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Visit the gallery and see the masterpieces of Graham Knuttel The Figurative Artist of the 21st Century 2nd Floor next to the Palazzo Waterfall Atrium Knuttel.com • 702.228.8808 • “Keeping Watch” • All rights reserved

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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

know Alpha female Lana Fuchs knows she’s controversial. That’s the way she likes it, just ask Dr. Phil.


desire Sin City abounds in world-class shopping ... these are a few of our favorite things

test A Land Rover convoy goes off road into the Mojave Desert. Now where is that lever for the All Wheel Drive?



discover Places to go, cool things to do, hip people to see in the most exciting city in the World

sense Have a camera phone and a steady hand, selfies will make celebrities of us all.


taste Dinner at Rose Rabbit Lie satisfies the senses on so many levels. Be ready to be transported, bring an appetite and your imagination.

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52 Lanvin With roots in Morocco, Israel and France, designer Alber Elbaz has positioned Lanvin for international appeal.

Olivia Newton-John Singer, Actress, Activist... The month’s spotlight on someone to know. CELEBRATING OUR FOURTH ANNIVERSARY

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Daughters of Fremont The girls who crashed the old boys club are leaving their mark downtown.

The Power of the Purse As mothers, women command center stage in the world of philanthropy.

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Joanne Friedland joanne@davidlv.com


Calendar Editor Copy Editor Pulse Editor Contributing Writers

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Pat Teague Marisa Finetti Marisa Finetti Jaq Greenspon Marilyn LaRocque Valerie Miller PJ Perez Doug Puppel Lynn Wexler


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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 bestbewell. com. When she’s not writing, Finetti enjoys family time with her husband and two boys.

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.

Marilyn LaRocque is Contributing Editor for Gastronomique en Vogue and former Senior Food and Wine Editor for LUXURY Las Vegas. She’s traveled extensively around the world, visiting great wine regions and enjoying fantastic food. She’s also Vice Chargée de Presse Nationale des Etats Unis for Chaîne des Rôtisseurs USA.

Pj Perez is a writer, illustrator and musician who has lived in and written about Las Vegas for 23 years. A former magazine, newspaper and website editor, his work has appeared in such publications as Rolling Stone, Vegas Seven and Desert Companion.

Doug Puppel has during his 25 years in Las Vegas climbed Mount Charleston and visited 16 of Nevada’s 17 counties. In this issue he gets more dust on his boots by tackling the historic Mojave Road in San Bernardino County, Calif., (with the help of a Land Rover).

Valerie Miller is a journalist based in Southern Nevada. She writes for media outlets including David Magazine, Bloomberg News and the Henderson Press. A University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate, Valerie was a staff writer for the Las Vegas Business Press and the Las Vegas ReviewJournal. Originally from Chicago, Valerie has hosted a local radio music show, and is the Small Business Administration Nevada’s Michael Graham Entrepreneurial Spirit Award winner.

Lynn Wexler 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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from the publisher Each year we celebrate the anniversary of our publication with a focus on women and Mother’s Day. In an Internet search for subjects relating to the fairer sex I came across a delightful oddity. I stumbled upon the Lerner and Loewe song, Thank Heavens for Little Girls, performed charmingly by Frenchman Maurice Chevalier in a scene from the 1958 movie Gigi. Flash forward to 1996 to Lesley Rankine of Ruby and her Mountain Dew commercial (rerun in 2012,) featuring the same number. How that “Little Girl” has changed, even though the flash of her eyes will still send you “crashin’ thru the ceilin’.” This is the thematic inspiration for this issue “Women on the Move.” It easily could be said that the 20th century was the age of women. From suffragette to senator, from apron strings to guardians of the nation’s purse strings. Falling shards of the glass ceiling be damned, women went from the back office to the top office. And who knows? Maybe someone’s mother and grandmother will be number 45. Lynn Wexler pens two articles this month. In the first, she interviews alpha female, Lana Fuchs. Lana’s story parallels that of most modern women who’ve defied the social conventions to become forces to be reckoned with. As a darling of the Las Vegas scene, she has had it all: the house, the family, the monkey, the businesses, the TV show and an impressive collection of color-coordinated firearms. “If you have a problem with it, deal with it.” Wexler’s other piece focuses on women and their philanthropy. As professionals and lay leaders, they do invaluable service for their communities. We interview three of Las Vegas’ finest jewels and celebrate all that they do. With all the “downtown renaissance” buzz, we felt it time to survey whether any women are leaving their mark there. We found plenty of them worthy of inclusion in our article. We left it to PJ Perez to winnow our focus to four young movers and shakers who’ve effortlessly crashed the Old Boys Club. Photographer Lucky Wenzel gives us his professional “view” of them. We also focused on Lanvin — Alber Elbaz, the Morocco-born, Israeli/French designer, is its renowned artistic director — for a curious reason. The famed company’s mother and daughter logo is perfect for this month’s theme. And its spectacular couture certainly warrants the real estate we’ve allotted. My wife and I met Olivia Newton-John at the Laemmle Royal Movie House in West Los Angeles in the mid-’80s. I’m con�ident that the then pregnant singer and actress has no memory of our encounter. But she has left us with a happy recollection through the years. We met Olivia and her �irst husband in the ticket queue on Santa Monica Boulevard (yes, they stood in line like the rest of us) and chatted for a while. Later, we sat together in the theater. It is our pleasure to feature her in this issue. The last four years have been an adventure, but we’re looking forward to the next four. Heck, 40 more is an exciting prospect, too. And what better vehicle to take along on a continuing adventure than a Land Rover, the woman’s SUV of choice.

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NEVADA STATE BANK WELCOMES NEW PRIVATE BANKING DIRECTOR We are pleased to announce the addition of Randy Boesch as our new Director of The Private Bank. Randy has a wealth of experience working with high-net-worth clients in Nevada, and a deep understanding of their unique needs. Randy’s financial knowledge was developed over 40 years in banking. He has held positions in branch operations, lending, corporate real estate, training, and regional human resources. His experience will be a tremendous asset to clients and colleagues alike. A long-time Las Vegan, Randy is an active member of the UNLV Alumni Association and a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas. He actively serves on the boards for Justice League of Nevada, the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation and St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. Randy shares our commitment to Nevada and our community, and we proudly welcome him to the team.

Randy Boesch Executive Vice President Director of The Private Bank

54 years in Nevada. 50 branches statewide. nsbank.com | 888.669.0223

The Private Bank by Nevada State Bank is an unincorporated division of Nevada State Bank that provides specialized banking services to significant net-worth clients. Nevada State Bank is a full service retail bank that has been chartered by the state of Nevada and is insured by the FDIC.

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CONCERT BEGINS AT 3:30PM Sunday May 11th, 12 noon to 5PM at “The Sands Expo Center” Featuring the Jewish Community Shuk, Children’s area, Israeli Dancing, Interactive Workshops, Kosher Food, Fun and much more... All programs are FREE and open to the entire Community. For more info please contact the Jewish Federation at (702) 732-0556 or JewishLasVegas.com

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VEGAS RE-VISITED BY THE LAS VEGAS NEWS BUREAU: Through May 27, Mon.Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3400. lvccld.org FUSIONAROMA BY BEHZAD DOWLATSHAHI AND SAMIRA NOZARI: Through June 21, Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Rainbow Library, 3150 North Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas. 702-507-3710. lvccld.org


EGYPT - PHOTOGRAPHS OF EVERYDAY LIFE BY ARMAND THOMAS: Through Aug. 5, 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. 702-5073980. lvccld.org


CHILDISH GAMBINO: 9 p.m., $30. The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-698-7000. cosmopolitanlasvegas.com CHRIS D’ELIA: Through May 4, 7:30 p.m., $20. South Point Hotel, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-796-7111. southpointcasino.com SIN CITY OPERA - THE TELEPHONE & THE HUMAN VOICE: Through May 3, encore May 8-9, 8 p.m., $15. Onyx Theatre, 953 East Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-732-7225. onyxtheatre.com

MEATLOAF: Varying dates through June 21, 7 p.m., $69-$149. Planet Hollywood, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 877-333-9474. planethollywoodresort.com

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ANDREW DICE CLAY: Varying dates through May 31, 9 p.m., $59. Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas. 702-693-5000. hardrockhotel.com

RENÉE FLEMING — GUILTY PLEASURES: 7:30 p.m., $39+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-7492012. thesmithcenter.com

SPRING DANCE CONCERT - SEVEN DEADLY SINS: 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., $8-$10. CSN Cheyenne Campus, 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-651-5483. csn.edu/pac ANTHONY JESELNIK: 9 p.m., $39.99. The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-791-7111. mirage.com RAINBOW COMPANY PRESENTS OZMA OF OZ: Through May 4, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., $5. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 South Brush Street, Las Vegas. 702-229-6383. artslasvegas.org

DA VINCI - THE EXHIBITION: Through 2015, free-$27.50. Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-414-1000. venetian.com

THE PRIME MINISTERS - THE PIONEERS: 7 p.m., free. The Adelson Educational Campus, 9700 West Hillpointe Road, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-732-0556. jewishlasvegas.com

ANNE HOFF - SEEKING SILENCE: Through June 6, 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. csn.edu/pac

DISNEY ON ICE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF MAGIC: Through May 4, times vary, $20. Thomas and Mack, 4505 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas. 702-896-3761. thomasandmack.com

THE OSMONDS — MERRILL, JAY AND JIMMY: Through May 4, 8 p.m., $34.95. Orleans, 4500 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-365-7075. orleanscasino.com

