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8 DAMNED PUNDIT Economic creationism 9 KNAPPSTER Why won’t the school district

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10 COMMENTARY Free my breasts!


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oolside wine tasting, burlesque shows, hooping demos and fire-dance performances doesn’t sound like what you’d expect from a traveling yoga/music festival — it sounds like a typical Friday night on the Strip. Add consciousness-expanding Anusara, classic Kula Flow class and Thievery Corporation, though, and a whole new experience is born.



Wanderlust rolls positive-vibe entertainment and spiritual exercise into a two-day feel-good festival at the Cosmopolitan. Anusara founder John Friend and Wanderlust Festival co-creator Schulyer Grant headline the yoga side of the fest, with three large group classes. Friend will teach his signature craft poolside, overlooking the Strip, and Grant will show students the way to

selflessness via Kula Flow, and will wrap up the fest with a Sunday morning class, the Healing Power of Yoga. Saturday night, Thievery Corporation takes over the Boulevard Pool with its airy atmospheric grooves and hip-hop and reggae influences. Wanderlusters get an open bar, pre-party performance art, gift bags and makeovers; regular concert-goers will have to settle for a good show. Tip: Easily spot other yogis, who will be wearing white clothing and neck malas to the concert. Kristy Totten. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, http://cosmopolitan., tickets start at $148, use code WL2VEGAS for $40 off; $45 for just Thievery Corporation

If you want to buy something handmade by a skilled craftsman that won’t cost you $5,000 at the Louis Vuitton megastore, then head down to Cashman Center for this year’s Harvest Festival. The region’s largest craft shows features wooden toys, hand-blown glass, fiber art, leather goods, woodcarvings and pottery. It’s a veritable buffet of old-timey goodness with some of the country’s best craftsmen and women on hand for demonstrations. Crafts aren’t the only thing on display at the Harvest Festival. The fair also has musical entertainment and delicious homemade foods. A portion of the proceeds will go to local charities Safe Nest and the Sunrise Children’s Foundation, which turns a family event into one for the community. Amy Kingsley. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. -6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Cashman Center, 850 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 451-0344 or, $9


Black Star

Las Vegas has been blessed with not one but two stops on the Rock the Bells tour, which features various headliners playing their most iconic and influential albums in full. The anti-gangsta, pro-consciousness hip-hop institution sent Wu Tang principals Raewkon and Ghostface Killah a few weeks back, the duo re-creating its Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. This week, we get backpacker faves Mos Def and Talib Kweli, who in 1998 collaborated as Black Star on the seminal Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star. It’s one of those modestly sold albums that nonetheless influenced an entire generation of MCs and producers disgusted with mainstream hip-hop’s fetishization of violence, sexism and materialism. It boasts indelible songs (like “Definition”) and exhibits a wide-ranging depth of Africa-American cultural intellectualism, evidenced by its nods to figures like Marcus Garvey, Toni Morrison, Gil Scott-Heron and Boogie Down Productions. And its live performance ought to whet the appetite of a much-rumored second Black Star album ... with maybe a new song or two, hopefully? Mike Prevatt. 8 p.m.; House of Blues, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 632-7600, $39.50



Tosca Giacomo Puccini’s 1900 classic offers murder, torture, melodrama, an invading Napoleon and some of the most popular operatic music in the repertoire — what else you gonna be doing on Friday night that promises better than that? Hip bar chat? Karaoke? We’re talking three singers from the Metropolitan Opera here, a 40-piece orchestra. If you’re already an opera buff, we had you at Tosca; if not, this is a great chance to see if you should be. Presented by Opera Las Vegas. Scott Dickensheets. 7 p.m., Sept. 9, 2 p.m., Sept. 11; Horn Theater, CSN, 3200 E.Cheyenne Ave., 651-5483, $35 and $50

CAC Beer Fest Can you imagine if The Louvre had a beer-tasting event? There’d be people knocking into sculptures with “B.C.” in the dateline. Trying to make out with Mona Lisa, then calling her a prude for not reciprocating. Seeing the Tomb of Philippe Pot and saying Antoine Le Moiturier needs to lighten the fuck up. It would be chaos. But thankfully, da Vinci didn’t send any of his works to The Arts Factory, in the parking lot of which the Contemporary Arts Center will hold its second-annual fundraising Beer Fest. There will be live music, bratwursts and all kinds of art from local vendors. Picture the street fair portion of First Friday, but with more local brewery beer-tasting and fewer high-school kids. We aren’t responsible for anyone who picks a fight with an imposing-looking sculpture. Max Plenke. 4 p.m.; Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., $15-$20




FEEDBACK Funk be gone!

A toast to Champagne’s

Sadly four students get moved out on Tuesday, and they wasted a week of education in my class. Even sadder, they are pegs just getting shuffled by administration. lotter

No sooner had we named the Vegas institution our Best Bar with the Worst Odor than its defenders leapt to their keyboards. THE STENCH has left Champagne’s. Whatever was causing the smell has been fixed, so now everyone can relax and enjoy the red velvet wallpaper. Thomas

I REALLY enjoyed this. Thanks for this voice of reason. Concerned Educator



I WAS PLEASED to see Champagnes Café on your recent list of best bars in the city. My friends and I have made Las Vegas a vacation destination at least once or twice a year for the past four years, and Champagne’s Café is always on the list as a definite must-visit. In contrast to the pricey nightclubs on the Strip, Champagne’s gives you an intimate, old-school Vegas feel, along with friendly bartenders and drinks priced like back home. Very cool. Also, I have been assured by a good friend who just returned home from Las Vegas after holding his annual fantasy football draft at Champagne’s that the smell has definitely been taken care of. Shannon Ehmke OSHKOSH, WISC.


Bar fight?

As part of last week’s bars issue, we noted the upcoming opening of a new drinkery in the arts district. Good idea? For some, yes, but not to others.

An acre-foot of bullshit

Two weeks ago, George Knapp laid into the Southern Nevada Water Authority and its spokesman, J.C. Davis, for not telling residents the whole story about the cost of the big pipeline project.


BRAVO! Job well done, George! When this was presented, I couldn’t help but gasp that no one seemed to be grasping what I was reading. I am sure J.C. Davis will be sending you an e-mail or two informing you that unless we spend $10 billion now, you and everyone is Southern Nevada will die of thirst. huffing (FROM THE WEBSITE)

A timely reminder as you polish off your Labor Day turkey leftovers Glub, glub

Our Aug. 25 cover story on underwater mortgages met with this reader’s approval.

GREAT STORY on a hard topic for a lot of Las Vegas homeowners, like myself. I’m going to contact [Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Nevada and Utah] myself and see if they can help me out, so I can take off my scuba mask, snorkel and fins. Joe (FROM THE WEBSITE)



Those benefits came about because of unions and soon became the norm for union workers and many nonunion workers as well. All American workers owe a debt of gratitude to Organized Labor for its achievements. Paul G. Jaehnert

ENJOY your Labor Day holiday? The reason we celebrate Labor Day is largely because of the contributions made by unions to the betterment of America’s workers. The numerous beneficial influences of organized labor cannot be ignored. Most of the benefits workers now enjoy are directly attributable to unions. To cite but a few: the 40-hour work week; paid holidays and vacations; sick leave; grievance procedures; collective bargaining; and generally superior wages. Unfortunately, succeeding generations have come to take those benefits for granted.

School daze

In response to Chip Mosher’s column in last week’s paper, about the beginning of the school year and the need to teach students to think for themselves.

THE PROBLEM with politicians and educations theorists is that they believe there is a one-size-fits solution to each and every problem in education. A school can fail for many varied reasons. In Southern Nevada, I believe that lack of money in itself isn’t the problem, but lack of focus as to what education is supposed to be about, i.e. educating students. A good example of this is last week, I was given a class of 46 students in a room that has 42 seats. Whilst 42 is hardly ideal, I can cope. But asking administrators why it was thought a good strategy to add four more students above capacity, when there were other scheduling options, the answer was, “Well, they have to go somewhere.” This illustrated that the students were merely pieces being made to fit. It wasn’t a decision of what is best for these students, more a case of what is easier for administration.

ACTUALLY this is a really, really great idea. Vegas is desperately in need of cohesion and hangouts for its creative scene, and let’s face it: Bars are where it happens. This will bring together awesome people scattered all over the city more often than one Friday a month. If this bar had been there when I was living in Vegas last year, I might have met more good people and stayed. ... Their concept is spoton in location, ambiance and cheap drinks. You girls are brilliant! I, for one, applaud these two for having some vision. William Kistler (FROM THE WEBSITE)

ENOUGH OF the “community” BS ... a bar offers absolutely nothing in the way of revitalization or human development. At most it will merely be another mundane addition to the overrated destination neighborhood... Jan Oller (FROM THE WEBSITE)

BECAUSE THIS is what human development and revitalization is, right? Jan Oller (ON FACEBOOK)

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WE THINK The state of things, in tidbit form 4 percent: Annual amount of economic

growth America would experience under President Mitt Romney, according to candidate Mitt Romney, who announced his jobs plan in North Las Vegas this week

Lower taxes: For corporations, especially; a major feature of Romney’s jobs plan

Fewer government regulations: Another feature

More oil drilling: Another feature Stymieing green energy: Another feature

Prohibiting union dues from being used for political purposes: Another

feature —one can only imagine the thousands of jobs this will grow!

11.5 million: Jobs he says his plan will

create, no doubt including significant job growth for buriers of endangered species and health-care providers near suddenly unregulated industrial facilities

1950s and ’60s: Era of U.S. economic domination that Romney’s plan harkens back to, according to Las Vegas Sun Also: Perhaps not coincidentally, those

were terrific years for affluent white males — somewhat less so for minorities, women and nonconformists

14 percent: Unemployment rate in North

Loosely regulated banks: Cause of the

housing crisis

Venture capital: Industry in which Rom-

ney got most of his private-sector experience


Las Vegas, a city hit hard by the housing crisis

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Economic creationism just as practical as the other kind


ou know,” chimed Kate Marshall on TV the other day, “the Bible says, ‘Where there is no vision, the people shall cast

off restraint.’” Marshall’s Democratic congressional campaign has been widely dismissed as a vacuous exercise in pointlessness, so people might be shocked to hear that she was placing herself at the head of a popular uprising — unrestrained, no less. Alas, Marshall’s vision of a frustrated citizenry casting off restraint is painfully mod-

est. Once a few morally offensive but fiscally insignificant tax loopholes are eliminated, the people’s thirst for overthrowing the ruling order will be slaked, the revolutionary goals achieved. Kate no es Ché. Given how Marshall’s campaign has catered mostly to right-leaning voters, perhaps one will be forgiven for wondering if her biblical reference was inspired not by the good book but the GOP playbook, which lists God as both a Republican and a wedge issue. True, the Tea Party that now controls the Republican Party originally claimed to be un-

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encumbered by a churchy agenda. But polloutlawing condoms (and if Perry or Baching has confirmed suspicions, raised early on mann wins …). in, ahem, some quarters, that Tea Partiers are While this was being written, both Barack in large part just the same old religious right. Obama and Mitt Romney were planning A perhaps more unexpected religio-culto deliver major addresses on jobs (Romtural phenomenon is reportedly taking place ney from a podium in Nevada). Both were off the South American coast. Unimpressed expected to renew tiresome calls for more tax with conclusions Charles Darwin reached cuts, deficit reduction, regulatory “relief” after analyzing their 19th-century wildlife and, in Obama’s case, a piddling and inadcounterparts, a growing number of human equate measure of infrastructure investment. inhabitants of the Galapagos Islands do not Both were also expected to mostly if not believe in evolution. wholly ignore the underlying consumerJust like Rick Perry or Michele Bachdemand problem that keeps cash-rich mann, it’s tempting to companies from hiring say — though the more and holds down wages trenchant peer set, and those who are emTREATING ECONOMIC for one that helps explain ployed. America’s ecoPROBLEMS WITH TEA nomic debate is like the Perry’s frontrunner status for the Republican Scopes Monkey Trial, PARTY DOGMA IS presidential nominaexcept the Democrats LIKE FIXING STDS tion, is the 40 percent have decided to settle of Americans polled last out of court. BY DAMNING year in conjunction with The schism between “SINFUL” SEX. Darwin’s 200th birthday reality and governance who told Gallup that is perhaps as gaping “God created humans as at any time in the in their present form within the last 10,000 nation’s history, and Marshall’s Bible quote is years” (the poll’s most popular response). actually spot on — though instead of casting Jon Huntsman, whose chances of winning off restraint to challenge a system that is the GOP nomination are every bit as good working against them, a significant portion as Marshall’s to win her election next week, of your fellow Americans have cast off any has attempted to distance himself from the restraint imposed by a pesky consultation of rest of the Republican field by declaring that reason, freeing themselves to reach ill-conhe does, as it happens, believe in evolution. ceived and self-destructive conclusions. To Huntsman’s provocative disclosure has say they’re participating in democracy only prompted speculation that he will follow up after rejecting any fact-based judgments by professing a belief in magnetism, gravity, mistakenly assumes they gave any considerperhaps even thermodynamics. He’s already ation to facts in the first place. The opinions confessed to Republican heresy on manthey bring to the public sphere are based on made climate change — that is, he accepts the same analytical method they’ve used to the science. explain their own existence: a leap of faith. The left, such as it is, is fond of coupling On the bright side (where I’m always creationism with climate science. Republooking), 16 percent of those polled by licans who embrace one typically deny the Gallup believe in evolution, period, and 38 other, so fair enough. percent believe in evolution where “God But the anti-rationalist impulse doesn’t guided the process” — a position that stop there. Those who cling to creationism recognizes humanity’s age-old attraction to explain human origins and the stars above to the supernatural yet can accommodate also tend to adhere to a form of jobs creationa sensible regard for empirical evidence. ism, an abiding faith, religiously held, that Taken together, that’s 54 percent who might low taxes and small government — supplybe appealed to by a rational and candid side solutions — will somehow create jobs presentation of facts. in an economy suffering from insufficient Unfortunately, neither party in America’s consumer demand. two-party system has shown any indication Just as Biblical creationism provides no that such an appeal is forthcoming. Here’s practical evidence a researcher can use to, hoping that in his speech and in the months say, develop a vaccination against a virus, Tea to come, Obama surprises us. Party economics provides no effective tools HUGH JACKSON is a longtime local journalist, former for fixing the economy — on the contrary, CityLife senior editor and proprietor of the Las Vegas it makes it worse. Treating current ecoGleaner (, where he blogs. nomic problems with Tea Party dogma is like treating STDs by damning “sinful” sex and



Can you spell p-u-b-l-i-c record?


here is Julian Assange when we really need him? This is a matter worthy of WikiLeaks, involving secret papers so highly classified that their release might endanger the free world. Are we talking about the formula for a pandemic-inducing biological weapon, or maybe the diagram for a newfangled doomsday bomb? Obama’s secret birth certificate? The floor plan to Area 51’s underground bunkers, where they hide the flying saucers? Oh heavens, nothing as mundane as those trifles. I’m talking about the personal résumé for Clark County School District Police Chief Phil Arroyo. Since Chief Arroyo is an employee of a taxpayer-funded public agency, one that is overseen by a board made up of persons elected by the voters, and which carries out one of the most vital roles in all of local government — namely, the protection of students and teachers throughout the public school system — you might think that his background would be an open book. I mean, surely he submitted a detailed work history when he applied for the job. And surely the CCSD carefully vetted his credentials and experience. So we can’t imagine what information might be lurking in Arroyo’s background that would inspire the school district to circle the wagons on this issue. Yet that’s exactly what has happened. For the past three weeks, the news organization that I work for in my day job has been asking to see the material Arroyo submitted when he applied for the job of chief of the school police. So far, the response has been a big fat middle finger from the school district. The publicinformation officer for the school police told us flat out that there would be no release of Arroyo’s personal CV. When we pushed further, the PIO told us he would kick it over to the district’s legal counsel, but that we should not hold our breath. And that’s where it still stands. No response from the district. No résumé released.

The reason I am interested in seeing Arroyo’s claimed credentials is that nearly a dozen of his current and former employees have been telling me stories about the inner workings of the CCSD police — this in the wake of a scandal that erupted weeks ago, involving several school cops who reportedly were drinking and partying with a group of more than 20 teenagers, one of whom got drunk, drove away and killed a young woman a few miles from the party. Metro police are hearing the same stories, because the department opened a formal investigation into the matter and has been getting an earful about other alleged illegalities within the CCSD police. It turns out the district doesn’t have a great record when it comes to checking into the background of its police chiefs. As the Las Vegas Sun reported back in 2008, the first CCSD police chief, Elliott Phelps, was fired in 2004 (after spending four years on the job) when the district discovered that he never obtained state-required certification to hold the position. Oopsie. The next guy, Hector Garcia, lasted a little more than two years before he resigned amid allegations that he funneled a consulting contract to a longtime pal, and then used department funds to send his employees to a conference organized by that very same crony. Double oopsie. When Arroyo applied for the job, his main competitor was the police chief at UNR, whose own officers turned against him in a no-confidence vote, and who alienated much of the UNR community by installing “homeland security” cameras throughout the campus. Arroyo’s own résumé might have looked pretty good in comparison, but did anyone go to the trouble of actually following up his claimed work history? Were there any long gaps in his employment record? Did he have a good reputation among his law-enforcement colleagues? If the district did a thorough job of vetting Arroyo, then what’s the problem with releasing the records that

he submitted to this public entity when he assured nervous employees that this whole applied for the job? mess will blow over soon and that media It is uncertain whether the Metro investiinterest will die down. gation will lead to any formal action against It isn’t going away, whether Metro submits CCSD personnel, or whether an active a case to the DA or not. If it takes court action cover-up was instituted in the wake of the to force CCSD to release Arroyo’s résumé, DUI death of Angela Peterson. But the foul then so be it — but it is public information, stench emanating from the CCSD cops since and the public is going to get a look at it one the scandal broke is strong enough to suggest way or another. If there is a single member that there needs to be of the school board some kind of inquiry by with integrity, one CCSD HAS A BAD the school board, which would think that board has, for the most part, member could instruct RECORD WHEN stayed as far away as the district to release IT COMES TO possible from this story. the file and to issue a The CCSD superintenstatement to employees BACKGROUND dent told me that any assuring any whistleCHECKING POLICE school-police employee blower who comes forCHIEFS. who has information ward can do so without about criminal matters fear of retribution by or a cover-up is free to Arroyo or anyone else. come forward without Keeping the chief’s fear of any retribution, but I can tell you that résumé in a locked vault is ridiculous. We not one of the people supplying me with have a right to know what claims he made to information believes that promise. They’re the district in order to land the job. And we not talking to anyone (other than Metro) need to know whether he deserves to keep until they see something in writing because, the position. to a man, they have told me that the curGEORGE KNAPP is a Peabody Award-winning rent administration has ordered people to investigative reporter for KLAS Channel 8. Reach him at “keep their effing mouths shut.” They’ve also

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Free my ta-tas!



abor Day, schmabor day — we recently celebrated a really important holiday, but I bet you didn’t hear about it. August 21 was National Go Topless Day, and women in some cities marched in protest of our asinine, unconstitutional public-indecency laws … laws that permit a fat, hairy goombah with moobs the size of pomelos to roam freely without a shirt, while chicks like me and my fellow Itty Bitty Titty Committee members have to cover up our mosquito bites for fear of being charged with a misdemeanor. Really?

Caveat: National Go Topless Day was sponsored by, a leading site in the topfreedom movement that happens to be run by Raelians. OK, so they also believe aliens created the Earth as a science experiment … but don’t let that stop you from supporting the cause. It’s a legit social movement picking up steam with feminists and civil libertarians everywhere — including me. Whenever I get on my topfreedom soapbox, women look at me like I’m the whore of Babylon, and men offer half-assed support (“Honey, if it were up to me, you could go topless aaaaaaanytime you want!”). But I’m serious — have you considered the unfairness of public-indecency laws? My boobs are smaller than most men’s, yet for daring to flaunt them, I’ve had my Facebook account deleted, my YouTube channel disabled and I’ve been kicked out of Red Rock, Valley of Fire and even Ash Meadows (an extremely remote wilderness refuge). I’m not saying I want to go topless in a restaurant or supermarket; I’m fine abiding by the “No Shirt,No Service”code — so long as it’s applied equally to men and women.Any place a man can go topless,I deserve the same right. My tax dollars keep the sidewalks paved on the Strip and the grass green at Sunset Park.Why do I have to strap on a sweat-inducing harness to enjoy these areas on a hot summer day? Of course, I’m not the first woman to be bothered by this double standard — women have already fought and won the right to go topless in public in places as diverse as New York City,Portland,Ore.,and Dayton,Ohio.



