Reno News & Review

Week of Nov. 9, 2022

From the editor’s desk

Gailmarie Pahmeier, the Silver State’s poet laureate, is encouraging Nevadans to contribute verse in the form of letters to the Nevada Poetry Project. “This is a project about story, about individual voices woven into a larger tapestry,” she explained. “Just write honestly and use concrete details—observed and felt experiences.” A link to the project is in the story. No previous experience of committing poetry is required.

Winter is looming. As the first snowfall sweeps the Sierra and the high desert, wildlife is occupied with the tasks of late autumn. Outdoors writer Maggie Nichols focuses on the cycle of the seasons as bears forage to prep for hibernation; salmon rush upstream; birds leave warmer climes; and other critters hoard food.

Renoites don’t have to migrate too far south to sample Southern cuisine and the music of Tennessee. The Nashville Social Club, which opened in Carson City in July, combines Southern food with intimate Americana entertainment, Matt King reports. The venue recently hosted acts including Tom Rigney, and the John Doe Folk Trio. The food is “hip Southern … it’s not lard and butter,” the owner says, so you won’t “need a nap and a defibrillator after lunch.”

The Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel and Spa, meanwhile, has opened a state-of-the-art culinary lab that boasts broadcast-capable equipment to digitally document the dishes created there. Not only can professional chefs capture their process and use it to market their restaurant or products, but home cooks can rent the space to film the creation of their recipes to share with family and friends, Cheree Boteler writes.

Kris Vagner’s Art of the State this month focuses on Phyllis Shafer’s The Nature of Time exhibition at the Lilley Gallery on the University of Nevada, Reno, campus. Shafer’s paintings of Sierra landscapes, part realism and part impressionistic, stop viewers in their tracks.

Film reviewer Bob Grimm has high praise for The Banshees of Inisherin, writer-director Martin McDonagh’s latest offering, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. The “beautiful, disturbing fable,” he says, is one of the year’s finest films.

Our wine writer, Steve Noel, gives readers a tour of local wine clubs—a great way to sample new varieties and snag discounts on old favorites.

Let us now lift a toast to celebrate the end of this year’s campaign ads. I’ll see you in the funny papers.

Take care,

—Frank X. Mullen, Editor

From the RN&R

Our authentic voice: The Poetry Project asks Nevadans to pen poetic ‘letters’ inspired by the Silver State

By Frank X. Mullen

November 5, 2022

All Nevadans are poets, Gailmarie Pahmeier says, even though they may not know it—and the Nevada Poetry Project wants Nevadans’ poems.

Up close and personal: Carson City’s Nashville Social Club serves up boutique music shows and ‘hip Southern’ cuisine

By Matt King

November 6, 2022

Carson City’s Nashville Social Club, which opened in July, combines Southern food with intimate Americana entertainment.

Critters on the move: The changing of the seasons means changes in the habits of Reno-Tahoe’s wildlife

By Maggie Nichols

November 4, 2022

The Reno-Tahoe area is full of great spots to check out fall animal behaviors, if you know where to look.

Unglamorously gorgeous: Phyllis Shafer’s ‘The Nature of Time’ at the Lilley conjures a spell of Sierra landscapes

By Kris Vagner

November 8, 2022

Landscape art often makes our reviewer want to leave the gallery and go hiking. Phyllis Shafer’s landscape art makes her want to stay in the gallery all day.

Friends no more: Martin McDonagh has another classic on his hands with ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’

By Bob Grimm

November 7, 2022

The Banshees of Inisherin reunites Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson from In Bruges, and it is one of the year’s finest films.

Cooking digitally: The new R\LAB at the Renaissance Reno is part events space, part TV studio and part kitchen

By Cheree Boteler

November 3, 2022

The Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel and Spa has launched a brand-new, state-of-the-art culinary lab complete with broadcast-capable equipment to digitally capture the events that happen there.

Wine clubbing: Memberships allow wine-lovers to try a variety of bottles, give great gifts and support local businesses

By Steve Noel

November 9, 2022

Not only do local wine-club memberships make unique and special presents; you get to support a local business at the same time.

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