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10 Painter Carrie White


14 Reno-Tahoe Comedy



18 The Nest: Westernworld

FEATURE 34 State 36 Clothing Co. 44 Artist Allison Patterson Part 1 54 The Photography of Globetrotting Photographer Tony Contini Part 3: Thailand

FILM 70 Infinity War Review


LIT 72 Hybrid, Self or Traditional Publishing?



76 Aesop Rock “Klutz” 78 Inside The Glitch Mob's Atmospheric 82 The Biggest Little Sound


84 3 Reasons to Invest in a Home

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THEATER 92 Cirque Paris



100 Food and Drinks Just in Time for Summer


102 Burning in Bob’s House




106 Governing With Cannabis

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SNAPSHOT Photographer Lauren Weissler Models Kirsten Poulsen and Rob Leines Location Verdi, Nevada


Text and art by Eric Brooks

SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION Something More Than Time Has Passed Here: not just the title of my exhibition happening at The Beckwith Gallery, but a distillation of thought when looking at my paintings. As co-owner of Art Spot Reno, I’ve brought world-renown artists to help transform the vibe of this city by painting larger than life murals downtown. I’ve worked with more than 200 artists as a cocollaborator and curator in more than a dozen venues. My work at Sierra Arts Foundation has allowed me to interact with awe-inspiring artists and expand the boundaries of art presentation. I am proud to be on the forefront of making Reno an Arts Destination. But something you might not know, is that every morning before I go to work and each night when I come home, I paint. I’m ready to share this new personal vision with Reno. Something More Than Time Has Passed Here, refers to the technical change my work has undergone since moving here and a larger look at how the natural environment and city itself is a catalyst for change. It’s also symbolic for the patience, love and appreciation I have for painting. My work is mixed media, combining layers of oil and acrylic paint with solvents to construct strained, geometric patterns, deeply rooted in faith and curiosity. They create a sentimental attachment and have the power to tell a story and bring life to wherever they hang. Once the series has been named, I spend time with each piece after

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it’s completion, to find it's hidden structure. It can be a flurry of lines showing under bright light or the slightest blur forming a familiar face or shadow. From there, I fabricate a story within the story to give external framework to the viewer. These wall based wonders range from 6”x6” to 72”x48”, and are a continuation of my last solo exhibition, “I Used To Be In Love, Now I Do Jigsaw Puzzles. Let’s Just Fuck.” That showing told the story of how I became an artist and a deeper exploration of my sexuality and self identity. In the years since that presentation, Reno has added layers to my persona, intensifying themes and feelings felt within and translated into every piece. This city is a magnet, drawing certain types of individuals to be a part of the performance, offering a last glimpse of the wild west and the freedom to express the purest of passion. Reno, you are a cruel, passionate lover and I am contently wrapped in your arms, on this inventive and experimental journey with a most eclectic group of passengers. These pieces started the day I climbed off a Greyhound bus on a snowy November morning and I couldn’t be happier to share them with you on a gorgeous summers eve. Please join me in your finest attire for a night of camaraderie, conversation and champagne at The Beckwith Gallery, 10 State St. on June 15, 6-9 p.m. Viewings available by appointment. Contributing writer Eric Brooks weaves the tragic, natural and perverse into webs sometimes a little too recognizable. He is an artist, award winning poet and is deeply entrenched in the local art scene. He likes to look at pictures, and can be found wandering the streets of Reno doing just that.

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Text and photos courtesy of Carrie White Interview by Oliver X

Painter Carrie White

I love the enthusiasm painter Carrie White has for her craft. The self-proclaimed “color addict,” White uses a vibrant pallet and is captivated by lively and colorful subject matter. The San Francisco native grew up in NoCal and started painting at the age of six. White comes from a long family line of artists that include both maternal and paternal grandmothers, her mother and father. Carrie’s uses a vibrant pallet, and is a selfproclaimed “color addict.” She is captivated by lively and colorful subject matter. White paints pieces that reflect her personality: vivacious, unique, bold and fun. I asked White what she is excited about for the summer of 2018. “The Terrible Two's” show with Pitch Black Printing. This is a show where two artists pair up for a collaboration. I am currently working on a piece with Philip Lanzino. The show will be on June 2nd at Pitch Black Printing.

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“My work is being displayed at Statewide Lighting this month and, for the entire month of July, I'll be showing at Swill Coffee. The reception for that show is on July 14 from 2-5 pm. “On July 29th I'm assisting with coordination of “A Collaborative Art Show” benefit event at The Potentialist Workshop. The event starts at 5:00 pm. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to local programs that support individuals affected by homelessness. Proceeds will benefit VOICE (Voices of Inspiration, Courage and Empowerment) and RISE (Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality) programs. This event is sponsored by Our Town Reno. The event will feature members of VOICE sharing their written works about their experience with homelessness, as well as the 2D and 3D works of several local artists. 12 Reno Tahoe Tonight

Featured artists (in alphabetical order): Mike Allen, Carol Ansberry, John Blomberg, Zach Boneham, Holly Carson, Naomi Di Vine, Jessica Fry, Donald Griffin, Miriam Gomberg, Erik Holland, Lisa Lee, Nick Noyes, Stephen Popovich, Shawna Roseman, John Roscom, Sarah Thacker, Wanda Welbourn, Carrie White, and Wendy Wiglesworth. Nom Eats Food Truck will also be present. “I am also working on a new type of artwork called Swivel Art. This is a type of art that promotes interactive creativity, where the artist is able to select how the art is displayed and change the work as he or she sees fit. There are endless combinations that the viewer can select. The top canvas can be rotated to create a completely different piece, if the viewer chooses.”

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t's summer and that means fun times to be had by locals and visitors alike in the Biggest Little City. Reno Tahoe Comedy has a full lineup of rising stars, legacy acts and promising up-and-comers on tap for a hot summer of comedy. I speak with RTC's Wayne Wright about who's coming to split our sides in June and early July. I also interview local comic Sammy Solorio, Wright's five tool threat and Jack-of-all-trades. Oliver X: It's June Wayne and I know you have some hilarious comedy to kick off the summer right. Wayne Wright: It's summertime baby! [Laugher]... Oliver X: Is it harder to book acts in summer since it's peak season for tourists and acts are in high demand? Wayne Wright: Peak season is not summer. Actually because people go outside more, summer is usually a little slower. But we tend to do well due to the tourists coming in. Oliver X: Who's on the calendar for June and July? Wayne Wright: We've got a woman named Grandma Lee coming. She's an older comic and she's been on “Last Comic Standing,” and “America's Got Talent.” She is really funny. And she's a little R-Rated, so she's kinda spicy for a grandma. But that sets her apart from other grandmas. Oliver X: How'd you find Grandma Lee? Wayne Wright: I'd heard of her and then another comic brought her to my attention again. Then all of a sudden she fell into my lap when her people contacted me. Somebody had told her about us—which happens a lot. Oliver X: Do you get comics in who are already routing or do you have to set up mini tours for them so their engagements aren't one-offs? 14 Reno Tahoe Tonight

Grandma Lee Wayne Wright: We do both. Sometimes we try to route somebody in from the back east, Midwest or the south. But a lot of times they either coming through and they happen to be on the west coast, or sometimes they just come here and do a weekend one-off. Oliver X: Now are you dealing with comics with managers and agents, or are they mainly representing themselves? Wayne Wright: It's a combination. Oliver X: For example, Sean Peabody, does he book himself? Wayne Wright: Yeah, I book Sean directly. I started hosting him in Tahoe 10 years ago. He hosted; then he featured and he headlined. He's done everything with us. And he'll still come in and host shows. He's an awesome host! He really gets people going. He's a blast. He'll be here this month on the weekend of the 15th and 16th, the weekend after Grandma Lee, combo-ing up with comic Carla Rea. Carla's a local who grew up here and now she's in Vegas. That's going to be a heck of a weekend with Sean and Carla.

