The Daily Frame Archive – 2017

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November 23, 2017

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“Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 22, 2017

Recipe below from allrecipes.com.  We wish everyone – including those who are working today to keep the city going, a great day. 
“Baked Sweet Potatoes with Ginger and Honey”
Recipe By:Christine L.

“Fresh ginger, cardamom, and sweet potatoes will fill your house with a fall fragrance as well as call your family to the table.”
Ingredients
3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup honey
3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons walnut oil
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
In a large bowl, toss together the sweet potatoes, honey, ginger, walnut oil, cardamom, and pepper. Transfer to a large cast iron frying pan.
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Stir the potatoes to expose the pieces from the bottom of the pan. Bake for another 20 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender and caramelized on the outside.

 

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner’s recipe for sweet potatoes calls for “tons of butter, brown sugar and whiskey.”

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November 22, 2017

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“Showbike Custom Cycle”
17 E Wyoming Ave
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“In 1901, 20-year-old William S. Harley drew up plans for a small engine with a displacement of 7.07 cubic inches and four-inch flywheels. The engine was designed for use in a regular pedal-bicycle frame. Over the next two years, Harley and his childhood friend Arthur Davidson worked on their motor-bicycle.

In 1906, Harley and Davidson built their first factory on Chestnut Street at the current location of Harley-Davidson‘s corporate headquarters.

Text excerpted and adapted from Wikipedia.


November 21, 2017

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“Tacos Mexico”
1800 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Photograph by Jon Winet

“In 1975 our Founder, Antonio Moreno, began making his authentic Mexican tacos from a catering truck using only the freshest ingredients using family recipes. Mr. Moreno’s food truck was such a success that he opened his first “brick and mortar” restaurant in 1980 at 913 S. Broadway in Los Angeles, which is still in operation today. In addition to his authentic tacos, Mr. Moreno gradually expanded his menu to include burritos, tortas, sopes, quedadillas, and gorditas. all made from specially prepared meats including carne asada, al pastor, chicken, carnitas, tripas, cheek meat, lengua and pork maws.”

Text from restaurant website

Editor’s note; Since Taco Mexico does not include to include turkey on its menu, we include at the recipe below.

Spicy Turkey Tacos
by Judy Kim | Delish.com

“Our Las Vegas” director Jon Winet recently learned that ‘buche’ is the term used for pork stomach. ‘Tripa’ refers to beef tripe.

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November 20, 2017

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“View from DTLV facing South no. 5”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Editor’s Note: As stated on the September 12, 2017 Daily Frame – now in the Archive: we never tire of this view – and trust you feel this same. Given signs of imminent construction, we wonder what’s in store …

Google Street View

Screen grab of February 2017 Google Street view for future archival reference.

“Our Las Vegas” Photographer Ginger Bruner still knows some great places to park in the Radiant City.

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November 19, 2017

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“Stop”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 14, 2017

Stop near Seven Magic Mountains.*

* The installation is scheduled to remain on site, 10 miles from Las Vegas at Jean Lake and Interstate 15, through May 2018.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner recommends making the trip to Seven Magic Mountains.

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November 18, 2017

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“Wyoming at Main (Roadwork Continues)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Wyoming /waɪˈoʊmɪŋ/ is a state in the mountain region of the western United States. The state is the tenth largest by area, the least populous and the second least densely populated state in the country. Wyoming is bordered on the north by Montana, on the east by South Dakota and Nebraska, on the south by Colorado, on the southwest by Utah, and on the west by Idaho. The state population was estimated at 586,107 in 2015, which is less than 31 of the largest U.S. cities including neighboring Denver. Cheyenne is the capital and the most populous city, with population estimated at 63,335 in 2015.”

Text from Wikipedia

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner braves Main with varying degrees of patience.

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November 17, 2017

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“Seven Magic Mountains, 3 of 7”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 13, 2017
(With cameo by “Our Las Vegas” director Jon Winet)

“Internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains is a large-scale site-specific public art installation located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, approximately ten miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada. Comprised of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than thirty feet high, Seven Magic Mountains is situated within the Ivanpah Valley adjacent to Sheep Mountain and the McCullough, Bird Spring, and Goodsprings ranges of mountains. A creative expression of human presence in the desert, Seven Magic Mountains punctuates the Mojave with a poetic burst of form and color. The exhibition opened May 11, 2016 and will be on view for two years.”

Text from sevenmagicmountains.com

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is an excellent driver for Jon Winet who is often vehicle-challenged.

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November 16, 2017

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“Caesars LED Column #2”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 13, 2017
From the Drive-by Series

“In 1962, cabana motel owners Jay Sarno and Stanley Mallin applied for a $10.6 million loan from the Teamsters Central States Pension Fund. He began plans to build a hotel on land owned by Kirk Kerkorian. Sarno would later act as designer of the hotel he planned to construct. His vision was to emulate life under the Roman Empire. The objective of the palace was to ensure an atmosphere in which everybody staying at the hotel would feel like a Caesar. Caesars Palace was instrumental in beginning a new era of lavish casinos from the late 1960s onward. Architectural writer, Alan Hess, stated: ‘Caesars Palace needed only a sumptuous array of Classical statuary and a host of marble-white columns to establish its theme. The visitor’s imagination, in league with well-placed publicity, filled in the opulence.’”

Text from Wikipedia

As noted yesterday, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is an excellent driver.

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November 15, 2017

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“Caesars LED Column #1”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 13, 2017
From the Drive-by Series

Caesars Palace was established in 1966 by Jay Sarno, who sought to create an opulent facility that gave guests a sense of life during the Roman Empire. It contains many statues, columns, and iconography typical of Hollywood Roman period productions including a 20-foot statue of Julius Caesar near the entrance. Caesars Palace is now owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. As of July 2016, the hotel has 3,976 rooms and suites in six towers and a convention facility of over 300,000 square feet.”

Text from Wikipedia

 

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is an excellent driver.

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November 14, 2017

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“Memorial Lights”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 13, 2017

Tribute to the October 1 victims of the mass shooting. 58 beams of light shooting skyward from where the future site of the Raiders stadium.

More: “Raiders launch work on stadium in Las Vegas” November 13, 2017 Las Vegas Review Journal story by Richard N. Velotta

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner followed the lights.

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November 13, 2017

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“Cashman South of Charleston”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“The Cashman family has been involved in various businesses and civic duties for generations. The late Jim Cashman, Jr. was the second-generation leader of Cashman Enterprises, a family-owned business that included car dealerships and heavy-equipment dealers. He was a strong civic and business leader in Las Vegas and Northern Nevada as well. His father, notable local businessman Big Jim Cashman, started Cashman Enterprises and served as a county commissioner in the 1920s. Big Jim was a man of many firsts, starting the first community celebration—Helldorado—the first automobile dealership, and the first highway to Nevada.

Jim Cashman, Jr., and sister, Tona Cashman Seifert, took over Cashman Enterprises in 1962, upon Big Jim’s death, which included the Cashman Cadillac auto dealership and Cashman Equipment, a Caterpillar tractor franchise. He also served on the state’s Public Works Board, was president of the United Ways Southern Nevada campaign, and was a founder of the Las Vegas Invitational golf tournament.

In 1979, Jim Cashman III became president of Cashman Equipment. Jim Cashman III served on many business and community boards, notably the United Way of Southern Nevada, Greater Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, and Nevada Development Authority. Cashman III died of a heart attack in 1995, but his wife, MaryKaye, still operates the Caterpillar franchise. Tim Cashman, another son of Cashman Jr., purchased Cashman Cadillac Inc. in 1993, the only Cadillac franchise in Southern Nevada. In 1996, he became co-owner of Southern Nevada Harley- Davidson, Inc., and the partners still own several outlets today.”

Text from “Business Hall of Fame Inductees: The Cashman Family” on the UNLV Business School website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a student of Las Vegas history.

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November 12, 2017

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“Casino Center South Apartment Mural”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
Addition to the “Around the 18b” series

Editor’s note: we are relatively confident that this mural is on the northern wall of the Plaza Apartments at 520 South Casino Center, but will check with our 18b photojournalist.

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-five years.

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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November 11, 2017

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“Community Healing Garden”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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-five years.

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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November 10, 2017

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Fontainebleau Vista
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Fontainebleau Las Vegas is an unfinished resortcondominium, and casino on the Las Vegas Strip on the 24.5-acre (9.9 ha) site previously occupied by the El Rancho Hotel and Casino and the Algiers Hotel in WinchesterNevada. It was intended to be a sister property to the well-known 1950s-era Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel. The building is currently the second tallest structure in the Las Vegas Valley.” *

It recently sold, but no firm plans are known. For now, it continues to loom over the north end of the Las Vegas Strip.

*text courtesy Wikipedia.

Daily Frame associate producer and lead photographer Ginger Bruner enjoys a flashback Friday now and then.

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November 9, 2017

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“Casino Center at Bonneville”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis

In an increasingly methodical way, contributor Lisa Stamanis is documenting her neighborhood. As is the case with The Daily Frame one suspects she does so with a sense of its inevitable if not imminent transformation.

Although the recognition of the merits of neon and Mid Mod design has stabilized some of  the City’s history, changes to neighborhoods and the disappearance of landmarks can be counted on with the forces of gentrification and expansion in play. True to form, we can also anticipate the bust to this boom at some point in the future, and with it, others transformations in the cityscape.

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-five years.

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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November 8, 2017

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“Free Car Wash”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Terrible Herbst, or Terrible Herbst Oil Company, is a privately held gas station company based in Paradise, Nevada, United States.

The company operates gas stations in Nevada, California, Utah and Arizona.

The company’s roots go back to a single Chicago, Illinois, gas station in 1938. Founded by Jerry Herbst in 1959, the company is run by his sons, Tim, Troy, and Ed Herbst.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner‘s ride runs on unleaded.

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November 7, 2017

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“5th Street School Walkway”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis

“Formerly called the Las Vegas Grammar School, the complex is now known as the Historic Fifth Street School, due to its location on Fifth Street (renamed Las Vegas Boulevard in 1959) in downtown Las Vegas.

A cultural oasis in the midst of downtown Las Vegas’ office and legal corridors, the revitalized building is home to an assortment of local arts and architectural organizations. The primary tenants are the University of Nevada Las Vegas Fine Arts Program, including the Downtown Design Center for the School of Architecture; the Nevada School of the Arts (a music education organization); the American Institute of Architects; and the city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs.”

Text from City of Las Vegas website.

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-five years.

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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November 6, 2017

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“Artments or Rent”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
October 26, 2017
Addition to the “Around the 18b” series

According to today’s Apartment guide website;  Average monthly rent in Las Vegas’ Arts district:
Studio: $727
1 bedroom: $1043
2 bedrooms: $1298
3 bedrooms: $1422

Rent Jungle provided Rent trend data for San Francisco, California:

“San Francisco Average Rent”

“As of September 2017, average rent for an apartment in San Francisco, CA is $3684 which is a 3.83% decrease from last year when the average rent was $3825 , and a 1.44% decrease from last month when the average rent was $3737.

One bedroom apartments in San Francisco rent for $3398 a month on average (a 0.47% increase from last year) and two bedroom apartment rents average $4555 (a 1.45% decrease from last year).”

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-five years.

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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November 5, 2017

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“Nature Study no. 3”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
October 26, 2017

To this intriguing and mysterious image, the photographer adds the information below. We look forward to discovering this spot on our next visit to the Center.
“Nature trail near the Winchester Cultural Center.”

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-five years.

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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November 4, 2017

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“Brian & Lynn McMullan”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 3, 2017 on the occasion of their pub’s 15th anniversary part.
From the Las Vegas Creatives Series

“Our Pub derives its history from the ancient shores of Ireland.

Our Publican, Brian McMullan, is the grandson of Thomas McMullan who, back in 1908, bought Glenarm’s ‘Farmer’s Hotel’ from Mr Thomas Charles for 780 Pounds. For his price, he not only got the pub, but also Mr Charles’ horses & Undertaking business. Therein began the publican dynasty, the fruits of which you see here today. Indeed, Thomas also bought another watering hole in 1919, this one called the ‘Seaview Hotel’ which the family held on to until just after WWII when we sold it on to Mr James McAllister. This, incidentally, is now a private residence. Following Thomas’ death in 1934, his son Jim McMullan faithfully continued the family businesses. Jim, a keen member of the local boxing club & during the war years active in the local Platoon Home Guard, worked hard until 1974 when, at his passing, the pub (today known as ‘The Coast Road Inn’) was sold out of the family to the McConnell’s of Ballyclare.

So, from the family’s early beginnings in farming, we moved into the pub business & the undertaking business, never mind running the only taxi service & post office in town. A regular entrepreneur, in 1915, Thomas was the first in the area to secure a motor car for funeral services! Still, the pubs thrived, remembered all these years later as always having good crowds, & they were renowned for their traditional pints & food thanks to the fresh produce from the farm, fresh salmon from the Antrim river & an abundance of locally caught seafood. And so, for generations, we have prided ourselves on serving wholesome food to compliment the pouring of a perfect pint.

Take a look around at the memorabilia around the pub. You’ll find many artifacts from the old pubs, old photographs of the family and their friends and, of course, be sure to enjoy our old family recipes!!”

Sláinte agus saol agat!

Text from pub’s website

Most years, “Our Las Vegas”  Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner can be found at McMullan’s St. Baldrick’s Day cancer research fundraiser. She has yet to shave her head for the occasion.

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November 3, 2017

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“The FUNKYARD”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 2, 2017

The band Greasy Conversation playing at ReBAR Preview Thursday @ The FUNKYARD.

They will be playing again tonight for First Friday@ReBAR, as well as the Sober Junkie and Lisa Mac, and All The Rage.

“Our Las Vegas”  Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has not yet played this stage.

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November 2, 2017

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“Day of the Dead | Dia de los Muertos”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 2016

The photographer notes: “Ronnie Fabre on right, posing with Fred, winner of last year’s Day of the Dead First Prize for Best Altar at Springs Preserve.

Below, from  “Day of the Dead: A unique understanding of death” November 2, 2017 Al Jazeera story:

“A hybrid of Spanish Catholic and pre-Columbian traditions, Day of the Dead has become one of the most important celebrations, revealing what many believe to be a uniquely Mexican understanding of death.

Relatives will offer food, drinks and even toys on altars to entice the souls on holiday. The living and the dead are believed to share the meals together.

In many parts of Mexico, families will spend November 1 remembering the children, often referred to as angelitos (little angels), decorating their grave sites with toys and balloons, and on November 2, they will celebrate the All Souls day, dedicated to the adults who have died.”

MORE from Las Vegas Vocal Lessons:

Ronnie Fabre’s Las Vegas vocal lessons have helped many local performers and aspiring singers perform to their full potential. Ronnie has been performing and singing onstage for most of her life. Over the last twenty-five years she has become well known in Las Vegas music circles as a private vocal lesson teacher. Ronnie has taught vocal lessons to hundreds of singing students in Las Vegas, NV. Many of Ronnie’s students have been singing long before taking her private singing classes, while some of them are just learning the concepts of matching pitch and finding their true voice.

Additional note: this Friday though Sunday at Springs PreserveDia de Muertos celebration.

“Our Las Vegas”  Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner remembers and honors those who have passed.

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November 1, 2017

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“Downtown Spaces”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
1800 S Industrial Rd, Las Vegas
January 2017

As noted on the March 2, 2017 Daily Frame by Sallie Douglas:

“First we started with a stunning 1950’s architecturally sound building. Next we remodeled it to it’s original glory with modern flare, amenities and hardwood floors throughout. Finally, we sprinkled with a number of photography studios, architectural firms, artist lofts, and all around creative spaces, before mixing them all up in Las Vegas’ most central location…”

Text from Downtown Spaces website.

Google street view.

[Screen grab of June 2016  Google Street view for future archival reference.]

“Our Las Vegas”  Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a frequent visitor to Downtown Spaces.

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October 31, 2017

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“Photographer Clown Selfie (with Patrick Livingston)”
Photograph of and by Ginger Bruner

“Sinister clowns and clown-like figures recur in pop culture, from Batman’s arch-nemesis The Joker to The Simpsons’ recurring villain Sideshow Bob to John Carroll Lynch’s character on American Horror Story: Freak Show to Violator, the demonic antagonist of Todd McFarlane’s comic book Spawn. As for my own position on clowns, I’m firmly in the ‘unafraid’ camp, with a few caveats. As a child, my anxieties went elsewhere: specifically, balloons. The sound of a balloon popping terrified me, and sitting in close proximity to balloons until the age of around 11 left me with more than a little alarm—so I know a thing or two about seemingly fun things prompting irrational terror. A clown might not have scared the younger version of me, but a clown bearing balloons would have been another story entirely.”

— From October 7, 2016 Lit Hub article by Tobias Carroll, “The Literature of Creepy Clowns: If they’re coming you might as well be prepared.”

“Our Las Vegas”  Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  is a clown – and a juggler. (The latter both literally and figuratively.)

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October 30, 2017

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“Fetch Creepy Clown”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Daily Frame contributor Andrea Lipomi is the director | owner of Feetish Spa, located at Emergency Arts in Downtown Las Vegas. 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. You couldn’t ask for a better neighbor.

Andrea was featured in an October 28 Las Vegas Review-Journal story, “Las Vegas nail artist creates Halloween looks anyone can do” by John Przybys.

“Our Las Vegas”  Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  knows a thing or two about clowns. Check out tomorrow’s Halloween Daily Frame!

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October 29, 2017

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“The Middle of Nevada”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 2017

“Under the Constitution of the State of Nevada, the powers of the Nevada government are divided among three separate departments: the consisting of the Governor of Nevada and their cabinet along with the other elected constitutional officers; the Legislative consisting of the Nevada Legislature, which includes the Assembly and the Senate; and the Judicial consisting of the Supreme Court of Nevada and lower courts.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas”  Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  is a road warrior.

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October 28, 2017

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“Atomic Hair Salon”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Main at Colorado | 18b

“MODERN LOOKS IN VINTAGE VEGAS”

“Atomic Style Lounge is a full-service craft based salon for men and women in Downtown Las Vegas.

Come hang out with us and enjoy a complimentary beverage in our vintage themed lounge.”

Text from Salon website

“Our Las Vegas”  Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  consistently has a hair thing going on.

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October 27, 2017

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“Clark County Detention Center”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
Casino Center at Lewis

Text from visitation guidelines site reprinted below in its entirety.

CCDC Visitation Guidelines:

For the latest information, please review the following Visitation Guidelines Flier: New Visitation Guidelines Flier.

(Revised: Dec 2014)

VISIT CANCELLATION/RESCHEDULING

If you receive a visit cancellation notice it is not an error, it is to advise you your visit has been cancelled. Due to system limitations, your scheduled video visit cannot be automatically rescheduled; therefore, the system generates a cancellation notice. If this occurs, we encourage you to reschedule your video visit for the following day or another day in the future.

The cancelled visit does not count against the total visits allowed for each inmate. In order to reclaim the cancelled visit, we ask that you reschedule by visiting our on-line website at http://ccdcvvs.lvmpd.com/VisitorVisitation/app.

We are actively working on system improvements and we apologize for any inconvenience you may experience. Thank you for your patience.

Detention Services Division, Central Booking Bureau & Detention Records 05/21/13

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-five years.

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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October 26, 2017

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“The Golden Nugget – 2nd view”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis 

follow-up to Lisa’s October 21 Daily Frame – both now in the 2017 Archive. More on the Casino’s history below.

“On May 31, 2000, the Golden Nugget (and all of Steve Wynn’s other properties) was sold to Kirk Kerkorian; the consolidated corporation was known as MGM Mirage and has been the largest casino corporation in Las Vegas since that date.

Although the Golden Nugget was profitable, it was not part of the master expansion plan of the corporation which was focused on consolidating a long stretch of the Strip by acquiring Mandalay Resort Group, building City Center, and beginning construction in Macau. Gaming revenue on Fremont Street had peaked in fiscal year 1993. The Golden Nugget was sold for $215 million to Poster Financial Group, owned by Timothy Poster and Thomas Breitling in 2004.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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-five years.

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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October 25, 2017

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“Maverick” 
Photograph by Kelly Stamanis 
Latest addition to the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series

Maverick is a small male 38 pound Australian Cattle Dog. His guardian comments: “He is a rescue, about 4 years of age. A woman found him running around North Las Vegas. He was a terrified anxious pup when adopted 3 years ago. He is now a full energy, charismatic, adorable fur ball.” She adds: “He is the best part of my day.”

Kelly Stamanis was born and raised in the Las Vegas Valley. Art and music played a large part of her childhood as she ate many weeknight dinners at gallery openings and witnessed many of Las Vegas’s finest shows from the band pit. In retrospect she feels that it helped shape her pragmatic attitude in life.

Working as a Visual Merchandiser in Las Vegas, she spends her free time with her adoring husband and their two Blue Heelers Maverick and Hunter.

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October 24, 2017

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“El Cortez” 
Photographed by Ginger Bruner

“El Cortez Hotel and Casino through the years: Historic facts revealed” KLAS Las Vegas Now Nov 01, 2016 story by Nikki Bowers reprinted below in its entirety.

LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas icon celebrated a landmark anniversary Tuesday, Nov. 1. The historic El Cortez Hotel and Casino turned 75 years old.

However, the celebration of the landmark was about more than the diamond anniversary. The El Cortez is the longest continuously running hotel in Las Vegas.

During the ceremony, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman proclaimed Nov. 1 as El Cortez Hotel and Casino Day.

Here are some of the historical events that took place at the hotel through out the years:

1941: El Cortez Hotel & Casino officially opened with a casino, restaurant, café, floor show and 59 rooms. The “Vintage Rooms” are still open and available to hotel guests looking for an authentic and historic experience.

1945: Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Gus Greenbaum and Moe Sedway bought the property from Marion Hicks and J. Kell Houssels for $600,000.

Late 1940s: Hicks and Houssels regained ownership of the El Cortez.

1963: Jackie Gaughan purchases El Cortez for $4 million. Fifty rooms were added atop the new attached parking garage on 7th and Fremont. Once the hotel’s tower was built in 1980, Jackie Gaughan lived in one of its penthouse suites until his death in 2014. He was known to be on the casino floor almost daily – especially in the poker room playing with customers. A Las Vegas legend, Gaughan owned or had a stake in a number of other Las Vegas hotels including the Flamingo, Plaza, Golden Nugget, Las Vegas Club, Gold Spike, Western Hotel and Showboat.

1974: Gaughan purchases and remodels the Ogden House, a property across the street—adding these rooms to the El Cortez.

1975: Kenny Epstein becomes Jackie Gaughan’s partner in El Cortez.

1980: Gaughan and his son Jackie Gaughan Jr. add a 15-story, 200-room tower to El Cortez, costing around $10 million.

2007: El Cortez spends $32 million on renovations

2008: Kenny Epstein and Family purchase the El Cortez Hotel & Casino.

2009: The Ogden House is transformed into the El Cortez Cabana Suites, downtown’s first boutique hotel.

2011: El Cortez partners with World Market Center to host Design a Suite Downtown – a contest for local designers to win a chance to design a suite in the El Cortez. Four finalists’ designs were built out, with the winning design outfitting the rest of the tower’s suites. These “Designer Suites” were open and available to hotel guests.

2013: El Cortez is placed on the National Register of Historic Places—the only operating casino to be included.

2015: Siegel’s 1941 opens, offering some of the city’s best food 24 hours a day. Particularly famous are the Meyer Lansky burger and the now-famous Matzo Ball Soup.

2016: El Cortez Hotel & Casino celebrates 75th anniversary, looking forward to another 75 successful years in business.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner appreciates the atmosphere, charm and distinctive character of the El Cortez.

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October 23, 2017

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“Brent Holmes” 
Photographed by Ginger Bruner at the Double Down Saloon.
From the Las Vegas Creatives Series

Brent Holmes is a Las Vegas artist and designer. He has been photographing for seven years, In his current work he “continues to explore space, time, and its interaction with the human body and mind.”

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner knows her way in and out of the Double Down.

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October 22, 2017

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“Mount Charleston Getaway” 
Photograph by Kelly Stamanis

The photographer notes: “Yellow car. Mid August 2017 Lee Canyon, Nevada ( backside of Mount Charleston). Common Vegas escape for summer temperatures. Road side photo -capturing the bizarre of Las vegas recreation on the shoulder of the road. Twenty minutes past the last house in the valley, las vegans can indulge in that nature thing…..but with some style of course.” .

Born and raised Las Vegan Kelly Stamanis is an artist  and intrepid Australian Cattle Dog guardian. As a baby she travelled to Japan as part of a musical tour. In future editions of The Daily Frame we’ll learn more about her – and her canine companion.

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October 21, 2017

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“The Golden Nugget” 
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
October 2017

The Golden Nugget was originally built in 1946, making it one of the oldest casinos in the city. Jackie Gaughan at one time owned a stake in the hotel as part of his many downtown properties. Steve Wynn bought a stake in the Nugget, which he increased so that, in 1973, he became the majority shareholder, and the youngest casino owner in Las Vegas. In 1977 he opened the first hotel tower and the resort earned its first four diamond rating from Mobil Travel Guide. It was the foundation for Wynn’s rise to prominence in the casino industry. The second hotel tower opened in 1984 along with the showroom, and the third tower was opened in 1989. On May 31, 2000, the Golden Nugget (and all of Steve Wynn’s other properties) was sold to Kirk Kerkorian; the consolidated corporation was known as MGM Mirage and has been the largest casino corporation in Las Vegas since that date.” …

But that’s not the end of the story. READ the rest of the Wikipedia entry.

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-five years.

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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October 20, 2017

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Stein-holding Contest  winner at GASCON” (aka last one standing)
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 2017

As we approach the end of the month of October, there are still a number of local options for Oktoberfest celebration this weekend.

Tomorrow evening, October 21st, there are two near downtown, so you can get your last fix of oompah and wurst.

The German-American Social Club of Nevada has their final night of Oktoberfest celebration from 5-10 pm at their clubhouse at 1110 East Lake Mead, just east of LVBLVD, where there will be food and live music from the Gingersnaps, dance performance from the club’s Schuplattler group and authentic German food. Hint: get the strudel before it runs out.

Main Street’s ReBAR is hosting Socktoberfest 2017!, the 10th annual celebration of Hubert D’Givenski, a Swiss sock monkey from 5 pm until close. There will be beer, sausages, music from Squeezebox Hero, and a free Warsteiner for those who arrive in proper Socktoberfest dress. ReBAR is a combination bar/antique shop, and has an amazing array of steins for sale, so you can drink that authentic beer from an appropriate vessel.

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner recommends potato pancakes and strudel.

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October 19, 2017

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“Starboard Tack”
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 2017

“Consider Starboard Tack your flashback bar of Las Vegas. Veteran bartenders Bryant Jane and Lyle Cervenka took over the home of the original Starboard Tack that opened in 1971 and later became Gilligan’s Hideaway in the late 1990s. Of course, rum takes center stage on the cocktail menu with concoctions such as the Cherry Blossom with Whistling Andy Hibiscus rum and cherry bitters. A $1,000 per bottle of Black Tot Last Consignment Royal Naval Rum from the British Royal Navy’s remaining stock sits behind the bar, as do the amaros from the duo’s time at Retroscena in the back of Radio City Pizza.”

Text from “Ahoy There — A Look Inside Starboard Tack: The 24-hour retro bar specializes in rum” Vegas Eater May 31, 2017 story by Susan Stapleton.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet recommends the beer-battered fish and chips.

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October 18, 2017

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“Gnome & Nugget”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series

(And yes, alongside  Nugget, identified as a “Las Vegas Street dawg,”  is a Jesse Smigel Gnome, documented in our 2012 Gnomes Project feature!)

MORE: “Gnomes Placement May 3, 2012” video.

“Our Las Vegas”  Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner is a fan of gnomes, Jesse and Nugget.

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October 17, 2017

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“Hands High Dice Fly”
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 2017

New York New York uses the New York City influence of its name in several ways. Its architecture is meant to evoke the New York City skyline of the 1940s era; the hotel includes several towers configured to resemble New York City towers such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. In front of the property is a replica of the Statue of Liberty, and replicas of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Main Immigration Building on Ellis Island, and Grand Central Terminal.”

Text from Wikipedia

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet generally takes the odds.

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October 16, 2017

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“Halloween Approaches”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The photographer notes: “Near Eastern and Charleston, taken earlier in the week. They decorate A LOT.”

Daily Frame Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner hasn’t zeroed in yet on her Halloween costume.

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October 15, 2017

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“Angels at the Ren Faire”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
2015

Today’s Daily Frame, a rare encore edition, first ran on October 8, 2016 during that year’s Festival.

The Art of Chivalry Renaissance Fair continues through Sunday at Sunset Park, with plenty of music – including Killians’ Angels.

Daily Frame Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is also the Angels’ stalwart tuba and bass player.

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October 14, 2017

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“King Nate”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
2016

Today and tomorrow: the 2017 Clark County Parks and Recreation Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival!

Radio and Television Personality Nate Tannenbaum is the indefatigable host of KUNV‘s “Playing Favorites” – and royalty at the RenFaire.

Daily Frame Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has worked in radio with King Nate for decades .

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October 12, 2017

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“Remembrance Wall”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis

Short-term #tbt as we continue to remember – and deal with the tragic events of October 1 mass shooting.

“A small lot in downtown Las Vegas’ Arts District was nothing more than a barren patch of dirt just five days ago. By Friday, the half-acre plot on 1015 S. Casino Blvd. was a flourishing floral masterpiece, welcoming over 1,300 Las Vegans after being transformed into a permanent memorial for victims of last Sunday’s mass shooting.

‘This heinous act will not deter us from who we are,’ said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman from a podium at an event to officially open the Community Memorial Garden. ‘This is a painful day, but also an inspirational day and an inspirational time.’”

From “‘A beautiful place to reflect’: Memorial garden springs up downtown to honor victims” October 7 Las Vegas Sun story by Chris Kudalis.

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-five years.

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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October 11, 2017

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“Henderson Dusk”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Daily Frame Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner creates her own photo ops.

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October 10, 2017

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“Jennifer Kleven”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Winchester Gallery

Artist Jennifer Kleven’s exhibition “Urban Naturalism, Again” closes this Thursday, leaving you three more days to catch it. Below is the press release from the County website.

“Jennifer Kleven’s ‘Urban Naturalism, Again’ Appears Through Oct. 12 at Winchester Gallery”

“​In ‘Urban Naturalism,Again,’ Jennifer Kleven returns to her investigation of how organic life adapts to technology through 13 works, including one collaborative piece with gallery guests.

With her signature manipulation of photographs, the artist highlights the absurd methods used by telecommunication companies returning nature into the lives of city dwellers. Kleven poses the questions: Is it important for the object to be authentic? Or in the case of cell phone towers disguised as metal palm trees, can appearance fulfill needs? The exhibit appears through Oct. 12 at Winchester Cultural Center Gallery located at 3130 S. McLeod Drive., just north of Desert Inn Road.

Kleven is a Las Vegas native and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2009 at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She operated Kleven Contemporary exhibiting emerging artists in downtown Las Vegas from 2010- 2013, and her own work has been exhibited at Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery and the Jesse Metcalf Gallery at UNLV, Contemporary Arts Center, and Trifecta. Her first look at tech infiltrating landscape was seen in 2012’s “Urban Naturalism” at CounterSpace in Las Vegas. Kleven’s discovery of perfect unrealities and false identities come from the lens of a being a Las Vegas native. Currently, she works at the Neon Museum and splits her artistic time with photography, ceramics, and plants.”

The Winchester Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.ClarkCountyNV.gov or call the Public Art Office at (702) 455-8685.

Daily Frame Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner was lucky enough to attend the opening reception for Jennifer Kleven’s show.

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October 9, 2017

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“Looking West: View of the UNLV Library from The Barrick Art Museum”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The Barrick Museum recently launched its fall exhibitions, all highly recommended. Below is information on a project from the remarkable Center for Land Use Interpretation.

Center for Land Use Interpretation: Peripheral Flood Control Structures of Las Vegas

September 29 – November 10, 2017
UNLV Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery

“The nation’s supreme desert city, Las Vegas lies in a riverless valley, baking in the sun. When it rains, storms can be sudden and strong, generating flash floods that threaten the city. Defense against this attack has grown with the expanding urban land itself, and there are now more than 100 detention basins in and around Las Vegas to absorb the shock of flood, and hundreds of miles of concrete channels to contain the flow through the city. The headworks of this system are a battery of bulwarks that ring the city at its outermost edge, beyond which little is built. They are massive marginal sculptures of aridity and stasis, waiting for the flood.

