie is supposed to be proof that the Birds of Prey don’t need the stupid Joker in their movie. OK, Harley broke up with the Joker so, mercifully, we don’t have to endure Jared Leto’s take on the character again. Get that plot element out of the way, and then move on. Instead, the film contains near constant references to the fact that Joker is not in this movie. Director Cathy Yan and screenwriter Christina Hodson seem afraid to let go of the Clown Prince of Crime as a plot presence. Newsflash … nobody cares about the Suicide Squad incarnation of Joker.
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 semi-reasonable 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. Again, it’s fun stuff on a relatively mediocre scale.
The Last Thing He Wanted
Holy hell, is this ever a bad movie. I mean, it’s bad. Like, really, really, really, really, really bad. Anne Hathaway trudges through this adaptation of Joan Didion’s novel, a movie that casts her as an ’80s reporter who must know the truth. Fed up with boring stories involving Reagan’s reelection campaign, she winds up going all over the world, simultaneously trying to help her crazy daddy (Willem DaFoe, whose character is supposed to be sickly, but man, he’s never looked better in a movie—quite vibrant!) and, I think, trying to blow the lid of the Contra scandal. I say “I think” because, honestly, I have no fucking idea what was going on in this stupid movie. Ben Affleck shows up as a creepy diplomat who eats pie and eventually goes to bed with Hathaway’s character because, well, actually I don’t know why that happens either. Hathaway is reduced to extensive phone acting scenes, where she is really concerned or very upset or totally angry and, gosh darn it, she’s on the phone when it’s happening. Hey, if you can figure out what’s going on in this movie, you have my respect. Wait, maybe not. If you can follow this movie, you might be as messed up as this movie is. Actually, if you like this movie you might not want to talk to me. Chances are we won’t connect on any social or intellectual level. We are from different worlds, you and I. (Streaming on Netflix.)
Sonic the Hedgehog
When Sonic the Hedgehog comes out of the gate, it has the makings of what could wind up being an early frontrunner for year’s worst. It’s irritating, it’s unoriginal, and it features multiple jokes about cops eating donuts, as if we haven’t heard those before. Then Jim Carrey shows up as the villain, and almost saves the whole damn thing. Almost. Sonic is voiced by Ben Schwartz. While this incarnation definitely looks better than that first mess Paramount Pictures tried to get past the masses, he’s still a grating presence. Sorry, Mr. Schwartz, but your voice is nails on a chalkboard. A brief prelude shows Sonic being sent to Earth by a heroic owl, left alone in his cave with a bag of gold rings that provide gateways to other worlds. After an encounter with Tom Wachowski, the small-town policeman (James Marsden), Sonic’s gold rings are accidentally transported to San Francisco. He must join with Tom, who he calls the Doughnut Lord because, as I stated before, this movie’s script is screamingly unoriginal, and they go on a road trip. In pursuit of the pair is Dr. Robotnik, played by a totally game Jim Carrey, who hasn’t been this manically fun in years. He gets legitimate laughs that are surprisingly offbeat considering his kiddie movie surroundings. Alas, Carrey’s role is a supporting one, and he doesn’t get nearly enough screen time to save this from being a relatively rote affair.
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In the family Daughters Cafe is uniquely charming among local brunch options. Built in 1912, its mix of antiques, family photos and quaint decor give the sense you’re breaking fast in an Edwardian family home—which it actually still is, with family quarters upstairs and the ground floor open to hungry guests. Mom is in the kitchen, with one or more of her daughters ensuring the guests are well taken care of. A brick patio features al fresco enjoyment during warmer months, and a large orange cat roams freely through its domain. My crew arrived right at open and had our pick of tables, though the place filled up quickly. The menu changes frequently. We perused it while waiting for the initial batch of locally roasted coffee to brew. Cotton dish towels serve as napkins, enhancing the homey aspect. The menu proclaimed, “All of our food is made to order by an archaeologist, so it takes as long to cook as if you made it at home … for an enormous family.” Apparently, Mom spent many years traveling the world in her former academic profession and employs those cultural experiences as inspiration for her selections. The menu features traditional breakfast cocktails, Italian sodas, three distinct variations on hot chocolate and various espresso/coffee concoctions. Though tempted by a spicy bloody Mary, mimosa and Pimm’s cup, we stayed sober with huge mugs of coffee ($2), tremendous tumblers of fresh orange juice ($4) and a foamy serving of rich chocolate bliss ($4) for the youngest among us. All were completely satisfying. On our Sunday visit, three brunch options were offered at $18 a plate. The lad went with beignets, four pillowy dreams of fried dough doused in almost too much confectioner’s sugar. I’ve sampled local attempts at these New Orleans doughnuts both good and bad, and these were most certainly good. A Dutch baby was the other sweet option, an American
Daughters Cafe’s Khachapuri features deep-fried Brussels sprouts, roasted potato, sausage, a fruit/ veg/avocado combo and apricot-nutmeg rice pudding. PHOTO/TODD SOUTH
creation from the early 20th century. Unrelated to the Netherlands, though perhaps named for similarity to a German baked pancake, “Dutch” substituted for “Deutch.” It’s a somewhat sweet version of Yorkshire pudding, with crispy, rolled-up puffy edges and extra egg leading to a custardy interior. Topped with melted butter, powdered sugar and a sweet and tart citrus essence, it is to flapjacks what a space shuttle is to a bottle rocket. Both plates included two exceptionally large sausage links, fruit and a square of banana bread (really cake). The cake was moist and enjoyable, and, unlike most breakfast sausages, I really enjoyed the snappy skin and seasoning of these fat, juicy morsels. Crisp chunks of apple and pear were in concert with pink grapefruit, orange and—oddly enough—some cucumber, celery, radish and half an avocado. A well rounded breakfast indeed. The savory option was khachapuri, deep-fried Brussels sprouts, roasted potato, sausage, the fruit/ veg/avocado combo and a little cup of smoothly delicious apricot-nutmeg rice pudding. The sprouts were crispy yet not overcooked, the tubers adequate though frankly unnecessary. Khachapuri hails from Eurasian Georgia, a cheese-imbued baked dough with several regional variations and popularity beyond. This one appeared to be based on the Black Sea, Adjarian coastal variety that is shaped like a boat, with butter and a whole egg in the center. The flavorful, crusty dough was well-supported by rich cheese and egg yolk. The ambiance, food and service were a perfect trinity, leaving my friends and I feeling well sated for the day ahead—a perfect Sunday morning. Ω
Daughters Cafe 97 bell St., 324-3447
Daughters Cafe is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn more at daughterscafe.com.
