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THE WATERCOOLER LET’S TALK PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST This past week marked two distinct celebrations of the State of Israel’s 70th birthday. One was the official opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem. The other was an acknowledgement in Washington, D.C., by Israel of 70 Americans who contributed to its success since Israel’s modern-day birth as a nation. I am singling out two recipients of that special honor. Hank Greenspun and Al Schwimmer represent hundreds of Americans who volunteered in 1948 to help give birth to the Jewish State. Of course, I am biased. I grew up in Hank Greenspun’s home, and I knew BRIAN Al Schwimmer GREENSPUN most of my life. They have been called heroes both by those charged with prosecuting them for violating the Neutrality laws of the United States and the presidents of the United States who ultimately granted them pardons for their selfless and heroic acts. While accepting the honor bestowed upon my father this past week, I thought about the man who inspired Al, Hank and the others to act as they did at the beginning—Israel’s founding Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion. It was Ben-Gurion’s vision and determination that willed Israel into existence and helped it survive the impossible odds of a war for survival against millions of its Arab neighbors whose single motivation was to drive the Jews into the Mediterranean Sea. And after the 1967 Six-Day War, Ben-Gurion looked over the newly acquired Golan Heights, West Bank and Gaza Strip and proclaimed that given a choice between all that territory and peace, he would prefer peace. So why hasn’t it happened? Why, so many decades later, is Israel still fighting its way from one war to another? Will we be asking these or similar questions 70 years from now at Israel’s 140th birthday? I hope not. Those who volunteered 70 years ago showed leadership and the moral courage to pursue what was right and just. Today we need the kind of leadership over there and here at home that will give value to Ben-Gurion’s preference, which, with the exception of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, was to give it all back for peace. That is the way for Israel to be a shining light unto the nations.

WEEK IN REVIEW WEEK AHEAD EV E N T S T O F O L L OW A N D N EWS YO U M I SS E D

UNLV commencement: Graduates wave to family members during UNLV’s 2018 spring commencement ceremony at the Thomas & Mack Center on May 12. About 3,000 students from 37 states and 57 countries participated in the ceremonies, President Len Jessup’s last before leaving UNLV for a new role as president of Claremont Graduate University. (Steve Marcus/Staff)


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Cover story: EDC lights up the Speedway Health & Wellness: The benefits of acroyoga Nine big XS nights, EDC Week parties, Sheila E. & more News: Gearing up for Nevada’s governor’s race VEGAS INC: North Las Vegas sees credit boost

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STORIES FROM LAST WEEK NEVADA SUES DRUGMAKER One of the country’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturers knowingly exaggerated claims about the effectiveness of its drugs to mislead Nevada doctors to prescribe more painkilling opioid pills to patients, state Attorney General Adam Laxalt said May 15. His office announced it was suing Purdue Pharma and its affiliate companies after a two-year investigation. SPORTS BETTING NATIONWIDE Nevada is no longer exclusive for sports bettors. A 1992 law that barred most state-authorized sports gambling in the United States, with our state being an exception, was struck down by a 6-3 vote of Supreme Court justices May 14. The NFL, which has a team moving to Las Vegas in 2020, issued a statement: “Congress has long recognized the potential harms posed by sports betting to the integrity of sporting contests and the public confidence in these events. Given that history, we intend to call on Congress again, this time to enact a core regulatory framework for legalized sports betting.” HARRY REID UNDER THE KNIFE Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, arguably the most powerful politician in Nevada’s history, underwent surgery May 14 to remove a tumor from his pancreas. The surgery was successful, according to a statement by Reid’s former deputy chief of staff, and Reid will undergo chemotherapy.

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The so-called leaks coming out of the White House are a massive over exaggeration put out by the Fake News Media in order to make us look as bad as possible. With that being said, leakers are traitors and cowards, and we will find out who they are! (May 14)

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HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR TO SPEAK Marthe Cohn, 98, a former French spy whose sister was killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp, on May 23 will share stories of her near-death experiences and how her interactions with German forces helped her obtain valuable insight on Nazi strategies and positioning. The event will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Adelson Educational Campus, 9700 Hillpointe Road, Las Vegas.

KNIGHTS STRIKE BACK

After losing the first game of the Western Conference Finals in Winnipeg, the Vegas Golden Knights got two goals from Jonathan Marchessault on the way to a series-tying 3-1 victory May 14. The two teams played Game 3 at T-Mobile Arena on May 16 and will play again in Las Vegas on May 18 before heading back to Winnipeg for Game 5 on May 20. (Associated Press)

LET’S SHARE A DOG

Four years ago, Cheryl Moss and Russ Petersen founded Let’s Join Paws with one goal: to keep dogs out of shelters and in loving homes. Recently, the pair changed the name to Let’s Share A Dog, leaving no question as to what their Vegas-based animal welfare group does. In April, they launched an app to help people share their dogs by pairing busy owners up with responsible dog lovers. The app, which has around 300 active users, is ideal for pet lovers who can’t commit to owning their own dog but have extra time to help current dog-owners with walks and play time. Bottom line? “We don’t want dogs to be abandoned or destroyed,” Moss said. After all, “It’s the dog that suffers when life gets in the way.” For more information visit letsshareadog. org. –Leslie Ventura

CANNABIS MUSEUM TO OPEN DOWNTOWN

Cannabition, an “immersive, Instragrammable cannabis museum,” opens Downtown this July. Packed tightly inside will be a series of “nonconsumption, multisensory art installations” that tell the cannabis story “from seed to harvest.” At the heart of this green world will be a 24-foot-tall glass “Bongzilla,” created by Jerome Baker Designs. The Indiegogo campaign to shape this beast is set at $42,000, and the perks include such premiums as T-shirts and your name inscribed on the “Wall of Buds.” igg.me/at/ cannabition/x –Weekly Staff


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LIVING THE SUMO WRESTLING LIFE UNDERSTANDING AN ANCIENT JAPANESE TRADITION BY WEEKLY STAFF

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umo wrestling is more than 2,000 years old and has remained largely unchanged since its inception. It is Japan’s most popular professional spectator sport but has waned in viewership and participation in recent years. With the sport

practiced in more than 60 countries, entrepreneurs and sumo enthusiasts see lots of potential in bringing sumo to new markets, including Las Vegas. Here’s what you need to know about the ancient Japanese sport:

A LONG HISTORY Sumo wrestling is intricately entwined with Shinto ritual, having first emerged as entertainment for the gods to honor the spirits and ensure a bountiful harvest. The sport’s traditions and etiquette were shaped by traveling samurai mercenaries, known as ronin, who wrestled for money. Official sumo rules were introduced in the early 1600s, s, when the first professional sumo wrestlers emerged.

CHARACTERISTICS OF A WRESTLER Rikishi: Sumo wrestler. Most sumo wrestlers are recruited at about age 15. They are expected to immediately start growing their hair to form a chonmage, or topknot, similar to the hairstyle of the samurai, and wear traditional clothing at all times in public. Their lives are very much controlled and revolve almost entirely around training and tradition. In Japanese culture, rikishi are considered the embodiment of the country’s most prized virtues: dignity, honor, discipline and strength (although modern scandals have called that into question). Most sumo wrestlers are big in stature but fit. They train for hours each day and aim to add as much girth as possible through exercise and diet. In the ring, bigger typically is better, since the wrestlers use their size and weight to throw their opponents out of the ring. The average rikishi today is 6 feet tall and 326 pounds. However, smaller champions have emerged, most notably Pavel Bojar, the “skinny sumo” from the Czech Republic. Until the early 20th century, most sumo wrestlers were lean and muscular. Sumo wrestling has contended with many scandals in recent years, including allegations of fixed matches, gambling and violence. Last November, a grand sumo champion was accused of assaulting a younger wrestler with a beer bottle, an ice pick, an ashtray, a microphone and a karaoke remote control.

SUMO ATTIRE Mawashi: Sash. The 26-foot length of silk is wound around and between the wrestler’s legs, over and over again, then tied at the back. Higher-ranking wrestlers wear white belts; lowerranking wrestlers wear black belts A sumo match ends immediately if a wrestler loses his mawashi mawashi, and the naked rikishi is disqualified. In 2000, a wrestler became the first rikishi in 83 years to lose a bout because of a clothing malfunction.

Six annual grand sumo tournaments in Japan. Each lasts 15 days. The goal is to end with more wins than losses. Victories determine ranking and pay.


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YOKOZUNA The highest ranking for a wrestler. Since 1746, only 72 rikishi have reached this status.

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THE MATCH Sumo bouts typically last only a few seconds, but the buildup to the fight can last significantly longer. The wrestlers fling handfuls of rock salt into the ring to purify it. They offer their upturned palms to the heavens to show they aren’t carrying concealed weapons. They slap their bodies, squat and glare at their opponents, trying to intimidate. The match doesn’t begin until both wrestlers place their hands on the ground at the same time. Then, almost instantaneously, they leap up to begin wrestling. The match ends when one of the wrestlers is thrown out of the ring or any part of his body besides the soles of his fee touches the ground. There are 70 official winning techniques, but most of the action centers around a wrestler trying to grab the opponent’s sash and throw, trip or lift him.

Gyoji typically begin their careers as teenagers and remain employees of the Japan Sumo Association until they retire at 65. The first sumo referees emerged in the 1500s. Before then, emperors determined winners. In the early days of sumo, a gyoji would have to commit on-the-spot seppuku, or ritual disembowelment, if he made the wrong call during a match. Today, the gyoji are simply expected to resign if they make a bad call.

Slapping, shoving and headbutting are allowed. Kicking, punching with a closed fist, eye gouging and crotch grabbing are forbidden.

OYAKATA: STABLEMASTER Only former wrestlers who achieve a high enough ranking are eligible to coach in a sumo stable. They also are the only former wrestlers given retirement pay.

HEYA: SUMO STABLE WHAT DO THEY EAT? The go-to meal for sumo wrestlers is chankonabe, a hotpot of meat, fish, vegetables and noodles that rikishi eat in large quantities to put on weight. The wrestlers typically pair it with rice and beer, and occassionally dumplings, omelets or fried chicken. A single meal can top 10,000 calories.

The highestranked sumo stars earn about $300,000 a year. Low-level wrestlers must survive on only a small living stipend.

All sumo wrestlers must be part of a heya, a dormitory where they live and train with coaches and other wrestlers. In Japan, several of these stables are located in Tokyo’s Ryogoku neighborhood, sumo’s traditional heartland. The stables are private, but tourists can book early-morning appointments to watch the wrestlers train. Wrestlers are expected to remain with the same heya for the entirety of their careers. Life at the heya can be difficult, especially for younger wrestlers. The stable is governed by a strict hierarchy, and the more inexperienced wrestlers are expected to cook, clean and wait on the higher-ranked wrestlers. Insiders also have reported bullying and hazing, including a death. A former stable master and three senior wrestlers were convicted of assault in 2009 after the beating death of a 17-year-old rikishi.

