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If you had any doubt that nineties nostalgia is here to stay, just look to 1337, a new LAN gaming center that opened in Henderson in September. For one, its name, pronounced “Leet,” comes from the internet lexicon derived by gamers and hackers in the ’90s. “These were sort of havens for us,” says Gabriel Allred, Democrats cheer election returns during Tokes Platform co-founder a Nevada Democrats election night party and one of five people beat Caesars Palace on Nov. 6. For election hind 1337. The gaming café results, turn to Page 64. (Steve Marcus/Staff) features 20 PCs with games such as Fortnite, League of Legends, Counter Strike, PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds, Rocket League and World of Warcraft. Allred says they’re also considering consoles for games such as Mario Kart and Super Smash Brothers, and they’re also teaming up with Luxor’s Esports Arena to foster a larger gaming community in Las Vegas. “A lot of my long-term friends today came about in network computer games that we would play in a social setting. It was sort of our refuge. 1337 is kind of an extension of that,” Allred says. Joined by partners Keil Corcoran (of indie band STRFKR), computer programmer Bruce Randall, Las Vegas firefighter Tanner McBride and Jason Gates, Allred says it’s a true passion project and hobby business. “We just want to provide a place that has some If the Democrats think they are nostalgia, and going to waste Taxpayer Money maybe some kids investigating us at the House level, can have that same then we will likewise be forced to sense of camaraconsider investigating them for all derie with their of the leaks of Classified Informafriends and nerd tion, and much else, at the Senate brethren.” 1337 19 level. Two can play that game! S. Water St., Unit A; (Nov. 7) Sunday-Thursday, 2 p.m.-midnight; Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m.-2 a.m., 1337vegas.com. –Leslie Ventura

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Cover story: Car enthusiasts abound across LV Paula Abdul, Lavo Party Brunch, SaltN-Pepa and more Sports: Golden Knights tighten long-term roster News: State and national midterm election roundup VEGAS INC: Background checks and liability

Planet 13’s new 40,000-square-foot facility—located on West Desert Inn Road near Sammy Davis Jr. Drive— features a massive, 16,500-square-foot mega-dispensary, a lobby that resembles that of a luxury Strip hotel, a coffee shop and loads of entertainment. “The whole idea is to make this experiential for the customer, where it’s more than a traditional buying opportunity,” said Bob Groesbeck, a former mayor of Henderson who shares the title of CEO with former Henderson Councilman Larry Scheffler. “It’s about getting immersed in this entire entertainment complex we have to offer.” –Chris Kudialis

ANALYSIS: ENERGIZED LATINO, YOUNG VOTERS BODE WELL FOR DEMOCRATS LONG-TERM Neither Latinos nor young people have historically turned out in large numbers, especially in midterms, but this year early indications showed that both groups were more engaged. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials announced that it was expecting a 15 percent increase in voting by Latinos this year—7.8 million compared to 6.8 million in 2014—and a recent Pew Research poll showed that enthusiasm among Latino voters was up sharply heading into the election. As for young voters, the numbers were powerful in Nevada, where early voting among young people was up 364 percent over 2014 levels. John Hudak, a senior fellow in governance studies for the Brookings Institution, says political science research shows that voters’ early leanings tend to stay with them as they get older. So voters who came of age in the 1980s, for instance, have a higher tendency to vote Republican, because Ronald Reagan was a persuasive figure in that era. Now, Hudak said, the young voters who became politically aware in the Obama era and now are experiencing Trump are likely to carry their attitudes with them as well. “If you turned 18 during Donald Trump’s first two years—especially if you’re a young person of color—and you’re seeing that racist messaging, that’s going to touch you in a way that’s going to make it much more likely for you not just to vote Democratic in 2018 or 2020 but to continue that tradition,” he said. “I think one of the things that Republicans underestimate is how important those early years are and what that type of messaging could do to a young voter in the long term. So 2018 might be a tough year for Republicans. But Donald Trump’s rhetoric in these last three years might make it a lot of tough years for the next 30 or 40

years for Republicans.” Meanwhile, if current trends continue, Nevada today will look like the U.S. in about 40 years in terms of ethnicity. That means the pool of eligible Latino voters will grow larger and larger, and in turn means that if those voters begin turning out in larger numbers, the Democrats could make gains while Republicans pay a price for Trump’s racial extremism. In polls among Latinos, Trump has been rated badly amid backlash over the administration’s handling of hurricane relief for Puerto Rico, separation of families at the border, ending of DACA and other anti-Latino actions and statements. The Pew Research polling results showed that twothirds of Latino adults reported that the Trump administration’s policies had been harmful to Latinos, while half had serious concerns about their “place in American society” with Trump as president. In addition, 63 percent of Latino voters said they preferred Democratic congressional candidates over Republicans, up from 57 percent in 2014. Hudak said the party that can engage those voters, especially young ones, will make strides. In Nevada, at least, the Democrats clearly have an upper hand in that regard, with organizations like NextGen America spurring voting among young voters overall and the Culinary Union energizing voters of color. Hudak, who is visiting UNLV this week, said he was delighted to see students lined up at Lied Library for three days of early voting. “These aren’t just young voters, but a lot of young voters of color who oftentimes have much lower levels of turnout,” he said. “They’re coming out to vote because they care so deeply about this election. It shows you that there is that drive among voters of color to stand up and say, ‘I’m fed up.’ —Ric Anderson


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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PURSE OR WALLET GETS STOLEN BY WEEKLY STAFF

ith so many of us constantly on the go, it’s easy to let your purse or wallet overflow with important information and sensitive items, such as passports, checkbooks, Social Security cards, gift cards and more. ¶ Thieves haven’t overlooked that fact. They know that if they’re able to snag a purse or wallet, there’s a good chance they’ll net something of value. ¶ Purse and wallet snatchings are crimes of opportunity. The good news is, you can lower your risk significantly—and easily—by taking simple precautions.

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If you report your debit card missing within two business days, you are responsible only for a maximum of $50 of unauthorized purchases, and most banks will waive those charges. If you report your card missing after two business days but within two months, you could be responsible for up to $500 in fraudulent purchases. If you wait any longer than that, you’ll have to foot the entire bill, whether or not the charges were legit.

Travel light. Remove from your wallet or purse everything inessential. Think: Social Security card, gift cards, checkbooks, rewards cards, store-specific credit cards and other items you use only occasionally. Security experts recommend you carry only items that are immediately necessary.

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Be proactive. Cancel all unused credit cards or bank accounts, and shred any associated cards or documents.

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Make copies. Take digital images or make copies of the fronts and backs of all of the items in your wallet, and store the copies in a safe place at home. If your wallet is stolen or lost, you’ll have an inventory of what’s missing.

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Be stealthy. Never store your PINs or passwords in your wallet or purse.

If your Social Security Card was stolen Inform the Social Security Administration right away. The agency won’t issue you a new number, but they will replace your Social Security Card. Also: Call the IRS Identity Protection Unit at 1-800-908-4490 File the loss with the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-ID-THEFT ■ If you think a thief is using your Social Security number, call the Social Security Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271. Especially for Nevadans The Nevada Identity Theft Program was created by the state Legislature to help identity theft victims in the recovery process. The program provides victims a secured, personalized identification card that can be used to alert law enforcement and creditors about fraudulent activities. It also can help you avoid improper criminal charges if the thief is involved in illegal activities. For information, call 775-684-1100.

PRO TIP Experts recommend carrying a credit card rather than a debit card, as credit card companies typically freeze and refund fraudulent charges more quickly than banks.


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When you realize it’s gone, Immediately take these steps Be sure your wallet or purse really has been stolen. Check the nooks and crannies of your home, car and office, and call or visit places where you’ve recently been.

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Call your bank and credit card companies to report your cards lost or stolen. The companies will freeze your accounts and send you new cards with new account numbers. They’ll also review with you recent transactions to confirm that they were legit. PRO TIP: Ask for any reward PRO TIP: Be sure to supply your balances or miles to be new card information to any transferred to your new companies that process automatic accounts. withdrawals from your accounts. * DO NOT cancel your credit cards. That will wreak havoc on your credit score. File a police report. There’s only a slim chance the perpetrator will be caught, but having an official police report can protect you and provide evidence of the theft if irregular activity occurs on your accounts. Be sure to keep a copy of the police report.

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PRO TIP: You don’t need to call all three agencies, just one. By law, the agency you contact must notify the two other agencies.

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Visit the DMV. Chances are, your driver’s license was in your wallet, and you’ll need a replacement. Request a new driver’s license number, not just a reprint.

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If your keys were stolen, change your locks. It’s likely the thief has your address, making you an easy target for a break-in.

Think about the other items you had that need to be replaced or that link to your personal information—a work ID or badge, health insurance cards, library cards, frequent shopper cards. Thieves will go to great lengths to gather your private information, so it’s a good idea to let any institution with which you do business know that you could be a victim of identity theft.

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Order credit reports. Everyone is entitled to one free credit report annually from each of the three credit-reporting agencies. Be sure to monitor your reports for suspicious activity. To order your reports, visit annualcreditreport.com, call 1-877-322-8228 or write to P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, Georgia, 30348-5281.

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PRO TIP: Since each credit agency tracks the same information, stagger your requests so that you receive one credit report from each of the three bureaus every four months. That will allow you to check your credit more frequently without a fee. File an FTC Identity Theft Report at identitytheft.gov. The report documents that you are a crime victim, have alerted law enforcement and are working to resolve the disruption.

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Best practices to prevent a theft Use a purse with short straps so it hangs directly under your arm. Or cross a long purse strap over your body with the bag hanging in front of you. Don’t carry your wallet in your back pocket or jacket pocket. Carry it in your front pocket or in an interior jacket pocket.

10 Think long-term. Identity theft can happen months or even years

after a purse or wallet was stolen. For an extra layer of protection, place a seven-year extended fraud alert on your credit report. Send a copy of your FTC Identity Theft Report to each credit bureau to request that all potential creditors contact you before they issue credit in your name. In your letter, be sure to provide information about the best way for a creditor to reach you.

Sources: Nevada Attorney General, Federal Trade Commission, Experian, Identity Theft Resource Center


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S CRUISIN’ IN VEGAS Car enthusiasts abound across the Las Vegas Valley BY RIC ANDERSON

1964 CADILLAC ELDORADO CONVERTIBLE (Photograph by Wade Vandervort/Staff)

ome glimmer like pieces of jewelry, with chrome accents and metal-flake paint jobs polished to a mirror-like shine. Others look like they roared out of a Mad Max movie, with corroded body panels and exposed engines jutting out from the front end. But whether the custom and collector cars of Las Vegas are old or new, shiny or weather-ravaged, they share one quality: They ignite deep passions and fierce loyalty. The city is home to countless auto lovers, who have formed a wide array of car clubs.