by MarK EarnEsT
The moody musicians who make up Blue Envy are Max Landis and Keva Tanyi.
Big mood Blue Envy When Keva Tanyi and Max Landis release their first record as Blue Envy in late spring, the title might resonate with a lot of people: #Mood. “The title does represent our music,” guitarist and vocalist Tanyi said. “The mood is always changing.” “We’re in a cool spot now where we can try anything we really want and see what speaks to people and then take it from there,” said bassist and vocalist Landis. Clearly, this is not a typical acousticbased band, and that has shown in the variety of venues they’ve played in Reno, from places you might think would make sense for an acoustic duo, like Pignic and Ceol, to clubs that usually only serve up the loudest of the loud, like Shea’s Tavern or the Holland Project. Both musicians laughed when I pointed this out, and then Landis unreeled a story about his grandmother, a pastor who sometimes only preaches to a handful of people at her church. “She told me that she just feels compelled to go up there and do it,” Landis said. “‘That’s just how it is, and I will do it for anyone who wants to listen.’ I think that’s how personally I feel about the venues we’ve played, and they’ve been very accepting and supportive of us. There’s been nothing but love.” Blue Envy makes it work with their songwriting skills led by Tanyi’s expressive voice and guitar style. The duo has been charming audiences for a little over a year, building a buzz that’s likely to continue throughout 2020. Tanyi and Landis first met at a Halloween party four years ago, where the bassist heard Tanyi sing. From there, they joined a band called This Great State, which had members split between Reno and Sacramento. When that group ended
in late 2018, the two decided to continue as Blue Envy. The group’s sound is a mix of modern pop, ’70s acoustic sounds, UK alternative rock, jazz and Afrobeat. Their first single, “Tell Me Why,” is an up-to-date confection that would sound perfect on a modern indie pop playlist, yet it also contrasts with Blue Envy’s live setting, where the mix of influences are more subtle. “The reason why we are doing an acoustic duo is because those are the resources we have to work with to perform,” Landis said. “We’d rather do it this way than do nothing at all,” Tanyi added. African artists like Burna Boy and the late great Fela Kuti are the intersection where Blue Envy’s songwriting meets. Tanyi’s distinctive style on guitar comes from her family background. “The reason why I even picked up the guitar in the first place was when I first went to Cameroon, when I was 10,” Tanyi said. “My pa, Maurice, was blind and he played guitar, so I would try to emulate what he used to do. I know he was influenced by a lot of Makossa music and Fela Kuti, so I think I play like him, and he influenced me a lot.” With Landis playing in a more percussive style than your average bassist, the contrast of styles has clearly struck a nerve with listeners, which is part of Blue Envy’s modus operandi: to help people forget about the stresses of the day. “We both work in health care services in different ways for different kinds of people,” Landis said. “And we were raised by people who were working in service to others, so that’s the main objective here: to be of service to people in whatever way that works.” Ω
Blue envy plays with local rock bands engine Fire and statues of Bliss at 9:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at shea’s tavern, 715 s. virginia st. Hear the band’s new single and more at soundcloud.com/blueenvybandofficial.