BELLAGIO GALLERY OF FINE ART IN LAS VEGAS PRESENTS PAINTING WOMEN: Through Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., $11-$16. Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-693-7111. bellagio.com

AN EVENING WITH JASON ALEXANDER AND HIS HAIR: Through May 4, 9 p.m., $45.49. The Theater at Harrah's, 3475 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-369-5000. harrahslasvegas.com

TOM DREESEN — AN EVENING OF LAUGHTER AND STORIES OF SINATRA: Through May 3, 7 p.m., $39+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. thesmithcenter.com

SNEAKER BALL: Benefits Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada. 6 p.m., $200+. The M Resort, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. bgclv.org

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EARL TURNER - ENCORE: Through May 4, 7:30 p.m., $15.95. Suncoast Showroom, 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas. 702-636-7075. suncoast.com RUSTY MAPLES: 9 p.m., free. Hard Rock, 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas. 702-6935000. hardrockhotel.com


CSN JAZZ COMBOS & JAZZ SINGERS: 2 p.m., $5-$8. CSN Cheyenne Campus, 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-6515483. csn.edu/pac YOM HAZIKARON - ISRAEL MEMORIAL DAY: 5 p.m., free. Adelson Educational Campus, 9700 Hillpointe Road, Las Vegas. 702-732-0556. jewishlasvegas.com MUSIC OF CHINA - CONCERT OF MULTIGENERATIONS: 2 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3459. lvccld.org

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UNDER THE STREETLAMP WITH SPECIAL GUESTS GENTLEMAN’S RULE: 7:30 p.m., $24+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. thesmithcenter.com

GEICO ENDUROCROSS: 8 p.m., $37-$47. Orleans Arena, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-284-7777. orleansarena.com EXTREME MOTORCYCLE RACING ENDUROCROSS SERIES: 8 p.m., $37$47. Orleans Arena, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-284-7777. orleansarena.com


MIKE BIRBIGLIA: 8 p.m., $43.99. The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-7917111. mirage.com ANNUAL LGBTQ YOUTH PROM: 7-11 p.m., $5. 401 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas. 702-733-9800. thecenterlv.org CINCO DE MAYO AT CANTINA LAREDO: Through May 4, times vary. Cantina Laredo, 430 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-2024511. cantinalaredo.com BOULDER CITY SPRING JAMBOREE: Through May 4, times vary, free. Bicentennial Park, 999 Colorado Street, Boulder City. 702293-9256. hardrockhotel.com

PATRICK JOYCE MAKE BELIEVE: Presented by Gateway Arts Foundation. 2 p.m., cost TBA. Hattie's House, 9109 Lazy Hill Circle, Las Vegas. 702-255-0695. gatewayartsfoundation.org



YOGA WITH JEWEL: 7 p.m., free. Amanda Harris Gallery, 900 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. jewishlasvegas.com

CSN CONCERT BAND & MARIACHI BAND: 7:30 p.m., free. CSN Cheyenne Campus, 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-6515483. csn.edu/pac

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OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: Through May 10 & May 27-31, 7:30 p.m., $69-$139. Flamingo Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-733-3111. flamingolasvegas.com

2014 MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS FINALS: 6 p.m., $55-$90. Sam Boyd Stadium, 7000 East Russell Road, Las Vegas. 702-8953761. samboydstadium.com

BYWAYS - A ROAD OR PATH OTHER THAN THE MAIN ONE BY BILL PAYNE: Through July 8, 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. 702507-3630. lvccld.org

A FLAIR FOR CARE FASHION SHOW: 10:30 a.m., cost TBA. Neiman Marcus at Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-938-3910. nah.org

MEATLOAF: Varying dates through June 21, 7 p.m., $69-$149. Planet Hollywood, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 877-333-9474. planethollywoodresort.com

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The JRTN presents “Who is Floyd Stearn” at the Smith, Troesh.


JEWISH SENIOR SINGLES: 6:30 p.m., free. For more information, call Jeanne Schomaker at 702-233-8618. CSN BIG BAND & STEEL DRUM BAND: 7:30 p.m., $5-$8. CSN Cheyenne Campus, 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-6515483. csn.edu/pac UNITED WAY PAY IT FORWARD: Through May 14. Enjoy a week of shopping and dining, while raising money to help southern Nevada families. uwsn.org/payitforward/ NEVADA BALLET THEATRE DANCE DISCOVERY — SPRING CONCERT 2014: 5:30 p.m., free. West Las Vegas Library, 951 West Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-5073989. lvccld.org



an someone aching to “know” the man who abandoned him at age 7 sort through the conflicting memories of elders to find the essence of his deceased father? On June 7 and 8, the Jewish Repertory Theatre of Nevada presents Michael Raynor in his one-man, autobiographical play “Who Is Floyd Stearn?” In this drama-quest and comedy, Raynor holds sway from start to finish. He’s narrator, mother, grandmothers and grandfather, as his “cast” presents wildly divergent views of the father a son never knew. Howard Stern caught the show some years ago and dashed off an admiring note to its star: “Not many men could open themselves up and confess before an audience the intense father hunger they had. … There is nothing sadder than a child imagining a relationship that will never exist. …” But it was Tom Hanks who urged Raynor to bring his real-life drama to the page. The two worked together on the 1998 HBO miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon.” Raynor now plans to direct a movie version of his play. For tickets ($38-$42) to the 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday performances at The Troesh Studio Theatre at The Smith Center, go to thesmithcenter.com or phone 702-749-2000.

SPRING CHORAL CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., $5-$8. CSN Cheyenne Campus, 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-651-5483. csn.edu/pac GRANT GRIFFIN AND THE LAS VEGAS DIVAS: 8 p.m., $30-$45. South Point Hotel, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-7967111. southpointcasino.com VEGAS UNCORK’D BY BON APPÉTIT: Through May 11, times vary, costs vary. Various hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. vegasuncorked.com INTO THE LIGHT BY MICHAEL DAVIES: Through July 15, Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Spring Valley Library, 4280 South Jones Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-507-3820. lvccld.org


GARY PUCKETT AND UNION GAP: Through May 11, 7:30 p.m., $25. South Point Hotel, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-7967111. southpointcasino.com RAY ROMANO AND KEVIN JAMES: Through May 10, 10 p.m., $99.99-$120.99. The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-7917111. mirage.com NEVADA BALLET THEATRE - COPPÉLIA — THE GIRL WITH THE ENAMEL EYES: Through May 10, 7:30 p.m., $35+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702749-2012. thesmithcenter.com MORGAN JAMES: 7 p.m., $39+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. thesmithcenter.com PBR - BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES: Through May 10, 8 p.m., $24-$134.25. Mandalay Bay,

3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-6327777. mandalaybay.com LEANN RIMES: Through May 10, 8 p.m., $55. Orleans Showroom, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-365-7111. orleanscasino.com PAINTED PICTURES BY JERRY LEWIS: Through Aug. 16, Mon.-Fri 9 a.m.—5 p.m. & Sat. 12 p.m.—5 p.m., $2-$5. Marjorie Barrick Museum, 4505 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas. 702-895-3381. barrickmuseum.unlv.edu


SAFE NEST’S 3RD ANNUAL MOTHERS DAY TEA: 2 p.m.-4 p.m., $25-$50. Four Seasons, 3960 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas. To purchase tickets, call 702-877-0133. https://www. safenest.org/mothers-day-tea/ INGRID MICHAELSON: 7 p.m., $27.50-$30. Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-632-7777. mandalaybay.com ART FESTIVAL OF HENDERSON: Through May 11, times vary, free. Henderson Events Plaza, 200 South Water Street, Henderson. 702-267-2171. hendersonlive.com

ELI YOUNG BAND: 8 p.m., $36.50. Pearl at the Palms, 4321 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-944-3200. palms.com TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM ANNUAL GALA: 7:30 p.m., cost TBA. Temple Beth Sholom, 10700 Havenwood Lane, Las Vegas. 702-8041333. bethsholomlv.org JEWEL AND NEXTGEN HAPPY HOUR HAVDALLAH: Time TBA, free. Juhl, 353 Bonneville Avenue, Las Vegas. For more information, email marni@jewishlasvegas. com. jewishlasvegas.com LEGENDARY LADIES OF ROCK & ROLL LESLEY GORE AND PEGGY MARCH: Through May 11, 7:30 p.m., $15.95. Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas. 702-636-7075. suncoast.com


YOM HA’ATZMAUT — ISRAEL INDEPENDENCE DAY: 12 p.m.-5 p.m., free. Sands Expo Center, 201 Sands Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-732-0556. jewishlasvegas.com HANDS ACROSS THE ARTS: 2 p.m., $5-$8. CSN Cheyenne Campus, 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-651-5483. csn.edu/pac LILY TOMLIN — AN EVENING OF CLASSIC LILY TOMLIN : 3 p.m., $29+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. thesmithcenter.com DANNY WRIGHT: 2 & 7 p.m., $30+. The Smith

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CHRISTINA PERRI: 7:30 p.m., $22-$25. Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-632-7777. mandalaybay.com 2014 CAR STARS LAS VEGAS - KNIGHT RIDER FESTIVAL: Through May 17, times vary, free. Fremont Street Experience, 425 Fremont Street, Las Vegas. 702-678-5600. vegasexperience.com

