Archive for March, 2007

  • Fiesta Latina de la primavera
    Lest we forget that not everyone is Irish, or wanna be Irish, I want to give a mention to the Spring Festival happening this Sunday, Mar 18 at Freedom Park. This is going to be an all day celebration of Hispanic culture with exhibits, food, and of course, music. What is any Latino celebration without music? The event is co-sponsored by the City of Las Vegas Dept of...
    by at March 15th, 2007 at 10:03 am
  • Verge Grand Opening Tonight with Mayor Goodman
    There is yet another Downtown Grand Opening in the mix. The Verge is having its coming out party in true Vegas style. Anytime you have Mayor Oscar Goodman, you have a good show. With the promise of food, drink and celebrating with “key players of old and new Las Vegas,” how could you be anywhere else tonight? The VIP Grand Opening Party is from 5:30-8:30;...
    by at March 15th, 2007 at 10:03 am
  • Photos of Stardust Implosion on the Web
    If you’re interested in viewing a sequence of photos of the Stardust Implosion, taken from my balcony at the Regency Towers, starting at about 2 1/2 hours before the final collapse, go to picasaweb. I did not have the benefit of tripod or telephoto lens, but used the balcony of my terrace as a tripod and a Leica Digilux 2 digital camera 90 mm lens. I thought about...
    by at March 14th, 2007 at 05:03 pm
  • 300 the Film
    This is a fun film, if you don’t mind a lot of gory battle scenes. The cinematography is amazing; you are left in a nowhere land between reality and comic book animation. It’s really very well done. Gerard Butler is marvelous as King Leonidas. That Scottish masculinity and Shakespearean training make him very believable as a king capable of god-like valor....
    by at March 14th, 2007 at 02:03 pm
  • Democrat Presidential Candidates on Health Care
    I received a comment from the SEIU clarifying some incomplete information published in the R-J. The moderator for the event will be Karen Tumulty, political correspondent for Time magazine. The priviliged audience for the Democratic Presidential Candidates Forum on Health Care will consist of UNLV (I am assuming faculty, staff and students), members of the SEIU, and...
    by at March 14th, 2007 at 01:03 pm
  • St. Patrick’s Day Dance
    If guzzling green beer doesn’t fit your idea of a St. Pat celebration, you might try the St. Patrick’s Day Dance at the Charleston Height Arts Center. With the Don Burke Orchestra, it definitely looks to be a tamer and more civilized party than in other spots around town. The price is right at $10 advance/$12 at door. Info 702-229-6383. 800 So. Brush St....
    by at March 14th, 2007 at 11:03 am
  • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at UNLV PAC
    Part of the series the New York Stage & Beyond, UNLV is presenting the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. The dance company of eleven, all classically trained, perform an eclectic repertoire. Choreography includes creative works by Twyla Tharp and David Parsons. Tickets range from $35-$80 and are purchased through UNLV PAC (Performing Arts Center). Phone purchase at 702-895-2787...
    by at March 14th, 2007 at 10:03 am
  • Cirque du Soleil Auditions 2007
    I saw The Beatles “Love” at the Mirage Sunday night and was wondering again where Cirque du Soleil finds their incredible dancers and acrobats, not to mention where they get their ideas. One answer is recruitment by email to participate in artistic auditions held in Paris, Orlando, San Francisco, Montreal, Vienna, Chicago, Oslo and Stockholm. I find it curious...
    by at March 14th, 2007 at 06:03 am
  • Stardust Goes Down in a Blaze of Glory
    Either someone read my article or I was expressing a very common sentiment, cause the powers that be not only removed the implosion from the cloud of secrecy (albeit with only 12 hours notice), but arranged a phenomenol light show worthy of the demise of the grand dame. Hours in advance of the 2:30 am event, the building began to be swathed in color, alternating magenta,...
    by at March 13th, 2007 at 08:03 pm
  • CineVegas Art House Screening Series
    Tropicana Cinemas, the former venue for the Screening Series has closed.???? The new venue is the Neonopolis Theatres, corner of Fremont & 4th St Downtown Las Vegas. The Art House Screening Series is the brainchild of the CineVegas Film Festival, featuring selected documentaries and foreign features exhibited in March and April. They are performing the outstanding...
