The Daily Frame Archive – 2019

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December 31, 2019

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“Summerlin Wires”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
December 2019

[Editor’s note: We close out 2019 with an image from Summerlin, an area we have increasingly featured this year. As the City expands and evolves we will continue to document its changes, capturing its history and future.

We wish all a safe and fun New Year’s Eve!]

“Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone over 100 years ago. At first, the telephone lines were separate lines that connected pairs of telephones. In other words, each person that had a telephone could talk to one other telephone. The first telephone line was set up in Boston in 1877. It connected the home of Charles Williams Jr. in Somerville MA with his Boston office.”

From Copper.org’s webpage “The Evolution of Telephone Cable.”

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is wired – but in a good way.

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December 30, 2019

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“That’s a Wrap (Removal)”
Photograph by Paul Bordenkircher
December 2019

[Editor’s note: today’s Daily Frame follows up on Sallie Douglas December 13 contribution “Goodnight Everybody: Donny and Marie,“ both now in the 2019 Archive.]

Text below excerpted from “Donny & Marie celebrate the end of 11-year Las Vegas residency,” November 17, 2019 Channel 3 Sinclair Broadcasting story by Cody Miller.

“The iconic residency at Flamingo Las Vegas has come to an end.

“Donny and Marie Osmond concluded their 11-year run at the Strip hotel and casino on Saturday after 1,730 performances.

“The siblings’ show, which began as a just a six-week engagement, was attended by more than 900,000 fans.”

First time Frame contributor Paul Bordenkircher is an audio engineer for headliner shows in Las Vegas as well as a longtime music industry veteran. He is also a fan of alternative fuel/electric vehicles.

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December 29, 2019

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“Salt Flats Vista”
Photographed by D.L. Pughe
December 22, 2019

[Editor’s note: the Salt Flats are more than 350 miles from Las Vegas at the western edge of Utah just east of Wendover, Nevada. We can’t recommend this as a day trip, but we do highly encourage you to add this Wonder of the World to your list of places to visit.]

“The Bonneville Salt Flats are a 30,000 acre expanse of hard, white salt crust on the western edge of the Great Salt Lake basin in Utah. The salt flats are about 12 miles long and 5 miles wide with total area coverage of just over 46 square miles.”

Text excerpted from U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management website.

Contributor D.L. Pughe is a writer, artist and urban scout leader.

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“Our Las Vegas“ enthusiastically welcomes submissions of photography and accompanying text to The Daily Frame.

Please contact us for details at ourlasvegas at gmail dot com or visit here.

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December 27-28, 2019

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“Mountain Snows”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner
December 24, 2019
From the Drive-by Series

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner spent many a happy summer in Lee Canyon on Mt. Charleston serving as a camp counselor for the Nevada School of the Arts.

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December 27, 2019

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“Stephanie, the Sonic Christmas Elf (wishes everyone Happy Holidays!”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner at the Drive-Thru window of the Sonic on Sahara, “Our Las Vegas” Iced Tea HQ.
December 2016

Editor’s Note: For today’s Daily Frame we’ve reached into the 2016 Archive to feature a Christmas favorite. We join Stephanie in wishing everyone happy holidays – with a special shoutout to all the Las Vegans working today for the comfort and joy of others.

You couldn’t ask for a more faithful customer – or friend and collaborator than “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner.

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December 24, 2019

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“Fried Green Tomatoes“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner recommends fried green tomatoes as a Hanukkah or any time of year treat. She kindly researched the question of how to get the batter to adhere to tomatoes and shares the following text, excerpted from “Alton Brown’s way to fried green tomato perfection.”

“According to Alton, the reason fried green tomatoes fail is the moisture from to tomatoes. The answer is to place the 1/4 inch sliced tomatoes on paper towels (top and bottom) to get the moisture from them.

“Once the tomatoes are dried, salt and pepper them and dip them in a flour and cornstarch mix. The coated tomato then is dipped in an egg wash. Then dipped into the crushed Ritz crackers.

“The coated tomatoes then head to a hot cast iron skillet with oil. I used canola. Fry until golden, brown and delicious and drain.”

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December 22-23, 2019

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“חנוכה שמח“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Hanukkah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods.

“The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication,” and is thus named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple (as you’ll read below).

“In the second century BCE, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who tried to force the people of Israel to accept Greek culture and beliefs instead of mitzvah observance and belief in God. Against all odds, a small band of faithful but poorly armed Jews, led by Judah the Maccabee, defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of God.

“When they sought to light the Temple’s Menorah (the seven-branched candelabrum), they found only a single cruse of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks. Miraculously, they lit the menorah and the one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity.

“To commemorate and publicize these miracles, the sages instituted the festival of Hannukah.”

Text excerpted from “What Is Hanukkah?” on the Chabad.org website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner does her best to celebrate all holidays.

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December 21, 2019

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“Noodles“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Every Grain
1430 E Charleston • Las Vegas

“Every Grain is a destination for simple, healthy and fresh in Las Vegas’ historic Huntridge neighborhood.

“Every Grain is inspired by the meals we’ve enjoyed, cooked by our parents and grandparents. This space aims to connect neighbors and build community, while sharing our heritage through food and hospitality.”

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is joined by our entire team in congratulating Sheridan Su, Chef-Owner; Jenny Wong, Manager/Owner; and Susan Wong/Partner on their new project.

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December 20, 2019

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“Rose Johnson, Somelier“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the Las Vegas Creatives series.

Rose Johnson, one of three sommeliers at Majordōmo Meat & Fish.

This new David Chang restaurant project at the Venetian is scheduled to open later this month on December 30 just in time for New Year’s Eve.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner enjoys a good Pinot Grigio.

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December 19, 2019

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“Queen Bellissima’s Toy Soldier“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

[Second of consecutive views of the Bellagio Conservatory’s Holiday Display.]

“The Bellagio Conservatory invites you to explore the glamorous imaginary world of Her Majesty Queen Bellissima. Adorned in holiday-trimmed botanical elements, the Conservatory features a 42-foot-tall live White Fir tree dripping with thousands of twinkling lights, an opulent carriage, the Queen’s castle and her bustling elves preparing for the holiday season.”

On display through January 4.

Text From Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden website.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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December 18, 2019

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“Bellissima“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“The Bellagio Conservatory invites you to explore the glamorous imaginary world of Her Majesty Queen Bellissima. Adorned in holiday-trimmed botanical elements, the Conservatory features a 42-foot-tall live White Fir tree dripping with thousands of twinkling lights, an opulent carriage, the Queen’s castle and her bustling elves preparing for the holiday season.”

Holiday display through January 4.

Text From Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden website.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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December 17, 2019

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“Sneak Preview: Mayjordōmo“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Majordōmo Meat & Fish

From the Venetian website:
“Majordōmo Meat & Fish is a new restaurant from Chef David Chang. Pulling from a diverse range of food traditions and inspired by the energy of Las Vegas, Majordōmo Meat & Fish will be built on the DNA of its sister restaurant in Los Angeles. A majordomo is a person who makes arrangements, or takes charge for another. In that spirit, we aim to provide a lively and engaging experience for our guests.“

More: Eater Vegas December 13 story by Susan Stapleton
“David Chang’s Majordomo Opens in Time for the New Year
Table-side carts and crustacean tanks are on the way“

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner extends congratulations to Chef David Chang on his new endeavor.

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December 15-16, 2019

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“Early in the Color Change: The Jersey House“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
December 9, 2019

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner captured this view last year, a bit later in the fall season in a photograph featured on the December 17, 2018 edition of the Daily Frame – now in the 2018 Archive.

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December 14, 2019

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“The Writer’s Block – Holiday Edition“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
December 2019

The Writer’s Block

Save the date!

Thursday January 09 | 6:00PM – 7:30PM
A BOOK DISCUSSION PAIRED WITH WHISKEY

“For January, Bourbon Book Club attendees will discuss Otessa Moshfegh’s 2016 novel, Eileen.

“The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father’s caretaker in a home whose squalor is the talk of the neighborhood and a day job as a secretary at the boys’ prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city. In the meantime, she fills her nights and weekends with shoplifting, stalking a buff prison guard named Randy, and cleaning up her increasingly deranged father’s messes. When the bright, beautiful, and cheery Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counselor at Moorehead, Eileen is enchanted and proves unable to resist what appears at first to be a miraculously budding friendship. In a Hitchcockian twist, her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings.

“Played out against the snowy landscape of coastal New England in the days leading up to Christmas, young Eileen’s story is told from the gimlet-eyed perspective of the now much older narrator. Creepy, mesmerizing, and sublimely funny, in the tradition of Shirley Jackson and early Vladimir Nabokov, this powerful debut novel enthralls and shocks, and introduces one of the most original new voices in contemporary literature.

“The Book Club discussion will be complemented by a bourbon selected and provided by The Whiskey Attic. Attendees are expected to have read the book in advance.”

Text from the Block’s website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is always in search of a good read.

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December 13, 2019

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“Goodnight Everybody: Donny and Marie“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
November 19, 2019

“After more than a decade of performing in their iconic Las Vegas show, Donny and Marie Osmond have taken their final bows.

“The brother-sister duo, famous for hosting the televised variety show ‘Donny & Marie’ from 1975 to 1979, wrapped their live show of the same name at the Flamingo Las Vegas hotel and casino Saturday night.

“The live ‘Donny & Marie’ ran for 11 years and 1,730 performances, Donny wrote in a tweet Saturday.

“In a clip of their final show captured by ‘The Talk,’ the siblings fought back tears as they sang ‘May Tomorrow Be a Perfect Day,’ while past clips of the two were projected behind them. The siblings used to sing the same duet on their TV show.

“‘Goodnight, everybody,’ they said together in the clip.”

Text from “’Goodnight, everybody’: Marie and Donny Osmond close Las Vegas live show after 11 years” November 18 USA Today Story by Charles Trepany.

More: 40 second video clip – “The Talk – Marie Osmond’s Emotional Message to Brother, Donny”

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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December 12, 2019

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“Lafayette Square“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
December 11, 2019

Lafayette Square

Lafayette

“Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette (6 September 1757 – 20 May 1834), known in the United States simply as Lafayette, was a French aristocrat and military officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War, commanding American troops in several battles, including the Siege of Yorktown. After returning to France, he was a key figure in the French Revolution of 1789 and the July Revolution of 1830.

“Lafayette was born into a wealthy land-owning family in Chavaniac in the province of Auvergne in south central France. He followed the family’s martial tradition and was commissioned an officer at age 13. He became convinced that the American revolutionary cause was noble, and he traveled to the New World seeking glory in it. He was made a major general at age 19, but he was initially not given American troops to command. He was wounded during the Battle of Brandywine but still managed to organize an orderly retreat, and he served with distinction in the Battle of Rhode Island. In the middle of the war, he sailed for home to lobby for an increase in French support. He returned to America in 1780 and was given senior positions in the Continental Army. In 1781, troops under his command in Virginia blocked forces led by Cornwallis until other American and French forces could position themselves for the decisive Siege of Yorktown.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has more than a casual interest in history.

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December 10-11, 2019

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“Twelve Palms on Martin Luther King Blvd.“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
December 8, 2019

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner had a great photography day on December 8.

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December 9, 2019

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“The Strat – from just by Vickie’s Diner“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
December 8, 2019

Vickie’s Diner
1700 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas NV 89104
702-444-4459

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has enjoyed many a bowl of Vickie’s Navy Bean Soup.

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December 8, 2019

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“Frenchman Mountain on the Last Day of November“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 30, 2019

“Made up of rocks similar to those found on the bottom of the Grand Canyon, Frenchman Mountain formed when faulting elevated and tilted the rocks followed by erosion, giving it its sharp triangular profile.

“The peak lies on a north to north-northeast trending ridge about 2000 feet above the nearby valleys.

“It is commonly referred to as Sunrise Mountain, the name of a smaller peak to the north of Frenchman Mountain, because the sun rises over it in some areas of Las Vegas.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner counts the mountain among her favorite Las Vegas landmarks.

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December 7, 2019

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“Wynn Plaza Shops Interior 1“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
December , 2019

“The Wynn and Encore Esplanades are a Las Vegas attraction all their own for personalized shopping experiences, apparel and accessories created exclusively for Wynn shoppers. Our newest retail offering, Wynn Plaza Shops, offers wellness, dining and retail experiences specifically planned for Wynn Las Vegas.

Text from Wynn website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is more of an experiential shopper.

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December 6, 2019

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“Paradise Wedding Chapel“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
December 4, 2019

“You can choose any of the packages we offer for your Las Vegas Wedding, or Vow Renewal, or Commitment Ceremony. You can also customize your Las Vegas Wedding Package with any of the ceremony add-ons we offer. Our gift shop offers accessories and gifts for you and your bridal party.”

Text from Chapel website.

MORE: As seen on LMN’s Marrying MillionsYouTube Clip

Musician and “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has performed at and photographed near countless weddings.

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December 5, 2019

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“Nightfall“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
December 4, 2019

“The Constitution and the Bill of Rights we designed to get the government off the backs of the people — all the people. Those great documents guarantee to us all the rights to personal and spiritual self-fulfillment. But that guarantee is not self-executing. As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such a twilight that we all must be most aware of the change in the air — however slight — lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”

        — Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has expert aesthetic night vision.

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December 4, 2019

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“Rhodes Ranch Vista“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
December 2019

From the edge of the city – South by Southwest view.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner explores the edges.

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December 3, 2019

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“Resort World Construction“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
December 2, 2019

Text below: first paragraph of November 21 Resorts World press release.

RESORTS WORLD LAS VEGAS ANNOUNCES NEW AMENITIES AND SUMMER 2021 OPENING
US $4.3B resort to feature 110,000-square-foot casino floor, 3,500 guest rooms and luxury suites, 5,000-capacity theater and more

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 21, 2019) – Resorts World Las Vegas has unveiled updated plans for the US$4.3 billion luxury resort-casino to include new amenities such as a 5,000-capacity state-of-the-art theater scalable to host A-list residencies and corporate events; a dynamic 75,000-square-foot nightlife and daylife concept; a 50-foot diameter video globe which will display over 6,000 square feet of captivating LED content; and additional luxury suites, villas and penthouses with individual lobby experiences, open balconies and a sky casino. Projected to open in Summer 2021, Resorts World Las Vegas will combine traditional and modern architecture, weaving a new luxury hotel experience into the fabric of Las Vegas with Asian-inspired touches, progressive technology and world-class guest service

Contributing Photographer Sallie Douglas adds: “So much confusion on Elvis Presley Blvd!!!“

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December 2, 2019

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“JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 2019

“Envelop yourself in comfort and luxury at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, our upscale Mediterranean-style resort in Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada. Located just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and Red Rock Canyon, our peaceful retreat is close to the action but worlds away from the hustle and bustle. Step into luxurious rooms and suites with pillowtop bedding, jetted tubs and high-speed Wi-Fi – many with balconies. Dine on Italian, Japanese, American and International cuisine in our hotel restaurants. Tee off on the championship TPC Las Vegas golf course. Our luxury Spa Aquae offers a full menu of services, a salon, fitness center and pool. Try your hand at Lady Luck in our on-site Rampart Casino. Explore over 100,000 square feet of event space, including a conference center, ballrooms, meeting rooms, garden and waterside venues. Relax in a cabana by our outdoor pool with a waterfall and grotto, or take our complimentary shuttle to the Strip. A luxury oasis awaits you at our resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.“

Text from resort website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner recently enjoyed a cocktail at the resort.

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December 1, 2019

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“Pyracantha, a Fall/Winter Splash of Color in Las Vegas“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 2019

[Text below excerpted from Tips for Growing Pyracantha
from December 3, 2017 Monrovia Nursery story by Kate Karam]

Firethorn (the common name for Pyracantha) is an evergreen shrub that’s so easy to grow and so useful in the landscape that it really deserves to be used more often. It can be grown in a container, planted as a specimen shrub or as a hedge, twined onto a trellis or, its pliable young branches trained into a wall-hugging espalier.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner notes that her cousin Terri’ has dubbed pyracantha “Barbie tomatoes.”

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November 30, 2019

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“The Mountains Above Summerlin“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 29,2019

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner identifies the location: “From Rampart Boulevard and Summerlin Parkway.“

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November 29, 2019

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“Friday Morning Coffee“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Delices Gourmands French Bakery
September 2019

“An Ethiopian Legend“

“Coffee grown worldwide can trace its heritage back centuries to the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau. There, legend says the goat herder Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans.

“The story goes that that Kaldi discovered coffee after he noticed that after eating the berries from a certain tree, his goats became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night.

“Kaldi reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery, who made a drink with the berries and found that it kept him alert through the long hours of evening prayer. The abbot shared his discovery with the other monks at the monastery, and knowledge of the energizing berries began to spread.

“As word moved east and coffee reached the Arabian peninsula, it began a journey which would bring these beans across the globe.”

From the National Coffee Association website page “The History of Coffee”

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner enjoys a good coffee klatch, but actually favors iced tea.

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November 28, 2019

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“Caramelized Onions“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 27,2019

From Food Network recipe by Alton Brown. See additional note below.

Onion Dip from Scratch

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil

•   1 1/2 cups diced onions

•   1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

•   1 1/2 cups sour cream

•   3/4 cup mayonnaise

•   1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

•   1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

•   1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

In a sauté pan over medium heat add oil, heat and add onions and salt. Cook the onions until they are caramelized, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Mix the rest of the ingredients, and then add the cooled onions. Refrigerate and stir again before serving.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner notes: “Mine is better, because I caramelize the onions more deeply, and with white wine. I also go with the addition of roasted garlic and leave out the garlic powder.”

She also recommends Ruffles as a superior chip delivery system

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November 27, 2019
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“Arts District Tower“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 2019
From the Drive-by Series

[Follow-up to yesterday’s Daily Frame in second and last in a series the photographer dubbed “A Tale of Two Towers.“ Both now in the 2019 Archive.]

Near California and Casino Center
April 2019 Google Street View

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is perpetually in search of a dramatic sky and interesting view.

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November 26, 2019

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“Turnberry Tower“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 2019
From the Drive-by Series

“DISCOVER the UNEXPECTED”

“The twin high-rises at Turnberry Towers climb 45 stories above the famed Las Vegas Strip from within a lushly landscaped and exceptionally amenitized 10-acre enclave. As you pass through the staffed gatehouse, you are transported into your own exclusive retreat, mere steps from the best that fabulous Las Vegas has to offer. Dropping your keys at the valet, the concierge greets you as you ascend one of the high-speed elevators to your residence in the sky. Featuring multiple exposures, upscale finishes and spacious private terraces, the homes at Turnberry Towers are perched above your playground – Las Vegas.”

Text from Towers website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner enjoys discovering the unexpected.

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November 25, 2019

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“Charleston Underpass – Heading West“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
November 21, 2019
From the Drive-by Series

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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November 24, 2019

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“Sahara Library Interior no. 2“
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 2019

From the Las Vegas – Clark County Library District website:

At a Glance (FY 2018-19)

•   11.6 million: Books and other materials checked out
•   5.8 million: Visits to the branches
•   3.2 million: Number of items in the collection – almost 20 times the number of slot machines in Las Vegas
•   2 million: Computer use
•   22,509: Library-sponsored and community programs
•   645,016: Children and adult program attendance
•   38,203: Volunteer hours

NB: “All library branches will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.”
“Our Las Vegas“ Director Jon Winet is a card-carrying member of two library districts and one university library.

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November 23, 2019

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“Martin Kreloff“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Paradise Palms
November 2019
From the Las Vegas Artists series

“About Martin Kreloff“

Martin Kreloff, born in Brooklyn, New York, started painting when he was 12-years-old. He studied formally at The Brooklyn Museum and continued his education at the renowned Parsons School of Design. At the University of Miami, he received both his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts. His work is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Norton Gallery in West Palm Beach, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, among other notable galleries, museums, and corporate collections.“

To learn more about Mr. Kreloff, visit www.martinkreloff.com, and follow Martin Kreloff on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner and Martin Kreloff connect.

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November 21-22, 2019

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“The Legend Lives On“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
November 20, 2019
From the Drive-by Series – “on Paradise near Karen heading north.“

“The #1 Michael Jackson Tribute Concert in the World!“

“Featuring all his biggest hits including Bad, Billie Jean, Beat It, Dangerous, Smooth Criminal, Black & White, I Want You Back and many others. Relive the energy, excitement, spectacle and pure joy of this legendary superstar and his music. Witness the awesome sound, lighting and effects. Feel the energy from the MJ LIVE band and mega talented MJ LIVE dancers. Sing along to some of the greatest hits of all time.”

7:00 P.M. Show Time.

Text from Strat website.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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November 19-20, 2019

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“3024 Fremont“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Fall 2019

3024 Fremont Street

Solid Motorcars

“Googie is a modern (ultramodern, even) architectural style that helps us understand post-WWII American futurism — an era thought of as a “golden age” of futurist design for many here in the year 2012. It’s a style built on exaggeration; on dramatic angles; on plastic and steel and neon and wide-eyed technological optimism. It draws inspiration from Space Age ideals and rocketship dreams. We find Googie at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the Space Needle in Seattle, the mid-century design of Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, in Arthur Radebaugh‘s postwar illustrations, and in countless coffee shops and motels across the U.S.”

— From “Googie: Architecture of the Space Age” June 15, 2012 Smithsonian.com story by By Matt Novak

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has watched numerous episodes of The Jetsons.

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November 18, 2019

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“The Beat Under Deconstruction“
Photograph by Andrea Lipomi
2017

This month will mark the end of the use of Emergency Arts’ 2nd floor by artists and small businesses. In early 2018 The Beat, a coffee house and central location for creatives and entrepreneurs on the building’s ground level gave way to Eureka, a restaurant chain dedicated to American food and craft beer.

more: “The Beat Coffeehouse Calls It Quits“ Eater Las Vegas September 26, 2016 story by Susan Stapleton

Daily Frame contributor Andrea Lipomi is the director | owner of Feetish Spa, previously located at Emergency Arts in Downtown Las Vegas, now in its new location on the courtyard of Orleans Square. She is an alumna of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, NY; and the Esthetics and Nail Technology programs at Destination Academy in Las Vegas.

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November 17, 2019

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“Vague Memory“
Photograph by Lissa Townsend Rodgers
October 2019

Follow-up to the October 17 Daily Frame, second in a series from the Neon Museum‘s exhibition of Tim Burton‘s original art.

The exhibition continues through February 15, 2020.

In a section titled “Freelance Writer” on Lissa Townsend Rodgers‘ LinkedIn page, we read:

“1994 – Present”
“New York City & Las Vegas:”

“Freelance writer in many styles for a variety of publications, including Desert Companion, Dope, Extra Crispy, Esquire online, Elevate NV, New York magazine, Tribeca Shortlist, David Magazine, Las Vegas City Life, Las Vegas Weekly, Black Book, Time Out New York, New York Observer, Details, Village Voice, FHM online, MTV online and a variety of trade publications and now-defunct magazines and websites.

“Also the writer and editor of the ‘2008 Black Book guide to Las Vegas‘ and a contributor to ‘Wish You Were Here: Stories and Essays Inspired by Fabulous Las Vegas Postcards’ and ‘Nevada: 150 Years in the Silver State.’”

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November 16, 2019

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“Planning Ahead: Sunday Brunch“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 2019

Editor’s Note: Below is the single review of Fat Choy’s brunch. Our first hand experience supports the lone reviewer’s October 2013 findings.

“Sunday Brunch“

“This restaurant now offers a Sunday only brunch menu. There were no other diners during our entire visit so finding a table did not present a major problem. My wife ordered a traditional eggs Benedict while I sought gold by choosing the Fat Benedict. The latter is served with pork belly rather than the traditional Canadian bacon. Each was as close to perfection as possible – toasted English muffins, easy over eggs and a delicious Hollandaise sauce. Both came with freshly prepared home fries. Our server was very friendly and took care of all our needs. Prior to departing we had the opportunity to talk to and compliment the chef.”

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer and discriminating gourmet Ginger Bruner can speak directly to the tastiness of last week’s steak ‘n eggs menu item.

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November 15, 2019

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“You’re Getting Married“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Buca di Beppo Restaurant – Flamingo Road Location
October 2019

Editor’s Note: Las Vegas has long been associated with weddings, and they clearly are a significant part of the local economy. Below, from a November 11 JStor Daily story “The Decline of the Vegas Wedding” by Farah Mohammed.

“It’s difficult to accurately attribute marriage rates to economic factors, given the complexity of the intensely personal decision to tie the knot, but in the Journal of Population Economics, Jessamyn Schaller crunched the hard numbers behind a subject about which we like to be distinctly unanalytical: marriage.”

“The last recession undoubtedly coincided with a record low number of couples walking down the aisle.”

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer and musician Ginger Bruner has photographed and performed at more than her fair share of weddings.

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November 14, 2019

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“Beautiful Children“
Photograph by Glenn Elliott
2008

[#tbt image from May 17, 2014 edition of The Daily Frame.]

“Sometimes, when my siblings and I were little, my parents, for various reasons, used to have us stay in the back of the shop. This would be after school or during summer vacation, when there wasn’t summer camp, or they didn’t have anybody to watch over us and we were too small to be alone. We’d occupy our time with sodas from a nearby casino’s gift shop, comic books, and a television that got wavy reception, and we’d do small chores, rolling coins or filing the previous day’s pawn tickets. The store often had a line of people waiting to pawn their goods, local customers who worked in casinos and also spent all their spare time playing blackjack and slot machines, and also tourists who had blown all their cash, and maybe their plane tickets home, and now were desperate, and hung over, and needed loans on their wedding rings, so they could go back into the casinos and win back their money. I’d sometimes stare out of the back of the store and watch the people in line and take in their faces. Lots of times my parents would be put in the position of having to tell these people that their wedding ring was only worth a fraction of what they’d paid for it, or that, say, the diamonds in that ring were brown and flawed. From the back of the store, I’d watch as the customers exploded and called my parents dirty Jews and cursed at them and threatened them at the top of their lungs. It’s impossible in situations like that not to feel for everybody involved — to be horrified, sure, but more than that, to be saddened by the spectacle, to want so much more than that out of life for everyone.”

Text from author Charles Bock as noted on his Wikipedia page:

Las Vegan Glenn Elliott was born and raised in Los Angeles. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in art, and for the past eight years has pursued his photography practice. He is the director of Generator Photography and esteemed contributor to the Daily Frame.

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November 13, 2019

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“Boulder Highway Beaver Moon“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 12, 2019

“The full moon in November that we see is called the Beaver Moon, a name that signifies the setting of beaver traps by colonists and Algonquin Native Americans because, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, ‘this was the time to set traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.‘ This is the time of the year when beavers get ready to hibernate before the winter, having built their dams and prepared for the upcoming cold season, which also makes it prime time to trap them.

“The moon was also called the Frost Moon because it—unsurprisingly—signaled the first frost.”

— From “There’s a Full Beaver Moon in November: How To See The Full Moon Tonight,” November 11 People Magazine story by Andrea Wurzburger.

Not surprisingly, “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a stargazer.

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November 11-12, 2019

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“Trumpet Masters“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The photographer notes: “Trumpet masters named Tom. Porello and DeLibero, playing with David Perrico’s Pop Strings Orchestra recently at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center.“

Keep an eye and you might well see “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner performing at the Cabaret.

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November 10, 2019

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“On the Road to Searchlight“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
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From the Drive-by Series

[Below, first and eighth paragraph of “Searchlight, Nevada Lives On” on the Legends of America website.]

“About an hour south of Las Vegas is the old mining camp and revived town of Searchlight, Nevada. It all began when G.F. Colton discovered gold in 1897 and soon started the Duplex Mine. The next year, the Searchlight Mining District was founded and a post office was established at the camp.

“According to the 2010 census, this now unincorporated town supports just over 500 people. Though the small city is filled with fishermen, water enthusiasts, and nature lovers, it still also provides a peek at its mining past in a number of old buildings, head frames, mining remnants, and at the Searchlight Historic Museum and Historic Mining Park.”

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger mostly keeps her eye on the road.

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November 9, 2019

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“Brain Center | World Market“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 2019
From the Drive-by Series

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

World Market

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger rarely misses a photo op.

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November 8, 2019

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“Smith Center Exterior (detail)“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 2019

[Second of two views from the Smith Center]

The Smith Center is funded by a public-private partnership.

“Public Sector: The city of Las Vegas provided land, infrastructure, environmental clean-up, and parking to the project and the city of Las Vegas, Clark County and State Legislature collaborated on a car rental fee that resulted in a bond of $105 million – a combined City commitment total of $170 million.

“Private Sector: In 2005, The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation granted the project a landmark gift of $50 million in honor of their chairman, Fred W. Smith, and his wife, Mary. This incredible donation led our private funding campaign. Since then, the Reynolds Foundation has continued their generosity, pledging an additional $100 million grant to help complete the campus. This gift is the largest philanthropic donation in state history, and combined with their initial contribution, makes it the second largest donation to the performing arts in the United States.

“These amazing private and public donations were essential to the production of the awe-inspiring center that we have today, and it is donations that The Smith Center continues to receive from a variety of companies, organizations, and private citizens that keep the center thriving today in the heart of our culturally-evolving city. Our vision of a world-class arts center has come true, and we have the art-loving community of Downtown Las Vegas to thank for it.”

Text from Center website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a frequent visitor to the Center, and especially appreciates their Cabaret | Jazz programs.

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November 7, 2019

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“Pipe Dream“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 2019

[First of two views from the Smith Center]

Pipe Dream
Artist – Tim Bavington

“Featured at the east end of the two-acre Symphony Park, and serving as a frame to the outdoor stage, is a commissioned art piece by internationally recognized artist, Tim Bavington. Music is the genesis of Bavington’s paintings. Through synthetic polymer paint, Bavington acts as a translator between the aural and the visual as he transforms guitar solos, melodies and bass lines into vertical bands of color. “Fanfare for the Common Man,” a 20th-century American classical music work by American composer Aaron Copland, was selected by The Smith Center as the musical “muse” from which Bavington would pull his paintings. The composition was carefully selected by The Smith Center, as it resonates with its message to serve the common man, or in The Smith Center’s scenario, the community.

“Each pipe represents a single note in Aaron Copland’s composition, “Fanfare for the Common Man”, 1942. The colors are derived from a sign palette [1-Shot Enamel], 19 colors total. The root note [B-flat] of the song is blue/green. The third [D] is orange. The fifth [f] is magenta. The last pole: The unpainted pole represents a musical rest at the end of the composition. The Lights: The measure of time. Lights at every two feet represent a bar. 40 bars total.“

Text from Smith Center website.

Among her many talents and skills, “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner sings accompaniment occasionally in Killian’s Angels. She has some serious pipes.

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November 5-6, 2019

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“Convention Center | Resorts World Construction“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
October 29, 2019

[Two days running, documentation of construction in the Valley by contributing photographer who notes: “Construction progress of Convention Center expansion and Resorts World. Photo taken from Convention Center Drive heading west.“]

More: from BestUsCasinos.org October 10 story “Resorts World Las Vegas is Still On Track for 2020 Open” by James Murray:

“Groundbreaking was initially scheduled for 2014 and construction was expected to be completed by 2016. Genting claimed that it would invest between $2 and $7 billion into the gambling venue. It planned to open several unique features including a panda exhibit, an indoor water park, and a replica of the Great Wall of China.

