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explore The month’s event listings to help plan your day or your stay



devour Where to find some of the best eats, drinks and foodie happenings in the Valley

Elijah’s Cup Zayde’s lost silver Elijah’s cup creates familial stress. Its miraculous reappearance raises even more questions.



know Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and The Voice proves that it takes a combination of talent, tattoos and tenacity to maintain an exciting career.



sense It could be next year in Aruba for well heeled Jews who want to skip the ordeal of preparing the home for Passover.

Bold Encore Fresh from the triumph of its first year, The Smith Center announces its exciting new Broadway season.



taste Since Passover is at the end of the month, Jews have plenty time to explore some of Las Vegas’ gourmet bakeries before the holidays.

Seoul Seder It’s 1952, the Korean War. A tale of Matzo, mayhem and memory.


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The cast of Broadway’s Les Miserables, soon to perform One More Day at The Smith Center. Cover photography: Deen van Meer

Copyright 2013 by JewishINK LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. DAVID MAGAZINE is protected as a trademark in the United States. Subscribers: If the Postal Service alerts us that your magazine is undeliverable, we are under no further obligation unless we receive a corrected address within one year. The publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited or contributed manuscripts, photographs, artwork or advertisements. Submissions will not be returned unless arranged for in writing. DAVID MAGAZINE is a monthly publication. All information regarding editorial content or property for sale is deemed reliable. No representation is made as to the accuracy hereof and is printed subject to errors and omissions.




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Joanne Friedland


Editorial Assistant

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Copy Editor

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Contributing Writers

Marisa Finetti Jennifer Garfinkel Jaq Greenspon Christina Parmelee Pat Teague Lynn Wexler-Margolies


Art Director/ Photographer Contributing Photographers

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Tonya Harvey Marc Frye David Weinstein


Advertising Director

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Volume 03 Number 11 DAVID Magazine is published 12 times a year.

Copyright 2012 by JewishINK LLC. 1930 Village Center Circle, No. 3-459 Las Vegas, NV 89134 (p) 702-254-2223 (f) 702-664-2633

To advertise in DAVID Magazine, call 702-254-2223 or email To subscribe to DAVID Magazine, call 702.254-2223 or email

DAVID Magazine sets high standards to ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable manner. This copy of DAVID Magazine was printed by American Web in Denver, Colo., on paper from well-managed forests which meet EPA guidelines that recommend use of recovered fibers for coated papers. Inks used contain a blend of soy base. Our printer meets or exceeds all federal Resource Conservation Recovery Act standards and is a certified member of both the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. When you are done with this issue, please pass it on to a friend or recycle it.


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THIS YEAR SYMBOLISM IS NOT ENOUGH Every year at Passover we set our tables with food that symbolizes our journey to freedom, we recite the ten plagues and we ask ‘why is this night different from all others?’ This year, with millions of people out of work, one million homes lost to foreclosure, and countless Jewish families here and around the world struggling to meet basic needs, symbolism just isn’t enough. This Passover, take action. More people are turning to us for assistance than ever before. By contributing to the 2013 Jewish Federation Campaign you help ensure that no one is turned away. Your new contribution or increased gift will be matched “dollar for dollar” by the generosity of the Adelson Challenge. Happy Passover! Chag Sameach! A Zizzen Pesach!

To learn how you can make a difference or to make your generous pledge please contact the Jewish Federation at 732-0556 or visit

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Marisa Finetti is a local writer, marketing professional and blogger. The Tokyoborn Finetti has called Las Vegas home since 2005. She has written for such publications as Spirit and Las Vegas and Nevada magazines and has a healthy-living blog at When she’s not writing, Finetti enjoys family time with her husband and two boys.

Jennifer Garfinkel is a special projects editor at Oyster. com, where she’s worked since the website’s launch in 2009. As one of the company’s unofficial spokespeople, Jennifer has appeared on national and local TV segments in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, and Phoenix. She’s been quoted by USA Today and CNN. com, and has been a guest on Peter Greenberg’s Worldwide Radio show. Prior to Oyster, Jennifer worked at and was a freelance writer. She received BAs in psychology and human geography from Dartmouth College.

Jaq Greenspon is a noted local journalist, screenwriter and author with credits on The New Adventures of Robin Hood and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also is a literary and movie critic, has taught and written about fi lmmaking but is most proud of his role in the fi lm, Lotto Love. A Vegas resident for most of his life, his native language is Hebrew, but he doesn’t speak it anymore.

Christina Parmelee originally aspired to be a physical therapist, needing to graduate from college, she changed her major to English. In 2005, after writing jobs in numerous publications and ad agencies in Metro Detroit, she moved to Sin City. The frigid Michigan winters gave way to the Vegas climate she now adores. She has held copywriting positions on the Strip and is presently a freelance writer moonlighting in outside sales. Her hobbies include travel, watching football and trying to get through “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Pat Teague has been a practicing journalist, manager and editor for international and regional wire services, and has worked for several metropolitan daily newspapers. He also has worked for one of the world’s largest corporations and was one of five Southern Californians in the Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored in 2000 for career achievement.

Lynn WexlerMargolies has been a feature writer and contributor for magazines and newspapers, locally and nationally, for over 20 years. She writes a monthly online column entitled Manners in the News, which comments on the behavior of politicians, celebrities and others thrust in the public arena. She is the Founder and President of Perfectly Poised, a school of manners that teaches social, personal and business etiquette to young people. She is a former TV Reporter and News Anchor. Of her many accomplishments, she is most proud of her three outstanding teenaged children.


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feedback To the Editor: Your story, “Froggy and the Shiksa,” was quite interesting. It does an old man’s heart good to see young people, even non-Tribe members, showing an interest in the Holocaust and other elements of our Jewish history. The shiksa sounds like a wonderful woman who would be a catch for any man, and Froggy would do well to see the forest for the trees. Although he deems her “too Jewy,” it’s obvious he enjoys very much to have someone to debate and discuss his heritage with. I also thought it was interesting that it’s not necessarily the religious aspects of Judaism that intrigue the Shiksa, but the traditions, rituals and symbols that our history is rich with. She may be studying in an area where the presence of Jews is on the decline, but the spirituality of our faith is growing with each passing day. It is my hope the Shiksa continues to study whatever cultures interest her and that she remembers not to take for granted the people she meets along the way — for everyone has a story to tell, regardless of their religion. The question “What does it mean to live in the shadow of the Holocaust?” may never be answered, but I hope the youth of today (and that of future generations) continue to study the Jews and their history; we have dark days and times of great triumph. For a people who have suffered so much it is miraculous that we are responsible for so much creativity. Keep up the excellent work with DAVID Magazine. I look forward to each new issue and will renew my subscription for years to come. Isadore Abramson Henderson To The Editor, Wow, wow, wow !! Rachel Williams you’re gorgeous!! Very nice cover shot!! Where can I get this magazine? Mary Gianna Martin Las Vegas

We want to hear from you! Compliments and complaints are welcome, but only if we get them. Send them to the editor at with “Letter to Editor” in the subject line or mail them to DAVID, 1930 Village Center Circle, No. 3-459, Las Vegas, NV 89134 10 DAVID ADAR / NISAN 5773

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from the publisher So it’s early in the production cycle, we’ve got our March issue nailed down, it looks like clear sailing to the deadline. We’re sure that our piece on “Mojave Moses” is going to hit it out of the park. The art and editorial promise to be both humorous and informative, and our subject is a colorful, local Jewish celebrity to boot. DAVID’s photographer has already found costumes and identified locations for the perfect cover shoot; we are on a roll. Not so fast! Days give way to weeks, dates are changed, schedules are rearranged, emails and phone calls are exchanged; I even developed my tweeting acumen. Finally, the dreaded news: It’s off. An unexpected trip out of state could not be worked around. Oh well, there is always next year. Worshiping, as is my custom, at the temple of the immaculate silver lining, I was determined to see the positive in this development. At least the doomed dance of dueling calendars was over. Self-help platitudes aside, reality started to settle in. We had literally days left and March’s DAVID had massive unfilled holes. After rejecting the temptation of rerunning content from last year (nobody really reads the magazine any way?), I decided to take lunch. It is always much easier to think on a full belly, especially if it is Indian cuisine. The spicy and aromatic notes of vindaloo curry have historically soothed my troubled soul. On return from my feast, I reviewed the day’s mail. A large manila envelope, with the hand-written instruction “Photos do not bend,” is on the top of the pile. A mailing label obscures the sender’s name. I had been sent a gift, a Passover story with a local aspect. The publishing gods, or Vishnu, or someone else, is playing with my psyche. From spiritual transcendence to the depths of despair to salvation all in three hours, wow! A call to one of my favorite writers, a chat with the art director and we are back on track. Please enjoy our story, Seoul Seder (pages 52-55) and say a little prayer for Staff Sgt. Sanford Epstein, who unknowingly rode into battle and saved the day for DAVID Magazine. It is hard to believe that our magnificent performing arts palace, The Smith Center, has had its doors open for a year. Some of the finest moments in my 20-year sojourn in this city occurred last year in the art deco-inspired Reynolds Hall. Our story, A Bold Encore (pages 46-51), covers the spectacular slate of Broadway shows that are scheduled, and we want to see them all. On the evening of March 25, Jews mark the beginning of Passover by sitting down to the Seder. No one should be excluded from this wonderful ritual. On page 12, we have prepared a list of community Seders. Chag Sameach and try to enjoy the all that matzah.

