The Daily Frame Archive – 2016

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December 31, 2016

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“Do Not Enter (All You Can Drink – Per Day)”
Photograph by Jon Winet
December 20, 2016

“$35 ALL-YOU-CAN-DRINK WRISTBANDS”

“December 29 thru January 2, guests will have the option to purchase an All-You-Can-Drink Wristband. Offer will be available from noon to noon each day of the promotion.

Wristbands will include the following alcohol:

•  well liquor
•  well wine
•  draft beer

Wristbands for drinks will be accepted at Furnace Bar, Art Bar and Freedom Beat.

Must be 21+ to participate. Please drink responsibly.”

Text from Casino website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet try as he might could not get his money’s worth on this deal.

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December 30, 2016

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“Downtown Grand East Tower 14th Floor Hotel Room”
Photograph by Jon Winet
From the “Hotel & Casino Floor Plans” Series.
December 20, 2016

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet admires  the under-appreciated art of Casino carpets and floor treatments. One of “Our Las Vegas'” New Year’s resolutions is to highlight the remarkable work of artists, designers and craftspeople who create these brilliant expressions of the city.

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December 29, 2016

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“Riviera”
Photograph by Jennifer Kleven
2016

One more icon lost in 2016.

“Boom. And it’s gone.

Blasts razed the final tower of the Riviera Hotel and Casino early Tuesday morning, putting to rest that piece of Las Vegas history. The tower fell at precisely 2:30 a.m.”

Text from August 16, 2016 Las Vegas Sun story  “Final Riviera tower imploded, closing chapter of Las Vegas history” by Jackie Valley.

Las Vegan Jennifer Kleven is an artist and cultural animator. By day she serves as Grants & Memberships Coordinator at the Neon Museum. Earlier this decade she directed Kleven Contemporary at Emergency Arts downtown.

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December 28, 2016

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“Rudolf, ensconced at the Bunkhouse”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
¿From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series”?

The Bunkhouse Saloon is a live music venue, bar, and restaurant in Downtown Las Vegas on 11th Street. Established in 1953, The Bunkhouse Saloon has earned a reputation as one of Vegas’ best places to see both established and emerging bands.Recently reopened under new management after renovation, the venue features a new stage and state of the art sound system, a new menu, and a ton of surprises.

With a menu featuring bar food taken to a whole new level—sloppy joes, grits and gravy, and a killer ice cream sandwich, along with throwback beers on tap and in cans.

Our backyard is a great place to hang out, drink a beer, grab a bite to eat, and listen to music. It’s always open, and almost always free. And be sure to check out the Listening Tree while you’re there.”

Text from the Bunkhouse website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has frequented the Bunkhouse both as patron and performer.

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December 27, 2016

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“Bike to Work in 2017!”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

START making good on your 2017 New Year resolutions early! Bike to work tomorrow! And if you don’t have your own, support the City’s Bike Share Program Program launched earlier this fall.

MORE:
•  “Las Vegas Rolls Out Downtown Bike-Share” September 30, 2016 story in Next City by 
Kelsey E. Thomas.

•  “Reporter test rides new Bike Share system through downtown Las Vegas” October 27, 2016 story in the Las Vegas Review Journal  by F. Andrew Taylor.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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December 26, 2016

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“It’s Christmas every day at Chicago Joe’s”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Chicago Joe’s

Yelp review by Leslie v. quoted in its entirety.

“Absolutely the BEST Italian food in Las Vegas.”

“A cozy little place, nestled in a neighborhood in downtown Las Vegas… You enter and it feels like you’re walking in to Grandma’s house… The ambiance and the enticing smells wafting from the kitchen… All that’s missing is the hug & a kiss on the cheek.

I’m currently listening in on the owner telling someone how they still use his grandmother’s recipes… And my dish arrives. Tonight’s special is Grilled Salmon over pasta Rosemary Lemon with veggies. I’m in heaven.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner recommends the Sausage & Peppers on the Lunch Menu.

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December 25, 2016

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“Stephanie, the Sonic Christmas Elf (wishes everyone Happy Holidays!”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Photographed at the Drive-Thru window of the Sonic on Sahara, “Our Las Vegas”  Iced Tea HQ.

Editor’s note: we plan to feature Stephanie again – with a bio sketch in the near future in our “Las Vegas Creatives” series.


“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner favors the 44 oz Iced Tea – with extra ice. She joins Stephanie and director Jon Winet in wishing everyone the happiest of holidays.

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Editor’s note: we plan to feature Stephanie in the near future in our “Las Vegas Creatives” series.


December 24, 2016

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“Bunkhouse (off stage) View”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“With drummer Aaron Guidry, a Cirque du Soleil veteran who’s also performed on Broadway, serving as production manager and enlisting fellow Cirque contributors Michael Duffy (director) and Anna-Bel Jean (general stage manger), [Same Sex Mary]  has assembled a large, artistically diverse cast for ‘A Very Merry Same Sex Mary Christmas Spectacular’ that includes members of Vegas bands Thee Swank Bastards, A Big Friendly Corporation, Dusty Sunshine, Candy Warpop, Rusty Maples, rapper Hassan Hamilton and more.

Text from Jason Bracelin December 22 RJ story “Same Sex Mary pulling out all the stops for new Las Vegas holiday show.” 

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner was in the House.

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December 23, 2016

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“Paul Taylor with Nate”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

Note: Photographed with KUNV’s “Playing Favorites'” characteristically bow-tied Talent and Radio & Television Personality Nathan Tannenbaum.

“In the first few bars of the title track to his new Peak Records/eOne album, Countdown, contemporary urban jazz’ hit saxman Paul Taylor, ever the engaging showman, invites his legion of fans into the experience by counting off 5…4…3…2…1. He launches into his incredible third decade as a solo artist with a set that fuses his trademark jazzy/funk/soul vibe with prominent elements of synthy dance pop/EDM, trancelike neo-soul, electronica, folksy lite rock, reggaeton, even a touch of blues.”

MORE: Link to “Playing the Favorites”show featuring Paul Taylor.

Text from review by Jonathan Widran of Mr. Taylor’s most recent album, “Countdown” on the musician’s  website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner and Paul Taylor go way back to UNLV college days.

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December 22, 2016

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“From the El Cortez Parking Garage Facing East”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  captures light.

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December 21, 2016

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“Holiday Cactus Garden”
Photograph by Jennifer Kleven
Ethel M Chocolates’ Botanical Cactus Garden 

The artist comments: “During the holidays for as long as I can remember, my family always visited the cactus garden at Ethel M’s to see the impressively decorated dangerous plants. Nothing screams Las Vegas in December more than hot chocolate and cacti.”

More- from the Ethel M website: “Ethel M Chocolates’ breathtaking Botanical Cactus Garden is Nevada’s largest and one of the world’s largest collections of its kind. Based on the English landscape model of naturalistic design, the Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden features four acres of drought-tolerant ornamental, cacti, and other succulents.

Over 300 species of plants can be found on the grounds. Half are cacti and succulents largely native to the American Southwest, and the rest are desert trees and shrubs from the Southwestern United States, Australia, and South America. All of these plants were chosen both for the beauty of their floral displays and their ability to adapt to the climate of Southern Nevada.”

Las Vegan Jennifer Kleven is an artist and cultural animator. By day she serves as Grants & Memberships Coordinator at the Neon Museum. Earlier this decade she directed Kleven Contemporary at Emergency Arts downtown.

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December 20, 2016

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“Zappos HQ”
Photograph by Jon Winet
December 19, 2016

“On September 9, 2013, Zappos moved their headquarters from Henderson, Nevada to the former Las Vegas City Hall building in downtown Las Vegas, after an extensive $48 million effort to renovate and make major improvements to the building. CEO Tony Hsieh, who also leads the Downtown Project, an effort to revitalize downtown Las Vegas as a vibrant cultural and economic hotspot, has said he wants ‘to be in an area where everyone feels like they can hang out all the time and where there’s not a huge distinction between working and playing.’ The move was lauded by Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman who said ‘this will be a game changer for Southern Nevada. This move will bring about a critical mass of creative persons to the inner core of Las Vegas in addition to causing a significant shot in the arm for the economy and for new jobs.’

