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May 2016

BALLER BRIANNA BULLENTINI

ROCKS THE BASEMENT


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MAY 2016 CONTENT

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ART 10 Wonderful Me 12 ART MUSIC CULTURE & COMMUNITY BEAUTY 16 The Undercut 18 BRITS 'N' PIECES COVER STORY 20 Baller Brianna Bullentini Rocks The Basement 34 DANCE EVENT 36 Skrillex - Space Whale Fundraiser 40

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FEATURE Reno Ronald McDonald House and Rip City Riders - An Introduction

56 FREESTYLE 62 HEALTH TIPS 40

64 INCLINE VILLAGE CRYSTAL BAY VISITORS BUREAU REPORT 66 NORTH LAKE TAHOE EVENTS 68 POTOGRAPHY Michael Lindberg

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70 RADIUS 72 RENO STREET PHOTOGRAPHY 74 SKATE NV SKATE JAM 80 THE COUTURE COLUMN 82 THE SWAN LECTURES

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84 THEATER 86 TRAINING TIPS 90 YELP 94 YOGA 56

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

Design Associate Katrina Stewart

Tucker Monticelli Contributing Writers

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


SNAPSHOT Photographer Joey Savoie www.jsavvyphotography.com Model Chris Perkins Cannon 5D Sigma 50mm lens ISO 50 F.3.2 1/100sec Location HATCH

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 www.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.


ELEVATE THE WORD.

A PROBABILITY OF WORDS Text Thomas Lloyd Qualls Photo Johnstone Studios

Young children are not that interested in books without pictures. No matter how good the story. When we are very young, a word on a page, by itself, is just not that interesting. We need pictures to make the words more engaging.

happens, another kind of magic takes hold. The words on the page begin to mean something. And we start to participate in the story. We bring our imagination to the page and create our own pictures.

As we grow older, our stories also grow, and there are fewer and fewer pictures. As this

This is because a word is a magical thing. And the reading of words is actually an act of creation. As readers, we get to participate in the

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art itself coming to fruition like no other art form. We are brought into the world made by the writer and get to do our own co-creating while we’re there; completing the circle of art in a way wholly unique to the written word. Please don’t misunderstand me. I love the visual arts. And we have what seems like an unfair concentration of this kind of talent here in the Truckee Meadows. Which is good, because I can’t get enough of it. Words and pictures have long worked together. And they’ve enjoyed a beautiful working relationship. I’ve just noticed that lately the relationship has become a little lopsided. As if there’s been a regression of sorts. At least as far as the internets are concerned. The truth is, we’ve gotten a bit lazy. We can’t be bothered to write out the full words for things. And in order to get us to read something, there needs to be a picture attached. It's like we’re all in kindergarten again. And we’re easily bored. Which is a shame. Not just because I’m a writer. But because the word is fundamental to our understanding of everything in our world. Including pictures. Imagine describing a picture without words. Now imagine seeing a picture and not attaching words to it in your own head. And the thing is, understanding is pretty important. Because mostly what we understand is so vastly outweighed by what we don't understand that if we understood only that simple truth, it would blow our minds. And maybe it would lead to things like humility, compassion, and even curiosity. In order to understand our world a little better, we need to exercise our brains a little more. Reading is a little like yoga for our minds. And who among us couldn’t stand to do a little more yoga, right? But here's something really crazy. New studies show (I promise this isn't a gum commercial) that our brains might actually see words as pictures. Did you hear that? At least some of us see words as pictures. That means they don’t need other pictures to go with them. It’s a little like facial recognition software, but on a different scale. So, if words are pictures – and if they are, in fact, the modern building blocks of our understanding of the world – then to continue to discount the

word and its importance is to do ourselves, our culture, and generations to come, a disservice. I guess what I’m saying is, in a world that is already disconnected – already almost unbearably truncated by letters and numbers that are supplanting words – that to continue to act as if words themselves are not important, is to further distance ourselves from each other and from our natural environment. It’s not just that always supplying the picture is too much spoon-feeding for adults. Not simply that it does not allow us the space to create our own worlds with the words. Not only that it makes us lazy and doesn't invite us to participate in the art. It is that it deprives us of the raw beauty of words. And beauty, as you know, is just about everything. So bring on the written word, the spoken word, the poetry slams, the calligraphy pens, the handmade paper, the ragged journals, and the tattered book covers holding so many precious gems. Language existed before the written word. But the written word built bridges for us that language alone could not. Let’s get creative and figure out how to lift up the word again. In all its art forms. In all its glory. In all its sexy, ravenous beauty. After all, a picture is supposed to be worth a thousand words. Let the picture speak for itself. And set the words free again.

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 tribe known as Rebelle Society. He's also a novelist, a painter, and through his law practice – a sometimes salvager of troubled lives. You can find out more about him, his books, poetry, paintings, and other projects on his website. www. tlqonline.com. Or at any of the absurd number of social media profiles out there these days. Feel free to check them out whenever you like. Or just invite him out for coffee or beer. He loves a good conversation. © 2016 thomas lloyd qualls

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America Matters Media Text Kelly Rush Photos courtesy of Linda Galliher

Singing Attorney Keith Galliher

Keith Galliher, Jr. is a versatile man! Not only has he been an award-winning Las Vegas attorney for over 40 years, he is a recording artist and talk show host as well. He has established himself as one of the best attorneys in the Las Vegas area, and has earned the highest rating from the renowned MartindaleHubble legal ratings and information service. Every Friday at 10 A.M. on America Matters Media, Galliher hosts the Two Paths With Keith Galliher radio show, broadcast live on 1180AM KCKQ in northern Nevada and streamed online worldwide at americamatters.us. The show is called Two Paths because one week the show is features Keith’s music and the interesting background stories behind them. The other week, the show focuses on various aspects of the law. The trajectory of Galliher’s music career is a fascinating one. “Wonderful Tonight,” originally an Eric Clapton tune, was his first recording for his wife Linda as a Christmas gift. Keith’s friend and producer, Clarence Collins (founder of Little Anthony & The Imperials), who is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, came aboard to help make it happen. Collins enlisted the talents of William (Willie) Weist and Mary Eckler as arrangers. Collins and Galliher also recruited Jim Gilstrap to assist with backup vocals. Most recently, Galliher was awarded both finalist and winner status in multiple categories as judged by www.TheAkademia.com, an online organization that sources music from around the world. www.TheAkademia.com had this to say about Galliher’s music: “We are by now well familiar with Galliher's astounding vocal talent and 'Two Paths' furnishes some of his best material to date. Anyone who hasn't heard this man sing needs to make time for the experience!” Said Galliher, “They give out monthly awards. They have a panel of judges that reviews the

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material that comes in and, based upon their

review, they decide who's deserving of winner status and who's deserving of finalist status – and of course, who's not deserving of anything. We've submitted 32 songs to them and 29 were recognized, and of those, 21 were finalists and eight were winners.” The following Q&A with Keith Galliher details more on his life and multiple careers. Read the entire article at www.renotahoetonightmagazine.com Kelly Rush: What made you want to be an attorney? Keith Galliher: When I was a little boy, my mother thought I argued really well. And she said, you know, "You argue so well you should be an attorney." KR: Did you ever have any other career aspirations? KG: No, I mean, I've done a lot of things. I was maitre'd at Caesar's Palace before I went to law school. I ran a piazza restaurant there, which was their Italian gourmet restaurant. For a period of time, I entertained thoughts of staying in the restaurant business. Thankfully I didn't. And I've done a lot of other things, but the law has always been the focus How did you decide on your area of practice? I sort of gravitated to it. When I first started out of law school, I worked for a large firm here in town (Las Vegas), Lionel, Sawyer, and Collins, and I worked there for about a year and realized I didn't want to be a part of a big firm. Then I went to the public defender's office here in Las Vegas and I practiced criminal defense for roughly a year and a half, then left the public defender's office to establish a private practice with my partner Lamond Mills.


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Candice Liberty

Wonderful Me

A collection of paintings, poems and diary entries by artist Candice Liberty Torn Arts Tattoo shop and gallery on Wells Avenue is alive with the art of it's owner, artist-diarist Candice Liberty. A paintings of a witch disguised as Cinderella, a snarling Tyrannosaurus Rex, and vibrant abstract pieces fill the walls and easels of Liberty's gallery space. An unlikely author, the diminutive, straight-shooting tattoo artist is one of just a handful of female tattoo shop owners in northern Nevada and Liberty is much more than meets the eye. “I was inspired to write the book to showcase my artwork,” Liberty says “but to also tell my story of mental illness, that nobody – not even me – could really understand. I wanted people to know a little bit more about what was going on in my head and what I was going through.” Diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disorder in her early twenties, Liberty wrote Wonderful Me as a means of dealing with her diagnosis. “I of course was in denial at first, but the book is me coming to terms with that.” Wonderful Me features 35 original paintings; 35 poems and over 104 journal entries bound in bright fuchsia soft cover. Topics include mental illness, self-esteem and self-love. The artwork is big, bold, and 10 Reno Tahoe Tonight

animated, with the rich, vibrant color palate she favors to express her creativity and inner visions. “I self-published the book through an Amazon site called Create a Space,” she notes. So I guess me or Amazon is the It sells right now on Amazon and out of my store. I sell between five and ten books per month out of the store-gallery and have sold about 20 books off of www.Amazon.com.” The first-time author said the process of creating and compiling the art work, writing, editing and production was a five-year undertaking. “This book was really hard for me and was one of the most difficult things I have ever done,” Liberty notes. “One reason is that I have such a limited knowledge of graphic design, and computers in general; it was a struggle.” To mediate her technical deficits, Liberty turned to digital master Hunter Howatt of Pixels & Ink in Midtown. Howatt's high dpi reproductions of Liberty's acrylic paintings are of the highest clarity and properly capture – in precise color calibration – the tone quality of her work, helping Liberty's paintings jump off the page. “Hunter was a life-saver and I could not have completed the book without his expertise,” states Liberty. The labor has paid off for Liberty experientially – having now overcome the first hurdle in her bucket list of literary adventures – she has plans for two companion volumes to round out the three-book series sometime in late 2107. Torn Arts Tattoo and Gallery is located at 1125 S Wells Ave. Reno, NV 89502. (775) 432-1234.


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Spring is in full swing and there's so much to do in Reno-Tahoe. Here's a few of our favorites for you to check out and enjoy.

