Fangs and Flaws: A Conversation with artist-writer-publisher Jenny Doh
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MARCH 2017 CONTENT
14 BRITS 'N' PIECES COVER STORY 16 Fangs & Flaws
28 2017 Forte Awards 34 2017 Leprechaun Crawl 36 Skate Jam 2017 42 FASHION FEATURE 56 The Dirty Dames - Part 2 60 HEALTH TIPS 62 INCLINE VILLAGE CRYSTAL BAY VISITORS BUREAU REPORT
LIT 64 100 Things To Do in Reno Before You Die 68 OPINION 70 RADIUS 72 REAL ESTATE 74 RENO STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
76 SKATE NV 80 SLAM DRUNK SOBER 82 THE NEST
86 TRAINING TIPS 88 UNITED WE STONED 94 VOICES
Editor/Publisher Oliver X Art Director Chris Meredith Contributing Designers Courtney Meredith Tucker Monticelli Contributing Writers Amanda Horn Annie Flanzraich Britton Griffith-Douglass Debe Fennel Isha Casagrande Lanette Simone Tessa Miller Thomas Lloyd Qualls Contributing Photographers Alfyn Gestoso Anicia Beckwith Chris Holloman Digiman Studio Joey Savoie Kyle Volland Nick Sorrentino Marcello Rostagni Interns Gabriela Denne Sales 775-412-3767 Submissions firstname.lastname@example.org Website renotahoetonightmagazine.com All content, layout and design is the property of Reno Tahoe Tonight Magazine. Duplication or reproduction is prohibited without the expressed written consent of Reno Tahoe Tonight Magazine. Copyright 2017. Reno Tahoe Tonight is produced on 10% recycled American paper and is printed with all soy and vegetable inks.
SNAPSHOT Photographer Nick Holmes nickholmesonline.com Photograph of Writer Artist Activist Jenny Doh author of Fangs and Flaws: FangGrrr Adventures blog.crescendoh.com
A PROBABILITY OF WORDS Text Thomas Lloyd Qualls Photo Heather McAlpine
At the Vancouver Peace Summit in 2009, the Dalai Lama famously proclaimed: The world will be saved by the western woman. When Hillary Clinton lost the election to the polar opposite of the Dalai Lama, I began to doubt the truth of this statement. But after watching the turnout for the Women's March on January 21, I believe it's possible H.H.D.L. knew exactly what he talking about. In an estimated 673 cities around the planet, millions and millions of people – more than 4.2 million of them in the U.S. and half a million in Washington, D.C. alone – joined the march. They were there to protest the potential rollback of more than a century of hard-won human rights battles, among many other things. From a sea of knitted pink hats, the voices rang out and the protest signs filled the streets. The collective message was clear: Love, not hate, makes America great. From any objective standpoint, the turnout for the march was impressive. Especially given that it was most likely the largest single demonstration in history. Compare the march’s numbers to the paltry 160,000 who bothered to roll out for the inauguration and, well, you might be inclined to be hopeful for the first time since the November doomsday event. In no way do I wish to pierce anyone's hope balloon. I just want to point out one small detail: This administration does not give one fuck about our dissent. And for the most part neither does the party he picked, since they have a majority in both houses and intend to use their new executive orange tool however they see fit until he breaks his rubber stamp. When they may concede he is better suited for a rubber room after all. As the most recent former resident of the White House reminded us, politics, revolution, and real change are all long games. If we are to hold the crazy at bay (for however long it takes), and undo whatever carnage is done, it's going take more than pink hats and pussy bites back signs. 6 Reno Tahoe Tonight
Most importantly we have to figure out why this happened. We have to understand the dangers of disenfranchisement wherever it lives and acknowledge it has many different faces. One party may be more to blame for breaking the functionality of Washington as of late. But it is the job of all of us to rebuild it. As I've mentioned, like many of you, I'm having trouble balancing the need to stay awake and to use my voice to address the wrongs I see, with the urge to vent my rage in a way that adds to the problem of divide and discord. And that’s because it’s the increasing chasm between us that got us into this mess. It is necessary to stand up to these political bullies, their fascist designs, their campaign of misinformation, and their dangerously delusional figurehead. And in the short term our efforts will hopefully right a system that is critically out of balance. But we still need to fix the bigger problems of divide and disenfranchisement. The thing is this. All of us who marched and all of us who supported the marches, we stand on some wonderful principles. Inclusiveness. Women's rights. Human rights. Environmental justice. Clean air, water, and food. Taking care of one another. Each of these is based in kindness. In short, I still believe the Dalai Lama is right. And if the hope of the world is in women's hands, then our deeds must match our words. The March is important, inspirational, necessary. And we must also do the ground work. Not only in phone calls, emails, postcards, and town halls. But the daily work of connecting to those outside our bubbles. We must understand that our corporate overlords have an interest in our being at each other’s throats. We must dedicate ourselves to showing others the truth of our common interests. And we must somehow do this without preaching or alienating. Then together we must go about undoing their work. In sum, it should be no secret that we all win when women win. And women will win when we make it about all of us.
Thomas Lloyd Qualls is a writer, a condition that is apparently incurable. He manages his condition, in part, by regular contributions to Reno Tahoe Tonight Magazine, Rebelle Society, and the Wild Heart Writers. He's also a novelist, a painter, and through his law practice â€“ a sometimes salvager of troubled lives. You can find out more about him, his books, and otherprojects on his website. tlqonline.com. Or at any of the absurd number of social media profiles out there these days. Feel free to check them out whenever you like. Or better yet, just invite him out for coffee or beer. He loves a good conversation. ÂŠ 2017 thomas lloyd qualls
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ART Kanpai Sushi and El Jefe's Cantina Open inside Circus Circus Reno Displaying the street art of Bryce Chisholm Text Sara Robbins Photos Frank Haxton Digiman Studio
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there’s no doubting that the men behind the curtain at the new Kanpai Sushi and El Jefe’s Cantina inside Circus Circus Reno wanted to make dining out an entire experience for all five senses – an interactive, belly-filling museum, if you will. Though technically separate entities, the restaurants combine on many levels. From a fusion food menu with Asian and Mexicaninspired dishes like a Baja Poke dish filled with ahi tuna, Serrano chili, sriracha, sesame oil, tamari, pickled red onion and micro cilantro, to graffiti art that offers a juxtaposition to the story of the two cultures coming together in an unlikely, yet pleasing array. The blank canvas of the edible kind belonged to Chef Thomas Hanson, while the restaurant’s columns and walls belonged to local artist Bryce Chisholm, known in the art world as AbcArtAttack. The graffiti mastermind has painted in nearly every medium there is – from oil, acrylic, water color, spray paint and just about anything he can get his hands on – like the walls of a combination Sushi-Taco bar that serves an inventive, flavorful Mexican Pho. Chisholm was looped into the project by friend Matthew McDowell, who painted signage for the restaurant, and, after connecting with the restaurant’s architect Jerry Newton of the Worth Group, almost no time passed before he was asked to craft away. “Most of the project was actually designed by Jerry Newton,” said Chisholm. “He had architectural drawings made up and had artwork placed into the locations where he wanted them. I didn’t want to copy what they had already painted, so I made a few new designs that would hopefully still add the same feeling to the space. I was asked to start the next day.” Newton wanted to make the space feel as though it was an old abandoned warehouse dock that had
a lot of graffiti as well as wear and tear. At some point, a redeveloper came in and turned it into a new restaurant, but left most of the major structures, signage and artwork intact – which is ideally symbolic of Kanpai and El Jefe’s legacy. The two restaurants occupy the space where Kokopelli’s Sushi and Dos Geckos Cantina previously resided. While an almost-new space with an open-air concept and chic central bar, glass art geckos still line the walls of the Cantina’s kitchen. Though Chisholm credits his stencil art inspiration to Newton, the concept as a whole is right up his alley as elements of propaganda and nostalgia often play a role in his work. Painted around the two restaurants are expressive, colorful portraits of women representing the diverse cultures the two restaurants are inspired by. As you glance from mural to mural, you sense there’s a story – something to inherit from in each. And then it hits you – it’s in the eyes. “I mainly try and paint emotions,” notes Chisholm. “And that emotion is usually portrayed in the eyes of a woman. The message graffiti can get across is very powerful and inspires me to push my art in ways that portray real human emotions with a raw, street feeling.” Above the DJ booth are the piercing blue eyes of a woman with barcode-like numbers on one side of her face, painted just a day after the Women’s March on D.C. To her left, a brilliant calavera (or skull) perhaps paying homage to a lost loved one and sitting kitty-corner is a Japanese she-warrior ready to attest to her family name and culture in the modern world. As art is meant to be, how you interpret Chisholm’s work is entirely up to you – just be sure to pay close watch before entering a sushi coma. Reno Tahoe Tonight 9
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Attributed to Edward Hicks, The Peaceable Kingdom with the Leopard of Serenity, 1846-1848, oil on canvas.
