Reno News & Review

Week of May 4, 2022

From the editor’s desk

We asked the Bird company about Reno’s e-scooter rental pricing and other issues, but Bird declined comment, preferring we stick to the press release. We didn’t. We took a look at prices, emissions reduction, safety and vandalism in other cities with e-scooter rentals. Turns out the scooters do reduce emissions, but often wind up stuffed into toilets, run up flagpoles or tossed into rivers—just like the Lime bikes did in Reno in 2018. (This is why we can’t have nice things.)

I’d ride one of the e-scooters myself, but I’m mostly titanium now. So reporter Katelyn Welsh took a spin from downtown to Midtown. She had fun, but dodged traffic amid the city’s death-defying bicycle lanes.

Matt King profiles Greg Gilmore and the Fever Dreams, who tout their music as “American rock ’n’ roll,” but take audiences on a journey through indie rock, soul, funk, country and much more. The band performs at Cypress Reno on Saturday, May 7.

Matt also gets the skinny on the Reno River Festival, a weekend of music, food and adventure in the heart of downtown Reno, which returns this coming weekend after one year off, and one year altered, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryan Griffin and Lindsay Eli, two of country music’s rising stars, headline the entertainment offerings.

Our sky-watcher, Robert Victor, reports that May’s evening highlight is the total eclipse of the moon early on Sunday evening, May 15. His astronomy column also provides advice about how to visually rendezvous with a host of planets this month.

Bob Grimm, whose gaze is focused on terrestrial things, enjoyed the first two episodes of “Under the Banner of Heaven,” a new six-part series on Hulu based on the Jon Krakauer book which documented some Utah murders with a disturbing religious twist. He was less enthusiastic about HBO Max’s “The Survivor,” a film about a Holocaust prisoner who boxed to survive. Despite this very serious topic, Bob thought the film lacked heft.

We wish you a festive Cinco de Mayo and a happy Mother’s Day.

Take care,

—Frank X. Mullen, Editor

From the RN&R

The scoop on e-scooters: Reno among highest rental rates; problems roll out elsewhere

By Frank X. Mullen

May 2, 2022

Reno’s rental rate for e-scooters is among the highest tier of the dozens of U.S. cities where the Bird company operates—and even the 39 cents-per-minute rate for riders quoted by the City of Reno for weeks has already increased.

Taking flight on a Bird is fun, but will the new scooters reduce emissions?

By Katelyn Welsh

May 2, 2022

Our intrepid reporter takes a ride on a new e-scooter, gets hurried along by traffic and worries about dodging vehicles in the MIdtown bike lane.

Downtown celebrated: After two pandemic years, the Reno River Festival is back on Mother’s Day weekend

By Matt King

May 1, 2022

The Reno River Festival will kick off the summer season over Mother’s Day weekend.

Religion and murder: Aside from funky flashbacks, Hulu’s ‘Under the Banner’ shows promise

By Bob Grimm

May 2, 2022

Andrew Garfield, Daisy Edgar-Jones and the rest of the cast have Bob Grimm returning to Hulu’s Under the Banner of Heaven to see how it all plays out.

Rock and beyond: Greg Gilmore and the Fever Dreams to celebrate the release of their genre-bending new LP at Cypress Reno

By Matt King

April 30, 2022

The Fever Dreams’ album-release show at Cypress Reno is coming after a pandemic’s worth of waiting.

May Astronomy: Four planets continue to hang out in the mornings, while May 15 brings a total eclipse of the moon

By Robert Victor

April 30, 2022

May brings a meteor shower, a total lunar eclipse, and all sorts of bright planets in the mornings.

Mediocre matches: ‘The Survivor’ Is a Holocaust-boxing film somehow lacking heft

By Bob Grimm

May 2, 2022

The final quarter of The Survivor is the weakest portion—and the first three quarters weren’t very good to begin with.

From surviving to thriving in Reno: How one former resident of VOA’s Village on Sage Street turned his life around (sponsored content)

By Krysta Scripter

May 4, 2022

Affordable housing allows people a second chance–especially after struggling with homelessness. Learn how a Reno man has a new job, a new apartment and a new lease on life.

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