This exhibition features recent photography and video from The Center for Land Use Interpretation. Founded in 1994, The Center for Land Use Interpretation is a research and education organization interested in understanding the nature and extent of human interaction with the earth’s surface, and in finding new meanings in the intentional and incidental forms that we individually and collectively create. The Center produces exhibitions, presentations, tours, publications, online resources, and other public programs that examine, describe, and explain the built landscape of the United States.”

Additional information on the Barrick Museum website.

Daily Frame Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner has thoughts on land use she’d be most willing to share.

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October 8, 2017

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“#VegasStrong”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“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.”

MORE: Las Vegas Sun October 6 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.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room and she is currently showing at The Corner Gallery. She also has work at Wonderland Gallery and Sin City Pickers.

We are grateful to Sallie for her activism, spirit and on the spot photographic contributions to the project.

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October 7, 2017

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“Fremont & 6th, Wednesday, October 4, 2017”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is all about the atmosphere of a moment.

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October 6, 2017

Red Rock Canyon Dry Creek Bed”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a fan of Red Rock Canyon.

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October 5, 2017

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“University at Maryland Parkway”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Google Street View

Screen grab of February 2017 Google Street view for future archival reference.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner relentlessly finds beauty in the Radiant City.

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October 4, 2017

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“Vegas Strong”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Palace Station
October 3, 2017

“He noted 90 percent of Democrats and 77 percent of Republicans support background checks at gun shows, and 89 percent of Republicans and Democrats favor restricting gun ownership for the mentally ill.

‘But not this gang [of legislators]! They voted against both of those things,’ Kimmel mentioned.

So, with all due respect: Your thoughts and your prayers are insufficient … By the way, the House of Representatives will be voting on a piece of legislation this week. It’s a bill to legalize the sale of silencers. For guns. This is what they’re working on.’”

— Las Vegas’ own Jimmy Kimmel – from story by Lisa de Moraes

— from October 3 New York Post story “Jimmy Kimmel tearfully rips into politicians in wake of Vegas shooting”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is #vegasstrong.

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October 3, 2017

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“Pray for Vegas”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
SLS
October 2, 2017

“’What has come about is beyond heartbreaking,’ [Mayor Carolyn]Goodman said.

[Democratic Congressional Representative] Dina Titus, whose district includes the Las Vegas Strip, talked about the efforts of officials and residents to respond to the shooting.

‘We want to thank everybody who has put their heart and soul into trying to grieve today and then after today we will move forward and start talking about why we don’t need one more moment of silence in Congress for victims of gun violence,’ Titus said.”

— From October 2 Las Vegas Sun story “Candles lit in memory of those who died in Las Vegas shooting” by Yvonne Gonzalez.

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.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room and she is currently showing at The Corner Gallery. She also has work at Wonderland Gallery and Sin City Pickers.

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October 2, 2017

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“October 1, 2017”
Photo Illustration by Ginger Bruner & Jon Winet

From the Las Vegas Review Journal:

Las Vegas Metro Police have set up a family reunion center at Metro Plaza, 400 S. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Families needing information on the welfare of loved ones should call 866-535-5654.

MORE:

Las Vegas Review Journal
“It was a horror show’: Mass shooting leaves more than 50 dead, 400 wounded on Las Vegas Strip”

Las Vegas Sun
“More than 50 dead, 400 injured in mass shooting on Las Vegas Strip”

New York Times
“Las Vegas Shooting Near Mandalay Bay Casino Kills 50”
by Ken Belson, Gerry Mulling and Russell Goldman

Washington Post
“At least 50 dead, more than 400 injured after shooting on Las Vegas Strip”
By Heather Long, Mark Berman and Derek Hawkins

We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the deceased. Our thoughts are with the injured in the hours and days ahead.

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October 1, 2017

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“Autumn Spirit”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Bellagio Las Vegas

“Autumn burst into color Center stage with Bellagio’s newest addition to the fall show. There are 45,000 flowers for the fall show, ranging from Yellow Durangos to Fire Islands. Shrubs include Nandina, Hibiscus, Croton Plant, Purple Fountain Grass, Zebra Grass and Hyatt Ashbury Hibiscus. The main display is one of Bellagio’s favorite, our custom made 18′ tree. There are 300 hanging silk weeping willow branches with 100 Trumpet flowers. Two scarecrows playfully surround the fresh cut flower filled pumpkins which house 1200 cut flowers.”

Text from Bellagio Conservatory & 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.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room and she is currently showing at The Corner Gallery. She also has work at Wonderland Gallery and Sin City Pickers.

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September 30, 2017

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“Las Vegas Sunset no. 713”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“The time of sunset varies throughout the year, and is determined by the viewer’s position on Earth, specified by longitude and latitude, and elevation. Small daily changes and noticeable semi-annual changes in the timing of sunsets are driven by the axial tilt of Earth, daily rotation of the Earth, the planet’s movement in its annual elliptical orbit around the Sun, and the Earth and Moon’s paired revolutions around each other. During winter and spring, the days get longer and sunsets occur later every day until the day of the latest sunset, which occurs after the summer solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere, the latest sunset occurs late in June or in early July, but not on the summer solstice of June 21. This date depends on the viewer’s latitude (connected with the Earth’s slower movement around the aphelion around July 4). Likewise, the earliest sunset does not occur on the winter solstice, but rather about two weeks earlier, again depending on the viewer’s latitude. In the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs in early December or late November (influenced by the Earth’s faster movement near its perihelion, which occurs around January 3).”

Text from McCarran Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  also appreciates subtle sunsets.

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September 29, 2017

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“Passenger Pick-up  Column 10”
Photograph by Jon Winet

“Passenger Pick Up at Terminal 3 is on Level 1 of the parking garage. This area is designated for immediate loading only. Unattended vehicles will be cited and/or towed. Short Term Parking is also available in this area. There is no charge for the first 15 minutes in Short Term Parking. To avoid a charge while driving through, you must insert your ticket at an exit gate, not a walk-up pay station.”

Text from McCarran website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet  will text you upon deplaning.

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September 28, 2017

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“Fontainebleau Sky”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“When the heated economy was showing signs of cracks a decade ago, New York developer Steve Witkoff teamed up on a supersized project in Las Vegas, a poster child for America’s real estate boom.

The group bought property just east of the Strip for $625 million, with plans for a hotel-casino development. But the market soon crashed, nothing was built, and lenders foreclosed on the site.

Witkoff is now back in Las Vegas — and he’s betting heavily on a failed, still-unfinished project from the bubble years.

He partnered with Miami investment firm New Valley to buy the partially built, mothballed Fontainebleau Hotel for $600 million”

Text from “Fontainebleau’s new owner is no stranger to Las Vegas” Las Vegas Review Journal August 31, 2017 story by Eli Seagall.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  has never been to the Fontainebleau in France.

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September 27, 2017

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“This Section Close7”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Atomic LiquorsBefore
June 24, 2012

Atomic Liquors is Las Vegas’ oldest freestanding bar, with liquor licence number one. Before new owners remodeled, OLV lead photographer Ginger Bruner documented its faded glories, including the cowboy mural on the back wall.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner was born just two blocks from Atomic Liquors in Las Vegas’ original hospital.

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September 26, 2017

“Dave Hickey”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Barrick Museum
September 24, 2017

David Hickey (born December 5, 1940 in Fort Worth, Texas) is an art critic who has written for many American publications including Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum, Harper’s Magazine, and Vanity Fair. Nicknamed ‘The Bad Boy Of Art Criticism’ and ‘The Enfant Terrible Of Art Criticism,’ he was formerly Professor of English at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Distinguished Professor of Criticism for the MFA Program in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of New Mexico.”

Text from Wikipedia.

More: 
The Guardian
14 June 2016
Story by Peter Nowogrodzki
“Dave Hickey: ‘The title of artist has to be earned’”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner was in the house to welcome Dave back to Las Vegas.

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September 25, 2017

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“Double Down Saloon – Ladies’ Loo no.3”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Follow-up to the September 18, 2017 Daily Frame, both now in the 2017 Archive.

“Want to know more? Don’t bust our balls. All you need to know is that we are at 4640 Paradise Road, one block south of the Hard Rock Hotel.”

Text from bar website.

Hold “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner ‘s seat at the bar. She’ll be right back.

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September 24, 2017

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“Valley of Fire”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 2017

“World-renowned for its 40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone, Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years. Open year round, the park has numerous campsites equipped with shaded tables, grills and water, as well as many intriguing trails to tempt hikers.”

Text from Nevada State Parks website.

When possible, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner ventures out into nature.

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September 23, 2017

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“Tony Bondi – Take 2”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Sahara West Library, The Studio
September 21, 2017

Taken on the occasion of the artist reception for the retrospective exhibition Anthony Bondi: The House Edge,” this one actually a still  in front of one of his many sculptures made for  Burning Man over the years. See it in action here.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner and Tony are pals. They were featured together in Suspicious Evidence,  a September 2013 exhibition at RTZ Gallery at Art Square.

MORE: Vegas Seven
August 21, 2013 story by PJ Perez
“Man on Fire: Burning Man behind him, Anthony Bondi returns to the local gallery scene with back-to-back shows”

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September 22, 2017

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“Tony Bondi”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Sahara West Library, The Studio
September 21, 2017

Taken on the occasion of the artist reception for the retrospective exhibition “Anthony Bondi: The House Edge“, Ginger Bruner’s portrait of the artist places him in front of one of his many sculptures made for a past edition of Burning Man. See it in action here.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner, is a native Las Vegan, as is the artist portrayed in this Daily Frame. They have a lot of “stories”.

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September 21, 2017

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“Steinholding Contest”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Brooklyn Bowl
September 17, 2017

“Steinholding is a traditional Bavarian strength contest in which competitors hold a full one-liter beer stein out in front of their bodies with a straight arm, parallel to the ground. You go as long as you can and the last person hoisting is the winner.”

Text adapted from US Steinholding Association website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner, also the Tubaist for Las Vegas’s epic Celtic band Killian’s Angels, wonders if a rich pint of Guinness weighs more than a pint of German beer.

The German win of the band, “Oompoporama,” performed at at the Brooklyn Bowl event, surely an early harbinger of Oktoberfest.

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September 20, 2017

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“Green Cat”
Photograph by Jon Winet
Almost, but not quite from the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series

6th Street just south of the Commonwealth.

Google Street View

Screen grab of January 2017 Google Street view for future archival reference.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet approves of this wall.

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September 19, 2017

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“Accidental Art Installation – Project Neon no. 1”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

News Flash[es]!

“I-15 N to US 95 S Ramp reduced to 1 lane”
“Starting September 28, the I-15 N to US 95 S ramp will be reduced to 1 lane. This ramp will be fully closed 9/27 at 10pm and reopen at 6am on 9/28 in the new configuration. This lane restriction will remain in place until late February. “

Overview

“Nearly two decades in the making, Project Neon is the largest public works project in Nevada history. Project NEON will widen 3.7 miles of Interstate 15 between Sahara Avenue and the “Spaghetti Bowl” interchange in downtown Las Vegas. It’s currently the busiest stretch of highway in Nevada with 300,000 vehicles daily, or one-tenth of the state population, seeing 25,000 lane changes an hour. Traffic through the corridor is expected to double by 2035.”

Traffic tests the patience of “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner.

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September 18, 2017

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“Double Down Saloon – Ladies’ Loo”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Known the world over as the Happiest Place On Earth, the Double Down Saloon has been bringing a much needed sophistication to Las Vegas since 1992. Interplanetary abstract. Urban decay. The anti-Vegas. Double Down is indeed a clubhouse for the lunatic fringe.

Always expect the unexpected as vivid chaotic murals cover every inch of walls and ceiling while disturbing videos come at you from all directions.

Want to know more? Don’t bust our balls. All you need to know is that we are at 4640 Paradise Road, one block south of the Hard Rock Hotel.”

Text from bar website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has found her way on more than one occasion to the Double Down.

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September 17, 2017

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“Leaving Las Vegas”
Photograph by Jon Winet

McCarran International Airport Departures

“Our Las Vegas” Director and Lead Photographer Jon Winet had logged scores of hours at McCarran.

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September 16, 2017

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“Golden Nugget Light Fixtures”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“Houston businessman Tilman Fertitta agrees to buy Rockets for record $2.2 billion”

“The Houston Rockets have been sold to local billionaire [and Golden Nugget owner] Tilman Fertitta, who called the purchase of his hometown team a ‘dream come true.’

Terms of the sale, which was announced Tuesday, were not disclosed. A league source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, however, that Fertitta agreed to purchase the team from Leslie Alexander for $2.2 billion, a record sale price for an NBA franchise.”

excerpt from a September 5, 2017 ESPN.com news services story:

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.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room and she is currently showing at The Corner Gallery. She also has work at Wonderland Gallery and Sin City Pickers.

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September 15, 2017

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“Showtime at St. Mark’s Square”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

As part of the “Streetmosphere” at the Venetian, world-class performers put on several shows a day in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian and Palazzo Hotels.

Ginger Bruner is Lead Photographer for “Our Las Vegas,” and a fan and practitioner of live performance.

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September 14, 2017

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“Huntridge”
Photograph by Ashanti McGee

Double #tbt: the Huntridge Theater and a two-year old story in the RJ.

October 2, 2015 story, “5 things you might not know about the Huntridge Theater” by Kristen DeSilva below in its entirety.

“5 things you might not know about the Huntridge Theater”

“With the fate of the Huntridge Theater in central Las Vegas uncertain, many who live outside of the immediate neighborhood or out-of-state transplants may not recognize the significance of the registered historical place.
Whether you’ve just moved here, you’ve always resided in Henderson or you’ve just never heard of it, the Huntridge was an important staple in Las Vegas for decades.

The nearly 71-year-old theater, often used as a concert venue toward the end, hosted many punk rock shows into the 1990s, including a 1995 concert when the roof collapsed.

Here are five things you might not have known about the shuttered theater on East Charleston:

It’s worth its historical recognition

The Huntridge Theater opened in October 1944 — when, at the time, Las Vegas had a population of about 15,000 and the Las Vegas Strip was just a few small casinos such as The El Rancho Vegas. Downtown, nearby the theater, had been thriving, with the opening of the El Cortez in 1941.

It was originally “owned” by actresses

Loretta Young, who went on four years later to win an Academy Award for “The Farmer’s Daughter,” and Irene Dunne, who was nominated five times, were on the list of operators under the Huntridge Theater Company. Lloyd and Edith Katz, from 1951 to 1978, were the ones who actually ran it as a theater.

There have been multiple efforts to save it

Since the theater was closed in the late 1990s, many groups and politicians have fought for its restoration and reopening. After a painting event a few years ago, local bands the Killers and Imagine Dragons were rumored to be the first the play the new theater — but that was never confirmed nor did it become a reality.

Crowdfunding, state grants and private funding have proved unsuccessful.

It was the first desegregated theater in Southern Nevada

It was also one of the first desegregated major businesses of any kind in town, with another notable addition being the Moulin Rouge Hotel in 1955, just a few blocks northwest of the theater. For decades, the theater was the only of its kind without segregation — Lloyd Katz refused while it was commonplace around the city.
“He desegregated his theaters here before he had to, which was indeed unusual in these parts,” historian Michael Green told the Review-Journal in 2012.

It was named for the neighborhood

Not unlike the bar and the diner, the Huntridge Theater was named in the Huntridge neighborhood — a 2.5 square-mile area in central Las Vegas. The area was built a couple of years earlier for airmen stationed at what would become Nellis Air force Base.

Many recognize the neighborhood as one of Vegas’ first-established, along with Scotch 80s and Paradise Palms.”

Ashanti McGee is a graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. She is the office manager for the Outside Las Vegas Foundation– a local nonprofit that encourages the public to explore Nevada’s great outdoors; and she serves as president of the Harrison House, a historic boarding house that welcomed black entertainers during segregation.

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September 13, 2017

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“‘Feted’– Emily Ellis-Santana and Elayna Delsy-Thompson ”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the Las Vegas Creatives Series

Emily Ellis-Santana is a practicing attorney and Elayna Delsy-Thompson is a retail director.

Jennifer Henry, director of “Fêted,” a September 2016 event at The Cube, writes:

“The glamour of revelry and festooned enchantment is beginning to fade … but the party isn’t over yet.”

“Maybe it isn’t about going to parties after all. Not only, at least. Maybe it’s about who we are at parties… Are we the guests trickling in throughout the evening searching for an easy engagement that means this night hasn’t gone to waste? Or are we at the very nexus of this communal celebration, and like so many women before us, tasked with being both the merry hostess outfitted to excite and the true genesis of festivity itself in perfect social symmetry? And what of our ladies at center, draped in the trimmings of carnival but not smiling the greeting we expect, are they performing their predetermined purpose to our liking? Can she be both successfully gracious and live out the life she chooses? Has she ruined our good time by not recognizably demonstrating what a good time looks like? Maybe we’re asking too much, or maybe she’s not offering enough, or maybe the spoon was perched too precariously on the punch bowl and the carpet was bound to get stained at some point in the evening. Nevertheless, it’s a party and everyone is invited. Welcome.”

More: September 14, 2016 Las Vegas Weekly review by Leslie Ventura.

“Our Las Vegas” Photographer Ginger Bruner is a party.

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September 12, 2017

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“View from DTLV facing South: Entrance from Alley”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

We never tire of this view – and trust you feel this same.

Google Street View

Screen grab of February 2017 Google Street view for future archival reference.

“Our Las Vegas” Photographer Ginger Bruner knows some great places to park in the Radiant City.

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September 11, 2017

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“Lounging at the Rexford  – Beverly Green”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Las Vegas in the 1950s and ‘60s—a time when casinos and hotels were popping up left and right. The Sahara Hotel and Casino in 1952. The Dunes Hotel and the Riviera in 1955. The Tropicana in 1957 and the Stardust a year later. The La Concha Motel in 1961. Caesars Palace in 1966.

It was also a time when the first atomic bomb test was conducted at the Nevada Test Site, in 1951.

And then, there was Beverly Green.

Excerpt from National Trust for Historic Preservation March 22, 2017 story, “A Midcentury Time Capsule: Las Vegas’ Beverly Green Historic District” by Lauren Walser.

“Our Las Vegas” Photographer Ginger Bruner has been known to take detours through Beverly Green.

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September 10, 2017

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“Home Construction”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Something of a mismatched bookend to yesterday’s Daily Frame from the 18b, this one near IKEA

Both now in the 2017 Daily Frame Archive. Stay tuned for more documentation of changes to the urbanscape.

“Our Las Vegas” Photographer Ginger Bruner has shopped at IKEA.

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September 9, 2017

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“Demolition in the 18b”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis 

From our 18b contributor: “Casino Center & Coolidge. Former ‘Doll House’“

We add: stay tuned for more documentation of changes to the urbanscape.

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-five years.

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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September 8, 2017

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“Rain View”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Our weekend weather is going to look a lot like this. Please be mindful of flash floods and low-lying areas. For more information on flash floods, as we do have a flash flood watch in effect until Monday at noon, please check with weather.gov/lasvegas.

“Our Las Vegas” Photographer Ginger Bruner likes to be dry, most of the time.

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September 7, 2017

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“Bocce Night”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Bocce ball is played with one small ball and eight big balls. Players throw the small ball first, and it becomes the target. Then, the larger balls are thrown, with players trying to get their balls as close to the smaller ball as possible. The history of Bocce ball has roots in ancient times.

United States
In the 1700s, the first remnants of Bocce ball appeared in the United States. One of the first Bocce ball fields was at Green in Manhattan, and George Washington had a court at his Mount Vernon home.

Italian Immigrants
At the turn of the 20th century, Italian immigrants help the game spread in the United States. In 1947, the first Italian League was created and the game flourished in every city were large number of Italians lived.

Rules of Bocce
Start of Match:
The match shall begin with the flip of a coin between the capos (captains) from each team. The winner of the coin flip may have the first toss of the pallino or choose the color of the balls.

A player may toss the pallino any distance so long as the pallino passes the center line of the court and does not hit the back wall. If a player fails to validly toss the pallino after one attempt, the opposing team will have a chance to toss the pallino and put it in play. If the opposing team fails to toss the pallino past the center line the pallino reverts to the original team. In any case, when the pallino has been properly put in play, the first Bocce ball will be thrown by the team who originally tossed the pallino.

Play the Game:
The team who originally tosses the pallino, whether successfully or not, throws the first Bocce ball. If the Bocce ball hits the back board, that team must roll again. Otherwise he/she steps aside and his team does not roll again until the opposing team has either gotten one of its Bocce balls closer to the pallino or has thrown all of its balls. The team whose Bocce balls are closest to the pallino is called “inside” and the opposing team “outside.” Whenever a team gets inside, it steps aside and lets the outside team roll. The team outside throws until it beats (not ties) the opposing ball. This continues until both teams have used all their Bocce balls (a total of 8, 4 from each team). The team who scored last, throws the pallino to begin the next frame.

A) If a player rolls the wrong colored ball, simply replace it with the correct color when the ball comes to rest.

B) If a player rolls out of turn the opposing team may leave everything, including the thrown ball, exactly where it is or may return any moved balls to their approximate original positions and remove the thrown ball from play.

C) If a ball is moved before all 8 balls are played, the opposing team replaces the ball to the approximate original position. This is to be done in the spirit of good sportsmanship.

D) When a team wins a game players exchange ends of the court and substitutions may be made. The team winning the previous game will toss the pallino to start the next game.

E) Practice between games is limited to rolling up the court and back on time.

Dead Balls:
Should a player’s Bocce ball make contact with the back board the Bocce ball is considered a dead ball on impact and is removed from play until the end of the frame.

A) If the thrown ball comes to rest on the pallino or another ball that is touching the back wall, that thrown ball remains in play. The ball touching the back wall is removed from play. If the pallino is touching the back wall it remains in play.

B) If a Bocce after hitting the backboard strikes a stationary Bocce, that stationary Bocce shall be replaced in it’s original position. The thrown ball is removed from play.

C) If a Bocce hitting the backboard is not removed quickly enough and, as a result, strikes a moving ball that likely would have hit the backboard, allowing the moving ball to remain in play, that moving ball remains in play where it comes to rest.

Pallino:
Once the pallino has been validly put into play, it remains in play even if it hits the backboard. However, if the pallino is knocked out of the court or it is knocked in the front of the center line, the frame will end, no points are awarded, and the game will resume from the opposite end of the court with the same team tossing the pallino.

Foul Line:
Player’s movements are limited to the foul line. The player may step on, but should not step over the foul line before releasing the pallino or Bocce ball. If the intent of the foot foul rule is abused, the offending player may be removed from the game by a director of the Martinez “occe Federation. When a player releases the pallino or Bocce, both feet must be on the court unless the player has a significant physical impairment.

Shooting:
Shooting is lofting the ball in the air beyond the center of the court. Shooting is allowed if the thrown ball hits the ground before hitting the ball. If the thrown ball does not hit the ground first, everything goes back to its approximate original position. The thrown ball is out of play.

Disputes:
The teams playing will referee their own game. Any dispute which cannot be resolved by the team capos shall be decided by one member of the Martinez “occe Federation Board of Directors agreed to by both capos. Upon his/her decision the game shall continue.

Scoring:
Only the “inside” team scores. One point is given for each ball of the inside team that is closer to the pallino than any ball of the opposing team. If at the end of any frame the closest ball of each team is equidistant from the pallino, the frame ends in a tie and no points are awarded to either team. The game will resume from the opposite end of the court with the same team tossing the pallino. Capos of each team are responsible for keeping the score sheet and for reporting the results of the match. The team who scores 12 points wins the game(must win by 2 points).

Measurements:
All measurements should be made from the inside dimensions of the Bocce ball to the inside dimension of the pallino. Only an official and one representative from each team may be present for the measurement.

If both teams agree on which team has the point(s) and it is later determined that a mistake has been made, all balls played are valid. If both teams have balls remaining, the team that does not have the closest ball to the pallino rolls again. If all balls have been played, points are awarded based on the balls that are actually closest to the pallino in accord with the “Scoring” rule.

Protests:
A protest will be considered valid only if the opposing capo is notified at the time of the dispute (before the next frame begins) and the game is officially recognized as being played under protest. All protests must be submitted in writing to the Martinez “occe Federation within 72 hours of the disputed game. Their decision will be final. A $5.00 fee must accompany all written protests. The fee will be returned if the protest is valid.

Forfeits:
If a team forfeits any three matches, they will be dropped from league play and the team capo will be notified by mail. All games previously played will be null and void.

Rescheduled Games:
Games may not be rescheduled unless both capos degree. All rescheduled games must be played no later than one week after the originally scheduled date. If the Federation “Commish” determines the games must be canceled due to rain, those games will be rescheduled as determined by the Federation “Commish.”

Players:
A) All completed rosters must be turned into the Federation before the deadline. The deadline is the teams scheduled third game.

B)No more than 10 people maybe on the roster and no less than 6. A person can only play on one team in the open league. A team forfeits any game in which they play a non-roster player. The opposing team may not waive non-roster player forfeits.

C) If a team fields less then 2 players, the game is a forfeit. A 2 or 3 member team may play throwing only 2 balls per player. A 3rd or 4th player arriving late may enter the game after the completion of the frame.

D) There is no minimum age limit, however no more than 1/2 of the team may be under the age of 18 and at least one person in ever game must be 18 or over.

E) A team may make one substitution per game. Substitutions may only be made between frames.

F) No player may play two consecutive games from the same end of the court.

G) Players need not alternated throws. Consecutive or alternating throws by teammates shall be at the option of the players.
Conduct and Courtesy:
A) Team capos are responsible for the actions of their players.

B) If a player is standing in the playing half of the court while the opposing team requests that the player step aside, that request should be honored.

C) Only participating players should be on the court while the game is in progress. Spectators are not allowed on the courts at anytime during regulation play.

D) Courtesy and respect should be displayed at all times. Profanity and unsportsmanlike conduct is not permitted. Violations may result in a warning by a ruling official to the player and team captain. Severe violations or a violation after a warning may result in the players expulsion by the ruling official from the game or match.

E) All trash, pop tops, cigarette butts, etc. are to be discarded in appropriate containers.

F) Bike riding is prohibited on or around the courts.”

“Our Las Vegas” Photographer Ginger Bruner plays Bocce.

Text from Italian American Club of Southern Nevada website.

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September 6, 2017

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“Bon Scott – ready for his close up”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series

Editor’s Note: Making a return appearance following his triumphant August 9, 2017 Daily Frame – now safely preserved in the 2017 Archive – we’re happy to report that Bon Scott still lives in the Beverly Green historic district. He still enjoys lounging by the pool, scaling high objects and meowing very loudly.

To which we add: “Bon Scott is a beauty.”

“Our Las Vegas” Photographer Ginger Bruner it still a fan of pets.

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September 5, 2017

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“Basement Hallway, Greenspun Hall, UNLV”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Located at the corner of Maryland Parkway and University Road, Greenspun Hall is home to the College of Urban Affairs, the Brookings West Institute, the Lincy Foundation and the School of Journalism and Media Studies. At 120,000 square feet, the five-story building includes a broadcast-friendly 200-set auditorium, high-definition (HD) television studios and post-production facilities, student media laboratories and classrooms, and faculty offices.”

Text from UNLV TV website

“Our Las Vegas” Photographer and KUNV Radio Producer Ginger Bruner has logged thousands of hours in Greenspun Hall.

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September 4, 2017

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“Available – Parking Lot View 2 Charleston and Bruce”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“This new office features nine private rooms (including two “quiet” oral surgery rooms offering sleep dentistry, and a four-chair open orthodontic bay. In addition, this state of the art facility allows patients and doctors to view x-rays and information on television screens in the privacy of individual rooms. This new “green” standard significantly eliminates waste from traditional x-ray films used by other providers.”

Text from Absolute Dental web site

Google Street View
Screen grab of April 2017 Google Street view for future archival reference.

“Our Las Vegas” Photographer Ginger Bruner flosses regularly.

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September 3, 2017

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“Dunes”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The photographer notes: “… an abandoned motel called ‘The Dunes’ on Highway 66 near Helendale, CA.”

Additional Note: a photograph of the Dunes motel is featured on the August 22, 2016 Daily Frame, now located in the Archive

“Our Las Vegas” Photographer Ginger Bruner goes off the beaten path.

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September 2, 2017

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“City Street (New York New York) no. 1”
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 2017

“It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.

—  Agatha Christie

“Our Las Vegas” Director and Lead Photographer Jon Winet likes the city – and the Casino. .

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September 1, 2017

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“Beer Haus”
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 2017

Beer Haus “A fresh take on the classic beer hall, where an artfully curated menu ensures both beer nerds and casual drinkers will find their favorites. The kitchen rounds out the experience with savory sausages, sandwiches and snacks all made with hormone-free meat and locally sourced produce. Grab a cold brew, play some bar games and make some friends on the outdoor patio.

Text from Beer Haus website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director and Lead Photographer Jon Winet enjoys a walk around The Park.

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August 31, 2017

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“Parking Lot View 1 – Charleston and Bruce
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 2017

The photographer notes: “Site of the former Charleston Plaza Mall, the first indoor mall in Nevada. The Fox Theater was a mainstay.

“Our Las Vegas” Associate Producer and Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has lived in Las Vegas for the vast majority of her life. She has a prestigious memory for what used to be here..

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August 30, 2017

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“Ham Fine Arts”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 2017

It’s a new school year, and so it’s appropriate to visit the campus of UNLV. The Alta Ham Fine Arts building is home to the fine and performing arts at UNLV. Originally finished in 1982, with a hefty update in 1992, it is located at the north end of campus, just south of the Performing Arts Center.

“Our Las Vegas” Associate Producer and Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner trod the halls of this building.

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August 29, 2017

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“Tuesday Tower View”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 2017

“Our Las Vegas” Associate Producer and Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner sees this view every day, and yet it is different each and every time.

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August 28, 2017

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“UNLV Lied Library”
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 2017

“Quick Facts About UNLV Libraries”

Established: 1957 (first collection was housed at Las Vegas High School in 1955)
Dean: Patricia Iannuzzi
Five facilities: Lied Library, Health Sciences Library, Architecture Studies Library, Teacher Development & Resources Library, Music Library
Staff: 127 highly-trained and experienced individuals; 56 librarians have tenure-track faculty status
Budget: Over $17 million including $7.1 million for collections
Over 2 million in person visits annually!
Information Resources And Collections

More than 1.2 million bound volumes
Over 300 databases and reference sources
Nearly 80,000 journals and serials
Access to more than 1.3 million e-books
Internationally renowned UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives housing unique, rare and specialized research materials that document Las Vegas, Southern Nevada, the gaming industry, and UNLV
Two specialized centers: Center for Gaming Research and the Oral History Research Center
More than a dozen digital collections that feature a wide range of original source materials from UNLV Libraries Special Collections, the Nevada State Museum, the Historical Society of Las Vegas and the Clark County Heritage Museum
Facilities

Main Library (Lied Library) and four satellite libraries: (Health Sciences Library, Architecture Studies Library, Teacher Development & Resources Library, and Music Library
Total of 325,600 sq. ft. (includes Lied Library, Architecture Studies Library, Teacher Development & Resources Library, and Music Library)
Libraries’ Space Enhancement Project includes a new graduate student commons and improved spaces for all users
21 group study rooms
4 media viewing rooms
6 “smart” instruction rooms
Nearly 600 public computer workstations
Lied Automated Storage and Retrieval system (LASR), high density storage with 1.2 million volume capacity
Preservation/conservation laboratory
A media lab offering computers with specialized software for multimedia files, scanners, large format printer and other equipment
Lied Library shares its space with the Graduate Student Commons, the Academic Success Center and the Writing Center

Facts from UNLV Libraries website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet is proud to have a number of library cards.

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August 27, 2017

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“Jaycee Park, south side view from the bocce courts, looking west.”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The Justice Myron E. Leavitt & Jaycee Community Park is an 18-acre park named after Justice Myron E. Leavitt, who was born in Las Vegas in 1930 and lived in the Jaycee Park area his entire life. He was the founder of Little League baseball in Las Vegas and spent his entire adult life coaching not only Little League, but American Legion baseball, Pop Warner football, basketball and softball. Much of the coaching he did took place at this very park.