“Unfortunately, several factors led to the delay of groundbreaking on this new casino-resort. Finally, in May of 2015, the first groundbreaking ceremony officially took place. At that time, the resort’s opening date was scheduled for late 2018.

“Once again, several issues delayed the development of Resorts World Las Vegas. Wynn Resorts even filed a temporary restraining order against the project that had the potential to shut down construction.”

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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November 4, 2019

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“Convention Center Expansion Pedestrian Bridge“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
October 30, 2019

The photographer notes: “Heading north on Paradise at Convention Center Drive.“

More: Associated Press October 9 Wire Service Content story:
“Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion Cost Nears $1 Billion“
“The cost of a Las Vegas Convention Center expansion is nearing $1 billion, after the board that oversees the project added more than $45 million to the budget.“

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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November 3, 2019

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“The Thing“
Photography and text by Jennifer Kleven
August 2019

“The Thing”

“Noticed these billboards scattered throughout the western edge of New Mexico and Arizona on my way from Marfa, TX to Tucson, AZ. Of course, I was intrigued. After a quick googling, I discovered it was a tourist trap built in Dragoon, AZ in 1965 with elements of theatricality and history. Wikipedia describes ‘The Thing‘ as ‘..a mummified, likely female ‘Mother‘ of possibly Chinese or Native American descent (note the facial features and the addition of the Chinese worker hat and clothes) who died or likely was killed in the 1880s to early 1900s, and a mummified ‘Child‘ age and descent unknown but inferred to be the son or daughter of the ‘Mother‘.‘ The exhibit was created by Homer Tate for sideshows.

“We did not stop.“

Contributor Las Vegan Jennifer Kleven is an artist and cultural animator. By day she serves as Grants & Memberships Manager at the Neon Museum and at night she can be found creating ceramic works or cutting into her photos to reveal or alter their content. Earlier this decade she directed Kleven Contemporary, an art gallery at Emergency Arts downtown.

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November 2, 2019

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“Pj Perez at the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 2018

Today! – 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. inside and around the Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Road

“Las Vegas’ longest-running geek culture event!“

“The Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival is a free, one-day event celebrating the illustrated word that takes place annually on the first Saturday in November. The Comic Book Festival features publishers, vendors, film screenings, panels, special guests and much more.

Text from Festival website

Pj Perez (born August 4, 1976) is an American editor, writer and musician, best known for his reports and commentary on Las Vegas culture in such publications as Rolling Stone. Perez was the founding managing editor of Las Vegas-based Racket Magazine.

“Perez made his first forays into publishing with self-published ‘zines and poetry chapbooks in the early and mid-1990s while performing on the Las Vegas poetry circuit and singing in short-lived bands before beginning his freelance writing career with Las Vegas CityLife in 2000. After writing for a number of local and regional publications including Las Vegas Weekly and Las Vegas Mercury, Perez was recruited in late 2006 to launch a monthly lifestyle magazine called Racket. After Racket went on indefinite hiatus, Perez returned to freelance journalism, writing for publications such as Six Degrees and HRH magazines. He was previously the Las Vegas Fine Arts Examiner for Examiner.com.

“In the late 1990s, Perez played guitar in Morgana Athena, a Las Vegas-based gothic rock band whose single “E.S.P.” was featured on Dim View of the Future, a gothic rock compilation released by a subsidiary of Triple X Records. He previously played guitar in Las Vegas-based rock band As Yet Unbroken, and most recently, played bass guitar in Vegas-based indie rock band MOONBOOTS.

“Perez first ventured into filmmaking with the 2011 48 Hour Film Project short film Sugarhook. In August 2018, he posted a teaser trailer for Parkway of Broken Dreams, a documentary film about the cultural scene that developed near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the early 1990s.

“Perez graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a dual bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology. While at UNLV, he temporarily served as editor in chief of The Rebel Yell, the campus’ award-winning newspaper.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a regular at the Library. We’re not sure about her comic book situation .

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November 1, 2019

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“Dia de los Muertos Writer’s Block Vitrine”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 2019

[First of two.]

The Writer’s Block

Dia de los Angelitos (Day of the little angels) starts the holiday at midnight on November 1st, where the spirits of all deceased children are believed to be reunited with their families for 24 hours. Families construct an altar, known as an ofrenda, with the departed child’s favorite snacks, candies, toys, and photographs to encourage a visit from their departed children. The names of the departed children will often be written on a sugar skull.”

Text from Day of the Dead website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a regular at the bookstore.

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October 31, 2019

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“Scary Manilow (detail)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 2019

Rooftop sighting near the Medical District-part of a larger installation featuring a ghoulish band dubbed “Scary Manilow.“

[Editor’s note: we plan to highlight the lovely and talented creators Shari and Jason in full Halloween regalia in a future edition of The Daily Frame.]

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner adds: “Find this spot! Trick or treaters will be lined up for a block for the experience and candy ample candy supplies.“

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October 30, 2019

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“Halloween Approaches”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 2019

The photographer notes: “As seen at the 2019 Age of Chivalry Renaissance Faire Loch Mead encampment.“

“The skeleton has been associated with Halloween and Halloween decorating for thousands of years, the skull being viewed by the Celtic people as the house of the soul. If you go very far back into history, it was thought that during the days surrounding the celebration of Samhain, the dead had the ability to return to roam the earth and mingle amongst the living during these festivities. Dressing up to appear dead, the local villagers would don any costume or mask that would effectively ward off any potentially evil spirits.”

Text from Halloween Express website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is most afraid of Las Vegas crosstown traffic.

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October 29, 2019

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“Buca di Beppo – Il Papa Themed Room”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 2019

[Second in a series of views of the Flamingo Road restaurant, part of a themed-up national Italian chain.]

“A putto (Italian: plural putti] is a figure in a work of art depicted as a chubby male child, usually naked and sometimes winged. Originally limited to profane passions in symbolism, the putto came to represent the sacred cherub (plural cherubim), and in Baroque art the putto came to represent the omnipresence of God.

“The putto disappeared during the Middle Ages and was revived during the Quattrocento.The revival of the figure of the putto is generally attributed to Donatello, in Florence in the 1420s, although there are some earlier manifestations (for example the tomb of Ilaria del Carretto, sculpted by Jacopo della Quercia in Lucca). Donaltello gave putto a distinct character by infusing the form with Christian meanings and using it in new contexts such as musician angels. Putti also began to feature in works showing figures from classical mythology, which became popular in the same period.

“Most Renaissance putti are essentially decorative and they ornament both religious and secular works, without usually taking any actual part in the events depicted in narrative paintings. There are two popular forms of the putto as the main subject of a work of art in 16th-century Italian Renaissance art: the sleeping putto and the standing putto with an animal or other object.”

Text adapted from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a fan of Renaissance art and Italian comfort food.

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October 25, 2019

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“Fat Choy”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 24, 2019

[Today “Our Las Vegas“ highlights one of our favorite comfort food dining spots.]

Fat Choy

“It all started when we bought a 1977 food truck in 2010 and operated at the farmer’s market and various food festivals, including President Obama’s Las Vegas rally. The truck kept breaking down again and again. Eventually, we found a small cafe for rent on the corner of Tropicana and Decatur….in a hair salon.

“We opened our cafe in 2011 with a counter and 4 seats. After our first full day of serving, we fed just one customer in 10 hours! Rough and scary start! It wasn’t long before food writers and influential locals started finding out about the baos (steamed bun sandwiches). The lines were out the door. Even the Food Network, New York Times and USA Today made stops at our tiny restaurant.

“We had an auspicious meeting with the owner of Eureka Casino in 2012. Upon the first meeting, the concept for Fat Choy was born. Fat Choy is a Classic American Diner with a twist on Asian Comfort Foods, where a cheeseburger or a plate of Buffalo Wings can share the same table with a bowl of wonton soup or some delicious tangy sesame noodles. “

Text from Fat Choy website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner enthusiastically recommends the sesame noodles – and everything else on Fat Choy’s imaginative menu.

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October 24, 2019

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“Sunset Gardens Event Venue-Second View”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 19, 2019

[Follow-up to yesterday’s Daily Frame, both now in the 2019 Archive.]
“Welcome to Sunset Garden”

“Your elegant alternative to the typical Vegas wedding
Since 1983, Sunset Gardens has been providing top quality ceremony and reception services in Las Vegas and has grown to be one of the most respected wedding and reception facilities in the State of Nevada.

“Located on 4 acres of exquisitely landscaped grounds surrounded by miles of twinkling lights, our three private banquet rooms and adjoining outdoor garden courtyards have hosted thousands of weddings and receptions.”

Text from company website.

We’re not sure what brought “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner to Sunset Gardens, but we do appreciate the documentary traces she brought back.

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October 23, 2019

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“Sunset Gardens Event Venue”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 19, 2019

“Welcome to Sunset Garden”

“Your elegant alternative to the typical Vegas wedding
Since 1983, Sunset Gardens has been providing top quality ceremony and reception services in Las Vegas and has grown to be one of the most respected wedding and reception facilities in the State of Nevada.

“Located on 4 acres of exquisitely landscaped grounds surrounded by miles of twinkling lights, our three private banquet rooms and adjoining outdoor garden courtyards have hosted thousands of weddings and receptions.”

Text from company website.

We’re not sure what brought “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner to Sunset Gardens, but we do appreciate the documentary trace she brought back.

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October 21-22, 2019

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“The Line at Smiths”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 19, 2019

This could of course happen anywhere, but we hope you won’t soon find yourself in what seems like an interminably slow line when you’re running late and trying to pick up a gift card for a baby shower for the beloved daughter of a dear friend.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is patient – up to a point.

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October 20, 2019

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“Davis Memorial Park”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 2019

Davis Funeral Homes & Memorial Park

6200 South Eastern Avenue

Virtual Tour

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner celebrates the lives of all Las Vegans, living and deceased.

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October 19, 2019

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“It’s getting to seem a lot like Halloween – Nevada Way”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 2019

[First in a series of views from Boulder City.]

2018 Google Street View

MORE | FYA: Cosmopolitan
“19 Best Halloween Costumes Your Cat Needs RTFN”
August 15, 2019 story by Madeline Boardman

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has an eye for cats of all kinds.

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October 18, 2019

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“Buca di Beppo – Flamingo”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 2019

[First in a series of views of the Flamingo Road restaurant, part of a national chain.]

“World Pasta Month“

“We’re celebrating World Pasta Month with 3 delightfully adventurous new dishes. Enjoy the rich and fresh flavors of Shrimp Limoncino, Roasted Vegetable Genovese, Pork Ragu with Pappardelle. Try one, or better yet, try them all. But hurry, because they’re only available for the month of October.”

Text from restaurant website.

location: 412 E Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89169

While dining, “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner enjoys a convivial ambience. She has eclectic and democratic tastes.

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October 17, 2019

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“It’s On! ‘Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum‘”
Photograph by Lissa Townsend Rodgers
October 2019

“Join us October 15, 2019 – February 15, 2020, as The Neon Museum hosts an exhibition of Tim Burton’s original fine art. For the first time in nearly a decade, the renowned American film director, producer, artist, writer and animator will stage an exhibition of his original fine art in the United States. The presentation of Burton’s art in Las Vegas is a unique experience where the host institution also serves as creative inspiration. The Museum’s distinctive campus is transformed through the artist’s singular vision for this original exhibition.”

In a section titled “Freelance Writer” on Lissa Townsend Rodgers‘ LinkedIn page, we read:

“1994 – Present”
“New York City & Las Vegas:”

“Freelance writer in many styles for a variety of publications, including Desert Companion, Dope, Extra Crispy, Esquire online, Elevate NV, New York magazine, Tribeca Shortlist, David Magazine, Las Vegas City Life, Las Vegas Weekly, Black Book, Time Out New York, New York Observer, Details, Village Voice, FHM online, MTV online and a variety of trade publications and now-defunct magazines and websites.

“Also the writer and editor of the ‘2008 Black Book guide to Las Vegas‘ and a contributor to ‘Wish You Were Here: Stories and Essays Inspired by Fabulous Las Vegas Postcards’ and ‘Nevada: 150 Years in the Silver State.’”

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October 16, 2019

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“Eastern View from Far Eastern Las Vegas – Up Closer”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 2019

Follow-up to yesterday’s Daily Frame from the eastern edges of the Valley, now both in 2019 Archive.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner travels take her to all corners of the Valley at all times of day.

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October 15, 2019

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“Eastern View from Far Eastern Las Vegas”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 2019

Approximate Google Street View

From March 8, 2019 Las Vegas Review Journal story “Eastern Las Vegas Valley seeing uptick in home construction” by Eli Segall:

“When you think of the top spots for home construction around the Las Vegas Valley, you’ll likely point to areas like Summerlin, the southwest and Henderson.

“But sales are rising fastest in another spot altogether: the east side of town.

“Compared with other sections of the valley, the east side is older and largely overlooked by developers. But its home prices are lower and, amid affordability concerns in the valley, buyers are showing up.

“Builders closed 525 new-home sales in the eastern Las Vegas Valley last year, up 89.5 percent from 2017 — by far the fastest growth rate among valley submarkets, according to Las Vegas-based Home Builders Research.”

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner travels take her to all corners of the Valley.

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October 14, 2019

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“John Curtas Photographing the Radiatorre at Esther’s Kitchen”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 2019

[Something of a second helping. John was featured with fellow local celebrity Nate Tannenbaum on the Septemeber 30 edition of The Daily Frame, now in the 2019 Archive.]

Esther’s Kitchen
1130 S. Casino Center Blvd.

“Who is Esther?”

“‘Great-aunt Esther was a tough, smart, no-nonsense type who cared about people and gave good advice. She was a big support to my mom when I was growing up, and that was huge,’ says Trees. ‘She was always there for us.’

“Esther wrote the check that sent Chef [James] Trees off to the CIA (after all, someone had to get him out of Alfio’s kitchen). When she passed in 2016 she left James a nest egg – the money he needed to finally open his own restaurant.

“The restaurant is named in her honor because everyone has someone like Aunt Esther – and whoever that person was, when you walk in the door we want you to feel like you’re at their house. We want you to feel cared for.”

John A. Curtas has been the voice of the Las Vegas food and restaurant scene since 1995. As a resident since 1981, he has seen Vegas grow into one of the leading restaurant cities in the world. His weekly radio commentaries air were heard on KNPR-Nevada Public Radio, 88.9 FM http://www.knpr.org for 15 years, and since 2008, he can be seen Friday mornings as “Las Vegas’ Favorite Foodie” on KSNV (NBC) Morning News in Las Vegas (http://news3lv.com/news/wake-up-with-the-wagners). He is the author of EATING LAS VEGAS – The 50 Essential Restaurants, which will have its 5th edition published in December, 2016, as well as being the author of the Eating Las Vegas website – http://www.eatinglv.com. Mr. Curtas is also the Las Vegas correspondent for FoodieHub – http://www.foodiehub.com, and has been the restaurant critic for the Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas Life, SCOPE and Desert Companion magazines. He also and writes (or has written) on Las Vegas restaurants, food and wine for a variety of publications and web-based sites, including VEGAS Magazine, VURB, BestPlaces Las Vegas, Fodor’s Las Vegas, TimeOut Las Vegas, and the Virtual Gourmethttp://www.JohnMariani.com. He has also been a member of the North American voting panel for Restaurant Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants in the World issue and has been the Las Vegas voting correspondent for the James Beard Foundation. John has also made a number of appearances on national TV shows, including as a judge for the finale of Top Chef Masters (twice) and Iron Chef America (four episodes), and will appear in 2017 as a featured critic on the new Man v. Masters TV show debuting in 2017 on the FYI Network.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner swears by the Radiatorre on the lunch menu. “radiatorre/ black garlic/ lemon/ cream/ toasted breadcrumbs“ – $14

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October 13, 2019

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“The Age of Chivalry – Lakeside Evening View”
Photograph by Jay Atwood
October 12, 2019

Final day of this years edition of the The Age of Chivalry

Sunset Park2601 East Sunset Rd.

And yes, Killian’s Angels with “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner on bass and tuba will perform from 11 to 1 p.m. at the Camp Sam Royal Pub. [Full Schedule]

First time contributor Jay Atwood is no stranger to Renaissance fairs. He is a former member of the band Wicked Tinkers, where he played didgeridoo and other rhythm instruments. He is a well-known pianist, and has performed and conducted in many Broadway and touring productions. Lately he’s turned his attention to the world of piano technology, which is far more interesting than it sounds.

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October 12, 2019

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“The Age of Chivalry is Back! – The Whisky Bards”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 11, 2019

Today and Tomorrow:
The Age of Chivalry
October 11-13
Sunset Park
2601 East Sunset Rd.

Schedule

The Whiskey Bards are a group of four friends who have joined together to pursue the bardic arts of times past. Their performances include their own arrangements of traditional folk songs, sea shanties, and ballads as well as their own compositions in the bardic idiom. Yes – we used idiom in a sentence!

“Over the years, we have had to move far and wide, but the lure of the music and our fans keeps bringing us back for more!”

The Tuscon, Arizona-based band members include Yonaton von Schwartzflek (AKA Jonathan Hopf), Tonis van Driele (AKA Stephen Hoogerwerf), Sim MacFearchair (AKA Christopher Lyon), Cosimo Orsini (AKA Nevin Phull)

Text from the band’s Facebook page.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has her Ren Fair on this weekend. Catch her at the Fair midday with Killian’s Angels at Camp Sam Royal Pub and Village Green.

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October 11, 2019

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“It’s Getting to Seem a Lot Like Halloween”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Las Vegas Police Protective Association Headquarters
October 2019

[latest in an ongoing series of views of the “affluent master-planned community“ of Summerlin]

“The LVPPA was incorporated in 1947 and currently represents active and retired Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) police and corrections officers, and the Las Vegas Deputy City and Municipal Court Marshals. LVPPA’s ongoing mission is to provide its members with the best benefits and services available, in partnership with providers, and fellow associations and organizations.

“The LVPPA is affiliated with the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), Southern Nevada Conference of Police and Sheriffs (SNCOPS) and the ‘Big 50.’“

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has not yet sorted out her Halloween costume.

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October 9-10, 2019

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“Misha Eye View of Gardens Park”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Today’s addition to our occasional Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series
October 2019

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Editor’s Note: Misha was previously featured on the April 3, 2019 edition of The Daily Frame – “Misha Smelling Flowers.“ Now in the 2019 Archive.

As noted previously: “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner increasingly finds herself in Summerlin. Could Misha have something to do with that?

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October 8, 2019

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“Garden Mist Drive Facing West”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 2019

[latest in a series of ongoing views of the “affluent master-planned community“ of Summerlin]

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“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner increasingly finds herself in Summerlin.

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October 7, 2019

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“Overflow Sculpture Garden”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 2019

The photographer adds: “NE corner of Fremont and Las Vegas Boulevard. A repository for overflow burning man sculptures, art cars, and the like.”

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has a few items in deep storage.

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October 6, 2019

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“Gardens Park, South Summerlin, Dogwalker’s View”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 2019

Parks & Recreation: Gardens Park
10401 Garden Park Dr.
Las Vegas, NV

[map]

MORE: From bringfido.com – we had never heard of it but it appears to be an Expedia-like site for dog owners:

“Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Las Vegas“

“There are 8 dog friendly hiking trails in Las Vegas. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners.“

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner most decidedly can adopt a dog walker’s view of things.

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October 4-5, 2019

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“That New City of Las Vegas Sign”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
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Have we grown to love this yet?

“A new city of Las Vegas sign, complete with two showgirls and a roulette table, has been built at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Main Street in downtown Las Vegas …”

— From “New downtown Las Vegas sign set to light up entry into city” August 6, 2018 Las Vegas Review Journal story by Jamie Munks.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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October 3, 2019

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“Suncoast Bingo”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 2019

Suncoast Casino
9090 Alta Drive [map]

SUNCOAST BINGO CENTER
“Offering eight action-packed sessions daily, accompanied by exceptional guest services such as complimentary beverages at all sessions, the casino’s 600-seat Bingo Center is guaranteed to impress any dedicated bingo enthusiast. All new 98 seat smoking section and direct access to restrooms.“

Text from Casino website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner does not have a lucky Bingo hat.

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October 2, 2019

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“Remembrance Wall Reading of Names”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
October 1, 2019

At the final event marking the second anniversary of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting, the most deadly in American history, Mayor Carol Goodman read the names of the 58 deceased at a Las Vegas Community Healing Garden Remembrance Wall ceremony.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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“Our Las Vegas“ enthusiastically welcomes submissions of photography and accompanying text to The Daily Frame.

Please contact us for details at ourlasvegas at gmail dot com or visit here.

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October 1, 2019

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“#VegasStrong”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
October 2017

[Editor’s note: Today’s Daily Frame was originally published on October 8, 2017.]

“I grew up here in #lasvegas, and have never lost sight of the fact that our city is made up of some of the most loving, caring individuals on the planet. In times of need, everyone is there with open arms to do whatever they can to help. Billboards like this are everywhere, reassuring people that help is available…that someone cares and is there for them. I am so proud to be able to call this city home.”

MORE: Las Vegas Sun October 6, 2017 story “After shooting, center provides counseling, travel assistance, other help” by Mick Akers.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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September 30, 2019

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“Battle of Celebrity the Bow Ties – John A. Curtas & Nate Tannenbaum“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
September 2019

Bios below from the journalist’s (John) and Channel 8’s websites.

John A. Curtas has been the voice of the Las Vegas food and restaurant scene since 1995. As a resident since 1981, he has seen Vegas grow into one of the leading restaurant cities in the world. His weekly radio commentaries air were heard on KNPR-Nevada Public Radio, 88.9 FM http://www.knpr.org for 15 years, and since 2008, he can be seen Friday mornings as “Las Vegas’ Favorite Foodie” on KSNV (NBC) Morning News in Las Vegas (http://news3lv.com/news/wake-up-with-the-wagners). He is the author of EATING LAS VEGAS – The 50 Essential Restaurants, which will have its 5th edition published in December, 2016, as well as being the author of the Eating Las Vegas website – http://www.eatinglv.com. Mr. Curtas is also the Las Vegas correspondent for FoodieHub – http://www.foodiehub.com, and has been the restaurant critic for the Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas Life, SCOPE and Desert Companion magazines. He also and writes (or has written) on Las Vegas restaurants, food and wine for a variety of publications and web-based sites, including VEGAS Magazine, VURB, BestPlaces Las Vegas, Fodor’s Las Vegas, TimeOut Las Vegas, and the Virtual Gourmethttp://www.JohnMariani.com. He has also been a member of the North American voting panel for Restaurant Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants in the World issue and has been the Las Vegas voting correspondent for the James Beard Foundation. John has also made a number of appearances on national TV shows, including as a judge for the finale of Top Chef Masters (twice) and Iron Chef America (four episodes), and will appear in 2017 as a featured critic on the new Man v. Masters TV show debuting in 2017 on the FYI Network.

Nate Tannenbaum has been a popular television and radio personality since arriving from Colorado in 1989. He’s been named Best TV Weathercaster in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” reader’s poll seven times. He is also well-known for his work with community organizations large and small, as well as hundreds of school visits down through the years.

Nate’s now the Morning Traffic Anchor at 8 NewsNow, helping viewers navigate the crashes and cone zones they might face on their drives around town. He’s also part of the Weather Team at the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas.

And Nate hosts shows on VegasPBS (KLVX Channel 10) including “Varsity Quiz,” “The Science Bowl,” and “The CCSD Middle School Spelling Bee.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner served as a producer for John and Nate at KNPR, and has been Nate’s producer since 1991. Nate and Ginger are hoping to relaunch “Playing Favorites“ as a podcast in the near future.

The editor adds: here | hear is a sample of the show.

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September 29, 2019

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“Sahara West Library“
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 2019

Sahara West Library
Open Sunday 10 a.m.. – 6 p.m.

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
― Jorge Luis Borges

“Our Las Vegas“ director Jon Winet relishes finding a perfect spot in a library to read and write.

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September 28, 2019

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“Empire Law (in DTLV)“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
September 2109

“Injured in an accident? Car wrecked? Most of our client’s are able to see a doctor and get their rental car the same day!”

Text from Empire Law website.
map: 1212 S Casino Center Blvd

•    Google Street View
•    February 2019 Google Street View for future archival reference.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruneris a safe driver.

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September 26, 2019

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“Clouds Near Paradise (and Sahara)“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Yes’ “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner‘s head is somettimes in the clouds.

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September 25, 2019

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“Nessie“
Photography and text by Liz Bash
Latest addition to our occasional Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series

Nessie and her brother Fergus were born in May under a trailer in a Boulder Highway Mobile Home park. As you can see she has a touch of attitude. She has claws and she isn’t afraid to use them. Her favorite activities are beating Fergus in wrestling, stalking and killing her toy mouse and making sure that any human who touches her has to work really, really hard for the privilege. If you want love, go find her brother. Oh, and hand over the treats and no one gets hurt.“

Liz Bash, the human caretaker of a small herd of felines, is a native Las Vegan. When not busy herding cats she earns a living teaching human geography, art history, world history and sociology at a local high school. When not working or scooping litter boxes she reads voraciously, hangs out at Irish pubs and watches old tv shows.

This is Ms. Bash’s second contribution to The Daily Frame. On August 28, Nessie’s brother Fergus was featured. Both cats are now in the 2019 Daily Frame Archive.

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September 23-24, 2019

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“Brooklyn Bowl-After the Show“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
September 2019

The 2019 edition of Life is Beautiful is now in the rearview mirror, but Las Vegas will soldier on at near innumerable venues across the City as it continues its quest to be the undeniable Entertainment Capital of the World.

MORE – and ongoing: The Brooklyn Bowl

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has fond memories of playing the Bowl.

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September 22, 2019

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“Life Is Beautiful Access Point“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
September 20, 2019

[Third and final in a series of photographs from the 2019 Festival on its final day.]

MORE: Festival Sunday Schedule.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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September 21, 2019

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“Life Is Beautiful Art Worker“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
September 20, 2019

[Second of a series of photographs from the Festival.]

The photographer comments: “Artists finishing mural for Life is Beautiful.“
El Cortez Parking Garage on 7th Street facing east.“

MORE: Festival website.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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September 20, 2019

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“SNIPT Container Mural“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
September 20, 2019

6th Street between Fremont and Carson.

The photographer adds: “Thank you to the @cultthirtythreeCult33 collective for assisting!!!“
Shawn Gatlin…You Killed Me First – @cultthirtythree
Sage Sage…(There She Is Art) – @theresheisart
Dan Hernandez…(xdan45x) – @xdan45x

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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September 19, 2019

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“Zipline at the The Linq“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
September 16, 2019

Zipline at the Linq

We have yet to determine if “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has enjoyed a first person experience of the Linq Zipline.

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September 17-18, 2019

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“Life is Beautiful – Downtown is a Hot Mess“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
September 16, 2019

The staging for September 20-22’s Life is Beautiful is in full swing – resulting in a challenging traffic situation for drivers braving Downtown streets.

Even “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner, an ace Lsa Vegas driver of the “I really do know the best way to get from here to there“ even finds navigating DTLV daunting.

• • •

“Our Las Vegas“ enthusiastically welcomes submissions of photography and accompanying text to The Daily Frame.

Please contact us for details at ourlasvegas at gmail dot com or visit here.

• • •
September 15-16, 2019

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“Bellagio Conservatory Change Out“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
September 10, 2019

Following a labor-intensive six days of strike and set-up, the Conservatory is now open with its fall display.

Harvest
September 14 – November 30, 2019

“As guests enter the Conservatory they will be transported into a Glamorous environment of color and pageantry. An elaborate series of bejeweled floral arches are magnificently embellished with timeless roses and botanical materials. These arches lead to a majestic MANDAP, a structure traditionally used for Indian Wedding Ceremonies. Festive floral KALIRE hang gracefully overhead as a blessing of bounty, wealth and prosperity.”

Text from Conservatory website.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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September 14, 2019

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“Geoff Carter – In Third Place“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
n.d.

TONIGHT from 5 to 7!
Please join us as “Our Las Vegas” and all the tenants on the 2nd floor of Emergency Arts prepare to decamp.
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In Third Place: Coffeehouse Portraits by Geoff Carter

As noted on its Facebook Event page:

Geoff Carter​ has friends! And they drink coffee, and he takes pictures of them drinking coffee in local coffeehouses, and Geoff Carter has friends_. No, YOU shut up.

“I’m fascinated by the idea of Third Places–those locations outside of our homes (first place) and jobs (second place)–because that’s where our culture begins, in conversations between like-minded weirdos. In addition to the 20 or so photos I’ll have awkwardly taped to the walls, I will read a prepared statement; some might call it “spoken word.” (See also: The Three Wise Guys, 1996-20??.) It will be a piece about third places. I’ll read it, we’ll uncomfortably shift our weight from one foot to another as we do when we listen to someone giving a speech, applaud politely (if warranted), and then go get shitfaced somewhere. Probably not on Fremont Street, because it sucks now.

“By the way: The show will only stay up for one week. It comes down on September 21. Why? Because the Emergency Arts complex is closing. All the galleries are being kicked out. GODDAM SON OF A-“

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Note: the reading is scheduled for 6 pm at the mid-point of the artist reception.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner will tell you Geoff is the real deal.

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September 12,-13 2019

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“Bocce is Back“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
September 11, 2019

The Fall season of the Wednesday evenings Italian American Club of Southern Nevada Bocce League is now underway.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is once again leading a spirited team of Bocce enthusiasts. Last year the team was dubbed “Hello Dali.” We’re not 100% sure by what name they’re going this year.

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updated in the early morning (usually)
9-11 (2019)

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“Stadium with American Flag“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
n.d.

Editor’s Note: Today marks the 18th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, events that have deeply transformed how we think about the world and society. We take a moment today to remember the first responders and families who continue to experience the impact of those events in direct, life-changing and life-threatening ways.

MORE: Forbes Magazine Sep 11, 2019 story by Niall McCarthy.
“18 Years On: 9/11 Illnesses Devastating First Responders”

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has a remarkable memory.

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September 10, 2019

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“Sahara“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
August 2019

Text below from August 30, 2019 Las Vegas Review Journal story “Sahara Las Vegas naming part of latest effort to revive north Strip” by Eli Segall.

“In October 1952, when Las Vegas’ newest hotel was opening in the town’s burgeoning casino corridor, a Review-Journal headline declared: ‘New Gem Is Added to Glamorous Strip Section As Sahara Opens.‘

“Decades later, the Sahara has returned to Las Vegas Boulevard — but this time, it’s part of the latest effort to pump life into the sluggish north end of the Strip.

“The SLS Las Vegas, which debuted in 2014 as the renovated former Sahara, officially changed its name Thursday to Sahara Las Vegas. If there was any confusion about owner Alex Meruelo’s break with the recent past, work crews Tuesday night demolished the ‘Sam by Starck‘ statue out front, tearing down an homage to former SLS owner Sam Nazarian in a spectacle featuring some fireworks and flames.

“Meruelo took ownership of the SLS last year. Dusting off the old name, it seems, is an effort to mix Rat Pack-cool nostalgia with a spruced-up property that stumbled under prior owners.

“The SLS’ brief history was marked, in part, by layoffs, retail closures and financial losses, all on a part of the Strip that has spent years clawing back from the Great Recession.

