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A PROBABILITY OF WORDS Text Thomas Lloyd Qualls Photo Heather McAlpine How To Start Over. This is a sad time in America. A time when we allowed the very worst of ourselves – fear, prejudice, greed, anger, envy, sloth--to rise to the surface and take over. Yes America, it's true, we are now operating in lizard brain mode. But, the question is what are we going to do about it? Because clearly there is so much we don’t know about our own country, about each other. We have to figure out how to talk to each other again. And we need to listen as well as talk.

We need to figure out how to stop this cycle of self-destruction and to start over. Let’s continue our conversation from last time. The one where I urged us all to pull back the veils of misinformation and hyperbole and to leave the imaginary safe havens of fear and hate. Where I suggested that it would be good if we could actually talk to each other, so that we can make better choices for the greater good in the future.

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We have to realize that we have more in common than we think. As we have this conversation, I am going to be quite blunt at times. Though I will strive to be as respectful as possible. And I’m going to ask the same from you. And by conversation I do not mean angry parroting of what some wing nut pundit or fake news source has said. I mean an intelligent and respectful exchange of ideas. Backed up by those things called facts. I don’t think this is too much to ask. And under the circumstances, it is essential.

The first thing we want to know is, why? Why did you vote for this [or choose not to vote…or squander your vote]? Or, if you were not voting for this as much as you were voting against Hillary, we want to know in what specific ways she was so bad that you felt it was better to elect someone wholly unqualified for the job. Someone who has a verifiable history of despicable behavior,

personally and professionally. Someone who daily trafficked in fear and hate on the campaign trail, someone who accepted the support of violent hate groups. Someone who tolerated – if not encouraged – physical abuse against protesters at his rallies. No matter your reason for voting for this, how were you able to set aside the truckloads of negative baggage that came with this candidate? Or was it not baggage to you?

We are troubled by this puzzle, because there is no way to slice it so that it makes any rational sense to us. If you voted for this – especially if you voted for it – I implore you to resist the impulse that exists in all of us to turn your back and walk away. I ask that you be brave enough to just stick with me a little longer. This is not a right versus left conversation. This is a conversation about a very real national – and probably global – problem. A problem that now belongs to all of us. A problem that requires us to acknowledge that it is a problem. A problem that requires us to collectively wake

up and pay attention. To resolve to do a little more homework. And to be a little more open.

We do get part of it, you wanted change. So did we. A whole lot of us from different political perspectives were yearning for a change from the status quo. We wanted a change from the dysfunctional system of government, and in our institutions of education, health care, energy, and banking. We supported Bernie during the primaries for that reason. We wanted to shake up the system, to make it work better for more of us. We are frustrated that the middle class has not seen any real growth in income since 1979. And that meanwhile Congress has been paid boatloads of our money while refusing to do any real work for the last 8 years, with no accountability. We are still angry that Wall Street openly stole our houses, along with the equity in them, and simply got away with it. We definitely want to fix these things, for you and for us.

But taking a wrecking ball to your house because your kitchen needs a remodel is

probably not the best approach. We also want to make something clear to you: we are not just mad because our candidate did not win. This is not about how any of you “survived” eight years of Obama, so we'll survive this. That is not a valid comparison. We really don’t understand why you are so mad at Obama. A President is never going to do everything we want or agree with. But Obama spent eight years leading our country with grace, fairness, and patience without so much as a hint of scandal. We get that the Affordable Care Act is far from perfect. [Closer to perfect would be a single payer healthcare system that everyone pays into, making it more effective and affordable through economies of scale. But the insurance lobby has convinced many of you that this is a terrible idea, only because it means the end to their dynasty of greed.] We also want to point out that Obama fixed nearly everything W’s administration left broken. Really broken. And has received very little public credit for those herculean tasks.

So, again, we don't know exactly what Obama has

done that has you so angry. Other than being black, I mean. This election is an unprecedented event in our history. The president-elect is so unqualified in every way for the office that every living President, Republican and Democrat, refused to support him. Republican leaders from John McCain to John Kasich, former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, and our own Governor Brian Sandoval, all soundly rejected him as unfit for the office. And in case these respected dissenters are not enough, 50 GOP security experts – including former Directors of the CIA, the NSA, a Deputy Secretary of State, and two Homeland Security Secretaries -- all signed a letter warning that this man-child was not only unqualified, but posed a danger to the country. They warned that he lacks the temperament to be President, that he is unable or unwilling to separate truth from falsehood, and that he lacks necessary self-control. So, again, we don't understand why you voted for this.

Were you simply duped?

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A PROBABILITY OF WORDS Because that would make us feel a little better. Better than if you actually believe in his message of hate. But whatever the reason, we still want to know. Did you believe that he actually has any real solutions? Did you think he cares about American workers?

Small businesses? Making great anyone besides himself? Every single day of his campaign he proved not only that he lacked any noticeable intelligence, but that he didn’t have any real ideas. And the few ideas he touted have been proven by past demagogues to be the worst and most dangerous in history: build a wall, register Muslims, deport working families who are “illegal,” treat women like chattel, slash and burn decades of international diplomacy, dodge your fair share of taxes, accept support from hate groups, stick your head in the sand about climate change despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

I could go on. We are upset because he and his growing gang of know-nothing, fact-resistant ideologues threaten to return us, and the rest of the planet, to the Dark Ages – or possibly worse -- with real lives, real families, and real environmental consequences on the chopping block. Along with basic human decency. We want to know if you are paying attention to the people he is choosing as his closest advisors. His chief counselor is a man

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who runs an openly racist website. His national security advisor is a man who promoted an incendiary fake news story about Hillary and child sex crimes in the days before the election. His pick for Attorney General is a man the Senate previously refused to confirm for a seat as a federal judge because he was too openly racist. His choice for the EPA believes climate change is a hoax. His selection for head of the Treasury profited by foreclosing on thousands of those homes I mentioned earlier. I could go on.

Is this what you wanted? Do you have any buyer's remorse? Frankly, we are pretty damn angry over the double standard applied to Hillary versus the apparent elected one. Because if she had done any one of these things he's done or said -- or if, for instance, Russia had been involved in trying to get her elected -- you would have been burning effigies of her in the streets. We are stunned and ashamed by the non-issue of the private email server, when her two immediate Republican predecessors, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, did the exact same thing, and no one has uttered a whisper about it. It is unprecedented for a sitting FBI Director to be so reckless and irresponsible as to raise this non-issue again, only 11 days before the election, in a shamefully effective ploy to influence the results.

I needed to write this, because if even one

Trump supporter reads this whole thing, maybe they will understand where the rest of the nation is coming from. And maybe that will be the beginning of a bridge to understanding. It is not a place of disappointment over our candidate not winning. It is a place of heartbreak and disbelief. It is a place of deep sadness. A place where we don't think you understand that you just put a raccoon in charge of the hen house.

That in your anger at a broken system, you just put a guy in charge who is only going to break it even more. And at the end of the day, we still hold this belief, however naive it may be, that if we could just have lunch, coffee, a couple of beers together, we could see the world as it is, and not how the pundits have colored it. It is unlikely we would agree on everything. But maybe we would understand each other better. Maybe we would see clearly that we really are all in the same boat. And that our boat is about to be captained by an angry childish man who has no idea how to sail. And who's ego would never allow him to admit that. Even on the open seas. Even as a tempest threatens.

So, what do you say, how about that beer? tlqonline.com. © 2017 thomas lloyd qualls


Art Text and photo courtesy of Katie Packham

Copper Cat Studio celebrates one year in our MidTown location Rewind nine years ago, as I was quitting my day job to become a full-time mosaic artist in late 2007, I had no idea what the future held. I began teaching mosaics for Tessera Glass, a local mosaic supply company. I worked the craft show circuit, happily lugging heavy crates of mosaics to festivals all over the region. Always on the quest for spiritual growth, I completed all three levels of Reiki training in 2010-2011. In 2013 I became a certified yoga instructor. Copper Cat Studio was born from my desire to combine all of my skills and passions to create a healing arts center. Mosaics are very metaphorical, assembling broken pieces to create a beautiful piece of art. By this time, I knew that people turned to creativity when they needed to heal. Often people find their way to my studio who need not only a creative outlet, but a lift spiritually. I often compare yoga to creating mosaics: People come to the yoga studio for the physical part, but stay for what it does for their soul. People come to mosaic class to be creative, but keep coming back because the process is so meditative.

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In early 2014, the wheels were set in motion when I purchased Tessera Glass mosaic supply and all of the remaining stained glass inventory from Tapestry Glass. Serendipitously, I learned that the space next to Creme Cafe would be available in late 2015. It was the perfect location to create my healing arts center with access to a yoga studio on one side, great catering for our full day retreats on the other and an amazing MidTown location. At Copper Cat Studio, we are growing and evolving. Over the past year we have heldalmost 80 workshops in various mediums. I have assembled a staff of artists who are experts in their field and who exude a passion for their craft. We now have over 20 local artists who have their work for sale in the studio. On January 13th and 14th we will be celebrating our anniversary with a Student Appreciation Showcase & Sale, offering our students the chance to bring their work to the marketplace and test the waters of being a working artist. The opening reception is Friday from 5-7pm. For more information visit coppercatstudio.com

Attributed to Edward Hicks, The Peaceable Kingdom with the Leopard of Serenity, 1846-1848, oil on canvas.

JANUARY 21 - JULY 23, 2017 Take an intimate look at Maynard Dixon’s life in the American West through more than sixty works drawn from the collections of brothers Bruce Paltenghi and Dr. Richard Paltenghi. Included are many never-before-seen drawings of mountain and desert landscapes, portraits, and figure studies.


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January FIRST BRIT OF EXCITEMENT Let’s be honest with one another for a moment shall we? This is a safe place I think… 2016 really didn’t turn out the way I had planned, or rather, as most of us planned. Between the BREXIT debacle, our own US of A throwing us a real plot twist with our newest leader of the free world – and let us not forget how the year started off with Harambe. What a furry ferocious nightmare, am I right?!

I had trouble getting ready for 2017 because I simply couldn’t get over 2016, until a good friend advised me that the new year is a fresh start. So go ahead and rip this page right out, that’s right, consider this your “Fresh Start” pass to be used anywhere, for whatever you want. Toast this champagne glass with me, let the bubbles bring on the joy. It is a New Year readers, and I have a feeling it is going to be our year. BITS THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR MARCHING. And that’s just what they’ll do, one day these boots are gonna’ march all over you. Many citizens want to make demonstrations and stand up for women’s rights by walking protests. You might have heard of this movement stomping around the country. On January 21st comes the Biggest Little March in Reno hosted by Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN). Put your peaceful feminist boots to work: facebook.com/events/1116188931827687. TED, THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON IN THE WORLD. No, I do not mean that the Dos Equis guy’s first name is Ted, I am referring to the international phenomenon of TEDx; an event which hosts speakers with all kinds of inspiring ideas, brilliant backgrounds and of course moving memories which they share with audiences worldwide. TEDx University of Nevada hosts this year’s event at the Grand Sierra Resort. Join the resurgence on January 21st: tedxuniversityofnevada.org. MORE IMPORTANT THAN COUNTING CALORIES. Many of us will begin resolutions this month; watching our menus; joining book clubs and exercising or starting a dating profile. The Homeless Count, led by Our Center and the NYEP will lead their fifth annual twenty-four hour youth count downtown. They calculate the population, gather 12 Reno Tahoe Tonight

information about their situations and assist in providing services. Look no further on this incredible day, to count Reno’s blessings on January 26th: ourcenterreno.org/ homeless-youth-count. CHRISTMAS HAS A RESTRAINING ORDER ON ME. That’s right, Santa Claus would if he knew what a state of garland sadness I enter when Rudolph returns to the North Pole. If you’re like me and want to savor the last of the holiday spirit, head to the Reno Aces ice rink, open until January 28th. Grab your mittens, a hot cocoa and skate away your longing for jingle bells, more jingle bells, please! reno.gov/ government/departments/parksrecreation-community-services/ athletics/ice-skating. LAST BIT OF ADVICE: The year ahead is all yours. Take care of yourself. Take care of others and remember that this page serves as a fresh start to whatever adventure you seek. Thanks for making 2016 a beautiful year and cheers to our twelve months together ahead.

EDITOR'S NOTE: We want to remember to congratulate Britton on her August 2016 recognition-win for “Best Columnist” in RN&R's Biggest Little Best of Readers Poll. We love you Britton and are so proud to have you in our pages again this year as our Downtown Darling!