From recent-model cars that would be at home in the Fast & Furious franchise to 1970s muscle cars straight out of Dazed and Confused to ragtops from The Great Gatsby era, you can find them and many more at club gatherings in Las Vegas. “Oh, yeah, there’s a lot of car guys in Las Vegas,” Antony Morfin says while showing off his modified Dodge Challenger at Desert Breeze Park. “There’s a gathering here every week, and there’ll be 300 cars here. You see everything from little Hondas to really expensive cars.” Maybe it’s only natural that Las Vegas is a car town. Because even though the city started as a train stop, it was built on the automobile. As with a lot of Western cities, we embraced the freedom of having our


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own cars to the extent that we designed our city around it, filling up First with an electric starter. First whose collection of nearly 200 cars includes to offer power seats and memory 33 1941 Cadillacs—the make and year he the desert with neighborhoods connected by wide, smooth roads, settings. First sunroof in the U.S. learned to drive at age 16. and lots of them. market. First to incorporate But the Cadillac club isn’t just for ownCars also have a spot in our culture and image. Think of Sean GPS and cellphone technology for roadside ers of vintage and classic cars. The club customer service. members’ rides span the history of the make, Connery in a Ford Mustang Mach 1, tearing around DownDR Rawson drives Cadillacs partly befrom a 1903 open sedan to recent-model town Las Vegas as James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever. cause they look nice and are stocked with Escalades and blade-like XLRs. Or Hunter S. Thompson raising hell in the Red Shark, the creature comforts, but also because of the With the cars serving as their gathering brand’s standing as an automotive innovator. point, the group engages in a number of name he gave his rented Chevrolet Caprice in Fear and “Cadillac has always represented not only charitable efforts, including a scholarship Loathing in Las Vegas. a great exterior design, but also so much fund and significant support for Findlay Spend enough time on the streets today, and you’ll forward thinking in the way the car was Cadillac’s annual Toys for Tots drive, which engineered,” he says. raised more than $250,000 last year. “These see some of the most impressive cars prowling in any Rawson is a flesh-and-blood Wikipedia are the greatest people—so helpful and city. There are sleek Ferraris and Lotuses, beastly page when it comes to the maker, able kind,” he says. 526-horsepower Shelby Mustangs (which are to reel off a long list of Cadillac firsts and And as Rawson will tell you, they also have even some of the stories behind them. The terrific taste in automobiles. Other makes produced here in town), tricked-out VW buses, electric starter happened because a friend have their strengths, but none ever made low-rider Impalas, your granddaddy’s Cadof Cadillac’s founder suffered a broken it into our lexicon as the gold standard for dies— you name it. jaw—and later died of an infection from the a product or business: “It’s the Cadillac of injury—while starting an older hand-cranked _________ (self-propelled lawn mowers, waHere’s a sampling of what makes Las car. ter purification systems, bass boats, etc.)” Vegas a gearhead shangri-la. Now, Rawson is the proud president of the Las Vegas Cadillac Club, a group with more than 100 members with 150 cars. The club also includes lifetime member Phil Maloof,

“They adopted a theme several years ago: ‘Where art and science comes together.’ And that’s absolutely true,” he says. More information: lasvegasclc.net

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Antony Morfin gives a sideways smile when asked how much he’s spent modifying his 2011 Dodge Challenger. “After the first 10 grand I lost track,” he says. For his investment, though, the Orleans poker dealer has a car like no other. There’s bolt-on body work from nose to tail, including wide tires that sit under extended wheel wells, giving the car a more muscled look than its stock version. A customized air suspension system allows the Challenger to be lowered to the point it hugs the ground like a NASCAR racer. The interior boasts racing seats and a heavy-duty harness system replacing the standard safety belts. Then there are other special touches that Morfin

2011 DODGE CHALLENGER (Miranda Alam/Special to Weekly)

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particularly likes pointing out, like the sunroof. It’s been treated to look like an American flag but with the logo of Morfin’s favorite sports team, the Vegas Golden Knights, in place of the stars. “As a kid, I was way into soccer. I had jerseys, shoes, everything” Morfin says. “Then, the Fast & Furious movies and Need for Speed video games came out, and that was it—I was into cars.” Morfin is part of a new generation of car enthusiasts who, instead of making older cars look newer, makes newer cars more powerful and responsive. He’s among the 30 local members of the Team

Hybrid car club, which has chapters in several cities and turns out modern machines bristling with supercharged or turbocharged engines, high-end suspensions, state-of-the-art electronics and more. Next up for Morfin is to hot-rod the engine of his Challenger. The stock version’s 392 horsepower, despite being nearly twice as much as the standard Toyota Camry, is OK but not enough. But then, he says, neither is anything. “You always want the latest,” he says. “You’ll see something that some other guy did and think, ‘How the hell did they do that?’” More information: teamhybrid.com


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your buddies in your car, and it just goes from there,” says Kam, explaining the appeal of collecting cars. At a recent gathering, Cruisin’ Association members turned out in such vehicles as a hot pink 1923 Model T hot rod, a 1956 Ford Thunderbird and a 1971 Chevolet Chevelle muscle car. The car shown here, Paul Pallis’ 1965 Ford Mustang, was on display at an earlier event. But the group’s all-inclusive approach was evident in such cars as a 1970 Buick station wagon—participation doesn’t require owning a high-performance vehicle. Ask the members about cars, though, and the conversation generally swings to the people who drive them. Membership is as much about social activity as driving. “You meet people of all ages and from all over,” says Kam, the group’s director. “We have a number of members from other states. There are always new people coming in.” The group stages shows and events throughout the year, including fundraisers for veterans and disadvantaged children. More information: lasvegascarshows.com.

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George Lucas’s first hit movie wasn’t about a galaxy far, far away. It was American Graffiti, Lucas’ sentimental look at his teenage years in the early 1960s. It was a time when the nation’s youth culture revolved around the car—cruising on main drags and to drive-in restaurants, racing on secluded roadways and listening to early rock ’n’ roll tunes on in-dash AM radios. That’s the vibe among the members of the Las Vegas Cruisin’ Association, a loose-knit group of car lovers who lean to the nostalgia of the automotive era that stretched roughly from Elvis’ Sun Records period to the days of disco. They’re people like Art Kam, whose garage contains cars like a lovingly restored 1967 Chevrolet Camaro and a hot-rodded 1931 Ford pickup. “You start collecting marbles as a kid, then maybe you collect stamps and baseball cards, then you get older and you want to race

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Publications like Hot Rod magazine are full of old cars that have been made to look brand new—full interior restorations, five-figure paint jobs, modern audio systems and such. Yeah, rat rods are none of that. The cars are a throwback to hot rods of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, many of which were built by guys who didn’t have much money for things like nice paint jobs, shiny wheels and plush seats … and didn’t much care. They just wanted to go fast. So they’d grab rusty old cars out of barns or from outdoor storage yards in the desert and put their money into what made the car go—the engine, transmission, suspension, etc. Non-essential parts like hoods and fenders and radios were thrown overboard, and it was common for parts

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of different cars to be thrown together. Today, rat rods have become a tribute to those early customizers—and a punk-influenced counter reaction to mainstream hot rodding. And thanks to the team of automotive fabricators at Welder Up in Las Vegas, the city is an epicenter of the rat rod world. Welder Up specializes in the cars, producing some of the wildest customs in the genre—a classic Dodge Charger that has been mashed up with a monster truck, a 1934 International truck with a scary-clown design theme and the “Train Car,” a six-wheeled creation that looks like the product of a mating session between a car and a World War I battle tank. The shop is the subject of the Discovery Chan-

nel series Vegas Rat Rods, which for four seasons has been spotlighting owner Steve Darnell and his team. The show is partly about cars, partly a takeoff on American Pickers and partly about art, as Darnell incorporates things he finds in salvage yards and barns into the designs of the cars. A shotgun gearshift? Check. Mason jars for tail lights? Yep. Structurally and mechanically, though, the cars are anything but rust buckets. Look closely, and you’ll see disc brakes, heavy-gauge metal framing and modern, high-performance engines. More information: welderup.com


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lay is inherent part of life. Puppies play. Cats play. Polar bears play. Lions, monkeys, birds, elephants, otters and people play. From the time a child is born and throughout adulthood, the power of play is crucial for healthy development. It’s so important that it’s protected by the Convention on the Rights of the Child established by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. “Play for children is very essential, because it contributes to optimal child development, and when we’re talking about child development, we’re talking about all aspects of development— physical development, social development, emotional well-being, as well as cognitive intellectual skills,” said Anita Henderson, associate medical director for the Department of Pediatrics at Southwestern Medical associates.

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The importance of free play Play can loosely be categorized into two groups—restrictive play and free play. ■ Restrictive play: A form of play that has a set of guidelines or rules to follow, such as organized sports. ■ Free play: Henderson defines free play as child-directed play. “It’s when you allow the child to decide what it is they want to do,” she said. “The parent is there to help guide them, but in the end, it’s the child who’s making the majority of the decisions in this play.”

Children need different guidance during free play, depending on their age. But Henderson suggests letting children choose their activity and intervene very little unless there’s a safety concern.

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Play is important for adults, too. Research shows play helps them build a sense of community, decreases risks of degenerative brain diseases and maintains strong interpersonal relationships.

The effect of play across the ages “In infancy and as a toddler, that’s really the child’s job— to play and explore, because they’re actually learning and developing skills that way,” Henderson said. “That’s the majority of their time. When you get into school age, it is important to have that little break where kids can unwind, release that energy and be able to interact with other kids.” Infants up to about 12 months old learn cause and effect, hand-eye coordination, basic language skills and the five senses during free play. For example, when a baby plays with its rattle, the child learns that effect will be a noise. Toddlers learn problem-solving skills, resilience and new words through free play. As children enter elementary school,, free play teaches them interpersonal skills such as communication, compromise and empathy.

A shift away from free play Henderson said there’s concern about the reduction of free play for children, pointing to the phasing out of recess and an increase in regulated after-school activities. “They have found that when kids are not given adequate time for recess, they may not perform as well in school academically,” Henderson said. “All these skills, not just their fine motor skills and physical skills, but their ability to interact with other children, might be compromised. Learning how to share, learning how to deal with adversity—all these concepts may not become clear when they don’t have a chance to try it out on the playground.” A 2017 Gallup Children’s study also notes a shift to screen-based play. According to the study, children spend the majority of their free time for the week, more than 18 hours, engaged in screenbased play, versus 10.6 hours spent on outdoor play. “There are concerns now about an increased level of stress and anxiety, and children who really haven’t learned to develop the skills of resiliency,” Henderson said.

