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November 2012 CONTENT




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by Elsie Marie by Oliver X

Made in Omerica!


10 by Mike Van Houten


18 The Fender Music Foundation

28 ECO

28 The True Smell of Clean

30 EVENTS 30 32 34 36 50 52 54

Canfest 2012 Coles Whalen with Tyler Stafford Dam California RTT Presents Simplified Havest Dinner Fundraiser The Magic of Eli Kerr Raise Your Caliber


56 by Grae Warren


60 Old Granite Street Eatery



68 by L.Martina Young

70 GUN CULTURE 70 Walther PPQ


72 by PAN Pantoja Bonus 74 RTT Picks!


78 Smitten, Stricken and Afflicted



84 Art as Quilts 86 SEAN CARY


92 UNDER THE INFLUENCE 92 by Nellie Davis



96 What Are You Laughing At?

98 WHEEL BITE 98 by Eric Lantto




Editor/Publisher Oliver X Art Director Grae Warren Business Development Shelly Brown Design Associates Chris Holloman Mike Robertson Nathan Arango Copy Editor Elisika Arango Contributing Writers Vanessa Robertson Bob Tregilus Tina Mokuau Labri Melzer Jenny Spencer John Clement Angela Watson Dr. Tory Clark Nellie Davis Melody Brewer Clint Jolly Mike Van Houten Thomas Qualls Grae Warren Eric Lantto Rory Dowd Sean Cary Sean Savoy Gertie OK Contributing Photographers Tyson Schroeder Chris Holloman Nicole Yumang Dana Nollsch Elsie Marie Digiman Studio April Serena Kyle Volland Joseph Dubon Gary Weinheimer Andrew Chang Amber Gutry-Solorzano Illustrator PAN Pantoja Sales 775-412-3767 Legal Counsel MATTHEW P. DIGESTI, ESQ. | THE DIGESTI LAW FIRM LLP" Submissions Website 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 2012. Reno Tahoe Tonight is produced on 10% recycled American paper and is printed with all soy and vegetable inks.


Photo by Elsie Marie Peaches September 27, 2012 @ CommRow - Reno


NEONISTS S E E H OW N E VA D A R A I S E D N E O N TO A N A R T F O R M . THE LIGHT CIRCUS: Art of Nevada Neon Now open through February 10, 2013 Experience a bygone era and see this stunning collection of vintage neon signs that have graced some of Nevada’s most iconic restaurants, casinos, and businesses. Lead sponsorship by The Bretzlaff Foundation. Major sponsorship by Earl and Wanda Casazza, Casazza SLV, IGT, E. L. Cord Foundation and George and Irene Drews. Supporting sponsorship by E. L. Wiegand Foundation.

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t’s a gorgeous time of year and our region’s stunning natural beauty is something to behold. Those with upstream views of the serpentine Truckee River (like folks on the top floors of the Montage) are enjoying a dazzling display of autumn’s riches, as the leaves of deciduous trees wash the riverbanks in wondrous color. Take a moment, while the air still remembers summer’s warmth, to appreciate why we live here. After nearly nineteen columns with the little magazine that could, we say goodbye—for now—to the divine miss Melody Brewer and her A Woman Abroad column. The supremely talented and vivacious wordsmith will enter a new adventurous chapter in her life and we all will miss her in our pages. Break a leg Mel and thanks for your excellence. You can still catch Melody Middays on KOZZ 105.7FM. The crawl season is in maximum swing and once again the Zombie Crawl filled the streets of downtown to overflowing, with a monster invasion of the undead. Somebody needs to check if Reno has now become the Crawl Capital (per capita) of the World! Next up, the Reno Santa Pub Crawl December 15, 2012 http://www.

NBAPA to school and earned every penny of his estimated twenty-five million dollar yearly salary. Stern’s ability to dangle the carrot and wield the stick has been legendary, in everything from league expansion (23-30) to the establishment of D-League franchises (that have brought NBA basketball to secondary markets like Reno); to strict enforcement of drug policies and dress codes when it appeared that hip-hop culture’s love of chronic and boxer brief exposing baggy jeans would overrun and undermine the game. Tart, glib and famously volatile, Stern’s demeanor did much to earn him scorn. But thanks to Stern’s seldom acknowledged legacy as a champion of minority hiring, the NBA now boasts the highest percentage of black coaches, GM’s and owners of any professional sport, and a global popularity approaching that of futbol worldwide. And the future looks bright for the Association, with its mobile, digital and network brands exploding in markets as far away as Africa and China. Now if we can just manage to have a Heat vs. Lakers NBA final, all will be right in the world.

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Change is good and NBA Commissioner David Stern (his name really says it all) announced his impending retirement for February 2014 after nearly thirty years heading the Association. Under Stern’s stewardship the NBA has expanded to become a popular international brand now seen on television in 215 countries--thanks in large part to Stern’s introduction of pro players at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and the unleashing of The Dream Team, tasked to restore America’s round ball preeminence. Stern’s Columbia Law Degree has been put to good use in the six work stoppages that pepper his tenure as the league pit bull chief negotiator. In collective bargaining agreements, he’s taken the

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Text Angela Watson Photos Diana Kathleen Bradbury

Made in Omerica! Everywhere you turn these days you see someone with stretched lobes. When it comes to filling those holes, nobody does wood better than the Denver-based company: Omerica Organic. This eco-friendly, made in the USA, company uses a state of the art laser technique to put graphics and inlays on exotic, all natural woods from all over the world. Omerica produces the most beautiful and precise designs available, making them the world’s leading wood plug manufacturer. 8 Reno Tahoe Tonight


o feel a pair of their plugs is to really know what time they take creating each impeccable pair. They are smooth as can be, lightweight, and always perfectly shaped for the wearer’s comfort. Octopi on Osage Orange (fig.1), Feathers on Blood Wood (fig. 1) and Rainy Days (fig.2) with 2 different wood inlays are just a few of the 1000’s of plug designs they create to make stretched lobes look beautiful. Using their webpage, you can build your own pair of plugs; selecting your size, style, wood and wearing length. They can even make custom plugs with your own logo or graphics. Wood is a warm, comfortable, and natural material that has so much character. Each piece of jewelry is a story, the grains speak to you with beauty from its past. Believing people and the earth are no doubt connected, Omerica purchases all of their woods from trusted suppliers right here in the USA. This way they are able to guarantee that their made-to-order stock is created in the most ethical manner, while using no harmful chemicals. Because they really care about the impact they are making on the environment, they purchase 100% wind energy from Xcel Energy's Windsource Program to power their shop and donate to the Nature Conservancy Tree Planting, to offset their wood consumption.

In shop, they try very hard to be aware of their carbon and waste footprint. Omerica has implemented many positive efforts and encourage others to do the same--utilizing recycled and recyclable paper packaging whenever possible; purchasing items for their shop second (or third, or fourth) hand when available, and saving all of their wood scraps for use in prototyping and future projects. These are just a few of the ways they Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. For more information, or to find a retailer near you, visit www. Angela Watson is the owner of Black Hole Body Piercing, recently honored by RN&R’s Best of Reader’s Poll for the eighteenth straight year as “Best Place to Get Pierced.”

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City Spotlight

Text Mike Van Houten

Photos courtesy of Anthony Nigro, Frank Haxton, Joseph Dubon and Chris Holloman

Retail! Retail! Retail! Over the course of the past few months, many new residents have moved downtown--both renting and buying—and some questions I consistently receive from these new residents via my Downtownmakeover web site are: "Why is there not more retail shopping downtown? and “Why are all the stores and shops opening in Midtown?” I decided to dedicate this column to trying to find an answer to that question. 10 Reno Tahoe Tonight


here’s a lot of vacant retail space plaguing downtown's tourism corridor. Think Woolworth’s building; think JC Penney building on the corner of First and Sierra, and think all the vacant retail along the South Virginia strip. The Riverwalk may be a beautiful sight to see, but tourists still have to walk through a very strange looking downtown to get there, to put it delicately. The fact some of these have been vacant literally since I have lived here, such as the Woolworth’s Building and the vacant spaces on Virginia Street, eats at me. It's easy to blame it on the recession, but that only explains the past few years, and not the span of an entire decade or longer.

Less than a mile away, MidTown is booming. Far more local businesses are opening in MidTown right now than most other places in the city. What was the trigger? I decided to pose that question to some of the smartest people I know: people who run businesses downtown, live downtown and work downtown. What is keeping what is happening in MidTown from happening downtown? Each person touches on a different issue in their own perspective, and each person has close ties to downtown, MidTown or both. The solution, if there is one, could be within their answers. Each person I asked brought a different perspective to the issue. Let's take a look at their answers below.

Downtown does have some retail, such as Be Abundant Home Decor, Reno Envy, Dharma Books, a 99 Cent Store, Antiques & Treasures and a few others, but these are retail fixtures that have been downtown for years, and nothing new has come through the pipeline save Bumblebee Blooms Flower Boutique. The big question is why?

Hillary Schieve -Owner Plato's Closet - Midtown/City Council Candidate: It is the restrictions with the Transit Oriented Development Overlays in the area. I have had many people tell me the requirements are just not doable because of the density that the city has put in place. Those restrictions Reno Tahoe Tonight 11

City Spotlight Scott Dunseath

were put in place when the economy was very different. I certainly will work hard to change the requirements if elected. Scott Dunseath - Owner Reno Envy: The economy has taken its toll, but in my opinion the primary challenge for retail in downtown is the lack of quality space and minimal efforts by developers to target retail. There is a lot of vacant space but it is not ideal for retail, smaller and start up retailers need 500-1000 square feet, ideally built-out or with minimal improvements needed. There are not a lot of options that fit that criterion that have easy parking, good foot traffic and visibility. There are certainly enough potential customers between the locals and the tourists that frequent downtown, and we get asked every day at the Visitors Center where the shopping is‌ we steer them to MidTown and the malls. Can retail work in downtown? Absolutely, Reno eNVy is proof that the right type of retail business can survive and prosper. Eric Raydon - Marmot Companies – Midtown: Reno's urban core is bifurcated into the Commercial Core, which is Downtown (or as we like to call it, Uptown), and the Residential 12 Reno Tahoe Tonight

Core, which is MidTown. You have a much higher density of large businesses in Uptown (e.g. casinos), and a much higher density of residents in MidTown. The mix of residents is also key. MidTown has a much stronger grassroots, entrepreneurial, hipster vibe to it that naturally attracts young knowledge and creative workers. Whereas Uptown has a mix of older residents and quite a few younger ones as well, but once you get away from the Truckee River, the residential core thins out and the casinos, pawn shops, and hobotels take over. This will change over time, but Uptown won't attract a really robust retail core until the residential mix changes towards younger people, the shaggiest bits are cleaned up, and a chunk of the hobotels are bulldozed or reprogrammed. This can happen organically over time, or it can happen with one fell swoop, e.g. a large redevelopment project like Tessera taking down big blocks of hobotels, etc. Dann Stephens - Downtown core resident: I think that A, yes MidTown is a bit of a factor, but I honestly would blame the image. People are still saying that downtown scares them. We need a real retail area--something like a smaller version of Legends or Summit that people can frequent.

