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KAREN WHEELER & FRIENDS BY KAREN WHEELER: Through Feb. 18, Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Whitney Library, 5175 East Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-507-4010. lvccld.org CREATIVITY CREATES COMMUNITY: Through Feb. 13, times vary, free. Las Vegas City Hall, 495 South Main Street, Las Vegas. 702-229-6011. artslasvegas.org BRAD GARRETT: Encore performances Jan. 20-26, 8 p.m., $59-$79. MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-891-7777. mgmgrand.com CSN 2013 JURIED STUDENT EXHIBITION: Through Jan. 24, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free. CSN Cheyenne Campus, 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-651-4146. http://sites.csn.edu/ artgallery/index.html THE MALE MIND EXHIBITION: Through Jan. 31, Weds.-Fri. 1-7 p.m. & Sat. 1-4 p.m., free. Brett Wesley Gallery, 1112 South Casino Center Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-433-4433. brettwesleygallery.com ALISHA KERLIN PRESENTS MARKING TERRITORY: Through Jan. 19, Weds.-Sun. 6-11 p.m., free. P3Studio @ Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas. 702-698-7000. cosmopolitanlasvegas.com INSIDE OUT - FROM VEGAS TO WALES: Through Jan. 4, Wed.-Fri. 12:30-9 p.m. & Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 South Brush Street, Las Vegas. 702-229-6383. artslasvegas.org
SHANIA TWAIN: Varying dates through Jan. 31, time TBA, $55-$250. The Colosseum @ Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-731-7110. caesarspalace.com
ART 298: BORDERLINE: Through Jan. 24, Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. & Sat. 8 a.m.5 p.m., free. CSN Artspace Gallery @ CSN Cheyenne Campus, 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-651-4146. http:// sites.csn.edu/artgallery/index.html TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING IS WONDERFUL - LIBERACE AND THE ART OF COSTUME: Through Jan. 2, 3 p.m., costs TBA. The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-698-7000. cosmopolitanlasvegas.com CANON 21 BY JOSE BELLVER: Through Jan. 21, Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6
p.m., free. Sahara West Library, 9600 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-507-3630. lvccld.org ECHOES OF WAR - THE MIND OF CHRISTIAN GABRIEL: Through Jan. 12, Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. West Las Vegas Library, 951 West Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-507-3980. lvccld.org POTTERY WEST STUDIO SHOW BY AMY KLINE: Through Feb. 2, Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.8 p.m. & Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. West Charleston Library, 6301 West Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-507-3940. lvccld.org POW WOW PORTRAITS BY LAMAR MARCHESE: Through Jan. 5, Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free.
REFLECTIONS OF THE EBONY GUYS, DOLLS & TECHS: Through Jan. 24, Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. West Las Vegas Arts Center Community Gallery, 947 West Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-229-4800. artslasvegas.org
ETHICS FROM SINAI: 6:45 p.m., free. Chabad of Green Valley, 10870 South Eastern Avenue, Henderson. 702-617-0770. chabadofgreenvalley.org KABALLAH FOR BEGINNERS: 7:30 p.m., free. Chabad of Green Valley, 10870 South Eastern Avenue, Henderson. 702-617-0770. chabadofgreenvalley.org
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THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII: 11 a.m., free. Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, 888 West Bonneville Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-483-6055. http://sites.csn.edu/artgallery/index.html MAMMA MIA: Through Jan. 12, times vary, $26+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. thesmithcenter.com MOB MONTH - SON AND DAUGHTER OF THE MOB: Time TBA, free. Clark County Library, 1401 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-6285. lvccld.org
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A KEY TO SUCCESS - BEYOND COMMUNICATING IS CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE: Guest Speaker: Cherry Reyes. 6 p.m., free. Sahara West Library, 9600 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-507-3631. lvccld.org
CHARLES MINTZ PRECIOUS OBJECTS: Through Apr. 10, times vary, free. Charleston Heights Art Center, 800 South Brush Street, Las Vegas. 702-229-1012. artslasvegas.org 6TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF JEWISH LEARNING GALA: 6 p.m., cost TBA. The Adelson Educational Campus, 9700 Hillpointe Road, Las Vegas. For more information and to purchase tickets, call or email Rabbi Eli Davidowitz at 702-4873133 or firstname.lastname@example.org. lasvegaskollel.org JEWEL POWER PLAYER - YOUNG
ARYEH GREEN - MISSILES AND MEDIA MADNESS - ISRAEL'S CHALLENGES IN THE MEDIA: 6:30 p.m., free. Temple Sinai, 9001 Hillpointe Road, Las Vegas. To RSVP, call or email Barbara Stallone at 702-257-3471 or email@example.com. http://sites.csn. edu/artgallery/index.html WAYNE BRADY: 10 p.m., $39.99-$59.99. The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-791-7111. mirage.com
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CLINT HOLMES: Through Jan. 12, times vary, $35+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. thesmithcenter.com
ZAC BROWN BAND: Through Jan. 12, 8 p.m., $99.50. The Joint @ Hard Rock, 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas. 702-693-5000. hardrockhotel.com LAS VEGAS JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL: Through Jan. 26, times vary, $10+. Adelson Educational Campus, 9700 Hillpointe Road, Las Vegas. lvjff.org ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION: Through Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m., $15.95. Suncoast Showroom, 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas. 702-636-7075. suncoast.com LAS VEGAS WIND QUINTET: 2 p.m., free. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 South Brush Street, Las Vegas. 702-229-6383. artslasvegas.org
JEWEL FOODIES CLUSTER DINNER: 7 p.m., cost TBA. Lotus of Siam, 953 East Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas. For more information, email Marni at email@example.com. jewishlasvegas.com MISS NEVADA USA & MISS NEVADA TEEN USA: Time & cost TBA. Artemus Ham Hall @ UNLV, 4505 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas. For more information, visit http:// www.missnevadausa.com/index.html. http:// sites.csn.edu/artgallery/index.html
MOB MONTH - FAMILY SECRETS - A MOB SIT-DOWN: Time TBA, free. Clark County Library, 1401 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-6285. lvccld.org
DISNEY ON ICE - ROCKIN' EVER AFTER: Through Jan. 19, times vary, $13-$63. Thomas and Mack, 4505 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas. 702-895-3761. thomasandmack.com YARN BOMB WORKSHOP: Weds. through Feb. 19, 6 p.m, $39. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 South Brush Street, Las Vegas. 702-229-6383. artslasvegas.org
2014 WORLD FINANCIAL GROUP CONTINENTAL CUP - CURLING: Through Jan. 19, time & cost TBA. Orleans Arena, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702365-7111. orleansarena.com
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LION OF JUDAH LUNCHEON: Guest: Linor Abargil. 11:30 a.m., $85. Le Cirque @ Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. For more information, contact Stefanie at 702-4794441. jewishlasvegas.com HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS FILM SERIES SINGIN' IN THE RAIN: 7 p.m., free. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 South Brush Street, Las Vegas. 702-229-6383. artslasvegas.org
ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY PRESENTS THE STREISAND SONGBOOK: Through Jan. 18, times vary, $39. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-7492012. thesmithcenter.com GABRIEL IGLESIAS: Through Jan. 19, 10 p.m., $49.99-$59.99. The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-791-7111. mirage.com DOWNTOWN CULTURAL SERIES - FLAT FIVE CONCERT: 12 p.m., free. Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse Jury Assembly Room, 333 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas. 702-229-3515. artslasvegas.org BURTON CUMMINGS: Through Jan. 18, 8 p.m., $39.95. Orleans, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-365-7075. orleanscasino.com
LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC: MASTERWORKS - SERIES III - BATTLE BORN - NEVADA PROUD!: 7:30 p.m., cost TBA. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. thesmithcenter.com
FALLING IN REVERSE: 6 p.m., $22-$26. House of Blues @ Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-632-7777. mandalaybay.com MOB MONTH - ME, THE MOB AND THE MUSIC - ONE HELLUVA RIDE WITH TOMMY JAMES AND THE SHONDELLS 1 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-6285. lvccld.org WONDERHEADS - GRIM & FISCHER: 7:30 p.m., $10-$15. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 South Brush Street, Las Vegas. 702-229-6383. artslasvegas.org JOHN COTTER: Through Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m., $15.95. Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas. 702-636-7075. suncoast.com
MOB MONTH - THE MOB AROUND THE WORLD IN FILM: 1 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-6285. lvccld.org PEACE WEEK 2014 - YOUTH WHO DARE TO DREAM: 2 p.m., free. West Las Vegas Library, 951 West Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas. 702507-3989. lvccld.org
