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9 THE WEEK 9 Between the death of Osama and the upcoming anniversary of 9/11, are local Muslims nervous? out of business

12 Monthly health page: There’s still time to train for December’s Las Vegas Marathon!

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to the Americas, even in its prime (if you can [BANG YOUR HEAD TO THE HEAD] SUNDAY, AUG. 21 call it that, all things considered). But the greatest part about hearing Diamond Head’s songs is how definitively you iamond Head is kind of like Star Wars. can hear its influence It’s epic, came out in the late ’70s and on its descendants. The chugging, super-disgoes down in its genre’s history of betorted guitars and the stripped-down, clunking a game-changer as far as what was possible. clunking drum beats under what can comfortBut unlike Star Wars, it wasn’t recognized or ably be described as the whine of devils is the respected by many outside its own fanboys and manifesto of Metallica — but it came first, and in fangirls. If Metallica and Megadeth didn’t tout spades, from the Head. the brilliance of the balladly brutal Brits, those We’re most interested in seeing how aged rockers staying stateside might never have heard “Am I get down when they haven’t been doing it forEvil?”, especially since the band never made a trip ever, and having never done it on our side of the

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pond. Iggy Pop still pops. Even the old soul bands try to mash-potato. But can Diamond Head lead guitarist and all-around face of the band Brian Tatler still play the face-melting guitar solos without a finger literally breaking off? If nothing else, we’re excited to see him give it the old college (excuse us, “university”) try. Max Plenke 9 p.m.; The Bunkhouse, 124 11th St., 384-4536, $12-$15

You can hear its influence on its descendants

You don’t have to go through two messy divorces and substance-abuse recovery to find Marc Maron funny. The journeyman comedian has done the late-night circuit several times over, and filled in for almost every host on Comedy Central. Maron may be a textbook neurotic, but he’s got an openness about him. Instead of coming across as a character, he just seems like a friend who shares a bit too much of his personal information. His act can be raunchy, personal and even a little cute. Maron will have a three-night stand at the Playboy Comedy Club at the Palms, which gives you plenty of time to catch his act before he clocks back in at Comedy Central. Amy Kingsley. Thursday-Friday, 10 p.m., Saturday, 8 p.m., 10 p.m.; Playboy Comedy Club at the Palms; 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 605-0291, $39.99


Cannibal Night

Break out your zombie best for Cannibal Night, a ghoulish get-together to celebrate erotic horror movies. What is erotic horror,you ask? We can only imagine.The night was founded by Bailee Arnett of, a site we are certain is not safe for work and therefore did not visit. But here’s a guess: If you like B-movies and porn, you’ll dig it. The Erotic Heritage Museum event will showcase work by a number of underground filmmakers and will end with Blood Sucking Pharoahs in Pittsburgh, and an appearance by cast member Jane Hamilton, aka Veronica Hart. On top of that, morbid performers and artists will entertain with dark burlesque, belly dancing and body painting. All proceeds benefit the museum, which hosts sex workshops, exhibits and performance art. Kristy Totten 9 p.m.; Erotic Heritage Museum, 3275 Industrial Road,, 3696442, 18+, $5


Optical Fusion It can be easy to forget that there are art galleries outside of the arts district. One of the most durable and interesting is North Las Vegas’ Left of Center space. Now’s a good time to acquaint or reacquaint yourself with this vital community space, as it’s showing the warm, accessible sculpture of William T. Glass. His pieces tend toward graceful, curvilinear, biomorphic shapes, or, in some cases, religious imagery. Whichever, he means it to be more than eye candy. “The trivial artist offers ‘entertainment’ and asks little of the viewer,” he says. “The serious artist, on the other hand, makes greater demands on the viewer’s aesthetic.” The pieces will be paired with writings by his wife, Rose Mary. Scott Dickensheets Opening reception: Aug. 27, noon-3 p.m.; 2207 W. Gowan, North Las Vegas, 647-7378, free


Death Cab For Cutie Some albums are the aural equivalent of a massage: they’re subtly invigorating but ultimately relax you, and they clear both your head and whatever toxins ail you. This is one of the best qualities of Death Cab For Cutie’s latest album, Codes and Keyes. Despite its cultural ascension, the Washington-native band has yet to match its creative high mark, 2003’s Transatlanaticism (the band’s performance of the title track at the Joint in December 2003 remains one of our favorite-ever concert moments in Las Vegas). But Codes and Keyes kneads you right. It’s impeccably crafted, stealthly tuneful, tonally consistent — and will suitably complement the warm breeze and comfortable vibe of the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool space. If you’re not going to see Adele perform just a few hundred feet away, this worthy Plan B would be no consolation prize — though it may console you in other ways. Mike Prevatt (with Frightened Rabbit) 8 p.m.; The Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 6512432, $39.95





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even thousand new homes, some schools, businesses, even a college: With such big plans for Blue Diamond Hill, it’s easy for people to hate developer Jim Rhodes. His planned community bumps right up against the Red Rock National Conservation Area, and the roads and other infrastructure needed to pull it off will forever mar pristine land (even if mining-scarred Blue Diamond Hill itself, frankly, could use an upgrade). Still, capitalist that he is, Rhodes is thinking ahead, way ahead. Rhodes knows that major efforts to recast the Las Vegas economy are under way. If those plans succeed in attracting high-tech or logistics companies, the people who move here to run them will be looking for places to live that reflect their perceived lifestyle. Places like Rhodes’ development, with its stunning views and a built-in exclusivity. That’s just a fact. Considering much of the valley’s existing inventory of vacant homes was built for working- or middle-class families, Rhodes is targeting a richer demographic. Yes, more development is bad for a valley already overbuilt, especially near Red Rock, but from a pure capitalist’s point of view, Rhodes’ gamble makes sense. He’s looking at what the local real estate market is likely to demand in the future. If Las Vegas can diversify its economy, there will be a market for Rhodes’ pricey brand of mountaintop living. Many call his plans evil because, well, in the final analysis they are. Plopping entire villages of upscale homes and businesses so close to Red Rock diminishes this unique environmental treasure. It also perpetuates America’s current economic model, which for the past 40 years has bifurcated into two styles of living: one for the rich, one for the rest of us. However, America’s brand of capitalism isn’t going away anytime soon. Although residents are right to fight Rhodes’ scheme for Blue Diamond Hill, his development is a symptom of a larger, systemic sickness that makes people want more no matter what the cost. And that infects more people than just Jim Rhodes.

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light has finally been switched on into the sadistic Race to the Top program after the decade of darkness in — President Obama’s Sword of Damocles public education, known by the version of NCLB hanging over every student, cuddly but deceptive moniker No teacher and administrator in the country. But Child Left Behind. And the cockroaches both Republican and Democratic versions of of corporate-based education reform have the reform movement have failed. Miserably. been scattering for cover. That’s the bottom line to autocratic federal This summer at the Aspen Ideas Festival in control of public schools. In fact, following Colorado, Jonah Edelman, a wealthy reformist the recently revealed, reform-inspired masfrom Oregon, inadvertently revealed the diasive cheating scandals in Georgia, Pennsylvabolical agenda behind the reform movement. nia and Washington, D.C., all bets are off. In a moment of unabashed boasting, he told Nevada, often near the bottom in national how he and his wealthy academic statistics, may friends, though not from end up near the top once REFORM ROACHES the dust settles from all Illinois, went into Illinois and spent millions to hire this cheating elsewhere. ARE SCUTTLING the “best” 11 lobbyists in However, it may take TO COVER THEIR the state to successfully decades to clear that dust. help dismantle the teachHence, about public eduTRACKS AMIDST ers’ union there. cation in America nobody THE CHEATING Imagine that. During knows anything right now, SCANDALS. contentious legislative thanks to the reformists. sessions when most IlIn fact, as we speak, these linoisans thought their reform roaches are scutlocal politicians were tling to cover their tracks battling for the interests of their children, amidst the cheating scandals. behind the scenes was this outsider Edelman Truth told about the current reforms: and his carpet-bagging, corporate buddies Charter schools, on average, do not outdominating the politics of Illinois, having perform public schools. Merit pay does not a field day destroying the labor protections produce better results. And high-stakes of teachers. Why? Well, to demolish public testing has decimated school environments education in the name of privatization, so the while producing administrator-encouragedprivate sector can make even more money off and-condoned cheating. That’s three strikes our children’s backs with less public scrutiny. for the reform movement. Lest this sound foreign to Nevadans, the Locally, Clark County School Board dominatrix for the national reform movePresident Carolyn Edwards, a woman with ment, outsider Michelle Rhee, has personally the demeanor of an uptight pilgrim just off been whipping our own governor into reformthe Mayflower, has been in the media lately ist shape by whispering those hypnotic clichés spouting anti-teacher rhetoric about removing in his ear that quickly become political sloteacher labor protections by getting rid of the gans: Schools are failing; blame bad teachers; “last-in, first-out” layoff policy. She sounds get rid of labor protections. Her goal is to help pathetically like Michelle Rhee’s pet parrot afdestabilize educator unions for the wealthy ter a reformist suppository has been shoved up backers of her nefarious but well-heeled Caliits ass. Given Edwards’ total lack of insightful fornia-based organization, StudentsFirst. leadership, students, teachers and administraIn 2002, NCLB was simply a slogan tors here could be in for another rough year. without substance. By 2011, it had morphed CHIP MOSHER is a simple classroom teacher

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ou’ve probably heard rumblings about the financial mess in North Las Vegas. Maybe you’ve read news stories about insolvency being just around the corner, or about how the state might seize control of the city’s poorly managed finances, or about labor turmoil, questionable elections, allegations of widespread incompetence and cronyism. Man, did you hear it wrong. Not only has North Las Vegas resolved its money woes, it has also reached a friendly accord with public unions and is able to provide the “best services” to residents and businesses. I think they also managed to put

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a chicken in every pot. How do we know about this miraculous turnaround? Because it’s all there in the resume of acting city manager Maryanne Ustick. Ustick’s amazingly rosy CV is making the rounds in city hall, generating chuckles wherever it is read. Norman Vincent Peale doesn’t think this positive. Seriously, here are excerpts from the creative propaganda under the heading of “Professional Experience”: “Oversees all city departments including Fire, Police, and Utilities. ... Developed a Budget Reduction Plan to address a budget deficit of approximately $100 million over two fiscal years. Reorganized and right sized

the city organization while increasing comthe county commission will likely have given munications with employees and unions. a thumbs-up to Rhodes’ plans, though oppoRestructured the city’s capital improvement nents might look for other ways to fight it. plan to reduce expenditures while ensuring the completion of a new city hall and civic T W I S T E D WAT E R TA L E S plaza, a water reclamation facility, and 150 acre regional park. ... Improved relationships Local water officials must be pooping with federal and state legislative delegabricks these days as the water level at Lake tion as well as with other city and county Mead continues to go up by the day. Lake managers to ensure that residents and busiPowell has been rising by a foot a day this nesses are provided the summer, which means best possible city and more water will be NORTH LAS VEGAS regional services.” Mead-bound soon. Whew. She said a This is not what our RESIDENTS HAVE mouthful. I’ll bet NLV water folks want to see. NO IDEA HOW GOOD They decided a few years residents have no idea THEY’VE GOT IT. how good they’ve got it, ago that the drought is how seamlessly the city their friend, since it prois conducting its busivides at least thin justifiness or that the ambitious Ms. Ustick has cation for their proposed rural water grab. single-handedly enacted the “right sizing” It’s been a string of bad news for the water of city government. Right sizing, eh? Wish honchos. Demand for water had dropped, I had thought of that remarkably utilitarian because of the economy and conservation. phrase. The snowmelt has exceeded all expectaIt’s no wonder she is now a finalist for a tions. Large crowds have turned out at public bigger job in Florida, though with credentials hearings on the water grab, with opponents like the ones above, we should really send outnumbering supporters by at least 4-to-1. this gal to Washington. In a recent interview, SNWA boss Pat Mulroy repeated her claim that back in the 1990’s, “we were told this drought wasn’t possible.” POLITICAL NOTES Really? She was told? Who were these mysteThe folks behind the Steve Ross recall rious tellers? How did they get this so wrong? effort say they are supremely confident that The fact — and it is beyond any doubt — is they will have at least 50 signatures beyond that Mulroy and her agencies were told many what they need when they submit their times that drought along the Colorado River paperwork to the Las Vegas city clerk this is the norm, that wet periods are the excepweek. They needed 1,085 voter signatures to tion. They were shown tree-ring records justify a recall election and say they passed dating back more than 500 years as proof that number Sunday evening. Unlike petition of extended droughts. Professor Mark Bird, efforts that solicit signatures from unknown among others, warned the water agencies voters on street corners, the recall team that they needed to institute conservation tracked down known voters in Ross’ district measures. In 1991, the cover of Time Friggin’ and got them to sign. Barring something Magazine characterized the Colorado as the unusual at city hall — which can never be most threatened river in the country. The ruled out — Ross will face a recall election only people who did not know that extended in the near future. ... I’m sure my friends in drought on the Colorado was possible were the conservation community will want to the SNWA and LV Water District. And that’s hit me with a rock for giving developer Jim because they did not want to hear it. Rhodes face time on TV this week to talk At the time, Las Vegas was in the middle of about his plans for a mega-development atop a growth spurt, and no one wanted to spoil the Blue Diamond Hill, which is on the edge of party by admitting the obvious — that we live the Red Rock Conservation Area. But the fact in a desert and have been living way beyond is, he put up his own money to buy the land, our means when it comes to water. spent millions more on court battles to defeat There were people who were saying that local and state efforts to thwart his plans, extended drought wasn’t possible, for sure. and has put together an ambitious design for And those people worked for Pat Mulroy. his 2,400 acres. If he does what he says he Please keep this in mind when the next round wants to do, it will be one hell of an amazing of spooky, scary, bogeyman warnings are unproject, and it will transform what looks like leashed by the yarn-meisters over at SNWA. a war-ravaged alien planet, the result of 80GEORGE KNAPP is a Peabody Award-winning plus years of gypsum strip mining on that investigative reporter for KLAS Channel 8. Reach him at hill. By the time this newspaper is printed,



After the death of bin Laden, and with the anniversary of 9/11 approaching, some Muslims feel the heat BY JASON WHITED

Better or worse? Melting pot or boiling cauldron? Ask Muslims to describe life in America near the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and you get wildly diverging views. Some, like a number of the faithful interviewed outside local mosques, say their Ameri-

can experience has actually improved a decade after the terrorist attacks, when an oil man turned president used fear and anti-Muslim sentimenttohelplaunchtwowarsintheMiddle East. According to them, life here for Muslims has vastly improved since that low point. Maybe, they say, it’s our young president with the Muslim name, or maybe it’s the maturation, even evolution, of conscience in the samenationthat’slongblamed non-whites for ahostofsocietalills.Regardless,theseMuslims say Las Vegas society largely welcomes them, that they worry about intolerance chiefly at the national level, where hate groups such as Stop Islamization of America stoke prejudice and fear while right-wing opportunists such as Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann dis-


miss Muslim culture as “inferior.” “We don’t see the levels of intolerance here that we talk about in other cities. People here are just trying to survive; it’s live and let live,” says local Muslim Amir Lamin, stopping briefly on his way to pray at a local mosque. These local Muslims say they feel pretty

comfortable living here. Vegas is different, they say, more tolerant than other parts of the country, such as the South or Midwest, where religious tolerance remains a casualty of America’s worst terrorist attack. Not all Muslims agree on that point, however. Others such as Las Vegan Aslam Abdullah say anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise here, too, and has only accelerated after the May killing of Osama bin Laden. “There are certain political groups and certain extremist religious groups who want to make an issue and scapegoat people so they can do their rantings or get more political support from people who feel vulnerable,” says Abdullah,longtime director of the Islamic Society of Nevada. “These are the same kinds of people who were responsible for lynching [black Americans], or for saying Jews aren’t allowed,or for saying Mormons couldn’t settle in this place or that, the same kinds of people who used to discriminate against Catholics, Italians, the Irish ... these are the same kinds of people who are now making this kind of noise against Islam and against Muslims.” Those same kinds of people, Abdullah says, include politicos such as former U.S. Senate hopeful Sharron Angle, who last year claimed to supporters that Muslims want to institute Sharia, or Islamic, law across America — warnings proved false by an ACLU report this May that found no supporting evidence. But Abdullah says those who speak out against Muslims also include a surprisingly large number of his fellow Las Vegans. Since 9/11,hesays,hiscommunityhasbeensubjected to a steadily rising tide of local prejudice. There are three places where local Muslims face the greatest discrimination, he says: McCarran International Airport, where he claims Muslim Americans are subjected to the kind of questioning, even interrogation, not directed toward other groups; local schools, where local Muslim children have told their parents of being picked on because of their faith; and casinos, where Abdullah says it’s not unusual for security guards to tail Muslim gamblers clad in traditional Middle Eastern attire. This discrimination has only grown worse since the May killing of bin Laden, he says, which jibes with the findings of a recent joint report from the Ohio State University School of Communication, Cornell University’s Survey Research Institute and the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, which found American public opinion of Muslims plummeted after U.S. special forces killed the world’s most wanted terrorist. Researchers say the rise in negative views about Muslims likely results from sensationalist media cov» CONTINUED ON P10 a





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erage here at home. If that’s true, Abdullah says, it’s having a noticeable effect. “Take the schools, for example,” Abdullah says.“After bin Laden was killed, our children heard things at local schools like, ‘You must be sad since your uncle [bin Laden] died.’” Clark County School District officials had no comment on these allegations by press time (nor did a McCarran spokesman), and Abdullah says local Muslim parents have been reluctant to complain to teachers and principals “because we didn’t want there to be copycats, we didn’t want our children exposed to more of that and, also, we didn’t want the state of Nevada to have a bad name.” Perhaps that reluctance accounts for the low incidence of hate crimes reported here in Southern Nevada. Statistics show such crimes have fallen in recent years. For example, Metro reported just 22 hate crimes in 2009 (the most recent year for which the department has released statistics) — a figure down by more than half from the year before. Henderson police respondedtojustninesuchincidentslastyearand four so far this year. Cops here say most local hate crimes involve an officer spotting a spraypainted swastika or angry citizens involved in traffic accidents hurling racial epithets at each other. Police say they can’t remember the last time a hate crime targeted a local Muslim. Still, other Muslims remain divided as to whether American public opinion is tilting their way or not. “What seems to be happening is that opinion keeps turning against us,” says Muslim Azam Khan as he chats with friends after a recent evening dinner celebrating the month of Ramadan.“I’m more afraid these days because of this polarization, and I believe it has a lot to do with [the recent killing of] bin Laden.” His friend Munawar Paracha, however, disagrees. “I don’t think so. I think things are better than they were.” Most Muslims, however, agree on how to ensure public opinion doesn’t continue to turn against them: voting. “This is our country, and its policies are formulated by the people we elect,” Abdullah says. “It is our responsibility to elect those people who are responsible to all of us and are more concerned about [citizens’] welfare than with those [U.S. military and diplomatic] operations that make huge amounts of money from those policies. Here we have a unique opportunity to discover the humanity of each other and prove it is possible for those created by God to come together and, finally, live in peace.”

“Gosh, I couldn’t believe how many quilters’ clubs used [library] facilities,” remembers Larsen, who dismisses the meeting as Kabuki theater. “They already had their minds made up, and this was just for show.” Signature might be the Summerlin Library space’s biggest tenant — it’s not unusual for the company to book it 45 days at a stretch — but losing it and other tenants isn’t a blow to the district. “The building is paid for, so if nobody is booking the space, we turn off the lights and go home,” Marvel explains. That’s part of what irks Larsen.“It’s open space, paid for by tax dollars, and we’re willing to pay our fair share. I’m not bitter, I’m really not,” he says,“but I think they’re trying to put all of the things that happen in the district on us.” That includes underwriting “dark” days, even if the space is otherwise in use, as well as mandatory use of salaried, district-employed theatrical technicians (two or three for productions the size of Signatures’). Larsen estimates his current “nut” per show as $10,000-$15,000 in hall rentals, another 15 grand in show rights, plus roughly $40,000 more on production values, expenses that it takes at least 22 performances to recover. Locally built sets and constumes don’t Karl Larsen cost any less if one holds fewer performances, Larsen notes, and spending less on them Higher Clark County fees are putting Signature “would look like every other high-school Productions out of business show in town. This is basically a Broadway stage,” he says of the Summerlin space. BY DAVID MCKEE “There isn’t another stage in town like this, except in a modern high school.” Signature tried El Dorado High School once. “It was Theatre and others managed to get the fee just not acceptable,” Larsen recalls. hike down from a proposed 300 percent to a Signature spent $100,000 on its recent still-steep 180 percent,Larsen says.“But that went out the window when the board voted Singin’ in the Rain and made $8,000, while on it” in April, and decided on 250 percent. the current Little Shop of Horrors was done When the curtain descends on Signature “We [had] not raised our rates in for $25,000 less and “MAYBE Productions’ staging of Hairspray, April 28, 17 years,” rejoins Las Vegas-Clark Larsen still expects it to 2012, it will mark the end of the company’s County Library District Director of lose money. Signature IT’S TIME 23-year run. So says Signature executive Marketing Pat Marvel. She adds that occasionally presents at FOR US producer Dr. Karl Larsen, who’s booked neithe board of directors did not feel it Super Summer Theatre, ther a 2012 summer show nor anything the right to forego buying library matebut Larsen contends TO QUIT. I succeeding autumn. rials or paying staffers’ cost-of-livno profit margin JUST DON’T there’s The imposition of a 250 percent increase ing adjustments. The district’s arts there, either. The Smith KNOW.” in the amount Signature pays Summerlin centers weren’t bringing in “nearly” Center isn’t a viable opLibrary & Performing Arts Center “means enough dollars to cover costs that intion for various reasons. we have no season,” Larsen says. “Maybe it’s cluded having security and janitorial Staying in business KARL LARSEN would require raising time for us to quit. I just don’t know.” The fipersonnel on-site after hours. nal blow was realizing that booking a fall 2012 Marvel says that district-sponticket prices, but Signashow at Summerlin would require a $25,000 sored events might fill some of the ture estimates that 25upfront payment. Once the total rental was potential schedule gaps — but during regu30 percent of its audience would stay home, paid, Larsen estimates it would have conlar library hours. She adds that Signature requiring admissions to be ratcheted still sumed half Signature’s production budget. was among the participants in a February higher. “It’s a vicious cycle,” Larsen laments. During negotiations with the Library Dis23 workshop in which the district took com“We’re willing to pay a little bit more; we’re trict last winter, Rainbow Company Youth ments from it, Toastmasters and others. not willing to bankrupt our company.”

