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7 DAMNED PUNDIT Nevada’s inferiority complex 8 KNAPPSTER A bashful judge, a departed PIO and

10 THE WEEK 10 Inside the local offshoot of the anti-corporate Occupy movement. By Gigi Generaux

27 ART Talking with Michelle Quinn, the new curator of First Friday

29 DINING Advanced veganism with Chef Mayra 32 CRAWL Crazy things happen in bars




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Pollygrind Film Festival I

f you’re bored by the bland, sanitized product churned out by Hollywood, this is the get-together for you. This unabashed celebration of Bmovie sleaze has something for every outre taste, according to founder Chad Clinton Freeman.“Everything from arthouse to grindhouse is here,” he said.“There’s brtality, there’s blood and nudity, there’s controversy, there’s exploitation, there’s experimentation, there’s comedy and there are movies that are quite thought-provoking.” Among the more than 100 projects that’ll be shown are 30 feature films and a raft of shorts, videos and trailers. Opening night is the premiere of Glen Meadows’ feature, The Atonement of Janis Drake. It gets weirder from there, with such titles as Finger Bang, Planet of the Vampire Women, The Las Vegas Abductions and more. On Friday there’ll be a concert featuring Creepersin, Of the Gods and others. Fun fact: Twentyplus projects are from Las Vegans. Scott Dickensheets. At Theatre7,1406 S.Third St., see for schedule and ticket info.

[TIME TRAVEL] FRIDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 7-9 Hear ye! Hear ye! Sometimes you just need to get away ... from the 21st century. The 18th annual Las Vegas Renaissance Festival will set up camp at the Silver Bowl stadium for a weekend of royal parades, jousting tournaments and gladiator battles, camel and horse rides, and our all-time medieval favorite — giant turkey legs and beer. Minstrels, magicians, jokers, jugglers, fire-eaters, belly dancers, pirates and other folks from

Age of Chivalry



Middle Ages will make merry while partaking in olden games, reinactments and commerce aplenty. So, dust off your chain mail and head over yonder to try out your Elizabethan slang. Kristy Totten. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Silver Bowl Park, 6800 E. Russell Road,, single day tickets $5-$10, weekend passes $10-$25.

[LET’S ALL GET STONED]FRIDAY, OCT. 7 We want to hear anything by a band named after a monster from Dungeons & Dragons. That’s probably why we first gave a listen to stoner metal band Sons of Kyuss, now called Kyuss Lives (at least, that’s what they’re calling themselves on this tour, rolling through Las Vegas this week). The monsters were the spawn of an evil high priest — and we could absolutely see dudes like that playing Kyuss’ song “One Inch Man.” Shouting, slow, drudging; they sound like a bucket of guts sliding down a hill. Not exactly a far cry from Queens of the Stone Age, in which two of Kyuss’ members (most notably Nick Olivieri and former guitar player Josh Homme) played. If we go, we’re bringing a 20-sided die. Max Plenke. With The Sword and MonstrO, 8 p.m.; House of Blues, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd., 632-7600, $25-$29

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The Silence of the Clams

Gay men are obsessed with vagina. That sounds like an impossibility, but the queens doth protest too much every time they shriek at the mere mention of pussy. A prime example is The Silence of the Clams, a drag-oriented parody of The Silence of the Lambs, cast with male actors — including the lead role, Clarice Startling, the FBI agent who must solve a murder case with the help of Hannibal Lichter (ahem), who likes to munch on his own female victims, just like the cunning linguist we know him to be. Gay men bring this 2007 play to us (Jamie Morris wrote it and his partner Christopher Kinney, aka Edie from Zumanity, directs it), and gay men flock to see it (Clams sold out its 2010 run at the Onyx Theater). Wanna know where these boys put the lotion? Check out this poon parody. Mike Prevatt. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday, 5 p.m.; The Onyx Theater, 953 E. Sahara Ave., #16, 732-7225, $20.


Grape stomp

Postpone that pedicure and put your feet to good use thisweekendturningPahrumpValleyWinery’sgrape harvest into homegrown, Southern Nevada wine. That’s right, they actually grow grapes in Pahrump. When they mature, they do things the old-fashioned way — inviting the public to stomp the daylights, and the juice, out of different varieties. Your feet haven’t had this much fun since the last visit to the reflexologist. If you want to take part in the tradition, but don’t want to pick grape skins from between your toes for the next two weeks,you can buy a ticket to watch.Medals will be awarded for best and worst stompers,and the best costume. Amy Kingsley. 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Pahrump Valley Winery, 3810 Winery Road, Pahrump, 775-751-7800 or 800-368-9463, $5 to watch, $30 to stomp. a



SLANT And you thought Vegas had it rough.

WE THINK The state of things, in handy tidbit form $175: Hourly fee charged by attorney John

Swenseid for handling bond issues for Las Vegas Valley Water District when he was first contracted, 17 years ago

$500: Hourly fee he charged, until recently, according to Las Vegas Sun $450: His current hourly fee, after what the Sun said was a voluntary reduction

Zero: Attempts the district made to issue a bid for competing attorneys

Folksy Tom Collins horse metaphor No. 1: “If you’ve got a horse that’s winning

every race, you stay on that horse” (Collins on Swenseid)

1999: When Pat Mulroy was hired to run the Las Vegas Valley Water District

Zero: Performance reviews she’s had since Folksy Tom Collins horse metaphor No. 2: “As far as I’m concerned, Pat’s won

the Triple Crown and all the other derbies, as well” (Collins on Mulroy)

$1 million: What Landry’s Restaurants is

paying for the bankrupt Beso, a restaurant partly owned by Eva Longoria in CityCenter

$300,000: How much Crystals, the CityCenter mall that was Beso’s landlord, will likely receive toward unpaid rent, according to Vegas Inc.

$500: Fine, plus bench warrant, faced by

former Las Vegas City Councilman Al Levy if he doesn’t respond to a jury summons, as reported by Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Does Nevada have an inferiority complex?


hough it appears less relevant with Politicians everywhere can always be each passing day, Nevada Repubcounted on to defend their city, state or licans are going to have a presicongressional district from imaginary dential caucus anyway. New Jersey threats and meaningless remarks. The less Gov. Chris Christie, who earlier this week consequential the issue, the louder politideclined to be the next presidential candidate cians squeal. that GOP voters don’t like, wouldn’t have But Nevada and Las Vegas may be more done well in it. sensitive to slights, real or perceived, If there is one sin that is not tolerated in than other states and cities. People in the Sin City, it is that of the politician elseWestern U.S. suspect the rest of the country where who says something about Las Vegas doesn’t quite take us seriously. Light poputhat isn’t wonderful. Christie committed lation accounts for some of that, as does that unforgivable offense last month when decades of economic colonialism, in which he said, “There is no reason people should corporations from elsewhere exploited go to Las Vegas in the natural resources to ensummer. Why would rich shareholders back you go to the middle of in civilization. Toss in PEOPLE IN THE the desert in the sumthe sin — yes, Nevada’s mer? You’d have to be a state, but should it reWESTERN U.S. stupid to do that.” ally be allowed in polite SUSPECT THE Someone named society? — and local Carolyn Goodman, who hyper-defensiveness REST OF THE reportedly is the mayor was understandable COUNTRY DOESN’T even before Nevada of Las Vegas these days, responded by saying proved itself to be the QUITE TAKE US that Las Vegas has airleast politically, ecoSERIOUSLY. conditioning, which is nomically and socially true, and that “Las Vegas equipped state in the is nirvana,” which if true nation to weather a is spiritually demoralizing. Great Recession. Goodman was just being dutiful. Official Nevada’s insecurities are on display in Las Vegas always bristles when someone says all sorts of ways, from state Republicans something that wasn’t pre-approved by Billy doggedly pretending that their presidential Vassiliadis and his account managers at R&R caucus will matter to the perennial quest to Partners, the company that gets paid to tell make Las Vegas a “world-class city,” an acpotential tourists, in case they didn’t know, complishment that, if boosters are to be bethat Las Vegas exists. lieved, hinges on the arrival of a major league In 2009, Barack Obama suggested that professional sports team (but not, curiously, companies that received taxpayer bailouts the existence of top-flight educational opshouldn’t spend money on whores and blow portunities). in places like Las Vegas. OK, he might have But perhaps nothing reflects Nevada’s phrased it differently, but you get the idea. hair-trigger inferiority complex better Then, last year, Obama had the audacity of than the intensely held yet embarrassingly sense to suggest that people shouldn’t spend petty concern about how to say “Nevada.” their kids’ college fund on, say, a new boat or The overwhelming majority of the human trip to Las Vegas. The outrage from local ofrace that doesn’t live in Nevada tends to ficials was as bipartisan as it was predictable. pronounce the word, if they pronounce it

at all, with an “ah” in the middle syllable, so as to rhyme with armada, enchilada and other Spanish-origin words. That sort of stands to reason since “nevada” is itself a Spanish word (for “snowfall,” loosely, or so I’m told). Christie’s decision means that when Las Vegas hosts a CNN GOP presidential debate Oct. 18, local media won’t have to ask him if he stands by his incendiary allegation that it gets hot here. But when the political-media-industrial complex parachutes into Las Vegas for the debate, inevitably somebody will say Nev-odd-a instead of Nev-add-a, perhaps even one of the candidates, on live TV. Some other candidate, probably Romney, will bravely take offense at this insult to the good people of the Silver State. Romney said nothing when Republican audiences booed a gay soldier serving in Iraq, or cheered the prospect of letting a man die if he couldn’t afford health care. But mispronouncing Nevada is exactly the type of thing that a man of Mitt Romney’s character would not accept quietly. Oh, who am I kidding? Thanks to 2008’s wildly successful Democratic caucus, the national media has become attuned to Nevada’s delicate feelings about pronunciation. It’s cute. Wolf Blitzer, Wolfgangian charm set to turbo, might even open the debate by glibly warning candidates/telling viewers how Nevadans say Nevada. That crucial issue out of the way, candidates would be free to fill the next 90 minutes promising that low taxes and small government will fix everything. Making himself useful for once, Blitzer should point out that Nevada state government is proportionally among the smallest in the nation, and the tax burden on what Republicans call “job creators” is as light in Nevada as anywhere in America, if not the world. So why, Blitzer should ask the GOP hopefuls, isn’t Nevada’s the strongest economy in the country? Nevada is a real-world fact that powerfully contradicts Republican economic dogma. Forcing Republican candidates to confront that would have far more impact on national political discourse than the results of the all but irrelevant caucus in Nevada, no matter how it’s pronounced. HUGH JACKSON blogs at the Las Vegas Gleaner (







Judge bails on planned apology


nyone whose kids have played soccer or Little League is aware of how often tempers flare among parents at sporting events for young folks.Parents get into shouting matches or even fist fights.Just ask District Court Judge Stephanie Miley. According to numerous eyewitnesses, an irate Judge Miley got into a nasty altercation at a youth soccer game back in May 2009. Another parent who claimed the judge assaulted her filed a police report. Metro investigated, but formal charges were not pressed. However, a complaint was also filed with the Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission, which spent nearly a year and a half on

its own investigation. According to persons familiar with the case, the commission found that Miley had violated the judicial code of conduct. She was reportedly ordered to apologize to the parent who had been roughed up. The apology was supposed to be delivered in person at the Bar Association during the last week of September — but Miley didn’t show up. From what I have pieced together, Miley drove to the Bar Association, but when she saw a news crew waiting, she just kept on driving. See, under the overly protective, judge-friendly rules dealing with judicial discipline, almost everything stays a secret.


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CHANGE AT THE FOREST SERVICE Our column a few weeks ago about a major screw-up by the public-information officer for the local U.S. Forest Service office generated quite a buzz within the USFS. Law-enforcement sources say it was even read by Forest Service honchos in Washington, who were horrified to learn that PIO Judy Suing issued a woefully premature news release to a couple of her media friends, a release that announced a pot farm in the Spring Mountains would be raided the following morning. The agencies that were to participate in the raid were outraged that details of the operation were put into a news release and subsequently made public on Twitter.USFS bosses apparently agreed that it was inexcusable.As a result, Judy Suing is no longer the public-information officer here.No one will say if she has been disciplined or even fired,but she’s gone.


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The people who file complaints are supposed to keep quiet. Ditto witnesses, even when a judge is found to be in violation. The printed agenda for commission meetings is protected as if it’s the diagram for a dirty bomb. At some point, it is assumed, Miley will again make arrangements to deliver her overdue apology, but we can be sure it will be done behind closed doors, in secrecy, and the public will not hear a peep about it. Apparently, judges are too darned important to be subjected to standards of open government.

Readers of this space know that one consistent theme in our examination of water issues has been the lack of oversight for the Southern Nevada Water Authority and Las Vegas Valley Water District. Critics of those agencies have long contended — justifiably — that water czarina Pat Mulroy, who serves as general manager of both agencies, is so politically powerful, because of her close associations with casino and development interests, that she is above being questioned, even by the elected officials who (on paper, at least) are her designated overseers. In general, the elected officials who are supposed to dictate public water policy to Mulroy instead take their marching orders from her. Something happened this week that tends to confirm the hands-off treatment Mulroy has received over the years, but it also signals that change is in the air. County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, who has emerged as one of the few elected officials who is not afraid to tangle with Mulroy,

discovered last month that the district has been paying $500 an hour to a consultant for advice about bond issues. No one could explain how the payments had progressed from $175 an hour to a whopping $500 without any input from elected officials. While digging into that issue, Sisolak realized that Mulroy, whose base pay is around $275,000 a year, has never gone through a formal evaluation. The contract she signed in 1999 has automatically renewed each time it has expired, without ever being discussed whatsoever in front of the water board. Sisolak got an item onto the water board agenda this week, and it resulted in a nice, friendly chat about how this matter has fallen through the cracks for 12 years. In the end, nearly everyone agreed that it is probably a good idea to evaluate Mulroy’s performance every once in awhile, whether she likes it or not. Mulroy did not protest this, but one could guess she gritted her teeth just a bit. The one elected official who disputed whether Mulroy should have a performance review was cowboy commissioner Tom Collins, who compared Mulroy to a horse. In his view, “Mulroy is like a Triple Crown winner.” He asked why anyone would change horses when the horse we have is a proven winner. After the meeting, my pal Matt mentioned Collins’ horse analogy, adding that “even Secretariat had to be put down eventually.” That’s true, though Big Red was put out to stud first.

OTHER NEWS When people leave local TV news, it is usually because they landed a job in a larger market, want to try PR work or get hired away by government. KLAS Channel 8 reporter/ anchor Melissa Duran has certainly carved her own path. Melissa bought a franchise for the Patty’s Closet Fashion Boutique.“Owning a small business is a dream of mine, and it’s finally coming true,” she told me. The grand opening of the store at 7010 N. Durango is Oct. 22. ... I paid my first visit to the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop last week, better known as the home of Pawn Stars. There is some cool old stuff in the store, but the item that caught my eye was a chair once used on the floor of the U.S. Senate by Nevada political powerhouse Sen. Pat McCarran. The asking price? A mere $60,000. I have already written to Harry Reid to suggest that he start a daily rotation of new chairs onto the Senate floor, store them in a warehouse, then sell them off one by one during his retirement years. GEORGE KNAPP is a Peabody Award-winning investigative reporter for KLAS Channel 8. Reach him at





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Rebellion for the masses Discontented Las Vegans join the Occupy movement BY GIGI GENERAUX


t’s not every week that Las Vegas galvanizes behind political causes. Mostly, we’re known for our transience, our tourism and our tendency to bend over backwards for whatever the casino industry wants to do. Not tonight. It’s a dark Thursday evening outside of UNLV’s Moyer Student Union. Children play in the sprinklers around the amphitheater while students pass by on their way to class. The scene would


be typical were it not for the 75 or so activists gathered in a circle near the picnic tables. They met at 7 o’clock on a weeknight on only two days’ notice to talk about protesting corporate greed. The group is motley, not a predictable collection of UNLV students — because this isn’t a student rally; it’s a planning meeting for Occupy Las Vegas, a local branch of the national demonstration movement to end corporate oppression and banking-industry control of politics. The Occupy movement, de-

fined by what it calls “occupations” — wide-scale, overnight camp-ins lasting several weeks amidst traffic and public space — started on Wall Street on Sept. 17. On Oct. 1, 5,000 protesters marched toward the Brooklyn Bridge, so many that it stopped traffic for two hours. Seven-hundred were arrested. In only 20 days time, the movement has swept across the continent and overseas to include such cities as Toronto, Melbourne, Tokyo and London, and U.S. states including Missouri, Georgia, New Mexico and now Nevada. Taking a cue from the leaders of the so-called “Arab Spring,” a cultural insurrection that has been occurring across the Middle East, local grassroots organizers on Sept. 25 established a Facebook group page for this city’s Occupy event. They started by inviting every local recruiter they knew, about 100 people. By Sept. 30, the number of members was up to 746. As of this printing, there are 1,823 members on Facebook — 1,077 more than when I started to write this story a day earlier. Thursday, Oct. 6, the group will protest outside New York-New York hotel-

casino starting at 3 o’clock. A formal occupation will begin Oct. 15. The movement is leaderless, vehement and viral, utilizing all available technology. They upload streaming video featuring planning meetings, incursions by the police and successful occupations of financial sectors within urban areas. Content can be accessed at globalrevolution. The Las Vegas chapter is no different. Every planning meeting like this one is available online at This has the effect of ensuring that the activities of all Occupy chapters are at once both immediate and global. The New York movement began at the behest of two groups — Adbusters Media Foundation and the self-described “hacktivist” group Anonymous. Adbusters is a nonprofit organization that since the early nineties has published a self-titled anti-corporate magazine. On July 13, Adbusters called for a peaceful September occupation of Wall Street. Then, on August 23, Anonymous — those Guy Fawkeslooking anarcho-geeks whom no one can identify but whose threats to dismantle the Internet everyone fears — got involved, asking anyone in support of Anonymous to likewise rally in support of Occupy Wall Street. Anonymous’ involvement is represented at the local level as well. One of the organizers of the Las Vegas branch,





Mercedes Haefer is a journalism student and activist.