DOHYO: RING Sumo wrestling is performed on a raised platform of packed clay sprinkled with sand, on which a 15-foot circle is delineated by sunken rice bales. Two white lines mark the middle of the circle. That is the starting point from which the wrestlers leap up for the clash. Women are never allowed in the dohyo. In early April, the Japan Sumo Association was forced to apologize after female medics were asked to leave a sumo ring while trying to deliver treatment to a local official who had collapsed. In 2000, Japan’s first female governor was barred from entering the dohyo to crown a tournament winner.

A CHANGING SPORT Despite its two-millennia history, sumo has seen a recent decline in popularity in Japan. A record low number of rikishi are entering heyas. Because of the intense and austere lifestyle, many younger Japanese athletes are gravitating more toward baseball or soccer. Some parents also discourage their kids from entering sumo because they fear the health risks of being so large. Picking up the slack, however, are foreigners. Today, many of sumo’s top wrestlers are Mongolian, European or Polynesian. Non-Japanese wrestlers were allowed to compete in sumo starting after World War II. Sources: Japan Sumo Association, Sumo Talk, USA Sumo, Ultimate Sumo League Illustrations by Craig Winzer


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Gearing up for Electric Daisy Carnival’s annual Las Vegas marathon t’s easy to dismiss Electric Daisy Carnival. It’s a mob of sweaty chests shuffling about over hot asphalt to jack-hammering dance music, right? To most, it takes a certain type of person—usually young, restless and unsober—to withstand the gauntlet of inconveniences that come with a festival that draws 140,000 a night. But once you’ve finally parked, entered Las Vegas Motor Speedway, filled your water bottle and started to explore the massive festival grounds, you quickly awe at the multi-sensory, multi-experience wonderland that Insomniac builds from the ground up every year. If you don’t dare wade too deeply into the enormous throngs at the bigger stages, there are always more intimate experiences to be had at the smaller dance areas and on the cruising art cars. If you need a groove breather, enjoy a bit of nostalgia on the numerous carnival rides. Or survey the various art installations, snap the roaming performance artists and lean into a loved one during the fireworks show. Unlike most music festivals, EDC isn’t best enjoyed hopping furiously from one stage to another, but allowing for discovery and escape between the bangers.


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ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL May 18-20, $325 GA (sold out), $699 VIP. Las Vegas Motor Speedway, lasvegas.electric daisycarnival.com.

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At this point, no EDC Vegas feels complete without an epic, emotional and dynamic set from pop-house aficionado Seven Lions.

MOST RELIABLE

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Charlotte de Witte

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Whimsical EDM-pop purveyor Marshmello is a perennial EDC Vegas performer. The masked beat marauder’s reputation (and mainstream stature) is bigger than ever in 2018, however, as he has spent the past year hobnobbing with pop and hip-hop royalty, including Migos, Demi Lovato and Logic.

Tiga Canadian producer/DJ Tiga very quietly snuck into the EDC Vegas lineup in recent weeks, as a last-minute add to Green Velvet’s La La Land Experience. Although the retro-electro act has been in town sporadically in recent years (including a 2016 appearance with Disclosure), he hasn’t performed at the festival since 2013.

Most Likely to PAY TRIBUTE TO Avicii

Best Scene-Starter

Martin Garrix Expect plenty of nods to the late DJ/producer’s music and career—with Dutch DJ Martin Garrix, who co-produced the late superstar’s 2015 smash, “Waiting for Love,” one of the most likely to pay respects to Avicii’s legacy.

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There’s nothing flashy about the urgent, sinewy sets crafted by Charlotte de Witte, although that’s the point: The Belgian DJ/producer sticks to dark techno with a stinging undercurrent and irresistible dance grooves. Bonus: Look for de Witte’s new four-track EP, The Healer, out June 8.

Kittens Kittens (aka Lauren Abedini) is taking LA by storm, thanks to all-women DJ workshops and a rhythmheavy musical approach rooted in colorful hip-hop and blocky electro.

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Green Velvet Presents La La Land Green Velvet always brings something new and unexpected to his EDC Vegas appearances. This year, it’s his La La Land concept at the Neon Garden stage, where the Chicago legend has curated a globally focused lineup featuring acts like Detlef, Gorgon City and Melé.

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KSHMR There’s a reason Berkeley-born KSHMR—formerly part of The Cataracs, production duo behind “Like a G6”—is lurking near the Top 10 of DJ Mag’s DJ ranking list: His eclectic, energetic sets are dizzying pastiches of electro house, Bollywood music and modern pop.

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Marshmello

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Rell the Soundbender’s bio notes he considers his sound “where lasers and drums fight to the death.” That’s a pretty accurate representation of the Panama native’s aggressive and DNA-rearranging musical approach, which draws on trap, Moombahton, hip-hop and house.

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Rell the Soundbender

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Jace Mek Jace Mek’s first DJ set came a little over two years ago in Las Vegas—and now, after a couple of Dim Mak-released singles and a steady stream of gigs, the house music deconstructionist is poised for even greater things.

Mariana Bo

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Mariana Bo draws on classical training to make her booming, in-your-face sets even more unique—in fact, it’s a marvel to watch the Mexican DJ/producer grab her violin and add striking orchestral flourishes above the thumping fray.

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Fisher

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Fisher is no stranger to EDC Vegas—the LA-by-way-ofAustralia DJ performed last year as part of Cut Snake— but has come into his own as a party-starting solo DJ, courtesy of the tech house anthem “Ya Kidding” and the sweltering new jam “Stop It.”

Another late addition to the EDC Vegas lineup thanks to Green Velvet, the Black Madonna is a resident DJ at Chicago’s influential Smart Bar—and a skillful mixer known for her soulful interpolations of disco, techno and classic house grooves.

Maceo Plex has been honing his subtle brand of deep house and techno for decades now. This experience matters, as the sets spun by the Spain-via-U.S. DJ/ producer are minimal, insistent and unique.

Kygo With major-label backing, a new single featuring Miguel (“Remind Me to Forget”) and a U.S. arena tour, expect great things from Norwegian-born dance-pop upstart Kygo both at EDC Vegas—and beyond.

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Maceo Plex

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The Black Madonna

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GABRIEL & DRESDEN RETURN TO THE SPOTLIGHT The “emotional dance music” of Gabriel & Dresden is back, and it’s beautiful. Songs from crowd-funded December release The Only Road—the San Francisco duo’s first artist album in more than a decade—rose to the top of the Beatport charts upon their release and won over fans old and new. We caught up with Dave Dresden prior to this year’s EDC appearance, G&D’s first time playing Las Vegas since 2012. What was it like to be added to the lineup after six years away? It means that we did something that warrants us getting booked at one of the top electronic music festivals in the world. It really feels good that we can continue to do this in a very competitive field.

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How did the idea to use Kickstarter to fund the record come about? We came to a point where we knew we had to make an album, but we were actually motivated. Josh [Gabriel] and I had independently been listening to a lot of music and really

feeling that the direction of music was taking a positive step forward, and we felt like there was an opening for us once again. … It was very daunting idea to ask for money from your fans for a number of reasons. We had no idea what was going to happen, but on the first day we were almost 100 percent funded! You guys have also been getting a lot of support from other folks in the industry. What was the most rewarding feedback you received? Signing with [British label] Anjunabeats was pretty amazing, and we didn’t realize that not only were two members of Above & Beyond backers on Kickstarter, but also their A&R guy was a backer, too. But for me personally, being asked to play Ultra Music Festival was such a landmark thing, because we haven’t played Ultra since, basically, the era of [2004 hit] “As the Rush Comes.” It’s been such an amazing turnaround for our career over the last year that I never really thought it was going to happen again.

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12TH PLANET B2B KILL THE NOISE Dubbed the “King of Dubstep” by Spin and the “U.S. Dubstep Godfather” by Mixmag, 12th Planet already packs a powerful punch on his own. He’ll be teaming with longtime collaborator Kill the Noise, winner of two MTV Video Music Awards, for a basstastic experience.

DJ STEPHANIE B2B LADY FAITH Once again we were disappointed—but sadly, not surprised—by the lack of female representation on the EDC lineup. Still, we were thrilled that one of our favorites, hardstyle maven Lady Faith, is not only playing the fest again, but mixing it up with fierce veteran spinner DJ Stephanie.

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GENIX B2B SUNNY LAX Fusing tech, trance, progressive, house and electro, a Genix set offers something for almost every electronic taste. The former Guinness World Record holder for longest DJ set (84 hours), will throw down with fellow #TranceFamily favorite Sunny Lax. Genix (Courtesy), Sunny Lax (Marton Tunde/Courtesy) Photo Illustration


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If camp was your favorite part of summer as a kid, sorry to disappoint you. Camp EDC will be nothing like that. For the first time ever, the 22nd-annual Electric Daisy Carnival will offer on-site camping, and it won’t be your average sleep-in-your-store-bought-tent and go-dayswithout-showering outdoor experience, like the one I had roughing it at Coachella a decade ago. EDC campers will have access to air-conditioned ShiftPod tents (and an RV option), along with a camp center called the Mesa that will feature activities like daytime pool parties, yoga and exercise classes, a speaker series, go-kart

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The yoga practice that combines exercise, acrobatics and play by Weekly Staff

croyoga—the partner-based practice you’ve likely seen while scrolling your Instagram feed—is much more than a picturesque social media trend. Inspired by acrobatics, traditional yoga and other therapeutic modalities such as Thai massage, acroyoga boasts a growing community of practitioners around the world, as well as an active ensemble here in Las Vegas. “Typically, yoga is an internal, solo practice, but acroyoga is external and social. It’s playtime for adults, and play is releasing,” says Eric Hebard, founder of Body Shrine, an acroyoga studio in the Valley. Though the poses can look intimidating, this experimental practice offers an array of benefits.

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The flyer The person who’s balanced in mid-air, twisted up like a pretzel or on top of someone else. The flyer uses strength and balance to create the elevated part of a pose, while his or her partner lends a stable base to facilitate it.

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For each pose, there are typically three to four participants.

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The spotter(s) While spotters aren’t usually included in the photos you see online, they’re an integral part of the practice. Their job is to keep both the flyer and the base safe and to assist throughout the pose. Depending on experience level, there are typically one or two spotters present.