AUDI SPEAKER SERIES PRESENTS WILLIAM SHATNER - SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT: 7:30 p.m., $29+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702749-2012. thesmithcenter.com
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SCHOOL'S OUT, J'S IN - MLK DAY: 9 a.m., cost TBA. Las Vegas Sports Park, 1400 North Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-794-0090. jccsn.org
FORM, FUNCTION, AND FAITH: 11 a.m., free. Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, 888 West Bonneville Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-4836055. http://sites.csn.edu/artgallery/index. html FOREVER TANGO: Through Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m., $26+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. thesmithcenter.com USA SEVENS RUGBY: Through Jan. 26, times vary, $35+. Sam Boyd Stadium, 7000 East Russell Road, Las Vegas. 888-RUGBY-75. usasevens.com
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MOB MONTH - LUCKY LUCIANO - THE FATHER OF MODERN DAY ORGANIZED CRIME IN AMERICA: Time TBA, free. Clark County Library, 1401 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-6285. lvccld.org
SHANIA TWAIN: Varying dates through Jan. 31, time TBA, $55-$250. The Colosseum @ Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-731-7110. caesarspalace.com
DOES IT MATTER IF JESUS WAS MARRIED?: A Conversation with Karen King, Bart Ehrman, and Mark Jordan. 7 p.m., free. UNLV Beam Music Center, Doc Rando Hall, 4505 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas. 702-895-3011. http:// blackmountaininstitute.org/news-andevents/upcoming.php HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS FILM SERIES - MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS: 7 p.m., free. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 South Brush Street, Las Vegas. 702-229-6383. artslasvegas.org
SOUL MEN AND LADY SOUL STARRING SPECTRUM AND RADIANCE: Through Jan. 25, times vary, $34+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-7492012. thesmithcenter.com JAY MOHR: Through Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m., $35+. South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-796-7111. southpointcasino.com
HARRIET’S RETURN - BASED UPON THE LEGENDARY LIFE OF HARRIET TUBMAN: 10 a.m., free. West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 West Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas. 702507-3989. artslasvegas.org
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BOOK REVIEW & DINNER - THE BOOK THIEF: 6:30 p.m., $10-$12. Congregation Ner Tamid, 55 North Valle Verde, Henderson. 702733-6292. lvnertamid.org
ROB SCHNEIDER: Through Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., $35+. South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-796-7111. southpointcasino. com
DANIEL TOSH: 10 p.m., $65.99-$95.99. The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-791-7111. mirage.com JEWEL SERVE LUNCH AT SENIOR LIFELINE: 11:30 a.m., free. Senior Lifeline Center, 2317 Renaissance Drive, Las Vegas. For more information, email Marni at marni@ jewishlasvegas.com. jewishlasvegas.com
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SCOTTISH CEILIDH: 2 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3459. lvccld.org
P!NK: 8 p.m., $161+. MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 855-275-5733. mgmgrand.com
To submit your event information, email calendar@ davidlv.com by the 15th of the month prior to the month in which the event is being held.
THE SAX PACK: 8 p.m., $20. Aliante Hotel, 7300 North Aliante Parkway, Las Vegas. 702692-7777. aliantegaming.com
GRANDMA SADIE IS GETTING MARRIED... AGAIN: 5 p.m., cost TBA. Adelson Educational Campus, 9700 Hillpointe Road, Las Vegas. For more information and to purchase tickets, 702-436-4900. http://sites.csn.edu/ artgallery/index.html CAMP K'HELAH EARLY REGISTRATION: 1 p.m. Las Vegas Sports Park, 1400 North Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-794-0090. jccsn.org
TAYLOR HICKS: Through Jan. 31, 8 p.m., $39.99. Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-946-7000. parislasvegas.com
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Burgers made with ♥ At I ♥ Burgers, you’ll find something to sate your creative appetite. After all, they’ve re-engineered the American classic and added tantalizing twists. Take a trip to the East (meets West), for instance, with the ♥ ‘n Seoul burger. This gastronomical explosion features Sriracha-marinated ground Angus, soy, avocado, kimchi (a popular fiery side dish from Korea), fried egg and a dollop of furikake-wasabi mayo. Blast off! But the one that really rocks the heart of this joint is the Caprese burger. It starts with grass-fed natural certified Angus beef from Bartels Farms, fresh mozzarella, beefsteak tomato, fresh basil and a drizzling of balsamic reduction. In case you’re stumped on the pronunciation, it’s kuh-PREH-zay! Burger lovers — this place is the ultimate love at first bite. I ♥ Burgers , 6569 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-675-7800
It’s OK to slurp To the uninitiated, ramen is a simple noodle dish commonly associated with the 10-cent packages you cook up at home. But once you’ve tried the real thing, those packages may never find a spot in the pantry again. Ramen is finally getting some recognition in Las Vegas by those with discriminating tastes. Considered a quintessential Japanese fastfood meal, ramen is made with quality, natural noodles and broth, accompanied by a variety of fresh vegetables and other toppings, including sliced meat and egg. But it doesn’t stop there. The three distinct styles are based around the broth’s flavor: shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce) and miso (soybean paste). It’s hard to pass up a quick and delicious bowl at Ramen Sora. The place fits the bill for a quick nourishing meal on a brisk January day. And, by the way, slurping lets the cook know you love it. So, go ahead. Break the rules here. Ramen Sora, 4490 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas. 702-685-1011
Creamy Peach Saketini Our friends at Kabuki Restaurants have offered to share their top secret, until now locked away in the company vaults, recipe for this peachy dream in a martini glass. What better way to celebrate a new year and toast what we all hope will be a peach of a year. This recipe features just three ingredients and a cherry, it could not be more elegantly simple. 3 oz. Sho Chiku Bai Nigori Sak 1/2 oz. Peach Syru 1 oz. Peach Juice 1x Cherry on pick Chill a Martini glass. Fill half way with ice. Add all the ingredients and shake well. Strain into the chilled Martini glass. Garnish with the cherry on a pick. 18 JANUARY 2014 | www.davidlv.com
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Our January Babies of the Month.
Photographer: Meghan Poort
Timothy and Caitlyn’s Story Timothy and Caitlyn's mom always knew she wanted children, so when she was 38 and still hadn’t found Mr. Right, she decided to take matters into her own hands. She called Red Rock Fertility Center and got started right away. After her exam with Dr. Littman, she worked on getting her sperm donor. Once everything was in place, she went through IVF and became pregnant with Timothy on the first try! A couple of years later, mom decided to utilize her frozen embryos from the first IVF to try for her second baby. Unfortunately, it was unsuccessful. However, with a vile from the sperm donor remaining, she decided to try an injectable IUI. This worked and mom became pregnant with her second little bundle of joy, Caitlyn. Mom was ecstatic to have her family complete and Timothy was happy to be a big brother. Congratulations to Timothy and Caitlyn, our January Babies of the Month!
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Healthy Resolutions Tricks If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to ‘sit up straight,” here’s a surefire solution. This unique chair employs the same balance ball used in your workout routine and alleviates aching back, legs and arms from working at a desk. $75.99. www.gaiam.com, 877-989-6321.
Luxurious coconut oil, one of nature’s natural energy sources, smoothes out dry, irritated winter skin, but is also great as a dietary supplement and used for cooking. Indulge in this luscious oil for glowing skin this year. $11.99. Freddie’s Nutrition, 7985 W. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas. 702- 220-4060.
Raise a glass to juicing this year with a commercial grade juicer. The super-sleek Breville Ikon Die-Cast Juice Fountain Elite juicer quickly extracts every bit of flavor and nutrient in only five seconds. $299.95. Sur la Table at Fashion Show, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-732-2706.
Get going on roads, paths, and packed gravel with 24 gears and plenty of style on the Electra Verse 24D bike. $549. REI, 2220 Village Walk Drive, #150, Henderson. 702-896-7111.
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Sometimes a little visual inspiration will get the finickiest eaters to try healthy food– at least once. The Lunch Box book by Kate McMillan is the go-to primer that covers sandwiches, healthy snacks and more. $18.95. Barnes and Noble, 8915 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-242-1987
Build and tone muscles while improving coordination and endurance during aerobic workouts with a medicine ball (comes in varying weights). $29.99. Sport Chalet, 7230 Arroyo Crossing Parkway, Las Vegas. 702-263-6756.