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A reality TV production company is betting the American public has had enough of the drunken, trashy shenanigans of the Pampered Housewives of Wherever. Or maybe we’re just running out of wealthy women to throw drinks and pull hair on national television. The company is seeking six women for a new show set in Las Vegas. Trailer Park Housewives will feature the cream of Southern Nevada’s singlewide set doing what they do best. Expect a lot of chain smoking and drunken brawling. It probably won’t be all that different from the Real Housewives franchise. The template is essentially the same — just with malt liquor instead of chardonnay and tetanus instead of Botox. Aspiring trailer park housewives better steal a camcorder soon. The deadline for submitting an audition tape is Oct.1. AMY KINGSLEY


OK, anarchists, I know structure isn’t exactly your thing. Neither is a regularmeetingschedule.Whatkindof revolutionarieswouldyoubeifyoutook roll? Buthow aboutjustshowing up? Excited by recent flashes of matrixrattling activism across the world, I was itching to hear agitators with the local Anarchist Café hit The Beat coffee shop last Thursday night, as their Facebook page said they would. (It was a change from the normal meeting spot: Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.) I mean, this has to be a great time to be an anarchist. Would you visibly burn with grand designs of street marches? Voice your rage atWall Street? So, I showed up. I waited. I drank coffee until I reeked of Arabica beans. You: didn’t show. Where were you? In other countries, where the economic and political classes are chopping working people into human chum to keep their high-finance shark tanks churning, your ideological brethren are taking to the streets, deposing Arab dictators, rioting against Britain’s caste economy or shoving back against a Greek government leveraging debt on thebacksof average people. Not here, where activism too often means Facebook petitions, maybe a Meetup group and not much else. Not even a meeting. And what kind of anarchists meet in a fucking coffee shop, anyway? I’ve never heard of any insurrection launched by smoothies or espresso. JASON WHITED


“All it means is we had a good year,” says Tom Piechota, UNLV associate vice president for interdisciplinary research and an expert in climate change and water resources management. In other words, those who want to see evidence for or against climate change in the heavy snow and rainfall in the mountains feeding the Colorado River will be disappointed. Even though the lake might rise 50 feet this year, “I don’t think it’s something we can attribute to things moving [one way or the other],” he says. Scientists such as Piechota say the consensus is Southern Nevada will continue to warm in the coming decades, but computer models disagree on whether the region will grow drier or see more moisture. JASON WHITED


Costumed Strip performer Alabama Elvis — the only name he says he goes by — confesses he was worried that Clark County officials might soon act to keep performers from posing with tourists for money, or at least to restrict their activity to designated zones along the boulevard. “So I got a deal with these folks to let me be here and mingle with the tourists,” says Elvis, who looks like a skinnier, hairier version of the real king. “These folks” are the managers at the Hawaiian Marketplace, where Elvis spends most of his days. The deal seems to be holding. Elvis has spent the past week or so posing for hours each day with tourists; no one has yet told him the deal is off. (When asked, Marketplace reps said Elvis has an actual agreement with their Zingers café, and said he is allowed to work on the property because he’s clean and professional.) He’s the only costumed Strip performer we could find who’s arranged such a deal. Aldo Saquibal, who poses with tourists while clad in a metallic animé costume, says he plans to ask property owners about such an agreement. “I could split the money with them or whatever they want,” he says. “I don’t want to get shut down; this is how I make money these days.” JASON WHITED

Your cheatin’ mind Craigslist is teeming with “tutors” who will do homework for money BY AMY KINGSLEY

The formula for passing college-level math is pretty simple: a little hard work multiplied by tutoring equals a decent grade. But some people are always looking for a shortcut. For those people, there’s Craigslist and tutors like Michelle, who didn’t want us to use her real name. The mother of three offers her services on the classified website. For a fee, she will do math homework, English assignments and even entire online courses. She’s already gotten calls from students concerned about the upcoming semester. Michelleenjoysmathandusedtotutorhighschool students. She tried to quit after she had her second child, but the mother of one of her clients had a special request. Instead of doing weekly tutoring sessions, she asked Michelle if she would just do her daughter’s homework. The mom really wanted her daughter to graduate high school, but the girl wouldn’t do the work. So, the mom turned to Michelle. “I was shocked,” she said. “I couldn’t believe her mom was asking me to do this. But after I thought about it a while, I agreed.” As it turns out, doing homework for money is more flexible and lucrative for a busy mom than tutoring. You can work your own schedule and from your own home. And there’s plenty of demand. Another Craigslist “tutor” who completes math assignments for money said he originally offered traditional tutoring.But the first person to respond to his ad explained that he didn’t have time for a full-blown study session. He just wanted the tutor to do his assignments. That tutor, who uses the e-mail handle “Faudi” but declined to give a full name, said his service is essentially the same as tutoring. Students who are struggling with math homework send him the assignment, and he shows them how to solve the problems. Of course, he also includes the answers, with explanations of how he got them. It’s just tutoring for people on the go, he said. Michelle and Faudi cater primarily to college students. The thousands of undergraduates who attend local institutions must have at least one math class to get their degrees.

But many of them come in unprepared or unwilling to tackle higher-level mathematics. Carryn Bellomo,math professor and undergraduate coordinator at UNLV,said almost half of undergraduates have to take remedial math when they enter college. That means they arrived unprepared to take the lowest for-credit offering. Depending on their abilities, these students may have to take one or two classes to catch up with their college-ready peers. Just because they’re struggling doesn’t mean they cheat. Bellomo said most students at UNLV don’t.But since most of the students in the math department are taking either remedial or required low-level math classes, that’s where most of the cheating occurs. And it doesn’t just come from Craigslist. Bellomo has seen fliers in the gym from people offering to do homework for money. Of course, the students who pay for that service may not get much out of it. Math students at UNLV must take tests on campus, even if they’re enrolled in a distance learning course. A student who pays someone else to do his homework will still have to take a test. Michelle said most of her clients don’t have the time or ability to pass college math courses. She completed a statistics course for an older student in the business school who couldn’t pass it on her own. That’s no excuse for cheating, Bellomo said: “College is not mandatory. So if you choose to go, you should put forth your best effort.” Of course, there will always be cheating. BellomohastaughtatTexasA&MUniversityin Corpus Christi as well as UNLV. Both schools had their share of cheaters who will use phones to find answers, try to get a copy of the exam before finals or just peek at a neighbor’s test. The most common way that students cheat is to slip a formula sheet between the calculator and the cover.One of Bellomo’s students wrote formulas on the inside of a Gatorade label so she could see them when she took a drink. UNLV has an office of student misconduct thathandlessomecasesofcheating.Theschool also allows professors to discipline cheaters themselves, which makes it impossible to track the exact number of cheaters at the university. It’s not a huge problem,she said,but it’s not a small one, either. But there isn’t a lot a professor can do to prevent students who really want to cheat. The university can call people like Michelle and Faudi and try to get them to stop, but unless that person is a UNLV student, the school can’t discipline them. Michelle still has some students who come to her for real tutoring. But that’s not how she makes most of her money. a




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It’s somebody’s birthday tonight. SATURDAY But it’s always somebody’s birthday Saturday night at Dino’s. It’s also always crowded, noisy and festive. All of it seems to be because it’s karaoke night. On a slight platform, a rayon-shirted, thick-necked guy who resembles a bouncer at the Bada-Bing rips into an alarmingly credible “Black Dog,” his face puttanesca-red and sheened with sweat as he reaches for the Robert Plant high notes. Someone makes a particularly noisy pool break during a lull in the falsetto. A Czech girl from the hostel next door steps back from the bar right as a knit cap in Vegas summer slips in to order a Jameson. The harried bartender locates his tab amidthe dozen shot glasses lined up behind the barwithcredit cardsand IDssticking out of them — it looks vaguely sinister, evoking a tiny drunkard’s graveyard. Mr. Soprano exits to the approval of veteran karaoke emcee Danny G. “This guy cansingthissong!”Notthatit’salwaysso:Therearepeoplewhocando“Unchained Melody” without fear or shame, and there are folks who white-knuckle the microphone but have not the slightest grasp of pitch. Next up are three girls who arrange themselves by height before proving that, yes, a Wilson Phillips tune can get worse. But they have the good humor to toast their harmonic inaccuracy afterward. A half-dozen folks in Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts wander in from some tiki party, swerving to avoid a guy in Bermuda shorts and a Bluetooth earpiece who has stepped off the stage to work the room during the super-seventies climax of “Vehicle.” Song binders and pitchers of beer are handed around tables. A guy who looks like an older, portlier Eazy-E launches into U2’s “I Will Follow.” I’m always amazed at the random assortment of people who come in for kara-

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And sometimes — sometimes — it’s on display in karaoke bars. A seven-night odyssey through the city’s pipes dreams

oke night. Old, young, middle; talented, excruciating, middle ... There are hundreds, if not thousands, of karaoke bars all over Las Vegas. Every night, hundreds of people are singing their hearts out all over the Valley. At some point I get the foolish idea to spend a week watching them. Sunday is gathering time for family dinners, church services, wedding receptions and AA meetings, but it’s karaoke night at the Escape Lounge. In contrast with the building’s whimsical exterior — adorned with rainbow-colored Kilroy doodles — the interior is graphite-toned, vaguely industrial minimalism. There’s a decent crowd, but more are arriving, waving and hugging. Almost all effusively greet our karaoke mistress of the evening, Sheila, who has blond bangs, Bambi eyelashes and quite a set of pipes. Patrons are encouraged to narrow their choices/rise to the challenge with themes — songs from non-American bands, songs from the ’80s, songs from movies. A statuesque redhead opens up the latter category with a soaring “To Sir With Love,” immediately followed by a Moulin Rouge love duet medley with too much charm and polish for this to be the first time. The two guys who give their proverbial all to the next number are slightly more ragged, but “A Whole New World” from Aladdin makes a lot more sense when it’s about coming out. One pair of friends agreed on “I Had the Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing, and did a quick run-the-pitches “rehearsal,” since the male half was unfamiliar with the song, and bullshitting and eye-rolling your way through is not how they do it here. The duo who takes on “Summer Nights” from Grease have also done it before. But the surprise comes as they hit the last “Ohhhh …” — the choral coda of “Tell me more/tell me more” rose up from the bar, as a half-dozen drinkers added backing harmony, raising their glasses and leaning into each other’s shoulders. It was a little like Glee, except everyone’s acting their age and no one’s smug. And, like the rest of the Sunday rituals, it brings people together. Some-


times family, congregation and celebration are created in unlikely places. Even karaoke bars.

TheoppositeofMonTUESDAY day’s in-crowd would be Tuesday’s tourists. On the patio at Planet Hollywood’s Cabo Wabo, the tables are crammed with fajita-munching folk sizzling beneath the lights of Las Vegas Boulevard. Inside, dozens of empty chairs face a full-sized stage and two young guys in tight black Tshirts exhorting folks to get up and sing — even resorting to bribery. “You sing karaoke, you get a shot of Tequila!” At this provocation, a woman hustles over and asks to check for a song. She is wearing a slipping-down yellow halter top and a tramp stamp of such intricacy and coverage that at first I think it’s trompl’oeilpanties.Shedownshershot, is helped onstage and shouts, “I hope you like country, ’cause I’m gonna sing a lot of it tonight!” The empty chairs in the audience do not respond; neither do any of the people as she launches into a song about keying your boyfriend’s car. It’s a miserable slog to the Imperial Palace, through the army of stumbling drunks,porno-card snappers and guys dressed up as Barney/Kiss/Jack Sparrow. Upstairs, more karaoke, featuring a young lady in formal shorts and carefully maintained lip gloss covering Taylor Swift. Even from the bar, you

can smell her imagining herself into American Idol or America’s Got Talent or Miss America. Bill’sGamblin’Hallkaraokeispacked, though the cheap pitchers of Miller probably matter more than nasally Fleetwood Mac covers. One of the karaoke hosts spins a brightly colored wheel of drink specials. “Jäger bombs! Jäger bombs again! And now Steve with ‘Union of the Snake’ by Duran Duran!” Mercifully, the singer does not avail himself of any of the many feather boas hanging from a mic stand.An inebriated and inaudible Midwestern housewife nearly tumbles backward into the giant video screen behind her, but doesn’t spill a drop of her piña colada. The guy arguing with the bartender about whether he should be served another pitcher is more diverting than the stagefolk ... until a woman with a towering cascade of platinum ringlets and lavender bustier geisha-steps out on to the stage. She produces a lifesized cutout of Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz and embraces it as she warbles“One Moment in Time,” lifting her face to the spotlight, eyes closed — the fantasy/psychodrama she’s playing out remains unknown.



Two refugees from Urban Outfitters are rocking out on a glittery pink stage that looks like a cross between a 4-yearold’s Barbie princess bedroom and a Saigon brothel. This would be Monday night karaoke at the Beauty Bar,where a guy dressed like one of the Specials can drink enough PBR to get up and sing “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.” But it’s usually the Pixies. Or Green Day. My friend Ginger returns with our second round of drinks, dodging a guy waving an inflatable pink guitar with a delighted smile on his face.I muse upon whether it’s drunkenness,cluelessness, irony or retardation. Mr. Karaoke announces, “I’m feeling some wonderful energy,” and the room is indeed buzzing, guys hugging each other, girls bouncing from table to table, bartenders rattling ice and popping pull-tabs. A twentysomething who resembles a bizarre hybrid of Woody Allen and Nikki Sixx sings Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City” with excessive melisma. “He’s only using about a third of the consonants he has available to him,” Ginger notes. A bold move, but not an entirely successful one: Most of the vocalists favor Elvis Costello and Cake, especially the latter. This is logical, since the lead singer of Cake can’t sing and neither can most people. If you’re going to karaoke, understand your limits. Patsy Cline, AC/DC, Queen — all sound fun in the shower, but may flop onstage. “These Boots Are Made for Walking” always works. If all else fails, do it like you’re William Shatner. As they sing in Gypsy,“ya gotta have a gimmick.” I myself had put in for Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Breathless” — to be rendered in my best Lux Interior imitation — but Mr. Karaoke never called me. Every pause, I look up hopefully, like Miss New Hampshire praying for that last spot in the top 10,but,Bob Dylan with Andy Warhol’s hair is singing the Strokes. Then a guy lures two drunken sorority types to be his backup dancers. I’m hoping for ersatz Tom Jones with frugging faux pussycats, but it’s just another Journey cover with the girls giggling and rubbing up against each other in the background. I lean back against the gold vinyl upholstery and roll my eyes at Ginger.


“Irony? Gets redundant.” Yes, refuge in bitchery, like any disappointed pageant queen. Yes, I directed folks to the “gimmick”nottwoparagraphsago.However, said gimmick should not cause observers to grimace, crack their knuckles or make threatening references to “weakass imitation of weak-ass James Franco weak-ass performance art.”

Ryan Heaney sings “Snow” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers as Danny G emcees during karaoke night at Dino’s.

But fantasy is why all of these people are here. Sure, some people are pretending they’re Tony Bennett, some are playing at Beyonce, others delude themselves that they can carry a tune in a bucket. Crazy? Maybe. But there are bigger and dumber pipe dreams at every gaming table in town. At first, the quaint British WEDNESDAY pub atmosphere of the Crown & Anchor seems a bit too genteel for karaoke. But consider that British pubs are most authentically populated by rampaging British soccer hoodlums, and the college student monotone-ing and sloshing his pint in accompaniment to Linkin Park seems restrained indeed. Also present and collegiate is the UNLV women’s softball team, boisterously celebrating ... victory? Defeat? Practice? Regardless, it seems to involve a lot of duets and group numbers. My friend Rick squints at two girls in sweatshirts duetting about drunkdialing each other. “What is this stuff they keep singing?” “I think he said …Lady Antebellum.” Rick grimaces and our friend Keela looks up from the binder of song titles. “Rick, will you sing ‘Guilty’ with me?” The Barbra Streisand/Barry Gibb duet is her go-to,so she always needs a Barry. A middle-aged guy in a black Tshirt sidles up to Keela and asks if she is singing. She smiles hesitantly, answers vaguely and receives a 10-minute monologue about how often he comes here, songs he likes to sing, his favorite music. She kicks me repeatedly. I wait for a lull in the tirade to ask the time, but he seems to know that the second he stops to breathe, the prey will flee. I finally interrupt, and he slinks to the other side of the bar. All conversation ends when someone attempts Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” — it’s better to be laughed with than at, replete with room-wide chuckling, hand-jiving and lip-syncing. Perhaps overly encouraged by this display of rowdy enthusiasm,a quartet of softball players open the next number by attempting human pyramid on top of the video poker counter. The bartender flexes his tattooed biceps, bellowing, “NO!” The biggest softball girl points at the tiny karaoke master. “He said we could!” Karaoke master shrugs, a





regards the ceiling. The bartender reiterates, “Well, I’m behind the bar and I say NO!” Faced with such irrefutable logic, the Ladies Softball Team keep their rendition of the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” earthbound, with plenty of hugging and backslapping and shouting into each other’s mic. This is why people do karaoke: Bonding over shared embarrassment or the humiliation of others. Nothing teaches togetherness and determination like standing together through all five atonal minutes of your team butchering “Lady Marmalade” or Iron Maiden’s “Run to the Hills” or, of course, boy bands. We continue singing and snarking

along, ordering more Black Velvets and onion rings. During Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Right Round,” Rick coaches us through the dance moves: “Lasso arm! Look to the horizon! Now pound on the door!” Black T-shirt across the bar scowls derisively, but fuck him, we’re having a good time. The E-String in Henderson is a musician’s bar — specifically, a guitarists’ bar, as you can tell by the Stevie Ray Vaughan photos, Glenn Campbell autographs, assorted Metallica and Kiss memorabilia and, naturally, the in-house guitar shop. But there’s also that little sign on Sunset with “karaoke” and the arrow pointing toward a full parking lot. Inside the bar is active and the performance room full — the E String’s live music schedule is busy, but there’s still karaoke five nights a week. It’s a lively crowd: Skinny tie, backward baseball cap and salt-andpepper ponytail all represented. A girl with Betty Page bangs croons MG-


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I’m running out of steam, will, energy, desire, patience ... but no quitting, so I walk into the Four Mile Bar at about 10 o’clock on a Friday night. A wall of talking,shouting,laughingand,yes,singing blasts me in the face as soon as I open the door. The room is low-ceilinged and packed with video poker machines near the bar, the other half of the room takenbyaclusteroftablesandasliverof dance floor. There’s just enough room for the karaoke setup, presided over by


a gentleman with a Deadwood-worthy handlebar mustache. He cues up “Live Like You Were Dyin’” for a guy who looks harder to kill than Rasputin. I sip a Guinness while winning and losing a few virtual hands at the bar. A guy in a cowboy hat dances with a

pressed the desire to not involve my car. Words of wisdom: If you’re drunk enough for karaoke, you’re too drunk to drive. Also: If you’re old enough for facial hair, you’re too old for Bieber bangs, but that one applies to someone else in the room. A woman in a floral Laura Ashley dress is onstage, her voice rising from timid to confident and her smile from tentative to secure as the song progresses. Then a pair of dapperly attired (the plastic bracelets picking up the colors in the plaid shorts!) and dreadlocked black men harmonize on “I am a Man of Constant Sorrow” with such joy that I half expect them to bust out with the dance routine. Then Danny G. does his trademark rendition of Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out,” getting even those who are too young to remember it bopping. As far as the week of karaoke, I’ve seen too much and I’ve seen pretJoe Curila powers through Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of ty much fucking nothFools” and Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” ing. Because it’s everyat Dino’s. where. A steakhouse at a woman in orthopedic shoes while an Strip casino. An enlisted club on Nellis old biker sings another country song Air Force Base. A country-western bar about getting drunk. The sound of in Summerlin. A strip club off Induspeople croon-mumbling mildly fatrial. A pizza joint in Boulder City. A miliar songs has become background backroom at a Chinatown restoyasky. noise. And every time I turn around to A microbrewery in Henderson. A mosurvey the scene, I am reminded by the tel bar on Blue Diamond. I could spend hopeful eyes meeting mine that I’m a every night for a year in a new karaoke blonde alone in a bar on a Friday night. club. Each one would be different, but A guy with a crewcut stumbles each one would be the same — up to the microphone and addresses “Next up is Lissa. Lissa! She’ll be someone in the audience — “Hey, you. singing the Eurythmics.” I snap out You with the long hair ... you like Chris of my reverie, take a deep swig of my Cornell?” — before launching into a greyhound and head for the stage. I’m Pearl Jam cover. I leave before I disgoing to attempt “Missionary Man” cover whether he thought that Chris — I usually favor stuff like “Fever” that Cornell was in Pearl Jam or that he was lets me pretend I’m Lauren Bacall in singing Soundgarden. a film noir, but I’m taking a chance in honor of all the brave souls I’ve seen Back full circle this week, putting their all into a song SATURDAY at Dino’s on Satur- they barely know in front of a room full (AGAIN) day. I have friends of strangers. I stand under the lights, from high school visiting. One has smile out at the crowd, look into the expressed the desire to see me “make monitor and take a deep breath as the a fool out” of myself, and I have exfirst words roll by. PHOTO: BILL HUGHES


MT’s “Kids,” a woman in a long hippie dress warbles Crystal Gale’s “Don’t It Make my Brown Eyes Blue.” A bald guy stomps and wails through an Ozzy Osbourne with admirable gusto, although he falters when confronted with the 32-bar “musical break.” The guitar solo, the lengthy bridge, are the bane of the karaoke singer. When Mick Jagger used to duck behind a speaker for a rail of blow or a blow of his rail, even the most confident karaoke-ist is stuck smiling awkwardly through a seeming eternity of canned plink and gurgle, without a Keith Richards — or, hell, even a Joe Perry — to gawk at. A TV screen displays the lyrics, as well the name of the singer and who’s up next. There’s a collective eye-roll when the wretched name of Celine and the reviled theme from Titanic is announced. A chick in Daisy Dukes and a Doors T-shirt steps onstage and begins singing it … like Broadway. She belts through the first chorus, the room grows quieter, a few couples begin slow dancing, the fiftysomethings gazing into each other’s eyes and smiling, the twentysomethings with their heads buried in each other’s shoulders, inhaling CK One. This is what makes karaoke in Las Vegas unique: The talent level. I still have fond memories of the night a woman with short black hair, big black mascara’d eyes and a glittery dress wandered into Champagne’s. Clearly an off-duty Liza, she attacked the Judy Garland songbook with such passion that I expected a tremulous monologue about “mama” at any second. In Scranton or Pisinemo or even Chicago or Boston, you’re likely to endure a procession of the tone-deaf and tipsy. But in a town full of professionals — current, former and aspiring — sometimes you’re not indulging them, they’re entertaining you.