Amenities

•  Lighted artificial turf soccer field
•  Playground areas with water play feature
•  Dog runs
•  Bocce courts
•  Fitness course equipment
•  Horseshoe courts
•  Walking path
•  Shade structures
•  Shuffleboard courts
•  Plenty of open space

Text and information from City of Las Vegas website.

Daily Frame Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner‘s Bocce Team, part of the Italian-American Social Club of Southern Nevada, won their match earlier this week. She is chuffed.

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August 26, 2017

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“The Wylde”
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 2017

Excerpt from “Buildings become canvases in Las Vegas’ explosion of murals by Shepard Fairey, D*Face and others” February 22, 2017 Los Angeles Times story by Jay Jones.

“Message to graffiti artists and taggers in downtown Las Vegas: It may be time to move on. You’re being upstaged by the pros.

The artists are from JustKids, but there’s nothing childish about the murals they are bringing to the center of the city. The organization’s website says it’s ‘a network of curators, artists, designers and art consultants’ that is ‘dedicated to spread art all over the world.’”

February 2017 Google Street View.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet is on a permanent quest to find the perfect, affordable Las Vegas lodging experience.

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August 25, 2017

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“Trump® International Hotel Las Vegas (viewed from Resorts World construction site)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 23, 2017

“If you can’t always get what you want, you must be staying somewhere else. Here, what you want is the only thing that matters. The Trump International Hotel™ Las Vegas is a sophisticated, non-smoking and non-gaming, luxury hotel situated high above The Strip, steps away from the best of Las Vegas shopping, yet removed enough to be considered a family-friendly hotel.

If you can’t always get what you want, you must be staying somewhere else.

The hotel in Las Vegas, NV is a 64-story tower of golden glass, home to 1,232 graciously furnished non-smoking guest suites and 50 luxurious Las Vegas Penthouse suites. Each room contains floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping, panoramic views of the city set against a majestic backdrop of the surrounding mountains. Our luxury hotel rooms also feature contemporary furnishings, state-of-the-art complete kitchens and pet-friendly amenities. And as cathartic as the views can be, nothing compares to spending the day within the 11,000-square-foot Spa at Trump®.”

Text from Trump® International Hotel Las Vegas website.

Daily Frame Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner appreciates all views in the Radiant City.

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August 24, 2017

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“Encore | Wynn (viewed from Resorts World construction site)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 23, 2017

“[Encore] features a 74,000-square-foot casino, 60,000 square feet of convention space, 27,000 sq ft of retail space in “The Esplanade”, a spa and salon, five restaurants, seven bars, and a nightclub. The building is 631 feet in height.

The resort’s interior public spaces feature a combination of Asian influences and whimsical designs, including strong reds and a butterfly motif, in its design; the overall theme, designed by Roger Thomas, borrows aspects from the Wynn Macau in China. In addition, the hotel continues and expands on the original Wynn Resort’s use of big windows, dense greenery and filtered natural light to pervade more areas of the casino than had traditionally been done in Las Vegas. ”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

Daily Frame Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner makes the most of stormy weather.

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August 23, 2017

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“View of the Bellagio Clock on Frank Sinatra Blvd through the Solar Blinds of the Employee Garage”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“A clock is an instrument to measure, keep, and indicate time. The word clock is derived (via Dutch, Northern French, and Medieval Latin) from the Celtic words clagan and clocca meaning “bell”. A silent instrument missing such a striking mechanism has traditionally been known as a timepiece. In general usage today a “clock” refers to any device for measuring and displaying the time. Watches and other timepieces that can be carried on one’s person are often distinguished from clocks.

The clock is one of the oldest human inventions, meeting the need to consistently measure intervals of time shorter than the natural units: the day, the lunar month, and the year. Devices operating on several physical processes have been used over the millennia. A sundial shows the time by displaying the position of a shadow on a flat surface. There is a range of duration timers, a well-known example being the hourglass. Water clocks, along with the sundials, are possibly the oldest time-measuring instruments. A major advance occurred with the invention of the verge escapement, which made possible the first mechanical clocks around 1300 in Europe, which kept time with oscillating timekeepers like balance wheels. Spring-driven clocks appeared during the 15th century. During the 15th and 16th centuries, clockmaking flourished. The next development in accuracy occurred after 1656 with the invention of the pendulum clock. A major stimulus to improving the accuracy and reliability of clocks was the importance of precise time-keeping for navigation.”

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.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room and she is currently showing at The Corner Gallery. She also has work at Wonderland Gallery and Sin City Pickers.

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August 22, 2017

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“Partial Eclipse”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

Text of Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 Las Vegas Sun story by Jesse Granger, “Overcast skies obscure view of eclipse in Las Vegas,” below in its entirety.

“Thunderstorms descended on the valley this morning, and heavy cloud cover obscured views of today’s solar eclipse in Las Vegas, according to the National Weather Service.

The rain was scattered and light, with no more than 0.04 inches recorded anywhere around the valley, officials said. Heavy lightning was reported over downtown Las Vegas.

As for the getting a glimpse of the eclipse, there were some breaks in the clouds during the nearly three hours of the event, from 9:07 to 11:52 a.m.”

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.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room and she is currently showing at The Corner Gallery. She also has work at Wonderland Gallery and Sin City Pickers.

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August 21, 2017

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“Cosmopolitan Lobby”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“cos·mo·pol·i·tan”
ˌkäzməˈpälətn/Submit

adjective:
1.
familiar with and at ease in many different countries and cultures.
“his knowledge of French, Italian, and Spanish made him genuinely cosmopolitan”
synonyms: worldly, worldly-wise, well travelled, experienced, unprovincial, cultivated, cultured, sophisticated, suave, urbane, glamorous, fashionable, stylish;

noun: cosmopolitan; plural noun: cosmopolitans

1.
a cosmopolitan person.
2.
a cocktail typically made with vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, and lime juice.

Editor’s note; We addressed definition 2. linking to a recipe on the Friday, August 19 edition of The Daily Frame currently towards the top of the 2017 Archive.

Definition from Google.

Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is familiar with and at ease in myriad situations and locations across the Radiant City.

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August 20, 2017

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“McCarran view #7”
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 2017

From the Clark County Department of Aviation Statistics: 2017 stats on total enplaned and deplaned McCarran passengers.

Total Passengers

The McCarran site notes: “McCarran International Airport and the four general aviation facilities in the Clark County Airport System are owned by Clark County, Nevada and operated under the policy direction of the Board of County Commissioners, the authority of the County Manager and the management of the Director and Deputy Director of Aviation. Unlike other Departments within the Clark County government, the Department of Aviation is a self-sufficient enterprise and operates without County general fund tax revenue.”

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet recently experienced the joys and sorrows of United Basic Economy class.

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August 19, 2017

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“Vesper Bar”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Surrounded by mirrored tiles and centered around an ornate, wooden liquor cabinet, Vesper Bar exudes classic charm in a contemporary setting.

Featuring a rotating menu of signature cocktails based on long-forgotten recipes, Vesper Bar is the place to go for the perfect drink mixed with style and grace.

An extensive selection of wines by the glass and bottled beers is also available.”

Text from Cosmopolitan website.

Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner will occasionally orders a Cosmopolitan.

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August 18, 2017

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“Newport Lofts Pool – Study no. 7 – Facing W x SW”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis

Latest in the ongoing study by Daily Frame Contributor and high-rise amphibian of her favorite swimming hole. And although we’re no longer experiencing record temperatures – in fact we’ll see three days in the high double digits in the week ahead – we still wish we could join Lisa poolside for a dip.

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-five 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 17, 2017

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“UNLV North Campus”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

UNLV, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is a bastion of culture and learning, and this view is located squarely in the epicenter of the arts on campus. This walkway has been trod by every student in the Fine Arts College, as it stands between Alta Ham Fine Arts Building and the Performing Arts Center.

Our Las Vegas lead photographer Ginger Bruner has walked this walk, a LOT.

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August 9, 2017

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“Bon Scott, cat”
From the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Bon Scott lives in the Beverly Green historic district. He enjoys lounging by the pool, scaling high objects and meowing very loudly.

*Note the AC/DC ticket stub just below his face*

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a fan of pets.

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August 8, 2017

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“Valley of Fire”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“World-renowned for its 40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone, Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years. A Visitor Center provides exhibits on the geology, ecology, prehistory and history of the park and nearby region. The park also hosts an Annual Atlatl Competition in which participants test their skills with replicas of ancient spears. Open year round, the park has numerous campsites equipped with shaded tables, grills and water, as well as many intriguing trails to tempt hikers.”

Text from Valley of Fire official website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner loves sandstone, and needs to get started on learning Atlatl.

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August 7, 2017

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“Paradise Palms Home #6”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Paradise Palms is a Mid-Century Modern neighborhood in Las Vegas, NV which is bounded by Golden Arrow to the north, Viking to the south, Maryland Parkway to the west, and Eastern to the east, surrounds what was once the Stardust Golf Course, today known as National Golf Course. The neighborhood was developed in the early 1960s by Irwin Molasky’s Paradise Development, which later built Las Vegas’ first indoor mall, the Boulevard Mall, on the western edge of Paradise Palms.”

Text from neighborhood blog.

When possible, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner makes it a point to detour through Paradise Palms.

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August 6, 2017

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“Morning”
Photograph by Bambi Nicklen
August 3, 2017

Bambi Nicklen is a graphic designer of books and magazines. She relocated to Las Vegas from northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. Her collection of salt and pepper shakers includes a handsome pair of hounds sporting black and mauve overcoats.

She notes: “Every morning just before six, the balloons take off in the Southwest near IKEA. Five is the most I’ve seen at one time.”

This is her first of what we hope will be many contributions to The Daily Frame.

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August 5, 2017

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“Meerkat”
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 29, 2017

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“Meerkat”
Life Is Beautiful 2015

Google Street View

Screen grab of January 2017 Google Street view for future archival reference.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet is in Sirius Puppy Training.

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August 4, 2017

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“Bliss in the Park”
Photograph by Jon Winet
The Park
July 27, 2017

Bliss Dance is a breathtaking, 40-foot-tall sculpture of a dancing woman, celebrating the strength of a woman who is both safe and present. The structure and scale of Bliss Dance was inspired by artist Marco Cochrane‘s first experience at Burning Man, an annual arts and culture event in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, where Bliss Dance later debuted. Most recently, Bliss Dance resided on San Francisco’s Treasure Island as a public display before being refurbished and returned to the desert as a centerpiece of The Park’s natural landscaping and Nevada-inspired design.”

Text from Park website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet has still not made it to Burning Man.

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August 3, 2017

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“Monsoon Season”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Text in its entirety of a June 30, 2012 repost of a Las Vegas Sun story by Brendan Buhler

“Sure, it’s monsoon season, but what does that mean?”

“With more thunderstorm activity expected to move into our region today, this is an appropriate time to reprise an explanation of the monsoon season that delivers high humidity — at least by our standards — to Las Vegas every summer.

“Let’s get it right. A monsoon is not a storm. It’s a season.

This is the plea that Michael Staudenmaier has made to Las Vegas’ television weathermen. Staudenmaier is the meteorologist in charge of the local National Weather Service office, a concrete-block bunker, the interior of which is a cross between an insurance office and NORAD missile control. The office, like its counterparts across the country, provides most of the serious weather data and forecasting for the valley — measurements, analysis, 24-hour monitoring. When your local weatherman speaks in front of a mind-bogglingly lush and expensive display of computer graphics, chances are that he’s hewing to the weather service’s line.

And during a friendly little meeting complete with home-baked cookies, Staudenmaier asks the weathermen to please not addle the public mind by issuing ‘monsoon alerts’ for every summer storm. Because that’s not what a monsoon is. It’s a seasonal wind shift.

Here’s how it works.

Starting in late May or early June, the sun warms up the deserts in northwestern Mexico and the southwestern United States. The air gets so hot and excited that it can’t wait to go share its energy with the cold upper atmosphere. This rising air lowers the air pressure above the desert, creating a bit of a vacuum, especially compared with the colder air over the ocean (the ocean does not get nearly so excited about the summer).

Because nature always balances its forces, the cold high-pressure air from the ocean wants to blow into the desert. When it comes, it brings water with it.

But there’s a problem: At the same time all of this is going on, a ridge of high-pressure air sets up shop in Mexico. In June, this ridge mostly blocks moisture from flowing north from the Gulf of California and Gulf of Mexico.

By mid-July, however, this ridge migrates north into the United States, where it bums around New Mexico and the four corners area. The farther north it gets, the more it allows moist air out of the gulfs into Southern Nevada — hence the humidity that sets your air conditioner intermittently wheezing through the end of September.

Now, when that air of the gulfs is especially moist, it’ll bump up against our mountains and condense into thunderheads as improbably high and menacing as the mold in a bachelor’s jar of olives.

In the late afternoon or early evening, the now-saturated clouds burst: lightning, sudden downpours, howling winds and sometimes hail. Roads flood, cars crash, and every now and then, a person is swept down a wash and drowns.

On the upside, it cools Las Vegas to slightly below the surface temperature of Mercury.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner checks the weather.

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August 2, 2017

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“Happy Hour in the Parlour”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
July 29, 2017

“You need a bar where the bartender knows your name, your drink, and how to make it. At The Parlour Bar, you’ll find a great liquor selection, knowledgeable, friendly staff, and the comforting ambience of a bar where you’re always welcome.

Join us daily, from 4pm-6pm and 11pm-1am for $5 appetizers, 2 for 1 cocktails and half-price draft beers.”

Text from El Cortez website

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner appreciates the old school charm of the El Cortez.

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August 1, 2017

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“2017 Las Vegas”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
August 1, 2017

At the southeast corner of Casino Center and Hoover to the south and west is a remarkable collection of one-story structures that sport some of the most vibrant examples of street art in the Valley.

In the weeks to come, we’ll feature documentation by contributor Lisa Stamanis of this rich trove of non-institutional art in public.

Google Street View

Screen grab of January 2017 Google Street view for future archival reference.

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-five years.<

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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July 31, 2017

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“Game of Thrones”
Photograph by Jon Winet
New York New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
July 27, 2017

“We’ve captured all the drama, spectacle and rich detail of the Emmy® award-winning Game of Thrones™ and transformed it into an unforgettable gaming experience. With terrifying dragons, epic battles, stirring music and characters both revered and reviled, players will be engrossed in the action of this four-level progressive game with multi-site progressive jackpot.

Game of Throne is available on our award-winning Arc™ Double cabinet and features three base games that represent the houses of Stark, Lannister and Targaryen. It was awarded ‘Best Slot Product’ in the 15th Annual Gaming & Technology Awards in 2015 and continues to hold its position atop the throne of the slots world.”

Text from Aristocrat Technologies website.

Despite three spirited tries, “Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet has not made it past Season 1 Episode 4 of GoT.

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July 30, 2017

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“Newport Lofts Pool by Night”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis

Third is a series of views of the Newport Lofts pool at various times of day in various weather.

Visit the 2017 Daily Frame Archive to see all three.

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-five years.<

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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July 29, 2017

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“The Venue”
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 28, 2017

“Located on the iconic ‘Fremont Street’ in historic Downtown Las Vegas, The Venue Las Vegas offers up to 40,000 square feet of event space across three floors. Elegant, versatile, and customizable to handle groups of any size up to 2,000+ attendees, the elements of iron, wood, and stone come together to offer an unparalleled setting for an event worth remembering.”

Text from company website.

MORE: June 3, 2015 story Las Vegas Weekly “What the Deal with ‘The Venue’?” by Kristy Totten.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet still can’t quite figure out what the deal is with The Venue.

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July 28, 2017

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“Ginger Bruner”
Photographed by Jon Winet
Winchester Cultural Center Galley
July 26, 2017
From the Las Vegas Creatives Series

July 27, 2017 Las Vegas Weekly story by Leslie Ventura reposted below in its entirety.

“Ginger Bruner’s ‘Unnatural Landscapes’ are informed by color”

Undulating orange waves ripple like hot flames, mimicking the sprawling dunes of the Mojave. The photo, with burning flashes of scarlet and vermilion, evokes a certain kind of nostalgia—memories of growing up in the southwest, a blend of colors and textures all too familiar to desert dwellers.

But the photo isn’t an image of anything you’d find in Nevada. Instead, it’s the result of a series of manipulations and experiments, captured through the lens of Las Vegas native, photographer and artist Ginger Bruner. Her exhibit, Unnatural Landscapes, opened this week inside the Winchester Cultural Center Gallery.

“This show is about the landscape that lives in my head,” Bruner says. “I’m all about light, [and] of course, I’m informed by neon … neon’s my favorite thing.”

As the lead photographer behind the public and online-based art project Our Las Vegas, Bruner is used to documenting the city’s lights and lines. For Unnatural Landscapes, she uses different materials like cellophane and mylar to recreate familiar environments that take on a body, life and story of their own.

The show is also greatly informed by the teachings of Bruner’s grandmother—artist, educator and founder of the Las Vegas Art League, Lucille Spire Bruner.

“She would take us out in the desert when I was a kid and point out that there was nothing brown out there, [that] all these colors existed. So all the colors that are in my show exist in the world around us [and] in Las Vegas. Everything’s got purple and pink and orange—it’s a mixture of all these colors.”

To create the landscapes for her show, Bruner also took inspiration from Las Vegas artist Jennifer Henry. “I asked her if it would be okay to do some stuff with cellophane,” she says. The photographs are a result of Bruner manipulating different pigmented materials through various lenses and arrangements.

“Red is a big part of the show, plus the more delicate colors that you might find out in the world,” Bruner continues. “If you go into the desert near Lake Mead and walk around, you’ll find all the colors that exist in these images in our landscape. It’s just sort of my translation of what lives around us.”

While all the photos in Unnatural Landscapes were taken with a digital camera, Bruner will be teaching a phone photography class halfway through the show’s run. Her goal is to show people that “you can make just as good of art with a phone as you can with a huge camera,” she says. “Every camera is a tool—we all have [them]. Exercise your eyes. It’s more doable now than ever.”

Unnatural Landscapes
Through August 24
Opening reception: TONIGHT July 28, 5:30 p.m.
Winchester Cultural Center Gallery, 3130 McLeod Dr., 702-455-7340.

Jon Winet notes that “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner cordially invites all of  you to  tonight’s reception at the Gallery.

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July 27, 2017

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“Downtowner Motel (detail 1)”
Photographed by Jon Winet
8th & Ogden

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet has stayed in a lot of downtown hotels and casinos over the years.

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July 26, 2017

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“Nancy Siverts”
Photographed by Mikayla Whitmore
From the Las Vegas Creatives Series
Blue Ox East

We learn from Waitress Nancy Siverts that she has been at at Blue Ox East for 3 years, and in Las Vegas off and on since 2003. Her hobbies include gardening and grandkids.

Mikayla Whitmore, Las Vegas Native and UNLV graduate, has exhibited at multiple venues including P3Studio at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Contemporary Arts Center, and the Marjorie Barrick Museum. Her work explores the potential of the photographic image in an attempt to explore the way memory functions. She currently balances her studio practice with work as a staff photographer, researching dinosaur species, and planting succulents.

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July 25, 2017

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“Showboat”
Photograph by Amy Yvonne Yu
The Neon Museum
March 2015

“The Showboat was built by William J. Moore of the Last Frontier and J. Kell Houssels of the Las Vegas Club for $2 million. The first resort within Las Vegas city limits, it had 100 rooms on two floors. While Moore and Houssels ran the hotel, the casino was leased by a group of managers from the Desert Inn, including Moe Dalitz. The Showboat opened on September 3, 1954. After several unsuccessful years, Joe Kelley took over management, and began successfully targeting local customers with forty-nine cent breakfast specials and other promotions.

Kelley added a bowling alley in 1959, which soon became the Showboat’s signature attraction, hosting nationally televised PBA tournaments.[1] Showboat bowling leagues were organized in Los Angeles and Phoenix, offering winners free trips to Las Vegas for championship events. By 1979, the bowling alley grew to 106 lanes, making it the nation’s third largest.

A 19-story hotel tower was built in two phases, with the first nine floors opening by 1973, and the remainder in 1976, bringing the property to a total of 500 rooms.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Having worked alongside Albert Watson, Cass Bird, Jill Greenberg, The Selby, etc. in the photography industry since 2002, Amy Yvonne Yu has agency experience, production and client side across different mediums: stills, video and experiential. Amy has given many talks and interviews regarding the ever changing trends in image creation across different platforms. She likes to ponder life when she is not busy art buying, producing or consulting for brands on their social media and advertising campaigns.

You can find out more about Amy through her website:  and her blog.

This is her second contribution to The Daily Frame.

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July 24, 2017

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“Now Leasing”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Welcome to ‘New Orleans Square’ part of the historical Commercial Center!

Established in 1963, this landmark has been home to many original Las Vegas small businesses. From the days of the Rat Pack dining at the Commercial Centre Deli, Elvis Presley shopping at John Fish Jewelers in the 60’s, Led Zeppelin playing at the Ice Palace in 1969, to Drew Carey performing at the Mine Shaft in the 80’s.

Today it is once again redefining itself with over 160 shops & Restaurants.

This Las Vegas shopping and office destination offers a unique blend of businesses in a expansive outdoor open air setting, with over 1000 free parking spaces,and plenty of curb side shopping, dining, and business services.

New Orleans Square and The Commercial Center serve thousands of satisfied locals and tourist daily.

Located only 1 mile east of the fabulous Las Vegas Strip, minutes from Downtown, and walking distance to the Las Vegas Convention Center, Westgate, SLS, Turnberry Place, Turnberry Towers, Rockin Rio, and across the street from the prestigious Las Vegas Country Club.”

Text from McMenemy Investment Services Property Summary website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner spent a few summers playing in a an all women New Orleans  Dixieland band in Japan.

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July 23, 2017

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“View from DTLV facing South”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Downtown Las Vegas (commonly abbreviated as DTLV) is the central business district and historic center of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the original townsite and was the gambling district of Las Vegas prior to the Strip, and the area still incorporates downtown gaming. As the urban core of the Las Vegas Valley, it features a variety of hotel and business high rises, cultural centers, historical buildings and government institutions, as well as residential and retail developments. Downtown is located in the center of the Las Vegas Valley and just north of the Las Vegas Strip, centered on Fremont Street, the Fremont Street Experience and Fremont East. The city defines the area as bounded by I-15 on the west, Washington Avenue on the north, Maryland Parkway on the east and Sahara Avenue on the south.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner invariably pauses to take in the view  looking south from Downtown Las Vegas.

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July 22, 2017

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“The Gables”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“[Tony] Hsieh, who heads the online shoe retailer Zappos, recently unveiled a vision of a safer, more-walkable downtown beyond the Fremont Street Experience. His Downtown Project began buying up motel properties along East Fremont. Block by block, the group purchased a host of once-vibrant properties now fallen on hard times, motels with names such as The Alicia, The Gables, Fergusons, Travelers and Peter Pan.

The old motels were fenced off as waiting chess pieces to a future master development plan. Windows were boarded up and painted with colorful stenciled figures — images intended to take the sting out of what is still a dangerous neighborhood.”

Text from April 22, 2017 Las Vegas Review Journal story by John M. Glionna.

Google Street View

Screen grab of February 2017 Google Street view for future archival reference.

We are not aware of Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner ever spending the night in a Fremont Street motel.

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July 21, 2017

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“Midnight at the Oasis – Valerie Wagner”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
July 1, 2017
From the Las Vegas Creatives Series

Bookend to yesterday’s ‘Frame’ documenting the Oasis festivities marking the “end of cannabis prohibition in Las Vegas.”

Valerie Wagner is the Creative Director of Frida Lily Photography. By day she studies study environmental and geologic sciences at CSN. By night she works as an art model. She is a devoted advocate for the arts and the sciences.

She loves theater and has a background in hair, make-up, and wardrobe.

She notes: “I create a world of magic rooted in my studies and passions.” About Midnight at the Oasis she adds: “It is important to find our voice and stand up for what we believe in. It is a pleasure to be part of this breakthrough in our state’s history. I want to thank Oasis Medical Cannabis, their employees, and artist Clarice Tara for including me in this fun and historic event.”

MORE:  Las Vegas Review Journal: “Legal marijuana sales begin in Nevada”
June 30, 2017 – 11:58 pm story by Colton Lockheed

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.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room and she is currently showing at The Corner Gallery. She also has work at Wonderland Gallery and Sin City Pickers.

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July 20, 2017

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[l-r] “Midnight at the Oasis: Clarice Tara – with Valerie Wagner”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
July 1, 2017
From the Las Vegas Creatives Series

Throw back Thursday #tbt: 
“Marijuana is legal to purchase in Nevada this Friday at midnight! Come and celebrate history with Oasis Medical Cannabis as we switch from Medical only sales to Medical and Recreational sales starting 12:00 AM on 7/1/17. Show up an hour early the night before at 11 pm to join in the celebration. We’ll be having a late-night kickoff with a food truck (Mr. Cooker), a DJ, body painting, giveaways, a raffle and more. Have fun with us while we enjoy the end of cannabis prohibition in Las Vegas. We’re really excited to take part in the first legal sales to any adults over 21 years old in Nevada. We believe this will be an amazing partnership between the cannabis community and the Las Vegas valley.”

Text from “Las Vegas – Marijuna for Sale to All 21+ Midnight July First” on the Oasis Dispensary site.

Las Vegas Creatives artist Clarice Tara and actor|model Valerie Wagner participated in the  Midnight at the Oasis Body event.

Clarice Tara (left) is her final year at UNLV pursing a BFA in art. She notes: “my education expands off the campus and into the local scene of art and culture. Art for me is a way of life, nurtured and flourishing in our beautiful city of Las Vegas. From paint to performance to sculpture, creation is essential to my vitality. It is a way to communicate, interact, and engage with my community. Through art I find we have the ability to unify and uplift. The people and culture of our downtown is continuously inspiring, and always growing. Art is that connection with action that locals and tourists alike crave. I am a Las Vegas Creative, embracing the eclectic electricity of our city.”

Editor’s note: we’ll feature a Valerie Wagner in tomorrow’s Daily Frame.

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.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room and she is currently showing at The Corner Gallery. She also has work at Wonderland Gallery and Sin City Pickers.

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July 19, 2017

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“Oasis Parking Lot”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Oasis Medical Cannabis is a unique Las Vegas Dispensary that is setting the industry standard in Southern Nevada. Its mission is to provide the premier cannabis experience to locals and visitors to Las Vegas so they are constantly focusing on improving the patient experience.

When the first legal medical marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas opened their doors in 2015, patients were shocked to find that the prices they were paying did not include tax. Oasis Medical Cannabis was the first in the Las Vegas valley to offer prices including tax, which can be as much as 17%, depending on the product. The surrounding dispensaries adjusted their menus to reflect prices including tax shortly after Oasis opened its doors.

Oasis Medical Cannabis sponsors classes for patients that are intended help improve overall wellness and quality of life. The calendar of events on its website, oasismedicalcannabis.com, shows classes such as yoga, meditation, nutrition, art therapy, aromatherapy, musical enrichment therapy, Reiki/Chakra classes and more. It also hosts events that are intended to educate and inform such as hydroponic gardening classes and seminars presented by nurses, attorneys, cannabis lab-testing scientists, and the master growers at the various farms we’ve partnered with. Once again, Oasis is raising the bar for all patients now that other Las Vegas dispensaries have began to offer similar events and programs.

Oasis opened its doors in December 2015 with over 25 strains to choose from. Many patients had complained about the lack of selection at their local Las Vegas dispensary, with no more than a dozen strains to choose from. Oasis believes that a wide variety of strains are necessary in order to provide each patient with the individualized experience that they are looking for. Oasis Medical Cannabis proudly displays its various strains like artwork on the wall in addition to having the standard “sniff jars” available. (could be a photo caption to add a photo to the blog, if possible) Patients all over Southern Nevada are now able to access a wider variety of strains at their local dispensary.

Oasis Medical Cannabis will keep working on providing the best experience possible and it will continue to try to set itself apart as the Las Vegas medical marijuana dispensary that is truly focused on its patients. Feedback on how to improve is welcomed! Please contact the Patient Services Manager at 702-420-2405 or info@oasismedicalcannabis.com.”

Text from “Oasis Medical Cannabis: Focused on its Patients’ Experience” on the company O website

Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is part of the “Our Las Vegas”  team documenting the legalization of marijuana in Nevada.

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July 18, 2017

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“Kathleen Nathan on her Birthday”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the Las Vegas Creatives Series

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 dark room 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. She also collaborates with artist Diane Butner at Nest Studios + Multisensory Projects. ”

Biographical notes provided by the artist.

This is not the first time that Kathleen Nathan and “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner have collaborated on a talk-to-the-hand portrait.

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July 17, 2017

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“Upstairs at the Arts Factory”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“The Arts Factory is proud to be the geographic and creative center of the 18b Las Vegas Arts District. The Arts Factory is a 50-year-old commercial warehouse building with traditional bowstring truss architecture. It sits near the junction of Charleston Boulevard and Main Street in an old section of downtown Las Vegas. The conversion of the Arts Factory into a thriving commercial art center started in 1997.

Our artists represent a broad range of contemporary and traditional styles, media, and interests. In addition to its commercial activities, the Arts Factory 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 the Smithsonian Institute lecture series. The Arts Factory has also provided a unique cultural venue for over 300 musical concerts, poetry readings, and live theatrical performances.”

Text from Arts Factory website website.

Additional note: the Arts Factory’s upstairs hallway and galleries are newly remodeled.

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.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room and she is currently showing at The Corner Gallery. She also has work at Wonderland Gallery and Sin City Pickers.

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July 16, 2017

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“Various Flying Things – Sunset Park”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Sunset Regional Park is the crown jewel in the County’s park system and has served the entire Las Vegas valley since 1967. Phased park expansions have developed 214 of the 324 total acres, making Sunset the largest and the most distinguished park in the County system. The most recent expansion included adding new playgrounds, a splash pad, walking trails, shaded picnic areas, and open turf areas in the heart of the park. A Reservation Office has been added to offer fishing, sports equipment and bicycle rentals. Sunset Park has repeatedly won awards, such as the Readers’ Choice Award for the Best Park in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Best of Las Vegas poll for the last 5 years. This oasis in the desert offers something for everyone including tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, softball fields, a disc golf course, a dog park, walking and jogging trails, a lake where you can fish for free, with a fishing lincense, and plenty of open space. Group and individual shaded picnic areas attract families and organizations throughout the year. Sunset Park hosts numerous special events, including a Clark County signature event, the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival.

The land for Sunset Park was acquired in 1967 and contains the last remaining dunes of what once covered most of Paradise Valley. Sunset Park was once home to early ranchers. The Paiute Indian Tribe inhabited the site a thousand years ago and greeted visitors who sought to trade seeds, nuts and turquoise. Water continues to flow under the park and surfaces to provide irrigation to the entire west end of Sunset Park.”

Text from Clark County Parks & Recreation Sunset Park website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is avid visitor to Clark County’s parks.

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July 15, 2017

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“Danyel Arianna”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the Las Vegas Creatives Series

Danyel Arianna. Musician-Singer-Actress. Plays the violin and piano and loves fast cars. A proud University of Miami alum, she has performed with Shakira, Kanye West, and Barbra Streisand and others. Pandas are her spirit animals. Loves all music. Musical Theatre is her calling. She’s a tried and true Steelers fan and hates eggs.”

Thanks to Danyel for forwarding  wonderfully upbeat bio notes!

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is ebulliently proud of her friends and their accomplishments..

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July 14, 2017

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“La Concha Visitors Center”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“The Neon Museum visitors’ center is located inside the historic La Concha Motel lobby.  This distinctive shell-shaped building was designed by acclaimed architect Paul Revere Williams. The curvilinear La Concha Motel lobby is a striking example of Mid-Century modern design characterized by Atomic- and Space Age shapes and motifs. Originally constructed in 1961 on Las Vegas Boulevard South (next to the Riviera Hotel), the La Concha lobby was saved from demolition in 2005 and moved in 2006 to its current location to serve as the museum’s Visitors’ Center. References to many of the lobby’s original interior design elements have been included in the newly refurbished facility, with two of the motel’s original signs – the mosaic lobby sign and a section of the main roadside sign – restored and illuminated as part of the museum’s rehabilitation efforts. ”

Text from the Museum website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner appreciates a good neon sign.

