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On The Cheap Things to do in Reno under $10 >> pg 22

Spoken Word >> pg 2

Happy Hour Specials >> pg 17

Scarlet Presence >> pg 30

Calendar of Events >> pg 44

Vol.3 - Issue 9



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Spoken Word................................................ pg 2


Great Basin Restaurant and Brewery.............................................. pg 6 The Wolf Den............................................. pg 10


Se7en on West......................................... pg 14 Reno Passport Happy Hour. .............. pg 17 The Little Waldorf Saloon. .................. pg 18


Steve White

Sales Director 775.223.0436


Baldo Bobadilla

Beads Etc.................................................... pg 34 Silver and Blue Outfitters................... pg 38

General Manager 775.762.1875


Hernán Sosa

Art Director 303.386.6191


Michelle Montoya

Editor 775.527.1980

David Calvert

Photo Editor

Gina Adams

Account Executive 775.848.9460

Distribution Manager: Matt Dickens: 775.530.6442

Writers: Hunter Blackburn , Juliana Bledsoe, Becca Donato, Arian Katsimbras, Izzy LaBranch, Kate Long, Keith Molyneaux, Scott Oxarart, Nicole Seaton, Dan Sullivan. Graphic Design: Kelly Wallis. Photography: Juliana Bledsoe and David Calvert. Content and design ©2009 Reno Passport, LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any portion of this magazine without written permission from Reno Passport LLC is strictly prohibited.



Map........................................................ pg 42-43 Calendar of Events. ............................... pg 44

cover story

On the Cheap. ................................. pgs 22-25


Buster Blue CD Review........................ pg 26 Scarlet Presence..................................... pg 30 RP Picks of the Month.......................... pg 32

on the Cover: Piggy Bank. Photo by David Calvert

FROM THE EDITOR: It’s September, which for many means back-to-school time. This issue is tailored specifically for those who are entering the halls of higher education, but trust me – everyone can learn a thing or two. Whether you’ve been here all your life or are new to the Truckee Meadows, you’re sure to learn about new things to see and do and new places to eat, drink and shop. But homework comes first, got it? Here’s to a fun-filled fall semester... Cheers! –mm

spoken word


n a national culture that is arguably oversaturated with reality television show reruns, recycled creative ideas, prescriptive media and

news sources, and a music industry dominated by the Billboard top 40, spoken word provides a fresh and organic form of expression that challenges an often diluted and inauthentic media controlled arts environment.

Spoken word as a form of artistic expression is a relatively new medium of performance-based language art sparked largely by independent artists seeking to illustrate oral performances and challenge the standards of poetry and oratory. While this definition provides loose parameters of what exactly spoken word is, it may still be much too restricting of the movement and the many forms of oral and dramatic expression that help create the art and the movement. While the phrase “spoken word” denotes the art being spoken, the phrase should not be understood as a 2

catch-all as there are many expressionistic forms of media that help to create the art. If a phrase could be used to help define it slightly, perhaps that phrase is simply “malleable”. Much in the way that spoken word as an art form and movement is anomalous and understandably indefinable, Reno’s Spoken Views Collective is equally as original, dynamic, thought-provoking and powerful. Consisting of roughly twelve core artists, writers, and performers, Spoken Views’ members consistently produce and showcase their monstrous talents as individuals and as

a collective. What is so remarkably inspiring about the group is the true diversity in the artists and the dynamic that exists not only between one another, but with our much-loved Reno community as well. Since the end of 2006, Spoken Views has been ardently dedicated to providing the Truckee Meadows community with original and innovative poetry, artwork, and performances as well as serving as community activists, volunteers, leaders and teachers. Throughout the years, many new writers and artists truly inspired not only by the group’s rich, multifacContinued on pg 4

eted work and performances, but also by their community-driven dedication, open-armed appreciation and reception for other artists, and their genuine beacon-like passion for the arts community as a whole. One of Spoken Views’ most recognized contributions to the community is Reno’s longest running poetry and spoken word open-mic that they host every third Wednesday of the month at Se7en teahouse and bar in the West Street Market. This is a community-driven event that often bolsters devoted shoulder-toshoulder attendees and participants ranging from the veteran readers to the newly inspired. Everyone interested in reading poetry, spoken word, or any other media should attend as it is truly a unique, exciting and rich experience. In May of 2009, many of the Spoken Views artists participated in the original performance piece at Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, “601 AM: A Working Class Opera.” The program donated all of its proceeds from the production to Rainshadow 4

Charter High School and the Holland Project to “provide alternative art and music access” for at-risk youth in the Reno area. In February, the Spoken Views Collective also performed for a sold-out crowd at the Knitting Factory for the Speak Your Mind hip hop and art showcase and will again be performing on September 12th at the Knitting Factory for another Speak Your Mind hip hop music and arts festival. You can get free advanced tickets from the performing artists, Se7en, Beach Hut Deli and Hippies. It will be an all-ages event with a full bar for the grown-ups (21+). You can (and should) stay in the know and contact Spoken Views through their Facebook page Spoken Views Reno, spokenviews.blogspot. com, or Text by Arian Katsimbras Photos by Kelsey Rosser

Great Basin Restaurant and Brewery 5525 S. Virginia St. | Reno 775.-284-.7711 | Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm Tom Young, local microbrew maestro and owner of Great Basin Brewery, is known for his warm demeanor and passion for great beers and great food. After visiting the new Great Basin location on South Virginia, it’s easy to see why he’s always smiling in all those commercials. Since the original Great Basin opened on Victorian Avenue in 1993, they have been known for bringing quality and flavor to the people of the Truckee Meadows; now, they’ve stepped up their game with a sprawling new location located in South Reno, featuring all the old favorites and a couple new tricks.


