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TRADER JOE’S PLANS TO CUT 1 MILLION POUNDS OF PLASTIC Disposable packaging is doing a number on our planet. After a moment’s use, it lives on to clog our waterways, poison animals and despoil nature. Trader Joe’s—the grocery store with locations in Summerlin, Henderson and Anthem—is making a companywide effort to halt the waste. In December, it announced “packaging improvements,” with plans to: reduce/remove packaging; source renewable, recycled and recyclable packaging materials; and help educate customers about the best ways to recycle or dispose of packaging. The company plans to eliminate more than 1 million pounds of plastic from its stores this year. Trader Joe’s has already eliminated plastic foam from its produce section, and single-use plastic bags are no longer offered. The job isn’t done, but the company is making progress. “We view this as ongoing work—in fact, never-ending work,” the company states. Trader Joe’s is now working on eliminating plastic produce packaging. Fresh meat will soon be placed in recyclable trays instead of plastic foam. The planned plastic reductions go down to the minutia: greeting card sleeves, flower bags and tea pouches. It’s an inspiring change other companies would be wise to emulate. —C. Moon Reed
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Cover story: St. Paddy’s and March Madness spots Barbershop at Cosmo, Nuro Bistro and more Sports: Early Major League Baseball betting advice News: Can the Truth Spot survive? Vegas Inc: New Strip meetingspace projects
Las Vegas’ Christian Torres battles Austin Bold defender Jermaine Taylor for a header during the Lights’ season opener March 9 at Cashman Field. The teams finished in a scoreless tie. (Las Vegas News Bureau)
STORIES FROM LAST WEEK ACTRESSES CHARGED IN BRIBERY SCHEME Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among dozens of people arrested and charged in a scheme in which wealthy parents bribed college coaches and insiders at testing centers to help get their children into elite schools. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling called it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department.
KNIGHTED FOR EIGHT YEARS The Vegas Golden Knights announced March 8 that Mark Stone, recently acquired in a trade with Ottawa, will be with the team for a long time. The winger signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension. The team won its first six games after acquiring Stone, who contributed four points in those wins. DOGS WON’T BE MUSHED AROUND Nicolas Petit had a huge lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 11 when his team of dogs refused to carry him any further. A dog named Joey had been fighting with another dog on the team and jumped on it during a break in the race. Petit yelled at the dog, and the dogs then refused to work. Several mushers passed Petit’s team on the trail, erasing his five-hour lead. TRUMP BUDGET INCLUDES YUCCA MOUNTAIN MONEY President Donald Trump on March 11 included a request for $116 million for the Yucca Mountain repository in his proposed budget for the Department of Energy next year. Gov. Steve Sisolak and Nevada members of Congress are vowing to fight to block the effort.
FEELING THE BERN? Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will be in Nevada on March 16 for the first time since launching his latest presidential campaign. Sanders is holding a free, public rally at Morrell Park in Henderson. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is encouraged. Nevada’s caucuses, scheduled for February 22, are third on the 2020 primary calendar, after Iowa and New Hampshire. To RSVP, go to act.berniesanders. com/signup/event_190316_henderson. (Photo by Associated Press)
TABLETOP GAMES STORE TO OPEN HENDERSON LOCATION The death of brick-and-mortar retail stores has been greatly exaggerated. At least, according to Jeff Bergren, CEO and president of the Gaming Goat, the self-proclaimed “largest tabletop retail chain in the world.” The grand opening celebration for his first Henderson store, at 11 S. Stephanie St., Suite 180) is March 16, marking the nation’s 31st Gaming Goat location. An additional 3,000-square-foot megastore is set to open by the end of April in Summerlin, and will serve as the company’s de facto headquarters. And Bergren just signed an eightyear lease for the 8-month-old Town Square Gaming Goat, securing his long-term commitment to Las Vegas gaming. “We absolutely smash Amazon’s pricing,” says Bergren, who offers a 30 percent discount on most items. He says he’s able to beat online retailers’ prices because he can save on the expensive shipping costs of heavy board games. The physical stores also offer something that online shopping can’t: local community. Both the Henderson and the planned Summerlin location will have in-store gaming areas where customers can play. And the Town Square location holds regular gaming events at the nearby GameWorks. For Bergren, that sense of community connection is his favorite part about running a game store. He especially loves helping parents and children connect. “It feels like I’m helping out as much as I’m generating revenue for the company.” —C. Moon Reed
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SUMMER RESIDENTS ■ Scott’s oriole Habitat: desert mountain scrub Diet: insects, nectar, berries Nests: in yucca plants
THE LONG-HAULING FLYERS’ PARADISE WINTER AND EARLY SPRING ARE GREAT TIMES TO SEE SOME SPECTACULAR PLUMAGE
■ Ash-throated flycatcher Habitat: semi-arid deserts, brush Diet: insects, spiders, fruit Nests: in holes in trees
FEDERAL DUCK STAMP It is possible to hunt migratory waterfowl if you buy a $27 federal duck stamp from the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The stamps are works of art in their own right, and proceeds go toward protecting wetland habitat, so it’s a worthy purchase even if you’re not a hunter. ndow.org.
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as Vegas is an oasis to more than just whales and gamblers. Thousands of migratory birds stop here to rest up, refuel and sometimes even mate while they journey back and forth across the globe. Think of it as the Pacific Highway, running north and south, but for birds instead of Beemers. WINTER RESIDENTS
MIGRATORY BIRDS THAT STOP IN SOUTHERN NEVADA Many types of birds live in Southern Nevada. But many others lass through, including owls, eagles, hawks, falcons, waterfowl and bats (which are actually bird-like mammals). It’d be impossible to describe them all in one article, so here are a few highlights.
MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT Dating back to 1918, this federal law prohibits people from buying, selling, possessing or in any way bothering migratory birds, bird parts or eggs without a permit. The number of migratory birds protected by the act is way too high to even try to list here, so just assume a bird is protected if you see it.
■ Sage thrasher Conservation status: climate threatened Habitat: sagebrush Diet: insects and berries Nests: in sagebrush or other bushes ■ White-crowned sparrow Conservation status: widespread and common Habitat: desert washes Diet: seeds, vegetable matter, insects Nests: in shrubs
TIPS ON HOW TO PROTECT BIRDS FROM PLASTIC ■ Bring your own water bottle rather than drinking from disposable bottles. ■ Shop with reusable bags and plastic containers. ■ Decline straws and plastic containers.
(from nonprofit Environment for the Americas, which sponsors World Migratory Bird Day): ■ Buy food and toiletries from bulk bins (and bring your own bags). ■ Keep washable eating utensils in your car and at the office so you can ditch disposables.
■ Bring your own toiletries when traveling rather than using disposable hotel freebies. ■ If you must use a disposable item, choose paper over plastic.
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WHERE TO SEE MIGRATORY BIRDS IN SOUTHERN NEVADA
PACIFIC MIGRATORY FLYWAY
Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve: The evaporating ponds at Henderson’s Wastewater Reclamation Facility were such a popular spot for birdwatching that the city finally made an area within the facility an official bird preserve. The 140-acre area includes nine ponds and serves as a (temporary and/or permanent) home to more than 270 species of birds, including thousands of migratory waterfowl. 350 E. Galleria Drive, 702-267-4180
The flyway is an aerial highway that runs from “Arctic tundra to South American wetlands,” serving more than a billion birds annually and stopping off in Southern Nevada, according to the National Audubon Society.
Clark County Wetlands Park: 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, 702-455-7522 Lake Mead National Recreation Area: 702-293-8990
MIGRANTS ■ Townsend’s warbler Habitat: forests Diet: insects Breeds in the northwestern U.S., Alaska and Canada ■ Western tanager Conservation status: no declining numbers, but climate threatened Diet: insects, fruit, berries Nests in trees and can live in any habitat during migration, including deserts
WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY MOBILIZES AGAINST PLASTIC FOR 2019 ■ World Migratory Bird Day, celebrated May 11 around the globe, is actually a multi-month conservation effort. This year’s theme is “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.” According to the event website worldmigratorybirdday.org: “The accumulation of plastic and plastic pollution has become a worldwide epidemic and a primary threat to birds around the globe.” Discarded plastics threaten birds in a variety of ways. The belted kingfisher, tricolored heron and killdeer, for example, live in wetlands or near water and are at risk of getting tangled in plastic trash, such as fishing line. Many varieties of birds are at risk of accidentally ingesting plastics. They might mistake it for prey, as does the northern fulmar. On March 16, Clark County Wetlands Park will celebrate Migratory Bird Day with a free event of educational activities, crafts and games. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, 702-455-7522.
SPOTTING MIGRATORY TRAVELERS IN YOUR BACKYARD Many migratory birds stick to desert or water habitats and thus bypass suburban backyards. But some birds, such as woodpeckers, might make your home their hotel as they pass through. According to naturalist and author of birdandhike.com Jim Boone, many of the colorful birds we see in our backyards in spring have traveled from Central or South America and are on their way to the northern forests to breed. “It is hard to imagine that the little birds that stop in our yards to feed and rest have come thousands of miles in a couple of weeks and have hundreds and thousands of miles to go. They are all little miracles,” Boone says. “Similarly, in the fall, the little miracles are the baby birds who have never flown the route and are now doing so all on their own—chances are that their parents are a month or two ahead of them.” If your backyard seems a little quieter than you remember, however, that might not just be your imagination. Boone says, “Many of our neotropical migrants [those that winter in the tropics and fly north to breed] are in real trouble, with some species declining as much as 90 percent since the 1970s. Thus, when we go out to listen to bird songs in our yards, we expect to hear far fewer individuals than we did in the old days.” He says the reasons for the decline include drought, climate change and habitat depletion.
■ American white pelican Wingspan: 9-foot Conservation status: climate endangered Habitat: lakes, marshes, salt bays Diet: fish, crayfish, salamanders Nests on isolated island areas ■ Wilson’s warbler Conservation status: stable but climate threatened Habitat: thickets, low shrubs, thin woods Diet: Insects Nests on ground or in base of shrubs
Sources: Audubon Guide to North American Birds
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A dancer from Sharon Lynn Academy of Irish Dance performs in front of the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. (Las Vegas News Bureau/Courtesy)
Before there was green, the color associated with Ireland and St. Patrick was blue, according to Smithsonian magazine. As political turmoil grew in the country, however, the color green and shamrocks came to represent the rebellion and became the color we associate with the holiday.
A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE WAYS TO SPEND THE BOOZY, IRISH-THEMED HOLIDAY …
The Las Vegas Pipe Band performs during Henderson’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in 2014. (Yasmina Chavez/Staff)
FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE Downtown’s massive ShamROCK bash begins Thursday, March 14 before culminating on Sunday, March 17 with the Las Vegas Firefighters Benefit Association’s annual St. Patrick’s Day march, plus dancers, aerialists, the theatrical production show Sticky Sweet (6-8 p.m.) and a slew of bands like Darby O’Gill & The Little People and Finnegan’s Wake playing on three outdoor stages (noon-3 a.m.). Free, vegasexperience.com.
CITY OF HENDERSON The southeast suburb’s three-day festival runs from March 15 to 17, offering live bands, carnival rides and games, a car show (Saturday from noon-5 p.m.) and a parade (Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon). Free admission, ride & game tickets $1.25 each, cityofhenderson.com.