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July 13, 2017

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“Lido at the Stardust”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
The Neon Museum

Text from the UNLV Digital Library

Lido at the Stardust

“When Tony Cornero, mastermind of the Stardust, dropped dead shooting craps in the Desert Inn’s casino, the Stardust project floundered. Years of financial difficulties among his heirs and business associates delayed its opening for several years, during which several hotel operators, including Conrad Hilton, looking to expand, were rumored to be taking it over. Finally the owners of the Desert Inn, fresh from business deals in Havana, took over the Stardust Hotel and finished it. It was the biggest hotel on the Strip and needed, they decided, a big show.

Moe Dalitz got his entertainment director, Frank Sennes, to fly to Paris to bring the Lido show to Las Vegas. Sennes had negotiated with the Lido before in attempts to bring the Parisian show to his Hollywood Moulin Rouge Club, but had never reached terms with his French counterparts. Donn Arden was in Paris producing the Lido’s current revue when Sennes arrived. Arden had been staging the famous shows at the Lido in Paris for years, commuting to Europe from his regular work in New York, Hollywood, and Las Vegas. Already associated with Moe Dalitz and the Desert Inn, Arden was a natural to mount the first full-scale French show in Las Vegas, complete with the original French costumes and dancers (who were, in fact, English). A contract was signed.

The original Stardust showroom was completely redesigned, expanded, and equipped with three elevators, 60 fly loft lines, and the orchestra pit off to the side, to provide the stage effects Arden had used in Paris. The huge company arrived with truckloads of costumes and sets. The famous “Le Bluebell Dancers” came. Mme. Bluebell was Arden’s long-time friend and associate who selected and trained the English dancers that graced the stage of the Lido. The opening of Lido de Paris at the new Stardust in 1958 was an instant sensation, attracted millions of patrons, and ran for over twenty years. It ushered in the big show as a staple of Las Vegas Hotel entertainment.

Lido was obviously not the first nor the last French show in Las Vegas. Minsky and Lou Walter and endless other, smaller operators had for years been producing “French” revues with French names, but the Lido was a genuine French spectacle. And other hotels were quick to find their own authentic French Shows. Producer Matt Gregory brought Nouvelle Eve to the El Rancho in 1959. The Tropicana hired Lou Walter as entertainment producer, and he immediately flew to Paris to sign the Folies-Bergère, which opened at the Tropicana in 1959. Frederick Apcar’s even racier Casino de Paris, the show created for the Paris club of that name, began a long run at the Dunes in 1963. By the time the show had completed its first year, owner Major Riddle estimated the hotel would have invested over $5 million in it. Minsky’s Follies moved to the Silver Slipper, the Thunderbird, then to the new Aladdin Hotel. Today, only the Folies-Bergère survives (much revamped). Arden mounted new shows Hello America and Pizazz at a renovated Desert Inn. Sam Boyd, who bought the Stardust in 1983, balked at Arden’s escalating budgets for each new version of Lido de Paris. When Arden refused to compromise, the show eventually closed in 1991.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner knew people at the Stardust.

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July 12, 2017

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“The Ogden from the El Cortez”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Living at The Ogden is as much about how you live as where you live. Avail yourself of our exceptional services and urban lifestyle amenities including our dedicated concierge staff, food delivery, pet park and 24-hour onsite dry cleaning. Share cocktails with friends on our Sky Deck with summer kitchen overlooking the famed Las Vegas Strip, kick back and watch a movie in our Social Lounge, or explore some of our other well-curated indoor and outdoor spaces designed equally for entertainment and relaxation. Here you’ll find everything you need for gracious living, whether you’re looking to work, play or a little bit of both. We think you’ll agree that The Ogden offers an unrivaled place to call home.”

Text from Ogden website.

To the best of our knowledge and recollection “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has yet to spend a full night at the Ogden.

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July 11, 2017

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“The Dawson Building”
Photograph by Jon Winet

626 3rd Street

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet discovered this building just down from Bikini Bail Bonds – featured in the July 10 Daily Frame. Both are now in the 2017 Daily Frame Archive.

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July 10, 2017

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“Bikini Bail Bonds”
Photograph by Jon Winet
From the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds Series.”
February 2017

612 3rd Street Las Vegas.

“Sometimes things happen at the worst times.  Full payment up front is always best but if you can qualify, we can give you an easy payment plan with NO interest!!!”

Text from company website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet is beginning to think about the interiors of Las Vegas Bail Bonds businesses.

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July 9, 2017

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“Poolside in Helendale”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

This poolside spot in Helendale has been the site of many legendary music-fueled after-hours parties. 24 miles south by southwest of Barstow on Route 66, Helendale is best known as the original home to the Burlesque Hall of Fame.

From Wikipedia: “Retired dancer Jennie Lee started collecting burlesque memorabilia when she owned the Sassy Lassy nightclub in San Pedro, California. After Lee was diagnosed with breast cancer, she and her husband moved to an abandoned goat farm in Helendale, California, located in the Mojave Desert about one third of the way between Los Angeles, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lee intended to create a burlesque museum, found a burlesque school and run a bed and breakfast, and the goat farm site had enough room to contain her growing collection. Only the museum got started within her lifetime.

After Lee died in 1990, Dixie Evans took over the farm and turned it into The Exotic World Burlesque Museum, aided by Lee’s widower, Charlie Arroyo. Lee’s memorabilia formed the core of the collection, but people from around the world soon started to donate items to Exotic World. The collection grew large enough to fill the entire farm.

In late 2005, the museum was temporarily closed for inventory and renovations in the wake of Arroyo’s unexpected death and significant weather damage to the museum facilities. Although the museum was not open at the time of the annual Miss Exotic World Pageant in 2006, the pageant was nevertheless held at an alternate venue, the Celebrity Theater in Las Vegas. In 2006, the Burlesque Hall of Fame relocated from Helendale to Las Vegas, NV.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer and musician Ginger Bruner has performed more than one in Helendale.

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July 8, 2017

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“Wendy & Amanda”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the Las Vegas Creatives Series

Working at the intersections of painting, drawing, collage and performance Wendy Kveck incorporates images of women from art history and contemporary media, creating works that explore excess, desire, anxiety, fear and loss.

She earned her MFA in Studio Art from UNLV and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Iowa. A  three-person exhibition at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art and inclusion in “Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada,” a project of the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno are among her numerous exhibitions. She is also the curator and publisher of Settlers + Nomads, a contemporary art website.

Amanda Farrar is an artist and arts educator based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her artwork reflects an interest in graphic design and an exploration of materials that is fueled by her background in sculpture and experimental media.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has awesome friends and colleagues.

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July 7, 2017

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“First Friday”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré

Sinclair Broadcast Group’s news3lv story by Jami Seymour reprinted in its entirety below.

“July’s downtown First Friday event to focus on unity”

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —

We are kicking off the month of July with the First Friday celebration happening this weekend in downtown Las Vegas.

Here to tell us more about this month’s theme is Development Director Corey Fagan, as well as Fawn Douglas from the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe.

This month’s theme is “Unity”, focusing on bringing everyone together with inclusion for all cultures and community.

Featured artists include Lickwid, a local artist specializing in mural work and tattooing, Randy Burton, whose artwork is a visual tool meant for educating the Navajo people, and Fawn Douglas, a local artist who pulls her cultural heritage from the Las Vegas Paiute tribe into her paintings.

Highlights this month include:

• Alternative to driving to the event
Las Vegas Rickshaw pedi cabs drop off and pick up at Coolidge and 1st Street. Rides will be offered from downtown Las Vegas to First Friday and back all night.

• Art Style
Emerging and established artists, arts, and crafts curated by artist Izaac Zevalking will be featured, along with interactive painting for those who want to explore their own creativity.

• ArtWalk
Held from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., the ArtWalk showcases work by emerging Las Vegas artists. Check out the artist booths in the main festival area and be sure to stop into the Arts Factory and Art Square, and visit the many art galleries and studios.
Paint by numbers every First Friday with Jasmine Farro and Friends
• Kids Zone
In Boulder Plaza, there will be jewelry making, face painting, blocks, chalk art, and Tumble Bus outdoor fun.

• Epyk Dance DepARTment
From 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., this is where First Friday patrons can learn about a variety of dance forms, listen to music, and make new friends all while getting good exercise. Location for the Dance DepARTment is on Coolidge between 1st and Main streets.

• Community Productions Drum Circle
Drum Circle participation will be held all night long.

• Food & Drink
Explore the many options for your taste buds as the First Friday culinary experience is back in full force with delicious options from a wide variety of food trucks and artisan food vendors.
Try out one of the many restaurants in the arts district.
Also, enjoy drinks at the many bars both in the First Friday event area and nearby in the arts district.

• Music
E320 Entertainment Group presents live entertainment on the main stage. Battle of the Bands will feature School of Rock – Green Valley, Angela Kerfoot, TEEJ, and Spectrum.

• Local Merchants
The southern end of the arts district offers antiques and fun happenings for guests.

Streets will be blocked from California Avenue to the north, Casino Center Boulevard to the east, Colorado Avenue to the south, and Antique Alley (one block east of Main Street) to the west.

July’s First Friday event will be held from 5-11 p.m. on July 7 at Casino Center and the Charleston Arts District. The event is free to attend.

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, Daily Frame contributor Ellie Mendré is a massage therapist with interests in photography, sculpture & drawing. When not fearlessly exploring southern Nevada on her days off, she enjoys bocce, cats, antiquing & a good latte.

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July 6, 2017

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“Throwback Thursday: Insert Coin(s)”
Photograph by Jon Winet

August 6, 2012
Life + Times
Insert Coin(s) – The Las Vegas Answer to Video Games”

July 10, 2015
Las Vegas Sun
Downtown bar Insert Coin(s) closes after four years”
Story by Daniel Rothberg 

July 14, 2015
Las Vegas Weekly
“Game Over? Insert Coin(s) Closure Might Not Be Permanent”
Story by Brock Rake

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet never went to Insert Coin(s).

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July 5, 2017

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“DTLV Open Lot”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
2017 – Downtown Las Vegas

Facing South: Fremont at Maryland Parkway.

Google Street View
Screen grab of February 2017 Google Street view for future archival reference.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Ginger Bruner monitors the urban landscape.

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July 4, 2017

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“El Cortez | Old Glory”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
July 2015

515 S 3rd St, Las Vegas

The Constitution of the United States

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The Declaration of Independence

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The “Our Las Vegas” team wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Note: a close up version of this image appeared on July 4, 2015 and is included in the 2015 Daily Frame Archive.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Ginger Bruneris an ardent supporter of the Constitution.

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July 3, 2017

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“Bad Girl Bail Bonds”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 2017
From the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds Series.”
515 S 3rd St, Las Vegas

“Orange isn’t your color, don’t look good in stripes…..Call Bad Girl Bail Bonds 702-222-2245”

Text from Company Facebook page.

To the best of his recollection “Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet  has a clean sheet.

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July 2, 2017

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“Patrick Gaffey
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the Las Vegas Creatives Series
July 1, 2017
Winchester Cultural Center.

“And now, after two decades as a cultural program supervisor with Clark County Parks and Recreation, Patrick Gaffey plans to retire; July 7 will be his final day on the job at his Winchester Cultural Center base.

After that, Gaffey plans to ‘get to work on all the things I should have been doing,’ from tiling his house to writing a book about Guy McAfee, the ex-Los Angeles vice cop who left more than one permanent mark on Las Vegas in the 1930s and ’40s by opening the Golden Nugget — and dubbing Las Vegas Boulevard ‘the Strip.’”

Text excerpt from “Patrick Gaffey looks back on how Southern Nevada’s cultural desert has bloomed,” June 27, 2017 Las Vegas Review Journal interview by Carol Cling

Additional Note: Patrick is the 2017 recipient of the Nevada Humanities Judith Winzeler Award for Excellence in the Humanities. Thirty years earlier in 1987 he received a Nevada Governor’s Arts Award

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner joined a crowd of Patrick Gaffey fans yesterday at a spirited gathering at the Center. “Our Las Vegas” wishes him all the best in his future creative endeavors.

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July 1, 2017

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“Tour of Italy – a second view
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

“Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City. Italy covers an area of 116,347 square miles and has a largely temperate seasonal and Mediterranean climate. Due to its shape, it is often referred to in Italy as lo Stivale (the Boot). With 61 million inhabitants, it is the fourth most populous EU member state.

Since classical times, ancient Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Greeks established settlements in the south of Italy, with Etruscans and Celts inhabiting the centre and north of Italy respectively and various different ancient Italian tribes and Italic peoples dispersed throughout the Italian Peninsula and insular Italy. The Italic tribe known as the Latins formed the Roman Kingdom, which eventually became a republic that conquered and assimilated other nearby civilizations. Rome ultimately emerged as the dominant power in the Mediterranean basin, conquering much of the ancient world and becoming the leading cultural, political and religious centre of Western civilization. The legacy of the Roman Empire is widespread and can be observed in the global distribution of civilian law, republican governments, Christianity and the Latin script.”

Text from Wikipedia

The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens combines horticultural prowess with spectacular design. There’s a total of 57,000 flowers in the Tour of Italy arrangement.

Flowers include New Guinea Impatiens, Calandiva, Hydrangea, Mandevilla, Achillea, Salvia, Pineapple Lily, Azalea, Chrysanthemum, Miniature Rose, and Calla Lily.

There are 560 shrubs which include Bougainvillea James Walker, Buxus Microphila, Japonica Winter Gem, Hibiscus Erin Rachel, Hibiscus Red Dragon, Hydrangea Blue Entrantress, Lonicera Japonica Halliana, Mandarin Honeysuckle, Frasers Photinia, Brilliant Pink Iceberg Rose and Double Knockout Rose.

There are 52 trees ranging from Magnolia, Ficus Nadidia to Cypress Trees. There are also 2000 Ivy’s on display.”

Text from Bellagio 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.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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June 30, 2017

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“Tour of Italy
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens combines horticultural prowess with spectacular design. There’s a total of 57,000 flowers in the Tour of Italy arrangement.

Flowers include New Guinea Impatiens, Calandiva, Hydrangea, Mandevilla, Achillea, Salvia, Pineapple Lily, Azalea, Chrysanthemum, Miniature Rose, and Calla Lily.

There are 560 shrubs which include Bougainvillea James Walker, Buxus Microphila, Japonica Winter Gem, Hibiscus Erin Rachel, Hibiscus Red Dragon, Hydrangea Blue Entrantress, Lonicera Japonica Halliana, Mandarin Honeysuckle, Frasers Photinia, Brilliant Pink Iceberg Rose and Double Knockout Rose.

There are 52 trees ranging from Magnolia, Ficus Nadidia to Cypress Trees. There are also 2000 Ivy’s on display.”

Text from Bellagio 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.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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June 29, 2017

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“Charleston Bridge
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
From the Drive-by Series.

#tbt Throwback Thursday Media Coverage:
•  Las Vegas Sun
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001
“Flooding in the Charleston Underpass may be a thing of the past.”

“The traditional flash- flood season has ended this year, and a $36 million project to drain the underpass should be completed by next summer — before the summer rains begin — according to Clark County Regional Flood Control District officials.”

•  Channel 3 News
VIDEO VAULT: Flooding at the Charleston underpass posed a huge problem for decades

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.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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June 28, 2017

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“Newport Lofts Pool – Daytime View”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis

Near perfect match follow-up to Monday’s nightfall Daily Frame – now both in the Archive, wishing all deep hydration and SP70 in the blazing hot days ahead!

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-five years.<

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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June 27, 2017

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“North Halls South Halls”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“$60 Billion: Total impact of tourism on Southern Nevada’s 2016 economy – 58% of the region’s gross product.”

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 LVCA website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner has travelled the halls of the Convention Center – from north to south and back again.

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June 26, 2017

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“Newport Lofts Swim”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis

Newport Lofts Las Vegas is a $75 million project at Casino Center Boulevard and Hoover Avenue in the thriving Arts District of downtown Las Vegas – home to shops, restaurants, galleries and other unique businesses in this eclectic neighborhood.

Newport has a 23 story tower with 168 loft-style floor plans on the eighth floor and higher ranging from 900 square feet to 1,600 square feet. Two-story penthouse suites range from 2,200 to 3,000 square feet.”

Text from Great Las Vegas homes website.

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-five years.<

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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June 25, 2017

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“Sin Sitty Sisters”
Photographed by Sallie Douglas – “outside The Arts Factory on a First Friday sometime last year.”

In honor of Pride parades and celebrations across the globe today, we feature Las Vegas’ very own “Holy Order Sin Sity Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc.”

From the Sisters’ website we learn: “We exist as an order of 21st century nuns dedicated to the promulgation of omniversal joy and the expiation of stigmatic guilt. Our ministry is one of public manifestation and habitual perpetration. We work to raise money for our Sisters AIDS Drug Assistance Program (SADAP); fight for queer rights and visibility; do safer sex outreach; and strive diligently to keep our sense of humor, never taking ourselves so seriously that we forget to have fun.”

NB: For anyone with a pulse that steps outside today, the reason  Las Vegas Pride takes place in October will be obvious.

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.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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June 24, 2017

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“City Alleys no. 4”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Fourth of a quartet of night views of “The alley behind Majestic Theatre – and ReBar” – all now in the 2017 Daily Frame Archive.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner now claims this narrow sliver of real estate among her favorites in the Radiant City.

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June 23, 2017

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“Hot, Damn Hot”
Photograph by Sam Morris

This week of record, and near-record temperatures in Las Vegas inspired photographer Sam Morris to utilize his infrared thermometer to see just how hot his steering wheel was, and here’s the answer. What’s a mere 188 degrees Fahrenheit among friends? It’s 86.6666667 Celsius, for our metric pals.

Sam Morris has been in the photojournalism game his entire adult life, and has now landed a photographer’s dream job, working at the Las Vegas News Bureau, repository of all images Las Vegas.

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June 16, 2017

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“The High Roller Slices the Frame.”
Photograph by Eric “Travis” Wilson

THE WORLD’S TALLEST OBSERVATION WHEEL

“Measuring 520 feet in diameter, the High Roller eclipses both the London Eye and Singapore Flyer. Facing north and south parallel to Las Vegas Boulevard, the wheel takes 30 minutes to complete one full revolution and features 28 glass-enclosed cabins with broad views of Las Vegas and the Strip. Each spherical cabin can hold up to 40 people, with benches on either side of the cabin and plenty of floor space in between—but we imagine you’ll want to stand and admire the view.”

Text from Linq website.

Eric “Travis” Wilson has been playing music for money since age 14 and has spent a lifetime coloring outside the lines. You can learn about this multi-talented mash-up artist-musician in his online bio which concludes: “… he has been known to appear as a Burlesque performer when the mood strikes, in “Live Burlesque In Las Vegas.”

His photograph of the High Roller was shot from Bally’s Skyview rooms.

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June 16, 2017

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“The High Roller Slices the Frame.”
Photograph by Eric “Travis” Wilson

 THE WORLD’S TALLEST OBSERVATION WHEEL

“Measuring 520 feet in diameter, the High Roller eclipses both the London Eye and Singapore Flyer. Facing north and south parallel to Las Vegas Boulevard, the wheel takes 30 minutes to complete one full revolution and features 28 glass-enclosed cabins with broad views of Las Vegas and the Strip. Each spherical cabin can hold up to 40 people, with benches on either side of the cabin and plenty of floor space in between—but we imagine you’ll want to stand and admire the view.”

Text from Linq website.

Eric “Travis” Wilson has been playing music for money since age 14 and has spent a lifetime coloring outside the lines. You can learn about this multi-talented mash-up artist-musician in his online bio which concludes: “… he has been known to appear as a Burlesque performer when the mood strikes, in “Live Burlesque In Las Vegas.”

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June 15, 2017

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“Paradise Palms Caravan”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Paradise Palms

Artist | Designer Terrien Hale notes: “The caravan is my gypsy bunny caravan house for the whole week that I am at Burning Man.”

To the best of our knowledge “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner does not have a caravan.

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June 14, 2017

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“SLS Passed”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the Drive-by Series.

Opening three paragraphs of “New chapter in the SLS Las Vegas saga”  – June 12, 2017 Travel Weekly story by By Sarah Feldberg:

“If there’s one thing Las Vegas loves more than an implosion, it’s an opening. The red carpet, the ribbon cutting, the flutes full of champagne bubbles and the inevitable fireworks. The feeling of poking around when everything is still fresh and unblemished, before drinks have been spilled and dirt tracked in, when the place still has that new-casino smell.

I remember the grand opening of the SLS Las Vegas in August 2014. The building was old, it was the frame of the former Sahara casino, but everything inside was new. Under the watch of SBE founder and CEO Sam Nazarian, the place had been gutted and rebuilt, piece by piece, at the cost of $415 million. It was the first big resort opening since the Cosmopolitan in 2010, and it was thrilling.

Rapper Iggy Azalea declared her own fanciness to a packed crowd at the pool. The Bazaar Meat and Cleo restaurants served extravagant spreads. Supermodel Cindy Crawford, MMA fighter Chuck Liddell and USA Soccer midfielder Jermaine Jones relaxed on the Sayers Club patio. The crowd seemed heavy on aspiring models, presumably imported from Los Angeles to give the party a more exclusive vibe.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner knows her local history.

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June 13, 2017

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“City Alleys no. 3”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Third of a quartet of night views of “The alley behind Majestic Theatre – and ReBar” – all now in the 2017 Daily Frame Archive.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner has unfailing  persistence of vision.

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June 12, 2017

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“City Alleys no. 2 (detail)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“The alley behind Majestic Theatre – and ReBar

Second in a series of nighttime photographs from this area.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner has become a student and fan of this alley.

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June 11, 2017

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“Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Caesars Palace

“In AD 305 the Romans built an incredible pool that was over 900,000 square feet. This pool was used for bathing and was also heated by giant fires in the basement beneath the floors of the pool; the columns and walls pumped the heat up to the pool above. You can just imagine how beautiful this must have been with marble and statues in the Roman architecture.

Pools were obviously important in society during these ages and used here for many public and social activities but during this time pools were just as important in homes as well. Both Roman and Greek emperors had huge ornate pools with live fish in them. In fact, the word “pool” comes from, “piscine” meaning fish.”

Text from swimmingpool.com.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner is doing swimmingly. Thank you.

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June 10, 2017

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“City Alleys no. 1”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“The alley behind Majestic Theatre – and ReBar

Google Street view.

Screen grab of January 2017 Google Street view for future archival reference.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner is no stranger to the City’s alleys.

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June 9, 2017

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“SLS (detail)”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“The SLS Las Vegas, which replaced the iconic Sahara on the north end of the Strip, has struggled since it was opened in 2014. Stockbridge Capital Partners and Sam Nazarian, owner of SBE Entertainment, bought the Sahara for $400 million in 2007 and then spent $415 million to build a chic, 1,600-room resort on its spot.

The SLS was one of several projects on that end of the Strip in the boom years. But the financial crisis shut down funding, leaving the SLS standing like a lighthouse amid wasteland. The big crowds never came.

Over the first nine months of 2015, the last time the resort announced its results, the SLS Las Vegas posted a loss of $123 million. Excluding depreciation and other non-cash items that impact earnings, the resort burned through $73 million in cash.”

From Las Vegas Review-Journal May 31, 2017 story by Todd Prince:
“Can Reno businessman turn around the SLS Las Vegas?”

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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June 8, 2017

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“Playing Favorites with Paul + Nate”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the Las Vegas Creatives Series

Paul Atreides is an author, playwright, and theatre critic. His work has appeared in a variety of periodicals including Night Beat and Las Vegas Review Journal. The first two books in the World of Deadheads series of paranormal humor have been picked up for traditional publication. The first, “Marvin’s World of Deadheads,” is due out in early 2016, and he is currently working on the third installment. His 10-minute short play, “Fusion,” can be read on the New York September 11 Museum and Memorial Artist’s Registry. “Phallusies,” a two-act comedy-drama covering everything from circumcision to prostate cancer, enjoys sold-out performances wherever it’s produced.”

Text from Eat More Art website.

Radio and Television Personality Nate Tannenbaum is the indefatigable host of KUNV‘s “Playing Favorites.”

MORE: Link to “Playing Favorites show featuring Paul Atreides.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer and KUNV-FM “Playing Favorites” Radio Producer  Ginger Bruner is a multimedia Swiss army knife.

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June 7, 2017

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“Whiskey”
Photograph by Terrien Hale
From the “Wednesdays Las Vegas Pets” Series

Guardian and Team Puppy Love publicist Terrien Hale writes:
Whiskey is named after Whiskey, because you can never get enough: and it’s super fun to call for him in the morning. ‘Whiskey? Where’s my whiskey?’ The neighbors’ faces are priceless. Whiskey alias: Wiz-Pee. His super power is to pee on everything in sight, creating slippery areas for unwanted bad guys to slip on. Whiskey’s favorite position is to be snuggled tight with you! He is a marathon snuggler. Like his sister Billie (featured in last week’s May 31 Daily Frame), he too loves the word SNACK! His favorites are broccoli ends and sweet potatoes.

He is a cutie pie for sure!”

Editor’s note: This is Terrien’s first contribution to The Daily Frame. Her three dogs have now all been featured in the most recent  additions to the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets series.

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June 6, 2017

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“Fiori Di Como”
Photograph by Amy Yvonne Yu
March 2015

Excerpt below from “Chihuly’s art blossoms at Bellagio and beyond,” March 21, 2013 Las Vegas Review-Journal story by Sonya Padgett

Dale Chihuly is the artist who created Fiori di Como, the glass sculpture that hangs from the ceiling in Bellagio’s lobby.

A well-established artist long before Steve Wynn commissioned him to create a piece for the hotel- casino’s opening in 1998, Chihuly has gone on to do hundreds of exhibits, shows and museum installations around the world. He has become an icon in Seattle, where he recently opened ‘Chihuly Garden and Glass,’ a long-term exhibition at Seattle Center.

A Fulbright scholar, a premier glass artist, a teacher of others and the man responsible for redefining modern glass sculpture as fine art, Chihuly has been heaped with praise and accolades.

Still, his reputation and success in the past 15 years is centered around those glass blossoms in the Bellagio lobby. Recently, he returned to the resort to sign copies of his new book, ‘Chihuly Silvered.’

‘It certainly influenced my popularity,’ Chihuly says of Las Vegas. ‘I’m constantly having people come up to me and asking about (‘Fiori di Como’).’

The piece cost $10 million but has surely paid for itself many times over; it has been popular since the resort opened. It is a perennial favorite on published lists of things to do in Las Vegas, says Erden Kendigelen, executive director of Bellagio’s hotel operations.

Every day, an average of 15,000 to 20,000 people come to the hotel-casino’s lobby just to see the conservatory and Chihuly’s sculpture, Kendigelen says.

Guests have been known to spend hours sitting in one of the chairs under the sculpture, staring up at it. Others lie down on the floor to comfortably take it all in. The piece covers 2,100 square feet.”

“Having worked alongside Albert Watson, Cass Bird, Jill Greenberg, The Selby, etc. in the photography industry since 2002, Amy Yvonne Yu has agency experience, production and client side across different mediums: stills, video and experiential. Amy has given many talks and interviews regarding the ever changing trends in image creation across different platforms. She likes to ponder life when she is not busy art buying, producing or consulting for brands on their social media and advertising campaigns.

You can find out more about Amy through her website:  and her blog.

This is her first contribution to The Daily Frame.

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June 5, 2017

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“The Energizer Honey”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
2017 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend

Sweetpea has been teasing her way into the hearts of audiences for more than 12 years. She’s been called a conductor of electricity, known for her fierce looks, high-powered choreography, stunning musicality, with the ability of her energy to charm any room and fill any stage. The dancing powerhouse has been given such taglines as, “The Energizer Honey”, “The Seismic Shake from the Land of 10,000 Lakes”, “The Equal Opportunity Teaser,” and, “The First Lady of Sweet.” A six-time competitor at The Burlesque Hall of Fame (BHoF), she holds the titles of Most Dazzling Dancer (2013) and Duchess of Burlesque (2016).”

Text from Sweetpea’s website.

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner was enthusiastically in the house for the 2017 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend.

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June 4, 2017

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“Frenchman Mountain”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Frenchman Mountain Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Henderson, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

This is a very very steep gravel road. The best time to hike this would be Fall,Winter or Spring. After you get to the top of the false summit (great resting spot) and start down into the saddle look on both side to see some really nice barrel cati. Don’t let the steepness stop you from going all the way to the top as the view is spectular. If it is a clear day you can see all the casinos to the SouthWest. Looking West is Red Rock and Mount Charleston. Then look NorthWest to see Nellis Air Base and farther North to see Las Vegas Speedway. The great part is if the Jets are taking off & landing at the Air Base.”

Text from AllTrails website.

“Our Las Vegas lead photographer Ginger Bruner is a creative mountain climber.

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June 3, 2017

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“Boylesque Performer – Ickymuffin”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
June 2017

It’s that time again, the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend! Ickymuffin came all the way from the UK to perform at the Movers, Shakers, and Innovators showcase Thursday night. There will be much more burlesque all weekend at the Orleans Hotel.

“Our Las Vegas lead photographer Ginger Bruner likes men who fly through the air.

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June 2, 2017

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“McCarran Baggage Claim”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 2017

United States Department of Transportation Statistics for McCarran International Airport

“Our Las Vegas Director Jon Winet  does his very best to avoid checking bags.

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June 1, 2017

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“February 2016: Future Site of UNLV Garage”
#tbt Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Text of October 5 UNLV press release printed in its entirety.

“University Gateway Parking Garage to Open Monday, October 10, 2016

“Parking and Transportation Services is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of the University Gateway Parking Garage on Monday, October 10, 2016.  This new 610 UNLV allocated space garage is located on Maryland Parkway, across from Smashburger and just south of Maryland and University Road.  This facility will be a University owned garage, which began as a two phase public/private partnership almost two years ago.  The second phase of this project will include a variety of new retail spaces by the developer between the building and Maryland Parkway, along with first level space for the relocation of the UNLV Police Services Department.

The entrance to this garage will be on Dorothy Avenue on the south side of the building from Maryland Parkway (shown in red at the above link).  Parking will be available to all UNLV valid permit holders in most locations, with the exception of the first floor, the ramp leading to the second floor, or the top floor, as these spaces are reserved for future development retail parking and are not part of the UNLV allocated spaces.  Directional signs in and around the facility will alert you to the proper places to park.  Parking staff will be available during the first two weeks of opening to answer any questions or if you need assistance.

Please use the intersection signal at University Road and Maryland Parkway when crossing to the campus side of the street rather than using the pedestrian crossing farther north (shown in blue at the above link).  This provides more stable traffic when crossing.  Definitely do not cross at unmarked or non-signalized locations.

Any questions can also be directed to Parking and Transportation Services at 702-895-1300.

Dorothy & Maryland Parkway facing north February 2017 Google Street View.

Screen grab of February 2017  Google Street view for future archival reference.

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner know her way around Las Vegas parking garages.

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May 31, 2017

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“Billie”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the Wednesdays Las Vegas Pets” series

Artist and dog aficionado Terrien Hale writes: “The story begins with Billie and Whiskey.
Both born in a litter of 5 on St. Patrick’s Day at 3 a.m. eight  years ago.

Billie is named after Billie Holliday my favorite singer of all times. Billie’s alias: Billie Bad Breath – it’s her super power against unwanted bad guys. Billie’s favorite word is SNACK: say it and give her a snack and you will have a lover pup for life.

She also loves watching sunsets from your lap.

Additional note – on Penny’s guardian: Terrien Hale has lived  in Las Vegas since 1982. She is  a graduate from UNLV with degrees in Physiology and Fine Art. She is an Axminster Carpet designer and has been designing Casino carpets for 20 years.

We add: This is our second opportunity to feature a member of Terrien’s Puppy Love trio. Next Wednesday: Whiskey. 

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a friend to any number of quadrupeds.

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May 30, 2017

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“Beth Schwartz with Nate”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

Beth Schwartz is the editor of Elevate Nevada Magazine.

