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staff EDITORIAL

DEC. 1-7, 2011 » VOL. 19, NO.10

Editor Scott Dickensheets sdickensheets@lvcitylife.com 477-3882 A&E Editor Mike Prevatt mprevatt@lvcitylife.com 477-3810

“... THIS COCAINE COWBOY STARTS EMERGING ON THE SCENE. AND A LOT OF MY MARIJUANA SMUGGLING FRIENDS, A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF THEM WENT TO SMUGGLE COCAINE BECAUSE IT WAS SMALLER AND EASIER. AND I NEVER LIKED IT.”

News Editor Kristy Totten ktotten@lvcitylife.com 477-3809 Staff Writers Amy Kingsley akingsley@lvcitylife.com 477-3843 Max Plenke mplenke@lvcitylife.com 477-3831

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The feisty women of the 1971 welfare protest could teach today’s Occupiers a thing or two about getting results. By Amy Kingsley

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9 DAMNED PUNDIT Time to dial down those power 10 KNAPPSTER Seeing Nevada’s problems through

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PICKS WEEK OF THE

[SEE A COWBOY GO MORE THAN EIGHT SECONDS] TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6-7

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he cowboys are coming. National Finals Rodeo rides into town at the beginning of December, bringing spurs, chaps and 10-gallon hats to the Thomas & Mack, and a lot of wannabes to the Strip. These urban cowboys are easy to spot in their too-tight jeans and dinner-plate belt buckles. By the end of a long day walking the Strip, most of them will be nursing blisters brought on by boots that haven’t been properly broken in. Fortunately for us, bad fashion isn’t the only thing they bring to town. This year’s rodeo is bringing Dwight Yoakam to the Las Vegas Hilton. Yoakam’s brand of rollicking roots music emerged from a stew of classic country and punk rock honed in Nashville and Los Angeles. He never was as commercially successful as contemporaries like pop-country singers Billy Ray Cyrus and Randy Travis, but he made music that stayed true to his honky-tonk roots. Yoakam’s integrity paid off in critical acclaim and a broad fan base that includes music aficionados of all stripes. So dust off your cowboy hat and cinch up your jeans. You don’t need to know how to rope a steer to enjoy some fine Americana. Amy Kingsley. 10 p.m.; Las Vegas Hilton, 3000 Paradise Road, 800-222-5361; $59-$89.

Stiletto Dash and Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon 4 CITYLIFE | DECEMBER 1, 2011

[GO THE DISTANCE] SATURDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 3-4 Dress up for a good cause on Saturday when pumped-up chicks in heels run through the Palazzo shops for a good cause. Dancing with the Stars host (and, more notably, Baywatch babe) Brooke Burke will host the event, which benefits Las Vegas’ own Opportunity Village and the international nonprofit Operation Smile, which funds cleft lip and palate surgeries worldwide. So, get greedy, glammed up and ready to run 50-yards in your finest attire to help the little children. First place wins money and everyone else gets gift bags and party passes. a

Those who aren’t hot for heels can hit the streets and watch the sold-out Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon, to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Performances by Cheap Trick and American Idol’s Casey Abram will kick off the 13.1-mile nighttime run down the Strip. Extra credit if you dress like Elvis or get married (seriously, people do that). Kristy Totten. Stiletto Dash registration starts at 4 p.m. at The Shoppes at Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, www.StripatNight.com, $100 to register. Marathon concerts start at 3 p.m. at Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, with marathons beginning at 4 p.m.; see www.StripatNight.com for more info.


MahlerFest

Austrian composer Gustav Mahler wrote his Ninth Symphony [MEET GUSTAV] between the death of his FRIDAY-SATURDAY, daughter and his own DEC. 2-3 demise — and never lived to see it performed. Its 80 minutes are suffused with the sounds of loss: elegies, fugues and minor keys. This month, dance students at the College of Southern Nevada put movement to the music with MahlerFest, an upbeat name for a program that doesn’t really sound all that festive. But you should go anyway, because it will provide a beautiful and contemplative antidote to the saccharine holiday season. Don’t think of Mahler as a depressing late-romantic composer, just think of him as the great-grandfather of emo. Amy Kingsley. 7 p.m. (and Saturday at 2 p.m.); CSN, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., 651-5483, $10.

The Santaland Diaries

[SAVE A SMALL BUSINESS] THURSDAY, DEC. 1

[ENJOY THE ELVISH COMEBACK SPECIAL] DEC. 1-10 David Sedaris is considered hilariously funny by many. Christmas is considered supremely schmaltzy by many. For those who subscribe to the latter, the former might be just the antidote. Sedaris’ tale of Crumpet the Elf — based on his brief experiences as a Macy’s holiday temp — takes viewers behind the holly, past the decked halls, beyond the charm of silver bells ... to the scathingly comic dark side of the holiday. Actor Jamie Morris plays Crumpet in this one-man adaptation of Sedaris’ classic memoir. Scott Dickensheets. Dec. 1-10, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Onyx Theatre, 953 E. Sahara, www.onyxtheatre.com, $20.

The Attic Relief

The Attic, pre-explosion

There should be a place in hell reserved for NV Energy, whose substation exploded on Main Street in the Arts District nearly 18 months ago, severely damaging several local businesses. Attempts to financially assist displaced and discontented business owners have been feeble at best. One of the hardest hit operations, The Attic, a longtime vintage clothing institution in Las Vegas, may shutter soon if its downsized replacement location doesn’t get some help. A scheduled benefit hopes to go a long way in that effort. A fashion show, DJs, food and drink, and a live performance by Ministry of Love are but a few reasons for you to support The Attic Relief. But this isn’t just about the store. Catholic charities are slated to receive food, clothing and other goods donated via one of the entrance fee options. Maybe NV Energy can learn from The Attic’s adversity-be-damned gesture of goodwill. Mike Prevatt. 6 p.m.; 1025 S. Main St., 388-4088, $5 donation or gently used winter goods (clothing, blankets, etc.)

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FEEDBACK Threat level too high?

‘I am witnessing, clearly, a flying brick’

For our Dec. 17 issue, Amy Kingsley looked at ramped-up efforts to curb bullying, including new measures intended to make schools more responsive to — and more responsible for solving — the problem. NOW IF ONLY CCSD would investigate the bullying of teachers and do something about that, too. On a more realistic note — yes, this does go too far. This is a reflection of the absurdity of public education’s place in our society. Bring on the vouchers. justateacher

(FROM THE WEBSITE)

WAAAAAAAAY over exaggerated. Kid gets bullied enough to want to kill themself. The parents say, “We had no idea there was a problem.” Hint: The parents were the problem. My parents always knew what was going on in my life. To add, I also believe prosecuting ideologies is a bit Orwellian. I punch you, I get a ticket ... maybe. I punch you and call you a fag while I’m doing it, it’s a hate crime ... one year in jail. My argument is this: If I punch you, it’s because I hate you. Does that make it a hate crime? I’m prosecuted to the full extent of the law because of how I think or feel about you? But if I have no opinion of you, and just punch you for no reason (which is even weirder to me), I could potentially get off with a slap on the wrist. Bullshit. Brian Garth (ON FACEBOOK)

SO RIDICULOUS. I can probably write a book of the slurs and bad-mouth names I was called as a kid. What did it do for me? Give me a thick skin. Teach me to stop relying on my mom and dad to come save me. Oh, and I’m sure our already flailing education system definitely has the resources to add five new top-ranking positions per school. Grayson Moffett (ON FACEBOOK)

Excerpts from a handwritten letter sent to the CityLife offices, intended for columnist George Knapp, who has reported on UFO phenomenon for years. 2010. WHILE WALKING SOUTH on Decatur near Russell one very hot July afternoon, I watch as a 747 airliner takes off, climbs, crosses Decatur from left to right. The enormous aircraft lumbers to about 500 feet, when suddenly, approaching the jet from the front and above, is a black “speck.” To my relief, the mystery “dot” sails over the airline about 200 feet. Cruising directly toward me, traveling slow, covering the mile or so in about a minute, the object is now overhead at about 900-1,000 feet. It is solid black, with no noise or vapor trail. Sunlight reflects off the 50-by-20-foot craft’s “back.” I watch with utter disbelief, as I am witnessing, clearly, a flying “brick.” The craft has no wings, props or rotors. Equally bizarre, covering the craft’s surface asymmetrically are large globes or “bumps,” also black. Studying the object keenly, I think, “It’s a UFO” — POOF! The brick vanishes. Government surveillance craft? Reverse engineering? Cloaking?! who knows? Steven P.S. I was totally clear-minded. You have permission to use this.

means,but it sounded British enough to use in a letter-to-the-editor intro — didn’t entirely disagree,but he didn’t quite agree,either: I SHOULD ADD that as someone who is English, the representations of English pub food is pretty fair from a 1990s perspective. This type of English pub food is meant to be cheap and cheerful. The comparison would be the U.S. diner. However, it seems this menu is dated, a little expensive, all it is lacking is a carvery and Gordon Ramsey would blow his top. I have tried the food here, but there are better representations. english_tom

(FROM THE WEBSITE)

The British are eating, the British are eating!

Food critic Al Mancini didn’t care for English’s Quintessentially British pub.Too bland,he says.This punter from the Old Sod — we don’t actually know what that combination of words

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WOW, your friend and fellow theatre critic Dave Surratt writes and directs a show and you give him RAVE reviews??!! I don’t trust it,and you should be ashamed.This space could have been saved for a more deserving production! nick johnson (FROM THE WEBSITE)

David McKee (devastatingly) replies: Which of these compliments bothered you the most, Mr. Johnson? “overambitious”? “schematic characterizations and obvious yin/yang setups”? “doesn’t evolve much”? “perfunctory ... tardily ... contrivances”? “staging is fairly two-dimensional”? “identity crises that suggest Listen might benefit from rewrite therapy”? Yup, quite a collection of accolades, sir.

Because no one sticks together like drama critics

Fear of a Black (Friday) planet

Last week, theater critic Dave McKee reviewed the play Listen, by former CityLife staffer David Surratt.

A CURIOUS ARTICLE appeared in The Huffington Post,claiming that when the Occupy Wall Street protesters set up their own anti-shopping effort on Black Friday,they

revealed themselves to be a bunch of snobs out of touch with the American people.The author stated that the OWS cry against consumerism showed that they really don’t represent“the 99 percent”at all.Not True.It’s about time someone take on this beast called consumerism. Most of the people I work with are middleclass, two-income parents who are away from their children 11 hours out of every day except weekends. They commute at least an hour per day to well-paying jobs that provide an income large enough to keep the kids happy and the neighbors from smirking at their car. Their children are being raised by nannies, grandmas, teachers and after-school caregivers. These co-workers bemoan that they never get to see their children. They accuse themselves of poor parenting, but see no other way to provide the gadgets expected of them, the laptops, big-screen TVs and everything invented by Steve Jobs beginning with the letter I. Their children grow up as strangers, and to make this a little easier to deal with, my friends will pull extra shifts, not so much to pay property tax and mortgage, but to keep the gadgets coming, always newer, faster, bigger and MORE. Family hiking trips and trips to other outdoor locations are out. Shopping vacations are in. This is how a huge number of American families pass their time together, the conversations they share while driving to mega-malls and mega-churches: They share stories about their purchases. So somebody does need to raise a strong voice against consumerism, even if it is a bunch of kids wandering lower Manhattan who haven’t had a bath in a while. Somebody needs to ask why is it so hard for American families to sit in a room together without being attached to separate electronic devices. You certainly won’t be encouraged to rethink these priorities by the media, with every news outlet providing up-to-the-minute Black Friday results as if our lives depended on them. Is it possible for families to unplug everything and just go to a park? Even if you don’t want to Occupy it, just go there. A Reader (BY E-MAIL)

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Word that Aria will can its Elvis show next year merged with the 40th anniversary of Hunter Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to remind us that even the biggest icons have use-by dates.Gonzo was already quaint when Galifianakis strapped on The Hangover baby; now Elvis can no longer bring the viva in Las Vegas. Time’s up, boys. Drive safe. Watch for bats.

WE THINK

bankrupt Hooters hotel-casino, according to Canpartners, its major debt-holder

$181 million: Amount Hooters is in arears 8 CITYLIFE | DECEMBER 1, 2011

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$150,000: Amount the state will spend to study how other states fund higher education compared to Nevada

7.3 percent: Decline in LV home prices be-

Easy: We try not to!

prices fall to 1998 level” — Vegas Inc.

A December potpourri of fragrant factlets $80 million: Approximate worth of the

It’s not just Hooters: “Las Vegas home

— Hooters attorney

$178 million: Amount owed to Canpartners Feb. 17, 2012: Date the property will be

auctioned

No shit: “You get the best deal you can get”

tween September 2010 and September 2011

3.6 percent: Average decline in most other places during the same period

No shit: “Any chance for a sustained recover will probably need a stronger economy” — Standard and Poor’s analyst

$80 million: Most recent cuts to higher ed,

in June

Aw, well: There goes higher ed’s chance to buy Hooters!

SOURCES: REVIEW-JOURNAL, SUN , VEGAS INC.

ILLUSTRATION: AARON MCKINNEY

Twilight of the gods


COLUMN

DAMNED PUNDIT

BY HUGH JACKSON

NV Energy deserves a rate cut, not a hike

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ost businesses buy a product details of which we’ll probably never know. wholesale and then mark up Meantime, NV Energy spent money to the price for consumers. Utility expand generating capacity at a gas-powered monopolies like NV Energy aren’t plant. It would be an overstatement to say allowed to do that. When NV Energy buys there is a regional electricity glut. But accoal or natural gas to fuel a power plant, or cording to the North American Electric Reliwhen it buys electricity off the grid, that cost ability Corp., a quasi-regulatory authority is passed through to customers directly. that monitors such things, current regional So the typical way a monopoly electric generating capacity is comfortably adequate company like NV Energy makes profit is to to meet peak demand for the foreseeable build or buy infrastructure, like power plants. future, especially since electricity demand The company convinces regulators the plunged when the economy collapsed. investment is in the public Still, a utility’s top interest, and regulators priority is to provide a NV ENERGY allow the company to raise reliable power supply, and power bills to earn a return it isn’t difficult to imagine WANTS TO LIFT on that investment. a credible case being made AN EXTRA $249 Not surprisingly, to justify some expansion MILLION FROM utilities historically have of gas-fired capacity. sought to build power NV Energy wants to YOUR POCKETS. plants that are bigger charge customers to make WHERE’S THE GOP and more expensive than a reasonable return on OUTRAGE? necessary — if they’re that investment. And necessary at all. And too if the power company often, state utility regulastopped right there, that tors, not just in Nevada but everywhere, are might be understandable. captive to and seduced by the utilities they’re But NV Energy is also attempting to fleece supposed to regulate, so they let utilities get us with some financial legerdemain, such as away with building “gold-plated” plants and deferring part of their rate hike request for charging customers up the yazoo. later years but hoping to charge us interest on This, of course, is what NV Energy was the deferred payments — so when we do pay, thinking when it wanted to build a $5 billion we’ll be paying even more. The extra interest coal-fired power plant near Ely. Lest there be expense adds nothing to generating capacity, any confusion on this point, let’s be perfectly power reliability or conservation. It’s just acclear: There is absolutely no reason whatsoever counting trickery to pad NV Energy’s profits. to build a coal-fired power plant. U.S. natural NV Energy is also asking regulators to gas supplies are massive, and gas-fired plants increase the rate of return the monopoly is are far cheaper to build than coal-fired plants. allowed, from 10.5 percent to 11.25 percent, That’s exactly why NV Energy wanted to so as to reward investors. spend $5 billion on a coal facility: The more Screw the investors. If a low-risk — hell, expensive the plant, the bigger the return on damned near guaranteed — 10.5 percent corinvestment. porate rate of return doesn’t slake their thirst Fortunately,Harry Reid,using his powers for for high-risk market thrills and kills, investhe forces of good for a change,got NV Energy tors can go buy some credit default swaps. to back off its coal plant plans in some deal the All totaled, NV Energy wants to lift an

extra $249 million out of our pockets, and I think I speak for everyone when I ask: Where is the Republican outrage? If someone proposed taking a quarter billion dollars from Nevadans to send to an “insatiable big government,” Brian Sandoval, Chuck Muth, Heidi Harris, NPRI, the Tea Party, the Review-Journal and the rest of Nevada’s highly excitable right-wing infrastructure would be fully mobilized, relentlessly warning anyone who would listen that raising taxes is the worst possible thing to do in this economy. And yet a proposal to take a quarter billion dollars from Nevadans to send to an insatiable investor class is met mostly with a respectful silence from those who believe religiously that the private sector always knows best. If state taxes were being raised, at least the money would stay here in Nevada and be spent on road and school maintenance, salaries for teachers and first responders, health care for people in need, and other government services. The money would circulate in Nevada. (Indeed, depending on who is targeted for a tax hike and what they would have done with the money otherwise, tax hikes can actu-

ally stimulate economic activity.) NV Energy, by contrast, has already spent what it was going to spend expanding that gas plant. Whatever economic stimulus the project might have provided has mostly come and gone. The additional $249 million NV Energy wants to take out of our pockets would by and large drain directly out of the state, never to be seen again. Finally, by seeking a higher rate of return, the monopoly is bucking industry trends. The authorized rates of return for U.S. regulated utilities have been going down, not up, for the last two decades. NV Energy’s currently allowed 10.5 percent rate is comparable to utilities elsewhere in the country. Canadian utilities, however, are typically only allowed about an 8 percent rate of return. That’s probably where Nevada regulators should set NV Energy’s rate of return, in recognition that the company’s decision-makers always have to be such dicks about everything. HUGH JACKSON blogs at The Las Vegas Gleaner (www.lasvegasgleaner.com) and contributes to KSNV Channel 3.