THE PLAZA The Downtown property’s dome entrance will transform into a celebration of all things Irish on Saturday, March 16 beginning at 7 p.m. with drink specials, DJ entertainment, a photo booth, beer pong and an all-green fireworks show at 10:30 p.m. Free, plazahotelcasino.com.
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O’SHEAS The beloved Irish bar will be ground zero March 15 through 17 for a Linq Promenade-wide “Bloq Party” that will bring in bagpipers, live bands, DJs, a beer truck and more—and turn the High Roller green. Free, thelinq.com.
Guinness Draught was one of the most popular beers consumed on St. Patrick’s day 2016, according to Untappd, an app that allows users to log their drinking habits. Harp Lager was also widely imbibed.
Do four leaf clovers exist? Yes. But the odds of finding one are 1 in 10,000.
BIG DOG’S BREWING CO. The local beer favorite carries forth a longtime tradition, serving up its ale-braised corned beef and cabbage ($15), along with drink specials and live music, March 17 from noon to 10 p.m. bigdogsbrews.com.
BEER PARK March 17 beginning at 9 a.m., the Paris Las Vegas rooftop bar will host a special brunch that will include corned beef and cabbage egg rolls and will pour green beer and mimosas. beerpark.com.
RÍ RÁ The Mandalay Bay watering hole’s PaddyFest, which kicked off March 11, continues through March 17, featuring a themed menu, Irish dancers, live music from bands like The Crooked Jacks, Craic Haus and The Black Donnellys and more. rira.com.
Big Dog’s; O’Sheas (Sun File)
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In 1939, the first NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament took place, with only eight teams.
WONDERING WHERE TO HUNKER DOWN FOR THE FIRST TWO ROUNDS OF THE 2019 TOURNAMENT? HOW ABOUT …
Northeastern’s Anthony Green celebrates with temmates and fans after the Huskies defeated Hofstra 82-74 to win the Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball championship March 12. (Mic Smith/AP)
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THE COSMOPOLITAN The Cosmo’s Hoops & Hops has become as much an annual tradition as brackets and buzzer beaters. The resort’s 40,000-square-foot, fourth-floor Belmont Ballroom hosts the scene, which brings together a massive HD screen array, 10 betting stations, an open bar and even a regulation-size basketball court. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., $225 per day Thursday & Friday; $150 Saturday; $475 three-day pass; cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.
THE D From March 21-24, the Downtown property will offer up reservable “private man caves,” each outfitted with four, separately controllable 70-inch HD TVs, drinks delivered by a personal cocktail sever and all-you-can-eat bites—starting at $175 per person (with a six-guest minimum). Alternatively, fans can flock to the free viewing party on the resort’s 12th floor, or watch at the casino’s aptly named Longbar. thed.com.
Join the March to the Championship March 21-23 in the Grand Ballroom, featuring giant screens, betting stations, prize giveaways and food and drink specials. Best of all: Entry is free. Doors open at 8 a.m., southpointcasino.com.
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UCLA has won the most NCAA men’s basketball titles (11), followed by the University of Kentucky (8).
SLS The north-Strip spot takes the party propertywide March 21-23, with viewing available everywhere from the Foundry ($50 per day)—offering up an unlimited buffet—to Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book ($128 per day), featuring more than 50 HD TVs, plus William Hill betting stations. Add all-you-can-drink draft beer, Skyy Vodka and more for $40 at Umami. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., slslasvegas.com.
Top Left: Ed O’Bannon celebrates UCLA’s 1995 NCAA championship. Now a Las Vegas resident, O’Bannon was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. (Eric Draper/AP) Top: Duke fans jeer Boston College’s Jared Hamilton (3) as he looks to inbound the ball during an NCAA basketball game. (Chris Seward/AP)
Vasectomy rates skyrocket in the days leading up to the NCAA tournament, reports ESPN, increasing almost 50 percent. Some urologists even offer specials, hoping men will capitalize on the strategic scheduling to spend their recovery watching the games.
(Steve Marcus/Staff/Photo Illustration)
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The Henderson resort’s Estancia Ballroom will host free, 21-and-over viewing parties March 21 and 22, broadcasting games on eight large screens and offering food and beverage specials, along with convenient betting. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., greenvalleyranch.sclv.com.
Vinyl will be the place to be at HRH March 21-22—with oddsmaker RJ Bell recording his podcast live both nights after the action’s over—then the party slides over to Goose Island Pub on March 23. The $135-per-day entry includes an unlimited open bar. 9 a.m., hardrockhotel.com.
The views are great at this gentleman’s club … and the TVs look good, too. Bring your crew, skip the line, sit at a VIP table and choose between boozy options like the Double Team ($699 for a twohour open bar and two premium bottles with mixers for six guests) and the Triple Threat ($1,095 for three premium bottles for 10 guests). Includes free transportation, sapphirelasvegas.com.
Kick back in one of 1,500 seats at the Hoops Central celebration for just $25 per day, which comes with one free beer. Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will be on hand to kick it off March 21, and the action continues through March 24 on—count ’em!—4,488 square feet of HD TV screens, with close access to betting stations, too. Doors open at 8 a.m., westgateresorts.com.
THE STILL The Mirage’s self-described “man cave”—a craft beer- and cocktails-focused sports bar—hosts its annual Brackets and Beer shindig from the March 21-22 round of 64 through the championship game on April 8. Book ahead, as seating typically sells out. Free entry, doors open at 9 a.m. & 3 p.m., thestillvegas.com. The Still (Courtesy)
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Michele and Joseph Felix of Tucson hold up a 2018 March Madness betting ticket at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. (Steve Marcus)
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Leave the light pollution behind and soak in the stars By Weekly staff
lvis Presley’s 1964 ode to Sin City, “Viva Las Vegas,” aptly begins with the lines “bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire.” The city lights might entice tourists, but the light pollution often blinds locals to the beauty of the Mojave Desert’s night sky. While some light pollution is expected and accepted, too much can negatively affects astronomical research, ecosystems and health. ¶ Lighting releases photons that can disrupt the circadian rhythm of all animals, including people. “In an environment where there is much artificial light at night—such as Manhattan or Las Vegas—there is much more opportunity for exposure of the retina to photons that might disrupt circadian rhythm,” Richard Stevens, professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center writes in the report, “Missing the Dark: Health Effects of Light Pollution.” “So, I think it is not only ‘night owls’ who get those photons. Almost all of us awaken during the night for periods of time, and unless we have blackout shades, there is some electric lighting coming in our windows. It is not clear how much is too much; that is an important part of the research now.”
What is it?
Light pollution blots out a view of the Milky Way for more than 80 percent of North Americans, according to National Geographic.
Light pollution is the brightening of the night sky by artificial lights typically found outside buildings.
The three types of light pollution Glare This type of light pollution refers to beams that flow directly into the eyes, often from fixtures that are improperly aimed or badly designed. Glare light can cause temporary loss of visual contrast. It can be fixed by rearranging the direction of the light source.
Light trespass This type of pollution occurs when light crosses into another person’s property, such as a neighbor’s headlights shining directly into your bedroom. It is also one of the easiest types of light pollution to fix and can be remedied by purchasing blackout curtains.
Skyglow This type of light pollution refers to the glow over populated areas or cities. The glow is created by reflected light and upward, unshielded light. It is one of the hardest forms of light pollution to fix, because it requires collaboration from city officials and locals.
Ways to cut out light pollution 1. Replace outdoor lighting with fixtures that direct light sources downward. 2. Install blackout curtains, which will help combat light trespassing, protect furniture from sun damage and reduce energy costs. 3. Glare often comes from a single, highly concentrated light source. Replace existing bulbs with glare-free frosted bulbs, which will help diffuse lighting. 4. Get vocal, tell your neighbor working the night shift that his headlights point into your bedroom or call your local representative to ask for shielding light fixtures to be put on street lamps.
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BEST PLACES TO GET A CLEAR VIEW OF THE NIGHT SKY While the Las Vegas Strip outshines the night sky for viewers across the Valley, a few minutes in a car can give locals and tourists a better view. Some light pollution will still get in the way, but you’ll be able to spot the more brillant stars in our galaxy.
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■ RED ROCK CANYON NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA The darkest spot in the conservation area is along Blue Diamond Road on the Cottonwood Valley and Late Night trailheads, according to the park’s website. Other recommended trails are First Creek and Oak Creek. Check the calendar for stargazing events. redrockcanyonlv.org
■ GOODSPRINGS Star Journey offers professional tours with dinner, transportation and the instruments needed for sky viewing. You can also keep this location on your list for solo trips. $149-$199. Just be aware: Goodsprings is said to have a haunted history. squareup.com/ store/star-journey
■ ASH MEADOWS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE The refuge offers free tours of the night sky after hours. The next event is Friday, April 5, and you must RSVP at tinyurl.com/yxcunh3s or call the Visitor Center at 775-372-5435.
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■ GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK This Nevada gem is designated as an International Dark Sky Park. Astronomy programs run from April through October on Saturday nights at 7 p.m. at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. The park also offers full moon hikes, solar telescope viewings and more. Where: 100 Great Basin National Park Visitor Center, Baker, NV 89311 Hours: The astronomy program days and times vary throughout the year. nps.gov/grba/planyourvisit/greatbasin-night-sky.htm
■ DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK Home to some of the darkest skies in the country, this gem is also an International Dark Sky Park. During the spring and winter seasons, look for night sky programs and stargazing events. Ubehebe Crater and Harmony Borax Works are recommended stargazing locations. Where: Northern Mojave Desert in Eastern California Hours: Open year-round and 24 hours a day. nps.gov/deva/learn/nature/ lightscape.htm
■ ZION NATIONAL PARK Areas within and outside of the park are great for viewing the Milky Way. Stop off at Kolob Canyons Viewpoint and the Pa’rus Trail for a night walk as long as you have proper equipment. The South and Watchman campgrounds are also recommended for stargazing. Where: Southern Utah Hours: Open year-round, 24 hours a day, however some services and facilities might reduce hours throughout the year. nps.gov/zion/learn/nature/ nightskies.htm
To see some of the best unpolluted skies, you might have to drive more than two hours, but the outof-this-world view is worth the extra effort.