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ANJELAH JOHNSON: Through May 17, 8 p.m., $33-$61. Orleans Showroom, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-365-7111. orleanscasino.com JOHN EARL’S BOOGIEMAN BAND: 7 p.m., free. Police Memorial Park, 3250 Metro Academy Way, Las Vegas. artslasvegas.org A GREAT BIG WORLD: 8 p.m., $29. Red Rock Hotel, 11011 West Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-797-7777. redrock.sclv.com

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MICHAEL RAYNOR’S “WHO IS FLOYD STEARN” PRESENTED BY THE JEWISH REPERTORY THEATRE OF NEVADA: CHANGED to June 7-8. Sat. 8 p.m & Sun. 3 p.m. Troesh Studio Theatre @ The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2000. thesmithcenter.com


ELEMENTS BY THE DESERT WINDS ENSEMBLE FEATURING PIANO SOLOIST TANIA MARIA LOPES CANCADO AND GUEST CONDUCTOR STEVEN TRINKLE: $15. 7:30 p.m. Community Lutheran Church, 3720 East Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas. elementsair.eventbright.com

Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. thesmithcenter.com

CHAZZ PALMINTERI IN A BRONX TALE: 7:30 p.m., $24+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. thesmithcenter.com

UNLV JAZZ CONCERT SERIES - UNLV JAZZ COMBOS: 7 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702507-3459. lvccld.org HELLDORADO DAYS 2014: Through May 18, times vary, free-$15. Northeast corner of Symphony Park Avenue & Grand Central Parkway. elkshelldorado.com


CHEECH & CHONG AND WAR: 9 p.m., $39.50. The Joint at Hard Rock, 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas. 702-693-5000. hardrockhotel.com THE TOM GREEN SHOW — AN OUTRAGEOUS EVENING OF COMEDY, SATIRE & STORYTELLING: Through May 18, encore May 23-26, 7:30 p.m., $43.50. Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas. 702-693-5000. hardrockhotel.com

3RD ANNUAL AN EVENING WITH DAVE RICE: To benefit Dave Rice Foundation. 6 p.m. MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 702586-4180. davericefoundation.org BREWBQ FOR THREE SQUARE: To benefit Three Square Food Bank. 8 p.m.-11 p.m., cost TBA. Ellis Island Casino, 4178 Koval Lane, Las Vegas. sincitybeerfestival.com 50 YEARS OF VIVA LAS VEGAS - ELVIS, ANNMARGARET & VEGAS IN THE SWINGING 60’S: 2 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-5073459. lvccld.org LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC - POPS SERIES V PARIS, JE T’AIME: 7:30 p.m., $25+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. thesmithcenter.com

16TH ANNUAL TIGER JAM: Through May 17, times vary, costs vary. Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. mandalaybay.com

UGANDAN ORPHANS CHOIR: 3 p.m., free. West Las Vegas Library, 951 West Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-507-3989. lvccld.org

LEWIS BLACK: Through May 17, times vary, $59.99-$79.99. The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-791-7111. mirage.com

BEN VEREEN: Through May 18, 7:30 p.m., $15.95. Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas. 702-636-7075. suncoast.com


or nearly five years now, a zephyr of musical talent has blown through Las Vegas on a regular basis. This extraordinary ensemble, The Desert Winds, recently was named the “Best of Las Vegas” performing arts group of 2014 by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The collective, founded in the summer of 2009 by conductor Charles A. Maguire, comprises more than 50 professional and semi-professional musicians, who primarily showcase the works of contemporary composers. On May 17 at 7:30 p.m., at Community Lutheran Church, the group will perform “Elements: Air.” The musicians, under the baton of guest conductor Steven Trinkle, will accompany pianist Tânia Mara Lopes Cançado for a memorable reading of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Cançado, dean of the Federal University music school in the big Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, is an internationally acclaimed pianist. She studied with virtuosos Eduardo Hazan and Jacques Klein, both of Brazil, and Sergio Magnani of Italy and Hans Graff of Austria. Cançado also has toured with symphony orchestras in Brazil, Cuba and the United States. Advance tickets can be purchased for $15 at www.thedesertwinds.org. Tickets also are available at the door of the church, 3720 E. Tropicana Ave., the evening of the performance. www.davidlv.com | MAY 2014

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MARIANAS TRENCH: 9 p.m., free. The D Las Vegas, 301 Fremont Street, Las Vegas. 702388-2400. thed.com MUSIC OF JAPAN - BEST OF BOTH WORLDS — TAIKO & J-ROCK: 2 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3459. lvccld.org


SHANIA TWAIN: May 21, 24, 25, 28, 31, $55$250. Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-731-7110. caesarspalace.com ONCE: Through May 25, times vary, $26+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. thesmithcenter.com


GUNS N’ ROSES — AN EVENING OF DESTRUCTION. NO TRICKERY!: Varying dates through May 31, times vary, $49.50. Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas. 702-693-5000. hardrockhotel.com


JEWEL POWER PLAYER SERIES: Jordan Fiksenbaum, VP Marketing Cirque Du Soleil. 7 p.m., free. Cirque du Soleil Offices. For more

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KATHY GRIFFIN: 10 p.m., $59.99-$79.99. Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-791-7111. mirage.com

JANE MONHEIT: Through May 24, 7 p.m., $39+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. thesmithcenter.com AIR SUPPLYL Through May 25, 8 p.m., $44. Orleans Showroom, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-365-7111. orleanscasino.com PREGNANT NEON - A TALE OF CONSPICUOUS DEVOTION BY RICHARD HOOKER: Through July 12, 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


RON WHITE: Through May 25, 10 p.m., $59.99-$81.95. Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd.

S., Las Vegas. 702-791-7111. mirage.com KATT WILLIAMS: 8 p.m., $39.50. Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas. 702693-5000. hardrockhotel.com CHER: With special guest Cyndi Lauper. 8 p.m., $55.50-$190. MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 800-745-3000. mgmgrand.com


WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS: 8:30 p.m., $24$29.50. Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas. 702-693-5000. hardrockhotel.com


THE PRETTY RECKLESS: 9 p.m., $23. Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas. 702-693-5000. hardrockhotel.com THE COMPOSERS SHOWCASE OF LAS VEGAS: 10:30 p.m., $20. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702749-2012. thesmithcenter.com


JOHNNY MATHIS IN CONCERT WITH SPECIAL GUEST GARY MULE DEER: 7:30 p.m., $29+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. thesmithcenter.com STEVE TYRELL — IT’S MAGIC — THE SONGS OF SAMMY CAHN: Through May 31, 7 p.m., $39+. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-7492012. thesmithcenter.com

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JIM JEFFERIES: 8 p.m., $42.50. Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas. 702693-5000. hardrockhotel.com CENTENNIAL HILLS CHILDREN’S ARTS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free. Centennial Hills Park, 7101 North Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas. 702-229-3515. artslasvegas.org

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This gorgeous nine-piece tea set features cherry blossoms, symbolizing beauty, good fortune, love and emergence of spring. Detailed with 24 karat gold accents, it brings mom’s precious tea time to life. Tea service includes a 43oz teapot, four matching tea cups and four saucers. $99.95 Teavana, Town Square, 6643 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV. 702-263-0659.

Just For Mom Give mom an irresistible sparkle to her everyday look with this floral design Asset necklace by Swarovski. The centerpiece displays an elegant arrangement of round and pear-shaped brilliant crystals. $125. Swarovski, 6643 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas. 702-269-9508.

Capture the fresh and festive look of this captivating Sandollar paisley wrap. Crafted from a blend of viscose and cotton, the wrap is soft, lightweight, printed with a colorful paisley pattern and accented with a tassel-fringe. $58. Tommy Bahama, 6635 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-948-8006

The design’s signature Roman numerals are the ageless artifacts of a great civilization and its elevated concept of time. Tiffany streamlines these classic symbols of empire in elegant jewelry that is emblematic of American design and recognizably sleek and modern, like the Atlas cuff. Price upon request. Tiffany & Co. at Crystals, 3720 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-545-9090.

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As beautiful as mom is, continue the floral trend into her occasion-wear with this scene-stealing Ibris dress. Featuring a pretty mesh detail across the chest and gorgeous flowers across the skirt, this day-to-evening style is cinched in with a bold pink belt for the ultimate ladylike silhouette. Ted Baker at Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas. 702-369-4755.

From her endless words of wisdom, to her homemade spaghetti sauce, there’s a lot to love about mom. Show her how much you appreciate her with this pocket-sized prompt book, offering pages of sentence starters for you to fill in and gift. $12. Francesca’s at Town Square, 6593 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas. 702-263-4485.

Poetic and airy, the new fragrance, Chloé Eau Fraiche, suggests the freshness of a blooming flower. $98. Nordstrom at Fashion Show, 3200 Vegas Plaza Drive, Las Vegas. 702-862-2525.

Turn the sidewalk into a runway with the sweet, playful design for the Electra Gypsy 3i cruiser bike with built in basket. With its unique Flat Foot Technology® for amazing comfort and control, it’s fun to ride! $699. REI, 710 S. Rampart Blvd. Las Vegas. 702-951-4488.

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discover Da Vinci For a limited time engagement, “Da Vinci the Exhibition” provides visitors of all ages a chance to see and learn about Leonardo’s creations in a new way through interactive displays. Featuring more than 65 fully built, life-size inventions, more than 20 fine art studies and dozens of stunning displays, guests will learn the complex beginnings and lifetime achievements of da Vinci through his discoveries in art, engineering, flight, hydraulics, music, light and more. The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas. 702-414-1000

Up Close with Showboys of Jubilee! Positioned downstage just behind the rhinestones and feather headdresses worn by the showgirls for Donn Arden’s Jubilee!, is the showboy. While the longest running Parisian-style cabaret extravaganza on the Strip is still running strong, the showboy’s costumes are getting front stage attention at the Nevada State Museum, now through July, with a textile exhibit featuring original showboy costumes from Jubilee’s opening night in 1981. Nevada State Museum, 309 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas (702) 486-5205.