Oliver X: Father's Day is coming up. Besides Valentine's Day, do you ever do themes around holidays? Wayne Wright: Sometimes we will do that. But you know sometimes you coordinate something that you think will complement a certain holiday, and then it doesn't end up making any difference. So, you never know. Oliver X: I see you've got Patrick Garrity coming in this month. He cracks me up! Wayne Wright: Patrick comes in and he has people sign his car! He's an awesome comic. Another headliner, Ricky Reyes, is opening for Patrick. That's going to be a real solid weekend with those two. At the end of June and early July we have Justin Rivera and Carlos Rodriguez hosting for Dustin Nickerson who is from San Diego. Then in July we cream it with Darren Carter the Party Starter, Joey Medina, and Kevin Farley. One of the things that makes Reno Tahoe Comedy unique is the emphasis Wright places on developing young local comics. One promising local is the hilarious Sammy Solorio. His selfeffacing wit, physical humor and over-the-top antics make him a crowd favorite. I spoke with Solorio via email to learn how he got into comedy. Oliver X: Talk about your background and where you grew up. Was humor a part of your home and family life?

Sean Peabody Sammy Solorio: I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. I'm a first generation born in the US, so my whole early life was spent translating and helping my parents in anyway possible. My family was super religious and we went to church like eight times a week growing up. It was nuts! I joined the church band at age four, playing the drums since it was a small church and they had no musicians. I think it’s where I learned how to entertain, because while my cousins and friends where running around having fun, I was stuck on stage playing. I would try to get their attention by

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making silly faces and I would try to do anything to stay in the loop and get their attention. My family has always been my influence, because every one of them is hilarious. My family is super tightknit and the family parties consisted of trying to out do each other and make everyone laugh. So I learned a lot from that. Oliver X: I love that! How did you get into comedy? Sammy Solorio: My best friend Freddy Correa and I were making funny YouTube videos and he had talked to me about wanting to do standup. It was something I never really thought about, but the idea really interested me. We came up with this game plan to do an open mic and to perform as much as we could, possibly quitting our jobs and just hitting the road – without knowing anything about the industry. We started to write and we would hype each other up. When the time came for the open mic, Freddy had gone up and did great. I on the other hand chickened out and didn’t go up at all. I was super intimidated and felt like I was way in over my head. Freddy started doing work at Reno Tahoe 16 Reno Tahoe Tonight

Comedy and I would go with him to every show. That’s where I met Wayne and came up with my own game plan. I wanted to get my foot in the door and asked Wayne if I could help out at the shows. I was the door guy, sound guy, and eventually became a bartender. My thought was to volunteer and then build up the courage to get up on stage. I slowly started to get out of my comfort zone and started doing the birthday lap dances, from taking off my shirt, to placing black electrical tape on my nipples, to eventually wearing full-blown nipple tassels. It still took me three years to get on stage and do my first set after one of my all-time favorite comics, Steve Simone, who was headlining RTC, made me set a date and go through with it. It took me a while to get up there, but I felt like it worked out for the best because I was able to watch experienced comics at the club and see what works and what doesn’t. I was also able to figure out the timing and get an idea of what standup comedy really is. Now I love it! The reason it took me so long was not because I’m shy. I’ve always been outgoing and have been able

to make my family and friends laugh. The thing about this is trying to make a complete stranger laugh, with your nonsense – now that is scary. If it wasn’t for Wayne giving me the chance to get on stage and constantly encouraging me to get up there, I probably wouldn't be doing this interview today. Wayne and Freddy Correa have been huge mentors to me and I thank them for everything. Oliver X: You put your personal life into your act, like your job, and you crack jokes about your mom. Any push back from your family? Sammy Solorio: No, my family knows how I am how extreme I can get. I used to give my grandma lap dances and take my shirt off at restaurants. They know I mean no harm and I’m just trying to make people laugh. Oliver X: Who were your favorite comics growing up and who are some of the comics that inspire you now, and why? Sammy Solorio: I grew up watching everything Jim Carey, and was obsessed with John Leguizamo, his movies and his standup. I loved Dave Chappell and his show. The most impactful was probably George Lopez. I remember his CD’s getting passed around at school, my parents work and even church. That’s when I realized how powerful standup could be. Right now my most inspirational comics are Katt Williams, Felipe Esparza, Bill Burr, Joe Rogan, Joey Diaz, Chris D’elia and Dave Chappell, among many others. I admire their hard work, dedication and material. These guys always leave me wanting to quit comedy. Every time I watch them I think to myself, There’s no way they will ever be able to top that, and then they come back and top it 10-fold. It just doesn’t make any sense and blows my mind. I hope to someday get to that level and it inspires me to work hard and keep pushing. Oliver X: Every comic creates from their own experiences and life. But how do you develop your bits and your comedic timing? Sammy Solorio: Ever since I was young, I used to exaggerate everything. Any little story I would tell people I would exaggerate the smallest detail to hopefully make them laugh. People still sometimes can't tell if I’m serious or not. So much so that my friends started calling me Hollywood Sammy, because I 'Hollywood talk.' Now that I’ve been doing standup, I try to

catch myself when I’m doing it and if it makes someone laugh, I write down in my notes on my phone and elaborate on it later during my writing sessions. Creating it into a true, but very exaggerated experience/story. My notes on my phone is full of little phrases and thoughts. Sometimes I don’t even know what they mean. I try to group all of these thoughts into one story and bring them to life on stage. It takes a while to fit them in the way you want it, but I think that’s what makes comedy so much fun. That’s been my strategy so far and I feel like it works for me. Reno Tahoe Comedy is still the best comedy value in town! Thursday - $15 in advance, $20 the day of the show (Fees may apply). Friday & Saturday - $20 in advance, $25 the day of the show (Fees may apply) Ticket Information: or (775) 322-5233 (LAFF). www.PioneerCenter.. com – Info: 775-322-5233. Purchase tickets: 866553-6605. Pioneer Box Office 11am-6pm M-F. Service fees may apply. Reno Tahoe Tonight 17