“After the economy crashed, the north Strip was saddled with mothballed, partially built megaresorts and big vacant lots where other plans never came out of the ground. Foot traffic has been slower than in other parts of tourist-choked Las Vegas Boulevard.

“Many locals have been saying for years that a turnaround is coming, given the new project plans that have popped up, but the hoped-for revival has seen mixed results.“

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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September 9, 2019

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“View from Harmon at Polaris Facing East“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 2019

Polaris

“Polaris, designated Alpha Ursae Minoris, abbreviated Alpha UMi, α UMi), commonly the North Star or Pole Star, is the brightest star in the constellation of Ursa Minor. It is very close to the north celestial pole, making it the current northern pole star.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Google Street View

April 2019 Google Street View for future archival research

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has numerous canny ways to get from the west to the east of the City.

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September 8, 2019

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“Train Near Boron“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
September 2019

[From our occasional series of images from road trips, day trips and excursions beyond the universe of Clark County.]

“Double-stack rail transport is a form of intermodal freight transport where railroad cars carry two layers of intermodal containers. Introduced in North America in 1984, double stack has become increasingly common there, being used for nearly seventy percent of United States intermodal shipments. Using double stack technology, a freight train of a given length can carry roughly twice as many containers, sharply reducing transport costs per container. On most North American railroads, special well cars are used for double-stack shipment to reduce the needed vertical clearance and to lower the center of gravity of a loaded car.

. . .

“Containers have weight limits designed to allow their transport by road trucks, which have lower weight limits than trains.”

Text from Wikipedia.

MORE: Boron, California

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has yet to ride the rails, but does enjoy watching trains go by.

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September 7, 2019

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“Gov’t Mule – Big Blues Bender“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
September 5, 2019

Gov’t Mule is an American southern rock jam band, formed in 1994 as a side project of The Allman Brothers Band by guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody. Fans often refer to Gov’t Mule simply as Mule.“

Text from Wikipedia.

MORE: Big Blues Bender at the Hard Rock Hotel – through Sunday.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner concurs with B.B. King that “the blues is a tonic for whatever ails you.“

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September 6, 2019

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“Skeleton Cycle – Criss Angel Theater“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 2019

Text below excerpted from Los Angeles Daily New February 24, 2010 story, “Big Bear Choppers creating skeleton bike for illusionist Criss Angel”

A custom motorcycle is being crafted for a famous “mind freak” and magic man.

And the bike is literally bad to the bone.

Big Bear Choppers is putting the finishing touches on its seventh custom-made bike for illusionist Criss Angel, one that its maker says uses a real human skeleton dipped in stainless steel as part of its frame.

“(Angel) told me he wanted to build a skeleton bike made out of scraps of sheet metal,” said Kevin Alsop, who owns and operates Big Bear Choppers along with his wife, Mona. “I told him, `Why don’t we use a real skeleton?”‘

Kevin said he knows the operator of a foundry in Georgia. He said the operator was able to get hold of a real human skeleton that he then cast in metal. Kevin says human bones can be purchased and often are used for medical purposes.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is no stranger to motorcycles.

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September 5, 2019

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“Ivanpah at Dusk“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
September 4, 2019

“The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a concentrated solar thermal plant in the Mojave Desert. It is located at the base of Clark Mountain in California, across the state line from Primm, Nevada. The plant has a gross capacity of 392 megawatts. It deploys 173,500 heliostats, each with two mirrors focusing solar energy on boilers located on three centralized solar power towers. The first unit of the system was connected to the electrical grid in September 2013 for an initial synchronisation test. The facility formally opened on February 13, 2014. In 2014, it was the world’s largest solar thermal power station.

“The facility, costing $2.2 billion was developed by BrightSource Energy and Bechtel. The largest investor in the project was NRG Energy which contributed $300 million. Google contributed $168 million. The United States government provided a $1.6 billion loan guarantee and the plant is built on public land.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photgrapher Ginger Bruner lights it up.

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September 3-4, 2019

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“Convention Expansion | Resorts World Construction from Elvis Presley Blvd.“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
August 31, 2019

Editor’s note: bookend to yesterday’s Labor Day image, now both in the 2019 Archive.

“Our Las Vegas“ extends special thanks to Sallie for her dedicated documentation of construction across the Valley.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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September 2, 2019

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“Labor Day 2019: Convention Center Construction on the Site of the Former Riviera“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
July 20, 2019

<[Editor’s note: “Our Las Vegas“ wishes everyone a happy Labor Day holiday, with a special shout-out to all the people who make the City work – from the casino dealers to the culinary workers to the musicians, construction crews, librarians, artists, LYFT drivers, housekeepers, teachers, slot mechanics, aestheticians, and production crews to name but a few.]

Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the power of collective action by workers, who are essential for the workings of society. It is a federal holiday.

“Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City.”

Text adapted from Wikipedia.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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September 1, 2019

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“From the Stratosphere: Eastern View“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 2019

[Third in a limited series.]

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner does her best to capture all views of the Radiant City and Valley.

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August 31, 2019

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“5 of 7 Magic Mountains“
Photograph by Lisa Cuglietta Taylor
c. late 2018

“The Nevada Museum of Art commissioned the work [Seven Magic Mountains] May 2016 in conjunction with the art production fund, but it’s in need of a makeover.”

“’It was originally designed to be a two-year art installation,’ Nevada Museum of Art Director of Communications Amanda Horn said by phone Friday. ‘Because of the incredible popularity, we have worked closely with the Bureau of Land Management and other regulatory authorities to extend the installation period.’”

From May 24, 2019 story by Ashley Casper, “Seven Magic Mountains art display getting first major paint touch-up outside of Las Vegas.”

Daily Frame Contributor and Las Vegas ex-pat Lisa Cuglietta Taylor served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty years. Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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August 30, 2019

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“Brooklyn Bowl Lobby“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, the brand’s second location out of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, boasts three levels spanning over 80,000 square feet as one of the largest performance venues of its class in America. The indie concert venue and premiere bowling alley offers 32 lanes of bowling, six on-site bars and rockin’ comfort food, including their iconic Fried Chicken as seen on Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” On any given night, more than 2,000+ concertgoers can enjoy an impressively eclectic live music lineup from the roomy-yet-intimate general admission area, the stage-adjacent luxury bowling lanes, or the top-level private lounge boxes.”

Text from the Caesars/LINQ/Promenade website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer and Tuba-Bass player has performed at the Brooklyn Bowl.

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August 28-29, 2019

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“Fergus“”
Photography and text by Liz Bash
Latest addition to our occasional Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series

Fergus, my ginger kitten and his sister Nessie were born in May under a trailer in a Boulder Highway Mobile Home park. Fergus is a lover, not a fighter so lucky for him he and his family were rescued by my dad and given the opportunity to live in relative luxury in my house. His favorite things are snuggling with my cat Vinnie, wrestling with his sister Nessie (she has the killer instinct and always bests him) and trying to destroy the blinds in my house. His favorite place to sleep: in the toy box.

Liz Bash, the human caretaker of a small herd of felines, is a native Las Vegan. When not busy herding cats she earns a living teaching human geography, art history, world history and sociology at a local high school. When not working or scooping litter boxes she reads voraciously, hangs out at Irish pubs and watches old tv shows.

This is Ms. Bash’s first contribution to The Daily Frame.

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August 27, 2019

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“Strat”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
August 2019

Back story:

•  “The Stratosphere is rebranding to the STRAT”
February 2, 2019 Las Vegas Sun story by Brock Radke

•  “Stratosphere in Las Vegas to rebrand to The STRAT”
February 1, 2019 Las Vegas Review-Journal by Todd Prince

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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August 26, 2019

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“L.D.”
Photograph by Jon Winet
Somewhere along I-80 in Nebraska
August 2019

In honor of National Dog Day – yes, it’s a thing – we feature “L.D.

L.D. is one of a number of well-loved “Our Las Vegas“ mascots. His full name is his description: “Little Dog.“ A six year-old rescue, he is believed to be part Deer Head Chihuahua and Italian Greyhound. One thing is for sure: he can run like the wind.

“Our Las Vegas“ director Jon Winet feels very fortunate to have L.D. in his life. He hopes you’ll consider adopting a pet from the NV SPCA.

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August 25, 2019

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“I-80 East Bonneville Salt Flats Rest Area Overlook“
Photograph by Jon Winet
August 2019

[Editor’s Notes: It involves a significant road trip is involved, but this stop is highly recommended if you’re headed to Salt Lake and keen to pass through Ely and West Wendover, two remarkable Nevada towns.

Cameo of “L.D.“ included in today’s Daily Frame in advance of tomorrow’s celebration as National Dog Day.]

“In other places, low mountains and hills break up the flat landscape. Sparse vegetation grows on hillsides and is pushing into the flat areas. On hot days, heat waves rise from the salty soil and create mirages that look amazingly real. If you believe your eyes, the dry desert looks like it is covered by water.

“Perhaps the most impressive spot to view the Salt Flats is along along I-80, about 10 miles east of Wendover. A rest stop has been established there (offering restrooms and water). The rest area is surrounded by perfectly flat land that looks like it is covered by snow. To the north and west, low mountains break the view. To the east and south, it looks like flat land extends virtually forever.”

Text from Utah.com Bonneville Salt Flats website.

“Our Las Vegas“ director Jon Winet considers the Salt Flats one of the world’s top natural wonders.

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August 24, 2019

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“From the Stratosphere: Downtown View North“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 2019

[Second in a limited series.]

“Quick facts”
(that you already know.)

“The historic heart of Las Vegas, bustling Downtown is home to venerable casinos like the Golden Nugget, plus the Mob Museum with its interactive exhibits on organized crime. A vibrant LED canopy covers the Fremont Street Experience, a 24-hour mall with shops, light shows and the SlotZilla zip line. Drinking and dining options range from casual burger and pizza places to sleek steakhouses and glitzy cocktail bars.”

Text from Google Maps.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is an interactive experience.

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August 23, 2019

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“Rexford August Full Moon Dusk“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 2019

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is deeply dialed in to dusk

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August 21-22, 2019

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“Pamplemousse“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 2019

Text below from restaurant website.

The Oldest French Restaurant in Vegas…
Why Does a Classic French Restaurant Define “Old Vegas”

At first glance it looks like a common ranch house just off the strip. Once you step inside you are instantly transported to the era of the “Brat Pack”. It was a time of legend and for good reason. They knew how to eat.

The interior ambiance is of a French Cottage where French Provençal fare, steaks, seafood, and desserts reign supreme. The sharply dressed wait staff makes you feel at ease and guides you through a feast you will not soon forget. But let’s not forget the real star is the food.

It is the care taken with each dish that make it so unique. They do not have to make their own sorbet for the chocolate soufflés made in house, but they do. You can taste the difference.

This passion for the ingredients, the food, the wine, the ambiance, and the service all have that certain “je ne sais quoi” that keep people coming back again and again (for over 40 years).

Pamplemousse Le Restaurant opened in July of 1976 based on a friendship. George LaForge immigrated to Las Vegas in 1962 and worked his way up from busboy to beloved Chef. He made many friends along the way in this growing metropolis.

His friend, the singer Bobby Darin loved the French word for grapefruit: pamplemousse.

After Darin died from heart surgery at 37, LaForge converted his casual creperie “The Morning After” into the fine French dining restaurant on Sahara Avenue to honor him. That is how great restaurants begin, with love.

For more than 40 years, Le Restaurant has focused on the cuisine of Southern France. It has garnered many awards and praise not only for its food but for the experience itself. Great service and a great meal never goes out of style.

That is why “Pamplemousse Le Restaurant” is classic Las Vegas.

In March of 2019, our beloved Georges LaForge passed away. Months before, Georges and his wife, Diana, considered selling Pamplemousse Le Restaurant and retire to France.

Diana made the decision to stay in Las Vegas and for Pamplemousse, a Las Vegas Landmark restaurant, to remain open.

The Chef de Cuisine, the Sous Chef, the Managers, and Staff have been with Georges for many, many years. Diana will continue the tradition of great food in his memory with the same people that made Pamplemouse a legend.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is an excellent dining companion.

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August 20, 2019

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George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Brooklyn Bowl
August 18, 2019

“Funk legend and pioneer George Clinton has announced his final One Nation Under a Groove tour for 2019, with the groups that he founded Parliament and Funkadelic. This farewell tour will see Clinton part with the groups that he founded, and will begin on May 30, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before ending in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Brooklyn Bowl.

“Parliament and Funkadelic were both separate projects started by Clinton back in the 60s, with Parliament featuring a more traditional funk and blues oriented sound, while Funkadelic blended elements of hard rock into its music. Both projects joined together as a collective under Clinton as Parliament-Funkadelic, better known as ‘P-Funk,‘ which has toured together for decades.

“Both projects have achieved fame and acclaim for classic projects such as Parliament’s Mothership Connection released in 1975 and Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain, released in 1971. A slew of hits such as ‘Flashlight,‘ ‘One Nation (Under a Groove,‘ ‘Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker),‘ are staples of funk and propelled the bands, along with the funk genre into popularity.

“Both projects have had a revolving door of musicians throughout its decades of operation, which included famed funk bassist and legend Bootsy Collins. Some of the people who have toured with the collective for over the past three decades include Bennie Cowan (trumpet), Greg Thomas (sax), Lige Curry (bass), and Blackbird McKnight (guitar).

“Despite his exit, Clinton contends that the group will continue after his exit, and even his death for years to come.  ‘It’s always been about the music and the band‘ Clinton explained in a press release. ‘That’s the real P-Funk legacy. They’ll still be funkin’ long after I stop.‘

“At aged 77, Clinton has a lengthy career in music that very few have been able to maintain or match as he has long outlived and performed many other peers in his age group. Even at his age the band released their recent album with him entitled  Medicaid Fraud Dogg last year. Despite this, Clinton’s retirement announcement began last year, with the statement explaining that it would occur this year.

“‘We had been kicking this idea around for a long time‘ recalls Nick Szatmari, George’s Agent at UAA explained in a press release. ‘It just felt organic and authentic, especially with the current social climate and the powers that be trying to divide everyone; it has always been a call for unity and togetherness through music. When George announced his retirement it just all clicked. It’s surreal how it all came together, and we are very fortunate to have the support of Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, Fishbone, and Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf on this historic tour.‘”

Text from mxdwn.com website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner embraces the Funk.

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August 19, 2019

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“Las Vegas Casino Carpets: Planet Hollywood“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
July 2019

[Fourth in a series images from Planet Hollywood.]

“Carpets are used for a variety of purposes, including insulating a person’s feet from a cold tile or concrete floor, making a room more comfortable as a place to sit on the floor (e.g., when playing with children or as a prayer rug), reducing sound from walking (particularly in apartment buildings) and adding decoration or colour to a room. Carpets can be made in any colour by using differently dyed fibers. Carpets can have many different types of patterns and motifs used to decorate the surface. In the 2000s, carpets are used in industrial and commercial establishments such as retail stores and hotels and in private homes.

“The term carpet comes from Old French carpite. One derivation of the term states that the French term came from the Old Italian carpita, from the verb ‘carpire’ meaning to pluck.The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the term “carpet” was first used in English in the late 13th century, with the meaning ‘coarse cloth,’ and by the mid-14th century, ‘tablecloth, [or] bedspread,’”

Text from website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner takes in the full vista.

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August 18, 2019
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Planet Hollywood Lobby
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 2019

[Third in a series images from Planet Hollywood.]

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has a liking for interesting light fixtures.

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August 17, 2019

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“Newport Motors Full Moon“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
July 2019

“Newport Motors is the one-stop-shop dealership for all your car needs. Located in Las Vegas near the strip, we offer top quality used cars from compact cars, Trucks, SUVs, and Sedans. We also offer smog checks, trade ins, and tires for sale. Newport Motors is known as the $599 down dealership, and we don’t take any payments for 90 days after you find your dream car. With wide selection of used cars to choose from, we will make sure we have the vehicle of your fantasies. Whether you are looking for a used Chevrolet, Infiniti or Kia you’ll be amazed by the variety of choices we carry in one place. Contact us today for the best car buying experience.

Text from dealer website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has a well, used vehicle.

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August 16, 2019

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“Planet Hollywood Casino Floor“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 2019

[Second in a series images from Planet Hollywood.]

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. The property was previously occupied by The Aladdin, which operated from 1962 to 1997.

“The legendary casino was demolished in 1998 to make room for a new resort by the same name. The new Aladdin resort opened in August 2000, but suffered financial difficulties and was eventually purchased in 2003 by a partnership of Planet Hollywood and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, which renamed it Planet Hollywood in 2007.”

Text adapted from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has fond memories of The Aladdin.

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August 15, 2019

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“Criss Angel Theater Lobby“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 2019

“After more than a decade of dominating the world of magic, Criss Angel unveiled a BRAND-NEW, fully immersive, revolutionary illusion experience unlike anything the world of entertainment has ever seen – Criss Angel MINDFREAK®, in the newly-renamed Criss Angel Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Las Vegas – on December 26, 2018.

“MINDFREAK’S production is a technological marvel designed to overload the senses and support Angel’s visionary magic, featuring more surface area of video than any other production in the world (over half a billion pixels of content, displayed on over 90 surface areas). The state-of-the-art 10.3 high fidelity enveloping hybrid EDM and theatrical surround sound system has over 150 speakers; more moving lights than ANY theatrical show worldwide; more visual effects and pyrotechnics than the biggest pop artist touring show. This incredible production involves the audience and completely immerses them from the moment they enter the interactive lobby area and throughout the entire performance – including immersive 3D and video mapping! Don’t miss the most technologically sophisticated, mind-blowing LIVE show experience of a lifetime, from the #1 magician on the planet.”

Text from show website.

“Our Las Vegas“ intrepid Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner can pull a rabbit out of her hat.

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August 14, 2019

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“Pergo“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Latest addition to our occasional Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series.

Pergo‘s best friend is Colonel Lint, featured in the August 7 edition of The Daily Frame.

Rebecca Zisch and Phil Gentile are the duo’s proud guardians.

“Our Las Vegas“ intrepid Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner breaks for animals.

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August 13, 2019

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“From the Stratosphere: Celestia“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 2019

First in limited series: aerial follow-up to the March 1, 2019 Daily Frame by Sallie Douglas, with updated text below from the Celestia’s website.

“Set within a vibrant world of mystical dreams and unbounded imagination, Celestia is an exhilarating journey across the universe, told through elite acrobatics and dance, daring aerial feats, live music, cutting edge technology and nonstop thrills.

“From mind-blowing contortion, to high-flying acrobatics, to the terrifying Wheel of Death – Celestia’s performers include favorites from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” like Sergey and Sasha, the hand and head balancing father-daughter duo, Deadly Games, the thrilling knife, bow and arrow act, and the Sandou Trio Russian Bar, who were also featured in the hit film, ‘The Greatest Showman.‘”

“Our Las Vegas“ intrepid Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner does not suffer from a fear of heights.

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August 12, 2019

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“From City Hall: Bonneville Transit Center with Resorts World (Under Construction) in the Rain“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 7, 2019

Text below from Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada website.

Bonneville Transit Center (BTC)

The Bonneville Transit Terminal is located in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, on the southwest corner of Casino Center Boulevard at 101 E. Bonneville Avenue, and was designed to compliment the redevelopment and revitalization of the Downtown Las Vegas area.The facility features 16 on-site vehicle bays, approximately 100 double-stacked bike racks, a self-service bike repair station and preferred parking spaces for hybrid vehicles.

The Bonneville Transit Center was designed with a commitment to sustainability and received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification of Platinum.

Sales booth hours of operation: 7:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Lobby open 24 hours

Bike Center hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is on a perpetual photo safari.

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August 11, 2019

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“McCarran International Airport Baggage Claim“
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 2019

Feeling flush, peckish, and with some wait time on your hands at McCarran?

“All the Actually Good Places to Eat at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas” July 29 story by Rob Kachelriess on Thrillist.

“Our Las Vegas“ director Jon Winet is more of a grab & go guy when it comes to airport food.

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August 9-10, 2019

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“Penn & Teller at the Rio*“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the Drive-by Series
August 2019

* Shot from near 4372-4200 Polaris Ave
“Known for their outrageous blending of magic and comedy, Penn & Teller‘s Las Vegas show skewers traditional hat-and-rabbit magic tricks with provocative, hilarious and often amazing results. After becoming a smash on Broadway and touring the country, the dynamic duo continues their Las Vegas show, 26 years and counting.

“Their live show combines amazing sleigh-of-hand, large-scale illusions, and classic sideshow routines. Known as the ‘Bad Boys of Magic’ for supposedly revealing the secrets to their tricks, they may show you how it´s done, but they still leave you startled. The Los Angeles Times proclaimed it the ‘…the single best show in Vegas.’”

Text from show website..

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Burner is no stranger to magic.

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August 8, 2019

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“Harmon Headed West at the Strip“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the Drive-by Series
August 2019

March 2019 Google Street View

Incidentally: “Twin Peaks is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch that premiered on April 8, 1990, on ABC. The series developed a notably loyal following in 1990, but declining ratings led to its cancellation after its second season in 1991. It nonetheless gained a cult following and has been referenced in a wide variety of media. In subsequent years, Twin Peaks is often listed among the greatest television series of all time.

“The series follows an investigation headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) and local Sheriff Harry S. Truman (Michael Ontkean) into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) in the fictional suburban town of Twin Peaks, Washington. The show’s narrative draws on elements of detective fiction, but its uncanny tone, supernatural elements, and campy, melodramatic portrayal of eccentric characters also draw on American soap opera and horror tropes. Like much of Lynch’s work, it is distinguished by surrealism, offbeat humor, and distinctive cinematography. The acclaimed score was composed by Angelo Badalamenti with Lynch.”

[Text from Wikipedia.]

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Burner is sure the truth is out there.

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August 7, 2019

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“Col. Lint AKA ‘Knuckles’“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Latest addition to our occasional Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series

Colonel Lint got his name as a baby kitten while being fostered with his cat mama and seven siblings. He often climbed up on things to “survey the troops” and consider the wrestling tactics of the other kittens. Also, his fur was the color and texture of lint from the dryer. His foster mom, Rebecca Zisch, became his adoptive mom and his human dad, Phil Gentile, joined the family a few years later

Colonel Lint suffered through a battle with Hepatic Lipidosis and had to be fed through an esophageal feeding tube for several months. Fortunately his floof grew back and he got back to his fighting weight (plus some). Now he’s the picture of feline health. As a retired military cat in his twilight years, Colonel Lint lives with his humans and his brother, grooming companion and best friend, Pergo. He loves cantaloupe, brushing, his catnip cigar, belly rubs and protecting his homestead through a special technique he’s developed: excessive napping.

We hope to feature her guardians Rebecca and Phil in future editions of The Daily Frame.

In a parallel universe “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Burner is a Cat Lady extraordinaire.

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August 6, 2019

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“Road Construction on Karen Avenue View from Joe W. Brown Drive“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
July 30, 2019

Text by Gene Trimble below excerpted from “So just who was Joe W. Brown?” story on the over50vegas.com website.

Joseph Warlick Brown was born northwest of Ft. Worth, Texas in 1897, moved to Houston in the 1910’s and then to Dallas in the 1920’s.

In the late 1920’s he moved to New Orleans where he became rich running gambling operations (Brown once claimed:

“I am one of the few people who ever made a million dollars
gambling who never got his name mentioned in the Kefauver reports”.

Brown put a lot of the money made from his gambling into oil properties and became a very wealthy man. When he took over the Horseshoe Club in December 1953, he said he did so “to do a favor for Binion” who was on his way to federal prison.

Binion was released from prison in March 1957 but for various reasons was not able to officially take back his club and it continued to run under Joe W. Brown’s name until the summer of 1958 when a heart attack forced Brown to sell his interest in the club and move back to New Orleans where he died in Feb.1959.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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August 5, 2019

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“From an Undisclosed Location in Paradise Palms“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

[Second in a summer series featuring pools and cooling images.]

Text below from “How to select a sunscreen” from the 2018 American Academy of Dermatology website.

When selecting a sunscreen, make sure the label says:

•   Broad spectrum: The words “broad spectrum” means that the sunscreen can protect your skin from both types of harmful UV rays — the UVA rays and the UVB rays.

•   SPF 30 or higher: The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you select a sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 or higher.

•   Water resistant: Dermatologists also recommend that you look for the words “water resistant.” This tells you that the sunscreen will stay on wet or sweaty skin for a while before you need to reapply. Water resistance lasts either 40 or 80 minutes. Not all sunscreens offer water resistance.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner, heat notwithstanding, stays cool.

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August 4, 2019

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“Excessive Heat Warning“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

[First in a summer series featuring pools and cooling images.]

Text below from August 2 KTVN story “Excessive Heat Warning in effect for Las Vegas” reprinted in its entirety.

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas has issued an Excessive Heat Warning in effect from 10 a.m. on Aug. 3 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 5.

Temperatures in the Las Vegas valley can reach between 109 to 113 degrees with temperatures near Lake Mead National Recreation Area reaching 113 to 117 degrees.

Pahrump Valley may have temperatures reaching 106 to 110 degrees with Death Valley National Park nearing 119 to 124 degrees.

Heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be possible.

RELATED: Knowing the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke

People most vulnerable to heat illnesses include those who spend lots of time outdoors, those without air conditioning, young children, the elderly, and those with chronic ailments.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

MORE: Weather Forecast from weather.com

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner does her darndest to both stay out of the sun and wear stylish protective headwear.

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August 3, 2019

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“Presidential Hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 2, 2019

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren addressed a crowd Friday night in Henderson, detailing economic and social plans to enhance opportunities for middle class families.

“Hundreds packed the cafeteria at Green Valley High School, some holding ‘Nevada for Warren‘ signs. The Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential hopeful began her remarks by saying she will open five new offices in Nevada next week and emphasized the importance of a grassroots campaign.”

Text excerpted from Las Vegas Review Journal story “Elizabeth Warren, in Henderson, vows to boost middle class” by Amanda Bradford, filed on August 2 at 9:53 p.m.

MORE: Wikipedia Entry for the Saturday, February 22, 2020 Nevada Democratic Caucuses.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner encourages everyone to participate in the country’s electoral process – and to engage in political discourse.

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August 2, 2019

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“Elvis Costello at the Pearl“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 1, 2019

“Declan Patrick MacManus, OBE (born 25 August 1954), better known by his stage name Elvis Costello, is an English pop musician, singer, songwriter, composer, record producer, author, television presenter, and occasional actor.

“He began his career as part of London’s pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British punk and new wave movement that emerged in the mid-to-late 1970s. His critically acclaimed debut album, ‘My Aim Is True,’ was released in 1977. Shortly after recording it, he formed the Attractions as his backing band. His second album, ‘This Year’s Model,’ was released in 1978, and was ranked number 11 by Rolling Stone on its list of the best albums from 1967–1987. His third album, ‘Armed Forces,’ was released in 1979, and features his highest-charting single ‘Oliver’s Army’ (number 2 in the UK). His first three albums all appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner‘s aim is true.

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August 1, 2019

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“#TBT – Carl’s Jr. and the Blue Angel“
Photograph by Jon Winet
October 30, 2013

[Today’s edition featured a recently unearthed image from the unpublished and under-catalogued “Early Years” area of the “Our Las Vegas“ Archive.

We’re happy to report that beginning in April 2014 we’ve done a better job of both maintaining and making accessible archived editions of The Daily Frame.]

Excerpt below from Las Vegas Weekly Jan 14, 2015 story “Bye, Blue Angel: motel comes down, but the iconic figurehead will remain.” by Kristen Peterson

“Now that demolition of the dilapidated Mid-Century buildings is underway—the Vegas Motel razed this week and Blue Angel Motel up next—Arnold Stalk, planning and development consultant for owners of both properties, reiterates that plans to preserve the signs remain. The Angel, he says, is mounted on a pole and will stay when the building is gone. (Imagine a giant swizzle stick.)

“Monitoring all of this closely, along with other community members, are Neon Museum representatives keenly aware of the vulnerable status of design relics in this town. Executive Director Danielle Kelly says the museum is ready to assist should something go awry. ‘There is a wonderful survey of sign design on that corner. We’ve been in dialogue with the representatives, and the Neon Museum has offered to extend our support to keep the signs, specifically the Blue Angel, in the community.’”

“Our Las Vegas“ director Jon Winet waxes nostalgic while pondering the disappearance of Las Vegas’ past.

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July 31, 2019

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“Sesame Street Scrum“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
July 2019

Last in a series of views of the soon-to-close “Sorry for the Mess,“ Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art Justin FavelaRamiro Gomez exhibition on view through August 3.

“Among the highlights is Favela’s ‘Untitled (Muppet Pile),’ featuring eight Jim Henson creations, from Slimey to Snuffleupagus, in a belly-up heap. Rendered life-size in piñata medium, their perky colors and adorable faces seem at odds with their compromised positions. Perhaps they’ve been discarded off-set or lost their footing, despite ‘Caution: Wet floor’ signs warning that work is underway. Big Bird’s legs splay, his head resting on a trash can, his pals lumped over and under him in a Pop Art swan song of lost innocence familiar to immigrant children who learned English via Sesame Street. In keeping with the exhibition’s tight, formal coherence, the pyramidal puppet pile is echoed by other shapes—the towering silhouette of the Luxor Hotel Resort, for example, and the 21
‘caution‘ signs with their triangular falling-figure ideograms reminiscent of Keith Haring. Ranging in height from 2 to 9 feet, the yellow cardboard ‘caution’ signage offers an alternative Yellow Brick Road of labor.”

From May 9 Las Vegas Weekly review by Dawn-Michelle Baude.

Daily Frame Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner’s favorite Sesame Street character may well be Big Bird.

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July 30, 2019

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“Valley Insect“
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
July 2019

[Editor’s note: While not a pure match, given that insects these days are very much in the air, we include the information below.]

“While massive grasshopper visitations have occurred before — [Nevada State Entomologist Jeff] Knight recalls a handful of similar migrations over the past three decades — Morgan said he hasn’t experienced anything like the latest insect storm in his 16 years living in the area. He has run into nesting hordes that suddenly take flight from bushes and has had a few land on his clothes. But the phenomenon hasn’t bugged him.

“’I just brushed them off and let them go about their way,’ [Weather Service Meteorologist Clay] Morgan said. ‘And I go about mine.’”

Excerpt from July 29 Washington Post story “That’s not a storm over Las Vegas. It’s a grasshopper invasion.” by Hannah Knowles.

Daily Frame Contributor Ellie Mendré is a licensed massage therapist with interests in sculpture & photography – and a good latte. She is a self-avowed ‘Museum Touring Junkie.’

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July 29, 2019

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“Lynn and Brian McMullan Playing Pickle Ball at Bill Briare Park“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
July 28, 2019

From “What is Pickle Ball?”

“A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

“A fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.

“Played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net.

“Played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.

“Played as doubles or singles.”

Text from the USA Pickle Ball Association website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner, an avid Bocce player, may well begin following the spreading-like-wildfire phenomenon of Pickle Ball.

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July 27-28, 2019

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“Sorry for the Mess – detail# 2“
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 12, 2019

Second in a series of views of “Sorry for the Mess,“ Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art exhibition on view through August 3.

“The title for the show came from a sign at a casino construction area. Gomez liked the insincerity of it, especially in a city like Las Vegas where people come to have a good time but don’t think about the people who keep it all going.

“‘The idea that somebody can just casually say, ‘I’m going to mess everything up,’ but there is always going to be someone who’s going to clean it.”

