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16 BEAUTY 23 BRITS 'N' PIECES BUSINESS 25 Yelp's Coffee Cult(ure) 31 COMMUNITY RADIO COVER STORY 33 Nowhere Nevada ESSAY 41 The Swan Lectures 51 45 46 47

EVENT 5th Annual Edible Pedal 100š Reno-Tahoe Music Festival Super Soul Food Sunday! TBD Fest

FASHION 48 Strange Bikinis FEATURE 53 Center for Hope of the Sierras 58 Reno Tattoo Removal 65 Rob Bell Everything is Spiritual Tour 70 Washoe Wellness 72 KRZQ Radio Personality Willobee Part 3 75 HEALTH TIPS LIVE! 76 An Evening with Al Pacino 80 High Sierra Music Festival MALL 84 Virginia Street Antique Mall

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Editor/Publisher Oliver X Art Director Chris Meredith Contributing Designers Courtney Meredith

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Britton Griffith-Douglass Thomas Lloyd Qualls Rory Dowd Isha Casagrande Tony Contini Amanda Horn Rachel Douglass Michael Tragash Debe Fennel Isha Casagrande Tessa Miller Lanette Katre Contributing Photographers Shelbi Carr Whitehead Chris Holloman Tony Contini Clayton Beck Anicia Beckwith Digiman Studio Marcello Rostagni Ted Varney Jennifer Sande Kyle Volland Interns Heather McAlpine Sales 775-412-3767 Submissions renotahoetonightrocks@gmail.com 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 2015. Reno Tahoe Tonight is produced on 10% recycled American paper and is printed with all soy and vegetable inks.


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Six Mile Station - Audiobiography In their first full-length release, musical strongmen, Six Mile Station, offer up ten tracks of melodious mountain music. Successfully funded through a Kickstarter campaign, “Audiobiography” is as much a heartfelt examination of inner and social landscapes as it is a sampler tour of the many styles of American folk music. Passionate lyrics and exhilarating musicianship are the hallmarks of “Audiobiography”. Every track is incredibly groovy; it’s hard to not want to dance to any of these songs, although songs like “Hey There Kid” and “The Devil” are ones that will get you shakin’ your ass like you just don’t care. Head over to www.sixmilestation.com to check out the CD and other merch.

The Scattering - The Scattering Newest entrant into the fray, The Scattering, brings us an impressive EP right out of the gate. This is good hardcore music, focused and angry, but the lyrics are what make it really stand out. Like a challenging bellow in the dark, The Scattering is a brutal call to action for social justice. To be clear, I wouldn’t say that it advocates violence, but it doesn’t shy away from it either. Whether standing up to the faceless eyes of power or to an emotionally abusive partner, The Scattering advocates taking control of your life, standing up and saying, “No more.” Name your price for the album over at www.thescattering.bandcamp.com/album/the-scattering.

Terrible Timing - Save Yourself Reno punk rock is the best. Terrible Timing’s EP “Save Yourself ” is a great example of this local music tradition. Bursting onto the scene about a year ago, Terrible Timing has quickly become a regular draw and feature at many punk shows. The band’s strong reggae and early punk influences could draw obvious comparisons, but that would be inaccurate and sell you short. Not stuck in past definitions or pigeonholes, “Save Yourself ” is an album of the “now”, combining and synthesizing their influences. It totally wins my personal “this-is-what-punk-rock-sounds-like” award and was stuck in my CD player for a week. Get hip to what time it is over at www.terribletiming.bandcamp.com.

Steven Ryan Christie - Scarecrow Ranch Co. There is so much to like about this album, I hardly know where to begin. Starting with “The Shoe Tree,” a song about one terrible night, “Scarecrow Ranch Co” is a wacky, wonderful delight. There’s “April”, the love song to the girl who turns 18 in April; a song about a porn star’s dog; a silly dub-tune about a world traveling girl from a small town; a tale of love, drugs and undercover police; and the mantra-like “Happiness, Love, Kindness, Repeat”. And did I mention that’s just the first half of the album? You really need this in your life. Find the album on iTunes or listen to other songs at www.soundcloud.com/stevenryanchristie. Reno Tahoe Tonight 7


A PROBABILITY OF WORDS Text Thomas Lloyd Qualls Photo Johnstone Studios

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 and to the borderless virtual tribe known as Rebelle Society. He's been called a novelist, essayist, videographer, painter, bike rider, and sometimes salvager of troubled lives. He also finds it helpful to talk with other humans. Feel free to friend him, follow him, or just invite him out for a beer. Waking Up at Rembrandt’s, his debut novel, has received local and national critical acclaim. The second edition of the novel is available in print (think of vinyl, only for books) and on multiple e-version platforms. There’s also a book of poetry, love jaywalks, available everywhere ebooks are sold. Still on the horizon: a collection of essays, some new paintings, and a second novel, painted oxen, due out just as soon as all the words finish lining up. In the meantime, you can visit his website whenever you like. There's more stuff there. www.tlqonline.com. © 2015 thomas lloyd qualls

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Be Brave. Courage is one of the few make-or-break things in this world. Nothing great ever happened without courage. And no one ever achieved greatness without being brave. Yes, there is that wonderful, merciful, gift from the universe called grace. But we still have to have courage to believe in grace. And yes, there are those rare occasions when courage comes from grace.

But we've still got to be willing to use it. The notion of bravery is very confused. It brings to mind all manner of romantic images. Knights slaying dragons, Hobbits fighting Orcs, pairs of socks battling the dryer. As well as Socrates, Joan of Arc, Galileo, Gandhi, MLK, Mandela, and Aung San Suu Kyi. To name only a few. These images should be enough to inspire the shrinkingest of all violets, right? Well, not exactly. There's one problem, you’re scared. Of course you are. Everyone is. The point is that it's okay to be scared. More than this, it is okay to admit you are scared. At least to the only person who really matters, yourself. Because one of the greatest acts of courage of all time is to be honest with ourselves.

And we find courage in the strangest of places. Just ask J.R.R. Tolkien. Are we really skating around on ponds of ego that thin? That even admitting our fears to ourselves will prove too heavy? That we'll crash through to the ice cold truth, waking us from our tepid slumber? I say fuck that. Slide out to the middle of the ice with a sledge hammer and take a good swing. Easing into the water one toe at a time was never any good. Dive straight in.

It'll be better than you thought in the end. When we get used to the water. When we no longer are surprised by its revelations. When we can swim around all day, or go in and out at will. When we can become someone who is okay being human. Who not only exudes courage, but passes on the gift of grace.

Only then we can begin to understand life. And when we understand that being scared is as beautiful as being strong. Then we can begin to see the beauty in all things.

Including ourselves. All these things we hide from the world. These things that we deny even to ourselves. These are the things that make us human. That make us loveable. That exposed to the light, make us strong, not weak. Real life is messy. No matter who you are. And if we try too hard to hide the mess, we just create new ones. Life is not like the magazines or the movies. There are heroes and villains, but they live in unexpected places, like our own hearts. When Tolkien said courage lives in unexpected places, he was not just talking about hobbits. And until we let these characters run free, we'll continue sterilizing the joy out of our lives.

To appear foolish is to be free. And what better thing is there to be in the whole universe than free. Too many of us remain slaves to our egos, our fears, our insecurities. Too many of us will read these words and agree, perhaps even be moved. Perhaps even profoundly. And still we'll go on about our lives doing absolutely nothing about it.

We'll remain hidden. We'll keep thinking that one day we'll make a change. One day we'll admit we're afraid. One day we'll confess that we fear we lack the courage to meet the day. And if that day ever comes, the freedom we'll know will be greater than words. But most of us live in danger of never knowing that day. Most of us believe we are flawed because of our fears. Instead of understanding that our fears are what make us whole. And that overcoming them is far easier than any of us ever imagined. Go on, be brave.

It's easier than you think.

Then, perhaps, we can tell others. At least one other. One at a time. Until being scared no longer matters. Until it is simply something we do. Like breathing. When it is something we are. Like a boy or a girl. When we understand that this is how it is.

This is how it is to be spirit grappling with flesh. When we stop running from the things we are. When we care more about finding our path and less about looking foolish. Only then we can begin to really live. Reno Tahoe Tonight 9


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ART Pixels & Ink- Part 1 Text Oliver X Photos courtesy of Pixels & Ink Photo of Hunter Howatt with sign by Kyle Volland

EVERYTHING PIXELS, ANYTHING INK! For artists, photographers, collectors, agencies, galleries, professionals and laymen seeking high-end, gallery quality reproductions of fine art paintings and photographic originals Pixels & Ink is a godsend … and their services will not cost you a kidney! With a background in new media, design, video production and photography, Pixels & Ink owner Hunter Howatt can take an original piece of art and make promotional materials and collateral, wall art, canvasses, and mounted pieces of all kinds for his clients. Pixels & Ink also offers web design services, graphic design and a product Howatt created called Fine Art Bistro, that helps artists sell their work. Howatt started leasing his subterranean production space, conveniently located on the lower level of Nevada Fine Arts in Midtown, about a year and a half ago and word-of-mouth spread quickly. The space is divided into design, production, darkroom, matting and framing sections and is filled with brightly colored original canvasses, glorious metal prints, framed pieces, paper samples, and stunning reproductions of mind-blowing quality and clarity. A veteran of the darkroom chemical era, Howatt credits his mother for helping him catch the photo bug when she gifted him with her 1973 35mm Nikkormat camera and said, “Go have fun.” His interest took a serious turn when he met legendary photographer Herman Leonard (famous for capturing the titans of jazz in photographs that are part of the Smithsonian's permanent collection) at one of his art shows. Leonard invited the young Howatt 12 Reno Tahoe Tonight

to come visit him and take photos. “A couple of months later I am down in New Orleans shooting with him and his son and working as his apprentice,” Howatt reflects. “Leonard deeply ingrained the quality and consistency model into my psyche. Having the opportunity to work with one of the legends of 20th Century photography was a game-changer for me,” states Howatt. At Pixels & Ink, Howatt photographs originals edge-to-edge, and can then reproduce the work on canvas or other materials in the studio at super high resolution. The process is technical and takes a lot of expertise. But customers do not have to be technically proficient to benefit from Pixels & Ink's services. “A lot of times a customer will need a little collaboration and a little help,” says Howatt. “About half of my clients are not computer savvy, and they let me know that right away. That's where my helping hand comes in. Can we find the file? If needed, can we find the original and reshoot it? So we sit down, thoroughly go over the details, and sort it out so the file can be worked up into a printable piece. “First-time artists taking their first art class who want to have their first student show, can come in without any knowledge of the art world at all and we can work to get their prints digitized,” Howatt notes. “I treat the first time artist with the same care I treat the veteran professional. Pros and novices get the same customer service and the same quality end product.” “The majority of the photographers I work with come to me to discuss reproduction, framing and paper options for work that will wind up in a gallery,” he notes. “I am able to sit down in front of the computer and spend some system time with them looking at every pixel to make sure everything is in place and looks fantastic,” Howatt says. “My fine art clients often come in and say, 'Here's my art, take care of me.' I pride myself on giving the artist the ability to come into my

shop here and let loose. They're able to let go, ask me any questions or concerns that they may have and trust that I can accommodate them. The biggest part of my business is customer service. Making sure that they feel comfortable when they walk out, knowing that everything will be taken care of.” Here, in part one of a two-part interview, I speak with Howatt about everything pixels and anything ink. Oliver X: What are the scope of services at Pixels & Ink? Hunter Howatt: Pixels & Ink fulfills the Artist’s and Photographer’s every need. The business is designed to offer a large range of services, but specializes in Art Reproduction, Photo and Fine Art Printing, Mounting, Framing and Finishing Services, Digital Scans, Digital Retouching, and Online Art Sales. From the creation of a painting or photograph, P&I works one-on-one with the client to bring their original to life in small or large format, on archival paper, stretched canvas, metal, and even for sale online. We offer Graphic and Web Design services, and work with clients to create fresh graphics and high resolution images of their work to be used through to production. Most people don’t know this, but Art reproduction requires not only a technical eye for color, but also a touch of finesse to get the final product just right. Paper selection is a huge part of final product, as well as mounting, framing, and packaging options, all of which we offer in-store. No matter the level of expertise, each client receives a professional consultation to achieve the best product for their project.” Oliver X: Tell me about your shop. Hunter Howatt: When I moved to Reno I found that Midtown was the center of the art community. While looking for a space to place my business, I came across the retail store Nevada Fine Arts – and as I often do, inquired about how our two businesses might work together. As luck would have it, our business models complemented each other


quite nicely, and now Pixels & Ink leases the lower level of the NFA building. It’s fantastic, clients who come to purchase their supplies upstairs at NFA can return to have their work reproduced in the same building, and vice versa. It’s 'OneStop Shopping' at it’s best. Pixels & Ink serves the local Reno/ Tahoe community, with drop-off and pickup services in the heart of Reno. But we also ship prints right to our clients! I find people saying “Oh, well we live in Fallon/Minden/ Gardnerville” etc., to which I smile and reply: “Well save yourself a trip because P&I ships pretty much anywhere in the U.S. for just a bit more than a gallon of gas. Oliver X: How did you come up with the name? Hunter Howatt: When I was developing my business model, I wrote down all of the services I offer my clients – it seriously filled two pages. I taped them next to each other, thumb-tacked them to the wall, and stared at them for days. Staring over the lip of my coffee cup one day, I realized I had subconsciously separated the services into their own categories. So I wrote at the top of the first list ‘Ink’ and the second ‘Pixels.’ I repeated these words over and over to myself like some kind of mantra, and at some point I took the lists down to go over them, and found myself staring down at ‘Pixels’ and ‘Ink’. There it

was. I grabbed a sticky note, wrote the word “and” and slapped it down. Finally, my brand was born. Oliver X: What do you feel sets you apart from your competition? Hunter Howatt: You know what's cool is I'm offering all of these really high end products and services, yet I've priced them all really competitively. I'd say the thing that most sets me apart from the competition is that I've worked with visual artists for the last 20 years; it gives me the upper hand when working with my professional fine art and photo clients. I can anticipate their needs based on their venue and project goals, which makes the experience that much easier on the customer. Another service that sets Pixels & Ink apart is Free Image Enhancement on every order. It's not typical for the industry, but it's a great way to wow the customer. Photos snapped with a phone camera have the potential to be real works of art, most people just don't know it! I have tens of thousands of hours under my belt in the fields of professional photography and art reproduction, and I apply that to every order whether the job is from a novice or a pro. Often clients simply say 'Make it look great,' and that's all that needs to be said. Pixels & Ink takes care of the rest.