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Wu-Tang Clan alum Raekwon finds the happy medium between the artistic and the commercial BY MAX PLENKE


ometime in hip-hop’s history, street toughs from New York started sitting at desks and making million-disc sales from million-dollar deals. On the forefront of that was the Staten Island-birthed Wu-Tang clan, which reached the level of hip-hop royalty and myth that surrounds the Kung Fu origin of their name. Almost every member — RZA, GZA, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, Method Man, Ghostface Killah and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard — has had a successful solo career. Corey “Raekwon” Woods isn’t any different, starting his own legacy with Only Built 4 Cuban Linx — which he performs with Ghostface Aug. 22 — 16 years ago. CityLife: What’ve you been listening to? Raekwon: Lately I’ve been in the Stevie Wonder chamber. Man, people don’t know I listen to all genres of music. People call me a mafioso rapper or a thug rapper all the time. But I’ve been listening to a lot of old-school music. Some Caribbean music, too. Something that moves slower. I try to look at different sides of music than just rap. I’m liable to listen to Off the Wall by Michael [Jackson]. It just gives me a sense of direction and how to move forward and keep making great music, because you need to hear great music to want to make great music.


CL: I like that you’re talking about moving forward, because your latest album, Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang, has some young guns in the production. Were you reluctant to work with hip-hop’s newer litter? R: Most importantly I was excited to make

bum. Rae isn’t gonna play when it comes to tired product. You’ve got other niggas who let other people dictate what’s hot. No, it should always be what the artist feels first. The fans’ opinions are necessary, but secondary.

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a great project, and these young producers stepped up for the belt. I think the music is becoming rounder, so you’re getting different types of music for different crowds. The main thing for me, I’m an [artist & repertoire executive] 24 hours a day, so I want to open as many doors to as many sounds as I can. I’m one of those cats who, when they say you’re gonna get an album, you’re gonna get an al-

CL: What do you think of rap right now? R: Rap is a great sport to be involved in. You’re being creative,you’re being an artist and bringingqualitymusic.Ican’tsayit’snotcoolif it’s still selling. I think this is one of the richest businesses to be in right now. But people aren’t as creative as they used to be. The doors ain’t as open. For me, if these people are making

money and taking care of their families, I feel like everybody should get that chance. But for me, being in this game for 20 years, I think the game’s in a pretty good state. It’s spread out for different audiences. You’ve got the younger-

CL: How do you feel about the music you put out in the ’90s? Is “C.R.E.A.M.,” perhaps the most recognizable Wu-Tang Clan song, nostalgic or tired for you? R: Oh, “C.R.E.A.M.” is definitely nostalgic. My whole demeanor back then is something I wouldn’t trade for anything. The music we made was brilliant, and now I know how to be more humble and present it in a better way. When I go back to those kinds of songs, it definitely shows me that you can do what you want if you take your time and believe in it. When we made these songs, it showed us we knew what we were doing. It showed us we’re the kinds of guys who make classic music. You can’t get tired of it because the fans aren’t tired of it. Nowadays I’m a stronger artist. I’m a direct-target sniper when it comes to getting that bull’s eye of making great music. CL: You and Ghostface Killah are both on this week’s Rock the Bells. Are you doing any of the you-and-Ghost tracks? Will we hear “Apollo Kids”? R: (laughs) I like that. All I’ll say is, for Rock the Bells, we have a target to hit, which is the classic albums. So you’ll definitely have the opportunity to hear that. But you’ll definitely be hearing other things, too. And I’m not allowed to talk too much, but get ready for the surprise. RAEKWON (with Ghostface Killah, Mobb Deep) Monday, Aug. 22, 9 p.m.; House of Blues, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd., 632-7600, $27.50-$32.50

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All of the lo-fi bands making the rounds today owe their careers to Pavement, those immortal noise-rockers whose songs were as messy as they were spryly upbeat. Say what you will about The Pixies or Killing Joke. Stephen Malkmus and Co. was the band for several hundred thousand kids in the early-to-mid ’90s. After a decade of dormancy, Pavement reunited to tour last year. But don’t expect Slanted and Enchanted II. These days, Malkmus fronts The Jicks,who underwent a little-ballyhooed lineup change in 2008 (out was Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss; in was The Joggers’ Jake Morris). Mirror Change, their second album since Weiss’ departure, is slodgy but melodic. The farting distortion of “Long Hard Book” gives way to the minor-key ballad “Asking Price.” Other tracks ride clean guitar hooks, helping

emphasize Malkmus’nasal pitched coo. Produced in collaboration with another ’90s refugee, Beck, Mirror Change doesn’t ask many challenging questions about our sociopolitical landscape. Yet Malkmus seems fascinated by man’s supposed abuse of power. “I know what the senator wants,” he sings on the pop-punk gem “Senator.” “What the senator wants is a blowjob.” M.T. RICHARDS

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Is The War on Drugs feeling a bit of seller’s remorse? In 2008, the band split from guitarist KurtVile,whowantedtopursueathen-nascent solo career. Vile has since gone on to international acclaim. His Smoke Ring for My Halo was a relative commercial breakthrough this past spring, peaking on the Billboard 200 album chart at No. 154. That an album of fuzzed-out guitar breaks, electronic murmurs and acid homages to classic heartland rock (think early Springsteen by way of Dylan) managed to chart at all is something close to a miracle. In the years since Vile’s departure, The War on Drugs has trudged on, touring at a respect-


able clip and releasing a solid EP, last year’s Future Weather.But new album Slave Ambient feels reductive. Smoke Ring for My Halo contorted the images of Vile’s 1970s heroes into bizarre new shapes; it was as if he had been playing Blood on The Tracks during a rough 2C-E comedown. Slave Ambient is strange for much different reasons. Vocalist Adam Granduciel sings in a defeated Springsteen drawl over vrooming stadiumrock guitars, giant synthesizers and very “Thunder Road” pianos. The level of mimicry on Slave Ambient defies comparison. Retrograde or not, though, Slave Ambient gets the bombast and sentimentality of ’70s rock right,withlighter-raisingchorusesandtriumphal, overarching riffs. On “Baby Missiles,” the band pulls out cheesy sports-movie synths; “Come to the City”is about the very American custom of drifting on the highway. Brandon Flowers wishes he could write a Springsteen rip-off as big and loud as “Your Love Is Calling My Name,” which explodes into a wall of cascading synth strings. M.T. RICHARDS




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Rapper Jay Dubbler leaves jail inspired enough to quickly put out two records BY MAX PLENKE

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Jay Dubbler is locked out of his sister’s apartment. Suffering the high-noon heat, he looks sweaty and sheepish as his two giant pit bulls yelp at him from the air-conditioning. It’s Alanis Morissette levels of fauxirony: After 90 days being locked up in Las Vegas City Jail, now he’s locked out. But he’s less concerned about that than his current brain child. Like last time he found himself in the clink, the dude who calls himself Late for Dinner found the drive to release new music. This week marks his new E.P., The Sugar Mama EP, the precursor to his September sophomore album, Book of Lies, and what he’s calling his attempt at becoming a normal member of society.

Dubbler found himself locked up this time for a 4-year-old D.U.I. — but he went in of his own accord. It turned out the rap life he wanted to live after releasing his debut full-length, Blame It on the Economy, was tougher than he thought. So he turned himself in to get the time out of the way. “Now I’m free, don’t have warrants and don’t plan to get any more,” he says. While freedom might be sweet, it might also be detrimental to his creativity. Like this E.P. and its upcoming successor, Dubbler’s last album came out immediately after a previous term in prison. He doesn’t know why it is. But the uncomfortable truth might be that concrete walls are his muse. “Last time I was in jail I got a letter from [local rapper] HighDro,” he says. “He pretty much said ‘Anytime you’re in jail, you get a buzz about you. People wanna see you perform or want to hear your music.’” Whatever the situation is, being stuck in a cell made his music come out quickly. It took roughly a month and a half for the second Late for Dinner album to get put together after Dubbler got out — but he’d been sitting on it for almost two years. It’s substantially more electric and hungry than his previous project.“I think I’m angrier now,” Dubbler says. “I kind of phoned in Blame It on the Economy. I’d “I THINK I’M ANGRIER like to say there wasn’t any filler. But in a way it’s all filler. There’s none of NOW.” that on this record.” The E.P. revolves around that anger, taking it out on government shadows, JAY DUBBLER money problems and modern crutches. From there he goes on a tangent about how no one reads, how reality television contributes to the decline of society and how he’s sick of being a show opener (he never promised the tangent would be linear). It’s all on the album in one way or another. And somehow, that makes the whole project stronger — that and a bluntful of pothead vernacular. But instead of wrapping his head around a touring schedule, Dubbler’s focused on getting back to a warrantless lifestyle and hitting the ground running with this week’s E.P. release. “This is two years in the making,” he says. “It’s not Blame it on the Economy. It’s not even Blame it on the Economy on steroids. This is a whole different animal.”

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The Las Vegas nightlife community will be working hard during the week leading into Labor Day, but no single constituency will be sweating more than Black Rock Syndicate: the daytime/early evening soundcamp at Burning Man, and the largest Sin City-based camp at the weeklong festival in Northern Nevada. It not only has to run the open-air desert dayclub, it must build the dance/residential space from scratch. And since it takes money to prepare for — if not participate during — Burning Man, the Syndicate must look beyond camp dues and gifted materials and services to fund this endeavor, which will serve the 50,000-plus Burning Man community from Aug. 29 to Sept. 3. Fundraisers through the year are the primary source of cash, and “The Final Voyage,” to be held Aug. 20 at Rumor and its Gossip pool, looks to be its biggest. “Voyage”isa12-houreventmeanttosimulatetheBRSBurning Man experience, only this party will be poolside. It will include fire and Strip performers, photo booths, water cannons, and much of the decor and structures used to theme its camp. Furthermore, both local and international DJs — many of whom will play for the Syndicate at the festival — will provide the sounds, includingMikeAttack,SpaceByrdz,BrettRubinandToronto househead Hatiras,the latter making his Las Vegas debut. The $15-$20 cover goes exclusively to the camp (which will be located at 8:00 and Engagement, if you’re Burning Manbound), and you can see what exactly you’re contributing to — as well as all the party details — at www.blackrocksyndicat MIKE PREVATT

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e can see the second act twist coming in Another Earth as clearly as our heroine, Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling), can see the other earth of the film’s title hovering in the night sky. The would-be MIT student has just left a party and is a little tipsy, when loud-mouthed DJ Flava comes on her car radio and announces that the newly unveiled planet, dubbed Earth 2, appears to be an exact replica of our own. Beguiled by Earth 2 and buzzed on booze, Rhoda unknowingly veers into the opposite lane, where she crashes into virtuoso composer John Burroughs’ (William Mapother) car. His wife and child are killed, and he’s left in a coma. Rhoda is sentenced to prison, and her dream of studying astrophysics ends. WhileJohnandRhodaareeventuallyreleased

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from their respective cages, both aren’t fully free. John no longer writes or performs music, and lives alone in a dump. Mapother uses his own strange features — a high forehead, downward sloping eyes and rubbery skin — to convey John’s suffering. He’s all blank, eerie stares and emotionally disturbed facial contortions. Marling’s physical beauty takes on a haunting aspect, standing in for the broken promise of Rhoda’s life. Rhoda punishes herself by stripping her bedroom of décor so it resembles a cell, taking a job as a school janitor and, crucially, by revisiting the scene of the accident. Herein lies the predictable Act 2 twist: We know these two will again cross paths. One day Rhoda spots John returning to the scene to leave a gift for his dead child and follows him home. There, Rhoda convinces John — who never learned the other driver’s name — to allow her to clean his place for free. The

too-obvious metaphor for “cleaning” up her crime and guilt aside, we know Rhoda and John are going to grow close and, without giving too much away, this closeness will create new problems. How many indie dramas have hinged on such a scenario? What saves director Mike Cahill’s feature debut from being a rehash of so many other Sundance darlings is its sci-fi element. The concept of Earth 2 — a parallel reality strung among the stars — creates a compelling backdrop. Cahill, who co-wrote the script with Marling (the two previously collaborated on a documentary called Boxers and Ballerinas), wants us to remember that life, however clouded by this celestial discovery, goes on. To that end, there are some expertly rendered moments of intimacy. The scene in which John and Rhoda play a boxing video game together is particularly engrossing; it marks the beginning of a new chapter in their détente. As the film progresses, however, the enormity of Earth 2’s implications opens new fronts in their cold war. Rhoda sees a chance for a fresh start. That’s why she enters a contest offered by a private space travel company to visit the planet. If she wins, what will she discover? And if John discovers who she is, what will be the result? The balancing act between these questions and their answers is what makes the visit to Another Earth one of the most compelling cinematic journeys of the summer. ANOTHER EARTH Brit Marling, William Mapother, directed by Mike Cahill, rated PG-13, 92 mins

MOST OF THE BUZZ surrounding The Future involves the talking cat that narrates the film. It’s just as well, as it’s hard to describe exactly what writer-director Miranda July’s The Future is about. “Quirky” and “existential” are accurate but inadequate adjectives. July, who stars as Sophie, seems like she just time-traveled in from Athens, Ga., circa 1985 (she was raised in Berkeley, Calif.) to carry the flag for art-for-art’s-sake films. You should avoid trying to come to a concrete conclusion about her intent; flowing with the filmmaker’s occasionally surreal vision is more rewarding. Sophie has a look and personality identical to the character July played in her directorial debut, 2005’s You and Me and Everyone We Know. This time she shares an old L.A. apartment with a boyfriend (Hamish Linklater) who is similar to her in appearance (think Tim Burton-loving art school dropouts). Telecommuting techsupport geek Jason and children’s dance teacher Sophie have just made the major commitment of adopting a cat, which they can have in 30 days after its amputated paw heels. When they conclude that life as they know it will soon be over, they decide to go off the grid and pursue a passion with focused intensity. The story takes an O. Henry turn as Sophie decides to create a viral video a day of her dancing, while Jason decides he will float into his fate then pursue the resulting passion with abandon. Unfortunately, Sophie’s dancing sucks, and she has a quiet nervous breakdown that leads to an affair. Tim becomes a door-to-door solicitor and meets an elderly man he likes to spend time with, discovering an in-joke between he and Sophie about stopping time might have a basis in reality. Unconventional for sure and possessing an undeniable charm, The Future isn’t a great film, but it’s adventurous in an all-too-rare way. MATT KELEMEN

Good dumb fun NO NEED TO SEE the 1985 source material before checking out Colin Farrell as the vampire next door in director Craig Gillespie’s Fright Night. The remake, set in Las Vegas although filmed in an Albuquerque housing development for the neighborhood scenes, captures the campy spirit of the original as well as its balance of humor and horror, with 3-D effects capable of slamming viewers against their seats. Most of the names are the same, and there are even a few cameos from the original, but as far as commercially calculated updates go, Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) and screenwriter Marti Noxon created a consistently entertaining package. Noxon made her bones writing scripts for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series,soshe’sexperiencedwithfast-paced storytelling as well as reworking previously conceived bloodsucker concepts. The basics are the same: Charley (Anton Yelchin) is outgrowing his former life as a geek and the friends that went with it. When one exfriend disappears, the other (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) tries to convince Charley his new neighbor Jerry (Farrell) could be responsible, and is likely a vampire. Charley is skeptical and more concerned with continuing to impress his new girlfriend (Imogen Poots), but it doesn’t take long before the evidence against Jerry is overwhelming. Farrell has a blast mixing mirth and menace, having little trouble making the role originated by Chris Sarandon (who makes a cameo here) his own. David Tennant hams it up as Criss Angel-like illusionist Peter Vincent, with a show at an alternate-universe Hard Rock Hotel and a gothicthemed penthouse in the center of the Strip. The cartoon-like violence can be intense, but Fright Night is pure escapism that revisits vampire genre conventions without making them feel like clichés. This is good dumb fun the way summer movies are expected to be. MATT KELEMEN

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land of Hyboria, Conan (Jason Momoa) seeks vengeance on those who killed his father and destroyed his village. Opens wide FRIGHT NIGHT (R, 106 mins) See review, this issue. Opens wide THE FUTURE (R, 91 mins) See review, this issue. Suncoast ONE DAY (PG-13, 103 mins) The lives of college friends Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) on every July 15 are told over a 20-year period. Opens wide SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD (PG, 89 mins) Retired spy Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) tries to keep her identity secret from her




husband (Joel McHale) and stepchildren, Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook) all while trying to stop an evildoer’s world domination plot. Opens wide

NOW PLAYING 30 MINUTES OR LESS (R, 83 mins) Nick (Jesse

Eisenberg) was an pizza delivery boy until two wannabe criminals (Danny McBride, Nick Swardson) strapped him to a bomb and demanded he rob a bank. The funny parts are really funny; they just don’t have much to do with the story. If you’re set on seeing this movie, you better really enjoy hearing McBride swear. (CB:08.11.11) BAD TEACHER (R, 92 mins) Lessons are learned after ruthless teacher Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz) is dumped by her fiance and then tries to win over a wealthy substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake). Village Square BEATS, RHYMES AND LIFE (R, 95 mins) A documentary offering a behind the scenes look at influential hip-hop act A Tribe Called Quest. The film’s an effort of love from actor Michael Rapaport, who lacks objectivity but does manage to bring some electrifying live footage to the screen. (MK:08.11.11) Suncoast BRIDESMAIDS (R, 125 mins) A broke and brokenhearted Annie (Kristen Wiig) fakes her way as the supportive maid of honor for best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph). Suncoast CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (PG-13, 124 mins) Joining the ranks of this summer’s superheroes is Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), who after being denied military entrance sets off on a classified project transforming him into Captain America. CARS 2 (G, 113 mins) Race car champion Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is off to the World

Grand Prix, but the road gets rocky when best friend Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) runs into international spies, in this Pixar sequel. THE CHANGE-UP (R, 112 mins) Family man Dave (Jason Bateman) and ladies man Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) find the grass isn’t always greener on the other side after swapping bodies and lives. COWBOYS AND ALIENS (PG-13, 118 mins) In a town tormented by Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford), a stranger (Daniel Craig) appears and becomes the only hope against an alien invasion. CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE (PG-13, 170 mins) The perfect world of Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) capsizes when his wife (Julianne Moore) admits to cheating on him. The film’s sights were set on being out-ofthe-ordinary but ends up being just a pretty good run-of-the-mill romantic comedy. (CB:07.28.11) THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE (R, 108 mins) Based on a true story of a man (Dominic Cooper) forced to become a body double for Saddam Hussein’s son (Cooper, again). In a dual role, Cooper does the remarkable. It’s a fascinating story, and for about an hour it’s a fascinating movie. (CB:08.11.11) Suncoast FINAL DESTINATION 5 (R, 95 mins) The survivors of a suspension-bridge collapse aren’t completely clear of Death yet, in the fifth installment of this gory franchise. FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (R, 120 mins) Emotions run high when Dylan (Timberlake) and Jamie (Kunis) realize keeping up a friends-with-benefits relationship is complicated. GLEE: THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE (PG, 100 mins) The concert film that dares you to be different — in 3D, no less. Three fan testimonials weave in between performances from the cast. THE HANGOVER PART II (R, 102 mins) You know it’s a bad sign for any sequel when the line of dialogue that kicks off the story is, “I can’t believe this is

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MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (PG, 95 mins) Success-

ful dude (Jim Carrey) inherits penguins, whom he accommodates in his big-city apartment, much to the detriment to the rest of his life. Village Square, Tropicana RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (PG-13, 110 mins) After a scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) fails at curing his father (John Lithgow) of Alzheimer’s disease, he becomes the keeper of a chimp that’s been exposed to experimental drugs and is dangerously intelligent. Surprisingly inspired by 1972’s Conquest of the Planet of the Apes — but don’t expect another sequel. (MK:08.04.11) SARAH’S KEY (PG-13, 111 mins) A journalist (Kristen Scott Thomas) sets out on a journey of self-discovery when she uncovers a story of a Jewish family forced out of their home, a home she now calls her

own. Village Square THE SMURFS (PG, 100 mins) Fleeing from an evil

wizard’s clutches, the Smurfs fall out of the magical world and into New York’s Central Park. TABLOID (R, 88 mins) Documentarian Errol Morris interviews a former beauty queen, allowing her to give her side of the story regarding accusations she once abducted and raped a young Mormon missionary. Suncoast THOR (PG-13, 114 mins) Thor, God of thunder (Chris Hemsworth), is banished to Earth for inciting a war — and becomes their ultimate, ab-rippling hero. Tropicana TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (PG-13, 157 mins) Once again, the Autobots and Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) take on the Deceptions, this time in an action-fueled space race.