THURSDAY 2/27 1UP
214 W. Commercial Row, (775) 813-6689
SNBRN, Animolz, Obi-Wan Solo, Moodium, Moot, 10pm, $20-$25
ALIBI ALE WORKS (INCLINE)
Trivia Night, 7pm, Tu, no cover Ike & Martin, 6pm, W, no cover
931 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 831-8300
ALIBI ALE WORKS (TRUCKEE)
Arrested Development March 1, 8 p.m. Cargo Concert Hall 255 N. Virginia St. 398-5400
10069 Bridge St., Truckee, (530) 536-5029
10040 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, (530) 587-2626
Carson Comedy Club, Carson Nugget, 507 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 8821626: Joby Saad, Fri, 8pm, $15 Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 3257401: Raj Sharma, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Joe Nipote, Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, $21.95 LEX at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: Mike Falzone & Justin Rupple, Thu, 8pm, $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: Reno Tahoe Comedy Ninth Anniversary Celebration with Mike Falzone & Justin Rupple, Thu, 7pm, $7-$20; Fri, 8:30pm, $12-$24; Sat, 6:30pm, 9:30pm, $12-$24
CARGO CONCERT HALL
555 E. Fourth St., (775) 499-5549
Casual Dogs, 9pm, no cover
In Kahootz, 9pm, no cover
In Kahootz, 9pm, no cover
Tisoki, Minesweepa, Kumera, KNO LUV, 10pm, $25-$30
Bellecour: Gavlak, Hotl!ne b2b Dadjoke, Ego Death, 4bang, 9pm, $15-$20 Arrested Development, Black Rock City Allstars, 8pm, $35
255 N. Virginia St., (775) 398-5400
CEOL IRISH PUB
Mason Frey, 9pm, no cover
Dust in My Coffee, 9pm, no cover
Whiskey Preachers, 9pm, no cover
Leroy Virgil, 9pm, no cover
538 S. Virginia St., (775) 329-5558
275 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-1917
DEAD RINGER ANALOG BAR FACES NV
Post shows online by registerin g at www.newsr eview. com/reno. D eadline is the Frida y before public ation. Traditional Irish session, 7pm, Tu, Wed. Night Showcase, 7pm, W, no cover
XanderRoxX, 9pm, W, no cover
235 W. Second St., (775) 470-8590
1401 S. Virginia St., (775) 453-2223
Open Mic Night, 7pm, M, no cover Latin Dance Night, 7:30pm, Tu, no cover
Black Lodge Rave (silent disco), 10pm, no cover
432 E. Fourth St., (775) 409-4431
FAT CAT BAR & GRILL (MIDTOWN)
Bluegrass jam, 6pm, no cover Sounds of the City: Phatman & Robin, Wabuska Yachting Club, 5pm, no cover
1044 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-5050
Silver, 8:30pm, no cover
BAR OF AMERICA
Jamie Rollins, 8:30pm, no cover
First Take with Rick Metz, 7pm, Tu, DJ Trivia, 7pm, W, no cover
THURSDAY 2/27 The holland ProjecT 140 Vesta St., (775) 448-6500
Destroy Boys, Gymshorts, Slate, 7:30pm, $10-$12
Mo Troper, Nick Eng, Sad Giants, 7:30pm, $5
Diners, Of Lyle, Maggot, 7:30pm, $5
No Win, 7:30pm, M, $5-$7 Summer Cannibals, 7:30pm, Tu, $10 Woolworm, 7:30pm, W, $7
jUB jUB’S ThIrST Parlor
1-2) Skate Jam 7: Boss’ Daughter, Protected Left, The Shames, noon, $15
140 Vesta St., (775) 448-6500 1) Showroom 2) Bar Room
The loVInG cUP
Motown Mondays, 9pm, M, no cover
188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480
MIdTown wIne Bar
1527 S. Virginia St., (775) 800-1960
Black Flag Unplugged: Open Mic Thursdays, 7pm, no cover
2100 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 507-1626
Musicole, 8:30pm, no cover
One Way Street, 8pm, no cover
Oak Room Mardi Gras Party with DJ 96, 10pm, $20-$30
Los Yonics, Grupo Bryndis, Industria del Amor, 9:30pm, $40
PIGnIc PUB & PaTIo
Leroy Virgil, 7pm, no cover
Kickback: Jimmy Dirt, Creedence, Zahn, Mo’ Steph, Boshi, 8pm, no cover
The Polo loUnGe
DJ Trivia, 7pm, no cover
Ladies Night Out with DJ Bobby G, 8pm, no cover
Alias Smith Band, DJ Bobby G, 8pm, no cover
Adam Springob, 6pm, no cover
Kat Heart, 8pm, no cover
Spike McGuire, 8pm, no cover
235 Flint St., (775) 376-1948
1559 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-8864
1401 S. Virginia St., (775) 384-6526
Engine Fire, Statues of Bliss, Blue Envy, 8:30pm, $6
215 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-4774
ST. jaMeS InFIrMarY
211 N. Virginia St., (775) 433-1090
Andy Frasco & The U.N., Vintage Pistol, 8pm, W, $12 Hector Acevedo, Source of Love, 8pm, W, $6
Trivia Night, 8pm, no cover
Saturday Salsa, 8:30pm, no cover
445 California Ave., (775) 657-8484
VIrGInIa STreeT BrewhoUSe
Karaoke, 8pm, M, no cover DG Kicks Band, 8pm, Tu, no cover