“Favela said the show takes the idea of hiding the mess and the people who clean it up and turning it around.

“‘So, our show kind of flips that around,’ he explained, ‘All of the things that you are not supposed to see, the cardboard on the ground, the drywall, the stucco laying around, things in process, those are going to be highly visible in our show.’”

Text from Apr 03, 2019 by Fred Wasser KNPR state of Nevada feature “At UNLV’s Barrick Museum Of Art: ‘Sorry For The Mess’” by Fred Wasser.

The collaboration between artists Justin Favela and Ramiro Gomez continues through August 3.

“Our Las Vegas“ director Jon Winet does his best to catch all Barrick exhibitions.

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July 26, 2019

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“Main Street – From the Region of the Velveteen Rabbit!“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
July 25, 2019

“Main Street is a generic phrase used to denote a primary retail street of a village, town or small city in many parts of the world. It is usually a focal point for shops and retailers in the central business district, and is most often used in reference to retailing and socializing.

“The term is commonly used in Ireland, Scotland, the United States, Canada, and less often in Australia and New Zealand. In most of the United Kingdom the common description is High Street though ‘Fore Street’ or ‘Front Street’ is commonplace in some regions.

“In many places, the street name for such a street is actually “Main Street”, though even where it isn’t the term “Main street” is still used to describe the main thoroughfare of the central business district. The “Main Street of America” branding was used to promote U.S. Route 66 in its heyday.

“In the general sense, the term ‘Main Street’ refers to a place of traditional values. Social realists from 1870 to 1930 used the name as a symbol of stifling conformity. Sherwood Anderson, for example, wrote ‘Winesburg, Ohio: A Group of Tales of Ohio Small Town Life’ in 1919. The best-selling 1920 novel ‘Main Street’ was a critique of small town life, by the American writer Sinclair Lewis. The locale was ‘Gopher Prairie,’ presented as an ‘ideal type’ of the Midwestern town, and the heroine, Carol Kennicott, was a more urbane, ‘ideal-typical’ Progressive.

“In North American media of later decades, ‘Main Street’ represents the interests of everyday people and small business owners, in contrast with ‘Wall Street’ (in the United States) or ‘Bay Street’ (in Canada), symbolizing the interests of large national corporations. Thus, in the 1949 movie adaptation of On The Town, the song ‘When You Walk Down Main Street With Me‘ refers to small-town values and social life. Main Street Republicans, for example, see themselves as supporting those values as against urbane or ‘Wall Street’ tendencies.“

Text excerpted from Wikipedia entry for “Main Street.“

MORE: Velveteen Rabbit

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner continues to brave the construction challenges of DTLV.

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July 25, 2019

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“The Display Food at Cafe Sanuki“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The photographer writes: “Cafe Sanuki is a traditional Japanese Udon and rice bowl bar located on Decatur just south of Spring Mountain. Yummy!

“They serve traditional Japanese plus a few non-traditional noodle dishes, such as Carbonara Udon,* as well as udon takes on other Japanese dishes.“

* “CARBONARA Udon: Italian cream sauce with a twist. Tender pork marinated and rubbed with Miso, then sauteed into Carbonara cream.“

map: 4821 Spring Mountain Rd Suite G

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner developed a distinct and educated appreciation for Japanese cuisine during a summer stint at a Kyushu amusement park as a member of an all female Dixieland jazz band.

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July 24, 2019

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“The 705 – Northwest Wall“
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 12, 2019

Follow-up to yesterday’s and earlier Daily Frames focusing on The 705 its new mural, James Stanford‘s “A Phalanx of Angels Ascending.”

“The art installation ‘A Phalanx of Angels Ascending’ was commissioned by Alison Chambers, the owner of The 705 building, an arts incubator located at 705 North Las Vegas Boulevard. The original 16-foot statue was designed by Betty Willis, who also created the famed ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign, and was taken down for restoration in 2017. Stanford’s new installation pays homage to the original and will span over 2,000 square feet, encompassing all three sides of the building, making it viewable from all angles.”

From July 7, 2019 isupportstreetart.com story “A Phalanx of Angels Ascends over Downtown Las Vegas.”

More: “The Birth of Venus.“ Sandro Botticelli. 1485-86

“Our Las Vegas“ Director Jon Winet recommends making a side trip to the Laos Market just south of the 705.

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July 23, 2019

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“Alison Chambers – on the occasion…*“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
June 3, 2019

*Alison Chambers, on the occasion of the last day of the delightful mural by Aaron Shephard, before her art hub building “The 705” underwent new painting on Tuesday for installation of Jim Stanford’s new Blue Angel mural.

For a blog post she wrote:
“Today is the last day The 705 will wear the decadent ladies and my beloved peacock. It was a hot mess when Downtown Steve sold me the old VFW in 2016, which had been ignored for years. He helped me with the first paint job and soooo many other tasks that went along with a 64 year old space. In 2017, my lovely friend Dr. Laura Henkel asked me if I would allow an artist to paint a mural on the building. Would I?! What a wonderful gift that was! I didn’t know Aaron Sheppard before he came from California to spend 2 weeks hand painting 2000 square feet of walls. I soon discovered what a beautiful human he is. He took inspiration from #franzvanbayros and #audreybeardsley, but I gave him free reign. There aren’t enough words for what he created. He truly ‘painted with his heart‘ as a passerby remarked to him. We’re all so grateful for what this has been to DTLV. And now, we look forward to. I’m delighted to be able to share a platform which artists may utilize as an arts Incubator.“

Her bio notes state:
“Alison Chambers is the owner of The 705 in downtown Las Vegas. Over the past 3 years it has become an experimental arts incubator. It is home to Vegas Theatre Hub, which provides theater instruction to both professionals and amateurs. Other cool classes, workshops, and dance events fill the calendar.

“Additionally, a Trauma Recovery Yoga class is scheduled once a week, something that is extremely important to her.

“Alison’s passion is photography and writing which she combines to produce dtlvdocumentarian.com, a blog about downtown Las Vegas and wellness solutions.“

Regarding the 705, Alison writes on the organization’s Facebook page:

“It was a little over 3 years ago that Downtown Steve had the vision to encourage me to purchase an aging commercial building on the still “janky” section of Las Vegas Boulevard. He believed in the area and thought the former Veterans of Foreign Wars building had lots of potential. His vision has truly become my dream. The 705, an experimental arts incubator, provides the community a place for cool things to happen and take shape. Vegas Theatre Hub has found a home here: hosting classes and workshops in improv, clown, writing and other creative endeavors. The Las Vegas Rope Social holds a monthly social, as well as a monthly class and additional workshops. The building has hosted break dance competitions, fostering community and goodwill by bringing in local artists and vendors. Every week we host Trauma Recovery Yoga on a drop-in basis.

“In 2017, The 705 received the spectacular wraparound mural, “The 705 Erogenous Zone” by artist Aaron Sheppard, a UNLV MFA graduate. The art installation wraps The 705 on three sides of the building and was created entirely freehand by the artist. At 2000+ square feet, the Van Bayros inspired installation attracted attention from its inception, and continues to be a photography destination in downtown Las Vegas. The project was curated by Dr. Laura Henkel of ArtCulture PR with financial sponsorship from Brian ‘Paco’ Alvarez, Cultural Curator at Zappos.

“Fast forward to today I am excited to announce a new art installation for the exterior of the building. “A Phalanx of Angels Ascending” by Las Vegas artist James Stanford. Stanford designed a site-specific mural honoring the Blue Angel. I have a fondness in my heart for this iconic landmark as I know many do as well. While she is currently being restored to become a permanent resident of the Neon Museum’s collection, I am honored to have Stanford’s contemporary interpretation of the Blue Angel at The 705. Stanford’s contemporary interpretation of the Blue Angel at The 705. Stanford’s renderings will be executed by Cliff Airbrush, a respected street artist in Las Vegas. The 705 is launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to pay the artists and materials. I invite the community to enjoy the installation as it is being created, support the project and enjoy The 705.

It has been such an exciting adventure to create a space for the community. Who knew his vision would indeed become my dream… and I hope yours, too.”

Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner and the entire “Our Las Vegas“ team enthusiastically support Alison’s cultural animation efforts.

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July 21-22, 2019

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“View from McMullan’s Irish Pub“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
July 12, 2019

Bookend of a sort to yesterday’s “View from the 705 of Las Vegas Boulevard North,“ both photographed a few days ago a few hours apart.

About McMullan’s Tami C., Glastonbury, CT, writes:

“I freakin’ love this place, when I’m in town here in Vegas! We end up here when we come for magic live convention at the Orleans across the street. It’s a short walk to this respite from the madness!

“The minute you walk in you are transported to an atmospheric dark ‘Irish family Pub in the countryside.’ It’s cool and casual with some usual patrons watching the game and intimate pub seating in all the nooks and crannies. We’ve come with a large group of rowdies to sit in the back room dining area at happy hour or with family in the more intimate enclosed combination booth tables. Mix with folks or don’t. It’s your call. The authentic folk music and lively buzz is great!”

Excerpted from August 6, 2018 Yelp review.

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner frequently performs at the Pub as part of Killian’s Angels.

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July 20, 2019

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“View from the 705 of Las Vegas Boulevard North“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
July 12, 2019

Las Vegas Boulevard has had several names, including 5th Street (from Sahara to Owens, within the Las Vegas city limits), Main Street (in North Las Vegas), the Arrowhead Highway, Los Angeles Highway, Salt Lake Highway, US 91 (entire segment), US 93 (from Fremont Street north), US 466 (from Jean to Fremont Street, including the Las Vegas Strip) and State Route 6 (entire segment, unsigned).

“South of the city, Las Vegas Boulevard was commonly known as the Los Angeles Highway. Just north of Jean is the place where the last spike on the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad line was driven.

“With the construction of I-15, Las Vegas Boulevard went from being the main through road to one that only served as a city street for locals and tourists. Its current name, in effect since 1959, reflects its importance to the Valley rather than past names when it served as a main intra-city road.

“On October 16, 2009, the Federal Highway Administration announced the designation of a new National Scenic Byway on the boulevard. The 3.5-mile section starting at Sahara Avenue and running north to Washington Avenue was designated the City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Boulevard State Scenic Byway.”

Text from Wikipedia.

MORE: The 705

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has logged way more than her share of miles on the City and County’s streets.

• • •
July 19, 2019

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“Kelly and the Strays“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Big Dog’s Draft House
July 18, 2019

[Text below excerpted from the band’s Facebook page.]

“Kelly & the Strays”

“A top-shelf ‘Classic Rock Quartet’ … has played for over the past decade in most of the Major Casinos, Convention Centers and Concert Venues in Las Vegas.”

“From the House of Blues on the Vegas Strip to the soaring Mountain Heights and Ski Lodges of Southern Utah they have entertained and captured thousands of enthusiastic fans and built a solid reputation across the Southwest as a ‘Dynamic & highly professional Classic Rock Ensemble.’”

MORE:
Kelly Sheehan – vocals
Jack Roth – percussion
Kelly Dorn – guitar & vocals
Sean Koos – bass & vocals

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner notes: “You can catch ’The Strays’ at the Draft House on Front Porch Thursdays every six weeks or so.“

• • •
July 18, 2019

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“Unravelling Identity“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
July 11, 2019

As noted on its Facebook event page, Denise R. Duarte’s “‘Unraveling Identity‘ is a socially-engaged, multi-disciplinary exhibition that uses the metaphor of the diversity of plants to illustrate that it is a human construct to narrow the definition of normal regarding sexuality and gender identity.”

Sahara West Library
9600 W Sahara Ave

More: July 11 review by Dawn-Michelle Baude
“Denis R. Duarte’s Latest Exhibit Succeeds More as an Informative Statement than as Art.“

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a regular at Las Vegas art exhibitions.

• • •
July 17, 2019

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“Foxy Redux“
Photograph and text by Sallie Douglas
Summer 2019
Latest addition to our occasional Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series

[Editor’s note: Foxy was originally featured on the Daily Frame on December 13, 2015. In response to the question “How cute is this dog?“ we are delighted to include her again in the 2019 edition of our project.]

Foxy (originally named Tillie) was rescued from the Animal Foundation six and a half years ago…on Cinco De Mayo 2013.

“I was at an adoption event that was being held at Petsmart in Henderson, happened to see her hiding in a back corner of her cage, and just HAD to play with her in the get-acquainted room!!!

“The rest is history.

“Foxy is part Papillon, part Pomeranian, and part Terrier. She loves to stalk birds but never kills, chase and play tug-o-war with rope toys, snuggle, and get belly rubs. We believe she is about 10 or 11 years old.”

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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July 16, 2019

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“Sorry for the Mess (detail: cardboard camera)“
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 12, 2019

First in a series of views of “Sorry for the Mess,“ Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art exhibition on view through August 3.

Justin Favela and Ramiro Gomez come together for the first time in Sorry for the Mess, an exhibition of new collaborative artwork about labor, childhood memories, and life in Las Vegas. Filling the museum, this installation draws on key themes in the practices of both artists, merging a child’s imaginative experience with the adult realm of work and history.

“The visual language of children’s television recurs throughout the show. Programs like Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Sesame Street helped many of us form ideas about the world when we were young, and the artists draw on that familiar framework to connect such disparate subjects as the dolphins living in aquariums on the desert-bound Strip and the skeleton of the prehistoric ichthyosaur that used to lie at the center of the Museum floor. Playfully subverting our mental habit of blowing important objects up to huge proportions, Favela and Gomez create a giant landscape where the artifacts of ‘unseen’ casino labor loom with the surreal monumentality of TV props.”

Text from Museum website.

“Our Las Vegas“ director Jon Winet does his utmost to catch all Barrick exhibitions.

• • •
July 15, 2019

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“‘A Phalanx of Angels Ascending‘ – 705 Street View“
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 12, 2019

Second in a series of views of the 705 and James Stanford‘s mural.

“… instead of painting just one Blue Angel, [Artist James] Stanford decided to paint multiple versions—one emerging from a half shell like Sandro Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus,’ and others as rockets ascending toward the heavens.

“‘I thought, what’s better than one Blue Angel? Lots of Blue Angels!’ Stanford laughs. Airbrush artist Cliff Morris, who also painted the mural of Mayors Carolyn and Oscar Goodman behind Main Street’s ReBar, was tapped to paint the building’s 2,000-square-foot exterior.

“Stanford says the Blue Angel represents his experience growing up in Las Vegas. “People don’t think about Las Vegas being an all-American city, but in a way it exemplifies the rest of the country. We build what [people] want, and they come here to enjoy it.”

From Las Vegas Weekly June 20, 2019 story by Leslie Ventura.

More:

“The 705, is an arts incubator located at 705 Las Vegas Boulevard North. The building is home to the Vegas Theatre Hub, Trauma Recovery Yoga and many other educational workshops and events. One of The 705’s missions is to celebrate urban art and provide artists an opportunity to create on a large scale, by curating mural installations in collaboration with community sponsors.”

“Our Las Vegas“ director Jon Winet is a fierce advocate of cultural animation – and a fan of Betty Willis.

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July 14, 2019

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“705 (detail)“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
July 12, 2019

As noted on a July 2 Downtown Art News Facebook post:

“The 705, is an arts incubator located at 705 Las Vegas Boulevard North. The building is home to the Vegas Theatre Hub, Trauma Recovery Yoga and many other educational workshops and events. One of The 705’s missions is to celebrate urban art and provide artists an opportunity to create on a large scale, by curating mural installations in collaboration with community sponsors.”

In the days ahead, we’ll feature additional views of the 705 and James Stanford‘s mural “A Phalanx of Angels Ascending.“

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is one of Las Vegas’ and Killian’s Angels.

• • •
July 13, 2019

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“Planet 13“
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 11, 2019

Planet 13 – not quite “8th wonder of the World=worthy” but this ginormous dispensary that caters almost exclusively to tourists giddy to participate In Nevada’s legal marijuana commerce is a sight to see – as is the impressive water feature at the entrance.

Having missed the end of prohibition, “Our Las Vegas“ director Jon Winet feels fortunate to observe the evolution of legalized weed in Nevada.

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July 12, 2019

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“Sahara West Library“
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 20139

The Sahara West Library features a diverse range of programs. Below is information on tomorrow’s divorce workshop.

“Second Saturday Divorce Workshop”

Saturday, July 13, 2019, 10:30 AM

“This workshop is for you if:

•   You are contemplating divorce
•   You are in the process of getting divorced
•   You’ve already filed for divorce and are overwhelmed by the process
•   You’re not sure what to do next.

You Will:

•   Explore the legal, financial and emotional aspects of divorce
•   Discover resources available to help you
•   Talk with others experiencing similar life changes
•   Learn from experts who have guided others through divorce

Registration Time: 10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Starting Time: 10:30 AM
Ending Time: 1:00 PM
Cost: $40.00

“Our Las Vegas“ director Jon Winet encourages you to support your local library!

• • •
July 11, 2019

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“[#TBT] Mona Lisa Apartments“
Photograph by Jon Winet
June 2013
From the Drive-by Series

“Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco Giocondo“

“The history of the Mona Lisa is shrouded in mystery. Among the aspects which remain unclear are the exact identity of the sitter, who commissioned the portrait, how long Leonardo worked on the painting, how long he kept it, and how it came to be in the French royal collection.”

Excerpt from the Louvre Museum website.

“Our Las Vegas“ director Jon Winet appreciates Las Vegas’ fanciful naming schemes.

• • •
July 9-10, 2019

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“Slots-A-Fun“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
July 2019

“Carl Thomas, a gaming executive linked to the Civella crime family of Kansas City, owned the Slots-A-Fun casino in the 1970s when various parts of the mafia controlled the operation of casinos in Las Vegas. Thomas helped orchestrate an elaborate scheme to skim money from casinos for the mob, which he was later arrested, charged, and convicted for his role in the skim.

“Circus Circus Enterprises, owner of the neighboring Circus Circus casino, purchased Slots-A-Fun in 1979.

“For many early years Slots-A-Fun was famous for giving out free bags of fresh-popped popcorn for early morning gamblers but these promotions have been discontinued.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner savors establishments from earlier Las Vegas days.

• • •
July 8, 2019

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“Robbie Williams at the Wynn – Second View“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
July 5, 2019

[Follow-up to Ginger’s first visit to the show featured on the March 11, 2019 edition of the ‘Frame’ – and to yesterday’s view. All three are now in the Daily Frame Archive.

And yes, let’s give it up for the lighting director and crew!]

“Yah I love Vegas. I’m having a really good time.“

Robbie Williams, opening line from “Vegas Rehearsals | Vloggie Williams #85“

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is convinced Robbie Williams was destined for a Las Vegas show.

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July 7, 2019

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“Robbie Williams at the Wynn – Second Viewing“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
July 5, 2019

[Follow-up to Ginger’s first visit to the show, featured on the March 11, 2019 edition of the ‘Framae.’ Both are now in the Daily Frame Archive.]

“Yah I love Vegas. I’m having a really good time.“

Robbie Williams, opening line from “Vegas Rehearsals | Vloggie Williams #85“

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is convinced Robbie Williams was destined for a Las Vegas show.

• • •
July 6, 2019

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“The Palazzo“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
July 2019

“The Palazzo at the Venetian Resort

“LUXURY BEYOND MEASURE”

“The center of a modern renaissance, every experience invites you to open your mind to what luxury can mean.

“Refinement doesn’t mean having less, it means having more of the things you want. The Palazzo tower is classic Italian luxury, refined for your modern tastes.”

Text from Palazzo website.

MORE: Las Vegas Sands Corporation website.

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner doesn’t actually speak Italian.

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July 5, 2019

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“SNIPT | Cult 33 | Hard Rock“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
April 2019

The photographer notes: “A view of one of the murals by @SNIPT inside #craftandcommunity bar and grill located in the @@hardrockhotellv.”

She adds: “@SNIPT created the artwork. His fellow artists in the collective @cultthirtythree assisted with the pasting and painting. They are…@youkilledmefirst
@theresheisart and @xdan45x.“

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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July 4, 2019

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“The Statue of Liberty“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
June 2019

As noted on Wikipedia: “The title of the poem [below] and the first two lines refer to the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, sometimes described as standing astride the harbor; contrasted with the ‘New‘ Colossus (the Statue of Liberty, described in the poem).“

The New Colossus
by Emma Lazarus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is joined by the entire “Our Las Vegas“ team in wishing everyone in the United States a safe and happy Independence Day.

• • •
July 3, 2019

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“2010: Twin Chevron Stations Flying Old Glory“
Photograph and text by Mark Lanning, Jr.

This is the photographer’s fourth contribution to The Daily Frame.

In the introduction to Mark Lanning, Jr.‘s 2014 photo book “Vegas 2010,“ he writes: ‘Las Vegas the suburb city of over two million residents was down and quiet in 2010, displaying with a depressing clarity that even a uniquely labor-strong town was just as vulnerable to disaster when overcome by finance and development. I expect that by now, four years later and DOW +16,000, all the levers are moving once again.‘”

For this photograph he writes: “Opposing Chevron stations with matching, enormous American flags on Sahara & S. Jones. This location is deep inside the surface street archipelago of residential Las Vegas, and this identical pairing of businesses is not uncommon (Cheyenne & Sahara combine for a total of eleven McDonald’s from one side of the basin to the other).”

Mark Lanning, Jr. is a photographer currently living and working in Iowa City, Iowa, where he is an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa. Recent works include “Sentinels” and “30 Motels on West Capitol Avenue,” which can be seen on his website: marklanningjr.com.

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July 2, 2019

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“Leo | Hakkasan“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“PRIVATE EVENTS AT HAKKASAN LAS VEGAS”

“Envisioned and created by Hakkasan Group, Hakkasan Las Vegas is an immersive 80,000-square-foot, five-level space that offers a variety of environments, including the restaurant, private dining room, Ling Ling Lounge and Club, Main Nightclub, Pavilion and Mezzanine. This exceptional nightclub and restaurant concept also showcases a unique convergence of world-class mixology and exclusive musical talent across numerous genres.

“Offering four distinct nightlife experiences, combined with two stories of dining decadence, Hakkasan is more than a nightclub experience, it also has the ability to accommodate any type of private event. The various levels and atmospheres provide the unique flexibility to connect each individual space together, or utilize them separately, based on each group’s specific needs. Hakkasan Las Vegas has the capacity to accommodate groups from 75 to 3,900 guests.”

Text from club website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner appreciates a good juxtaposition.

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July 1, 2019

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“Carpets Galore to the Stratosphere“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
June 29, 2019

“Three blocks north of the Stratosphere tower – open 7 days a week!”

“For over 38 years, Carpets Galore has been the only family-owned and operated business in Las Vegas: we are located in the heart of Las Vegas, three blocks north of the Stratosphere Tower on Main Street.

Learn More !

Text from company website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a full-service wall-to-wall artist.

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June 30, 2019

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“Dawson Park Sunset“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
June 11, 2019

Dawson Park Neighborhood

Colleague B.N. proclaimed in a comment on one of “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner‘s recent photographs: “I want to live in your Las Vegas.“

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June 29, 2019

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“Three Aces“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Pride Up! Tonight is Pride Night at the Aces‘ game. Ticket prices start at $24.

The photographer notes: Cultural critic | writer | journalist Lissa Townsend Rodgers is reminded of “The Three Graces.”

Over the years, “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner, no stranger to hoops, notes that the equally basketball-informed cultural critic | writer | journalist Lissa Townsend Rodgers, when looking at this photograph, is reminded of “The Three Graces.”

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June 28, 2019

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“Tyler Williams“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the Las Vegas Artists series – Musicians division

Tyler Williams is a bassist and composer living in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is the musical director bassist for “Le Reve” and freelances throughout the Las Vegas area.

Over the years, “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has enjoyed a number of iterations of Le Rêve. We don’t know if she’s a more general fan of aquatics.

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June 27, 2019

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“The Coach“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Bill Laimbeer – The Player”

“A 14-year NBA veteran, [Aces Coach] Laimbeer was a four-time All-Star for the Detroit Pistons. As a member of the famed “Bad Boys,” Laimbeer totaled 13,790 points and 10,400 rebounds in his career, becoming only the 19th player in NBA history to eclipse 10,000 in both categories. A key member of back-to-back NBA Championships in 1989 and 1990, he had his No. 40 jersey retired by the franchise in 1995. Laimbeer played college ball at Notre Dame from 1975-79, graduating with a degree in economics in 1979.”

Text from December 8, 2017 story on the Aces website.


June 26, 2019

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“MGM Lion“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“The famous mascot of Metro-Goldwyn Mayer is not one lion, but five lions. These are their stories.“

— Introduction to October 21, 2012 story, “The Life And Times Of The MGM Lion,“
by Matt Soniak in Mental Floss.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner can roar like a lion, but mostly purrs like a ktten.

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June 25, 2019

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“Human Nature (at the Venetian)“
Photograph and text by Diana Perez
The Venetian Hotel and Casino
June 21, 2019

Happy 60th Birthday Motown!

Human Nature not only celebrates Motown’s 60th anniversary, but also their 10th year performing on the strip. on

“Human Nature revamps their production for these two special milestones by featuring a mix of popular Motown, pop, soul and modern day hits, interacting with their audience and making them not just part of the show and Motown party.

“Smokey Robinson notes: ‘My guys – Human Nature – are making MOTOWN proud. They are a must-see show in Las Vegas.‘“

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Daily Frame contributor Diana Perez serves as the ELL (English Language Learners) Program Assistant for the CCSD’s Department of Adult Education. She is concurrently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism at UNLV.

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June 24, 2019

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“Resorts World Las Vegas Rising“
Photograph Sallie Douglas
June 19, 2019

Second in a series documenting changes and developments around town by contributor Sallie Douglas. Follow up to the February 25, 2019 edition of The Daily Frame.

Resorts World Las Vegas is a casino and resort currently under construction on the Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, planned to open in late 2020. The property had been the site of the Stardust Resort and Casino until 2007, when Boyd Gaming demolished the resort to develop its Echelon Place project.

“Boyd halted construction in 2008 due to economic conditions, and sold the property to Genting Group in March 2013, when Genting announced plans to redevelop the site as Resorts World Las Vegas. Groundbreaking was initially scheduled for 2014, with the first phase expected to open in 2016. However, the opening date was delayed several times due to redesigns of the project. Groundbreaking took place in May 2015, and construction began in late 2017.”

Excerpted from an extensive Wikipedia entry – highly recommended for those game to take a deep dive into recent Las Vegas Strip history.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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June 23, 2019

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“Mount Charleston Lodge Bar Interior“
Photograph Ginger Bruner
June 21, 2019

Two weekends running, we feature Mount Charleston and the Lodge.

In Mark B.’s 5 star Yelp review, he notes: “It’s a great destination all by itself. The bar is always nice to hit for a beer after a hike in the area.”

Our fearless Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner does weddings.

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June 22, 2019

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“Change of Seasons“
Photograph Sallie Douglas
Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
June 18, 2019

First in a series documenting changes around town by contributor Sallie Douglas.

Construction crew and horticulturists among others have been busy at work preparing for a new display at the Bellagio. Stay tuned for images of the Summer edition of this remarkable perennial project, opening today through September 7.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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June 20-21, 2019

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“Ike’s Bar at the El Cortez“
Photograph Ginger Bruner
June 19, 2019

Excerpt below from NIGHTCLUB&BAR June 11, 2018 story by Kevin Tam

“Roll the Digital Dice: 5 Reasons to Add Video Poker Machines to Your Bar?”

“Reason #2: Bars operate with less problems in a slot machine environment.”

“Selling night life may be exciting but it’s much easier to build a business around gaming customers. These guests don’t cause the same problems as the nightclub crowd. There are fewer fights, less late nights, less problems with governing authorities (like police and fire), and less noise complaints from neighbors.

“The staff that work at these venues also cause less management problems for owners. They are easier to deal with and have a higher level of integrity. I can also attest that pub operators just seem to be more relaxed and laid back than their nightclub counterparts—they are less stressed about their businesses. It’s because operating these kinds of businesses requires much less maintenance than businesses with a nightclub concept.”

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is an unabashed fan of the El Cortez, the longest continuously-running casino in Las Vegas. (est. 1941)

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June 19, 2019

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“Monterey Motel Demolition view no. 3“
Photography and text by Brian Paco Alvarez
June 2019

Final in a limited series of photographs documenting the demolition of the motel, all now in the 2019 Archive.

The photographer, a dedicated historic preservation advocate writes:

“So without any fanfare, protests or a peep from preservationists, the oldest motel left on Las Vegas Boulevard meets its demise. I have a sneaking suspicion that the property owners didn’t pull any demo permits. Just like what happened in 2005 when my friend Dan and I just happened to see the Del Mar Motel being demolished. No permits. Luckily that gave us enough time to save the motel sign that just happened to be designed by Betty Willis.

“Since moving Downtown 14 years ago I have seen the demolition of more than half of the historic motels on the stretch of the LV Blvd from Sahara to Fremont Street only to be replaced with empty dirt lots and blight. Las Vegas we can do better than this.”

MORE:

•   City of Las Vegas Historic Preservation website.

•   Preservation Association of Clark County website.

•   May 2018 Google Street View

•   March 2018 Loopnet listing:

•   Information and photography on Vintage Las Vegas website.

Brian Paco Alvarez is a professional curator, urban historian and native Las Vegan. He has dedicated his life and career to the cultural arts and historic preservation in the Las Vegas area and throughout the state.

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June 18, 2019

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“Monterey Motel Demolition view no. 2“
Photography and text by Brian Paco Alvarez
June 2019

Second in a limited series of photographs documenting the demolition of the motel.

March 2018 Loopnet listing:

“* Reduced almost $700,000.00 !!! Owner wants sold now.”

“Own a piece of Genuine Las Vegas history with the Monterey Motel, located on World Famous Las Vegas Blvd, just south of Charleston and the booming Downtown Las Vegas. The current Owner is retiring and selling prior to moving out of town. The property is surrounded by world class businesses such as Walgreens and Wells Fargo as well as brand new developments. There are a total of 35 studio apartments/ motel rooms. All of the rooms are in the exact condition you see in the images attached. Property sits on 1 acre of land with endless possibilities for development.”

The photographer, a dedicated historic preservation advocate writes:

“So without any fanfare, protests or a peep from preservationists, the oldest motel left on Las Vegas Boulevard meets its demise. I have a sneaking suspicion that the property owners didn’t pull any demo permits. Just like what happened in 2005 when my friend Dan and I just happened to see the Del Mar Motel being demolished. No permits. Luckily that gave us enough time to save the motel sign that just happened to be designed by Betty Willis.

“Since moving Downtown 14 years ago I have seen the demolition of more than half of the historic motels on the stretch of the LV Blvd from Sahara to Fremont Street only to be replaced with empty dirt lots and blight. Las Vegas we can do better than this.”

MORE:
•   Information and photography on Vintage Las Vegas website.

•   May 2018 Google Street View

Brian Paco Alvarez is a professional curator, urban historian and native Las Vegan. He has dedicated his life and career to the cultural arts and historic preservation in the Las Vegas area and throughout the state.

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June 17, 2019

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“Monterey Motel“
Photography and text by Brian Paco Alvarez
June 2019

First in a limited series of photographs documenting the demolition of the motel. The dedicated historic preservation advocate writes:

“So without any fanfare, protests or a peep from preservationists, the oldest motel left on Las Vegas Boulevard meets its demise. I have a sneaking suspicion that the property owners didn’t pull any demo permits. Just like what happened in 2005 when my friend Dan and I just happened to see the Del Mar Motel being demolished. No permits. Luckily that gave us enough time to save the motel sign that just happened to be designed by Betty Willis.