Text from Wikipedia.

In the course of a lifetime, “Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet has worn out three pairs of Doc Martins.

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December 19, 2016

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“Cindy Tasker”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
December 18, 2016
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

Seventeen years ago Cindy Tasker moved from her hometown of Detroit to Las Vegas. Two years ago, she joined the wait staff at Vickie’s Diner, a perfect job and a perfect spot to match her effervescent personality.

Her life got even better when Molly, a ten pound  Pomeranian-Chihuahua puppy became part of her household. “She’s a ball of energy,” says Cindy. “She’s my soulmate.”

Editor’s note: we hope to feature Molly soon as part of our Wednesday Las Vegas Pets series.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner went with the BLT – hold the T, and the Chicken Noodle Soup, last night at Vickie’s.

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December 18, 2016

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“Taz at ReBar”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The Tasmanian Devil supervises the action at the newest pub on Main Street in the Arts District. Rebar had  wurst-cutting ceremony last week, with plenty of dignitaries in attendance including Congresswoman Dina Titus and Mayor Carolyn Goodman. KTNV has some nice coverage, with a story from Joyce Lupiani.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner likes Looney Tunes.

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December 16, 2016

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“Fremont Street, the View East”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a fan of winter light at dusk. More of her images from Fremont East are in this week’s Seven Magazine, with a story by Our Las Vegas contributing writer Lissa Townsend Rodgers.

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December 15, 2016

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“Barscape: Huntridge Tavern”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

From the Jul 16, 2016 Las Vegas Weekly “BEST OF VEGAS 2015″ – “BEST DIVE: HUNTRIDGE TAVERN:”

“Because the drinks are so cheap they’re nearly free, the bartenders are awesome, the bar-fly clientele is consistent and, if the air conditioning’s broken, they’ll lend you a wet bar towel to wrap around your neck. Dive-tacular? Hell yes. 1116 E. Charleston Blvd., 702-384-7377.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner holds the Huntridge Tavern in the highest esteem.

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December 14, 2016

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“Mark Stoermer with Nate”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

Note: Photographed with KUNV’s “Playing Favorites” Talent and Radio & Television Personality Nathan Tannenbaum, characteristically bow-tied.

Mark August Stoermer (born June 28, 1977) is an American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the bassist and occasional rhythm guitarist for  The Killers, with whom he has recorded four studio albums.

In addition to his work with The Killers, Stoermer has released two solo albums, Another Life in 2011, and Dark Arts in 2016. He also joined The Smashing Pumpkins to tour in support of the band’s ninth studio album, Monuments to an Elegy (2014) and produced Howling Bells‘ third studio album The Loudest Engine (2011).”

Text from Wikipedia.

MORE: Link to “Playing the Favorites” show featuring Mark Stoermer.

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

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December 13, 2016

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“Comfort Food Dinner at Vickie’s Diner”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
December 11, 2016

Lentil soup. Side of bacon. Hot tea with lemon.

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

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is an enthusiastic champion of Vickie’s Diner – and hopes to see you there soon.

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December 12, 2016

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“Art Way Ghost Ship Vigil”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
18b Arts District
December 10, 2016

“Thirty-six people — musicians, artists, students, lovers and friends — lost their lives on Dec. 2, 2016, in a fire that consumed the Oakland warehouse known as the ‘Ghost Ship.'”

From “Remembering the Ghost Ship fire victims” feature the East Bay Times and San Jose Mercury News – with photographs and stories for each of the deceased.
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Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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December 11, 2016

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“Holiday Moon”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden 

“Each season, the enormously talented horticulturalists and designers who make up the Bellagio Conservatory team transform this 14,000-square-foot floral playground into a showcase of the distinctive sights and colors of spring, summer, fall and winter—along with a special display for Chinese New Year. When the seasons turn and the displays rotate, 90 percent of the trees, flowers and plants in the conservatory are recycled, to further celebrate our commitment to the earth.

The Conservatory season starts with Chinese New Year and features traditional designs of the celebration. Spring brings cherry blossoms, while the summer offers flora equally as fragrant. Orange and yellow, brown and gold are used to match the fall foliage. Following Thanksgiving weekend, the gardens are transformed for the Christmas season. Bellagio’s holiday display is one of extraordinary beauty. The wonderful fragrances and magnificent colors of the seasons take over the entire arrival experience.”

Text from Conservatory website.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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December 10, 2016

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“Fremont Street Dusk”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Skies” series

Text from Fremont East Entertainment District website:

THE HISTORY OF FREMONT EAST
In 2002, the city of Las Vegas created an entertainment district in the heart of downtown Las Vegas: Fremont East. The Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) sits adjacent to the popular tourist attraction, the Fremont Street Experience.

In 2007, the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency and Fremont East property and business owners committed $5.5 million through a public-private partnership for a major streetscape improvement for the Fremont East Entertainment District. This three-block renovation included pedestrian-friendly street redesign, landscaping and retro-looking neon signage.

THE VISION
Fremont East is a pedestrian friendly community that combines diverse street-life, local businesses, eateries, side-walk cafes, bars and cocktail lounges, lively entertainment, retail, and residential living while preserving a historic gambling house.

FREMONT EAST BOUNDARIES
Currently, The Fremont East Entertainment District is comprised of a total of 6 blocks. The boundaries are from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and then from Ogden Street South to Carson.

Camera in hand, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner prowls Fremont Street East.

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December 9, 2016

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“Construction Wall Mural”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Follow-up to yesterday’s portrait of Jerry Misko in our “Las Vegas Creatives” series: a view of his temporary ground-level mural on the construction wall at Emergency Arts.

Check the 2016  Archive to view this year’s  previous Daily Frames.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner keeps an eye on the street.

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December 8, 2016

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“Jerry Misko”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

Jerry Misko on the occasion of his finishing his most recent mural, on the construction wall at Emergency Arts.

From the artist’s website: “I am a native Las Vegan and have been a practicing artist here for the past 12 years. I attended the University of Southern California from 1990-93. I have worked on projects with the City of Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Extreme Makeover:Home Edition tv show, The Contemporary Arts Collective, First Friday and many other local arts organizations and galleries. I was co-founder of DUST Gallery, one of the most respected art galleries in Las Vegas, showcasing many artists from Las Vegas and abroad. I have participated in several art fairs in New York and Miami, including the Affordable Art Fair and SCOPE.

My work has been featured in The Aerial Gallery (which I have also curated for the City) and The Centennial Murals project (creating one of the largest murals from the series). I have been commissioned to create works for several corporate collections in Las Vegas including Saks Fifth Avenue, The Howard Hughes Corporation, The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino and The Molasky Group of Companies. My work is also found in many local private collections as well as collections from around the country. I have donated many works to fundraising events in the community including The Nevada Cancer Institute, The Neon Museum, The CAC, Bishop Gorman College Preparatory High School, Olive Crest, First Friday and many others. My work has shown in DUST Gallery, The Fallout and most recently Henri & Odette gallery. In 2009 I was selected as “best local artist” in both Las Vegas City Life &  Las Vegas Weekly going to back to back in CityLife for 2010. Also in 2009 I created large murals for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and The Las Vegas Neon Museum.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is on the scene and on the beat.

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December 7, 2016

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

Gigi (tiny dog) is the new puppy sister to Lola, previously featured on our “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series.”  Their proud and loving guardian is Laura Herbert, who found Gigi through the Huntridge Facebook group, and previously liberated Lola from a goat farm in California. Ginger notes: “Gigi loves Lola, and we hope Lola eventually gets to that place as well.”

Cat Lady (in a parallel universe) and “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner also loves dogs.