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KNAPPSTER BY GEORGE KNAPP

The (difficult but upbeat) life of Brian

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ry as I might, I can’t get Lloyd Bridges out of my head as I sit down to chat with Gov. Brian Sandoval. To be sure, he looks nothing like the actor, nor do they share any obvious similarities in style or political philosophy. They certainly don’t have the same eyebrows. But I keep picturing Bridges as the crazed air traffic controller in Airplane, lamenting that he “picked a helluva week to quit smoking … drinking … huffing glue.” Sandoval doesn’t have any of those bad habits, but he did pick one helluva time to become governor. Since he took office, Nevada has ranked at

or near the top of every dire economic statistical category. Tops in home foreclosures, in personal bankruptcies, in unemployment. Thousands of small businesses have gone under. A hundred-thousand families have been booted out of their homes. State and local governments have been overwhelmed by Nevadans needing help, at a time when those governments are least able to respond because tax revenues have plunged. None of this can be blamed on Sandoval. He inherited a bad situation from his lackluster predecessor, no question, though the true architects of our troubles are 3,000 miles to

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the east, on Wall Street. Reckless, high-stakes tions he has undertaken with the banking gambling by bankers falsely inflated the industry, which thus far has dragged its feet in already inflated housing bubble. They sold the effort to fix the mess that bankers created. and resold trillions of dollars worth of FranSandoval pointedly says he does not agree kenstein-like financial instruments, pieces with Mitt Romney and other Republicans who of paper everyone pretended were highly think foreclosures should be allowed to run rated, mortgage-backed securities. They were their course with no assistance whatsoever. warned the bubble would burst, but everyone If the governor’s new push can help even a kept grabbing for every possible dollar. few thousand families hang onto their homes, No state was hit harder than Nevada,but that it will be a major turning point. And if his is no accident,either.For 30 years,business push to diversify the economy can sprout leaders and elected officials have worshipped at least a few seedlings, Nevadans will have at the altar of growth.We pretended it could go something that’s been sorely lacking — hope. on forever.It was a classic Ponzi scheme on a But here’s what I hope. I hope the governor massive scale: Every patch of dirt was deemed a and his people recognize the opportunity that perfect place to build a house.Every new house has arisen. We have a chance to pause, take a meant more workers,workers who built more breath, and think about what we want to be houses,houses that needed to be sold,then when we grow up. Do we really want to jump filled with more new residents.And because onto the same horse and gallop after the same everyone was making money — on paper,anyphony rainbow that got us into this mess? way — we ignored the obvious warning signs. Make no mistake, there are plenty of shortThe inevitable crash has decimated our sighted folks who do. They salivate for the day state. Dashed dreams, ruined lives, divorces, when thousands of people are streaming back suicides and even a few murders are the fruits into Clark County, and the growth machine of this harvest of shame. And now it falls to is gobbling up desert acreage for more houses Sandoval to dig us out. Herand strip malls. cules had it easier when he It might seem a stretch SANDOVAL DOESN’T cleaned out the stables. to link the housing collapse DOWNPLAY OUR Washington tried to apto the proposed $15 billion PREDICAMENT. HE ply a Band-Aid. A program water grab/pipeline plan. KNOWS IT’S BAD, was created to assist the Its powerful proponents REAL BAD, AND STILL hardest-hit homeowners. have lamely tried to mask THINKS HE CAN About $190 million was the project as some sort of HELP TURN THINGS earmarked for Nevada. safety net, needed to guarAROUND. But more than a year later, antee our water supply. But Nevada has received a mere the water grab has always $7 million. Of that, only $1.7 been about growth. When million has been spent. Instead of assistance SNWA filed for all of those rural water rights for an estimated 22,000 Nevadans, a mere way back in 1989, it wasn’t because anyone 439 homeowners were helped. worried about climate change. It was because Sandoval takes a lot of ribbing because of water officials did the bidding of the pro-dehis optimistic disposition. Gov. Sunny, they velopment crowd. They wanted to make sure call him. I asked if he feels like a guy riding a the growth fairy tale could go on and on. tidal wave, powerless to control the immense Right now, Nevadans have a chance to say forces swirling around him. Not Sandoval. He something about the future of our state. For a doesn’t have a Lloyd Bridges bone in his body. few days the state engineer will accept public He told me he is actually glad to be in charge comments about the proposal. The people at this precarious moment. It is tempting who pull the strings will never allow a formal to label him a Pollyanna, but that doesn’t public vote, so this might be your last chance fit because Sandoval doesn’t downplay our to register your opinion. If you agree it is folly predicament. He knows it’s bad, real bad, and to fire up the growth engine again, let the still thinks he can help turn things around. state engineer know it. For the past year, he has been quietly putting Our governor has a lot on his plate right his plans in place. Over the next few weeks, he now, but I will bet he will not only hear but will unveil an ambitious series of changes to heed your concerns. homeowner-assistance programs in an effort GEORGE KNAPP is a Peabody Award-winning to get more dough to homeowners most in investigative reporter for KLAS Channel 8. Reach him at need of help. He will also tell us about negotiagknapp@klastv.com


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The right to write High school journalists have greater First Amendment rights than they might think BY KRISTY TOTTEN

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f Legacy High School’s athletic logo looks familiar, well, that’s because it is. The burnt orange longhorn silhouette is strikingly similar to the logo used by University of Texas at Austin. It’s the same shape and rusty color, plus a few contours and shadows that highlight the steer’s broad nose and forehead. Those subtle differences, however, weren’t lowing up now and the paper hopes to print different enough in the eyes of the university. the story in December. The original Longhorns discovered the resem“It would have been better [to go to print] blance and asked the North Las Vegas school to then because it was big topic and everyone change its logo earlier this school year. Legacy was talking about it, but I think it will still was buzzing about it. What was rumor and be relevant,” Brown says. “Maybe just not what was true? Everyone wanted to know. front cover.” Cattle Call, the high school’s student newspaper, immediately went to work on the igh school students’ First Amendment story, separating fact from fiction. Yes, the rights are commonly misunderstood, logo would change. No, the school wasn’t besays Frank LoMonte, executive director of the ing sued. The story was hot, and ready to run Student Press Law Center in Arlington, Va. in October, when Legacy Assistant Principal Although freedom of press is limited in high Brian Daw stepped in two weeks before print. schools, prior restraint, or prohibiting publiDaw, who had been intercation, is only constitutional viewed for the story, directed “IF IT’S A under circumstances estabCattle Call to hold off on lished by the Supreme Court FACTUALLY publication until the matter case Hazelwood School DisACCURATE was resolved. (“We didn’t trict vs. Kuhlmeier (1988). want to needlessly upset “The school can censor STORY, IT’S the student population and stories if they can point to ABSOLUTELY parents,” Daw says.) a ‘specific educational reaNOT LEGAL TO Deflated, but understandson,’ ” LoMonte says.“That’s RESTRAIN A ing, the students scrambled an important line that many to find another cover story. administrators and instrucSTORY.” “We held it because the tors try to read over.” district didn’t want people In high schools, there are FRANK LOMONTE to know yet,” said Skylar two kinds of publications: Langley, senior and coclosed forums and public editor-in-chief of the paper. “They were still forums. Cattle Call, because it is a schoolfiguring it out.” funded class, taken for a grade, is closed. Daw says Legacy and UT should reach a Independent after-school publications are resolution in the next couple of weeks, and “public” and have more freedom, although students will eventually get a green light to they can still be censored if they “substanrun the story. Kailyn Brown, also an editortially disrupt the operation of the school.” in-chief of Cattle Call, says a reporter is folHowever, even closed publications have

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Laekyn Kelley is the co-editor-in-chief of the Coronado Roar.

rights. Factual mistakes, untruthful information, libel, gory photographs or inciting violence are legitimate reasons for teachers to pull stories, LoMonte points out — but image control and suppressing controversy are not. While students can agree to postpone publication at an instructor’s request, they have the constitutional right to go to print, with or without approval from their superiors, as long as the story is truthful. One valley high school student, who asked not to be named or quoted directly, says she has carefully reported a story for the past year, but a school administrator refuses to

include it in the school newspaper because she dislikes the topic — a clear constitutional violation. “If it’s a factually accurate story, it’s absolutely not legal to restrain a story,” LoMonte says.“You’re not teaching anybody journalism to say,‘Don’t publish truthful information.’ ” English teacher and Cattle Call supervisor Elizabeth Galvan says because the paper is produced for credit, she’s more mindful of administrator’s requests. Galvan says an extra-curricular paper would receive more » CONTINUED ON P12 a

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she said recently. “I used to get $59 in food stamps, but now I get $57.” Seals is a veteran of the welfare mothers movement of the 1960s and ’70s. She started the Clark County Welfare Rights Organization, the group that protested cuts to welfare by storming Caesars Palace and shut-

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leniency, but she doesn’t think students would be writing anything more controversial than they do now. This year, they’ve tackled suicide and depression, and only once in her experience was a topic — teen pregnancy — denied.

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The local Occupy movement could learn from the welfare moms who stormed the Strip 40 years ago BY AMY KINGSLEY

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ting down the Strip on March 6, 1971. They were an aggressive group of rabble-rousers, these Westside moms, who staged sit-ins at the local welfare office and often ended up in handcuffs and holding cells. But they emerged victorious.So,years later,what lessonsdotheyhaveforthatcontemporarybandofwouldbe change-makers, Occupy Las Vegas? The local wing of the national protest movement is settling in to its winterhibernation,tendingitstentsandbringingitsactions to the mall.So what,exactly,are they asking for? Seals and the other welfare moms had a very specific set of concerns. Right before the march, the state welfare office kicked nearly half the families off the rolls, claiming that many recipients were defrauding the system. Panicked and cut off from their only sources of food and income, those families appealed, only to find the state wouldn’t listen. Welfare recipients couldn’t challenge decisions by administrators. So the moms took to the streets, with their children. They demanded due process and an end to the cruel policies of the state welfare office. And that’s exactly what they got — after a federal judge sided with the moms two weeks after the 1971 march. Later on, they would win increased benefits and food stamps, a program Nevada’s leaders were slow to adopt. But it’s not so much what they got as how they did it. After all, the Occupy protest, with its college students and professional supporters, actually has quite a few advantages over the older movement. The women who started the welfare action were mostly uneducated, black and very, very poor. The group’s leaders moved to Las Vegas from the Mississippi Delta in the ’40s and ’50s, and endured segregation and primitive living conditions in the undeveloped Westside. Seals caught pneumonia during her first pregnancy after she sank knee-deep in mud walking to the outhouse. Few houses had indoor plumbing, and none of the streets were paved. The political winds were also blowing against these women, who emerged as the country soured on President Johnson’s War on Poverty. Even they knew they had to come up with a set of demands. Occupy Las Vegas — and the larger Occupy movement — hasn’t produced anything like that.All the successful protest movements have had specific goals,from ending the war in Vietnam to securing equal PHOTO: BILL HUGHES

rior review is a trickier subject. Clark County School District’s regulations state that “each school is encouraged to have a student newspaper or similar publication where the literary talent of students is demonstrated,” but the guidelines end there. Review practices are determined on a school-by-school basis by the principal, and newspapers are proofed by an administrator before going to print. All Clark County high school papers practice prior review. While subjecting stories to review is legal, it’s best practiced as an option, not a rule, LoMonte says. Often, students will want guidance when writing stories, especially on charged topics, but the contact should ideally be initiated by the student. Coronado High School junior Laekyn Kelley is working on a story about teen suicide under the direction of Assistant Principal Paul Fagone. Coronado has experienced at least two suicides this year, Kelley says, and she was required to meet with Fagone to “ask what he didn’t want in it” and “how to go about” covering the story. Kelley says she doesn’t feel inhibited by the process,although she did want to use names, an idea Fagone nixed. Generally, Kelley says, her journalism class doesn’t clash with administrators. “[Our adviser] knows what we can and cannot write about, so we don’t write about things that would get cut,” she says. Devan Underwood, a freshman print journalism major at the University of Nevada,Reno, wasaseniorsectioneditorattheCoronadoRoar last year. When she wanted to cover National Spirit Day and homophobia, she had to appeal to her school leaders by giving a presentation and working closely with Fagone. Underwood says it was a positive experience that ultimately gained more trust for the Roar. This year, she says, the paper has been able to tackle touchier subjects with less push-back. Asked how she feels about prior review in high schools, Underwood says, “I can see both sides.Whoever pays for the publication should have a say on what’s published ... but it limits our experience on what journalism really is.”

osie Seals looks like someone who put her hell-raising behind her a long time ago. The 88-year-old grandmother lives in a subsidized eggshell cottage and uses a walker to get around. She’s hard of hearing, but speaks loud enough. “I think it’s going backwards instead of forward,”


rights for blacks and women. While Occupy may raise awareness of income inequality, so far it seems unlikely to do much else. Occupy Las Vegas targeted the Strip with its first protest, and then moved on to a county-approved campsite far from the bustle of Las Vegas Boulevard. But the Strip is central to the success of any protest in Southern Nevada. “The Strip is a uniquely vulnerable space,” said Annelise Orleck, author of Storming Caesars Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty.“There are very few spaces in the United States that are as vulnerable to economic disruption, except maybe Wall Street.” So Occupy Las Vegas should really be occupying the Strip, not some forsaken parking lot near the airport. The welfare moms didn’t just stop at the Strip, either, they took their march inside Caesars Palace, which had no choice but to accommodate the activists, who had recruited several Hollywood supporters and national news attention. When the moms brought their kids to eat steak dinners because they’d been kicked off welfare and didn’t have any food in the house, the casinos had to feed them or risk becoming known for turning away hungry children. Those welfare moms, poor as they were, knew just what they were doing, as Orleck describes in her book: “Why sit-in again, Mary Wesley asked, when they could eat-in? ‘The eat-ins were based on a simple principle,’ says Jack Anderson. ‘The right to eat takes priority over the right to make a profit.’ That principle had galvanized mothers’ protests from eighteenth-century bread riots in Paris to twentieth-century kosher meat boycotts in New York City. The eat-ins served another purpose, says Emma Stampley. They made hungry children visible.” As long as Occupy Las Vegas keeps playing by the rules, it’s unlikely to be taken seriously. Even its polite interruption of Black Friday shopping pales in comparison to demanding symbolic steaks from the titans of gaming. “That is something the Occupy movement globally is thinking about,” Orleck said. “Doing more civil disruptions and strikes.” The mothers didn’t stop with the welfare victories, either. Seals, Ruby Duncan and more than a half-dozen other women brought basic services to the Westside, including a library and medical clinics. The Occupy movement could imitate that element of the welfare protests. In fact, they’ve already talked about transforming the protest into a kind of social service agency. The camp, Area 99, is already home to several homeless people, and the organization has provided them with food and services. They represent the possible fate of the other members of the 99 percent, who may be a layoff away from foreclosure and homelessness. “Area 99 is a symbol of that poverty and providing safe haven,” said Johnathan Abbinett. Symbols are fine, as long as they exist in places where people can see them. If they want to bring their message to the rest of Las Vegas, the Occupy movement may want to steal a page from the welfare mothers’ playbook. The original activists are in their 80s. When they go, so will their history, with the exception of a few monuments to Ruby Duncan on the Historic Westside. Seals feels that she and the other women have been left out of Las Vegas history. At the same time, history repeats itself, and the state responds to economic hardship by cutting aid to its poorest citizens. The welfare mothers’ movement may have one last legacy — to teach Occupy Las Vegas how to get things done.