GET INVOLVED LOCALLY The Las Vegas Astronomical Society is a nonprofit that promotes amateur astronomy in Southern Nevada. It hosts monthly meetings and observation sessions. The next meeting is Thursday, April 4, at the CSN Planetarium, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas. Membership fees for LVAS cost $36 per family and $15 for students and teachers annually. lvastronomy.com
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MAR 20-APR 7 COCKROACH THEATRE SWEAT Ever since Trump got elected, the bluecollar base of the Republican party has been examined like a curious specimen. Who are these people that “cling to guns or religion,” as President Obama famously said, in the face of outsourcing and societal changes? Don’t they know that the future lies in Silicon Valley and not steel working? The critically acclaimed new play Sweat has answers. According to The New York Times, it’s “the first work from a major American playwright to summon, with empathy and without judgment, the nationwide anxiety that helped put Donald J. Trump in the White House.” Or take it from the Pulitzer committee, which gave Sweat the 2017 Pulitzer Prize “for a nuanced yet powerful drama that reminds audiences of the stacked deck still facing workers searching for the American dream.” Inspired by true stories, Sweat follows the friendships and clashes of bar regulars at a local hangout in Reading, Pennsylvania. Together, they face the prospects of layoffs, union troubles, jail and survival. Cockroach Theatre’s artistic director Daz Weller directs. Days & times vary, $10-$25. –C. Moon Reed
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On the Record Questlove The Roots played the Joint last month, and Quest followed it up by spinning at the buzzy new industry party OTR Wednesdays. Don’t be surprised to see and hear a spontaneous hybrid of DJ work and live performance when he returns for more, Saturday night at Park MGM. 10:30 p.m., $25-$35. –Brock Radke
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Fri, Mar 15 Whitney Library COFFEE AND COMICS Got things to say about Captain Marvel, The Umbrella Academy or even a comic that hasn’t been adapted yet? Come on in, pour yourself a cup of Sunrise coffee, split into groups and get to geekin’. 3 p.m., free. –Geoff Carter
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FRI, MAR 15 BROOKLYN BOWL STEEP CANYON RANGERS Best known for its association with comedian/musician Steve Martin, this Grammy-winning North Carolina bluegrass group is a dynamic acoustic force in any configuration. With The All-Togethers. 7 p.m., $25-$30. –Spencer Patterson
SUN, MAR 17 BUNKHOUSE SALOON PART TIME If ’80s bands like Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark are your thing, grab your best oversized blazer and head Downtown to see this dream-pop outfit perform cuts from its latest Burger Records LP, November’s Spell #6. 9 p.m., $10-$15. –Leslie Ventura
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utch DJ and producer Sam Feldt’s music is so uplifting and positive, he’s definitely the one you want to spin at your pool party and break though those clouds with some sonic sunlight. ¶ But his addictive remix of the Robin S landmark “Show Me Love” and last year’s Jeremy Renner (!) collaboration “Heaven (Don’t Have a Name)” are only the start of the good vibes. Feldt stays busy beyond the studio and the booth, pioneering social platforms to connect to his fans and lead the fight to clean up the planet.
n Are you excited to get back to Vegas to help launch dayclub season? One hundred percent. Every time I get back to Vegas, the vibe is insane. I’m looking forward to it, and the nightclub as well as over the summer this year. n Your sound is so summery and energetic, the perfect fit for pool parties. I guess that’s true. I’ve had my own pool parties that have sold out in Miami two years in a row, and my style of DJing fits the vibe very well. I like to spread those feelings. I’m talking to the guys at Tao Group about possibly doing the Heartfeldt party in Vegas—not this season, but who knows, maybe [in] 2020. n You perform with live musicians quite a bit. Have you experimented with that in Las Vegas? I’ve done it once or twice at the pool parties, and it was pretty cool. But to be honest, we really need a bigger stage to do the full experience, like we do in Miami.
n It’s been a few years since you created Fangage, a platform for fan relationship management. How’s it coming along? Very well. It’s helped 35 top DJs get close to their fans and have a platform to engage directly. There are 200,00 fans, and now we’re launching the first round of funding to take it to the next level. Hopefully we’ll get to 3.3 million fans by 2022. It came from getting frustrated having to pay to reach my own fans on Facebook and Instagram. I had over 1 million fans on all these social media outlets, and they started to charge me to reach these people even though they signed up to get more [interaction] from me. So I decided to come up with a system to take control and engage with my database, a better and easier and more direct way to get in touch.
n You’ve aligned yourself with several green initiatives and sustainability efforts. Why is it important for people who have an audience like yours to prioritize these things? Over the past year I’ve been looking at my own profile and what I can do personally to change a few things. I became an ambassador for the GreenSeat CO2 carbon offset program and the Plastic Promise initiative from Green Events Netherlands. This next year we’ll be rolling out plans to enlist other ambassadors through the Heartfeldt Foundation with the goal to grow to 100 influencers. The thought is to use your influence and reach for a better world. I see a lot of people showing they care about doing something, and that’s great, but I don’t feel like there’s a platform yet that really brings it all together and allows all these artists and influencers to coordinate their actions and make sure they’re really getting the most out of what they’re doing. That’s what the Heartfeldt Foundation is going to be, where multiple ambassadors in every field of entertainment can apply themselves through what we will provide, the tools and information they need to really make an impact. That’s the game plan.
SAM FELDT March 17, 11 a.m., $20$30, Marquee Dayclub; March 18, 10:30 p.m., $20-$30, Marquee Nightclub. Cosmopolitan, 702-333-9000.
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es and crowd. During last year’s competition, two turntablists f Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, then blindfolded themselves in the middle of their performances. DJs are its ambassadors. They’re among Las Vegas’ most “These guys and girls are extremely skilled,” Z says. celebrated entertainers, greeting visitors on billboards “They’re using the turntable as a musical instrument. You surrounding McCarran International Airport. Some even don’t see that anymore. … It’s an art form that we’re dedicommand six-figure residencies. But for the show and cated to preserving and progressing.” spectacle we make of DJs, rarely do we get to witness Anthony Lomayesva, aka DJ Kiddo Money, is one DMC Las what happens behind the booth. of turntable culture’s most ardent advocates. Now a Vegas On March 14 at Hyde Bellagio, the 2019 DMC Las Regional creative marketing designer for SBE, he competed Vegas Regional DJ Battle will put the art and skill of in DMC tournaments in the early 2000s in New York DJ Battle turntablism front and center. The competition will pit City, LA, Denver and his home state of New Mexico March 14, 7 p.m., free. before moving to Las Vegas 10 years ago. It was his idea up to 30 DJs against one another to see who can perHyde Belform the most cleverly crafted routine using scratch to bring the DMC to the Strip last year. He says it was lagio, 702techniques, beat juggling and body tricks. The winner redemption for a 2014 DMC battle that was held at the 693-8700. will represent Las Vegas at the national finals and, just now-shuttered Boomer’s off the Strip. maybe, the world championships in London in the “It didn’t have the production value. It didn’t resofall. The event will also feature a special showcase by nate with the Vegas culture and vibe,” Lomayesva says. D-Styles, a member of pioneering turntable groups Invisibl “If I was competing in Las Vegas, what would I like to experiSkratch Piklz and Beat Junkies. “You’re basically seeing the ence when I get off the plane and pull up to the venue? What pyrotechnical aspect of DJing—all the fireworks, all the would make me feel like, wow, I made it?” The answer: the power moves,” says DMC USA CEO Christie Z. Bellagio fountains. “There’s nothing more iconic,” he says. Participants practice for months just to put on a dizzying Last year’s event drew about 300 attendees and gained wide showcase of turntable tricks—scratching records behind their support from the local DJ community. “We’re doing everything backs or under their legs, doing spins and backflips between that we can to make this flourish and no longer be stigmatized beats—to see who can draw the biggest response from the judgby the club curse that says turntablism is bad,” Lomayesva says.
+ HOT SPOTS PAUL OAKENFOLD THU 14 | APEX SOCIAL CLUB Elevate Thursdays brings the DJ that started it all back to the Vegas property where he did it. 10 p.m., $20-$35. Palms, 702-944-5980.
DIPLO FRI 15 | INTRIGUE Wes gets wet at Encore Beach Club Saturday, but first, he’ll bring the party to Wynn’s most intimate club on Friday. 10:30 p.m., $35-$45. Wynn, 702-770-7300.
FRENCH MONTANA SAT 16 | DRAI’S French gets fierce in the new, live performance video for “Nervous” and is expected to ramp up his residency at Drai’s in the same manner. 10:30 p.m., $40-$60. Cromwell, 702-777-3800.
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BITE NOW NURO BISTRO’S HAINAN CHICKEN RICE COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE Hainan chicken rice has been a staple in LA for years, but it only swept through Las Vegas recently with the arrival of Flock and Fowl in 2015. The simple plate is a take on Wenchang chicken, a traditional dish from the Hainan province in Southern China. The bird is poached, served skin-on and accompanied by a bowl of chicken-stock-seasoned rice and three sauces. The version at Nuro Bistro—a year-old spot on Decatur just south of Flamingo—uses free-range fowl, making it a perfect, hearty meal when you’re looking for something clean and satisfying. And that rice? It might not look special, but one taste and you’ll wonder if someone laced it with flavor crystals. The sauces—spicy, ginger-scallion and housemade soy—are all noteworthy, but the sweet and savory soy is the real MVP. (Seriously, put it on everything.) Speaking of soy, Nuro also makes its own soy milk. Order a chilled, slightly sweet glass, or ask for some on the side to pair with a cup of fresh iced coffee. Other notable dishes include the chicken noodle soup, pork and shrimp wonton noodle soup and chicken or pork congee (the later comes with a preserved century egg). Consider Nuro the perfect spot for a chilly day, or any day when you’re craving that rice. –Leslie Ventura
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Food & Drink Gaucho’s co-owners Gerardo Avalos, left, and Ricardo Guerrero (Miranda Alam/Special to Weekly)
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Two of a kind Ricardo Guerrero brings new flavors to the Bunkhouse
This had to happen. Ricardo Guerrero, the canteen a destination for patrons beyond regular offbeat culinary professional, and the BunkBunkhouse concertgoers. He envisions an outdoor house Saloon, the offbeat Downtown venue, dining space—using descriptions like “boho” and were bound to hook up, even if took this long. “western chic”—where diners can enjoy GAUCHO’S plates of New York strip steak and ArgentinGuerrero founded one of Las Vegas’s bestSACRED known food trucks, Slidin’ Thru, nearly a ian chorizo over cotija-lime salads accomFLAVORS decade ago. (Full disclosure: Guerrero and panied by black beans and avocado. And he’s Bunkhouse I used to work together in the technology onto something. This is good, clean eating. Saloon, 124 S. field.) When he talks, he talks a lot. So when I keep thinking about Guerrero’s crispy 11th St., gauchoslv. I ask him about Gaucho’s Sacred Flavors, smashed sweet tater—a fried sweet potato com. Monthe new Bunkhouse eatery recently opened with goat cheese and hot honey. day-Thursday, by Guerrero and business partner Gerardo Citing open-fire Patagonian master chef 11 a.m.-midnight; Friday- Francis Mallman as an influence—“He’s the Avalos, Guerrero lets loose: “My homey Saturday, [Avalos] and I bonded over this spiritual OG gaucho”—Guerrero and his team have 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; experience. The zest for life. We really love plans for their own wood-fired style dinners. Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. “At night, we have the opportunity to do this rustic, wood-fired cooking. We’re really into this primal, ancestral experience. We’re communal dinners under the stars,” Guerreally good at making people catch a vibe.” rero says. “When I look back at the moments Notice how the word “experience” get repeated. I feel the most grateful, you’re surrounded by all Beyond choosing clean proteins and fresh vegyour best friends, awesome music and really good etables, Guerrero wants—and needs—to make the food.” –Jason Harris
With 170 whiskeys and counting, you’d think the name Big Whiskey’s referred to the bar-restaurant’s favorite booze. But it actually taps into the legend behind the Springfield, Missouri, chain. Big Whiskey was a regular who ordered a single beverage, saying, “I’m only going to have one, so make it a big one.” His Yoda-like musings on drinking, friendship and love now grace the walls at the first Big Whiskey’s on the West Coast, located in the former Pot Liquor location at Town Square. Bar Manager Kaleigh Kazial, who previously opened Evel Pie, says Big Whiskey’s will feature a “Vegas-geared bar.” There’s a #VegasBorn whiskey cocktail on tap featuring Four Roses bourbon, apricot liqueur and maple syrup. A Nevada Peach cocktail blends Evan Williams, elderflower and Nagomi white peach. Other items bear the names of local sports stars. The extensive whiskey list is organized first by country of origin and then type. For example, you can try Nikka Taketsuru, a pure malt from Japan. The indecisive should opt for a themed whiskey flight. Kazial is still expanding and finalizing the Captain’s Whiskey List, so stay tuned for high-end sipping. The grand opening celebration begins on March 15 with the popping of a Maker’s Mark whiskey barrel. In addition to whiskey, Big Whiskey’s has 18 beer taps, almost half of which feature local beer (Bad Beat, Lovelady, Joseph James and Tenaya Creek). To soak up the booze, there’s also a big (and delightfully indulgent) menu of American favorites. –C. Moon Reed
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LOUD! LOCAL MUSIC NEWS & NOTES BY LESLIE VENTURA
SONIC CHAMELEON There could hardly be a more apt name for Vegas psych-rock band Chameleon Queen. The brainchild of singer and guitarist Memo Jesus Inzunza, the band fuses disparate influences: ’70s Japanese psych-rock acts such as Shintaro Sakamoto, jazzy lounge rock from the likes of Yura Yura Teikoku, plus T. Rex, The Beatles and Of Montreal. At just 25 years old, Inzunza is a master at weaving various experimental sounds—a musical shapeshifter channeling spacey, cosmic vibrations of decades past and future. “I was listening to the way [Sakamoto] would do his vocals,
and it got me more excited on that end, what to do vocally and what to do with the record,” Inzunza says. Chameleon Queen just released its debut album, Namaqua, in January. “I ended up making it in my bedroom,” he says. “A lot of it was just layers and layers. Anytime [someone] listens to a song, I want them to go back and listen to it and hear different things.” For now, the group is a threepiece, with Sonia Verde on bass and Ramy Almerie on drums. A fourth musician, guitarist Raul Tapia, recently moved away but still contributes to Chameleon Queen, Inzunza says.