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December 6, 2016

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“2000 Paradise Road”
Photograph by Jon Winet

“Jackpot! Siegel Suites is the best affordable apartment choice in Las Vegas. Whether you are looking for a short term apartment, a furnished apartment, or even a dog or pet friendly apartment, our many low cost Las Vegas apartments have just what you’re looking for. Our rentals may be cheap, but you’ll stay in Las Vegas in style with apartment amenities like FREE premium cable TV, FREE utilities, swimming pools & more.”

Text from Siegel Suites website.

 “Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet has rented his share of studio apartments in Las Vegas.

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December 5, 2016

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“El Cortez at 75”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Keeping the property current while not losing sight of its roots is what has helped it reach its 75th year of continual operation when larger, flashier casinos are lucky to last half that long. Having opened its doors in 1941, visiting the El Cortez, like running it, has become generational. The grandchildren of loyal guests are now checking in, glad to have fun in a place where their grandparents did.”

From November 21, 2015 Vegas Seven story by David G. Schwartz: “Links in the El Cortez Chain – The Fremont Street casino endures 75 years.”

Rare does a week go by without an El Cortez appearance by “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner .

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December 4, 2016

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“Lone Mountain Vista”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré

Second of two photographs from Ellie’s Thanksgiving Weekend hike up Lone Mountain. As noted last Sunday:

“Lone Mountain is an isolated, rocky butte in NW Las Vegas just inside the I-215 Beltway. The summit stands some 600 feet above the surrounding homes, giving great views of the city and surrounding mountains. Lone Mountain is good place for a quick get-away and workout. There are several routes to the summit.”

Text from birdandhike website.

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

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December 3, 2016

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“Bellagio Bears”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden 

“Holiday Show: BELLAGIO CENTRAL STATION”

“The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens combines horticultural prowess with spectacular design.

• 34,000 Flowers including: Varieties of Poinsettias, Azalea’s, Cyclamen, and Ottowa mums
• 750 Shrubs including: Buxus Winter Gem, Swanes Golden, Silver King, Ilex, Argenteomarginata, Juniper, Picea, Mugo Pine, Capitata, Golden Globe, and Green Beauty
• 25 Silver Tip Trees from Mt. Lassen California

Text from Bellagio website.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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December 2, 2016

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“Sky Stratosphere Palms”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner . ‘Nuff said.

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December 1, 2016

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“#tbt: Clinton Campaign Rally”
Photograph by Ashley Ranan
Cheyenne High School Courtyard
October 23, 2016

Excerpt from story by Ben Botkin in the October 20, 2016 Las Vegas Review-Journal:

President Barack Obama will visit North Las Vegas on Sunday to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Catherine Cortez Masto, the Democratic candidate in Nevada’s U.S. Senate race.

Obama will be encouraging Nevadans to participate in early voting, which starts the day before on Saturday and continues through Nov. 4. The general election is Nov. 8.

Clinton is facing GOP nominee Donald Trump and Cortez Masto is in a competitive race against U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., for the seat of outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Obama will speak at a rally hosted by the Nevada State Democratic Party at 3:45 p.m. Sunday at Cheyenne High School.”

Ashely Ranan is a UNLV Journalism student graduating in May 2017. She is currently enrolled in Jim Laurie’s photojournalism class. She is a 2016 recipient of  a $1,000. Mary Hausch Scholarship, and a Marketing and Communications Intern at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

This is her fourth contribution to The Daily Frame.

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November 30, 2016

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“The Crooner, Clint Holmes”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The photographer notes: Clint Holmes, in a quiet moment, at his new show Between the Lines at the Palazzo Hotel. “There’s a whole lot of talent on that stage, to say the least.”

Ginger Bruner appreciates a swingin band.

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November 29, 2016

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“Town Lodge Motel”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott
June 2011

Located at 225 N 7th St downtown, the Town Lodge Motel was acquired by Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project, part of its DTLV “Llama footprint.” The building is now a feature of the annual “Life is Beautiful” festival.

Google Street View

[April 2016 Google Street View  for future archival reference.]

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 28, 2016

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“Welcome to the Place”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Drive-by Series”

“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.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner drives by night, and sometimes walks.

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November 27, 2016

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“Lone Mountain”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré

“Lone Mountain is an isolated, rocky butte in NW Las Vegas just inside the I-215 Beltway. The summit stands some 600 feet above the surrounding homes, giving great views of the city and surrounding mountains. Lone Mountain is good place for a quick get-away and workout. There are several routes to the summit.”

Text from birdandhike website.

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

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November 26, 2016

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“Aaron Archer – Basstravaganzist”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

From the Las Vegas Sun:

24th Anniversary Weekend at Double Down Saloon

“You know those friends who stretch their birthdays through the week to accommodate every last person that wants to celebrate? The Double Down is kinda like that friend, except way less annoying.

For its 24th birthday, Las Vegas’ den of drinking ’n’ degeneracy has programmed a five-night run of celebration, aimed to suit just about anyone who leaves the house after 10 p.m. Things get down and dirty starting on Wednesday with Thee Swank Bastards’ Basstravaganza, which will build to the 24-bassist Big Bottom finale. Goldtop Bob and his Goldtoppers move their third-Wednesday residency gig to play some Thanksgiving blues. Tokyo rawk ’n’ roll trio The Heiz returns to Las Vegas for Friday’s multi-band marathon. Dirk Vermin & The Hostile Talent plus support acts do the same Saturday. And Uberschall closes it all out with its usual last-Sunday gig, an appropriately far-out band for the most far-out of hangouts.”

Where: Double Down Saloon, 4640 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas

When: tonight and Sunday!

Cost: Free

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is  all about the bass – and much more.

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November 25, 2016

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“Throw Back Friday: Thanksgiving 2016”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From an undisclosed location
November 24, 2016

Ginger notes: “Twenty pound #turkey plus 4 extra drumsticks. Whoa.”

We wish all of you all ample leftovers!

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner enjoys a fine holiday meal and is the guest of your dreams.

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November 24, 2016

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“Happy Thanksgiving 2016”
Photograph by Felicia Gassen

Text below from NPR’s  “Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish Recipe” in its entirety:

Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, fans ask NPR’s Susan Stamberg for her mother-in-law’s recipe for cranberry relish.

“It sounds terrible but tastes terrific,” Stamberg says of the Pepto Bismol-pink dish.

Below is the cranberry relish recipe, and a bonus recipe for another Stamberg favorite — garlicky cranberry chutney.

Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish

2 cups whole raw cranberries, washed

1 small onion

3/4 cup sour cream

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons horseradish from a jar (“red is a bit milder than white”)

Grind the raw berries and onion together. (“I use an old-fashioned meat grinder,” says Stamberg. “I’m sure there’s a setting on the food processor that will give you a chunky grind — not a puree.”)

Add everything else and mix.

Put in a plastic container and freeze.

Early Thanksgiving morning, move it from freezer to refrigerator compartment to thaw. (“It should still have some little icy slivers left.”)

The relish will be thick, creamy, and shocking pink. (“OK, Pepto Bismol pink. It has a tangy taste that cuts through and perks up the turkey and gravy. Its also good on next-day turkey sandwiches, and with roast beef.”)

Makes 1 1/2 pints.

Garlicky Cranberry Chutney

Susan Stamberg calls this recipe “my truly favorite cranberry side dish.” It’s from Madhur Jaffrey‘s cookbook East/West Menus for Family and Friends (Harper & Row, 1987).

1-inch piece fresh ginger

3 cloves finely chopped garlic

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

4 tablespoons sugar

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

1-pound can cranberry sauce with berries

1/2 teaspoon salt (or less)

ground black pepper

Cut ginger into paperthin slices, stack them together and cut into really thin slivers.

Combine ginger, garlic, vinegar, sugar and cayenne in a small pot. Bring to a simmer, simmer on medium flame about 15 minutes or until there are about four tablespoons of liquid left.