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How does it compare with other types of yoga? Traditional yoga dates back thousands of years, involves a set number of poses and is often a solitary activity with an emphasis on regulated breathing. While there are many types of yoga, the majority of them remain rooted in the same practice. This is only partially true for acroyoga. “Acroyoga cross-trains yoga and acrobatics, but it’s not locked in traditional yoga,” Hebard said. “There’s much more improvisation and room to create.” The influence of traditional yoga is evident in acroyoga poses—many of which incorporate recognizable positions—but the experience of acroyoga is more akin to partner gymnastics. When Hebard says it’s playtime for adults, he means it.


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The obvious benefits include: exercising with friends, doing something out of the ordinary and taking impressive photos to share later. There are also deeper avenues of benefit that are unique to this partnership practice: Skin-to-skin contact For many adults, physical touch is typically reserved for sexual partners, but acroyoga challenges that construct. The practice lends itself to developing a physical intimacy with others that is platonic, safe and playful. Remember being a kid and horsing around with your friends? Acroyoga is akin to that feeling.

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Trust building In line with close physicality, establishing trust is a powerful component of the experience. After all, you’re either holding someone up, being held yourself, or spotting your teammates to ensure they don’t get injured. “It’s a progressive learning environment and we work as a community to keep it safe,” Hebard says. “Some people develop trust slowly and ease into it over time, whereas others are able to trust right away. All comfort levels have a place in the practice.”

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Acroyoga is a relatively new practice, so the acroyoga community has relied heavily on social media throughout the past decade for promotion and to connect like-minded individuals. “Before there were classes, there were instructional videos on YouTube,” Hebard says. “Once those caught on, more people began seeking out teacher trainings and started connecting on Facebook, and it grew from there.” There are two studios in the country focused only on acroyoga, and one of those is in Las Vegas. There also are several yoga and exercise studios in the Valley that offer special classes on a rotating schedule, and/or resident acroyoga instructors. The acroyoga community hosts regular “jams,” wherein large groups of people show up and practice together in a nonstructured environment. Anyone can participate in jams, regardless of experience level, but taking classes can help people familiarize themselves with the practice.

There are no hard and fast guidelines, but most people can enjoy acroyoga if they’re in a safe, method-based environment. Because acroyoga emphasizes teamwork, it’s a fluid process that requires individuals to adjust for their partners throughout the practice. This makes the experience personal and customizable for all participants. “It’s much more accessible than most people think,” Hebard says. “There’s no such thing as a perfect body or perfect situation, so I recommend that people simply show up, commit and see what happens.”

Where to find Acroyoga in Las Vegas n Body Shrine, 4970 South Arville St. n Check out the Acroyoga Las Vegas Facebook group to find information about upcoming jams and special studio classes

n Talk to your current yoga/ exercise studio and ask if it offers any one-time or specialized classes

Pregnant women and people who are injured may want to talk to a doctor before practicing acroyoga. Hebard also notes that people who are hesitant about human touch and/or physical boundaries should be cautious as well.

n Camp EDC will offer acroyoga sessions throughout the festival weekend

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The Foundry Tony Rock This Brooklyn-born comic— Chris’ brother—is on a hot streak, from BET’s Black Card Revoked to HBO’s Def Comedy Jam revival, All Def Comedy. “I went from watching it on TV to going to the tapings in the cheapest seat, to performing on that stage, to hosting the greatest urban comedy showcase ever,” he says of the HBO gig. See him at SLS Saturday. 8 p.m., $18-$43, 702-7617764. –Brock Radke

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BROOKLYN BOWL GLASS ANIMALS Not many indie-pop acts earn the description “silkysmooth,” but Glass Animals does. Even when the Oxford, England band rocks out—as it does on “Life Itself” and “Poplar St,” from 2016 LP How to Be a Human Being— there’s something beguilingly yacht-rocky about ’em. Let’s see how that chardonnay pairs with bowling. With GoldBoot. 7:30 p.m., $37-$40. –Geoff Carter

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Thanks in large part to Electric Daisy Carnival, anyone who enjoys dancing under the increasingly large house music umbrella can choose from multiple relevant parties this weekend— particularly on Friday. Among the three EDC Week pool-based offerings Friday, Daylight boasts the headliner who frequents Vegas the least: British producer whiz Hot Since 82. He’ll be supported by LA/NYC minimalist maven Lauren Lane, LA legend Doc Martin and our very own Brett Rubin. (11 a.m., $20-$30.) At the same time, California house/ techno favorite Claude VonStroke will lord over the Strip at Drai’s Beachclub party. Joining him is EDC mainstay and Chicago house/tech veteran Green Velvet. (11 a.m., $30-$50.) If you’re looking for a more melodic and occasionally anthemic sound, progressive house giant Eric Prydz is your ticket. He’ll also be commandeering a Stripside pool space, Marquee Dayclub. (11 a.m., $28-$64.) Finally, Chicago house and Mushroom Jazz DJ Mark Farina isn’t an participant in EDC Week, but he’s seizing the welltimed opportunity. His eclectic blend of rhythmic music genres will surely befit Beauty Bar’s outdoor space. (9 p.m., $20.) –Mike Prevatt


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THU, MAY 17 & SUN, MAY 20 | FLAMINGO & LUXOR LGBT POOL PARTIES Revelers now have two LGBT splash bashes from which to choose. Besides Luxor’s long-running Temptation Sundays (noon-7 p.m., $10-$20), the Flamingo Beach Club is launching Electric Safari (9 p.m.-3 a.m., $5-$10), a gay nighttime swim party. –Mike Prevatt

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New Yorkers Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion make synth-pop with a hint of ’60s girl-group flair. They come to Vegas in support of October 2017’s Offering—their first album of new material in four years. With Reptaliens, 8 p.m., $15-$17. –Leslie Ventura

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XS will celebrate its ninth anniversary with nine nights of the biggest parties possible from May 17 to May 28. These mega music events are taking place over Electric Daisy Carnival and Memorial Day weekends and will feature the biggest stars in the Wynn Nightlife galaxy—David Guetta on May 17 and 26, Kygo on May 18 and 27, Diplo on May 19, Marshmello on May 20 and 28 and The Chainsmokers on May 21 and 25. ¶ To explore each of these artists’ significance to XS and Las Vegas, we spoke to the industry leaders that know them best: Wynn Nightlife Executive Director of Talent & Programming Kevin Clark and Executive Director of Artist Development & Strategy Zee Zandi. ¶ We’ve seen and heard these versatile DJs on the decks at XS before, but bringing them together for nine nights across the most memorable club weekends of the year marks a new pinnacle.

DIPLO Clark: “Musically, Diplo is the ultimate tastemaker. He’s always on the cutting edge of new sounds, and it speaks to the fact that his strength is his ability to understand what’s next.” Zandi: “He’s been part of the Wynn family for so many years now, and his sound is so eclectic. He has completely embraced this city—he doesn’t just come in and play; he actually makes the rounds and does all sorts of cool stuff. If you look at what he shows socially, he’s kind of made Vegas his second home.”

THE CHAINSMOKERS Clark: “What’s unique about a Chains show is that it’s more than a DJ set; it’s really a performance-based show. You’ve got Andrew [Taggart] up there singing along to his tracks, and it’s like the audience is getting two shows. And then it’s in this mixed environment at XS, where you can be inside or outside. It’s like seeing a big arena act inside XS, and it feels really intimate and unique.” Zandi: “They’re used to playing concerts to 15,000 or 20,000 people, and here it’s a few thousand. They really are [Vegas] headliners, and we treat all of our residents in that manner.”

DAVID GUETTA Zandi: “I think David has done such a great job of being out there with the new talent, supporting the newer guys through social media and going by their sets. He’s a legend, he’s been around and they look up to him. He does a great job keeping himself connected. He’s always changing up his musical style and playing to the crowd.” Clark: “The nature of our business mandates that you have to stay current with trends, and for us and all our artists, David is someone we work with and lean on to give us input.”

KYGO Clark: “He speaks to a different audience. His style of music is more melodic and just not the typical sound, but still with really high intensity. There’s just a different kind of energy. And the majority of the music he plays is his own, a show that really represents his catalog. He’s really at the forefront of his genre.” Zandi: “We have so many artists that have been with us for a while, and Kygo is someone fresh that hasn’t been seen as much in town. I notice people at his shows have a different familiarity with the music—there are more people singing along with his set.”

MARSHMELLO Zandi: “His team is very involved with everything we do, and they’re always calling in and working with us on new ideas and things to keep him going.” Clark: “Mello has a keen ability to tap into what is now, making his music very relevant and current. That’s why he’s achieved so much in such a short period of time—he hits that sweet spot with his music. He’s connecting with everybody.” Marshmello (Danny Mahoney/Courtesy)

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BASSRUSH MASSIVE AT THE JOINT

Insomniac’s Bassrush brand once again takes over the cavernous music hall for a thundering show starring Borgore, Flux Pavilion, Zeke Beats, Pendulum, Snails and Kai Wachi. May 17, 8 p.m., $29-$70. Hard Rock Hotel, 702-693-5222.

BROWNIES & LEMONADE AT REHAB

Return to the Hard Rock for some Friday pool time when the LA-based events group throws a mini music fest with the Boombox Cartel, Krane, Slumberjack, Yetep, Cray, Ilo Ilo and more. May 18, 11 a.m., $20-$30. Hard Rock Hotel, 702-693-5505.

DUKE DUMONT AT DAYLIGHT

If you thought this sunny pool club had moved away from EDM, think again: the British deep-house king plays Daylight Saturday at the center of a killer EDC weekend lineup. May 19, 11 a.m., $30-$60. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-4700.


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MAJOR LAZER At Encore Beach Club

The dancehall supergroup isn’t on EDC’s lineup this year—just Diplo on Friday—so you’ll have to head to Encore Beach Club to get your fix. May 20, 11 a.m., $40-$60. Encore, 702-770-7300.