But Vegas? Still in the Dark Ages.The irony of living in Tit City but being unable to show my tits is not lost on me — I can’t walk two feet down the Strip without being bombarded with images of breasts on billboards,taxis and slappy cards; but the minute my bikini top slips even a half-inch left of center,I’m busted. To date, the only refuge in Vegas for shameless hussies like me has been one of our “European-style” pools. Some resorts have long allowed topless sunbathing in certain areas (I’ve been tanning my ta-tas at Caesars Palace’s Venus pool for more than a decade). Then someone figured out they could make a buck by adding a DJ and charging $50 a head … and the phenomenon of topless dayclubs was born. Now they’re everywhere. It’s still complicated, though — some pools change their policies from topless to covered and back, so you can’t just head out for a day of tit-tanning without calling ahead first. Imagine my chagrin when I untied my top at Mandalay Bay’s Moorea last summer, only to be told that due to a change in management, they no longer allowed topless sunbathing (thankfully, management changed again, and Moorea is once more “toptional”). Also, business-license regulations prohibit toplessness if a pool is hosting a concert, contest or special party — as I learned when I visited the Mirage’s Bare pool one day during a televised poker tournament. But nothing beats my experience at the Venetian’s Tao Beach. I visited Tao three times this summer; first on a Thursday, when I was informed that while I was welcome to dance

and loll about topless on my daybed, if I OK,so the health code has nothing to do wanted to enter the water, I’d have to put withit(IcheckedtheSouthernNevadaHealth my top on. When I asked why, my cabana Districtregulations,andfoundnothingregardhost explained that it was due to a health inglactation.)Butwhataboutthebusiness regulation intended to prevent women from licensepermit?AllitsaysintheClarkCounty inadvertently lactating in the water. municipalcode8.20.570isthat“aresorthotel Lactating in the water?! No bikini top mayprovideforitsguestsaspeciallydesignated I’ve seen would block milk seepage — and portionofitsswimmingpoolareawheretopif milk did get into the water, it’s certainly lesssunbathingispermitted.However,such no worse than the sweat, pee, precum and aspeciallydesignatedareamustbeseparated other fluids leaking from the orifices of the fromallotherswimmingpoolandguestareas; wasted pool partiers yukking it up over sipbeobstructedfromtheviewofpatronsinother py-cups full of Red Bull and vodka. Didn’t swimmingpoolandcommonareas;beoff-limanyone read The Daily’s recent analysis of pool itstoallminorsundertheageof18;andcannot party water? In some places, the primordial beusedforanyspecialevents,contestsorparties soup of self-tanner, jizz and pheromones is so whileanytoplesssunbathingistakingplace.” thick I’ve seen a new species emerge from the Whether I agree with its practices, Tao ooze (Homo Douchiens, I think it was). Beach is a business, free to set its own code of I thought this an unlikely excuse, so I went conduct. If I want to make a stand on topfreeback a few days later, on a Monday. This time dom, it would have to be in public. I toyed with my friends and I were allowed to romp freely the idea of organizing my own protest march without tops — in the water, on the beds, at on National Go Topless Day and, curious about the bar, wherever. Tops were only required the punishment I might face, I researched when exiting the secluded Tao Beach enclave the county code and the state law regarding to go to the bathrooms. I figured the lactation indecent exposure — and what I found was clause must just be a weekend thing (Thursfrustratingly vague. Both prohibit the exposure day being part of the weekend for some of of one’s “person,” but neither defines what us), but I decided to go back one more time, exactly is meant by “person.” The municipal to make sure. code goes a little farther and bans the exposure My third trip was again on a Monday, but of “private parts” (a fine legal term) … but still this time I was permitted to be topless only doesn’t define “private.” while sunbathing — and they define “sunEither way, a first offense for indecent exbathing” quite literally, posure is a gross misdeto mean lying on your meanor, punishable by a THE IRONY OF bed/chair in the sun. fine and/or jail time. As Going to the bar or getludicrous as it is to me LIVING IN TIT CITY ting in the water required that two nickel-sized BUT BEING UNABLE a top, no matter how pink puffs could be the haphazardly adjusted TO SHOW MY TITS IS cause of my downfall (I purposely wore mine …for now, I guess I’ll NOT LOST ON ME. about an inch too low, obey The Man. with my nips “accidenAnyway, maybe tally” showing, just to these laws are in our see what they’d say ... no one commented). best economic interest. Think about it — our A security guard told me the difference in main cash crop here is tits: the lure of tits, the policies had to do with which manager was promise of tits, the dream of tits. Allowing on duty. them on the sidewalks, instead of in pools, I asked Tao Beach’s PR department for their showroom revues or strip clubs — where we official stance on topless bathing,and,alas, can charge tourists to ogle ’em — might be lactation was not mentioned:“Tao Beach economic suicide. offers European bathing Monday through Still, if I do get the urge to protest on the Thursday.In ordinance with the business next Go Topless Day, a company called Niplicense permit,those who wish to partake in sies ( manufactures wondertopless option may do so while sunbathing,but fully realistic latex pasties — in the shape of must put a top on when leaving the chair or bed real nipples. Ha! You said we had to keep ’em for any reason,such as to go to the bar,take a covered, but you didn’t say with what! How dip in the pool or use the restroom.” Moreover, do you like me now, Johnny Law? tops are required Friday,Saturday and Sunday. SARAH JANE WOODALL blogs at


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DWIGHT JONES A wide-ranging interview with the new Clark County schools boss BY GIGI GENERAUX



CityLife: What impact did the last legislative session have on the school district? Dwight Jones: Essentially, I think some of the reforms that we were supporting and certainly [that] the governor was supporting got passed. It didn’t all come out looking exactly like what we thought, or maybe in some cases evenwhatwehoped,butwethoughtlookingat teacher evaluation — trying to make sure that teachers got good, quality evaluations — was a significant step. We thought about looking at a reduction in force and not just using [teacher] seniority, even though we know that experience does matter, so we’re not just dismissing seniority, but that seniority wouldn’t just be the sole decision-maker when we’re doing reduction in force; we thought that was significant. And, ultimately, we were initially looking at about a $400 million cut, and the Supreme Court ruling certainly had an impact, but the Legislature did ultimately change the budget where our cut was still $150 million.You would think you’d never be happy about a $150 million cut, but you’re happy about it when it was going to be $400 million. What do you feel is the biggest issue facing the CCSD in light of the bad economy? The biggest issue for me is the number of kids that are not graduating. I know that the budget is a big issue, and we’re certainly focused on that, but ultimately, I’m going to have another group of seniors that’s going to walk across that stage,and if they’re not ready by exit, that’s my No. 1 issue. What concrete steps can you as superintendent take to overcome the general low level of support for education in Las Vegas among voters and taxpayers? We’re doing a lot of things right now. I think what’s most important is we’re having to do some of what I call “a sense of urgency” and some short-term steps, i.e., our graduation initiative, where we’ve determined there’s about 10,000 high school seniors that will be

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starting school this fall that are in jeopardy of when they get so behind their peers they can’t not graduating. We’re taking very dramatic function, and I think that’s been part of our steps making sure we’ve got specialized tudropout problem in this community. toring, additional classes, online learning, Do you favor the idea of Nevada optconnecting a student to an adult in the school, ing out of No Child Left Behind? reworking the high-school plan to really look Well,what I like is Nevada’s not proposing to at the juniors and seniors that are already in opt out of No Child Left Behind; they’re proharm’s way. So we’ve got to take short-term posing to get a waiver to use the mechanism steps. Ultimately, we’ve got to build a longer of growth. So what we supported — and the strategy, and that is being done by the growth Board of Trustees passed — was a resolution model that’s been released, where we’ll [which] supports using growth to hold know a lot more about how each stuourselves accountable, but certainly dent and how each classroom and Interview not opting out. I still support that No how each school is doing, therefore Child Left Behind has shone a light we can intervene and make real-time on all kids, especially some of those EDUCATION decisions. We’re looking at literacy, kids that have been in the shadows. especially in the early grades, to say no Do you agree that ESL stulonger does a student just pass on to the next dents and students receiving special grade if they’re having deficiencies in learneducation services should be held to the ing how to read or decode or to write well. same NCLB testing standards as native And then we’re really doing a lot of things to English-speaking and general education encourage students to raise the bar. We’ve got students? to raise the expectations. Our kids can work a Ahundredpercent.Ijustthinkweshouldnot lot harder than they’re currently working, and have two bars because we know that when you we’ve got kids that are a lot smarter than we’re have two systems, then one system is for kids giving them credit for. So we’re pushing more thatgetthesupportandaccesstotheAmerican rigor in the classroom, the Common Core dream, and the other system I guess is to create Standards are more rigorous standards, but folks that support those folks, and I just think equally, we’re pushing kids that could qualify that’s wrong. Everybody should be held to the to take advanced placement classes, so put highest standard that we can come up with. them in those classes and don’t just give kids Since the population of Latino stuthe easy way out. We ought to expect a lot dents in the CCSD is almost 42 percent, more. but polled voters have supported cutting My understanding is that in order for a funding to ESL instruction in the past, student to be held back, the parent needs what do you feel is the current status of to approve, and you had mentioned ESL instruction in the district? making it harder for students to progress I think right now, we need to get a more in their grade level if they’re not up to concentrated, unified focus around our ESL standards. Do you feel that’s something efforts. I think it’s been very fragmented, that’s getting revised in the CCSD? and we’ve just been doing “stuff.” So what Well, it isn’t just about holding a kid back. I have supported and asked Mr. Martinez, What we know is that if you hold a kid back our deputy superintendent, to do is to say and give them those same things they just we’re going to work with a couple of national failed, then all they do is just fail again, and you experts to put together a very focused and also really affect their self-esteem. So I think unified plan around how we’re going to apif a kid has a deficiency, let’s say they have a proach English Language Learners and ESL, deficiency in reading, their math is on target, and then we’re also going to make sure we they’re doing well in their exploratory classes, allocate the necessary resources to deliver on then I just say you need to adapt [so] that they that promise. When the majority of our stuget that support for reading. So what would dents are Hispanic, and then you look at the happen if you had schools that were open numbers of Hispanic kids that are dropping houses, so that a kid could maybe be in second out and kids that are not graduating, if we’re grade but go to a first-grade reading to get adever going to change the numbers in the Clark ditional support while still being with their County School District, we’re going to have second-grade peers? It’s not just as simple as to really focus and target that population and holding kids back. It’s saying: “Individualize help those kids get better. what a kid needs to actually be able to not be What is your position on magnet, held back later,” and what I mean by that is that charter and vocational schools in gen-

eral, some of which may have entrance afford to make up the difference. So, I’m not requirements, in comparison to general sure I’ve taken a position on vouchers, I just population schools, which have none? know that if you’re ever going to do vouchers, Do you feel that it is fair for publicly make sure that all kids — kids with IEPs, kids funded schools such as these to have of color, kids that speak another language restrictive entrance requirements? — should have access. Well, I think your question is twofold. First So when you say “sort,” you mean that of all, I’m very supportive of school choice two students have a voucher but then the and different options. I think parents ought one student is economically more able to have options. I think we need to be mindto make up the difference in tuition to ful to say, “But we want options to be accesattend. sible,” because what we know is a youngster Right, exactly. If it costs $10,000 and the that may be interested in science or math may voucher is for $2,500, then it’s pretty hard for have been in a school where they were not all parents to be able to make up the $7,500 getting an opportunity to demonstrate that that’s necessary for enrollment, and so it reinterest, so them just getting in that environally is an equal access issue. ment allows them to really soar. Do you agree with the existence of When you say that you support school teacher’s unions or do you feel that they choice, do you feel in the years to come, make it harder for administrators to rethe district will make it easier for parmove bad teachers from the classroom? ents to receive zone variances? I don’t have a problem with teacher’s I sure hope so. I think it’s pretty easy to apunions. I think there’s a place for teacher’s ply right now. I think the problem we have is, unions, and I’m fine with that. I want us to we don’t have much space. So, there’s usually work together, and I want us to have a priortwo problems associated with zone variance: ity that student achievement matters most, One has to do with transportation, so it kind and in some cases, I’m not sure we’re always of creates some haves and aligned in our thinking, but I have-nots. So the haves that really have no problem with have access to transporta- “OUR KIDS the teacher’s union. tion certainly, I think, are What do you feel is CAN WORK A given more choice, so we’ve the current status of arts LOT HARDER got to figure out how do we instruction in CCSD create the same choice for schools? Is preserving THAN THEY’RE those that may not have arts instruction a priorWORKING. the same opportunity. And ity for you as superinthen, second, our schools tendent, despite the poor AND THEY’RE are so full that a lot of times, SMARTER THAN economy? theparentswillhaveachoice Well, it’s certainly a priorWE GIVE THEM and then there will be a long ity for me. I think arts inwaiting list just because [the struction and creativity not CREDIT FOR.” school is] full. only is a necessary skill that What is your position students have to have, but I on publicly funded school vouchers, so equally think so many students are engaged that parents may send their children to and that’s part of their connection to school. private and even parochial schools? One of our biggest drop-out issues when you You know, I really can’t say that I have a ask students why they drop out is because real set position on that. I always say, if you’re they lose interest. There’s no connection. So going to do a voucher, you ought to do a full we know that arts and creativity and those voucher, because what happens is, if you do a kinds of classes and content really have an partial voucher, I think it still sorts and selects impact on a lot of our students. kids. What’s great about our public school Finally, what are the top five goals you system is we accept all kids, no matter what hope to accomplish as superintendent in issues they might come with, no matter what the coming year? talents, no matter what challenges, all kids Yeah, that’s easy. It’s between improving can walk through a public school door and graduation rates and improving achievement, expect to be given equal access. When kids and you could say that five times. My focus is are given vouchers, if you don’t give them full going to be getting better results for all of our vouchers, what you know is some kids can’t kids and graduating more of our kids. a




In the zones

Performance zones, reorganization, new standards — it’ll be a year of change for Clark County schools BY HEIDI KYSER


wo things you’ve heard by now, if you have a computer, radio or television: 1. Clark County School District has academic achievement issues; and 2. the new superintendent of schools, Dwight Jones, has a plan for resolving them. A first step in Jones’ “A Look Ahead” plan is being rolled out this academic year. Called “performance zones,” it’s a concept generally welcomed by school staff, who say it has the potential to empower them in refreshing ways. Even so, some teachers are wary. They see it as just one more item on a growing list of demands being made of them at a time when morale is at an all-time low.

then add the elementary schools that feed into the middle schools. Voila! a cluster — or, as CCSD calls it, “vertical team.” This is not an entirely new concept; the district previously used “articulation strands” to facilitate communication between teachers of core classes at the three levels of feeder strands. The idea — expanded with performance zones — is to get the elementary, middle and high schools that serve the same neighborhoods to work together on helping students ascend from one level to the next with the necessary skills. Because of the way the feeder system works, clusters are geographical in nature. Clusters are organized into zones based on academic achievement. So, it follows that zones will also have a geographical aspect. FEEDING THE BEAST This school year will start with a dozen or In July, parents of CCSD school kids received so zones of 20 to 30 schools each (details are a letter from Jones alerting them to the implestill being hammered out). The worse a clusmentation of performance zones. Unless they ter of schools performs, the more oversight visited the CCSD website for more details, or it gets, and the fewer schools there will be were really savvy to begin with, they were unin its zone (closer to 20). The better a cluster likely to grasp from the letter what the change performs, the more autonomy it gets, and the will mean for them and their kids. It won’t more schools there will be in its zone (closer mean much. Performance zones won’t affect to 30). The nine Prime 6 schools of West Las day-to-day considerations, such as which Vegas get their own zone, P-6, to be superschool kids attend and what bus they take. vised by an associate superintendent. The intent of performance zones is bigger “In that respect, I think it’s great schools picture. It’s a structural reorganization of within communities will be working more schoolsmeanttoconcentrateresources closely together,” says Linda Johnson, “A Look and oversight on those most in need who spoke to CityLife as a parent, not Ahead” of improvement, while giving greater as spokesperson for the Nevada PTA, autonomy to those doing well. of which she is the regional director. EDUCATION Elizabeth Bash, world history and Several sources said they expect the geography teacher at Arbor View High clusters to align as follows: low-perSchool, is one of several people who think forming zones in the urban core and North it’s a good thing.“In my mind,the teachers and LasVegas;higher-performingzonesinaffluent administrators and parents of each individual suburbs, such as Summerlin and Henderson. school are the best ones to make the decision about what’s best for their school,” she says. CLUSTER LUCK Tim Adams, principal of Rex Bell ElemenDuring the fall, CCSD will form an autary School, is jazzed about performance tonomous zone for the highest-performing zones. “Never before in my 16 years in CCSD schools. Their administrators will have the have I seen this importance on student greatest flexibility in making decisions for achievement with direct input coming from themselves. Membership in the autonomous school employees,” he says. club is limited to those who meet annual goals The idea is based on clusters. You start with in budget, staffing and programs. a high school or two; add the middle schools Autonomy is dangled like a lure before that feed students into the high school(s); schools in performance zones. Do better, the



model promises, and we’ll set you free. Will the additional oversight help? Some doubt it. Ruben R. Murillo Jr., president of the Clark County Education Association, says, “It’s great that autonomous schools are given autonomy to do what they’re doing, because it’s working. But the reaction of giving as much oversight as possible to under-performing schools, in essence, can take away a lot of the creativity that they need to meet the needs of their individual communities.” In these situations, he says, teachers often focus on test scores and other goals and have fewer “teachable moments.” Bash agrees. “If oversight improved performance,” she says, “we would have all succeeded with No Child Left Behind, because the bureaucracy in that was incredible. But if the bureaucracy comes with increased funds, staffing, programs — then maybe it will help.” That’s CCSD’s plan: Give schools in lowerperforming zones more resources to help them achieve. “Certain benefits accrue to schools in higher-need (lower-performing) zones,” the website states. “Examples include having the first opportunity to hire new talent or tap professional development funds.” Johnson said the protective parent in her bristled when she read this, because her kids are in high-performing schools.“I wondered, is that really fair that they get more money, even though we’re doing better?” Low performers also get a little help from their friends. One or two school principals per zone will act as mentors for the others. Each zone will have an academic manager, to whom all the principals report. These managers will work with the principals and community on performance targets. Adams likes this collaborative aspect of performance zones.“These enable us to come together at a smaller scale to focus on student achievement,” he says. “Collaboration will be more valuable for school administrators to help support the growth of individual schools and sub-group populations.” A related organizational change involves area offices. Whereas there are now six, the new structurehasonlythree.Theyhelpschoolswith the business side of things and answer families’ questions. CCSD is hiring ombudsmen to work at these service centers and resolve issues that can’t be solved at individual schools. Johnson hopes this doesn’t mean less access to administration than in the past. “We used to meet monthly [in the six service areas],” she says. “Now the service areas are

down to three....We’ll have to travel farther to attend meetings. The service areas are huge.” INFORMATION OVERLOAD If performance zones were the only change being implemented by CCSD this year,it would still be a lot for schools to absorb. Numerous detailsremainthatcan’tbecoveredinthespace of this story (e.g., how empowerment schools, magnet programs and career and technical academies fit into all this), and questions remain to be answered. For instance, Johnson wonders, does the community/continuity model break down if a high school far outperforms its feeder schools, or vice versa? (When asked this, a CCSD spokesman replied simply that “it moves to the autonomous zone.”) But performance zones aren’t the only change coming; they’re one of many — possibly too many, according to sources. There are also Common Core Standards (making sure kids learn the basics of core subjects no matter where they go to school), the Growth Model (evaluating kids on their own individual improvement, rather than against national standards) and the waiving of No Child Left Behind — not to mention all the changes necessitated by budget cutbacks the state made in the last legislative session. “There’s a bit of an overload,” Bash says. “I’m up for change,but you’re asking me to do all of this at the same time that you’re cutting my pay, cutting my benefits and making my classes bigger. In this huge time of unsettled feelings, it’s adding further confusion.” Murillo agrees. Still in the thick of contract negotiations with the district, he is currently more concerned about pay and benefits for his members than the details of all their new obligations. Adams doesn’t seem worried about implementing all this at Rex Bell. For those whose focus has always been on student achievement, he says, the changes will fit into what they’re already doing and help them do it better. As he and others face the onslaught of changes, parents and kids will remain blissfully ignorant, Johnson says. “Broadly, I don’t think there should be a noticeable change, because it’s administrative,” she says. Bash disagrees. What affects teachers also affects students, in her mind. “When teachers feel empowered, students feel empowered. ... When I spend my time concentrating on making each lesson the best it can be, instead of having to dig through a lot of paperwork, then I can put my energy where it needs to be.”