JANUARY 21 - JULY 16 Take an intimate look at Maynard Dixonâ€™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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The Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation Brian and Nancy Kennedy The Satre Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada Whittier Trust, Investment & Wealth Management
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March FIRST BRIT OF EXCITEMENT I like short men. Yep, I really do like Willy Wanka, the Wicked Witch of the West and of course Katie Holmes. Particularly, I prefer men that wear only green, have a thick slightly drunken Irish accent, have a whole lot of gold and know how to get lucky. Which is why March is my favorite host month of my favorite holiday, St. Patrick’s Day. This love of the balding yet happy leprechaun is only one of many reasons why this celebration ranks so high such as, my love of the symmetry of four leaf clovers; drinking before 11am and my endless dislike and hatred of snakes. So let’s get to stomping around all the events drunk, giggling and a little green with our favorite short men. BITS WHAT IS THE FOUR LETTER WORD FOR 'JIG'? Correct answer is Ceol. If you didn’t know that you should start attending their weekly trivia nights. For now, just join in the most Irish fun you can have in the 775 area code at the 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. You don’t get one invite for this yearly occasion, you get “Céad Míle Fáilt,” meaning a hundred thousand welcomes. Jig on, cheers and Ceol on March 17th. ceolirishpub.com. I LOVE IT MORE THAN WINE. What could I possibly mean? Me, loving something more than vino, the juice of the Goddess...I don’t think I ever could love something more. Now, I learned I do, Tucker from Design on Edge is who I love more than wine. He has created the most beautiful ad for the most infamous event in downtown Reno – Riverwalk’s Wine Walk poster. This District has 14 Reno Tahoe Tonight
given more than $100,000 in the past few years. In March they're supporting the Eddy Project, helping our youth in Reno locate services, needed assistance and a home. So come and drink a glass that is always half full along the River on March 25th. And of course, you can see the masterpiece poster here: renoriver.org. LAST BIT OF ADVICE: The world is a crazy place kiddos. Lately it seems madder than a spiked tea party with the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland. Don’t fall down the rabbit hole, do better, be better and #BELIEVE in the good. Considering it is my mother’s birthday month, I will use a quote she told us growing up as my mantra for March: “It is important to go out into the world and do well… but it is more important to go out into the world and to do good.” Keep Reno Kind…
March 18 2-5 pm â€¢ $20 5:15pm Raffle A Portion of the Proceeds Benefit The Eddy House.
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COVER STORY Fangs & Flaws A Conversation with Jenny Doh Text Oliver X Photos of Jenny Doh Nick Holmes Photos of Jenny Doh's art courtesy of the artist
am relieved to report that noted artist, writer, activist, publisher, educator and crafter, Jenny Doh does not bite— thank God! I say this because I carry with me a measure of trepidation when embarking upon an interview with a subject I am not very familiar with. It's kind of like asking a person out on a date who you met just now on the elevator. It begins at awkward and can go up or down from there. The interviewer as supplicantsolicitor has not earned the intimacy of the moment he is constructing and must endeavor to sincerely create trust from the word hello. It helps a great deal if, after researching your subject, that she reveals herself to be supremely gifted, prolific, disarmingly charming, brilliant and genuinely in the moment. Whew! Jenny Doh is cooler than shit.
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Like the art she creates, Doh is a woman for whom whimsy is a co-conspirator, a condition that balances the requisite discipline of her methodology. As a creator, she's given herself permission to play – and to create art from play the way children do – as a means of creatively rebooting and staying close to the source of her joy and purpose in the process of making interesting things. An immigrant who came to the U.S. when she was seven, Doh grew up in Bakersfield, California and received her Masters in Social Welfare from UCLA, after completing her undergraduate studies at UC Irvine. Doh's numerous art books showcase her maker's sense, her love of craft, words, interpolation and construction. Folio Magazine recognized Doh in 2009 as one of the top 40 leaders within the publishing industry. One of my favorite titles in her catalog is the book, Craft-a-Doodle: 75 Creative Exercises from
18 Artists, which takes the reader through the simple but detailed, step-by-step process of making delightful doodles, for doodles' sake! In her book Fangs and Flaws: FangGrrr Adventures, Doh introduces us to the world of FangGrrr and Lion, two delightfully drawn, unlikely besties who live, laugh and love through adventures that teach readers about humility, friendship, and forgiveness. I spoke with Doh by phone in advance of her Reno event Fangs and Flaws: A Conversation with Jenny Doh of Crescendoh Studio presented by artist, photographer and designer Sarah Stevenson's Red Line Design, the third in a series of “Conversations With…” events from Stevenson, happening at The Basement March 16, 2017 from 6-8pm. Oliver X: I am delighted by your art and was so thrilled to be exposed to your work.
Jenny Doh: Thank you! Oliver X: Your oil paintings are striking by how much they resembled watercolor--due to the negative space--and how lightly the canvass holds the paint. Then I looked at your watercolor studies and saw how much your style informs the work you do in other media. Jenny Doh: I appreciate that observation. And there are times that I do feel that some of the strokes that I make with the oil paint hints at what I feel when I look at a watercolor too. Oliver X: When did you discover art? Jenny Doh: Well, what I discovered is that I never didn't have it. I grew up in a very, very artistic and musical creative family. My mom and dad were both music majors and so that was sort of the environment I was raised in—to Reno Tahoe Tonight 17
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be musical and creative. So I think, by extension, I was also artistic. Things that swirled in my mind as a young girl, then as an adolescent and then into adulthood, was to always view things from an artistic point of view. Now the complete full-time focus that I've had on my expressive art to become a true blue artist has been about five or six years. Prior to that I worked for several years as a magazine editor-in-chief of art and craft magazines. So I guess that's a long answer to say that I've always had art in my bloodstream. Oliver X: Are you a paper nerd? Did you geek out on paper stock, weight and textures as a publisher? Jenny Doh: I definitely was a person that geeked out about paper and texture. Definitely I was that person. Having said that, I am a person who geeks out currently with paint and how I can manipulate paint. But I am less about geeking out about paper these days, especially in my quest to live sort of a minimalist life. Consuming less, having less. Based on sort of that minimalist documentary (Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Thing), I don't know if you're familiar with it. Trying to have less and consume less to live a lighter and more rich life. Now, in the last few years, I am definitely interested in and fascinated about moving paint around. Oliver X: Why do you paint? Do you feel it's essential for you to paint? Jenny Doh: Not to shock you, but I think that the number one reason why I paint is that it gives me a reason to not say goodbye to this world. I feel like, in the most basic sense, it gives me a reason to live. Like right now I am thinking to myself that I have this idea for a painting tomorrow, so I might as well stick around. Like, why call it quits? And I'm not trying to say that I have suicidal ideation or anything like that, but it really is a compelling reason to live. Oliver X: So you're still very curious as an artist. What factor does that play in driving you to create? Reno Tahoe Tonight 19
Jenny Doh: Yes. I am curious. Everyday I'm curious. And I'm curious about, 'Hmm, I wonder how I can do that?' Or 'I wonder how I would approach that?' It could be anything. It can be as simple as 'I wonder if I can capture that shimmer on that cup of water? I wonder if I can do that?' So sometimes the curiosity is simply about whether I have the technical skills. Have I developed them enough? Do I have control over the stroke? So that's a curiosity. And I think that what hovers above that curiosity of a technical nature is 'I wonder if that expression of that still life, or that flower, or that portrait can exude a feeling that interests me. Like feelings of melancholy; feelings of sassiness. Attitude. I don't want to be like a dusty painter. You know, those paintings that are so boring and dusty. I don't want to do that. I want my painting to be interesting and cool and emotional. Oliver X: Your paintings are like diary entries. Speaking as a new fan of your work, the paintings seems very personal. They must speak back to you while showing the viewer your interiority. Jenny Doh: What you just said, those sentences. I mean, I want to thank you for that. For an artist to hear that kind of feedback, that's what it's all about. That the work that I do could cause you to feel something. So, first of all thank you! Second of all, yeah, I am really uninhibited. I always joke to my family and friends that I was born an exhibitionist and I will always be so. And I do so by, yeah, I guess by letting the viewer in my soul and my essence. I guess it is sort of a visual diary. Because interestingly, even if I don't intend to share something very private about myself, I'll paint something and during the course of making that it causes me to think about those things, or it causes me to extract a lyric from a song I was listening to while I was painting, or it ignites a memory. I don't hide that, I share that and express that as well. Oliver X: You really love plants. Do you pose plants or do you work off of photos? Jenny Doh: For a lot of the flowers I will use photo references. But I just met this amazing florist near my house and I am really excited about that relationship, because she is an artist herself. So sometimes I will actually work >> 20 Reno Tahoe Tonight
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from real life on those recent floral pieces that I've done. When I encounter a beautiful photograph of florals, I will use that as a reference. Oliver X: How much experimentation is part of your creative process? How do you get into that groove where you're feeling served as a creative? Jenny Doh: That's such an interesting question and I would have answered it differently five years ago. Five years ago when I started painting it was with acrylics, not that I don't use acrylics today, but I would say that 80% of what I do is oils and 20% is with acrylics because a lot of people who want to paint with me are drawn to acrylics. So that's why I still have that in my life. Having said that, when I started with acrylics, it was under the guise of this sort of like anything goes. There is no mistake and I agree with that to a certain degree. And then I moved into oils and I really got serious about teaching myself perspective and proportion. And I'm sorry but there are certain things that you need to pay attention to for something to look the way you want it to look. Sometimes when people say â€œexperimentationâ€? they mean, 'Let's just roll around and see what happens.' Then there's people who say, 'Let's light a candle and say an incantation.' And I don't believe in any of that. I think that there is no candle you can light that will help you become a better painter. You have to sit yourself down and you've got to study and you have to draw and you have to practice. You have to know how to make a face look like a face. But am I interested in experimenting with a face that I've painted correctly let's say? Then I can start destroying it a little bit right. I can destroy it by adding strokes that are unusual or overlapping. Or I like to do this other thing where I put a crown of thorns on top of faces that I do. That's kind of experimental. I guess there's a discipline of freedom. I love being free, but in order to be free to do that destruction of the face that I have just done, I have to first practice the discipline of discipline. Of learning how to do it; then I can be as free as I want to destroy it. Oliver X: Do you wake up knowing that you have a routine and that you're going to paint? 24 Reno Tahoe Tonight