Mercedes Haefer, a journalism major at UNLV, is currently under indictment by the FBI for activities related to a DDOS attack of PayPal she launched under the auspices of Anonymous in December. She was responsible for helping turn 20,000 users away from PayPal within the month. She is 20 years old and faces up to 15 years in jail and a $500,000 fine if convicted. But, she says, this isn’t about anarchy. “It’s not class war. We’re definitely not trying to take down the rich. We’re just trying to make things a little more fair. You have banks committing fraud to foreclosed mortgages that they no longer own. No matter where you look, something is wrong. You can’t deny that something is wrong, so we’re just trying to fix it.” Asked why she feels this movement is critical for Las Vegas, she says, “We’ve got one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, on top of that, the people that are employed have the lowest wages in the nation. We’ve got one of the highest homeless rates. We’re continually slashing education, social services — everyone is impacted by this.” In the nineties, the anti-corporate message was trendy and fringe because it ran counter to an economic boom time. Adbusters was one lone caveat in a sea of ostensible wealth. Now, in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008 and the media’s reluctance to call a spade a spade about what is effectively a second Great Depression,that movement feels imperative and urgent, not just trendy and cool — and that is precisely why the collective gathered outside of the studentunioniscomprisedofeveryonefrom middle-aged mothers to urban backpackers, from Food Not Bombs representatives to high-schoolers, from small business owners to a bisexual, unemployed, senior citizen truck driver and gay rights community activist from New York. This wide assortment represents the movement’s national slogan, “We are the 99 percent.” CityLife talked to more than 15 activists for thisstory.Theirreasonsforjoiningareasvaried as their demographic affiliations. Some feel it is a political movement with liberal and even anarchist implications. Some feel that to call the movement exclusively political is short-sighted. To people like Sebring Frehner, a 33-year-old community organizer, the movement is much larger, having to do with community, social justice and infrastructure, inclusive even of the police and conservative media who would likely decry the movement as biased toward the left. “To frame the movement that’s currently going on as a political movement would be to not understand the movement at all,” Frehner says.“I honestly believe that almost

if not everybody involved in this movement would agree with that. What we’re looking for is not a political shift. This isn’t left or right. We’re looking for a paradigm shift, a social shift in priorities, as a people.” For Frehner,the priorities that need to be reconsidered include: corporate control of politics; the record profits that global corporations enjoy at the expense of the economy, environment and local infrastructure; and the upwards of 400 percent salary differences between CEOs and their employees. Frehner stresses that such change can only come about with social uprising, but that such uprising need not be violent or in conflict with the police. “The police officers of Las Vegas are just like the rest of us — a couple of paychecks away from foreclosure or a single medical emergency away from bankruptcy. I don’t believe that they will abuse us or be violent with us.” For Sam Neylon, a 23-year-old graduate of McGill University who moved here for an internship, the movement is about “channeling indignance.” He says, “What I like about the movement is that it’s not clear. We’re not going to fit ourselves into the way that protests were sort of posed before or how they’ve been posed since the ’70s. We’re going to represent this immovable, free-floating discontent with the way things are. Rather than asking the way things are to change in a specific way, we’re going to be telling the people who would do the changing that we’re fed up with them.” Angelo Brancaccio, a window dressing and upholstery wholesaler in his fifties who identifies neither as a Democrat or a Republican, had to lay off two employees who were with his company for six years. He heard about the movement through his son, a high school student. “I didn’t think there was going to be anything on the West Coast that soon ... I think it’s not just about kids, it’s about all ages.” Brancaccio says he would stay overnight and even get arrested, although this is his first time becoming strongly involved in an activist cause. “If I have to be arrested, I would be arrested. I feel that strongly about it, absolutely. I’m a small business owner. I’ve seen my business fall, plummeted 80 or 90 percent in the last three years. I don’t see it getting any better anytime soon, and now I think it’s the time for us, the American people, to get up and start saying and start doing something about it, because it’s just never going to end ... the rich get rich, the poor get poor, and where do the middle class go? What happens to the middle class?” For Jim Walsh, 57, the unemployed truck driver from New York and a local organizer

with the Stonewall Democrats, a gay rights advocacy group, his motivation for participating has to do with watching friends lose their jobs and not be rehired because of ageism, but also not be able to collect Social Security checks because they’re not old enough. “So they’re without health insurance, they’re without Social Security and without a job. And it’s been happening to a lot of people who have been in the same workplace for 20, 30, 40 years.” . Jennifer Reed, a 41-year-old grandmother and fourth-year doctoral student in sociology at UNLV, is participating because she’s seen her student loan debt skyrocket at a time when she’s trying to put her own children through college. Asked if she’s worried about being arrested, she says, “I am more afraid of remaining silent as our rights as U.S. citizens are being taken away. I feel it is my duty as a citizen to find the courage to stand up for social justice and for my children’s, grandchild’s, and students’ futures. If I get arrested as a result of civil disobedience standing up for what I believe in, so be it. ... The level of influence money has on current U.S. and global politics is shameful and alarming. ... What kind of a role model would I be to remain silent?” Similarly identified with that patriotism is Brian Hogan, a 34-year-old event producer who votes Libertarian, grew up in a Republican household and reads Adbusters. “We want to be taken seriously so we don’t look like a bunch of college hippies ... what they don’t want to put forward is an image of just, you know, a 22-year-old Rastafarian kid with a joint hanging out of his mouth who’s going ‘Yeah man, the government sucks!’ That’s too easy to do.” “This is the first time I’ve gotten involved with something politically,” he says, but the fact that he’s participating means there are others like him who would be interested in joining, people who aren’t liberal college kids. “I’m not a person who would be expected to be the person you think you would find at an Occupy Wall Street or Occupy Vegas activist event. I’ve always been attracted to activism, but I’ve never thought I was a part of something until now. I’ve been waiting a long time to see America take America back.” OccupyLasVegaswillrallytonight,Thursday,Oct.6.Activists will congregate at 3 p.m. at the New York-New York. The march will begin at 4.At 8,there will be a general assembly meeting at the proposed occupation site, 460-598 E. Tropicana Ave, near UNLV. The public can attend both events. The occupation of the Tropicana site is proposed to begin Oct. 15. Go to


UNLV is using the sun to get rid of its garbage. We’re not talking about scattering banana peels and apple cores on the ground to wither and rot beneath its rays. The university’s method is much more high-tech — and sanitary. UNLV and Republic Services installed Southern Nevada’s first solar trash compactor on campus about a month ago. It’s a win-win for the ecologically minded. Energy fromthesunwillpowermachinesthatsquash trash into tiny bundles that take up less space in landfills. The solar-powered compactor can reduce energy by as much as 40 percent compared to its conventional counterpart, according to the press release. The university plans to add solar-powered recycling compactors to its arsenal of waste-disposal devices in the near future, because scattering glass and cans on the ground isn’t going to create anything but a mess. AMY KINGSLEY

ON A ROLL Wynn Las Vegas accused a craps-playing couple from Argentina of dice sliding last week after they won $700,000 at the tables. That’s a lot of money. So, how did they do it? And, more importantly, how can you learn how to do it? There are plenty of books and videos that promise to teach dice control. One company, Golden Touch, even offers craps seminars that teach the “eight physical elements of precision shooting.” The primer package costs almost $1,500. Las Vegans won’t have to travel too far, because the company travels to Southern Nevadaseveraltimesayear.Onceyou’vetakentheprimer package, you can purchase advanced video analysis of your throw. Still, you’ve got to wonder why the Golden Touch folks are so eager to teach these skills to other people. It seems like an elite thrower could earn more than$1,500inadayatthetables. AMY KINGSLEY a




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Unless you’ve been driving around with a Bluetooth in each ear, you’ve probably heard that Nevada legislators outlawed texting and talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel. Since Oct. 1, police officers can issue warnings to drivers. On Jan. 1, 2012, they’ll start issuing tickets. If you have to talk, you can, but you’ve got to do it hands-free. The goal of the new law is to keep drivers’ eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Cell-phone scofflaws also got a little bit of good news in the 2011 Legislature. State Sen. Valerie Wiener introduced a bill that makes sexting between minors a non-criminal offense. Before the law went into effect July 1, sexting between minors could be prosecuted as a criminal offense,punishable by jail and the requirement to register as a sex offender. Now judges can treat underage sexters as children in need of supervision instead of delinquents. The new law doesn’t apply to adults. A grownup in possession of naked images of minors can still be punished for child pornography. So teens can take their clothes off and text away — as long as they don’t do it while driving.

BIGOTS BEWARE Nevada made it illegal in 2011 to discriminate against people based on gender identity or expression. Before Oct. 1, employers, prospective landlords and others could deny transgender citizens the ability to live, work and enjoy themselves where they want. Now they can’t, because these citizens enjoy the same protections as the rest of us. The law won’t change minds overnight, but it will help change them in the long run.

PROTECTION FOR POOCHES Senate Bill 223, also known as Cooney’s Law, changed the penalties for some acts of animal cruelty. People who commit the worst violence against animals — think dog fighting and mutilation — can now be charged with a felony. The worst penalty these meanies would receive before this law was a slap on the wrist. Some critics have pointed out that the law potentially



treats first-time animal abusers more harshly than first-time domestic abusers, who still receive misdemeanors.But the law is intended for the worst kind of animal abusers, like Cooney’s owner,whoslicedhisdogopenandletherbleed todeath.Undertheoldlaw,theownerservedno jail time, and was allowed to adopt another dog two years after his conviction.

GIMME SOME SPACE We know what most Nevadans think of bicyclists. They’d rather choke on exhaust and put up with traffic jams than respect a bicycle lane or slow down for someone in Spandex.But now you’vegottorespectthepedalpushers,because it’s the law. As of Oct. 1, motorists must put at least three feet between their vehicle and a bicyclistwhenpassing,andmoveintotheleftlane if possible. It should be easy enough to do, now that you’re not distracted by an incoming call.

LOCK UP THE SPRAY PAINT Another year, another batch of anti-graffiti legislation. This time, the laws target vandals who hit protected sites, such as historic buildings or state parks. It also lowers the amount of damage from $5,000 to $500 for a felony charge. Property owners can also sue the parents of underage vandals. Graffiti is one of those issues that emerges almost every session, like taxation and education. No one has come up with a penalty that will keep kids from writing. And this one probably won’t either.

CONCEALED FIREARM PERMITS CONCEALED Most burglars don’t make public records requests to find out who holds concealed firearm permits before breaking into houses. But gun owners were worried enough about the problem to lobby the Legislature to make concealed firearms permits confidential in the state of Nevada. Now nosy neighbors can’t find out who in their neighborhood is packing. Neither can journalists, which is too bad because there’s a lot of good information in those records. That’s a story we’ll never get to write.

Many casinos hide the fact they serve shark fin, a controversial delicacy obtained through the butchering of sharks// BY AL MANCINI The video is horrifying. A majestic, endangered shark is hoisted onto the back of a fishing ship. Its fins are brutally hacked off as it flails in agony. Then the suffering animal is thrown back into the ocean where it will slowly drown — unable to swim or breathe. And Las Vegas’ contribution to this slaughter is the town’s dirty little culinary secret. The procedure is known as finning. It’s done to procure shark fin, prized by many Chinese as a gourmet ingredient that’s a symbol of wealth and importance. Shark fins are extraordinarily valuable, while shark meat is either inedible or extremely cheap. So shark fisherman don’t want to waste cargo space on several hundred pounds of cheap meat when that space could be used for precious fins. Shark finning is objectionable on three levels. It’s environmentally devastating (according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, one third of all shark species are now endangered). It’s wasteful. And it’s cruel. One activist has compared it to trapping an endangered elephant in the jungle, cutting off its paws, and leaving it to die. According to Ken Peterson of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, tens of millions of sharks are being killed every year, and “a significant number of them are being taken just for fins, because of the



extreme value that fins command in the market.” As top-level predators, an imbalance in the shark population has repercussions for the entire ocean ecosystem. And because sharks reproduce later in life, and produce fewer offspring, they’re not easily able to rebuild populations. So what’s driving this decimation? A simple bowl of soup. For centuries, shark fin soup has been considered a delicacy in Chinese culture. It’s served at weddings and other special occasions, or to honor an important guest. A bowl can sell for upwards of $150 in upscale restaurants. Ironically, the fin itself adds nothing to the taste of the soup. It simply supplies texture. The outrage over finning has prompted the U.S. and several other countries to ban the practice. All sharks harvested domestically must be brought to shore with their fins attached. “But that doesn’t affect high-seas fisheries,” Peterson says. “And it doesn’t affect those countries that have not adopted a ban. And there is this incredible demand to kill those sharks on the high seas and in unregulated areas — or by poaching in places where finning is banned — because there’s an economic incentive to do so.” So activists are trying to eliminate the demand. Hawaii, Washington and Oregon have all banned the sale of shark fin. A similar bill was recently passed in the California Legislature, and is awaiting the governor’s signature. Here in Las Vegas, you rarely hear about shark fin. But shark fin soup is actually widely b





available in Las Vegas, on and off the Strip. Yet the largest dealers in the dish, the luxury resorts, have gone out of their way to hide it from the public. Finding shark fin soup in Chinatown is pretty easy. Harbor Palace’s menu has a special section for shark fin, offering a braised fin for $55 per person,and braised fin soup for $35. A quick e-mail the next day to a friend who frequently dines in Chinatown immediately provided two more suggestions as to where to find it. Finding shark fin soup on The Strip is a lot trickier. It isn’t listed on the menu of a single restaurant, but it’s available in most of the larger resorts. The soup is a favorite of Asian high-rollers. And most casinos feel they simply can’t afford to alienate those whales and drive them across the street to another resort. So their special customers are made aware they only have to ask for the dish from room service (where a huge percentage of shark fin soup is served), the resort’s high-end Asian restaurant — or just about anywhere else they want it. Of the four companies I attempted to contact for this article — MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas Sands (Venetian/Palazzo), Caesars Entertainment and Wynn Resorts — only Las Vegas Sands stated that it doesn’t serve the dish in its restaurants or through room service. The executive chef of one Asian restaurant on the Strip says while he’s personally opposed to serving shark fin soup, refusing to provide it for a high-end player would be “career suicide.” The secretive nature of the dish hasn’t done much to curb consumption. According to a highly placed member of the Wynn/Encore food and beverage team (who would only speak if CityLife guaranteed to protect his/her identity), prior to Chinese New Year, the resort hires two chefs from Los Angeles, who work full time for three months just preparing shark fin. They make thousands of


We’ve all picked up bits and pieces of ethics advice when it comes to eating seafood, like avoid Chilean seabass and farmed salmon, but why? CityLife consulted the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s comprehensive Seafood Watch website to get the

facts on unsustainable seafoods. Chilean seabass The problem: Chilean seabass are slow-growing deep-water fish that reproduce late in life, making them prone to overfishing. A solution: Some Chilean seabass are certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. Diners should ask to see certification. Alternative eats:



orders. And hundreds are served at a single V.I.P. holiday dinner. (The Wynn declined comment.) While many casinos provide shark fin to their guests, they would clearly prefer the public not know about it. In addition to omitting it from their menus, they’re reluctant to answer even the simplest inquiries about the topic. With Wynn, repeated requests for an interview on the subject were ignored. MGM Resorts International (one of the most helpful companies I encountered) took several weeks before it confirmed that shark fin was served at five of its properties. (That includes Mandalay Bay, where it’s served in a restaurant just down the hall from Shark Reef, which is dedicated to preserving sharks.) When I contacted Caesars, it quickly confirmed Caesars Palace did offer shark fin, but said it was sourced from a supplier that used the entire shark. However, I was told that supplier was not interested in speaking to me. “No one can document that there is a sustainable shark fishery out there,” Peterson replied when informed of the casino’s claim. “Where’s the chain of custody? Where’s the documentation? And absent that, all you’re doing is continuing the economic incentive which will get those people who are not scrupulous catching [the sharks] on the high seas, where it’s unregulated.” Many Chinese Americans feel that the effort to ban shark fin is an assault on their cultural heritage, and bad for business. When I contacted the local Asian American Group, I was put in contact with a local Chinese woman named Qiao Qiao who simply didn’t believe sharks are endangered. More importantly, she felt banning shark fin soup was economically troubling. “We need to help each other make money,” she explained.“Don’t ban a business. It’s not a big deal.” And clearly, shark fin is big business in Las Vegas — whether the casinos want you to know about it or not.