If you leave Great Basin hungry, you have no one to blame but yourself - the classic pub menu takes it to the next level with the highest quality ingredients in every dish. Try their signature brewery garlic fries or an order of Ale Battered Zucchini, which battered with the brewery’s own Wild Horse Ale. Or if you’re being adventurous, get an order of Willy Dillys, a strangely tasty treat of beer battered dill spears. The menu features an eclectic mix of dishes, from rice bowls and fish tacos to sausage plates and burgers. Of course, their distinct, award-winning brews like the Ichthyosaurus Pale Ale, Jackpot

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Porter, and Truckee River Red are all still on the menu, and tasty seasonal offerings guarantee that even the most fickle beer drinker will be satisfied. Tom has also sought out a wide variety of unique and flavorful Belgian beers to tempt the pallet. Regulars will want to make the pilgrimage to the new location to try out the newest menu item: brick-oven pizzas. As with all menu offerings, all the ingredients are made fresh on–site, including the dough and sauce. If you’re a meat lover, you have got to try the Jackalope Pizza or live out a childhood dream and order the Mac and Cheese Pizza. Local involvement has long been a core value of the Great Basin Brewing Company, and it shows. From the sources for all their ingredients to the names and flavors of every dish and beer, regional culture is the lifeblood of the brand. The new location features a similar warm, earthy color scheme and the same wood tables and chairs. All of the tables were made locally, and even the massive steal brew tanks were manufactured in the region. Not only is the new location larger and more open, but it also expands the company’s brewing capacity, so expect to be able to get your kegs filled at either location very soon. This fall, you can also look forward to weekend entertainment and local artwork and mu8

rals. Great Basin is a perfect place for a study break with free WiFi and $3 pints for happy hour from 3-6pm Monday through Friday. On Tightwad Tuesday, you can enjoy $3 pints all day long. They also offer a large private dining room for parties or business meetings. For an up-to-date entertainment calendar, like them on Facebook or visit their website at By Becca Donato Photos by David Calvert

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The Wolf Den 1305 N. Virginia St. | Reno Hours: Sun-Wed 10am-midnight and Fri-Sat 10am-2am The “Awful Awful” has long been one of the staples of Reno’s late-night dining scene. College students frequently trek to downtown’s Little Nugget Diner to obtain the infamous burger, which has been served there for over 50 years. Luckily, they now have an option much closer to campus. The Wolf Den, which opened across from the university in May of 2010, is one of only four locations where the burger is available. Membership in this exclusive club comes on the behalf of The Wolf Den’s co-owner, George Buddy, who is also a part owner of the downtown Nugget. This relationship ensures that The Wolf Den’s burger is exactly the same as the one found downtown.

The burger’s name is based on the fact that it’s “awful big” and “awful good,” which isn’t just hyperbole. It’s made using a full half-pound of ground beef and is served atop a massive basket of fries. They could add a third “awful” to the name, for “awful cheap,” since all this only costs you $6.50. Those not looking to tackle a meal as massive as the “Awful Awful” will almost certainly find something more to their liking on The Wolf Den’s menu, which features bar food standards like sandwiches, pizza, salads and tacos. They also offer a full breakfast menu, designed to help students recharge after long nights of studying, or perhaps partying, as is the case with the Hangover Omelet, a mounContinued on pg 12


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They do offer specific deals on Wednesday night, during their weekly beer pong tournament. The games begin at 9pm, and teams can buy-in for $5, which contributes to the winner-takes-all pot. Both spectators and participants can enjoy $3 pitchers of Rolling Rock until 10pm, when the price raises to $5. In addition to beer, they also serve a variety of mixed drinks. Their specialty is the “Blue Thunder” margarita, which is served in a sports bottle that the customer can keep and then get refilled at a discounted price. The Wolf Den’s attitude toward sports goes far beyond drink containers though. The walls are covered in decade’s worth of memorabilia from every aspect of Wolf Pack sports. They also have multiple big screen TV’s that they use to screen every available Wolf Pack sporting event. They also plan to host tailgating parties once the Nevada football season starts this fall.

tain of eggs, smothered with cheese and chili and served with a Bloody Mary. Those looking for a more adventurous way to chase away their hangovers might be interested in an oyster shooter. After downing a shot of raw oyster mixed with hot sauce and floated on tequila, the customer even gets to keep the shot glass to commemorate the completion of the daring deed. If you’re not looking to cure a hangover, but rather cause one, then the Wolf Den has you covered there too. They feature a full bar and have 12 beers on tap. Eschewing a traditional happy hour or daily drink specials, the Wolf Den has instead opted to have consistently low prices. Rolling Rock and Pabst Blue Ribbon are only $1, all day, Text by Keith Molyneaux Photos by David Calvert every day.