LAS VEGAS-CLARK COUNTY LIBRARY DISTRICT EMPOWERS CHILD IMAGINATION THROUGH NEW TOY LENDING PROGRAM The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District has launched a new free toy lending program to help encourage children to play. “One of the important things with this program is really the power of play,” said Kristy Gibson, Youth Services Librarian. “You hear a lot now that kids are more apt to play with technology or be in front of the screen, and it’s really to bring back that imaginative play.” The new toy lending program features 200 American Girl dolls, which span a diverse collection of personality profiles, ethnicities and historical backstories. Each of the dolls will be loaned out with a book detailing its life story, plus a backpack to transport the doll. “We decided to focus on the American Girl doll. Not only is it a very popular doll—it has brand recognition—but it also has the stories that go along with the dolls,” Gibson said. “It’s allowing for play, but there is an educational and reading component that comes along with it.” The library district collection ranges from dolls from the American Revolution to 1970s San Francisco and more. The dolls can be checked out for three weeks at a time by a library cardholder. “If you’re spending $115 on a doll, you might want to buy one that’s more similar to what your child looks like, or has a storyline that you like. But this provides the opportunity for girls to learn about the Great Depression, civil rights movements and Native Americans,” Gibson said. “There’s so many dolls that come along with this, it gives you exposure to that, and I think that’s extremely important. That’s one of the things a library does—introduce you to things you might not have known you’ve been missing.” Visit lvccld.org to find the nearest branch with this program.

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NOV 10-11 CABARET JAZZ LEA DELARIA You know her as Big Boo from Orange Is the New Black, but did you know that Lea DeLaria is actually a triplethreat: actor, singer and comedian? DeLaria has quite the set of pipes, and you can hear them on her 2015 covers album, House of David, and at the Smith Center this weekend when she performs sleek, jazzy versions of David Bowie favorites like “Fame” and “Young Americans.” While her performance will be a must-see for any Bowie fan, there’s more to witness from the two-time Screen Actors Guild award winner than just covers. For one, DeLaria is known for her no-holds-barred humor and honest perspective. As a stand-up comic during the ’80s, she performed fiercely and unabashedly as That F*cking Dyke. Speaking of which: Her breakout role on Orange has reaffirmed her status as a queer icon. Conan O’Brien once asked her if she got more female attention after being on the show, to which DeLaria replied: “I’m a f*cking Jonas Brother, are you kidding?” Yeah, you’d be remiss not to see her. 7 p.m., $39-$59. –Leslie Ventura

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HOUSE SHOW FREEDY JOHNSTON Vegas doesn’t exactly accommodate singer/ songwriters. Which may be why the unlikely appearance of revered songsmith Freedy Johnston (best known for 1992’s Can You Fly and 1994’s This Perfect World) will be so exclusive—only 30 people will be able to attend this house show, the address of which to be revealed 48 hours before. 8 p.m., $25 (bit. ly/2RxauWW). –Mike Prevatt

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BUNKHOUSE SALOON TROPA MAGICA East L.A. brothers David and Rene Pacheco recently renamed their musical project (from Thee Commons), but the pair’s self-described “psychedelic cumbia punk” fusion remains intact. Expect the fun, free-swinging songs on September’s Tropa Magica—sung alternately in Spanish and English—to set off a hip dance party at the Downtown club. With Kurumpaw, No Tides. 9 p.m., $8-$10. –Spencer Patterson (Courtesy)


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It’s been a big year for Gervais, who dropped infectious summertime track “Do It Tonight” (fronting a disco band featuring Hulk Hogan in the accompanying video) and appeared in the Mark Wahlberg film Mile 22. He’s back at his favorite Vegas venue Saturday night. 10:30 p.m., $20-$30. –Brock Radke

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Relive the Me Decade through ’70s-themed works by Lisa Dittrich and Annie Wildbear. The art hangs through the end of December, but at the November 9 reception, they’re breaking out the mirror ball and going full Funkytown. 6 p.m., free, 900 E. Karen Ave, #B-215. –Geoff Carter

This family-owned fine-dining restaurant is offering a special menu in celebration of its 33rd anniversary. For $33.33, diners choose an appetizer, a main course (such as braised rabbit or lobster risotto) and conclude with a dessert sampler. –C. Moon Reed

Sour beer gets its tanginess from wild yeast, making it one of the most challenging (read: expensive) and rewarding varieties to brew. That’s why this festival­—­with unlimited pours of more than 50 different sours—is a steal. $41-$81, 1-5 p.m. –C. Moon Reed

Jens Moelle and Ismail Tüfekçi, the German electro duo famous for 2007 indie dancefloor hit “Pogo” and remixes of both rock and electronic staples, bestows Vegas with a rare live gig. With Youth Fables. 9 p.m., $18-$20. –Mike Prevatt


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The Grande Spicy Margarita “As chefs we look to be creative and top ourselves all of the time,” explains Lavo’s resident mad scientist, chef Marc Marrone, whose most famous creation—the Ultimate Bloody Mary and 18-scoop Party Brunch Sundae—turn heads every time it’s brought from the kitchen. For 2018, Marrone has introduced the Grande Spicy Margarita ($250): El Tesoro Reposado Tequila and Cointreau served in an ice chalice with a half-Maine lobster, half-pound of king crab and shrimp cocktail spilling over the top. “I love a good spicy margarita and tajin [spice] and citrus go great with seafood,” Marrone says. “It definitely took quite a few cocktails and a few pounds of seafood to get the end result.”

LAVO PARTY BRUNCH Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Palazzo, 702-791-1800.

The new Rosé Terrace Party Brunch originated as a Champagne brunch, but the debut of this year’s Rosé Terrace is a clear sign that the “rosé all day” movement has a firm grip on Las Vegas. The outdoor menu includes the Bouquet of Rosé ($500), with 12 Angry Orchard Rosé Sorbet push-pops and a bottle of Notorious Pink Rosé Wine. Pro tip: Bring your sunglasses, because stepping outside from that pitch-black club might otherwise make your pupils burst.

Nightlife DJs pulling overtime Las Vegas’ entertainment calendar keeps our star DJs spinning well into the early morning hours with little time to rest before they’re back at it for the daylife crowd. This season of Lavo Party Brunch is no different, with Chuckie and Eric D-Lux among those tapped to perform for the spicy margaritaswilling crowds.

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The scene Party Brunch plays it coy at first, giving you time to sit back and enjoy your food in a slightly amped-up atmosphere before the curtains drop, drowning out the daylight as strobe lights, Co2 cannons and dance music take over. With the daytime crowd swapping bikinis and board shorts for black dresses and button-up shirts, it has all of the familiar trappings of a nightclub, but this is the only place in town where you can table dance next to an $800 Ultimate Belgium Waffle Sundae topped with a bottle of Avion Espresso Liqueur.

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J Crooked has been a cultural force in Las Vegas for of the worst years for club music I’ve experienced. more than a decade, bringing New York style and I haven’t had that urge to produce, but recently I’ve flavor to the local music and fashion landscapes. been getting it because of what I’ve been hearing. I’ve He might say he feels like one of the scene’s veterjust been breaking down these songs and thinking, ans, but he’s still making moves and leaving an impact. ‘This could have been dope, but they did this instead Crooked spent another active year spinning in clubs of that’—examining the organization of these songs. in Vegas and beyond, and 2018 also saw some restruc... I’m working on a lot of stuff, but you probably won’t turing of the KNYEW fashion brand he created with hear or see anything until the summer.” DJ Neva, so it definitely felt like time to On closing the KNYEW Las Vegas store: DJ CROOKED check in with Crooked to feel the flow. November 10, 11 p.m., “The hardest part was managing people. $20-$35. Apex Social I’ve been talking to other retailers, and it On returning to the renovated Palms Club, 702-944-5980. to spin at Apex Social Club: “You’ve got seems like it’s really hard to find the right the inside/outside thing, the booth is right workforce now, the right people. They want in the center and it’s really dope. There to blame it on millennials, but I don’t think were so many girls [requesting] different stuff; they that’s it. I think kids are so smart now; they just don’t wanted reggaeton and stuff from the ’90s. It’s obviwant to work for anybody. If they learn something, ously a different energy from the megaclubs, and you they want to apply it to their own brand, to thembounce around genres a little more. There are so many selves. There is a strong entrepreneurial spirit there.” different age groups and backgrounds in the room so On new fashion opportunities: “[KNYEW] has you have to switch it up and keep it open. There were always had a very strong following online, and now people singing along to Stevie Wonder and then going it’s a lot easier. Since we closed the store, all these into Beyoncé and Tyga, and you can’t really do stuff like other projects started popping up—different brands that in another room.” wanting us to do this or that—and there are so many On his new creative urges: “I hate to sound like cool projects coming up in the next year. I’m really the disgruntled DJ, but I think this year has been one looking forward to it.” –Brock Radke

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icture a date-night emergency: You want Mexican, but your partner wants Chinese. With a set of parallel menus, new Palm Desert import Bobby Mao’s Chinese Kitchen and Mexican Cantina is set to please a variety of palates. Despite being divided by cuisine, there’s a welcome culinary drift from a variety of food cultures. The Chinese menu includes crispy wonton tacos or soft tacos ($15), with the fillings­—Szechuan chicken, Mongolian beef, moo shu pork­—being more traditionally Asian. One of Mao’s House Special’s is a rice gnocchi ($20), a twist on an Italian favorite. Lo mein noodles ($13-$16) share the menu with Asian sliders ($8-$15), Thai chicken salad ($15) and Hunan shrimp ($20). The Mexican menu focuses more on traditional classics: tacos, flautas, flaming fajitas, burritos and enchiladas, along with a variety of meat and seafood entrees. Bobby Mao’s arrives at the Sunset Galleria after a recent expansion aimed at making the mall something of a culinary destination. The resulting, unofficial restaurant row now features a series of new-to-Las Vegas spots: Gen Korean BBQ, World of Beer and Bravo! Cucina Italiana, plus soon-to-open Brazilian steakhouse Rodizio Grill. Galleria spokesperson Jamie Cooper says, “Guests can come every day of the week and try a different cuisine.” –C. Moon Reed