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Westernworld The Reno Rodeo is just around the corner. Pair that with my photographer friend Lauren Weissler's obsession with the show “Westworld” and it was coincidentally inevitable that we would put together a western style shoot during her last whirlwind two-day visit. I don't know if you have experienced the serendipitous nature of The Nest, but there always seems to be a chance encounter that leads to something magical. This photo shoot was no exception. First, we have to rewind a few years to how I met Lauren. At that time she was a photographer for MTV and VH1 working in Times Square in New York. Don’t let her extensive portfolio of celeb portraits intimidate you: she is as down to earth as they come. She was visiting a friend in Truckee and stumbled upon my shop because her love of vintage runs as deep as mine. After striking up a conversation with her where we quickly discovered that we were kindred spirits, she asked me to shoot with her, but she was flying out the next day. Coincidentally, I was set to be in NYC the following week, so we exchanged numbers, and the rest is history as they say. She has been making yearly visits every since. This year her trip ended up being just two days instead of the usual 3-5, so we had our work cut out for us. But just like my favorite shoots, they all magically come together at the very last moment. Nothing was planned until less than about 24 hours before golden hour. Usually these things stress me out, but I’ve learned to just let that go and trust that the magic will happen if I release the reins and let the wind take me wherever I’m supposed to go. So I was pleasantly surprised when my friend Kirsten Poulsen, hit me up the day before the shoot and said we should shoot again sometime. How about tomorrow? Done. The theme is western. Great, I have a cowboy boyfriend I can bring along. Perfect. Things don't even turn out this well when you plan them well in advance! 20 Reno Tahoe Tonight

Turns out her man, Rob Leines, is also a killer singer/songwriter/musician and just all around down-to-earth good guy who let us use one of his songs for our accompanying video. We rounded out our modeling crew with the ever-versatile and always adorable Filthy Animal, Laura Cooper, who hooked us up with videographer Eddie Vigil V whom I had never met before, but was so glad to find someone with his caliber of skills to bring our stills to life last minute. Mandy Corbett from ME Beauty came in to make beautiful people even more beautiful, and we were ready to go. Now, where to shoot? I pondered this as I was dropping my son off at his babysitter’s house. I pull in the driveway, look to my left and remember that our wonderful babysitter, Cindy, has a beautiful property WITH HORSES. She was so kind to let us use her property and play with her horses, Dallas and Jetta. Now it's all coming together. I'm starting to get excited, which I haven't felt about a styled shoot in a while because honestly, I'm getting a little bored with how many styled shoots I'm seeing on Instagram. Yes, they're beautiful but they're EVERYWHERE. And, yes, I recognize the irony in this: I’ve been doing these shoots since my first lookbook in 2011—back when Instagram hadn't become the thing yet, and no one else was doing styled shoots except for the big guns. Will this shoot be white noise amongst a neverending feed of styled shoots? I'll let you decide. All I know is that we all had fun! It didn’t feel styled or posed, and I didn’t stress myself out with any complicated planning. It was just a chance to hang out with some old friends and meet some new ones where we just happened to have some professionals capturing the moments. Not bad for a day at the office, eh?


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COVER STORY Photographer: Lauren Weissler @laurenweissler Cover model: Kirsten Poulsen Wardrobe/Props/Styling: The Nest (Tessa Dee Miller) @thenestreno Models: Rob Leines @robleinesmusic, Kirsten Poulsen @kirsten_poulsen, Laura Cooper @alauracooper Hair & Makeup: Mandy Corbett of ME Beauty @mebeautyhairandmakeup Location: The home of Cindy Harris in Verdi and Verdi Local Distillery Video: Eddie Vigil V. @the_eddiev Music: Rob Leines. @robleinesmusic

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t's one thing to take great pride in your state's history and heritage, it's quite another to build a business and a brand around it. With the bootstrapping tenacity that helped build the Silver State, husband and wife co-owners Morgan and Brandon Gottier are building the company organically from the ground up. He does the web design and she runs the day-to-day operations. Morgan jokes that Brandon is her guinnea pig and product tester. “I know if he says he would not wear something, then a certain style is not likelt to be popular for other men either.” When speaking about the growth and knowledge curve they've experienced, Morgan states, 'Wece learned what out consumers want and we are able to deliver it to them. People want options. They want good fit and feel...And they definitely want to know that they're buying a quality product that will be long lasting. ' Summer is a busy time for the company, as they roll out their seasonal favorites like tanks and tees. “We're offering our customers styles that they can wear up in Tahoe; things that you can wear in the desert,” says Morgan. “We have a lot of fun retro styles that we think are going to be very popular this summer. I ask Morgan how she tests their fashion instincts when deciding on themes. “Our main focus whenever we're designing any of our styles is the history of Nevada,” states Morgan. “Bringing everything back to where the state began. That inspires all of our designs.” State36 is sold at Larkellen at Arlington Gardens and at Pure Barre in south Reno.

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Artist Allison Patterson Part 1

Allison Patterson is a Jill-of-all-trades. She's a loving mother, grandmother and wife who is always searching for the next way to help others or express herself. She has worked in many fields and pursues a myriad of hobbies. She's a former waitress, legal secretary, residential aide, CNA, EMT, critical care technician, medical assistant in digestive health and trade show model. Her current objective is taking over Hulery Drywall. When I met Allison, she was repairing settling cracks atop three-story scaffolding inside a house in North Sparks. She was completely unfazed by the shaking support system as she rocked out to the Van Halen playing through her ear buds. The time she spent jumping off three-meter boards on the diving team in high school was perfect practice for this line of work. Her boss and mentor, Jerry Hulery, has been fixing roof cracks and spraying texture on ceilings since 1971. When he was having trouble with a secretary, he turned to Allison, a friend of his daughter-in-law. "She'd ask so many questions," Hulery said. "I told her the only way she'd figure it out is by coming to work in the field with us. So, we got her a pair of painter's pants, and now we can't get rid of her." There is a wealth of information she needs to acquire before actualizing the plan to take over after Jerry's retirement. The first step is completing three years of work in the field to become a journeyman. "She picks it up really quick," Hulery said. "I keep giving her more and more responsibility." Hulery has trained more than 100 people to skim coat ceilings, but he said Allison is different. After 10 months together, she understands the process, drying times, materials needed, and recently took over scheduling and bidding. Jerry's goal is to get her doing everything so she can run the shop, and he can start playing golf all day. 44 Reno Tahoe Tonight

Allison is friendly and talks to everyone. She said, as a Libra, she needs to know everyone is content. Since she's been around, Jerry has noticed there are lots of guys coming around to help on every job. While working at UNR, he watched three different tradesmen (a plumber, an electrician and a laborer) come by to lend a hand. "They end up standing behind her to watch her work," Hulery said. "I had to yell, 'Come on guys, leave her alone!'" Not many women work in drywall, and the few they encounter are the type who can carry multiple 5-gallon buckets at once. "I thought I'd have to protect her," Hulery said. "...No. She handles herself." Hulery respects Allison's work ethic and tenacity to tackle any task. "I have a tendency to not stop," Hulery said. "I'll work all day because as soon as we finish, we leave. She'll work all day with me. I've never heard her say we should take a break." Some parts of the job are tedious, others are downright messy. Many of Hulery's former pupils would choose the tasks they took on with discretion. Allison will do anything. "I was always into getting dirty," Allison said. Her father had a window cleaning company, and when she wanted to make money, she'd get messy cleaning windows with dad. She also tended horses on her grandfather's ranch which spanned 88,000 acres from Anthony, New Mexico into El Paso, Texas. They raised them for the racetrack, so on top of cleaning and caring for the animals, she was able to ride the retired thoroughbreds. "There's so many parts of my life," Allison said. "But, I've always been into art. I grew up in my mom's shop." Allison sat at the drafting table with her mother and watched her work as a graphic artist. She was taught at a young age the spatial composition of faces and how to create portraits. Her home in Reno is covered in her paintings. All of her pieces look and feel different, as if she's experimenting. She described a dark red and brooding abstract piece as "something she did


