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Tahoe Talk: iPhone 12 pricing leaked; Virus surges in 20 states

Global News:

  • Twitters new “Think Before you Tweet” feature – aimed to check trigger-happy tweeters: If a user retweets an article without opening it, a prompt will pop up encouraging them to read it first
  • SpaceX launched another batch of 60 Starlink satellites Saturday morning (utilizing the reusable rocket booster from June 2)
  • “James Bond” premiere pushed up, “Tenant” pushed back, Oscars likely to be canceled
  • iPhone 12 details and pricing leaked on Friday – starting at $649
  • SCOTUS: Employers cannot fire someone for being LGBTQ (6-3 opinion Monday morning)

COVID-19:

  • COVID-19 Global Totals: 8M cases, 436K deaths (surges in 20 states, Beijing adopting “wartime measures with new outbreak, stocks diving)
  • 42K cruise ship workers still stuck at sea or in port because of COVID-19 concerns

BLM:

  • Anger in Atlanta – Black man shot and killed after DUI in Wendy’s drive thru, stealing taser, and fleeing from cops)
  • Cops and live PD canceled from TV
  • Jordan brand commits $100M to racial equality, Apple $100M for racial justice, YouTube $100M to support Black creators

Listen to today’s discussion here.

Drink of the Week: Brewforia’s Albahaca Paloma

In our Drink of the Week segment, we’ll showcase one unique type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try at one of the countless breweries, bars and restaurants from around the basin.

After a chilly spell, I am more than ready for our weather to check itself and get back into summer mode. But, if we can’t will Mother Nature into that, we’ll just see about coaxing her with this week’s summer-y cocktail: the Albahaca Paloma.

Don’t let the name scare you away. In simpler terms, it’s a grapefruit margarita. But, there are just enough twists that it unfolds like an episode of “Murder She Wrote.” Maybe that dates me too much, so feel free to insert your favorite detective series here and you get my point.

The paloma is known as the workingman’s drink, and it definitely puts its work in here. Sitting at the base is El Jimador blanco tequila, which gets a little fresh with some lime, grapefruit, and basil, along with Jarritos toranja (grapefruit soda) and house grenadine then is topped off with a salt rim.

If you’re a no salt person, I can vouch that this is the perfect amount of salt and it does add to the finish. I’ve had some margaritas where you wonder if the glass was pulled directly from a salt mine, but here it’s just right.

The tequila stands at the front of the line, but is quickly mellowed out by the grapefruit. It’s very playful on the taster blossoms, and finishes quite smooth and singular with the citrus.

It’s probably a little more bitter (in a good way) and savory than a traditional margarita, but that’s what gives this cocktail its calling card – it’s got its own personality. As you keep sipping, it’s traits come through deeper and deeper and by the end, you’ll know if you’re interested enough for a second date.

So did I enjoy it enough for a second date? We’ve already moved in together if that answers your question.

Brewforia Craft Beer Kitchen is located at 800 Tahoe Blvd. Ste. No. 2 in Incline Village. For more information visit them online at brewforia.com or by phone at 775-298-7660.

Drink of the Week: Lake Tahoe AleWorX’s (Stateline) Mai Tai

In our Drink of the Week segment, we’ll showcase one unique type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try at one of the countless breweries, bars and restaurants from around the basin.

For some reason rum, above all other spirits, reminds me most of summer. So as we head into the warmer months (and get back into the swing of this weekly column), what better drink to feature than one that is rum-centric: the mai tai.

Yes, the classic co-star of the king, Elvis Presley, in his 1961 romp “Blue Hawaii,” gets its Tahoe legs under it and comes out of the gate charging with a very island-vibe bang. If you’re a mai tai lover then you know the familiar players: Meyers platinum rum, Meyers dark rum, Grand Marnier, orgeat (house made fancy simple syrup), lime juice, and garnished with mint.

On the nose, the smacked mint gives you just the right amount of herb background that you almost forget you’re diving into a rum sandwich. Almost.

The rum is definitely front and center, but it’s a cocktail, what do you expect? It actually doesn’t let itself get too rummy and is quite refreshing when the Grand Marnier orange notes kick in. The hint of lime brightens everything up like a Sierra sunrise and the orgeat gives just the right touch of sweetness.

If diving in from the top down (as opposed to a straw), then the dark rum floater will definitely pack a punch. But as the drinking moves along, the flavors start to mingle like a high school prom and after a couple of goes on the dance floor, you’re ready for the rest of the night.

