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THE LATEST Sugar High Randy Couture meets Mark Coleman in the Octagon at UFC 109.
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Courting China Welcome to the Red Decade. Hereâ€™s the story of how Las Vegas is banking on it to get back in the black By Brian Sodoma
CHINA/VEGAS CONNECTIONS Distance: 6,520 miles as the crow flies. Flight time from Las Vegas to hub Seoul, South Korea, is about 13 hours. Chinese tourists to Las Vegas: About 112,000 per year. The 2015 projection (according to Bill Hornbuckle, CMO of MGM Mirage) is 500,000. Las Vegas population with Chinese heritage: 20,000. Ten years ago it was 10,978, according to the U.S Census Bureau. Chinatown: Established 15 years ago for Asian tourists and locals to enjoy authentic cuisine. Chinatown Plaza today has 55 tenants and very few vacancies.
Las Vegas Chinese Daily News : The five-year-old publication has a 30,000 circulation. The Friday edition recently jumped from 24 to 36 pages on the strength of real estate advertising that targets Chinese investors. 4: Superstitious Chinese suffer from tetraphobia, tied to the number four sounding like the word “death” in Chinese. CityCenter’s Aria is among several Las Vegas resorts that do not have floors 40-49. Red: A symbol of luck in Chinese culture. It’s rumored that some Chinese wear red underwear while gambling. 1,200: Number of people attending the first U.S.China Business Summit in Las Vegas last month. 200-plus: Number of Chinese businesses participating in the first China Brand Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center last summer. $30 million: Cost for Grand Canyon West Skywalk, built three years ago by Shanghai businessman David Jin. 2,000 tons: Amount of plastic and cardboard shipped each month by Evergreen Recycling from Las Vegas to China. One-third of the 100-person staff is paid for by China’s demand for plastic and cardboard. 380 million: Number of “netizens” in China, up nearly 30 percent from 2008, according to China Internet Network Information Center. 500: Number of golf courses in China, most of which are new. Beijing, with 60 courses, will likely reach 100 within two years. Las Vegas has 41 course operators.
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Las Vegasâ€™ resort-fee game gets interesting By David G. Schwartz
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Weather system could raise our water level substantially, but it still wonâ€™t dent the drought By Jessica Prois
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THE NATIONAL NEWSROOM The literary world’s Michael Jackson moment By Molly Fischer and Michael Miller
More than 65 million copies of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye have been sold since 1951.
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Moksha fits into the jam-band mold, but with a spirit all its own
By Jonathan Shecter
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MUSIC Talcum, Goth and Glitter
Moksha Continued from page 73
by Jarret Keene
Moksha at Beauty Bar.
MO' ABOUT MOKSHA Debut album: Mammal or Machine is due for release in March on Moksha's own label. DJ Logic and Brian Stoltz perform on the album. Next performance: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Club Aruba, 1215 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Upcoming tour highlight: On March 21, theyâ€™ll appear at Headhunters in Austin, Texas, as part of the SXSW Festival. New website: mokshatime.com.
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Acclaimed actress/pop chanteuse Charlotte Gainsbourg has a thing for fey, verbose musical collaborators. Daughter of French rockstar Serge Gainsbourg, Charlotte found teen success on the French charts with scandalous synth-pop album, Lemon Incest. Gainsbourg dabbled in music, until 5:55, her 2006 collaboration with, most notably, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker. This time, with IRM, Gainsbourg teamed with Beck, to create a fiddly, indirect—but deeply satisfying—album focused on the theme of mortality. (The title is MRI backward, a machine in which Gainsbourg used following a skiing injury.) The result is a wildly compelling, very rich landscape. The title track beeps and clanks like an X-ray camera in James Brown’s hospital. Studio gimmicks aside, the songs are solid. Listen to dreamy folk confection “Time of the Assassins,” and you’ll want another medical-related masterpiece from this duo.
Prepsters from ’80s hell or indie-music pioneers? Vampire Weekend’s sophomore release, Contra, doesn’t counter either view, mainly because the band is content to build on the Paul Simon-scoring-a-Wes Anderson-flick sound of their 2008 self-titled debut. There’s less clean guitar picking now, and more eerie orchestration: synths, strings, Audio-Tune, drum machine, overdubs. Overall, the texture is richer, deeper and impossible to scorn. The pure adrenalin rush of “Cousins” alone is worth buying the album and the Galaga videogame-inspired dance rock of “Giving Up the Gun” should soon be energizing nightclubs. As before, there are plenty of African-tinged anthems. That said, the Ivy League lyrics make me want to smack singer Ezra Koenig’s face with a Trapper Keeper. His elegant voice, on the other hand, never grates. Accept its privilege, and you'll count Contra among the most sonically bracing indie-rock of the last 10 years.
Cold War Kids’ latest EP, Behave Yourself, is a satisfying snack to tide over listeners before the Long Beach, Calif. quartet steps into the recording studio. Make what you want of the “soul-punk” tag, but it’s still a decent encapsulation of the Kids' ragged yet tuneful emotionalism. Behave Yourself serves as a great jumping-on point for anyone who hasn’t heard of this band, and it says a lot about the Kids that there’s no filler appearing on what’s essentially a stopgap release. Vocalist Nathan Willett never lets his lyrics slack into easy sentimentality, even if the five tracks comprising Behave Yourself are unabashed love songs. Ultimately, the Kids escape all labels—unless you file this EP under “great songwriting.”
ART Native Tongue Artist Laurenn McCubbin tells the story of Vegas’ invisible economy in its own language By Pj Perez
Laurenn McCubbin and her Lady Biz "hooker cards." Photo by Melissa Goodin
What’s new at First Friday
Angela Kallus’ small-scale works.