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Carson Comedy Presents Headlining

Comedian Sean Peabody Friday, January 20th 2017 @ the Carson Nugget Come see the “Best of Sean Peabody” with material from his last 15 years of stand up comedy. Sean will be mixing in old material including greatest hits such as “the lawnmower”, “mom does chores” and “dad in the garage” and new material to make one great set! One of the funniest comedians to hit the Reno Tahoe Comedy stage, Sean has opened for many big name comedians such as, Robin Williams, Eddie Griffin, John Witherspoon, and more. With his passion for comedy and a personality that you can’t help but be drawn to, Sean P takes any stage with a mic and makes the audience his own. Sean is immediately likable and will draw you in with his ability to tell stories that make you feel like you were there. Don’t let his relaxed style fool you, he will come out blazing and have you laughing until your whole body hurts. Call early for reservations to Angelina’s Italian Bistro; check out the Eatery restaurant and the new wine & coffee bar, Alatte Coffee, Wine & Deli. Event: Carson Comedy Location: Carson Nugget – 507 North Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701 14 Reno Tahoe Tonight

Date: Friday, January 20th 2017 Times: Doors at 6:45pm / Show at 7:30pm Cost: $13 in advance, $15 the day of the show. LET tax included. Online service fees apply. For information and to purchase tickets call 775-322-5233 (LAFF) or go to www.CarsonComedy.com May contain adult content. Must be 21 and over. Comedians are subject to change. No refunds. For a complete Carson Comedy schedule, go to www.CarsonComedy.com.

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I have had the privilege of seeing Lisa Lampanelli more than once on stage, which means I have seen her evolve through the years. She continues to be one of the great standup comedians of all time. When I was first prodded to get back into comedy I read her book, Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat, and Freaks, which I picked up at the dollar store. She taught me to be myself no matter what, and, how to be good at roasting someone. I carry her words of wisdom to this day, as I pursue my own comic endeavors. Needless to say when I was asked to do a phone interview with her I was a little more than thrilled. When she called I reminded her that I had interacted with her previously when I was a guest booker for a little podcast called lunaticradio.com. I told her how happy I was because she was always so nice when we had her on. Her response, “ You can’t be mean on stage if you’re not nice off stage. That’s what I always say.”

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Jenny PezDeSpencer: How is the tour going? Lisa Lampanelli: What tour? What tours?

Jenny PezDeSpencer: Well, I see you have dates. Lisa Lampanelli: [Snickers]. Here’s what people don’t get about comics: I don’t think we go on tour. I think we go out; we do a show; we come home and then we do another one the next week. There’s a rare comedian who goes in a tour bus and is like, 'Oh that’s a blast!' I mean it sounds to me like the worst idea ever. I’m very lucky that the dates I do, for some reason, people still keep getting my sense of humor – despite Donald Trump. So it’s still working. Jenny PezDeSpencer: Speaking of Donald Trump, you were on Celebrity Apprentice with him. How was that? Lisa Lampanelli: Yeah, people think we’re like hanging out with Donald Trump. Basically, Donald Trump pretends to give you an assignment, then he pretends to judge you. That’s it. We don’t hang out with him during the day, we don’t chill at the pool; me and Melania don’t hang out and shop for expensive purses. Basically, I know him probably as well as you do. But what’s great about this is he actually likes my comedy. So, I get to maybe go to the White House someday, whether I like him or not. So, I’m excited about that. He’s the only President who will probably ever say, 'Come on over Lis.' Jenny PezDeSpencer: Would you say, because you didn’t realize that you were sitting with a future President, that it was a positive experience, doing Celebrity Apprentice? Lisa Lampanelli: Oh it was great, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done as a task because it is so exhausting, and you want to win the money for your charity, and you want to stay on longer than the stupid people stay on, so you don’t look foolish. I’m telling you as far as raising 130k for the Gay

Man's Health Crisis and then just kinda getting more exposure, it definitely was positive. I was tired and screaming the whole time, but I think it made for good TV. Jenny PezDeSpencer: I actually watched until you got fired. Then I was like, meh nobody fun is on there now.

Lisa Lampanelli: Exactly, right, right! I was actually lucky enough. I stayed on so long. I seriously couldn’t believe someone like me stayed on so long, because, you know I wasn’t the most famous person. I was like, 'This is so cool, hard work does pay off!' Jenny PezDeSpencer: Getting back to your, “tour,” I notice you always hit Reno when you are going out. Do you like Reno? 'Cause we love you. Lisa Lampanelli: I like the fact that people get me and have a sense of humor about themselves where ever I go but, you know what I like the best? That little piece of paper I get at the end of the night – it’s called a check. I say I will go to Timbuktu if I can get a check. So, basically if the money’s there… Put it this way, if Reno’s money goes down, I don’t like you that much. You can go F yourselves. Jenny PezDeSpencer: That’s fair enough. How exactly did you get into comedy? What possessed you to say 'I’m going to try this and do my first open mic?' Lisa Lampanelli: I just don’t know. I think it’s something that I just felt like I was finally ready to do. Like it felt like, okay, I’ve put this off long enough.. I knew in my gut that I was going to try it and even if I sucked, I’d be like, OK you know at least I tried. When I hit 30, I was like, You know what, I’m ready to take whatever happens when I go on stage. Luckily I did well and it just kept going. I really feel like, OK you just have to be ready before you step out there. Jenny PezDeSpencer: Who were your greatest (comedic) influences growing up? Reno Tahoe Tonight 17


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Lisa Lampanelli: I feel like I really didn’t watch standup growing up, but I do remember watching those Dean Martin roasts on NBC with my parents. And I think just that kind of makes sense that I was drawn to insult comedy, because it looked like they were just having so much fun. It looked like everybody was warm and happy. They all knew each other, which they didn’t but it really kind of made me go, 'Oooh comedy's fun! Let me try that. But those were the things that I had ever seen standup wise when I was a kid. Jenny PezDeSpencer: If they were making a movie about the story of your life, who would you want to play you? Lisa Lampanelli: Who else? Me, I want the money! Are you kidding, I’m a fantastic actress. You know what, I can play myself! I might have to take some acting classes to play me, but dammit I’m gonna play me. Jenny PezDeSpencer: OK, but who would play young you? Lisa Lampanelli: Me, because there’s hair and make-up… No, no let me think, let me think. Who could play a young me? She would have to have a really big mouth and a big nose. Maybe that chick that used to play Blossom, you know she could play my slightly younger self I think. Jenny PezDeSpencer: Mayim Bialik? Lisa Lampanelli: Yes, I think I could take her to be my 20’s to 30’s self. And [me] as a little kid? Just throw in an Olsen twin, they still look like there four years old. They weigh the same amount they did when they were five years old! Jenny PezDeSpencer: Currently what book do you have on your night stand right now? Lisa Lampanelli: Okay, this will shock your editor, so hold on to your panties a-hole. I just this minute arrived home from a one week silent retreat in the Berkshires. So, I am reading “Writing from the Heart” by Hal Zena Bennett, because I want to work on my next play and make it even deeper than my current play. So I’m reading that. I also have Amy Schumer's book, because I read that it was number 1 on the bestseller list. And oh my god I love her! So I’m going to read this 'cause she’s like one of the girls who I really think is doing the right thing by women and by comedians these days. I am very into chick literature: mean good, well-written novels by women writers. So

I have Jane Green's newest book. So, yeah I’m juggling like three or four right now. But that’s easy for me because I’m like mental level, because these idiots can’t do it. Jenny PezDeSpencer: What are you going to bring to your show that your fans will say, Oh my god!? Lisa Lampanelli: Well, I would say lately since the whole Donald Trump thing happened, I have really ramped up my Trump material. So I have written this entire, brand new roast of Trump. And it’s so funny because I know him a little bit. I think it’s really fun to make fun of him, so I’m definitely going to be roasting the crap out of Trump. Probably roast a little Hillary and a few other celebrities. Plus the first six rows – and now that I have lost weight – I can get the back six rows too. I’ll just run and get all of them too. It’s my trademark insult comedy thing just brand new material. I really excited. Oh fuck, I now do a Q and A with the audience so they can ask me anything that has been going on in my life and about my views and all that stuff. Lisa Lampanelli appeared on “Comedy Central’s Last Laugh 2005” to great acclaim followed by her headlining performance on the Comedy Central roasts of Pamela Anderson and William Shatner that received national attention. Her one hour special, “Take It Like a Man,” was a hit and the CD and DVD of the same name placed #6 on the comedy charts. Following this, in 2007, was her second hour long special titled “Dirty Girl,” that reached #4 on the comedy charts and earned a GRAMMY Award for 2007’s Best Comedy Album of the Year. Tickets are on sale now for $39.50 and $49.50 and can be purchased at SilverLegacy.com or by calling 775-325-7401.

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Nick Holmes

Time Spent Falling

“I am made of blue sky and golden light and I will feel this way forever” - Blue Sky ad copy for Chanel television commercial film 1979


woman drops her robe revealing a black one-piece bathing suit, low cut in the back. She sits poolside at a villa in the south of France, reclines and arches her back and aims her head to the sun, red lips slightly parted. A dark handsome man appears at the other end of the pool in a tight Euro swim suit. He dives into the pool and swims underwater toward her. She watches his dark form approach. He emerges from the pool at her feet and walks to her. Her head is again tilted back, this time in anticipation. Closing voice over, John Huston: “Share the fantasy. Chanel No. 5.” That 33 second film directed by Ridley Scott, with a score performed by a then little-known Greek composer named Vangelis, featured a sultry female voice actor whose tone recalled the richness of Maya Angelou, and is a classic sensual cinematic vignette that is etched permanently in the minds of a generation of Americans. It's nuanced

eroticism and the imagery evoked by the poetry, profoundly impacted our collective consciousness. “Blue Sky” represents the kind of poetry that has been lost in our public lives. The celebration of the sensual has been replaced by the bawdy and obtuse, memes and sloganeering, the Instabootygram, the 140 character Tweet and the dick pic. The contemplative mind has been usurped by the gratuitous and the base. Nobody reads anymore...on purpose. In welcomed contrast, actor-poet-photographer Nick Holmes' book Time Spent Falling is a revelation, brilliantly mining the terroir of the soul of a curious romantic. Holmes is a poet of Keatsian proclivities, whose free verse is luscious, rhythmic, introspective, fearless, yet taut. He melds the declarative voiceprint of Baudelaire, with a journalistic reportage that resembles diary entries—like Takuboku's Poems to Eat – in chapters titled after his penchant to roam. Inspired by a life well-lived, words and women Reno Tahoe Tonight 21

COVER STORY (“Women are my religion,”Holmes says), the young poet here is observer, lover, ravenous and still, making the reader his witness, confidante and voyeur valentine: I will seek only to pleasure you like it is the task of my life turn your cream white cloak into my rich indulgence. Take me in as your servant and I will humbly destroy Every. Single. Thing. that tortures you. Keats. Shelley. Wordsworth. De Quincey. The romantic poet breaks rules and the artifices that bind us to the vanity and the banal he exposes. For there are no riches, no mellifluous psalms, no deeper meditation or delight, than the sound of her breathing or the scent of her nape. Time Spent Falling begins working on the reader well-before you open it. It is a physically gorgeous black graphite textured paperback that rests delicately in the hand, like a rose petal. I found myself trying, with futility, to not bruise it with my fingertips and leave a mark. I wipe the marks clean and press the book down under a heavier book after reading it, so it holds its shape for posterity. It was compiled from a stack of 400 different poems Holmes had scrawled on napkins, envelops and crudely rendered notes on his phone. Actressproducer Virginia Madsen (Dune, Sideways, Joy) Holmes' lover, wrote the summation on the back cover of the book and is the muse for many of the poems in Time Spent Falling. Both she and her mother Elaine Madsen, Emmy-winning writerpoet-producer, were instrumental in helping Holmes bring the self-published book to market. The sum of however many miles I travel from there to here; to you to paradise is less than any man in any time has ventured 22 Reno Tahoe Tonight

to rescue his soul on knees bent for prayers of perversion. A taste of heaven with your hands in my hair and the tension of your thighs to muffle the righteousness. Holmes' tools are archetypical. Akogare. A lover's fuel. A poet's grist. Yearning, longing, in the Japanese, to adore. His touch is light, but even a feather has weight. He writes: The stillness along with the night quiet screams over my dizzy thoughts as I wait for sleep. My eyes searched for you in today's lone venture into sunlight. Come and find me love before the dark wins you back for yet another day away from me. 1981 was a fabulous year in world history. The Space Shuttle Columbia had its maiden flight; the first IBM PC was released; Lady Di married Prince Charles; the word “internet” was coined (not by Al Gore) and a baby boy was born named Nicholas W. Holmes. Ephemeris – Nick Holmes. Leo. Chinese Year of the Rooster. Soul number: 5 – Sun in Leo. Moon in Aquarius. Mercury in Leo. Venus in Virgo. Mars in Cancer. Known for his breakout role as Robert Grimaldi in the smash television series Gilmore Girls, Holmes is from a cowboy place – Dodge City, Kansas. His father was a second generation car salesman. Holmes' grandfather was a proper cowboy and known as a fantastic car salesman (in the Cal Worthington ilk). “A small man with a high voice, a gold tooth and a cowboy hat who went by the name Lloydy Pearl,” as Holmes tells it. Holmes was bitten by the acting bug in Dodge City as a lad in around third grade after his first play, “The Trail of the Big Bad Wolf as Brought by The Three Little Pigs.” “The characters were written as popular movie characters to make it more palatable,” says Holmes. Nick's mother saw that he had a propensity for acting—probably due to his father's influence. “The thing about