Since moving Downtown 14 years ago I have seen the demolition of more than half of the historic motels on the stretch of the LV Blvd from Sahara to Fremont Street only to be replaced with empty dirt lots and blight. Las Vegas we can do better than this.”

MORE:
•   Information and photography on Vintage Las Vegas website.

•   May 2018 Google Street View

Brian Paco Alvarez is a professional curator, urban historian and native Las Vegan. He has dedicated his life and career to the cultural arts and historic preservation in the Las Vegas area and throughout the state.

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June 16, 2019

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“Mount Charleston (Lodge Vista)“
June 2019
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

[Third of three consecutive Daily Frames from Mount Charleston – all now in the 2019 Archive.]

“HIKING IN THE SPRING MOUNTAINS”

“Over 60 miles of maintained trails wind through the area, most starting at over 6000ft in elevation and some culminating at the 11,916ft Charleston Peak. Hikers should be prepared for increased sun exposure and avoid dehydration due to the high elevation, and prepare to turn around or shelter in place for mountain lightning storms in summer. Sudden snow is possible from fall through spring, and in the winter all trails may become impassible with snow and ice. Hikers should always watch the weather and check for flood, lightning, and avalanche warnings.”

Text from Go Mount Charleston Southern Nevada Conservancy website.

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“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is often a happy camper.

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June 15, 2019

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“Mount Charleston Lodge“
June 2019
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“A Las Vegas Treasure”

“There are many dining choices in Las Vegas but only one at 7,717 feet elevation at the top of the mountain in Kyle Canyon’s Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest. Here, the attraction is Mother Nature at her finest with spectacular mountain peak views. The menu is expansive and features local favorites. The Lounge serves our world famous Mt. Charleston Coffee as well as hot chocolate. The full bar is stocked with top shelf liquor and liqueurs, domestic and imported beers, and California wines. The Lodge takes on a more eloquent ambiance in the evening with candlelight dining.

“The focus of the Lodge’s décor is the large open fireplace in the center of the 200-capacity facility. Windows surround three sides of the room with the lounge along one wall. The A-frame building features a 20-foot loft ceiling and equally high window opposite the lounge. The rustic atmosphere of the Lodge evokes feelings of quaintness and relaxation. As the only dining establishment at the top of Kyle Canyon, the Lodge is a favorite destination for many tour groups, as well as Las Vegas locals looking to escape for the day. A small dance floor and stage accommodate wedding receptions and other special events.

“Mount Charleston has over 50 miles of marked trails over the rocky terrain. Some of these trails are paved and handicap accessible. There are also strenuous climbs to the top of the mountain. The tougher hikes offer rewards of scenic vistas and unique geology and flora. But hikers of all ages and abilities will find something to enjoy while visiting Mount Charleston, including picnics and camping. Bicycles are permitted on some trails.

“Mount Charleston and Spring Mountains are typically 20-30 degrees cooler than the valleys, so the area is a popular getaway for both Las Vegas residents and visitors, who want to enjoy an outdoor activity while escaping the brutal desert heat. No hiking permits are required and there are no entrance fees.”

Text from Lodge website.

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“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner spent a number of summers as a camper and camp counselor in Lee Canyon.

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June 14, 2019

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“Lance Phelps“
Mount Charleston
June 2019
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the Las Vegas Artists series.

Originally from Phoenix, local musician and avid hiker Lance Phelps has been escaping the heat at Mt. Charleston since moving to Las Vegas in 1994.

Phelps has played trumpet with artists ranging from Frankie Valli to Spoon to Marlena Shaw, but you’re most likely to hear him in “The Rat Pack Is Back!“ band at the Tuscany Suites & Casino Copa Showroom .

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has a soft spot in her heart for the halcyon Las Vegas days of the Rat Pack.

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June 13, 2019

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“#TBT Container Park Construction Zone“
Photograph by Jon Winet
c. February 2013

Follow-up to February 7, 2019 Daily Frame “#TBT: 7th & Fremont” Las Vegas Review-Journal May 28 story by Janna Karel: “Get stuck for fun in downtown Las Vegas art experience.” Both now in the 2019 Archive.

“Our Las Vegas“ Director Jon Winet never misses a chance to stroll down East Fremont Street.

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June 12, 2019

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“F.O.E. Interior“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Second in a series of images from the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No 1213 Headquarters.

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1601 E Washington Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89101

“The F.O.E. donates more than $10 million a year to local communities, fundraisers, charities and more. As part of its philosophy, the F.O.E. gives back 100 percent of monies raised in the form of grants. Fundraisers are conducted for eight major charities, including kidney, heart, diabetes, cancer and spinal cord injury funds, a children’s fund, memorial foundation and the Golden Eagle Fund.”

Text from national organization website.

We believe “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer and musician Ginger Bruner may soon be performing at the aerie.

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June 11, 2019

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“F.O.E.“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

First in a series of images from the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No 1213 Headquarters.

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1601 E Washington Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89101

“The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international non-profit organization uniting fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.

“The F.O.E. was founded in February, 1898 by six theatre owners gathered in a Seattle shipyard to discuss a musician’s [sic] strike. After addressing the matter, they agreed to “bury the hatchet” and form “The Order of Good Things.” As numbers grew, members selected the Bald Eagle as the official emblem and changed the name to “The Fraternal Order of Eagles.” The women’s auxiliary traces its roots to 1927. The Fraternal Order of Eagles includes nearly 800,000 members and more than 1,500 locations across the United States and Canada. Stop by one of our locations and see why we’re known as People Helping People.”

Text from national organization website.

To the best of our knowledge “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is not affiliated with the F.O.E. But then again, there are many surprising things we have yet to learn about her.

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June 10, 2019

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“Excessive Heat Warning“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

From …”Excessive Heat Warning issued for Tuesday and Wednesday…”

” .Hottest temperatures so far this year will occur on Tuesday and
Wednesday leading to High HeatRisk.

” …EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM PDT /10 AM MST/
TUESDAY TO 8 PM PDT /8 PM MST/ WEDNESDAY…
The National Weather Service in Las Vegas has issued an Excessive
Heat Warning, which is in effect from 10 AM PDT /10 AM MST/
Tuesday to 8 PM PDT /8 PM MST/ Wednesday.

” * TEMPERATURE…Las Vegas Valley 105 to 110 degrees, Lake Mead
National Recreation Area, Laughlin/Bullhead City and Lake Havasu
City 110 to 115 degrees. Pahrump Valley 103 to 107 degrees, and
Death Valley National Park 115 to 120 degrees.

” * IMPACTS…Due to our cooler than normal May and lack of time to
acclimate, heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and
heat stroke will be possible. People most vulnerable to heat
illnesses include those who spend lots of time outdoors…those
without air conditioning…young children…the elderly…and
those with chronic ailments.
Recommended actions

” Take extra precautions…if you work or spend time outside. When
possible…reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible
and drink plenty of water.

” Young children and pets should never be left unattended in
vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during
warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal
temperatures in a matter of minutes.”

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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June 9, 2019

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“A View from Laughlin“
Photograph by Jon Winet

“The townsite of Laughlin was established in the 1940s as South Pointe because of the proximity to the southern tip of the state of Nevada. The early town consisted of a motel and bar that catered to gold and silver miners, construction workers building Davis Dam, and fishing enthusiasts. In the 1950s, construction workers left, and the town all but disappeared.

“In 1964, Don Laughlin, owner of the 101 Club in Las Vegas, flew over the site and saw its tourism potential. He offered to buy the land, and within a few years, the small motel and casino, consisting of only 12 slots and two live tables, was bustling. In 1966, the Riverside Resort built the first 14-floor high-rise; in 1972, 48 rooms were added, followed by several additions. A second casino, the Bobcat Club, opened in 1967, where the Golden Nugget Laughlin currently operates. In 1968, a third casino, the Monte Carlo, opened its doors. Across the river, Bullhead City, Arizona, flourished in the glow of the casino light.

“Today there are nine hotel/casinos and one motel in Laughlin providing over 10,000 rooms, 154,000 square feet of meeting space, 60 restaurants, two museums, a 34-lane bowling center, and a variety of boutiques, spas, and salons. More than 14,000 casino workers now cross the Colorado by shuttle boat or the Laughlin Bridge each day. Laughlin currently attracts less than 2 million visitors annually who visit to gamble, enjoy water sports on the Colorado River, or attend many high-profile special events hosted by the community.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas“ Director Jon Winet has canoed on the Mississippi – twice.

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June 8, 2019

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“Icky Muffin“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
June 6, 2019

In conjunction this year’s June 6-9 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend at the Orleans we are delighted to feature images from this spectacular annual event.

Icky Muffin, 2018 winner of Best Boylesque, performing his step-down number at Friday’s Movers, Shakers, and Innovators Showcase.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner admires Icky’s athleticism and theatricality.

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June 7, 2019

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“Mark Captain Kid on Stage at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend.“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
2012

In conjunction this year’s June 6-9 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend at the Orleans we present images from past editions of this glitteringly brilliant event.

Mark ‘Captain Kidd’ Winmill is a dancer and aerial performer whose father was an acrobat and whose grandfather was a clown. Winmill was crowned King of Boylesque in 2011 and stresses the importance of theatre being a protest and a party.

“Winmill would advise anyone interested in performing to ‘believe in yourself, be confident. See a lot of art, get inspired, do your research.’”

Text from “Meet Australia’s all-male burlesque troupe” December 5, 2018 story by Abi McIntosh in Pink News.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner appreciates burlesque in all its forms.

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June 6, 2019

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“Catherine D’Lish on Stage at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend.“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
c. 2011-2012

In conjunction this year’s June 6-9 edition of the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend at the Orleans we present this #TBT image of one of its brightest starts.

Catherine D’Lish has earned a reputation as a contemporary “striptease virtuoso” with her unusually inventive shows performed in an elegant and whimsical style. Catherine is easily the most influential stripping entertainer performing today. She has headlined in varied venues from Las Vegas casinos, nightclubs around the world and fetish events to the top gentlemen’s clubs and “mainstream” theaters; was a headlining performer for Playboy’s 50th Anniversary Tour, and starred in “Burlesque Fest”, the first national tour of its kind. Catherine has competed in and won nearly every pageant and title available to striptease performers, holding over thirty titles such as Miss Nude USA, World’s Performer of the Year, Miss Erotic World, Showgirl of the Year, Miss Exotic America, Miss Nude International, USA’s Best Shows, Miss Exotic World, and is a member of the Burlesque Hall of Fame.

“Catherine is renowned for her extravagant costumes and elaborate props. Recognized as the premier fan dancer today, her most popular shows are classic striptease- complete with a giant champagne glass bubble bath finale.

“Catherine has also built a reputation as the best burlesque costume designer and creative director in the business. She has created dazzling costumes that are ornately hand-jeweled and feathered, with laborious attention to detail not commonly seen today. Catherine is well-known for her work as creative director/costumer/choreographer for Dita Von Teese. The shows and costumes she has created have earned international recognition and acclaim. Each of her dazzling ensembles is paired with an equally lavish prop. Catherine has one of the most extreme collections of enormous props in the business, including a larger-than-life champagne glass, grand gilded birdcage, giant spider web, and a magnificent eight-foot tall waterfall complete with fountains and flowers.

“In addition to traveling and performing, Catherine fills her time by teaching workshops and also coaching established performers privately. She has recently launched a retail feather design business with Fabulous Feathers, based out of Los Angeles.“

Text from the artist’s website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has faithfully documented the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend going on a decade or longer.

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June 5, 2019

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“Circus Circus (Sign)“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
June 2019
From the Drive-by Series

“The ‘clown’ character developed out of the zanni ‘rustic fool’ characters of the early modern commedia dell’arte, which were themselves directly based on the ‘rustic fool’ characters of ancient Greek and Roman theatre. In Roman theater, a term for clown was fossor, literally ‘digger; labourer.’

“The English word clown was first recorded c. 1560 (as clowne, cloyne) in the generic meaning ‘rustic, boor, peasant.’ The origin of the word is uncertain, perhaps from a Scandinavian word cognate with clumsy. It is in this sense that ‘Clown’ is used as the name of fool characters in Shakespeare’s Othello and The Winter’s Tale. The sense of clown as referring to a professional or habitual fool or jester developed soon after 1600, based on Elizabethan ‘rustic fool’ characters such as Shakespeare’s.

“The harlequinade developed in England in the 17th century, inspired by the commedia dell’arte. It was here that ‘Clown’ came into use as the given name of a stock character. Originally a foil for Harlequin’s slyness and adroit nature, Clown was a buffoon or bumpkin fool who resembled less a jester than a comical idiot. He was a lower class character dressed in tattered servants’ garb.

“The now-classical features of the clown character were developed in the early 1800s by Joseph Grimaldi, who played Clown in Charles Dibdin’s 1800 pantomime Peter Wilkins: or Harlequin in the Flying World at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, where Grimaldi built the character up into the central figure of the harlequinade.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has serious clowning and juggling chops.

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June 3-4, 2019

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“Snow Mountain“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
June 2, 2019

The Spring Mountains of Southern Nevada are still snow covered, even as of June 2nd, a great rarity. This capture by OLV lead photographer Ginger Bruner is from the vantage point of the Las Vegas Paiute Snow Mountain Golf Resort.

“The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, located in both the downtown corridor and in northwest Las Vegas, became recognized as a Sovereign Nation through the Indian Reorganization Act of June 18, 1934, in conjunction with the Las Vegas Paiute Tribal Constitution, approved on July 22, 1970. The Tudinu (or Desert People), ancestors of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, occupied the territory encompassing part of the Colorado River, most of southeastern Nevada and parts of both Southern California and Utah. The tribe operates and owns the 54-championship-hole Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, which was also the first master-planned, multi-course facility of its kind built on Native American land. The tribe also owns and operates the Las Vegas Paiute Smoke Shop, Snow Mountain Smoke Shop, Las Vegas Paiute Police Department, and Las Vegas Paiute Health and Human Services (lvpaiutetribe.com).”

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner enjoys golf, and mountains.

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June 1, 2019

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Happy Bee
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 2019

As the heat comes upon us after an amazing spring-like respite, Our Las Vegas presents ‘last call for cactus pollen‘ featuring a pollen-drunk bee in the west Huntridge neighborhood.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has the occasional issue with alergies.

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May 31, 2019

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“Big Rig Jig“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 2019

Beginning as a temporary Burning Man sculpture in 2007 by artist Mike Ross, the Big Rig Jig is made up of two 18-wheelers. The structure stands at an impressive four stories high, overlooking many of the surrounding buildings. Acting as the centerpiece for the Fergusons courtyard, it echoes the whimsy of Las Vegas.

(text courtesy Fergusons Downtown website)

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has spent a bit of time downtown.

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May 30, 2019

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“15th Street Sunset“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 2019

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has a number of people in her life who make sure she sees sunsets. She notes: “#pals.“

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May 29, 2019

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“That Fabulous Pair ‘o Pups“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 2019
Latest addition to our occasional Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series

Gigi (in the foreground) is the smaller, more energetic half of a fabulous pair of pups under the guardianship of Laura Herbert. On good authority we have it that Gigi is an athletic dreamer prone to calisthenic moves while sleeping, perhaps while imagining running in a field of clover.

Lola is a veteran of The Daily Frame. As we noted in the July 30, 2014 edition: “Guardian Laura Herbert provides the following fanciful biographical sketch of Lola: “A rare Pekingese/Poodle mix, Lola ‘Loafles’ Herbert was born under a trailer on an abandoned goat farm in the high desert Mojave. A resident of downtown Las Vegas since early 2008, she enjoys squeaky toys, knocking over her sister, Roxannie, spooning (especially with humans) and making out (also with humans, if she manages to catch them off-guard).“

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has a definite thing of the love variety for both pups.

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May 27-28, 2019

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“Sunset Station“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 2019

[Note: last of a trio of ‘Frames’ including yesterday’s “Plane. Palm. Sky.“ and May 11th’s “Galleria at Sunset,” shot within seconds of each other. Now all in the 2019 Archive.]

Sunset Station is a hotel and casino. It is owned and operated by Station Casinos on 98 acres located in Henderson, Nevada. Sunset Station is an off-strip locals casino located on Sunset Road near Interstate 515, across from the Galleria at Sunset shopping center.

“The resort includes a 21-story hotel tower with 448 rooms, 13,000 sq ft of meeting space, slot machines, table games, a 13-screen movie theater, a 542-seat bingo hall, a 72-lane bowling alley open 24 hours a day, a 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater and nine restaurants.

“Sunset Station opened on June 10, 1997. While Station Casinos had successful openings with Boulder Station and Texas Station in the mid-1990s, Sunset Station was considered a demonstration of the company’s ability to develop and market a locals casino that was upscale. Following the success of Sunset Station, Station Casinos continued to open locals casinos that were more upscale, such as Green Valley Ranch (2001) and Red Rock Resort (2006).”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner seizes the photographic moment of capture.

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May 26, 2019

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“Plane. Palm. Sky.“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 2019

[With thousands making a Sunday getaway following whet we hope was a memorable weekend in the Radiant City, we share the latest passenger figures for McCarran.]

According to the Clark County Department of Aviation Statistics there have been 11,946,719 enplanded and deplaned passengers at McCarran International Airport through March of this year.

Detailed Statistics

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner enjoys a good plane photobombing.

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May 25, 2019

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“Construction in Progress – by Day“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 2019

[Matching bookend to Friday’s photograph taken a few hours later. Both now in thee 2019 Archive.]
Dorothy Avenue and South Maryland Parkway

March 2019 Google Street View

We’re speculating that “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner may well have spent time between today’s and Friday’s shots at the Stakeout Bar & Grill, “a comfort food favorite just across Dorothy.“

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May 24, 2019

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“Construction in Progress“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 2019

Dorothy Avenue and South Maryland Parkway

March 2019 Google Street View

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has long patronized the Stakeout Bar & Grill, a comfort food favorite just across Dorothy.

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May 23, 2019

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“2010: Lake Las Vegas Ritz-Carlton“
Photograph and text by Mark Lanning, Jr.
2010-2014

This is the photographer’s third contribution to The Daily Frame.

In the introduction to Mark Lanning, Jr.‘s 2014 photo book “Vegas 2010,“ he writes: ‘Las Vegas the suburb city of over two million residents was down and quiet in 2010, displaying with a depressing clarity that even a uniquely labor-strong town was just as vulnerable to disaster when overcome by finance and development. I expect that by now, four years later and DOW +16,000, all the levers are moving once again.‘”

For this photograph he writes: “A worker prepares for the closing of the Lake Las Vegas Ritz-Carlton. The hotel straddled the lake and had a Florentine theme, complete with shops, gondolas, and oddly, an open air ice skating rink.“

MORE: CBS News February 11, 2010 story by Barbara Hernandez:
“Ritz-Carlton’s Lake Las Vegas Closes Because… It’s Not Las Vegas”

Mark Lanning, Jr. is a photographer currently living and working in Iowa City, Iowa, where he is an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa. Recent works include “Sentinels” and “30 Motels on West Capitol Avenue,” which can be seen on his website: marklanningjr.com.

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May 22, 2019

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”The Juror – James Stanford“
Photograph by Kathleen Nathaan
May 17, 2019
From the Las Vegas Artists series.

[Photographed on the occasion of the opening of the College of Southern Nevads’s ”2019 Juried Student Exhibition.”]

“American artist James Stanford’s diverse practice includes photography, digital illustration, painting, and drawing. Stanford studied painting at the University of Washington (UW) (MFA) and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) (BFA). Dedicated to creativity and the fine arts, he has taught at UNLV and UW, established the Smallworks Gallery, and curated exhibitions at various venues, including the Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center.

“Today, Stanford is well known for his edition series Indra’s Jewels, a group of digitally reinvented mosaics of patterns that are at once decorative and contemplative. The vibrant images are reminiscent of physics-like models of space, but also have an immaterial, spiritual quality, evoking the artist’s strong connection to Zen Buddhism.”

Text from artist’s website .

Kathleen Nathan was born in Utica, NY. She began her study of photography in 1973 at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. It was here where she began to develop her style and skills in black and white photography. Kathleen obtained her MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1991. For more than 30 years her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States. During her career, Nathan’s work has evolved with time and experience – from taking photographs to making photographs, from darkroom to digital. She continues to pursue her devotion to capturing the passage of time through the photograph. Currently Nathan lives in Las Vegas and teaches in the Department of Fine Arts at the College of Southern Nevada.

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May 21, 2019

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”Circus Circus – Circus“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 2019

“In his journalistic novel of the early 1970s, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson wrote, ‘The Circus-Circus is what the whole hep world would be doing Saturday night if the Nazis had won the war. This is the sixth Reich. The ground floor is full of gambling tables, like all the other casinos . . . but the place is about four stories high, in the style of a circus tent, and all manner of strange County-Fair/Polish Carnival madness is going on up in this space.’ When the Thompson work was adapted to film in 1998, the fictional ‘Bazooko Circus’ was a thinly veiled stand-in for the world-famed resort, which had refused permission for the filmmakers to shoot on their property.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has and occasionally does clown around town.

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May 19-20, 2019

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”Schoenoplectus acutus“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Floyd Lamb Park

April 2019

Schoenoplectus acutus, called tule /ˈtuːliː/, common tule, hardstem tule, tule rush, hardstem bulrush, or viscid bulrush, is a giant species of sedge in the plant family Cyperaceae, native to freshwater marshes all over North America. The common name derives from the Nāhuatl word tōllin [ˈtoːlːin], and was first applied by the early settlers from New Spain who recognized the marsh plants in the Central Valley of California as similar to those in the marshes around Mexico City.

“Tules once lined the shores of Tulare Lake, California, formerly the largest freshwater lake in the western United States, until it was drained by land speculators in the 20th century. The expression ‘out in the tules’ is still common, deriving from the dialect of old Californian families and means ‘where no one would want to live,’ with a touch of irony. The phrase is comparable to ‘out in the boondocks.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner enjoys getting out in the boondocks.

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May 18, 2019

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”Desert Art Supplies Streetside View“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 2019

Second of a pair of mismatched bookends from Desert Art Supplies’ parking area.

“Celebrating our 61st Year in Business“

“Here at Desert Art Supplies (a.k.a. Desert Decor) we are totally committed to bringing the best customer service and top quality art materials to all levels of student, professional, and hobby artists alike. Opening in 1957, this family owned business is dedicated to ‘Keeping Art Alive.’

“We offer a variety of services, including Special Ordering, Custom Picture Framing, Computerized Mat Cutting and Vinyl Signage, and Airbrush/Compressor Repair. We stock a full spectrum of art supply products, and enjoy being challenged to locate that ’Hard-to-Find’ item. We at Desert Art Supplies, ‘Southern Nevada’s Most Complete Art Store,’ sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve you.”

Text from store website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner may soon be heading over to Desert Art Supplies for a hard-to-find item or two.

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May 17, 2019

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”Rembrandt & Ross“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 2019

First of a pair of views from Desert Art Supplies‘ parking area.

“The Bob Ross experience“

“He’s recognized everywhere as one of the most iconic and memorable personalities on public television. With his gentle approach and homespun humor Bob Ross has taught, Inspired and entertained millions of people around the country and around the world.

“For more than 35 years ‘The Joy of Painting’ has been one of the most popular programs on public television. Bob nurtured the confidence of his viewers encouraging and inspiring them to find their world and put it on canvas.“

“Rembrandt van Rijn“

“A prolific painter, draftsman, and etcher, Rembrandt van Rijn is usually regarded as the greatest artist of Holland’s “Golden Age.” He worked first in his native Leiden and, from 1632 onward, in Amsterdam, where he had studied briefly (ca. 1624) with the influential history painter Pieter Lastman. Rembrandt never went abroad, but he voraciously surveyed the work of Northern artists who had lived in Italy, like Lastman, the Utrecht painter Gerrit van Honthorst (Rembrandt’s main link to Caravaggio), Anthony van Dyck, and—mostly through prints—Adam Elsheimer and Peter Paul Rubens. In the Leiden period, Rembrandt also responded strongly to earlier Netherlandish artists such as Lucas van Leyden (ca. 1494–1533). However, a crucial aspect of Rembrandt’s development was his intense study of people, objects, and their surroundings “from life,” as is obvious in paintings like his early self-portraits and the Saint Paul in Prison of 1627 (Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart).

Text from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Bob Ross websites.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner can go high– and lobrow.

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May 16, 2019

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”#tbt Emergency Arts & The Beat (From the Commonwealth“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
c. 2016

“We began with one little espresso machine, a $60 cash register, a little passion and lots of elbow grease. Please know that we did not fail, we succeeded. With your support, an independent, home-grown coffeehouse stood tall against the odds. We hope to have done our part in improving downtown and bringing together such amazing people over the years. At The Beat and EA we tried to make a “normal” place for people to enjoy, relax and mingle. We are in awe of the people’s passion, creativity, willingness to help fellow artists and neighbors. The neighborhood has evolved, artists have come and gone, and we have grown our family within these walls. We are happy, and grateful.”

Excerpt from Eater Las Vegas September 26, 2016 story by Susan Stapleton, ”The Beat Coffeehouse Calls It Quits: The coffeehouse closes to make way for Eureka!”

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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May 15, 2019

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”Penny Lane“
Photograph and text by Stephanie Helms
May 2019
Latest addition to our occasional Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series

Penny Lane is a 6 month old Belgian Malinois being trained as a service dog and prepped for world domination. She enjoys smooth jazz, riding in a convertible and dissecting squeaky toys. She has been in the cone of shame for two weeks after being spayed so as not to undo the good doctor’s work.”

Bonus Track: Penny Lane

Stephanie Helms is a native Hoosier transplanted to Southern Nevada in 1991. She is the Executive Director of a non-profit Veterans service organization and owns two local family businesses. She is a wife, mom, entrepreneur, volunteer and cancer survivor who loves music, movies, baseball, books, and beets.

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May 13-14, 2019

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”The Bellagio Fountains“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
May 2019

“People stare at lots of free shows outside the hotels, but there’s only one worth going to: the Bellagio fountains. Every half-hour between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and every 15 minutes from then ’til midnight, an 8.5-acre lake in the middle of the desert explodes with 1,214 spritzers shooting water up to 460 feet in the air — the water rockets and dances, perfectly choreographed to Frank Sinatra or Gene Kelly or “One Singular Sensation” from A Chorus Line.”

Text excerpted from Time – “Las Vegas: 10 Things to Do” by Joel Stein..

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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May 12, 2019

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”Mother’s Day at Fat Choy”
Photograph and graphics by Ginger Bruner
Fay Choy
May 12, 2019

“The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.[9] St Andrew’s Methodist Church now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine.[10] Her campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is ‘the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world’.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner reports that at the moment of capture she was at Fay Choy and “they just brought roses around to all the ladies /mothers.“

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May 11, 2019

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“Galleria at Sunset”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 2019

Guest Services is located on the upper level near Macy’s and offers the following amenities and services. Please feel free to contact us at (702) 434-0087 with any questions.

ATM
Bicycle Rack
Copy/Fax Services
Family Restrooms
Free Wi-Fi
Gift Cards
INsider Program
Local Attractions Visitor Info
Lost and Found
Safety Escorts
Children’s Play area
Store Directory
TDD Service
Stroller Rental
Taxi Services
Transportation Schedules
Wheelchair Service
Kiddie Train“

Text from Galleria website.

[map]

MORE: Today, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
First Responders Career Expo

“Join us May 11 and see all of the employment opportunities that are available in law enforcement.“

California Highway Patrol
Clark County Code Enforcement
Clark County Fire Department
Clark County Park Police
Community Ambulance
Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office
FBI
Guardian Elite Medical Services, LLC.
Henderson Police Department
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
LVMPD Dispatch
North Las Vegas Police Department
San Diego Police Department
UNLV Police
CSN Police
US Customs and Border Protection
United States Marine Corp.
US Navy Reserve

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is not a dedicated shopper.

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May 10, 2019

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“Don’t Tell Mama Interior no. 1”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 2019

“A piano bar (also known as a piano lounge) consists of a piano or electronic keyboard played by a professional musician, located in a cocktail lounge, bar, hotel lobby, or office building lobby. Usually the pianist receives tips in a jar or basket on or near the piano, especially from patrons requesting a song. Some piano bars feature a baby grand or grand piano surrounded by stools for patrons. Others have a bar surrounding the piano or keyboard.

​“In the 1950’s, top stars like Mike Nichols and Elaine May began their careers in New York City Piano Bars and Cabarets. Jimmy Durante started as a piano bar player, as did Billy Joel (his classic hit “Piano Man” is based on his experiences as a piano bar player in California).

“In these intimate spaces, for performers to succeed, they had to be good and they had to know how to handle difficult people-alcohol turned a few customers into hecklers. However, those with talent and guts were able to earn some much needed attention.

​“By the 1980’s club owners were no longer willing to bear the cost of hiring performers and audiences don’t want to pay for unknown singers. Those with talent who couldn’t afford to pay their expenses from their own pocket were giving up their dream.

Don’t Tell Mama has its roots in New York City, where it first opened as a Piano Bar and Cabaret. The new owners of Don’t Tell Mama in 1989, hired unknown singers who couldn’t afford to perform in the cabaret rooms to work in the Piano Bar as Singing Bartenders.

​“It was 10 years ago that the owners moved their location from New York to Las Vegas. After a thrilling decade at 517 Fremont Street, they are now excited to have many more years at their new spot, in Neonopolis, 450 Fremont Street.

Text from Don’t Tell Mama website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner can carry a tune. We’re now sure of her piano playing chops.

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May 9, 2019

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“Peter Mengert, UNLV MFA Student”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 2019
From the Las Vegas Artists series

[Published in connection with Peter Menger’s midway exhibition – closing May 10.]

“The three-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is studio-based and research-focused with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity, community engagement, and professional development. Each MFA student is provided with individual studio space. Graduate Assistantships in teaching, research, and professional development financially support and professionally advance students who have rare opportunities to engage in cutting edge research, contribute to the development of curriculum, manage studios and shops, and work alongside community members, local organizations, and other departments on campus. As the culmination of the program, each MFA Candidate produces a public graduation thesis project.

“The Department of Art is reviewing and revising its curriculum and programming to create a model for professional development in all areas of the arts, design, and relevant histories, to teach the diversity of culture and identity in the US and its democratic values, and to prepare graduates for success in competitive and evolving communities through access to cutting-edge fabrication equipment, new critical and creative contexts, and opportunities for exhibition, publication, discussion, and critique linked with various partners in Las Vegas and beyond.“

Text from UNLV Art Department website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a fierce advocate for Las Vegas arts and artists.

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May 8, 2019

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“Fremont between Sixth and Seventh”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 7, 2019

Despite her desert origins “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner manages to function creatively in the rain.

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May 7, 2019

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“Writer’s Block Interior no. 3”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
April 2019

Third in a series of photographs from the recently reopened and relocated independent bookstore.

“Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. Drugs, movies where stuff blows up, loud parties — all these chase away loneliness by making me forget my name’s Dave and I live in a one-by-one box of bone no other party can penetrate or know. Fiction, poetry, music, really deep serious sex, and, in various ways, religion — these are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated.”