To some folks, wintery, cloudy days can be a downer. The HappyLight Deluxe Energy Lamp mimics healthy, natural light to cue your body’s natural energy enhancers to improve mood and fight fatigue-without emitting UV. $189.95. www.amazon.com
Ditch your heavy, clunky running shoes and upgrade to the latest generation of minimalist road running shoes from Merrell. These women’s barefoot running shoes are specifically designed for running naturally on hard surfaces in ultra comfort. $100. www.merrell.com, 800-288-3124. www.davidlv.com | JANUARY 2014
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Kid Fitness Elementary schoolteacher Liz Hirschkind remembers dreading P.E. as a child. She wishes she’d known earlier in life that running, biking, yoga and Pilates were as valid options for fun and competition as playing on soccer or basketball teams. So it was no accident that when she started teaching classes at summer camp, her inspiration for Petite Yogis was born. Simply put, Liz combines all the things she loves about fitness and shares them with her youthful charges. Kids compete with themselves. Liz calls it, “Being comfortable while uncomfortable.” That could mean anything from a yoga pose, to push-ups or running a very first 5K. Classes always include yoga poses, sequences and music, but also may involve physio balls, hula hoops, story books, resistance exercises, games and much more! Activities are designed to ignite the child’s imagination, keeping him or her moving, stretching, bending and twisting, week after week. Classes are held at a variety of locations. Inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/petiteyogis.
Prehistoric Jackpot During the Paleozoic Era (from 541 to 252 million years ago), Las Vegas was part of a shallow ocean. Today, fossilized remnants from that ancient sea are scattered all over the valley. For locals, this means great hikes (and finds). Among the many fossil-hunting areas in Las Vegas, near Red Rock Canyon and closer to Blue Diamond, lie mountains of limestone that hold a treasure trove of fossil forms. Common to this area are calcified forms of invertebrate animals, such as the byrozoans. These tiny, aquatic sea-bed dwellers grew together in colonies. Byrozoan fossils may exhibit lacy patterns or stem-like forms. But one in particular is called Archimedes (after the Greek polymath), now extinct, and notable for its screw shape (pictured here, and found just south of Blue Diamond, near Mountain’s Edge community). The live creature had a delicate lattice structure, and lived where sand and mud were regularly deposited. The hard body structure of their spiral backbones allowed the Archimedes to survive decay and fossilization. With a careful eye and a thoughtful approach, the novice fossil hunter has an entire history to uncover in Las Vegas.
Kick Start Are you ready to let your inner child run free? Footbikes, originally created in Finland, have made their way to Las Vegas. Once you’re on one, it’s hard to escape the exhilarating fun that takes over - not to mention its ability to work your cardiovascular engine while firming up glutes, quads and hamstrings. At first glance, these human-powered machines are a little odd-looking, but make no judgments. Footbikes are a hybrid of two forms of transportation: a bicycle with a large front tire, handle bars and braking system and a traditional scooter. It’s too (two) fun, and offers great alternative maneuverability in an urban setting. If you’re ready to kick it, try one out at Lake Las Vegas at Adventure to the Core. Enjoy the scenery of the desert landscape, the fresh air and a new fitness-in-motion activity. Adventure to the Core Adventure Boutique at Westin Lake Las Vegas, 101 Montelago Blvd., Henderson. 702-567-6128 22 JANUARY 2014 | www.davidlv.com
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MOVIES ARE A MITZVAH!
JANUARY 11 - 26, 2014 “Through the support of its sponsors, the 13th LAS VEGAS JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL is now entering its Bar Mitzvah year and is proud to present the absolute best of contemporary Jewish cinema for the enjoyment and edification of our entire community.” –Joshua Abbey, LVJFF Director
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THE ZIGZAG KID
BRAVE MISS WORLD
(USA, Israel, South Africa, Italy, 2012, English and Hebrew with English subtitles, 99 minutes)
(Belgium, Netherlands, 2012, Dutch, English and French with English subtitles, 95 minutes)
Thursday January 16 – 7:00 PM
Saturday January 11 - 7:00 PM
Adelson Educational Campus
Adelson Educational Campus
Mature Themes (16 years of age and above only) Co-presented by Jewish Federation of Las Vegas Women’s Philanthropy Special guest appearance by: Linor Abargil
Co-presented by Las Vegas BBYO
Recommended for ages 11 and up, The ZIGZAG KID is a delight for everyone who is young at heart. Nono wants to be like his father, the best police inspector in the world, but he is constantly getting into trouble. Two days before his Bar Mitzvah, he is sent away to his uncle Shmuel, who is supposed to get him back on track. En route to visit his uncle, Nono meets masterburglar Felix Glick and is introduced to a world of disguises, chases and a mysterious woman whose deep dark secrets will change Nono’s life forever.
THE HEART OF AUSCHWITZ (Canada, 2010, English, 85 minutes)
Sunday January 12 – 3:30 PM
Adelson Educational Campus THE HEART OF AUSCHWITZ, a handmade gift for Fania Landau, bestowed upon her in a concentration camp on her 20th birthday, undoubtedly meant more to her than any present because it restored Fania’s faith in mankind. Out of utmost love and gratitude, Fania saw no other option than to risk her life by keeping it with her throughout death marches and camp inspections. This enlightening film shares what the human spirit can achieve when there is hope and empathy.
On an official visit to Italy prior to entering the Miss World Pageant, Linor Abargil was raped by a man who was supposed to be protecting her. A few weeks later, Linor was crowned Miss World but her dream of wearing the crown was tainted by the trauma of her devastating ordeal. BRAVE MISS WORLD follows Linor’s decision to speak out about her rape and follows her journey as she meets other survivors of the global epidemic of sexual violence against women.
(USA, 2013, English, 86 minutes)
(Germany, 2012, English and German with English subtitles, 113 minutes)
Sunday January 12 - 1:00 PM
Saturday January 18 - 7:00 PM
Adelson Educational Campus
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Special guest appearance by Director, Seth Fisher
Celebrated playwright Harold Blumenthal has passed away after succumbing to cardiac arrest while laughing at one of his own jokes. Now, Harold’s estranged and jealous brother, Saul, must confront his personal hang-ups to deliver himself from an epic bout of constipation. Meanwhile, Saul’s wife Cheryl and son Ethan must grapple with their own personal obstacles through a set of circumstances so improbably ironic they might as well have been lifted from one of Harold’s plays.
Special Guest Appearance by: Roger Berkowitz, Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College
HANNAH ARENDT is a bio-pic about the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist who reported on the 1961 trial of the notorious Nazi Adolf Eichmann for the New Yorker Magazine. The article was controversial both for its portrayal of Eichmann and for her now-famous concept of the “Banality of Evil.” Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, this provocative film turns the often invisible passion for thought into immersive, dramatic cinema. 12/19/13 3:58 PM
THE JEWISH CARDINAL
(Israel, 2013, Hebrew, French with English subtitles, 90 minutes)
(France, 2012, French with English subtitles, 96 minutes)
Sunday January 19 – 1:00 PM
Saturday January 25 - 7:00 PM
Adelson Educational Campus
Adelson Educational Campus
CUPCAKES is a colorful and outrageously funny Israeli satire on the iconic and kitsch institution: The Eurovision Song Contest. The film follows a group of neighborhood friends as they try to cheer up Anat, who has recently been abandoned by her husband. The troop spontaneously composes a song and as a joke sends it to Eurovision. As luck would have it, the song is chosen to represent Israel. CUPCAKES is set to an infectious pop score and features a cast of some of Israel’s brightest stars.
THE JEWISH CARDINAL tells the true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism and joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II. In this powerful position, he found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him both friends and enemies from either group. When Carmelite nuns settle down to build a convent in Auschwitz, Lustiger finds himself a mediator forced to choose a side.
BETHLEHEM (Israel, 2013, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles, 100 minutes)
Thursday January 23 - 7:00 PM
Cinemark Theaters South Point Hotel
JEWS AND MONEY (Canada, France, 2013, English, Hebrew and French with English subtitles, 96 minutes)
Sunday January 19 – 3:30 PM
Adelson Educational Campus Special guest appearance by Director, Lewis Cohen
Ilan Halimi was abducted, held hostage under barbaric conditions and later died en route to the hospital. His kidnappers had demanded $500,000 in ransom, convinced that since Halimi was Jewish, his family must be rich. In fact, the 23-year-old cell phone salesman came from a modest workingclass background. Twenty-seven youth gang members were arrested, their subsequent trial sparking worldwide outrage and exposing the roots of anti-Semitic tension in the AfricanMuslim immigrant neighborhoods of Paris.