‘These kids are just as important’ Graduation rates don’t tell the whole story BY AMY KINGSLEY


rincipal Debbie Brockett never met the nine students who kept her school from making adequate yearly progress last year. They disappeared before they began freshman year at Las Vegas High School, but because of a quirk in the way graduation rates are calculated, they counted against her anyway. Brockett leads a school with 3,000 students and a 40 percent transience rate. But she and her staff do a pretty good job keeping kids in school once they’ve started. Those nine students caused her school to fail the Next year’s numbers might be bad, but graders. In the first week of school, she and graduation standards of No Child Left Behind Daellenbach doesn’t think they show the her staff tried to track down 27 of them, to by 0.1 percent. whole picture. find out who moved and who didn’t show up This year, Nevada will change the way it de“Some of it is just because we can’t track for the first week of classes. termines graduation rates. The state had been those kids,” she said. “We have a graduation “The ninth and the 12th grades are the ones using a leaver rate,which compares the number rate of 55 percent, but 85 percent of adults that disappear the quickest,” Brockett said. of students who graduate on-time with stanhere have a high-school education.” “And with my 12th-graders, I always try to dard or advanced diplomas with drop-outs,late The problem with the cohort rate is that it call them myself.” graduates, GEDs and attendance certificates. starts tracking kids in the eighth grade, before Schools are also penalized for every student Starting this year,the state will adopt the cohort they enter high school. If a student leaves the who doesn’t graduate with a diploma. Tammy rate, which compares the school district before Malich, principal at Legacy High School, number of eighth graders in high school, they has several students who can’t comPRINCIPALS a given class to the number of usually don’t reDropouts plete high school in the usual four LIKE BROCKETT diplomas awarded four years quest a transcript years.She tries her best to get them to USE A LOT OF later. Assistant Superintenor notify the high enroll in adult education, a GED proEDUCATION dent Sue Daellenbach said school the student gram or an extra year of high school. RESOURCES she expects the graduation won’t be attending. Even when she’s successful, those stuTRACKING DOWN Unless the school can track rate to drop from 68 percent dents count against her graduation rate. to 55 percent. those students down and re“It’s a double-edged sword with fifth-year MISSING NINTHThe National Association move them from the cohort, seniors,” Malich said. “This is a kid I’ve conGRADERS. of Governors voted to adopt they will count against its vinced to come back and finish. Often they do the cohort rate as the national graduation rate. finish, they do earn a standard diploma, but standard three years ago. That way, all states Students who leave during or after freshman they don’t count.” use the same method for determining graduayear usually have to order a transcript, which Malich said her goal is the same as the distion rates. Daellenbach expects the cohort rate officially notifies the school they’ve left. Those trict’s: To make sure every student graduates to be lower because the standard requires more who transfer within the district are tracked and on time with a diploma. But she won’t give documentation for kids who leave the school automatically removed from the roster. But up on the kids who may take a different route district,and doesn’t take into account students those kids who don’t order transcripts — midthrough the educational system. who transfer in. In the past, the school district dle-schoolers and some students who move “The student who gets a GED or the one offset some students who left with new stuout of the country — can end up adversely afwho takes an extra year, these kids are just as dents coming in.Most researchers consider the fecting a school’s graduation rate. important,” she said. cohort rate to be more accurate than the leaver Principals like Brockett expend a lot of reMalich also has to contend with vanishing rate, despite its flaws. sources trying to track down missing ninthfreshmen, and, like Brockett, she dedicates

quite a few resources to the task. During the first week of school, all of the secretaries at Legacy High School call the families of freshmen who didn’t show up. At Las Vegas High School, six office staff members work morning to afternoon to track down the incoming freshmen who didn’t show. Last year, out of more than 20 absent freshmen, Brockett found three who had actually dropped out. The others either enrolled at other schools or vanished into thin air. The principals said they weren’t trying to make excuses for the anticipated dip in graduation rates. Southern Nevada has a real problem with transience among its students. It’s gotten worse with the housing crisis and unemployment, which has forced families out of homes and onto the couches of families and friends. And the school district does have dropouts. This weekend, Superintendent Dwight Jones, principals, teachers and volunteers will go door-to-door to find students who have stopped coming to school. The goal is to get them to come back and graduate, preferably on time. The effort may work for some, but it won’t work for all. “I have one senior who dropped out, and I understand his background,” Brockett said. “His girlfriend just had a baby, and she is younger than him, so she’s staying in school. He’s just working and helping out with the baby, and no phone call is going to get him back to school right now.” a



THE WEEK capacity. Tara works at the college, and Sally was a student. Your Facebook page says you’re working to see change to legislation. Have SlutWalks had tangible successes? So far I don’t think we’ve seen necessarily measurable results because they’ve only been going on for a couple of months. It’s not really about written policy change. It has more to do with the way that our culture constructs and understands victims in terms of sexual assault. We live in a culture that is very eager to blame the victim, and when a woman gets assaulted, people are very eager to say, “Well, she should’ve have been out that late; she shouldn’t have been wearing what she was wearing; she shouldn’t have gone to that party; she shouldn’t have had as many beers as she had,” instead of saying, “Wow, she was assaulted. That’s awful. We should catch that guy.” Yes, there are policy problems, but it’s ultimately about changing the general attitude in our culture and the way that we perceive those who have been victimized in sexual crimes.


SlutWalk coordinators Sally Jordan, left, and Gabrielle Amato, promoted their event at First Friday. SlutWalk takes place Saturday, Sept. 10, starting at 7 p.m. at the Erotic Heritage Museum.

SlutWalk coordinator Gabrielle Amato on victim-blaming attitudes and why sweat suits are like mini skirts BY KRISTY TOTTEN

‘Sexy ladies will be there’


arlier this year, a Toronto police officer spouted controversial campus safety advice to a group of York University students: If women wanted to avoid sexual assault, he said, they should not dress like “sluts.” The statement spawned a



4,000-strong protest march, where participants — some dressed in lingerie — gathered to demand an apology and challenge the notion that scantily clad equals sexually available. The protest, called SlutWalk, has spread to 70 cities worldwide. Saturday, Las Vegas will have its first.

CityLife: Tell me about your involvement with SlutWalk Las Vegas . How did it come about? Gabrielle Amato: I was at an event with some women that I volunteer with at local feminist organizations. We’d all been reading about SlutWalks, there had already been a bunch. We turned to each other and thought, “We should do one of these here.” It was Tara Brosnan and another young woman, Sally Jordan, who helped us in the planning stages. We found a venue and found some speakers and made sure we had the right permissions from Metro. How do you all know each other? We met volunteering through SURJ, which is Students Uniting for Reproductive Justice, and it is a student organization on the UNLV campus. I got involved though Planned Parenthood because they act in a sort of advisory

How are SlutWalks accomplishing that? The whole point is really just to start the conversation, because terms like “victim blaming” and “slut shaming” are widely known in the feminist community, but not necessarily outside of it. We’re really aiming to get people to think about, when you hear that someone was assaulted, what’s your first reaction? Is your reaction to think about what that person did wrong, or something else? So we’re really trying to start that conversation and get people to start analyzing the way that they see sexual assault and rape and the way that they see victims of those crimes. You’re not asking protesters to dress up provocatively, but that’s happened in other walks. When you see pictures from other walks, there’s a pretty wide range of what people have showed up in. One of my favorite photos was a young woman who was wearing jeans, sneakers and a sweatshirt, and her protest poster said, “This is what I was wearing when I was assaulted.” The message is that your clothing has nothing to do with whether or not you’re going to be victimized. Women are assaulted when they’re wearing sweat suits and they’re assaulted when they’re wearing mini skirts, and the point is that what you’re wearing is not consent to sex.

What will the protest look like? I’m expecting a pretty wide range in clothing. There’s a big community of burlesquers here in Las Vegas, so of course we’re expecting some people to come in fabulous sexy costumes. Others will show up in jeans and sneakers and a T-shirt. We are expecting signs, we’ve already made a few. We’re starting at 7 p.m. at the Erotic Heritage Museum with a rally. We already have four confirmed speakers and


we want a few more. At 7:30, we’ll walk across Industrial and around the mall onto the Strip. Seeing a lot of skin isn’t anything new here. Do you think the shock value will have less of an impact here because it is Las Vegas? I think that seeing people in provocative clothing walking down the Strip is probably going to be less shocking than it would be somewhere else. Part of what’s unique about SlutWalk Las Vegas is addressing the fact that it’s not shocking to see skin here. It’s not shocking to see sexualized images of women because Las Vegas is sold on the premise that “sexy ladies will be there.” I don’t think you can name a nightclub or a hot restaurant that isn’t advertised that way. The problem is this sets up an expectation for how sexually available the women in Vegas are. I think people who travel here expect that there are going to be sexually available women at every turn, and that every woman in the club is looking to get laid and have a good time. Some women are just there to have fun and they don’t want to be hit on. And they are not looking to go home with somebody. That’s something we’re hoping to address. Yes, it’s Vegas, and yes, it’s Sin City and you can do all kinds of things, but the slogan for SlutWalk Las Vegas is “What happens in Vegas still requires consent.”


How close is Rep. Shelley Berkley to the kidney care industry? Not only is she married to it, through her husband, Dr. Larry Lehrner, but she’s also one of its biggest congressional boosters, according to a story in the Sept. 6 New York Times. Berkley’s efforts to save the kidney-transplant program at UMC allowed her husband to clinch a contract worth $738,000 a year, according to the paper. Her advocacy on behalf of dialysis patients has directly benefited her husband, who co-owns owns a chain of kidney centers. Berkley, who is running against Sen. Dean Heller for Nevada’s junior Senate seat, didn’t speak to the reporter, but was unapologetic in her response to the story. Kidney patients in Nevada would have to travel out of state for transplants if the UMC center closed, she said. Her advocacy will probably win her a few votes among kidney specialists and their patients, but this story will almost certainly hurt next year’s campaign. AMY KINGSLEY


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What: Multiples: The Artwork of John Wayne Gacy, a show of paintings by the notorious abuser and killer of 33 boys and young men. Gacy took up painting in prison; he was executed in 1994. The exhibit is up through Sept. 29. Critique: Multiples has aroused a lot of disgust — critics say it’s exploitative, in bad taste, insensitive to victims of violence. Right or wrong, however, the exhibit is here and open for viewing and judgment. At the same time, there’s no sense in evaluating Gacy’s paintings as “art,” because they aren’t. The paintings — clowns, Disney characters, a few landscapes — are clumsy and uninteresting. So what’s left to critique? The exhibition itself (housed in the Contemporary Arts Center space but mounted by Arts Factory management). Viewers are greeted by a statement: “The Arts Factory is raising important questions here, questions that make artists, gallery owners and viewers examine themselves and their feelings about the artist, his art and this exhibit. The display is intended to create cultural discourse.” “Important questions,” “discourse” — what’s wrong with that? There’s almost nothing in the exhibit that indicates what those supposedly important questions are. No wall-mounted information or scholarly speculation that guides you in an exploration of the relationship between these dull images and the mind of Gacy; nothing that helps you make any sense of it at all. Well, he killed children AND he painted clowns and Disney charactersJONES ... But those are just cheap comparisons that don’t amount to actual knowledge or insight. And this exhibit doesn’t help you think beyond that. In the end, what you’re left with is your own response to serial-killer morbidity: These were painted by John Wayne Gacy. How do I feel about that? And you didn’t have to leave your house to answer that. (Note: Gallerist Laura Henkel has set up a related talk by Dave Gussak from Florida State University, Sept. 18, time and venue TBA.) SCOTT DICKENSHEETS

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9/11 BLIND

We’re 10 years past the Twin Towers attack and still fighting wars in its name. Can we open our eyes in time? BY TOM HAYDEN

After witnessing the first jetliner crash into the Twin Towers on that Sept. 11 morning, a friend’s wife and 7-year-old daughter fled to their nearby Manhattan loft and ran to the roof to look around. From there, they saw the second plane explode in a rolling ball of flaming fuel across the rooftops. It felt like the heat of a fiery furnace. Not long after, the girl was struck with blindness. She rarely left her room. Her parents worked with therapists for months, trying various techniques, including touch and visualization, before the young girl finally recovered her sight. “The interesting new development,” my friendreports,“isthatshenolongerremembers very much, which she told me when I asked her if she would be willing to speak with you.” That’s what happened to America itself 10 years ago this Sunday, on 9/11. But 9/11 produced a spasm of blind rage arising from a pre-existing blindness as to the way much of the world sees us. That in turn led to the invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq, Afghanistanagain,Pakistan,YemenandSomalia — in all, a dozen “shadow wars,” according to the New York Times. In Bob Woodward’s crucial book, Obama’s Wars, there were already secret and lethal counterterrorism operations active in more than 60 countries as of 2009. From Pentagon think tanks came a new military doctrine of the “Long War,” a counterinsurgency vision arising from the failed Phoenix program of the Vietnam era, projecting U.S. open and secret wars over a span of 50 to 80 years, or 20 future presidential terms. The taxpayer costs of this Long War, also shadowy, would be in the many trillions of dollars and paid for not from current budgets, but by generations born after the 2000 election of George W. Bush. Besides the future being mortgaged in this way, civil liberties were thought to require a shrinking proper to a state of permanent and secretive war, and so the Patriot Act was promulgated. All this happened after 9/11, through democratic default and denial. Who knows what future might have followed if



Al Gore, with a half-million popular-vote margin over Bush, had prevailed in the U.S. Supreme Court instead of losing by the vote of a single justice? In any event, only one member of Congress, Barbara Lee of Berkeley-Oakland, voted against Bush’s initial Sept. 14, 2001, request for emergency powers (war authorization) to deal with the aftermath of the attacks. Only a single senator, Russ Feingold, voted against the Patriot Act. Were we not blinded by what happened on 9/11? Are we still? Let’s look at the numbers we almost never see. FOG OF WAR As to American casualties, the figure now is beyond twice those who died in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., on 9/11. The casualties are rarely totaled, but they are broken down into three categories by the Pentagon and Congressional Research Service. ThereisOperationEnduringFreedom,which includesAfghanistanandPakistanbut,inkeeping with the Long War definition, also covers Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Second, there is Operation Iraqi Freedom and its successor, Operation New Dawn, the name adopted after September 2010 for the 47,000 U.S. advisers, trainers and counterterrorism units still in Iraq. The scope of these latter operations includes Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. These territories include not only Muslim majorities but also, according to former Centcom Commander Tommy Franks, 68 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves and the passageway for 43 percent of petroleum exports, another American geo-interest that was

heavily denied in official explanations. (See Michael Klare’s Blood and Oil and Antonia Juhasz’s The Bush Agenda for more on this.) A combined 6,197 Americans were killed in these wars as of August 16, 2011, in the name of avenging 9/11, a day when 2, 996 Americans died. The total American wounded has been 45,338, and that figure is rising at a rapid rate. The total number rushed by Medivac out of these violent zones was 56,432. That’s a total of 107, 996 Americans. And the activeduty military-suicide rate for the decade is at a record high of 2, 276, not counting veterans or those who have tried unsuccessfully to take their own lives. In fact, the suicide rate for last year was greater than the American death toll in either Iraq or Afghanistan. The Pentagon has long played a numbers game with these body counts. Accurate information has always been painfully difficult to obtain, and there was a time when the Pentagon refused to count as Iraq war casualties any soldier who died from his or her wounds outside of Iraq’s airspace. The fog around Iraqi and Afghan civilian casualties will be seen in the future as one of the great scandals of the era. Briefly, the United States and its allies in Baghdad and Kabul have relied on eyewitness, media or hospital numbers instead of the more common cluster-sampling interview techniques used in conflict zones like the first Gulf War, Kosovo or the Congo. The United Nations has a conflict of interest as a party to the military conflict, and acknowledged in a July 2009 UN human-rights report footnote that “there is a significant possibility that the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan is underreporting civilian casualties.” As a specific explanation for the blindness, the Los Angeles Times reported on April 9 that “Special Forces account for a disproportionate share of civilian casualties caused by western troops, military officials and human rights groups say, though there are no precise figures because many of their missions are deemed secret.”

STICKER SHOCK OF WAR Among the most bizarre symptoms of the blindness is the tendency of most deficit hawks to become big spenders on Iraq and Afghanistan, at least until lately. The direct costs of the war, which is to say those unfunded costs in each year’s budget, now come to $1.23 trillion, or $444.6 billion for Afghanistan and $791.4 billion for Iraq, according to the National Priorities Project. But that’s another sleight of hand, when one considers the so-called indirect costs, like long-term veterans’ care. Leading economists Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes recently testified to Congress that their previous estimate of $4 trillion to $6 trillion in ultimate costs was conservative. The president himself expressed “sticker shock,” according to Woodward’s book, when presented cost projections during his internal review of 2009. The Long War casts a shadow not only over our economy and future budgets, but our unborn children’s future as well. This is no accident, but the result of deliberate lies, obfuscations and scandalous accounting techniques. We are victims of an information warfare strategy waged deliberately by the Pentagon. As Gen. Stanley McChrystal said much too candidly in February 2010, “This is not a physical war of how many people you kill or how much ground you capture, how many bridges you blow up. This is all in the minds of the participants.” This new “war of perceptions,” relying on naked media manipulation such as the treatmentofmediacommentatorsas“messageamplifiers” but also high-technology information warfare, only highlights the vast importance of the ongoing WikiLeaks whistle-blowing campaign against the global secrecy establishment. Consider just what we have learned about Iraq and Afghanistan because of WikiLeaks: tens of thousands of civilian casualties in Iraq never before disclosed; instructions to U.S. troops not to investigate torture when conducted by U.S.allies; the existence of Task Force 373,carrying out night raids in Afghanistan; the

CIA’s secret army of 3,000 mercenaries; private parties by DynCorp featuring trafficked boys as entertainment; and an Afghan vice president carrying $52 million in a suitcase. The efforts of the White House to prosecute Julian Assange and persecute soldier Bradley Manning in military prison should be of deep concern to anyone believing in the public’s right to know. The news that this is not a physical war but mainly one of perceptions will not be received well among American military families or Afghan children, which is why a responsible citizen must rebel first and foremost against The Official Story. That simple act of resistance necessarily leads to study as part of critical practice, which is as essential to the recovery of a democratic self and democratic society. A HOPE FOR PEACE The military occupation of our minds will continue until more Americans become familiar with the strategies and doctrines in play during the Long War. Not enough Americans in the peace movement are literate about counterinsurgency, counterterrorism and the debates about “the clash of civilizations” — i.e., the West versus the Muslim world. The writings of Andrew Bacevich, a Vietnam veteran and retired Army lieutenant colonel whose own son was killed in Iraq in 2007, is one place to begin. Bacevich, a professor at Boston University, has written The New American Militarism and edited The Long War, both worth absorbing. For the military point of view, there is the 2007 Army-Marine Counterinsurgency Field Manual developed by Gen. Petraeus, with its stunning resurrection of the Phoenix model from Vietnam, in which thousands of Vietnamese were tortured or killed before media outcry and Senate hearings shut it down. David Kilcullen, Petraeus’ main doctrinal adviser, even calls for a “global Phoenix program” to combat Al Qaeda-style groupings. These are Ivy League calls to war, Kilcullen even endorsing “armed social science” in a New Yorker article in 2007.