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quickly to throw over the toilet." When there's a call inside of her, she answers it. She commissions pieces for friends, usually of their pets. The inspiration for her personal work comes to her in dreams or expresses her Cherokee and Blackfoot lineage. "Even though it's a small part of me, I still feel the connection," Allison said. In one of her illustrations, an Indian woman is touching noses with a brilliant white horse. The snout attempts to reach out from the canvas. She uses blending fibers to create lifelike textures. She also hides microscopic messages in and under the folds of acrylic paint. When she was little, she'd make cards for family and friends. Her mom would tell her to hide a little picture within the picture. She has used this advice her entire life, adding a layer of definition to the phrase "conversation piece." Alongside Allison's art are signed record displays from bands her husband Jave has worked with throughout the years. He graduated from San Antonio College with a degree in radio television and film, and has been on the radio ever since. Growing up, he was allowed to listen to his choice of music, but in the presence of his father, it was purely classical. At the age of eight, his dream was to be a rockstar who made enough money to own a radio station and an amusement park. His band has since gone on tours, he's recorded in Nashville, worked with huge bands like Metallica and Rush and before hitting 40, he swore off rollercoasters. So radio became his profession. "I got my first full-time job in radio and haven't worked a day since," Jave said. Jave and Allison are kismet. Their stories first intertwined when they were five years old. They get along because they have so much in common. They attended different high schools in San Antonio, but both participated in swim team, choir and band. She played french horn, he played drums.

Jave's constant fear of radio industry failure forced him to have other sticks in the fire to fall back on. He has a consultancy and custom radio programming business and home brews his own liquor. He also reviews his favorite things online with a friend, they go by Two Doods Reviews. Like Allison, he is always trying and succeeding at new things "We see eye to eye," Jave said. "She likes heavy rock music, but also likes jazz. She can throw back tequila shots, but also loves a great glass of wine." Even though his job forces him to be around people constantly, he is often plagued by social anxiety. She's a great partner in business and personal situations. She's a hot spirit, he hates confrontation. He's her calm, she's his bodyguard. "He doesn't bullshit me," said Allison. "I know I'm going to get the truth from him. I know he will tell me what I need to hear. And he's my best friend, so that helps." In every place they've rented or owned, Allison immediately start projects. "When we first started dating she got us three months free rent," Jave said. "She was on her knees with a hand sander, redoing wood floors and ripping out the carpet of over 1,000 square feet." Jave saw her love for home renovation and inspired her to not worry about the money, but first chase what she loves to do. She has focused every ounce of attention and devotion to each career paths she's walked, but gutting houses and making interiors beautiful for clients doesn't burn her out like the weight of the medical field. Allison took Jave's advice. She does work she'd do for free, but found someone to pay her for it.

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Tony Contini Part 3: Thailand


or the final leg of my Asian odyssey, I explored Thailand with my visiting parents. We ate insects, watched Muay Thai fights, were infectiously close to wild monkeys and spent way too much time on the beach. The island of Phuket is perfect for a week vacation. Just big enough to get lost, and small enough to get your bearings in the first few days. There's an onslaught of restaurants, the best are buffet-style with grills and vats of oil on your table. You pick your poison and cook it yourself. The soda tastes different and the ice is expensive, but it's worth it to beat the heat. You can be absolutely alone on a beach fit for a resort, then after a 15-minute drive, you can peruse the fanciest mall you've ever seen. It's food court alone is the size of Park Lane Mall – rest in peace. Thai people are remarkably inviting. When you enter one of the 7-Elevens lining every block, you're welcome by a chorus of sing-song hellos. After a long day in the sun, I wanted to make a final stop at the Wat Tha Reua Temple. I saw a sign informing visitors to wear shoes and clothes that cover your lower legs and upper arms. I was wearing a bathing suit, so I borrowed my mother's pants. Despite looking like a fool, I was immediately swept up by locals who gave me an inside look on how monks live and worship. I spent most of the trip on Phuket, but my time photographing in a nearby fishing village, Ko Panyi, will linger in my memories. I took a boat to view popular sites including James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay where "The Man with the Golden Gun" was filmed. My tour guides were full of jokes as they juggled travelers

who lined up to get their photo taken in front of plaques. Their shoes filled the footprints of the tourists before them. When we arrived on Ko Panyi, I zigged when they zagged to get lost for a while. The focal point of the island is a beautiful mosque with a golden-domed roof. The inhabitants are Muslim and stem from two families of Indonesian decent from the island of Java. Gigantic plastic buoy-like structures support your first steps off the boat. There's a floating soccer field enclosed in netting and a half-mile corridor of shops and restaurants held up above the waves on stilts. It provides the perfect refuge from the fierce Southeast Asian sun. Never trust online reviews about people or food. Trolls who take the time to write this Yelp review – "The place looked dirty, the people were unwelcoming and just glared at you. We couldn't wait to leave" – are the same people who get glared at in their hometowns. The power to connect and find good food starts with you. I walked on the creaky boards and had a miniconversation with every distinctly beautiful person I passed. Native English speakers are so lucky – the rest of the world does the work for us. As a token of appreciation, I immediately learn a few phrases when in a new country: "hello," "thank you," "how are you," "good," "spicy" and most importantly, "that's delicious." The final one will get you in with the sweet grannies and anyone else preparing chocolate crepes or stirring cauldrons of delicious grub. You have to be bold to experience Thailand. Never be afraid to try something new or start a conversation. Reno Tahoe Tonight 55


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SPOILER ALERT! Avengers: Infinity War is obliterating box office records, and rightly so. It passed Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the biggest opening weekend domestic box office of all time at $250 million compared to Star War’s $248 million, and currently sits at $1.9 billion globally. Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Christopher Markus, and Stephen McFeely managed to pull off something that seemed almost impossible. While balancing a cast stacked with A-list actors and about 25 different superheroes, they stayed true to each and every character, and delivered a story packed with emotion, humor, tragedy, excitement, and complete devastation. Never have I had such a visceral reaction to a movie, but the pain is worth it to have experienced a cinematic feat that is hands down Marvel’s best film yet, and just an incredible film in its own right.

somber music that lets you know just what kind of an experience you’re in for. The stakes are high, and the heroes aren’t going to come out on top. We’ve grown up with most of these characters, and seeing them beaten, broken, and obliterated leaves you with a feeling you can’t quite describe.

The phrase that best describes Infinity War is “an emotional gut-punch” and that’s putting it lightly. Before the film even starts, the Marvel intro isn’t accompanied by the iconic theme, but instead

The success of Infinity War really depended on Thanos living up to the hype as the toughest enemy the Avengers have ever faced, and the film definitely delivered. Thanos is a brilliantly crafted

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The gravity of the film however is perfectly balanced with brilliantly written comedy stemming from the interactions between different groups of characters. Doctor Strange teams up with Tony Stark to create one of the best pairings in the movie, leading to a clash of strong personalities that makes for some hilarious exchanges of sarcasm and snark. When SpiderMan joins them, and they run into the Guardians on Thanos’s destroyed home planet of Titan, it’s a comedy gold mine.