Kinky, drinky and sad

Spiteful rankings show Las Vegas sucks more at some things, less at others BY SCOTT DICKENSHEETS

We’re screwed, of course. Foreclosure, unemployment, home values. The numbers don’t lie. But, hey, at least Nevada is rated No. 2 for job growth in the next five years, according to Forbes. (Hooray!) But wait — something called the Opportunity Index actually ranks Nevada dead last on its index of opportunity. (Shit!) Then again, Forbes puts Nevada at a not-entirelydisreputable 36th on its list of states in which to do business. (Could be worse!) But the Brookings Institute and the London School of Economics place Las Vegas No. 146 out of 150 local economies. (Couldn’t be much worse.) And Men’s Health says Las Vegas is MEN’S HEALTH No. 1 for men in finanCAN REALLY cial distress. (Hoo ... FUCK UP YOUR wait, that’s a bad No. 1.) Whew. Trying to folOUTLOOK. low all that gave me a case of economic whiplash. Wanna get a drink instead? Let’s toast the fact that this is the best place to buy a home, according to Trulia.com! Let’s cry in our beers over Travel & Leisure designating Las Vegas the seventh dirtiest city in America! Ah, hell, who needs a reason — let’s hit the bar like the thirsty citizens of the 11th drunkest city Men’s Health says we are! But where to go? Obvious choice: The Chandelier Bar at the Cosmo — it made Esquire’s Best Bars in America list. Cheers! Yo, check out the tourists standing gape-mouthed under the chandelier; don’t they know that fat, drunk and wrapped in Ed Hardy is no way to go through life? They’re the reason GQ declared Las Vegas the nation’s 13th worst-dressed city. Well, them and Wayne Newton, who’s known as Mr. Las Vegas, even though he was born in Norfolk, Va. We don’t hold against him, though: According to the Census Bureau, Nevada has the lowest percentage of natives who live here. All right, gotta go, sport — need to pick up some edible panties (third sexiest city, Orbitz.com) and a ball gag (third kinkiest city, Alternet). I mean, everyone has to do their part, right? I’m pretty sure that’s what the governor means

when he talks about“shared sacrifice.” Full stop. It just occurred to me: When Trulia.com,in its Rent vs. Buy Index, says this is the best place to buy a house, isn’t it really saying, The economy in Vegas is so trashed you can pick up a house for basically what’s in your pocket? Likewise, maybe being the 11th drunkest city isn’t the high praise it first sounds like. And perhaps being rated, by Avvo, as the No. 3 most dangerous spring break destination isn’t simply a harmless part of the city’s marketing plan. And could it be that I should not construe our 77th place among the 100 most active cities, according to Men’s Health, as a license to chill? I mean, it sounds like everyone’s doing it. Why do even our upbeat rankings have to have such a downside? Well, that’s Vegas, circa 2011: The minute you find a silver lining, it’ll immediately comp you a gray cloud. Hardly surprising for a city that effortlessly spins hopeful narratives in order to subvert them — we’re No. 1 at that. Actually,I made up that statistic,but I’m sure Men’s Health will confirm it before you finish reading this. If you’re reading this, that is. Turns out that when it comes to literate places, Las Vegas is 52nd out of 75 cities — in Nevada?! you ask; no, in the nation — according to Central Connecticut State University. Which, if the Opportunity Index is right about our lowest-in-the-nation graduation rate, you probably can’t locate on a map. Look, I’m not saying you’re dumb. Not at all! The Daily Beast said it. Las Vegas: dumbest city in America. And who are we to argue with a website smart enough to merge with Newsweek? So it’s no wonder we’re both the 10th saddest city (Men’s Health) and the seventh unhappiest (Business Week). That’s a ton of sad unhappiness — it might make me want to kill myself if being in Las Vegas didn’t already make me more prone to suicide, according to a Temple University study. I guess if we’ve learned anything from this exercise, it’s that Men’s Health and a bunch of obscure websites can really fuck up your outlook. To hell with that — let’s return to the bar and see if we can lift Vegas to No. 10. a

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Q&A

BRUCE PERLOWIN KING OF POT

INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY AMY KINGSLEY

In the ’70s and ’80s, Bruce Perlowin slipped boats full of marijuana under the Golden Gate Bridge and the noses of authorities. Now he’s trying to go straight. What can a former smuggler teach us about the marijuana economy?

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How long did you smuggle drugs and how did that come about? I grew up in Miami, north Miami, where it became the main entry point in America for massive amounts of marijuana. Practically every boat in South Florida was used for smuggling back in those days. So we used to sell pot in the beginning to all our friends, like an ounce, and then we’d get a nickel bag left over in the end for us. It was a mechanism to get our own marijuana and get high and hear music differently, see the world differently and not get drunk. How did it grow from an ounce here and there to millions of pounds? Once you do a lot of work to bring a product to the marketplace, all you need to do is expand your marketing efforts and you expand your revenues. We used to break an ounce up, for instance,and we’d put little sayings in the nickel bags,like“Make love not war.” And if you bought an ounce, you’d get a free pack of rolling papers. So I was actually bundling enhanced benefits to buying our product as opposed to someone else’s, although the demand was so great, it didn’t matter what was out there. If we got a load of “shake” in, and there’s a big load of gold bud, you’d just wait a week and your crummy shake would still sell. The demand was insatiable. But then while that’s all happening, this cocaine cowboy starts emerging on the scene. And a lot of my marijuana smuggling friends, a certain percentage of them went to smuggle cocaine because it was smaller and easier. And I never liked it. I didn’t like the suppliers, I didn’t like the smugglers, I didn’t like the distributors and I didn’t like the end users. They were all gun-toting violent nutcases and they murder people. So, because of the violence, and I already had a channel of distribution in California. And I moved there and I actually pioneered a new marijuana smuggling route from the west coast of Columbia to the west coast of the United States.

PUNCHING UP THE MESSAGE

GET THIS You’re not gonna believe what we heard this week

Recently, Bar + Bistro hosted an anti-bullying event organizedbyareahighschoolstudents.Theeveninggotofftoagood start,withanti-bullyingspeechesbyteachers,activistsandpoliticians — and then it sort of veered off into left field with a video of UFC fighters spraying each other with gay epithets and saliva. Turns out the Culinary Union has partnered with local parents to create Unfit For Children, an anti-UFC group concerned with the anti-gay and anti-woman vernacular of the sport. The union is piggybacking its anti-UFC message onto the local campaign to fight bullying. Two UFC owners, Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, also own Station Casinos, and have been sparring with the Culinary for years. AMY KINGSLEY

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STEVE ROSS RECALL EFFORT NEARING ITS GOAL

Backers of an effort to recall Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross say they have already collected the minimum number of voter signatures required for a formal recall election. A similar effort earlier this year was thwarted after Ross supporters convinced signatories to change their minds. Anti-Ross organizers say there will be no repeat of that mistake this time around. Two teams of signature collectors have been working Ross’ ward for the past several weeks. They need a minimumof1,090signaturestomandatearecallelection.Aspokespersontold CityLife that,asofTuesday, they have 1,090, give or take a handful. They intend to continue collecting signatures for the next few weeks, just to be sure. One of the organizers, political consultant Mark Fierro, says about half of the voters who originally signed, then switched their positions, have signed up again. Canvassers say they have successfully rebutted arguments made by Ross backers that a recall election would be prohibitively expensive. Still, they expect some sort of legal challenge to the legitimacy of the recall petitions. GEORGE KNAPP


So what are you doing now? I became this celebrity in the medical marijuana industry, the Elvis Presley of the marijuana movement. I said, we’re going to start marketing marijuana, and the response blew me away. I said, we’re going to wait until it becomes legal federally. They said, you don’t have to wait, you can open up a dispensary. I said, this is incredible, there is all this action around medical marijuana. So we decide that we’re going to get into that industry. What did your first company, Medical Marijuana Inc., do? The first thing we did was a tax remittance card. We said, what are the problems in the MM industry? The two problems are the collecting of taxes — everybody’s doing cash,and the government doesn’t like that. They want to collect their taxes. And the other is contaminated marijuana — mold. Signedupabout32dispensaries,thendidinventory-controltrackingsoftware.Wedidnot want to grow,transport or sell marijuana.It’s still federally illegal.And we would be a target. Eventually we sold that company and I launched Marijuana Inc. Medical Marijuana was the first company in that industry to go public by seven days. Today there are 17. Is it easier to make a profit when you know what the legal status of marijuana is, even if it’s illegal? If you’re involved with marijuana, with growing it, selling it or dispensing it, it’s a disaster. I personally know a friend who prepared to open a big grow operation in Nevada. He’s got a full-blown dispensary ready to go in Nevada, and he never opened, because if he opens he’s going to get busted. In my day it was cut and dried. If you got busted, you were going to trial and would probably go to jail. Now the police run away from the protesters. This is incredible. Why wasn’t it like this when I was smuggling? During Prohibition,you had moonshiners,but not a lot of them ended up being liquor executives when the law changed. How do you make that jump from the illegal to the legal business? Our educational courses tell people how to open up a dispensary and what the laws are. I’ve never met so many billionaires who want to get into this industry, and they just want to knowwheretheycanpositionthemselves.I’mtalkingaboutoneguywhoownsmallsallover America.They just know this is the hot industry to be in — it’s a growth sector. What’s in store for the future? We’re preparing with our coffee shops with drinks like Pineapple Expresso, Columbian Gold coffee. It’s just the name of the coffee. We’ll have a section, when they legalize marijuana, that wall of teas will come down and the different marijuana strains will go up. So we’re preparing for federal legalization, and we’re preparing to not just help the industry, but to be the industry. When that happens, we plan to be the largest distributors of marijuana in America ... again. So when does that happen? When we were smuggling in Florida, and then in California, now this is 1970, I thought we’ve got to smuggle in as much as we can because in five years it’s going to be legal and we’re going to be out of business. In our wildest imaginations, we never would have dreamed that marijuana would still be illegal this much longer. I heard a statistic that 16,000 people a day are trying marijuana for the first time. That floored me. Sixteen-thousand people a day are trying marijuana for the first time.People will make a lot of money on marijuana stocks, whether it’s ours or others.

POWER TO THE PAPER!

The Review-Journal, which shares a corporate overlord with CityLife, published its “Deadly Force” series this week about Metro police officers and their itchy trigger fingers. The paper put a lot into the year-long project, including $11,000 and legal muscle to pry records out of Metro. The result is a good, old-fashioned piece of investigative journalism, the kind that can’t be crowd-sourced, Twittered or blogged into being. After all, how many bloggers have $11,000 to spend on a project? And how many are willing to go toe-to-toe with the area’s largest police agency? You know what Metro does to people it doesn’t like. If you don’t, then you may want to read the R-J series. It’s a thorough look at an important topic — and a reminder of why we still need big, old media companies. AMY KINGSLEY

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MUSIC hath it, but definitely to that of Paramore’s Hayley Williams. But the most attractive part is the clearly apparent effort put into the recording. If the quintet didn’t scrutinize every single part of Party Animals, the evidence eludes us.(www.reverbnation.com/ ministryoflovemusic) MAX PLENKE

Mark Stoermer Another Life (self-released)

MARK STOERMER

Holiday rush Several local acts release recorded projects before year’s end, in this edition of Someone Sent Us These

Ministry of Love Party Animals

We’ve been previously skeptical of Ministry of Love because we worried an established band promoter (in this case, Patrick Trout of Pulsar Presents) would make cruddy music, the way a music journalist’s own musical accomplishment usually falls short of his musical clout (see Lester Bangs and The Delinquents). But we’ve been happily surprised by the alt-rock act, as well as its new release, the well-put-together Party Animals EP. It’s definitely not outside the box, and you won’t hear any approach to the genre a Victory Records artists hasn’t already touched. The first track, “Easy,” bears similarities to

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MINISTRY OF LOVE earlier Fall Out Boy, as sung by a hurt young lady addressing a former lover who wronged her to varying degrees throughout the record. Singer Meg Vitale’s got plenty of fury — maybe not to the degree where Hell wouldn’t

It’s tempting to try to gauge the individual musical personalities of the members of a band, and sometimes the bassist is the hardest to judge. It might surprise non-fans that the man who lays down the grooves for The Killers adores Bob Dylan. That legend’s influence permeates many of the 10 tracks on Mark Stoermer’s Another Life, which, unlike the recent extracurricular projects of his Killers bandmates Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci, has been quietly self-released as a free download. On strummers like “Everyone Loves the Girl” and “Need a Hand,” Stoermer adapts a Dylan-like delivery — down to the nasal inflections and syllabic drawls. But he proves his versatility elsewhere. “The Way We Were Before,” alternately propulsive and sweeping, sees drum machines complementing the real thing, and it stands out for many reasons, most of all as a juxtaposition to the naturalistic aesthetic dominating Another Life — an album consistently revealing another side of Stoermer’s complex artistic identity. (www.markstoermer.com) MIKE PREVATT

Evers and Vessel Evers and Vessel

You know that one track on a hip-hop record where the levels drop down, get ethereal and employ a singer for the hook to add a sense of emotion and introspection? That’s this entire E.P. Vessel, who’s actually Henry Snyder from Outside Looking In, took a break from the party-centric auralbrutalityofhisotherprojectto build something on which he can form more deep-thinking, ultimately vulnerable storytelling. It’s driven home by the love affair producer Evers McGee has with indie rock and electronica, adding elements of both M83 and, less intentionally, what could be mistaken for Bon Iver, especially with the sung choruses

of Rusty Maples’ Blair Dewane. Our favorite track might be “Featuring,” a goosebumping guest track incorporating current and former OLI members slinging verses over a driving percussion rhythm and a gorgeous piano riff that, by itself, would fit a breakup song. This is the kind of E.P.that makes you take long drives and wonder how your ex is doing.(www.eversa ndvessel.bandcamp.com) MAX PLENKE

Avalon Landing Demos, Dead Ends and Do Overs

The guys from Avalon Landing have said on multiple occasions, “Wait until you hear the plugged-in stuff.” So we waited, and waded through the expectedly soggy-sweet tracks of Demos, Dead Ends and Do Overs (some of which were part of their early demo). But the payoff came with new, electrically charged, guitar-distorted teeth. If you’re into the Jimmy Eats Something Corporate thing they had going on, they aren’t shunning that completely (and they shouldn’t, because they do it pretty damn well). The fuller, heavier new tracks,“No Need for Second Chances” in particular, find balance between their bleedingheart comfort zone and acoustic ’roid-raging (nesting them in Motion City Soundtrack territory). Their harmonization is still top notch, but this time they let amplification — and strings! — play a stronger role. The end goal is a surprisingly flowy, Imogen Heap-like track called “Old Phonebooks,” and a stack of songs for the stage, not the coffee shop. (www.reverbnation.com/avalonlanding) MAX PLENKE