Not enough is being written about how to end the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but experts with much to say are the University of Michigan’s Scott Atran (Talking to the Enemy) and former UK envoy Sherard Cowper Coles (Cables from Kabul). Also there is my own 2007 book, Ending the War in Iraq, which sketches a strategy of grassroots pressure against the pillars of the policy (the pillars necessary for the war are public opinion, trillions of dollars, thousands of available troops and global alliances). The more we know about the Long War doctrine, the more we understand the need for a long peace movement. The pillars of the peace movement, in my experience and reading, are the networks of local progressives in hundreds of communities. Most are citizen volunteers, always immersed in the crises of the moment, nowadays the recession and unemployment. Look at them from the bottom up, and not the top down, and you will see: • the people who marched in the hundreds of thousands during the Iraq War; • those who became the enthusiastic consumer base for Michael Moore’s documentaries and the Dixie Chicks’ anti-Bush lyrics; • the online legions of MoveOn who raised millions of dollars and turned out thousands of focused bloggers; • the voters who dumped a Republican Congress in 2006 on the Iraq issue, when the party experts said it was impossible; • the millions who elected Obama; • the majorities who still oppose the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and want military spending reversed. This peace bloc deserves more. It won’t happen overnight, but gradually we are wearing down the pillars of the war. It’s painfully slow, because the president is threatened by Pentagon officials, private military contractors and an entire Republican Party (except the Ron Paul contingent), all of whom benefit from the

politics and economics of the Long War. But consider the progress, however slow. In February, Rep. Barbara Lee passed a unanimous resolution at the Democratic National Committee calling for a rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan and transfer of funds to job creation. The White House approved of the resolution. Then 205 House members, including a majority of Democrats, voted for a resolution that almost passed, calling for the same rapid withdrawal. The president himself is quoted in Obama’s Wars as opposing his military advisors, demanding an exit strategy and musing that he “can’t lose the whole Democratic Party.” At every step of the way, it must be emphasized, public opinion in congressional districts has been a key factor in changing establishment behavior. In the end, the president decided to withdraw 33,000 American troops from Afghanistan by next summer, and continue “steady” withdrawals of the rest (68,000) from combat roles by 2014. At this writing, it is unclear how many remaining troops Obama will withdraw from Iraq, or when and whether the drone attacks on Pakistan will be forced to an end. The Arab Spring has demolished key pillars of the Long War alliance, particularly in Egypt, to which the CIA only recently was able to render its detainees for torture. Obama’s withdrawal decision upset the military, but also most peace advocates he presumably wanted to win back. The differences revealed a serious gap in the inside-outside strategy applied by many progressives. After a week of hard debate over the president’s plan, for example, Sen. John Kerry invited Tim Carpenter, leader of the heavily grassroots Progressive Democrats of America, into his office for a chat. Kerry had slowly reversed his pro-war position on Afghanistan, and said he thought Carpenter would be pleased with the then-secret Obama decision on troop withdrawals. From Kerry’s insider view, the number 33,000 was a very heavy lift, supported mainly by Vice President Joe Biden

but not the national security mandarins. From Carpenter’s point of view, 33,000 would seem a disappointing too little,too late.While it was definite progress toward a phased withdrawal, bridging the differences between the Democratic liberal establishment and the idealistic progressive networks will remain an ordeal through the 2012 elections. As for al Qaeda, there is always the threat of another attack, like those attempted by militants aiming at Detroit during Christmas 2009 or Times Square in May 2010. In the event of another such terrorist assault originating from Pakistan, all bets are off: According to Woodward, the United States has a “retribution” plan to bomb 150 sites in that country alone, and there are no apparent plans for The Day After. Assuming that nightmare doesn’t happen, today’s al Qaeda is not the al Qaeda of a decade ago. Osama bin Laden is dead, its organization is damaged and its strategy of conspiratorial terrorism has been displaced significantly by people-power democratic uprisings. Meanwhile, the 2012 national elections present an historic opportunity to awaken from the blindness inflicted by 9/11. Diminishing the U.S. combat role by escalating the drone wars and Special Operations could repeat the failure of Richard Nixon in Vietnam. Continued spending on the Long War could repeat the disaster of Lyndon Johnson. A gradual winding down may not reap the budget benefits or political reward Obama needs in time. With peace voters making a critical difference in numerous electoral battlegrounds, however, Obama might speed up the “ebbing,” plausibly announce a peace dividend in the trillions of dollars, and transfer those funds to energy conservation and America’s state and local crises. His answer to the deficit crisis will have to include a sharp reduction in war funding, and his answer to the Tea Party Republicans will have to be a Peace Party. TOM HAYDEN is a well-known author and anti-war activist. a




LOCAL PICKS Lest you think Neon Reverb is just another occasion to watch your Vegas-musician friends play their usual set before a national headliner, it has booked a few special local showcases worth highlighting:



The downtown music festival is done being just a downtown music festival BY MAX PLENKE

Cultural Reverb-eration


eon Reverb is the little engine that could of the downtown scene. After bleeding money like a gambling addict with a bad poker face, the kitchensink (or everything but) indie festival pulled down a sponsorship from Zappos — and now it’s off to the races, more or less. But even though the festival’s still relatively new (this is its seventh run since September 2008), it has marked Las Vegas’ recent independent musical ups, downs, comings (Avalon Landing, Candy Warpop) and goings (Pan De Sal, America Yeah). Playing Reverb typically means a band is already hammering its brick into the culture wall, and witnessing the whole weekend is like a cheat sheet/crash course: Almost every local band you’ve heard will be popping up on Reverb posters. And then there’s the noteworthy acts coming in from out of town: Cuckoo Chaos and Hyena



(San Diego), Prairie Empire (with Brittain Ashford; from Brooklyn), The Field Trip (led by Dustin Apodaca, formerly of Dusty Rhodes and the River Band; from Anaheim) and Atari Teenage Riot (Berlin). But that said, it’s still the same rubric, no matter for whom it’s raising funds (in this year’scase,apercentageoftheproceedsgoto the Nevada Homeless Alliance). They’re still shooting for the fun, indie-crowd-drawing bands for the Pabst set, with the one-off hip-hop shows for folks who’d shake a baby to get a break from the Pabst set. So instead of focusing on the musical rundown like we’ve done for festivals prior, we’d rather highlight the more up-and-coming parts. The parts that make Neon Reverb feel like one of those cool festivals you’d get at a place people actually go for festivals. Last year introduced film and comedy (the former of which mostly occurred Sept. 6-7). But this year, thanks, in part, to local culture promoters Born and Raised

Productions, Reverb’s added poetry and theater to the mix, starting on Thursday, Sept. 8. BnR’s stage portion starts at The Box Office with Eugene Ionesco’s 1952 French absurdist play (but translated, thank God) The Chairs (see review, Page 29). Though this production is ongoing, this week’s performances will be promoted as part of the festival. 7 p.m.; The Box Office, 1129 South Casino Center Blvd., $15, or $10 with Neon Reverb wristband Happening afterward just two blocks away, at Bar + Bistro in the Arts Factory, is the Reverb debut of Painters and Poets Jam, which is pretty much how it sounds: Two kinds of artists, brushes and mics, working at the same time. The spoken word part’s going to be backed by the band Interzone. The painting part is going to be backed by canvas. 9 p.m.; Bar + Bistro, 107 East Charleston, free While this was meant to be an introduction to the new parts of the festival, we’d be remiss to skip the comedy section. Because who doesn’t like jokes? Jerks, that’s who. The Las Vegas Comedy Homecoming 2 features five comedians doing what we can only hope isn’t going to be a bunch of“man, what I hate about The Strip is...” jokes. The expats include Brandt Tobler (L.A.), Sam Tripoli (L.A.), Bryan Bruner (New York), Nathan Lund (Denver) and Maddog Mattern (New York), with John Hilder (Salt Lake City) hosting. Friday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m.; El Cortez Fiesta Room, $12-$15.

HALLOWEEN TOWN CD RELEASE PARTY We’ve been sitting on a copy of Halloween Town’s first full-length album, Zafra Ct., and we can no longer keep the secret: It’s pretty great. As it should be, given this list of collaborators and producers who helped singer-songwriter Ryan Pardey with it: Mark Stoermer and Dave Keuning (The Killers), Jason Hill and Brian Karscig (Louis XIV), Shaun Cornell (Transfer), Michael Stratton (12 Volt Sex) and Matt Dublin (The Red Romance, Ambulance LTD). (with Cuckoo Chaos, A Crowd of Small Adventures, The Clydesdale, OK Sweetheart, The Wallburds; Friday, Sept. 8, 9 p.m.; Beauty Bar, $7). MIKE PREVATT OLI CD RELEASE PARTY Outside Looking In is celebrating its sophomore full-length Fake the Love this weekend. It’s a crazy coincidence, because we were just thinking about how badly we wanted to hear a couple rappers get in a shouting match with a break crew of sexually devious and wantonly violent battle bots. We’re uncomfortable about how close that comparison is to the truth. (with Input & Broken, HOTS, Reason The Citizen, Dead at 27, Donnie Menace w/ Quez; Saturday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.; Gypsy Den, $5; all ages). MAX PLENKE TIPPY ELVIS REUNION This one’s for the scene veterans. Or anyone with an appreciation for polka-flecked punk rock — or “goofcore,” as someone called it. Tippy Elvis, a supergroup-of-sorts from the late 1990s, will reunite, and if you think the downtown music scene is seriously lacking in irreverence, Tippy Elvis will more than make up for that void. And if you doubt that, know that the lead singer is none other than the chief justice of local irreverence himself, Dayvid Figler. (with Thee Swank Bastards and Sistas From Another Mista; Thursday, Sept. 8, 11 p.m.; Artifice, $5). MIKE PREVATT For the rest of the musical schedule, check the CityLife listings. For pass and other information, visit

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Pony.” Throw in extensive, hallucinogenic LED screens surrounding Deadmau5, and the lines between concert and DJ gig became more defined, if still a little blurred. MIKE PREVATT

Lot of noteworthy shows last week. Got your highlights right here.



The Mad Caps, we hardly knew ye. The blues/garage duo never played out that much, and it was only in May that it finally released an album. On Sept. 3, singer/guitarist Ted Rader and drummer Jonny Real played a farewell show to Las Vegas, just before their relocation to Seattle this fall. And like the traditionalists they are, their set changed very little from shows past — though some songs were stretched out, ebbing and flowing mostly from Real’s breakdowns and climaxes and Rader’s heated solos.The two played a particularly impassioned version of “Baby Let’s Play House” by Elvis, dedicated to Rader’s fiancee’s grandfather (a huge fan of The King), whose funeral Rader had attended earlier that day. It was hardly mournful, though; the barely hour-long set didn’t focus on goodbyes, but the visceral thrill of live rhythm ’n’ blues. MIKE PREVATT

House of Blues, Sept. 1

Hey, I like metal and Vikings, I thought. I bet I’d like Amon Amarth on principle. And I did. If Odin needed some pump-up music before his morning jog around the ancient wall of Asgard, he’d probably put Amarth’s Surtur Rising on his GodPod. It’s fast, deep and growly, and packed with Norse mythology. Kind of like Christian metal bands. Except about pre-literate, Viking-era Germanic paganism. Also, it’s cooler. We heard the hits: “War of the Gods.” “The Pursuit of Vikings.” “Twilight of the Thunder God.” It didn’t take long before the crowd turned into a circle pit in the middle of the floor, with two Vikingsized security guards lining the pit. An indicator of when a show will be rowdy: There are people being paid to protect the weaker dancers. MAX PLENKE


The Cosmopolitan, Sept. 2

Is it Live … or Serrato? Deadmau5 gets defensive when you brand him a DJ, mainly because there’s a difference between beat-matching between two digital song files, and basically reconstructing tracks of a solitary song and remixing them on the fly — as the Canadian house wunderkind does onstage via Abelton Live. During the first of two gigs at the Chelsea Ballroom inside the Cosmopolitan, the ’Mau5 gave his material the full Abelton treatment, most of his set list coming from last year’s 4x4=12 album. To further validate his recent tour’s “live” tag, he had vocalist Sofi in tow, and she certainly provided more of a show element during numbers like electro-house anthem “Sofi Needs a Ladder” and the dubstep-ish “One Trick

The Bunkhouse, Sept. 3


Maryland Parkway Music Festival, Sept. 4

“Oh shit, he’s got a saw!” isn’t something you want to hear after sundown on Maryland Parkway. At least, it wasn’t until Sunday night at the Harmon stage of the Maryland Parkway Music Festival, when Michiganite Americana quintet Frontier Ruckus brought out a musical saw for its end-of-festival set, a set that makes us hope they come back to play again. It was autumn music for drinking amber ale. It was the only band we saw at the festival that didn’t make the whole thing feel like amateur hour. But that’s exactly what it was, and we don’t mean that impolitely. This was the first run of the festival that took three stages on Maryland Parkway this weekend and managed to get families out of the housetosweatinthe relentlesssummerheat.Thecrowdlookedlikea test sample of the Parkway: college students, families, smelly drunks — all clapping together for fantastic folk music. MAX PLENKE

Mike: So, this didn’t suck half as bad as I thought it might — especially since organizers decided to move it into Mandalay Bay’s arena and beach. Max: Definitely. I thought it would be more like the worst parts of Electric Daisy Carnival, but all shoved into a convention center. Still, I feel like we’ve seen most of these guys before. Mike: We have. That’s the spoils we’ve enjoyed in Las Vegas lately. That said, I hadn’t seen Pretty Lights before, and I enjoyed trancing out to his anything-but-trance set, even if the politely bobbing crowd might not have. Max: Maybe the crowd was there for the more smash-and-bang DJ sets, but I was relieved to take a break from overzealous bass lines. It kind of reminded me of Pete Tong’s set later, in that he wasn’t trying to cream jeans with every bass drop. Mike: Pete’s an underrated DJ insofar as he’s known for breaking other DJs. Plus, it was so great to finally hear some real house music! Max: When we talked to him last week, he mentioned how current DJs are known for their singles instead of their actual DJ skills. Tong doesn’t have one. He just slayed everything he played. Speaking of single-hitters, is it kosher Steve Aoki did his climax-move champagne spray on a crowd full of minors? Mike: No. But that’s his shtick: Do everything but DJ, including that annoying war dance. Maybe that explains the awkwardness of his transitions. If he wanted to learn how to mix diverse tracks, he should have listened to The Crystal Method while he was being a celebrity and signing autographs. Then again, what an awkward TCM set. Foster the People and breakbeat jams just didn’t seem to jell. Max: It seemed like they realized the crowd was a bunch of half-dressed 20-year-olds just trying to two-step and bust a nut. Mike: Maybe they saw Afrojack pandering earlier. Or were inspired by headliner Kaskade, for that matter — though I can tolerate his trance-lite. He loves him some anthems, but they’re not all cloud-parters. Max: I think everyone played at least one Skrillex sample. I get that people who’ve never seen the original Star Wars trilogy really dig that dude right now, but I think I heard more Skrillex at the Identity Festival than I would have at a Skrillex gig. Mike: No surprise. He’s the biggest jeanscreamer in dance music today. Which reminds me: Girls need to stop dressing like Skrillex — even the ones not as pretty as him. a





Lil Wayne

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A prison stint, an awful rock album and a lackluster mixtape couldn’t quell the anticipation for Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV, given the reception for the third Carter album. And for the most part, Mr. Carter’s sixth official solo release doesn’t disappoint. The experimental aspects of some of Wayne’s earlier efforts are blended with minimal hiccups throughout. The “Intro,” “Interlude” and “Outro” turn into one giant — albeit chopped up — posse cut with Wayne helming the intro; Tech N9ne and Andre 3000 murdering the interlude; and Bun B, Shyne, Nas and Busta Rhymes capping the album. Weezy F. heaves a not-so-subtle shot at Jay-Z on the Drake- and Jadakiss-assisted “It’s Good,” a track sure to keep gossip blogs



buzzing for the remainder of the summer. In a truly surprising moment, “How To Love” emerges as a sleeper hit of the album. Tackling the subject of the good-girl-going-bad with a sensitivity not often found on hip-hop tracks shows Wayne’s versatility as a songwriter. His singing leaves much to be desired, but it’s a solid track nonetheless. It’s either an indication of how far rap has fallen, a testament to how good Wayne has gotten or that the album doesn’t contain anything that will have listeners rushing for the forward button. At the end of the day, Tha Carter IV is a reliable release that will stand out in a sea of subpar releases. ANTHONY SPRINGER, JR.

Grace Jones

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“This is my voice/ My weapon of choice.” So Grace Jones sings on her new album, and true dat. The supermodel bone structure, the Barbarian heroine physique, the Bond villain-

ess glare, the wire-and-graffiti costumes she rocked when Lady Gaga’s mama was a pup — all are intimidating, but none so much as the dictatorial purr of her pipes. For thirty-plus years, Jones has ruled dance floors and European charts, but Hurricane is her first new full disc in nearly a decade, with contributions from Sly & Robbie, Wendy & Lisa, Tricky and Brian Eno — and perhaps the range of collaborators inspired the range of sounds. “Well, Well, Well” is a mix of reggae rhythms and syncopated synthesizers, while “Sunrise” throws unexpected piano and strings into the mix — yet it works subtly and gracefully. “William’s Bond” evokes Jones’ Caribbean childhood with vivid imagery and a touch of singsong. But this is Grace Jones, and the big bad diva always has a few shots for the big bad guys. Thus, “Corporate Cannibal,” an indictment of the über-businessmen who would grind our world into dust for a nickel. Her malevolent description of the “employee of the year/ master of fear” who knows “you play by my rules, you fools” over an ominous metallic churn and collaged backup vocals is chilling. Released along with Hurricane is Hurricane Dub, a set of remixes/retakes of the songs in classic dub style, sometimes slow and spacy, with plenty of whoosh and echo, sometimes with a driving beat. Jones is reportedly already working on a follow-up disc — for fans who have had a long drought of her work, it’s finally raining Grace. LISSA TOWNSEND RODGERS


The Sender (FE Music/Jamla) »HIP-HOP

Hailing from North Carolina, Median has always been one of the more underrated members of the Justice League. But with a crew consisting of Little Brother and producers 9th Wonder and Khrysis, it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle. His sophomore effort, The Sender, may nudge him closer to the head of the pack. Picking up where 2005’s Path To Relief left off, Median hasn’t lost a step on the mic. There’s not much improvement, either; he was a dope emcee to begin with. Fortunately, Median’s


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flow fits nicely over 9th Wonder’s production. Nowhere is this more evident than on the title track. Over a chopped soul sample, Median goes in, covering lyrical ground from memories to the rap game. Where other album can be weighed down by guest appearances, The Sender is bolstered by them. Phonte and Median go back and forth on opener “Take A Chance.” The former Little Brother front man makes another appearance with Big Remo on “Turn Ya On.” The best of the Phonte collaborations is saved for last, as the rapper turned singer links with Bahamadia and YaZarah on “Special” — a song that lives up to its title. Though it breaks no new ground, The Sender is nonetheless solid and will please those missing soulful beats and rhymes of substance. ANTHONY SPRINGER JR.