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Jenny Doh: For the most part, yes. I wake up and have my coffee and then do some email replies. When I go to bed I have this idea of what I want to paint tomorrow morning when I get up. Usually when I go to bed, it's a good night if I have some inkling. So I wake up, I do some computer things and I get some breakfast or do a couple of errands. But I start fairly soon and by 10 or 11am I'm painting. Oliver X: How did you develop the discipline you have as an artist? The typical artist cannot make a living without being a business person and that takes discipline. And related to that, how has e-commerce impacted the volume of the art you create, knowing that you have a landing place for your art on your website and that you're not struggling to find a place or an audience for your artâ€”but that you have both. That must be like a new world compared to how it used to be back in the day? Jenny Doh: Yeah, I think it is a significant advance that we artists are working under, we artists who can have a voice and a following through e-commerce. But to comment on your earlier question about how I developed discipline as an artist. I think I've always been disciplined. I've always known that the way I'm going to kick ass in whatever I do is by hunkering down, getting serious and not screwing around, wasting my time and answering the question 'What do you want to do?' Okay, so I wanted to be a magazine editor. Then go kick some ass and focus. And when I was doing that I was very focused. So when I realized that I wanted to paint, I knew that I would not be able to make any sort of impression on any part of this universe if I didn't really focus. It might be funner to go do this and that, but I just don't do it. I stay hunkered down and I practice every single day. Oliver X: So you're experiencing continuous learning as part of not only your natural curiosity but as part of your process that you depend on and it works for you. I know that so many artists still struggle with that who are still emerging. What advice do you have for those artists who still need to develop better habits to manifest their desire? Jenny Doh: There's this thing where painters want to become painters, but they really
don't spend any time drawing, which is a big prerequisite to being a good painter. So I guess my advice is grow the hell up. Stop complaining and start practicing. Don't make excuses because you want to go do this other thing. Shut up and just do it. Now, I say that with a little asterisk. I have a family that supports me. I have this ability to do it, so it might be really hard if you have lots of struggles. I don't discount that. But if you don't have those struggles and all that it is about is your attitude and your time management, then I guess my advice is grow up. Get serious. Oliver X: What is scribble theory? Jenny Doh: I teach a lot of privates and one of the ways I get people to loosen up with painting—especially landscapes—once we have the basic drawing in place I ask them to make a scribble up there of that tree or that cluster of leaves that you see. Is it green or is it gray— whatever it is—just scribble it in and do not paint it in. And then we'll scribble a little shrub over here and we'll scribble that tree trunk over there. And usually that does get the people who are painting with me to loosen up. That's one way that I teach. Oliver X: Switching reels a bit here, what are your thoughts about the current administration's deportation and border policies? Jenny Doh: I do not support the administration's deportation policy that targets all undocumented humans who have lived in the United States, including those with no criminal record. Good people who already live in the shadows of our society are starting to live in heightened fear because their families could be broken apart, as a result of this policy. The contributions that these humans make in American society are underestimated. The administration's rhetoric regarding creating impermeability through building walls is an extension of a nationalist world view that deeply troubles me. It is short-sighted. Oliver X: You're coming to town soon and I am very excited about that. Tell me about Fangs and Flaws. Jenny Doh: Before I tell you about Fangs and Flaws, I want to tell you about the way I segued from my magazine editing days to my current pursuits. I told myself, Okay, I'm going to stop
being a magazine editor and I'm going to use my skills and my relationships with people who will work for me freelance to go to book publishers and say 'I can make books for you.' And that's exactly what happened. If a publisher said for example, Can your team make a book about creative lettering, like calligraphy and fun lettering? I would say 'Yes.' And then we would recruit 15 or so contributors who are really good at that and then the art would come to my house and then my team would photograph it, design it, write it etc. That's a really important bread and butter backbone that allowed that segue to happen. And that's the road that allowed me to still have that room to experience the expression of my art. And now I really don't make that many books, because I let that go to become the artist that I am. The only book that I ever self-published, and I didn't do it for a publisher, is Fangs and Flaws. It is sort of autobiographical and it is a book that is illustrated in a very minimalist way with very, very simple characters. There's a girl (FangGrrr) who has had some wrongs that have happened to her, so she grows these fangs and starts being a person who expresses anger and discontent with her fangs. And she meets Lion who doesn't express himself through his fangs, but through the ability to play and wonder and laugh. They go on this journey where she listens to bad voices like Snake, who comes to try to convince FangGrrr that maybe she should be mean to Lion. So all these things happen and she learns great lessons about what life is all about; that Snake is not the one to listen to, or that the inner angry voice to be angry isn't really the right voice to be listening to. Lion also teaches her lessons about how we all have fangs and that we all have flaws. We're all sort of maneuvering through life and we can either choose to use our fangs, or accept our flaws and have fun and laugh and express and drink chocolate milk. Don't miss Fangs and Flaws: A Conversation with Jenny Doh of Crescendoh Studio happening March 16, 2017 at The Basement below West Elm in downtown Reno from 6-8pm. On March 17th, Jenny Doh will be teaching a one-day oil painting workshop with a focus on portraits. March 18th and 19th, Doh will be teaching a two-day acrylic painting workshop. Follow these secure links for details and to register: crescendoh.com/studio_ crescendoh/oil-painting-in-reno-with-jenny-doh. shtml – crescendoh.com/studio_crescendoh/paintingby-heart-in-reno-with-jenny-doh-2017.shtml Reno Tahoe Tonight 27
EVENT Photo of Mayor Hillary Schieve and Max Volume by Tony Dellacioppa Photos of Greg Golden Band and Tyler Stafford by John Tuckness Photo of Tom Gordon and Tony Clifford by Sarah Morey
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y all accounts last fall's inaugural Fans Of Reno Tahoe Entertainment Awards, known more succinctly by its acronym The Forte Awards, were an unqualified success. 1,200 people enthusiastically attended the swanky black tie gala at the Grand Sierra Resort's Grand Ballroom honoring the best and brightest nominees in 40 categories of performance in the fields of Music, Theater, Comedy, Dance and Magic. As you could imagine, running logistics and planning for such an ambitious undertaking takes a huge amount of energy to coordinate. Event founder Bill Woody, owner of Musicians Rehearsal Center in Sparks and longtime musician, radio personality and lead PR man for the Forte Awards Steve Funk, are already hard at work on this year's event. The two visionaries are opening up the all important registration process next month on April 3rd.
Eager to get the scoop on this year's deets, I sat with Woody, Funk, judging panelist and respected recording engineer Tom Gordon, owner of Imirage Sound Lab Studio, and last year's only three-time Forte Award winner Tyler Stafford, to find out about this year's awards and how the registration timeline will go down. “We will put out the call for artists registration on April 3rd,” Funk states. “And the cutoff for that will be Friday, June 30, 2017. So there's 30 Reno Tahoe Tonight
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three months there for the registration process to run its course. Then we have one month from July 1st to July 31st for the committees in the five performance areas (Music, Dance, Theater, Magic and Comedy) to review all of the registrants and all of the other folks who got involved and whittle that down to ten in each category. Committee decisions will be announced on August 7th and public voting will continue through October 20th, ending two weeks before the event. All the tallying and tabulations and final production elements needed to put the show on will be completed and we will then announce the results on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the awards show,” assures Funk. The Forte Awards is not a popularity contest and the awards only honor performers. The whole purpose is to advance the profile and standing of the performing arts in our community. There are no winners per se, but rather “award recipients.” Each discipline has experts on the judging committees who know their industry and know the standouts in each award genre. And online registration is pretty simple. “There are three ways you can get nominated,” says Woody. “The first way is by registering yourself as a performer with your submissions. The second way is that a family member, friend or fan can sponsor somebody. The performer still has to register, but that way it's not them registering
themselves if they feel funny about doing that. The third way to get nominated is through direct nomination by a judging panelist. There are a number of seasoned, well-known performers out there who may feel like they shouldn't have to register,” notes Woody. Steve Funk concurs, “There are some performers who think that it's beneath them to have to register themselves,” he says. “And if somebody doesn't love them enough to do it for them, we end up doing it,” Funk adds. “So an awards committee member will submit their nomination?” I ask. “Well, what a committee member gets to do is submit a list of performers that weren't nominated, or weren't registered, but should be considered for nomination nonetheless,” Funk clarifies. “Like Oscars so white?” I quip. [Laughter]. “Yes, kinda the same deal. “We don't want Forte's so white,” Funk jokes. “But seriously, as it so happened last year—and not like we worked at it or anything-- we had a very diverse group of performers to draw from.” As with any awards show, there are kinks to work out this year. A variety of factors made the event run a bit long. Some fans who attended the awards show also stated they wanted to see more performances. Woody tells me there will be a few changes this year that will enhance the experience at every stage of the process. “We've taken steps to tighten this up and do a much more time-efficient awards show,” says Woody. “We've had three in-depth discussions on the things that we can do to improve the show and feel very strongly that we can compact it without having to sacrifice the number of categories we honor in the ceremony,” Woody notes. “All of last year's Forte Awards recipients are being asked to directly nominate someone in their category this year,” Woody says. “Would past award recipients then also be presenting the award in their respective category Bill?” I ask. “We are going to be looking at past recipients to do some presentations and past recipients possibly to do some performance(s),” emphasizes Woody. “We just don't have enough time to present all of the performances we wish to accommodate. “We are re-evaluating all of the categories at a big meeting March 8. We might drop a few, we might add a few, or call them different names. But we're really working hard on tightening up the categories. Ya know, we're learning; we're growing. We're trying to learn from our mistakes, and we will,” Woody states.