Add can of cranberry sauce, salt and pepper. Mix and bring to a simmer. Lumps are ok. Simmer on a gentle heat for about 10 minutes.

Cool, store and refrigerate. (“It will keep for several days, if you don’t finish it all after first taste!”)

Photographer and Graphic Designer Felicia Gassen. She has lived and worked in Las Vegas since 1999, and is a graduate of UNLV.

Originally a San Franciscan, Felicia recognizes that the desert is now her ocean.

This is her second contribution to The Daily Frame.

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November 23, 2016

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“Harrie’s Bagelmania”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
855 E Twain Ave, Las Vegas

“Many recognize Cholula Hot Sauce by the wooden cap that tops each and every bottle. It’s fashioned from beech wood, native to Europe, Asia and North America and color-dyed to reflect each of our five distinctive flavors. When Cholula Hot Sauce was introduced, the cap was selected to represent the true craftsmanship behind the product and created a visible separator from all other hot sauces. Fans always tell us that even after they finish a bottle, they keep the cap as a memento. This signature element was firmly established in pop culture during the brands latest sponsorship with ten Major League Baseball teams where announcers referred to Cholula Hot Sauce as ‘The flavorful hot sauce with the iconic wooden cap.'”

Text from Company website

“It is not unusual to find Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner breakfasting at Bagelmania on any given Sunday.

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November 22, 2016

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“Celestial Pump”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Fremont Street East

While no slave to fashion, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner can appreciate a ruby pump.

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November 21, 2016

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“215 N | Summerlin”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
November 20, 2016

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

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November 20, 2016

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“American Amber | Red Ale (Bar Detail)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Primarily a catch all for any beer less than a Dark Ale in color, ranging from amber (duh) to deep red hues. This style of beer tends to focus on the malts, but hop character can range from low to high. Expect a balanced beer, with toasted malt characters and a light fruitiness in most examples.”

Text from BeerAdvocate website..

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner favors Guiness due to its legendary medicinal qualities.

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November 19, 2016

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“Experience (early morning)”
Photograph by Jon Winet
Fremont Street Experience

“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.

Viva Vision shows last about six minutes, and run every hour, beginning at dusk (between 6:00 p.m and 8:00 p.m., based upon the season). Shows typically end at midnight (in the summer, shows run until 1:00 a.m.).

Light shows currently include Heart, The Who, The Doors, Bon Jovi and others.”

Text from Vegas Experience website..

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet is up early.

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November 18, 2016

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“Caesars Interior no. 4”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
Caesars Palace Las Vegas

The Forum Shops at Caesars (also known as simply “The Forum”) is a 636,000-square-foot shopping mall connected to Caesars Palace.

The mall was built as an extension wing of the main hotel and casino in 1992. The idea was first suggested by Henry Gluck, who served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Caesars World from 1983 to 1994. The Forum was expanded further in 2004 to front Las Vegas Boulevard on the Strip.

The Forum Shops at Caesars is the highest grossing mall in the United States, with higher sales per square foot than Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. The mall includes more than 270 mid-range and luxury retailers, gourmet restaurants, and bars.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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

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November 17, 2016

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“Joe Forseman”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Bonnie Springs
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

Joe Forseman  has been performing in Bars and Venues for over 26 years, 17 of those in Las Vegas. Known as “the man who can play anything”, Joe’s diverse and extensive songlist ranges from the greatest hits to the obscure underground classics; from the British invasion of the 6o’s, the singer/songwriter era of the 70s, the synth driven excesses of the 80’s, the angst filled discord of the 90s, all the way up through today!

Joe has a style all of his own, twisting well known songs to fit his acoustic style. One of Joe’s favorite things is taking unexpected songs and making them his own. Artists like Prince, Cyndi Lauper, Christina Aguilara, Britney Spears…Joe is able to put his own spin on all of these artists and more.

Joe has the shared the stage with such talents as Bill Medley, legendary founder of the Righteous Brothers, Michael Grimm; winner of America’s Got Talent 2010, and many other performers, singer/songwriters and talented artists.

A lover of all music, Joe began running and promoting Open Mic Nights in the Las Vegas valley, offering all musicians of all talent levels venues in which to perform. Along with doing solo gigs and sitting in with friends, Joe is still busy hosting and promoting various open mic nights throughout the valley.”

Text from Joe Forseman website..

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Burner is equally appreciated by fellow photographers and  musicians.

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November 16, 2016

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“Bookshop Greeters 2”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Writer’s Block
Addition to the  “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series”?

“A decade ago, independent bookstores were viewed as an industry on the decline. Crushed on price by Amazon and by the wide selection of national retailers like Barnes & Noble, thousands of mom-and-pop outlets had closed up shop. But after years of losses, they are emerging from the decimation, with the number of independent bookstores rising 21 percent from 2010 to 2015. In a twist of fate, it is the internet — the very thing that was supposed to wipe them out — that is helping these small stores. The Neighborhood Bookstore’s Unlikely Ally? The Internet

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner likes bookstores and pets.

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November 15, 2016

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“Bookshop Greeters”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 

Text from Writer’s Block website:

BOOKSELLER, BOOK MANUFACTURER, PUBLISHER, LITERARY TREASURY, WRITERS’ WORKSHOP, ARTIFICIAL BIRD SANCTUARY

Book Shop is a retailer of books and other goods. Its stock includes new fiction and nonfiction books, writing and print supplies, games, apparel, badminton accessories and Venus flytraps. A print lab is located at the front of the Shop, where handmade books and stationery are manufactured and sold. The property is also an artificial bird sanctuary, and contains an exhibition on the history of language, literacy, and publishing.

Codex is a writers’ studio dedicated to education, production and publishing. Authors, artists and craftsman of all ages assemble to participate and collaborate through workshops, seminars and clubs to create original books, films, recordings, and works of art. Field trips and classes are offered free of charge to Las Vegas students.

The Book Machine is the only one of its kind in Nevada; it prints, binds and trims a perfect-bound paperback book in five minutes. Millions of titles are available for printing at an affordable cost. Capable of small or large print runs, the Book Machine is also a unique and quick tool for for self-publishers.

The Writer’s Block’s Event Calendar features local and visiting authors, artists, performers, and entertainers. Readings, signings and other performances take place regularly on and off-site.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner supports independent bookstores.

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November 14, 2016

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“High Roller Moon”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas 

“The November ‘supermoon’ is extra close to Earth today (Nov. 14), providing an extraordinary sight for skywatchers — but exactly what makes this month’s full moon so special?

November’s supermoon —a term used to describe a full moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth during the lunar orbit — will be the biggest and brightest supermoon to rise in almost 69 years. In fact, the full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034.”

Text from Space.com website

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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November 13, 2016

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“Exit Stage Right – Tule Springs”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs is a 2,040-acre  park in Las Vegas, Nevada. The park is centered on Tule Springs, a series of small lakes that formed an oasis in this part of the Mojave Desert. One of the larger urban retreats in the Las Vegas Valley, Tule Springs was once considered to be far out of town but is now encroached by development. The park includes the Tule Springs Ranch, Tule Springs Archaeological Site, Tule Springs Wash and four ponds available for fishing.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is swimming in images.

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November 12, 2016

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“Caesars Interior no. 3”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
Caesars Palace Las Vegas

“Jeff Campbell of Lonely Planet refers to the hotel as ‘quintessentially Las Vegas,’ a ‘Greco-Roman fantasyland featuring marble reproductions of classical statuary.’ The art deco style fused with clear influences from Hollywood epic productions dominate.”

Text from Wikipedia

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

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November 11, 2016

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“Sphinx”
Photograph by Jon Winet
Luxor Hotel & Casino

“A sphinx (Greek: Σφίγξ) is a mythical creature with the head of a human and the body of a lion.

In Greek tradition, it has the head of a human, the haunches of a lion, and sometimes the wings of a bird. 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.”

Text from Wikipedia

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet has found the last few days deeply puzzling.