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bucktoothed loser (Nick Swardson) from Farmtown, Iowa finds out his parents used to be porn stars, and now he’s going to Hollywood to become one, too. Opens wide CONTAGION (PG-13, 105 mins) See review, this issue. Opens wide CREATURE (R, 93 mins) There’s a half-man/ half-alligator beast lurking somewhere near New Orleans, ready to be discovered by a group of travelers. Opens wide LIFE, ABOVE ALL (PG, 100 mins) See review, this issue. Village Square WARRIOR (PG, 139 mins) See review, this issue. Opens wide

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

Eisenberg) was an pizza delivery boy until two wannabe criminals (Danny McBride, Nick Swardson) strapped him to a bomb and demanded he rob a bank. The funny parts are really funny; they just don’t have much to do with the story. If you’re set on seeing this movie, you better really enjoy hearing McBride swear. (CB: 08.11.11) ANOTHER EARTH (PG-13, 92 mins) After serving a jail sentence, Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling) set off to find John Burroughs (William Mapother) the man whose life she ruined in a car accident years before. A visit to Another Earth is of the most compelling cinematic journeys of the summer. (KC:08.18.11) Check for details ATTACK THE BLOCK (R, 98 mins) It’s a young English street gang versus monster aliens. Check for details APOLLO 18 (PG-13, 86 mins) Latest conspiracy theory flick poses the question as to whether Apollo 17 was the United States’ last moon mission ... or was there another, secretive and less successful mission? BAD TEACHER (R, 92 mins) Lessons are learned after ruthless teacher Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz) is dumped by her fiancee and then tries to win over a wealthy substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake). Sam’s Town BRIDE FLIGHT (R, 130 mins) Three women flee World War II-era Holland for New Zealand — and new husbands — separating and reunit-



“I’m sorry! I just can’t shake my chronic apathy for UNLV football!”

Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion adds a social networking element to what might otherwise have been a typical epidemic horror film BY COLIN BOYD

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lmost 100 years ago, a Spanish flu pandemic wiped out somewhere between 50 and 100 million people. Tough to know the body count for sure, although the best guess is roughly a quarter of the world’s population was infected by the virus in about three years. Using an estimate somewhere in the middle of that range, the flu claimed as many victims as World War II. Stephen Soderbergh’s Contagion, like any movie or book or TV show that describes a global outbreak, references the Spanish flu as evidence that something like this could happen. It’s a harrowing proof point, although it would be nice to think technology keeps civilization slightly ahead of the curve compared to a worldwide occurrence in the early years of immunology. The subtle twist in this version of events, funnily enough, is technological: It’s not just a virus that spreads like wildfire.

Even though he is prone to flights of fancy like any other director, Soderbergh likes to keep his movies lean and mean. There is not a lot of waste here, and Contagion gets right to it. As Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) fights a nagging cough in an airport bar during the film’s opening scene, the graphic “Day 2” pops on screen in an ominous red. So whatever it is has already knocked down the first of many dominoes. Beth is returning from Hong Kong, and it doesn’t require complex math to figure out if someone was infected in a city of several million people and boarded a plane bound for another city of several million people,this disease could move very quickly. And so it does. Within a weekend, there are several deaths; within a week, tens of thousands are infected. Unreasonably immune, or so it appears, is Beth’s husband, Mitch (Matt Damon). He certainly came into contact with the virus, and possibly patient zero, but he seems unharmed.

As the illness spreads so does the panic, and that’swherethetechnologycomesin.Rumors, projected body counts and handheld videos start taking over the Internet, where Facebook status updates and Twitter posts have at least as much credibility as vetted news sources, if not more, simply because it’s the news people need when they need it. Yes, it’s a whole new meaning to viral video, and that could be part of the filmmaker’s message. As sinewy as the action in the screenplay is, it is incredibly difficult for a movie of this type to not tread familiar ground. So there are scientists and doctors racing madly for a solution, government bureaucrats, conspiracy theorists, victims and survivors. To give it a little more life, Soderbergh spreads these characters around the globe and fills his cast with the likes of Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard and Jude Law. Most of the stars never share the screen; Fishburne and Damon each share a scene with Winslet, and Damon and Paltrow are on screen together briefly. Shuttling back and forth between the characters does give the film a lot of immediacy, but not much grounding outside of the recognizable faces. Even with the name attractions, Contagion is not exactly an entertaining film. But it so masterfully assembled (as well as being a little scary and mildly paranoid) that its good points more than make up for it. CONTAGION Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, directed by Stephen Soderbergh. PG-13, 105 mins.

THE WORD “AIDS” is not spoken until more than an hour into Life, Above All, but the disease haunts director Oliver Schmitz’s film from the get-go. Twelveyear-old Chanda, in an amazing debut performance by Khomotso Manyaka, is on the verge of womanhood in her poverty-stricken village outside of Johannesburg. Her wisdom is not only beyond her years, but more acute than most of the villagers. Her baby sister just died, and her sick mother Lillian’s (Lerato Mvelase) illness is becoming part of the local gossip. Chanda has a circle of support, including intense neighbor Mrs. Tafa (Harriet Manamela), but it’s closed to her best friend Esther (Keaobaka Makanyane), rumored to be servicing truck drivers in a part of town where prostitutes ply their trade. Rumors, superstition and ignorance play a large role in the lives of the villagers, who are quick to ostracize anyone thought to harbor the disease that cannot be named. Even if they have it, as appears to be the case with Chanda’s stepfather, Jonah (Aubrey Poolo), the knee-jerk reaction is to blame spirits or each other. Jonah condemns Lillian in front of the villagers, even as he lays dying in the street and is shunned by his floozy girlfriend. AIDS has turned life into a cycle of shame and betrayal. Western audiences that recall ’80s HIV hysteria may not realize the degree of ignorance and prejudice that still exists in the countries where AIDS causes the most devastation. Schmitz, who had tackled the plight of Ugandan child soldiers in his documentary Lost Children, adapted parts of Canadian writer Allan Stratton’s 2004 novel Chanda’s Secrets and wisely shaved four years from the main character’s age. One fortunate result was the casting of Manyaka, whose creates an unforgettable heroine with her riveting performance.Don’t wait for Netflix with this one. MATT KELEMEN

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CONT. FROM P24 ing over the course of five decades. Dutch. Check for details BUCK (PG, 88 mins) A documentary of Buck Brannaman’s life reveals a brutal childhood — and an inspiring career as a horse trainer. South Point CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (PG-13, 124 mins) Joining the ranks of this summer’s superheroes is Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), who after being denied military entrance sets off on a classified project transforming him into Captain America. THE CHANGE-UP (R, 112 mins) Family man Dave (Jason Bateman) and ladies man Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) find the grass isn’t always greener on the other side after swapping bodies and lives. COLOMBIANA (PG-13, 107 mins) Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) grows up to be an assassin after witnessing her parents’ murder as a young girl. CONAN THE BARBARIAN (R, 112 mins). Set in the land of Hyboria, Conan (Jason Momoa) seeks vengeance on those who killed his father and destroyed his village. COWBOYS AND ALIENS (PG-13, 118 mins) In a town tormented by Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford), a stranger (Daniel Craig) appears and becomes the only hope against an alien invasion. CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE (PG-13, 170 mins) The perfect world of Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) capsizes when his wife (Julianne Moore) admits to cheating on him. The film’s sights were set on being out-ofthe-ordinary but ends up being just a pretty good

run-of-the-mill romantic comedy. (CB:07.28.11) THE DEBT (R, 104 mins) In the present, Rachel (Helen Mirren) is celebrated as a heroine. But flash back to the past, she and two other men are on a mission to help capture a Nazi gynecologist. When a romantic triangle forms, things get complicated for both them and the mission. It’s less of an arthouse star vehicle than a compelling thriller-drama driven by powerful performances. (MK: 09.01.11) THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE (R, 108 mins) Based on a true story of a man (Dominic Cooper) forced to become a body double for Saddam Hussein’s son (Cooper, again). In a dual role, Cooper does the remarkable. It’s a fascinating story, and for about an hour it’s a fascinating movie. (CB:08.11.11) Suncoast DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK (R, 99 mins) Sally (Bailee Madison) quickly finds that the 19th century mansion her father (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) are restoring is haunted. It’s more shocking than scary, and there’s no real surprise at who becomes a permanent resident at the house. (MK:08.25.11) 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. FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (R, 120 mins) Emotions run high when Dylan (Timberlake) and Jamie (Kunis) realize keeping up a friends-with-benefits relationship is complicated. Colonnade FRIGHT NIGHT (R, 106 mins) Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) is the big man on a





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N O W P L AY I N G CONT. FROM P25 his high school campus until a new kid (Colin Farrell), who turns out to be a vampire, steps into the picture. The film is good dumb fun, the way summer movies are expected to be. (MK: 08.18.11) Suncoast, Colonnade THE GREEN LANTERN (PG, 105 mins) Rings, spandex and the fight against evil are blended together in the Green Lantern’s (Ryan Reynolds) heroic adventure. Tropicana THE GUARD (R, 96 mins) Sgt. Gerry Boyle (Bredan Gleeson) watches a a deadly car crash before FBI agent Wendall Everett (Don Cheadle) arrives, swaying the film into mismatched-buddy-movie territory. It’s one of three cliches that apply here, but director/writer John Michael McDonagh’s wry screenplay pokes fun at them, and Gleeson’s gleeful acting overshadows any pigeonholing. Suncoast 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

Tough love MANO-A-MANO sports films featuring working-class heroes attracted their share of critical acclaim and box-office success even before Rocky became a blockbuster in the ’70s. They’ve scored recently, too — witness last year’s superbly acted and directed The Fighter, about boxing, and 2008’s The Wrestler. So why shouldn’t another contemporary tale of blood sport — this one centered on mixed-martial-arts action — get in the ring, too? Warrior, like The Fighter, is as much about healing broken relationships as it is about winning brutal battles. The film, too — directed by Gavin O’Connor (hockey movie Miracle), skillfully weaving superbly choreographed scenes of head-pounding, bonecrushing action with tensedramaticsequences —concernsariftbetween two brothers. Brendan (Joel Edgerton, Animal Kingdom) is a former champion of the sport, 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. Fighting for money again, and facing their own problems, the siblings also contend with their dad, Paddy (Nick Nolte), a recovering alcoholic with a history of mistreating his family. Now clean and sober, repentant and a returnee to his Irish Catholic faith, he’s intent on repairing old wounds; scenes of the father being rejected by his sons are heartbreaking. The multiple crises come to a head at a glitzy, last-man-standing event in Atlantic City. Quick observations: At well over two hours, the movie is long but so expertly paced, closing with a long crescendo of excitement, that it feels as if it moves quickly. Coincidences fall like rain, but suspension of disbelief isn’t an obstacle. The Great Recession plays a role, as does the comeback of the Soviet threat, in the form of a fearsome Russian fighter. Finally, the moral of the story: “You’ve got to be cruel to be kind” (thanks, Nick Lowe). PHILIP BOOTH

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from a mile away. But new director Tate Taylor gives it the right touch. And the cast gels as an ensemble brings the film to life without letting its themes overshadow its characters. (MK:08.11.11) HORRIBLE BOSSES (R, 100 mins) In a drunken stupor, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) mastermind a plan to kill off their awful employers. With only a few good laughs, this film has all the earmarks of a scenario dreamed up by someone who had no idea where to take the story. (MK:07.07.11)

accommodates in his big-city apartment, much to the detriment to the rest of his life. Tropicana NAMES OF LOVE (R, 102 mins) Liberal Baya (Sara Forestier) beds conservative dudes in an attempt to convert them to her side of the political fence. And then she meets Arthur (Jacques Gamblin). Check for details ONE DAY (PG-13, 103 mins) The lives of college friends Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) on every July 15 are told over a 20-year period. OUR IDIOT BROTHER (R, 96 mins) Following his release from jail, a well-meaning pot dealer (Paul Rudd) wreaks havoc with his three sisters’ carefully structured lives. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (PG-13, 110 mins) After a scientist Will Rodman (James

Franco) fails at curing his father (John Lithgow) of Alzheimer’s disease, he becomes the keeper of a chimp that’s been exposed to experimental drugs and is dangerously intelligent. Surprisingly inspired by 1972’s Conquest of the Planet of the Apes -- but don’t expect another sequel. (MK:08.04.11) SARAH’S KEY (PG-13, 111 mins) A journalist (Kristen Scott Thomas) sets out on a journey of self-discovery when she uncovers a story of a Jewish family forced out of their home, a home she now calls her own. Colonnade 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. Sam’s Town, Orleans SEVEN DAYS OF UTOPIA (G, 99 mins) Golfer Luke Chisolm (Lucas Black) finds himself stuck in Texas

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CONT. FROM P27 on the ranch of Johnny Crawford (Robert Duvall), after a failed attempt on the pro circuit. Suncoast, Rave 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. 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. SUPER 8 (PG-13, 112 mins) Youth filming a zombie movie in 1979 Ohio encounter a horrifying chain of incidents. A well-written work of science fiction and not some dumb action movie. (CB: 06.09.11) Tropicana 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. Village, Tropicana


Blacula (PG, 93 mins) William Marshall is Blacula, an African prince turned into a vampire thanks to Dracula, searching Los Angeles for a woman that looks like his wife. Scream, Blacula, Scream (PG, 96 mins) Voodoo revives Blacula (Marshall) from the dead, and the vampire now has a slave (Don Mitchell) with whom to kill. Saturday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, $5 DEAD SNOW (NR, 91 mins) Imagine being on a ski trip, only to run into ... Nazi zombies. Tuesday, 7p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, Free GRINDHOUSE DOUBLE FEATURE (NR) With Sweet Ninja Brown (short) and The Exterminator (feature film). Saturday, 7p. Theatre 7, 1406 S. Third St., 568-9663. For information, visit BLACULA DOUBLE FEATURE Free I.M. CARAVAGGIO (NR, 92 min) The dual life of 17th

century Italian artist Ian Milano, as he struggles through his talents and psychopathy. By local filmmaker Derek Stonebarger. Shown as part of the Neon Reverb Film Festival. Thursday, 7p. Theatre 7, 1406 S. Third St., 568-9663. For information, visit $7 THE MEXICAN SPITFIRE (NR. 67 mins) Carmelita (Lupe Velez) has a temper, and that’s just one of a few things hampering her marriage to Dennis (Donald Woods). Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400. Free MONDAY MOVIES (NR) Comedy features presented on a big screen. Monday, 9p. Freakin’ Frog, 4700 S. Maryland Parkway. 597-9702. NEON REVERB FILM FESTIVAL (NR) Program includes: Johnny Reaper (short) and Lady Magdalene’s (feature film). Friday, 7p. Theatre 7, 1406 S. Third St., 568-9663. For information, visit $7 THE ROCKY HORROR VEGAS SHOW (R, 98 min) Campy cult musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show is accompanied by a performance group. Second and fourth Saturdays of every month. 11:59p; preshow at 11:30p. Onyx Theater, 953 E. Sahara Ave., or 732-7225. Audience participation prop kits available, no outside props. $10 THE SHINING (R, 142 mins) They don’t make them like this anymore. Writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) goes berserk playing caretaker in a haunted hotel, eventually hunting down his own family. A Stanley Kubrick adaptation of Stephen King’s bestseller. Monday, 7p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, Free

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Potent intelligence

Ionesco’s The Chairs is high-definition theater BY DAVID MCKEE

Rather unhelpfully,Eugene Ionesco stated that the theme of his 1952 “tragic farce” The Chairs “is nothingness.” Forty-two years later, penning Ionesco’s obituary, the New York Times identified “the impotence of intelligence” as one of the playwright’s abiding concerns — a sense of futility The Chairs vividly expresses. Surrealistic and symbolic, The Chairs depicts the strange world of the Old Man and Woman (Erik Amblad and Mundana EssHaghabadi), recluses in their 90s. To their isolated tower they have summoned an audience of society’s elite.The Old Man has“perfected a system” that will “save the world.” This solution is revealed as gibberish, the Orator (Breon Jenay) tasked with delivering it is mute,and the audience is either invisible or imaginary. The class-conscious bowing and scraping of the Old Woman and Man is evocative of courtly, pre-World War I Europe and delib-

erately out of step with the post-Hiroshima wasteland in which they live. But their passive-aggressive sniping, forced politeness and insistence upon living in the past are qualities that feel uncomfortably familiar. What sounds bleak in synopsis is uproariously funny in Born & Raised Productions’ revival. Director Ruth Palileo takes the contemporary vibe of Martin Crimp’s 1998 translation further by transforming the Orator into an iPhone-brandishing hipster, twitching blankly to unheard music on her iPod. Leaving nothing to chance, Ionesco provides such copious prescriptions for scenery and staging that director and designer are superfluous.Instead,PalileopreservesIonesco’s bare essentials, then gives her imagination free rein, eschewing most of his pedantically detailed, balletic sight gags in favor of those of her own devising. It’s furious, breakneck

farce that tests her cast like thoroughbreds, cantering without misstep through the crisp rhythms of Ionesco’s dialogue. Consistently playing against the surface meaning of the text, Palileo’s direction is bawdy, audacious and high-spirited: laughter in the dark. Ess-Haghabadi and Amblad don’t play dotards but the idea of elderliness. As the

director writes, “People continue to be exactly who they are and always have been.” The oldage makeup, beautifully painted by Shawna Adams, is stylized and mask-like, an elaborate frieze of bold strokes and imperceptible filigree, like the performances themselves. Stage appearances by Amblad and EssHaghabadi are rare, precious commodities, and The Chairs represents a new zenith. Their Old Man and Woman inhabit a rut of comfortable familiarity like seasoned vaudevillians. Rather than trying to match the demented zigzag of Ess-Haghabadi’s oversexed dowager, Amblad exudes stodgy, sorely tried patience that provides an unexpectedly moving counterpoint. The Old Man unwittingly gives a spot-on critique of sets, lighting and sound design: “It’s all a bit Spartan, I’m afraid.” But when Ess-Haghabadi, Amblad and Palileo are mainlining Ionesco into your brain as though from an HDMI cable, complaining about crude illumination seems churlish. THE CHAIRS Thursday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m. and Sept. 15, 8 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 9, 16, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 17, 10: 30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m.; The Box Office, 1129 S. Casino Center Drive,, $15.


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Red-light cuisine

Tom yum soup with shrimp.