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COVER STORY my father and I was that we spent all of our time together watching [television and] movies,” recalls Holmes. “Movies and shows that were inappropriate for my age. I was learning Andrew Dice Clay limericks. But my father worked long hours and he'd come home; I'd wake up when he came home and we'd watch HBO all night and movies like Beverly Hills Cop or whatever was on. He'd then rock me to sleep. He'd also go on long road trips to deliver cars or buy cars, and I would go with him and we would entertain ourselves by reenacting scenes from movies for each other.” As a senior in high school, a series of lucky turns helped Holmes literally get out of Dodge to pursue an acting career in LA. “I didn't study, I was very lazy about it and full of ego,” Holmes recollects. “Because I had done theater in Dodge City, Kansas—which fills you with confidence,” he winks. Holmes lands in LA with no plan. He'd marched in the Rose Parade in high school and knew he wanted to come back to LA as an actor after college. “So I just went out to see it for a week. I had a friend who was working in the business that my mom introduced me to,” states Holmes. “I spent a week there and I got an agent. Just dumb luck.” Holmes is 17 and in the Big Sleazy. He tells his folks that he wants to act and that he doesn't want to go to college and be an English major. “I didn't work for two years. I got no acting gigs at all. So I did all kinds of things. I was a security guard; I sold cigars and bullets and suits.” But Holmes was making a good living doing commercials and he'd gotten married at 20 to a gal from Kansas who was eight years his senior. “She wouldn't come near me when we met cause I was 14 and she was like 21 or 22,” Holmes notes. “But I never forgot her birthday and was always writing letters to her. I was putting the work in. I was in LA living on my own and she was struggling in Oklahoma living with her sister...the whole thing was an adventure. We got married; I was doing commercials and everything was fine. Then, I don't know if you remember those Truth anti-smoking commercials, but they do all of those hidden camera and it's all improv. I did two of those and in the second one I was like a game show host...And it got me a lot of attention. It got 24 Reno Tahoe Tonight

me a theatrical agent, a manger and I started to get scripts. And the first full script I ever read was for Gilmore Girls.” Holmes actually did read for the Gilmore Girls pilot. “But I didn't get on the show for five more years,” Holmes reflects. “I kept auditioning and kept auditioning for that show. And they liked me enough to keep bringing me back, until finally there was a fit. But the thing about television, and especially a series that has been going on for that long, is that they are not interested in your input, or your process, or whatever your thing is. They do not have time for it. You've got eight days to make an episode; the machine works and it's practiced; you know your lines; you don't bump into the furniture and, however your performance is, it's fine—that'll do. And on the Gilmore Girls the pace dictated everything. The writing was gorgeous. And so, performance was kind of secondary, as long as you were word perfect and didn't step on anybody else, that was good.” I ask Holmes about his character and what it was like to play such an intelligently written role on the small screen. “Well, I don't know if he was intelligent, he was kind of a drunk prick,” quips Holmes sarcastically. “But I was the asshole friend of her last love interest on the show—who was trying to sleep with her....When I got the role, I thought it was [for] an episode. They hired me because I was good with a paint ball gun. That's what got me the role—and my extraordinary acting abilities. [Laughter]. So when I got the phone call for the next episode, I was very, very surprised that the character had all of this other stuff to do. As it goes, there's many things that are shot that don't end up [in the show]. I was very surprised and delighted that there was more to it and that it was directly involved with Rory's character. Holmes says it's very legitimizing to have a recurring role on a really popular show. “That makes getting meetings easier – it's still a hustle to get the job. There's a lot of people in that position, there's a lot of TV. But it was a whole new kind of competition, ya know. I wasn't in the room with 80 other people with no credits. I was in the room with 30 people who were as good or better than me. It's a great thing for your ego and your experience to have to not slack off, not phone it in, rise to the occasion and really care about it.”

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Holmes picked up a camera at a relatively early age and has elevated the craft to a fine art— shooting many of his portrait subjects in his own kitchen. “Photography was something I took in high school as a ditch class 'cause we were in block scheduling and it was a 90 minute class where you could just leave or watch noir films,” he remembers. “I sort of just phoned that in for a couple of years and then at some point I started to care about it. I was shit at shooting buildings because there's no communication in it, and that's paramount for me. When I moved to LA I still had all of my equipment and I started meeting all of these actors who needed head shots – and I needed money. So I took head shots for years and years and years. Then after my divorce, I was free to explore the more sensual side of photography.” Holmes' black and white human studies exhibit whimsy, smoldering intensity, and at times have a darker edge. They celebrate women (and celebrity) in their intimate complexity, freedom, beauty and exultation. They are personal. His lens seduces the way his words do. The influences of von Unwerth and Newton are evident in his portraits and editorial sensibilities, with accents of Richardson's hedonistic heroin chic. His work reveals an artist who is still becoming himself, ever curious at the 28 Reno Tahoe Tonight

alter of his beloved. Subject to his subjects. And that suits the poet Holmes just fine. Time Spent Falling: A Conversation with Nick Holmes is presented by gifted fine artist Sarah Stevenson's Red Line Design LLC January 19, 2017 at pARTy gallery in Los Angeles. 5522 W Pico Blvd, LA, CA 90019-3916. Tickets to this encore presentation can be purchased at shop.red-line-design.com.

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Make 2017 Your Year for Fun, Fitness, and Freedom with GROOVE It’s Wednesday night, and outside The Studio the first real snow of the season is falling. Those of us who braved the roads to be here shake a thin crust of ice off our boots at the door, pull off scarves and gloves. We’re not yet re-accustomed to winter weather and glad to be in the warmth of the room. At the far end of the yoga studio our facilitator, Isabel Fagoaga, pulls a funky beat from the playlist and tests the speakers, her mic. She likes it loud. Across the room Sabrina Hallgren, our cofacilitator, greets new and familiar faces as they come in, and peeks her head out the studio door to let everyone know we’re about to begin, invites anyone to join us. This class is donationbased ten bucks if you have it, come dance anyway if you don’t. It’s 8:30pm, and we’re ready. As we warm up, Isabel reminds devotees like me—and makes sure newcomers understand—that this is a class you cannot get wrong. Every dancer in GROOVE is both united and unique.“Freeze,” she says. “Now shake your butt.” We do. Some of us giggle. Others simply smile. “You just grooved,” she says. “I may tell you to shake your butt, but I won’t tell you how. You do it your own way.” There is no front-of-the-class here, no instructor to mimic or moves to memorize. For the next 45 minutes six of us—all shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities—take the 12-15 songs on the playlist into ourselves and let something of our own creation, however awkward or beautiful, unfurl. 30 Reno Tahoe Tonight

Isabel doesn’t teach dance so much as suggest it as she weaves in and out among us, dancing her own heart out. We stomp to tribal tracks, waltz to instrumentals, bounce to techno, twerk to hiphop, tap-kick it out to show tunes. Some playlists are soul-ful and juicy, others are fierce and high energy, and others slow and expressive. But one thing’s always certain: it’s a vivacious and varied workout. In intensity, it’s somewhere between yoga and Zumba. At the 45-minute mark we slow the beat, cool down, stretch what needs to be stretched, then dim the lights and settle in for five minutes of complete stillness. After so much music and movement, stillness calcifies every good thing we’ve just done for ourselves. We’ve built everything from strength to confidence to flexibility – including mental flexibility. We’ve sweat and we’ve de-stressed. We’ve become more ourselves than we were before we arrived, because it’s freeing (and watch out: addicting) to be fully yourself in a room full of other people being fully themselves, too. As New Year’s resolutions go, that’s a tough one to top.

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As we enter the peak winter months, we are fortunate to be reminded to be mindful about than the water levels of our rivers, lakes and streams here in the Truckee Meadows. Former City of Reno Hydrologist/ Environmental Engineer Lynell Garfield-Qualls, M.S. is passionate about protecting our rivers and streams from harmful exposures to salt this winter. Here are her tips to help us all do our part. In the winter time the way we handle our snow and ice issues is a challenge. It's walking the fine line between covering every surface we've got in sodium chloride, thus keeping it really safe for pedestrians and vehicles, and then keeping the salt out of the river. Sodium chloride is table salt. That's traditionally what we use for melting ice; for preventing slips; for treating our sidewalks, our roadways and our driveways. But when you look at sodium chloride, you realize that it totally degrades concrete and it completely rusts the heck out of metal, bannisters and any infrastructure that you have. It poisons our plants and it's bad for our rivers. Chloride never breaks down. So when we look at our Truckee River system, it starts at Tahoe and ends at Pyramid Lake, and everything in between runs into this closed loop system. If we keep putting unparalleled levels of sodium chloride on our surfaces (which

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then runs into the Truckee River and goes downstream and it stays in solution until it starts building up in Pyramid Lake), we could have a situation in the future where we lose our world-class fishery. Pyramid Lake could stop turning over. That has happened in other lakes.

means those guys have been out there—probably in the middle of the night—spraying the stuff ahead of the snow so that when the snow hits the salty surface, it won't stick to it. So it never freezes in the first place.

Seasonal turnover of lakes is a phenomenon that happens when air temperature gets colder than the water. And so you wind up with super cold surface water and warmer water underneath. Eventually, it flips over because colder water is heavier, so when it flips over, then you're bringing all the nutrients from the bottom up to the top. The fish now have new sources of food and the cycle keeps going. That's the ecosystem. So the whole food web is based upon that phenomenon. If we have too many chlorides building up, which are very heavy so they sink to the bottom, just imagine that whole bottom layer being full of chlorides, that bottom later will no longer turn over because the chlorides are heavier than the cold water on the top seasonally. The implications of this are huge. I am not saying that we forget about our grandmothers who are navigating slippery sidewalks and stairs, but there has got to be a balance struck.

• Read the labels – Homeowners can use alternatives to traditional table salt by looking at the labels of ice melt products and choosing the best environmental option. If it says sodium chloride on it, don't buy it. What you want to see on the label is magnesium acetate. What you don't want to see is sodium or sodium chloride. The labels will list the active ingredients and the percentage of salt in the product. What we put on our sidewalks and highways, does end up in our drinking water.

Obviously, Public Works and the Department of Transportation have to keep our roadways clear. Well what Public Works did is they started using brine solution instead of table salt. So they actually used 10% of the amount of salt by using it in solution and applying the solution. So when you drive on your neighborhood streets and you see the stripes everywhere, that


• Shovel early and often – Get out there and get a workout. You can get a darn good workout just shoveling your own driveway and sidewalks. • Keep curb sides clean – Street surface trash can ultimately end up in our rivers. Don't leave your recycling and garbage bins open, uncovered and outside. Bring those cans into the garage when a storm or high winds are approaching, to prevent windblown litter, rain and snow contact with trash and waste products. These tips can help us all keep our rivers clean this winter and beyond. Lynell@clearmountainstream.com thesecretlifeofstreams.com Reno Tahoe Tonight 31

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A Conversation With Nick Holmes November 10, 2016 @ The Beckwith Gallery Sometimes on our creative journeys we come across people and art that can change the trajectory of your life. This happened to me when I met Nick Holmes. Nick joined is here in Reno in November for the first in a series of events titled: A Conversation With... As part of my mission as a creative, it is my goal to gather and share the people that have had an impact on my art and have provided me with that WOW moment when I see their work. Time Spent Falling: A Conversation With Nick Holmes was the culmination of 25 years of creative work, project management, development of an interest in creativity and the cross over of disciplines that drive us to make work to share with the world. As an actor, portrait photographer and poet, Nick's worlds are intertwined by a commonality

that I see as PASSION. His view of the space in which he lives and how intimately he touches each person he interacts with is truly unrivaled by most people I know. Our evening together at The Beckwith Gallery was both inspiring and rich with photography, love, introspection and poetry. Nick's engagement with the audience and with each and every individual he met that evening solidified for me that ART LIVES and SAVES ad the importance of conversation is truly the way to save the world. Special thanks to The Beckwith Gallery, Sundance Books and Music and The Whitney Peak Hotel for sponsoring our evening with Nick. The next A Conversation With...will be in March at The Basement in Reno. Jenny Doh, artist, writer and illustrator will be joining us for Fangs and Flaws: A Conversation With Jenny Doh.