Ken Manz - Burn Cards blogger: I think the main problem with getting anything done downtown right now is a lack of coordinated investment. Getting the kinds of businesses that a downtown area like Reno's should have will require a group of investors who have access to capital and whose primary objective is to restart the area's economy--and who are willing to wait for returns. And they should not be as concerned with retail as they should be concerned with the kinds of businesses that contribute to the experience of being in the area. Essentially, the most desirable businesses for a downtown like Reno's are choosy about location, they require that location to cut the right profile, and if it doesn't, they don't want to do it. A lot of people like to bag on downtown while they pump up MidTown. But the size, scale, and general kind of attraction that downtown Reno is designed for is a different thing than MidTown, and requires a similar approach, but a different set of tools to solve the problem.

seen over the past decades with businesses coming in, lasting a couple of years, and then fizzling out again due to the lack of a coordinated effort to plan and promote retail development and success within the area. Mark Estee - Campo: Someone just needs to be the first to do it. Jump in with the right retail and prove that it will work and more will follow. The old Post Office is heading that way I hear, but would be nice if someone tried earlier! Samantha Revelry - Montage/Palladio realtor and resident: I'm not sure that locals and tourists alike think of downtown as a "shopping" district as much as they do a "dining/ entertainment" district. I believe that is what is holding smaller retailers back from taking a chance on downtown. Mark Estee

Tim Miles - Downtown resident: I think it boils down to several key factors. One is population... yes we have a thriving community/neighborhood in downtown, but when you put the numbers together of the units downtown, it really isn't that much. In living in Park Tower (for three years) and the Palladio (for four years), I would guess that a third of the residents were part-time and kept homes elsewhere. Second is the economy. People are out to save every dollar they can. Big national chains have the upper hand on this when it comes to discounting retail items and shopping malls have pulled the retail core to the outer reaches of the city. Third is the local's mentality of downtown Reno. They think casinos, panhandlers, drug dealers and homeless. Yes we have that, but as you know, downtown has a lot to offer in the way of culture, sense of community and a lot of great entertainment from the bars to live music and ball games. Mark Gallagos - CH2MHill Design and Planning - Downtown: If downtown retail is ever to be successful, there needs to be a concerted effort to identify and designate an area or corridor where zoning and ordinances specifically target retail development along with moderate to substantial investment in streetscape amenities, additional dedicated police/security patrols and parking facilities. The corridor planning and investment strategy would need to include incentives to attract appropriate anchors to the area (Wal-Mart or Big Lots probably wouldn't cut it). The current hodgepodge is only going to continue producing the same results we have Reno Tahoe Tonight 13

City Spotlight Amanda Pratt - Regional Alliance for Downtown administrator: We have an expectation of an urban core, such as our downtown, that it has a high degree of walkability. I feel this walkability is what feeds the retail environment, keeps it vibrant and growing. I think that a lot of folks in our community and visitors to our fair city have a perception of downtown (outside the river walk area) that is not one that induces the interest to venture out on foot to explore. While parking has had its problems of late, doing so to experience a new restaurant or bar is acceptable, but it does little to generate the buzz needed to spawn attractive retail conditions. As for the very hip personality developing in MidTown, it is evidence that Reno has the

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interest and ability to deliver unique niche-driven businesses addressing the needs of our younger generation. It is now delivering what our blighted, dark downtown streets cannot. Larry DeVincenzi - Marketing Expert, Biggest Little Group: Part of the problem with downtown is a lack of cleanliness and safety. People are used to shopping in malls--which can be sterile-but perceptively safe. Reno used to have a very active downtown retail business, which faded as casinos grew bigger and [expanded] north of Second Street. Downtown can't support the parking, or the community sense of safety that MidTown can--even with MidTown's porn store and tattoo parlors. If you want retail you have to be family friendly. And for all Reno tried to make gaming that it isn't and won't be. It's infrastructure too: safe parking, good lighting, lots of police presence--it all adds up. Brian Egan - Commercial real estate broker: In my humble opinion, the three major barriers to retail entry in the downtown submarket are: 1. A lack of Tenant Improvement dollars from Owners in the downtown submarket, which has larger spaces with more dollars needed; 2. A general consensus by regional and local operators (and even a few brokers) that the demand for retail is not as great as other areas in Reno (where it really is in distress as well) and 3. The slowly pace of real demographic growth in both office and residential which would support more national level retail development. That being said, there are quite a few bigger retailers poking around in our market, and industry leaders will pave the way for other property types coming to fruition in the area within the next couple of years. True growth and the evolution of the market is a very long term piece of work that has some capable developers and unique opportunities for more. Mike McGonagle - Architect/ReReno blogger: So I live at 100 Arlington / Montage / Belvedere / Park Tower / Palladio. Probably a renter or a second home owner. Ask yourself in that position "What retail services do I really need in my neighborhood?" Ground Zero is First and South Virginia. Brßka/ Masonic building looks like nostalgia without any of the charm factor. Woolworth’s is empty. The Nevadan is still in a decade-old lock down. Good Luck Macbeth just bolted. If this block can’t be renovated, downtown Reno has no chance. And this block should be easy.

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The Fender Music Foundation

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Text Oliver X Cover photo Frank Haxton Cover model Bella Rios Feature photos Frank Haxton

For nearly a generation, local and state governments have been cutting public school funding used to support important developmental learning tools like music programs and other extracurricular activities. The unintended consequential impact of these fiscal policies results in poorer student retention and lower scholastic achievement scores nationwide. The losers in this gambit are our young people, who leave school less prepared for the next level. In the face of these cutbacks, The Fender Music Foundation has acted as an intercessor for schools and communities seeking to benefit from and share the gift of music. 18 Reno Tahoe Tonight

Shanda Golden of Bizarre Guitar with Fender Donation Amp

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hrough our friends Greg and Shanda Golden at Bizarre Guitar, who’ve implementing an innovative point of sale donation campaign with Fender at their Reno store, RTT reached out to The Fender Music Foundation Executive Director Moriah Scoble to hear how the foundation works in the lives of the students, schools and programs they serve. Reno Tahoe Tonight: School music programs have been decimated due to public school funding cutbacks, even though studies have shown that activities like sports and music enhance student academic performance and achievement. How has The Fender Music Foundation addressed this critical issue? Moriah Scoble: For many communities, when a school cuts its music program, a parent or

Summer Black holds an Iced Blue Metallic American Delux Strat FSR

teacher steps up to address the need. They either create an organization to offer music education, add a music education element to an existing organization or volunteer to offer a music class or club before or after school. Before they come to us, they have been fighting to keep their music programs going. They have been holding bake sales and organizing concerts. Some of these music education advocates will keep these programs running for years before they reach out to The Fender Music Foundation, and when they do, it’s because they need more instruments so that they can reach more people. Before the foundation, there were very few options for people and organizations like these. Many other granting charities work only with school programs. The Fender Music Foundation helps school music classrooms; community based programs as well as music therapy programs. Furthermore, we reach music programs for people of all ages, anyone who needs to make music. We’ve donated instruments to music programs in detention centers as well as facilities for men who are about to be released from prison; we’ve donated to hospitals, elementary schools, high schools, community mariachi programs and even education centers for the blind. We provide equipment like microphones for choir programs and all types of musical instruments for programs that teach various genres of music. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to make music, and we want to provide the instruments to those organizations that are out there fighting for music education for those in need across the country. Reno Tahoe Tonight: What criteria do you use when considering whether or not to fund or support a school program? Moriah Scoble: When a teacher or organization applies, their application is assessed to ensure that the organization in need puts the instruments to good use for the life of the instruments. This means we are analyzing their answers to determine if the program is effective and sustainable. We want to see the local community backing the organization and doing whatever it takes to keep it going. We are also looking for programs that reach participants in need, people who would otherwise not have a way to learn music. We like to see that the music is making a difference in their lives and

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The Fender Music Foundation in the community. We never choose organizations based on the skill level of their participants. We believe that music is of value to both gifted and beginning musicians. Reno Tahoe Tonight: It seems like everybody has an old musical instrument in the attic or basement. How do you go about the logistics of getting much needed instruments from the general population to the programs you administer nationwide? Moriah Scoble: Primarily, we have worked with the manufacturers and retailers, receiving instruments that are blemished or are returns. These instruments are either perfectly playable or need a minor repair or adjustment to play. We then let the approved grant applicants look through our inventory database to choose the instruments that are best for them.

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With this new process, we are also able to accept clean, playable instruments from the public, as well as the manufactures. Again, we accept all types of instruments: band instruments, orchestra instruments, ethnic instruments, rock band instruments, Orff instruments, etc., as well as the equipment necessary to play them. This process is so new that we don’t even have the details about this up on our website yet. If anyone is interested, they can just mail their clean and playable instrument to our PO Box address along with some detail about the donor. Right now, we have many guitars in our inventory, but I’m sure there will be a lot of teachers excited to see other instruments come in. We regularly receive requests for brass instruments and small percussion instruments. Reno Tahoe Tonight: What are some of the success stories you've experienced in your work that make you know that your efforts are paying off for students and for the schools? Moriah Scoble: Because we are sending instruments out to programs across the country, we don’t often see or meet the people we reach. We see the effects of our grants in letters, photos and videos. The letters that have affected me the most have been from inmates. One of the programs we’ve known for a long time is at the Plainfield Re-entry Educational Facility. There, a volunteer had been teaching music on a few of his personal guitars that were just falling apart. We sent him a whole band of instruments, and – with them – this volunteer was able to significantly grow the program. He would often call me or email me to give me updates about how affected these men were, as a result. When men would start the program, they would be hard and angry, but as they spent time in the program and created bands with each other, they would begin to shed those layers. After all of the time they had spent acting tough and mean, they could finally let it all go. The volunteer reported back to me that many of these men were turning their lives around now that they knew how to communicate with each other and release their feelings in a healthy way. It gave them hope for a different life. The best part of this story is that many of them changed for good. After a couple years, only a few of them returned to prison – a recidivism rate that is unheard of. Plainfield Re-entry Educational Facility was so successful that the