Along with the usual assortment of music, street performances, shopping, food and drinks, this month’s First Friday (Feb. 5) features a slew of new art exhibits. They include Derrick McAdoo’s abstract watercolors and prints at The Funk House (1228 S. Casino Center Blvd.); Angela Kallus’ smallscale works, previewing from 5-9 p.m. Feb. 4 at Trifecta Gallery (The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 160); and the Contemporary Arts Center’s Tomorrow People—paintings, drawings and sculptures by emerging artists Leah Craig, Catherine Cruise, Justin Favela and Thomas Willis (The Arts Factory, Suite 107). First Friday runs 6-10 p.m. in the Arts District downtown. For more information, visit firstfriday-lasvegas.org.
Sites to see By Geoff Carter LAS VEGAS LOCAL (flickr.com/groups/vegas_local/pool). There are dozens of Las Vegas-related groups on Flickr, but Las Vegas Local is my favorite of the bunch. It’s loaded with the best work of some fairly excellent local photographers, such as Flickr-users Heximer and Roadsidepictures. Their photos present Las Vegas as a city, not an amusement park. True, there are photos of neon signs in the pool (mostly downtown signs), but also photos of classic ranch homes, the decaying motels of lower Fremont and those guys on the Strip who hand out escort fliers. And Las Vegas Local is an 18-and-over group, which means our town is presented as nature intended—with cleavage.
WET AND WILD (wetdesign.com). These days I only get on the Web to find things, like cheap airline tickets, old friends or pornography. It’s been a while since I’ve had the patience to sit and look at a website—to let it happen to me—but I could stare at the glistening surfaces of WET Design’s graphics-intensive website for minutes at a time. WET designed the futuristic water features at CityCenter, and its site is more of the same: moody music, striking visuals, abundant atmosphere. Looking through WET’s list of projects feels like playing Myst, but without the puzzles.
THE PINUP ART OF KRYSZTOF NEMETH (charm-school.com). Lawrence, Kan.based illustrator Krysztof Nemeth does very specialized, very traditional work. Like Gil Elvgren and Donald Rust before him, Nemeth draws pictures of pretty girls in poses optimally designed for tattoos or the nose of a World War II bomber. His site has a small army of punk-rock angels idling in its gallery—devil girls, roller derby queens, pirate maidens and bat-wielding psychopaths—all of them heartbreakers and many of them NSFW. If you like what you see, he offers his girls on T-shirts and shot glasses in his online shop, or you can even commission a custom drawing. Quite handy if you own a B-17.
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Dining Super Pies Just in time for the big game, our food critic Max Jacobson delivers seven pizzas that are tough to beat
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Feta Manouri from Sammy's Woodfired Pizza. Photo by Sabin Orr
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Sundayâ€™s big game requires three things; good eats, a fun atmosphere and lots of TV screens. Here are five football-friendly spots for prime Super Bowl viewing. Expect crowds, so show up early.
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Forget dinner and a movie: This weekend it's all about finger food and football. PT's Gold is one of the better game-day options.
Bison at Craftsteak
Fried Chicken at Popeyes
Paella Valenciana at Julian Serrano
Meatballs at Martoranoâ€™s
Grilled Italian Sub at Capriotti’s
Salmon Rillettes at Bouchon
Mashed Potatoes at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
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Emeril Lagasse The legendary chef’s party dip recipe will be tough to beat on Super Bowl Sunday
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Colts will stampede Saints in shootout By Matt Jacob Walk into any sports book on Super Bowl Sunday and
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Ski Deals If all this talk about the Winter Olympics (Feb. 12-28) has whet your appetite to hit the slopes, you’ll be happy to know there’s still some prime season left—as well as some great deals. A few that caught our eye: At Brian Head, Utah (brianhead.com), $52 lift tickets can be halved with proof of Terrible Herbst gas or car-wash purchases; at the Snow Bowl, near Flagstaff, Ariz. (arizonasnowbowl.com), lodging and two adult lift tickets are $129 ($169 on Fridays and Saturdays). In the Reno-Tahoe area (skilaketahoe.com), skiers can save up to 20 percent by buying the Heavenly lift tickets online, and Mount Rose (mtrose.com) deals include Ladies Day (Thursdays), two-for-Tuesdays and $20 off the midweek rate for students. – Rob Miech 92
Vegas Seven February 4-10, 2010
Matt Jacob is a former local sports writer who has been in the sports handicapping business for more than four years. For his weekly column, Vegas Seven has granted Matt a replace him with a monkey.
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HEALTH & FITNESS The ‘Back’ Story When Dray Gardner’s doctors reached for their scalpels, he reached for a yoga mat
By Melissa Arseniuk
YOU CAN DO THIS “Sometimes doing nothing is really doing something,” Gardner says, noting the “dead body pose” is something all people can work into their day, no matter how busy they are. “I call it a savasana,” he explains. “Just your body being still for 30 minutes, 15 minutes, whatever it is.” The best part is, it’s pretty simple.
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2) Do nothing. “Get on your back and stay still,” Gardner instructs. “Don’t go to sleep … just stay absolutely still. Feel your heartbeat, feel your chest expand, feel your chest sink, just feel your body [and] get in tune with what’s goin’ on.” And yes, you do get something from doing nothing: “It brings you focus; you can focus on what you have planned for your day,” Gardner says. “It gives you energy and vitality.”
1: Standing head to knee
2: Camel pose
3: Eagle pose
Dray Gardner photo by Beverly Poppe. Yoga illustrations by Marvin Lucas
Here’s how you do it: 1) Lie on your back, eyes open, arms at your sides, heels together, letting your toes fall to the side. “Kind of like you were put in a coffin,” Gardner suggests, alluding to the posture’s morbid name.
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