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SUPERGUIDE

Your daily events planner, starring Jack Harlow, Travis Scott, Keith Urban, Johnny Mathis, the Chainsmokers and more.

NEWS

Parking problems have sprung up all across the Valley, which means Vegas is becoming more of a typical city. It's time for solutions.

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WEEKLY Q&A

Bill Burr has his favorite Vegas spots just like everybody else, but his top priority is bringing the funny to Dolby Live.

Michael Mina has helped define Las Vegas cuisine for 25 years and still has plenty more to share from his kitchen.

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Local favorite Vesta Coffee is going big with its pastry program as it expands to the new Durango resort.

Formula 1 is finally back on the Strip, bigger, bolder and faster than ever before.

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FORMULA 1 LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX Illustration by Ian Racoma

A view of the starting grid and grandstands from the top of the Las Vegas Grand Prix paddock. (Brian Ramos/Staff)

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JACK HARLOW 9 p.m., the Chelsea, cosmopolitan lasvegas.com. TRAVIS SCOTT 10 p.m., Zouk Nightclub, zoukgrouplv. com.

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BOXING: STEVENSON VS. DE LOS SANTOS 2:40 p.m., T-Mobile Arena, axs.com.

HUMAN NATURE 6:30 p.m., South Point Showroom, ticketmaster. com. UNLV WIND ORCHESTRA: JOE’S TANGO & FIVE CITIES 7:30 p.m., Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, unlv.edu.

RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS 7 p.m., Backstage Bar & Billiards, seetickets.us.

STEVE AOKI 10:30 p.m., Omnia Nightclub, events.taogroup. com.

AUTHOR KIM FOSTER 7:30 p.m., Beverly Rogers Building, blackmountaininstitute.org.

NIKKI MANOS 9 p.m., Artifice, artificebarlv.com.

RADIO XX With Neon Knights, 8 p.m., the Barbershop, barbershoplv. com.

FAT JOE 10:30 p.m., Hakkasan Nightclub, events. taogroup.com.

THE CHAINSMOKERS 10:30 p.m., XS Nightclub, wynnsocial.com. MOLLIE DE MENTHE: A NIGHT OF BURLESQUE 9 p.m., Vegas Stand Up & Rock, vegasstandupandrock. com.

FRICTION With Bushido Brown & Red, Blacklab, 10 p.m., Discopussy, seetickets.us. WILL SPARKS With Huerta, Skunkz, 10 p.m., We All Scream, seetickets.us.


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FRIDAY 17 CONTINENTAL TIRE MAIN EVENT BASKETBALL 6:30 p.m. (& 11/19, 4:30 p.m.), T-Mobile Arena, axs.com.

CHRIS LORENZO With Joshwa, Vnssa, Coco & Breezy, Isaac Civil, 7 p.m., Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, see tickets.us. UNLV MADRIGAL INVITATIONAL FESTIVAL 2:30 p.m., Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, unlv.edu.

MALAA With Devault, Goodboys, 9 p.m., the A-Lot at Area15, area15.com. LITTLE MISS NASTY 8 p.m., the Usual Place, eventbrite.com. KEITH URBAN 6:30 p.m., & 11/18, Bakkt Theater, ticket master.com. WORLD OF GROOVES 6 p.m., Desert Valley Gallery, eventbrite.com.

THE JIGGLE ROOM 8:30 & 11 p.m., Cheapshot, thejiggleroom.com. ROD STEWART 6:30 p.m., & 11/18, 11/22, the Colosseum, ticketmaster. com. HENDERSON SILVER KNIGHTS VS. ABBOTSFORD CANUCKS 7 p.m. (& 11/18, 3 p.m.), Dollar Loan Center, axs.com. INDECENT 7 p.m., & 11/18, 11/20 (& 11/19, 2 p.m.), Super Summer Theatre Studios, apublicfit. org.

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA 10:30 p.m., XS Nightclub, wynn social.com. ZEDD & DJ SNAKE 10 p.m., Zouk Nightclub, zouk grouplv.com. GARY PUCKETT & THE UNION GAP Thru 11/19, 7:30 p.m., South Point Showroom, ticketmaster.com. JACK BEATS With Qlank, 10 p.m., Disco pussy, tixr.com.

CHRIS TURNER If you missed boyish British comedian and freestyle rapper (!) Chris Turner when he helped open Cirque du Soleil’s energetic Mad Apple at New York-New York on the Las Vegas Strip, he’s coming Downtown for four weekend shows at Wiseguys. Truth be told, Turner’s one-of-a-kind improvisational talents felt a bit out of place in the Cirque version of a variety show, but that’s mostly due to the fact that his performance requires quite a bit of space and demands the spotlight. He interacts with the audience with friendly and funny banter that builds up to a completely spontaneous rap, creativity that you simply cannot believe came from this person. At Wiseguys, it’ll be an even wilder back-and-forth between artist and audience. 7 & 9:30 p.m., & 11/18, $20, Wiseguys Arts District, wiseguys comedy.com. –Brock Radke

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PAUL OAKENFOLD 9 p.m., Inspire, inspirelasvegas. com.

BILL BURR 10 p.m., Dolby Live, ticketmaster. com.

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ROCKIN’ CHRISTMAS Thru 12/31, times vary, M Resort, themresort.com. (Courtesy/Arizona Photography)

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DOM DOLLA & PURPLE DISCO MACHINE Noon, Encore Beach Club, wynnsocial.com.

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MARSHMELLO & TYGA 11 a.m., Encore Beach Club, wynnsocial.com. MARTIN GARRIX 11 a.m., Marquee Dayclub, events. taogroup.com.

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JOHNNY MATHIS 7:30 p.m., Reynolds Hall, thesmithcenter.com.

HAPPY DAYS “Oh this is a happy day.” That’s a frequent refrain of Winnie, the main character in Irish playwright Samuel Beckett’s 1961 play Happy Days, and it begs to be challenged. I mean, how happy can she be when her body is partially buried in a mound of soil throughout the entire play? What is happiness? Existential questions abound in this surreal tragicomedy starring Kymberly Luke Mellen and directed by Nevada Conservatory Theatre’s Stefano “Stebos” Boselli. The thought-provoking story will play out against the familiar backdrop of the Las Vegas Strip. Thru 11/19, times vary, $40, UNLV Black Box Theatre, theatre.vegas. –Shannon Miller

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UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VS. NEW HAMPSHIRE 2 p.m., Cox Pavilion, unlvtickets.com.

FUTURE’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION With Metro Boomin, 11 p.m., Theater at Virgin, axs.com. BIG BOUNCE AMERICA Thru 11/26, times vary, Craig Ranch Park, thebigbounce america.com. CALVIN HARRIS With Diplo, Dom Dolla, 10 p.m., XS Nightclub, wynn social.com.

TIËSTO 10 p.m., Zouk Nightclub, zoukgrouplv.com. MIKALAH GORDON 9 p.m., Easy’s Lounge, easysvegas.com. LIL JON 10:30 p.m., Tao Nightclub, events.taogroup. com. ALESSO 10:30 p.m., Omnia Nightclub, events. taogroup.com.

DAMAGE INC With City of Evil, 8 p.m., Count’s Vamp’d, vampdvegas.com. CERA GIBSON With Stereo Ranger, 7 p.m., Backstage Bar & Billiards, seetickets.us. CRUSY 11:30 p.m., Club Ego, events. clubegolv.com. KORMAK With Aravi, 530, Blk&Wht, 10 p.m., Discopussy, tixr.com.

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URBAN HEAT 8 p.m., Backstage Bar & Billiards, seetickets.us.

GOSPEL BRUNCH 10 a.m., House of Blues, tickemaster. com.

DIRTY HONEY With Austin Meade, 7:30 p.m., Sand Dollar Downtown, plazatix. com.

RÜFÜS DU SOL & BLACK COFFEE 10 p.m., XS Nightclub, wynnsocial. com.

THE ATOM AGE With The Shakewells, Cromm Fallon and the P200, 8 p.m., the Griffin, eventbrite. com.

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G LEAGUE IGNITE VS. SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS The Las Vegas Valley officially has too many sports teams of which to keep track, because you completely forgot about the NBA G League development squad Ignite, which tipped off another season at Dollar Loan Center last week and returns to Green Valley for a Sunday afternoon game. Seven top prospects for the 2024 NBA Draft are running the floor for the local squad, including Izan Almansa, Matas Buzelis and Thierry Darlan. And equally exciting: This is your best bet to see some live sports while going nowhere near the Strip this weekend. 2 p.m., $10-$175, Dollar Loan Center, axs.com. –Brock Radke

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MICHAEL ORLAND & FRIENDS 7 p.m., Myron’s, thesmithcenter.com.

JOE SOUL 9 p.m., Easy’s Lounge, easysvegas.com. TRACI SKENE With Butch Bradley, Daphnique Springs, Leo Flowers, Sophie Buddle, 7 & 9:30 p.m., Comedy Cellar, ticketmaster.com. FILM: DOWNWIND 6 p.m., Beverly Theater, thebeverlytheater. com. MIKE ATTACK 10:30 p.m., Jewel Nightclub, events. taogroup.com.

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MONDAYS DARK 8 p.m., the Space, mondaysdark.com.


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JOHN CAPARULO 9:30 p.m., Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club, ticketmaster. com.

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UNLV SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: BRAHMS & HAVRYLETS 7:30 p.m., Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, unlv.edu.

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CHRISTINE SHEBECK 7 p.m., Myron’s, thesmithcenter. com.

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DJ SHIFT 10:30 p.m., Omnia Nightclub, events. taogroup.com.

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USHER 9 p.m., Dolby Live, ticketmaster.com. WINTER WONDERLAND Thru 1/1, times vary, Mystic Falls at Sam’s Town, samstownlv.com.

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SHAGGY 8 p.m., Fremont Street Experience, vegasexperience. com.

THE DELTA BOMBERS 6 p.m., the Usual Place, eventbrite. com.

GLASS PETALS 10 p.m., Discopussy, tixr.com.

TWO FRIENDS 10:30 p.m., XS Nightclub, wynnsocial.com.

SUPERGUIDE

DAVID SEDARIS 7:30 p.m., Reynolds Hall, thesmithcenter. com.