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The Fender Music Foundation state mandated for the other prisons in the state of Indiana to implement similar programs. I’ve also met countless music teachers who have been paying for their supplies and instruments out of their own pockets for years. They did whatever it took to give their kids a chance to experience the countless benefits of music. They would tell me how ecstatic they were that they could finally help a student, a kid they could save if they could just put an instrument in his hands. Reno Tahoe Tonight: If a school, parent, teacher or student wishes to start a music program in their school, how do you recommend they go about doing that? Moriah Scoble: Generally, pushing a school to implement a music program does not work over the long-term. In most cases, the only way it will last is if the school’s administration, teachers and parents are behind it. One of the most successful ways I’ve seen to do this in an elementary school environment is through programs like Guitars in the Classroom where the music is integrated into academic instruction. Programs like this use music to teach math, science, history, etc. Either starting a traditional music program or keeping one that is threatened to be cut is a huge undertaking. The schools that do it usually have a booster club that fundraises on their behalf and is responsible for raising the teacher’s salary as well as the supplies, instruments and equipment. This is why so many community-based organizations are popping up. They are addressing the needs of the school district or community in a more streamlined way where they can totally focus on the arts. Reno Tahoe Tonight speaks to Bizarre Guitar’s Shanda Golden: Shanda, how did Bizarre Guitar get involved with Fender to implement your innovative in-store point of sale donation campaign using the custom Fender donation amp? Shanda Golden: I became aware of The Fender Music Foundation through an invite I received on Facebook. Local radio and media personality Layla James was hosting her birthday party, and in lieu of gifts she was asking for donations for The Fender Music Foundation. I immediately touched base with Layla who got me in contact with [Fender’s] Andrew Sokol. Andrew and I chatted on the phone and I was touched by his commitment to The Fender Music Foundation’s 24 Reno Tahoe Tonight

mission and I asked to participate. We received in the mail a totally cool amp that was fashioned to accept cash donations. We put the amp on our counter and encourage our customers to donate their loose change, which they gladly do. Sometimes the customers ask to purchase the amp—it’s that cool looking! For Greg and me, The Fender Music Foundation is one way that we can help music programs in our nation to grow. My husband and I love music and we don’t want to see music programs go away. In being a part of this great foundation’s efforts, we feel we’re giving back to what we both love immensely: music and the musicians that bring to us so much joy. Reno Tahoe Tonight: Besides securing the donations of the general public, how is the Fender Music Foundation funded? What are the biggest challenges the foundation faces moving forward and how can people get involved? Moriah Scoble: You’re right. A very high percentage of our revenue is donations from the general public. In fact, many are memorial or honorary donations in honor of musicians and music lovers. However, we also raise awareness for the future of music by selling signed memorabilia as well as Icon Series Collectibles. Many musicians have shown their support for the cause by autographing albums, guitars, VIP passes, photos and posters for us to sell. For example, we have received autographed award guitars from both the 2010 and 2011 American Country Awards, which were signed by almost all of the musicians who were there. We’ve also recently received memorabilia from Toto, Def Leppard and OK Go. It’s a great way for musicians to give back to the industry that has been so good to them. All of our memorabilia is for sale on our online store We have great one-of-a-kind items that are great gifts, especially for those people who already have everything. Looking for a great holiday gift? Consider giving the gift of music for the holidays. Contact The Fender Music Foundation and help bring joy to someone in our community with your generous donations. 100% of each dollar you donategets instruments into music education programs. Donate today!

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The True Smell of Clean Text Vanessa Robertson, M.A. Photo Mike Robertson


ave you ever gotten a headache after scrubbing the bath tub or felt your eyes burn after cleaning the oven? You might think that’s the price you pay to get things clean. For generations we’ve been taught to use bleach, ammonia and other harsh chemicals to keep our house or work place germ free but we’ve paid the price, literally and figuratively. There are safe, non-toxic, cheaper alternative cleaners available that can clean any window, remove sticky messes and even return that tub to its original glistening white. Some can even be made at home for next to nothing! The Truth about Chemicals The fact is that harsh expensive chemicals pollute our indoor air, affecting our health and the health of our families but damage doesn’t stop there. When these harsh chemicals are washed down the drain or thrown away at the local landfill, they can seep into our groundwater supply or contaminate the Truckee River. There are thousands of chemicals used in name brand cleaning products but for the sake of time and me not wanting to get in a lot of trouble for bashing specific brands, I will highlight a few chemicals that you should avoid. Ammonia can irritate your eyes and if inhaled can damage your lungs. Ammonia is found in glass cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, and disinfectants. Bleach can irritate your eyes and skin; if mixed with ammonia, can form a toxic chloramine gas. Sodium Hydroxide, also known as lye, is a corrosive chemical that if swallowed, will eat right through your esophagus and if splashed in the eyes, could even cause blindness. Butyl Cellosolve, if inhaled and introduced into the bloodstream, can cause damage to your liver and central nervous system. This is found in many degreasers and heavy-duty multi-purpose cleaners. Formaldehyde, phosphoric acid, sulfuric acid, ethanol, naphthalene and phenol are a few others that have similar dangerous side effects and should be avoided when used around the home or work place. 28 Reno Tahoe Tonight

Green Alternatives Now don’t worry, there are still plenty of options out there, some of them are even found in your own home. You might be surprised to learn that with baking soda, white vinegar, Castile liquid soap, lemons or limes, olive oil, club soda and purified water; you can easily make dozens of homemade cleaners for a fraction of the cost. One of my favorite homemade recipes makes a great kitchen cleaner and all you need is baking soda and a few drops of essential lemon oil. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and grease cutter and is safe to have around the house. Want to get those stains out of your tub? Just wet the area, sprinkle on baking soda and squeeze a lemon over the area. Let sit over night and scrub away the stain. Need to clean those windows? All you need is soda water… yep, that’s all you need. The sodium citrate helps soften the water, which helps clean away those spots and will leave you with a streak free window. So the next time you are cleaning the kitchen, swap out the toxic expensive cleaner for a safe, cheaper alternative that is better for your family, the environment and for your wallet. For more homemade recipes check out Karen Logan’s book, Clean House Clean Planet: Clean your House for Pennies a Day the Safe, Non-Toxic Way.

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he world’s first strictly canned beer festival, CANFEST, announces its return for a 4th year with a brand new title brewery sponsor, Mammoth Brewing Company, and the second annual bike drive. CANFEST will take place on November 3rd inside the Reno Ballroom in downtown Reno, Nevada. Supporters of craft beer in cans and industry respected Mammoth Brewing Company will step in for the first time to present the event. CANFEST expects to bring back favorites such as Oskar Blues, Caldera Brewing, 21st Amendment, Anderson Valley Brewing Company, and dozens more. “We’re incredibly excited to have Mammoth join us for CANFEST this year,” said event coorganizer Ty Whitaker. “They have a phenomenal reputation in the craft beer world and as a brewery that looks to keep the trend going, we couldn’t ask for a more appropriate CANFEST affiliate.” CANFEST launched in 2009 to celebrate and showcase the uprising of craft beers in cans. Long viewed as a staple of cheap, poor quality beer, cans are quickly becoming a popular and effective method for packaging craft beers. Tickets are now available through the Silver Legacy box office and Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door. CANFEST benefits the Reno Bike Project, a 501(c) (3) non-profit community bicycle shop and advocacy group. Bikes and beer are an ideal fit and the RBP represents an eco-related cause. CANFEST will once again launch a bike drive with RBP where every bicycle donation made to the RBP in the name of CANFEST will be rewarded with a complimentary ticket. That promotion 30 Reno Tahoe Tonight

will run through November 3rd. For more information on the bike drive, please email info@ In addition, CANFEST is also presented by The Abbi Agency, a Reno-based public relations and marketing firm, and hosted by the Silver Legacy Resort & Casino. Room packages will be available starting in September. For more information about CANFEST, please visit Mammoth Brewing Company is the highest elevation brewery on the West Coast (at 8,000 ft) and has been brewing award-winning beers since 1995. Because of their strong love for outdoor recreation and immediate access to the High Sierra backcountry, MBC decided to start packaging their beers into efficient, easily-transportable aluminum cans in 2007. MBC beers are only distributed and available in the High Sierra communities of California and Nevada. For more information about Mammoth Brewing Company, please visit For more information about the Reno Bike Project, please visit Contact: Constance Aguilar, The Abbi Agency or 775-323-2977

Reno TICKETS: $15 presale, $20 at the door

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EVENT Special to Reno Tahoe Tonight

Coles Whalen

Tyler Stafford

Alt Country Star Coles Whalen with Tyler Stafford, Gia Torcaso and Dean Rossi Wednesday, November 7, 2012 @ Swill Coffee & Wine


oles Whalen will play the intimate  environs of Reno’s Swill Coffee & Wine  as part of her tour of the American west  in support of her thirteen song album  I Wrote This for You, released in February of this  year.  The Nashville beauty brings her unique  folk-inflected country flavor to lucky locals who  are discovering Swill’s considerable coffee house  coolness and innovative programming.  The  veteran road warrior has garnered acclaim for  her formidable vocal ability and musicianship,  unique phrasing and lyrical narratives.  Rising  Reno singersongwriter Tyler Stafford, whose  breathy indie folk and remarkable vocal tone has  earned him adoring fans regionally, opens with  special guests Gia Torcaso and Dean Rossi.   Coles Whalen Bio Ten years ago, after finishing a degree in music  and business, Coles Whalen decided to sell  everything she had in order to buy a camper. This  camper became her home as she toured the  nation selling her first record Coles Whalen EP  (2005) soon followed by Gee Baby (2006) - her  first full length album.  Whalen found a way into  Borders bookstores and spent almost four years  playing multiple shows a day in Borders across  the US, building a following and selling over  10,000 CDs right out of her truck.

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In 2007 Whalen signed with an independent label  and released "Nothing Is Too Much." After a year,  despite strong sales and successful touring,  Whalen found herself in a corner. The label owned  the masters and wouldn't print more copies, and  she was bound to them legally for two additional  records. Having no other option Whalen  regrouped, bought herself out of contract, and  began again.  Whalen moved from her hometown of Denver,  Colorado to Nashville to work on her songwriting.   She continued to tour, playing around 100 shows  a year and began work on her 4th CD, The Whistle  Stop Road Record (2009). With live recordings  from Akon’s HitLab showcase in Montreal, and  studio tracks recorded in Nashville and Denver,  the 11 song alt-country release propelled Whalen  to new heights in placement and press.  Back in Denver, she was embraced by her  hometown scene.  In 2010 Coles and her band  played over 100 shows and festivals supporting  "Whistle Stop" opening for Pat Benatar, Joan Jett,  Kellie Pickler and headlining stages.  Coles Whalen plays Swill Coffee & Wine Wednesday, November 7, 2012. 3366 Lakeside Court near Moana. 7:30pm doors. 8pm showtime. All Ages.

Events November

a st ed & br e w ed Al l lo c al ly ro om e co ff ee . be an s. Aw es th e ho od . It ’s al l go od in

11/7 Reno Tahoe Tonight Presents

Coles Whalen with special guests Tyler Stafford, Gia Torcaso. and Dean Rossi. 7:30pm doors - 8pm showtime - $5 cover - all ages

11/17 Reno Tahoe Tonight Presents

Jazz trio Clock’s Magic Bandits 7:30pm doors - 8pm showtime - all ages - no cover

come and see the shows in our super hip lounge ... and while you’re here feel free to indulge in some of our awesome wine, coffee, beer, & food!

Saturday wine & beer tastings every week from 5 to 7 “Sundays are swill” we have brunch and mimosas every Sunday from 10 to 2 and locally crafted crafts from indie crafters of Reno.

