Reno News & Review

Week of Oct. 12, 2022

From the editor’s desk

Nevada entered the Union on Halloween in 1864, a fitting start to the Silver State’s long association with spooky happenings. We caught a glimpse of some of the state’s most haunted areas and spotlighted some of the area’s most popular ghost walks.

Speaking of traces of the departed, trekker Maggie Nichols takes readers on the trail to Lagomarsino Canyon east of Reno, where nearly every boulder is etched with ancient rock art, carved by Indigenous people thousands of years ago.

There are no specters in The Moors, a dark comedy on the boards at Reno’s Bruka Theatre. Jessica Santina reports that the isolation of the play’s characters devolves into hilarity rather than horror.

Music scribe Matt King profiles Last One Down, Reno’s loud and proud skate-punk band, which recently rocked the Holland Project, and he checks in with The Wrecks, a Los Angeles pop-rock outfit on tour promoting its new album. Matt’s Lucky 13 features a Q&A with Nate Drum, the drummer for Charity Kiss, a Reno rock band that creates “music from a garage.”

Dave Robert, our inquiring photo editor, devotes this month’s 15 Minutes column to quizzing Dave Mencarelli, who parlayed being a smart-ass kid into a career as a comedian. Mancarelli takes the stage at Reno’s Laugh Factory Oct. 13 to 15.

Reno political activist Robert Beadles, who is backing a slate of “America First” candidates in the coming election, penned a response to Abbi Whitaker’s recent guest opinion column in the RN&R. Unlike Whitaker, Beadles says the (baseless) allegations of election fraud aren’t a threat to our democracy, but the Democrats are.

As the holidays approach, guests will be toting wine to celebrations. Steve Noel, our resident wine guy, has some advice on avoiding vino vacillation and selecting more interesting varieties and vintages for gatherings and gifts.

Bob Grimm, meanwhile, reports that Hellraiser, now streaming on Hulu, is a masterful reboot of the ’80s horror classic.

And there are just three days left until the deadline for each eligible Nevadan to choose next year’s Medicare plan. We provide some guidelines for making that important health care choice.

I’ll see you in the funny papers.

Take care,

—Frank X. Mullen, Editor

From the RN&R

A haunting we will go: Spooky season materializes in Northern Nevada

By Frank X. Mullen

October 9, 2022

Reno, Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Nevada’s rural areas and, of course, Virginia City have a plethora of paranormal tales. Some locations offer historical tours and ghost hunts, both in October and throughout the year.

Pinhead returns: Hulu’s ‘Hellraiser’ reboot is both scary and visually compelling

By Bob Grimm

October 10, 2022

Hulu’s Hellraiser reboot goes back to the roots of Clive Barker’s horrific prose, gives us a female Pinhead (Jamie Clayton), and has a director with class and a way with visuals in David Bruckner.

Moor problems: A wild backdrop makes for hilarious mayhem in Brüka Theatre’s latest dark comedy

By Jessica Santina

October 8, 2022

Imagine you’re in a house set all by itself in the middle of nowhere, and it’s the 1840s: This desperate territory is where Bruka Theatre’s The Moors resides, and its resonance may be more keenly felt now than ever before.

Confident collaborators: Last One Down celebrates the long-delayed release of the band’s debut full-length

By Matt King

October 11, 2022

Last One Down recently released debut album Failing Dreams, and the skate punk is loud and proud, with riotous drums and chugging guitar, but you’ll also hear hints of hardcore (“Failing Dreams”), pop-filled choruses (“50”) arena rock (“Eye”) and beyond.

Petroglyphs, ruins, peace: Feel remote while exploring nearby Lagomarsino Canyon

By Maggie Nichols

October 7, 2022

One of our columnist’s favorite local hikes off the beaten track, where crowds are never a concern, is a scenic out-and-back just east of town, south of Lockwood: Lagomarsino Canyon.

Tips for gifts: When buying wine as presents or for parties, be sure to add a personal touch

By Maggie Nichols

October 6, 2022

If you are invited to a gathering or party, and you would like to bring your host a bottle of wine, what wine should you bring? If the wine sucks, what will the host think of you?

Producing while songwriting: The Wrecks come to Cargo Concert Hall to explore alternative pop and promote sophomore LP ‘Sonder’

By Matt King

October 8, 2022

Los Angeles pop-rock outfit The Wrecks just released sophomore LP Sonder, and are on tour supporting it.

Guest opinion: Tired of being gaslighted yet?

By Robert Beadles

October 12, 2022

Robert Beadles responds to Abbi Whitaker’s recent guest comment piece.

Medicare deadline Oct. 15: What seniors should consider when choosing a plan

By Rick Beavin

October 8, 2022

As inflation causes us all to stretch our dollars, the majority of Americans—including Reno residents—are likely focused on finding the best prices without sacrificing quality.

15 Minutes: Laugh master Dave Mencarelli, performing at the Laugh Factory

By David Robert

October 12, 2022

A quarter-hour chat with comedian Dave Mencarelli, general manager of and performer at the Laugh Factory at the Silver Legacy.

The Lucky 13: Nate Drum, drummer of Charity Kiss

By Matt King

October 12, 2022

Get to better know Nate Drum, the drummer of rock band Charity Kiss.

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