FILM: DELICATESSEN There may be no better way to prepare for Thanksgiving than with this dark comedy from 1991, directed by the mad geniuses who would later give us the stone 1995 classic The City of Lost Children. JeanPierre Jeunet and Marc Caro’s French-language cult classic Delicatessen follows an out-of-work circus clown (played by Dominque Pinion, who also costarred in Lost Children and Jeunet’s splendid Amelie) into a post-apocalyptic nightmare world of cannibalism, radicalized vegetarianism and … young romance? At the very least, you’ll enjoy the film’s inventive visuals and set design, both of which nod to Terry Gilliam’s best work without copying it. But more likely, this weird, wonderful movie will take up rent-free residence in your head and keep you company through an even weirder family dinner. 9 p.m., $10, Beverly Theater, thebeverlytheater.com. –Geoff Carter



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At home in Las Vegas, Michael Mina is ready to showcase his culinary roots

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W E E K L Y BY BROCK RADKE Michael Mina is inarguably one of the quintessential chefs of Las Vegas. His first Strip endeavor was Aqua, the spectacular seafood restaurant transplanted from San Francisco that opened with Bellagio in 1998 and eventually transformed into today’s eponymous eatery. Since then, he’s created the Mina Group and its impressive national portfolio, including current Las Vegas highlights Bardot Brasserie, International Smoke and Stripsteak. Mina has been a full-time Vegas resident for a little over three years now after essentially creating a new headquarters for his team in Southern Nevada. “Everybody wanted to come to Las Vegas,” he says. “It just made a lot of sense, and I’ve always loved it here. And after you move here, you realize you can travel less because everyone you’re on the phone with knows you’re in Las Vegas and they say, ‘Oh, we’ll come to you.’” It also makes it easier for Mina and company to open the doors at two new Strip restaurants, Orla at Mandalay Bay and Bourbon Steak at Four Seasons, both of which should be serving it up before the Super Bowl. You were part of a very special dinner event last month celebrating the 25th year of Bellagio. What was that experience like for you? It was breathtaking, just like Bellagio has been for 25 years. The event and the whole weekend were amazing, just being together with [chefs] Jean-Georges [Vongerichten] and Julian [Serrano] … It was one of those moments in your career that you knew, when they happened, that they were special, and then you get to sit back and have them as memories. I knew then Bellagio would have the biggest effect on my

career and now I have so many amazing memories. Bellagio didn’t just change Las Vegas, it changed the world and the whole face of gaming in a lot of ways. The food and beverage had a lot to do with that, the way it elevated food in casinos. All of a sudden, other hotels said, “We really need to partner with chefs as well,” and a lot of that started in Las Vegas because of Bellagio. It’s been great for us as chefs and great for the industry. And then my restaurant, Michael Mina, which started as Aqua—to be able to walk your parents into Bellagio and have your name on the restaurant, that’s really special. You did some early consulting on some offStrip restaurant projects in recent years, but are there any plans to expand with a Mina Group venue out in the neighborhoods? We’ve definitely thought about it as we’ve lived here longer and started to say to each other, “Maybe we should do something in our neighborhood.” But right now we’re just focused on the two openings on the Strip and highlighting everything we have

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Q & A now in Las Vegas. Anyone who is a fan of your restaurants is super excited about Orla. How did this concept come together? I have always loved this cuisine. I’m Egyptian; my father is from Alexandria and my mother is from Cairo. Growing up, I ate a lot of food I thought was Middle Eastern that was actually Greek. There are a lot of crossover dishes that are almost identical, just different spices, and they have one name in the Middle East and another name in Greece. I have always been extremely passionate about Mediterranean food but earlier in my career, I never did it, because the timing wasn’t right and I didn’t want to be labeled. The first time I really was able to even put my toes in the water was at Seablue [formerly at MGM Grand] and we had a really fun time with that restaurant. After that, I started working more and more in creating this concept that takes from my roots and traditions, a little bit of my journey, and being able to modernize it and put my influence on certain dishes. It all evolved and then before the pandemic, at Michael Mina

Hamachi nori tacos at Mina’s StripSteak at Mandalay Bay (Courtesy/MGM Resorts International)

San Francisco, we did a highend version of this as a tasting menu, and that was so much fun. … Ultimately MGM came to me and said, “Do you have an interest in this space?” and it was exactly what I’ve been waiting for and wanting to do. Mediterranean food is definitely having a moment. How will the Orla experience distinguish itself? I think when you start to introduce the spices in this cuisine, there’s a certain feel that goes along with that, about sharing. That informed the way the room is designed, the vibe you want and everything else. For us it’s being able to say we’re really bringing this to life, putting that approachability into the food but doing it with amazing product, amazing technique, spices from all around the world, a restaurant with high energy. The menu lays out around 20 mezzes so it’s very shareable, then you have a pasta, grain and rice section, then the fish market and wood charcoal-grilled meats, and then all the sides and some really fun, Middle Eastern desserts. You’re also going to be opening Bourbon Steak at the former Charlie Palmer Steak space. We have Bourbon Steaks in other premier cities and this will be the first one for us in Vegas, and the first Bourbon Steak supper club. I’ve always loved that space for its accessibility, coming off the Strip and pulling up to the Four Seasons, how it’s private, and it’s a restaurant that attracts locals. We’re creating a menu that moves Bourbon Steak forward and it’ll have great live music, a really good atmosphere with a lot of layers, indoor and outdoor, and beautiful tableside presentations so we can do some fun, theatrical stuff.

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What to know about Formula 1 racing as its growth in America continues with the long-awaited Las Vegas Grand Prix

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BY CASE KEEFER Formula 1, or F1 as it’s better known, is the most popular motorsports series in the world— even though boiling it down to a “motorsports series” might be underselling the annual auto racing competition. Success in an event like the Las Vegas Grand Prix on November 18 requires far more than just racing, as engineering, development and applied data science play just as large a role as driving ability, if not larger. To capture either a checkered flag in one of 23 individual “rounds,” i.e. races, on the schedule or the coveted Drivers Championship Trophy for the

season, racers need their teams to construct the highest-level cars for them to operate. And at least the top-ranked of the 10 total teams representing 20 full-time drivers spare no expense to ensure that happens. Teams like Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari were reportedly spending more than $400 million per car before F1 implemented a “cost cap” of $145 million ahead of the 2021 season in an attempt to level the playing field. The cap is down to $138.6 million in 2023, but its effectiveness has been debatable. Red Bull already breached the cap in

2022—paying a $7 million fine— and overall parity has been more nonexistent than ever before. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen set an F1 record with 15 race wins in 2022, and has already topped it with 17 victories this year. The Las Vegas Grand Prix is the penultimate F1 race of the year, and betting odds paint it as unlikely that anyone tops the 26-year-old Verstappen either here or in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 26. Verstappen might be in the midst of the most dominant stretch in F1 history, but the sport has traditionally been topheavy since its formation with a unified set of rules in 1946 and first full season in 1950. Before Verstappen’s three-year run as the champion, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton had won the titles in six of seven seasons. Hamilton’s seven total Driver’s Championships is tied with Michael Schumacher, who most famously raced for Ferrari from 1996-2006, for the most all-time titles. F1 is taking some steps to try to create more contenders, but it’s not nearly as much of a focus as it is for other racing leagues like the American-based NASCAR, the second-biggest motorsports competition in the world. NASCAR employs stock cars not unlike ones available to consumers from manufacturers Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota that are designed to stay close and pass each other during a race schedule predominantly taking place on oval tracks. Passing is much more difficult with single-seat, open-wheel F1 cars, especially for the lead, and the appeal rests more in witnessing the ingenuity of the ultra-fast vehicles in some of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s a draw that never fully took root in the United States, which until recently showed far less interest in F1 than international

markets had. A Netflix documentary reality series, Formula 1: Drive to Survive, is credited with F1’s suddenly surging success stateside after its 2019 debut. Drive to Survive is now renewed for a sixth season, showcasing stars like Verstappen, Hamilton and fellow mainstays such as Sergio Pérez and Carlos Sainz Jr. The booming interest domestically led to F1 signing a threeyear, $255 million media rights deal with ESPN before the 2022 season. Liberty Media, which purchased F1 for $4.4 billion in 2016, reported $400 million in construction costs ahead of the first Las Vegas Grand Prix. F1 has a standard to uphold in keeping the local race as grandiose as its other spectacles such as its flagship event, the Monaco Grand Prix. Monaco and Las Vegas are similar in that they’re both street races, but the latter is expected to be contested at much higher speeds. F1 and Las Vegas naturally wanted to showcase the most visually striking aspects of the city, and that’s resulted in the longest straight on the series schedule down Las Vegas Boulevard from Venetian to the Cosmopolitan. Speeds are expected to reach 212 miles per hour during that stretch, and should average around 147 miles per hour for the 17-turn track as a whole. That’s not quite as high of an average as F1’s fastest races, in Monza, Italy, and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, but much speedier than most stops on the schedule. Las Vegas and F1 long felt like a natural fit, given both entities’ penchant for glitz and glamour. With the city’s recent ascent into becoming one of the most vibrant sports destinations in the world, a partnership was bound to occur. Like most F1 races, it’s going to be scenic. It’s going to be fast. And Verstappen is in all likelihood going to win.

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Red Bull driver looks to make it 33 wins in last 43 F1 races at Las Vegas Grand Prix BY CASE KEEFER The 2023 F1 season concludes a week after the Las Vegas Grand Prix. In any American-based professional sport, even including more niche and auto racing ones like NASCAR, Las Vegas’ late-season placement on the schedule would inherently mean significant drama in the championship race. But that’s not how F1 works. The racing series is more set up like international soccer leagues in that there are no playoffs or postseason. At the beginning of each year, there’s a schedule and a points system—headlined by the winner of each individual race earning the highest 25 points with descending totals all the way down to 10th place. If someone accumulates enough points before the end of the season, he clinches the Drivers Championship. Dutch phenom Max Verstappen wrapped up his third consecutive title more than a month ago this year, in “round” 17 of 23, by winning the Qatar Grand Prix on October 8 and reaching a 500-point mark no other driver could possibly match. In addition to winning 17 of 20 races so far this season, Verstappen has now prevailed in 15 of the last 16 events. He’s already secured his spot as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport,

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OTHER DRIVERS TO WATCH Fernando Alonso ASTON MARTIN

The 42-year-old Spaniard is motorsports royalty, having won a pair of F1 Driver’s Championship in 2005 and 2006 with Renault in addition to back-to-back victories at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in 2018 and 2019.