Saturday Country Dance Party, 7pm, no cover
761 S. Virginia St., (775) 221-7451
Black Flag, The Linecutters, 7pm, $20-$25
Revolución de Amor—Tribute to Maná, 8pm, $20
Feb. 27, 7 p.m. Virginia Street Brewhouse 211 N. Virginia St. 433-1090
Moon Gravy, 7pm, W, no cover
Black Label Society, Obituary, Lord Dying, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, 8pm, $21 8pm, $39.50
Andy Frasco & The U.N. March 4, 8 p.m. The Saint 761 S. Virginia St. 221-7451
Rockaraoke, 8pm, W, no cover
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ATLANTIS CASINO RESORT SPA 3800 S. VIRGINIA ST., (775) 825-4700 CABARET ATOMIKA: Thu, 2/27, 8pm, Fri, 2/28, Sat, 2/29, 4pm, no cover
NEW WAVE CRAVE: Fri, 2/28, Sat, 2/29, 10pm,
CARSON VALLEY INN
ELDORADO RESORT CASINO
1627 HIGHWAY 395, MINDEN, (775) 782-9711
345 N. VIRGINIA ST., (775) 786-5700
LEFT OF CENTRE: Thu, 2/27, 7pm, Fri, 2/28,
STUDENT BODY THURSDAYS WITH DJ JB:
Sat, 2/29, 8pm, no cover
Sun, 3/1, 8pm, no cover
CIRCUS CIRCUS RENO
ESCALADE: Mon, 3/2, Tue, 3/3, 10pm, Wed, 3/4, 8pm, no cover
500 N. SIERRA ST., (775) 329-0711
BOOMTOWN CASINO HOTEL
2100 GARSON ROAD, VERDI, (775) 345-6000
JUST US: Fri, 2/28, Sat, 2/29, 9pm, no cover
EL JEFE’S CANTINA
GUITAR BAR BROTHER DAN: Thu, 2/27, 6pm, no cover ROCKIT TOWN: Fri, 2/28, 5pm, no cover JASON KING BAND: Sat, 2/29, 5pm, no cover VELVET DUO: Fri, 2/28, Sat, 2/29, 9pm, no cover THE ROBEYS: Sun, 3/1, 6pm, no cover TANDYMONIUM: Mon, 3/2, 6pm, no cover STEPHEN LORD: Tue, 3/3, 6pm, no cover JASON KING: Wed, 3/4, 6pm, no cover
CARSON NUGGET 507 N. CARSON ST., CARSON CITY, (775) 882-1626 THE LOFT MR. WIZARD: Fri, 2/28, Sat, 2/29, 9pm, no cover
SKYY HIGH FRIDAY WITH DJ MO FUNK: Fri, 2/28, 10pm, no cover
REVEL SATURDAYS WITH DJ CHRIS ENGLISH: Sat, 2/29, 10pm, no cover
Take a magic carpet ride with The Reno Dance Company as they present their original production based on the Aladdin story featuring the title character, his beloved princess and their friends in an exhilarating adventure. Performances start at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, and Sunday, March 1, at the Celebrity Showroom in the Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks. Tickets are $15-$32. Call 356-3300 or visit www.nuggetcasinoresort.com.
CRYSTAL BAY CASINO
Wed, 3/4, 10pm, no cover
BREW CLUB TUESDAYS: Tue, 3/3, 10pm, no cover
NOVI DJ SCENICK & DJ RONI V: Fri, 2/28, Sat, 2/29, 9pm, no cover
ROXY’S LIVE PIANO BAR LIVE PIANO: Thu, 2/27, Fri, 2/28, Sat, 2/29, Sun, 3/1, Mon, 3/2, Tue, 3/3, Wed, 3/4, 4:30pm, no cover
DJ OSCAR PEREZ: Fri, 2/28, 10pm, no cover DJ MO FUNK: Sat, 2/29, 10pm, no cover
GRAND SIERRA RESORT
2500 E. SECOND ST., (775) 789-2000
THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS WITH MAXWELL FRIEDMAN GROUP: Sat, 2/29, 9pm, $25-$30 AN EVENING WITH MOE.: Sun, 3/1, 9pm, $30-$35 JERRY DOUGLAS WITH JENNI & JESSE DUNN: Wed, 3/4, 8pm, $25-$30
RED ROOM no cover
LIVE BAND KARAOKE WITH ROCK U ENT.: Mon, 3/2,
14 HIGHWAY 28, CRYSTAL BAY, (775) 833-6333
GOMEX WITH ELZO & DESTRUKT: Fri, 2/28, 11pm,
Thu, 2/27, 10pm, no cover
DJ BIRD & VJ RIZZO: Fri, 2/28, Sat, 2/29, 10pm,
LEX NIGHTCLUB THROWBACK THURSDAY—HIP HOP HITS WITH EYE QUE: Thu, 2/27, 6pm, no cover LEX FRIDAYS WITH DJ SHOWTIME: Fri, 2/28, 10pm, $10
B.O.B WITH DJ PRECISE: Sat, 2/29, 10pm, $10-$20
Post shows online by registering at www.newsreview.com/reno. Deadline is the Friday before publication.
The Greyboy Allstars Feb. 29, 9 p.m. Crystal Bay Casino 14 Highway 28 Crystal Bay (775) 833-6333
LADIES NIGHT: Fri, 2/28, 10pm, $20, no cover charge for women
5 HIgHWAy 28, CRySTAL BAy, (775) 831-0660
MATSU: Sat, 2/29, 10pm, $20
JOHN KRAUS AND THE GOERS: Thu, 2/27, 7pm,
CHRIS COSTA: Fri, 2/28, Sat, 2/29, 8pm, no cover
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FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 27, 2020 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. HAUS SNOWFEST BEERFEST: The Tahoe Art Haus and Tahoe Tap Haus host their second annual party on Leap Day. Enjoy live music from Picked Over and Caddywhompus Tahoe, beers from five local breweries and bites from MOGROG Food Truck. Proceeds benefit the Shane McConkey Foundation. Sat, 2/29, noon. The Cobblestone Center, 475 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, (530) 584-2431.