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A TRUE ADVENTURE ONCE DESERVES TO BE THE HOTTEST NEW RESTAURANT ON THE STRIP BY BROCK RADKE trip restaurants are generally designed to appeal to a wide audience. Finding a dining experience here that legitimately tells the story of one passionate, talented individual is truly a rare thing. With the possible exception of the tiny restaurant é by José Andrés (hidden within Jaleo at the Cosmopolitan), Ricardo Zarate’s Once—pronounced in Spanish, “own-seh”—is the Strip’s most esoteric restaurant ever. Peruvian Nikkei is not only a type of cuisine you won’t find elsewhere in Las Vegas, it’s hard to locate anywhere else in the world other than Peru, where Japanese immigrants long ago settled and used their own techniques with local ingredients. It’s not fusion; it’s a culture, and its arrival on Las Vegas Boulevard, frankly, is quite shocking. This hyperbole is not meant to challenge or confuse you, but pique your curiousity. If you’re interested in interesting food, you must eat at Once at once. Order and sip on a drink while you snack on mozzarella-stuffed yucca beignets ($15), crispy quinoa-coated fried chicken with sweet and spicy baby peppers (called Chicharron Karaage, $13) and a brilliantly bright red snapper tiradito ($32). These are the gateways to a new world of flavor. The next level of LA chef Zarate’s imaginative offerings include smoked Japanese eggplant ceviche ($18) with charred tomato and charapita pepper sauce and soy dressing—an explosion of umami—and a beet salad with burrata, blood orange dressing and both tender and dried bites of the red root veggie ($19). Once’s beef tartare ($34) is from another planet, with popped kiwicha (amaranth seed) and tangy tamari dressing. After you’ve shared these and other small plates, come back and delve into Zarate’s oxtail bibimbap, lomo saltado and seafood chaufa rice— heavier and spendier dishes ($36-$39) that will complete this vivid picture. Congratulations on your favorite new discovery.

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Gia Schultz (Christopher DeVargas/Staff)

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The Modern Vegan aims to satisfy—and educate By Diana Edelman

or their by-products, and to counter the misThe Modern Vegan wasn’t supposed conception that vegans only eat “carrots and to be this big. When Toronto native celery and salads everyday. I wanted to create Gia Schultz first envisioned a restaurant where people like myself, the restaurant it was tiny, maybe my husband and our non-vegan friends The 1,200-square-feet with only a few tables. could go and have good food,” the selfModern Plans changed. trained cook says. “If I want a burrito, I Vegan There’s nothing small about the Modern can get it; a skillet, I can get that; fried 700 E. Naples Vegan, open near UNLV since mid-March. steak, whatever.” Dr., 702The menu offers more than 100 vegan opFor Schultz, who creates the dishes, 755-8127. tions, both made-from-scratch and with anything non-vegan can be made vegWednesday-Sunday an—and delicious—including classic popular vegan brands like Beyond Meat. 9 a.m.The dishes themselves are heaping and American dishes like mac and cheese 6 p.m. Instagram-worthy. The space itself isn’t balls, corn dogs, fried chicken, biscuits tiny, either—it seats 100 people. and gravy and more. The Modern Vegan Schultz’s goals with the restaurant are also features a full bar, and the Valley’s three-fold: to rival non-vegan spots with epic most extensive array of vegan desserts. breakfast and brunch menus, to show people Schultz plans to expand the Modern Vegan to they can have breakfast without using animals San Diego this fall.

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BITE NOW Sausagefest’s longanisa Banh Mi The popular Sausagefest food truck’s new brick and mortar location links patrons to different regions of the United States. The Milwaukee Brat is a Wisconsin favorite, while the sausage and peppers will bring eaters to Lansdowne Street in Boston before a Red Sox game. But we also recommend getting out of the country. The Longanisa Banh Mi ($8) melds tastes from the Philippines and Vietnam. The snappy, flavorful Filipino sausage is given a Vietnamese banh mi topping treatment— pickled carrots and daikon, cucumber, jalapeno and cilantro mixed with chili paste and mayo—cooling you down and heating you up at the same time. It’s all placed on a homemade hoagie roll for one of the more unique and crave-worthy sandwiches in the city—in a truck or restaurant. –Jason Harris

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TO THE BEAT OF AMERICA SHEILA E. BRINGS HER MUSICAL MESSAGE TO THE GOLDEN NUGGET

BY BROCK RADKE ercussionist extraordinaire Sheila E. might be best known for 1980s hits “The Glamorous Life” and “A Love Bizarre,” and for her longtime connection and collaborations with Prince. But the Oakland-born artist has also worked with such legends as Ringo Starr, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan. She truly does it all—as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. ¶ She added another major achievement in September when she released Iconic: Message 4 America, a musical call to action that landed her back on Billboard’s album charts for the first time since 1991. The Weekly caught up with her on her way back to Vegas to play the Golden Nugget.

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shows, from Cirque du Soleil to newer ones. I saw Earth, Wind & Fire [at Venetian], but before that I saw Ricky Martin, who puts on a great show. I love his songs and that theater he’s performing in—you don’t even realize it’s a theater because he turns it into one gigantic club. Everyone is partying, singing and dancing, and that’s what you want music to do. Is it true that you were working on the Iconic album before the 2016 election? It was a couple years prior that I started a project called Politically Correct. I knew the record I wanted to write many

years ago, but I thought it would take at least six months to put it together, because the lyrical content had to be pretty deep. But then everything happened so fast. I was mourning Prince, and then I was mourning our country, with the way the election was going, so I realized I had to put something out right away. So I started thinking about the songs I grew up listening to in the ’60s and ’70s, great songs that were so relevant for that time and again today with what’s happening now. And that’s why it’s a collection of covers of songs like “Come


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this is not something your fans would necessarily expect? My fans are not used to me talking about these kinds of things. But these songs address the issues I would have written about, issues like poverty and all the stuff about the National Anthem. And it’s going great when we’re playing these songs. We open up with a funky version of the National Anthem, and if they’re sitting they start standing and singing, and we love that. When you go to our shows, you see diversity in the audience. It doesn’t matter how much money you make or what your status is or who you love or if you’re Republican or Democrat. Our audience is what America looks like, all people, all of the above.

Mary Lattimore/ Together Pangea Lattimore, an LA-based experimental artist, has written harp music for Kurt Vile, Thurston Moore and Jarvis Cocker, to name just a few. If you love Joanna Newsom, you’ll appreciate the instrumental whimsy of Lattimore’s delicate but purposeful musicianship, which can send listeners to a state of hypnotic calm better than your hot yoga class. Embark on a similar journey when she performs an 8 p.m. live set Friday, May 18 at Bunkhouse. Later: LA quartet Together Pangea just rolled through town in September, but if you missed the garage punks perform in support of latest album Bulls and Roosters, you’re in luck. The guys who broke through with 2014 track “Badillac” are back in Vegas for a 10 p.m. Bunkhouse show, with support from LA’s No Parents and Tropa Magica. $12-$15 per show.

Bill Frisell Don’t worry if you didn’t hit Jazz in the Park when it kicked off its 29th season last week. American guitarist and composer Frisell, who built his career blending blues and country with jazz, will perform Saturday, May 19 with two musicians who join him in John Lennon tribute band All We Are Saying. “My trio with Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen is probably the most flexible, spontaneous group I play with,” Frisell says on his website. “The program can change from night to night depending on what kind of mood we’re all in … With Tony and Kenny, I have the luxury of playing just about anything that comes into my head at any moment. … These guys really inspire and challenge me every time we get together.” 6 p.m., free, Clark County Government Center Amphitheater.

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Works by Clarice Tara Cuda. (Wade Vandervort/Staff)

MATERIAL WORLD UNLV’s BFA exhibition finds six young artists blazing NEW trails By Dawn-Michelle Baude oung artists have it tough. If they work in classic genres, like landscape and portraiture, they risk appearing quaint. Traditional art objects, like painting and sculpture, are usually suspect, since conceptual art, performance art and installation art replaced objects with ideas long ago. Then digital media jacked what was left of handmade work, and originality took a nosedive. Nowadays, even the artist’s sincere need for personal expression seems so 20th century. How then, as a member of the 2018 UNLV Bachelor of Fine Arts cohort, do you make meaningful art? The six young artists exhibiting in the BFA Studio Art 2018 exhibition at Donna Beam Gallery suggest you do it with courage, know-how and … materials. Sarah Arnold, Clarice Tara Cuda, Amanda Keating, Julie Meyers, Ty Suksangasophon and Nicole Weber focus on tactile properties of mostly unconventional media. From Amanda Keating’s porcelain cup of mealworm carcasses to Nicole Weber’s crowd-sourced puzzle, the thing-i-ness of the things is on the BFA center-stage. Viewers are

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Hawaiian reggae band The Green plays the Hard Rock Hotel pool on May 23. (Cory Gehr/Courtesy)

ALEXXA’S BAR Justin Carder 5/17. Christian Brady 5/18. The Dirty 5/19. Jesse Pino, DJ Justin Nyce 5/20. Paris Las Vegas, 702-331-5100. Beauty Bar Wilderado, Foxtrax 5/17. Mark Farina, Bruno Browning, Loud N’ Killer 5/18. Life of Agony 5/19. 517 Fremont St., 702-598-3757. Boulevard Pool SPF ft. Backstreet Boys, Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa, Echosmith 5/19. The Cosmopolitan, 702-698-6797. Brooklyn Bowl Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Soul Juice Band 5/17. Glass Animals, GoldBoot 5/18. SOJA, Eli Mac 5/19. Linq Promenade, 702-862-2695. Bunkhouse Saloon Mary Lattimore 5/18 (early). Together Pangea, Tropa Magica, No Parents 5/18 (late). Las Vaudeville 5/19. Rob Leines, The Rhyolite Sound, DJ Maybelline 5/20. Cults, Reptaliens 5/22. Cloud Catcher, Crypt Trip, Grim Reefer 5/23. 124 S. 11th St., 702-982-1764. CLARK COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER AMPHITHEATER Jazz in the Park: Bill Frisell Trio 5/19. 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, 702455-8200. THE CLUB Britain’s Finest (Beatles tribute) 5/19. The Cannery, 702-507-5700. The Colosseum Elton John 5/17. Celine Dion 5/22-5/23. Caesars Palace, 866-227-5938.

Gilley’s Saloon Brian Lynn Jones Band 5/175/19. Whiskey Maiden 5/23. Treasure Island, 702-894-7722.

Drai’S BEACHCLUB GTA 5/17. Claude VonStroke 5/18. Zeds Dead 5/19. A-Trak 5/20. MK 5/21. Cromwell, 702-777-3800.

STARBRIGHT THEATRE These Guys Worldwide 5/19. Bruce Ewing 5/23. 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd., 702-240-1301.

Drai’s DJ Esco 5/17. Rae Sremmurd 5/18. PartyNextDoor 5/19. DJ Franzen 5/20. Swim Night: Nelly 5/22. Cromwell, 702-777-3800.

HARD ROCK HOTEL POOL The Green, Raging Fyah, Iya Terra 5/23. 702-693-5000.

Stoney’s Rockin’ Country Sandra Lynn 5/18. Mark Wills, Kaleb King 5/19. Town Square, 702-435-2855.

Hard Rock Live Kap G 5/17. Jet Velocity 5/19. School of Rock 5/20. 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-733-7625.