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telling motorsport.com that the drivers “are there more for show than the racing itself, if you look at the track.” The tone of his comments would be more interesting if the race was going to factor into the crowning of this year’s Drivers Championship. With a 10-year contract to stage the Las Vegas Grand Prix, perhaps that will happen in a future edition. In the meantime, the only stakes for Verstappen in Las Vegas are adding to his already-sterling legacy.

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The 38-year-old, seven-time F1 champion from England had won at least one race in every season for 15 consecutive years until last year when his longtime Mercedes team slipped far below Verstappen’s Red Bull. He’s banked a second place this year, at the Australian Grand Prix, but is still looking for his first win since 2021.

The 23-year-old Englishman hasn’t yet won an F1 race but he’s emerged as the biggest impending threat to Verstappen, especially after finishing second in the Brazilian Grand Prix earlier this month. He’s the second favorite in the Las Vegas Grand Prix betting odds—at 9-to-1 to Verstappen’s -300 (i.e. risking $300 to win $100)—with Verstappen predicting “many battles” in the future.

Just as Verstappen has clinched the Drivers Championship, his teammate Perez has secured second-place on the podium with a pair of wins this season—in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The 33-year-old from Mexico has put together the best season of his 13-year F1 career.

The 29-year-old from Spain was the last man to beat Verstappen, as he took the checkered flag in September at the Singapore Grand Prix for the second win of his career. Long considered one of the best drivers in the world, Sainz shifted the landscape of F1 three years ago by leaving McLaren for Ferrari and is now rumored to be considering another move when his contract expires in 2024.

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and now the only remaining debate is how highly he ranks and how much of his dominance is due to his driving ability. Detractors may suggest that the commitment of Verstappen’s team, Red Bull, to hiring the top developers and engineers is the single biggest factor to his success. There’s still work to be done either way as the best-ever drivers, including Verstappen’s rival Lewis Hamilton, have transcended eras and won titles under different states of F1’s ever-evolving rules. There’s little doubt Verstappen is already near the top, but only time will determine if he has a claim to the description as the greatest of all-time. He’s downplayed the value of the Las Vegas Grand Prix,

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SPEEDING ON THE STRIP According to simulations, average speeds for the Grand Prix should be around 147 mph. The track layout has 17 turns and three long straights, the longest of which stretches 1.2 miles on Las Vegas Boulevard. Here, drivers could reach speeds in excess of 210 mph.

PUSHING WEIGHT The required minimum weight of Formula 1 cars is 1,759 pounds, which includes the driver, dry-weather tires and no fuel. Even though weight is crucial to speed and efficiency, cars are heavier now than ever before due to safety features like the halo crash protection system. Some parts have minimum weight requirements, like the engine, while others do not, including the chassis.

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TOTAL CONTROL The carbon fiber steering wheel contain dozens of buttons, dials and displays drivers use during the race, and they can all make a difference. For example, the scroll knob that can controls the brake balance ensures drivers can find the right balance for every corner, and the drag-reduction system button can open the rear wing and give a temporary 6 to 10 mph boost. There’s even a drink button to pump fluid into the driver’s mouth, crucial hydration considering they lose an average of 5 to 7 pounds of water weight during a race.

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THE POWER UNIT A Formula 1 race car engine is called a power unit because it’s a hybrid of a petrol internal combustion engine and electric motors powered by an energy recovery system (ERS). Its output is around 1,000 bhp and the 1.6-litre turbo V6 engine runs at 15,000 rpm, compared to your car’s highway rpm of around 2,000.

GAS UP F1 cars use commercial fuel compounds and are required to use a minimum of 10% advanced sustainable ethanol. One race might require around 135 liters of fuel, or nearly 36 gallons. Teams spend around $500,000 on fuel for the season.

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F1 vs. NASCAR Las Vegas has seen Formula 1 cars in the past when the Caesars Palace Grand Prix was held in the early 1980s, but technology has come a long way since then. Audiences here and across the country are more familiar with the heavier stock cars of NASCAR races, but those are still based on the cars we all drive around. F1 cars are built from the ground up. NASCAR vehicles are also mostly based on a template, while each F1 car is built independently by the race team. Perhaps the biggest difference between the two types of cars is the engine—it costs around $100,000 to build one NASCAR, where the much more complex F1 version might run up to $10 million.

TOUCHING THE TRACK The slick tires on F1 cars are made of soft compounds for maximum grip under dry conditions but are meant to last only a short time. Pirelli has supplied F1 teams with tires since 2011, changing from 13-inch to 18-inch tires in 2022 as part of widespread changes to regulations.

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BY BROCK RADKE He’s the most famous new Las Vegas resident and he’s got big plans for race weekend. Mark Wahlberg will have some amazing views of the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix from Drai’s Beachclub and Nightclub on the rooftop of the center-Strip Cromwell resort, and for $400, you can too. That was the starting price, at press time, for a single-day pass to the Vista Las Vegas viewing event at Drai’s, in association with the McLaren F1 Racing Team, and it sure doesn’t include a few shots of Wahlberg’s Flecha Azul tequila. Luxury, glamour, flowing Champagne and celebrity-studded parties—these descriptors are equally suited when you’re talking about Formula 1 races or Las Vegas. Now that the two have joined forces, there are too many activations to keep track of, almost all of which come with an oversized price tag. Sports Illustrated and Authentic Brands Group are presenting the Club SI hospitality suite and experience all weekend long on the Strip, with programming including a party hosted by SI swimsuit models Brooks Nader and Nicole Williams English, and a race night celebration where guests can mingle with global sports superstars David Beckham and Shaquille O’Neal. An all-inclusive ticket is only $7,000. Allegiant Stadium will host the Culinary Kickoff on November 16, an ultra-fancy food fest with more than a dozen interactive stations manned by chefs including Todd English and Rick Moonen and appearances by NFL stars Warren Moon, Emmitt Smith and Charles Woodson. Tickets start at around $1,200. Megachef Gordon Ramsay will be hosting and cooking a Trackside Dinner at Hell’s Kitchen Caesars Palace on November 17, preparing a four-course menu and pop-

ping by to tell visitors (who have paid by Dolby Vision. The venue is also $500 per person) how much he loves home to the Winner’s Stage, where F1. Fellow Caesars Entertainment drivers will check in after the race for celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis will interviews and appearances, and the host her own Morning After Trackside Fountain Club will have its own lineup Brunch at her namesake restaurant at of culinary superstars and entertainthe Cromwell on November 19; that ers from the MGM Resorts portfolio. one’s only $250 a head. CNN reported that Bellagio sold out Wynn is teaming up with film prothree-day luxury packages for $12,000 duction company Neon to per person for the Founhost an exclusive screentain Club. ing of Michael Mann’s “We think it’s going For current upcoming film Ferrari on to be an unbeatable Formula 1 Las November 17, but there’s experience,” says Chelsea Vegas Grand Prix spectator no lofty ticket price for Sullivan, head of partticket inforthis one—it’s invitation nership development for mation, visit only. The film stars Adam MGM Resorts. “There’s f1lasvegasgp. Driver, Penélope Cruz nothing more iconic on com/inventory. and Shailene Woodthe Strip than the Belley and it releases on lagio fountains. Even if Christmas Day, but lucky people don’t know Vegas, attendees “can expect an intimate they still picture that moment when and epic viewing experience of one of the fountains go off, so to include that the most anticipated films of the year for race ticket holders to enjoy should at Encore Theater,” Wynn president be very special.” Steve Weitman said in a statement. Bellagio is also hosting a pop-up Certainly one of the most talkFerrari boutique and a Shoey Bar ed-about F1 spectator experiences where guests can purchase limitis the Bellagio Fountain Club, a ed-edition, MGM-branded driving temporary structure on the resort’s shoes and fill them with a special iconic lake fronting the Strip and the drink for a traditional toast, just raceway, where guests can watch the like race winners do on the podium. race via exclusive live feed powered And there are plenty of other fancy

dinners with guest chefs, displays like the Alfa Romeo experience at Aria’s lobby, parties and receptions at other MGM properties. “It’s something we do really well, having so many locations on the Strip, of thinking, how do we make sure our properties feel activated and our guests can move from one to another and have the chance to experience race week across the portfolio,” Sullivan says. “I think all the different resort properties are making sure the city as a whole is embracing this event and elevating it. It’s so unique for Las Vegas and the first of its kind, so we made sure we’re leaning into it.” Other spectator experiences are taking place at the new Chéri Rooftop nightclub at Paris Las Vegas; the East Harmon Zone by Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, which was scheduled to host the opening ceremony November 15 featuring Andra Day, J Balvin, Journey, Keith Urban, Steve Aoki and Thirty Seconds to Mars; the Paddock Club and the Wynn Grid Club at the Pit Building above the race team garages, at Koval and Harmon; the South Koval Zone by Caesars Rewards; the T-Mobile Zone at Sphere; and other grandstands set up throughout the circuit.