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Dam California

Reno Tahoe Comedy Presents

Dam California Red Carpet Premiere

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 Reno Tahoe Comedy  presents the Dam California 


njoy the perfect date night with a  full bar and no drink minimum in a  beautiful, smoke-free theater setting.   There are two showings on Saturday,  November 17th one at 5:00pm and the other  at 8:30pm.  We’re located inside the Pioneer  Underground on 100 South Virginia, Street in  Reno, Nevada.

to Reno,Nevada; Dam 

California’s water issue is brought to the  forefront in the vivid portrayal of human  survival.  When Michael Rodriguez (Josh  Reyes) returns home after 8 years of combat  to discover his home town on the brink of  collapse he quickly enlists in the battle for  sustainability.  Meanwhile environmentalist Dr.  Meghan Connors (Sarah Poynter) struggles to  expose the corruption behind the global water  crisis. You’ve seen the headlines.  You’ve heard  the debate.  Now experience the passion behind  it all… Dam California.

California is now ready  to debut and Reno Tahoe  Comedy will host the Red  Carpet premiere at the  Pioneer Underground.  

Tickets for this event are $20 in advance and  $25 the day of the show. Get more information  and buy tickets at  Tickets are also available at the PioneerCenter  for the Arts box office from 11am – 6pm  Monday through Friday and at the Pioneer  Underground on show nights between 6pm  and 11pm. Fees may apply. No refunds. For a  complete Reno Tahoe Comedy schedule, go to

Red Carpet Movie Premiere  hosted by comedian Justin  Rupple on November 17,  2012!  Filmed during 2011  from Paso Robles, California 

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Simplified Featuring Rigorous Proof, The John Whites, Tovah Goodman and Special Guests Saturday December 1, 2012 @ CommRow’s Centric Lounge

Text Oliver Photos Chris Walstad


hotographer Chris Walstad is a monster talent  on the rise.  His photojournalistic eye and fine  art sensibilities have helped him capture and  convey stunning photo narratives in  every imaginable genre.  His technical  skill sets extend beyond the abilities of the  nouveau digital professionals who’ve  never stepped foot in a dark room, or  poured over a contact sheet to mine  the magic only found on film.  Below the ambitious young  artist talks about his upcoming  Southeast Asian photo tour and  the remarkable mixed media  event he’s producing to help  underwrite and facilitate  his artistic wanderlust and  immense professional  curiosity.  Reno Tahoe Tonight: You're embarking on a unique life journey. Tell our readers about your travel plans and your fine art book project.

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Well I guess it’s unique in the fact that I’m attempting to not work a 40-hour conventional work week. But it’s not unique in the fact that I’m just like everyone else who ever had a dream to do something spectacular. I’m setting out on something I’ve always wanted to do: to travel and take photographs. When I chose to pursue a serious career in fine art photography, being able to go and travel was something that I made a priority. In 2010, I was fortunate enough to go live in Okinawa, Japan, and I fell in love with the Asian culture and trying to capture it with my camera. The trip to Southeast Asia will begin at the turn of the year in January 2013. A travelling buddy and I will fly from San Francisco to Hanoi. From there we are going to make our way south, zigzagging through Vietnam and Laos. We will end our southward journey in Ho Chi Minh City, and then shift gears heading north through Cambodia. Eventually we aim to end up in Thailand; at this point our itinerary will depend on time, but we are looking to finish our trip traveling through Malaysia and Indonesia. The idea of the trip is to travel on very little money. We want to complete the whole trip on between ten and fifteen dollars a day. Over the course of 100 days, the team will carry cameras and journals to document our experiences. It is my dream to travel and create photographs that evoke real human emotion. I want to connect people with a world they may never see in person and put a dent in human ignorance. After we return home, we will be putting together a book of our words and our photographs. The book will explore a region riddled with ancient cultures influenced by modern day ideals. It will be dedicated to discovering the people of Southeast Asia, by seeking out their culture through photography. This is a trip meant to document the travelers, the experiences, and the people we meet along the way; it is to be a trip of full disclosure. I want to share our relationships with as many people as possible. The ones we have, and the ones we have yet to encounter. Reno Tahoe Tonight: What made you to pick up a camera? 38 Reno Tahoe Tonight

My junior year, I ta’d for one of my high school art teachers… She was also the photography teacher, so there was a dark room attached to her classroom. Whenever I was done imputing grades or finished with whatever ta’d really do, I would just go hang out in the dark room because it was cool. There were big dusty enlargers and trays full of chemicals, it was a place where I could think, relax, and do something creative... There were whole days when I would just listen to music and just work. As the semester went on, I started

printing other people’s negatives that they’d left on the floor or thrown away in the trash. It was at this point that my grandpa gave me my first 35mm film camera. It was the Nikon f3. I just started shooting. Because I was working in the classroom, I had easy access to pretty much everything photographic. I had an empty dark room whenever I wanted it and all the supplies a budding photographer could ask for. Over time, the darkroom really became a place of escape for me. By the time I took my first photography class my senior

year, I had already been shooting, developing, and printing my own photos for almost a year. Photography was something that came into my life in a very natural and unaltered way. Reno Tahoe Tonight: Who are some of your professional influences? So many things influence my work, but as far as my influences in the photography world, I would have to say Sally Mann, Richard Avedon, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and Reno Tahoe Tonight 39


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Joyce Tenneson; they are all photographers who mastered their craft through practice and constant dedication. Recently my biggest influence has been a photographer named Kevin German. He lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and shoots entirely with prime lenses. He has certain honesty in his photography; it is something I strive for whenever I pick up a camera. Reno Tahoe Tonight: What's been the most important part of your technical development as a photographer? I feel like I learned to be creative with my photography in high school, but I learned how to polish that creativity in college. College photography was the best thing I ever did for my career and myself. It made me a technical photographer while still allowing me to draw outside the lines and develop my own unique style with a camera. When I finally settle down, I plan on becoming a photography professor at a local community college. Reno Tahoe Tonight: You're entering a very competitive field during a difficult time in the

economy. What makes you certain about your career path? I don’t feel like anything is really certain in life, but ever since I picked up a camera, I knew that photography was not just a hobby for me. I have a passion for photography that goes deeper than even I know. Sometimes when I’m having a stressful work week, the last thing I want to do is pick up a camera. But when I actually get up and go do it, I always find that it puts me in better place than I was before. Photography is very competitive, but it’s just like everything else, you have to find out what sets you apart and go after it whole heartedly… that’s what I intend to do. Reno Tahoe Tonight: Talk about your upcoming benefit concert called “Simplified” at CommRow on December 1. Chris Walstad: This show is about intrigue through simplicity. Oftentimes in life, the most powerful experiences are birthed from the simplest elements. “Simplified” is a fusion of visual and musical art. The night is meant to be a celebration of the growing artistic culture in Reno’s youth. We want people to come and spend their whole night with us, listening to awesome music while involving them in an adventure of visual exploration. The art show incorporates pieces from several different mediums including photography, painting, charcoal, and sculpture. The show is meant to intrigue its viewers with new ideas and designs that push the envelope.

“Simplified” Saturday December 1, 2012 at CommRow’s Centric Lounge 255 North Virginia Street, Reno; featuring acoustic performances from special guests Tovah Goodman, Halfway West, John White, and Rigorous Proof. Artists include Danika K. Bryant, Stephanie Bolin, Chris Walstad, Shaun Boyte, Eliza Paul, Mark Hammon, Brian Astle, Sean Patrick Leydon, Drew Herman, Gavin Estes and more! The night will include a projected art show along with intimate acoustic performances from Tovah Goodman, Halfway West, John White, and Rigorous Proof. Come celebrate art with some of Reno’s most talented performers, painters and photographers. 8pm doors. 21+ See ad in this issue. http://www.facebook. com/#!/walstadcw/info Reno Tahoe Tonight 41


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EVENT Annual Celebrity Chef Harvest Dinner Fundraiser at Adele's November 12, 2012 The Abowd Family and Chef Mark Estee Partner to Support The Greenhouse Project

Special to Reno Tahoe Tonight Photo Jerry Abowd and Benjamin Freedman

The third annual Celebrity Chef Harvest Dinner to benefit The Greenhouse Project will take place November 12 from 5:30 PM - 9:00 pm at Café at Adele’s in Carson City. The event features a six course pairing of fine wine and food as prepared by Charlie Abowd, Adele's chef and owner, and guest chef Mark Estee of Campo, recently named one of Esquire’s Best New Restaurants in America. The event is anticipated to sell out quickly, as seating is limited at 90 guests.


he Greenhouse Project was initiated  in concept by Karen Abowd, Carson  City Cultural Commission member  and co-owner of Café at Adele's.  The original focus of hanging flower  baskets through Carson City's business district  grew to a broadened vision of a community  facility that provides a hub for people of all  ages to engage in cooperative, healthy activity. Today, The Greenhouse Project provides  educational and vocational programs that  create a source of fresh produce for local food  banks and school programs. Nearly 4,500 lbs.  of produce has been cultivated this year and  donated as the only fresh produce component  for the Ron Wood Family Resource Center and  Friends in Service Helping (FISH).  This year, the Harvest Dinner has been 

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sponsored by Karen's son, Eric Abowd, and  his company Abowd & Rose Financial Group.  Eric believes his contribution to the cause  was natural, following in the footsteps of his  parents' lifelong commitment to community  service and their passion for the Harvest Dinner  event. "This year we are covering the $6,300  cost of the event so that each $200 ticket they  sell will contribute to the bottom line and be  reinvested in the community," said Eric Abowd.  Funds raised will support the 80-student  strong Ag program including a Future Farmers of America group that operates out of the  greenhouse, the assembly of 61 flower baskets  created by special needs youth for real life work  training experience and then displayed through  the center of Carson City, self-sustaining food  production, and a newly created community  cut flower program. Additional sponsorship op-

portunities during the Harvest Dinner and every  day include a Garden Brick Sponsorship ($100),  Planter Sponsorship ($150), and a Planting Table  Sponsorship ($200).  "Mark and Charlie have a lot in common, including being invited to cook at the James Beard  House," said Karen Abowd. "Because of their  frequent communication and respect for each  other's talents, Mark was the natural fit for the  celebrity chef for this year's event. The buzz between the two chefs about the pairing menu is at  a fever pitch and we anticipate several delightful  surprises, including a collaborative charcutiere  sampling, veggie risotto, and gourmet pizza  made with fresh peppers and tomatoes grown  at The Greenhouse Project." A full pairing menu  will be released this week on the Adele's and The  Greenhouse Project websites.