    by at March 13th, 2007 at 02:03 pm
  • Black Mountain Institute on Vietnam & Iraq
    Hats off to Carol Harter, former UNLV President, who manifested her vision of a think tank of writers and artists and birthed the Black Mountain Institute in 2006. The BMI is composed of the Forum (Forum on Contemporary Cultures), the North American Network of Cities of Asylum (NANCA) and the International Institute of Modern Letters (IML). Determined to be a forum where...
    by at March 13th, 2007 at 01:03 pm
  • Las Vegas needs an Art House movie theater
    I just happened to check out the website for ShoWest, the film industry trade show that caters to cinema exhibition and distribution, and saw that they are offering a feature called ShoWest University. ShoWest U is an educational program geared toward the regional and independent theatre owner. What a yearning I developed for the no-frills little Palm Theatre in San...
    by at March 13th, 2007 at 12:03 pm
  • Nevada Arts Advocates Gala
    Dust off your tux, polish your shoes, put on your sparkles and get out your checkbook to support the arts. The Nevada Arts Advocates (NAA) is hosting a dinner gala to honor its awardees who have significantly contributed to the appreciation of the arts in our community. Slated to be honored are State Sen Raggio, Mayor Goodman, Wells Fargo, the Reno Gazette-Journal and...
    by at March 13th, 2007 at 12:03 pm
  • Riches on FX
    Watching TV is considered by some to be a sign of low intellect, lack of purpose, too much idle time, waste of time, laziness, etc etc. I have to agree that most of what is telecast is pretty minimal in content and value. This is excluding PBS, of course; enough said on that. But once in a while, there’s a TV show that captures your imagination, reaches through...
    by at March 13th, 2007 at 11:03 am
  • UNLV Rebels Game 1 NCAA
    I’m not much of a sports fan, but it’s always thrilling when the hometown team makes good. Besides, anyone can admire the kind of courage, positive thinking, discipline and focus that go into athletics. Against all predictions of a mediocre season, the Rebels and coach Lon Kruger dazzled us with a Mountain West Conference Tournament championship last weekend....
    by at March 13th, 2007 at 09:03 am
  • St. Patrick’s Day Warm Up Pub Crawl
    For those of you who take the Emerald Isle celebration seriously, here’s an itinerary for the downtown 2nd Annual St. Paddy’s Pub Crawl, which judging by the list of venues and the time schedule, is a very hallowed event. As the organizers themselves quote from Paul Hennessey, an apparently very wise Irish philolosopher, “Drink Early – Avoid the...
    by at March 12th, 2007 at 03:03 pm
  • Musica Latina
    If you love Latin music, there are two big events coming up in March, both sponsored by the Performing Arts Division of the City of Las Vegas. Mariachi Plata de Las Vegas, purported to be Las Vegas’ favorite mariachi band will perform at the East Las Vegas Community Center Sat Mar 24 @ 7pm. This local group is made up of Clark Co School District educators who have...
    by at March 11th, 2007 at 02:03 pm
  • Lindell Blake dances (and sings)
    "I gotta do it my way, it’s gotta be me" is the chorus that ended Lindell Blake’s third dance recital at the West Las Vegas Arts Center. I respect thoroughly that sentiment, but sometimes we need to listen to a little advice. I have been following Lindell for a while. I was at Capozzoli’s the first night he showed up with his tap shoes in...
    by at March 11th, 2007 at 01:03 pm
  • Date of Stardust Implosion Scooped
    If you have been looking for a ??????sign?????? as to the actual date of the Stardust implosion, look no further. Road crews have been out and posted major thoroughfares surrounding the venerable, soon to be vanquished, casino. ??????Desert Inn closed March 13 midnight to 5 am.?????? Las Vegas Blvd between Fashion Show Mall and the Riviera closed March 13 midnight to...
    by at March 11th, 2007 at 12:03 pm
  • Eat Bulgarian at Magura’s
    The Balkans is an intriguing hodgepodge of cultures. Since the days of the Crusades, when multitudes of West Europeans stomped through their lands on the way to Constantinople and the Holy Land, this area has been involved in a tug of war between East and West. Part of the Ottoman Empire for centuries, they retained their odd Slavic kind of Europeanism but not without...