Among West Sahara Avenue’s string of adult-oriented businesses lies the worthy Thai Express BY AL MANCINI





have a soft spot in my heart for Thai varieties of soup ($6.95-$21.95) and 11 salads restaurants located in quirky, even ($7.95-$12.95). And entrées include noodles seedy neighborhoods. I’d like to think either fried or in soup ($7.95-$10.95), numerit’s because of the time I’ve spent in ous curries ($8.95-$14.95),more than a dozen the less glamorous parts of Bangkok rice dishes ($6.95-$10.95) and 15 wok prepaand Phuket, always finding hole-inrations available with your choice of pork, the-wall restaurants with great food located chicken, beef or shrimp ($8.95-$12.95). amongst Thailand’s “adult” tourist attracMy first visit was for dinner with my wife. tions. But it might have more to do with the We started off with a mildly disappointing famous Lotus of Siam’s location at the Comorder of beef jerky ($7.95). While it seems mercial Center, which also houses several gay silly to say a jerky was too dry, this one was bars, a leather shop, an alternative theater and actually a bit charred on the outside, maka handful of on-premises sex clubs. ing it taste more like burnt meat than jerky. Whatever the reason, I tend to associate But our delicious order of tom yum with good Thai food with sketchy shrimp ($11.95) more than locations. So I was intrigued made up for it. While we by Thai Express @ Sahara, asked for a small bowl, it “I TEND TO a small Thai restaurant lowas definitely large enough ASSOCIATE cated in the midst of various to share. It was beautifully fetish stores, corset shops seasoned, and packed with GOOD THAI and other stores that apfresh shrimp. My only minor FOOD WITH pear to cater to women who complaint was that, despite dance on poles for a living. my asking for a spiciness SKETCHY OK, it isn’t Bangkok’s red level of 4 out of 10, it was LOCATIONS.” light district. In fact, it’s not still extremely hot. But after even a bad part of town. But decades of eating Thai food, something about the restauI’ve learned never to expect rant’s neighborhood gave me hope it might be subtlety, regardless of what number you tell a hidden gem. your server. Thai Express is a charming little restaurant For my entrée, I opted for roast duck curry with fairly stereotypical décor that includes ($14.95). The succulent duck meat and rich plenty of images of Thailand on the walls and fatty skin came in a yellow curry that, while Thaimemorabiliascatteredthroughout.Most a little heavy on pineapple, was quite tasty. of the serving staff is pleasant, young and An order of chicken fried rice ($8.95), on the Thai. And while there’s a slight language barother hand, was a little bland. Finally, for rier, it’s not problematic. Running the kitchen dessert I had a slightly dry but quite delicious is Chef Ma Radeem, a 72-year-old native of order of sweet sticky rice with fresh mango northern Thailand who has lived in Las Veslices ($6.95). gas 36 years. Ma, as she’s known to regulars, While not phenomenal, the food was good worked at Caesars Palace as a cashier before enough that I visited for lunch a few days leaving to open a restaurant in 2003. later. The restaurant offers an all-you-canThe menu at Thai Express is pretty eat buffet Monday through Saturday from straightforward. The appetizer section 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. But when I arrived shortly includes standards like satay ($7.95 for six before 2:30, the waitstaff warned me that the skewers), grilled pork or beef ($7.95-$8.95) offerings had been sitting out for a while. and crab Rangoon ($6.95). There are seven And since I’m generally not a fan of buffets

to begin with, the stale and picked-over dishes weren’t enticing enough for me to give them a try. Instead, I went with a simple but extremely satisfying order of pad thai with shrimp ($10.95). But an older Thai couple that came into the restaurant after me seemed happy with their buffet lunch. Thai Express certainly can’t compete with

Lotus of Siam or some of the better Thai restaurants in Chinatown. But if you’re in the neighborhood shopping for a leather corset, it’s definitely worth a visit. THAI EXPRESS @ SAHARA 4105 W. Sahara Ave., 362-3624. Read more about the Las Vegas dining scene on Al Mancini’s blog,



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



Las Vegas Hilton, 3000 Paradise Road, 732-5821. Japanese tabletop cooking at its finest. The chefs deliver great, steaming hot food, as well as an entertaining show. ISLAND SUSHI 9400 S. Eastern Ave., 221-1600. Located in the space that used to house the popular sushi restaurant Koto, quality sushi is still the main draw, but the new owners have added a Hawaiian flair. They offer a nice all-you-can-eat special for $24.95. KAIZEN 10271 Eastern Ave., Suite 109, 492-0216; 4480 Paradise Road, Suite 900, 641-7772. Putting a fusion spin on sushi, Kaizen’s choices range from the traditional to the bizarre. Their barbecued rib roll may be one of a kind, which is probably a good thing. MAKINO 3965 S. Decatur Blvd., 889-4477. The reasonably priced Japanese seafood buffet is consistently fresh and delicious all the way from sushi to dessert. OSAKA 4205 W. Sahara Ave., 10920 S. Eastern, 616-3788. Well-trained, award-winning chefs and seafood not available elsewhere in town: This Japanese restaurant is the place to go if you want a civilized meal. RA SUSHI Fashion Show Mall, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 1132, 696-0008. Ra is a great place to eat sushi and have a few drinks — and well worth a trip to the mall. SEN OF JAPAN 8480 W. Desert Inn Road, 871-7781. 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 firsttimers a hand.



3827 E. Sunset Road, 898-3358. A little more expensive than most other Chinese restaurants, but the food lives up to the prices. BEIJING NOODLE NO. 9 Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 731-7604. Chinatown is no longer the only place in town for great noodles and dumplings. Caesars Palace’s bright, modern restaurant, modeled after Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium,


feels a little like the interior of a giant fishbowl. Fresh noodles are tossed daily and offered in a variety of preparations. There’s also a small but interesting dim sum selection that makes this a great place for beginners to experiment with traditional dumplings. CATHAY HOUSE 5300 W. Spring Mountain Road, 876-3838. Better-than-average Chinese food and great service in an elegant setting. The restaurant’s east wall is made up entirely of plate-glass windows, providing a wonderful view of the Strip’s parade of lights. CHINA MAMA 3420 S. Jones Blvd., 873-1977. This unassuming little Chinatown restaurant offers one of the most diverse selections of Chinese food in Las Vegas. Their soup dumplings have become legendary and should be a staple of any visit. But don’t stop there. The menu is massive and worth exploring — and thankfully written in English. Dine family style with a large group and you can easily get out of the place for between $10 and $15 a person. TAO Venetian Grand Canal Shops, 3373 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 2025, 388-8338. The nightclub half of this $20-million venture has been getting most of the press. But the beautifully decorated restaurant is worth a visit for the pan-Asian menu that boasts brilliant sauces, large portions and prices that won’t completely break the bank. 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 KIM LONG 4023-4029 Spring Mountain Road, 220-3613. There are 190 traditional Vietnamese dishes on the menu, most of which are less than $10. Don’t be intimidated by the gargantuan menu; any Pho is a good bet. Open 24 hours. PHO SO I 4745 Spring Mountain Road, 252-3934. Everything on this Vietnamese menu comes highly recommended. Specialties are beef noodle soups, spring rolls and beef salad. Try beer with your meal; there is also a wine best savored as a dessert. BOSA 1


4355 Spring Mountain Road, 383-3392. This tasty establishment departs from traditional Korean barbeque in


that your server cooks the meat for you at the table instead of allowing you to do it yourself. MIN SOK CHON 1801 E. Tropicana Avenue, 2625592. This restaurant splits its menu between Korean cuisine and sushi. At times the former can be a bit unapproachable if you aren’t able to communicate with your server in Korean. The latter, on the other hand, is exactly the type of crazy specialty rolls Americans love – very often boasting non-Japanese touches like cream cheese and deep-frying. Overall, the food is good. But if you’re looking for traditional nigiri or a server fluent in English you’re destined to disappointment.


953 E. Sahara Ave., 731-6542. One of the longest-lived and most popular Thai restaurants in town. Watch out for the hot stuff, though. Even “medium” is blazingly spicy. LOTUS OF SIAM 953 E. Sahara Ave., 735-3033. 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 3355 E. Tropicana Ave., 458-8481. Moderately priced classical Thai food in a pleasant room. 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 Paradise Road, 734-0094. The city’s oldest Indian restaurant and also the most expensive. Vegetarian and meat-eater dishes. INDIA PALACE 505 E. Twain Ave., 796-4177. Perhaps the best traditional Indian food in town, and a good value compared with its competitors. MINT INDIAN BISTRO (Formerly Himalayan Cuisine) 730 E. Flamingo Road, 894-9334. This modest restaurant offers food native to India, Nepal and Tibet. You’ll find familiar dishes like vindaloo and tikka masala, as well as more exotic offerings like a broth made of jwanu seeds or a yogurt-and-herb marinated version of tandoori called kawab. NAMASTE 953 E. Sahara Ave., 892-0033. Melquedes Rodriguez recently purchased the Indian restaurant located directly next door to the legendary Thai restaurant Lotus of Siam, and her desire for an audience was probably part of the reason. The former professional singer will take your order one minute, and then fire up her private karaoke machine to entertain the crowd for a few songs while the kitchen staff prepares your food. That food consists of extremely well-prepared Indian standards. And the entertainment is kind of charming — in a kitschy sort of way. ORIGIN INDIA 4480 Paradise Road, 734-6342. GANDHI INDIA’S CUISINE

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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. BJ’S COCKTAIL LOUNGE 6670 S. Tenaya Way, 2577378; 218 E. Tropicana Ave., 736-9439. Primarily a video poker bar where the bartenders dress in lingerie. Appetizers include crab cakes with roasted pepper sauce and clams steamed in white wine, garlic and herbs. Their cedar plank-grilled salmon isn’t to be missed, and neither are the delicious thin-crust pizzas. BLACK MOUNTAIN GRILL 11021 S. Eastern Ave., 990-0990. A sporting lodge in the desert, complete with dead animals on the wall and a relaxing Japanese-style décor. Worth visiting if you are in the southeast area. BLT BURGER Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 792-7888. Yet another entry into the upscale hamburger world, BLT Burger is the brainchild of celebrated chef Laurent Tourondel. The menu isn’t as varied or as high-end as some of its competitors’, but it offers innovative, quality hamburgers in a casual-but-classy environment. And their spiked milkshakes aren’t to be missed. Unfortunately, they got off to a rough start in the service department, but that may improve with time. BORN AND RAISED 7260 Cimarron Road, 6850258. While this popular west side video poker bar never shies too far from tavern basics, Chef John Courtney has put in time at a Michelin-starred Paris restaurant, and his talent is obvious. He offers a small-but-well-rounded menu, with an emphasis on gourmet sliders. There are a total of 15 on B.A.R.’s menu, and they include pulled pork, Philly cheese steak, prime rib and the Black Friday — a Thanksgiving concoction made with sliced turkey, incredible stuffing and cranberry sauce. CROWN & ANCHOR 1350 E. Tropicana Ave., 7398676; 4755 Spring Mountain Road, 876-4733. THE BEAT COFFEEHOUSE




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, 6937223. 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. Great British fare served by English-accented servers amid a nautical décor. DELMONICO STEAKHOUSE Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 414-3737. Straight-ahead and gimmick-free elegance, with excellent service. DU-PAR’S RESTAURANT AND BAKERY The Golden Gate Casino, 1 Fremont St., 366-9378. The opening of this Southern California institution in The Golden Gate Casino caused much rejoicing among L.A. expatriates and diner fanatics. And if you fit into one of those categories, you’ll probably love the place. The pancakes here are legendary, as are the pies. But at the end of the day, it’s still just diner food. Nonetheless, it’s one of the most popular spots downtown to satisfy the late-night munchies after an evening drinking on East Fremont Street. THE EGG AND I 4533 W. Sahara Ave., 364-9686. Down-home atmosphere makes this breakfast spot a nice alternative to the national chains. HASH HOUSE A GO GO 6800 W. Sahara Ave., 8044646; 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 254-4646. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Hash House A Go Go promises “twisted farm food,” which means their chef puts a classy spin on down-home favorites. Their real trademark, however, is monstrous portions. ISLAND FINE BURGERS AND DRINKS 10810 W. Charleston Blvd., 360-3845. This California chain made a cameo in the 1994 landmark Pulp Fiction. There are soup, salad, taco and veggie patty options in addition to the elaborate hamburgers. KAHUNAVILLE TI, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 894-7390. A roadhouse of the sea, replete with tropically influenced drinks and grub. Choose the noisy front room or the intimate sunken back room. 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. LUV IT FROZEN CUSTARD 505 E. Oakey Blvd., 3846452. A lone remnant of a once common creature: the independent ice cream store. It makes its own

delicious custard. 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. MR. LUCKY’S Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5592. Awesome diner. Quick, cheap, tasty, friendly and hip. The way Vegas could’ve been. OMELET HOUSE Various locations. Longtime favorite breakfast spot featuring 38 varieties of six-egg omelets. Closes at 3 p.m. ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE Various locations. An excellent choice for breakfast. You haven’t lived until you’ve ordered an oven-baked German pancake. PEPPERMILL INN 2985 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 735-7635. An absolute Vegas treasure. This ’70sera coffee shop will keep you fed and happy until Dan Tanna returns. Huge portions. PLANET DAILIES Planet Hollywood, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 732-1222. This 24-hour restaurant bills itself as the ultimate coffee shop. The room is a large, open space that continues the casino’s overthe-top, hip, modern décor. The selling point here is three separate massive menus that offer something for any appetite. SAMMY’S WOODFIRED PIZZA Various locations. This fast-expanding chain serves weird-but-excellent pizzas and salads. SEDONA 9580 W. Flamingo Road, 320-4700. Beautiful, modern décor and an eclectic menu. You’ll find Asian, Italian, French and even Swiss influences in the cooking, but nothing terribly exotic. When the weather’s nice, enjoy outdoor dining on the patio. SLIDIN’ THRU Various locations, The urban mobile food truck trend has finally come to Las Vegas. The first entrant, Slidin’ Thru, offers a wide variety of delicious, inexpensive sliders. Once you taste the seasoning on the kalbi rib version, you’ll understand why techsavvy 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. MICHAEL MINA’S

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. SMITH & WOLLENSKY 3767 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 862-4100. This stand-alone Strip steakhouse is part of the New York chain. Simple and expensive steaks are served snootily, but it’s a good place to impress certain kinds of people. THE STEAK HOUSE Circus Circus, 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 794-3767. This hidden gem offers classic steakhouse décor, huge slabs of meat and great service for a few bucks less than you’d pay at comparable places around town. No wonder it’s developed a loyal following among locals and tourists alike. TRIPLE GEORGE GRILL 201 N. Third St., 384-2761. Patterned after a classic seafood and steakhouse, it offers a large selection of steak, chops and seafood as well as many more casual choices. There’s even a piano lounge where you can enjoy an after-dinner drink. VOODOO STEAK Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 777-7777. The great view and spooky décor haven’t changed since Honorio Mencinas took over the kitchen perched high atop the Rio, but the menu has. The focal point is steak, both wet-aged and in-house dry-aged varieties. There are plenty of other bayoutinged options if beef isn’t your thing. The food is good, but the prices are high and the service can be spotty. YUKON GRILLE Arizona Charlie’s West, 740 S. De-


catur Blvd., 258-5200; Arizona Charlie’s East, 4575 Boulder Highway, 951-5800. Fine facsimile of an intimate Northwest hunting lodge, without the stuffed heads. If you want a steak in a romantic setting, this is the place.


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. LOS ANTOJOS 2520 S. Eastern Ave., 457-3505. This tiny, family-run strip mall establishment offers the most authentic Mexican cuisine in town. It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for; they probably have it. Matriarch Carmen Ruiz cooks up countless varieties of soups, huaraches, tlacoyos, quesadillas, tortas, sopes, tacos, enchiladas, chilaquiles, flautas, gorditas, tostadas, steaks and burritos. The menu is so huge it would take a year to eat your way through it. But it would be one tasty year. MI CASA GRILL CANTINA Silverton, 3333 Blue Diamond Road, 263-7777. A modern Mexican cantina dropped in the middle of a backwoods-themed casino. Luckily for you, Mi Casa has 65 tequilas delivered by their resident “tequila temptress” to help you work your way through the culture shock. The menu features tapas, Mexican classics and various house specialties: something for everyone. MUNDO World Market Center, 495 Grand Central AGAVE COMIDA Y TEQUILA

Parkway, 270-4400. Fans who miss the Mexican avant-garde cuisine chef Robert Solano used to cook up at his southwest restaurant La Madonna will be happy to know he’s found a new home in the World Market Center. Mundo offers similar food in an equally similar modern atmosphere. Despite the World Market Center’s outdated reputation of being off-limits to the general public, Mundo’s doors are open to everyone for both lunch and dinner. SILVITA’S MEXICAN GRILL 1236 Western Ave., 2946100. A small, casual establishment, Silvita’s combination of friendly service, huge portions, low prices and good food makes it a perfect place to grab lunch.


4810 Spring Mountain Road, 891-8889. Not for anyone who doesn’t want to get dirty. But if tearing into crabs (blue or Dungeness), shrimp, oysters and crawfish by hand is your idea of heaven, this is the place for you. Seafood is prepared in four tasty seasonings and delivered in a plastic bag, accompanied by rolls of paper towels. Not fine dining, but delicious. KATHY’S SOUTHERN COOKING 6407 Mountain Vista St., 433-1005. The décor is simple and the service can be slow at times. But Kathy’s offers incredible Southern food that’s earned it a sterling reputation. If you’re looking for basics like fried chicken or meat loaf, it simply doesn’t get much better. 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


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2055 E. Tropicana Ave., Suite 11, 7957070. Buoyant atmosphere with deliciously prepared traditional Cuban cuisine. Serves wine and beer. Try the Cuban-style fruit shakes called batidos. FLORIDA CAFÉ Howard Johnson’s, 1401 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 385-3013. Real Cuban fare, seafood specialties and mild, mellow Latin American flavors. RINCON CRIOLLO 1145 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 3881906. Cuban mom-and-pop diner serving honest, simple food at reasonable prices. CUBA CAFÉ


Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 791-7337. This Brazilian dining spot offers an all-youcan-eat parade of grilled delights. Meat lovers will salivate over skewers loaded with sirloin steak, teriyaki chicken, Portuguese sausages and much more.



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CONT. FROM P33 place will be a revelation. Semi-exotic food that’s beautifully presented.


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



855 E. Twain Ave., 796-1231. A favorite of expatriate taxi drivers. You may encounter a bit of a language barrier, but, if you’re adventurous, you’ll be rewarded with incredible food at a very affordable price. Make sure to ask about the traditional Ethiopian coffee.


An upscale but casual restaurant in a westside strip mall, it offers indoor dining, an outdoor patio and a bar area. The traditional menu is large and varied. The prices are a little higher than the norm, but the food and service are worth it. CANALETTO Venetian, 3377 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 2440, 733-0070. Real Northern Italian food with a Venetian flair served either in a woody, dark dining room or “outside” in the Piazza San Marco. (No pigeons!) CAPO’S ITALIAN CUISINE 5795 W. Tropicana Ave., 436-2276; 5675 W. Sahara Ave., 364-2276. Walking into Capo’s is like walking into an illegal speakeasy, complete with a sliding panel so the bouncer can check you out before unlocking the secret door. Once inside, enjoy great Italian food and entertain-

value meals the fast-food chains offer. 9905 S. Eastern Ave., 870-3287. In a city filled with Italian eateries, Montesano’s, a classic deli/spaghetti combo, goes the extra step to provide fresh food. NORA’S CUISINE 6020 W. Flamingo Road, 8738990. Originally a sub and pizza joint, Nora’s has expanded into a full-service, upscale dining room serving traditional Southern Italian and Sicilian dishes you won’t find many other places. TREVI Caesars Palace Forum Shops, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 735-4663. Formerly Bertolini’s, this Italian restaurant owns the prime piece of Forum Shops real estate adjacent to the central Fountain of the Gods. In addition to a name change, the restaurant got a makeover and a slightly revamped menu. MONTESANO’S ITALIAN EATERIA


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.


Monte Carlo, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 798-7151. Andre’s is what people think of when somebody says, “Take me to the nicest place in town.” Expect to spend a good part of your evening savoring some of the best food and wine in Vegas. DRAI’S Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, 3595 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 737-0555. One of the more sophisticated and comfortable rooms in the city, with an old Hollywood flavor. The lounge alone is worth a visit — couches and overstuffed chairs surround a fireplace that crackles in a wall of bookshelves. MARCHÉ BACCHUS 2620 Regatta Drive, Suite 106, 804-8008. New management, same reliable French bistro cuisine on a man-made lake in the Desert Shores community. Delicious appetizers and entrees, liberal corkage fees and 950 varieties of wine.



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.


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.


The Plaza, 1 Main St., 380-1352 (temporarily closed); 3900 Paradise Road, 369-3971; 9560 W. Sahara Ave., 834-3814. This upscale bar offers a wide variety of tapas items, but a limited selection of entrees. What it lacks in authenticity it makes up for in taste. JULIAN SERRANO Aria, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd., 5908520. Gourmet chef Julian Serrano, best known for his award-wining Bellagio restaurant Picasso, takes a more casual approach in his eponymous CityCenter tapas restaurant. The varied small plates include soups and salads, vegetarian dishes, meat and poultry, seafood, ceviches and their Peruvian cousins tiraditos, cheese and charcuterie. There are also some amazing larger portions of paella and a hodgepodge of modern concoctions referred to as “new tapas.” If you really want to splurge, however, try the pata negra, Iberico’s famed black ham.


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. CAFE MASTRIONI 3330 S. Hualapai Way, 367-7511.


Crawfish are available one simple way — family style and by the pound — at Hot ‘n’ Juicy Crawfish.

ment in a dining room that’s a tribute to organized crime through the ages. MAC SHACK 8680 W. Warm Springs Road, 4632433. Las Vegans already know Marcello Mauro from local favorites Nora’s Cuisine and Nora’s Wine Bar. At the Mac Shack, however, he serves up quality, extremely affordable pastas in a super-casual environment. There’s an incredible assortment of macaroni available, and most dishes aren’t priced more than a typical fast-food meal. Sure, they offer counter service and the place is usually crawling with families with young children, but it’s a fresh, delicious and more nutritious alternative to the so-called

But the focus remains on familiar Italian fair. Prices are a bit high, but the wealthy tourists who drop in after shopping at Fendi and Bvlgari don’t seem to mind. ZEFFIRINO RISTORANTE Venetian, 3377 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 414-3500. Chef Paolo Belloni has created a restaurant lauded by the New York Times as serving better food than you’d find in Venice.