About The Greenhouse Project The Greenhouse Project is a Nevada 501(c)  (3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to  establish and sustainably operate a communitybased greenhouse and garden in Carson City.  The project operates under the auspices of the  Carson City Cultural Commission and its Special  Citizen Action Group. The project was created  to respond to the direct and vocal need for the  school children of the Carson City community  to learn the importance of sustainable living,  provide fresh nutritious food free of charge to  the food banks, and help get families, children,  schools and the community at large unplugged  from the TV, computer games and the computer  and ‘reconnected’ with the outdoors.  For more  information call Karen Abowd at (775) 232-8626  or visit . Reno Tahoe Tonight 51


The Magic of Eli Kerr @ Harrah's Reno Friday and Saturday Nights through February 23, 2013

Special to Reno Tahoe Tonight

After recently appearing on “America’s Got Talent,” and being awarded the honor of “Best Magician” by the Reno News and Review, magician and illusionist Eli Kerr has developed a brand new show that is sure to mesmerize audiences of all ages.


ammy’s Showroom will transform into a world of illusion, wonder, and laughter, when Eli Kerr takes the stage with this high-energy and mind-boggling performance. The Magic of Eli Kerr features astonishing close up magic, as well as daunting grand illusions. The Magic of Eli Kerr” appears inside the legendary Sammy’s Showroom at Harrah’s Reno every Friday and Saturday night through February 23, 2013. Don’t miss this one-of-akind show, appearing for a limited time, only at Harrah’s Reno. This show is perfect for audiences of all ages. Tickets are $25.00 for general admission and $35.00 for VIP tickets. Dinner and show packages are also available. All tickets can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800-7453000 online by visiting or in person at the Sammy’s Showroom box office on performance evenings.

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Raise Your Caliber Special to Reno Tahoe Tonight

What would you do with an extra $300 or $3000 to be a better you? “Aikido classes for my son and I for six months,” says Kyle Chandler-Isacksen. “Aikido, like many martial arts, powerfully synthesizes the mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical aspects of being. In a world fraught with gizmos and gadgets, consumerism and disconnection, Aikido helps one center themselves so they may be flexible, strong, rooted to the earth. I seek that in my life as a father, husband, teacher, and in all I do with my community. And, I hope to instill that manner of being in my sons so they can grow into men of strong caliber.” Applying for $520 “One year of yoga classes at The Studio,” says Ashlee Skow, who was born with Cystic Fibrosis. She has found that yoga is keeping her body healthy and strong, and she wants to continue to afford a membership at her favorite yoga place. She has a dream of becoming a yoga instructor in children’s hospitals, so that through yoga she can bring out the “beauty in every soul making it possible to do the impossible.” Applying for $588 “Unite Classic Cutting Class,” says Julia Froslie, a local hair stylist at Caliber Salon & Spa. “I want to take my career to the highest place it can go and this class is a great start!” Applying for $600 “Bootcamp Membership,” says Jennifer Lappin, who has already lost 35 pounds through this program. She seeks to continue her membership to get to her target weight. She wants to set an example for her family and community that through “hard work and dedication they can also get into shape and into a healthy weight range.” Applying for $1340.

Raise Your Caliber, a new local charity is awarding money to chosen applicants at their kick-off event November 17 at 6:30pm. The event is set in 1933, the year that Prohibition ended and the year the chocolate chip cookie was invented. When brainstorming the event with co-producer Scott Beers, Gertie Ok sought out the year that was most like the year 2012, in the last hundred years. “1933 was a year when the economy was depressed, and the people were looking to others for a solution. I want to see our community look within for a solution. What would have happened in the 30s if the people had asked, ‘How can I raise my caliber?’” The event will have elements you’ve seen before, but everything will have a twist--from the cookie bar to the not-so-silent auction--be prepared for non-stop entertainment. Aric Shapiro of Reno Art Works is leading the artists who have been commissioned to create Runway Art; a twist on a fashion show. Scott Beers is directing the guests from the past; street performers you may only recognize from Wikipedia circa 1933. “Everything at the event is raising your caliber,” Gertie adds excitedly, “We chose Kat Simmons as the headlining comedy act because of her positive, uplifting outlook on life. We sought out sponsors that are dedicated to helping make individuals and the community better in some way. We’ve even asked that our silent auction items come with a description on how the product or service will raise your caliber.” The key sponsors are Caliber Salon & Spa, Reno Art Works, On Command, Univera, and Waking Girl. These businesses have provided financial support, as well as goods and services to make this event possible. The board members of the charity are David Read, Tres Benzley (Owner of Caliber Salon & Spa) and Barry O’Dea (Owner of On Command). “They’re a group of guys who probably would’ve never run into each other around town,” Gertie remarks, “but their various experiences and talents really complement each other and make for a solid board.” The board members were chosen based on their financial experience, desire for self and community improvement, and ability to follow through on a complex project. Please contact Caliber Salon & Spa at 775-2848620 or visit to get on the guest list. Applicants must be present to win. Application deadline is November 7.

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FLICKS Reviews & Layout Grae Warren


follow me: Argo


Taken 2

Argo is a political thriller based on true events of the storming of the U.S. embassy during the 1970s Iranian Revolution. The film chronicles the CIA’s covert operation to rescue six Americans by sneaking them out in plain sight. The first act of the film is thrilling and unsettling filled with suspense that relentlessly carries throughout the entire film keeping you on the edge of your seat. Fortunately Argo also manages to deliver humorous light-hearted moments. My only gripe with the film is that it blurs the line between fact and fiction taking its own artistic liberties for the sake of entertainment. However, sticking to the facts would have probably led to a less enjoyable film. The time period is perfectly captured by recreating and using stock footage of historical events with fantastic set designs, and a soundtrack that is indicative of the era. A grainy effect was applied to the film in order to capture the essence of the 1970’s and to give the film a gritty feel which was accomplished by shooting on regular film. There are a ton of familiar faces in the film, but the most stand-out performances came from the lead cast including Ben Affleck (The Town), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), John Goodman (The Big Lebowski) and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine). Goodman plays the famous Hollywood make-up artist John Chambers; while Arkin plays the fictional producer Lester Siegel--together they provided the much needed comic relief. Argo is the third and best film directed by Ben Affleck so far, and is certain to garner a Best Picture nomination in the 2012 Academy Awards.

Liam Neeson reprises his role as a retired CIA Agent who has a “particular set of skills” to save the ones he loves. Too bad those skills are laughably ridiculous this time around. The first Taken embodied elements of mystery, thrilling action, and a slightly plausible storyline of

Directed by: Ben Affleck - Awesome! 9

Reno Tahoe Tonight would like to send special thanks for their hospitality to the downtown Cinemark Century Riverside Theatre!

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Directed by: Olivier Megaton - Poor 3

Taken 2

Bryan Mills (Neeson) tracking down the people who took his daughter. The sequel proceeds as revenge plot, but mostly a retread of the original incorporating flashy, yet uninteresting action. Taken 2 lacks logical thought, with a dubious role reversal between father and daughter creating eye-rolling absurdity. Although the original director from Taken, Pierre Morel, was replaced by Olivier Megaton most of the film’s faults are due to a poorly written screenplay by director / screenplay writer Luc Besson. Besson’s most notable films include Léon: the Professional and The Fifth Element. Besson’s screenplay for the original Taken was acceptable, but he goes in all the wrong directions for Taken 2, making the experience feel unnecessary. It’s always awesome to watch Liam Neeson kick bad-guy ass, but the sequel fails to engage the audience or inspire the requisite state of suspended disbelief for the duration of the film.


Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Initially I was fascinated by the films premise of time-travel being controlled by the mob, but I became disappointed as the film departed from sci-fi/action and entered the supernatural genre. For the most part the film avoids time-traveling

In the 1980’s Frank Miller deconstructed the Batman franchise with his graphic novel Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, embodying radical changes that were embraced and considered by fans to be the greatest Batman story ever told. A

Directed by: Rian Johnson - Worth Seeing 7½



paradoxes, but ends up polluting itself with an element of supernatural telepathy that feels out of place. Although, I don’t agree with the routes the writers took they still achieved an unpredictable as well as thought-provoking story with interesting and emotionally charged characters. Each character has their own individual motives that the audience can share empathy with due to the shortage of shallow black and white characters. This is the first sci-fi film from Rian Johnson, and I’ve been a fan of his since viewing his full-length debut neo-noir flick Brick, which also featured Joseph Gordon-Levitt. And, while you would normally expect Bruce Willis (Die Hard) to steal the show, Levitt is the focus and star of the film. The presence of other talented actors including Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood), Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada), and Jeff Daniels (Dumb and Dumber) further enhances the film. Looper isn’t a rehash of other time-travelling sc-fi flicks like Terminator, and Source Code, and despite suffering from a convoluted script it’s still unique and worth seeing.

Eternal Rail Jam Video Premiere

Directed by: Jay Olivia - Really Good! 8½

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns The Amazing Spider-Man

great deal of the Batman we see today including Christopher Nolan’s trilogy emerged from Frank Miller’s storytelling. Before The Dark Knight Returns writers catered towards children resulting in campy cartoonish storylines and characters. Miller targeted adults with dark imagery and smart dialog. Batman was no longer simply looked down upon as a comic book for adolescent kids, but rather sparked intellectually stimulating conversations among fans. Part 1 introduces us to a 55-year-old Bruce Wayne that is forced back into the cape and cowl after a ten year hiatus to once-again clean the streets of Gotham. We are also introduced to Carrie Kelley as the first ever female Robin that reflects a change in American culture showcasing women as no longer damsels in distress. Carrie Kelley gives the story heart, and surprisingly fulfills the role perfectly without being campy like prior Robins. The translation from Miller’s graphic novel to animation is beautiful and accurate while being thoroughly enjoyable for children and adults alike. This is easily the best straight to DVD video from DC, loaded with tons of extras making it a must-buy for any Batman fan. I can’t wait for Part 2 which is set to release sometime next year.

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Eternal Board Shop in conjunction with Ride Snowboards and MNM Enterprises hosted their first rail jam of the winter alongside a night full of snowboarding films at Reno’s downtown Freight House District on Friday, October 12, 2012. The free rail jam was open to any local snowboarders and skiers that wanted to show off their skills. Afterwards, Eternal premiered four snowboard movies to further get people into the spirit of the season and excited for this year’s snow. The first video, Birds of a Shit Feather by The Bang Show featured Eternal’s own local team riders Andrew Brewer and Nick Brewer. The second film, Dinosaurs Will Die Team Vid; followed by Too by Givin and the final film Mind the Video Man by Think Thank carried along the same temperament of snowboarder films for snowboarders. All four films were similar in nature focusing on freestyle snowboarding in urban settings pieced together with crazy spills and tricks. The film’s highlight the snowboarding lifestyle while featuring a plethora of talented and progressive snowboarders. The whole event was a blast and Eternal kept the crowd fired up for the entire duration of the night by tossing out greats prizes to the crowd and incorporating an awesome raffle. The rail jam, films and overall high energy had everyone pumped for what should be an awesome riding season.

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Food Talk

Text Clint Jolly Photos Frank Haxton

Old Granite Street Eatery Six years ago, a couple of young men left their Midwest homes in search of a place to create a legacy. Ryan Gold and Justin Owen settled on Reno to plant their roots and lay the foundation of their American dream. 60 Reno Tahoe Tonight


tarting with an old office building on Arlington, they ripped out old walls and drop ceilings to reveal the beauty that is now Imperial Bar and Lounge. Shortly after, they discovered another hidden gem on Fourth Street. Giving it the same treatment, they stripped out layers of rebuild and discovered the history of a building that is now Lincoln Lounge. Just a few years later they decided to open a restaurant that would deliver approachable food, crafted with care, to a casual clientele. Old Granite Street Eatery is housed in a seventy year old building that was given their proven rebuild.