Bobby Mao’s Chinese Kitchen & Mexican Cantina Sunset Galleria, 1300 W. Sunset Road, 702-547-6649. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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When does a food truck need no engine? When you plant one inside a Las Vegas Strip casino and task it with serving craveable munchies for a brand-new sportsbook concept. When guests at the Book at the Linq aren’t toggling between video games or real live football from their own private “fan caves” or sampling suds from the self-serve beer wall, they’re feasting on wings and sandwiches from Sticky Chicken, a kitchen within an immobile truck that also serves Linq Promenade passersby. The menu may be tailor-made for hanging at the Book, but anyone can snack here. The wings ($12 for six, $22 for 12, $32 for 18) are big, meaty and crispy, unless they’re tossed and sauced in flavors ranging from classic Buffalo and bourbon barbecue to mango chipotle and Thai curry. We recommend ordering them with a dry spice like Caribbean jerk or simple salt and pepper and dunking in creamy blue cheese. The “street fries” are a buffet-in-a-box, especially the savory “mess” variety ($7) covered in smoked brisket chili, cheese, green onions and bacon. The seven chicken sandwiches offer unique toppings to complement the juicy, fried-to-order bird base. An early fave is the Alligator Bait ($14) with fried green tomatoes, remoulade and Cajun slaw, but the Gladiator ($14) fights harder with grilled mozzarella cheese, NYC’s famed Esposito sausage and pesto-swirled ricotta. It’s an unconventional chicken sandwich for a different style of casino eatery. –Brock Radke

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By Annie Zaleski hen Paula Abdul first signed with Virgin Records in the late ’80s and released Forever Your Girl, the future American Idol judge was already a celebrated choreographer who had worked with acts such as Janet Jackson and Duran Duran. Still, moving into the spotlight and transitioning to performing was a leap of faith on all fronts, she remembers. “[The label] didn’t know what to do with me, because it was a very eclectic company,” she says, adding that her initial labelmates were Warren Zevon, Steve Winwood and Cutting Crew. “Everything about [making the album] was hard work and some luck and just being very, very tenacious.” Forever Your Girl ended up being certified seven-times platinum and spawned four No. 1 hits: “Straight Up,” “Opposites Attract,” “Cold Hearted” and the title track. That massive success had much to do with Abdul, who manifested her vision via savvy moves, such as leveraging existing choreography connections. “I was very thrifty and would barter deals with acts that I was working on,” says Abdul, who headlines the Red Rock Resort ballroom on November 10. “I’d say, ‘I’ll choreograph a video for you for half my rate, and you guys write me a song.’” Abdul ended up offering this option to a young R&B group called The Deele, which featured two ambitious, aspiring musicians: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Antonio “L.A.” Reid. The pair co-wrote and produced Forever Your Girl’s “Knocked Out”—and Abdul shares that she’s responsible for getting the

PAULA ABDUL November 10, 8 p.m., $54-$94. Red Rock Casino Resort Ballroom, 702-797-7777.

duo their first publishing deal. “People call me the lever-puller for them,” she says. “I love it, because I love being on the flipside, mentoring, [and] being able to mentor on a show like American Idol. It’s so extremely gratifying to see talent that you know and believe in, and see them become super-duper stars.” Abdul has also showed a similar talent-boosting effect on established icons. Back in the mid-’00s, she says, she was being “wooed by Hilton” to do a residency at the Las Vegas Hilton (now the Westgate), specifically in the theater where Elvis Presley made his mark. “I said, ‘I’m not the right artist for this, but I have someone who is,’” she says. “They said, ‘Who?’ And I said, ‘Barry Manilow.’” Although officials were initially skeptical, she invited them to visit American Idol, where the iconic crooner just so happened to be mentoring that week. His demeanor and teaching approach convinced the powers-that-be—and Manilow’s first Vegas residency, Manilow: Music and Passion, began its years-long run in 2005. For Abdul, being a connector is a way of giving back, since she herself had the good fortune of getting “amazing advice” from legends such as Billy Wilder, James L. Brooks, Gene Kelly, and Shirley MacLaine during her career. “I guess it’s the lyric in my song, ‘Rush, Rush’: ‘You give love/You get love,’” she says. “I think that’s the way the universe works.” For our full interview with Abdul, visit lasvegasweekly.com. (Courtesy)

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Steady Rocksteady Josh Coutts proudly flies the ska flag with his 7-year-old radio station and live events By Leslie Ventura f you thought ska died in the ’90s, Josh Coutts, aka Jr. Ska Boss, is here to prove you wrong. The founder and co-host of Viva Ska Radio just celebrated seven years of being on-air, and the Internet station is only a fraction of his musical responsibilities. Coutts is also the proprietor of the monthly Soul Shakedown dance party and the on-hiatus Viva Ska Vegas music festival, and when he isn’t spreading the rocksteady gospel, he’s promoting punk and rock shows throughout Las Vegas. “[Ska has] just been a part of me for so long,” Coutts says. “I don’t want it to die off.” Born in San Jose, California, Coutts grew up in punk and ska bands, one of which ending up serving as an opener for Sublime (Bradley Nowell-era Sublime, he stresses). Now 38, the punk scene booster moved to Vegas in 2003 and quickly started DJing and promoting shows. Eventually, he landed a gig opening for English ska legends Madness—“my favorite ska band ever,”

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he says with a smile. From there, he was offered a show with Double Down Radio, where he stayed for nearly six years before eventually landing a spot with Radio Vegas Rocks. Coutts and co-host Joseph Guadamuz (aka Selecta’ Scream) currently spin every Tuesday from 9 p.m. to midnight. “It’s an amazing spot,” Coutts says of his new radio digs. “This station has helped me to grow a lot more.” Guadamuz also helps Coutts run Soul Shakedown, which celebrates soul, mod, ska and reggae and frequently pops up around town; previous locations include Jammyland, Velveteen Rabbit, Backstage Bar and Billiards and Golden Tiki, with a new spot slated for December. “We got a lot of crap for calling it Soul Shakedown when we play ska and reggae and punk, but ‘Soul Shakedown’ was a Bob Marley song and it was a reggae tune,” he says. Those folks might not actually know that ska predates reggae, growing out of Jamaica in the ’50s by combining calypso music with American jazz and

R&B. And while Coutts acknowledges that ska can have a bad reputation—skinheads tried to appropriate the genre during the 1970s—the reggae enthusiast vehemently denounces any of those associations. “We’re here to support gay, straight, blue, green— it doesn’t matter what color you are. Music is music, people are people,” Coutts says. “We created Soul Shakedown for people of any race and sexual orientation to come out and party with us and have a good time.” The radio show, he says, is just an extension of that—“to get the word out and to get you to listen to everything from the ’50s to current ska and reggae.” As for how he got into ska, Coutts has one person to thank. “My dad showed me The Specials and Madness, and that’s pretty much what started it,” he says. “It was a lot of early soul music that got me into everything, and I got to see The Clash and the Ramones together when I was like 7 or 8 years old. Without my dad, I wouldn’t have any of that. I thank him every day for showing me cool stuff.”


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A human ear can withstand sounds around 130 decibels before things become painful. The Rio’s newest venue, 172, is named after the loudest sound ever recorded on Earth—the Krakaota volcano explosion, a noise so loud, it registered at 172 decibels 100 miles away. That’s a lot to live up to, but if you can get past its odd placement—it’s a black-and-purple rock venue situated near the Chippendales Theater—the roomy, 300-capacity room is poised to complement the Las Vegas entertainment scene. And its actual volume might be reasonable compared to the thirsty screams next door. Talent buyer Patrick “Pulsar” Trout helms the

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concert calendar, which spans the spectrum of rock. Part of what drew his participation, he says, was being able to feature local bands in the tourist corridor alongside bigger names. Opening night kicked off with a free, all-local bill featuring Bad Phantom, Kaylie Foster and Jessica Manalo. That was followed by weekend shows with Missouri punks Radkey and legendary U.K. ska act The Selecter. Another bonus: 172 offers an elevated food and beverage menu, plus dining tables on some nights. There’s even a chef’s table, where groups can score off-menu creations. “A lot of younger people who are into current music are also really into food,” Trout ur says. “This is the first time I’ve been o C ( involved in a concept that’s not, ‘Hey, let’s pregame somewhere else, then go here for the band.’ It’s, ‘Hey, let’s get here early, have a cool dinner, some drinks and then watch a cool show.’ Being able to offer that to the rock market is going to be really cool.” –Leslie Ventura te

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Members: The Internet is commandeered by singer/songwriters and studio-do-it-alls Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians, and rounded out by guitarist Steve Lacy, bassist Patrick Paige II and percussionist/mixer Christopher Smith. Origin: Led by primary vocalist Syd, most of the band broke off from nowdefunct LA hip-hop collective Odd Future, which also birthed alt-urban figureheads Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler the Creator. Sound: Like most under the neo-soul umbrella, The Internet uses classic R&B as a foundation to build its in-the-moment sound, which is equally subdued and sublime. And like many of their LA peers, the musicians infuse their Mid-City grooves with jazz flourishes and measured funk, administered through both live instrumentation and programming. For those who like: SZA, The Neptunes/N.E.R.D., Solange, Hiatus Kaiyote, Thundercat. Most recent album: This year’s Hive Mind, which deploys a variety of beats and moods, unified by the band’s compositional depth and signature understated delivery. Stream before going: “Roll (Burbank Funk),” a buoyant, windows-down jam; “Palace/Curse,” inspired in part by South Central LA’s G-Funk sound; and “Girl,” a queer ballad where Syd instructs, “Girl/If they don’t know your worth/Tell ’em you’re my girl.” –Mike Prevatt

The Internet with Moonchild. November 12, 7:30 p.m., $30, House of Blues, 702-632-7600.

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Nineties nostalgia Salt-N-Pepa head up a new Paris THEATER production By Brock Radke amily-friendly fun from Circus 1903. Magic and pyrotechnics from Inferno. Hollywood storytelling with soaring songs from Marilyn! The New Musical. All three of these shows have rolled through the Paris Theater over the past 18 months, all displaying longer-term Strip potential, none lasting longer than six months. This classically styled Las Vegas Strip venue seats just over 1,400 and has hosted shows as varied as Barry Manilow and Engelbert Humperdinck, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Cheap Trick’s Sgt. Pepper Live. It’s the centerpiece of a resort that will mark 20 years next September; Paris Las Vegas’ theme has held up surprisingly well over the years, and its casino remains very popular. The theater is in need of a steady winner to match the rest of its offerings. Enter Salt-N-Pepa’s I Love the’ 90s: The Vegas Show, a concert residency produced by Las Vegas-based UD Factory with Universal Attractions Agency, which represents many of the acts rotating through the show including co-producers Salt-N-Pepa. The hip-hop trio of Cheryl James

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(“Salt”), Sandra Denton (“Pepa”) and Deidra Roper opened the show with crowd favorite “Shoop” before (“Spinderella”) opened the show last month along dusting off the 1986 track they call their “ratchet with Harlem rapper Rob Base (“It Takes Two”) and classic,” “I’ll Take Your Man.” All-4-One hit the stage harmonious R&B group All-4-One (“I Swear”) as a to sing ballad “I Can Love You Like That” and then tailored-for-Vegas version of the popular nostalgia returned to back up Rob Base on “Joy & Pain.” Most tour that has been touring the country for three audience members were out of their seats for the years. It’s being billed as the first hip-hop residency majority of the show, including SWV in the front row on the Strip, but it’s more accurately a genre-spanand Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath, who joins ning celebration of the era; Spinderella the production this month. played Guns N’ Roses and Nirvana during With accessible music that appeals to SALT-N-PEPA’S her mid-show DJ set at the October 25 different age groups and a friendly forI LOVE THE ’90S: grand opening show. mat, I Love the ’90s could be the winner THE VEGAS SHOW “It’s like a mixtape,” says James. the Paris Theater needs. When the stars Thursday-Monday, 9 p.m., $74-$190. “We’ve been building the I Love the ’90s perform their respective hits—especially Paris Theater, brand for years on the road, and we Salt-N-Pepa, an iconic hip-hop act that 702-777-2782. decided we want to be in one place, so why still captivates with infinite energy and not bring the experience to Vegas? On the style—the show feels like a hit. It will be tour, you do your set and they do theirs, interesting to see if that energy stays high and that’s the night. But now we have a DJ bringing when other acts take their turns, an intriguing part us in and out, so to me it feels more exciting. We of the production that begins this weekend when had to make sure it was fabulous, because our name En Vogue and Kid ’n Play join Rob Base. McGrath is on the thing.” teams with En Vogue and Kid ’n Play November 15The grand opening didn’t disappoint. Salt-N-Pepa 19, before Salt-N-Pepa returns on November 22.