Pixels & Ink client testimonials "I'm thrilled Reno now has such high quality professional printing options available for artists. The options available before Pixels & Ink arrived were so limited – many times requiring me to use online or out of town resources and not always being satisfied with the results. Hunter provides excellent service and the prints are beautiful. I'm very picky about the integrity of my prints and wanting them to match the original exactly so I have been really happy with the work he does and how quickly he is able to turnaround an order."~ Lisa Kurt – Artist "Having Pixels & Ink relocate to Reno has been a blessing for my business. Hunter now does all the photography, scanning and printing for my artwork. I used to ship my silk originals to Hawaii, Chicago and New York to get the best work done in photography and printing. Now I have found someone just as good, if not better, in my home town. Hunter is very easy to work with, and knows instinctively what I want to see in my limited editions. Quality and good service is what I look for in a printer, and I hope to be doing business with Hunter for years to come." ~ Caroline R. Young Caroline Young Studios Pixels & Ink 1301 South Virginia Street Reno, NV 89502 (805) 680-6564 hunter@pixelsandink.us

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BEAUTY Photographer: Nick Sorrentino Hair: Tres Benzley Model: Brooke Hansen Makeup: Krista Puett Styling: Blythe Anderson Labels Consignment Boutique and Tres Benzley Special to Reno Tahoe Tonight Fashion is a fresh and modern reoccurrence of themes past. The 1970s are sneaking back everywhere we look; in fashion, in design, and in attitude. Vestiges always remain: neon signs, old casinos, murals, El Caminos... But in the fashion world this season, that glitzy old decade is newly revived. From hair to clothing to makeup, “vintage” has an advantage. The rebellious 1960s “in your face” attitude of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll left its mark. But hail to the 70s for reclaiming a sexy, almost naked innocence while injecting a dose of glamor into its sensuous heart. In this editorial, Tres Benzley’s Caliber Hair & Makeup Studio wanted to respect that past with a twist that tastes just as fresh in the now. Our model, Brooke, would fit right into a 1970s Catherine Deneuve photo shoot, and yet her lavish hair, striking makeup and clothing feel just as electric today. The old post office setting felt like the perfect symbol of Reno’s “right now”: an old, dusty space reborn into thrilling relevance.

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It’s hot. It’s August ‘Help me, I'm melting,’ hot. Let’s spend our nights cooling off. We can cruise by the hot rods, listen to nostalgic jukebox tunes and enjoy these Hot August Nights together. www.hotaugustnights.net.

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BITS Since you can’t get the hardback version. Having John, Paul, George and Ringo withdrawals? Get your cover band fix with Paperback Writer, Beatles Tribute on August 5th in Victorian Square. Don’t be a Yoko, see you there. Nobody puts ‘Cany’ in the corner. CANFEST has one mission: to “give canned beer the spotlight it deserves.” These ‘cannoisseurs’ give beer lovers the opportunity to sample hundreds of international canned beers while educating them on why cans are the supreme beer home. Tickets here: www.canfestbeer.com. The power of art with heart. Judy Schott’s ‘Under the Shelter the Power Within’ is on display in Reno City Hall until August 14th. These heartwarming photos create a gallery filled with the people and stories of those living in our local Volunteers of America Shelter. Open your eyes and fill your heart at this exhibit. OPA ‘Be Greek for the day’ at St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church Annual Greek Festival (August 21-23rd). Pretend you’re relaxing in the Isles, eat all the falafel you can handle and dance the Syrtos to celebrate Greek culture. Tickets here: www.renogreekfest.com.

'Ello Govnah! The Governor's Conference on Business, hosted on August 25th, will bring together over 80 service business providers, development authorities and the first annual business pitch competition. Special guests include a Tesla keynote speaker and of course, Governor Brian Sandoval. Visit govconference.nv.gov to register as an exhibitor, attendee or to apply to pitch your supercalifragilisticexpialidocious startup business. Riverwalk gets crafty. Seven days a week until August 31st the Riverwalk will be full of artists, vendors and one of a kind crafts for ‘Crafters on the Riverwalk Special Event Series’. This pilot program was adopted by the City of Reno to assist artists to sell goods such as jewelry, wearable art and functional ceramics. You can’t actually swim in the river this season, but at least now you can shop and that’s an exercise I can support. I’ll meet you in Sparks … No, seriously. ‘39 North Downtown, Where Sparks Connects’ is doing its part to put Northern Nevada on the map as a friendly business location and the perfect place to ‘work, live and play’. Check out their Facebook page facebook.com/39NorthDowntown to learn more about their mission.

Participate in the evolution yourself on August 13th and 20th at the outdoor marketplace. Foodie, family and non-believer friendly. I heard Daft Punk will be there this year. Despite BLM efforts to make Burning Man an ice cream serving Monte Carlo, Burners unite in an effort to make conscious change and universal impact. Black Rock City welcomes everyone home to the ‘Carnival of Mirrors’. Pack up your best fur, open your heart chakra and prepare for playa dust, everywhere. )’( LAST PIECE OF ADVICE Register for the Lake Tahoe Triathlon, this August 22nd and 23rd. I’ll be there, well, in spirit cheering you on. Likely from a table in an air conditioned restaurant, drinking white wine. Go get em’ you athletic champions, cheers! laketahoetri.com/register. Downtown's darling, Britton Griffith-Douglass, spends her days placing tenants in StartUp Row. As the sun sets, she plans the finest events in the Riverwalk District. At moonlight, under the stars, she's reminded that the biggest of dreams come to life in the Biggest Little City. Britton.rec@gmail.com Reno Tahoe Tonight 23


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Experience one of America’s most beloved landscapes through the eyes of 175 painters, photographers, architects, weavers and sculptors. Premier S PonSor: Wayne L. Prim and Miriam Prim and the Wayne L. Prim Foundation Lead SPonSorS: Nancy Siebens Binz; EMPLOYERS®; Deborah Day in memory of Theodore J. Day; Albert Bierstadt, Twilight, Lake Tahoe, circa 1870s. Oil on canvas, 37 x 52 inches. Private Collection

I. Heidi Loeb Hegerich; IGT; Nancy and Brian Kennedy; The Satre Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada; The Ranson and Norma Webster Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada; and Wells Fargo § major SPonSorS: The Bretzlaff Foundation; Carol Franc Buck Foundation; Irene and George Drews; The Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation; and the National Endowment for the Arts § SuPPorting SPonSorS: Carole Kilgore Anderson and Family in memory of J. Robert Anderson; Kathie Bartlett and Family in memory of Matthew, Phil, and Syd Bartlett; Denise and Tim Cashman; Chase International Real Estate; Judy and David Collins; Andrea and John Deane; Dolby Family; Susan and Stuart Engs; Leonard and Sara Lafrance; Anne Brockinton Lee and Robert M. Lee; Maureen Mullarkey and Steve Miller; Enid A. Oliver, ChFC, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.; and Sandy Raffealli, Bill Pearce Motors


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Yelp’s Coffee Cult(ure) Reno’s coffee culture is as rich and deep as the beverage itself. From our community of local roasters devoted to expressing the complex flavors of each bean, to coffee shops that brew up a variety of coffee experiences ranging from the artisanal focus of the “Third Wave” to the more Americanized flavored and frapped coffee beverages, Reno-Sparks has a little bit of it all and something for everyone. August is National Coffee Month and Yelp and our coffee community are celebrating with Yelp’s Coffee Cult(ure), a month filled with deliciously deep discounts at our community’s best coffee shops; special classes taught by local experts taking your coffee “from seed to cup;” the #BiggestLittleLatte Instagram contest and other coffee crazed events featuring local restaurants and roasters. During Yelp’s Coffee Cult(ure) there’s something happening every weekend. Local coffee experts will offer Yelpers hands-on opportunities to learn everything about the core of our caffeine addiction. These events are FREE to attend with a $10 suggested donation to benefit the Eddy House and help in their mission to help the homeless youth in our community. Yelp’s Coffee Cult(ure) brings together more than 20 businesses and this article will tell you all about them – the signature events being offered – and all the deals and discounts available throughout the month. Through this event, we hope to inspire a new appreciation and understanding of coffee and the people in our community honoring it on a daily basis, so we can all be a part of advancing the coffee culture in Reno-Sparks. So download the Yelp App, create an account, and get ready to get caffeinated. For complete details and to RSVP for any events visit: www.yelp.com/events/reno.

Yelp’s Coffee Cult(ure) Events To attend any of the events offered, RSVP at www.yelp.com/events. All of these events are FREE, with a $10 suggested donation to benefit the Eddy House for each you attend. Origins: Coffee at the Source Mark Trujillo, Hub Coffee Roasters August 8, 2015 – 10AM and 1PM A lot goes into great coffee, and it starts with where it comes from and how it’s grown, and no one in our community knows this better than Mark Trujillo, owner of Hub Coffee Roasters. Mark travels the world sourcing the finest coffees to roast, serve, and sell to our community. Mark has met some great people and had some incredible experiences in his travels, so we’re gathering round the roaster to learn about the origins of coffee and the flavor profiles of the greatest coffee producing regions in the world through his adventures, which have taken him to the highest peaks of South America and beyond. Listen for the Cracks: The Roasting Process Tim Curry, Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee August 9, 2015 – 10AM and 1PM Tim Curry, owner and master roaster at Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee, is the Coffee Whisperer, a name that refers to his practice of roasting coffee by sound. Tim is one of only a handful of coffee bean roasters in the country developing flavor profiles over a wood fire in a traditional Italian roaster. Tim is self-learned, and his process celebrates and revives this old-world technique while adding his own artistry and skill to produce coffee with complex nuances that have won WoodFire Roasted Coffee high honors from Coffee Review and mentions in Saveur magazine. At this event you’ll have the opportunity to see this process in action at his roastery, learn how the roasting process develops these flavors in the coffee, and sample coffee roasted right before your eyes!

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COFFEE REIGNS SUPREME IN RENO AUGUST 2015 August is National Coffee Month, and we're celebrating with deep discounts at local coffee shops, classes taught by local experts to take your coffee "from seed to cup," the #BiggestLittleLatte art Instagram contest, and other coffee crazed events featuring local restaurants and roasters. For more details, check out yelp.com/events. Proceeds to benefit The Eddy House.

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BUSINESS An Homage to Coffee: Pairing with Food Homage Bakery August 15, 2015 – 1PM and 3PM Coffee beans embody flavors that are telltale of the region in which they were grown, and roasting further develops them. Think flavors like cinnamon and clove, oak and smoke, rich chocolate, ripe fruits, and citrus. Nicholle Allumbaugh, owner and chef at Homage Bakery, has created a tasting menu inspired by this flavor palette, which will pair four carefully selected coffees with four very special dishes. Barista Basics: Espresso and Italian Coffee Culture Coffeebar Reno August 16, 2015 – 11AM and 2PM Greg Bucheister has always had a love for Italian coffee culture, which is why he modeled Coffeebar, with locations in Truckee and Reno, after the cafes found throughout Italy. Espresso is the basis for most of the Italian style coffee beverages we’re familiar with, and making it is a seemingly simple equation of Coffee + Hot Water + Pressure. Within this equation are an almost endless stream of variables that affect the finished product, and baristas need to know how to read the machine and the liquid coming out of it to to adjust their methods and machinery to consistently pull the perfect shot. This event will give you some barista basics and an experience that honors the traditions of Italian coffee cafes. Sniff and Slurp: The Cupping Process Old World Coffee August 22, 2015 – 11AM and 2PM Ever wonder how different coffees get all those crazy tasting notes like "Stone fruit, chocolate with a dry finish", or how shops decide which are good enough to serve for your enjoyment? Well Chris Garrison and the team at Old World Coffee are going to show you by leading you through a coffee cupping. Drip Is Done: Modern Brewing Methods Magpie Coffee Roasters August 23, 2015 – 10AM and 1PM Drip coffee is so done. Take a close look at the tools that line the counters of coffee shops and homes, and it would appear that everyone is a scientist when it comes to their morning cup. That’s not just so they can brag about their brewing methods. Each one brings out different flavors and feels in the finished product, so we’re spending an afternoon demystifying all of them, and of course sampling in the process, with the help of Matt Sewell and Magpie Coffee Roasters.

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KEITH GALLIHER – LAWYER, SINGER, TALK SHOW HOST Keith Galliher, Jr. is an award-winning Las Vegas attorney, recording artist, and talk show host. Galliher’s legal career began in 1974. Over the past forty years, he has established himself as one of the best attorneys in the Las Vegas area and enjoys the highest rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubble legal information service. Galliher is also the creator and host of Two Paths with Keith Galliher radio show, broadcast live every Friday at 10 A.M. on America Matters Media AM 1180 and streamed worldwide at americamatters.us. The show is called Two Paths due to its unique format and Galliher’s dual legal and musical endeavors. One week the show is focused on his music and the fascinating stories behind both the original versions and his cover versions. The next week the topic is centered around the law, the US Constitution, and legal discussion in relation to current news and events. Galliher welcomes callers at 775-827-8900. Galliher’s music career is a very interesting story. He initially recorded “Wonderful Tonight,” an Eric Clapton tune, for his wife Linda as a Christmas gift. Galliher enlisted the talents of his friend and producer, Clarence Collins, who is the founder of Little Anthony & The Imperials and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Collins brought in William Weist and Mary Eckler as arrangers, both of whom have served as musical directors for prominent musicians including Little Anthony & The Imperials, Rita Coolidge, and Helen Reddy. Collins and Galliher also asked Jim Gilstrap to assist with backup vocals. Gilstrap has sung backup for Stevie Wonder and James Taylor, among others. At various times, Collins and Rick Morris of the Skyliners have performed backup vocals on Galliher’s songs. The initial recording of “Wonderful Tonight” led to a complete ten song album featuring fresh versions

of songs such as “I Only Have Eyes for You,” “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone,” “My Sweet Lady,” “Through The Years,” “The First Time,” “Words,” “Blue Eyes,” “Sea of Love,” and previously unrecorded “Song Without an End,” which is also the subject of a YouTube video. With respect to many of the songs on the Love Songs For Linda album, the arrangements are fresh and differ markedly from the original versions. Most recently, Galliher recorded the Perry Como standard, “It’s Impossible” and “I Can See Clearly Now”--which was made famous by Johnny Nash in the 1970s. Recently Keith recorded Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” and is working on seven more previously unrecorded songs. In 2012, Galliher recorded “Memory of All,” a tribute song to the victims of 9/11 and their families. This song received radio airplay along the east and west coasts of the United States. It is also the subject of a YouTube video. All of Galliher’s songs have received radio airplay in the United States, Canada, and Europe and have been featured on a number of radio shows including The Harmony Street Show hosted by Mike Miller, broadcast on Boston Internet radio. The show ran for over a month on a nightly basis in the US and was broadcast to several different countries in Europe. His music was also the subject of a magazine piece entitled “Crooner, Esq.” in Nevada Magazine’s July/August 2013 issue and has been featured on television in Las Vegas. Remember to tune into AM 1180 every Friday at 10 A.M. for Two Paths radio show. You can follow Keith’s music at www.keithgalliherjrmusic.com, and his CDs are available at the Buy Nevada First Gift Shop in the Reno Town Mall, or downloadable on iTunes and www.cdbaby.com. Reno Tahoe Tonight 29


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Over 100 Locals Bring Marianne Psota's Screenplay to Life Part 1 “This movie was such a reflection of Marianne's being. The commercial release of the film brings us closer to healing and truly celebrating her life and creativity.” - Brian L. Sutherland, Executive Movie Producer Nowhere Nevada When I first started putting down roots in Reno in 2008, I didn't know anybody in town. One afternoon I wandered into Zephyr Bar to grab a beer and there was this benefit show with a bunch of local bands playing that I had never heard of. But the music was really good indie rock. People packed into the tiny venue. On the outside patio, some of those gathered were emotional as they told stories of a local promoter that many of them knew, who had died tragically four years earlier. Her death was still heavy on their hearts. I was at “Marianarchy” and close friends were still weeping over Marianne Michael Psota, whose life had ended far too soon. People describe Marianne Psota as a cool, kick-ass chick with a huge heart and an infectious personality. She was a music lover, promoter, bartender, studio rat, prolific writer and a beloved part of the Reno counterculture, who died tragically of an airborne illness that doctors never identified. Her memory is kept alive by semi-annual fundraisers dedicated to helping community members who are facing dire health and financial crises. To date, the Marianarchy series has raised close to $40,000. Now, eleven years after her death, a screenplay that she wrote between 2000 and 2004, has been brought to life by an extraordinary group of over 100 local community members, artists, professionals, producers, studio 32 Reno Tahoe Tonight

engineers, actors, musicians, dancers, and friends. Nowhere Nevada, the much anticipated indie film spearheaded by Psota's life partner Nick Ramirez, funded and governed by Executive Movie Producer Brian L. Sutherland, and shot by the immensely talented Tyler Bourns, played to enthusiastic throngs opening weekend in downtown Reno during Artown in late July. To say there was jubilation in the air would be an understatement, as both the DVD of the film and its stellar soundtrack, finally made its way to the general public's eyes and ears. If you took Repo Man, Brother From Another Planet, Spun and Requiem for a Dream, camped them up a bit, and shot them on a budget of $60,000, you would get close to what Nowhere Nevada is. The all-local cast, peppered with notable Reno personalities like Max Volume, Mary Bennett, Andy Luna, Felix Polanski and others, deliver laughs and solid acting performances, allowing the film to beat out Eddie Griffith's million dollar indie film project Last Supper for “Best Film” at last year's San Francisco Global Film Festival in August. RTT has followed the film since its inception, in three features over the past three years. And in this, our final two-part installment, we take a look at Psota's life through the eyes of those who knew and loved her deeply. Ramirez, Executive Music Producer of the film's remarkable soundtrack, and studio wizard Tom Gordon, who mastered the soundtrack project – and worked closely with Marianne at the legendary Granny's Recording Studio – share their insights about the woman behind the movie, who touched so many lives during her brief time here on the planet.