Propelling the band’s mythos, Inzunza likes to capture the symbols and themes from his dreams and bring them to life in his songs. Namaqua, for example, tells the story of the Lizard Princess, a girl who lives in a reptilian world among salamanders and the Komodo King. “The Lizard Princess, she kind of transforms through her suffering and all these ordeals happening around her, and she eventually becomes the Chameleon Queen,” Inzunza says. “But it’s a new beginning—not the end.” chameleonqueen.bandcamp.com
NEW ADVENTURES Ted Rader of Ted Rader’s Magic Family has a new EP out from his solo project, Inhuman Again. Adventures International finds Rader in deep John Maus/Brian Eno territory, playfully exploring different electronic soundscapes and textures with songs like the cerebral “I Wanna Fight Nostradamus” and moody synth ballad “Autobahn With Baby.” Rader’s Magic Family plays the Bunkhouse on March 27, opening for Black Moth Super Rainbow. inhumanagain.bandcamp.com
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NOISE FAST FAVORITE Getting to know skyrocketing rapper Tobe Nwigwe By Zoneil Maharaj he story of Houston rapper Tobe Nwigwe (pronounced Toe-bee Wee-gweh) is one of love and purpose, which has unfolded before his followers’ eyes and ears since the summer of 2016. That’s when a viral freestyle propelled one of the most promising and exciting careers east of Kendrick. Nwigwe has gone from rapping on his couch over other artists’ beats to ambitiously dropping weekly original songs and accompanying music videos, to rapping in the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher, to embarking on his own national tour, which brings him to Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel on March 15. Here’s what you should know before jumping in. Who: A 32-year-old NigerianAmerican former college linebacker and NFL hopeful-turnednonprofit founder and rapper. Though he’s billed as a solo act, his wife, Fat, is there every step, singing and dancing alongside him in each video, as is producer LaNell Grant (aka Nell), who concocts rumbling productions to complement Nwigwe’s gruff-yetsmooth Southern drawl. Sound: An earthquake. Nell’s beats build into crescendos of drums as Nwigwe goes from calm, regal poise to full-on beast mode. But even when he’s ferociously delivering complex rhymes with intricate wordplay, he’s usually rapping about his faith and Fat.
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After a long hiatus, Vegas post-hardcore group Alaska has reunited, sort of. The bandmates are back under a new name, King of Heck, and performed their first show March 10 at the House of Blues’ B Side. King of Heck is currently supporting California band Mom Jeans on a tour that kicked off March 12 in Santa Cruz. facebook.com/kingofheck
ALSO Indie-garage outfit Kurumpaw released an animated music video for its new single “Paper Battleship” in January. The video was created by Paula Moruzzi and is the first track off the band’s upcoming debut full-length. … Mother McKenzie, aka Wyatt McKenzie, will play a rare solo show with Wax Pig Melting on March 29 at the Double Down Saloon. … And Punks in Vegas will release an oral history of longtime Vegas pop-punks Happy Campers on March 15 at Amazon.com. The project chronicles the band’s journey from its 1996 formation to 2015’s hiatus. “The result is a fascinating look at what it means to be in a band trying to make it in Las Vegas,” writes PIV founder Steven Matview.
His music is a celebration of love. Look: Tobe & Co. haven’t just created a unique listening experience, they’ve crafted a striking visual aesthetic. Each video features simple but perfectly executed choreography and colorcoordinated outfits designed by Nwigwe himself that often nod to his African ancestry. Journey: Fans who’ve followed Nwigwe have witnessed everything happen in real time. When he reached 100,000 followers on Instagram, he dropped the song/video “100K.” When he discovered Dave Chappelle and Erykah Badu were fans of his, he made “I’m Dope.” His proposal to Fat? Also documented on YouTube, though not in song. When Fat became pregnant, the announcement came in a beautiful tribute, “Ode to Fat.” It’s made being a fan an intimate, shared experience, so much that you’re rooting for his, and Fat’s, success. Spin: “What It’s For,” from his 2017 project Tobe From the SWAT, is the perfect introduction. In it, Nwigwe details the harsh environment surrounding him and clearly outlines his mission: “I swear, for every penny you invested/I’m gonna show every bum rapper rapping what purpose looks like perfected.”
TOBE NWIGWE with The New Respects, Luke Whitney. March 15, 8 p.m., $20-$69. Vinyl, 702-693-5000.
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The Cosmo’s new hangout puts the bar in Barbershop.
ow many cool night spots can fit into the Cosmopolitan? Every time we marvel at the resort’s dynamic collection of restaurants, bars, lounges and clubs, another venue suddenly drops into the mix. There are so many exciting options, it becomes a challenge to choose which ones you’ll hit on any given night. It’s even more challenging to create those new venues, but that’s what hospitality industry experts would call a good problem. Competition breeds creativity, and that’s what brings us to the Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails, Clique Hospitality’s second project at the Cosmopolitan, launching its grand opening weekend March 15. It won’t be anything like the company’s Clique Lounge, a mixology-focused hideaway that opened near the hotel lobby in 2015, but it won’t be like anything else on the Strip, either. “We were trying to formulate need and functionality into a space that could be operated almost 24 hours a day,” Clique partner Ryan Labbe explains. “There are tons of amazing cocktail bars and mixology destinations just at Cosmopolitan, and the resort has done such a great job of curating everything. So we had to think about what the guest needs. It’s not just about what we want but what makes sense.” That’s why the Barbershop is an actual barbershop, an old-school grooming parlor and hangout open every day from 10 a.m. until midnight on the northern end of the casino floor, former site of the Bond bar. New York transplant and master barber Jose Sosa is in control here, anchoring the experience whether you’re in for a classic cut or a straight-razor
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shave. The 600-square-foot, three-chair shop should prove to be the masculine counterpart to Cosmo’s second-level Drybar, Labbe says. At night, things will start to happen on the other side of a nondescript door. Yes, that’s not really the janitor’s closet. “Think John Varvatos meets CBGB,” Labbe says of the Barbershop’s speakeasy-style bar space. “Mismatched furniture, an old bar we didn’t build but brought in from Kentucky. … It feels like a space that’s been here 20 years. We don’t want that new cool feeling; we want that warm, vintage, homey, livingroom feel.” Musical programming will mix live sounds with DJs and include cover bands, Tuesday karaoke, rock, R&B and more. The Friday opening brings an intimate performance by ’90s Brit rock faves Bush, and house band The 442s will take over on Saturday. Coming up, Dennis Quaid & The Sharks play March 22 and Robin Thicke visits March 30. Acknowledging Cosmo’s craft cocktail supremacy, the Barbershop is going in a different drinking direction. “We separated ourselves from that for this one. Clique Lounge has a great program and does all that tableside stuff, but we want people to go into the Barbershop and drink what they want, whether that’s whiskey or PBR or tap beer,” Labbe says. “We’ll have a small, curated cocktail list that’s very whiskey-, bourbon- and Scotch-driven, but there’s only six cocktails and two shooters. There’s no vodka on the menu. It’s a straight old saloon, for lack of a better term.” It seems what’s old is new again at the Cosmopolitan, and it sounds like it will fit right in.
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UNFOLD YOUR LOVE WITH A NEW VANTAGE POINT COMES FURTHER APPRECIATION FOR CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S BEATLES SHOW here’s nothing like an exceptional behindthe-scenes experience to amplify how special Las Vegas can be. Drake has a residency at XS Nightclub. Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars have their own shows at Park Theater. Score a ticket to one of these events this year and you’ll be watching one of the biggest stars in the world in an exclusive live performance at an extravagant venue. The intimacy and quality of the experience are only-in-Vegas elements. The approach is similar, but the show is very different over at the Mirage. For more than 12 years, Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles Love has been pushing its audience closer and closer not necessarily to the artists but to their music. The Fab Four’s familiar catalog has always been the foundation of the show, but the Grammy-winning Love soundtrack is a different way to experience The Beatles. It’s been well-documented how legendary producer George Martin and his son Giles layered pieces from 120-plus original Beatles recordings to create the music for Love. For example, the version of “Drive My Car” that appears in the first third of the show contains a saxophone track from “Savoy Truffle” from the Beatles’ 1968 “White Album” and a guitar solo borrowed from “Taxman” off 1966’s Revolver. That unconventional approach results in
a cacophonous, exhilarating soundtrack to match therefore didn’t deserve to get this close to this the show’s fast-paced performance and visual elemusic, but one part of this unforgettable experiments, and the stellar audio system in the 2,013-seat ence really resonated with me. The Love version theater-in-the-round—there are 6,400 speakers, of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently including three in each seat—is always being Weeps” is not the rollicking 1968 album tweaked and bolstered to maintain the venue version; it’s a mix from Harrison’s initial as the best possible environment to consume demo, recorded with just his voice and this music. acoustic guitar in a closet in his home. If you’re a Beatles enthusiast, you The Martins went back to The Beatles’ already know all of this, because you’ve original four-track tapes to create their experienced Love, probably more than Love mixes, and in the case of this song, once. It’s one of Cirque’s most popular added only a string arrangement to shows and has been since debuting in the delicate recording. Those haunting June 2006. My recent visit to Love offered strings represent the only piece of music THE a rare perspective, as I spent the hours in the show not created by The Beatles. INCIDENTAL before and during the show with the I listened to “While My Guitar” in the TOURIST audio team: sitting in the playback room playback room while watching the Love BY BROCK RADKE beneath the theater running contingency performance onscreen, and an audio engitests; getting a glimpse of the Abbey Road neer isolated each track during the song. replica recording studio and the storage Just strings, just guitar, just Harrison’s area where all the expensive mixing computers wistful voice. It was magical, like he was in the reside; examining an entire section of seat speakroom with us. He’s my favorite Beatle, and this ers while engineers blast Queen songs during the is one of my favorite Beatles songs, but it wasn’t final pre-show audio check; and hanging at the about that. It was all about proximity. At Love, desk where acrobats and dancers get mic’d up there’s only one layer of production between the with a wireless rig right before they go onstage. original Beatles recordings, those four track I’ve never been a Beatles enthusiast and tapes and your ears. But only in Vegas.