ONE DAY: A pay phone and a newspaper — this film must be a period piece. (Screens wide.)

happening again.” And so it is, almost down to the smallest detail. The Wolfpack, as they came to be known through the first movie, wakes up in a seedy Bangkok hotel room with no memory of the night before. Not so much a sequel as an alternate version of its predecessor, The Hangover Part II may go down as the year’s most disappointing movie that should have its shit together. (MK: 05.26.11) Tropicana HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2 (PG-13, 125 mins) In an ultimate

battle between good and evil, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) faces of against Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Though it may not be the best film of the franchise, it does bring the Harry Potter series to a tremendous end. (CB: 07.14.11) THE HELP (PG-13, 137 mins) Skeeter (Emma Stone), Aibileen (Viola Davis) and Minny (Octavia Spencer) form a daring friendship in Mississippi during the 1960s. The Help gives off a scent of Spielbergian sisterhood sappiness from a mile away. But new director Tate Taylor gives it the right touch. And the cast gels as an ensemble brings the film to life without letting its themes overshadow its characters. (MK:08.11.11) HORRIBLE BOSSES (R, 100 mins) In a drunken stupor, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) mastermind a plan to kill off their awful employers. With only a few good laughs, this film has all the earmarks of a scenario dreamed up by someone who had no idea where to take the story. (MK:07.07.11) KUNG FU PANDA 2 (PG, 91 mins) All that’s standing between evil and China is a kung fu warrior panda with Jack Black’s voice. Tropicana LIFE IN A DAY (PG-13, 95 mins) More than 80,000 people filmed their life on July 24, 2010 to provide footage for a documentary that offers a historical look for future generations. Village Square MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (PG-13, 100 mins) Gil (Owen Wilson) and fiancee Inez (Rachel McAdams) discover the art scene of Paris while struggling with

notions of “what-if” in this charming but meaningless romantic comedy. (KC: 06.09.11) Suncoast, Colonnade MONTE CARLO (PG, 109 mins) Small-town girls Grace (Selena Gomez), Emma (Katie Cassidy) and Meg (Leighton Meester) seek a summer escape in Paris, but the real fun begins when Grace is mistaken for a British heiress. Tropicana

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (PG-13) 12:20, 3:30, 7:00, 10:05 MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (PG) 11:30, 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:15 THE GREEN LANTERN (PG-13) 11:35, 2:20, 5:05, 7:45, 10:20 MONTE CARLO (PG) 11:40, 4:55 X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG-13) 12:30, 4:00, 7:10, 10:15 KUNG FU PANDA (PG) 12:10, 2:30, 4:45, 7:20, 9:40 HANGOVER 2 (R) 2:10, 7:30, 10:00

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CONT. FROM P25 X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG-13, 132 minutes) This prequel dates back to the beginnings of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), who gathers a group of mutant superhumans. One of them, Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender), strays from the group, and trouble ensues. Tropicana WINNIE THE POOH (G, 69 mins) Pooh and his forest friends are back for another adventure in The Hundred Acre Wood. Colonnade ZOOKEEPER (PG, 104 mins) A zoo caretaker (Kevin James) decides to quit and find a job more appealing to the women he’s not getting — much to the chagrin to the animals he doesn’t know can speak.

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Sodomy and scripture Gender-bending Theodora: She-Bitch of Byzantium never drags BY DAVID MCKEE


A scene from Theodora: She-Bitch of Byzantium

courageous degree of cluelessness. Much of Theodora’s satire flows from disconnects between its grandiose naivete, malapropisms and Borscht Belt humor. The cast must stoically declaim juicy rhetoric like “I’ve gone mad — mad, I tell you!” and “Pernicious strumpet of Hell!” Try saying that without cracking a smile. The action is borderline nonsensical, involving dynastic strife between the enslaved heirs of the slain King Meshuggeneh and their captors, the overweening descendants of Emperor Testes Maximus. The social-climbing


igh camp is one of the most difficult styles to do well and is easily bungled. (Xena, Warrior Princess being the exception that proves the rule.) Many of the touchstones of high camp are wholly unintentional, such as John Wayne playing Genghis Khan amid the candy-box chinoiserie of The Conquerer: “Yer bewdiful in yur wrath!” One won’t find a greater abundance of unwitting camp than the Vegas Strip,whether you like it low (Excalibur), high (Caesars Palace) or indescribable (Circus Circus). In an ideal world, Table 8 Productions’ staging of Charles Busch’s Theodora:She-BitchofByzantiumwouldunfold amidst the Mussolini-esque excesses of Palazzo. Sheldon Adelson’s bombastic monument to himself, with its faux-antiquarian filigree, is about as high as camp gets. Andy Warhol opined that the best parody of something is that thing itself, and Busch’s play takes up that challenge. Theodora’s tragicomedy parodies costume melodrama. That’s a genre that practically defies straight-faced presentation unless taken to the limit, in the form ofgrandopera.TroyHeard’sstagingalsoriffson 1950s biblical epics like The Prodigal, in which the title character straight-facedly says,“I’m so hungry I could eat a fatted calf.” Theodora also recalls 1960s sword-and-sandal spectaculars (minus the sandals), not to mention their numberless,low-budgetItalianknockoffs,knownas peplumfortheshorttunicswornbymusclemen stars like Steve Reeves as Hercules or Maciste, endless drive-in theater fodder. Busch’s play itself is part send-up, part love letter to the ponderous costume dramas of Victorien Sardou — from whose 1884 Theodora Busch’s She-Bitch of Byzantium is freely adapted — and to their frequent protagonist, the legendary Sarah Bernhardt. It’s a heroic camp, not a simpering, snickering drag show. To achieve the dizzying apotheosis that is, say, Joan Collins in Land of the Pharaohs requires both full-tilt commitment and a

Theodora (Anthony Avery) is condescended to by Aunt Vulva (Anne Davis Mulford) and ignored by her sodomite husband, Justinian (Gus Langley). Toso (Jason Nino), enslaved prince and lover of his sister Rita (Breon Jenay), is the object of Justinian’s unwanted affections … which frequently involve a peacock feather. On the sly, Theodora seeks counsel from Fata Morgana (Troy Tinker) and becomes smitten with the rebel Andreas (Lysander Abadia). Love potions, cannibalism and a deadly hairpin provoke a corpse-laden finale. Abadia’s pseudo-Shakespearean delivery

perfectly crystallizes the naively noble style toward which Heard’s production strives. As his comrade in arms, Marcus, Johanzen Palomata gets it too, as does Nino’s put-upon princeling.KeeninglikeaHollywoodingénue, Breon Jenay is idiomatic but underemployed — though her surprisingly voluptuous figure wins the Swimsuit Competition aspect of the evening.(Most of the gentlemen bravely sport glorified loincloths.) Mulford sashays about with panache, spritzing the air with snobbery via her upper-class twittering. Playing Fata Morgana as a Slavic-accented yenta,TroyTinkerdisappearsintothisstrangely sweet old biddy. Creative makeup renders him nearly unrecognizable beneath warts,false nose andtalon-likefingernails.Simperingbehindhis mascara,Langley’shalf-naked,low-keyJustinian plays too much to the crowd — and the otherwiseadmirablepraiseworthycostumer,Penni Mendez,does him no favors. After sleepwalking through a similar drag role in Fringe Festival’s Ruby of Elsinore, Anthony Avery has made tremendous progress. His Theodora has size, energy and femininity previously undisclosed. But Avery still stumbles over dialogue and fumbles punch lines. Aside from too often crowding action onto the forestage of the matchbox-sized Onyx Theatre, here is Heard’s biggest miscalculation. Author/role creator Busch makes a very handsome “lady,” and strives for “great sympathy and understanding of women” in his portrayals. You won’t experience that sympathetic quality but will enjoy Theodora anyway. Preceding Theodora is Heard’s brilliant film version of a Christopher Durang vignette, The BookofLeviticusShow.Supposedlytapedfrom a dodgy public-access channel in Wheeling, W.V., the Book of Leviticus show is transmitted from a motel room.(Downtown’s Desert Moon Motel provides maximal “Ewwwwww!” Mario Mendez’s postproduction wizardry adds grotty, off-the-air, VHS verisimilitude.) Bible-thumper Lettie Lu (highly charismatic Deanne Grace) is on the lam for reasons unspecified. Grace beams and gushes with sugary Southern femininity, her cheery façade occasionally fracturing to reveal sudden hints of anger and psychosis. Almost too late, we realize we’ve been laughing at the manifesto of a serial killer. Heard’s filmlet unfolds in a horrific whirlwind that will chill you like an unshakable nightmare. THEODORA: SHE-BITCH OF BYZANTIUM/THE BOOK OF LEVITICUS SHOW Friday-Saturday, 11:59 p.m. (through August 26), Onyx Theatre, 953 E. Sahara Ave. #16, 732-7225, $10 a






Let them eat doom! The time is right for Apocalypse Cakes BY GIGI GENERAUX


“Yellow Stack,” left, and “Thrush,” by Jason Adkins

Atypical sculptures juxtapose the straight rigidity of striped paintings in Align and Prosper BY JENESSA KENWAY

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he joke in the art world goes,“sculpture is the thing you bump into when you back up to look at a painting.” Jason Adkins’ new work at Pop Up Art House offers a rebuttal: “I’m gonna make them so big, you back into them, you’re gonna get hurt.” Adkins’ exhibit, Align and Prosper, presents the viewer with an array of enormous stacked sculptures in cheery lavender, pink and yellow, lending the immediate impression of jungle gyms or a super-sized game of Jenga. Closer examination reveals raw edges, bolts, nails, drips of glue and splintered wood peeking through the paint. Adkins crafts the pieces from discarded industrial crates he finds on Craigslist and around town. He credits his recent move to Las Vegas for the dramatic shift in his art practice, transitioning from a“finish fetish”to the exact opposite.Abundant abandoned piles of construction material left from the economic downturn sparked his inspiration. “It’s kind of a free-for-all here in Vegas,” Adkins says. “Businesses are going out of business. Nobody wants this junk anymore. That’s why they leave it outside. They’re hoping somebody will come and take it.” Throughacombinationofbuzzsawandintuition,he arrangesandstackshisfindsintoconfigurationsguided

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in part by the shape and structure the materials lend themselves to.His paintbrush: a house-paint sprayer. “Yellow Stack” is a tall, mustard-yellow cross-section of thick wooden beams and bolts, reminiscent of military arms crates, adding a violent undertone to its minimalist esthetic. The simple beauty of his design harkens back to notable minimalists like Donald Judd or John McCracken, but the association diverges from there. Adkins takes the typically crisp, clean language of minimalism on a walk through a rough neighborhood. The works retain the weathered history and character of their discarded materials. The reasoning behind using shipping crates slips into place: Subverting the perfection of minimalism and the universality of corporate manufactured identity results in works that insist on individuality and personality. Nearby, two 10-foot lengths of light blue rest upon a seat of bronzed crating blocks in a work titled “Throne.” The feathered texture of the compressed plywood,broughtoutbythe bluepaint,gives thework a varied surface remarkably similar to the monochromatic landscapes Adkins paints, showing a subtle a link between his painted and sculptural works. Also on display are two massive, horizontally striped paintings that echo in two dimensions the color-field stripes of the sculptural works. A mixture of gray scale punctuated with hot orange, red and metallic silver, the 8-foot-long painting “Thrush” calls on a long heritage of stripe painting by such artists as Barnett Newman and Kenneth Nolan. The purposefully flawed sculptures compared to the fastidiouslystraightlinesofthepaintedworksisaplayful poke at paintings having “less personality,” but also serves to underscore the force of sculptures. The perfection of the paintings is the yin to sculptures’yang. ALIGN AND PROSPER Thursday-Saturday, TuesdayWednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and by appointment, through Sept. 22; Pop Up Art House, 730 W. Sunset Road, www.thepopuparthouse. com,, free

hannon O’Malley, creator of one of the cleverest cookbooks to hit the hipster market, Apocalypse Cakes (Running Press, 2011), calls herself a “food poseur,” admits she doesn’t actually like to bake and says she has only tasted a few of her recipes. Nevertheless, her socially hip creations, like Global Jihad Date Cake, President Palin Half-Baked Alaska and Nuclear Winter Ice Cream Cake, have found an insightful intersection between baking, that most comforting of pastimes, and the apocalypse, that most dominating of news topics. O’Malley started her project in 2008, when she made a Photoshopped version of her concept — what she calls a “cookbooklet” — as a birthday present for a girlfriend who loved cake and was also interested in the apocalypse. O’Malley realized then that birthdays have a certain element of mortality to them, and that taken to the extreme, that preoccupation with mortality is apocalyptic. She kept developing tongue-incheek cake names and by 2009 had started a blog that showcases new recipes with her friend, filmmaker and photographer Keith Wilson. It was Wilson’s idea to create images for the blog. In June 2009, she ran a contest for a swine flu-themed cake, and the winning title was Leviticus’ “I Told You So” Aporkalypse Pie — an apple pie complete with a bacon and syringe garnish. Since then, the project has been noticed by, Gawker’s sci-fi blog, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, L.A. Weekly and KCRW’s “Good Food” blog in Los Angeles. Apocalypse Cakes’ biggest recognition before the release of the book was a March 2010 article on, a website that tracks innovations in technology and design. Recently,

AC, in collaboration with Calico Pie, won a public “cake off” at San Francisco’s only official cookbook shop, Omnivore Books. While she loves all of her titles, among O’Malley’s favorites are Gay Wedding Cake, because of the S&M He-Men grooms in the photograph, and China World Domination Red Bean Cake, because the photo features rows of identical round moon cakes that go on ad infinitum against a red background. The hardest title to produce? President Palin HalfBaked Alaska, because it required the procurement of a mini oil derrick, which O’Malley eventually found on eBay. Titles that unfortunately didn’t make it into the book? Impending Meteorite Chocolate Cake and Oppenheimer’s German Chocolate Cake. An advertising copywriter whose senior thesis was on the marketing industry’s cooptation of the gay liberation movement, O’Malley had little in the way of publishing savvy when she decided to produce a hard-copy version of her concept. Still, her break into the publishing world was decidedly viral and innovative. She wrote snail mail queries to 10 agents and publishers, only to receive no response. “Then I just moved the whole ‘getting a publisher’ operation into my advertising mind ... and thought of back-door ways to get noticed. One of those ways ... was creating a Twitter account that followed a ton of literary agents. I would tweet excerpts from my blog and elbow my way into online conversations. One day in 2009 I checked my blog hit counter and saw hundreds of hits coming in from places like Random House, Ballantine Books, etc. I followed the traffic and found that an agent in NYC (whom I had retweeted) went to my profile, saw my URL, read the blog and then broadcasted the URL to her thousands of followers. Within a week I connected with one of her friends and am now represented by Mansion Street Literary Agency.” And the rest, folks, is cake.

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Pasta China with pesto bread

Pasta China might temp foodies with its Italian/Chinese combinations, but its food ultimately underwhelms BY AL MANCINI

Fusion fail


s a foodie, I’m always looking for a chef or a restaurant that brings something new and interesting to the table. And in this economy, I’m always looking for bargains. So I was excited when a friend recommended Pasta China — an Asian/Italian fusion restaurant on Craig Road near The Cannery, where full meals are priced between $4 and $6! But after two visits, three entrees and two side dishes, there’s

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General Tsao chicken wings ($3 for six) and curry beef puffs ($1). There’s also a pair of salads ($3) and two desserts ($1). When I visited Pasta China for lunch, I ordered a fusion pasta called Szechuan Angel ($5) with a pepperoni and sausage egg roll on the side ($1). The order of pasta was unbelievably large, and came with a salad and two pieces of pesto bread. Unfortunately, it was incredibly boring. The menu describes it as angel hair pasta with chicken tossed in a spicy peanut butter sauce. But the sauce was ridiculously bland, the cuts of chicken mediocre and the pasta a little too thick to truly be called angel hair. It was, however, edible — which is more than I can say for the egg roll. Sure, when you order an egg roll stuffed with two fatty pork products, sauce and cheese, you expect an over-the-top greasy hunk of junk food. But that level of decadence requires serious skill to keep it from being just plain disgusting, which the chef at Pasta China doesn’t have. Not wanting to base my review on two items, I returned the next day for takeout. This time, I avoided the fusion entrees and got a simple rustica pasta and the Ying Yang, along with an egg roll cannoli ($1). Like my previous day’s pasta, the rustica was bland, with subpar cuts of chicken and a cream sauce in no way “tart and tangy,” as advertised. The small shrimp in the other dish appeared to have been dredged lightly in flour, then sautéed in two sauces: a simple scampi-like garlic preparation and a barely spicy tomato base. They were accompanied by spaghetti in an oregano-heavy red sauce. On the bright side, the cannoli was actually pretty good, probably because it didn’t stray very far from tradition. And the fried point. Sadly, that’s about as far Pasta China chicken and shrimp puffs that accompanied gets when it comes to creativity. the shrimp were kind of addictive in their The menu is small (although it tends to greasy simplicity. offer a lot of daily specials). The Italian secI feel a little bad picking on Pasta China. tion offers three types of pasta: chicken MarThere are plenty of hole-in-the-wall joints sala with bacon ($4), rustica ($5) and scampi that serve boring, uninteresting food, and ($6). The three Chinese pastas are called I don’t go out of my way to point them all Dynasty (described only as out. They definitely serve a “spicy braised pork,” $4), The THE BIZARRE purpose for those who want a Emperor (“cashew chicken,” decent portion at a good price, FUSION $5) and Ying Yang (“two flavor and prefer to avoid fast food. shrimps,” $6). Then there’s the And the people at Pasta China FAILS fusion section, which boasts are extremely nice, so I wish MISERABLY. five options, such as the sigthem well. But their bizarre nature Pasta China (“stir-fried fusion concept will undoubtspaghetti with Chinese sausage, BBQ pork, edly draw the attention of curious foodies. chicken and [sic] vegi’s,” $4), Marco Polo It’s for those people I’m writing this review (“bow ties tossed in spicy tomato beef sauce,” — don’t bother. $4) and wonton marinara (“chicken wontons PASTA CHINA 2595 E. Craig Road, 633-6404. Read sautéed in marinara cream sauce,” $5). A secmore about the Las Vegas dining scene on Al Mancini’s tion marked “Goodies” features appetizers blog, and side dishes such as shrimp fried rice ($4),


not much I can comfortably recommend. Not only does the bizarre fusion fails miserably, but the straight-up Italian and Chinese dishes I sampled were boring and bland. On the surface, combining Italian and Chinese cuisines isn’t completely insane. While experts have discredited the legend of Marco Polo bringing pasta from China to Italy, noodles are a staple of both types of cooking. For a gifted chef looking to create interesting fusion dishes, that’s a pretty good jumping-off


All dining listings are recommended restaurants based on reviews by current and former CityLife critics.