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November 10, 2016

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“Throw-back Thursday: Baloon Festival”
Photography and text by Diana Perez

Southern Hills Hospital celebrated its 6th Annual Balloon Festival; Friday, October 21st-Sunday, October 23rd.

Not only was this a family friendly, fun-filled event equipped with Hot Air Balloon rides, a Hot Air Balloon light show and a carnival, this event also benefited Nevada high school students interested in the healthcare field, through the Public Education Foundation’s “High School to Healthcare” scholarship program.

Thanks to the support of the many vendors and sponsors such as the Greenspun Media Group, The Public Education Foundation and Mixed 94.1, Southern Hills Hospital has awarded $60,000 to 15 high school seniors in Nevada since 2014. Students also receive $1000 each for four years towards their college education.

Diana Perez, 32, was born and raised in Las Vegas. She is a senior at the UNLV, pursuing a career in Broadcast Journalism. She works at the Clark County School District Department of Adult Education as an ELL (English Language Learners) Coordinator Assistant.

Diana is an alumna of Mary Hausch‘s advanced classes in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. We are always delighted to feature the work UNLV students.

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November 9, 2016

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“The Morning After: Rusty & Frizzle”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series”

Daily Frame contributor Ellie Mendré notes: “Ok, the dogs’ names are Rusty, the big man and Frizzle, the little girl. Rusty belongs to Tammy Priddy. Frizzle is my adopted baby. Rusty and Frizzle are new friends. Tammy is my coworker and we have also recently become friends.”

“Our Las Vegas” adds: Pets are a great source of comfort and companionship. We highly recommend adding a rescue from the LVSPCA to your household.

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

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November 8, 2016

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“Zoltar Speaks”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
Las Vegas Magic Shop, Stratosphere Hotel & Casino

“A fortune teller machine is a type of amusement, which upon receiving credit gives out a card with a prediction of the reader’s future.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Editor’s note – In the sprit of full disclosure: in matters of U.S. electoral politics “Our Las Vegas” in fact relies on Nate Silver’s high tech Big Data-crunching 538 website for predictions of the outcome of elections. Click here to learn more about Zoltar.

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

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November 7, 2016

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“Train over the Charleston Underpass”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
From the “Drive-by Series”

“This is the story of the first transcontinental railroad; the greatest, most daring engineering effort the country had yet seen. The time was the 1860s. Imagine the task.

The idea was to span the West with iron rails from Omaha to Sacramento, to build a railroad across two-thirds of the continent and some of the most difficult terrain on earth. ‘Ruinous space,’ a Boston paper called it. Not in all that distance, not in 1,700 miles, was there a single settlement of any appreciable size except at Salt Lake. The railroad would join what essentially were two different countries: California and back East. Construction crews would cross hundreds of miles of desert – push into the mountains at elevations as high as 8,000 feet. It’s hard to believe that one river alone, the Weber, would have to be crossed 31 times. And all this without benefit of bulldozers or rock drills, modern explosives or modern medical facilities.

They called it a work of giants. But like all great stories, it’s about people: construction bosses, politicians, thousands of workers and the people who got the whole thing started in the first place.”

– David McCulloch,
The Iron Road” for The American Experience, PBS

Text from the Union Pacific website.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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November 6, 2016

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“Bingo”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Skies” series

“The game of bingo is approximately 500 years old. Scholars say that the first bingo games were developed in Italy around 1530. Bingo started out as a lottery style game known as “Il Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia.” The game is still played today in Saturdays in Italy. Italians also played a bingo style game at Christmastime called Tombola which bears a close resemblance to 90 ball bingo.

In the 17th century the game became popular in France among the upper classes and royalty. The game was known as “Le Lotto” and was first played in 1778. The French modified the game which featured a card with 27 squares in an original layout of three rows and nine columns. The numbers on the cards ranged from 1 to 90. The French cards led to the design of today’s bingo cards. The French also added callers to the game. The caller would pick wooden numbered chips from a bag and call out the numbers. Lottery style bingo games became popular in most European countries.

In the United States many credit Edwin Lowe with creating the first modern games. In reality it was Hugh J Ward that standardized the modern version of bingo. Ward operated games in Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh in the early 1920’s. Ward went on to publish the first bingo rule book in 1933. While Ward standardized the game it was toy salesman Edwin Lowe who popularized the game in the United States.

Lowe was traveling in Georgia when he happened on a country carnival. Lowe parked his car and found most of the carnival booths closed. Lowe noticed one tent was full of people playing a game called ‘beano.’ Players used beans to cover the squares on their cards. The game used Ward’s rules, dried beans, a rubber stamp and cardboard cards. Ward showed the game to some friends and they loved it. In the 30’s Lowe operated games in New York using the same equipment he had seen in Georgia. At some point the game’s name was changed to bingo.”

Text from Bingo House – Bingo History 101 website.

Additional note from Wikipedia: “The origin of the name Bingo is unknown but may date to the middle 1920s. There are claims that one of Lowe’s friends was so excited to have won that she yelled out “Bingo” instead of “Beano,” or that the word echoes the sound of a bell.

When it comes to Italian games, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  favors bocce over bingo.

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November 5, 2016

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“Carpets Galore to the Stratosphere”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
November 4, 2016

Carpets Galore – “We beat them all. For over 33 years!”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  never tires of photographing her favorite landmark.

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November 4, 2016

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“Le rêve”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Le Rêve is a stage production in residence at the Wynn Las Vegas casino resort. It is set in an aquatic stage with a one million-gallon water capacity and features diving and feats of strength with state-of-the-art special effects, where no seat is more than 40 feet from the stage. The production was created by Franco Dragone and is similar to the shows produced by Cirque du Soleil. Dragone, who was the director behind O, La Nouba, Mystère, Alegría, and Quidam, has not revealed the cost of the production. However, major Las Vegas shows average around $30 to $40 million to produce. The show features 90 performers and 250 cast and crew members.

Le Rêve was the working name of the resort before it was changed to Wynn Las Vegas. “Le Rêve” means “The Dream” in French, and is the name of the painting that Steve Wynn owned at the time, but which is now owned by Steven A. Cohen, Le Rêve by Picasso.”

[Additional note: On March 26, 2013, the New York Post reported that Steven A. Cohen of SAC Capital had bought the painting from Wynn for $155 million.]

“Each member of the cast must become scuba-certified before performing in the theater. Every 6 months the show is re-choreographed in order to keep it fresh for frequent visitors.”

Text from Wikipedia

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner dives into a wide range of creative projects.

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November 3, 2016

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“Dice Town”
Photograph by Nick Lake

Nick Lake a is photography student in his second quarter at the Art Institute of Las Vegas, working with instructor and photojournalist Jim Laurie. He has lived in Las Vegas for the past year. He writes: “Vegas is the first place I have placed some roots down. I got out of the military in March 2014 and moved 6 times from Saint Roberts, Missouri to Phoenix, Arizona. After completion of school I hope to go back to Iraq and Afghanistan. I want to create a photo documentary of the positive contributions my generation left in a difficult conflict. For example I was able to help in the construction of a Children’s Cancer Hospital near Baghdad. The schools, hospitals, libraries etc…. all that we built. I want to go photograph all that, so we the OIF/OEF* veterans know we did leave a positive mark even if we didn’t agree on why we were there.”

* OEF: Operation Enduring Freedom | OIF: Operation Iraqi Freedom

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November 2, 2016

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“Ty Puppies Inc.”
Photograph by Sarah Martinez
From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series”

“October 31: Meet Ginger and Molly–two lovable terriers that just want to be in on the Halloween festivities. Who says trick-or-treaters can only have two legs?”

Las Vegas native Sarah Martinez is a UNLV junior majoring in Journalism. She is the secretary of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) UNLV chapter, and a volunteer for Christ the King Catholic Community as a Confirmation teacher. She notes: “If I’m not at school or volunteering, you can find me exploring the Downtown area, experimenting with my camera in the most visually aesthetic part of the city.”

