Reno News & Review

Week of April 27, 2022

From the editor’s desk

In the wake of a massive drop in ridership (2.5 million bus passengers in 5 years) —that began even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit—the RTC is planning major changes to the region’s transit system. Officials are asking for public comment on proposals to reroute some busses, eliminate some routes and expand other transit services.

The “Space Whale” and her calf surfacing out of the concrete outside Reno City Hall is just one example of the city’s penchant for public art. The Art Signals program commissions local artists to create colorful images on street side electrical signal boxes all around the town.

Photo editor Dave Robert, our Streetalk interviewer, queried tenants who are getting hammered by recent rent increases of up to 100%, thanks to a shortage of rental properties and the profit margins of some landlords.

The return of our Western Lit feature, spotlighting local authors and new books of local interest, begins with an excerpt from Michael P. Branch’s “On the Trail of the Jackalope: How a Legend Captured the World’s Imagination and Helped Us Cure Cancer,” a whimsical history of a mythical beast that has some real-world implications.

The always-streaming, all-seeing Bob Grimm posts two movie reviews this week. He gives high marks to “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” a flick that gives Nicolas Cage a full film to poke fun at himself (as well as the industry that made him rich and weird). And Grimm also recommends “The Northman,” a nightmarish Viking epic that rises above its threadbare revenge plotline.

Oh, and one more thing: A month or so from now, you’ll be able to hold the first RN&R print edition since March 2020 in your hands: Watch for our June print edition to start hitting streets over Memorial Day Weekend. But keep watching in the meantime, as we will keep having amazing online content, as always.

Take care,

—Frank X. Mullen, Editor

From the RN&R

RTC lost 2.5 million riders over the last 5 years; new services, route changes planned

By Frank X. Mullen

April 27, 2022

In the wake of a massive drop in ridership even before the pandemic hit, the RTC is planning big changes to the region’s mass-transit system.

Adding vibrancy: Reno’s Art Signals program turns electrical boxes into art

By Owen Bryant

April 24, 2022

Reno’s Art Signals program this year saw 45 applicants—the most ever—but with only 13 boxes to paint, it looks to be a competitive selection process.

“On the Trail of the Jackalope”: how a prank is (tangentially) helping to cure cancer

By Frank X. Mullen

April 22, 2022

The return of our Western Lit feature, spotlighting local authors and new books of local interest, begins with the story of a mythical beast that has some real-world implications.

Being Nic Cage: ‘Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ isn’t as weird as it could have been, but it’s good nonetheless

By Bob Grimm

April 25, 2022

The plot of The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent isn’t as bizarre as Nic Cage himself, but it has plenty of inspired moments.

Streetalk: Have rising rents affected you?

By David Robert

April 26, 2022

We asked Renoites at a 7-Eleven what their experiences were with increasing rental prices.

Hallucinatory history: Alexander Skarsgard and gorgeous filmmaking overcome a threadbare plot in ‘The Northman’

By Bob Grimm

April 25, 2022

While The Northman is the overall weakest of Robert Eggers’ three films, it is, strangely, the most accessible in some ways.

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