Se7en on West 148 West St | Reno 775.348.9526 | Hours: Mon-Thurs 3pm-12am, Fri-Sat 3:00pm-2am The original Se7en Teahouse on North Arlington opened in 2006 and quickly became a regular destination for downtown bar hoppers. Offering a laid back, mellow atmosphere, it quickly developed its own regular clientele. Given its success, opening a second location seemed logical. What was less logical, however, was that this second location would be a mere two blocks away from the original. When Vada Thai, whose sister owns the original Se7en, heard about the opening of West Street Market, which bills itself as an “urban market with eco-friendly themes,” he knew that it would be a perfect fit for Se7en. Opened in December 2008, Se7en was one of the first businesses in West Street Market. Thai


foresaw that the market would become what he calls “the center for the local community,” and play an important role in Reno’s art scene. He feels that both Se7en locations have a role to play in this scene and believes that rather than compete, they can operate in synergy. Thai chose to use the same name for his location because “people know and like us.” Thai explains that the Se7en name has come to mean something to Reno. For him, it communicates a certain guarantee of quality and a unique attitude and atmosphere, which he seeks to maintain, albeit with a different focus. While the original location focuses on its specialty of tea and food, the West Street. location is primarily a venue for shows and events. It also features a full bar with, appro-

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priately enough, seven beers on tap as well as what Thai calls “the best mojitos in town.” These mojitos can be had for only $4 during Se7en’s daily happy hour, which runs from 2-6pm every afternoon and features specials and discounts on essentially every drink. They also serve the teas that the original location has become so well known for. Se7en features live music almost every weekend and also participates in all of West Street Market’s events. These events include “West Street Sundays,” a farmer’s market that features locally-grown produce. “West Street Sundays” happen every Sunday, 9am-noon and run through the end of September. Also held on Sundays is “The Foundry Urban Market,” hosted by Nevada EcoNet. They describe this as a “microenterprise market,” featuring local vendors who “provide ecologically sustainable products and who exercise sustainable business practices.” “The Foundry” begins at noon and runs every Sunday until October 10th. Since many of West Street Market’s events center take place in the summer, it’s only fitting that they want to send it off with a huge celebration, in which Se7en will play a major role. 16

Se7en will host the 2nd annual Whiskey Social on September 25th. For $25, or $30 to receive a commemorative t-shirt, participants can travel to different stations within West Street Market, tasting 50 different varieties of top-shelf Whiskey and listening to live bands perform all day long. Those interested should arrive early, since last year’s event attracted over 300 attendees, and Thai expects even more this year. Text by Keith Molyneaux Photos by David Calvert and Ryan Holmes

<< h a p p y h o u r >> Check out this comprehensive list of Happy Hour deals from the best bars in Reno: mon




$1.00 Hamms $1.00 Well Tequila Drinks Free Bacon & Foosball party 9 to 12pm - And daily drink specials

$1.00 Well Vodka Drinks Trash Rock Tuesday with rotating DJ’s 9 to 12pm And daily drink specials

$1.00 Well Whiskey 9-12 pm Whiskey Wednesday And daily drink specials

$1 Well Rum 9-12 pm And daily drink specials

4-6 pm everyday 2 for 1 Happy Hour

4-6 pm everyday 2 for 1 Happy Hour

4-6 pm everyday 2 for 1 Happy Hour

4-6 pm everyday 2 for 1 Happy Hour

4-6 pm everyday 2 for 1 Happy Hour

4-7pm $5 PBR/Jameson, $3 Guinness, Bass, Sierra’s, $3 Wells Special: $4 Jager shots

4-7pm $5 PBR/Jameson $3 Guinness, Bass, Sierra’s, $3 Wells Drink special: $1 PBR’s

4-7pm $5 PBR/Jameson $3 Guinness, Bass, Sierra’s, $3 Wells, $4 Whiskey Weds, Jack/Coke (Jack’s fresh Salsa)

4-7pm $5 PBR/Jameson $3 Guinness, Bass, Sierra’s, $3 Wells, $4 Rum Runners (Jack’s fresh Salsa)

4-7pm $5 PBR/Jameson $3 Guinness, Bass, Sierra’s, $3 Wells. Fri $5 Tangbangs/ Sat $4 Sangria

Margarita Monday $3.50 All Day, 4-6pm half-off domestic drafts & wells (Daily)

4-6 pm daily happy hour half off domestic drafts and wells

4-6 pm daily happy hour half off domestic drafts and wells

4-6 pm daily happy hour half off domestic drafts and wells

HH Continues Sat/Sun Sat 50 cent shots 9-11pm Sunday $3.50 Bloody Mary’s

M-F 4-8, Sat- Sun 3-7, 11p-1a everyday: $3 Pints of Microbrews, House Wines, and Well Drinks

M-F 4-8, Sat- Sun 3-7, 11p-1a everyday: $3 Pints of Microbrews, House Wines, and Well Drinks

M-F 4-8, Sat- Sun 3-7, 11p-1a everyday: $3 Pints of Microbrews, House Wines, and Well Drinks

M-F 4-8, Sat- Sun 3-7, 11p-1a everyday: $3 Pints of Microbrews, House Wines, and Well Drinks

M-F 4-8, Sat- Sun 3-7, 11p-1a everyday: $3 Pints of Microbrews, House Wines, and Well Drinks

Daily Happy Hour 3-6pm 2 for 1 Drinks and $5 Pizza’s

Daily Happy Hour 3-6pm 2 for 1 Drinks and $5 Pizza’s

Daily Happy Hour 3-6pm 2 for 1 Drinks and $5 Pizza’s

Daily Happy Hour 3-6pm 2 for 1 Drinks and $5 Pizza’s

Daily Happy Hour 3-6pm 2 for 1 Drinks and $5 Pizza’s

cue & cushion

4-6pm: $4 Jager/Jameson shots - $5 Jager-O Bombs - $3 Well Shots - $3 BV Cabernet and half-off appetizers.