Five Finger Death Punch American Capitalist

This album was so over the top with its lyrics, we had to do some research to figure out if these recent L.A. imports were kidding. Turns out everything, from the title track’s lyrics (“War is the answer like I told you before!”), to the rapid-listing of major American capitalist icons (“Facebook! Myspace! iPod! Bill Gates!”) on “The Pride,” is in total. Fucking. Earnest. Expect this on the gym playlists of guys with comprehensive Tap Out shirt collections. But we have to hand it to them for the production: Thanks to the ridiculously talented Kevin Churko, this is, sonically speaking, an incredible-sounding album — despite being the butt-iest butt rock we’ve ever heard. (www.fiv efingerdeathpunch.com) MAX PLENKE


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just a couple of clicks down the dial, which naturally bit into some of KXTE’s audience. Still catering to the mosh pit, KXTE seemed to have an identity crisis as nu-metal died and indieflavored rock rose to prominence. Not for nothing is “Xtreme Radio” now missing from the station’s marketing. Recent tune-ins and playlists suggest KXTE has taken the lead We recently turned on KXTE — and from — and basically become the Las Vegas version of — KROQ, discovered its softer side the longtime L.A.modern rock kingmaker.(Both stations are owned by CBS Radio.) Which is to say while KXTE still devotes REMEMBER WHEN it was easy to make fun of 107.5 KXTEairtime to hard rockers Linkin Park,Metallica and Switchfoot, FM? Well, it’s not totally uncool anymore. it also plays Irish folk-rockers Mumford & Sons,French hipster Recall that the “active rock” station made its mark by cashact Phoenix and L.A.alt-pop band Foster the People — all curiing in on the late-1990s rise of nu-metal, the range of which ous inclusions on a station made famous for its butt rock.This included Korn, Staind, Slipknot and Papa undoubtedly forced the long-struggling KVGS Roach — popular but hardly reputable bands. into an open format that favors top 40 rock.It KXTE, nicknamed “Xtreme Radio,” focused also makes KXTE listenable for those who aren’t intensely on this subgenre of modern rock, teenage boys. pandering to the young male demographic Last month,KXTE put newcomers The Joy who thought indie rock was for pussies and Formidable and The Naked and Famous — both Third Eye Blind was for girls. It was the de facto cool enough to have already played The Cosalternative rock station in Las Vegas, which mopolitan earlier this year,and both featuring disgusted music fans who knew its playlist female members — on both its playlist and the wasn’t alternative (unless you considered its first of two Holiday Havoc shows.The two share “It Hurts When I Pee” Sunday specialty show a bill with flamboyant alt-rock trio Jane’s AddicJANE’S ADDICTION and the usual flashback favorites). tion on Dec.7 — Rise Against,Middle Class Rut Its dominance was compromised, though, and A Day to Remember play a day after — and when rock music shook its chauvinism and adapted a more hopefully it establishes a tradition of introducing mainstream androgynous sound, from The Strokes and The White Stripes Las Vegas to acts that lean less Ozzfest and more Coachella. to The Killers and Franz Ferdinand. KXTE played some of those MIKE PREVATT artists’ biggest hits, but so did other, less abrasive stations Wednesday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.; The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise — including a middle-ground competitor, 107.9 KVGS-FM, Road, 693-5000, $41.

Fishbone on ‘Lyin’’ Bachmann Fishbone founder Norwood Fisher spoke to CityLife about how, on Nov. 22, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon house band The Roots played Fishbone’s heartbreak jam, “Lyin’ Ass Bitch,” while guest and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann walked onstage. CityLife: Did you have a laugh? Norwood Fisher: Absolutely! It was brilliant. I thought the application was awesome. Fallon is a comedian. He’s a funny guy. He’s not Tom Brokaw. And his band (The Roots) does this kind of thing where they use obscure or subtle humor when Fallon brings out guests. I didn’t get the interpretation of disrespect from it. I could see why people would think that. But in my opinion it falls under the heading of political satire. Your music has had liberal, political undertones in the past. Do you enjoy the fact this antagonized a rightwing candidate? Yeah. There’s a part of me that definitely enjoys that. I hope that The Roots don’t get too much flack from it. Whether it’s liberal, or you’re playing the middle or to the right, you pick up the mantle of a politician, you better be ready to take a joke.

That’s part of the game. Were The Roots being sexist, per Bachmann’s accusations? The fact is, it is a song. [The Roots] didn’t call her anything, They sang “La la la la la la!” That was it. The main implication [is] they’re calling her a liar. So, whatever. Fishbone has applied the song more to men than anything, And we use it to apply to political issues.The word“bitch”doesn’t just apply to women. I thought this was established in the ’80s. Are you now monitoring iTunes to see how many new downloads you’re now getting? There’s a gang of college students that never heard Fishbone that saw Jimmy Fallon, and they woke up the next morning and said, I wonder what that is! And someone thought that was a cool song and they [went to iTunes and] hit “BUY”! My hope is that it becomes used for any political leader where you can draw a line from their words and actions and say they’re deceiving people. Whatever happens, Michele Bachmann was fading into the distant past as a candidate. This worked in her favor as well ... now, her campaign has a new breath of fresh air, brought on by The Roots and Fishbone! MIKE PREVATT (See CityBlog at www.lasvegascitylife.com for full Q&A.)

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et’s talk about Morrissey’s Nov. 25 show at the Chelsea Ballroom inside the Cosmopolitan by addressing the complaints usually levied against him. Morrissey doesn’t play long enough: I’ve been attending Morrissey shows since 1991, and none have crossed the 80-minute mark. You must accept this upfront. In fact, even though he played for 75 minutes Friday night, the degradation in his singing during the encore — “Still Ill,” which he growled incoherently through — suggests this statistic won’t improve soon. That said, he performed stunningly during many of the songs, especially toward the end of the set list. I can’t imagine anyone in attendance unstirred during his epic take on “I Know It’s Over.” And what the new “Scandinavia” lacked in recognizability it made up for in Morrissey’s vocal evocation. Morrissey doesn’t play enough older material, especially from The Smiths: Historically, you get three to five Smiths songs a show, and that’s it. Morrissey has a bigger solo catalog than you’d expect, and he’s not afraid to pull older albums cuts, B-sides and rarities into the set list. Did I need to hear 2002 nonsingle “All the Lazy Dykes”? No … until he and his band made it an unexpected highlight. Moz did throw the more fair-weather fans bones like 1990’s “Ouija Board, Ouija Board” and 1992’s “You’re the One For Me, Fatty.” Morrissey needs a new band: That one’s debatable. Some of the singer’s recent albums have exhibited instrumentation short on creativity, nuance and spark. But the quintet came alive onstage Friday, from opener “I Want the One I Can’t Have” to the stormy, rarely played “Maladjusted,” to catchy new track, “People are the Same Everywhere.” Morrissey is too much of a drama queen: On the contrary, he projected enthusiasm from start to finish, leaving the angst to the song narratives. Only the song intro to “Meat is Murder,” which was dedicated to all the animals killed for the Thanksgiving holiday, revealed any familiar belly fire. Funny he should play 2009’s “Black Cloud” that night — there was no sign of one anywhere onstage. Which of course means people will complain that he wasn’t feisty enough. Maybe they were just too caught up in the show or having too good a time to piss him off. MIKE PREVATT

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80 mins) Kevin Clash dreamt of being a puppeteer for Jim Henson and Sesame Street long enough to become one. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and a film festival favorite. Suncoast

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50/50 (R, 99 mins) More of a comedy than a dramedy, this Jonathan Levine cancer film doesn’t hit you over the head with the preciousness of most movies on the topic. It has some mesmerizing sequences, and the understated, naturally likable acting of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. (MK: 09.29.11) Village Square, Tropicana ANONYMOUS (PG-13, 130 mins) Set in the Elizabethan Era, a long unanswered question is posed: Who actually wrote the work credited to William Shakespeare? The answer might be among the lustful actions, greedy scheming, and illicit actions that occurred on- and offstage. Village Square, Colonnade ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (PG, 100 mins) Arthur (voice by James McAvoy) rushes to deliver gifts to a young girl his father, Santa Claus, forgot on his Christmas Eve route. COURAGEOUS (PG-13)

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George Clooney takes care of business as his wife lays dying in Alexander Payne’s tragicomic The Descendants BY MATT KELEMEN

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att King, the central figure in Alexander Payne’s tragicomic The Descendants, is in an unenviable position. Soulfully played by George Clooney, the Hawaiian attorney has to repeatedly break the news that his wife Elizabeth (Patricia Hastie), in a coma after a boating accident, is never going to recover. First he has to tell his defiant daughters, adolescent Scottie (Amara Miller) and teen Alexandra (Shailene Woodley). Then he has to visit Elizabeth’s parents, hold a living wake for friends so he can make one devastating announcement, and find the man who was having an affair with her at the time of her accident. He also has to oversee the sale of more than 30,000 acres of pristine land that has been in the family since Matt’s white male ancestor married a native princess in the 1860s. Matt and his many cousins are being forced to sell the land, leaving them to choose between big-money mainland developers or an islander of more modest means who would be more sensitive to the land. The setting enabled director of photography Phedon Papamichael, who worked with Payne on Sideways, to fill his lens with lush landscapes and fog-kissed shorelines, as Matt tries

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to make sense of his rapidly changing reality. Payne, with screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, had the blessing of halfhaole Hawaiian writer Kaui Hart Hemmings to adapt her novel as they saw fit, but they retained Matt’s voice as narrator.It’s easier to relate to him than Paul Giamatti’s hapless writer of Sideways and Matthew Broderick’s harried school principal in Election, in part because he speaks directly to the audience in voiceovers. “I’m the back-up parent. The understudy,” he says while lamenting the lot Elizabeth has left him. While super rich, Matt drives a silver Honda Accord and lives off his living as a lawyer, like his father did. “You give your children enough money to do something, but not enough to do nothing,” he explains. His cousins, like some of Hawaii’s power elite, look deceptively “like bums and stuntmen.” Matt actually deals pretty well with the pressure, although his decision to invite Elizabeth’s lover, Brian Speer (Matthew Lillard), to say goodbye to her might best betray his inner turmoil. Alexandra insists her burnout boyfriend Sid (Tim Krause) come along in the family’s travels to support her, adding some lightness even if Sid’s character seems to have been contrived to fulfill that purpose. Woodley has one of the best scenes in the film when Alexandra gets the news that Mom isn’t waking up, but its one of many memorable moments Payne serves up as the soundtrack’s acoustic guitar lines billow like balmy breezes. Matt’s desperate sprint in boat shoes through the streets of his Honolulu suburb after finding out about the affair is the scene that resonates the most, though, and symbolizes his lonely state of mind best. He has nowhere and no one to turn to for comfort, and getting closure will result in collateral damage for Speer’s unwitting family. Films such as Grace Is Gone and The Boys Are Back have tread similar paths to The Descendants in recent years, but Payne’s naturalist style and combination of setting and casting sets his film apart. It’s his best yet. THE DESCENDANTS George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, directed by Alexander Payne, rated R, 115 mins


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N O W P L AY I N G This religious film follows four police officers who live to protect and serve. When the men are needed by their children, will they be able to take on the challenge of fatherhood while growing as men of God? Suncoast THE DESCENDANTS (R, 115 mins) See review, this issue. Village Square HAPPY FEET 2 (PG, 99 mins) Little emperor penguin, Erik (voiced by Ava Acres), can’t dance (like his father) or fly (like the cool, new penguin in town), but that won’t stop him from trying to save his fellow webbed-feet when their environment is threatened. 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) Tropicana HUGO (PG, 127 mins) Young Hugo (Asa Butterfield) works in a Parisian train depot, where he befriends toy salesman — and landmark filmmaker — Georges Melies (Ben Kingsley). Soon, the narrative stops cold and film-appreciation class begins. Martin Scorsese’s fantastical 3D picture is as close

to his heart as anything he’s directed. (MK: 11.24.11) IDES OF MARCH (R, 101 mins) A governor (George

Clooney, who also directs) is a populist presidential candidate guided by Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and a press spokesman (Ryan Gosling), who makes that one small compromise that threatens his career and the campaign. This political thriller has slight overtones of classic Shakespearean plays and references to many political headlines, causing the storyline to blur at times. MK (10.07.11) IMMORTALS (R, 110 mins) King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his army search for the invincible bow that will assist him in overthrowing the Gods on Mount Olympus. But Theseus (Henry Cavill) vows to avenge his mother’s death caused by the evil king, leading to a battle of epic proportions. IN TIME (PG-13 109 mins) AfuturisticRobin Hoodtype tale wheretimeismoney,literally.WillSallas (Timberlake) triesto tip theunfairscalesof wealth more towardstheworking classand out of thehandsof the fatcats.Themetaphor isa littleheavy-handed, but the metaphor is,pardon thepun, timely.(CB:10.27.11) J. EDGAR (R, 137 mins ) About the FBI mastermind’s rise to power, his Electra complex and his greatest fears. In the hands of Clint Eastwood and with the appalling casting of Leonardo DiCaprio as Hoover, the mission fails. A far more linear narrative might’ve saved the film. (MK: 11.10.11) JACK AND JILL (PG, 93 mins) Jack (Adam Sandler) hates Thanksgiving because that’s when his twin sister Jill (also Sandler) comes to visit. This time her stay is extended to appease Al Pacino (playing himself), who has gained feelings for her. KILLER ELITE (R, 105 mins) Based on a true story, an ex-special ops agent (Jason Statham) and his mentor (Robert De Niro) are involved in a worldwide hunt for the leader of a secret military society (Clive

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Fragile and paranoid Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) ditches a cult for good old-fashioned family life, but has trouble distinguishing dream from reality, empowerment from mental enslavement. There have been few narratives that have fallen as frustratingly flat as writer/director Sean Durkin’s story, and the “you decide how it ends” ending cheats the audience. (MK: 11.10.11) Suncoast 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) Orleans, Green Valley Ranch

story, Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), uses an unorthodox statistical approach to forming a baseball team for the Oakland A’s 2002 season. Moneyball doesn’t use the typical rah-rah sports narrative. But Beane is a fantastically well-written role, giving Pitt one of the best opportunities to show what he can do. (CB: 09.22.11) THE MUPPETS (PG, 98 mins) Director James Bobin and screenwriters Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel (who also stars here) too great care to honor the legacy of the late Jim Henson’s famous television/movie puppets, while still devising a concept fresh enough to warrant their reappearance: Fans try and reunite the Muppets so they may save their decrepit studio, which leads to a big benefit show. Energetic, enthusiastic and consistently entertaining. (MP: 11.24.11)

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW 10:00PM DECEMBER 3RD $9.00 ABDUCTION (PG-13) 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:05 DOLPHIN TALE (PG) 1:00, 3:45, 7:00, 9:40 50/50 (R) 11:45, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:30 KILLER ELITE (R) 3:30, 9:55 DREAMHOUSE (PG-13) 12:10, 5:10, 10:10 THE HELP (PG-13) 12:20, 6:40 RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (PG-13) 2:40, 7:40 THE SMURFS (PG) 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45** **Not Showing December 3rd

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MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (R, 99 mins) The cam-

era loves Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in nearly every scene here, which details the filming of Laurence Olivier’s The Prince and the Showgirl in 1956, as remembered by youthful third assistant director Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne). She demonstrates complete immersion in Monroe’s physicality, most effectively when she greets the public and instantly turns on “Marilyn.” Award nominations, coming up. (MK: 11.24.11) Village PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 (R, 84 mins) Two sisters befriend a dark spirit in their home, in the horror franchise’s prequel. Texas Station PUSS IN BOOTS (PG, 90 mins) Before his life with Shrek, the flamboyant Puss (Antonio Banderas) was framed for a crime by that ne’er-do-well Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifiankis).