One of the most unnervingly lucid films ever made about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, BETHLEHEM shifts between Israeli and Palestinian perspectives to tell a story of secret strategies, precarious alliances, and terrible betrayals. This gripping thriller plunges us into a milieu of family, terror, and espionage to reveal a perpetual atmosphere of paranoia and mistrust that forces everyone to question the loyalty of their own friends and family. BETHLEHEM won Best Picture at the Israeli Academy Awards and has been named Israeli’s official selection for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
PARIS MANHATTAN (France, 2012, French with English subtitles, 78 minutes)
Sunday January 26 – 1:00 PM
Adelson Educational Campus Alice, an idealistic pharmacist, is completely and utterly obsessed with Woody Allen. She’s constantly quoting lines from his films, engaging him in imaginary conversations, and even prescribing her customers his classic works to help alleviate their ailments. Alice’s increasingly concerned Jewish parents hope to cure her fixation by setting her up with a handsome French gentleman but he quickly realizes that he’s no match for the man of her dreams. A romantic excursion through the city of lights, this witty endearing comedy concludes with a special cameo by the original Alvy Singer.
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IDA (Poland, 2013, Polish with English Subtitles, 80 minutes)
Sunday January 26 – 3:30 PM • Adelson Educational Campus IDA is the story of a young orphan on the cusp of taking her vows to become a nun in a Catholic order. She unexpectedly learns that she has a Jewish aunt named Wanda, whom she visits before making her ultimate commitment to the church. The two women, one an idealist completely naive to the real world and the other a cynic who can scarcely cope with the hypocrisy and inhumanity she’s seen, embark on a voyage of discovery where they learn that they can either be trapped by their past or break free from it.
TICKETS: Individual General Admission Tickets are $10.00 and good for admission to any one film in the film festival schedule. Tickets are available online at www.lvjff.org and from all the Presenting Sponsors. Film Festival Passes are $50.00 and good for admission to all films in the film festival schedule. Passes are available online at www.lvjff.org For more information please contact Joshua Abbey at HDreality@aol.com or (702) 239-2277 VENUES:
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Adelson Educational Campus • Anti-Defamation League of Southern Nevada • Bet Knesset Bamidbar • Brandeis National Committee Congregation Ner Tamid • Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada • Jewish Federation of Las Vegas • Kraft/Sussman Midbar Kodesh Temple • Temple Beth Sholom • Temple Sinai • Touro University Nevada EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Rita Deanin Abbey and Robert Belliveau • Toni and Victor Chaltiel • Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson • Blanche and Philip Meisel CO-PRODUCERS
David Chesnoff • Adriana Gonorazky and Carlos Banchik • Robert Sabes • Betsi and Dr. David Steinberg • Heidi and David Straus ASSOCIATE-PRODUCERS
Arlene and Jerry Blut • Helen and Robert Feldman • Ruth Goldfarb • Andy Katz • Henry Kronberg • Jean and Ben Lesser Cari Marshall • Judy and Ronald Mack • Emily and Michael Novick • Sandy and Paul Schiffman • Marcy and Jack Simon Faye and Dr. Leon Steinberg • Lara and David Stone • Doug Unger • Carol and Jeff Zucker ADDITIONAL SPONSORS ARE PENDING AND WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED AT THE FILM FESTIVAL. SPECIAL THANKS
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Paula Fouce Documentary Filmmaker Chronicles Our Human Story By Lynn Wexler
aula Fouce has transformed her interest in distinct and remote Eastern cultures and religions into cinematic expeditions aimed at promoting truth, spirituality and understanding. The well-traveled documentarian represents the third generation of a family with pioneering ties to Spanish entertainment in downtown Los Angeles and America’s first Spanish-language TV network. Descended from Spanish immigrants who landed in Hawaii in the late 1800s, Fouce’s grandfather Frank Louis Fouce Sr. owned what are now historical movie and live theaters in downtown Los Angeles, including the Million Dollar, the Roosevelt and the Mayan. The venues featured Mexican vaudeville acts and Spanishlanguage films. They drew huge Spanish-speaking audiences at a time when mainstream media largely ignored them. Father and son soon recognized the potential for Spanishlanguage television. And in 1961 Frank Jr. co-founded the Spanish International Communication Corp., the forerunner of Univision, the first Spanishlanguage network of television stations in major U.S. cities with large Latino concentrations. “I grew up backstage at those vaudeville shows, which were all in Spanish. It was truly the greatest entertainment of all time,” Paula Fouce says. “My Paula Fouce father and grandfather were Spanish-language entertainment in Los Angeles. They brought every major motion picture star from Mexico to the Million Dollar theater, and finally to television.” As a fine arts student at Pitzer,Claremont College, Fouce pursued an opportunity to study abroad for a year in Katmandu in the Himalayas of Nepal. Enamored by the cultures and traditions of the region, Fouce stayed 13 years. She exported jewelry and artifacts from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. And she worked as a spiritual tour
guide in India, Tibet, Nepal and China, garnering an even deeper appreciation for those countries, their people and their faiths. “I was fascinated and mesmerized,” Fouce said. “I got to meet the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa. They had so much in common — and they both embodied total humility.” Fouce learned from yogis (those who practice the philosophical, physical and meditative disciplines of yoga that originated in India), and studied Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Jainism and Buddhism. Her initiation in 1976 into a sect of Tibetan Buddhism laid the foundation for the subjects of her films Origins of Yoga and Naked in Ashes, both of which she directed through her production company Paradise Filmworks. “Yoga in Western culture represents barely a sliver of the ancient traditions. Origins of Yoga takes you through the sacred rituals of the kumbha mela (a massive spiritual pilgrimage of Hindu yogis) that depict the wisdom and reflection of the yogic path of freedom. “Naked in Ashes explores the ascetic life of 13 million yogis, who live virtually naked and penniless, ritually cleansing and covering themselves in ash, believing that by taking on the sins of humanity, they promote the healing and redemption of others.” Her next film, Not in God’s Name, garnered acclaim for its rich illustrations of, and often perilous routes into, the world of religious intolerance. The film’s inspiration was the violence that erupted in early November 1984 following Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination by Sikhs. Gandhi, a Hindu, had ordered an attack on the Sikhs’ holiest place of worship. Retribution followed in the region from both sides, with thousands killed. “I found myself trapped in a religious riot,” Fouce says. “I was www.davidlv.com | JANUARY 2014
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Anne Frank’s cousin, Buddy Elias at her grave, Bergen Belsen.
