The Daily Frame Archive-2014

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As noted at the bottom of each Daily Frame during 2014:

“Made possible with the generous support of the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission, The Daily Frame, a project of “Our Las Vegas,” showcases a wide range of photographs that celebrate the City’s unique culture, cityscape and residents. Photographers | artists | creatives interested in participating are enthusiastically encouraged to contact us at ourlasvegas at gmail dot com.”

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December 31, 2014

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

Tonight, ringing in the New Year from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Brendan’s Irish Pub at the Brendan’s Irish Pub at the Orleans: Killian’s Angels.
Beth Mullaney – lead vocals, mandolin, guitar, Irish tenor banjo, harmonica, spoons, bodhran (middle)
Ginger Bruner – tuba, bass, vocals (behind the camera)
Nannette Fortier – drums, tin whistle, bodhran, vocals (off camera)
Anne Donohue – lead vocals, guitar (front)
Vita Drew – lead vocals, keyboard, violin (back)

From their website: “Killian’s Angels continues to astonish and entertain audiences in any venue, offering an amazing spectrum of tunes, arrangements and styles. From contemporary Celtic and UK rock, Renaissance music, traditional Irish jigs, reels and hornpipes, pub songs, country, classic rock and originals – to lovely ballads with gorgeous harmonies and ancient melodies reworked into infectious punk rhythms.”

Killian’s Angels won National Radio Honors in 2006 with King World for their original version of the Jeopardy theme song.”

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She moonlights as the Radiant City’s most ubiquitous tuba players.

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December 30, 2014
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“Downtown Zumba Party”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott.

As noted on their Twitter site: “Look no further than Downtown Dance Studio FEATURING Zumba *for all your Zumba & Dance parties*.”

(702) 489-3383

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is the director of Generator Photography and frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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December 29, 2014
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“Floor Shows”
Photograph by Andrea Lipomi. December 2014.

“floor′ show`
n.
a nightclub entertainment typically consisting of a series of singing, dancing, and often comedy acts.”

One of three entries for “floor show” on the Free Dictionary website.

Editor’s note: we are delighted to inaugurate Ms. Lipomi’s work with Polaroid film on the Daily Frame. She writes: “Photography FYI: I obtain most of my Impossible Project (Polaroid) film from the Las Vegas Camera Club located in Art Square in DTLV. I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to check them out yet, but it’s fun to look at the cameras. :)”

Daily Frame Contributor Andrea Lipomi is the director | owner of Feetish Spa, located at Emergency Arts in Downtown Las Vegas. She is a graduate of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, NY, an alumna of the Esthetics Program at Destination Academy in Las Vegas, and recently received her State Nail Technology License.

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December 28, 2014
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“Fiery Sunset”
Photograph by Nikiya Berry.
From the “Las Vegas Skies” Series.

“My mother is a big believer in being responsible for your own happiness. She always talked about finding joy in small moments and insisted that we stop and take in the beauty of an ordinary day. When I stop the car to make my kids really see a sunset, I hear my mother’s voice and smile.”

— Jennifer Garner

Las Vegas born and raised Nikiya Berry is a student in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. Prior to enrolling, she attended the College of Southern Nevada and is currently a host and reporter on Front Row Center, a UNLV-TV arts and entertainment show airing on Cox PBS. She plans to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. She notes: “I can edit, shoot, report and write and like all of it. I am adventurous and inquisitive which gives me opportunities to meet new people and learn new things.”

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December 27, 2014
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“Saturday Morning”
Photograph by Adam Yurkunas.

Daily Frame Contributor Adam Yurkunas writes:
“One of my favorite things about having Saturdays off now is that we can all get together and do a family breakfast. It was delicious of course, but the time together cooking and dancing around to music on Pandora is one of those memories that we’ll cherish forever.

Have a great weekend everyone! :-)”

Adam Yurkunas was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. He joined the Marine Corps after high school then moved to Las Vegas in 1999. He notes: “Although I’ve always been interested in photography, I only started shooting last January when I bought my first DSLR camera. Since then the lens has opened my eyes to an entirely new view of our city and its surrounding areas.”

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December 26, 2014

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“Leftovers”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
December 2015

Turkey Hash
Gourmet Magazine | November 2008
by Melissa Roberts

ingredients
1 1/2 pounds medium Yukon Gold potatoes
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 Cubanelle peppers (Italian green frying peppers), finely chopped
1 cup shredded cooked turkey (preferably dark meat)
4 large eggs

preparation

Generously cover potatoes with cold water, then simmer, partially covered, until just tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain. Cool slightly, then peel and coarsely grate with a box grater.

While potatoes cool, melt 6 tablespoons butter in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook onion and peppers, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

Add potatoes, turkey, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook, turning occasionally, until browned in spots, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer hash to plates.

Fry eggs in remaining Tbsp butter in skillet over medium heat. Serve on top of hash.

Recipe from Epicurious website.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She may want ketchup on her hash.

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December 25, 2014

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“Season’s Greetings”
December 2015

“Our Las Vegas” wishes all the best of holidays.

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December 24, 2014

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“Opportunity Village”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner. December 2014

Opportunity Village Magical Forest

2014 Magical Forest Season
Hours: November 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015 Sunday – Thursday: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm Friday & Saturday: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

“Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people in the Southern Nevada community with intellectual disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of the families who love them. Opportunity Village is dedicated to helping people with severe intellectual and related disabilities become the very best they can be. Through vocational training, community employment, day services, advocacy, arts and social recreation, citizens with severe disabilities are able to find new friends, realize future career paths, seek independence and community integration and unleash creative passions.”

The Magical Forest is located at Opportunity Village 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., Las Vegas

Text from organization’s website.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She catches the lights of the City.

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December 23, 2014

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“Holiday Aisle at Smiths”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner. December 2015

“An elf is a type of supernatural being in Germanic mythology and folklore.Reconstructing the early concept of an elf depends almost entirely on texts in Old English or relating to Norse mythology. Later evidence for elves appears in diverse sources such as medical texts, prayers, ballads, and folktales.”

Text from an extensive entry on Wikipedia.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She generally purchases 15 items or less.

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December 22, 2014

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“95 Northbound”
Photograph by Elizabeth Mendré.
From the “Drive-By” Series.

“The rig was hauling some long cylinder tubes, not sure if they were large propane tanks but from directly behind, I was visualizing NASA & a space shuttle.”

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, 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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December 21, 2014

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“If Neon could be Christmas candy (detail of sculpture by Pasha Rafat”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

A one-person exhibition by UNLV Professor | Artist Pasha Rafat’s work is currently at Brett Wesley Gallery.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She’s got her micro and macro lenses focused on the Radiant City.

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December 20, 2014

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“Santa’s Tree (Boulevard Mall)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner. Holiday Season 2014.

“The custom of the Christmas tree developed in early modern Germany (where it is today called Weihnachtsbaum or Christbaum or “Tannenbaum”) with predecessors that can be traced to the 16th and possibly 15th century, in which devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. It acquired popularity beyond Germany during the second half of the 19th century, at first among the upper classes.

The tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts, or other foods. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles which were ultimately replaced by Christmas lights after the advent of electrification. Today, there are a wide variety of traditional ornaments, such as garland, tinsel, and candy canes. An angel or star might be placed at the top of the tree to represent the angel Gabriel or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She’s making a list and checking it twice.

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December 19, 2014

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“Fauxtos. ‪#‎wedding‬ ‪#‎chapel‬ ‪#‎vegas‬”
Photograph by Andrea Lipomi.

“If you’re looking for a uniquely Vegas experience, you’ve come to the right place! The Little Vegas Chapel is the best Las Vegas wedding chapel for marriage ceremonies, vow renewals, friendship and pretend ceremonies on the Strip. We are also famous for our Elvis weddings and themed marriages as well. Our chapel offers high quality weddings to fit your budget.

Your wedding is your special day, and we would love to be a part of it!”

Text from Chapel website.

Daily Frame Contributor Andrea Lipomi is the director | owner of Feetish Spa, located at Emergency Arts in Downtown Las Vegas. She is a graduate of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, NY, an alumna of the Esthetics Program at Destination Academy in Las Vegas, and recently received her State Nail Technology License.

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December 18, 2014

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“Palm Light”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “Las Vegas Skies” Series.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She’s ever vigilant, on the prowl in search of the next image.

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December 17, 2014

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“Jen’s Surprise Birthday Party”
Photograph by Pam Stuckey. December 12, 2014

“A scullery is a room in a house traditionally used for washing up dishes and laundering clothes, or as an overflow kitchen when the main kitchen is overloaded. Tasks performed in the scullery include cleaning dishes and cooking utensils (or storing them), occasional kitchen work, ironing, boiling water for cooking or bathing, and soaking and washing clothes. Sculleries contain hot and cold sinks, sometimes slop sinks, drain pipes, storage shelves, plate racks, a work table, various “coppers” for boiling water, tubs, and buckets.

Text from Wikipedia.

Editor’s note: Las Vegas’ Scullery Bar | Restaurant | Theater goes in a decidedly different direction.

Daily Frame Contributor Pam Stuckey has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1990. She proudly identifies herself as “a volunteer and patron of Downtown Las Vegas.”

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December 16, 2014

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“Palazzo Interior no. 1”
Photograph by Adam Yurkunas.

“Designed by the Dallas based HKS, Inc., the Palazzo is marketed as being reflective of a modern European ambiance and luxury living. The hotel and casino are part of a larger complex (operated as one hotel) comprising the adjoining Venetian Hotel and Casino and the Sands Convention Center, all of which are owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.

This all-suite hotel offers the largest standard accommodations on the Las Vegas Strip at 720 square feet per guest room. The hotel complex has been named the largest hotel in the world by Guinness Book of World Records.

Text from Wikipedia.

Daily Frame Contributor Adam Yurkunas was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. He joined the Marine Corps after high school then moved to Las Vegas in 1999. He notes: “Although I’ve always been interested in photography, I only started shooting last January when I bought my first DSLR camera. Since then the lens has opened my eyes to an entirely new view of our city and its surrounding areas.”

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December 15, 2014

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“White Cross Market”
Photograph by Jon Winet. October 2014

Dave Toplikar’s elegiac Las Vegas Sun article in March 2012, “Closing of pharmacy that once served Elvis evokes nostalgia in Old Vegas” captured the end-of-an-era feeling at the time. “Our Las Vegas” is happy to report that new owners of the White Cross and Vickie’s continue to deliver comfort and comfort food to a wide range of customers. The diner still rocks the soup of the day (Ginger recommends the Navy Bean on Tuesdays) – and as you’ll see on their Facebook page the Market offers an impressive array of artisanal beers.

Jon Winet directs “Our Las Vegas.” From five o’clock on he usually goes with the Pork Chops with Apple Sauce dinner. At all times of day he is a fan of “That Painting.”

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December 14, 2014

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“Goodsprings”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
Originally published on The Daily Frame on August 28, 2012

The Daily Frame has launched a “Throwback December” operation. During the month and early new year we are featuring work from the project’s early days. In most instances we’re adding or revising the original accompanying texts.

Goodsprings is a census-designated place (CDP) in Clark County, Nevada, United States. The population was 229 at the 2010 census.

Named for Joseph Good, whose cattle frequented a spring nestled in the southeastern foothills of the Spring Mountains, Goodsprings was once the heart of the most productive mining districts in Clark County. Over the years, lead, silver, copper, zinc, gold, and silver have all been mined from this area. Before 1900, a small cluster of tent cabins and a mill were erected, and a post office Lincoln County established Goodsprings Township. In 1904, Salt Lake City mining interests platted the Goodsprings Township. Most early buildings in the town were constructed during the boom spurred by the railroad in 1910–1911.

After a number of moves, the current Goodsprings Schoolhouse was erected in 1913. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, it is the oldest school in Clark County that was built as a school and is still used as a school. Due to a shortage of funds, however, the Clark County School District is currently considering shutting the school down.

After World War I, mining slowed and families moved away. World War II created a second boom, but it too slowed after the war ended. The town’s population has dwindled to approximately 200.

Goodsprings is currently the home of the Pioneer Saloon, considered to be one of the oldest saloons in Nevada (over 90 years old). The saloon houses a bullet hole on the side of the building and a coroner’s letter describing how it was created. The saloon is said to be “haunted” by the victim’s ghost by many. In addition, the Pioneer Saloon has a small memorial to both Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. Ms. Lombard’s plane TWA Flight 3 crashed into nearby Potosi Mountain on January 16, 1942. The saloon and hotel were the centers of operations for the search. The accident resulted in her death.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She’s been to the Pioneer Saloon.

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December 13, 2014

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“Hard Sky”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “Las Vegas Skies”series.
Originally published on The Daily Frame on May 21, 2012

In something of a “Throwback December” maneuver, The Daily Frame will be featuring work from its early (and even more obscure moments.) In most instances we’re adding and/or revising accompanying text.

“The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Paradise, Nevada, is an entertainment resort owned and operated by Brookfield Asset Management and Warner Hospitality. The property is located on 16.7 acres (6.8 ha) on the corner of Harmon and Paradise Road, inside the Paradise Corridor.

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 from Wikipedia. At the top of the article, it adds: “This article appears to be written like an advertisement. Please help improve it by rewriting promotional content from a neutral point of view and removing any inappropriate external links. (May 2013)” We’re not so sure, or perhaps appreciate the information none the less.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She’s been here since just about the beginning.

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December 12, 2014

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“Pasha Rafat”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “Las Vegas Creatives Series.”
Originally published on The Daily Frame on April 11, 2013

Photographed in his studio by Ginger Bruner for the “Las Vegas Artists Series,” Artist Professor Pasha Rafat is the Coordinator of the UNLV MFA Program of Graduate Studies in Studio Art.

His work is currently featured in “Light Works,” a solo exhibition at Brett Wesley Gallery.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She and Pasha go way back.

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December 11, 2014

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“On the Radio: Leslie Ventura”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “Las Vegas Creatives Series.”

Ms. Ventura’s bio on the Las Vegas Weekly states: “Local and independent music lover Leslie Ventura found her passion for journalism as a UNLV undergrad, contributing to Las Vegas Weekly and working as the arts and entertainment editor of UNLV’s student newspaper, The Rebel Yell. Before joining Greenspun Media Group, Leslie worked as an account coordinator at a local public relations firm.”

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. In August of 2006 she was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

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December 10, 2014

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“Hospital Visit”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. In a parallel universe she’s a candy striper.

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December 9, 2014

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“Aria”
Photograph by Adam Yurkunas.

“… Window washing, is the cleaning of architectural glass used for structural, lighting, or decorative purposes.

Commercial work is contracted variously from in-person transactions for cash or barter, to formal tender processes. Regulations, licensing, technique, equipment and compensation vary nationally and regionally.”

Learn more about this trade on Wikipedia.
Text from Wikipedia.

Daily Frame Contributor Adam Yurkunas was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. He joined the Marine Corps after high school then moved to Las Vegas in 1999. He notes: “Although I’ve always been interested in photography, I only started shooting last January when I bought my first DSLR camera. Since then the lens has opened my eyes to an entirely new view of our city and its surrounding areas.”

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December 8, 2014

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“December Moon with Jet”
Photographed by JOn Miller, December 6, 2014

“The Moon makes a complete orbit around Earth with respect to the fixed stars about once every 27.3 days (its sidereal period). However, because Earth is moving in its orbit around the Sun at the same time, it takes slightly longer for the Moon to show the same phase to Earth, which is about 29.5 days (its synodic period). Unlike most satellites of other planets, the Moon orbits closer to the ecliptic plane than to the planet’s equatorial plane. The Moon’s orbit is subtly perturbed by the Sun and Earth in many small, complex and interacting ways. For example, the plane of the Moon’s orbital motion gradually rotates, which affects other aspects of lunar motion. These follow-on effects are mathematically described by Cassini’s laws.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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 Expert and Man at McCarran.

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December 7, 2014

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“August Sunset”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner August 12, 2012
From the “Las Vegas Skies” series.

With a return to clear skies, we conclude our recent run of atmospherically-centered Daily Frames with this “vintage” shot from the “Our Las Vegas” files. It and all Daily Frames since April 2014 are on view in the Daily Frame Archive.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She chronicles the Las Vegas skies.

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December 6, 2014

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“Wynn (Fog)”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner December 3, 2014

“Fog is a collection of liquid water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the air at or near the Earth’s surface.[1] Fog can be considered a type of low-lying cloud, and is heavily influenced by nearby bodies of water, topography, wind conditions, and even human activities. In turn, fog has affected many human activities, such as shipping and transport, warfare, and culture.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. Her vision is clear.

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December 5, 2014

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“Encore (Fog)”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner December 3, 2014

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She braves inclement weather to get the shot.

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December 4, 2014

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“FSE Rain”
Photographed by JOn Miller December 2, 2014

The photographer comments:”Oh So Beautiful! It rained last night in Vegas. So fresh, clean, happy, and beautiful! It always strikes me as odd that in Vegas, it is the only place where life stops when it rains. I had dozens of people ask ‘How are you getting home? It’s Raining.’ Me: ‘Same as always! Bus and walk.’ Them: ‘But it’s raining.’ Me; ‘Yup, it is beautiful.’ Them: Shock and disbelief. Why would anyone stop enjoying life because it is raining? It always amazes me how deserted the town is. This is the perfect time to enjoy it… It was nice and warm, everything looks so much more sparkly, it smells so fresh, and it is life-giving/ invigorating. Ahhh.”

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 Expert and Man at McCarran.

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December 3, 2014

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“Luxor Exterior no 1.”
Photographed by Jon Winet March 2014

“How many times in your life will you be able to say you stayed and played in a pyramid?” Curiously, the Luxor website barely makes mention of its fantastical design, and fails to mention, unlike Wikipedia that the “hotel is named after the city of Luxor (ancient Thebes) in Egypt.”

Jon Winet is the director of “Our Las Vegas.” He misses the Aladdin and the days when all respectable Las Vegas casinos were themed-up.

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December 2, 2014

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“Grand”
Photographed by Glenn Elliott at 7th and Ogden, Downtown Las Vegas.

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is the director of Generator Photography and frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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December 1, 2014

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“Strippers”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas.

Daily Frame contributor Sallie Douglas writes: “I am a native of Las Vegas. I attended St. Anne’s school with our own talented and loved artist Anthony Bondi and graduated from Valley High school in 1972.

I have been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening 15 years ago. I am also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, and now have become an abstract artist as well! My pieces are currently exhibited at City of the World Gallery on Casino Center and Colorado. Much of my work is inspired by our beautiful sunrises and sunsets.”

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November 30, 2014

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“Palm Sunset”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “Las Vegas Skies” series.

“The Arecaceae are a botanical family of perennial lianas, shrubs, and trees commonly known as palm trees. They are flowering plants, the only family in the monocot order Arecales. Roughly 202 genera with around 2600 species are currently known, most of them restricted to tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate climates. Most palms are distinguished by their large, compound, evergreen leaves arranged at the top of an unbranched stem. However, many palms are exceptions, and in fact exhibit an enormous diversity in physical characteristics. As well as being morphologically diverse, palms also inhabit nearly every type of habitat within their range, from rainforests to deserts.

Palms are among the best known and most extensively cultivated plant families. They have been important to humans throughout much of history. Many common products and foods are derived from palms, and palms are also widely used in landscaping for their exotic appearance, making them one of the most economically important plants. In many historical cultures, palms were symbols for such ideas as victory, peace, and fertility. Today, palms remain a popular symbol for the tropics and vacations.”

Tezt from Wikipedia.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. If you give her a call, we bet she’ll be right over.

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November 29, 2014

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“Glen Heather Backyard”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
Thanksgiving, November 27, 2014
From the “In the Neighborhood” and “Las Vegas Poolside” series.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. If you give her a call, we bet she’ll be right over.

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November 28, 2014

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“Rancho, just south of Charleston”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “In the Neighborhood” and “Drive-by” series.

“A neighbourhood (Commonwealth English), or neighborhood (American English), is a geographically localised community within a larger city, town, suburb or rural area. Neighbourhoods are often social communities with considerable face-to-face interaction among members. ‘Researchers have not agreed on an exact definition. Neighbourhood is generally defined spatially as a specific geographic area and functionally as a set of social networks. Neighbourhood, then, are the spatial units in which face-to-face social interactions occur—the personal settings and situations where residents seek to realise common values, socialise youth, and maintain effective social control.'”

Text from Wikipedia. Quote: Schuck, Amie and Dennis Rosenbaum 2006 “Promoting Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods: What Research Tells Us about Intervention.” The Aspen Institute.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She may be in your neighborhood momentarily.

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November 27, 2014

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“Thanksgiving: November Light”. Winchester Cultural Center
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “In the Neighborhood” series.

“The 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.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She is a closet tree hugger.

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November 26, 2014

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“City Landscape”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott. “Southwest corner of the Valley, near Red Ridge Park.”
From the “In the Neighborhood” series.

Location information provided by the photographer.

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is the director of Generator Photography and frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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November 25, 2014

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“November Ballpark”
Photograph by Peter LaCasia.

“Sunday morning November 2014. One of Henderson’s Arroyo Grande Sports Complex’ four ballparks. From March to September the parks are alive with the sights, sounds and excitement of Little League Baseball. During the offseason, the only activity that occurs is the Arroyo Grande groundskeepers ensuring the cleanliness of the park.”

Text by the photographer.

Peter LaCascia was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and has resided in Henderson, Nevada since 2001. Although he is enrolled as a Journalism Major at the UNLV, his aspiration is to revive the sounds of the 1940s become a jazz singer and pianist. Prior to his journalism and music studies, he dreamed of becoming a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, pitching in various Little League organizations until an arm injury ended his big league dreams.

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to work with students in Professor Mary Hausch‘s Advanced Reporting Class in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies.

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November 24, 2014

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“On the Radio: Joe Kahl”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “Las Vegas Creatives Series.”

Joe Kahl has been the host of “Patchwork” for over 20 years. You can hear the show on The Source 91.5 – UNLV Radio Sundays from noon to 2 pm. The show presents “a blend of folk, bluegrass, country blues, singer/songwriter, old-timey, country, Celtic, Cajun, gospel, fiddle tunes, and all the rest that makes up this crazy quilt of music. It’ll raise the hair on the back of your neck, break your heart, make you laugh out loud or get your foot to tappin’.”

Text in quotes from tunein

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer and a longtime radio personality. You might just hear hear her on air or in the engineering room “playing favorites.”

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November 23, 2014

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“Lost Creek Trail”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré.

“This short (0.31 miles one way), but very pleasant trail runs across Red Rock Wash and up a short canyon in the Red Rocks cliffs to a waterfall inside the Rainbow Mountain Wilderness Area. The trail ends in a pretty little box canyon with a waterfall that flows during winter, spring, and after rainstorms. A spring in the willow thicket at the base of the canyon almost always has water. During wet years, the trail into the canyon can be flooded and travel can be somewhat difficult if you want to keep your feet dry, but the waterfall can be spectacular under those conditions. Lost Creek falls can be visited as short spur off the Willow Spring Loop Trail. This is a good hike for young kids.”

Text from Bird and Hike.

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, 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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November 22, 2014

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“Luxor Interior no. 1”
Photograph by Jon Winet.

“Luxor was the ancient city of Thebes, the great capital of Egypt during the New Kingdom, and the glorious city of the god Amon-Ra. The city was regarded in the Ancient Egyptian texts as w3s.t (approximate pronunciation: “Waset”), which meant “city of the sceptre” and also as t3 ip3t (conventionally pronounced as “ta ipet” and meaning “the shrine”).”

Text from Wikipedia.

Jon Winet directs “Our Las Vegas.” In the sixth grade, he begin to write a book on Ancient Egypt.

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November 21, 2014

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“Cityscape no. 7: Binion’s Parking Ramp.” North Casino Center Blvd. Downtown Las Vegas..
Photograph by Jon Winet.

Jon Winet directs “Our Las Vegas.” His favorite photographers remain Ginger Bruner and Google Street View.

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November 20, 2014

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“Glen Heather”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “In the Neighborhood” series.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. Look for her in your neighborhood.

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November 19, 2014

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“Mozzie”
Photograph by Hayley Corbett.
From the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series.

“Our Las Vegas” contributor Hayley Corbett notes: “This is Mozzie “MuscleMan” Booth. My boyfriend and I rescued him from the Animal Foundation a few months ago and he has brightened our lives ever since. He stands guard on our patio greeting each neighbor that walks by. He puts the biggest smile on my face and I think it’s safe to say, from this picture, that we have done the same for him. He went from being a sad shelter dog to the happiest and most confident little guy.”

Hayley Corbett reports that she is “a rare species being born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada.” She adds: “I am a Journalism major at UNLV. I have a love for learning and a passion for life and my heart belongs to a United States Marine and my chiweenie. I might be intense sometimes, to say the least, but I can promise to always be as straightforward and honest as possible. I’m a free spirit just trying to become the best me I can be and enjoying the journey of life.”

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to work with students in Professor Mary Hausch‘s Advanced Reporting Class in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies.

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November 18, 2014

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“Coming Home”
Photograph by Hayley Corbett.

First-time contributor Hayley Corbett notes: “Some people have a smell that reminds them of home. As I step off the airplane at McCarran International Airport and make my way to the baggage claim, the sound of slot machines instantly makes me feel at home. For most this is the beginning of an exciting vacation, for me this is a bittersweet homecoming.”

Hayley Corbett reports that she is “a rare species being born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada.” She adds: “I am a Journalism major at UNLV. I have a love for learning and a passion for life and my heart belongs to a United States Marine and my chiweenie. I might be intense sometimes, to say the least, but I can promise to always be as straightforward and honest as possible. I’m a free spirit just trying to become the best me I can be and enjoying the journey of life.”

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to work with students in Professor Mary Hausch‘s Advanced Reporting Class in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies.

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November 17, 2014

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“This & That”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott.

Mr. Elliott, best known for his automotive photography writes: “The ‘This & That’ was shot on Bonanza, Historic Westside, just west of H Street. The building is all painted grey now.”

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is the director of Generator Photography and frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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November 16, 2014

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“Red Rock – Ice Box Canyon”
Photograph by Valarie Peritz.

Ms. Peritz writes: “This picture was captured on a beautiful Sunday in October on Ice Box Canyon trail in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The trail gets its name from the drop in temperature inside the canyon, caused by a lack of sunshine. It is an easy to moderate hike that ends with a beautiful pond and a seasonal waterfall.”

Valarie Peritz was born and raised in Las Vegas and is a UNLV Journalism & Media Studies in her second year. She notes: “As a full time student and worker in the hospitality industry, I prefer to spend my free time away from commotion, becoming one with nature.”

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to work with students in Professor Mary Hausch‘s Advanced Reporting Class in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies.