HOW DO THE MOUNTAINS GET THEIR NAMES?: With more than 300 named
The University of Nevada, Reno’s Performing Arts Series continues its 2019-2020 season with a performance of “Bone Hill: The Concert” by blues/soul singer Martha Redbone. Inspired by Redbone’s ancestors, the saga tells of a woman’s epic return to her homeland, where her family has dwelled and struggled for centuries in the hills of coal-mining Appalachia. The contemporary Cherokee/Shawnee and African-American family is permanently bonded to their culture, identity and the mountain despite its violent past and the ever-changing laws of the land that attempt to extinguish them. Redbone and the cast of jazz and blues singers inspire as new revelations are unveiled. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, at Nightingale Concert Hall in the Church Fine Arts Building, 1335 N. Virginia St., at the University of Nevada, Reno. Tickets are $5$37. Call 784-4278 or visit www.unr.edu/pas.
ranges, Nevada’s topography contains thousands of peaks, valleys, mounts, buttes, bluffs, cutoffs, mountains, points and more. The Nevada State Board on Geographic Names has been in place since 1985, working to advise the U.S. Board on new name suggestions, research current names of features and weigh in on controversies when presented. Christine Johnson of the Historic Reno Preservation Society will provide a history of the board, operational procedures, provide a look at why and how features get named and highlight a few interesting and noteworthy features on the Nevada landscape. Sun, 3/1, 12:30pm. Free. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St., (775) 327-8300.
FILM CLASSICS—DUCK SOUP: One of the largest-scale Marx Brothers films tells the story of Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx), leading the country of Freedonia into chaos. Sun, 3/1, 10am. Free. Spanish Springs Library, 7100-A Pyramid Highway, Sparks, (775) 424-1800.
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FALSE FRIENDS ART HISTORY AND LABOR STUDIES: Art history and labor studies are often considered false friends, two fields that investigate very different subjects. Yet, there’s a long history of art that represents labor and working conditions. This talk by Brett Van Hoesen, associate professor of art history at the University of Nevada, Reno, will focus on the intersection of art and labor in painting, photography and sculpture of the 20th century with a focus on the E. L. Wiegand Collection at the Nevada Museum of Art. Fri, 2/28, noon. $10 general admission, free for NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.
THE ANIMATION ACADEMY EXHIBIT: This interactive exhibition explores the history of animation, from traditional hand-drawn cels to CGI. Read the stories of real-life animators, see tools of the trade, watch classic cartoons and try your own hand at animating. The show runs through May 10. Thu, 2/27-Sun, 3/1, Wed, 3/4. $9-$10. Wilbur D. May Center, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., (775) 785-5961.
ARTWORKS, WINEWORKS, FIREWORKS: Enjoy complimentary wine tasting of Tahoebased Illanta wines while surrounded by world-class photographic works of art at Gallery Keoki. After the tasting, step outside to view the free winter fireworks show over the KT Deck at 6pm. Sat, 2/29, 4pm. Gallery Keoki, 1850 Village South Road, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.
FOREST MANAGEMENT IN THE EASTERN SIERRA—WHY AND HOW: Join AnnaBelle Monti, fuels forester for the HumboldtToiyabe National Forest, to learn about the challenges facing the United States Forest Service as they work to reduce wildfire risk and maintain healthy ecosystems. Sat, 2/29, 10am. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH FILM SERIES: South Valleys Library continues its film series celebrating Black History Month with a screening of The Help (2011) starring Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. Sat, 2/29, noon. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650-A Wedge Parkway, (775) 851-5190.
GARDENING IN NEVADA—THE BARTLEY RANCH SERIES: University of Nevada, Reno
Extension and their certified master gardeners offer this gardening series. These classes take place every Tuesday through March 31. Tue, 3/3, 6pm. Free. Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 784-4848.
comes only once every four years in silly style with stories and games. Sat, 2/29, 11am. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100; Sat, 2/29, 11am. Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia St., (775) 827-3232.
LIFELINE—CLYFFORD STILL: Clyfford Still was one of the preeminent figures of the American Abstract Expressionist movement. Through interviews and previously unreleased recordings, Still’s artistic philosophy and his relationships with contemporaries Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock are revealed. After his death, the legacy of the enigmatic artist faces further uncertainty, as museums vie to be the permanent home of the Still collection—if they can meet the strict demands of his will. Following the film, stay for a discussion with film director Dennis Scholl and JoAnne Northrup, curatorial director and curator of contemporary art at the Nevada Museum of Art. Wed, 3/4, 7pm. $8-$10. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (77) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.
MARDI GRAS DANCE PARTY: The Reno Blues Society will hold its annual Mardi Grasthemed benefit show for its music grant program. The party includes costume contests, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and live music by headliner Mudd Bonz. Sat, 2/29, 7:30pm. $20. Reno Ramada Inn, 1000 E. Sixth St., (775) 848-2590, www.renobluessociety.org.
NEVADA AND THE CAMPAIGN FOR WOMEN’S VOTING RIGHTS: Joanne L. Goodwin, professor of history and director emerita of the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, gives this presentation as part of the Frances Humphrey Lecture Series. Women and men in Nevada engaged in several efforts to pass voting rights for women from 1869 through 1914 when the state’s male voters approved the law. These actions coincided with national efforts and voting rights issues. This talk links the Nevada story with major turns in the national movement and profiles individual women who were central to state and national campaigns. Thu, 2/27, 6:30pm. $8 general admission, free for youth age 17 and younger. Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 687-4810, www.carsonnvmuseum.org.
NORTH LAKE TAHOE SNOWFEST: The 10-day winter carnival offers numerous events and activities celebrating the Lake Tahoe winter scene, including the Polar Bear Swim, a parade and fireworks show, a ski race and a hot wing eating contest, among others. Fri, 2/28-Wed, 3/4. Locations vary across North Lake Tahoe, Highway 28, Tahoe City, (530) 386-3016, www.tahoesnowfest.org.
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU: Carson City Classic Cinema Club presents a screening of the 1938 American romantic comedy film directed by Frank Capra and starring Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart and Edward Arnold. A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family. Intro and trivia at 6pm. Film starts at 7pm with a discussion following the film. Tue, 3/3, 6pm. $5 general admission, free for students and members. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 315-8495, ccclassiccinema.org.