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In its right place Forget the podcast and radio show. The best way to experience The Moth storytelling series is live onstage By Geoff Carter uite by accident, Joshua Wolf Shenk and I came up with the most convincing reason you should see The Moth when the beloved storytelling series lands at Artemus Ham Hall on November 14. I suggested to the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute’s executive director that the magnitude of this event—a huge cultural get for Vegas—is comparable to “Radiohead coming to town.” Shenk laughs. “My name is Josh Shenk, and I endorse that metaphor,” he says. But the reason he’s cosigning isn’t because The Moth is a big-deal event (which it is) or because BMI is the show’s presenting sponsor, but because the experiences of seeing a live band and of hearing a true story told in a theater setting aren’t all that dissimilar. They’re both occasions that are transformed by you actually being there. “The stories create the environment, and the environment creates the stories,” he says. Like at a concert, where “your humanity, which is usually

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tamped down, gets to come out and dance,” there’s and “disease detective” from Atlanta’s Centers something about live storytelling that provokes an for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Chenje“emotional, intellectual melting” in the listener. rai Kumanyika, a journalist, artist and instructor Audiences lean in when the storyteller tells a at Rutgers; and in a rare local speaking appearsecret, sit in shocked silence when the story takes ance, magician and professional skeptic Teller. a bad turn and whoop like cheerleaders (Hearing Teller speak is worth the price of The Moth when something comes off as funny or emadmission all by itself; he’s superlatively Mainstage funny and engaging, with a searching powering. And storytellers use that energy November 14, to shape their tales. That entire dimension 7:30 p.m., $15. mind like few others you’ve encountered.) is missing when you hear The Moth in And Shenk raves about Moth host Dan Artemus W. Ham Concert podcast or radio form. Kennedy, saying he has the chops of a Hall at UNLV, “It’s a combination of theater direction, stand-up comic. 702-895-3011. of literary editing … and psychotherapy,” But what makes these people unique to Shenk says, chuckling. (And for those of us The Moth isn’t what they do for a living. who have sorely missed Las Vegas’ native It’s the “stories of known awesomeness” storytelling series, The Tell, since it went on hiatus they’re going to tell—and how you’re going to react several years ago, the coming of The Moth is a to those stories when you’re in the same room with much-needed dose of storytelling Prozac.) them. Scheduled to appear at The Moth Mainstage are “At Moth shows there’s an environment of comRuby Cooper, a teacher, parent, world traveler passion, of warmth, of curiosity,” Shenk says. “It’s and author; Vikram Krishnasamy, a physician an incredible thing.”


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HER MAJESTY MEET FORMER SHOWGIRL KADY HEARD, THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE OF MAJESTIC REPERTORY BY LESLIE VENTURA

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ajestic Repertory Theatre has a secret weapon, and she’s 5-foot-9 without heels. Dancer, singer, burlesque performer and former Jubilee! showgirl Kady Heard has worked toward becoming a top-tier entertainer since she was a little kid. “My mom knew that if I wanted to be a performer past high school, I needed to be a triple threat,” Heard says. “So she worked on voice lessons with me, and I took some acting here and there, and of course, was in dance every moment of my life.” Two days after Halloween, Heard is still dressed for the season as we sit outside Makers & Finders coffee shop. Her long green nails and dark lipstick are perfect for her other gig: tour guide at Zac Bagans’ Haunted Museum. When she was young, My Fair Lady transfixed her, and Eliza Doolittle was her hero. “She was like a Disney Princess to me,” Heard says.

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Years of dance classes led her to Oklahoma City University’s dance program, where Heard’s professors recommended she try out as a Las Vegas showgirl. “Originally I wanted to be a ballerina, but when you pass 5-7 you’re way too tall. That’s why Vegas was perfect for me.” Heard packed her life into two suitcases and moved cross country to work as a Jubilee! showgirl for two years before she left to freelance. It was then that she met Troy Heard, now her husband and director of Majestic Repertory Theatre. The couple just celebrated their sixyear wedding anniversary in October, and Kady has played an integral role in the Downtown theater company since its 2016 launch. “Troy does throws ideas at me all the time,” she says. “We’ll be sitting on the couch, and he’ll say, ‘What do you think about so-and-so as this character?’ Or ‘What do you think about doing this show

but set in this completely different time period?’” When she isn’t brainstorming ideas with her husband, she’s likely to assist with the theater’s visuals, or freelance for other entertainment companies who need performers and dancers. Last year, she joined forces with friend Kim Amblad to form Strawberry Moon Entertainment, the company behind bi-monthly burlesque show Tease & Tails, which will host a Nutcracker-themed event in December. When asked why she’d add yet more to her plate, Heard says she just loves the feeling of being onstage. “Burlesque accepts whatever you are. It doesn’t discriminate,” she says. Whether it’s taking people on ghost tours, leading them through a haunted mansion or performing as a Cabaret Kit Kat Girl, it’s about being able embody a character, to truly come alive. “I love the freedom to express me—exactly what I’m feeling in that moment.”


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Nashville rockers All Them Witches play Beauty Bar November 8. (Robby Staebler/Courtesy)

172 Leaving Springfield, Strange Mistress, Mother Mercury 11/9. Them Evils, Taking Dawn, Baker’s Dozen 11/10. Rio, 702-513-3356. Beauty Bar All Them Witches, Handsome Jack 11/8. The Stolen, Patternist 11/9. Kosha Dillz, Devmo, Juttin Lee 11/12. Colfax Speed Queen 11/13. 517 Fremont St., 702-598-3757. BOOTLEGGER BISTRO Jorge Machain Quartet 11/11. 7700 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-736-4939. Brooklyn Bowl Soulection ft. Joe Kay, Monte Booker, Devin Tracy, Sasha Marie, Jared Jackson 11/8. Plain White T’s, Armors, SayWeCanFly, A Summer High 11/9. Underoath, Dance Gavin Dance, Crown the Empire, The Plot in You 11/10. Riff Raff 11/12. Linq Promenade, 702-862-2695. Bunkhouse Saloon Haunted Summer, Avi Buffalo, Same Sex Mary 11/9. Tropa Magica, Kurumpaw, No Tides 11/10. 124 S. 11th St., 702982-1764. The Chelsea NF, Nightly 11/10. Cosmopolitan, 702-698-6797. THE CLUB Queen Nation (Queen tribute) 11/10. Cannery, 702-507-5700. The Colosseum Celine Dion 11/9-11/10, 11/1311/14. Caesars Palace, 866-227-5938. Count’s VAMP’D The Hellenbacks 11/8. Royal Bliss, Joyous Wolf, Messer, Systemec 11/9. Black ’N Blue, Vain 11/10. John Zito Electric Jam 11/14. 750 W. Sahara Ave., 702-220-8849. THE Dillinger Wayne David Band 11/9. The Unwieldies 11/10. 1224 Arizona St., Boulder City, 702-293-4001.

The Joint Generation Axe ft. Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen & more 11/9. Goo Goo Dolls 11/10. Hard Rock Hotel, 702-693-5000.

ZAPPOS THEATER Backstreet Boys 11/9-11/10, 11/14, 11/16-11/17. Planet Hollywood, 702-777-6737.

M PAVILION Queens of Soul 11/10. M Resort, 702-797-1000.

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Dive Bar Malevolent ft. DJ Karnage & more 11/9. 4110 S. Maryland Parkway, 702-586-3483.

NINJA KARAOKE Zig Zag, Lil Cuete, Droopy, Daphee, 11/9. 1009 S. Main St., 702-487-6213.

APEX SOCIAL CLUB Kid Conrad 11/8. DJ Que 11/9. DJ Crooked 11/10. DJ Neva 11/11. Palms, 702-944-5980.

DOUBLE DOWN SALOON TV Party Tonight 11/8. Leather Bound Crooks, Doom Lagoon, Tony Taylor & the Nova Babies, DiTrani Brothers and the Hammer of Spring, Black Rhino, The Howlin’ Roosters 11/10. The Bargain DJ Collective 11/12. Unique Massive 11/13. Johnny Zig & The Force 11/14. 4640 Paradise Road, 702-791-5775.

Park Theater Cher 11/9-11/10, 11/14. Park MGM, 844-600-7275.

Chateau Bayati & Casanova 11/8. DJ Stephi K 11/9. DJ ShadowRed 11/10. DJ ShadowRed 11/14. Paris, 702-776-7770.

THE Dispensary Lounge Indra Jones 11/9. Jo Belle Yonely 11/10. Rick Keller Quintet 11/14. 2451 E. Tropicana Ave., 702-458-6343.

DOWNTOWN CONTAINER PARK Dubi, Silversage 11/9. The Moonshiners 11/10. 707 Fremont St., 702-359-9982. Encore Theater Diana Ross 11/9-11/10, 11/14. Wynn, 702-770-6696. Gilley’s Saloon Michael Austin 11/8. Rob Staley 11/9-11/11. Carlton Anderson 11/10. Kellye Huff 11/14-11/15. Treasure Island, 702-894-7722. Golden Nugget Showroom Starship ft. Mickey Thomas 11/9-11/10. 866-946-5336.