David Foster Wallace

MORE: “The Writer’s Block Book Shop, an independent bookstore and coffee shop, and Codex, a studio offering free writing programs to Las Vegas students and writers, are located [downtown] at 519 S. 6th Street (at the corner of 6th Street and Bonneville Avenue). Events occur both on and off-site.“

Text from bookstore website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner takes literature seriously.

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May 5-6, 2019

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“#urbanlawn #abandoned #frenchmanmountain #dusk #showboathotel #nomore”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
April 2019

“The Castaways Hotel and Casino, formerly the Showboat Hotel and Casino was a hotel and casino located at the north end of the Boulder Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hotel consisted of a 19 story tower containing 445 rooms, a casino and an adjacent RV park. The Castaways hotel was demolished on January 11, 2006 to make way for an unknown project.”

Text from Wikipedia.

MORE: Castaways Hotel – Controlled Demolition, Inc. – “The Art of Demolition“

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner counts this view as a critical source of inspiration.

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May 4, 2019

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“Landmark“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
2010

“The Landmark was a hotel and casino located in Paradise, Nevada, east of the Las Vegas Strip and across from the Las Vegas Convention Center. The resort included a 31-floor tower, inspired by the design of the Space Needle tower in Seattle. Frank Caroll, the project’s original owner, purchased the property in 1961. Fremont Construction began work on the tower that September, while Caroll opened the adjacent Landmark Plaza shopping center and Landmark Apartments by the end of the year. The tower’s completion was expected for early 1963, but because of a lack of financing, construction was stopped in 1962, with the resort approximately 80 percent complete. Up to 1969, the topped-off tower was the tallest building in Nevada until the completion of the International Hotel across the street.”

Text – tip of a substantial iceberg of information on the Landmare – from Wikipedia.

The photographer adds: “March 29th as I was sitting at a stoplight on Paradise heading south. Lots of construction going on at the site of the original Landmark Hotel, which is directly across from the Las Vegas Convention Center.”

We add: we’ll do our best to get additional information on the site.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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May 3, 2019

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“2010: A motorist is pulled over on the southbound 215 beltway near Summerlin.“
Photograph by Mark Lanning, Jr.
2010

This is the photographer’s second contribution to The Daily Frame from his 2010-2014 project.

In the introduction to Mark Lanning, Jr.‘s 2014 photo book “Vegas 2010,“ he writes: ‘Las Vegas the suburb city of over two million residents was down and quiet in 2010, displaying with a depressing clarity that even a uniquely labor-strong town was just as vulnerable to disaster when overcome by finance and development. I expect that by now, four years later and DOW +16,000, all the levers are moving once again.‘”

[“Our Las Vegas“ adds the following useful information from Nolo:
“Police Stops: What to Do If You Are Pulled Over: What you do and say during a traffic stop can be big.”]

Mark Lanning, Jr. is a photographer currently living and working in Iowa City, Iowa, where he is an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa. Recent works include “Sentinels” and “30 Motels on West Capitol Avenue,” which can be seen on his website: marklanningjr.com.

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“Our Las Vegas“ enthusiastically welcomes submissions of photography and accompanying text to The Daily Frame.

Please contact us for details at ourlasvegas at gmail dot com or visit here.

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May 2, 2019

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“Bryan McCormick, Nevada Viewmaster.“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the Las Vegas Artists series.
Today! Thursday, May 2, 6 – 9 pm
Nevada Humanities Program Gallery

“View-Master Reel Making Demonstration”

Bryan McCormick and Samantha Forbes will be demonstrating making a View-Master reel with contemporary photographs taken with vintage stereoscopic cameras.

“Personal Space: Stereoscopic Nevada” is an exhibition of historic and contemporary Nevada stereoscopic photography, vintage analog stereo cameras, and antique to modern viewers. Curator Bryan McCormick brings his knowledge and passion for photography and its history together to share the magical experience of stereoscopic photography. In addition to the historic pieces, Bryan McCormick, Samantha Forbes, and Krystal Ramirez will be showing new stereo views utilizing the technology of the past in a contemporary context. Exhibition tours by the curator are available, call for details.”

Exhibition on view through May 29

Text from Nevada Humanities eMail blast.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is also a Nevada Viewmaster.

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May 1, 2019

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“Blue Man Group at the Luxor“
Photograph by Diana Perez
April 2019

Blue Man Group is a performance art company formed in 1987,known worldwide for its various stage productions which typically incorporate many different categories of music and art, both popular and obscure, in their performances.

“Blue Man Group currently has continuing theatrical productions in Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York City, and Orlando.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Daily Frame contributor Diana Perez serves as the ELL (English Language Learners) Program Assistant for the CCSD’s Department of Adult Education. She is concurrently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism at UNLV.

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April 30, 2019

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“Gold Spike Playground“
Photograph by Jon Winet
June 2018

“Gold Spike (formerly Gold Spike Hotel & Casino) is a bar, lounge, residential building, and former boutique 112-room,[1] seven floor hotel. It is connected with the Oasis at the Gold Spike, a 50-room three floor hotel located in downtown Las Vegas. It was owned by entrepreneur Tony Hsieh and his Downtown Project, having bought it from The Siegel Group; and the casino was operated by Golden Gaming.

“Hsieh closed the casino on April 14, 2013. After a three-week remodel, Gold Spike re-opened the casino as a restaurant and bar on May 6, 2013. The hotel portion of the building was recently converted into permanent and temporary workforce housing for Downtown Project, entrepreneurs, and Zappos. Oasis hotel is a separate building on the same property.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas“ Director Jon Winet misses the old Gold Spike.

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April 29, 2019

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“World Market Center“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 
April 2019

[Subject line of “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner’s email – with links added: “Clark County Gov’t Center, hint of Lou Ruvo Center, World Market Center x 3”]

“World Market Center Las Vegas, a five million-square-foot campus with three buildings and three pavilions situated on 59.4 acres in the heart of Las Vegas. Home to the Las Vegas Market, showcasing more than 4,000 furniture, gift and home decor manufacturers and exhibitors attracting over 50,000 attendees twice a year.”

Text from Center website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner’s text descriptions are to the point.

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April 28, 2019

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“Kathleen Nathan – Inside Brooklyn“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 
April 2019

[“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner notes: “Hey, if you haven’t made it out to see Kathleen Nathan’s show at CSN, rumor has it it’ll be up an extra couple days past today.”]

“In 2011, [Kathleen] Nathan moved to Brooklyn, New York. Disoriented by this extreme change in locale, she spent time perched by the windows in her apartment; inside, looking out, contemplating and taking in this new urban environment. Her favorite window faced east. The view included the sky, apartments, buildings, windows, brick walls, roof tops, and a magnificent 34 story, art deco landmark skyscraper, the Williamsburgh Savings Tower, today known as One Hanson. Nathan was mesmerized by this building; a constant in a continuum of change. It was her timepiece, anchor and true north as she learned to navigate her new life there. The photographs in this exhibit are the results of her musings and observations of time, light and the subtle nuances of daily life during her residence in Brooklyn, NY.”

Text from CSN Art Gallery April 4 blog post.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has conspired with Kathleen on more than a few creative projects.

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April 27, 2019

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“Sush Machida – 20 Years – Closing Day“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 
April 2019

Closing today | Last chance to see the exhibition!

[Bookend to yesterday’s Daily Frame – both now in the 2019 Archive.]

Sush Machida is a Japanese born painter living in Las Vegas. His paintings are a combination of modern pop art with traditional Japanese symmetry and animal themes. Machida’s work has been exhibited in Tokyo, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Santa Fe, and Las Vegas. His exhibits have been reviewed by Flash Art, Art Issues, Art in America, ArtForum, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. Machida’s art resides in the collections of the Microsoft Art Foundation, Wynn Macau, the Pigozzi Collection, the Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation, and the Portland Art Museum.”

Text from Las Vegas-Clark County Library District website.

MORE: the artist’s website.

Merits repetition: “Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a fierce supporter of the visual arts.

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April 26, 2019

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“Sush Machida – 20 Years“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 
April 2019

Closing Saturday | Last chance to visit the exhibition!

Sush Machida is a Japanese born painter living in Las Vegas. His paintings are a combination of modern pop art with traditional Japanese symmetry and animal themes. Machida’s work has been exhibited in Tokyo, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Santa Fe, and Las Vegas. His exhibits have been reviewed by Flash Art, Art Issues, Art in America, ArtForum, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. Machida’s art resides in the collections of the Microsoft Art Foundation, Wynn Macau, the Pigozzi Collection, the Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation, and the Portland Art Museum.”

Text from Las Vegas-Clark County Library District website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a fierce supporter of the visual arts.

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April 25, 2019

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“Young Adult Corner“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 
The Writer’s Block
April 2019

Second in a series of photographs from the recently reopened and relocated independent bookstore – (“100% open” as of April 19)

“You Bring the Distant Near”
by Mitali Perkins

“Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story.

“Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; Shanti, desperately trying to make peace in the family; Anna, fighting to preserve her Bengali identity.“

Published September 12th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
National Book Award Nominee for Young People’s Literature (2017)

Text and publication information from Goodreads website.

MORE: “The Writer’s Block Book Shop, an independent bookstore and coffee shop, and Codex, a studio offering free writing programs to Las Vegas students and writers, are located [downtown] at 519 S. 6th Street (at the corner of 6th Street and Bonneville Avenue). Events occur both on and off-site.“

Text from bookstore website.

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner frequently curled up with a good book as a young adult – and continues to do so to this day.

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April 24, 2019

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“Visible Animal Menagerie“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 
The Writer’s Block
From the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series?

First in a series of photographs from the recently reopened bookstore – (“100% open” as of April 19)

The Writer’s Block Book Shop, an independent bookstore and coffee shop, and Codex, a studio offering free writing programs to Las Vegas students and writers, are located [downtown] at 519 S. 6th Street (at the corner of 6th Street and Bonneville Avenue). Events occur both on and off-site.“

Text from bookstore website.

More: “Downtown’s Writer’s Block Book Shop Returns, Bigger and Better“ April 11 Las Vegas Weekly story by Geoff Carter

“Our Las Vegas“ Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is an ardent supporter support of independent bookstores.

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April 23, 2019

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“Valet Parking“
SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Photograph by Sallie Douglas 

val·et
/vaˈlā,ˈvalət/
noun
1. a man’s personal male attendant, responsible for his clothes and appearance.
synonyms: manservant, man, personal attendant, gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves;

2. NORTH AMERICAN
a person employed to park cars.

Text from Google search.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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April 22, 2019

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“Las Vegas Monorail SLS Station“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas 
Paradise and Sahara. From the SLS parking garage facing north.

“Nevada Resident Discount Tickets – LOCAL FARE IS $1″

“Discount tickets for Nevada residents are available at all of the Monorail’s customer service ticketing offices upon presentation of your valid Nevada driver’s license, State of Nevada government-issued identification card or Nevada Sheriff Card. Local fare is $1 per ride. Maximum purchase: two single ride tickets per person per day OR one 20-ride ticket no more frequently than every ten days. Customers purchasing a 20-ride ticket may not purchase any other local tickets within the 10-day restriction time. There is no customer service office at Las Vegas Convention Center Station.”

Information from the Monorail website.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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April 21, 2019

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“Bunnies!“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 

From Peta Kids: “THE 17 MOST IMPORTANT BUNNY FACTS OF ALL TIME”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is joined by Jon Winet and our brilliant crew of contributing photographers wishing all joy this spring and always!

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April 20 | 420, 2019

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“Budtender Rob Ruckus“
Photographed by Ginger Bruner  | Biographical notes provided by Rob Ruckus

Rob Ruckus: Musician of too many bands to name, The Guy from that “Bad Ink“ TV Show, Host of “Ruckus on the Radio“, Writer for Vegas Cannabis Magazine, Cannabis Consultant and all around lover of all things 420.

MORE: “‘Bad Ink’ Co-Host Rob Ruckus Ended Up as a Las Vegas Budtender“ October 21, 2016 Leafy story by Will Hyde

Don’t get “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner started about CBDs.

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April 19, 2019

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“Personal Space“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 
April 2019

“The amazing thing is that it really isn’t about the device at all; the whole thing is happening inside your head,” [Bryan] McCormick says. “When you put the viewer up to your eyes, it’s basically like having a theater box that you’re putting on your head. There’s really nothing there except two pieces of paper or film. Your brain is what puts them together and makes the illusion happen. That’s the part people find magical, because it’s so simple. … There’s no mechanism making this happen, no fancy technology at all.”

— From April 4 Las Vegas Weekly story, “The Historiies of Our Vallery and 3D Photography Meet in Bryan McCormick’s ‘Personal Space’ by Geoff Carter.

Personal Space: Stereoscopic Nevada
Nevada Humanities Gallery
Through May 29 Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Free.
1017 S. 1st St. #190
702-800-4670.

More: Nevada Humanities exhibition website.

As good as her photographs are, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is best experienced in 3D.

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April 18, 2019

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Photograph by Jon Winet 
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
September 2015
Latest addition to our occasional Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series

“Pegasus (Greek: Πήγασος) is a famous pterippus, a mythical winged divine stallion who is one of the most recognized creatures in Greek mythology, Pegasus is a child of the Olympian god Poseidon. He was foaled by the Gorgon Medusa upon her death, when the hero Perseus decapitated her.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet grew up on Greek mythology.

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April 17, 2019

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“Bob Marley the Alpaca“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 
From the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series
April 2019

“The alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a species of South American camelid. It is similar to, and often confused with, the llama. However, alpacas are often noticeably smaller than llamas. The two animals are closely related and can successfully cross-breed. Alpacas and llamas are also closely related to the vicuña, which is believed to be the alpaca’s wild ancestor, and to the guanaco. There are two breeds of alpaca: the Suri alpaca and the Huacaya alpaca.

“Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes of Southern Peru, Western Bolivia, Ecuador, and Northern Chile at an altitude of 11,500 ft to 16,000 ft above sea level. Alpacas are considerably smaller than llamas, and unlike llamas, they were not bred to be working animals, but were bred specifically for their fiber. Alpaca fiber is used for making knitted and woven items, similarly to sheep’s wool. These items include blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, a wide variety of textiles and ponchos in South America, and sweaters, socks, coats and bedding in other parts of the world. The fiber comes in more than 52 natural colors as classified in Peru, 12 as classified in Australia, and 16 as classified in the United States.

“Alpacas communicate through body language. The most common is spitting when they are in distress, fearful, or mean to show dominance. Male alpacas are more aggressive than females, and tend to establish dominance of their herd group. In some cases, alpha males will immobilize the head and neck of a weaker or challenging male in order to show their strength and dominance.”

Text from Wikipedia.

We have it on good authority that this alpaca shares space with Steven and Mary Ellen Spahn.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has a soft spot in her heart for all animals big and small.

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April 16, 2019

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“Golden Hour at Rexford Drive“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 
April 2019

“In photography, the golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, during which daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky. The opposite period during twilight is blue hour, just before sunrise or after sunset, when indirect sunlight is evenly diffused.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner looks forward to the late afternoon every single day – and has been known to stay up an extra hour or so to catch sunrise.

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April 14-15, 2019

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“Tule Springs Preserve Resident“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 
April 2019

Randall McGee comments on the Alltrails Floyd Lamb Tule Springs Park Trail website:

“Beautiful park with a rich history. $6.00 per car entrance fee. Ponds and a natural spring lake. Fishing too, with permit 12 and up.

“Peacocks, geese, ducks, bunnies, horses… all friendly. Lakes and nice picnic areas. Wheelchair accessible. All gender restrooms, clean and well supplied. Great place for kids and older or disabled folks. Activities posted on their website. Wifi and Pokémon stops!”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has an eye for glam & glitter in nature.

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April 13, 2019

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“Jewel Box“
Photograph by Jon Winet 
Flamingo Library
March 2019

Mission Statement
The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District nurtures the social, economic, and educational well-being of people and communities. The District is committed to building communities of people who can come together to pursue their individual and group aspirations.

Values and Operating Principles
The District is guided by the principles of Public Librarianship and First Amendment Rights. The District protects library materials from censorship.

We seek innovative ways to:

•   Respond and reach out to serve the current and evolving information needs of our diverse community.
•   Create a sense of community by providing a welcoming, inviting, secure environment for our public and staff.
•   Provide excellent customer service that is both timely and confidential.
•   Develop a well-trained, knowledgeable, courteous, and professional staff.
•   Communicate with our public and staff to ensure vital, relevant, and effective library services.
•   Manage our resources effectively and be accountable to our funding sources.

We celebrate our accomplishments, learn from our mistakes, and take pride in serving our community.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet loves libraries.

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April 12, 2019

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“(F)REE GAS“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 
April 2019
From the Drive-by Series

At the intersection of Tropicana and Dean Martin.

February 2018 Google Street View (for future archival research)

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer and Driver Ginger Bruner dreams of owning an affordable, gas-free electric vehicle.

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April 11, 2019

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“Wind Effect“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas 
April 10, 2019

As noted on the photographer’s Instagram page:

“The force of the wind uprooted a huge Pine last night. Fortunately, there was no property damage or personal injury! Work crews were on the scene quickly to clear the road so traffic could get through.”

(At the entrance to the Monterey condos inside the Las Vegas Country Club.)

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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April 10, 2019

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“Oliver the Camera-shy Cat“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 
From the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series
March 2019

Oliver who is rarely ready for his close-up is living large at the home of Andy and Kim. As noted last Wednesday, following a period of tense, enforced  détente, he is now the favorite pal of Misha, an impressive and equally lovable canine.

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner has a near equal love for cats and dogs.

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April 9, 2019

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“Bellagio Spring #5“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
March 2019

Second of a trio of views from the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Spring display – on view through June 15.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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April 8, 2019

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“Las Vegas Convention Center – Detail no. 3“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
April 2019

“The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), located adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip, encompasses approximately 3.2 million square feet with exhibit space of 2 million square feet and meeting space of nearly 250,000 square feet. The facility is one of the busiest centers in the world – centrally located within three miles of over 100,000 guest rooms.

“Operated by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), the center is well known for its versatility, size, and amenities. In addition to exhibit and convention space, 144 meeting rooms handle seating capacities ranging from 20 to 2,500. A grand lobby and registration area efficiently link existing exhibit halls with new exhibit and meeting rooms, and allow simultaneous set-up, break-down and exhibiting of multiple events.”

Text from LVCC website.

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner has walked miles while on assignment at the Convention Center

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April 7, 2019

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“Shannon at Lou’s Diner“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
April 2019

Shannon Consolo has been at Lou’s Diner* for “12 years on and off.“

She is a Las Vegas Native – “with time off for good behavior in Florida.“

As you might be able to guess, she completes your Lou’s Diner experience.

* map

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner notes: “She’s carrying 5 plates in her right hand. The fifth is hidden behind the other 4.”

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April 6, 2019

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“Grant Hall | ‘The Land of Hidden Gems‘“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
April 2019

From Facebook page:

THIS WEEKEND!!! “The Land of Hidden Gems”
UNLV Transformation Fellow, Amanda Browder

This Saturday, April 6, The Department of Art is hosting a public celebration from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Text from artist’s website:

“The Land of Hidden Gems (2019)”

“During her Transformation Fellowship, from February 20th – April 5th, 2019, Amanda will be in residence in Las Vegas creating “The Land of Hidden Gems,” a large-scale fabric installation using recycled and donated materials with the goal of fostering new connections between Las Vegas residents and the students, staff, and faculty at UNLV. Browder will install the artwork on UNLV’s storied Archie C. Grant Hall. The artwork will reflect the expansiveness of the surrounding desert and mountain-scape and the various micro- and macro-environments within and around the city.”

“‘I think ‘The Land of Hidden Gems’ will be truly transformative,’ says Marcus Civin, UNLV Professor and Chair of the Department of Art. ‘One of the features of Amanda’s work I admire is how she engages so many people in donating and sewing fabric. The installation of the resulting quilt-like artwork becomes a monumental blanket to embrace an aspect of a community and its architecture. Everyone who wants to be is welcome to be a co-author of Amanda’s work. I’m bringing out my sewing needles and look forward to rolling up my sleeves and working together with the Las Vegas community. I predict that the final installation will show the influence of the diverse world cultures that shape our city and make it such a phenomenal place to live, study, and flourish as an artist or a designer. I bet our installation in Las Vegas will also be pretty sparkly’”

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner has nimble hands and may well be a deft sewist.

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April 5, 2019

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“Jimmy Kimmel Live“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
April 4, 2019

“It’s taken 16 years, but the stage has been set for Kimmel to broadcast from the Zappos Theatre at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. His guests include Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Seth Rogen and singer James Taylor, who has been a favorite of Kimmel’s since he was a kid. Plus, some hometown favorites.”

“‘I really felt like I didn’t want to do this show here without ‘The Killers’ because, like me, they grew up in Las Vegas and they love the city in the same way that I do,” said Kimmel. ‘Las Vegas is not just ‘The Strip.’ There’s a lot more to do so that definitely those guys. I’m excited about the fact that they’re on the show.’”

Text from from April 2 ABC Channel 13 report.

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner was delighted to join thousands to welcome back local late night host Jimmy Kimmel.

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April 4, 2019

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“2010: Hoover Dam bypass bridge under construction from the road that once crossed the dam itself.“
Photograph by Mark Lanning, Jr.
2010

In the introduction to Mark Lanning, Jr.‘s 2014 photo book “Vegas 2010,“ he writes: ‘Las Vegas the suburb city of over two million residents was down and quiet in 2010, displaying with a depressing clarity that even a uniquely labor-strong town was just as vulnerable to disaster when overcome by finance and development. I expect that by now, four years later and DOW +16,000, all the levers are moving once again.‘”

Mark Lanning, Jr. is a photographer currently living and working in Iowa City, Iowa, where he is an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa. Recent works include “Sentinels” and “30 Motels on West Capitol Avenue,” which can be seen on his website: marklanningjr.com

The editor adds: This is the first of what we hope will be many future contributions to The Daily Frame.

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April 3, 2019

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“Misha Smelling Flowers“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the the “Wednesdays Las Vegas Pet Series“

Misha the dog currently resides at the home of Andy and Kim following many days in shelters and an earlier tenure with guardians now living in Finland.

Following a period of tense, enforced  détente, Misha’s favorite pal is now Oliver, a handsome feline.

Misha is sweet, calm, and bearlike, and yes, those things can exist in the same being.

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner hangs out with Misha in the park from time to time.

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April 2, 2019

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“The High Roller at 5 Close-up Sky View“
Photograph by Diana Perez

[Follow-up to yesterday’s ground level view. Both now in the 2019 Archive.]

Soaring 550 feet above the Las Vegas Strip, the world’s tallest observation wheel celebrated its fifth birthday this weekend.

Daily Frame contributor Diana Perez serves as the ELL (English Language Learners) Program Assistant for the CCSD’s Department of Adult Education. She is concurrently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism at UNLV.

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April 1, 2019

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“The High Roller at 5“
Photograph by Diana Perez

Soaring 550 feet above the Las Vegas Strip, the world’s tallest observation wheel celebrated its fifth birthday this weekend.

Daily Frame contributor Diana Perez serves as the ELL (English Language Learners) Program Assistant for the CCSD’s Department of Adult Education. She is concurrently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism at UNLV.

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March 31, 2019

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“UNLV Campus View no. 7“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The Early Years

“The university’s origins were humble indeed. In 1951, when the post-war boom had swollen Las Vegas’ metropolitan population to more than 50,000, the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), established an extension program. Twenty-eight students began meeting for classes in the dressing rooms of Las Vegas High School’s auditorium. In 1954, the Nevada Board of Regents founded the Southern Regional Division of the University of Nevada, popularly known as Nevada Southern. Students adopted the Rebel name and mascot to reflect their desire to break free from UNR. After Las Vegas residents exerted pressure, the regents decided to acquire land for a campus, finally selecting an 80-acre parcel along the two-lane dirt road known as Maryland Parkway.

“On September 10, 1957, the first classes were held on campus in a new 13,000-square-foot building, later named for Maude Frazier, a state assemblywoman and founding force behind Nevada Southern. A year later, the school received accreditation from the Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools. To serve the growing enrollment, buildings went up in a flurry of construction, including a physical education and health center, a science and technology building, a classroom building named for regent Archie C. Grant, and the James R. Dickinson Library, named for the first director of the extension program.”

Text from UNLV website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner spent many happy years at UNLV on her way to a degree in Music.

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March 30, 2019

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“Bellagio Spring #1“
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“We are excited to present the 2019 Spring Show. This magnificent display will highlight the beauty of spring in Japan. Begin your journey in the East Bed, stepping through two large torii gates. The East Bed features a row of cherry blossoms, which represents the beauty and brevity of life. Moving to the North Bed, you will immediately notice two beautiful red-crowned Japanese cranes. These are designed after the famous Japanese painting, 100 Fountain Views of Edo-Hiroshige Cranes 1857. The highlight of the spring display is waiting on the West Bed. Here, you will find a towering replica of the Osaka Castle. The Osaka Castle is one of the most iconic and historic castles in all of Japan. It has been chosen to host the 2025 World Expo, with MGM Resorts Japan as a proud supporting partner. We hope you enjoy the 2019 Spring Show. Thank you for visiting the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.”

Text from Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens website.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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March 29, 2019

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“Spring has Sprung“
Gardens Park, Summerlin South
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 

A multi-sports facility, the Gardens Park is an 18-acre park that features lighted basketball courts, two lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball court, lighted bocce, horseshoe and shuffleboard courts, children’s play area, large open festival lawn area and picnic pavilions. Also located in the park is the Gardens Community Center that hosts a variety of classes and programs for residents. Gardens Park is also one of the best places for cherry blossom viewing in Las Vegas.

(text courtesy the Summerlink website)

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner is a fan of cherry blossoms, and has seen them on two continents.

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March 28, 2019

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Patron Margarita, El Cortez
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 

It’s #TBT, so here’s a lovely little concoction that lead Photographer Ginger Bruner captured some time ago at the El Cortez. Sometimes a Patron margarita is just what the doctor ordered, and at $5 is more affordable than most prescriptions. #drinkresponsibly

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner has been known to enjoy the El Cortez happy hour…

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March 27, 2019

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Nightclub & Bar Show 2019
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Las Vegas Convention Center
March 26, 2019

Nightclub & Bar Show is the nation’s most influential gathering of bar and nightlife professionals. Join thousands of professionals from across the U.S. to learn, network and grow the industry. The 2019 show will host 600+ exhibitors on our innovative expo floor, leading experts from the industry in our comprehensive conference program, and an unparalleled nightlife lineup.

(text from the show’s website)

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner has been covering this event for 7 years. She notes that it differs in character each year, and this year was all about Frozen drinks that she would actually imbibe.

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March 26, 2019

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“$2 Shoes“
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 2019

3585 S Maryland Pkwy Las Vegas

[Yelp review by Courtney M. reprinted in full below.]

Being here in Vegas, sometimes you need a sandal or a quick heel as yours may have broken, gotten lost, or anything of the sort.

This place has rows, upon rows of shoes. Heels, sandals, boots, slippers, sneakers, little kid shoes, whatever you can think of.

As your strolling down each long isle of shoes, you go thru the box below, find your shoe box that’s in your size and take it to the front counter after you’ve done your shopping.

They don’t play around in here. There is security always watching, they check your receipt when your leaving. They want you to leave backpacks ect at the counter.

They want exact cash, no refunds, no exchanges after 7 days. The prices of shoes are in all different ranges from $2.00 and up.

Location is Maryland/ DI – parking is not ample as it is in strip mall type setting.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet recently bought a fine pair of size 10 Adidas running shoes at COSTCO. Unfortunately, as it turned out, both shoes were for right feet.

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March 25, 2019

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“JW Caldwell at the Huntridge Tavern“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 2019

JW Caldwell was born and raised in Southern California. His early affinity for art was influenced largely by skateboard graphics. After earning a Bachelor Degree in Studio Art, he worked as an art installer for museums and private collections, and became a scenic painter for corporate and theatrical productions; both of these experiences further informed his studio practice.

“With a background in printmaking and production art, JW’s style incorporates a Pop Art sensibility. He finds it important for the artwork to be accessible as a visual form of communication. Using the tropes of Lowbrow Art, his goal is to win over viewers who claim to not like “Art” without alienating High Art aficionados.”

Bio notes excerpted from the artist’s website.

More: “JW Caldwell’s ‘Cognitive Dissonance’ Vaults the Divide Between Text and Image”

Huntridge Tavern Facebook Page
Jan 25, 2018 review by Dawn-Michelle Baude

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is celebrating her birthday today. Please join us in wishing her many happy returns!

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March 24, 2019

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“Waffle“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 2019

Lou’s Diner
431 S Decatur Blvd

“We are open for over 40 years and famous for great comfort food and reasonable prices. Lou’s Diner is truly a place where you are always feel welcomed and right at home!

“We always have daily specials. Come and try our homemade chicken noodle soup on Tuesdays and Sundays, and chicken dumplings on Fridays. Our chicken pot pie made from scratch is served every Monday as well.

“Please come join us for delicious breakfast and lunch that are served all day every day!”

Text from Lou’s website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is brunch-ready.

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March 22-23, 2019

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“Henderson View“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 2019
From the Drive-by Series

[Text below excerpted from Wikipedia.]

The township of Henderson first emerged in the 1940s during World War II with the building of the Basic Magnesium Plant. Henderson quickly became the main supplier of magnesium in the United States, which was called the “miracle metal” of World War II. The plant supplied the US War Department with magnesium for incendiary munition casings and airplane engines, frames, and other parts. A quarter of all US wartime magnesium came from the Henderson Plant to strengthen aluminum, using 25% of Hoover Dam’s power to separate the metal from its ore by electrolysis.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 107.7 square miles, all land.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a very good and safe driver, although her tolerance and patience are tested by those at the wheel who are not.

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March 21, 2019

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“St. Patrick’s Day Festival“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 17, 2019

#TBT – all the way to last Sunday’s final day of the City of Henderson’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival. The event included two sets by Las Vegas’ Killian’s Angels – and an Irish Whiskey Tasting Contest.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer and Killian’s Angels bass and tubaist Ginger Bruner slept well Sunday night – make that Monday morning – following many days of SPD gigs and revelry.

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March 20, 2019

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Interstate 11
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 2019

Interstate 11 (I-11) is a north-south Interstate Highway tentatively planned to run from Nogales, Arizona, to Reno, Nevada, along the current routes of I-19I-10, US 93 and US 95.[3] Currently, the only open section of I-11 is a 22.845-mile-long (36.765 km) freeway running predominantly northwest-southeast in the U.S. state of Nevada that currently follows U.S. Route 93 (US 93) and U.S. Route 95 (US 95) between the Arizona state line and Henderson. The bulk of the route is still in the early discussion and planning stages. Except for the portion between Wickenburg, Arizona to Hoover Dam, which will run on an upgraded US 93 (including its concurrency with I-40), an exact route for I-11 has yet to be determined. A number of corridor alternatives have been identified for further study and refinement.

As originally proposed in the 2012 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, the highway would only run from Casa Grande, Arizona, to Las Vegas, Nevada, via Kingman and Buckeye, Arizona.[4] This was to provide a direct Interstate link between the Las Vegasand Phoenix metropolitan areas, which are currently the two largest adjacent American cities lacking a direct freeway link. However, extensions of the corridor to the north towards Reno and to the south towards Tucson, Arizona have since been approved.