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EVENT Camp Out Yonder Text Nellie Davis Images Matthew McIver

Unplug and reconnect! Most can agree, in today’s increasingly fast-paced world, we have to try harder than ever just to slow down. It seems as if we are always “on” with our work weeks getting longer, all the while our anxiety is getting higher and we are losing touch with what it is that makes humanity so amazing. Folks now have the ability to communicate with each other more conveniently than ever, yet we find ourselves to be even more disconnected. But what would happen if you took the time to remember what it feels like to just be you, without the expectation of who you appear to be on social media? Could you allow yourself to simply experience being in the moment— noticing the smell of freshly brewed coffee or the crackling sound of wood burning in a campfire without any other distraction? Camp Out Yonder invites you to turn off your technology, leave the skyscrapers behind for towering pine trees and ditch the sound of your notifications for the soothing flow of a creek. Get away from it all for one weekend in nature while surrounding yourself with people who still value human connection. Camp Out Yonder offers Campfire Lectures and Analog Workshops to teach you the tools you need to lead you into a more balanced life with greater engagement, improved sleep and higher productivity. No followers needed. Enjoy laid back camp vibes, live music ‘round the fire stoked with a s’mores bar, nature photo hikes, journaling, yoga and meditation. If you're looking to just relax, feel free to hang back at camp and enjoy one of many tech-free activities we offer like our lawn and board games, a postcard station, DIY aromatherapy, a book from the little library or even take a dip in the pool. Join a remarkable group of speakers, instructors, musicians and attendees for an analog experience at the gate of the Sierra Nevada. Explore new ideas, make new friends and discover new abilities. Adventure awaits.

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MEMORIAL DAY: MINDFULNESS IN THE MODERN WORLD WITH LODRO RINZLER | 5/26-5/28 2017 Lodro Rinzler is a teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and the author of six books on meditation including the best-selling “The Buddha Walks into a Bar…” and the award-winning books “Walk Like a Buddha” and “The Buddha Walks into the Office…”. Over the last sixteen years he has spoken at meditation centers, businesses, college campuses, and locations as diverse as Google, Harvard University, and Capitol Hill. Lodro’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. Lodro co-founded and serves as the Chief Spiritual Officer of M N D F L, NYC‘ s premier drop-in meditation studio. Explore the different styles and traditions of meditation and how it effects us physically. You will have the opportunity to practice a guided session and take home tips for bringing the meditation practice with you to incorporate it into your daily life. Q & A.

AUGUST: MINDFUL TECH WITH JESS DAVIS | 8/11-8/13 2017 Jess Davis is the founder of Folk Rebellion, a movement and lifestyle brand that encourages and inspires people to become mindful of the technology they use. A former award-winning NYC based brand consultant and plugged-in digital strategist, her fast-paced, tech-based career allowed her a unique perspective not many on the inside are willing to voice. After 10+ years of helping brands find their digital voices, Jess woke up and realized she had helped create a society that was no longer present or connected at all. Jess is a professional speaker, writer and lifestyle expert around the topics of slow-living, balance, unplugging, and technology. She is a frequent guest contributor and activist sharing the message and learnings of Folk Rebellion. Join this intimidate conversation to learn actionable items to create boundaries and make a technology balance work for you when you get back to reality. Camp Out Yonder accommodations include a unique stay in a shared canvas tipi village, fresh daily meals, drinks, snacks, shower and bathroom facilities and all programming. $695 Early bird registration, $745 GA registration.

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EVENT Text Chris Payne Program Director 104.1FM KRZQ Shamrock Communications Photographer Frank Haxton Digiman Studio Night Riots at the Grand Sierra Resort December 10, 2016 KRZQ's Oh Snow You Didn't 2016 Here our good friend Chris Payne gives us the play-by-play on one of the year's best live concert festivals: KRZQ's Oh Snow You Didn't 2016. Friday Night: Pierce The Veil came back to town to remind our listeners that they love playing Reno. They ripped through a 90-minute set that left the room wanting more. Don't miss them the next time they're in town. Saturday night: Dirty Heads, Atlas Genius, Night Riots, and The Unlikely Candidates. Dirty Heads were the only vets to the Reno audience which left the others to carve their own niche in the fans minds. The Unlikely Candidates were a perfect complement to kick off the night, as they were 'unlikely' to win over the room. They did just that. Next, Night Riots hit the stage with a swagger and a late 80's feel that caught a few off guard. Their drum solo stole their show. Australia's Atlas Genius churned out great songs that brought the room together in a way we hadn't seen in a while. The night closed with Dirty Heads. They've been playing Reno for six years and this night was on par with the other sets they've played. The only difference, their catalog of hits was larger than the previous show. All in all, both nights were tremendous. We (KRZQ) couldn't be more thankful for our friends – the listeners – who help push us to bring great bands to town every year.

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“Everything is house made, that's the thing I love about the Campo brand.” - Chef David Holman Chef David Holman is one of the most talented stars in the northern Nevada culinary firmament. More importantly, he's an extremely likable person. There's no diva in the Stockton, California native, just an honest, earnest excitement about his craft that permeates any room he's in. My visits to Holman's Campo restaurant in Sparks, where he has been at the helm since opening day on July 1, have been highlighted by laughter, conversations about exotic cuts of beef, our mutual, near religious fan boy adoration of Anthony Bourdain (who Holman met when he was at CIA in New York) and, of course, the great food coming out of Campo's kitchens. Holman, who was formerly the Executive Chef with the Charlie Palmer Group for many years, won “Best Presentation” at Reno Bites 2016 this past October, is known for his creativity in the kitchen. “They had us working with a mystery basket—almost like on Chopped or like the Quick Fire Challenge on Top Chef,” says Holman. “Everyone had the same four ingredients and we had the same pantry to work from. I created pan seared venison with veggies. It was awesome and I had a blast!” It is well-known that Campo has helped establish high standards for fine rustic cuisine in the Truckee Meadows and beyond. Everything at Campo is sourced from the local food shed and made by hand, like Holman's house made foccacia

bread which is the best I have ever tasted, or his housemade pork meatballs from Alpine Ranch that are to die for. Campo uses Sierra Meats for some items supplementally and supports the best small farmers in the region. “We use Sierra Gold exclusively,” Holman says. “They go to and from The City daily, for our seafood. We're all family with our local vendor partners,” states Holman with pride. “One of the greatest things about the local food scene here, with the successful restaurants and chefs, is that we all have a great camaraderie. No competition, just cooperation.” In part two of our interview series, we talk with Chef Holman about his food philosophy, his techniques and making his mark in the Campo kitchens. Oliver X: How did you build upon and put your spin on the Campo menu and ethos? David Holman: We often talk about the blueprint for starting a great restaurant, and this restaurant had the blueprint: local, sustainable and fresh We took the core menu, things like the crispy polenta, the meatballs, the kale salad, the cauliflower.... We took those elements and continued with the theme, knowing that if we push forward with that, then the rest of it simple. Campo was already very pork heavy, but the tweak and style that I bring comes from years of working with the Charlie Palmer Group. At Pigs & Pinot we would always have competitions within the company to come up with new and exciting pork dishes. We'd have all those ideas and we would take things to the next level creatively. Now I get to do them every day here. One of the things I added to the menu was kinda doing a trio, taking the best of our signature

dishes and having fun with it. Smaller plates. To me this is Campo. Another thing I like to do is beef or pork many different ways on a plate. At Campo downtown we have a pork platter, with four different cuts of pork, different sauces, different accoutrements so guests can have a full representation of that protein. But it also showcases cooking techniques. When you go to a tasting menu, you're always looking for different cooking techniques—especially on the same plate. So we'll have a braised, a fried, a roasted, a grilled, a sauteed, a sauce, a puree... when you put all those on the same plate, it really showcases the signature of the restaurant and our cooking skills in the back. I also really like to find new cuts of pork or beef. We're butchering whole cows here. It's exciting to find other cuts that are delicious. There's a new cut recently sourced here called The Bonanza Steak. It's about a 12 ounce piece of meat that is the continuation of the ribeye into the shoulder. It's tender, rich and full of flavor. Oliver X: How did your training with the Charlie Palmer Group prepare you for other culinary adventures in your career? David Holman: It gave us the guidelines of the success rate...With Charlie Palmer, he was always helping to guide us. Besides being a steakhouse, we were always trying to learn something new. Charlie Palmer Group set such high standard for us. We were taught to not move on to the next item or project until you perfect this one first. One of my favorite things I'm working on now is pastrami with local beef. We buy a whole cow at a time and we get like two briskets. What are we going to do with two briskets? Let's make pastrami. We are really looking at making that recipe perfect. Next time we buy a whole cow, Reno Tahoe Tonight 41

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FOOD we're going to try a new recipe again and tweak it until we perfect it. If we really like it, we'll try to do it again. With that you're getting the brisket, corn beef, there's a burger blend, you could go off in ten or twenty directions. But if you just try to perfect the pastrami that's what it's about. Oliver X: Do you find yourself influenced by trends like the sous vide craze? David Holman: I do. I love it, because every one of the fads will bring twenty things to the table and three things will stay and catch on. It's the same thing with molecular gastronomy. There's a lot of different things, whether you're making the little pearls, or the caviar beads, you're doing something fun. Like the xanthan gum. That's one of the things that stayed in my repertoire, because you can take something and thicken it without heat. Let's say we have this perfect tomato, you put it in the blender (that's what we do for our gazpacho) and, instead of thickening it with bread crumbs or cooking it, we puree it and add .01% of xanthan gum to it and it's amazing! And, speaking of amazing, Holman's roasted cauliflower is the most flavorful treatment of the vegetable I've had to date. 100% fresh cauliflower roasted in a pizza oven, cooked just long enough to give it a sear, but not too long, so it maintains its snap. Holman then spices it with calabrian chiles, garlic, parsley, and a little olive oil. This alone is worth the trip to Campo. Oliver X: Silly question, but how did you develop your cauliflower roasting technique? David Holman: It's all roasted, not raw, but not overcooked. And I think that's where cauliflower gets a bad rap. But it's super spicy and fun. To me we keep it simple. You add a really great oil or spice to it, but then you add a wood fire and then you don't over cook the cauliflower or it loses itself. The pizza oven adds that smoky flavor too. Oliver X: When you first started working with the oven, how did your dishes come out? 44 Reno Tahoe Tonight

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FOOD David Holman: [Laughter]. You wanna know about when I first started with the oven, oh my goodness? I was burnin' stuff, left and right. My pizza day...I did four days with the crew downtown, I couldn't make a circle. Because it's totally different. I'd made pizza before, but the dough was totally different. We do a 72 hour fermentation on the wood fired pizza dough. With authentic VPN Neopolitan pizza we had to go through the official certification process. 900 degree wood-fired only pizza oven. You have to use Italian San Marzano tomatoes, the double zero flour, which is super soft. There's a certain way you have to mix it, so there's an actual mixer that you have to buy or you can do it by hand. This mixer is totally different. But the finished product is definitely a signature staple that people keep coming back to Campo to enjoy.

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FREESTYLE Photography: Jeramie Lu Hair Styling: Tres Benzley Hair assistant: Krysta Lovan MUA: Krista Puett

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F R EES TY L E High fashion hi ts the streets of the Biggest L ittle City. Keep clicking th ose heels, we're not in Ren o anymore... or are we? Whe re couture meets the streets!