Sablefish (black cod) from Alaska and British Columbia, Pacific halibut King Crab (imported) The problem: About half of the king crab sold in the U.S. is from Russia’s Far East and Barents seas, where crabs are critically endangered. A solution: Fortunately, king crab from the United States, including Alaska, is OK. Alternative eats:

Dungeness crab from the U.S. and Canada, kona crab from Australia and stone crab from the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Farmed Salmon The problem: It typically takes three pounds of wild fish to grow one pound of farmed salmon. Additionally, the salmon are raised in open pens in coastal waters, meaning disease

can spread to wild fish. A solution: Salmon farmed inland using closed-tank systems are proving to be sustainable. Alternative eats: Wild-caught salmon from Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington Red Snapper The problem: Red snapper is in decline everywhere due to overfishing. Alternative eats: Pollock, sablefish, striped bass

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From fish and chips to — we’re not making this up — catfish sloppy Joes, some dishes you have to try 10. BLACK COD WITH MISO, NOBU I honestly don’t get to Nobu that often anymore. But they usually make this signature dish when they’re part of a poolside food festival. If you’re there when they do, don’t miss it. (Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5090) 9. OYSTERS, FLEUR I love oysters just about any way you can make them — including plain. But Hubert Keller puts an incredibly ornate spin on tiny raw Kushis, topping them with a margarita sorbet and orange pu-

ree, then serving them over steaming liquid nitrogen. (Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 632-9400) 8. MARYLAND CRABS, CRAB CORNER They’reflowninfromMarylandorLouisiana,and steamedinbayseasoning.You crack ’ematthetableandpickoutthe meat!(4161S. Eastern Ave.,489-4646) 7. ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SUSHI, KAI If you love sushi, you can go broke eating at the high-end sushi joints on The Strip. But the inexpensive places that

Man vs. fish

Math, salmon and the joy of all-you-can-eat sushi BY SCOTT DICKENSHEETS



specialize in rolls that are deepfried, stuffed with cream cheese or slathered in sauce generally don’t care about the quality of their fish. Fortunately, Kai offers excellent fish at reasonable price. (4246 S. Durango Drive, 251-1520) 6. CATFISH SLOPPY JOE, RM SEAFOOD It’s fine dining upstairs at rm. But it’s this sloppy Joe, served in his casual downstairs restaurant, that got Rick Moonen on Oprah. The fish comes topped with pickles, potato chips, peppers and onions. (Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 632-9300) 5. LOBSTER CORNDOGS, AMERICAN FISH These arealsoservedatMichael Mina’sSeaBlue,andthey’re goodat bothplaces.The sweetlobster meat perfectlyblendswiththe cornbread-

ing,accentedbyspicy whole-grain mustard.Andthey’re only$5during happy hour.(Aria,3730Las Vegas Blvd.South, 877-230-2742) 4. TUNA DYNAMITE, SIMON Withlayersofrice, tunaandlump crab, thentoppedwithspicychiliaioli, thisdishisloadedwithcontrasting flavors,temperatureandtextures. Lookfor it under appetizers,rather thansushi.(PalmsPlace, 4381W. FlamingoRoad, 944-3292) 3. FISH AND CHIPS, RI RA Nobody in Vegas does fish and chips better than our newest Irish pub, Ri Ra. Their version features large, meaty pieces of beer-battered haddock and hand-cut chips, accompanied by your choice of tartar sauce or Irish remoulade — and, of course, malt vinegar. (Mandalay Place, 632-7771)

2. CAVIAR PARFAIT, MICHAEL MINA Mina invented this for his wife during their honeymoon. It consists of perfect layers of egg salad, whipped craime fraiche, potato cakes, smoked salmon and caviar, garnished with fresh dill leaves. You choose the caviar — so go sustainable! (Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 693-7223) 1. LAVRAKI, ESTIATORIO MILOS The Italians call this Mediterranean sea bass branzino, while the Greeks say lavraki. Regardless of the name, the best in town is served whole and deboned at Estiatorio Milos, lightly dressed in olive oil and capers. Try it as part of the $20.11 lunch deal. (The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 877-893-2003)

All-you-can-eat sushi isn’t a decision I make lightly. There are factors to be weighed. Cost-benefit ratios to be worked out. Consequences to consider. For one thing, it’s not cheap — $26 here at Sushi-Mon, a small place in the Silverado Ranch area, plus tax, tip ... I’ll be into it for upwards of $35. In terms of straightforward math, it almost certainly works out in my favor, if I’m hungry enough — with the cost of individual pieces of sushi (called nigiri) at around $4 for an order of two pieces, a little more for half-orders of sushi rolls, it’s not hard to eat $26 worth. But there’s more to it than math. Something about the very idea of AYCE demands more than mere cost-effectiveness. No, there’s an implicit challenge here. All-youcan-eat sushi asks, where’s your limit today? Let’s find out. I chose Sushi-Mon because a friend of mine, who has a black belt in sushi, has brought me here before, and I’m pretty certain of the fish quality — important in choosing a sushi joint. It’s a smallish restaurant in a strip mall, next to an H&R Block, a cupcake place and a Starbucks. My wife is here, as the voice of reason, as is my 4-year-old granddaughter, as the voice demanding to go to the cupcake store. In the afternoon’s most embarrassing moment, she’ll prove to be far more adept at working the chopsticks than I ever will be. I start with half a California roll (four pieces). This would cause my friend the sushi master to cringe; he thinks of the California, and other gimmicky rolls, as tourist sushi. Not the real thing. I order it anyway, along with two orders (four pieces) each of salmon and yellowtail. Salmon is easily my favorite raw

fish; it tastes exactly like what I imagine the essence of fresh fish should taste like. Yellowtail is a close second. Indeed, I prefer the simplicity of nigiri — rice and fish — to the more complex ingredients of many rolls. Even so, the California is delicious, and soon it and the eight pieces of salmon and yellowtail are gone. Next is half of a spicy tuna roll and another order of salmon. If you’re keeping count, that’s 18 pieces, and somewhere between the last bite of the spicy tuna and the second bite of salmon, I crossed the $26 threshold. It’s like everything else is free! The service is terrific, attentive and friendly, and because it’s early in the lunch hour, the chefs aren’t so busy that there’s a long wait between orders. The fish just keeps coming: garlic tuna, more yellowtail, even more salmon. I stall here. In every AYCE sushi grind, there comes a point at which I ask myself, do I keep at it; do I go EPIC with this? Maybe order up a tiger roll (shrimp tempura, cucumber and avocado wrapped with spicy tuna and sliced avocado), possibly something with cream cheese to spite my friend in absentia, and a whole Alaskan bay’s worth of salmon pieces? Lord knows I’ve done it before, and this afternoon I feel like I could do it again. But a few hundred words ago I mentioned consequences to consider. I have to return to work after this, and I don’t think a titanic case of sushi bloat will help my productivity. Anyway, as little miss showoff with the chopsticks reminds me, I have to save room for a cupcake. So I call it quits and run the numbers: Between the rolls and nigiri, I ate 24 pieces of sushi; ordered individually, they would have cost me $41. And I feel immensely satisfied. Not bad for a white belt. a



Transatlantic table service

Lobster ME’s lobster roll and lobster ice cream, right

Two Las Vegas restaurants get their premium seafood from the Mediterranean — very carefully





as Vegas restaurants have always offered global cuisine. But many are now offering ingredients from around the world. And for two of the town’s finest seafood spots — one Italian, the other Greek — that means fish, lobsters and other delicacies harvested in the Mediterranean. Getting such highly perishable cargo from the sea to our desert while it’s still fresh is a pretty complicated undertaking. And anyone who’s ever had an airline lose their luggage will be in awe of their efficiency. Five or six times a week, the chefs at The Cosmopolitan’s Estiatorio Milos place orders for seafood, taken by the restaurant’s private procurement company 6,500 miles away in Greece, and by a sister office in Portugal, which meet with select local fisherman to fill it. The pristine Mediterranean seafood is immediately packed with ice Gel Packs in Styrofoam boxes. It’s then loaded onto commercial airliners for transport to Las Vegas. The fish in Athens flies to London, where it’s transferred to a British Airways flight to Las Vegas. Fish in Lisbon travels to New York/Newark, and then to Vegas. Customs papers are processed electronically while the fish is in flight, so when it arrives at McCarran it can be immediately loaded onto the restaurant’s refrigerated truck. Within 24 hours, the fish are in the hands of the chefs who ordered them. Some, like the lobsters and langoustines, are still alive. “The icing and the packing is really crucial,” explains Milos’ Director of Operations Adam Rand. “Vegas [routes] have that transfer. And the icing is really crucial to keeping the fish really firm and cold.” Paul Bartolotta, of Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare in Wynn Las Vegas, understands that fact as well. His seafood takes a similar journey from the Mediterranean. He once received a case of fish that had gone bad in transit. Unable to return it, he had to throw out the expensive shipment. Since then, he’s imbedded microchips in each case of fish that track the temperature every 30 minutes. That way, if a case gets too warm at some point, he can discern exactly where the problem occurred. AL MANCINI

Lobster ice cream, yes. Naked sushi, no Sometimes the seafood experience is good, sometimes not. Two personal tales. LOBSTER WTF?

So we media assholes get invited to these (free) foodie events, where any number of dishes are prepared and we gladly consume any and all of it, no matter what run-over animal it resembles. And on one Sunday afternoon, I went to a menu sampling of the then-yet-to-be-opened Lobster ME (now serving crustacean fans at the Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood). After downing a lobster shooter, the main attraction came our way: a lobster roll. I’ve never been to New England, and I hadn’t heard of a lobster roll before. But there it was: what looked like a fancy hot dog bun, filled with a mix of mostly diced lobster and mayonnaise. Normally, you lose


The Groupon was pretty straightforward, or so I thought: “Geisha House Steak & Sushi beckons guests to test chopstick accuracy during a 4.5-hour naked sushi event exploring the art of nyotaimori, or body sushi … [where] guests pluck their sushi-laden models for fresh sustenance.” Nowhere did it say “buffet” or “nightclub” or “just kidding about everything we just described.” When I think of naked sushi, I hear zen music. I imagine candlelight, and a polite group of culinary adventurers gathered around a large wooden table. There’s a woman lying in the center, tastefully covered in banana leaves and artfully decorated with raw fish. There is no line to load up

me at mayonnaise. But I went for it, and it was like eating the best tuna salad sandwich ever. I could have scarfed down another. Instead, we were handed lobster ice cream. Believe me: Whatever you just thought reading that, I said it. But I had nerve to spare after getting past mayonnaise. So I scooped into the bowl, spooned me a big ol’ bite of lobster bits burrowed into vanilla ice cream, and shoveled it into my mouth. “It’s not nasty,” I said. “It’s a good weird,” I said after the second bite. “I’m totally going to finish this,” followed the third. And I did. You have to try lobster ice cream. It cannot be any more intimidating than tasting Ben and Jerry’s Schweddy Balls. MIKE PREVATT

on pre-prepared food, there is no rap music and there are no off-limits table decorations wearing recklessly placed rolls and heavy face makeup. So you can imagine the surprise when I found myself in the latter scenario, helping myself to cold tempura and hours-old rolls off of a plate, not “two models performing their best table impressions,” as the coupon had promised. I sloughed back to my seat around a habachi table, where men looked around anxiously, and women just looked anxious. I ate my food and whined to my date-buddy. I endured the Top 20 club jams. I felt misled. It might have been true that the event lasted 4.5 hours, but I’ll never know. We left right after dinner. KRISTY TOTTEN

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that. This is 2011. We really don’t need record labels any more. And when you have little things like that and heavier things with contractual issues and people not sticking to the terms of the deal,it becomes an annoyance.But it was so back and forth I was like, fuck it. Fuck this album. Y’all wanna put it out, y’all put it out. If y’all don’t, y’all don’t. I’m [going to] go on tour. That kind of thing. And it was so back and forth that it stalled things out for a couple months. Then I’d have to come back to the table and get insulted again [with] another bunch of bullshit.

Lupe Fiasco’s third album was a disaster to put out. And he’ll be the first to say it.

[Publicist from Atlantic Records, who’d been on the line the whole time]: Hey, sorry to interrupt, we have time for one more question. Yeah. The label don’t like when I talk about that stuff. They don’t like when I talk about them. (laughs)


Wasalu Jaco got our phone call cut short when he started bad-mouthing his label, Atlantic. The rapper for whom the crowd screams “Lupe Fiasco” claims it’s for good reason: For an artist set apart by musical creativity and originality (his first two records,Food & Liquor and The Cool, marked a change in the tide of popular hip-hop), his third record, Lasers, has noticeably less hunger and an unfortunate flush-fitting with most radio rap. Before his publicist gave him the red light, Fiasco laid down for us his feelings about making music, the creative process and major-label philandering. If he was this candid for us, we can’t imagine how his Oct. 9 performance at The Pearl will go.



CityLife: There’s a lot of self-loathe for the Lasers album online. Is there truth in your disappointment in the album as a whole? Lupe Fiasco: Nah, nah, nah. I don’t have a problem with the music. I have a problem with the process I went through to get the music out. The conflict I have with my record label and the conflict with different A&Rs was so blown out of proportion. That’s what I hated about the album. It’s hard to separate even as much as I try to separate it for people. It’s like, there are people who love journalism, but they hate the newspaper or the magazine they work at because they hate their editor. It’s the same deal: This is a job. When I’m at work, I love making music. But I hate the business. It’s what you have to go through if you want to make music and put it out professionally. The Lasers album was such a headache with the argu-

ing and fighting,going back and forth and dumping records and recording records. It was a mess. So I love the music. I HATE the process I have to go through to get the music out there. It wasn’t like that for The Cool or Food & Liquor.Lasers was something specifically annoying. Was it a lot of control issues and who was in charge? It was just about creative differences. I had an idea of how I wanted the album to go, and the record label had an idea of how they wanted the record to go.And they leveraged their power,saying,“If you don’t do this record,you can’t go back into the studio.” But it’s like, yo, I’m rich enough to buy my own studio. I don’t necessarily need your permission to let me in the studio if I don’t do your song.Let’s have a better negotiation than

All right, let’s get to something a lot of Lupe fans have been on. Will there be a Food & Liquor 2? I don’t know. Because one of the things I feared coming out of Lasers was when it was time to go back to the negotiating table, I was hoping some of the same stuff that went down with Lasers wouldn’t go down with this record. And it’s looking like that’s how it’s gonna go. You know, you try to separate the creativity from the business and put yourself in a nice creative space where you can just create and don’t feel pressure. But the instant you get signs of pressure creatively … I don’t want to say you get constipated creatively. But I just stopped giving a fuck. That was what happened with Lasers. Like, OK, you’re just gonna keep beating me over the head, then fuck it. I’m not gonna be a whipping boy. So we’re in the preliminary stages of putting Food & Liquor 2 together, and it’s looking like it’s gonna be the same kind of process. So now I’m like, I don’t even know if I’m gonna do that shit. I’m definitely going to do Friend of the People, which is the next mixtape, but I dunno if the next record is going to be Food & Liquor 2. CL: Would you self-release? Nah. Not now. I can’t. It’s ... (laughs) It’s kind of a catch-22 [with contract agreements]. But Friend of the People is coming. Food & Liquor 2 is in limbo. So we’ll see what happens. We’re literally negotiating this stuff right now, so we’ll see what happens in the next few months. LUPE FIASCO (with Chiddy Bang) Sunday, Oct. 9, 9 p.m.; 4321 West Flamingo Road, 944-3200, $39-$89


Is Kickstarter the newest way to busk? BY MAX PLENKE

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ince 2009, Kickstarter has funded creative projects, ranging from small-potatoes band investments, like the $6,000 local band Kid Meets Cougar asked for to pay for a new live show, to large-scale, like TikTok+LunaTik, a conversion kit to integrate an iPod Nano into a watchband that, as of press time, has over $942,578 in pledges from 13,512 pledgers (called “backers” in Kickstarter lingo). The funding is based on an all-or-nothing crowd-sourcing approach: Donations can come from anyone, and if the project doesn’t reach its proposed pledge amount, it gets nothing, and the money pledged is never charged to the pledger’s bank account. For musicians, it’s the modern equivalent of a fundraising show. Only anyone can attend from anywhere in the world, and it happens all day, every day, for over a month. “I thought this was a more fun way to [raise funds],” says

Kid Meets Cougar half Brett Bolton, who’s in the middle of rebuilding the band’s live set to incorporate a new video projector and software paid for by his 104 donors. “Instead of one event that everyone has to come to, we have 45 days to completely explain ourselves online. Some [of the donors] we’ve never met. They just happened to be on Kickstarter and liked what we were doing.” The same success came for locals Kinetic Origins of Rhythm, whose $20,545 pledge



Kid Meets Cougar and their projector: That’s not a TV, it’s an amp.

amount paid for a cargo van, a video projector and a video screen, all to support a touring show. “It’s a great platform to help artists because we’re not necessarily big business men,” says singer Mato Sun, who spoke to us from the van Kickstarter backers paid for as he drove to set up a private party for one of the biggest donors. “It was nice to have peerto-peer funding where someone’s like, ‘hey man, I believe in what you’re doing, here’s some money.’” But the idea is easy to be critical about from a musician point of view, especially since there’s no guarantee it’ll pay out. Jason Mackenroth from local band Mack, whose Kickstarter project for a music video and pressing a record needs $13,000 to go through, only has just over $200 pledged after 15 days. The part that finds us, and a solid chunk of blog critics, with our eyebrows raised is that Kickstarter can’t assure backers they’re going to be paying for exactly what they see. “There are ups and downs because in the end some band could use it for evil,” says Last Call singer Austin Jeffers. “Like, anything in this world ... [so] the cause must be honest.” There’s nothing in place to prove a band didn’t spend the money to pay for, say, a mortgage. And, in a city where it seems like everyone’s working an angle, it’s hard to look honest. “Courtney [Carroll, Kid Meets Cougar drummer] and I were struggling with this when we decided to do it,” Bolton says. “Do we want to look like the guy on the corner asking for handouts?” To ease worries and instill a sort of return investment, Kickstarter has each project come with a specific “thank you” for the amount pledged, as it relates to the project. KOR’s $10 donation package is a digital copy of their album. Their $1,000 package has, among other things, an hour drum lesson with the band’s drummer and an hour yoga lesson with the singer, both via Skype. But, according to Bolton, free money isn’t the only benefit. It’s more than gaining funds. “We made a lot of new fans through this,” he says. “That Kickstarter thing helped build the Kid Meets Cougar community of people who support us and enjoy what we do. People are excited about the project and about having a piece of it. I think it’s something we’ll remember for a while.”