(Text courtesy of Wikipedia)

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner doesn’t mind a long drive, and is looking forward to driving to Phoenix on said Interstate.

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March 19, 2019

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“View from the Cinebarre Terrace“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 2019

Map

Palace Station

Cinebarre

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner enjoys yearly Oscar parties with fellow critics and cinephiles.

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March 17-18, 2019

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“Saint Anne Catholic Church“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 2019

Church website

1901 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner’s grandfather played a vital, lead role in the building of the church. In a future edition of The Daily Frame featuring the church, we’ll include more details on the family connection.’

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March 16, 2019

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“Paintbrush“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 2019

“In the early ’40s as a child, I was easily attracted to roadside spectacles,” he said. “They were my introduction to art. I couldn’t get enough of the Sherwin-Williams paint sign showing the endless flow of color over the globe. I love having a work in Las Vegas, the land of spectacles.”

                — Dennis Openheim

— From “Dennis Oppenheim, artist behind downtown neon paintbrushes, dies,“ January 24, 2011 unattributed LVRJ story on the star-crossed project. We believe the article to be by Kristi Jourdan and Steve Bornfeld.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has many opinions about the paintbrushes and their locations at 4th and Charleston and Casino Center and Charleston.

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March 15, 2019

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“Artifice“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 2019

Text from bar website:

Artifice

Pronounced (AR-tuh-fis)
1.  a clever trick or stratagem; a cunning, crafty device or expedient; wile

2.  trickery; guile; craftiness

3.  cunning; ingenuity

4.  a skillful or artful contrivance or expedient

5.  a 3,400 square foot bar in downtown Las Vegas, featuring three rooms with an eclectic mix of music and entertainment. Artifice is a casual neighborhood lounge with delicious drinks, boutique wines, an eclectic music program and three different rooms to lounge in featuring paintings and photography by artists in the city and around the world.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner will look for you at a future Wednesday 10 pm Artifice Karaoke! event.

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March 14, 2019

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“Free Shuttle“
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 2019

The Downtown Loop is a free shuttle servicing the exciting attractions in downtown Las Vegas including:

•  Bonneville Transit Center – 101 E. Bonneville Ave.
•  The Arts District – Art Way and Boulder Avenue
•  Plaza – Las Vegas Boulevard, South of Garces Avenue
•  Fremont East Entertainment District – North side of Fremont Street, West of Sixth Street
•  Mob Museum – 300 Stewart Ave.
•  Fremont Street Experience – Main Street, South of Fremont Street
•  Las Vegas North Premium Outlets – South Grand Central Parkway, between Nautica and Tommy Hilfiger Kids

“The Downtown Loop operates Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Loop runs continuously during operating hours and arrives at each stop every 20 to 30 minutes.”

Route Map

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner looks forward to a public transportation field trip on the Downtown Loop bus once the Saint Patrick’s Day festivities are in the rearview mirror.

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March 13, 2019

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“Wynn Theater Hallway Ceiling Lighting”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 2019

Wynn Las Vegas

“Excitement, discovery, wonder. From large production shows to live music and once-in-a-lifetime chances at behind-the-scenes adventure, making unforgettable memories that you will remember forever is the heart of entertainment at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore.”

Promotional language from Wynn website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner avails herself of all photographic opportunities.

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March 12, 2019

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“Popeye The Sailor – Up Close & Personal”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 2019

[Follow-up to the March 9 Daily Frame view of Wynn’s $28,000,000. Jeff Koons sculpture.]

Popeye the Sailor is a cartoon fictional character created by Elzie Crisler Segar. The character first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929, and Popeye became the strip’s title in later years. Popeye has also appeared in theatrical and television animated cartoons.

“In 1933, Max Fleischer adapted the Thimble Theatre characters into a series of Popeye the Sailor theatrical cartoon shorts for Paramount Pictures. These cartoons proved to be among the most popular of the 1930s, and Fleischer — and later Paramount’s own Famous Studios — continued production through 1957. These cartoon shorts are now owned by Turner Entertainment and distributed by its sister company Warner Bros.[

“Over the years, Popeye has also appeared in comic books, television cartoons, arcade and video games, hundreds of advertisements, peripheral products ranging from spinach to candy cigarettes, and the 1980 live-action film directed by Robert Altman and starring Robin Williams as Popeye.

“Charles M. Schulz said, ‘I think Popeye was a perfect comic strip, consistent in drawing and humor.’ In 2002, TV Guide ranked Popeye number 20 on its ’50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time’ list.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Musician and “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Brunerprefers her spinach fresh from a Farmers’ Market.”

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March 11, 2019

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“Robbie Williams at Wynn”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 2019

Wynn Las Vegas

“Robert Peter ‘Robbie’ Williams (born 13 February 1974) is an English singer-songwriter and entertainer. He was a member of the pop group Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012. He has also had commercial success as a solo artist.

“He is the best-selling British solo artist in the United Kingdom and the best selling non-Latino artist in Latin America. Six of his albums are among the top 100 biggest-selling albums in the United Kingdom–four albums in the top 60–and in 2006 he entered the Guinness Book of World Records for selling 1.6 million tickets of his Close Encounters Tour in a single day.

“Williams has received a record eighteen Brit Awards—winning Best British Male four times, and two awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music and the 2017 Brits Icon for his “lasting impact on British culture”, twelve German ECHO Awards, and three MTV European Music Awards. In 2004, he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame after being voted the ‘Greatest Artist of the 1990s.’ According to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), Williams has been certified for 19.8 million albums and 6.8 million singles in the UK as a solo artist.[8] He is also one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold 75 million records worldwide. Williams also topped the 2000–2010 UK airplay chart, racking up almost 50% more plays than the Sugababes at number 2. In 2014, he was awarded the freedom of his home town of Stoke-on-Trent, as well as having a tourist trail created and streets named in his honour.“

Text from Wikipedia.

MORE: March 8 Variety story by Michele Amabile Angermiller:
“Why It Took 12 Years for Robbie Williams to Land a Las Vegas Residency”
“Said the singer at his opening performance: ‘I’m big everywhere — except for here!’”

March 8 Pollstar story by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski:
“Robbie Williams Kicks Off Vegas Residency: ‘I Came Out Of The Womb With Jazz Hands’”

Musician and “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Brunernotes: “Best lasers, ever.”

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March 10, 2019

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“Red Rock National Conservation Area”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
March 2019

Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area. Red Rock Canyon is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159. The area is visited by more than two million people each year. In marked contrast to a town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock offers enticements of a different nature including a 13-mile scenic drive, miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing and visitor center with indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as a book store.

“In 1990, special legislation supported by the Nevada congressional delegation, changed the status of the Red Rock Recreation Lands to a National Conservation Area, the seventh to be designated nationally. This legislation provides the funding to protect and improve the area. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is enjoyed by the local population as well as visitors from the United States and many foreign countries. Two million visitors each year enjoy the spectacular desert landscape, climbing and hiking opportunities, and interpretive programs sponsored by the BLM [Bureau of Land Management].

Text from U.S. Department of the Interior BLM website.

Daily Frame Contributor Ellie Mendré is a licensed massage therapist with interests in sculpture & photography – and a good latte. She is a self-avowed ‘Museum Touring Junkie.’

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March 9, 2019

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“Popeye”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 2019

“Popeye”
High chromium titanium with transparent color coating
2009-2001

Wynn Las Vegas December 27, 2017 Press Release:
“Wynn Las Vegas Welcomes Popeye by Renowned Artist Jeff Koons”

LAS VEGAS—Wynn Las Vegas welcomes Popeye by acclaimed American artist Jeff Koons, as part of the resort’s continued appreciation and commitment to public art. At 6 feet 5 inches tall and more than 2,000-pounds, the mirror-polished stainless steel Popeye stands proudly in the Wynn Esplanade.

The sculpture took two years to create (2009-2011) and was acquired at auction in May 2014 for a price of $28,115,000. Koons created three versions (plus artist’s proof) of the famed character, one of which now calls Wynn Las Vegas home. The sculpture depicts the spinach-eating sailorman in a vivid spectrum of color.

Since his creation in 1929, Popeye has come to be known as the ultimate American hero. Audiences throughout the country were able to relate to the popular muscle-man and identify with the little guy who became powerful with just a can of spinach.

Popeye came to represent the beginning of Pop Art in the early 60’s when Andy Warhol began depicting him in various paintings. Decades later, Popeye now represents the end of Pop Art with Koons’ latest creation.

“I became drawn to the Popeye image in a very intuitive way,” Koons said. “I wanted to have a dialogue with art history and with Pop Art, and also a dialogue with technology and to deal with the aspect of acceptance.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner eats her spinach – and supplements her iron intake with an occasional pint of Guinness.

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March 8, 2019

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“=> LAS”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 2019

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“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet is mesmerized by the view from airplane windows.

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March 7, 2019

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“#TBT Emergency Arts”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner | Jon Winet
September 2012

[Editor’s note: Today’s Throw-back Thursday photograph is from the 2012 Archive, and from a time when we’re still figuring out what we were doing – and when our record-keeping was less than perfect. We are 100% sure that one of us took this picture – and sure either of us could have.]

Jerry Miszko – Mural featured on the front of Emergency Arts.

Emergency Arts

Google 3-D 2019 Street View

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner and Director Jon Winet are keeping track of the City’s development, imagining many of the ‘Frames’ – images and texts – as postcards to the future.

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March 6, 2019

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“Bellagio Chinese New Year of the Pig Display Final Days”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
February 2019

[Final in a series of views of the Conservatory’s Chinese New Year installation on view through March 9.]

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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March 5, 2019
From the Drive-by Series

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“Fremont & Eastern”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 2019

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“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner enjoys a good street taco.

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March 4, 2019

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“Thunderbird Dolphins”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 2019

Thunderbird Boutique Motel

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Yelp

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has yet to swim with dolphins.

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March 3, 2019

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“View from the Bluegreen Club 36 #2™”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
February 2019

[mismatched bookend to the February 26 edition of The Daily Frame – both now in the 2019 Archive.]

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“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner welcomes the photographic possibilities of night.

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March 2, 2019

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“St. Baldrick’s Day at McMullan’s – Today!”
11:15 a.m. screengrab of live stream.
March 2, 2019
McMullan’s Irish Pub

“Go ahead – throw vanity out the window. We dare you to experience the brilliance of being bald while raising funds for life-saving research. Your fundraising efforts will raise much-needed research support and your bald head will be a display of solidarity with kids who have cancer – most of whom don’t get to choose how to style their hair today. Give them the best chance for a cure!”

From event website.

MORE:
Total Donations – 2007-2018 for St Baldrick’s in Valley = $7,424,502
McMullan’s total raised – 2007-2018 = $4,417,075
Total # of Shavees = 4,039

Live Stream

“Our Las Vegas” invites you to make your way over to McMullan’s today to experience an inspiring philanthropic community event! Contributors and shavees welcome!

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March 1, 2019

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“Celestia”
Photograph by Sally Douglas
January 2019

“Presenting an otherworldly story of love and sacrifice through dynamic acrobatics, aerial feats, live musicians, contemporary dance, fire and elements of illusion, Celestia brings together a talented cast of 32 international performers to create an eye-popping, immersive experience. From mind-blowing contortion and hand balancing to high-flying acrobatics and silk acts, Celestia’s world-class performers create a dazzling spectacle unlike any other.”

Text from production website.

MORE:
January 3, 2019 Las Vegas Review-Journal story by John Katsilometes: “Stratosphere tent to host ‘Celestia’ acrobatics show.“

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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February 28, 2019

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“Our Daily Bread”
Photograph by Sean C. Jones
February 2019

Tonight!
Reception – Thursday, February 28 – 6 to 9 PM
Curator’s and Artist’s Talk – 7 PM

Nevada Humanities Program Gallery
1017 S. First Street, #190
Las Vegas

“Ginger-Sean-Montana: Our Daily Bread”

January 31 – March 27, 2019

Ginger-Sean-Montana: Our Daily Bread, curated by Sean C. Jones, is an exhibition that showcases artworks created by Ginger Bruner, Sean C. Jones, and Montana Black who have challenged themselves over the past several years to create an artwork each and every day. The installation features a wide scope of works that explore their daily inspirations ranging from Jones’ pop culture education to Black’s connection to the Nevada landscape, and Bruner’s photographic viewpoints that only this hometown of Las Vegas can provide.

The Nevada Humanities Program Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m., and until 9 p.m. on Preview Thursdays and the first Friday of each month for First Friday events.

Text from Nevada Humanities website.

Artist, Educator and Tippy Elvis https://www.facebook.com/TippyElvis/ Keyboardist and Visual Presentation Maven Sean C. Jones explores visual imagery with a pinch of sarcasm and bitters.

This is the first of what we hope will be many contributions to The Daily Frame.

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February 27, 2019

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“Rest in Peace Susanne”
[Selfie] Photograph by Nancy Good
2014

As posted yesterday on our Facebook Feed: It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Susanne Forestieri.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Susanne’s family and friends.

A colleague writes: “our dear friend and fellow artist and educator Susanne passed away this evening after battling cancer for the second time. She was resilient beyond belief in her battle with cancer. It was this inherent resilience that initially drew me to her. She inspired me in so many ways.

“Her family and friends were with her at the time of her passing. “

Below, from “As she fights cancer, painter Susanne Forestieri shares intimate portraits of her friends,“ a February 18, 2018 Las Vegas Weekly story by C. Moon Reed

“A little over a year ago, the prolific artist, now 72, was diagnosed with the rare peritoneal cancer. It has divided her life in half, with grueling chemo rounds and now heart disease. There’s no sugar-coating her suffering, and yet, she has found bright points in the darkness—specifically in painting: ‘It’s the only time I forget about the disease,” she says. “I feel happier and more optimistic when I’m doing that.‘ She also finds joy in teaching: ‘I feel I have a lot of wisdom about art to share with my students. I do my job somehow, amazingly, then I go home and collapse.‘”

Nancy Good is a full-time multi-disciplinary artist and photographer living and working in the Southern Nevada/California area. Mostly self-taught, Nancy engages in continuing study of unique artists of all types as a means to developing her own craft, while working with a mixed bag of artistic tools and techniques.

Bionotes from the artist’s website.

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February 26, 2019

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“View NW from the Bluegreen Club 36™”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
February 2019

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“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is forever charting new vistas.

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February 25, 2019

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“Resort Worlds Under Construction”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
February 24, 2019

Resorts World Las Vegas is a casino and resort currently under construction on the Las Vegas Strip, planned to open in late 2020. The property had been the site of the Stardust Resort and Casino until 2007, when Boyd Gaming demolished the resort to develop its Echelon Place project. Boyd halted construction in 2008 due to economic conditions, and sold the property to Genting Group in March 2013, when Genting announced plans to redevelop the site as Resorts World Las Vegas. Groundbreaking was initially scheduled for 2014, with the first phase expected to open in 2016. However, the opening date was delayed several times due to redesigns of the project. Groundbreaking took place in May 2015, and construction began in late 2017.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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February 24, 2019

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“Mesquite Balloon Festival”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
Mesquite, Nevada
January 2019

“This annual festival occurs the last weekend in January and showcases hot air balloon launches each morning.”

Information from Casa Blanca Resort & Casino website.

Daily Frame Contributor Ellie Mendré is a licensed massage therapist with interests in sculpture & photography – and a good latte. She is a self-avowed ‘Museum Touring Junkie.’

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February 23, 2019

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“WOW”
Photograph by Diana Perez
El Rio
February 2019

“Prepare to be transported into a world of water, wonder and fantasy. Experience the internationally-acclaimed production, seen by more than 2.5 million people, that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. More than 30 artists fly, flip, fold, dance and defy the imagination in a 180 degree theatrical setting that engages the audience from beginning to end with 3D multi-media projections, water walls, and holograms. Add breathtaking acrobatics, dazzling choreography, thrilling theatrical lighting, magnificent music and even finalists from America’s Got Talent, and you are sure to be wowed!“

Text from production website. https://www.caesars.com/rio-las-vegas/shows/wow

Daily Frame contributor Diana Perez serves as the ELL (English Language Learners) Program Assistant for the CCSD’s Department of Adult Education. She is concurrently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism at UNLV.

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February 22, 2019

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“Four Seasons Interior Entryway”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
February 2019

“The story of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, which opened its first hotel in 1961, is a tale of continual innovation, remarkable expansion and a single-minded dedication to the highest of standards. The Canadian-based company has, for more than 50 years, transformed the hospitality industry by combining friendliness and efficiency with the finest traditions of international hotel keeping. In the process, Four Seasons has redefined luxury for the modern traveller.”

[From “Four Seasons History” on the company’s website.]

MORE: Four Seasons Hotel – Las Vegas – a non-gaming oasis on the iconic Las Vegas Strip.

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“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is no stranger to the Four Seasons.

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February 21, 2019

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“Snow in Dawson Park”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
February 20, 2019

[Today’s Daily Frame from Dawson Park fits into our “Postcards to the Future“ concept, letting visitors to our growing Archive know years from now that it once snowed in the Valley twice within a week.

February 21 Associated Press story published in the Las Vegas Sun below.]

“Snow in Las Vegas! First white stuff in decade”

“Las Vegas is getting a rare taste of winter weather, with significant snowfall across the metro area for the first time in a decade.

“The National Weather Service said Las Vegas’ half an inch of snow late Wednesday was the first measurable snow on a Feb. 20 since record keeping started in 1937.

“Forecasters say the snow accumulation could reach 3 inches by Friday on the western and southern outskirts of the city, but rain could reduce accumulation.

“Las Vegas schools were open Thursday and the Nevada Highway Patrol said some areas had snow and ice but all freeways were open.”

When appropriate, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner appreciates noir aesthetics.

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February 20, 2018

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“Year of the Pig – Portal”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
February 2019

[Third in a series of views of the Conservatory’s Chinese New Year installation on view through March 9.]

“The Pig (Boar) is a gourmet, faithful in friendship, stylish, perfectionist and hardworking. He is a tolerant being, recognized by his friends for his kindness and generosity.

“The Pig is passionate, caring and seductive. His big heart attracts faithful friends as well as others who seek to enjoy his benevolence with impunity. Despite appearances, he lacks self-confidence and that is why he often needs demonstrations of affection and love.

“That’s also one of the reasons he has a way of caring for his image. Besides, fashion is often one of his favorite subjects. Just as he can not bear to be ignored, the slightest worry of money is for him a source of paralyzing anxiety. Easily irritable and resentful, it is better not to be an enemy of the Pig.”

Text from KarmaWeather website.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

A passionate supporter of artists, Sallie is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild.

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February 19, 2019

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“Year of the Pig – Take Two”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
February 2019

[Second in a series of views of the Conservatory’s Chinese New Year installation – this one with a human figure in the left hand corner to give a sense of scale to those unfamiliar with the Bellagio attraction. On view through March 9.]

“But we have received a sign, Edith – a mysterious sign. A miracle has happened on this farm… in the middle of the web there were the words ‘Some Pig’… we have no ordinary pig.”

“Well”, said Mrs. Zuckerman, “it seems to me you’re a little off. It seems to me we have no ordinary spider.”

E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

A passionate supporter of artists, Sallie is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild.

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February 18, 2019

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“Snow in the Valley”
Evidentiary Photograph by Ginger Bruner
February 17, 2019

[Below, excerpted from “Las Vegas snow blankets parts of valley in February storm,” February 17 Las Vegas Review Journal story by Kimber Laux and Mike Shoro.]

“Snow accumulated in the valley for the first time in more than a decade during a winter weather advisory that lasted through 4 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

“Snow fell in parts of the valley Saturday night and Sunday, and the weather service forecasts snow to accumulate as much as 2 inches in parts of the valley as temperatures drop to near freezing overnight, meteorologist Chelsea Kryston said. Summerlin, Centennial Hills, Anthem and southern and northeastern Clark County are expected to see about an inch or two, while Spring Valley and the central valley could see half an inch to an inch of snow, the weather service said.”

[The photographers contributes information on the location: “Parking lot at the 4 Kegs, Jones and US 95, but it could have been anywhere in the Valley.“]

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner joined thousands of Las Vegans photographing the snow.

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February 17, 2019

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“Temporary Lake- ‘Turn around, don’t drown.’”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
US 95 north bound at Charleston
February 15, 2019

[Editor’s Note: We typically run photographs from the natural landscapes beyond the city limits on Sundays – and yes, it’s a decidedly traditional concept of weekend outings following a Monday through Friday nine-to-five work week. A bit ridiculous given the diverse work lives and schedules of Las Vegans. In all events, sometimes nature has a way of imposing itself on urban life as we were reminded on Thursday.]

February 14 Channel 8 Las Vegas Now story by Caroline Bleakley and Orko Mana“Flooded washes lead to 4 swift water rescues around Las Vegas Valley”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is pretty much prepared for all eventualities.

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February 16, 2019

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“Westgate”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
February 2019

Text from the Westgate website.

“Located adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center and just one block from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (formerly the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino) offers the finest amenities and spacious rooms. Enjoy the World’s Largest Race & Sports Book, dine at the world-famous Benihana, and experience legendary performers like nowhere else. In addition, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino features a Las Vegas Monorail stop onsite for easy access to the rest of the excitement on the Las Vegas Strip.”

Additional text from Wikipedia:
“It opened in 1969 as the International Hotel, and was known for many years as the Las Vegas Hilton, then briefly as the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, until taking its current name in 2014. From 1981 to 1990, it was the largest hotel in the world.

“Elvis Presley was signed for a four-week engagement in 1969 as the second performer to appear in the International’s showroom, following Barbra Streisand. It would be his first public stage appearance in eight years.Presley’s first show proved so popular that the hotel immediately signed him to a five-year contract for two month-long engagements per year. He would go on to perform a total of 636 shows at the hotel from 1969 to 1976, with every show sold out. Presley’s run of performances at the Hilton was cut short by his death in August 1977.

“During his engagements at the hotel, Presley famously resided in the 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) Imperial Suite on the 30th floor. Years after his death, the suite was renamed as the Elvis Presley Suite. It was demolished in 1994 to make way for the Sky Villas.

“Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, lived at the Hilton for several years after Presley’s death, and was a fixture at the hotel as an entertainment consultant for much of the remainder of his life.

“The hotel has recognized and capitalized on Presley’s legacy in assorted ways through the years. A year after his death, a bronze statute of Presley was unveiled at the hotel; it has since occupied various spots around the property. Various festivals and conventions for Elvis fans and impersonators have been held at the hotel.

“Elvis: An American Musical, a multimedia production incorporating archival footage with live songs and re-enactments, premiered at the Hilton showroom in 1988, where it ran for two months before going on a national tour. Elvis impersonator Trent Carlini performed at the Hilton in various runs, both on the main stage and in the cabaret, from 2000 to 2004 and again from 2010 to 2015.

“Elvis: The Exhibition” opened at the Westgate in April 2015 in the former Star Trek attraction space. The exhibit, developed in association with Elvis Presley Enterprises, featured 28,000 square feet of artifacts and memorabilia from the singer’s life. In conjunction with the opening of the exhibit, the hotel’s theater was renamed as the Elvis Presley International Showroom, and was set to feature rotating shows inspired by Presley, starting with The Elvis Experience.[252] The show fared poorly in its two-month run, however, and the plans for further shows did not materialize. The exhibition closed suddenly in February 2016, leading to a protracted legal dispute.

“In 2016, the Westgate successfully petitioned to rename the street leading from the hotel to Las Vegas Boulevard as Elvis Presley Boulevard.”

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

A passionate supporter of artists, Sallie is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild.

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February 15, 2019

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“Mandalay Bay Pool Off-season”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
February 2019

[Third in a series of photographs of and from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.]

“Mandalay Bay is a 43-story luxury resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. One of the property’s towers operates as the Delano; the Four Seasons Hotel is independently operated within the Mandalay Bay tower, occupying five floors (35–39).

“Mandalay Bay has 3,209 hotel rooms, 24 elevators and a casino of 135,000 square feet. Adjacent to the hotel is the 2,000,000 square feet Mandalay Bay Convention Center and the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center. The Mandalay Bay Tram connects the resort to its sister properties, Excalibur and Luxor, all three of which were constructed by Circus Circus Enterprises before its sale to MGM.”

Text from Wikipedia.

On occasion “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is now an avid visual studies student of Mandalay Bay.

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Valentine’s Day February 14, 2019

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“Don’t We Seriously Need One of These in Las Vegas?”
Photograph by A.F. + T.F.
February 2019

“My biggest takeaway from the Waffle House is how you feel when you leave—this whole-hearted fullness, this recharging of your soul. You feel like you been taken care of, nourished, connected with old-time friends. That’s what I chase at all of my restaurants, and I learned it at the Waffle House.”

— From “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown”
Sean Brock

“Decoding the Waffle House”

menu
video “Sean Brock And Anthony Bourdain Eat At The Waffle House”

A.F & T.F. introduced “Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet to the W.H. earlier this century in Clemson, South Carolina, enriching his life immeasurably.

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February 13, 2019

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“Maverick”
Photograph by Gonzalo “Gonzo” Carletto
From the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series
February 2019

Maverick, a canine full of endless energy, is captured here by photographer and proud pup Dad Gonzalo Carletto. We learn that this is one of countless times this 43 pound power house has had to take the Honor of the Cone due to a broken claw.

Pup Mom Kelly comments: “There’s never a dull moment living with not just one, but TWO blue heelers, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Gonzo Carletto, originally from Argentina, grew up in Chicago and Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He now resides in Las Vegas with his wife Kelly.

He has travelled the entirety of Spain with just a backpack while selling hand crafts. A furniture restorer, Gonzo spends his spare time making jewelry and cold forge knives out of repurposed material – and wrangling not one but two blue heelers.

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February 12, 2019

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“Mandalay Bay Tower View”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
February 2019

[Second in a series of photographs of and from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino – both now in the 2019 Archive.]

“In 1995, Circus Circus Enterprises bought the Hacienda for $80 million and an adjacent 74-acre site for $73 million. They closed the Hacienda on December 1, 1996, and razed it a month later on New Year’s Eve. Plans for the tropical-themed “Project Paradise” were revealed the same day, with an estimated budget of $800 million to $1 billion. In February 1998 the project was renamed Mandalay Bay to evoke the exotic tropical romanticism of the poem “Mandalay” [by Rudyard Kipling].

Text from Wikipedia.

On occasion “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner does not have a fear of heights.

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February 11, 2019

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“Mandalay Bay”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
February 2019

[First in a series of photographs of and from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.]

“Mandalay (Burmese: မန္တလေ) is the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Myanmar (Burma). Located 716 km north of Yangon on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River, the city has a population of 1,225,553 (2014 census).

“The city gets its name from the nearby Mandalay Hill. The name is probably a derivative of a Pali word, although the exact word of origin remains unclear. The root word has been speculated to be mandala, referring to circular plains[6] or Mandara, a mountain from Hindu mythology.

“Like most former (and present) capitals of Burma, Mandalay was founded on the wishes of the ruler of the day. On 13 February 1857, King Mindon founded a new royal capital at the foot of Mandalay Hill, ostensibly to fulfill a prophecy on the founding of a metropolis of Buddhism in that exact place on the occasion of the 2,400th jubilee of Buddhism.”

Text from Wikipedia.

On occasion “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner visits one or two quadruped pals at the Mandalay.

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February 10, 2019

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“Frenchman Mountain at Dusk”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
January 2019

“Frenchman Mountain is the highest peak in the craggy mountain range that forms the eastern border of the Las Vegas Valley. The range is composed of two peaks: Sunrise Mountain to the north and Frenchman Mountain to the south, which are separated by Lake Mead Blvd. From the perspective of town, Frenchman Mountain has two peaks: a northern lower summit (3,942 ft, actually twin peaks) and a southern true summit (4,052 ft, also twin peaklets).”

Text from birdandhikewebsite.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has finds comfort and inspiration in the majesty of southern Nevada’s landscape.

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February 9, 2019

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“Fauxism”
Photograph by Laura Henkel
March 2018

[In remembrance of artist | writer | publisher | arts advocate | cultural animator Ed Fuentes, we repost the March 23, 2018 edition of The Daily Frame, originally published on the occasion of Ed’s MFA exhibition, an iteration of which was scheduled for this month at the Riverside Art Museum. Due to his death, the project has been postponed.]

Friday March 23, 2018 • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
UNLV MFA Thesis Exhibition: Fauxism
Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery

“In March, 2018, the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery will be a temporary warehouse for BUNKO, a company in process of being set up as an LLC, and undergoing research and development for street art swag. To mark this landmark event, the newly formed BUNKO board will host a group show titled FAUXISM. It is curated by Ed Fuentes.

A reception on Friday, March 23, will feature performances by blues duel, Pablo and Dusty; and spoken word by poet Bruce Isaacson.”

Text from Press Release.

MORE: “Ed Fuentes And The Artist Known As ‘Bunko’” KNPR State of the Union Oct 20, 2016 interview in conjunction with Ed Fuentes’ MA exhibition.

Laura Henkel is a gallerist. She is best known for her work with museum curation and for her Downtown Las Vegas arts venues.

Born in Miami, Florida, Henkel spent her formative years in Irving, Texas. She later attended John F. Kennedy University where she earned her B.A., Liberal Arts. She continued her studies at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, San Francisco, and was awarded a Doctorate in Human Sexuality and a PhD in Erotology.

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February 8, 2019

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“Ed Fuentes”
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 2017
[originally published on the March 19, 2018 edition of the Daily Frame.]

“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of artist | writer | publisher | arts advocate | cultural animator Ed Fuentes. He will be greatly missed.

Few details beyond word of a heart attack are known at this point, but of these facts we are sure: Ed, while no spring chicken, was at the early point of an undeniably promising career. He had been awarded an MFA from the UNLV Art Department last spring. He had started his first part-time teaching jobs in the area. His publication, Paint This Desert, supported initially by a grant from the prestigious Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, was thriving and poised for greater public recognition. And tragically, he was planning to give a gallery talk this Sunday at the Riverside Art Museum in conjunction with his first major exhibition, “Ed Fuentes: Homeboy Fauvism.”

His loss is terribly hard to fathom as are the loss of numerous projects and initiatives he was sure to take on.

We will share more information about his life and memorial service once made available.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet feels very fortunate to have known Ed Fuentes.

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February 7, 2019

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“#TBT: 7th & Fremont”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 2013

“The park contains eight clothing stores/boutiques, 10 food and beverage outlets and restaurants, five art galleries/suppliers, five business for home decor and six specialty retail stores.

“Under construction for more than a year, the park is considered a key element to the expansion of redevelopment further east along Fremont Street.”

Text from November 19, 2013 Las Vegas Sune story by Joe Schoenmann, “Joe Downtown: No more waiting — Downtown Container Park opens Monday”

2019 Google Maps Aerial View

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet enjoys a brisk walk downtown.

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February 6, 2019

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“Eli”
Photograph by Kathleen Nathan
Text by Becky Nathan Lewis
Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series
2019

Eli Lewis is an 8 year-old Jack Russell Terrier. He pre-dates the 2 Lewis children and 2 Lewis puppies. The children, he is a huge fan of, the puppies, not so much. He greatly enjoys sleeping burrowed under the covers on the bed and can often be seen tooling around town with the lady of the house. He is extremely loved by many and we are so excited to see his sweet little face on our screen today.