Max Friedland MARCH 2013 DAVID

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daven Candlelighting ADAR / NISAN 5773 FRIDAY, MARCH 1, ADAR 19 Light candles at 5:18 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 2, ADAR 20 Shabbat ends at 6:15 p.m. FRIDAY, MARCH 8, ADAR 26 Light candles at 5:24 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 9, ADAR 27 Shabbat ends at 6:21 p.m. Blessing of the New Month FRIDAY, MARCH 15, NISAN 4 Light candles at 6:30 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 156, NISAN 5 Shabbat ends at 7:27 p.m. FRIDAY, MARCH 22, NISAN 11 Light candles at 6:37 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 23, NISAN 12 Shabbat ends at 7:34 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 24, NISAN 13 Search for Chometz at 7:27 p.m. MONDAY, MARCH 25, NISAN 14 Eat Chometz until 10:39 a.m. Burn Chometz until 11:36 a.m. Light candles at 6:39 p.m. TUESDAY, MARCH 26, NISAN 15 Light candles after 7:36 p.m. First Day of Passover WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, NISAN 16 Yom Tov ends at 7:37 p.m. Second Day of Passover THURSDAY, MARCH 28, NISAN 17 1st Intermediate Day of Passover FRIDAY, MARCH 29, NISAN 18 Light candles at 6:42 p.m. 2nd Intermediate Day of Passover SATURDAY, MARCH 30, NISAN 19 Shabbat ends at 7:40 p.m. 3rd Intermediate Day of Passover SUNDAY, MARCH 31, NISAN 20 Light candles at 6:44 p.m. 4th Intermediate Day of Passover


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Community Seders Central CONGREGATION SHAAREI TEFILLA 1st & 2nd Night Seders 1331 S. Maryland Parkway Las Vegas, NV 89014 Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America Rabbi Yakov Wasser 702-384-3565 CHABAD @ UNLV 1st & 2nd Night Seders 1261 S. Arville St. Las Vegas, NV 89102 Orthodox/Chabad Rabbi Tzvi Bronchtain 702-635-1656 Green Valley/Henderson AHAVAS TORAH CENTER 1st Night Seder 55 S. Valle Verde Drive, Suite 430 Henderson, NV 89021 Traditional Rabbi Yehoshua Fromowitz 702-487-3133 ext. 1 CHABAD OF GREEN VALLEY 1st & 2nd Night Seders 10870 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 104 Henderson, NV 89052 Orthodox/Chabad Rabbi Mendy Harlig 702-617-0770 CONGREGATION NER TAMID 1st Night Seder 55 N. Valle Verde Drive Henderson, NV 89074 Union for Reform Judaism Affiliate Sr. Rabbi Sanford D. Akselrad Rabbi/Educator Sadie Reuben Cantorial Intern Philip Goldstein 702-733-6292 Summerlin BET KNESSET BAMIDBAR 1st Night Seder Desert Vista Community Center 10360 Sun City Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89134 Traditional Reform Rabbi Elaine Schnee Cantor Jonathan Friedman 702-391-2750 CHABAD OF SUMMERLIN/ DESERT SHORES 1st & 2nd Night Seders 2640 Regatta Drive Las Vegas, NV 89128

Orthodox/Chabad Rabbi Yisroel Schanowitz 702-855-0770 CHABAD HEBREW CENTER 1st & 2nd Night Seders 8502 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89128 Sephardic Orthodox/Chabad Rabbi Samuel Attal 702-271-8025 TEMPLE BET EMET 1st Night Seder Mountain Shadows Community Center 9107 Del Webb Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89134 Reform Rabbi Craig Rosenstein Cantor Lola Rivera 702-254-8103 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM 1st Night Seder 10700 Havenwood Lane Las Vegas, NV 89135 United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Rabbi Felipe Goodman Cantor Robert Menes 702-804-1333 TEMPLE SINAI 2nd Night Seder 9100 Hillpointe Road Las Vegas, NV 89134 Union for Reform Judaism Affiliate Rabbi Malcolm Cohen Cator Mariana Gindlin 702-254-5110 Southwest CONGREGATION P’NAI TIKVAH 2nd Night Seder Services: 3975 S. Durango Drive, Ste. 104, Las Vegas, NV 89147 Office: 2045 Grouse St., Las Vegas, NV 89134. Reconstructionist Rabbi Yocheved Mintz Cantor Marla Goldberg Music Director Marek Rachelski 702-436-4900 West CHABAD CENTRAL 1st & 2nd Night Seders 1261 S. Arville St. Las Vegas, NV 89102 Orthodox/Chabad Rabbi Shea Harlig 702-259-0770

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AS I SEE IT - THE ART OF PEG LOZIER: Through March 5, times vary, free. West Charleston Library, 6301 West Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-507-3940. WANDERINGS OF WESTERN DESERT AND MOUNTAINS BY JOYCE BURKE: Through March 14, times vary, free. Mesquite Library, 121 West North First Street, Mesquite. 702346-5224. EXPRESSIONS IN TIME WITH METAL BY MAURO DEL MASTRO: Through March 10, times vary, free. Windmill Library, 7060 West Windmill Lane, Las Vegas. 702-507-6030. GLIMPS BY SONYA YOUNG: Through March 12, times vary, free. Whitney Library, 5175 East Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-5074010. THE GALAXY AND MORE BY DANNY MASRI: Through March 19, times vary, free. Enterprise Library, 25 East Shelbourne Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-507-3760. SIX BY SIX SERIES BY IVAN LOFSTROM: Through April 3, times vary, free. Laughlin Library, 2840 South Needles Highway, Laughlin. 702-507-4060. GERALDINE ZARATE, THE ARTIST: Through March 3, times vary, free. Centennial Hills Library, 6711 North Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas. 702-507-6100.

LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC: LIGHTS, CAMERA, OSCARS!: 8 p.m., $46+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012.

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FARM TO STRIP DINNERS: Through March 2, 6:30 p.m., $48. First Food & Bart at Venetian, 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-6073478. RON WHITE: Through March 2, 10 p.m., $98.94+. The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-791-7111. FIRST FRIDAY: 6 p.m., free. Various downtown locations. THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE: Through March 3, $21-$24. Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Drive, Las Vegas. 702362-7996. CLOSER: Through March 10, $21-$24. Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Drive, Las Vegas. 702-362-7996. INTERNATIONAL MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Through March 23, Weds.-Sat. 12-5 p.m., $3. Southern Nevada Museum of Fine

Art, 450 Fremont Street, Las Vegas. 702-3822926. DAVID COPPERFIELD: Through March 6, times vary, $69.99-$99.99. MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-891-7777. WARHOL OUT WEST: Through Oct. 27, times vary, $11-$16. Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-6937111. BILL COSBY: 8 p.m., $54.95. Treasure Island, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-8947111.

ECHOES OF WAR: THE MIND OF CHRISTIAN GABRIEL: Through March 17, times vary, free. Sunrise Library, 5400 Harris Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-507-3900. ART OF CONSCIOUSNESS BY HAROLD BRADFORD: Through April 23, times vary, free. West Las Vegas Library, 951 West Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-507-3980. THE ART OF EBRU & SUMINAGASHI BY MUSHEERA NAGAZI: Through May 7, times vary, free. Spring Valley Library, 4280 South Jones Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-5073820. SPILLOVER HEAVEN BY ORLANDO JAVIER MONTENEGRO-CRUZ: Through April 7, times vary, free. Clark County Library, 1401 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3400.

WEST SIDE STORY: Through March 3, times vary, $24+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012.

THE TALKING MACHINES BY RICHARD D. RAMSDELL: Through March 30, times vary, free. Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive, Las Vegas. 702-507-3860.

LETTERS HOME: Through March 2, times vary, $27+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012.

ILLUSTRATIONS BY HERB RUSSELL: Through April 16, times vary, free. Sahara West Library, 9600 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas. 702507-3630.


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A FRESH BREEZE FROM PERSIA: ZIBA SHIRAZI IN CONCERT: 5 p.m. free. Clark County Library, 1401 Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702507-3459.



AN EVENING WITH JULIA QUINN AND SARAH MACLEAN: 7 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702507-3459.

MAX ALEXANDER: Through March 10, 8:30 & 10 p.m., $29.05-$44.95. Improv at Harrah's, 3475 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-3695000. NEW YORK CITY BALLET MOVES: Through March 6, times vary, $26+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park, Las Vegas. 702-7492012.

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TUESDAY AFTERNOON AT THE BIJOU: FORBIDDEN HOLLYWOOD — PRE-CODE GEMS: Tuesdays through March 26, 1 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3459.

50 GREATEST PHOTOGRAPHS OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., $13-$16. Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-414-1000. EVERYTHING MUST GO - BY NORA ANNFRANCIS MARTIN-HALL: Through March 31, times vary, free. 303 North Studio, 107 East Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-742-6241.


CELINE DION: Through March 13, 7:30 p.m., $117+. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-731-7110.


JEWISH SENIOR SINGLES: 6:30 p.m., free. JCC of Southern Nevada, 9001 Hillpointe Road, Las Vegas. 702-794-0090. ARAB SPRING: BETWEEN HOPES AND IMPEDIMENTS: 7 p.m., free. UNLV Student Ballroom, 4505 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas. CHINA NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 8 p.m., $35-$75. UNLV, 4505 South Maryland

KANSAS: Through March 3, 8 p.m., $49.95. Orleans Showroom, 4500 Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-365-7075.