375 N. Stephanie St., 538-7360. The owners have done a great job of converting a retrothemed diner in a chrome buiding into a Japanese restaurant. The sushi here is fresh, well-prepared and affordable, and the staff is friendly and helpful. ISLAND SUSHI 9400 S. Eastern Ave., 221-1600. Located in the space that used to house the popular sushi restaurant Koto, quality sushi is still the main draw, but the new owners have added a Hawaiian flair. They offer a nice all-you-can-eat special for $24.95. MAKINO 3965S. Decatur Blvd.,889-4477.The reasonablypricedJapaneseseafood buffetis consistently freshand delicious all theway from sushito dessert. OSAKA 4205 W. Sahara Ave., 10920 S. Eastern, 616-3788. Well-trained, award-winning chefs and seafood not available elsewhere in town: This Japanese restaurant is the place to go if you want a civilized meal. RA SUSHI Fashion Show Mall, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 1132, 696-0008. Ra is a great place to eat sushi and have a few drinks — and well worth a trip to the mall. SEN OF JAPAN 8480 W. Desert Inn Road, 8717781. This off-Strip Japanese fusion restaurant offers delicious food at far less than you’d pay in a casino. The menu features sushi, tempura, kushi yai skewered meat and both hot and cold fusion dishes. Can’t decide what to order? Try one of their two “omakase” tasting menus, reasonably priced at $50 or $80 per person. SUSHI ROKU Caesars Palace Forum Shops, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 733-7373. The sushi is fresh and well-prepared, but Sushi Roku goes far beyond the basics. A great view of the strip, cool décor and large selection of creative hot and cold dishes from the land and sea more than justify the steep price tag. SWISH 5115 W. Spring Mountain Road, Suite 121, 522-9345. Swish offers shabu shabu, in which customers cook their own meat, seafood and vegetables in a pot of broth, and sukiyaki, where the same foods are cooked in a flat pan with sauce. Both are easy for newcomers to enjoy, and the restaurant’s staff is more than willing to lend first-timers a hand. GINZA SUSHI


3827 E. Sunset Road, 8983358. A little more expensive than most other Chinese restaurants, but the food lives up to the prices. BEIJING NOODLE NO. 9 Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 731-7604. Chinatown is no longer the only place in town for great noodles and dumplings. Caesars Palace’s bright, modern restaurant, modeled after Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium,



4023-4029 Spring Mountain Road, 220-3613. There are 190 traditional Vietnamese dishes on the menu, most of which are less than $10. Don’t be intimidated by the gargantuan menu; any Pho is a good bet. Open 24 hours. PHO SO I 4745 Spring Mountain Road, 252-3934. Everything on this Vietnamese menu comes highly recommended. Specialties are beef noodle soups, spring rolls and beef salad. Try beer with your meal; there is also a wine best savored as a dessert.

cheeseand deep-frying.Overall, thefoodisgood.But if you’relooking for traditional nigirioraserverfluentin English you’redestined todisappointment.


953 E. Sahara Ave., 731-6542. One of the longest-lived and most popular Thai restaurants in town. Watch out for the hot stuff, though. Even “medium” is blazingly spicy. LOTUS OF SIAM 953 E. Sahara Ave., 735-3033. The emphasis is on stellar Thai cusine rather than the dé-




feels a little like the interior of a giant fishbowl. Fresh noodles are tossed daily and offered in a variety of preparations. There’s also a small but interesting dim sum selection that makes this a great place for beginners to experiment with traditional dumplings. CATHAY HOUSE 5300 W. Spring Mountain Road, 876-3838. Better-than-average Chinese food and great service in an elegant setting. The restaurant’s east wall is made up entirely of plate-glass windows, providing a wonderful view of the Strip’s parade of lights. CHINA MAMA 3420 S. Jones Blvd., 873-1977. This unassuming little Chinatown restaurant offers one of the most diverse selections of Chinese food in Las Vegas. Their soup dumplings have become legendary and should be a staple of any visit. But don’t stop there. The menu is massive and worth exploring — and thankfully written in English. Dine family style with a large group and you can easily get out of the place for between $10 and $15 a person. LITTLE BUDDHA Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 942-7778. The local version of the famous Buddha Bar in Paris serves French, Japanese and Chinese fusion cuisine in luscious surroundings. SAM WOO BARBECUE 4215 Spring Mountain Road, 368-7628. Chinese-style barbecue that ranges from rather odd to wonderful. YUNNAN GARDEN 3934 Schiff Drive, 869-8885. Among the best of Chinatown’s hidden gems, Yunnan Garden offers some of the town’s most authentic Chinese cuisines. There are 156 dishes listed on the menu. Some, like kung pao chicken, salt and pepper shrimp, chicken in garlic sauce and countless rice and noodle dishes, are pretty basic. If you’re a bit more adventurous, try the pork intestine, frog or kidney in spicy Szechuan sauce, one of the five eel dishes, scrambled eggs with bitter melon, or tofu with 1,000-year-old egg (an egg that’s been preserved in clay, ash, salt and lime until its white turns gelatinous and its yolk turns green).

BOSA 1 3400 S. Jones Blvd., Suite

2A, 418-1931. Forget the pho. You won’t find it on the menu at this holein-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant. They specialize in something different: broken rice platters known as com tam. They come topped with a large variety of meats, sausages and rice patties, all at unbelievably reasonable prices. (Even the most massive feast is less than $9.) If broken rice isn’t your thing, you can also substitute vermicelli.


cor. Monstrous menu, reservations recommended. 5600 W. Spring Mountain Road, 873-4831. Damn good Thai food, reasonably priced. THAI ROOM 3355 E. Tropicana Ave., 458-8481. Moderately priced classical Thai food in a pleasant room. MARNEE THAI


4080 Paradise Road, 734-0094. The city’s oldest Indian restaurant and also the most expensive. Vegetarian and meat-eater dishes. INDIA OVEN 2218 Paradise Road, 366-0222. Simple décor, classic menu, good service and reasonable prices. INDIA PALACE 505 E. Twain Ave., 796-4177. Perhaps the best traditional Indian food in town, and a good value compared with its competitors. MINT INDIAN BISTRO (Formerly Himalayan Cuisine) 730 E. Flamingo Road, 894-9334. This modest restaurant offers food native to India, Nepal and Tibet. You’ll find familiar dishes like vindaloo and



4355 Spring Mountain Road, 383-3392. This tasty establishment departs from traditional Korean barbeque in that your server cooks the meat for you at the table instead of allowing you to do it yourself. MIN SOK CHON 1801 E.TropicanaAvenue, 2625592.Thisrestaurant splitsitsmenu between Korean cuisine and sushi.Attimestheformer can bea bit unapproachableifyou aren’t ableto communicatewith your serverin Korean.Thelatter, on theother hand, is exactlythe typeof crazy specialtyrollsAmericanslove – very oftenboasting non-Japanesetoucheslikecream


tikka masala, as well as more exotic offerings like a broth made of jwanu seeds or a yogurt-and-herb marinated version of tandoori called kawab. ORIGIN INDIA 4480 Paradise Road, 734-6342. Raises the entire city’s expectations for an Indian restaurant while only minimally raising the price.


CHINA POBLANO The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las

Vegas Boulevard South, 877-551-7772. While his tapas place Jaleo gets more attention, in many ways superstar chef José Andrés’ unique spin on Mexican and Chinese food is even more exciting. Andrés is a force of nature, and a bit of a mad genius. So you can be sure his tacos and noodles will offer some amazing twists. But despite the incredible creativity, he’s still managed to keep China Poblano one of The Cosmopolitan’s most affordable dining options. TASTY ISLAND 6820 W. Flamingo Road; 2220092. While Tasty Island offers quite a few Italian dishes, it is primarily a Caribbean restaurant. And its island menu offers everything from jerk chicken, curry goat and beef short ribs to tripe and beans, cow foot stew and salt fish with callaloo. None of these delicacies are served in glamorous surroundings: The place offers counter service with a handful of tables. But the restaurant is clean, the staff is extremely friendly, and while the prices are a little high, the servings are generous.


1501 W. Sahara Ave., 2144000. The restaurant in this hipster hangout offers primarily Italian choices served in a dining room that’s just as cool as the rest of the building. It may cost a bit more than similar food elsewhere, but the atmosphere is worth it. BALLY’S STERLING BRUNCH Bally’s, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 964-4111. One of the finer dining experiences of its kind in Las Vegas — fabulous food and tons of it. THE BEAT COFFEEHOUSE Emergency Arts, 520 Fremont St., 686-3164. Downtown once again has an independent coffeehouse, with a small menu that includes sandwiches, salads and pastries to complement the java offerings. BIG DOG’S DRAFT HOUSE 4543 N. Rancho Drive, 645-1404. Brats, beer and a warm décor make this Wisconsin-themed bar and restaurant a favorite for Midwesterners and locals. The original property in the Big Dog’s chain. BLT BURGER Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 792-7888. Yet another entry into the upscale hamburger world, BLT Burger is the brainchild of celebrated chef Laurent Tourondel. The menu isn’t as varied or as high-end as some of its competitors’, but it offers innovative, quality hamburgers in a casual-but-classy environment. And their spiked milkshakes aren’t to be missed. Unfortunately, they got off to a rough start in the service department, but that may improve with time. BOB TAYLOR’S ORIGINAL RANCH HOUSE 6250 Rio Vista St., 645-1399. Since 1955, this steakhouse is a reminder Las Vegas really was part of the wild, wild West. Fare is basic and heavy, but the steaks are big and perfectly prepared over a mesquite wood






CONT. FROM P31 and charcoal grill. Finish the 32-ounce Diamond Jim Brady New York steak and get a free dessert. BOSTON PIZZA 1507 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 3852595. One of the city’s best old-time pizza joints. Don’t order extra cheese unless you really mean it. THE BROILER Palace Station, 2411 W. Sahara Ave., 367-2408; Boulder Station, 4111 Boulder Highway, 432-7743. Belly up to the vast salad bar before diving into tasty entrees like mahi mahi and bouillabaisse. BURGER BAR Mandalay Bay, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 121A, 632-9364. Diners create their own burger. Start with a patty — Angus, Kobe, turkey, lamb, salmon, chicken or veggie — pick from eight cheeses, 12 kinds of vegetables and maybe pickled green tomatoes or a lobster tail. The choices tempt even the sanest patron to shell out for a oncein-a-lifetime burger. CHICAGO HOT DOGS 1078 N. Rancho Drive, 6473647. This is as close as you’re gonna get to a real Chicago hot dog joint. CROWN & ANCHOR 1350 E. Tropicana Ave., 7398676; 4755 Spring Mountain Road, 876-4733. Great British fare served by English-accented servers amid a nautical décor. DELMONICO STEAKHOUSE Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 414-3737. Straight-ahead and gimmick-free elegance, with excellent service. DU-PAR’S RESTAURANT AND BAKERY The Golden Gate Casino, 1 Fremont St., 366-9378. The opening of this Southern California institution in The Golden Gate Casino caused much rejoicing among L.A. expatriates and diner fanatics. And if you fit into one of those categories, you’ll probably love the place. The pancakes here are legendary, as are the pies. But at the end of the day, it’s still just diner food. Nonetheless, it’s one of the most popular spots downtown to satisfy the late-night munchies after an evening drinking on East Fremont Street. THE EGG AND I 4533 W. Sahara Ave., 364-9686. Down-home atmosphere makes this breakfast spot a nice alternative to the national chains. FIREHOUSE SUBS 9555 S. Eastern Ave., 8933473. It has the cult-like vibe of Saturn dealerships, but the subs are better than anything at the competing chains. Try the chili, if only for the chance to sample the massive hot sauce collection. GOLDEN STEER 308 W. Sahara Ave., 384-4470. Old-style men’s club décor, stuffed animal heads and huge portions make this the perfect place for carnivores and one of the last refuges for people nostalgic for old Vegas. GORDON BIERSCH 3987 Paradise Road, 312-5247; 750 S. Rampart Ave., Suite 16, 487-6463. Great atmosphere and great beer. Meet the yuppie of your dreams. GRAPE STREET CAFÉ 7501 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 228-9463. This wine bar and “cellar” has a Napa Valley feel to it, and offers more than 75 varieties of wine, the vast majority of which are available by the glass. The kitchen offers dishes from casual to formal, simple to inspired. Whether you’re in the mood for gourmet sandwiches, delicious pizzas, pastas or full entrees, you’ll find something on the menu to suit your appetite. Call ahead, a dedicated local fan base packs the house most nights.

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6800 W. Sahara Ave., 8044646; 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 254-4646. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Hash House A Go Go promises “twisted farm food,” which means their chef puts a classy spin on down-home favorites. Their real trademark, however, is monstrous portions. JOHNNY SMALLS Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-4414. While this place advertises itself as a tapas restaurant, a more accurate description of its cuisine would be small plates from around the world. And that variety is the restaurant’s main appeal. The truth is, you can find better versions of most of these dishes in other restaurants. But you’re unlikely to find them all in one place. And you’re certainly not going to find a better deal than their $23.99 all-you-can-eat offer ($19.99 with a player’s card). The atmosphere is the kind of contrived fabulousness that’s the trademark of the new HRH Tower, making this a perfect place to dine before or after a visit to Vanity. KONA GRILL 750 S. Rampart Blvd., 547-5552. The name is Hawaiian, but there’s a distinct Asian or Pacific Rim accent to many of the appetizers and entrees. There’s also a full sushi bar. Sit in the casually modern dining room or outside at the patio bar. LAHAINA GRILL 4570 Hualapai Way, 309-9911. This large Hawaiian restaurant has an equally large and diverse menu that ranges from raw bar fare to six varieties of chicken wings to macadamia-crusted mahi mahi. They’ve also got a full sushi bar, so there’s something for just about everyone. LAWRY’S THE PRIME RIB 4043 Howard Hughes Parkway, 893-2223. They may have the simplest menu in the world of sit-down restaurants, but they’re good at what they do: prime rib. THE LUNCH BOX 4632 S. Maryland Parkway, 722-6400. This university hotspot is small and unassuming, with a menu that’s even smaller and, at first glance, deceptively simple. The place only offers five hot dog preparations, a handful of waffle sandwiches and a few desserts. But when you take a closer look, you realize these guys take their wieners seriously. One hundred percent beef, soy, turkey or spam dogs are offered Chicago-style (with mustard, sweet relish, tomatoes, pickles and hot peppers), with chili and cheese or Chilean style (with mustard, spicy mayo, tomatoes, avocado and sauerkraut). Or try a Milwaukee bratwurst with caramelized onions, spicy brown mustard and kraut. MAPLE TREE COUNTRYSIDE KITCHEN 6000 W. Spring Mountain Road, 362-5151. In keeping with New England’s sugarhouse restaurant tradition, the syrup is authentic and fresh. A large, country-style breakfast selection is available all day, with lunchtime choices available as well. Closes at 2 p.m. every day, closed Mondays. MERMAID RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Silverton, 3333 Blue Diamond Road, 263-7777. More lounge than restaurant, the menu concentrates on snacks and sandwiches. But its cool, underwater décor — complete with a monstrous fish tank, jellyfish behind the bar and waitresses dressed in mermaid outfits — make it a fun place for a quick bite and a drink. MICHAEL MINA’S Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 693-8199. Quaint, elegant (and pricey) fish house with origins in San Francisco. Fresh gourmet seafood and lavish desserts are coupled with an exHASH HOUSE A GO GO

cellent wine list and an attentive wait staff. Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5592. Awesome diner. Quick, cheap, tasty, friendly and hip. The way Vegas could’ve been. N9NE Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 933-9900. This contemporary steakhouse offers a compelling menu of Chicago-style steaks and chops, combined with an internationally diverse menu for those with something else in mind. Reservations suggested. NU SANCTUARY Town Square, 6605 Las Vegas MR. LUCKY’S

LUV IT FROZEN CUSTARD 505 E. Oakey Blvd., 384-6452. A lone remnant of a once common creature: the independent ice cream store. It makes its own delicious custard. Blvd. South, Suite 145, 527-7851. While Town Square is packed with pretty decent chain restaurants, Nu Sanctuary is a Vegas original. Part ultralounge, part restaurant, the menu was prepared by Chef Brian Howard, a veteran of numerous Las Vegas restaurants, including Tsunami, Lutece, Alizé, Bouchon and, most recently, CatHouse. His offerings span the globe and while they can often seem a bit ambitious, they’re nearly always delicious. He offers what may be the finest pierogi in town — crispy and delicious, topped with crème fraiche and American caviar. OMELET HOUSE Various locations. Longtime favorite breakfast spot featuring 38 varieties of six-egg omelets. Closes at 3 p.m. ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE Various locations. An excellent choice for breakfast. You haven’t lived until you’ve ordered an oven-baked German pancake. PEPPERMILL INN 2985 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 735-7635. An absolute Vegas treasure. This ’70sera coffee shop will keep you fed and happy until Dan Tanna returns. Huge portions. RAINBOW’S END 1100 E. Sahara Ave., 737-1338. One of the few good places in the valley catering to vegans and vegetarians. Try the Greek pizza. REDWOOD BAR & GRILL California Hotel-Casino, 12 E. Ogden Ave., 385-1222. Traditional American, special-occasion dining in a wonderful room.

Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 632-9300. This fine seafood restaurant can boast a celebrity chef who actually works there and a wide variety of excellent, if pricey, dishes. Friendly service completes the experience. SAMMY’S WOODFIRED PIZZA Various locations. This fast-expanding chain serves weird-but-excellent pizzas and salads. SEDONA 9580 W. Flamingo Road, 320-4700. Beautiful, modern décor and an eclectic menu. You’ll find Asian, Italian, French and even Swiss influences in the cooking, but nothing terribly exotic. When the weather’s nice, enjoy outdoor dining on the patio. SLIDIN’ THRU Various locations, The urban mobile food truck trend has finally come to Las Vegas. The first entrant, Slidin’ Thru, offers a wide variety of delicious, inexpensive sliders. Once you taste the seasoning on the kalbi rib version, you’ll understand why tech-savvy fans from all walks of life rabidly follow the location of this truck via Facebook and Twitter to chase down chef/owner Ricardo Guerrero’s sandwiches. SMITH & WOLLENSKY 3767 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 862-4100. This stand-alone Strip steakhouse is part of the New York chain. Simple and expensive steaks are served snootily, but it’s a good place to impress certain kinds of people. THE STEAK HOUSE Circus Circus, 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 794-3767. This hidden gem offers classic steakhouse décor, huge slabs of meat and great service for a few bucks less than you’d pay at comparable places around town. No wonder it’s developed a loyal following among locals and tourists alike. T-BONES CHOPHOUSE & LOUNGE Red Rock Casino, 1011 W. Charleston Blvd., 797-7595. This highend steakhouse is as beautifully designed as the rest of the resort and boasts some of the finest steaks in town. All beef is aged for 42 days in a combination wet- and dry-aging process, and signature cuts include the bone-in filet mignon. Among the side dishes, don’t miss the tater tots with white truffles. TINOCO’S KITCHEN Las Vegas Club Hotel & Casino, 18 E. Fremont St., 385-1664. An eclectic menu at reasonable prices. You’ll find plenty of delicious Italian pastas, such as lobster ravioli. Other highlights include chicken satay and a filet mignon with foie gras in a port reduction. TODD’S UNIQUE DINING 4350 E. Sunset Road, 259-8633. As good as any gourmet restaurant on the Strip at notably lower prices, but it’s the service that helps distinguish the place as a great neighborhood restaurant. Unique, casual fine dining. TRIPLE 7 BREWPUB Main Street Station, 200 N. Main St., 387-1896. One of the better brewpubs in town. Great beer and good food. TRIPLE GEORGE GRILL 201 N. Third St., 384-2761. Patterned after a classic seafood and steakhouse, it offers a large selection of steak, chops and seafood as well as many more casual choices. There’s even a piano lounge where you can enjoy an after-dinner drink. VINTNER GRILL 10100 W. Charleston Blvd., 2145590. Contemporary American cuisine with Mediterranean influences in an atmosphere the owners describe as “everyday opulence.” Dine indoors or


outside in the winding patio area, which features private cabana tables and trees strung with stainedglass lanterns. YUKON GRILLE Arizona Charlie’s West, 740 S. Decatur Blvd., 258-5200; Arizona Charlie’s East, 4575 Boulder Highway, 951-5800. Fine facsimile of an intimate Northwest hunting lodge, without the stuffed heads. If you want a steak in a romantic setting, this is the place. ZOOZACRACKERS Wynn, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 770-3365. This deli features massive sandwiches made with only top-quality ingredients. It’s a bit pricey, but Steve Wynn isn’t known to be a bargain hunter.


10820 W. Charleston Blvd., 214-3500. If you’re looking for simple, authentic basics, look elsewhere. But if dishes like blue corn crab cakes with chipotle-grilled shrimp or potato and portabella mushrooms make your mouth water, Agave has plenty to offer. FRANK & FINA’S COCINA 4175 S. Grand Canyon Drive, 579-3017. This quaint, homey restaurant manages to make you forget it’s located in a massive strip mall complex. More importantly, they offer great Mexican basics and some incredible house specialties. But call ahead for a reservation, because its reputation has obviously spread through its westside neighborhood, leaving it packed most nights. LOS ANTOJOS 2520 S. Eastern Ave., 457-3505. This tiny, family-run strip mall establishment offers the most authentic Mexican cuisine in town. It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for; they probably have it. Matriarch Carmen Ruiz cooks up countless varieties of soups, huaraches, tlacoyos, quesadillas, tortas, sopes, tacos, enchiladas, chilaquiles, flautas, gorditas, tostadas, steaks and burritos. The menu is so huge it would take a year to eat your way through it. But it would be one tasty year. MI CASA GRILL CANTINA Silverton, 3333 Blue Diamond Road, 263-7777. A modern Mexican cantina dropped in the middle of a backwoods-themed casino. Luckily for you, Mi Casa has 65 tequilas delivered by their resident “tequila temptress” to help you work your way through the culture shock. The menu features tapas, Mexican classics and various house specialties: something for everyone. PARADISE CANTINA 4480 S. Paradise Road, Suite 1250, 434-0031. The vibe is part surfer hangout, part sports bar and part biker bar, so it doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. The menu combines basic American bar food with Mexican, and a daily happy hour makes it worth a visit. SONIO’S CAFE AND ROTISSERIE 3900 W. Charleston Blvd., 307-2177. This simple rotisserie joint offers a surprisingly varied menu, including a large selection of Mexican food. But it’s the basic chicken and delicious side dishes that will keep you coming back. Priced just a few bucks more than most fast food meals, it’s a thousand times better. VIVA MERCADO’S 3553 S. Rainbow Blvd., 8718826. This popular westside Mexican place recently reopened in a new, much larger location. The menu is a massive tome packed with both familiar and original Mexican delicacies. But before you begin AGAVE COMIDA Y TEQUILA

wading through it, spend some time pondering the 10 types of salsas to accompany your chips.