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Special thanks to Lubra Anderso Blythe n and Robin Stallard Heyw oo Consignment d of Labels Boutique for these amazing co and styling.” - uture designs Tres Benzley – Owner Caliber Salon

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Text Lanette Simone Photo of Lanette Simone by Alfyn Gestoso Photo of Heal Thyself by Charles Moss

I recently attended a lecture at Pinnacle Wellness and was introduced to the holistic, self healing methodology Source Energy Medicine. I was intrigued from the get go because this modality is of the thought that the body is designed to self balance, correct and heal itself. That all illness has a root vibration that is manifested by the body's vibrational frequency. Negative environment equals low vibration which equals disease. SEM believes that it is possible to take the body from resistance into allowance and health by nullifying the frequency of the disease by raising your energetic frequency. Source Energy Medicine was influenced by two studies, Dr. Emoto's work that found water can be influenced. Water holds the vibrational structure of what is holding it. Water is a medium influenced either by positive or negative energy. Dr. Emoto's research demonstrated through photography that water molecules formed perfect hexagonal structures when in a positive high vibrational environment. Water molecules were frozen from two different containers of water. One container was surrounded by positive affirmations and classical music, the other infused with hateful words and low vibrational music. The result, beautiful crystals from the good vibes and asymmetrical ill-formed molecules from the opposite container. Dr. Hawkins MD, PhD created a map of the levels of human consciousness, the scale ranges 0-1000. This scale measures the vibrational frequency of all things. He found that anything that vibrates under 200 is susceptible to illness. 78% of the world's population vibrates under 200, only 22% of the population vibrate higher than 200. Emotions like anger, fear and lack vibrate at the lower levels. Joy, love and acceptance vibrate over 500. Social media, media, politics, TV all vibrate very low in the illness range. 58 Reno Tahoe Tonight

We could connect the dots like this...our bodies are made up of about 60% water; depending upon the environment our bodies and consciousness are enveloped by dictates the frequency of vibration and level of wellness or disease. Watching reality TV, or the recent presidential election, eating low vibrational food, talking to your friends about how fat your ass is will certainly lower your vibration to this sickly 200 range. Politicians vibrate at 180. Stephen Joseph Pollitt is the creator of Source Energy Medicine (SEM), and author of Heal Thyself. Stephen created 190 different waters or remedies that are energetically charged to raise frequency from disease to wellness – disease of all kinds: physical, psychological and spiritual. What does a Source Energy Medicine remedy consist of? A good quality water and a charging label. Each of the 190 charging labels have an individual signature with a numerical code that is the equivalent to the pathology and biological make up of the disease that is being transmuted. Remember Dr. Emoto's research? Water is a medium that can take on vibrational frequency. The water is infused with the energy code of the label, when consumed, the charged water raises the body's frequency. Let me break it down in a few simple steps Visit Source Energy Medicine.com Download 190 charging labels Kick in some cash you decide the amount Buy the book Heal Thyself $30 Decide what water remedy (or remedies) is best for you. The average person needs eight. Put a charging label on a container of water and get your H2O game on and raise your level of wellness. My mission, as always, is to give you just enough information to get you curious to do your own research, and to heal thyself. According to the Hawkins Scale Martin Luther King Albert Einstein Acupuncture Hospitals Pride Victim Mentality Rolling Stones BeeGees Bacteria Positive Thinking Cat's Purr Viruses

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Winter Adventures in North Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Adventure Company Dec 13, Jan 12, Feb 10, March 11, 12, April 10: Experience a moonlight Full Moon Trek through Lake Tahoe’s pristine forests on easy-to-use snowshoes. Knowledgeable guides discuss natural history and fascinating facts about the moon. Stop along the way to take in beautiful views while enjoying snacks and hot drinks. Discounted Lift Tickets Valid at Diamond Peak, Mt. Rose, Squaw Valley |Alpine Meadows and Homewood for the 2017 season. Ski to lifts with no wait. Buy your tickets at Incline Village Visitors Center. Borges Sleigh Rides Unique Winter Outing Head “over the meadow and through the woods” with amazing views of Lake Tahoe. Snuggle into a horse drawn sleigh at the iconic Sand Harbor State Park! Our 1– hour tour takes you along the shores of Lake Tahoe, providing panoramic views of the lake, towering pines, large granite boulders and the majestic Sierra Nevada.

Book your tickets today: tahoe.activitytickets.com (800) Go-Tahoe or: Incline Village Visitor Center 969 Tahoe Blvd. Incline Village, Nevada

Around Tahoe Tours Enjoy this 5-hour scenic tour as you visit the Seven Sacred Sights of Tahoe and learn all the stories, legends, folklore, statistics and geology of the world’s most beautiful lake. For more information call Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Center at (800) Go-Tahoe. Blue Brilliance Art Exhibit Through January 30: Blue Brilliance features Sierra Nevada College students. See works such as colored linoleum prints from Mary Kenny’s printmaking class and sculptural pieces created by SNC’s advanced art students.

969 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, NV | (800) Go-Tahoe | GoTahoeNorth.com


Make a New Years Resolution to Explore North Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area:

The new year is here. Gone are the lights and decorations, carefully packed away for another year. Speaking of packed away — so are the calories from countless pot lucks, dinner parties, and oh-too-sumptuous meals. So, come Jan. 1, you may be ready to over-indulge in healthier fare — namely exploring the outdoors. If you're in North Lake Tahoe, then you'll find beautiful surroundings quite willing to oblige.

Learn to Ski or Snowboard packages for $39 from Jan. 4–8 and Jan. 11–15.

National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month If you've longed to glide down the slopes with the greatest of ease, take advantage of North Lake Tahoe's variety of deals for skiers and riders this month. Every January, the National Snow Sports Industry Association promotes National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Many North Lake Tahoe’s resorts offer discounts on lessons, lift tickets, rentals, lodging and more. Some North Lake Tahoe offers include:

Learn the basics with packages starting at $50.

Tahoe Donner Downhill and Cross Country: Sugar Bowl Resort:

For $99 ($109 on holiday weekends), receive a 2-hour lesson, all day rentals, a lift ticket valid on beginner lifts. For more information and details, visit


Start your exploration at the Incline Village Visitors Information Center At the Incline Village Visitors Information Center, you can begin your North Lake Tahoe adventure with tickets to a variety of activities, including:

Borges Sleigh Rides: See panoramic views of Lake Tahoe's blue waters, towering pines, and snow-capped peaks.

Alpine Meadows:

Snow Shoeing: Explore North Lake Tahoe

Diamond Peak:

Around The Lake Tours: Tour around Tahoe and learn all the stories, legends, folklore, statistics, landmarks, beaches, movies, and secret spots of America's most beautiful and treasured lake.


Discounted Ski Lift Tickets: Conveniently

People 13 and older can learn to ski and snowboard for $59, Monday-Friday from Jan. 4–29.

Ski and Snowboard School offers Learn to Ski and Burton Learn to Ride packages for people ages 7 and older for $39. Beginner’s packages start at $70 per person.

Northstar California:

Half-day morning beginner ski and snowboard group lessons start at $155.

Squaw Valley:

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on foot with one of Tahoe Adventure Company's Snowshoe Tours. The company offers tours by moonlight or at sunset.

purchase discounted lift tickets with no wait to Diamond Peak, Mount Rose Ski Tahoe, Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows and Homewood Mountain Resort.

The Visitors Information Center is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, and is located at 969 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village, NV. For more information: call 800-Go-Tahoe (800-468-2463).

Annie Flanzraich annie@flanzwrites.com 775-230-6839

Theater Classes for All Ages: Sierra School of Performing Arts is excited to announce our class line-up beginning in January 2017. For a full list of class descriptions, teacher bios and to register go to:

sierraschoolofperformingarts.org Curtain Up! | Intro to Acting for Preteens | Level 1 | Ages 8-11

Tuesdays, 5:45 - 6:40 pm, January 10 - March 14

Curtain Up! | Intro to Acting for Preteens | Level 2 | Ages 8-12 Tuesdays, 6:45 – 7:40pm, January 10 - March 14

Intro to Acting for Teens | Ages 12-17 Saturdays, 4:00 - 5:15 pm, February 4 - April 15

Page to Stage – Let’s Create a Play! | Ages 11+ Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, January 10 - March 14

Sing Out! | Intro to Group Singing | Ages 7-9 Wednesdays, 4:00 – 4:45 pm, January 11 - March 1

Broadway Song and Dance! An intro to Musical Theater Performance | Ages 10+ Wednesdays, 5:00 – 5:55 pm, January 11 - March 1

Dress the Part An Intro to Theatrical Costuming and Makeup | Ages 12+ Tuesdays 3:15 – 4:30 pm, January 10 - February 14

Improvisation | Ages 11+

Saturdays, January 14 - March 4, 10 - 11am OR Tuesdays, January 17 - March 7, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Sierra School of Performing Arts


LIFESTYLE Text Yifat Chen and Andrea Gregg

Diary of the Self-perpetuating cycle It’s Saturday and I am waking up feeling excited because I’ve decided that this time I’m going to go all out and do it right – you know what I’m talking about? I’m going on a diet starting Monday. As I lay in bed I think about all the things I need to do this weekend before starting my new routine on Monday. Family schedule. Food prep. Where are my gym shoes? Suddenly, I feel stressed and hungry. Thank goodness I am meeting the gang for all you can eat sushi before I hit it hard on Monday. This is the last “free” day I have until I get back on track. I need this. I am going to loose a lot of weight and feel great again.

Monday It’s a bit hard to wake up after all of the food and drinks last night, but today is the day. Why is the gym so busy on Monday’s? After 5 minutes on the treadmill I’m about to die and I’m pretty sure it was the longest 5 minutes of my life! I think I will find a “gym rat” to follow around so that I can learn from them on other things I can do. After about 45 minutes of sweat and misery I go home feeling happy with my efforts and less excited about my diet but hey – I can do this! Tomorrow is a new day.

Tuesday It’s early, but I’m up! Workout is done and I made time to prep all of my healthy meals. I’m keeping it very light, like less than 1,000 calories. I feel lighter and stronger.

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Wednesday I’m tired, sore, and thinking about food all the time. My one hour workout at the gym was less exciting this time. I had no one to follow, I have no idea what to do on my own, and I am board on that monotonous treadmill. Maybe I will try couple things I have seen on Instagram. OK, there. I have completed a 45 minute workout. Better than nothing. Today’s breakfast was a little off the diet plan, but hey – I worked out so I think I deserve it for sticking to it for 2 days in a row. I’ll do better for the rest of the day.

Thursday I slept in. Oops. I’m skipping breakfast to balance things out. Because I was starving my lunch plan backfired. I over indulged and ate enough for three people. Seriously. I actually faked a phone call to pretend that I was asking real people what they wanted to eat! Well that’s OK – no dinner for me tonight since I had such a big lunch.


I woke up on time, a bit sluggish because of my late night dinner. Yes, I ended up eating late because I know it’s unhealthy to go to bed on an empty stomach. Sue me. Today, I found a new gym rat. This girl looks like she knows what she is doing, definitely something I saw on Instagram. After 20 minutes, I have hit my max and loose my motivation. It’s time to hit the sauna. Today I’m going to eat when and what my body craves. I don’t need to punish myself.

Saturday Yay! I made it to the weekend. Thank god my diet doesn’t apply for the weekend. I think I will call my friends and see who would like to go out for dinner and drinks. On Sunday I will prepare for a new week and I will do better this time. Does this sound familiar? Often we jump on the opportunity to sign up for a quick fix. We agree to try the latest diet fad out there and after 2-3 days we find out it is all too hard: too many rules to follow and too many things to juggle all at once. Think about this as you are contemplating your New Year’s resolution. Start small and be realistic. A small change can be a true change when you take the time to implement it. Consistency, and simple and clear guidelines will make a change sustainable, and this is really what you need.

Work on crowding out, keeping it simple, and building a strong foundation. On average it can take 21 days to form a habit. Change takes time and it must be nurtured. Forecast your days, plan for success, and set no negotiations with yourself. This life you live is not a dress rehearsal. If this sounds like you please give us a call at 775-200-8840 and let Kaia FIT South Reno take the guessing out of your workout, what you should and shouldn’t eat, and how to create a healthy balanced lifestyle that will get you the results you want! New members join in daily and we welcome all fitness levels. Yifat Chen and Andrea Gregg are your healthy lifestyle go to gals. Personal trainers, yoga fanatics and health coaches, they change women’s lives by getting them to sweat it out in their studio and eat clean in the kitchen. They do it with humor, dedication and lots of love!

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LIT Literary Reno Text and photo Tee Iseminger

On Sunday, January 15, a dozen Reno-area writers will take the stage at The Holland Project to read work in response to the election. The reading is part of the national #WRITERSRESIST movement—a series of protest readings around the country. But let me back up 150 years. Most long-time Renoans know that Samuel Clemens, best known by the pen name Mark Twain, got his start at Virginia City’s Territorial Enterprise in the 1860s. After building a contentious reputation there Clemens moved on to bigger pastures, but his lore has fueled Reno’s literary imagination for more than a century. Writers that followed included poet Joanne De Longchamps, novelist Walter Van Tilburg Clark, and re-nowned Basque writer Robert Laxalt, who helped carry Reno’s literary movement through the 1980s and ‘90s. After the 90s, Reno suffered a lull in literary output. It seemed the city’s collective imagination had run aground, or was simply having an identity crisis. The city’s prevailing mood was changing, drying out some of the fertile ground available to earlier writers. So when Reno native Willy Vlautin appeared in 2006 with his award-winning novel The Motel Life, Reno’s faltering literary circles celebrated. The following year Reno native Don Waters published the also-lauded Desert Gothic, a collection of stories set in Arizona and Nevada, including Reno. In 2009 the Nevada Review launched—a literary magazine ex-ploring the silver state through literature. It seemed Reno’s literary rep might be back. But another dry spell followed. Then in 2012 and ’13, a rich medley of books by Reno authors tumbled into bookstores. These included the story collections Battleborn (Claire Vaye Watkins) and Grind (Mark Maynard), and the novels You Came Back (Christopher Coake), The Flamer (Ben Rogers), and Girlchild (Tupelo Hassman). In 2015 Christian Kiefer’s novel, The Animals, seemed to cinch it: Reno was a storied city worth writing about. Soon after, Reno experienced a proliferation of literary activity: poetry readings, expanding 64 Reno Tahoe Tonight

bookstore pro-gramming, a literary crawl, a summer youth writing program, new independent publishers--even a new MFA program in creative writing at the University of Nevada Reno. A literary renaissance in the Biggest Little City. It’s no surprise then that when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States in November (and writers were called to arms by way of the #WRITERSRESIST movement), ours was among the first com-munities on board. After 150 years of fits and starts, Reno is growing a robust literary legacy, ready to take a spot on the national literary map and add its collective voice to the necessary art-making our nation must do in the years ahead. Join us.