traveling on a bus when it was stormed by Hindus searching for Sikhs to drag off and kill. I was wearing a Sikh symbol around my neck, which was thankfully hidden by my shirt and went unnoticed. I had previously experienced so much openness and love from the Hindus, and here I was witness to extremes of violence from those very same people. I was reminded that these extremes exist among other faiths as well.” In her film, Fouce documents instances of intolerance and prejudice under the banner of religion — how individuals of faith-based creeds that espouse peace and tolerance could resort to such brutality. Using India’s own bloody history of religious prejudice and the murders of more than 2 million people as a microcosm, Fouce chronicled Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Zoroastrian, Christian and Jewish responses to the existential question “Why do people kill in the name of God?” The results of her inquiries, Fouce said, illustrated a gross “misuse of religion as a manipulative means to an end, in one form or another: political leaders manipulating the masses to maintain power and control; territorial disputes; and exclusive claims on truth.” Fouce found herself revisiting the theme of faith and injustice in her next film, Song of the Dunes. The documentary was intended to search the roots of the original Gypsies in the vast Indian state
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of Rajasthan, with its dramatic monochromatic sand dunes, that shares its western border with Pakistan. These nomads, also known as Roma, mysteriously left India more than 1,000 years ago and crossed the Silk Road into Europe. “Our mission, a crew of filmmakers and myself, was to find the descendants of these original Gypsies,” Fouce states. “Instead, we found that these tribes knew little about the ancient history of their people due to a lack of education, and themselves were the victims of crime and discrimination as the lowest ranking on the still-existent Indian caste system. Our film quickly became about pulling back the curtain and exposing the prejudice towards these people.” “Hundreds of thousands of Romas died in the Nazi concentration camps and mobile killing squads of the Holocaust. I met a cousin of Anne Frank, Buddy Elias, whom she played with frequently as a child. Together, we visited the German concentration camp, Bergen-Belsen, where Anne Frank died, along with thousands of Gypsies,” Fouce says. Soon after, Fouce was introduced to Jonathan Brent, executive director and CEO of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Founded in Poland in 1925, and relocated to New York City in 1940, YIVO warehouses the largest repository in the world of artifacts representing the history of Jewish life throughout Eastern Europe, Germany and Russia. After learning that YIVO possessed newly discovered letters and papers documenting Otto Frank’s efforts between 1938 and 1941 to get his family out of Nazi-occupied Holland and into the United States or Cuba, Fouce had her next film: No Asylum. Frank corresponded extensively with the U.S. State Department, his brothers in Chicago, his wife’s brother in New York City and his close friend Nathan Strauss, whose family owned Macy’s department store in Manhattan. Strauss agreed to pay thousands of dollars to help secure visas and documents, but it was not enough. In 1942, the Franks went into hiding for two years before they were discovered and sent to the camps where all but Otto Frank died. “No Asylum is the backstory to Anne Frank’s diary. I’m producing it along with documentary Academy Award winner Maria Florio, the film’s creative producer,” Fouce says. “Everyone, including the U.S., turned their backs on the thousands of Jews trying to get out, thus sending them to their deaths. “I had the good fortune to spend considerable time with Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s stepsister, absorbing her amazing stories. Eva lived across the street from Anne growing up in Amsterdam. She, too, went into hiding, was later deported to Auschwitz, but survived. Her mother, Fritzi Geiringer, married Otto after the war, so Otto became her stepfather,” Fouce says. Cultural and religious discovery and revelation, communicated through a camera lens, long have been Fouce’s passion. She also feels a personal responsibility with her work. “It’s extremely important right now in our world, with all of the suffering going on from divisions, to shed light on the horrors of intolerance, while educating people to the benevolence of acceptance,” she believes. “I enjoy people and cultures and the diversity among them. I also enjoy how, given the differences, there are great similarities as well. I hope, through my films, to be making a contribution toward opening the hearts and minds of people to the value of those similarities.” For more information on Fouce and her latest effort, No Asylum, or to contact her, go to www.ParadiseFilmworks.com.
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Rebooting Our Rituals
Changing Patterns of Behavior & Rewiring Our Circuits By Gerda Liesiene
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Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny. — Mahatma Gandhi
habit is a certain pattern of behavior, interwoven into our brains. A man who wakes up every day, drinks a cup of coffee and has a cigarette has some kind of behavior patterns previously worked out in his brain. Sean Covey has written a number of books about habit formation. Repeated action, he says, creates an individual personality. In other words, how you’re accustomed to acting determines your being. In reality, everything you do is controlled by impulses, flying across neurons. They’re responsible for communication in the brain. When a certain behavior pattern is repeated enough, the neural pathway gets used to being opened. It’s much easier then for impulses to travel through the paths; these behaviors become usual for you. So waking up, drinking a cup of coffee and smoking a cigarette becomes practically unconscious, instinctive. One action leads to the next. But how is a desired activity transformed from a Herculean exercise into an unconscious habit? And how long does it take before that happens?
Motivation and willpower are not endless You’ve likely started some kind of diet more than once, or planned to exercise more or eat healthier. Maybe you wanted to write a new post in your blog or floss your teeth every day. Alas, you failed. Cheer up. You’re not alone! Many people start a new activity with the best of intentions and the greatest enthusiasm but fail to keep that strong motivation. It’s natural. Motivation and will are just tools that help form a good habit. Later, they won’t be unnecessary. When you start any self-improvement program, your enthusiasm is huge and you’re highly motivated thinking about the outcome. Of course, the motivation naturally weakens over time. When enthusiasm ebbs, you begin to trust your own willpower to run things. “I’m not weak-minded. I am able to have that one piece of cake.” Except no one in the world has infinite resources of willpower. It is an exhaustible resource. Each time you force yourself to do something you don’t want to do, or when you refuse some kind of temptation, you suck up some of that willpower. At the end of the day, you feel exhausted, as if you can’t continue with your plan. You cave to temptation. That’s why many people who are trying not to eat sweets, and only to consume healthy food all day, drop off www.davidlv.com | JANUARY 2014
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their diets in the evening and cram a lot of different food into their mouths. When this happens, motivation and willpower can’t help. You need to take other measures.
How to make habits work for you According to scientist Deane Alban, 95 percent of our lives are controlled by the subconscious, the part of the brain responsible for unconscious, programmed behavior. It’s no wonder we brush our teeth, ride our bicycles, make coffee and do many other activities almost without thinking about it. So it makes sense that to acquire a new habit, we just have to use our subconscious power to create a new trajectory of neurons in the brain. This way, those 10 squats in the morning become the same matter-of-course event as cycling or brushing our teeth. So how do we do this? Here are six expert recommendations that show how diet, physical exercise, meditation, stress management or sleep balancing can be turned into effortless habits.
Set minimal goals Yes, huge objectives might provide you with more enthusiasm at the start. But habit formation starting from big goals mostly leads to failure. To adjust your routine, you have to add an activity that does not require much effort or time. For example, if your goal is to start jogging every morning for half an hour, you need to start small. Instead of even minimal jogging, just try five days, every morning, putting on your running shoes. You want to do 10 push-ups every day to strengthen your pecs? Do one push-up a day all week. Exactly the same can be done with flossing. Initially, clean only one tooth! You’ll see how these minimal changes positively affect your final destination. The first few days of tooth cleaning will require a little bit of effort, but the more often it’s repeated, the less effort will be needed. After this, you’ll know exactly where to find dental floss, how to quickly and properly wrap it around your fingers and so on. Over time, cleaning all your teeth will become as self-evident an activity as cleaning a single tooth. The subconscious mind doesn’t like change. But when it’s barely noticeable, the mind slowly adapts by developing a habit.
Use triggers Triggers automatically lead people to take an action. Many researchers use this term when talking about psychology. For example, food is a trigger for many smokers, who tend to light up after eating. In this case, the trigger works against you. But it can be redirected. If you want to meditate after breakfast, then for at least a few weeks you should do this. You will find that immediately after breakfast you will think about meditation. Triggers can be visual, too. Try leaving your gym clothes on the bed before going to work. Soon you may notice it will stimulate you to work out when you get home.
Do it early Try to meditate, do curl-ups or accomplish other tasks in the morning when your willpower’s at its peak. If you do, you’ll be able to enjoy your achievements throughout the day. Researchers also advise making a healthy lunch or dinner in advance. This way, you won’t be in a rush and find yourself eating anything that happens to be in your hands when you get home. You can enjoy healthy prepared meals without the “starving” and stress.
Be prepared Make sure you’ve got everything you need to achieve your goal. If you want to start a walking or jogging program, buy a comfortable pair of shoes and have access to a pedometer. Research data show that people with pedometers walk and run up to 27 percent more than those who don’t have them. Make sure your self-improvement activities are convenient. You don’t want to be rushing home from work to do them, or taking an hour to get to a yoga class or stashing dental floss with a bunch of random items you’ll need to rummage through.
Make it fun If you’re a bit unhappy about what you’re doing, getting used to it all the time can be impossible. Find interesting ways to combine self-improvement and leisure activities. If you like to socialize, and you find exercising alone boring, invite your friends along. If you love cooking, learn how to prepare healthy foods that are also tasty. If you want to meditate regularly, find a program that will really satisfy you.
Don’t break the chain To acquire a new habit, use a red marker and put a large “X” on your wall calendar to indicate the days when you accomplished your self-improvement activity. Deane Alban’s studies show people don’t want to “break the chain” by leaving some days unmarked on the calendar. After a month, you should be able to enjoy your new, desired habit.
66 days It’s long been assumed that it takes 21-28 days to form a habit. In 1960, plastic surgeon Maxwell Maltz noticed it took about 21 days for a patient to get used to an amputated limb. He theorized that everyone should be able to get accustomed to something new in about three weeks. Recent studies suggest otherwise. British scientist Phillipa Lally and her team (University College London) examined 96 people in two groups: those trying to eat fruit every morning and those who had set themselves a goal to run in a stadium for 15 minutes every day. Participants were questioned on a regular basis as to how automatically they accomplished these tasks. The goal was to find how long it took the subjects to begin doing their desired activities without conscious thought. It turned out that different behaviors took different amounts of time to establish as habits. For example, it takes about 20 days to start drinking a glass of water habitually every morning. Doing 40 squats every morning before breakfast? Three to four months. Researchers now believe it takes about 66 days, on average, to form a wellintentioned habit.
