Reno News & Review

Week of Feb. 1, 2023

From the editor’s desk

A landlord who failed to repair safety problems for nearly two years will pay $500 for contempt of court, a Carson City judge ruled Jan. 31. Meanwhile, community members are helping scores of his displaced tenants who were evicted from the condemned building during the last week of 2022 and remain unable to find rentals they can afford.

In a related story, we talked to Jonathan Norman, the statewide advocacy, outreach and policy director for Nevada Coalition of Legal Service Providers, about Nevada’s “backwards” summary eviction law, which is unique among the 50 states.

Washoe County Commissioners put the brakes on SoL Cannabis’ drive to add a consumption lounge to its Washoe Valley dispensary. Reno, meanwhile, is mulling its own rules for cannabis lounges within its city limits. Reporter Matthew Berrey also looked in on the first consumption lounge in Denver, which has failed to make a profit in four years of operation.

In arts news, Lucy Birmingham gives readers a peek at a new exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art that spotlights the work of the late Adaline Kent, who is considered one of America’s most innovative and under-recognized midcentury artists.

For our latest 15 Minutes interview, David Robert talked to Donald Griffin, one of the co-founders of Black Wall Street Reno; the organization is partnering with ACCEPT and the BCC to put on the Black History Month Wellness Fair on Feb. 11,

Our food-news column is back! In Taste of the Town, Maude Ballinger looks at restaurant openings, closings and events—including the Heart Beat of Reno shindig on Fourth Avenue on Feb. 11.

Movie reviewer Bob Grimm concurs with Bill Nighy’s Oscar nomination for his turn in Living as an introverted English businessman who gets a piece of bad news that transforms him in very believable ways. Grimm also gives good grades to Infinity Pool, a bonkers social satire/horror show that gives Alexander Skarsgard the role of his career—and firmly establishes Mia Goth as the queen of horror.

Turning to the heavens, February’s night sky features a trio of bright planets, says RN&R stargazer Robert Victor. This month, he writes, the moon will dance with those celestial wanderers and a changing chorus line of shining stars.

These and many other stories are featured in our February print issue, available free on a newsstand near you.

I’ll see you in the funny papers.

Take care,

—Frank X. Mullen, Editor

From the RN&R

Giving tenants a chance: Legal aid attorneys take aim at reforming Nevada’s summary eviction process

By Frank X. Mullen

February 1, 2023

For decades, critics of the Nevada summary eviction system—which is unique among the 50 states—have complained the process is backward and counterintuitive.

Taste of the Town: Get ready for Heart Beat of Reno; the Hangout Bar + Kitchen opens; and more!

By Maude Ballinger

February 1, 2023

A look at the latest area food news, including a new “old school/new school” butcher shop at Rancharrah; Little Philadelphia closes; and more!

15 Minutes: Donald Griffin, co-founder of Black Wall Street Reno

By David Robert

February 1, 2023

A 15-minute chat with Donald Griffin, co-founder of Black Wall Street Reno.

February astronomy: Comet ZTF has a rendezvous with planet Earth during the first half of the month

By Robert Victor

January 31, 2023

A look at the heavens during the month of February 2023.

Carson City landlord fined $500 for contempt as evicted tenants still struggle to find homes

By Frank X. Mullen

January 31, 2023

Jim Leslie got an eviction notice via email the day after Christmas—minutes after he noticed a 2-foot-wide bubble clinging to his bedroom ceiling, like a blob creature who escaped from a science fiction movie.

Sweet, not saccharine: Bill Nighy’s Oscar-worthy performance makes ‘Living’ a success

By Bob Grimm

January 30, 2023

In Living, the live-life-to-the-fullest “message” is delivered in a way that feels grounded, as if we’re watching something real.

Outrageously gory: If you like twisted, complicated horror, watch ‘Infinity Pool’

By Bob Grimm

January 30, 2023

Infinity Pool is a full-blown, sometimes-gory horror show with a dash of dark comedy and nasty social satire.

Recognition, finally: The Nevada Museum of Art gives sculptor Adaline Kent (1900-1957) a long overdue retrospective exhibition

By Lucy Birmingham

January 28, 2023

Adaline Kent: The Click of Authenticity, which just opened at the NMA and will be on display through Sept. 10, is the first retrospective exhibition of her work in nearly 60 years.

No toke: SoL Cannabis is SOL in its quest to operate a consumption lounge in Washoe Valley

By Matthew Berrey

January 27, 2023

The Washoe County Board of Commissioners voted against allowing cannabis-consumption lounges—and that means SoL Cannabis in Washoe Valley is, for now, out of luck.

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