REAL STEEL (PG-13 127 mins) Charlie (Hugh Jack-

man) used to be a boxer, but the new sport of robot fighting has taken him out of the ring. Once his son joins him in an effort to make a true contender, Charlie might just have a spot in the boxing world again. 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) Tropicana THE SKIN I LIVE IN (R, 117 mins) A brilliant creepster of a plastic surgeon (Antonio Banderas) invents indestructible fake skin and tries it out on a tortured hottie (Elena Amaya). The plot points may


not be too surprising, but the novelty and sensitivity with which director/writer Pedro Almodovar presents them pull the viewer in like a tractor beam and don’t let go. (MK: 11.10.11) 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. Tropicana TOWER HEIST (PG-13, 104 mins) After losing everything to billionaire Arthur Shaw’s (Alan Alda) financial scheme, Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) and his crew plan revenge. With Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck and Matthew Broderick. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN — PART 1 (PG-13, 117 mins) Newlyweds Bella and Edward

make a baby, but the troublesome little vamperson threatens Bella’s health and peeves the wolves and the vampire coven before it’s even born. A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS (R, 90 mins) After years of growing apart, stoners Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) get together for the holidays in New York. THE WAY (NR 115 mins) An American doctortravels toFrance to recoverthe remains ofhis son.He then decides to finish the journey hissonstarted:to The CaminodeSantiago, asaway of honoring him.Suncoast

SPECIAL SCREENINGS CHICAGO PRESENTS AN EVENING OF HOLIDAY MUSIC AND GREATEST HITS (NR) Adult contem-

porary fave Chicago plays from new album, Chicago XXXIII, as well as old hits. Includes interviews.

Tuesday, 7p. See www.fathomevents.com for ticket and location info. $10.50-$12.50. A CHRISTMAS CAROL (NR, 69 mins) A 1939 film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic about a miser named Scrooge (Reginald Owen) who needs to get into the true spirit of Christmas ... or else. Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400. Free. COMIC BOOK MOVIE MARATHON (NR) Featuring both Iron Man and Hulk movies, Thor and Captain America. Saturday, 10a. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. Free. EMBRYO (PG, 104 mins) A fetus becomes an adult after a bizarre experiment. make that a murderous adult. Tuesday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. $5. HEATHERS (R, 103 mins) Loser (Winona Ryder) meets rebel (Christian Slater), and their high school is never the same. Monday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. Free. THE MET: LIVE IN HD: RODELINDA (NR, 255 mins) Soprano Renée Fleming plays the titular role in Handel’s complex, 30-aria opera. Saturday, 9:30a. See www.fathomevents.com for ticket and location info. $16-$24. THE MET: LIVE IN HD: SATYAGRAHA (NR, 248 mins) Philip Glass’ opera about Ghandi, played by Richard Croft. Wednesday, 6:30p. See www.fathomevents.com for ticket and location info. $15-$22.

(NR) Comedy features presented on a big screen. Monday, 9p. Freakin’ Frog, 4700 S. Maryland Parkway. 597-9702.

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NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: COLLABORATORS (NR, 215 mins) A taped play about a Russian

man asked to write a play about Stalin for his 60th birthday, and the complications that follow. Thursday, 7p. See www.fathomevents.com for ticket and location info.

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Werewolf In London. Thursday, 7p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. Free.

REJOICE, GIVE THANKS, AND SING – 100TH ST. OLAF CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL LIVE (NR, 125 mins)

Video retrospective and live concert of holiday show live from Minnesota. Sunday, 12:30p. See www.fathomevents.com for ticket and location info. $18-$20. THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (R, 98 min) Campy cult musical is accompanied by film, live cast performance group Frankie’s Favorite Obsession. Regency Tropicana Cinemas. 3330 E. Tropicana Ave., 450-3737; 810-5956, www.rhpsvehas.com. First Saturday of every month. Audience participation prop kits $1, no outside props. 10p, $9. SHIT YOU SEE WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING ELSE GOING ON DOUBLE FEATURE (NR) With cult titles

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BY JENESSA KENWAY

Various Artists

giclée print of his portrait of Vegas Vickie, the neon cowgirl kicking up her heels atop Glitter Gulch. She finds companionship with Spencer’s monotype of a stoic Silver Cowboy, merging state mineral and 10-gallon hero into one work. Spencer quickly follows with “Mechanics Bull,” the blurred figure astride a complex device silhouetted in an old daguerreotype format. Artist Constantly Constance puns off the classic expression “loose slots” with a burlesque prostitute lifting her skirts to reveal a dark void, gold coins tumbling down into nowhere. And Kitchy Chic serves up some whiskey and sarsaparilla in a fabric bar scene, curly cross-stitched font declaring “Go West!”

Happy Panda Toys Is it a toy? Is it art? Most of the merchandise in Happy Panda is toylike, but you probably wouldn’t give it to your kids. Shop owner Rich Moskal describes the playful assortment of collectible figures crafted from molded plastic, vinyl and plush form as “just another medium [for artists] to work in.” A pudgy green monster astride tentacles, named “Tentikill” and designed by Go Hero!, glares menacingly at adjacent items. Clustered in bins are artist Drew Oliver’s cuddly microbials, with names like Mad Cow Disease and Syphilis, blinking their friendly, guileless eyes. Work by Krystal Ramirez “OrangeEmergencyBud,” by Squidnik, depicts a short sequence from an alien invasion, complete with fried-egg flying saucers, all transpiring Two Tone Dunny series (which has a 1-in-192 upon the stocky torso of a monster robot. A success ratio). Happy Panda store highlight are the Blind On top of all the toy art, Happy Panda has a Box collectibles. These items are purchased selection of cool tees, as well as a trio of paintingsbyGiovanniMoralesandavarietyofprints. CheckouttheMisfitToysshow,withbrandnew custom toys by James Fuller,on Dec.1. HAPPY PANDA TOYS Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 105A

Hiptazmic Studio

Happy Panda

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Ifthereisanetforcatchinghipfashiontrends andfunctionalart,newcomertotheArtsFactory, Hiptazmic Studio, has hauled in the mother lode this season. Started by Valentina Eagar, an artist and owner of Vegas Val’s Tattoos, and Christine Esposito, owner of Funky Recycling, Hiptazmic combines their eclectic creativity. Eagar reveals a delicate artistic sensibility with a line of steampunk jewelry, including pocket watches filled with tiny gears,keys and an octopus,anintricatelygearedbutterflynecklaceand owls with sprocketed eyes. Christine weighs in

222 IMPERIAL GALLERY 222 E. Imperial Ave., through Dec. 30.

with fun recycled jewelry, like a green tea cupcake necklace, and die-cut magnets, such as a Red Bull Hello Kitty. Hiptazmic also has regular featured artists. This month’s, Amber Gardner, pleases both fashionable and functional needs. A small cubed painting of a wispy blue owl sports two lower hooks for hanging necklaces. A variety of glass pendants contain tiny prints of the artist’s watercolor paintings, from elephants to a gas mask. At an average range of $2-$40, Santa can afford to load up Christmas stockings with artsy items. HIPTAZMIC STUDIO Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 105C

Various Artists

Spittoon Saloon With a “lick and a promise,” artist and curator Joel Spencer guarantees Spittoon Saloon, a modern interpretation of Las Vegas’s Wild West, will be “hotter than a whorehouse on nickelnight.” JerryMiskokicksthingsoffwitha

Krystal Ramirez

Control

Viewers quietly creep up and observe images of couples and individuals at rest in bed, metaphorical sugar plums dancing in their heads. Shot in black and white from a position of dominance, looking down on the subjects, the images have an eerie stalker quality, as though the sleepers are being scrutinized at the onset of another mind-bending episode of The Twilight Zone. A triptych of images transpire over an unspecified duration of time, in which the observed figures steal the covers from one another. The documentation of the subconscious exchange is heightened by the disturbing notion of being observed in the vulnerable condition of sleep for a long period. And in her series “The Sleepers,” Ramirez is “investigating the different levels of control between photographer and subject matter” by removing all self-awareness. GAMMA GAMMA Emergency Arts, 520 Fremont St., Suite No. 156, through December.


FIRST FRIDAY LISTINGS Recommended Send event information to Mike Prevatt at listings@lvcitylife.com.

THE ARTS FACTORY 107 E. Charleston Blvd., 3833133, www.theartsfactory.com. 303 NORTH STUDIO Suite 115. 8 MARTINIS GALLERY 366-9077. www.8martinis.com. Overflow, works by Dar Freeland CHRISTIAN GABRIEL STUDIO Suite 125, 3720544, www.christiangabrielart.com. Black Christmas. CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER Suite 120, 3823886, www.lasvegascac.org. Garden of Eden, photography by Andrzej Maciejewski. CRICKET STUDIO 366-9077, www.cricketstudio.com. Primitives, art by Brian Swanson FACE UP GALLERY Suite 203, 366-9077, www.faceupstudio.com. Helpline, art by Dar Freeland GOING GREEN GALLERY 845-9599. Eco-friendly jewelry by Christine Esposito of Funky Junq. HAPPY PANDA Suite 150A, 516-3432. Misfit Toys, a custom toy show by James Fuller. HELLPOP! COMICS AND ART Suite 105. New/used comic books, action figures and graphic novels. Also: Flaky Friends, by Sarah Flake, through Dec. 31. HILLARY SALON Suite 250, 525-1053. HIPTAZMIC STUDIO Suite 105C, www.hiptazmic.com. Open Thu-Sat, Tue-Wed. Works by various artists. JAIKOWSKI STUDIOS Suite 115 (backroom), 2049335. Ink on the Cat Walk. JENNY VALDEZ INC Suite 160., www.jenny-valdez .fineartamerica.com. Presenting Claire Bear, works by Karen Wheeler. Day of the Dead, works by various artists. JOSEPH WATSON GALLERY Suite 115, (858) 7332135. OHH...Nature, works by Shark Toof. LE MUR ARTS CURATOR Suite 110. 731-1414. THE ARTS FACTORY

NIKI J. SANDS CONTEMPORARY FINE ART

www.nikijsands.com. Oils, prints, and more by Niki J. Sands and Eric Belanger. PEACENART STUDIO Suite 230, www.myspace.com/artsoul. Works by Geneva Marquez, and 3 Bad Sheep (Eddie Canumay, Alexander Sky and Alexander P. Huerta). POP2 CULTURAL ARTS CENTER Suite 240. SIN CITY GALLERY Suite 100, www.sincitygallery.com. The Small of the Back, by Lincoln Maynard, through Dec. 31. STATEMENT ART GALLERY Suite 225, 4806088, www.statementartgallery.com. TRIFECTA GALLERY Suite 135, 366-7001, www.trifectagallery.com. minUMENTAL invita-

tional: Fresh Meat and MEATumental Invitational: Aged to Perfection, by various artists.

THE ARTS DISTRICT 222 222 E. Imperial Ave.

1217 S. Main St., 386-8633. ATOMIC CITY TATTOO 1506 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 678-6665. BLACKBIRD STUDIOS Commerce St. Studios, 1551 S. Commerce St. Celebrating Existence: A Show of Atheism, work by various artists. BRETT WESLEY GALLERY 1112 Casino Center Blvd., 433-4433, www.brettwesleygallery.com. Stream of Consciousness, works by Jonny Detiger. Pop Stories, by Giovanni Morales. ALIOS

CASINO CENTER BOULEVARD AND COLORADO STREET — OUTDOOR FESTIVAL Juried Exhibit,

outdoor art by various artists. 1551 S. Commerce St., 525-2850. New work by Daniel Pearson. Clothing and accessories from Bad Fairy clothing company available for purchase. CITY OF THE WORLD INC. 1229 S. Casino Center Blvd., 523-5306, www.cityoftheworld.org. COB4LT BLU3 STUDIOS AND GALLERY 1400 Third St., www.cob4ltblu3.com, 771.0032. COMMERCE STREET STUDIOS 1551 S. Commerce St., 678-6278, www.commercestreetstudios.com. Work by Daniel Pearson. CORNERSTONE GALLERY 201 E. Colorado St. 238-5894, www.cornerstoneartgallery.com. THE FALLOUT GALLERY 1551 S. Commerce St., 678-6278. www.thefallout.net. THE FUNK HOUSE 1228 S. Casino Center Blvd., 678-6278, www.thefunkhouselasvegas.com. 11th anniversary event. GAIA 997-0222, www.gaiaflowers.com. Performances by Konner Mary Fleming GAINSBURG STUDIO, INC. 1039 S. Main St., Ste. 103, 384-1039, www.gainsburgstudio.com. GYPSY CARAVAN ANTIQUES & ART 1214 S. Third St., 868-3302. THE GYPSY DEN 213 E. Colorado Ave., 684-1628. Girls Rock Vegas benefit, works by various artists. HOLSUM DESIGN CENTER 241 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 14-150. H. S. JACKSON ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO Holsum Design Studio, 241 W. Charleston Road, Ste. 107, 382-9200, www.hsj-architect.com. Computer manipulated digital photography. JACK GALLERY 1039 S. Main St., Ste. 150, 8687880. THE LOFT GALLERY Holsum Design Studio, 241 W. Charleston Road, Ste. 107, 382-9200, www.hsjarchitect.com. Works by William Hill, Barbara Yeorg, Erika Allison, Scott Sandoval, Dottie Burton. NAKED CITY INK 1551 S. Commerce St., 444-1971. ORTEGO GALLERY Commerce Street Studios, 1551 S. Commerce St., Ste. 210, 281-6714, www.ortegoa CIRCADIAN GALLERIES

rtgallerylasvegas.blogspot.com. Works by Montana Black, Jessica Galindo, Haiying Wang, Drago Milic. PHOTO BANG BANG 224 Imperial Ave., 527-2264. Terror!, photography by Marcos Rivera and Curtis Walker. RETRO VEGAS 1211 S. Main, 384-2700. Renee Vaverchak’s Miss Atomic Jewelry, by Renee Vaverchak. R2K STUDIO 1201 S. Commerce St., 207-0725. SPACE 8 E. Charleston Blvd., 366-1603. Polaroid Minutes, by photographer Nick Leonard. THEATRE7 1406 S. 3rd St. Outdoor cinema, a classic car show, art and food vendors along 3rd Street. 2MORROWS ART GALLERY 1039 S. Main St. 2740284. Grand opening: works by various artists. WILLIAMS COSTUMES & ARTIST BEADS 1226 S. Third St., 384-1384.