4810 Spring Mountain Road, 891-8889. Not for anyone who doesn’t want to get dirty. But if tearing into crabs (blue or Dungeness), shrimp, oysters and crawfish by hand is your idea of heaven, this is the place for you. Seafood is prepared in four tasty seasonings and delivered in a plastic bag, accompanied by rolls of paper towels. Not fine dining, but delicious. HUSH PUPPY 7185 W. Charleston Blvd., 3635988; 1820 N. Nellis Blvd., 438-0005. A familyowned restaurant that’s been operating since 1975. The specialty is catfish; they offer filets or fiddlers either fried, blackened or grilled. You’ll also find other Southern specialties, including frogs legs, alligator, oysters, ribs and fried green tomatoes at extremely reasonable prices, as well as daily all-youcan-eat specials. M&M SOUL FOOD CAFE 3923 W. Charleston Blvd., 453-7685. This is the place to eat if you’re in the mood for some excellent-tasting meatloaf, collard greens and mashed potatoes — and the most delicious banana pudding in Vegas. MEMPHIS CHAMPIONSHIP BARBECUE Various locations. Wonderfully realized, upscale barbecue joint. HOT ’N’ JUICY CRAWFISH


2055 E. Tropicana Ave., Suite 11, 795-7070. Buoyant atmosphere with deliciously prepared traditional Cuban cuisine. Serves wine and beer. Try the Cuban-style fruit shakes called batidos. FLORIDA CAFÉ Howard Johnson’s, 1401 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 385-3013. Real Cuban fare, seafood specialties and mild, mellow Latin American flavors. RINCON CRIOLLO 1145 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 3881906. Cuban mom-and-pop diner serving honest, simple food at reasonable prices. CUBA CAFÉ


Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 791-7337. This Brazilian dining spot offers an all-you-can-eat parade of grilled delights. Meat lovers will salivate over skewers loaded with sirloin steak, teriyaki chicken, Portuguese sausages and much more. YOLIE’S BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE 3900 Paradise Road, 794-0700. Great house specials, including the Famous Grill, an extravaganza featuring excellent meats. SAMBA GRILL


720 N. Main St., 385-3600. Comfortable and sophisticated, with a distinctly Salvadoran menu.



845 S. Rainbow Blvd., 731-0826. If you don’t know how much fun Peruvians have, this place will be a revelation. Semi-exotic food that’s beautifully presented.



5300 Spring Mountain Road, 257-3331. Authentic Argentinean cuisine with Italian, Spanish, German and Portuguese influences.



4647 Paradise Road, 650-3395. Right on the edge of the gay/alternative district sandwiched between the Hard Rock and McCarran International Airport, you’ll find this cozy little Ethiopian restaurant, complete with a patio and white picket fence. The menu has all the basics fans of Ethiopian food would expect, plus a few surprises. There are half a dozen vegetarian options and, for meat eaters, there are more than a dozen choices, including stews and chopped mounds of beef, lamb, chicken and fish. Everything is served over the traditional teff bread injera, and nothing on the menu is priced above $10. MERKATO 855 E. Twain Ave., 796-1231. A favorite of expatriate taxi drivers. You may encounter a bit of a language barrier, but, if you’re adventurous, you’ll be rewarded with incredible food at a very affordable price. Make sure to ask about the traditional Ethiopian coffee. MESKEREM 252 Convention Center Drive, Suite 8B, 732-4250. Adventurous diners should look up this hidden gem. The staff is extremely friendly and accepting of neophytes to Ethiopian cuisine. COTTAGE CAFE


Monte Carlo, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 798-7151. Andre’s is what people think of when somebody says, “Take me to the nicest place in town.” Expect to spend a good part of your evening savoring some of the best food and wine in Vegas. DRAI’S Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, 3595 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 737-0555. One of the more sophisticated and comfortable rooms in the city, with an old Hollywood flavor. The lounge alone is worth a visit — couches and overstuffed chairs surround a fireplace that crackles in a wall of bookshelves. LE PAMPLEMOUSSE 400 E. Sahara Ave., 7332066. A Las Vegas institution for more than 30 years, located in a converted house on East Sahara. The food is French and the service is old-school — waiters recite the day’s menu from memory. Yet it’s less expensive and intimidating than most French restaurants on the Strip. MARCHÉ BACCHUS 2620 Regatta Drive, Suite 106, 804-8008. New management, same reliable French bistro cuisine on a man-made lake in the Desert Shores community. Delicious appetizers and entrees, liberal corkage fees and 950 varieties of wine. MON AMI GABI Paris Hotel-Casino, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 944-4224. This Parisian-style steak and shellfish house offers perhaps the best setting in town: 18th century-style dark wood and soaring elegance inside and a glass-roofed conservatory looking out on Bellagio’s fountains. RESTAURANT GUY SAVOY Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 731-7731. Tailored to the “money is no object” crowd, a bowl of soup will set


you back $68, while the 10-course prestige menu runs $290 per person without wine. But you get what you pay for, and French master Guy Savoy’s sublime cuisine is perfectly prepared. With hip, modern décor, presided over by a young friendly staff, it’s not as intimidating as you might expect – until the check arrives.


10690 Southern Highlands Parkway, 483-5764. The good news for tapas purists is, unlike a lot of restaurants that toss around that term, the owners of Barcelona stick mainly to Spanish-inspired dishes. The bad news is they put an American spin on a lot of them. You can’t blame them; they’re just giving the people of Southern Highlands what they want. And the food is generally pretty good, with large portions that justify what at first may seem like slightly high prices. FIREFLY The Plaza, 1 Main St., 380-1352 (temporarily closed); 3900 Paradise Road, 369-3971; 9560 W. Sahara Ave., 834-3814. This upscale bar offers a wide variety of tapas items, but a limited selection of entrees. What it lacks in authenticity it makes up for in taste. JULIAN SERRANO Aria, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd., 590-8520. Gourmet chef Julian Serrano, best known for his award-wining Bellagio restaurant Picasso, takes a more casual approach in his eponymous CityCenter tapas restaurant. The varied small plates include soups and salads, vegetarian dishes, meat and poultry, seafood, ceviches and their Peruvian cousins tiraditos, cheese and charcuterie. There are also some amazing larger portions of paella and a hodgepodge of modern concoctions referred to as “new tapas.” If you really want to splurge, however, try the pata negra, Iberico’s famed black ham. BARCELONA TAPAS & BAR


4041 Audrie St., 732-1424. Old World-style Italian restaurant with an incredible memorabilia collection reflecting the Vegas of yore. Try the massive mound of scampi with linguine. BOOTLEGGER BISTRO 7700 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 736-4939. This restaurant is one of the last remnants of the city’s Lounge Era. It features live entertainment and a menu filled with Italian specialties. A great weekend dining spot. BUCA DI BEPPO 412 E. Flamingo Road, 866-2867; 7690 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 363-6524. This chain of retro Italian joints made its big expansion move just in time for The Sopranos mania. Traditional pasta and meat dishes, huge portions and reasonable prices. CAFÉ CHLOE 4155 S. Buffalo Drive, 248-7048. The staff seems to know half of their customers by name at this popular neighborhood Italian restaurant. The food is delicious and the portions are huge. The only downside is their $10 charge for splitting the oversized portions. So just order two, and make sure you bring home the leftovers. Call ahead if you want to secure a seat; the place fills up quickly. CAFE MASTRIONI 3330 S. Hualapai Way, 367-7511. An upscale but casual restaurant in a westside strip mall, it offers indoor dining, an outdoor patio and a BATTISTA’S HOLE IN THE WALL





CONT. FROM P33 bar area. The traditional menu is large and varied. The prices are a little higher than the norm, but the food and service are worth it. CAPO’S ITALIAN CUISINE 5795 W. Tropicana Ave., 436-2276; 5675 W. Sahara Ave., 364-2276. Walking into Capo’s is like walking into an illegal speakeasy, complete with a sliding panel so the bouncer can check you out before unlocking the secret door. Once inside, enjoy great Italian food and entertainment in a dining room that’s a tribute to organized crime through the ages. CHICAGO JOE’S 820 S. Fourth St., 382-5637. Joe’s has been serving Italian food based on family recipes for more than 20 years. For folks who enjoy a good meal in a relaxed atmosphere. GIUSEPPE’S BAR AND GRILL 6065 S. Durango Road, 896-7616. Although it looks like little more than a video poker bar from the outside, Giuseppi’s offers a large selection of great Italian food. House specialties include meat lasagna, lighter-than-air gnocchi, and what CityLife’s restaurant critic considers the best pizza in Las Vegas. MONTESANO’S ITALIAN EATERIA 9905 S. Eastern Ave., 870-3287. In a city filled with Italian eateries, Montesano’s, a classic deli/spaghetti combo, goes the extra step to provide fresh food. NORA’S CUISINE 6020 W. Flamingo Road, 8738990. Originally a sub and pizza joint, Nora’s has expanded into a full-service, upscale dining room serving traditional Southern Italian and Sicilian dishes you won’t find many other places.

California Hotel-Casino, 12 E. Ogden Ave., 385-1222. The silly name and bizarre décor don’t take away from the quality Italian dishes, steaks and simple seafood. STRATTA Wynn, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 2483463. Michelin two-star chef Alessandro Stratta — best-known for Wynn Las Vegas’s palace of French cuisine Alex — tries his hand at more casual, affordable Italian fare. The food is a lot more adventurous than you’d find in most Italian restaurants, adding gourmet touches to familiar dishes, but even simple dishes like meatballs are outstanding. For foodies on a budget, it offers a great chance to sample the fare of one of Las Vegas’s finest chefs without taking out a second mortgage. STRINGS ITALIAN CAFÉ 2222 E. Tropicana Ave., 739-6400. Classic Northern Italian food and a pleasant outdoor dining area. Elegant appetizers and affordable prices. VALENTINO Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 414-3000. Piero Selvaggio’s award-winning room serves great contemporary Italian dishes. ZEFFIRINO RISTORANTE Venetian, 3377 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 414-3500. Chef Paolo Belloni has created a restaurant lauded by the New York Times as serving better food than you’d find in Venice. PASTA PIRATE


4001 S. Decatur Blvd., 222-0666. Very probably the city’s best Greek restaurant, the reasonably priced Fat Greek is open for lunch and dinner. Both menus offer traditional dishes like



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hummus, baba ganoush, Kalamata olives and rice dolmades. Lunchtime also features a large selection of gyros and sandwiches, while dinner is heartier fare. Whenever you go, make sure you try their incredible version of the chicken, lemon and rice soup avgolemono . At dinner time, don’t miss the braised lamb shank. GYRO TIME 5239 W. Charleston Blvd., 878-6393; 7660 W. Cheyenne Ave., 658-9729. Adding a little variety to the fast food world with Greek dishes rather than burgers and tacos. The menu features gyros, souvlaki and falafel, as well as side dishes of spinach or cheese pies. Good enough for those times when you’re probably going to eat fast food anyway. OPA 2550 S. Rainbow Blvd., 876-3737. Opa offers the most extensive Greek menu you’ll find in town. Hellenic delicacies are served in a nice dining room with live music. Make sure you get the flaming saganaki appetizer, a baked slab of kefalograviera cheese flambéed tableside.


CAFÉ HEIDELBERG 610 E. Sahara Ave., 731-5310.

One of the only real German eateries in town. It offers all of the traditional dishes, plus good beer and a complete deli and store.


J.C. WOOLOUGHAN JW Marriott, 221 N. Rampart

Blvd., 869-7777. Even though the hotel that houses it has changed hands several times, this finest of

real Irish pubs is still doing it right. SEAN PATRICK’S 8255 W. Flamingo Road, 227-

9793. A wonderful mix of Irish pub and family restaurant.


RED SQUARE Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd.

South, 632-7407. Classically upscale Russian food served in an almost-Gothic space especially designed to encourage the consumption of vodka.


MAGURA 1305 Vegas Valley Drive, 693-6699. Of-

fering Bulgarian cuisine in a dining room with Bulgarian artwork and crafts hanging on the walls and European music videos playing on a large-screen TV, Magura immediately makes you feel as if you’re in Eastern Europe rather than on the east side of Las Vegas. The cuisine relies heavily on grilled and dried meats, yogurt, eggs and various types of cheese.


9890 S. Maryland Parkway, Suites 16-17, 450-1030. This Lebanese Green Valley hot spot brings in belly dancers and DJs to perform for packed houses every Friday and Saturday night, and has an attached hookah bar. But the star attraction is the Middle Eastern food. Expect all the basics, including falafel, kabobs and shawarma, as well as several varieties of manaish, Lebanese pizza. You’ll also find an impressive selection of beer and wine.




Old Man Markley (11:30p, $10) MEATHEADS

PUSH, Substance, Sector 7G, others (10p, $5)





The Constellations (12a, free) WINCHESTER CULTURAL CENTER

Ronnie Rose, Frank Potenza (4p, $12-$15)



Penny Pibbets, Candy Warpop, Naama Kates Trio (9p, $5)



Dead Neon, County Bucks (10p, free) FREAKIN’ FROG

Jailbox (8p, cover) HOUSE OF BLUES

Don’t Stop Believin’ (7:30p, $9-$15) THE YARD AT THE BOULEVARD POOL @ COSMOPOLITAN

The Constellations (9p, free)



Aurea Verba, A Crowd of Small Adventures, Most Thieves (10p, $6) BOOMERS

Jailbox, Mad Mike and the Pistoleros (9p, $5) BOULDER DAM BREWING CO.

Shaun Evans (9p, free)


Old Man Markley (11:30p, $10) MEATHEADS

My Own Nation, Cirka:Sik, The Uprising, others (10p, $5) ORLEANS ARENA

Coyote Country Fest: Dierks Bentley, Craig Campbell, Randy Houser (7: 30p, $15-$65) OVATION GREEN VALLEY RANCH RESORT

Brody’s World (8p, $9.95-$19.95) THE YARD AT THE BOULEVARD POOL @ COSMOPOLITAN

The Constellations (9p, free) YAYO TACO

Willo Benno (8p, cover)



Gamblers Mark, Henchmen, La Banda Skalavera, others (9p, $5)





Tru Blu, Shake N Bake (9p, $6) Sen Dog, Saint Dog, D.R.P., others (8p, $15) DOUBLE DOWN SALOON

Agent 86, Beta Bomb, The Cigarette Bums, others (10p, free) HENDERSON PAVILION

Broadway Vignettes (8p, $10)

Metasopheli (9:30p, cover) Recline (9p, free) BOULDER DAM BREWING CO.


Death Cab For Cutie, Frightened Rabbit (8p, $39.50)


The Marquees, Excuses For Skipping, Maria Sweet (10p, $6) CANNERY CASINO


Adele, Wanda Jackson (8p, sold out) CHEYENNE SALOON

Guilty By Association, G.F.I., Eken is Dead, others (8p, $5) DOUBLE DOWN SALOON

Shotguns N Gasoline, The Suicide Chords, Vatican Assassins, others (10p, free) EASTSIDE CANNERY

Montgomery Gentry (9p, $59.95$79.95) FREEMONT STREET EXPERIENCE

Nina Blackwood’s Absolutely 80s Summer: Tony Hadley, Men Without Hats (9p, free) HARD ROCK CAFE

Tyga (8p, $25-$30) HENDERSON PAVILION

Broadway Vignettes (8p, $10) HOUSE OF BLUES

Live It Up Showcase: Play For Keeps, Offset Season, Article Pilot, others (5:10p, $12) JEWEL BOX THEATER CLARK COUNTY LIBRARY

Michael Nigro (2p, free)



Josh Groban (8p, $85-$99)

ADELE: Aug. 20 at Chelsea Ballroom

Recommended. Send event information to: Mike Prevatt at


Diamond Head, Sodomation (9p, $12-$15) FREMONT EAST ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT

Emmure, IWrestledABearOnce, Born Of Osiris, others (12p, $22-$27) HARD ROCK CAFE

Motion City Soundtrack(6p,$20-$23)



Rock The Bells: Raekwon, Ghostface, Mobb Deep (9p, $27.50-$69.50) YAYO TACO

Geisha Hit Squad (12a, cover)



The Carpettes, The Shadow (10p, free) HENDERSON PAVILION

End of Summer Block Party (8p, $19.85-$35.85)



El Ten Eleven, The Globes, Sister Crayon (10p, $5)

1025 S. First St., 489-6339 or Open Thu-Wed, 5p-1a. BAR+BISTRO COURTYARD Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd, 202-6060, First Thu: Guitar Noir at Preview Thursday, 7p. BEAUTY BAR 517 Fremont St., 598-1965, Thu-Sat: Local and touring bands, 9p, free unless noted. BELLAGIO 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 2425465, Baccarat Bar: Live music nightly, 4p-1a. Bar Moderno: Sun-Wed, 7p. Thu-Sat: 3p. Fontana Lounge: Live music nightly with a view of the lake and fountains, 6p-1a. Closes June 5. Perossian Bar: Live music nightly, 10a-1a. BIKINI BAR 3355 Spring Mountain Road, 4855401. Tue: Rockin’ Blues and Classic rock with The Blues Storm Nation, 9p, free. BLACK DOOR BAR AND GRILL 4640 Paradise Road, 369-9279. Wed: Live music. BLUE MARTINI Town Square, 6593 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 948-6438, www.bluemartiniloung Thu: Nova jazz, 7p; Mundo Vacio 11p. FriSat: Live music, 8p. Mon: Gibson artist showcase and jam night, 8p. Tue: I’m With the Band-Pop Star karaoke with Venus Rising featuring Blue’s Got Talent, 10p. Wed: Ladies Night with special guest, 8p. BOOMERS BAR 3200 Sirius Ave., 368-1863, Fri-Sat: Live music, 10p, $5 unless noted. Mon: Open blues jam session with host band Four Until Late, 9p, free. BOOTLEGGER BISTRO 7700 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 736-4939, m. Live music nightly. Tue-Thu: Gus Mancuso, 6: 30p. Second and fourth Wed: Jerry Lopez and friends, 10p. Fri-Sat: Live music, 9:30p. Mon: Open mic with Kelly Clinton, 9p. All shows free. BOULDER DAM BREWING CO. 453 Nevada Highway, Boulder City. 243-2739, www.boulderdamb Thu-Sat: Live music. BOULDER STATION 4111 Boulder Highway, 4327777, Kixx Bar: Thu, Sat: Van De Guzman, 7p. The Railhead: Thu: Swing with Jerry Tiffe, 2p. First and third Thu: Boulder Blues series, 7p, $5. Fri: La Nueva Live Mix, 10p, men $5. Sat: Yellow Brick Road, 10p, free. Sun: Latin night, Noche Nortena featuring El Moreno Carrillo Y Su Banda Tierra Sagrada, 9p, $5 ladies, $10 men. BRASS LOUNGE 425 Fremont St., 382-3531, Thu: Cigar social, live R&B with Pitty Pat Guidry Band, 8p, free. Fri: Party Monster, body art, live music and DJ Lady Fingers, 9p, $5. Mon: Acoustic happy hour, 6p. a




CONT. FROM P35 Tue: Local song writers showcase, 8p, free. Wed: Ladies Night Wine Down, live acoustic with Bud Mickel, 8p, free. BUNKHOUSE SALOON 124 S. 11th St., 384-4536. Thu-Sat: Local and touring bands, 9p, free unless noted. Wed: Wednesday Night Hype hip hop show, 9p. Tue: Blues jam with Lipz and Bunkhouse blues band, 10p. CHEYENNE SALOON 3103 N. Rancho Drive, 6454139. Wed-Sat: Live music, 9p. Sun: Live music, 6p. Cover varies. CHOICES PUB AND SHOWROOM 6720 W. Cheyenne Ave., 547-3747, FriSat: Live music, 9p, free. Tue: The Chicago Blues Busters, 8p, free. Wed: The GP Entertainer Tribute Artists Show, 8p, $5. CHUBBY’S 1704 E. Flamingo Road, 458-5774. Wed: Crossbox, 7:30p. CLUB AZUL 115 7th Street, 672-0222, Fri: Kinky Reggae Fridaze. Reggae Dancehall party. DJs Vip, Styla Don and Gil. $10, $5 ladies. Free before 12:30a. CLUB FORTUNE CASINO 725 S. Racetrack Road, 566-5555, Sat: Live music, 8-12a. Sun: Whiskey Revival classic country, 5-9p. THE COPA ROOM The Bootlegger, 7700 Las Vegas Blvd. South. 616-9340. THE COSMOPOLITAN 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 698-7000. Book and Stage: Touring and local acts, 10p and midnight, free. COUNT’S VAMP’D 6750 W. Sahara Ave., 2208849, Thu: Local music, 10p. Fri-Sat: Live music, 10p. Sun: Rock ‘n’ Roll Bike Night with John Zito Band, 6p, free. DADDY MAC’S 2920 N. Green Valley Parkway, 2720913. DON’T TELL MAMA 517 Fremont St., 207-0788. Cabaret-style piano bar. DOUBLE DOWN SALOON 4640 Paradise Road, 7915775. E-STRING BAR AND GRILL 2031 E. Sunset Road, 437-8764, Sat: Real Old School Jazz, 2p, $10. Mon: Jazz, 7:30p, $10. Tue: The Ryan Whyte Maloney Band, 8:30p, $10. Wed: Blues night, 8:30p. FIESTA RANCHO 2400 N. Rancho Drive, 6317000, Blue Agave: Fri: Kelly Christian, 6p. Sat: Jarr, 6p. Cabo Lounge: Fri: Noches Sabrosas featuring Volume 1 performs a wide variety of music from cha-cha, ranchera and salsa to pop, disco and funk, 9p. Sat: Old School Dance Party, 9p. Club Tequila: 380-seat venue. Noches Fabrosas, Fri: Flirty Fridays, 10p, ladies $5, men $10, $15 after 11p. Sat: El Moreno Carrillo Y Su Banda Tierra Sagrada, 10p, $10. FORTE TAPAS BAR & BISTRO 4180 S. Rainbow Blvd., 220-3876, Fri: The NA1ROB1 Trio, 8:30p. FREAKIN’ FROG 4700 Maryland Parkway, 5979702, Thu: Singer and songwriters, 9:30p. Fri: Funk ‘n’ Roll jam with Daze Work, 9:30p. Sat: Live music, 9:30p. Tue: Freakin’ Jazz Jam, 9:30p. Skip Martin and Niles Rivers hosts JamCast, 10:30p. Wed: Jazz pianist Vernell