Oliver X: How did you meet Marianne Michael Psota? Nick Ramirez: Marianne and I met in the fall of 1996 at The Blue Lamp on Sierra. It was open mic night and she was doing poetry. I really liked her poetry. And I did poetry as well. She came afterward then came to find me and said, 'I really liked your poetry; maybe you could come do that at this art gallery I work for.' Oliver X: And you had never met her before? Nick Ramirez: I hadn't met her before. I liked her right away. I said, 'Maybe you want to go to the movies with me?' And she said, 'Well, yea I'll let you know.' The weirdest thing Oliver is that the very next day I get to work at Deal Direct car lot, and who is there? Marianne! Oliver X: The next day?

other and we were fuckin' happy. We would go take like five bucks to the liquor store and come back to the house and have the time of our lives, ya know, for five bucks. Couple packs of smokes; couple forties; get a nudie mag—whatever. And it was her idea. She was so fun! Oliver X: When did Marianne begin to build her reputation and local legend as a promoter? Nick Ramirez: So she'd come up from San Francisco and San Francisco had been pretty rough on her. So she had come up to Reno after being in Grass Valley to chill out. Her folks lived here. So she started working here in Reno at art galleries. And then she got a job at Granny's Recording Studio.

“This movie is like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meet's David Lynch's Wild At Heart with aliens and few musical numbers.”

Nick Ramirez: Yep. She's sitting on the stoop with a tank top, her hair down all pretty and these big mirrored glasses, smoking a cigarette and looking cool as fuck. She was the coolest looking chick. [Laughter].

Oliver X: Had you told her where you work? Nick Ramirez: Nope. I was the lot boy there. She was there because they were filming her to be in a commercial for Deal Direct and it was just this crazy coincidence. Oliver X: That is insane. You must have thought, kismet! Nick Ramirez: Totally. I think we started seeing each other right away. But you know how when you first meet someone, you date for a while and play it cool like you're a hot shot or something. So, a little while later somebody asked Marianne out. She said to me, 'I am going to go out with this guy.' And I'm like, 'No you're not. You're my girl now.' And she was like, 'OK.' She wanted that. She wanting for me to be like, 'Nah that's it, you're my girl.' She had been so cool to me. We both were struggling and didn't have lots of money. We went and lived in this really shitty roach motel in downtown Reno. But we didn't care. We had each

Oliver X: At that time Granny's was recording major platinum acts.

Nick Ramirez: Yes, Ozzie was there, Collective Soul, Dr. Dre ... Lots and lots of people were recording there. Tom Gordon was working there and he met Mary. So she met all the bands. But she also met Jimmy Paige and Whitesnake and all these people too. And she knew all us gutter punks from the bar and we all hung out with her. Marianne would treat us all the same. She'd treat the gutter punks like rocks stars and the rocks stars like gutter punks, ya know what I mean. She was really personable and would figure you out. That's what made her a great bartender as well, at places like The Blue Lamp and Zephyr through the years. And that's where she promoted and put on shows. She also did shows at Area 51 and at the audio shop. That's where she was writing the Nowhere Nevada. Oliver X: What year are we talking about and when did she start writing Nowhere Nevada? Nick Ramirez: By 2000 we'd been together about four years. We're out of the roach motel. We were living in a beautiful situation at that time. We had a little apartment near Idlewild Park. And this is the time Marianne started having her first seizures in that apartment. I didn't know what they were. I was lying next to here one night and I looked over and asked, 'What's up? What's wrong?' And she couldn't talk. I shouted 'Talk to me!' And she started shaking. It was scary as fuck. Reno Tahoe Tonight 33


COVER STORY Then she passed out. When she woke up, I was like, 'Mary, I think we should take you to the doctor.' And she started talking to me in German! It was the craziest fucking thing. I found out later that she'd actually lived in Germany and her dad was stationed in the military over there for a while. She was an Army brat.

writer. I loved her poetry. She showed me all her writing. She had a book called “The Prozac Diaries” that she wrote. She was amazing and I always loved her writing. Marianne would read everything from Gertrude Stein to Dostoyevsky and Nietzsche. She was a smarty pants. She also liked Tom Robbins. Her cinematic influences included the work of David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith—all that 90's stuff that was weird and funny and cool. That's who Marianne was. Marianne wrote two drafts of Nowhere Nevada between 2000 and 2004. Her final draft became the primary source material for the film.

At this time she was still bartending around town. She stopped working at Granny's. The doctors said that first seizure was caused by some airborne thing. First they said it could be meningitis; then they said it could be encephalitis. But they never determined what it was. Her brain Oliver X: What about the “Working on Marianne's swelled up. And she kept movie do you feel retains film has been a very having the seizures and or reflects Marianne's core I kept having to call the essence? cathartic experience. ambulance and have her Our working together picked up. One time they Nick Ramirez: It's a fucked didn't let her out of the up Reno movie about falling ended rather abruptly hospital because it was in love and being young and and Nowhere Nevada really bad. They got the making choices that can take swelling to go down. you to a fantastic place; or was kinda the final But it took a week. And to a place that can leave you hoorah we never had.” then she was kind of desolate and nowhere. But I better. Her brain was not want to say that I really regret swollen, but she was not that I never got to have a baby OK inside. Sometimes with Marianne. But I feel like she thought she was this movie is our baby. I am on an airplane. Sometimes she wasn't sure who I really, really glad I got to see its birth and existence. was at the first. She'd start remembering things, Now she'll live on forever. but they would be out of order. Because she still wasn't acting her normal self, they wouldn't release Tom Gordon Talks About His her from the hospital. They took her for a mental Fondest Memories of Marianne health evaluation and she stayed there for a week. That's when she really started to snap out of it and and the Nowhere Nevada eventually she started to remember stuff and knew Soundtrack what day it was. Oliver X: This whole time you're not knowing what's really wrong with her medically? Nick Ramirez: Right. And the doctors didn't know either. This was a long drawn out process. It seemed like forever to me before I got her back. That year in 2000 she would periodically have seizures, all the time. Marianne started working at an audio shop. It was a mellow job. She worked as a cashier. She would stock the store. It was also boring work and she started using the company computer and typing her first draft of Nowhere Nevada—on company time. She started fantasizing this whole thing up, using some of the people at work for her character development. When we met I knew she was a great

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“Marianne was fascinating. Someone you could go to a Philharmonic concert with one night and a punk show the next. She had the culture of a big city girl, but the grit of a girl from the sticks. For me, I loved to listen to her. She had the BEST phone voice, and her imitation of Natasha from "Rocky and Bullwinkle" just made me melt. But I miss her laugh most of all. “Our first time working together was for David Howe's short film Johnny To The Center Of The Earth in 1997. She was new to town and was invited to the set of the first day of shooting. We had just bought a new portable DAT (Digital Audio Tape) recorder to capture the audio. I was the boom mic


operator and quickly discovered I needed someone else to be the recordist and log the takes. Marianne volunteered. I was literally tied to her for the rest of the shoot. At the end of the day the $700 DAT machine slipped out of her hands and slammed on the pavement below as our hearts leapt into our throats. She quickly grabbed it on the up swing and proudly announced, 'It's OK! I caught it on the first bounce!' Though hysterical, it was little consolation and something none of us ever let her live down. “Working on Marianne's film has been a very cathartic experience. Our working together ended rather abruptly and Nowhere Nevada was kinda the final hoorah we never had. As a writer, I once told her that reading her writing was like listening to a jazz drum solo. The pulse was there, but it was very free and open for interpretation. That's pretty evident in the script for me.

“After we worked together she ended up being Reno's "Band-aide" with the FSU store and bookings at various venues in town. She was Reno's biggest music fan at the time. She was the one who booked Wesley Willis in Reno at the Zephyr in 2001. She made sure I was there because we had listened to, and thanked Wesley on my band's "EAT AT JOE's" CD. Not only did he put on an amazing show, but he wrote a song about US that night! Marianne came out from behind the bar so she could stand with me for this auspicious occasion. There's a bootleg of the show and you can hear me freaking out and her giggling. The following year Welsey recorded that song on his 2nd to last album. Who needs a freakin' Grammy when Wesley Willis recorded a song about your band!”

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About the Soundtrack “That was a very tricky tricky record to master. Mastering is the process of making every song the same volume and have a similar tone on a record. That way you're not reaching for the volume or bass/treble knobs mid record. So hours of futzing with compression and EQ on a track to track basis is the only way you can make twenty recordings from twenty different studios and engineers sound consistent. “The assembly of the album was inspired by the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, with the movie sound bites in between the songs. They weren't the first to do that, but they were absolutely my favorite execution of the idea. Then having the sound bites in between give the ear a chance to re-calibrate between songs so you're not comparing one song right as the other finishes. It gives you a buffer. Audio sherbert if you will. “The film and soundtrack combination has reminded me of Repo Man since they first approached me about coming on board to do the audio post. In both cases the films and soundtracks are low budget, super edgy and daring. I wore that Repo Man soundtrack out in high school and I bet there will be some high school kids out there that will wear the Nowhere Nevada soundtrack out. A cult classic in the making. “This movie is like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meet's David Lynch's Wild At Heart with aliens and few musical numbers. Who does that???? Marianne.” - Tom Gordon

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Artist Dianna Sion Talks About the Promo Art and DVD/CD Packaging “I created the poster and then rendered over sixteen original art piece panels for both the CD Soundtrack and the movie DVD. The original art pieces are pencil embellished renderings of images taken from still shots from the movie. There were days that I worked over sixteen hours at a time at either my computer and drawing table, day after day. After viewing the movie close to 20 times; spending time searching for the perfect movie stills to use in the packaging art; then working on puzzling all of the images together – and working on over sixteen pencil renderings – all of the marketing art became pretty heavy. You have a lot of time to think and feel when you're creating art. The realness of the whole story began to touch me very deeply – the fact that Nick kept her script for over ten years. So many of the very talented artists here in northern Nevada teamed up to make her art come to life, in turn, making our art community much stronger. This is a community effort art film and I love it.” - Dianna Sion The Nowhere Nevada soundtrack is available for purchase on CD Baby ad iTunes. Both the film DVD and the soundtrack can be purchased online at www.nowherenevada.com, along with event shorts, posters and other merchandise. Local retail locations include Reno eNVy and The Melting Pot World Emporium, both of whom generously donated funds years ago to support the film's production costs. Nowhere Nevada is currently in the final approval process at online distribution services like cable VOD platforms Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Playstation Xbox and other streaming sources.


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…to re-organize our consciousness; filmmakers are doing this with the amazing technologies available to them in today’s twenty-first century. I have long been interested in the possibility of re-organizing human consciousness, one body at a time if need be, accessing our most amazing and available technology (techne),—our bodies; non-drug induced and emphatically relying on the plasticity of our brain-bodies (‘wholeness’ re-thought); the neuro-ganglia reaches of interior gray matter connecting motor-movement-pre-cognitive memory,—that under-the-radar and un-tapped capacity so alive yet dormant at sub-cellular levels of every body. …here lies a bridge to experiencing compassion for all living beings BECAUSE we are all living beings on thIS earth; we are that bridge for altering human culture and living with empathy for self and others; living with our finger on the pulse of knowing the fragile divide of life and death; of living with our vulnerabilities and not over-compensating for them. Just think, if we were to integrate this level of thinking—from our waking hour to the moment the Sandman sprinkles sleep-dust upon our eyes—well, what a different world we’d create for ourselves and one another! Here lies the most subtle game-changer that just might begin to alter human culture toward what we so often speak of as “missing,” —a culture lacking in empathic response (‘response,’ the operative word). It is not ‘empathy’ that is lacking; it’s rather an over-ride of the inherent bodily-level neuroskills that activate the capacity for empathic feeling that are missing,—neuro-biological capacities un-tapped and therefore under-used. What does evolution teach us?—what we don’t use we lose. Every day that goes by without expression of this empathic responsiveness is another 24-hours of less capacity.

…Language plays a huge part in this discourse because, as we know, language shapes how we think about things. Change the use language and we change not only what we think but also how we think. When language regains its relational aspect—the way poets like Mary Oliver or Seamus Heaney use language—then its elusive and magical powers to inspire deeper thought processes are renewed,—what I term think-feeling: pre-cognitive knowings that live between and below, within and without our skin’s network of viscera and breath; invoking the role and reverence the early Egyptians assigned to language: what is spoken comes true. …to disrupt language’s common and diminished use and enliven nouns (objects) as verbs, as active beings,— then all worldly things take on new and glistening life,—like long spears of foliage unfolding glittering green,—sharpened thought growing fertile with memory on its mind. …it’s a different way of being: FEELTHINKING,—a compound word translating our most instinctual and somatic processes—body and soul—of knowing and being known. ©2015 L. Martina Young All Rights Reserved. L. Martina Young, Ph.D., facilitates THE SWAN LECTURES© at The Wilbur D. May Arboretum fall 2015. It is a community-based project that explores the ‘image-body-empathy’ relationship. Workshop participants become collaborators in Martina’s ongoing lifework, “SWAN: a poetical inquiry in dance, text & memoir.” For information and participation, please contact Martina: www.apoeticbody.com Reno Tahoe Tonight 39


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RENO-TAHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL AUGUST 21-22, 2015 Hawkins Outdoor Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch Elton John's “Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting” and Journey's “Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'” are just a few of the classic hits you'll hear at the Reno Tahoe Music Festival August 21-22, 2015 in the Hawkins Outdoor Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch in Reno. The Reno Tahoe Music Festival is sponsored by The Sierra Nevada Performing Arts Association (SNPAA). Friday, August 21st Kenny Metcalf as Elton John & The Early Years Band will feature the iconic hits and classic rock album tracks from throughout Elton john's five decade career and deliver a complete concert experience that is guaranteed to amaze any audience. Kenny Metcalf is the only Elton John tribute given two national TV shows and carries the endorsement of Mark Cuban, Ryan Seacrest, Katie Daryl and Caleb Quaye (Elton John's original Producer and Lead Guitarist). according to Terry Miller of beacon Media, “The guy IS Elton John … in a sequin outfit sporting a Dodgers baseball bat and logo on his sequined jumpsuit. It's astonishing.” On Saturday, August 22nd Journey Revisited: “Reliving the Glory Days of Journey” will rock the Hawkins with a concert re-creation of the band covering its greatest smash hits from 1978-1996. Journey Revisited captures the true essence of the “Perry and Rolie” sound like no other. Local favorites The Novelists will start off the evening at 6:15pm.