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November 15, 2014

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“Electricity (Downtown)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

“Electricity is the set of physical phenomena associated with the presence and flow of electric charge. Electricity gives a wide variety of well-known effects, such as lightning, static electricity, electromagnetic induction and electrical current.”

Text from Wikipedia

Ginger Bruner serves as Lead Photographer for “Our Las Vegas.” Her batteries are charged.

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November 14, 2014

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“Bellagio Fall”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré.

“Current Exhibit: Fall Harvest Show
On display through November 30th.”

“Catch Mr. & Ms. Green Thumb daily in the Conservatory between the hours of 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. providing tips and answering your questions about the gardens.
Guests can enjoy live musical performances daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the South Garden.
Brilliance abounds inside our breathtaking Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The attention to detail is astounding. The passionate display of nature in all its awe-evoking glory – quite simply, sensational! Let your imagination wander as you assume a leisurely stroll amongst rare natural finds selected distinctively for Bellagio from all over the world.

Admire the essence of every season recreated with exceptionally gorgeous plants, flowers and trees thoughtfully arranged to inspire full splendor. Specially designed lighting spotlights every flower to accentuate its best features. To ensure the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens maintains magnificence 365 days a year, 140 expert horticulturists theatrically arrange gazebos, bridges, ponds, and water features uniquely for each season. Treat yourself to this unrivaled attraction’s ever changing personality for the Holidays, Chinese New Year, spring, summer, and fall!”

Text from Bellgio “Conservatory & Botanical Gardens website.

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, 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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November 13, 2014

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“Starliner”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott.

“The Ford Starliner was the fastback version of the flagship Galaxie line of full-size Fords in 1960 and 1961. .

In 1960, the Starliner hardtop, along with the Sunliner convertible, made up the Galaxie Special Series. It utilized the high-level Galaxie trim, however the Galaxie name on the trunklid was replaced by Starliner script.

The base engine in 1960 & 1961 was the aging 292 CID Y-block V-8, with the optional 352 motor that was originally introduced in 1958. In 1961 Ford offered the new Thunderbird 390 cubic-inch motor in 3 versions with the top line offering in 375 horsepower. There was also a dealer option for a 6V-401 HP that came with a three-2 barrel manifold and carb setup in the trunk to be installed by the dealer or the buyer.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is the director of Generator Photography and frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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November 12, 2014

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“Parking Ramp”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “Drive-By” Series.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She self parks.

Editor’s Note: You can see more “Drive-by’s” in The Daily Frame Archive. Search for “drive-by” on the page.

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November 11, 2014

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“East Sahara Facing West”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “Drive-By” Series.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She monitors the Radiant City’s sunsets.

Editor’s Note: You can see more “Drive-by’s in The Daily Frame Archive. Search for “drive-by” on the page.

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November 10, 2014

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“Holsum Bakery”
Photograph by Kim Caine.

The iconic Holsum Bakery site at 241 W Charleston Boulevard now is home to Lola’s: A Louisiana Kitchen.

Kim Caine provides the following biographical information: “My name is Kim Caine and, while some leave their hearts in San Francisco, mine was left in Las Vegas. I have lived in Vegas twice.

The first time was as a student at UNLV from 1990 to 1997 as a Music Major. I played in many ensembles at school on the saxophone and was given scholarships to do so. I was also part of the ‘Cast’ who opened the MGM Grand in 1993 in the retail department. Although bittersweet, I left in May of 1997 for a short-lived stay in Italy. I figured, if I have to leave the place I love, it better be for someplace good.

I returned to Las Vegas in 2007 to begin a new career with the Clark County School District and taught Math at Von Tobel Middle School for five years. It was my intention to give back to a city that gave me so much in my early adult years and my goal to do so was accomplished.

In September of 2012, I moved to California to be with my partner, and friend, Mark. I have been back to visit and captured a few images to help me love Vegas from afar. It’s funny, on my last road trip out of town, I stopped at Luv-Its Frozen Custard and got the Western. I chatted with the guy behind me as we waited and I told him my story. I ended with: ‘Now I live in California.’ He said, ‘Nah, you’re a local.’ I hope you feel the same way.”

Editor’s Note: this is expat Kim Caine’s fourth contributions to the Daily Frame. Her two previous ones are included in The Daily Frame Archive. Search for “Caine” in the archive.

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November 9, 2014

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“New Mexico Desert”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner. August 2014.

“Inhabited by indigenous peoples of the Americas for many centuries before European exploration, New Mexico was subsequently part of the Imperial Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain, then part of Mexico, and a U.S. territory before attaining statehood. Among U.S. states, New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanics, including descendants of Spanish colonists and recent immigrants from Latin America. It also has the second-highest percentage of Native Americans after Alaska, and the fourth-highest total number of Native Americans after California, Oklahoma, and Arizona. The tribes in the state consist of mostly Navajo, Puebloan and the Apache peoples. As a result, the demographics and culture of the state are unique for their strong Hispanic and Native-American influences, both of which are reflected in the state flag. The red and gold colors of the New Mexico flag are taken from the flag of Spain, along with the ancient sun symbol of the Zia, a Pueblo-related tribe.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Photographer and artist Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She takes the occasional over night road trip.

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November 8, 2014

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“Vegas Valley Full Moon – The Beaver Moon”
Photograph by Jon Miller. November 2014

“For both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. This full Moon was also called the Frost Moon.”

Text from the Old Farmer’s Almanac “Full Moon Names” website.

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 Expert and Man at McCarran.

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November 7, 2014

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“Empty Lot (site of former Enigma Garden Café)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

“With Trifecta Gallery closing at the end of January, TastySpace Gallery closing December 1, the Contemporary Arts Center reorganizing without a gallery home, Vast Space Projects now operating as a roaming gallery and the slowing of Emergency Arts’ gallery scene, there’s a more somber sentiment regarding the immediate future of the Las Vegas arts community. Add to that the rising cost of rent in the Arts District area and things are looking dire.”

From Kristen Peterson’s story in the current Las Vegas Weekly, “The Arts District: Where have all the galleries gone?” Her Aug. 24, 2007 story in the Las Vegas Sun provides information on Enigma, an early expression of the Downtown’s art scene – and the café’s young charismatic founder: “Death of social linchpin, Enigma Cafe founder shakes arts community”

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She has fond memories of Enigma.

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November 6, 2014

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“Dashboard Hula Girl”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “Drive-by Series (variation)”

With special thanks to driver and Hula Girl proprietor Matt Sorvillo.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She occasionally rides shotgun.

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November 5, 2014

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“NW Neighborhood Late Afternoon Sky”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “In the Neighborhood”” and “Las Vegas Skies” series.

“Real estate is “property consisting of land and the buildings on it, along with its natural resources such as crops, minerals, or water; immovable property of this nature; an interest vested in this; (also) an item of real property; (more generally) buildings or housing in general. Also: the business of real estate; the profession of buying, selling, or renting land, buildings or housing.”

“A home is a dwelling-place used as a permanent or semi-permanent residence for an individual, family, household or several families in a tribe. It is often a house, apartment, or other building, or alternatively a mobile home, houseboat, yurt or any other portable shelter. Larger groups may live in a nursing home, children’s home, convent or any similar institution. A homestead also includes agricultural land and facilities for domesticated animals. Where more secure dwellings are not available, people may live in the informal and sometimes illegal shacks found in slums and shanty towns. More generally, “home” may be considered to be a geographic area, such as a town, village, suburb, city, or country.”

Texts from Wikipedia “real estate” and “home”.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She does her best to cover every square foot of Southern Nevada.

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November 4, 2014

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“VOTE”
“Our Las Vegas” graphic with photograph by Ellie Mendré.

“In a democracy, a government is chosen by voting in an election: a way for an electorate to elect, i.e. choose, among several candidates for rule. In a representative democracy voting is the method by which the electorate appoints its representatives in its government.”

Text from Wikipedia.

FIND your polling place – courtesy of Rock The Vote.

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, 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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November 3, 2014

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“Fixer Upper”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis.
From the “In the Neighborhood” series.

“Our Las Vegas” wishes Lisa, currently under the weather, a speedy recovery to full resplendent health.

Artist Lisa Stamanis serves as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs. She has played a vital role in the development of arts and culture in the Radiant City for over twenty-five years.

Her earlier contributions to the The Daily Frame are featured in the “Our Las Vegas” Photography Archive. Search on the site for “Stamanis.”

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November 2, 2014

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“Sonic Sky no. 2”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “Las Vegas Skies” series.

(Follow-up to our October 30, 2014 Frame, now featured in the “Our Las Vegas” Photography Archive.

Ginger Bruner is the Lead Photographer for “Our Las Vegas.” She looks upwards.

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November 1, 2014

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“Skate Park Sunset
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Ginger Bruner is the Lead Photographer for “Our Las Vegas.” Her life is one big and wonderful skating adventure.

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October 31, 2014

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“Love Forever”
Photograph by Jon Winet

Happy Halloween | Happy Nevada Day! Catch two parades downtown, the new murals – including this one by D*Face, lasting traces of the 2014 LIB Festival AND Grrl Jam at the Bunkhouse featuring “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner on bass!

Deets:
“5th Annual Fremont East Halloween Parade tonight at 7 p.m.”

“Halloween, Nevada Day parades come to Vegas” LVRJ story by Richard N. Velotta.

Grrl Jam Facebook Page

Jon Winet directs “Our Las Vegas.” His favorite mural is Diego Rivera’s master work Detroit Industry at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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October 30, 2014

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“Sonic Sky”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the Las Vegas Skies series.

“The intensity of the sky varies greatly over the day, and the primary cause of that intensity differs as well. When the sun is well above the horizon, direct scattering of sunlight (Rayleigh scattering) is the overwhelmingly dominant source of light. However, in twilight, the period of time between sunset and night and between night and sunrise, the situation is more complicated. Green flashes and green rays are optical phenomena that occur shortly after sunset or before sunrise, when a green spot is visible above the sun, usually for no more than a second or two, or it may resemble a green ray shooting up from the sunset point. Green flashes are a group of phenomena that stem from different causes, most of which occur when there is a temperature inversion (when the temperature increases with altitude rather than the normal decrease in temperature with altitude). Green flashes may be observed from any altitude (even from an aircraft). They are usually seen at an unobstructed horizon, such as over the ocean, but are also seen over cloud tops and mountain tops. Green flashes may also be observed at the horizon in association with the Moon and bright planets, including Venus and Jupiter.”

Text adapted from Wikipedia.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She is an avid observer of Las Vegas skies.

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October 29, 2014

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“SLS”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner. October 27, 2014

“In 1952 Owner Milton Prell built the Sahara Hotel on the site of Club Bingo (est. 1947). It was located just outside of the City of Las Vegas, and was the sixth resort to open on the Strip. The resort was built by Del Webb.

In late 1954, the hotel hired jazz musician Louis Prima to be their late night lounge act, one of the earliest ones on the Las Vegas Strip. Along with his then-wife Keely Smith and sax player Sam Butera, they created one of the hottest late-night attractions on the Strip. In 1956, Abbott and Costello appeared together for the last time on the Sahara stage before their permanent breakup. The hotel constructed the first high-rise tower on the Strip in 1959, designed by Martin Stern.

In 1961, the hotel was purchased by Del Webb. In 1962, a Don the Beachcomber restaurant opened in the hotel, becoming a top attraction to not only hotel guests but a variety of celebrities as well. A 24-story tower was added in 1963, which made the hotel the tallest building in Las Vegas.”

Text adapted from Wikipedia.

Ginger Brner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She recently tried the chocolate pancakes with bourbon whipped cream at the SLS Griddle Café.

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October 28, 2014

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“Plaza Dawn”
Photograph by Jon Winet. October 26, 2014

“Opened on July 2, 1971 with the owners including local businessmen: Sam Boyd, Frank Scott, Howard Cannon and Jackie Gaughan. Its original name was Union Plaza, in reference to the Union Pacific railroad station that originally stood at the site.

Before the discontinuation of the Desert Wind train route on May 10, 1997, Amtrak made its Las Vegas, Nevada station near the Plaza. The station and ticket windows were directly connected to the hotel. It was the only train station in the United States located in a casino.

Barrick Gaming Corporation acquired the Plaza from Jackie Gaughan and in late 2005 later ceded operation to majority owner Tamares Group. On July 1, 2005 after Tamares took control of the Plaza mayor Oscar Goodman made his opinions clear in an article in the Las Vegas Press. He said “If I had my druthers, I would like to have somebody in place to discuss imploding the Plaza.” He was referring to his desire to see the Plaza replaced with new construction that would create a scenic entrance to Union Park.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Jon Winet, director of “Our Las Vegas,” recently concluded a week-long stay at the Plaza.

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October 27, 2014

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“Trader Bills”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott

With the smoke now clearing from “Life Is Beautiful” and “Our Las Vegas'” Is Life Beautiful?, an experimental documentary multimedia fiction work, we resume our traditional Daily Frame practice with a bird’s eye view of Trader Bills at the northwest corner of the Fremont Street Experience.

Visitors to Trader Bills may be surprised at its wares. A 1997 Las Vegas Sun story by Bob Shemeligian, “Landmark downtown shop changes focus,” provides some history – and a reminder that Las Vegas is in a constant stage of evolution.

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is the director of Generator Photography and frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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October 26, 2014

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“Matt & Dora’s late night breakfast at Vicki’s”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Production still of Las Vegas writer Matt Sorvillo featured in “Our Las Vegas'” Is Life Beautiful?, an experimental documentary multimedia fiction work created over the life of the Life is Beautiful Festival.

Ginger Bruner is a Vicki’s regular.

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October 25, 2014

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“Life Is Beautiful Sculpture”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Scenographer and sculptor Edoardo Tresoldi, creates amazing hand-made sculpture from metallic wire mesh, transforming a mundane industrial material into delicately crafted three-dimensional figures. His participation for the Life Is Beautiful Festival will be the first appearance of Edoardo Tresoldi’s work in the United States.”

Text from Life is Beautiful website.

Additional Note: viewing the work are Las Vegas actor | artist Alexandria Lee and writer actor | writer Matt Sorvillo who are featured in “Our Las Vegas'” Is Life Beautiful?, an experimental documentary multimedia fiction work created over the life of the Festival.

Ginger Bruner is this weekend’s hardest working photographer | musician..

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October 24, 2014

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“The Conga Line Departs Every Hour “
Photographed October 23, 2014 by Jon Winet, directly across from the Western Hotel, ground zero for VAST Projects Life is Beautful exhibition that includes “Our Las Vegas'” Is Life Beautiful?, an experimental documentary multimedia fiction work created over the life of the Festival.

Ginger Bruner, Lissa Townsend Rodgers and Jon Winet are collaborating on “Is Life Beautiful?” The project features actors | artists | writers Alexandria Lee, Matthew Sorvillo and Grant Tyler.

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October 23, 2014

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“Double Down Ladies Room”
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.”

Text from Double Down Saloon website.

Note that this legendary local establishment will be one of the featured sites in Is Life Beautiful?, “Our Las Vegas'” documentary multimedia fiction work that is part of VAST Projects’s art offerings for the upcoming Life Is Beautiful festival. Life is a odyssey with its share of mishaps and dead ends. In the Twitterverse, you’ll be able to follow one of the project’s characters as they attempt to find their way.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She doubles down.

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October 22, 2014

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“Is Life Beautiful? I”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “Las Vegas Creatives Series.”

Alexandria Lee is a conceptual artist, performer and painter. She is a lead actor in Is Life Beautiful?, “Our Las Vegas'” documentary multimedia fiction work included in VAST Projects exhibition at the upcoming Life Is Beautiful festival.

Ginger Buner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. Her formidable photographic and conceptual skills will be in evidence in the days ahead.

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October 21, 2014

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“Matt at Vicki’s”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner. Vicki’s Cafe . October 20, 2014
From the “Las Vegas Creatives Series.”

Matthew Sorvillo is a lead actor in “Is Life Beautiful?, “Our Las Vegas'” documentary multimedia fiction work included in VAST Projects exhibition at the upcoming Life Is Beautiful festival. He provides the following thumbnail bio sketch:

“Matthew Sorvillo makes a living talking to strangers and pouring them drinks. An aspiring screenwriter, he lives in Las Vegas with his girlfriend, Diana, her cat, Onyx, and a stray pup he once found, named Hero. He firmly believes that the universe is a cold, dark, inhospitable place, barely suitable for human existence. And that LIFE IS MOST BEAUTIFUL when we face those odds together.

He also has a bitchin’ muscle car. (No, it’s not for sale at any price.)”

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She likes the Navy Bean soup at Vicki’s.

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October 20, 2014

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“Emergency Art”
Photograph by Pam Stuckey.

“Created in conjunction with the Life Is Beautiful Festival, (the mural) connects Machida’s colorful Pop- and nature-inspired paintings with Bavington’s intense, music-inspired rhythmic works, in which the artist corresponds colors with musical tones.”

Excerpt from “Sush Machida on fish, air fresheners and his mural” story in Las Vegas Weekly by Kristen Peterson. Visit the Daily Frame Archive and search for Pam Stuckey’s October 10 photograph of the work in its early stages of production.

Daily Frame Contributor Pam Stuckey has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1990. She proudly identifies herself as “a volunteer and patron of Downtown Las Vegas.”

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October 19, 2014

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“Scouting Trip”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “Drive-By Series.”

Ginger notes: “Junction of the old Spanish Highway with NV State Route 160, taken from the south approaching 160 for return to Las Vegas from the now ruined Cathedral Canyon.

Cathedral Canyon is a future site for a collaborative project between Kathleen Nathan, Justine Bellinsky, and me.

The photograph was taken during a scouting trip.”

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photogapher. On any given day she’s actively involved in an impressive range of creative projects.

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October 18, 2014

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“Bar & Bistro”
Photograph by Jon Winet

From their :

“… Enjoy food, wine and art in the artistic, funky surroundings of the BarBistro.”

Jon Winet is the director of “Our Las Vegas.” With the ramp up to “Life Is Beautiful” and “Our Las Vegas'” “Is Life Beautiful?” project, he’s been thinking a lot about one-frame movies – and story-telling more generally. More in the days to come.

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October 17, 2014

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“Huntridge Tavern Floor”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Bourdain came to the Huntridge Tavern Saturday night, part of his quick tour that also included stops at the Golden Steer and Frankie’s Tiki Bar. Bourdain and his entourage kept the news of his appearance at the Huntridge Tavern quiet, so only a few hundred of his closest friends showed up, including apparently most of, if not the entire, chapter of the Hammer & Cycles bicycle club.”

Excerpt from a story by Launce Rake in the now defunct Las Vegas City Life on Anthony Bourdain’s November 2013 trip to Las Vegas. The cut line for a photograph accompanying the story reads: “Anthony Bourdain left his last beer and a shot at the Huntridge Tavern. His snack of choice were Bugles, the delicious corn snack.”

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photogapher. She’ll have a pint of Guinness.

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October 16, 2014

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“Flamingo Exit”
Photograph by Jon Winet

Jon Winet is the director “Our Las Vegas.” He has fond memories of the Aladdin Casino.

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October 15, 2014

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“Western Village”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is the director of Generator Photography and frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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October 14, 2014

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“Midway”
Photograph by Jon Winet. Circus Circus Las Vegas. March 2014.

“The term Midway originated from the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, Illinois, in 1893. It was the first world’s fair with an area for amusements which was strictly separated from the exhibition halls. This area, which was concentrated on the city’s Midway Plaisance, included carnival rides, among them the first Ferris wheel, belly dancers, balloon rides, and other attractions.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Jon Winet directs “Our Las Vegas.” He’s been to the circus – and to the rodeo.

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October 13, 2014

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“Pink Clouds”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Skies” Series.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She monitors the skies.

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October 12, 2014

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“LV Ren Faire Today”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“A Renaissance faire is an outdoor weekend gathering, usually held in the United States, open to the public and typically commercial in nature, which emulates a historic period for the amusement of its guests. Some are permanent theme parks, while others are short-term events in fairgrounds or other large public or private spaces. Renaissance fairs generally include an abundance of costumed entertainers and fair-goers, musical and theatrical acts, art and handicrafts for sale, and festival food.

Many Renaissance fairs are set during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England. Some are set earlier, during the reign of Henry VIII, or in other countries, such as France, and some are set outside the era of the Renaissance; these may include earlier Medieval periods (including Vikings), or later periods, such as 17th-18th Century pirates.

Renaissance fairs encourage visitors to enter into the spirit of things with costumes and audience participation. Many welcome fantasy elements such as wizards and elves.

In 2007 Chicago journalist Neil Steinberg wrote in an article for the Chicago Sun-Times that ‘If theme parks, with their pasteboard main streets, reek of a bland, safe, homogenized, whitebread America, the Renaissance Faire is at the other end of the social spectrum, a whiff of the occult, a flash of danger and a hint of the erotic. Here, they let you throw axes. Here are more beer and bosoms than you’ll find in all of Disney World.'”

Text adapted from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead PhotographerGinger Bruner will be performing today with Killian’s Angels on the Royal Miller Stage from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.

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October 11, 2014

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“Binion’s Horseshoe Part I”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott

Benny Binion bought the Eldorado Club and Apache Hotel in 1951, re-opening them as Binion’s Horseshoe (also called the Horseshoe Casino). He styled it like an old-style riverboat, with low ceilings and velvet wallpaper. It was the first casino to have carpeting, as well as comps that were offered to all gamblers. Benny believed that small-time gamblers should get the same comps as those who bet big money. Binion also instituted high table limits. When he first opened the Horseshoe, he set the craps table limit at $500—ten times higher than any other casino in Las Vegas at the time. Ultimately, Binion’s raised the table limit to $10,000 and even eliminated table limits completely at times, which was an immediate hit.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is the director of Generator Photography and frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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October 10, 2014

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“Take 2 (in progress)”
Photograph by Pam Stuckey

Interesni Kazki’s Emergency Arts mural for the 2013 Life Is Beautiful Festival barely lasted a month,* but DTLV has higher hopes for the life span of the current Sush Machida Gaikotsu | Tim Bavington collaboration, commissioned by and now in production for the 2014 edition of the Festival.

* Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 Las Vegas Sun “Joe Downtown: Mural removed because it ‘didn’t reflect the spirit’ of downtown, but at least people noticed” By Joe Schoenmann

Daily Frame Contributor Pam Stuckey has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1990. She proudly identifies herself as “a volunteer and patron of Downtown Las Vegas.”

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October 9, 2014

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“Hunter’s Moon | Blood Moon”
Photograph by JOn Miller. October 8, 2014.

From the National Geographic website:

Watch Earth’s Shadow Create a “Blood Moon” Total Lunar Eclipse
Early birds and sky-watchers caught the start of a total lunar eclipse on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
by Jane J. Lee
October 8, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. “Dedicated joggers and diehard sky-watchers across much of North America enjoyed a total lunar eclipse early this morning. In the U.S. capital the eclipse, also referred to as a blood moon, turned the ghostly orb a dusky orange before the rising sun obliterated the view.

The total eclipse was the second in a series of four that began in April and will end next September. Such consecutive total eclipses, known as a tetrad, are relatively rare. Only seven more will happen in this century.

Those who miss the current tetrad will have to wait about 20 years for the next one.”

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 Expert and Man at McCarran.

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October 8, 2014

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“The Mob Museum”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“Located in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, the Mob Museum showcases both sides of the notorious battle between organized crime and law enforcement. With high-tech theater presentations, iconic one-of-a-kind artifacts, and interactive exhibits, you can finally discover the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

Text from the Mob Museum website.

Daily Frame contributor Sallie Douglas writes: “I am a native of Las Vegas. I attended St. Anne’s school with our own talented and loved artist Anthony Bondi and graduated from Valley High school in 1972.

I have been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening 15 years ago. I am also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, and now have become an abstract artist as well! My pieces are currently exhibited at City of the World Gallery on Casino Center and Colorado. Much of my work is inspired by our beautiful sunrises and sunsets.”

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October 7, 2014

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“Motel”
Photographed by JOn Miller on Fremont Street east of 13th Street.

Photographer and artist JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is a frequent contributor to “Our Las Vegas,” serving as our Lunar Expert and Man at McCarran. Like JOn, “Our Las Vegas” looks forward to the total eclipse of the moon early tomorrow morning.

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October 6, 2014

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“Stop. Flags.”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“The entrance to the bus terminal at UNLV, a relatively recent addition to the campus. Located on the far south edge of campus behind the In-N-Out Burger”

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She spent her 20s at UNLV as a Music student.

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October 5, 2014

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“Fall”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 3, 2014

Text from “Why Leaves Change Color” on the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry website.

The Splendor of Autumn
Every autumn we revel in the beauty of the fall colors. The mixture of red, purple, orange and yellow is the result of chemical processes that take place in the tree as the seasons change from summer to winter.

During the spring and summer the leaves have served as factories where most of the foods necessary for the tree’s growth are manufactured. This food-making process takes place in the leaf in numerous cells containing chlorophyll, which gives the leaf its green color. This extraordinary chemical absorbs from sunlight the energy that is used in transforming carbon dioxide and water to carbohydrates, such as sugars and starch.

Along with the green pigment are yellow to orange pigments, carotenes and xanthophyll pigments which, for example, give the orange color to a carrot. Most of the year these colors are masked by great amounts of green coloring.

Chlorophyll Breaks Down

But in the fall, because of changes in the length of daylight and changes in temperature, the leaves stop their food-making process. The chlorophyll breaks down, the green color disappears, and the yellow to orange colors become visible and give the leaves part of their fall splendor.

At the same time other chemical changes may occur, which form additional colors through the development of red anthocyanin pigments. Some mixtures give rise to the reddish and purplish fall colors of trees such as dogwoods and sumacs, while others give the sugar maple its brilliant orange.

The autumn foliage of some trees show only yellow colors. Others, like many oaks, display mostly browns. All these colors are due to the mixing of varying amounts of the chlorophyll residue and other pigments in the leaf during the fall season.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She looks skywards.

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October 4, 2014

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“O”
Photograph by Jon Winet

Cirque du Soleil (pronounced: [siʁk dy sɔ.lɛj], “Circus of the Sun”) is a Canadian entertainment company. It is the largest theatrical producer in the world. Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, it was founded in Baie-Saint-Paul in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix.

Initially named Les Échassiers, they toured Quebec in 1980 as a performing troupe. Their initial financial hardship was relieved in 1983 by a government grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, as part of the 450th anniversary celebrations of Jacques Cartier’s voyage to Canada. Le Grand Tour du Cirque du Soleil was a success in 1984, and after securing a second year of funding, Laliberté hired Guy Caron from the National Circus School to re-create it as a “proper circus”. Its theatrical, character-driven approach and the absence of performing animals helped define Cirque du Soleil as the contemporary circus (“nouveau cirque”) that it remains today.