Radio and Television Personality Nate Tannenbaum is the indefatigable host of KUNV‘s “Playing Favorites.”

MORE: Link to “Playing Favorites”show featuring Beth Schwartz.

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is the producer and engineer of “Playing Favorites.”

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May 29, 2017

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“Sunset and the Stratosphere”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Sunset is the daily disappearance of the Sun below the horizon as a result of Earth’s rotation. The Sun will set exactly due west at the equator on the spring and fall equinoxes, each of which occurs only once a year.

Sunset creates unique atmospheric conditions such as the often intense orange and red colors of the Sun and the surrounding sky.”

Text from  Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner catches fire – regularly.

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May 28, 2017

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“Fremont Street Experience Ground Level Viewing Station”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 2017

Viva Vision Light shows last approximately six minutes, and run every hour. Current time schedule is 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm, 12am, 1am (Hours vary based upon the season).

The Viva Vision Light Show video screen is 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above Fremont Street’s renowned pedestrian mall, lined by some of Las Vegas’ most iconic casinos and hotels.”

Text from Fremont Street Experience website.

We wish all visitors to Las Vegas a memorable Memorial Day Weekend.

When nearby, “Our Las Vegas Director Jon Winet  finds the lure of world’s largest video screen hard to resist.

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May 27, 2017

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“Now on View at the Barrick”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 26, 2017

Tested Ground”
Andreana Donahue, Alexa Hoyer, Joan Linder, Jenny Odell, Nicolas Shake

“The UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art presents Tested Ground, a major artistic exploration of the ways in which our civilization uses the land around us for work, recreation, and waste disposal. Paying special attention to the region surrounding Las Vegas, five American and international artists use a variety of media to probe a relationship we sometimes take for granted. From the firing range imagery of photographer Alexa Hoyer, to the anthropological trash project of Jenny Odell – from Joan Linder’s meticulous radioactive waste site drawings, to Nicolas Shake’s and Andreana Donahue’s investigations of desert debris and urban artifacts – Tested Ground represents a thought-provoking cross-examination of the American landscape.”

now through September 16, 2017

Text from Museum website.

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is art opening-ready. Stay tuned for word on her exhibition later this summer at the Winchester Cultural Center Gallery.

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May 26, 2017

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“From the Roof of the New Parking Structure”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Our University”

“Since our first classes were held on campus in 1957, UNLV has transformed
itself from a small branch college into a thriving urban research institution.
Along the way, our urban university has become an indispensable resource
in one of the country’s fastest-growing and most enterprising cities.”

Google Street View

Text from UNLV website.

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a proud graduate of the UNLV School of Music.

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May 25, 2017

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“Archaeology is Mining for Knowledge”
Photograph by Ashanti McGeee

Artist Erik Burke noted on his Instagram account last week: “The @nevadaart pop-up exhibition in Las Vegas #TiltingTheBasin comes down tomorrow and along with it my spray painted mural will return to its beige beginnings. If you’re in Vegas check them both out one last time. Pop-up at 920 S. Commerce. Mural at 520 S. Casino Center Blvd. #heretodaygonetoday #vegasmural #lasvegasmurals #eriktburke #miningmural”

On his website he states: “The image overlays two anonymous S. African miners photographed in 1950 by Margaret Bourke White atop today’s snow covered view of the open pit mine in Carlin, Nevada. This work hopes to compress the physical geography and 60+ years between both events, stressing the connection of the mining trade as well as working class individuals globally and throughout time. Since I belong to a state that focus a a magnitude of resources on extraction I have a built-in desire to mine for stories, culture, and truths.”

“Our Las Vegas” adds: we’re sorry to have missed seeing the mural in person, but extend our congratulations to Erik and thanks to Ashanti for her photograph.

Ashanti McGee is a graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. She is the office manager for the Outside Las Vegas Foundation– a local nonprofit that encourages the public to explore Nevada’s great outdoors; and she serves as president of the Harrison House, a historic boarding house that welcomed black entertainers during segregation.

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May 24, 2017

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“Lucky Penny”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Wednesdays Las Vegas Pets” series

Artist and dog aficionado Terrien Hale writes: “Penny.  A rescued pup off the freeway, a gift from my body guard Pineapple. With no luck finding her a home I decided to figure out her name. I went through the alphabet saying different names out loud until she responded, P for Penny… she perked up and smiled! That’s how she became my Lucky Penny!

Penny’s favorite thing is me! She is by my side morning noon and night, my shinny penny full of love.  Penny loves going on rides in the car and antique shopping. Anything I do she loves to do with me.

Penny is a prominent member of my puppy love family –  saving the world from evil and spreading love where ever they wag!”

Additional note on Penny’s guardian: Terrien Hale has lived  in Las Vegas since 1982. She is  a graduate from UNLV with degrees in Physiology and Fine Art. She is an Axminster Carpet designer and has been designing Casino carpets for 20 years.

We add: we plan to feature Terrien’s other two dogs in future Daily Frames. 

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is one of those rare people who loves cats and dogs.

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May 23, 2017

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“Alley”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Around the 18b” Series

Just off California. Just east of Main.

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner knows her way around the backstreets of Las Vegas.

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May 22, 2017

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“Village Pub Dining Room”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
8515 S Eastern Ave at Wigwam

In a  January 25, 2016 5 star Yelp review Le Rae D. wrote:  

My third time here. First time just to stop by for a quick breakfast. Second time last Friday for a well deserved cocktail and the bartender Sally was mucho accommodating plus I won money…bonus . Today I decided to stop in for lunch and met Shauntel. What a super amazing bartender!! I use to be a bartender for years and it’s hard to come by a good one. I was greeted with a very warm hello and smile, then told her I’d be right back because I needed to get my coat out of my car and without hesitation she said “no, here wear my sweater!”. If your in the industry or have ever been…you know a GREAT bartender. I’ve been here for the past three hours and her smile, energy and mojo hasn’t changed at all to every patron here!! I found my new home away from home. This could be a really good or bad thing. Lol. But don’t miss out on coming here and being treated like royalty.

More: Menu.
Pub 
website.

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has noted with interest the pub’s affiliation with Ellis Island Microbrews – and “The Yorky” burger – “Loaded with crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and your choice of cheese served on a grilled Ciabatta roll.”

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May 21, 2017

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“Former Quarry SW Las Vegas”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Definition from Merriam-WebsterDictionary:

quarry
noun quar·ry
Definition of quarry
plural quarries
1: an open excavation usually for obtaining building stone, slate, or limestone
2: a rich source

More: Google Maps

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner roams the Valley, leaving no stone unturned

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May 20, 2017

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“May is National Bike Month”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Emergency Arts. DTLV

NATIONAL BIKE MONTH

“May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.”

Text from League of American Bicyclists website

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner may very well be able to ride a unicycle.

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May 19, 2017

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“Western Hotel”
Photograph by Ashanti McGee

“The Western opened in 1970 as the Western Hotel & Bingo Parlor and was owned by Jackie Gaughan and Mel Exber. At its opening, The Western was the world’s largest bingo parlor with 1,020 seats.

Jackie Gaughan sold the hotel to Barrick Gaming in March 2004. The plans called for redeveloping the Western Hotel as a Latino destination resort. At the time, the AP said about the property, ‘On a stretch of despair that tourists in Las Vegas seldom see, the Western Hotel-Casino stands out as a beacon for the broke and nearly broken’.

In 2005, The Tamares Group acquired total control of the hotel and casino through a lease from Barrick. In 2010 the hotel portion completely closed and redevelopment still remains uncertain to this day.

On November 15, 2011, the Tamares Group announced that ‘due to decreased demand at this location’, The Western would close on January 16, 2012. Its future redevelopment is uncertain.

In March 2013, the property was purchased for $14 million by a company affiliated with Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project, a campaign to revitalize the Fremont Street area.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Ashanti McGee is a graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. She is the office manager for the Outside Las Vegas Foundation– a local nonprofit that encourages the public to explore Nevada’s great outdoors; and she serves as president of the Harrison House, a historic boarding house that welcomed black entertainers during segregation.

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May 18, 2017

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“Gascon President-elect Leanne Krinker”

Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” Series

Leanne Krinker, president-elect of the German American Social Club of Nevada, competed in the May 6 Stein Holding Competition at an earlier Maifest event.

The celebration continues this Saturday – May 20. “Schnitzel for all! – German food, beer, music!”

“Friendship for all – Freundschaft für alle”
German-American Social Club of Nevada
1110 East Lake Mead Boulevard – North Las Vegas.

At a moment’s notice, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner can put the oom in oom pah pah.

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May 17, 2017

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“3rd Street Artifacts”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis

“The house is demolished. The original sidewalk is disappearing. Last vestiges of Old Downtown.”

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-five years.<

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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May 16, 2017

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“DTLV Ride Share”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“May is Bike Month and you can celebrate with 50% off ALL RTC Bike Share passes for the month.

If you purchase a 30-day pass during May, and choose to auto-renew at checkout, you will also receive 50% off for the rest of the year.”

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“Bike sharing makes it economical and convenient to use bikes for trips that are too far to walk but too short to drive. As a member, you can use a RTC bike to run an errand, grab lunch, travel from the bus stop to your office, or just get some fresh air. That’s what makes bike sharing so great: a bike that’s there when you need it and gone when you don’t.

With your RTC bike, you don’t have to look for a parking space or bring your own bike with you everywhere you go. Plus, riding a bike is good for your health and for the environment. It’s the newest and best way to get around downtown.

The bikes are specially designed for both you and the city: they fit people of all sizes, thanks to an easy-to-use adjustable seat post. A great front basket provides a space to store your belongings while riding and automatic lights help keep you safe at all times of day. The bikes are equipped with three speeds, that are perfect for your short commute.

RTC Bike Share is designed to encourage you to use a a bike for all your short trips. Once you’ve paid your membership fee, you can take an unlimited number of rides for 30 minutes or less!”

Text from RTC website

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is more than ok with bicycles but is a unqualified devotee of the motorized variety of two-wheel vehicles.

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May 15, 2017

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“Retro Vegas Mural”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“This is the home of mid-century modern history, style and all that’s fabulous about Las Vegas. Retro Vegas is full of vintage art, lighting and mid-mod furnishings and accessories. There are treasures and objet d’art to fit every budget and space. We have many pieces that are full of historical significance from some of the most spectacular homes in town. From Danish Modern to Hollywood Regency, our inventory changes all the time. For glitz, glamour and fun, check out Retro Vegas.  Also, you’ll want to check out The Red Kat – a store within our store – featuring vintage clothing and accessories”

Text from store website

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a living, breathing treasure of historical significance.

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May 14, 2017

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“Mother of All Clouds”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
May 13, 2017

“Lenticular clouds (Altocumulus lenticularis) are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form in the troposphere, normally in perpendicular alignment to the wind direction. … Because of their shape, they have been offered as an explanation for some unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings.”

Text from Wikipedia

MORE: “Our Las Vegas” wishes the happiest of days to all mothers and their children!

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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May 13, 2017

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“Majestic Repertory Theatre”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Majestic Repertory Theatre was established in the fall of 2016 at ALIOS, an arts space in the Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. The “Majestic” name was chosen in honor of one of the first theatres in Las Vegas, the Majestic Theatre which was located on Fremont Street. Active in the early 1900s, it was a vaudeville house and cinema.

Majestic Rep focuses primarily on the American canon, old and new, and gives emphasis on giving young theatre artists an opportunity to build their skills.”

Majestic’s current production is CARRIE THE MUSICAL” – Just in time for prom! Based on the classic Stephen King novel, this musical about a young girl with telekinetic powers comes to bloody life in its Vegas premiere.”

Majestic Repertory Theatre is located at 1217 S. Main St.,* Las Vegas – South of Charleston, next to Buffalo Exchange.

Text from Theatre website

Screen grab of February 2017  Google Street view for future archival reference.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  is ready for her close-ups.

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May 12, 2017

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“Yes, We’re Open”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Beauty is pain, and pain in the form of traffic cones and construction delays is what we must endure as the “Main and Commerce Streets improvement Project” launched into phase two on Monday morning.

Through the fall of 2018, the $36 million project will convert Commerce and Main Streets into one-ways (Main traffic flowing North and Commerce traffic flowing South) between Oakey Boulevard and Garces Avenue. Funded by the Fuel Revenue Indexing gas tax, the streets will be more pedestrian-friendly with 15-foot wide sidewalks, bicycle lanes, storm drains, traffic signals, street lighting and landscaping improvements.”

Text from May 10, 2016 DTLV story by Jesse O’Brien.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  is just about always open for business.

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May 11, 2017

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“Fremont East Dusk”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.”

— Jean-Paul Sartre 

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  savors the moment.

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May 10, 2017

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“Big Rig Jig”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Mark Ross “Big Rig Jig”
2007

“[Mark Ross’] 2007 “Big Rig Jig” is constructed from two discarded tanker trucks. The work serves both as a sculpture and an architectural space: visitors may enter the lower truck, climb through the tankers, and emerge to a viewing platform between the rear axles, forty-two feet in the air. Most recently exhibited in the U.K. for Banksy’s Dismaland show, it will soon be permanently installed in Las Vegas by Tony Hsieh. The work was made possible by a grant from Burning Man, as well as generous gifts from Peter and Gwen Norton, Todd Koons, and numerous donations received over the internet.”

Text from artist’s website.

Google Street View

Screen grab of February 2017  Google Street view for future archival reference.

MORE: August 21, 2016: “Big Rig Jig Debuts in Downtown Las Vegas and It’s Glorious”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner roams the streets of the city deep into the night.

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May 9, 2017

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“Swedish Meatballs”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
IKEA
May 2017

Last of three Daily Frames from a recent “Our Las Vegas” field trip to the local outlet of the largest purveyor of furniture is the world. 

IKEA Swedish Meatballs

Ingredients

• Meatballs
1⁄2 lb ground beef
1⁄2 lb ground pork
1 egg
1⁄2 cup cream (half and half) or 1⁄2 cup milk
1⁄2 cup water
1 small onion, finely chopped
1⁄4 cup breadcrumbs (or toasted panko, crushed)
2 small cold boiled yukon gold potatoes
2 tablespoons butter
salt
white pepper
1 dash allspice (optional)

• Cream Sauce
1⁄2 cup half-and-half
1 cup low sodium beef broth
1⁄4 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon white flour
1 tablespoon butter
salt, to taste
white pepper

Recipe

Meatballs:
• Fry the onion till golden in a couple of tablespoons of lightly browned butter.
• Mash the potatoes
• Mix all the ingredients until meatball consistency.
• Flavour with salt, white pepper and (optional) a little finely crushed allspice.
• Shape the mixture into relatively large, round balls and transfer to a floured cutting board.
• Fry them slowly in plenty of butter.

Cream Sauce:
• Melt butter in pan and add flour, whisk till golden brown and flour is cooked.
• Add Beef Stock and Cream until desired thickness.
• Season well with salt and pepper.
• Serve the meatballs with the sauce, freshly boiled yukon potatoes, and lingonberry jam.

Recipe from Food.com

MORE: 
CNBC Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017
“Love the Swedish meatballs? Ikea may open standalone restaurants and cafes”
by Tracy Saelinger

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is always game for comfort food.

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May 8, 2017

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“Craps Roulette Slots”
Photograph by Jon Winet

TAKE YOUR FREE PHOTO WITH ONE MILLION DOLLARS

Binion’s $1 Million Display holds exactly one million dollars in a pyramid design filled with cash denominations ranging from ones to one hundred dollar bills. Take your FREE souvenir photo and receive a 6 x 8 glossy photo inside a souvenir frame.

The $1 Million Display is located next to Club Binion’s and is open from 9:00am – 11:30pm daily. Must be 21 years or older to take photo.”

Text from Binion’s Gambling Hall  website.

MORE: Wikipedia entry for the venerable DTLV establishment.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet  has now added being photographed with one million dollars to his Bucket List.

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May 7, 2017

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“Heading back to Vegas from Tecopa Hot Springs”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“Deserts are formed by weathering processes as large variations in temperature between day and night put strains on the rocks which consequently break in pieces. Although rain seldom occurs in deserts, there are occasional downpours that can result in flash floods. Rain falling on hot rocks can cause them to shatter and the resulting fragments and rubble strewn over the desert floor is further eroded by the wind. This picks up particles of sand and dust and wafts them aloft in sand or dust storms. Wind-blown sand grains striking any solid object in their path can abrade the surface. Rocks are smoothed down, and the wind sorts sand into uniform deposits. The grains end up as level sheets of sand or are piled high in billowing sand dunes. Other deserts are flat, stony plains where all the fine material has been blown away and the surface consists of a mosaic of smooth stones. These areas are known as desert pavements and little further erosion takes place. Other desert features include rock outcrops, exposed bedrock and clays once deposited by flowing water. Temporary lakes may form and salt pans may be left when waters evaporate. There may be underground sources of water in the form of springs and seepages from aquifers. Where these are found, oases can occur.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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May 6, 2017

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“IKEA Merch”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
IKEA May 2017

“Merch”
noun ˈmərch\
• Definition: merchandise
• First known use: 1982

play

Text from Merriam Webster Dictionary.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is in the Lounging & Relaxing section of the Furniture area.

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May 5, 2017

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“IKEA”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

IKEA (/aɪˈkiːə/; Swedish: [ɪ²keːa], is a multinational group, headquartered in the Netherlands, that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories. It has been the world’s largest furniture retailer since at least 2008.Founded in Sweden in 1943 by then-17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad, who was listed by Forbes Magazine (in its 2 November, 2015 issue) as one of the ten richest people in the world and the owner of a more than 40 billion dollar fortune, the company’s name is an acronym that consists of the initials of Ingvar Kamprad (name of founder), Elmtaryd (the farm where he grew up), and Agunnaryd (his hometown in Småland, southern Sweden).

As of December 2016, IKEA owns and operates 392 stores in 48 countries. In fiscal year 2016, €36.4 billion worth of goods were sold, a total that represented a 7.6 percent increase over 2015.

The IKEA website contains about 12,000 products.”

Text from Wikipedia.

The Las Vegas IKEA opened on May 18, 2016.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner comments: “This reminds me so much of the scene at the end of Indiana Jones, when the Ark of the Covenant gets put in the vast warehouse.”

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May 4, 2017

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“Photographing Cady Wells’ Bloom”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The photographer explains: “It’s called the Cady Wells Cactus, because that plant came from one that Cady Wells had. Cultural animator, artist and cactus-gardener  Richard Hooker is convinced that it’s where Georgia O’Keefe got that pink. (She and Cady were pals in Santa Fe.)” The photographer adds: “When Richard was younger he was Cady Wells’ friend and pool boy.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner stops to smell the roses.

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May 3, 2017

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“CHOW”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“WE CELEBRATE DIVERSITY…because it takes all kinds of people to make a world—and a restaurant.

Why mix southern-style food with fine Chinese cuisine? How about why not? Labels are for leftovers. CHOW is for people—all people, all the time (even late at night).

WE CARE ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY…because good neighbors make great customers.

Ready to have your mind blown? The entire planet is our ‘hood. At CHOW, neighbors are always welcome—regardless of color, creed, sexual identity, orientation, and yes, geography. Besides, feeding friends and family helps make the planet a better place, one dish (or more, we don’t judge) at a time.”

Text from restaurant  website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner knows her comfort food – and her community.

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May 2, 2017

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“New York New York Dusk”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
From the “Drive-by Series.”

“The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets in Midtown, Manhattan, New York City. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet, and with its antenna included, it stands a total of 1,454 feet tall. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years, from its completion in early 1931 until the topping out of the original World Trade Center’s North Tower in late 1970.

The Empire State Building is an American cultural icon. It is designed in the distinctive Art Deco style and has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.”

Text from  Wikipedia.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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May 1, 2017

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“Black Jack Bail Bonds”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 2017
From the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds Series.”

“The first modern bail bonds business in the U.S. — the system by which a person pays a percentage of the court-specified bail amount to a professional bonds agent who then gives the court cash in the full amount of bail as a guarantee that the person will appear in court — was established by Peter P. McDonough in San Francisco in 1898. However, clay tablets from ca. 2750 BC describe surety bail bond agreements made in the Akkadian city of Eshnunna in what is today modern Iraq. Citizens were released from jail by having an indemnitor pay a sum in currency and to pledge the defendant will show up to court backed by the indemnitor’s property such as his sheep.”

Text from  Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet  first photographed this site in May 2014, featured in the August 9, 2014 edition of The Daily Frame and now in the 2014 Archive. Unlike most sites in Las Vegas, this one has not changed perceptibly.

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April 30, 2017

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“Phoenix Pipe Band”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the  April 29-30 2017 Las Vegas Highland Games
Floyd Lamb Park

“… Phoenix Pipe Band, the longest running bagpipe band organization in Arizona.

We are focused on promoting the art of Scottish Bagpiping and Drumming through teaching, playing, and competing. We are always looking for new players and students who are also interested in the art.

Text from Band  website.

MORE: Schedule of Today’s Events

Video clip from yesterday’s performance.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is the Tubaist and Bass player for Killian’s Angels. Look for them at 1 pm today on Hennessy’s Main Stage of the Games.

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April 29, 2017

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“Tin Buckaroo
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the collection of artifacts featured at The Writer’s Block

Codex, brings together writers and artists to produce original stories and one-of-a-kind objects—books, prints, recordings, films, and other works of art. Authors of all ages and ability are invited to participate in workshops and labs where they can write, design and construct new novels, magazines, screenplays, short films, animations, documentaries, audio recordings and more. Free classes for students ages 5–18 are scheduled regularly on evenings and weekends, and a selection of unique bookmaking field trips are available exclusively for teachers and students of the Clark County School District.”

Student Workshops

Codex regularly schedules workshops for students ages 5–18, covering a variety of topics and disciplines including: poetry and prose, printmaking, drama, filmmaking, blogging, podcasting, and more. All workshops are project-based and resulting in a product—books, recordings, films, prints, etc.—that each student takes home with them when the course ends. Classes, taught by Writer’s Block staff and qualified volunteers, are limited in size to allow for a more individualized and memorable experience. Course enrollment is typically selected by lottery one week before the workshop begins.”

Text from Writer’s Block website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner may or may not have a collection of children’s toys hidden away.

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April 28, 2017

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“El Cortez Hotel
Photograph by Jon Winet
January 2014

Container Park view of the El Cortez Hotel & Casino , “the longest continuously-running hotel and casino in Vegas.”

Daily Frame Director Jon Winet has learned to love the “old lady perfume” smell of the casino area of the El Cortez, and duly credits Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner for this olfactory observation.

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April 27, 2017

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“Huntridge Drugs Signage”
Photograph by Brian Weiss

These iconic letters from the rooftop of Huntridge Pharmacy (soon to reopen as a Wingstop) were taken down to make room for the building to receive a new roof. They are slated to return to their positions, but this is still up in the air, so to speak. We will keep you apprised as to their disposition as news surfaces.

Brian Weiss is a first time contributor to The Daily Frame, and is long-time Las Vegan (with time off for good behavior), and a denizen of the Huntridge neighborhood. “Our Las Vegas” thanks him for this great photo.

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April 26, 2017

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Los Straitjackets
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
April 15, 2017

Los Straitjackets headlined the lineup at the Viva Las Vegas Car Show, part of the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, which takes place every Easter Weekend. This year was is its 20th, and by all accounts, its biggest and best ever. It is also has some of the best people-watching to be had in the area.

Ginger Bruner is a fan of Los Straitjackets. See more of her travels at Viva Las Vegas in this week’s Vegas Seven Magazine.

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April 25, 2017

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“Winchester Cultural Center”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
April 23, 2017

Winchester Cultural Center is the heart of performing and visual arts for Clark County Parks and Recreation. Along with diverse youth and adult programming in dance, theater, fitness, skateboarding and visual arts, the center offers a park, desert demonstration garden, skate park, theater and art gallery. The gallery hosts ongoing exhibitions to highlight the talents of local artists while Clark County’s only indoor theater (274 seats) is home to an assortment of music, dance and theatrical performances. Artists, from nationally known musicians, vocalists and dancers to homegrown, youth-centered drama and dance troupes, have graced the Winchester Theater stage.

Text from the Clark County Parks and Rec website.

Ginger Bruner is a fan of the Winchester Cultural Center. She is also the Associate Producer and Lead Photographer for “Our Las Vegas.”

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April 24, 2017

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“March for Science”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
April 22, 2017
From the “Around the 18b” Series

“David Walker, who teaches science at Sunrise Mountain High School, was marching for facts.

‘It’s really important to get out and just show everybody that science is very important to all of us,’ Walker said. ‘The kind of things that are going on right now politically seem to be heading the country in the wrong direction. … This is really just a show of support for the idea that facts do matter and science is a big part of the success of our country, and we shouldn’t just ignore it.’

Text excerpted from Las Vegas Review Journal story by Ricardo Torres-Cortez, “Science advocates rally, show support across Las Vegas on Earth Day”

Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty-five years.<

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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April 23, 2017

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“Poolside Cactus Bloom”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
April 12, 2017

Opuntia ficus-indica

“Opuntia ficus-indica is a species of cactus that has long been a domesticated crop plant important in agricultural economies throughout arid and semiarid parts of the world. It is thought probably to have originated in Mexico. Some of the common English names for the plant and its fruit are Indian fig opuntia, Barbary fig, cactus pear, spineless cactus, and prickly pear, although this last name has also been applied to other less common Opuntia species. In Mexican Spanish, the plant is called nopal, while the fruit is called tuna, which are names also used in American English, especially as culinary terms.”

Text from Wikipedia

Editor’s Note: In the spirit of full disclosure: we are not one hundred percent certain that the cactus in the photograph is an Opuntia ficus-indica.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner pays attention to details.

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April 22, 2017

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“Soul Brothers Motorcycle Club (detail)”
Photograph by Ashanti McGee

Las Vegas Chapter – 504 Jackson Ave – right next to the True Vine Baptist Church that was featured on the April 9, 2017 Daily Frame – now in the 2017 Archive.

Video Clip harvested from YouTube: “Soul Brothers M.C. Las Vegas function .. sound off”

Ashanti McGee has lived in Las Vegas since she was 11 years old. Not long after moving here, she was introduced to Big Band and Swing music through her school jazz band. A graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, she specialized in visual arts with an emphasis in oil painting and printmaking. After 20 years, her love for Nevada has continued to grow. Favorite pastimes include hiking and “never passing up weekend road trips.” Though she doesn’t play much music or paint now, Ashanti expends most of her creative energy in arts advocacy, reading comic books, and wrangling 4 children with her husband Brent Holmes.

She is also the office manager for the Outside Las Vegas Foundation– a local nonprofit that encourages the public to explore Nevada’s great outdoors; and she serves as president of the Harrison House, a historic boarding house that welcomed black entertainers during segregation.

Additional note: this is her third contribution to The Daily Frame.

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April 21, 2017

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“Barbara Christy”
Photograph by Jon Winet
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” Series
Silver Legacy, Reno.
March 10, 2017

THE VEGAS ROAD SHOW is a Powerful Variety Act delivering First Class Entertainment including music, comedy, and crowd participation. They share a “Slice of Vegas” with their audiences with music from the 50s,60s,70s,Classic Rock, Country Smooth Jazz and whatever the audience requests. The Heart of The Vegas Road Show are Cody Stevens and his wife, Barbara Christy. They are both veterans in the industry and it shows in every performance. Cody Stevens, on vocals and guitar, is a 30 year veteran of Las Vegas and has performed with many national acts and has been a headliner himself. WIth his quick wit, large musical arsenal, and many years of experience as an Entertainer, Cody can entertain any audience, anywhere. Barbara Christy, on key bass and trumpet, keyboards, and vocals, is one-of-a-kind when it comes to performance. She has been amazing audiences for over 30 years in casinos from Atlantic City to Las Vegas and recently had the pleasure of working with the Late Great Andy Williams in Branson, MO.”

Text from Reno News & Review website.

More: Band website.

“Our Las Vegas” staff Jon Winet and Ginger Bruner find the Vegas Road Show highly entertaining.

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April 20, 2017

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“Holly Rae Vaughn | Art al Fresco”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” Series

The photographer writes: “Holly Rae Vaughn, UNLV alumna, painting a mural on the side of Vesta Coffee Roasters. [map] It’s early in the process, so updates will ensue.”

Holly Rae Vaughn writes: “I grew up in Las Vegas, attended Las Vegas Academy where I learned how to paint and UNLV where I learned sculpture. One of my favorite pieces I’ve had the opportunity to do is “GEM.” The county commissioned artists to do sculptures in medians around the city. Mine is in front of the Windmill Library.

I’m also a florist with a small pop-up wedding company called Flora Pop and I’m always inspired by the flowers I get to use – so a lot of my painting incorporate florals. The Vesta  mural was commissioned by the owner.  He hopes it will remind people that coffee comes from a plant – our many important connections with nature.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner tracks work in progress.

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April 19, 2017

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Stakeout View of Greenspun Hall”
Photograph by Jon Winet

Greenspun Hall, located at the corner of Maryland Parkway and University Road, serves as the home for six of the college’s departments and schools. At 120,000 square feet, this massive five-story building features an auditorium, high-definition (HD) media facilities for KUNV-FM and UNLV-TV, student media laboratories and classrooms, and faculty offices.”

Text from UNLV website.

MORE:  April 6, 2017 UNLV Press Release by Aisha Bawany: “New Director Named for UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies: Kevin Stoker, a media ethics expert most recently with Texas Tech University, will join the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs July 1.”

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet recommends Wednesday’s Daily Special at the Stakeout: Lunch Size Crispy Chicken Salad $4.99 – with Garlic Toast.

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April 18, 2017

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“Stratosphere Dusk”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“The Stratosphere opened on April 30, 1996. Shortly after opening, the Stratosphere Corporation was forced to file bankruptcy. This caused construction on the second tower to stop, with only a few stories partially built, and it allowed Carl Icahn to gain control through one of his companies by buying a majority of the outstanding bonds.

A major addition was completed in June 2001 for $1 billion that included finishing the 1000-room second hotel tower.

In the early 2000s, the company attempted to get approval for a roller coaster that would run from several hundred feet up the tower and, in the last proposal, across Las Vegas Boulevard. Part of that last proposal included an entry monument on the ride over Las Vegas Boulevard welcoming people to the City of Las Vegas. The Las Vegas City Council did not approve the project due to objections from the neighbors over possible noise from the enclosed cars on the proposed ride.

In January 2010, American Casino & Entertainment Properties announced a new thrill ride for the top of the tower: SkyJump, a controlled-descent, bungee jumping–like ride that will allow riders to plummet 855 feet attached to a high-speed descent wire. It opened on April 20, 2010.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner counts the Stratosphere’s Tower among her favorite Las Vegas landmarks.

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April 17, 2017

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“Big O – All Pro Bail Bonds”
Photograph by Jon Winet
From the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds Series.”

BIG O BAIL BONDS LAS VEGASOUR APPROACH

Here at big O bail bonds in Las Vegas we know that every time someone goes to jail not only the inmate but also the family suffers as well. We like to give our clients all of their options before committing to bailing out their loved ones. We never want our clients to feel pressured into bailing someone out. We want this troublesome situation to go as smooth and easy as possible.”

Text from Company website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet is attracted to bright colors.

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April 16, 2017

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“Hummingbird Habitat”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Desert Breeze Lake, Chandler, Arizona

 Hummingbird Habitat at Desert Breeze Park

“Nearly everyone enjoys watching hummingbirds – those tiny flyers with brilliant iridescent colors, incredibly fast wingbeats, and the ability to fly up, down, sideways, and backwards. In order to satisfy their energy demands, they spend their days collecting nectar from flowers and catching tiny insects, a necessary protein source.

The habitat water feature provides a cooling effect as well as a drinking and bathing source for birds. Near the center of the garden is a large, artificial iron tree with a bench around its base providing a 360 degree opportunity to bird watch in the shade.

To create the hummingbird habitat, plant materials were donated by local nurseries and the plants were installed by boy scouts, girl scouts, Intel employees, Chandler Parks Department employees, Chandler residents, and special Olympic volunteers.

The Hummingbird Habitat is part of Desert Rivers Audubon’s Bird Habitat Recognition Program  and is lovingly maintained by their volunteers. No pesticides are applied in the Hummingbird Habitat as they could impact the health of the birds but even more of a concern, they would eliminate their food sources including insects and seeds.”

