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7 DAMNED PUNDIT Three unexpected Nevada angles from the GOP presidential sideshow


9 After the boom: Some Main Streeters are still

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12 What’s with the rash of men impersonating

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8 KNAPPSTER Steve Ross, watch your ass!

9 THE WEEK hurting from last year’s power-substation blast police officers?

20 A&E 22 FILM Harry Potter and the Egregiously Milked Conclusion!

28 ART Has it really been a year since Emergency Arts opened?

30 DINING A restaurant at Cosmo that’s easy to miss




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animations, music videos — and events than we can describe, so hit for the full monty. But here are a few things to plan your popcorn-acquisition around. Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card-Counting Christians (Saturday, 11:15 a.m.) is about a blackjack team of pious Christians that’s won millions “while wrestling with how to justify their dubious activities in the eyes of God.” (A generous tithe?) Virgin Alexander (Sunday, noon) has a strong Vegas connection: It stars Rick Faugno, of Jersey Boys, and was co-written and co-directed by locals. It’s about

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his is a weekend that will answer a lot of cinephile questions: What’s Bronson Pinchot been up to lately? What award could lure Michael Madsen to Las Vegas? How much filmmaking talent is there at UNLV and College of Southern Nevada? There are more films — features, shorts, docs,

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a would-be pianist, a hot student, a despicable pimp and a tables-turning prostitution scheme. Bronson Pinchot plays the pimp. Mob guys Henry Hill, Frank Culotta and others sit for a panel session (Saturday, 2 p.m.). If you’re a fan of Michael Madsen’s film roles (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill) or books (American Badass, The Complete Poetic Works of Michael Madsen, Vol. 1), you won’t want to miss his screening (the movie Vice), the bestowing of his “Indie Icon” award, and his booksigning, all on Saturday, beginning at 4:15 p.m. And make time to check out bloc of short films by UNLV and CSN students. Scott Dickensheets, Various theaters in the Las Vegas Hilton,; various prices, from free for the Madsen event to $150 for the High Roller Pass.

The Beauty Bar’s turning 7, and they’ve decided to celebrate with a free Thursday night show featuring a redwood-sized drag queen from New Orleans. If you didn’t see bounce rapper Freedia at last year’s Fuck Yeah Fest, we’ll give you some insight. Picture cheaply produced beats under hyper-sexual lyrics while a bunch of girls shake their tailfeathers on stage. The bounce music Freedia performs is reserved for self-proclaimed Sissies (Southern slang for men who identify otherwise) and sounds a lot like the late ’80s/early ’90s calland-response rap that flooded radio stations — except talking about D ’n’ A instead of T ’n’ A. We still can’t figure out if Sissy Bounce is earnest music. But it doesn’t really matter. We’re more concerned about herniating a disk trying to keep up with the moves we saw in the video for Freedia’s “Y’all Get Back Now.” Max Plenke, (With Delphonic Love, DJ Rex Dart) 9 p.m.; The Beauty Bar, 517 Fremont St., 598-1965, free.


The Slants

Portland, Oregon’s The Slants call their sound “Chinatown dance rock,” but they could have easily left out the ethnic modifier. Even though the members are Asian, there’s nothing particularly Eastern about their sound. The foursome plays rock ’n’ roll spiked with synthesizers. It’s a darker variety of new-new wave, closer to Joy Division than Owl City. The lyrics, however, are a different story, and often deal with issues that affect young Asian Americans. Occasionally, the songs get pretty heavy, but they’re still danceable. That seems to be a prerequisite for this outfit. So don’t worry if you don’t have Asian heritage — awkward punk rock dancing is a universal language. The bill also features The Slow Poisoner, a one-man psych-rock outfit from San Francisco who sings about fungi and wood nymphs. If that’s your thing, that’s all you need to know. Amy Kingsley, 10 p.m.; Double Down Saloon, 4640 Paradise Road, or 791-5775, free



INTERNATIONAL DRAG DAY You know what Las Vegas doesn’t have enough of? Drag kings. That’s what event organizer Karen Plowden and her partner had in mind when they created an International Drag Day celebration, hosted by the couple’s website, Where’s My Lesbian? Drag queens are great, don’t get us wrong, but when’s the last time you saw a woman suit up for the stage? This year, five kings and a few queens will snag the spotlight in sparkly gowns and played-down dude wear, all in the name of Drag Day, a two-year-old LGBT budding tradition. Proceeds go to the Sin Sity Sisters’ AIDSdrugs assistance program, and attendees are encouraged to wear their genderbending best. Because, like the site’s motto says, “Some people are born to be extraordinary.” Kristy Totten, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.; Tommy Rocker’s, 4275 Dean Martin Drive,, $10 donation

Bob Dylan Will Bob top himself? That will be the question among local Dylan fans this Saturday, when he and his outstanding band — the best he’s ever had, or so proclaimed by the singer/songwriter himself a few years ago — play an intimate gig at the Pearl. Those in attendance at his October 18, 2009, show at the Joint saw a man exhibiting not only a spark and vigor belying his age, but an uncharacteristic playfulness that countered his reputation as a stoic, aloof performer. That show ranked No. 2 in our year-end concert poll, and No. 1 on this writer’s personal Dylan Live list. Not every Dylan show is a gem, but seeing how he’s still touring with that same Charlie Sexton-led band, the odds of Saturday night’s being one are heavily in your favor. Mike Prevatt, 8 p.m.; The Pearl, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 942-7777, $125-$200


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WE THINK A cop out


year ago last weekend, Erik Scott was shot and killed by Metro officers outside a crowded Summerlin Costco. After six days of testimony in which dozens of witnesses described Scott pulling a holstered gun on police, a coroner’s inquest jury ruled the shooting justified. It was not a popular decision. Most of the evidence presented at the inquest showed officers made a tough but necessary call to protect crowds from an armed and inebriated Scott. But the victim’s family and friends loudly wondered what had been left out. There might have been more trust in the outcome if the same coroner’s inquest system hadn’t exonerated Det. Bryan Yant a month before. Yant’s victim, Trevon Cole, was unarmed and cowering in a bathroom when he was fatally shot by the officer, whose testimony was riddled with inconsistencies. The Yant decision destroyed public trust in the inquest system, which wasn’t strong to begin with. The outcry after the Cole and Scott decisions forced Clark County commissioners to reform the system and create a role for victims’ families. But now the police won’t cooperate. The first inquests under the new procedures have been postponed while a lawsuit filed by officers challenging the new rules works its way through the system. By obstructing the process of reform, these officers further erode the public’s trust in law enforcement. They need to cooperate with the new coroner’s inquest system, so the county can work out the kinks and arrive at a process that restores our faith in the law. Last year’s kangaroo coroner’s court didn’t serve anyone — not the family of Trevon Cole, seeking justice in the senseless death of their son, and not the officers who made the hard decision to shoot a popular but possibly dangerous West Point graduate. Changes to the system will help police as much as citizens. Officers and their unions should work with the legal community to turn the coroner’s inquest system into something more than a rubber stamp for deadly force. The community and the officers both deserve better.

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Coulda been a contender


f all the Republicans entered in the 2012 Presidential Kook Call & Rapture Pull, Willard “Mitt” Romney is the only one who is actually running for president. There are at least three Nevada angles to this. But first an explanation is in order. Tim Pawlenty, or as the kids on the Internet call him, Tim Yawnplenty, is unemployed and running for vice president. Rick Santorum is unemployed and hopes boosting his visibility will lead to some sort of decent job, ideally Secretary of Hating Women in the Romney administration. Jon Huntsman is unemployed and running for whatever job a President Romney might give him. Really, any job at all would be fine. Ron Paul is Rand Paul’s dad. Newt Gingrich, a subsidiary of Newt Gingrich Inc., is hawking his crap books and movies. Michele Bachmann is peaking far too early to unleash the true destructive force that would be visited on her party if she won the nomination, unfortunately. But she’s raising her profile so she can start Michele Bachmann Productions, and, Newt-like, get rich selling books the faithful will buy but never read. No one knows what Herman Cain is doing and no one cares. Warmongering crackpot John Bolton, 9/11 crackpot Rudy JulieAnnie and just plain crackpot Sarah Palin are among others who may yet jump in, or so the media says, but all of them would be building brands, not running for president. The only thus-far undeclared candidate who would be seriously running for the job if he entered the race is Texas Gov. Rick Perry. In the finest tradition of Texas Republican governors seeking the White House in the 21st century, Perry is all asshat and no cattle. So he’s probably your next president. Oh, there’s one other announced candi-

date: Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter. The striking thing about Thaddeus McCotter is that no human has been named Thaddeus McCotter since the administration of James K. Polk. The liberal media deliberately ignored the fact that Barack Obama is a part of an antiAmerican sleeper cell that includes Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright and Casey Anthony. But the leftist media is not going to extend the same courtesy of non-examination to a Republican, and Thaddeus McCotter will be done when the media reports that “Thaddeus McCotter” is not his real name — which it obviously isn’t. Another interesting thing — well, noteworthy thing … all right, a thing — about McCotter is also the first Nevada angle in the 2012 GOP Presidential Nincompoop Rally and Knucklehead Rush: McCotter is Jon Porter’s guitar player. I know what you’re thinking: Who is Jon Porter? He was a Nevada congressman, and he was in a band that noodled out unimaginative covers of tedious country-rock chestnuts. While he was in Congress. Yes, it was awkward and embarrassing. And sad. Moving along to the second Nevada angle in the 2012 GOP Presidential Koch-Suck & Tea-Guzzle, remember a few weeks ago when right here in this very space it was predicted that even though the Nevada Republican caucus is scheduled to be among the earliest contests in the nominating process, all the candidates and the national media are basically going to totally ignore Nevada, and the caucus is probably going to be pretty lame? Clarification: The Nevada GOP caucus is definitely going to be super lame. With the exception of Romney’s perennial saint-powered organization — a chief reason none of the candidates want to bother flying across the country in the first place — the only attention paid to Nevada lately

was a token Huntsman appearance in Reno shortly after he announced. Non-Romney professional staffers or consultants are rarer than Republicans who believe global warming is man-made (speaking of Huntsman). The only non-Romney activities that even remotely constitute a ground game are Paultard tweets. A Las Vegas debate that had been scheduled this month was canceled because none of the candidates wanted to come, which is sad. The debate’s only scheduled broadcast medium was YouTube, which is sadder. All of which, finally, brings us to the third Nevada angle in the 2012 Republican Presidential Book Burn & Constitution Wipe: the candidate who thought he’d be a candidate but had to change his plans. Two weeks — two weeks! — before confessing that he had been shtupping his best friend’s wife who was also his wife’s best friend, John Ensign was in Iowa testing the waters for a possible 2012 presidential run.

Think about it. Most of the people in the race aren’t even running for president, and Republican voters despise the one guy who is because he’s a socialist who orchestrated a government takeover of health care in Massachusetts. As a sitting senator, Ensign would have had a day job, which would have distinguished him from most of the pack right there. More importantly, by combining Romney’s presidential looks and Bachmann’s pop fanaticism, Ensign might have been everything Republican voters are looking for. If Ensign wasn’t grotesque — or more accurately, if he hadn’t been caught being grotesque — the 2012 GOP Presidential Creep-Off & Carnival Bark might have been the Hairdo’s to lose. HUGH JACKSON is a longtime local journalist, former senior editor of CityLife, and proprietor of the Las Vegas Gleaner (, where he blogs.




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How about this Steve Ross recall?


s political stories go, this one has been simmering quietly on the back burner for more than a month, but the pot has just been moved to the front burner and could be boiling over very soon. A recall effort is under way, aimed at Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross. It started about five weeks ago, was slow in the beginning, but has reportedly picked up steam in recent days. Political operative Mark Newman, who has been walking door to door in Ross’ ward, says the team has already obtained more than half of the 1,000 or so signatures needed to secure a recall election, and with more than 30 days to go before the

deadline, Newman is confident he will bag many more than needed. One of his key allies in the effort, savvy local politico Lisa DeMayo, is likewise sure the recall will happen. You might think these are good times for Councilman Ross. True, he ran into a female buzzsaw in his run for mayor earlier this year, but he has since patched things up with Carolyn Goodman, and she rewarded him with the most coveted assignment available to council members — appointment to the board of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. But Ross made some powerful enemies last year, when a local auto dealership had to shut its doors, throwing dozens of people out of

work. Political consultant Mark Fierro, who is close friends with the car dealer, thinks Ross singled out the dealership for punishment while cutting some slack to a rival dealer who, Fierro points out, donated a pile of money to Ross’ campaign. Ross insists he did nothing wrong or unethical. Fierro (who many years ago worked with me at KLAS Channel 8) says his canvassers are having great success — that the majority of those who listen to the pitch are happy to sign the petition. At least three potential candidates are standing by, ready to jump into the recall election, assuming the requisite number of signatures can be obtained in time

J U D G E T O N LV: D O I T R I G H T District Judge Betsy Gonzalez’s keen legal intellect made quick work of the smokescreen thrown out last week by supporters of North Las Vegas City Councilman Richard Cherchio. It was a gutsy call. Gonzalez saw right past the man-behind-the-curtain theatrics and ordered NLV to do what it should have done in the first place — canvass the election results in Cherchio’s race against challenger Wade Wagner. As predicted in this space some weeks ago, it was pretty much a given that Cherchio and his allies on the council would find the most slippery possible method for disposing of the old election results while scurrying to find whatever new course of action would best guarantee their man a victory, and that’s exactly what they did. They chose to hold a second election, but only in a single precinct, one where Cherchio’s Democrats hold a 4-1 registration advantage, and instead of limiting the revote to those who had taken the time to cast ballots the first time, they decided to open it back up to everyone who is registered. Judge Gonzalez, one of the sharpest minds in any Nevada court, cut through the crap and recognized the tactic for what it was — a brazen power grab. In doing so, she had to know she was bucking some mighty powerful movers and shakers. In mailers issued since the ruling, Cherchio has boasted to supporters that he intends to prevail one way or another. Given the powerful politicos who are in his corner, and the big money interests behind him, we’re sure he has plenty of tricks still up the sleeve. But it is a bit much to swallow when we read his “woe is me” lamentations and his pleas to protect the sanctity of the election

process, as if anything short of reappointing him to the council is an affront to the American flag or something. Sheesh.

SMALL TOWN, BIG BRAIN Las Vegas actor, writer and TV pioneer John Barbour is on a roll. Barbour became famous when he produced and hosted the first hit reality show, Real People, but has done a little bit of everything in the biz, and was a contemporary of Sinatra, Carson, Redd Foxx and other giants. His career took a dip for a few years but is percolating now. Last year, he starred with pal Tim Conway on an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation wherein Barbour’s character was murdered. This Sunday, he will appear in the season premiere of the most acclaimed show on television, Breaking Bad on AMC. I tried to get John to spill some beans about his role. No such luck. ... It isn’t often that the tiny hamlet of Eagle Valley, Nev., gets mentioned in the loftiest echelons of Big Science, but it happened, thanks to the curious mind of native son Farrel Lytle. Lytle, an engineer who spent many years working for Boeing but who also worked side by side with scientific heavyweights at Los Alamos and Argonne National Labs, is a co-winner of the 2011 Arthur H. Compton Prize for work that benefits the goals of the Advanced Photon Source at the Argonne Lab. Yeah, I know, it lost me, too. Compton won the Nobel prize for physics in 1927 and later worked on the Manhattan Project. Lytle won the 2011 prize, along with three colleagues, for their groundbreaking work on techniques for X-ray spectroscopy. It is an amazing accomplishment for a guy who was first educated in the one-room schoolhouse in Eagle Valley, in east-central Nevada, population about 60. These days, Lytle is focusing his considerable brainpower on the problem of how to keep the Southern Nevada Water Authority from sucking the groundwater — and the life — out of a 200mile swatch of rural Nevada. He loves the land where his family has lived since the 1860s and thinks there is no question whatsoever that the water grab will be a environmental disaster of epic proportions. Expect to hear much more from this small-town scientific genius once the state engineer begins public hearings on the pipeline plan later this year.


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One year after an explosion downtown, business owners are still seeking payment from NV Energy BY KRISTY TOTTEN » KTOTTEN@LVCITYLIFE.COM

Blast from the past


he intersection of Charleston and Main is the obvious core of Las Vegas’ arts district. On the northeast corner, the Arts Factory houses several studios and serves as the epicenter of First Friday. East on Charleston Boulevard, Gaia Flowers and art-patron anchor Brett Wesley Gallery stand out with inviting window displays and distinct architecture.South on Main Street, independent galleries and high-design furniture stores catch the eye of passersby. But head north on Main and you’ll find a different scene: a nondescript, partially abandoned row of buildings. Empty storefronts and auto-

body shops sparsely dot the way to downtown casinos. It’s more run-down industrial row than a blossoming arm of the arts district. But it wasn’t always that way. At 6:30 a.m. on July 11, 2010, an equipment malfunction at the NV Energy substation rocked the neighborhood. The blast blew out windows, offset buildings from their foundations and rendered surrounding storefronts uninhabitable. A gas line ruptured, posing the threat of another explosion, which, thankfully, didn’t occur. Two people suffered injuries from debris, but no one was seriously hurt — no one except business owners. Some were able to repair their shops with

insurance money and get back on their feet. Others, mostly renters, closed altogether or relocated. Still, a handful of property owners hang in limbo, unable to sell their buildings, repair their shops or resume sales. Mayra Politis, owner of The Attic vintage clothing store, is a one of them. Politis’ insurance paid off all but $20,000 of her unusable two-story building, which was once a quirky downtown landmark, painted in mint green and hot-pink tiger stripes. Today, the storefront is covered by a comic-book style mural depicting the explosion. Behind the plywood, windows remain broken from the blast. Politis now rents a space across the street, one that also sustained damage from the explosion and now lacks plumbing. Politis and her three employees use porta-potties out back, but more bothersome, she says, is the square footage she lost in the move. “The reason is I was making it there was because I had such a large inventory. Vintage retail is a little different than regular retail … with vintage, the person and the piece have to —” Politis claps her hands together, silver


Protesters carry “Shame on NV Energy” signs in front of the original Attic building.

hoop earrings dangling above her shoulders “— marry, basically.” To stay afloat, Politis has downsized her staff and works alone one day a week, but it’s not enough. Without a larger space, she says she’ll have to close permanently in a few months. “I’m an old cocktail waitress,” says Politis, who has owned the building since the late ’80s. “What am I going to do?” In January 2011, NV Energy released a statement saying a third-party investigator had cleared it of fault and placed the blame on Southwest Gas. A natural gas leak caused the explosion, the company said, but it promised to help neighboring business owners by picking up costs not covered by insurance. By that estimate, NV Energy would pay Politis tens of thousands of dollars, but Politis says she just wants to get back to work as she was “before the bomb.” She’s asking for a new building on her property at a cost of $1.1 million, plus compensation for her loss of busi» CONTINUED ON P10 a

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and another established discount furniture store went out of business immediately following the accident. Gina Quaranto was a curator at Place Gallery. The gallery, located across Main Street from the Arts Factory, sustained damage to its foundation and windows and was forced to close. Having lost a place of business, Quaranto took



ness. Politis says she’s submitted claims and has spent countless hours calling and e-mailing NV Energy, but hasn’t received a response. Monday she held a protest in front of The Attic to shed light on the state of the neighborhood one year after the explosion. Dozens of neighborhood supporters showed up for the event, some dressed in tie-dye and wigs, all waving “shame on NV Energy” signs. The same day, NV Energy released a statement saying it had resolved onethird of explosion-related claims and was still working on others. Southwest Gas says it is also conducting an investigation. Diana Warby, owner of the empty draperyhardwarebuildingdirectlyacross from the substation,stood out during the protest in a lime-green polo tee. Warby recalls the blast: “It was an empty building then. It blew up. It lifted the roof up and set it down and knocked the glass out and the doors — four doors, Mayra Politis, Attic itjustdemolishedthem.Itmadecracksin owner, says NV Energy thecinderblockallthewayaroundsoyou has ignored her. could see daylight through.” Warby inherited the building six monthsbeforetheexplosionandplanned to sell. The damage forced her to take it off the market, and she incurred $33,000 in repair bills. She’s waiting for NV Energy to pay, but after a year is losing faith in the company’s good intentions. “The trust needs to be settled to rest the memory of my mother and my Empty storefronts line Main Street stepfather. Every time I have to write a north of Charleston. check with their name on it, it breaks my heart,” she says. Today, the damage is fixed, but the sale a chance and opened her own gallery, Blackbird has been set back indefinitely — who is going Studios, on Commerce Street. She was fortuto buy in a potentially dangerous location? nate to escape financially unscathed, but says Warby is confident the substation is safe, but at least two other art galleries in the area closed, others have doubts. and one never got off the ground due to damage “Anyone in their right mind — to move from the blast. across the street from this station?” Sharon “Everyone else is still stuck there,” Quaranto Gainsburg, owner of a stone carving studio, says.“And it’s through no fault of their own.” says and shakes her head. Gainsburg’s busiQuaranto believes the area is safe now, and ness, tucked into a neighboring parking lot, although she isn’t sure when business will wasn’t harmed, but she says the blast was so pick up, she hopes it will happen soon. Politis, loud that her daughter, who lives near Las Vewho is determined to resolve the matter even gas Boulevard and Oakey, heard it. A business if she closes The Attic, worries it will be a long owner on East Charleston, she says, thought a time before the street rebounds, especially car had crashed into his building. without assistance from NV Energy. Gainsburg moved to Las Vegas six years ago “Not only did it changed my life, but it’s from New Jersey, with the intention of helpchanged this neighborhood,” Politis says. ing to infuse the arts district with creativity “We’ve been working so hard, it’s being going — a growth-hindering explosion was not part so slowly, to get this area up to get up to what of the plan. She says a designer furniture store it’s supposed to be.”

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Won’t stop believin’ Despite a no-show from Jesus this spring, some Christians await his return — and the ensuing suffering BY JASON WHITED » JWHITED@LVCITYLIFE.COM


planet consumed by a war, millions dead from rampant pestilence and famine, a demonic overlord imbued with the power of Satan. Ask many Christians to describe what the end of the world will look like, and these chipper scenes make nearly every true believer’s highlight reel. “We’re neither worried nor joyful about it, but these are things we know have to happen,” says Eliot Jones, pastor of Truth Apostolic Church in the central valley. “Man was created in the very beginning to hang out with Jesus, with God … then, when Adam and Eve messed up in the Garden of Eden and ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil — at that point, a time frame was put on human life.” That seems pretty harsh for a cosmic father whose son preached the need to forgive and forget, but read even the first chapter of the Bible, and it’s apparent how seriously God takes disobedience. By Page 4 he’s kicked Adam and Eve out of their beloved garden and cursed them for all eternity. According to some local Christian thinkers, all this future war, famine and general awfulness are merely hallmarks of God’s grand endgame. God, they say, has to clean house so He can prepare a new Earth for His followers. Because of man’s sinful nature, God has no choice but to judge us. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves and sort of missing the whole point. Before all this hell on Earth, Jesus Christ is supposed to come down to “rapture” his flock, spiriting them away to heaven as Satan is given a free hand to ruin things down here and punish the wicked. Christians say we’ve done it to ourselves: our greed, our lust, our penchant for violence that seems to be hard-wired into the human brain. All these irredeemable qualities inherent to most of humanity — which apparently escaped God’s attention as he was creating us — have sealed our fate. Despite recently erroneous predictions of

Jesus’ imminent return — think California pastor Harold Camping and his promise that Jesus would come for the faithful on May 21 — some local Christians believe the end times are close. “I can’t speak for all Christians, but I personally believe [recent floods, wildfires, earthquakes and wars] are signs of what is to come,” says John Phipps, associate pastor at Desert Spring United Methodist Church in Summerlin. “The Bible makes it very clear the end times will be catastrophic, according to the Book of Revelation, and that there will be great famines, earthquakes, wars and rumors of war … I think we’re starting to see a little bit of that now. I think we are getting close to the end times.” It doesn’t seem to matter that Christians such as Camping have been predicting the end of the world almost since the time of Jesus. Things are different now, some say, and a big reason has to do with Israel. When the modern state of Israel declared its independence in 1948, many Christians say, God’s cosmic egg timer began to tick in earnest. They point to verses in the 21st chapter of Luke (the third book in the New Testament) which says, in part, that “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” Many Christians, even mainline believers, say the Bible teaches Israel had to be restored as a nation before end-time events could kick into high gear. Further into Luke the scriptures say, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh … This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” Phipps agrees. “When Israel became a nation, that changed things greatly,” he says, although he adds these world events don’t allow anyone to know the precise day all this end-time shit is supposed to go down. Eliot, like Phipps, says no one can know the exact hour of the rapture and the ensuing earthbound annihilation, but, “It’s not that you’re excited about it, it just is, and you have to make sure you’re prepared.” “All these people seem to be thrilled by this notion that a significant amount of humanity will be slaughtered as the faithful are being raptured or taken off the planet somehow,” says D.M. Murdock (who occasionally goes by her pen name, Acharya S.), author of the 1999 book The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold. “This is obviously pathological and not part of a healthy mentality.”


Who knew the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has an active PR/video production department? It makes sense with the “challenges” of the last few years from speeding, crashing police cars to onduty hijinks to a spate of questionable shooting deaths. We rely heavily on the police and it’s unquestionably an important and dangerous job, but the latest gaffe, where DNA was attributed to the wrong person and


Turns out, Blue Diamond residents were right to worry. For years, they’ve feared the scope of the plans developer Jim Rhodes has for nearby Blue Diamond Hill and their bucolic corner of the southwest valley. Last week, when Rhodes disclosed his ideas for a tightly packed residential and commercial development atop the old gypsum mine, these fears were realized. Seven thousand homes, light-industrial businesses, shopping, parks, even a college campus ... seems Rhodes left no ambition unanswered in his plans to build a small city on his nearly 2,500 acres adjacent to the Red Rock National Conservation Area. If Rhodes can get the necessary funding in place — an open question considering his recent financial troubles, which saw him give up control of some of his former residential developments while paying out millions to settle pending bankruptcies — construction could start as early as 2013. Whether the Southern Nevada real estate market will recover in time to accommodate Rhodes’ sprawling vision — and whether environmentalists will try to block the development —remainstobeseen. JASON WHITED

an innocent man went to prison, got someone thinking they needed a slick HD “mea culpa.” Nothing left to chance, down to the decision to present the Metro speakers in suits versus uniforms. Undoubtedly, defense attorneys will try to introduce the video as context for this type of evidence to juries. But I doubt too many judges will let the non-viral video go that far. Reasonable doubt probably isn’t ready for YouTube, just yet. ... Dayvid Figler is a local defense attorney and writer.