SNPAA was established as a non-profit organization to support performing arts schools in northern Nevada and to provide scholarships to local talented students by sponsoring cultural events, which promote economic development and job creation in our community. Their goal is to not only increase awareness of Nevada as a national musical venue, but also to bolster the educational aspirations of northern Nevada's young performers through scholarships and other support. To date, SNPAA has given $6,500 in scholarships. SNPAA was the brainchild of Joe Morabito. “As a former public school teacher,” says Morabito, “I will always care about helping young people achieve their dreams. As a businessman today, I am also interested in fostering economic activity and job creation in our region. Our annual Reno Tahoe Music festival, which we hope will grow over the years, is intended not only to generate revenues to support our mission, but to bring business activity to Reno-Tahoe that would not otherwise occur.” www.snpaa.org

Free parking for this two day festival will be available at 5:30pm, which will include live music from 6:15pm to 10pm. Food and beverage trucks including Codfather, fat Burger, Island Ice and The drink Doctor will be on site for your dining pleasure. Reno Tahoe Tonight 43


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Super Soul Food Sunday! A Benefit for Cash 4 Kaia and The Shakespeare Animal Fund Sunday, September 27, 2015 @ Great Full Gardens Dog owners face a tough decision when considering best options for the care of their beloveds. Surgery or not? To cut or not to cut. The easiest possible thing to do is to hand over the burden of making a big decision to someone we see as an 'expert.' But it's not wise to be so trusting. We Americans love our pets. There are more than 80 million dogs in the US. We spend almost $60 billion a year on them, nearly half on vet care and surgeries. The most common surgical procedure is for CCL (ACL equivalent) tears. This kind of tear is common among we two-legged folk, especially in athletes (with rising cases in children) and women are three times as susceptible. But it's even more common in dogs, especially in larger breeds, spayed females, athletic or overweight ones. For those who didn't read about it when Tiger Woods or Tom Brady tore their ACLs, here's a rundown: the ACL/CCL is the ligament that provides almost 90% of the knees stability. Tears occur often with twisting and body direction changes, but can happen with a simple

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misstep. One pop and it's done. Depending on activity level and tear severity, there's non-surgical conservative management (CM). Or for humans, there's surgery where the ligament is sewn together or replaced by a cadavers ligament. For dogs, once the ligament's gone, it's gone. This allows sliding of the femur on the tibia bone. Studies are pointing to once one goes, the other follows and arthritis is imminent. There's a few main solutions for dogs: surgery (TTO, TTA or TPLO) or CM like prolotherapy. Surgery boils down to breaking or altering the tibia to change the way the knee works. It's said to be 85% effective with a large down time and six months of rehabilitation. Prolotherapy is injections of a usually natural chemical solution into surrounding ligaments to stimulate the body to build connective tissue, reduce pain and later tighten the joint. Most practitioners combine it with acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, cold laser therapy, hydrotherapy and herbal supplements. It takes six to nine months and is said to be 80% effective. Many recommend trying CM for eight weeks because there's no going back after surgery.


Why does a media person know all this? Weeks ago my sweet pooch, Kaia, went lame after chasing me. I gave it time, thinking it wasn't serious. It was. The vet said she tore her CCL and recommended surgery by a Board Certified surgeon. After two more vet visits, one holistic, one surgical and hours of internet research and phone calls, I feel more informed, but still undecided on my course of action. It's a huge, encompassing decision that should be looked into by everyone in my situation. And now, the price tag. The only local clinic with BC surgeons performs fifteen CCL surgeries per week at around $5000 each (excluding rehabilitation). Uncertified vets do it for cheaper, but that would be like going to a general practitioner for brain surgery. Nope. I'm no Richie Rich and I find myself, like literally thousands of dog owners each year, needing to find creative ways to address the costs of surgery and followup care. Thus began Cash 4 Kaia! There will be donation jars all over town at participating locations. I'm also

collecting donated items for an August 15th garage sale and creating delicious homemade goodies for those that donate more than $50 to my crowdfunding page (www. youcaring.com/my-sweet-pooch-kaia-369952). Plans are now confirmed for a BIG celebrity chef popup event, with a menu designed by Oliver X on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Great Full Gardens in Midtown from 4-9pm called Super Soul Food Sunday! Proceeds from the delicious three-course soul food dinner will benefit Cash 4 Kaia and the Shakespeare Animal Fund, whose mission is to help people and pets in need. DJ Tony Walker will spin soul music and the venue will feature specially designed interior dĂŠcor to complement the evening's theme. Reservations for Super Soul Food Sunday are required and can be placed by calling Great Full Gardens at 775-324-2013. For more information about the Shakespeare Animal Fund, go to: www. shakespeareanimalfund.org.

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TBD Fest September 18-20, 2015 TBD Fest, the three day music festival taking place in West Sacramento, is back September 18th-20th, and will feature such marquee acts as Pretty Lights, Tears for Fears, Cut Copy, Tyler The Creator, Tycho, Purity Ring, Twin Shadow, Ratatat, and more. The festival garnered a lot of attention in 2014, with acts like Justice, Blondie, Moby and Empire of the Sun. Festival organizers Michael Hargis and Clay Nutting set out to create a festival that could deliver a line-up that would rival some of the best festivals in the country, while delivering an experience that only a boutique festival can offer.

creativity in this region is really unique and we get to show that off through our festival with experiences like Friendly Fire, a chef-driven, food truck cooking battle.” The event will also feature food, fashion, art, design, and amusement rides, making the festival perfect for everyone from the seasoned festival-goer to a family looking for a fun weekend activity.

While headlining acts may grab the attention of fans throughout Northern California and beyond, the festival's ability to highlight the region’s creative community through the festival experience makes the event standout.

SCHEDULED TO APPEAR: Pretty Lights – Tears For Fears – Cut Copy – Tyler, The Creator – Ratatat – Madeon – Death Grips – Purity Ring – Twin Shadow – Tycho – The Growlers – A-Trak – Dr Dog – Mobb Deep – Holy Ghost! - Black Lips – Ty Della Sign – Ladylike – A Place To Bury Strangers – Mothxr – K Flay – Cathedrals – Nothing – The Coathangers – Magic Man – Chad Valley – ASTR – Joywave – Wave Racer – Panama – Touch Sensitive – Yung Lean – Giraffage – Verite – Dreamers – Shy Girls – Papa – Avis Dancer – James Supercave – O – Astronauts ETC – Louis The Child – Gazelle Twin – Zimmer – Post Malone – Hunt for the Breeze – Robokid – Shawn Wasabi – Yung Wall Street – Jody Winsternoff – Martin Roth – Vincenco – Beckwith – Jokim – Luca Lush – Blackbird Blackbird – Groundislava – Autograf – D331 – Gap Dream – Wax Witches – The Flavr Blue – Gillian Moss and much more!

Nutting added, “Sacramento is the gateway to Northern California. The beer, wine, food, and

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“Our goal is not to be the biggest, our goal is to curate the best festival experience possible. Our line-up is personally crafted with iconic and emerging artists that we are really excited about, and you get to see them in an intimate setting.” said Nutting.

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Center for Hope of the Sierras Part 1 The statistics behind eating disorders and their impact on the emotional and physical health of American men, women and youth are truly staggering. The numbers show that negative body image, obsessive dieting and eating disorders are a quiet crisis in the lives of millions, often-times going undiagnosed, unreported and unnoticed--even by our closest friends and relatives--until symptoms reach a critical stage. But there are resources out there and effective treatment options and modalities; professionally staffed residential facilities and outpatient therapies that have proven to be successful in addressing binge eating disorder, bulimia, and anorexia nervosa that are important to know about. One such facility is located in Old Southwest Reno called Center for Hope of the Sierras, the state of Nevada's only eating disorder residential treatment facility. I spoke with Dietitian and Nutrition Therapist Dr. Lorraine Platka-Bird, Ph.D., R.D., CDE of Center for Hope of the Sierras on the ways and means they are changing lives and giving women the confidence and hope to heal and thrive. Oliver X: How does a person know if they have an eating disorder and what kinds of disorders do you see in your practice? Dr. Platka-Bird: Well there are several different kinds of eating disorders. There's anorexia nervosa; a situation in which people choose not to eat and they typically are very underweight and lose a lot of weight. Then there's bulimia where people eat, overeat, binge and then purge. People purge in a variety of ways: laxative abuse, vomiting, or exercise. Vomiting is the most common form of purging for anorexics. Then there is binge eating disorder, where people overeat, binge and consume way beyond the comfort level at any time of day, but the most common time is at night. A lot of people with binge eating disorder restrict or limit their eating during the day. A lot of time binge eaters will say, 'Oh I have to lose weight; I have to eat healthier.' So they do not eat enough during the day and they are not satisfied by their meals during the day. Then they start eating at night. And when they start eating at night, there's a combination of the psychological piece where they say, 'I'm not supposed to be eating more than my plan was; now I've blown it by eating. So I might as well keep eating now, what difference does it make?' There's a psychological letdown at the end of the day and there's a whole emotional piece of it. People who tend to overeat are often eating for emotional reasons. Oliver X: Listening to you now, I recognize some of this behavior in my own family. Would you say that there is an epidemic of overeating in America?

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Dr. Platka-Bird: There are certainly very high incidences of obese and overweight Americans, but I'm not sure that I would use the term epidemic. It definitely is very, very prevalent—especially when you consider how we were meant to eat. We here at the Center we do Intuitive Eating. Oliver X: Define what Intuitive Eating is Dr. Platka-Bird: Intuitive Eating is what babies do. When newborn babies get hungry, they cry. They nurse, they get full, then stop. If you look at little kids, they do the same thing. They'll say, 'I'm hungry, I want something to eat.' They'll eat half their sandwich and then they're full and want to go play and they don't think about food anymore until the next time they're hungry again. A lot of adults are intuitive eaters. So Intuitive Eating is eating when you're hungry and stopping when you're full. But there's also the reality that most of us who work, or go to school, have to eat on some sort of schedule. So sometimes the term we like to use is Mindful Eating. Mindful Eating takes into account, 'I'm eating lunch now and I not going to be able to eat again until seven o'clock tonight because I've got something going, so I'm going to eat a little bit more at this meal.' And fullness is a range. The idea is to be comfortably full. That's what Intuitive or Mindful eating means. It's not eating until your stomach hurts; it's eating according to our comfort or fullness levels and then not letting other variables significantly influence what we're doing. We use a hunger scale here. And our hunger scale is 1-10. 1 is 'I'm ravenous and I'm about to eat my arm and 10 is 'I've way overeaten and I'm miserable.' So if you think about the comfortable range, like typically somewhere between 3 and 8. Once I'm at 3, I am really, really hungry and I should really be eating now and 8 is I'm comfortably full and I should be stopping now. And the numbers themselves are not important, but that's how intuitive eaters eat. They're never like a 1 or a 10. Whereas people with anorexia, they're gonna be down in that 1 range and people with binge eating disorder, they're going to be up in that 10 range. People get in to the habit of overeating. They'll say, 'Every time I eat I eat until I'm too full.' And that becomes their habitual behavior. They are significantly overweight because of they're always eating more than what their body is wanting. Oliver X: We're consuming so many “hollow calories” from fat and sugar … How much of the problem is that there's so little nutrients present in our diets, that we're having to eat much more food? Reno Tahoe Tonight 53


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Dr. Platka-Bird: A lot of what people are overeating and bingeing is on foods that do not have much nutrition in them. So again, if you watch truly intuitive eaters, they tend to eat a very balanced diet. What we need in our diets is to good the nutrients our bodies need ‌ People who are intuitive eaters don't tend to cut out any component of their diet and they also don't tend to overeat any component in their diet. Most overeating and bingeing is typically done with sweets and snacks. It comes down to balance and paying attention to your internal signals. Those are the real keys. Oliver X: In my research for this piece I read that the exact cause of eating disorders is not known, but that some factors include: genetics, psychological and emotional health and society. I was unaware that genetics was a factor in eating disorders.

a genetic predisposition do not develop an eating disorder. There's a strong psychological piece to it to, where people are using their eating disorder as their coping mechanism. The don't learn healthy coping mechanisms and they're using either not eating at all as a coping mechanism, or they're using overeating (and whether or not they purge and are bulimic) or binge eating. There's also the social component of it. There's so much food in our society readily available. And our lifestyles are such that, we do not have time to stop and eat a good lunch so we just stop at some fast food place and pick up a burger and fried or something. Which is fine. Some people who are intuitive eaters eat a burger and friend, but they're not going to eat two burgers. But virtually anywhere you go in our society we are bombarded with messages to buy food and to eat. So you're at the checkout line at the grocery store and you're not even hungry. But you buy a candy bar because it's there.

Dr. Platka-Bird: With eating disorders some people do have a genetic predisposition. And some people who do not have a genetic predisposition do develop eating disorders. Some people who do have

Oliver X: It seems like so much of our self-talk around our body images are negative. When people develop an eating disorder of any kind, is food sometimes the only thing they feel they

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* General Stats

• Almost 50% of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression. • Only 1 in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment. Only 35% of people that receive treatment for eating disorders get treatment at a specialized facility for eating disorders. • Up to 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S. • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

Student Stats

• 91% of women surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting. 22% dieted “often” or “always.” • 86% report onset of eating disorder by age 20; 43% report onset between ages of 16 and 20. • Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents. • 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25. • 25% of college-aged women engage in bingeing and purging as a weight-management technique. • The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate associated with all causes of death for females 15-24 years old.

have control over, so that they have a sense of empowerment over what they eat, or what they don't eat? Dr. Platka-Bird: Definitely that's true for anorexia. But in reality they have no control whatsoever, because if they want to eat, their eating disorder will not let them. You mention body image; that becomes a very big part of it. In the start of an eating disorders people will think, 'Oh I don't like my body. I need to lose weight. I need to eat healthier. So they'll start restricting. They'll cut out some part of their diet. But then the eating disorder takes over and it goes out of control. Very often people who are bulimic start off with anorexia. They start restricting. They may just be dieting and trying to eat healthier, but they become very, very dissatisfied and something kicks in and they think they're too fat—even though they might be severely underweight. In part two, we hear some of the successful patient treatment testimonial stories from Center for Hope of the Sierras. www.centerforhopeofthesierras.crchealth.com

Male Stats

• An estimated 10-15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are male. • Men are less likely to seek treatment for eating disorders because of the perception that they are “woman’s diseases.” • Among gay men, nearly 14% appeared to suffer from bulimia and over 20% appeared to be anorexic. *Statistics compiled by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders from over 25 years of research studies into eating disorders.

