Reno News & Review

Week of July 20, 2022

From the editor’s desk

As part of Reno’s “placemaking” study, officials are asking residents to participate in an online survey about the future of the city’s downtown core. The survey asks about the current use of Virginia Street and what folks would like to see there in the future. The pop-up bicycle lanes that reconfigured our main drag aren’t mentioned, but the poll allows for open-ended comments. I’m guessing officials will get an earful about that experiment anyhow.

Artown is in full swing, with continuous events and performances throughout the Truckee Meadows in July. This week, Jessica Santina reviews “Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic.” It’s a parody of a British school of wizardry that has materialized at Goodluck Macbeth Theatre. Ky Plaskon, meanwhile, got a glimpse of the development of a fresh stage production when he sat in on the rehearsals for “Moon Muses” burlesque, which is back for a second year at Artown.

Bob Grimm pulls no punches in his review of “Where the Crawdads Sing,” which he says is a shoddy film that takes a well-loved book and makes it silly, predictable and boring on screen. Come on, Bob, don’t sugarcoat it.

Our monthly Western Lit feature spotlights “Carson City Century” by Stephen H. Provost, a short history of the life and times of Nevada’s capital city, which once had a casino in the state prison.

The final round of voting is underway in the RN&R’s annual Best of Northern Nevada poll. Categories include restaurants, boutiques, bookstores, bartenders, performers, pot dispensaries, doggy daycare and more. Get out the vote for the best of 2022 before the Aug. 8 deadline—or forever hold your peace. And to those of you who are new here because you voted in the first round: Welcome!

I’ll see you in the funny papers,

—Frank X. Mullen, Editor

From the RN&R

Utterly ‘charm’ing: Goodluck Macbeth’s ‘Puffs’ shows a beloved series through a whole new lens

By Jessica Santina

July 13, 2022

Harry Potter and his close network of buddies seem to hog all the limelight, so imagine the high hopes of the poor Puffs, who never really got to do much while all that mayhem kept happening around them

Fake and off-key: ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ is a messy, predictable bomb

By Bob Grimm

July 18, 2022

In Where the Crawdads Sing, what is supposed to be a stirring take on survival and empowerment is reduced to a messy fairytale with a script beneath that of a subpar Law & Order episode.

Reno invites comments about the future of the Virginia Street corridor

By Frank X. Mullen

July 17, 2022

Reno’s  “The Future of Virginia Street” survey is live for community members to share their current Virginia Street experience as part of planning the future of the city’s core thoroughfare.

Behind the curtain: A rare glimpse of a dance troupe creating its Artown performance

By Ky Plaskon

July 14, 2022

The making of art is often shrouded in mystery. The public is usually only exposed to the final piece.

The “Carson City Century,” when the smallest state capital grew up fast

By Frank X. Mullen

July 19, 2022

Carson City entered the 20th century as a small town with plenty of tradition to build upon. It had already been home to the inventor of the Ferris Wheel and Mark Twain’s brother (and Twain himself for extended visits).

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