“There's also the option that we may decide to recognize the people behind the scenes who make so much happen,” states Funk. “I got hammered pretty hard by the theater community because there wasn't a category for Director,” says Woody. “The producers, the promoters, the sound crews and venue owners...we want them to know that their contributions matter and are appreciated,” Funk notes. “And we could end up doing what they do at say the Grammy's and have a high profile event prior to the big night, where we honor those folks in their own ceremony,” Funk says. “In ceremonies recorded earlier...” and then we put all those honorees up on the screen or something like that.” “How did you feel fan engagement was last year, not exclusively regarding voting or attendance, but with the whole idea of the Forte Awards in general?” I ask Woody. “Fan engagement on voting was huge,” Woody beams. “We got 45,000 votes. Each IP address could only vote once a day per category, so it's not like they could dump 15-20 votes every day. The hits and page views we got were impressive for a first year event,” Woody emphasizes. “We got over 611,000 page views from over 64,000 individual users—almost 29,000 on Facebook,” observes Funk. “For year one numbers, we've set the bar pretty high.” Translating that into fan attendance at the awards show was another thing altogether. “I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that we were working really hard until the very last minute to get it all done,” Funk states. “This year we'll have a much larger window to inform the community about the event and a great story to show and tell people about what we did, not what we want to do for the community,” Funk notes. “We can now say, 'Look what we did!' Now get involved.'” Woody concurs, “It's one thing to tell people this is how we picture its going to happen. People have seen the show and been to the show. They can say, 'Now we get it,'” says Woody. The task now for Funk and Woody is to spread the word on registration. “Our main focus is getting performers to register and that's what we're putting out there,” Woody says. “We're looking for nominees who were there to talk it up and get people to participate. We're not selling tickets yet, we're solely looking at getting people to register in the designated categories. Reno Tahoe Tonight 31
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Smooth crooning singer-songwriter Tyler Stafford was the only artist to win in each category he was nominated in, taking him three Forte Awards trophies. His easy Folk-Americana sound resonated with voters, but sweeping the awards show was a big surprise for the softspoken artist. “It's an interesting thing because I didn't prepare a speech or anything,” states Stafford. “It was the first time I had ever done an awards show, so it was a new experience for me.” Funk asks Stafford if winning three Forte Awards has made any difference in his ability to book shows, win fans or get people to come out to his shows, or increased his profile or industry cache. “I think there's a certain level of recognition that goes along with winning the award,” he says. :Just being out and about and having people I haven't seen in a while come up to me and say, 'I've seen some cool things that you're doing, congratulations.' I think that it does help and that the award carries a little bit of weight.” Funk chimes in “And that's what it's all about. If this thing becomes what we wish it to become, it will be like a guiding light for generations of
artists in this community. That we end up leaving something behind for this region that lasts and works as an inspiration for artists to be the best that they can become,” reasons Funk. Noted recording engineer and recording studio owner Tom Gordon was one of last year's two committee chair people. “My job was to assemble a crack team of music experts that would go through the material submitted and then wrangle the data that came in from the public vote and weigh the two,” Gordon explains. “Anyone can just sit there all day and rally their Facebook friends to vote. But this isn't an award for the best social media campaign, this is an award for the best talent. So, going off of a popular vote alone is dangerous,” Gordon concludes. “Knowing the talent base in this town, I was very impressed with the quality of the music submitted.” Proceeds from ticket sales for the Forte Awards ceremony go to The Food Bank of Northern Nevada, The Nevada Humane Society and The Veterans Resource Centers of America. It's free to register at forteawards.com Reno Tahoe Tonight 33
EVENT 2017 Leprechaun Crawl Text Ed Adkins Photos courtesy of Let's Do Things
his year Reno could be called the city who thought St. Patrick’s day was so nice we decided to do it twice, because the Reno Leprechaun Crawl is a full 6 days before the official holiday. The Irish-themed bar crawl will take place Saturday March 11th in downtown and feature 28 different venues, serving up $3 drink and beer specials, new craft specials and tons of entertainment. And the best part is that people will have a week to recover before they go out again! Being that the crawl is the fastest growing event of its kind in the undisputed Crawl Capital of Reno, NV, we gave this year the theme Go For the Gold. We made special gold colored cups this year to commemorate it and make it special for the thousands who are expected to attend. What’s kind of funny is that this massive event almost never happened. For years I rejected the idea of doing a St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl because I figured people already went out on that day, so why also do a crawl. It took the casinos to convince me. They thought the idea was “golden,” and kept pushing for it. Eventually I tested it out at their venues with the idea that if it did take off, we’d expand it to the rest of downtown. We ended up selling out online before we even woke up that day, and had our largest first-year event ever. Needless to say we kept going. Since we keep our crawls on Saturdays in order to give people time to get their costumes together and for visitors to make it in from out of town, this year we’re almost a week from St. Patrick’s Day, giving the city and its inhabitants two different days to go drink green beer! Plus, since we keep our events so organized with maps and coordinated venues and specials, I’d say we make the crawls even smoother and a better day to come out and feel the “luck o’ the Irish!” Not only that, we make it easier. In order to crawl all you need to do is to pick up one of 34 Reno Tahoe Tonight
our golden cups at our retail shops like Junkee Clothing Exchange, or even reserve one online at our website. Once you have a map, it’s your chance to pre-plan your night and get familiar with all the venues and attractions you’ll want to visit with your friends when crawl night comes. The best part about getting your cups at our retail locations is you can pick up tons of green accessories for your costume while you’re at it. And even better, you can re-use the whole thing a week later, once you and your costume have recovered. More information on the event and our other world-famous crawls can be found at www.crawlreno.com.
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“Triggers Boutique is a Reno one of a kind. I was so excited to model for Triggers because I have always loved their upscale Native American apparel and jewelry. Sue, the owner is so sweet and fabulous at styling. You can tell she truly loves and appreciates Native American culture and fashion.”
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Coat photo • Fringe faux suede top “the Chimayo poncho” by cowgirl justice $80. • Moose Mountain coat by Tasha Polizzi, $270. • Tshirt from xoxo, $65. • Black suede boots “Warrior Dreams” by double d Ranchwear. $695. • Begay Petit Point Squash Blossom Necklace $1800. • Vintage Navajo cluster ring signed S $220.
Jewelry • Sterling concho earrings $250. • Lorenzo James Turquoise and sterling feathers necklace $950. • 3 strand Royston turquoise necklace Chief necklace $200. • Paula Carvalho B Piaso Jr. Turquoise Bracelet $647. • Emerson sterling cuff $475. • Vintage Zuni Petit point cuff $575. • Tanya June Rafael Spiny Oyster and Turquoise cluster ting $675. • 3 Stone turquoise ring signed LV $200. • 2 stone turquoise Navajo vintage ring signed RRR $235. • Bill and Lou turquoise vintage ring $125. • Silver concho ring $60. • Thunderbird ring signed RS $180.
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Winter Events and Activities in North Lake Tahoe
February 1 – April 30: Whimsical Spirit Art Exhibit The Incline Village Visitors Information Center’s art show, “Whimsical Spirit,” continues through March, bringing together four artists who work in four different mediums. Artists include Troi Follansbee (mosaic sculptures), Ellen Beauregard (mix medium on copper), Anastiscia Chantler-Lang (oil pastels, colored pencils, acrylic) and Bill Stevenson (photography). Discount Ski-Lift Tickets Valid at Diamond Peak, Mt. Rose, Squaw Valley |Alpine Meadows, Homewood and Sugar Bowl for the 2016/2017 season. Ski to lifts with no wait. Buy your tickets at Incline Village Visitors Center. Full Moon Snowshoe Tour 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. Book your tickets today tahoe.activitytickets.com (800) Go-Tahoe or: Incline Village Visitors Center 969 Tahoe Blvd. Incline Village, Nevada
Shop Incline The Incline Village Visitor Center carries artisan jewelry & accessories, clothing, stuffed animals, candles, souvenirs, books and educational literature. We are proud to carry lines from innovative artisans and vendors. Visitors Center hours: 8am–5pm, Monday through Friday and 10am–4pm, Saturday and Sunday.
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“So, you're sex,” I say, while pointing to curvaceous sexpot Jayme Ward. “And you're love,” I say, smiling at local radio legend Connie Wray. I ask this in the context of what each of the gal's respective roles are on The Dirty Dames podcast. “I'm jaded,” Ward says. “I'm so jaded over relationships. I'm waiting for that to change at some point. But I'm growing. I think as we've been going along from day one of the podcast, you've seen a difference in me definitely as far as what my opinions are about relationships. It's something that we're both growing with. So people who have been with us since the beginning get to see this progress in us and are rooting us on. I'll be at the gym and a woman will come up to me and say, 'I listen to the podcast, you guys are so funny.' We really want it to be like if you sat down with us at a bar, these are the conversations we're going to have.” Wray opens one of the Dames' February podcasts guns ablazin': “If a fat person loses the weight and then becomes a whore? Were they always...” Ward: “A whore?...that couldn't get action, maybe? Is that what we think?” Wray: “I don't know...I don't want to make fun of fat...” Ward: “Fat girls get fucked,”
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at one point, like at my lowest. And I was still fucking hot dudes. I mean, like I wasn't going to marry any of 'em and they weren't taking me to meet their moms...”
Wray: “But your confidence is what they're fucking.” Indeed.