Kathleen Nathan was born in Utica, NY. She began her study of photography in 1973 at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. It was here where she began to develop her style and skills in black and white photography. Kathleen obtained her MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1991. For more than 30 years her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States. During her career, Nathan’s work has evolved with time and experience – from taking photographs to making photographs, from darkroom to digital. She continues to pursue her devotion to capturing the passage of time through the photograph. Currently Nathan lives in Las Vegas and teaches in the Department of Fine Arts at the College of Southern Nevada.

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February 5, 2019

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“猪年 | Year of the Pig”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
February 2019

“The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept. Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house. He had to rebuild his home before he could set off. When he arrived, he was the last one and could only take twelfth place.

“The Pig is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) hài (亥), and the hours 9–11 in the night. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Pig is yin. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth.

“Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well.”

Text from chinesenewyear.net website.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

A passionate supporter of artists, Sallie is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild.

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February 4, 2019

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“Davey Francis”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
The Velveteen Rabbit
January 2019

In response to a request for his bio, Davey Francis writes:
“I always struggle to answer the question of what exactly it is that I do.

“I’m what you might call a jack of all trades, factotum, a modern day renaissance man – though, under this microscope we can focus on the easily digestible and much less existential explanation that I make cocktails, I take photos, and I write music. All of which allows me to better connect with the world around me.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has admired and enjoyed some of Davey’s concoctions.

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February 3, 2019

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“Calico Basin”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
November 2018

On the REI Hiking Project website: info on over 71 miles of trails | over three dozen hikes

Contributor Ellie Mendré is a licensed massage therapist with interests in sculpture & photography – and a good latte. She is a self-avowed ‘Museum Touring Junkie.’

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February 2, 2019

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“Accidents Immigration Divorce”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
January 2019
From the Drive-by Series

Text below, word for word, from Nevadabesthotels.

“The 2-star Gateway Motel boasts a prime location near The Mob Museum, which is around 1.6 km away.

“While staying at Gateway Motel guests can make use of climate control, an individual safe, TV, a closet and a telephone provided in the rooms. Bathrooms are appointed with a bathtub and a shower.

“Several dining options include Dona Maria’s Tamale Shop and Chicago Joe’s which offer menus of Spanish, Mexican and Italian meals and placed 50 meters away from the hotel.

“Guests will find Casino Center @ Coolidge (S) bust stop next to Gateway Motel. Mc Carran Intl airpot is 15 minutes’ drive from away.

“There are a car park and a vending machine available on the premises.”

Daily Frame Contributor Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty years.

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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February 1, 2019

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“East Fremont Street Red Shoe”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
January 2019

[Lyrics below of Tom Waits’ “Red Shoes by the Drugstore” on his 1978 album “Blue Valentine.”]

“Red Shoes by the Drugstore”

She wore red shoes by the newsstand
As the rain splashed the nickel
And spilled like chablis all along the midway
There’s a little blue jay
In a red dress on a sad night

One straw in a root beer
A compact with a cracked mirror
A bottle of evening in Paris perfume
What’s this sad tune

He told her to wait in by the magazines
To take care of some business it seems
Bring a raincoat
Bring a suitcase
Bring your dark eyes
And wear those red shoes

There’s a dark huddle at the bus stop
Umbrellas arranged in a sad bouquet
Lil Caesar got caught
He was going down to second
He was cooled
Changing stations on the chamber
To steal a diamond ring
From a jewelry store for his baby
He loved the way she looked
In those red shoes

She waited by the drugstore
Caesar had never been this late before
The dogs bayed the moon
And rattled their chain
And the cold jingle of taps in a puddle
Was the burglar alarm
Snitchin’ on Caesar

The rain washes memories from the sidewalks
And the hounds splash the nickel full of soldiers
And Santa Claus is drunk
In the ski room
And it’s Christmas Eve
In a sad café
When the moon gets it’s way
There’s a little blue jay by the newsstand
Red shoes
Red shoes

So meet me tonight by the drugstore
Meet me tonight by the drugstore
Meet me tonight by the drugstore

Goin out tonight
Goin out tonight
Goin out tonight
Wear your red shoes

Red shoes
Red shoes
Red shoes
Red shoes

The fact that “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner doesn’t own a pair of red ankle strap pumps doesn’t prevent her from appreciating their aesthetics, nor their rich narrative potential.

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January 31, 2019

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“#TBT Land of Eden: 120 S. 6th Street”
Photograph by Jon Winet
circa 2012

[Text below from Las Vegas Sun March 28, 2013 story, “Downtown Project pieces together its $93 million llama,” by Joe Schoenmann]

“We found 80 parcels purchased by different entities, all under the umbrella of Downtown Project partners, for about $93 million. The purchases totaled roughly 28 acres or an average of about $3.3 million per acre. Parcels differed in price based upon various factors such as whether the tracts included buildings or were vacant.

“A 0.17-acre empty lot at 130 N. 11th St., for instance, sold for $125,000, which is about $735,000 an acre. But a 0.33-acre lot that includes a parking lot and the Eden Inn, 120 S. Sixth, sold for $2.6 million, about $7.9 million an acre.”

April 2018 Google Street View

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet regrets never having stayed at the Land of Eden.

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January 30, 2019

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“Radial Symmetry”
Photograph by Ed Fuentes

[Text below from a 2018 end-of-year field notes on Paint This Desert]

“ON THE MEDIUM: Luis Varela-Rico’s ‘Radial Symmetry’ expanded his work with metal structures with this public art reference to the woven basket art of the Southern Paiute Tribe. It’s on Main and Commerce. Metal Morning: The 16-by-16-foot public art is a stunning installation, dedicated in September, embedded within an industrial environment. Yet, if I worked at nearby City Hall and drove these two intersecting metal monoliths on my morning commute, it would remind me to pick up two bagels.”

More: Las Vegas Weekly November 24, 2015 story, “Luis Varela-Rico’s Sculpture Honoring Native Culture Approved for Main Street” by Kristen Peterson.

Ed Fuentes is a cultural journalist with a focus on regional art, including murals and street art in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The former print art director publishes Paint This Desert, an online arts journal founded with support of a 2013 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Since landing in Las Vegas after living in downtown Los Angeles for 13 years, he returned to academia and earned a BA in Visual Media from Nevada State College, and a MFA in art from UNLV.

His writing, photography and art-making continue research his in text-image based works, contemporary Chicano Art, and public art. During the Fall 2018 semester he taught art at UNLV and online for Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU). He continues teaching for PLNU from Las Vegas.

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January 29, 2019

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“Gig Depio | Through the Muddy”
Photograph by Ed Fuentes
From the “Las Vegas Artists” Series
December 2018

[Text below excerpted from “A Masterful Rural Mural by Gig Depio” by Ed Fuentes, published December 12, 2018 on the Paint This Desert website.]

“Through the Muddy” by Gig Depio is a Moapa mural masterpiece.

The work that was dedicated Wednesday night at the Moapa Valley Community Center started when Depio was awarded the commission from a competitive field back in 2017. His research on The Moapa Valley was already rigorous. The call for art asked that it reflected the rural culture of Overton, one hour or so north of Las Vegas, so the artist walked around the town, dug into archived photography, read up on the region’s history. He titled the mural “Through the Muddy,” named after the local river that attracted early settlers.

Then he painted, painted…and painted. The work was in sections and completed in his garage and living room. It stayed like a housemate who refused to leave. Watching it in progress on his Facebook feed was like watching a cable series.

[The artist provided the thumbnail bio sketch below.]

“Las Vegas-based Filipino painter Gig Depio presents the conjunctions of contemporary and historical forces in the form of intense, often large-scale, figurative compositions. Recipient of the 2016 Nevada Arts Council Fellowship Grant in Painting, he has exhibited across Nevada, with shows at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the University of Nevada in Reno, and the Clark County Winchester Cultural Center Gallery, Las Vegas. In his native Philippines he worked for several years as an apprentice to his father, the artist Prof. Gig C. De Pio, Sr.”

Ed Fuentes is a cultural journalist with a focus on regional art, including murals and street art in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The former print art director publishes Paint This Desert, an online arts journal founded with support of a 2013 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Since landing in Las Vegas after living in downtown Los Angeles for 13 years, he returned to academia and earned a BA in Visual Media from Nevada State College, and a MFA in art from UNLV.

His writing, photography and art-making continue research his in text-image based works, contemporary Chicano Art, and public art. During the Fall 2018 semester he taught art at UNLV and online for Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU). He continues teaching for PLNU from Las Vegas.

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January 28, 2019

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“1st Street, looking north toward Hoover. Just outside Art Square”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
January 2019

“The Arts Factory and ArtSquare is proud to be the geographic and creative center of the 18b Las Vegas Arts District where artists represent a broad range of contemporary and traditional styles, media, and interests. In addition to our commercial activities, #TheArtsFactoryLV provides an artistic lifeline and facility for many educational functions and community group meetings, including a weekly Life Drawing class, monthly board meetings of the 18b Las Vegas Arts District Neighborhood Association, the Las Vegas Sculpture Park, UNLV, and local high school student art exhibitions, fund raiser events for notable local and national charities, and local creators of all sorts. We also provide a unique cultural venue for musical concerts, poetry readings, and live theatrical performances. Our portion of the Arts District also includes new developments on 1st & Main street, Union House and even the old Mission Linen Building!

“The Arts Factory is now home to more than 20 commercial art-related tenants representing photography, fine art, architecture, graphic design, a yoga school, jewelers, architects and more.”

Text from 18b website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is an 18b regular.

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January 27, 2019

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“Nevada (Road Trip)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
June 2018

[Editor’s note: Beyond the city limits lie seemingly infinite miles of highways. Las Vegas, the proverbial oasis in the desert is defined as much by its relatively blank surroundings as it is by its neon glow.]

“A highway is any public or private road or other public way on land.

“According to Merriam Webster, the use of the term predates 12th century. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, ‘high’ is in the sense of ‘main.’”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner perhaps not so surprisingly loves the occasional rosd trip.

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January 26, 2019

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“Stratosphere Sky”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From across the street from Vickie’s Diner, home to the iconic, revered, fabulous “That Painting.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is forever entranced by Stratosphere views – and Vickie’s Diner.

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January 25, 2019

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“Eureka! (Fat Choy)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Fat Choy | Eureka Casino

Jiaozi (Chinese: 餃子) are a kind of Chinese dumpling, commonly eaten in China and other parts of East Asia. They are one of the major foods eaten during the Chinese New Year and year-round in the northern provinces. Though considered part of Chinese cuisine, jiaozi are popular in other parts of Asia and in Western countries.

“Jiaozi typically consist of a ground meat and/or vegetable filling wrapped into a thinly rolled piece of dough, which is then sealed by pressing the edges together. Finished jiaozi can be boiled (shuǐ jiǎo), steamed (zhēng jiǎo) or pan-fried (jiān jiǎo) and are traditionally served with a black vinegar and sesame oil dip.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner Fat Choy as one of her go comfort food spots.

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January 24, 2019

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“#TBT Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens circa 2012”
Photograph by Jon Winet

Editor’s note: Stay tuned for photography from the Conservatory’s Winter display.

“Our Las Vegas” director Jon Winet needs to get over to the Bellagio more often.

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January 21, 2019

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“Neon Museum Detail #7”
Photograph by Jennifer Kleven
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[Text below excerpted from Wikipedia.]

Neon was discovered in 1898 by the British chemists Sir William Ramsay (1852–1916) and Morris W. Travers (1872–1961) in London.[14] Neon was discovered when Ramsay chilled a sample of air until it became a liquid, then warmed the liquid and captured the gases as they boiled off. … The characteristic brilliant red-orange color emitted by gaseous neon when excited electrically was noted immediately. Travers later wrote: “… the blaze of crimson light from the tube told its own story and was a sight to dwell upon and never forget.”

Contributor Las Vegan Jennifer Kleven is an artist and cultural animator. By day she serves as Grants & Memberships Manager at the Neon Museum and at night she can be found creating ceramic works or cutting into her photos to reveal or alter their content. Earlier this decade she directed Kleven Contemporary, an art gallery at Emergency Arts downtown.

She notes: “Never a bad time to capture a photo in the Neon Boneyard.”

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January 20, 2019

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“Decatur Northbound”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
November 2018

[Editor’s Note: Modified redux from yesterday’s Daily Frame: we were itching to get out for a brisk hike this weekend, but while we wait for the the Trump Government Shutdown to end and the National Parks to reopen, please enjoy a souvenir trace of a recent off-the-beaten-path jaunt by our contributor.]

Decatur Boulevard is a major north-south section line arterial in the Las Vegas metropolitan area located on the west side of the city.

“Decatur Boulevard is a major north-south section line arterial in the Las Vegas metropolitan area located on the west side of the city.

“Decatur Boulevard was named after the city of Decatur, Illinois in the 1930s by Leonard Frechette, who lived on the junction of the street and Vegas Drive. The city was itself named in honor of Stephen Decatur, a naval officer during the early 19th century.”

Text and links from Wikipedia.

Contributor Ellie Mendré is a licensed massage therapist with interests in sculpture & photography – and a good latte. She is a self-avowed ‘Museum Touring Junkie.’

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January 19, 2019

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“The Aliens Have Landed.”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
November 2018

[Editor’s Note: We’re itching to get out for a brisk hike this weekend, but while we wait for the the Trump Government Shutdown to end and the National Parks to reopen, there’s always the alien crash site.]

“The aliens have landed — and local sculptor Jesse Carson Smigel’s latest contribution to Southern Nevada’s public art landscape is complete.

“Smigel’s ‘I Told You Not to Paint It Hot Orange!’ features a crashed UFO, 19 feet in diameter, in the roundabout in front of the Clark County Shooting Complex at 11357 N. Decatur Blvd. (In keeping with its location at the shooting complex, the UFO resembles a clay pigeon.)”

— From “Artist adds aliens to UFO as part of Clark County art program,” May 20,2017 Review Journal story by Carol Cling.

Contributor Ellie Mendré is a licensed massage therapist with interests in sculpture & photography – and a good latte. She is a self-avowed ‘Museum Touring Junkie.’

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January 18, 2019

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“Dee Dee Bridgewater KUNV Jazzset Recording”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
circa 2012

[another find in the unpublished “Our Las Vegas” 2012 Archive, follow up to this year’s January 12 ‘Frame’ – both now in the 2019 Archive.]

NPR Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Radio Producer and “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner doesn’t play the thing if the thing doesn’t swing.

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January 17, 2019

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“#TBT: The Riv – Poolside View”
Photograph by Jon Winet
circa 2012

“The [Riviera] casino was first proposed by Detroit mobster William Bischoff as the Casa Blanca, and received a gaming license in 1952. Bischoff later withdrew from the project, which was taken over by Miami businessman Samuel Cohen. By March 1955, Cohen, identified as a member of Miami’s S & G gambling syndicate, was no longer part of the investment group, though rumors persisted that he secretly maintained an involvement. Marx Brothers Harpo and Gummo held minority interests at the opening.

“The Riviera opened on April 20, 1955 as the first high-rise at 9 stories, and the ninth resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Liberace cut the opening ribbon, and became the first resident performer. The Riviera became one of the oldest and most famous casino resorts in Las Vegas Valley. The Riviera also broke new ground in its design: previously, Strip resorts resembled roadside motor courts.

“The opening of the Riviera, along with The Dunes and the Royal Nevada casino resorts within a month were the subject of a famous issue of Life magazine, on June 20, 1955 with a Moulin Rouge showgirl on its cover. The headline was “Las Vegas—Is Boom Overextended?’ and a story about how Las Vegas had built too many hotel rooms to be profitable.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” director Jon Winet fondly remembers a stay at the Riv.

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January 16, 2019

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“Trump | Fog | Palms | Encore | Nordstroms”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
January 14, 2019

[nb: first of two views.]

TRUMP® INTERNATIONAL HOTEL LAS VEGAS™

“In April 2002, [Treasure Island Hotel and Casino owner] Phil Ruffin announced that he had partnered with Donald Trump to build Trump Tower Las Vegas, a $300 million 60-story condominium tower with 300 units and the possibility of a casino, to be constructed on Fashion Show Drive, near Ruffin’s New Frontier Hotel and Casino. Trump had initially approached Ruffin two years earlier about developing a property on or near the Las Vegas Strip. Construction on Trump Tower Las Vegas was to begin in six to seven months, and was expected to last approximately 18 months. In August 2003, Ruffin said the tower had been decreased to 43 stories and was expected to cost $272 million.

“In November 2003, Trump denied that the project had been delayed or that it was suffering from a lack of financing. Trump also said he was considering “something on a larger scale” for the project. In July 2004, Ruffin said the project had been delayed up to that point because of other business ventures, including Trump’s reality television show, The Apprentice. That month, Trump and Ruffin announced revised plans for Trump International Hotel and Tower, a $300 million condominium-hotel with over 1,000 units. Although Trump held a Nevada gaming license, he chose not to include a casino on the property. Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump later said, ‘We have no problem getting a gaming license, but we wanted to do something different here. We wanted a true luxury resort experience. It’s hard to have a high-quality product when you walk into ‘ding, ding, ding’ and there are people walking around in Hawaiian shirts with big plastic drink mugs.’”

Text from Wikipedia.

As noted on the December 7, 2018 edition of The Daily Frame: “Despite some impressions to the contrary, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner asserts that she does not melt in the rain, and manages to navigate the City safely with grace and elegance.”

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January 15, 2019

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“Freeway Entrance”
Photograph by Sallie Douglass
January 14, 2019

Interstate 15 (I-15) is a major Interstate Highway in the western United States. I-15 begins near the Mexico–US border in San Diego County and stretches north to Alberta, Canada, passing through the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and Montana. The interstate serves the cities of San Diego, Las Vegas, St. George, Salt Lake City, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, and Butte. It also passes close to the urban areas of Orange County, California; Los Angeles County, California; Provo, Utah; Ogden, Utah; and Helena, Montana. The stretches of I-15 in Idaho, Utah, and Arizona have been designated as the ‘Veterans Memorial Highway’. The southern end is at a junction with I-8 and State Route 15 (SR 15) in San Diego, and the northern end is at a connection with Alberta Highway 4 at the Sweetgrass–Coutts Border Crossing.

“I-15 was built to connect the Inland Empire with San Diego in California, facilitate tourism access to Las Vegas, provide access to the Arizona Strip, interconnect all of the metropolitan statistical areas in Utah except for Logan, and provide freeway bypasses for Pocatello, Idaho Falls, and Great Falls. Since its creation, I-15 has served as a long-haul route for North American commerce. It is now officially chartered for this purpose: from the junction of I-515 in Las Vegas to the Canadian border, I-15 forms part of the CANAMEX Corridor, a High Priority Corridor, as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Also since the construction of I-15, California, Nevada, and Utah have consistently ranked in the fastest-growing areas of the United States. As a result, the route of I-15 has substantially increased in population and commuter traffic.”

[Text from Wikipedia.]

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist, social activist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

She is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas Artists Guild. She is a passionate supporter of artists.

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“From the Alley Behind the Rexford: a Second View”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
January 2019

[Second of a mismatched pair. Both now in the 2019 Archive.]

[Text from “A brief history of the apartment,” a July 12, 2016 story by Alice Bradley on the realestate.com.au website.]

“The origins of apartment living can be traced back to Roman times. Here’s a look at some of the first apartments from around the world.”

Traditional Roman insulae

“In the great cities of the Roman Empire, urban congestion necessitated communal living and individual houses were reserved for the very wealthy.

An insula was a kind of apartment building that usually consisted of a ground floor occupied by a shop with living spaces upstairs.

“Insulae could be up to six or seven storeys high, and because of safety issues and the extra flights of stairs, the highest apartments were the cheapest to rent.”

Parisian apartments

“A more luxe version of the apartment first appeared in Paris and other large European cities during the 18th century.

“In the typical Parisian apartment building in the 18th century, the size and financial means of the tenants decreased with each successive storey.

“These apartment buildings typically featured mansard roofs and garret rooms.”

New York tenements

“The rise of tenement living in New York City began in the first half of the 19th century when many of the affluent residents moved further north and thousands of immigrants arrived seeking a better life.

“The population of the city almost doubled each decade between 1800 to 1880 and buildings that were once single-family dwellings were divided into multiple living spaces to accommodate the rapidly growing population.

“Often cramped, poorly lit and lacking proper ventilation, New York’s first apartments, known as tenements, housed almost two thirds of the city’s population by the early 1900s.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner can imagine herself living at the Rexford.

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January 13, 2019

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“DeeDee Bridgewater”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa Access Showroom
North Las Vegas,
January 12, 2019

[Text below excerpted and adapted from Wikipedia and The History Makers websites.]

Singer and actress Dee Dee Bridgewater was born on May 27, 1950 in Memphis, Tennessee. Raised in Flint, Michigan, Bridgewater was exposed early to jazz music; her father, Matthew Garrett, was a jazz trumpeter and teacher at Manassas High School.

She is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, as well as a Tony Award-winning stage actress. In 2014 she concluded a 12+ year run as host of NPR’s “JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater.”

Bridgewater is a United Nations ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization. She was the first American to be inducted to the Haut Conseil de la Francophonie and has received the Award of Arts and Letters in France, as well as the country’s 1998 top honor, Victoire de la Musique.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner wrote at the moment of capture: “DeeDee Bridgewater is killing at Aliante right NOW!!”

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January 12, 2019

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“Three Goddesses”
Photograph by Jon Winet
circa 2012
Caesars Palace

[Editor’s Note: another find in the 2012 Archive. And while we are unable to confirm this, we believe this statue, also referred to as “The Three Goddesses,” is related to the myth of The Judgement of Paris]

The Judgement of Paris was a contest between the three most beautiful goddesses of Olympos–Aphrodite, Hera and Athena–for the prize of a golden apple addressed ‘To the Fairest.’

“The story began with the wedding of Peleus and Thetis which all the gods had been invited to attend except for Eris, goddess of discord. When Eris appeared at the festivities she was turned away and in her anger cast the golden apple amongst the assembled goddesses addressed ‘To the Fairest.’ Three goddesses laid claim to the apple–Aphrodite, Hera and Athena. Zeus was asked to mediate and he commanded Hermes to lead the three goddesses to Paris of Troy to decide the issue. The three goddesses appearing before the shepherd prince, each offering him gifts for favour. He chose Aphrodite, swayed by her promise to bestow upon him Helene, the most beautiful woman, for wife. The subsequent abduction of Helene led directly to the Trojan War and the fall of the city.”

[Text from the Theoi Project, “a site exploring Greek mythology and the gods in classical literature and art.”]

“Our Las Vegas” director Jon Winet never tires of the wonders of Caesars Palace.

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January 11, 2019

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“Hard Rock Stormy Skies”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
circa 2012
From the Drive-by Series

[Text below excerpted from Las Vegas Review Journal December 19, 2018 story by John Katsilometes, “Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel to go dark for 4 months in Virgin renovations”]

“Hard Rock Hotel’s 2020 vision is to close for a time, take care of the employees, and then party.

“HRH has sharpened its timeline in its efforts to evolve into Virgin Hotel Las Vegas. The re-launch and renaming of the property should take hold in the first half of 2020 — and only after an eight-month renovation during which the resort will be closed for four months.

“Renovations, at a reported cost of about $150 million, begin in earnest in the late summer/early fall of 2019, and will likely continue through the spring of 2020. The hotel will shut down over the final four months, then return to business with a splashy reopening party, during which the name will officially turn over to the Virgin brand with the giant, red ‘V’ brand.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner rocks hard.

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January 10, 2019

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“From the Alley Behind the Rexford”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
January 2019

[First of a mismatched pair.]

al·ley
/ˈalē/Submit
noun
a narrow passageway between or behind buildings.
synonyms: passage, passageway, alleyway, back alley, backstreet, lane, path,
pathway, walk;
• a path lined with trees, bushes, or stones.
• a long, narrow area in which games such as bowling are played.
• either of the two areas of the court between the doubles sideline and the singles
or service sideline. (tennis)
• the area between the outfielders in left center or right center field. (baseball)

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner notes that Bocce can be played in an alley, but prefers the official courts at Jaycee Park.

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January 9, 2019

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“Kalbi, Reclining”
Photograph and text by Jennifer Kleven
Latest addition to the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets” series

Kalbi has been part of the McKleven household since March 2016 when we adopted her from the Nevada SPCA.As of August 2018, she’s become one of two feline babies. While she’s not thrilled with her new sister, she is tolerant and continues to bask in the sunlight when she can.

[Note: Kalbi was first featured on the February 7, 2018 edition of the Daily Frame, now accessible in the 2018 Archive.]

Daily Frame contributor Las Vegan Jennifer Kleven is an artist and cultural animator. By day she serves as Grants & Memberships Manager at the Neon Museum and at night she can be found creating ceramic works or cutting into her photos to reveal or alter their content. Earlier this decade she directed Kleven Contemporary, an art gallery at Emergency Arts downtown.

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January 8, 2019

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“Never Trust Your Own Eyes”
Photograph by Jon Winet
Cosmopolitan Parking Garage
circa 2012

WALLWORKS is a permanent art installation that incorporates two important genres known for bringing art into the public spaces: murals and graffiti. Murals are one of the oldest artistic forms, and graffiti is its renegade younger sibling. Work from legendary artists Shepard Fairey, RETNA, Kenny Scharf, Shinique Smith, Curtis Kulig and Stephen Powers (ESPO) transforms utilitarian spaces such as the resort’s parking garage and stairwells into colorful and thought-provoking wallscapes.”

Text excerpted from Cosmopolitan Las Vegas website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet appreciates the aesthetics and anaesthetics of parking garages.

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January 7, 2019

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“Glen Heather looking north toward the Scotch 80s”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
January 2019

“For a neighborhood that’s long attracted casino titans, world-famous entertainers, and prominent Vegas power brokers, the Scotch 80s is remarkably quaint.

“Howard Hughes and Steve Wynn lived here, and Jerry Lewis, Oscar Goodman, and State Senator Tick Segerblom still do. A new generation of Las Vegas players has also found homes in the area: The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers (in the former Howard Hughes residence), actor Nicolas Cage, news anchor Denise Valdez, and Electric Daisy Carnival founder Pasquale Rotella and his wife, entertainer Holly Madison. And, sources say, it’s become the neighborhood of choice for Downtown moguls and trailblazers, including Zappos boss Tony Hsieh, who purchased a home on Shadow Lane, and Life Is Beautiful festival creator Rehan Choudhry. “It’s the young, hip Vegas,” says Michael McGraw, a neighborhood resident and real estate broker who oversees sales for The Agency Nevada (theagencyre.com).

“But despite all the flash and cash, the neighborhood, just west of the I-15 and minutes from Downtown, has what residents like to call a small-town feel. ‘This is a place where you walk your dogs and ride bikes with your kids and wave to your neighbors,; McGraw says. ‘We’re all friends. We have each other’s e-mails.’”

Text excerpted from ”Hidden Gems of the Scotch 80s,” Vegas May 2, 2014 story by Andy Wang.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner knows her Las Vegas neighborhoods.

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January 6, 2019

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“Morus Alba”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 2018
Spanish Oaks

Fruitless Mulberry Tree

“Mulberry trees are deciduous with bright green, lobed leaves are of variable form, size, and shape on the same tree. The fruitless forms are better for the home landscape. They make excellent shade trees and do well in the desert. They can grow 20-60 feet tall. These trees like the heat, tolerate alkaline soils, and are resistant to Texas root rot. Fruitless mulberry trees can take some drought once established, but do grow faster with regular watering and fertilizing. These trees even grow at the beach successfully. They have heavy surface roots, so it is recommended that they are planted at least 6 feet from walkways, driveways, or foundations as the roots can lift and crack the concrete.”

Text from University of California Cooperative Extension Central Coast & South Region Center for Landscape and Urban Horticulture

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner finds nature in the City.

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January 5, 2019

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“Double Down Stage”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
circa May 2012

[The latest discovery from the unpublished – and chaotically organized 2012 Daily Frame Archive]

Double Down Saloon

“EVERY SHOW IS A FREE SHOW. Shows start at 10 pm unless otherwise indicated. On Friday & Saturday nights, plenty of FREE PARKING is available in the lot immediately South of the Double Down, accessible from both Paradise and Swenson. Pedestrian gate is located on Swenson near the NE corner of the lot.”

On stage tonight:

Saturday, January 5
Three Rounds • Praying • C.C. Potato • Warboy •Spring Breeding

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“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has an intimate relationship with the stage.

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January 4, 2019

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“See It While You Can: 7 Magic Mountains”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
May 2016

“‘We don’t know if anything’s possible beyond the end of this year,’ said Amanda Horn, spokeswoman for the Nevada Museum of Art.”

From February 14, 2018 Reno Gazette story “Nevada has fallen in love with 7 Magic Mountains, so it’s staying (for now)” by Jenny Kane.

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Daily Frame Contributor Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty years. Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

Her project, “Lucky to Be Alive” was presented at the Winchester Cultural Center Gallery in early 2018.

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January 3, 2019

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“Sahara #TBT”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
circa 2011

“The first casino built on the site was Club Bingo, which opened in 1947. Owner Milton Prell replaced the casino with a new casino hotel in 1952 called the Sahara Hotel. Located just outside the City of Las Vegas, it was the sixth resort to open on the Strip. The resort was built by Del Webb. The porte-cochere entrance, topped by an onion-dome minaret, was designed to set the resort’s warm Moroccan flavor and hospitality for arriving guests.

“In late 1954, entertainment director Bill Miller hired jazz musician Louis Prima to be their late night lounge act, one of the earliest ones on the Las Vegas Strip. Along with his then-wife Keely Smith and sax player Sam Butera, they created one of the hottest late-night attractions on the Strip. In 1956, Abbott and Costello appeared together for the last time on the Sahara stage before their permanent breakup.”

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Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner and Director Jon Winet have been at this for awhile.

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January 2, 2019

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“New Year’s Eve Sunset”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
December 31, 2018

As the globe begins its second day of a yearlong trip around the sun “Our Las Vegas” wishes everyone a happy and healthy new year – with special thanks to our 2018 Daily Frame contributors:

Brian Paco Alvarez • Susan Boskoff • Diane Bush • Dean BurtonKristin CichoskiSallie DouglasGlenn ElliottEd Fuentes • Laura Henkel • Rachel Julian • Jenni Lee KearnsJennifer Kleven • Gabrielle LindsleyEllie MendréJOn MillerDiana Perez • D. L. Pughe • Lisa Stamanis • Unknown •  Eric Wilson • Brad Zucroff

         ““They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

— Andy Warhol

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner and Director Jon Winet thank you for your encouragement and support.

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January 1, 2019

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“Happy New Year 2019 (The High Roller)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
December 2018

As the globe begins its latest trip around the sun “Our Las Vegas” wishes everyone a happy and healthy new year – with special thanks to our 2018 Daily Frame contributors:

Brian Paco Alvarez • Susan Boskoff • Diane Bush • Dean BurtonKristin CichoskiSallie DouglasGlenn ElliottEd Fuentes • Laura Henkel • Rachel Julian • Jenni Lee KearnsJennifer Kleven • Gabrielle LindsleyEllie MendréJOn MillerDiana Perez • D. L. Pughe • Lisa Stamanis • Unknown •  Eric Wilson • Brad Zucroff

         “And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.”

— Rainer Maria Rilke

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner and Director Jon Winet thank you for your encouragement and support.

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