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Marking change Left of Center’s female-focused Transitions emphasizes the unexpected By Leslie Ventura t isn’t unusual for an art gallery to host a female-centered art exhibit during Women’s History Month. But to have an exhibit that goes beyond the surface-level activism of crocheted hats and hashtags, that actually centers the breadth of women’s voices? That’s far less common, which makes Transitions at Left of Center Art Gallery a must-catch before it closes June 1. “This exhibit gives us all a chance to express what transitions have gone on in our lives,” Left of Center founder and executive director Vicki Richardson says. “People are coming out and expressing themselves in different ways that were hidden before and not talked about. It gives you a chance to say, ‘Here I am. I want you to see that these are concerns of mine and areas that affect me deeply and areas that have changed my whole life.’” The exhibit also features work by—and is dedicated to—the late Susanne Forestieri, a beloved artist and UNLV professor who died last month. Having gone through a divorce and the death of
her brother, then overcoming breast cancer, gallery the space to address sexual assault. curator Marylou Parker says the only way she could CSN English professor Erica Vital-Lazare cucope was through meditation and art. Her painting, rated this year’s literary artists, whose stories are “Speaking With the Infinite,” portrays a beautiful woven into the exhibit alongside artworks. Some young woman in a wedding dress at the of the texts serendipitously happened fore, with an obscured silhouette in the to accompany artworks with similar Transitions Through June 1; background. “The woman up front repthemes, Parker says, while other literary Tuesday-Friday, resents all the things in life we think are works make statements all their own. noon-5 p.m.; important—the beauty, the thinness, the “There are so many things in life that Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. getting married to the right guy,” Parker are thrust upon us, and that’s what really Opening recepsays. “And yet, the piece is really about changes us,” Parker says. “Those are the tion March 16, the figure that you don’t see, the invisible strongest transitions we make, because it noon, free. Left of Center Art part of us that’s really our strength and changes who you are, it changes how you Gallery, 2207 who we are.” think and it changes how you perceive E. Gowan Road, Transitions features 12 visual artists and other people.” 702-647-7378. 11 writers, and refers to various courseWalking through the gallery, each piece altering experiences the artists have enbecomes its own conversation starter, countered in their lifetimes. Some works a way to connect to others through the are fun, celebratory and whimsical, like Lolita Deveuniversal notion of overcoming trauma and change. lay’s painting of a young millennial taking a selfie, “I think [change] makes you a more empathetic “Rococo Basilisk” (a meta reference to the thoughtperson,” Parker says. “I think we learn to be better experiment Roko’s Basilisk). Some celebrate African people in the long run if we let it work its magic. and Latin cultures. And in other works, artists use Somehow we come through all that grief.”
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SEASON’S READINGS Here’s a new crop of Vegas-related books, perfect for springtime By C. Moon Reed
rom memoir to biography to novels, your bookish options are blooming. Here are some springtime picks for Vegas-related reads.
The Westside Slugger: Joe Neal’s Lifelong Fight for Social Justice by John L. Smith. The first black Nevada State Senator gets a well-deserved biography by author and longtime local journalist John L. Smith. “Joe made a historic contribution to Nevada, and I was very concerned that that contribution might be forgotten,” says Smith, author of more than a dozen books. “I’d hope that future generations would remember a heroic struggle by a man who was born in poverty in the Jim Crow south, how he comported himself throughout life despite suffering racial indignities and eventually made an important mark in Nevada politics for more than three decades.” Neal worked to expand civil rights for convicted felons and helped improve public health, safety, education, libraries and more.
The Boys Who Woke Up Early by A.D. Hopkins. Journalist A.D. Hopkins has spent a lifetime as an investigative reporter and editor in Las Vegas and North Carolina. After nearly 50 years writing nonfiction, the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Famer makes his debut as a novelist. In this story, two high school boys in the “hollers” of West Virginia play at being gumshoes and get more than they bargained for. Unwanted: How a Mother Learned to Turn Shame, Grief and Fear into Purpose, Passion and Empowerment by Linda Smith. Philanthropist, public speaker and disability advocate Linda Smith is famous for helping Opportunity Village grow into “Las Vegas’ favorite charity.” She raised more than half a billion dollars for the nonprofit organization that serves adults with intellectual disabilities. Now, Smith tells her own story. In her memoir, out March 19, Smith details her difficult childhood of abuse, her path to becoming a model-actress, the obstacles she faced raising her beloved son Christopher (who was born with Down syndrome) and her ultimate triumph and success.
The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan and the Climbing Life by Mark Synnott. Las Vegas-based climber Alex Honnold has been in the spotlight since Free Solo, the film about his heroic ropeless ascent of a 3,000-foot rockface, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary last month. Now, pro-climber Mark Synnott offers his literary take on the feat in a semi-memoir The New York Times calls an “accomplished portrait of two remarkable lives.” Also: Sin City Retribution: Stolen Steel by Rick Hart. This book spotlights the true story of life in a motorcycle club in ’70s-era Vegas. Tenacity: A Vegas Businessman Survives Brooklyn, The Marines, Corruption and Cancer to Achieve the American Dream by Ron Coury. This memoir details the “‘Good Ol’ Boy’” days of Southern Nevada. Tales of the Southwest by Jonathan Hanson. An Arizona-based outdoors writer presents four fictional tales.
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calendar LIVE music 172 Enuff Z’Nuff 3/16. Dio Rising (Dio tribute) 3/22. Uli Jon Roth 3/23. Anvil 3/31. Rio, 702513-3356.
The Celtic punks of Flogging Molly celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a March 15 show at the Chelsea. (Richie Smyth/Courtesy)
ACCESS SHOWROOM Boyce Avenue, Tyler Hilton 3/30. Aliante Casino, 702-692-7777. AMERICAN LEGION POST 8 Wristmeetrazor, Sentenced to Burn, Meth 3/9. Distinguisher, Dying Wish, Serration, Boundaries, Castaway 3/22. 733 N. Veterans Memorial Drive, 702382-8533. Artisan Hotel Bama 3/14. 1501 W. Sahara Ave, 702-214-4000. Backstage Bar & Billiards Strangelove (Depeche Mode tribute) 3/16. Boy Harsher, Boan, Actors, Glitterface 3/22. Noble Bodies, Von Kin, Foreign Sons 3/29. 601 Fremont St., 702-382-2227. Beauty Bar Night Beats, The Acid Sisters, The Quacks 3/15. Monsterwatch, Anti-Vision, Tony Taylor & The Novababies 3/16. And the Kids, Cardioid 3/24. Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre, Leaving Springfield 3/26. Valley Queen 3/27. King Buffalo, Strange Mistress 3/28. The Krows (Cure tribute) 3/30. Cass McCombs, Sam Evian, Good Coffee 3/31. 517 Fremont St., 702-598-3757. Brooklyn Bowl Stephen Marley 3/13. Steep Canyon Rangers, The All-Togethers 3/15. Yung Gravy, Le$LaFlame, bbno$ 3/16. Hippie Sabotage, Sebastian Paul 3/22. Adelitas Way, Taking Dawn, Silversage, Rockie Brown, The Las Vegas Emerald Society Piper Band 3/23. Galactic ft. Erica Falls, Con Brio 3/26. Foals, Bear Hands, Kiev 3/27. Citizen Cope 3/29. Nero, Dr. Fresch, Astronomar, Jace Mek, Stellar, Brett Rubin, Blvklist, IzzyLovesFood, Brian Campbell, Mondo, Blac-En 3/30. Linq Promenade, 702-862-2695. Bunkhouse Saloon Stories & Songs 3/14. Noir Night 3/15. El Tributo Caifanes (Caifanes tribute), El Primer Instinto (Jaguares tribute) 3/16. Part Time, Angel Groove, Chefs 3/17. Baseball Gregg, Caleb Lindskoog 3/19. R.A. the Rugged Man 3/20. Black Belt Eagle Scout, Weedrat 3/21. Spindrift, Timothy Earie, Dream Phases, DJ Jacob Savage, The Van Der Rohe 3/22. Las Vaudeville 3/23. Amyl and the Sniffers, Gymshorts 3/24. Black Moth Super Rainbow, Steve Hauschildt, High Tides, Ted Rader’s Magic Family 3/27. Houses 3/30. Chastity 3/31. 124 S. 11th St., 702-982-1764. Centennial Hills Park Las Vegas Buegrass Festival ft. Twisted Pine, Hot Club of Cowtown & more 3/23. 10 E. Charleston Blvd., 702-862-4538. The Chelsea Flogging Molly, Face to Face 3/15. The Revivalists, Rayland Baxter 3/16. The Cosmopolitan, 702-698-6797. CLEOPATRA’S BARGE Wayne Newton 3/14, 3/16, 3/18, 3/21, 3/23, 3/25, 3/27-3/28, 3/30. Caesars Palace, 866-227-5938.
Palace, 866-227-5938. Commonwealth Playhouse Presents: A Tribute to Missy Elliott ft. DJ Bella Fiasco, DJ Yo Yolie 3/14. 10 E. Charleston Blvd., 702862-4538. Count’s VAMP’D Abusement Park, Dity Halo 3/14. The Hellenbacks, Jimmy Powers V & The Hang Dynasty 3/15. Randy Rhoads Remembered, John Zito Band 3/16. Taking Dawn, House of Broken Promises, Void Vator, War Cloud 3/21. The Remainz, Burn Unit 3/22. Burning Rain, Baker’s Dozen 3/29. Smashing Alice, LA Story, Voodoo Potion 3/30. 750 W. Sahara Ave., 702-220-8849. THE Dillinger Sarah Burton 3/15. Leo & Carmelo 3/16. Jase Wills 3/22. Marty Feick 3/23. 1224 Arizona St., Boulder City, 702-293-4001.
THE CLUB Bat (Meat Loaf tribute) 3/23. Cannerystock 3/30. Cannery, 702-507-5700.