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Brown Jr., 9p. All shows free. 4000 W. Flamingo Road, 367-7111, Lounge: Tue-Thu: Gold Coast Classics, 2p. Fri: Variety Caval Code, 2p. TueSun: Live music, 7:30p-1:30a. Fri: Live music, 9-2: 30a. Sat: Latin. $10. GOLD MINE TAVERN 23 S. Water St., Henderson, 478-8289, ThuSat: Live music, 9p, free. GORDON BIERSCH BREWING COMPANY 3987 Paradise Road, 312-5247, Sun: Jazz Brunch, 12p-3p. GREEN VALLEY RANCH RESORT 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway, 617-7777, www.greenvalleyranchr Lobby Bar: Fri: Jeremy Cornwell 8:30p. Sat: Ryan Calhoun, 8:30p. Hank’s Steakhouse: Thu: Kelly Christian on guitar, 6:30p. Tue, Fri-Sat: Peter


Love, 6:30p. Wed: Guitarist and singer Dave Ritz performs Top 40 hits from 6:30p. Ovation Lounge: Thu: Rotating acts, 8p, free. Third Thu: The Guilty Pleasures, 8p. Fri: Yellow Brick Road, 10p. 2nd, 4th Fri: Strung Out acoustic sessions, 6p. Sun: Zowie Bowie The Vegas Show, 6p, $10. Pond: 1st, 3rd Sat: Reggae with Michael Black, 6p. 2nd, 4th Sat: Reggae with HaleAmanO, 6p. Quinn’s Irish Pub: Thu, Sat: Darby O’Gill and The Little People, 9p. Fri: ’Nuff Said classic rock, 10p. THE GRIFFIN 511 Fremont St., 382-0577. Wed: Live music, 10p. HALF SHELL 30 E. Horizon Ridge Parkway, 5589191, Sat: Live music, 10p, free. HALF SHELL 10430 S. Eastern Ave., 632-2983. Thu: Live music, 7p, free. Sat: Live music, 10p, free.


EL TEN ELEVEN: Aug. 24 at Beauty Bar The Aruba 1215 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 383-3100 Beauty Bar 517 Fremont St., 598-1965 Book & Stage The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 698-7000 Boomers 3200 N. Sirius Ave., 368-1863 Boulder Dam Brewing Co. 453 Nevada Hwy, Boulder City, Nev., 979-3976 The Box Office 1129 S. Casino Center Blvd., 388-1515 The Bunkhouse Saloon 124 S. 11th St., 384-4536 Charleston Heights Arts Center 800 S. Brush St., 229-1012

Cheyenne Saloon 3103N.RanchoDrive, 645-4139 Crown Theater Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 733-8229 Double Down Saloon 4640 Paradise Road, 791-5775 Freakin’ Frog 4700 Maryland Parkway, 597-9702 Fremont St. Experience 425 Fremont St., 678-5777 Griffin 511 Fremont St., 382-0577 Hard Rock Cafe 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 650-8590 House of Blues Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 6327600

The Joint Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5066 Las Vegas Country Saloon 425FremontSt.,382-3531 Las Vegas Hilton 3000 Paradise Road, 732-5755 Mandalay Bay Events Center 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 632-7580 MGM Grand Garden Arena 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 891-7777 Orleans Arena 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., 284-7777 The Pearl The Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 944-3200 Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 785-5055

The Railhead Boulder Station, 4111 Boulder Highway, 432-7777 Star of the Desert Arena Primm Valley Resorts, 31900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 386-7867 Vamp’d 6750 W. Sahara Ave., 220-8849 Winchester Cultural Center 3130 S. McLeod Drive, 455-7340 Yayo Taco 4632 S. Maryland Parkway, 262-0201 Zia Record Exchange, East 4225 S. Eastern Ave., 735-4942, all ages Zia Record Exchange, West 4503 W. Sahara Ave., 233-4942, all ages

3771 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 650-8590, HENNESSEY’S TAVERN 425 Fremont St., Suite 110, 382-4421, Fri: Live music, 9p-2a. HOUSE OF BLUES Mandalay Bay 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 632-7600, lasvegas. Courtyard: Thu: Acoustic Strip, acoustic showcase hosted by Michael Soli, 8p, free, all ages. Fri-Sat: Live blues, 9p, free. Sat: Azul Latin night, 11p, 21+, free. Sun: Gospel Brunch and music, 10a1p. Adults, $37; kids, $17. Motown, Rhythm and Blues: Ronnie Rose Band, 8p, free, all ages. Mon: Live blues, 8p, free. Tue: Alternative Tuesdays, rotating bands, all ages, 8p, free. Wed: Nothin’ But The Blues, all ages, 8p, free. Crossroads: Thu: Kalleton, music by AJ El Kallejero, 10p, free. Sun: Hana Hou Sundaze, live Island Reggae bands, 10p, $5. JERRY’S NUGGET 1821 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 399-3000, Royal Street Theater: Fri: Motown Fridays, 10p, $5. Sat: Caliente Latin nights, 10p, free. LINDO MICHOACAN 10082 W. Flamingo Road, 8389990, Thu, Sat-Sun, Tue-Wed: Pianist, 6p. Fri: Mariachi Nuevo, 6:30p. LUCIO RISTORANTE 5900 W. Flamingo, 2071008, Thu-Sat, Wed: Jazz and classic swing, 6p. LVCS 425 Fremont St., 382-3531, Thu: Local and loud, 10p, free. Fri-Sat: Live music, 10p, free. Sun: The Funtastics: King Vs. Cash, 50s rockabilly band, 9pm, free. Mon: Surf City with The Swank Bastards, 8p, free. Tue: Hip Hop Roots hosted by HighDro and Jay R Beatbox, 10p, free. Wed: Jamboree hosted by The Vagabonds, 8p, free. M RESORT M Pool Live, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 797-1000, Sat: Live music, 8p, free. MANDARIN ORIENTAL Mandarin Bar, 3752 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 590-8888. Thu: Chandler Judkins Quartet, 7p. Fri: The Definitive Trio, 10p. Sat: “Trio Caribe,” 10p. Wed: Brian Czach Jazz Trio, 7p. MCMULLAN’S IRISH PUB 4650 W. Tropicana Ave., 247-7000, Fri: Live music, 9p. Sat: John Windsor, 8p. Sun: Irish McSessions, 6:30p. Wed: Darby O’Gill and The Little People, 10p. MEATHEADS 1121 S. Decatur Blvd., Suite 120, 8704440, Fri-Sat: Live music 10p. MONEY PLAYS 4755 W. Flamingo Road, 3681828, Thu: Open mic acoustic jam with Anne Donohue, 9:30p. Sat: Live music, 10p. MOTOR CITY CAFE 4080ParadiseRoad,Ste.8,3071731.Thu:GoldTopBobandtheGoldtoppers,10p. MUGSHOTS EATERY & CASINO 1120 N. Boulder Highway, 566-6577, Wed-Sat: Michael Fuller’s Roadshow: Karaoke and live music, 9p. Sun: Jam Session hosted by The SouthBound band, 8p. Tue: RockJam with 3 Blind Mice, 10p. MURPHY’S LAW TAVERN 1590 E. Flamingo Road, 697-0529, Fri-Sat: Live music, 7p, free.


4500 W. Tropicana Ave., 365-7111. Brendan’s Irish Pub: Wed: Sixties Mania, 8p. Thu: Killian’s Angels, 8p. FriSat: Killian’s Angels, 9p. Bourbon Street Cabaret Lounge: Wed-Fri, Sun: San Fernando Band, 9p. Tue: Crush, 9p. All shows free. PALACE STATION 2411 W. Sahara Ave., 367-2411. Jack’s Irish Pub: Thu: Wild Celts, 7p. Fri: Darby O’Gill and the Little People, 9p. Sat: Finnegan’s Wake with the rock o’ the Irish from 9p. Showroom: Sat: Sante Fe and the Fat City Horns, 12a. Tue: Jerry Tiffe, 2p. PALMS LOUNGE 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 9427777, Kashino: Thu, midnight; Wed, 10p, free. Sun: Franky Perez, 10p, free. Mon: Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns, 10:30p, $7. RED ROCK CASINO 11011 W.CharlestonBlvd., 7977777, Bar: Tue-Thu: Toto Zara, 7p.Fri-Sat: Toto Zara,9p,free. Rocks Lounge: Thu:Acoustic jam, 8p.Fri: Zowie Bowie,10p. Sat: Party on theRocks concert series,9p,$30. Franky Perez, 10p. Sun: Jazz with The Steven Lee Group featuringRocco Barbato,7p. Mon:Dian Diaz,8p. RIO Crown Night Club, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 7338229. Sat: Sinful Saturday, special guest appearances and performances, 10:30p, $30. Mon: Rock concert series, big act names. For free limited tickets visit, $25 thereafter. RÍ RÁ Mandalay Place 3930 Las Vegas Blvd South, 632-7771, Live music nightly, 8:30p. Fri-Sat: Ri Ra Live, 11:30p. THE RIVIERA 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7345110, Queen Victoria Pub: Sun: Acoustic Open Jam, 8p. Tue: Jamaica Me Crazy with Bonafide, 8p, free for locals. ORLEANS HOTEL AND CASINO

ROCK ‘N ROLL WINE TASTING ROOM & SOUND BAR M Resort 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Fri: Live music, 5p and 9: 30p. ROYAL RESORT HOTEL 99 Convention Center Drive, 563-2795. Thu-Sat: Boardwalk Nites! 50sMotown, 9p. Adult $19.95, kids $5. Sun: Sunday Sermon, open mic hosted by Bryan Todd and Ryan Pardey, 9p. Mon: Rocket 8p. SAXBYS COFFEE 72 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, 558-1838. Wed: Open mic, 6:30p. Sat: Live music, 6:30p. SHIFTY’S 3805 W. Sahara Ave., 871-4952. Thu: Blues You Can Use, 7p. Fri: Live Karate Karaoke, 10p. Sat: Live music, 9p. Sun: Barbecue and entertainment, 12p. Mon: Live karaoke with Bobby Jones, 8p. Tue: Motown and Jazz, 9p. Wed: Live karaoke, 9p. SILVERTON CASINO Sway Pool & Lounge, 3333 Blue Diamond Road, 263-7777, Bands, Bikinis and Burgers Poolside concert series. SOUTH POINT CASINO 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 796-7111. Grandview Lounge: Thu-Fri: Wes Winters, 5p, free. Showroom: Thu: Dennis Bono, 2p, free. The Ronnie Ross Dance Band, 7: 30p, $5. Fri: The Guilty Pleasures, 10:30p, $5. Sat: Spazmatics, 10p, $5. Mon: Vegas Super Band, 8: 30p, $5. Wed: Deja Vu, 6p, $5. SUNCOAST HOTEL 9090 Alta Drive, 636-7075, Lounge: Wed: Yellow Brick Road, 9p, free. Sat: Vegas Super Band, 10: 30p, free. Showroom: Thu: Hit Parade featuring entertainers from the strip, 2p, free for BConnected

members. 1301 W. Sunset Road, 547-7777, Club Madrid: 500-seat showroom. Fri: Sin City Sinners, 9p. Sat: Nawgahyde, 9p. Rosalita’s Cantina: Fri-Sat: Shawn Eiferman, acoustic power duo, 6p. TEXAS STATION 2101 Texas Star Lane, 631-1000, A-Bar: Thu: Justin Mather, 5:30p. Fri-Sat: Darrin Michaels, jazz, 7p. Sun: Darrin Michaels, 5:30p. Martini Ranch: Wed: Sideshow 5:30p. Fri: Betsy Holm, 6p. Sat: Kelly Christian, 5: 00p. South Padre Lounge: Thu: La Nueva 103.5 Live Mix with Jesus Chuy Espiricueta, Latin night, 9p, ladies $5 after 11p, men $10. Fri: Latin with Hermanos Padillas, 9p, ladies $5, men $10. Sat: Escencia Colombiana, 10p, $5-$10. THUNDERBIRD LOUNGE Aruba Hotel, 1215 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 383-3100, Fri-Sat: Live music, 7p, free. Fri: Aruba Swings, 7p, free. Swing dancing lessons, 6p-7p, free. TOMMY ROCKER’S 4275 Dean Martin Drive, 2616688, Fri-Sat: Rock-NRoll Sing Along, 9:30p. Tue: Open Jam with John Zito. TOMMY ROCKER’S SOUTHSIDE GRILL 10050 S. Eastern Ave., 933-6333. Sun: Open Mic with Tommy Rocker, 9p. TROPICANA 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7392222, Ambhar Lounge: Thu-Sat: Miami Duo, 8p. Miami Seven, 9:30p, free. YAYO TACO 4632 S. Maryland Parkway, 262-0201, Live music nightly. Mon: Cumbia and dancing, DJ Que Curado, 5p-11p. Tue: Jazz, 7p. Fri: Music and comedy monthly, 8p. First Sat: Music and poetry. Second Sat: Acoustic in association with Pet Rescue Project, 12p. SUNSET STATION

DJS/NIGHTCLUBS 4633 Paradise Road, 7910100, Thu-Wed, opening times vary. Thu: “Thrust Thursdays,” DJs. Fri-Sat: DJs. Sun: “El Deseo,” Latin country and dance music. Tue: “La Noche Latin” Latin dance music. Every 1st Friday: “Glomo,” DJs. ARTISAN HOTEL 1501 W. Sahara Ave., 214-4000. Thu, Wed: saxophonist Martin Mancuso, 5:30p. Fri: “Shake and Pop” with DJ Mike Attack, Justin Baule and others. Sat: afterhours with residents DJ Mike Attack, Steller and others, spinning electro, house/ progressive, techno, tech, 2a. AREA 107 3281 N. Decatur Blvd., #170, 302-8377 or ARTIFICE 1025 S. First St., 489-6339 or Open Thu-Wed, 5p-1a. Thu: “Al Amor,” 10p. Fri: “Casual Sex - The Second Coming,” deep house, 10p. Sun: “Black and White,” 9p. Tue: “Show and Tell,” 10p. AZUL TEQUILA NIGHTCLUB 111 N. 7th St., 4766498. Fri: Kinky Reggae Fridaze, 10p, $5-$10. AZURE LUXURY POOL Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Fri-Sun, 11a6p. Fri: Femme Fridays with femals DJs. Sat: Stereo


Love Saturdays with global house DJs. Sun: Dolce Vite Sundays with house DJs. BACKDOOR 1415 E. Charleston Ave., 385-2018. THE BANK Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 693-8300. Thu: DJ Eddie McDonald; house, hiphop, soul. Fri-Sat: DJ David Christian; mash-up, house. Sun: “Industry Sundays” with DJ Karma; hip-hop, mash-up, house. 10:30p-4a. BARE The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South. 588-5656 or European-style pool with DJs. Open daily, 11a. $10-$40. THE BEATLES REVOLUTION LOUNGE Mirage,

I WRESTLED A BEAR ONCE: Aug. 21 at Rock the Block on East Fremont

3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 692-8383. Thu: “Throwback Thursdays,” with DJ Earwaxxx. Fri: “Chick!,” DJ G Minor. Sat: “Celebrity Saturdays” with DJ Trenz; hip-hop, R&B, top 40. Sun: “Closet Sundays” gayfriendly dance party. Mon: “Le Maison,” Cirque du Soleil cast after-party with DJs Shane Thomas and Sarah Fab, mashups to start, house to close. Wed: “Rocket,” Industry night with DJ Spair. BEAUTY BAR 517 Fremont St., 598-1965, Nightly; most events 10p. Mon: Monday Night Karaoke. Thu: Ladies night, unless noted. 1st Fridays: “The Get Back” funky soul dance party with DJ John Doe and special guests. 4th Saturdays: “Say What?!” featuring DJs and bands, 10p. BLUE MARTINI Town Square, 6593 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 948-6438. Thu: “Noches Azul Latin Thursdays,” 10p. Fri: “Undisputed Grooves” house/ electronic party with DJ Damien Jay, 11p. Sat: “Ultimate Saturdays,” 11p. Mon: “Manic Mondaze,” 8p12a; “Industry Night,” 12a. Tue: “Top 40 Tuesday,” 9p. Wed: “True Blue Ladies,” 11p. BLUSH Wynn, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 770WYNN. Open Tue-Sat, 9p. Thu: “Pop Thursdays.” Fri-Sat: “Begin at Blush,” 9p. Mon: “Living Mondays.” Tue: Industry night. Wed: “We Love House Sundays.” BOND The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 698-7000. DJs nightly. THE CHANDELIER The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 698-7000. DJs daily. . CHATEAU Paris, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South. 7767770 or Open FriSun, Tue, 10p. Tue: Industry night. $20-$30; local ladies free. CHOICES PUB AND SHOWROOM 6720 W. Cheyenne Ave., 547-3747, Sat:

“An Afterhours Boogie Down,” top 40, house, rock, reggae, 11:59p, $5. CROWN NIGHTCLUB Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 733-8229. Thu: “Thirst Thursdays,” top 40, hiphop, dance. $20-$30. Fri: “Ladies Night,” hip-hop, R&B, 10:30p, $20. Sat: “Sinful Saturday,” with DJ Dre Dae, Hip Hop and R&B, 10:30p. $30. Wed: Latin Libido Night, 10:30p. $15-$20. DOWNTOWN COCKTAIL ROOM 111 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 880-3696, DJs spin house, lounge, downtempo, house, funk and classics, Thu-Sun, Tue, 10p. Thu: “LoDown Thursdays” with Lenny Alfonzo. Fri: “Friday Night Social” with Carlos Sanchez. Sat: “Saturday Night Vibe” with Douglas Gibbs. Wed: DJ Rob Alahn. DRAI’S Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, 3595 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 737-0555, Thu-Mon. After hours party spot, 1a-dawn. Thu: “After Life” DJ battles and resident Jack Lafleur. Fri: DJ Hoffman, Chris Garcia. Sat: “High-end Saturdays” with DJs Chris Aurelius, Chris Garcia; house. Sun: “Sunday Sheer Energy” with Chris Garcia. DUE FORNI 3555 Town Center Drive, 586-6500 or Thu: “Music and Wine” with DJ Douglas Gibbs and guest DJs spinning Latin, lounge, world beat, and A. Leo Echazabal on sax, 9p, free. ENCORE BEACH CLUB Encore, 3121 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 770-7300. Fri-Mon, 11a, Thu, 10p. Sun: “Daystar Sundays,” house, opens April 17. Cover varies. FLEX 4371 W. Charleston Ave., 385-FLEX. Thu: Latin night, 10:30. Fri: Miss Frankie drag show with amateur strippers, 10p. Sat: “Klub Diablo,” darkwave and electro with DJs Pierrorist and Sylvia, 11p. Sun: Little Liquor Beer Bust, 12p-4a. Mon: Male strippers, 12p. Tue: Tiffani St. John drag show, 10p. Male strippers, 12a. Wed: Male strippers, 10p. FOUNDATION ROOM Mandalay Bay, 632-7631. Sun: “Maison de Burlesque” dance show with live jazz, 11p. Mon: “Godspeed” featuring DJs Guy and L-1, 11p. Wed: ‘The News,” featuring new underground DJs every week, 10p. FREEZONE 610 E. Naples Road, 794-2310, Thu: “Boyz Night,” 8p. “Naked Frat Party,” 9:30p. Fri: Martini social, 5p-9p. Queens of Las Vegas drag show, 10p. Sat: Queens of Las Vegas drag show, 10p. Tue: “Ladies Night” with wet T-shirt contest, 8p. Wed: “Gone Wild With Talent.” THE GALLERY Planet Hollywood, 3500 South Las Vegas Blvd., 818-3700 and Wed-Sat, 10p. Cover varies. Wed: “Gallery Wednesdays” industry party; locals free. GHOSTBAR Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 9389999, Thu-Wed, 9p. Thu: alternating parties: “Soundbar” with DJs Carlos Sanchez, Keith Evan, Brian Minogue. Fri: DJ Tino Sanchez, 9p. DJ Five, 12a. Sat: DJ OB-ONE, 9p. DJ Tino Sanchez, 12a. Sun: “Ghostbar Sundays” house night, 10p. Mon: DJ Ikon, 10p. Tue: DJ OB-ONE, 9p. DJ Five, 12a. Wed: “Snitch Wednesdays” with DJ 88, 10p. DJ Tino Sanchez, 12:30a. GOSSIP POOL Rumor, 455 E. Harmon Avenue, 3695400. Open Thu-Wed. Thu: “Sweet Thursday.” Fri: “As LUXX Would Have It.” Sat: “Vocal House Saturday.” Sun: “Sunkissed Sunday” gay party. Mon: “Beer Goggle Monday.” Tue: “Ballin’ on a Budget.” a



Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, 10 miles west of I-215 on W. Charleston Blvd., 594-7529. The Fiddler on the Roof, Wed-Sat, through Aug 27, 6p, $12-$15.