SUNSET STATION OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATER Billy Currington, Locash 5/18. 800-745-3000.

ENCORE BEACH CLUB Black Coffee 5/17. Nightswim: Jamie Jones 5/17. Alesso 5/18. Nightswim: Yellow Claw 5/18. David Guetta 5/19. Nightswim: RL Grime 5/19. Major Lazer 5/20. Encore, 702-770-7300.

House of Blues King Lil G 5/17. The Lique, B. Rose 5/18. Santana 5/18-5/20, 5/23. Teddy Afro 5/22. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7600.

TopGolF Mike Love, Olivia Thai 5/18. 80s Station 5/19. 4627 Koval Lane, 702-933-8458.

Golden Nugget Showroom Sheila E. 5/18. 866-946-5336.

Count’s Vamp’d Great Electric Quest, Sabbath Buddy Sabbath (Black Sabbath tribute), Strange Mistress 5/17. LA Story, Baker’s Dozen, Driven 5/18. Mojo Risin (Doors tribute), Sweet Home Alabama (Skynyrd tribute) 5/19. John Zito Electric Jam 5/23. 750 W. Sahara Ave., 702-220-8849.

THE Golden Tiki The New Waves, Prof. Rex Dart 5/19. 3939 Spring Mountain Road, 702222-3196.

Dive Bar Pears, High, Boss Daughter, Hard Pipe Hitters, New Cold War 5/18. Sector 7-G, Upper//Downer, Falling Up, Lean 13, Boxcutters 5/19. Danger Love, Vile Child, Fira, Saxton Steel 5/20. Dead Horse Trauma, Lydia Can’t Breathe 5/22. 4110 S. Maryland Parkway, 702-586-3483. DOUBLE DOWN SALOON The Gold Web 5/17. Voice of Addiction, Fat by the Gallon 5/18. Jerk!, Better Broken, Three Rounds, DJ Atomic 5/19. Cut Throat Freak Show, The Psyatics 5/20. Prof. Rex Dart & The Bargain DJ Collective 5/21. Unique Massive 5/22. Thee Swank Bastards 5/23. 4640 Paradise Road, 702-791-5775. Eagle Aerie Hall Novae, Noaga, 5001, SPXTRM, Hext Havok, Jean Lamote, Yatta the Blacksmith, Spacelyss 5/19. 310 W. Pacific Ave., 702-568-8927 Encore Theater Paul Anka 5/18-5/19, 5/23. Wynn, 702-770-6696.

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South Point Showroom The Spazmatics 5/19. Gregg Austin 5/22. 702-696-7111.

CORNISH PASTY CO. Sunday Bluegrass 5/20. 10 E. Charleston Blvd., 702-862-4538.

THE Dispensary Lounge Tosch Comeaux 5/18. Elijah Rock 5/19. Extreme Measures 5/23. 2451 E. Tropicana Ave., 702-458-6343.

SANDBAR Daughtry 5/19. Red Rock Resort, 702-797-7777.

The Joint ACM Bassrush Massive 5/17. Poison, Cheap Trick 5/19. Hard Rock Hotel, 702-6935000.

VEIL PAVILION Foghat 5/19. Silverton, 702263-7777. Venetian Theatre Inspire ft. Jason Mraz 5/18. 702-414-9000.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Electric Daisy Carnival 5/18-5/20. lasvegas.electric daisycarnival.com.

Vinyl Funktabulous 5/18. Hard Rock Hotel, 702-693-5000.

Orleans Showroom The Temptations 5/195/20. 702-365-7111.

ZAPPOS THEATER Jennifer Lopez 5/18-5/19, 5/22. Planet Hollywood, 702-777-6737.

Park Theater Cher 5/18-5/19. Ricky Martin 5/23. Monte Carlo, 844-600-7275. The Pearl Juanes, Mon Laferte 5/19. Palms, 702-944-3200. Sand Dollar Lounge Leisa K & The Pickups 5/17. The Strip Kings 5/18. The Moanin’ Blacksnakes 5/19. Dan Fester 5/20. Billy Ray Charles 5/22. 3355 Spring Mountain Road, 702-485-5401.

clubs Chateau Kap G 5/17. DJ Dre Dae 5/18. Paris, 702-776-7770. DAYDREAM M Resort, 702-797-1808. DAYLIGHT Ookay 5/17. Hot Since 82 5/18. Duke Dumont 5/19. Saweetie 5/20. Mandalay Bay,

Foundation Room DJ Konflikt 5/18. DJ Baby Yu 5/19. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7631. GO POOL Jenna Montijo 5/17. DJ Supa James 5/18. Dave Audé 5/19. DJ JD Live 5/20. DJ Tavo 5/21. Greg Lopez 5/22. DJs Koko & Bayati 5/23. Flamingo, 702-697-2888. Hyde DJ Benny Black 5/17. Saint Clair 5/18. DJ Hollywood 5/19. DJ Konflikt 5/22. DJ Earwaxxx 5/23. Bellagio, 702-693-8700. INFLUENCE DJ J-Nice 5/17. DJ Exodus 5/18. Cam Colston 5/19. Josh Bliss 5/20. DJ Thrilla 5/21. Eric Forbes 5/22. DJ JBray 5/23. Linq Hotel, 702-503-8320. Intrigue Dillon Francis 5/18. Afrojack 5/19. Yellow Claw 5/23. Wynn, 702-770-7300. Light Kid Funk 5/18. DJ E-Man 5/19. DJ Five 5/23. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-4700. Marquee DAYCLUB Sander Van Doorn 5/17. Eric Prydz 5/18. Dash Berlin 5/19. Oliver Heldens 5/20. Lost Frequencies 5/21. The Cosmopolitan, 702-333-9000.


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SAPPHIRE POOL & DAYCLUB HardNox 5/185/20. Sammy Davis Jr. Drive, 702-472-8844. TAO BEACH Javier Alba 5/17. Angie Vee 5/18. Eric DLux 5/19. Mark Rodriguez 5/20. Venetian, 702-388-8588. TAO DJ Five 5/17. Justin Credible 5/18. Eric DLux 5/19. Venetian, 702-388-8588. XS Nightswim: David Guetta 5/17. Kygo 5/18. Diplo 5/19. Nightswim: Marshmello 5/20. The Chainsmokers 5/21. Encore, 702-770-0097.

West Las Vegas LIBRARY Rainbow Dreams Academy: Anna Baley Movement Program 5/17. The Poets’ Corner 5/18. Ancestral Remembrance: Living Legacy Malcolm X 5/19. 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 702-229-4800. Winchester Cultural Center Mariachi Acero de Las Vegas: Una Noche Mexicana 5/18. Gary Haleamau & Kawili, Halau Hulo 5/20. 3130 S. McLeod Drive, 702-455-7340. Windmill Library Opera With Class: The Three Little Pigs 5/20 7060 W. Windmill Lane, 702-507-6019. The Writer’s Block Joe Donnelly 5/19. Daniel Gumbiner 5/22. 1020 Fremont St., 702-550-6399.

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BONKERZ COMEDY CLUB Gene Renfroe 5/17. Rampart Casino, 702-507-5900.

COCKROACH THEATRE Still Dance the Stars 5/17-6/3. Art Square Theatre, 1025 S. 1st St., #110, 725-222-9661.

Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club Michael Loftus, Sam Fedele, Drew Fraser 5/17-5/20. Brad Garrett, Greg Morton, Michael Malone, Dustin Nickerson 5/21-5/27. MGM Grand, 866-740-7711.

Las Vegas Little Theatre (Mainstage) An Act of God Thru 5/20. 3920 Schiff Drive, 702-362-7996.

The COMEDY CELLAR Owen Smith, Allan Harvey, Lynne Koplitz, Kyle Dunnigan 5/175/20. Rio, 702-777-2782. LA COMEDY CLUB Sam Comroe, Ralph Guerra 5/17-5/20. Brandt Tobler, Andrew Sleighter 5/21-5/27. Stratosphere, 702-380-7711. LAUGH FACTORY Basile, Erik Myers, Paul Farahvar 5/17-5/20. Jim Florentine, Kate Quigley 5/21-5/26. Tropicana, 702-739-2411. Terry Fator TheatrE Bill Maher 5/18-5/19. Mirage, 702-792-7777.

Performing Arts & Culture Baobab Stage Theatre Brazilian Cultural Night 5/19. Town Square, 702-369-6649. Charleston Heights Arts Center Haleamano, The Delirians 5/19. 800 Brush St., 702-229-2787. Clark County Library Opera With Class: The Three Little Pigs 5/19. Las Vegas Kaminari Taiko: Japanese Taiko Drums 5/20. 401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3400. THE Smith Center (Reynolds Hall) Las Vegas Philharmonic: Season Finale 5/19. Celtic Woman 5/20. (Cabaret Jazz) Rob Garrett and the King of Diamonds Band: Solitary Man (Neil Diamond tribute) 5/19. Renaissance Music Academy: Gala Concert 5/20. 702-749-2000. The Space Cash Colligan 5/18. AJ Lambert 5/18. Mondays Dark 5/21. Rick Keller 5/22. 3460 Cavaretta Court, 702-903-1070.

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REHAB Bassrush Pool Party 5/17. Brownies & Lemonade 5/18. 3LAU 5/19. Stafford Brothers & Waka Flocka Flame 5/20. Hard Rock Hotel, 702-693-5505.

UNLV (Artemus W. Ham Hall) Desert Chorale: Memorial Day Concert 5/21. 702-895-2787.

Majestic Repertory Theatre Animal Farm 5/17-6/3. 1217 S. Main St., 702-478-9636. A Public Fit Other Desert Cities Thru 5/20. 100 S. Maryland Parkway, 702-735-2114. Super Summer Theatre Big Fish 5/23-6/9. 4340 S. Valley View #210, 702-579-7529. Theatre in the Valley A Love Song for Miss Lydia 5/18-6/3. 10 W. Pacific Ave., 702-558-7275.

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Charleston Heights Arts Center Gallery Salon des Refusés 5/25-6/23. 800 Brush St., 702-229-2787. CSN (Fine Arts Gallery) 2018 Juried Student Exhibition Thru 6/23. 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., 702-651-4146. Donna Beam Fine Art BFA Studio Art Exhibition Thru 6/2. UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, 702-895-3893. Nevada Humanities Program Gallery Rift: A Collection of Nevada Printmakers Thru 5/24. 1017 S. 1st St. #190, nevadahumanities.org.

SPORTS LAS VEGAS LIGHTS Real 5/19. Cashman Field, 702-386-7200. VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS Winnipeg 5/18, 5/22 (if nec). T-Mobile Arena, 702-692-1600.