There can’t be an unsuccessful try Forming a new habit takes both time and a huge emotional commitment. The key is to understand your own potential and to just try. Give yourself a break if you miss a day. Each time you try is another lesson. Life’s long. You’ve got time to achieve your goals and manage your life as you’d like. Remember: Start small and start tomorrow. Do at least one pushup a day or eat at least one fruit for breakfast. Observe how quickly it becomes a regular activity. You may discover something new and interesting about yourself in the habit-making process. Maybe you’ll succeed in fewer than 66 days. Give it a try.
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Exercising Options New School or Old, There are Fitness Regimes for all Tastes By Brian Sedoma
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n the fitness world it pays to be yesterday’s great idea. The trenddriven, multibillion-dollar field always has a way of bringing back the old, melding it with the new, and even blending the top exercise programs du jour. Take Jazzercise. Started in 1969, the dance program’s name may sound a bit outdated today, but the regimen is still alive and kicking. It now blends “core” workouts (read Pilates) into it to stay current and interesting. The late ‘90s and early 2000s sensation, Tae-Bo, isn’t on the top trends lists anymore. But the boxing-martial arts-dance hybrid is still thriving by incorporating more popularized “boot camp” training sessions into its classes and on its DVDs. “I think, naturally, people are always looking for the next thing,” says John Mercer, associate dean of UNLV’s School of Allied Health Sciences. “The whole trick is trying to keep people motivated to exercise, to keep it fresh and enjoyable.”
New and old schools meet Mercer is encouraged by the popularity of body weight exercises. More and more classes and programs are incorporating simple old exercises — think push-ups, chin-ups, jumping jacks — where the body’s own weight is used for resistance instead of machines or complicated band systems. Mercer looks to the American College of Sports Medicine 8th annual Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2014 as proof. In it, High-Intensity Interval Training was at the top of the list, followed by body weight training. The popular HIIT program, which involves short bursts of highintensity exercises (including simple calisthenics), was nowhere on the radar last year. But exercise experts see it as the top trend for the coming year. HIIT does, however, have a reputation for a high number of injuries, Mercer warns. Many people who may want to do bursts of exercises — they like the idea of a shorter, more intense workout — should start slow. “If you go out and do 30 push-ups, chances are you’re going to be pretty sore,” Mercer says. Rounding out the Top 20 on the ACSM list are boot camps. The popular workouts usually are done in groups and involve plenty of body weight exercises as well. “There is something invigorating and special about getting back to the basics of fitness in the outdoors while utilizing your surroundings to get fit,” says Kerry Geyser, a trainer with Las Vegas Boot Camp. “Our home base is usually the basketball court, doing core work, plyometrics and using the ledges for strength work like push-ups, tricep dips, box jumps, etc. And we branch out from there.” Geyser says boot camps aren’t just for fitness enthusiasts. “The more advanced boot campers inspire and support the beginner boot campers. … They know how it was when they first started, and they want to see newbies succeed,” she adds.
Yoga and its many partners Seth Manheimer, a partner with TruFusion Yoga in Las Vegas, says the traditional, spiritually minded individual still has a place in the yoga studio. But the practice has opened to a wider range of people, including soccer moms, politicians, college students, professional athletes and others. So there is definitely a push to bring other exercise programs into the yoga mix.
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Trainers, technology Still, Mercer says personal trainers have been at the top of the exercise trends heap for some time. And with a growing obesity rate in the U.S., many exercisers need guidance on how to drop weight. The number of exercise credentialing programs has exploded through the years. And the employment of trainers is expected to grow by 24 percent nationwide between 2010 and 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. One of the biggest recent trends in the exercise game is the advent of wearable technology, Mercer says. The Jawbone Fitness tracking wristband and Nike +’s FuelBand SE are just two examples of devices that allow users to track calories burned, miles run or biked and other personal exercise information. Many also incorporate GPS systems. “These things allow you to get a lot of data,” Mercer says, “and people really seem to like that.”
Slipping trends, fun Oddly, after years of high rankings, Pilates, spinning and the aerobic dance routine, Zumba, failed to make the ACSM survey’s top 20. It may not mean the end of these programs. Instead, elements of them are likely to migrate to more current trends, or conversely instructors are likely to sprinkle in bits of the more popular programs into these old reliables. While trends come and go, the key is finding something you can incorporate into your lifestyle on a regular basis, Mercer says. And he offers this: If you’re considering a body weight program, HIIT, the boot camp environment or even more leisurely activities the “no pain, no gain” adage isn’t necessarily the best advice for achieving your goals. “You don’t want to perpetuate the thinking that exercise is something that can’t be enjoyed and isn’t fun. … That could bring a short-term positive (weight loss), but it could be a longterm negative.” What are you waiting for, ’14-ers? Let’s get moving!
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Brain Health & The Produce Isle Let’s Go Shopping With Dr. Zhong. By Marilyn LaRocque
ens sana in corpore sano. “A healthy mind in a healthy body,” the Roman poet Juvenal intoned in the early 2nd century. Little did he know his dictum would resonate across the millennia to the 21st century, when brain-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s loom as a health “tsunami” of an aging population. “People use their brains all the time, but never think what a powerful, wonderful computer it is,” says Xue “Kate” Zhong, senior director of Clinical Research and Development at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. “It creates our thoughts, drives our emotions, controls our every move, stores our memories and never sleeps. Brain health is the foundation of all other types of health. Consequently, staying sharp and retaining brain power should be our paramount goal.” Dr. Zhong says the brain, an “information super-highway,” contains about 100 billion neurons (microscopic cells), and 500 trillion synaptic connections. “They send and receive information around the body,” she explains. “Whenever you dream, laugh, think, see or move, tiny chemical and electrical signals race between these neurons at 300 mph. It’s estimated that the human brain produces 70,000 thoughts in an average day. It’s the most vital
organ of our body. We have to take care of our brain constantly, so we can function optimally at any age and can have a brain span that matches our life span.” The maxim that “you are what you eat” could be the mantra for brain health, according to Zhong, because “food fuels the brain and is a key ingredient in brain health. Nutrients become the building blocks for your brain and body. The quality of those nutrients has a major effect on your ability to function at your highest level.” She advocates the Mediterranean Diet. “It’s not really a diet,” she says. “It’s a nutritious style of eating that’s good for your brain, your heart — and even your sex life!” So, what do you put in your shopping cart to win this trifecta? A frequent answer is “foods rich in antioxidants.” Vegetables, especially greens. Spinach, kale and collard greens are rich in many brain-loving nutrients. Your goal? Three servings a day … the equivalent of a generous-sized salad. Fruits — the deeper the color the better. Blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and blackberries are packed with antioxidants. They slow aging, not only in the brain but elsewhere; so eat some daily.
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Fish … and nuts! Fish are a great source of omega-3s, essential fatty acids the body can’t produce. If fish is not your dish, eat more walnuts, flax seeds or soybeans, and consider a DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) supplement. A general guideline: If you don’t eat fish, take 600 mg DHA daily; if you eat fish only once a week, take 300 mg DHA daily. NOTE: If you have seafood allergies, check the source of the fish oil. Also, fish oil acts as a blood thinner. So consult your physician if you’re taking a blood thinner product. Eggs. Eggs are rich in numerous fat-soluble vitamins, including D and E; and the yolks are rich in choline, a B-vitamin that improves memory. The deeper yellow the yolk is, the more nutritious your egg is likely to be. You can keep cholesterol concerns to a minimum by combining one whole egg with egg whites in an omelet or scrambled eggs. Whole grains, such as oats. Whole-grain oats are rich in B-vitamins, which work to reduce the effects of oxidative stress. When you’re over-stressed, your body floods your circulation with a hormone called cortisol, which causes inflammation — and inflammation impairs memory. Whole grains act as antioxidants to curb this inflammatory response. Dark chocolate. Chocolate contains cocoa, which improves blood flow to the brain by relaxing blood vessels and improving their function. Chocolate is packed with flavonoids, which reduce blood clots and buildup of plaque in the arteries — and antioxidants. Unsweetened cocoa powder offers the greatest benefit, followed by dark chocolate with at least 72 percent cocoa solids. NOTE: Chocoholics rejoice! You can eat up to 2 ounces of dark chocolate (or 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder) every day! Spices. Many herbs and spices, including turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, rosemary, sage, cloves, mustard seed, cumin and oregano are packed with antioxidants. Coffee. Caffeine, equivalent to about three cups of black coffee daily, has been shown to improve memory and significantly decrease the risk of dementia. In animal studies, caffeine even reduced levels of beta-amyloid, a protein that interferes with the formation of memories, and found in clumps in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. NOTE: If you’re on a “caffeine free” regimen because of cardiac or other health considerations … try … Tea. Black and green teas (including decaf versions) contain brain-boosting antioxidants, as well as theonine, an amino acid that produces a calming effect. Red wine. Red grapes contain resveratrol, which reduces cell damage associated with aging. Red wine is also rich in polyphenols, which may protect against the formation of damaging plaques in the brain. Maximum recommended daily amounts — one glass for women; two for men. If you don’t drink alcohol, enjoy grape juice, which also has resveratrol.