Cooperative Extension's Grow Your Own, Nevada classes return in May The average carrot travels over 1,800 miles to get to our dinner plates. Processing and shipment of food accounts for 93 percent of our food cost.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is offering eight new “Grow Your Own, Nevada!” classes at 10 locations statewide to help Nevadans who want to get on a path to more sustainable, local, healthy living by growing more of their own food. “Anyone can become a better gardener by attending these classes,” Cooperative Extension Horticulture Specialist Heidi Kratsch said. “From the beginner to the advanced gardener, everyone can benefit from a Grow Your Own class.” The series of workshops will run May 3 through May 26, and be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m. The workshops will provide gardeners and those interested in growing healthy foods with a back-to-the-basics guide to producing bountiful harvests in Nevada. The topics will include: May 3: Warm-season Vegetable Gardening May 5: Gardening in Nevada’s Soil May 10: Know Nevada Insects: Decomposers and Pests May 12: Know Nevada Insects: Pollinators and Beneficials May 17: Tomatoes 101 May 19: Composting Made Easy May 24: Preserving the Harvest: Hot-water Canning May 26: Seed Saving

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The workshops will be held at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension office, 4955 Energy Way in Reno, and will also be available via interactive video at Cooperative Extension offices in Battle Mountain, Carson City, Elko, Fallon, Gardnerville, Hawthorne, Lovelock, Pahrump, Winnemucca and Yerington. “Gardening in Nevada is a challenge,” Kratsch said. “But you can learn to deal with our harsh climate and poor soils by building on the success of others. Grow Your Own educators are experienced gardeners and growers and are excited to share what they know with the community.” To register for any or all of the upcoming “Grow Your Own, Nevada!” classes, visit www. growyourownnevada.com. The class fee for those attending at the Washoe County office is $15 per class or $60 for all eight classes. The cost covers class supplies, materials and refreshments. Reno participants attending all eight classes will also receive a USB flash drive containing gardening resources. K-12 teachers and Master Gardeners in Reno receive a discount on registration cost. Class fees in other locations vary. Residents should contact their local Cooperative Extension office for information on attending the workshops in those locations. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the scheduled event.

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Friday, May 6 - Scott Pemberton at The Saint in Midtown Reno -

Scott Pemberton will be bringing his unique sound and vibe from Portland to Downtown Reno at The Saint, the newly opened midsize concert venue in Midtown. Scott Pemberton’s path is simple and clear. Make the best music he can and share it with others. That is all. “It’s not every day we get to see a real, live guitar god in action.” -Fly Magazine (Pennsylvania) Scott Pemberton’s sound is much like the vibe of his native Portland: freaky, fun and just the


right amount of weird. The best way to categorize his music is with the moniker “Timber Rock”. Scott naturally applies his own lens/stamp to the sounds of the Pacific Northwest, the region he has always called home. The deep jazz, NW rock/ grunge, blues roots and the west coast funk. It’s all there, and often all in the same song. Listeners are finding this honest, original and to-the-point music refreshing and fun. The mastery of his guitar playing combined with the fun recklessness of his songwriting show that the rules of songwriting and playing the guitar no longer exist for him. Scott plays with the uninhibited joy and intensity of someone who recognizes that every time we make music is an honor and a gift. The response to Scott’s music has made him an emerging force on the festival circuit, placed him at #1 in Portland’s pop charts, #4 on Billboard's “Tastemakers” chart and has generated notice from the press: “The Bruce Lee of Rock and Roll” –Tahoe Onstage “A modern day Jimi Hendrix” –Chico Enterprise “It’s not every day we get to see a real, live guitar god in action.” -Fly Magazine (Pennsylvania) “A wildly creative virtuoso.” -Jambase.com “Stand out artist at this year’s High Sierra Music Festival” –Relix Magazine. “At a festival FULL of guitarists (Safeway Water Front Blues Festival), none played like Pemberton or was as fun to watch” -The Oregonian One of Reno’s favorite local bands, Rigorous Proof, will be opening the show. It is strongly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance as Pemberton's last two shows in Reno

were SOLD OUT! Tickets available locally at The Melting Pot and Brasserie Saint James. The Saint Reno, NV 761 south Virginia St, Reno, NV Doors at 8pm, 21+, $10 Adv., $15 Door

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TREAT MOM TO A BIG WEEKEND THIS MOTHER'S DAY The Price is Right, delicious food and plenty to do in Downtown Reno, May 6-8

With so much to do in downtown Reno, there’s no reason you can’t make a whole weekend of celebrating Mom this Mother’s Day weekend. At Silver Legacy Resort Casino, there’s certainly no shortage of things to add to the agenda, May 6-8. Friday night, May 6 at 8 p.m., talk-show host Jerry Springer will host The Price is Right Live, the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to “come on down” and be the next contestant. Prizes include appliances, vacations and possibly even a new car. Play classic games from television’s longest running and most popular game show. Tickets are $59.50 and $75.50 and can be purchased at www. Ticketmaster.com or by calling 775-325-7401. Guests are encouraged to check-in to the Grande Exposition Hall three hours before the show if they wish to register for the chance to play.

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ART MUSIC CULTURE & COMMUNITY Also on Friday, the annual $25,000 Mother’s Day Slot Tournament will begin with tournament registration and a $5,000 Early Bird Slot Tournament from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. The tournament continues on Saturday with a $10,000 Rose for My Gal Slot Tournament from 11a.m. – 2 p.m. and on Sunday, the final $10,000 Slot Tournament will be from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration for each tournament will be done in person at the associated start times. Appearing throughout the weekend at The Laugh Factory is Lowell Sanders, an incredibly versatile and accomplished comedian who has appeared on shows like “Home Improvement” and “The Drew Carey Show.” Shows are nightly at 7:30 p.m. with an additional show at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at www. Ticketmaster.com or by calling 775-325-7401. And what’s a celebration without a little fine dining to celebrate mom? Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse will serve an exquisite brunch from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. that will include Oysters Rockefeller, grilled lamb chops, prime rib hash, petite filet tips, housemade gravlax, an omelet station, a variety of desserts, and much, much more. With mimosas and bellinis included, this Mother’s Day Brunch will cost $44.99 for adults and $24.99 for children four to ten years old. A complimentary rose will be included for all moms who dine at Sterling’s. Flavors! the Buffet will offer a special Mother’s Day Buffet from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Gourmet food options include a salad table with snow crab legs, chilled shrimp, cream of asparagus soup, made to order omelets, a breakfast table with hickory smoked bacon, fried vanilla infused Belgian waffles topped with bananas foster sauce, farm fresh scrambled eggs and an egg white frittata with lox and arugula crème fraiche drizzle. Carving station items include slow-roasted prime rib, honey baked bone-in ham, roast breast of turkey and roast leg of lamb. Brunch table includes pan-seared breast of chicken with fresh buffalo mozzarella, basil and roasted tomatoes over red pepper pesto, macadamia crusted barramundi fillets with mango cream,

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crispy chicken fried steaks, Mediterranean style orzo pasta and sautéed shrimp and scallops with saffron tomato chardonnay sauce. An elegant selection of desserts to include pastries, cakes, cream pies, fruit pies and sugar-free desserts will be available. Buffet pricing will be $27.99 for adults and $14.99 for children four to ten years old. Café Central will serve a three course meal including a Sonoma greens salad with sliced strawberries, jicama and carrots, medallions of beef with lobster ragout, fresh herb and mascarpone whipped potatoes, oven roasted Brussel sprouts and carrots with a lime and vanilla poached pineapple for dessert. Served 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., this savory Mother’s Day meal will cost $23.95 per person. For $19.95 per person, Pearl Oyster Bar and Grill will serve lobster scampi with sun-dried tomato ricotta raviolis and a lime and vanilla poached pineapple with Caribbean cocktail mousse for dessert. Pearl is open daily at 11 a.m. As a special gift from Silver Legacy, all moms who dine at Flavors, Café Central or Pearl will receive a carnation with their meal. Aside from live entertainment and great food, there are plenty of activities within walking distance from Silver Legacy that could fill your weekend of Mom. Here are just a few great things to check out in the Renossance: Rock of Ages, a wild musical featuring an incredible catalog of rock’s biggest hits at the Eldorado Resort Casino, nightly


Reno Sculpture Fest, a free community event featuring human-sized or larger sculptures by locally and nationally-recognized artists, live performances from special musical guests as well as visual artists, art cars, a silent disco and more, at Retrac Plaza in Downtown Reno, May 6-8.

Join us as we leisurely stroll through beautiful downtown Reno for our Dine The District Food Tour. Not only will you have an opportunity to enjoy a variety of culinary delights from the best restaurants in the Reno area, you will be supporting continued development of the Riverwalk District!

Reno River Festival, an action-packed weekend of whitewater, music, food and libations, held at Wingfield Park, May 7-8. This year’s event includes the inaugural Reno River Roll bike ride and a Craft beer village. So much to do and few better ways for some quality time with your family, honoring the heiress of all. Book a room for Mother’s Day weekend in Reno today!

Redeem or purchase additional tickets by presenting receipt at the new Reno Tahoe Visitor Center located in the Reno eNVy store during the day of the event, you will receive a food tour map as your formal admission to the self-guided tour during the day of the event. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event at RENO eNVy: 135 N. Sierra Street, Suite C, Reno NV, 89501 (Cash only) NOTE: Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable. Please be aware that If you or anyone in your party has a dietary restriction or a food allergy not all locations will be able to accommodate your special food needs. Some of the locations on the dine-around do offer a vegetarian option and they will be noted on the map the day of the event. Pre-sale $20, at the Door $25

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SKRILLEX May 27 Reno Events Center

May 7 Dine the District Food Tour.

1-4pm. Reno's Favorite Dining District is located along the Riverwalk. The Riverwalk Dining District is where Foodies come to feast on the many options of culinary excellence located in the Heart of Reno, Nevada. The Riverwalk features unique options in dining & entertainment showcasing selections from around the world.

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BEAUTY Text Jennifer Utu

The Undercut The undercut and shaved head look has been making a comeback since its previous popularity in 2010. Not only can men pull it off, but women are sporting this on trend style with a vengeance. If you are stuck in a rut and want a change with a dramatic effect, shaving a side piece is an option with impact. If you have long, thick, hair, sometimes shaving the under portion at the nape of the neck can help update your style. It can also help you beat the heat this summer – especially when wearing your hair up. Short hair can be worn with a modern twist by shaving one or both sides and leaving the top longer. You can style this look by wearing the top portion of you hair in a pompadour, or wearing the top down, giving you a side swept bang. 16 Reno Tahoe Tonight

Need a more extreme change? Shaving your entire head can be a liberating feeling (albeit scary at first). Choosing any of these edgy styles will keep you on trend this season as well as set you free from your usual hair routine. If you dare to step out of the box and update your haircut, speak with your hair stylist about adding a trendy undercut. Although taking this leap is fun, you should keep in mind that there is a grow-out period that can be a challenge once you are done rocking this look. Having a hair professional help you blend your shaved side – or head – while growing it out, will make it a much easier transition. Our staff at Aura is very experienced with the trend, so book your next appointment with us.