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to work with students in Jim Laurie’s photojournalism classes in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies.

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November 1, 2016

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“Gambling”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
El Cortez Hotel & Casino

Gambling is the wagering of money or something of value (referred to as “the stakes”) on an event with an uncertain outcome with the primary intent of winning additional money and/or material goods. Gambling thus requires three elements be present: consideration, chance and prize. The outcome of the wager is often immediate, such as a single roll of dice or a spin of a roulette wheel, but longer time frames are also common, allowing wagers on the outcome of a future sports contest or even an entire sports season.

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a sure bet.

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October 31, 2016

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“Disco Yorrick”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The photographer comments: “As Andrea puts it ‘Disco Yorrick #alaspooryorick #alas #dtlv #feetishspa @feetishspa”

“Our Las Vegas” wishes all a very happy, scary and safe Halloween!

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is glad the Octoberfest season  has given way to the Halloween – Thanksgiving season.

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October 30, 2016

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“Out on the Town – JOn Miller & Andrea Lipoma”
Photograph by JOn Miller
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

Two favorite “Our Las Vegas” contributors – and ones who don’t miss an opportunity to dress up!

Daily Frame contributor Andrea Lipomi is the director | owner of Feetish Spa, located at Emergency Arts in Downtown Las Vegas. She is an alumna of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, NY; and the Esthetics Program at Destination Academy in Las Vegas. You couldn’t ask for a better neighbor.

Photographer and artist JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is a frequent contributor to The Daily Frame, serving as our Lunar Connection and Man at McCarran.

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October 29, 2016

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“Halloween at the Magical Forest”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Once again, the Magical Forest will be shrouded in Halloween finery for Hall0Veen, beckoning ghouls and goblins of all ages with an abundance of rides and attractions.”

Open through October 31.

Opportunity Village
6300 West Oakey Blvd
Las Vegas

No tricks “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner‘s photography is a treat.

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October 28, 2016

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“Today – Looking South”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 27, 2018
From the “Around the 18b” Series

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner goes high to capture the sights and sites of Las Vegas.

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October 27, 2016

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“Walk”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner enjoys the occasional walk.

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October 26, 2016

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“Grace Enjoying the Fountain”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series”

Grace is part of the Nathan family, and enjoys life in Las Vegas, especially the lovely fall weather we are experiencing right now, which is perfect for fountain viewing. Her catbro Ernie has appeared on The Daily Frame relatively recently.

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

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October 25, 2016

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“View from the Museum”

Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Stratosphere Tower and North Strip

Looking out over the trails at the Springs Preserve, there are some wonderful views of the valley from the Nevada State Museum at the Springs Preserve, built on the site of the birthplace of Las Vegas.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner loves museums.

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October 24, 2016

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“Curtis Joe Walker”

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

“Photography is the main planet of creative gravity that I orbit around. For the last 5 years, I have been building my business Photo Bang Bang as a temple of photography for myself and others to explore creativity in a comfortable environment.

I spend most of my time focusing on the downtown Las Vegas community and integrating myself into it. The pace of change is dizzying, even through this recession. One skill I have honed in this process is getting the last photo, or the first photo of something as it transitions through change.

I am motivated by a desire to create things that are useful and beautiful.”

Text from Curtis Joe Walker website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner shoots and scores.

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October 23, 2016

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“Desert Alley”
Photograph by JOn Miller

“Just behind the Living Desert apartments on Living Desert Dr. – one block east of Maryland pkwy, one block south of Harmon.”

Photographer and artist JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is a frequent contributor to The Daily Frame, serving as our Lunar Connection and Man at McCarran.

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October 22, 2016

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“It’s getting to seem a lot like Halloween”
Photograph by JOn Miller

Andrea Lipomi, in one of her myriad personas, photographed earlier this month at the Haunted Hearse & Car Show at Circus Circus- “HEARSES, LIMOS, FLOWER CARS, AMBULANCES, CREEPY/GOTHIC, RAT RODS, CLASSICS, HOT RODS-OPEN TO ALL!!”

Photographer and artist JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is a frequent contributor to The Daily Frame, serving as our Lunar Connection and Man at McCarran.

He and Andrea are fearless urban explorers.

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October 21, 2016

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“Eclipse Theaters”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
October 2016

Excerpt below from “Luxury theater opening in downtown Las Vegas this month,”  October 13, 2016 Las Vegas Review Journal story by Alexander S. Corey.

“Coming soon: a luxury theater in Downtown Las Vegas.

Located at the corner of South Third Street and Gass Avenue, the eight-screen Eclipse Theaters is expected to open later this month and will feature a bar, lounge and restaurant.

The three-story, 72,000-square-foot Eclipse Theaters building will be anchored on the first floor by 21 Greens, an indoor golf simulator that expects to open about 45 to 60 days after the theater debuts. The second floor will house the restaurant, bar, lounge and theaters.

The top floor of the building will be open for private events such as presentations or birthday parties. Ryan Stock, executive director of operations said that two private rooms on the third floor will overlook screens on the second floor similar to a private box at a sporting event.

Eclipse Theaters will hire roughly 150 people altogether for the theater, dining operation and 21 Greens attraction, which has a partnership with the company, Stock said. The theaters range in size from 30 to 40 seats to 70 to 80 seats, according to Stock. In total, the theaters will seat 540 people in large, extra-padded seats.

Stock added that the theater is intended to appeal to locals as well as tourists.

Regular admission will be $18, though seniors will pay $16 anytime.

A matinee from Monday through Thursday before 5 p.m. will cost $16.”

Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty-five years.

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

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October 20, 2016

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“Don’t Grab Me”
Photograph by Ashley Ranan
U.N.L.V. October 19, 2016

As dust is beginning to settle from last night’s final 2016 Presidential Debate, UNLV and the City are getting back to normal, but we think this historic event will be instrumental in adding texture to the national perception of Las Vegas, raise the stature of the University, and increase political awareness among its students.

Additional photographs by Ashley Ranan are included on the newly launched project The Rebel Lens.

Below are links to coverage by local daily media.

Las Vegas Sun
“How presidential candidates came full circle in final debate”
Story by Megan Messerly

Las Vegas Review Journal
“Clinton, Trump come out swinging in Las Vegas debate”
story by Ben Botkin, Henry Brean and Jamie Munks

Ashely Ranan is a UNLV Journalism student graduating in May 2017. She is currently enrolled in Jim Laurie’s photojournalism class. She is a 2016 recipient of  a $1,000. Mary Hausch Scholarship, and a Marketing and Communications Intern at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

This is her third contribution to The Daily Frame.

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October 19, 2016

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“It’a all over but the Shouting”
Thomas & Mack Center
October 17, 2016
Photograph by Jim Laurie
2nd of two phtographs from the preparations for the 3rd 2016 Presidential Debate.

“Since being named the site of the final 2016 Presidential Debate, UNLV has been eagerly preparing for the historic event. From debate-related courses and lectures to hands-on learning opportunities for students of all ages, UNLV is boldly marking its moment in time as we countdown to the debate.”

Text  from the  UNLV 2016 Presidential Debate website.

Daily Frame contributor Jim Laurie provides the following bio notes; “Longtime Las Vegas-based photojournalist currently teaching at UNLV and the Art Institute of Las Vegas. Hiking and landscape photography are a passion and my great escape.”

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October 18, 2016

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“The Constitution Forever”
Thomas & Mack Center
October 17, 2016
Photograph by Jim Laurie

“Since being named the site of the final 2016 Presidential Debate, UNLV has been eagerly preparing for the historic event. From debate-related courses and lectures to hands-on learning opportunities for students of all ages, UNLV is boldly marking its moment in time as we countdown to the debate.”

Text  from the  UNLV 2016 Presidential Debate website.