DOWNTOWN RALLIES IN THE NAME OF NOISE ON SEPT. 27, downtown Las Vegas showed its colors. It happened at a public discussion about revising a noise exemption ordinance amendment, set in motion in 2008. The idea is that, on weeknights, outdoor venues cut their action at midnight, and on weekends, 2 a.m. Residents of The Ogden — a residence in the heart of the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) built after Beauty Bar, Downtown Cocktail Room, The Griffin and the amendment had already nestled into Fremont East — were there to discuss the need for lower decibels and earlier cut-off times. But it became clear early on the spirit of downtown had the upper hand. It started with a line of bartenders, promoters, musicians and former government employees walking to the El Cortez Founders Room in “Keep Downtown Loud!” T-shirts. It ended (as far as we were concerned) with judge/poet Dayvid Figler delivering the best line of the night, to Councilman Ricki Barlow: “You grew up around all of this and you turned out great.” Before he spoke, it was a line of downtown faces: Jennifer Cornthwaite of Emergency Arts questioned the area’s survival if early bedtimes make potential new bars reconsider. Neon Reverb co-founder James Woodbridge predicted the death of downtown music and the impossibility of drawing international acts. We understand wanting outdoor music to end at a reasonable hour. Hell, concertgoers want it to end at a reasonable hour, too. We’ve been at Beauty Bar at 3 a.m. for a band that should’ve been done two hours earlier. But that should happen through good management, not crotchety dictation. Downtown’s on the cusp. Something like the noise ordinance, which may be introduced to City Council in less than two weeks, could jeopardize that and return downtown to its former non-glory. That shouldn’t happen. MAX PLENKE a





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Gerard Butler stars as a hardcore Christian He-Man in the fascinating but flawed Machine Gun Preacher. BY KEVIN CAPP

Killing in the name of


ilm history is pockmarked by sentimental sob-fests that feast on suffering Africans saved by white Westerners. But in director Marc Monster’s Ball Forster’s version of a true story in Machine Gun Preacher, Gerard Butler’s Sam Childers transforms from a bad motherfucker with a black heart to a bad motherfucker with a heart of gold. In other words: You won’t find a more complex portrait of an Ivory Savior on the “Dark Continent.” But be warned: Machine Gun Preacher isn’t perfect — hardly. Forster is driven to distraction by the many layers of Sam’s remarkable life, muddying the central narrative and wasting precious screen time. Sam is a racist ex-con with a meth problem and penchant for inflicting pain, who, after a bad night out with his wastoid pal Donnie (Michael Shannon), finds Jesus through his ex-stripper wife, Lynn (Michelle Monaghan). Sam also finds a pair of worthy causes: building a



church for the worst of the worst in his native Pennsylvania, and building an orphanage for war refugees on the Uganda-Sudan border. Traveling back and forth between Sam’s proselytizing in America and his missionary work in East Africa, Forster, working from a script by Jason Keller, leaves no subplot unturned. So Donnie’s own rocky life is traced in considerable detail. Ditto the growing dissatisfaction of Lynn, who initially supports Sam’s obsession with the orphanage, but grows increasingly upset at the time, energy and money it sucks from their lives in the States. There’s also Sam’s relationship with his Ugandan pal Deng (Souleymane Sy Savane), who becomes concerned with Sam’s propensity for violence. And herein lies the real narrative Forester should’ve focused on.As he proved in 300 and further shows here, Butler can be one ferocious, frightening dude, making him the perfect actor to play Sam, a hardcore Christian He-Man. Disgusted by the

treatment of Ugandan and Sudanese children by Joseph Kony, the still-active head of the fanatical Lord’s Resistance Army, Sam eventually grows dissatisfied with only running the orphanage, and forms his own militia to save child soldiers and erase the adults who recruit them. In this way, Forster, much as he did with Billy Bob Thronton’s racist prison guard in Monster’s Ball, attempts to probe an extreme man’s extreme 180-degree life change. But there’s so much else going on that this fascinating arc gets short-changed. Indeed, Forster foolishly injects yet another minor character, an aide worker, to draw a parallel between Kony’s and Sam’s methods. That this wrinkle is there is commendable; the two men do form a kind of Janus’s head, after all, with one looking to violence for personal glorification, while the other looks to it for personal salvation. But that this mirroring is explored in such a haphazard manner is deplorable. Similarly shortchanged are the causes of the war in Uganda. We’re simply told that it involves age-old religious and tribal differences. Yet, thanks in large part to Butler’s performance and Sam’s story, Machine Gun Preacher (a title too close to Hobo with a Shotgun for such serious cinema) manages enough miraculous moments to keep us engaged. “God don’t only call the good,” Sam says. Goddamn right. Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Souleymane Sy Savane, directed by Marc Forster, rated R, 127 mins

“YOU MAKE A MISTAKE, you’re out of the game,” says Ryan Gosling deep into political thriller The Ides of March. Political tragedy is more like it, but that’s mainly due to the Shakespearean overtones embedded in George Clooney’s latest directorial effort. Clooney plays Gov. Mike Morris, a populist presidential candidate whose campaign is directed by Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and press spokesman Stephen Meyers (Gosling). Meyers is a political animal drawn to campaign work by idealism, but is prepared to do what it takes to get his man elected. He mistakenly thinks one small compromise can’t have a domino effect on his career and the campaign. Working from a screenplay inspired by the experiences of former Howard Dean campaign worker Beau Willimon, Clooney starts out with a promising behind-the-scenes scenario cursed by its title. The Ides of March suggests Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, which would make Gosling’s character Brutus. Zara has to be Marc Antony, with Morris as Caesar, but the parallels aren’t that clear. Is Evan Rachel Wood, as Morris’ campaign serf Molly Stearns, Portia? She does hook up with Meyers early on, but she’s also the daughter of the DNC chairman, making it highly unlikely she would become the Monica Lewinsky figure she does midway through the film. You have to connect the dots somehow when you turn to the Bard for inspiration, but The Idea of March begins to co-opt Richard III by midpoint, allowing the film to enter its own realm. Character assassination just won’t suffice for a bloodbath in the Roman Senate, but the convoluted sequence of events that leads to Meyers’ dismissal by Zara feels too contrived. Not drawing on Julius Caesar at all to frame the story might have helped The Ides of March be a little more politically thrilling. MATT KELEMEN


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WHAT DO YOU GET when you combine Gus Van Sant with a morbid teen who thinks he sees a kamikaze pilot and a girl with brain cancer who appears completely unaffected by her imminent death? You get Restless, an unfortunate title for a film that provides plenty of opportunities for sprints to the restrooms at the multiplex. Actually, stroll to that restroom, since that will help make 95 minutes seem to go by faster. Restless isn’t agonizing to sit through in its entirety. It’s just not necessary. Enoch Brae (Henry Hopper) has a thing for attending funerals, and wearing some great vintage mourning outfits at them. He catches the eye of waiflike Annabel Cotton (Mia Wasikowska), who saves him from getting kicked out of a service by an angry funeral director. Annabel claims to work on the cancer ward at a local hospital, and corrects Enoch when he refers to the patients as cancer kids (“Kids with cancer!”). She’s also sunny to a ridiculous degree. “People wear bright colors these days,” she says in reference to his duds.“I don’t have any,” is his reply, which of course gives Annabel a mission to brighten up his life with the time she has left. Annabel, despite never showing any outward signs, is a kid with cancer herself with very limited time left. Much of the film just follows Enoch and Annabel as Enoch’s imaginary friend Hiroshi (Ryo Kase) offers advice between games of Battleship. The kids are cute, of course, and Van Sant avoids his usual long, meditative sequences where nothing happens. Aside from evoking both Love Story and Harold & Maude in one art-house romance, Van Sant doesn’t aspire to much beyond preparing the audience for how Annabel will die and showing her effect on Enoch’s life. He can add a tear-jerker to his filmography, though. Next. MATT KELEMEN

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the house. (MK: 08.25.11) Texas Station DREAM HOUSE (PG-13, 92 mins) After moving his

family from New York City to a quiet New England town, Will (Daniel Craig) discovers that a brutal murder occurred in their home, and the parallels between him and the man who allegedly killed his wife and two daughters there begin to add up. DRIVE (R, 100 mins) An existential, relatively quiet man named Driver (Ryan Gosling) proves to be an avenging angel and the man to hire for a score. But with Ron Perlman and Albert Brooks on board as murderous mobsters, things are bound to get seriously complicated. A neo-noir masterpiece that elevates director Nicolas Winding Refr from rising visionary filmmaker to auteur. And Gosling is king. (MK: 09.15.11) FINAL DESTINATION 5 (R, 95 mins) The survivors of a suspension-bridge collapse aren’t completely clear of Death yet, in the fifth installment of this gory franchise. Tropicana HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2 (PG-13, 125 mins) In an ultimate

battle between good and evil, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) faces of against Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Though it may not be the best film of the franchise, it does bring the Harry Potter series to a tremendous end. (CB:07.14.11) THE HELP (PG-13, 137 mins) Skeeter (Emma Stone), Aibileen (Viola Davis) and Minny (Octavia Spencer) form a daring friendship in Mississippi during the 1960s. The Help gives off a scent of Spielbergian sisterhood sappiness from a mile away. But new director Tate Taylor gives it the right touch. And the cast gels as an ensemble brings the film to life without letting its themes overshadow its characters. (MK: 08.11.11) HIGHER GROUND (R, 109 mins) This film — plagued by meandering storylines, flashbacks, decades-old settings and no real point in the end — follows a woman struggling with her religious beliefs and trying to find who she is. (MK: 09.22.11) Village Square HORRIBLE BOSSES (R, 100 mins) In a drunken stupor, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) mastermind a plan to kill off their awful employers. With only a few good laughs, this film has all the earmarks of a scenario dreamed up by someone who had no idea where to take the story. (MK: 07.07.11) Village Square I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT (PG-13, 95 mins) And after Sex and the City 2, we don’t know how Sarah Jessica Parker keeps getting work. Nonetheless, she’s here, an overextended wife and mother about to be wooed by 007 himself (Pierce Brosnan). KILLER ELITE (R, 105 mins) Based on a true story, an ex-special ops agent (Jason Statham) and his mentor (Robert De Niro) are involved in a worldwide hunt for the leader of a secret military society (Clive Owen). LAUGH AT MY PAIN (R, 88 mins) Stand-up comedian Kevin Hart had his record-breaking two-night stand at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles filmed for your cineplex-viewing pleasure. Rainbow THE LION KING 3D (G, 87 mins) Simba and the gang return to the big screen, this time in 3D. MONEYBALL (PG-13, 133 mins) Based on a true

story, Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), uses an unorthodox statistical approach to forming a baseball team for the Oakland A’s 2002 season. Moneyball doesn’t use the typical rah-rah sports narrative. But Beane is a fantastically well-written role, giving Pitt one of the best opportunities to show what he can do. (CB: 09.22.11) RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (PG-13, 110 mins) After a scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) fails at curing his father (John Lithgow) of Alzheimer’s disease, he becomes the keeper of a chimp that’s been exposed to experimental drugs and is dangerously intelligent. Surprisingly inspired by 1972’s Conquest of the Planet of the Apes — but don’t expect another sequel. (MK: 08.04.11) SAVING PRIVATE PEREZ (PG, 105 mins) Black comedy where a Mexican crime lord (Miguel Rodarte) forms a militia to free his brother (Juan Carlos Flores) imprisoned in Iraq. Brendan Palms SENNA (PG-13, 104 mins) Ayrton Senna’s Formula One racing career, tragically over at 34, is immaculately captured in this documentary. It is both a story worth knowing and a film worth seeing, with every frame dug out of the archives. (CB: 09.15.11) Village Square SHARK NIGHT 3D (PG-13, 91 mins) College student Sara (Sara Paxton) and her friends spend weekend at her parent’s lake-side cabin, but soon discover the lake is infested with sharks. Sam’t Town, Texas Station THE SMURFS (PG, 100 mins) Fleeing from an evil wizard’s clutches, the Smurfs fall out of the magical world and into New York’s Central Park. Rainbow, Suncoast STRAW DOGS (R, 109 mins) A man is provoked by his wife’s ex-boyfriend and his fellow townfolk, upon their move to her hometown. This is a remake of the infamous 1971 Sam Peckinpah classic, so may the bloodletting begin. Aliante, Suncoast WARRIOR (PG, 139 mins) Director Gavin O’Connor skillfully weaves superbly choreographed scenes

of head-pounding, bone-crushing action with tense dramatic sequences. Brendan (Joel Edgerton, Animal Kingdom) is a former champion, now barely surviving as a high-school physics teacher. His estranged brother Tommy (Tom Hardy, Inception) might have been a champ had he not left to fight in Iraq. The multiple crises come to a head at a glitzy, last-man-standing event in Atlantic City. (PB: 09.08.11) WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? (R, 106 mins) Ally (Anna Faris) is concerned that she might not find “the one” so she looks up her old boyfriends — with the help of hunky neighbor (Chris Evans) — to see if anyone from her past might deserve a second chance. ZOOKEEPER (PG, 104 mins) A zoo caretaker (Kevin James) decides to quit and find a job more appealing to the women he’s not getting -- much to the chagrin to the animals he doesn’t know can speak. Tropicana

SPECIAL SCREENINGS BLACK OCTOBER (NR) This three-day film festival

is more than just horror films. Makeup workshops, demonstrations, performances and actor/filmmaker appearances complement the B-movie program. Fri-Sun. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335. Visit blackoctober.html for program details. $10-$25. FRANKENSTEIN (NR, 71 mins) Dr. Frankenstein comes up with the bright idea of harvesting the organs of dead people and birthing a whole new monster, I mean person. Boris Karloff steals the show here as the titular character, in this adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel. Tue, 1p. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 5073400. Free. INTERNATIONAL POLLY STAFFLE GRINDHOUSE FEST (NR) Underground film festival celebrat-

ing cult, horror, sci-fi, exploitation and grindhouse cinema. Oct. 7-16. Theatre 7, 1406 S. Third St., 568-9663. Visit or

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Whither Jackman? An exchange about the star of Real Steel


a pulse-racing


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– Owen Gleiberman

Scott Dickensheets: Tell me, S.T., what’s with Hugh Jackman? Didn’t he used to be a real actor? Now he’s playing second fiddle to a robot. Or am I misremembering the size of his acting chops? S.T. VanAirsdale: Well, Scott, it’s complicated. I think the popular awareness of Jackman is him brandishing those claws and sideburns as Wolverine in the X-Men films, so the idea of him playing second fiddle to a robot really isn’t that culturally removed from him sharing a screen with, oh, say, Halle Berry. But he does have a split persona, though, considering his visibility and prowess in the musical-theater realm. I’d guess that the Broadway establishment that lavished him with praise (and Tony Awards) for The Boy From Oz happily ignores his Hollywood blockbuster following, and vice versa. SD: Good points. But when I think of such Jackman films as The Prestige or The Fountain — admittedly flawed movies — I think of an actor pursuing serious aspirations. And

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its music director Gustavo Dudamel do a survey of the German composer’s work, assisted by Dutch violinist Janine Jansen. Sun, 2p. Check for theater info. $16-$20. MONDAY MOVIES (NR) Comedy features presented on a big screen. Monday, 9p. Freakin’ Frog, 4700 S.

plenty of actors with serious aspirations have been drawn to big, X-Men-style franchises. But Real Steel doesn’t appear to have that same blockbuster aura. It seems like the kind of film that could have starred Nic Cage and flirted with straight-to-video. A big step down, is what I’m thinking ... STV: Hugh Jackman would be lucky to have Cage’s career! He’s made some classics, and Ghost Rider proved he could carry a successful comic-book franchise just as easily as he could run off and work with Werner Herzog. That man’s an Oscar-winner! Jackman could barely host the Oscars.And while I hear you regarding The Prestige and The Fountain (which Jackman wasn’t even first choice for; Brad Pitt backed out the last minute) as “serious” projects, let’s face it: They’re still glossy, big-budget, bigpaycheck studio flicks. At the movies, anyway, Jackman doesn’t exactly take risks, and Real Steel seems to continue that tradition. SD: So it sounds like I shouldn’t view Real Steel as evidence of Jackman’s devolution as an actor, but rather as just another iffy choice in a career that’s also included Swordfish and the TV series Laughlin. STV: Well, it depends. If you’re a 13-yearold boy for whom Wolverine was a revelation two years ago, then I’m sure you’ll find Real Steel a tremendous emotional stretch! Real Steel, Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, directed by Shawn Levy, rated PG-13, 127 mins

Maryland Parkway. 597-9702. PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (NR) Celebrate the

25th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical of the night. Tue, 7:30p (taped). Check for locations. $20-$22.