Wishing all a Happy and Healthy Passover

ST. BALDRICK'S FUNDRAISER: 1 p.m., costs vary. Ri Ra at Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-632-7777. 9TH ANNUAL TOUCH A TRUCK: 11 a.m., $6-$8. Orleans Arena, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas.

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WALK & WINE FRIENDS: Enjoy hiking & delicious wine in various areas around Las Vegas. For more information, email Ricky at


CONTINUING EDUCATION CONFERENCE: Through March 4, times vary, $150. Midbar Kodesh Temple, 1940 Paseo Verde Parkway, Henderson. 702-454-4848.


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CLINT HOLMES: Through March 10, times vary, $35+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012.


JUSTIN WINERY AND CELEBRITY CHEF TODD ENGLISH: 6:30 p.m., $175. Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-6937111. THE COMEDIANS OF CHELSEA LATELY: Through March 10, 7:30 p.m., $15.95. Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas. 702-6367075. KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND: 8 p.m., $30+. Sam's Town, 5111 Boulder Highway, North Las Vegas. 702-456-7777.

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Parkway, Las Vegas. 702-895-2787. CSN SPRING 2013 CAREER FAIR: 10 a.m., free. Cheyenne Campus, 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-651-4000.


JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS: 7:30 p.m., $26+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. RODNEY CARRINGTON: Through March 13, 9 p.m., $69.99-$89.99. MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-891-7777.


RAY ROMANO & KEVIN JAMES: Through March 9, 10 p.m., $99.99-$120.99. The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-792-7777. THREE SQUARE SPRING RESTAURANT WEEK: Through March 15, times and locations vary. MARSHALL TUCKER BAND: Through March 9, 8 p.m., $29.95. Orleans Showroom, 4500 Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-365-7075. EXCLUSIVE COLLECTIONS GALLERY: MICHAEL SUMMERS Through March 10, times vary, free. Exclusive Collections at Caesars Palace, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-432-1154. BILL ENGVALL: 9 p.m., $54.95. Treasure Island, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702894-7111.

LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC: LIGHTS, CAMERA, OSCARS!: 8 p.m., $46+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park, Las Vegas. 702749-2012. THE DOO WOP PROJECT: Times vary, $39+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. SATURDAY MOVIE MATINEE: ARGO: 2 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3459. CLAY WALKER: 8 p.m., $50. Aliante Hotel & Casino, 7300 N. Aliante Parkway, Las Vegas. 702-692-7777.


WILLIE K: Times vary, $32+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park, Las Vegas. 702749-2012. AN AFTERNOON WITH THE LAS VEGAS BRASS BAND: 2 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702507-3459. JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE AGENCY’S 2013 TZEDAKAH EVENT, HONORING TERRY FATOR & ALLEN BREWSTER: 4 p.m., $150. Four Seasons, 3960 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-732-0304.


WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: Through March 16, times vary, $135+. Orleans Arena, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702284-7777.


ART & WINE: A PERFECT PAIRING: 5 p.m., $30-$38. Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-693-7111.


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MONTREAL GUITAR TRIO: 8 p.m., $40. UNLV, 4505 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas. 702-895-2787. UNLV JAZZ CONCERT SERIES: UNLV LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE: 7 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702507-3459.


DAVID COPPERFIELD: Through Apr. 17, times vary, $69.99-$99.99. MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-891-7777. BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR: 7 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-5073459. HOPE IS BORN, TO BENEFIT THE PREGNANCY FOUNDATION: 7 p.m., $150. The ACT at Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. JEWISH FEDERATION UNITED LUNCHEON: Featuring Iris Krasnow, author of The Secret Lives of Wives. 11 a.m., $75 with a $365 minimum gift. The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. For more information, contact Stefanie Szlamkowicz at 702-732-0556.


KATHY GRIFFIN: 10 p.m., $59.99-$79.99. The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-792-7777. AN EVENING WITH BRUCE COCKBURN: Through March 16, times vary, $35+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012.


JEWISH GENEOLOGY SOCIETY: 1 p.m., free. Sahara West Library, 9600 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-523-9874.

NEVADA CHAMBER SYMPHONY’S “ORQUESTRA FUTURA”: 3 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3459. REACH FOR THE STARS GALA: 5:30 p.m., $250. World Market Center, 455 Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas. For more information, call Young Israel Aish at 702-360-8909.


SHANIA TWAIN: Through March 24, 7:30 p.m., $95+. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-7317110. SHREK THE MUSICAL: Through March 24, times vary, $24+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. NEVADA BALLET THEATRE: EXTENDING BOUNDARIES: Through March 24, times vary, $28+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. KABUKI SUSHI 101: 6:30 p.m., $60-$100. Kabuki Japanese Restaurant at Tivoli Village, 400 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-6857776. IDENTITY THEFT, FRAUD, AND SCAMS: 1:30 p.m., free. Temple Beth Sholom, 10700 Havenwood Lane, Las Vegas. For more information, call Mimi at 702-233-3785 or Adele at 702-382-6456.


SETH MEYERS: 10 p.m., $45.99-$65.99. The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-792-7777. THE TEMPTATIONS: Through March 17, 8 p.m., $34.95. Orleans Showroom, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-365-7075. FLOGGING MOLLY: 9 p.m., $35. Boulevard Pool at Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-698-7000. RICCI MARTIN: Through March 17, 7:30 p.m., $15.95. Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas. 702-636-7075. MAROON 5: 8 p.m., $46.05-$110.65. Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-632-7777.

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HOOPS & HOPS FOR MARCH MADNESS: Through March 24, times vary, $40-$1,500. Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-698-7000.


EXCLUSIVE COLLECTIONS GALLERY: 7TH ANNUAL MINIATURE SHOW: Through March 24, times vary, free. Exclusive Collections at Caesars Palace, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-432-1154.

ONE NIGHT ONE DROP: Time TBA, $250$2500. Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-693-7111. JO KOY: 9 p.m., $54.95. Treasure Island, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-894-7111. SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE: THE MUSIC OF CHICK COREA: Through March 23, times vary, $39+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. JOHN PINETTE: Through March 23, 8 p.m., $29.95. Orleans, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-365-7075. BOB ROCKS: AN ALL-STAR LINEUP: 6 p.m., $15-$65. Orleans Arena, 4500 Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-284-7777.


EASTER SEALS WALK WITH ME: 9 a.m., $40. Wayne Bunker Family Park, Alexander Road and Tenaya Way. VICKI LAWRENCE & MAMA: Through March 24, 7:30 p.m., $15.95. Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas. 702-636-7075.


THE JCC PRESENTS MAMA DONI: 11 a.m.,$810. Temple Beth Sholom, 10700 Havenhurst Ln., Las Vegas. 702-794-0090.


AN EVENING WITH BURT BACHARACH: 7:30 p.m., $26+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park, 10700 Havenhurst Ln.,Las Vegas. 702794-0090.

CHICK COREA AND BELA FLECK DUET: 7:30 p.m., $26+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. AN EVENING WITH FAITH PRINCE AND JASON GRAAE: Through March 30, times vary, $39+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012.


SOUTHERN NEVADA CHILDREN FIRST: ARTFULLY SWEET: 1 p.m., $40. For more information, call Monique Harris at 702-4875665 or Suzanne Burke at 702-595-2073.

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devour Passover Made Easy by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek With Passover coming at the end of the month it’s time to start cooking. The smells of brisket and soup soon will be wafting through the house. This year, put a spin on the holiday by consulting Passover Made Easy by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek. The authors have surveyed hundreds of recipes to find sixty triple-tested crowd-pleasers. Liven up the Passover table with brisket eggrolls and spaghetti squash kugel. Try the citrus beet salad with honey-balsamic vinaigrette. For dessert, mix it up with pecan pie with cookie crust or espresso macarons with chocolate-hazelnut cream. Passover Made Easy also features culinary tidbits, preparation tips, plating suggestions and more. You may even find yourself using the book throughout the year. Passover Made Easy is available from html.

Poppy Den @ Tivoli Village Poppy Den, open since last New Year’s Eve, is the latest addition to Tivoli Village’s roster of great restaurants. Head chef Angelo Sosa created the gastropub to reflect his love of Asia and gourmet food. The poppy is the Asian symbol for passion and works well in this restaurant. Poppy Den melds traditional and exotic flavors in comfort food dishes, such as homemade tomato soup, and simply the best potato chips and ice cream around. No detail was spared in creating the eatery’s rustic, homestyle environment. Guests can sit in the main dining room or the garden, while the bar upstairs offers a more casual environment, providing a great beginning or ending to a meal. Sun.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Poppy Den, 440 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-802-2480.

The Heart of Mexico Cocktail The Heart of Mexico refers to the hand blown glass bottle in which Milagro used to pay homage to the Agave Plant. The “heart” of the pina, is where the agave juice is extracted from to create TEQUILA!” Often confused as a form of cactus, the Agave Plant is actually a member of the Lily family. With over 200 different species of Agave in existence, the common Blue Weber Agave is what is used for Tequila production. 1.5 oz. Milagro Select Barrel Silver Tequila 1 oz. Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice 1 oz. Milagro Organic Agave Nectar 0.5 oz. Dole Pineapple Juice 2 – 3 dash Green Tabasco Garnish: Fresh Lime Wheels/Cilantro/Candied Ginger Glass: Bucket Method: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice and garnish. MARCH 2013 DAVID

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Unique in style and revolutionary in design, the Paradise TwinBag unites two different bag concepts. Boasting highly exclusive, vegetable-tanned leather and sophisticated crafting, the charismatic bag is ideal for storing all your special belongings. $2,290. Porsche Design at Crystals, 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-736-7113.