Dr. Platka-Bird has been counseling individuals with eating disorders for over 25 years. She takes a holistic approach to treatment, considering all aspects of physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being. In addition to helping clients develop a healthy relationship with food, Dr. Platka-Bird helps individuals minimize eating disorder thoughts and behaviors, improve self-image and self-esteem, and develop healthy coping skills and life skills to improve overall quality of life. Reno Tahoe Tonight 55


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Q&A with Ron and Melanie Gregory of Reno Tattoo Removal

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ccording to a recent Harris Poll, one in five Americans have at least one tattoo on their body. And a Pew Research Center survey showed that tattoos have become a “trademark for millenials.” The recent explosion in popularity of cable television channel tattoo competitions and the presence of a new tattoo shop on damn near every corner, has only heightened interest in the art form. But with that increased attention comes the inevitable reality that not all ink peddlers are masters of their craft. And the painful truth is, the tattoo one gets in their youth, no matter how well it's executed, often times does not reflect the beliefs

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or lifestyle one chooses later in life. The result: Millions of Americans are walking around with bad ink – tattoos that they hate or regret getting. But where does a person turn when they decide that their tattoo has got to go? Ron Gregory and his wife Melanie, owners of Reno Tattoo Removal have the answer. The duo opened a state-of-the-art facility in a 30's era bungalow on Marsh Avenue in the heart Midtown (with the kind of investment typically reserved for a new home purchase) to deliver the kind of high-quality customer care and expertise, at affordable prices, that they felt the industry was lacking. So they took a different angle than their


medical spa counterparts and keep it real, with no judgment. Reno Tattoo Removal's colorful logo, hand-painted by artist Tammie Cox, adorns the front of the business and their classic two-toned station wagon sports a hand-painted logo by Buzz Rhodes of Rhodes Designs. Most importantly, Ron and Melanie have studied with the best laser specialist in the US, Victor Boyer and are embarking on their masters course with Lorenzo Kunze II. Reno Tattoo Removal's Yelp reviews are all five stars and their customers absolutely rave about the service and their results. Below we speak with the couple about how they're building their brand, one satisfied customer at a time. RTT: Describe how you became interested in tattoo removal as a career and what attracted you to the industry?

Ron: I started looking for a place for myself that I wanted to get removal at. As a pretty tattooed guy, I just didn’t feel like I belonged in a med spa. I felt there was a need for a different vibe in the tattoo removal world. Instead of doing several different services [under one roof ] like hair removal, skin rejuvenation and aesthetician services, etc. There should be a place that specializes in only tattoo removal. I started looking into laser removal and became quickly intrigued. I went to school and was hooked. there is so much more to removal than just turning on a laser. Understanding everyone's skin types, ink density, history, and heritage play vital roles in the removal process. I saw a demand amongst friends and artists for a removal option. Artists need laser to lighten old or bad tattoos for new work, and connoisseurs need a way to get that new piece.

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Mel: For me it started with Ron. I just supported him and what he wanted to do. The more he talked about it, the more I became interested. I started doing my own research and becoming passionate about understanding peoples tissue interaction with the laser. I think that the whole idea started out as a business I could help with, and turned into something that I wanted to be the best at. Its a new concept for a laser tattoo removal clinic, we don't do hair or veins. We specialize in one thing, and that’s you and your tattoos. 60 Reno Tahoe Tonight

RTT: What makes your service and methods unique? Ron: We have a different perspective on the industry. we have been through the whole removal process, and know what our clients are experiencing. we treat every client that walks through the door the exact way we would want to be treated. We are very passionate about the removal process and are constantly learning new techniques to achieve maximum results. There's no judgment. If you love it we love it. If you don't, we want to help.


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Mel: We offer the only true 3 wave length laser in Reno, a Quanta Q Plus. This means that it can get every color in the rainbow, its not just a Nd:YAG, but a Nd:YAG laser combined with a RUBY 694 laser. It also has a top hat profile, unlike most other lasers that fire in a circular pattern. What that does is eliminate heat stacking, which is what causes scabbing with other lasers. The Quanta Q Plus also has a higher nominal pulse energy density. What that means is that each fire of the laser has a stronger acoustic effect, (shatters the ink more

effectively), as well as fires at a faster rate. Because it is faster, the heat stays in the skin for a much shorter period of time, reducing heat absorption in the skin. We didn't want to start this business and have just an OK laser – we went for the best. We are a husband and wife team that stays up at night talking about wave lengths and Jules, (our friends think we are boring!). We push each other to be the best that we can be. We put our heart and soul into what we do, we represent ourselves and take pride in every treatment. Our kids Reno Tahoe Tonight 61


FEATURE play "hattoo removal," and our oldest has starred in one of our YouTube videos, that’s how obsessed our family is! We are in a quaint Midtown office that is in an old house built in the 30's. It’s a fun space that makes you feel comfortable. We renovated the place ourselves, from the floors to the barn door made out skateboard parts. Local art hangs on the walls, handmade antlers sprayed in silver, and a touch of Disney can be seen (a total family obsession). It’s a little piece of us. We don't offer any other services, 'Tattoo removal, it's not what we do, its all we do.' RTT: Managing the false information about tattoo removal must be a big part of successfully communicating with a potential client. What are some of the myths about tattoo removal that you have to consistently dispel? Ron: That it's too expensive, too painful, that it will blister or scar. A lot people think that it is burning the top layer of skin, that’s not true. The laser knows how deep to go into the dermis. It finds the ink and shatters it, after that your body does the work. A good treatment doesn't mean scabs and blisters, the skin should be tender not damaged, more like a sunburn. As for the cost, it ranges. We start at $60 a session and it goes up on size. Our average client is in the $140 range per session. We also offer packages that save $$$. Buy 3 get 1, buy 5 get 2. Sessions are spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Mel: We get asked a lot about the pain...does it hurt? Hell yeah! But its soooo quick! Most treatments take only a minute. We also use a zimmer chiller that blows very cold air before, during, and after the session. It makes it more comfortable, hygienic, and much more efficient than using ice packs. We both have been tattooed, and we have both sat in our own chair....we relate to the experience and what our clients are going thru. Making each session safe, fast, and effective is our top priority. RTT: Who are your customers and why do people choose to undergo tattoo removal? Ron: It’s a huge range; anywhere from underage kids who went behind their parents back and got their first tattoo, to the tattoo veteran who is trying to reclaim space for new work. We see a lot of average everyday people. We do everything from faces to feet. Names and ring fingers are a regular sight. People want to move on and not be reminded of the past. Mel: I see mamas, tattoo artists, 20 year-olds and 65 year-olds. There are folks wanting complete removal, and then there's those who want cover-ups. Maybe they got something that they don't identify with, or wasn't done well. We lighten it up and help them to get something they can be proud of. 62 Reno Tahoe Tonight

RTT: Talk about the relationships you have with area tattoo artists and shops. What role do they play, if any, in your business and development? Ron: We are very fortunate to live in a city with a ton of tattoo talent. We are simply a bridge between the client and the artist. We are making it possible for the artist to show their best with a cover up tattoo and not be limited in their design. It feels more like a mutual friendship and support than business. Mel: I love Reno. We are a town that embraces tattoos and appreciates art. Every artist I meet is amazing, I feel like some of them are my friends. I truly appreciate and respect the art of tattooing. We love seeing people come to us and than get a beautiful piece in its place, its awesome! RTT: What happens when a client is simply not a good candidate for tattoo removal. What are their options? Are there jobs that you turn away because you cannot help the person for whatever reason? Ron: There is not much in the way of tattoos we cannot do. Thanks to laser guru Lorenzo Kunze II, we are learning the proper techniques needed to treat permanent makeup, something that is extremely challenging to remove, since some cosmetic inks contain high levels of metals--and lasers and metal are not friends! RTT: What are the primary methods of tattoo removal and how have technologies changed over the years? Mel: Laser removal is the only effective way to remove a tattoo while still leaving the skin undamaged. Laser Technology has come a very long way. It used to cut/ burn/damage the skin, leaving people with a permanent reminder of what used to be...not to mention a painful experience. Now the pain is limited to the very quick session (30 seconds-5 minutes), and you're skin stays in the state it was before the tattoo. the laser knows how deep to penetrate the dermis, find the ink, and shatter into small pieces. The pieces are then swept up by your white blood cells and passed through the lymphatic system. With each treatment the ink gets shattered into smaller pieces that are more easily absorbed, and the results become visible. Laser can be misused for sure by folks who may not know what they are doing, or they are trying to get immediate results. All that does is scar the skin and traumatize the person. A good technician knows how to use their machine properly, and get the best results for that individual. No scabs, no blisters! Ron: The technology has improved greatly in the last few years. It was very typical to not be able to get results with certain colors. It's 2015!!! Full color tattoos are the norm, and having the latest technology that removes all colors is mandatory. I also have heard misconceptions


like " If I am not getting blisters I am not getting a good treatment". This is totally wrong! The right laser, in the right hands can get amazing results with out blistering or issues. RTT: What are some of the horror stories and mishaps that you've seen in your experiences in tattoo removal? Are there just as many bad removal stories as there are bad tattoos? Mel: We see a lot of people who have been scarred by vanish ink, or something similar. Its a solution of some sort that is tattooed into the skin, the body rejects it, it creates a huge scab and they are left with a permanent scar that usually looks like a grease burn. We also occasionally see people who have been scarred by other clinics that offer removal, typically ones that got removal many years ago. I don't think we see too many mishaps or bad stories, the word is just getting out that laser is an effective and safe way to go. With that, I think word will spread and people will have the right information about removing or lightening their tattoos. Ron: I hear my share of stories. People are looking for the fast, easy route and usually end up getting hurt. I always suggest for people to do their research and be informed. Nowadays everyone wants immediate satisfaction. A few months of laser is a better choice than a scar for life. RTT: What's the most rewarding aspect of what you do? Ron: When I see a client that’s pleased with the process. Its not just the fact that they no longer have to look at the tattoo, but they are also moving forward from a negative experience. Its like going to the gym, it sucks and takes time and motivation to get, results but the long term reward is great. Mel: Definitely helping people feel better about themselves. I think its hard for some people to relate to the feeling that a bad tattoo gives someone. Some folks are OK with living with them, for others it makes them feel judged or sad. There are so many different reasons people want removal: an ex's name, a tattoo they no longer identify with, a bad memory, didn't turn out well, want something new, etc.... whatever it is they deserve to have a body image that they want. We don't judge, we all make mistakes, have pasts, want a do over. Life is too short to not be happy. Reno Tattoo Removal has a special running through the end of August where your first session is just $49! Their package deal is killer: Buy three sessions and get one get one free; buy five and get two free; buy seven and get three free! Reno Tattoo Removal is located at 425 Marsh Avenue, Reno, NV 89509 – 775-200-0623 www.renotattooremoval.com

Reno Tattoo Removal Five Star Reviews from Yelp ***** “I absolutely adore Ron and Melanie, they are courteous, professional and also really cool. They keep a clean shop and well maintained lasers. I'm happy to recommend them to anyone, I will probably see them again.” - Heather W ***** “The best new laser in town! These guys have the highest quality laser that gets all colors out (including green). They are very nice and professional people who treat you with respect. I like that they do free consultations with no pressure and will give you and honest and fair quote. I will definitely recommend them to anyone who needs tattoo removal.” - Tammie C ***** “After a couple hours of looking up places in Reno that all seemed to be beauty spas, I came across this shop who is not only priced amazingly but has a great atmosphere (complete no judging attitude, which I feel is extremely important for this) I dropped in without an appointment (since I'm awful at that) and Ron came right on in, did my consultation and I was so sure I went ahead and did my first session. He made sure I was comfortable and was so efficient I didn't believe he was already done! Thanks SO much!” - Michelle G Reno Tahoe Tonight 63


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ROB BELL EVERYTHING IS SPIRITUAL TOUR AUGUST 9, 2015 @ THE KNITTING FACTORY 8:30PM SHOWTIME “Soul is the thing that keeps telling you, 'There's more.'” - Rob Bell on Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday

anticipated Everything is Spiritual Tour comes to the Knitting Factory in Reno on August 9.

Rob Bell is a master teacher and spiritual provocateur of the most engaging variety. He's been vilified and publicly pilloried by his detractors, and celebrated and embraced by millions as a thought leader, reinvigorating the dialogue around the metaphysical mysteries of the soul, the afterlife and our place in the universe. Bell is a bestselling author, international teacher, and highly sought after public speaker. TIME Magazine said of Bell's controversial New York Times bestseller Love Wins,“Love Wins has ignited a new holy war in Christian circles and beyond.” Speaking on the Fox News program The O'Reilly Factor, the conservative evangelical Reverend Franklin Graham called Bell 'a false teacher and a heretic,” for Bell's views on damnation and his now notorious assertion in Love Wins that hell may not exist.

Oliver X: Tell me about what people can expect to hear and learn at your Reno tour stop.

But throughout his very public evolution (that has often-times been met with vicious condemnation by his critics), the charismatic Bell has not missed a beat, waxing poetic about his zen-like appreciation of the joys of surfing with his teenage son, while drawing parallels between the tenets of quantum mechanics and the human heart's enormous capacity for expansion and love. Bell's well-known book titles include: What We Talk About When We Talk About God, The Zimzum of Love, Velvet Elvis, Sex God, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, and Drops Like Stars. At age 28, Bell famously founded the Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan, and under his leadership it was one of the fastest-growing churches in America. In 2011 he was profiled in TIME Magazine as one of their 100 Most Influential People. Bell was featured on Oprah’s 2014 Life You Want Tour. His highly

