Reno and Beyond: I Need A Spinal Tap Injection

Cherry Blossoms

A friend of mine sent me these photos of the cherry blossoms surrounding the Tidal Basin in D.C. last week, and I have to admit to experiencing some pretty serious nostalgia. I really did love living in D.C. most of the time (although the long, gray winters were a challenge for someone who grew up [...]

Reno and Beyond: You’re Never Too Old For Space Camp Dude

The blogging assemblyman, David Bobzien starts a vlog and gives away his age by name checking the first video to ever appear on MTV. If you’re a young professional in the Reno-Tahoe area, you’ll probably want to check out the Reno Tahoe Young Professionals Network’s launch party is on Thursday, April 5, at 210 North. [...]

The Reno Gazette-Journal Online Loses A Fan

You’ve read my relatively low key diatribes on the increasingly unnavigable And just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, they did. Not only has the RGJ lumped my neighborhood (WeFi) in with southeast Reno so that my “Neighborhood” section is filled with stories of suburbia that have little to do with my [...]

Sunday’s Something To Think About

Today I watched The U.S. vs. John Lennon and was struck yet again by the similarities between the late 1960s and early 1970s, particularly in the way the Justice Department was being used as a political arm of the Nixon administration. Witness this section of Attorney General John Mitchell’s Wikipedia entry: During his successful 1968 [...]

Reno and Beyond: Boogie Down, Its Subpoena Week

The RGJ has started a RenoTahoeMoms site. The Washington Post did the same thing a few months ago but their’s, called Still Me, focused on how to stay hip after you become a mother. Apparently, appealing to moms is the new trend among newspaper publishers. I have one question, why aren’t newspapers chasing dads? Or, [...]

Reno and Beyond: Everybody’s Happy Nowadays

So the big local news last week was that the rest of the city found out about the possible plans for the Lear Theater. In order to save it, the non-profit Lear Theater group is proposing selling the land beneath it so that they can move it to another, yet to be discussed location. I [...]

Martin Scorcese Doesn’t Deserve Oscar For The Departed

I’m not going to spend a lot of time on this, but I just want to make it clear that Martin Scorcese does NOT deserve the Oscar for The Departed–a Hong Kong classic (Infernal Affairs) he reworked to apparently give Jack Nicholson another opportunity to overact. There is no doubt in my mind that Stephen [...]

The Gift of Music: Joe Strummer’s “Burning Light”

Here’s a find. Its Joe Strummer doing a sort of Buddy Holly bit for Aki Kaurismäki in I Hired a Contract Killer. Burning Lights (I Hired A Contract Killer) Burning lights in the desert Such a sign only you would know Your running tires, they’re out of pressure Such a sign only you would know [...]

Reno and Beyond: I Prefer The Barbarian Invasions

I didn’t watch or read President Bush’s State of The Nation speech, but I read Andrew Sullivan’s live blogging of it after the fact so that counts right? Instead, I watched The Barbarian Invasions by the French-Canadian film maker Denys Arcand on IFC–a much better way to spend an hour in front of the television. [...]

Julien Temple’s Documentary “Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten”’s Andrew O’Hehir (subscription) was lucky enough to see Julien Temple’s new documentary about Joe Strummer called Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten at the Sundance Film Festival. Here’s what he wrote: If I wanted to set somebody afire with the potential of aesthetic and political revolution, though, I’d take them to see Julien Temple’s [...]

Welcome Grand Sierra Cinema

The movie theatre in the bottom of the Grand Sierra Resort has opened as the Grand Sierra Cinema showing second run movies for $3 a ticket!

Reno and Beyond: Reno Is So In Transition

Jim Litchfield sent us off the Reno feature in National Geographic Adventure magazine’s February 2007 issue. Its funny that the Pneumatic Diner, “like Deux Gros Nez but has a more Ally McBeal feel to it” is featured–everyone loves quirk I guess. And is the Siena really plush? Look down for a graphic of the article. [...]

Reno and Beyond: Macho Democrats?

Attention foodies! If you have $95 to throw down on some good food and wine, The Steakhouse at Grand Sierra is hosting another “Dinner with the Winemaker” on Monday, January 29 at 6:00pm featuring the wines of Benziger vineyards Of course you may not be interested in lobster tamales or pomegranate sorbet. Good, that means [...]

Reno and Beyond: This Is Me On Peter O’Toole

Stanley Scandalmonger began the blog coverage of today’s Gibbons-related embarrassment–but this one did not take place on his website. Aspiring to be like Rudy (Giuliani ), Gibbons has appointed the seemingly scandalous Philip Galeoto to be his Director of Public Safety. Remember Bernie Kerik? There are a couple of odd things about this appointment. First, [...]