    by at March 10th, 2007 at 09:03 pm
  • Progressive & Modern Jazz @ Tuscany
    Tim Bratt plays on Sunday and Monday nights at the Piazza Lounge, which is by the reception desk in the Hotel. Don’t go to the Casino – they were clueless. While Tim anchors both nights with his innovative and unique approach to drums, he has two very different groups on those two nights. Sunday night is the Tim Bratt Quartet playing a jazz that Tim describes...
    by at March 10th, 2007 at 10:03 am
  • Compulsive Buying Syndrome
    The data is startling. Nearly 6% of adults in America are unable to resist shopping binges that leave them depressed, anxious and in debt. The interesting part is that men suffer from “buying gone bad” almost as often as women. I haven’t seen very many “Shop til you drop” in men-sized T-shirts, but apparently the problem is there; it just...
    by at March 9th, 2007 at 06:03 pm
  • Special Wild Wrice Night @ Rocco’s
    Larry Wild Wrice and the Gents of Swing are playing a special engagement tonight at Cappozoli’s-Rocco’s. Larry is found on Tuesdays at the Italian restaurant and lounge where he entertains with straight ahead jazz and old standards. Reminder that Larry will also be accompanying Lindell Blake tomorrow from 2p-5p for the FREE jazz tap recital at the Library...
    by at March 9th, 2007 at 04:03 pm
  • Mountain West Conference and Nascar
    Just in case you don’t read the paper, see TV or listen to the radio, this weekend promises to be one of complete insanity in terms of traffic. The Mountain West Conference of College Men’s Basketball is at Thomas Mack and Nascar is at the LV Speedway. The numbers of visitors for these events is 150,000+, so two places to avoid: airport and I-15 (especially...
    by at March 9th, 2007 at 03:03 pm
  • Wine Tasting at Steak
    If you are one of those following the calendar of wine-tastings, be sure to add to your list the free tasting offered at the trendy new restaurant in Henderson known simply as Steak. Steak is offering a tasting from 3p-5p Saturdays and the sign says “welcome.” We were there for Les’ Wines & Vines, comfortably sequestered in the wine & spirits...
    by at March 9th, 2007 at 02:03 pm
  • The Secret comes to Larry King – Again
    For you avid Secret initiates, James Ray is back on Larry King Live tonight, 6:00 PST. That’s on CNN, in case you come from another planet or century. This is the third show that Larry is doing on the topic of “Beyond Positive Thinking” and he’ll include John Assaraf, Joe Vitale, Lisa Nichols and Bob Proctor – all personalities you know...
    by at March 8th, 2007 at 07:03 am
  • Ronnie Rose & Release All Star Band @ Barcode
    This event was cancelled due to some administrative problems. Look for the Release All Star Band evenings to start up again April 5. Don’t forget the cutting edge music of the Release All Star Band at the Barcode on Thursday nights. This is a blend of jazz, smooth jazz and R & B with a younger crowd than most venues. The musicians are all top quality and...
    by at March 8th, 2007 at 12:03 am
  • Free Vacations – How to Travel the World for Free
    There was a room packed with fellow vagabonds anxious to hear just how we could make that free vacation thing happen. Half-way through the 3 hour evening, our heads were spinning with the amount of information flowing from guest teacher, Gina Henry-Cook. Gina is our idol, a free spirit, fellow gypsy, who for 15 years has been manifesting her dream of traveling for a...
    by at March 7th, 2007 at 11:03 pm
  • Terry McAuliffe, Hillary & the Las Vegas World Affairs Council
    Benjamin Duchek of the Las Vegas World Affairs Council has done it again. Guest speaker Terry McAuliffe, chair of Hillary Clinton‘s presidential campaign, sharing political war stories with 30 lucky members of the LVWAC at the Steak House, Four Seasons Hotel. What a coup! McAuliffe is a guy usually found speaking to groups of 100’s or 1000’s. We...
    by at March 7th, 2007 at 05:03 pm
  • Spring White Elephant Sale
    The Woman’s Auxiliary of the Salvation Army, known as SAWA, will be holding their Spring White Elephant Sale as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army. This is a great event for treasure hunters, garage sale afficionados, and haunters of swap meets. Typical items for sale are custom jewlery, books, household items, and of course, “knick-kncks,” that great...
    by at March 7th, 2007 at 04:03 am