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villain. The level of power he possesses is terrifying, but he’s not just a one-dimensional murderous psychopath. He truly believes his agenda of destruction is necessary to save the universe.

up everything to save the world, and he’s at his absolute best in this film. In a stacked cast it’s hard to pick one stand-out performance, but the man who started it all, Robert Downey Jr., is that one.

The battle sequences in the film are also fantastic. The massive fight in Wakanda more than fulfilled expectations, with Thor making an entrance that was one of the best scenes in the entire film. The most emotional and epic battle came in a final fight between Thanos and Tony on Titan. Thanos took down the Guardians, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange one by one until the only one left standing was Tony. He was the most heroic and selfless we have ever seen him in this film, surviving everything Thanos threw at him, including an entire moon, becoming the only human to draw blood from Thanos. In a heart wrenching moment that made everyone in the theater gasp, Thanos stabbed Tony through the chest and was about to use the full power of four infinity stones to end his life, when Doctor Strange intervened. This was probably the most shocking moment of the movie, as Strange gave the Time Stone to Thanos in exchange for Tony’s life, seeming to give up the greatest weapon they had against him.

In the final moments of the film, Thanos retrieved the sixth and final Infinity Stone, possessing the power to wipe out half the universe. He snapped his fingers, and one by one, the second generation of Earth’s heroes disintegrated. In the most traumatic scene of the movie, Tony watched a terrified Peter Parker dissolve in his arms, leaving Tony to live his worst nightmare alone on Titan. The heroes hardly ever lose in superhero films, but the Russos didn’t shy away from flipping the genre on its head. We’ll have to wait a full year for the conclusion to this massive cliffhanger, but the still untitled Avengers four will be bigger and even better, paving the way for the next phase and bringing an end to an era of the Marvel universe ten years in the making. Whether you’re a Marvel fan or not, Avengers: Infinity War is the cinematic event of a lifetime that everyone should experience on the big screen.

This is all part of Doctor Strange’s plan however, as he had used the Time Stone to examine 14,605,000 possible futures when they had first landed on Titan, finding one in which the Avengers triumphed. Whatever future Strange saw, Tony Stark’s survival was the key to set the timeline in motion. The emotional impact of this film cannot be understated. Marvel fans have been following these characters for 10 years, seeing them grow and develop over that time. It all started with Iron Man in 2008, and Tony Stark’s character transformation is the beating heart of the MCU. He was first introduced as a selfish, womanizing billionaire, but over the course of seven films the man he really is underneath the façade has been revealed. Tony Stark is a man who would give

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LIT Text Janice Hermsen

Hybrid, Self or Traditional Publishing?


hy would a book industry power couple whose work history includes publishers like Random House and Penguin decide to self-publish? In 2011, that’s exactly what Lia Wood, a veteran in the book publishing industry decided to do at the urging of book buyers and other industry professionals, according to a July 6, 2012 article by Calvin Reid in Publishers Weekly Select “A Book Industry Couple Tries Self-Publishing.” Whether an author wants to self-publish or seek a traditional course, they must choose the right publisher. Technology and the internet have changed publishing models. At the same time, the goals of authors have remained the same: they want to publish. The question is how do they publish and with whom? You might be surprised to learn that according to in their September, 2016 “History of the e-book,” it was 1971 when the first e-book was downloaded to the internet. Though few people were using the internet at that time, “six people did download the book.” What was it? A retyped copy of the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of an opportunity for self-publishing. By 1993, Bibliobytes launched a website providing a platform to sell e-books on the internet, followed in 1999 by one of the major big six publishers, Simon and Schuster, launching the first e-book and print book simultaneously. The imprint was ibooks. Sound familiar? It wasn’t until 2007 that e-readers emerged. As readers were being given more ways to read books, authors who might have been prevented from a publishing deal began to take advantage of the ability to publish in the more affordable e-book format.

In July 2014, Booklife by Publisher’s Weekly, provided a chart that clearly showed selfpublishing dominating with 54% of books represented from indie published, 17% small or medium-sized publishers and only 28% from major publishers like Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House. Author Jane Friedman talks about hybrid publishing in her 2016 article “What Is A Hybrid Publisher” and explains how it can be confusing. She settles on what she believes most people will agree: Hybrid publishing is a combination of aspects from both self-publishing and traditional publishing. For authors, this is good news since they now have expanded opportunities for publishing and an alternative to the often difficult to reach traditional publishing. Jon Clinch a traditionally published author tested the hybrid publishing model in 2013. His April, 2013 article “Stress Testing a Hybrid Publishing Model” in Publisher’s Weekly emphasized the challenges facing authors today. Despite his ability to obtain a traditional publishing contract, he chose to selfpublish and shared some of the lessons he learned. He cites his willingness to continue to self-publish partially due to the independence he gained. From the time of the first e-readers to today, authors are provided more opportunities than ever to publish their work. And with publishing models like the hybrid model, authors are experimenting with the many different models available. If you’re an author, will you be part of the over 70% of people who have already indie-published their work? Janice Hermsen is the owner of LeRue Press, a fullservice business and writing center that prints and publishes books; assists businesses with branding their businesses and provides assistance with promotion after the sale.

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MUSIC Text Markelor Berthoumieux

Aesop Rock “Klutz” With years of staying on top of his game and never ceasing to amaze us with his consistency, Aesop Rock returns with another round of lyrical exercise for us to breakdown. Aided by his own thumping production, ‘Klutz’ will have listeners tripping over his extensive wordplay. The ease with which he delivers his latest onslaught demonstrates why he remains a relevant force whose core fans will never fade. His first release of 2018 finds him enjoying the freedom that comes with mastering one’s craft. One on top of the other, he skillfully arranges his witty punch lines, letting loose as he jumps around an array of topics. Aesop is back to simply showcase his ability to bend words to his will, not concerning himself with anything besides getting these bars off. This track is for those of us who can appreciate a purer form of Hip Hop, listeners who will sit back and admire the elaborate way he chooses to speak his mind. Enjoy the visual for ‘Klutz’ below, where director Rob Shaw made sure each of the many moments on this record were given their time to shine: Markelor Berthoumieux is a recent graduate from the University of Nevada's Reynold's School of Journalism. You can read his work on his blog at 78 Reno Tahoe Tonight


MUSIC Text Max Kronyak Photo Tony Contini

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For dance music, environment is crucial. The smells, the ambiance, the visuals, they all work together and either add to the party or distract the guests from the story that is being told. As I walked in, fog blanketed the inside of Cargo, which mirrored the calmness of the overcast downtown Reno. Inside, five blue lights lined in a row, oversaw the thick overlay. Sometimes, Cargo can feel narrow, but that night, with the simplicity of those blue lights I felt the mirage of a wider stage (something I’ve noticed concert promoter Fresh Bakin’ likes to do). The house music was on and everyone was patiently waiting for The Glitch Mob to take to their Blade 2.0 instruments. Earlier that day, The Glitch Mob took the time to answer a few questions about the first two weeks