Opening in July of 2010, they have been serving their loyal customers delicious offerings from an ever evolving menu.

imagine it is close to what it would have looked like when new, with a polished and inviting touch.

The Building

Granite Street Eatery now has a great blend of old style with a clean and updated feeling. Small white tiles cover the floor, letting the dark wooden booths and bar stand out. The bar was found in an antique shop on 4th St., dismantled and refinished as the centerpiece of the restaurant. As one of the first pieces they purchased, it became a source of inspiration for the rest of the decor. Just in front of the bar sits a huge community table made from an old

Originally built in the early 1940’s as a restaurant, it was turned into office space shortly after. When the two found the building it was home to the Heart of Reno Wedding Chapel. The tall windows facing the street were partially covered by the lower of two ceilings and walls divided the space into offices and chapel. Stepping in the restaurant now, you can

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freight house door where people gather with their friends and neighbors. As they researched the space, they had a hard time finding its history. Nothing came up for Sierra Street when the building was constructed. Researching old Sanborn maps, they discovered that the street was originally known as Granite Street and they found the namesake for their new project. The maps now hang in the hallway, filled with color coded buildings used by firefighters to know what kind of building they were facing when called to a location. Justin and Ryan draw a lot of inspiration from the 62 Reno Tahoe Tonight

buildings they house their businesses in. They preserve the history of the location by taking it back to the core and highlighting the character that was originally built. This is followed by repurposing many materials found from around town. The bricks that make up the patio of Old Granite Street were recovered from an old Reno building, scraped one by one and brought back to a useful life. A Food Driven Restaurant Chef Adam Bronson focuses on creating welcoming food by relying on classic technique with his own unique twist. He draws inspiration

from the seasons so that the menu is always evolving. Adam and his crew are always looking for a new way to treat a recipe and keep their guests excited.

that gets the best of local foodstuffs at their peak!

Many of their ingredients are sourced locally. In fact, they have had many local farmers and ranchers drop by with their goods. Adam lends his creativity to the edibles as they make their way to the menu and specials. He recently told me of a Paradise Valley rancher who is raising heirloom sheep that will be served in the restaurant as specials. A few months back he was graced with buckets full of organic local peaches. You can imagine the delight of a chef

The same philosophy that goes into the menu is carried over to their bar selections. Ryan told me that he has met many of the folks that create the wines on their list. Small farmers and brewers are at the core of their bar menu as they prefer to keep their business with the family run crafters such as themselves.

Craft Beer, Wine and Classic Cocktails

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they always have a domestic on tap if you prefer to keep it simple. A wine list of roughly fifteen bottles features many selections that even I haven’t heard of, along with some great small producers that may be familiar. It’s a great mix of discovery and safety, with enough variety to pair with their menu. Natalie Handler manages the front of the house and creates many of the classic cocktails served at the bar. Again, there is a great mix of new and old throughout. Just as the food menu is designed to be accessible and exciting, the bar menu will let you try something new or go for an old favorite. 64 Reno Tahoe Tonight

Behind Every Great Business lies Great People Justin and Ryan have become a benefit to our local foodie community in just a few short years. That community is one of the reasons they settled in Reno with their business ideas. They saw an opportunity to build a lasting business surrounded by great talent and people. With three businesses they employ over 80 locals. Their support of other local businesses stays true to their sense of community as well. Ryan recently bought a house in Reno. It looks like they have officially become Renoites.

New Menu for the New Season Adam has created a new seasonal menu they are now serving. Over half of the items are new and your favorites are still there with some seasonal adjustments. The accompanying pictures show a few of the additions with a roasted pear salad, double cut pork chop and a derby-esque chocolate and pecan pie. Every afternoon they offer wine and beer specials, along with a snack menu where you can pick 3 items for $10. Weekdays cover lunch and dinner, with breakfast and brunch menus for the weekend.

Old Granite Street Eatery seems to follow a pattern of mixing the old with the new. From the building, through the food and onto cocktails, the philosophy follows. That’s what makes it a comfortable spot downtown to grab a bite and a sip in whatever you happen to be wearing at the time. Grab a seat at the community table and meet your neighbors!

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Bovey Lee Undercurrents through January 2, 2013

Artist Bovey Lee’s meticulously crafted paper-cut drawings explore the struggle between nature, urbanization, and the ownership of natural resources. Lee’s drawings are rooted in her study of Chinese calligraphy and pencil drawing, mediums in which she was immersed while growing up in Hong Kong. 

Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts | E. L. Wiegand Gallery 160 West Liberty Street, Reno, Nevada 89501 | 775.329.3333 | Bovey Lee, Tsunami-Oblivious, 2009. Rice paper cutout, 47 x 36 x 3 ½ inches. Courtesy of the artist and Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

grace notes Text L. Martina Young Photo Joseph Dubon


hen I mentioned to a friend and  colleague that I’d been invited to  contribute a regular column to Reno Tahoe Tonight and that I would call  this column grace notes, he asked, “What do you  mean by ‘grace notes?’ ”  I explain that the term  comes from music and refers to those elusive  and often improvisatory embellishments found  between the principle melody or rhythmic lines in  musical compositions: “You know the little piano  trill in Van Morrison’s Moondance that comes right  after the lyric, ‘And all the leaves of the trees are fallin’ ’—(my friend joins in song)—‘to the sound of the breezes that blow (piano trill) . . ..’ Those  are grace notes.”  He nodded with a knowing and  appreciative smile. 

Following this brief foray into Morrison’s grace  notes, I had an insight into how this column might  function.  Over the last ten years, I have been  researching and contemplating human culture’s  imagination of grace—an experience, an attitude,  a surprise wrapped in gestural acknowledgement.   Offering a plethora of connotations, the thought of  grace sheds light onto a portal that illumines the  mourn and yearn of our shared existence.  Across  cultures, the term has near and dear translations;  each translation adds to the textured fabric of  its meaning. In India, for instance, we find two  words: the Hindi dhanyavaad and the Sanskrit  prasada, the first term suggesting an expression  of deep gratitude, while the second translates as  an experience of “unitive consciousness,” thus  “grace,” according to religious scholar Nataraja  Guru. In Judaism, we find another constellation  of terms and actions: dayyénu, concerning the  ethics of gratitude, is sung at Passover, during  the Pesah seder dinner in springtime, and I recall,  while living briefly in Israel, todah raba—“thank  you”—passed my lips a dozen times a day as I  leaped, pirouetted, and révérenced my way from  the Habimah Theatre to the Wailing Wall, and  from the Dead Sea to the City of David.  Expressions of grace and the savory notes left in  its wake, have the capacity to gently, sometimes  radically, refine relationships that otherwise go  unattended.  Unleashed from the confines of  their musical stave, these notes would make  of the world a song and bring faint rhythms  and potential harmonies—think Music of the Spheres—if not to a more audible level, then at  least into the realm of the plausibly sensible.   Such grace embodies what I call the poetic  68 Reno Tahoe Tonight

imperative—a way of perceiving the world’s spin  that reminds us of a grander, eloquent sense  of the dynamic organization of life and how  each of us participates and contributes to it; it  is a perception that struggles toward a future  amidst an insistent and rigorous conditioning  that calibrates our demeanors to a contagion of  mediocrity.  We know this contagion; it is called  culture.  Grace notes, or notes of grace, on the other  hand—perceiving between and beyond the  obvious—lean toward what early religious  imaginations refer to as the charisma of perception, that is, a glimpse of life that resounds  in fuller, richer, and dimensional tones, offering  recognition of being part of a looming largeness  that yields nuances of earthly insight.  Charis is  at the heart of this charismatic ontology, and we  come to find out that “Charis,” writes Homer in  The Iliad, “is the Grace the illustrious crippled  Smith (Hephaestus) had married.” (That the  “illustrious cripple” and “Grace” constellate  one another suggests an instructive archetypal  pattern, but that is a discussion for another  time.)  Significant to this discussion is the  elusive genius of “the radiant goddess Charis,”  whose wide-open attitude is framed by the nonjudgmental resonance of Her presence.  “For  what is,” recalls philosopher Alain Badiou from  author Georges Bernanos’ The Diary of a Country Priest, “is nothing other than grace.”  Returning to Morrison’s lunar chant, let us take  pause between the falling leaves and light wind,  for while poised there, we begin to discern the  metaphoric symmetry of the following lyric:  “And I’m trying to please to the calling/Of your heart-strings that play soft and low. . ..”  Be the grace note.  And may the spirit of Thanksgiving imbue all of  your days with an unusual and autumnal grace. Martina © 2012 L. Martina Young All rights reserved Postscript ~ I will lead a walking meditation from the Reno Buddhist Center to the downtown River Walk on Saturday, November 10th, beginning at 4 PM. Please join us.

L. Martina Young

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Gun Culture

Text and photo John Clement

As most of my readers know, I am a fervent proponent of the Glock series of pistols. They are simple, reliable and accurate. In my humble opinion they have the best trigger reset of any double action/single action style semi-auto pistol.


ot too long ago we received a new handgun that we’d heard about but hadn’t seen or handled. That is the new Walther PPQ. When I opened the box and picked up the gun I noticed a very comfortable, ergonomic grip that fit in my relatively small hand nicely. The grip has a very nice rounded feel that just seems to settle into the hand.

Another initial observation was a Glock-like trigger with a safety bar in the middle of the trigger. Aha! I’m beginning to like this gun. There are no other external safeties so the lines are very clean and uncluttered. I did notice that the rear sight is adjustable for windage. This gun is truly ambidextrous and can be used comfortably by right or left-handed shooters. The slide stop is a rather long, flat piece that appears on both sides of the lower receiver with a pivot point just above the trigger. Even with its very low profile the slide stop releases the slide quite easily which is a positive consideration especially with female shooters. Releasing the slide with a fresh magazine seated with either the shooting hand or the support hand is quite easy with just a little practice. The magazine release is not where we’re used to finding it. It’s not on the side of the grip, just behind the trigger. It is a small extension, or arm, on both sides of the lower trigger guard and pivots downward at that place where we are used to seeing the mag release button. This is not the only polymer frame Walther pistol with this type of mag release. Pressing down on the leading edge of the extension with the index finger of the shooting hand releases the magazine easily. It just takes a little getting used to. 70 Reno Tahoe Tonight

One feature I really like is the trigger reset. After firing the first round the trigger does not have to be completely released in order to reset it to fire the next round. The trigger only needs to be released enough to hear a “click”. If you stop at that click and squeeze the trigger again it will fire. This makes for very fast “double-taps”. It is one of the design features that has made the Glock so popular with law enforcement professionals. If I was not able to carry my Glock…..this would definitely be my second choice for a carry gun.