Writer’s Resist: The Biggest Little Protest Reading Readings from local writers, presentations from local organizations, and a half-time dance performance by local dance troupe TRIBUS.


The Holland Project 140 Vesta Street, Reno


Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 2pm-5pm FOR MORE INFORMATION Tee Iseminger teeiseminger@gmail.com

NEW BUSINESS Reno Kicks Part 4 Text Oliver X Photos Joey Savoie

"We are one body. To understand that is magical." - Billie Cragg In part four of our look at Reno Kicks, we feature fitness athlete, RTT columnist and noted trainer-gym owner Camie Cragg Lyman (of Camie Cragg Fitness), in a 33 minute workout designed and hosted by Reno Kicks owner Jordon Trice. We thank Camie for her time spent getting her butt kicked by a high intensity interval training session at a rival gym facility; for the generosity of spirit she embodies in welcoming Reno Kicks to town with open arms, and for being a supreme example of the definition of the word community. “We're going to do a full workout today with Camie from station 1 to station 10,” says Trice. “I developed a specific workout that my members can handle, but we're going to scale it up for Camie. She's a pro level athlete, so I have to be sure I am on my A game.”

Station 2 2: Overhead Plate Carry with Lunge and Weighted Vest – “This is a station where we can add difficulty on the fly depending on the guest's skill and ability,” says Trice. “It's obvious that Camie is doing this particular exercise very well. So I added an extra movement to the exercise and have her squeezing her glutes and bringing the leg up before she walks through again. She's working an additional muscle group because she is showing that she has some extra power to complete the movement. High Intensity Interval Training requires that Camie goes hard every time, and if she needs a break she can take a break. We'd rather take more breaks and go hard, than pace ourselves and not take any breaks.”

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3: Double Knees on Hanging Heavy Bag (and Burpees with and Pushups) – Here Camie is using her hands to secure herself on the hanging bag, while hopping in fluid continuous motion, bringing her knees up as high as she can go. Killer ab workout. The burpees and pushups are a humbling addition to this brutal workout, that bombs the quads, glutes, abs and hits the upper body hard.

4: Heavy Punching Bag with Gloves – At this station Camie is really leaning into that bag and squeezing her abdominals hard with each punch, cross and combination. Jordon has Camie working from both stances. “We are not training fighters, we are training functionally athletic individuals,” notes Trice. “It's important to work both sides of the body equally, so that no side of the body is favored.”

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5: Planking – “This one is odd because it's an isometric exercise performed on uneven objects,” Trice states. “It makes it incredibly difficult because now she has her toes on something and her hands on something. She's using all her muscles just to stay still. When I put that weighted vest over her, it intensifies it tremendously.” 6: Noodle Abs - “This exercise was developed by our trainer Brigit McGurk,” says Trice. “It's the most technically difficult station we have. The 100% way to do it is with a broomstick or PVC pipe, but to get your feet in and legs in that close to your body is extremely difficult. Keeping your balance makes it even harder. We use the swimming pool noodle so that people can bend it and still get it around their feet.” 68 Reno Tahoe Tonight

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7: TRX Mountain Climber – “Anything done on the TRX suspension training system is way harder than what you can do on the ground,” Trice exclaims. “Camie is at full stretch and has her feet inside the TRX; she's in a pushup position with her hands on the ground. She's using her abs as well as her endurance and cardio to try to blast through this thing at high intensity. It's extremely challenging because as you try to breathe, your diaphragm is contracting and not letting you breathe as much as you want to.” 8: Pullups with Foot Strap – Camie is using a wide grip position for her pullups. Jordon has the elastic foot strap ready as an option to “cheat up” in order to complete the full range of motion, as her reps increase. Trice then spots Camie on the positive portion of her rep. Trice: We did something on purpose here. We had Camie do the TRX—which is hard. Then we have the pullups, which are even harder—much harder. We gave her the strap so that she could keep going. And then I got under her and gave her a tiny bit of assistance. Then the thing that really kills it, is that we do the ball pops right afterwards. That makes it that much harder because you're already used to hanging, but your body is really tired. Then you have to push the heavy ball along the monkey bars. The lats burn hard on this station.

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Monkey Bar Pops with Heavy Ball – “There's an old fashioned element of pain to this exercise,” Trice says. By this stage of the circuit, your hands hurt—a lot; your grip strength is waning and your supinator, flexors, pronators and brachialis muscles are screaming. The adversity that you encounter on this exercise builds your mental strength. “If you can complete this station in spite of the fact that you're in discomfort and more than a little pain, you become a better person,” Trice says without a hint of irony. Camie struggles here a bit and must release a few times as she pushes the heavy ball along the bars above her head. Again, she maintains maximum effort. Station 10: Jump Switch Lunges on Battle Ropes – The final station in the circuit employs the heavy, one and a half inch diameter battle ropes. The exercise challenges your coordination with alternating motions and movements and works the entire body. “This station is difficult for a number of reasons, the first of which is coordination,” Trice says. She has to jump; she has to switch and she has to coordinate that the entire time, while moving her arms up and down. This is what's called a metabolic exercise. The thing that makes this impactful is that she using her entire body and it's not static. She is basically using her body at max capacity. All of her muscles in her body—even her neck muscles—attempting to stay stable. As she jumps, as she lunges and as she keeps the ropes going, it's the hardest version of everything. So it not only makes you tired, it actually pushes you over the top of your endurance limit. 70 Reno Tahoe Tonight

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As Camie finishes her workout, she is offered a towel scented with peppermint essential oil which has a calming and refreshing quality when you inhale. I ask her about her first impressions of the workout. “First impression? Absolutely amazing, supportive and high intensity—just like I like it,” she says. “I got to modify my last routine because I have a banged up right knee and I know how hard I can go on it. So I appreciated the support. After going through an intense workout of this kind, I ask Camie what she does. “Definitely hydration. After a H.I.I.T. workout like this, I make sure I get my electrolytes in. So a good coconut water or even a G2 drink is okay. I also eat a lot of food and get my body replenished to avoid low blood sugar levels.” I ask Camie what she was thinking as she pushed herself through the difficult portions

of the session. “I was thinking about staying at that high intensity; to keep my body under control and keep my breathing and technique under control,” she emphasizes. “Doing anything for a three minute time-span is hard. This workout is intense. I walked in not knowing what to expect and had an open mind about this workout. I saw familiar things in the gym, but then I saw all of the other stations and I started to get somber. [Laughter]. But this was one of the coolest workouts I have had in a long while. It's got me enticed to make this a supplement in my own training. So that will be the next step for me.” Commit to fitness this year! Drop by Reno Kicks and experience the workout for yourself. Located at 10 State Street at Center in downtown Reno. renokicks.com Reno Tahoe Tonight 71

OPINION A Rock To Stand On Text Jessica Levity Photo Melissa Vargas


hat is the least we can do? For me, at the fresh age of 31, I'm challenging myself to raise the bar to 'the least I can do'. That's why on December 1st, with the guidance of Katie Colling from the Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality, I gave my first public comment at Ward 1 Neighborhood Advisory Meeting, because it's the least I can do. I reached out to Katie because lately I’ve felt the need to become more involved in local government, mostly because I’ve been resisting my civic duty for years. Politics is boring, I thought. I realize now how much privilege hides inside that statement. It seems so daunting; it’s not just a matter of becoming engaged, it’s a matter of becoming informed, checking your own biases, taking action, and making mistakes while you do. Regardless, it’s time for me to make the move from advocate to activist. So, I reached out to the biggest social justice warrior I know, and she advised, “Start speaking.” And thus, the bar of ‘the least I can do’ was raised.

All of this lead me to wonder: what is the least that the Reno Police Department and City of Reno Government can do regarding the civil rights violations by police at Standing Rock? Perhaps the least they could do is release an official statement condemning the actions of police against the citizens defending the land. Maybe RPD and the City of Reno don't know where they stand on the issue, in which case the least they can do is release a statement stating that they don't know where they stand, but that they are eagerly seeking input from the community, and engaging in research and conversation. It's okay to be unsure; there's nothing sexier than vulnerability in leadership. As of December 4th, the DAPL construction was officially halted by the Obama Administration as they “search for alternative routes” for the pipeline. But many water protectors (the people doing the most someone can do) still don’t feel they can rest, as it is unknown what the incoming Trump administration may do to reverse the Army Corps’ decision. I wonder what the new chapter of protests might look like. I wonder if we’ve learned anything.

I asked the representing officer at the NAB meeting what he would do if this issue happened in our city. Would he follow orders to hose protestors in freezing temperatures, or would he defend the citizens fighting for their resources? It's important for our city to 1) talk about these things, and 2) take an official stance, because, in the words of Reno artist Wade Gainer in a podcast interview with me recently, what's the point in talking about fire prevention when the house is already on fire? Though this particular situation isn’t happening on our city’s soil, it’s an opportunity for us to examine how the conflict unfolded, dig deeply into the controversial edges of the puzzle, and decide if the decisions made there by local police were ethically sound. I end all of my podcast interviews with the question: in a world devoid of our current reality, what does the world you want to live in look like? No one has ever had an immediate answer for me. It makes me wonder, how can we create the world we want to live in if we don't know what it looks like? And how can we move from 'the least we can do' to 'the most we can do' if we don't even know what rock we are standing on?

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Community Town Hall

Power & Sexual Assault in the Arts: An Intimate Discussion Sunday, January 15 2017 2-5pm at The Generator 1240 Icehouse Avenue Sparks, Nevada


Reno Police Department

Justine Hernandez

Lori Fralick, Supervisor of the RPD Victim Services Unit and her current Lieutenant

Project Coordinator for the Prevention/Awareness program for UNR’s Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technology (CASAT)

(on hand but not speaking).

Anna Duffy

Ben Felix

Danny Duncan

Call Center Director

Coordinator Sexual Assault Support & Direct Services Program SASS


Performance by Rachel Douglass

MODERATORS Nettie Oliverio & Oliver X

MAJOR POINTS OF DISCUSSION Why We Are Here What Isn't In Place Advocates

Change Our Microcosm" Trusted Network of Support

Community Resources Disclosure

Victim Guilt

Confidant Responsibility - "What Do I Do With This Information?" How to Help Somebody - Listen, Validate Our Role in Making Our Communities Safe


Jave Patterson's

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Locals Only Morning Show 6-10am Monday – Friday on 105.7FM KOZZ's Reno's Classic Rock – Part 2

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ou've heard him on-air urging listeners to “Back the Pack” on ESPN Radio 94.5FM and on dozens of commercials over the years. His distinctive voice work makes KOZZ's Jave Patterson a ubiquitous on-air radio presence 24/7. Here in part two of our feature on the popular radio personality, we find Patterson following his passion in pursuit of more opportunities in commercial radio. Oliver X: When did you start to feel radio could become a career for you? Jave Patterson: It just kinda happened, man. I think family happened too—and real responsibility happened—where, all of a sudden I had a wife and a kid and a house at the age of 22. I built my first house in San Antonio at 22 and I had responsibilities. So when a fulltime midnight to six am position opened up at the radio station, they asked if I wanted it. I thought, Man I can get benefits and I'm making $22,000 a year at age 22. Hey, if you're making your age you're doin' relatively well, right? Especially when you're a yungin' like that. San Antonio is a pretty big market – it's market 33—about the same size as Sacramento. I took the opportunity. I got really into production and started imaging the entire radio station. I took a lot of initiative and became Imaging Director there to learn all of the digital stuff. Back in '93 when I got started in radio everything was still analog. Guys who had been doing radio forever were using those giant, massive 8 track tape machines that took forever to do a 60-second commercial. And all of a sudden the digital age came around and all the old guard was freaked out about it. Nobody wanted to jump in and learn how to operate a digital recorder on a computer. After working at the station about a year, I went to my boss and said, 'We spent $80,000 on this digital recorder that no one's using, do you mind if just go and start fuckin' around with it?' And he said, “Sure, go ahead!” So I just sat in there and I would spend hours and hours learning about how this piece of digital production equipment worked. And I started training all of the other staff on how to use it.