Each show is a synthesis of circus styles from around the world, with its own central theme and storyline. Shows employ continuous live music, with performers rather than stagehands changing the props. After financial successes and failures in the late 1980s, Nouvelle Expérience was created – with the direction of Franco Dragone – which not only made Cirque du Soleil profitable by 1990, but allowed it to create new shows.

Cirque du Soleil expanded rapidly through the 1990s and 2000s, going from one show to 19 shows in over 271 cities on every continent except Antarctica. The shows employ approximately 4,000 people from over 40 countries and generate an estimated annual revenue exceeding US$810 million. The multiple permanent Las Vegas shows alone play to more than 9,000 people a night, 5% of the city’s visitors, adding to the 90 million people who have experienced Cirque du Soleil’s shows worldwide.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Jon Winet directs “Our Las Vegas.” He has yet to run away and join the circus.

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October 3, 2014

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“Flamingo HVAC”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) is the technology of indoor and vehicular environmental comfort. Its goal is to provide thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality. HVAC system design is a subdiscipline of mechanical engineering, based on the principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. Her AC guy is her hero.

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October 2, 2014

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“Last Dip of the Summer”
Photograph by JOn Miller. September 21, 2014
From the Las Vegas Poolside Series.

Photographer and artist JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is a frequent contributor to The Daily Frame.

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October 1, 2014

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“Downtown Rain” September 26, 2014.
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

Downtown Las Vegas is the central business district of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the original townsite and 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.”

Editor’s note: stories on yesterday’s Downtown Projects news are featured on the Our Las Vegas Facebook site.

Text from Wikipedia.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She’s got her finger on the pulse of Downtown.

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September 30, 2014

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“Fire and Rain”
September 26, 2014.
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis.
From the “Las Vegas Skies” Series.

“The major cause of rain production is moisture moving along three-dimensional zones of temperature and moisture contrasts known as weather fronts. If enough moisture and upward motion is present, precipitation falls from convective clouds (those with strong upward vertical motion) such as cumulonimbus (thunder clouds) which can organize into narrow rainbands. In mountainous areas, heavy precipitation is possible where upslope flow is maximized within windward sides of the terrain at elevation which forces moist air to condense and fall out as rainfall along the sides of mountains. On the leeward side of mountains, desert climates can exist due to the dry air caused by downslope flow which causes heating and drying of the air mass. The movement of the monsoon trough, or intertropical convergence zone, brings rainy seasons to savannah climes.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Artist Lisa Stamanis serves as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs. She has played a vital role in the development of arts and culture in the Radiant City for over twenty-five years. We are honored to feature Ms. Stamanis’ work on The Daily Frame.

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September 29,2014

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“City Hall Solar Panels in Monsoon Weather”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

“In appropriately spectacular fashion, the building’s exterior captures the eye with the proficiency of a world-class casino. Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects of Boston, the 309,000-square-foot contemporary glass, metal, and masonry building, impressive in its own right, is momentarily upstaged at first glance by a stand of 33 “solar trees” on the south façade of the building. These cast shade on the entry plaza, where the average temperature highs in July and August are in the triple digits, and together with a photovoltaic array on the rooftop of the building, they also collect 290,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year.”

Text from “Las Vegas City Hall: A desert-inspired office tower anchors a new downtown development” by Russ Klettke in the May|June 2013 edition of gb&d magazine.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She’s LEED-certified.

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September 28, 2014

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“Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree”
Photograph by Jon Winet.
October 2013

“Humans have occupied the area encompassed by Joshua Tree National Park‘s nearly 800,000 acres for at least 5,000 years. The first group known to inhabit the area was the Pinto Culture, followed by the Serrano, the Chemehuevi, and the Cahuilla.

In the 1800s cattlemen drove their cows into the area for the ample grass available at the time and built water impoundments for them. Miners dug tunnels through the earth looking for gold and made tracks across the desert with their trucks. Homesteaders began filing claims in the 1900s. They built cabins, dug wells, and planted crops.

Each group left its mark upon the land and contributed to the rich cultural history of Joshua Tree National Park. The park protects 501 archeological sites, 88 historic structures, 19 cultural landscapes, and houses 123,253 items in its museum collections.

After the area became a national monument in 1936, local and regional residents were the primary park visitors. As Southern California grew so did park visitation; Joshua Tree now lies within a three-hour drive of more than 18 million people. Since Joshua Tree was elevated from national monument to national park status in 1994 however, greater numbers of visitors from around the nation and the world come to experience Joshua Tree National Park.”

Text from Department of the Interior National Park Service website.

Jon Winet is the director of “Our Las Vegas.”

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September 27, 2014

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“Valet Only”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
September 26, 2014

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas’” Lead Photographer. She’ll find us a parking spot.

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September 26, 2014

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“Golden Hour at the Sonic”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
Just west of the Las Vegas Italian American Social Club, just south of Jaycee Park, site of Wednesday’s spirited weekly Bocce matches.

“In photography, the golden hour (sometimes known as magic hour, especially in cinematography) is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer compared to when the Sun is higher in the sky.”

Text from Wikipedia.

You can catch “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner at the Drive-Thru window.

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September 25, 2014

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“Bocce Anyone?”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner of Team Brass Cupcakes player Aaron Siemsen in action.
September 24, 2014.
Jaycee Park.

Text from the Las Vegas Italian American Club website:

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.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has been known to toss a pallino.

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September 24, 2014

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“Tony Bondi’s Dining Table Reading”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner September 22, 2014

Variations on the “shelfie:” “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer* captures artist Tony Bondi‘s current reads.

[l-r]
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Heavy Metal

LIFE | August 27, 1945
(Note that this edition of LIFE includes Alfred Eisenstadt‘s iconic photograph of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square on V-J Day.)

Mr. Bondi was featured in the September 9, 2014 Daily Frame, now included in the Daily Frame Archive.

* We wonder what books Ginger Bruner currently has on her nightstand.

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September 23, 2014

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“Veer Towers”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré

Veer Towers are twin 37-story, 480-foot residential towers located within CityCenter on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. Each tower houses 337 luxury condominium units ranging from 537 to 2,256 square feet. The two towers were designed by Jahn Architecture of Chicago and lean in opposite directions (five degrees from center).

Text from Wikipedia.

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, 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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September 22, 2014

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“Trainspotting from the Las Vegas City Hall Parking Garage.”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Trainspotters make an effort to “spot” all of a certain type of rolling stock. This might be a particular class of locomotive, a particular type of carriage or all the rolling stock of a particular company. To this end, they collect and exchange detailed information about the movements of locomotives and other equipment on the railway network, and become very knowledgeable about its operations. When a trainspotter sees a train that they have not yet seen before, it is referred to in the hobby as a “cop.”

A trainspotter typically uses a data book listing the locomotives or equipment in question, in which locomotives seen are ticked off. In Great Britain, this aspect of the hobby was given a major impetus by the publication from 1942 onward of the Ian Allan “ABC” series of booklets, whose publication began in response to public requests for information about the rolling stock of Southern Railways. Sometimes, trainspotters also have cameras, but railway photography is mostly linked to railfans. Moreover, in contrast to modern railway companies’ attitudes, at its inception in 1948 British Railways handed out free copies of a locomotive data book to school-children.

Some trainspotters now use a tape recorder instead of a notebook. In modern times, mobile phones and/or pagers are used to communicate with others in the hobby, while various internet mailing lists and web sites aid information exchange. Railbuffs can maintain private computerized databases of spotting records as well. Radio scanners are common equipment for listening to railroad frequencies in the US to follow rail traffic.”

Text from Trainspotting section of Wikipedia entry for “Railfan.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is on the lookout.

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September 21, 2014

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“Red Rock”
Photograph by Pam Stuckey

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

“The unique geologic features, plants and animals of Red Rock represent some of the best examples of the Mojave Desert. In 1990, special legislation supported by the Nevada congressional delegation, changed the status of the Red Rock Recreation Lands to a National Conservation Area (NCA), the seventh to be designated nationally. This legislation provides the funding to protect and improve the area. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is enjoyed by the local population as well as visitors from the United States and many foreign countries. One million visitors each year enjoy the spectacular desert landscape, climbing and hiking opportunities, and interpretive programs sponsored by the BLM.”

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

Daily Frame Contributor Pam Stuckey has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1990. She proudly identifies herself as “a volunteer and patron of Downtown Las Vegas.”

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September 20, 2014

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“The Neon Boneyard”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis

“The Neon Museum officially “opened” with the installation of its first restored sign, the Hacienda Horse and Rider, at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street.

In 2012 the Neon Museum Boneyard opened at 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North. The nearly two-acre campus includes an outdoor exhibition space, known as the Boneyard, which features more than 150 signs, four of which are restored, a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby and the Neon Boneyard North Gallery which houses additional rescued signs and is used for weddings, special events, photo shoots and educational programs.

Hour long guided tours of the Neon Boneyard are available seven days a week.

The Museum includes nine restored signs which can be viewed as public art and visited on a self-guided tour twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The gallery includes the Lucky Cuss Motel, the Bow & Arrow Motel, The Silver Slipper, Binion’s Horseshoe, the Normandie Motel, Dot’s Flowers, the Landmark and 5th Street Liquors.”

Text from Museum website.

Artist Lisa Stamanis serves as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs. She has played a vital role in the development of arts and culture in the Radiant City for over twenty-five years. We are honored to feature Ms. Stamanis’ work on The Daily Frame.

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September 19, 2014

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“Live at the Velveteen Rabbit”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“One look at The All-Togethers and you positively know that they are not your average Las Vegas acoustic group. They harken back to the days of bathtub gin and their music recalls family evenings around the radio… almost.

They have that certain something that you can’t quite put your finger on, except you know you haven’t been here before. A mixture of Prohibition-era and modern songwriting puts you in a whirl, enjoying the ride the entire way.

Ken Osborne handles the fronting of the group. Drawing from his Virginia roots, it’s easy to hear the birth of Americana woven within his voice and songs..

Cindy Osborne is an exquisite miniature. This 5’2” lady tackles the upright bass with all the ferocity of a back alley brawl and never lets it stop her from performing a little soft-shoe all the while.

Michael Louis Austin brings the jazz to the hillbilly. He is a fleet-fingered fury of the six-string that keeps it together and shines through with brilliant voice when needed.

Brenna Luman-Glimp harmonizes from behind her cello. This beauty saws away with a delicate fervor, bringing an air of classical to the music of the hills.

Call them old-fashioned; call them unconventional; but the job gets done- and done well.”

Text from the All-Togethers’ website.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She’s with the band.

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September 18, 2014

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“L’Occitane”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “In the Neighborhood” series.

Hiding in plain site on Las Vegas Boulevard in Downtown, L’Occitane Apartments are a treasure.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She knows her way around town.

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September 17, 2014

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“Cabaret Jazz”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is located in Downtown Las Vegas’s 61-acre Symphony Park and is a five-acre, world-class performing arts center consisting of three theaters in two buildings; groundbreaking for the $470 million project was May 26, 2009. The Neo Art Deco design style was chosen by David M. Schwarz to echo the design elements of another architectural tour de force in Nevada, the Hoover Dam, just 30 miles to the southeast. The center features a 17-story carillon tower containing 47 bells and is the first performing arts center in the nation to be Gold LEED certified. It opened on March 10, 2012.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. If the thing don’t swing, she don’t play the thing.

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September 16, 2014

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“Aria”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré

Aria consists of two curved glass and steel high rise towers adjoined at the center. It opened on December 16, 2009 as a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and Infinity World Development. At 4,000,000 sq ft and 600 ft in height, it is the largest and tallest structure at CityCenter.”

“An aria in music was originally any expressive melody, usually, but not always, performed by a singer. The term became used almost exclusively to describe a self-contained piece for one voice, with or without orchestral accompaniment, normally part of a larger work. The typical context for arias is opera, but vocal arias also feature in oratorios and cantatas, sharing features of the operatic arias of their periods.”

Text from two Wikipedia entries for aria | aria.

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, 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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September 15, 2014

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“DTLV Alley Cat”
Photograph by Jon Winet

“The domestic cat (Felis catus or Felis silvestris catus) is a small, usually furry, domesticated, and carnivorous mammal. It is often called the housecat when kept as an indoor pet, or simply the cat when there is no need to distinguish it from other felids and felines. Cats are often valued by humans for companionship, and their ability to hunt vermin and household pests.

Cats are similar in anatomy to the other felids, with strong, flexible bodies, quick reflexes, sharp retractable claws, and teeth adapted to killing small prey. Cat senses fit a crepuscular and predatory ecological niche. Cats can hear sounds too faint or too high in frequency for human ears, such as those made by mice and other small animals. They can see in near darkness. Like most other mammals, cats have poorer color vision and a better sense of smell than humans.

Despite being solitary hunters, cats are a social species, and cat communication includes the use of a variety of vocalizations (mewing, purring, trilling, hissing, growling, and grunting), as well as cat pheromones, and types of cat-specific body language.

Cats have a high breeding rate. Under controlled breeding, they can be bred and shown as registered pedigree pets, a hobby known as cat fancy. Failure to control the breeding of pet cats by neutering, and the abandonment of former household pets, has resulted in large numbers of feral cats worldwide, requiring population control.

Since cats were cult animals in ancient Egypt, they were commonly believed to have been domesticated there,[9] but there may have been instances of domestication as early as the Neolithic from around 9500 years ago (7500 BC).[10] A genetic study in 2007 concluded that domestic cats are descended from African wildcats (Felis silvestris lybica), having diverged around 8000 BC in West Asia. Cats are the most popular pet in the world, and are now found in almost every place where humans live.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Jon Winet directs “Our Las Vegas.” Years ago, while sporting a fedora at the tables, a stickman referred to him as “the cat in the hat.”

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September 14, 2014

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“Rest Stop Just East of Flagstaff”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Roadtrip Series.”

“Arizona (Navajo: Hoozdo Hahoodzo; O’odham: Alĭ ṣonak) is a state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western United States and of the Mountain West states. It is the sixth largest and the 15th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona is one of the Four Corners states. It has borders with New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, California, and Mexico, and one point in common with the southwestern corner of Colorado. Arizona’s border with Mexico is 389 miles long, on the northern border of the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California.

Arizona is the 48th state and last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the Union, achieving statehood on February 14, 1912. It was previously part of the territory of Alta California in New Spain before being passed down to independent Mexico and later ceded to the United States after the Mexican–American War.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She’s road trip-tested.

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September 13, 2014

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“Poolside Series no. 8”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She can even find a quiet moment at a pool party.

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September 12, 2014

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“DTLV Window no. 7”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

We invite our viewers to supply their own accompanying text for today’s Daily Frame. There are thousands of stories to be told every day and night in the Radiant City.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She knows a story or two.

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September 11, 2014

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“Monday Monsoon”
Photographed by Lisa Stamanis. September 8, 2014.

Ms. Stamanis provides additional information: “About 6pm Monday night. Rainy soggy Monday evening in Las Vegas. Flooding throughout the valley today, including the new Linq on the Strip. Tropical storm Norbert.

The brightly lit rectangle in the distance is the new SLS hotel sign. To the left you can also see the old Hilton Hotel, recently renamed by its new owners, the Westgate.”

Artist Lisa Stamanis serves as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs. She has played a vital role in the development of arts and culture in the Radiant City for over twenty-five years. We are honored to feature Ms. Stamanis’ work for the third time on The Daily Frame.

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September 10, 2014

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“Harvest Moon”
Photographed by JOn Miller. September 7, 2014.

“In traditional skylore, the Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, and depending on the year, the Harvest Moon can come anywhere from two weeks before to two weeks after the autumnal equinox. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the 2014 autumnal equinox comes on September 23, so the September 8-9 full moon counts as the Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon.”

Text from “From “Everything you need to know: The super Harvest Moon of 2014” by Deborah Byrd in Earthsky.

Photographer and artist JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is a frequent contributor to “Our Las Vegas,” serving as our Lunar Expert and Man at McCarran.

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September 9, 2014

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“Anthony Bondi”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner in his front yard, recently featured on 8 News Now.
From the “Las Vegas Creatives Series.”

“I was born and raised in Las Vegas when it was a small town in a vast nearby desert. There were Rat Packs on stage in the casinos and Rat Packs in charge of the cops and Rat Packs in charge of City Hall.

I was in pre-school when adults began to comment on my art skills. I drew pictures and studied art for the rest of the years I was in school. When I was not developing art skills, I studied lots of other subjects. At the end of high school, I was highly qualified for necessary scholarships. But I was missing adult friends, as that concept was then understood in Vegas. Without them, what qualifications I had for scholarships was of no matter.

My first year at UCLA was going to be my last year there. An ancient Art 101 professor made it worthwhile. During his lectures he told stories about partying with his artist friends in Paris in the Twenties. I wondered how to take notes about such stories as everyone else in the lecture hall was doing. As our final exam approached I wondered how to study for it. Come the day of the exam, the professor gave us all a perplexing look. He said, “How could you have taken notes about what I was talking about? There is no exam. You all get an A. Go home.” It is timely advice when someone suggests we should do what we must do, like it or not.

With or without a license, I could still study. Every few months the UCLA library would get crowded. It was a sign that final exams were close. After a week or two the library would be empty again save for the regulars.

These years were also the heyday of revival movie theaters in LA. I had nightly access to the whole history of movies, foreign and domestic, all presented on big screens. I found a theater with weekly showings of underground movies.

I made a little money and spent five months in Europe. I visited and re-visited Chartres cathedral.

All of my employers judged that I was best employed in minimum wage jobs. I have never received a merit-based raise from an employer. Between such jobs as were available to me I chose those which allowed me to work thirty-hour weeks. In exchange for living in poverty, at least I should have a lot of free time.

I have been employed as a movie theater usher, lemon picker, blueprinter, office gopher, Kinkos printer, liquor clerk, liquor delivery driver, Keno writer, busboy, waiter, and janitor. Self-employed; for a compressed few years I was an internet stock investor, and then, a slumlord. I tried to act on the theory of timely diversification.

I draw income today from licenses issued on my patent on tactile immersion play systems.”

Text from anthonybondi.com/

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She and Mr. Bondi were featured in RTZ Gallery‘s closing exhibition, “Bruner & Bondi: Suspicious Evidence.”

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September 8, 2014

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“Southwest Neighborhood”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “In the Neighborhood” series.

The photographer comments: “Near Warm Springs Road and Dean Martin Drive. Would have been the middle of nowhere when it was built.”

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. Las Vegas is her neighborhood.

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September 7, 2014

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“Grafton Cemetery”
Photograph by Andrea Lipomi

The cemetery is few hours away, about 150 miles from the Radiant City, on the southwest edge of Zion National Park.

From the National Park Service website we learn that: “In 1847, Brigham Young led members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) to Utah Territory, establishing settlements in the Great Salt Lake Valley. Within a decade, Mormon pioneers were sent to settle the southern part of the territory and grow cotton in Utah’s “Dixie”. Towns like Shunesberg, Springdale, Grafton, Adventure, and Paradise sprang up along the upper Virgin River during the 1860s. In 1863, Issac Behunin built the first log cabin in Zion Canyon, near the location of the Zion Lodge. Soon the canyon was dotted with other homesteads, including that of William Crawford, near Oak Creek.

During the remainder of the century, the small communities and homesteads struggled to survive. Catastrophic flooding by the river, little arable land, and poor soils made agriculture in the upper Virgin River a risky venture. Some of these settlements, including Shunesberg and Grafton, were ultimately abandoned for more favorable locations.”

Daily Frame Contributor Andrea Lipomi is the director | owner of Feetish Spa, located at Emergency Arts in Downtown Las Vegas. She is a graduate of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, NY, an alumna of the Esthetics Program at Destination Academy in Las Vegas, and recently received her State Nail Technology License.

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September 6, 2014

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“Friday Evening in Town”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner. South Las Vegas Blvd & Gass Avenue. September 5, 2014.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She stepped out on Friday night.

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September 5, 2014

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“Holiday”
Photograph by Andrea Lipomi.

About her photograph Ms. Lipomi notes: “A Hell Yeah Moment. #Holiday #Motel #Vegas #Cadillac #Vintage #takeemwhenyoucangetem”

Daily Frame Contributor Andrea Lipomi is the director | owner of Feetish Spa, located at Emergency Arts in Downtown Las Vegas. She is a graduate of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, NY, an alumna of the Esthetics Program at Destination Academy in Las Vegas, and recently received her State Nail Technology License.

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September 4, 2014

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“SLS”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré.

“The SLS Hotel & Casino Las Vegas is a boutique hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, Nevada. It is owned by SBE Entertainment and Stockbridge Real Estate and reopened on August 23, 2014 after a $415 million renovation as part of SBE’s chain of SLS hotels.

The hotel was formerly known as the Sahara Hotel and Casino. It was in operation under that name for 59 years from 1952 to 2011. The hotel had 1,720 guest rooms and suites with a casino covering more than 85,000 sq ft, and sits on 55 acres (22 ha) including the empty adjoining land. The hotel is the northernmost stop for the Las Vegas Monorail. The Sahara was one of the last remaining vintage “Rat Pack” casino-hotels, leaving only the Riviera Hotel and Casino. The Sahara anchored the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip.”

Text from Wikipedia.

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, 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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September 3, 2014

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“View Facing South from the El Cortez Parking Structure Circa Late 2012”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She knows her Las Vegas history.

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September 2, 2014

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“LeSabre”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott.

Mr. Elliott provides the following information: “The place is the apartments on Albert Ave, right between Koval Ave and what is now The Linq. This was shot January 2013, so it was just when the building of the High Roller was ramping up.”

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is the director of Generator Photography and frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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September 1, 2014

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

Noriko Morris was born near Fukuoka on Kyushu Island. For the past 28 years she has been a waitress at Four Kegs. The watering hole has long been a post gig go-to spot for generations of UNLV musicians.

In honor of Labor Day we salute all the people who work in the Radiant City.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She is a faithful friend.

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August 31, 2014
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“Roadside Attraction no. 1”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

Text below reprinted in its entirety from the National Parks Service website.

Wigwam Village Motel #6
Holbrook, Arizona

In the arid Arizona desert, the Wigwam Village Motel in Holbrook still provides Route 66 aficionados the opportunity to “Sleep in a Wigwam!”

While passing through Cave City, Kentucky in 1938, Chester E. Lewis was impressed by the distinctive design of the original Wigwam Village constructed in 1937 by architect Frank Redford. An astute observer may notice that the Wigwam Village is not composed of wigwams but of teepees. Mr. Redford, who patented the wigwam village design in 1936, disliked the word ‘teepee’ and used ‘wigwam’ instead.

Mr. Lewis purchased copies of the plans and the right to use the Wigwam Village name. The purchase included a royalty agreement in which Mr. Lewis would install coin operated radios, and every dime inserted for 30 minutes of play would be sent to Mr. Redford as payment. Seven Wigwam Villages were constructed between 1936 and the 1950s. Finished in 1950, Mr. Lewis’ village was the sixth, thus its designation as Wigwam Village #6.

Fifteen concrete and steel freestanding teepees are arranged in a semi-circle around the main office. The motel office and its surrounding small buildings represent the quarters of the chief and his family. Each teepee is 21 feet wide at the base and 28 feet high. The teepees are painted white with a red zigzag above the doorway. Rooms feature the original hand-made hickory furniture, and each is equipped with a sink, toilet, and shower. Vintage automobiles are permanently parked throughout the property, including a Studebaker that belonged to Mr. Lewis. In front of the main office were gas pumps that are no longer in place.

Mr. Lewis successfully operated the motel until Interstate 40 bypassed downtown Holbrook in the late-1970s. Mr. Lewis sold the business, and it remained open, but only to sell gas. Two years after Mr. Lewis’ death, his wife and grown children re-purchased the property and reopened the motel in 1988. They removed the gas pumps and converted part of the main office into a museum, which is open to the public. The museum holds Mr. Lewis’ own collection of Indian artifacts, Civil War memorabilia, Route 66 collectibles, and a petrified wood collection. Wigwam Village Motel #6 was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. In 2003 and 2007, the motel received Cost-Share Grants from the NPS Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. Of the seven original Wigwam Village Motels, two other Wigwam Village Motels survive: #2 in Cave City, Kentucky and #7 in Rialto/San Bernardino, California.
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Wigwam Village Motel #6 is located at 811 West Hopi Dr. in Holbrook, AZ. For reservations contact 928-524-3048 or visit the Wigwam Motel website. Each teepee has a private bathroom with toilet and shower, a television, and air conditioner. Keeping with the authenticity of the original motel, there is no ice machine, but if requested, staff will fill a small ice bucket for customers.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She recently traveled with a fellow group of art enthusiasts to visit Walter De Maria’s Lightning Field, and found time to stop along the way.

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August 30, 2014

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“Back of the House”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner. August 29, 2014.
From the “Drive-By Series.”

The photographer explains: “”Back of the House” today looking across I-15 from the corner of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Because Las Vegas.”

We add: Tickets are still available for “An Evening with Jerry Lewis”. September 30 at the Smith Center.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. “Because Las Vegas.”

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August 29, 2014

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“Melissa Petersen”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner. Insert Coins, East Fremont Street. August 28, 2014.
From the “Las Vegas Creatives Series.”

In her new role as Board President of the Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegan Melissa Petersen is leading the organization’s revival efforts.

Ms. Petersen enjoys road trips for art’s sake and a good old-fashioned Old Fashioned.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She never blows smoke.

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August 28, 2014

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“Mantis”
Photographed by Glenn Elliott.

With this year’s Burning Man, the biggest celebration in the desert in full swing, we present the first eight paragraphs of “Giant praying mantis sold, will be part of Las Vegas redevelopment project,” a story by Keith McCord, in the Wednesday, September 26, 2012 edition of the Deseret News.

“It was Kirk Jellum’s first art project, now his 40-foot by 30-foot “Praying Mantis” will be part of a $350 million redevelopment project in downtown Las Vegas.

An aerospace engineer-turned large-scale metal artist, Jellum designed and built the unusual vehicle that he and his wife took to Burning Man in August of 2010. The ‘Burning Man Project’ first began in 1986 with just a handful of people on a beach in San Francisco. Now, the weeklong event attracts nearly 50,000 to the western Nevada desert. The event is about art, in all forms.

The ‘Praying Mantis’ has a neck that can be raised 35 feet into the air and the antennae shoot 20-foot flames. The creation was mounted on a 1983 GMC dump truck and driven 500 miles to Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno in western Nevada two years ago.

The mantis has made appearances at several events. Recently, the one-of-a-kind creation caught the attention of Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh. Jellum’s wife, Kristen Ulmer, said Hsieh started asking her husband some odd questions.

‘Finally it came out that he actually wanted to buy it,’ she said.