But what foods should be avoided? Sugar tops Zhong’s list. “There’s a sugar epidemic in American culture,” she says. “American adults consume about 130 pounds annually! There’s a direct link between sugar and Alzheimer’s. Sugar level relates to diabetes, and diabetes represents a four times greater risk factor for Alzheimer’s.” She also censures added sugar syrups. “High fructose corn syrup is pervasive,” she says, “especially in canned and processed foods. Read labels. You’ll be surprised where you find it.”
Also on her hit list are: • Enriched, bleached or refined flour; • Any grain that isn’t 100 percent whole grain. • Trans and saturated fats. (“Good” fat is olive, vegetable, peanut and sunflower oils.) “Avoid foods with large amounts of saturated or trans fats,” she says. “Saturated fats are found in meat, poultry skin, full-fat dairy and palm and coconut oils. They raise both your LDL cholesterol (the lousy kind) and your risk of cancer, not to mention your belt size. “Trans fats are worse. They’re pumped into many packaged snack foods and desserts. Like saturated fat, trans fat increases your LDL cholesterol. In addition, it causes marked lowering of HDL (healthy cholesterol). Trans fats harden the arteries in your brain, heart and elsewhere to cause dementia, heart attacks and stroke. There is no safe amount. Long story short: Do not purchase any items with the word ‘hydrogenated’ in the ingredient list.” NOTE: She also suggests a careful reading of labels on “low fat” products to see if they’re loaded with sugar to compensate. “Another culprit is sodium,” she says. “It will drive blood pressure high and can cause hypertension, stroke and dementia as the result of a stroke. If food is really fresh and cooked with olive oil, spices and herbs, salt isn’t necessary.” Although Zhong’s advocacy of healthy eating makes sense, bad habits die hard. By the time Alzheimer’s threatens, motivating someone to adopt a brain-healthy eating regimen may be difficult. “You start with baby steps, one at a time,” Zhong says, “not with drastic changes. For example, if someone loves fat and sugar, we suggest they eat as before but cut portion size by a fourth. We recommend they drink plenty of water before a meal, eat five or six healthy snacks a day, and don’t skip a meal. Then they’ll feel constantly full and not think they’re being deprived.” Rallying the support and encouragement of family and friends — even getting them to jump on the healthy eating bandwagon — makes change easier. Besides healthy food, other important building blocks for brain health include: • • • • • • • •
Managing one’s life and pursuing a purpose; Reducing stress and getting adequate sleep; Monitoring your mood; Developing/enhancing social connections; “Playing” stimulating mental games; Finding challenging new tasks; Practicing deep breathing and meditation; Finally the bane of every couch potato’s lifestyle … Exercise! “It’s absolutely essential,” Zhong says.
Since there’s no “quick fix” for brain health, is behavior modification worth the effort? “Absolutely,” Zhong says. “Our brain is incredibly flexible and adaptive. It changes throughout life. Neuroplasticity — the brain’s ‘plasticity’ — its ability to respond to changes, to be molded — in response to new situations, environment, injury and other stressors, provides the basis for the belief that our brain can be jump started, fine tuned and remodeled throughout our adult life. “A physically active body, mentally active mind, socially connected lifestyle and nourished body and mind can positively influence our brain’s ability to adapt and adjust, and can enable us to maintain a very healthy brain and a sharp mind. “Old dogs can, indeed, learn new tricks!”
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Candied Walnuts: 1/2 cup Walnuts 1 cup Powdered sugar 2 cups Peanut oil for frying nuts
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2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar 1/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup Hazelnut oil 1/4 cup Walnut oil 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tsp Shallots, chopped 1 tsp Thyme, chopped To taste Salt and pepper
Method: Nuts: 1. Toast walnuts in preheated 250 degrees F. oven for 15 minutes until golden brown. 2. Place a 2 quart saucepan over a medium heat. Add peanut oil, slowly heat to 350 degrees F. 3. Meanwhile blanch nuts in boiling water for about 1 minute. 4. Remove and toss with powdered sugar. 5. Carefully with a slotted spoon drop the coated nuts in the 350 degrees F. oil. 6. Cook for 30 seconds until crisp and golden. With slotted spoon remove and place on paper towel lined cookie sheet. 7. Once cooled roughly chop nuts, and reserve. Vinaigrette: 1. In a medium bowl, combine the Dijon mustard, chopped thyme, chopped shallots, balsamic vinegar. Whisk together. 2. Continue whipped emulsify your oils into the mustard base. 3. While continuously whisking slowly stream in the oils. It will take about 5 minutes. Assembly: In a large bowl, toss together the endive, frisee, arugula, mixed greens and apples, with prepared balsamic vinegar. Arrange nuts and the cheese around the inner board of the plate. Place greens at base in center. Crumble Roquefort over the top and place caramelized walnuts on top. www.davidlv.com | JANUARY 2014
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Finding the Right Gear to Get You Going By Marisa Finetti Photography by Marc Feldman
hese days, fitness clothing encompasses a little bit of science and a ration of fashion. We’ve come a long way from those baggy cotton sweatshirts, Baby. It’s almost more stylish to be comfortable and athletic than to be overly made up. Fitness chic imparts an instant message: “I’m living a healthy lifestyle — and it shows.” Marketers know that, too. Nike says one reason its women’s apparel business staked the company to $4 billion in fiscal 2013 sales was the demand for fashionable workout gear. We’re talking compression technology leggings, limited editions, cool, geometric prints and bright, eye-popping colors. Today, consumers have a vast array of choices for workout fabrics. When considering what to wear, it’s important to choose sportspecific attire. For instance, high-performance yoga and stretching apparel include tank tops with built-in sports bras, a marriage of style and comfort. And leggings and capris sport a nylon-spandex blend that allows for a wide range of motion. By Lynn For decades spandex has provided comfort during stretching. Now, newer technology provides a special knitting process to improve circulation and help alleviate sore muscles. Compression clothing, for example, can stimulate blood flow and help reduce lactic acid build-up, an antidote to the dreaded delayed onset muscle
soreness. For hiking and running enthusiasts, staying cool in the heat and warm in the cold is paramount for top performance. Moisture-wicking technology has been incorporated into much of today’s sports apparel, to keep the wearer dry and comfortable during warm-weather workouts. On cold days, non-absorbent synthetic fibers create pockets to trap air and help insulate the body. So we know how to look the fitness part in the New Year. But will style alone help us abide by our healthy resolutions? To find some inspiration, and an answer to this question, we invited a number of local sports enthusiasts to the David Barton Gym in Summerlin. They agreed to model the latest sportswear and share their secrets on discipline and focus. The fact that they happen to be attractive didn’t hurt either. To our surprise, our paragons had a common thread: Unlike us, they don’t make resolutions every January. Why? Perhaps because they’re already where they want to be, while the rest of us are like the mythic Sisyphus — struggling year after year to push that rock Wexler up the hill. Or maybe they’re part of the 8 percent of folks who actually make and stick to their self-imposed resolutions. Because “fit” and “nutrition” (and all the other buzz words that attend healthy New Year’s resolutions) have been part of their “muscle memory” vocabularies for a long time. Food for thought.