4-6pm: $4 Jager/Jameson shots - $5 Jager-O Bombs - $3 Well Shots - $3 BV Cabernet and half-off appetizers.

4-6pm: $4 Jager/Jameson shots - $5 Jager-O Bombs - $3 Well Shots - $3 BV Cabernet and half-off appetizers.

4-6pm: $4 Jager/Jameson shots - $5 Jager-O Bombs - $3 Well Shots - $3 BV Cabernet and half-off appetizers.

4-6pm: $4 Jager/Jameson shots - $5 Jager-O Bombs - $3 Well Shots - $3 BV Cabernet and half-off appetizers.

little waldorf Saloon

Daily Specials: 4-7pm $1.99 premium well spirits, select draft beer, house wine, appetizers and bottomless burgers.

Daily Specials: 4-7pm $1.99 premium well spirits, select draft beer, house wine, appetizers and bottomless burgers.

Daily Specials: 4-7pm $1.99 premium well spirits, select draft beer, house wine, appetizers and bottomless burgers.

Daily Specials: 4-7pm $1.99 premium well spirits, select draft beer, house wine, appetizers and bottomless burgers.

Daily Specials: 4-7pm $1.99 premium well spirits, select draft beer, house wine, appetizers and bottomless burgers.

$1 Pitchers of Miller High Life from 9-11pm, Daily Happy Hour 5-8pm, $1 0ff wells, draft and bottled beer.

9pm-12am $1 Off Wells, $2 Miller High Life Draft w/A Kami Shot, $3 / PBR w/Jim Beam Shot

9-3am Enjoy $1 Off Wells & Drafts, $1 PBR, $1 Miller High Life.

$2 Pints, $5 Pitchers excluding Guinness from 8pm-12. Free shot every 30 minutes starting at 10pm.

$1 Hot Dam, $2 Kami Shots, $3 Dirty Tuaca, $4 Capt. Morgan, $5 Jager and Jameson, $6 Jager bomb and Irish Car bomb.

4pm to 6pm $2 off any glass of wine $1 off any beer

4pm to 6pm $2 off any glass of wine $1 off any beer

4pm to 6pm $2 off any glass of wine $1 off any beer

4pm to 6pm $2 off any glass of wine $1 off any beer

4pm to 6pm $2 off any glass of wine $1 off any beer

4-7pm, $2 Well, $3 Draft, $3 House Wine, $1 PBR, $5 Shot of Jameson or Bulleit + a PBR

$1 Rum and Coke Night all night.

4-7pm, Bike Night $2 Drink Specials

4-7pm, $2 Well, $3 Draft, $3 House Wine

2-7pm: $2 Well, $3 Draft, $3 House Wine Sunday ALL DAY: $2 Well, $3 Draft, $3 House Wine

Half Off Imperial Burgers

Two for one large pizzas

25 Cent Wings $2 Coors Light Draft

$3 U call it Bacardi and Three Olives Flavors on all shots, bombs and drinks.

Mason Monday $3 You call it well drinks in a 16 oz. mason jar

Banquet Night $6 Coors Banquet Beer Pitchers

Mug Club Push $1 Off all remaining Beers on you Mug Club Card

$2 Off all Premium Drafts

jub jub’s thirst parlor 71 S. Wells Ave. 775.384.1652

6015 Virginia St 775.853.5550

red rock studios 241 S Sierra St 775.324.2468

2195 N Virginia St


3611 Kings Row


246 W 1st Street 775.329.4484

935 W. Fifth Ave.

1661 N. Virginia St. 775.337.9255

The waterfall 134 W. 2nd. Street 775.322.7373

West St. Wine Bar 148 West St. 775.336.3560

biggest little city club 188 California Ave. 775.322.2480

150 N. Arlington Ave. 775.324.6399

Lincoln Lounge 306 E. 4th. St. 775.323.5426

FRI $1.00 Off All Drafts $1.00 Off All Bombs until 9pm Sanctuary Sat/Sun, Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Sangria Specials

Friday and Saturday $2 Kamikaze Shots

FRI & SAT: $10 Kulmbacher Pilsner Pitchers 17

The Little Waldorf Saloon 1661 N. Virginia St. | Reno 775.337.9255 | Hours: Weekdays 11am-2:30am; Weekends 8am-4am If you ask the standard college student what their plans are for a Thursday night, the answer more often than not is, “We’re going to the Wal.” The Little Waldorf Saloon has been a haven for college students since 1922. With a location just across the street from the north side of the university campus, it’s just a short trek to enjoy a freshly-poured beer. “Thursday has become the new Friday,” said Brooks Westergard, a bartender at the Wal. “It gets completely packed in here, and we stay open until everyone is gone.” On most Thursdays, the long bar is full of thirsty college students trying to take advan-

tage of the $1.99 shots and well drinks, $3 specialty teas (like long islands, sweet tea, and Tokyo teas), and 45 beers on tap to choose from. When you walk in the old wooden lacquered doors of the Little Waldorf, you are greeted with a plethora of old western decor. From old wheels to mounted animal heads, one may feel like they have stepped into a John Wayne film. But there is no lack of Wolf Pack spirit, with jerseys and banners honoring our local team. The Little Waldorf has all the amenities of a great bar: a big patio to step outside and get some air, large TV’s to watch the game, a dance floor, pool tables and plenty of places