Aura Salon is located at 2323 Kietzke Ln, Reno, NV 89502. (775) 826-3117


BRITTS 'N' PIECES Text Britton Griffith-Douglass Photo Jeramie Lu

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It’s your chance to become a margarita master and to ring in Cinco de Mayo like a true champion. Miguel’s, Reno’s oldest Mexican restaurant, celebrates being open for 57 years. Say salud to their success and May’s favorite holiday with a sip on the ‘Big Mamma Margarita: a 70-ounce party in your glass. Check out how to join the party here: www.miguelsmexicanrestaurantreno.com. BITS <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Build it and they will come. This is a phrase that Aric Shapiro took to the ReTrac streets of Reno in the Arch District and proved it’s true at the 2nd Annual Sculpture Fest. May 6th- 8th. The beloved community event is sponsored by Eldorado, Reno Art Works and Regional Alliance for Downtown. There is even a silent disco you can boogie down to at one of the many musical venues. Plan your festival visit here: www. renosculpturefest.com/ visual-artists. The District that dines together, stays together. Riverwalk District is the heart of our City – and also the stomach – which will be shown during the Dine the District Food Tour on May 7th. Enjoy bites from famous spots like The Jungle and, new to the foodie favorite crew, Pignic Pub & Patio. Get taste buds tickets here: www. renoriver.org/features/dine-thedistrict-food-tour.

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Mother May I … take you to brunch? All of my favorite words start with the letter ‘M’: Mom, Mimosas, OK, so my two favorite things start with ‘M’. Which is why you will find me at Wild River Grille for their Mother’s Day Brunch on May 8th. I can’t wait to make some sunny memories and giggle over eggs benedict with the best person – who taught me all my manners – and everything else I know. www.bestrenorestaurant. com/music-events/mothersday-brunch. Bottoms up, weirdos. Cheers are in order for all the oddballs, kooky characters and, of course, the weirdos who love beer. This year’s Strange Brew Festival will be hosted by Brewer’s Cabinet on May 14th. These odd combinations are sure to start a party in your mouth like ‘Peanut Butter Stout’ and ‘Sushi Porter’. Buy tickets and let your freak flag fly here: www. strangebrewfestival.com. LAST PIECE OF ADVICE <<<<

Listen, hear that collective sisterhood saying, ‘We Can Do It!’ Our community is run by strong female leaders. Groups like GirlMade who help ‘girls to play big’ and now Kylie Rowe of UNR’s Ozmen Center, will host the first Women's Initiative on May 26th. Practice pitching and business plans and hear a proclamation from our very own Queen of Woman Power--our Mayor. Also that evening, the Reno Riverters will present the Reno Riverter of the Year Award to a deserving college student. Check out all the bad a** babes here: www.ozmencenter.unr.edu. Britton Griffith-Douglass is busier than a superhero. As the President of the Riverwalk Merchants Association, and a board member of the Reno Alliance for Downtown, and Advisory Board member of Volunteers of America, she is helping to reshape Reno from the ground up.The VP of Operations for her family business, Reno Engineering Corporation, Britton helped found Startup Row and has her fingers on the pulse of new business, development, and Reno's bright future as “Downtown's Darling.”

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Text Oliver X Photographer Tim Conzachi Conzachi Photography www.conzachiphoto.com Facebook.com/ conzachiphotography IG: @conzachi_photography" Make-up Andrea Hansen House of Blackbird Apparel RAWBRY Additional text and quotes courtesy of Brianna Bullentini

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COVER STORY

BALLER BRIANNA BULLENTINI

ROCKS THE BASEMENT

I realized young that when you visualize something, you have to commit and put in the work. No one else sees it the way you do in your head. You are on your own. Success or failure, depends on you..."

- Brianna Bullentini owner of RAWBRY


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he section of the Riverwalk District east of South Virginia Street is in an exciting developmental state of flux. The City is in the process of remediating long blighted properties on Center Street. At 1 Lake Street, Fernando Leal is doing an extensive remodel of his Siena Hotel, turning that riverfront property into a boutique Renaissance by Marriott. Dean Christopher and his wife Elena opened a new Wild Garlic Pizza & Pub location in Fuego's former digs. And an infusion of artists and art spaces are proliferating in the area, like photographer Anicia Beckwith's new 1,600 square foot gallery, which will soon open on State Street, just across the street from The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. But perhaps no property holds greater promise for demonstrating what a revitalized downtown Reno retail sector can be than the old Post Office at 50 South Virginia Street. In case you've been living in a cave and know nothing of recent goings on with the historic

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building, formerly known as the US Post Office (designed by the prolific Reno born architect Frederick Joseph DeLongchamps and built in 1933 by the MacDonald Engineering Co. for $363,660), the Art Deco structure has a subterranean marketplace housing fourteen unique vendors. The Basement, as it's called, opened in January and it is quite simply the coolest urban space in Reno. And a supremely gifted, beautiful ball of fire named Brianna Bullentini—Reno's own Julia Morgan in the making– is its Lead Designer. Bullentini moved back to her hometown of Reno not just to spectate and imagine, but to get things done. With unrivaled enthusiasm and energy, Bullentini is slowly unfolding her vision, city-wide. A born entrepreneur with more than just a few ideas in all of that hair, she's unafraid of rolling up her sleeves and getting her hands dirty. It’s safe to say Bullentini isn’t leading this city revival from the front, but from the trenches – or what we like to say – from the underground.


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“The Post Office was built as part of the New Deal Act,” says Bullentini, citing the context in which the building was constructed. “So basically all of America was building and Roosevelt was giving money to the entire country to do so. Under Roosevelt, the Post Office was built as a Federal Building. The Post Office closed in 2012 and the Carter brothers decided to buy the property. They'd done other retail projects throughout Reno and own a lot of properties. But this one is very unique; very Art Deco, and they did not know what they wanted it to be,” Bullentini notes. Meanwhile, Bullentini was preparing to leave New York City, where she had studied architecture at the prestigious Parsons School of Design for four years, an experience which she describes as “military training for the world’s bravest creatives.” Her time in New York included, among other noteworthy projects, building award-winning window displays for Anthropologie at their largest store in Rockefeller Center, and working for an architecture and experiential firm in The City called ICRAVE. “I got to personally work on the ‘Michael Jordan experience,’ as well as strategize a unique downtown urban plan for lower Manhattan with Bloomberg,” she states. After seven years in New York City, Bullentini decided it was time to leave and come back to her hometown of Reno. “When I returned, I kept hearing this name 'Bernie Carter',” states Bullentini. “People were telling me that I needed to meet him,” she says of Carter, best-known for projects that have helped to transform Reno's once sleepy Midtown District into a thriving retail, dining and entertainment destination. “So I met with him about his project called 'Sticks.' At this time I was looking to build my own brand and my own company called RAWBRY, which is a coldpressed juice bar,” she says. “Bernie thought I should be at Sticks and I really wasn't feeling it as a fit for my brand. I wanted more of a raw, rugged space. At the very tail end of our meeting, as I'm walking out the door, Bernie says 'Hey, I have this other building and you should come check out.' So I get into the car with this total stranger, and I drive down here to the Post Office, which I remember seeing as a little kid by the bridge.

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He has the keys and we come into the main floor of this vacant building and I just about died! I asked him, 'What do you want to do with this space?' 'What's the permitting?' 'What are you allowed to do with this?' And he kind of shrugged and said, 'I don't really know.' Carter and Bullentini spent the next hour at the space that first day on the main floor, during which Bullentini shared a fountain of ideas. “I said to Bernie, 'What if we did this over here, and what if that was over there,' she recalls. “But I knew that RAWBRY couldn't happen on the main floor of this building because of permitting,” Bullentini says. “It was an old Federal Building, meaning that if we were to retrofit it into anything, it could only be for federal use – like a library or something – as far as what Bernie was told by The City when he bought the building.” At that first showing, Carter saw Bullentini's energy, drive and passion and knew that she had gone to what was arguably the best design school in the country. “So later that night I get this phone call at 9 o'clock from Bernie,” Bullentini explains. “I could tell he'd been stewing over it. He hired me on the spot to be the designer and to come up with a concept for the main level and the top two stories above that.” That Bullentini embraced the challenge, was not surprising, nor was it the first time she'd done so. “My journey has been far from the beaten path,” she states. Bullentini is still the only female all-regional wide-receiver in the state of Nevada to play on the all boys Varsity football team her senior year at Galena High School. “That taught me to never give up and to fight,” she states emphatically. “I would say I learned a lot about humanity and how to design around life forms 28 Reno Tahoe Tonight

from when I lived in Africa on and off over the years for various reasons: coaching soccer, building schools, initiating health programs... As a designer, your life happenings become your inspiration for your future creative solutions.” Bullentini started the very next morning with brainstorming sessions. “We had a pitch at the end of the week to this big company out of the Midwest to get office space upstairs,” she recalls. “So I was doing what I knew best: Design Boards and architectural renderings – getting all that together for upstairs. At that point it was two weeks after that pitch, around Thanksgiving [two years ago now]. I went to take a phone call and to kind of explore the building. I went up to the roof and looked around, then I stumbled upon the stairs leading to the basement, and I died. It was all white and it looked like an insane asylum. It was super scary.” The designer says there were piles of junk everywhere. None of the brick was exposed yet. No lights were on. She used the light from her cell phone to see. What is now a large common space was a mail sorting room, and all the little rooms that now house The Basement's vendors, were actually zip code rooms for different regions. Bullentini recalls, “I ran upstairs at a million miles an hour and said, 'What about the basement? Oh my God, I just went downstairs and there's chains, there's brick...there's all this stuff.' And Bernie said, 'Yes, there's nothing we can do about it. Sorry to kind of crush your dreams.' And I said, 'We've got to be able to do something.' In New York, everything's in a basement. They make the coolest things underground. The train station is underground. We can make something like that here.' So Bernie said, 'Alright, why don't you go home and draw something.


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She then worked the entire Thanksgiving weekend and came up with a 25-page deck with drawings, programming and costs, and proposed it to Carter that following Monday morning. “His jaw was on the floor,” Bullentini says. “He had no idea the space underground could be what I envisioned it could be. He knew upstairs was a gem, but he didn't know we could do anything like that down here. He said, 'This is great, I'm on board 100 percent, whatever we need to do. The only thing is we can't have food here; we can't have liquor here; we can't do late hours here...' “He proceeded to go down the list of obstacles,” 30 Reno Tahoe Tonight

says Bullentini. “I said, 'Well, you say that. But why don't we pitch it to The City? The City has never seen anything like this before.' Bernie said, 'Have at it. If you want to go and talk to The City, go for it.' “So he put together the meeting with nine conservative buttoned up men at City Hall. I went with Bernie and I was wearing a studded leather jacket and military boots and I walk in and say 'Guys this is the concept...this is what we're doing over at the Post Office across the street.' They nodded and proceeded to work with us to help find ways around the challenges we were facing."