RED ROCK BALLROOM Paula Abdul 11/10. Red Rock Resort, 702-797-7777. SAHARA LOUNGE Michael Grimm, Kristopher Tuttle 11/10. 100 E. Sahara Ave., 702-907-6669. Sand Dollar Lounge The Rayford Bros. 11/9. The Moanin’ Blacksnakes 11/10. The Funk Jam 11/14. 3355 Spring Mountain Road, 702-485-5401. South Point Showroom The Man in Black (Johnny Cash tribute) 11/9-11/11. 702-696-7111. Stoney’s Rockin’ Country Carlton Anderson 11/9. Town Square, 702-435-2855. SUNCOAST SHOWROOM The Police Experience (Police tribute) 11/10. 800-745-3000.

Hard Rock Live Christopher Shayne 11/8. Disciple Takeover 11/9. 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-733-7625.

Terry Fator Theater Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox 11/8-11/11. Mirage, 702-792-7777.

House of Blues 3OH!3, Emo Nite LA, Lil Aaron 11/8. Santana 11/9-11/11. The Internet 11/12. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7600.

Vinyl Noodles, Jess Connelly 11/8. The Interrupters, Bedouin Soundclash, The Bar Stool Preachers 11/9. Hard Rock Hotel, 702-693-5000.

Drai’s DJ Esco 11/8. Yo Gotti 11/9. 50 Cent 11/10. DJ Franzen 11/11. Cromwell, 702-777-3800. Foundation Room DJ Obscene 11/9. DJ Excel 11/10. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7631. Hyde DJ Spydatek 11/8. DJ Konflikt 11/9. DJ C-L.A. 11/10. DJ Poun 11/11. DJ Five 11/13. DJ Spydatek 11/14. Bellagio, 702-693-8700. Intrigue DJ Five 11/10. Dillon Francis 11/14. Wynn, 702-770-7300.

Encore, 702-770-7300.

Comedy Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club John Di Crosta, Michael Malone, Rell Battle 11/8-11/11. Tom Rhodes, Mike Merryfield, Rick D’Elia 11/1211/18. MGM Grand, 866-740-7711. COMEDY CELLAR Mike Yard, Nicole Aimee, Usama Siddiquee, Rich Vos, Mark Cohen 11/811/11. Whitney Cummings 11/12-11/13. Sheng Wang, Traci Skene, Greer Barnes, Dennis Blair, Rocky Dale Davis 11/14-11/18. Rio, 702-777-2782. L.A. COMEDY CLUB Mike Merryfield, Jozalyn Sharpe 11/8-11/11. Tom Simmons, Steve Gillespie 11/12-11/18. Stratosphere, 702-380-7711. LAUGH FACTORY Dom Irrera, Bill Dawes, Frazier Smith 11/8-11/11. Amir-K, Billy Bonnell, Jerry Garcia 11/12-11/17. Tropicana, 702-739-2411. Terry Fator TheatrE Daniel Tosh 11/9-11/10. Mirage, 702-792-7777.

Light DJ Karma 11/9. DJ E-Rock & F.L.Y. 11/10. Kid Funk 11/7. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-4700. Marquee Lema & MikeAttack 11/9. Cedric Gervais 11/10. Timmy Trumpet 11/12. The Cosmopolitan, 702-333-9000.

Performing Arts & Culture

TAO DJ Five 11/8. DJ Crespo 11/9. DJ Politik 11/10. Venetian, 702-388-8588.

BRUCE TRENT PARK 40th Infantry Division Band Concert 11/10. 8851 Vegas Drive, 702-229-2787.

XS Marshmello 11/9. The Chainsmokers 11/10.

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Clark County WETLANDS PARK Michael Ogilvie 11/10-11/11. Nature Center Auditorium, 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, 702 455-7522. CSN Performing Arts Center (Horn Theatre) CSN Chamber Chorale Showcase 11/10. 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., 702-651-5483. Erotic Heritage Museum Goddess 11/8. 3275 Sammy Davis Jr. Drive, 702-794-4000. Sahara West Library Derrick Suwaima Davis 11/14. 9600 W. Sahara Ave., 702-507-3630. THE Smith Center (Reynolds Hall) The Lion King Thru 11/25. (Cabaret Jazz) Raul Midón 11/9. Lea DeLaria 11/10-11/11. The Composers Showcase 11/14. 702-749-2000. The Space King Ibu, Dirk K 11/10. 3460 Cavaretta Court, 702-903-1070. UNLV (Artemus W. Ham Hall) UNLV Community Concert Band, UNLV New Horizons Band 11/8. CCSD: Honor Orchestra Concert 11/10. The Moth 11/14. (Beam Music Center) Andy McKee 11/9. 702-895-2787. TERRIBLE’S HOTEL & CASINO All Shook Up Elvis tribute weekend 11/10-11/12. Jean, 800-634-1359. West Charleston Library Finnegan Blue 11/9. 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., 702-507-3940. West Las Vegas LIBRARY Contemporary West Dance Theatre: Fall Concert Series 11/911/10. 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 702-229-4800.

LOCAL THEATER CSN FINE ARTS THEATRE PROGRAM (Nicholas J. Horn Theatre) iDroids Thru 11/11. 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., 702-651-5483. Las Vegas Little Theatre (Black Box) Desdemona, a Play About a Handkerchief 11/911/25. 3920 Schiff Drive, 702-362-7996. Majestic Repertory Theatre A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney Thru 11/25. 1217 S. Main St., 702-478-9636. SHADOW HILLS CHURCH The Desert Winds: A Veterans Day Salute 11/10. 7811 Vegas Drive. Signature Productions Oh What a Night Thru 11/10. Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive, 702-507-3860. Super Summer Theatre The Andrew Brothers 11/8-11/18. 4340 S. Valley View #210, 702-579-7529.

Galleries & Museums Barrick Museum of Art (East Gallery) Tamar Ettun: Jubilation Inflation Thru 12/15. (West Gallery) Soundscapes Thru 12/15. UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, 702-895-3381. CSN (Artspace Gallery) Bobbie Ann Howell: Silenced Snowstorm Thru 11/10. 3200 E.

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ETERNAL MISFITS A FLURRY OF GOLDEN KNIGHTS’ EXTENSIONS SHOULD HELP KEEP THE TEAM’S PERSONALITY IN PLACE

SHEA THEODORE

BY CASE KEEFER ans who feared the Vegas Golden Knights might shed their “Golden Misfits” side after one season can rest a little easier following recent developments. A flurry of early-season moves indicates the franchise is invested in retaining at least remnants of that inaugural-year identity well into the next decade. Sure, Golden Knights’ players of the future might not bond over the shared feeling of being left unprotected in the 2017 expansion draft, but they’re likely to be part of a similar roster construction. Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee has opened the franchise’s second season by signing three of the team’s most promising young players—Shea Theodore, Alex Tuch and Nate Schmidt—to long-term extensions that stretch at least into the 2024-25 season. The deals show McPhee is buying into the idea of loading his team with high-quality players up and down the roster, instead of perhaps going the more traditional route and building around a superstar centerpiece. “Sometimes, you’re better off with five players that make $5 million than having one guy that makes $25 [million],” McPhee says. Theodore triggered the agreement avalanche, ending a trainingcamp holdout by signing a seven-year deal. Many assumed the Golden Knights were behind the stalemate, insisting on a short contract, and that Theodore’s camp sought more long-term security. Turns out, it was exactly the opposite—and a sign of things to come. McPhee went on to sign Tuch (back after missing the start of the season with a lower-body injury) and Schmidt (currently serving a 20-game suspension after testing positive for performanceenhancing drugs) to virtually identical agreements. The financials are slightly different, but all three deals have

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static annual payouts. Theodore earns $5.2 million for each of the next seven years, Schmidt gets $5.95 million for each of the next six and Tuch is set to make $4.75 million for seven straight when his extension kicks in next season. McPhee’s idea is relatively simple: Overpay for the players now in hopes that their contracts are team-friendly bargains by the time they’re close to expiring. “The whole exercise was about trying to ensure some cost certainty in the future and more flexibility in the future,” McPhee says. “We had cap space we can use now that we wanted to utilize. It can be a perishable commodity: If you don’t use it, it sort of goes away at the end of the year. So why not use it now and get it done, so that we have more predictable contracts in the future and allow for better planning?” The strategy has shocked a segment of the VGK fanbase, which saw the Golden Knights’ ample salary cap space as a major asset that could enable them to court any free agent or trade target. The new contracts have tightened the books, as Vegas now has just short of $72.2 million allocated for next season out of a current cap of $79.5 million, according to capfriendly.com. But after Schmidt’s signing, McPhee stressed that the Golden Knights’ cap situation wouldn’t preclude the team from any offseason possibilities, explaining that there are always pathways


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that allow for maneuvering. He prefers building from within, however, and wants to protect against getting the team into desperate spots. “Sometimes chasing free agents all the time can be a sucker’s game, and you don’t want to be in that position,” he says. Looking further down the line, nothing McPhee has done looks prohibitive. Already allocating $46.27 million to the 2021-22 season and $9.95 million to the 2024-25 season, for instance, might look substantial, but it’s not out of line looking at the rest of the league. Only two of the Golden Knights’ seven Pacific Division rivals, in fact, have less money tied up for the 2024-25 season. Vegas is above the divisional average of $36.84 for 2021-22, but none of those teams has locked in part of a core that led to a Stanley Cup run. And for those who argue the signing spree is an overreaction to a one-year sample, McPhee would respectfully disagree. He says he learned throughout his 17-year tenure as general manager of the Washington Capitals that extra caution must accompany longer deals. He’s exercised all of it with the Golden Knights. “You have to get the right numbers,” McPhee says. “Really have trust to your instincts, trust the experience, trust the scouting reports from your pro staff, trust the analytics data and make a good decision. We rely on all those resources.” He’s also confident the salary cap will continue to rise, which would increase the value of the freshly inked contracts. Since the current collective bargaining agreement was put into place in 2012, the cap has risen every season, at an average of $3.88 million. If it continues to grow at a comparable rate—and there’s no reason to believe it won’t, especially with Seattle expected to land an expansion franchise—the Golden Knights will still have chances to haul in an established superstar. They could also develop one from within. For every can’t-miss prospect like Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby, there are late-blooming revelations like Nikita Kucherov and Evgeny Kuznetsov, who take over the NHL. McPhee has seen it so often, he refuses to put ceilings on his players, and wouldn’t be surprised if the future face of the franchise is already in the organization. If not, the Golden Knights won’t sweat it. They won a Western Conference championship last season with a number of great players, though no transcendent ones, and are comfortable with the same arrangement going forward. “I think we’re all equal; we’re Golden Misfits,” Tuch said after signing his deal. “I guess people are letting that phase out, but we’re not.”


