Reno News & Review

Week of May 3, 2023

From the editor’s desk

Music man Matt Bieker explores local tribute bands, a crucial yet sometimes overlooked part of any town’s music scene. You’ve seen them in barrooms, at backyard barbecues, and on some of the biggest stages in town—but regardless of who’s holding the instruments, you know the music before the band even begins to tune up.

Gerlach residents recently convinced the Washoe County Commission to pull a preliminary drilling permit for a geothermal complex proposed at the edge of their tiny town. But the energy company is prepared to spend millions on the project—and while the residents won a skirmish, a bigger battle lies ahead.

It was snowing in Reno early this morning, but the blooms popping on the trees and flowers poking their heads up in residents’ gardens attest that winter is doomed to die. Beer writer Marc Tiar takes a look at upcoming warmer-weather brew fests across Northern Nevada. Foodie Maude Ballinger, in our Taste of the Town column, zeros in on local farmer’s markets, Mothers’ Day brunches and other culinary happenings this month.

There’s more to Mom’s Day than food: a plant sale, train rides and other activities are listed in our roundup.

Bob Grimm reports that author Judy Blume’s 1970 novel, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, finally gets a screen adaptation—and it perfectly encapsulates both its time and the challenges of pre-teen life that Blume so eloquently captured in some of her best works. Our movie reviewer also gives high marks to Beau Is Afraid, which he says is a “horror-comedy of sorts, but the laughs are far from carefree.”

Publisher Jimmy Boegle gives readers the inside scoop on the triumphs and tribulations of the RN&R’s first year back in print—and what’s needed to keep what may be Northern Nevada’s largest print newspaper on the stands.

Star-gazer Robert Victor, meanwhile, alerts readers to the May’s music of the spheres and the dance of the planets as winter stars make room for their spring and summer counterparts.

Keep your eyes peeled for these stories and more in our May print edition, now on newsstands across Northern Nevada.

I’ll see you in the funny papers.

Take care,

—Frank X. Mullen, Editor

From the RN&R

A note from the publisher: Triumphs and frustrations after a year of being back in print

By Jimmy Boegle

May 3, 2023

The last 11 months, since our comeback issue started hitting streets over Memorial Day weekend last year, have been one of the most rewarding times of our publisher’s career. They’ve also been among his most challenging and frustrating times.

Celebrate moms: Enjoy planes, trains and cocktails on Mother’s Day

By Staff

May 3, 2023

A plant sale, train rides, brunches, cocktails and the annual Moms on the Run fundraiser top the list of Mother’s Day events in Northern Nevada.

Covered up: We’re paying tribute to the area’s tribute bands

By Matt Bieker

May 2, 2023

Cover bands or tribute acts are a crucial yet sometimes overlooked part of any town’s music scene, even though many cover musicians are talented performers in their own right.

Pre-teen tribulations: Judy Blume’s classic book ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ is now a classic film

By Bob Grimm

May 1, 2023

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret perfectly encapsulates both its time and the challenges of pre-teen life that Judy Blume so eloquently captured in some of her best works.

Anxiety amplified: ‘Beau Is Afraid’ is a challenging puzzler of a film—in a very good way

By Bob Grimm

May 1, 2023

Joaquin Phoenix stars as the title character, an anxiety-ridden New York City resident whose world is hindered by meds gone very wrong.

May Astronomy: Venus rules the evening sky, while Saturn offers great views via telescope in the mornings

By Robert Victor

April 30, 2023

A preview of the sky’s offerings in May 2023.

Fests are best: Get ready to enjoy some great local beer events, now that warmer weather is finally here

By Marc Tiar

April 29, 2023

Northern Nevada beer-lovers are looking forward to all sorts of upcoming festivals—kicking off with the Strange Brew Festival on Saturday, May 20.

Taste of the Town: The Riverside Farmers’ Market moves; introducing Dim Sum Hut; and more!

By Maude Ballinger

April 28, 2023

Get ready for the Reno Onesie Crawl; two food trucks open permanent locations; and more!

Battle won: Washoe commissioners revoke drilling permit at Gerlach geothermal site

By Frank X. Mullen

April 28, 2023

Washoe County commissioners have revoked a geothermal company’s permit to drill test wells near Gerlach for a geothermal energy project.

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