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ners to positively impact our community through infrastructure-related improvements, job creation and sustainability initiatives. For example, the Las Vegas Grand Prix will generate an estimated $25 million that will be allocated to local K-12 schools. We have also partnered with the Southern Nevada Water Authority to implement water-saving technology that will help drive toward a net zero water ambition.” Prazer notes that Applied Analysis also anticipates more than 140,000 people will visit for the race, plus an estimated 100 million viewers watching from around the world. There are few events of any kind that have the international following of F1; another is the Super Bowl, famously coming to town in February. Having the eyes of the world focused on Las Vegas this week, and in the last year’s leadup to the Grand Prix, is a marketing victory that “even with our budget, we could not afford to buy,” Hill says. “Certainly Las Vegas has done big events, even if we have not had a place until Allegiant Stadium came long just three years ago to do indoor

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races around the world. “This is the first race Liberty Media and F1 have done [themselves],” he says. “They are learning how to do it while we are learning how to do it.” The learning curve has been more manageable thanks to a team effort between the county, LVCVA and the Strip’s resorts and incomparable hospitality infrastructure. And the titanic effort to get this point is expected to pay off in a big way—local firm Applied Analysis reports the estimated economic impact of the Las Vegas Grand Prix is nearly $1.3 billion, including an anticipated $966 million in visitor spending. The race is expected to employ more than 7,700 people with $361 million in salaries and wages tied to those jobs, including employment beyond the race itself for construction workers, partnering companies and more. “We are incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received from elected officials at the state and local levels and from our various community partners,” says Emily Prazer, chief commercial officer for the Grand Prix. “We’ve worked with our part-

events with 65,000 people. It is somewhat new,” he continues. “But this is going to be the biggest event in the world in 2023. We’ve never taken on anything of this scale.” This pre-Thanksgiving week in November is traditionally one of the slowest times for visitation; now, for the foreseeable future, it should be the best. “This will be the best weekend of the year,” Hill says. “It’s going from 51st to first, and by quite a bit, and we’re going to have a record November as a city because this race is here, and we might have a record quarter because this race is here. It has this big of an impact.” And this is just the first of at least three years F1 will be racing around the Strip. A lot of the inconvenience caused by that hectic construction won’t be back in coming years, since the race infrastructure is in place. And conversations have already begun that could extend the race to a much longer term in Las Vegas. “We look forward to taking learnings from year one and continuing to improve the event for year two and beyond to deliver the best possible experience,” Prazer says. “We look forward to furthering our positive impact on the community and ultimately establishing the Las Vegas Grand Prix as a major hub for Formula 1 in North America in years to come.”

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The starting line may be at the corner of Harmon Avenue and Koval Lane, but when the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix begins there on November 18 at 10 p.m., Las Vegas and Clark County will have already reached the finish line of a different race. “It is actually pretty remarkable what has been accomplished in a very short period of time,” Steve Hill, CEO and president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, tells the Weekly. “We just announced the race on March 30, 2022, so 18 months later, we’re going to have a race, and do it in the middle of one of the most iconic stretches of road in one of the most iconic cities.” The fast-tracked construction surrounding the Las Vegas Strip to create the Pit Building and prepare the track was a major learning experience for all parties involved. Logistically, Hill says, nearly every aspect of this event is new not only to Las Vegas, but to F1, too. Liberty Media Corporation, owners of the racing circuit, partners with different promoters to put on

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Is it really any surprise that Las Vegas Grand Prix can put up some extravagant numbers? F1 has long taken risks, but now the sport has made a big bet—that a race in Vegas will push U.S. interest through the roof. Formula 1, bucking its model of selling hosting fees to promote the race, has sunk over $400 million to build a

home for the sport here. So of course there’s tons of hype. Steve Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, called the race “the biggest event in the world in 2023.” Hyperbole aside, here’s how the numbers stack up.

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weekend. That gets you the Emperor Package from Caesars Entertainment—with five nights in the three- bedroom Sky Villa at the Nobu Hotel. Thanks to the 4,700-square-foot terrace, you can invite 75 friends to watch the race. You’ll also get 12 Paddock Club tickets, a chauffeured Rolls-Royce for the weekend and a private dinner for 12 prepared by famed chef Nobu Matsuhisa.

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Blake Shelton gave NBC’s The Today Show a first look at Ole Red Las Vegas, a four-story venue which officially opens in January on the southeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road. Ole Red Las Vegas will host a hiring event December 4-9 at the Horseshoe. Job candidates can receive free parking with a valid Nevada ID and are encouraged to apply online in advance to secure an interview time and day. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information and to apply, visit rhpcareers.com. -Staff

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR COLLEGE BASEBALL CLASSIC The 2024 Las Vegas Baseball Classic, set for March 1-3 and featuring Oklahoma, Ohio State, Cal-Berkeley and Pittsburgh, will be the first of what is set to be an annual event at Las Vegas Ballpark. The weekend tournament will have two games per day with each team playing the other in a round robin format. Tickets are available at LasVegasCBC.com. Group and hospitality options are available by calling the Las Vegas Aviators at 702-943-7200. -Staff

Team members compete in the mop relay race during the Housekeeping Olympics on November 13 at Michelob Ultra Arena. Team Bellagio won the overall championship. Among the events are bed making, mop relay, johnny mop toss, buffer pad toss, vacuum race and the executive challenge. (Wade Vandervort/Staff)

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CCSD to expand arts school

The Clark County School District is spending close to $4 million on about an acre of property in Downtown Las Vegas to accommodate a construction yard for a planned modernization and expansion project at the historic Las Vegas Academy of the Arts campus. LVA occupies buildings that are up to 90 years old and

operated from 1931 to 1993 as Las Vegas High School; today’s Las Vegas High is located in the east valley on Sahara Avenue off Hollywood Boulevard. The LVA campus is recognizable for its striking art deco main building and gym that are on the National Register of Historic Places. The campus will get a mod-

ern gymnasium; parking garage; administration building; student union with classrooms and lunchroom; black box theater; spaces for dance, drama and music instruction; and a new central plant, which is a hub for physical operating systems. The campus will also get a new courtyard and grass field. -Hillary Davis


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The When We Were Young festival has announced its 2024 lineup to play at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on October 19. Included are headliners Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance, as well as A Day to Remember, Pierce the Veil, Jimmy Eat World and more. The pre-sale begins at 10 a.m. November 17 for those who sign up at whenwewereyoungfestival.com. Tickets for the general public will go on sale at 2 p.m. that day.

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Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Robert Spillane (41) is joined by teammates after he intercepted a pass in the closing minutes to help preserve his team’s 16-12 win against the New York Jets. The Raiders improved to 5-5 to take sole possession of second place in the AFC West division. (Wade Vandervort/Staff)

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why, for example, the Arts District is converting neighborhood lots to surface parking as fast as they’re emptied, and planning to build a municipal parking garage at the northeast corner of Utah Avenue and Casino Center Boulevard. Creating greater capacity for cars is how we’ve always done things. If we think there’s no parking where we’re going, we won’t go there. But Delahanty suggests we look at the website of Parking Reform Network (parkingreform.org), a 501(c)3 advocacy group committed to creating awareness about the effects of parking policy on the climate, affordable housing, social equity and traffic. The site provides maps charting how much space 80 American cities devote to surface lots and garages, and Las Vegas’ score isn’t great: 32% of our Downtown is parking. That’s nearly twice as much area as San Diego or Tucson. Delahanty has a few suggestions, which he admits are a bit radical in nature. Naturally, he’d like to add airport-connected rail transit in the resort corridor, which could reduce the casinos’ need for more and bigger parking structures. (Imagine if the monorail went down the center of the Strip; the incredible views it would provide.) He’d like to see parking mandates abolished: “A lot of cities are lifting those parking mandates, saying, ‘Hey, let’s let the market decide how much parking to provide,’” he says. And he’d like for cities to hit the pause button on new parking garages. “I would always first ask the question, ‘why do you need this?’ When you build structured parking, you’re building something that’s going to be around for, like, 30 years. In 30 years, will we still be operating our transportation system in the same way as we are today, or are there going to be autonomous vehicles that don’t need parking?” In the meantime, we can take one car to Chinatown and Downtown Summerlin, instead of two or three. We can use rideshare services or hop on a bus for perhaps the first time in our lives. And if we think the parking area at our destination might be overwhelmed, we can go somewhere else. We can treat parking like it’s a rarity, like they already do in LA, San Diego and Radiator Springs. “That’s the reality of living in a city,” Delahanty says.

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N O I S E BY AMBER SAMPSON “In LA, you either work at Olive Garden, or you play gigs for other people as musicians,” bassist Justin Smolian says. Judging by the shaggy, shoulder-length hair, the vintage aviators and the comparisons to Guns N’ Roses, Smolian and his band Dirty Honey weren’t made to serve breadsticks. Leading with vocalist Marc LaBelle’s blockbuster range and chugging power chords, this young, Los Angeles-bred rock band—also featuring Jaydon Bean on drums and John Notto on guitar—has chased a dizzying upward trajectory, supporting Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses and the Black Crowes on tour, and becoming the first unsigned band to notch a No. 1 single on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart with 2019’s “When I’m Gone.” Touring behind November’s Can’t Find the Brakes, Dirty Honey is set to play Sand Dollar Downtown on November 19, and the excitement is real. “I love Vegas. It’s a great place to rage, they’ve got good weed, they’ve got good food. The first time we played there we played Caesars Palace, opening for Guns [N’ Roses]. That was really cool because they put us up at the hotel so you’d literally leave your hotel room, take an elevator down and you’re on stage in two minutes,” Smolian says. “I get pretty wasted every time I come to your city. I’m expecting the same thing to happen.” Congrats on the release of Can’t Find the Brakes. “You Make It All Right” is a favorite of mine. Justin Smolian: That’s a really special song for us, too. We all wrote that in the rehearsal room together right before we left for Australia, actually; it was one of the last things we finished. Jaydon Bean: Yeah, it was kind of spur-of-the-moment. It all happened within a span of about a half an hour, from start to finish. We just jammed it through … and

the song was pretty much finished in one run through. Dirty Honey has exploded since “When I’m Gone” dropped. But how important was it to keep cutting your teeth in bars and clubs, even though you were growing in popularity? JS: Tiny club shows are some of my favorite shows because they’re so intimate and there can be so much energy in the room. It was great practice for us, too, because you’ve gotta learn how to win over a small room before you can win over an arena. We spent years playing bars in LA and we played a lot of college bars. We would get people going crazy—like, breaking stuff in the venues, moshing. Our goal is to bring that small bar energy into the arena. It’s almost a gift and a curse. Bands go viral fast, but get thrust onto a festival stage without having had the time to develop their stage presence. JS: It’s definitely feeling more like a big rock show now and not just an awesome band playing in front of you. We’ve gotten to open up for some of the best. Watching KISS do their show, it’s insane with all the pyro and lights. Guns [N’ Roses] has an amazing set. It’s really cool to be able to learn from the best. JB: Production ends up being a fifth member of the band. It ends up being a super important part of the live show, especially when you get bigger because just having four or five dudes on a stage playing music can get boring for the people 15,000 seats back. They need those lights and the big pyro, the whole production behind it. We’re slowly working our way up there. For Can’t Find the Brakes, you worked with Grammy-winning producer Nick DiDia in Australia. What brought you the most satisfaction or joy out of those sessions?