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How to be an ally to transgender individuals Transgender Awareness Week takes place November 12-19 and kicks off with multiple events in Las Vegas

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By Leslie Ventura Weekly staff

n October, the Department of Health and Human Services released a memo outlining efforts to legally define sex at birth. The proposal, according to The New York Times, would declare sex as “male or female, unchangeable and determined by the genitals that a person is born with.” This new language would remove protections for more than 1.4 million transgender Americans who do not identify with the gender they were born into. On November 2, a group of about 50 students and Las Vegas community members gathered at the “We Exist and We Vote” rally at UNLV. Organized by more than 10 organizations in Southern Nevada, including Our Revolution Nevada, Nevada Progressive Coalition, Las Vegas TransPride, Gender Justice Nevada and Black Lives Matter UNLV, the rally served as a place for the community to speak out against the Trump administration’s latest anti-trans proposal. There were an estimated 1.4 million trans Americans living in the United States in 2016, and that number is likely higher and does not account for people not comfortable reporting their identity. “A lot of people think they don’t know a trans person, but they do,” said Sybrina Bernabei, advocacy services coordinator at Gender Justice Nevada. “They’ve shared space with trans people—they might be good friends with someone who is trans or have a neighbor or family member who hasn’t come out to them … because they don’t feel safe.” According to an October report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than half of transgender male teenagers and nearly 30 percent of transgender female teenagers have attempted suicide in their lifetimes.

“The more we can make spaces in our lives more inclusive and welcoming, the more people can come out and live their authentic lives,” Bernabei said. “Even if you don’t identify [as trans or non-binary], it’s important for you to send that message of love, acceptance and inclusivity.” So how can non-trans folks and allies better show support for trans people? Jamie Lee Sprague-Ballou, founder and director of Las Vegas TransPride Week, said the most impor-

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tant thing for allies to do is simply show up. “The people who show up [at events] are the people from our own community and only a handful of allies,” Sprague-Ballou said. “And yet there’s a lot more people that say they’re our allies. If you are, where are you?” Jenna Robertson, a mother and advocate for trans and special needs students, echoed Ballou’s statements adding that parents need to educate themselves and teach their children to be more accepting of peoples’ differences. “If you see a gender diverse person on the street, it’s not [OK] to point them out and laugh. It’s not a joke; it’s not a punchline,” Robertson said. “When we learn that a joke at the expense of a trans person hurts somebody, we need to do better.” Las Vegas TransPride week kicks off on Tuesday, November 13 with an open house in the afternoon, followed by an opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Events will be held throughout the week, including a human rights march on Friday, November 16. If you’re wondering if allies are welcomed, Sprague-Ballou gives a resounding “Yes. We want allies to be out there celebrating with us. They’re a part of us. As trans people, we welcome everybody into our circle.”

Dina Titus sits with students and community members at the “We Exist and We Vote” rally at UNLV on November 2. The rally was to protest the Trump administration proposal that would remove protections for more than 1.4 million transgender Americans. (Jake Marko/Courtesy)


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Democrats win big across Nevada races

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acky Rosen will join fellow Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto in the U.S. Senate, making Nevada one of five states with two female senators. Her victory was one of many for Nevada Democrats as they turned the state firmly blue. Other Democrats to win major races included Susie Lee over Republican Danny Tarkanian in the 3rd Congressional District, Steven Horsford over the GOP’s Cresent Hardy in the 4th Congressional District and Dina Titus comfortably retaining her seat in the 1st Congressional District. Rosen’s opponent, Dean Heller, was considered one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the country, the only GOP senator running for re-election in a state where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won in 2016. In the end, Democrats took control of the House while Republicans retained control of the Senate. Rosen said she was going to fight for a $15 federal Jacky Rosen minimum wage, defend Social Security and Medicare from cuts and take steps to protect the environment, Dean HelleR among other issues. “Together, all of us, we voted to make this a country that once again lives up to our American values,” Rosen said. “Donald Trump said he was on the ballot in this election. I’m really proud to say Nevada responded. To everybody watching tonight, I have a message: No matter what the color of your skin, no matter what your religion, no matter who you love or where you came from, you are part of the fabric of America, and this is your country, too.”

Newly elected Senator Jacky Rosen celebrates with members of her campaign staff during the Democrats’ election night party at Caesars Palace. (Steve Marcus/Staff)

50.4 % 45.4%

Early voting turnout in Nevada was well above 2014 levels, similar to what was seen in the 2016 presidential election. There was an uptick in voter enthusiasm nationwide, with 38 million people voting early either in person or by mail this year compared to 27 million in 2014. People of color and young voters also turned out in stronger numbers, according to TargetSmart data. Nevada early voting turnout was up from 2014 by 364 percent among 18- to 29-year-old voters, 327 percent among African American voters, 157 percent among Hispanic voters and 133 percent among Asian American and Pa-

cific Islander voters. Andres Ramirez of Protect Our Care Nevada said in a statement that Nevada’s vote for Rosen was a vote for health care. “Nevadans have spoken and their message is crystal clear: they want an end to the Republican war on health care, starting with lower health care and prescription drug costs, and an end to junk insurance plans,” he said. “It’s time for Republicans to call off their attacks, end their repeal-and-sabotage agenda and keep their hands off Nevadans’ health care.”


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Newly elected governor Steve Sisolak celebrates with supporters on Nov. 6. (Steve Marcus/Staff)

Ballot measures YES NO

61.18% 38.82%

BALLOT QUESTION 1 Marsy’s Law

Nevada voters approved a ballot measure to embed crime victims’ rights in the state constitution. It was described by backers as Marsy’s Law for Nevada. It expands the definition of a victim and lists 16 rights including privacy, protection from a defendant, refusal of interview or deposition requests without a court order, notice of court and parole hearings and “full and timely restitution.”

YES NO

56.46% 43.54%

BALLOT QUESTION 2 Exemption of feminine hygiene products from sales tax

Voters approved a ballot measure that would exempt feminine hygiene products from the Sale and Use Tax Act of 1955. The ballot measure will last until December 31, 2028.

YES NO

Nevada voters elected a Democratic governor for the first time in 20 years

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teve Sisolak, the Clark County commissioner, was declared the winner against Republican Adam Laxalt. He wasted no time rallying supporters in celebration. “Nevada, it’s time to deliver, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Sisolak said in his victory speech at the Democrats’ election night Steve watch party at Caesars Palace. Sisolak pointed to issues such as health care Adam and education, saying families should not have to choose between health care and food. He’s the first Democratic governor since Bob Miller in the 1990s. Mostly red Northern Nevada was expected to tilt Laxalt’s way on Election Day, while blue Clark County—with a majority of voters in the state—would likely lean toward Sisolak. Washoe County,

the state’s second-largest county and in Laxalt’s backyard, also supported Sisolak. Laxalt conceded the election, calling it a grueling campaign where the GOP came up short. “This was our campaign, not just my campaign,” he said. “People can take heart we left it all on the field.” Sisolak said he will Sisolak work to earn support from those who didn’t vote for him, similar to what he said after winning Laxalt his Democratic primary. He pointed to hate crimes across the country and other acts of violence. “America, we are better than this,” Sisolak said, calling for unity. “… We will be one Nevada, working together, and that starts right now.” Sisolak will be sworn in next year, and the Legislature will convene shortly after.

49.39% 45.32%

U.S. House of Representatives District 1 Dina Titus (D) 66.22% Joyce Bentley (R) 30.8%

District 2 Mark Amodei (R) 58.23% Clint Koble (D) 41.77%

District 3 Susie Lee (D) 51.86% Danny Tarkanian (R) 42.85%

District 4 Steven Horsford (D) 51.95% Cresent Hardy (R) 43.73%

32.89% 67.11%

BALLOT QUESTION 3 The energy choice initiative

Nevada voters rejected a hotly contested and expensive ballot initiative that backers characterized as open-market energy choice, and opponents led by the state’s dominant electric utility said would lead to dangerous deregulation. Question 3 would have broken up the monopoly system that NV Energy has on the market by amending the state constitution. The amendment would have switched the state to a competitive retail model in the generation of power.

YES NO

67.35% 32.65%

BALLOT QUESTION 4 Medical patient tax relief act

Nevadans passed a measure granting tax exemption for prescription medical equipment such as oxygen tanks, sleep apnea monitors, wheelchairs and hospital beds. Nearly three-fourths of voters gave the measure initial approval in 2016. But as a constitutional amendment, it required a second statewide vote.

YES NO

59.55% 40.45%

BALLOT QUESTION 5 The automatic voter registration initiative

Nevada voters have approved making voter registration automatic when a person applies for a driver’s license or identification card. Question 5 will change what amounts to an opt-in system at the state Department of Motor Vehicles to an opt-out rule. That means a person will have to check a box to decline voter registration. If a person is already registered to vote, his or her voter registration information will be automatically updated.

YES NO

59.26% 40.74%

BALLOT QUESTION 6 The renewable energy promotion initiative

Nevadans advanced an initiative to speed the pace and raise the bar on the amount of electricity generated from renewable energy sources in one of the nation’s sunniest states. Question 6 must pass again in 2020 to take effect. It aims to amend the state constitution to raise the minimum amount of power that electric utilities generate or acquire from solar, wind or geothermal sources to 50 percent in 2030. The current benchmark is 25 percent by 2025. The state’s dominant electric utility, NV Energy, says it already has a 24 percent clean-energy portfolio.

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Background checks: the good, the bad and the liability

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SPECIAL TO VEGAS INC

e have all recently been privy to the most contentious job interview of our lifetimes. During Brett Kavanaugh’s U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings, senators noted that this would be the last job interview he would have, if confirmed. As the entire country was attentive to the accusations concerning an alleged high school event, we all learned that the interview for that job was far more extensive than ones we typically conduct. Obviously, we normally do not hold public hearings, we do not interview other witnesses concerning potential employees and there is rarely a discussion of FBI investigations. How employers vet prospective candidates can help determine whether the potential employee is a proper fit for the job. Usually, employers conduct general background checks of prospective employees. Those checks often look for past criminal convictions and sometimes involve credit checks. However, in conducting background checks, an employer may be exposing the business to liability. If employers do not do it right, their business could get sued. Background checks can’t discriminate based upon race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability or genetic information. Therefore, they should be administered to all candidates, so as not to incur liability. Background checks, even those by a third-party vendor, can lead to liability if one does not comply with federal laws such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Employers hiring outside of Nevada need to be aware of state laws such as “Ban the Box” or others that prohibit or limit criminal record-screening policies. In this regard, even the Equal Employment

Opportunity Commission has advised that employers should not use a policy or practice that excludes people with certain criminal records if the policy or practice significantly disadvantages individuals of a particular race. Employers should maintain all records — including application forms of those not hired. The federal government can sue or fine businesses based on improper record files. Even if employers do it right, their business could still get sued. As we have seen with the #MeToo publicity, when there have been illegal acts conducted by employees, the complaining employees have

been compelled to sign nondisclosure agreements in connection with settlements. Accordingly, a new employer may never know the employee engaged in harassment. However, if the employee harasses other employees on your watch, you may still have liability. The allegations concerning Kavanaugh would have never surfaced in a background check because there was no criminal complaint filed. Furthermore, the allegations were from when he was a minor, several decades ago, and could have been sealed. Thus, even if there were criminal charges filed, they still may not come up on a background check. Former employers will rightfully fail to report background information about the candidate aside from the dates of employment. If there was a problem that would not be discovered on a background check, you could still end up hiring someone who will damage your business. So, what should employers do? First, hire a thirdparty vendor who gives assurances it is compliant with all federal and state laws and indemnifies the business for any claims. Also, provide a comprehensive employee handbook that enforces legal policies and practices of the company; train and educate staff on a regular basis; maintain comprehensive documentation of the company’s actions and those of employees; and consider obtaining employer liability insurance. Ultimately, an employer will only be responsible for what occurs during a worker’s employment. As a result, training and educating employees, and strongly enforcing well-written employee policies, are the best ways to ensure that employees are part of a positive future, regardless of their background. Aviva Gordon is an attorney with Gordon Law.