‘Mantis’ was never built with the intention of selling it, so they sold it for how much they put into it. Hsieh is investing $350 million of his own money into revitalizing downtown Las Vegas. The development will be a combination of retail and residential buildings, but art will be front and center.

‘It’s (the ‘Praying Mantis’) going to be the entry piece into a shipping container retail space,” he said. “He’s taking shipping containers and tricking them out into a hipster-like retail space.’

Ulmer never imagined selling the mantis. She said the couple didn’t realize there was even a market for such a thing. When they sold it, there were a few tears shed. ‘It felt a bit like we were selling one of our children, but we didn’t have a problem with it,’ she said with a big laugh.”

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is the director of Generator Photography and frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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August 27, 2014

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“After the Performance”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner.

A bronze statue of Mr. and Mrs. Smith by William Behrends keeps an eye on things at the west entrance of Reynolds Hall of the Smith Center.

The Center’s website provides information on its art on display.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She’s been known to loiter purposefully following a good performing arts event.

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August 26, 2014

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“DISCOVERY Children’s Museum”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner.

“The mission of DISCOVERY Children’s Museum is to provide a vibrant and engaging experience, through exhibits and programs, where children from economically and culturally diverse backgrounds actively participate in playful learning experiences that ignite a love of lifelong learning.

Prior to opening its doors in a new location at Symphony Park and with a new name, the DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum was located in the historic Cultural Corridor in Downtown Las Vegas. The museum’s co-founders, Robin Greenspun and Mark Tratos, arranged a partnership between the Junior League of Las Vegas and the Allied Arts Council founding a private, nonprofit educational institution in 1984. A bond issue authorizing the building of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library and Discovery Museum in 1985 gave the museum a permanent home, which opened its doors to the public on September 9, 1990.

Over the years, the museum developed into a critical community asset that complemented and enhanced the educational experience of the children living in Southern Nevada and was regularly recognized for award-winning exhibits and programs. More than 2.1 million children and adults visited the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum.

Realizing a years-long relocation plan, the new museum opened March 9, 2013 in the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center adjacent to The Smith Center in Symphony Park. Much more than just the relocation of the current museum, the new museum helps redefine Las Vegas as a city that values culture and the arts, an urban lifestyle and, most importantly, its children. Three-stories tall in stature, the DISCOVERY Children’s Museum 58,000-square-foot building is home to nine-themed exhibition halls totaling 26,000 square feet of interactive hands-on core exhibits. The 5,000 square foot Featured Exhibitions Gallery is large enough to accommodate major exhibits from the nation’s leading museums. The new location is a safe, easily accessible, family-oriented and energetic educational destination that offers visitors extraordinary learning experiences and enhanced school, public and extended programs.”

Text from Museum website.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She uses every color crayon in the box.

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August 25, 2014

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“The Gables”
Photographed by Andrea Lipomi. August 15, 2014

To learn more about The Gables and efforts to preserve it, please visit page 4 of the Fall 2013 edition of Historic Connection, “a newsletter of the city of Las Vegas Department of Planning. The Historic Preservation Commission is dedicated to saving the city’s legacy and heritage.”

Daily Frame Contributor Andrea Lipomi is the director | owner of Feetish Spa, located at Emergency Arts in Downtown Las Vegas. She is a graduate of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, NY, an alumna of the Esthetics Program at Destination Academy in Las Vegas, and recently received her State Nail Technology License.

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August 24, 2014

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“Fraxinus Velutina”
Photograph by Allison Hayward

The artist notes: “The Modesto ash. It’s a common landscaping tree here in Las Vegas. But how many do you see planted 50 years ago. And as it happens – planted over a leech field of a household septic system. Behold. Las Vegas’ happiest tree.”

Wikipedia provides additional botanical information.

Alison Hayward adds the following biographical information: “Raised with this tree in an older Las Vegas neighborhood.”

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August 23, 2014

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“Viva Vision”
Photograph by Jon Winet

“The Viva Vision 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 the world’s most iconic casinos and hotels.

Guests can enjoy a variety of light shows with dazzling, high-resolution imagery and state-of-the-art, 550,000-watt, concert-quality sound. The Viva Vision screen is made up of 12.5 million energy-efficient LED lamps.”

Text from Fremont Street Experience website.

Jon Winet is the director of “Our Las Vegas.”

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August 22, 2014

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“Double Rainbow”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner on Atlantic Street between East Sahara Ave. and Saint Louis Ave.

“A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that is caused by both reflection and refraction of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.

Rainbows can be full circles, however, the average observer sees only an arc, formed by illuminated droplets above the ground.

In a “primary rainbow”, the arc shows red on the outer part and violet on the inner side. This rainbow is caused by light being refracted (bent) when entering a droplet of water, then reflected inside on the back of the droplet and refracted again when leaving it.

In a double rainbow, a second arc is seen outside the primary arc, and has the order of its colours reversed, red facing toward the other one, in both rainbows. This second rainbow is caused by light reflecting twice inside water droplets.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer.

The Daily Frame Editor notes: unless she’s pulling our leg, as of August 21 at 4 pm PDT, she was not yet among the 40,197,607 people to view “Mountain Double Rainbow 1-8-10,” Yosemitebear‘s classic viral YouTube Video.

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August 21, 2014

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“Golden Nugget”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré.

“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. … It was the foundation for Wynn’s rise to prominence in the casino industry.”

Text from Wikipedia.

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, 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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August 20, 2014

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“University Medical Center”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

The University Medical Center Adult Emergency, Pediatric Emergency and Trauma departments treated over 125,000 patients in 2011, making it one of the largest emergency facilities in the nation.

Text adapted from UMC website.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas’” Lead Photographer. Count on her in an emergency.

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August 19 2014

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“Luis Valera-Rico: ‘Organic Study no. 1’”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

Mr. Valera-Rico’s sculpture is on display at the Clark County Government Center, part of the County’s Exhibition Program, funded in part by the Nevada Arts Council.

From the exhibition program website we learn that: “The colossal, expressive, supinated hand is composed of irregular, cut shapes hanging at precise measurements within a large box frame. The sculpture appears and disappears depending on the viewer’s positioning among the metal slices that make up the segmented hand. Using his experience with CAD, machining and welding, the artist has created a piece born of elaborate planning and painstaking attention to detail.”

“Luis Varela-Rico, born in Guadalajara, Mexico, has been a Las Vegas resident for over twenty years. He studied art at the College of Southern Nevada and the University of Nevada Las Vegas. His work has been exhibited at Brett Wesley Gallery in the group show “The Male Mind,” and the solo exhibition, “Soar.”

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas’” Lead Photographer. Please give her a hand.

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August 18 2014

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“Stratosphere”
Photograph by Cheryl Nishi.
From her “Juxtapostion Series.”

“Stratosphere” is one of Ms. Nishi’s contributions to our “Calling All Photographers!” project. Two other works from the series are included in the Daily Frame Archive.

Ms. Nishi submitted the poem below as part of her series.

Juxtaposition

Walking in backstreets of downtown Las Vegas
Glamour, grit.
Placing close together, side by side.

Created by man, created by heaven
Inviting comparison, contrast
Usually abstract concepts.

Ms. Nishi provides the following biographical notes: “Cheryl Nishi is part of a uniquely integrated Las Vegas art community that features both professional and artistic photography. She believes photos are meant to be seen in person and she works to help individuals reach their personal goals by creating a collaborative workspace to support photographers and other visual artists. She is the founder of The Las Vegas PhotoCollective which is dedicated to raising the artistic profile of photographers and strengthening relationships within the community.

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August 17, 2014

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“The Open Road”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
From the “Drive-By Series.”

Heading East, somewhere between Kingman and Flagstaff on I-40.

Artist Lisa Stamanis serves as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs. She has played a vital role in the development of arts and culture in the Radiant City for over twenty-five years. This is Ms. Stamanis’ second contribution to The Daily Frame.

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August 16, 2014

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“McCarran Las Vegas Arrival”
Photograph by Jon Winet

Jon Winet is the director of “Our Las Vegas.”

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August 15, 2014

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“Seven Eleven Heaven”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “Las Vegas Skies” Series.

“The sky (or celestial dome) is everything that lies a certain distance[clarification needed] above the surface of the Earth, including the atmosphere and outer space. In the field of astronomy, the sky is also called the celestial sphere. This is an imaginary dome where the sun, stars, planets, and the moon are seen to be traveling. The celestial sphere is conventionally divided into regions called constellations. Usually, the term sky is used from the point of view of the Earth’s surface; however, the exact meaning of the term can vary. For example, in some cases the sky is defined as only the denser portions of the atmosphere.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She says she’ll wait and get a Route 44 Ice Tea (with extra ice) at the nearby Sonic.

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August 14, 2014

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“Eric ‘Travis’ Wilson”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner at the Boulder Dam Brewing Company.
From the “Las Vegas Creatives Series.”

From the bio section of his website we learn that:

Eric “Travis” Wilson has been playing music for money since age 14 and has spent a lifetime coloring outside the lines. That’s a kind way of saying “not following instructions or common sense.” His early-80s band Mondo Vita sported the requisite multicolored hair and skinny clothing of the day, and appeared on every TV station Seattle had to offer. They also populated their stage with living room furniture, using floor lamps and a laundry hamper as guitar speakers. This made them both a local nightclub favorite and a source of bewilderment among the Aqua Net crowd.

In the 90s “Travis” formed the world’s only Country-Metal-Rap band, Travis Shredd and the Good Ol’ Homeboys. He released Headbanger’s Squaredance in 1993. He followed that with 668: The Neighbor Of The Beast and Nashville Drive-By, gaining national radio airplay and hot rotation on Seattle’s #1 Country station, #1 Rock station, #1 R&B station, and college radio station . . . simultaneously. During this period he was also a featured musician and singer on “Twisted Tunes,” the brainchild of Seattle radio personality Bob Rivers.

“Travis” relocated to Las Vegas from Seattle in early 2003. For his first year in Las Vegas, Eric performed his solo show every Friday and Saturday night at the Red Rooster…one of the world’s most notorious swinger’s clubs. Based on his previous 15 years as an audio engineer and college audio instructor, the job of sound designer for the Penn & Teller show was dumped in his lap. As a result, he took a major sidetrack into Las Vegas Sound Guy World, working for Wayne Newton, Liza Minelli, Earth Wind and Fire, The Beach Boys, The Go Go’s, Jim Belushi, Rodney Carrington, Carrot Top, Menopause The Musical, and Fantasy. He was the sound editor on the feature film The Aristocrats. His other audio clients include HBO, ESPN2, CBS, BBC, and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

Since moving to Las Vegas, “Travis” has also played jazz drums at the Monte Carlo in Houdini’s Lounge, and at the Double Down. He played guitar in Andrea Boccelli’s band at the Latin Grammy Awards. He has played guitar at the Golden Nugget with the Lon Bronson band and sung with Latina sensation Claudine Castro. He wrote and recorded the music for “Love Tapes” at the Sacred Fools Theater in Los Angeles. He was a regular cast member of the Las Vegas production of Naked Boys Singing. And he has been known to appear as a Burlesque performer when the mood strikes, in “Live Burlesque In Las Vegas.”

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She is a welcome addition to any Las Vegas performance venue – on stage or as a member of the audience.

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August 13, 2014

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“El Cortez”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“So you want to know about the El Cortez. A peek behind the curtain. The secret to our success.

Well, there are no secrets here, no gimmicks or glitter. The El Cortez has been the cornerstone of Downtown and and icon of classic Vegas for more than seventy years. What you see is what you get, and what you get is a piece of vintage Vegas and an experience you can’t find anywhere else. We’re a family-run casino, unburdened by the trappings and constraints of corporate ownership. We’re a part of Downtown, and Downtown is a part of us. You can see it in the smile of a bartender, and hear it in the jingle of one of our classic coin slots. You can feel it in the air. When you play at the El Cortez, you really feel like you are a part of something. Not just the Vegas that people see on television and movies, but the real, legitimate, feel-it-in-your-bones Las Vegas.

The El Cortez Hotel and Casino is the longest continuously running hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Opened in 1941, it was so successful that it attracted the attention of Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Gus Greenbaum, and Moe Sedway, all whom purchased it in 1945.

In 1963 the El Cortez was purchased by Jackie Gaughan, and it has been run as a family business ever since, even through it’s sale to Ike Gaming in 2008.

The El Cortez has undergone several renovations, but still rocks the same facade it had in 1952, keeping the spirit of classic Vegas alive. On February 22, 2013, the structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.”

Text from the El Cortez” website.

Daily Frame contributor Sallie Douglas writes: “I am a native of Las Vegas. I attended St. Anne’s school with our own talented and loved artist Anthony Bondi and graduated from Valley High school in 1972.

I have been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening 15 years ago. I am also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, and now have become an abstract artist as well! My pieces are currently exhibited at City of the World Gallery on Casino Center and Colorado. Much of my work is inspired by our beautiful sunrises and sunsets.”

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August 12, 2014

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“Naomi Stikeman”
Photograph by Pam Stuckey
From the “Las Vegas Creatives Series.”

“Producer, director, writer, choreographer and dancer, Naomi Stikeman is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada. She earned international acclaim performing with The National Ballet of Canada, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, The Copenhagen International Ballet, La La La Human Steps and Celine Dion’s A New Day. Her talent was acknowledged by the Canadian Academy of Film and Television with a Gemini Award in 2002 for Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program and a Gemini Nomination for that same category in 2004. In 2007 Naomi and her husband, Matthew Banks, established their production company One Yellow Fish Inc. Her film Coldspot was honoured at the Choreography Media Honors in Los Angeles and her film Pink Navigator is now a permanent installation at the new St. John’s Medical Centre in Santa Monica, CA. As an artistic consultant and coach Naomi’s clients include: Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, Los Angeles Ballet School, and Couture for Causes. Naomi is also a teacher and rehearsal director at Bunker Dance Centre.”

Text from the The Las Vegas Performing Arts Initiative” website.

Daily Frame Contributor Pam Stuckey has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1990. She proudly identifies herself as “a volunteer and patron of Downtown Las Vegas.”

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August 11, 2014

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“August Super Moon”
Photograph by JOn Miller

“The full moon of Sunday, Aug. 10 coincided with the moon’s closest approach to the Earth during the month, or perigee. When a full moon and perigee occur at the same time, folks (especially us media types) call it a supermoon, or maybe super moon, and sometimes super full moon.

Even astronomers use the term ‘super moon.’ When they’re among themselves, they might say ‘perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system,’ the technical term for the phenomenon.

Here’s how timeanddate.com’s Supermoon article defines syzygy:

‘In astronomy, the term ‘syzygy’ refers to the straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies, which also occurs during a full moon.'”

Text adapted from “Supermoon 2014: When is the biggest full moon of the year?” by Joe Deburroon on the Mass Live website.

Photographer and artist JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is a frequent contributor to “Our Las Vegas,” serving as our Lunar Expert and Man at McCarran.

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August 10, 2014

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“Pet Cemetery”
Photograph by Andrea Lipomi

“Shrouded by a vast landscape that overflows with Creosote bushes, Mesquite trees and sand, exists a resting ground of spooky proportions. With no official name, this desert dead-end allegedly entombs the four-legged ilk.”

Text from the first paragraph of “The Pet cemetery: Boulder City’s dirty little secret” on the examiner.com website.

Daily Frame Contributor Andrea Lipomi is the director | owner of Feetish Spa, located at Emergency Arts in Downtown Las Vegas. She is a graduate of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, NY, an alumna of the Esthetics Program at Destination Academy in Las Vegas, and recently received her State Nail Technology License.

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August 9, 2014

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“Black Jack Bail Bonds”
Photographed by Jon Winet May, 2014.
From the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds Series.”

“The United States’ bail system has evolved from a system developed in England during the Middle Ages. In 1679, the English parliament passed the Habeas Corpus Act, which, among its provisions, established that magistrates would set terms for bail. The English Bill of Rights of 1689 declared restrictions against “excessive bail” and later inspired the Virginia state constitution and the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution states that all people under arrest must “be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation” they face and also allows a person to demand bail if he or she is accused of a bailable offense.

Still, American bail law is actually rooted in legislation. The Judiciary Act of 1789 stated that all noncapital offenses (crimes that did not carry the possibility of the death penalty) were bailable. In the case of capital crimes, the possibility of bail was at the judge’s discretion. The act also placed limits on judges’ powers in setting bail — think back to the English Bill of Rights’ prohibition against “excessive bail.”

Text from the History of Bail section of “How Bail Works” by Jacob Silverman on the How Stuff Works website.

Jon Winet is the director of “Our Las Vegas.” He has watched scores of episodes of Law & Order.

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August 8, 2014

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“Skye Dee Miles”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. July 17, 2014.
From the “Las Vegas Creatives Series.”

“Missouri native Skye Dee Miles has been dazzling audiences for over 15 years. Known affectionately as “Black Sunshine”, her irrepressible vocals, high energy shows, musical versatility, humor, impeccable acting chops, and overall brilliance in connecting with an audience have made her one of the most sought after performers on the West Coast, and garnered her several awards.

Based in Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the world, this actress, vocalist, writer, and producer has consistently wowed viewers on the Strip and all across the country. Far from a cookie cutter entertainer, Skye has become somewhat of a trail blazer in the areas of image, repertoire, and her overall approach to show business.”

Text from Ms. Miles’ website.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas”‘ Lead Photographer. Her formidable musical chops and versatility keep her in good stead with her fellow Las Vegas musicians.

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August 7, 2014

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“7th & Fremont Downtown Container Park Fire Sky”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner. August 6, 2014.
From the “Las Vegas Skies Series.”

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas”‘ Lead Photographer. Her eyes catch the light.

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August 6, 2014

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“Noe Hernandez Jr.”
Photograph by Emily Burtz. August 3, 2014.
From the “Las Vegas Creatives Series.”

Noe Hernandez Jr is a Master Barber at Bolt Barbers.

He is known nationally in the rockabilly scene as the “HellRazor.”

He grew up on South Padre Island, a resort town at the southernmost tip of Texas.

He started cutting hair at the tender age of 15. Eight years ago h moved to Las Vegas from Chicago to work at Truefitt & Hill at Caesars Palace. In 2013 he was recruited by “Mohawk” Matt Berman to open Bolt Barbers Monkey Train at the Downtown Container Park.

Mr. Hernandez Jr. shares the guardianship of two felines, Cici and Luna.

Emily Burtz moved from Winner, South Dakota (pop. 2,847) to Las Vegas in October 2008. After a stint at a pizza parlor she joined the wait staff at the Eureka Casino’s gourmet Asian comfort food diner Fat Choy, where she now serves as Assistant Manager.

Ms. Burtz shares the guardianship of two felines, Cici and Luna.

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August 5, 2014

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“Motel”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott.

Travelers Motel, 1100 Fremont Street.
No longer in business. Still standing.

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Street View

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is the director of Generator Photography and frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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August 4, 2014

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“Eiffel Tower Rain”
Photograph by Sailor Helms.
From the “Drive-By Series.”

“The major cause of rain production is moisture moving along three-dimensional zones of temperature and moisture contrasts known as weather fronts. If enough moisture and upward motion is present, precipitation falls from convective clouds (those with strong upward vertical motion) such as cumulonimbus (thunder clouds) which can organize into narrow rainbands. In mountainous areas, heavy precipitation is possible where upslope flow is maximized within windward sides of the terrain at elevation which forces moist air to condense and fall out as rainfall along the sides of mountains. On the leeward side of mountains, desert climates can exist due to the dry air caused by downslope flow which causes heating and drying of the air mass. The movement of the monsoon trough, or intertropical convergence zone, brings rainy seasons to savannah climes.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Sailor Leslie Helms is a Las Vegas native. Later this summer she’ll be entering the 9th Grade. She is an avid “Instagrammer,” and a frequent photographer of Bronson, her English Bulldog. She is also a cheerleader and a red belt in Muay Thai kickboxing.

The editor notes: “Eiffel Tower Rain” is one of Ms. Helms’ contributions to our “Calling All Photographers!” project. Later this month, following an unforeseen delay, we will be announcing the five awardees, determined by a panel of artists and cultural animators.

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August 3, 2014

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“Saturn to Las Vegas”
Photograph by Kim Caine.
From the “Drive-By Series.”

The artist photographer writes: “I took the shadow picture while driving to Vegas for my first solo road trip since moving. I love driving and had just gotten my Saturn in working ‘enough’ order to drive on the Interstate. This is on I-15 just south of the M Resort.”

Ms. Caine provides the following biographical information: “My name is Kim Caine and, while some leave their hearts in San Francisco, mine was left in Las Vegas. I have lived in Vegas twice.

The first time was as a student at UNLV from 1990 to 1997 as a Music Major. I played in many ensembles at school on the saxophone and was given scholarships to do so. I was also part of the ‘Cast’ who opened the MGM Grand in 1993 in the retail department. Although bittersweet, I left in May of 1997 for a short-lived stay in Italy. I figured, if I have to leave the place I love, it better be for someplace good.

I returned to Las Vegas in 2007 to begin a new career with the Clark County School District and taught Math at Von Tobel Middle School for five years. It was my intention to give back to a city that gave me so much in my early adult years and my goal to do so was accomplished.

In September of 2012, I moved to California to be with my partner, and friend, Mark. I have been back to visit and captured a few images to help me love Vegas from afar. It’s funny, on my last road trip out of town, I stopped at Luv-Its Frozen Custard and got the Western. I chatted with the guy behind me as we waited and I told him my story. I ended with: ‘Now I live in California.’ He said, ‘Nah, you’re a local.’ I hope you feel the same way.”

Editor’s Note: this is expat Kim Caine’s third contributions to the Daily Frame. Her two previous ones are included in The Daily Frame Archive.

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August 2, 2014

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“The Flamingo”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner. July, 2014.

“Flamingos are a type of wading bird in the genus Phoenicopterus (from Greek: φοινικόπτερος, meaning ‘purple wing’).”

“Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other leg tucked beneath the body. The reason for this behaviour is not fully understood. Recent research indicates that standing on one leg may allow the birds to conserve more body heat, given that they spend a significant amount of time wading in cold water.”

Text from wikipedia – to which we add: “The Flamingo” was also the nickname of Bugsy Siegel’s redheaded romantic interest Virginia Hill, inspiration for the hotel’s name. For more information on Ms. Hill and Mr. Siegel, give writer Lissa Townsend Rodgers’ June 2013 “60 Seconds With …” a listen.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. Las Vegas is her photo opp.

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August 1, 2014

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“A Hope”
Photograph by Jon Winet. May, 2014.
From the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds” series.

“WE ARE THE FASTEST, EASIEST, AND FRIENDLIEST COMPANY YOU CAN CALL. MOST CLIENTS CAN DO THE ENTIRE BAIL PROCESS OVER THE PHONE. WE UNDERSTAND YOU’RE STRESSED AND NOT USED TO DOING THIS. LET US GO TO WORK FOR YOU NOW. ”

Text from the A Hope Bails Bonds website.

Jon Winet is the director of “Our Las Vegas.” He has yet to make use of a bail bonds service, but it’s still early.

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July 31, 2014

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“Earth”
Photograph by Richard Hooker.
From the “In the Neighborhood” series.

“Paradise Palms is a Mid-Century Modern neighborhood in Las Vegas which is bounded by Golden Arrow to the north, Viking to the south, Maryland Parkway to the west, and Eastern to the east. It 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 had just built Las Vegas’ first indoor mall, the Boulevard Mall, on the western edge of Paradise Palms. Some of the homes in the neighborhood were designed by the architectural firm of Palmer and Krisel, the same firm that made Mid-Century Modern architecture accessible to the middle class by designing custom-looking tract homes in Palm Springs. Although the floor plans of the houses are basically the same, the houses have different roof lines and are placed at different angles on the lots. The result is a custom look to each home, and all have the basics of Mid-Century style: post-and-beam construction on slab foundations, stucco finishing, open floor plans, high windows and decorative block screens.”

Text from the paradisepalmslasvegas.com website.

Artist Richard Hooker grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since 1998 he has lived in Las Vegas where he spent over a decade working for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs as a cultural programmer and planner. He has worked on a variety of projects including the Neon Museum, the 18b Arts District, and the Vegas Valley Book Festival. After retiring from his position with the City in 2012, he developed RTZvegas, an award winning gallery space in Art Square. As an artist he has an enduring interest in cultural mapping. His exhibition “Pregnant Neon: A Tale of Conspicuous Devotion” at the Sahara West Library closed earlier this month.

This is the first of what we hope will be many contributions by Mr. Hooker to The Daily Frame.

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July 30, 2014

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“Lola”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series.

Guardian Laura Herbert provides the following fanciful biographical sketch of her dog Lola: “A rare Pekingese/Poodle mix, Lola ‘Loafles’ Herbert was born under a trailer on an abandoned goat farm in the high desert Mojave. A resident of downtown Las Vegas since early 2008, she enjoys squeaky toys, knocking over her sister, Roxannie, spooning (especially with humans) and making out (also with humans, if she manages to catch them off-guard).

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” lead photographer. At home she hangs with Lucy Furr, her trusty 17 y.o. feline companion.

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July 29, 2014

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“Lightning Strikes”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott. July 27, 2014.

“Lightning is a powerful sudden flow of electricity (an electrostatic discharge) accompanied by thunder that occurs during an electric storm. The discharge will travel between the electrically charged regions within a thundercloud, or between a cloud and a cloud, or between a cloud and the surface of a planet. The charged regions within the atmosphere temporarily equalize themselves through a lightning flash, commonly referred to as a strike if it hits an object on the ground.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is the director of Generator Photography and frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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July 28, 2014

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“The Storm Approaches”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis from Soho Lofts. July 27, 2014.

From “Thunderstorm brings heavy rain, lots of lightning to the valley” July 27, 2014 9:18 pm story by Adwoa Fosu in the Las Vegas Sun – reprinted in its entirety:

“A thunderstorm moving through the valley on Sunday evening left behind some heavy rainfall, minor flooding and a lot of lightning.

The area of central Clark County, which includes Boulder City and Henderson, experienced rainfall between one quarter and one half inch, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood advisory until 9:30 p.m.

There have been no reports of flash flooding, but run-off from the storm may pool in the streets and in washes, according to the weather service.

The storm is expected to continue on through the northwest part of the valley, which includes Summerlin and Centennial Hills, with light rainfall and minor flooding.

Earlier today, the storm caused traffic problems in Jean and State Route 161 closed due to flooding.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue has been warning people of potential lightning strikes all evening, but they have not had to respond to any lightning-related emergencies.

The National Weather Service reports that more rainfall will be seen across the desert tomorrow, but it should not be as severe as today.”

Editor’s Note: tomorrow we’ll follow up with an equally spectacular lightning shot by “Our Las Vegas” contributor Glenn Elliott!