NEARBY 6029 W. Charleston Blvd, Suites 22 & 23, 702-821-5936, www.TattoosOnCanvas.com. Painting, prints, mixed-media, furniture, jewelry and more by Valentina Eagar, Crystal Solis and Theresa Broten. BRIDGE GALLERY City Hall, 400 Stewart Ave., second floor, 229-1012. Mon-Fri, 8a-5p. A Walk on the Wild Side, Mon-Thu, 7a-5:30p, Nov. 10-Jan. 26, free. CHARLESTON HEIGHTS ART CENTER 800 S. Brush St., 229-6383. Emergy, by Artist Maria Michails. EMERGENCY ARTS 520 Fremont St., 686-3164. GAMMA GAMMA Emergency Arts, 520 E. Fremont St. #156, 858-3947. Control, photography by Krystal Ramirez THE ART LICK

9418. Art studio and gift shop featuring products handmade at the studio.

AFTER PARTIES & MUSIC 107 E. Charleston Blvd., 3833133, www.theartsfactory.com. Live music, 6p. BEAUTY BAR 517 Fremont St., 598-1965, www.thegetbackvegas.com. Funky Soul Dance Party, Resident DJs, John Doe, Danny Boy, Phoreyz, Aurajin, 8-bits, Roccanova, Shred, Johnny Rox. $5-$10 THE BOX OFFICE 1129 S. Casino Center Blvd., 3881515. Live music, 7p. BUNKHOUSE SALOON 124 S. 11th St., 384-4536. Live music by Evers + Vessel, Lipstick Killas, Cupps, others, 10p, cover. CANYON CLUB 202 Fremont St., 387-5175. DINO’S LOUNGE 1516 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 3823894. Live music, 9p; followed by karaoke 10p. DOWNTOWN COCKTAIL ROOM 111 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 880-3696. ELECTRONIC MUSIC CAFÉ 107 E. Charleston Blvd. Twelve hours of nonstop DJing, 6p. FIRST FRIDAY CALIFORNIA STAGE Red Duo Kalsey, Pat DiNizio, Kulyk Band, 6p. Casino Center Drive and California Avenue. FIRST FRIDAY FREMONT EAST STAGE IDSFA, Action Town, Last Night in Mexico, others. 6p. Fremont Street and Sixth Street. THE ARTS FACTORY

FIRST FRIDAY LYON’S DEN STAGE Candy Warpop, Din-

ner Music For the Gods, Bustin Jieber, others 7p. Lipstick Killas at The Bunkhouse

KLEVEN CONTEMPORARY Emergency Arts,

520 E. Fremont St., #186, 501-9093. Bitch Betta Have My Money, by Bekah Just.

495 S. Grand Central Parkway, 599-3093, www.lvdesigncenter.com. LEFT OF CENTER ART GALLERY 2207 W. Gowan Road, 647-7378, www.leftofcenterart.org. NEON VENUS ART THEATRE 1404 S. Third St., 787-2481, www.neonvenus.com. REED WHIPPLE CULTURAL CENTER 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Ste. 730, 229-6211. Various artists. ROTUNDA GALLERY 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, 455-7340. 10th anniversary of the Vegas Valley Book Festival, works and performances by various artists. STUDIO 8 TEN 810 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 644LAS VEGAS DESIGN CENTER

Casino Center Drive and Colorado Avenue. FRANKIE’S TIKI LOUNGE

385-3110. DJ Beelzebozo, 10p. THE GYPSY DEN 213 E. Colorado Ave., 684-1628. Girls Rock Vegas, live music by Pigasus and others, 7p, free. HILLARY SALON Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 250, 525-1053. Deadhand, 9p. MEATHEADS 1121 S. Decatur Blvd, 870-4440. Live music, 9p. NEON VENUS ART THEATRE 1404 S. Third St., 787-2481, www.neonvenus.com. Live music, 7p.. YAYO TACO 4632 S. Maryland Parkway, 2620201. Live music.

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BOOKS

For hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee! OK, so this isn’t Moby-Dick. But in his new book, Clevelander Scott Raab airs a Melville-like grudge against LeBron James BY SCOTT DICKENSHEETS

When I finished this book, I tried to summarize it in a short Facebook post, but I found myself reduced to a string of adjectives: “Raucous. Goading. Tender. Profane. Ferocious. Soul-baring. Soulful. Angry. Hilarious.” Not too bad, and totally accurate, yet insufficient. It left out too much. So I tried again: “Self-lacerating. Riffy. Intense. Clevelandy. Handjob-inclusive. Bracing.” Eh. Getting there. I considered a third round (“Jewish. Hunger-riddled. Addiction-describing. Family-spurning”) before I gave up. I could wrap this thing in compound descriptives and not get significantly closer to its bleeding heart and venting spleen. I probably should have mentioned basketball — it ain’t titled The Whore of Akron: One Man’s Search for the Soul of LeBron James because it skimps on the hoops — but the sport itself seems more the occasion of the book than its point. The basic through-line is easy enough to convey: A diehard Cleveland sports fan since childhood — he lives in New Jersey now, but he left his heart on the Cuyahoga — Raab was elated when LeBron James, from nearby Akron, was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003. A ridiculously talented, once-in-a-generation player, James looks like the man-child who will redeem the city’s legendary sports ... well, I was going to say frustration, but in Raab’s telling it’s more of a soul-filling, Shakespearean anguish that you probably have to be from a depressed punch line of a city

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to truly grasp. All those decades without a trophy of any kind. So many hopes for civic self-esteem — attached primarily to sports, because in Cleveland what else is there? — snuffed out in a series of moments that Clevelanders apparently remember the way Balkan clans memorize ancient insults: The Drive. The Fumble. The Shot. And now

here’s this amazing kid, come to make it all not seeking affirmation and doesn’t give a right. fuck what you think. His shitty childhood, his But, after seven years of largely unfulfilled appallingly unsuitable parents, the drugged promise, James bolts to the Miami Heat, Raab numbness of his college years, his ballooning shits bricks, and then sets out to detangle his weight, his bouts of self-loathing ... to him, skein of emotions. Why does James’ defection they’re just parts of the story. matter so much, to him and to Cleveland? As, by the way, are the handjobs his wife This, then, is a quest memoir, inlaid with gives him, which I mention because I worry an inquiry into the nature I’m making the book sound and meaning of fandom, too grim. It’s not. If nothing WHY DOES and spiced with character else, Raab is splendidly opJAMES’ assassination. It’s a storyeratic in his loathing. And telling structure that allows very funny. DEFECTION TO for — that, in fact, demands If it all sounds kind of MIAMI MEAN — maximum digression: Not grab-baggy, well, it is. SO MUCH TO only will Raab dog James That’s the logic of the riff, RAAB, AND TO through his first season with which is what this really is: the Heat, attending games A book-length assemblage CLEVELAND? despite being denied press that pulls in useful bits from credentials (for tweeting an every part of his life. We astonishing stream of LeBron invective), but, even meet Robert Downey Jr., for God’s sake, more important, he’s forced to deep-search whom Raab is profiling for Esquire. himself and his life to show how Cleveland Two things were or are required to make fanhood has shaped him. this book work. Raab is fearlessly revealing, though not One was The Decision, James’ hour-long confessional, if you get the distinction — he’s grotesquity on ESPN, in which he announced he was leaving Cleveland for Miami. Without that ostentatious, self-indulgent, nationally televised fuck-you to Raab’s hometown, James is just another mercenary douchebag in a league full of them. The show transformed him into an epic asshole in need of a righteous takedown. The other thing: You must believe The Wound. You have to accept that Raab’s despair on behalf of Cleveland is deep and genuine, not merely an overcooked rhetorical device or, worse, merely the gimmick that sold the book to its publisher. Otherwise, he’s either a mercenary douchebag in a profession full of them or really kind of a creep. That you do finally buy it; that you’re able to accept Raab as a decent guy whose dickish tweets belie a big lug who loves his son, his wife and his hometown; that you are made to agree that, for some (Clevelanders, at least) sports is about more than the game; that you wind up hoping there’s a truckload of karmic payback out there with LeBron’s name on it — those are this book’s improbable achievements. THE WHORE OF AKRON: ONE MAN’S SEARCH FOR THE SOUL OF LEBRON JAMES, Scott Raab, Harper, 320 pages


DINING

Around the world

With its fusions of Korean, Mexican and other cuisines, KoMex achieves a tasty multiculturalism and by 2010 the restaurant was more successful than the grocery store. KoMex opened fter last week’s review of the in January, with an emphasis on that MexiKorean-influenced fusion hot can-Korean fusion. But they seem reluctant dogs at Buldogis, I was hesitant to disappoint any of their loyal customers, about visiting another caand have gradually added other types of food sual Korean fusion restaurant to the menu as requested. so soon. But KoMex Fusion The first page of that menu is dedicated Express came highly recommended by a chef primarily to those options that can truly be whose opinion I trust. So I have Top of the called “fusion.” Most of those are traditional World’s Rick Giffen to thank for this particuMexican dishes like tacos, burritos, chimilar discovery — a restaurant that somehow changas and quesadillas stuffed with Korean manages to successfully combine the food of meats like bulgogi (beef), dak-gogi (chicken) Korea, Mexico, China, Japan and the U.S. or daeji gogi (pork), and, in some instances, At first glance, KoMex doesn’t inspire kimchi. The remaining pages are divided a lot of confidence. The tiny dining room between standard Mexican fare, Chinese has only six booths and a pair of two-top and Japanese staples such as stir-fry and tables. And while it’s teriyaki, and American clean, with a fresh coat classics like burgers and of paint on the walls, it sliders. FOR THOSE WHOSE still has a bit of a “greasy I tried to sample from TASTES AREN’T spoon” vibe. Its mascot as many sections of the THAT EXOTIC, is a cartoon Asian wearmenu as possible. But I KOMEX ALSO NAILS ing a sombrero, cowboy was most drawn to the boots and spurs while fusion items. So I began THE TRADITIONAL holding a taco in one my meal with a bulgogi FOOD. hand and giving the taco with kimchi ($1.29) “thumbs up” with the and a daeji gogi burother — a few too many rito ($4.99). The taco ethnic stereotypes for my taste. And the was offered on traditional soft corn tortillas, menu is unbelievably schizophrenic, usually and topped with green and purple cabbage, a sign of a chef who can’t commit to one type onions, cilantro and pico de gallo. The burof cooking. rito was loaded with Mexican rice, onions, After speaking to Korean-American ownpico de gallo, cilantro, lettuce and something ers Lynda and Sonny Yi, however, that diverse the menu refers to as “Asian sauce.” In both menu actually makes sense. Until last year, instances I was pleasantly surprised by the the couple ran a Mexican grocery store called way in which the Asian and Mexican flavors Meat Saw, part of a family-run chain that complemented each other. grew from California to Nevada in the mid The good news for those whose tastes 1990s. They eventually expanded the shop aren’t that exotic is that they also nail the to include a restaurant that offered Mexican traditional food. From the Mexican section food. But they would also cook up Korean of the menu, my wife ordered a steak taco cuisine for themselves, gradually fusing the ($1.29). It was simple and basic, but as good two styles of cooking. Customers convinced as any taco I’ve eaten south of the border. An them to add the unique dishes to the menu, order of teriyaki chicken ($5.99) was even

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Fusion Nachos: Bulgogi beef, gochujang chili paste, jalapenos, mozzarella and pico de gallo.

more impressive. It was a huge portion of tender, juicy chicken bathed in just the right amount of teriyaki sauce, which was a perfect blend of sweet and salty. KoMex is a small, family-run operation. On the night I visited, Lynda and Sonny appeared to be the only people working. Lynda is an extremely friendly hostess, happy to speak to all of her customers at length and share their story. While that’s a nice touch, it can

sometimes result in slow service, especially when the place is crowded. But in a restaurant where a large portion of the menu items are named after the customers who inspired them, that personal touch more than makes up for any delays in service. KOMEX FUSION EXPRESS 633 N. Decatur Blvd., 646-1612. Read more about the Las Vegas dining scene on Al Mancini’s blog, www.almancini.net.

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Bartender Martin Garcia pours a Pumpkin Spice Cocktail.

Nothing will get you through the holidays better than these themed cocktails and adult beverages BY LISSA TOWNSEND RODGERS

Screw the egg nog Ah, the sensory overload of the holidays is upon us. The sight of a pile of brightly wrapped gifts, glittering Christmas lights, yet another screening of It’s a Wonderful Life. The smell of fresh Christmas trees, department store perfume departments, the pie in the oven burning. The sound of loving family laughter, the 1,000th time you’ve heard that miserable child abuser Bing Crosby sing “Silent Night.” The taste of peppermint, pumpkin and gingerbread. Hey, at least those last three are all good — and even better with a bit of proof to back it up. Nothing helps you deck those halls like a wee bit of a buzz on. ... 26 CITYLIFE | DECEMBER 1, 2011

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Beso (City Center, 3720 Las Vegas mellow beats are far more likely to Blvd. South, 254-2376) has added a increase Peace on Earth and Goodwill few holiday-themed cocktails to their Toward Men than spinning “Holly Jolalready-delightful menu. The Cranly Christmas.” And any moment now, berry Tart is just that — cranberry and the White Queen will glide by on a tart — with Absolut Cranberry, homeSegway wearing a sequined minidress made (well, chef-made) cranberry and proffering single-malt Scotch and jam and candied cranberries. With its Turkish Delight…. smooth yet slightly sharp taste and Holiday libations are also on the deep ruby glow, it is to a Cape Codder menu at the Hard Rock Hotel (4455 what a Tiffany’s blue box Paradise Road, is to a Wal-Mart bag. 693-5000), where TOPPING IT ALL The Cranberry Tart they’re pouring was created by resident the Santa’s Helper OFF IS A RIM bartender, Martin, who Martini (chocolate OF CANDIED also crafted the Pumpkin and candy) and PUMPKIN SEEDS, Spice. That’s a sweeter the Drunken Elf beverage, like a scrump(vanilla and mint), NUTMEG AND tious desert in a martini andatTabú(MGM SUGAR THAT glass — Goldschlager, Grand, 3799 Las BEGS YOU TO pumpkin puree, fresh Vegas Blvd. South, lemon to balance. Top891-7183), where LICK THE EDGE ping it all off is a rim of they’re shaking OF THE GLASS candied pumpkin seeds, up the Rumple nutmeg and sugar that Minze-d Candy begs you to lick the edge Cane and the of the glass — fortunately Beso is a Bailey’s n’brandy Gingerbread Man. classy enough place that you probOf course, in December more than ably won’t. Relax on one of the wellany other month, social drinking padded barstools and gaze across isn’t just passing a glass over a bar, the low-lit dining room full of wellbut bearing a bottle (or two) to the heeled Europeans. Stare out at the homes of friends and family. If you Henry Moore sculpture or the colored want to carry a little comfort n’ joy in lights dancing across the fountain. Tap your brown paper bag, there’s a variyour fingernails on the marble bar and ety of pumpkin ales available — Blue contemplate who’s been nice enough Moon makes a nice one, keeping the to get a present from Assouline. Just pumpkin flavor on the subtle side. If don’t lick the glass. ... you’re bringing cocktails, Stoli CranIf you prefer a festive flavor that’s a berry and ginger ale is a classy option little less dessert, drift next door to try or, if you’re the maniac who brought the Libertine at the Cosmopolitan’s the shots, equal parts Bailey’s, GoldChandelier Bar (3708 Las Vegas schlager and butterscotch schnapps Blvd. South, 698-7000). The name tastes just like your grandma’s ginmay not scream holiday (well, office gerbread cookies and is as deadly as after-party, maybe), but the taste an AK-47. Want something a little possesses something of a winter celmore unusual? Score a can of alcoebration. Maker’s Mark always feels holic whipped cream — available in festive, but the addition of rosemary varieties like peppermint, vanilla and simple syrup and a topping of maple caramel, all 30 proof — to add the syrup foam somehow supply a faint finishing touch to a wicked Irish coffee whiff of the forest — a wonderful veror the eight tiny reindeer kick to an indant fairyland full of sugary snow and nocent-seeming slice of pie. bourbon-flavored streams. Which is It’s the holidays, so raise your glass about all that’s desired: No one’s inhigh, regardless of what’s in it. May vented the Scotch Pine mojito yet and, your cup full of joy be as full as Kim really, do you want them to? Consider Kardashian’s wallet and your dram of those two million crystal beads as elsorrow as empty as her soul! Slainte! egant tinsel and, heaven knows, some Prost! Cheers!


MUSIC CALENDAR

[DEC. 1 TO 7] BUNKHOUSE

MONDAY

CHEYENNE SALOON

ShrapNull,The Darkest Day (8p, cover)

ARTEMUS W. HAM CONCERT HALL @ UNLV

CHROME SHOWROOM @ SANTA FE STATION

CSN CHEYENNE CAMPUS

The Lucky Cheats, Zach Ryan & The Rouge, Smokehouse Dave (10p, cover)

CSN Orchestra (7:30p, $5-$8)

DOUBLE DOWN SALOON

HOUSE OF BLUES

Whatever That Means, The Rhythym Dragons, The Vermin, others (10p, free)

Colt Ford (11p, $15)

EASTSIDE EVENTS CENTER @ EASTSIDE CANNERY

Tony Marques (10p, free)

GOLDEN NUGGET

Clint Black (10p, $65)

MOTOR CITY CAFE

Surrounded By Thieves, The Quitters, Battle Born (10p, free)

SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5 P.M. ON THE THURSDAY PRIOR TO PUBLICATION, AND EVENTS MUST BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. PLEASE INCLUDE NAME, PHONE NUMBER AND ADDRESS OF THE EVENT. EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO LAST-MINUTE CHANGES. PLEASE CALL CONTACT NUMBERS TO CONFIRM DETAILS.