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Director of Marketing & Communications, House of Blues Las Vegas — Live Nation Where were you when you received your 40 Under 40 award? Director of Marketing & Communications for House of Blues Las Vegas/Foundation Room in 2017. Biggest accomplishment since you were awarded? Seeing the growth of my team. Watching them boldly take on a new level of responsibility as they evolve into their roles fills me with great pride and excitement for the future of the department and venue. What do you want to accomplish? I want to continue learning … and never stop! The way marketing and advertising has evolved over the 20-plus years I’ve been in this field is thrilling to me, and I look forward to always being stimulated at each level of my career.

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Where were you when you received your 40 Under 40 award? I was the Executive Director of Aid For AIDS of Nevada. Where are you now? For the past five years, I’ve been the President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada. Our wish kids, families, volunteers and staff are truly extraordinary people. The work we do is life-changing for everyone involved. Biggest accomplishment since you were awarded? 2006 was a big year for me. I decided to apply for the Executive MBA program at UNLV and moved in with my boyfriend, now husband, who was the father of two young boys. Earning a degree and learning how to become the best “bonus mom” (I don’t like to use stepmom), will go down as my greatest challenges and achievements.

Anything you learned the hard way? Not everyone is willing to teach; but don’t stress or dwell on that, otherwise you’ll miss the ones that are. Spot them, and be the best sponge possible. Knowledge attained from another’s lived experiences will fill the gaps and give you the best perspective.

What do you want to accomplish? I want to make sure I never stop learning, never stop growing and never stop making a difference. And I want to make sure we reach our vision at Make-A-Wish: to grant the wish of every Southern Nevada child battling a critical illness.

If you ran Las Vegas, what’s the first thing you would do? I’d take a closer look at the checks and balances of the recreational marijuana taxes. Currently, there is no way to track the tax money from dispensary to classroom. I’d push for keeping the marijuana dollars generated here to actually stay here, ultimately benefiting the Clark County school system it was originally intended for.

Who is your business hero, local or global? My business hero is Dan Pallotta. He’s changing the conversation around nonprofit management. I left the nonprofit sector in 2008 to explore a career in the for-profit world. What I learned is that the two industries are not much different. Both nonprofit and for-profit organizations require the same business fundamentals to be successful—people, processes, revenue and services. Dan Pallotta’s Ted Talk inspired me to go back into the nonprofit sector with confidence to lead with a for-profit mindset.

Best advice? Bring your whole true self to everything you do; specifically by bringing your whole self to work. When it comes from a genuine place, it all feels organic and right.

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VegasInc Notes Emerging Leaders of Gaming and Global Gaming Business magazine announced the 2018-19 class of the “ELG 40 Under 40,” which recognizes gaming industry professionals under the age of 40 already making significant impacts on the casino gaming industry. They are: n Joyce Arpin, senior vice president, finance and treasurer, Caesars Entertainment Corporation n John Baca, director of slot operations, Angel of the Winds Casino Resort n Kyle Bender, managing director —consumer, Gaming and Leisure Investment Banking, Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. n Jason Birney, general manager, Hollywood Casino Columbus n Julia Boguslawski, chief marketing officer and executive vice president of investor relations, AGS n Gena Caviness, auditor, National Indian Gaming Commission n Carlos Eduardo Coelho, senior associate, MdME Lawyers (Macau) n Evan Davis, vice president and general counsel, SugarHouse Casino n Steven Ebner, director of slot operations, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa n C.J. Fisher, associate, Fox Rothschild n Adam Fong, vice president of product management—casino solutions, Everi n Maulin Gandhi, president, Tangam Systems

n Serkan Gecmen, vice president of innovation and applications, Affinity Gaming n Jackie Gibson, executive director, Office of Public Gaming, Muscogee (Creek) Nation n Rosaura Gonzalez, vice president of sales, NRT Technology Corp. n Geoffrey Goodman, vice president, business development and strategy, Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. n Sydney Hatcher, director of table games, Golden Nugget n Elaine Ho, executive director, Regional Premium Account Management, Marina Bay Sands n Jordan Hollander, deputy attorney general, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement n Mick Ingersoll, director of gaming operations and international customer success, VizExplorer n Jennifer Kearns, executive director of marketing, Maryland Live! Casino n Jamie Knight, senior game producer, Scientific Games n Keith Kruczynski, director of game development, Gaming Arts n Ryan Kulp, manager of technical services, Ainsworth Game Technology n Wendi Long, marketing and player development manager, Indigo Sky Casino & Resort, Outpost Casino and Bordertown Casino & Arena n Tamara S. Malvin, partner, Litigation Practice Group, Akerman LLP

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n Emily Marshall, IIDA, interior design discipline leader and senior associate, HBG Design n Bryan McVey, director of mechanical engineering, Incredible Technologies n Will Provance, director of VLT operations, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park n Joseph Radetich, president, Sysco Las Vegas n Tonya Roedell, director of strategic initiatives, Aristocrat Technologies n Yoshua Rubinstein, vice president, strategy and operations, Las Vegas Sands Corp. n Anna Sainsbury, founder and chairman, GeoComply n Stephen Singer, chief strategy officer, The Drew Las Vegas n Adam Suliman, vice president of online gaming, JACK Entertainment n Kit Szybala, partner and executive director of operations, Global Market Advisors n Dustin Thomas, director of compliance, National Indian Gaming Commission n Dirk Whitebreast, general manager, Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel n Mimi Williams, executive director of marketing and sales, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino n Edward R. Winkofsky, shareholder (global gaming practice, corporate) Greenberg Traurig LLP Kappa Toys opened in the Fashion Show mall. Toy curator and founder Lizzy Newsome got her start opening the original Kappa Toys inside Container Park in 2014 with husband Trevor Yopp. Paul and Diane Climer, owners of Kitchen Tune-Up of Las Vegas, won the franchise of the year award at the company’s annual convention and 30th anniversary. PGAL, an international architecture, interiors, and planning firm,

announced that 10 Nine Design Group and studioCAT have merged their practices with PGAL and will continue to serve Nevada as PGAL, LLC. Kimberly Beers was named Legacy Traditional School – North Valley Teacher of the Year and Dawn Marsh was named Staff Member of the Year. The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers named Gavin Isaacs as the recipient of the 2018 Jens Halle Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Commercial Gaming Professionalism, and Frank Legato as the recipient of the 2018 Peter Mead Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Gaming Media & Communications. Isaacs is the vice chairman of the board of Scientific Games and Legato has served as editor for Global Gaming Business magazine since 2002. Allon Englman is Aristocrat’s senior vice president of game development. SLS Las Vegas is working on more than $100 million in resort renovations that will enhance the casino floor, upgrade hotel rooms and renovate existing pool and entertainment venues. Michael Skenandore is president of Outdoor Solutions, a fullservice, out-of-home media buyer and large-format print production company. Several awards were announced at the Global Gaming Expo’s Global Gaming Awards: n Land-Based Operator — Hard Rock International n Digital Operator — Bet365 n Land-Based Product — Aristocrat’s Lightning Link n Digital Product — SG Digital’s OpenBet n Land-Based Industry Supplier — Scientific Games n Digital Industry Supplier — SG Digital n Customer Loyalty Program —

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Domestic airlines Ranked by number of passengers enplaned and deplaned at McCarran International Airport in 2017

The List

PASSENGERS

AVERAGE DAILY FLIGHTS

CITIES

13,564,549

194

56

1

Southwest Airlines 2702 Love Field Drive Dallas, TX 75235 214-792-4000 • southwest.com

3,404,074

39.1

9

2

American Airlines 4333 Amon Carter Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76115 800-433-7300 • aa.com

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Delta Air Lines 1030 Delta Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30354 404-715-2600 • delta.com

3,126,139

3

3,118,310

4

Spirit Airlines 2800 Executive Way Miramar, FL 33025 954-447-7920 • spiritair.com

3,009,203

31.2

8

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United Airlines 233 S. Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60606 877-624-2660 • united.com

1,800,769

22.3

57

6

Allegiant Air 1201 N. Town Center Drive Las Vegas, NV 89144 702-505-8888 • allegiantair.com Frontier Airlines 7001 Tower Road Denver, CO 80249 720-374-4200 • flyfrontier.com

1,730,956

7

53.5

34

21.4

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International airlines Ranked by number of passengers enplaned and deplaned at McCarran International Airport in 2017

PASSENGERS

AVERAGE DAILY FLIGHTS

CITIES

1

WestJet Based in Calgary, Canada 888-937-8538 • westjet.com

725,867

9.2

8

2

British Airways Based in Harmondsworth, England 800-247-9297 • britishairways.com

268,525

1.6

1

3

Virgin Atlantic Airways Based in Crawley, United Kingdom 800-862-8621 • virgin-atlantic.com

211,023

0.7

2

4

Volaris Airlines Based in Santa Fe, Mexico 855-865-2747 • volaris.com

135,127

1.7

2

5

ABC Aerolinea dba Interjet Based in Toluca, Mexico 866-285-8307 • interjet.com

132,092

2.1

3

6

AeroMexico Based in Mexico City, Mexico 800-237-66639 • aeromexico.com

117,938

2.7

2

7

Thomas Cook Airlines Based in London, England +44 (0)20-7557-6400 • thomascook.com

92,149

not listed

0

8

Korean Air Lines Based in Gangseo-gu, Seoul, South Korea 800-438-5000 • koreanair.com

89,448

0.7

1

9

Copa Airlines Based in Panama City, Panama 800-359-2672 • copaair.com

76,139

1

1

INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE

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