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Cockroach checks in The Arts District-based theater company has lots of good stuff happening By Leslie Ventura lot of changes are underway at Downtown Vegas’ Cockroach Theatre, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Last week, the company unveiled its 2018-2019 season, along with a new collaborative mural on its facade by New York street artist Vulcan and San Francisco muralist The Apexer. The company also announced the appointment Darren “Daz” Weller as executive director. “I’m excited about all of it,” Weller says of his new role. “A season is a tricky [thing] to put together, but I’ve lived in Vegas for 10 years and I have some strong connections.” The goal, he says, is to merge the local theater network with the Strip’s talent, along with the theater talent of Weller’s original hometown of Sydney, Australia,.

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“Artistically, I’m looking to program work that has the potential to bounce outside of our space. The Vegas market is small, and it’s a great testing ground for new work or work that hasn’t been seen by a U.S. audience before,” he says. Wayne Harrison, for example, will direct the end-of-season musical Satango (June 2019), with music by Stewart D’Arrietta and lyrics and book by Justin Fleming. Harrison directed Absinthe at Caesars Palace and Vegas Nocturne at the Cosmopolitan, and also served as director and CEO of the Sydney Theatre Company from 1990 to 1999. Satango finds Satan at the once-a-millenia All Souls Ball, where all the residents from heaven and hell come together for a night of dancing and debauchery—but Satan, the master of mischief, forgets his moves.

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The season kicks off with Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan MacMillian on September 13; followed by The Dog by Brendan Cowell and The Cat by Lally Katz in October; Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo in January; and Sweat by Lynn Nottage in March. If that wasn’t enough, the company is also launching two sessions of its Cockroach Summer Kids Camp led by coordinator Lisa Davis, with two-week courses for kids ages 4-6, 6-8 and 9-11 starting in June and July. “I have 5 year-old twins,” Weller says, “and I see how much they get out of what I bring home, and their involvement in the theater. I really wanted to be able to offer something to kids, to bring them into a real working theater and see part of that life, because there’s some-

thing magical about that.” Most importantly, Weller says he hopes the new season furthers Cockroach’s commitment to local theater, including paying actors for their work. “I really want to start to build a community here, so [artists] don’t have to look outside of Vegas if they want a sustainable career in the arts,” he says. “We’ve been paying directors for the last two years, and when you pay some people and not others, you’re saying to some people you’re not worth it. The actors are just as essential in the creative process, and the bonus of that is it improves the quality.” Cockroach Theatre’s latest production, Still Dance the Stars, opens May 17 and runs through June 3.


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“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” So say the pigs in George Orwell’s classic novella Animal Farm. You might remember the story of revolutionary livestock from required high school reading, but you haven’t experienced Animal Farm quite this way before. This edgy musical stage adaptation features four songs and actors dressed as animals kicking around a giant dirt pit ... really. For this play, the black box theater has been transformed into a farmyard using 256 cubic feet of coconut soil. “The dirt pit allows the characters to get dirtier and dirtier as their revolution evolves and devolves,” says Troy Heard, Majestic Repertory Theatre’s artistic director and the director of Animal Farm. There’s also a metal water trough, which the animals use. “Watch out for the splash zone,” Heard jokes. “All the shows this season were themed around ‘revolution,’” Heard says. Other plays this season included Hair, An Octoroon and Marie Antoinette. “The endurance of the tale exceeds Orwell’s allegory of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Every country experiencing a despotic government turns to it. There’s a reason China banned it this week.” Heard says audience response to the season’s theme has been “terrific.” “I like to cross the line into political commentary through my art,” Heard says, “but it has to be delivered in an entertaining shell.” So exactly how do the animal costumes work? They’re more impressionistic than realistic, necessary for the actors to play their roles and move about the stage. The actors who play horses use poles to evoke equine legs; pigs get pig noses but stand upright. Most of the stage magic comes through animal mannerisms and gestures. Regg Davidson— who plays Moses, an evangelical raven—has spent the last several months observing birds outside whenever he sees them. So what has he learned about ravens? “They have an attitude, and they’re very regal.” “It’s more fun to play an animal than a human,” says Davidson, who describes his character as a clever, fast-talking opportunist. “I’m able to move my arms, describe things with my head movement … my wings. I get to be a little bit more dramatic.”

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Partisanship and power at play as the governor’s race nears Sandoval has left his mark, strengthening the role of his office as the political climate shakes up Nevada’s future By Yvonne Gonzalez

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ov. Brian Sandoval will hand his successor an office that is more powerful than when he first arrived in 2011, according to experts. Almost every governor in history has wanted to expand the power of the office, says UNR political science chair Eric Herzik. Sandoval, who has reached his two-term limit, was able to do that by moving the budget director under the department of administration into his office. “That’s actually a structural change that matters, because the budget is one of the most important things the governor does,” Herzik said. “Yes, the governor always had control over the department of administration, but now it’s moved into the governor’s direct office, so it’s just down the hall. It was a way to concentrate the executive budget power.” The state’s first governor took office in 1864, when the country generally did not want or expect a strong executive, said Michael Green, UNLV associate history professor. The creation of boards and commissions during the progressive era gave governors the ability to appoint people to powerful positions in gaming and public utilities, among others. “Today we take for granted that the governor is going to appoint gaming commissioners and tourism commissioners and so on,” Green said. Herzik said Sandoval’s budget move is an example of his emphasis on economic development. While not explicitly stated as part of his authority, Sandoval did have a strong hand in dealings with Tesla and the Raiders, which are both receiving incentives to build in the state. The lieutenant governor typically plays a large role in directing commissions on economic development and tourism. Herzik said Sandoval has been taking the more

active role in this area. A major reorganization also occurred in the 1990s under the administration of Bob Miller, Nevada’s longest-serving governor and the last Democrat to fill the seat. In his 10 years before leaving office in 1999, Miller led the state through at least two rounds of budget cuts and a hiring freeze. “For the most part, I would say yes, every governor wants to enhance the power of the office,” Herzik said. “Miller made changes, (former Gov. Kenny) Guinn made changes, Sandoval made changes that are administrative. So they give the particular governor more direct control over how decisions are made within the executive branch.”

Female political leaders Nationwide, 28 states have elected female governors, according to Rutgers’ Center for Women in Politics. “It is good to have different voices at the table and to have various constituencies represented,” said Frankie Sue Del Papa via email. She was the state’s first female attorney general and announced but did not file to run for governor in 1998. Financial backing for a statewide campaign was the challenge then. “I have known a significant number of governors who happen to be women, and am very proud of their accomplishments,” Del Papa said. “Nevada is overdue. Experience and energy is not limited to males or females.” Groups such as Emily’s List, which supports pro-choice female candidates for office, have reported a sharp increase in female candidates since 2016, when Hillary Clinton lost her bid for the presidency to Donald Trump. The rise in female candidacy also coincides with the #MeToo movement of women coming forward

to report sexual misconduct. There are two women in Nevada’s gubernatorial race: Republican Stephanie Carlisle, a self-described political outsider, and Democrat Chris Giunchigliani, a Democrat on the Clark County Commission. “At this moment, women stepping up in this number for executive leadership is so important,” said Lucinda Guinn, vice president of campaigns for Emily’s List. “It’s important that little girls all over the country see women not just as legislators but in these mayoral positions and gubernatorial positions where the women are the executive leaders and can set that example for young women all over the country.” Carlisle is competing for her party’s nomination against Attorney General Adam Laxalt, an established Republican with support from major GOP donors. Giunchigliani, meanwhile, faces a tough primary against fellow Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, who is considered to be a more moderate Democrat. Herzik said Laxalt is a very conservative candidate, even more so than former Gov. Jim Gibbons, who lost his bid for re-election to Sandoval in 2010, after a term marked by an economic crisis, his opposition to hiking taxes and his hands-off approach to the Legislature.

The state of the two-party system Sandoval is largely considered a moderate Republican, but the Trump presidency could be the factor that polarizes this year’s election. To this point, “we’ve had very pragmatic governors and very pragmatic legislative leaders,” Herzik said. The state and its part-time Legislature that meets every two years do not have time to get into town and pass a budget — and every other piece of necessary legislation — amid deep partisanship. Nevada is considered a conservative-leaning swing state, but Democrats actually dominated the office from the ’30s to the ’90s. Sandoval, the third Republican in a row to win occupy the Governor’s Mansion since then, was also the first Latino elected to the office. While it’s unclear whether the most recent resurgence of the women’s equality movement will make an impact on Nevada’s gubernatorial race, Herzik said partisanship could end up tipping the scales for voters. “Could it become more partisan? Easily it could get there,” Herzik said. “Adam Laxalt’s very conservative … (Giunchigliani) would be the most liberal governor we’ve probably ever had. Is that potential out there? Yes.”


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JERI CRAWFORD LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC Title: President & CEO Agency address: 1412 S. Jones Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89146 Agency phone number: 702-258-5438 Agency website: lvphil.org Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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When and why was it established? Founded in 1998, by music director and conductor laureate Harold Weller and longtime Las Vegas arts supporters Susan and Andrew Tompkins, the Las Vegas Philharmonic made a bold stake for artistic credibility with its inaugural concert, a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” in 1999. The orchestra performed this magnificent work again to a sold-out hall as the resident symphony orchestra for the grand opening of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in March 2012.

What services might the community not know about? In addition to performing concerts, we devote a lot of time and resources to bringing music and education into the community outside the concert hall. What sparked your interest in the nonprofit sector? As a child, my parents placed a lot of importance on art and culture, and making sure I was not only exposed to it but that it was a consistent part of our life. That appreciation has stayed with me.

ment. As a mobile education and outreach program, Music Van engages the diverse What can people do to get involved? community through customizable Support our programs through WHAT IS FINDLAY programs including: corporate and individual donaGOOD WORKS? ■ Classroom music support tions to continue funding our Good Works is a twice-monthly series programs using specially demusic education and outreach in Las Vegas Weekly signed musical instruments for programs for the community. in which we highlight young children Buy subscriptions or single the efforts of nonprofit groups that are making ■ Instrument demonstrations, tickets to our concerts. It’s a difference in our chamber music programs and important to note that subscripcommunity. You can composition programs for stucheck out the good work tions and single-ticket sales dents in middle and upper grades. of more organizations by only cover about 40 percent of visiting facebook.com/ ■ Music performances and muthe cost to operate and deliver FindlayAutoGroup. sic therapy experiences for older our education and outreach procommunities and individuals. grams and present our concerts. ■ Community events featuring opportuniWe rely on fundraising to cover the remainties to play different instruments, jam with ing 60 percent and sustain our organization. Philharmonic musicians and create music Donations and sponsorships are integral to with family and friends. our ability to deliver on our mission.