Asked if they liken the show to a kind of X-rated Dear Abby, they shake their heads. “I wouldn't want to be like a naughty Dear Abby,”says Wray. [Laughter] “Well, we want that...” says Ward. “But it just doesn't pay,” says Wray. “If a paycheck comes with it, then maybe. [Laughter]. I opened up by explaining to women that I was very insecure; I had an eating disorder,” Wray notes. “I am able to laugh at those things now, but I think that in opening up and showing you who I am I'm also saying, 'Gosh, I hope you don't have to go through what I went through.” Listeners hear about issues like Botox, the trials of motherhood, insecurity and how being yourself is sexy at any age, weight or body type. “All women start to doubt how we feel about ourselves,” says Wray. “A lot of it is society, where you do have to kind of force yourself as women to be like, 'Okay, take a breath. I'm beautiful, I'm smart, I have a lot to offer the world.'” If it is surprising to hear this kind of Stuart Smalley style self-talk from a successful media
personality like Connie Wray, the reality is that most women experience this doubt almost daily in their lives – like that line from The Help, “You is good. You is kind. You is smart.” Women of every age and in every generation deal with image issues and struggle with negative self perceptions in secret. The Dirty Dames air all of that out and make the listener feel less insane for having these thoughts, making their show real and relatable. “Connie is such a public figure in Reno, people don't know who she really is,” Ward states. “The podcast gives them a glimpse of the actual Connie. If you look at her social media and listen to her on the radio, she definitely has a persona. But that's not who she is in her personal life.” “Well, I am a professional goofball,” Connie beams. “That is true, but the podcast is uncensored, true, broken down us,” Ward notes. “Our friends who know us and go out with us know this side of us. We think we're really special and that you want to spend time with us, so we put this podcast out to enable you to have as much time with us as possible...”[Laughter]. I probably know about a half dozen of Connie and Jayme's gal group of close friends and know how incredible their conversations really are when they go out. They're clearly having a blast doing the podcast. “We do!” says Ward. “It's like a hobby for us and we just love to do it. The podcast itself is about 30-40 minutes.” “It's an hour of time that we get to sit down and have a great time with it,” says Wray. “We probably have more male listeners than female listeners,” Ward says.
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“Stop telling me that you're jacking off to me,” quips Wray. [Laughter]. “We occasionally get a message or two from men telling us that,” says Ward. “And we're like, 'Oh, eww, um but cool that you're listening?'” “They'll message us and say, 'Just keep talking, I'm almost done.'”[Laughter]. “I knew when we started that we would get some inappropriate messages,” says Wray. Ward states, “Then we go out and take these half nude boudoir photos and now we get questions like, 'Do you guys do it?' 'Are you lesbians?' 'Did you kiss during that photoshoot?' “I am not sexy,” states Wray. “And that is what was so funny about the photoshoot. I have two looks: one with a big fat smile, or I have duck lips,” she says. “And that's it! So it became humorous, because Jayme
is so sexy and comfortable in her skin and I'm like, 'Do I stand like this...?' [Laughter]. “I was so uncomfortable standing there in a t-shirt.” “The thing I loved about the photos is that the person who is the fit one is typically seen as the sexy one and super confident,” Ward says. “And here I come as a plus size, but my confidence is through the roof. I don't care, I just walk out there in a thing and heels and say, Okay, what are we shootin'?' I think I just wanted to tell women to embrace themselves. Love your flaws. If somebody isn't gonna love you the way you are, that person isn't right for you anyway.” Catch The Dirty Dames podcast on iTunes or at soundcloud.com/dirty-dames.
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Danette May is my favorite Diva of Detox. She offers a 3 day Bikini Body Detox that resets your metabolism and preps your body for weight loss. I have completed this detox several times and I love the ease, effectiveness and affordability of this program. The recipes are fabulous and full of super foods that flush toxins from the system and increase energy. Her program also includes a downloadable shopping list and a 15 minute daily movement plan. The cost is only $9. Danette has several detox and cleanse systems to choose from. Check out her website fit.danettemay.com to see which one resonates with you.
pring in Reno feels and looks a lot like winter, but if we take a cue from Mother Nature and look around the trees and flowers are starting to stir, warmer weather is near and it is time to renew and restart our system. The temptation to stay bundled in hibernation mode and to comfort the body with heavy foods is still very present. I invite you to take advantage of this season to lighten up and slough off the toxicity of our winter habits with a Spring Detox. Ten day detoxes are popular, but that seems like a big commitment for me personally. I am a huge fan of the three day detox that I can repeat if needed. I have found a few online easy, effective and palatable detoxes ranging from 7-3 days in length. These programs focus on weight loss, and gentle methods that support the liver, gallbladder and kidneys.
Anastasia Akasha Kaur is inspiring the masses to become happy and healthy through a detox program that is based in yoga and holistic nutrition. Her Spring Detox focuses on tonic herbs and foods that provide optimal digestion and liver support for maximum detoxification. Access to online yoga classes for stress management, grocery lists and 7 day meal plan are available online for $45. Anastasia offers private, one on one nutritional coaching as well as a variety of e-courses at Keepingitrealnatural.com. Regardless of how many days you detox or which detox methodology feels right to you, remember to hydrate. Water is the most important component for a successful flush. The Shot Spot-A B12 BAR, can assist with your internal spring clean with an injectable energetic elixir compounded specifically to support the detoxification of your liver and boost metabolism. We also boast a full injectable bar with a cocktail to fit your wellness needs. Shot Spot Spring Special, no appointment necessary for first time visit. Pop in between 10:00 am- 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday.
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Winter Is Still Here North Lake Tahoe Celebrates a Spectacular Season with Festivals, Art, Film and Snow Sports. Before winter 2017 truly began, my Facebook feed was awash in the typical Game of Thrones memes. “Winter is coming,” they declared. And were they ever right. A spectacular season covered Tahoe in snow, from peak to road, ensuring that this winter won't be over any time too soon. This March, North Lake Tahoe hosts a variety of events to keep winter going —at least until summer gets here.
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SnowFest! Back for its 36th year, SnowFest! 2017, brings special events, parades, races, parties, concerts, theater, wining and dining to various locations around North Lake Tahoe. Enjoy 10 fun-filled days and nights from March 3-12, jam-packed with events and activities for all ages. Favorite, time-honored events return, along with new activities. Resorts such as Squaw Valley USA, Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Diamond Peak, and Northstar-at-Tahoe will host on-snow events. For more information and a full calendar of events, visit gotahoenorth.com/event/snowfest/2017-03-03.
Retro Ski Film + Speaker Series Diamond Peak continues its Retro Ski Film + Speaker Series at The Chateau at Incline Village through March 15. As part of the resort’s ongoing 50th-anniversary celebration, the series includes brief historical presentations by noted local historians, filmmakers, and former Ski Incline employees, followed by screenings of classic ski and snowboard films. Films set for March include: March 1: Warren Miller’s “Off the Grid March 15: Craig Beck’s “Daydreams”
Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in costumes corresponding with the decade of the featured ski film for each of the movie nights. Diamond Peak will award prizes for those who best represent the decade in question. For more information, visit gotahoenorth.com/event/ historic-ski-film-series-diamond-peak/2017-03-01/.
Now in its third year, the festival introduces a new, free Thursday Kickoff Concert in The Village at Squaw Valley. Tickets start at $149 (plus fees) for a three-day pass or add a three-day lift ticket for $199. For tickets and more information, visit gotahoenorth.com/ winterwondergrass-tahoe-festival.
2017 WinterWonderGrass Tahoe
From March 30 through April 2, WinterWonderGrass Tahoe offers three days of world-class bluegrass and acoustic roots music on four stages under the snow covered peaks at Squaw Valley. Heading up the musical acts are Greensky Blue Grass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon and the Infamous String Dusters.
The Incline Village Visitors Information Center’s art show, “Whimsical Spirit,” continues through March, bringing together four artists who work in four different mediums. Artists include Troi Follansbee (mosaic sculptures), Ellen Beauregard (mix medium on copper), Anastiscia Chantler-Lang (oil pastels, colored pencils, acrylic) and Bill Stevenson (photography).
Drink up some beers from California and Nevada craft breweries including presenting brewer Sierra Nevada and 14 other breweries including Bay City Brewing Co., Fifty Fifty Brewing Co., Great Basin Brewing Co., Green Flash, Knee Deep Brewing Co. Lagunitas Brewing, Lost Coast Brewery, Magnolia Brewing, North Coast Brewing Co., Rubicon Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co., 21st Amendment Brewery and Two Rivers Cider Company.
The exhibit runs through April 30 at the Incline Village Visitors Information Center. The Visitors Information Center also sells discounted ski-lift and activity tickets and a selection of unique gifts. Discounted lift tickets for spring skiing are available for Diamond Peak, Mount Rose Ski Tahoe, Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, and Homewood Mountain Resort.
The Visitor 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 Blvd. in Incline Village. For more information, call 800-Go-Tahoe (800-468-2463).
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100 THINGS TO DO IN RENO BEFORE YOU DIE - Reedy Press
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f you were compiling a list of the greatest attractions, places and things to do in the Biggest Little City, what would you include? A few stand-byes come to mind: the Santa Crawl, the Zombie Crawl, the RWMA Wine Walk, eating at Lulou's, the buffet at Sterling's, skiing Mount Rose. But could you compile 100 essential things to do in Reno? Well, now you don't have to because talented writer Mikalee Byerman has done it for you in her new book streeting this month 100 Things To Do in Reno Before You Die. I caught up with the lovely editor and blogger to find out all about her labor of love and what exciting things made the cut.