From that point on the work proceeded at a pell mell pace for Bullentini. “I got to spearhead The Basement build out and put in my baby RAWBRY. And I also got to pick all its neighbors and started piecing together this awesome market, as soon as I got approval from The City.” Thereafter Bullentini had to address the nightmarish challenge of overhead sewage, electrical solutions, and there was asbestos to be abated. “It was an uphill battle for sure,” states Bullentini. “I thought we'd open RAWBRY in a year and it took like a year and a half.” Bullentini said she didn't want to just modernize the space and take away from what the building was. She wanted to embrace the grittiness and highlight the old terracotta that you don't see anymore. She gave the space a basement feel by painting it black. “I was very strategic about the way you get into the building,” she notes. “The entryway is kind of like a speakeasy, so only the cool kids know about it and they spread the word. You hear about it through a friend. That was intentional. All of the lighting are pieces that were taken from the Post Office. So whether they were old pipes or brackets or little knobs, we recycled and repurposed everything. We were almost obsessive about taking things out piece by piece to reuse and repurpose them – especially some of the steel. A lot of the wood was repurposed. It very much has this makers feel. We say that we celebrate the work of the hand down here. Almost all of our businesses are crafters of the hand. So, when I was hand-selecting the vendors for the space, that was the main criteria to get in – you had to be some kind of crafter of the hand. You're not selling boxed goods. You're not a business from out of town who brings in some product, but you actually create it here. The apothecary literally makes all of their creams and balms here.” When asked what sparked her interest in the cold-pressed juice business, Bullentini is eager to share. “I was working on a Manhattan-based coldpressed juice bar spatial and branding concept in 2014 and learned a lot; saw the numbers, and realized there was an untraveled avenue in the health-food world,” she reflects. “One where attitude and a taste of badassery hadn’t been introduced. I started doing my research, shadowed a few of the owners of juice bars in New York City. Then finally one day on an after work run down the FDR highway, the entire business plan

just came to me. ‘We were going to steal back people’s most valuable possession: their health. It was going to be the robbery of the century, or RAWBRY rather. Raw goods were the sought after valuables. I was a rookie in the realm of business and entrepreneurship, but I wasn’t going to let what I didn’t know stop me. The Basement and RAWBRY are my first independent projects as Lead Designer and owner, it has taught me to no longer just care about the look and feel like I did as a designer, but now [the focus] is all encompassing. The financials, management, P&L, and industry trends hold weight in the vision. Creating had a lot more risk and structure than I was used to.” Bullentini took the leap. “I quit my great paying job, moved out of New York City, and dove into the world of entrepreneurship at 100 miles per hour. As much as I had plenty of opportunities to open elsewhere, ‘RAWBRY’ was a story I couldn’t wait to bring home and unveil to my hometown. Something I knew Reno hadn’t seen before. RAWBRY is more than just an edgy cold-pressed juice bar experience, it’s a lifestyle. One that steals the most out of life through it’s nutrient-packed beverages, welcoming space, and alternative clothing brand. With a robbery-like attitude, we encourage and help those looking to unapologetically steal back their most valuable possession: their health.” Bullentini emphasizes that RAWBRY is much more than a grab-n-go. “We’re the neighborhood spot for intellectual stimulation. Feeding that thirst to learn, socialize, and be entertained. RAWBRY hosts a number of curated events, classes, and parties, bringing the community together under one roof, for one purpose: to squeeze the most out of life.” As the project progressed, Bullentini assisted in the build-out of West Elm on the main level (the first national retailer to come to downtown in thirty years), as well as the office spaces on the two floors above that. And, as if designing and project managing a concept of this scope wasn't enough for any mortal, Bullentini has become a serial entreprenuer. “I have opened three companies in the past year that live within The Basement: RAWBRY, Reno’s first cold-pressed juice bar, was my first and definitely largest venture. Then I partnered on Chomp the salad bar and Escape the fitness experience. It certainly helps that they’re all under one roof.” Reno Tahoe Tonight 31


In her limited downtime last year, Bullentini helped launch and continues to run Creative Buzz, a monthly early morning lecture series, held in The Basement, intended to inspire and motivate the community creatively. Bullentini also has another project, which she can't disclose just yet, that she's currently working with investors on, that's not too far from The Basement. “All in all I guess I am just trying to pave the way for what it means to be a ‘modern day hustler,'” Bullentini notes. “Creatively I get a lot of stimulation from the sequence of events that unfold in my life. Voluntarily and involuntarily. As a designer you are always looking at ways you can improve existing models, redesign ways to live, or invent new infrastructures. Seeing the vision come to life is unbelievable most days. However, having the power to make every final decision and being held accountable for them is definitely

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a burden and a blessing. I realized young that when you visualize something, you have to commit and put in the work. No one else sees it the way you do in your head. You are on your own. Success or failure, depends on you. Truthfully it can be isolating at times.” Bullentini's hard work is paying off. She and Carter recently won EDAWN's Downtown Visionaries of the Year award. A meme posted on Bullentini's Facebook page aptly sums up the designer's spirit and vision: “Why tell me the sky is the limit, when there are footsteps on the moon.” In part two of our feature, we profile the fourteen unique businesses that operate in The Basement. Be sure to visit The Basement at 50 South Virginia Street (enter on the Center Street side) in downtown Reno. And visit RAWBRY and all of the fine local vendors that make the space one-of-a-kind. www.rawbry.com


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Irish Dancer-Instructor Dom Martin Dom Martin is a Reno based instructor and performer of Irish Dance. Martin is a captivating dancer to behold. He embodies the power and agility that Irish Dance demands, while maintaining an effortless grace. As an instructor Martin communicates how movement is generated with a clarity that is unparalleled, all the while balancing his sharp eye for technique with a genuine warmth. Martin has been studying Irish dance since the age of six. He was inspired to start taking lessons after seeing it performed at his elementary school. He spent the next week dancing around the house and begging his parents to sign him up for classes. Martin notes, "I think my parents thought it was going to be a phase, like Irish dance…who the heck did that?" Martin began training at the prestigious McBride School of Irish Dance, which is based in the Bay Area. He also spent several years studying at the Conservatory of Movement in Reno, after his family moved to the area when he was in his early teens. At age 11, Martin began to compete in championships. He competed throughout his teenage years, qualifying for nationals at age 12 and the world championship at age 16. The world competition was held in Philadelphia that year, with over 30 countries representing, including Japan, The Netherlands, Mexico, South Africa, and Belgium. Irish dance competition is intense and rigorous. It requires tremendous amounts of precision and stamina. In solo competitions dancers are lined up on a stage in groups, and take turns performing in groups of two, with no breaks between dancers. "Being on the world stage got me the most focused

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and driven that I've ever been,” Martin says. “I didn't place, but I had 50 of the top 17 year-old boys in the world in my competition. The level of dancing there, the choreography and athleticism, it'll blow your mind!" At the height of his competitive career Martin was commuting weekly from Reno to the Bay area to train. The demands and sacrifices that competitive dance requires can be difficult to balance with a full college course load, so Martin choose to finish competing while studying at the University of Nevada, Reno. Still passionate about Irish dance, he decided to stay connected to this art by teaching. Martin teaches a class for young children at the Conservatory of Movement on Saturday mornings. He also teaches a Thursday evening class that is open to adults and older children at Marigold Movement Center. Martin's passion for movement motivates his dedication to his students. "Teaching allows me to communicate movement better than I understood it as a child – and that's fulfillment in and of itself," he states. Martin feels that the discipline, focus and quick thinking that are cultivated in Irish dance, enhance the student's life off the dance floor as well. "Life-skills are underlying a lot of these bigger picture ideas in dance."


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One of electronic dance music's brightest stars is coming to the Reno Events Center May 27, 2016 for a concert benefiting the Pier Group's new build project The Space Whale. Multiple Grammy-award winning musician Skrillex, performs at the fundraiser for the huge installation that's heading to the playa this year. The Pier Group are the artists that brought you the stunning sculptures Embrace, The Pier and

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The Pier 2. The Space Whale will be a 50-foot tall stained glass humpback whale sculpture (with whale calf ), that will debut at Burning Man 2016 before traveling world-wide to six countries, as a symbol to raise awareness of climate change. Event organizers, who promise that â&#x20AC;&#x153;this will not be your normal Skrillex show,â&#x20AC;? say Skrillex is


contributing to The Space Whale project “following his deeply personal connection to Burning Man's 2014 Embrace sculpture.” The fundraiser combines the skill sets of large scale art creators The Pier Group; local concert presenters Fresh Bakin'; stage designers Mindful Massive and California based promoters World Famous Productions. Happening for one-night only, the concert's staging, lighting and sound will be stellar. Fresh Bakin's Steve Emmerich says, “Mindful Massive will be building a custom stage for the event; Android Jones will (hopefully) be projecting on it. We have two art cars coming into the REC that people will be able to watch the show from. We'll have a vendor village, crowd participation and tons more.” Additionally, the region's premier EDM soundsystem – Moon Lighting & Sound's D&B rig – will be coming in to do the event. “They have the best EDM soundsystem in the area,” emphasizes Emmerich. I spoke with Emmerich and The Space Whale build coordinator Matt Shultz about the ambitious project and concert event. Oliver X: First of all, congratulations on your honoraria grant this year! Matt explain the origins of The Space Whale project and what attracted you to the idea? Matt Shultz: Thank you! We were really honored with this one. I have always felt a kinship with nature, and whales have caught my imagination since I was a small boy. I had a strange phobia of deep water, to the point where I couldn't touch the pages in the national geographic with deep water on them. I would stare at images of Humpbacks while trying to turn the pages by blowing on them! Whales, where almost alien to me, I would dream of finding ways to speak with them, maybe all that time in the vast ocean allowed them an enormous space to reflect in, to create independent philosophies and ideas completely unknown to humans. I had a chance to snorkel with whale sharks in the Philippines in 2008. I was mildly terrified to jump into the open ocean, wading in murky water ... You really don't have any time for fear when a 40foot fish is swimming toward you. I would dodge out of the way as fast as I could, and them swim with all my might to flank the most amazing creature I had

ever seen. Looking into the eye of that fish changed me – suddenly I was small, and life, in all its variety, overwhelmed my brain. The vast expanses of the cosmos seemed to make sense when looking at the gentle giant staring back at me. At its core, The Space Whale is our attempt to reproduce that feeling, as we watch species around our planet die, the chances for people to have those moments fall away. And without a chance to share a love of nature – to see its vast beauty – it is hard to compel anyone to want to make the changes to preserve it. I guess The Space Whale is our attempt to try to inspire the world to step up and fix the mess we have made. As an artist, all I can really do is try to inspire people. We need to fix our climate now, and this whale is my rallying call. It is an opportunity, through a beautiful piece of art to inspire positive change in our world led by us. Because, at the end of the day, you and I are the only ones who can fix the mess that we as humans have made. Oliver X: What are the dimensions and scope of the build, and how difficult is it to stay on your completion schedule? Matt Shultz: The whales are full scale, with the calf being about 24 feet long and the mother about 50 feet long. The mother is elevated with her tail 50 ft in the air flying about 10 ft. above our heads. The build is an actual monumental undertaking, especially for a crew that is used to working with wood. We have brought Andy Tibbetts, a master welder from Portland in to teach our crew how to build with metal. We have pulled in RBHU from SF to do our engineering (they engineered the Bliss Dance Series). We started in early April, about five weeks behind schedule and have luckily caught up to our original timeline. Builds like this are really challenging to figure out; we are all doing something we have never done before. I do my best to break out the project into pieces and we all push hard to hit our deadlines. Sometimes it takes us five weeks to do what I thought would take one, and sometimes in takes three days. I have gotten a lot of grey hairs doing this. However, if you ask the crew, I think they will tell you that they couldn't imagine doing something more incredible with their time. We get to build our wildest dreams, with old and new friends and share it with the world. What more could one ask!