It was really inspired in holding a full narrative within a whole album. This one really is a story. The benefit to coming out to play this tour is really seeing how the music connects with people." Dance performances don't always tell a story (however I think the best ones do), and how I base my judgment of the parties I attend. The house music faded down and was then replaced by bass driven ambient sounds. The sounds perfectly set the pace for what was to come. About eight minutes into the sounds of rain and thunder the lights went to black; all you could see was Blade 2.0's highlighting LED touchscreen and then Justin, Josh, and Ed took their positions with their drums sticks. Their story began. The Glitch Mob hit their drum pads and the sounds of deep jungle war drums expanded throughout the concert hall. The opening ambiance was masterful. After their percussion showcase, they began flirting with different bass lines and synths to tease the party-goers about what was to come. As the first melody began to play, the blue lights lit green and the weight of the humidity was communally embraced. Eyes were fixed on the performance and bodies were fixed to a tribal-like dance. Two guests were holding up lighted space helmet totems, and I thought to myself, That's Reno as fuck. The first vocals began to make their way through the edgy weighted synths, followed by sunset orange lights that tastefully relaxed the mood. The pacing of the entire showed worked a lot like this. As The Glitch Mob began playing more complex routines the lighting production would follow, however never to the point that you were distracted from the story of the music.

of their tour; the inspiration of their new album; the non-profit that would receive a portion of their tour proceeds (the non profit is listed below), and some of the eats they feasted on while on the road. The conversation we had was fun, but what I took most away was their response to the inspiration of the new album, See Without Eyes. They told me, "We really believe in the album format, and in electronic music there is a lot of momentum of writing songs and singles all the time, and we took a different direction in writing a full-length album.

And then came out Elohim. This absolutely made my night. The song, “I Could Be Anything” perfectly encompassed the overall concert performance. Elohim's live vocals and interpretive dance captivated the soul of the party. While dancing, the desperate shake of her body during the perverted rolling baseline of “I Could Be Anything” was emotionally felt by everyone. This passionate segment alone was worth the ticket cost. The story of the performance was well-received by the audience and was told in an adult way. The Glitch Mob's production ditched the sometimes

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distracting LED walls that flood most dance music tours and tastefully used their visuals to match their complicated routines. Their stage presence while performing their music live was infectious enough to keep even the most distracted mind easily involved. I want to give a special shout out to them getting on the mic early in their set to say, "This is a fart free zone." Cause after that announcement, I never smelled another fart. Faith in humanity restored – at least from where I was standing.

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MUSIC Text: Mark Earnest Photos: courtesy of Elephant Rifle and Anthony Scott Ashworth

d n u o S e l tt i L t T he Big ges First, an intro to this little ditty is warranted. I’ve been playing, reviewing and watching music in Reno for two decades. One thing that has been missing has been a place to find out the big news in the music scene. I want The Biggest Little Sound to be the place to learn about a new band, a new club, an old band’s new album, new members of old bands, new bands touring with old ones, and on and on. I was once quoted in an interview that Reno doesn’t have a music scene: it has 17. I’ll try to cover as many of those scenes as this thing progresses. And yet, time is short. Let’s get on with it.

Hunks of plastic for sale

How cool is it that the most promising band in Reno to gain national attention is also one of its most challenging and daring? Elephant Rifle has been scaring audiences for eight years and their latest album, “Hunk,” is the perfect starting point and distillation of their sound. The band features jagged and untamed guitars, shout/spoken vocals with a hypnotic quality, and a rhythm section that surprises with its dexterity. Elephant Rifle celebrated “Hunk” last month with two shows in one night, a fittingly crazy thing to do. Figure it all out at elephantrifle. Two more records from locals to watch for: Silver’s debut EP, “Rock and Roll is Dead,” a surely tongue-in-cheek retort to their sound, which manages the neat trick of sounding classic and contemporary at the same time. It's released at the Cheney Street Block Party at a show near Noble Pie Parlor, 6 p.m. June 3. 84 Reno Tahoe Tonight

Then there’s the debut EP from Preacher, a new metallic hardcore band that has members of She Has a Fashion Vice among its ranks. They are doing a release party in big style at Cargo inside Whitney Peak Hotel on July 21, starting at 6 p.m.

The library is open

Here’s a new wrinkle on an old idea: the book release party. It can be the province of bookstores, but a nightclub? That’s really what’s going to happen on June 15 at The Saint, starting at 9 p.m. The book being celebrated is “Riff Eater: The Sonic Recipe of My Life,” by Anthony Scott Ashworth. A longtime Reno musician, Ashworth’s day gig is as chef at various restaurants. Those twin interests intertwine in the entertaining “Riff Eater,” which balances philosophy, frank opinions and funny stories from kitchens and clubs. Ashworth will also play at the party with his metal band Kanawha (full disclosure: I sing for Kanawha). Also on the bill are Weight of the Tide and Blinded Youth.

Let me have it

So I shouldn’t just feature my friends in this all the time, dont’cha think? Let me know your big news in the music world. All genres welcome. Just post your latest news to the Reno Tahoe Tonight’s Fan Page Facebook group. I’m listening. Mark Earnest is a Reno musician, songwriter and journalist who is currently the singer for Kanawha and the guitarist/singer for Vague Choir. He has been singing since birth and has been in bands longer than some of you have been alive, and then some. Peter Pan or Bon Vivant? YOU DECIDE.

REAL ESTATE Text and photo courtesy of Shirley Larkins

3 Reasons to Invest in a Home

There is still FREE money

That Isn’t Your Dream

available to buy in Nevada

I think everyone knows that the Reno/Sparks real estate market is booming. Not only are prices continuing to go up, but inventory is at historic lows. The market is very competitive, we are seeing multiple offers on almost every home that is priced correctly (even multifamily property), and sellers are getting an average of 99% of their list price. If you are ready to buy a house this climate might feel a bit intimidating but there are still opportunities to make your dreams come true. Especially if you are willing to be flexible and open-minded about the home you are buying. Here are 3 reasons why you should get into a starter home now.

If you have been saving money to buy a home but need a boost to cover your down payment or closing costs there are still grant programs available to make this happen for you. One such option is Home Is Possible, the Nevada Housing Division’s home buyer program that will give you up to 5% of your loan value for closing costs or down payment. There are a few things you have to do and criteria to meet to get the grant but if you qualify this can really help you out.

Inventory is getting tighter daily We are so behind on new construction that we are really feeling the crunch this year. Though you are seeing new homes going up all over town we are still about 10,000 homes behind schedule according to the Builder Association of Northern NV. That means that homes that are hitting the market are being snatched up quick!

Interest rates are still reasonable Did you know in 2000, the average mortgage rate on a 30-year fixed loan was 8.05%? In 2008 it was 6.03% and right now it is 4.625%. This is going to change though. We have been seeing the rates creep up over the past couple of months and it looks like this will continue throughout the year. As the economy gets better, the rates go up. We have no way of knowing what the market will look like in a year so if you have been thinking of buying you should check out financing options now.