The “All Night Radio” statement necklace by Samantha Wills exudes stand out glamour. The unique combination of chain, crystals and signature SW teardrop shapes are placed together in this blissful piece. $245. Beckley Boutique at Cosmopolitan Hotel, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-698-7600.

Splattered with fresh, bright colors, Kate Spade’s handcrafted faceted glass studs are a sweet complement to a spring wardrobe. $68. Kate Spade at Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-650-3554.

From Morgenthal Frederics’ Buffalo Horn Collection, “Kitt” is a soft cat eye with unique color dimensions. Shown with a teal brow line on white horn frame, Kitt is sexy, whimsical and sassy. $1,895. Optica at Fashion Show, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd., S., Las Vegas. 702-733-7624.

Perfect complement to temperate nights, the natural herbaldyed blazer by Ted Baker London pairs well with jeans and sneakers. $330. Ted Baker London at Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-369-4755. 20 DAVID ADAR / NISAN 5773

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Less is more doesn’t apply here with the Vintage 66 bracelet set by Alex and Ani’s collection of seven sumptuous jewels in Russian gold. $278. Markie Char Jewelry at The Market LV at Tivoli Village, 420 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-606-2427.

Silky, light and reminiscent of the soft touch of a petal, Silk Mood is a charming and mysterious fragrance from Maison Francis Kurkdijian’s newest OUD Mood collection, launching this spring. $375. Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd., S., Las Vegas. 702-731-3636.

A burst of flowers in Ted Baker London’s minty PERLAA origami pleat dress is a prelude to the season. $298. Ted Baker London at Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-369-4755.

A fabulous combustion of color and structure, Nicholas Kirkwood teams up with Peter Pilotto to deliver these artistic ankle sandals that combine Kirkwood’s sculpting with Pilotto’s signature mixed media. $1,295. Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd., S., Las Vegas. 702-731-3636.

Inspired by ancient beauty rituals of Japanese Geisha, the Sake Bath by Fresh is a purifying soak comprised of over 50% detoxifying sake that works to ease body tension and promote lusciously soft skin. $80. Fresh at Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-631-5000.


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discover Lied Discovery Children’s Museum Anyone who has lived in Vegas for any length of time has likely been to, or at least heard of, the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum. A childhood staple for many Las Vegans, the museum is getting new digs in Symphony Park this month, next to the Smith Center. The museum will continue to provide children with the same hands-on science, nature and life activities they’ve come to know and love, with an upgrade. New equipment and exhibits will make the museum seem fresh and exciting. There will be a new early childhood pavilion and an eight-story science tower, as well as more programming and workshops for kids of all ages. The museum will open to the public March 9. Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, 361 Symphony Park Ave., Las Vegas. 702-382-3445.

Devil Dash @ Bootleg Canyon Park Are you a devil or an angel? Find out at this year’s Devil Dash, an exciting, seven deadly sins-themed 5K race. Runners will find themselves dashing through the Purgatory course (and overcoming wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony) before flying past the pearly gates into the “Beer Garden of Eden.” Racers will have to climb over cargo nets, run through a river, crawl through mud pits and trudge up steep terrain, all before finally being rewarded with a cold brew at the end. This year’s race will take place March 22 and March 23 at Bootleg Canyon Park. It will feature a Devil in the Dark run for those brave enough to conquer the course at night. For more information or to register, visit Bootleg Canyon Park, 810 Yucca St., Boulder City.

50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic Exhibition @ Venetian Odds are you’ve stumbled across a National Geographic issue at some point during your lifetime and been awed by the stunning photography on the glossy pages. Well, now’s your chance to see some of the photos up close and personal. The fifty greatest photos will be on display at the Imagine Exhibitions Gallery at the Venetian for a limited time. Featuring work such as Steve McCurry’s famed “Afghan Girl,” a photo of Jane Goodall and chimp and never-before-seen views of Mecca, this display is sure to delight visitors of all ages. The exhibit also features “near frames,” the shots taken before and after the iconic photo. Open daily from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $15-$18, free for kids 12 & under, National Geographic Photo Exhibit at the Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-414-1000. http:// 22 DAVID ADAR / NISAN 5773

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ith recent appearances on the Grammys and Saturday Night Live, the sexy Maroon 5 front man is assaulting our senses with his crooning voice, bad-boy style and tattooed and ripped torso. Under his belt? Grammy wins. Hit records with the pop, funk and alternative band Maroon 5. Judge and team captain on the hugely popular The Voice. He’s even appeared on the frightening TV series American Horror Story. If that’s not enough, the Maroon 5 boys are in the midst of a massive North American tour, following the release of their best-selling album, Overexposed, with the Neon Trees and Owl City. Luckily, a U.S. tour wouldn’t be complete without a Sin City stop. See Maroon 5 Saturday, March 16, at Mandalay Bay Resort, two days before Levine’s 34th birthday.

Don’t call him Gwen Stefani Although his celebrity has far surpassed those of his bandmates, Levine stays humble and loyal to his roots. Los Angeles native Adam Noah Levine started the band with best friend Jesse Carmichael at a performing arts camp in New York. Back then, they were known as Kara’s Flowers. The Fourth World, their debut album, was released in 1997 during their senior year of high school. It didn’t trigger the “big break” they’d hoped for. Levine and Carmichael attended Five Towns College in New York for a couple of years before heading back to California to rejoin their Kara’s Flowers bandmates. Maroon 5 was born. Inspired by the hip-hop, soul, gospel and R&B sounds that Levine was exposed to in New York, a groove-based element was folded into the band’s rock template. Between 2002 and 2012, songs like “Harder to Breathe,” “She Will Be Loved,” “Misery,” “Moves Like Jagger” (selling 8.5 million copies as of June 2012) and “Payphone” screamed up the Billboard Hot 100. The “Best New Artist” Grammy went to Maroon 5 in 2005. Constant touring helped make Maroon 5 a household name. Levine also enjoys collaborating MARCH 2013 DAVID

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Levine Finds ‘The Voice’ On TV’s “The Voice” — its fourth season begins March 25 — Levine has found huge success sitting alongside fellow judges Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera. “The Voice” is a multinational singing success story that began with “The Voice of Holland” in 2010. The contestants are aspiring singers drawn from all walks of life and experience levels. On the stage, Levine and the other potential coaches are hidden behind high-backed chairs that face away from the auditioning contestants. If the coach/mentor decides he or she is interested in working with the auditioning performer a button is pushed (often with a dramatic flair the audience at home can witness), and the chair whirls around so the celebrity faces the singer. If more than one coach is interested in the auditioner, the contestant must make his choice as the celebrities trash talk or try to “sell” themselves to the performers. If no one turns around, the contestant goes home. The judges’ personalities and eccentricities make the show fun to watch. Levine coached the first season winner but has yet to repeat his success, much to the delight of show “archenemy” Blake Shelton. The country star coached the season 2 and 3 winners. To shake things up in Season 4, Colombia-born Shakira will replace Aguilera and hip-hop R&B star Usher will sub for Green. Holdovers Levine and Shelton will be around to battle again.

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Religious Roots In “The Voice” spoof on SNL recently, Jerry Seinfeld judged Levine as a host: “Appealing … not as Jewish as your name.” That pretty much sums it up. With Jewish ancestry on both sides of his family, Levine considers himself Jewish but doesn’t embrace the formal religious practices, including forgoing a bar mitzvah at 13. His parents never forced religion on him and allowed him to find his own way to spirituality. Levine states he practices a “generalized, spiritual way of life” that includes yoga, a ritual that initially turned him off with its intense spirituality. His lackluster embrace of Judaism is further enhanced when he takes off his shirt (which he does at every opportunity). Jews have criticized him for his many tattoos and the fact that it’s forbidden according to Leviticus 19:28: “You shall not etch a tattoo on yourselves.” He has also been told that he cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery. Levine’s response? “So, cremate me.” Levine’s body art includes a guitar on his forearm, a dove and cherry blossom flowers to pay tribute to those who died in the 9/11 attacks, a tiger in the charging position, a shark on his rib cage, a pin-up girl and numerous tattoos that commemorate his musical career. Although front and center in media and on the main stage, Levine doesn’t seem to let celebrity go to his head. An eventual break from Maroon 5 seems likely and more on-screen appearances are in the hopper. He is an aspiring family man as well … someday. A successful tour, a fourth season of “The Voice” and more career innovations ensure that Adam Levine smolders for a long time to come.