THURSDAY

DEC. 1

ARTEMUS W. HAM CONCERT HALL @ UNLV

Jazz Ensemble I, Latin Jazz Ensemble (7:30p, $8-$10) BEAUTY BAR

Buster Blue, Coastwest Unrest, Shiny Boots of Leather (9p, $6) BOOK & STAGE @ THE COSMOPOLITAN

Graffiti6 (10p, free)

CHEYENNE SALOON

Where the Fallen Lie, Esaroe, A Sinners Confession, others (8p, free) DOUBLE DOWN SALOON

VAMP’D

Tinnitus, Feel (10p, free)

FRIDAY

DEC. 2 ARTEMUS W. HAM CONCERT HALL @ UNLV

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Part I (7:30p, free) BOOK & STAGE @ THE COSMOPOLITAN

Mansions on the Moon (10p, free) BOOMERS

Flesh N Bone, Recline, HighDro, others (9p, $10) BUNKHOUSE

Evers + Vessel, Lipstick Killas, Cupps (10p, cover) THE CLUB @ THE CANNERY

The Fab Christmas Show (8p, $10) DOUBLE DOWN SALOON

The People’s Whiskey, The Dirty Panties, The Quitters, others (10p, free)

The Manix, Penny Arcade, Sick Secrets (10p, free)

FREAKIN’ FROG

HOUSE OF BLUES

GOLDEN NUGGET

Colt Ford (11p, $15)

My Body Sings Electric (9:30p, cover) Clint Black (10p, $65)

AMsession, Tru-Blue (8p, free) HOUSE OF BLUES

Colt Ford (11p, $15) THE LOUNGE @ THE JOINT

Darryl Perry (10p, free)

OVATION @ GREEN VALLEY RANCH

Jake Owen (8p, $29-$49)

RAILHEAD @ BOULDER STATION

Boney James (8p, $29-$62.50) VAMP’D

Burn Halo, Protest Systemec (9p, free)

Jake Owen (8p, $29-$49)

BJ Thomas (7:15p, $20-$39.50) SPRINGS PRESERVE

Holiday Spectacular (5p, $5-$8) VAMP’D

The Zep Set, Chas West, Vinnie Appice (9p, free)

Petra Ice, El Insomnio (8p, free)

Ritual Necromancy, Grave Upheaval, Impetuous Ritual (9p, $5) CSN CHEYENNE CAMPUS

LVCS

The Supersuckers, Three Bad Jacks, The Blasters (8p, $15) THE LOUNGE @ THE JOINT

Tony Marques (10p, free)

WEDNESDAY BEAUTY BAR

BOOK & STAGE @ THE COSMOPOLITAN

Taylor Locke & The Roughs (10:30p, free) CSN CHEYENNE CAMPUS

CSN Big Band Concert (7:30p, $5-$8) THE JOINT @ HARD ROCK HOTEL

Holiday Havoc: Jane’s Addiction, The Joy Formidable, The Naked and Famous (7p, $32.88-$111)

Jazz Combos & Singers (2p, $5-$8) HARD ROCK CAFE

Keller Williams (7p, $17-$20) HOUSE OF BLUES

Colt Ford (9p, $15)

Neil Berg’s Broadway Holiday (8p, $35-$75)

THE LOUNGE @ THE JOINT

BOOK & STAGE @ THE COSMOPOLITAN

SPRINGS PRESERVE

Mansions on the Moon (10p, free)

LAS VEGAS HILTON THEATER

Dwight Yoakam (10p, $97.90)

Celso Pina (10p, $20)

BOOMERS

ARTEMUS W. HAM CONCERT HALL @ UNLV

CSN Concert Band (7:30p, $5-$8)

YAYO TACO

YAYO TACO

Jack Walker’s Holiday Show (8p, $18-$25)

CSN CHEYENNE CAMPUS

DEC. 7

Brantley Gilbert (9:30p, $25)

DEC. 4

ACCESS SHOWROOM @ ALIANTE STATION

The Ataris (10p, cover)

VEIL PAVILION @ SILVERTON

Brantley Gilbert (9:30p, $25)

DEC. 3

BEAUTY BAR

RAILHEAD @ BOULDER STATION

VEIL PAVILION @ SILVERTON

SATURDAY

Winter Concert: “A Season of Dances” (7p, $9-$16)

OVATION @ GREEN VALLEY RANCH

SUNDAY

Internal Corrosion (12a, free)

TUESDAY ARTEMUS W. HAM CONCERT HALL @ UNLV

Darryl Perry (10p, free)

GOLD MINE TAVERN

Buried at Birth (12a, free)

HOUSE OF BLUES

THE LOUNGE @ THE JOINT

Darryl Perry (10p, free)

YAYO TACO

DEC. 6

Colt Ford (1:30a, $15)

THE LOUNGE @ THE JOINT

THE LOUNGE @ THE JOINT

GOLD MINE TAVERN

Crash Kit, A Trivial Hero (8p, free)

Recommended. Send event information to: Mike Prevatt at listings@lvcitylife.com.

Christmas Concert (7:30p, free)

LeAnn Rimes (7p, $9.55)

John Rich (9p, $54.95-$74.95)

KELLER WILLIAMS: Dec. 4 at Hard Rock Cafe

DEC. 5

Darryl Perry (10p, free)

LAS VEGAS HILTON THEATER

Dwight Yoakam (10p, $97.90) THE LOUNGE @ THE JOINT

Tony Marques (10p, free) VAMP’D

John Zito Electric Jam (9p, free) YAYO TACO

Julian Tanaka Jazz (8p, free)

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LISTINGS Recommended. Send event information to: Mike Prevatt at listings@lvcitylife.com. SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5 P.M. ON THE THURSDAY PRIOR TO PUBLICATION, AND EVENTS MUST BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. PLEASE INCLUDE NAME, PHONE NUMBER AND ADDRESS OF THE EVENT. EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO LAST-MINUTE CHANGES. PLEASE CALL CONTACT NUMBERS TO CONFIRM DETAILS.

LIVE MUSIC 3740 S. Nellis Blvd., 436-7600. Thu: Blues with John Zito Band, 11p, free. Every 3rd Sat: Blues with John Zito Band, 10p ALIANTE STATION 7300 Aliante Parkway, 6927777, www.aliantecasinohotel.com. ETA Lounge: Thu: Johnny Douglas, 8p. Fri: Rick Durante, 8p. Elliot Szabo, 12a. Sat: Acoustic Soul, 7p. Wed: Live music, 8p. MRKT Sea & Land: Fri-Sat: Dave Ritz, 7p. ARTIFICE 1025 S. First St., 489-6339 or www.artificebar.com. Open Thu-Wed, 5p-1a. BAR+BISTRO COURTYARD Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd, 202-6060, www.barbistroaf.com. BEAUTY BAR 517 Fremont St., 598-1965, www.thebeautybar.com. Thu-Sat: Local and touring bands, 9p, free unless noted. 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.bluemartinilounge.com. Thu: Nova jazz, 7p; Mundo Vacio 11p. Fri- Sat: 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, www.myspace.com/boomerslv. 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, www.bootleggerlasvegas.com. 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.boulderdambre wing.com. Thu-Sat: Live music. BOULDER STATION 4111 Boulder Highway, 4327777, www.boulderstation.com. Kixx Bar: Thu, Sat: Van De Guzman, 7p. The Railhead: Thu: Swing with Jerry Tiffe, 2p. First and third Thu: Boulder Blues series, 8p, $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, ww w.hennesseyslasvegas.com. 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. Tue: Local ACES & ALES

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THE SUPERSUCKERS: Dec. 6 at LVCS

MUSICVENUES 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., 3681863 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,6454139 Crown Theater Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 733-8229 Double Down Saloon 4640 Paradise Road, 791-5775 Freakin’ Frog 4700 Maryland Parkway, 597-9702 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

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. www.bunkhouselv.com. 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. CANYON CLUB 202 Fremont St., 387-5175, www.fourqueens.com. 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, www.choicespub.com. 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:

Las Vegas Country Saloon 425FremontSt.,382-3531 Las Vegas Hilton 3000 Paradise Road, 7325755 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., 2208849 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

Crossbox, 7:30p. 725 S. Racetrack Road, 566-5555, www.clubfortunecasino.com. Sat: Live music, 8-12a. Sun: Whiskey Revival classic country, 5-9p. THE COSMOPOLITAN 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 698-7000. Book and Stage: Touring and local acts, 10p and midnight, free. COUNT’S VAMP’D 6750W.Sahara Ave.,220-8849, www.vampdvegas.com.Thu:Localmusic,10p.Fri-Sat: Livemusic, 10p.Wed:John ZitoBand,9p,free. DON’T TELL MAMA 517 Fremont St., 207-0788. Cabaret-style piano bar. DOUBLE DOWN SALOON 4640 Paradise Road, 7915775. Tue: Unique Massive, 11:59p. E-STRING BAR AND GRILL 2031 E. Sunset Road, 437-8764, www.estringlive.com. Sat: Real Old School Jazz, 2p, $10. Mon: Jazz, 7:30p, $10. Tue: CLUB FORTUNE CASINO

The Ryan Whyte Maloney Band, 8:30p, $10. Wed: Blues night, 8:30p. FORTE TAPAS BAR & BISTRO 4180 S. Rainbow Blvd., 220-3876, www.barforte.com. Fri: The NA1ROB1 Trio, 8:30p. FREAKIN’ FROG 4700 Maryland Parkway, 5979702, www.freakinmusic.com. Thu: Singers and songwriters, 9:30p. Sat: Live music, 9:30p. Tue: Freakin’ Jazz Jam, 9:30p. Skip Martin and Niles Rivers hosts JamCast, 10:30p. All shows free. GOLD COAST 4000 W. Flamingo Road, 367-7111, www.goldcoastcasino.com. 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, www.thegoldminetavern.com. ThuSat: Live music, 9p, free. GOLDEN NUGGET 129 E. Fremont St., (800) 8465336, www.goldennugget.com. Rush Lounge: Fri: Sax Man Brown, 6:30p. Fri-Sat: Frankie Moreno Band, 11p-2a, free. Mon-Tue: Sax Man Brown, 8:30p. GREEN VALLEY RANCH RESORT 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway, 617-7777, www.greenvalleyranchresort.co m. 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. HARD ROCK CAFE 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 650-8590, www.hardrock.com. HENNESSEY’S TAVERN 425 Fremont St., Suite 110, 382-4421, www.hennesseyslasvegas.com. Fri: Live music, 9p-2a. HOUSE OF BLUES Mandalay Bay 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 632-7600, www.hob.com/ 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. HYPNOTIC BILLIARDS LOUNGE 5752 S. Fort Apache, 480-2155. LVCS 425 Fremont St., 382-3531, www.lvsaloon.net. 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. MANDARIN ORIENTAL Mandarin Bar, 3752 Las Ve-


gas Blvd. South, 590-8888. Thu: Chandler Judkins Quartet, 7p. Fri: The Definitive Trio, 10p. Sat: “Trio Caribe,” 10p. Wed: Brian Czach Jazz Trio, 7p. 3302. Mon-Thu: Synergy, 10p.Fri-Sat: Synergy,11p. MCMULLAN’S IRISH PUB 4650 W. Tropicana Ave., 247-7000, www.mcmullansirishpub.com. 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, www.myspace.com/meatheadsbar. Fri-Sat: Live music 10p. MOTOR CITY CAFE 4080 Paradise Road, Ste. 8, 307-1731. NEON VENUS ART THEATRE 1404 S. Third St., 787-2481, www.neonvenus.com. First Fri: Live music, 7p-11p. Free. ORLEANS HOTEL AND CASINO 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: Thu-Fri, Sun: San Fernando Band, 9p. Tue: Crush, 9p. Wed: Sounds of Detroit, with The Nite Kings, 4p. 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, www.palms.com. Sun: Franky Perez, 10p, free. Mon: Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns, 10:30p, $7. Tue: Frankie Moreno with guests, 10p, $7. PETRA 440 S. Rampart Blvd. Thu: Sarah Frances Johnston, jazz/standards, 7p. RED ROCK CASINO 11011 W.CharlestonBlvd., 7977777, www.redrocklasvegas.com.Onyx 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. RÍ RÁ Mandalay Place 3930 Las Vegas Blvd South, 632-7771, www.rira.com/rira/las_vegas.html. Live music nightly, 8:30p. Fri-Sat: Ri Ra Live, 11:30p. THE RIVIERA 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7345110, www.rivierahotel.com. Queen Victoria Pub: Sun: Acoustic Open Jam, 8p. Tue: Jamaica Me Crazy with Bonafide, 8p, free for locals. 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. 30p, $5. Wed: Deja Vu, 6p, $5. SUNSET STATION 1301 W. Sunset Road, 547-7777, www.sunsetstation.com. 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, www.texasstation.com. 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 LasVegas Blvd.South, 383-3100, www.arubalasvegas.com. Fri-Sat:Livemusic, 7p, free.Fri:ArubaSwings, 7p, free. Swing dancing lessons, 6p-7p, free. TOMMY ROCKER’S 4275 Dean Martin Drive, 2616688, www.tommyrocker.com. Fri-Sat: Rock-N-Roll 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. YAYO TACO 4632 S. Maryland Parkway, 262-0201, www.facebook.com/yayo.taco. 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.

DJS/NIGHTCLUBS 4633 Paradise Road, 7910100, www.piranhavegas.com. 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. ARTIFICE 1025 S. First St., 489-6339 or www.artificebar.com. Open Thu-Wed, 5p-1a. Fri: “Free Flow Fridays” with Gables and Doodle, 10p. Sun: “Black and White,” with Doug De Nada and Rex Dart, 9p. Tue: “So You Think You Can DJ?” 10p. 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. THE BEATLES REVOLUTION LOUNGE Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 692-8383. www.the beatlesrevolutionlounge.com. BEAUTY BAR 517 Fremont St., 598-1965, www.thebeautybar.com. 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. BOND The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 698-7000. DJs nightly. BRASS LOUNGE 425 Fremont St., second floor, 382-3531. Fri: “Party Monster,” body art with DJ

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Lady Fingers. Sat: DJs and karaoke, 9p. Sun: Brass model search and art show with DJ Dez, 9p, free. CATHOUSE LOUNGERIE Luxor, 262-4228, www.cathouselv.com. Blue Room: “Madame Mondays” house party with resident DJ Ikon. Red Room: Hip-hop with DJ Kram. Mon., Sat., DJ Ikon. Wed: “Vanity” with DJ Relapse, 10:30p. Thu: “Stiletto” with DJ AL3, electro, house, mash-up, 10p. Locals free. Fri: “Lush Fridays” with DJ Audiomoe, hiphop, old-school, top 40, house. THE CHANDELIER The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 698-7000. DJs daily. . CHATEAU Paris, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South. 7767770 or www.ChateauNightclubLV.com. Open FriSun, Tue, 10p. Tue: Industry night. $20-$30; local ladies free. CROWN NIGHTCLUB Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 733-8229. Thu: top 40, hip-hop, 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, www.downtownlv.net. 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, www.drais.net. 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 www.dueforni.com. Thu: “Music and Wine” with DJ Douglas Gibbs and guest DJs spinning Latin, lounge, world beat, and A. Leo Echazabal on sax, 9p, free. FREEZONE 610 E. Naples Road, 794-2310, www.freezonelv.com. 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 www.gallerylv.com. Wed-Sat, 10p. Cover varies. Wed: “Gallery Wednesdays” industry party; locals free. GHOSTBAR Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 9389999, www.n9negroup.com. Thu-Wed, 9p. 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. 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. KRAVE Planet Hollywood Resort, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 836-0830, www.kravelasvegas.com.