Artist Lisa Stamanis serves as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs. She has played a vital role in the development of arts and culture in the Radiant City for over twenty-five years. This is the first of what we hope will be many contributions by Ms. Stamanis to The Daily Frame.

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July 27, 2014

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“Pet Area”
Photograph by Kim Caine.

Ms. Caine provides the following information: “… taken on the way back from California at the only public rest stop on I-15. Mom and I had stopped there one other time and she was taken with the Joshua trees behind the rest stop. On this stop, I was travellng with my dog and he needed a break. He did chase a few crows…but I was stunned by how brave the birds were as they dug through trash cans and how people seemed unphased by them.”

She adds these biographical notes: “My name is Kim Caine and, while some leave their hearts in San Francisco, mine was left in Las Vegas. I have lived in Vegas twice.

The first time was as a student at UNLV from 1990 to 1997 as a Music Major. I played in many ensembles at school on the saxophone and was given scholarships to do so. I was also part of the ‘Cast’ who opened the MGM Grand in 1993 in the retail department. Although bittersweet, I left in May of 1997 for a short-lived stay in Italy. I figured, if I have to leave the place I love, it better be for someplace good.

I returned to Las Vegas in 2007 to begin a new career with the Clark County School District and taught Math at Von Tobel Middle School for five years. It was my intention to give back to a city that gave me so much in my early adult years and my goal to do so was accomplished.

In September of 2012, I moved to California to be with my partner, and friend, Mark. I have been back to visit and captured a few images to help me love Vegas from afar. It’s funny, on my last road trip out of town, I stopped at Luv-Its Frozen Custard and got the Western. I chatted with the guy behind me as we waited and I told him my story. I ended with: ‘Now I live in California.’ He said, ‘Nah, you’re a local.’ I hope you feel the same way.”

Editor’s Note: this is Ms. Caine’s second contributions to The Daily Frame.

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July 26, 2014

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“Escalators”
Photograph by Jon Winet. Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, July 17, 2014.

Jon Winet is the director of “Our Las Vegas.”

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July 25, 2014

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“Summer Sky, Paintbrush Gateway”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The Paintbrush Gateway projects a stroke, 2000 feet long, going into darkness, thus echoing an artist’s excursion into the unknown.’
Dennis Oppenheim

An Art in Public Places project by the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission and Nevada Department of Transportation in cooperation with the 18b Arts District.

The Paintbrush Gateway was dedicated on Thursday June 2, 2011.

Check out this link to hear an interview with Oppenheim’s wife Amy Plumb, on KNPR.”

Text from Arts Commission website.

Ginger Bruner serves brightly as “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer.

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July 24, 2014

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“Yard”
Photograph by Cheryl Nishi.
From her “Juxtapostion Series.”

“Yard” is one of Ms. Nishi’s contributions to our “Calling All Photographers!” project. Another work from the series, “In the Alley,” was featured on June 24 and is included in the Daily Frame Archive.

Ms. Nishi submitted the poem below as part of here series..

Juxtaposition

Walking in backstreets of downtown Las Vegas
Glamour, grit.
Placing close together, side by side.

Created by man, created by heaven
Inviting comparison, contrast
Usually abstract concepts.

Ms. Nishi provides the following biographical notes: “Cheryl Nishi is part of a uniquely integrated Las Vegas art community that features both professional and artistic photography. She believes photos are meant to be seen in person and she works to help individuals reach their personal goals by creating a collaborative workspace to support photographers and other visual artists. She is the founder of The Las Vegas PhotoCollective which is dedicated to raising the artistic profile of photographers and strengthening relationships within the community.

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July 23, 2014

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

Scott Lui is Mixmaster Extraordinaire at the El Cortez Parlour Bar & Lounge. (“You need a bar where the bartender knows your name, your drink, and how to make it.”)

Mr. Lui has his very own drink on the menu, The “Scottie.”

Ginger Bruner serves brilliantly as “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer. She is planning to order a “Scottie” on her next visit to the Parlour.

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July 22, 2014

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“1955 Chevy”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is the director of Generator Photography and frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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July 21, 2014

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“Las Vegas View”
Photographed by Amanda Williams from the roof of the World Market.

Amanda Williams is a Technical Systems Analyst for the City of Las Vegas Municipal Court and has been employed by the City for over 12 years. She has lived in Las Vegas for 27 years.

At the age of 35 she is new to the photography, noting: “I am the mother of 5 so it took a long time saving and some birthday gift cards to get my first camera.”

NB: Today’s Daily Frame is one of the photographs submitted by Ms. Williams to our Calling All Photographers! Daily Frame Public Call for Participation!. This month we will be announcing our five awardees, determined by a jury of local artists and arts activists.

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July 20, 2014

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“The Road to Beatty”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner
From the “Drive-By Series.”

Established in 1904, Beatty is an unincorporated Town in Nye County, Nevada.

Beatty has a population of approximately 1,000 people. 4 miles from the Ghost town of Rhyolite, NV and The Gateway to Death Valley National Park, located only 7 miles away.

Located on the crossroads of Hwy. 95 and State Route 374, Beatty offers easy access to Death Valley National Park, off roading, bird watching, hiking, ghost town exploration, camping, photography, filming, star gazing, geocaching, and the list goes on.

We pride ourselves in being a pet friendly town. Most of the hotel/motels in town are pet friendly as well as the RV parks. So don’t forget your best friend when visiting, they are welcome in Beatty.”

Text from Town of Beatty website.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer, and has been known to occasionally adventure beyond Clark County.

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July 19, 2014

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“Atomic Liquors”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner
From the “Drive-By Series.”

News yesterday of the sale to DowntownProject of the land on which stands the much loved and historic Atomic Liquors caused considerable seismic rumbles across DTLV. Once the tremors subsided, most are left reassured that this real estate development is more progressive than earth-shaking – and merely a not surprising growth of the “Llama” – the footprint of DowntownProject’s East Fremont holdings.

Editor’s note: Ginger Bruner’s vivid photograph of the Atomic was originally published on August 3, 2013 with the following text from the bar’s website:

Atomic Liquors, 917 Fremont Street, about a 3-minute walk from the El Cortez Hotel downtown, is the oldest freestanding bar in Las Vegas. Originally founded by Joe & Stella Sobchik in 1952, Atomic Liquors boasts the 1st package liquor license and off-sales permit.

Atomic, named for a time when customers watched atomic blasts from the roof, was originally built in 1945 and was called Virginia’s Cafe. As the story goes; Joe was tired of cooking food, and the customers seemed more excited about sampling his secret ingredient ‘Atomic Cocktails’ while watching the nuclear blasts from the nearby Atomic Test Site. So in 1952, the couple renamed the business Atomic Liquors, constructed a classically huge, wrap around bar, and built a one of kind landmark neon sign that still shines today.

In 2012 a group of investors led by longtime Downtown Las Vegas Attorney Lance Johns purchased the Atomic from the Sobchik’s son, Ron, and remodeled it to its original glory. Like much of old time Vegas, Atomic has showbiz in its veins – The Rat Pack and the Smothers Brothers drank here after their nightly shows, and Barbra Streisand even had her own seat which has been restored and is on display. History, atmosphere, free parking, and drink specials. So the next time you’re headed to Downtown Las Vegas or Fremont Street, tell your friends… Meet me at Atomic!”

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer – and occasional patron of Las Vegas watering holes.

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July 18, 2014

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“Face to Face Work Table”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner
July 17, 2014.

TODD DUANE MILLER & JW CALDWELL PRESENT FACE 2 FACE
July 16 – August 10
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday | 6 – 11PM
Please join us for a reception on Friday, August 8 | 6-8PM

P3Studio
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
in partnership with Art Production Fund

“The artist-in-residence program at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas represents one component of its larger art program, in which artists create projects that are interactive and participatory, giving guests the opportunity to connect at an authentic and personal level. Developed and curated in partnership with Art Production Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to producing ambitious public art projects, it strives to reach new audiences and expand awareness through contemporary art.”

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer – and Lead Tour Guide to a late evening outing to P3.

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July 17, 2014

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“Sultry Beauty”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner at The Window, Downtown Las Vegas.
July 15, 2014.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer and Associate Producer. She photographs and produces.

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July 16, 2014

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“Flamingo Big Wheel”
Photograph by Jon Winet. July 15, 2014.

“The Flamingo Hotel & Casino site occupies 40 acres originally owned by one of Las Vegas’ first settlers, Charles “Pops” Squires. Squires paid $8.75 an acre for the land.

In 1945 Mobster Bugsy Siegel and his “partners” came to Las Vegas. Siegel opened the Flamingo at a total cost of $6 million on December 26, 1946. It was the third resort to open on the Strip, and it is the oldest resort on the Strip still in operation today.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

Writer Lissa Townsend Rodgers’ June 2013 “60 Seconds With …” provides additional back story on Bugsy’s redheaded flame – Virginia “The “Flamingo” Hill.

Jon Winet directs “Our Las Vegas.”

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July 15, 2014

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“In the Neighborhood”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner. July 2014.
First in the new Daily Frame‘s new series “In the Neighborhood.”

As part of our “Calling All Photographers” initiative “Our Las Vegas” invites all interested Las Vegans to submit photographs to the Daily Frame of their neighborhood. Across the Valley – and often with the Stratosphere in view, a lot of living in all its manifestations is going on. We welcome the opportunity to spotlight these less celebrated corners of the Radiant City.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She has photogenic vision.

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July 14, 2014

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“Le quatorze juillet”
Photograph by Adam Yurkunas. Paris, Las Vegas.

Bastille Day is the name given in English speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale and commonly Le quatorze juillet.

The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on the 14 July 1789.”

Text from Wikipedia. We recommend a visit to the page to learn more about this pivotal moment in the history of France – and of civilization.

Adam Yurkunas was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. He joined the Marine Corps after high school then moved to Las Vegas in 1999. He notes: “Although I’ve always been interested in photography, I only started shooting last January when I bought my first DSLR camera. Since then the lens has opened my eyes to an entirely new view of our city and its surrounding areas.”

You can see more of his photographic work in the Daily Frame Archive and by visiting his website.

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July 13, 2014

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“Primm”
Photograph by Pam Stuckey. June 2014.
From the “Drive-by Series.”

“The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a solar thermal power project in the California Mojave Desert, 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas, with a planned gross capacity of 392 megawatts. It deploys 173,500 heliostats, each with two mirrors, focusing solar energy on boilers located on centralized solar power towers. Unit 1 of the project was connected to the grid in September 2013 in an initial sync testing. The facility formally opened on February 13, 2014, and the three units should be fully operational before the end of 2014.”

“The Ivanpah installation will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 400,000 tons annually. It is also designed to minimize impacts on the natural environment through land-use efficiency, and a low impact heliostat layout which allows the solar field to follow the natural land contours and avoid key vegetation areas.”

Text from Wikipedia. The full entry provides additional information on the facility, environmental concerns and costs.

Daily Frame Contributor Pam Stuckey has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1990. She proudly identifies herself as “a volunteer and patron of Downtown Las Vegas.”

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July 12, 2014

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“Southwest Supermoon”
Photograph by JOn Miller. June 2014.

“The moon will appear unusually large and bright on Saturday evening, in the first of three so-called ‘Supermoon’ events that will take place this summer.

Stargazers will be able to catch the moon appearing to be strangely luminous at 11:25 (GMT) on Saturday evening, when it will be 222,611 miles away and in what is known as its perigee.

Full moons vary in size because of the oval shape of its orbit and its elliptical path around Earth.”

Text from “Supermoon 2014: When and why will the moon look bigger and brighter this summer?,” story by Kashmira Gander in the July 10, 2014 edition of the Independent

Photographer and artist JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is a frequent contributor to “Our Las Vegas,” serving as our Lunar Expert and Man at McCarran.

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Made possible with the generous support of the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission, The Daily Frame, a project of “Our Las Vegas,” showcases a wide range of photographs that celebrate the City’s unique culture, cityscape and residents.

“Our Las Vegas” also thanks DowntownProject for its support.

Calling All Photographers! “Our Las Vegas” and The Daily Frame have launched their first broad Public Call for Participation! Click here for details! (Note: while the deadline to submit work eligible for awards by the jury has passed, we still wholeheartedly welcome you to submit work for publication.)

Questions? You are enthusiastically encouraged to contact us at ourlasvegas at gmail dot com.


The Daily Frame Archive


July 11, 2014

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“Nightfall Full Moon Sky”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré. June 2014.
From the “Las Vegas Skies Series.”

“Our Las Vegas” contributor Ellie Mendré orients us thusly: “… taken from very far corner of Northwest Las Vegas while looking east…”

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, 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 10, 2014

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“Big O Bail Bonds”
Photograph by Jon Winet. May 30, 2014.
From the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds Series.”

“Regardless of your situation we treat every client with respect. Our job is to get you out of jail so you can get back to your life. We have been in the bail bonds business in Las Vegas for 20 years.

We can get you or a loved one out of any jail on any type of bond and for any amount of bail. We get you out fast and we keep you informed so you know whats going on. You have enough stress – we do everything possible to make the bail bonds process as smooth as possible.”

Text from Big O Bail Bonds website.

Jon Winet is the director of “Our Las Vegas.” His two favorite photographers are “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner and Google Maps Street View.

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July 9, 2014

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“7th Street Downtown(From the El Cortez Garage)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner. July 8, 2014.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She has photogenic vision.

Editor’s Note: Coincidentally: April 2014 Google Maps Street View.

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July 8, 2014

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“Mount Charleston Fire Sky”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas. July 2013.

“Firefighters faced a tough adversary Tuesday — a 20 mph southwest wind that was gusting to 30 mph.

The winds swept the wildfire northeast into another 5,000 acres on Tuesday afternoon, with flames jumping from the treeline south of the main road on the mountain, Kyle Canyon Road, into the desert terrain.

‘It got hot. It got windy. It got crazy,’ Harvey told a gathering of evacuated residents Tuesday night at Centennial High School. ‘We were chasing it all day long.’”

Text from July 10, 2013 Las Vegas Sun story “Six structures burn in Mount Charleston wildfire” by Bethany Barnes, Brian Nordli and Dave Toplikar

Daily Frame contributor Sallie Douglas writes: “I am a native of Las Vegas. I attended St. Anne’s school with our own talented and loved artist Anthony Bondi and graduated from Valley High school in 1972.

I have been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening 15 years ago. I am also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, and now have become an abstract artist as well! My pieces are currently exhibited at City of the World Gallery on Casino Center and Colorado. Much of my work is inspired by our beautiful sunrises and sunsets.”

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July 7, 2014

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“Stratosphere Puddle”
Photograph by JOn Miller.

Rain is liquid water in the form of droplets that have condensed from atmospheric water vapor and then precipitated—that is, become heavy enough to fall under gravity. Rain is a major component of the water cycle and is responsible for depositing most of the fresh water on the Earth. It provides suitable conditions for many types of ecosystems, as well as water for hydroelectric power plants and crop irrigation.”

Text from Wikipedia.

More: July 5, 2014 Las Vegas Sun story by Ian Whitaker: “Flash flood warning issued for canyons near Mount Charleston: Las Vegas’ streak of 125 dry days officially ended Friday.”

Photographer and artist JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is a frequent contributor to “Our Las Vegas,” serving as our Lunar Expert.

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July 6, 2014

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“Lee Canyon Meadow View”
Photographed by Bill Arthur. July 3, 2014.

“The secret to keeping cool during the hot summer months is a trip to Mount Charleston, 45 miles north west of Las Vegas. Take Highway 95, turn off onto Highway 157 at Kyle Canyon. Temperatures here average 20 to 30 degrees cooler than the city.

Located in the Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada, Mount Charleston stands at 11,918 feet and offers a tranquil contrast to the excitement and high energy of Las Vegas. The Mount Charleston Wilderness contains 18,000 acres of bristlecone pine, the most extensive stand of these ancient trees in the Intermountain Region. Its high, cool forested mountain landscape is in sharp contrast to the surrounding desert landscape, much like an oasis. There are numerous outdoor activities here such as horseback riding, hiking, camping and picnicking. Call the U.S. Forest Service for more information call 702.515.5400.”

Excerpt from LV.net Mt. Charleston / Lee Canyon website.

Seventy-seven year-old Bill Arthur moved to Las Vegas in the early 60s’ from California. Now retired, he worked for the phone company installing phone line in many of the Strip hotels and across the valley. He now spends his time traveling, hiking, and taking pictures.

This is his third contribution to the Daily Frame. He notes: “I’m sure that throughout summer we all have a time that we just can’t take the heat for one more minute. Today was mine. Spent the day at Mt Charleston…. Stay cool.”

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July 5, 2014

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“Rose. Rabbit. Lie. (Disco Madness)”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner . June 2014.

“It’s a movie version of a weekend in Vegas, starring me.

But I’m not the main event. Rose. Rabbit. Lie. is. It unfolds in a vast space that’s been divided into intimate rooms that often connect through doors hidden in the wood paneling.”

Exerpt from “Catch The Hottest New Burlesque Show In Vegas” story Pavia Rosati for Fathom.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer and Associate Producer. Her life is a Las Vegas-based performance.

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July 4, 2014

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“Liberty Enlightening the World”
Photographed by Adam Yurkunas at New York New York Las Vegas.

“The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in the middle of New York Harbor, New York City. The statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886, was a gift to the United States from the people of France.”

Text from Wikipedia.

The National Park Sevice website provides information on visiting the monument.

Adam Yurkunas was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. He joined the Marine Corps after high school then moved to Las Vegas in 1999. He notes: “Although I’ve always been interested in photography, I only started shooting last January when I bought my first DSLR camera. Since then the lens has opened my eyes to an entirely new view of our city and its surrounding areas.”

You can see more of his photographic work in the Daily Frame Archive and by visiting his website.

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July 3, 2014

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“High Heel Contrail | Fremont East”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott.

“I ask you what you think Downtown Las Vegas will be like a dozen years from today. I want you to look out from the balconies of Commonwealth and Inspire and wonder: Will there be more high-rise apartments in Fremont East and the Arts District in 12 years? Will Fremont East be served by a light rail line that extends to the airport? Will we have a vibrant mix of new local businesses on Fremont and in 18b, not just restaurants and bars? Will Neonopolis and Slotzilla still exist? And will Downtown still be growing and changing, or will it have forfeited its momentum to Midtown, Water Street or ‘Downtown Summerlin?’ Just were will we be in June 2026?”

Excerpt from June 30, 2014 DLTV.org article “What Will Downtown Look Like In a Dozen Years?” by Geoff Carter.

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is the director of Generator Photography and frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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July 2, 2014

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“Blue Angel Sky”
Photograph by Kim Caine. August 31, 2012.

“(Betty Willis‘) career spanned the glory days of neon, the Vegas night a gigantic tumbler carbonated with light. One of the city’s first commercial artists, she started in the 1940’s, designing newspaper ads for Vegas shows, perfecting showgirls kicking across the page. In the early 1950’s she began designing neon motel signs. One was for the Blue Angel, its flittering neon bluebirds peeling back a bedroom curtain, a revolving angel pointing her wand at the motel.”

Text excerpted from a January 13, 2005 New York Times article “AT HOME WITH: Betty Willis; A Neon Come-Hither, Still Able to Flirt” by Patricia Leigh Brown.

Ms. Caine provides the following biographical information: “My name is Kim Caine and, while some leave their hearts in San Francisco, mine was left in Las Vegas. I have lived in Vegas twice.

The first time was as a student at UNLV from 1990 to 1997 as a Music Major. I played in many ensembles at school on the saxophone and was given scholarships to do so. I was also part of the ‘Cast’ who opened the MGM Grand in 1993 in the retail department. Although bittersweet, I left in May of 1997 for a short-lived stay in Italy. I figured, if I have to leave the place I love, it better be for someplace good.

I returned to Las Vegas in 2007 to begin a new career with the Clark County School District and taught Math at Von Tobel Middle School for five years. It was my intention to give back to a city that gave me so much in my early adult years and my goal to do so was accomplished.

In September of 2012, I moved to California to be with my partner, and friend, Mark. I have been back to visit and captured a few images to help me love Vegas from afar. It’s funny, on my last road trip out of town, I stopped at Luv-Its Frozen Custard and got the Western. I chatted with the guy behind me as we waited and I told him my story. I ended with: ‘Now I live in California.’ He said, ‘Nah, you’re a local.’ I hope you feel the same way.”

Editor’s Note: this is Ms. Caine’s first of what we hope will be many contributions to the Daily Frame.

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July 1, 2014

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“7-Eleven 3 Palms”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “Drive-By” Series.

7-Eleven, primarily operating as a franchise, is the world’s largest operator, franchisor, and licensor of convenience stores with more than 50,000 outlets. The stores are located in 16 countries with its largest markets being Japan (15,000), the United States (8,200), Thailand (6,800), Indonesia, Canada, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Text from Wikipedia.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer and Associate Producer. The aesthetic odds are ever in her favor.

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June 30, 2014

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“New York New York Las Vegas Promenade”
Photograph by Adam Yurkunas.

Adam Yurkunas was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. He joined the Marine Corps after high school then moved to Las Vegas in 1999. He notes: “Although I’ve always been interested in photography, I only started shooting last January when I bought my first DSLR camera. Since then the lens has opened my eyes to an entirely new view of our city and its surrounding areas.”

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June 29, 2014

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“Desert. Sunset. Road.”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “Drive-By”” and “Las Vegas Skies” series.

“A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.”

John Steinbeck, “The Grapes of Wrath”

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She has photogenic vision.

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June 28, 2014

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“Capture the Lights”
Photograph by Amanda Williams.

CityCenter Las Vegas is a 16,797,000-square-foot mixed-use, urban complex on 76 acres on the Strip. The project was started by MGM Resorts International; Dubai World became a joint partner during the project’s construction phase. It is the largest privately funded construction project in the history of the United States.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Amanda Williams is a Technical Systems Analyst for the City of Las Vegas Municipal Court and has been employed by the City for over 12 years. She has lived in Las Vegas for 27 years.

At the age of 35 she is new to the photography, noting: “I am the mother of 5 so it took a long time saving and some birthday gift cards to get my first camera.”

“Capture the Lights” was taken from the roof top of the Martin. She adds: “It was just awesome being up there.”

NB: Today’s Daily Frame is one of the photographs submitted by Ms. Williams to our Calling All Photographers! Daily Frame Public Call for Participation!. Next month we will be announcing our five awardees, determined by a jury of local artists and arts activists.

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June 27, 2014

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“Summer Fun”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré.
From the Las Vegas Poolside Series.

“A swimming pool, swimming bath, wading pool, paddling pool, or simply a pool, is a container filled with water intended for swimming or water-based recreation.”

Text from a lengthy entry on pools on Wikipedia.

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, 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. She is a frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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June 26, 2014

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“Lisa “
Photograph by Ginger Bruner. May 30, 2014
From the Las Vegas Creatives Series.

Lisa Shufro is a Downtown Project Curator, Dot Connector, and Magical Awesomeness Catalyst.

“Originally captivating audiences as a classical violinist, she has always pursued many worlds. While performing and teaching professionally for 20 years, Lisa supported her ‘music habit’ as a marketer, inventor and business executive for Synapse Group, a subsidiary of Time Warner, and Walker Digital, a business invention firm.

After recovering from a serious injury, Lisa chose to become health educator in biomechanics, behavioral change, and the the healing power of movement. As faculty at the Feldenkrais Institute of New York, she helped acrobats recover from falls, musicians to sing, swimmers to breathe, children with severe motor development delays to dance, and people with injured knees to finish their first 5Ks.

Eventually Lisa’s passion for health and human potential led her to become the Managing Editor and Producer of TEDMED. There she led TEDMED’s efforts to select and prepare presenters for its extensive annual stage program, as well as hosting the global broadcast from the Opera House of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. In 2014, Disruptive Women in Health Care named Lisa one of its inaugural class of ‘Women to Watch.’

Lisa recently moved to Las Vegas to join the Downtown Project as their official ‘Magical Awesomeness Catalyst.’ Downtown Project, started by Zappos’ CEO Tony Hsieh, is a $350 million dollar effort to help make Downtown Las Vegas the most community-focused large city in the world. Downtown Project focuses on early stage investments curated for their potential to help make Las Vegas a hub of Inspiration, Entrepreneurial Energy, Creativity, Innovation, Upward Mobility and Discovery.

Currently Lisa leads Downtown Project’s efforts to practice a new management structure called Holacracy. This social technology is designed to empower individuals and companies to be self-organizing rather than managed by traditional top-down models. Additionally, as Curator for Inspire Theater and the Life is Beautiful Festival, Lisa uses every ounce of her creative mojo to turbo- boost co-learning across disciplines, ideas, and communities.”

Daily Frame Contributor Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer – and a remarkable portrait photographer.

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June 25, 2014

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“Juno”
Photograph by Pam Stuckey.
From the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series.

Ms. Stuckey notes: “Juno is a Chihauhua and Corgi combo. She carries binkies all over the house. From the patio she intensely observes cat action and listens for sidewalk activity. She has the best hearing. She knows before any of the other dogs when the car is pulling into the driveway.”

Daily Frame Contributor Pam Stuckey has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1990. She proudly identifies herself as “a volunteer and patron of Downtown Las Vegas.”

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June 24, 2014

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“In the Alley”
Photograph by Cheryl Nishi.
From her “Juxtapostion Series.”

“In the Alley” is one of Ms. Nishi’s contributions to our “Calling All Photographers!” project. She included the poem below.

Juxtaposition

Walking in backstreets of downtown Las Vegas
Glamour, grit.
Placing close together, side by side.

Created by man, created by heaven
Inviting comparison, contrast
Usually abstract concepts.

Ms. Nishi provides the following biographical notes: “Cheryl Nishi is part of a uniquely integrated Las Vegas art community that features both professional and artistic photography. She believes photos are meant to be seen in person and she works to help individuals reach their personal goals by creating a collaborative workspace to support photographers and other visual artists. She is the founder of The Las Vegas PhotoCollective which is dedicated to raising the artistic profile of photographers and strengthening relationships within the community.

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June 23, 2014

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“PayleSS”
Photograph by Jon Winet. May 30, 2014
From the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds Series.”

“We are committed Bail Professionals who treat our clients in a respectful and non-judgmental manner irrespective of the type of charges or the individuals involved. Our knowledgeable professionals will clearly explain the bail process and will help you through this difficult time.”

Text from Yellow Pages website. Note that we were unable to find a website for Payless Bail Bonds, and we are unsure as to whether it is still in business.

Jon Winet is the director of “Our Las Vegas.”

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June 22, 2014

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“Grand Canyon”
Photograph by JOn Miller.

A few Sundays back, we featured JOn Miller’s spectacular aerial view of the Hoover Dam. (To see that photograph, visit the Daily Frame Archive and scroll down to the June 8 entry. Today we publish a shot from Jon’s destination on that flight. Below is a link to information on this “powerful and inspiring landscape.”