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Forget cleaning for Passover and instead head to a luxury hotel for the holiday By Jennifer Garfinkle, published in Tablet Magazine


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ext year in Jerusalem” is, of course, the traditional conclusion of the Passover seder. But “Next year in Aruba” may be gaining ground. Call Passovers spent away from home are a long-standing tradition. (702) 362-5960 Instead of hauling boxes of dishes out of storage, performing bedifor a complimentary kat chametz, and spending days — or weeks — preparing kosherconsultation for-Passover meals, observant East Coast Jews who could afford it once spent Passover at resorts in the Catskills and the Poconos. Guests would spend up to 10 days there, enjoy two seders, eat three hearty kosher-for-Passover meals a day and work in a few wet 5380 S. Rainbow Blvd. Ste. 210, Las Vegas, NV 89118 rounds of golf, or some pinochle, or both. Not incidentally, cooking and cleaning were covered in the price of admission. Most of those storied resorts are now closed, but Passover getDr Fisher.indd 1 2/8/13 9:08 AM aways are more popular than ever. Some are still held at modest facilities in, say, suburban New Jersey, but well-to-do Jews are increasingly spending the holiday in high style, eating sophisticated food and engaging in exotic activities, in far-off, luxurious places. “The evolution of Passover is to really start creating more resort experiences — rather than just catering experiences,” said Jeff Klein, vice president for food and beverage at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach, which hosts one of South Florida’s premier Passover packages. These resort experiences are offered everywhere you can think of, including Israel, Miami, Arizona, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Mexico, even Turkey. The organizers — generally an outside company that teams up with a resort property — might provide day camp for the kids and evening entertainment like comedians and singers, as well as the know-how and equipment required for an all-around kosherfor-Passover experience. The program at Miami’s Fontainebleau, for example, is organized by Lasko Family Tours, said to run “the Cadillac of Pesach programs.” The hotels, meanwhile, generally provide FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT most of the staffing and overlay their own exacting standards of hospitality. “Every detail is accounted for,” says the Fontainebleau’s Klein, whose chefs work alongside those from the kosher caterer Lasko hires. “They may say we want it plated this way, and we say it 702.385.5200 | 6TH & FREMONT doesn’t fit our brand so we do it our way.” ELCORTEZHOTELCASINO.COM The food on those plates isn’t limited to Eastern European — and, some may say, tired — classics like brisket and gefilte fish. Menus are traditional for the seders, but then comes the American-style barbecue, the sushi (made with quinoa instead of rice) and the afternoon tea rooms overflowing with kosher-for-Passover biscotti and cakes. The range of entertainment has evolved as well. In Miami,

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the 20-somethings spend quality time with their grandparents by day and go clubbing at night. Here are some Passover vacation options in the United States and Mexico. Prices are based on a 10-day (nine night) stay from March 29 through April 7, double occupancy, and include taxes, tips and service charges. Be sure to inquire about last-minute discounts, as well as about family and children’s rates, which vary depending on age and room occupancy.

MIAMI, FLORIDA FONTAINEBLEAU RESORT MIAMI BEACH This Miami mainstay is more chic than ever after a $1 billion facelift in 2008; the gorgeous design spreads across 1,504 rooms, nine pools and a phenomenal spa. Prices: Starts at $4,150 per adult To book or for more information, go to TRUMP DORAL GOLF RESORT AND SPA Sitting on 650 acres in suburban Miami, this

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The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Artistic Director James Canfield has an unseen talent for transforming text into dance. Now, for an unforgettable season finale, he will bring one of the Bard’s most beloved tales to life just in time for Mother’s Day weekend. Tickets: 702.749.2000 or visit Trump Doral Golf Resort and Spa


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true resort is a city within a city: five golf courses, five pools and a full-service spa with more than 100 treatments means there’s something for everyone here. And it’s all graced with warm, friendly service in a scenic setting. Prices: By request To book or for more information, go to http:// TURNBERRY ISLE MIAMI Turnberry Isle Miami is a true luxury retreat set on 300 acres in suburban Miami. Although it’s just minutes from the Aventura Mall, it offers an award-winning golf course, beautiful pools, elegant rooms and a spa, which means there’s no reason to leave the premises. Prices: Starts at $4,200 per adult To book or for more information, go to http://

LAS VEGAS RAVELLA AT LAKE LAS VEGAS A slice of Italy in the middle of the Mojave Desert can be found in this Tuscany-inspired property, overlooking the manmade Lake Las Vegas. Thirty minutes from the glam of The Strip, this relaxing respite has luxurious rooms with comfortable beds and flat-screen TVs, a spa, impeccable service, nearby shopping and even a small beach. Prices: Starts at $2,899 per adult To book or for more information, go to

ARIZONA ARIZONA BILTMORE A Phoenix landmark opened in 1929, the

Biltmore caters to a sophisticated set and has played host to its fair share of celebrities and presidents over the years. In addition to having 36 holes of golf, eight pools and a spa, the hotel is close to Camelback Mountain and the art scene in Scottsdale and Phoenix. Prices: Starts at $5,186 per adult To book or for more information, go to http:// FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS A stately white lobby and beautifully manicured grounds greet guests at this upscale resort set against scenic mountains. By day, guests have seven tennis courts, five pools, two golf courses and a top-notch spa available. Rooms all have terraces and oversized bathrooms. Prices: Starts at $5,000 per adult To book or for more information, go to

MEXICO FAIRMONT MAYAKOBA Nestled in a gated community, 42 miles south of Cancún, this hotel offers a luxurious return to nature and serenity. The beach sits along one of the world’s largest reefs; the Willow Stream offers massages among the treetops, and guests are transported around the property in lancha (covered boats). Prices: Starts at $5,000 per adult To book or for more information, go to “This article is reprinted from Tablet Magazine, at, the online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture.” MARCH 2013 DAVID

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“In the Lord’s Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.” Woodrow Wilson


read. Soft, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth bread. No matter if you like it sweet or salty, firm or soft, several bakeries around Las Vegas are, forgive the pun, rising to the occasion. And for our Jewish readers, it comes just in time for them to indulge a bit before Passover. The most prevalent dietary directive for Jews during Passover is to eat unleavened bread, or matzah. According to the Passover tradition, Hebrew slaves fled Egypt so quickly their bread didn’t have time to rise. Matzah, sans yeast and not allowed to rise, brings life to this narrative. But I digress. I traveled to a couple of bakeries to highlight their offerings here. Go ahead: You’re invited to indulge in some carbolicious treats this month. Sugar’s Bakery 3700 S. Hualapai Way #108, Las Vegas – Southwest corner of Hualapai and Twain Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located in a slightly out-of-the-way and unassuming strip mall on Hualapai, Sugar’s is quaint and family friendly. A wall full of kid pics and charming furnishings provides an inviting backdrop for enjoying a cup of coffee and taking a respite from the world. Each cake display features a piece of bakery art. If you’ve been to any of the farmer’s markets around town, chances are you’ve seen their delicious little loaves of heaven. The one at Tivoli Village is open each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The miniloaves come in a multitude of flavors: zucchini, banana, apple, FIVE kinds of pumpkin, blueberry and many more. The artisans take special orders, from gluten free to sugar free, and can accommodate any taste or dietary restriction. Owner Sharon Murphy took some time to chat while creating a Wolverine (Marvel Comics theme) cake for a kid’s birthday party. “I’ve been here three-and-a-half years and it’s been great. We don’t get a lot of foot traffic here but our customers are loyal,” she says. The former caterer ran You Bet Your Buns for 15 years before taking the brick-and-mortar plunge. “I just really loved creating breads and desserts. I wanted to concentrate on that.” Her associate Vicki handed me a cranberry scone that was doubtlessly the best I’d ever put in my mouth. (I love my job.) They also make sub buns and sandwich breads fresh every day. “Our products have no preservatives, so we don’t make in bulk because they don’t sit well. Everything is fresh and we can bake anything for our customers,” Murphy says. Bagel Café 301 N. Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas Monday: 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues-Fri: 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bagel Café has been serving authentic deli food in the Las Vegas valley since 1996. This fun, New York-themed café is family owned and operated and has been proud to display the

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Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “The Best of Las Vegas” badge for 13 years. I heard about it from an East Coast transplant and Jewish friend, Michael. “You haven’t had a bagel until you’ve had one at Bagel Café!” We made breakfast plans shortly thereafter. I went back on a Saturday for lunch and the place was packed with families and kids sporting their team uniforms. The kitchen and wait staff bustled from behind display cases brimming with an impressive array of made-on-the- premises bagels and breads, and yummy-looking desserts. But it’s all about the bagel here, with generously supplied and freshly whipped cream cheese guaranteed to make your mouth water. If you’re in the area for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can’t go wrong with a meal at Bagel Café. You can also get homemade goodness out and about at The Bagel Café at Red Rock or Del Mar Deli at the South Point. Bon Breads Town Square Las Vegas 6649 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Bldg. K Suite 123 (between Aveda and Tommy Bahama) Mon-Thurs: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fri-Sat: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun: 11 a.m. to 8 a.m.

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With a small, French bakery-inspired location at Town Square, it’s clear this is a place that doesn’t depend on foot traffic. Thanks to a friendly security guard, I found Bon Breads in the breezeway between Aveda and Tommy Bahama. First thing you see is a bicycle filled with bakery bread. Very European, an homage to a time and


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place when people went every day to their local bake shop for their daily bread. It’s obviously perfect for grabbing some bread for dinner after an afternoon of shopping. I could tell that the bread was baked off-site and the shop girl confirmed that. “We are moving into a bigger bakery space as we speak,” she told me. Considering they went from 800 square feet to 48,000 square feet, I can only imagine the doughy mecca that is ahead down the street. I wandered and sampled the cherry walnut bread and noticed there wasn’t much stock left. The name of the game must be quality, not quantity at this bakery. Carlos Pereira started Bon Breads in 1999 and is considered one of the country’s best bakers. Never too big for his britches, Pereira can be seen baking daily alongside his staff and training bakers in the same artisanal methods he was taught. With a degree in hospitality management, he found his true calling when he answered an ad for artisan baker at a major Las Vegas hotel. He got the job and was sent to the San Francisco Baking Institute for training. Years later, his reputation made, he saw a need for an exceptional bread baker in Las Vegas and ventured out on his own. Now, he supplies bread to countless establishments around town and brings his bread artistry to the general public at Town Square. His secret is never to stray from the traditional methods of baking. Every baguette and roll is made from scratch, seven days a week, and no preservatives or colorants are ever added to the mixing bowl. Enjoy quickly and often! — Christina Parmelee

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Zayde’s Lost Legacy, Found.