Obsession Meets Fashion Devoted fans of Star Wars and Star Trek, to Hello Kitty and The Walking Dead can indulge in their passion by picking up unique apparel from Ink & Vector, a new pop-up store that has taken residency inside the Miracle Mile Shops for a limited time only. Ink & Vector, Miracle Mile Shops, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 888800-8282 www.inkandvector.com 22 MAY 2014 | www.davidlv.com

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THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF LAS VEGAS WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY 2014 UNITED LUNCHEON This Luncheon, benefitting the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas was co-chaired by Heather Dichiaro & Ilana Vann. Guest speaker Alina Spaulding entertained an attentive audience with the story of her family’s emigration from the former Soviet Union and successful resettlement in the US. She credits the generosity of the Jewish Federation for making it possible. The event also featured a mother/daughter fashion show by Halston Heritage and a silent auction.








Venue The Venetian, Lido Ballroom

Date Thursday, April 3

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CHABAD OF SUMMERLIN DESERT SHORES 18TH ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION & CONCERT. Featuring child prodigy and internationally renowned pianist entertainer Ethan Bortnick


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Date Saturday, March 9

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Lana Fuchs... Got Alpha? By Lynn Wexler


f you’d only heard about Lana Fuchs, if you’d never actually seen her, you’d assume she was a made-up character, a graphic novel super-heroine. Sort of a Bond girl with brains, brawn and attitude — someone who’d snap Moneypenny like a twig and make 007 wish he’d never left the calming clamor of M’s weapons lab or uttered even one sexist quip. But there she is, as beautiful as a model wrapped in Kevlar – ready to flash her charm or her brashness in an instant, immune to your flattery, resilient to your scorn. The quintessential Alpha female, with money to boot and a color-coordinated automatic she’s adept at firing. It wasn’t always so. Born Jewish, poor and the oldest of three in Odessa, Lana and her family left Ukraine for Brooklyn when she was 8. “I was my father’s ‘son,’” she says. “My mother insisted on making me into a porcelain doll … my father encouraged me to climb trees and beat up the boys who bullied me because I was overweight. I did as he said and watched the bullies become my friends, even followers. That was my first taste of power. And I liked it.” Back in Brooklyn, she and her family settled into a small basement apartment otherwise populated by roaches and large rats. She attended a Jewish Day School with the progeny of the wealthy Syrian Jewish community.

“It was a nightmare,” she says. “They were rich. I was poor. They were awful to me. I was always alone, so the furry creatures that ran around our apartment became my playmates. What did I know? My mother came home from work one day, saw me feeding the rats, and freaked out. She was trying to kill them; I was keeping them alive.” Lana took up with the black kids in the projects nearby. “They were the families who took me in and understood me,” she says. She learned culture and the love of reading from her grandmother. She learned the sting of poverty at a funeral. “It was painful to watch my grandfather buried in an ugly plain box and laid to rest in the poor section of the cemetery,” she says. “I decided it sucked to be poor and determined that I would be successful and wealthy one day.” At 19, she married a guy who turned out to be abusive. The union didn’t last long. “I think I married him primarily to get out of my parents’ home,” she says. “My mother was very old-fashioned and wouldn’t let me leave, except to get married.” With the marriage over, she and her family moved to San Diego. She enrolled at Chapman College, in nearby Orange County, where she eventually earned a master’s degree in psychology. She also met Victor, her second-husband-to-be and a fellow Ukraine native. www.davidlv.com | MAY 2014

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“My dad introduced us,” Lana says. “I sensed something was there. But at that point I wasn’t about to settle for anything short of what I wanted. I made him prove himself.” Victor was in a hurry. He proposed on their second date. No, she said. But he wouldn’t go away. He showed up on her doorstep every day. After six months, she said yes. A year later, they wed. “We’re both powerful, independent, tough and spirited,” Lana says. “He valued that in me, in addition to my being beautiful, Jewish and Russian.” Lana and Victor had two children, Lawrence, now 21, and Lizzie, 13. And with their inherent talents, the couple made money. It paid for a massive, gated home, a private plane and bodyguards. It financed lavish entertaining and exotic vacations. But there would be challenges that threatened their lifestyle, their family, their health. In the early years of their marriage, Lana helped Victor build Helix Electric Las Vegas. Afterward, she started a haute couture and design business, a hip-hop streetwear clothing line and a record label. She starred in TLC’s Sin City Rules; Dr. Phil and Barbara Walters interviewed her about paying her children for earning straight A’s and practicing good manners. She wrote The Blueprint – Success is a State of Mind, a how-to on achieving the life you dream about. She is a certified Life Coach and Master Trainer, and founded TransPOWERism, which offers workshops on accessing personal will and power. Her newest venture is an all natural weight loss product and regime called VPOWERSHOT, soon to be sold in health stores nationwide. “I formulated VPOWERSHOT because Victor, the kids and I needed to shed pounds,” she says. “It’s an amazing product, with ingredients that effectively metabolize carbs and burn fat. … I’m now finalizing the Feel Good Shot. It brings about happiness, calm, focus,

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improved memory and overall well-being.” At one point, her marriage collapsed. She and Victor got into an expensive, eight-month divorce. They treated the split like a five-card stud showdown. He told her it was her career or him. Goodbye, she said. “In the end, Victor realized he made a mistake,” she says. “Love for each other and our family brought us back together …wiser for the fury. And the strength I had going into battle … turned into titanium coming out!” Her son Lawrence is a believer in his mom. “My mother definitely personifies triumph, despite the odds,” he says, “and I truly admire her iron will. I don’t think that should overshadow the incredibly charitable person she is. She’s always willing to lend a helping hand.” Daughter Lizzie appreciates the example her mother has set. “I know that my power comes from my femininity, and anything a man can do, I can do better,” the teenager says. “And when the going gets tough, never ever give up. And never let ‘em see you sweat.” Jana Johnson, Lana’s chief financial officer, admires her boss’ bounce-back ability. “Lana doesn’t hold on to toxicity,” she says. “Most people can’t do that. And she can’t be bought – at any price.” Lana has her own philosophy. “I love life and am grateful for each and every day. I especially savor the moments I spend with my family.” “My focus, to this point, has been on success, and I’ve achieved it. I now begin my journey to significance. I want to inspire people to live life without the shackles and limitations often imposed by self and society, and to trust themselves to create lives with abundant health, wealth, happiness and perfect self-expression.”

(left to right) The family, Victor, Lizzie, Lana and Lawrence Fuchs

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Wheel Tracks in the Desert


inter clawed its cold hand across the Mojave one last time and the sun shone low and orange in the east. Through a stillsleeping Las Vegas rolled a caravan of amateur off-roading enthusiasts starting their Land Rover Las Vegas Customer Wheels Event adventure. A long string of Range Rovers and Land Rovers rolled out of town at the start of a long day that would see them challenge their vehicles — and themselves — by heading into the California desert and following the Mojave Road, an ancient rock and sand trail. The rutted road had been in use for hundreds of years before missionary Francisco Garces (for whom Garces Avenue in downtown Las

Vegas is named) got to it in 1775. Since then it has been fought over by Native Americans, Army troops, settlers and range war hired guns. Today, the little-changed Mojave Road, with its sparse beauty and tough conditions, attracts intrepid adventurers willing to travel far from the paved path. And on this day it beckoned organizers of the Customer Wheels Event, quarterly excursions sponsored by Land Rover Las Vegas that allow the dealership’s customers to learn more about their vehicles and the desert Southwest. A portion of the east-west Mojave Road bisects the 1.6-million-acre Mojave National Preserve in California’s vast San Bernardino County. It was there where the Land Rover enthusiasts met Dennis Casebier,

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the executive director of the Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association. He has the slow gait and cadence of a longtime desert denizen, which he is; the intellect of a top government scientist, which he was; and he wears his 80 years well. Along with recounting how the cavalry arrived at dawn in 1867 to rescue troopers besieged at one of a string of small Army outposts along the Mojave Road, Casebier offered advice to today’s travelers: “If you park your vehicle, check underneath for desert tortoises before you leave because they like the shade. They’re an endangered species — and it makes a horrible noise if you run over one.” The opportunity to have fun and learn among like-minded people

makes the Customer Wheels Events popular with buyers of the luxury SUVs, who stay connected through Land Rover Las Vegas’ active social media participation. “They really love to see their clients use their vehicles and see what they are capable of,” said Maria Soto-Henry, who has owned several Land Rovers and is a regular participant in the dealership’s events. “It’s a real confidence builder.” “I always enjoy watching people get their shoes dirty and their ‘desert pinstriping,’” she added, meaning the scratches that branches can leave on the vehicles. Along with demonstrating the vehicles’ capabilities, the Land www.davidlv.com | MAY 2014