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So if you have questions, if you have been looking online and are ready to take action, or you have a home you want to see – get on it! Maybe the homes in your price range are not your dream, but you can make it work for you. Over time you can make any house a home, and just getting into the market now can benefit you greatly and help you move towards your dream property. I believe everyone who wants to own a home should get one and where there is a will there is a way. Shirley Larkins is with Chase International and has been selling real estate in the greater Reno area for the past 13 years. She loves her job and is passionate about home ownership. If you have questions or need advice reach out to her at 775-379-9617 or

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THE MIND OF MENCARELLI Text Dave Mencarelli Photo Digiman Studio My friend David is 76 years old. When we had lunch last week he asked me for a favor. He asked if I would do his eulogy.

“Like, right now?” I asked. “No. Let me finish my soup” he replied. He’s a comedian. But he was serious about the eulogy. I said of course, but could we not talk about it sitting in this Black Bear Diner. After he made me look him in the eye and swear on Rick Springfield (long story), he seemed satisfied that I would really do it and we finished our lunch. I have no desire to get up and try to speak about the impact a recently deceased friend has had on me and the world. I prefer to sit in the back, sob quietly, and scroll through my Facebook like a normal person, but how do you say no when someone asks you to basically headline their funeral? You don’t. You say “sure” and hope you die first. It got me thinking about who I’d want to do my eulogy. After coming up with a reason to eliminate everyone (my wife is too honest, my daughter hates attention, my sister would try to be funny and fail miserably) it hit me: I’ll do my own. Technology makes this easy. I can record it on my phone and then update it accordingly with ease! I get the basic one done and then I can edit as I go. As long as I don’t become incapacitated for a long period before I croak, my eulogy will be pretty up to date. And that way, I get to control the narrative! I can put the proper spin on some things that someone else might not. 92 Reno Tahoe Tonight

That story about when I was 36 years old and lost my rent money gambling and had to borrow $700 from my parents might make me look bad if it doesn’t get spun correctly. Something like “When Dave was in his mid-thirties he realized it had been years since he’d given his parents the gift of feeling needed, so he fed hundreds of dollars into the local economy and let his parents pay his rent.” Someone else might also leave out some accomplishments from my life of which I’m very proud. For example, I was Applebee’s Employee of the Month in November 2004. If you knew what a terrible waiter I was and how much ass I had to kiss to get that, you’d understand why I’m so proud of it. Really, this should be the norm. No one wants to do your eulogy and who better to summarize your life than the person who fucked it up? And I’m lazy so I’ll keep it short, which is what everyone wants. I do it myself and no one has to listen to my friend Jeff talk about the music we loved in the 90’s for an hour (you’re welcome). I will be playing the Spin Doctors at the service though.

Dave Mencarelli can be seen around Reno doing stand up comedy and heard weekday afternoons on Easy 104.1FM KUEZ.

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Text and photo courtesy of Camie Cragg Lyman

Food and Drinks Just in Time for Summer

Summer is the perfect time to start wearing shorts~n~ flip-flops. It’s also a great time to change up how we are eating. Having Reno/ Tahoe as our backyard, being outdoors more often and sweating increases our risk for health problems such as dehydration, skin sensitivities, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies. A quick,

easy and nutritious solution is to eat local and in-season fruits which are commonly at their nutritional peaks in the summer! Beyond seasonal fruits I want to share many other foods that will also help your body look and feel its best during the hottest time of year here in the Sierras.

1) Nuts: Polyunsaturated Fats 2) Garden Peas: high protein and iron 3) Watermelon: Lycopene, which protects skin cells from sun damage.

4) Cilantro: increase the production of digestive acids. 5) Celery: Helps lose excess water weight without causing dehydration

6) Jicama: high in potassium

7) Avocado: monosaturated fats 8) Salmon: High in Omega 3 9) Zucchini: Increase Heart Health

10) Green Tea: Boosts Metabolism

Use these alternative healthy food choices instead of indulging in the over-sized (not to mention over- concentrated) sugar cocktails, cold treats and fried foods that keep us feeling bloated and uneasy. Seems like a simple and fair trade from fatty foods to waist trimming foods that will give us the ultimate look and feeling for the summer. Remember, you deserve to feel 102 Reno Tahoe Tonight

well and to feel well we must take the chance to do things a little differently. Cheers to summer time and loving ourselves internally to externally! Camie Cragg Lyman Owner of Camie Cragg Fitness

WANDERED OFF Text and photos courtesy of Natasha Bourlin

Burning in Bob’s House A Visit to

Jamaica and Home of the Legend OR

An Inspiring Journey into Jamaican Life


tanding next to both the birth and final

resting places of an international legend like Bob Marley was positively surreal. So was gazing upon the bed he slept in as a child, and paying respects to his mother Cedella, who gave the world his light. She’s entombed mere steps from the marble mausoleum where she lay two of her sons to rest after their untimely deaths. With head down-turned and a tinge of sadness in his voice, our tour guide at the Bob Marley Mausoleum in Nine Mile, Jamaica shared, “She buried her oldest and youngest in her lifetime, something no mother should ever have to do…” He’s correct. Cedella Malcolm, as she was born, saw what many would consider too much for one lifetime. Touring her childhood home, where her son Bob was conceived, born, then raised mere steps from, offered an awe-inspiring glimpse into a hard life. It came after two hours of additional glimpses and one harrowing ride deep into inner Jamaica.

Positive Vibrations Setting foot on Jamaican soil, childlike eagerness enveloped my 30-year best friend and I, who were on a Caribbean-hopping adventure celebrating our decades-long connection. Both of us music lovers from a young age, we didn’t want to explore the usual island tourist destinations—we wanted to see how our beloved Bob Marley began his life. Our Marley connection runs deep. Together we’d sang along with Bob’s sons at concerts, and I’d met and hugged Rita Marley, Bob’s wife, one lifechanging day in Amsterdam in the late 90s. Paying respects to the man behind these soul-touching folks was bringing it all full-circle. 104 Reno Tahoe Tonight

Unfamiliar with navigating the country, we found a tour called the Bob Marley Experience. A dozen of us boarded a bus, and met our tour guide Tasheena, and Peter, who was perched in the driver seat on the right side of the bus. Or the “wrong” side, to us Americans. We set off with a Patois lesson. Formed from a fusion of languages, the Jamaican dialect began as a way for enslaved residents to communicate without the plantation owners and masters understanding what they said. Our group learned to introduce ourselves in Patois. After contributing “Me nee-yaim is Natasha, me come from Nevada,” at Tasheena’s behest, followed by a chorus of other versions, a strong Jamaican rum was revealed from a cooler, samples passed around to all. Lessons in the country’s history, industry, lifestyle and culture were shared on the journey inland. Generations living on the small island anchored in the Caribbean Sea still vividly remember celebrating their independence from British rule in 1962. Homes in varying degrees of construct were passed. Tasheena shared that most Jamaicans built them in stages, adding on as they earned money to complete the next phase. Some homes take years, even decades, to complete. Similar to other Caribbean cultures, Jamaicans believe that all things humans need are provided by the earth. “Medicine heals in the form of fruits, seeds and leaves,” Tasheena teaches as she passed several examples around to behold, like the soursop. Leaves of this prickly fruit, commonly found on the island, are purported to have cancer-curing components, among other medicinal properties.