By Jaq Greenspon

he three boxes we took out of the home didn’t seem to add up to much of a life. After we’d donated the threadbare shirts and the meticulously polished golf shoes, it was sad to think how little remained of what once constituted Zayde’s life: the requisite pictures, though not as many as you’d think for a man with two children, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild, and another on the way; some sentimental artifacts collected over 90-odd years, filling the spaces between small electrical appliances and the few books on his shelves. As I began to shut the door, our last metaphorical glimpse on a life none of us really understood revealed a nearly sterile room that smelled of disinfectant, the same odor we’d detected upon arriving hours earlier. Simon, my son, the great-grandson Zayde had a hard time recognizing let alone remembering, stopped me. “Leave it open,” he said, “in case Elijah is looking for him.” I smiled, patted him on the head and pushed the door ajar a bit. Elijah was a spirit. He could probably fit through an opening with just a little wiggle room. In the car on the way back home, Simon’s comment rattled around in my head. In the boxes that filled the trunk and half the back seat, I couldn’t remember seeing Zayde’s Elijah cup. I’d have to remember to look for it once we got home. But when I did, it wasn’t there. I asked Mom if she had seen it. She was Zayde’s eldest daughter. Between my aunt and her, it was decided long ago the cup should be passed along the male bloodline. Family legend said Zayde had gotten the cup when he was a young man; no one could agree on exactly where. According to my aunt, Bubby swore Zayde received it as a bar mitzvah present in 1933 from a family friend in their hometown of Skaudvilé. Publicly, Zayde confirmed that story. But in private, he used to talk about it as if it were a secret, as if he’d gotten it by some illegal means. Once he told my younger brother Martin and me a story of being chased from the mugė, a local open air market with stalls and vendors, with all sorts of hand-crafted wares. Various stories revealed Zayde was a bit of a scoundrel, a scamp —Bubby used to call him šelmis. We put it together and figured he’d stolen the cup. It was a beautifully crafted piece of silver, with a Mogen David and the Hebrew for Elijah on opposite sides in basrelief. It was small, with the capacity to hold an ounce, maybe an ounce and a half, of wine. Zayde used to say, conspiratorially, as he


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Cup filled it, that “Elijah was making the rounds, no reason he needs more of our wine than necessary.” We grew up seeing that cup twice a year, sitting at the end of the table just waiting to be called into service when the door would be opened to invite Elijah in. For Zayde, though, I think the cup was more than that. It was a connection for him to his own past and to the future. When first the Nazis and then the Russians took over his country, he had been kept alive, hidden by a Lithuanian family. He had buried the cup and a few other possessions in a field outside their small community, hoping to recover them later. It made a kind of sense, at least for Zayde. Elijah the prophet, who had ascended to heaven in a chariot of fire, was often mentioned in Jewish folklore as saving his people from persecution, including anti-Semitism. For Zayde, having that small Kiddush cup out in the field, waiting to be recovered, was his own personal covenant with G-d. As long as Elijah was there, Zayde knew he could handle anything. During the war he took it as a matter of faith the cup would be there. While spending years hiding in the meliné, (the crawl space of a relative stranger’s house) if things got too bad he would close his eyes and retrace his steps, mentally “walking” the pirate-style treasure map in his head to retrieve his proof that G-d had not abandoned him. One night, maybe 10 or 15 years ago, after a second Seder, Zayde sat at the table in my aunt’s house. While waiting for the afikomen to be found, and the traditional dessert of coffee and parev pound cake to make it out of the kitchen, he stared at the small vessel, his Elijah cup. “David,” he said to me, pronouncing my name with an Eastern European accent, “this cup is our protection, like a mezuzah on the door.” I stopped what I was doing, clearing dinner plates, wiping crumbs, whatever it was, and listened. It wasn’t often he spoke with the kind of solemnity I could hear in his voice. “In 1948, I went back for it. It was raining that day – it was always raining in Lietuva,” he added, laughing. “It was raining and I thought the ground would be softer, easier to dig. It had been a long time since I had been there and the field could have been run over by tanks and soldiers. The trees I had used to mark the location might very well have been cut down for firewood.”


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I sat down across from him but he didn’t see me. He didn’t see the house or anything else. He was back in that field, reliving that day. “The ground beneath my boots gave a little with each step, reminding me that while I was on the path to G-d, without him I was not on solid ground. But I had faith and so I kept walking. The field was still there, as I had seen it in my mind and the trees in the distance were familiar enough. I let my legs go where they would, trusting them. When I stopped, I didn’t recognize the place, but it felt right somehow. I dug down into the wet earth. I dug with the tool I had brought and I dug with my hands. I didn’t remember burying it as deeply as I had dug down, but to give up was not in my nature. I hadn’t given up while waiting in that attic for the Nazis to leave my town. I couldn’t give up during the winters when I was sure the chattering of my teeth could be heard all the way to Moscow.” For just a second he came back to the present. “I didn’t give up when your Bubby lied and said she didn’t love me and was going to marry that schmendrick Antanas.” He winked at me. “So I kept digging. And there it was, the metal lunch box I had buried seven years before. It was hard to get it out of the ground. The mud itself seemed to want to keep it buried there, as if it was not just my secret anymore, but the secret of the community which had vanished. The cup now belonged to the people as an honorarium but I said no.” He looked directly at me then, right into my eyes. He scared me a bit with his intensity. “The cup belonged to me. And even though I didn’t know you then, the cup belonged to you, too.” And now it was gone. I called Martin and asked him if he had seen it the last time he visited Zayde. It wouldn’t surprise me if he had taken it. He was always the Jacob to my Esau, claiming the rights of the first born, the favored son of our mother. We’d never really been close, but for some reason, this was grating on me. The cup, Zayde’s Elijah’s cup, was mine, and by extension, Simon’s as well. I didn’t accuse him, not outright, but Martin denied knowing anything about it. “I haven’t been to see Zayde in months,” he protested. “The last two times I was in town, I never even made it out to the home.” “But you’ll be here for the funeral, right?” “I’ll try. Work is busy and I don’t know if I can get away.” “He was your grandfather!” I yelled through the phone. “Work can wait.” “If it’s so important to you, you go. It’s not like the old man’s gonna know anyway,” Martin protested. “He certainly didn’t know when he was alive. Why should death be any different?” “Because this is family!” I cried. “You’re part of something bigger than just you.” “No one’s even gonna know I’m not there.” “I’ll know.” “And what? Since Dad’s been gone a while and now Zayde’s gone, now you’re the man of the family? Give me a freakin’ break.” I didn’t know what to say to him. I didn’t know how to make


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him understand why it was important for him to be there. Maybe it was just my heritage finally asserting itself. Maybe it was the idea of being the first-born male, and the historical weight that carried with it. When the Angel of Death came, the Jews only had a splash of lamb’s blood between them and the devastation the Egyptian families would feel. It was a great risk based entirely on faith. Of course, as Jews, this was nothing new. G-d tells Abraham to sacrifice his son, there’s our spiritual pop with a knife in his hand. Then, when G-d changes his mind and instead commands the covenant of circumcision, Abraham is right there again. So the sacrifice of the son is nothing new here. Even the Christians got into the act. And in the middle of it all is Elijah. We leave a chair open for him at every bris and when we open the door for him at the end of the Seder, it’s like we’re opening the door for the Angel of Death himself and keeping our faith solid that through him, G-d will not let us come to harm. “Like a mezuzah on the door,” Zayde had said. “No,” I finally said to my brother, quietly. “No, I’m not the man of the family and you don’t have to come.” He’d be missed; I knew that. Mom would wonder why he wasn’t there and I’d have to explain. And I supposed I actually was the man of the family, the patriarch, but I hadn’t done anything to deserve that except outlive everyone else. “I’ll try to make it.” “You do that,” I said and hung up the phone. The other thing Elijah does is settle debates. The Jewish scholars await his return to settle matters of tradition and custom, like whether we’re supposed to drink the fifth glass of wine, the one we pour for the prophet. Maybe just thinking of the cup had led me to a place where I could resolve the matter in my own head. In any case, I’d go back to the home tomorrow or the next day, after the funeral and the familial obligations, and I’d ask if they had the cup. With the matter decided, I left the boxes where they were and headed back toward the living room. I could see light coming from outside. As I got closer, I saw Simon, my boy, standing in the frame of the open front door. I could hear him talking but couldn’t make out the words. As I got closer, it was evident he was talking to someone, but no one was present. It felt as though he was finishing the conversation. As I walked up behind him, I could plainly hear him give his assent to some unheard request. “Yes, I will,” he said. “I promise.” Then he shut the door and turned to me with a big smile on his face. I noticed he had Zayde’s Elijah’s cup in his small hand. I looked at him curiously. “Where did you get that?” “At Zayde’s house,” he answered. “He said I could have it as long as I promised to take care of it.” He looked up at me. “Can I keep it?” I lifted him up into my arms. “Of course you can,” I said as I kissed his forehead. It was his cup after all.