THE Dispensary Lounge Frank Potenza, Jan Daley 3/15. Ryan Baker 3/16. The Shapiro Project 3/20. Eddie Charles 3/22. Lisa Gay 3/23. M&M Nonet 3/27. Karen Jones 3/30. 2451 E. Tropicana Ave., 702-458-6343.
The Colosseum Celine Dion 3/15-3/16. Daryl Hall & John Oates 3/20, 3/22-3/23. Caesars
Dive Bar The Real McKenzies, Piñata Protest, Los Carajos, Sheiks of Neptune 3/14.
Koffin Kats, Dead at Midnite 3/21. Three Bad Jacks 3/29. Badluck Gablers, The Limit Club, Cherry Rat 3/30. 4110 S. Maryland Parkway, 702-586-3483. DOUBLE DOWN SALOON TV Party Tonight: VJ Atomic, The Pluralses 3/14. Krokadiles on Parade, Soldiers of Destruction, In Theaters Friday, Faded Prisms, Meanings 3/15. Wtfukushima, The Psyatics, The Swamp Gospel, VJ Atomic 3/16. Orange Blossom Special 3/17. Orange Blossom Special 3/18. Unique Massive 3/19. Kittenhead, Public Nuisance, C*nt Punch, The Nerv, Frequency Within 3/23. Jock Tears, Apollo Ghost 3/24. 4640 Paradise Road, 702-791-5775. Eagle Aerie Hall In Her Own Words, Oh, Weatherly, Never Loved, Wavelengths, Loveshark, Modern Day Atrocity 3/19. Erra, SHVPES, Before Giants, Chasing Addiction, Committed to Chaos 3/30. 310 W. Pacific Ave., 702-568-8927. Encore Theater Robbie Williams 3/15-3/16. Kenny Loggins 3/27, 3/29-3/30. Wynn, 702770-6696. EVEL PIE Acid Enema, Lobotomize 3/22.
Rayner, Failing Up, Old Cross 3/23. Acid Teeth, Ike Fonseca, Anti-Vision 3/28. Get Married, Jerk!, Three Rounds, The Implosions 3/29. 508 Fremont St., 702-840-6460. Gilley’s Saloon Scotty Alexander 3/14, 3/20, 3/23. Kelly Rae Band 3/15-3/16. Rob Staley Band 3/21-3/22. Voodoo Cowboys 3/27-3/28. Dynamite Draw 3/29-3/30. Treasure Island, 702-894-7722. GOLD MINE TAVERN Monk & The Po Boys 3/15. Daze Gone By, Friction, Xsysts 3/16. West Coast Travelers 3/22. Vegas Strip Kings 3/23. Uprise 3/29. Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company 3/30. 23 S. Water St, 702-478-8289. Golden Nugget Showroom Jeffrey Osborne 3/15. Grand Funk Railroad 3/22. Night Ranger 3/29. 866-946-5336. THE Golden Tiki Copycat De Lux Cramps Night ft. DJ Xerox 3/30. 3939 Spring Mountain Road, 702-222-3196. GRAND EVENTS CENTER Kalimba (Earth Wind & Fire tribute) 3/15. Trinity (Styx/ Foreigner/Journey tribute) 3/29. Green Valley Ranch, 702-617-7777.
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Hard Rock Live Bass Wars 3/16. Finnegan’s Wake, Jaquees 3/17. Lords of Acid, Orgy, Genitorturers, Gabriel and the Apocalypse, Little Miss Nasty 3/27. Lady Reiko 3/28. 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-733-7625. House of Blues ABBA Mania (ABBA tribute) 3/14. Rock Off (Queen vs. Beatles tribute) 3/15. One OK Rock, Waterparks, Stand Atlantic 3/16. Sabrina Carpenter 3/21. Lil Baby 3/22. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Flor, Grizfolk 3/23. Cypress Hill, Hollywood Undead 3/24. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie 3/28. Morgan Wallen 3/29. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7600. The Joint Brett Young, Gavin DeGraw 3/22. Death Cab for Cutie, My Brightest Diamond 3/29. Hard Rock Hotel, 702-693-5000. LAYLA’s PALACE BANQUET HALL Pity Party, Push, Narrowed, Holla Mons 3/18. 3430 E. Tropicana Ave. #34, 702-498-6773. Orleans Arena Stellar Awards 3/29. 702-365-7469. Orleans Showroom Aegis 20 3/15. Overnight (boy band tribute) 3/16. En Vogue 3/23. Worship Unleashed 3/30. 702-365-7111. Park Theater Cher 3/15-3/16, 3/20, 3/22-3/23, 3/27, 3/29-3/30. Park MGM, 844-600-7275. Pearl CONCERT THEATER Il Divo 3/15. Why Don’t We 3/23. Palms, 702-944-3200. THE Railhead Gary Hoey 3/21. Pyromania (Def Leppard tribute) 3/30. Boulder Station, 702-432-7777. Rí Rá J The Crooked Jacks 3/14-3/17. The Black Donnellys 3/16-3/17, 3/19-3/21, 3/22-3/24, 3/263/31. Craic Haus 3/17. John Windsor 3/18, 3/25. Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 702-632-7771. Sand Dollar Lounge Jeff Mix & The Songhearts 3/14. Pitchfork, The Rayford Bros. 3/15. Catfish John (Grateful Dead tribute) 3/16. Dan Fester 3/17. Open Jam 3/18. Monk & The Po Boys 3/19. Mychael Pollard Experience 3/20. The Benders 3/21. Chris Tofield 3/22. The Moanin’ Blacksnakes 3/23. Jimmy Powers & The Hang Dynasty 3/24. Open Jam 3/25. GoldTop Bob 3/27. Carlos Silva & The Scatterbrains 3/28. Chris Tofield 3/29. Dazed & Confused 3/30. 3355 Spring Mountain Road, 702-485-5401. South Point Showroom Donny Edwards (Elvis Presley tribute) 3/15-3/17. The Lettermen 3/22-3/24. Frankie Scinta 3/24. Frankie Moreno
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702-632-4700. Drai’s BEACHCLUB Deux Twins 3/15. DJ Pauly D 3/16. DJ Franzen 3/17. Cromwell, 702-777-3800. Drai’s DJ Esco 3/14. Rae Sremmurd 3/15. French Montana 3/16. Snoop Dogg 3/17. Cromwell, 702777-3800. ENCORE BEACH CLUB EBC at Night: Dillon Francis 3/14. Flosstradamus 3/15. EBC at Night: Anna Lunoe 3/15. Diplo 3/16. EBC at Night: SayMyName 3/16. Galantis 3/17. Encore, 702770-7300. Foundation Room DJ Wellman 3/15. DJ Konflikt 3/16. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7631. GO POOL Jenna Palmer & Exodus 3/14. DJ Supa James 3/15. Eric Forbes 3/16. Greg Lopez & DJ D-Miles 3/19. Flamingo, 702-697-2888. Hyde DMC DJ Battle 3/14. DJ Ikon 3/15. DJ Hollywood 3/16. DJ Quira 3/17. DJ Konflikt 3/19. DJ Earwaxxx 3/20. Bellagio, 702-693-8700. Intrigue Diplo 3/15. Dillon Francis 3/16. DJ Five 3/20. Wynn, 702-770-7300. Light DJ E-Rock 3/15. London on da Track 3/16. DJ Ikon 3/20. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-4700. Marquee DAYCLUB Andrew Rayel 3/15. Chuckie 3/16. Sam Feldt 3/17. Cosmopolitan, 702-333-9000.
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ON THE RECORD DJ Nu-Mark 3/15. Questlove 3/16. Method Man & Redman 3/20. Park MGM, 702-730-7777.
ZAPPOS THEATER Gwen Stefani 3/15-3/16. Planet Hollywood, 702-777-6737.
TAO BEACH Bella Fiasco 3/15. Justin Credible 3/16. Vixen 3/17. Venetian, 702-388-8588.
ZIA RECORD EXCHANGE Fur Dixon & Wtfukushima 3/17. 1216 S. Rainbow Blvd., 702-233-4942.
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clubs APEX SOCIAL CLUB Paul Oakenfold 3/14. DJ June 3/15. Jesse Marco 3/9. DJ G-Squared 3/9. Palms, 702-944-5980.
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Chateau Bayati & Casanova 3/14. Deville 3/15. Dre Dae 3/16. DJ Paradice 3/20. Paris, 702-776-7770.
BONKERZ COMEDY CLUB Carla Rea, Charlie Stone 3/14. Jeffrey Peterson, John Gilligan 3/21. Malia Sias, Manny Hein 3/28. Rampart Casino, 702-507-5900.
DAYLIGHT DJ Neva 3/14. DJ Que 3/15. Saint Clair 3/16. DJ Whoo Kid 3/17. Mandalay Bay,
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Kevin Nowak inspirational poetry 3/20. From Russia With Love: A Celebration of Russian Arts, Music & Culture 3/24. A Public Fit: Three Tall Women staged reading 3/29. Love Me or Leave Me: Letters of Longing, Loving and Leaving 3/30. 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702507-3400. CSN Performing Arts Center (Jay Morrison Recital Hall) Chamber Chorale Benefit Concert 3/29. Chamber Music Benefit Concert 3/31. (K Building Auditorium) Sherry Rosenthal reading 3/21. 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., 702-651-5483.
LOCAL THEATER COCKROACH THEATRE Sweat 3/20-4/7. Art Square Theatre, 1025 S. 1st St., #110, 725-2229661. Las Vegas Little Theatre (Mainstage) The Siegel Thru 3/24. (Black Box) As You Like It 3/22-4/7. 3920 Schiff Drive, 702-362-7996.
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Majestic Repertory Theatre Tight End Thru 3/24. 1217 S. Main St., 702-478-9636.
Spring Valley Library Emil Fu: The Beauty and Rhythm of Ink Thru 3/19. Sunsets: Capturing a Moment in Time 3/21-6/4. 4280 S. Jones Blvd., 702-507-3820.
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Summerlin Library Ted Polumbaum: Lives on the Line Thru 3/24. 1771 Inner Circle Drive, 702-507-3860.
Henderson Pavilion Mamma Mia! 3/223/30. 200 S. Green Valley Parkway, 702-267-4849.
POOR RICHARD’S PLAYERS 12 Angry Men Thru 3/23. Warhol Loft, Arts Factory, theplayhouselv. com.
LLOYD D. GEORGE U.S. COURTHOUSE Juanita Westbrook as Zora Neale Hurston 3/15. 333 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-229-2787.
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West Charleston Library James & Christine Kim: Korean Brush Painting 3/195/14. Reception 3/19. 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., 702-507-3940.