Daily Frame contributor Jim Laurie provides the following bio notes; “Longtime Las Vegas-based photojournalist currently teaching at UNLV and the Art Institute of Las Vegas. Hiking and landscape photography are a passion and my great escape.”

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October 17, 2016

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“Electric Super Full Moon”
Photograph by JOn Miller

“The Moon’s orbit around the Earth is not a perfect circle, but elliptical, with one side closer to the Earth than the other.

The point on the Moon’s orbit closest to the Earth, is called the perigee and the point farthest away is the apogee.

This means that the distance between the Moon and Earth varies throughout the month and the year. On average the distance is about 238,000 miles or 382,900 kilometers.

According to NASA, a Super Full Moon looks around 12 to 14% bigger than a Micromoon.
When a full Moon coincides with being closest to Earth, it is called a Super Full Moon. A new Moon that takes places when the Moon is at its perigee is known as a Super New Moon.”

Text adapted from Time and Date 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 Connection and Man at McCarran.

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October 16, 2016

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“Near Cave Spring at Mt. Charleston”
Photograph by Jim Laurie

Mount Charleston, officially named Charleston Peak at 11,916 feet is located about 35 miles ( northwest of Las Vegas within the Mount Charleston Wilderness in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is the highest peak in southern Nevada.

Mount Charleston is a year-round getaway for Las Vegas’s residents and visitors, with a number of hiking trails and a modest ski area. The mountain, which is snow-capped more than half the year, can be seen from parts of the Las Vegas Strip when looking toward the west. Mount Charleston has nearly 200 camp sites and over 150 picnic areas.

Text adapted from Wikipedia

First time contributor Jim Laurie provides the following bio notes; “Longtime Las Vegas-based photojournalist currently teaching at UNLV and the Art Institute of Las Vegas. Hiking and landscape photography are a passion and my great escape.”

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October 15, 2016

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“Sunset no. 97”
From the “Las Vegas Skies” series
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

Near Blue Diamond and Buffalo.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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October 14, 2016

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“The Girls of Sonic”
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Sonic managers Jennifer Flores and Chanel Brown surround Stephanie Camacho, seen recently at the Sahara East Sonic store. Stephanie is a hospitality major at a local institute of higher learning. Considering the panache with which she wears a hotdog hat, she will go far. As to why these ladies are in the “Las Vegas Creatives,” please try a Sonic cherry-limeade and you’ll know why.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner enjoys iced tea with extra ice.

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October 13, 2016

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“Sunset at Sunset Park”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Our Las Vegas lead photographer Ginger Bruner has been spending time at the park.

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October 12, 2016

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“Vintage Autumn Chateau (detail)”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden 

“Autumn bursts into color as the immense grape vine tree soars over the splendor of the garden.

Center stage is the Vintage Chateau, with a streaming fountain and an autumn leaf fountain.

Strolling along through the entrance of this marvelous show full of color we come to an walk through tunnel. The wind has carried the leaves off into a swirl of fun as you walk through the tunnel with the cobble stone beneath your feat. Take a breath and it feels like autumn has truly arrived in Las Vegas.

The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens combines horticultural prowess with spectacular design.

[plant inventory]

•  45,000 Flowers including: 12 varieties of Chrysanthemum, Yellow Durango, Fire Island, Durango, Harvest Bronze, Pont Pele, Pele, Early Autumn Bronze, Regal James Town, Beth Violet, Olivia Orange, Rosy Victoria
•  1,950 Shrubs including: Nandina, Birds Nest Fern, Little Kitten Maiden Grass, Hibiscus, Foxred Curly Sage, Croton Plant, Purple Fountain Grass
•  2,000 Ivy
•  30 Trees including: Magnolia, Liquid Amber, Ficus Natidia, Ficus Rubiganosa, Lagerstoemia Tusarora”

Text from the Conservatory website.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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October 11, 2016

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“Tree Spirit”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden Harvest Show
(through November 25, 2016)

“Some myths tell of supernatural beings or humans who were changed into trees. In Greek mythology, the nymph Daphne turned into a laurel tree when fleeing through the forest to escape the advances of Apollo. Lotis, another nymph who fled from unwanted advances, became the lotus tree. Other transformations symbolized eternal love. In a Greek myth, the gods turned Baucis and Philemon, a devoted old couple, into an oak and a linden tree when they died. The trees grew close together. In Japan, two pine trees growing close together were said to be faithful lovers. Tales from many cultures speak of the dead being reincarnated, or reborn, as trees, and legends and songs often tell of two trees, their branches linked or intertwined, that grow from the graves of lovers.”

Text from the Myths Encyclopedia.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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October 10, 2016

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“McCarran Access”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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October 9, 2016

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“King Nate | Lady Beth”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

From the Saturday edition of the  The Art of Chivalry Renaissance Fair, continuing today.  with early performances by  Killians’ Angels on the Olde Globe Stage.

l-r: Killian’s Angels  Beth Mullaney – vocals, mandolin, guitar, Irish tenor banjo, harmonica, spoons, bodhran; KUNV’s “Playing Favorites” Talent and Radio & Television Personality Nathan Tannenbaum (uncharacteristically sans bow-tie).

Daily Frame Lead Photographer, Killian’s Angels tuba player and nighthawk  Ginger Bruner will need a nap later this afternoon.

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October 8, 2016

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“Angels at the Ren Faire”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The Art of Chivalry Renaissance Fair is back and continues through Sunday at Sunset Park, with plenty of music – including Killians’ Angels on the Olde Globe Stage.

Daily Frame Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner may well be the only tuba player in a an all-female Celtic band.

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October 7, 2016

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“The Beat – Closing Time (Study no. 1)”
Photograph by Andrea Lipomi

“In July 2016 we tenants were told that The Beat would be closing at the end of September, and the 1st floor tenants (galleries, studios, pretty eyelashes) would need to leave to make room for a new restaurant that would be taking over the majority of the space. Luckily Feetish is located on the 2nd floor and for now she’s able to remain where she is, but I’m still saddened (to a surprising degree, actually) by the loss of The Beat and friends.

I wanted to explore the vacant 1st floor before the wrecking crew came in to gut and rebuild the entire thing. The other afternoon Paul, Jim and I went creepin’, and here’s what we saw…”

Excerpt from “Closing Time: The Beat Coffeehouse” 

Daily Frame contributor Andrea Lipomi is the director | owner of Feetish Spa, located at Emergency Arts in Downtown Las Vegas. She is an alumna of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, NY; and the Esthetics Program at Destination Academy in Las Vegas. You couldn’t ask for a better neighbor.

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October 6, 2016

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“Enchanted Carousel”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Opening October 14, continuing through October 31: Opportunity Village’s  Halloveen in the Magical Forest

Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization serving children and adults 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 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.

Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by a small group of local families who sought to improve the lives of their children with intellectual disabilities. Since then, Opportunity Village has grown to become Nevada’s largest private, not-for-profit community rehabilitation program, serving more than 3,000 people annually through vocational training, community job placement, art & life skill enrichment, advocacy, and social recreation programs.

More than just a charity, Opportunity Village operates three employment training center campuses and a Thrift Store in Southern Nevada. It also operates a vehicle donation program, provides vocational training and places hundreds of adults in jobs throughout the community, and hosts some of the most popular special events in all of Las Vegas, including the annual Magical Forest and the Las Vegas Great Santa Run. The entire community is affected by the organization as businesses not only contract with Opportunity Village to fulfill assembly and packaging, mass mailings and other business to business services but many companies and organizations hire our clients as regular employees.

Through hard work, sweat, and a little luck, Opportunity Village has helped southern Nevada’s most vulnerable citizens integrate into the community through wage-paying jobs. These jobs provide opportunities for these individuals to display and be rewarded for their talent and achievement while gaining a measure of independence. It’s no wonder that Opportunity Village has earned the distinction of “Las Vegas’ Best Community Organization.”