ART THE HOLLAND PROJECT: Scholastic Art Awards 2020 Gold Key Works. In conjunction with the Nevada Museum of Art, the Holland Project Gallery hosts the 2020 Scholastic Art Exhibition honoring Northern Nevada’s up-and-coming teen artists and Scholastic Art Gold Key recipients. The art will be on display through March 20. Thu, 2/27-Fri, 2/28, Wed, 3/4, noon-6pm. Free. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., (775) 448-6500, www.hollandreno.org
STUDENT GALLERIES SOUTH, JOT TRAVIS BUILDING: Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions. Annual thesis exhibitions by bachelor of fine arts students in the visual arts program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Student Galleries South will feature independent exhibitions by Darby Carpenter, Tessa Clawson, Shara Sinatra and Amber Skilling. There will be a reception at 6pm on March 5. Thu, 2/27, Mon, 3/2-Wed, 3/4, noon-4pm. Free. Student Galleries South, Jot Travis Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.
ONSTAGE ANTIGONE: The University of Nevada, Reno’s Department of Theatre presents the ancient Greek tragedy written by Sophocles. Thebes is divided. With one brother killed on each side of the city’s border, Antigone must decide to follow the town’s laws as set forth by her uncle King Creon or defy his orders to give her brother a proper burial. This play considers the lengths one woman is willing to go to do what’s right for her family, as well as demonstrating the destruction that despotism leaves in its wake. Fri, 2/28-Sat, 2/29, 7:30pm; Sun, 3/1, 1:30pm. $5-$15. Proscenium Theatre, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.
THE CHILDREN: Brüka Theatre presents Lucy’s Kirkwood’s cautionary tale for
apocalyptic times. Thu, 2/27-Sat, 2/29, 7:30pm. $22-$25. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221.
CHORAL SPRING CONCERT: Four of the choral ensembles at the University of Nevada, Reno will perform. Tue, 3/3, 7:30pm. $7 general admission, free for students with ID. Harlan & Barbara Hall Recital Hall, University Arts Building, 1300 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.
COME IN FROM THE COLD—FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT SERIES: The winter family entertainment series continues with a performance by Sage Creek. Sat, 2/29, 7pm. $3 suggested donation per person. Western Heritage Interpretive Center at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 828-6612.
KORN & BREAKING BENJAMIN: The alt-metal bands perform along with special guests Bones UK. Sat, 2/29, 7pm. $32.28-$78.15. Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St., (775) 335-8815.
POETRY OUT LOUD STATEWIDE SEMIFINALS: The semi-finals for Poetry Out Loud Washoe County features finalists from area high schools. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. Sat, 2/29, 11am. Free. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., www.nevadaart.org.
SHEN YUN: Ancient stories spring to life through classical Chinese dance, enchanting music, brilliant costumes and breathtaking backdrops. Fri, 2/28,
7:30pm; Sat, 2/29, 2pm & 7:30pm, Sun, 3/1,
2pm. $80-$150. Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 686-6600, pioneercenter.com.
SLOWGIRL: Restless Artists Theatre presents Greg Pierce’s story of a teenager who flees to her reclusive uncle’s retreat in the Costa Rican jungle to escape the aftermath of a horrific accident. The week they spend together forces them both to confront who they are as well as what it is they are running from. Thu, 2/27-Sat, 2/29, 7:30pm; Sun, 3/1, 2pm. $8-$20. Restless Artists Theatre, 295 20th St., Sparks, (775) 525-3074, rattheatre.org.
BY AMY ALKON
Grisly bare I hooked up with a really good friend a few times. We both agreed to forget about it to preserve our friendship, but he’s been really distant. I don’t want to be the one to reach out and say something. How do I get things back to normal? Chances are, this stretch of awkward silence between you has two interconnected causes: 1. “Eek, too much naked!” with somebody who isn’t a romantic partner, and 2. The fog of uncertainty over what sort of relationship you and he now have. Problem 1, “Eek, too much naked!” comes out of how, when you two “just friends” hooked up, you abruptly and unwittingly vaulted across the boundaries of friendship into romantic territory. Major features of a romantic relationship—an intimate relationship—are vulnerability and openness. We look to find someone we can trust with our most embarrassing flaws and deepest fears, along with other stuff we don’t put out to the world with a bullhorn: “Hey, everybody on this bus, let’s have a chat about what I like in bed!” Sex tends to feel less like sexual overshare after the fact if it was preceded by some starter romance—talking flirty, lite touchyfeely, making cartoon heart eyes at each other. This stuff signals a transition to a deeper relationship (or at least sincere hopes of one). However, when we get naked without any romantic prep, our feeling weirded out—overly exposed—probably comes out of our evolved motivation to protect our reputation: our public image, the sort of person others perceive us to be. Back in the harsh, 7-Eleven- and Airbnb-free ancestral environment that shaped the psychology still driving us today, our social survival and, in turn, our physical survival were dependent on whether people believed we were a good person and somebody good to keep around. Welcome to the origins of our longing for privacy—to keep some info about ourselves out of the public eye and to manicure the info we do release. Social psychologist Mark Leary refers to this as “impression management.” Others’ evaluations of us affect
how we’re perceived and treated, so, Leary explains, we’re driven to “behave in ways that will create certain impressions in others’ eyes. Moving on to problem 2, the fog of uncertainty over what sort of relationship you and this guy now have, getting naked together is also a defining act of sorts—or rather, a possibly redefining one. Before you two had sex, your relationship was clearly defined as a friendship. There’s comfort in this sort of clarity. It’s like a sign over a business. When we see “Laundromat,” we know what to expect, and it isn’t Thai takeout or stripper poles, watered-down $20 drinks and loose glitter. Right now, there’s probably an uncomfortable question looming over the two of you: Does one want more of a relationship—a romantic relationship—than the other’s up for providing? Psychologist Steven Pinker explains that people get uneasy when they’ve had one type of relationship with somebody—say, a friendship—and they aren’t sure whether that person wants a different type of relationship. A changed relationship has changed terms and behaviors that go with it, and they need to know which set they’re supposed adhere to. You do say you both agreed to ditch the sex to preserve the friendship, but people say lots of things. Ask yourself whether you might want more than a friendship. If so, figure out whether you want it enough (and whether it’s possible enough) to risk making it too uncomfortable to remain friends—which could happen. If friendship is really all you want, you don’t have to “reach out and say something.” In general, guys don’t want to talk about it—they just want life to go on. And there’s your answer. Start asking this guy to do “just friends” things, like hanging out with you and other amigos. To stay on the clothed and narrow, schedule these outings at “just friends” times and in “just friends” locations. Ω
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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I would love for you to
become more powerful—not necessarily in the sense of influencing the lives of others, but rather in the sense of managing your own affairs with relaxed confidence and crisp competence. What comes to mind when I urge you to expand your self-command and embolden your ambition? Is there an adventure you could initiate that would bring out more of the swashbuckler in you?