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Pretty good gonzo The Damned Highway captures Thompson’s apocalyptic voice BY GEOFF SCHUMACHER


n this age of movies, television, YouTube, video games and phone apps — all tasing our senses 24/7 — the notion of reading a book is, for many people, akin to churning your own butter. After all, how can a book, a Middle Ages invention that hasn’t changed much since those days of plague and piss pots, compete with the synapse-blowing, kaleidoscopic eruptions of flavor delivered by 21st-century media? The answer: It can’t. Most of the time. But we need that wiggle room, because some books — old and new, artistic and popular — tell a story that can only be told effectively in written form. Because of the narrative technique, the writing style or the story’s scope, there’s no way to successfully translate it to the big screen, small screen or any other format. The only way to do it justice is to bring the story to life in your head. A great example is Philip Roth’s 1968 classic Portnoy’s Complaint. There’s been one failed attempt at making a movie version, in 1972, and nobody since has tried to translate this hilariously crude story to the big screen. Another great novel the movie industry hasn’t dared to touch is the Thomas Pynchon opus Gravity’s Rainbow. This is an increasingly difficult argument to make, however, because there are a few examples now of books, long thought to be unfilmable, that have pulled off the transition to the big screen.The Lord of the Rings comes to mind.Technologyandtalenthave,inafewcases, broken through the “unfilmable” barrier. A new novel that fits into this read-only category is The Damned Highway: Fear and Loathing in Arkham by Brian Keene and Nick Mamatas. The authors have delivered a rollicking mashup combining the voice and character of Hunter S. Thompson with the creepy fictional milieu of H.P. Lovecraft. In lesser hands, The Damned Highway could have been a disaster. Instead, it’s a success: I haven’t had such a good time reading a book in a long while. The key was nailing Thompson’s distinctive voice. Almost every

page offers a line or two equal to HST in peak form. It’s clear that Keene and Mamatas did their homework, not just in figuring out how Thompson wrote but how he thought, achieving more of an homage than a parody. It is 1972, and Thompson is at his most famous after the debut of the best-selling Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. But, holed up in his Woody Creek, Colo., home, he’s not happy: “Here in my fortified compound, both the snow and the fan mail are piling up. The pile of fan mail is deeper. I must face its terrible power alone, because the roads are closed and the plows won’t come this far tonight. The phones andtelevisionareout,andmyonlycompanions are the radio and my typewriter and the mad, wretched thoughts in my poisoned head.” It’s one thing to capture the way Thompson wrote and another to devise a plot that compels the reader to the final page. Keene and Mamatos have done this by sending Thompson on a drug-addled cross-country adventure in the midst of the 1972 presidential campaign. Along the way, Thompson encounters an array of strange and terrible things, including a dark vision of the American Heartland viewed from the window of a Greyhound bus: “All the towns we’ve passed are Potemkin villages of the worst sort. At least the clapboard and facades in Russia were designed to follow that great ruler and equestrienne, Catherine the Great. The church steeples and quaint little main streets, the burger joints and roller rinks, the satanic mills positioned right over brown rivers — they exist to fool the residents. ‘Hootie hoo, you are too real Americans! There is your church; there is your steeple. Step out of line and we’ll kill all the people.’ And they vote for it. Every four years, the stupid sheep vote for it.” The story posits an intriguing alternate history in which the mysterious forces of Lovecraftian lore are working for Richard Nixon’s victory in all 50 states, a feat that would awaken the sleeping god Cthulhu to rule the world. As you’ll recall, Nixon won every state in that election except Massa-

chusetts — Lovecraft territory — and so that’s generated by the otherworldly creatures dewhere Thompson engages the ancient forces picted in The Damned Highway. They are, for of evil. Later, he must do battle with an even the most part, targets of humor and parody. more evil creature than Lovecraft could have Of course, none of this should be taken conceived: J. Edgar Hoover. too seriously, even if it does serve to remind It’s absurd, of course, but also very clever, us that Thompson was much more than an and Thompson’s penchant entertainer: His political for apocalyptic allusions fits analysis often was spot-on, ALMOST EVERY well with Lovecraft’s cosmic cutting through the rhetoric PAGE OFFERS mythos. Both authors had to articulate the grand hopes A LINE OR the unsettling feeling that and corrupting influences of sinister forces were at work American politics. TWO EQUAL behind the scenes, manipuThe Damned Highway is TO HUNTER S. lating pawns to their cynical a worthy addition to your THOMPSON IN advantage. beloved shelf of Thompson By the end of this tall tale, tomes. And I think the only PEAK FORM. all the puzzle pieces have way to enjoy this story is by fit together nicely, weaving reading it. There might be a actual history and pop culture with the wild horror movie or role-playing video game to be visions of Thompson and Lovecraft. attemptedoutofthisrawmaterial,butitwould Overall, the authors do a better job with be impossible in either form to appreciate the Thompson than with the story’s Lovecraft elepleasures of the Thompson-esque voice. ments.Where Lovecraft managed to genuinely THE DAMNED HIGHWAY: FEAR AND LOATHING unnerve readers with his haunting monsters IN ARKHAM, Briane Keene and Nick Mamatas, Dark and Mandarin prose,there is no visceral horror Horse Books, 205 pages

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“Croquet Flamingo,” by Lisa Fields

Work by Scott Carter

Scott Carter — After Affect

Art is something you hang on the wall, right? Wrong! It can also be about the wall. Artist Scott Carter rethinks, deconstructs and reconfigures interior spaces, interrogating the plain walls and carpet we take for granted. By carving geometric patterns into drywall or segmenting curvilinear swatches of carpeting into topographical landscapes, Carter dynamically alters mundane environments. He started out as 2D artist, studying painting in Atlanta, but a job working for a professional mold-making company began to influence his approach and subject matter. This month Carter will ply his aberrant artistic talents upon the walls of the CAC. Cutting, stacking and assembling sections of drywall will leave a pattern of negative spaces in the gallery walls, prompting viewers to question their relationship to the gallery space itself. After this exhibit, you may never look at walls the same way. CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER 107 E. Charleston Blvd., No. 120; through Nov. 19.

Various Artists — Musings on Alice Un-birthdays and white rabbits continue to inspire artistic attention 200 years after the first publication of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This October, artists at Jenny Valdez Inc. gallery ponder Alice in a variety of mediums and styles.



demand techno-kinectic Steampunk objects and sculptures left little time for anything else. Mathis has become well known for functional objet d’art, such as an elegant executive desk with glass top revealing whirring gears and jeweled rivets. The silver and goldleafed gears are so convincingly metallic, one would never guess they are all hand-carved from wood. The large, broken circle of a skeletal wall clock titled “Quarter Till” is in the collection of magician Criss Angel. The upcoming exhibit at Statement Art Gallery shows a newly productive Mathis. He draws inspiration from a wide range of sources, from mythology and Italian Renaissance to fantasy and science fiction, and blends it with personal life experiences. “Armageddon” is a humorous take on relationship difficulties and the popular mythical character Cupid: His bow has stopped working,so the winged cherub has upgraded to a cannon. A sculpture with moving waves styled after Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” serves as the artist’s memorial to victims of the recent Japanese tsunami. Petite replicas of some of Mathis’ large-geared wall sculptures, such as “David Mechanica” and “The Beat of My Broken Heart,” are also on display. STATEMENT ART GALLERY 107 E. Charleston Blvd., No. 225; through Oct 28.

Various Artists — Nevadatude vs. Art of the Living Dead Bumper sticker by Jesse Smigel

Classical figurative oil painter Charmaine Gurule takes Alice back to ancient Greece, replete with toga, reading a book in a sunny forest glen. Lisa Fields Clark renders glass and ceramic mosaic portraits of favorite Wonderland characters, like the Cheshire Cat with yellow eyes, a gleaming whitetiled grin and a croquet pelican surrounded by fragments of pink ceramic roses. Barbra Gomez crafts Wonderland-inspired ceramic rattles, while Flaky Friends creator Sarah Flake sews up even more curious white rabbits with new facial feature arrangements. David Donovan depicts a surreal waterfront with whales swimming past a cloudy rainbow, while gallery owner/artist Valdez

“David Mechanica,” by Dale Mathis

paints a neon-lit patchwork portrait of the Queen of Hearts. JENNY VALDEZ INC. GALLERY 107 E. Charleston Blvd., No. 160; through Oct. 29.

Dale Mathis — The Resurrection of Dale Mathis It’s been two years since artist Dale Mathis last designed new work. Managing the business end of production (and sale) of his in-

Like opposing political parties, zombies and Nevada state pride vie for your attention and support. Originally conceived as two exhibits, the lines separating Nevadatude and Art of the Living Dead have blurred, starting with bumper stickers by Jesse Smigel depicting zombies taking a bite out of the state and the word “Laaaaammeee” in place of brains, proudly “paid for by Nevadans Against Zombies.” Valley of Fire rock formations observed in watercolor by Karen Hillird resemble striated orange skulls, while nearby, a Las Vegas pinup by artist Keri Schroeder has removed her face, offering it to viewers with an eerie, lipless smile. BLACKBIRD STUDIOS 1551 S. Commerce St.; through Oct 29.





CityLife: How has the transition from Whirlygig been? Michelle Quinn: Cindy [Funkhouser] was really helpful and we got to rely on some of her information. Made it a lot easier to get this going. We only had two weeks! First Friday and the festival in particular have often been a mixture of higher caliber work and more dubious specimens. Are you looking to raise the overall bar as to the level of art that is exhibited at First Friday? We’re trying to get a mix of artists that have shown more regularly. I guess you could call it high to low. There will be three locations that will define the work. Casino Center will stay the core art area. East Fremont Street will show a higher concentration of graffiti artists and street art. A third area is yet to be determined, possibly Symphony Park area. Down the line our hope is to have a higher-end area. A VIP section. Most likely it will be by invitation only. First Friday in the past has been accused of attracting a crowd composed more of “rowdy teenagers” and “art illiterates.” Do you think higher standards in art selection will be a factor in targeting a perhaps older and more art-savvy crowd? I think logic gives us the answer. I’ve heard from my clients in the past there is nothing for me down there. I hesitate to say we’re going to eliminate everything from the past. We want to make the event as well-rounded and successful as possible. Any special art highlights we should watch out for this coming First Friday? There’s going to be a mixed-media thing going on. Someone will be doing live graffiti art. The goal of the Zappos team is to do it big and do it right. A lot of ideas have been thrown out, but the timing hasn’t allowed for many to come to fruition. It’s no longer

a nonprofit event, so that makes it a lot more concise and makes the decision-making process a lot smoother. Do you think you will keep the artist base local only, or are you considering bringing in artists from Arizona and California, as Joey Vanas is suggesting? Let’s be honest, we have a small pool to work with. We should take advantage of those nearby possibilities. What are the standards and criteria you’re looking for in the work to be shown? Our goal is not to be exclusive or elitist, but there has to be a point when you make a judgment call and say, “Look, this isn’t very good.” But we’re open-minded. My job is to respect work for its technical ability and its artistic merit. Any advice for artists wanting to submit? Apply early! I want to see examples of work you plan on bringing. Worst-case scenario is an artist submits a bunch of images and then brings work that is completely different. That won’t go over well.


FIRST FRIDAY LISTINGS Recommended Send event information to Mike Prevatt at

LOOK 107 E. Charleston Blvd., 3833133, 303 NORTH STUDIO Suite 115. 8 MARTINIS GALLERY 366-9077. CHRISTIAN GABRIEL STUDIO Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 125, 372-0544, www.christ THE ARTS FACTORY

Suite 120, 3823886, Affect/Effect, by Scott Carter. CRICKET STUDIO 366-9077,, by BrianSwanson. FACE UP GALLERY Suite 203, 366-9077, Helpline, by Dar Freeland. HELLPOP! COMICS AND ART Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Road, Suite 105. Featuring art by Brandon Lin. New/used comic books, action figures and graphic novels. HILLARY SALON 107 E. Charleston Road, Suite 250, 525-1053. JENNY VALDEZ INC Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER

Blvd., Suite 160., www.jenny-valdez.fineartamerica .com. Musings on Alice, by various artists. JOSEPH WATSON GALLERY Suite 115, (858) 7332135. 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. NIKI J. SANDS CONTEMPORARY FINE ART Oils, prints, and more by Niki J. Sands and Eric Belanger. PEACENART STUDIO Suite230, artsoul.Worksby3BadSheep(EddieCanumay,AlexanderSkyandAlexanderP.Huerta).

Suite 100, Luminous Body, by Heather Hermann and Crystal Solis STATEMENT ART GALLERY Suite 225, 4806088, Sculptures by Dale Mathis TRIFECTA GALLERY Suite 135, 366-7001, Dreaming of Panicale, by Billy Hertz. When Night Falls, by various floral artists.


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CONT. FROM P27 ATOMIC CITY TATTOO 1506 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 678-6665. BLACKBIRD STUDIOS Commerce St. Studios, 1551 S. Commerce St. Barfing Rainbows, by Brent Holmes. New works by former comic book artist Andy Taylor. BRETT WESLEY GALLERY 1112 Casino Center Blvd., 433-4433, Humanity, by Jylian Gustlin. Pop Stories, by Giovanni Morales. CASINO CENTER BOULEVARD AND COLORADO STREET — OUTDOOR FESTIVAL Outdoor art by


various artists.

1551 S. Commerce St., 525-2850. New work by Daniel Pearson. Clothing and accessories from Bad Fairy clothing co. available for purchase. CITY OF THE WORLD INC. 1229 S. Casino Center Blvd., 523-5306, Works by Carol Hawley. COB4LT BLU3 STUDIOS AND GALLERY 1400 Third St.,, 771.0032. COMMERCE STREET STUDIOS 1551 S. Commerce St., 678-6278, Work by Daniel Pearson. CORNERSTONE GALLERY 201 E. Colorado St. 2385894, THE FALLOUT GALLERY 1551 S. Commerce St., 678-6278. THE FUNK HOUSE 1228 S. Casino Center Blvd., 678-6278, GAIA 997-0222, Works by Robert Arnold. GAINSBURG STUDIO, INC. 1039 S. Main St., Ste. 103, 384-1039, THE GYPSY DEN 213 E. Colorado Ave., 684-1628. New works by Byron Stout, Nicholas Blackham, Cory Bennett, Ragdoll. HOLSUM DESIGN CENTER 241 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 14-150. THE LOFT GALLERY Holsum Design Studio, 241 W. Charleston Road, Ste. 107, 382-9200, Works by William Hill, Barbara Yeorg, Erika Allison, Scott Sandoval, Dottie Burton. ORTEGO GALLERY Commerce Street Studios, 1551 S. Commerce St., Ste. 210, 281-6714, www.ortegoa Works by Montana Black, Jessica Galindo, Haiying Wang, Drago Milic. PHOTO BANG BANG 224 Imperial Ave., 527-2264. Contemporary photography from Curtis Joe Walker. RETRO VEGAS 1211 S. Main, 384-2700. Works by Robert T. McCall. SPACE 8 E. Charleston Blvd., 366-1603. Polaroid Minutes, by photographer Nick Leonard. 2MORROWS ART GALLERY 1039 S. Main St. 2740284. Works by various artists. CIRCADIAN GALLERIES


The Year of Downtown A CELEBRATION OF THE LANDMARK PROJECTS OPENING IN 2012 Featuring a panel discussion moderated by Flo Rogers of Nevada Public Radio: Myron Martin, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Linda Quinn, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum • Danielle Kelly, Neon Museum Jonathan Ullman, The Mob Museum • Betsy Fretwell, Las Vegas City Hall Zachary Ware,

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 Fifth Street School Auditorium 401 So. Fourth Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101 Hosted wine bar by Newland and FFW Public Relations: 5 to 6 p.m. Presentation of CAPTURE DOWNTOWN! Photo Competition winners: 6 p.m. Panel Discussion: 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

FREE – PUBLIC WELCOME Free Parking: Fifth Street School lot off of Fourth Street, across the street in City lot at SE corner of Clark and Fourth Street, meters along Clark Street between 4th and Las Vegas Blvd.

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NEARBY 6029 W. Charleston Blvd, Suites 22 & 23, 702-821-5936, Painting, prints, mixed-media, furniture, jewelry and more by Valentina Eagar, Crystal Solis and Theresa Broten. CHARLESTON HEIGHTS ART CENTER 800S.Brush


St.,229-6383. Emergy,by ArtistMariaMichails. 520 Fremont St., 686-3164. GAMMA GAMMA Emergency Arts, 520 E. Fremont Street #156, 858-3947. Trick or Treat: A Question Wrapped in a Curation, by various artists. KLEVEN CONTEMPORARY Emergency Arts, 520 E. Fremont Street, 501-9093. Hero Worship, by Erin Stellmon. REED WHIPPLE CULTURAL CENTER 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Ste. 730, 229-6211. Various artists. ROTUNDA GALLERY 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, 455-7340. STUDIO 8 TEN 810 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 6449418. Art studio and gift shop featuring products handmade at the studio. EMERGENCY ARTS

AFTER PARTIES & MUSIC 1025 First St., 489-6339. DJs Gables and Doodler, 10p, free. THE ARTS FACTORY 107 E. Charleston Blvd., 3833133, Live music, 6p. BEAUTY BAR 517 Fremont St., 598-1965, Ninth anniversary party. Resident DJs, John Doe, Danny Boy, Phoreyz, Aurajin, 8-bits, Roccanova, Shred, Johnny Rox. $5-$10 THE BOX OFFICE 1129 S. Casino Center Blvd., 3881515. Live music, 7p. BUNKHOUSE SALOON 124 S. 11th St., 3844536.World/Inferno Friendship Society, Phenomenauts, HOTS and others, 9p, $10. DINO’S LOUNGE 1516 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 3823894. Live music, 9p; followed by karaoke 10p. DOWNTOWN COCKTAIL ROOM 111 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 880-3696. Soulful house and downtempo by DJ Carlos Sanchez. 10p. ELECTRONIC MUSIC CAFÉ 107 E. Charleston Blvd. Twelve hours of nonstop DJing, 6p. FIRST FRIDAY FREMONT EAST STAGE Fremont Street between 6th and 7th Streets. The People’s Whisky, Most Thieves, CUPPS, others, 6p. FIRST FRIDAY LYON’S DEN STAGE California Avenue between Casino Center Drive and 3rd Street. Absoludicrous, Black Beans and Hippie Liver, Moksha, others, 6p. FIRST FRIDAY IADT STAGE Casino Center Drive and Colorado Avenue. Slow to Surface, Vince Casas and Theory of Flight, 6p. FRANKIE’S TIKI LOUNGE 385-3110. DJ Beelzebozo, 10p. THE GYPSY DEN 213 E. Colorado Ave., 684-1628. Spindrift, The Golden Ghosts, Zach Ryan and the Rouge and others, 7p. INSERT COINS 512 Fremont St., 477-2525. Video DJ Jordan Laws, 10p, free. MEATHEADS 1121 S. Decatur Blvd, 870-4440. [Sin]pathy, Ill Patienz, 9p. NEON VENUS ART THEATRE 1404 S. Third St., 787-2481, Live music, 7p. VANGUARD LOUNGE 516 Fremont St., 868-7800. Resident DJ 88, 10p, free. ARTIFICE



Chef Mayra cooks guisado in her kitchen at Pura Vida.