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Rob Bell: Scientists are telling us that the universe is expanding …So, what scientists are saying about the nature of the universe and what we all know about how our hearts work, is actually the same fundamental truth. When you give yourself for the well-being of another; when you expand and embrace and include and move beyond yourself, you are mirroring how the universe functions. So I'm just making this whole series of connections between every time you're criticized, betrayed, hurt, wounded, misunderstood and you try something and it fails; everything in us wants to contract. It wants to shrink back. It wants to withdraw. It wants to say, 'Why keep giving my best effort if this is how I'm going to be received.' In that moment you are doing the opposite of expanding; you're essentially going the other direction that the universe has been going for thirteen billion years. Oliver X: That's wild! On that note, what do you make of the theories that are being popularized now by scholars like consciousness researcher Thomas Campbell, Oxford consequentialist philosopher Nick Bostrom, University of Maryland Theoretical Physicist Dr. James Gates and others, that we're living in a virtual reality simulation? Speaking on the subject, Campbell said, 'We are a self-aware, individuated unit of consciousness, with an avatar called a body, living in a virtual reality universe.' Rob Bell: Fantastic! The only problem with virtual, is when you slice you're hand open with a knife and bleed


all over the tomatoes you're cutting to make salsa, virtual is not the word that comes to mind. [Laughter]. But what I love about the examples you cited is this growing awareness that our consciousness is this entire realm that cannot be denied. It is there. It's the thing that makes us human, and yet you cannot study it under a microscope. So what I find fascinating is that science is going, 'OK there's this thing … it's kind of the thing, and it's sitting right there. It's the giant elephant in the room and we've made so much astonishing progress. But just the fact that you're Oliver and I'm Rob—for that probably the poet has as much to say as the scientist. So what I find really fascinating is, we've hit some sort of edge where we can split an atom a 150 times; we can put a rover on Mars; we can clone a sheep. And yet the variability you and I have to reflect on our own existence – we don't have a lot of new data on what that is – that is an epiphenomenon of the highest order and that's interesting. Oliver X: How did your white board evolve in your lectures as a teaching tool? Rob Bell: [Laughter]. Well, I have not used it very much. I used it in 2006 and then the new tour has this giant triangular white board which I can't wait for you to see 'cause it's just ridiculous. Part of it is the simplicity after complexity. There's simplicity; then you move from simplicity into complexity. And I know when things are cooking, when I can summarize it in one of those ridiculous stick figures drawings, I know that I've moved through complexity to the other side to simplicity again. That's the real art of it: to give people significant content, but give them slight little visual cues that help them access it, remember it, understand it, be able to repeat it. That's really the art to me. I've only used the white board a couple of times. I have used sheets of butcher paper to draw, just 'cause it helps me make sure we're making it as accessible as possible to the most amount of people. Oliver X: I have the book Love Wins in front of me now. You really shook things up in the world of “believers.” Why do you think so many Christians and even secular observers had problems with the ideas in that book? Rob Bell: [Long pause]. I don't have any clue. [Pause] Well, I think that many, many, many people of faith are cut off from the depth and intelligence and mystery of their own tradition. So when you simply introduce them to what their ancestors have been thinking and speculating and pondering for thousands of years, it's shocking to them to learn that their own tradition is much broader and loving than they ever imagined. You have Jesus saying, 'I will be lifted up and will draw all people to myself.' Jesus' world was filled with religious authorities who were experts at making judgments on who's in, who's out; who's accepted and who's not; who's clean, who's unclean; who's worthy and who's unworthy. And whenever you see

him confronting that system, he always veers toward the person who's been kicked to the edges. Who's been labeled, marginalized ... So it seems to me that if you're gonna use his name, you gotta tap into the spirit with which he moved. And that was always to move towards greater inclusion and grace and love. Oliver X: I felt that strongly in reading Matthew 22. There are so many powerful verses and teachings there. Specifically when one of the Pharisees asks Jesus in verse 36, “Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law?” Matthew 22: 37-39 “Jesus said unto him, 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.'” Love is the central tenet of the law. Rob Bell: Absolutely, and he keeps bringing it back. So the idea that there are people who are like, 'No, no, no, you need to get the bad news. You need to talk about people burning in hell.' Why? He didn't. What a ridiculous thing. Oliver X: Tell me what it's like working with Oprah and how did that relationship come about? Rob Bell: She read a book that I wrote called What We Talk About When We Talk About God. She has a show where she interviews people called Super Soul Sunday. We spent a day with her interviewing and I thought we were going to pass out we laughed so hard. It was so much fun. She's as amazing as you think she is. She started out as a preacher. She's a tremendous spiritual teacher. And a lot of people know her from asking other people about what they have to say. But she has truly profound things to say about what it means to be a spiritual being; what it means to be a person of courage and integrity and character. And to see her up close and to realize that she is the same person in whatever setting she's in. She's a person of extraordinary wholeness and integrity and that's really refreshing. You know what I mean? To go behind the scenes and to have her at lunch with your kids and she's asking your kids questions. And she's fully present with your kids. It's extraordinary. Rob Bell: Everything is Spiritual Tour August 9, 2015 @ The Knitting Factory in Reno. 8:30pm showtime. Tickets are on sale now at re.knittingfactory.com | robbell.com. General Admission: $29.50 Pre-show Seminar featuring a conversation with Rob: $101. Pre-show seminar begins at 6 pm. Includes priority seating + signed copy of The ZIMZUM Of Love. Limited space. For more information and tour video, visit www.robbell.com/portfolio/tour

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FEATURE Washoe Wellness: The "Doc" Is In Special to Reno Tahoe Tonight

Meet Dr. Devlin, resident expert and physician in understanding the “Medical” side of marijuana

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n 2000, 65% of Nevada voters approved Question 9, amending the state constitution to allow the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by qualifying patients who participate in a confidential state-run registry that issues identification cards. Currently, registered patients may possess up to 2 ½ ounces of cannabis in a single 14-day period, as well as cultivate up to 12 plants or designate a primary caregiver to assist them. In April, 2014, Senate Bill 374 was enacted, establishing a statewide medical cannabis distribution program. The new law allows for the creation of up to 66 dispensaries and 200 production facilities in Nevada, regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services. The first licensed commercial establishments are slated to open as early as the fall of 2015. The Medical Marijuana Program is comprised of two authorized groups, Medical Marijuana Cardholders and Medical Marijuana Establishments (MME). Who allows those recommendations for potential cardholders? Who decides how chronic or debilitating the condition may be? How much does a patient need? Can a patient no longer require or depend on a recommended dosage by their physician? These are the questions most individuals and potential patients have, as we swiftly move into this new stage of our state. As we embrace the new landscape in the field of cannabis use in Nevada, we are quick to realize how we are faced with so few physicians that are professionally educated and adequately trained to recommend or efficiently monitor the use of pharmaceutical grade cannabis through elixirs, cartridges, gel capsules or tonics, and tailor the amounts of cannabis to legitimate patients with severe or persistent disorders. By means of education campaigns, Dr. Devlin and Washoe Wellness Center intend to re-inform the community about the true health benefits behind cannabis; re-educate the community about the potential benefits of marijuana as an alternative healthcare option, while keeping community members updated on the current state of the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program. Early in his career, Dr. Devlin was honored with a National Health Service Corps Scholarship and 70 Reno Tahoe Tonight

subsequently served under the Department of Health and Human Services providing primary care to under served areas of Nevada and Idaho. During that period of time he worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations, including clinics and hospitals providing critical access to healthcare in rural Nevada. He is currently the Medical Director and Chief of Staff of the non-profit hospital, Nye Regional Medical Center in Tonopah, Nevada. Dr. Devlin also lectures and provides business consulting nationally to clinicians who are transitioning their medical practices to concierge and integrative medical models, in an effort to provide more comprehensive and detail oriented healthcare. Dr. Devlin is a board certified Family Physician and board eligible in Emergency Medicine. He also is board certified and fellowship-trained in Anti-Aging and Regenerative medicine and fellowship trained in Integrative Cancer Therapeutics. Dr. Devlin holds a Masters degree in Biochemistry and has pursued doctoral studies in Pharmacology, with an emphasis on the evaluation of novel antineoplastic agents. During his tenure as a PhD student, he uncovered a variety of novel research on the endocannabinoid system and its relationship with the parasympathetic nervous system. After reviewing the literature to date, he was invited to lecture to the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Tennessee to report his findings. Dr. Devlin has spent the past 20 years exploring the clinical implications of his findings that suggested marijuana held significant medical benefits for a wide variety of clinical conditions. Over the past decade, Dr. Devlin has compassionately and actively recommended Medicinal Cannabis and has educated his patients on its safe and appropriate use. Dr. Devlin also practices Integrative Oncology and is one the founders of the International Organization of Integrative Cancer Physicians (IOICP), which is a non profit cancer research and educational foundation; he currently sits on the IOICP advisory board. Dr. Devlin has traveled extensively working with cancer physicians and researchers nationally and internationally in an effort to better understand cancer and its treatment. Dr. Devlin currently teaches for and works with the AAAAM Integrative


Cancer Therapeutics fellowship and Masters degree program through the University of South Florida. Dr. Devlin has been fellowship-trained in neuromuscular medicine and has spent many years working with patients suffering from chronic pain conditions. He has focused on rehabilitating patients and getting patients transitioned off of narcotics and other controlled substances using a variety of integrated techniques. Dr. Devlin has been utilizing medicinal Cannabis for nearly a decade and has seen over 10,000 patients while working in Colorado, Nevada and California, providing his medical expertise in marijuana’s compassionate medicinal applications. He has provided medical and scientific evidence involving the use of cannabis as a medicine as an expert witness in court and has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of Medical Marijuana. He is currently published in the Townsend Letter, an integrative medical journal, as the lead article in the August/September 2014 issue, titled “Medical Use of Cannabinoids, Going Beyond THC.”

solutions to a variety of maladies, it can also have harmful side effects, which patients need to be made aware of. In the coming months, northern Nevada will watch as Dr. Devlin and his fellow physicians at the Washoe Wellness Clinic will lead the charge in providing medical marijuana recommendations to patients. Dr. Devlin will continue to educate the community through a series of upcoming articles titled “Ask the Doc” where Devlin and his team will outline the benefits of medical marijuana and answer questions from patients, community members, and other physicians. To make an appointment with Dr. Devlin please call 775-772-9933, or email info@washoewellness.com

Using his broad medical experience and vast knowledge of cannabis as a medicine, Dr. Devlin has been working on developing a state of the art Integrative and Functional Medicine practice utilizing the information generated by current research in the field of cannabinoid medicine. Dr. Devlin and his team of cannabis experts are working to build a foundational education program in which the general public will have access to all the latest research and tools necessary to make marijuana utilization appropriate and beneficial. Dr. Devlin has a firm belief that cannabis is a medicine and it should be respected as one; just as it offers many

Dr. Devlin and Washoe Wellness Center intend to re-inform the community about the true health benefits behind cannabis

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FEATURE KRZQ Radio Personality Willobee Part 3 Text Oliver X Photos Frank Haxton Digiman Studio

In part three of our feature on KRZQ's Willobee, we pick up his story during his years managing Korn. Willobee: So I spent years doing management. RTT: You must have hated artists by this time. Willobee: [Rolls his eyes] I was on tour with Korn, they were touring with Ozzie and Judas Priest. We're doing all these festivals. And I got so worn out going on the road. I thought artist management was going to be a lot of fun. RTT: But instead you learned it's a trick bag of babysitting, damage control, psychotherapy... Willobee: It was very stressful; very hard work. People used to ask me, 'What do you do as an artist manager?' And I would say, 'I'm the guy that that has to snatch the bullet from the time the artist fires the gun before it hits him in his own foot. That was my job: to protect the artists from themselves. And that's not easy. When you take a guy like Jonathan Davis, who was born and raised in Bakersfield (the rest of the guys were from Orange County); take a guy who grew up dirt poor and you make him a multimillionaire, you know it affects people. Egos get so inflated it becomes very difficult. It was not an easy job. I worked with Korn from the days when they were driving around in a beat up Winnebago that literally had holes in the floor and you could see the road... And the last time I was hanging out with them when they were in Reno, they all have their own tour buses now.

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RTT: When you say “they all” what do you mean? Willobee: Each member of the band has their own tour bus. RTT: [Laughter] Each member of the band! Willobee: They went from sharing a beat-up Winnebago, and you know then for years they all shared a tour bus. But now, they're so big that all five members of them have their own tour bus. So, spending years in artist management was not all it cracked up to be and it became very stressful. I left the management company and started my own thing. I was stressed out. I wanted to go off on my own. I started my own management company. I went back to Phoenix. A friend of mine who owned a nightclub in Phoenix; built a new one in Austin, Texas right off Sixth Street, and he was actually murdered. His family asked me to help. They asked me if I would come to Austin Texas and help manage the club. They said if the club was successful they'd sell it to me. It was an interesting offer. I could still manage my bands and manage the nightclub. So I moved to Austin, Texas. Here I am running a nightclub, working with South by Southwest and still managing my bands on the side. From that, while I was in Austin, one of my friends was a program director of a classic rock station. One day he said, 'Hey, do you miss being in radio?' And I said, 'Yeah, I do miss radio. It was my first love; of course I miss radio.' He says, 'Well look, I know you don't want to get fully immersed in it again; you've got a full-time gig with the club. But if you wanna have fun, I could use you on the air if you wanna do like weekends.' RTT: In Austin? Willobee: Yes. So I said, 'OK.' So just to keep my hand in radio and have some fun, I did weekend shifts on a classic rock station in Austin. And then I wound up doing fill-ins during the week more and more and wound up getting sucked back in. I was working for Clear Channel. The Regional VP of Clear Channel tried to convince me to come back full-time as a Program Director. And I kept saying, 'No, I'm not interested.' At this same time I got rid of the nightclub. That became too stressful. I was then offered a job as a General Manager to help develop a concert venue on an 800 acre ranch just outside of Austin. That was one of those how can I say no things. There was no amphitheater in Austin, and here's an opportunity to build something from scratch—which is what I like to do. Start-ups and stuff. So I became a partner in the venue called Two River Canyon. I became General manager and helped design this venue and infrastructure. 60,000 people would come to this place. I figured I was going to retire doing this. But the brother and sister who owned the venue got an offer from a real estate

developer to buy the entire property from them to turn it into a subdivision. And they sold it. So I'm still working part-time at Clear Channel and Regional Vice President asked again how I would like to be a Program Director and he offered me a bunch of different cities where I could go. I wound up going back to radio as a Program Director and moving back to the east coast – but not with Clear Channel. I wound up working for Cox Radio. I worked for them in Norwalk-Stamford, Connecticut. I did that so I could be close to my family in New York, which was only forty-five minutes away. Did that. Hated it. I was only there six months. But then I got a call to come save another radio station that was dying. A twenty-five year heritage alternative station WEQX in Albany New York. They were hurting and needed some help. And it seemed like that's what I do best, I fix broken radio stations. So I took the challenge. The station was physically located in Vermont, ninety minutes from Albany. So I moved to Vermont and fixed WEQX and put them back on the map, where they were back on top again. I had a great time there. I was there five years. The General Manager who hired me originally from The Edge in Phoenix, whom I had remained friends with all these years, called me up and said, 'Hey, I'm running this cluster of stations for a great company called Shamrock Communications in Scranton Pennsylvania.' And I was like, 'Scranton. I don't want to move to Scranton. I'm in Vermont. I don't want to move to Scranton.' He goes, 'I'm not going to take no for an answer. Get in the car, drive to Scranton and I'll show you around.' We were really good friends and he convinced me to come out there. And once I stepped foot in the company, I fell in love with Shamrock Communications. Great family; great company. They hired me as their Operations Manager and that was five years ago. I've been working for Shamrock officially for five years. While I was there, I was there two years, the CEO of the company, Bobby Lynett, said that they would be expanding the company out west into Reno, Nevada and Las Vegas. So he says, 'How would you like to help us start brand new stations in Reno. I said, 'What do you mean, build them from scratch?' And he says, 'Absolutely.' RTT: Another new challenge. Willobee: Yes, another challenge. A challenge that hardly any other Program Directors get—the opportunity to start radio stations from scratch. To actually build them from the ground up. And I took that opportunity and it that was three years ago that I came to Reno and built KRZQ, Martini Radio, PopFM and 107.3 KNEWS. Listen to Willobee weekdays 10am-2pm on 104.1FM KRZQ. Next issue we speak with Wild Bill Shakespeare of Shamrock's 106.3 POP-FM. Reno Tahoe Tonight 73


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Al Pacino @ The Peppermill's Tuscany Events Center. Saturday July 18, 2015 Photos by Jamie Kingham

At 8:02pm, with the stage lights still dark, one of the world's greatest living actors walked out onto the stage. Even shrouded in darkness, Al Pacino was unmistakable. The adoring, sold-out crowd at The Peppermill's Tuscany Events Center was all aflutter, as the tan, dapper and diminutive Academy Award-winning star of some of the late 20th Century's most famous films, including The Godfather Trilogy, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, And Justice For All, Scarface, Heat and dozens more, held them giddily spellbound for nearly two hours. Despite initial technical problems with his lavalier microphone (both Pacino and moderator Ernie Manouse went to hand held wireless mics early on as backups), the evening's format was loose, jovial and off-the cuff, with Pacino and Manouse seated in adjacent black leather chairs, Inside the Actor's Studio style. As if he were sitting in his own living room, Pacino got comfortable quickly, spreading his legs out wide and slumping low in his seat. An eight minute video montage of his greatest cinematic hits followed, playing to enthusiastic responses from the crowd. After the video, Manouse asked Pacino, “What do you think when you see that reel?” Not missing a beat Pacino said, “I did that without rehab?” to riotous laughter from the crowd, who hung on the actor's every word, cat-calling “I love you Al!” intermittently. Early on, Manouse and Pacino spoke about how the 75 year-old South Bronx native caught the acting bug. “It started when my mother would take me to the movies, Pacino said. “I was an only child. I would act out the pictures I saw. I think I got my animation from my two deaf aunts,” he stated. “I had a great teacher. I love teachers by the way. Blanche Rothstein, my 8th grade teacher saw something in me. She had me read the Bible out loud. I read it with great gusto,” he said, and the audience ate it up.