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. 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. MANDARIN BAR Mandarin Oriental, 3752 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 590-8888. Thu, Sun-Wed, 5p-1a. Fri-Sat, 5p-2a. Thu: Lady dK, 7p. Fri-Sat: DJ DDouble, 10p. 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. 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. POSH NIGHTCLUB 3525 W. Russell Road, 6731700. Fri-Sat: DJs, midnight-dawn. 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 Slip, Joey Mazzola, DJ Hope. Tue: “Pure Tuesdays” with DJ CyberKid, DJ Slip and Joey Mazzola. RAIN Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 940-RAIN, www.n9negroup.com. Fri-Sat. “Perfecto” trance/ house party with Paul Oakenfold and friends. STONEY’S ROCKIN’ COUNTRY 9151 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 300, 435-2855. Open daily. SURRENDER Encore, 3130 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 770-7300 or www.surrendernightclub.com. 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. 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. Thu: K(Squared), Kid Funk and Kid Conrad, 10p. Every 3rd Thu: “Soulkitchen” house party with Edgar Reyes and guests. Fri: DJ McKenzie, DJ 88, 8p. Sat: DJ Soxxi, 10p. Wed: DJ Pookie, 10p. VANITY Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5555. Thu-Sun, 10p. a

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375 E. Harmon Ave. Just Serendipity Improv, Fridays and Saturdays. 7p, $30 BIG AL’S COMEDY CLUB Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. 365-7075. Thu-Sat, 7:30p, Fri-Sat, 9: 30p. Open mic, Sun, 9p, free. Brian McKim and Traci Skene, Thu-Sat, 7:30p, Sat, 9:30p, through Nov. 26, $15.99. BIKINI BAR, 3355 Spring Mtn Rd, 485-5401, www.bikinibarlv.com. CUI: Comics Under the Influence: Here We Cum... Again, Thu, 9p, free. BRAD GARRETT’S COMEDY CLUB Tropicana, 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 739-2417. Sun-Sat. 8p. Fri. & Sat. 10p. 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. Jeff Dunham, Dec. 3, 8p, $49.50$89.50. 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. COZY’S COMEDY CORNER Buzz BBQ, 9640 W. Tropicana Ave., 489-2800. Fri: 8p, $5. 7121 Craig Road, 294-2899. Sat: 7:30p, $5. 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. Comedy in the King’s Room, Thu-Sat, 7:30p, $39.50. FOUNDATION ROOM Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd., 632-7600. Laughter Hours Comedy, Sun, 8p, $10. HARMON THEATER Planet Hollywood Resort, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 836-0836, www.harmontheater.com. The Amazing Johnathan, Thu-Sat, Tue-Wed, 9p, $59.95-$69.95. Naughty Boys Hypnosis Show, Fri-Sat, Mon-Wed, 9p, $47.97-$67.97. Singing impressionist Larry G. Jones, Fri-Sat, Mon-Wed, 7p, $45-$69. Hypnosis Unleashed, Fri-Wed, 9p, $45.94. 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; Dennis Blair, Avi Liberman, Gary Brightwell, thru Dec. 4. Allan Harvey, Ronnie Schell, Chris Mancini, Dec. 6-11. LOUIE ANDERSON THEATER 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. MEATHEADS BAR 1121 S. Decatur Blvd., Suite 120, 870-4440. Mange Comedy open mic comedy hosted by Tawdri Hipburn, Tue, 9p-11p. MIRAGE 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 792-7777. Ron White, Dec 2-3, 9-10, 10p. $59.99-$79.99. NEON VENUS ART THEATER 1404 Third St., 787ALEXIS PARK

2481. Improv Audition Challenge, Sat, 8p, $10. For info, call 625-3456. ONYX THEATRE The Rack, 953 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 16, 732-7225, www.onyxtheatre.com. Mon: S.E.T. Improv, 8p, $10. THE PALMS LOUNGE 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 9443200. Thu-Fri: Playboy Comedy, Thu, 10p; Fri, 10p; Sat: 8p, 10p. Steve Rannazzisi, Dec. 1-3. PLANET HOLLYWOOD 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 650-5081. Sin City Comedy Show, nightly, 9p, $49.50. ROYAL HOTEL 99 Convention Center Drive, 7844712. Rock ‘n’ Roll Comedy Show, Fri-Sat, 9p, $30.95-$49.13. Comedy Live, with Michael Wheels Parise, Thu, Sun-Wed, 9p, $39. THEATRE7 1406 S. 3rd St., 568-9663 and www.theatre7lv.com. The Will Edwards Show, every 2nd, 4th Wed, 7p, $10. TREASURE ISLAND 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 693-7722. Bill Engvall, Dec. 1, 9 p, $40.70-$71.50.

ART THE ART OF RICHARD MACDONALD Crystals Palace

3720 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 583-7581. Also: O Lobby at Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Dec. 4: Unveiling of new works, 1p-5p. ATOMIC TESTING MUSEUM 755 E. Flamingo Road, 794-5151, www.atomictestingmuseum.org. MonSat, 10a-5p; Sun, 12-5p. Building Atomic Vegas, ongoing. $12, $9 seniors 65+, locals and students with ID. BELLAGIO GALLERY OF FINE ART 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 693-7871. A Sense of Place: Landscapes from Monet to Hockney, through January, 2012. Sun-Tue, Thu, 10a-6p. Wed, Fri-Sat, 10a-7p. $15, discounts for NV residents, seniors, students and military, free for children 12 and younger. Every Wednesday is locals night, $8 discount with I.D. BIG SPRINGS GALLERY Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., 822-7700, www.springspreserve.org. Daily, 10a-6p. Trophy Hunter, sculptures by Bryan Christiansen, through Jan 22. CHARLESTON HEIGHTS ART CENTER 800 S. Brush St., 229-1012. Thu-Fri, Wed, 12:30p-9p, Sat, 10a-7p. What Continues the Dream: Contemporary Arts and Crafts from the Powwow Tradition. WedFri, 12:30p-9p, Sat, 10a-7p, through Dec. 21, free. CLARK COUNTY LIBRARY 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400. Nevada Camera Club Juried Exhibition, through Dec. 11. COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., 651-4205, sites.csn.edu/artgallery. Mon-Fri, 9a-4p; Sat, 10a-2p. Free. 3708 Las Vegas Blvd., 698-7000. P3 Studios, open Thu-Sun, Tue-Wed, 4p-midnight. Miskopolitan Cosmonaut, photography by Jerry Misko, through Jan. 14. DONNA BEAM FINE ARTS GALLERY Alta Ham Fine Arts Building, UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, 895-3893, www.donnabeamgallery.unlv.edu. Mon-Fri, 9a-5p; Sat, 10a-2p. EROTIC HERITAGE MUSEUM 3275 Industrial Road, THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS

369-6442, www.eroticheritagemuseumlasvegas.c om. Thu, Sun, Tue-Wed, 11a-4p, Sat-Sun, noon-10p. $15, $10 for students, military, seniors and locals. LIED DISCOVERY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 382-KIDS. Thu-Fri, 9a-4p; Sat, 10a-5p; Sun, 12p-5p; Tue-Wed, 9a-4p. $8.50 adults; $7.50 children. Children under 1 free. THE LOST CITY MUSEUM 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd., Overton, 397-2193. Thu-Sun, 8:30a-4:30. $5 adults; $3 seniors, 17 and under, and members enter free. Ancient Inscriptions, paintings by Joyce and Brian Spavin, through Oct 30. LUXOR 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 800-5577428, www.bodiestickets.com. Bodies … The Exhibition. $31, $29 seniors, $23 for children 12 and under, $28 for locals and hotel guests. Daily, 10a-9p. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Daily, 10a10p, $20-$27. MARJORIE BARRICK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, 895-

3381, www.barrickmuseum.unlv.edu. Mon-Fri, 8a4:45p; Sat, 10a-2p. NEVADA STATE MUSEUM Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., 486-5205. Fri-Mon, 10a-6p. Free with $9.95 Nevada resident admission to Springs Preserve. Unexpected Nevada, photographs by Cameron Grant. “Bite at the Museum” art/dining benefit, Dec. 3, 6:30p. POP UP ART HOUSE 730 W. Sunset Road, www.the popuparthouse.com. Thu-Sat, Tue-Wed, 11a-2p and by appointment. Transfigured Lands, photographs by Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Dec. 3-Jan. 14. Reception: Dec. 3, 6p-8p. SAHARA WEST LIBRARY 9600 W. Sahara Ave., 507-3630. Fall Show, by the Nevada Watercolor Society, through Dec. 6. SUNRISE LIBRARY 5400 Harris Ave., 507-3902. Important Conversations in Midwestern Brown, by Darren Johnson, through Dec. 10. WEST LAS VEGAS ARTS CENTER COMMUNITY GALLERY 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 229-4800.

Tue-Fri, 11a-9p; Sat, 9a-6p. Mama’s Fabric, by John Broussard, Dec 7-Jan 28. WINCHESTER CULTURAL CENTER GALLERY 3130 S. McLeod Drive, 455-7340. Thu-Fri, 10a-8p; Sat, 9a-6p; Tue-Wed, 10a-8p. To the Neon Gods They Made, photos by Michael Monson and Tony Flanagan, through Jan. 20. Artsts’ reception: Dec. 7, 5:30p.

LIT & LECTURES

THE BEAT COFFEEHOUSE 520 Fremont St., 300-

6268. Mon: Human Experience poetry night, 7p-9p (live DJ 9p-12a). COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF 4550 S. Maryland Parkway, 944-5029. Tue: “Word Up” open mic poetry, 7p. RED ROCK RESORT 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., www.nevadafilm.org. Silver Screen Seminar with producer Edward Saxon, Dec. 3, 9a-6p, $95-$175. Located in Veranda Room C, 5th floor, conference center. SUNRISE COFFEE CO. 3130 E. Sunset Road, Ste. A, 433-3304. Wed: Seldom Seen Poets, 7p. UNLV 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, 895-5542.


FREE WILL ASTROLOGY BY ROB BREZSNY

L E O (JULY 23-AUG. 22)

A R I E S (MARCH 21-APRIL 19)

This would be an excellent week to head down to Pucon, Chile, and hire a daredevil to fly you in a helicopter into the caldera of the active Villarrica volcano, whereupon you would bungee-jump out of the copter down to within 700 feet of the molten lava. If that’s too extreme or expensive for your tastes, I urge you to come up a milder adventure that will still bring you a close encounter with primal heat and light — and maybe even some divine fire.

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

As a mouse looks for food or shelter, it is flexible enough to fit through a hole as small as a quarter of an inch. You would really benefit from having a talent like that right now, Taurus. Of course, even if you are as slippery and pliable as you’ll need to be, you will also have to be on high alert for the inviting possibilities, some of which may be brief or subtle. For example, let’s say you spy an interesting-looking person with whom you’d love to chat. The window of opportunity may be open for less than 10 seconds. Seize that moment! Refuse to get hung up in shyness. Don’t convince yourself that another chance will come along later.

G E M I N I (MAY 21-JUNE 20)

One of my Gemini acquaintances, Tara, has been playing a slow-moving game of tag with three friends since they were all in second grade together. They’re 27 years old now, and still live in the same city. Currently, Tara is “It,” and has been so for quite some time. But she confided in me that she plans to make a move this week. She says she’ll sneak up on one of the other players during his lunch break at work, tag him and run away before he can tag her back. I told her she’s likely to meet with success, since this is an excellent time for you Geminis to gain an advantage in pretty much any kind of game you’re playing.

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

“Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know,” wrote philosopher Eric Hoffer. This is a good idea for you to contemplate right now. I realize it may be a challenge for you to figure out what you would rather not know and are afraid to know and might even be allergic to knowing. Still, I hope you’ll make the effort. Maybe you could enlist a smart ally who’d be skillful in helping you uncover the taboo truth. And maybe you could formulate an intention to be as objective as you’ve ever been.

Biologists say there are 680 species of trees and shrubs in the U.S. and Canada. By comparison, Lambir Hills National Park on the island of Borneo is the home of 1,175 species on its 128 acres. I suspect you will feel right at home in places like Lambir Hills in the coming week, Leo. Your own creative urges will be running hotter than usual, and are most likely to thrive in contexts that are themselves teeming with lush fertility and rich diversity. Please surround yourself with inspirational influences, thereby giving yourself the best possible chance to express yourself with vivid imagination.

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

“People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home,” wrote philosopher Dagobert D. Runes. Your assignment, Virgo, should you choose to accept it, is to refute that assertion. In other words, I’m inviting you to travel to all of your usual haunts and treat everything that happens there with the attitude of a first-time visitor. Just assume that the familiar people and places in your life have stimulating gifts to give and lessons to impart. Remember, though, they can’t do that to the fullest unless you expect them to.

addicted to playing poker. I’m a big fan of your horoscopes, and I’m wondering if you would like to advertise your work to our audience. Gamblers love astrology! Get in touch. — Sagittarian Wheeler Dealer.” Dear Wheeler Dealer: Thanks for your interest, but I’ll pass. I don’t like to encourage anyone to focus their gambling urges on trivial matters like card games, sports events and lotteries. I prefer they direct that mojo to highminded stuff like daring themselves to excel, pursuing exciting and idealistic adventures, and doing brave things to help save the world. By the way, it’s prime time for you Sagittarians to ratchet up your commitment to those kinds of gambles.

has been called “the most daring achievement of Gothic architecture.” Its soaring facades, carved wooden doors, stained glass windows and astronomical clock demonstrate high artistry. There’s a problem with the place, however — it has never been completed. Work began in the year 1225, and experts are still talking about how to solve certain ongoing difficulties with its construction. I don’t know when this happy ending will occur, Aquarius, but I do expect that in 2012 you will be able to put the finishing touches on your own personal version of the Beauvais Cathedral. And now would be a good time to formulate definite plans to do so.

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I hope you’re not so perversely attached to your demons that you’re inclined to keep providing them with a comfortable home. Why? Because the coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to permanently banish them from the premises. Yes, I know it may seem lonely at first without their nagging, disruptive voices chattering away in your head. But I really do encourage you to bid them adieu. By the way, as you plan your exorcism, you might want to include a humorous touch or two. They’re allergic to satire and mockery, you know.

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

In my prayers, I’ve been negotiating with the Goddess to grant you the power to change the course of rivers, at least in a metaphorical way. I’ve also beseeched her to show you how to overthrow the Puppet Master and convert overwrought hawks into savvy doves. The Goddess seems to be seriously considering these appeals, and has even hinted she might offer you instructions on how to shape a new Adam out of one of Eve’s ribs, mythically speaking. In return, she does have one request: that you do what you can to make sure the sun rises on schedule for the next 10 days.

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The human brain is composed of 30 percent protein and 70 percent fat. So it wouldn’t be incorrect to refer to you as a fathead. In order to nourish your brain cells, you’ve got to eat foods that provide two essential fatty acids your body doesn’t manufacture: omega-3 ALA and omega6 LA. Since you’re now in a “brain-building” phase of your astrological cycle, I urge you to get more than your minimum requirements of these basics. If I may be permitted to resurrect a now-out-of-fashion slang term, I suggest that you also expose yourself to a lot of extraordinarily “phat” sources of intellectual stimulation.

S C O R P I O (OCT. 23-NOV. 21)

The “mawashi” is the loincloth Japanese sumo wrestlers wear while competing. It’s rare for the garment to come off, even in the heat of a match, but it did happen once in 2000, when a wrestler named Asanokiri suddenly found himself standing naked during his bout with Chiyohakuho. In conformity with sumo’s rules, Asanokiri was immediately disqualified. I don’t think you’re at risk for being rendered literally unclothed in the heat of a showdown or a plot twist, Scorpio. But I do advise you to take extra precautions to prevent a metaphorical version of that occurrence. Get your act very together, and keep it very together.

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