Text excerpted from City of Chandler website.

The ubiquitous “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner gets out of town more than you might think.

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April 15, 2017

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“The Velveteen Rabbit”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

 Velveteen Rabbit is a craft cocktail and beer bar situated in the heart of the Arts District. Our cocktail menu changes seasonally, boasting fresh produce and house-made ingredients. We offer a range of specialty beers with a rotating selection of twelve taps, as well as 18-20 bottled beers. Our eclectic space features local art, boutique spirits, vintage furniture, and an outdoor patio area with a stage for entertainment.

Pamela and Christina Dylag are the women behind Velveteen Rabbit. Sisters who were raised in the Mojave, but they left for several years to travel and see the world; since returning to the Las Vegas desert, they have cultivated a unique libation experience for seekers of the beyond. These witchy women will elevate (and perhaps even levitate) your senses, calling upon the cosmic and mystical forces.”

“Autumn passed and Winter, and in the Spring, when the days grew warm and sunny, the Boy went out to play in the wood behind the house. And while he was playing, two rabbits crept out from the bracken and peeped at him. One of them was brown all over, but the other had strange markings under his fur, as though long ago he had been spotted, and the spots still showed through. And about his little soft nose and his round black eyes there was something familiar, so that the Boy thought to himself:

“Why, he looks just like my old Bunny that was lost when I had scarlet fever!”

But he never knew that it really was his own Bunny, come back to look at the child who had first helped him to be Real.”

Text from “The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real” by Margery Williams with Illustrations by William Nicholson

Editor’s Note – Pamela and Christina Dylan are featured on the May 16, 2016 Daily Frame – searchable on the 2016 Archive.

On especially good nights you might well find “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner at the Velveteen Rabbit.

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April 14, 2017

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“500 S. Main”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 2017

Text below from City of Las Vegas website.

Parking

The city hall parking garage is located at 500 S. Main St. Visitors will receive a ticket upon entering the garage. Please bring the ticket into City Hall as the first two hours of parking are free with validation.

Before leaving the parking garage, payment should be made by visiting one of the payment machines located on the ground floor by the elevators. Payment machines accept cash and Visa/MasterCard debit and credit cards. Once the parking fee has been paid, the ticket will be returned and will need to be used to exit the garage. Parking rates are as follows:

Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
0-10 minutes Grace period – no charge
Every 30 minutes $.75
Daily maximum $9 (6 hours at $1.50 / hr)
Lost Ticket $9
Evenings/Weekend $3 flat fee
Monthly $35

Whenever possible, “Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet always prefers to walk.

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April 13, 2017

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“Harrison Guest House”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 

Text below: excerpt  from “Segregation-era guest house in Las Vegas wins national historic status,” May 15, 2016 Las Vegas Review Journal story by Henry Brean.

“When segregation barred black entertainers like Pearl Bailey, Nat King Cole and Sammy Davis Jr. from staying at the Las Vegas hotels where they performed, Genevieve Harrison offered them a safe place to rest their famous heads.

Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Harrison rented rooms in her house on F Street, north of downtown, to everyone from well-known performers to everyday people just traveling through Nevada or trying to establish residency to qualify for a divorce.
On Friday [May 13], the National Park Service added Harrison’s Guest House to the National Register of Historic Places.”

Harrison Guest House

Additional Note: Daily Frame Contributor Ashanti McGee serves as president of the  Harrison House.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner covers the Valley.

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April 12, 2017

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“Jewelry and Minerals of Las Vegas”
Photograph by Alisha Kerlin
From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series” (kinda sort of)

“We have been in business for 26 years now, thanks to our loyal customers, and dedicated founder. We have grown from a small 500 square foot gallery, to one of the largest suppliers in North America, and we will be more than happy to help you find any item you may need.”

Google Street View

Screen grab of January 2017  Google Street view for future archival reference.

Text from company website.

The photographer adds: “One of those beautiful Vegas things that I hope never goes away.”

Five years ago Alisha Kerlin came to Las Vegas for an 8-week Artist Residency at UNLV and never left. She is currently using most of her creative energy raising a toddler and directing the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.

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April 11, 2017

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“The Artist as Culture Producer”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
l-r: Sharon Louden, Clarity Haynes, Wendy Kveck, Andreana Donahue, Justin Favela, Alisha Kerlin
April 10, 2017
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art

“Join Settlers + Nomads and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art for The Artist as Culture Producer, a lively panel discussion about the impact of visual artists on their communities. This panel marks the return to Las Vegas of the renowned Minneapolis artist Sharon Louden, who packed out Trifecta Gallery in April 2014 with an event based on her first book, “Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists” (2013). The Barrick conversation will form part of an international tour for her second book – also named “The Artist as Culture Producer” – which continues the program of artist-written essays already begun in Creative Life. This new collection challenges popular misconceptions about the artist as an isolated figure, arguing instead that artists ‘furnish measurable and innovative outcomes at the front lines of education, the non-profit sector, and corporate environments’ (Louden). Moderated by the Barrick’s Interim Director Alisha Kerlin, the panel will feature local artists Andreana Donahue, Justin Favela, and Wendy Kveck, alongside Louden and the New York painter Clarity Haynes. The audience will be invited to join in a stimulating assessment of the ideas raised by the book. A public reception and book signing will follow.

Multidisciplinary artist Andreana Donahue is co-founder and director of Disparate Minds, an interdisciplinary project which highlights and discusses the work of marginalized self-taught artists, inspired and informed by her years of experience as a practicing artist, facilitator, and dedicated disability rights advocate. Donahue directed her downtown Las Vegas gallery, Main Gallery, from 2007-09. The Las Vegas based artist will appear in the Barrick’s 2017 Summer show, Tested Ground.

A Las Vegas artist whose work has appeared in museums across the country, Justin Favela is also the gallery director and curator of Clark County Visual Art Galleries. As co-founder of the popular podcast Latinos Who Lunch, he is an experienced debater and raconteur with a serious interest in the refraction of identity politics through the lenses of pop culture and current events. Favela’s art is a celebration of his life as a Nevadan of Guatemalan/Mexican heritage.

Clarity Haynes is a feminist painter, writer and educator living in New York City. Her Breast Portrait Project is a multidisciplinary, socially engaged work that is grounded in the practice of painting from observation. She teaches drawing at Brooklyn College and painting at Trestle Gallery, and is a member of the Corpus VI art collective. She recently launched a new podcast featuring studio visits with artists, Magic Praxis.

Artist Wendy Kveck has worked in Las Vegas with the non-profit Contemporary Arts Center, with city outreach programs, and as an arts educator and advocate. She is the founder and editor of Settlers + Nomads, a curated website featuring a presentation and discussion of contemporary art between local artists and artists with ties to Las Vegas. A retrospective of her work appeared at the Barrick Museum in 2015 as part of the three-artist exhibition, Kveck, Russ & Stellmon.

Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, artist advocate, and editor of the book series “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life.” A consultant for the Joan Mitchell Foundation and senior critic for the New York Academy of Art, she is active on the boards of numerous not-for-profit art organizations. Her work appears in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Yale University, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.”

Text from Barrick website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a tireless supporter of her peers in the arts.

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April 10, 2017

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“Highway 95 Exit 77”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
April 9, 2017

ac·ci·dent
ˈaksədənt/
noun

1.
an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.
“he had an accident at the factory”
synonyms:
mishap, misadventure, unfortunate incident, mischance, misfortune, disaster, tragedy, catastrophe, calamity;

technicalcasualty
“an accident at work”

2.
an event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause.
“the pregnancy was an accident”
synonyms:
(mere) chance, coincidence, twist of fate, freak;

fluke, bit of luck, serendipity;
fate, fortuity, fortune, providence, happenstance
“it is no accident that there is a similarity between them”

Text from Google Search for “accident.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner notes: “How this managed to happen is beyond me.” We add: Hopefully no one was injured. (We think we detect a driver-side airbag in the frame.

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April 9, 2017

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“The True Vine Baptist Church (detail)”
Photograph by Ashanti McGee

The photographer comments: “This is the True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, one of the many churches within the Historic Westside. I don’t have much detail about it, but it’s found on Jackson Street. Prior to the 1970s this street was the hub for black commerce during segregation. Many businesses lined the street, including churches, grocery stores, barber shops, social clubs and more.”

Google Street View
[Screen grab of March 2015  Google Street view for future archival reference.]

Ashanti McGee has lived in Las Vegas since she was 11 years old. Not long after moving here, she was introduced to Big Band and Swing music through her school jazz band. A graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, she specialized in visual arts with an emphasis in oil painting and printmaking. After 20 years, her love for Nevada has continued to grow. Favorite pastimes include hiking and “never passing up weekend road trips.” Though she doesn’t play much music or paint now, Ashanti expends most of her creative energy in arts advocacy, reading comic books, and wrangling 4 children with her husband Brent Holmes.

She is also the office manager for the Outside Las Vegas Foundation– a local nonprofit that encourages the public to explore Nevada’s great outdoors; and she serves as president of the Harrison House, a historic boarding house that welcomed black entertainers during segregation.

Additional note: this is her second contribution to The Daily Frame.

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April 8, 2017

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“AAA Indoor Organic Garden Supercenter”
Photograph by Jon Winet
From the “Drive-by Series”

AAA Indoor Organic Garden Supercenter

“Our focus is on helping people grow their own vegetables, fruits, flowers, and favorite house plants. We are committed to selling the highest quality products available and helping people achieve their gardening goals. It’s fun and easy to grow your own veggies at home, and a lot healthier than buying produce at the market. We’ll show you what you need to get started, and help you along the way. We carry everything you’ll need to get from seed to harvest. Friendly, Knowledgeable Staff Will Assist You With All of Your Hydroponic Needs.”

Text from GrowStuff.com website.

[Screen grab of February 2017  Google Street view for future archival reference.]

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet once grew cherry tomatoes in clay pots.

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April 7, 2017

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“New York New York”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
From the “Drive-by Series”

Editor’s note: information below for when you plan your next trip to that other New York New York! Highly recommended:

The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.”

Text from Museum website.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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April 6, 2017

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“Red Rock Yoga”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
Red Rock – The Spa 

Yoga  is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual  practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of Yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.

The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, it is mentioned in the Rigveda, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India’s ascetic and śramaṇa movements. The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga-practices is unclear, varyingly credited to Hindu Upanishads.The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali date from the first half of the 1st millennium CE, but only gained prominence in the West in the 20th century. Hatha yoga texts emerged around the 11th century with origins in tantra.

Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core. One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy.

On December 1, 2016, Yoga was listed as UNESCO’s Intangible cultural heritage.”

Text from Wikipedia.

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, Daily Frame contributor Ellie Mendré is a massage therapist with interests in photography, sculpture & drawing. When not fearlessly exploring southern Nevada on her days off, she enjoys bocce, cats, antiquing & a good latte.

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April 5, 2017

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“Big Dog’s Draft House”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Not really part of the “Wednesdays Las Vegas Pets” series

“Big Dog’s takes its role as your neighborhood brewpub seriously. We are proud to be Las Vegas’ original brewing company and not only do we feature our own beers, but we also celebrate craft beers from great local and regional microbreweries on many of our 35 tap lines. Whether you love us for craft beer or for our delicious Midwestern-inspired pub food menus, Big Dog’s Draft House is your neighborhood spot to gather, tell jokes, listen to music, cheer for the Green Bay Packers, raise a pint, and celebrate important milestones.

Text from company website.

4543 N Rancho Dr, Las Vegas

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner loves animals – and the occasional Big Dog’s Black Lab Stout.

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April 4, 2017

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“Hard Rock Dolly”
Photograph by Alisha Kerlin

“The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Paradise, Nevada, is an entertainment resort owned and operated by Brookfield Asset Management  and Warner Gaming, LLC. The property is on the corner of Harmon and Paradise Road.

Features of the property include the hotel tower, a 30,000-square-foot casino, Tahitian-style beach and swimming pool, a nightclub, six restaurants, three cocktail lounges, several retail stores, a spa, a poker room, and “The Joint”, a music venue. Hard Rock earns only about 30% of its revenue from gaming.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

Five years ago Alisha Kerlin came to Las Vegas for an 8-week Artist Residency at UNLV and never left. She is currently using most of her creative energy raising a toddler and directing the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.

This is her second contribution to The Daily Frame.

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April 3, 2017

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“Back to Back Home and Away: Acme Bail Bonds”
Photograph by Jon Winet
From the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds Series.”

Editor’s Note: for the second day running we’re featuring Bail Bonds establishments. Visit the 2017 Archive to view yesterday’s.

Acme Bail Bonds
911 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101]

“At ACME Bail Bonds we understand how bad things can happen to good people. So whether you a $1,000 or $100,000 bond we will exhaust ourselves to try and put the bond together for a reasonable fee. Yes it’s true.”

Text from company website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet enjoys a good walk downtown.

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April 2, 2017

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“Breakout Bail Bonds”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Offsite companion to the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds Series.”

Breakout Bail Bonds
303 Metcalfe Rd, Kingman, AZ 86401

“Open 24/7 and 365 days a year, our company offers respect, trust, and a commitment to exceeding the expectations of our customers. We are experienced and trustworthy, offering fast jail to bail release.

If you are interested in acquiring our bail bonds services or if you would like to learn more about what we can do for you, go ahead and contact us at Breakout Bail Bonds today for more information.”

Text from company website.

Editor’s note: the photographer adds: “Last time I came through Kingman, this was an art gallery.” We checked. She’s right. See the December 24, 2015 Daily Frame in the Archive.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner travelled on I-40 last week. Twice.

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April 1, 2017

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“Spa Bellagio Hallway”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“The two-story Spa & Salon Bellagio offers guests 65,000 square feet of luxury and pampering.

The spa, located on the second floor, features a Zen-influenced design that blends granite, travertine and jade surfaces with water walls and hand-blown glass decor.
There are several tranquil lounge areas, juice bars and an open balcony overlooking the beautiful Bellagio conservatory.

Separate men’s and women’s spa areas provide large locker rooms, private dressing areas, vanity areas, hot tubs, cold plunge pools, dry saunas, spray-on tan areas and steam rooms. The women’s spa also has two vichy showers and two hydrotherapy rooms for treatments such as mineral and mud baths.

The Spa Bellagio offers 56 treatment rooms, including four couples rooms, in which to receive a variety of distinct services such as facials, body scrubs, wraps, peels and massages.

All the traditional massages are available as well as specialty treatments such as the Bellagio’s signature, the Bellagio Stone Massage. During the massage, compresses of chamomile tea bags and chilled aquamarine gemstones are used to massage the face, soothe the eyes and reduce puffiness.

Another unique massage is the Watsu, which is performed in a special room. Watsu is an aquatic massage combining stretches of Zen Shiatsu and the element of floating in warm water.

One of the most popular massages at Bellagio is the Ashiatsu, an ancient form of body work using deep compression. It is performed on a massage table by a barefoot therapist who holds on to bars attached to the ceiling.”

Text excerpted from vegas.com website

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

Editor’s note: Today is Sallie’s birthday. We know she loves her job but hope she has the day off to celebrate. Many happy returns!

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March 31, 2017

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“Postcard to the Future: The Wind on March 30, 2017 – Newport Lofts View”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
March 30, 2017

KLAS Channel 8 March 30 Report by Caroline Bleakley:
“Strong wind gusts wreak havoc in Las Vegas valley”

Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty-five years.<

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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March 30, 2017

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“Hoover and Casino Center”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis

The photographer writes: “Looking towards southwest Las Vegas…view from Newport Lofts of streetlight-illuminated palm trees at the corner of Hoover Avenue and Casino Center Blvd. The lighting of the trees like a quiet, calm yet creepy David Lynch movie set. The Arts Factory and site of First Fridays just beyond…”

Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty-five years.

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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March 29, 2017

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“The Bear and Uncle Smigel”
Photograph by Ashanti McGee
From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series” (? – well, kinda)

Las Vegas Weekly October 22, 2014 story “Cat, Deconstructed: Everything to Know about Jesse Smile’s Oversized Feline”  by Kristen Peterson reprinted in its entirety below.

“NOW that Jesse Smigel’s public sculpture of a 10-foot-tall cat head, titled Snowball in Vegas, has been mounted at the corner of First Street and Coolidge Avenue, we thought we’d explain its intricacies.

Happy, laughing eyelids A sign that the cat is feeling a form of ecstasy from the love it is sharing.

Ears or curvilinear design? The similarity between the cat ears and La Concha’s roofline is so striking we should be happy they’re several blocks away from one another. Just don’t paint the bottom of La Concha’s swooping shell configurations a dusty shade of pink and we’ll be fine.

Breed Domestic shorthair with a hint of a ruff around the neck.

Wavering verisimilitude Smigel has a fondness for cartooning objects, inanimate or not. You might recall his giant garden gnomes, displayed in the Arts District’s Boulder Plaza Sculpture Park in May 2012. The temporary installation, also designed as a Downtown photo op, reflects Smigel’s love of lawn ornaments.

Innards One-hundred-percent carved Styrofoam—’The poor man’s marble,’ Smigel says—finished with hard coat (Rhino truck liner).

La Douche “Snowball” was conceptualized by the artist to be a public photo op. Stand before the tongue and pose as if the cat is licking your back, head or whatever. At this moment, you are its kin.

Symbolism Commissioned by the City of Las Vegas’ Arts Commission, ‘Snowball’ stands as the inaugural sculpture for the city’s First Street Art Trail, which will someday connect the Arts District to Fremont Street.”

Ashanti McGee has lived in Las Vegas since she was 11 years old. Not long after moving here, she was introduced to Big Band and Swing music through her school jazz band. A graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, she specialized in visual arts with an emphasis in oil painting and printmaking. After 20 years, her love for Nevada has continued to grow. Favorite pastimes include hiking and “never passing up weekend road trips.” Though she doesn’t play much music or paint now, Ashanti expends most of her creative energy in arts advocacy, reading comic books, and wrangling 4 children with her husband Brent Holmes.

She is also the office manager for the Outside Las Vegas Foundation– a local nonprofit that encourages the public to explore Nevada’s great outdoors; and she serves as president of the Harrison House, a historic boarding house that welcomed black entertainers during segregation.

Additional note: this is her first of what we hope will be many contributions to The Daily Frame.

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March 28, 2017

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“The Monorail”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré

Text excerpted from Monorail website.

“One of the Most Advanced Urban Transportation Systems in the World”

The Monorail was originally envisioned as a joint venture between MGM Grand and Bally’s Hotel, with the idea to create a one-mile transportation system linking the hotels. This exciting and forward-thinking idea took flight in 1993 and soon included plans to expand to other locations along the Strip. In 1997, the State of Nevada passed legislation that enabled a private company to own, operate and charge a fare as a public Monorail system.

Expansion plans evolved and a professional team, including Nevada-based Liaise Corporation, Bombardier Transportation, Granite Construction Company, Gensler & Associates, Carter-Burgess and Solomon Smith Barney, was assembled to develop the Monorail system.

In 2000, the nonprofit Las Vegas Monorail Company (LVMC) was formed and it acquired the original Monorail system. It is governed by its board of directors, appointed by the governor of Nevada, and led by President and CEO Curtis L. Myles III. Myles oversees the management of the system and company. The system officially opened on July 15, 2004.

The Las Vegas Monorail Company runs the only privately owned public transportation system in the United States. The Monorail utilizes no public funds to operate the system. In 2016, the Las Vegas Monorail aided in the annual removal of an estimated 2.2 million vehicle miles from Southern Nevada’s major roadways, reducing emissions by more than 28.73 tons of carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) over the course of the year.

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, Daily Frame contributor Ellie Mendré is a massage therapist with interests in photography, sculpture & drawing. When not fearlessly exploring southern Nevada on her days off, she enjoys bocce, cats, antiquing & a good latte.

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March 27, 2017

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“Fashion Show Mall”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
From the “Drive-by Series”
March 2017

The Fashion Show Mall opened on February 14, 1981, anchored by Diamond’sBullock’sGoldwaters Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Diamond’s was converted to a Dillard’s store in 1986, Goldwaters became a May Company in 1989 and then a Robinsons-May in 1993, while Bullock’s was converted to Macy’s in 1996.

In 2003, a major expansion of the mall was completed. 200,000 square feet of retail space was built, extending out of the backside of the mall between Robinsons-May and Macy’s. Dillard’s and Saks Fifth Avenue moved to new, larger locations in this new wing, alongside a Bloomingdale’s Home store and Nordstrom. Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, and Robinsons-May expanded their stores; and the former Saks Fifth Avenue was razed and replaced by several restaurants, a food court, and a strip-facing plaza called ‘The Cloud’.

Fashion Show Mall is owned by General Growth Properties Inc.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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March 26, 2017

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“Wrong Way”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Drive-by Series”

Arizona is the 48th state and last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the Union, achieving statehood on February 14, 1912. Historically part of the territory of Alta California in New Spain, it became part of independent Mexico in 1821. After being defeated in the Mexican–American War, Mexico ceded much of this territory to the United States in 1848. The southernmost portion of the state was acquired in 1853 through the Gadsden Purchase.

Arizona is one of the Four Corners states. It has borders with New MexicoUtahNevadaCalifornia, and Mexico, and one point in common with the southwestern corner of Colorado. Arizona’s border with Mexico is 389 miles (626 km) long, on the northern border of the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California.

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is currently on a field trip to Arizona. We plan to share more pictures on her return.

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March 25, 2017

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“Las Vegas Bearpoppy”
Photograph by Jeff Fulmer

As noted on the Las Vegas Arts Commission website, “Las Vegas Bearpoppy” consists of three hand cut metal silhouettes that greet visitors at the front entrance of the Centennial Hills Community Center, located in northwest Las Vegas. The sculpture “speaks of the impact and consequences of development on the desert environment.”

Completed as one of the first percentage for the arts projects through the City of Las Vegas, it was dedicated by Mayor Oscar Goodman and the Las Vegas Art Commission in April 2008.

Jeff Fulmer is an artist, educator and arts administrator at the College of Southern Nevada . He earned his MFA degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and his BA degree from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Jeff coordinates all CSN art gallery activities

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March 24, 2017

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“Emergency (Arts) On East Fremont Street”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Editor’s Note: Follow-up to yesterday’s Daily Frame featuring Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, both in the 2017 Archive. Jerry Misko and his Fremont Street Construction Wall mural were featured on the December 8 and 9 Daily Frames – viewable in the 2016 Archive.

“The Roman emperor Augustus is credited with instituting a corps of fire-fighting vigiles (“watchmen”) in 24 BC. Regulations for checking and preventing fires were developed. In the preindustrial era most cities had watchmen who sounded an alarm at signs of fire. The principal piece of fire-fighting equipment in ancient Rome and into early modern times was the bucket, passed from hand to hand to deliver water to the fire.

Another important fire-fighting tool was the ax, used to remove the fuel and prevent the spread of fire as well as to make openings that would allow heat and smoke to escape a burning building. In major conflagrations long hooks with ropes were used to pull down buildings in the path of an approaching fire to create firebreaks. When explosives were available, they would be used for this same purpose.

Following the Great Fire of London in 1666, fire brigades were formed by insurance companies. The government was not involved until 1865, when these brigades became London’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade. The first modern standards for the operation of a fire department were not established until 1830, in Edinburgh, Scotland. These standards explained, for the first time, what was expected of a good fire department. After a major fire in Boston in 1631, the first fire regulation in America was established. In 1648 in New Amsterdam (now New York) fire wardens were appointed, thereby establishing the beginnings of the first public fire department in North America.”

Text from Emergency Dispatch website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is often virtually, although to the best of our knowledge, never literally on fire.

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March 23, 2017

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“LVFD”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue is an I.S.O. Class One fire department and an accredited agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. The department provides all fire suppression, prevention and education programs in the city as well as paramedic emergency medical services to the residents and visitors of the Las Vegas community. The department also has a Bomb Squad, Hazardous Materials Team and Technical Rescue Team that provides services for the city and the rest of Clark County. The Fire Alarm Office / Fire & Medical 9-1-1 Center is also located at Las Vegas Fire & Rescue headquarters. Call 702-229-0331 to schedule a tour of fire stations and a speaker or coordinate fire truck visits.

Text from Department website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a Police and Fire & Rescue scanner.

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March 22, 2017

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“Ruby Dee Bakes Cookies”
Photograph by Alisha Kerlin
From the “Wednesdays Las Vegas Pets” series

The photographer writes: “Ruby is the wonderful Suzy Newbury’s amazing friend.”

UNLV Art History professor Susanna Newbury adds: “Ruby Dee is a five-year-old Australian cattle dog mix who hails from the streets of Las Vegas. Her interests include chasing balls, being petted by children, and rummaging through the trash at home. She is named after the great actress and activist Ruby Dee, who died the month before her namesake was adopted.”

Curator Sam McMackin comments:  “This is perfect; the light; the apron; the homemaking.”

Five years ago Alisha Kerlin came to Las Vegas for an 8-week Artist Residency at UNLV and never left. She is currently using most of her creative energy raising a toddler and directing the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.

This is her first contribution to The Daily Frame.

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March 21, 2017

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“Judge Lloyd D. George”
Lloyd D. George U.S. Federal Courthouse

Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Judge Lloyd D. George was appointed United States District Judge for the District of Nevada by President Ronald Reagan in May 1984. He served as Chief United States District Judge from 1992 to 1997, and assumed senior status in December 1997.

Judge George was a pilot in the United States Air Force. He received his bachelor of science degree in 1955 from Brigham Young University, and his J.D. degree in 1961 from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall). Upon graduating, he returned to Las Vegas where he built a successful private practice.

In 1974, Judge George was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada. During his ten years of service as a bankruptcy judge, he served on and was instrumental in the creation of bankruptcy appellate panels which permit panels of three bankruptcy judges to hear appeals directly from bankruptcy courts.

In 1996, Judge George was selected to represent the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the national policy-making and management body of the federal judiciary. That year, Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed him to the Conference’s Executive Committee. Prior to his appointment to the Judicial Conference, he served for a number of years on three Judicial Conference committees and was the chair of two.

Judge George has distinguished himself as an expert in the organization of the judiciary. While serving on the International Judicial Relations Committee from 1993 to 1997, he and other judicial colleagues from various countries participated in numerous seminars and lectured on constitutional issues and court structure in Eastern Europe and the nations of the former Soviet Union. In 1996, he chaired a committee that worked to update the long-range national plan for the judiciary. He has also been a board member of the Federal Judicial Center (the education and research arm of the federal judiciary) where he served for four years with Chief Justice Warren Burger.

He has authored articles on the administration of the federal judiciary, ethics and insolvency. He has won many awards, including the Brigham Young University Alumni Distinguished Service Award, the Notre Dame Club’s John C. Mowbray Humanitarian of the Year Award, and the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award.

At the commencement at BYU in 2001, Judge George was the recipient of the Presidential Citation. In 2005, he received the Jensen Public Service Award from Boalt Hall, University of California.”

Text from United States District Court website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner performed as Killian’s Angels‘ Tubaist | Bassist in  at a 2017 Saint Patrick’s Day concert at the Lloyd D. George U.S. Federal Courthouse.

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March 20, 2017

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“Fremont Hotel & Casino – 3rd & Ogden View” Photograph by Jon Winet

John C. Frémont, in full John Charles Frémont (born January 21, 1813, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.—died July 13, 1890, New York, New York), American military officer and an early explorer and mapmaker of the American West, who was one of the principal figures in opening up that region to settlement and was instrumental in the U.S. conquest and development of California. He was also a politician who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. presidency in 1856 as the first candidate of the newly formed Republican Party.”

Text from Britannica.com.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet was once a visiting artist in residence at Fremont Elementary School in Carson City.

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March 19, 2016

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“Hover Dam at Dusk”
Photograph by Jon Winet
December 18, 2017

“I do not believe one year of good hydrology is enough to stop us from seeking to conserve water in the lake,” Arizona DWR Director Tom Buschatzke said, referring to Lake Mead, a reservoir of Colorado River water.

He and and other officials said this weather doesn’t substitute for a long-term policy during a 17-year drought, the longest in the historical record dating to 1906.”

— From March 18, 2017  Arizona  Daily Star story “Big snowstorms put Colorado River drought plan on ice” by Tony Davis.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet drove 746 miles from Tucumcari, New Mexico to Las Vegas on December 18, 2017.

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March 18, 2017

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“Tilting the Basin”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 
March 17, 2017 Exhibition Opening

Las Vegas Weekly January 18, 2017 story by Geoff Carter reprinted below in its entirety. 

FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ‘TILTING THE BASIN’

1. Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada is coming. This group art show, featuring the works of more than 30 artists from across Northern and Southern Nevada, lands in Las Vegas on March 17, following a wildly successful summer 2016 run at Reno’s Nevada Museum of Art. It will show here through May 14, in a refurbished Arts District warehouse space at 920 S. Commerce Street.

2. It’s kind of a big deal. As a museum-quality showcase of Nevada contemporary art, Tilting is largely unprecedented. Something on this scale was first attempted in 2007, when prominent art critic and former local Dave Hickey curated Las Vegas Diaspora at the now-closed Las Vegas Art Museum—but that show featured mostly Vegas-based artists who had studied with Hickey at UNLV. “This is the first time there has been a concentrated effort to really be inclusive of the Northern and Southern communities,” says Amanda Horn, Nevada Museum of Art’s director of communications. “[It’s] a true survey of work, across a vast divide.”

3. You know the players. Tilting’s roster of artists is packed with recognizable names. Six of those artists—locals Justin Favela, David Ryan, Brent Sommerhauser and Rachel Stiff, and Northern Nevada’s Galen Brown and Katie Lewis—are prominently featured, while others are represented with a few works apiece. Other Vegas-area artists in the show include JW Caldwell, Sush Machida Gaikotsu and Wendy Kveck. Rebekah Bogard, Joseph DeLappe, Jen Graham and many more represent Reno/Carson.

4. The North/South thing happens behind the scenes, too. Nevada Museum of Art’s curatorial director, JoAnne Northrup, created the show in partnership with Michele C. Quinn, owner of MCQ Fine Art Advisory and an executive committee member of the future Art Museum at Symphony Park. Together, the two visited more than 50 studios statewide, looking for Tilting’s chosen.

5. The show is a test balloon. Tilting’s temporary space, provided by developer Steven Molasky, isn’t far from where we’ll soon see an art museum spring up in Symphony Park. Horn says organizers are hopeful that the stand-alone space “will provoke dialogue in the community about what it could mean to have an art museum” in the heart of the city, while “paying homage to the movement that’s been happening in the arts scene in the Downtown corridor.”

MORE: Las Vegas Review Journal March 16, 2017 story by Carol Cling: “Las Vegas warehouse becomes pop-up museum for artists showcase”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner was in attendance.

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March 17, 2017

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“McMullan’s Irish Nachos”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 
March 17, 2016 | McMullan’s Irish Pub

“With these corned beef and cabbage Irish nachos, you get all the comfort food goodness in an easy-to-drunk-eat package. Recipe for green beer not included, but, like, I think it’s just green and beer.”

Here’s What You’ll Need:
Corned beef brisket
Beer
Onions
Potatoes
Cabbage
Jack cheese
Russian dressing
Scallions
Salt
Sugar
White vinegar

See the full story and recipe by Josh Scherer published on March 13, 2017 on the Maxim website. Note: this is not the actual McMullan’s recipe.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit!

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has yet to shave her head on St. Baldrick’s Day.

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March 16, 2017

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“Sarah O’Connell”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner and Jon Winet
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series
March 10, 2017 | McKinley Park Cultural Center, Reno, Nevada.

Sarah O’Connell is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she served as the Associate Artistic Director of Impact Theatre, Sarah holds a Master of Drama degree in Directing from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). In addition to teaching at the College of Southern Nevada, she serves as Artistic DIrector of The Asylum Theatre in Las Vegas, and is co-owner of Axislights Inc, a production lighting services company. She is a Member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) and an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).”

Text from artist’s website.

Additional note from the editor: Upon learning when we met Sarah at a National Endowment for the Arts Roundtable, that she is a fan of classic film, we recommended a pair of vintage short comedies to her.

The Music Box – Laurel & Hardy

That Fatal Glass of Beer – W.C. Fields

Ginger Bruner and  Jon Winet teamed up in 2011 to create “Our Las Vegas..