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Rover Las Vegas dealership uses the back-country excursions to promote safety and encourage respect for the rugged land the visitors encounter. “Our customers are smart people, who want to protect the wild places their Range Rovers and Land Rovers can take them,” said Land Rover Las Vegas General Manager Ray DiNardi, before dishing up chili and cobbler at a chuck wagon lunch for the weary Mojave Road travelers. “We stress the importance of safe operation, support environmental groups, and regularly sponsor efforts to clean up the desert.” Sharon K. Schafer, a Boulder City-based nature artist, came away impressed with Land Rover Las Vegas’ commitment to sharing and preserving the desert experience. “A lot of those people would never have gone” if it had had not been for the organized excursion, she said. “I have always had great respect for Ray (DiNardi), and in our discussions he has always talked about how he imparts the idea that we should leave no trace behind. “I am in love with the Mojave Desert, an amazing, beautiful and fragile land.” Fragile, however, does not describe the Land Rovers and Range Rovers put to use that day. While the Mojave Road is rutted, rocky and sandy, it’s fairly level and was not unduly challenging for the vehicles. Organizers chose an LR2, the smallest in the Land Rover line, to lead the group, knowing that if the LR2 could clear an obstacle, then so too would its larger cousins. The all-wheel drive LR2 performed flawlessly, demonstrating the power and nimbleness that prompted edmonds.com to observe: “If your intent is to take your small luxury crossover SUV off-road, then the LR2 should be near the top of your consideration list.” The turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission quietly and quickly ate up the road on the way back to Las Vegas, showing why the LR2 earned a spot among U.S. News & World Report’s top luxury SUVs. On a quiet ride home, the intuitive, 7-inch touch screen that controls GPS, phone and the sound system let the tired driver enjoy the trip instead of fidgeting with buttons on a console. During a day that saw the odometer advance well over 300 miles, the LR2 lived up to Land Rover’s reputation as a vehicle that appeals to those who appreciate both mud and caviar.

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hat does it take to break Twitter? On March 2, the Internet site devoted to sending out 140-character “tweets” was overwhelmed by retweets and views of a picture sent out by Ellen DeGeneres. The host of the Oscars “decided” to take a picture of herself and some of her friends during the ceremony, and talked up the prospect of bringing Twitter to its cyberspace knees in the process. (Some cried foul later, saying it was a crass product placement for Samsung, which reportedly ended up giving a total of $3 million to two of Ellen’s charities afterward as an apparent act of contrition.) The snap, featuring such Hollywood heavyweights as Angelina and Brad, Meryl, Julia and J-Law and Lupita (who really should be a one-named star any day now), was taken at arm’s length by Bradley Cooper. It has become, perhaps, the world’s most famous selfie. Of course, this begs the question: What is a selfie and why has it taken over our social media? The first part of that question is easy to answer. A selfie is a photograph of you, taken either by extending your arm to encompass your head and your surroundings, or by shooting into a mirror to get a full-length view. The term itself, selfie (or selfy), has been around for the better part of a decade, showing up as a definition in the Urban Dictionary website as early as 2005. In 2013, the Oxford Dictionary named it the “Word of the Year.” The second part of the question, though, well that’s a bit more complicated. Taking a picture of yourself in a mirror has been around as long as there’s been cameras (and, really, since there’s been mirrors, artists have been painting self-portraits). Extending your arm out as far as possible to grab a shot of yourself was probably invented within minutes of the invention of the handheld Instamatic camera. Yet, today, talk of selfies is a trending topic for academics and lay people. It’s almost a requirement if you have a presence on social media. And, if psychological and feminist blogs are to be believed, selfies just might be the downfall of Western civilization. Headlines like “The Evolution of Selfie Culture: Self-Expression, Narcissism or Objectification? (feminspire.com),” “Selfies Aren’t Empowering. They’re a Cry for Help. (jezebel.com November 2013),” and “Science Confirms That Selfies Are the Worst (Dailylounge.com February 2014)” show the changes heading our way. What’s really changed, though, is access. While we’ve always taken pictures of ourselves, back in the Dark Room Ages when our medium was film, we had to be selective. It wasn’t cheap to process a negative, in terms of money or time. And, except for Polaroid, it wasn’t instant. We’d hold our arms out and snap the shutter and pray to the Kodak gods that we got everything in frame and in focus. If we didn’t, oh well. We saved the remaining frames on our rolls of 24 or 36 for shots we could line up and get right. Then came the advent of digital cameras, where we could immediately see what we had done and how good it looked. And if we didn’t like it, we could erase it and try again (we might keep a few attempts, but, hey, memory cards were expensive!). We still had to wait until we got home to do anything with them, though. We had a fair bit of time between download and upload to self edit and decide if we really wanted to put those pictures out for public consumption via MySpace and AOL, or even just emailing them to close friends and family. Then came cell phones (particularly those with front-facing lenses) and everything changed drastically.

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to another level and post pictures of themselves on these sites,” ranted Chris O’Shea in a Daily Lounge piece from February 2014. He went on to cite a business school professors’ report about how “people who post more selfies have shallow relationships with people.” Over on ezebel.com, Erin loria yan had this to say: “Selfies aren’t empowering they’re a high tech re ection of the fucked up way society teaches women that their most important quality is their physical attractiveness.” urthermore, she says, “Young women take selfies because they don’t derive their sense of worth from themselves, they rely on others to bestow their self-worth on them — just as they’ve been taught. From the time they’re itty bitty, little girls are bombarded with images of idealized female forms.” In reality, the selfie is an equalizer. It levels the playing field because anyone can take a selfie and post it. Instagram, a mobile app designed to add filter effects to photos and share them among its users (and on other social media), has close to 100 million photos tagged as selfie. So with all those images out there, it should be easier to see everyone is different and unique, right? Pamela Rutledge, over on PsychologyToday.com, says yes. “In spite of the wealth of negative headlines, there are several reasons for selfies that have nothing to do with narcissism,” the academic says. In an article from April 2013, she lists nine reasons in support of her assertion, from identity exploration to creating a life narrative through pictures and, yes, normalization. “ etween profiles pictures and selfies on photo sharing sites, there are many more photos of ‘real’ people images compared to idealized images by thousands.” In fact, social media are using the selfie itself to promote this idea. With mimetic movements such as Reddit’s “Pretty Girls Ugly Faces” from 2013, where users posted side-by-side images of themselves looking all made up, and then making as ugly a face as possible, being used to completely buck the trend, things are moving in the right direction. And last March the nomakeupselfie in the U helped raise millions for cancer research. Even pop stars are getting in on the action, with Australia’s Lorde posting selfies showing her blemishes and imperfections, letting her millions of followers know it’s O to look, well, however you look. And at the end of the day, what the social media pictures do is help bring us together. They can teach us all: good and bad, proper and obscene, the right way to be and the way we should avoid. Images don’t need language to be understood, they need intent. And they need us to “like” the ones that reinforce the positive.

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egas thrives on hyperbole. So rave reviews and cab-top ads about a hot spot on the Strip raise suspicion that it’s puff stuff. However, Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at The Cosmopolitan deserves the superlatives. For dining, drinking and entertainment, it’s a winning trifecta. What’s more, thanks to a “casual elegance” dress code, its clientele eschews the grungy look that pervades Vegas, especially when the weather warms. Some men even sport jackets, and women wear fashionable outfits. In short, the ambiance suggests a stylish night on the town. You have to be at least 21 to get past the handsomely garbed quartet of greeters. They open the heavy paneled doors leading to a paneled foyer. It looks like a dead end until your host opens one of the unobtrusive doors leading to “The Library,” one of several dining venues (left) — our first destination; “The Study” lounge (middle); or “The Ballroom” theater (right). According to our server, “Rose. Rabbit. Lie.” has no specific mean-

ing, despite the Alice-in-Wonderland-themed mural at the end of The Library. Hits from the 1920s to 1940s, including Fred Astaire tap dancing, set the mood. The relaxed, subdued décor is complemented by elegant napkins, lovely glassware and flatware embellished with a painted floral design. The handsome menu is closed with a decorative copper-hued seal embossed with a rose. The food on the tapas-focused menu is absolutely fantastic! No wonder. Daniel Boulud protégé Wesley Holton, who fueled his fame in Las Vegas at Daniel Boulud Brasserie at WYNN, now hangs his toque at RRL. Our selection from the extensive, creative cocktail menu was the El Diablo, a spicy concoction of Tequila, lime, ginger root, Crème de cassis, and ginger beer garnished with a wheel of candied ginger. They also offer “flasks” of cocktails that provide about four to five pours, and have a varied wine list. If you define tapas as inconsequential, frequently lackluster, appetizers with a new name, you haven’t experienced Holton’s imaginative, distinctive interpretation of this trendy dining phenom. Beet www.davidlv.com | MAY 2014

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salad showcases tender, crisp morsels of the baby yellow and red varieties, ladled with a piquant dressing spiked with yogurt and balsamic. Pears star in the Waldorf salad accented with blue cheese. You can almost stick a pin in the “From the Sea” section and reel in a winner. They serve amazing oysters Rockefeller, crispy fried and accented with house-cured bacon and spinach doused with Chartreuse. Asparagus and sea beans accompany pan-roasted Atlantic salmon. Chorizo cozies up to sautéed calamari. Creamed spinach and Nevada raisins elevate Loup de Mer en Croute. One of the most voluptuous seafood choices is Lobster Newberg served in a lidded ramekin. You’re awash in a scintillating sea of sensational flavors and textures. The “Plates Around the Table” selections continue the gourmet adventure. Four delicious choices: Chunky Steak Tartare is kicked up a notch with Worcestershire gelée and enriched with egg emulsion; islands of chicken oysters are surrounded by bright green watercress broth that’s more like a puree; short rib Stroganoff pairs tasty chunks of meat with “lids” of thin squares of pasta and Maitake mushrooms; and rabbit fricassée, a stew-like mélange, combines carrots, rose petals and Beech mushrooms à la Grecque doused with sauce Zingara. For dessert, chocoholics will rejoice since four of the seven selections headline their favorite. My choice? Chocolate Terrarium, the ultimate indulgence, with chocolate buttermilk cake, chocolate custard, chocolate “dirt,” all crowned with hazelnut ice cream, hazelnut feullitine and edible flowers. Ben Spungin, RRL’s executive pastry chef, masterminds these pleasures. RRL has an extensive caviar service, including caviar tacos and caviar flat bread. You may also pop for 500 grams of Hackleback Sturgeon Caviar at $785. One suggestion of a menu section titled “Feast” lists a whole roasted giant Alaskan Red King Crab for $1,200. RRL is definitely a dining destination. Food is not the only exciting experience in The Library. Midway through our meal an exotic chanteuse circulated among the diners