JB: We did about three and a half weeks of pre-production before we went to Australia, where we all were writing together and working the arrangements on the songs. Once we got to Australia, we started working with Nick and tracked about 20 ideas, whittling it down to the 11 on the record. We had a corny motto that we stuck by, which was “being open to infinity.” We tried to channel that, and Nick was really good at helping keep us on that path. He’s a bit of a Rick Rubin, guru-ish kind of guy. He really trusts his ears and the feeling he gets when he’s hearing something. JS: I got a lot of satisfaction out of hearing these songs come to life. There were a couple of songs we wrote over there, “Can’t Find the Brakes” being one of them. Having those moments of a song coming out while you’re in the studio was pretty inspiring. And it helps being over there, it’s a beautiful place. We were able to walk to the beach from our AirBnB every morning. Nick’s studio is in this beautiful countryside. It’s actually in a shire. You’ve amassed a lot of older fans because of your classic-rock sound. Was that an important audience for you to get approval from? JS: No, that was kind of like shooting fish in the barrel, I think. JB: We opened [shows] for a lot of fans of that era, so that gave us the route to collect some of those fans, but I don’t know it was necessarily a goal. We were just doing the sound that we liked, and that comes through when we’re all expressing ourselves together. Whoever listens to it, is who’s gonna listen to it. We just hope it’s everyone. JS: I had a feeling the older people would like it when I sent the “When I’m Gone” demo to my dad, and he lost his mind and started sending it to all his friends. I think we’re onto something with the dads here (laughs). For more of this interview, visit lasvegasweekly.com.

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SAG-AFTRA rules did not permit Bill Burr to promote Old Dads, the new Netflix comedy he directed, co-wrote and co-stars in with Bobby Cannavale and Bokeem Woodbine, when this interview was conducted. However, he could happily get down and dirty with the current state of stand-up comedy and his plans surrounding his race weekend headlining performance at Park MGM’s Dolby Live. How have you seen the Las Vegas comedy landscape change over the years? I just stay in my own lane. And wherever they put me, I just try to give people a show that makes them want to come back and see me. That’s basically my mindset every single night so I don’t get overwhelmed. It’s just my job. I go out, and you show up, I make you laugh your ass off, and you go home happy. Any Vegas spots you always like to hit? The O’Sheas craps table was one of my favorite places to be because it wasn’t expensive. I grew up watching James Bond. That guy would be playing cards for like an hour, and then you’d go to Vegas and get cleaned out so damn quick. You’re like, “How much money do you need here?” And then I found O’Sheas. I’m old school. I like the Mirage, I love the cigar bar at Caesars, the sportsbook at MGM. I like the way the Bellagio looks. And some of those more themey-er ones like, “Are we in New York City? Is this Paris?” Those ones. I had a joke about how Vegas is like low-end world travel on a budget. “You seen the pyramid? You’ve seen the gondolas?” Go to [Mirage], you see the volcano. Get to pass it off as Hawaii. Have you watched anything online about Sphere? It’s the stupidest thing. All the videos I saw of the Sphere, U2 was in the corner like a wedding band, and everybody’s filming the ceiling the whole time. It’s sensory overload. That kind of thing has also ruined going to sporting events. They got

everybody staring at screens while a DJ is cranking music at 11. I’m going to tell you right now, there’s going to be a class-action suit with people getting tinnitus going to the Gap because there’s a f**king DJ blasting music. We’re all staring at our phones, and there’s no vibe. We used to create the vibe, and now we’ve taken ourselves out of the equation. That’s why they need a DJ everywhere because they have to create a soundtrack for the mood that they were hoping we were going to bring, but we’re not because we’re staring at our phones. Oh, I’m on a rant here. You’ve had tons of acting success in stuff like Breaking Bad, The Mandalorian and now Old Dads, but why is the standup grind something you always want to keep returning to? If you can go sell out Improvs, you’re going to make more money than you make on any acting gig right now. Especially if you look at the amount of time you have to work. I know three comics who quit their own TV show to go back on the road because they were losing money. Where back in the day, six people got a hit sitcom. And now like 60 people have a TV show. The slice of the pie, because so many people have a show or movie, got divvied up. But the problem is that making the show and the movie is still 16 hours, 14 hours a day, and there’s no money. It went from you do standup to get a sitcom, to get a book deal, to maybe get a movie career. And now it’s inverted. If you’re a stand-up comedian selling tickets on the road, and that’s all you’re doing, that is as free a person as they’ll let you be in this country. You decide when you want to work, you’re making stupid money, and you’re working like an hour. It’s not really an hour a night, there’s also the travel and time away from your family. It’s not the show. The shows are always fun and sweet. I never had more fun doing standup than I am right now.


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SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA AT XS The legendary supergroup has already performed stadium gigs in Peru and Brazil this month, but somehow a set at XS Nightclub the night before Formula 1 takes over Vegas feels like it has to be the biggest SHM show since last year’s headlining turn at Coachella. November 17, 10:30 p.m., $40-$50+, wynnsocial.com. MALAA AT AREA15 Because that’s just what happens over there, Area15 is counter programming a bit for race weekend. Insomniac is behind the wheel for this A-Lot bass-house bash starring mysterious DJ and producer Malaa, a member of the Pardon My French collective with DJ Snake, Tchami and Mercer. Moody electronic music maker Devault and Grammy-nominated duo Goodboys open things up. November 17, 9 p.m., $30+, insomniac.frontgatetickets. com.

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PAUL OAKENFOLD AT INSPIRE Wait, what? Who? Where? This incredibly unlikely booking is clearly a product of the international powers of the Grand Prix. The forgotten Downtown Project nightclub and lounge at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street brings Oakey back to Vegas for the first time since an Area15 set last fall, scheduled for a 2-hour set after support acts Prism, Hot Pursuit, Anayah and Tim Clark. Dubbed “Return to Planet Perfecto”—a shoutout to Oakenfold’s game-changing residency at the Palms 15 years ago—this could be the one party that gets grouchy locals out of the house during race weekend. November 17, 9 p.m., $25+, nextevents.ticketspice.com/ return-to-planet-perfecto.

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MARTIN GARRIX AT MARQUEE DAYCLUB There are precious few pool parties scheduled in the coming days, and it is November after all. We circled this set by Dutch star Martin Garrix, who also plays Omnia at Caesars Palace this weekend, a long time ago as a great excuse to revisit the Marquee Dayclub Dome, renowned for its consistent climate. Time to take a dip, hit the dancefloor, and maybe peek out from atop Cosmo to check out the racetrack. November 18, 11 a.m., $30-$50+, events.taogroup.com. CALVIN HARRIS, DIPLO & DOM DOLLA AT XS Wynn Nightlife has been playing around with resident teamups lately, including a collaboration between Marshmello and Tyga at Encore Beach Club this same Saturday. But the star power at XS at night is simply overwhelming, with Harris on the decks during the race plus a special late-night set with Diplo and Dom Dolla. November 18, 10 p.m., $50-$75+, wynnsocial.com. LIL JON AT TAO As our Weekly cover feature proved back in March, when there’s a huge Vegas sporting event, Lil Jon will be there. And since the Atlanta legend is usually spinning and partying at Hakkasan or Jewel, the option to catch him at Strip nightlife stalwart Tao is too tempting to pass up. November 18, 10:30 p.m., $20-$30+, events.taogroup. com. RÜFÜS DU SOL & BLACK COFFEE AT XS You don’t have to wait until the next Art of the Wild weekend at Wynn to catch these two big draws, but even during those majestic mini-festivals, you’d never catch alt-dance trio Rüfüs Du Sol and soulful South African producer and DJ Black Coffee performing on the same night in the same space. November 19, 10 p.m., $60+, wynn social.com. –Brock Radke


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A staple of the Downtown Arts District since 2016, Vesta Coffee Roasters built its reputation on hands-on attention to detail, roasting beans in-house from the world’s great coffee regions including Ethiopia, Columbia, Mexico and Costa Rica. Two years ago, an expansion near Summerlin allowed the business to develop a baked goods lineup with a trio of croissants among the top sellers. Owner Jerad Howard is now seizing the company’s next opportunity—two locations at the new Durango Casino and Resort inside the Eat Your Heart Out food hall and a grab-and-go version in the lobby—to take things up a notch in the food department.

Instead of three croissants, there will now be at least 10, along with a variety of breads, cookies, cakes and other treats with a few seasonal pies in the works. Howard credits new pastry chef Julissa Escobedo for steering the operation into a more refined direction. The Mexico City native was part of the baking team that opened the Bellagio and worked at resorts like MGM Grand, SLS and Wynn, where she expanded her French pastry knowledge under the mentorship of Boris Villatte. The recipes look as good as they taste with colorful photo-ready presentations. Have your phone camera ready when ordering a sticky-sweet pistachio-topped baklava

croissant or a roasted pineapple tart with marmalade and almond cream. Escobedo offers a nod to her Latin heritage with pinole shortbread cookies (made with roasted maize flour), a tequila lime tart and Mexican pound cake with a chipotle glaze. “They are very open to new and exciting things from other cultures,” the chef says about her Vesta teammates. A few pastries are on the savory side. A pear and blue cheese Danish, inspired by an ice cream flavor at Salt & Straw, is a beautifully complex combination of flavors, ideal for pairing with a glass of wine. A lively blend of brown butter and sage brings chunks of butternut squash to life in a seasonal galette,


matching the ambiance of autumn. Even the cheese Danish has a funky touch of flavor with a delicious miso cream cheese filling. The bread is truly exceptional, whether it’s a traditional French baguette or the thick, fluffy focaccia used for sandwiches. Escobedo emphasizes the importance of the starter and fermentation in the latter, folding the dough and letting it rest every half hour to develop flavor and strength in a process that’s at least 10 hours long. All items are made daily at Vesta’s Sahara Avenue location and will be brought directly to Durango, now scheduled to open December 5. The scratch-kitchen mentality carries over to the coffee menu, featuring everything Vesta fans have already grown to love and appreciate over the years. The seasonal Camp S’More latte, for example, is crafted with the precision of a bartender, utilizing house-made ingredients like a graham cracker syrup, marshmallow bitters and Vesta’s own dark chocolate—also available as bars sold near the cash register, crafted with the same attentive touches that make the coffee so good. “We have traceability down to the farm level on almost all our ingredients,” Howard says. “So we know where the coffee came from, we know where our chocolate came from, not just on a country, state or city level, but at a farm level.”