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March 15, 2017

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“It’s Crunch Time”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 10, 2017

Adjacent to Roberto’s Tacos on Harmon – and just north of the UNLV Art Dep’t. Graduate Program studios, the Crunch Donut Factory has a decidedly Willy Wonka-informed aesthetic.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet eschews donuts but enjoys wacky interior design .

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March 14, 2017

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“8-Ball Bail Bonds”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 2017
From the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds Series.”

“Since 2009 8-ball Bail Bonds of Las Vegas has offered professional, honest customer service tailored to the needs of each individual client. At 8-Ball Bail Bonds we understand that an arrest can result in great stress and inconvenience to friends and family and this is why at 8-Ball we are committed to taking the extra steps to assist and guide you through the entire bail process.”

Text from company website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet is an exceedingly mediocre pool player.

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March 13, 2017

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“Chris Bauder”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

Chris Bauder was born in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1978. Pursuing an athletic career, he moved to a small town in the Mojave Desert for two years after high school, ‘…somewhere outside of Barstow.’ It was the only time that Bauder spent living outside the state of Nevada.

Receiving an AA degree in 1998 from the desert, Bauder transferred to the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall of that year. With the conclusion of athletics he peddled around academia for several years.

Developing relationships around art, Bauder soon found a home in the UNR Art Department under the guidance of northern Nevada professors and the flourishing Reno art scene. In the pursuit of his creative process, Bauder was encouraged to focus on sculpture and ceramics more thoroughly. For the next several years he remained devoted to studio art completing a BFA degree in 2004. BFA in hand, Bauder returned to Las Vegas concluding his fine arts education at UNLV receiving a MFA degree in 2008 with an emphasis in sculpture.

Bauder’s work has been shown throughout the Western United States and he was selected as a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship recipient for 2013. Bauder continues to live in Las Vegas and teaches at the College of Southern Nevada.”

Text from artist’s website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner knows a substantial number of very interesting and photogenic people.

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March 12, 2017

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“North of Tonopah”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 11, 2017
From the “Drive-by Series”

U.S. Route 95 (US 95) is a major U.S. highway traversing the U.S. state of Nevada from north to south directly through Las Vegas and providing connections to both Carson City (via US 50) and Reno (via Interstate 80).

When the original plan for the U.S. highway system was adopted by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) in 1926, US 95 was one of the routes created.

When US 95 was extended through the Las Vegas Valley around 1940, it used the existing roadways traversed by State Route 5. Crossing the valley from the southeast, the U.S. highway traveled along Boulder Highway (now SR 582) through Henderson and the town of Whitney. Reaching the city limits of Las Vegas, the road changed names to Fremont Street as it headed into downtown.

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is now even more intimately acquainted with the road between Las Vegas and Reno.

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March 11, 2017

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“Reno (El Dorado and the Silver Legacy)”
Photograph by Jon Winet
March 10, 2017

Reno is a city in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is located in Northern Nevada, approximately 22 miles from Lake Tahoe. Known as ‘The Biggest Little City in the World,’ Reno is famous for its casinos and as the birthplace of Caesars Entertainment Corporation. It is the county seat of Washoe County, located in the northwestern part of the state. The city sits in a high desert at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and its downtown area (along with Sparks) occupies a valley informally known as the Truckee Meadows.

Reno is the most populous Nevada city outside of the Las Vegas–Paradise, NV MSA, with an estimated population of 233,294 in 2013, and is the third most populous city in the state after Las Vegas and Henderson.”

Text from Wikipedia.

While working for the Nevada Arts Council “Our Las Vegas” director  Jon Winet lived downtown on Island Avenue.

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March 10, 2017

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“Jim & Susan”
Photograph by Jon Winet
Nevada Arts Council 50th Anniversary Event
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno.
March 9, 2017

Text below adapted from UNR and NAC websites.

Founding Nevada Arts Council Board Member Jim McCormick was born in Chicago and attended the University of Tulsa where he received a BA and an MA degree in art. He joined the art faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno in 1960. He offered instruction in a variety of disciplines including printmaking, drawing and papermaking prior to his retirement in 1992.

In 1989, McCormick was honored with the University of Nevada, Reno Distinguished Teacher Award and in 1998 he received the Distinguished Faculty Award. The Nevada Governor’s Art Award was bestowed on him in 1990. Prints and drawings by McCormack have been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, including the Stremmel Gallery in Reno. His works hang in a number of private and corporate collections including U.S. Bank, Comstock Bank and Renown Medical Center. He has illustrated a number of books and co-authored Brushwork Diary published by the University of Nevada Press and An Elegant Line: The Art of the Sheppard Family, published by the Nevada Museum of Art.

Beginning in 1990, McCormick directed the Nevada Art Research Project at the Nevada Historical Society, a program that documented Nevada-related artists from the mid-19th century to the present.

Nevada Arts Council Executive Director Susan Boskoff will retire on March 31, 2017, after 24 years of service to the State of Nevada.

During her tenure with the agency, Boskoff increased the agency’s capacity to attract artists, increase the diversity of arts forms created by statewide artists, and strengthen communities through advancing lifelong learning, promoting public/private partnerships, and growing economic diversification at the local level.

“It has been an honor and privilege to be part of the Nevada Arts Council’s (NAC) extraordinary journey for nearly half of its existence, said Susan Boskoff. “I’ve been fortunate to work on behalf of all Nevadans with dedicated staff and board members, and in collaboration with so many undeniably creative and resilient artists, arts organizations and communities across the state. With ongoing support from both the Executive and Legislative leadership, and our department directors, we have an abundance of accomplishments to celebrate as the agency turns 50 in 2017.”

Under Boskoff’s leadership, a majority of the Arts Council’s core programs were launched, including Poetry Out Loud, Nevada Touring Initiative, Nevada Circuit Riders, Office Exhibition Series, Nevada Heritage Award, and an annual conference, presently called Arts @ the Heart. Boskoff established the Las Vegas office, guided the redesign of the grants program to better serve constituents, and initiated biannual Arts Town Meetings to explore the state of the arts in Nevada’s metropolitan centers and rural towns. She represented Nevada as a trustee on regional and national boards, including the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Western Arts Alliance, Western States Arts Federation; and on panels and at conferences for the National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts and other arts and cultural agencies. She is currently working with the Nevada Department of Veterans Services and the Sub-Committee on Veterans Memorial Affairs on the Battleborn Memorial to Nevada’s Fallen Warriors Project for the state capitol grounds, and the NAC’s 50th Anniversary Awards Reception and Ceremony to recognize the three public entities that established Nevada’s state arts agency in 1967.

“Words cannot express our gratitude to Susan for her dedication to the Arts Council, our constituents and to the state of Nevada,” Julia Arger, chair of the Nevada Arts Council board, said. “Guiding the agency with wisdom, passion, and an understanding of the ever-changing needs of our field, for many her name is synonymous with the Nevada Arts Council.”

“Our Las Vegas” adds its heartfelt appreciation to Jim and Susan for their lasting contributions to the vitality of arts in Nevada.

Jon Winet served as an artist in the Nevada Arts Council’s Artists in Residence Program in the 1980s.

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March 9, 2017

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“Solera at Anthem at Nightfall”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“Nestled in the tranquil beauty of the master planned community of Anthem, the down-to-earth nature and genuine hospitality of Solera at Anthem awaits your discovery. Intimate in scale, yet grand in spirit, a warm sense of community makes you feel instantly at home in true Del Webb fashion.

The attractive year round climate invites you to indulge your sense of fun and adventure. Here, every day feels like a vacation in this stunning resort-oriented lifestyle environment. Making new friends and meeting new neighbors is easy in the sociable, small town setting. Residents share hobbies and interests, and enjoy the assurance of living with others who embrace their values, sense of independence, and zest for life.

The home town spirit is enhanced by Solera at Anthem’s spectacular Clubhouse which provides a refreshing covered pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis, and bocce. Games, hobbies and social clubs are defined by your personal interests. At the highly respected Revere Golf Course nearby, you can choose to play a round with friends or simply enjoy a relaxing lunch at the grill. Whatever your pleasure, you define your day.”

Text from Solera website.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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March 8, 2017

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“Lady Grace & Jana”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series”

Gallery Director Jana Lynch comments: “That’s Lady Grace with me. Raised with Sissi Grace (featured on the January 18, 2017 Daily Frame – available on the Archive) from age 8 weeks old right on the Red Room floor. It’s their home. They literally think you are coming to see them when you visit Jana’s Red Room. They are great little salespersons.”

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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March 7, 2017

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“Erin Stellmon at the Lightning Field”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series – (Alumni Division)
September 2104

Erin Stellmon is originally from Portland, OR and currently lives in Baltimore, MD via New York, NY and Las Vegas, NV. Her mixed media collages, installations and drawings explore ideas of home, luck and memory. She is interested in architecture, signage, history, arm wrestling, pinball and Little House on the Prairie.”

She writes: ”I recently moved from Las Vegas where The Strip’s horizon is a literal collage of architectural styles and influences while its history can be erased on the whim of a millionaire. My collages and mixed media installations reflect these constructions within that landscape and their influence on the people who live and work there.”

Text from the artist’s website.

MORE: The Lightning Field/

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner may soon be embarking on a road trip north of Clark County.

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March 6, 2017
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“Sweet Ride”
Photograph by Kristen Peterson

Kristen notes: “Las Vegas suburbs. Nothing like coming across a sweet ride by a female Elvis impersonator minister.”

Journalist | Cultural Critic | Writer Kristen Peterson “likes to document life and landscapes in and around Las Vegas.”

The “Our Las Vegas” Team adds: Kristen is an essential piece in the Valley’s cultural puzzle.

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March 5, 2017

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“Mint 4oo Fremont Street East Processional”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 1, 2017

“380 race vehicles, thousands of crew members and even more fans lined the streets of Fremont today for the Odyssey Battery Mint 400 Tech & Contingency. ‘We take Fremont Street over’ is one of the mottos of The Mint 400 and today showed that.”

Text from Race website.

Photographically speaking, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner goes off road – frequently.

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March 4, 2017

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“Pia’s Place”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 3, 2017

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer writes: “Pia Zadora, with guest Sonny Charles (of the Checkmates) and the Joe Lano Trio, performing at “Pia’s Place” Friday night at Piero’s Italian Cuisine. Pia’s Place happens every Friday and Saturday. It’s very old-school Vegas, and you never know who will show up.”

Note the Warhol on the wall to Pia’s left. Yes, it’s Pia.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is very Old School Vegas – in a very contemporary way.

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March 3, 2017

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“Winchester Park & Cultural Center”
Photograph by Jon Winet

Winchester Cultural Center is the heart of performing and visual arts for Clark County Parks and Recreation. Along with diverse youth and adult programming in dance, theater, fitness, skateboarding and visual arts, the center offers a park, desert demonstration garden, skate park, theater and art gallery. The gallery hosts ongoing exhibitions to highlight the talents of local artists while Clark County’s only indoor theater (274 seats) is home to an assortment of music, dance and theatrical performances. Artists, from nationally known musicians, vocalists and dancers to homegrown, youth-centered drama and dance troupes, have graced the Winchester Theater stage.”

Text from Center website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet loves public spaces.

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March 2, 2017

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“Downtown Spaces”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“First we started with a stunning 1950’s architecturally sound building. Next we remodeled it to it’s original glory with modern flare, amenities and hardwood floors throughout. Finally, we sprinkled with a number of photography studios, architectural firms, artist lofts, and all around creative spaces, before mixing them all up in Las Vegas’ most central location…”

Text from Downtown Spaces website.

Google street view.

[Screen grab of June 2016  Google Street view for future archival reference.]

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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March 1, 2017

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“Glenn Heather Bunnies”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner¿
From the “Wednesdays Las Vegas Pets” series?

Ginger notes: “Apparently they’re taking over The Rancho and Oakey area.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a friend to animals large and small.

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February 28, 2017

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“Ginger and Brian Juggle”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Creatives”Series

Get bent for Lent! It’s Mardi Gras so bring on the talent!

Brian Erle is a musician juggler and a puppeteer who spent fourteen years at the Excalibur. He and fellow artist Ginger Bruner recently performed at a burlesque/variety fundraiser at Artifice and in the past few days a Saturday Mardi Gras parade | pub crawl that traveled from ReBAR around downtown and back again.

Bonus – Watch the endless video!

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is looking for the perfect marching strap for her tuba.

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February 27, 2017

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“View west from the Stakeout, University Crest”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Ahhh the Stake Out. One of UNLV’s dive bars. Like all the other dive bars, this has personality. However, it also has really good food.

Stake Out is a Buffalo Bills bar, so naturally, a wave of depression and crushed dreams hit you as you walk in the door. Don’t let that deter you. There is good to be had. They had specials every day of the week. The best being Taco Tuesday, where two tacos are dirt cheap and they are loaded with ground beef. Tacos not your thing? Arguably the best thing on the menu is the crispy chicken sandwich. It used to be only available on Wednesday, but due to popular demand, it’s an everyday thing.”

Excerpt from four star Yelp review by Mark V.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a regular at the Stakeout. She recommends the Chicken Fried Steak Thursday Special.

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February 26, 2017

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“Red Rock Canyon”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“The great sandstone cliffs at Red Rock, thousands of feet high, are made up of the Aztec Sandstone. This formation, about 180 – 190 million years old, is comprised of lithified sand dunes that formed in a vast desert that covered a large part of the southwestern United States during the Jurassic time. Lithification is the process of changing unconsolidated sediment into sedimentary rock. Massive cross-bedding, typical of aeolian (wind) deposits, is a result of the shifting wind direction across the Jurassic dune field, and is seen in the Aztec Sandstone rock outcrops.

The red color of some of the outcrops of the Aztec Sandstone is due to presence of iron oxide or hematite. Exposure to the elements caused iron minerals to oxidize or “rust,” resulting in red, orange, and brown-colored rocks. Areas where the rock is buff in color may be places where the iron has been leached out by subsurface water, or where the iron oxide was never deposited.”

Text from Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association website.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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February 25, 2017

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“McCarran on Arrival”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 2017

“The McCarran International Airport People Movers are three separate automatic people mover systems operating at McCarran International Airport near Las Vegas, Nevada. The people mover system consists of three separate lines: the Green Line connecting the Main Terminal to the C Gate Concourse, the Blue Line connecting the Main Terminal to the D Gate Concourse, and the Red Line connecting the D Gates Concourse to Terminal 3.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet calls shotgun.

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February 24, 2017

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“El Cortez Casino Carpet”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Hotel & Casino Floor Plans” Series.

Our intrepid and indomitable chronicler of Las Vegas reports: “El Cortez is moving stuff around, as you can see by the virginal section on the left. Unretouched.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner gets the El Cortez.

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February 23, 2017

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“Diana Ross at the Venetian”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
February 22, 2017

Diane Ernestine Earle Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. Born and raised in Detroit, she rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group The Supremes, which, during the 1960s, became Motown’s most successful act and is to this day America’s most successful vocal group as well as one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. As part of the Supremes, her success made it possible for future African American R&B and soul acts to find mainstream success. The group released a record-setting, twelve number-one hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 including the hits Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, Come See About Me, Stop! In the Name of Love, You Can’t Hurry Love, You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Love Child, and Someday We’ll Be Together.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Linked Las Vegas Review Journal stories:
February 5, 2017
“The diva is back: Diana Ross says, ‘Working in Las Vegas is a very special and unique gift’” by Robin Leach.

February 13, 2017
“Two classics at The Venetian to behold: Diana Ross and Mercato della Pescheria”
By Don Chareunsy.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is on the A List.

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February 22, 2017

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“Karl in the Sun”
Photograph by Kristen Peterson
From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series”

According to reliable sources,  Terrier | Cockerspaniel | Shih Tzu Karl is “the most amazing dog. Conniving, michievious and hilarious! He’s always looking for trouble. He’s very smart. He will demand that you love him. There’s no way around him.”

Karl’s co-guardian is Rain Barlow.

Journalist | Cultural Critic | Writer Kristen Peterson “likes to document life and landscapes in and around Las Vegas.” She is the co-guardian of Karl The Dog.

The “Our Las Vegas” Team adds: Kristen is an essential piece in the Valley’s cultural puzzle. This is her third contribution to The Daily Frame.

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February 21, 2017

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“Desert Manor (view from the south)”
Photograph by Jon Winet
629 Main Street, Las Vegas

Second of two views of Desert Manor. As noted yesterday: to date there are no reviews on Yelp for Desert Manor.

“Our Las Vegas” and The Daily Frame welcome comments from people acquainted with the property. Email us at ourlasvegas at gmail.

Google street view.

[Screen grab of May 2016 Google Street view for future archival reference.]

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet has long wondered about the Desert Manor.

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February 20, 2017

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“Desert Manor”
Photograph by Jon Winet
629 Main Street, Las Vegas

To date there are no reviews on Yelp for Desert Manor.

“Our Las Vegas” and The Daily Frame welcome comments from people acquainted with the property. Email us at ourlasvegas at gmail.

Google street view.

[Screen grab of May 2016 Google Street view for future archival reference.]

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet has long wondered about the Desert Manor.

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February 19, 2017

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“Just after the rain.”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Valley received nearly an inch of rain in some areas. A flood advisory was extended until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.”

From “Wet weather soaks the Las Vegas Valley” story by Katie Boer.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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February 18, 2017

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“SlotZilla  view no. 3: Fremont Street Experience entry point”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“The Fremont Street Experience (FSE) is a pedestrian mall and attraction in Downtown Las VegasNevada. The FSE occupies the westernmost five blocks of Fremont Street, including the area known for years as “Glitter Gulch,” and portions of some other adjacent streets.

The central attraction is a barrel vault canopy, 90 ft (27 m) high at the peak and four blocks, or approximately 1,500 ft (460 m), in length.

While Las Vegas is known for never turning the outside casino lights off, each show begins by turning off the lights on all of the buildings, including the casinos, under the canopy. Before each show, one bidirectional street that crosses the Experience is blocked off for safety reasons.

Concerts, usually free, are also held on three stages. The venue has become a major tourist attraction for downtown Las Vegas, and is also the location of the SlotZilla zip line attraction and the city’s annual New Year’s Eve party, complete with fireworks on the display screen.”

Text from company Wikipedia.

Additional note: this is the third and final of three consecutive views of SlotZilla. All can be viewed on the  2017 Daily Frame Archive.

Photographically speaking, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is able to leap tall buildings at a single bound.

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February 17, 2017

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“SlotZilla – view no. 2: entry point”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Both the Zipline and Zoomline are now open!

The Zoomline is $45 and takes off more than 10 stories up (114 feet) and whisks flyers 1,750 feet, all the way down the Fremont Street Experience, to a landing platform at the city’s most historic casino, the historic Golden Gate.

The upper Zoomline provides even more thrills by sending flyers prone, or “superhero-style,” for an unprecedented view of the party that never ends at Fremont Street Experience. We guarantee it’s unlike anything you’ve ever done before, and are unlikely to ever forget! Flyers travel down the zip lines at up to 40 miles per hour.”

Text from company website.

To the best of our knowledge “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has yet to experience the Zipline or Zoomline.

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February 16, 2017

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“SlotZilla – view no. 1”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“The multi-million dollar SlotZilla is the world’s largest slot machine, and features Las Vegas icons such as over-sized dice, a martini glass, a pink flamingo, coins, video reels, a giant arm and two showgirls.”

Text from company website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a high wire act.

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February 15, 2017

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“Been Bad? Call Dad!”
Photograph by Jon Winet
From the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds Series.”

“We’ll bail you out of your troubles. Dad’s Bail Bonds is a Las Vegas bail bonds agency that helps people post bail. We act as a bail bonds surety and inform you of all the necessary information you need to know.

Dad’s Bail Bonds Las Vegas is a company you can trust with over 35 years of experience managing these situations.”

Text from company website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet once served on a jury to determine if a road-raged neighbor accused of ramming a neighbor with his car was guilty of assault with a deadly weapon.

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February 14, 2017

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“A giant rooster just walking the neighborhood…”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré

2017 is a Fire Rooster Year. According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with one of five elements as well as an animal, including gold (metal), wood, water, fire or Earth. The element, combined with the zodiac animal, set the astrology for the year. This year is a fire year, and so those born in 2017 are Fire Roosters. The last Fire Rooster Year was 1957.

Famous Roosters include Beyoncé, Bob Marley, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and Jennifer Aniston. Famous Fire Roosters include Stephen Fry, Steve Buscemi and Hans Zimmer.

Roosters are characterized as observant and hardworking. Active and talkative, Roosters tend to enjoy social events and being in the center of attention, according to Chinese astrology. They also typically enjoy sports, according to traits set by the astrology.

Text from January 26, 2017 Time Magazine story “5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Year of the Rooster” by Mahita Gajanan

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, Daily Frame contributor Ellie Mendré is a massage therapist with interests in photography, sculpture & drawing. When not fearlessly exploring southern Nevada on her days off, she enjoys bocce, cats, antiquing & a good latte.

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February 13, 2017

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“The Bunkhouse”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The Bunkhouse Saloon [map] is a live music venue, bar, and restaurant in Downtown Las Vegas. Established in 1953, The Bunkhouse Saloon has earned a reputation as one of Vegas’ best places to see both established and emerging bands.Recently reopened under new management after renovation, the venue features a new stage and state of the art sound system, a new menu, and a ton of surprises.”

Monday night is Karaoke Night.

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has intimate knowledge of the Bunkhouse stage.

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February 12, 2017

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“Tonopah”
Photograph by Katie Grace McGowan

“Tonopah is an unincorporated town in and the county seat of Nye County, Nevada, United States. It is located at the junction of U.S. Routes 6 and 95, approximately midway between Las Vegas and Reno. In the 2010 census, the population was 2,478.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Katie Grace McGowan is a Detroit-based Intermedia artist. She currently works as Associate Director of Programs at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America. She visits the American Southwest as often as possible.

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February 11, 2017

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“McCarran Baggage Claim”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 10, 2017

Text from January 26, 2017 McCarran press release “McCarran served 47.4 million passengers in 2016.”

McCarran International Airport welcomed 47.4 million arriving and departing passengers last year, making 2016 the second-busiest year in the airport’s 68-year history. Extending the recent trend of year-over-year increases for a sixth consecutive year, the 2016 total marked a 4.5 percent upturn from the year prior. McCarran’s annual peak was in 2007 at nearly 48 million passengers.

Most of the domestic air carriers serving Las Vegas had modest increases in passenger volume in 2016, though low-cost carriers Frontier and Spirit posted growth percentages in the double digits, as did Virgin America. Overall, domestic passenger volume grew by 4.8 percent, accounting for 1.96 million additional Las Vegas passengers in 2016, with market-leader Southwest Airlines having served 18.2 million passengers over the course of the year.

In recent years, much of the airport’s new service has come from markets outside of the United States, including the most recent addition of Hainan Airlines’ nonstop flights from China in December. For 2016, international passenger volume increased 2.2 percent with Canadian carriers Westjet Airlines and Air Canda serving the bulk of international passengers.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet is occasionally afforded TSA Pre✓® status.

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February 10, 2017

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“Siegel Suites (Paradise)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Drive-by Series”
February 8, 2017

“Paradise is the term for a place of timeless harmony.”

“The word pardes, borrowed from the Old Persian word, does not appear before the post-Exilic period (post-538 BCE); it occurs in the Song of Songs 4:13, Ecclesiastes 2:5, and Nehemiah 2:8, in each case meaning ‘park’ or ‘garden’, the original Persian meaning of the word, where it describes to the royal parks of Cyrus the Great by Xenophon in Anabasis.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner calculates the quickest route from A to B.

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February 9, 2017

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“Haunted Mongolian Barbecue”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 7, 2017

Oakey at Las Vegas Blvd.
[Screen grab of May 2015 Google Street view for future archival reference.]

“Mongolian barbecue (Chinese: 蒙古烤肉; pinyin: Měnggǔ kǎoròu) is a stir fried dish that was developed in Taiwanese restaurants beginning in the early 1950s. Meat and vegetables are cooked on large, round, solid iron griddles at temperatures of up to 300 °C. Despite its name, the cuisine is not Mongolian, and is only very loosely related to barbecue.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet‘s favorite BbQ is The BBQ Shop (“home of the Dancing Pigs”) in Memphis, Tennessee.

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February 8, 2017

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“Four Queens Parking Garage”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 7, 2017

“A limousine (or limo) is a luxury sedan or saloon car generally driven by a chauffeur and with a partition between the driver and the passenger compartment.”

“In modern use, a limousine is a luxury sedan or saloon car, especially one with a lengthened wheelbase or driven by a chauffeur. The chassis of a limousine may have been extended by the manufacturer or by an independent coachbuilder. These are called “stretch” limousines and are traditionally black or white.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Walking is “Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet‘s preferred method of transportation. He is however always grateful to Ginger Bruner for driving him around town.

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February 7, 2017

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“Supreme Court of Nevada Court of Appeals”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The Supreme Court of Nevada‘s new Court of Appeals building is nearing completion.

Google Street View earlier in the process.

[Screen grab of April 2016 Google Street view for future archival reference.]

Ginger Bruner is Our Las Vegas’ associate producer and lead photographer. She monitors construction sites in the Valley.

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February 6, 2017

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“Winter Dusk”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Ginger Bruner is Our Las Vegas’ associate producer and lead photographer. She believes the best sunsets happen in winter.

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February 5, 2017

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“Zabriskie Point”
Photograph by Katie Grace McGowan

Zabriskie Point is a part of Amargosa Range located east of Death Valley in Death Valley National Park in California, United States noted for its erosional landscape. It is composed of sediments from Furnace Creek Lake, which dried up 5 million years ago—long before Death Valley came into existence.

Millions of years prior to the actual sinking and widening of Death Valley and the existence of Lake Manly (see Geology of the Death Valley area), another lake covered a large portion of Death Valley including the area around Zabriskie Point. This ancient lake began forming approximately nine million years ago. During several million years of the lake’s existence, sediments were collecting at the bottom in the form of saline mudsgravels from nearby mountains, and ashfalls from the then-active Black Mountain volcanic field. These sediments combined to form what we today call the Furnace Creek Formation. The climate along Furnace Creek Lake was dry, but not nearly as dry as in the present. Camelsmastodonshorsescarnivores, and birds left tracks in the lakeshore muds, along with fossilized grass and reedsBorates, which made up a large portion of Death Valley’s historical past were concentrated in the lakebeds from hot spring waters and alteration of rhyolite in the nearby volcanic field. Weathering and alteration by thermalwaters are also responsible for the variety of colors represented there.

Text from Wikipedia.

The location also inspired a 1970 film by Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni. Playwright | actor Sam Shepard shares a screenwriting credit. Jerry Garcia and Pink Floyd contribute to the soundtrack. Click here to view the theatrical trailer – and here to watch the movie.

Katie Grace McGowan is a Detroit-based Intermedia artist. She currently works as Associate Director of Programs at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America. She visits the American Southwest as often as possible.

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February 4, 2017

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“Medical Center”
Photograph by Jon Winet

Follow up to January 27 and January 21, 2017  Daily Frame details  of “Corporate Welfare,” mural by Shepard Fairey (“Manufacturing Quality Dissent Since 1989”) created  for the 2016 Life is Beautiful Festival on the east side of Emergency Arts.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet ‘s favorite painting is Thomas Hart Benton’s 1930 10 panel mural “America Today.”

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February 3, 2017

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“年的公雞”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Fat Choy

“People born in the Year of Rooster according to Chinese zodiac have many excellent characteristics, such as being honest, bright, communicative and ambitious. Most of them are born pretty or handsome, and prefer to dress up.”

Celebrities with Chinese Zodiac Rooster
Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kournikova, Anne Heche, Alexis Bledel, Bette Midler, Cate Blanchett, Diane Sawyer, Elijah Wood, James Marsters, Jessica Alba, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, Taylor Momsen, Catherine the Great, Amelia Earhart, Rudyard Kipling, Groucho Marx, Peter Ustinov, Tagore, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Mencius, Mo-tse, Liu Che (Emperor Wu of China’s Western Han Dynasty 202 BC – 9 AD), Li Longji (Emperor Xuanzong of China’s Tang Dynasty 618 – 907), Zhuge Liang (Premier of Shu in China’s Three Kingdoms Period 220 – 280)

Text from Travel China Guide  websites.

Can’t find “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner? Try one of the booths at Fat Choy

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February 2, 2017

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“Art Square”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“Experience Art Square”

Art Square, is located at the heart of the Art District and features 16 creative, retail and professional spaces. Here you will find art galleries, drinks, food, live entertainment, and much more!”

Nevada Humanities Southern Office is located at Art Square.

“Celebrating Nevada’s culture and heritage”

“Nevada Humanities fosters cultural enrichment and connection for all Nevadans. By creating and supporting dynamic public programs that inspire engagement, we deepen a collective sense of place and belonging and encourage mutual understanding and empathy, which are the foundations of community and democracy.

Our programs define the Nevada experience, feature local culture and heritage, encourage intellectual curiosity, and facilitate the exploration of issues that matter to Nevadans and their communities.
Nevada Humanities produces and supports dynamic educational and cultural programs that ENRICH our lives and ENCOURAGE us to EXPLORE challenging ideas.
Nevada Humanities UNITES us through our history and heritage.
Nevada Humanities INSPIRES us to ENGAGE in our communities and with each other.”

Text from Art Square and Nevada Humanities websites.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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February 1, 2017

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“Container Mantis”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
¿From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series”?
January 21, 2017 – Women’s March on Washington (Las Vegas March)

Container Park is a relatively new idea in deployment of an activity hub for tourists and locals. For roadsiders, there’s the curb appeal of a huge recycled metal praying mantis blasting flames out of its antennae at random moments in the evening, especially when crowds are milling below. It was built by aerospace engineer Kirk Jellum to be 150 times the size of a real Mantis, and burns about 50 gallons of propane each night. Flames can reach six stories high.”

Text from Roadside America.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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January 31, 2017

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“The Strip from Polaris”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Fourteen of the world’s 25 largest hotels by room count are on the Strip, with a total of over 62,000 rooms.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is known to take a short cut to nowhere in search of the right image.

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January 30, 2017

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“The High Roller”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
The LINQ

“…and where the Ferris wheel carried its passengers high and brought them low and raised them high and brought them low again, as if it were not merely a carnival ride but also a metaphor for the basic pattern of human experience.”

––Dean Koontz, “Saint Odd”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  gets around.

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January 29, 2017

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“The International Car Forest of the Last Church”
Photograph by Jennifer Kleven
Goldfield, Nevada.

“It started with a dream. A vision for a place where artists could come together and create fantastical works of art. That dream became a reality for Reno-based artist, Chad Sorg, who wanted to create a ‘car forest’ at the End of the World.”

Text from “The International Car Forest outside Las Vegas is an artsy car-lovers desert oasis”  – story by Tatiana Danger on Roadtripper’s “Destination Strange” website.

Las Vegan Jennifer Kleven is an artist and cultural animator. By day she serves as Grants & Memberships Coordinator at the Neon Museum. Earlier this decade she directed Kleven Contemporary at Emergency Arts downtown.

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January 28, 2017

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Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden

January 28, 2017 UPI story by Daniel Uria reprinted in its entirety:

Chinese New Year 2017 kicks off with fireworks, parades

“People in China and throughout the rest of the world participated in fireworks shows and parades to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year.

In China residents of Zigong welcomed the Year of the Rooster by illuminating more than 130 large and medium-sized lanterns through out the city which attracted more than 200,000 visitors from throughout the country, according to CCTV.

Other national celebrations included people of China’s various provinces gathering at temple fairs for the celebration, also known as the Spring Festival, to observe and take part in traditional folk performances, such as dragon dances, Chinese shadow puppetry, and sugar painting.

Some families gathered together to share in local food and customs while singing, dancing and lighting fireworks.

Thousands of people began to travel home to celebrate the holiday every day with almost 9.2 million train trips scheduled across the country.

The celebrations typically begin the day before the lunar new year and and continue until the 15th day of the new year, which is Feb. 15, according to The Telegraph.

Each year is characterized by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, with 2017 representing the rooster.

The signs of the zodiac are accompanied by certain personality traits. Those born in the Year of the Rooster are characterized as honest, energetic, intelligent, flexible and confident.”

