Reno News & Review

Week of Nov. 16, 2022

From the editor’s desk

A blue wave has rolled across the Regional Transportation Commission’s board, and that’s a good thing for advocates of multimodal transportation, says guest opinion writer Ky Plaskon.

If you could invite anyone, living or dead, to your Thanksgiving dinner, who would it be? Interviewees gave RN&R photo editor Dave Robert some interesting answers for this month’s Streettalk column.

A researcher made headlines years ago when he speculated that Abraham Lincoln was gay. The theory didn’t get much traction among historians, but it did inspire Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party, now onstage at Truckee Meadows Community College. The performances mark the re-launch of TMCC’s theater company, notes Jessica Santina.

Music writer Matt King’s Lucky 13 Q&A focuses on Dave Masud, the drummer for the Vampirates, whose new solo effort is a tour de force. On the album, Masud played every instrument through a seven-song experience that encompasses pop-punk, alternative rock—and even harp sounds.

Bob Grimm says Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the latest film in the Marvel franchise, has some speed bumps in its plot, but it is one of the studio’s more unique films, and it works as a standalone movie. Bob also opines that Netflix’s All Quiet on the Western Front, the latest adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s classic anti-war novel, may be the best of the bunch.

Our Western Lit feature spotlights Straight Flossin’, a short story collection by Danny Nielsen. It’s a chronicle of life in the high desert, which includes tales of bird counts, rat research, close calls with fires and skunks, and other incidents of the open road. 

I’ll see you in the funny papers.

Take care,

—Frank X. Mullen, Editor

From the RN&R

Lincoln, I’ve been thinkin’: TMCC Theatre’s comeback show is a ‘Big, Gay Dance Party’

By Jessica Santina

November 12, 2022

Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party is onstage at Truckee Meadows Community College, where it’s serving as a different kind of coming-out party: the relaunch of a theater company that has been dormant for three years.

A different kind of ‘Panther’: ‘Wakanda Forever’ is somber and slow, but ultimately uplifting

By Bob Grimm

November 14, 2022

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has the distinction of being one of the more unique films, and it works as a standalone movie.

The Lucky 13: Dave Masud, solo artist and drummer/vocalist for Vampirates

By Matt King

November 10, 2022

Get to better know Dave Masud, who just released a 12-minute, seven-song solo album.

Regional Transportation Commission board turns blue after 18 years

By Ky Plaskon

November 13, 2022

One the most powerful public boards in Northern Nevada, controlling billions of dollars, and affecting the price of housing in our region, just turned from red to blue for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Streetalk: Who, living or dead, would you invite to Thanksgiving dinner?

By David Robert

November 11, 2022

We asked some locals about their ideal Thanksgiving guest.

The horrors of war: Netflix’s new ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ is a grisly, accurate movie

By Bob Grimm

November 14, 2022

This remake of All Quiet on the Western Front goes full-bore with the violence and horrors of war, at a hard, R-rated level.

Straight Flossin’ and Other Stories of the American West: adventures, accidents and incidents in search of the American Dream

November 16, 2022

Straight Flossin’ and Other Stories of the American West by Danny Nielsen is a romp through the desert. These are stories of the open road, bird counts, rat research, close calls with fires and skunks, and those looking for the American Dream—or what’s left of it.

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