Chef Mayra Trabulse schools us on why a vegan lifestyle is so beneficial BY AL MANCINI

Living la Vida Pura


or chef Mayra Trabulse, the vegan/green lifestyle is an allencompassing choice, rooted in concerns about human health, ecological issues, animal rights, fair trade and about a dozen other causes. And she’s more than happy to share her thoughts on this complex web of beliefs with anyone who’s interested. Chef Mayra is the owner of Pura Vida Bakery & Bystro, a tiny, 100 percent vegan breakfast and lunch restaurant that’s been open for about three months. I’ve only eaten there once, and the food was excellent, although she still hasn’t rolled out a full menu. The chef used to teach six-week classes on how to embrace the vegan lifestyle. And she wanted to talk about the topics covered

in those classes. This wasn’t going to be Veganism 101, but a graduate course. Having toyed with veganism once a week since January, perhaps I was ready to get a little more in depth. Here are a few of the lessons she had for me, and anyone contemplating veganism. In Mayra’s mind, there’s no such thing as a part-time vegan. “You can’t be pregnant today and not pregnant tomorrow,” she says. Among other reasons, that’s because once you’ve assembled a completely vegan pantry, it won’t be a chore to whip up a vegan meal — as it often is for part-timers. Define why you want to be a vegan, Mayra tells newcomers to the movement. “Is it a philosophy? Is it ethics? Are you doing it because of animals? Are you doing it for the environment? Are you switching to this

lifestyle slowly because of health?” The chef believes clearly identifying your motivation will better prepare you to face the challenges the lifestyle presents. Mayra says dealing with non-vegans is far more challenging than learning how to shop and cook. “It’s not the food, it’s the people!” she says emphatically. Non-vegans often love to confront or criticize vegans. Those confrontations sometimes come in the form of seemingly innocent questions. But they can grow tiresome, and eventually feel critical. Her advice: “The easiest way is to invite them to a restaurant that’s not just vegan-friendly, but is truly vegan.” Mayra stresses being vegan is not a weight-loss plan. “You can get fat as a cow,” she warns. Vegan chefs make plenty of delicious desserts, as well as smoothies, pancakes, pastas and countless other fattening dishes. So while she believes the vegan lifestyle is healthier, if weight is an issue, you’ll still have to count calories and exercise. Mayra feels veganism is a revolution that’s destined to succeed. She doesn’t just think vegans are making a dent in the problems caused by the large-scale food industry. Pointing to powerful vegan converts like Bill

Clinton and Steve Wynn, as well as the upcoming World Vegan Day (Nov.1), she firmly believes the movement has reached a critical mass, and will definitely bring about the end of at least some aspects of that industry. She vows, “We are very, very sure that some systems are going to stop [because of the vegan movement].” I was surprised to learn all alcoholic beverages are not necessarily considered vegan. For example, according to Mayra, wines produced in the U.S. may legally contain dyes created from crushed insects. But there are plenty of vegan wines and beers out there. In fact, she serves them at all of her catering events. “You can get drunk as hell!” she laughs. If you drink too many, she offers “hangover smoothies” to pick you up in the morning. I don’t know if I agree with everything Mayra had to say. But that’s OK with both of us. She loves to discuss the topic politely with anyone who’s interested.If you have any questions, you can always find her at Pura Vida. PURA VIDA BAKERY & BYSTRO 1236 Western Ave., 722-0108 or Read more about the Las Vegas dining scene on Al Mancini’s blog, a





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



9400S. Eastern Ave.,221-1600.Locatedinthe space that usedtohouse the popularsushi restaurant Koto, quality sushi isstillthe main draw,but thenew ownershave added aHawaiianflair.Theyoffer a niceall-you-can-eat specialfor$24.95. 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. 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. ISLAND SUSHI


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. HO-HO-HO CHINESE GOURMET EXPRESS 10217 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite D, 838-7628. An extensive menu that bursts with bold flavor. 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).



3400 S. Jones Blvd., Suite 2A, 418-1931. Forget the pho. You won’t find it on the menu at this hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant. They specialize in something different: broken rice platters




known as com tam. They come topped with a large variety of meats, sausages and rice patties, all at unbelievably reasonable prices. (Even the most massive feast is less than $9.) If broken rice isn’t your thing, you can also substitute vermicelli. PHO TI, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 894-7111. Located inside The Coffee Shop, this Vietnamese eatery offers less than two dozen dishes, none priced more than $10.95. It’s open until 11:30 p.m. weekdays, and until 2:30 a.m. on weekends, which makes it great for a late-night snack. Less adventurous diners can always order from the basic coffee shop menu.



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.



953 E. Sahara Ave., 731-6542. One of the longest-lived and most popular Thai restaurants in town. Watch out for the hot stuff, though. Even “medium” is blazingly spicy. LOTUS OF SIAM 953 E. Sahara Ave., 735-3033. The emphasis is on stellar Thai cusine rather than the décor. Monstrous menu, reservations recommended. MARNEE THAI 5600 W. Spring Mountain Road, 873-4831. Damn good Thai food, reasonably priced. THAI ROOM 3355E.TropicanaAve.,458-8481.ModeratelypricedclassicalThaifoodinapleasantroom. KOMOL


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



4080 ParadiseRoad, 734-0094.Thecity’soldest Indianrestaurant and also themostexpensive.Vegetarianandmeat-eaterdishes. 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 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.


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. CROWN & ANCHOR 1350 E. Tropicana Ave., 7398676; 4755 Spring Mountain Road, 876-4733. Great British fare served by English-accented servers amid a nautical décor. DELMONICO STEAKHOUSE Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 414-3737. Straight-ahead and gimmick-free elegance, with excellent service. DU-PAR’S RESTAURANT AND BAKERY The Golden Gate Casino, 1 Fremont St., 366-9378. The opening of this Southern California institution in The Golden Gate Casino caused much rejoicing among L.A. expatriates and diner fanatics. And if you fit into one of those categories, you’ll probably love the place. The pancakes here are legendary, as are the pies. But at the end of the day, it’s still just diner food. Nonetheless, it’s one of the most popular spots downtown to satisfy the late-night munchies after an evening drinking on East Fremont Street. GORDON BIERSCH 3987 Paradise Road, 312-5247; 750 S. Rampart Ave., Suite 16, 487-6463. Great atmosphere and great beer. Meet the yuppie of your dreams. GRAPE STREET CAFÉ 7501 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 228-9463. This wine bar and “cellar” has a Napa Valley feel to it, and offers more than 75 varieties of wine, the vast majority of which are available by the glass. The kitchen offers dishes from casual to formal, simple to inspired. Whether you’re in the mood for gourmet sandwiches, delicious pizzas, pastas or full entrees, you’ll find something on the menu to suit your appetite. Call ahead, a dedicated local fan base packs the house most nights. HASH HOUSE A GO GO 6800 W. Sahara Ave., 8044646; 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 254-4646. Open THE BEAT COFFEEHOUSE

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. KONA GRILL 750 S. Rampart Blvd., 547-5552. The name is Hawaiian, but there’s a distinct Asian or Pacific Rim accent to many of the appetizers and entrees. There’s also a full sushi bar. Sit in the casually modern dining room or outside at the patio bar. LAWRY’S THE PRIME RIB 4043 Howard Hughes Parkway, 893-2223. They may have the simplest menu in the world of sit-down restaurants, but they’re good at what they do: prime rib. 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. MICHAEL MINA’S Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 693-8199. Quaint, elegant (and pricey) fish house with origins in San Francisco. Fresh gourmet seafood and lavish desserts are coupled with an excellent wine list and an attentive wait staff. 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. SAMMY’S WOODFIRED PIZZA Various locations. This fast-expanding chain serves weird-but-excellent pizzas and salads. SLIDIN’ THRU Various locations, The urban mobile food truck trend has finally come to Las Vegas. The first entrant, Slidin’ Thru, offers a wide variety of delicious, inexpensive sliders. Once you taste the seasoning on the kalbi rib version, you’ll understand why tech-savvy fans from all walks of life rabidly follow the location of this truck via Facebook and Twitter to chase down chef/owner Ricardo Guerrero’s sandwiches. 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. THE STEAK HOUSE Circus Circus, 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 794-3767. This hidden gem offers classic steakhouse décor, huge slabs of meat and great service for a few bucks less than you’d pay at comparable places around town. No wonder it’s developed a loyal following among locals and tourists alike. T-BONES CHOPHOUSE & LOUNGE Red Rock Casino, 1011 W. Charleston Blvd., 797-7595. This highend steakhouse is as beautifully designed as the rest of the resort and boasts some of the finest steaks in town. All beef is aged for 42 days in a combination wet- and dry-aging process, and signature cuts include the bone-in filet mignon. Among the side dishes, don’t miss the tater tots with white truffles.


CONT. FROM P30 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. 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.





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. HUSH PUPPY 7185 W. Charleston Blvd., 363-5988; 1820 N. Nellis Blvd., 438-0005. A family-owned restaurant that’s been operating since 1975. The specialty is catfish; they offer filets or fiddlers either fried, blackened or grilled. You’ll also find other Southern specialties, including frogs legs, alligator, oysters, ribs and fried green tomatoes at extremely reasonable prices, as well as daily all-you-can-eat specials. M&M SOUL FOOD CAFE 3923 W. Charleston Blvd., 453-7685. This is the place to eat if you’re in the mood for some excellent-tasting meatloaf, collard greens and mashed potatoes — and the most delicious banana pudding in Vegas.


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. DIABLO’S CANTINA Monte Carlo, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 730-7979. The Light Group gets down and dirty with this huge Mexican place. A half-naked devil girl overlooking the Strip sets the mood and inside you’ll find a south-of-the-border atmosphere, 75 tequilas and great Mexican grub. If you want to stick to American food and have a hearty appetite, see if you can handle their 15-ounce hamburger. 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. 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. SABOR 594 N. Stephanie St., 473-5377. A new Mexican restaurant with a twist has moved into the space near Sunset Station once occupied by the popular El Jefe’s. San Francisco-trained chef Scott Sousa owned a restaurant in Mexico’s Oaxaca region for several years, where he learned to incorporate local influences into his cooking. The result is something he calls “California cuisine fused with Oaxacan Mexican flavors.” And, for the most part, the two styles blend together beautifully. AGAVE COMIDA Y TEQUILA

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


400 E. Sahara Ave., 7332066. A Las Vegas institution for more than 30 years, located in a converted house on East Sahara. The food is French and the service is old-school — waiters recite the day’s menu from memory. Yet it’s less expensive and intimidating than most French restaurants on the Strip. MARCHÉ BACCHUS 2620 Regatta Drive, Suite 106, 804-8008. New management, same reliable French bistro cuisine on a man-made lake in the Desert Shores community. Delicious appetizers and entrees, liberal corkage fees and 950 varieties of wine. RESTAURANT GUY SAVOY Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 731-7731. Tailored to the “money is no object” crowd, a bowl of soup will set you back $68, while the 10-course prestige menu runs $290 per person without wine. But you get what you pay for, and French master Guy Savoy’s sublime cuisine is perfectly prepared. With hip, modern décor, presided over by a young friendly staff, it’s not as intimidating as you might expect – until the check arrives.




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. CUBA CAFÉ


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


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


BARCELONA TAPAS & BAR 10690 Southern High-

lands 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.


4041 Audrie St., 732-1424. Old World-style Italian restaurant with an incredible memorabilia collection reflecting the Vegas of yore. Try the massive mound of scampi with linguine. BOOTLEGGER BISTRO 7700 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 736-4939. This restaurant is one of the last remnants of the city’s Lounge Era. It features live entertainment and a menu filled with Italian specialties. A great weekend dining spot. LUCIO RISTORANTE 8615 W. Sahara Road, 2332859. Offers a large risotto selection and live music on the weekends. Owner Lucio Picozzi can often be found waiting tables and chatting with customers. MONTESANO’S ITALIAN EATERIA 9905 S. Eastern Ave., 870-3287. In a city filled with Italian eateries, Montesano’s, a classic deli/spaghetti combo, goes the extra step to provide fresh food. STRINGS ITALIAN CAFÉ 2222 E. Tropicana Ave., 739-6400. Classic Northern Italian food and a


pleasant outdoor dining area. Elegant appetizers and affordable prices.


5239 W. Charleston Blvd., 878-6393; 7660 W. Cheyenne Ave., 658-9729. Adding a little variety to the fast food world with Greek dishes rather than burgers and tacos. The menu features gyros, souvlaki and falafel, as well as side dishes of spinach or cheese pies. Good enough for those times when you’re probably going to eat fast food anyway.



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

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


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

Blvd., 869-7777. Even though the hotel that houses it has changed hands several times, this finest of real Irish pubs is still doing it right. SEAN PATRICK’S 8255 W. Flamingo Road, 2279793. A wonderful mix of Irish pub and family restaurant.


RED SQUARE Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd.

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


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

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


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., 804-0293. A bustling café offering tastes from across the Mediterranean and a happening lunch spot. The exotic hookah lounge is attached to the restaurant.







Born and Raised bartender Christy Stone pours a Bartini, which is a raspberry lemon drop martini.

Tanked for the memories Vegas bars offer the best and worst of times BY DAVE SURRATT

When asked why they show up, most bar folk will tell you it’s to relax, to unwind, to de-stress. Press a lot further, and they might even say “to forget” — not necessarily about climate change or the dystopian plutocracy we’re perfecting, but about the daily insults. The sweaty boss who offers foot rubs. The aunt with the vomiting terriers and idle suicide threats. The ex who gives digital pokes, as if that’ll make up for what happened. Forgetting is an essential need, and the drinks do help dumb old things go away for a while. Of course, the drinks also have a way of helping new things happen. Things we remember, kind of. Even as they numb, the drinks have a way of generating and amplifying memorable life dramas, the good and the bad, the breathless laughter and the sobbing, which brings us to the point. In the disinhibited social overdrive of bars, what are the best — or worst — things you remember? “I got roofied,” says Stephanie, her eyes fierce and her hands on the bar, death-gripped protectively around a pineappley-looking cocktail. As a scatter of mostly southwest Vegas locals relax, unwind and de-stress in the brownsand-burgundies interior of Born and Raised Tavern and Lounge (7260 S. Cimarron Road,685-0258),she elaborates a little on what she remembers of her involuntary drug experience at a posh Strip nightclub. It involved slurring, stumbling and paramedics, and fortunately, that was the worst of it. “Yeah, my mom says to stop taking drinks from people,” she continues matter-of-factly. “I’vebeenroofiedfourtimes.” Herfriendbreaks me out of a stunned stare with her own story, from the same Strip nightclub.A happier one. “I took home the winner of the $15,000 bikini contest,” she says.

“Did that take much work?” I ask. “What? No. Duh,” she says with the surly confidence of a girl too worldly to provide even a fake name to an interviewer, much less get roofied, you know, FOUR TIMES. The Born and Raised Monday-Friday happy hour is a generous one, spanning from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and again in the wee hours from 2-6, with $2 domestics (PBR’s a buck) and $4 wells. Sixteen dollars buys a 100-ounce tower o’ beer during college and pro football games, which brings us to the UNLV-area Stake Out (4800 S.Maryland Parkway,798-8383),where server Danielle only needs to think back a couple Sundays to her own horror story. Stake Out offers a 3-6 p.m. happy hour (again from 1-7 a.m.) where domestics are $2 and margaritas are $3.50.It’s also a Buffalo Bills bar, see, and when that team beat Oakland in the last 17 seconds of the game (damn them), the lone silver-and-black-clad fan in the bar got upset. When a woman dared tease him mildly about the game, the one-man Raider Nation grabbed her by the throat, threw her against a wall and was immediately tenderized (like the top sirloin dinner steak, $11.99) on the floor by many, many angry fists and feet. “He was bleeding all over ... he was messed up,” says Danielle with a sad, faraway look, speaking on at least a few levels about a guy more than idly interested in killing himself. Sometimes the good and the bad visit armin-arm, to hear Wally tell it. He’s a long-time regular at downtown’s Snick’s Place (1402 S. Third St., 385-9298), Vegas’ very first (openly) gaybar.OntopofaMonday-Fridayhappyhour 2-5 p.m. and 2-4 a.m., Snick’s adds winnertake-all shuffleboard tourneys every Thursday at 7 p.m. ($6 buy-in). The inconspicuous little place celebrates its 35th anniversary on Oct. 12 — an event that means a lot to Wally after the horror of seeing his beloved “home away from home” get shuttered at one point after “lewd acts” in the restroom were reported to the police. “It was a wake-up call,” he says with the meditative gravity of a heart attack survivor. “When it reopened, there was a new attitude,a new responsibility.It was a happy day. I’d say that’s the worst and the best I’ve seen ... the closing and the reopening of the bar.” A little later, Wally shows off the ’70s-era mural hanging on the back wall of his place: two pink elephants seated at a high-top table with glasses of bubbly, exchanging soft looks, calling each other into hallucinatory existence, tittering cartoonishly with their three-toenailed stump feet raised to their mouths in sleepy scandal,never forgetting.