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North Virginia Brew Crew Pub Crawl The Little Waldorf, Archie’s, The Wolf Den First Saturday of Each month starting in September Start time TBA No cost Specials

Thursday and Saturday night specials:

$5.99 Junior Pitchers, $6.99 Senior Pitchers, $8.99 Graduate Pitchers, and $4.99 Pabst and High Life Pitchers from 10pm to close Friday Night:

99 cent well drinks and select draft beers Every Day Specials include:

$15 off pizza from 9pm to 10pm Bottomless Burgers from 4pm to 7pm $1.99 well drinks and shots, $3 Teas after 10pm $1.99 appetizers from 2pm to 7pm 20

to sit along the bar to drink and visit with friends. One of the bartenders writes a blog for the Little Waldorf entitled, “The Little Blogdorf: A holiday from reason” (http://blogdorf. This hilarious chronicle keeps the internet-savvy audience up to date on the happenings at the Wal. On games days, the Little Waldorf parking lot opens up early and fills with Wolf Pack fans for pre-game tailgating. The drink specials on game days include $1.99 Miller High Life, and it might be a good idea after the game to take advantage of the $1.99 appetizers from 2pm to 7pm.   Greg Ryan, a senior at UNR, says he comes to the Wal because it’s the cheapest place to drink in town. “I like Fridays during the summer when it’s not so busy and drinks are 99 cents,” said Ryan. Friday nights at the Wal are called Flip Cup Fridays, where students can come showcase

their red cup handling skills and win bar tabs. The Little Waldorf’s manager, Toby Tamagna, says the Little Waldorf will partner with Archie’s and the Wolf Den for a University student pub crawl. The new partnership has been dubbed “the North Virginia Brew Crew.” “We wanted to create a sense of community in the bars around campus,” said Tamagna. The pub crawl will include beer pong and flip cup games and drink specials at each bar. Tamagna mentioned there is no cost to partake in the pub crawl, and it will occur the first Saturday of the month.   So remember kiddies, if its game day or you need a place to unwind after class, the Little Waldorf Saloon is a worthy option. Text by Izzy LaBranch Photos by David Calvert

On The Cheap Things to do in Reno under $10 With the tight economy, budgets are getting even tighter. Unfortunately, one of the first things to go is amenities like going outt. But just because we have less to spend doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t still go out and have a good time. So, lest we all become shut-ins and hermits, we need to find a way to get out of the house without putting a strain on our wallets.

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It’s Showtime!

While there are many cheap alternatives to going out, people like to stay in their comfort zone, and the movie theatre has always provided that. Movies have always been a great place to go for a date or with some friends, but prices keep going up. There are several options for those looking to keep up on the newest movies. If you have time to go in the morning, Century’s Early Bird Matinee offers great deals with all movies costing only $5.50 movies (3d movies extra). This promotion is currently available at all Century locations in the Reno area. Century Theatres also offers discounted movie tickets all day Tuesday with admission costing only $6.75. To find their latest promotions or to find a showtime near you, you can check their website at http:// For those with larger families or tighter budgets, the Grand Sierra is always a good choice. They only have a few theaters, and though you won’t find the newest releases, at only $3 dollars a seat every day, you can’t go wrong. Call 775-789-2093 to listen to a recording of their movies and showtimes. Continued on pg 24 23


The drive-in is always a good alternative as well with two of the newest movies paired up for double features. The cost is only $6.25 a person with your choice of four double features every night. The theater has plans for a free movie night on September 23 rd. All four screens start at 8:55pm, and an FM radio is needed. Call 775358-6920 for more information and showtimes.

The Great Outdoors

September is a great month to be outdoors. The weather is still amazing, but the heat has died down. If you like to hike or bike, there are several trails in the area that are open year-round. Rancho San Rafael Park has always been one of my favorites with a free arboretum and botanical garden. The park also houses the Wilbur D. May Mu-

seum, which has low admission fees and rotating exhibitions. The park is located near the university at 1595 North Sierra Street. For detailed information about all the parks or for a map of local trails, explore the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at If you love animals, Reno is host to two animal preserves: the Animal Ark and the Sierra Safari Zoo. The Animal Ark is located at 1265 Deerlodge Rd off Exit 78 on North-395. They are open from 10am-4:30pm Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is only $8 for adults. You can call them at 775.970.3111 for more information. Also in north Reno, the Sierra Safari Zoo is open every day from 10am-5pm. They offer free admission on the first Monday of every month (excluding holidays) and only $7 the rest of the week. You can visit their website at http:// for more info. Both are great stops if you love animals and the outdoors.