I always tend to overlook the mai tai on drink menus but every time I do take the time to enjoy one, I can’t help falling in love. See what I did there? Cheers!

Lake Tahoe AleWorX’s Stateline restaurant and bar is located at 31 U.S. 50, Suite 105, and is currently open daily from 4 p.m. – midnight. For more information visit them at laketahoealeworx.com or by calling them at 775-580-6163.

Nave: Comedian Louie Anderson grateful during pandemic

When it comes to nice guys in the field of entertainment, comedian, actor, author and game show host Louie Anderson is at the top of that list.

He’s genuinely one of the sweetest people I’ve ever professionally worked with and one of the few comics I can call a friend.

So, it was no surprise when I called and asked him if we could talk a little bit about living in the era of COVID-19 he didn’t hesitate for a minute.

Anderson has had a long connection with the Tahoe area because his mom and dad lived nearby just down the mountain in Carson City.

“It’s bittersweet for me as my parents retired there and both died there in Carson City,” he said. “But I love going there and my mom loved coming up to Tahoe when I played there, bringing her friends and people still come up there when I’m performing and would tell me stories about my mom. She was a bit of a celebrity herself.”

It’s no surprise that Anderson harvests much of his comedy based in large part on his family experience growing up and the stories are so funny that people can instantly identify with them. I’ve opened for him several times when he would perform up here in Tahoe and loved sticking around after my set watching from backstage how he connects with his audience and seeing the smiles on their faces.

Anderson has a long list of credits including his career-launching performance on The Tonight Show.

He has appeared in countless movies, one of my personal favs was his role working as a fast food employee in John Landis’ film, “Coming to America” which starred Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall.

Anderson created the cartoon series, “Life with Louie” and has written four books, including Hey Mom: Stories for My Mother, But You Can Read Them Too, which was published in 2018. And my mom loved him when he was host of the TV game show, Family Feud, from 1999 to 2002.

Anderson got the role of a lifetime playing Christine Baskets, showcasing his range as a comedic actor in the FX comedy television series, “Baskets” in which he received three consecutive primetime Emmy Award nominations (for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series) and won the award in 2016.

Anderson performed a stand up show called “Louie: Larger Than Life” in Las Vegas from 2003 through 2012 that originated at the Union Plaza hotel downtown before moving to the Excalibur, South Point and Palace Station casino hotel.

When I asked him how he’s been doing and if he’d been catching up on things he had otherwise been putting off during this down time he said,

“Oh, my God I went through so much stuff,” Anderosn said.

“What am I doing with all this stuff? It’s so crazy! But I feel great though. I mean, some days I get kinda down but I’m trying to think of a book to write as I’ve been toying with that idea and my book, ‘Hey Mom’ just came out with a new cover for paperback so that was fun. And I did this movie, “Call Your Mother” about comedians and their mothers that was really good, really fun and really different and working on another special as well.”

Sounds like he has no shortage of projects even while in lock down and made it clear that he’s very grateful for what he has when one considers how others are trying to cope getting through all this.

Like many during this pandemic, entertainers have been lending their time to assist in any way possible and that includes comedians.

When NBC partnered with Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios and Funny or Die, Louie lent his talents in a two-hour comedy special that aired Sunday, May 10, benefiting Feeding America.

And like many out there, Anderosn is catching up on binge watching and when I told him it took a pandemic to finally get Netflix hooked up (yeah, yeah, I know don’t judge me okay?) he gave me a list of shows to watch and what he’s been binge watching

“I finished ‘Ozark’ and just finished watching the Michael Jordan fantastic documentary if you’re a sports fan, and after all these years I’ve started on ‘Homeland.’ I watched it early on and I thought I don’t know if I’m gonna like this ‘cause it’s pretty serious but it really got me. I’m in Season 3 now.”

When I asked how he thought comedy was going to re-emerge after the green light has been given he said, “I think all comics are worried right now will things come back and will there be any more stand up comedy?”

There will be comedy yes but how it’s presented of course is going to be a challenge.

Those venues that had seating capacities over 200 or more have the best advantages because when factoring in social distancing you can still have an audience but will be tougher for the bottom line.

I think it’s going to be a combo of those aching to finally get out and hear what a comic’s perspective is on all this coupled with being close to people indoors even with social distancing.

It’s going to take time I’m sure but even with a vaccine one day it’s going to take time wanting to be around other folks.

Anderson did share an observation when talking over the phone.

“I told my mom, I wish you were around, you’d be so happy my hands were this clean,” he said.