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. MY BUDDY’S 3650 S. Jones Blvd., Suite 4, 2218701. This small Greek deli offers assorted subs alongside Mediterranean-style fast food like falafel, gyros and hummus. OPA 2550 S. Rainbow Blvd., 876-3737. Opa offers the most extensive Greek menu you’ll find in town. Hellenic delicacies are served in a nice dining room with live music. Make sure you get the flaming saganaki appetizer, a baked slab of kefalograviera cheese flambéed tableside.


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. ALMAZA




Neon Reverb: Most Thieves, Aurea Verba, Zach Ryan, others (9p, $6) CHEYENNE SALOON

The Dreaming, The English Channel (8p, cover) THE CLUB @ THE CANNERY

WeirdAlYankovic(8:30p,$19.95-$79.95) ATARI TEENAGE RIOT: Sept. 10 at the Royal




Neon Reverb: Tippy Elvis, Thee Swank Bastards, Sistas From Another Mista (10p, $5)


Neon Reverb/Hip Hop Roots/Reggae Roots: The Literates, JLC, Phil A & Hassan, others (9p, $6) THE BEAT

Neon Reverb: Shaun DeGraff and Kristina Antuna (7p, free)


Neon Reverb: Prairie Empire, Dreaming Of Lions (7p, free) BEAUTY BAR

Neon Reverb/Sonidero: Leo Machado, Late Nite Howl, Lipstick Killas, others (9p, $5) BOOMERS


Augustana (9p, free) THE BUNKHOUSE

Neon Reverb: Dusty Sunshine, Same Sex Mary, Early Dolphin, others (9p, $5) GARFIELD’S

The Reactors (4p, free) THE ROYAL

Neon Reverb: Candy Warpop, Pet Tigers, The Akashic Record, others (10p, free) THE SANCTUARY

Girl on Fire, Get Scared, Dr. Acula (5p, $11)



Neon Reverb/Brandy*Vinyl Presents: Prima Donna, Hammered Satin (11p, free)



Neon Reverb: Halloween Town (CD release party), Cuckoo Chaos, A Crowd Of Small Adventures, others (9p, $7) BOOMERS

Sharpie, Doc Holiday, Ich (9p, $10) THE BOULEVARD POOL @ COSMOPOLITAN

Augustana (9p, free) THE BUNKHOUSE

Neon Reverb: The Peoples Whiskey, Robot Nixon, The Quitters, others (9p, $6) CHEYENNE SALOON

Draconic (8p, cover) DOUBLE DOWN SALOON

The Objex (CD release party), Evil Beaver, A Pretty Mess, others (10p, free) GYPSY DEN

Neon Reverb: Moksha, Buster Blue, Black Beans & Hippy Liver (7p, $7) HARD ROCK CAFE

Viva Brother, Family of the Year, Close to Modern (8p, $10.75-$15) HOUSE OF BLUES

Blue October, Lamdynamite, Ashleigh Stone (7p, $30-$35) LVCS

Sonia Leigh, Nic Cowan (8:30p, $10)


David Crosby & Graham Nash (9p, $66-$91) MANDALAY BEACH

Shaggy (9p, $30) MEATHEADS

Stainless Steel Ride, Anatomy of Frank, Backward Beast, others (9p, cover) SUNSET AMPHITHEATER @ SUNSET STATION

Billy Currington (8p, $24.95-$64.95) SWAY POOL @ THE SILVERTON

Marcy Playground


Wreckin’ Katz, Redondo Beat, The Spoofs, others (10p, free) EAST LAS VEGAS COMMUNITY CENTER

SizzleFest Latin Jazz Big Band Festival (1p, $15) GREEN VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

People’s Valley Chorus: Brahms Requiem – 9/11 Commemoration (7:30p, free) GYPSY DEN

Neon Reverb: Outside Looking In (CD release party), Input & Broken, Holding On To Sound, others (7p, $5) HENDERSON EVENTS PLAZA

Prince Kuhio Ho’olaule’a Festival: Holunape (12p, free) LVCS




Neon Reverb: The Lazystars, United Ghosts, Shiny Boots Of Leather (9p, free) BEAUTY BAR

Neon Reverb: Hyena, Jacuzzihidive, WAZU, others (9p, $8) BIKINI BAR

Stickman Shadown, Filthy Alibi, Xomby Poet Jester (9p, cover) BOOMERS

Fierce Bad Rabbit, I.D.F.I., Forgotten Faces, others (9p, $5) THE BOULEVARD POOL @ COSMOPOLITAN


Thievery Corporation, AM, Shawn Lee (9p, $45-$65)

Airborne Toxic Event, Sleeper Agent, Otherwise (8p, free through KXTE-FM 107.5)



Neon Reverb: The Field Trip, Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout, Rusty Maples (8p, $7) CHEYENNE SALOON

Primers 55, Saint Dog, Fall in Vain (8p, $10-$12) HENDERSON EVENTS PLAZA

Prince Kuhio Ho’olaule’a Festival: Holunape (12p, free) THE ROYAL

Neon Reverb: Strangers Family Band, Max Pain and The Grooves (3p, free) SUNCOAST SHOWROOM

Brass Transit (7:30p, $15.95)



Cracker (9p, $18) BOOMERS

Four Until Late (8p, free) CHEYENNE SALOON

Agnostic Front, Rule of Thumb (8p, cover) CROWN THEATER

SEPT. 10 Las Vegas Philharmonic: Masterworks I ($38-$78)


Third Degree (8p, free) Slightly Stoopid (9p, $30) MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER

Selena Gomez (7:30p, $20-$89.50) MEATHEADS

Secure Sounds, Vault’d 9p, cover) MOTOR CITY CAFE

The Gashers, The Seriouslys, Dimerunner (9p, free) THE ROYAL

Neon Reverb: Atari Teenage Riot, Otto von Schirach (9p, free) STAR OF THE DESERT ARENA PRIMM VALLEY RESORTS


Collective Soul (9:30p, $34.50-$42.50) SUNCOAST SHOWROOM

Texas Hippie Coalition (10:30p, free)



Micheal Torke CD release party (7p, free) HOUSE OF BLUES

Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli), RNR (9p, $39.50-$43.50) LVCS

Hip-Hop Roots: 2Mex, Alektryxl, others (10p, free)


SEPT. 14


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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 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. BIKINI BAR 3355 Spring Mountain Road, 485-5401. Tue: Rockin’ Blues and Classic rock with The Blues Storm Nation, 9p, free. 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, 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.boulderdambrewing. com. 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 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, www. 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. 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, Fri-Sat: 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. 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, ACES & ALES



10p. Fri-Sat: Live music, 10p. Sun: Rock ‘n’ Roll Bike Night with John Zito Band, 6p, free. DADDY MAC’S 2920 N. Green Valley Parkway, 2720913. DON’T TELL MAMA 517 Fremont St., 207-0788. Cabaret-style piano bar. DOUBLE DOWN SALOON 4640 Paradise Road, 7915775. E-STRING BAR AND GRILL 2031 E. Sunset Road, 437-8764, Sat: Real Old School Jazz, 2p, $10. Mon: Jazz, 7:30p, $10. Tue: The Ryan Whyte Maloney Band, 8:30p, $10. Wed: Blues night, 8:30p. FREAKIN’ FROG 4700 Maryland Parkway, 5979702, Thu: Singer and songwriters, 9:30p. Fri: Funk ‘n’ Roll jam with Daze Work, 9:30p. Sat: Live music, 9:30p. Tue: Freakin’ Jazz Jam, 9:30p. Skip Martin and Niles Rivers hosts JamCast, 10:30p. Wed: Jazz pianist Vernell Brown Jr., 9p. All shows free. GOLD COAST 4000 W. Flamingo Road, 367-7111, Lounge: Tue-Thu: Gold Coast Classics, 2p. Fri: Variety Caval Code, 2p. TueSun: Live music, 7:30p-1:30a. Fri: Live music, 9-2: 30a. Sat: Latin. $10. GOLD MINE TAVERN 23 S. Water St., Henderson, 478-8289, Thu-Sat: Live music, 9p, free. GORDON BIERSCH BREWING COMPANY 3987 Paradise Road, 312-5247, Sun: Jazz Brunch, 12p-3p. GREEN VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1798 Wigwam Parkway, 454-8484. GREEN VALLEY RANCH RESORT 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway, 617-7777, www.greenvalleyranchresort. com. 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, 10a-1p. 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,

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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., 368-1863 Boulder Dam Brewing Co. 453 Nevada Hwy, Boulder City, Nev., 979-3976 The Box Office 1129 S. Casino Center Blvd., 388-1515 The Bunkhouse Saloon 124 S. 11th St., 384-4536 Charleston Heights Arts Center 800 S. Brush St., 229-1012

Cheyenne Saloon 3103N.RanchoDrive, 645-4139 Crown Theater Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 733-8229 Double Down Saloon 4640 Paradise Road, 791-5775 Freakin’ Frog 4700 Maryland Parkway, 597-9702 Griffin 511 Fremont St., 382-0577 Hard Rock Cafe 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 650-8590 House of Blues Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 6327600 The Joint Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5066 Las Vegas Country Saloon 425FremontSt.,382-3531

music by AJ El Kallejero, 10p, free. Sun: Hana Hou Sundaze, live Island Reggae bands, 10p, $5. HYPNOTIC BILLIARDS LOUNGE 5752 S. Fort Apache, 480-2155. LVCS 425 Fremont St., 382-3531, Thu: Local and loud, 10p, free. Fri-Sat: Live music, 10p, free. Sun: The Funtastics: King Vs. Cash, 50s rockabilly band, 9pm, free. Mon: Surf City with The Swank Bastards, 8p, free. Tue: Hip Hop Roots hosted by HighDro and Jay R Beatbox, 10p, free. Wed: Jamboree hosted by The Vagabonds, 8p, free. MANDARIN ORIENTAL Mandarin Bar, 3752 Las Ve-

Las Vegas Hilton 3000 Paradise Road, 732-5755 Mandalay Bay Events Center 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 632-7580 MGM Grand Garden Arena 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 891-7777 Orleans Arena 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., 284-7777 The Pearl The Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 944-3200 Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 785-5055 The Railhead Boulder Station, 4111 Boulder Highway, 432-7777

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

gas Blvd. South, 590-8888. Thu: Chandler Judkins Quartet, 7p. Fri: The Definitive Trio, 10p. Sat: “Trio Caribe,” 10p. Wed: Brian Czach Jazz Trio, 7p. 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. MONTE CARLO 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7307423. The Pub: Dueling pianos, daily. MOTOR CITY CAFE 4080 Paradise Road, Ste. 8, 307-1731. Thu: Gold Top Bob and the Goldtoppers, 10p. MURPHY’S LAW TAVERN 1590 E. Flamingo Road, 697-0529, Fri-Sat: Live music, 7p, free. NEON VENUS ART THEATRE 1404 S. Third St., 787-2481, First Fri: Live music, 7p-11p. Free. ORLEANS HOTEL AND CASINO 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., 365-7111. Brendan’s Irish Pub: Wed: Sixties Mania, 8p. Thu: Killian’s Angels, 8p. FriSat: Killian’s Angels, 9p. Bourbon Street Cabaret Lounge: Wed-Fri, Sun: San Fernando Band, 9p. Tue: Crush, 9p. All shows free. PALACE STATION 2411 W. Sahara Ave., 367-2411. Jack’s Irish Pub: Thu: Wild Celts, 7p. Fri: Darby O’Gill and the Little People, 9p. Sat: Finnegan’s Wake with the rock o’ the Irish from 9p. Showroom: Sat: Sante Fe and the Fat City Horns, 12a. Tue: Jerry Tiffe, 2p. PALMS LOUNGE 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 942-7777, Kashino: Thu, midnight; Wed, 10p, free. Sun: Franky Perez, 10p, free. Mon: Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns, 10:30p, $7. PETE’S DUELING PIANO BAR 6551 Las Vegas Blvd. South #152, 220-7383, www.petesduelingpianob Thu-Sat, Tue-Wed: Live dueling pianos, 8p. Fri-Sat: $6. RED ROCK CASINO 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., 797-7777, Onyx Bar: Tue-Thu: Toto Zara, 7p. Fri-Sat: Toto Zara, 9p, free. Rocks Lounge: Thu: Acoustic jam, 8p. Fri: Zowie Bowie, 10p. Sat: Party on the Rocks concert series, 9p, $30. Franky Perez, 10p. Sun: Jazz with The Steven Lee Group featuring Rocco Barbato, 7p. Mon: Dian Diaz, 8p. RIO Crown Night Club, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 733-8229. Sat: Sinful Saturday, special guest appearances and performances, 10:30p, $30. Mon: Rock concert series, big act names. For free limited tickets visit, $25 thereafter. RÍ RÁ Mandalay Place 3930 Las Vegas Blvd South, 632-7771, Live music nightly, 8:30p. Fri-Sat: Ri Ra Live, 11:30p. 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. 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., 822-

7700, 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. TEXAS STATION 2101 Texas Star Lane, 631-1000, A-Bar: Thu: Justin Mather, 5:30p. Fri-Sat: Darrin Michaels, jazz, 7p. Sun: Darrin Michaels, 5:30p. Martini Ranch: Wed: Sideshow 5:30p. Fri: Betsy Holm, 6p. Sat: Kelly Christian, 5: 00p. South Padre Lounge: Thu: La Nueva 103.5 Live Mix with Jesus Chuy Espiricueta, Latin night, 9p, ladies $5 after 11p, men $10. Fri: Latin with Hermanos Padillas, 9p, ladies $5, men $10. Sat: Escencia Colombiana, 10p, $5-$10. THUNDERBIRD LOUNGE Aruba Hotel, 1215 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 383-3100, Fri-Sat: Live music, 7p, free. Fri: Aruba Swings, 7p, free. Swing dancing lessons, 6p-7p, free. TOMMY ROCKER’S 4275 Dean Martin Drive, 2616688, Fri-Sat: Rock-NRoll Sing Along, 9:30p. Tue: Open Jam with John Zito. 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. SUNCOAST HOTEL

DJS/NIGHTCLUBS 4633 Paradise Road, 7910100, Thu-Wed, opening times vary. Thu: “Thrust Thursdays,” DJs. Fri-Sat: DJs. Sun: “El Deseo,” Latin country and dance music. Tue: “La Noche Latin” Latin dance music. Every 1st Friday: “Glomo,” DJs. ARTISAN HOTEL 1501 W. Sahara Ave., 214-4000. Thu, Wed: saxophonist Martin Mancuso, 5:30p. Fri: “Shake and Pop” with DJ Mike Attack, Justin Baule and others. Sat: afterhours with residents DJ Mike Attack, Steller and others, spinning electro, house/ progressive, techno, tech, 2a. AREA 107 3281 N. Decatur Blvd., #170, 302-8377 or ARTIFICE 1025 S. First St., 489-6339 or Open Thu-Wed, 5p-1a. Thu: “Al Amor,” 10p. Fri: “Casual Sex - The Second Coming,” deep house, 10p. Sun: “Black and White,” 9p. Tue: “Show and Tell,” 10p. AZUL TEQUILA NIGHTCLUB 111 N. 7th St., 4766498. Fri: Kinky Reggae Fridaze, 10p, $5-$10. AZURE LUXURY POOL Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Fri-Sun, 11a6p. Fri: Femme Fridays with femals DJs. Sat: Stereo Love Saturdays with global house DJs. Sun: Dolce Vite Sundays with house DJs. BACKDOOR 1415 E. Charleston Ave., 385-2018. THE BANK Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 693-8300. Thu: DJ Eddie McDonald; house, hiphop, soul. Fri-Sat: DJ David Christian; mash-up, house. Sun: “Industry Sundays” with DJ Karma;


hip-hop, mash-up, house. 10:30p-4a. 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. www.thebeatlesr 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” gay-friendly dance party. Mon: “Le Maison,” Cirque du Soleil cast afterparty 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. BLACK DOOR BAR AND GRILL 4640 Paradise Road, 369-9279. Sat: Ladies night with DJ Jack Slammy. BLUE MARTINI Town Square, 6593 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 948-6438. Thu: “Noches Azul Latin Thursdays,” 10p. Fri: “Undisputed Grooves” house/ electronic party with DJ Damien Jay, 11p. Sat: “Ultimate Saturdays,” 11p. Mon: “Manic Mondaze,” 8p12a; “Industry Night,” 12a. Tue: “Top 40 Tuesday,” 9p. Wed: “True Blue Ladies,” 11p. BLUSH Wynn, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 770WYNN. Open Tue-Sat, 9p. Thu: “Pop Thursdays.” Fri-Sat: “Begin at Blush,” 9p. Mon: “Living Mondays.” Tue: Industry night. Wed: “We Love House Sundays.” BOND The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 698-7000. DJs nightly. THE CHANDELIER The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 698-7000. DJs daily. . CHATEAU Paris, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South. 7767770 or Open FriSun, Tue, 10p. Tue: Industry night. $20-$30; local ladies free. BARE

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CONT. FROM P37 “Maison de Burlesque” dance show with live jazz, 11p. Mon: “Godspeed” featuring DJs Guy and L-1, 11p. Wed: ‘The News,” featuring new underground DJs every week, 10p. FREEZONE 610 E. Naples Road, 794-2310, Thu: “Boyz Night,” 8p. “Naked Frat Party,” 9:30p. Fri: Martini social, 5p-9p. Queens of Las Vegas drag show, 10p. Sat: Queens of Las Vegas drag show, 10p. Tue: “Ladies Night” with wet T-shirt contest, 8p. Wed: “Gone Wild With Talent.” THE GALLERY Planet Hollywood, 3500 South Las Vegas Blvd., 818-3700 and Wed-Sat, 10p. Cover varies. Wed: “Gallery Wednesdays” industry party; locals free. GHOSTBAR Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 9389999, Thu-Wed, 9p. Thu: alternating parties: “Soundbar” with DJs Carlos Sanchez, Keith Evan, Brian Minogue. Fri: DJ Tino Sanchez, 9p. DJ Five, 12a. Sat: DJ OB-ONE, 9p. DJ Tino Sanchez, 12a. Sun: “Ghostbar Sundays” house night, 10p. Mon: DJ Ikon, 10p. Tue: DJ OB-ONE, 9p. DJ Five, 12a. Wed: “Snitch Wednesdays” with DJ 88, 10p. DJ Tino Sanchez, 12:30a. GOODTIMES 1775 E. Tropicana Ave., 736-9494. Open daily. Thu: “Sinabar,” hip-hop, dance, pop, 10p. Fri: “Vaquero Fridays,” Latin., 10p. Sat: “Noches Calientes,” Latin, 10p. Sun: “Fuego Latino,” Latin, 10p. GOSSIP POOL Rumor, 455 E. Harmon Avenue, 3695400. Open Thu-Wed. Thu: “Sweet Thursday.” Fri: “As LUXX Would Have It.” Sat: “Vocal House Saturday.” Sun: “Sunkissed Sunday” gay party. Mon: “Beer Goggle Monday.” Tue: “Ballin’ on a Budget.” Wed: “Wasted Wednesday.” THE GRIFFIN 511 Fremont St., 382-0577. Mon-Sat, 5p-4a. Sun, 9p-4a. Fri: DJ Rex Dart, 10p. Sat: DJ Aurajin, 10p. HAZE Aria, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 6938300. Thu-Sat, 10:30p-4a. Thu: Industry night, hip-hop, mash-up, top 40. Fri-Sat: hip-hop, mashup, top 40. JET Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7927900, Wed-Mon, 10:30p-4a. Thu: Top-40, mash-ups, hip-hop, house. Fri-Sat: hip-hop, rock, dance. Mon: Industry night; mash-up. THE JOINT 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5000. First

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Sat of month: Tiesto in Concert trance party with DJ Tiesto and guests, 9:30p. $50-$130. More info: KRAVE Planet Hollywood Resort, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 836-0830, Alternate lifestyle nightclub. Thu: “TEMPTation THURSTdaze” with DJ Javier Alba, 11p. Fri: “Flesh,” with VJ Alpyne in the main room. “sKizoFrenia” in the lounge with DJ RustRyu and friends. Sat: “Candy Bar” girls’ party in the Lounge. Main room: DJ Morningstar and friends. Sun: SINdaze, 11p. Mon: “Meat Market.” Wed: “WTF? Wednesdays” with DJ Earwaxxx, 11p. LAVO Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 7911818. Open Fri-Wed. Sun: DJ Vice. Tue: DJ Five, industry night. Wed: “Old School Wednesdays” with guests. LAX Luxor, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 2624LAX. Fri-Sat, Wed. Fri: DJ Hope. Sat: DJ Casanova. Wed: Industry night with DJ Casanova; hip-hop, house. LIQUID Aria, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South., 6938300. Open Thu-Sun, 11a-6p. Adult pool with DJs. Cover varies. 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.” 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.