Reno is a fascinating place, full of surprising deals and hidden gems waiting to be explored. These are just a few inexpensive alternatives for the stuff we already like to do and some fresh suggestions of things to do in the Reno area at a reasonable price. With a little ingenuity and some research, you can have a good time on the cheap. 25

Buster Blue Strikes Gold with When The Silver’s Gone Reno’s own with the lead singer’s multi-instrument folk classic jazz vibrato. band Buster Blue has This album’s diverreleased a new powsity in style will surely erful album titled, reach a variety of lis“When The Silver’s teners, making Gone.” Though the “When the Silver’s band is consistent and Gone” a worthy purmaintains the integrity chase for any music of their classic sound fan. Each song can from their first album, hold its own in terms “This Beard Grows for of style, melody, and Freedom,” they depart instruments, using into a clean, vocally sassy trombone comcontagious quality and bos with vocals, bass utilize the instrumenand drums, not to tals to embark on a mention undertones cabaret rock/old folk of the banjo, accorinfusion. Perhaps this dion, guitar, piano can be attributed to and chain-links. recording this album Though each song is live at Piper’s Opera completely different House in Virginia City. and unique, the con The trombone is progruency of the album found in their first track, holds strong. “Into The Trees,” setting the stage for the rest The track “Funeral March Interlude” of the album. The rhythmic swells of strong contains eerie accordion solos with clasinstrumental segments are smoothly integrated sic southern soul sound samples that were 26

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used in their first album. “Rise Up” follows that track and utilizes the soul from the previous song, making it unlike any other track on the album. “Bluebirds & Honeybees” veer away from the cabaret sound and use soothing vocals supported by a pleasing classic piano melody. Almost every song on this album could become a listener favorite though the ones that stick out are “On the Line” and “Bloody Your Teeth.” With these tracks, Buster Blue crosses folk and funk with an acoustic guitar, delivering a mellow vibe and great harmony. You know it’s a great band if you can’t quite put your finger on a specific music genre it falls under. Many parts of the album are reminiscent of the strong instrumental presence and indie/folk vocals of

the Avett Brothers though the western cabaret departure creates a unique neverbefore-heard sound. It seems that the band’s ties to the old west - thanks to being Nevada natives and valuing the famous history of the Silver State - has influenced their music, creating a dynamic mix between past and present. This is especially apparent in the last two tracks on the album, one discussing burying a loved one and the other using classic piano that one would hear in an old Virginia City saloon. The band is currently on tour, reaching from the Pacific Northwest through southern Nevada and undoubtedly Reno in between. They will be playing during the Rib Cook-off at John Ascuaga’s Nugget on September 6th at 6pm. Both albums are available to purchase online at CD Baby or Discology. Check out their MySpace page for streaming tracks and upcoming shows at, or add them on Facebook at busterbluefolk. Whichever route you take, you definitely want to be on the Buster Blue bandwagon. Text by Kate Long


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Scarlet Presence Young Bloods, Old Souls A new era of the classic rock experience has hit Reno with the vintage jams of local band Scarlet Presence. With their crowd-pleasing blend of established hits and icon-inspired originals, Scarlet Presence is forming a steady fan base and is gaining momentum with their first album expected out early next year. What sets this band apart, however, is the collective age range of its members. Michelle Coleman, 18, leads the band with vocals, lead guitar, keyboard and harmonica. Her deep, bluesy voice and Jopplin-esque attitude create a soulful sound that defies her youth. Coleman is backed up on second lead guitar by Carter Lee, 18; on electric bass by Kurt Alfes, 17; and on drums, by their newest member, Travis Echebarria, 20. 30

Initially, their youth is a challenge the band members have to overcome to get onstage. “We’ll book gigs, and the bar owners seem turned on by us until they learn that we are young,” said Lee. “It’s assumed that we would be a little kid garage band until they hear us.” Once people are exposed to the music - a familiar sound inspired by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and The Rolling Stones and The Beatles - all age-based judgments are abandoned.

“It’s attractive,” said Coleman. “People ask if we’re even old enough to be in there, but then they listen. People think ‘they’re not going to cover Black Dog and play it right’ and then we do. We know what we’re talking about.” The band members also have an admirable passion for the music they play, despite it being decades before their time. “Music doesn’t reach people like it used to,” said Coleman. “It’s not as soulful, and we want to bring that back.

We want to change people like the old music did.” For Coleman, classic rock is in her blood, and she doesn’t remember a time in her life without music. “When I was 3, my dad taught me how to play ‘Let It Be’ on the piano, and ever since then I’ve had that musical ability,” Coleman said. Coleman’s emerging talent evolved into a life-long relationship with classic rock, and by age 13, she was performing at open-mic nights and was fondly referred to as ‘Zeppelin Girl.’ Years later, Lee met Coleman over a series of openmic nights, and the beginnings of the band began to take shape. Alfes joined soon after, and the new drummer, Echebarria, joined in June. “We all just met through music,” Coleman said with a smile. The group’s love of the music is propelling them for-

ward as they search for the right producer to put out their first demo. They hope to put out the 3-4-song recording this fall, and are working towards an album and even possibly a tour next year. Coleman has ambitious expectations for the band outside Reno. “The mistake we’re trying not to make is being a Reno band,” Coleman said. “There are too many good bands that never make it out of Reno. Hendrix made it big in London because America wasn’t ready for him, and who knows what other towns will be like for us.” You can learn more about Scarlett Presence and find out when they’re playing by checking out their MySpace page at http://myspace. com/scarlettpresence. Text by Juliana Bledsoe Photos provided by the Band 31

RPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Picks of the month Check the Reno Passport iPhone app for more events in the Reno area.