Who are its clients? Our patrons are music lovers of all ages and primarily the residents of Las Vegas and surrounding communities. What are its current initiatives or goals? The pillars of our mission are music, culture and education. We perform music in the concert hall to entertain and enrich the community. Our Youth Concert Series provides music education and a free concert experience for thousands of Clark County School District students each year. To date, we have impacted over 245,000 students through this program. Our Music Van initiative launched in 2018 and is designed to serve the community in the following way: educational outreach, senior community support and community engage-

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LIGHTS LEADER CHELÍS REFUSES TO HIDE HIS PASSION FOR THE GAME

GOAL ORIEN BY RICARDO TORRES-CORTEZ ith a neon-colored soccer scarf draped over his gray suit jacket, Jose Luis Sanchez Sola starts to head off the field after the whistle indicates the first 45 minutes of play are over. But first, the Las Vegas Lights Football Club technical director, more commonly known as “Chelís,” commandeers a microphone to address the 8,167 fans in attendance at Cashman Field. In broken English and amongst cheers, Chelís shares a guarantee of more hard work from his team when it returns. From the first minute of play—when the Lights took a 1-0 advantage over the Sacramento Republic on a header—through the halftime whistle, Chelís appeared emotional on the sideline, pacing back and forth in front of the bench, yelling at both his players and the officials and throwing his arms up in disgust. Chelís later attributed his frustration to his team’s failure to celebrate the

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early goal, a move he said would have tormented Sacramento’s psyche and perhaps propelled the Lights to more goals, rather than a final 1-1 draw. The 59-year-old native of Puebla, Mexico, can’t help but show his passion for soccer. His unique personality is a big reason he has emerged as the face of the Lights in their inaugural United Soccer League season despite ceding head coaching duties to his son, Isidro Sanchez, after Chelís was promoted to technical director. As much as his charisma endears him to fans and players, it has boiled over negatively in other areas. Chelís just finished serving a four-game suspension for “brief contact with an official” (he’ll return May 26 for a game against the Galaxy in LA). The league deemed the incident “referee abuse,” though Chelís said he was just trying to point and never intended to touch the official. “It will not happen again,” he promised. Chelís cries every time he takes the field


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on match days, he says. He references “angustia de quedar mal,” or “a sense of anguish in disappointing,” as a driving force. Win or lose, he prefers to disappear into solitude for several hours after a game. His lexicon is colorful when talking about soccer. “We are all professionals, artists,” Chelís says when asked about his players. “They all know how to play soccer. We don’t have an accountant here, or a mechanic—they’re all soccer players. So what I try to do in my work is to create a canvas for them to showcase those great artistic traits they have.” Juan Carlos Garcia connects with Chelís so much that the 33-year-old Lights forward followed him from Mexico to Las Vegas. Garcia has played under Chelís’ tutelage since he was 15, when Chelís took him in and housed him in Puebla as he climbed through the club ranks. Leading young players is Chelís’ primary inspiration. “Being able to communicate with these fools, they understand ... what I have in here,” he says, pointing at his head, “I can put [that] in their heads.” Garcia describes Chelís’ on-field demeanor as “strong,” but insists there’s a method to his madness. He channels his anger into effective coaching, according to Garcia. “He doesn’t get mad just to get mad,” Garcia says. “He lives the game differently. His passion for soccer, I think, is incomparable. Maybe Isidro gets close, but not just anyone has it.” Chelís can be full of surprises. One of Garcia’s favorite memories of the man came in 2007, when Club Puebla was promoted to the top-tier Mexican league. During a massive, community-wide celebration at a club, Garcia saw Chelís in what he described as a rare state of complete tranquility. “I turn around and see him in the middle of the revelers,” Garcia says. “He was wearing a white tunic as if he was going on a spiritual retreat.”

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In 2010, Chelís made headlines with Puebla when his players arrived on the field in plastic skincolored caps. Garcia was also a part of that tribute to the beloved, bald coach. “He’s a great person,” Garcia says. “He’s always looking for ways to help others, making sure his players and their families are comfortable.” Chelís says he feels a greater responsibility, especially in a country like Mexico, to guide younger generations into healthier lifestyles. “If governments don’t ferment sports, there will be more crime,” he says. “The delinquent youth will be led by crime bosses who give them the only opportunity to make a living. “For the good people, there’s no opportunity. When you think like that, your head starts spinning differently. It’s so easy to fix social problems, man, so easy.” Chelís feels a similar sense of social obligation to the fans. He plans to stay as animated as ever, to provide Lights crowds with an escape through soccer. “You give them a show that makes them forget that they owe an electric bill, that they have no job or their child is sick,” he says. “My obligation is to make them forget for two hours.”


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n independent analysis of North Las Vegas’ finances resulted in a two-spot increase in its credit rating, paving the way for the city to potentially collect millions in annual investments and tax cuts, city officials said. Standard & Poor’s annual review resulted in the rating being boosted from a BB+ to BBB, the latter of which is considered “investment-grade” quality. The improvement will allow the city to refinance almost $400 million in long-term debt at a lower interest rate, while cutting about $2 million to $4 million in taxes, said Cori Knauss, the city’s director of finance. “It’s significant to have independent affirmation of the city’s credit,” Knauss said. “And great news for North Las Vegas.” The rating represents a vast improvement from the years of the housing crisis and recession; in 2009 the city saw its bonds hit “junk,” or high-risk status not recommended for investors because of the city’s low credit quality. The Standard & Poor’s report praised both North Las Vegas’ residential and business growth as well as officials’ efforts to streamline and reduce public expenditures. Mayor John Lee weaned North Las Vegas off drawing from its utilities fund to pay for expenditures in its general fund, city spokeswoman Delen Goldberg said. Thanks to legislation at both the state and local levels, the general fund will be completely independent of the utilities fund by next year—recent ordinances prevent the city from drawing on its utilities fund for anything other than utilities expenditures in the future—and the city’s $601 million budget in 2018 will be balanced for the first time in more than five years.

Lee’s decision to remain as mayor instead of running for Congress contributed to the city’s perceived stability, the report said. Knauss said the exact tax savings for residents will be determined as the city’s debt is refinanced and its interest rates on that debt are lowered. As of May 11, North Las Vegas had not yet had any of its debt refinanced. In a 2017 evaluation, North Las Vegas received a BB+ rating, meaning Standard & Poor’s found the city was “vulnerable” but had the capacity to meet its fi-

North Las Vegas City Hall. (Steve Marcus/staff)

nancial commitments. But adverse business, financial or economic conditions would likely impair the city’s capacity or willingness to meet those financial commitments. The BBB rating, the lowest of “investment grade” ratings, means Standard & Poor’s believed North Las Vegas is worth investing in and has “adequate” capacity to meet financial commitments. However, adverse economic conditions or changing circumstances could lead to a lessened capacity to meet those commitments. Companies like Amazon, Tesla, Cisco, the Honest Company and sports retailer Fanatics have helped business in North Las Vegas boom over the past five years—adding thousands of jobs since Lee took over in July 2013. “It’s just a stronger city all around,” Goldberg said. “North Las Vegas has improved in just about every way possible.” With the potentially lowered interest rates, Knauss said the city will aim to invest more in public services and infrastructure. Both Knauss and Goldberg said further improvement for next year’s review is another goal. “Our goal is AAA status, if possible, due to the intrinsic savings associated with better credit ratings,” Goldberg said. “The mayor and city council’s goal is to create infrastructure for the city, create jobs and make North Las Vegas a better place.” Las Vegas received a credit rating of AA in its last Standard & Poor’s evaluation, per city spokesman Jace Radke, meaning the city has a “very strong” capacity to meet its financial commitments. With a rating of AA+, Henderson’s bonds were rated the most reliable in the Valley, according to spokesman David Cherry.


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According to a 2016 report from the Economic Policy Institute, almost half the families in the United States do not have a retirement savings account. Many of today’s retirees are living off defined benefit plans, such as Social Security or pensions, but an increasing number of future retirees will depend on defined contribution plans— 401(k)s and IRAs. “401(k)s are fairly general, but there are a number of pitfalls and mistakes that people make with them,” said Paul Couch, Vice President and Senior Finance Advisor at City National Securities. Learning how to take full advantage of your plan and optimize your benefits now can help ensure a healthy balance come retirement age. Common types of retirement plans

Traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs and 401(k)s are common examples of defined contribution plans, which are tax-favored retirement accounts. The funds in these accounts vary based on the amount of money contributed and the earningperformance of the investment. These plans tend to assume more risk than defined benefit plans, which guarantee a certain amount based on a fixed formula. In 2016, the Pew Charitable Trusts reported that 51.6 percent of employees had access to defined contribution plans, whereas only 12.2 percent had access to defined benefit plans. While 401(k)s and IRAs were not intended to be the dominant method of retirement planning, they can certainly fill that gap when managed responsibly. 401(k) The most common employer-sponsored retirement plan, a 401(k) allows participants to contribute pre-tax income which is typically matched by the employer (up to a certain percentage). Taxes are only paid once the money is withdrawn during retirement. n Contribution limit for 2018: $18,500 n Income limit: None IRA Unlike 401(k)s, individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are usually not employer-sponsored and can be created by the individual. Traditional IRA accounts take pre-tax contributions, and participants don’t pay taxes until the money is withdrawn during retirement. n Contribution limit: Generally $5,500. For participants 50 and older, up to $6,500 n Income limit: None Roth IRA Roth IRAs differ from traditional IRAs and 401(k)s because Roth accounts require post-tax contributions, but the withdrawals during retirement are tax-free—even on earnings. n Contribution limit: Generally $5,500. For participants 50 and older, up to $6,500 n Income limit: Less than $135,000 (for singles) or $199,000 (if married and filing jointly)

Pro tip “A Backdoor Roth is a great option for people whose salary exceeds the income limit for Roth IRAs. This approach lets you open a traditional IRA, which has no income limit, and then immediately convert it into a Roth IRA. You want to make this conversion immediately after your contribution,” Couch said.


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ROTH 401(K) OPTIONS “Many 401(k)s offer a Roth option, allowing participants to use after-tax dollars on a tax-deferred basis,” Couch said. Roth 401(k)s are especially beneficial for younger employees, so if your company offers a Roth option, take it.