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as she sang. Shortly afterward, a Mozartian-attired and bewigged gentleman (Englishman Robert Tiso) stepped onto one of the platforms running behind and on top of the banquettes and performed on a glass harp, a conical “instrument” made of overlapping circles of glass and illuminated with a rosy glow. Quite otherworldly. He also appeared in the show playing 39 “tuned” water glasses, another form of “glass harp.” More entertainment appeared when lights blazed and jazz blared from the adjoining Study, audible and visible because the wall separating the two spaces was a mesh screen. The band was formidable — piano, bass, trumpet, saxophone, accordion, et al. … variety and dynamite sound. Three dancers clad in jodhpurs, Robin Hood outfit and flappers-era beaded gown gyrated atop the piano. We migrated to The Ballroom for the hour-plus “Vegas Nocturne” performed in a “three-quarter-round” setting. The stage is cleverly configured: a revolving section from which “runway” sections extend into the audience, ending with a round stage. Sections raise and lower. When the show begins, the round portion is topped by a pile of palm branches resembling a giant mound of driftwood or heap of dinosaur rib bones. Enter Lara Jacobs, the “Balance Goddess,” dressed as a sexy Pocahontas in feathered bikini with a single white feather in her long, tousled, reddish-blond hair. She balances all the www.davidlv.com | MAY 2014

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palm branches, one after another, on each other, starting with the white feather atop the smallest branch. She picks up each branch with her toes. Branch three balances on branch two, and so on until she finally reaches 14, which has a sturdy base on one end that she tilts upward to form a stand for what has become an enormous, awesome Alexander Calder-like mobile that reaches out above the rapt audience … until she removes the white feather and the entire structure collapses. Alex Gurkevych and Svetlana Kizilova from the Ukraine, an impressive adagio pair, execute seemingly effortless lifts and counterbalances. Double-jointed Norwegian contortionist “Captain Frodo” squirms through two tennis racket frames, 12 and 10 inches in diameter, respectively. American contortionist Elayne Kramer performs amazing convoluted poses. French tightrope walker Julien Posada defies gravity with mind-boggling aerial summersaults. When an usher handed out shower curtains to people seated in the front row as a large, white Victorian bathtub rotated onto the stage, we knew a shower bath would follow. It does with the arrival of tall, muscular Englishman David O’mer wearing only skinny jeans. He climbs into the bathtub … and instantly reveals it’s full of water. Dripping wet, spouting water like a whale, and gleefully dousing the audience, he swings and twists in aerial maneuvers while suspended on bungee-like straps. Creative and one of a kind, Rose. Rabbit. Lie. reinvents and elevates Las Vegas night life. Located on the second floor of The Cosmopolitan, next to the food hall Wicked Spoon, Rose. Rabbit. Lie. is open Wednesday through Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. Shows run at 7:30, 9:30 and midnight. For information about reservations, tickets, and post-midnight partying: www.roserabbitlie.com; 877-667-0585. Facebook: RoseRabbitLie; Twitter: @roserabbitlie; Instagram: @roserabbitlie. Dining and show reservations are strongly recommended.



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A Family Legacy It would be easy to write off the success sisters Alex and Katie Epstein have had at 29 and 26, respectively. The managing partners of El Cortez Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas are also the daughters of Kenny Epstein, its CEO and chairman, so one might assume the native Las Vegans were groomed all their lives to take over the almost 75-year-old property. Nothing could be further from the truth. “I think neither of our parents expected us to get into the family business,” Alex says, asserting that her mom and dad wanted their four children to get good educations and explore their own passions. Alex attended Columbia University in New York with the intention of becoming a doctor. But as she began to study for the standardized exam for admission to medical school, she realized her interests and focus had shifted. She came home to Las Vegas and worked for about a year in various parts of her father’s casino, the perfect time to find herself amid the burgeoning Fremont East Entertainment District. “Downtown exploded and there was a lot of youth coming back into the neighborhood,” Alex says. “It was a really fun experience for me – to not only work with my dad and learn the family business, but to be a part of something that was really big and lasting.” She got more involved with the El Cortez and the community, often bridging the gap between the young, hip street scene and the older gambling culture. Alex moved into an executive position with the casino, after the success she had spearheading the renovation of the rundown Ogden House across from the El Cortez into the über-cool Cabana Suites. But her transition to a leadership role didn’t come easily. “It was intimidating because I was 23 and I was a girl and I was the boss’ daughter,” Alex says. “It would have been easy to have a lot of preconceived notions about who I was and about my work ethic. So I think at the time it was both intimidating and motivating for me to jump in and prove myself worthy.” Alex worked hard to build community and city relationships, meeting as many people as possible. She used her connections and increased influence to champion the Emergency Arts collective that

opened in the old Fremont Medical Center, as well as the Vegas StrEATS and Downtown Cares projects. “Vegas kind of made it easy,” Alex says. “Vegas is a city where that’s possible for somebody who’s young and a woman. The city really put their faith in a lot of young people who were earnestly trying to do things.” Like Alex, Katie had no designs on joining the family business. She studied child psychology at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development in Nashville, where she stayed to earn her master’s degree in education, intending to become a special education teacher. “There was a point where I was Nashville-obsessed,” Katie says. “At a certain point, Vegas and my family just brought me back.” After Katie returned to Las Vegas, her father suggested she get a job at Wynn Las Vegas, because he “believes in learning from the best.” Like her sister before her, Katie worked on “a little bit of everything” at Wynn before joining Alex, who had already blazed the trail at the El Cortez. “Her passion for all things downtown and the El Cortez was infectious,” Katie says. “She emanated pride and excitement for downtown.” Although they hold different titles, Katie and Alex’s duties overlap, thanks to Alex’s frequent travels back to Columbia Business School, where she is finishing an executive MBA program. But neither sister’s day is ever the same, involving a constant rotation of meetings, interviews, auditions and other duties related to running the hotel and casino and building its relations in the downtown community. Katie and Alex say they see families and children in their future (Alex is getting married in September). But they agree that for the foreseeable future the El Cortez — and downtown Las Vegas — will be their home and their passion. “It’s an honor to have a family business,” Alex says. “Whether that means solely a casino business, or if it grows larger in scope, we have an interest in continuing a legacy.”

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An Eye For Art When Amanda Nelle Harris opened the Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art at downtown’s Soho Lofts in 2012, with partners Sam Cherry and Michael Vakneen, she did so under less-than-ideal conditions: Neither she nor her collaborators had ever run an art gallery. “I didn’t know what working in a gallery meant,” Harris says. “I definitely didn’t think sales had anything to do with it.” On top of that, with its location just outside the 18b Las Vegas Arts District proper, and the unknown-to-Vegas status of opening artist Wess Dahl-Berg (who moved here from Los Angeles to work “under the radar”), Harris says her biggest challenge at first was getting people in the door. “No one would come” to her opening exhibit, she says. “People were not interested.” Two years and many successful art shows and standing-roomonly events later, Harris no longer has a problem getting people to show up at her gallery. It’s become one of the hallmarks of the Arts District, known as much for its innovative, streetwise exhibits from national and local artists as for the special events hosted inside its airy, industrial space. But Harris’ path to becoming a major figure in the downtown art scene — and a Las Vegas resident at all — was far from direct. Born and raised just outside Seattle, Harris — who turned 33 in March — fell in love with art at an early age. She attended Brandeis University in Massachusetts, where she majored in art history and sociology. During that time, she studied in Florence, Italy, and after graduating returned to live and work there for a few years before accepting a “serious, well-paying job” in Qatar. The twoyear experience there was “really fun,” according to Harris, but she admits that being a Jew in an Arab emirate on the Persian Gulf — even one as diversely populated as Qatar — was “a major issue.” ”It was a year before I told my best friend there that I was Jewish,”

Harris says. “It was a part of my identity that I just turned off when I went there.” While Harris was overseas, her family moved to Las Vegas. So when she was ready to come back home, it wasn’t exactly by choice that she ended up in Southern Nevada. She went back to school, got her teaching license and taught at the Henderson International School, all with the intention of returning to Florence to teach there. However, after a few years, Harris started to warm up to life in Las Vegas. “I made friends who also weren’t from here,” said Harris, “but the way they lived here was like the way I was living overseas.” Through those people, she met future boyfriend Cherry, the young real estate developer behind Soho and Newport Lofts. It was actually on their first date that the seed for what would become Amanda Harris Gallery was planted. She mentioned that she’d like to work in a museum or gallery one day. “I just wanted to be around art all day,” Harris says. Within a few months, that conversation came back up and led to Harris, Cherry and Vakneen basically building the gallery around the inaugural Dahl-Berg show, converting what was essentially a storage unit on the first floor of Soho Lofts next to The Lady Silvia bar into a chic space for art and discussion, and one of the linchpins of the new urban experience in downtown Las Vegas. There are a few other things to complete that experience Harris would like to see developed, including a weekend farmers market (“I feel like the majority of people work Monday through Friday, 9 to 5,” she says), more restaurants with outdoor seating, and “more grassy areas where I can walk my dog and just hang out in general.” But the one thing this art-loving young woman from the Pacific Northwest would really love to see? “I think Las Vegas needs a museum,” she says, “and I absolutely think the place for it is downtown.”