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EVENT Oliver X: What role will artist Android Jones play in the project? Matt Shultz: Android Jones is designing the stained glass mosaics that cover the entirety of the whale. Every inch of the mother and child will be adored with intricate Tiffany-style stained glass mosaics depicting the birth of time and life through to conscience and out into the stars. These two towering crystalline whales will really be a sight when the sun, or the moon are setting behind them! Oliver X: What's your targeted funding goal you hope to raise at the concert and how did Skrillex get involved in the effort? Steve Emmerich: Skrillex came via his connection with Matt and Embrace. It was just convenient we had worked together in the past. Our goal is between 75-100k for The Space Whale â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which is attainable at sellout.

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Matt Shultz: Our connection to Skrillex is actually pretty funny. He was really moved by Embrace and we reached out to him. A couple of quick emails back and forth and a collaboration was born. He loved what we were doing and wanted to help make it happen. Raising money for these projects is not easy and I have been stunned by the kindness Skrillex and his entire team have shown us in helping make this dream a reality. Our team now gets to focus on making art, as opposed to chasing money! Skrillex plays the Reno Events Center Friday, May 27, 2016. Doors at 6pm. Music begins at 6:30pm. All ages. Tickets are available at www.freshbakin.com, The Melting Pot World Emporium and any Ticketmaster outlet. No fees at the Reno Events Center Box Office or at The Melting Pot â&#x20AC;&#x201C; cash only at the Melting Pot. Go to www.freshbakin.com contact to get involved.


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rowing up in SoCal, I have fond memories of watching the eccentric science teacher turned KABC News Channel 7 weatherman, Dr. George Fishbeck on the evening news. Besides his nutty professor schtick during his nightly reports – for which he became famous (Tom Waits memorialized the good doctor in his song “Emotional Weather Report” off his 1975 album Nighthawk at the Diner)--Fishbeck became noted for his tireless advocacy for children in need, and, specifically for his sponsorship of the annual Toys for Porterville drive. I marveled each year as the news cameras captured hundreds and hundreds of hard core bikers tossing countless toys onto the HUGE mountain of gifts they had collected on their run for the kids. It was my first childhood glimpse of the kind of rolling philanthropy that has become the calling card of motorcycle enthusiasts like Rip City Riders. Not your stereotypical motorcycle club, Rip City Riders are in fact, bikers with hearts of gold. A bonafide 501c3 non-profit tax exempt organization, whose primary function is to go on rides with their 14 local chapter members – for the pure love of the open road – Rip City's true calling is much more ambitious. I like to think of them as “Bikers Without Borders,” helping people and organizations with a level of dedication that defies their tough exterior. Nothing melts a big bad biker's heart faster than a child in need, and Rip City has found the perfect recipients for their generosity of spirit, in the Reno Ronald McDonald House.

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Rip City's assistance with fundraising, house repairs, donations and a myriad of in-kind contributions, has been a much needed gap-filler for the Reno Ronald McDonald House. That's because, unbeknownst to most, only a fraction of their funding comes from their namesake. They aren’t handed one giant check each year that takes care of all expenses. Quite the contrary, the organization, like the vast majority of nonprofits, must find creative means to engage their community with their capital campaigns, mission and message, in order to survive operationally and programmatically. The vital work done at Reno Ronald McDonald House happens largely without fanfare. Typically, a medical social worker makes a referral for a family after some critical event has occurred requiring an extended local hospital stay. Since accidents and emergencies can unfortunately happen to anyone visiting ours or any city (out of towners, visitors, tourists and regional community members make up the bulk of those seeking the services of the non-profit), Ronald McDonald House provides critical residential support, allowing families to stay close to the source of medical care and treatment while their loved one is being cared for in the hospital. The cost is a modest $10 per day (donations take care of costs for those who cannot pay) and Reno Ronald McDonald House is literally steps away from facilities like Renown Hospital. Families must live at least 30 miles away from the house in order to qualify for services. The average stay is four to five days. The well-equipped, multistory house has twelve bedrooms, a large common


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family room space, a large kitchen with three refrigerators (one of which is purely for mother's milk), a laundry room, play room, a big back yard with a basketball hoop, clubhouse, kid's bikes and lots of toys for children of all ages. The positive psychological effect of having home-awayfrom-home amenities during a time of dramatic emotional stress, cannot be overstated. Part of the programmatic success of Ronald McDonald House is that their services address the needs of the whole family. Volunteer guest chefs come in almost daily to prepare meals for the household creating a sense of community and connection. Families do not feel isolated in their experience and that adds to the positive morale and positive outcomes. One of Ronald McDonald House's recent success, The Stockton Family, perfectly exemplifies the organization's service mission. Nichelle Stockton's baby Briley Lynn was born prematurely at 25 weeks, and weighed just 20 ounces. After her birth the family faced a difficult time with the prospect of having to drive back and forth from their Dayton home to Reno. Briley's grandfather Brian Dabe and Nichelle's two year-old boy Logan, who was also a preemie, were able to stay at Ronald MacDonald House for 80 days. During the initial stages of the ordeal, Nichelle was able to breast feed and do

skin-to-skin contact with Briley every night. “My dad stayed with me at Ronald McDonald House, so he could watch my two-year old, since I could not take him with me to the hospital. This gave me time to spend with my daughter.” “It's wonderful to see the Stocktons getting the care for Briley Lynn,” says Reno Ronald McDonald House Executive Director, Marty Ozer. Keeping families close is part of the nuanced service provision that is vital to a family's quality of life experience at the house. During the nearly three months that the Stocktons stayed at Ronald McDonald House, Briley gained four pounds. Now Briley, at seven months, is up to 13 pounds. “Her umbilical hernia is going away,” says Nichelle. “She has a mass on her head, but that is being taken care of. She's doing great now. No oxygen is needed and she's laughing and smiling finally. She's also on a high-calorie formula.” Asked about her experience at Ronald McDonald House, Nichelle says, “I love this place; my family loves this place. My son Logan is obsessed with the house. He knows when we are getting close to turning onto the streets near the house, and he says, 'Ronald McDonald House...I'm home!'” Logan was particularly taken by the Rip City Riders and they were equally enamored with the Reno Tahoe Tonight 45


youngster. They paid frequent visits to the house to surprise him – even giving him a BMX bike of his very own! His beaming face was a testament to how much Rip City's gesture delighted him. At first, Rip City and Ronald McDonald House might seem like opposite sides of the non-profit spectrum, and unlikely allies. But both deal with the fact that perception is not always reality. Each face challenges with the public's awareness of their programs, activities and missions, even as they expand their reach and perform valuable family and community service work, in efforts to improve the quality of life for those facing critical life issues and personal crises. I met with two members of the Rip City Riders, Kyle Habberstadt and Ray Merrill, at Ronald McDonald House recently to learn how the organization was formed. Merrill, a general contractor with his own construction company, is one of the original Reno chapter members. Habberstadt is the Vice President of the local chapter of the Rip City Riders. Chapters exist in Oregon, California and Nevada, with the founding chapter being in California, the state with the largest core membership. Habberstadt was born at Renown Hospital and raised in Reno, but his family is from the San Francisco Bay Area, where Rip City originated. “My mother moved here and had me here,” Habberstadt explains. “Her two brothers were involved with a group of friends in the Bay Area in the mid eighties who, through a series of events, decided to start this organization for a variety of reasons,” notes Habberstadt. As Habberstadt explains, a few of the founding members of the organization had past affiliations with traditional motorcycle clubs, but were no longer interested in being a part of those groups. They wanted to be able to go where they wanted to go and do what they wanted to do. In 1987, the original riders got together and they cut all ties with other MC's, but stayed together, went on rides and hung out. One member named “Chilly Billy” was fortunate enough in life to be able to dedicate his time to riding his motorcycle – all the time. Chilly Billy often rode coast to coast with his dog on the back of his Harley, traveling the nation. Chilly Billy was a master carpenter, and on his travels, he sometimes encountered people in need. He would stop and help them fix or build something. “He'd do things like upgrade a bathroom that needed to 46 Reno Tahoe Tonight

be wheel chair compliant and things like that,” Habberstadt says. “He would do this on his own, just to do it.” The Rip City Riders got their name from the early group of guys who lived on the outskirts of San Francisco. They would get together and meet up regularly and say, 'Let's go rip to the city and we'll all meet up.' The group's name was literally derived from that phrase. And it stuck. It's safe to say that Chilly Billy represents the foundational inspiration behind the club's ethos and mission to serve their communities. About two years later, Chilly Billy passed away, but his example made such an impact on the other riders, they decided to get together and do something. “They said, 'We should go on a ride,'” recounts Habberstadt. “Chilly Billy was always doing something, always helping people, and essentially doing what we all say we want to do – but he was doing it consistently. So let's make it a focus.” The next year, the group's memorial ride in Chilly Billy's honor, turned out to be more than a ride. They helped out a family and those acts of kindness grew exponentially. The group was still Bay Area based and they wanted to stay local with their service. “Around the early to mid 2000's they decided to bite the bullet, step up and be a local charity, but go large,” says Habberstadt. (When I mention that my girlfriend Shelly, her father and her step mom are all Harley riders, our conversation swings over to my fascination with the necessary function of the discipline, structure and order of the rides. The challenges of taking dozens of bikes on the road safely. “We get to actually expand upon a lot of those safe riding principles that I frankly feel we've perfected,” Habberstadt states. “We have a ton of history from the guys who started the club who have the MC based history; there's military theory behind it. There's the order, the structure and the camaraderie, the brotherhood, and the familyship of the ride.” We agree to come back to this topic later on in the series.) “So the club members began helping people consistently, and it got to the point where members were picking a larger and larger beneficiary every year,” Habberstadt continues. “But it always stayed local. Their thing was that they wanted that money to stay local; they didn't