Get Up, Stand Up

Winding roads into Nine Mile aren’t for the faint of heart…or those with car sickness issues. Coursing precariously close to cliff sides while weaving around cars daring to share the road with our shuttle took its toll. A break on the steady ground of Brown’s Town, halfway

to our destination, was a relief. It was teeming with colorfully clad, dreadlocked folks sauntering through the streets or sitting in front of shops, a casual pace resulting from the prevalent heat and humidity. Our arrival in Nine Mile was marked by the Rastafarian-hued Cedella Marley Booker Basic School, replete with children in the playground. A bit farther was the compound where one of the world’s most endearing luminaries was given life. We were informed on how to partake in perhaps the most notable Rastafarian ritual. Smoking marijuana was permitted anywhere on the Marley estate. Herb was a deeply revered part of Mr. Marley’s Rastafarian religion, helping him reach a place of spirituality and inspiring his creativity, they explain. Trays of pre-rolled spliffs and emerald green buds ranging from the size of my finger to that of my hand were extended to us visitors disembarking the bus. Rates—in U.S. dollars—are not too dissimilar from American dispensaries. Relief from the nausea-inducing ride soon come, and, well, when in…Jamaica… “Me name is Crazy, but me mama call me Curtis.” We’re greeted by a grinning Jamaican in a Bob Marley shirt (naturally), eyes hidden by shades, a smoke plume wafting from the joint in his mouth. Visitors were aplenty that day, some with children, some obviously not enjoying the head-changing ritual permitted throughout the grounds as much as others. Crazy shared stories of Bob’s homes and upbringing, frequently hanging back with three of us who were obviously wonderstruck by our surroundings. We shared joints and sentiments as we passed furniture and instruments once used by the man fondly dubbed Tuff Gong.

Robert Nesta Marley was born of Cedella Malcolm Marley and Captain Norval Marley on February 6, 1945 in his grandparents’ home. His father, a man in his 60s of English and Syrian Jewish descent, had begun a sordid affair with 17-year-old Cedella while renting a room from her parents, resulting in her pregnancy with Bob. They married, but Captain Marley left to work in Kingston before Cedella gave birth, then wasn’t around much in Bob’s youth, dying when he was just 10 years old. Nesta means “wise messenger.” Fittingly, his mother noted early on that his eyes reflected a depth not often found in children. Tales were shared of a prophetic, precocious Bob predicting his career in music, and death at 36. Six months after his birth, Bob’s teenage mother moved them into a tiny, two-room house nearby, with only a single bed. Their outdoor stove where they “would cook cornmeal porridge,” heard in No Woman, No Cry, is now a covered shrine to Bob.

One Love No shoes, cameras or phones are allowed in the mausoleums out of respect, but smoking ganja is welcomed…as Bob would’ve wanted, we’re told. Crazy passionately shared how Bob’s reported death in Miami by metathesized cancer is surrounded by conspiracy (Google it). Bob was embalmed, against his faith, so his remains could return to his childhood home after he passed. His youngest half-brother Anthony was later shot by police in Miami, and laid to rest in the same tomb as his infamous elder brother. Their mother forever rests nearby. Each of the marble tombs is encompassed by loving mementos left by visitors. The journey closed with a live musical tribute. Sitting on Bob’s meditation stone, where he often laid his head and conceived songs, time stood still. A tangible source of global inspiration beneath me, tears emerged. A calm, ethereal presence embraced the entire, beautifully kept estate. An uplifting sensation I’ll hold dear and return to always. Natasha Bourlin is a freelance writer and longtime admirer of Bob Marley Photos – in need of some creative expert love – found here.

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Governing With Cannabis As Election Day rapidly approaches, cannabis legalization looks toward a new target: state governorships. Governors, who have yet to embrace cannabis or reject it, are facing steep re-election odds from within their own political party or increased chances their seat is stolen by the opposite party. Their hesitance in supporting cannabis policies has thrown their seats in jeopardy due to a motivated constituency unwilling to wait for lawmakers to get over their outdated fears of cannabis. Locally in the Nevada governor race, Democratic candidates Steve Sisolak and Chris Giunchigliani both support the state’s thriving cannabis industry and have plans to improve it. Republicans working to replace Governor Sandoval differ on their 108 Reno Tahoe Tonight

cannabis stance. Dan Schwartz believes cannabis should be legalized at the federal level while Adam Laxalt publicly opposed the cannabis legalization initiative in 2016. Maine’s, unpopular Governor Paul LePage stood against the state’s cannabis industry by vetoing multiple cannabis bills. But a competitive field of twelve candidates is vying for his spot, led by Democratic candidate Adam Cote who rose over $800,000, but is unclear where he stands on cannabis. Other Democratic candidates support adult-use, but the four Republicans after the seat haven’t expressed support. In Maryland, a Democratic field of seven candidates is competing to face popular Governor

Larry Hogan in the general election. Five of these candidates are strong cannabis supporters who have expressed multiple ways cannabis policies can benefit Maryland, unlike Governor Hogan who hasn’t offered support for adult-use cannabis. Similarly, Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker enjoys high popularity in a Democratic leaning state by not taking sides on partisan issues, but the two Democrats competing for his seat have done the opposite. Progressive candidates Bob Massie and Jay Gonzalez both support adult-use cannabis and want regulations implemented efficiently and swiftly. Separately in New York, adult-use cannabis supporter Cynthia Nixon is challenging Democratic incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo who believes cannabis still needs more research. Illinois Governor’s race is shaping up to be a pricey campaign with two billionaires, Governor Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker, competing for the seat. With declining approval numbers, Republican Governor Rauner stands against adult-use cannabis and sees it as an “experiment” while Pritzker supports it and believes legalization could bring in more revenue to benefit the state. In Ohio, Democrats competing for the governorship are mostly pledging to fight for adult-use legalization, except favorite, Richard Cordary who has plans of fixing medical cannabis’ implementation. The two Republican candidates are against adult-use legalization. In Minnesota, Democratic candidates and adultuse cannabis supporters Gretchen Whitmer and Dr. Abdul El-Sayed have a path to victory because of termed-out Governor Rick Snyder’s plummeting approval numbers. On the Republican side, Attorney General Bill Schuettte only sees cannabis as an issue that voters should decide, and other candidates are against adult-use. The campaign season this year conveys a powerful message to federal and state lawmakers that the time for cannabis hesitance is officially over. Candidates competing to be governors understand this and are using cannabis in their campaigns to attract young voters while increasing their base. Lawmakers who haven’t yet accepted cannabis will continue to have their seats at risk because they will inevitably face an unapologetic public that is eager to replace them with a candidate who will address their problems with real solutions.

So do you care about cannabis? Are you registered to vote? Your participation means more today than ever. If you live in Nevada, visit to print your voter registration form. Sign it and mail it in to ensure that you are on voter rolls in November. If you do not have an ability to print your form at home, stop by your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or any State Welfare Agency and use the easy process they have set up for eligible voters. Pistil + Stigma is a consulting firm working with organizations in public, private, and nonprofit sectors on groundbreaking policy issues nationwide.

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Featuring The Nest and the photography of Lauren Wiessler, Chris Holloman, Tony Contini, Kyle Volland and many more. Plus columns by Eric Br...

June 2018 Digital rtt  

Featuring The Nest and the photography of Lauren Wiessler, Chris Holloman, Tony Contini, Kyle Volland and many more. Plus columns by Eric Br...