I’m shouting! The book is pretty ideal for tourists, given there are many insider secrets that aren’t readily apparent on Yelp or in other tour books. But the best part is that it’s also great for locals. I can’t even tell you how many of the experiences I chose to include within the book that are things I had never done until writing it! So even I, a “so-called” Reno expert, found myself discovering cool new spots. I think many of us locals get into patterns and rhythms, and this book is a way to challenge ourselves to try things that may be just outside of our personal comfort zones.
Oliver X: I guess the obvious place to start is to ask you what inspired you to write the book? Is the book for locals, for tourists or both?
Oliver X: So many people have writing a book on their bucket lists. For those who may not be familiar with how a book is constructed, take us through your process and how you chose what to write about. How did you secure a publisher for the book?
This is my personal love letter to the place I call home. Sounds totally cheesy, I know — but I’ve lived here for all but four years of my life (I consider myself a grandfathered-in local), and it’s absolutely the only place in the world I would have chosen to raise my family. There are times I want to shout my love of Reno from the rooftops, and other times I’d rather keep it a well-guarded secret. I guess this is one of those times
This is truly one of those bizarre scenarios when the publisher found me, I didn’t pitch the publisher. Reedy Press, based out of St. Louis, looks for up-andcoming, cool spots for these books — and Reno was on their radar. Thanks to a certain awesome someone over at the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority (ahem—Ben— ahem), I was referred, and the rest is history. I knew this book should reflect my voice but also
LIT shouldn’t be only about me and my personal preferences. But I also recognized from the beginning that it would not be easy to cull down the list of 100 “things” without help. So I turned to family, friends, colleagues — pretty much anyone I encountered! I would ask them about their favorite, must-do experiences/destinations when they entertained guests from out of town. Obviously, I had my own pretty complete list before I spoke with anyone else, but I found myself kicking off some of my personal favorites in favor of the additions offered by the masses. I made extensive use of crowdsourcing for the book — again, so it reflected more than just me. I’m super grateful to my peers, Twitter, the Reno Foodies page on Facebook, and everyone who came to me with a suggestion. The recommendations from others made the book so much more diverse and fun. And yes, I did my best to experience for myself practically everything I recommended — though there were a few things I couldn’t do based on the season. Or because I’m chicken shit (Whitney Peak climbing wall, I’m looking at you.)
“100 MORE Things to Do in Reno Before You Die”). Or the app. Or the website. Or whatever is next.
Oliver X: Was it hard to narrow your scope down to 100 things?
Oliver X: Your book release is coming up soon. Talk about that event a bit.
Oh holy HELL it was nearly impossible. Right from the start, I knew this would be the biggest challenge. And ever since I hit “send” on the manuscript, I’ve routinely kicked myself, over and over again, because I “forgot” this place, or another destination opened just a few days after submission, or I just didn’t have room and I really, really should have included this other place. You know how some people have buyer’s remorse? Well, I totally have writer’s remorse. But I figure I’ll just start keeping more lists for that sequel (perhaps called 66 Reno Tahoe Tonight
Oliver X: Without giving away too much, what was the most delightful thing you discovered about Reno? I discovered that even after having lived here for 39 years (I totally just gave away my age, for all of your gifted readers), I hadn’t experienced it all. Not even close. My hometown is still surprising, and all of this talk about Reno’s renaissance is actually rooted in reality. But that renaissance isn’t just about the new stuff — it’s about paying homage to our rich and colorful history. I was able to pull from experiences like the very first time I saw that creepy shrunken head at the Wilbur May Museum, which happened in the fourth grade during a field trip in Mrs. Legarza’s class from Elmcrest Elementary School. But at the same time, only a few pages later, I was able to talk about a high-tech, hip new destination like Lex Nightclub. Both are important to Reno, and both are worthy of attention — even though they couldn’t be much more opposite in terms of experience.
I’ll be having a book signing and launch party at 5 p.m. on March 24 at Rounds Bakery. And as you may have guessed, Rounds is mentioned in the book. If you’re #NotOnADiet, you can probably figure out why. Facebook: Facebook.com/ MikaleeByermanWriterChick or Facebook.com/100ThingsToDoInReno Twitter: @mikaleebyerman Website/Blog: mikaleebyerman.com (Disclaimer: May not always be suitable for work. Just sayin'...)
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It seems to me that this is the week of why. So many questions, this week from so many people and groups and now (in fact) an entire country. I started to think about my answer, really think and when it came down to it, I can combine all these whys in to one simple answer, which I suppose is lucky or perhaps quite sad: Because it matters. Because it fucking matters!
the freedom of sp no law respecting an
establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or
It matters because apparently, it is now necessary to do something. Why I marched; why I work to house children in cold winter nights? I do it because now I must. I must speak up; I must march forward; I must fight to protect my rights because you aren't doing it. You didn't do it. You didn't care for your children and now they are adults. You didn't fight for your rights and so now I must.
press; or the righ abridging the freedom of speech, or of the
press; or the right of
the people peaceably to
peaceably to assem assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. "Why?"
You let a man grope me, sexually assault me and then brag about it to an international audience and then elected him the leader of the free world. You harassed a young man of the arts in my hometown for no other reason than the color of his skin.
petition the govern "What is the point?"
I did not ask you why. I did not demand a reason for your stance as a bystander to violence.
"Who do you think you are?"
So now, I must re-act.
"Why bother?" "Why march?"
"Why help the homeless?" "Why get involved?" "Why risk it....?"
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My actions moving forward are not actions against you, they are simply defenses. You did this. You let this happen and now WE will fix it. I marched to walk away from you.
make no law resp I have been quiet for a long time. I have walked your thin line to break your glass ceiling, while not making a mess. Which I assume if I did, I would have to clean up.
You want me to be polite. I no longer have the luxury of being polite. I no longer have the option and opportunity to be classy, demure and feminine because apparently, that makes us too weak and vulnerable to your actions. So yes, I will use words, you have taken away my ability to be polite in the face of injustice, of rape, of pure and undiluted hatred.
I played by your rules, followed your ever-changing regulations to ensure that you feel safe and secure, knowing I would stay in line. I have purred so you could feel good. I have turned myself inside out and tangled up my heart and pride so that you would like me, so that you would think I am pretty and sweet.
I am done being silent while you yell. I am done holding my hands in my lap while you raise yours in anger. I am done being kind, compassionate and caring for your feelings and social placement. I am done sitting while you walk over me. I am done whispering so that you are not made uncomfortable.
ohibiting the Where did this leave me? It left me afraid to walk alone or in a dark alley for fear that now someone may think I am 'too nice' and 'too pretty'--which would initiate actions that, of course, 'I had coming'.
of; or abridging I have sold myself to you in one way or another and at what price; for what good or trade? When will you tell me I have endured enough; that I have finally reached the line?
I am done purring to make you feel good. I am done meowing so as not to cause a scene. I am roaring and you better be ready to fucking listen.
peech, or of the Never, because really, there is no line, there is no “enough.” You move it; you redraw it; you blatantly ignore it. So, let me help you… THIS is the line. It is not moving; it will no longer be ignored.
Those words “that sickened you;” those signs that were in bad taste – those are yesterday's issues. Today's issues are your acts of violence, hatred, political overreach and a despicable favoritism to moving backwards in society.
ht of the people Welcome to the line, feel free to never cross it again.
You are asking me why I must be so vulgar to use words like 'pussy' or show pictures of a 'cunt' as a part of a silly pun on a sign. Or your most offensive sign with a "gross" drawing.
You had your chance to be offended, to expect others to be polite and with it you created chaos, pain, torture and a lack of general respect and kindness for your fellow humans. We can heal each other. We can save those hungry children. We can do better. We are the greatest country in the world and we have no other duty than to in fact make the world a better place.
mble, and to These words have stricken you with a sense of disgust. You are outraged that I am so crude and yet the fact that the President of the United States has not only used these words, he sexually assaulted these “words.” Let us not forget that these are not words, they are our body parts. Actions left you without anger or care and yet my words have you screaming from rooftops? The joke here is lost on me when 1 of 4 women you know have been violated by someone without their consent; "grabbing, penetrating or molesting" these very parts. These words... these words are not offensive, the actions against them are. You are disgusted? Good, so am I. You are outraged? Good, so am I.
DO better.... BE better.
You have no more excuses. You don't get to be offended that I said pussy! You don’t get to be offended by my “nastiness” because you took that luxury away. Politeness got me here and I will be complacent no longer.
nment for a
No more purring to fill silence. No more meowing to appease.
