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  • 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
  • UNLV Summer School
    I just received the course catalogue for the UNLV summer term. Summer term is actually composed of three different sessions: Session 1, 3 weeks, May 14- Jun 1; Session 2, 5 weeks, Jun 4- Jul 6; Session 3, 5 weeks, Jul 9- Aug 10. As usual there are some great opportunities to enrich your mind and pursue some areas of interest, covering the material fairly rapidly. I see...
    by at March 7th, 2007 at 04:03 am
  • A Drive to Overton Along Lake Mead
    Click here for Picasa Web Photo Album of trip With a cloudless azure sky and a comfortable 68 degrees, it seemed like the perfect day to take my own advice, put the top down and head to the desert. From the Strip, we took Sahara Ave straight east to Hollywood Blvd.* and headed north to E. Lake Mead Blvd. Take a right onto Lake Mead and drive east to the edge of...
    by at March 5th, 2007 at 05:03 pm
  • Downtown Grand Openings
    The push to gentrify Downtown Las Vegas and especially Fremont Street east of Las Vegas Blvd is gaining momentum with the addition of two very attractive venues designed to give a sense of elegance and intimacy in an otherwise diamond-in-the-rough milieu. The Cocktail Room located at 111 Las Vegas Blvd is celebrating its Grand Opening with DJ Robert Oleysyck on Thursday...
    by at March 5th, 2007 at 12:03 pm
  • Jazz & Wine Tasting Scholarship Fundraiser
    You enjoy jazz, you enjoy wine and have been known to sample a good Scotch now and then. This Saturday is the perfect occasion to indulge yourself and support a good cause. The Cultural Diversity Foundation is holding its 12th annual Educational Taste of Excellence: Wine-tasting, Spirits, and Jazz Scholarship Fundraiser on Sat Mar 10. You’ll find the Vista Ballroom...
    by at March 5th, 2007 at 11:03 am
  • Taxes and Politics
    The dreaded season is upon us and the UNLV University Forum Lecture Series delivers a timely topic for we fellow citizen-sufferers. “Taxes and Politics: The IRS, Congress and How Federal Tax Laws Are Made.” That should be an interesting explanation – as if one could ever understand the how or why of any federal legislation, especially that dealing with...
    by at March 4th, 2007 at 06:03 pm
  • Tibetan Astrologer Jhampa Kalsang
    Just in case there is anyone out there who still thinks this town is only about gambling, the coming visit of Dr. Jhampa Kalsang should help quell that prejudice and reinforce my premise that Las Vegas is a vortex for a whole other kind of energy. Dr. Kalsang was trained in the Tibetan Medical Astrological Institute in Dharamasala, India and has travelled extensively in...
    by at March 4th, 2007 at 05:03 pm
  • Kelly Clinton Dinner Show
    Bootlegger Bistro is the place to be on Sunday evenings to catch excellent live music and performances by Vegas stars. Kelly Clinton, who had a long run at Sahara’s and heads entertainment for the Stirling Club, produces a dinner show spotlighting celebrities from around town. Kelly knows everyone, so you can be sure to see some great talent while experiencing...
    by at March 4th, 2007 at 05:03 pm
  • Be Pain Free Workshop
    Transformations is offering a free presentation every Tuesday by Dr. John Englehart who specializes in Auriculo Medicine & Cold Laser Technology. He is a Naturopathic & Homeopathic physician with a background in Chinese medicine. He promises to help alleviate a collection of ailments such as weight gain, smoking, stroke, depression, arthritis, back and neck pain,...
    by at March 4th, 2007 at 04:03 pm
  • Native American Arts Festival
    The Clark County Museum is holding the 18th Annual Native American Arts Festival the last weekend in March with 3 full days of activities. The Friday is booked with thousands of area school children, but Saturday and Sunday should be great days to sample Native American cuisine and observe folklore in action. The Fesitval requires that participants and performers show...
    by at March 2nd, 2007 at 03:03 pm
  • Saving Jesus
    Apparently there are some Christians out there who feel Jesus has been kidnapped by the Religious Right and they’re doing something about it. At least in terms of education and discussion, that is. The Northwest Community Church has started a series with local speakers and national speakers via DVD. The public is invited to attend, whether you agree with them...
    by at March 2nd, 2007 at 03:03 pm
  • Home from Iraq
    With the heady title of “Meeting the Post Deployment Readjustment Needs of Military Members,” Josef I. Ruzek of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder will describe those needs and offer techniques to help families, friends, and even returnees make the very difficult adjustment back to civilian life. Following the scandal in Washington DC around...
    by at March 2nd, 2007 at 02:03 pm
  • Sloan Canyon Hikes
    Just south of town, an easy 20 minute drive from the Strip is the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area with great hiking and Native American rock art sites. The BLM and Clark Co. Museum are offering guided hikes for the public at no charge, but the groups are limited in size and you need to reserve ahead. The hike is described as “moderate with some rock scrambling,...
    by at March 2nd, 2007 at 01:03 pm
  • Valley of Fire to Lost City
    Get on your Harley or put down the top and get out of town for a gorgeous drive out to Overton and the Lost City Museum. The March photo exhibition of nature photographer Marcella Brendible makes a charming destination and a great excuse to explore the Valley of Fire State Park or Lake Mead NRA. Ms. Brendible is a Native American from Alaska and her work demonstrates...
    by at March 2nd, 2007 at 12:03 pm