AN AUTHENTIC TASTE OF HOME Las Vegans are spoiled by the culinary perks of living in a cultural melting pot. Gorditas Betancourt is a perfect example of this diversity with its memorable bites, topnotch service and regional authenticity. “Gordita” loosely translates to “little fat one,” and that’s the best description of these hearty masa pockets. Native to Durango, Mexico, this dish is made by masa dough formed and pressed into a disc thick enough to cut open and stuff. Gorditas Betancourt offers over a dozen fillings ranging from decadent rajas con crema ($4) to simple but tasty frijoles con queso ($3). But the chicharron con salsa verde is the true showstopper, pork rinds drenched with a spicy roasted tomatillo sauce and simmered to perfection. The savory stew can be added into a burrito, sopè or quesadilla, and restaurant owner Brenda Betancourt says it’s the signature dish and best seller. What’s a Mexican dish without salsa?

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The house salsita de molcajete is made with freshly roasted chiles, tomatoes and garlic— don’t be surprised by the bold flavors when you spoon the salsa over each bite. Aside from the masa-based delights, the rich menudo ($14) is specially made and served on Saturdays and Sundays, an ideal cure for a weekend hangover or an appropriate post-church reward. As a bonus, handmade tortillas or buttered bolillo (Mexican baguette) are paired with the soup so you can happily dip and sip. Owner Betancourt is originally from Durango and began cooking at age 8. Her journey as a business owner began inside her Vegas home over seven years ago when she began selling her delicious food out of her garage. The popularity of the dishes drove her to officially open the restaurant in May 2022 and focus on sharing the food that best reflects her home country and her talent. –Gabriela Rodriguez





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Awards would not be possible. Cox Business partners closely with its local and nationwide business clients to develop technology solutions in an array of verticals and segments. This includes cloud and managed services, networking and network security services, broadband fiber internet, voice customization, and video entertainment to support client requirements and business objectives with a strong focus on economic growth, community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and technology service excellence. From smart communities to cyber security, gaming and sporting events, our Southern Nevada landscape has changed, due in part to all nominees and award recipients from this and past events. Please enjoy learning about each of the 2023 nominees and their outstanding achievements in this publication. Additionally, we pause to thank our panel of judges and our advisory council for their generous support of this year’s event. Again, congratulations to each of the 2023 nominees and award recipients.

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Jesse Shearin One Nevada Credit Union

Piotr Tomasik StartUp Vegas

Michael Sherwood City of Las Vegas

John Turner Vegas PBS Christopher Underwood Schedule Validator Mugunth Vaithylingam College of Southern Nevada Jonathan Washburn Advantage IT Services Bart Watts Computer Repair Specialists Bruce Wilcox R&R Partners

WONDA RINER Chief Information and Marketing Officer, Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV

DEBBIE BANKO CEO, Link Technologies

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CHRISTOPHER CRESCITELLI Founder, Dreamland

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Bob Leek’s team of technology professionals is the largest team of its kind in Southern Nevada. Clark County IT has a team of tech professionals working in development, analysis, quality assurance, project management, cybersecurity, infrastructure, data center operations, cloud platforms, help desk and field support, and leadership. The team is updating technology across the county to address problems ranging from elections to juvenile justice to land use and planning. Leek’s skills go beyond technological solutions. He leads collaboratively, trying to understand problems and opportunities with a diverse, equitable and inclusive approach encompassing his teams, their partners and the public. He often speaks in government conferences, cross-industry settings and small groups. He doesn’t only seek to teach, but also always looks to learn from others. Currently, Leek is working to implement four concepts – Resident360, Business360, Visitor360 and Employee360 – into Clark County. Clark County IT will work with local organizations and jurisdictions throughout the county to provide a central resource with available services wherever possible. These concepts would allow individuals to access information from government service providers with ease. Leek is also the president of the Society for Information Management Las Vegas Chapter. This organization focuses on developing technology skills across dozens of organizations in Southern Nevada. Additionally, he is on the advisory council for Tech Impact and the advisory board for the technology program at UNLV. With dedication to the community he serves, he also leads a group of cross-jurisdictional teams from other governments in the State of Nevada to bring high-speed, affordable internet to every resident and business in the state.


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Chris Conrad has embarked on a mission to streamline healthcare processes using technology and innovation. Implementation of online tools and electronic systems have aided in patient care, employee retention, procedure automation, patient safety, effective management and business strategy — contributing to a better care experience for healthcare patients, caregivers and administrators. Conrad introduced the Inpatient Master View Dashboard that centralizes patient information like medical status, treatment plans and pending tests, proactively highlights milestones for safe and timely discharge,

encourages collaboration across hospital departments, provides real-time patient status updates and accumulates data on recurring issues leading to process improvement. He also created the HR Retention Dashboard. This dashboard uses surveys, feedback mechanisms and sentiment analysis to gauge employee engagement, tracks training completion rates and career progression data to evaluate performance, tracks turnover rates and evaluates workplace satisfaction and manager effectiveness to pinpoint areas for improvement. Automation projects, such as ER Wait Time website validation and

Meditech Order Set Migration automation, are examples of how healthcare systems can streamline processes and elevate patient care by harnessing technology. Conrad’s leadership is cultivating an ecosystem of innovation within the HCA Far West Division. This has allowed novel ideas and technologies to take root, sparking cross-company collaborations and encouraging advancements across the healthcare industry. His example of patient-first innovation is reshaping operational efficiency and the healthcare experience across the entire HCA Healthcare enterprise.


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The City of Henderson is projected to increase its population by nearly 70,000 residents in the next 10 years. As a growing municipality – and currently the second largest city in the state – Henderson has attracted leaders who see its potential for progress. One such leader is Alyssa Rodriguez, the city’s director of Information Technology. Rodriguez is committed to the community, evidenced by her current plan which is focused on community safety, livable communities, economic vitality, quality education and

high-performing public services. She has implemented cutting-edge technology to make the community safer. Her championing of the deployment of advanced surveillance systems, predictive policing algorithms and intelligent traffic management systems has led to a significant decline in crime rates and engendered a sense of security and trust in the community. The use of sensor technology has played a vital role in making the City of Henderson a more livable community. Henderson has begun transformation into a smart city by utilizing

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The College of Southern Nevada aims to empower their students and community to achieve, succeed and prosper. Mugunth Vaithylingam, Chief Information Officer of CSN, is leading the local college’s education system into the future by incorporating customer relationship management software in the student experience. Vaithylingam partnered with Frequency Foundry to implement greymatter, an AI-powered CRM that helps meet CSN’s strategic plan for student success. Greymatter is the world’s first full student lifecycle CRM. It won the Microsoft Innovation in Education award. Using this new CRM, CSN can identify individual learning patterns and predict risks. As a leader, Vaithylingam has developed a reputation for thinking outside of the box and developing strategic partnerships with outside entities to improve productivity and reduce expenses. His leadership and service have earned him several awards including Evanta’s Most Influential CIO Award and the CIO 100. He also champions opportunities for students to learn real-world skills and gain practical experience while earning their degrees. Work-study opportunities help students find professional mentors and earn money to assist with living expenses and educational costs. Vaithylingam also works to reduce stigma and campaigns to embrace a neurodivergent workforce. In the community he organizes food drives, reads to inner-city youth and volunteers at local charity events. Additionally, he sponsors 47 children in India who have been abandoned by their parents in an initiative that also rescues young people from human trafficking.

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Agilysys is known for innovative, hospitality-focused technology for some of the largest gaming, hotel, resort, university, stadium and health care organizations in the world. Under Ramesh Srinivasan’s leadership, the mission, scope and impact of Agilysys continues to expand. Srinivasan has demonstrated leadership success in technology, enterprise software and general management across multiple industries, with an impressive track record of sustainable, long-term growth. At Agilysys, he and his team develop modern, cloud-native product offerings that operators use to provide exceptional guest experiences. With a robust library of property management systems, Agilysys offers unmatched solutions for their clients. Beyond impeccable client experience, Srinivasan also emphasizes

support for employees, suppliers and shareholders. This strategy has yielded improved financial returns, increased leadership confidence, and continued stability for the company. He is known for being a hands-on leader who champions adversity and never lets challenges stand in his way. Srinivasan dedicates his time to the Las Vegas community as well as to his home-country of India. In Southern Nevada, he is a member of the Enterprise Software CEO Roundtable, a board member of the Economic Club of Las Vegas and of the Las Vegas India Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, a member of Akshaya Patra Foundation, and donates to Project 150. He helps support schools in India and donates to Texas50, an organization with the mission of drilling 50 wells in Africa.


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The Nevada National Security Site falls under the jurisdiction of the National Nuclear Security administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Energy, and aids in the protection of our nation’s safety — right in Las Vegas’ backyard. To support the security of the United States and its allies, the NNSS supports the stewardship of the nation’s nuclear deterrent, provides emergency response capabilities and training in case of nuclear or radiological emergency, contributes to nonproliferation and arms control initiatives, and executes nation-

al-level experiments in support of the National Laboratories. As the Deputy Chief Information Officer, Doug Neumann contributes to national security by developing and deploying new capabilities and updating the technological infrastructure of the NNSS. In 2022 Neumann secured $2.2 million to utilize Commercial Solutions for Classified technologies. These technologies had been used within the Department of Defense but had not been effectively integrated into the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Adminis-

tration. By using this capability, the NNSS will be able to bypass expensive and time-consuming efforts to set up classified compute capabilities and allow them to take on classified missions more seamlessly. Neumann is a strong proponent of sustainability. In 2022, he ensured that IT purchased products were Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool certified. By prioritizing purchasing environmentally positive products, the NNSS reduced greenhouse gases by 482,000 kilograms and saved more than two million kilowatt hours of energy.


individuals with a library card can check out a barcode from any one of over 25 locations that gives them access to a free Cox Wi-Fi hotspot. This creative solution allows underserved communities to be connected to the internet for school, work and communication. With more than 49,000 hotspots available for checkout, more than 10,000 people have been able to access the internet when they may have otherwise been unable. Beyond technical expertise, Prendergast exhibits leadership by fostering a culture of continuous learning and innovation, encouraging team members to stay up to date with industry standards and trends. He also has a gift for identifying opportunities for improvement and finding creative technological solutions. Under his guidance, the Las Vegas – Clark County Library District Foundation is growing to meet the needs of an ever-evolving tech world and a bustling community.