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RADIUS Text Amanda Horn Photos Chris Holloman
[RADIUS] = TILTING THE VIEW FROM THE SOUTH
ate last summer, an exhibition debuted at the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery that shined a light on the state of contemporary art in Nevada. Through a cavalcade of sculpture, painting, mixed media, fiber arts, illustration, street art and murals, and interactive sound installation, Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada provided a forum for artists to showcase how living and working in the Silver State influences their practice. Cocurated by Nevada Museum of Art Curatorial Director and Curator of Contemporary Art JoAnne Northrup; and Las Vegas-based art advisor Michele C. Quinn, owner of MCQ Fine Art, LLC, Tilting the Basin aimed to bridge the
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Northern-Southern divide by providing a broad overview and deep understanding of the most accomplished work being created today by more than thirty Nevada artists. During its run from August 5 through October 23, 2016, Tilting the Basin brought thousands of visitors to the museum. Many rallied to see significant work created by their friends, their teachers, their neighbors. The show received national press attention, appearing in both Juxtapoz and art ltd. magazines. It got lots of social media love. Tilting the Basin proved that Nevada’s contemporary art scene deserves a critical eye. “The exhibition garnered an extremely positive response from our local community and Museum supporters,” said Northrup. “In addition, we had the added-bonus of great
responses from arts supporters and artists from the Las Vegas community who traveled to Reno for the opening.” Aside from good community will and some art-world cheerleading, Tilting the Basin has substantively impacted the careers of some of the show’s featured stars. This past January, Northern Nevada-based artists Katie Lewis and Galen Brown each received a $25,000 prize from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. They were two of twenty-five recipients of the 2016 Painters & Sculptors Grant Program. Las Vegasbased artist Gig Depio opened a solo show in Carson City at the Nevada Arts Council’s OXS Gallery. Justin Favela, also from Vegas, just created an installation for the Denver Art Museum. Such stories illustrate the true measure of success for emerging artists. Museum shows lend credibility to an artist’s CV, which in turn helps propel commercial success. “I believe many visitors to the exhibition were pleasantly surprised to see that Nevada has a community of very accomplished artists,” Northrup said. “I know for a fact that several of the artists made sales of their work due to the exposure. For some of the artists who I would describe as emerging, this was the first time in their careers that their work has been shown in an art museum. Receiving that institutional approbation is incredibly validating to many of the artists.” This March, Tilting the Basin will be reprised in Las Vegas. While the content of the exhibition remains largely the same, one key factor has shifted: the exhibition is a copresentation by Nevada Museum of Art and The Art Museum at Symphony Park (AMSP), the group working to advance the creation of a future art museum in Las Vegas.
“I BELIEVE MANY VISITORS TO THE
EXHIBITION WERE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED TO SEE THAT NEVADA HAS A COMMUNITY OF VERY ACCOMPLISHED ARTISTS,” It was during the production of Seven Magic Mountains that Nevada Museum of Art and members from the Seven Magic Mountains Las Vegas committee envisioned an exhibition that would look inward to celebrate the serious work being generated by Nevada artists. Those discussions led Quinn and Northrup to curate Tilting the Basin. Concurrently, The Art Museum at Symphony Park effort was underway in Las Vegas, and AMSP president Katie O’Neill, along with Nevada Museum of Art Executive Director and CEO David Walker, crafted a plan to bring the exhibition to Las Vegas. “Las Vegas is our sister city to the south, with a much larger population and therefore with a larger, vibrant arts community,” Northrup said. “We are one large, diverse, untamable state and the Nevada Museum of Art aspires to serve Nevada in its entirety.” Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada opens March 17 and will remain on view through May 14 at a pop-up art facility located at 920 S. Commerce Street, near Vegas’s downtown arts district. Throughout the eight-week run of the exhibition AMSP and Nevada Museum of Art will host several public and educational programs designed to foster community dialogue surrounding the various exhibition themes, including what it means to consider a future, permanent art museum in Las Vegas. Program details are housed on NevadaArt.org.
Presenting the exhibition to southern Nevada in this united capacity promotes the dialogue about the future of visual arts not only in Las Vegas, but across the Great Basin. “This collaboration with our good friends from The Art Museum at Symphony Park is an endeavor to follow-up to last year’s mounting of Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains, a very successful public art installation in Clark County near Jean Dry Lake,” Northrup said.
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REAL ESTATE Text and photo courtesy of Shirley Larkins
ave you been thinking about buying a home but maybe feel like there is no way to because you donâ€™t have a fat bank account? Well people I am here to tell you that there are ways to become a homeowner in NV now with little to no money out of your pocket! Right now, there are several amazing state programs that are helping people to purchase and you need to take advantage while you can! Here is a small sample of what is out there:
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a Grant Program 3 Pairing with Regular Financing and a savvy agent can = no $$$ out of your pocket! Though I am not a lender I want to make sure that as many people know about these programs as possible. There are even grants specific for teachers, programs for Veterans, other first time buyer programsâ€Śif you have been flirting with the idea but need more info please contact me. I believe every person should own a home and if there is a will, I can help find the way. It can be intimidating when you see the housing prices rising and the inventory getting tighter but it is always the right time to buy if you want to. Let the universe (and me) guide you. Shirley Larkins is a real estate professional with Chase International and has been selling properties for over 11 years. She specializes in all types of sales from luxury to distressed, and also loves working with first time buyers. She can be reached at email@example.com or 775-379-9617
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SLAM DRUNK SOBER Text Doug E Moore Photo Jocelyn Noel I write this article to shed a little light and hope in a 24 hour town that so vibrantly glorifies the drink-centric culture that there is an alternative. I know, I know, drinking is the ‘cool’ thing to do. “Let’s meet for some drinks,” said me more than anyone else. It’s easy, breaks the ice, perhaps even loosens us up (whatever that means). Sobering up wasn’t even in my cards. Then I got sober. Some 90% of people who struggle with alcohol in the States are not clinically addicted. We have an idea that we need to be falling down and lose everything to address our relationship with alcohol. Not true. If you're worried about your drinking; if it's causing shame or fear or keeping you from the life you're dreaming about, that's more than enough reason to begin. And the sooner you start, the easier it is, the better it is. I write this article because I’ve been on the other side of that fence, for 25 years actually, and only wish I had listened to such advice. More and more of us are waking up to the reality that drinking sucks. Drinking is not sophisticated or sexy. It is the exact opposite of those things. Drinking makes us ugly; ruins our health; sucks our time, money and energy; kills our self-confidence; works against every single goal we have for ourselves and keeps us stuck and stunted. By just questioning our party culture or perhaps even trying on sobriety, you, we, are profoundly ahead of the pack. Two and a half years into an alcohol, opiate and pot free life, I’ve received so much reconnection with myself and a higher power; deepened relationships with my wife and children; experienced happiness, energy, an actual meditation practice, healthy friendships, a yoga teacher training – all of it! This holds true for you. Everything you want; everything you dream of, starts here.
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Doug E Moore lives in Reno. He’s owner and jeweler at D Street Designs Custom jewelry fabrications. Moore also teaches an addiction recovery based yoga class Tuesday night’s at Midtown Community Yoga. He’s available at: firstname.lastname@example.org and Instagram/FB @dstreetdesigns
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THE NEST Hope for the Houseless Text and photo courtesy of Tessa Miller
Being able to see the silver lining is so important, especially when things can feel so damn dark. There’s been a lot of negativity around lately. Even in my small corner of the world at The Nest, we suffered 3 attempted break-ins last month resulting in thousands of dollars of damage and a stolen jar of money that contained donations for the houseless. But we’re not going to be focusing on that here. There’s already too much crap swirling around in our Facebook feeds and in the news. So this will be a space where I’m going to tell you all of the good that has come from this horrid violation of being burglarized and how even though there were some pretty dark moments, it needed to happen this way to get to a better place—the place we are in now. Being able to see the silver lining is so important, especially when things can feel so damn dark. And just maybe by looking at my situation and applying its lessons to our world and the grand scheme of things, we will be able to appreciate where we are headed, instead of being fearful of where we are. So, let’s get a little background and talk about the Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality, because they are a bright light for many houseless individuals who have pretty bleak situations. I heard about RISE from a wonderful customer, Rebekah Stetson, who educated me on the plight of the houseless. Side note: You may be saying, “Houseless…not homeless?” Well, the story I heard that made me switch my verbiage was this: A houseless man— the first to receive long-term housing through RISE—gently objected to the word homeless stating, “I am houseless, not homeless. That is 82 Reno Tahoe Tonight
my home,” as he pointed to his wife. Cue my tears and my current efforts to change my vocabulary. I won’t go into the particulars of the poverty trap that houseless individuals find themselves in here, but as a citizen and member of this community, it is your duty to understand that not all these people are lazy drug addicts, as the general rhetoric would have us believe. So please go to renoinitiative.org/ living-room and educate yourself. Like, right now. Then please remember to come back to this, but do that first. Seriously. OK, so if you read that and you are anything like me, you are bawling right now and you are definitely feeling freaked out that this could happen to any of us at any time. So take another moment, grab a tissue and gather yourself so we can proceed. Hopefully now you can understand why in the face of all the divisiveness and political turmoil we find ourselves in as of late, I felt the need to support a cause and this organization was just the ticket. I may not be able to make a difference on the level of my country, but I can make a difference in my community. So full of stars in my eyes, I began to fundraise for RISE, and it was hard! I had (and still have) a lofty long-term goal of $23,000—the number they need to really get their Living Room project off the ground. Knowing it may take a lifetime to collect this much one dollar bill at a time, I kept at it and put a jar out on my counter where people could put their spare change, and it added up! I would periodically look up at that jar, and amidst the name calling on Facebook and awful news stories, I would see dollar bills that shone like symbols of hope to me. Every bill was a thoughtful person who cared, and I got a lot of comfort from that. So when that jar was stolen during one of the break-ins, it really felt like a dagger through the heart. In an attempt to vent some frustration, I put out a Facebook post and was delightfully surprised not only at the messages of concern and good wishes but even more so of the people who actually stepped up and took action. Many shares, including a timely one by none other than our own Oliver X, led to the spread of the news and quite a few people found themselves at my fundraiser page where we quickly refilled the jar. As of now, we have refilled it more than ten times over and a handful of
people have single-handedly matched what was in that jar. Many thanks to Andrea J. Black, Daniel McClure of IspMint, and Mista Rehard and her employer, Microsoft, for matching that donation. A temporarily boarded up storefront is no fun, but I didn’t like those cheap windows I had before anyway. This ended up being the shove I needed to get new ones that let my window displays shine bright. And RISE got a great boost in donations that I couldn’t have gotten with just my little jar. If the break-ins are what needed to occur in order for these positive things to manifest themselves, then I can endure the stress and headaches of picking up broken glass, writing police reports and calling window companies. I do believe that things happen for a reason. Sometimes when we’re caught in the middle, all we can think is wtf, but this time I look back and can appreciate the grand plan or at least what I have seen of it thus far. How we get to our end goal may not be the way we want or envision it, but maybe it really is the best way or perhaps the only way of getting there. We just need to remember that when we’re still in the middle.