Local favorite Firefly couldn’t make do upstairs in the Plaza’s swanky glass dome — can Hash House a Go Go stay afloat near the main entrance? Las Vegas’ beloved “twisted farm food” joint, best known for its heaping Man v. Food-worthy portions, will open its fourth location in the newly renovated Plaza hotel-casino on Main Street by Sept. 1, serving the same “funky, modern” American meals. No word on what will become of the glass dome. KRISTY TOTTEN


Huntridge Circle Park wasn’t just supposed to be reopened — it was supposed to be reinvented as the Las Vegas Veterans Memorial. Instead, the park reopened discreetly a month ago with the same old water features and walking trails. What happened? Well, news reports have stated that the Las Vegas Veterans Memorial Foundation is way behind in raising the $800,000 to $1.2 million needed to transform the park. City spokeswoman Diana Paul said the Las Vegas City Council has requested a formal report on the status of the project. The foundation’s website is still under construction. Mick Catron of American Shooters, the veteran-operated shooting range behind the project, did not return calls seeking comment. Construction on the memorial was supposed to begin this summer. Now it looks like that goal might betterapplytotheirwebsite. AMY KINGSLEY


Hot Wheels has released a mini-version of Las Vegas’ own Bubble Ray, a dometoppedcustomhotroddesignedbylocalbuilderGaryReid.Thetoy,calledtheAstroFunk, looks like a cross between Reid’s Bubble Ray and Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s original 1960s Beatnik Bandit. Reid isn’t seeking royalties, but says he “would rather just get a supply to hand out to kids at the car shows, one of those priceless things.” KRISTY TOTTEN


More than three years after CityLife broke news that Nevada companies were trading with state sponsors of terrorism, as well as some of the most brutal, repressive regimes on Earth, records show the practice continues. According to figures from the Nevada Commission on Economic Development, 2010 was a banner year for trade in Nevada. Exports from Nevada companies have tripled in recent years, and Nevada now leads the nation in export value as a share of its total economy — a whopping $5.9 billion. Much of that comes in the form of gold and other precious metals, and at least one nation on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism is among those gobbling up state exports. Syria got more than $28,000 in Nevada exports last year — more than double the amount it received in 2007, when CityLife last pulled the records. There is some good news, however, in that trade to both Iran and Cuba dwindled to nothing since our last story. Some of the world’s strictest regimes, with abysmal human rights records, however, continue to enjoy high-dollar amounts of trade with Nevada, including China ($455 million), Colombia ($28.5 million) and Turkey ($9.6 million). State trade officials say better oversight from the Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security than was available in recent years ensures no forbidden items, such as military weapons, are shipped to these regimes. Federal inspectors, however, have complained for decades they lack the manpower to verify this and are able to examine only a small percentage of total export shipments. JASON WHITED


With Electric Daisy Carnival still echoing in our ears, we couldn’t read about the rash of murders on the Strip — three in two weeks, the latest on July 6 — without recalling the doom-hype that preceded the three-day music festival. You remember: Some alarmists worried publicly that the combination of thousands of people, hot weather, plentiful ecstasy and tight quarters would result in a body count, as it has before, in other cities. “Odds r people will die,” pundit Jon Ralston tweeted on June 23. They didn’t. Of course, no one ever hashtags those kinds of dire predictions about a big weekend on our economic showpiece, the Strip, despite the thousands of people, hot weather, plentiful alcohol and crowded sidewalks. Yet the boulevard suddenly feels a bit chancier after two stabbings and a deadly fistfight. SCOTT DICKENSHEETS


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To pretend and serve Move over, Elvis, this year the impersonators are dressing up as cops BY AMY KINGSLEY » AKINGSLEY@LVCITYLIFE.COM


pril 12 was a typical night at the corner of 14th Street and Carson Avenue. Two plainclothes officers were arresting a suspected prostitute when a black Ford Expedition pulled up beside them and flashed its siren. The man behind the wheel identified himself as Adam Wayne Smith, an off-duty Nevada Highway Patrolman, and asked if the officers needed any help. No, the officers said, everything was fine. But everything wasn’t fine. The encounter baffled the policemen. Unmarked patrol cars don’t usually go around flashing lights and sirens in high-crime areas. And why would an off-duty highway patrolman have any interest in a downtown prostitution bust? When Smith pulled away, the officers followed him and requested a traffic stop by a marked patrol car. That’s when police got their first good look at Smith’s Expedition. He had outfitted the truck with a cage dividing the front seat from the rear,a mounted spotlight, sirens, a laptop computer and even a couple of dogs. The vehicle looked exactly like the ones issued to Metro officers and Nevada highway patrolmen. Smith,of course,was not a highway patrolman. He wasn’t even Adam Smith. His real name is Wayne Robert Skeen, and he’s one of the many fake cops who have perplexed the real police for the last six months. Officer Jay Rivera, a spokesman for Metro, said impersonating a police officer is an unusual crime. The agency typically makes about one arrest a year.

Wayne Robert Skeen

This year, cops have encountered so many fake cops they could start their own division. “We’vearrestedaboutsevenpeoplethisyear for impersonating police officers,” he said. Skeen was one of the most unusual cases, and not just because he brazenly approached two real officers in his fake cruiser. He has a history of impersonating police officers that dates back to 2001, when he broke in to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department in Oregon and stole his first uniform. Skeen could not be reached for this story, and the district attorney’s office dropped the charges in his case. According to spokeswoman Tess Driver, the case lacked sufficient evidence to take to court. Maybe that’s because Skeen seems so … harmless. He’s no Douglas Brian Irvin, who allegedly impersonated N.G. BERRILL a police officer to coerce a woman into having sex with him on May 15. Or Fernando Gallado, who was accused on June 8 of posing as a member of Metro’s gang unit and kidnapping a woman. Most fake cops are more like Irvin and Gallado, said N.G. Berrill, director of the New York Center for Neuropsychology and Forensic Behavioral Science. They use the uniform as a way to commit other crimes — usually sexual assault or theft. “The predator might do it for instrumental reasons,” he said.“They capitalize on people’s willingness to pull over for the police.”


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Bradley Wedge

But what drives someone to pose as a police officer just to get their kicks? The answer doesn’t just apply to Skeen. On June 28, Metro officers arrested Bradley Wedge, a 46-year-old resident of Goodsprings who is accused of conducting traffic stops in the southern part of the valley. Wedge purchased a retired Nevada Highway Patrol car, a 2006 Crown Victoria with flashing lights and the personalized license plate “K9UNIT.” Why would someone go to such lengths just to pull you over? Simple, Berrill said. They want to feel powerful and important. “There is a masculine inadequacy among the people who do this kind of thing,” he said. “They are almost always men. These people feel powerless. Their lives are boring, and they don’t feel there’s much they can do to make people respect them.” Berrill evaluates the mental health of clients involved in the criminal justice system. He is an expert on delinquent behaviors and criminal psychopathology. He thinks most of the men who pose as police don’t know what they’re getting into. If Wedge or Skeen pulled over the wrong person, they could’ve ended up with more than they bargained for. “They really wouldn’t know what to do, because they don’t have the training,” Berrill said. “They are playing a very dangerous game.” In Skeen’s case, the dangerous game may be impossible for him to resist. Multnomah County officials confirmed that he was arrested for impersonating a sheriff’s deputy. According to the Portland Tribune, Skeen was found guilty but insane and sent to the state psychiatric hospital. In 2007, he pulled the same stunt with the Portland police, and went so far as to fashion a fake ear piece out of plastic tubing. He also attempted to escape from a courtroom as he was being arraigned. Attorney Kevin Lucey represented Skeen in a lawsuit against Multnomah County. The police poseur accused his jailers of brutality in a civil rights suit. Skeen, he said, was very thin, soft-spoken and had an odd affect. “He was clean-cut looking,” Lucey said. “A momma’s boy, not a tough guy at all.” Skeen didn’t come across as obviously dis-

turbed, and the officers who arrested him described him as polite and compliant in news reports. But there was something unusual about the man. “He’s like a child playing cop,” Lucey said. “He can’t help himself.” Why do some people take their fantasies too far? Berrill declined to comment on Skeen directly. But he did say the man could have a compulsion to impersonate the police. An obsessive-compulsive person has to perform certain acts to get a fix. That’s a more likely explanation for Skeen’s behavior than delusion,a rare disorder in which the person can’t tell the difference between fantasy and reality. Louis B. Schlesinger, a professor of forensic psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice,said Skeen’s past makes his an interesting and complex case. He had never heard of a serial police impersonator moving from state to state. “Usually they’re just trying to get gratification as a person,” he said. “And they are almost always police rejects.” There’s no such thing as a harmless police impersonation.Even though people like Skeen and Wedge may be trying to make themselves feel better, they may realize the power they hold over people and begin to abuse it. The worst cases of police impersonation usually involve abduction and sexual assault. The recent rash of police impersonators in Southern Nevada has Metro concerned. The agency has posted pointers on how to identify fake cops. Schlesinger said impersonating a police officer is a rare crime, and not something that criminals usually copycat. It wouldn’t be unusual for a major city to have no cases for several years. Southern Nevada’s epidemic of impersonation is probably a statistical fluke, he said. “Maybe all the people who are out of work just have a lot of time on their hands,” he said. Berrill also resisted making a blanket diagnosis to explain the community’s problem with impostor cops. But he did say that some of the people who feel economically powerless might use it as a way to feel better about themselves. If that’s what they’re doing, they shouldn’t expect any sympathy from him. “Really, they’re schmucks,” he said. “These guys are pathetic. The power issue here is so important. They are powerless and need to be respected. These are all very masculine kinds of things.”









We’ve all picked them up. You know, those magazines that rank the greatest albums, songs, videos, etc., of all time. They’re less about who was included than who wasn’t, which the flood of letters to the editor and website comments swiftly indicate. “What, no Dookie?!” “How come ‘November Rain’ wasn’t included?” “HATERS SUK BIEBER RULEZ!” The real winner isn’t who made No. 1, but the magazine that now has your attention. CityLife didn’t rummage through two large boxes of Vegas-based albums (that go back to 1996) and several bins at Zia Record Exchange just to cynically provoke that sort of response — though we’ll expect a complaint of omission or two. (We have an office pool on how quickly a certain rapper will send his.) No, we simply wanted to devote our local music issue to telling you about the most

memorable local albums of the last 30 years, which we define as an album made by an act residing in Las Vegas at the time. So there’s no argument-starting ranking, no attempt to place one great band slightly above or below another. Just a few decades of great music. Because this sort of thing is more fun when you get a little help from your friends, mixed in with our picks are those of various musicians, scenesters, writers, readers and other people we asked to weigh in. Still, for those of you itching to tsk-tsk us for not including records by The Higher or The Kickwurmz or whomever weren’t bad or ignored, just not the best, you know what to do: a

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Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci steps out with his former Expert on October bandmate Taylor Milne as Big Talk

For a band supposedly on a break, The Killers sure have kept busy. The latest member to launch a significant side project is drummer Ronnie Vannucci,who on July 19 releases a self-titled album under the moniker Big Talk and debuts that act’s live show the next day at BY MIKE PREVATT the Hard Rock Cafe. But this isn’t some singer-songwriter project. While Vannucci wrote all the songs and played nearly all the instruments, he got a big assist from guitarist Taylor Milne, his former bandmate in the late 1990s/early 2000s Vegas indie band Expert on October. The result is a record so well-written and so rich with stylistic variety, it very well may appear on a future best-Las-Vegas-albums roundup.

CityLife: Ronnie, when you wrote and stockpiled these songs before The Killers went on hiatus, did you know that these would have nothing to do with the band? Ronnie Vannucci: Most of the Big Talk songs came within a three- or four-month window. Anything that was “stockpiled” wasn’t used; they were practice. There was just one song that was supposed to be a Killers song, but no one liked it. CL: Taylor, how did Ronnie pitch you the idea? Taylor Milne: It was really simple. He just called me one day and said, you wanna play guitar? And I’m like, sure. That was March of last year. I thought he was full of shit. He then called me in the middle of the summer, I went to the studio with a guitar, he showed me what he had, I showed him what he could do with it. CL: Ronnie, there are a lot of different styles on Big Talk. Did you ever worry about cohesion? RV: Yeah. That was my biggest worry going into this. When I started picking the songs, I was worried about not having a congruent record. But what I go back to is, as long as it’s a good song, the vehicle it rides in is secondary. That, and the thing that ties it together is the mediocrity of my voice (laughs)! I think it wouldn’t have sounded as honest if it were all one type of sound — like, it would be too contrived. I just sat down and made a record. The one constant was, I really like playing guitar, so it’s more of a guitar record,

if anything. I’m getting to the point where I can almost shred. CL:Taylor,thesearethemoststraightforward, pop-like songs I’ve ever heard you play. Was there any learning curve for you, with regard to applying your style to those kind of songs? TM: No. In fact, it was a real pleasure. I don’t ever set out to write something that sounds like “this.” I’m a great wingman.

CL: Was it initially nerve-wracking to put your voice up front and center? RV: Yeah. I’ve never sang before. People want to hear what’s in your head, and you’ve got to shit or get off the pot. CL: What was the hardest part of making your own album? RV: Playing all the instruments. Stepping into being a bass player, a piano player, being a guitar player — it was like, how am I gonna sing and pull this all off? But I enjoyed the challenge. I couldn’t have done it without Taylor. He’s not only one of the best musicians I’ve ever played with, but also one of my best friends. It was his doing that a lot of these songs got off the ground. Some of the songs are a few years old and I remember doing a couple of them and he said, we should keep working with this, it’s good. I thought they were pieces

“I’m just into good songs and having a good time. The objective is to play it blind and drunk.” RONNIE VANNUCCI

That’s where I like to be in the band. I like to work with other people’s songs. The approach to these songs was no different than anything else. CL: Ronnie, does your rhythmic background affect the way you write a song, in a way it might not for a songwriter who’s not a drummer? RV: Not overtly. All the songs are in 4/4. I just wanted to write some good pop songs. I didn’t want to get into odd time and, you know, prog stuff. I’m just into good songs and having a good time. The objective is to play it blind and drunk,which is hard to do when you get too muso with it.

of shit, but he saw them through. But there was also times he thought songs were pieces of shit, too! CL: Was it a conscious decision not to use your Killers bandmates on this album? RV: I told Mark [Stoermer] I might need him to play bass. But they were never around! I wanted to have more people play it. I didn’t want to start off playing everything. But now I’m glad I did because I saved a lot of money. Big Talk (with Most Thieves) Wednesday, July 20, 8p; Hard Rock Cafe, 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7337625, $12-$15.

SOME LEGACY The albums below aren’t just the recording highlights of Ronnie Vannucci’s career. They’re some of the best Vegas rock releases, period.

Expert On October Expert On October (Cookies For Your Grandkids, 1999) This beloved album’s appeal went beyond the charm of the songs and the strength of the band’s craft. Expert On October was one of the lone left-of-center Vegas bands at the time. Chances are, if you were an indie kid back then, you knew these tunes. “I’m really proud of that record,” says guitarist Taylor Milne. “There’s a lot of songs that, for as young as we were, were really impressive.’” Most of it was made at Vannucci’s house, with nearly all the songs being fully formed before recording began. Most of it is an even, melodic mix of the band’s biggest influences: Pavement, Weezer, Ben Folds and Dinosaur Jr. That may have been why some college radio stations played it, but Expert never got to prove their worth nationally. Later, Milne and vocalist Caleb Lindskoog formed The Silver State. Vannucci, of course, joined The Killers, with bassist Ted Sablay often serving as the unofficial fifth member onstage. “I’ve always liked that record,” Vannucci says.“Looking back,it was probably a real great time of my life,early on for Taylor and myself.”

The Killers Hot Fuss (Island, 2004) The most successful album to ever come out of Las Vegas was initially going to be just a few songs to lure booking agents. And then a single. And then an EP, an extended EP and finally a full-length record for British label Lizard King, which had caught wind of “Mr. Brightside” on the Internet. That’s all the American labels needed to hear. “An hour after we signed that deal,we got deals coming from every major record company,” Vannucci says.“We ate really well for about month.” Millions of records later, Hot Fuss remains one of the landmark albums of the postmillennial New Wave revival — a remarkable feat, given that the city from which it emerged was most known for aggressive music, not flamboyant alt-pop. And, of course, that it was a glorified demo. “We didn’t know we were making a record,” Vannucci says. “We wanted to rerecord it. But everyone was telling us, ‘It’s perfect.’” MIKE PREVATT a

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To know the full impact this album had in the early 2000s, you had to have been at one of the band’s shows. Imagine 100 or so kids crammed against the front of the stage, shaking their fists in concert with singer Lance Wells’ every declaration. The songs those kids connected with can be found on A Quiet Time of Desperation, the band’s beloved long-player. Falling somewhere between the tight, melodic brashness of punk rock and the pummeling, spoken-sung rage of hardcore, Faded Grey was hardly a genre loyalist, and that was key to its appeal. Here, it throws in a pinch of everything — quiet inter-

ludes, metal thrashing, martial drumbeats, intricate guitar arpeggios — and blends it all into a fine batter of primal rock. On the lyrical front, Wells holds nothing back. On “The Emo Solution,” he rails against those who’d rather throw in the towel than pick it up and snap back: “You don’t deserve to live if you won’t save your life.” AQuietTimeremainsasymbolofprideforthebandmembers themselves, most of whom have since found careers and started families. “It’s the centerpiece of everything Faded Grey ended up doing as a band,” says guitarist Shay Mehrdad. “This many years after its release, it still feels like it holds up, and it’s a nice reminder that as a band, we weren’t half bad.” MIKE PREVATT

Mark Huff

SKELETON FAITH (Exodus; 1999)

Elvis gave the Strip its theme music decades ago. In 1999, Mark Huff took care of the rest of the city with “White Trash Town.” It sounds like a hangover with consequences. The guitars are dusty and raw. The lyrics are desperate and damning. And Huff’s voice — a nasal whine that splits the difference between his two idols, Bob Dylan and Paul Westerberg — sounds more weary and worn out than a cocktail waitress after a double shift. Yet the track has an odd touch of optimism and pride. Huff loved his hometown as much as he loathed it. And as with the best songs on the rootsrock masterpiece — the road-trip ode “Built to Last”; somber closer “Rehabilitation of the Heart”; the Petty-heavy “Love Blind” — Huff found a way to add a touch of the gambler’s hope to the song, coming to terms with his own roots. Of course, all of Huff’s soul-searching had some consequences. A few years after the release of Skeleton Faith, he moved to Nashville — a town that actually appreciates his gravelly Americana. JEFF INMAN

A Crowd of Small Adventures

There’s a reason Curl Up and Die’s debut full-length,Unfortunately, We’re Not Robots, still gets hailed as a favorite local anything-core album. Unlike the band’s more subdued final release, The One Above All, The End of All That Is, Robots has

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CONJURE (Pale, 2008)

When 2008’s Conjure fell into our eager hands, the precedent had been established by 2006’s stellar Suspicion, and we expectedanotherwell-craftedalbuminfluencedbypost-punk and British rock. And yet, we were still surprised. For one, The Bleachers’ new songs were sparer, leaner and more precise. And second, it seemed too good to have come from here. But it did, from the same three dudes who had since mastered their instruments and studio. Conjure makes Suspicion sound like the practice run. The songwriting, the taut rhythms, the clean guitar lines — all project the band’s newfound maturity and meticulous progression. Unfortunately, an e-mail regarding the band’s status was returned to us. Here’s hoping the band’s focus and attention to craft have become so sharp that it doesn’t have time for correspondence. MIKE PREVATT


A Crowd of Small Adventures had already set a high bar with its 2007 debut EP, The Evil Archipelago. The quintet managed to pole-vault over that effort with its first full-length, A Decade in X-Rays. Part of its immediate appeal was the familiarity of the songs, Crowd having tested them during gigs over the previous year or two. On record, they were fine-tuned, each beat falling right in place and each note punctuated perfectly, always with just enough instrumentation. Of course, it helped that the tunes themselves felt so indelible and sounded so harmonious. There’s no filler, no drag, no degradation of quality from first to last track. Never had Crowd sounded more comfortable and confident, digging in without biting off more than it can chew. A noticeably larger fan base, a busy gig schedule and unanimous best-of-theyear kudos from local music writers followed X-Rays’ release. Nine months later, Crowd is already writing and recording another album, one that will hopefully take the band on bigger adventures. MIKE PREVATT


The Bleachers

12 Volt Sex

A DECADE IN X-RAYS (self-released; 2010)

Curl Up and Die

If you want to build a canon of local music, start with these

The title of the quartet’s debut album, 1997’s Pop Formula, was clearly tongue-in-cheek. But on its major label debut, 12 Volt Sex ironically had mastered its own recipe for great pop songs. Despite being a studio release, Stereo Quatro could be considered something of a best-of record, as it improved upon three of the best tracks from Pop Formula and added eight more gems to the 12VS discography. It compares favorably to the band’s power-pop influences, effortlessly hooky and ebullient. There are no surprises, but there’s always a comfort in being able to sink into those melodies, the verses often just as good as the choruses. These songs were no-brainers for radio and the public at large. However, RCA thought differently and delayed its release. 12VS got out of its deal before any major campaign was launched and disbanded a year later. It would intermittently reunite after that, including for what was billed as the final show last February. At the time, Stereo Quatro inadvertently symbolized a cautionary tale for local bands so eager to jump into the major label fray. Now, the album stands as the pure musical confection it was intended to be. MIKE PREVATT

the most ravenous energy we’ve ever heard in the desert. But the big appeal is the musicality in such a chaotic production. “You’d Be Cuter if I Shot You in the Face” is a tonal amalgam, mixing the raw power of furious, distorted guitars and Mike Minnick’s skin-from-flesh screaming, but then bridging with clean, echoing guitars over the marching build-up of Jesse Fitts’ snare drum, creating a level of eager downbeat

foreshadowing that a DJ could never hope to pull off. But then the album’s mixed up with songs that feel like a perpetual, and disconcertingly satisfying, kick in the temple (“Total Pandemonium” being our favorite example). It was a fresh approach to the hardcore coming out in the early oughts, comparatively forward thinking — especially for a band that didn’t take itself too seriously. MAX PLENKE



LET THE EXPERTS DECIDE We could have deliberated on the best Vermin album. But really, there’s no one better at discussing The Vermin than the The Vermin dudes themselves. So, on a rainy Saturday inside the Double Down — and nearly drowned out by loud chatter about the L.A. Dodgers, of all things — we asked the three members themselves to tell us stories about each Vermin album ... and then have them decide which is the best. It came down to two favorites, but a clear winner emerged. But before they did that, we also asked Dirk Vermin, Rob Ruckus and Gerry “Turbo” Proctor to weigh in on the best local releases of the early Vegas underground, which serve as the foundation of the modern Vegas music scene celebrated in this very section. For anyone looking for a primer on early local punk, here it is, from the mouths of those most influenced by it. Mike Prevatt and Max Plenke,

The Vermin vs. The Vermin Vermin vs. You! (1998) Dirk Vermin: People like [Vermin vs. You!] more. It’s a little tougher, it’s stronger. “Girl Says No” was the first song we got noticed for. The better version’s on [Vermin vs. You!]. I wrote [it] in my 20s and it ended up showing up later. And it’s 17 songs and under a half hour. I always try to write one oneminute song on every album. Turbo: Another thing The Vermin are known for is writing way too many songs in a row. It’s like, fuck. Dirk: It was our first time in a professional studio, where real bands record. Turbo: The only thing we lost on Vermin vs.You! was the mix. CityLife: What do you mean, you lost the mix? Dirk: We recorded it at Blackjack Studios, but they bailed. So we went to Blackjack and stole the master tapes. I knew where they were, so I said we left a couple things, went bolting in, and grabbed the master tapes and peeled out and we were gone. I took the master tapes to the place that did the initial mix in Hollywood. Then, because I didn’t have any money, we sold ad space [in the CD liner notes] to pay for the CD to come out. Everyone pitched in and we put out this record. Rob Ruckus: Las Vegas paid for this record. CL: Listening to the caustic lyrics, it sounds like you’re influenced by entertainers. Dirk: Oh yeah, Don Rickles for sure. He and the whole Rat

Pack and Louis Prima were as much of an influence as Black Flag. We loved confrontational humor. Joe’s Shanghai (2008) Dirk: Joe’s Shanghai was influenced by our trips to New York, which is a big deal because New York treated us like we were locals. Joe’s Shanghai was a restaurant in Chinatown, with the best soup dumplings on the planet.“Boredom was the Reason” is my sequel to “Boredom is the Reason” by MIA. Then there’s off the wall stuff like “Molotov.” It’s not structured the same way as other songs,where it’s verse-chorus-verse-lead chorus. It’s weird. It could’ve been an instrumental, but I was watching Lisa Left-Eye Lopez where she burned her fuckin’ boyfriend’s house down, so “Molotov” is about pissing off this bitch and she’ll burn your life down. And my other favorite thing: a song called “Garbage Pile” which is pop, I wanted it to be played on the radio. There’s no cuss words for the first time in any Vermin song. My kids can listen to it.“Where’s Nicky” was improvised in the studio, where [Ruckus and Turbo] played a jazz beat. I talked over it, almost [like] beat poetry.

After some quick deliberation.... Ruckus: Joe’s Shanghai is the definitive Vermin [studio] album. Dirk: The production’s there, and the lyrics are the funniest I’ve ever written.

cool, because when you think of Vegas then, you think MIA. That was the band. Dirk: There’s a lot of history there. To make it then, you had to leave Vegas. You still have to leave Vegas. But at the time, MIA really had to leave [for Orange County] to grow. Ruckus: The songs were all written when they were still in Vegas. It came out when they moved to California. Dirk: Those are Vegas songs, for sure.