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A Bold Encore The Smith Center Brings the Great White Way West By Lynn Wexler-Margolies

A scene from Les Miserables. August 7-11, 2013 Photo: Deen van Meer


he neon lights may be bright on Broadway, but they’re every bit as dazzling in Las Vegas. The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has announced a glittering, second-year lineup of 10 Broadway hits that will be presented in its 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, beginning in August. That’s two productions more than during its premiere season. Collectively, the celebrated roster will represent 40 Tony Award wins.

“What an amazing year we’ve had!” gushes Smith Center President Myron Martin, who doubles as CEO of the year-old art deco hub that includes cultural, theatrical, musical and educational spokes. “Our first Broadway run has been extraordinarily successful, with ticket sales way beyond our expectations. But I think Broadway Las Vegas II, or, our second season of Broadway, is going to be even better.”


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Sponsored by Southern Nevada Ford Dealers, the season will run through July 2014 and offer many of Broadway’s most beloved musicals and plays to Las Vegas for the first time — a mix of timeless classics and recent smash hits. Martin chose the center’s Troesh Studio Theater, inside the Boman Pavilion, for the first-ever President’s Reception and announcement of the performances yet to come. To the patrons, sponsors and media gathered, he presented Joey. The 10-footlong, 8-foot-high mechanical puppet from War Horse whinnied, snorted, sniffed and galloped. Controlled and manipulated by three puppeteers, Joey is one of four horses the stage production will feature. He reigned supreme with the crowd on this day. “It’s hard to believe, but after 20 minutes you forget this horse is a puppet,” Martin observed. “War Horse is by far the most stunning production I have ever seen.” Martin was thrilled with the sample audience’s awed reaction to Joey, and “their appreciation for our response to the ongoing clamor

Scenes from War Horse. October 2-6, 2013 Photos: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg


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from theatergoers for a ‘straight play’, or a non-musical if you like, which, of course, War Horse is.” “We originally planned to offer a seven- or eight-show season,” he continued, “but there were more great shows available that actually wanted to come to Las Vegas. The 2013-2014 season means that Broadway has fallen in love with Las Vegas.” Since its March 2012 opening, The Smith Center has sold more than 420,000 tickets, Martin says, for more than 450 performances. “But what excites me the most,” he says, “are the hundreds of school buses – 657 to be exact – that have pulled up to our front door. That means 42,287 students have come here to be inspired by and engaged in the arts, all within The Smith Center’s first 10 months.” Broadway Vegas II opens with the theatrical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s epic novel Les Miserables (Aug. 7-11). A story whose principal events take place in France in 1832, it captures the essence and resilience of the human spirit. Nearly 60 million people worldwide

Scenes from The Wizard of Oz. September 10-15 2013 Photos: Cylla von Tiedemann


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Scenes from Sister Act. October 15-20, 2013 Photos: Joan Marcus

have seen versions of the play, but this 25th anniversary iteration will feature spectacular new staging and scenery. Up next (Sept. 10-15) is The Wizard of Oz, with new songs from composer –producer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice to augment classic tunes from the 1939 Oscar-winning movie inspired by L. Frank Baum’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Lloyd Webber has reconceived this production for the stage. Then comes War Horse (Oct. 2-6), winner of five Tony Awards. Adapted from Michael Morpurgo’s novel, which inspired Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated film, it combines stirring music and innovative stagecraft to recount the powerful World War I tale of a boy and his beloved horse, and the remarkable courage, loyalty and friendship that follows. USA Today calls it “a life-affirming experience.” Martin calls it “an emotionally charged production.” Sister Act (Oct. 15-20) is a hilarious send-up, with disco diva and murder witness Deloris Van Cartier disguised as a nun and shaking up the convent in this adaptation of the 1992 film. The stage show is produced by the movie’s original star, Whoopi Goldberg. Evita (Nov. 26-Dec. 1), Webber and Rice’s Tony-winning classic, essays Eva Peron’s rise from the slums of Argentina to her perch as one of the world’s most powerful women, with her greed, ambition and fragile health marking a tragic, memorable tale. Mamma Mia (Jan. 7-12, 2014) follows the life of a mother, daughter and three possible dads. ABBA’s timeless and bubbly pop hits provide the heartbeat for this feel-good, upbeat, jukebox musical. MARCH 2013 DAVID

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Scenes from Evita November 26-December 1, 2013 Photos: Richard Termine

Flashdance – The Musical (Jan. 28-Feb. 2, 2014) is a pop culture phenomenon that started as a movie 30 years ago. It tells the story of a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and bar dancer by night, who dreams of becoming a professional performer. The stage production features the biggest hit songs from the original movie, plus 16 new songs. Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for best revival of a musical, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (April 15-20, 2014) is the groundbreaking 1935 folk opera by brothers George and Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward. It takes place in Charleston’s Catfish Row, where beautiful Bess struggles to break free of her scandalous past, with the help of the crippled but courageous Porgy. With stunning new staging, the production includes such legendary songs as Summertime and It Ain’t Necessarily So. Once (May 20-25, 2014), winner of eight Tony Awards, including best musical, focuses on a Dublin musician, who’s about to abandon his dream when a young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting songs. Actor/musicians play their own instruments onstage. “It takes place in an Irish Pub. The music is

contemporary, compelling … people are really going to like this show,” Martin promises. The final show in the series is The Book of Mormon (June 10-July 6, 2014). Winner of nine Tony Awards, including best musical, it’s an irreverent romp from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The production follows two eager young Mormon missionaries from Salt Lake City to Uganda. The New York Times called it “the best musical of the century.” Entertainment Weekly judged it “the funniest musical of all time.” “It’s pretty amazing that these extraordinary shows are coming right here to Las Vegas, on the Smith Center stage,” Martin says. “The first year we sold out all the Broadway shows. Season two is going to be spectacular. Without a doubt the second year will sell out even faster,” he predicts. Tickets to the 2013-2014 Broadway Las Vegas series are available for purchase now for current season ticket holders. Orders for new subscriptions for the 2013-2014 season begin in May. The date for individual ticket sales is yet to be determined.


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Scenes from The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. April 15-20, 2014 Photos: Michael J. Lutch

One Year By The Numbers

84 Classrooms across the valley that have hosted a Southern Nevada Wolf Trap artist residency

4,380 Number of times the iconic Carillon Tower bells have run since opening night (Daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

277 Early childhood educators that have attended professional development workshops presented by visiting national Wolf Trap Teaching Artists

11,450 Subscribers to the 2012-2013 Broadway Las Vegas season

657 School buses that transported students to The Smith Center campus

457 Performances at The Smith Center since opening

420,000 Tickets sold to patrons over the past year

720 Southern Nevada teachers that participated in professional development workshops presented by Kennedy Center Teaching Artists

223 Volunteer-led tours of The Smith Center campus

5,575 Patrons that have attended tours of The Smith

1,092 Preschool children in Las Vegas that have benefited from Southern Nevada Wolf Trap artist residencies

166 Private and special events held, including weddings, meetings, receptions, dinners, fundraisers and more

3,667 Students and teachers that have participated in a classroom demonstration session presented by local, regional and national artists

47,475 Guests that have attended special events at The Smith Center

12 Couples that said “I do” at The Smith Center over the past year

42,287 Students and their teachers who have attended a performance at The Smith Center MARCH 2013 DAVID