CANCER (June 21-July 22): For my Cancerian readers in the Southern hemisphere, this oracle will be in righteous alignment with the natural flow of the seasons. That’s because February is the hottest, laziest most spacious time of year in that part of the world—a logical moment to take a lavish break from the daily rhythm and escape on a vacation or pilgrimage designed to provide relaxation and renewal. Which is exactly what I’m advising for all of the earth’s Cancerians, including those in the Northern hemisphere. So for those of you above the equator, I urge you to consider thinking like those below the equator. If you can’t get away, make a blanket fort in your home and pretend. Or read a book that takes you on an imaginary journey. Or hang out at an exotic sanctuary in your hometown.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Leo author Walter Scott
(1771–1832) was a pioneer in the genre of the historical novel. His stories were set in various eras of the Scottish past. In those pre-telephone and pre-internet days, research was a demanding task. Scott traveled widely to gather tales from keepers of the oral tradition. In accordance with current astrological omens, I recommend that you draw inspiration from Scott’s old-fashioned approach. Seek out direct contact with the past. Put yourself in the physical presence of storytellers and elders. Get first-hand knowledge about historical events that will inspire your thoughts about the future of your life story.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Over a period of 40
years, the artist Rembrandt (1606–1663) gazed into a mirror as he created more than 90 selfportraits—about 10 percent of his total work. Why? Art scholars don’t have a definitive answer. Some think he did self-portraits because they sold well. Others say that because he worked so slowly, he himself was the only person he could get to model for long periods. Still others believe this was his way of cultivating self-knowledge, equivalent to an author writing an autobiography. In the coming weeks, I highly recommend that you engage in your personal equivalent of extended mirror-gazing. It’s a favorable time to understand yourself better.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): From author Don DeLillo’s many literary works, I’ve gathered five quotes to serve as your guideposts in the coming weeks. These observations are all in synchronistic alignment with your current needs. 1. Sometimes a thing that’s hard is hard because you’re doing it wrong. 2. You have to break through the struc-
ture of your own stonework habit just to make yourself listen. 3. Something is always happening, even on the quietest days and deep into the night, if you stand a while and look. 4. The world is full of abandoned meanings. In the commonplace, I find unexpected themes and intensities. 5. What we are reluctant to touch often seems the very fabric of our salvation.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “I remember a time
when a cabbage could sell itself just by being a cabbage,” wrote Scorpio author Jean Giraudoux (1882–1944). “Nowadays it’s no good being a cabbage—unless you have an agent and pay him a commission.” He was making the point that for us humans, it’s not enough to simply become good at a skill and express that skill; we need to hire a publicist or marketing wizard or distributor to make sure the world knows about our offerings. Generally, I agree with Giradoux’s assessment. But I think that right now it applies to you only minimally. The coming weeks will be one of those rare times when your interestingness will shine so brightly, it will naturally attract its deserved attention. Your motto, from industrialist Henry J. Kaiser: “When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.”
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): When he was 29
years old, Sagittarian composer Ludwig van Beethoven published his String Quartet, Op. 18, No. 4. Most scholars believe that the piece was an assemblage of older material he had created as a young man. A similar approach might work well for you in the coming weeks. I invite you to consider the possibility of repurposing tricks and ideas that weren’t quite ripe when you first used them. Recycling yourself makes good sense. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Are there parts of your life that seem to undermine other parts of your life? Do you wish there was greater harmony between your heart and your head, between your giving and your taking, between your past and your future? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could infuse your cautiousness with the wildness of your secret self? I bring these questions to your attention because I suspect you’re primed to address them with a surge of innovative energy. Here’s my prediction: Healing will come as you juxtapose apparent opposites and unite elements that have previously been unconnected. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): When he was 19, the young poet Robert Graves joined the British army to fight in World War I. Two years later, the Times of London newspaper reported that he had been killed at the Battle of the Somme in France. But it wasn’t true. Graves was very much alive, and continued to be for another 69 years. During that time, he wrote 55 books of poetry, 18 novels and 55 other books. I’m going to be bold and predict that this story can serve as an apt metaphor for your destiny in the coming weeks and months. Some dream or situation or influence that you believed to be gone will in fact have a very long second life filled with interesting developments. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): If you’re like most of us, you harbor desires for experiences that might be gratifying in some ways but draining in others. If you’re like most of us, you may on occasion get attached to situations that are mildly interesting, but divert you from situations that could be amazingly interesting and enriching. The good news is that you are now in a phase when you have maximum power to wean yourself from these wasteful tendencies. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to identify your two or three most important and exciting longings—and take a sacred oath to devote yourself to them above all other wishes and hopes.