Like most comics when I asked Louie if he felt okay during all of this he would start serious and then bring in the humor but ultimately had a profound message to share.

“Well, you know first of all I was very worried because I felt very vulnerable as I’m fat,” he said.

“I have a little asthma and oh yeah, did I mention Howie that I’m fat? So, you know I fit into that category. Mostly though I went back and forth like you where some days were better than others but you know overall I’m just so grateful and humble by the idea that I have no room for complaints or feeling sorry for myself because of all the people who are truly struggling that have lost loved ones that are on the front lines. I mean, I have so much respect and gratitude for all those front line people from the people who clean the hospitals to the doctors who operate on people and everyone in-between. It’s almost like there’s a war going on and you can’t see the enemy.”

Tahoe Tap podcast features the legendary Mark Twain, well, close to it

On our show today, we have Samuel Langhorne Clemens … Some of you might be thinking, “who the hell is that?” Well, Mark Twain, of course, and if you live in or have visited Lake Tahoe you might know him at the grocery store as McAvoy Layne.

For over 30 years now our guest has kept the wit and wisdom alive of the esteemed “Wild Humorist of the Pacific Slope.”

He does it so well that over the past 30 years, he’s been seen on the Discovery Channel, Biography Channel, and fiiiiinally he’s earned enough clout to make his way here onto the Tahoe TAP podcast.

No disrespect to any of our previous guests, but this might be one of the more superior interviews due to the profound knowledge and history that we are about to experience regarding the Sierra Nevada region through the eyes of Mark Twain.

We’re gonna have a lot of fun with this episode bouncing back and forth with Rob Galloway, myself MP, and the man, the myth, living legend … Mr. McAvoy Layne.

Listen to the podcast here.

Tahoe Tap: All things mountain biking featuring Single Track Mind

“Get a bike Ride. Ride with us. Ride better!” — Dylan Renn, A Single Track Mind

Welcome back to another episode of Tahoe TAP. This episode focuses solely on mountain biking and some amazing people behind an outstanding company which guides, teaches and inspires the sport from the ground-up.

As always, Mike Peron and Rob Galloway take you through the Tahoe journey in a multitude of ways and have invited you to learn all about mountain biking, trail etiquette, and how the season is shaping up as a whole.

Our feature guest today, Dylan and Amy Renn – co-owners, operators, and trainers of “A Single Track Mind” which is a professional MTB skills coaching organization out of Truckee, Calif., and around Lake Tahoe.

Listen to the discussion here.

Tahoe Tap Podcast: Spring into Tahoe, or not

Listen to what’s happening in the Lake Tahoe area. Listen here to the latest podcast.

Tahoe Tap Podcast: Episode 8

What’s TAPenin’ out there podcasters?! 

Just because it’s slow season here in Lake Tahoe doesn’t mean there’s nothing to talk about … Whether it’s recreation, business, food … you name it … Rob Galloway and I have plenty of updates on all the fresh additions here to the community we call home. 

So we’ve named this episode, “New and Improved Tahoe!”

Don’t worry though… we’ll still have fun with it too! Our staple segments such as entertainment to check out, adventures to take, and things that make you say “WHAT THE?” will still be folded into the mix.

Let’s get this party started! … Listen here.

Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: LaPorte, Morey coming to Improv; Sherwood headlines Carson club

Two of my personal favorite comedians return this week to Lake Tahoe — Rocky LaPorte and Ron Morey.

LaPorte is one of the hardest working comedians in the business over the last three decades. He’s a true road warrior and the demand for him never lets up.

His professional credits are pretty amazing but his long run on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” was pretty big in introducing his comedy to millions of television viewers.

LaPorte lives in Chicago but never seems to spend much time at home because of his grueling schedule. Chicago is where he started out honing his craft and slowly garnering a following by winning comedy competitions.

It was just a matter of time before he headed to Los Angeles where he started getting booked for television and headlining some of the biggest rooms in Hollywood.

He had a small role in the classic Disney remake of “The Shaggy Dog” and Tim Allen’s movie, “Crazy On the Outside” which co-starred Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta and Kelsey Grammer and was Allen’s directorial debut. He appeared on Showtime’s “The Godfathers of Comedy” along with four other comics of Italian descent commenting on their Italian upbringing.

He also starred in his own one-hour Comedy Central special. Not bad for a guy who started out as a truck driver and dock worker in the windy city.