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The Las Vegas – Clark County Library District Foundation supports the library district by pursuing resources and partnerships that elevate the library district's goals and work toward the well-being of people and communities in Southern Nevada. Programs offered by the foundation and its 17 community partners include connecting children ages 0-5 with brain-building resources at branch libraries, at home and at a variety of outreach sites; a free after-school tutoring program available at eight library locations with help from CCSD teachers and UNLV students; and free Teen Tech Labs that provide opportunities for local youth to learn coding, robotics, digital media production and innovative thinking among other skills. Al Prendergast, the CIO of the library district, has strategically used technology to expand internet access to library patrons across Clark County. In partnership with Cox Communications,

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Jennifer Aguilar has a long history in the health care industry. She originally joined the team at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center 17 years ago as a nurse, and her passion to serve others led her to managing systems in the Labor and Delivery department for the electronic health record system. She went on to join the IT team where she has worked for the past seven years. As a skilled IT professional with a clinical nurse background, Aguilar seeks to improve patient care and make a lasting impact for physicians, nurses and others. Today, Aguilar leads a team responsible for supporting the electronic health record system for the HCA Healthcare Far West Division, that includes eight hospitals in Southern Nevada and Cali-

fornia. Her team ensures an efficient physician workflow, meeting regulatory requirements and maintaining the highest quality of patient care. Aguilar regularly demonstrates commitment to her team, a thoughtfulness to individual development and a willingness to go above and beyond her typical duties. Recently, she volunteered to travel to an HCA sister facility in New Hampshire, where she supported the implementation of a new electronic health record system. This project required more than 60 hours of prior training and multiple 12-hour shifts to support the facility and clinicians. She is solution-focused, eager to help and always driving toward the betterment of any project she’s involved with.


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Halo.Car is car rentals like you’ve never seen them before. Offering rental prices by hour or by day on its easy-to-use website, Halo.Car delivers electric vehicles directly to customers almost anywhere in the Las Vegas Valley. It also facilitates no-hassle returns. The car can be parked anywhere in the city and will be collected by Halo.car when the customer is finished. Founder and CEO Anand Nandakumar started Halo.Car as just a one-man team with a big idea – to change the world from gas vehicles to electric. Now as an expanding business with a thriving team, Halo.Car provides an all-electric rental-car service with state-of-theart technology including remote piloting powered by T-Mobile 5G. Remote piloting enables employees to safely drive vehicles from thousands of miles away while maintaining the trust of consumers who may not be comfortable with the risks of fully driverless transportation capabilities. With safety as a priority, Halo.Car sought and received approval from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to operate on public roads. Vehicles also use special algorithms to leverage the strongest network connection available at any time and are equipped to independently come to a controlled full stop in emergency situations. Nandakumar works closely with local government authorities as well as technology partners and clean energy groups to remain at the forefront of research, legislation and innovation. His sincere enthusiasm for building a sustainable future and providing reliable transportation inspires his team and invigorates the business. (Wade Vandervort/Staff )


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The mission of software company Codingscape is to “deliver technical excellence efficiently with happy, remote-first teams.” The Las Vegas based tech agency was founded in 2018 by Jimmy Jacobson, who believes in Nevada tech talent and makes a concerted effort to share that knowledge in the tech community. Jacobson inspires his team with his persistent curiosity and innovation. With the recent advancement of artificial intelligence, Codingscape has created custom Large Language Mod-

els, a specialized kind of AI, to increase engineer productivity. These LLMs allow engineers to spend less time doing tasks that AI bots can do for them and more time focusing on the creative problem solving that only they can do. When another company laid off hundreds of tech workers in 2022, Jacobson fought to keep local talent in Las Vegas by helping to place individuals in need with local companies when possible and elsewhere when not. His passion for this community has been demonstrated time

and time again as he aims to develop the best tech talent here in Southern Nevada. As a leader, Jacobson excels by going above and beyond for both his team and his clients. He is flexible in his opinions and willing to change direction when better options become available. This allows for dynamic business strategies. Codingscape keeps pace with constant progress in an ever-changing field, meeting challenges with curiosity and inventive solutions.

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Brittany Rodriguez is an analytical, composed leader who is constantly finding opportunities to optimize workflow and security. In the last year, Rodriguez increased her team’s overall security score by implementing cybersecurity training to userbases in Las Vegas and Henderson, deployed a secure password manager throughout the organization, and emphasized the importance of cybersecurity awareness for all users. Rodriguez administers IT support for the Vegas Golden Knights’ coaching, scouting and hockey administration staff, so she is often tasked with finding unique and creative solutions to assist staff traveling internationally. She has also helped support IT initiatives during acquisitions, including traveling offsite to conduct email migrations and deploying networking equipment. With a thoughtful and measured approach, Rodriguez has completed three successful acquisitions in the last year. Rodriguez is involved in several organizations dedicated to helping and mentoring others. She is a member of WISE—Women In Sports and Events—that provides mentorship and resources to women in the sports industry. Following another professional passion, she is active with WiCyS, an organization that advances women working in cybersecurity. Rodriguez also looks for other volunteer opportunities, including through the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation, where she recently prepared back-toschool packages for teachers in partnership with the Public Education Foundation.

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With more than 20 years of experience in IT, Joshua Bellendir leads with a passion for technology and delivering cutting-edge solutions. Bellendir is the Chief Information Officer at WH Smith North America, a leading global retailer with more than 1,700 stores across 30 countries worldwide. During a time of incredible growth for the organization, Bellendir has been instrumental in supporting and maintaining a smooth, efficient customer experience. This last year, Bellendir led his team in deploying Oracle’s Merchandise Financial Planning Cloud Service across all locations in only 16 weeks—a task that enabled better technological services to optimize sales in all stores. He also played a critical role in the rollout of self-checkout technologies at

several locations across the United States. With an eye for innovation and the drive to improve user experiences, Bellendir continues to push forward with high-impact, customer-focused solutions. Described by colleagues as a change agent, Bellendir encourages strategic thinking, innovation and action, while clearly communicating expectations. He is a consummate IT professional who has held senior leadership positions at other global companies including Fast Retailing and Deloitte. Bellendir spends his free time writing blog posts about technology and business and is the founder of two large LinkedIn groups—Fashion Asia and Global Trade & Supply Chain Professionals. Even outside of work, Bellendir works to bring people together through technology.

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rystal León has been on the Nevada farming scene for nearly two decades, and currently runs the Radish Hotel—a micro farm and urban growing space in Sparks, where chickens, beekeeping, educational programs and other farm and apothecary products abound. León recently started selling her own packaged spices and granola, both products that she has been able to sell not just at her farm but also online and at farmers markets because of the Nevada Farm2Food Program, which supports women farmers and entrepreneurs and helps them market their products. “I found it to be really helpful,” said León, who said she’s also been able to partner with organizations like the Northern Nevada Food Bank because of Farm2Food. “I was able to get answers to questions that I didn’t even know I should be asking, because there’s so many experts that they compiled together to make this program possible—and I thought it was awesome.” Farm2Food, which is made possible in Nevada through the state’s Department of Agriculture (NDA) and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Foundation (NASDA), lasts for 15 weeks in online and virtual modules, and connects participants to various experts and resources to create or enhance their product. The program earlier this month kicked off its third cohort—a dozen women offering various “value-added” products, which NDA agricultural literacy coordinator Shelley Pope defined as products like jam made from homegrown strawberries, or salsa from farmed jalapeños and onions. “Our growing season in Nevada is relatively short,” Pope said. “So, with a value-added

product—such as the one that these women are making—it allows our women farmers to be able to sell the product for the length of the product shelf life, which then they can further increase their own economic stability.” Pope called Farm2Food a “business accelerator” and “workforce development” program that specifically focuses on growing business operations and strategies for its participants, to ultimately increase their chances of success. It also supports diversifying agriculture and agricultural products in Nevada, she said. “In general, agriculture isn’t a very fast-growing industry—although, since the pandemic, we’ve seen a little bit of growth,” Pope said. “But this program helps support that economic development for female farmers.” Women are still not taken seriously across the board in the agricultural industry, which León said could be attributed to a host of factors— including, perhaps, that they are historically newer at it. “Because of this stumbling block across the farming industry, it really does help to have someone advocating for women in this area, and using grant funds and systems to prop women farmers and business owners up,” she said. “Because things take longer.” The program took a lot of time and guesswork

out of launching her product, because it simultaneously connected her with different entities that she would have otherwise had to go through one at a time, León said. Additionally, practical lessons like how to label and market the product were extremely helpful, she said, and helped make her granola and spices competitive in their market. “It’s not just helpful but necessary to have the Nevada Department of Agriculture and … everyone involved, who are willing to come up and support women in these endeavors, and sort of level the playing field,” León said. “It’s helpful to have someone who is seen, to be able to say, ‘Hey, look at this. Look at what are these folks are doing.’ ” Pope said the program has been received extremely positively, and that women from past cohorts are returning this year to launch newer products. She added that she hopes the program can continue with the necessary funding and grow accordingly. “I think there are an incredible amount of women, business owners and farmers in the state of Nevada,” León said. “And I am just excited that the women Farm2Food accelerator will allow them all to be seen. We’re very fortunate to be doing this work in this state.”