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BY KIRK GELLER
How much support from the city have you received so far?
Alison Kertis created the Literacy Project in 2019 and will be holding a Harry Potter trivia night fundraiser at Brewer’s Cabinet, 475 S. Arlington Ave., March 5 at 7 p.m. Learn more at facebook.com/literacyprojectNV.
Growing up, reading was always a huge part of my life, and I never had to worry about getting a new book to read or finding something I liked and having the chance to read it. So when I decided that I had to do something else besides my job as an attorney, I knew I wanted books to be involved somehow. Then, I was doing Big Brothers Big Sisters a couple years ago, and my sister was in fourth grade, and she couldn’t read— which affected her grades in school, and I could just never build an interest for her to read books, which helped me get the idea that, if we can help these kids get the resources they need, it can make a huge difference. It’s difficult to do much if you can’t read, so we want these children to have options for their proficiency level and save teachers from having to reach into their pockets every year. The national average that teachers spend a year is over $500.
What made you want to start the Literacy Project, and what kind of goals have you accomplished so far?
What kind of help do you provide schools and teachers with exactly? We have three programs that we try to set out to do, the first of which is providing books to classrooms—possibly around 30 to 35 copies of an individual book, so that way, if a teacher wanted to do a study or an analysis of that book for class, everyone can have a copy. The second is what we call a classroom library makeover, which is anywhere from 50 books to one we did a few days ago where we got them over 200. We also provided shelving units as well to ensure they had the proper space for them. Finally, we also do individual book requests for students either from our website or an Amazon wishlist we have as well.
Brewer’s Cabinet has been great, and they care so much about nonprofits, so it’s been awesome getting to work with them. They’ve been truly amazing. It would be cool for other local businesses to get involved, so that way we can help build a reputation and possibly get corporate sponsorship or major donors to get involved, which we would love. It’s hard to trust a new nonprofit that isn’t a year old to give a bunch of money to, so we have to continue helping and showing that we’ll work our butts off to help these kids—and we are doing a lot more than others to help schools around Nevada. I’m so confident we will get them to realize the impact we’re trying to make, and I know this organization can succeed in helping kids in this city and state get the reading material they need to succeed as well.
What will the Harry Potter event be like and what other events can we look forward to? The Harry Potter trivia night is a great way to help get involved in what we’re trying to do, and what’s really cool is you can come for free if you buy a book off the wishlist and just send us a copy of your receipt. So, you can fulfill a request for a child personally while also coming to attend a fun night with others who enjoy helping as well. We also have an event coming up in May as a Literacy Project heroine-type ordeal that should help provide even more books as well. We’re very excited. Ω
BY BRUCE VAN DYKE
What’s buggin’ you? Final words on this strange shindig called a caucus. Good riddance. I mean, jeez, the caucus was done by 8 o’clock Saturday night, and by Sunday afternoon, 4 p.m., we’ve got exactly 87 percent of the results. They’re still counting and processing, 20 hours after the polls have closed? C’mon, man. Not good enough. That’s Amish shit. Ain’t gonna cut it here in the Modern Age. May this caucus be the last. Please. Costs more to have a primary? Fine. Spend the bleeping money, and let’s move on. • As we rev up discussions on the lively topic of electability, let’s remember that at this time four years ago, there was another fellow being branded as Unelectable. His name—Donald Trump. But I sure hope Bernie doesn’t have a dealbreaker lying there
in his medical records. Because after dealing with Trump’s stonewalling of any and every document that has any interest at all, a lot of us are in the mood for a bit of … transparency? Is that too much to ask? One thing the Dem nominee can say, whether it’s Bernie or whomever, he/she’s gonna be running against a guy who—let’s face it—has some weak spots. Not that President Capone has a credibility problem. Cred Prob, Part 2. When Dum Dum gets up there and says, “this Coronavirus situation is under control, and there’s nothing to worry about,” who the fuck would actually, you know, believe him? Who in their right mind would believe one word of anything President Pinocchio tells us about The Virus? And speaking of the Chinese Death Plague, let’s come down
off Apocalypse Mountain for a second and talk some sense. The main thing to remember about this bug is that if you’re not an old fart, you really don’t have a whole lot to worry about. Looky here. The death rate for those over 80 is a nasty 14 percent. For 70-79, it’s 8 percent. And for us sexy sexagenarians, it’s 3.6 percent. But if you’re under 60, it’s really kind of a big fat nothing burger. As in you ain’t gonna die. Hell, you won’t even get that sick. This isn’t ebola or cholera. It’s a flu. It appears to kill mostly old people, as flus and pnuemonias tend to do. But really, if you’re under 60, don’t waste a nickel on painter’s masks (and I trust you’ve heard about the man with Coronavirus who’s looking for a gal with Lyme Disease?) Ω