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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January 27, 2017

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“(Not a Taker) – detail”
Photograph by Jon Winet

Follow up to January 21, 2017  Daily Frame detail  of “Corporate Welfare,” mural by Shepard Fairey (“Manufacturing Quality Dissent Since 1989”) created  for the 2016 Life is Beautiful Festival on the east side of Emergency Arts.

Editor’s Note: stay tuned for the left half of the mural – or visit DTLV at 6th and Fremont.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet greatly admires Mexican muralist Diego Rivera’s drawings. 

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January 26, 2017

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“Delano”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Delano Las Vegas, (formerly known as THEhotel), is a 45-story 1,117 room luxury suite hotel. It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. It is located within the Mandalay Bay complex on the Las Vegas Strip. It was renovated and rebranded as the Delano Las Vegas on September 2, 2014, under a partnership between MGM and Morgans Hotel Group.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner generally knows the quickest way from here to there.

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January 25, 2017

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“Heading West on Charleston into Red Rock Canyon”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
From the “Drive-by Series”

State Route 159 (SR 159) is a 31.007-mile east–west highway in southern Nevada, providing access to Red Rock Canyon and serving as a thoroughfare in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. A portion of the west end of the route is designated a Nevada Scenic Byway.

As SR 159 enters the city of Las Vegas, it transitions into Charleston Boulevard, a major east–west section line arterial bisecting the Las Vegas Valley. The highway crosses the Las Vegas Beltway and runs through the planned community of Summerlin. SR 159 continues east to intersect Interstate 15and then passes south of Downtown Las Vegas. From there, the highway ventures further east to intersect Interstate 515 and U.S. Routes 93 and 95 before reaching its terminus at Nellis Boulevard (SR 612). (Charleston Boulevard itself ends about three miles  east of Nellis Boulevard near Frenchman Mountain.)

State Route 159 has two distinct segments. The first segment is a rural two-lane highway that begins at its junction with SR 160. The highway proceeds northwest through the town of Blue Diamond towards Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. From there, the highway curves northeast around Red Rock Canyon to the Las Vegas city limits west of the Las Vegas Beltway. This segment of SR 159 is known on maps and signs as Blue Diamond Road (assuming the name from SR 160), but is also referred to as Red Rock Canyon Road.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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January 24, 2017

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“Grant Hall”
Photograph by JOn Miller

July 3, 2014 RJ story by F. Andrew Taylor , “Grant Hall namesake had crucial role in creation of UNLV” reprinted below in its entirety.

When Maude Frazier Hall was demolished in 2009, Archie C. Grant Hall, the second building constructed at UNLV, became the oldest facility on the campus.

Appropriately enough, Grant was the first University of Nevada regent from Southern Nevada and was one of the strongest voices for the creation of UNLV.

Grant, who was sometimes referred to as A.C. Grant, was born in Ely, Minn., in 1896. He attended college, married and began his career as businessman in Minnesota, but a 1947 Las Vegas Review-Journal article called him “transplanted native son” of Las Vegas.

With a few stops on the way, he came to Las Vegas in 1928 to purchase a Ford dealership. He ran that for 27 years, selling it to George Gaudin in 1955. Grant was involved in management at the Bank of Nevada from 1953 until his death in 1974.

He quickly became a fixture and a booster for the community. He became a member of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce in the early 1930s, eventually becoming the board’s president.

Around the same time, he worked with several Nevada legislators who were writing new laws for legalized gambling. He was credited with helping shape that legislation. He was a member of the State Repeal Convention, which formed in 1933 to repeal prohibition. He also was part of the group that established the annual Helldorado parade.

His successful car dealership and real estate purchases allowed him the free time to become more involved in politics. He ran for governor in 1934, losing in a six-way democratic primary. He ran again in 1954, losing in the primary to former Gov. Vail Pittman, who lost the general election. In between his gubernatorial bids, he served a term in the Nevada Assembly and one in the state Senate.

He became chairman of the Las Vegas Housing Authority when it was created in 1947 and served in that position for 20 years. Archie Grant Park, a public housing development for seniors at 1720 Searles Ave., was built and named in his honor in 1964.

After the war, Grant turned his attention to the town of Basic, which is now Henderson.

“He convinced the government that the buildings that had been used for wartime manufacturing should be turned over to private industry,” said UNLV history professor Eugene Moehring. “He also got the water lines that ran from Lake Mead to Basic to be routed to Las Vegas and helped create the Las Vegas Valley Water District.”

In 1952, Grant ran successfully for the office of University of Nevada regent. This put him in the position to advocate for the creation of UNLV. There was resistance from the north, and the friction between the old established north and the new, rapidly growing south has been a recurring force throughout the history of the school. He succeeded in his efforts, and in 1954, UNLV opened. Grant even helped procure the land on which the campus was built.

The second building was completed in time for the start of classes in 1959 and named for Grant. Most of the classes were shifted there, and Maude Frazier Hall became primarily an administration building. As the campus expanded, discipline-specific buildings became the norm, and at the time of his death, Grant Hall was the education building. It is currently one of the campus’ art buildings.

“UNLV would have happened eventually,” said Michael Green, a longtime College of Southern Nevada professor who recently became an associate professor at UNLV. “It’s reasonable to say that it wouldn’t have happened as quickly without Archie Grant’s efforts. It was a controversial move in the state.”

Photographer and artist JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is a frequent contributor to The Daily Frame, serving as our Lunar Connection and Man at McCarran.

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January 23, 2017

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“Stratosphere Rain”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
January 22, 2017

Poem by Charles Bukowski
“We Ain’T Got No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain”  

call it the greenhouse effect or whatever
but it just doesn’t rain like it used to.
I particularly remember the rains of the
depression era.
there wasn’t any money but there was
plenty of rain.
it wouldn’t rain for just a night or
a day,
it would RAIN for 7 days and 7
nights
and in Los Angeles the storm drains
weren’t built to carry off taht much
water
and the rain came down THICK and
MEAN and
STEADY
and you HEARD it banging against
the roofs and into the ground
waterfalls of it came down
from roofs
and there was HAIL
big ROCKS OF ICE
bombing
exploding smashing into things
and the rain
just wouldn’t
STOP
and all the roofs leaked-
dishpans,
cooking pots
were placed all about;
they dripped loudly
and had to be emptied
again and
again.
the rain came up over the street curbings,
across the lawns, climbed up the steps and
entered the houses.
there were mops and bathroom towels,
and the rain often came up through the
toilets:bubbling, brown, crazy,whirling,
and all the old cars stood in the streets,
cars that had problems starting on a
sunny day,
and the jobless men stood
looking out the windows
at the old machines dying
like living things out there.
the jobless men,
failures in a failing time
were imprisoned in their houses with their
wives and children
and their
pets.
the pets refused to go out
and left their waste in
strange places.
the jobless men went mad
confined with
their once beautiful wives.
there were terrible arguments
as notices of foreclosure
fell into the mailbox.
rain and hail, cans of beans,
bread without butter; fried
eggs, boiled eggs, poached
eggs; peanut butter
sandwiches, and an invisible
chicken in every pot.
my father, never a good man
at best, beat my mother
when it rained
as I threw myself
between them,
the legs, the knees, the
screams
until they
seperated.
‘I’ll kill you,’ I screamed
at him. ‘You hit her again
and I’ll kill you! ‘
‘Get that son-of-a-bitching
kid out of here! ‘
‘no, Henry, you stay with
your mother! ‘
all the households were under
seige but I believe that ours
held more terror than the
average.
and at night
as we attempted to sleep
the rains still came down
and it was in bed
in the dark
watching the moon against
the scarred window
so bravely
holding out
most of the rain,
I thought of Noah and the
Ark
and I thought, it has come
again.
we all thought
that.
and then, at once, it would
stop.
and it always seemed to
stop
around 5 or 6 a.m.,
peaceful then,
but not an exact silence
because things continued to
drip
drip
drip
and there was no smog then
and by 8 a.m.
there was a
blazing yellow sunlight,
Van Gogh yellow-
crazy, blinding!
and then
the roof drains
relieved of the rush of
water
began to expand in the warmth:
PANG! PANG! PANG!
and everybody got up and looked outside
and there were all the lawns
still soaked
greener than green will ever
be
and there were birds
on the lawn
CHIRPING like mad,
they hadn’t eaten decently
for 7 days and 7 nights
and they were weary of
berries
and
they waited as the worms
rose to the top,
half drowned worms.
the birds plucked them
up
and gobbled them
down; there were
blackbirds and sparrows.
the blackbirds tried to
drive the sparrows off
but the sparrows,
maddened with hunger,
smaller and quicker,
got their
due.
the men stood on their porches
smoking cigarettes,
now knowing
they’d have to go out
there
to look for that job
that probably wasn’t
there, to start that car
that probably wouldn’t
start.
and the once beautiful
wives
stood in their bathrooms
combing their hair,
applying makeup,
trying to put their world back
together again,
trying to forget that
awful sadness that
gripped them,
wondering what they could
fix for
breakfast.
and on the radio
we were told that
school was now
open.
and
soon
there I was
on the way to school,
massive puddles in the
street,
the sun like a new
world,
my parents back in that
house,
I arrived at my classroom
on time.
Mrs. Sorenson greeted us
with, ‘we won’t have our
usual recess, the grounds
are too wet.’
‘AW! ‘ most of the boys
went.
‘but we are going to do
something special at
recess,’ she went on,
‘and it will be
fun! ‘
well, we all wondered
what that would
be
and the two hour wait
seemed a long time
as Mrs.Sorenson
went about
teaching her
lessons.
I looked at the little
girls, they looked so
pretty and clean and
alert,
they sat still and
straight
and their hair was
beautiful
in the California
sunshine.
the the recess bells rang
and we all waited for the
fun.
then Mrs. Sorenson told us:
‘now, what we are going to
do is we are going to tell
each other what we did
during the rainstorm!
we’ll begin in the front row
and go right around!
now, Michael, you’re first! …’
well, we all began to tell
our stories, Michael began
and it went on and on,
and soon we realized that
we were all lying, not
exactly lying but mostly
lying and some of the boys
began to snicker and some
of the girls began to give
them dirty looks and
Mrs.Sorenson said,
‘all right! I demand a
modicum of silence
here!
I am interested in what
you did
during the rainstorm
even if you
aren’t! ‘
so we had to tell our
stories and they were
stories.
one girl said that
when the rainbow first
came
she saw God’s face
at the end of it.
only she didn’t say which end.
one boy said he stuck
his fishing pole
out the window
and caught a little
fish
and fed it to his
cat.
almost everybody told
a lie.
the truth was just
too awful and
embarassing to tell.
then the bell rang
and recess was
over.
‘thank you,’ said Mrs.
Sorenson, ‘that was very
nice.
and tomorrow the grounds
will be dry
and we will put them
to use
again.’
most of the boys
cheered
and the little girls
sat very straight and
still,
looking so pretty and
clean and
alert,
their hair beautiful in a sunshine that
the world might never see
again.
and

“We Ain’T Got No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain”
by Charles Bukowski

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner appreciates the aesthetic possibilities of all weather.

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January 22, 2017

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“Women’s March On Washington – Las Vegas”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Downtown Las Vegas. January 21, 2017

Media Coverage:
“Thousands take part in Women’s March in downtown Las Vegas” Channel 3 story by John Treanor and Tony Garcia. Broadcast Saturday, January 21, 2017.

“Thousands flood downtown, oppose Trump peacefully in Las Vegas Women’s March” – Las Vegas Review Journal story by Pashtana Usufzy.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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January 21, 2017

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“Be a Maker”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Detail of “Corporate Welfare,” mural by Shepard Fairey (“Manufacturing Quality Dissent Since 1989”) created  for the 2016 Life is Beautiful Festival on the east side of Emergency Arts.

[Screen grab of June 2016 Google Street view for future archival reference.]

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a maker.

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January 20, 2017

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“Trump”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“If you can’t always get what you want, you must be staying somewhere else. Here, what you want is the only thing that matters. The Trump International Hotel™ Las Vegas is a sophisticated, non-smoking and non-gaming, luxury hotel situated high above The Strip, steps away from the best of Las Vegas shopping, yet removed enough to be considered a family-friendly hotel.”

DONALD J. TRUMP
Founder, The Trump Organization

“Donald J. Trump is the very definition of the American success story, continually setting the standards of excellence while expanding his interests in real estate, sports, and entertainment. He is the archetypal businessman – a deal maker without peer.

Mr. Trump started his business career in an office he shared with his father in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York. He worked with his father for five years, where they were busy making deals together. Mr. Trump has been quoted as saying, “My father was my mentor, and I learned a tremendous amount about every aspect of the construction industry from him.” Likewise, Fred C. Trump often stated that “some of my best deals were made by my son, Donald…everything he touches seems to turn to gold.” Mr. Trump then entered the very different world of Manhattan real estate.

In New York City and around the world, the Trump signature is synonymous with the most prestigious of addresses. Among them are the world-renowned Fifth Avenue skyscraper, Trump Tower, and the luxury residential buildings, Trump Parc, Trump Palace, Trump Plaza, 610 Park Avenue, The Trump World Tower (the tallest building on the East Side of Manhattan), and Trump Park Avenue. Mr. Trump was also responsible for the designation and construction of the Jacob Javits Convention Center on land controlled by him, known as the West 34th Street Railroad Yards, and the total exterior restoration of the Grand Central Terminal as part of his conversion of the neighboring Commodore Hotel into the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The development is considered one of the most successful restorations in the City and earned Mr. Trump an award from Manhattan’s Community Board Five for the “tasteful and creative recycling of a distinguished hotel.” Over the years, Mr. Trump has owned and sold many great buildings in New York including the Plaza Hotel (which he renovated and brought back to its original grandeur, as heralded by the New York Times Magazine), the St. Moritz Hotel (three times…and now called the Ritz Carlton on Central Park South) and until 2002, the land under the Empire State Building (which allowed the land and lease to be merged together for the first time in over 50 years). Additionally, the NikeTown store is owned by Mr. Trump, on East 57th Street and adjacent to Tiffany’s. In early 2008, Gucci opened their largest store in the world in Trump Tower.”

Text from The Trump International Hotel Las Vegas and The Trump Organization websites.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner encourages everyone to vote in the next election.

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January 19, 2017

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“Humanities Building”
Photograph  by Kristen Peterson

“The tallest structure on campus, the [Flora Dungan] humanities building contains auditoriums, classrooms, and lecture halls on the first two floors. On the upper five floors, the building houses the offices of the president, provost, other administrative offices and departments.

View on Campus Map

Amenities:

Gender Neutral Bathrooms
•  FDH 145

Hydration Stations
•  First floor, near women’s restroom.

Wireless Access
•  Yes”

Kristen adds: “A lot of locals hate the building, but those who champion Mid-mod architecture are in love with it. I, too, am in love with it.”

Journalist | Cultural Critic | Writer Kristen Peterson “likes to document life and landscapes in and around Las Vegas.”

The “Our Las Vegas” Team adds: Kristen is an essential piece in the Valley’s cultural puzzle. This is her second contribution to The Daily Frame.

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January 18, 2017

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“Sissi Grace”
Photograph  by Sallie Douglas
From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series”

Sissi Grace and her bff Lady Grace have been raised at Jana’s Red Room. Her guardian Jana Lynch comments: ” It’s their home. They think you’re coming to see them when you visit the gallery.” She adds:  “They are great little salespersons.”

Sissi turns two in April.

We’ll feature a shot of Lady Grace – and her guardian in an upcoming Daily Frame.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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January 17, 2017

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“Barscape: El Cortez”
Photograph  by Ginger Bruner

“For the month of January, we’ve crafted a delicious $5 Patron Margarita special! Available at any [El Cortez] casino bar.”

El Cortez Hotel & Casino is the longest continuously-running hotel and casino in Vegas.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner appreciates the El Cortez for its sights, sounds, tastes and fragrance.

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January 16, 2017

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“El Cortez Vista (Video Still)”
Photograph  by Ginger Bruner

El Cortez Hotel & Casino is the longest continuously-running hotel and casino in Vegas.”

Video.

The El Cortez is a cherished muse to “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner

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January 15, 2017

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“Truck Inn”
Photograph  by Jennifer Kleven
Fernley, Nevada.

On 4.20.2012, Rob T. on Yelp reported the following: “This place is beyond closed…its demolished. However the truck is still high in the sky!”

Editor’s Note: On Sunday we often feature Daily Frames from road trips outside the Valley. We welcome your submissions!

Las Vegan Jennifer Kleven is an artist and cultural animator. By day she serves as Grants & Memberships Coordinator at the Neon Museum. Earlier this decade she directed Kleven Contemporary at Emergency Arts downtown.

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January 14, 2017

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“Building”
Photograph  by Jon Winet
December 2016
6th Street just south of Fremont Street East
Google Street View
Screen grab of June 2016 Google Street view for future archival reference.

Red is the color at the longer-wavelengths end of the spectrum of visible light next to orange, at the opposite end from violet.[3] Red color has a predominant light wavelength of roughly 620–740 nanometers. Light with a longer wavelength than red but shorter than terahertz radiation and microwave is called infrared.

Red is one of the additive primary colors of visible light, along with green and blue, which in Red Green Blue (RGB) color systems are combined to create all the colors on a computer monitor or television screen. Red is one of the subtractive secondary colors, resulting from the combination of yellow and magenta (see CMYK color model).”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet‘s second favorite photographer is Google Street View.

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January 13, 2017

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“Container Park | Weather”
Photograph  by Ginger Bruner
Downtown Container Park

“The (self-driving bus) ARMA will commence its journey on American soil when it hits the Fremont Road on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Local government officials including Mayor Carolyn Goodman, councilmen Ricki Barlow and Bob Coffin were present.

The official ceremony was staged just outside the Container Park – the cornerstone of Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project.”

–From the January 12, 20187 edition of Tech Times, “Fully-Electric Self-Driving Shuttle Bus Being Tested On Las Vegas Roads,” story by Andrew Norman.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is an excellent driver in inclement weather.

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January 12, 2017

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“Desert Morning (Calico Basin)”
Photograph  by Stephanie Helms
January 11, 2017

“Calico Basin is a colorful area tucked between the gray limestone La Madre Mountains to the north, the red sandstone Calico Hills to the west, and a desert ridge to the south. Three springs with permanent water emerge from the base of the red sandstone cliffs: Red Spring, Calico Spring, and Ash Spring. Water also runs in washes to the north and south of the springs during the winter months.

The water supports large cottonwood trees, ash trees, shrub live oak, honey mesquite, and Saltgrass meadows. Red Spring flows from a shallow tunnel in the rocks at the end of the road. The outflow from Red Spring also feeds a beautiful marshy grassland.

There are picnic tables, fire grills, trash cans, and restrooms at the parking area.”

Text from Vegas4Locals website

Stephanie Helms is a native Hoosier transplanted to Southern Nevada in 1991. She is Director of Business Affairs for a major global entertainment firm and owns two local family businesses. She is a wife, mom, entrepreneur, freelance writer, volunteer and cancer survivor who loves music, movies, baseball, books, and beets.

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January 11, 2017

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“Nevada Arts Council Director Susan Bookoff Leaving Agency”
Photograph from the “Our Las Vegas” archive by Jon Winet.
June 2015 Arts@The Heart statewide gathering in Reno.
Susan is seated to the left of Las Vegas architect and cultural animator Eric Strain.

“Our Las Vegas” thanks Susan Bookoff for her decades of leadership in the arts. Her intelligence, administrative savvy and creative spirit will be sorely missed in the Silver State.

Note that Susan is in town for Arts Town Hall public meetings – including tonight’s at the Winchester Cultural Center from 5:30 to 7:30.

Nevada Arts Council  Press Release below.

Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
Contact: Susan Boskoff
sboskoff@nevadaculture.org
775-687-6680

“Nevada Arts Council administrator announces retirement”

The Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs announced today the resignation of Nevada Arts Council administrator, Susan Boskoff. Boskoff will retire on March 31, 2017, after 24 years of service to the State of Nevada. The Department will conduct a nationwide search for her replacement.

During her tenure with the agency, Boskoff increased the agency’s capacity to attract artists, increase the diversity of arts forms created by statewide artists, and strengthen communities through advancing lifelong learning, promoting public/private partnerships, and growing economic diversification at the local level.

“It has been an honor and privilege to be part of the Nevada Arts Council’s (NAC) extraordinary journey for nearly half of its existence, said Susan Boskoff. “I’ve been fortunate to work on behalf of all Nevadans with dedicated staff and board members, and in collaboration with so many undeniably creative and resilient artists, arts organizations and communities across the state. With ongoing support from both the Executive and Legislative leadership, and our department directors, we have an abundance of accomplishments to celebrate as the agency turns 50 in 2017.”

Under Boskoff’s leadership, a majority of the Arts Council’s core programs were launched, including Poetry Out Loud, Nevada Touring Initiative, Nevada Circuit Riders, Office Exhibition Series, Nevada Heritage Award, and an annual conference, presently called Arts @ the Heart. Boskoff established the Las Vegas office, guided the redesign of the grants program to better serve constituents, and initiated biannual Arts Town Meetings to explore the state of the arts in Nevada’s metropolitan centers and rural towns. She represented Nevada as a trustee on regional and national boards, including the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Western Arts Alliance, Western States Arts Federation; and on panels and at conferences for the National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts and other arts and cultural agencies. She is currently working with the Nevada Department of Veterans Services and the Sub-Committee on Veterans Memorial Affairs on the Battleborn Memorial to Nevada’s Fallen Warriors Project for the state capitol grounds, and the NAC’s 50th Anniversary Awards Reception and Ceremony to recognize the three public entities that established Nevada’s state arts agency in 1967.

“Words cannot express our gratitude to Susan for her dedication to the Arts Council, our constituents and to the state of Nevada,” Julia Arger, chair of the Nevada Arts Council board, said. “Guiding the agency with wisdom, passion, and an understanding of the ever-changing needs of our field, for many her name is synonymous with the Nevada Arts Council.”

The Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, is charged with ensuring that state and national funds support cultural activity and encourage public participation in the arts throughout Nevada. In addition to providing hundreds of grants to arts and community-based organizations, schools, artists and local municipalities throughout the state, the Arts Council coordinates a variety of statewide programs and activities such as the annual Poetry Out Loud recitation competition for high-school aged students, traveling exhibits, artist residencies, workshops and cultural assessments. For more information, visit the department’s website at www.nac.nevadaculture.org/.

Daily Frame Director Jon Winet has known Susan since the early 1980s.

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January 10, 2017

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“Andrea Lipomi”
Photograph by Andrea Lipoma
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

Daily Frame contributor Andrea Lipomi is the director | owner of Feetish Spa, located at Emergency Arts in Downtown Las Vegas. 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.

You couldn’t ask for a better neighbor.

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January 9, 2017

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“1960 Cadillac”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott

“The 1960 model year was an impressive beginning to a new decade. During the Sixties, Cadillac styling became more graceful and restrained as Bill Mitchell gradually unified the design. Few new engineering advances were introduced, but orderly design development and a conservative styling approach set Cadillac apart from other luxury makes and maintained its reputation as “The Standard of the World.” To the American public, Cadillac remained a symbol of prestige, success, and good taste.

Text from motorera.com  website.

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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January 8, 2017

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“Tule Springs | Floyd Lamb Park”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“In a city filled with palms and desert landscape, the grass lawn, pond and cottonwood tree-filled Floyd Lamb Park might look a little out of place in the Mojave metropolis of Las Vegas.

However, this oasis has been popular for literally thousands of years.

Today, the expansive park has four stocked ponds, picnic areas, barbecues, scenic paths and volleyball and horseshoe facilities on 2,040 acres in northwest Las Vegas. Visitors will come face to face with beautiful peacocks, ducks and geese. Those with a Nevada fishing license can fish in any of the park’s ponds but are limited to three fish per person.
Visitors can also explore Tule Springs Ranch, one of the best examples of Pleistocene paleontologic sites in western North America. Tule Springs was visited by large prehistoric mammals in an era when the southern Nevada area was much cooler and wetter. Fossil remains of extinct mammoths, bison, horses, camels, giant sloths and other animals have been found in Tule Springs.

Later Tule Springs served as a watering hole for Indians and prospectors who traveled across Nevada. In 1916, John Herbert (Bert) Nay was the first non-Indian to file for water rights. As he acquired more property at Tule Springs, he built a blacksmith shop and a storage room.

Nay sold his interest in the farm in 1928 when he moved to California. The property remained vacant until prospector Jacob Goumond purchased the land to be a private retreat for his friends. He took advantage of Nevada’s changing divorce laws and set up a dude ranch for prospective divorcees. The guests would wait out the six-week residency requirement to file papers. This was the shortest waiting period in the country. The ranch became a resort area and was glamorized by divorce-minded movie stars.

Tule Springs also was a self-supporting ranch. One hundred acres was set aside for alfalfa and cattle; other animals were raised and sold, as well as several vegetable varieties. Its many functional wooded buildings still exist.

Goumond’s granddaughter inherited the ranch when he died in 1954. She sold it to a group of businessmen who formed the Tule Springs Investment Company. They leased out the ranch until the city of Las Vegas bought it in 1964. It was converted into a city park and renamed in honor of state Sen. Floyd Lamb.
Floyd Lamb is a pleasant and pretty place to throw out a picnic blanket or reel in a rainbow trout.”

Text fromVegas.com website.

Urban nighthawk and “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner makes surprisingly frequent visits by day to the Valley’s nature spots.

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January 7, 2017

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“The Big Red Shoe”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Fremont Street between 6th and 7th*

Pumps, also known as court shoes, are one of the most popular styles of women’s shoes, and they’re also one of the most difficult to define. In their most basic form, pumps have closed counters and a cut out top line that exposes the entire top of the foot starting at the toe box. A classic pump has a seamless vamp and is made without laces, buckles, straps or ties.

However, many pumps feature peep toes, as seen in the photo, open toes, pointed toes, rounded toes, ankle straps and other adornments, and they can have heels of varying heights and types, i.e. a stiletto heel, a kitten heel, a stacked heel or a wedge.”

Text from “Shoe Glossary: Pumps” on the About Style website

* June 2016 Google Street view for future archival reference.

Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has successfully lobbied for the “Big Red Shoe” to be the official footwear of “Our Las Vegas.”

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January 6, 2017

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“McCarran Roadways”
Photograph by JOn Miller

“With nearly 500 daily commercial flights departing to 150 cities around the globe, McCarran ranks eighth nationwide in passenger volume, according to spokeswoman Christine Crews and Federal Aviation Administration data.

Opened in 1942 as Alamo Field, the airport had 12 daily flights. But it grew to 1 million passengers by 1960 and more than 2 million by the next decade. McCarran added its first international flight in March 1968, bound for Mexico through Phoenix. Now, with nearly 3.8 million monthly passengers flying in and out of its two operating terminals and a third separate concourse, McCarran is reaching more cities than ever.”

Text “McCarran International Airport: By the numbers” from Las Vegas Sun December 25, 2016  story by Chris Kudalis.

Photographer and artist JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is a frequent contributor to The Daily Frame, serving as our Lunar Connection and Man at McCarran.

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January 5, 2017

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“World Market (Detail)”
Photograph by Jennifer Kleven

World Market Center Las Vegas is a 5-million-square-foot showcase for the home and hospitality contract furnishings industry in downtown Las Vegas. It is the largest showroom complex in the world for the home and hospitality furnishings industry,serving domestic and international sellers and buyers.

The semi-annual Las Vegas Market is the major trade show hosted by the World Market Center.

Text from Wikipedia.

Las Vegan Jennifer Kleven is an artist and cultural animator. By day she serves as Grants & Memberships Coordinator at the Neon Museum. Earlier this decade she directed Kleven Contemporary at Emergency Arts downtown.

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January 4, 2017

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“New York -New York”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
December 31, 2016

New York – New York [Hotel & Casino) uses the New York City influence of its name in several ways. Its architecture is meant to evoke the New York City skyline of the 1940’s era; the hotel includes several towers configured to resemble New York City towers such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. In front of the property is a lake representing New York Harbor, with a 150-foot-tall (46 m) replica of the Statue of Liberty, and replicas of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Main Immigration Building on Ellis Island, and Grand Central Terminal.

Within the resort, particular gambling areas, lounges, restaurants, and meeting rooms are named after New York City neighborhoods or landmarks. The main casino area, for example, is named after Central Park, while the shops are modeled after Greenwich Village. At the casino, special decks of playing cards are used where the “heart” suit is replaced by apples.

New York City is the most populous city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world.With a U.S. Census Bureau-estimated 2015 population of 8,550,405 distributed over a land area of just 305 square miles, New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States.  A global power city, New York City exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment, its fast pace defining the term New York minute.  Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy and has been described as the cultural and financial capital of the world.

Text from Wikipedia.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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January 3, 2017

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“Double Rainbow”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
December 30, 2016

The photographer notes: “Double rainbows- empty lot to the right is the site of the former Showboat.”

MORE – Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 Las Vegas Sun story by Eli Segall:25-acre site once occupied by Castaways and Showboat is on the market for $6 million”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner keeps an eye on the City’s empty lots.

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January 2, 2017

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“Nevada Landscape with Rock”
Photograph by Kristen Peterson
December 25, 2016

The photographer notes: “taken while on the Historic Railroad Trail at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. It’s a little slice of heaven between Boulder City and the Hoover Dam. A Christmas Day hike.

The National Park Service website adds:

“WALKING TOUR: Look for desert bighorn sheep, ravens’ and owls’ nests, lizards, and antelope ground squirrels. You may also see rattlesnakes and scorpions during the summer.

Along the trail you will see a section of rough, rocky road on the south side of the railroad bed that is believed to be the first section of pioneer trail or road for the construction of Hoover Dam. Approaching tunnel 1, on the right, look down the ravine to see concrete plugs taken out of Hoover Dam to install the turbines.

Tunnel 1 has eight sections of vertical supports, five of which have horizontal planks to prevent the fall of loose rock on to the tracks so there would be few delays during the 24-hour dam building schedule. Weight from the rock has damaged the outermost, eastern arch.

Tunnel 2 burned in an arson fire in 1990. You can see it looks different from the other tunnels. It was sprayed with shotcrete to fortify the now looser rock.

Between tunnels 2 and 3, another pioneer road is visible. Rocks excavated from the tunnels were undoubtedly used for the fills you are walking on now.

The outermost east arch was deformed by pressure of the rock in tunnel 3.

Tunnel 5 was burned in 1978 and was then sealed. The tunnel was restored and reopened in July 2001. The trail at that time ended on the other side of tunnel 5. It now continues to the Hoover Dam parking garage.

All tunnels are 25 feet in diameter. They were oversized to fit huge penstock sections and large equipment being transported to Hoover Dam.”

Editor’s Note: This hike is now on our 2017 Absolutely To Do list.

Journalist | Cultural Critic | Writer Kristen Peterson “likes to document life and landscapes in and around Las Vegas.”

The “Our Las Vegas” Team adds: Kristen is an essential piece in the Valley’s cultural puzzle. We welcome this first of what we hope are many contributions to our project.

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January 1, 2017

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“Happy New Year 2017!”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Brendan’s Pub 2015 NYE

“Our Las Vegas” is a cultural animation public art project that celebrates the fierce and passionate connection that local and out-of-town artists, fiction writers, photographers, musicians, journalists, dancers, designers, curators, community activists and other creatives make with “The Radiant City.”

Text from “Our Las Vegas” website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner and Director Jon Winet wish all a Happy 2017 – however challenging it may be. We look forward to dynamic new developments for our project ahead. – with thanks to all of our contributors and supporters!

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wNovember 17, 2017

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“Seven Magic Mountains, 3 of 7”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 13, 2017
(With cameo by “Our Las Vegas” director Jon Winet)

“Internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains is a large-scale site-specific public art installation located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, approximately ten miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada. Comprised of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than thirty feet high, Seven Magic Mountains is situated within the Ivanpah Valley adjacent to Sheep Mountain and the McCullough, Bird Spring, and Goodsprings ranges of mountains. A creative expression of human presence in the desert, Seven Magic Mountains punctuates the Mojave with a poetic burst of form and color. The exhibition opened May 11, 2016 and will be on view for two years.”

Text from sevenmagicmountains.com

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is an excellent driver for Jon Winet who is often vehicle-challenged.

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