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want it to leave the community. The recipient could be a big organization, but the assistance had to be able to help the guy driving down the street who would say, 'Hey, thank you, or give you the nod.'” Fueled by their camaraderie, the Rip City Riders continued to grow their ranks, doing charity and fundraising events in the greater Bay Area. Habberstadt relates the story of how one year the members decide to go for it and purchase their own motorcycle, a brand new 2012 Harley Davidson Road Glide. The bike was to be raffled off at their now annual Chilly Billy event, held on the first weekend of October at the County Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California – where the club is based—with the proceeds benefiting Hospice By the Bay. “Selling the raffle tickets for that bike allowed Rip City to write out a $50,000 check that day,” Habberstadt says. “And the story about that day and that raffle is great.” “The Chilly Billy event, now one of the largest “Show n Shine” car shows in the state of California, attracts thousands of people,” Habberstadt states. “And a percentage of those attendees are actually bikers. That first year the club raffled off the motorcycle, they had Neal Schon from Journey and his son Miles Schon play, as well as the Gregg Rolie Band,” says Habberstadt. “So when they go to do the raffle for the bike, they go up on stage and they do the drawing live in front of the crowd. The club

president, Rob from California, draws the name, and the winner is not there! So Rob calls the phone number on the ticket and it's a home line. The winner's wife answers and Rob asks for Nick (the raffle winner) and tells his wife the whole spiel that her husband bought a raffle ticket and has won a Harley. And his wife goes, 'Well, he's at work.' So she gives Rob her husband's work number. Rob hangs up the phone and calls Nick's work number. Rob asks for the guy and the person on the other line says, 'Yeah, this is me.' And Rob says 'Hey, I wanna let you know this is Rob from Rip City Riders and you won the 2012 road bike.' Everybody in the audience is yelling in the background. And the guy goes, 'I don't know what you're talking about. 'How did I win? I don't even know...' And Rob goes, 'You bought a raffle ticket man, you won it! Do you want it?' And the guy says again, “I don't know what you're talking about, but definitely I want it!' And it clicks in Rob's mind to ask him again, 'OK, is this so and so?' And the guy goes, 'No, I'm his boss.' And Rob goes, 'Can you put that guy on the phone?' [Laughter]. And so what ended up happening is that the winner, Nick, who had never ridden a bike in his life, drove right down to the fairgrounds (his boss was like, 'Go!'), he showed up at the event and we presented him with the motorcycle. He was sitting there and I was standing close enough to hear him when he said, 'I have no idea what to do with it; I don't even know how to start it!' Nick had won a bike that weighed over 1,000 pounds, so the prospect of him handling it right off the bat as a novice was remote. “We have what are called Road Captains,” Habberstadt notes. “They are in charge of safety. Once you get on a motorcycle, they are the equivalent of any other officer. They rule the road. So, the two Road Captains from California said to Nick, 'You know man, if you want to learn how to ride it, we have other bikes that we personally own that are smaller if you want to start out on them. I think we can get you dialed in.' "Four months from that date, he had rode just shy of 8,000 miles. He showed up for his first meeting and he began prospecting (the club's trial vetting period) for the club and became a member!” Next month we continue our feature on Ronald McDonald House and Rip City Riders. Rip City Riders 3rd Annual Summer Charity Run benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Nevada is happening June 11, 2016. For information visit www.ripcityridersreno.com

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FREESTYLE Photographer Colin Nicolai Model Lauren Klaich H&MU Crystal Bell Makeup Artistry Wardrobe Labels Consignment Boutique Floral Design Petal to the Metal Assistant Craig Hansen

Flower Power This series of images is meant to honor the Dixie Valley locals who were eradicated in order for the US Navy to practice military warfare including training operations with guns, explosives and electronic combat on American soil. In the 1980s the Navy made so many sonic booms and low supersonic flights through Dixie Valley that residents protested, eventually bringing national attention through articles in the Wall Street Journal and stories on PBS. Eventually the residents gave up and sold their ranches and farms. The Navy burned down the homesteads it bought, replacing them with operational radar installations and simulated enemy landscapes with demilitarized armored vehicles, and this school bus.


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Recently, I’ve sought out local healers who specialize in various alternative therapies to assist me in my journey to unite, detox, heal and realign my mind, body and spirit. I have amassed a pretty impressive village of doctors and practitioners in homeopathy, energy work (Reiki and Jin Shin Jyutsu) and chiropractic care. The newest addition to my tribe of treatments is acupuncture, specifically, the Classical Five-Element Acupuncture. This form of acupuncture looks for emotional or spirit level causes for a person’s distress and believes, by healing at this level, that the whole person moves forward.

Health Tips Text Lanette Katre Photo Becky Murway, Digiman Studio Make up Laura Garcia, La Di Da Beauty

Some people have intense, emotional sobbing during the release. I became emotional in anticipation of reflecting on the demons I would be purging, but during the treatment I was very calm. There was a strength and peace as I released childhood trauma, divorce, sibling’s suicide, financial fear and every limiting behavior that has not served my highest good, over to the dragons. Post Dragon, I feel more grounded and balanced. I do have a clarity and decisiveness that I did not have previously. There is a perspective and distance from the aforementioned life traumas. I have noticed that I have no desire to partake in emotional and stress-based eating. I don’t know that I’ve ever felt as centered as I do presently, which makes me a believer in the power of the Seven Dragons. This modality has allowed me to function on a higher level and is now a valued component of my personal housekeeping. Are you tired of your demons? Unleash the Dragons; let them help you put the past away. Awaken your energy and live without limitation.

Dr. Edwards M.D., H.M.D., recommended an ancient form of the Classical Five-Element Acupuncture called The Seven Dragons. This is a therapy believed to date as far back as 200 BC. It is a relatively simple procedure: 7 points are set in a pattern to reconnect the patient to them self. Dr. Edwards said that the treatment is kind of like an emotional exorcism, stating that we have all experienced some form of trauma in the past. We can’t change the past, however, we can release it and move on. The process is quick; the seven needles are placed; the doctor leaves the room while you reflect on the memories, injury and behavior that you want to release. Imagine the seven points are the seven guardian dragons that patrol the body to expel the demons that have taken up residence. Don’t we all harbor demons in one form or another, like fear, anger, loss, addiction and childhood and adult trauma? During this session, you are encouraged to acknowledge and release these stressors.

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North Lake Tahoe Summer: 16 Things For Your Bucket List Special to Reno Tahoe Tonight

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Start planning your Tahoe summer bucket list with these "don't miss" activities and events.

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Try stand up paddle boarding at one of the race series in North Lake Tahoe, including the 2016 Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival August 12-14 in Kings Beach

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Choose from a handful of Fourth of July celebrations, from fireworks on the beach to the multi-day Red, White and Tahoe Blue in Incline Village.

Listen to music in the 10 mountains at the Lake Tahoe Music Festival August 16

– 21 at the Sierra Nevada College Campus in Incline Village.

Stretch your body and 11 your musical boundaries at the Wanderlust Yoga Retreat and Music Festival July 14 – 17 at Squaw Valley.

all summer long 12 Groove with High Notes, North

your blanket and picnic 3 Bring basket for a night lakeside at

Sand Harbor State Park, where the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival performs July and August.

the historic Thunderbird 4 Visit Lodge located on the pristine

East Shore of Lake Tahoe. This historic lodge built in the 1940’s is steeped in the history and flamboyance of Tahoe’s yesteryears.

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Annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance August 12-13 in Carnelian Bay.

in a summer movie on 6 Take the beach and outdoors at resorts and villages.

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Hit the road on two wheels, pedaling around Lake Tahoe’s 72 miles or heading up historic Old Highway 40 to iconic Rainbow Bridge.

Lake Tahoe’s summer-long music series, featuring free outdoor concerts daily, except Mondays, July and August held at venues throughout the region.

Try cooking alongside 13 celebrity chefs at the 26 Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn

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Food and Wine Festival, September 9-11, held outdoors at the Village at Northstar.

Get out on the trails and 14 experience North Lake Tahoe’s Ale Trail. Grab your bike,

your paddle or your walking stick and head out to great vistas along the shores and high mountain trails. Reward yourself with a frosty cold beverage at the end of the trail.

the solitude 15 Experience on the Tahoe Rim Trail,

a 165-mile loop trail that meanders along the peaks and valleys around Lake Tahoe, and to the lake’s crystal, clear waters (with a visibility of 70 feet down) to water ski and sail.

Take a swing at any of the the dark night skies 8 Experience 16 more than 50 golf courses with Star Tours, astronomy within a 60-minute drive of North nights at many area ski resorts and on guided kayak tours on the lake.

dance, chill at some 9 Laugh, of the lake’s best nightlife and comedy acts at the area’s historic casinos in Crystal Bay and Incline Village.

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NORTH LAKE TAHOE EVENTS Text Kayla Anderson Golf photo courtesy of the Championship Course - Painting by Eva Stramer Nichols

Thank goodness that Lake Tahoe got through its first successful snowy winter season in four years... but it's time to bring out the sun. As we put our skis away and prepare for boating season, here are some events to help ease into summer: Every Wednesday, 3-10pm- Pop Up Sushi Night at the Alibi Ale Works – Enjoy great beers and let Bryan and Rhaea make you delicious sushi rolls. www.alibialeworks.com May 2, 8:30pm- Cards Against Humanity Game Night at the Mellow Fellow – Find out how messed up your friends really are when you get them into a game of Cards Against Humanity with some beers and brats. www. mellowfellowpub.com/kingsbeach.php May 7, 12pm- Kentucky Derby Party at the River Ranch – Pull out your big ol' derby hat and root for your favorite horses in a festive atmosphere, while enjoying drink specials on Kentucky Hot Browns and Mint Juleps. www. riverranchlodge.com/events

May 8, 9:30am-2:30pm- Mother’s Day Brunch at Gar Woods – Treat your mom to a relaxing meal on the lake and choose from a one-ofa-kind menu with a one-of-a-kind mom. Reservations are recommended. www.garwoods.com/calendar.html May 8- Closing Day of Mt. Rose – Come celebrate the season on closing day and even if you don’t ski, it’s fun to just come up and catch some rays on the deck and catch up with friends. Congratulations on being open a full six months, Mt. Rose! www.skirose.com May 14, 4-6pmArtist Reception with Eva Stramer Nichols at Cobalt Artist Studio in Incline Village – Check out this month’s featured artist at Incline’s newest art gallery; free entry. www. cobaltartiststudio.com/ events/2016/5/14/evastamer-nichols

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May 14, 10am- Sierra Nevada College Graduation – Grab a pre-ceremonial drink at the Paddlewheel


and then bid farewell to the Class of 2016 at the college! www. sierranevada.edu/ commencement May 17, 5:307:30pm - Wine Tahoe Wine Tasting at the Kings Beach Events Center – If you have a passion for wine and love learning about it, come enjoy wines from California and France at this free event! www. northtahoebusiness.org/events/wine-tahoe-winetasting/2016-05-17 Mid-May- Although the Incline Village Golf courses haven’t announced an opening at the time of publication, they usually get going before Memorial Day Weekend, depending on the weather. Hit some balls at the Championship

Course driving range and take advantage of early season golf rates. www.golfincline.com May 21- Snowshoe Under the Full Moon in Tahoe Vista – If there’s any snow left, Tahoe Adventure Tour guides will escort guests through a moonlit tranquil forest with hot drinks and snacks at the end. The cost is $65 per person with a minimum group of four. www. tahoeadventurecompany.com May 27-28- Dead Winter Carpenters at the Crystal Bay Club – These local favorites return to the CBC for two nights with Hot Buttered Rum and an after-party with Head For the Hills in the Crown Room. Tickets are $17-$20. www.devildogshows.com/crystal-bay-clubcasino-events/page/2 May 28-29- Made in Tahoe event at Squaw Valley – Celebrate local arts, culture and music in Lake Tahoe, with an opportunity to buy local gifts and treasures that come straight from our lake-inspired creators. www.squawalpine. com/events-things-do/made-tahoe-festival Kayla Anderson is an avid marketer, adventurer, and writer who has lived and breathed Incline Village, Nevada, for over eight years. When she’s not promoting brands and spreading the word of what’s going on in North Lake Tahoe, you can find her shredding the slopes of local ski resorts while listening to The Clash. Reno Tahoe Tonight 67


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PHOTOGRAPHY Photographer Michael Lindberg Location Pyramid Lake, Nevada 16mm (APS-C 1.5X crop sensor), ISO 100, F-8, 8 seconds

tree-lined alpine feel and magical boulders, Pyramid displays it's own sense of beauty Ð which I really appreciate. In addition Ð if one wants to photograph and have no one else competing for compositionsÑthis [place] is it!"