Subterfuge, Who’s The Fool Rob Ruckus: I think everyone loved that album when it came out. Dirk Vermin: Mystic [Records] had a weird reputation. Their records came out real quick, and the recording wasn’t usually the best. So getting signed to Mystic was sort of a badge of honor, but not really. Ruckus: It was cool that they had a record, but it was shitty that it was on Mystic. Dirk: But Subterfuge got to play with everybody. Ruckus: The drummer, Robert Picardo, is basically missing his middle fingers. He’s got a thumb and a pinky on both hands and he duct tapes his sticks to his friends. He’s got fuckin’ nubs. And he kills it. Dirk: He’d be on tour, cruising down the road, and he’d get upset and throw his entire drum set out the door of the Winnebago because he didn’t wanna play anymore. Then when they got to the next town he’d buy another drum set and go play a show. Turbo: I can’t say enough about Subterfuge, they were fuckin’ hard.

45s 5150,“Forever Night,” “Little Miss” Ruckus: There’s no record labels in Las Vegas, so if you want to do it, you go out there and bust your ass to get the money to do it. 5150, when they made [“Forever Night”], they were one of us. We worked and drank together. Then all of a sudden, they got a record. I was like, fuck, if they can do it, I can do it, and I started my first band. Now you can go online and find those 5150 45s for fuckin’ $80! The Weeds,“It’s Your Time”/“Little Girl” Ruckus: The Weeds were a Las Vegas band from the ’60s that had Fred Cole from Dead Moon in it. Originally, Fred Cole started his career in Vegas. The Weeds 45 was probably one of the first real garage rock 45s ever to come out of Las Vegas.

MIA, Murder in a Foreign Place Dirk: That was the first [album] I heard [and thought] that this was a Vegas punk band. I listened to it and I was like, “Oh my God!” They sounded like contenders. Turbo: They were the most significant band at the time doing what they were doing. It was kinda a

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We asked members and fans of the local music scene to weigh in BEVERLY BRYAN, former CityLife staffer Jacob Smigel, New Mexico (2007) Despite the fact it is mainly about New Mexico. It’s got his warmest, sweetest melodies and it’s full of enchanting stories … despite the fact it is mainly about New Mexico.

knows something no one else seems to know ... JAZZIN’ JEANNE BREI Singer Don Hill, Helluva Ride: Favorite Trenier Memories (2010) [It’s]anamazingcompilation of[Claude]Trenier’ssongsthat showhowtheywerereallyatthe forefrontofinventingrockandroll …IlovethefusionofR&Bwith bigbandthatcreatedearlyrock androll,especiallysincetheydo songsthatwererisqueandwild...

BRAD BERNHARDT Artist/designer, reader Rhyme N Rhythm, Hello Grove (2009) It’s the only piece of fresh new work by a Vegas band. CHAD HEXIMER Drummer of The Mapes, community preservationist The Wholes, Keep You Along As Round As Possible (cassette; late 1980s) To see The Wholes live was amazing. I got their tape and it was surprisingly as good as their live show. I haven’t seen or heard a band like them before or since.

JENN LISTON STEPHENS Reader Home Cookin’, Mmm, Mmm, Mmm (1997) It’s feel-good music that makes you want to dance.

CHAD SIMMONS Blogger/owner of http://keepla Fuck Shit Piss, Call Me Paranoid (cassette demo; 1986) This was the epitome of what the ’80s hardcore scene could achieve artistically. It’s lyrically deep and yet the music is soulful. Straight to the point, no punches pulled, and yet it’s full of hooks.

JENNIFER HENRY Local artist, owner/operator of Flockflockflock boutique, reader The Big Friendly Corporation, Analog Prototypes (2004) I still love that album. It’s so lovelorn and dreary. That was the original and best incarnation of the BFC, in my opinion. STEVEN MATVIEW Blogger/owner of, photographer Faded Grey, A Quiet Time Of Desperation (2001) Most of my friends were getting really into hardcore at the time, but I just didn’t feel it until I heard this record, then I understood completely.

CHRISTOPHER PANCOAST Promoter, Black Magic Productions Spun In Darkness, Feast Of The Undead (2010) Feast of the Undead has the most professional sounding metal tunes I have heard in Vegas so far ... [Spun] can play with any major headliner and stand their ground.

TIMOTHY STYLES Member of Big Friendly Corporation and Beta Bomb Black Camaro, Miniature Panthers (2005) I never go anywhere without it and Abbey Road. It’s the best and most original piece of music by any Vegas band ever.

CORLENE BYRD Photographer, graphic designer, member of The Corlene Machine A Crowd of Small Adventures, A Decade in X-Rays (2010) Each song is truly an enjoyable adventure. Jackson Wilcox

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Picking the best of Vegas hip-hop

We originally wanted to get a group of local hip-hop heads in a room to decide on the top five albums of Las Vegas indie hip-hop. But after two hours and a case of Coronas, picking a unanimous five from just one neighborBY MAX PLENKE hood, much less the whole city, proved impossible. So we let our veteran team (Ras One of Rock Steady Crew/POP2,Image One of Campfire Music and Hassan of Phil A & Hassan) pick their personal bests,giving us a lesson that spans multiple decades and waves of artists.

things. When they started doing that live, it was like song after song, you were waiting for them to end so you could stop putting your hand up. You can listen to it still this day and it’s still relevant. 2. “I don’t have a two. That second album position is more important to me than the one. There are so many that can competitively fit in that spot, and they’re way above an honorable mention.” 3. The List, Local Listing: “In a market that was predominantly black, it was a group of nine unified white boys who were lyrically on a competitive level with anybody on the West Coast ... [and] it spawned careers that are still pertinent to this day.They have at least four Vegas anthems on the album itself. They lost a member during that era and still came with it. 4.Isaac Sawyer,Q&A:“It designed the concept album, complete from skits to individual song content. I saw what he went through to put that together in his imagination. He didn’t settle for just writing one good song. He took it and said he was writing for this track with this intro that was going to describe something that’ll mean something. Even the art was really conceptual toward the album.” 5. The Chapter, Us vs. Them: “Musically, it Rap Panel from left to right RAS.ONE, ART”IMAGE 1” SAENZ and Hassan was put together as a good standpoint to flow at the Arts Factory ... it really had a social content that was needed Ras One at that time, that conscious awareness.” 1. Desert Dwellas, Killa Fish: That’s one of the most slept-on albums in Las Vegas. A lot of those MCs, even though they’re Hassan Hamilton not actively doing stuff now, their stuff is still relevant. 1. Mob Zombie, Join the Mob: The concept and the lyrics 2. Ink Floyd, Perverse Psychology: To this day, I can walk into were super dope. Polo’s one of the dopest dudes I’ve ever any show, doesn’t matter the genre, doesn’t matter the age heard, and Bambu, his style’s beyond wicked. The features and limit, I can probably spit a couple bars of “Sex Lies and Duct the beats and everything, too. Tape” and somebody in the crowd will either know the chorus 2. OLI, Toldyouso: If there’s any band I’d pay to go see, it’s or the first 16. them. That’s no disrespect to anyone else, but what they bring 3. Sci-Fi, Urban Jedi: He said “I’m the coldest second comlive and the music and what WhatFour brings on the beats and ing of Buddha.” That dude was one of the most fucked ... he Okword and Neone … the way they intensify it is amazing. was so dope. His writtens were disgusting. Retarded. 3. Fame, C’est La Vie: All his concepts and topics and pro4. Poly Hylo, Buy 10 Get One For Free and Premium Blend: duction by Cairo, it was super amazing and shit. The way Those dudes came in with a whole different style. They had an album should be and shit. Out of everything I listen to, I harmonization. They were doing songs, not just rapping. Synvery rarely call up an artist just to say ‘Yo, that shit rocked ical was doing the beats and he was a dope MC. And then you the motherfucker.’ I had to personally do that after hearing it had Omino, who was of the same caliber. I thought a couple twice. of the tracks were gonna go national, and they were gonna get 4. HighDro and Shamrock, Jagged Leaf Clover: That’s two sued for copyright. But they were dope songs nonetheless. cats cut from a different cloth just coming out on some dope 5. The Chapter, Us vs. Them: Because I was involved in that shit. When [Shamrock and HighDro] brought that together, it movement, and I remember what was goin’ on. Even though was just magic. they were from Chicago, we were really rooting for them at 5. Reallionaire Jream, Fresh Cuts: The way he presented that time. Regardless of whatever happened. himself. I know a lot of the beats were made in Chicago, but he was reppin’ it out here. Everything from production to lyrics, Image One everything he was spitting about, it wasn’t the same old shit. 1. Poly Hylo, Premium Blend: Sampling, singing, lyrics. They It was a breath of fresh air. didn’t settle on that album, and that was one of the biggest PHOTO: JEFERSON APPLEGATE

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thought we were good enough to go it alone. I agree. It’s hard to not sound ungrateful when talking about it. We can’t settle to be in another band’s shadow, even one of the best modern rock bands around. ... Bottom line is, anyone can talk you up, but you need music that can stand on its own. CL: Are you and the Trees working on anything right now? Is the tour in prep for an album? BC: We are indeed working on a follow up to Habits. We have around five or six solid tunes that we feel great about. It’s exciting because there isn’t crazy sophomore stress. I don’t think we’ve been overhyped in the media, which makes people hope you fail later. We want to make many records down the road, and keep defining our sound and style.

Neon Trees’ Branden Campbell talks about his Sin City roots — and how to stay positive in rock ’n’ roll BY MAX PLENKE » MPLENKE@LVCITYLIFE.COM

Good habits Right as The Killers’ drummer Ronnie Vannucci gets ready to release his new album, his former Attaboy Skip bandmate Branden Campbell comes back through Vegas this week with his band, Neon Trees. It fit so well with our local music issue — and our interest in neon signage — we just couldn’t say no. CityLife: I read about your dad’s involvement with neon in Las Vegas. Did he do any work we’d recognize? Branden Campbell: My dad, Steve, has been doing neon in Vegas for over 25 years now, exclusively with YESCO. He’s done it all: Fremont Street Experience, Wynn, Mi-

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rage, Hard Rock Hotel. He’s the real deal and one of the hardest working dudes I know. They pull some crazy hours. Plus he has lent his skills to building some cool stage lights for Neon Trees. CL: Besides playing in Attaboy Skip, how are you connected to Vegas? BC: I moved to Las Vegas when I was in fourth grade. I later became a Booker Bobcat, Garside Gladiator and a Bonanza Bengal. My mom, dad and my brothers and cousins still live there. Plus, I met my beautiful bride in Vegas,andherparentsandbrothersarestillthere. So it’s still home in a way for many reasons.

CL: Set the record straight for me: What exactly is Ronnie Vannucci’s relevance to Neon Trees? How much did he help in getting where you are now? BC: Ronnie has always been a dear friend, before Attaboy, and of course today. I’ve been so happy for his success over the years. He’s worked for it. I like to stick by the same ethic of working for it, too. Really, there never was a preconceived agenda for my band Neon Trees to go through Ronnie to get noticed. The universe was in line,I guess,when Mercury Records heard our band and found out that Ronnie, and [Killers manager] Robert Reynolds were familiar with the band and friends of mine. Ronnie had just seen Neon Trees do a set at Jillian’s on Fremont Street, around September of 2008. The label asked if they should check us out, and he gave them the thumbs up. We started sending Mercury music, and they came to see us play in Utah. When we worked out the deal, the label wanted to put Ronnie’s name or his band’s name somewhere on the packaging and we all said no — even Ron. I love him for that. He

CL: And last but certainly not least, it’s our local music issue, after all: Do you have any crazy memories of playing Vegas shows? BC: My favorite shows were the makeshift ones, house parties, desert shows with generators for power, or at Kirk’s Skate Ramp. If you were willing or crazy enough to host us, we would play and invite everyone possible. It was rare to get asked back (laughs). One favorite show was out at what we called the Ranch, out off [Highway] 95 past Ann Road. Which was far back then. It was the last show we did with Dead Extra ... and we covered “Another State of Mind” by Social Distortion. I looked out in the pit and some certain dudes were going nuts, having a blast, dudes that used to bully me at school. Fast forward 20 years, Neon Trees recently played a festival with Social D. After our set, Mike Ness asked if he could meet us, upon which I told him that story. I thanked him because after playing his song at that gig 20 years back, I was no longer bullied at school. My earliest shows were at the Elks Lodge in Henderson. It was true DIY because we had no other options. And it wasn’t just kids trying to have some fun. There were older scene veterans involved, booking the shows, providing gear and promoting the shows. I’ve always felt I learned some of life’s early lessons from being involved with some of those artists and music fans. I learned the importance of equality, hard work to hustle your art, and having a positive mental attitude. It’s important to surround yourself with good people when you’re young, because it might rub off on you. NEON TREES Friday, July 15, 9 p.m.; Sandbar at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., 797-7598, $30

MUSIC CDS where the band’s rhythm section is notably absent, the tumult provided by droning organ and echoing guitar melodies. So Crystal Antlers could successfully be less abrasive. But who would want them to? RYAN FOLEY

Com Truise

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Two-Way Mirror (Recreation Ltd.) »NOISEPOP

Artists can have a wonderful way of cleverly simplifying what they do. Jonny Bell, vocalist/bassist from Crystal Antlers: “We’re just playing songs and they just happen to be loud at points.” Anyone with even a passing interest in the Long Beach fivesome is chuckling right now. Crystal Antlers blend psychedelia, garage and prog into a cacophony that borders on traumatic, like sticking your head inside a roaring space-shuttle engine. Second album Two-Way Mirror demonstrates that Crystal Antlers remain at least partially indebted to this particular aesthetic. On “Jules’ Story,” “Always Afraid” and the title track, the band continues to thrive on shredding eardrums. Bell’s raspy shout sounds like he’s swallowed hot shrapnel. The playing of guitarist Andrew King and organist Cora Foxx melds into one thunderous element. Kevin Stuart’s penetrating, staccato beats leave you wondering if he needs new drum heads after each track. However, beyond this propensity for ass-clenching volume lies an understanding of exemplary songwriting. It’s evident on “Knee Deep,” with its infectious piano plinking buried underneath all the murk, and “Sun-Bleached,”

King of Hearts (Young Goldie/Zone 4/ Interscope) »R&B

If it works once, why not twice? Such a record-biz truism tends to mean a deluge, but let’s hope not in the case of “Fuck You”Syndrome,inwhichCee-LoGreen’s big viral throwback hit from last year is cloned till everyone cries uncle and/or installs a PayPal swear jar on their iTunes. In fact, let’s call a peremptory halt to it — but not till after Lloyd’s “Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)” finishes its time in public life.As the chorus indelicately puts it, what Lloyd misses is “that pussy,” — credit the Atlanta R&B star for his honesty. (And for getting yet another killer guest verse out of Andre 3000; Lil Wayne’s spot is more expendable.) Not to mention a track that pumps in an old-school, live-band kind of way, which keeps the song going long after the novelty wears off. King of Hearts, Lloyd’s fourth album, doesn’t lean entirely on “Dedication to My Ex,” which is smart — but the song does help give its surroundings some edge. Lloyd is a fabulously supple singer — 2007’s Street Love and 2008’s “Girls Around the World” flaunted a feathersoft falsetto that recalled Prince at his flightiest. Here, he most frequently recalls Prince’s great rival: “Cupid,” “Naked,” and “Lay It Down” could easily be mistaken for posthumously released Michael Jackson cuts — good ones, with dirty words even. Those are absent from “World Cry,” the big finale — “There’s a hood in every city/From Compton to Bombay” is true enough, yet its social consciousness feels tacked-on. If anything, Lloyd seems more at home grunting “Shake It for Daddy,” which seems as ready for strip-club play as “Dedication.” Yes, he’s all grown up. Mature? It’ll be a while still. MICHAELANGELO MATOS


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Dance music needs to knock off the spoonerisms already. We’ve already got Joy Orbison and, in the techno underground, Jichael Mackson to contend with. At least with Com Truise, the alias of New Jersey’s Seth Haley, the firstletter-switcheroo makes conceptual sense. Galactic Melt, his debut, is going to be one of the albums of the year for anyone with a fetish for old PBS Nova soundtracks, or the incidental music from Knight Rider. But cool old tech (or its digital simulacra) and good intentions only take you so far. Haley’s got a taste for the grand, which helps: the fizzy-whizzing synths and bleeps of “Air Cal” only underscore the track’s debt to early ’90s rave anthems, complete with powerballad piano, even if the rhythm track owes more to the big beat of the later ’90s, while “Flightwave” is like the theme to an especially involving game of Rally-X at Chuck-E-Cheese, circa 1983. He knows how to arrange a handful of keyboard patterns into something big and sweeping and surprisingly variegated for music that relies so heavily on cheesy, milky, obviously plastic tones. Their use value, though, is pretty limited. MICHAELANGELO MATOS


RSSS BENEFIT: NO GOD BAND, VAN NUYS July 8 at the Bunkhouse


odless black magic descended on the Bunkhouse Saloon on July 8, taking the menacing corporeal form of, you know, Penn Jillette. Who better to headline the first annual fundraiser for the UNLV Rebel Secular Student Society? He’s known, he’s local, he’s a career skeptic with a lust for debunking all things churchy and he’s now a bass-toting longhair whose austerely named No God Band subtly expounds on a collection of personalized license plates that read “ATHEIST,” “GODLESS” and “NOGOD”. That’s right. Let all who doubt the man’s faith in Nogod burn eternally in the Fires of There-Are-No-Fires-Of-Anything-Go-Home. Jillette’s band took the stage just after reunited locals Van Nuys wrapped up a piece of tight, epic, vaguely Bauhaus-y, bass-driven minimalism. Pretty cool stuff. Van Nuys featured drummer is RSSS President Michael Gobaud, whose organization hopes to put Friday night’s door and raffle donations toward getting “prominent figures in the secular community to give public presentations in Las Vegas.” It’s a worthy effort — at least to anyone sufficiently creeped out by an omnipresent religiosity of community that not even a remorseless neo-Gomorrah like Vegas can shake. Leaning on the Bunkhouse front porch rail before soundcheck, Jillette broke it all down to basic humanism. “[People are] what you automatically have left when you eliminate God. People who love you. That’s enough ... don’t be greedy.” After soundcheck, No God Band fired up a set that included a minor-ized version of “Viva Las Vegas” and a Penn Jillette original from the late-’80s. “I Wear the Clothes of the Dead” had something to do with thrift store shopping and included updated references to recent departees Peter Falk, Clarence Clemons and Osama bin Laden. A little under-baked? Sure, but so is cookie dough, and millions of people enjoy it. A little irreverent? Absolutely. And yet, irreverence wasn’t the biggest sin committed onstage that night at the Bunkhouse; Jillette’s reliance on a karaoke-style teleprompter was the real reason he’d better hope there’s not a Hell. DAVE SURRATT, a

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romance between ex-cop Guido (Filippo Timi) and Slovenian immigrant Sonia (Ksenia Rappoport). But while vacationing to the country, Sonia’s past catches up with the couple. Village Square HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2 (PG-13, 125 mins). Opens


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The long Harry Potter saga concludes on a high note with the second Deathly Hallows installment BY COLIN BOYD » AE@LVCITYLIFE.COM

The end


decade after it began, with the same three principals but steered by four directors, the Harry Potter film series has come to a rather thunderous end. All films must stand on their own merits, of course, but some invite or even deserve comparisons to sequels and prequels. Harry Potter, like few franchises before it, must be viewed both on a case-bycase basis and as one mammoth work. On its own, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is very good, although looking back at the others, it may not be the best. Some observers were at first left wondering why there even is a Part 2, since the past two films came from the same book. The answer, per usual, is money. The final chapter begins where and how its predecessor left off. Part 2 is awfully moody, but it lacks that artistic and almost powerful silence that marked Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Those who know the story already under-

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stand why this installment can’t remain silent very long: All hell has to break loose. This is the ultimate battle between good and evil, with Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) finally squaring off for all the marbles against Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Director David Yates, who has been behind the last four movies, does his best work yet coordinating all the incantations, explosions and that dreaded 3-D so that the scene always matches the scope. The 3-D is actually helpful for a change, unlike its deadening effect on the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. It works early and often and never looks overly forced. It is appropriate that many of the veteran actors who have been on board since the early films have reduced roles here. Naturally, some of the characters are dead by now, but they recede into the background as the boy wizard must finally fulfill his destiny, and that’s not usually a team effort. Even the constant companions Hermione and Ron (Emma Watson and Rupert Grint) come across more as the

anonymous guys who held James Brown’s cape than musicians in the band. It’s fitting, too, because Radcliffe has matured greatly as an actor over these years. He’s gone toe to toe with Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, Michael Gambon and, most notably, Fiennes without looking overmatched. So now, with his world quite literally crashing down around him, Harry Potter is believable (even when casting that hokum hocus pocus),heroic and still slightly tragic. It has all pointed to this and Radcliffe is once again up to the task. Zooming out at the series as a whole, it is surprising that more franchises of this size never operate as consistently. Star Wars produced two good movies out of six, Lord of the Rings has had a hell of a time launching The Hobbit, and anything close to Potter in target demo and style has failed, many times spectacularly (The Chronicles of Narnia). About the only franchise that can really hold up to the comparison is James Bond, which has produced maybe eight worthwhile movies out of 22, and that crosses nearly 50 years. Harry Potter’s on the plus side of the ledger at least five times out of eight, and being fair to the material, it’s more like seven. This franchise truly is the long-sought synthesis of massive commercial appeal and fantastic storytelling, and we’ll probably not see anything like it for a long time. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, directed by David Yates, PG-13, 130 mins.

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realism make this darkly comic, western-themed animated flick gleefully bizarre, as Rango the heroic chameleon (voiced by Johnny Depp) must find the town’s dwindling water supply. (CB: 03.03.11) Tropicana RIO (PG, 96 mins) Blu, (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) a domesticated Macaw goes to Rio de Janiero, finding Jewel (voiced by Anne Hathaway) a free bird, when they’re kidnapped and he must learn to fly to escape the smugglers. Village Square, Tropicana SOUL SURFER (PG, 105 mins) Inspired by 13-yearold Bethany Hamilton, shark attack victim, left armless, who triumphed to win a surfing competition two years later, AnnaSophia Robb gives a strong performance, for a family film that imparts a significant message. (CB: 4.07.11) Tropicana SUBMARINE (R, 97 mins) Oliver Tate (Craig Rob-

erts) desperately tries to stop his parents from imminent separation and get laid before he turns 16. Suncoast SUPER 8 (PG-13, 112 mins) Youth filming a zombie movie in 1979 Ohio encounter a horrifying chain of incidents. A well-written work of science fiction and not some dumb action movie. (CB: 06.09.11) THOR (PG-13, 114 mins) Thor, God of thunder (Chris Hemsworth), is banished to Earth for inciting a war — and becomes their ultimate, ab-rippling hero. Tropicana THE TREE OF LIFE (PG-13, 138 mins) Jack (Sean Penn) reminisces about a difficult relationship with his father (Brad Pitt) and tragic family events, in one of the greatest examples of lyrical and impressionistic filmmaking. It’s the fruit of director Terrence

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is left to bury his ex-wife, but the discovery of a mysterious photo has him reassessing their entire relationship. Village Square PAGE ONE (R, 88 mins) News businesses are changing and The New York Times is no exception. This documentary delivers a truth worth watching, despite a lingering advertisement feel. Village Square. (MK:07.07.11) Village Square

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t’s Saturday night down at Emergency Arts. The vibe is relaxed, groovy but nonchalant. Local band Big Friendly Corporation sets up in the center of The Beat coffeehouse “to practice,” they quip, their crooning, urban tunes giving the rainy evening a perfect soundtrack. Some tenants and patrons cash in on happy hour’s $1 PBR special, enjoying the music while others go about their business, unaware there is any cause to celebrate. But there is: Come July 16, it’s Emergency Arts’ first birthday. Rising from dust and disrepair, the former medical center at 520 Fremont St. has come a long way in the past year, becoming

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home to a wide assortment of artsy boutiques and tiny gallerwatchedthetenantschangeandthespacegrow.It’sfuntowatch ies ranging from the neon-inspired paintings of Jerry Misko to as people discover the artist wonderland for the first time!” prints of pit bulls in pope hats at Pits ’n’ Wieners. With a coy There is an element of unexpected delight that comes with hair salon named Blow tucked upstairs, a couple of vintage exploring Emergency Arts. One wonders what curious, eclectic clothing shops, Vegas Zen yoga studio and good eats at The Beat offerings the next space will contain — like the eccentric can-can coffeehouse, EA verges on self-sustaining art colony. The posidollassemblagesmadefromdollpartsandvintagecandytinsand tive effect of grouping a large number of creative minds in such teapots,a favorite at Sporadica. close proximity can be felt simmering in the air “It surely has met my expectations in most of each small space and heard in lively converareas, and exceeded in others,” Sporadica artsations floating down the narrow halls. ist Joy Snyder says of her EA experience. “I “I’ve barely had time to think about it,” says now have a new group of friends that are likeJennifer Cornthwaite, Emergency Arts manminded and creatively inspiring.” aging partner,reflecting on the fact that Pockets of contemporary art are found in one year has already passed.“You can every corridor of Emergency Arts, such as this never envision exactly what it will month’s braided coils of white yarn lining one look like, but some parts are exwall in Kleven Contemporary. With a series of actly what I wanted. ... The colRapunzel ropes, artist Krystal Ramirez ponlaboration of the tenants has far ders the condition of the digital era: Individuexceeded my expectations.” als who are locked away inside lonely offices With the ARTrageous Vegas lower crafted cables from windows, seeking fashion show fundraiser for The personal contact. Gay and Lesbian Community The annual LVSK8 exhibit of art on wooden Center of Southern Nevada comskateboard decks has traveled through many ing up (July 23), a visit to Flockvenues, but this year finds what may prove FlockFlock reveals plastic wrap haute couto be the perfect fit: at longtime EA tenant ture fashion designer and veteran EA tenant Empire Gallery, which tends to focus on edgier Jennifer Henry busily crafting confectionary work operating within the gap between street gowns bursting with feathers and iridescent and fine art. tones. A prickly, star-spangled number showEmergency Arts also offers ideal conditions cased in the Independence Couture Fashion for nonprofit start-ups. The Action Red art Show poses on a doorway mannequin. gallery opened six months ago and show“When Emergency Arts began, we really JENNIFER HENRY cases art by HIV-positive artists as part of its were a disparate group of creative people who fundraising program. “If we were somewhere could be easily categorized into two groups: else I wouldn’t be able to afford it, and coming We were either longtime friends or complete strangers,” through the coffee shop, [the artists and customers are] not Henry says. “Chatting in the hallways … impromptu braingoing to be scared to come in, not fearful of being identified as storming sessions at The Beat counter, and before you knew ‘positive,’” says co-founder Lane Olson. it, everyone was working on projects together, relying on their “I think this is just the beginning of the story of Emergency fellow Emergency Arts tenants for all the elements that go into Arts,” Henry says. “As long as the rents stay low, attendance creating a ... runway show, art benefit, whatever the task at continues to grow and the tenants remain enthusiastic, EA has hand called for.” the potential to be a cultural mainstay in the Las Vegas creative A tenant since April with her shop Pits ’n’ Wieners, Sophie community.” Duncan puts the “doggie” in dogma, with haloed pit bulls emThere’s more coming. The First Friday live art/music event blazoned on the Virgin Mary’s robe and a bespectacled dachsTheMeccawillproduceaspecialeditionJuly16atTheBeat.The hund with peyos drawn onto a page from the Book of Moses. Neon Museum just moved its offices upstairs. And Tony Hsieh, In addition to rosaries with dog bones and weiner charms, the CEO of Zappos, fingered EA as the location for the company’s store will also host the Incred-A-Bull kick-off event on July 16, new Tech Library, a hangout for eggheads, loaded with software working toward unifying pit rescue groups and promoting pit manuals and related reading material. Emergency Arts is provbull ownership education. ing to be a downtown defibrillator, giving the East Fremont En“I am a recent newcomer to the Emergency Arts family, but I tertainment District area some much electricity. have been going there since its inception,” Duncan says. “I have EMERGENCY ARTS 520 E. Fremont St. Gallery hours of operation vary.