Grand Canyon

Photographer and artist JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is a frequent and highly esteemed contributor to “Our Las Vegas.”

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June 21, 2014

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“Vegas Nocturne.”
Photograph by Nikiya Berry.

Text from June 18, 2014 story by Bob Sehlinger (“Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas”): “Burlesque resurges in Las Vegas” in USA Today.

Vegas Nocturne at the Cosmopolitan is about as diverse as Absinthe but is staged in an adjoining restaurant, bar and showroom. Rose. Rabbit. Lie. (no, I don’t know what it means either), the venue for Vegas Nocturne, is an Art Deco opium den of interlocking rooms that combines supper club-style dining rooms, craft cocktail lounges and an in-the-round cabaret theater. You can have a meal, drink at the bar, attend one or more of the three separately ticketed performances, or any combination of the above. A loose story line, involving an ageless troupe of refugee artists, will likely be discernible only to those who see all of the evening’s performances, as well as follow the festivities that spill into adjoining rooms, but plot is less the point than the hedonistic atmosphere. You may find yourself seated near a man playing Herb Alpert on a glass harmonica, while next door a drunken French maid warbles Blurred Lines from atop a piano, accompanied by a klezmer quartet.”

Las Vegas born and raised Nikiya Berry just completed her second semester at UNLV. Prior to enrolling, she attended the College of Southern Nevada. She plans to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. She notes: “I can edit, shoot, report and write and like all of it. I am adventurous and inquisitive which gives me opportunities to meet new people and learn new things.”

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June 20, 2014

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“Melissa at Artifice”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

“Smoke is a collection of airborne solid and liquid particulates and gases[1] emitted when a material undergoes combustion or pyrolysis, together with the quantity of air that is entrained or otherwise mixed into the mass. It is commonly an unwanted by-product of fires (including stoves, candles, oil lamps, and fireplaces), but may also be used for pest control (fumigation), communication (smoke signals), defensive and offensive capabilities in the military (smoke-screen), cooking, or smoking (tobacco, cannabis, etc.). Smoke is used in rituals, when incense, sage, or resin is burned to produce a smell for spiritual purposes.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She can see at night.

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June 19, 2014

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“City Hall”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas.

As noted on Wikipedia: “Las Vegas City Hall is the center of municipal government for the City of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is located downtown, with its main entrance on Main Street.

This building replaced the former building which had been used since 1973. Built by Forest City Enterprises, the highly-sustainable building features several environmentally friendly features, such as 33 energy producing solar trees as well as rooftop solar panels that reduce energy costs. A programmable LED light display on the front facade can display various patterns at night.”

“City Hall” is Sallie Douglas’ second contribution to the Daily Frame is in consideration for our “Calling All Photographers!” awards project. She writes: “I am a native of Las Vegas. I attended St. Anne’s school with our own talented and loved artist Anthony Bondi and graduated from Valley High school in 1972.

I have been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening 15 years ago. I am also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, and now have become an abstract artist as well! My pieces are currently exhibited at City of the World Gallery on Casino Center and Colorado. Much of my work is inspired by our beautiful sunrises and sunsets.”

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June 18, 2014

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“Brooklyn Bowl Prep”
Photograph by Pam Stuckey. June 11, 2004

The photographer provides the following information: prior to their show at the Brooklyn Bowl, Thievery Corporation band member Rob Myers ran a sound check on the instruments. She adds: “He plays a funky, wonderful sitar,” and suggested a link to an interview on Pinkline: “DC Setlist: Q&A with Rob Myers of Thievery Corporation & FK5.”

Daily Frame Contributor Pam Stuckey has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1990. She proudly identifies herself as “a volunteer and patron of Downtown Las Vegas. We feel very fortunate to work with her!

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June 17, 2014

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“Instrumental Stiff Life”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

“A rebirth of the social club, Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a modern twist on clubs of the night – a truly communal venue that blurs the lines between restaurant, bar, club and show to create a grand social experiment; one that arrives in spontaneous moments throughout the evening.

Precedents are cast aside as clever theatrics meet world music collaborations, exclusive vintages make their debut, and a global repertoire of small and large plates invite a social feast. An ever evolving experience, Rose. Rabbit. Lie. adheres to no standard model, follows no written rules. Come when you want. Leave when you wish. Let the night take the lead.”

Text from the Rose. Rabbit. Lie. website. This is the first of a three impressions from the Cosmopolitan’s production we’ll be featuring in the weeks ahead.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” She gets out at night.

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June 16, 2014

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“Free Bail Bonds”
From the “Bail Bonds Series”
Photograph by Jon Winet. May, 2014.

“No fun in a Las Vegas Jail. Get out of Jail with Free Bail. Take a deep breath, sit back and relax your in good hands. In this time of crisis, selecting the right experienced Bail Bonds Company is critical. Forget about calling anyone else for bail bonds service. We Got It!”

Text below from the Free Bail Bonds website.

Jon Winet is the Director of “Our Las Vegas.”

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June 15, 2014

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“Titus Canyon”
Photograph by Bill Arthur . April, 2011.

“Titus Canyon has it all—rugged mountains, colorful rock formations, a ghost town, petroglyphs, wildlife, rare plants and spectacular canyon narrows as a grand finale! Visitors to Titus Canyon often include a stop at Rhyolite ghost town before starting the one-way drive. Don’t expect solitude on this trip. Titus Canyon is the most popular back-country road in Death Valley National Park.”

Text from National Parks Service website, which also states: “Expect high temperatures of 100 to 120 degrees F on your summer visit to Death Valley. Heat related illness is a real possibility. Drink plenty of water and carry extra. Avoid activity in the heat. Travel prepared to survive. Watch for signs of trouble.”

NB: “Titus Canyon” is one of five photographs submitted by Mr. Arthur to our Calling All Photographers! Daily Frame Public Call for Participation!.

FOR those photographers who have yet to submit your work for awards consideration by the project’s judges, you have until 11:59 pm tonight to do so!

Seventy-seven year-old Bill Arthur moved to Las Vegas in the early 60s’ from California. Now retired, he worked for the phone company installing phone line in many of the Strip hotels and across the valley. He now spends his time traveling, hiking, and taking pictures.

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June 14, 2014

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“53 Chevrolet”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott . May 10, 2014, at High Rollers Barber Shop, 1120 S. Maryland Pkwy.

From the “Viva Ray Vegas Show,” “a kustom kulture car show” put on by Sin City Jokers, among others.

Editor’s note: Many will recognize the Huntridge Pharmacy in the ground.

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is the director of Generator Photography and frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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June 13, 2014

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“Near Full Honey Moon (Wired)”
Photograph by JOn Miller . January 2014.

Article from USA Today Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, reprinted in full.

As luck would have it, full moon falls on Friday 13th

DETROIT — If you’re superstitious or suffer from triskaidekaphobia — the fear of the number 13 — you might want to brace yourself for a rare coupling in the wee hours tonight.

A full moon that coincides with Friday the 13th was expected overnight at 12:12 a.m. EDT, according to data from the U.S. Naval Observatory.

The last time it happened was on Oct. 13, 2000, and it won’t occur again until Aug. 13, 2049.

June’s full moon has a variety of names — Mead Moon, Rose Moon, Strawberry Moon or Honey Moon — that reflect its southerly declination, since the humidity and haze of the midsummer air appears to give a warmer tint or color to its surface, according to the observatory.

National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Tilley said there was a pretty good chance skygazers will be able to catch a glimpse of the full moon, if skies stayed clear and they were willing to stay up past midnight.

When the moon reappears Friday it will be a waning gibbous with 97% of it illuminated.

Is Friday the 13th really an unlucky day?

For one woman, Kalamazoo resident Kendall Warren, Friday, May 13, 2011, proved to be one of the luckiest days of her life. She won a $27 million jackpot in the Michigan Lottery.

Manu Malhotra, the medical director of Henry Ford Health System’s emergency room department, said many people believe Friday the 13th tends to keep hospital staff busier than normal, but that’s just not the case.

“The truth of the matter is, it independently doesn’t make a difference,” he said. “It tends to be busier on a Monday than Friday the 13th.”

Photographer and artist JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is “Our Las Vegas'” official Lunar Expert.”

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June 12, 2014

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“Regency”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott. January 2014.

700 North Main Street. Las Vegas, Nevada.

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is the director of Generator Photography and frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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June 11, 2014

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“Government Center”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas.

“Nestled in the hub of Clark County, the desert-inspired Government Center is one of Southern Nevada’s most striking buildings and was voted Best of Las Vegas 2005, Best Non-Hotel Architecture, by the readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Designed by renowned architects Fentress Bradburn and opened in 1995, the Government Center’s sandstone exterior reflects Nevada’s historical ecology, while images of ancient petroglyphs imbedded in interior and exterior walls pay homage to its cultural heritage. The 385,000-square-foot facility stretches across 38.8 acres of land located on the southeast corner of Grand Central Parkway and Bonneville Avenue. The forms and materials of the building blend seamlessly to tie it to the local environment, particularly Red Rock Canyon, the Valley of Fire, and other natural sandstone formations representative of Clark County.”

Text adapted from Clark County Government website.

“Government Center” is Sallie Douglas’ first contribution to the Daily Frame is in consideration for a “Calling All Photographers!” awards project. She writes: I am a native of Las Vegas. I attended St. Anne’s school with our own talented and loved artist Anthony Bondi and graduated from Valley High school in 1972.

I have been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening 15 years ago. I am also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, and now have become an abstract artist as well! My pieces are currently exhibited at City of the World Gallery on Casino Center and Colorado. Much of my work is inspired by our beautiful sunrises and sunsets.”

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June 10, 2014

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“Symphony Park Pedestrian Bridge”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

A little less than a year ago, on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow, Councilman Bob Coffin and Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts opened the new Symphony Park Pedestrian Bridge.

The bridge spans the railroad tracks, creating an easy way for residents and visitors to walk to and from downtown and Symphony Park. The new bridge also provides easy access for those wanting to park at the City Hall garage and visit The Smith Center, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health or the Discovery Children’s Museum.

“The new bridge greatly improves pedestrian access between downtown and Symphony Park, adding to the area’s walkable community improvements,” Mayor Goodman said. “Development continues at Symphony Park, and this new link will be even more important in the future as more projects come online and additional parking is needed.”

Text adapted from City of Las Vegas press release.

Ginger Bruner is Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer and Associate Producer. She sees in color.

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June 9, 2014

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“Palm Sky”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré.
From the “Las Vegas Skies” Series.

“Our Las Vegas” extends heartfelt sympathies to the families of the deceased in yesterday’s tragic Nellis Boulevard shootings.

Ellie Mendré is a frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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June 8, 2014

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“Hoover Dam Aerial”
Photograph by JOn Miller.
From the “Las Vegas Drive-By” Series.

Thanks to our Man at McCarran, Lunar Specialist JOn Miller we present our first-ever aerial Drive-By Daily Frame. JOn recently traveled by plane down to the Grand Canyon, flying over one of civilization’s greatest Wonders.

Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River a little over 30 miles from downtown Las Vegas. [map]

The dam was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives.”

Text in quotes adapted from Wikipedia.

Photographer and artist JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is a frequent and highly esteemed contributor to “Our Las Vegas.”

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June 7, 2014

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“East Huntridge”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.
From the “Las Vegas By The Pool” Series.

(With the temperature rising and a heat alert just up ahead,* our “Las Vegas By The Pool” series returns. Don’t forget to hydrate!)

* All caps three dot info below from Accuweather.com:

Severe Weather Alerts – Las Vegas, NV
Excessive Heat Watch in effect from Sunday, 11:00 AM PDT until Monday, 9:00 PM PDT. Source: U.S. National Weather Service

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING.

* EXPECTED TEMPERATURES: MOJAVE DESERT AREAS INCLUDING LAS VEGAS… 105 TO 111. COLORADO RIVER VALLEY…108 TO 114. DEATH VALLEY… 116 TO 120. KINGMAN…98 TO 102.

* TIMING: HOT TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED BOTH SUNDAY AND MONDAY. FOR MOST AREAS MONDAY IS EXPECTED TO BE THE WARMER OF THE TWO DAYS.

* GREATEST IMPACTS: CHILDREN…PETS…THE ELDERLY…THE HOMELESS…AND PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC AILMENTS ARE THE MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS. HEAT EXHAUSTION… CRAMPS OR IN EXTREME CASES HEAT STROKE CAN RESULT FROM PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO THESE CONDITIONS. FRIENDS…RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS SHOULD CHECK ON PEOPLE WHO MAY BE AT RISK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE HOT TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER…STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN…AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.”

Ginger Bruner is the Lead Photographer for “Our Las Vegas.” She may well have a tube of SPF 45 sunscreen somewhere in her SUV.

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June 6, 2014

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“Opening Number”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner. June 6, 2014.

Not surprisingly, the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend kicked off last night in spectacular fashion with the Movers, Shakers & Innovators Showcase. In a memorable opening number em cees “American Treasure” Blanche DeBris and Burlesque Mayor of New York City Johnny Porkpie and ensemble strutted their stuff with grace and aplomb. Scheduled to appear Thursday night were Desiré d’Amour, Ernie Von Schmaltz, Evelyn Vinyl, James & The Giant Pasty, Kay Sera, Lola Martinet, Miss Theresa, Rubenesque Burlesque, Sizzle Dizzle, Violet Tendencies, the 2008 and 2012 titleholders for Best Troupe, The Peek-A-Boo Revue, with special step-down performances from the Portland, Oregon group Swing Time and 2013’s Best Boylesque Ray Gunn.

The BHOF continues through Sunday at the Orleans Hotel & Casino with “days and nights of live entertainment, vendors, classes and activities.”

Cultural Animator Ginger Bruner is the Lead Photographer for “Our Las Vegas” and a passionate, dedicated chronicler of the BHOF.

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June 5, 2014

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“Andreana Donahue”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner. May 31, 2014.
From the “Las Vegas Creatives Series.”

Trifecta Gallery’s June 5-27 exhibit ‘comedians and magicians‘ by guest curator Andreana Donahue offers up objects from seven artists whose work embody a sense of humor, mythology, or illusion. Alisha Kerlin – Justin Favela – Hazel Meyer – Philip Denker – Lisa Rock – John Stoelting and Nathan Cote were chosen by the guest curator for the artists’ cleverness, affinity for humble materials to execute their idiosyncratic ideas.

Ms. Donahue observes: ‘There is optimism in their confrontation of failure – you can’t help but leave feeling hopeful.’

The Attachment Room inside the gallery hosts an installation entitled ‘Promise of a Horse and Saddle’ by Ms. Donahue. Fresh from her February residency at the Studio Center in Vermont, the work highlights connections between the history of sulfur mining in NV, archetypes in science fiction, and desert survival.”

The shows open tonight with a reception from 6 to 9 pm.

Text adapted from gallery press release.

Cultural Animator Ginger Bruner is the Lead Photographer for “Our Las Vegas.”

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June 4, 2014

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“Inspire Theatre”
Photograph by Geoff Carter. June 3, 2014.

Inspire Theatre dwells within Inspire, the umbrella moniker for the multilevel, multiroom, multifeatured complex at Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street—the $5.5 million one that sprang from the shell of a shuttered 7-Eleven. Opening piecemeal since December, it’s a partnership between Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project and the Future Restaurant Group, decked out with four bars, a coffee shop and newsstand, seemingly endless little hideaways (for laptop-tappin’, readin’, chillin’ and just noodlin’ around) and a rooftop lounge revealing panoramic Downtown vistas for aficionados of the urban experience.”

Text from May 6 2014 story “Inspire Theater a Hub for the Odd, the Interesting and the Unexpected: Downtown’s new performance space gives local talent an off-Strip venue for off-kilter ideas” by Steve Bornfeld in Vegas Seven.

One learns from his bio on DTLV that Geoff Carter, “the editor of DTLV lives in a Huntridge Tract home, circa 1944; gets around Downtown on a vintage Schwinn Typhoon, circa 1965; and subsists on Negronis, circa 10 minutes from now. When he’s not working on this site, he’s a senior writer for Vegas Seven and a contributor to Vegas/Rated, Time Out, Entrepeneur, MSN and others. His Downtown wish list includes a grocery market, a movie theater, and a topless and bottomless summer solstice parade, like the ones he knew during his time in Seattle. Recently, he got a haircut.”

Mr. Carter also authored the essay “In the City of Details” in conjunction with “Our Las Vegas'” May 2013 eponymous dual exhibition project.

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June 3, 2014

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“City Center Tram”
Photograph by Ellie Mendre.

The City Center Tram runs from 8am to 4am daily. The two minute, thirty second one way ride is from the Bellagio to Crystals Shopping Center to the Monte Carlo.

As noted on the July 23, 2014 Daily Frame (“City Center Cityscape”) – with text fromWikipedia:
“The conceptual master plan for City Center Las Vegas, announced on November 9, 2004, was designed by Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut & Kuhn Architects, laying out the project with approximately 2,400 condominium and condo-hotel units and approximately 4,800 hotel rooms, distributed within several high-rise towers around The Crystals, an ultra high-end retail mall. It is designed to have all commodities for daily life, featuring a 4,000-room hotel and casino (Aria), two 400-room boutique hotels (The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, with 227 residential condo units, and the Harmon Hotel and Spa), a purely residential offering (Veer Towers), a condo-hotel (Vdara Condo-hotel) and a 500,000 sq ft retail and entertainment district which was intended to house the first grocery store directly on the Strip (though as of July 2011, there is no grocery on the property). The multi-use project makes extensive use of green technologies, such as using reclaimed water and an on-site power plant.”

Ellie Mendré is a regular contributor to the Daily Frame. “City Center Tram” is one of five photographs she submitted for our “Calling all Photographers! Public Call for Participation. See and click below for details.

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June 2, 2014

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“Hero Bail Bonds”
Photograph by Jon Winet. May 30, 2014
From the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds Series.”

“We at Hero Bail Bonds are here to serve you. We specialize in all Las Vegas bail bonds. There is no bond too big or too small. No matter what the charge, felony or misdemeanor, we will get you out of Clark County Detention Center, Las Vegas city jail, Henderson detention center, and North Las Vegas detention center. Even if you are not in jail and have a warrant, we post Las Vegas bail bonds in every court.”

Text from Hero Bail Bonds website.

Jon Winet is the director of “Our Las Vegas.”

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Editors note: We’re delighted kick off the month of June with a photograph submitted to our Calling All Photographers! Daily Frame Public Call for Participation!.

For those of you haven’t quite yet sent in work, note that there’s still time! After the June 15 deadline, a panel of local arts activists will meet to select winning photographs. Click on the link below for details and guidelines.

June 1, 2014

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“Death Valley”
Photograph by Bill Arthur. March 2009

The photographer notes: “I believe this is salt residue left by water that created a lake-like effect. I had never seen this type of thing.”

Seventy-seven year-old Bill Arthur moved to Las Vegas in the early 60s’ from California. Now retired, he worked for the phone company installing phone line in many of the Strip hotels and across the valley. He now spends his time traveling, hiking, and taking pictures.

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May 31, 2014

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“Iva Handful”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner at the 2013 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend “Movers, Shakers and Innovators Showcase.”

Just 5 days away and counting – June 5-8, Orleans Hotel & Casino: “The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend and Annual Titans of Tease is the world’s largest, longest-running and most prestigious burlesque event. With four days and nights of live entertainment, vendors, classes and activities, it’s a sexy, fun and exciting fundraiser for the Burlesque Hall of Fame, the only museum of its kind to feature the history and artists of the distinctly modern art form of burlesque.”

Weekender 2014 line-up

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She served as one of the judges at last year’s BHOF.

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May 30, 2014

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“Inspire (Theatre from the Catwalk)”
Photograph by Jon Winet. May 28, 2014.

“Whaddaya crave?

Existential comedy? Resurrected vaudeville? Fab flicks? Circus tomfoolery? SoHo-worthy poetry-spouting? Snazzy-jazzy cabaret? Drag-show chic?”

From the May 6, 2014 story by Steve Bornfeld in Vegas Seven:
Inspire Theater a Hub for the Odd, the Interesting and the Unexpected: Downtown’s new performance space gives local talent an off-Strip venue for off-kilter ideas.”

Jon Winet is the director of “Our Las Vegas.”

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May 29, 2014

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“The Living Room”
Photographed by Jon Winet. May 28, 2014.

Within the footprint of DowntownProject – referred to internally as the Llama,* the Gold Spike Living Room operates as a work | play space for Zappo’s and DTP employees, and for fellow travelers.

“Equipped with WiFi, pool, shuffleboard, and cornhole, The Living Room is a great place to work or play.”

* From Christina Farr’s June 24, 2013 story in Venture Beat, “Tony Hsieh’s $350M plan to make Vegas an ‘entrepreneur’s Disneyland:’” “‘llama,’ the insider term for the mass of land stretching from Las Vegas Boulevard to Maryland Parkway, because that’s the shape the area sort of resembles from space.” (And not so coincidentally the llama is a favorite animal of Mr. Hsieh’s)

Jon Winet is the director of “Our Las Vegas.” He looks forward to your contributions to the Daily Frame Public Call for Participation.

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May 28, 2014

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“Vicki Pettersson”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner on the occasion of the publication of “The Given – Celestial Blues: Book Three.” Barnes & Noble Rainbow Promenade Bookstore, Las Vegas. May 27, 2014.
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series.

Ms. Pettersson notes on her website: “I am a Las Vegas native who has always loved to read and write, yet a brief post-college stint in public relations convinced me that “working on assignment” was not the career for me. So I did what any self-respecting Vegas girl would do: I became a showgirl by night … and a closet novelist by day.

A decade later I became an “instant bestseller” with my Signs of the Zodiac fantasy series featuring reluctant superhero, Joanna Archer. The Celestial Blues para-noir trilogy – about a 1950’s PI-turned-angel unwillingly dumped into the 21st century – quickly followed, and I recently finished work on a stand-alone psychological thriller.

Though I write both paranormal and straight thrillers, the tie that binds my work together is my insistence and love for strong female characters, and with ten novels behind me I can now look back and clearly see that my passion – no, my obsession – is writing about what it means to be a woman in this man’s world. How we choose to move through it. How we define and present ourselves in it. How we prepare our daughters to do the same.

Of course, there are countless ways to answer this question, and my protagonists in my first two series – Joanna Archer and Kit Craig – do so in very different ways. Yet whether their strength is primarily physical or mental, the one thing all my female protagonists share is a willingness to face their respectively dark and dangerous worlds head-on. I love that, and so I continue to write about women who defy the odds, women who refuse to be silenced or stopped. I write the women who simply won’t be written off.”

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She knows people and gets around town.

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May 27, 2014

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“Hotel”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré

Just north of the John E. Carson Hotel, the Eden Hotel, which sports this classic neon sign, is mentioned in “The Bunnyfish Vision for the John E. Carson Hotel,” a February 21, 2014 story by Bradley Martin in Eater Las Vegas.

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, 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. She is a frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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Memorial Day May 26, 2014

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“The Italian American Club”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner. Originally published on Oct 6, 2012.

The Italian American Club of Southern Nevada is a non-profit social club that has been the hub of the Italian-American community in Las Vegas for more than 50 years.

The IAC is a one-of-a-kind place. You never know who is going to walk in the door — all kinds of celebrities call our club home.[map]

We always have something entertaining going on: live events, live music, banquets, Bocce tournaments at our professional Bocce ball courts, not to mention an award-winning chef! You name it, we’ve got it!

Some people come for the events and some just come for the food and friends. Everyone is famiglia here! Everyone is welcome, young or old, Italian or not, we’re all family. Come join us for dinner or a drink and see for yourself!”

Text from IAC website.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer and Associate Producer. She knows her way around a Bocce court.

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May 25, 2014

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“Open Road to Redrock”
Photograph by Nikiya Berry

“The first humans were attracted to the Red Rock area due to its resources of water, plant and animal life that could not be easily found in the surrounding desert. This made the area very attractive to hunters and gatherers such as the historical Southern Paiute and the much older Archaic, or Desert Culture Native Americans.

As many as six different Native American cultures may have been present at Red Rock over the millennia. The following chronology is an approximation:

• Southern Paiute 900 to modern times
• Patayan Culture 900 to early historic times in the 1800s
• Anasazi 1 AD to 1150.
• Pinto/Gypsum (Archaic) 3500 BC to 1 AD.
• San Dieguito 7000 to 5500 BC.
• Paleo-Indians (Tule Springs) 11,000 to 8000 BC.

Numerous petroglyphs as well as pottery fragments remain today throughout the area. In addition, several roasting pits used by the early Native Americans provide further evidence of human activity in the past at Red Rock.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Las Vegas born and raised Nikiya Berry just completed her second semester at UNLV. Prior to enrolling, she attended the College of Southern Nevada. She plans to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. She notes: “I can edit, shoot, report and write and like all of it. I am adventurous and inquisitive which gives me opportunities to meet new people and learn new things.”

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May 24, 2014

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“Cocktail”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“The first definition of cocktail known to be an alcoholic beverage appeared in the May 13, 1806, edition of The Balance and Columbian Repository, a publication in Hudson, New York, in which an answer was provided to the question, “What is a cocktail?”. The editor Harry Croswell replied: “Cock-tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters—it is vulgarly called bittered sling, and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head. It is said, also to be of great use to a democratic candidate: because a person, having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow any thing else.”

Compare the ingredients listed (spirits, sugar, water, and bitters) with the ingredients of an Old Fashioned, which originated as a term used by late 19th century bar patrons to distinguish cocktails made the “old-fashioned” way from newer, more complex cocktails.

The first publication of a bartenders’ guide which included cocktail recipes was in 1862 —
How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant’s Companion,” by “Professor” Jerry Thomas. In addition to listings of recipes for Punches, Sours, Slings, Cobblers, Shrubs, Toddies, Flips, and a variety of other types of mixed drinks were 10 recipes for drinks referred to as “Cocktails”. A key ingredient which differentiated “cocktails” from other drinks in this compendium was the use of bitters as an ingredient. Mixed drinks popular today that conform to this original meaning of “cocktail” include the Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail, the Sazerac Cocktail, and the Manhattan Cocktail.

The first “cocktail party” ever thrown was allegedly by Mrs. Julius S. Walsh Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri, in May 1917. Mrs. Walsh invited 50 guests to her home at noon on a Sunday. The party lasted an hour, until lunch was served at 1 pm. The site of this first cocktail party still stands. In 1924, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis bought the Walsh mansion at 4510 Lindell Boulevard, and it has served as the local archbishop’s residence ever since.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer and Associate Producer. She likes her martinis stirred not shaken.

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May 23, 2014

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“Bus Pick-up & Drop-off Area”
Photograph by Jon Winet. March 15, 2014.
From the “Drive-by Series.”