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At approximately 8:22pm, things got a bit strange when a forty-ish blonde woman in a little black dress, sauntered out from the wings, stage left, and, with arms akimbo, started walking toward the star. As she got close to Pacino, she belted out, “You only live once and I kissed Al Pacino!” Pacino handled it with gentlemanly aplomb, casually turning his face away from her beseeching mouth, allowing the fan to kiss both sides of his cheek, before security shuffled her off stage. The audience at first was kind of shocked, but, like Pacino, rolled with it, though there was a smattering of boos heard coming from the bleachers. It was that kind of night. Throughout the evening Pacino paced the stage. Animated and spry, fleet of foot and quick-witted, the actor took the audience from his meteoric rise from unknown to critically acclaimed heart-throb, to master Shakespearean thespian, peppering his stories with insights and wisdom gleaned from fifty years of stage and screen. “If I've learned anything, it's don't judge,” he said. When Manouse asked the actor about the famous physicality he brings to his roles, and how he developed that, Pacino stated, “You assimilate things. You absorb, you channel stuff. Some great actors start with a gesture. The way you deliver a line...As an actor, the best thing in acting is to learn your lines, so you can get away from them. Lee Stasberg said, 'Words are the messengers of your wishes.'” Long lines formed in front of the half dozen microphones that dotted the enormous room for the audience Q&A session, which lasted over forty minutes. One 81 year-old man walked boldly up to the stage to solicit a handshake and an autograph, which Pacino graciously obliged. The questions ran the gamut from favorite roles, to the roles that got away and everything in between. After the Q&A, they played a clip from Wild Salome, starring Pacino and Jessica Chastain. When the evening concluded, I spoke with audience member Melody Brewer to get her impressions of the event. “I had no idea what to expect,” Brewer said. “All you saw leading up to it was the billboards that read, 'Al Pacino One Night Only!' And you get there and it's really pretty much just him on stage telling stories, and, I gotta say that guy was totally on point. He was funny and so flippin' cool. And the behind the scenes stuff was just so fascinating. I loved, loved, loved it!” A sentiment shared by most all in attendance.

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High Sierra Music

The High Sierra Music Festival celebrated its 25th year in its third home, the quaint and beautiful Quincy, California. On Independence Day weekend the “heart of the Feather River Country” welcomed back bands that have graced its stages multiple times, first-time fans and High Sierra lifers. Swarms of people and RVs filled the once quiet Quincy streets. Campers staked out all open plots of land in exchange for either money or a kind word to a local business owner with a yard. High Sierra has a grassroots community vibe rarely seen in more commercial festivals. “Coachella is fine as its own thing,” Benjamin Jaffe of Los Angeles' HoneyHoney said after their debut HSMF performance. “It's refreshing to be at something that feels so community driven. There's a certain pride you can feel in people.” He and his 80 Reno Tahoe Tonight

musical accomplice, Suzanne Santo, said the crowd's enthusiasm during their alternative folk set is responsible for their exhilaration. “There's something really beautiful about collective efforts,” Santo said. “It's a fucking weird world out there and if it's 'every man for himself' then we're fucked.” Jaffe and Santo fed off each other during their performance and interview. She picks the banjos and he plays guitar. They pick on each other like school children in love. They departed from the interview with arms around each other before disappearing into a kaleidoscope of color. High Sierra is synonymous with folk and bluegrass, but there is plenty of wiggle room for soul, funk, hip-hop and more. Bands with breadth survive.


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The Wood Brothers appear to be a simple folk trio singing about guitars and muses, but goodness how they lay down the funk. The brothers, Chris and Oliver Wood, are brimming with humble and calculate talent. Chris writes poignant words and kills when his slide meets his guitar. Oliver plays the harmonica or sings harmony while playing the standup bass. Their third member, Jano Rix, taps and beats on an awful cheap guitar turned percussion instrument dubbed the suitar (pronounced: shi-tar.) Multiple day festivals are about options. How can all types of people be entertained for days on end? Most invest in the biggest names and install beautiful facades or VIP teepees. High Sierra focuses more on substance. But hell, you'll get your share of stars too – Robert Plant, Bela Fleck, My Morning Jacket and Primus have graced the fairgrounds.

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An arts and crafts fair replaces a plethora of upscale beer gardens. Instead of a Bud Light charging station, you can find an unused socket on a Plumas County Fairground building. Don't pay to wait in line for a Ferris wheel all day, enjoy free meditation or acroyoga instructions. And instead of countless herds of teens dressed in their finest raccoon outfit, you'll see families. The Family Village has a stage for performances, art and music workshops, a village green for bubbles and hula hoops and a “shady chill zone” to escape the heat and facilitate breastfeeding. Courteous children stand on street corners and ask if you want to be squirted. It's a spectacular symbiotic relationship between rambunctious youth and overheated music fans. Reno Tahoe Tonight 81


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The Brothers Comatose are a rowdy roots string band from San Francisco. Upbeat Americana and harmonies spew from these boys. This was their first time back at the fest since 2011. “I wish to be here every year” vocalist and banjo player Alex Morrison said. Both of the Morrison brothers agreed it's a great escape for adults. Ben Morrison said you can find adults dancing as free as children, some proudly in Sponge Bob underwear with their beer guts hanging out. Aside from playing two sets, The Brothers Comatose also participated in a playshop. These are themed sets that allow featured performers to collaborate and give fans a break from the midday heat. The room is cafeteria-shaped and full of fold-up chairs. Art hung 82 Reno Tahoe Tonight

from the ceiling, and the walls were lined with photos from past festivals. The Brothers Comatose started off the Golden State Gramble, a jam that showcased songs about California by Californians, and celebrated the recent Warrior victory. They played “Going to California” by Led Zeppelin with Lebo of Animal Liberation Orchestra on slide guitar. ALO backed the rest of the performance that featured Nicki Bluhm, The Sam Chase and The California Honeydrops from Oakland. When the sun goes down, people let their freak flags fly. You can make your way through creepy horse stables lit by Christmas lights to catch a back alley


jam with a local band or DJ. You can toss up another $25 for a late night show, a party within a party that features the weekend's favorites playing full sets (including Galactic, Pimps of Joytime and two sets from Lotus on the final evening.) You can rent a pair of free wireless headphone and dance under psychedelically lit trees, or keep the headphones off and bask in the hilarity that is silent disco. You can ultimately people-watch until the sun rises. Even when color returns to the Quincy trees and skyline, you can find music and fun. A jazz duo performs to a small comfortable crowd while others play morning dodge ball or perhaps seek out a bloody mary for that headache.

The best parts are what you didn't expect. I knew the three members of The Wood Brothers would create a fuller sound than most bands. I didn't know Scott Pemberton lays his guitar flat on a stool and solos palmsdown like playing a piano. I knew ALO would get the crowd swaying with songs about family and barbeques. I knew Lebo would tear his guitar a new one, and could've even guessed a Ford Escort-sized beach ball would frolic around their set. I didn't know singer-songwriter Dan Bern's cathartic prose was so powerful, or that he was responsible for many hilarious songs from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. The world and its people are multifaceted. When a community, instead of name brands, create a festival, it can be as well. www.tonycontini.com

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VIRGINIA STREET ANTIQUE MALL 1251 South Virginia Street Reno, Nevada 89502 Open daily from 10am-6pm – 775-324-4141

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he summer festival and events season is in full swing in Reno-Tahoe. Visitors are coming in droves for the unique events and happenings that make northern Nevada a hotbed of tourist activity known worldwide. Folks coming for Hot August Nights and The Burn, in the nearby Black Rock Desert, will have much to see and find at the Virginia Street Antique Mall's 17,000 square feet of fabulousness. For vintage enthusiasts, the mall has a ton of items from the mid century era, that is in such high demand these days. The mall's famous Virginia Street frontage window area is like a Smithsonian installation, with a full scale classic 50's diner display featuring coke bottles, red bar stools and red counter tops. Just north of that area is a midcentury display with vintage serving carts, large framed Marilyn Monroe photos and American vintage auto hub caps. Further north, Burners will find a panoply of fine silks, sarongs, throws, old bikes, mirrors, lovely kimonos, exotic lampshades, camisoles—and even a comfy couch to decorate your camp and be super fly on the playa!

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in Mike's case he was only seven. Specializing in toys, western Americana, Native American artifacts, Reno history, Nevada history, Civil War items, interesting historical documents, original photographs, and more traditional antiques, Holland has been at for over twenty-five years and has a following of customers from all over who visit regularly. “Virginia Street Antique Mall is the biggest and best antique mall in Reno,” says Holland, “and I've seen a lot of changes in Reno, but the mall is steady and good.” Holland has collected all of of his life and now has buildings full of “stuff ” from years of involvement with movie props working on film productions in northern Nevada. “I worked on The Shootist with John Wayne in 1975; we filmed that in Carson City,” Holland states. “In 1982 I did Honky Tonk Man with Clint Eastwood. Holland also worked with Whoopie Goldberg on Sister Act. “We furnished her house, and when I was next door, she bought everything in my booth,” notes Holland. “She offered me money to drive it back east to her house in Connecticut for her, but my girlfriend at the time didn't want to have me doing that, so I didn't do it. Then I was watching an interview with her on 60 Minutes a couple of months after that and it was showing her house in


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Connecticut and it had all of my stuff in it! But she was a very nice person and it was an honor to be involved in the movie; plus she bought quite a bit from me.” Holland has a very discriminating eye as a collector. “I like real old things, authentic things, saloon items, old license plates, vintage signs, advertising items, gambling items and mining,” Holland says. “I love the history of Nevada and Virginia City, Silver City, Gold Hill. It's always fascinated me since I was a child and I'm fortunate enough to live here. I've been here forty years. I came from California like a lot of people did. People complain about people moving here from California, but it's what makes our economy go; it makes everything work here.” Holland has a deep love affair with cars and auto racing. “I got into racing cars … I worked at a racetrack when I was a child and was around a lot of the drivers,” says Holland. “My father was a big sponsor of race cars and I worked as Ascot Park in the 1960's. I actually raced there myself, but that's another story. I collected toy race cars and some years back I was able to acquire a couple of real race cars. So I was very fortunate to own those for quite a while. One of them is the one down in the picture—the Indianapolis car.” Holland points to a black and white vintage Indy car photo in his vendor display

case that's the real deal. “I've just been very fortunate to own some wonderful things,” he says with a hint of nostalgia in his eyes. I had hot rods of course and I did some drag racing myself.” Folks visiting for Hot August Nights can find many collectible items this summer season at Holland's vendor station, located in the central rear portion of the antique mall, including antique toy cars and vintage racing items. Racing enthusiasts and collectors can note that Holland is selling his prized collection of racing memorabilia assembled over a lifetime. “I have hundreds and hundreds of historic programs and photographs, that I'm starting to sell now,” Holland states. “And people look me up for that. Mostly Southern California racing, which is where a lot of it started back in those days. Bonneville, the midgets … Like I brought the Culver City Speedway one in this morning. During Hot August Nights people come from all over and it's a tremendous boost to the economy.” Holland is philosophical about the business he's loved for most of his life. “I love the thrill of the hunt and finding the great items; keeping them for a while and then passing them on to the next person. Because we're really just the caretakers of this stuff.”

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PHOTOGRAPHY Photographer Heather McAlpine

I am an editorial portrait photographer; narrating the subject-environment relationship through dynamic use of light, location, and movement. I was born in Reno, Nevada; and my love for the outdoors and everything scenic started early on. A trip to Europe in my early teen years was the spark for my photography interests, and I've been compelled to capture beauty through photography ever since. Beginning as landscape and still life images, my work has since evolved into portraiture, and I strive to embody my love for landscape and interesting scenery within my portrait work. I have always been fascinated by the different lifestyles and hobbies that people have, and I use that as a source of inspiration in my photography: capturing interesting people doing interesting things. When I'm not shooting photos, you can find me in the mountains, enjoying the scenery.

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PSYCHIC SAMANTHA FE Text and Photos by Samantha Fe

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I’M PSYCHIC, ASK ME A QUESTION My name is Samantha Fegert, or at least that is what it says on my birth certificate. Now I go by Samantha Fe (like Santa Fe) because it is easier to say and I love the way it fits who I am. I have made a conscious choice to change my name along with a lot of things that didn't quite fit in my life. My point is, we are all faced with choices throughout our life that shape who we are and what our role is in today's culture, in our family, in our professional life, etc. In my past, I have lived through pain, struggle, as well as poor decision-making, that added to the mess of situations I would have to clean up later. Well, later came around and I decided I was ready to face my fears and began to make better choices for myself. By gaining clarity in my life, I have finally been able to understand who I am as spirit and what my purpose is in this life. I have always been psychic. It almost seems too obvious to say, but I didn’t always understand what that meant. And to be perfectly honest, for most of my life, that reality frightened me. I had experiences I couldn’t explain; I felt emotions that were not mine; I saw things that others could not see and I had no one to talk to that 94 Reno Tahoe Tonight

could understand what I was going through. I'll even admit that for a large portion of my late adolescence, I thought I was going crazy. My saving grace through this time period was the part of me that was perfectly OK with that. I was able to give myself permission to be exactly who I needed to be. I now see this way of thinking as spiritual freedom, because now I know how to nurture and love myself as a spirit in a body. During early adulthood, I chose to hide my ability under the comfortable numbing blanket of alcohol. Not only was this a cozy escape, it was also the easiest, and simultaneously, most detrimental way to shield myself from conscious awareness. The reason I am sharing my vulnerable truths, is to let you know that I have been through struggle. I understand doubt and insecurity and I absolutely know what the experience is to feel alone and misunderstood. I am here to tell you the you are not alone! I made a choice to wake up and use my abilities to heal myself first, and am now confident in saying that I have the tools to help you find what it is that you are looking for inside of yourself, no matter how murky the vision may be. I want you to know that I have fallen, dusted myself off and chosen to learn from the experience. I have dedicated my time and energy to

getting to know my angels, as well as my demons, and am confident in saying that I know and love myself from the inside out. All the while, continuing to learn and grow from every situation life hands me through this process. Frequently Asked Questions Q: How do you do what you do? A: Now, without teaching or giving away my secrets, the simple answer is: Spirit-to-Spirit communication. I am also able to read vibrational frequency I.e. energy. Through practice, meditation and a complete lifestyle transformation geared with clarity a connection in mind, I have obtained a very clear and direct line of communication with my higher-self, my spirit. My spirit then finds and connects with the spirit of my readee, which allows me access to the information held in their energetic body. This includes but is not limited to; past lives, karma, relationship connections, thought patterns, behavioral patterns, outcomes of choices (past, present and future). Again, what comes up during a reading is only limited to the level of spiritual awareness the readee and I am at in the present moment. Spirit can show and offer clarity in many ways, I am confident in my connection that if I can see it, it is