CONT. FROM P37 Wed: “Wasted Wednesday.” THE GRIFFIN 511 Fremont St., 382-0577. Mon-Sat, 5p-4a. Sun, 9p-4a. Fri: DJ Rex Dart, 10p. Sat: DJ Aurajin, 10p. HAZE Aria, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 6938300. Thu-Sat, 10:30p-4a. Thu: Industry night, hip-hop, mash-up, top 40. Fri-Sat: hip-hop, mashup, top 40. JET Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7927900, Wed-Mon, 10:30p-4a. Thu: Top-40, mash-ups, hip-hop, house. Fri-Sat: hip-hop, rock, dance. Mon: Industry night; mashup. THE JOINT 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5000. First Sat of month: Tiesto in Concert trance party with DJ Tiesto and guests, 9:30p. $50-$130. More info: KRAVE Planet Hollywood Resort, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 836-0830, Alternate lifestyle nightclub. Thu: “TEMPTation THURSTdaze” with DJ Javier Alba, 11p. Fri: “Flesh,” with VJ Alpyne in the main room. “sKizoFrenia” in the lounge with DJ RustRyu and friends. Sat: “Candy Bar” girls’ party in the Lounge. Main room: DJ Morningstar and friends. Sun: SINdaze, 11p. Mon: “Meat Market.” Wed: “WTF? Wednesdays” with DJ Earwaxxx, 11p. LAS VEGAS LOUNGE 900 E. Karen Ave., 737-9350. Mon-Sat: Transsexual go-go dancers, occasional drag shows and DJs Rachel, Carmen and Foxy. LAVO Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7911818. Open Fri-Wed. Sun: DJ Vice. Tue: DJ Five, industry night. Wed: “Old School Wednesdays” with guests. LAX Luxor, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 2624LAX. Fri-Sat, Wed. Fri: DJ Hope. Sat: DJ Casanova. Wed: Industry night with DJ Casanova; hip-hop, house. MARQUEE NIGHTCLUB AND DAYCLUB The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 333-9000. Nightclub: Thu-Fri, Mon, 10p; Sat, 9:30p. Fri-Sat: house/trance. Mon: industry night, open format. Dayclub: Daily, 10a-6p, opens April 9. MEXITALIA XPRESS Circus Circus. 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 734-0410. Fri-Sat: “Luna y Sol,” Latin dance party with DJs, 11p. MOON/PLAYBOY CLUB Palms, 942-7777. Moon: Thu-Sun, Tue, 11p. 2nd Sat: “Awesome Party” with DJ Clinton Sparks. Tue: “Bang!” and locals-oriented Satellite Bar with DJs. Playboy Club: Thu-Wed, 9p. MOOREA BEACH CLUB Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 632-7777. Fri-Sun, 11a-6p. SatSun: DJs. NAKED POOL Artisan, 1501 W. Sahara Ave., 2144000. Open Thu-Wed. Thu: “Sweet Thursday.” Fri: DJ Rico. Sat: “Finger Paint Saturday.” Sun: “Xcesiv Sunday.” Mon: “Beer Goggle Monday.” Tue: “Topless Tuesday.” Wed: “Wasted Wednesday.” NORTH FORTY BBQ SALOON & DANCEHALL 5990 Centennial Center Blvd., 309-6015. Open daily. PALMS POOL Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 9389999. Daily, 9a-5p. Fri: “Ditch Fridays,” noon-7p. PURE Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 212-8806. Open Thu-Sat, Tue, 10p. Thu: DJ Hope. Fri: DJ Casanova, DJ Slip, Joey Mazzola. Sat: DJ

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6126 S. Sandhill Road, 949-5614. Las Vegas Improvisation Players, Aug 20, 7p, $10. BIG AL’S COMEDY CLUB Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. 365-7075. Open mic, Sun, 9p, free. The Queens of Tart, Thu-Sat, 7:30p, Fri-Sat, through Aug. 28, 9:30p, $39.95-$49.95. BLACK DOOR BAR AND GRILL 4640 Paradise Road, 369-9279. Thu: CUI: Comics Under the Influence, hosted by Gooch, free. BRAD GARRETT’S COMEDY CLUB Tropicana, 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 739-2417. BUNKHOUSE SALOON 124 S. 11th St., 384-4536. Mange Comedy, Thu, 8p-10p. Battle of the Comics, First Sat, 8p-10p, $5. CAESARS PALACE 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 723-8836. Jerry Seinfeld, Aug 19-20, 7:30p, $75$105 THE CANNERY CASINO NORTH LAS VEGAS 2121 E. Craig Road, 507-5700. CHOICES PUB 6720 W. Cheyenne Ave., 547-3747. First, Third Fri: The Future Icons of Comedy hosted by Louie Muhammad, 8p, $5. 3rd Thu: The G Spot female comedy show, 8p, $5. CLARION HOTEL 305 Convention Center Drive, 952-8000. Fri, Mon-Tue: Larry G. Jones singing impressionist, 8p, $47.97-$67.97. Thu-Fri, SatSun, Wed: Naughty Boys Hypnosis, 10p, $47.97$67.97. Thu, Sat-Sun, Wed: Tanyalee Davis, 8p, $47.97-$67.97. CROWN NIGHTCLUB Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 252-7777. Sat: Crown Comedy Jam, 9p, $39.50$79.50. Thu, Sun-Wed: Exxtreme Comedy Show, Wheels Parise, 9p, $39.50. DADDY MAC’S NIGHTCLUB 2920 N. Green Valley Parkway, 272-0913. Wed: The LMAO Free Comedy Show, 10p, free. FOUNDATION ROOM Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd., 632-7600. Laughter Hours Comedy, Sun, 8p, $10. HOOTERS 155 E. Tropicana Ave., 866-807-4697. The Dirty Joke Show starring Geechy Guy, Todd Paul & Mickey Joseph. Sat-Thu, 10p, $34.95. Mange Comedy with Tawdri Hipburn, Thu, 12a-2a, open mic. THE IMPROV Harrah’s, 3475 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 369-5223. Mac King Comedy Magic Show, Thu-Sun, Tue-Wed, 1p, 3p, $29.95. Defending the Caveman, daily, 7p, Sun-Mon, 3p, $39.95-$64.95. Improv, Tue-Sun, 8:30p, 10:30p, $29.05-$44.95. Tommy Savitt, Darryl Collier, Dylan Mandlsohn, through Aug. 21. Allan Havey, with supporting acts Jim McCue and John Pate, August 23-28 LAS VEGAS HILTON 3000 Paradise Road, 7325755. Wed-Sun, 10p, $20-$35. Gilbert Gottfried, Thu-Sun, Wed, through Aug. 21, 10p, $20-$35. LAS VEGAS LITTLE THEATRE 3920 Schiff Drive, 362-7996, AMERICAN HERITAGE ACADEMY

PORTER ROBINSON: Aug. 20 at Marquee

Slip, Joey Mazzola, DJ Hope. Tue: “Pure Tuesdays” with DJ CyberKid, DJ Slip and Joey Mazzola. RAIN Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 940-RAIN, Fri: “Clash” electro/house party. Sat: “Perfecto” trance/house party with Paul Oakenfold and friends. REHAB Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5555. Dayclub with DJs. Sundays, 11a. Cover varies. Opens April 17. SAVILLE ROW Luxor, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 222-1500. Private, public events; open daily. Wed: “The Cut” underground party. SCOUNDRELS 4360 S. Decatur Blvd., 871-4390. Every 2nd and 3rd Sat: “Delirium,” goth and industrial, 10p, free. STONEY’S ROCKIN’ COUNTRY 9151 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 300, 435-2855. Open daily. STUDIO 54 MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 891-7254, Thu-Sat, Tue-Wed, 10p. Thu-Fri, Wed: open format with DJs Eric Forbes, Ricco. Sat: “Electric Dreams” with DJ Loczi, mash-up, house, electro. Tue: open format with DJ Scene. SURRENDER Encore, 3130 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 770-7300 or Open Fri-Sat, Wed, 10:30p. Fri: “Aoki’s House” with Steve Aoki. Wed: “Surrender Your Wednesdays” industry night. Every 4th Wed: Lil Jon. $30-$40. TABÚ MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 891-7183. Fri-Mon, 10p. Fri: open format with DJ Eric Forbes. Sat: open format with DJ Jose 2 Hype. Sun: “Confession” industry night. Mon: “X-Level Mondays” industry night with DJ Ania and guests. TAO Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 3888588. Nightclub: Thu-Sat, 10p-5a. Lounge, daily, 5p-close. Thu: “Worship” with DJ Five. Fri: DJ Reach. Sat: DJ Vice. TAO BEACH Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 388-8588. Open daily, 10a-6p. Sun: Beatport Sundays with guest and resident DJs. TRYST Wynn, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 800591-6423. Open Thu-Sun, 10p. Thu-Fri: DJ Big Dee. Sat: DJ Pizzo. VANGUARD LOUNGE 516 Fremont St., 868-7800.

Open Thu-Sat, Mon-Wed. Every 1st Thu: “Fixed Thursdays,” indie, disco, electro. Every 2nd Thu: “Ladies Night,” top 40, dance. Every 3rd Thu: “Soulkitchen” house party with Edgar Reyes and guests. Every 4th Thu: “Pushin’ Funk,” hip-hop, soul, funk. Fri: “Matter,” house, techno. VANITY Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5555. Thu-Sun, 10p. WET REPUBLIC MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 891-3562 or Daily, 11a-6p. Opens March 11. XS Encore, 3131 Las Vegas Boulevard. South, 7705350. Fri-Mon, 10p. Fri: DJ Pizzo. Sat, Mon: DJ Create. Sun: “Night Swim” poolside party with DJ Warren Peace.



way, 267-4849. Broadway Vignettes, Aug 19-20, 8p, $10. ONYX THEATRE The Rack, 953 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 16, 732-7225, Improv Vegas S.E.T., Mon, 8p, $10. Karnival variety show, first Wed, 8p, $20. Naked Boys Singing, Fri-Sat, 10p, Sun, 2p, $40-$45. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, every second and fourth Saturday, 11:59p, $10. Theodora: She-Bitch of Byzantium, Fri-Sat, through Aug. 26, midnight, $10. Pinky’s Napps, Snapps, & Curls Beauty and Barrber Parlor, Aug 20 at 3p and 7p, $15 THE ORLEANS 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., 365-7075. Carnival of Wonders, Aug 20-21, 8p, $19.95 OVATION Green Valley Ranch, 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway, 617-7777. Tommy, Tue, 8p, through Aug. 30, $15. REED WHIPPLE CULTURAL CENTER 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 229-6553, THE SCI-FI CENTER 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D202, 792-4335, Every 3rd Fri: Repo: The Genetic Opera! with the Sinfull Sergens, every third Fri, 11:30p, $10.

Palace Station, 2411 W. Sahara Ave., 495-4248. Louie LOL, Tue-Sat, 8: 30p, $49.95-$99.95. Bonkerz Comedy All Stars, Fri, 8:30p, $34.95. MANDALAY BAY 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 632-7580. ONYX THEATRE The Rack, 953 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 16, 732-7225, Mon: S.E.T. Improv, 8p, $10. Out For Laughs with Shawn Carr, 1p, 5p, $25. THE PALMS LOUNGE 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 9443200. Thu-Fri: Playboy Comedy, hosted by Cort McCown and Paul Hughes, Thu, 10p; Fri, 10p; Sat: 8p, 10p, $39.99-$59.99. Neal Brennan, Thu-Sat. LOUIE ANDERSON THEATER

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Time magazine asked Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough why he started writing a biography of Pablo Picasso but never finished it. McCullough said it was because the famous artist turned out to be boring. He attracted a steady flow of new lovers, and he made hundreds of paintings, but he didn’t actually live an interesting life. I’m urging you to be the anti-Picasso in the coming weeks, Aries. Put the emphasis on the quality of your adventures more than on what you produce. Regard your life as your most important work of art.

Why is it so hard for Westerners of the last two centuries to feel the intimate presence of the divine intelligences? Every other culture in the history of the world has had a more vital connection with the realm of spirit. According to poet Gary Snyder, California’s Yana Indians explained it this way: The gods have retreated to the volcanic recesses of Mt. Lassen, passing the time playing gambling games with magic sticks. They’re simply waiting for such a time when human beings will “reform themselves and become ‘real people’ that spirits might want to associate with once again.” Here’s why I’m bringing this up, Gemini: I think right now is a special time in your life when you have the power to become a “real person” with whom the spirits will want to have closer communion.

TA U R U S (APRIL 20-MAY 20)

C A N C E R (JUNE 21-JULY 22)


“Let’s celebrate the first time you cried naked in someone else’s bed,” is a message on an e-card I found at You might want to send that proposal to yourself, Taurus. It’s an excellent time to commemorate the rousing catharses of the past. You may find revisiting the breakthrough epiphanies of yesteryear will help put you in the right frame of mind (and heart) to conjure up a fresh batch.

I strongly advise you against purchasing and reading what some observers have called “the saddest book in the universe.” It’s a recipe book by Sonia Allison called Microwave for One ( SadBook). No matter how inclined you might be to opt for excessive self-sufficiency right now, no matter how peeved you are at the human race for being so clumsy and ignorant, I believe you must keep trying to reach out and touch those who

are touchable, even if they’re barely so. You need what people have to offer you, even if it’s sloppy, wimpy or kooky.

L E O (JULY 23-AUG. 22)

Science writer K.C. Cole asks this question: “How would you hold 100 tons of water in thin air with no visible means of support?” Here’s her answer: “Build a cloud.” What you have before you right now, Leo, is a comparable scenario. Your assignment is to materialize a phenomenon that from a certain viewpoint may appear to be laughably impossible. And yet, with the proper attitude on your part and nature’s help, the project at hand is eminently achievable. It won’t necessarily be fast and easy, mind you — but you wouldn’t want it to be, because then it wouldn’t be able to teach you all the precious wisdom it has to impart.

V I R G O (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22)

“Dear Astrology Guy: Thank you kindly for your assistance. One of your horoscopes gave me a kick in the butt that propelled me free of a trap I had stupidly agreed to stay stuck in. At the same time, I also have to tell you to go to hell, because no one, including me, likes hearing the awful, embarrassing truth. As much healing as your words helped bring me, they also stung my pride. Love and hate, Virgo.” Dear Virgo: You’re welcome and I’m sorry. It’s good to hear you’re able to appreciate the gifts of paradox. Let’s hope that will keep you creatively humble as you slip into an expansive building phase when your ego may be understandably prone to a bit of inflation.

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Newsweek reported a fact few Westerners know about: Nigeria is accustomed to major oil spills. Every year since the 1960s, the Niger Delta has been slammed with a spill as extensive as the Exxon Valdez, which was the second biggest oil catastrophe in U.S. history. “Large purple slicks cover once fertile fields,” said Newsweek, “and rivers are clogged with oil leaked decades ago.” My purpose in bringing this to your attention is not to depress you, Libra, but rather to inspire you. In the coming weeks, I hope you will make it your passion to uncover injustices you’ve been unaware of, including those close to home. I think you’ll be amazed at how much this buoys your spirits. P.S.: You’ll get extra credit if you actually take action to address the unfairness.

In the song “Fantasy World,” the lead singer of the band Pissed Jeans imagines himself in his happy place. “It’s Friday night and Saturday morning in my fantasy world/Sitting near piles of clothes and drinking a soda/with a slice of pizza in my fantasy world.” He’s not describing some unrealistic paradise where he can fly like an eagle and seduce anyone he wants and find gold bars under his pillow in the morning. Rather,

he’s content with the simple, familiar pleasures. I urge you to follow his lead as you imagine and create your own fantasy world this week. Love what you’ve got.

S A G I T TA R I U S (NOV. 22-DEC. 21)

The highest unclimbed mountain in the world is Gangkhar Puensum, an almost 25,000-foottall beauty in Bhutan. It will remain free of human influence indefinitely, as local authorities are keen on preventing the environmental degradation that has occurred on popular peaks like Mt. Everest, where climbers have left lots of trash. What’s the equivalent in your sphere, Sagittarius? The most prominent unconquered prize? The Grail that still remains elusive? The virgin treasure your quest has not yet won? According to my analysis, you now have the potential to make tangible progress toward that goal. Unlike the case with Gangkhar Puensum, there are no rules or laws preventing you.

C A P R I C O R N (DEC. 22-JAN. 19)

“Mommy, are scientists real?” the boy asked his mother. “Yes, son, they are,” she replied. “Do they make stuff that is dangerous?” continued the boy. “Sometimes they do,” said the mom. “Then I want to be one when I grow up,” concluded the boy. In the coming weeks, Capricorn, I see you as being like the boy. You’ll be in the mood to brainstorm about what you might like to evolve into, and your fantasies will tend to move in the direction of what’s most adventurous and exciting. I urge you to fully indulge in those flights of fancy. It’s time to dream really big and really free.

A Q U A R I U S (JAN. 20-FEB. 18)

“I got expelled from college for cheating during my metaphysics final,” joked Woody Allen.“I got caught looking into the soul of the guy next to me.” Even if you’re not taking a big test for a metaphysics class, Aquarius, I urge you to do a lot of what Allen claimed he did: Gaze into the souls of those around you. It’s an excellent time, astrologically speaking, for you to escape the enclosed container of your own inner world and survey the raw truths and deep feelings other people hold dear.

P I S C E S (FEB. 19-MARCH 20)

“I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine,” said pioneering geneticist J.B.S. Haldane. I share that view, and I think it’s good to keep in mind whenever we’re tempted to rearrange our lives in accordance with the visions of those who predict the future, whether they be New Age prophets, indigenous elders, scientific experts or political pundits. Nobody knows much of anything about how it’s all going to unfold! The future is not set in stone, but is totally up for grabs. The sooner you make that an everyday reminder, the more aggressive you’ll become about creating the life you want. Now is an excellent time to get the hang of it.

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Fish out of water BY AMY KINGSLEY

A MERMAID HAS NO BUSINESS on dry land — at least without her land tail. But even a land tail, which is usually more elaborate and fragile than a waterproof swimming tail, won’t help you walk when both of your feet are bound together inside. So the contestants in the tail portion of the first-ever International Mermaid Pageant on Aug. 12 at the Silverton had to be carried to the center of the stage like prize catches. A male volunteer with a strong back held the contestants as they waved and flapped their tails. Meanwhile, the mermaids in the audience reclined on lounges like polio patients with fins. If a fire had broken out, they would have been as helpless as mounted bass. The pageant was held inside Veil, the climate controlled tent that doubles as a convention center. About 150 people watched the mermaids vie for the pageant crown. One, 20-year-old Bri Larsen, decided not to participate. Instead, she chatted with other mermaid enthusiasts, who peppered her with questions about her homemade tail, a sleek neoprene number the color of a rainbow trout.

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“I have been obsessed with mermaids since I was in diapers,” Larsen said. When she was 10 years old, her mother made her first mermaid tail. She stitched a stretchy panel into the fabric from a robe. When she was a teenager, Larsen tried her hand at tailmaking. The tail she wore at the Mermaid Convention was her first effort at a true monofin. “It’s really not that hard to swim in it at all, as long as you can swim with your legs together,” she said. Larsen was one of about three dozen mermaids on display at the convention. In addition to mermaids, the gathering also attracted about 300 of the mer-curious and fantasy enthusiasts.At least one artist painted mildly erotic mermaid portraits while the contestants sat onstage. Other vendors displayed professional tails and underwater photography services. The convention also featured mermaid fiction writers, filmmakers, jewelers and at least one mermaid-theory professor. Attendees included several little girls, and bigger girls such as Larsen who never grew out of their mermaid fixation. Although mermaiding is a hobby for most, for a select few it’s

actually a vocation. Kylee Troche is one of more than a dozen mermaids at Weeki Wachee State Park in Florida. She performs in four 30-minute shows every day. Troche grew up near the spring, and worked in the gift shop before becoming a mermaid. An avid dancer, she reluctantly tried out for the underwater show at the urging of her coworkers. Troche didn’t compete in the pageant, either. She already wore a sash identifying her as International Mermaid Mrs. Weeki Wachee. Troche said she wants girls to know you can be a mermaid when you grow up. All it takes is a tail and an ability to hold your breath for minutes at a time. But if you can’t find a job as a mermaid, you can always be like Larsen. She never let go of her dreams, and makes YouTube videos of herself as a mermaid. For years, she thought she was the only one who was obsessed with the mythical water beings. Then, she heard about the convention. “I’ve been the only mermaid I’ve ever met until the last two or three years,” she said. “It’s great to be around so many people who love them as much as I do.”






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