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RADIUS Text Amanda Horn Photo Brad Horn

[radius] = Changing Impermanence, a springtime revelry “Nothing lasts. There is a graveyard where everything I’m talking about is, now. I stood there once, on the green grass, scattering flowers.” -Mary Oliver, from “The Leaf and the Cloud” A moment comes. In the same moment it goes. Nothing to hold. No evidence of its passing. Only the structure of moments happening. I sit, eyes half closed, soaking in rays reflecting off the water. I wish I could say I have dissolved into the dew, that I have become the molecules comprising the hydrogen oxygen blend. I wish I could declare with certainty that I have become the wave, the whale diving toward the ocean floor. Intellectually I can attest it. With my soul I know I am but one respiration from succumbing again to distraction. Why won’t the thoughts go? With breath they should be swept, refuse of a dirty mind carried by the dustbin of exhale to the fiery heap of dissolution Still they linger. Poisonous profanities. 70 Reno Tahoe Tonight

Saved are we from defining to death our meetings and departures Charismatic salutations that defy rigorous meetings swoop to our feeble rescue Aloha. Namaste. Buenos Dias. Cheers. The most irritating and random of thoughts must have invited their friends over for a few drinks because they just keep coming Rude bastards. They don’t even knock. All I want them to do is go Monkey mind chatters. Looking back through old notebooks I discover seven years have passed since I took up this practice with true intention. How does one measure progress? Toward what goal do we aim? Does not the attempt at metrics preclude attainment of Samadhi? Difficult to tell in this frenzied state if the struggles have lessened, if by simply thinking of suffering’s diminishment we have inched farther from an unattainable, unmentionable goal.


Return to the moment. Beginning, end, same. Come home to the breath. Energy never comes nor goes, only mutates, transforms, recycles itself All the water that was ever in the Sea of Cortez remains there now flows to the drain of my morning shower, carrying dead flesh through sewer channels Raining on me tomorrow. Growing the kale for my morning smoothie. We are directional beings, the species that need define everything. I am a woman obsessed with lists, checking off tasks with the fury of an addict jonesing for the next fix. Seeking another hit before the fire from the first has even produced ashes. Progress measured in items accomplished. Despair justified by those left unfinished. Always the latter wins. Sun rises, sets. Only because we observe it so. Rising, setting. Same. We spin. She burns. This is not the impermanence I had in mind Lines skewed, directions bent Where there is an entrance so stands the exit door

We are creatures who revel in pollutants of an attached mind Would scarcely function without our labels. A guilty conscience for acts never performed Non-sensible images of people never met, places never before seen Until now. All I want them to do is go A moment comes. In the same moment it goes. Nothing to hold. No evidence of its passing. Only the structure of moments happening This is impermanence. 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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RENO STREET PHOTOGRAPHY Photos Eric Marks facebook.com/ RenoStreetPhotography

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SKATE NV SKATE JAM Jub Jubs Skate Jam February 20, 2016 @ Jub Jubs Thirst Parlor Reno, NV Photos Kyle Volland Skaters pictured George Vargas, Tom Fougner, Glynn Osburn and Ian Flynn

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THE COUTURE CLOSET

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THE SWAN LECTURES Essay by L. Martina Young

BLACK SWANS, an opera poem a collaborative work in progress The people of south-western Australia are known as ‘the black swan group.’ Their Dreamtime story speaks of ancestors who were once black swans who became men. Two brothers turned into white swans to help an attack party during a weapons raid. After the raid, eaglehawks attacked the white swans and tore away all their feathers. Crows, enemies of the eaglehawks, aided the brothers and gave the black swans their own black feathers. The black swan’s red beak is said to be the blood of the attacked brothers. Across cultural communities, I am considered a mixed breed; a half-caste; a hybrid; mulatto; high yellow; mixed-race; colored, and multiracial. Cast thus, I have existed between things, in the middle and in the margins; this yields a certain kind of knowing. bell hooks writes: “The margin need not be defined as a place [of ] less value; rather [it] is a site of resistance to silence and invisibility.” It is a question of belonging. Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world that systematically targets Black folks. [Affirming] our contributions to society, to humanity, [we] are international and intergenerational. Our vision includes nonviolent action, policy, empathy, diversity, self care, and creative engagement. In music, ‘grace notes’ are found in the middle, bridging the melodies around them. Punctuating meaning from the notes that precede and follow, they’re attuned to a care for particulars. Holding sway from the center, grace notes herald existential oneness. Our stories take form in bone and muscle. ‘Ceremony’ Leslie Marmon Silko Let the mothers hear you laugh. [Let] the grown men come. [Let] your children see you dance. [We] flesh. Love it. Love it hard. Yonder they do not love your flesh. [No] more do they love the skin on your back. And O my people they do not love your hands. Those they [use], tie, bind, chop off, and leave empty. Love your hands! [Raise] them up and kiss them. Touch others with them, pat them together, stroke them on your face. [And] love your mouth. [What] you say out of it, [what] you scream from it, [what] you put into it to nourish your body. [You] 82 Reno Tahoe Tonight

got to love it. This is flesh I’m talking about here. Flesh that needs to be loved. Feet that need to rest and to dance; backs that need support; shoulders that need arms, strong arms. And O my people, [love] your neck; put a hand on it, grace it, stroke it and hold it up. And all your inside parts. [The] dark, dark, liver—love it, and [the] beating heart, love that too. More than eyes or feet. More than lungs that have yet to draw free air. More than your life-holding womb and your life-giving parts, [love] your heart. For this is the prize.‘Beloved’ Toni Morrison The holy men warned that the balance of the world had been disturbed. [These] dry years you hear about, [the] dust and the wind, and how dry it is. But the wind and the dust are part of life, like the sun and the sky. You don’t swear at them. It’s people, see. They’re the ones. [Droughts] happen when people forget, when people misbehave. ~ ‘Ceremony’ Leslie Marmon Silko As the world finds itself riveted by America’s crime story, The People vs. O. J. Simpson, I investigate material for my fifth and next SWAN installation: Black Swans, an opera poem. From the wings I hear Rafiki’s call: “It is time.” Unbelievably wild, untutored children, so unkempt and hostile. How very much people need human companions. [It’s] the only way to learn how to be human. No one ever said to them, ‘No, don’t do that!’ So they grew up without civility— and the results were terrifying. ‘Waterlily’ Ella Cara Deloria The plot conjures how we must speak, renewing language, holy speech. Bodying forth such words are not free and are not to be wasted; they are meant for hearing and for remembering. Every member of a dramatic system needs the Other as proof of identity because one’s own particularity is [articulated] in relationship to the particularities of the Other. [In] actuality, the Other is the masked ‘I’—the other [in] myself. ~ ‘Allah, Liberty and Love’ Irshad Manji In this story we are our most salient orators and witnesses for what needs telling, what needs dreaming forward with a life-sustaining reach. If we do not substantiate this time with our own voices, souls and bodies, we risk response to the call to create a blueprint for a humane future for us all. Black Swans, an opera poem © 2016 by L. Martina Young, Ph.D. www.apoeticbody.com


2016 Summer Highlights June 11 Thunderbird Paddling Festival Open to paddlers of all levels and abilities July 3–4 4th of July Celebrations Celebrate on the shores of North Lake Tahoe.

North Lake Tahoe will be sizzling this summer with great events from sun up to sundown and beyond. Start your planning today to head out of the heat with family and friends. Stop by the Incline Village Visitor Center for tickets, tour information, maps, souvenirs and everything else you need to know about North Lake Tahoe.

July 8–21 Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Comedy of Errors and music on the stage. July 14–17 Wanderlust Yoga Festival An all-out celebration of living. July 29–August 14 Classical | Tahoe (Lake Tahoe Summerfest) World-renown soloists and orchestral musicians. August 12–14 Tah-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival Voted “Best SUP Race” by Outside Magazine. August 12 –13 Lake Tahoe Concours D’Elegance Featuring more than 85 classic wooden boats. September 9–11 Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival Chefs, demonstrations and the Grand Tasting.

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THEATER Special to Reno Tahoe Tonight

Gary Cremean II's “New Canula” An Original Unromantic Feel Good Dramedy Heads to the Hollywood and New York 2016 Fringe Festivals

“New Canula” Fundraiser and Community Celebration Features Two Shows at Bruka Theatre June 5, 2016 @ 2PM and 4PM Brüka Theatre presents two benefit performances of the original “unromantic feel good dramedy” written by Gary Cremeans II and featuring Gary Cremeans II and David Simpson, New Canula. This short play was originally part of The Biggest Little Theatre Festival in November 2014. New Canula received rave reviews that inspired the playwright to continue to develop the production and submit to national Fringe Festivals. The play was accepted to both Hollywood in June and The New York International Fringe Festival in August. The group is now working on raising the funds to take the show on the road through a fundraising 84 Reno Tahoe Tonight

site (Go Fund Me) and benefit performances including a community reception. Synopsis: New Canula is a place...or maybe a state of mind...possibly just a view of a green meadow with horses scampering about in the springtime sun...whatever it may be...it IS peace and contentment...and isn't that what we all truly desire...? In this piece our characters find that you can't always do everything right, or even everything wrong, to get there... sometimes you just need someone else... Bios: Gary Cremeans II and Dave Simpson have found their

'New Canula' at Brüka Theatre... although they have worked on many different projects together, this will mark their first on-stage collaboration. Cremeans gives special thanks to Mary Ann Bennett for coining the phrase ‘New Canula’. I spoke to the actors via email, as they ramp up their fundraising efforts to take “New Canula” on the road. Oliver X: Talk about how you developed this play Gary?