When I had been doing that for four or five years, I felt I could either continue to ride the wave in San Antonio and slowly get incremental wage increases, or I could take off to a small market, become a manager and learn what it means to be a manager. And I did that, and went to market number 233 in Waterloo, Iowa to manage a radio station there and did some fantastic things. I was there for about a year and a half. While there I got asked about Reno; came out to interview here in Reno and instantly fell in love with the market and then came here and have worked for 15 years man. Oliver X: What was your first job in the Reno market? Jave Patterson: My first job here in Reno was programming KDOT 104.5FM. Oliver X: As Program Director? Jave Patterson: Yes, as Program Director. So I was PD at that radio station and six months into my tenure, the boss at the time, a guy named Steve Groesbeck, comes to me and says, 'Hey, we're getting rid of Rob, Arnie and Dawn, you can do mornings, right?' [Laughter]. Oliver X: He'd already decided that you could, eh? JP: [Laughter]. He'd already decided! Being a business guy and understanding radio, I understood quite well the loyalty that exists with Rob, Arnie and Dawn and how strong that show was on the air—even then. In fact, Rob Arnie and Dawn was one of the few shows in a smaller market to come after Howard Stern already had a strong hold in the market, and clean his clock. Withing a year Rob, Arnie and Dawn just creamed Howard Stern. This was one of the few markets that actually happened in. Howard was unstoppable at the time. I knew that this was going to be a tall order. But what do you do when your General Manager says, 'Hey, you can do mornings, right? You say, 'Sure I can! I've got some concerns about getting rid of Rob, Arnie and Dawn, but if you've already made this decision and you're severing ties with them, we have to do something.'

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RADIO Oliver X: You have great energy, poise and wit. Did they want energy, snark, comedy and a repartee with the locals, or something like a Morning Zoo concept?

management here was thoughtful enough to leave me around. Usually when there's a death like that they cut everybody, you get a pink slip and you're done.

Jave Patterson: Man, they didn't have any direction at all. They just knew that they wanted to beat Rob, Arnie and Dawn.

Oliver X: Take us further now into the middle part of the last decade.

Oliver X: What station did they go to locally at that time? Jave Patterson: When KDOT cancelled them, KRZQ picked them up. So they went across the street and started competing against us. This was probably back in the year 2000...The geniuses again said, 'Well, Rob, Arnie and Dawn is two guys and a girl; let's build two guys and a girl and Jave you're gonna be the anchor of it. Go for it, make it happen!' OK! So, I'm kinda just saddled with this. Well we coulda put Jesus Christ on the air man, and we woulda been known as the show that killed Rob, Arnie and Dawn. No matter where a show like that goes, with that type of popularity, all of a sudden listeners are confused, 'What happened to my favorite morning show?!' And even the competitors who are not used to listening to the other station's product become confused when there's a change like that. But the audience doesn't know. So that lasted about a year and a half to two years, and it was very painful. Up until that time I was pretty much just been a music jock. A guy talking in between the records. It wasn't about, ya know what type of content people are talking about on a daily basis or what's happening in the market place. At that time there was Reno 911 and the economy wasn't that great. This was still kind of a seedy underbelly, ya know. The outsider's perspective was that Lake Tahoe is gorgeous, but Reno is a giant trailer park. That Reno was all Sun Valley. So it was a painful time. We thankfully made a decision to step away from the morning show and we brought in The Frank Show from our sister station in Tucson, Arizona to act as a buffer until we could figure out what we were going to do next. I stepped off the morning show and, thankfully,

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Jave Patterson: I was always very promotionally active, so in the mid 2000's I was named Group Marketing Director as well as Program Director for KDOT for about a year and a half. Oliver X: Where was KDOT back then in the Arbitron ratings? Jave Patterson: We were about a mid packer. We fluctuated between number five in the market and number seven or eight. The station has got a huge signal up at the top of Slide Mountain. Oliver X: Does it reach Sacramento? Jave Patterson: Actually, I've picked up KDOT on the I-5 going to Fresno. It's all about line of sight. Because of the height of

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RADIO Mount Rose, there are certain spots where you can pick it up. It's got a pretty big reach. In fact, when 104.5 in San Francisco has problems with their transmitter, KDOT will beam right into San Francisco! After the marketing thing, we had a country station that we put on the air. I love music and I was asked to offer feedback on the country station. I started giving my two cents on country and they asked me to program the country station as well, and pick up the responsibilities of Operations Manager. So I became the Operations Manager for the entire cluster of Lotus stations from about 2006 to 2014. A lot had changed in that space of time. There was MySpace and then Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and so on. We were in the midst of that technology shift. And I got to a point in my career, after being here for fifteen years, where I was relatively comfy. I knew what I was doing, everything was good, but I didn't really completely understand the whole digital thing...I don't know that anybody did at the time, or that anybody had any strategies for how to maximize social media and what to best use social media for. Is it just another impression for your brand? Is it a way to drive traffic somewhere? Is there still value in having a website aside from just another impression, another portal. So I received a lucrative offer to move to Texas to work with Townsquare Media, a great company that really excels in digital media. I believe to this day that they really have the strongest strategy for digital media and how we can work as a radio station to further our brands and to have some strategy with digital. Oliver X: What were their principal digital strategy? Jave Patterson: The basis of the strategy is focusing on what you own versus your rented real estate and how you can leverage rented real estate to drive traffic to the brands you own to better monetize your brand. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter—all rented—you don't have control when they change the algorithm on Facebook. You don't have control over whether Facebook tomorrow says, 'Ya know, we're 78 Reno Tahoe Tonight

going to get rid of brands on here, no more companies...it's just going to be for individual use. Unless you're going to advertise.' But what we do own is our website. So the strategy with Townsquare was doing things in the social sphere to drive traffic back to the website. I learned a hell of a lot. But I really missed Reno. I missed my friends. Being here for 15 years, I really didn't realize how deep the roots had become. And I was looking for a change and I wanted to challenge myself to raise the bar. One of my first mentors in the business said, 'Jave, you're either raising the bar or you're lowering the bar. There's no middle ground. I sincerely felt that after 15 years here I was no longer raising the bar. So I wanted to challenge myself. Nobody I was working with had digital strategies. The only way I could learn was to take a big risk and move halfway across the country back to Texas and learn from guys who were executing those strategies. Oliver X: What ultimately brought you back to this market? Jave Patterson: I had come back to visit several times. We had 4th of July here and had come to ski in the winter. I saw the new facility and how it was growing and evolving. This is one of the most beautiful facilities in broadcast radio. Even major markets don't have facilities quite as nice as this. To come back in with all state of the art equipment is dynamite. I found out in working for the big guys at big corporations that they care about one thing and one thing only: revenue. And that's fine, revenue is very, very important. But the FCC gave us broadcast licenses for the specific stated purpose of serving the public interest. This company believes in that over revenues. Oliver X: And the station is number one! Jave Patterson: The station is number one! Read the extended interview on our website atrenotahoetonightmagazine.com. Listen to Jave Patterson on The Locals Only Morning Show 6-10am Monday through Friday on KOZZ 105.7FM.

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[radius] = a salty art sojourn

A cavalcade of color. A mesmerizing display of sculptural objects rises from sea-studded shores, juxtaposing palm trees and foamy waves. Art deco architecture dominates the city skyline while well-heeled art collectors, celebrities, and fashionistas buzz about invitation-only VIP parties, stroll through impossiblylarge gallery mazes and converge in high-powered lounges. Artists, museum folk, gallerists, and journalists complete the swarm. The buzz intoxicates visitors fully and completely. This is Art Basel Miami, and last month I flew among the art bees. Art Basel Miami is the largest art fair in the United States. Art Basel stands among the most significant fairs in the world, with three iterations: Basel, Switzerland; Hong Kong, China; and Miami Beach, Florida. This year more than 296 galleries participated in the mammoth convention hall, an exhibition of the most desirable contemporary and modern art on the planet. In addition to labyrinthine temporary gallery spaces where onepercenters negotiate deals for high-priced treasures, the city sprawls with numerous

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satellite fairs, each with its proprietary focus: design, architecture, photography, emerging artists, video, and more. Miami’s art museums stage dazzling features, private collections open their doors to visual enthusiasts, art converges in public spaces. And the parties. For every one you win entry to, there are 20 more to which you are excluded. First, why did I have the privilege of attending this year’s circus? A perk of working for the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery. I just celebrated three years at the state’s only accredited art museum, and 2016 was a year of big achievements at this cultural jewel. On a typical year, one or both of our curators attend this fair; sometimes our executive director – other times a group of trustees will accompany all-of-the above. For reasons other than Zika, none of these individuals could attend this year, so I rode as the lone Museum representative. For me, attendance served as a sort of rite-of-passage. Now my colleagues will be hard-pressed to keep me away from the salty sexy arty air. The impetus for my sojourn stems from the success of Seven Magic Mountains, the wildly popular installation we co-produced with New York’s Art Production Fund. The monumental artwork by Swiss-born artist Ugo Rondinone has, since it opened in May, become one of the most widely-covered, widely-photographed contemporary art installations in recent memory. At a place like Art Basel Miami, a gathering of the art world’s elite and those who desire to be, the installation holds celebrity status. So, if you represent the primary entity responsible for bringing the artwork to fruition, and shepherding it to stardom, then you too fall into the lot of the well-respected—VIP level I at the least. In all seriousness, being able to name drop the artwork and claim my association proved an invaluable conversation-starter. One of the direct connections to Rondinone’s work, and an event that bolstered interest in Seven Magic Mountains, was the installation of Miami Mountain in the fair’s Public sector. Situated in Collins Park in front of Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum, The Bass, Rondinone’s work anchored the 20-piece installation curated by renowned public art

curator Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund. The outcome resulted in a stellar example of what an urban sculpture park can look like, how poignant and inspiring the result can be under professional, talented direction. Of the works assembled for the art fair, a few will remain on view through the spring; Rondinone’s single mountain is permanent. The Bass Museum commissioned the work after seeing our fluorescent desert canyon in Las Vegas. I have mixed feelings about the single mountain. On one hand, experiencing a work inspired by something in which you were so intimately involved satisfies remarkably. The attention the single sculpture mountain received, and the ongoing exposure it will gain situated in an art-focused destination city like Miami, benefits the Nevada Museum of Art in immeasurable ways. I am not exaggerating when I say how much easier it is to engage in serious conversations with editors of T Magazine, ARTnews, The Art Newspaper, and the likes, with Seven Magic Mountains on our resume. From another perspective, a single stack mountain not only devalues the original quasi-sacred sculptural destination situated in the desert, but it also commodifies the work. After my Miami trip, I have determined I must live with this dual opinion. Beyond the awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping amount of art and the hobnobbing imperative to advancing the Museum’s agenda, sits the essential takeaway garnered from spending five days in a creative bubble. Inspiration, fantastic, intelligent conversation, and the warm fuzzy feeling one gets by communing with like-minded critical thinkers. While many dark shadows hover around the money and elitism implicit in the art world, a bright beautiful phoenix rises from such gatherings. Let the art flow. Amanda Horn is a Reno-based writer, yogini, and creative community enthusiast. A former circus performer, she has been pushing boundaries most of her life, constantly redefining her own and testing the radius of the world she inhabits. She currently serves as Director of Communications for the Nevada Museum of Art. Follow her on Twitter @TeboHorn or email her at amanda.horn@nevadaart.org.

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SLAM DRUNK SOBER Text Doug E Moore Photo Jocelyn Noel

New Years Mantra Another New Year has arrived and there’s not a New Year’s Resolution in sight. That half-hearted list of goals that inevitably got retired by Martin Luther King Day was replaced years ago. Those resolutions turned resentments morphed into something better, something bigger than me. You see, as one who struggles with addiction, every let down is seen and felt as catastrophic failure, usually leading to the bottle and pills to numb the feelings of shame and guilt...and so the cycle goes. It sure doesn’t make heaps of sense, but it just is. It’s an internal battle that has no ‘Pause’ button. So why was I wasting time, year after year, setting myself up for failure? That’s when the shift came. The shift that would lead to something better. A few years ago, instead of resolutions, I set one intention. A mantra is what I came up with to lead and guide me throughout the year. For example, “Listen more, talk less” and “Trust love” have been a couple of mantras for past years. 2017 is my year to “Be Love.” Yes, just that, be love. In a world and society that seems so often fear-based, love and kindness will never fail. Love disarms. Love connects. Love bonds. In sobriety I’ve learned to not place myself first before everyone else. I practice listening, trusting and loving. I’ve realized that there’s a bigger world out there beyond myself: my community. When my community is a better and safer place, the world is a better and safer place. This year I woke with an intention of who I want to be and a vision of what I want to create. An idea that is bigger than me. An idea that can reach beyond myself and for the betterment of community. We are in the driver’s seat, to try, to love, to soar, to fail, to accomplish, to waste, to surrender, and to try again. One day at a time. There is no measurement, it just is. Be love.

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Doug E Moore lives in Reno. He’s owner & jeweler at D Street Designs Custom jewelry fabrications. Doug also teaches an addiction recovery based yoga class Tuesday night’s at Midtown Community Yoga. He’s available at: doug@dstreetdesigns.com & Instagram/FB @dstreetdesigns.