September 1

The Beach at GSR

The Smashing Pumpkins

Knitting Factory

Secondhand Serenade September 8 The White Tie Affair Willie Nelson & Family Runner Runner Ryan Bingham The Underground Knitting Factory

September 2

Crush The Impediments Lincoln Lounge

September 4 The Adventures of Microphone Robinson: The Show Knitting Factory

September 6

Post BRC Decompression Chamber Ana Sia, VibeSquad, R/D, Nich Thayer, Dojo and Twitch, Tim Herrlein The Beach at GSR

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September 9

Trey Stone Band Whitney Myer Band Barefoot Rootz Knitting Factory

September 11 FA FA FA The Shivas FREE SHOW!

Lincoln Lounge

September 12

Reno Philharmonic Concert Pioneer Center

September 13

Benjamin Starshine Lincoln Lounge

September 14 Post BRC Decompression Reno Philharmonic Chamber Concert Fort Knox Five, Ding Pioneer Center Dong, Sparkinzi, Sean Murray, Siren

September 18 Wine Walk

Riverwalk Merchants

September 20 Mark Earnest Lance Dinauer & The Dandelions Lincoln Lounge

September 21 Melvins Totimoshi The Underground

September 23

Mark Vann Norris Joe Buck (Nashville) Lincoln Lounge

Bone thugs-nharmony

Knitting Factory

September 25

Libra Party EOTO, Marty Party MIMOSA, Opluo and The Bing Bong Twins Wurk

September 26 Mount Carmel FREE SHOW!

Lincoln Lounge

Cut Chemist w/Who Cares

EDGE Nightspot at The Peppermill Reno

Beads Etc 5025 S. McCarran Blvd | Reno 775.826.0777 Humans have adorned themselves with jewelry of every kind of material imaginable for thousands of years. While styles change every year, our fascination with glimmering gemstones and symbolic adornments remains the same. Beads Etc, located in the Smithridge Shopping Center, has been catering to this timeless, creative curiosity for over two decades.


Manager Dawn Buttner has been at Beads Etc since the beginning and has seen generations of crafters pass through the brightly-colored doors. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to forget what you came in for as soon as you arrive - the walls are covered from top to bottom with every sort of bead and tool imaginable. The delightful, singular smell of Nag Champa insence permeates the air, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

subtle. Bob Marley sings softly in the background. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a soothing contrast to the intense vibrancy of the place: the combination of a million little beads for a billion jewelry products with the mellow, bohemian vibe makes people want to stay awhile, create a pattern and even sit at the back table and make a bracelet right there with the friendly guidance of the nimblefingered staff. Owned and founded by Steven and Phyllis Palmieri, Beads Etc has an older sister store in South Lake Tahoe. The Reno Beads Etc opened


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few years after the success of the first. While many independent businesses have closed due to the economic crunch, part of the secret of the store’s longevity is its loyal, local customer base. “Our clientele ranges from five years old to ninety-five,” Buttner estimates. In addition to beading supplies, the store offers a variety of classes, including beading, macramé and wirework. With gifts from every corner of the globe, the store also carries beads and jewelry made by local artists. Everyone who works there specializes in some aspect of jewelry design, and many of the pieces for sale are made instore by the staff. One of the nicest aspects of the place is that a child can walk in with a quarter and walk out with a glittering treasure. If you’re beading on a budget, Beads Etc always has special sales and bargain baskets. They also offer a resale discount for professional beaders with a business license. Currently, the store is marketing their strands of natural stones. If you purchase three strands, you get thirty percent off, regardless of their price. Whether you’re looking for historical Roman glass beads or a handmade gift, Beads Etc has the perfect adornment for every taste. Text and photos by Nicole Seaton


Silver and Blue Outfitters 5515 Meadowood Mall Circle 775.448.9653 Around this time of year, Brad Platt and Mark Gladowski would get frustrated looking for Wolf Pack apparel. It was 2004, and the then-recent University of Nevada, Reno graduates and diehard Wolf Pack fans couldn’t find a store with the selection they

desired. In January of 2006, Platt and Gladowski finally did something about it. The two launched Silver and Blue Outfitters, a one-stop shop for all gear Wolf Pack related. The 2,000-square-foot store inside Meadowood Mall, in addition to online shopping at, offers polos, sweatshirts, hats, jerseys and jackets for men, women and children. They have accessories such as mugs, flags, golf balls, blankets and car-window decals. 38

They have hundreds of items that all have some sort of Wolf Pack logo on it. “Bigger schools like Boise, Texas and Florida, they all have so many retail outlets in their cities,” Gladowski said. “We just said, ‘You know what? This hasn’t been done, so let’s try and do it.’” The success grew rapidly, and in November 2009, Silver and Blue Outfitters had a breakthrough in their apparel selection. They placed the winning bid to become the Nevada athletic department’s official merchandiser, which means they supply the Wolf Pack with their apparel. More importantly, that gives fans the opportunity to wear the

Buy a hot dress and get out the good jewelry. ROMANTIC SPIRITS, SEPTEMBER 12 & 14 Laura Jackson Conducts Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Reno SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 2:30-6pm – Red Carpet pictures with the Reno Gazette Journal & Metromix, Best Dressed contest 3pm – Inside the Music concert preview with Laura Jackson 4pm – Concert TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 6pm-9:30pm – Red Carpet pictures with the Reno Gazette Journal & Metromix, Best Dressed contest 6:30pm – Inside the Music concert preview with Laura Jackson 7:30pm – Concert