THE Mob Museum The Old Fashions 3/15, 3/22, 3/20. Amanda King 3/16, 3/23. Kai Brant Jazz Duo 3/30. 300 Stewart Ave., themobmuseum.org. PASEO VERDE LIBRARY Local Author Showcase 3/23. 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, 702-492-7252. THE Smith Center (Reynolds Hall) Bernadette Peters 3/15. Disney’s DCappella 3/16. Hello, Dolly! 3/19-3/24. Whose Live Anyway? 3/30. (Cabaret Jazz) Veronica Swift 3/15. The Lon Bronson Band 3/16. Frankie Moreno 3/19. Lena Prima 3/21. Lucy Woodward 3/22-3/23. Daptone Records Soul Sessions: Los Yesterdays, Thee Sinseers, DJ John Doe 3/24. Michael Grimm & Delta Bound 3/26. Giada Valenti 3/28. George Kahumoku Jr., Nathan Aweau, Kawika Kahiapo 3/293/30. Middletown 3/31-4/1. (Troesh Studio Theater) Las Vegas Philharmonic: The Passion and Romance of the Harp 3/21. 702-749-2000. The Space The Commons of Pensacola 3/16. Mondays Dark 3/18. One Slight Hitch 3/23. How I Learned to Drive 3/30. 3460 Cavaretta Court, 702-903-1070. Summerlin Library Nevada Chamber Orchestra 3/15. Vegas Buy the Book! 3/30. 1771 Inner Circle Drive, 702-507-3860. Terry Fator TheatrE Michael Carbonaro 3/23. Mirage, 702-792-7777. UNLV (Artemus W. Ham Hall) Classical Guitar Competition 3/17. CCSD High School Choir Festival 3/25. (Judy Bayley Theatre) UNLV Opera Theater: Dialogues of the Carmelites 3/15-3/17. 702-895-2787. West Charleston Library Alash Tuvan throat singing 3/10. Fame (They’re Not Going to Live Forever) 3/29. 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., 702-507-3940. West Las Vegas ARTS CENTER The Poets’ Corner 3/15. 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 702-507-3989. Whitney Library Coffee and Comics 3/15. 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., 702-507-4010.
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Winchester Dondero Cultural Center Gallery Las Vegas Lineup: Identifying the Past for the Future Thru 3/16. 3130 S. McLeod Drive, 702-455-7340.
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Barrick Museum of Art (East & West Galleries) Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. Thru 3/16. UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, 702-895-3381. Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Yayoi Kusama Thru 6/30. 702-693-7871. Centennial Hills Library Myranda Bair: All That Glitters Thru 4/23. 6711 N. Buffalo Drive, 702-507-6100. Charleston HeightS Arts Center Gallery Celebrating Life Thru 4/24. 800 Brush St., 702-229-2787. Clark County LIBRARY Jennifer Weber: Wanderlust Thru 4/7. 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3400. CORE CONTEMPORARY Use Other Door Thru 3/16. Reception 3/16. 900 E. Karen Ave. #D222, 702-805-1166. CSN (Fine Arts Gallery) Kristy Deetz: Threads, Folds & Rabbit Holes: Complex Webs of Making Thru 3/16. (Artspace Gallery) Kathryn Jill Johnson: Dissonance Thru 3/22. 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., 702-651-4146. Donna Beam Fine Art Ali Fathollahi: Saccharine Reckoning Thru 3/15. UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, 702-895-3893. Enterprise Library Desert Companion Photo Showcase Thru 3/26. 25 E. Shelbourne Ave., 702-507-3760. Las Vegas City Hall (Grand Gallery) Brett Bolton: Overcast Thru 5/9. (Windows on First) Nova May: In Flight: Energy Liberated Thru 3/31. (Chamber Gallery) Vicki Richardson: Alter Images Thru 4/11. 495 S. Main St., 702229-1012.
Windmill Library Swing It! Girls 3/16. 7060 W. Windmill Lane, 702-507-6019.
Left of Center ART GALLERY Transitions Thru 6/1. Reception 3/16. 2207 W. Gowan Road, 702-647-7378.
The Writer’s Block Amber Royer 3/15. Las Vegas Writes Project 3/21. 519 S. 6th St., 702-550-6399.
Nevada State Museum Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West Thru 4/30. 309 S. Valley View Blvd., 702-486-5205. Priscilla Fowler Fine Art Gig Depio &
TACOS & TAMALES FESTIVAL 3/30. Sunset Park, tacosandtamaleslv.com.
SPORTS BIG BALLER BRAND ALL AMERICAN GAME 3/31. Orleans Arena, 702-365-7469. FUTURE STARS OF WRESTLING 3/17. Las Vegas Strip, runrocknroll.com. LAS VEGAS LIGHTS Real 3/30. Cashman Field, 702-728-4625. LION FIGHT 53 3/30. Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, 800-745-3000. MONSTER JAM 3/23. Sam Boyd Stadium, 702739-3267. MOUNTAIN WEST MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT Thru 3/16. Thomas & Mack Center, 702-739-3267. PAC-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament Thru 3/16. MGM Grand Garden Arena, 702531-3826. RING OF HONOR WRESTLING 3/15-3/16. Sam’s Town Live, 702-456-7777. UNLV BASEBALL CSUN 3/19. UNR 3/22-3/24. UC Riverside 3/27. New Mexico 3/29-3/31. Earl E. Wilson Stadium, 702-739-3267. UNLV SOFTBALL Boise State 3/15-3/17. Eller Media Stadium, 702-739-3267. VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS Edmonton 3/17. Winnipeg 3/21. Detroit 3/23. Minnesota 3/29. T-Mobile Arena, 702-692-1600. WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT Thru 3/16. Orleans Arena, 702-365-7469.
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STEP TO NOW’S THE TIME TO FIND THE BEST MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL BETTING VALUES BY CASE KEEFER
ports bettors are spoiled at the moment with a variety of games to bet on every day in local casinos. It’s not going to stay that way. March Madness will feel like it wraps up as soon as it starts, and the NBA and NHL playoffs conclude to usher in the annual gambling dry spell. Plan accordingly and don’t get drawn into trying to beat Major League Baseball on a daily basis in June, July and August. The best baseball betting opportunities are available now, with the preseason markets softer than the in-season lines on games. Coming off three straight winning years, here are our annual Major League Baseball win-total best bets, along with a couple of bonus World Series future selections.
St. Louis Cardinals
over 88 wins
under 86.5 wins
under 84.5 wins
over 75.5 wins
Offseason trade acquisition Paul Goldschmidt is the perfect talisman for his new team. The former Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman and perennial All-Star does everything well, just like the Cardinals. They appear to be the only team in the National League Central with no discernible weaknesses. The knock against St. Louis might be that they’re similarly lacking any overpowering strengths, but that shouldn’t be much of a problem in a mediocre division. St. Louis might additionally be worth a bet at plus-225 (risking $1 to win $2.25) to win the NL Central.
Yes, the Brewers came within a game of reaching the World Series in October, but it was a season in which everything broke right and they peaked going into the playoffs. Those types of campaigns rarely repeat. Some slight regression could be in store for outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain, each of whom had career years, and though Milwaukee will still field a potent offense, its real problem comes on the pitching mound. The Brewers’ starting rotation doesn’t merit the team being priced as one of the top National League contenders.
The Rockies’ plus-35 run differential this past season indicated they should have won 85 games. Instead, they notched 91 victories and nearly knocked off the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first division pennant in franchise history. It was the sort of overperformance that tends to even out over time, a process that should be accelerated with a lesser roster this season. The Rockies lost standout second baseman DJ LeMahieu and go-to reliever Adam Ottavino to the Yankees and are no longer one of the younger teams in the league, with half the starting lineup in their mid-30s. A lot is working against Colorado.
An exodus of well-known players often causes an overreaction in the betting market. That appears to be what’s happening with the Diamondbacks after they lost Goldschmidt, outfielder A.J. Pollock and starting pitcher Patrick Corbin in free agency. They’re much less exciting without the stars but still solid up and down the roster with a strong rotation anchored by veteran Zack Greinke. It’s no surprise that Arizona’s win total is the farthest removed from preseason analytic forecasts, which peg it closer to a .500 team at 81-81.
THE PLATE Tampa Bay Rays under 84.5 wins It’s easy to be wooed by the sight of a young team with a high ceiling, but it can also be dangerous. Talent doesn’t guarantee a step forward, as it can easily go the other way while players work through growing pains. There’s not a lot of room for error for Tampa Bay in the American League East. Both the Red Sox and Yankees won at least 100 games last year, and there’s no reason to call for either of them to experience significant downturns. It would be more likely to see the Rays fall from their 90-win perch after not making any upgrades in the offseason.
Paul Goldschmidt (Jeff Roberson/AP), Lorenzo Cain (Morry Gash/AP), Zack Greinke (Elaine Thompson/AP)
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Bets to win the World Series
under 84 wins
over 71.5 wins
Yankees and Astros at 6-to-1
Fading the most popularly bet sleeper is traditionally a winning strategy in the preseason. The Twins appear to fit the role, as their odds to win the World Series and American League have been sliced in half— from 60- and 30-to-1, respectively, to 25- and 12-to-1—and an extra victory has been added to their win total. Bettors seem starved to anoint a team as a threat to the Indians in the American League Central, but Cleveland has no equal. Minnesota was fortunate to win 78 games this past year and is unlikely to get much higher this season.
Here’s the ideal situation to back a young team—when they’re at their lowest asking price. The new-look Mariners might bottom out, but it’s just as feasible they’ll jell and exceed expectations. The most likely scenario falls somewhere in the middle with Seattle posting a mid-70s win total. The Mariners’ range of possibilities is wide, but most of them are above this extremely low number. The lineup is inexperienced, but Seattle has a more veteran starting pitching staff, which should experience positive injury regression after being decimated last season.
Going with the two favorites isn’t the least bit bold, but that’s where the value rests this year. (Last year’s World Series participants, the Red Sox and Dodgers, are both 7-to-1, in case you’re wondering.) Gamblers are so enamored of the chance at a high payout in the futures that they’ve neglected the teams at the top of the board and left them at a higher-than-merited price. Locking in the two best teams in the league at 6-to-1 apiece is highly appealing and virtually guaranteed to look like a bargain by the time the playoffs start this fall.