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Building Communities Through her nonprofit organization, COLAB Las Vegas, Amy Lee Finchem has helped build the reputation and visibility of Vegasbased artists and designers, garnering commissions and contracts for public art and urban improvement projects in the downtown area. But with her next venture, Finchem hopes to do a different kind of building in the city’s core — a very literal kind. “It’s a very small, five-building, 10-unit housing development,” Finchem, 36, says of her latest endeavor. “It’s on the property of Vegas Roots Community Garden. I want to build a prototype that shows and explores how we can live differently.” This initial model of what Finchem calls an “eco village” would be built around an agricultural core, where residents can share in the bounty of gardens yielding fruits, nuts, vegetables and more. She plans to have rainwater collected and filtered safely on site, both via the gardens and surrounding packed gravel pathways. All units would have mudrooms and porches that step down to encourage community interaction and a seamless indoor-outdoor flow. “They’re designed in thinking about the intention of connecting to nature,” she says. Finchem, who studied architecture at UNLV and is a certified residential designer, has been very involved with Vegas Roots the last several years, and lives in an existing duplex on the property with her three children. If this small development project is successful, she envisions building other similar pocket neighborhoods, designed not just to address the problem of unsustainable food systems, but also to create safe, comfortable living situations for older citizens with dementia. “All the projects are socially driven,” she says of her building plans. “If you build developments that are community-driven, people will want to live there.” Although she has lived in Las Vegas most of her life (her family relocated here from Seattle when she was 11), Finchem hasn’t

always been so engrossed in its development. After graduating from Eldorado High School, she left town to attend Southern Utah University in Cedar City, and then spent a year in Salt Lake City “delivering pizza and snowboarding.” But by the time she was 19, she returned home. “When I was that age, I didn’t particularly like Las Vegas,” Finchem says. “But there was Cafe Enigma downtown on Fourth Street, and that’s where I would go and hang out. It felt like there was community there, like there was culture. So I remembered that when I went to start my own business.” That business, of course, was COLAB. Finchem graduated from camping out at The Beat Coffeehouse to borrowing office space at Assemblage Studio and Faciliteq before opening a highly visible office and gallery inside Art Square, where she hosted lectures, panel discussions and exhibitions. Although COLAB no longer has a physical presence downtown, it is still active there, most recently showcasing the designs from the Ogden Underground Public Art Project — it brought together architects and designers to develop proposed upgrades to the Ogden Avenue underpass, between Main Street and City Parkway — at a public event at Downtown Spaces. And Finchem says the city of Las Vegas recently hired her to commission several artists for work on the Neon Gateway project that COLAB started working on in 2012. Although the Zappos-fueled renaissance on and near Fremont Street seems to be all the buzz right now, Finchem — who has served on the boards of the 18b Arts District and the Contemporary Art Center, and would like to see COLAB have its own gallery again someday —says that, “in the long term, I put my money on the Arts District” when it comes to the future of downtown’s redevelopment. “I think there’s a lot of potential here,” she says. “There’s a real grassroots effort in the Arts District. There are people who’ve been there a long time who aren’t going anywhere.”

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Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz A celebration of women By Marisa Finetti


he distinct logo of Lanvin, the world’s a rainbow of deliciously hued colors – pale oldest house of haute couture, might be green, gold, peach, bronze and raspberry – he a bit saccharin for mavens of the hardsometimes incorporates crystals to heighten bitten high fashion world. But the nod the effect. The fabrics, some stonewashed, to preciousness — the founder and her others vaporized, slashed or broken – remain daughter Marguerite holding hands — reminds classy and elegant enough to stand time’s test. that Lanvin has always been about family. The summer collection offers delicate, long, This seems perfectly in tune with what flowing shirtdresses, and floor-sweeping head designer Alber Elbaz envisioned in skirts, and more masculine looks: loose making Lanvin one of the most admired trousers and strong-shouldered tuxedos. brands in the industry, fusing its long and Adding proportion to this magical mix are at, rich heritage with his own unique twist. golden loafers and midi-heels embellished with “I find the logo very emotional,” says jewels, or ultra-fine high heels. The overall the 52-year-old Casablanca native, whose sense is of heightened individuality, rich in collections clearly reflect his love and color and texture. respect for women. Elbaz may have gotten his love for color Elbaz, who immigrated to Israel at age 10, and fine details from his father, a hair colorist, says he and his mostly female team started and his mother, a painter, or perhaps from his virtually from scratch when he became childhood air for drawing. Lanvin’s creative director in 2001. By then he “When I was either 7 or 8 years old,” he says, was already a gifted, refined designer, after “I did a sketch every day of my teacher and stops at Yves Saint Laurent, Guy Laroche what she wore. At the end of the year, I gave and Geoffrey Beene. At Lanvin, he picked her the sketchbook. For me, the sketching of Jeanne Lanvin and Marguerite, 1907 up the threads of the namesake’s legacy. He dresses was about fantasy and dreams.” and his team took their time in building the brand’s contemporary 2014 marks the 125th year in fashion design for the world’s oldest image. The secret, he acknowledges, was in treating the successor to house of couture. Elbaz has upheld the Lanvin legacy by creating Madame Jeanne Lanvin’s original enterprise as a family business. supremely well-made apparel, shoes and accessories. Along the After all, he says, “The nature of fashion is family.” way he has received his share of accolades, the Council of Fashion As Lanvin became a coveted brand for women – daughters, moms Designers of America’s International Award, and a Chevalier and grandmothers alike – Elbaz has shared his celebration for things designation from France’s Légion d’Honneur. female. With each collection, his target audience has fallen for his His passion for his work endures. And his hope is to someday By Lynn Wexler genuinely feminine style and its sense of purpose and wearability. create a dress that enables the wearer to fall in love. As he puts it, That combination has resonated with the young and old, thin and “I’m not interested in creating dresses that make men fall in love with the lady wearing them. I prefer to empower women with shapely, uptown and downtown. their own love.” Lanvin’s 2014 summer collection is all about shimmer. Yet it’s As family, Madame Lanvin and Marguerite surely would approve. designed with great care and sensitivity. The collection sparkles and glistens with metallic tulles, lamé, silks and tweeds. Along with 52 MAY 2014 | www.davidlv.com

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Celebrating Local Woman and their Philanthropy By Lynn Wexler

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arren Buffett and Bill Gates seem to be in a race to give their untold billions away – well, most of them. And they aren’t the only men trying to effect social change for good on a grand scale. But do men, as a gender, have the philanthropy “field” all to themselves? The answer, of course, is an unequivocal no. Just ask Melinda Gates or Angelina Jolie or Oprah Winfrey or Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, or Christine LaGarde (director of the International Monetary Fund) and Solina Chau (she heads the $8.2 billion Li Ka Shing Foundation), and untold others. And this is no recent phenomenon, though the number of contemporary female philanthropists is obviously growing as the reach of feminine political and fi nancial power expands. By some estimates, women will control two-thirds of the wealth in the United States, whether self-made or through inheritance, by 2030. Th at’s two dollars out of every three in private wealth. So, guys, expect the “weaker sex” to continue to flex their philanthropic muscles for years to come. Truth be told, women always have been at the forefront of philanthropy and righteous causes (just as some men have). Some urged tolerance and equality, others an end to slavery and injustice. Some fought for wider participation in polite society, via the ballot box and the halls of Linasha Jerome power. Back then, according to the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University, most women worked in the home, while men spent their days either in the commercial district or in the citadels of power, including churches, synagogues, mosques and legislatures. Still, the Institute posits, “Despite the confi ning role imposed on women, women carved out a distinct place as capable fundraisers, staunch advocates, fearless leaders, dedicated volunteers, powerful forces for social change, and tireless workers for any cause … roles that continue unabated to this day.” In his 1992 book, The Transformation of Charity in Postrevolutionary New England, author Conrad Edick Wright cites the view of 18th century educator Timothy Dwight that women of the early republic were ideally suited to philanthropic work, ready

to “check the vices, refi ne the manners and amend the hearts, of men.” Furthermore, he wrote, “the wants and sufferings of families are incomparably better understood, and more perfectly comprehended, by women, than by men.” As author Wright put it: The early American republic saw a growth in Female Charitable Societies, Ladies’ Friendly Societies and Women’s Benevolent Organizations, groups that worried about the relief and religious education of poor women and children, and the practical and spiritual needs of black families. According to Wright, these so-called Female Societies made their marks by defi ning a “women’s sphere,” and in laying the groundwork for the abolitionist and temperance movements to come. But that was then. What about now? Certainly, some modern women would take issue with the assessment that females are any different inherently from men when it comes to forming a world view. But perhaps as many might argue the opposite, that there are some areas where women might have an intrinsically different vantage point. Jacki Zehner, CEO of Women Moving Millions, believes today’s society is “at a gamechanging moment, where women are at the cusp of fully embracing their enormous fi nancial and philanthropic power to accelerate positive social change.” Sondra Shaw-Hardy, in her book Women & Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World, writes that: “Women do so much to make communities stronger. They embody the delicate balance of strength and compassion, fight for their beliefs, and are strong collaborators, who know how to get things done.” One woman that Shaw-Hardy interviewed, a Fortune 500 CEO, believes in making all the money she can in the corporate sector so she can give it to worthy causes. “I do think our gender and our values play a part in our role as the primary power brokers of philanthropy,” Shaw writes. “I also think it’s important for society to recognize and appreciate the worth of those values.” In 2012, Forbes took the measure of women philanthropists, citing nearly two dozen leaders, including Lady Gaga and such lesser (but no less formidable) luminaries as Helen Clark (overwww.davidlv.com | MAY 2014