PROGRAM BERLIOZ–Roman Carnival Overture SIBELIUS–Concerto for Violin and Orchestra featuring Augustin Hadelich, Violin BRAHMS–Symphony No. 2 Exclusive for Passport readers: purchase tickets using code Passport20 and receive 20% off for Tuesday’s performance. For concert details, photos, videos, exclusive dining offers and more, visit This concert generously sponsored by RGJ Media. | 775.323.6393

exact same polos and hats the coaches wear or the same warm-ups the players use. The prices for T-shirts go from $16.99 to $39.99, the latter is a women’s shirt with rhinestones forming the “old school” UNR mascot logo. Polo shirts go from $35.99 to $59.99, sweatshirts start at $32.99 and jerseys for men and women start at $39.99. Gladowski said the store is always looking for feedback from the community, and most of it has been toward hat selection.The store can have more than 80 hats available ranging from pro fit to flex fit and flat bill to curved bill. “We’re known for our hats,” Gladowski said. You get a fan-friendly feel to the store as soon as you walk in. The placemat just past the double doors has a logo of UNLV, Nevada’s most hated rival, with a “no” symbol - a red circle with a line drawn through it. If you wear a UNLV shirt in the store, the employees might tease you just a little. Gladowski said one time a guy walked up to the register and asked if his girlfriend, who was wearing a UNLV TShirt, could enter the store. “We gave them a little bit of heck, but it’s not like we kicked them out,” he said. Silver and Blue Outfitters has four trailers at Nevada football games, one outside Mackay Stadium in the north parking lot, the other three are inside the stadium. The store competes with the ASUN bookstore on campus 40

inside the Joe Crowley Student Union, but Gladkowski doesn’t see it as a negative. The owners love the university and athletic programs. As long as fans know they have choices, he’s fine with that. You can stop by or go online to get your gear and show some Wolf Pack pride before you head to the games this semester. Text by Scott Oxarart Photos by David Calvert



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September 4

BEtheCAUSE Poetry Slam and Open Cantina del Lobo inside UNR’s Joe Crowley Student Union. 4:00pm to 7:00pm. All-ages. Free. Anyone can show up, sign up, and speak up. $50 cash prize goes to Slam winner.

September 6-7

Post BRC Compression Chamber Two days of music to decompress after Black Rock City featuring over the course of two days: VibeSquaD (Boulder), R/D (L.A.), Nick Thayer (Australia), Fort Knox Five (D.C.), Siren (SF), Ding Dong (SF), Smoke (Portland), Dojo and Twitch (Chicago), Sparkinzi (Santa Cruz), Tim Herrlein (Reno), Sean Murray (Reno) and more TBA.... Starts at NOON each day and lasts till 8pm. FREE ENTRANCE for hotel guests of the Grand Sierra Resort. ...Special night shows in the works to be held in Xtreme inside.

Keep an eye out here and at for details. Grand Sierra offers special BM room rates call 775.789.2000.


September 16

Sacred Loving Workshop--Opening to Love Puja Ceremony 7:30pm - 9:00pm The Studio (Above the Spy Shop) 1085 S. Virginia Street

Puja is a form of worship. The Opening to Love PUJA is a sacred ceremony inspired by ancient Hindu and Tantric practices. This ceremony will allow us to see the Divine in each other and to experience this energy in ourselves. Please call Dana at 775-2243262 or Lisa at 775.741.4090 to make your reservation. Suggested Donation-$5 - $15 per person.

September 17

HUSTLE! This month’s special guest djs: M3 - green gorilla / black pancake records -sf Eric J (NuJack) - planet dj -rno Alongside HUSTLE residents: Sean Murray Patrick Rhoads Door opens at 10pm / 21+ / $5 / Wurk 214 W Commercial Row , Reno Nv This is an Official Save Sarah event. Please visit for more info

September 17

Entrepreneur Expo at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno If you have a small business or plan to start one, please join us September 17 starting at 10 am for the FREE NCET. It’s Nevada’s only business-to-small business Expo.. The educational sessions run from 10 am until 6 pm and include these timely topics: Social Marketing Financing Your Business Intellectual Property Ask the Expert, Q&A session

September 18

Burgundy & Gold Wine Tasting & Auction 6pm to 9pm at The Club at Town Center (Somersett) 650 Town Square Ln (Reno, NV‎) Presented by Northern Sierra Endurance Training Meet like minded endurance event fans. $20 Adv, $25 Door

September 18

Status-Flo with TRUTHLiVE (, a Cali-based emcee whose independent lyrics consist of a driving mad skill and intelligence, as heard in his debut album, “Patience,” produced entirely by Jake One. Featuring: The Rhythmatiks NoBodyReally WilliamWise [DJ Likewise] Rameses Bamboo the Fresh Wordplay Yours Truly Knowledge Spoken Views Lacy Redhead Joey Golaw At The Underground 555 E. Fourth St. (Reno, NV)

September 25

Ms. Reno Ink Contest A Beauty competition for Tattooed Ladies. $1000 1st Place Prize! If you want to participate in the event for your chance at the grand prize, email pictures to 8pm-11:30pm 38 E. Second St. (Reno, NV)

Tickets available at or 877.525.7469 $20 in advance ‡ $25 at the door Doors at 10pm

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It’s September, which for many means back-to-school time. This issue is tailored specifically for those who are entering the halls of higher...