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Truth Spot By Miranda Willson | Weekly staff
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Zoning guidelines threaten Historic West Side venue’s open mic night n a small, sparse and colorfully decorated room, approximately 50 people sit on folding chairs and couches, their attention fixed on a small stage. Performers command the platform for a few minutes to share an original song, poem or multimedia performance, addressing themes including love, work, wealth and race. It’s Sunday, February 24 at the Truth Spot, a community space at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Jimmy Avenue. Host Darelle Davis, a Las-Vegas based spoken word poet who goes by the name Rell Da Truth, introduces each performer with their name and a fun fact about them. Judges stand on the sidelines, determining which performer will win that evening’s open-mic night competition and $200 cash prize. But Davis makes sure every act is followed by enthusiastic applause. “Give it up one more time for Black Fairy!” Davis says after a contestant finishes a soulful singing performance. With no bar, no smoke and no dancing, the scene at the Historic West Side venue is a far cry from Las Vegas’ many nightclubs. But under the city’s zoning laws, the Truth Spot is classified as a nightclub and lacks the necessary per-
mits and zoning requirements to conduct its activities. “If you’re doing live entertainment as your primary focus, whether that’s a poetry slam or open-mic night, if that’s your primary activity, that is a nightclub by our code, whether there’s dancing or not,” explained the city’s planning director, Robert Summerfield. The Truth Spot’s proximity to several churches makes it ineligible for nightclub designation, Summerfield said, especially if it were to serve alcoholic beverages. But the business, which has a temporary banquet facility license, might be eligible for a waiver to continue holding some public events at the location. “Depending on the extent [of] what they’re trying to do, there may be some avenues that would allow them to request a waiver, versus other avenues that aren’t waiver-able,” Summerfield said. Davis, who founded the Truth Spot and will meet with the city this month to discuss the issue, said he hopes officials will understand the intention of the Truth Spot. “I’m not trying to do anything illegal, just an opportunity for people to share their truth and a safe place to go,” he said. Davis started the Truth Spot four years
ago as a pop-up for open-mic nights and slam poetry competitions in the Las Vegas area. In June 2017, he opened his current location on the Historic West Side, a longtime African-American neighborhood, hoping to counter perceptions of gang activity in the area. “I want [everyone] to know there’s more to that side of town,” Davis said. Reese Darko, who performed at the venue February 24, said the Truth Spot attracts artists who aren’t afraid to be emotionally vulnerable and authentic in their performances. She also noted its community-oriented, accessible approach; anyone is welcome to perform or attend events, and the space charges a suggested donation of $5. “I feel like they really stand up for the black community, but they accept and welcome with open arms all walks of life,” Darko, 29, said. Bqqmbiggi3 (pronounced “Boombiggie), a ’90s rap-inspired hip-hop artist, began his performance that evening by reciting the serenity prayer: “Give me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” Continued on Page 60
Darelle Davis, aka Rell Da Truth, announces the next act during an open-mic night at the Truth Spot on February 24. (Miranda Alam/Staff)
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Ladykilla performs during an open mic night at the Truth Spot on February 24. (Miranda Alam/Staff)
“So many people are just looking for some level of home, some level of comfort, some level to be like, ‘You know what, this is my place.’ That’s really what the Truth Spot has become. — Ashley Vargas, co-founder of the Truth Collective
if you go The Truth Spot: Spit Your Truth open-mic night March 20 1830 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. #108 On Facebook: The Truth Spot LV
Continued from Page 59 He then broke into “ITS Thym3,” a song that describes the narrator’s efforts not to get caught up worrying about certain things in life and to stay focused: “My mother told me I can grow up to be brave/Talk to God, tell him show me the way/Took the time just to work on me/Now all the problems I’m having just rolling away,” he rapped. Bqqmbiggi3, whose real name is Terry Robinson, said it was his first time at the Truth Spot, but that he will “definitely” be coming back. “I honestly think that it’s a great opportunity to display your talents, and when you put a wager on it, it makes you want to come with your best,” said the 30-year-old Las Vegas resident. In addition to events for adults, the Truth Spot provides opportunities for youths to share poetry. A related initiative called the Truth Collective is organizing the first official youth poetry
slam team in Las Vegas, said Ashley Vargas, co-founder of the Truth Collective. The team is made up of students from Equipo Academy. These youth poets, along with other students, shared their work, which touched on topics including the October 1 shooting, love and sex, family, abuse, mental health, suicide and racism at a competition February 8 at Equipo. Marisol Diaz broke down in tears after delivering a heartfelt tribute to her mom: “Dad changed his ways, he tried to be better/He’s always been there for us, holding our weight like a feather/But my mom is much stronger, she holds us like air/And that’s why he loves her.” Diaz, along with four other students and one alternate, will compete at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in July. The newly formed youth team will begin practicing next week, with the guidance of Davis and Vargas.
Vargas emphasized that having a home base for the Truth Spot and the Truth Collective’s activities on the West Side is crucial for helping artists of all levels, backgrounds and ages achieve their potential. She described the Historic West Side as underserved when it comes to public transportation, underscoring the importance of keeping the Truth Spot in its current location. “There is a tremendous lack of safe artistic venues that welcome everyone,” she said. “We’re talking about people regardless of their [color], gender, regardless of their preferences.” Davis and Vargas hope they can find a solution with the city so the Truth Spot can continue to serve the neighborhood. “So many people are just looking for some level of home, some level of comfort, some level to be like, ‘You know what, this is my place,’ ” Vargas said. “That’s really what the Truth Spot has become. We just want to make sure it stays that way.”
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Hundreds of millions of dollars pouring into meeting-space projects
BY BRYAN HORWATH VEGAS INC STAFF
he Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s massive $935 million expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center has been well-documented, but it’s not the only event-space project around town. Other high-profile efforts along the Strip have been popping up. One of the most notable is MGM Resorts International’s MGM Grand Conference Center, a $130 million effort that added 250,000 square feet to what was already a 600,000-square-foot facility. MGM officials announced its completion in late February. “With our expansion, we provide our convention customers an enhanced meeting experience with options,” said Ernest Stovall, vice president of sales for MGM Grand. “I’m proud that many of our clients consider MGM Grand their home in Las Vegas, and I look forward to sharing our new look and feel.” Features include an open-air courtyard, four main ballrooms—including the nearly 47,000-square-foot Chairman’s Ballroom—and four additional “junior” ballrooms. Other MGM properties, including Mandalay Bay, Aria and Park MGM, have also had meeting-space expansions in recent years. In fact, the Mandalay Bay Convention Center—which expanded by 350,000 square feet to a total of about 2 million square feet in 2015—is one of the largest meeting and exhibit facilities in the country. It’s all part of an aggressive effort by MGM to further penetrate the events business. “The interest in Las Vegas, and specifically MGM Resorts destinations, has been tremendous,” said Michael Dominguez, chief sales officer for MGM Resorts. “The increased demand for space compelled us to develop more robust and creative meeting options throughout our portfolio, including the new of-
ferings at MGM Grand.” Not to be outdone, Wynn Resorts is adding a 400,000-square-foot exhibit hall, and Caesars Entertainment Corp. is working on a $375 million conference facility near the Linq, called Caesars Forum. “We’ve seen strong demand from meeting planners looking for the high-touch service and personalized meeting experiences that we’re known for,” said Chris Flatt, executive vice president for hotel sales and marketing at Wynn Las Vegas. “Our convention expansion will allow us to reach a new level of guest experience through the combination of the latest technology, exquisite decor and stunning views of our golf course. Flatt said the company has had positive responses from planners who have previewed the convention space. It’s expected to open late this year or in early 2020.
Expected to be finished next year, Caesars Forum will feature a total of 550,000 square feet of space with two 110,000-square-foot ballrooms. According to the company, they will be the two largest pillar-less ballrooms on the planet. More than 500,000 room nights have already been booked for the under-construction facility, along with $150 million worth of conferences, according to Caesars. “Caesars Forum redefines meetings and events offerings in Las Vegas,” said Lisa Messina, Caesars Entertainment’s vice president of sales. “It will ultimately be a gateway to the brand’s unmatched network of exclusive features that our guests and groups have come to expect.” When complete, Caesars Forum will provide access via skywalk to the Linq and Harrah’s Las Vegas. It will also feature a large outdoor plaza for events ranging from concerts to private cocktail parties. As for the LVCVA and its 1.4 million-square-foot expansion construction—which will include an additional 600,000 square feet of exhibition space and is expected to be finished early in 2021—the goal is remain the top destination when it comes to convention offerings. For 24 years, Las Vegas has reigned as Trade Show News Network’s top trade show destination. According to the network, Las Vegas hosted 47 trade show events in 2017, nearly double that of its nearest competitor, Orlando, Florida. LVCVA CEO Steve Hill wants to make sure it stays that way. At a recent real estate talk, Hill said that it’s important that an oversight committee—appointed by former Gov. Brian Sandoval in 2017—is made up largely of gaming industry executives, a segment that has a lot of experience in attracting groups. While certain gaming firm properties might in some ways compete with the Las Vegas Convention Center, Hill said the arrangement has worked well. “The gaming industry wanted to make sure that their expertise in building facilities of this size was lent to the project,” Hill said. “It’s a very talented group of people, and they’ve been remarkably helpful.”
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vices received a $16.7 million victims of crime grant through the Department of Justice antiterrorism and emergency assistance program. The grant will provide reimbursement to Clark County and agencies that responded to the October 1 shooting with victim-related assistance. The grant will also fund the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center, victim and first responder support services and the state VOCA compensation program for Route 91 victim claims.
Multiple area businesses were recognized for their efforts to recruit, employ and retain veterans. Receiving a 2018 Gold Hire Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award are the Cosmopolitan, American Veteran Solutions, BDIntegration and HazAir.
CURE Media Group, a resource for cancer updates, research and education, honored people who have made a significant difference in the field of rare blood cancers known as myeloproliferative neoplasms, including Las Vegas local Richard French. French, a broadcast professional whose daughter Amber was diagnosed with an MPN in 2003, created a public service announcement that highlighted information on MPNs on a national scale.
The Nevada Department of Conservation & Natural Resources’ Division of Environmental Protection’s recycling program awarded $11,690 to expand the Desert Research Institute’s Science Alive program in Henderson. Featured in the program are Waste Warriors Green Boxes that expose students in grades 3-5 to science and research focused on litter and waste issues. The funding comes from the Solid Waste Management account that receives $1 per tire for each retail tire sold in Nevada. The UNLV School of Community Health Sciences, in collaboration with the Nevada Medical Center, received $100,000 from Hearst Foundations. The money will help establish an evidence-based, suicide-prevention curriculum for eighth- and ninth-grade students in Clark County. The State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Division of Child and Family Ser-
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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover,” wrote author James Baldwin. “If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see.” Adopt that mission during the coming weeks. With tenderness and care, help those you care about to become aware of what they’ve been missing—and ask for the same from them toward you. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Our early ancestors were able to get food by hunting. They couldn’t run as fast as the animals they chased. But they had a distinct advantage: They could keep moving relentlessly until their prey grew exhausted. Adopt this theme in the coming months. You won’t need to be extra fast, ferocious or clever to get what you want. All you have to do is be persistent, dogged and disciplined. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Brooke (Wompsi’kuk Skeesucks) is a Native American woman of the Mohegan tribe. According to her, “Children receive names that are descriptive. They may be given new names at adolescence, and again as they go through life according to what their experiences and accomplishments are.” If you have been thinking about transforming the way you express yourself, you might want to consider such a shift. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): For many of us, smell is our most neglected sense. We see, hear, taste and feel with vividness and eagerness but allow our olfactory powers to go underused. There is subtle information you can obtain that will come your way only with the help of your nose. Trust the guidance provided by scent. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Essayist Nassim Nicholas Taleb says humans come in three types. Those who are fragile work hard to shield themselves from life’s messiness. The downside? They are deprived of experiences that might spur them to grow smarter. Taleb believes robust people are firm in the face of messiness. They remain who they are even when they’re disrupted. The potential problem? They might be too strong to surrender to necessary transformations. The third type— antifragile—engages with the messiness and uses it as motivation to become more creative and resilient. The downside? None. Adopt the antifragile approach in the coming weeks. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In 2013, NASA managed to place its MAVEN spacecraft into orbit around Mars. The cost of the mission was $671 million. Soon thereafter, the Indian government put its own vehicle, the Mangalyaan, into orbit around the Red Planet. It spent $74 million. As you plan your own big project, emulate the Mangalyaan rather than the MAVEN. You can do great things on a relatively modest budget.
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