Text excerpted and adapted from Wikipedia:

Excalibur is the legendary sword of King Arthur, sometimes attributed with magical powers. In Arthurian romance, a number of explanations are given for Arthur’s possession of Excalibur. In Robert de Boron’s Merlin, Arthur obtained the throne by pulling a sword from a stone. In this account, the act could not be performed except by ‘the true king.’

Nineteenth century poet Lord Alfred Tennyson, described the sword in full Romantic detail in his poem ‘Morte d’Arthur,’ later rewritten as ‘The Passing of Arthur,’ one of the Idylls of the King:

There drew he forth the brand Excalibur,
And o’er him, drawing it, the winter moon,
Brightening the skirts of a long cloud, ran forth
And sparkled keen with frost against the hilt:
For all the haft twinkled with diamond sparks,
Myriads of topaz-lights, and jacinth-work
Of subtlest jewellery.”

Jon Winet directs “Our Las Vegas.” Earlier this year on the Ides of March he rode the bus from Circus Circus Las Vegas to Laughlin.

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May 22, 2014

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“Marc Roberge – O | A | R”
Photograph by Emily Burtz. Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. April 25, 2014.

O.A.R. first began to develop their unique sound in drummer Chris Culos’ basement while in high school in Rockville, Maryland. The band released their first album, The Wanderer, prior to graduating and stayed together throughout college with all members attending The Ohio State University. Recording two additional albums before leaving Columbus, the band began pursuing their musical dreams full time in the summer of 2001. By the end of 2008, the band had released six studio albums and three live double disc CDs.

To date O.A.R. has sold close to 2 million albums and over 2 million concert tickets, including three sold-out shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. In 2011 the band released their most recent studio album, King, which debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200 chart, #3 on the Billboard Digital Album Chart, and was #3 at iTunes on the day of the release. King was the follow-up to the band’s 2008 release, All Sides, which contains the Platinum hit radio single “Shattered.” Most recently, the band released a live CD and DVD of their July 2012 performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO entitled Live on Red Rocks.”

Text from the band’s website.

Emily Burtz moved from Winner, South Dakota to Las Vegas in October 2008, “to go to music shows.” After a stint at a pizza parlor she joined the wait staff at Fat Choy where she now has in a management position.

Ms. Burtz has two cats, Chris and Luna, named after legendary Minnesota Vikings Football Team players Chris Carter and Warren Moon.

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May 21, 2014

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“The Venetian”
Photograph by Nikiya Berry.

The Venetian Las Vegas is a luxury hotel and casino resort situated between Harrah’s and The Palazzo on the east side of the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, United States, on the site of the old Sands Hotel. Designed by KlingStubbins, the hotel tower contains 36 stories and rises 475 feet. The Venetian is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The Venetian also serves as the seat of the corporate headquarters for its parent company.

The Venetian is (along with the adjacent Sands Expo Convention Center and The Palazzo Hotel and Casino Resort) part of the largest five-diamond hotel and resort complex in the world with 4,049 suites, 4,059 hotel rooms, and a 120,000-square-foot casino.

On November 26, 1996, eight years after it was purchased by the owners of The Interface Group – Sheldon Adelson, Richard Katzeff, Ted Cutler, Irwin Chafetz and Jordan Shapiro, the Sands Hotel was imploded to make way for The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. Groundbreaking for the hotel began on April 14, 1997. The resort opened on May 3, 1999, with flutter of white doves, sounding trumpets and singing gondoliers, with actress Sophia Loren joining The Venetian Chairman and Owner, Sheldon G. Adelson, in christening the first motorized gondola. Built at a cost of $1.5 billion, it was one of the most expensive resorts of its kind when it opened.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Las Vegas born and raised Nikiya Berry just completed her second semester at UNLV. Prior to enrolling, she attended the College of Southern Nevada. She plans to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. She notes: “I can edit, shoot, report and write and like all of it. I am adventurous and inquisitive which gives me opportunities to meet new people and learn new things.”

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May 20, 2014

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“Vins de Table”
Photograph by Adam Yurkunas.

Paris Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The property is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corp. As its name suggests, its theme is the city of Paris, France; it includes a half scale, 541-foot tall replica of the Eiffel Tower, a two-thirds size Arc de Triomphe, a replica of La Fontaine des Mers, and a 1,200-seat theatre called Le Théâtre des Arts. The front of the hotel suggests the Paris Opera House and the Louvre.

The Paris is linked via a promenade to its sister property, Bally’s Las Vegas.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Adam Yurkunas was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. He joined the Marine Corps after high school then moved to Las Vegas in 1999. He notes: “Although I’ve always been interested in photography, I only started shooting last January when I bought my first DSLR camera. Since then the lens has opened my eyes to an entirely new view of our city and its surrounding areas.”

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May 18, 2014

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“Sin City Sunrise”
2008 Photograph by Andrea Lipomi.

Daily Frame Contributor Andrea Lipomi is the director | owner of Feetish Spa, located at Emergency Arts in Downtown Las Vegas. She is a graduate of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, NY, an alumna of the Esthetics Program at Destination Academy in Las Vegas, and recently received her State Nail Technology License.

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Updated in the wee small hours of the morning
May 17, 2014

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“Lady”
2008 Photograph by Glenn Elliott.

From the entry for the Downtown Grand on Wikipedia

“On May 16, 2005 plans were announced for a major renovation and expansion of the Lady Luck Hotel & Casino to begin early in 2006. On February 11, 2006 the hotel and casino, but not the timeshares, closed for remodeling; the property was expected to be closed for nine to twelve months but financing collapsed.

On June 12, 2007 the casino was purchased by the CIM Group for over $100 million. CIM Group is a transformational urban real estate and infrastructure investment firm founded in 1994 with over $11.9 billion in assets under management. Construction on the former site of the Lady Luck began in the fall of 2011, the new Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino is scheduled to open in late 2013.

In July 2008 the city was investigating rezoning the nearby land containing the transit center to unrestricted gaming. When the transit center is relocated, the land would be available for development. Mayor Oscar Goodman applauded the attempt to re-invigorate the plans to renovate the Lady Luck. “For the past several years I have seen a rotting corpse,” Goodman said of the property’s condition. “The Lady Luck structure has been a blight.”

As of July 2009, Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman once again said in a council meeting that “The Lady Luck is a disaster,” and then called the skeletal structure a “carcass.”

Las Vegas city leaders want Lady Luck developers CIM Group to raze the unfinished structure at Fourth Street and Stewart Avenue and do a better job of keeping sidewalks and landscaping clean near the site. CIM has until late December 2009 to start a $100 million renovation of the Lady Luck or the company could lose out on the city’s offer to hand over land around the proposed nearby Mob Museum.

On July 23, 2009, some demolition work started on a 4-story concrete building adjacent to the main resort. This work was completed in accordance with the city’s request for CIM Group to raze the condemned structure.

On March 15, 2010, CIM Group made an agreement with City Officials to have the renovations completed by December 31, 2011. There is the potential that the hotel/casino will reopen in 2012, 5 years after its originally scheduled reopening in 2007.

In October 2011, plans were announced to rename the Lady Luck to the Downtown Grand.

The new Downtown Grand opened on October 27, 2013. It is a boutique hotel and casino with 25,000 square feet of casino space, 650 newly remodeled hotel rooms, 17 bars & restaurants and a 35,000 square foot urban rooftop pool retreat called PICNIC.”

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is a frequent contributor to the Daily Frame. His photograph of the Beckley Building uncovered, published on May 12, is included in the Daily Frame Archive.

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May 16, 2014

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“Grand room with a view”
Photograph by Jon Winet. Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. March 2014.

Jon Winet is the Director of “Our Las Vegas.” He and Associate Producer Ginger Bruner hope your share their enthusiasm for the Daily Frame and “Calling All Photographers!,” the project’s public call for participation.

May 15, 2014

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“May Near Full Moon”
Photograph by Jon Miller. May 12, 2014.

The Moon is in synchronous rotation with Earth, always showing the same face with its near side marked by dark volcanic maria that fill between the bright ancient crustal highlands and the prominent impact craters. It is the most luminous object in the sky after the Sun. Although it appears a very bright white, its surface is actually dark, with a reflectance just slightly higher than that of worn asphalt. Its prominence in the sky and its regular cycle of phases have, since ancient times, made the Moon an important cultural influence on language, calendars, art, and mythology.

The Moon is thought to have formed nearly 4.5 billion years ago, not long after Earth. Although there have been several hypotheses for its origin in the past, the current most widely accepted explanation is that the Moon formed from the debris left over after a giant impact between Earth and a Mars-sized body.”

Text excerpt from Wikipedia entry for moon.

JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is “Our Las Vegas'” Lunar Expert and McCarran Specialist.

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May 14, 2014

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“Three Queens”
Photograph by Davi-May Messinger, Calico Basin, 2008.
From the “Wednesdays Las Vegas Pet Series.”

Mandy, Frida & Coyote loved hiking with their guardians at Calico Basin, Red Rock and Mt. Charleston. Frida was from Mexico, Mandy and Coyote strays found on the streets of Las Vegas.

“All three ladies have departed our world but their spirits live with us.”

Davi-May Messinger has lived in Las Vegas since 1988, following a stint as a surfer in Santa Monica | Venice in the Southland. She enjoys hiking with her dogs, and going to the dog park. She was named after her uncle who died at Normandy.

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May 13, 2014

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“Mother Ship”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré.
From the “Las Vegas Skies Series.”

“In meteorology, a cloud is a visible mass of liquid droplets or frozen crystals made of water or various chemicals suspended in the atmosphere above the surface of a planetary body.[1] These suspended particles are also known as aerosols and are studied in the cloud physics branch of meteorology.

Terrestrial cloud formation is the result of air in Earth’s atmosphere becoming saturated due to either or both of two processes; cooling of the air and adding water vapor.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project supported by the Wikimedia Foundation and based on an openly editable model. The name “Wikipedia” is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a technology for creating collaborative websites, from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning “quick”) and encyclopedia. Wikipedia’s articles provide links designed to guide the user to related pages with additional information.”

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, 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. She is a frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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May 12, 2014

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“Beckley Building, Fremont Street.”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott.

“The metal screen facade that has covered the old Beckley Building above the former Pioneer Club for more than fifty years is being dismantled.

Although county records list the construction date as 1940, photographs show the building existed as early as 1922. Brothers Jake and Will Beckley purchased the building and opened Beckley’s Men’s Store in the 1930′s. The upper floors housed offices and businesses. When Beckley’s closed in 1940, and the building was leased to some partners who opened the Pioneer Club, a casino and bar, in 1942. In 1952 iconic Vegas Vic was erected on the building. The Pioneer Club remained in operation until 1995. Today it is a gift shop.

In the 1960′s a screen facade was constructed around the old Beckley building to modernize it with the mod architecture at the time. At the same time, facades were also placed around the Apache Hotel (above Binion’s) and the Sal Sagev Hotel (The Golden Gate). The Golden Gate removed their screen in the mid-90′s. The facades remain around the Apache Hotel at Casino Center and Fremont and until this week The Pioneer Club at 1st and Fremont.”

Text from Lost and Found Vegas. The site features additional historical photographs of the building.

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is a frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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May 11, 2014

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“Laughlin, Nevada Colorado River Dusk”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

Laughlin is an unincorporated town and census-designated place in Clark County, Nevada, United States, and a port located on the Colorado River. Laughlin is 90 miles south of Las Vegas, located in the far southern tip of Nevada. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,323.

Its name comes from Don Laughlin, an Owatonna, Minnesota native who purchased the southern tip of Nevada in 1964 At the time, Don Laughlin operated the 101 Club in Las Vegas. He opened what would become the Riverside Resort, offering all-you-can-eat chicken dinners for 98 cents, 12 slot machines and two live gaming tables, along with eight motel rooms, four of which were were occupied by his family.”

Text excerpted and adapated from Wikipedia.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She’s been known to indulge her wanderlust by making day trips across Southern Nevada.

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May 10, 2014

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“The Cycle of Civilization”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott.

Glenn Elliott of Generator Photography photographed this 1963 classic Cadillac in front of Zio Ziegler‘s mural “The Cycle of Civilization,” commissioned for the fall 2013 Life Is Beautiful Festival.

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 seven years has pursued his photography practice. He is a frequent contributor to the Daily Frame.

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May 9, 2014

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“Movies at the Scullery”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

“Look for an eight-seat bar, banquettes for eight more, a nook for two and three private booths for up to six. In the back, a 100-seat “black box” theater.”

Text from “The Intimate and Minimalistic Scullery Now Serving,” story on Eater-Las Vegas on the soon-to-be one month-old Downtown Las Vegas drinking establishment.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer. She may well join you for the next round.

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May 8, 2014

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“Leandro Mena”
Photograph by Diana Perez.

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to be working this year with students in Professor Mary Hausch‘s Advanced Reporting Class in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. During the year, we’re collaborating on a number of projects, including the Daily Frame and Las Vegas Creatives,” a writing | reporting project.

Today’s Daily Frame is published in conjunction with Latin All Star,” a profile of percussionist Leandro Mena by Diana Perez. It’s an honor to feature these two Las Vegas creatives.

Diana Perez, 30, was born and raised in Las Vegas She is a senior at the UNLV, pursuing a career in Broadcast Journalism. She also works as the Assistant Principal Secretary at Lied Middle School.

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May 7, 2014

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“Frenchman’s Mountain Sunrise”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

Editor’s note to our Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series fans: we’ll be back soon with the next addition to this ongoing project celebrating the City’s animal pals.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer and Associate Producer. She’s a nighthawk and occasionally catches a brilliant sunrise.

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May 6, 2014

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“Bellagio”
Photograph by Fabiola Antonella Marzano.

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to be working this year with students in Professor Mary Hausch‘s Advanced Reporting Class in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. During the year, we’re collaborating on a number of projects, including the Daily Frame and Las Vegas Creatives,” a writing | reporting project.

Fabiola Antonella Marzano is a bilingual multimedia reporter and an aspiring meteorologist. When Ms. Marzano is not being a journalist, you’ll find her dancing, traveling or spending time with family.

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May 5, 2014

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“El”
Photograph by Andrea Lipomi. Fremont District. Downtown. Las Vegas. Nevada.

Daily Frame Contributor Andrea Lipomi is the director | owner of Feetish Spa, located at Emergency Arts in Downtown Las Vegas. She is a graduate of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, NY, an alumna of the Esthetics Program at Destination Academy in Las Vegas, and recently received her State Nail Technology License.

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May 4, 2014

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“Funnel Cakes”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré. Clark County Fair & Rodeo. April 13, 2014

“The Clark County Fair had its beginning back in 1965. Known as the Moapa Valley Fair, it was held at the Overton Community Center. Compared to the present day fair, this first fair was small in size. Nevertheless, it had all the flavor and elements of a good old county fair. From this simple beginning, the Moapa Valley Fair became an annual event. Each year new attractions were added, such as a carnival midway, junior livestock show, and a rodeo.

Throughout the seventies and early eighties, the fair took place at various locations in the community such as the local park, churches and schools. Each location lacked some key elements necessary to house the ever growing and popular fair.

In 1981 the fair committee decided to pursue a more permanent location for the fair. This committee, under the direction of Grant M. Bowler, was able to obtain 190 acres of ground in Logandale from the BLM. With a grant from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and the State Legislature construction began. Many others also contributed their resources to aide in the development of the new fairgrounds. In 1986 the Moapa Valley Fair officially changed its name to the “Clark County Fair”.

By 1988, the property had been cleared and fenced. Four buildings, a rodeo arena and various landscaping had also begun to take shape. In April, although the buildings were not yet completed, the very first Clark County Fair was held. Since that time, the fair has grown rapidly. With great effort from many volunteers, new buildings, bleachers, stages and animals facilities have been added.

In 1997 due to the ever so popular Rodeo, the fair once again changed its name. Now known as the Clark County Fair & Rodeo over 80,000 patrons come to the fair every spring.

It has been the combined work and efforts of many volunteers that have developed and managed the Fair and successfully produced an old-fashioned, family oriented fair for so many people to enjoy. With a part time staff of four, and over 500 volunteers working together, we pledge to continue to bring this flavor and fun to each and every Fair!”

Text from Fair website.

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, 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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May 3, 2014

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“East Fremont Fire Sky”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner. April 27, 2014
From the ongoing “Las Vegas Skies” Series

Ginger Bruner is Our Las Vegas’ Lead Photographer and Associate Producer. She is a connoisseur of Las Vegas atmposphere.

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May 2, 2014

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“Bingo (At Day’s End)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner, Container Park, Downtown Las Vegas.

Ginger Bruner is Our Las Vegas’ Lead Photographer and Associate Producer. She has an insatiable appetite for the sites and sights of the Radiant City.

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May 1, 2014

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“Flamingos”
Photograph and text by Tyler Naegle

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to be working this year with students in Professor Mary Hausch‘s Advanced Reporting Class in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. During the year, we’re collaborating on a number of projects, including the Daily Frame and Las Vegas Creatives,” a writing | reporting project.

Just around the corner from the vibrant LINQ, a few flamingos try to catch some shut-eye in the middle of the night. The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat offers a quiet change of pace from a typical night on the Las Vegas Strip. Here, visitors can visit the fascinating and unique birds at one of the Las Vegas Strip’s oldest and most iconic casinos.

The Daily Frame Editor adds: To get the lowdown on how the Flamingo got its name, listen to “60 Seconds with Lissa Townsend Rodgers,” part of “Our Las Vegas'” small collection of audio commentaries by local cultural animators and writers.

Tyler Naegle tells us he “was born and raised in Las Vegas, where he has stuck around to earn a degree in Journalism from UNLV. He enjoys playing guitar and drawing cartoons.”

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April 30, 2014

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“Minnie”
Photographed by Sivan Gavish
From the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series.

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to be working this year with students in Professor Mary Hausch‘s Advanced Reporting Class in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. During the year, we’re collaborating on a number of projects, including the Daily Frame and Las Vegas Creatives,” a writing | reporting project.

As it turns out “Our Las Vegas” shares a love of pets with many of the Journalism Students.

Ms. Gavish informs us that: “My puppy Minnie has the personality of anything but a small dog. She is fierce, loyal and surely friendly. It does not matter how many times you push her off the couch, she still comes back to you. She greets every guest that walks in the door with some toe licking and sure knows how to make them smile.”

Sivan is a full time journalism student with a strong interest in theatre. She plans to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. She notes: “I love hanging out with friends and making people laugh. I love setting goals for myself and I am really optimistic about my future.”

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April 29, 2014

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“Ralph Mathieu”
Photographed by Jordan Tran.

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to be working this year with students in Professor Mary Hausch‘s Advanced Reporting Class in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. During the year, we’re collaborating on a number of projects, including the Daily Frame and Las Vegas Creatives,” a writing | reporting project.

Today’s Daily Frame is published in conjunction with Living in the Alternate,” a profile of Ralph Mathieu by Jordan Tran. Both writer and subject are among Las Vegas’ many inspiring creatives.

Jordan Tran is an aspiring journalist with interests in film, comics and electronic media. He knows a little bit about a variety of things and enjoys watching bad movies and playing board games with his friends.

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April 28, 2014

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“The Apple Sisters”
Photographed by Ginger Brunerr. March 21, 2014.

As described on the show’s website, “The Apple Sisters is a 1940s radio show with a modern twist. Packed with original songs, dances and slapstick, they’re sure to put a smile to your face, with only modest product endorsement (sponsored by Corndy! Corn Flavored Candy.) THE APPLE SISTERS have enjoyed virtually overnight success in New York City, where they are the toast of the town after sold-out performances every week at the Peoples Improv Theater. For an entire year, The Apple Sisters wrote and produced a brand new hour-long show every month.”

Following a March 21 performance of “Oh Craps,” The Apple Sisters return to Inspire Theatre tonight with “It’s April, Fools!”. The show begins at 8:30 p.m.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer and Associate Producer Ginger Bruner proclaims the Apple Sisters “good fun.”

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April 27, 2014

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“Nevada Landscape”
Photographed by JOn Miller.

Photographer and artist JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is a frequent and highly esteemed contributor to “Our Las Vegas.”

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April 26, 2014

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“Crow’s Nests”
Photographed by Adam Yurkunas at Treasure Island.

“A crow’s nest is a structure in the upper part of the main mast of a ship or a structure that is used as a lookout point.

This position ensured the best view for lookouts to spot approaching hazards, other ships or land. It was the best device for this purpose until the invention of radar.

In the early 19th century it was simply a barrel or a basket lashed to the tallest mast. Later it became a specially designed platform with protective railing. The barrel crow’s nest was invented in 1807 by the Arctic explorer William Scoresby Sr.

According to a popular naval legend, the term derives from the practice of Viking sailors, who carried crows or ravens in a cage secured to the top of the mast. In cases of poor visibility, a crow was released and the navigator plotted a course corresponding to the bird’s flight path because the crow invariably headed towards the nearest land. However other naval scholars have found no evidence of the masthead crow cage and suggest the name was coined because Scoresby’s lookout platform resembled a crows nest in a tree.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Adam Yurkunas was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. He joined the Marine Corps after high school then moved to Las Vegas in 1999. He notes: “Although I’ve always been interested in photography, I only started shooting last January when I bought my first DSLR camera. Since then the lens has opened my eyes to an entirely new view of our city and its surrounding areas.”

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April 25, 2014

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“Motel”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
From the “Drive By Series.”

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, Ellie Mendré is a massage therapist with interests in photography, sculpture & drawing. She also enjoys bocce, cats, antiquing & a good latte.

Editor’s note: Sometimes the narrative possibilities of an image are so grand we are pretty sure less is more in the way of accompanying text.

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April 24, 2014

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“Professor Gustavo”
Photograph by Christopher Coonrod of a Capoeira demonstration during Vegas Loves Brazil at the Rio Hotel. April 6, 2014.

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to be working this year with students in Professor Mary Hausch‘s Advanced Reporting Class in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. During the year, we’re collaborating on a number of projects, including the Daily Frame.

Capoeira is a Brazilian art form which combines fight, dance, rhythm and movement. Capoeira is a dialog between players – a conversation through movement which can take on many shades of meaning. The details of capoeira’s origins and early history are still a matter of debate among historians, but it is clear that african slaves played a crucial role in the development of the artform. Some historians claim that slaves used capoeira’s dance-like appearance as a way to hide their training of combat and self defense.”

Text from PrincetonCapoeira website.

Click here to learn more about “Professor Gustavo.”

Journalism student Chris Coonrod is a practitioner of the Brazilian martial art of Capoeria and trains at the Capoeria Mandinga Las Vegas. He recently received his Green Cord.

His other hobbies include playing video games and hiking. He comments: “I’ve always had a fascination with nature and wildlife. My dream job is to one day work for National Geographic magazine.”

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April 23, 2014

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“Foxxie & d’Artagnan”
Photograph and text by Gregory Robinson.
Part of the growing Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series.

“At first, Foxxie and d’Artagnan were not so close. Foxxie had a hard time accepting no longer being an only child. They bonded while spending a week together boarding at a kennel.

The two dogs enjoy playing with each other. They run around, wrestle each other, take each other’s toys, and sleep together. Foxxie is very sweet and friendly, while d’Artagnan is the great protector. He barks at any intruders that invade their beloved home.”

Gregory Robinson is in his junior year at UNLV, enrolled in Professor Mary Hausch‘s Advanced Reporting Class in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. He aspires to be a reporter/news anchor.

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April 22, 2014

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“Green Valley Ranch”
Photograph by Ricardo Torres

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to be working this year with students in Professor Mary Hausch‘s Advanced Reporting Class in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. During the year, we’re collaborating on a number of projects, including the Daily Frame.

“Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa is a hotel, casino, and resort spa located in the Green Valley planned community in Henderson, Nevada. It is a joint venture of Station Casinos and The Greenspun Corporation (TGC); each entity holds a 50% stake in the property.

The property offers 8 restaurants, a 50,000 sq ft casino, The Spa at Green Valley Ranch, and 490 guest rooms and suites. While a locals casino, the property was designed with an upscale element and draws many out-of-town visitors. The hotel is adjacent to “The District,” a mixed-use development.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Ricardo Torres, 28, is an aspiring international journalist and editor. He was born in Ciudad Juarez, México. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, reading and making music.

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April 21, 2014

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“Emily and Noe”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner at the Container Park during a concert by Sheryl Crow.
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series.

Noe Hernandez, Jr., a Las Vegan since 2006, is the master barber at Bolt Barbers at the Downtown Container Park. He’s known as “Hellrazor” in the Rockabilly Barber community. He is an avid supporter of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Emily Burtz moved from Winner, South Dakota to Las Vegas in October 2008. After a stint at a pizza parlor she joined the wait staff at the Eureka Casino’s gourmet Asian comfort food diner Fat Choy, where she now serves as Assistant Manager.

Emily and Noe met there.

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer and Associate Producer. In the days ahead she’ll be encouraging you to join the growing number of creatives contributing to the Daily Frame as we issue our first broad public call for participation.

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April 20, 2014

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“Sekhmet”
Photograph by Nancy Good.

In the terrific recent Las Vegas Weekly feature “Take the scenic route: An abandoned castle, a desert temple and other nearby detours,” contributing writer Kristen Peterson writes:

“If labyrinths, moon celebrations, maypoles and the ancient Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet are your thing, a trip to the Temple of Sekhmet near Indian Springs should be on your to-do list.

Dedicated to the powerful, lion-headed warrior in 1993, the temple emphasizes feminine values, and its grounds feature a sweat lodge, a guest cottage, gardens and a statuary set in the desert landscape with a backdrop of mountains. Taking a stand against the Nevada Test Site and its “wounded earth,” the Temple of Sekhmet, also known as the Temple of Goddess Spirituality, is a place of devotion for men and women and runs on a gift economy—chores and donations, monetary or supplies.

It’s open daily to the public. Overnight stays can be secured in advance by contacting the resident priestess. Spiritual nights, day visits or new- and full-moon potluck celebrations (as well as an upcoming Earth Day celebration April 20*) are just a 45-minute drive from Las Vegas.

Open daily, 8 am-6 pm. Three miles north of Indian Springs on U.S. 95, 200 feet back from the left side of the road, phone: 569-0630 | website.

* Since the date of an Earth Day celebration is listed on the Temple’s website is listed as Friday, April 20, 2104, a date and a day of the week that don’t quite match, we’re not sure when this will actually occur, but we note with great interest the 11 am Free Market (all day – “Bring items to share and shop”); the noon Blessing of the Insects; and the 1 pm Weenie Roast & Potluck (“At the Guest House Firepit. Both meat and meat-free hot dogs will be provided by the Temple. Please bring a side dish to share. Earth Day cake provided by Priestess Mia.”) In a parallel universe “Our Las Vegas” is SO there – and we look forward to visiting the temple in the near future.