TIPS FOR OPTIMIZING YOUR 401(k)I 1. Know what you’re contributing Evaluate your contribution levels, your company’s match and the overall contribution limit. “You may not be capitalizing on all the benefits you could be,” Couch warned. Review your contributions each year and make changes when necessary. 2. Take advantage of your company’s match Most companies match 3-6 percent of the employee’s gross salary, so make sure you’re taking advantage of it. If your employer matches up to 6 percent, you should be contributing at least 6 percent as well. “If you’re not meeting your company’s match, you’re leaving free money on the table,” Couch said. 3. Contribute as much as you can “Many people accept the default contribution percentage, but don’t settle for that if you can do more,” Couch said. Treat your company’s match as your minimum contribution and strive to hit the maximum contribution if possible. Keep in mind, the $18,500 contribution limit for 401(k)s only refers to your contribution—whatever the company matches will be compounded on top of that.

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4. Don’t use it until retirement One of the most detrimental things anyone can do with their retirement plan, besides simply not having one, is tapping into the funds early. “Don’t be forced into an early distribution or take loans out against the plan if you can avoid doing so. Make sure you have other savings available for emergencies—your 401(k) should only be your absolute last resort,” Couch said. There’s typically a 10 percent penalty for withdrawing prior to retirement, in addition to the income taxes due at the time of withdrawal.

MAINTAINING YOUR 401(k)I DURING JOB TRANSITIONSI Companies that match 401(k) contributions do so under specific terms. Oftentimes, there’s a minimum amount of time you need to be employed by the company in order to receive their match. “When you take a new job, know how long the vesting schedule is in their 401(k) to ensure you’re getting the full match amount,” Couch said. Further, when you leave a company, Couch recommends taking your employer-sponsored 401(k) and rolling it into a personal IRA. A common mistake people make when leaving a company is taking the 401(k) distribution themselves—and getting stuck with a 20 percent tax penalty. Putting it into an IRA in your own name avoids this problem.

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VegasInc Notes Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors” list includes 25 doctors from Comprehensive Cancer Centers. For 2018, two Comprehensive physicians were named “America’s Top Doctors” and 23 were named “Regional Top Doctors,” spanning the specialties of medical oncology and hematology, radiation oncology, pulmonary disease and surgery. Wolfram Samlowski and Nicholas Vogelzang were named “America’s Top Doctors.” “Regional Top Doctors” are: Mary Ann K. Allison, Michael J. Anderson, Fadi Braiteh, Andrew M. Cohen, John “Jack” Collier, Dan L. Curtis, Khoi Dao, Souzan ElEid, Farzaneh Farzin, Oscar B. Goodman Jr., Regan Holdridge, Clark S. Jean, Edwin Kingsley, Raul Meoz, Anthony V. Nguyen, Rupesh J. Parikh, H. Keshava Prasad, Hamidreza Sanatinia, James Sanchez, Michael T. Sinopoli, Margaret Terhar, George S. Tu and Brian Vicuna. Merlin Contracting and Developing was named the 2017 Custom Home Builder of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders. Allstate agency owner Michael Westra received Allstate’s Agency Affiliation award for celebrating 15 years as a Henderson business owner. Las Vegas HEALS, a nonprofit membership-based health care association, relocated its offices to the Roseman University Summerlin Campus at One Breakthrough Way. Fingerprinting Express is open at 1350 E. Flamingo Road, Suite 11, Las Vegas.

Community Development Partners and BLVD Capital opened the Baltimore Gardens and Cleveland Gardens Apartments. The Baltimore and Cleveland Gardens project is a 201-unit family development for households earning up to 60 percent of the area median income. The two rehabilitated apartment complexes consist of 21 buildings constructed between 1958 and 1960. Extensive upgrades were made to update building systems and exteriors, and water-efficient landscaping was installed. Interiors were updated to include new flooring, paint, cabinets, countertops and energy-efficient windows and appliances. Renovations were designed by Integrated Design & Architecture, constructed by Precision General Contractors, with property management by Cornerstone Residential. Sun Commercial Real Estate’s top-producing teams of 2017 are led by the Investment Services Group, which consists of Cathy Jones, Paul Miachika, Roy Fritz, Jessica Cegavske and Jennifer Lehr. The group specializes in investment sales across various product types. The top teams continue with C2, Paul Chaffee and Wil Chaffee, who specialize in office transactions. Rounding out the top are Lisa Hauger and Tim Erickson, who handle primarily industrial and office transactions. The Mercer-Las Vegas is open at 9830 W. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas. Maverick Airlines received the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2017 Award of Excellence

litigation, business & corporate law, and real estate. Ryan Hays is director of purchasing for Touchstone Living.

NAB Nail Bar is open at 8891 W. Flamingo Road, Suite 101. Robert Levin, a professional duplicate bridge player from Henderson, was elected to the American Contract Bridge League’s Hall of Fame.

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Jordan Wolff is a shareholder at Kolesar & Leatham. His practice focuses on corporate law and commercial litigation.

Americana Holdings, a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices franchise, was recognized as a global real estate leader at the company’s national sales convention. Americana Holdings was recognized as the No. 3 overall franchise in the world in residential sales and the No. 5 overall firm in commercial sales. Somerpointe Resorts is providing residences to players and staff with the Las Vegas Lights. Some members of the organization call Tahiti Village their official home, while others stay at the two other Somerpointe Las Vegas properties, Club de Soleil and Tahiti Resort. Las Vegas is a member of the Smart Gigabit Communities program, which facilitates collaboration among various municipal agencies and businesses and US Ignite, a nonprofit organization helping to accelerate advanced networking technology. David Mims is an accounts manager and Francisco MoralesChavira is an account executive for LMG Las Vegas, which provides video, audio, lighting and LED support. Bruce Cassity joined Howard & Howard Attorneys. He concentrates his practice in the areas of intellectual property, commercial

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Peter Cox and Nicholas DeGeorge are wealth advisers with Nevada State Bank.

The Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at Spring Valley Hospital received the distinguished Cox Center of the Year award for the West zone from Healogics, a company that manages wound care centers. The center also received the DeGeorge President’s Circle Award for exceeding clinical outcomes and operational goals for the second year in a row, and the Center of Excellence Award for exceeding clinical outcomes for the second year in a row. Karla Ramberger is chief nursing officer at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Roche Constructors received a PyraRamberger mid Award in the Commercial, $5-10 Million category of Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction Awards for their work on Albertsons Store No. 2804 in Las Vegas. Nyla Abbey is a physician assistant-certified working at Southwest Medical’s Summerlin Health

Care Center, 10105 Banburry Cross Drive. She specializes in adult medicine. Laura Millener is an advanced-practice registered nurse at Southwest Medical’s Lifestyle Center West, 8680 W. Cheyenne Ave. Dr. Lissette Rodriguez de Armas specializes in cardiology at Southwest Medical’s Eastern Health Care Center, 4475 S. Eastern Ave. Rebecca Nau joined the corporate marketing team at Las Vegas Events.

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N. Scott Distillery is open at 3065 N. Rancho Drive, Suite 144, Las Vegas.

Alyssa Anderson, vice president of public relations for Las Vegas Sands Corporation, and Ray Specht, founder and CEO, Specht Leadership Consulting, joined the state board of directors of Communities in Schools of Nevada. The board’s chairman is Bob Glaser, vice president and senior director at BNY Mellon Wealth Management. Greg Brower is a shareholder in the litigation department of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. James Patrick Shea is shareholder and chairman of the Creditors’ Rights, Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy group at the law firm of Kolesar & Leatham. Samuel Lionel, director in Fennemore Craig’s Las Vegas office, received the Legacy of Advocacy Award at the William S. Boyd School of Law’s Barrister’s Ball. Bentley Las Vegas at Towbin Motorcars, 5550 W. Sahara Ave., has been selected as one of nine dealerships in the Americas to join the Bentley Elite Club in 2018. Nevada State Bank opened a branch at 11035 Lavender Hill Drive, Suite 170, Las Vegas.


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The List

Advertising agencies Ranked by 2017 capitalized billings for local office

COMPANY AND TOP EXECUTIVE

Hormone Growth

Therapy

2017 CAPITALIZED BILLINGS

SAMPLE CLIENTS

YEAR EST. LOCALLY

$333 million

Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, MGM Resorts International, Southern Nevada Water Authority

1974

1

R&R Partners 900 S. Pavilion Center Las Vegas NV 89144 702-318-4303 • rrpartners.com Billy Vassiliadis, CEO

$60 million

Vegas Golden Knights, Boyd Gaming, Konica Minolta

1999

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SK+G 8912 Spanish Ridge Ave., Suite 300 Las Vegas, NV 89148 702-478-4000 • skg.global John Schadler, managing partner/ founder

$42 million

Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Ethel M Chocolates, Pahrump Tourism

2006

3

BrainTrust 8948 Spanish Ridge Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89148 702-862-4242 • braintrustagency.com Michael Coldwell & Kurt Ouchida, managing partners

$40 million

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Southwest Medical Associates, Nevada State Bank

2001

4

B&P Advertising, Media and Public Relations 900 S. Pavilion Center Drive, Suite 170 Las Vegas NV 89144 702-967-2222 • bpadlv.com Chuck Johnston, president

$24 million

Full Throttle Boxing; BluBlocker Sunglasses; Jeff Hoffman, cofounder of priceline. com

1991

5

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The List

PR Firms Ranked by number of permanent local employees

COMPANY AND TOP EXECUTIVE

NUMBER OF PERMANENT LOCAL EMPLOYEES

SAMPLE CLIENTS

YEAR EST. LOCALLY

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Ethel M Chocolates, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Blind Center of Nevada

2006

1

BrainTrust 8948 Spanish Ridge Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89148 702-862-4242 • braintrustagency.com Kurt Ouchida & Michael Coldwell, managing partners

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MGM Resorts, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Cirque du Soleil

1999

2

Kirvin Doak Communications 5230 W. Patrick Lane Las Vegas, NV 89118 702-737-3100 • kirvindoak.com Dave Kirvin, partner

26

Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of priceline. com; BluBlocker Sunglasses

1991

3

Bruce Merrin Public Relations 3885 S. Decatur Blvd., Suite 3001 Las Vegas, NV 89103 702-367-0331 • brucemerrinscelebrityspeakers.com Bruce Merrin, president

25

Colliers International, Remington Nevada, Nevada State College

1997

4

MassMedia 2230 Corporate Circle Drive Henderson, NV 89074 702-433-4331 • massmediacc.com Paula Yakubik, CEO

17

Summerlin/The Howard Hughes Corporation; Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada; Cox Communications

1998

5

Faiss Foley Warren Public Relations & Public Affairs 100 N. City Parkway, Suite 750 Las Vegas, NV 89106 702-933-7777 • ffwpr.com Melissa Warren, managing partner

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