The desert, the housing market, utopians and the State all collide in Ken Layne’s rich novel BY REBECCA SCHOENKOPF » AE@LVCITYLIFE.COM

Freegans on the run


en Layne holds the phone. The kids need something, or the dog needs to be let out or brought back in, or he is saying goodbye to his wife before she heads to work, or maybe all three. We’ve been talking about Wonkette, the delightfully vile political gossip website he edited until recently, even though he doesn’t even like politics. What he likes is the desert — he and his family live near Joshua Tree — and its beauty and its emptiness, except when it is fouled by idiots, which is often. He tells me his family is close enough to civilization in Joshua Tree for their necessary amenities; there is Pappy & Harriet’s for drinks and great music, and there is a yoga studio,but the family’s favorite bakery shut down, leading Layne to teach himself to bake bread, and I’m sorry but that is hilarious. I actually called Layne to talk about his new novel, which I ate up in three hours (and with a spoon), and which is called Dignity, and which is so beautiful — haunting and scary,

with a dark, dystopic Handmaid’s Tale vibe that then shifts slowly to a utopic Ecotopia, and everything ends as well as could be hoped for when the off-the-gridders of Dignity are persecuted by the State basically for being freegans, which the State considers to be Terrorism (because of course it does). In style, Dignity is an epistolary novel, as if it were Paul writing to the Galatians. In plot, it focuses on a group of unemployed regular folks who begin to garden together in an empty lot, and set up a free, ongoing garage sale for junk they don’t need, and are quickly targeted by agents provocateur who brand them terrorists. They go on the run, some of them more successfully than others, and they squat on an abandoned exurban tract, living off the land and sharing their ways with the legion who follow. Much of the action takes place in a ghastly Henderson filled with drifters and sadness, where the squatters’ utopia derails. In theme, Layne takes on our separation from the land via our vampiric computer

screens, and commands us back to nature. In focus are many of his longtime obsessions: the housing market, the vulgarities of both rich and poor, the built environment. (A band of freegans takes over a Best Buy or somesuch, a nod to an architectural firm Layne admired a decade ago that was reimagining Wal-Marts with glass and basketball hoops. He remembers thinking then: “If only we had a financial collapse, maybe that could happen.”) Layne is, rightly, a cynical man. He became obsessed with the housing market when he and his wife lived in Reno, right at the peak of the bubble, and early foreclosures began to be gutted down to their concrete floors; they moved to the Mojave, where they bought a 9year-old house that is already falling apart (Layne has himself fixed the things about the construction that personally offended him) — and out of which the previous owners withdrew money four times.Then came a final refi, and the owners were gone. Everywhere Layne looked in the Mojave were women beating their dogs in Burger King parking lots and drunken louts tearing up the sensitive desert on their horrible all-terrain machines. The country was terrible. And as some of us — people like Layne and me, for

instance — were suggesting that perhaps $1 million was a mite high for a three-bedroom tract house, Henry Paulson was enjoying his semi-retirement as secretary of the Treasury, doodling about unmolested by worry. According to the enjoyable HBO program Too Big to Fail, once the market shattered, Alan Greenspan suggested buying up all the excess housing stock and burning it to the ground. My suggestion for the problem of excess housing was somewhat less destructive: Buy it up and turn it into Section 8. But Layne’s suggestion in Dignity is even better: Take over the excess housing stock and take it back to the land! Grow stuff on it. Which is weird, because that is not cynical at all! Maybe it’s the children, the wife, a good life of daily fiveto-10-mile walks with the dog and baking the bread for his family (and no television because of course) in the fragile beautiful desert, or maybe it was the act of writing through his plot and his longtime obsessions, but a book that starts out cynical and frightening ends with hope and a movement toward simple, happy and rich humanity. I wouldn’t have expected it from Ken Layne. I always thought that guy hated everything.


DIGNITY Ken Layne, Elora Peak Press, 164 pages a

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The sleeper Among the Cosmopolitan’s all-star roster of eateries is the underappreciated, excellent D.O.C.G. BY AL MANCINI » ALMANCINI@COX.NET

even months after The Cosmopolitan opened, it’s still the hottest resort in town for food. I’d be hard-pressed to pick a favorite amongst its restaurants. But I will say that Scott Conant’s Scarpetta is one of the many places there that has blown me away. Its high-end Italian is so good, it took me a while to get to the more casual next-door sister restaurant and wine bar, D.O.C.G. (a reference to the category of Italian wine known as Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita). But now that I’ve been there, I expect I’ll visit frequently for a more affordable take on Conant’s brilliant cuisine, and what may be the most decadently delicious dessert I’ve eaten this year. While the entire third-floor dining plaza at The Cosmo reminds me of New York City in an abstract way, D.O.C.G. is one of the more authentic takes on the Big Apple. Its wide-open front and exposed brick walls immediately take me back to Bleecker Street circa 1995. And the slightly casual Italian cuisine is reminiscent of the gray area between the Lower East Side, SoHo and Little Italy. I should make it clear that D.O.C.G. is not an inexpensive restaurant. Affettati mista (salumi and cheese) for $15 a head, a $59 grilled rib-eye and $8 side dishes are all priced at the level of a formal eatery. But there are some bargains to be found. Pizzas and pasta are the most obvious options for budget-conscious diners. A gourmet pizza with three select toppings costs $15-$19. Coupledwithasharedappetizer($7andup),it’s enough to feed two reasonably hungry people. The pastas are a bit more. But paying $18 for gnudi, spinach ricotta, sage and parmigiano, or $22 for spaghetti with pesto and shrimp, is still a pretty good deal. My wife and I splurged a bit. We kicked off our meal with an admittedly pricey pair of lardo-wrapped prawns served over rosemary lentils. While $14 for two shrimp is a little steep, the perfection of this dish makes it worth the indulgence. The shrimp are large, and served with the heads on, so you can suck their delicious brains out. Their bodies are wrapped in gorgeous slices of rosemarycured fatback that compliment the perfectly-

seasoned legumes. The pizza is a true Neopolitan variety, which means a thin crust that isn’t paperthin. Making a crust like this correctly runs the risk of undercooking the inside slightly while still creating a crisp, charred bottom. I’ll admit that mine — topped with a classic blend of sausage, broccoli rabe and provolone — could have used another minute or two in the oven. But when it comes to pizza, I’ll take a top-notchrecipeexecutedat90percentovera mediocre recipe done perfectly. My only other complaint about my entire meal was they did a lousy job of packing my remaining slices for takeout, stacking them on top of each other so they tore apart when I tried to reheat them. So if you order enough pizza for tomorrow’s lunch (definitely a good idea!), make sure you examine your takeout container. From the pasta section, my wife and I shared a thick, uneven, hand-rolled variety known as pici, topped with braised duck sauce and canned black truffles ($20). (Black truffles aren’t in season right now, but fresh summer truffles are available on the menu.) This dish was fantastic: rich, earthy and gamey. It’s a bit heavy for triple-digit summer weather. But come winter, this will be my go-to pasta. As game-meat pastas go, it’s as good as some of the best wild-boar ragouts I’ve had in this town, at a fraction of the cost. I generally don’t save room for dessert in a restaurant as good as D.O.C.G. My recent meal was no exception. But when a server described the signature caramel budino ($9) as “lifechanging,” I had to give it a shot.As a critic,I try not to succumb to hyperbole. But the description wasn’t much of an exaggeration.The caramel-flavored Italian pudding is topped with fresh whipped cream and sea-salt/caramel sauce, and accompanied by pretzel toffee! My wife’s initial reaction was simple: “I’ll never eat Chubby Hubby again!” (I hope she meant the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor.) With excellent food, a cool vibe, a superfriendly staff and some surprising bargains, D.O.C.G. is an underappreciated gem in a neighborhood of superstar restaurants.


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Pici with braised duck sauce and black truffles

THE COSMOPOLITAN 698-7000. Read more about the Las Vegas dining scene on Al Mancini’s blog,


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



Las Vegas Hilton, 3000 Paradise Road, 732-5821. Japanese tabletop cooking at its finest. The chefs deliver great, steaming hot food, as well as an entertaining show. KOI Planet Hollywood, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 454-4555. L.A.’s celebrity-owned Koi has long been a hot spot for Hollywood A-listers. Now those not cool enough to score a reservation there can enjoy the next best thing at Planet Hollywood. The food is Japanese-inspired with California accents, the dining room is large and modern, and the enclosed patio lounge offers one of the Strip’s best views of the Bellagio fountains. OSAKA 4205 W. Sahara Ave., 10920 S. Eastern, 616-3788. Well-trained, award-winning chefs and seafood not available elsewhere in town: This Japanese restaurant is the place to go if you want a civilized meal. SEN OF JAPAN 8480 W. Desert Inn Road, 8717781. This off-Strip Japanese fusion restaurant offers delicious food at far less than you’d pay in a casino. The menu features sushi, tempura, kushi yai skewered meat and both hot and cold fusion dishes. Can’t decide what to order? Try one of their two “omakase” tasting menus, reasonably priced at $50 or $80 per person. SUSHI ROKU Caesars Palace Forum Shops, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 733-7373. The sushi is fresh and well-prepared, but Sushi Roku goes far beyond the basics. A great view of the strip, cool décor and large selection of creative hot and cold dishes from the land and sea more than justify the steep price tag. SWISH 5115 W. Spring Mountain Road, Suite 121, 522-9345. Swish offers shabu shabu, in which customers cook their own meat, seafood and vegetables in a pot of broth, and sukiyaki, where the same foods are cooked in a flat pan with sauce. Both are easy for newcomers to enjoy, and the restaurant’s staff is more than willing to lend first-timers a hand.



Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 731-7604. Chinatown is no longer the only place in town for great noodles and dumplings. Caesars Palace’s bright, modern restaurant, modeled after Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium, feels a little like the interior of a giant fishbowl. Fresh noodles are tossed daily and offered in a variety of preparations. There’s also a small but interesting dim sum selection that makes this a great place for beginners to experiment with traditional dumplings. CAFÉ NOODLE 4355 W. Spring Mountain Road, 220-3399. An elaborate bar and extensive menu,



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


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



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

The emphasis is on stellar Thai cusine rather than the décor. Monstrous menu, reservations recommended.


3400 S. Jones Blvd., 220-4488. A quirky little restaurant that feels like a small catering hall and serves primarily as a dance hall for




including some of those adventurous dishes many Americans run screaming from, make this a solid Chinese option. CHINA MAMA 3420 S. Jones Blvd., 873-1977. This unassuming little Chinatown restaurant offers one of the most diverse selections of Chinese food in Las Vegas. Their soup dumplings have become legendary and should be a staple of any visit. But don’t stop there. The menu is massive and worth exploring — and thankfully written in English. Dine family style with a large group and you can easily get out of the place for between $10 and $15 a person. LITTLE BUDDHA Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 942-7778. The local version of the famous Buddha Bar in Paris serves French, Japanese and Chinese fusion cuisine in luscious surroundings. YUNNAN GARDEN 3934 Schiff Drive, 869-8885. Among the best of Chinatown’s hidden gems, Yunnan Garden offers some of the town’s most authentic Chinese cuisines. There are 156 dishes listed on the menu. Some, like kung pao chicken, salt and pepper shrimp, chicken in garlic sauce and countless rice and noodle dishes, are pretty basic. If you’re a bit more adventurous, try the pork intestine, frog or kidney in spicy Szechuan sauce, one of the five eel dishes, scrambled eggs with bitter melon, or tofu with 1,000-year-old egg (an egg that’s been preserved in clay, ash, salt and lime until its white turns gelatinous and its yolk turns green).

superstar chef José Andrés’ unique spin on Mexican and Chinese food is even more exciting. Andrés is a force of nature, and a bit of a mad genius. So you can be sure his tacos and noodles will offer some amazing twists. But despite the incredible creativity, he’s still managed to keep China Poblano one of The Cosmopolitan’s most affordable dining options. SENSI Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 693-7223. Martin Heierling’s restaurant boasts both innovative cooking and a stunning décor. The experimental and sometimes challenging menu incorporates Asian, Italian, grilled and raw elements in a way that will thrill more adventurous diners, but might frustrate the more traditional.


1501 W. Sahara Ave., 2144000. The restaurant in this hipster hangout offers primarily Italian choices served in a dining room that’s just as cool as the rest of the building. It may cost a bit more than similar food elsewhere, but the atmosphere is worth it. BALLY’S STERLING BRUNCH Bally’s, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 964-4111. One of the finer dining experiences of its kind in Las Vegas — fabulous food and tons of it. THE BEAT COFFEEHOUSE Emergency Arts, 520 Fremont St., 686-3164. Downtown once again has an independent coffeehouse, with a small menu that includes sandwiches, salads and pastries to complement the java offerings. BORN AND RAISED 7260 Cimarron Road, 6850258. While this popular west side video poker bar never shies too far from tavern basics, Chef John Courtney has put in time at a Michelin-starred Paris restaurant, and his talent is obvious. He offers a small-but-well-rounded menu, with an emphasis on gourmet sliders. There are a total of 15 on B.A.R.’s menu, and they include pulled pork, Philly cheese steak, prime rib and the Black Friday -- a Thanksgiving concoction made with sliced turkey, incredible stuffing and cranberry sauce. DU-PAR’S RESTAURANT AND BAKERY The Golden Gate Casino, 1 Fremont St., 366-9378. The opening of this Southern California institution in The Golden Gate Casino caused much rejoicing among L.A. expatriates and diner fanatics. And if you fit into one of those categories, you’ll probably love the place. The pancakes here are legendary, as are the pies. But at the end of the day, it’s still just diner food. Nonetheless, it’s one of the most popular spots downtown to satisfy the late-night munchies after an evening drinking on East Fremont Street. THE EGG AND I 4533 W. Sahara Ave., 364-9686. Down-home atmosphere makes this breakfast spot a nice alternative to the national chains. GOLDEN STEER 308 W. Sahara Ave., 384-4470. Old-style men’s club décor, stuffed animal heads and huge portions make this the perfect place for carnivores and one of the last refuges for people nostalgic for old Vegas. GRAPE STREET CAFÉ 7501 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 228-9463. This wine bar and “cellar” has a Napa Valley feel to it, and offers more than 75 varieties of wine, the vast majority of which are available by the glass. The kitchen offers dishes from casual to for-


ISLAND SUSHI 9400 S. Eastern Ave.,

221-1600. Located in the space that used to house the popular sushi restaurant Koto, quality sushi is still the main draw, but the new owners have added a Hawaiian flair. They offer a nice all-youcan-eat special for $24.95.

Filipino expatriates. Some of the fare may be a bit exotic, but there’s something for everyone.


4080 ParadiseRoad, 734-0094.Thecity’soldest Indianrestaurantandalso themostexpensive.Vegetarianandmeat-eaterdishes. INDIA OVEN 2218 Paradise Road, 366-0222. Simple décor, classic menu, good service and reasonable prices. INDIA PALACE 505 E. Twain Ave., 796-4177. Perhaps the best traditional Indian food in town, and a good value compared with its competitors. MINT INDIAN BISTRO (Formerly Himalayan Cuisine) 730 E. Flamingo Road, 894-9334. This modest restaurant offers food native to India, Nepal and Tibet. You’ll find familiar dishes like vindaloo and tikka masala, as well as more exotic offerings like a broth made of jwanu seeds or a yogurt-and-herb marinated version of tandoori called kawab. ORIGIN INDIA 4480 Paradise Road, 734-6342. Raises the entire city’s expectations for an Indian restaurant while only minimally raising the price. SAMOSA FACTORY 4604 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 6, 258-9196. A large menu that includes more than 20 large, perfectly spiced entrees, including vegan and vegetarian options. GANDHI INDIA’S CUISINE


CHINA POBLANO The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las

Vegas Boulevard South, 877-551-7772. While his tapas place Jaleo gets more attention, in many ways


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A M E R I C A N CONT. FROM P31 mal, simple to inspired. Whether you’re in the mood for gourmet sandwiches, delicious pizzas, pastas or full entrees, you’ll find something on the menu to suit your appetite. Call ahead, a dedicated local fan base packs the house most nights. HASH HOUSE A GO GO 6800 W. Sahara Ave., 8044646; 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 254-4646. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Hash House A Go Go promises “twisted farm food,” which means their chef puts a classy spin on down-home favorites. Their real trademark, however, is monstrous portions. KAHUNAVILLE TI, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 894-7390. A roadhouse of the sea, replete with tropically influenced drinks and grub. Choose the noisy front room or the intimate sunken back room. LUV IT FROZEN CUSTARD 505 E. Oakey Blvd., 384-6452. A lone remnant of a once common creature: the independent ice cream store. It makes its own delicious custard. MAPLE TREE COUNTRYSIDE KITCHEN 6000 W. Spring Mountain Road, 362-5151. In keeping with New England’s sugarhouse restaurant tradition, the syrup is authentic and fresh. A large, country-style breakfast selection is available all day, with lunchtime choices available as well. Closes at 2 p.m. every day, closed Mondays. MR. LUCKY’S Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5592. Awesome diner. Quick, cheap, tasty, friendly and hip. The way Vegas could’ve been. N9NE Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 933-9900. This contemporary steakhouse offers a compelling menu of Chicago-style steaks and chops, combined with an internationally diverse menu for those with something else in mind. Reservations suggested. OMELET HOUSE Various locations. Longtime favorite breakfast spot featuring 38 varieties of six-egg omelets. Closes at 3 p.m. ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE Various locations. An excellent choice for breakfast. You haven’t lived until you’ve ordered an oven-baked German pancake. PEPPERMILL INN 2985 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 735-7635. An absolute Vegas treasure. This ’70sera coffee shop will keep you fed and happy until Dan Tanna returns. Huge portions. PLANET DAILIES Planet Hollywood, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 732-1222. This 24-hour restaurant bills itself as the ultimate coffee shop. The room is a large, open space that continues the casino’s over-the-top, hip, modern décor. The selling point here is three separate massive menus that offer something for any appetite. RAINBOW’S END 1100 E. Sahara Ave., 737-1338. One of the few good places in the valley catering to vegans and vegetarians. Try the Greek pizza. REDWOOD BAR & GRILL California Hotel-Casino, 12 E. Ogden Ave., 385-1222. Traditional American, special-occasion dining in a wonderful room. R.M. SEAFOOD Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 632-9300. This fine seafood restaurant can boast a celebrity chef who actually works there and a wide variety of excellent, if pricey, dishes. Friendly service completes the experience.

JOHNNY SMALLS Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-4414. While this place

advertises itself as a tapas restaurant, a more accurate description of its cuisine would be small plates from around the world. And that variety is the restaurant’s main appeal. The truth is, you can find better versions of most of these dishes in other restaurants. But you’re unlikely to find them all in one place. And you’re certainly not going to find a better deal than their $23.99 all-you-can-eat offer ($19.99 with a player’s card). The atmosphere is the kind of contrived fabulousness that’s the trademark of the new HRH Tower, making this a perfect place to dine before or after a visit to Vanity. 8125 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 110, 869-2251. One of this city’s best off-Strip fine-dining restaurants, open for lunch on weekdays and dinner nightly. If you want to splurge, their tasting menu offers five delicious courses at a fraction of casino prices. Ask for the beer pairing, which matches a microbrew with each course. SAMMY’S WOODFIRED PIZZA Various locations. This fast-expanding chain serves weird-but-excellent pizzas and salads. SHUCK’S OYSTER BAR 9338 W. Flamingo Road, 255-4890; 7155 N. Durango Drive, 651-6227. In addition to the basic raw bar staples, Shuck’s offers a full menu of seafood, sandwiches, pasta, Southwestern dishes and the feel of a beachtown seafood joint. STACK Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7927800. Sister restaurant to Fix at the Bellagio, offering a similar look and menu. Chef Brian Massie is at his best when putting a grown-up spin on childhood comfort foods with dishes like bacon and brie tater tots and Kobe chili cheese dogs. Dinner even includes a free pass to the Jet nightclub. THE STEAK HOUSE Circus Circus, 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 794-3767. This hidden gem offers classic steakhouse décor, huge slabs of meat and great service for a few bucks less than you’d pay at comparable places around town. No wonder it’s developed a loyal following among locals and tourists alike. T-BONES CHOPHOUSE & LOUNGE Red Rock Casino, 1011 W. Charleston Blvd., 797-7595. This highend steakhouse is as beautifully designed as the rest of the resort and boasts some of the finest steaks in town. All beef is aged for 42 days in a combination wet- and dry-aging process, and signature cuts ROSEMARY’S RESTAURANT


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10820 W. Charleston Blvd., 214-3500. If you’re looking for simple, authentic basics, look elsewhere. But if dishes like blue corn crab cakes with chipotle-grilled shrimp or potato and portabella mushrooms make your mouth water, Agave has plenty to offer. FRANK & FINA’S COCINA 4175 S. Grand Canyon Drive, 579-3017. This quaint, homey restaurant manages to make you forget it’s located in a massive strip mall complex. More importantly, they offer great Mexican basics and some incredible house specialties. But call ahead for a reservation, because its reputation has obviously spread through its westside neighborhood, leaving it packed most nights. LOS ANTOJOS 2520 S. Eastern Ave., 457-3505. This tiny, family-run strip mall establishment offers the most authentic Mexican cuisine in town. It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for; they probably have it. Matriarch Carmen Ruiz cooks up countless varieties of soups, huaraches, tlacoyos, quesadillas, tortas, sopes, tacos, enchiladas, chilaquiles, flautas, gorditas, tostadas, steaks and burritos. The menu is so huge it would take a year to eat your way through it. But it would be one tasty year. MESA GRILL Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 650-5965. Inventive, rich Southwestern food in a lively atmosphere. Good, friendly service. High-end, but comfortable. MUNDO World Market Center, 495 Grand Central Parkway, 270-4400. Fans who miss the Mexican avant-garde cuisine chef Robert Solano used to cook up at his southwest restaurant La Madonna will be happy to know he’s found a new home in the World Market Center. Mundo offers similar food in an equally similar modern atmosphere. Despite the World Market Center’s outdated reputation of being off-limits to the general public, Mundo’s doors are open to everyone for both lunch and dinner. PARADISE CANTINA 4480 S. Paradise Road, Suite 1250, 434-0031. The vibe is part surfer hangout, part sports bar and part biker bar, so it doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. The menu combines basic American bar food with Mexican, and a daily happy hour makes it worth a visit. SILVITA’S MEXICAN GRILL 1236 Western Ave., 2946100. A small, casual establishment, Silvita’s combination of friendly service, huge portions, low prices and good food makes it a perfect place to grab lunch. SONIO’S CAFE AND ROTISSERIE 3900 W. Charleston Blvd., 307-2177. This simple rotisserie joint offers a surprisingly varied menu, including a large selection of Mexican food. But it’s the basic chicken and delicious side dishes that will keep you coming back. Priced just a few bucks more than most fast food meals, it’s a thousand times better. VIVA MERCADO’S 3553 S. Rainbow Blvd., 8718826. This popular westside Mexican place recently reopened in a new, much larger location. The menu is a massive tome packed with both familiar and original Mexican delicacies. But before you begin wading through it, spend some time pondering the 10 types of salsas to accompany your chips. AGAVE COMIDA Y TEQUILA

include the bone-in filet mignon. Among the side dishes, don’t miss the tater tots with white truffles. TINOCO’S KITCHEN Las Vegas Club Hotel & Casino, 18 E. Fremont St., 385-1664. An eclectic menu at reasonable prices. You’ll find plenty of delicious Italian pastas, such as lobster ravioli. Other highlights include chicken satay and a filet mignon with foie gras in a port reduction. TODD’S UNIQUE DINING 4350 E. Sunset Road, 259-8633. As good as any gourmet restaurant on the Strip at notably lower prices, but it’s the service that helps distinguish the place as a great neighborhood restaurant. Unique, casual fine dining. TRIPLE 7 BREWPUB Main Street Station, 200 N. Main St., 387-1896. One of the better brewpubs in town. Great beer and good food. TRIPLE GEORGE GRILL 201 N. Third St., 384-2761. Patterned after a classic seafood and steakhouse, it offers a large selection of steak, chops and seafood as well as many more casual choices. There’s even a piano lounge where you can enjoy an after-dinner drink. VINTNER GRILL 10100 W. Charleston Blvd., 2145590. Contemporary American cuisine with Mediterranean influences in an atmosphere the owners describe as “everyday opulence.” Dine indoors or outside in the winding patio area, which features private cabana tables and trees strung with stainedglass lanterns. WILD TRUFFLES GOURMET CAFÉ 7905 W. Sahara Ave. Suite 106, 242-1542. Quaint and casual café offering delicious high-end sandwiches, wraps and salads, as well as gourmet dinner entrees that range from tandoori-crusted chicken to almond-coated pork schnitzel with hollandaise sauce. There’s also a large selection of mouth-watering chocolate truffles and other homemade desserts, a gelato bar and a small gourmet gift shop.