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COUTURE COLUMN: YOUR COUTURE CLOSET Text Isha Casagrande Photos Alfyn Gestoso Style is about self-confidence and selfconfidence is about comfort. We all approach life in a positive light when we are comfortable in what we are wearing. The key to couture is wearing looks that fit your body and your lifestyle. Before spending money on trends of the season, open your wardrobe and take a peek at all of the fabulousness that might be hiding in your closet.

Pick a day to try everything on in your closet. Add bubbles and you will have a lot more fun! If you do not love something, get rid of it Add boutique touches with paint, wallpaper, rugs, lighting and furniture. Use uniform hangers (felt lined) so that everything hangs at one level.

Now pick some basics in the color groupings above and to the pile.

Bring in adequate lighting through chandeliers, LED lights and natural sunlight.

Add accessories – Every women should have a gold necklace and gold bangles and a silver necklace with silver bangles. Every shoe should match a belt.

Create an inspiration board of looks you love to hang in your closet, Organize all foldables and hangables by color from dark to light and long sleeve to short.

Create looks considering the 2 piece rule. If two pieces (preferably shoes and belt) match you can mix anything in-between.

Pick your 8 favorites pieces and build from there. Think like color groups with lots of texture.

Create a list of what you are missing. Invest in pieces that will compliment your wardrobe.

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THE NEST Text Thomas Lloyd Qualls Wardrobe and styling The Nest Photographer Ali Denney Models Alexandra Wise, Tianryn Sexton, Tessa Dee Miller

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here is something about the ritual of boots and scarves and coats

Smoke from chimneys and steam from breath Embers from fire and snowflakes from sky. About winter’s naked form being gently covered Under the cozy blanket of winter That makes us feel safe. That reminds us we belong. That gives us back to ourselves. After we’ve been scattered so far all summer long.

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Calenda “Calendar THEATER

Text Oliver X Calendar Girls photos and artwork Anicia Beckwith Calendar design Chad Sweet

Girls” Girls”

at the Reno Little Theater January 13 – January 29 Directed by Melissa Taylor

“Calendar Girls”

is a comedy based on the true story of a group of British women in Yorkshire, England in 1999 who come up with a novel way to raise money for leukemia research by doing a nude calendar that becomes a media phenomenon and runaway success. Reno Little Theater's production of the play is inspired by the popular British film made in 2003, that follows the story of a group called the Women's Institute. One of the women's husbands has cancer and she frequently visits him in the hospital. She complains about the extremely uncomfortable couch in the waiting room. When her husband, John Clark, dies the group decides that they want to raise money to replace the uncomfy couch because they don't want other patients' relatives to have to experience this miserable piece of furniture. They feel that replacing the couch would make a small difference for other families. They decide to create a calendar to raise the funds for the new couch, because

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their group produces a calendar every year as a fundraiser. In the past they'd been successful doing depictions of local churches, cemeteries, bridges and the like. But for this fundraiser, the Women's Institute wants to do something completely different: a nude calendar. “The women decide that, hey, we're going to do this nude calendar, but they want it to be tastefully done,” says Melissa Taylor, Reno Little Theater's Managing Director – who also directs the play. “The women range in age from their forties to their seventies, and pose nude doing things that women in the Women's Institute would do: making jam, baking and knitting. The calendar goes on to make an astounding 500,000 dollars! So not only are they able to replace the couch, the entire wing of the hospital is renamed the John Clark Memorial wing, after the woman's husband who passed away.” Designing a set for the play was Technical Director Chad Sweet's challenge. “In the


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THEATER beginning the script sets itself out to be a fairly straight forward and realistic show, says Sweet. “But as you read more into it there's a magical nature to the show, that really allows you top be a bit more mystical. So there are parts of the set that are very realistic and then there are moments in the story where it just gets stripped away. And we turn into a much more mystical idea of where these people are living, the lives that they're living and the relationships that they have.” I speak with Taylor about the remarkable cast she's assembled for “Calendar Girls” and the delights and challenges in mounting a play with prominent members of the arts community, who are not professional actors. Oliver X: What attracted you to this play? Melissa Taylor: What I find most fascinating about it is that it's a story that's based on something real, and it has inspired similar activism. Oliver X: How so? Melissa Taylor: We are doing the same thing with our calendar. We created a calendar using the actors from the play. $10 from every calendar sold is going to Each One Tell One, a local non-profit dedicated to breast cancer awareness. It's like art imitating life, imitating art—it's this endless circle and that really excites me. Our calendar was shot by Anicia Beckwith and the whole project was sponsored by Hometown Health. Anicia believed fully in the project and said she was excited to do something like this that was empowering to women and had a really strong message. Oliver X: How did you assemble this amazing group of super women, most of whom are really well known in the community? Melissa Taylor: I don't know, um... [Laughter] 94 Reno Tahoe Tonight

Oliver X: Did you spearhead the call for actors? Melissa Taylor: Honestly, everyone came out because they know the story. I think everybody was excited about telling this particular story. I did invite certain people to come out and read. More so it was just like, 'Hey, I don't know if you know, but we're doing this show, I'd love to see you read for it. I actually had 40 people come out specifically for these six roles. It was crazy! The whole rehearsal hall was full. Oliver X: How uncommon was that response? Melissa Taylor: It's uncommon in that it was all women. And, it's all women of a certain age. Usually there are only one or two of those kinds of roles in a play, and maybe in an entire season! And the fact that this whole show is ten women and four men and most of the women are a little bit older. But they're not supporting characters; they are the story. We had a ton of people come out. I didn't make any offers to anyone until we had auditions. I got to see people reading together. I did a few auditions and read people in different combinations. And thank my lucky stars, some of these women are incredible! Oliver X: Did you have trepidation initially working with non actors? Melissa Taylor: Ya know that's always difficult. I was nervous because it's a story I really care about and I wanna get right. I was nervous because it's a big cast and a big story. I'm really aware of who all these women are in the community. Oh my gosh to get them all in one show it's crazy and am I good enough to do this. There's pressure as a director to know when you're working with so many people who are so talented.


Oliver X: How do you reference the feeling you had in your stomach during the casting call and was that anomalous to you as an actor, director and theater manager? Melissa Taylor: Definitely! This show, in comparison to other shows that I've done, is something that felt like all of the chips fell into place. It feels really special. It's a story that is really relevant and it's a story that I think will appeal to a lot of people – not only the audience – but the actors and artists really believe in the story and want to tell it. I feel like everything has developed in a very magical way. And again, to get to do the calendar on top of the show... We actually did the calendar first, before we started rehearsals. So it was sort of like, 'Hey, you're going to be naked on stage—practice

in this real life calendar shoot!' That set the stage for something really magical. Everyone was very committed to it. Oliver X: Was the nudity component something that the actors embraced, because they knew thematically—like in “The Full Monty” for example—that there would be this reveal? Melissa Taylor: Yes. Everybody knew right off the bat. We put it in the audition notice and if you've seen the movie and are familiar with the story, you know that the whole thing is about these women and them doing a nude calendar. And it sparked a lot of really interesting conversation about nudity. We are actually going to have a round table discussion about art and nudity. Oliver X: Nudity is still a point of controversy in the arts and in society in general. Melissa Taylor: We started working with table work. Oliver X: Read arounds?

Melissa Taylor: Yes. We sat down and talked about nudity and we talked about why this was such a crazy thing, right? Oh my gosh they got naked! But you don't even see anything, but still there's this taboo. We had to deal with that. To recreate this on stage, you have to be aware; you have to be confident and you have to trust your team, knowing that there is going to be 100 people in here every night. Also, we are in an abnormal circumstance for this show, because it's in three quarter thrust instead of through a proscenium. It's very easy as a director to stage something in proscenium like this, 'cause you just have everyone turn and face upstage and you just see their backs. We've got seating on three sides, so we've got eyes looking from all kinds of angles. So we've choreographed it—it's like a dance. Everything's in place and we've got it all covered. But the fact is, they are nude. So, if you don't turn the right way or you don't hold the thing in exactly the right spot, somebody's going to see something. What we've really been working on is talking about confidence and the bravery needed to expose yourself in that way and knowing that it's not a sexual thing – it's a beautiful thing. The husband in the show ( John) talks about women like flowers and that they bloom. And the last stage is the most glorious...women are like that. He's saying that women in their latter stages are their most beautiful. Oliver X: I have some very passionate views about our society's treatment of the nude human form. Melissa Taylor: I agree. I went to the clothing optional Sierraville hot springs for the first time about a year and a half ago. I was like, 'I'm doin' it, I'm going for it!' I think that if I hadn't had that experience that I wouldn't have connected as deeply as I have to this play. Because once I did it, I was like, 'What's the big deal? There's nothing sexual about this.' The sun flower, for example, is the central image of the show and it's really all about women opening up. It's a metaphor for the story. Also the artistic process we are going through is mirroring exactly what the message of the play is, which is so much more empowering. These women, in choosing to be a part of this, have to go through the same process. They're living it really, and I am so proud of them. The cast is so supportive and is made up of incredible women who have been doing art in Reno for a long time at every theater company. We've got

people who work at Bruka and at Good Luck Macbeth, at TMCC and Sierra School of Performing Arts. And they're all like, 'We believe in this story and we believe in telling this story and we don't care where it's being told.' I love that about Reno. We laugh and cry at rehearsal every single night because it's such a touching story, but it's told with such grace and humor. It feels very real. This is a story that everybody can relate to. It's not the story of one woman, but of many women. And it's really a funny show. I can't tell you enough how great this cast is! Calendar Girls at Reno Little Theater January 13-29 Written by: Tim Firth Directed by: Melissa Taylor Dates: Evening Showdates: January 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 @ 7:30p Matinee Showdates: January 14, 15, 22, 29 @ 2:00p Tickets: Regular: $22 per person Senior (60+): $18 per person Military: $18 per person Student: $15 per person Cast Moira Bengochea as Chris LaRonda Etheridge as Annie Stacey Spain as Cora Veronica Fraser as Jessie Cathy Gabrielli as Celia Julie Douglass as Ruth Janet Lazarus as Marie Nancy Podewils-Baba as Lady Cravenshire Christine Fey as Brenda Hulse Anna Pidlypchak as Elaine Bradford Ka’ai’ai as John Christopher Blumen as Rod Adriano Cabral as Lawrence Riley Kveton as Liam

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TRAINING TIPS Text Camille Lyman Photo Irina Kendrick @IPKPhotography Styling @FinenFunky Tan @TightandTan Makeup and hair @macgrl

“It's time to be the best version of ourselves through action once and for all!” - Camille Lyman January 1st is not the only time to set goals physically, mentally and spiritually. Instead, I hope to entice some individuals to set up their goals in the month of January for the whole year in increments of weeks and months. When goals are set up in small increments, the actions are so much more achievable. My suggestion for those who want to achieve their goals and the desires of their hearts once and for all this year is to adopt the actions below every day for the next 365 days.


Have a positive mindset

2. Declare that there are no constraints or restrictions to obtain any of your goals. 3. Banish these three phrases from your vocabulary: I can't, I'll try and I wish As you make a timeline for your goals it's very important to be upfront with yourself daily and understand that anything can change along the way. However, also be very clear that nothing will stop you from reaching your success; no excuse, no scenario, no way out, because you are important and deserve what it is that your heart wants. With anything that you are seeking, be certain, be positive and be authentic along the way. Declaring your goals through positive affirmations and also in future tense as if they have already happened are great ways to feel the success in your heart before it truly does become your reality. Excuses are one way to restrict an individual from reaching ultimate success right out of the gate. Even though circumstances may be a little difficult at the time, please declare your goals and think big regardless of what restraints or constraints you may think will pop up. If there is a will there is a way. 98 Reno Tahoe Tonight

Out of the mouth speaks the abundance of the heart therefore if one keeps saying they can't get the body they desire then the possibilities are extremely high for not getting that body! If one says they are "trying" to make changes then there is still room for the excuses to live and be apart of the revolving door of the journey of reaching your goals. Lastly, when one says, "I wish" it's pretty much just declaring that the desire of the heart will never happen because one doesn't even believe it before an attempt even happens. Can't, try and I wish are words that I like to call instant "set backs" and no one deserves that. We all have the chance to make the choice to be the change that we deserve. Therefore, it's time to be the best version of ourselves, through action, once and for all! Make a goal. Stick to it. Own it. Declare it. And before you know it your dream will soon be your reality. Cheers to a New Year full of blessings, lessons and love! Camille Lyman • Owner • Founder of CCF NSL Pro Beach Bikini Athlete lululemon ambassador Founder of CamUNITY Cell • 775.232.2999 Office • 775.825.CCF1(2231)

VOICES Text Megan Saenz Photo Fielding Cathcart


will I ever be a newlywed? I can’t seem to find myself because you’ve created a label for me I am a victim of sexual assault…that is my label 100 Reno Tahoe Tonight

you left me in a buried coffin to rot but you know what I am not?

someone you bought, you don’t own me, and I refuse to be one small dot so why do you have so much control over me?



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