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LIVE MUSIC 3740 S. Nellis Blvd., 436-7600. Thu: Blues with John Zito Band, 11p, free. Every 3rd Sat: Blues with John Zito Band, 10p ALIANTE STATION 7300 Aliante Parkway, 6927777, ETA Lounge: Thu: Johnny Douglas, 8p. Fri: Rick Durante, 8p. Elliot Szabo, 12a. Sat: Acoustic Soul, 7p. Wed: Live music, 8p. MRKT Sea & Land: Fri-Sat: Dave Ritz, 7p. ARTIFICE 1025 S. First St., 489-6339 or Open Thu-Wed, 5p-1a. BAR+BISTRO COURTYARD Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd, 202-6060, First Thu: Guitar Noir at Preview Thursday, 7p. BEAUTY BAR 517 Fremont St., 598-1965, Thu-Sat: Local and touring bands, 9p, free unless noted. BELLAGIO 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 2425465, Baccarat Bar: Live music nightly, 4p-1a. Bar Moderno: Sun-Wed, 7p. Thu-Sat: 3p. Fontana Lounge: Live music nightly with a view of the lake and fountains, 6p-1a. Closes June 5. Perossian Bar: Live music nightly, 10a-1a. BIKINI BAR 3355 Spring Mountain Road, 4855401. Tue: Rockin’ Blues and Classic rock with The Blues Storm Nation, 9p, free. BLACK DOOR BAR AND GRILL 4640 Paradise Road, 369-9279. Wed: Live music. BLUE MARTINI Town Square, 6593 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 948-6438, www.bluemartiniloung Thu: Nova jazz, 7p; Mundo Vacio 11p. FriSat: Live music, 8p. Mon: Gibson artist showcase and jam night, 8p. Tue: I’m With the Band-Pop Star karaoke with Venus Rising featuring Blue’s Got Talent, 10p. Wed: Ladies Night with special guest, 8p. BOOMERS BAR 3200 Sirius Ave., 368-1863, Fri-Sat: Live music, 10p, $5 unless noted. Mon: Open blues jam session with host band Four Until Late, 9p, free. BOOTLEGGER BISTRO 7700 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 736-4939, m. Live music nightly. Tue-Thu: Gus Mancuso, 6: 30p. Second and fourth Wed: Jerry Lopez and friends, 10p. Fri-Sat: Live music, 9:30p. Mon: Open mic with Kelly Clinton, 9p. All shows free. BOULDER DAM BREWING CO. 453 Nevada Highway, Boulder City. 243-2739, www.boulderdamb Thu-Sat: Live music. BOULDER STATION 4111 Boulder Highway, 4327777, Kixx Bar: Thu, Sat: Van De Guzman, 7p. The Railhead: Thu: Swing with Jerry Tiffe, 2p. First and third Thu: Boulder Blues series, 8p, $5. Fri: La Nueva Live




OCT. 6


Lost Vegas (7p, $8-$10)



Misfits, Juicehead, NE Last Words, others (6p, $26$30)




Kopecky FamilyBand (10p,free) BUNKHOUSE

World/Inferno Friendship Society, Phenomemuts, HOTS, others (9p, $10) CHEYENNE SALOON

Southern, Mycrodot, others (9p, $10) GYPSY DEN



The Darkest Dream, Sector 7G, Rooftop Ridicule, others (9p, $5)


OCT. 7

Kopecky Family Band (10p, free)



Blink 182, My Chemical Romance, Matt & Kim (7p, $20-$100)


Spindrift, The Golden Ghosts, Zach Ryan and the Rouge (7p, free)

Chaos in Roswell, Crash Kit, Domrockstar, others (9p, $5)


Dom Kennedy, Evidence (8p, $25-$30) HOUSE OF BLUES

Kyuss Lives, The Sword (8p, $25-$29) THE JOINT @ HARD ROCK

Don Henley (9p, $55.50-


Taylor Locke and the Roughs, The Dirty Somethings (10p, $10) BEAUTY BAR


The Californian, The Minor Suns, C.U.P.P.S. (10p, $6) CHEYENNE SALOON

Rule of Thumb, Columbyne (9p, cover) GOLD MINE TAVERN

Agent 86, Geezus Cryst and Free Beer, Left Unattended (8p, free) HOUSE OF BLUES

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (9p, $29.50-$35) THE JOINT @ HARD ROCK

Incubus, Young the Giant (8p, $131)


Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull (7: 30p, $49-$159)


Ramon Ayala (8p, $43.95$76.95)


OCT. 9


Big D & The Kids Table, The Have Nots, Everyone Meltdown (5p, $12-$15) THE PEARL

Lupe Fiasco, Chiddy Bang (9p, $45.40)

Jucifer, Pigasus, The Tinglerz (9p, $10)

Blondie (8p, $37.50)






Void 808, Hoka Hey, Jack and the B-Fish, others (10p, $5) BOOK & STAGE @ COSMOPOLITAN

Kopecky Family Band (10p, free) THE BOULEVARD POOL @ COSMOPOLITAN

The Smashing Pumpkins, Fancy Space People, Light FM (6:30p, $60.50)


Dinner For Wolves, Mynas (9p, cover)

OCT. 12

Journey, Foreigner, Night Ranger (7:30p, $69.50$149)

The Falla Guitar Trio (8p, $40)


Mateo (10p, free)

The Tinglerz, The People’s Whiskey, The Civilians (9p, free)


Vengince, 4 Bolt Main, Rule of Thumb (9p, cover)





CONT. FROM P33 Mix, 10p, men $5. Sat: Yellow Brick Road, 10p, free. Sun: Latin night, Noche Nortena featuring El Moreno Carrillo Y Su Banda Tierra Sagrada, 9p, $5 ladies, $10 men. BRASS LOUNGE 425 Fremont St., 382-3531, ww 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. 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, 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, FriSat: Live music, 9p, free. Tue: The Chicago Blues Busters, 8p, free. Wed: The GP Entertainer Tribute Artists Show, 8p, $5. 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 COSMOPOLITAN 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 698-7000. Book and Stage: Touring and local acts, 10p and midnight, free. COUNT’S VAMP’D 6750 W. Sahara Ave., 2208849, Thu: Local music, 10p. Fri-Sat: Live music, 10p. Wed: John Zito Band, 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. E-STRING BAR AND GRILL 2031 E. Sunset Road, 437-8764, Sat: Real Old School Jazz, 2p, $10. Mon: Jazz, 7:30p, $10. Tue: The Ryan Whyte Maloney Band, 8:30p, $10. Wed: Blues night, 8:30p. FIESTA HENDERSON 777 W. Lake Mead Parkway, 558-7000,



Cerveza Cantina: Fri: Jarr performs lounge music and Top 40 hits, 9p. FREAKIN’ FROG 4700 Maryland Parkway, 5979702, Thu: Singers and songwriters, 9:30p. Sat: Live music, 9:30p. Tue: Freakin’ Jazz Jam, 9:30p. Skip Martin and Niles Rivers hosts JamCast, 10:30p. All shows free. GOLD COAST 4000 W. Flamingo Road, 367-7111, 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. 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. HARD ROCK CAFE 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 650-8590, HENNESSEY’S TAVERN 425 Fremont St., Suite 110, 382-4421, Fri: Live music, 9p-2a. HOUSE OF BLUES Mandalay Bay 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 632-7600, lasvegas. Courtyard: Thu: Acoustic Strip, acoustic showcase hosted by Michael Soli, 8p, free, all ages. Fri-Sat: Live blues, 9p, free. Sat: Azul Latin night, 11p, 21+, free. Sun: Gospel Brunch and music, 10a1p. Adults, $37; kids, $17. Motown, Rhythm and Blues: Ronnie Rose Band, 8p, free, all ages. Mon: Live blues, 8p, free. Tue: Alternative Tuesdays, rotating bands, all ages, 8p, free. Wed: Nothin’ But The Blues, all ages, 8p, free. Crossroads: Thu: Kalleton, music by AJ El Kallejero, 10p, free. Sun: Hana Hou Sundaze, live Island Reggae bands, 10p, $5. ITALIAN AMERICAN SOCIAL CLUB 2333 E. Sahara, 457-3866. Thu: Throwback Thursdays. Swanky Supper Club Experience, 6p, $10. 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

SMASHING PUMPKINS: Oct. 8 at The Cosmopolitan

MUSICVENUES The Aruba 1215 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 383-3100 Beauty Bar 517 Fremont St., 598-1965 Book & Stage The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 698-7000 Boomers 3200 N. Sirius Ave., 3681863 Boulder Dam Brewing Co. 453 Nevada Hwy, Boulder City, Nev., 979-3976 The Box Office 1129 S. Casino Center Blvd., 388-1515 The Bunkhouse Saloon 124 S. 11th St., 384-4536 Charleston Heights Arts Center 800 S. Brush St., 229-1012

Cheyenne Saloon 3103N.RanchoDrive,6454139 Crown Theater Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 733-8229 Double Down Saloon 4640 Paradise Road, 791-5775 Freakin’ Frog 4700 Maryland Parkway, 597-9702 Griffin 511 Fremont St., 382-0577 Hard Rock Cafe 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 650-8590 House of Blues Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 6327600 The Joint Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5066

Las Vegas Resort, 25 Via Brianza, Ste. 100, 8712828. Sat: Jazz and blues, 8p-12a. Sun: Jazz and blues, 3p-5p. LEGENDS NIGHTCLUB 5866 S. Boulder Highway. Sat: “Swivelhead” live music night with Bruce Christian, 9p, free. LINDO MICHOACAN 10082 W. Flamingo Road, 8389990, Thu, Sat-Sun, Tue-Wed: Pianist, 6p. Fri: Mariachi Nuevo, 6:30p. LUCIO RISTORANTE 5900 W. Flamingo, 2071008, Thu-Sat, Wed: Jazz and classic swing, 6p. LVCS 425 Fremont St., 382-3531, Thu: Local and loud, 10p, free. Fri-Sat: Live music, 10p, free. Sun: The Funtastics: King Vs. Cash, 50s rockabilly band, 9pm, free. Mon: Surf City with The Swank Bastards, 8p, free. Tue: Hip Hop Roots hosted by HighDro and Jay R Beatbox, 10p, free. Wed: Jamboree hosted by The Vagabonds, 8p, free.

Las Vegas Country Saloon 425FremontSt.,382-3531 Las Vegas Hilton 3000 Paradise Road, 7325755 Mandalay Bay Events Center 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 632-7580 MGM Grand Garden Arena 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 891-7777 Orleans Arena 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., 284-7777 The Pearl The Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 944-3200 Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 785-5055

The Railhead Boulder Station, 4111 Boulder Highway, 432-7777 Star of the Desert Arena Primm Valley Resorts, 31900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 386-7867 Vamp’d 6750 W. Sahara Ave., 2208849 Winchester Cultural Center 3130 S. McLeod Drive, 455-7340 Yayo Taco 4632 S. Maryland Parkway, 262-0201 Zia Record Exchange, East 4225 S. Eastern Ave., 735-4942, all ages Zia Record Exchange, West 4503 W. Sahara Ave., 233-4942, all ages

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. 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. Nacho Daddy 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: Thu-Fri, Sun: San Fernando Band, 9p. Tue: Crush, 9p. Wed: Sounds of Detroit, with The Nite Kings, 4p. All shows free. PALACE STATION 2411 W. Sahara Ave., 367-2411. Jack’s Irish Pub: Thu: Wild Celts, 7p. Fri: Darby O’Gill and the Little People, 9p. Sat: Finnegan’s Wake with the rock o’ the Irish from 9p. Showroom: Sat: Sante Fe and the Fat City Horns, 12a. Tue: Jerry Tiffe, 2p. PALMS LOUNGE 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 9427777, Sun: Franky Perez, 10p, free. Mon: Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns, 10:30p, $7. Tue: Frankie Moreno with guests, 10p, $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, 7338229. Sat: Sinful Saturday, special guest appearances and performances, 10:30p, $30. Mon: Rock concert series, big act names. For free limited tickets visit, $25 thereafter. RÍ RÁ Mandalay Place 3930 Las Vegas Blvd South, 632-7771, Live music nightly, 8:30p. Fri-Sat: Ri Ra Live, 11:30p. THE RIVIERA 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7345110, Queen Victoria Pub: Sun: Acoustic Open Jam, 8p. Tue: Jamaica Me Crazy with Bonafide, 8p, free for locals. ROADRUNNER SALOON 9820 W. Flamingo Road, 243-5329, Fri: Live music, 9p. ROADRUNNER SALOON 2430 E. Pebble Road, 948-8282 Fri-Sat, 9p. ROCK ‘N ROLL WINE TASTING ROOM & SOUND BAR M Resort 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Fri: Live music, 5p and 9: 30p. ROYAL RESORT HOTEL 99 Convention Center Drive, 563-2795. Thu-Sat: Boardwalk Nites! 50sMotown, 9p. Adult $19.95, kids $5. Sun: Sunday Sermon, open mic hosted by Bryan Todd and Ryan Pardey, 9p. Mon: Rocket 8p. 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. THE SANCTUARY 5818 Spring Mountain Road. #218. SANTA FE STATION 4949 N. Rancho Drive, 6584900, 4949 Lounge: Fri: Paul Campanella, 5:30p. Sat: Rick Durante, 5p. Chrome Showroom: First Thu: The Guilty Pleasures, 7p. 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. SPRINGS PRESERVE 333 Valley View Blvd., 8227700,

6016 S. Boulder Highway, 433-8550. Sat: Swivelhead, 8p.


2225 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd., 369-9709, starbrighttheatre.htm. 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: Betsy Holm, 6p. Sat: Kelly Christian, 5: 00p. South Padre Lounge: Thu: La Nueva 103.5 Live Mix with Jesus Chuy Espiricueta, Latin night, 9p, ladies $5 after 11p, men $10. Fri: Latin with Hermanos Padillas, 9p, ladies $5, men $10. Sat: Escencia Colombiana, 10p, $5-$10. THUNDERBIRD LOUNGE Aruba Hotel, 1215 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 383-3100, Fri-Sat: Live music, 7p, free. Fri: Aruba Swings, 7p, free. Swing dancing lessons, 6p-7p, free. TOMMY ROCKER’S 4275 Dean Martin Drive, 2616688, Fri-Sat: Rock-N-Roll Sing Along, 9:30p. Tue: Open Jam with John Zito. TOMMY ROCKER’S SOUTHSIDE GRILL 10050 S. Eastern Ave., 933-6333. Sun: Open Mic with Tommy Rocker, 9p. 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. STARBRIGHT THEATRE

DJS/NIGHTCLUBS 4633 Paradise Road, 7910100, Thu-Wed, opening times vary. Thu: “Thrust Thursdays,” DJs. Fri-Sat: DJs. Sun: “El Deseo,” Latin country and dance music. Tue: “La Noche Latin” Latin dance music. Every 1st Friday: “Glomo,” DJs. ARTISAN HOTEL 1501 W. Sahara Ave., 214-4000. Thu, Wed: saxophonist Martin Mancuso, 5:30p. Fri: “Shake and Pop” with DJ Mike Attack, Justin Baule and others. Sat: afterhours with residents DJ Mike Attack, Steller and others, spinning electro, house/ 8 1/2 AND PIRANHA

progressive, techno, tech, 2a. 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. 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, unless noted. 1st Fridays: “The Get Back” funky soul dance party with DJ John Doe and special guests. 4th Saturdays: “Say What?!” featuring DJs and bands, 10p. BLUE MARTINI Town Square, 6593 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 948-6438. Thu: “Noches Azul Latin Thursdays,” 10p. Fri: “Undisputed Grooves” house/ electronic party with DJ Damien Jay, 11p. Sat: “Ultimate Saturdays,” 11p. Mon: “Manic Mondaze,” 8p12a; “Industry Night,” 12a. Tue: “Top 40 Tuesday,” 9p. Wed: “True Blue Ladies,” 11p. BOND The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 698-7000. DJs nightly. BRASS LOUNGE 425 Fremont St., second floor, 382-3531. Fri: “Party Monster,” body art with DJ Lady Fingers. Sat: DJs and karaoke, 9p. Sun: Brass model search and art show with DJ Dez, 9p, free. 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 FriSun, Tue, 10p. Tue: Industry night. $20-$30; local ladies free. CROWN NIGHTCLUB Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road,






CONT. FROM P35 733-8229. Thu: “Thirst Thursdays,” top 40, hiphop, dance. $20-$30. Fri: “Ladies Night,” hip-hop, R&B, 10:30p, $20. Sat: “Sinful Saturday,” with DJ Dre Dae, Hip Hop and R&B, 10:30p. $30. Wed: Latin Libido Night, 10:30p. $15-$20. DOWNTOWN COCKTAIL ROOM 111 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 880-3696, DJs spin house, lounge, downtempo, house, funk and classics, Thu-Sun, Tue, 10p. Thu: “LoDown Thursdays” with Lenny Alfonzo. Fri: “Friday Night Social” with Carlos Sanchez. Sat: “Saturday Night Vibe” with Douglas Gibbs. Wed: DJ Rob Alahn. DRAI’S Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, 3595 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 737-0555, Thu-Mon. After hours party spot, 1a-dawn. Thu: “After Life” DJ battles and resident Jack Lafleur. Fri: DJ Hoffman, Chris Garcia. Sat: “High-end Saturdays” with DJs Chris Aurelius, Chris Garcia; house. Sun: “Sunday Sheer Energy” with Chris Garcia. 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. FREEZONE 610 E. Naples Road, 794-2310, Thu: “Boyz Night,” 8p. “Naked Frat Party,” 9:30p. Fri: Martini social, 5p-9p. Queens of Las Vegas drag show, 10p. Sat: Queens of Las Vegas drag show, 10p. Tue: “Ladies Night” with wet T-shirt contest, 8p. Wed: “Gone Wild With Talent.” THE GALLERY Planet Hollywood, 3500 South Las Vegas Blvd., 818-3700 and Wed-Sat, 10p. Cover varies. Wed: “Gallery Wednesdays” industry party; locals free. GHOSTBAR Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 9389999, Thu-Wed, 9p. Thu: alternating parties: “Soundbar” with DJs Carlos Sanchez, Keith Evan, Brian Minogue. Fri: DJ Tino Sanchez, 9p. DJ Five, 12a. Sat: DJ OB-ONE, 9p. DJ Tino Sanchez, 12a. Sun: “Ghostbar Sundays” house night, 10p. Mon: DJ Ikon, 10p. Tue: DJ OB-ONE, 9p. DJ Five, 12a. Wed: “Snitch Wednesdays” with DJ 88, 10p. DJ Tino Sanchez, 12:30a. GOSSIP POOL Rumor, 455 E. Harmon Avenue, 3695400. Open Thu-Wed. Thu: “Sweet Thursday.” Fri: “As LUXX Would Have It.” Sat: “Vocal House Saturday.” Sun: “Sunkissed Sunday” gay party. Mon: “Beer Goggle Monday.” Tue: “Ballin’ on a Budget.” Wed: “Wasted Wednesday.” THE GRIFFIN 511 Fremont St., 382-0577. Mon-Sat, 5p-4a. Sun, 9p-4a. Fri: DJ Rex Dart, 10p. Sat: DJ Aurajin, 10p. HAZE Aria, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 6938300. Thu-Sat, 10:30p-4a. Thu: Industry night, hip-hop, mash-up, top 40. Fri-Sat: hip-hop, mashup, top 40. 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. LAVO Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 791-