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Seoul Seder


It’s 1952,in Seoul, Korea. A tale of Matzo, mayhem and memory. By Pat Teague


hey called him The Kid — and the sobriquet fit. basements for free, as long as the homeowner or resident would Sanford “Sandy” Epstein was a bona fide, wet-behind-the ears agree to let him keep any newsprint or scrap metal he could find. adolescent when he joined the U.S. Army on the first day of the During times of scarcity in World War II, he says, he could swap the Korean War, June 25, 1950. paper and metal for cash. And one fine day he vividly recalls he reHe was a red-blooded American from the “slums” of South Philly, deemed a mostly brass lamp for 65 cents, enough money “to feed a a boy, really, who knew he was going to miss his chance to graduate family.” with his high school buddies. But young Epstein had long since said Sometimes the hard work involved hard knocks – in the head. adieu to any semblance of a normal childhood, “or Besides the daily dust-ups that a tough Jewany childhood at all for that matter,” as he puts it. ish kid might expect to get into at a multi-ethnic He went off that day sporting a sassy “DA” coif school, Sandy frequently signed up for 15-round — the “Duck’s Ass” style (or ducktail) that Philabouts at social clubs, the neighborhood joints delphia barber Joe Cirello supposedly invented in where the Italian-Americans, Irish-Americans and 1940 — and hoping to enlist in the Marines. EpRepublicans hung out after hours. stein was the second of 10 children, nine of them Sandy was a skinny, rangy kid, a long-armed girls. “I could have used a brother,” the former highmauler who could usually count on a reach advanend shoe salesman deadpans now, at age 79. tage over an opponent. Once in a while he’d make By the time little Sandy was 7, he was posted $15 or more for a fight, a veritable fortune. The regularly at a bathtub in his home, grasping a scrub semipro pugilist had 48 fights during his teens, board in one hand and dutifully trying with the about one a week. other to make his younger siblings’ dirty diapers But on this early summer day in 1950, the almost look white again. 17-year-old’s intended opponents were the North His older sister had a “weak heart,” he explains, Koreans and their proxy — or at least they would and “my mother was always in the hospital having be if Sandy could make a convincing case to a rebabies — or sick.” As a result, most of the chores, cruiter that he was 18. and a lot more responsibility perhaps than a child “When that war broke out in June, I left town his age should have faced, fell to young Sandy. and went down to the Marines,” he recalls. “We By then, the long Depression that had held the were very patriotic in those days. They would not country in its vise for 10 years was finally loosenbelieve I was 18. I went to the Air Force, and they ing. But things didn’t seem much different around wouldn’t believe I was 18. I went to the Army and the Epstein household, where privation was practithey said, ‘Sign here.’ He scribbled his signature on cally a lifestyle. the contract and soon was off to nearby Fort Dix, Staff Sergeant Stanford Epstein, near Sandy’s old man was too proud to take welfare, N.J., for basic training. Inchon, April, 10 1952 and “if you didn’t have money for food, you went “My first morning in the service I knew I’d found hungry,” the Las Vegan recalls. On some weeks, when the Epsteins a home,” Epstein says in his droll way, “‘cause the cook came out and couldn’t make the $7 rent, Sandy would come home from school and said something I’d never heard in my life: ‘Who wants seconds?’ I find his family’s furniture being offered for sale on the sidewalk. thought I’d died and gone to heaven.” For Sandy, the economic hardship of those younger years meant There were “riches” galore, as it turned out. He got his first pair scuffling and hustling for every penny he could scrounge. He cleaned of new shoes, Army-issued; he even got two sets of brand-new 52 DAVID ADAR / NISAN 5773

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Passoverseder in Seoul, Korea, April 12, 1952. The seder was conducted by Cantor Joseph Kohn (standing in the rear). Present were over 1,100 G.I.’s from four divisions of the United States Army, 45th Division. Standing in the front is four star General Frank Everett, Chief of Staff, 8th Army and Airforce in Korea. MARCH 2013 DAVID

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clothes, another first in his life, plus the Army threw in $75 a month (he would send half his pay home to his parents). As a bonus, Uncle Sam promised to let him hang on to his spanking new M-1 if he’d keep the weapon clean and in good-working order. From Jersey, he headed south to Georgia, for two rounds of advanced artillery training. Eventually, he learned how to attack and silence enemy tanks. By then, the northern invaders had already stormed south across part of the Korean peninsula in Russian-made T-34s, what Epstein and his in-country boys would know soon enough as “Stalin tanks.” Young Epstein, now 17, found himself surrounded in Georgia by enlisted men and officers in their 20s, 30s, even 40s. (“That’s why you were ‘The Kid!’” Sheila, his wife of 57 years, interjects.) Before long, Epstein found himself on a train, separated from his Georgia chums and facing a cross-country trip from Philadelphia to Seattle. On the West Coast, he boarded the Marine Phoenix for a 21-day Pacific crossing to Japan. For Epstein, the nausea started as soon as he hit the deck of the heaving troop ship; it didn’t cease until he disembarked at Yokohama three weeks later: “I started vomit-

ing and that was the end.” Strangely enough, he says, he wasn’t the youngest person to go up the gangplank in Seattle. That honor went to a 14-year-old Southerner. “His M-1 was as big as him,” Epstein says. “I told him, ‘You don’t have to go. Just tell them how old you are.’ And he did and I never saw him after that.” What he did see afterward in Korea were plenty of enemy troops. These days, he has no desire to talk about his combat experiences on and around the Inchon coast. But he’ll tell you about Passover, April 12-20, 1952. Epstein had never been religious. He had no Jewish education, nor had he ever celebrated any Jewish holidays. As an impoverished teen, he certainly hadn’t been given a bar mitzvah. But that spring a package arrived at his Army unit “out of the blue,” from a Jewish women’s organization in New York. It contained boxes of Matzo, the unleavened “bread of affliction” Jews traditionally eat during the eight days of Passover. The group also sent word of an upcoming Seder in the recaptured capital of Seoul. Any Jewish men in the unit were eligible for a three-day pass to the city, about 50 miles to the east, to attend the meal. “Suddenly, I discovered my ‘Jewish affiliation,’” Epstein says impishly, “and signed up to go.” If several men had done the same, he says, a two-ton truck would have been requisitioned to transport them. But “since I was the only one going to Seoul from the area, I was given a jeep and driver and was on my way.” Wearing bars and stripes can get a person killed (by snipers) in a war zone, Epstein says, and his uniform was suitably bereft of insignia. But “since I had my own jeep and driver I was being saluted (as an officer by allied soldiers he encountered) along the way” to Seoul. He saluted back. Once he arrived where the Seder was to be held, an enlisted man addressed him as “Captain.” “Who was I, a staff sergeant, to contradict the officer in charge? I signed in as ‘Capt. Sanford Epstein’ and was housed with the officers,” he says.


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He met Jewish soldiers from four nations, including Colombia. They were among the estimated 1,100 people who attended the Seder. One of the organizers of the ritual meal was a 22-year-old cantor named Joseph Cohn. In a grainy photo from that evening, he can be seen standing near U.S. Air Force Gen. Frank F. Everest and the rabbi officiating. Within 15 months of that meal, the war would be over. By the time the armistice was signed July 27, 1953, ending 37 months of hostilities that all together killed or wounded an estimated 4 million people, Epstein was back stateside. He and Sheila, a Brooklyn native he first courted while dancing to Louis Armstrong’s band in Atlantic City, eventually married and later moved to Southern California. Epstein bought a rental property in Las Vegas during the real estate run-up period. And in 1991, disenchanted with California, he decided to occupy the home himself after the renters left. About the same time, he and Sheila began attending the new Chabad synagogue in town. At each service they exchanged pleasantries with an older gentleman in a wheelchair; eventually, the Epsteins learned the kindly stranger was a former cantor. One Sunday, the Epsteins attended a cantorial concert in Las Vegas and began reading the program. It indicated the event was in honor of Cantor Joseph Cohn. Epstein immediately knew that the aging man he’d seen again and again in the wheelchair had once upon a time been the young man who helped organize the Seder in Seoul. “What a small world!” Epstein says. “Now, when we see each other, we have much to talk about!” He also had plenty to talk about with 85 other Korean combat veterans honored in that nation last year by the republic’s government. The ROK wasn’t about to forget the terrible sacrifices many of the men had made there decades before, when invaders initially pushed the homeland defenders farther and farther south, to the edge of the Sea of Japan. The government paid for the trip over and feted the U.S. guests with meal after meal. It provided them five-star hotels, presents, medical attendants, high school-age assistants for the wheelchair vets, commemoratives and military medals. It even picked up some of the tab for their guests, including Sheila Epstein. Back in Vegas, she and her husband belong to the Jewish War Veterans Murray L. Rosen Post #64. The organization sells “poppies” to raise money to help homeless veterans get off the streets.

Epstein says his group has helped about 2,000 men over the past several years. As a postscript, it should be noted that South Korea never signed the armistice that ended the hostilities just shy of 60 years ago. To this day, the archenemies of the North and South remain technically at war and on high alert. South Korea has built the world’s best education system. Isolated North Korea has a million-man standing army and the potential of one day sending a nuclear-tipped missile to Seoul — and possibly the California shore. But just like Sandy Epstein did during the Depression years and afterward, many of its citizens still know the pain and misery of hunger and poverty.


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Dina Titus Congresswoman, Writer & Educator Rep. Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas, was born Alice Costandina Titus in Thomasville, Ga., on May 23, 1950. She evokes the girl next door — the neighbor who might bring you a cup of sugar before you even ask. Her sincerity is refreshing, especially for a politician. With a doctorate in political science, she is foremost a scholar, with a fervor for teaching and championing those without a voice. As a UNLV professor for 34 years, she taught American and Nevada government until her retirement in June 2011. She represented Senate District 7 in the Nevada Legislature for 20 years, and was minority leader from 1993-2008. She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District in November 2008, and for the next two years was her party’s whip for the Western states. This past January she was elected to represent the 1st Congressional District. Titus has written two books and numerous articles on American, Nevada and atomic politics. She and UNLV Latin American political history professor Thomas Wright have been married more than 30 years. DAVID: How did your journey into academia and politics begin? TITUS: On my father’s side, my great-greatgrandfather served in the U.S. Congress and in the Georgia state Senate in the late 1800s. My uncle served in the Georgia Legislature, and my father ran for a City Council seat, though he didn’t win. On my mother’s side, all the local politicos gathered at my Papu’s restaurant to debate current issues. It somehow seeped into my blood. DAVID: How did you pursue those early influences? TITUS: During high school I went to a summer program at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. After that they admitted me as a full-time student in the fall, without a high school diploma. I was learning in the heartland of American democracy at a time of great change in our country. We were in the midst of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. I think all of that inspired me to enter into the conversation, so I decided to major in political science. Soon after completing my Ph.D at Florida State University, I accepted an offer to teach at UNLV. DAVID: What brought you to public service? TITUS: Initially, I was approached to run. Making a difference was important to me,

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