After appearing on the short-lived “The Pat Sajack Show” and “Comic Strip Live” he got a nice shot on “Cheers” before shooting his own television sitcom pilot called appropriately enough, “The Rocky Laporte Show” on CBS.

Although the network passed (their loss) the pilot popped up when YouTube was invented. He’s opened for Louie Anderson, Garry Shandling, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Hootie and the Blowfish and the Righteous Brothers just to name a few.

LaPorte also does a lot of fundraisers when not on the road so much and volunteers for a multitude of organizations including St. Jude’s for Children, various NFL charities, benefits for the homeless and cancer research. When he appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” he received a standing ovation. I remember watching that night too and it was pretty impressive. I think it took Leno by surprise.

Still, of all the gigs he’s done over the years, nothing compares to performing overseas for the troops in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. LaPorte said those were the best shows. His son was in the military so performing for our troops overseas was just a natural thing to do.

Appearing with “Rock” we have Ron “The Monster” Morey. He was given that title years ago by other comics for his rapid-fire delivery and take-no-prisoners persona. Morey also plays a mean air-trombone on stage that has attracted a huge following (from both trombone and non-trombone fans.

Morey is an inspiration for brass players worldwide. He’s also one of the few comics that still wears a suit on stage. It’s fun watching a guy like Morey perform. He’s worked with D.L. Hughley and even appeared on the Snoop Dogg MTV show, “DoggyFizzle Televizzle.” Snoop is also a Morey convert.

When Snoop Dogg was looking to cast a nerdy white guy for one of his music videos he stopped immediately once he saw Ron Morey’s headshot. You think that’d be enough but wait, there’s more.

Like myself and LaPorte, he too has performed overseas working for the USO in places such as Italy, Greece, Bahrain, Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait and Germany. And now you too can see them both this week at The Improv.

The Improv at Harveys takes place Wednesdays through Sundays at 9 p.m. Learn more at www.harveystahoe.com.

Sherwood at Carson Comedy Club

Rob Sherwood will headline the Carson Comedy Club at the Nugget in Carson City.

He currently resides in Las Vegas but was born in New York.

Sherwood has a great stage presence so the audience already likes the guy (which is very important in stand up).

Like many, Sherwood draws from personal experiences and shares them in a way that everyone can relate to. Add in the fact that he’s also the father of four and well, the material never ends.

I used to joke that some comedians had children so they could get more material. His Vegas material is pretty spot-on given the party background that Vegas is known for.

Sherwood is also an accomplished drummer and joined his first band at the age of 11.

He spent many years behind-the-scenes as a light and sound technician so the crew loves him too. This backstage experience has given Sherwood a unique comedic insight to show business on the Las Vegas Strip and is the host of the syndicated radio show, “Coast to Coast from Las Vegas” that includes guests ranging from sports professionals, comedians to a wide range of entertainers. Check him out Nov. 15 and 16.

Shows at the Carson Comedy Club inside the Carson Nugget start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Artemis Lakefront Cafe’s Good Morning Coffee

One of the largest components of Tahoe’s nightlife is the mix of countless breweries, bars and restaurants that offer unique drinks difficult to find outside the basin.

In our Drink of the Week segment, we’ll showcase one type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try around the basin.

Talk about wake me up before you go-go – this week’s drink would be a zinger if it were your everyday morning cup of Joe. Its drinkability factor is one that you probably could drink every morning, but let’s not put the bean before the buck, shall we?

Speaking of bean, it all starts with locally sourced Blind Dog Coffee. It’s all about that base and its party friends: Jamison’s whiskey, butterscotch schnapps, caramel and a dreamy house-made cinnamon whipped cream – and for hits and giggles – a fun dusting of cinnamon and sprinkles.

The perfect three-way tete-a-tete between the coffee, whiskey and butterscotch schnapps is like Janet, Jack and Chrissy asking you to come and knock on their door. An invite I’d definitely recommend – unless it’s Mr. Furley – you don’t want him at this taste party.

The caramel adds just the right amount of a sweet note to the rest of the coffeehouse feels and adds an ever so slight crème brulee burst to the drink.

If you’re one that loves a good coffee with dessert, the house recommendation paring is with the chocolate galaktoboureko (Greek custard pie). I could tell you I know how to pronounce that – but I’d just be wranglin’ your rope. Just trust me, it’s delicious – and the perfect pairing on a cold Tahoe day.

Artemis Lakefront Café is located at 900 Ski Run Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe.

For more information, visit them online at artemislakefrontcafe.com or by calling them at 530-542-3332.