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Linor’s Story A Victim’s Journey from Rape to Redemption
By Jaq Greenspon
e all have defining moments in our lives. Often they’re in retrospect, when we can look back and say, “There! There is where our world changed.” For Linor Abargil, the demarcation was sudden and brutal. In October 1998, on a deserted road outside Milan, travel agent Uri Shlomo Nur raped and stabbed the 18-year-old, forever bifurcating her life into Before and After. Linor, recently crowned Miss Israel, was in Italy’s fashion capital to work as a model. She’d only been there a few weeks, but already was homesick for her family and friends, wanting to see them once more before departing again – this time for the Seychelles Islands and the upcoming Miss World competition. She’d been introduced to Nur through her agency, and he had taken care of all the arrangements. He even offered her a lift. It was during that ride, while supposedly taking a “shortcut” to avoid traffic, that he attacked. He tied Linor’s hands and bound her mouth with duct tape. When he was finished, he drove her to the train station and asked her to call him when she arrived in Rome, as he “would worry.” For the most part, this is where Nur leaves our story as a real person. Yes, we’ll see him again upon his arrest, trial and conviction. We’ll hear about him when he comes up for (and is denied) parole. We’ll even find out about other victims and his cycle of violence. But as a human being, we’re pretty much done with him. As a figure, though, as a symbol and a concept, “Shlomo Nur” and those like him will be part of this story forever. For Linor, though, the story continues in a blur. Even before leaving Milan, she called her mother to let her know what had happened. Upon arriving in Rome she was met by a friend of her then-boyfriend, who immediately took her to the hospital, then to the police to report the rape. Afterward, she headed back to Israel. Six weeks later, in November 1998, she was crowned Miss World in the Seychelles. The reality of what had happened, and where it would lead, hadn’t quite sunk in for the beauty queen. “I had to go to compete. It’s part of the deal,” she explained. “I wasn’t in therapy by that time yet. I thought (the mental trauma) was going to go away by itself. I didn’t really understand what happened to me.” At the time, Linor thought that going away, far from home, would help. “And it really did” — for a while, she says. Over the next 10 years, Linor Abargil lived a celebrity lifestyle. She was a top fashion model, jet-setting all over the world. She married the top basketball star in the country, a native Lithuanian, becoming half of THE power couple of the decade. But something was missing.
“This part of my life is not even interesting,” she says now. “It’s a dark part of my life that I don’t want to talk about. It’s like it never happened. This is how I feel.” In 2008, she was going through a legal — if not religious — “divorce.” “When you’re Jewish, you’re not married when you’re married to a goy,” she says. So it was “not a divorce. I wasn’t even married by the Jewish point of view. I didn’t even feel married. It was like I had a boyfriend. That’s it.” But she did feel a powerful calling: a desire to expose the bogeyman, to share her story and strength with women unable to summon up their own. She decided to make a documentary about her life and her journey. “I went to a therapy, which was very, very important,” she says. “Then the thought of making the film came really strong. It was like I had to do it. It was strong in my soul. I realized I cannot continue my life without going through with this film.” Wanting to make a film and getting one made are two different things. Linor enlisted the aid of her good friend Motty Reif. Introductions were made to Cecilia Peck, daughter of Gregory Peck and director of the Dixie Chicks documentary Shut Up and Sing. Linor also met Inbal B. Lessner, producer of I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal. The three met in early 2008, and the documentarians found the beauty queen captivating. “We felt she could carry a film like that,” says Lessner. “It’s a difficult issue, and maybe people wouldn’t want to watch but she could make them.” They decided to move forward in December 2008— roughly 10 years after Linor won the Miss World crown. The start was auspicious. Financing was lined up and the filmmakers headed off to Tel Aviv to begin work — with Peck at the helm, Lessner handling the editing and the two of them, with Reif, co-producing. They anticipated finishing the project within a year, with the film focusing on Linor and her recently launched website aimed at collecting survivor stories. Unfortunately, the 2008 economic meltdown was not the best time to invest in a documentary about rape. The promised funding dried up. “We had this incredible material and we couldn’t just let it go,” Lessner says. “So we edited a little bit and presented it to some potential grant funders and investors, and we’d get a little more money.” Then a couple of interesting things started to happen. Linor www.davidlv.com | JANUARY 2014
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was gaining notice for her work. She fielded invites to speak at public rallies at Princeton University and at a benefit for organizations like the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. “We’d scrape enough money to go shoot her and follow her around as the story continued,” Lessner says. “We would come back and edit a little more, raise a little more funding.” When the money ran out they turned to crowd sourcing. They set up a plea for funds on Indiegogo.com. Eventually, they raised almost $22,000 from friends and family and new fans and followers. The project continued over the next five years, with hundreds of hours of filming logged in five countries. The picture premiered last June, at the AFI Docs festival in Washington, D.C., thanks to the help of executive producers Lati Grobman, Regina Kulik Scully, Geralyn Dreyfous and Irving Bauman. Something interesting happened along the way, though. Things changed. “It was a blessing in disguise,” Lessner says, referring to the forced, piecemeal approach taken in completing the film. “It was probably the hardest project myself, Cecilia and Linor, everybody involved, ever had to undertake. Because it took us so long to finish the film, it enabled us to follow Linor over a long period of time, and you really see her changing 180 (degrees).” In the course of making the film, Linor became Orthodox. “All of a sudden we were following her not just reaching out, telling the stories of other women, but her going through a radical transformation herself,” Lessner says.
“My life really started when I became religious,” Linor acknowledges. On film, the transformation is obvious. The woman once among the world’s top swimsuit models begins to dress conservatively, covering herself from head to foot. We see her making sure the diaphanous neck panel of her designer wedding dress is replaced with a solid fabric. “I started to keep Shabbat with some friends and decided I really liked it,” she explains. “Every time (it was) one little thing and then another one, and I saw that it made me feel really good. And that life is much easier when believing in something so strong.” What she also believes in is helping other women, who have gone through similar horrible ordeals, to find their own voices. In the film, people reach out to Linor through her website and after her speaking engagements. We experience the stories of other survivors through their interactions with Linor. What we don’t see is lip service to “impartiality” or the other side of the story. That’s not what this film is about, nor is it appropriate in context. “The film has a specific perspective to tell the stories of survivors,” says Lessner. “What they go through trying to heal from that. That’s ongoing. It really never ends.” The film, which will be screened in Las Vegas at the Jewish Film Festival on Jan. 16, isn’t a diatribe against rape or a call to activism; instead, it’s one story after another: a series of women trying to find their own voices in the wilderness, led by one who has already found hers and is calling out in welcome. Linor doesn’t see herself as strident, just someone who has “a lot of luck and (does) the right thing
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at the right time,” buttressed by an ever-supportive family that she feels has made a difference. “I don’t feel like an activist,” she says, “but I feel like I do have something that most of the girls don’t have,” a familial network that gives her the security to speak out. “I’m not afraid to say what I feel and what hurts. I’m not afraid to say the truth. To say the truth as it is,” she clarifies. “Not to make it nicer or prettier. I’m just saying it, and that makes me different from all the other girls.” Some of the girls particularly open to her message were at the Teddy Bear Clinic in South Africa. Here, in a country where the reported statistics for rape are alarmingly high to begin with, Linor came face to face with children from 12 and up who had found the strength to seek refuge and help. One little girl commented that when she would start to talk about what happened to her people would say she only wanted attention. “You know what you say when they tell you (that) you want attention?” Linor interjected. “You tell them: ‘Yes, this is what I want. And if you don’t give it to me, I’ll cry louder.’” Looks of hope and relief covered their faces as the teens realized someone was finally listening to their stories. “It took me years to understand what’s the goal of winning this (Miss World) crown and now I’m sure,” says Linor. “It’s helping other women around the world tell their own stories and heal themselves.” Part of that is explaining to them that it’s not their fault.
With some members of the media and the courts unsympathetic to their plights, “The first thing is that the girls blame themselves,” Linor says. “And if girls blame themselves, why won’t everybody else? It’s very easy to blame yourself, especially if (the rapist is) someone close to you. If you don’t want to be close to someone intimately, in an intimate way, you say it doesn’t matter what happened before. No is no. That’s it. Most of the girls don’t know it. They don’t have a strong family to support them. Most of the time it happens inside the family, and that’s why they blame themselves even more.” She wants the girls to “understand this is something that happened to them. It doesn’t have to do with them. It has to do with (a) crazy, bad person that did this to them. This is an experience — a horrible one, true. But just like any other experience, this is one they will be able to get through. But only (after) they can open up to the idea (that) it’s not their fault. It’s his.” So Linor hits the road to let the girls know it’s OK. “I want to be all over the world, speaking to the women,” she says. “I don’t want to be someone they will watch on TV.” She wants to be in the trenches, where she knows she can make a difference. She wants them to experience her up close. “If they see you, it’s not just a story but the real thing, and you’ve really moved on. I believe they can take a lot from you and learn a lot. Even if it’s one person in the audience (that) I can change their life, that’s everything for me.” www.davidlv.com | JANUARY 2014
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