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TRAINING TIPS Text Camille Lyman Photo Irina Kendrick @IPKPhotography
ast month on Groundhog Day Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, forecasting six weeks more weeks of winter! I know everyone is vibing hard for the warmth and sun to be out, but more weeks in winter means we all can work on our summer bodies a little bit longer.
There's an expression: "The summer body is made in the winter months." Well, it's true. For anyone who is planning their spring break trips, summer time getaways that include sun, beach, sand and bathing suits, now is the time to really buckle down and work on the firmer, tighter body that you desire. Simple changes now will lead to a better mental and physical state as you go on your family or friend vacations. I believe that if you concentrate on building your summer body in the winter that you can manifest it, and own it if you work on it everyday. "Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want the most!" Let's paint a picture right now that can be relatable for anyone who is in to fitness and better overall health. Ready? In two months a Disney cruise is planned with another family and yours. A goal date has been set. Now it's time to think about the plan of attack on how to achieve the goals that you seek which could be anything that you want. For instance, "I want to wear a sun dress that I have had in my closet for five years and still has its tags on it!"
In o rder t o a chieve t hi s g oal, w e m ust : • Align ourselves with a direct arrow of discipline; • Do things differently than you have been doing for the past few months and believe in yourself as each day passes.
• Think of small incremental goals that are achievable along the way so their is success felt.
• Remember that caving in to old habits such as Taco Tuesday and Pasta Fridays might have to be put on hold for the next couple months if you want to wear the dress hanging in the closet with the tags still on it during your Disney cruise!
• The winter months are still, which means that our summer
is going to be amazing. Until then, let's work on simple adjustments now that are going to be a challenge, yet totally worth the effort when the time comes to enjoy the sun and water. Own it, take the chance to make changes and find the discipline that you deserve in order to achieve your goals. Camille Lyman Owner of CCF NSL Beach Bikini Pro Athlete Lululemon Ambassador Reno Tahoe Tonight 87
UNITED WE STONED Text Annalise Gardella
How Long Can the Cannabis Industry
Hope to Slide under AG Jeff Sessions’ Radar?
he newly awakened nation is paying close attention to the slew of scandals emerging weekly from the Trump Administration, but the cannabis world has closely and apprehensively followed the confirmation process of a select few cabinet members that may have a damaging effect on the growing industry. Causing the most trepidation is Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is quoted saying “good people don’t smoke marijuana,” and that the KKK was “okay until I found out they smoked pot.” Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General with a 52–47 vote after a contentious confirmation process in which Senator Elizabeth Warren was stopped from reading a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King urging Senators to reject Sessions’ nomination as a federal judge. For all the fear of Sessions’ nomination and the possibility he will revoke the Cole Memo or crack down on federal drug laws, cannabis industry leaders seem all too eager to disappear into the background, willfully hoping cannabis will be overlooked in the midst of Trump’s other priorities, like immigration and deportations.
thing. Because it also means that even though Jeff Sessions has had rhetoric on this issue that makes the industry squirm and cringe, there are 10 things he cares a lot more about, and that’s a good thing. Sometimes a low priority is a no priority.”
In an interview with the Cannabist, John Hudak of the Brookings Institution speculated on how Jeff Sessions will affect the industry, saying, “But I think the fact that marijuana policy doesn’t matter to most members of Congress is actually a good
On the same day that a Quinnipiac poll revealed that 59% of Americans believe cannabis should be legal and 71% would oppose federal crackdown, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had some ominous news regarding the future of
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Hoping that the feds don’t bust down the doors of legal cannabis grows is all well and good, but to turn our backs now on the dangerous words and actions of AG Sessions does a great disservice to the history and culture of activism in the cannabis industry, which stands on the backs of the people of color who bore the brunt of the drug war at its worst. As journalist Alex Halperin so quaintly wrote in an article for Slate in December, advocating for the industry to take a more active stance against Sessions, “The industry expects the more vulnerable populations to function as its human shields.” We owe it to those who are threatened by the feds to stand in solidarity with them, because it was not so long ago that our industry faced the same fears.
cannabis in the US. Spicer reiterated Trump’s acceptance, or rather tolerance, of medical cannabis, but made clear that adult use cannabis does not merit the same protections. Spicer said President Trump “understands the pain and suffering that many people go through who are facing especially terminal diseases, and the comfort that some of these drugs, including medical marijuana, can bring to them.” Despite evidence that cannabis could help with opioid addiction, he also remarked, “When you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people.” In a foreboding statement for the future of the US adult use market, Spicer said, “I do believe that you'll see greater enforcement of it.” Regulators and officials in some states that have passed adult use cannabis legislation have issued responses resisting Spicer’s statements. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said, “We will resist any efforts to thwart the will of the voters in Washington.” Alex Traverso, spokesman for California’s Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation said, “Until we see any sort of formal plan from the federal government, it’s full speed ahead for us.” But Nevada is more hesitant to take a side on the issue, with Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt reluctant to take a stance and Governor Brian Sandoval’s office saying he had “been concerned about the potential conflicts between state and federal law.” At the congressional level, just prior to Spicer’s comments, cannabis had been gaining bipartisan steam. Republican and Democratic Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Don Young (R-AK), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), and Jared Polis (D-CO) recently launched the Congressional Cannabis Caucus stressing that cannabis is first and foremost a states' rights issue. Rep. Rohrabacher said, “Republicans are being held to their own values and issues.” The Trump administration seems comfortable protecting states' rights when it comes to allowing governors to choose whether to deputize the National Guard in implementing immigration law, to permit women control over their own bodies, and to extend protections for transgender students, but when it comes to cannabis, the hypocrisy shines especially bright.
More Federal News & Civil Asset Forfeiture Three cannabis bills have been introduced in the current session. The bills would reschedule cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act, which currently defines cannabis as a Schedule 1 Substance alongside drugs like heroin and LSD. Additional bills would separate Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant, from the definition of cannabis, remediate discrepancies between federal and state cannabis laws, and prevent civil asset forfeiture for property owners of medical cannabis facilities licensed by states with legal medical cannabis laws. This last bill is a matter of contention for law enforcement agencies seeking to continue the practice. Cannabis business owners have lost millions of dollars to law enforcement under civil asset forfeiture laws, but President Trump appears to have absolutely no knowledge of civil asset forfeiture. In a meeting with Texas sheriffs, he joked about destroying the career of a state senator who hopes to require law enforcement to first have a conviction rather than just a suspect before seizing cash and property. In fact, the issue of civil asset forfeiture should be a very important issue for the cannabis industry as newly confirmed AG Jeff Sessions is a proponent of the practice, saying in a 2015 Senate hearing that “95% of the cases of forfeiture involve people who have done nothing in their lives but sell dope.” Cannabis businesses are an attractive target for civil asset forfeiture as they are prohibited by federal law from using normal banking systems, and therefore can hold hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash onsite. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have provided more transparency to the process of civil asset forfeiture in the state by requiring county and state prosecutors to publish information about all seized assets as well as their purpose and use, which may have prevented law enforcement in New Jersey from using asset forfeiture to “pad budgets and pay for training and equipment upgrades.” Here’s What Happened at the State Level… Despite fears at the federal level, local and state governments continue to move forward in ending prohibition. Nevada’s Department of Taxation announced plans to publish draft regulations for Reno Tahoe Tonight 89
UNITED WE STONED the state’s adult use program in March, accept applications for temporary licenses in May, and allow businesses with temporary licenses to sell adult use cannabis by July 1 of this year. Cannabis regulators in Alaska rejected a proposal that would have made the state the first in the country to allow public cannabis consumption. “We don’t want to be waving a red flag in front of federal law enforcement, at least not now,” one board member said, proving that the fear of a federal government led by AG Jeff Sessions may be just as damning to cannabis as any actual federal government actions. Wisconsin moves closer to medical cannabis legalization, and senators in the state passed Senate Bill 10 which would make CBD oil easier to acquire. Georgia is looking to expand its medical cannabis program to include additional qualifying conditions, and some senators in the state hope to lower the permitted level of THC in cannabis oil from 5% to 3%. California legislators have officially started the process for regulating adult use cannabis in the state, introducing a number of clean-up bills for the state’s recently passed Prop 64 adult use legislation. Among them include bills to regulate transportation, advertising, and tax payment. Finally, Ohio regulators provided more details for the state’s new medical cannabis program, proposing a $100,000 annual fee for processors, a $200,000 annual fee for cultivators, and an $80,000 dispensary fee every two years. Annalise Gardella is the Marketing and Communications Lead at Pistil + Stigma, a leading consulting firm working with organizations in public, private, and nonprofit sectors on groundbreaking policy issues nationwide. Her background in advocacy dates back to 2004 working on local, state, and national election campaigns, as well as service as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador.
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It’s not fair
that my words are unspoken, but yours are engraved in every neuron in my mind. I really wish there was something that could unravel and unwind what has happened.
It’s not fair
that you are still breathing in peace while I’m deprived of oxygen.
It’s not fair
how you served no time, but I get a lifetime. Everyone says I’m worth a dime but because of you I feel like a bitter lime.
It’s not fair
that I waste my tears on you when you completely knew what you were doing. I forgive myself, so that I can move on It is easier that way
but just know it’s not fair.
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