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Love is here, there and everywhere at Cirque/L.V. Phil performance
Love is here, there and everywhere at Cirque/L.V. Phil performance
Sunday, October 26, 2014
The Las Vegas Philharmonic, teaming with artists from the Cirque show “The Beatles Love” at the Mirage, all happily converged on LIB’s main stage. Never had these artistic institutions collaborated in such a way. The idea bloomed ...
A new rule for male politicians
Sunday, October 26, 2014
other voices:
Thoughtless words imperil male politicians. In a ham-handed effort to calm nerves about the risks of Ebola, President Barack Obama recently recounted his trip to a hospital that had treated some Americans with the disease. “I shook hands with, hugged and kissed — not the doctors — but a couple of the nurses at Emory because of the valiant work that they did,” he said.
Putin and the pope
Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Reading the papers these days, I find that the two world leaders who stir the most passion in me are Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia. One is everything you’d want in a leader, the other everything you wouldn’t want. One holds sway over 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, the other over nine time zones. One keeps surprising me with his capacity for empathy, the other by how much he has become a first-class jerk and thug. But neither can be ignored, and both have an outsized influence on the world today.
Peace between Israelis, Palestinians won’t end Mideast extremism
Sunday, October 26, 2014
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A few days ago, I came across a 2008 interview with a renowned author in which, without going into detail, the writer spoke about the need for new ideas to solve “the conflict in the Middle East.” It wasn’t that many years ago when that was shorthand for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or perhaps, more broadly, for the tensions between Israelis and Arabs.
Let’s look forward to Nevada’s next 150 years
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Where I Stand:
For those of us who live here today and think Nevada is what we have made it, the fact remains that our imprint on Nevada is only the latest iteration of …
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Downtown Project breathes life into run-down Oasis
Sunday, October 26, 2014
John Katsilometes gets the scoop on downtown’s recent hotel opening.
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The story, and backstory, of ‘The Last Five Years’ is exceptional
Saturday, October 25, 2014
It’s not often that Dr. Keith Boman himself takes the stage at Boman Pavilion, but that was the scene at the most recent Composers Showcase at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts ...
Rehan Choudhry says of Life Is Beautiful: ‘We’re already talking to headliners about 2015’
Rehan Choudhry says of Life Is Beautiful: ‘We’re already talking to headliners about 2015’
Saturday, October 25, 2014
On Day 2 of Year 2 of Life Is Beautiful, the festival he founded, Rehan Choudhry meets with a group of downtown Las Vegas officials near the Fremont Street entrance in the shadow of the recently opened downtown grocery store the Market. The group holding an impromptu confab includes LIB partner Tony Hsieh devouring a burrito as he confers with Choudhry ...
A world without OPEC?
Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Forty-one years ago this month, the Arab oil embargo began. The countries that were part of it belonged, of course, to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries — OPEC — which had banded together 13 years earlier to strengthen their ability to negotiate with international oil companies. The embargo led to widespread shortages in the United States, higher prices at the gas pump and long lines at gas stations. By the time it ended, the price of oil had risen to $12 a barrel from $3.
The blue-collar imperative
Saturday, October 25, 2014
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In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn is giving Republicans a real scare in a Senate race the GOP thought it had put away. Some of her new momentum comes from a sustained attack on David Perdue, her businessman foe, for his work shipping American jobs overseas.
A generation without chores
Saturday, October 25, 2014
other voices:
I recently moderated a talk for a colleague who was addressing a large group of parents. She asked me to hand out a time wheel, which listed a variety of activities that could make up a typical day in the life of a kid today. She instructed parents to spend a few minutes thinking about how much time their kids spend on each category, then shout out estimates as we made our way around the time wheel.
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Pussy Riot, Oscar Goodman and ‘picnic at the disco’ fire up first night of Life Is Beautiful
Friday, October 24, 2014
A general rule to follow around LIB is to understand that this is a loosely framed, freewheeling life experience. It is asphalt Woodstock, and you should just go with it. That goes for whatever snag ...
An affair to remember, differently
Friday, October 24, 2014
other voices:
We live in a world awash in unreliable narrators. Officials at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital were unreliable narrators on Ebola. The Internet is bristling with unreliable narrators who prefer their takes to the truth.
Potlatch for politicians
Friday, October 24, 2014
other voices:
An editor with multiple graduate degrees once called me with a story idea hatched among fellow trend-sniffers in New York.
Who can afford kids nowadays?
Friday, October 24, 2014
other voices:
Parenthood should be affordable in this country, but the cost of raising a child from birth to adulthood is now a quarter of a million dollars and projected to double by the time today’s toddlers reach their teens. Will having kids soon be out of reach economically for many American families?

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