Walther PPQ

John Clement is the Manager of Bizarre Guns in Reno.

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P   ICKS  NOVEMBER Friday - 11/2 The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada is hosting it's 18th annual Artisan Show & Sale on Friday, November 2nd 3-7pm and Saturday November 3rd 10am-4pm. Artist reception is Friday night from 5-7pm. This juried show features over 30 talented artists from the region. 780 Del Monte Lane in Reno.

Artisan Show & Sale

November 4,11,18 Reno Little Theater presents "Cash on Delivery," a fast-paced British farce by Michael Cooney, November 2,3,8,9,15,16,17 @ 7:30 p.m.; November 4,11,18 @ 2 p.m., in its new theater at 147 E. Pueblo Street, Reno (2 blocks soth. of Vassar, just west of Wells). Tickets are $16 general admission, $13 for seniors/students/military personnel. Reservations strongly recommended: call 813-8900 or go to www. to purchase show tickets and select your seats! "Cash on Delivery" marks the directorial debut for Corey Edward, who won RLT's Best Actor award for 2011-12.

Indie Reno is excited to partner with the Sparks Heritage Museum on Victorian Avenue & Pyramid for their 3rd annual Holiday Craft Fair! This two day show will coincide with the annual Sparks Hometowne Christmas Celebration. Indie Reno is a diverse guild of local artisans with craft ranging from steampunk fashions, mosaic art, jewelry, fused glass, handmade frames, henna art, printmaking and book bindery, home decor, children's art and toys, letterpress printed cards, and more! As always, the first 25 guests through the door each day will receive a "swag bag" filled with a selection of goodies from each of the artisans participating. There will also be a raffle to benefit the Sparks Heritage Museum. Craft Fair hours are Friday November 30th 6-9pm and Saturday December 1st 10am-5pm. This holiday season, shop local and shop handmade!

Cash on Delivery

Sidelines 11/4 - Rocco Benefit 11/9 - Hollywood Trashed 80's rock 11/10 - The Baum Drop rock 11/16 - Wicked Hicks rock

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Dark Tides will open at Gallery 3 November 16, with a reception for painter Jane Kenoyer from 5:30 - 9:00. Gallery 3 is located at 3 North Virginia Street, just north of the Truckee River. For additional information call 775-230-7333.


Jane Kenoyer

Silver Legacy presents Rodney Carrington, the multitalented comedian, actor, and writer who has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over 3 million copies. “Morning Wood” has been certified gold and “Greatest Hits” has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. Catch Rodney performing at the Grande Exposition Hall on Saturday, November 24 for two shows; 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Rodney starred in his own TV sitcom Rodney, which ran for two seasons on ABC. He co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the feature film Beer for My Horses. Rodney broke through with his major label comedy CD debut “Hangin' With Rodney” in 1998. The album featuring fan favorite songs "Letter to My Penis" and "Fred," sold more than 450,000 copies, and over ten years later, consistently appears on the Soundscan comedy charts. Rodney Carrington

The next few years saw six more Top 10 albums: “Live,” “Morning Wood,” Nutsack,” “Greatest Hits,” and “King of the Mountains,” and the newest one, “El Nino Loco,” all of which continue to receive major radio airplay and a place on the national comedy charts. In 2011 Rodney partnered with the American Country Awards by presenting at their awards show and hosting the American Country New Year's Eve Live show on Fox. According to Pollstar, Rodney has been one of the top ten highest grossing touring comedians for the last ten years and among the top 4 or 5 the last several years. Rodney is on track to be in the top 5 again in 2012. He regularly performs to sold out crowds across the US and Canada. Split a side on Saturday, November 24 at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. in Silver Legacy’s Grande Exposition Hall. Tickets are $50.50 with premium seating for $60.50 and are available at or You may find more information and the latest updates on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the Silver Legacy iPhone, iPad and Android Apps.

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Same SideS Text Emily Reese Photos Amy Hunter

Smitten, Stricken and Afflicted Devon was actually the very first guy who ever asked me out on an honestto-Pete date. It is pathetic to think that I was at the old maid age of 21. So pathetic. The simple act of asking me, “Wanna go catch a movie?” caused me to love him and picture myself with an apron, pearls and a vacuum, kissing his cheek as he walked out the front door to his industrious, well-paying job.


y conservative Christian upbringing in the Midwest somehow made my parents think that a good and proper age to start dating would be after I was 16. Though they never mentioned betrothment, I wouldn’t have put it past them. While I understand the wisdom in this dating rule since I now have my own kids (actually 30 is a better age), I hated that limitation. The older guys always liked me because I was a tall, cornfed Aryan chick by 14, but I wasn’t allowed to go out with them. By the time I was 16, all of the shrimpy short guys my age were finally hitting puberty, were mostly idiots and into the cute petite cheerleaders. I basically never had the chance to have a boyfriend before I got to college. Plus, I was a basketball player and a tough gal, so I think those scrawny little boys were intimidated by me. Needless to say, the confidence I had in attracting the male population was nil. This was the case until Devon and I went to that movie. By the time we left the movie to drive to the Twisted Lizard Pub in Kansas City to meet up with our Applebuddy co-workers we served tables with, I was smitten. That is, until his piece of crap car stopped at the busiest intersection of downtown K.C. It all happened in an instant. He slammed the car in “park” position, opened his door and like lightening he ran out of the car. My first thought? Wha? My second thought? If this guy expects me to get out of the automobile and do a Chinese Fire Drill, I’m going to abandon his tuchas right here, right now. What an idiot. 78 Reno Tahoe Tonight

But you know what he did? He sprinted across the street, threw money at this homeless guy selling flowers, grabbed a single rose and ran back to the car before the light turned green. He handed me the rose and smiled as he said, “You are beautiful, Emily.” My third thought? I want to have his babies. Maybe tomorrow, even. Seriously. That actually went through my mind. I was completely stricken by love for this man. Not only was he handsome, with amazing green eyes, dressed stylish, had a wit to match any late-night talk show host, and was chivalrous to a T, he thought I was b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. Well done, Devon. Well done. The rest of our courtship was filled with romance (he even wrote me poetry on occasion), heartfelt discussions, fun trips, wonderful boudoir scenes, laughter, and nights by the fireplace. It was so easy to fall in love with him. He is an honest man, a charmer, intelligent, a go-getter and nice to everyone. His religious and conservative views were in league with mine, and he even discussed going into politics with the Republican Party at some point. Imagine me, the Senator’s wife! It didn’t hurt that he was my biggest fan in the basketball arena while I played on the court in college. I had my very own groupie. In fact, he was almost obnoxious. I could hear him constantly, cheering me on and heckling the refs, especially because he hollered quite effectively through the plastic megaphone he brought with him to every game. I will tell you, if he had decided to take off his shirt and paint his chest with our team’s colors and my number, I wouldn’t have been surprised. Fortunately, he was too hairy for that. Thank God.

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I loved him with all of my heart. He was exactly the kind of person that I could spend the rest of my life with. So it’s no surprise that I cried with joy when he proposed to me during our trip to Reno to meet his family.

beaming when I turned the corner and saw Devon sobbing like a baby in front of all of our family and friends. He was so in love with me that he was overwhelmed with emotion. I was the luckiest woman in that instant.

Our wedding was beautiful and simple. My dad was so happy for me when he walked me down the aisle. It was one of the best moments of my life, especially because instead of crying, I was

The first couple of years of our marriage were seriously wonderful. We rarely fought. We attended a friendly conservative Evangelical church in Lawrence, Kansas, while I helped

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him get through law school. We met wonderful people, grew into spiritual giants through Bible Study, fellowship with other Believers, and prayer time together. We eventually served in positions of leadership in the Church and loved every minute of it. After our first child Maddie was born, we hauled across country back to his hometown, where he began his career as an attorney and I began my

career as a professional June Cleaver. Within a couple of years, I popped out two more kids and our family was complete. Dream realized. He was a good husband. Not only did he provide for our three kids and me, he assumed the head leadership position that our conservative viewpoints demanded of him. He was a fun dad Reno Tahoe Tonight 81

Same SideS and husband who took us on trips, kept our lives organized, and gave us all more than we needed, brought me flowers randomly, bragged about the kids and me to others and generally held our family together when I had a rough time being a mom. He cut the umbilical cords of our three children, appreciated my efforts at being June Cleaver, served in our church and community and gave me pride in being a traditional family. But here’s where the afflicted part comes into play. One day, 10 years later, my intuition started to make me feel crazy enough to think he was cheating on me. This was also coming on the heels of some difficult financial issues in our household, so our relationship had become strained. I confronted him. The argument was ugly and heated. He assured me that he would never cheat on me with another woman. (It was even hard for me to fathom myself, but I just knew that something was wrong.) So, I jokingly and sarcastically screamed: “What are you, gay or something?” He grew silent with shock. The pause was perplexingly too long. He quietly returned my question with another question: “So, you knew this whole time?” What? What? You’re GAY? It just did not compute. And in that moment, June Cleaver died. It was quite a road that I was forced to travel down. There were some major hurdles, the very least of which included a brick wall of religion versus reality that I somehow had to tear down and deal with the debris. There were so many times, especially in the first year and a half after his Big Reveal, where I felt like my entire life had been one big sham. I cried primally more times than I can count. Did he love me for real, or was it all part of a cover up? Was this gay thing a choice that some Christian counseling could fix? Better yet, could I deal with his homosexual desires even if he decided to become a “reformed homosexual”? Did he really even want to do that? He said he’d always been gay, but just came into acceptance of it. Did he know all along? Were there signs? How could I be so naïve? But the toughest thing was the kids. We had been raising them with the ideal: one man, one

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woman, for life, ‘til death do us part. Huh. That was quite a pedestal we had set ourselves upon. Divorce? In the Bible it is written that divorce is only for cases of adultery. If Devon wasn’t committing adultery, then I had to stay with him regardless. Some Christians even raked me over the coals after a year and a half of trying to make it work and deciding that an amicable divorce was the only option. Devon and I finally accepted reality and were at peace about it. Isn’t that what mattered? Today, we are happier than we’ve ever been. Have there been bumps? Sure. Was divorce easy just because he was gay and it couldn’t be helped? No way. Today our relationship and co-parenting skills rock. I mean, I’ll never have an evil step-mommy to deal with and my kids have two awesome male figures in their lives. Devon’s husband is awesome. Three parents who get along? It’s bliss and you should be jealous. I have changed, but for the better. I love who I am today because of my past-- the past before Devon, the aftermath I dealt with and the new non-traditional family we now happily live in. (Hey! Why don’t we throw cancer in there last year just to mix it up a bit?) We even have a blog together about amicable divorce. As Devon and I will reveal to you throughout the upcoming months, it took years to get to where we are today. The Three’s Company spoof that we now live in daily is wonderful, but it took some serious transformation to get there. And, no, we don’t live under the same roof. I need my space and OCD Devon can’t stand how messy and unorganized I am. Next month, you will hear from Devon. He is still an amazing father, but no longer my Ward Cleaver. He is certainly one of my besties, though, and I am so thankful for our road less traveled. Stay tuned. We will be transparent with you, with the expectation that you will find hope in adversity. June Cleaver, I don’t miss you one bit.