meant to be shared. This kind of information often triggers personal and spiritual growth because it offers the individual clarity in the choices they are making in their lives. Q: How can I move my ego out of the way to have better connection to myself as spirit? A: I find in the spiritual community, there’s this idea that the ego is this evil counterpart to spiritual growth. Personally, I disagree. Our ego is here, it is present, it is part of our personality and genetic makeup. My point is, our ego, or as I like to refer to it, our personality, is part of the whole. Once you identify and recognize the difference between the thoughts of the ego and the thoughts of your spirit (hint: mind thinks, heart knows), you can begin to use the ego as a tool to help motivate your spiritual advancement. Feed your ego in the direction your heart desires. Without getting to the nitty-gritty details of “how”, it all comes back to love. Love each and every part of yourself. If there is a part of yourself or personality you don’t love, let it go, and replace it with characteristics you admire. Keep it simple. Q: How and when did you realize you had an ability that was different from others? A: My first tangible experience with my gift was when I was 12 years

old. I was sitting in my dining room with my mom as she was doing a past life reading for me. As she was reading, I myself regressed to that specific period in time. I could feel the dampness in the air, I was chilled from the crisp ocean breeze, and I could clearly see the spirits of my family in that life that are present in my life today. It was incredibly emotional. I was murdered in that life from a choice that I had made and I remembered my regrets as my spirit left my body. I remembered it like I remember my fifth birthday party; it was vivid and so very real. Let me remind you, I was 12 years old. Wow and WTF! were occurring simultaneously in my innocent adolescent heart. Q: My friend went to a psychic once and she was so accurate it scared him. I feel like I’d rather not know what is going to happen in my life. What is it like during a session? A: First of all, I agree. I too have had readings where I have been given time lines of what is going to happen when, and the anticipation is enough to drive a person absolutely bananas. When I am in a session with a client, I make a point of it to offer more clarity in the individuals’ ability to make decisions for themselves. I prefer to offer what I see as the outcome of choices put forth on our path. After all, part of the deal on

this planet is that we, as humans, are blessed with free will, the power to choose what we create for ourselves. This is what I prefer to focus on. How can you find spiritual freedom to create exactly the life you are meant to have? During a session, I find that a lot of confusion and pain gets stuck in our energetic bodies and by creating an energetic flow, these blocks can easily be released. I prefer to focus on healing and preventative maintenance to offer empowerment to the individual. We are the creators of our own universe. Through empowering our spirits we are truly given the freedom to create exactly the life we are meant to have through our divine will. Samantha Fe is a Certified Psychic and Medium by the American Federation for Certified Psychics. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University and has been formally trained by the Berkeley Psychic Institute of Santa Rosa. Sessions are offered by calling 775.233.8965, or emailing sf@ samanthafe.com for an appointment. Please be sure to visit www. SamanthaFe.com for any further questions. Sessions and meditation classes will be held at SoulSpace, located at 100 W Liberty, as well as, The Studio, located at 1085 S Virginia St. 100 W Liberty

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[radius] = unfolding into Nature’s quietude Drifting on still, glass waters, the silence, strangely soniferous, soothes me. Into the slow moving waves I float, suspended between textures. Solid earth a half mile in front of me, cool wind kisses my skin, fluid waters caress my vessel. Sun warms but gives no clue to the careless eye what hour has elapsed. This day is forever. This moment precludes entrapment in what has passed and what comes next. Here, I crawl out of my head and into the ether. My heart opens to engulf all other senses. Touch, sight, taste, olfaction. All now one, the heart a meta-sense. Reflecting now the image conjured is a head thrown back, crumbling into stardust, sun’s golden rays piercing through the ribs. No, that’s inaccurate. Sun’s rays don’t pierce the ribs. Rather, the heart center becomes the lucid source. Into her luminous embrace, all points converge, are reassembled, spin outward into a spherical glow of supreme clarity. This is presence. Nirvana. Enlightenment attained breathing in with each stroke of the paddle, out with each muscular flexion. Splish, splash. Piddle, paddle. Float. A white pelican dives for fish. Another waddles to and fro on the shoreline. A flock of goslings tuck their tiny

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heads underwater, either to escape me or to fetch algae under the current created in Mother’s wake. In one cove a herd of black cows graze by the shoreline. One bathes in cool lake mud. Others make their envy known with repeated bellowing moos. Splish, splash. Piddle, paddle. Breathe in, out. Around the next bend a doe preens her fawn atop a hilly overlook. Vegetation, nature’s protective shield, camouflages the pair. My luminescent egg intends no harm. This message transmits successfully and they do not flee. Mother carries on with her nurturing task. Paddling to the adjacent cove, topography suddenly changes. I have entered another time, another navigational intersection on the big blue floating marble. Stark, gigantic black rocks rise fiercely from the pond. Their towering stature dwarfs me. I am small, insignificant amidst this pristine beauty. My presence, however, not inconsequential. The mud daubers sense me. Hundreds of mothers croon a mellifluous song, the score for their cinematic feeding journey. They fly over me in search of food for their young, perched in mud nests clinging to the underside of the once-volcanic rock giants. Mothers deliver food to little beaks peaking from small holes. Breathing in, I melt into the mud dauber song. Breathing out, reluctant to release even one note. Rather, I release them all. They are not mine to keep. Piddle, paddle. Splish, splash. Breathe in, breathe out.


RADIUS Text Amanda Horn Photo of Amanda Horn at Lake Tahoe by Brad Horn Column photo of Amanda Horn by Alina Vincent

I arrive at the shoreline and disembark, pulling my vessel to shore. Sitting on sandy rock, I stare across glistening blue waters surrounded by a cozy enclave of evergreens and protective mountains. Heart beaming open, luminescence shining from me, light flowing from the vantage, through me, to all sentience around me. Breathe in, breathe out. I am here. I have arrived. I am home. In the here, in the now.

Part 2: Application In Nature, the whisper of the Universe swells into a roar. Even then we are not automatically wont to listen. Daily life distractions chatter endlessly and we murmur right along. But if only we will receive it, the wild provides an auspicious gift. Here in the Sierras we are blessed to be surrounded by such beauty, numerous places of refuge, some even just out the front door. This has long been a place of enviable beauty and abundant resources. For centuries, the Washoe people and other neighboring Sierra tribes thrived here. A little over two hundred years ago, white settlers started arriving, and were immediately enthralled with the place’s beauty. The cultural production created over this time showcases how truly inspiring Lake Tahoe, Donner, and the surrounding Sierra have been—and continue to be—for all manner of artists, from Washoe basket weavers to contemporary architects.

assembled on this place. I have been reflecting on much of the work, considering what it must have been like for so many solitary sojourners venturing into the wild, contemplating vast mountainous landscapes and water the color of the sky—for the first time. I aim to put myself in that suspended state of awe each time I venture out into Nature. My outpouring of prosetry inspired by a recent camping trip to Frenchman Lake reminded me that, living here, it’s far too easy to take our Nature access for granted. Don’t. Get outside and revel. Shut up and listen. Breathe in, breathe out. You are here. You have arrived. In the here, in the now. Amanda Horn is a Reno-based writer, yogini, and creative community enthusiast. A former circus performer, she has been pushing boundaries most of her life, constantly redefining her own and testing the radius of the world she inhabits. She currently serves as Director of Communications for the Nevada Museum of Art. Follow her on Twitter @TeboHorn or email her at amanda.horn@nevadaart.org.

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ou know those things that you’ve dreamed of doing that were, seemingly, so out of reach that you couldn’t really fathom how they could ever possibly come true? Maybe it wasn’t necessarily your sole purpose in life to achieve it, but it sure would be an amazing experience to have and a terrific story to tell. Well, perhaps my incessant daydreaming caught the attention of the universe, and through a series of crazy events, I ended up welcoming Anthropologie’s prop team into my store to pick up a handful of items that I had specially gathered and selected for their August catalog photo shoot. Two days later I was invited to spend the day with my dear friend Anna Critchley of offTract Blog, who was the magical hand in putting this unforgettable experience together, getting a behind-the-scenes look at how Anthropologie’s iconic catalogs are shot. It was an overcast day with spots of rain—not ideal for an August ‘day at the lake’ photo shoot. In those intermittent rainy hours, we whiled the time away in a dreamy cabin that had also been used as a location in the movies “The Bodyguard” and “City of Angels.” We made conversation with the various people on set: the great guys on the prop team, the down-to-earth and friendly photographer, creative directors, models, stylists, producers and many others who made the set flow smoothly even with the finicky weather. As happens quite often in this type of shoot, a myriad of pictures are taken, and only a select few actually make it into the catalog. I offered an array of props including a vintage sea-foam green Coleman cooler, retro lawn chairs, old books and board games along with a lot of other things you would expect to see in your vacation home on the lake.

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In the end, only my set of unique chess pieces actually made it into the catalog as props, although some of the outtakes show that the other items would’ve appeared in the final product had the photos not been cut for whatever reason. When it was all said and done, however, I was so excited to have a hand in Anthropologie’s August 2015 catalog! Quite literally though, actually… As the day was winding down and one of the two models had to leave, there was one more shot that had to be done. How could any day at the lake be complete without roasting marshmallows over a fire? Well, no one roasts marshmallows alone, and I just happened to have a set of hands that were thankfully photo-ready! Stylists decked out my digits with rings and bracelets, then I showed them my tried and true technique of getting that perfect golden brown goodness that makes the best s’mores! It’s not something that an average person flipping through those pages would ever take notice of or remember, but for me, it was an unforgettable experience that reminds me to dream big and to know that even a powerhouse like Anthropologie understands and appreciates what I’m doing. THE NEST 201 Keystone Ave Reno, NV 89503 (775) 284-8841 thenestreno@gmail.com www.thenestreno.com FB/IG/Twitter @thenestreno Monday – Saturday 11am – 6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm


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“It was a really great show. Phenomenal! Not only the singing and dancing talent, but the way they got the audience riled up and excited and wondering what would happen next … I just felt like we were part of it, and I think at the end, we were part of it. They were dancing for us. I saw it in New York on Broadway about five years ago and it was extraordinary. They had a couple of big names in that cast. But Bruka's production was better. It just drew me in. The characters were real people who your heart went out to and I wanted to know more about their lives. And the end was phenomenal. It was an excellent show.” - Audience member Kathy Button after the July 12, 2015 Sunday matinee showing of Bruka's The Full Monty Bruka's production of the popular 1997 indie cinematic cult classic The Full Monty, directed by Androo Allen, was one of the most satisfying theater experiences I've had in Reno to date. The all local cast, whose principals were all real-life theater couples, did an outstanding job capturing the energy, wit and societal angst of issues like unemployment, male gender role expectation, racial stereotypes, sexual identity and suicide, in a theatrical production that featured standout performances in the lead and ensemble roles and a tight nine-piece band, under the musical directorship of Tony Degeiso. When blue collar working stiffs Jerry Lukowski (the lead character played by John Frederick) and Dave Bukatinsky (hilariously played by Ryan A. Kelly) get pink slips from their factory jobs, it shakes them to the core, throwing their financial and tenuous marital situations into a tailspin and threatening the relationship and custody status of Lukowski and his son, played ably by Frederick's real-life son Elijah. In a telling and funny bathroom scene in Tony's Bar, the site of a Chippendales male

THEATER Directed by Androo Allen Musical Director Tony Degeiso

strip tease tour stop, Lukowski and Bukatinsky overhear their wives lamenting their marital and financial woes. Lukowski then hatches a get-out-of-debt plan to one-up the Chippendales by producing an all male strip tease revue featuring “real men” that he feels is certain to right their financial course and win back the trust of his son. Lukowski enlists the help of four more factory workers, convincing them to go the “full monty” fully nude, in a crowd pleasing finale that will take their performance – and financial fortunes – over the top. John Frederick delivers his Lukowski with the requisite animation, poignancy and verve needed for the role and his singing was standout. Allen, who set his production of The Full Monty in working class Buffalo, New York, prepared his actors well for the singing and choreographed dance scenes. But Allen's real success came in his actor's performances in some intensely real and socially relevant scenes, that still managed to convey Bruka's trademark penchant for sidesplitting humor. Despite a few minor flaws ( John Frederick's Buffalo accent largely disappears after the first scene and Ryan A. Kelly does a near perfect knock-off of Family Guy lead character Peter Griffin's everyman Rhode Island accent), the musical comedy went off without a hitch. The singing was really top notch throughout and veteran favorites Cori Lynne and Sophie Moelle were exceptional in their roles as Pam Lukowski and Georgie Bukatinsky respectfully. The Full Monty, which enjoyed full or sold out houses during its month-long Artown run, ends Bruka's stellar 22nd season. Support great community theater by becoming a Friend of Bruka. Find out how at www.bruka.org Reno Tahoe Tonight 109


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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s With Cami Thompson as the Fairy Godmother

Music by RICHARD RODGERS Book and Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II Directed by Janet Lazarus Musical Direction by Terry Thompson Choreography by Amanda Albert In collaboration with Reno Dance Company Under the direction of Lesa Dusich

Sept. 4–6, 11–13, 7:30 p.m. TICKETS:

www.sierraschoolofperformingarts.org VIP with parking $40 $20/advance; $25/door GRASS: $18 | Food and beverage vendors

GENERAL ADMISSION:

Robert Z. Hawkins Outdoor Amphitheater Bartley Ranch, Reno Cinderella is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals; www.rnh.com


TRAINING TIPS Text Camie Cragg Lyman Photo Michael Lagrange

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Get outside of your comfort zone and attack your goals on a whole new level! A suggestion I have for you is applying a workout that I have been doing since I was 15 years old on my hometown turf which is Nevada Stadium bleachers & track as I started training with my trainer for volleyball and basketball. No matter what type of athlete you are or just looking to take your physique to a whole new level RUNNING BLEACHERS and integrating a track workout with the bleacher set is super beneficial for you and your physique! Of course it is tough but that is the idea behind every day of your training is for it to be a challenge and to obtain gains from your daily grind. Reasons why running bleachers are important as you can: * Increase leg strength * Aid in delaying fatigue during races * Improve cardiovascular health * Shape and tone legs * Increase speed and endurance Running stairs is an intense workout that burns calories. This burn helps you achieve a calorie deficit for the day, which facilitates weight loss. Also on a muscular level the lower legs in particular receive strengthening benefits from running stairs. For a more intense lower

leg workout, skip every other step to run two stairs at a time. Your legs work harder to cover the bigger difference between the steps. To add in an upper body workout while running stairs, carry dumbbells as you run, or wear a weighted vest. Either option intensifies the workout and increases the muscle-strengthening benefits throughout the body. Lawlor Events Center Stair Routine Warm up 5 flights of stairs Lunge to the other side 5 more flights of stairs Lunge to garbage can, run to the next garbage can (alternate lunges/run) till you get to the last flights of stairs 5 flights of stairs 5 down and back ramp run(up hill/down hill) 5 flights of stairs Alternate lunge/run to the last set of stairs 4 flights of stairs Lunge all the way down to ramp run up/down 4x 5 flights of stairs Lunge all the way down and complete final 5 flight of stairs READY!

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