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Road, 891-8889. Not for anyone who doesn’t want to get dirty. But if tearing into crabs (blue or Dungeness), shrimp, oysters and crawfish by hand is your idea of heaven, this is the place for you. Seafood is prepared in four tasty seasonings and delivered in a plastic bag, accompanied by rolls of paper towels. Not fine dining, but delicious. HOUSE OF BLUES Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 632-7607. One of the funkiest restaurants in the city, featuring walls covered with mindblowing folk sculptures and artifacts. The cuisine is Delta-inspired contemporary and Sunday’s Gospel Brunch is a great way to get your jambalaya and Jesus in one sitting. KATHY’S SOUTHERN COOKING 6407 Mountain Vista St., 433-1005. The décor is simple and the service can be slow at times. But Kathy’s offers incredible Southern food that’s earned it a sterling reputation. If you’re looking for basics like fried chicken or meat loaf, it simply doesn’t get much better. LOLA’S 241 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 101, 2275652. The food at this Cajun restaurant in the Holsum Lofts can be hit-or-miss at times. (Their jambalaya still needs some work.) But, when chef Lola Pokorny is on her game, her food can’t be beat. Her grilled oysters, brushed with lemon butter and Parmesan, are the best in town. And her unique crawpuppy appetizers are downright addictive. But it’s the weekly crawfish boil, held Fridays, that’s become a downtown institution. M&M SOUL FOOD CAFE 3923 W. Charleston Blvd., 453-7685. This is the place to eat if you’re in the mood for some excellent-tasting meatloaf, collard

greens and mashed potatoes — and the most delicious banana pudding in Vegas. MEMPHIS CHAMPIONSHIP BARBECUE Various locations. Wonderfully realized, upscale barbecue joint.


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


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



4647 Paradise Road, 650-3395. Right on the edge of the gay/alternative district sand-


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


Monte Carlo, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 798-7151. Andre’s is what people think of when somebody says, “Take me to the nicest place in town.” Expect to spend a good part of your evening savoring some of the best food and wine in Vegas. DRAI’S Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, 3595 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 737-0555. One of the more sophisticated and comfortable rooms in the city, with an old Hollywood flavor. The lounge alone is worth a visit —


couches and overstuffed chairs surround a fireplace that crackles in a wall of bookshelves. MARCHÉ BACCHUS 2620 Regatta Drive, Suite 106, 804-8008. New management, same reliable French bistro cuisine on a man-made lake in the Desert Shores community. Delicious appetizers and entrees, liberal corkage fees and 950 varieties of wine. MON AMI GABI Paris Hotel-Casino, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 944-4224. This Parisian-style steak and shellfish house offers perhaps the best setting in town: 18th century-style dark wood and soaring elegance inside and a glass-roofed conservatory looking out on Bellagio’s fountains.


10690 Southern Highlands Parkway, 483-5764. The good news for tapas purists is, unlike a lot of restaurants that toss around that term, the owners of Barcelona stick mainly to Spanish-inspired dishes. The bad news is they put an American spin on a lot of them. You can’t blame them; they’re just giving the people of Southern Highlands what they want. And the food is generally pretty good, with large portions that justify what at first may seem like slightly high prices. FIREFLY ThePlaza,1MainSt., 380-1352 (temporarily closed);3900ParadiseRoad,369-3971;9560 W. Sahara Ave.,834-3814.Thisupscale baroffers awide varietyof tapasitems,butalimitedselectionofentrees. Whatitlacksinauthenticityitmakes upforin taste. JULIAN SERRANO Aria, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd., 590-8520. Gourmet chef Julian Serrano, best


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4041 Audrie St., 732-1424. Old World-style Italian restaurant with an incredible memorabilia collection reflecting the Vegas of yore. Try the massive mound of scampi with linguine. CAFÉ CHLOE 4155 S. Buffalo Drive, 248-7048. The staff seems to know half of their customers by name at this popular neighborhood Italian restaurant. The food is delicious and the portions are huge. The only downside is their $10 charge for splitting the oversized portions. So just order two, and make sure you bring home the leftovers. Call ahead if you want to secure a seat; the place fills up quickly. CANALETTO Venetian, 3377 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 2440, 733-0070. Real Northern Italian food with a Venetian flair served either in a woody, dark dining room or “outside” in the Piazza San Marco. (No pigeons!) CHICAGO JOE’S 820 S. Fourth St., 382-5637. Joe’s has been serving Italian food based on family recipes for more than 20 years. For folks who enjoy a good meal in a relaxed atmosphere. GIUSEPPE’S BAR AND GRILL 6065 S. Durango Road, 896-7616. Although it looks like little more than a video poker bar from the outside, Giuseppi’s offers a large selection of great Italian food. House specialties include meat lasagna, lighter-than-air gnocchi, and what CityLife’s restaurant critic considers the best pizza in Las Vegas. LUCIO RISTORANTE 8615 W. Sahara Road, 2332859. Offers a large risotto selection and live music BATTISTA’S HOLE IN THE WALL

on the weekends. Owner Lucio Picozzi can often be found waiting tables and chatting with customers. MAC SHACK 8680 W. Warm Springs Road, 4632433. Las Vegans already know Marcello Mauro from local favorites Nora’s Cuisine and Nora’s Wine Bar. At the Mac Shack, however, he serves up quality, extremely affordable pastas in a super-casual environment. There’s an incredible assortment of macaroni available, and most dishes aren’t priced more than a typical fast-food meal. Sure, they offer counter service and the place is usually crawling with families with young children, but it’s a fresh, delicious and more nutritious alternative to the so-

Recipes that have been fine-tuned over the original restaurant’s 110-year history are perfectly prepared using only the finest ingredients. But make sure you call ahead, because reservations are tough to come by. STRATTA Wynn, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 2483463. Michelin two-star chef Alessandro Stratta — best-known for Wynn Las Vegas’s palace of French cuisine Alex — tries his hand at more casual, affordable Italian fare. The food is a lot more adventurous than you’d find in most Italian restaurants, adding gourmet touches to familiar dishes, but even simple dishes like meatballs are outstanding. For foodies on a budget, it offers a great chance to sample the


Las Vegas Blvd. South, 8917358. Located adjacent to Joel Robuchon at The Mansion, L’Atelier provides a chance to sample the cuisine of French legend Joel Robuchon in a more casual atmosphere, with a slightly lower price tag. Most of the seats are at the bar, where you can watch the team of chefs prepare each dish to perfection. The nine-course “discovery menu” runs $160 a head, but small a la carte indulgences are available in the $30 to $50 range. called value meals the fast-food chains offer. 9905 S. Eastern Ave., 870-3287. In a city filled with Italian eateries, Montesano’s, a classic deli/spaghetti combo, goes the extra step to provide fresh food. NORA’S CUISINE 6020 W. Flamingo Road, 8738990. Originally a sub and pizza joint, Nora’s has expanded into a full-service, upscale dining room serving traditional Southern Italian and Sicilian dishes you won’t find many other places. RAO’S Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 731-RAOS. New York’s most exclusive restaurant has expanded to Caesars Palace, making it possible for regular people to sample their amazing Italian fare. MONTESANO’S ITALIAN EATERIA


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9890 S. Maryland Parkway, Suites 16-17, 450-1030. This Lebanese Green Valley hot spot brings in belly dancers and DJs to perform for packed houses every Friday and Saturday night, and has an attached hookah bar. But the star attraction is the Middle Eastern food. Expect all the basics, including falafel, kabobs and shawarma, as well as several varieties of manaish, Lebanese pizza. You’ll also find an impressive selection of beer and wine. PAYMON’S MEDITERANNEAN CAFE 4147 S. Maryland Parkway, 731-6030; 8380 W. Sahara Ave., 8040293. A bustling café offering tastes from across the Mediterranean and a happening lunch spot. The exotic hookah lounge is attached to the restaurant. ALMAZA



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jewel box of a lounge, there are still fellows with substantial paunches sucking cigars and Peroni on tap, but now there are two piano players seven nights a week. My consultant, Ginger Bruner — star of radio, stage and tuba — and I reviewed the rules. If they play any song with a city’s name in the title, drink. Any Rolling Stones, do shots of Jack in honor of Keith. Any grunge, shoot a gram of heroin or swill the cheapest domestic beer they have. Any Tori Amos/Fiona Apple, drink white wine and/or throw tampons. “I have a Tampax if we need it,” Ginger said. “I have a few O.B.’s in my makeup bag,” I replied. “More aerodynamic.” The bald guy pianist did a novelty bit about Anthony Weiner. Then the brunette chick pianist rippled into Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind,” which counted for the city-name rule but not the piano-vagina-tampon rule. Synthesized drums and dollops of bass were coming from somewhere. Wait … do they have backing tracks? “Yes.” Ginger sighed. “A pet peeve.” We agreed this was cheating. Two people and 176 keys needs no little black box. They pounded through “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” — women with frosted and teased hair set down their Cosmos and pumped their fists in the air, singing along, nearly falling out of their tank tops to hug each other at the final chords. Then Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” We debated the procedure for strip club numbers and couldn’t improve upon “drink.” Sure, there’s “lap dance” or “flash tits,” but you can ask for dangerous or you can ask for embarrassing, not both at the same time. The bald guy banged into some Led Zeppelin of the “elves and fairies and Joni Mitchell” variety. “We should request ‘Moby Dick,’” Ginger said. “Hah.” I imagined the confusion. “‘But it’s a drum solo.’ ‘I know. Here’s five dollars. Just sit and do nothing for four minutes.’” When we arrived at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar (6551 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 220-7383), there were two people in a room designed for over two hundred, with two thick-necked fellows pummeling the keys. Avoiding the herd of tables and chairs facing the mighty dueling pianos, Ginger, additional consultant Brian Erle and I sat as far away as possible. Ginger pronounced, “Elton John. Drink.” “What?” asked Brian. “Elton John clause,” I explained. “Drink if they play the John. Drink twice if it predates

Yellow Brick Road.” Next was Billy Joel, evoking the dreaded Billy Joel amendment: No drinking for the whole song. Punishment for those three D.U.I.’s. The Bobcat Goldthwait-looking one shouted a request for some requests at us, then suggested we request The Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself,” which we did and he did. An impassioned rendition of the “Everybody Wang Chung Tonight” song mystically drew 10 more people into the bar. I smirked. “Sir, does it trouble you that there’s Beethoven you’ve never played, but you’ve memorized the Wang Chung songbook?” Ginger asked for “something from the ’50s,” and Brian requested “Fly Me to the Moon.” More tanned couples and women with shopping bags drifted in. The Clark Kent-hair player announced, “OK, we want to get away from the loungey stuff … more of a rock ’n’ roll thing.” Excuse us? You do not wish to play Frank Sinatra? In Vegas? This is our town and you will honor our gods and participate in our rituals, or you can fill one of the holes out in our desert. Brian was vexed as well. “Everything sounds alike,” he grumbled. “Hammering away at everything.” Dueling pianos accentuates the percussion aspect of the instrument, sometimes to the point of monotony. The mooky guys were replaced by a woman with short blonde hair and a guy in a plaid shirt who launched into a Stevie Wonder medley. “Ah,” Brian smiled. “He’s actually listening to his piano.” The blond woman did something vaguely emo. Then over to plaid shirt. “Fleetwood Mac!” I cried. “Stevie Nicks rule!” This involves having a roadie — or whoever — hand you your drink, then twirling around with a silk scarf — or paper napkin — in each hand. “Any Jimmy Buffet fans in here?” asked the blonde.The audience barely grunted.Knowing none of these people liked Jimmy Buffet was my most satisfying moment of the night. She shrugged. “No? OK. I won’t play that one then ... It’s a sing-along bar, so you need to participate.” “Fuck!” I blurted. “I didn’t know this was a sing-along bar!” So began an epic rendition of “My Ding-a-Ling.” Debate over the penalty for a Chuck Berry song — drink chocolate milk? — was cut short by orders to clap, sing, stand up, sit down, etc. The room was participating lustily, but we were fading and debated where to go next. Ginger suggested a bar where a friend of hers was DJing. “A DJ,” I said. “Perfect.”



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as Vegas has plenty of “dueling pianos,” from Harrah’s to the Hard Rock, Times Square to Kahunaville —even the Plaza is opening one — but they’re not so much dueling as “duetting.” Two pianos and two players take turns taking requests and tips. I’m not asking for pistols at dawn or even arm wrestling, but an “any-

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thing you can do, I can do better” moment would increase the excitement. So, taking excitement into our own hands, we invented the piano bar drinking game … We began at Napoleon’s (3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 946-4656) in the Paris, which used to have some pretty decent jazz combos, but now request slips are more ubiquitous than ashtrays. It’s still a scarlet-upholstered


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Whisperlights, Underground Cities (10p, cover) CHEYENNE SALOON

Alien Ant Farm, Down the Blvd., Crash Kit, others (8p, $15-$20) DOUBLE DOWN SALOON

Three Rounds, Lightning Woodcock and The Bad Muthafuckers, 35 Black, others (10p, free) GREEN VALLEY RANCH RESORT

Nashville Unplugged (8p, $5) GYPSY DEN

Hogwarts Express, Same Sex Mary, Pet Tigers (8p, free) THE JOINT

Widespread Panic (8p, $40.50-$81) MEATHEADS

Enthraller, Aftertayst, Die Laughing, others (9p, cover) SANDBAR @ RED ROCK RESORT

Neon Trees (9p, $30)


honeyhoney (9:30p, free) BOOK AND STAGE @ THE COSMOPOLITAN

Christina Perri (10:30p, free) BOOMERS

Fractured, Substance, others (9p, $5) BOULDER DAM BREWING CO.

Justin Mather Band (9p, free) BUNKHOUSE

Number 3 Pencils, Robot Nixon, Atlas Takes Aim, others (10p, cover) THE CHANDELIER @ THE COSMOPOLITAN

The Blow (9:30p, free) CHEYENNE SALOON

Taunted, Skinner, Children of the Damned, others (8p, cover) DOUBLE DOWN SALOON

The Slants, The Slow Poisoner, Agent 86, others (10p, free) HOUSE OF BLUES

ENVY showcase: Hoka Hey!, Black Beans and Hippie Liver, others (9p, $12) THE JOINT

Widespread Panic (8p, $40.50- $81) MEATHEADS

Shotguns and Gasoline, Scrap Iron Saints, I.D.F.I., others (9p, cover)

Smash Mouth (6p, $20-$25) THE ORLEANS

The Pointer Sisters (8p, $29.95-$49.95)



Olin and The Moon (10p, free) BUNKHOUSE

Nothington, Semi Evolved Simians, The Seriouslys (10p, cover) CROWN THEATER @ RIO

Bruce Kulick, Sin City Sinners (10:30p, $22.50) E-STRING GRILL AND POKER BAR

Laura Shaffer (7:30p, cover)



Olin and The Moon (10p, free)




Uh Huh Her (10p, free) CHEYENNE SALOON

Achilleon (8p, $5) HARD ROCK CAFE

Big Talk (8p, $12-$15)


LIVE MUSIC 3740 S. Nellis Blvd., 436-7600. Thu: Blues with John Zito Band, 11p, free. ALIANTE STATION 7300 Aliante Parkway, 6927777, 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. ARIA 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 359-7111, Bar Moderno: Sun-Wed: Live music, 7p-12a. Thu-Sat: 3p-12a. ARTIFICE 1025 S. First St., 489-6339 or Open Thu-Wed, 5p-1a. BAR+BISTRO COURTYARD Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd, 202-6060, First Thu: Guitar Noir at Preview Thursday, 7p. BEAUTY BAR 517 Fremont St., 598-1965, Thu-Sat: Local and touring bands, 9p, free unless noted. BELLAGIO 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 2425465, Baccarat Bar: Live music nightly, 4p-1a. Bar Moderno: Sun-Wed, 7p. Thu-Sat: 3p. Fontana Lounge: Live music nightly with a view of the lake and fountains, 6p-1a. Closes June 5. Perossian Bar: Live music nightly, 10a-1a. BIKINI BAR 3355 Spring Mountain Road, 4855401. Tue: Rockin’ Blues and Classic rock with The Blues Storm Nation, 9p, free.



6944. Sat: monthly open mic, 7p, free. Town Square, 6593 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 948-6438, www.bluemartiniloung Thu: Nova jazz, 7p; Mundo Vacio 11p. FriSat: Live music, 8p. Mon: Gibson artist showcase and jam night, 8p. Tue: I’m With the Band-Pop Star karaoke with Venus Rising featuring Blue’s Got Talent, 10p. Wed: Ladies Night with special guest, 8p. BOOMERS BAR 3200 Sirius Ave., 368-1863, Fri-Sat: Live music, 10p, $5 unless noted. Mon: Open blues jam session with host band Four Until Late, 9p, free. BOOTLEGGER BISTRO 7700 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 736-4939, m. Live music nightly. Tue-Thu: Gus Mancuso, 6: 30p. Second and fourth Wed: Jerry Lopez and friends, 10p. Fri-Sat: Live music, 9:30p. Mon: Open mic with Kelly Clinton, 9p. All shows free. BORDERS 1445 W. Sunset Road, 433-6222, Sight and Sound, artist demonstrations with live music, some Fridays, 8p-10: 30p. Sat: Mike Vargovich 7p. BOULDER DAM BREWING CO. 453 Nevada HighBLUE MARTINI


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CONT. FROM P37 way, Boulder City. 243-2739, www.boulderdambre Thu-Sat: Live music. BOULDER STATION 4111 Boulder Highway, 4327777, Kixx Bar: Thu, Sat: Van De Guzman, 7p. The Railhead: Thu: Swing with Jerry Tiffe, 2p. First and third Thu: Boulder Blues series, 7p, $5. Fri: La Nueva Live Mix, 10p, men $5. Sat: Yellow Brick Road, 10p, free. Sun: Latin night, Noche Nortena featuring El Moreno Carrillo Y Su Banda Tierra Sagrada, 9p, $5 ladies, $10 men. BRAND LOUNGE Monte Carlo, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 730-7777, Sat: singer-songwriters Sharon Paquette and Andrea Bensmiller, 10p. BRASS LOUNGE 425 Fremont St., 382-3531, ww 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 song writers showcase, 8p, free. Wed: Ladies Night Wine Down, live acoustic with Bud Mickel, 8p, free. BUNKHOUSE SALOON 124 S. 11th St., 384-4536. Thu-Sat: Local and touring bands, 9p, free unless noted. Wed: Wednesday Night Hype hip hop show, 9p. Tue: Blues jam with Lipz and Bunkhouse blues band, 10p.

6829. Tue-Sat: Dueling pianos. Sun-Mon: Flair Bartenders. CLUB ARUBA Aruba Hotel, 1215 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 383-3100, CLUB AZUL 115 7th Street, 672-0222, Fri: Kinky Reggae Fridaze. Reggae Dancehall party. DJs Vip, Styla Don and Gil. $10, $5 ladies. Free before 12:30a. CLUB FORTUNE CASINO 725 S. Racetrack Road, 566-5555, Sat: Live music, 8-12a. Sun: Whiskey Revival classic country, 5-9p. THE COPA ROOM The Bootlegger, 7700 Las Vegas Blvd. South. 616-9340. THE COSMOPOLITAN 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 698-7000. Book and Stage: Touring and local acts, 10p and midnight, free. COUNT’S VAMP’D 6750 W. Sahara Ave., 220-

8849, Thu: Local music, 10p. Fri-Sat: Live music, 10p. Sun: Rock ‘n’ Roll Bike Night with John Zito Band, 6p, free. DADDY MAC’S 2920 N. Green Valley Parkway, 2720913. Tue: Y.A Poet live with Red Eye Tribe, 18+, 8p. DECATUR LIQUOR 546 S. Decatur Blvd., 8702522. Sat: Live karaoke, 9p, free. DEL FRISCO’S 3925 Paradise Road, 796-0063. Thu-Sat, Tue-Wed: Tyrone Bowers popular piano music, 6p. Sun-Mon: Lawrence Kubica 6p-closing. DON’T TELL MAMA 517 Fremont St., 207-0788. Cabaret-style piano bar. DOUBLE DOWN SALOON 4640 Paradise Road, 7915775. DOWNTOWN VINTAGE GUITARS 1105 3rd St, 3869572. EASTSIDE CANNERY Marilyn’s Lounge, 5255 Boulder Highway, 856-5300,


CADILLAC RANCH ALL-AMERICAN BAR & GRILL 6605 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 294-7300, www. Imagination Celebration’ Jazz For Peace. THE CANNERY 2121 E. Craig Road, 507-5700, Pinups Bar: Tue-Thu, Sun: Luggnutt, 8p. Fri-Sat: Luggnutt and Patrick Puffer, 10:30p. CANYON CLUB 202 Fremont St., 387-5175, CARLUCCIO’S TIVOLI GARDENS 1775 E. Tropicana Ave., 795-3236. Thu: For the Love of Keys with Rebecca Olcheski. 6-9p, free. Tue: Opera showcase, 7p, free. CHARLIE’S LAKESIDE 8603 W. Sahara Ave., 8045167. Thu: Lawrence Kubica, 6p. Fri-Sat: Lawrence Kubica, 7p, free. 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, Thu: The Slick Willie Orchestra, 8p. Fri-Sat: Live music, 9p. Tue: The Chicago Blues Busters, 8p. Wed: The GP Entertainer Tribute Artists Show, 8p, $5. . All shows free. CHUBBY’S 1704 E. Flamingo Road, 458-5774. Wed: Crossbox, 7:30p. CIRCUS CIRCUS 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South, (800) 634-3450. Rock & Rita’s: Live music, daily CJ’S COUNTRY SALOON 6145 W. Sahara Ave., 834Recommended. Send event information to: Mike Prevatt at 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.

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CHRISTINA PERRI: July 16 at Book & Stage Area 702 Skatepark 3040 Simmons St. 870-7588 The Aruba 1215 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 383-3100 Beauty Bar 517 Fremont St., 598-1965 Book & Stage The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 698-7000 Boomers 3200 N. Sirius Ave., 368-1863 Boulder Dam Brewing Co. 453 Nevada Hwy, Boulder City, Nev., 979-3976

The Box Office 1129 S. Casino Center Blvd., 388-1515 The Bunkhouse Saloon 124 S. 11th St., 384-4536 Charleston Heights Arts Center 800 S. Brush St., 229-1012 Cheyenne Saloon 3103N.RanchoDrive, 645-4139 Crown Theater Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 733-8229 Divebar 3035 E. Tropicana Ave., 435-7526 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 Las Vegas Country Saloon 425FremontSt.,382-3531 Las Vegas Hilton 3000 Paradise Road, 732-5755

Mandalay Bay Events Center 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 632-7580 MGM Grand Garden Arena 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 891-7777 Orleans Arena 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., 284-7777 The Pearl The Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 944-3200 Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 785-5055 The Railhead Boulder Station, 4111 Boulder Highway, 432-7777 Star of the Desert Arena Primm Valley Resorts, 31900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 386-7867 Vamp’d 6750 W. Sahara Ave., 220-8849 Winchester Cultural Center 3130 S. McLeod Drive, 455-7340 Yayo Taco 4632 S. Maryland Parkway, 262-0201 Zia Record Exchange, East 4225 S. Eastern Ave., 735-4942, all ages Zia Record Exchange, West 4503 W. Sahara Ave., 233-4942, all ages Tue: The Fab, 8p (all month long). Thu, Sun: Patton Letha, 7p. Fri-Sat: Patton Letha, 8p. Wed: Block Party, 7p. E-STRING BAR AND GRILL 2031 E. Sunset Road, 437-8764, Sat: Real Old School Jazz, 2p, $10. Mon: Jazz, 7:30p, $10. Tue: The Ryan Whyte Maloney Band, 8:30p, $10. Wed: Blues night, 8:30p. EXCALIBUR 3850 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 5977600. Dick’s Last Resort: Thu-Mon: Live music, 8p. The Lounge: Live music daily, 7p. Octane Lounge: Thu,Sun: Live music, 8p. Fri-Sat: Live music, 9: 30p. FIESTA HENDERSON 777 W. Lake Mead Parkway, 558-7000, Cerveza Cantina: Fri: Jarr performs lounge music and Top 40 hits, 9p. FIESTA HENDERSON 777 West Lake Mead Parkway, 567-7905. Cervesa Bar: Fri: City Folks Blues, 6p. FIESTA RANCHO 2400 N. Rancho Drive, 6317000, Blue Agave: Fri: Kelly Christian, 6p. Sat: Jarr, 6p. Cabo Lounge: Fri: Noches Sabrosas featuring Volume 1 performs a wide variety of music from cha-cha, ranchera and salsa to pop, disco and funk, 9p. Sat: Old School Dance Party, 9p. Club Tequila: 380-seat venue. Noches Fabrosas, Fri: Flirty Fridays, 10p, ladies $5, men $10, $15 after 11p. Sat: El Moreno Carrillo Y Su Banda Tierra Sagrada, 10p, $10. FORTE TAPAS BAR & BISTRO 4180 S. Rainbow Blvd., 220-3876, Fri: The NA1ROB1 Trio, 8:30p. FREAKIN’ FROG 4700 Maryland Parkway, 5979702, Thu: Singer and songwriters, 9:30p. Fri: Funk ‘n’ Roll jam with Daze Work, 9:30p. Sat: Live music, 9:30p. Tue: Freakin’ Jazz Jam, 9:30p. Skip Martin and Niles Rivers hosts JamCast, 10:30p. Wed: Jazz pianist Vernell Brown Jr., 9p. All shows free. GOLD COAST 4000 W. Flamingo Road, 367-7111, Lounge: Tue-Thu: Gold Coast Classics, 2p. Fri: Variety Caval Code, 2p. TueSun: Live music, 7:30p-1:30a. Fri: Live music, 9-2: 30a. Sat: Latin. $10. GOLD MINE TAVERN 23 S. Water St., Henderson, 478-8289, ThuSat: Live music, 9p, free. GOLDEN NUGGET 129 E. Fremont St., (800) 8465336, Rush Lounge: Fri: Sax Man Brown, 6:30p. Fri-Sat: Frankie Moreno Band, 11p-2a, free. Mon-Tue: Sax Man Brown, 8:30p. GORDON BIERSCH BREWING COMPANY 3987 Paradise Road, 312-5247, Sun: Jazz Brunch, 12p-3p. GREEN VALLEY RANCH RESORT 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway, 617-7777, www.greenvalleyranchr Lobby Bar: Fri: Jeremy Cornwell 8:30p. Sat: Ryan Calhoun, 8:30p. Hank’s Steakhouse: Thu: Kelly Christian on guitar, 6:30p. Tue, Fri-Sat: Peter Love, 6:30p. Wed: Guitarist and singer Dave Ritz performs Top 40 hits from 6:30p. Ovation Lounge: Thu: Rotating acts, 8p, free. Third Thu: The Guilty Pleasures, 8p. Fri: Yellow Brick Road, 10p. 2nd, 4th Fri: Strung Out acoustic sessions, 6p. Sun: Zowie Bowie The Vegas Show, 6p, $10. Pond: 1st, 3rd Sat: Reggae with Michael Black, 6p. 2nd, 4th Sat:

Reggae with HaleAmanO, 6p. Quinn’s Irish Pub: Thu, Sat: Darby O’Gill and The Little People, 9p. Fri: ’Nuff Said classic rock, 10p. THE GRIFFIN 511 Fremont St., 382-0577. Wed: Live music, 10p. HALF SHELL 30 E. Horizon Ridge Parkway, 5589191, Sat: Live music, 10p, free. HALF SHELL 10430 S. Eastern Ave., 632-2983. Thu: Live music, 7p, free. Sat: Live music, 10p, free. HARD ROCK CAFE 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 650-8590, HARD ROCK HOTEL 4455 Paradise Road, 6935000, Ago: Fri-Sat: “Ago After Dark,” Jeremy Cornwell, 10p-1a. HAVANA CIGAR BAR 3900 Paradise Road, Suite H, 892-9419. Thu-Sat, Wed: Live music with Killer B and Cheese, 8p, free. HENNESSEY’S TAVERN 425 Fremont St., Suite 110, 382-4421, Fri: Live music, 9p-2a. HIGH SPIRIT LOUNGE 2396 S. Lamb Blvd, 4529851. Fri-Sat: Darrell Cain and the Desert Riders, 9p, free. Sun: Jam Night, 6p, free. HOFBRAUHAUS 4150 Paradise Road, 853-2337, Sat: Mc Johann, 1p-5p; Sun: 12p-4p. Fri-Sat: 6p-12a; Sun-Thu: German band, 5p-11p. HOGS AND HEIFERS SALOON 201 N. 3rd St., 6761457, Last Sun: Blues, Brew and BBQ. HOUSE OF BLUES Mandalay Bay 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 632-7600, lasvegas. Courtyard: Thu: Acoustic Strip, acoustic showcase hosted by Michael Soli, 8p, free, all ages. Fri-Sat: Live blues, 9p, free. Sat: Azul Latin night, 11p, 21+, free. Sun: Gospel Brunch and music, 10a1p. Adults, $37; kids, $17. Motown, Rhythm and Blues: Ronnie Rose Band, 8p, free, all ages. Mon: Live blues, 8p, free. Tue: Alternative Tuesdays, rotating bands, all ages, 8p, free. Wed: Nothin’ But The Blues, all ages, 8p, free. Crossroads: Thu: Kalleton, music by AJ El Kallejero, 10p, free. Sun: Hana Hou Sundaze, live Island Reggae bands, 10p, $5. HYPNOTIC BILLIARDS LOUNGE 5752 S. Fort Apache, 480-2155. ICHABOD’S LOUNGE 3300 E. Flamingo Road, Ste. 15, 451-2323. Wed-Sat: Lounge pianist Howie Gold, 6:30p-9:30p. ITALIAN AMERICAN SOCIAL CLUB 2333 E. Sahara, 457-3866. Thu: Throwback Thursdays. Swanky Supper Club Experience, 6p, $10. JC WOOLOUGHAN’S IRISH PUB Rampart Casino, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., 869-7725. JERRY’S NUGGET 1821 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 399-3000, Royal Street Theater: Fri: Motown Fridays, 10p, $5. Sat: Caliente Latin nights, 10p, free. JESSE JAMES ROCK HOUSE 4660 Boulder Highway, 451-4006. KAHUNAVILLE TI, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd South, 894-7390. Thu-Sat: Live band karaoke and performances by Rock the Mic, 10:30p. LA HAVANA CIGAR BAR MonteLago Village Lake

Las Vegas Resort, 25 Via Brianza, Ste. 100, 8712828. Sat: Jazz and blues, 8p-12a. Sun: Jazz and blues, 3p-5p. LINDO MICHOACAN 10082 W. Flamingo Road, 838-9990, Thu, SatSun, Tue-Wed: Pianist, 6p. Fri: Mariachi Nuevo, 6: 30p. LUCIO RISTORANTE 5900 W. Flamingo, 2071008, Thu-Sat, Wed: Jazz and classic swing, 6p. LVCS 425 Fremont St., 382-3531, Thu: Local and loud, 10p, free. Fri-Sat: Live music, 10p, free. Sun: The Funtastics: King Vs. Cash, 50s rockabilly band, 9pm, free. Mon: Surf City with The Swank Bastards, 8p, free. Tue: Hip Hop Roots hosted by HighDro and Jay R Beatbox, 10p, free. Wed: Jamboree hosted by The Vagabonds, 8p, free. M RESORT M Pool Live, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 797-1000, Sat: Live music, 8p, free. MANDALAY BAY 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 632-9394, The Lounge: Fri-Sat: Live music, 6p. Mizuya Lounge: Live music and dancing nightly, 11p. Orchid Lounge: Fri-Sat: Live music and dancing, 10p. MANDARIN ORIENTAL Mandarin Bar, 3752 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 590-8888. Thu: Chandler Judkins Quartet, 7p. Fri: The Definitive Trio, 10p. Sat: “Trio Caribe,” 10p. Wed: Brian Czach Jazz Trio, 7p. MARGARITAVILLE 3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 733-3302. Mon-Thu: Synergy, 10p. Fri-Sat: Synergy, 11p. MCFADDEN’S Rio Hotel, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 270-6200, Every other Fri: Live music, 10p. Sun: Patrick Genovese, 10p. Tue: Live karaoke, 10p. MCMULLAN’S IRISH PUB 4650 W. Tropicana Ave., 247-7000, Fri: Live music, 9p. Sat: John Windsor, 8p. Sun: Irish McSessions, 6:30p. Wed: Darby O’Gill and The Little People, 10p. MEATHEADS 1121 S. Decatur Blvd., Suite 120, 8704440, Fri-Sat: Live music 10p. MIRAGE HOTEL 3401 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7927615. Bare Pool: Live music. B.B. King’s Blues: Live music nightly. Rhumbar: Mon: Pink Sugar Live Music Jam, 9:30p. Tue: Jazz Under the Stars, 9p. MONEY PLAYS 4755 W. Flamingo Road, 3681828, Thu: Open mic acoustic jam with Anne Donohue, 9:30p. Sat: Live music, 10p. MONTE CARLO 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7307423. The Pub: Dueling pianos, daily. MOTOR CITY CAFE 4080 Paradise Road, Ste. 8, 307-1731. Thu: Gold Top Bob and the Goldtoppers, 10p. MUGSHOTS EATERY & CASINO 1120 N. Boulder Highway, 566-6577, Wed-Sat: Michael Fuller’s Roadshow: Karaoke and live music, 9p. Sun: Jam Session hosted by The SouthBound band, 8p. Tue: RockJam with 3 Blind Mice, 10p. MURPHY’S LAW TAVERN 1590 E. Flamingo Road, 697-0529, Fri-Sat:

Live music, 7p, free. 9925 S. Eastern Ave., 462-5000. Thu: Rockin’ Pianoman, 6p. NEON VENUS ART THEATRE 1404 S. Third St., 787-2481, First Fri: Live music, 7p-11p. Free. O’SHEA’S 3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 697-2711, ext. 2710, Live music nightly, 9: 30p, 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: Wed-Fri, Sun: San Fernando Band, 9p. Tue: Crush, 9p. All shows free. PALACE STATION 2411 W. Sahara Ave., 367-2411. Jack’s Irish Pub: Thu: Wild Celts, 7p. Fri: Darby O’Gill and the Little People, 9p. Sat: Finnegan’s Wake with the rock o’ the Irish from 9p. Showroom: Sat: Sante Fe and the Fat City Horns, 12a. Tue: Jerry Tiffe, 2p. PALMS LOUNGE 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 9427777, Kashino: Thu, midnight; Wed, 10p, free. Sun: Franky Perez, 10p, free. Mon: Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns, 10:30p, $7. PETE’S DUELING PIANO BAR 6551 Las Vegas Blvd. South #152, 220-7383, www.petesduelingpianob Thu-Sat, Tue-Wed: Live dueling pianos, 8p. Fri-Sat: $6. RAMPART CASINO 221 N. Rampart Blvd., 8697725. Addison’s Lounge: Fri-Sat: Live music, 8p. Round Bar: Fri-Sat: Jamariah, 6:30p. Fri-Sat: LaMarca, 11p. Wed-Thu: Jamariah, 7p. RED ROCK CASINO 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., 797-7777, 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 the Rocks concert series, 9p, $30. Franky Perez, 10p. Sun: Jazz with The Steven Lee Group featuring Rocco Barbato, 7p. Mon: Dian Diaz, 8p. RIO Crown Night Club, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 733-8229. Sat: Sinful Saturday, special guest appearances and performances, 10:30p, $30. Mon: Rock concert series, big act names. For free limited tickets visit, $25 thereafter. RÍ RÁ Mandalay Place 3930 Las Vegas Blvd South, 632-7771, Live music nightly, 8:30p. Fri: The Street, 11:30p. Sat: The Jones’, 11:30p. THE RIVIERA 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7345110, Queen Victoria Pub: Sun: Acoustic Open Jam, 8p. Tue: Jamaica Me Crazy with Bonafide, 8p, free for locals. ROADRUNNER SALOON 9820 W. Flamingo Road, 243-5329, Fri: Live music, 9p. ROADRUNNER SALOON 2430 E. Pebble Road, 948-8282 Fri-Sat, 9p. NACHO DADDY

ROCK ‘N ROLL WINE TASTING ROOM & SOUND BAR M Resort 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Fri: Live music, 5p and 9: 30p. ROYAL RESORT HOTEL 99 Convention Center

Drive, 563-2795. Thu-Sat: Boardwalk Nites! 50sMotown, 9p. Adult $19.95, kids $5. Sun: Sunday Sermon, open mic hosted by Bryan Todd and Ryan Pardey, 9p. R2K STUDIO 1201 S. Commerce St., 207-0725. Art of Music: First Fridays, 6p. SAM’S TOWN 5111 Boulder Highway, 454-8020,, Roxy’s Lounge: Tue: The NiteKings, 8p. Wed: In A Fect, 8p. Thu: Jimmy Limo, 3p, In a Fect, 8p. Fri: Live classic rock tribute bands, 9p. Sat: Live music, 5:30-3a. All shows free. Sam’s Town Live: Thu: Variety Toast of the Town, 2p, free for BConnected Members. Mon: Lunes Caliente with Vol. 1, 9p, $10, includes one free draft beer. SANTA FE STATION 4949 N. Rancho Drive, 6584900, 4949 Lounge: Fri: Paul Campanella, 5:30p. Sat: Rick Durante, 5p. Chrome Showroom: Fri: South of Graceland, 8p. Sat: Sin City Sinners, 9p. SAXBYS COFFEE 72 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, 558-1838. Wed: Open mic, 6:30p. Sat: Live music, 6:30p. SHIFTY’S 3805 W. Sahara Ave., 871-4952. Thu: Blues You Can Use, 7p. Fri: Live Karate Karaoke, 10p. Sat: Live music, 9p. Sun: Barbecue and entertainment, 12p. Mon: Live karaoke with Bobby Jones, 8p. Tue: Motown and Jazz, 9p. Wed: Live karaoke, 9p. SILVERTON CASINO Sway Pool & Lounge, 3333 Blue Diamond Road, 263-7777, Bands, Bikinis and Burgers Poolside concert series. SOUTH POINT CASINO 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 796-7111. Grandview Lounge: Thu-Fri: Wes Winters, 5p, free. Showroom: Thu: Dennis Bono, 2p, free. The Ronnie Ross Dance Band, 7: 30p, $5. Fri: The Guilty Pleasures, 10:30p, $5. Sat: Spazmatics, 10p, $5. Mon: Vegas Super Band, 8: 30p, $5. Wed: Deja Vu, 6p, $5. SMOKIN’ HOT ACES 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 541-8700. SPRINGS PRESERVE 333 Valley View Blvd., 8227700, STADIUM SALOON 6016 S. Boulder Highway, 4338550. Sat: Swivelhead, 8p. STARBRIGHT THEATRE 2225 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd., 369-9709, starbrighttheatre.htm.

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CONT. FROM P39 SUNCOAST HOTEL 9090 Alta Drive, 636-7075, Lounge: Wed: Yellow Brick Road, 9p, free. Sat: Vegas Super Band, 10: 30p, free. Showroom: Thu: Hit Parade featuring entertainers from the strip, 2p, free for BConnected members. SUNSET STATION 1301 W. Sunset Road, 547-7777, Club Madrid: 500-seat showroom. Fri: Sin City Sinners, 9p. Sat: Nawgahyde, 9p. Rosalita’s Cantina: Fri-Sat: Shawn Eiferman, acoustic power duo, 6p. TEXAS STATION 2101 Texas Star Lane, 631-1000, A-Bar: Thu: Justin Mather, 5:30p. Fri-Sat: Darrin Michaels, jazz, 7p. Sun: Darrin Michaels, 5:30p. Martini Ranch: Wed: Sideshow 5:30p. Fri: Justin Mathers, 7p. Sat: Kelly Christian, 5:30p. South Padre Lounge: Thu: La Nueva 103.5 Live Mix with Jesus Chuy Espiricueta, Latin night, 9p, ladies $5 after 11p, men $10. Fri: Latin with Hermanos Padillas, 9p, ladies $5, men $10. Sat: Escencia Colombiana, 10p, $5-$10. THUNDERBIRD LOUNGE Aruba Hotel, 1215 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 383-3100, Fri-Sat: Live music, 7p, free. Fri: Aruba Swings, 7p, free. Swing dancing lessons, 6p-7p, free. TOMMY ROCKER’S 4275 Dean Martin Drive, 2616688, Fri-Sat: Rock-NRoll Sing Along, 9:30p. Tue: Open Jam with John Zito. TOMMY ROCKER’S SOUTHSIDE GRILL 10050 S. Eastern Ave., 933-6333. Sun: Open Mic with Tommy Rocker, 9p. TROPICANA 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7392222, Ambhar Lounge: Thu-Sat: Miami Duo, 8p. Miami Seven, 9:30p, free. TURK’S BAR AND LOUNGE 1483 E. Flamingo Road, 610-4723. Tue: Open Mic Night, 8p, free. YAYO TACO 4632 S. Maryland Parkway, 262-0201, Live music nightly. Mon: Cumbia and dancing, DJ Que Curado, 5p-11p. Tue: Jazz, 7p. Fri: Music and comedy monthly, 8p. First Sat: Music and poetry. Second Sat: Acoustic in association with Pet Rescue Project, 12p.

DJS/NIGHTCLUBS 4633 Paradise Road, 7910100, Thu-Wed, opening times vary. Thu: “Thrust Thursdays,” DJs. Fri-Sat: DJs. Sun: “El Deseo,” Latin country and dance music. Tue: “La Noche Latin” Latin dance music. Every 1st Friday: “Glomo,” DJs. ALMAZA HOOKAH LOUNGE & RESTAURANT 9890 S. Maryland Parkway, 480-4141. Thu: Latin Nights. Fri: “SNO” with Top-40, house, progressive trance, electro. Sat: “Golden Saturdays” hip-hop, Top-40.



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BEN FOLDS: July 15 at The Cosmopolitan

Mon: Pride Music. Tues: House. 1501 W. Sahara Ave., 214-4000. Thu, Wed: saxophonist Martin Mancuso, 5:30p. Fri: “Shake and Pop” with DJ Mike Attack, Justin Baule and others. Sat: afterhours with residents DJ Mike Attack, Steller and others, spinning electro, house/ progressive, techno, tech, 2a. AREA 107 3281 N. Decatur Blvd., #170, 302-8377 or ARTIFICE 1025 S. First St., 489-6339 or Open Thu-Wed, 5p-1a. Thu: “Al Amor,” 10p. Fri: “Casual Sex - The Second Coming,” deep house, 10p. Sun: “Black and White,” 9p. Tue: “Show and Tell,” 10p. AZUL TEQUILA NIGHTCLUB 111 N. 7th St., 4766498. Fri: Kinky Reggae Fridaze, 10p, $5-$10. AZURE LUXURY POOL Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Fri-Sun, 11a6p. Fri: Femme Fridays with femals DJs. Sat: Stereo Love Saturdays with global house DJs. Sun: Dolce Vite Sundays with house DJs. BACKDOOR 1415 E. Charleston Ave., 385-2018. THE BANK Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 693-8300. Thu: DJ Eddie McDonald; house, hiphop, soul. Fri-Sat: DJ David Christian; mash-up, house. Sun: “Industry Sundays” with DJ Karma; hip-hop, mash-up, house. 10:30p-4a. BARE The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South. 588-5656 or European-style pool with DJs. Open daily, 11a. $10-$40. THE BEATLES REVOLUTION LOUNGE Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 692-8383. Thu: “Throwback Thursdays,” with DJ Earwaxxx. Fri: “Chick!,” DJ G Minor. Sat: “Celebrity Saturdays” with DJ Trenz; hip-hop, R&B, top 40. Sun: “Closet Sundays” gayfriendly dance party. Mon: “Le Maison,” Cirque du Soleil cast after-party with DJs Shane Thomas and Sarah Fab, mashups to start, house to close. Wed: “Rocket,” Industry night with DJ Spair. BEAUTY BAR 517 Fremont St., 598-1965, Nightly; most events 10p. Mon: Monday Night Karaoke. Thu: Ladies night, ARTISAN HOTEL

unless noted. 1st Fridays: “The Get Back” funky soul dance party with DJ John Doe and special guests. 4th Saturdays: “Say What?!” featuring DJs and bands, 10p. BLUE MARTINI Town Square, 6593 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 948-6438. Thu: “Noches Azul Latin Thursdays,” 10p. Fri: “Undisputed Grooves” house/ electronic party with DJ Damien Jay, 11p. Sat: “Ultimate Saturdays,” 11p. Mon: “Manic Mondaze,” 8p12a; “Industry Night,” 12a. Tue: “Top 40 Tuesday,” 9p. Wed: “True Blue Ladies,” 11p. BLUSH Wynn, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 770WYNN. Open Tue-Sat, 9p. Thu: “Pop Thursdays.” Fri-Sat: “Begin at Blush,” 9p. Mon: “Living Mondays.” Tue: Industry night. Wed: “We Love House Sundays.” BOND The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 698-7000. DJs nightly. BRAND LOUNGE Monte Carlo, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 730-7777. Thu: Soul-jazz-hip-hopelectronica DJ Brother Luke, 10p. Fri: DJ Guy Williams, 10p. BRASS LOUNGE 425 Fremont St., second floor, 382-3531. Fri: “Party Monster,” body art with DJ Lady Fingers. Sat: DJs and karaoke, 9p. Sun: Brass model search and art show with DJ Dez, 9p, free CARAMEL Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 693-8300. Wed: S.I.P (Social Interactive Playtime) locals industry night, 10p. Open daily, 5p. CASA FUENTE 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7315051. Thu: “Ritmos Caliente,” 8p-11p. CATHOUSE LOUNGERIE Luxor, 262-4228, 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 Open Fri-

Sun, Tue, 10p. Tue: Industry night. $20-$30; local ladies free. CHI/FORBES KTV 3400 S. Jones Blvd., 368-2801. CHOICES PUB AND SHOWROOM 6720 W. Cheyenne Ave., 547-3747, Sat: “An Afterhours Boogie Down,” top 40, house, rock, reggae, 11:59p, $5. CROWN NIGHTCLUB Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 733-8229. Thu: “Thirst Thursdays,” top 40, hiphop, dance. $20-$30. Fri: “Ladies Night,” hip-hop, R&B, 10:30p, $20. Sat: “Sinful Saturday,” with DJ Dre Dae, Hip Hop and R&B, 10:30p. $30. Wed: Latin Libido Night, 10:30p. $15-$20. DADDY MAC’S 2920 N. Green Valley Parkway, 2720913. Sat: “Gen X” 80s party. Wed: “Higher Level” with DJs GanjaBoat and Two Fish spinning reggae, dubstep, ska, dance hall. DANCE CHARISMA BALLROOM 3650 S. Jones Blvd., Ste. 16, 364-8700, “Friday Night Dance Party” feat. all musicals styles from waltz and tango to salsa and merengue. No partner needed. 8:15p10:15p. $12. DA VINCI’S MUSE 2650 S. Decatur Blvd. Thu: Siren’s Song, various underground electronic styles, 9p. Fri: “The Factory,” Goth, industrial, 80s with DJ Malice, 9p. Sat: “Cloister,” ethereal Goth with DJ Disdain, 9p. DEJA VU SHOWGIRLS 3247 Industrial Rpad, 3084605. “Exotic Afterhours” with guest and resident DJs: Fri-Sat, 3a. DIABLO’S CANTINA Monte Carlo, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 730-7979, FriSat: DJs, 11p. DIEGO MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 891-7777. Fri-Sat: “Vida,” 11p. DOUBLE DOWN SALOON 4640 Paradise Road, 791-5775, Mon: The Bargain DJ Collective. Wed: DJ Beelzebozo. DOWNTOWN COCKTAIL ROOM 111 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 880-3696, DJs spin house, lounge, downtempo, house, funk and classics, Thu-Sun, Tue, 10p. Thu: “LoDown Thursdays” with Lenny Alfonzo. Fri: “Friday Night Social” with Carlos Sanchez. Sat: “Saturday Night Vibe” with Douglas Gibbs. Wed: DJ Rob Alahn. DRAI’S Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, 3595 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 737-0555, Thu-Mon. After hours party spot, 1a-dawn. Thu: “After Life” DJ battles and resident Jack Lafleur. Fri: DJ Hoffman, Chris Garcia. Sat: “High-end Saturdays” with DJs Chris Aurelius, Chris Garcia; house. Sun: “Sunday Sheer Energy” with Chris Garcia. DUE FORNI 3555 Town Center Drive, 586-6500 or Thu: “Music and Wine” with DJ Douglas Gibbs and guest DJs spinning Latin, lounge, world beat, and A. Leo Echazabal on sax, 9p, free. EAGLE 3430 E. Tropicana Ave., 458-8662. Wed, Fri-Sat: Underwear Night, 10p-4a. ENCORE BEACH CLUB Encore, 3121 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 770-7300. Fri-Mon, 11a, Thu, 10p. Sun: “Daystar Sundays,” house, opens April 17. Cover varies. ESCAPE LOUNGE 4213 W. Sahara Ave., 364-1167. Open daily. Thu-Sat: DJ Fantasy, dance, pop, 10p.

Beso at Crystals inside CityCenter, 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 227-3838. Wed-Sat, 10:30p. Thu: “House of Eve,” with DJs Jason Davies, Chris Garcia and guests. Fri: “Femme Fatale,” with female DJs. Wed: Industry night. EYECANDY SOUND LOUNGE Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 632-7777. DJs Presto One, Remedy, Enoc, Goodvybe and friends. Nightly, 10p-3a. FLEX 4371 W. Charleston Ave., 385-FLEX. Thu: Latin night, 10:30. Fri: Miss Frankie drag show with amateur strippers, 10p. Sat: “Klub Diablo,” darkwave and electro with DJs Pierrorist and Sylvia, 11p. Sun: Little Liquor Beer Bust, 12p-4a. Mon: Male strippers, 12p. Tue: Tiffani St. John drag show, 10p. Male strippers, 12a. Wed: Male strippers, 10p. FLIRT Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 777-7777, Ultra lounge designed by women for women, with music by female artists and an all-male wait staff. Thu, Sun-Wed: 8:30p; FriSat: 10:30p, Chippendales ticket holders: 6:30p. FOUNDATION ROOM Mandalay Bay, 632-7631. Sun: “Maison de Burlesque” dance show with live jazz, 11p. Mon: “Godspeed” featuring DJs Guy and L-1, 11p. Wed: ‘The News,” featuring new underground DJs every week, 10p. FREEZONE 610 E. Naples Road, 794-2310, Thu: “Boyz Night,” 8p. “Naked Frat Party,” 9:30p. Fri: Martini social, 5p-9p. Queens of Las Vegas drag show, 10p. Sat: Queens of Las Vegas drag show, 10p. Tue: “Ladies Night” with wet T-shirt contest, 8p. Wed: “Gone Wild With Talent.” THE GALLERY Planet Hollywood, 3500 South Las Vegas Blvd., 818-3700 and Wed-Sat, 10p. Cover varies. Wed: “Gallery Wednesdays” industry party; locals free. GHOSTBAR Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 9389999, Thu-Wed, 9p. Thu: alternating parties: “Soundbar” with DJs Carlos Sanchez, Keith Evan, Brian Minogue. Fri: DJ Tino Sanchez, 9p. DJ Five, 12a. Sat: DJ OB-ONE, 9p. DJ Tino Sanchez, 12a. Sun: “Ghostbar Sundays” house night, 10p. Mon: DJ Ikon, 10p. Tue: DJ OB-ONE, 9p. DJ Five, 12a. Wed: “Snitch Wednesdays” with DJ 88, 10p. DJ Tino Sanchez, 12:30a. GOLD DIGGERS Golden Nugget, 129 E. Fremont St., 800-848-5336. Thu: “Latin Night,” with DJ Leo. Fri-Sat: Hip-hop and Top 40 with DJ Phat Al. TueWed: DJ Phat Al, free. Tue-Sun, 7p. GOLD LOUNGE Aria, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 693-8300. GOODTIMES 1775 E. Tropicana Ave., 736-9494. Open daily. Thu: “Sinabar,” hip-hop, dance, pop, 10p. Fri: “Vaquero Fridays,” Latin., 10p. Sat: “Noches Calientes,” Latin, 10p. Sun: “Fuego Latino,” Latin, 10p. GOSSIP POOL Rumor, 455 E. Harmon Avenue, 3695400. Open Thu-Wed. Thu: “Sweet Thursday.” Fri: “As LUXX Would Have It.” Sat: “Vocal House Saturday.” Sun: “Sunkissed Sunday” gay party. Mon: “Beer Goggle Monday.” Tue: “Ballin’ on a Budget.” Wed: “Wasted Wednesday.” THE GRIFFIN 511 Fremont St., 382-0577. Mon-Sat, 5p-4a. Sun, 9p-4a. Fri: DJ Rex Dart, 10p. Sat: DJ Aurajin, 10p. HARD ROCK CAFE 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 733-7625. EVE

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. HOUSE OF BLUES Mandalay Bay, 632-7600, HUNTRIDGE TAVERN 1122 E. Charleston Blvd., 384-7377. Sat: DJ Lucky LaRue’s ’50s Rock-NRhythm Revue, 12a. JET Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7927900, Wed-Mon, 10:30p-4a. Thu: Top-40, mash-ups, hip-hop, house. Fri-Sat: hip-hop, rock, dance. Mon: Industry night; mash-up. THE JOINT 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5000. First Sat of month: Tiesto in Concert trance party with HAZE

DJ Tiesto and guests, 9:30p. $50-$130. More info: KRAVE Planet Hollywood Resort, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 836-0830, Alternate lifestyle nightclub. Thu: “TEMPTation THURSTdaze” with DJ Javier Alba, 11p. Fri: “Flesh,” with VJ Alpyne in the main room. “sKizoFrenia” in the lounge with DJ RustRyu and friends. Sat: “Candy Bar” girls’ party in the Lounge. Main room: DJ Morningstar and friends. Sun: SINdaze, 11p. Mon: “Meat Market.” Wed: “WTF? Wednesdays” with DJ Earwaxxx, 11p. LARRY’S HIDEAWAY 3369 Thom Blvd., 645-1899. Fri: Country music DJ, 7:30p. Sat: DJ, 8:30p LAS VEGAS LOUNGE 900 E. Karen Ave., 737-9350.