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seer of the U.N. Development Program’s $5 billion annual budget) and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey (who heads the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s that doles out hundreds of grants each year to improve health outcomes and health care). Las Vegas has its own share of dynamic women when it comes to things eleemosynary and philanthropic. Linasha Jerome, a Montclair, N.J., native, moved to Las Vegas at 10 with her mother. Awestruck by the Strip’s lights, energy and sounds – not to mention the convertible her mother had rented – Linasha fell in love with her adopted town. She has loved living and giving here ever since. “My mother and I joined the National Charity League, a mother-daughter nonprofit organization, when I was in high school,” she says. “It was an amazing experience from many perspectives, and sealed my commitment to give to this community, and to pursue my chosen path in the world of nonprofit.” She earned a degree at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law, but “wasn’t happy with the work I was doing as a law clerk. I wanted to do work that I enjoyed.” Eventually, she made the difficult decision to exit the legal world and take a job as director of Health and Family Engagement at the United Way Southern Nevada. “I wanted to work with people who have passion for what they do and care unconditionally about others,” Mylan Hawkins she says. “I found this in the team at United Way. In my new capacity, I collaborate with organizations in the health and education sectors to improve the quality of life for children in our community. In the health sector we accomplish this through partnerships with Future Smiles, Helping Kids Clinic and the UNLV School of Medicine.”“In Family Engagement we assist our partner, Child Development Centers, with important family engagement programming at various educational sites. As co-chair of the UW Downtown Achieves committee, I poll … parents and educators to implement improved family engagement initiatives. I belong as well to UW’s Young Philanthropists Society, which further broadens my horizons in philanthropy,” Linasha says. “I urge people to contact the United Way Volunteer Center. It’s a one-stop shop connecting individuals, families, groups and

corporations with volunteer opportunities that suit their interests and the time they have to give. It’s a rewarding experience!” Linasha recently founded her own philanthropic group called Ladies Who Dine LV. “I love the culinary experience. My husband, Stephan, is a managing partner at a popular Summerlin restaurant. Plus, food gathers people socially.” Each quarter, she brings extraordinary women together to dine at different hot spots, pairing a philanthropic effort with each event. “This past December we dined at Honey Salt and raised funds to sponsor an elementary school learning garden with Green Our Planet at Mabel Hoggard Elementary. Our next event entailed volunteering in the morning at The Shade Tree Shelter, followed by dining at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. We’re women joining forces to effect change, while building friendships and improving community.” Mylan Hawkins grew up in the world of Jewish philanthropy in Chicago, and was encouraged by her father to give. She is listed in Who’s Who of American Women for her leadership in the 1989 Campaign for Choice that countered anti-abortion forces in Nevada. In those days, skeptics wondered if her side could win. “It’s a gamble all right,” she told them. “But we’re a gambling state and the odds are good. All I can say to our supporters is don’t crap out on us. I’ll bet 80 percent of the men in Nevada have visited a brothel … and we all know how they’re going to vote,” she supposedly said while twirling a silver-glitter shoe. Mylan moved to Florida in her early 20s with her then husband. Their son was born prematurely, in a hospital ill equipped to handle his needs. Afterward, she spearheaded a multimilliondollar effort to build a state-of-the-art neonatal center. She got help from Anita Bryant – the former Miss America turned singer – who had a difficult delivery herself during the birth of her twins in the same hospital. Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital is now home to one of the largest neonatal intensive care units in the nation, and is known worldwide for its cutting-edge research and care for critically ill infants. Mylan moved to Nevada in 1976 with her husband Prince Ash-

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ton Hawkins, a Type 1 diabetic. “We were surprised to find that health care in Nevada was without programs and services for diabetics. So I opened the Diabetes Education Center in Reno, where we lived. It was the first diabetes program in the state … a free, six-week class that met once a week for four hours. The then Sparks Family Hospital wanted a similar program, so I gave it to them a few years later at no charge,” Mylan says. Later, she raised money to send child diabetics to summer camp, and for emergency medical supplies for those without insurance and in need of insulin and test strips.The Nevada Diabetes Association now has locations is Reno, Las Vegas, and northern California, serving children, teens and adults with Type 1 and 2 diabetes. “We’re a community organization, as opposed to a national one,” Mylan says. “Our website is chock-full of information about: our many diabetes camps for kids, teens and families; our monthly free education and support groups called DCAF (Diabetes for Children and Families); our emergency medical supplies; Injection Connection for teens; numerous fundraisers such as golf tournaments, wine tastings, bowlathons … “ She’s the first to admit that raising money isn’t always easy. But Mylan says she wakes up each day “with a goal in mind, (turns) to Ashton and says, ‘We can do this.’ And we always do.” Jane Schorr Jane Schorr’s work in philanthropy essentially began when she, husband Marc and their two children moved to Las Vegas in 1984. “Growing up in New York, I was witness to my parents and grandparents always giving one way or another, and always to Jewish causes,” she says. “My grandfather donated much needed ambulances to Israel. And my mother and grandmother frequently attended fundraising events in support of the different Jewish organizations.” Within a year of arriving in Vegas, Jane was urged to join Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation. She didn’t hesitate and has been involved ever since. “Now my daughter-in-law has joined me in the effort!” she says proudly. “Second only to Hadassah, the oldest Jewish women’s philan-

thropic organization in America, WP today comprises more than 800 women in our Jewish community, who last year contributed over $700,000,” Jane says. “These are women from all ages and stages of life, representing all segments of the Jewish community. We welcome women interested in networking, donating, volunteering and strengthening our Jewish community to check out the numerous opportunities to get involved. “WP members give one or more of the three T’s - time, talent and treasure. They understand the importance of giving and community as served by our Jewish Federation,” Jane says. Opportunities to donate or volunteer include the Annual Campaign, the Lion of Judah Luncheon, the Pomegranate Society, the Women’s United Luncheon, Outreach and Educational Programs and the Women’s Book Group, she adds. “At one point I was able to provide venues for our various events,” says Jane, “because Marc was the (chief operating officer) at various casinos. When WP member Sheryl Goldstein and I teamed up – her husband is president of the Venetian and Palazzo Hotels and Casinos – we became known as ‘the dynamic duo.’” Incoming President Fran Fine calls WP “the single most significant Jewish Women’s Organization in the Las Vegas Jewish Community, helping to raise much-needed funds to support the Federation’s beneficiaries, such as the JCC, JFSA, Jewish Day Schools and many other local organizations; as well as providing support to Israel and Jews in need around the world.” Outgoing WP President Karin Sporn enjoyed the teamwork, friendships, enthusiasm and generosity of the women during her two years at the helm. “We share the same goals … to change the world by the work we do, and to keep Jewish life alive.” Schorr says it’s exciting to see how the WP has grown over the past few years, “particularly under the supportive leadership of Federation President and CEO Elliot Karp. “Our future looks bright.” She is also involved with other local charities. But for her “it’s a no-brainer where my priorities and loyalties for giving must and do lie.” www.davidlv.com | MAY 2014

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Works her ‘Magic’ in Las Vegas’ ‘Summer Nights’ Olivia Newton-John is a living legend. The singer, actress and activist has had multiple hit movies and songs during her career, including the chart-topping “Physical” in 1981. In April, she embarked on her “Summer Nights” show at the Flamingo Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas. “Hotel Sessions,” Newton-John’s newest EP, produced by her nephew, Brett Goldsmith, is on sale now at the Flamingo. A breast cancer survivor, Newton-John created the “Olivia” breast-exam aid. On May 3 in Indianapolis, the entertainer will take part in “Pink and Blue for Two,” a mini-marathon to benefit a cancer charity her other nephew, Emerson, founded. DAVID: A little girl I know wanted to be your character, Sandy, from “Grease” for last Halloween. To what do you attribute that movie’s appeal 36 years later? NEWTON-JOHN: (Laughs). I think there is something timeless about the story. You know, people love the ‘50s, and they love the whole costume and makeup and the hair and everything. People find the ‘50s fun. I think the music was very romantic. If I knew the secret, I would have bottled it, and done it again. That movie just has kind of a magic energy … The producers used to come by the set every day and rev us up, and tell us how great the day was looking and what great energy it had … Because we were all in our 20s, and we all had to be 16 or 17 … (Laughs). We all felt that age anyway. And somehow or another, the way we shot it, and the way the chemistry worked with everyone, it was just one of those magical moments. DAVID: How do you feel about the continued and unexpected popularity of your other big movie, “Xanadu”? NEWTON-JOHN: Oh, that’s funny, because that movie became kind of iconic, too. But I think it was really the music, because some of the script wasn’t that great. But now it is kind of funny, and the music (like “Magic”) really lasts (laughs). DAVID: What was it like to dance with the legendary Gene Kelly in “Xanadu?” NEWTON-JOHN: It was scary, of course! I

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