Art as Quilts: Summer Sloan Swanson

Text Kate Long Photo Amber Solarzano


ummer Sloan Swanson has loved art ever since she was a little girl. Sitting at her grandmother’s Singer sewing machine her mother gave her to keep her busy throughout the day, she would create dolls’ clothes. Little did she know this childhood ritual would later develop into a passionate talent and lead her down the road of inspiration and creative expression. Swanson is a painter at heart. Although she played around with fabric in college, painting and printmaking were her primary artistic mediums. Upon having her first child, being a mother took the forefront of Swanson’s life. It wasn’t until sometime later a good friend and artist reminded her that anyone under any circumstances had the opportunity to create--even if it was for a few moments at the end of each day. With that in mind, Swanson got back into art. She started a blog that detailed her day-to-day life as a mother and as she started pursuing art again, her posts reflected the creativity that was being reintegrated into her lifestyle. Through that, she found the art of quilting within the blogosphere in which she immersed herself. 84 Reno Tahoe Tonight

“I saw amazing things other bloggers were doing with fabric,” Swanson noted. “If I see something I think I can do, I go for it.” As Swanson became more involved in quilting, the lines began to blur between mediums: paintings she found inspirational she translated into fabric. “I would see graffiti or a Basquiat piece or texture in nature,” Swanson described. “I would look at it and think, ‘This could become a quilt.’” Swanson’s first solo show, “Art as Quilts” is just that: abstract pieces translated into the language of fabric. “Quilts tell a story that even a painting sometimes can’t,” she said. “They’re intimate. They’re generational.” Swanson’s passion not only for quilting but for creativity and its accessibility to all can be seen not only through her own life story, but through the story she’s chosen to tell through her quilts. “Art as Quilts” will be on display at the Never Ender Gallery from November 1st thru November 30th with an opening reception on Thursday, November 6th at 6pm. Never Ender is located in Midtown at 119 Thoma Street, Reno.

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evada has it rough sometimes. Nary a week goes by without some survey popping up that ranks us at the bottom of all the good lists or at the top of all the bad lists. Our unemployment rate is the highest in the nation1 and our education system lands us squarely in last place2. What once was thriving and alive is now a sea of brown lawns and “For Sale” signs. Not very fitting for the most urban state in the nation.

Every election cycle Nevada politicians trot out these dismal rankings to try and inflame the voters, and every election cycle it sort of works. It is entirely too easy to paint one’s opponent as the reason Parenting magazine ranked Las Vegas as the worst city in the nation to educate your children3, or Men’s Health crowned Reno the 2nd drunkest city in America4, but when the campaigns are over, these problems are real and we live them every day. For years Nevada’s growth rate was off the charts. Whole neighborhoods would spring up out of the sagebrush in a matter of days, complete with a roundabout to confuse traffic and a strip mall for all your shopping needs. People clamored to these shiny new neighborhoods and they were filled as quickly as they were constructed. The visions for these communities were centered only on growth because the markets were so frantic. There were few thoughts to the longterm plans because quality of life was measured in square footage, endless pools of home equity and a separate garage just for toys. Our economy was booming, the houses were selling in minutes, and nobody wanted to admit that the stresses on our social infrastructure were going to eventually come to a head.

solution is to lower taxes, cut huge swaths of administration and eliminate public employee unions. Today’s liberals, on the other hand are fire-breathing populists, vilifying essentially anyone who has ever enjoyed success, and they stubbornly insist that only more money will fix the world’s problems, accountability be damned. We are not going to fix the problems with education, infrastructure or anything else overnight, and it is going to take a significant investment of both time and money before we start realizing improvement. Adjustments must be made to administration, for sure, but we cannot hope to pull us out of the doldrums as long as our per-pupil spending is so far below the national average. Unfortunately, tax talk scares politicians who place their reelection above their civic duty and with so many freshmen in the 2013 Legislative cycle I hope they do not fall into this vicious cycle. Signing worthless, stupid tax pledges may make for a photo op and a campaign donation, but they are terrible for effective leadership of our state. Good stewardship of our state should not be held hostage by political ideology and the victors in this month’s election need to go into their new positions with this in mind. Schools of excellence will not cultivate themselves, nor will Nevada’s other problems just go away after Election Day. It’s time for a new direction here in Nevada. Politics can no longer come before common ground, and ideology must take a back seat to real solutions. Nevada is our home and it’s time we start taking care of it again. 1. Bureau of Labor Statistics “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary.”

And come to a head, they did. What had always worked in the past was instantly obsolete. No longer can our elected officials kick the can down the road. Our government is deeply in debt, hemorrhaging cash and with so many Nevadans out of work, there are few options left for pulling us out of the tailspin.

2. “Nevada Education Ranked Last in Country By ‘Kids Count’ Report, Parents Consider Moving Out of State”

Conservatives rally behind the notion that our government has enough money, and the

4. Men’ MH Lists “America’s Drunkest Cities”

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3. “Top 10 Worst Cities for Education in America”

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Graphic Design • Advertising • Strategic Marketing

Under the InflUence Text Nellie Davis Photo Mike Lucido

Ask the average teenager, what does fashion mean to you and their response would most likely be in parallel with the "in" styles at the mall. Elise Amundsen at that point in her fashion career was already marketing her own clothes online to do the exact opposite. Tagging her styles as "era" for her initials and affectionately nicknamed "Elly" Amundsen learned to sew from her mother at a fresh faced 11 years old.

Amundsen is experienced in pencil skirts, two piece ensembles, swing dresses and halters and thinks in order to ensure the perfect outfit, there is no other way than custom. Quality clothes don't have to come at a high price. Both the time and attention to detail in this tailor-made line are taken into consideration to get to that moment where it looks exactly like you imagined. Elise Amundsen can be contacted through Facebook and some of her most recent work can be found in Paper Moon's design challenge, where she made it to the second round. Era Quick Tip: "If you'd like to aspire to be a clothing designer, my advice is to never bite off more than you can chew. Too many times, I've gotten frustrated with an unrealistic idea and end up scrapping it altogether. Stick with what you know is concrete, and go in that direction."


rom there, even after having made a part time gig for herself designing and selling to a DIY rockabilly forum in high school, it wasn't until she started working as a buyer for a local resale clothing store that her fascination for the industry peaked. Amundsen's made to order clothing reflect the 50's era, but don't follow strict vintage guidelines either. She still strives to make it fun and believes that the fit on a person is more flattering than the style. The process to realize a piece can take weeks to fulfill a request. Each article is accomplished by pulling ideas and sketching the first thing that comes to mind until it becomes something tangible. From there, Amundsen prefers to work with each client directly, free-handing fabric, pinning it to their body, snipping and tucking until the shape is formed. She enjoys the idea that fashion is not only a medium for art but also gives access to anyone to be able to create self expression. Her main objective is to make garments that please her clients, and not simply just for the sake of making it.

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Elise Amundsen


Text Thomas Lloyd Qualls Photo Kelly Peyton

Thomas Lloyd Qualls

What Are You Laughing At? The earth laughs in flowers. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

language. And it is a universal icebreaker, instantly allowing us to drop our defenses.

I sat down to write something about the Harvest season, about the rhythms of the Earth. About the importance of gathering what we have sown. About fall colors, wool sweaters and wood smoke. And then I did something really stupid (not that uncommon, truthfully) and I ended up laughing out loud at myself.

Laughter eludes definition and ignores decorum. Laughter slips through the slats in our fences and unlatches the gates of inhibition. Laughter undermines our efforts to take ourselves seriously. And really, who doesn't need more of that.

In this space between the words, I saw a glimpse of a person about to take himself too seriously. I decided to accept the gift that laughter handed me, to throw away the map, get off the bus and just wander. And that made me smile.

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods. - Albert Einstein

If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane. - Robert Frost

All our ignoble institutions, the same ones that are crumbling under their own obscene weight -- health care, the law, politics, banking -- could stand to treat themselves to a good laugh or twenty.

Though I’ve collected my share of responsibilities in recent years, I’m a guy who relishes the chance to do the unexpected. I thrive on a carefully cultivated path of responsibly pursuing what I’m sure looks to others like the irresponsible.

All the pious and the pretty, the judgmental and the damned, the iconic and the unknown, ought to make laughter their new mantra. We could all make revolutionary leaps in evolution with this one simple act, this surrender, this letting go.

Which is precisely why a piece on laughter is so perfect. Laughter seems like exactly the kind of behavior that grownups and other pseudoresponsible types neither engage in nor abide. It is the kind of thing we were always in trouble for in school. Which may be why we still always feel like we’re getting away with something when we are laughing.

Laughter is poison to fear. - George R. R. Martin

As it turns out though, laughter is one of the healthiest and responsible things we can do. Medical researchers and yogis alike are embracing laugher as a miracle cure for all sorts of ailments and as the secret to happiness. Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. -Victor Borge In a world where the biggest challenge has always been the building of bridges between people, it seems that Victor is right. Laughter is a universal 96 Reno Tahoe Tonight

I wrote last month about our absurd fear of the unknown. Laughter drags these fears out into the street, out into the daylight where they can no longer have any hold on us. Laughter saves us from ourselves. And gives us back to each other. The thing we can't do in class. The thing we try to hide with our hands, by turning ourselves backwards, by leaving the room. The thing we feel almost guilty for doing. Yes, that thing has the power to save us. How funny is that? TQ © 2012 Thomas Lloyd Qualls, all rights reserved.

Wheel Bite

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I just recently took a trip to a small southern town named Munford. It is located about 60 miles away from Memphis, Tennessee. I spent my time as a youth there and learned some core values that are synonymous with the South. 98 Reno Tahoe Tonight


isplaying good manners and respecting your elders is something more than a lesson there, it's a lifestyle. As a young child my house burned to the ground. There were strangers pulling over and running into our house throwing out anything they could salvage. People just trying to help other people. On this trip I watched a freshman high school football game and experienced something I haven't seen in a decades--true ignorance. I almost forgot how thick the racial tension is and how any area of the county can be so bad.

It made me uncomfortable and gave me a real sense of dread. Out of my element is the easiest way I can put it. The situation also reminded me of how that does not fly amongst us skaters. In the mid 80’s, skateboarding was so looked down upon it made us have a very tight knit kinship. White, black, yellow, red, or a mix of everything was always accepted as it should be. These values have been spread throughout the different generations of skateboarders. In an "us against them" situation we just wanted to skate with more and more people. "Us" being the

skaters and "them" being everyone who hated us because they didn't understand us. I am so very proud of how above the negativity and ignorance the majority of all skaters are. Every skater has a crew and even the tightest of crews are always multicultural. Outside the realm of true jock style competition, if anything we take care of our own and leave all that hate to the Socs. -ERL

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