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Hospitality GC and litigator-turned-corporate attorney Brandon Roos has rejoined Greenberg Traurig’s Las Vegas office. He was most recently in-house counsel at hospitality, restaurant, and nightlife powerhouses Hakkasan Group and TAO Group, launching the general counsel role for the former and managing legal matters for a portfolio of more than 60 restaurant, nightlife, and lounge venues worldwide. Henderson Mayor Michelle Romero has joined the Mayors for Parks Coalition, a group managed by City Parks Alli-

ance. The national bipartisan coalition includes mayors from large and small cities across the country who advocate for increased federal funding for our nation’s urban parks. The Nevada Rare Disease Advisory Council appointed Dr. Sumit Gupta as its newest physician member. He serves as a board-certified hematology/oncology physician at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, a pediatric cancer and rare disease treatment center. The Commercial Alliance Las Vegas announced its newly elected officers and directors for 2024, with Chris McGarey becoming president of the commercial real estate organization starting January 1

JOB LISTING Converting Planner sought by Sofidel America Corp. in Las Vegas, NV, 40 Hours. Duties to include: Develop the production plan for production of over 350 SKUs on over 10 Production Lines. Define and approve the production plan, to guarantee the availability of the merchandise requested by clients, considering the stored material, and optimizing productive efficiency in accordance with guidelines and procedures. Define and evaluate Product Life Cycle management using SAP, and use SAP software as a managing tool to facilitate maintenance activities. Interface with PM/CNV Procurement Assistant to check raw materials availability Get coordinated with the Transport Office to check the availability of transport vehicles for the merchandise delivery. Analyze the forecast errors and work closely with Marketing and Sales in transforming the analysis in a more accurate forecast; time fences, projected available balance (PAB), etc., to manage the order promising. With the PM/CNV Production Manager, discuss the developed production plan to assess its technical feasibility and to take possible corrective actions if necessary. Approve the production plan. Get coordinated with PM/CNV Production Planning Officer during daily work. Manage critical events within the relevant area. Perform Materials requirement planning, inventory turnover, economic order quantity (EOQ), anticipation of inventory to plan a stock evolution aligned with the company guidelines; Make-or-buy decision and related topics in order to understand the buyer-supplier relationship by performing total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis; Perform full truckloads (FTL) analysis, less than a truckload (LTL), risk pooling, 3PLs, cross docking, etc., to work closely with Logistics. Minimum Requirements: Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field or foreign equivalent, and at least 1 year of Chain/Planning Experience. 1 years of experience in SAP. 1 years of experience in production planning. Must have the following certifications: Six Sigma – Green Belt Certification and Auto CAD Certification. Mail resume to Andrea Franceschini at 300 Welsh Road, Building One. STE 200. Horsham, PA 19044.

for the second time. He is the founder and team leader of the McGarey Campa Group at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties. Jennifer Weinberg, BHHS Nevada Properties, will serve as president-elect. Wes Drown, CCIM, of Re/Max Advantage, will be treasurer. Natalie Allred, CPM, ARM, of American Nevada Company is immediate past president. Other board members include: Toya Simon, Urban Nest Realty; Bruce Stoker, BHHS Nevada Properties; Karen Thomas, CCIM, Keller Williams Realty; Jeff Chain, CCIM, Millennium Commercial Properties; Deirdre Felgar, CCIM, Avenues Realty America. Simon will serve a one-year term. The other directors will serve two-year terms.

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HOROSCOPES WEEK OF NOVEMBER 16 BY ROB BREZSNY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Experiment with blending the sacred and mundane. Bring your deep self into the daily routine and imbue ordinary rhythms with tender care. Say prayers or chant ecstatic poems while you’re shopping. Build a shrine in a parking lot. Stir up an inspired epiphany while doing housework. Dance like a holy person to conjure a blessing. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Many people feel their love lives are jinxed because a creepy fortune-teller declared they will forever be denied a satisfying intimate relationship. You are in a grace period for all matters regarding romance, intimacy and togetherness. If you have ever worried there is a curse inhibiting your love life, the coming weeks are a time to free yourself from it. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Comedian Drew Carey says, “If I didn’t run from my fears, I wouldn’t get any exercise at all.” As the new year approaches, you will feel less and less motivated to run from your fears. In part, that’s because you will face them with more courage and poise; they won’t have the same power over you. In addition, your fears will become objectively less scary. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Intensify your devotion to your masterpiece—however you understand “masterpiece.” It could be a work of art or an innovation in your job or business. It could be a new baby, an adopted pet, a redefinition of what family means or an invigorated community. Life will help you in unexpected ways if you rededicate yourself to this treasure. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Leos better than anyone comprehend the grandeur and majesty of the sun, a superpowered genius of nourishment. In the coming weeks, you will need and deserve a massive delivery of the sun’s bounty, to be filled up with even more charisma, personal magnetism, vitality and generosity of spirit than usual. Use it wisely. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Musician and actor Shirley Manson has a message for you. She testifies, “I say embrace the total geek in yourself and just enjoy it. Life is too short to be cool.” This will be especially helpful and inspirational counsel for you in the coming months. The wish to appear chic or trendy or hip should be so far down on your list of priorities that it drops off the list entirely.

2020 KING FEATURES SYNDICATE ACROSS 1 Europe’s “City of Light” 6 Part of NEA: Abbr. 10 Kailua Bay’s island 14 Evil being 19 — acids 20 Greet the day 21 Muscat’s country 22 Maine university city 23 Bisquick or Betty Crocker product 25 Be deemed acceptable 27 Capital of Turkey 28 — -Free (contact lens solution brand) 30 Floor of a fireplace 31 — Cruces 32 Iranian money unit 34 Tortilla Flat co-star Hedy 37 Apiary buzzer 40 Mardi — 42 Singer Duane or Gregg 44 Steel-gray element 47 Jazz guitarist with 20 Grammys 51 Dessert named for soprano Nellie 53 Big online brokerage 54 Took off 56 — Na Na 57 Brilliance of success 58 Makes diluted 59 Social-climbing whiz kid 61 Letterman’s rival, once 63 Recognize 64 Actress Kosarin or skater Ivanova 66 Yule songs 68 Clumsy sorts 72 1950s-’70s legal drama 76 Hitter in a horseback sport 78 Besides that

79 False name 81 Hamilton face-off 82 Grassland 83 Sula author Morrison 85 Athlete like Simone Biles 88 Miss Daisy player Jessica 90 Eyeliner flaw 93 La Cage aux Folles actor Tognazzi 95 Rooney or Kate of film 96 Warship with two banks of oars 97 What letter carriers carry 100 Grass cutter with an engine 102Epoch of the first horses 103 Entraps 105 Meg of I.Q. 106 Genetic helix 107 Little sister of Bart and Lisa 109 Poet Pound 111 Sit-up targets 114 Mexican inn 117 Divan, e.g. 119 Like smooth orange juice 122 “Yeah, that’s about right” 126 Newspapers, magazines, and such 128 As a result of 129 Huge heads 130 Shredded 131 Newsy notes 132 Fable writer 133 Pond critter 134 Henchman helping Hook 135 Appropriate time to solve this puzzle?

DOWN 1 Like Vatican affairs 2 Kitchen range brand 3 Skating sites 4 Ancient Andean 5 Fly like a kite 6 Amazement 7 Pago Pago’s place 8 Aircraft that can land on snow 9 Following 10 “Alley —” 11 Docs’ gp. 12 Rosh — 13 Auto racer Al 14 Full of gloom 15 Formerly, archaically 16 Insect-repelling pellet 17 Dollar bill 18 And not 24 Dojo activity 26 Windy month 29 With 45-Down, bad sign 33 “Sort of” suffix 35 Piece of gig gear 36 Baton-waving director 38 Actor Idris 39 Coup d’— 40 Govt. agent 41 Morning warning for sailors 43 Rival of Uber 45 See 29-Down 46 “Don’t lose your head” 47 Where pooches get pampered 48 Close behind, as a dog 49 Judges evaluating cases, e.g. 50 City on the Rio Grande 52 Shout 55 Tic- — -toe 59 Element with a 235 isotope 60 Knock sound

62 J.D. Salinger title girl 65 Somalian-born supermodel 67 Long-used maxim 69 Totally original 70 “I want some grub!” 71 Obedient dog, at times 73 Spin 74 In progress 75 Big Apple team, on scoreboards 77 Longtime Nissan model 80 “So yummy!” 84 Algerian port 86 Neck’s scruff 87 Had as its source 89 Elvis — Presley 90 Went fast 91 Earth orbiter 92 Those who’ve z broken free 94 Dashboard fuel indicator 96 Journalist Gumbel 98 Air Force officer Curtis 99 Chou En- — 101 Blunder 104 Home: Abbr. 108 Guys writing jingles, say 110 African nation renamed in 1997 111 Poet W.H. — 112 Airship type 113 Muscle twitch 115 Bus driver for Bart and Lisa 116 Go no further 118 Chooses 120 Fail to include 121 Buttigieg of Biden’s Cabinet 122 BlackBerry, e.g., in brief 123 Really regret 124 Female seal 125 FDR follower 127 Born as

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): If you’re given a choice to advocate for either a dull, mediocre truth or a beautiful, invigorating truth, give your love to the latter. If you wonder whether to ask a polite question that engenders harmony or a provocative one that pries loose half-hidden agendas, opt for the latter. If you feel nostalgic about an old tradition that stirs up little passion, let it go. Instead, dream up a new one that moves you emotionally and excites your mind. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Icelandic singer Bjork describes her daily practice like this: “I have to re-create the universe every morning when I wake up and kill it in the evening.” She also says, “To wake up in the morning and actually find the day exciting is the biggest victory you can have.” Exalt and celebrate the post-resurrection aspects of your life’s work. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): What has been lost will be found. What was last may catapult all the way into the first spot, or close to it. A difficult test will boost your intelligence; a rut will be disrupted, freeing you to find a smooth new groove; an unsettling twist will bring you delightful support. Welcome these as opportunities to expand your understanding of how the world works. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In ancient Greece, kids formally relinquished their toys at puberty, symbolizing the intention to move into a new phase of their destinies. Tweak this custom for your use. Embrace your second childhood. Fantasize about how you might refurbish your innocence, curiosity, playfulness and spontaneous joy. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Now is a favorable time to take an inventory of your posse of teachers, helpers and counselors. Make sure it’s serving you well and providing maximum inspiration and support. Hot tip: It may be time to add a new facilitator or two to your entourage. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Now and then, you glide through a phase that is free from cosmic compulsion. During these grace periods, fate has a reduced role in shaping your destiny. Your past doesn’t have its typical power to limit you or entrance you. You are now enjoying such a chapter. That’s why an infertile status quo will soon crumble. A boring, inflexible rule will become irrelevant. These and other breakthrough developments will give you extra leeway to innovate and invent. You will have a big, bright emptiness to work and play around in.


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CLOSING THE CIRCLE | HENDERSON | NOVEMBER 8, 2023 | The area surrounding this flotation cell at Henderson’s abandoned Three Kids Mine could soon become a master-planned development of 3,000 new homes, thanks to a redevelopment and cleanup project partnering the City of Henderson, Lakemoor Ventures LLC and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. The open-pit manganese mine operated from 1917 to 1961, but its skeleton remains have since been taken over by skateboarders and by graffiti artists, who have made the cells into unofficial open-air galleries. –Staff


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