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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, 6935555. Dayclub with DJs. Sundays, 11a. Cover varies. Opens April 17. REVOLVER Santa Fe Station, 4949 N. Rancho Drive, 658-4900. Thu-Fri, Wed: country and rock spun by DJ Sinner. ROK VEGAS New York-New York, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 800-689-1797. Thu-Sun, Wed, 10p5a. Thu: ‘80s, new wave, hip-hop with guest DJs. Fri: “Patio Nights with DJ SmashBox; house. Sat: ‘80s, new wave with DJ X.L.T. Sun: “Rok Vegas.” Wed: “The Show,” house, rock, hip-hop. SAVILLE ROW Luxor, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 222-1500. Private, public events; open daily. Wed: “The Cut” underground party. SCOUNDRELS 4360 S. Decatur Blvd., 871-4390. Every 2nd and 3rd Sat: “Delirium,” goth and industrial, 10p, free. STONEY’S ROCKIN’ COUNTRY 9151 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 300, 435-2855. Open daily. STUDIO 54 MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 891-7254, Thu-Sat, Tue-Wed, 10p. Thu-Fri, Wed: open format with DJs Eric Forbes, Ricco. Sat: “Electric Dreams” with DJ Loczi, mash-up, house, electro. Tue: open format with DJ Scene. SURRENDER Encore, 3130 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 770-7300 or Open Fri-Sat, Wed, 10:30p. Fri: “Aoki’s House” with Steve Aoki. Wed: “Surrender Your Wednesdays” industry night. Every 4th Wed: Lil Jon. $30-$40. TABÚ MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 891-7183. Fri-Mon, 10p. Fri: open format with DJ Eric Forbes. Sat: open format with DJ Jose 2 Hype. Sun: “Confession” industry night. Mon: “X-Level Mondays” industry night with DJ Ania and guests. TAO Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 3888588. Nightclub: Thu-Sat, 10p-5a. Lounge, daily, 5p-close. Thu: “Worship” with DJ Five. Fri: DJ Reach. Sat: DJ Vice. TAO BEACH Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South,


388-8588. Open daily, 10a-6p. Sun: Beatport Sundays with guest and resident DJs. THUNDERBIRD LOUNGE Aruba Hotel & Spa, 1215 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 383-3100. Wed: “Bounce Back Wednesdays” hip-hop, funk, R&B with DJ Rockstar. Last Friday of month: “Smash!” dubstep party, 10p. TRYST Wynn, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 800591-6423. Open Thu-Sun, 10p. Thu-Fri: DJ Big Dee. Sat: DJ Pizzo. V BAR Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 414-3200. Thu: “Case of the Classicks” with VJ Andrew B, 10p Fri: VJ Jace One, 10p. Sat: “Spin City” local talent with VJ Andrew B, 10p. Sun: “Evolucion” Latin night with DJ Lian. Wed: “Fusia Night” with DJ Chino and friends, 10p. VANGUARD LOUNGE 516 Fremont St., 868-7800. Open Thu-Sat, Mon-Wed. Every 1st Thu: “Fixed Thursdays,” indie, disco, electro. Every 2nd Thu: “Ladies Night,” top 40, dance. Every 3rd Thu: “Soulkitchen” house party with Edgar Reyes and guests. Every 4th Thu: “Pushin’ Funk,” hip-hop, soul, funk. Fri: “Matter,” house, techno. VANITY Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5555. Thu-Sun, 10p. THE VOO Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 777-7600. Dayclub pool with DJs. Thu-Sun. Cover varies. Opens April 15. VOODOO LOUNGE Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 777-6875. Thu: “Voodoo Rising” industry night with DJs Whoman, L1, Michael Toast. Fri: DJs Inferno, L1; hip-hop, house, rock. Sat: “Carnal Carnival” with DJ Jeff G; house, rock, top 40. Sun: “Solid Gold” with DJs Tino, Albert Gruve; ‘70s-’90s mashup. Mon: DJ Whoman. Tue: “Tuesday Night Live”; alternative. Wed: “Soled Out” old-school hip-hop with DJs Big D and Mr. Levon James. WET REPUBLIC MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 891-3562 or Daily, 11a-6p. Opens March 11. XS Encore, 3131 Las Vegas Boulevard. South, 7705350. Fri-Mon, 10p. Fri: DJ Pizzo. Sat, Mon: DJ Create. Sun: “Night Swim” poolside party with DJ Warren Peace. YOLO’S MEXICAN GRILL Planet Hollywood, 7850122. “Aire” Latin late nights with DJ Ella and friends, Fri-Sat, 10p.


THEATER The Plaza, 1 Main St., 8835500. Waiting For Godot, Thu-Sat, 8p, $25. LAS VEGAS LITTLE THEATRE 3920 Schiff Drive, 362-7996, No Sex, Please, We’re British!, Thu-Sat, 8p, Sun and Sept. 17, 2p, through Sept. 25, $21-$24. Stop Kiss, Fri-Sat, 8p, Sun, 2p, through Sept. 11, $10-$12. LAS VEGAS SHAKESPEARE COMPANY 4675 W. Flamingo Road, Suite 2, 896-9517, Shakespeare Workshop. NEON VENUS ART THEATRE 1404 S. Third St., 787-2481 or Fri, Improv Playground, 9p-11p. All are welcome, no experience necessary. Contact Leslie at 310-980-8972. $5 (first time free). Last Sat: Feed the Monkey sketch comedy, 11p, $10. ONYX THEATRE The Rack, 953 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 16, 732-7225, Improv Vegas S.E.T., Mon, 8p, $10. Karnival variety show, first Wed, 8p, $20. Naked Boys Singing, Fri-Sat, 10p, Sun, 2p, $40-$45. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, every second and fourth Saturday, 11:59p, $10. Nuthouse, Sept. 9-10, 23-24, 12a, $10. Torch Song Trilogy, Thu-Sat, 8p, Sun, 4p, through Sept. 11, $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. SPRING MOUNTAIN RANCH STATE PARK Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, 10 miles west of I-215 on W. Charleston Blvd., 594-7529. Five Guys Named Moe, Thu-Sat, 7p, through Sept. 24, $12-$15. UNLV 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, 895-2787, Judy Bayley Theater: God Lives in Glass, Sept. 10-11, 1:30p, $25, INSURGO THEATER

Wheels Parise, 9p, $39.50. 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. Rocky LaPorte, with supporting acts Gary Cannon


and Ron Morey, through Sept. 11. Rondell Sheridan, with Scott Kennedy and David Gee, Sept. 13-18. 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. ONYX THEATRE The Rack, 953 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 16, 732-7225, Mon: S.E.T. Improv, 8p, $10. Out For Laughs with Shawn Carr, 1p, 5p, $25. ORLEANS SHOWROOM Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., 284-7777. Bill Maher, Sept. 10-11, 8p. $54.95$79.95 THE PALMS LOUNGE 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 9443200. Thu-Fri: Playboy Comedy, hosted by Cort

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“Don’t be angry with the rain,” counseled author Vladimir Nabokov. “It simply does not know how to fall upward.” In the coming week, I advise you to apply that principle to a host of phenomena, Aries. Don’t get all knotted up about any force of nature that insists on being itself, and don’t waste your time trying to figure out how to disobey the law of gravity. It’s fine if you find it amusing to go against the flow, but don’t expect the flow to follow you in your rebellion.

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

Where will you be in the latter half of 2016? What will you be doing? Now would be an excellent time to fantasize and meditate about questions like those. You’re likely to have a good bit of intuitive foresight in the coming days — some ability to discern the embryonic patterns swirling in the mists. But even more importantly, you will have extra power to dream up potent visions for your best possible future and plant them as seeds in the fertile bed of your subconscious mind

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

I believe you’re close to getting permanent immunity from hell, Gemini. Take it as a metaphor if you like, but consider the possibility that there may soon come a time when you will never again be susceptible to getting dragged into the bottomless pit. You will receive the equivalent of a “Get out of jail free” card that forever guarantees you exemption from the worst of the nightmare realms. Please note: I’m not saying you will be forever free of all suffering. But if you simply keep doing the smart things you’ve been doing lately, you will tap into a reservoir of stabilizing poise so strong that “the devil” will have no further claim on your soul.

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

In “The Blood,” an episode of the TV show Seinfeld, George tries to go for “the Trifecta”: eating a pastrami sandwich and watching TV while having sex. His girlfriend isn’t pleased about it, though, so the triple-intense pleasure doesn’t materialize in the way George had hoped. But something akin to this scenario could very well work for you in the coming week, Cancerian. You will have a knack for stirring up more fun and pleasure that usual through the inventive use of multitasking.

L E O (JULY 23-AUG. 22)

In Wiccan circles, a “familiar” is a supernatural entity or magic animal that serves as a spirit ally. Some witches regard their cats as their familiars. In Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy of fantasy books, the “daemon” (very different from a “demon”) plays a similar role: a

shapeshifting creature that embodies a person’s soul. This would be an excellent time for you to develop a closer relationship with a familiar or daemon or any other uncanny helper, Leo. You have more hidden power at your disposal than you realize, and it’s a propitious time to call on it.

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

Wheel of Fortune is a TV game show in which players vie to guess a mystery phrase that is revealed letter by letter. On one episode not too long ago, a highly intuitive contestant solved the puzzle even though just one letter had been unveiled. The winning answer was “I’ve got a good feeling about this.” From what I can tell, Virgo, you’ve got a similar aptitude these days — an ability to foresee how things are ultimately going to develop simply by extrapolating from a few clues. I encourage you to make liberal use of your temporary superpower. (P.S. I’ve got a good feeling about this.)

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

You have about 100 billion neurons in your brain. That also happens to be the approximate number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Coincidence? I think not. As the mystic dictum reminds us, “As above, so below.” The macrocosm and microcosm are mirrors of each other. Everything that happens on a collective level has an intimately personal impact. The better you know yourself, the more likely you are to understand how the world works — and vice versa. I urge you to be alert for concrete evidence of this principle, Libra. Your week will be successful if you make it your background meditation.

psychological and social tests that evaluated her strength of character and service to family and society. I’d like to borrow this idea and apply it to you. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you could and should be a paragon of moral beauty in the coming week — a shining example and inspiration to all the other signs of the zodiac.

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

Filip Marinovich calls his poetry book And If You Don’t Go Crazy I’ll Meet You Here Tomorrow. I’m borrowing that title for this horoscope. So here goes: If you don’t go crazy in the coming days, Capricorn, I’ll meet you here again next week. To be clear: There is an excellent chance you will be able to keep our appointment. The astrological omens suggest you’ll call on reserves of wisdom that haven’t been accessible before, and that alone could prevent you from a brush with lunacy. You’re also primed to be nimble in your dealings with paradoxes, which, again, should keep you from descending into fairy-tale-style madness. But even if you do take a partial detour into the land of kooky, I think it will have an oddly healing effect on you. See you next time!

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

There’s no better way to inform you of your task right now than to cite Hexagram 18 of the

I Ching, the ancient Chinese book of divination. The title of the oracle is “Work on What Has Been Spoiled.” Here’s an interpretation by the I Ching’s translator Richard Wilhelm, with a little help from me: “What has been spoiled through human mistakes can be made good again through human work. It is not immutable fate that has caused the state of corruption, but rather the abuse of human freedom. Toil that is done to correct the situation bodes well, because it is in harmony with cosmic potentials. Success depends on diligent deliberation followed by vigorous action.”

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

Breaking the rules could be a boon for your closest relationships if it’s done out of deep caring and not out of anger or boredom. Can you commit to that high standard, Pisces? I hope so, because it’s prime time to shake up and reinvigorate stale concepts about togetherness. You will never know how much more interesting your intimate alliances can be unless you put that vivacious imagination of yours to work. Would you be willing to buy tickets for a joint excursion to the frontier? Go hunting for surprises that recalibrate the dynamic between you and yours? Take a collaborative risk you’d never want to face alone?

Go to to check out Rob Brezsny’s EXPANDED WEEKLY AUDIO HOROSCOPES and DAILY TEXT MESSAGE HOROSCOPES. The audio horoscopes are also available by phone at 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700.

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

“By the year 2021, the complete gratification of sexual desires will be as easy and stress-free as drinking a glass of water.” That was one of 25 prophecies delivered to me by a polite, well-spoken madman I met on a July morning in a cafe in Earls Court, London back in 1990. Sixteen of his other predictions have come true so far (like “America will have a black president by 2010,” “You will become a famous astrologer,” “60-year-old women will be able to give birth”), so I’m thinking that the one about easy sexual gratification could turn out to be accurate as well. Until then, Scorpio, you may sometimes have to deal with periodic struggles in getting your needs met. Having said that, though, I’m happy to announce that the coming weeks are shaping up as one of your closest approximations to the supposed 2021 levels of erotic bliss.

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

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NW 95/Cimmaron, 1-sty, culde-sac, appx. 1200sf, 3bd 2ba, patio, great loc! By schools, shops, park. $1125. 395-0843 SE 215/Windmill, 3bd, 2ba, 2 car, 2 stry, 1400 sf, gated community w/ pool, all appls, $1,100/mo H 702-339-9732

SE beautiful 2bd 2ba, gated w/ pool, waterfalls & ponds. New paint, appls & lndscp. Priv court yard $1275, N/S 818-292-3254

SEVEN HILLS Luxury 2100sf, 2bd 2ba, 3car, den, liv/fam rm, 2fplc large patio & rear lawn w/oak trees, gardener $1495, 497-8489 Silverado Ranch 5bd, 2mstrs, 5ba, 6000+sf, Gated, 4car. Lease Option to Buy $2900 + Deposit. 310-621-1621

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Sahara/Eastern 1 bd, ground flr, covrd parking, tile flrs, $495 /mo+ dep NEVADA NETWORK 737-7099

Silverado Ranch AmWest Pool 4bd 2½ba, gourmet kit/granite, Tile/carpet, 2car. Landscaped. $1995. 210-1213, 493-0557

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SUN CITY Summerlin Golf Course on LinkView. 1350sf, 2bd 2ba, 2car. Age 55+, $1250 mo. 2 yr. lease. 257-7401, Bkr

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SW 3BD/2½BA, 2 car, Gated, 3 Community pools, Community playground, appls incl, $1150/mo 375-4061

SW Spanish Trail 3bd 2ba, 1734 sf on golf course. Incredible view. Comm. pool, gym & tennis. $1799 mo. 376-1141

SW 55+ gated comm, 2bd, 2ba, 2car, 1550sf, all appls, comm pool & spa. Buffalo/Charleston $1195/mo. Ron, 702-371-5173.

SW Spectacular! 3bd +Spiral to a Loft! 2Balconies! Fplc, Dbl Gar, Pool, Gated, Quiet, Location! $1075/mo. +Dep. 702-812-6235

SW Newly renovated, near 215/ Durango, 4BD, 2.5BA, plus den, $1195/mo + dep. 702-561-8281


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HEND beautiful 3bd 2ba 3car home w/kitchen island, new carpet & paint, 1770sf, 1 story, all appls $1299 H 818-749-7667

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SEVEN HILLS GATED COMM. Beautiful! 2-sty, 2225 SF, 4BD, + loft. 3ba. All appl. Great schools! $1500. 702-767-7857

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Not sure whether to be shocked, disgusted or weirdly aroused.


WE SETTLE ON A PRICE. More than I’ll likely earn for writing this piece. Next come the rules of the road: “No touching my tits or ass. No fingers. And don’t put your mouth anywhere.” Not a problem. I never kiss on the first date. The V.I.P. room isn’t very V.I.P.: a dark-blue velvet sectional, table for resting my drink. A bit Spartan, but who’s paying for the accoutrements? She straddles me, hands on my shoulders. Wearing a G-string fashioned from purple satin and butt-floss, she leans back just a bit, so I feel the weight of her bare, exposed buttocks resting on my knees. Her breasts are small, capped with pale, pink buds that remind me of tiny strawberries. Perfect accent to her shoulder-length, bloodorange hair. My pupils remain fixed on them (less intimate than eye contact). Everything about this woman evokes the color red in all its hues. If pressed to conjure a nickname for her, it’d be “Pink.” That’s what I’ll call her. She knows why I’m here. I’ve agreed not to use her name (not even her stage name), or identify the club where she works. Can’t quite peg her age. Somewhere between 19 and twenty-something. Somewhere between Laurie Partridge and Courtney Love. Tall. Coltish. Eyes as startlingly blue as the sky over an Iowa cornfield. If Sherwin-Williams had a shade to match, I’d paint my condo with it. She asks about being a writer. Do I make a lot of money? “Not really. You make a lot more money than most writers do.” “Serious? What about the bitch who wrote those Twilight books?” Now facing away from me, Pink does a slow, circular grind against my crotch. “She’s an exception.” “Maybe you should write about vampires?” “Probably.” “Mmmh. Vampires are hot. My girlfriend and I drink each other’s blood when we have sex. It’s really erotic.” “Come again?” “We cut each other.” Pink leans back against me. Pulls her hair aside,revealing whatappears to be a tiny cluster of razor scars on a neck so pale, it’s almost translucent. If only I were a vampire. For the first time I’m speechless. Not sure whether to be shocked, disgusted, weirdly aroused — or

all three. I drop into a segue about stripping. Ask her how long she’s been at it. “Little over a year. Been saving my money.” “Don’t tell me. Chiropractic college?” “No. A Jaguar.” Pink’s giving me the full-body press. Writhing and grinding. My fingertips dangerously close to the forbidden zone. Can’t tell where I begin and she ends. “What kinda car do you drive?” she asks. I tell her I’m between vehicles. License expired. Been using the “stretch limo.” “You have a limo?” “The bus.” Got a giggle out of her.Pink reverses herself; performs a maneuver with her breasts and my face that should require safety goggles.Wanna lay the whole, “what’s-a-nice-girl-like-youdoin’-in-a-place-like-this” rap on her, but that ship’s already sailed. I ask her about the curious absence of ink or piercings. “Shit! My old lady would flip if I got a tattoo!” “Your girlfriend?” “My mother. She’d friggin’ disown me — for reals.” “A tattoo? Is that her biggest concern?” Pink laughs. “Yeah. I was gonna get one, too. A little honeybee, right here ... ” Taking hold of my index finger, she traces a spot just inside her G-string. “You’d be taking a terrible chance. What if the tattoo artist wasn’t up on honeybees? What if it came out looking like a housefly? People might get the wrong idea.” Pink climbs down off me. Turns her back. Just when I think I might’ve hurt her feelings, she bends: grasping her calves so that she’s now looking up at me through her slightly splayed legs. It’s at this point in the presentation, that I’m made aware of certain “a la carte” services that can be provided for an additional fee. Although I’m tempted, I explain that I’m flying coach this trip — a first-class ticket just isn’t in the budget. “Too bad,” she says, sounding genuinely disappointed. “I was starting to like you.” For a nanosecond, I allow myself to believe the source of her disappointment isn’t the lost revenue. We settle up. I don’t bother finishing my watered-down, overpriced drink. Pink grabs hold of my arm as I start for the door. “You’re not gonna write anything bad about me ... are you?” For the first time I really look into her eyes. “Not a chance,” I say. “Not a chance.”





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