Reno News & Review

Week of April 5, 2023

From the editor’s desk

Gerlach, the gateway to the Black Rock Desert and the annual Burning Man festival, sits atop a system of steaming hot springs. Some of the tiny town’s residents worry that a rush to develop those geothermal resources would kill Gerlach in order to supply power to cities hundreds of miles away. They want federal officials to take a deeper dive into the potential environmental effects of the proposed geothermal complex.

Kris Vagner’s Art of the State piece, meanwhile, profiles Reno artist and poet Pan Pantoja, who rose from rural roots to shake up the local arts scene and helm the Potentialist Workshop.

Bob Grimm says moviegoers don’t have to be fantasy-game fanatics to get a kick out of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, which he says is “a modestly entertaining, decent-enough adventure story” accessible to folks with no experience in the role-playing game. Grimm also has high praise for Lucky Hank, a new series starring Bob Odenkirk as a professor at a middling college who loses his patience with his job and his students.

Mixologist Michael Moberly’s Liquid Conversations spotlights Dave Serna, a “bartender’s bartender” who has poured libations and pampered patrons at a variety of watering holes across the Truckee Meadows.

In this month’s Publisher’s Note, Jimmy Boegle sounds off against the cynical politicians who foment fear and hate by using drag queens—and LGBTQ+ people in general—as a wedge issue.  

Both state and federal officials need to step up efforts to help Nevada’s tourism industry recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, says guest opinion columnist Chuck Muth.

April Fools’ Day is behind us, but the memory of its silliness remains as photo chief Dave Robert asks folks about the best—or worst—April Fools’ prank they have ever experienced.

Astronomy writer Robert Victor gives star-crossed readers a heads-up about what to expect in the spring skies, as Mars fades and Venus burns bright at sunset.

These stories and more are featured in the RN&R’s April print issue, available now at newsstands across Northern Nevada.

I’ll see you in the funny papers.

Take care,

—Frank X. Mullen, Editor

From the RN&R

‘Inconvenient community’: Gerlach residents worry a rush to exploit geothermal energy could dry up hot springs, pollute water supplies—and sink their town

By Frank X. Mullen

April 4, 2023

Residents of Gerlach—the gateway to the annual Burning Man festival—fear a 30 megawatt geothermal-industrial complex, less than a half-mile from their homes, would dry up hot springs, pollute ground water, generate constant noise, ruin views and reduce tourism.

A note from the publisher: Drag is no threat to children, but hate-fomenting politicians are

By Jimmy Boegle

April 5, 2023

Cynical politicians who are happy to foment fear and hate are using drag queens—along with transgender individuals and LGBTQ+ people in general—as a wedge issue.

Streetalk: What’s the best—or worst—April Fools’ joke in which you’ve been involved?Streetalk:

By David Robert

April 4, 2023

We asked some locals about their most interesting April Fools’ experiences.

In charge behind the bar: Get to better know Dave Serna, a true bartenders’ bartender

By Michael Moberly

April 4, 2023

Since cutting his teeth 23 years ago at Mr. O’s (what is now 40 Mile Saloon), Dave Serna has worked at some of the most influential bars at their inceptions, including Chapel Tavern and Reno Public House; he’s now at Corrigan’s Lost Highway on Wells Avenue.

Fantasy fun: ‘Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ works thanks to its breezy, comical approach

By Bob Grimm

April 3, 2023

This Dungeons and Dragons effort works thanks to a breezy, comical approach, with Chris Pine heading a small team of thieves as they face off with various beasts (some quite chubby), interrogate corpses (hilarious) and cast spells.

Another Odenkirk win: AMC’s ‘Lucky Hank’ offers great performances and plenty of dark humor

By Bob Grimm

April 3, 2023

In Lucky Hank, Bob Odenkirk plays a professor at a middling college who basically loses his patience with his job and his students, putting him in a precarious position with young adults and his peers.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, more needs to be done to protect Nevada’s tourism industry

By Chuck Muth

March 31, 2023

The state’s tourism industry is still reeling from the effects of the pandemic. Nevada’s leaders can do more to get the Silver State back on track.

April astronomy: Bright stars, brilliant Venus and fading Mars are this month’s celestial highlights

By Robert Victor

March 31, 2023

A look at the heavens’ offerings in April 2023.

DIY community: A self-taught artist who’s climbed the career ladder reminisces about his roots

By Kris Vagner

March 30, 2023

Pan Pantoja will be showing his newest paintings at Savage Mystic Gallery throughout April.

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