Gary Cremeans: It started as a short story idea I had years ago in college; a simple plot about a man about to commit suicide who is interrupted by a desperate bank robber looking for a place to hide. As many ideas come and go, this one went away, although I never quite forgot about it. When Mary Bennett at Bruka Theatre invited me to write a piece for the Biggest Little Theatre Festival a couple of years ago, I thought of this story and how it had a great premise for a short comedy. The play became increasingly personal as it was being written due to events happening around me at the time. For example, the title of the play was coined by Mary Ann Bennett, mother of Mary Bennett, from an interchange Mary related to me from her bedside shortly before Mary Ann passed away. I had just begun writing the show. I won’t go into details here, but I was very moved and inspired by her words to add the character of Grandma Betty, based upon my very own grandma. Grandma Betty, who never appears and is represented only by a framed photograph, nonetheless steals the show with her unending wisdomisms and advice she bestowed upon her now-suicidal grandson before her death. My own grandma was in poor health and in the hospital at age 94 at the time. In essence, these two strong women, beloved matriarchs and advisers to their respective families, informed the writing of this piece to a great degree, giving it the heart and truth it needed to become more than a simple comedy, and evolve into what I call a dramedy. I’m not sure if that is a real term or not, but it just seems to fit it nicely. To tell more of the process may

give things away, so I will end this answer now and encourage folks to come see the show at Bruka Theatre on June 5th at our fundraising performances! Oliver X: Lol, yes dramedy is a word—kinda! Who are the characters you two play? Gary Cremeans: I play J Dubbs, a lonely misfit who has struggled to capture his share of the American Dream by following all the rules and doing what he was told, to devastating effect. Now, friendless and alone after the passing of his Grandma Betty, he takes to the task of ending his life with energy and optimism, and, strangely enough, from his grandmother’s last words...hope. David Simpson: Who is Bull? An obstinate lost loner bent on beating the system, who thinks he's found a way of getting ahead... But soon realizes he hasn't thought of everything. Oliver X: Dave, what attracted you to the play and the role and had you worked with Gary professionally before? Dave Simpson: I liked the role in “New Canula” because it was meaty, and that gave me a lot to play with as the character of Bull. It was edgy and it fit right into who I am. I also like that it truly is a feel good "dramedy". I also enjoyed that it is a two person cast and that I got to work with Gary. Gary and I have worked together on shows at Bruka for about five years, but he was an actor and I was on the technical end. Then, after “New Canula” started, we toured one of Bruka Theatre's Children's Shows together; a Grimm's Fairy Tale called “Mother Hulda.” We

also worked on a touring show called “Nevada 150” that we did in 2014. Oliver X: Were there any changes to the production from its original incarnation that were made for the Fringe Festivals? Gary Cremeans: We have put the show up at three different times over the last year and a half, twice at the Biggest Little Theatre Festival, and once on its own at Bruka Theatre. Each time we have tweaked the show here and there in order to tighten it up, guided by notes from some of the most talented directors in the area, such as Mary Bennett, Holly Natwora, Sandra Neace, and Androo Allen. We are fortunate to have Mary directing the show for both the Hollywood and New York Fringe Festivals, and continue to strive to make it the best it can be! Oliver X: Where will the play go next after Fringe? Gary Cremeans: Good question! At this point I’m just looking at the Fringe festivals this summer! But, my biggest goal is to share the story of New Canula with as many audiences as possible, maybe someday it can get published and be performed by other theater groups across the country! I have written a couple of companion pieces to New Canula, either of which may possibly end up as Act Two someday...who knows?! Bruka Theater is located at 99 North Virginia Street. Call 775-323-3221 for reservations. Suggested donation $25. Two shows June 5, 2016 @ 2PM and 4PM. Doors 1/2 before curtain. Reception fundraiser follows at 5:30PM at Wild River Grille. Reno Tahoe Tonight 85


TRAINING TIPS Text Camie Cragg Lyman Photo Mike LaGrange Wardrobe Fine N Funky Concepts Reno NV

Top 3 Best Machines in the Gym Here's my picks for the best machines to use on a regular basis that will not only help speed up your metabolism and encourage fat loss, but will also help sculpt sexy muscles â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just in time for the upcoming summer months. I suggest doing one to three sets on each machine, using weight you can lift between eight to 15 times.

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Tip: If you are rolling through the lifts easily,

it's a sign that you need to lift heavier. If you are shaking after the first couple reps that is a sign to lower the weight. In order to give the body adequate time to recover in between sets, take a 30-second break. Challenge yourself by working out two to three times a week with a focus on increasing weight and decreasing reps. The pay-off for using these machines for each body part is your metabolism can be increased by almost 20 percent for at least two hours after your workout. Studies show that circuit training at least twice a week can lower blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health. A recent study also found that women who regularly lifted weights felt healthier and had a positive outlook on self image.

Cable Tower

The number one machine to use at any gym would be the cable tower. The tower features several weight stacks, adjustable cables and multiple attachments, which allows one to experience many exercises that target all of your major muscles. As quick as pulling a clip out or pushing one in, you can easily go from doing bicep curls, to triceps kickback, to rows, all with the cable tower. When focusing on arms with the cable tower, it's best to stand facing one of the low weight stacks and clip a short, mustache-shaped bar onto the end. Grip the bar placing hands near ends, palms up, arms extended, with hands in front of thighs. Curl bar toward your shoulders, keeping elbows close to sides. Lower slowly back to the starting position and repeat to feel the burn in your biceps.

Leg Press

The best machine to use for legs is the leg press because it keeps the body in a secure and stable position while targeting your quads, glutes and thighs. Adjust the seat so the thighs are parallel to the foot plate when you recline. Keep feet hip or shoulder width apart. Pressing feet into plate, straighten legs and please do not lock knees at the top. Bend knees and lower until weight hovers just above the weight stack. Repeat. To challenge yourself a little more with the Leg Press you can target your inner thighs and glutes by pressing the plate in a plie position. Placing feet outside of the hips or shoulders while toes are pointed outward is best for optimal plie leg press.

Roman Chair

The infamous machine for your midsection that you can do multiple exercises on is the Roman Chair which is typically found at any gym. If it's not at your gym you can modify similar

movements hanging from a pull-up bar or seated on a bench. If you really want an intense exercise for the lower abdominal region, then straight leg raises on a roman chair is a great choice. This movement will work the lower abs really hard, along with the upper abs, obliques and the quads in the front thighs. If you find the movement(s) to be a struggle, you can modify them by doing them with straight legs; bending your knees slightly will make it easier and take a load off the lower back. As you get stronger, reduce the bend in the knees until you can do them with straight legs the whole time; then progress by adding a weight in-between the feet for more resistance. Position yourself in the chair with elbows on the support pads and the small of your back against the pad of lumbar support. As you inhale, raise your legs while keeping them straight by flexing at the hips. Stop once your legs are parallel to the floor. Round the back up to contract the abdominal wall at the top of the movement. Pause for a moment and lower the back to the beginning position. All three of these excellent and popular machines require safety considerations to be most effective-great form, intensity, and consistency-- in order to gain the muscle growth and experience the fat loss that you are looking for. If you are seeking to burn a few more calories in the midst of lifting on these machines, it's best to incorporate small increments of High Intensity Interval Training, in-between the strength movements, to move the metabolism and fat loss to its highest caliber of function. For example, leg press 15 reps with 45lbs on each side, then hop out of the machine and do 50 jumping jacks while holding 5lbs in each hand. Proceed back to your lift on the leg press, engaging the lower body and repeat the H.I.I.T four to five rounds. You will leave that set of legs and cardio with a high heart rate, sweat dripping down your face and an endorphin high that you will crave for the next set once you're hydrated. Enjoy these three machines that will help drive your goals into reality, with a combination of your H.I.I.T that can be as creative as you want it to be. Just remember to do the most amount of work in the least amount of time, while executing safe and proper form.

Camie Cragg Lyman Owner of Camie Cragg Fitness, Reno NV www.ccfreno.com @camiecragglyman camie@camiecraggfitness.com

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Yelpers Write 100 Million Reveiws and Counting

For nearly twelve years, consumers have been coming to Yelp to find great local businesses. Now, more than ever, it’s easy to find the best tapas restaurant, dog groomer, dentist or plumber in your area through Yelp, thanks to millions of reviews from our global community of locals. It’s been an exciting journey, and we are over the moon about our latest milestone: Yelpers have now written 100 million reviews! The very first Yelp review was contributed way back in October, 2004 by Jon B. for Kabuki Springs & Spa in San Francisco. Since that first review, Yelp has established thriving communities in more than 120 cities worldwide, spanning 32 countries, five continents and, thanks to Yelp’s mobile translation feature, 18 languages. All of this has brought us to the 100 millionth Yelp review, a five-star literary gem contributed by Yelp Elite Evelyn K. for Crocheron Park, a public park in Bayside, New York. We’d like to personally say thank you to Evelyn K. and all of the Yelpers out there for sharing your experiences. It’s amazing to think that millions of people every day are relying on your reviews to find great local businesses, and those businesses are gaining valuable feedback they can act on to deliver a quality customer experience.

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Those in-depth reviews and the passionate people who write them are what distinguish Yelp from other review sites. Our community of users turned Yelp into a must-have app that has transcended the status of startup to become a cultural guide post (every other day there seems to be a new “Yelp for something”). Your reviews are driving revenue to small businesses, supporting the local economies in so many unique communities around the globe. The world has changed a lot since 2004 (there were no iPhones), and how we communicate and share information will continue to drive more change. What will never change is the importance of connecting with real experiences and discovering great new businesses – and Yelp will always be here for that. From starting out as a desktop-only site in 2004, to receiving a mobile review every 2.5 seconds by the end of 2015, we’ve shifted to embrace a mobile-driven culture and we’re always improving to make sure people have the best experience possible. Of course, our journey doesn’t stop here. Thanks to our enthusiastic Yelp community, we’ve surpassed 100 million reviews.

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Yoga Text Rachel Douglass Photography Jami Frey

There are many kinds of yoga practices out there: Kundalini, Restorative and Vinyasa flow – just to name a few. The type of workout you get will be determined by the style of yoga you are practicing. According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), cardio exercise is defined as, “Any activity that uses large muscle groups, and can be maintained continuously, and is rhythmic in nature.” Your heart rate must also be considered in order for it to be a cardio work-out. You need to work to at least 60 to 70 percent of or your max heart rate, so that it can be considered aerobic exercise. When thinking of

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exercise that fits this standard, most people usually think of the traditional forms of cardio, like running and biking, which certainly meets the criteria of cardio. Yoga can definitely fit the bill for the above requirements. Yoga works the big muscle groups and involves rhythmic and continuous movements. Getting a cardio workout just depends on what style of class you plan on attending. Think of going on a walk to watch the sunset and gaze up at the stars on your way home. The definition for cardio will be met, but it typically will not meet the heart rate guideline. Whereas, if you set out with the intention to do brisk power walking, with the goal of covering a certain amount of mileage in a certain amount of time, you will elevate your heart rate to an aerobic level. The same analogy can be applied when deciding what yoga class to attend. Ashtanga or Vinyasa classes are going to be best for getting your cardio in, all while working on your yoga practice. Any class that has “power” or “flow” in it's description is also usually a safe bet. One of the many benefits of having a yoga practice is the mind body connection. You should be able to tell when you have your heart rate to a point that is considered cardio and if your heart doesn't let you know, than hopefully your breath a the sweat will.


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