1818. Open Fri-Wed. Sun: DJ Vice. Tue: DJ Five, industry night. Wed: “Old School Wednesdays” with guests. LAX Luxor,3900 LasVegasBlvd.South, 262-4LAX. Fri-Sat, Wed.Fri:DJHope.Sat:DJCasanova.Wed:Industrynight withDJCasanova;hip-hop, house. MANDARIN BAR Mandarin Oriental, 3752 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 590-8888. Thu, Sun-Wed, 5p-1a. FriSat, 5p-2a. Thu: Lady dK, 7p. Fri-Sat: DJ DDouble, 10p. MARQUEE NIGHTCLUB AND DAYCLUB The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 333-9000. Nightclub: Thu-Fri, Mon, 10p; Sat, 9:30p. Fri-Sat: house/trance. Mon: industry night, open format. Dayclub: Daily, 10a-6p, opens April 9. MOON/PLAYBOY CLUB Palms, 942-7777. Moon: Thu-Sun, Tue, 11p. 2nd Sat: “Awesome Party” with DJ Clinton Sparks. Tue: “Bang!” and locals-oriented Satellite Bar with DJs. Playboy Club: Thu-Wed, 9p. MOOREA BEACH CLUB Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 632-7777. Fri-Sun, 11a-6p. SatSun: DJs. NAKED POOL Artisan, 1501 W. Sahara Ave., 2144000. Open Thu-Wed. Thu: “Sweet Thursday.” Fri: DJ Rico. Sat: “Finger Paint Saturday.” Sun: “Xcesiv Sunday.” Mon: “Beer Goggle Monday.” Tue: “Topless Tuesday.” Wed: “Wasted Wednesday.” NORTH FORTY BBQ SALOON & DANCEHALL 5990 Centennial Center Blvd., 309-6015. Open daily. PALMS POOL Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 9389999. Daily, 9a-5p. Fri: “Ditch Fridays,” noon-7p. PURE Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 212-8806. Open Thu-Sat, Tue, 10p. Thu: DJ Hope. Fri: DJ Casanova, DJ Slip, Joey Mazzola. Sat: DJ Slip, Joey Mazzola, DJ Hope. Tue: “Pure Tuesdays” with DJ CyberKid, DJ Slip and Joey Mazzola. RAIN Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 940-RAIN, Fri: “Clash” electro/house party. Sat: “Perfecto” trance/house party with Paul Oakenfold and friends. REHAB Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5555. Dayclub with DJs. Sundays, 11a. Cover varies. Opens April 17. 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. STONEY’S ROCKIN’ COUNTRY 9151 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 300, 435-2855. Open daily. STUDIO 54 MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 891-7254, Thu-Sat, Tue-Wed, 10p. Thu-Fri, Wed: open format with DJs Eric Forbes, Ricco. Sat: “Electric Dreams” with DJ Loczi, mash-up, house, electro. Tue: open format with DJ Scene. SURRENDER Encore, 3130 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 770-7300 or Open Fri-Sat, Wed, 10:30p. Fri: “Aoki’s House” with Steve Aoki. Wed: “Surrender Your Wednesdays” industry night. Every 4th Wed: Lil Jon. $30-$40. TABÚ MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 891-7183. Fri-Mon, 10p. Fri: open format with DJ Eric Forbes. Sat: open format with DJ Jose 2 Hype. Sun: “Confession” industry night. Mon: “X-Level Mondays” industry night with DJ Ania and guests.

Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 3888588. Nightclub: Thu-Sat, 10p-5a. Lounge, daily, 5p-close. Thu: “Worship” with DJ Five. Fri: DJ Reach. Sat: DJ Vice. TAO BEACH Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 388-8588. Open daily, 10a-6p. Sun: Beatport Sundays with guest and resident DJs. TRYST Wynn, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 800591-6423. Open Thu-Sun, 10p. Thu-Fri: DJ Big Dee. Sat: DJ Pizzo. VANGUARD LOUNGE 516 Fremont St., 868-7800. Open Thu-Sat, Mon-Wed. Every 1st Thu: “Fixed Thursdays,” indie, disco, electro. Every 2nd Thu: “Ladies Night,” top 40, dance. Every 3rd Thu: “Soulkitchen” house party with Edgar Reyes and guests. Every 4th Thu: “Pushin’ Funk,” hip-hop, soul, funk. Fri: “Matter,” house, techno. VANITY Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5555. Thu-Sun, 10p. 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. TAO


THEATER 2011 Paseo Verde Parkway, 2675840. Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Oct 8, 7 p, free. INSURGO THEATER The Plaza, 1 Main St., 8835500. Waiting For Godot, Thu-Sat, 8p, $25. 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. NEVADA BALLET THEATRE FACILITY 1651 Inner Circle, (866) 973-9610, ONYX THEATRE The Rack, 953 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 16, 732-7225, Karnival variety show, first Wed, 8p, $20. The Silence of the Clams, Thu-Sat, 8p. Sun, 5p. Oct. 6-9. $15. REGENCY TROPICANA CINEMAS 3330 E. Tropicana Ave., 450-3737; 810-5956. The Rocky Horror Picture Show by Frankie’s Favorite Obsession, every first Sat, 10p, $9. THEATRE7 1406 S. 3rd St., 568-9663 and The Will Edwards Show, Wed, 7p, $10. THE VILLAGE Lake Las Vegas, 15 Costa di Lago, Henderson, 267-2171, DISCOVERY PARK

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Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. 365-7075. Open mic, Sun, 9p, free. “Wise Guys of Comedy” featuring Dean Napolitano and Carmen Vallone, Oct. 6-29, $15.99. BRAD GARRETT’S COMEDY CLUB Tropicana, 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 739-2417. Sun-Sat. 8p. FriSat. 10p. Larry Reeb, Michael Somerville, Oct. 6-9. 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. COZY’S COMEDY CORNER Buzz BBQ, 9640 W. Tropicana Ave., 489-2800. Fri: 8p, $5. 7121 Craig Road, 294-2899. Sat: 7:30p, $5. CROWN NIGHTCLUB Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 252-7777. Sat: Crown Comedy Jam, 9p, $39.50$79.50. Thu, Sun-Wed: Exxtreme Comedy Show, Wheels Parise, 9p, $39.50. DADDY MAC’S NIGHTCLUB 2920 N. Green Valley Parkway, 272-0913. Wed: The LMAO Free Comedy Show, 10p, free. FOUNDATION ROOM Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd., 632-7600. Laughter Hours Comedy, Sun, 8p, $10. HARD ROCK HOTEL 4455 Paradise Road, 6935000. Chris Tucker, Oct. 9, 8p, $39.50 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. THE IMPROV Harrah’s, 3475 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 369-5223. Mac King Comedy Magic Show, Thu-Sun, Tue-Wed, 1p, 3p, $29.95. Defending the Caveman, daily, 7p, Sun-Mon, 3p, $39.95-$64.95. Improv, Tue-Sun, 8:30p, 10:30p, $29.05-$44.95. James Stephens III, Quinn Dahle, Brett Walkow, Oct. 6-9. John Caponera, Chipper Lowell, LA Hardy, Oct 11-12. LOUIE ANDERSON THEATER Palace Station, 2411 W. Sahara Ave., 495-4248. Louie LOL, Tue-Sat, 8: 30p, $49.95-$99.95. Bonkerz Comedy All Stars, Fri, 8:30p, $34.95. MIRAGE 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 792-7777. Kevin James and Ray Romano, Oct. 7-8, 10p $99.99-$119.99. ONYX THEATRE The Rack, 953 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 16, 732-7225, Mon: S.E.T. Improv, 8p, $10. ORLEANS SHOWROOM Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., 284-7777. Dennis Miller, Oct 7-9, 8p, $49-$95. THE PALMS LOUNGE 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 9443200. Thu-Fri: Playboy Comedy, hosted by Cort McCown, Thu, 10p; Fri, 10p; Sat: 8p, 10p, $39.99$59.99. BIG AL’S COMEDY CLUB


Vegas Blvd. South, 734-5110. Nightly, 9p, $29.99$34.99. THEATRE7 1406 S. 3rd St., 568-9663 and The Will Edwards Show, every 2nd, 4th Wed, 7p, $10.

ART 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. BELLAGIO GALLERY OF FINE ART 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 693-7871. A Sense of Place: LandATOMIC TESTING MUSEUM

scapes from Monet to Hockney, through January, 2012. Sun-Tue, Thu, 10a-6p. Wed, Fri-Sat, 10a-7p. $15, discounts for NV residents, seniors, students and military, free for children 12 and younger. Every Wednesday is locals night, $8 discount with I.D. BIG SPRINGS GALLERY Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., 822-7700, Daily, 10a-6p. CENTERPIECE GALLERY Crystal Place at CityCenter, 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 739-3314, Thu-Wed, 10a-6p. Locals Only artists’ series with Erik Beehn, through Nov 14. CHARLESTON HEIGHTS ART CENTER 800 S. Brush St., 229-1012. Thu-Fri, Wed, 12:30p-9p, Sat, 10a-7p. The Pano Project, by Angela Bellamy, through Oct 27.

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L E O (JULY 23-AUG. 22)


“Do unto others as they wish,” advised French artist Marcel Duchamp, “but with imagination.” I recommend that approach to you, Aries. You’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when you can create good fortune for yourself by tuning into the needs and cravings of others, and then satisfying those needs and cravings in your own inimitable and unpredictable ways. Don’t just give the people you care about the mirror image of what they ask for; give them a funhouse mirror image that reflects your playful tinkering.

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

Winner of the American Book Award in 1963, William Stafford wrote thousands of poems. The raw materials for his often-beautiful creations were the fragments and debris of his daily rhythm. “I have woven a parachute out of everything broken,” he said in describing his life’s work. You are now in a phase when you could achieve a comparable feat, Taurus. You have the power to turn dross into sweetness, refuse into treasure, loss into gain.

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

Is there something you’ve always wanted to create but have not gotten around to creating? Now would be an excellent time to finally get that project off the ground. Is there any role you have fantasized about taking on but have never actually sought out? Now would be a perfect moment to initiate an attempt. Is there any big mysterious deal you’ve thought about connecting with but never have? Any profound question you’ve longed to pose but didn’t? Any heartexpanding message you’ve wanted to deliver but couldn’t bring yourself to? You know what to do.

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

The experiences you’re flirting with seem to be revivals of long-forgotten themes. You’re trying to recover and reinvigorate stuff that was abandoned or neglected way back when. You’re dipping into the past to salvage defunct resources, hoping to find new applications for them. To illustrate the spirit of what you’re doing, I’ve resurrected some obsolete words I found in an 18th-centry dictionary. Try sprinkling them into your conversations; make them come alive again. “Euneirophrenia” means “peace of mind after a sweet dream.” The definition of “neanimorphic” is “looking younger than one’s true age.” “Gloze” is when you speak soothing or flattering words in order to persuade. “Illapse” means the gradual or gentle entrance of one thing into another.

An old Egyptian saying declares “the difference between a truth and a lie weighs no more than a feather.” I suspect your upcoming experiences will vividly demonstrate the accuracy of that statement. There will be a very fine line between delusional nonsense and helpful wisdom ... between colorful but misleading BS and articulate, provocative analysis ... between interesting but irrelevant fantasies and cogent, evidence-based prognostications. Which side will you be on, Leo? To increase your chances of getting it right, be a stickler for telling yourself the heart-strong truth.

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

What’s the most practical method of acquiring wealth? One out of every five Americans believes that it’s by playing the lottery. While it is true, Virgo, you now have a slightly elevated chance of guessing the winning numbers in games of chance — the odds are only 90 million to one instead of 100 million to one — I don’t recommend that you spend any time seeking greater financial security in this particular way. A much better use of your current cosmic advantage would be to revitalize and reorganize your approach to making, spending, saving and investing money.

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

showed an orange-haired girl bending down to tend to three orange flowers. High overhead was an orange five-pointed star. The girl was saying, “I think it would be fun being a star,” while the star mused, “I think it would be great to be a girl.” I urge you to create your own version of this cartoon, Sagittarius. Put a picture of yourself where the girl was in Zoe’s rendering. Getting your imagination to work in this way will put you in the right frame of mind to notice and take advantage of the opportunities that life will bring you. Here’s your mantra, an ancient formula the mystics espouse: “As above, so below.”

Right now you have license to make pretty much everything bigger and funnier and wickeder. Good fortune is likely to flow your way as you seek out experiences that are extra interesting and colorful and thought-provoking. This is no time for you to be shy about asking for what you want or timid about stirring up adventure. Be louder and prouder than usual. Be bolder and brighter, nosier and cozier, weirder and more whimsical. The world needs your very best idiosyncrasies and eccentricities!

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Years ago, I discovered I was eligible to join MENSA, an organization for people with high IQs. Since I’d never gotten any awards, plaques or badges, I thought I’d indulge in this little sin of pride. Not too long after I signed up, however, I felt like an idiot for doing it. Whenever I told someone I belonged to MENSA, I felt sheepish about seeming to imply that I was extra smart. Eventually I resigned from the so-called genius club. But then I descended into deeper egomania — I started bragging about how I had quit MENSA because I didn’t want to come off like an egotist. How egotistical was that? Please avoid this type of unseemly behavior in the coming week, Capricorn. Be authentically humble, not fake like me. It’ll be important for your success.

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There is a slight chance the following scenario will soon come to pass: A psychic will reveal that you have a mutant liver that can actually thrive on alcohol, and you will then get drunk on absinthe every day for two weeks, and by the end of this grace period, you will have been freed of 55 percent of the lingering guilt you’ve carried around for years, plus you will care 40 percent less about what people think of you. Extra bonus: You’ll feel like a wise rookie who’s ready to learn all about intimacy as if you were just diving into it for the first time. But get this, Pisces: There’s an even greater chance that these same developments will unfold very naturally — without the psychic, without the prediction about a mutant liver, and without the nonstop drunkenness.

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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory landed two robotic vehicles on Mars in 2004. They were expected to explore the planet and send back information for 90 days. But the rover named Spirit kept working for over six years, and its companion, Opportunity, is still operational. The astrological omens suggest any carefully prepared project you launch in the coming weeks could achieve that kind of staying power, Libra. So take maximum advantage of the vast potential you have available. Don’t scrimp on the love and intelligence you put into your labor of love.

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

“I don’t want to play the part of the mythical phoenix again,” my Scorpio friend Kelly has been moaning as she prepares for her latest trial by fire. “I’ve burned myself to the ground and risen reborn out of the ashes two times this year already. Why can’t someone else take a turn for a change?”While I empathized, I thought it was my duty to tell her what I consider to be the truth: More than any other sign of the zodiac, you Scorpios have supreme skills in the art of metaphorical self-immolation and regeneration. You’re better able to endure the ordeal, too. Besides, part of you actually enjoys the heroic drama and the baby-fresh feelings that come over you as you reanimate yourself from the soot and cinders. Ready for another go?

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Finally, something else BY MIKE PREVATT

THERE WERE HOMOS EVERYWHERE. That’s something you can rarely say about anywhere downtown, unfortunately — a pet peeve of mine since the downtown revival/redevelopment began. But it’s something you can frequently say about Artifice, the cosmopolitan but casual lounge that opened last spring behind the Arts Factory. And it could certainly be said with regard to Oct. 1, which may have been the gayest scene this Artifice regular has seen yet. To be clear, Artifice isn’t a gay bar, nor does it identify as one. It just happens to draw the ’mos tired of how mundane local gay bars and clubs have become. And judging by my frequent visits, more and more of them are less willing to settle for that mundacity. One is Esteban Rey, a good friend of mine. Another is Skaught Gibson, who at one point was the only other gay guy I’d see at downtown shows. Both have large (and overlapping) social circles, and last week’s party was their shared birthday celebration. And so there were homos everywhere, despite the very mixed crowd, most of them talking at the bar, most of them already pals of mine — and the ones that weren’t were about to become new acquaintances. One stranger sees my very inebriated friend — with whom he starts to flirt. Giving up once my friend saunters elsewhere,dude begins chatting me up.He casually mentions how many gay people there are in his north-of-the-border entertainment company (which I’ll leave you to figure out). Yeah, I know, I say, I dated one briefly about a month back. Let me guess, it was so-and-so, and he guesses correctly. Damn. He then tells me it was probably just as well,



something about his co-worker having weird self-identification issues. So-and-so doesn’t go to gay bars, he reminds me. I nod. Maybe so-and-so should start coming here, I half-joke. On the other side of the square bar, a couple of friends usher me over to join their homo pack. It’s mostly neighbors who know me introducing me to the ones who don’t. Someone tells me about an upcoming block party. Someone else buys the pack shots, and I happily partake (and regret it later). Someone to my right starts showing off his ridiculously defined abs, and almost everyone else takes this as a cue to lift their own shirts — not because they can seriously compete with The Gay Situation in our midst, but because it’s an excuse to look at parts of each others’ bodies normally covered up. At a gay bar, this would normally segue into a discussion about the gym or dick. Here, a lesbian joins us, which would not normally happen at a gay bar. I make it over to the dance floor. Homos are dancing despite the fact DJ Ladyfingers is not playing Gaga or Kesha or Britney Goddamn Spears. Even Esteban, half-straddling the scooter he currently rides due to a foot injury, wheels back and forth to participate. A mutual friend who lives in New York appears out of nowhere and gives me a big hug. Ladyfingers finishes spinning the newer indie rock stuff (like MGMT), and goes into Depeche Mode, David Bowie, classic Madonna and The Smiths. The scene reminds me of Berlin, an awesome gay club in Chicago that makes the alternative appealing to even the most stubborn Top 40 queens. I order another drink because fuck it, because I have no desire to go home anytime soon, because these sort of parties don’t happen in our gay bars (or “straight” ones, for that matter), because people aren’t this friendly elsewhere in the valley — and because this is exactly the scene so many other urban-minded locals say is missing from Vegas but is so prevalent in the bigger cities they vacation in or moved from. Their ignorance and laziness shackles them to Town Square, to Krave, to McNightclub. For the rest of us, our curiosity and eagerness reward us here.


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