Upcoming Events!

Mon-Sat: Transsexual go-go dancers, occasional drag shows and DJs Rachel, Carmen and Foxy. LAVO Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7911818. Open Fri-Wed. Sun: DJ Vice. Tue: DJ Five, industry night. Wed: “Old School Wednesdays” with guests. LAX Luxor, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 2624LAX. Fri-Sat, Wed. Fri: DJ Hope. Sat: DJ Casanova. Wed: Industry night with DJ Casanova; hip-hop, house. LAYALINA 6870 W. Spring Mountain Road, 2276776. Thu, Wed: house, electro, new wave and hiphop with DJs O, Smalls and Tino G, 9p. LIQUID Aria, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South., 6938300. Open Thu-Sun, 11a-6p. Adult pool with DJs.



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Cover varies. 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. MEXITALIA XPRESS Circus Circus. 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 734-0410. Fri-Sat: “Luna y Sol,” Latin dance party with DJs, 11p. MIX Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 632-9500. Nightly, 5p. Fri-Mon: DJ P-nut, 10p. Thu, Tue-Wed: DJ Frankie, 10p. MOON/PLAYBOY CLUB Palms, 942-7777. Moon: Thu-Sun, Tue, 11p. 2nd Sat: “Awesome Party” with DJ Clinton Sparks. Tue: “Bang!” and locals-oriented Satellite Bar with DJs. Playboy Club: Thu-Wed, 9p. MOOREA BEACH CLUB Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las


CLASSIXX: July 20 at Saville Row

Vegas Blvd. South, 632-7777. Fri-Sun, 11a-6p. SatSun: DJs. NAKED POOL Artisan, 1501 W. Sahara Ave., 2144000. Open Thu-Wed. Thu: “Sweet Thursday.” Fri: DJ Rico. Sat: “Finger Paint Saturday.” Sun: “Xcesiv Sunday.” Mon: “Beer Goggle Monday.” Tue: “Topless Tuesday.” Wed: “Wasted Wednesday.” NORTH FORTY BBQ SALOON & DANCEHALL 5990 Centennial Center Blvd., 309-6015. Open daily. NU SANCTUARY Town Square, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 527-7851 or DJs in lounge, 11p, nightly. Thu: “Indulge.” Sat: DJ Fuzion. Wed: “Fusia.” PALMS POOL Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 9389999. Daily, 9a-5p. Fri: “Ditch Fridays,” noon-7p. 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 Recommended. Send event information to: Mike Prevatt at 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.

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Slip, Joey Mazzola, DJ Hope. Tue: “Pure Tuesdays” with DJ CyberKid, DJ Slip and Joey Mazzola. RA SUSHI BAR Fashion Show Mall, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 1132, 696-0008, Thu: DJ G Raw, 9p-2a. Fri: Top 40 Friday with DJC, 9p-2a. Sat: DJ Rocqin, 9p-2a. Sun: “SIN Sundays,” with DJ G Raw, 8p-2a. RAIN Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 940-RAIN, Fri: “Clash” electro/house party. Sat: “Perfecto” trance/house party with Paul Oakenfold and friends. REHAB Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5555. Dayclub with DJs. Sundays, 11a. Cover varies. Opens April 17. REVOLVER Santa Fe Station, 4949 N. Rancho Drive, 658-4900. Thu-Fri, Wed: country and rock spun by DJ Sinner. ROK VEGAS New York-New York, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 800-689-1797. Thu-Sun, Wed, 10p5a. Thu: ‘80s, new wave, hip-hop with guest DJs. Fri: “Patio Nights with DJ SmashBox; house. Sat: ‘80s, new wave with DJ X.L.T. Sun: “Rok Vegas.” Wed: “The Show,” house, rock, hip-hop. RHUMBAR Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 792-7615. DJ events nightly. SAVILLE ROW Luxor, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 222-1500. Private, public events; open daily. Wed: “The Cut” underground party. SCOUNDRELS 4360 S. Decatur Blvd., 871-4390. Every 2nd and 3rd Sat: “Delirium,” goth and industrial, 10p, free. SHOTZ 4601 W.SaharaAve., 221-4266.Fri:DJTheoryspins hip-hop, funk,soul, reggaeand house,11pm. STONEY’S ROCKIN’ COUNTRY 9151 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 300, 435-2855. Open daily. STRAIGHT UP GAMING AND MARTINI LOUNGE 4970 S. Fort Apache Road, 609-3139.

Thu: “Throw Down Thursdays,” ’70s-’90s old school with DJ Thump, 9p. STUDIO 54 MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 891-7254, Thu-Sat, Tue-Wed, 10p. Thu-Fri, Wed: open format with DJs Eric Forbes, Ricco. Sat: “Electric Dreams” with DJ Loczi, mash-up, house, electro. Tue: open format with DJ Scene. SURRENDER Encore, 3130 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 770-7300 or Open Fri-Sat, Wed, 10:30p. Fri: “Aoki’s House” with Steve Aoki. Wed: “Surrender Your Wednesdays” industry night. Every 4th Wed: Lil Jon. $30-$40. TABÚ MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 891-7183. Fri-Mon, 10p. Fri: open format with DJ Eric Forbes. Sat: open format with DJ Jose 2 Hype. Sun: “Confession” industry night. Mon: “X-Level Mondays” industry night with DJ Ania and guests. TAO Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 3888588. Nightclub: Thu-Sat, 10p-5a. Lounge, daily, 5p-close. Thu: “Worship” with DJ Five. Fri: DJ Reach. Sat: DJ Vice. TAO BEACH Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 388-8588. Open daily, 10a-6p. Sun: Beatport Sundays with guest and resident DJs. THUNDERBIRD LOUNGE Aruba Hotel & Spa, 1215 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 383-3100. Wed: “Bounce Back Wednesdays” hip-hop, funk, R&B with DJ Rockstar. Last Friday of month: “Smash!” dubstep

party, 10p. Wynn, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 800591-6423. Open Thu-Sun, 10p. Thu-Fri: DJ Big Dee. Sat: DJ Pizzo. V BAR Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 4143200. Thu: “Case of the Classicks” with VJ Andrew B, 10p Fri: VJ Jace One, 10p. Sat: “Spin City” local talent with VJ Andrew B, 10p. Sun: “Evolucion” Latin night with DJ Lian. Wed: “Fusia Night” with DJ Chino and friends, 10p. VANGUARD LOUNGE 516 Fremont St., 868-7800. Open Thu-Sat, Mon-Wed. Every 1st Thu: “Fixed Thursdays,” indie, disco, electro. Every 2nd Thu: “Ladies Night,” top 40, dance. Every 3rd Thu: “Soulkitchen” house party with Edgar Reyes and guests. Every 4th Thu: “Pushin’ Funk,” hip-hop, soul, funk. Fri: “Matter,” house, techno. VANITY Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5555. Thu-Sun, 10p. THE VOO Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 777-7600. Dayclub pool with DJs. Thu-Sun. Cover varies. Opens April 15. VOODOO LOUNGE Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 777-6875. Thu: “Voodoo Rising” industry night with DJs Whoman, L1, Michael Toast. Fri: DJs Inferno, L1; hip-hop, house, rock. Sat: “Carnal Carnival” with DJ Jeff G; house, rock, top 40. Sun: “Solid Gold” with DJs Tino, Albert Gruve; ‘70s-’90s mash-up. Mon: DJ Whoman. Tue: “Tuesday Night Live”; alternative. Wed: “Soled Out” old-school hip-hop with DJs Big D and Mr. Levon James. WET REPUBLIC MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 891-3562 or Daily, 11a-6p. Opens March 11. XS Encore, 3131 Las Vegas Boulevard. South, 7705350. Fri-Mon, 10p. Fri: DJ Pizzo. Sat, Mon: DJ Create. Sun: “Night Swim” poolside party with DJ Warren Peace. YOLO’S MEXICAN GRILL Planet Hollywood, 7850122. “Aire” Latin late nights with DJ Ella and friends, Fri-Sat, 10p.



THEATER 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., 651-5483. Killer Joe, Fri-Sat, 7:30p, Sun, 2p, $10-$12, Backstage Theatre. EROTIC HERITAGE MUSEUM 3275 Industrial Road, 369-6442. Third Thu: Afternoon Delight variety show with spoken word, music and shadow play, $10. INSURGO THEATER 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-114 (in Commercial Center). 771-7331, Every second Thu: No Shame Theater all-original five-minute. performances, 10:30p (9:30p sign-up), $5. 1230 Clownshow, dates vary by month, $10. LAS VEGAS LITTLE THEATRE 3920 Schiff Drive, 362-7996, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Thu-Sat, 8p, Sat, 2p, through July 31, $20-$25. The Bible-The Complete Word of God (Abridged), Fri-Sat, 8p, Sun, 29, through July 17, $10-$12. LAS VEGAS SHAKESPEARE COMPANY 4675 W. Flamingo Road, Suite 2, 896-9517, COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA Shakespeare Workshop. 4043 Howard Hughes Parkway, 648-7615. NEON VENUS ART THEATRE 1404 S. Third St., 787-2481 or Fri, Improv Playground, 9p-11p. All are welcome, no experience necessary. Contact Leslie at 310-980-8972. $5 (first time free). Last Sat: Feed the Monkey sketch comedy, 11p, $10. ONYX THEATRE The Rack, 953 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 16, 732-7225, Improv Vegas S.E.T., Mon, 8p, $10. Karnival variety show, first Wed, 8p, $20. Naked Boys Singing, Fri-Sat, 10p, Sun, 2p, $40-$45. Eyecons, Sun, Wed, 8p, $25-$30. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, every second and fourth Saturday, 11:59p, $10. Mozart’s The Impresario, July 15-16, 8p, $20. OVATION Green Valley Ranch, 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway, 617-7777. Side By Side, July 19, 7p, $15. ROYAL RESORT, 99 Convention Center Drive, (866) 218-4935. My Secret Diaries, Fri-Sun, 9p, $24.95$29.95 (reservations required). THE SCI-FI CENTER 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D202, 792-4335, Every 3rd Fri: Repo: The Genetic Opera! with the Sinfull Sergens, every third Fri, 11:30p, $10. SPRING MOUNTAIN RANCH STATE PARK Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, 10 miles west of I-215 on W. Charleston Blvd., 594-7529. The Drowsy Chaperone, Wed-Sat, through July 30, 8p, $12-$15 LAWRY’S PRIME RIB


Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. 365-7075. Kato Kaelin, Thu, 7:30p; FriSat, 7:30p, 10p, through July 30, $39.95-$49.95. Open mic, Sun, 9p, free. BRAD GARRETT’S COMEDY CLUB Tropicana, 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 739-2417. BUNKHOUSE SALOON 124 S. 11th St., 384-4536. Mange Comedy, Thu, 8p-10p. Battle of the Comics, First Sat, 8p-10p, $5. CHOICES PUB 6720 W. Cheyenne Ave., 547-3747. First, Third Fri: The Future Icons of Comedy hosted by Louie Muhammad, 8p, $5. 3rd Thu: The G Spot female comedy show, 8p, $5. CLARION HOTEL 305 Convention Center Drive, 952-8000. Fri, Mon-Tue: Larry G. Jones singing impressionist, 8p, $47.97-$67.97. Thu-Fri, SatSun, Wed: Naughty Boys Hypnosis, 10p, $47.97$67.97. Thu, Sat-Sun, Wed: Tanyalee Davis, 8p, $47.97-$67.97. CLUB ETHIO 3400 S. Jones, 252-4697. Wed: Comedy nights. Booya, CJ, Gabe Nalasco and others, 8p. COZY’S COMEDY CORNER Tommy Rocker’s Grill, 4275 Dean Martin Drive, 261-6688. Fri: Cozy Stone, 7:30p, free. CROWN NIGHTCLUB Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 252-7777. Sat: Crown Comedy Jam, 9p, $39.50$79.50. Thu, Sun-Wed: Exxtreme Comedy Show, Wheels Parise, 9p, $39.50. DADDY MAC’S NIGHTCLUB 2920 N. Green Valley Parkway, 272-0913. Wed: The LMAO Free Comedy Show, 10p, free. FOUNDATION ROOM Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las BIG AL’S COMEDY CLUB

Vegas Blvd., 632-7600. Laughter Hours Comedy, Sun, 8p, $10. HARMON THEATER Planet Hollywood Resort, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 836-0836, 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. HOOTERS 155 E. Tropicana Ave., 866-807-4697. The Dirty Joke Show starring Geechy Guy, Todd Paul & Mickey Joseph. Sat-Thu, 10p, $34.95. Mange Comedy with Tawdri Hipburn, Thu, 12a-2a, open mic. THE IMPROV Harrah’s, 3475 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 369-5223. Mac King Comedy Magic Show, ThuSun, 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. Suli McCullough, with Erin Foley, through Sun. Dat Phan, with Carrie Snow and Daryl Wright, July 19-24. INSURGO THEATER 900 E. Karen Ave., Ste. D114 (in Commercial Center), 771-7331 or The Improvious Bastards, first Sun, 8p, $7. LAS VEGAS HILTON 3000 Paradise Road,7325755. Wed-Sun, 10p, $20-$35.Shayma Tash,ThuSun. AndrewNorelli,Wed. LOUIE ANDERSON THEATER Palace Station, 2411 W. Sahara Ave., 495-4248. Louie LOL, Tue-Sat, 8: 30p, $49.95-$99.95. MEATHEADS BAR 1121 S. Decatur Blvd., Suite 120, 870-4440. Mange Comedy open mic comedy hosted by Tawdri Hipburn, Tue, 9p-11p. MGM GRAND 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 6937722. MIRAGE 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 792-7777. Ron White, July 15-July 16, 10p, $59.99-$79.99. MONTE CARLO 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7307160. NEON VENUS ART THEATER 1404 Third St., 7872481. ONYX THEATRE The Rack, 953 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 16, 732-7225, Mon: S.E.T. Improv, 8p, $10. Out For Laughs with Shawn Carr, 1p, 5p, $25. ORLEANS SHOWROOM Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., 284-7777. THE PALMS LOUNGE 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 9443200. Thu-Fri: Playboy Comedy, hosted by Cort McCown and Paul Hughes, Thu, 10p; Fri, 10p; Sat: 8p, 10p, $39.99-$59.99. Orny Adams, Thu-Sat. PEARL CONCERT THEATER Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 938-9999. PLANET HOLLYWOOD 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 650-5081. Sin City Comedy Show, nightly, 9p, $49.50. POWER EXCHANGE 3610 South Highland Drive, 255-4739. Mange Comedy, every other Fri, 12a-2a, $10-$20. THE RIVIERA COMEDY CLUB The Riviera, 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 734-5110. Nightly, 9p, $29.99$34.99. SILVERTON 3333 Blue Diamond Road, 263-7777. SOUTH POINT SHOWROOM 9777 Las Vegas Blvd.

South, 896-6323. Buffalo Bill’s, 31900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Primm, (800) 386-7867. SUNCOAST SHOWROOM 9090 Alta Drive, 6367111, Norm Crosby with Sammy Shore, July 16-17, 7:30p, $ 15.95-$44. TERRIBLE’S PRIMM VALLEY CASINO 100 Primm Blvd., Primm, (800) 386-7867, www.primmvalley TREASURE ISLAND 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 693-7722. TROPICANA 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 800-829-9034. VENETIAN 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, (866) 641-SHOW. YOGA SANCTUARY 7915W.SaharaAve., 240-7666.


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, Daily, 10a-6p. BLACK MOUNTAIN RECREATION CENTER Henderson, 599 Greenway Road, 267-4033. BOULDER CITY/HOOVER DAM MUSEUM Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St., Boulder City, 2932138, Daily, Mon-Sat, 10a-5p; Sun, 12p-5p. $2, seniors, students and children $1. CARAMEL LOUNGE Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 693-8300. CENTENNIAL HILLS LIBRARY 6711 N. Buffalo

Drive, 507-6100. Thu, 10a-7p; Fri-Sun, 10a-6p; Mon-Wed, 10a-7p. Free. CENTERPIECE GALLERY Crystal Place at CityCenter, 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 739-3314, Thu-Wed, 10a-6p. CHARLESTON HEIGHTS ART CENTER 800 S. Brush St., 229-1012. Thu-Fri, 11a-9p, Sat, 10a-6p, Mon-Wed, 11a-9p. CLARK COUNTY LIBRARY 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400. CLARK COUNTY MUSEUM 1830 S. Boulder Highway, 455-7955. Daily, 9a-4:30p. $1.50 adults, $1 children and seniors. COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., 651-4205, Mon-Fri, 9a-4p; Sat, 10a-2p. Free. “Fratres, let

ART 7432 Silver Palm Ave., 233-3777, By appointment only. A.R.T. EVOLUTION 8379 W. Sunset Road, Suite 115, 257-1520. Thu-Fri, 8a-5p; Mon-Wed, 8a-5p and weekend appointments. “Summer Showcase” featuring artist Mitchell Todd and accessory artist Stella Vittorio, through Sept. Reception July 14, 6-9p. Art displayed throughout Building B, DLC Empire in Corporate Center, 8860 Sunset Road, Suite 200. ART DE VIGNETTES FINE ART GALLERY Fashion Show Mall, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7343202. Mon-Fri, 10a-9p; Sat, 10a-7p; Sun, 12a-6p. Barbara Lee Woolen presents an array of mediums such as paintings, sculptures, glass, jewelry and New Yorker magazine cover prints. ART INSTITUTE OF LAS VEGAS 2350 Corporate Circle, 369-9944. THE ART OF PETER MAX Caesars Palace Forum Shops, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 644-7070, Peter Max’s pop-art includes the Statue of Liberty, murals of the Berlin Wall and portraits of world leaders. Sun-Thu, 10a-11p; FriSat, 10a-12a. THE ART OF RICHARD MACDONALD Crystals Palace 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 583-7581. Art of Richard MacDonald presented by Cirque du Soleil. Thu-Sun, 10a-1pa; Mon-Tue, 10a-11p; Wed, 10a-1a. ARTEMUS W. HAM CONCERT HALL UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, 895-2787. ATOMIC #7 605 Mallring Circle #110, Henderson. Mon-Sun, 12p-10:30p. The Art of Jose Herandez, through July 31. ATOMIC TESTING MUSEUM 755 E. Flamingo Road, 794-5151, MonSat, 10a-5p; Sun, 12-5p. Building Atomic Vegas, ongoing. $12, $9 seniors 65+, locals and students with ID. AVANT SPACE Sunrise Coffee, 3130 E. Sunset Rd. Ste. A, 433-3304. Thu-Fri, 5:30a-8p, Sat, 7a-8p, Sun, 7a-5p. Mon-Fri, 5:30a-8p. Permanent exhibit, by Mike & Dasha Biggs. Also, artwork by Scott R. Wood, through Aug. 31. BELLAGIO GALLERY OF FINE ART 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 693-7871. A Sense of Place: Landscapes from Monet to Hockney, through January, AMBIENT ART PROJECTS


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CONT. FROM P43 go...” Mechanical possibilities of flying: sculptures and drawings by Chad Brown, through Aug 12. THE CORNER GALLERY 1325 Arizona St. Boulder City, 501-9219. Sun, 10a-2p. THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS 3708 Las Vegas Blvd., 698-7000. DINOSAURS & ROSES 6029 W. Charleston Blvd., 277-3752. Mon-Thur and Sat, 10a-6p, Fri and Sun, 10a-4p. DONNA BEAM FINE ARTS GALLERY UNLV’s Alta Ham Fine Arts Building, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, 895-3893, Mon-Fri, 9a-5p; Sat, 10a-2p. EAST LAS VEGAS COMMUNITY SENIOR CENTER 250 N. Eastern Ave., 229-6844. Occupied

Space, two- and three-dimensional works by local artists and pieces from the commission’s permanent collection. Mon, 9a-6p; Tue-Fri, 9a-9p; Sat, 10a-6p. ENTERPRISE LIBRARY 25 E. Shelbourne Ave., 507-3760. Thu, 10a-7p; Fri-Sun, 10a-6p; MonWed, 10a-7p. EROTIC HERITAGE MUSEUM 3275 Industrial Road, 369-6442, www.eroticheritagemuseumlasvegas.c om. Thu, Sun, Tue-Wed, 11a-4p, Sat-Sun, noon-10p. $15, $10 for students, military, seniors and locals. GOLDWELL OPEN AIR MUSEUM Near Rhyolite, on State Highway 374 (115 miles north on Highway 95 and 4 miles West of Beatty), 870-9946, Outdoor sculpture museum offers spectacular views, open daily. Sat-Sun, 12p-4p, and by appointment. HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5000. Photos by rock photographer Neal Preston. JACK GALLERY Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes, 3377 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 866-6813. Displaying works by Ronnie Wood, Tom Everhart and others. Sun-Thu, 10a-10p; Fri.-Sat, 10a-11p. Also at MANDALAY BAY 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 632-4770. JEFF MITCHUM GALLERY Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 693-4700, Sun-Thur, 10a-8p, Fri-Sat, 10a-11p. JENNIFER MAIN GALLERY 5333 S. Arville St., Suite 206, 586-3133, www.jennifermaingallery.c om. Figurative expressionist paintings by Jennifer Main. Mon-Fri, 12p-6p, Sat, by appointment. Free. KNIGHT GALLERY Las Vegas Hilton, 3000 Paradise Road, (800) 732-7117. Photographer Robert Knight displays his works of hundreds of legendary musicians, such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and more, for sale. Thu, 10a-8p; Fri-Sat, 10a-11p; SunTue, 10a-8p; Wed, 10a-11p. LAKES LUTHERAN CHURCH 8200 W. Sahara Ave., 516-8044, LAS VEGAS NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM 900 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 384-3466, Recommended. Send event information to: Mike Prevatt at 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.

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Daily, 9a-4p. $10; $8 seniors, students and military; $5 children ages 3-11. Anniversari-Saurus family event, July 16, 9a-4p. LAUGHLIN LIBRARY 2840 South Needles Highway, 507-4060. LIED DISCOVERY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 382-KIDS. Thu-Fri, 9a4p; Sat, 10a-5p; Sun, 12p-5p; Tue-Wed, 9a-4p. $8.50 adults; $7.50 children. Children under 1 free. Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, through Sept. 25. 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. Legends of the Past featuring work of artists Jo Tame and Betty Halverson, through July 31. LUXOR 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 800-5577428, 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, Mon-Fri, 8a-4:45p; Sat, 10a-2p. Urbis Octaptych by Lincoln Maynard, opening reception July 15, 6p. NEVADA STATE COLLEGE LIBRARY Henderson Branch 303 S. Water St. (BW2 Building) 521-8958.

NEVADA STATE MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY Lorenzi Park, 700 Twin Lakes Drive, 486-

5205. Wed-Sat, 9a-5p. $4 adults; 17 and under free. Mid-Century Modern Las Vegas, photography. NEVADA STATE RAILROAD MUSEUM Boulder City, 601Yucca St.,486-5933.45-minutetrain ridesto RailroadPass, Sat-Sun, 10a, 11:30a, 1p and 2:30p.$10 foradults;$4 for children 4-11.Children under 4 free. O THEATRE LOBBY Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 739-3990. Daily, 10a-11p. Free. ODYSSEY LIFESTYLE OFFICE 8379 W. Sunset Road, 257-2345, A.R.T. Evolution Gallery. OLD LAS VEGAS MORMON FORT 500 E. Washington Ave., 486-3511. State historic park showcases the Neon Museum’s historic signs in its visitors’ center. PETER LIK GALLERIES Mandalay Place, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 309-9888, PINBALL HALL OF FAME 1610 E. Tropicana. Art on display by Dasha Biggs, Dollface Designs, Albert Montoya and others. Mon-Thur, 11a-11p, Fri-Sat, 11a12p, Sun. 11a-11p, free. POP UP ART HOUSE 730 W. Sunset Road, www.the Thu-Sat, Tue-Wed, 11a-2p and by appointment. RAINBOW LIBRARY 3150 N. Buffalo Drive, 507-3710. ROSEMARY’S RESTAURANT West Wing Gallery 8125 W. Sahara Ave., 869-2251. SAHARA WEST LIBRARY 9600 W. Sahara Ave., 507-3630. SLO-MOTION GALLERY 828 Eugene Cernan St. By appointment. Featuring works from artists Michael Davies, Christina Russo, John Rohling, Kim Reale, Michael Cassera. SPRING VALLEY LIBRARY 4280 S. Jones Blvd., 507-3820. Thu, 10a-7p; Fri-Sun, 10a-6p; MonWed, 10a-7p.