Nancy Good is an artist living and working in Southern Nevada and Southern California. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including in “Flying Solo and Together,” a one-person show at the Nashville International Airport. Ms. Good describes her process as engaging “in the continuing study of unique photographers and creative artists of all genres as a means to developing her own craft, while working with a mixed bag of photographic equipment and artistic media.”

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April 19, 2014

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“Book”
Photograph by Jon Winet, March 17, 2014 at the Orleans Hotel & Casino.

“In the United States a sportsbook or a race and sports book (sometimes abbreviated as book) is a place where a gambler can wager on various sports competitions, including golf, football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, horse racing, boxing, and mixed martial arts. The method of betting varies with the sport and the type of game.”

“Most of the United States sportsbooks are located in Nevada. Now that many casinos share the same parent company, they offer exactly the same wagering choices and odds, which is a disadvantage to the astute gambler who in the past could do more shopping for better prices.

In 1949, Nevada allowed bookmakers to accept bets on horse racing and professional sports. The first Nevada sportsbooks were called Turf Clubs. They were independent from the casinos and had an informal agreement with the hotels that they would stay out of the casino business as long as the hotels stayed out of the sportsbook business. The sportsbooks had to pay a 10 percent tax so they charged a high vigorish to gamblers, but they still brought enough business to make a profit.

In 1974 the tax was lowered to 2 percent, (it was lowered to 0.25 percent in 1983), and in 1975 Frank Rosenthal, who ran the Stardust Casino, convinced legislators to allow them in the casinos, and soon nearly all of the casinos added them. The turf clubs were no longer able to compete and eventually all closed.

Nevada casino sportsbooks generally feature betting windows, big screen televisions, interactive betting stations, odds boards (usually computerized), papers with different odds for the day, and places to sit and watch games and races.

Some casinos use third-party operators for their sportsbooks, such as Cantor Gaming, Leroy’s, Lucky’s, and Club Cal Neva. In 2011, British bookmaker William Hill agreed to buy the Leroy’s, the Lucky’s, and the Cal Neva chains, which would give it control of 115 of the state’s 183 books.

The Super Bowl is the most popular event for the Nevada sportsbooks. They earned $7.2 million on the $99 million wagered on it in 2013. Because it attracts many unsophisticated bettors, as of January 2014 the books had made money on 21 of the previous 23 Super Bowls, with an average win of $5.5 million over the previous 10 years. The most profitable Super Bowl was in 2005, when the Philadelphia Eagles covered the spread against the favored New England Patriots, earning the books $15.4 million. The two losses were in 1995—when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers—and 2008—when the favored Patriots lost to the New York Giants, costing the books $2.5 million.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Jon Winet is the director of “Our Las Vegas.” In 1986, he placed a bet at the Cal Neva Sportsbook in Reno on the New England Patriots in their Superbowl XX match-up with the Chicago Bears. The Patriots scored the first three points of the game.

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April 18, 2014

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“Cinéma L’Amour”
Photographed by Pam Stuckey, February 15, 2014 at Artifice in Art Square..

Producer Polly Schmitt writes:
“Cinema L’Amour was a Silent Vegas event.

We featured films loosely tied to the theme of love, lust and marriage by Charlie Chaplin (A Woman) where he appears in drag, Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson in Beyond The Rocks, Buster Keaton in One Week about prefab housing and marriage. The music selection was designed by cellist Elizabeth Marshall who paired White Town’s “Your Woman” with A Woman, Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball and Etta James’ At Last with One Week and Sergei Rachmaninoff with Beyond The Rocks.

Elizabeth Marshall is a local cellist, born and raised in Las Vegas who holds a masters level in cello from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She’s a world class cellist who has played everywhere from Beijing, China to the Adriatic Coast of Italy. Recently, she has performed with Jon Secada, Bella Electric Strings, Nevada Chamber Symphony, Celtic Woman, Nevada Ballet Theater, Las Vegas Philharmonic – among others.

Silent Vegas director David Pardue curates the film selections. He’s from Los Angeles and has lived in Las Vegas about a year. He has an extensive background in film and television.

Our next event is Shh! Shakespeare, a collection of silent Shakespeare films paired with modern selections on cello at Winchester Theater on Saturday, July 19.”

Daily Frame Contributor Pam Stuckey has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1990. She identifies herself as “a volunteer and patron of Downtown Las Vegas.”

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April 17, 2014

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“Charger”
Photograph and text by Joshua Sanchez.

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to be working this year with students in Professor Mary Hausch‘s Advanced Reporting Class in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. During the year, we’re collaborating on a number of projects, including the Daily Frame.

A lot of people don’t think of Las Vegas as having a car scene, especially when you compare it to Southern California, home of the import scene. But there is a thriving scene here.

“Depending on where you look, you could see old school Camaros, Chargers, or Mustangs parked everywhere. You could even see a group of people hold a mini car show in a K- Mart parking lot on North Rancho Drive, like the one that happened among friends on April 4.

Las Vegas is home to the Specialty Equipment Market Association show, among other such car shows. The Quad Resort and Casino is home to a nice collection of classic cars, some for sale.

This 1970 Dodge Charger is a piece of history and it is proof that Las Vegas does have car lovers around any corner.”

Joshua Sanchez is a journalism major at UNLV. He loves cars to the point that he hopes to write about them professionally. He loves reading anything by Hunter S. Thompson. He also builds papercraft figures.

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Made possible with the generous support of the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission, The Daily Frame, a project of “Our Las Vegas,” showcases a wide range of photographs that celebrate the City’s unique culture, cityscape and residents. Photographers | artists | creatives | pet guardians interested in participating are enthusiastically encouraged to contact us at ourlasvegas at gmail dot com.

April 16, 2014

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“Seven”
Photograph by Melody Sweets.
Part of the growing Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series.

On the occasion of the third anniversary of the brilliant, avant-garde show Absinthe at Caesars Palace, we feature lead singer and Burlesque artist Melody Sweets and her portrait of her polydactyl, seven-toed feline companion Seven.

As noted on her web page Melody Sweets “has had music featured on MTV, VH1, A&E, National Geographic and more, on shows such as Celebrity Fit Club and PUNK’D. She is also the first performer in the history of burlesque to have produced, written & star in her own music video for her hit song, Slice of Heaven, now a featured song in the hit show ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.

A lover of the arts, Melody has had the honor of performing for & collaborating with such acclaimed artists as STING, Björk, Moby, Alice Cooper, The Bravery, Marc Jacobs, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Adriana Lima & Harvey Keitel, and is featured in numerous books including renowned photographer & author Henry Horenstein’s new book titled SHOW.

This Shimmering Chanteuse has graced the pages of countless magazines & publications including the cover of Sunday Styles in the New York Times…”

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April 15, 2014
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“Full Moon | Lights”
Photographed by JOn Miller from his apartment complex near Sunset Park’s baseball fields. March 16, 2014.

“The lunar phase or phase of the moon is the shape of the illuminated (sunlit) portion of the Moon as seen by an observer, usually on Earth. The lunar phases change cyclically as the Moon orbits the Earth, according to the changing relative positions of the Earth, Moon, and Sun. The half of the lunar surface facing the Sun is always sunlit, but the portion of this illuminated hemisphere that is visible to an observer on Earth can vary from about 100% (full moon) to 0% (new moon). The lunar terminator is the boundary between the illuminated and darkened hemispheres. Aside from some craters near the lunar poles such as Shoemaker, all parts of the Moon see around 14.77 days of sunlight followed by 14.77 days of “night” (the “dark side” of the Moon is a reference to radio darkness, not visible light darkness).”

Text from Wikipedia.

JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is “Our Las Vegas'” Lunar Expert and McCarran Specialist.

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April 14, 2014

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“פֶּסַח”
Brian Weiss and Arte Nathan photographed by Ginger Bruner at a March 25, 2013 Passover seder.

“Passover is an important Biblically-derived Jewish festival. The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation over 3,300 years ago by God from slavery in ancient Egypt that was ruled by the Pharaohs, and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Bandmate Ginger Bruner informs us that Brian Weiss (left) is a “computer guy, writer, and member of Tippy Elvis,” the legendary high-concept, Las Vegas art band.

From the text accompanying the video of Professor Nathan’s TedxUNLV talkBecause you can, you absolutely should” we learn that “Arte Nathan spent much of his career as the HR guy for Steve Wynn’s Casinos worldwide. In this talk, he discusses how giving people an opportunity and doing a good deed can be it’s own reward.”

Ginger Bruner is Our Las Vegas’ Lead Photographer. She has a highly ecumenical approach to the celebration of holidays.

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April 13, 2014

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“Lake Mead Landscape”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

The 1,495,806 acres Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a U.S. National Recreation Area located in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona. Operated by the National Park Service, Lake Mead NRA follows the Colorado River corridor from the westernmost boundary of Grand Canyon National Park to just north of the cities of Laughlin, Nevada and Bullhead City, Arizona. It includes all of the eponymous Lake Mead as well as the smaller Lake Mohave – reservoirs on the river created by Hoover Dam and Davis Dam, respectively – and the surrounding desert terrain and wilderness.

Formation of Lake Mead began in 1935, less than a year before Hoover Dam was completed. The area surrounding Lake Mead was established as the Boulder Dam Recreation Area in 1936. In 1964, the area was expanded to include Lake Mohave and its surrounding area and became the first National Recreation Area to be designated as such by the U.S. Congress.

Lake Mead NRA features water recreation, including boating, swimming, and fishing, on both lakes as well as the stretches of river between the lakes. It also features hiking trails and views of the surrounding desert landscape. Three of the four desert ecosystems found in the United States — the Mojave Desert, the Great Basin Desert, and the Sonoran Desert — meet in Lake Mead NRA. Tours of Hoover Dam – administered by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation – are also a major attraction within the recreation area.

Water covers about 186,000 acres of the recreation area.

Text from Wikipedia.

Ginger Bruner is the the Lead Photographer and Associate Producer for “Our Las Vegas.” She knows Southern Nevada’s backroads.

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April 12, 2014

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“Sphinx”
Photograph by Jon Winet.

“A sphinx (Greek: Σφίγξ /sphinx/) is a mythical creature with the body of a lion and a human head.

In Greek tradition, it has the haunches of a lion, sometimes with the wings of a great bird, and the face of a human. It is mythicized as treacherous and merciless. Those who cannot answer its riddle suffer a fate typical in such mythological stories, as they are killed and eaten by this ravenous monster. This deadly version of a sphinx appears in the myth and drama of Oedipus. Unlike the Greek sphinx which was a woman, the Egyptian sphinx is typically shown as a man (an androsphinx). In addition, the Egyptian sphinx was viewed as benevolent, but having a ferocious strength similar to the malevolent Greek version and were both thought of as a guardian often flanking the entrances to temples.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Jon Winet is the director of “Our Las Vegas.” The early morning Laughlin bus he boarded on March 15 broke down in front of the Luxor.

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April 11, 2014

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“April in Paris”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré by Paris Las Vegas.

April in Paris is a song composed by Vernon Duke with lyrics by E. Y. Harburg in 1932 for the Broadway musical Walk A Little Faster. The original 1933 hit was performed by Freddy Martin, and the 1952 remake (inspired by the movie of the same name) was by the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, whose version made the Cashbox Top 50.

Composer Alec Wilder writes, ‘There are no two ways about it: this is a perfect theater song. If that sounds too reverent, then I’ll reduce the praise to ‘perfectly wonderful,’ or else say that if it’s not perfect, show me why it isn’t.’

It has been performed by many artists, including Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Bill Evans, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Frank Sinatra, Mary Kaye Trio, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Benny Goodman, Dinah Shore, Glenn Miller, Doris Day, Alex Chilton, Tommy Dorsey, Blossom Dearie, Wynton Marsalis, Andy Williams, and Dawn Upshaw. Basie’s 1955 recording is the most famous, and that particular performance was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. On this recording, trumpeter Thad Jones played his famous ‘Pop Goes the Weasel’ solo, and Basie directs the band to play the shout chorus ‘one more time,’ then ‘one more once.’

Text from Wikipedia.

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, Ellie Mendré is a massage therapist with interests in photography, sculpture & drawing. She also enjoys bocce, cats, antiquing & a good latte.

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April 10, 2014

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From the “Las Vegas Creatives Series”
Photograph by Rosalie Spear.

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to be working this year with students in Professor Mary Hausch‘s Advanced Reporting Class in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. During the year, we’re collaborating on a number of projects, including the Daily Frame.

Today’s Daily Frame is published in conjunction with Michelle Marchese is out to save the world,” a profile by Rosalie Spear of one of Las Vegas’ many inspiring creatives.

Rosalie Spear is a Broadcast and Print Journalism major at UNLV, enrolled this semester in Mary Hausch’s Advanced Reporting Class in the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies. Ms. Spear is currently producing a television show on arts and entertainment in Las Vegas called “Front Row Center.” She will graduate in 2015. Today is her 21st birthday.

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April 9, 2014

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Photograph by Andrea Lipomi.

Our Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series is on hiatus this week, but animal lovers take heart: it will be back next week with a celebrity contribution. And on this Wednesday, we are honored, as always, to feature Andrea’s work.

“Contrails (/ˈkɒntreɪlz/; short for “condensation trails”) or vapor trails are long, thin artificial (man-made) clouds that sometimes form behind aircraft. Their formation is most often triggered by the water vapor in the exhaust of aircraft engines, but can also be triggered by the changes in air pressure in wingtip vortices or in the air over the entire wing surface.Like all clouds, contrails are made of water, in the form of a suspension of billions of liquid droplets or ice crystals.

Depending on the temperature and humidity at the altitude the contrail forms, they may be visible for only a few seconds or minutes, or may persist for hours and spread to be several miles wide. The resulting cloud forms may resemble cirrus, cirrocumulus, or cirrostratus, and are sometimes called cirrus aviaticus. Persistent spreading contrails are thought by some, without overwhelming scientific proof, to have a significant effect on global climate.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Daily Frame Contributor Andrea Lipomi is the director | owner of Feetish Spa, located at Emergency Arts in Downtown Las Vegas. She is a graduate of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, NY, an alumna of the Esthetics Program at Destination Academy in Las Vegas, and and recently received her State Nail Technology License.”

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April 8, 2014

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“Horse-Around-Bar”
Photograph by Iona Baklova.

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to be working this year with students in Professor Mary Hausch‘s Advanced Reporting Class in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. During the year, we’re collaborating on a number of projects, including the Daily Frame.

Ioanna Bakalova is a senior majoring in Journalism. She is originally from Sofia, Bulgaria but she has been part of the Las Vegas community for more than eight years.

She writes: “This is The Horse-Around Bar at Circus Circus. This is the place where Hunter S. Thompson (as Raoul Duke) and Oscar Zeta Acosta (as Dr. Gonzo) experienced the American Dream in “Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.” This place is very significant for Las Vegas. However today it is not a bar, but a candy store and snack shop.

This is one of my favorite quotes from the book: ‘Who are these people, these faces? Where do they come from? They look like caricatures of used car dealers from Dallas, and sweet Jesus, there were a hell of a lot of them at 4:30 on a Sunday morning, still humping the American dream, that vision of the big winner somehow emerging from the last minute pre-dawn chaos of a stale Vegas casino.'”

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April 7, 2014

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Photograph by Adam Yurkunas.

As noted on the Tivoli Village website: “Arrive in Style – Complementary Valet and Self-parking are available to Guests at Tivoli Village.” [map]

Adam Yurkunas was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. He joined the Marine Corps after high school then moved to Las Vegas in 1999. He notes: “Although I’ve always been interested in photography, I only started shooting last January when I bought my first DSLR camera. Since then the lens has opened my eyes to an entirely new view of our city and its surrounding areas.”

This is his seventh contribution to the Daily Frame.

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April 6, 2014

rosalie_spear_tree_branch_600“Along the Arizona Hot Spring Trail”
Photograph by Rosalie Spear.

From birdandhike.com:
“This is a great, 3.25-mile hike to hot springs near the Colorado River. The route runs down a deep, narrow, geologically interesting canyon for 2.75 miles to the Colorado River, turns to run downstream for 0.5 miles to the next major canyon, and ascends that canyon for about 5 minutes to a 20-ft waterfall and a ladder. Climbing the ladder brings hikers to the hot springs. Visitors use sandbags to dam the canyon, creating hot-pools in the deep, narrow canyon. This is a place to sit, relax, and meet interesting people.”

Rosalie Spear is a Broadcast and Print Journalism major at UNLV, enrolled this semester in Mary Hausch’s Advanced Reporting Class in the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies. Ms. Spear is currently producing a television show on arts and entertainment in Las Vegas called “Front Row Center.” She will graduate in 2015.

Our Las Vegas looks forward to featuring more of her work in the near future.

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April 5, 2014

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Photograph by Jon Winet. Circus Circus Las Vegas, March, 2014.

“Common acts include a variety of acrobatics, gymnastics (including tumbling and trampoline), aerial acts (such as trapeze, aerial silk, corde lisse), contortion, stilts and a variety of other routines. Juggling is one of the most common acts in a circus; the combination of juggling and gymnastics is called equilibristics and include acts like plate spinning and the rolling globe. Acts like these are the some of the most common, and the most traditional. Clowns are common to most circuses and are typically skilled in many circus acts; ‘clowns getting into the act’ is a very familiar theme in any circus. Famous circus clowns have included Austin Miles, the Fratellini Family, Rusty Russell, Emmett Kelly, Grock and Bill Irwin.

Daredevil stunt acts and sideshow acts are also parts of some circus acts, these activities may include human cannonball, chapeaugraphy, fire eating, breathing and dancing, knife throwing, magic shows, sword swallowing or strongman. Famous sideshow performers include Zip the Pinhead and The Doll Family. A popular sideshow attraction from the early 19th century was the flea circus, where fleas were attached to props and viewed through a Fresnel lens.”

Text from Wikipedia. The collaboratively edited, multilingual, free Internet encyclopedia also has an informative entry for Circus Circus.

Jon Winet is “Our Las Vegas'” director and editor of the Daily Frame. His first stay at the Reno Circus Circus was last century.

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April 4, 2014

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Photograph by Ginger Bruner. March 29, 2014.

Circus Circus Las Vegas is a hotel and 126,000 sq ft casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, Nevada. It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. Circus Circus features circus acts and carnival type games daily on the Midway. Circus Circus has the only RV park on the Strip providing additional accommodations in the 399 space park operated by Kampgrounds of America (KOA).

Circus Circus is the largest permanent big top in the world. The Lucky The Clown marquee at the entrance was provided by Young Electric Sign Company, and was constructed in 1976.

Circus Circus was opened on October 18, 1968 by Jay Sarno, becoming the flagship casino for Circus Circus Enterprises. Architects Rissman and Rissman Associates designed a giant circus tent shaped main structure, which was built by R.C. Johnson Construction of Las Vegas.”

Text from Wikipedia

Ginger Bruner is “Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer and Associate Producer. She’s been to the circus.

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April 3, 2014

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“Vdara”
Photography and text by Anthony Mendoza.

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to be working this year with students in Professor Mary Hausch‘s Advanced Reporting Class in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. During the year, we’re collaborating on a number of projects, including the Daily Frame.

The all-suite Vdara Hotel opened in June of 2009. While the hotel’s parabolic design is beautiful and unique, it creates a slight problem for pool goers and pool employees. Depending on the time of the day, the hotel reflects and converges the sun’s energy on the deck, drastically increasing the temperature. Some employees have dubbed it the “Vdara Death Ray.”

Anthony Mendoza is Las Vegas native, “born and raised.” He is a Senior at UNLV pursuing a degree in Journalism with a minor in Music Technology. He works part-time as a production engineer at KUNV, the college radio, and part-time as an audio engineer at the Fremont Street Experience. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and photography.

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April 2, 2014

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Photograph by Pam Stuckey.
From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series.”

Juno on a hike at Calico Basin. She was new to our group so she had to wear a harness – we of course assumed that would help to keep her around. No worries. She enjoyed her hike & ramble and never left our sight.

Daily Frame Contributor Pam Stuckey has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1990. She identifies herself as “a volunteer and patron of downtown Las Vegas.”

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April 1, 2014

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Photograph and text by Ricardo Torres.

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to be working this year with students in Professor Mary Hausch‘s Advanced Reporting Class in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. During the year, we’re collaborating on a number of projects, including the Daily Frame.

“Just outside the Student Union, hundreds—if not thousands—of students, staff and faculty gather daily at the UNLV Alumni Amphitheatre to socialize, eat lunch or study. The area originally housed the Moyer Student Union in the 1960s, with this new version constructed in 2007. During the night, clubs meet to practice or discuss their agendas. Performances are also occasionally held.”

Ricardo Torres, 28, is an aspiring international journalist and editor. He was born in Ciudad Juarez, México. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, reading and making music.

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February 22, 2014

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“Puddles Pity Party”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner.

Sighted recently in the Radiant City: Puddles of “Puddles Pity Party.”

Will you be Puddles Pity Party‘s Facebook Like no. 30,633? And while you’re at it, how about “Liking” “Our Las Vegas” too? (We’re presently dreaming of reaching the mythical seven-hundred and fifty mark!)

We’ll look for you around town too.

Ginger Bruner is Our Las Vegas’ Lead Photographer. Catch her this weekend at the Orleans this weekend. (She’s Killians Angels‘ platinum blonde tuba player.)

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Below are the beginnings of an earlier effort to selectively archive some of the seven hundred Daily Frames.

June 27, 2013

With the end of FY13 just a few days away, we are pleased to announce the launch of “The Daily Frame Archive”, a work in progress.

Periodically we’ll feature past Daily Frames.

This new feature of “Our Las Vegas” is prompted by the current record-breaking temperatures, climbing to the stratosphere, and our desire to remind you to make sure you and your pets are hydrated and out of harm’s way!

We debut the Archive with the re-publication of the June 8, 2013 Daily Frame “Untitled (Lola’s Canine Plunge).”
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“Untitled (Lola’s Canine Plunge)”
Published June 27, 2013
Originally Published June 8, 2013

Day 2: With triple digit temperatures predicted over the next few days, we present what we hope will be a refreshing selection of images of pools in the Radiant City.

In the hot hot hot days ahead, we hope everyone will drink plenty of water, follow basic safety guidelines, and keep an eye out for friends, family, neighbors–and dogs!* For additional information and some good tips, click here for the FEMA Extreme Heat website.

Photograph by Ginger Bruner

* Doggie Heatstroke Prevention Tips:

• NEVER leave your dog alone in the car on a warm day. “Cracked” windows do not matter. The inside of the car acts like an oven and temperatures can rise to dangerously high levels in a matter of minutes.
• Avoid exercise on warm days, and limit exercise to early in the morning or late in the evening when the temperatures are less intense.
• Keep fresh cool water available to your dog at all times.
• Be sure your dog has access to shade any time he is outdoors in summer.
• Give your dog access to a swimming pool, kiddie pool or a sprinkler.
• A dog cannot tell you when it has become overheated, so watch for the warning signs of distress and don’t take unnecessary risks with your dog during these hot days of summer.

Tips from New Canaan Patch website article by Shirleen Dubuque, “Hot Dogs: High Heat is Dangerous for Pets.”

Ginger Bruner is the Lead Photographer and Associate Producer of “Our Las Vegas.”

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Published July 8, 2013
Originally Published June 13, 2013

Las Vegas City Hall, located at 495 S. Main Street downtown, is the center of municipal government for the City of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The highly-sustainable structure features several environmentally friendly features, including thirty-three energy producing solar trees as well as rooftop solar panels that reduce energy costs and resources.

Text adapted from Wikipedia.

Photograph by JOn Miller.

JOn Miller moved from Portland, Oregon to Las Vegas in February 2011. He notes: “After (slowly) discovering the beauty of Downtown Vegas, I recently moved into The Arts District to be more connected with the art and culture of our community.” He adds: “I find the unique, creative people to be energizing, fun, and positive. I seek the odd, unique, and overlooked in our culture. I have a Giant Rubber Duck that goes almost everywhere with me. Its name is ‘Just Ducky,’ and it has its own Facebook page.”
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“Untitled (Emily Burtz)”
Published August 4, 2013
originally published July 17, 2013
From the “Las Vegas Creatives Series”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner at the Eureka Casino’s Fat Choy diner.

Emily Burtz moved from Winner, South Dakota to Las Vegas in October 2008, “to go to music shows.” After a stint at a pizza parlor she joined the wait staff at Fat Choy.

Her favorite band is the local “Otherwise,” dubbed by Fox News as the “#1 unsigned act in America” prior to penning a contract in May 2012 with Century Media Records.

Ms. Burtz has two cats, Chris and Luna, named after legendary Minnesota Vikings Football Team players Chris Carter and Warren Moon.

Ginger Bruner is the Lead Photographer and Associate Producer of “Our Las Vegas.”
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“Untitled (Andrea Lipomi)”
From the “Las Vegas Creatives Series”
Photographed by Jon Winet at Emergency Arts, June 1, 2013.
Published August 9, 2013
originally published July 18, 2013

Andrea Lipomi notes on the biography page of her Feetish Spa website: “I was born in Rochester, NY, back before acid-washed jeans and New Wave forever changed the way we look at chemical bleaching agents. A high school career as a lazy artist led me to enter the front end of the printing industry, which resulted in a fascination with the day spa menu that one of my accounts re-ordered on a frequent basis. I received my first professional massage at this spa, circa 2000.

What followed was an obsession with all things spa-related, to the extent that I graduated from the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Rochester in 2005, worked for my day spa client as a massage therapist, and moved out to Las Vegas in 2007. I landed a resort spa job within weeks, and upped my game by graduating from the esthetics (skin care) program at Las Vegas’ Destination Academy in 2008.

I’m still a resort spa employee for 10 hours each week, where I specialize in hot stone and relaxation massage. The rest of my waking hours are spent pampering the masses at Feetish Spa Parlor, hiking, writing, and obsessing over Dave Gahan’s tight pants of yesteryear.”

Jon Winet is the Director of “Our Las Vegas.”

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“Untitled (Bad Girl Bail – Frontal View)”
From the “Bail Bonds Series”
Photograph by Jon Winet

Published August 13, 2013
originally published August 2, 2013

“Generally, arrested individuals have no other choice but to choose the option of Las Vegas bail bonds. Some people think they can get out of the jail without the professional help of a bail bondsman; however, legal experts warn against underestimating the importance of a bail bonds company. Family members and friends have to move fast to secure the arrested person’s release from the jail. For most people, the arrest of a loved one is disturbing news and it makes them depressed and distressed. In such a mental condition, it is difficult to take the right decision. This makes it necessary to immediately seek the assistance of a professional bail bond agent in Las Vegas.”

Text from the welcome page of the In & Out Bail Bonds website.

Jon Winet is the Director of “Our Las Vegas.”

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