7254 Tara Ave., 365-1938, Features a collection of more than 4,500 photographs. SUMMERLIN LIBRARY 1771 Inner Circle Drive, 5073860. Figurative Works in Raku, by Shari Bray. SUNRISE LIBRARY 5400 Harris Ave., 507-3902. SYMBOLIC GALLERY 4631 S. Dean Martin Drive, Ste. 100, 507-5263, Mon-Sat, 11a-6p, and by appointment. Free. Permanent collections of Johnny Cash memorabilia, Beatles animation cells and R. Crumb cartoons. TAM ALUMNI CENTER GALLERY UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. WEST CHARLESTON LIBRARY 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., 507-3940. STILLMAN GALLERY


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5175 Tropicana Ave., 507-4010. Planet Hollywood, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 888-1088, WINCHESTER CULTURAL CENTER GALLERY 3130 S. McLeod Drive, 455-7340. Thu-Fri, 10a-8p; Sat, 9a-6p; Tue-Wed, 10a-8p.



Arts Factory, 109 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 115. Bloodline, by James Henninger. 8 MARTINIS Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Studio 205. Thu-Fri; Tue-Wed, 12p-4p, or by appointment. Overflow, by Dar Freeland. 303 NORTH STUDIO 109 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 115. ADAMSON ART Blackbird Studios, 1551 S. Commerce St., 742-6241. Work by Lynne Adamson. ALIOS 1217 S. Main St., 386-8633. Thu-Sat, 2p-7p or by appointment. ART BY GINA QUARANTO Blackbird Studios, 1551 S. Commerce St., 742-6241. ARTISTIC IRON WORKS 105 W. Charleston Blvd., 387-8688, Thu-Fri, 8a-5p; Sat, 9a-5p; Mon-Wed, 8a-5p. THE ARTS FACTORY 107 E. Charleston Blvd., 3833133, THE ART LICK Emergency Arts, 520 Fremont St. #220, 702-821-5936, Painting, prints, mixed-media, furniture, jewelry and more by Valentina Eagar, Crystal Solis, Theresa Broten. BLACKBIRD STUDIOS Commerce Street Studios, 1551 S. Commerce St., 742-6241. Rumors of an American Housewife, by Gia Ray, through July 29. 303 NORTH STUDIO

BRETT WESLEY CONTEMPORARY FINE ART GALLERY 1112 Casino Center Blvd., 433-4433, www.b Thu-Sun; Tue-Wed, 11a-6p, and by appointment. Plumage, by Kevin Chupik, through July 30. BRIDGE GALLERY City Hall, 400 Stewart Ave., second floor, 229-1012. Mon-Fri, 8a-5p. CIRCADIAN GALLERIES 1551 S. Commerce St., 525-2850. By appointment. Paper Mosaics, by H. Nelson. New Abstract Works, by Daniel Pearson.

Work by Jeremy Robards. 1229 S. Casino Center Blvd., 523-5306, Fri-Sun, 1p-4p, and appointments. COB4LT BLU3 STUDIOS AND GALLERY 1400 Third St.,, 771.0032. By appointment. Loving Living in Las Vegas, new works by Ed Dominguez. COMMERCE STREET STUDIOS 1551 S. Commerce St., 678-6278, CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER Arts Factory, 107E.CharlestonBlvd.,Suite120, 382-3886,,12p-5p; Tue-Wed,125p,and byappointment. In&OutofWhack,Deborah KarpmanandKimberlyHennessy,throughAug.13. CORNERSTONE GALLERY 201 E. Colorado St. 2385894, CRICKET STUDIO Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Ste. 210, 366-9077, Primitive exhibition and mixed media works and prints by Brian Swanson. D’ARTE DESIGNS POP-UP GALLERY Holsom Design Center Art Gallery, 241 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 175, 372-3755. DICANDILO GALLERY Arts Factory, 107 Charleston Blvd., Ste. 102, 363-9452, ThuFri, 12p-4p; Wed, 12p-4p. Paintings by DiCandilo. EMERGENCY ARTS 520 Fremont St., 686-3164. Mon-Thu, 7a-7p, Fri, 7a-10p, Sat, 9a-10p, Sun, 9a3p. Several artist nooks, small shops, other creative spaces. FACE UP GALLERY Arts Factory, 107 Charleston Blvd., Suite 203, 366-9077, Tue-Fri, noon-4p; weekends by appointment. THE FUNK HOUSE 1228 Casino Center Blvd. South, 678-6278, Appointment only. GAIA 4 E. Charleston Blvd., 997-0222, New work by Leslie Rowland. Nature in Art, stained glass work by Christine Curtis Wilson. GAINSBURG STUDIO, INC. 1039 Main St., Ste. 103, behind S2 Art. 384-1388, Stone sculpture by Sharon Gainsburg. GALLERY EURO 1115 S. Casino Center Blvd., Stes. 6-7, 647-3876. Photography of Europe, by James Warner. GAMMA GAMMA Emergency Arts, 520 E. Fremont Street #156, 858-3947. Do I: Photography by Maria Alvino, through July 30. GIA RAY Studio Blackbird Studios, 1551 S. Commerce St., 742-6241. Works by Gia Ray. THE GYPSY DEN 213 E. Colorado Ave., 684-1628. HILLARY SALON Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Road, Suite 250, 525-1053. HISTORIC FIFTH STREET SCHOOL 401 S. Fourth St., 229-4613. By appointment only. Great Basin Exteriors: A Photographic Survey, by Nolan Preece. HOLSUM DESIGN CENTER 241 W. Charleston Blvd., Galleries and creative businesses. H. S. JACKSON ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO Holsum Design Studio, 241 W. Charleston Road, Suite 107, CITY OF THE WORLD INC.

382-9200, Computer manipulated digital photography. JENNY VALDEZ INC Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 160., www.jenny-valdez.fineartamer Open First Friday, Preview Thursday and by appointment only. Featuring mosaic artist Lisa Fields Clark, pottery artist Barbara Gomez, abstract painter Nicholas Walsh, artist Bonnie Kelso, sculptor Luis Varela-rico, painter Jenny Valdez and artist Theresa Lucero. JESSE SMIGEL Blackbird Studios, 1551 S. Commerce St., 742-6241. Work by Jesse Smigel. JOSEPH WATSON COLLECTION 109 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 115, 858-733-2135, www.josephwatso Wed-Thurs noon-4p. Sat noon-6p. KLEVEN CONTEMPORARY Emergency Arts, 520 E. Fremont Street, 501-9093. Tue-Fri, 7a-7p; Sat. 1p-4p. Disintegration, by Krystalk Ramirez, through July 29. LA GLORIA CLOTHING AND ART Blackbird Studios, 1551 S. Commerce St., 742-6241. Artwork and clothing by Enrique Nevarez. LAS VEGAS DESIGN CENTER 495 S. Grand Central Parkway, 599-3093. Thu-Sat, Tue-Wed, 10a-6p. LEFT OF CENTER ART GALLERY 2207 W. Gowan Road, 647-7378, Tue-Fri, 12p-5p; Sat, 10a-2p. Free. Quietude: A Study of Shadow and Light, by William Miller, through Aug. 13. LE MUR ARTS CURATOR Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 110. 731-1414. Choose Your Own Adventure, photos by Jennifer Maupin and Ryan Reason. LLOYD D. GEORGE U.S. FEDERAL COURTHOUSE

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


In the coming days you have permission from the universe to dwell less on what needs to be resisted,protested,flushed out and overcome.Instead you have license to concentrate on what deserves to be fostered,encouraged,bolstered and invited in.Sound fun? It will be if you can do it,but it may not be as easy to accomplish as it sounds.There are many influences around you tempting you to draw your energy from knee-jerk oppositionalism and cynical naysaying.In order to take full advantage of what life is offering you,you will have to figure out how to rebel in a spirit of joy and celebration.

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

“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions,” said the seer Edgar Cayce.That’s your thought for the week,Taurus.Not just in dreams,but in your waking life as well,you will be experiencing insights,hearing stories and getting messages that provide useful information for the crucial questions you have not yet framed,let alone posed.I hope by telling you this,I will expedite your work on formulating those pertinent questions.

“The most important thing in acting is honesty,” said Hollywood actor George Burns. “If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” The same thing is true about life itself in the coming weeks, Gemini. The more you dispense the raw truth — even if you have to push yourself to do it — the more successful you’ll be. Being a fount of radical authenticity might feel like a performance at first, but it’ll eventually get easier, more natural.

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

The great-grandson of a slave, Cancerian Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) was America’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice. According to Thurgood, a play about his life that appeared on HBO, his unruly behavior as a school kid played a role in launching him toward his vocation. As punishment for his bad behavior, his teacher exiled him to a storage room where he was instructed to study the U.S. Constitution — a document he would later be called on to interpret during his service on the high court. I foresee a version of this scenario playing out in your immediate future, Cancerian. Mischief could lead to opportunity. Blessings might evolve out of shenanigans. Bending the rules may bring rewards.

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L E O (JULY 23-AUG. 22)

Do you mind if I call you “The Original Liontamer”? I know it sounds a bit extravagant, maybe even pretentious, but it really fits you right now. More than any other sign of the zodiac, you have the power to control the wild, ferocious forces of the unconscious. You’re the fluid flowmaster in charge of making the beastly energy behave itself; you’re the crafty coordinator of the splashy, flashy kundalini; you’re the dazzling wizard of the dizzy whirling whooshes. Here’s a tip to help you soothe the savage rhythms with maximum aplomb: Mix a dash of harmonious trickery in with your charismatic bravado.

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

You have maybe 10 more days left to locate the healthiest possible gamble for the second half of 2011. I’m referring to a smart risk that will bring out the best in you, expand the hell out of your mind and inspire you to shed at least 10 percent of your narcissism and 15 percent of your pessimism. Trust your gut as much as your brain, Virgo. It will be important to have them both fully engaged as you make your foray all the way out there to the edge of your understanding.

L I B R A (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22)

“He got a big ego, such a huge ego,” sings Beyonce in her song “Ego.” “It’s too big, it’s too wide / It’s too strong, it won’t fit / It’s too much, it’s too tough / He talk like this ’cause he can back it up.” I would love to be able to address that same message to you in the coming days, Libra. I’m serious. I’d love to admire and marvel at your big, strong ego. This is one of those rare times when the cosmic powers-that-be are giving you clearance to display your beautiful, glorious self in its full radiance. Extra bragging is most definitely allowed, especially if it’s done with humor and wit. A bit of preening, mugging, and swaggering is permissible as well.

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

“Dear Rob Brezsny: Please, sir, if you could do me a cost-free favor and tell me something special about my upcoming future, I would be amazingly glad and would spread good will about you everywhere. My age is 34 and I am sharply eager to know in detail about my next five years at least — any big good or bad predictions. Kindly be very specific, no cloudy generalizations. - Fayyaz Umair Aziz, FirstDegree Scorpio.” Dear Fayyaz: I’m happy to inform you your future is not set in stone; you have the power to carve out the destiny you prefer. And it so happens the next four weeks will be prime time for you Scorpios to formulate a clear master plan (or reformulate your existing one) and take a vow to carry it out with impeccability.

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

One of my readers sent me an interesting tale. He said the teacher Rudolf Steiner “once had a

devotee who complained after years of meditating and studying sacred texts he had not yet had a spiritual experience. Steiner asked him if he’d noticed the face of the conductor on the train on which they were riding. The man said no. Steiner replied,‘Then you just missed a spiritual experience.’ ” This is a good tip for you to keep in mind in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. It’ll be a time when you could dramatically expedite and intensify your education about spiritual matters by noticing the beauty and holiness in the most mundane things.

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

I’ve got two bits of information for you late bloomers out there; two inspirational messages to quell your worry about how long everything seems to be taking to unfold for you. First comes this fact: While some oak trees begin growing acorns after two decades, many don’t produce a single acorn until they’re 40 or even 50 years old. Your second message is from poet Robert Bly: “I know a lot of men who are healthier at age 50 than they’ve ever been before, because a lot of their fear is gone.” Keep the faith, Capricorn — and continue your persistent efforts.

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

Russia has more psychic healers than medical doctors. Research done by the World Health Organization says so. While licensed physicians number around 640,000, there are 800,000 witches and wizards who use occult means to perform their cures. Personally, I prefer a more balanced ratio. I feel most comfortable when there are equal amounts of officially sanctioned practitioners and supernaturally inspired mavericks. In fact, that’s my guiding principle in pretty much every situation. I want as many unorthodox rebels who mess with the proven formulas as serious professionals who are highly skilled at playing by the rules. That helps keep both sides honest and allows me to avoid being led astray by the excesses and distortions of each. May I recommend a similar approach for you in the coming week?

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

“The most frequently leveled criticism of Jimmy Fallon is that he laughs too much.” So begins a New York magazine profile of the late-night talk show host. “He laughs before jokes, after jokes, during jokes.” He is “TV’s most inveterate cracker-upper.” Cynics point to this as proof that he’s suffering from a profound character defect. But there is another possibility, says New York: “Fallon laughs so much because he’s just having a really good time.” According to my reading of the astrological omens, Pisces, you’re primed to have a Fallon-like week — a period when the fun is so liberating and the play is so cathartic and the good times are so abundant that you’ll be in a chronic state of amusement. In response, people addicted to their gloom and doom might try to shame you. I say: Don’t you dare let them inhibit your rightful relief and release.

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Open Mon-Sat 9-5 NW EXTRAVAGANT TOWNHOME Fully Appl, Granite CT, W/D Incl. 2 Car ATTACHED GARAGE, Spacious 2BD (702) 505-9755 SE 2 BD/2 BA. 1053 sq ft, new tile, fresh paint, gated J $765/mo + $765 dep J More info call Denny 302-3967 SE Harmon/Paradise, 2bd 1ba 1-car, upstairs, appl. Pool. Near UNLV. $695. Award RE 461-6666 SUMMERLIN 1st flr, 1car gar, 3bd, 3ba, quiet comm. All appls, 1700sf, gated. Pool, N/S, N/P $1300/mo. 800-682-2678. SUMMERLIN 2bd, 2ba, 1000sf, All Appl, Gated, 2nd Floor, Pool, Near Shops, Parks, EZ Freeway Access, $795+Sec. 702-341-7229 SUMMERLIN 2bd, 2ba, 1140sf, gated, garage, 2-tone paint, W/D, ceiling fans, lrg patio w/view. $950/mo. 702-461-1682 W 1700+sf, 2mstr suites+ lg loft, 2+car, gated, sm comm, serene courtyard setting. $1100/mo. Diehl Realty LLC 702-367-6588 Use your computer to place your ad at classads

Houses for Rent NW Jones/Lone Mtn., Gated, on golf course, 3bd 2½ba lrg.. loft. 2627sf, 2car, all appl. $1195. Cathine, LVHS, 768-3085 ANTHEM CC Guard Gate, City, Mtn Views, 1942sf, 2bd, 2ba, Ofc Fplc, Granite, Marble, Gardener, Club, Gym, $2150, 702-497-8489 ANTHEM Highlands 1-sty 3bd, 2ba, tile floors, Spacious 1750sf, all appl, 2-car. $1295 +dep. Near all shopping, 702-326-1176 Anthem Highlands 2090sf 2-sty, 3bd 2½ba, W/D, 2-car w/opener, N/S, pets neg. Avail 8/1. $1425/mo. 702-768-8648 E Duplex. 4bd, 2ba. 1900sf, All Appls, 2Car gar. Owens and Sandhill. REMODELED. $1025/mo. RE/MAX 882-3866 GV 7Hills 2100sf, 2Fplc, 3car, 2bd Retreat, 2ba Den, Liv. Rm, Fam. Rm, Granite Lge Patio, Oak Trees, Gardener $1700, 497-8489 GV area, Upgraded, 3-4bd, Yard Service Incld. Gated, Near 215, Shops, Schs. Start $1395, Shows as Brand New 702-400-4781 GV in Guard Gated Fountains Gorgeous Remodel 4bd, 5ba, Pool/Spa. Lrge Casita, Koi Pond, Mature Lscp. $4495 702-274-1077 HEND POOL! Stephanie/Warm Springs, 2-sty, 5bd 3ba 2750sf, 3-car, all appl. Cov. patio w/B-I BBQ. No pets. $1950. 636-0801 N 3bd 2ba 2car 1sty, fresh paint, new tile & fans, lg yrd w/patio, nice quiet area by shops btwn 95/15 Gowan $1050 702-280-7108 NLV 1Sty, Pool/Spa, 2Car, Tile, Fplc, Appls, Pets OK. RV Prkg. Others Avail. $1600/mo. +$1000 Sec. Call 373-0433 NLV Sec 8 ok. Beautiful 3bds from $1200-$1500 mo. More available! 702-449-3497 NW 1story, 3bd, 2ba, 2car, 1650sf, landscapd, new paint & floors, all appls. $1150/mo. 702-812-8737 Agent NW 5026sf Gated, 5bd, 4.5ba. 3car, 2 Dens, Loft, 2 Fplc’s, All Appl. 2 Staircases, Lscpd. 9000sf lot $2200 *702-870-3226 NW Beautiful gated comm. w/park. 2500sf 1-sty, 4bd 3ba, 3-car, FP in fam. rm. Jones/Iron Mtn. $1650 mo. Call 498-8980

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try to look at the bright side: No one who hears what your husband has done — and no one who knows you both personally — is going to think there’s something wrong with you.

I AM A 43-YEAR-OLD MOTHER of three, married for almost 20 years. Three years and one child in, my husband confessed he had a penchant for being a BDSM sub. My reaction was, “OK, I’ll try it, but if you want to explore that with pro doms, be my guest.” Which he did. Fast-forward a dozen years. I’m going bonkers because my husband is impotent. And don’t tell me ED can be fixed, because in our case it couldn’t. And don’t tell me there are alternatives (oral, manual, toys), because all of those are just not the same for me. My body needs a fully functioning and capable man. So my husband gives me his “blessing” to take a lover. I didn’t even have to ask! I just needed to be miserable and depressed for a dozen years! Now I have two lovers. One lives far away, and I see him a few times a year; the other is local. The problem is they are both married to spouses who don’t know. Like me, neither of my lovers is interested in divorce. That’s the good news. The bad news is I’m not happy with the integrity of these situations. I know what I am doing is considered despicable by many people, despite the fact I’m probably a marriage-saving device for both of these women. (Their husbands are happier, I’m not trying to steal their husbands, and I’m not a financial burden on either of them.) I would love to find someone in an honest open relationship, but this has so far eluded me. So I guess my question is: How do I set up a situation with more integrity when the world isn’t really ready for people like me? Normal Soccer Mom From Afar

I CAN APPRECIATE why those pictures squicked you out — a family member lusting after a family member? Ughers — but I don’t understand exactly what it is you’re afraid of, CAS. While your brother appears to have an inappropriate and — fingers crossed — fleeting sexual obsession with your father, can you picture a scenario in which your brother’s desires, however devoutly wished, could be consummated? Unlesssomethingmuch,muchsquickierisgoingonback home,yourbrotherisn’tadangertoyourfather,CAS,noris yourfatheradangertoyourbrother.TheonlydangerIcansee THE ANSWER NSMFA SEEKS isobvious—thereare isinthefalsechoiceyou’velaidoutinyourletter.Sayingsomehard-upsinglemenoutthere,marriedmeninhonestopen thingtoyourbrotherwillonlypoisonyourrelationshipwithhim; relationships,menintheorganizedswingingmovementand sayingsomethingtoyourfatherwillcertainlykillhisrelationship sheshouldgofucksomeofthem—butI’mincludingNSMFA’s withhisson.Anddestroyingeitherrelationshipoverwhatis probleminthecolumnforallthesmugmonogamistssending mostlikelyatemporarybonerstorm-of-puberty-inducedobsesmeangrylettersinthewakeofMarkOppenheimer’srecent sion—anobsessionthatwillsoonbeadistantandunpleasant featureaboutmonogamyanditsdiscontentsinthe NewYork memoryforyourbrother—seemsabitextreme. TimesMagazine (“Married,withInfidelities,”June30,2011). Ifthose picturesweren’tin a placewhereyourparentsmight WhileregularreadersofSavageLoveknowwhereIstandon also findthem, CAS,Iwould adviseyou to stuff thisoneway monogamy,notmanyreadersofthe NewYorkTimes knew downthe ol’ memoryhole. Buttherethey whereIstood. are,inaplacewhereMomandDad—BUT Anyway,smugsters, here’s what I think is Dan Savage’s sex-advice column appears in more ESPECIALLY DAD—mightfind ’em. So interesting about NSMFA’s letter:Everyone than 70 newspapers in you’regoingtomemorizethisand sayityour involved is perceived tobe in a monogamous the United States, Canada brotherASAP:“Hey,kiddo, Momtoldme relationship, by their friends,family memand Europe. Write him at tolookin yournightstand drawerforaniPad bers, neighbors, bosses, coworkers,elected powercord. Ifound one— along withwhat representatives, etc.;two of thewomen lookedlike gay porn. Ididn’tperuseyour involved — the duped wivesof the men NSporncollectiontoo closely because Iwanted to respect your MFAis seeing on the side — may actually believe themselves privacy.Butyouneed to getthatstuff out of thehousebefore to beinmonogamous relationships. But not one of these three MomorDad findsit. It’scool with meifyou’regay, andIlove couples—notoneofthese six “traditionally married”straight you andit makesno difference— but leavingpornaroundisnot people—isactually in a monogamousrelationship. howyou wanttocomeoutto Mom and Dad,OK?” Just something to keep in mind, monogamists, before you Then tell him the internet is for porn, and he can access all hit “send” on your e-mail to me about your beautiful, deep, the porn he likes safely and discreetly on his iPad. and meaningful monogamous relationship, about how your parents never cheated on each other, about how none of your married friends would ever cheat on their spouses, and about I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW why my husband is divorcing me how people like me have no idea what real love means beto marry an 87-year-old woman. cause we’re not in monogamous relationships, etc., etc., etc. Extremely Humiliated Because you just never know, do you? ONLY YOUR HUSBAND KNOWS the real reason, EH, but if I were to hazard a couple of guesses: Either this woman is FIND THE SAVAGE LOVECAST (THE WEEKLY PODCAST) EVERY TUESDAY extremely wealthy or your husband is a gerontophile. Sadly, AT THESTRANGER.COM/SAVAGE. neither makes this situation any less humiliating for you. But


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Red Rock CC On golf course Immaculate, 3420sf, 4bd 3½ba + lrg game rm. 3car, magnificent views! $3295. Own/lic. 498-8395


Office/Warehouse Rentals .49/sf Office/Warehouse, 2ksf -10ksf, dock/grade lev, near airport. 739-9258

SE beautiful 2bd 2ba, gated w/ pool, waterfalls & ponds. New paint, appls & lndscp. Priv court yard $1475, N/S 818-292-3254

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Flamingo-Pecos Plaza, Full service bldg. below market price! 150-5000sf, EZ freeway access. 456-6660; 626-236-3320

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Nietzsche at the carving station BY QUENTIN BUFOGLE

I wait patiently at the seafood bar as a woman inspects the crawfish; I mean, each one of the li’l critters individually. Is it dinner, or is she looking to adopt? Damn things are so ugly they have to be blindfolded to reproduce, and she’s searching for the cute one. Not only is the all-you-can-eat buffet a great place to sample different cuisines at a reasonable price, or gorge yourself after a night of partying, but, as Freud would undoubtedly say (were he in line behind you at the dessert station), it’s a fascinating petri dish in which to observe the foibles, neuroses and compulsions of human nature. Today I’m lunching at a buffet in one of Vegas’ most historic properties. The crowd is predominantly what I’ve come to refer to as “Nouveau Vegas.” I’m talking thirtysomething couples (usually with a rugrat or two in tow): him wearing shorts, sandals and a CSI: Las Vegas T-shirt; her wearing matching shorts and an “I’m With Stupid” T-shirt. I also notice an inordinate number of warm-up style tracksuits, as if they might pull a hamstring racing to the burrito station. “Is there anything I can eat in this place?” a 40-ish, Louis Vuitton-accessorized aberration of a woman says to the hostess, a young Hispanic girl. “I’m lactose intolerant and have a severe allergy to gluten. They once pronounced me clinically dead after I accidentally ate a Wheat Thin ... and I don’t eat meat.” The hostess cheerfully tells the woman there’s an assortment of fresh greens, vegetables and fruits she can select at the salad bar; there’s also a sushi and cold seafood bar. “Seafood? Are you serious? Do you know how much mercury there is in seafood?” The woman snorts.“You mean to tell me I just paid $29.99 to eat salad?” Shestormsoff,leavingthehostesswithapolitesmilefrozenonherface.Icanallbutreadthe girl’s mind: Sorry, but we didn’t know you were coming. Perhaps if we did, we could’ve arranged to 86 everything containing wheat, flour, milk

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or butter — all the things our other guests enjoy — just so your gastrointestinal system wouldn’t be offended.Have a wonderful day! Over on the hot line, a man is wrestling with the conundrum of how to operate a chafing dish while holding a plate piled high with food. The chafing dish has a lid, requiring the use of two hands: one to hold open the lid, the other to work the serving spoon. “Is there some secret to this?” he wonders aloud, as I wait my turn at the carne asada. “Would you like to know the secret?” I ask. The man gives me a hopeful look. “See that plate of food you’re holding? Set it down.Then use one hand to hold the lid,the

other to work the spoon.” The man blushes slightly and laughs. “You must think I’m an idiot.” Although I smile ambiguously, I truly don’t believe the man’s an idiot. Just another shining example of human nature: What? Why should I modify my behavior? It’s the goddamn chafing dish that’s not cooperating! Now for some dessert. It’s at the crepe station that I come to understand the phenomena of the iron-fisted dictator. It boils down to this: People simply don’t like to make decisions for themselves. When asked what kind of crepe they’d like, each person in line wants what the person preceding them had,

whatever it was. No, no. That’s fine. I’d love a Nutella and sardine with whipped cream and pine nuts — just like Mom used to make. The quirks on display are as varied as the dishes: whether it’s a Kafka-esque persecution complex, an inability to adapt, a neurotic fear of loss or a lemming mentality. No, a trip to the buffet isn’t just an adventure in dining. It’s a culinary Rorschach test — a fascinating (at times disturbing) glimpse into the psyches of your fellow diners. If only Nietzsche had visited a Vegas buffet. It might’ve profoundly altered his view of life. That which doesn’t kill you can still give you acid reflux.


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