Almost entirely self-funded, Opportunity Village is possible because southern Nevadans realize the value in supporting their neighbors with intellectual disabilities. In our society, people with disabilities live their live being told what they can’t do. Opportunity Village strives to break that stigma, encouraging the people it serves to follow their dreams.

To schedule a tour or learn more about Opportunity Village
 call (702) 259-3741.”

Text from Opportunity Village website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is in the fast lane of life’s carousel.

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October 5, 2016

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“Diner”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
October 2, 2016
Vickie’s Diner

5:15 a.m. confirmation: today’s Daily Special is the Baked 1/2 Chicken – includes soup or salad, vegetable, potato and a roll.

Rarely does a week ever go by without “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner paying at least one visit to Vickie’s Diner – and “That Painting.”

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October 4, 2016

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“Gabby Luna”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Women Behind Bars” series

The photographer notes: “Gabby  treats all of her customers at Casa Don Juan so well they are “over the moon”! Gabby KNOWS Tequila.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner also knows Tequila.

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October 3, 2016

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“Bonanza”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“The ten million souvenirs at Bonanza seemed like tourism artifacts from the age of slideshows and smoking on airplanes, back when the currency of travel was physical, when they only way to announce that you’d been away and seen other places was to display little things on desks and shelves, corked up vials of sand from foreign beaches and glitter snow globes.”

From Mar 17, 2015 story “How to Browse the World’s Largest Gift Shop” by Kate Imbach on Medium.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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October 2, 2016

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“Bike Parking”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The 2016 Las Vegas Bikefest continues throughout the day:

“TONS OF ACTIVITIES. (Globe of Death, Stunt Show, Biker Bingo, Biker Games, Facial Hair Contest, Tattoo Contest Bikini Contest)”

Sunday Schedule

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer and cyclist Ginger Bruner lives to ride and rides to live.

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October 1, 2016

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“Mr. Banks at the Golden Tiki”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
September 30, 2016

As an encore to Thursday’s “Las Vegas Creatives” Daily Frame – now added to the 2016 Daily Frame Archive , we feature an action shot of New Orleanian and Las Vegas Strip veteran Monty Banks from last night’s appearance at The Golden Tiki.

In case you were wondering, Mr. Banks has the world on a string. Take a listen.

One would be hard pressed to find a more enthusiastic supporter of musicians and live music than”Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner 

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September 30, 2016

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“Huntridge Pharmacy”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Generations of Americans grew up in towns where neighbors met at their corner pharmacy for some socializing while waiting for their prescriptions. They also came for advice and recommendations from their family pharmacists. At Huntridge Pharmacy; we pride ourselves on our unique 1950’s atmosphere, where friends like to meet.

We are situated on the corner of Maryland Parkway and Charleston Boulevard. Huntridge Drug Store is located in the historic Huntridge district of Las Vegas. We are family owned and operated and one of the few non-chain pharmacies that remains in Las Vegas.  Serving the city for over forty years, we have a long history with the community.

We invite you, your family and friends to enjoy Huntridge. Recall fond memories of your own, while creating new ones for your children and grandchildren that they can cherish for many years to come.

Come bring back the days when the corner drug store was the social hub of any small town.”

Text from Huntridge Pharmacy website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  frequents the Huntridge Pharmacy and adjacent local businesses.

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September 29, 2016

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“Monty Banks – Jazzman”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” Series

Las Vegas entertainment veteran Monty Banks, who currently alternates between New Orleans and Seattle, is in town and will be performing tomorrow evening at the Golden Tiki. This photo, by OLV lead photographer Ginger Bruner, was taken downtown at the venerable Atomic Lounge. This was Monty’s first time back since the reboot of Las Vegas’ first licensed free-standing watering hole, and he had some excellent tales of the old days at the Atomic.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  has a trove of images of the Atomic Lounge before its recent redecoration.

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September 28, 2016

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“Main Street Antiques”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Around the 18b” Series

1400 S Main St
(702) 476-1400
Opens at 10:00 AM

One can guess that “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  has few antique musical instruments in her archive of prized possessions.

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September 27, 2016

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“Debate Watch”
Photograph by “Our Las Vegas” Staff
Undisclosed location on the outskirts of town.
September 26, 2016

Across the Valley, the Nation and the globe, millions were glued to their television screens during last night’s 2016 Presidential Debate.

Sparks flew  during a lively 90 minute event, preceded and followed by hours of analysis and commentary.

The importance of the upcoming election on November 8 was driven home in this first face to face | side by side contest.

For those who haven’t yet registered to vote, “Our Las Vegas” encourages you to do so! Rock the Vote can help guide you through the process here.

NB: The deadline to register is October 18.

“Our Las Vegas” votes.

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September 26, 2016

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

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

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September 25, 2016

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“Near Blue Diamond and 215 Heading North”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
From the “Drive-by Series”

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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September 24, 2016

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“Clay Arts Las Vegas”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
From the “Around the 18b” Series

From the Clay Arts Vegas website:

“Clay Arts Las Vegas is now accepting applications for The Resident Artist Program.

The Resident Artist Program offers individuals the opportunity to further develop their work, to establish professional contacts and standards, and to work within a community of like-minded individuals in one of the world�s top tourist destinations Las Vegas Nevada. Once chosen as a resident artist, an artist may choose either a 3, 6 month or one year residency

A residency at CAV includes:

Semi private storage space
Use of 6 electric, two updraft gas, one down draft gas, and three raku kilns (specs available upon request)
Work fired with student pieces at no cost (based on space) and personal firings at cost
Three glaze spraying hoods
20% off all clay
Teaching opportunities
Exhibition opportunities
Representation in store and gallery 60/40 split artist/gallery
Representation at events
$100 stipend per month
Off Site Housing
Resident Artists also pay for the materials they use and firings (based on individual usage). Residents share common housekeeping work and contribute time to Clay Arts Vegas as well.

additional information

[April 2015 Google Street View  for future archival reference.]

Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty-five years.

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

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September 23, 2016

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“Poolside at the Bellagio”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

(A corner of one of the Resort’s five courtyard pools.)

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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September 22, 2016

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“DTLV Double Rainbow”
Photograph by Benny Schultz

Today’s image, by first time Daily Frame contributor Benny Schultz, was captured yesterday (9/21/16) during setup for the Life Is Beautiful Festival.

Benny Schultz is a true Las Vegas Creative – circus clown, stuntman, stagehand, master prop builder, mechanic, stiltwalker, motorcyclist, juggler, sailor, and much, much more.

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September 18, 2016

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“Conservatory Bear”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Bellagio Resort

“Autumn bursts into color as the immense grape vine tree soars over the spelndor of the garden.

Center stage in the Vintage Chateau, with a streaming fountain and an autumn leaf fountain.

Strolling along through the entrance of this marvelous show full of color we come to an walk through tunnel. The wind has carried the leaves off into a swirl of fun as you walk through the tunnel with the cobble stone beneath your feat. Take a breath and it feels like autumn has truly arrived in Las Vegas”.

Text from Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens website.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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September 17, 2016

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“Penn & Teller Theater (detail)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Penn & Teller (Penn Jillette and Teller) are American magicians and entertainers who have performed together since the late 1970s, noted for their ongoing act which combines elements of comedy with magic. The duo, having been featured in numerous stage and television shows, currently headline in Las Vegas at The Rio. Penn Jillette serves as the act’s orator and raconteur. Teller, on the other hand, generally does not speak while performing, and instead communicates through mime and nonverbals, although his voice can occasionally be heard during their live shows and television appearances. Besides magic, the pair has become associated with the advocacy of atheism, scientific skepticism, and libertarianism.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner, counts among her many friends and colleagues, the lovely and talented Teller.

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September 16, 2016

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“Friday Night Lights”
Photograph by Guy Tannenbaum

The football season is here once again for Clark County high schools in Las Vegas. This scene is from the home opener for the Chargers from Ed W. Clark High School, where the home team took it on the chin from the visiting Jaguars of Desert Pines High School (41-7).

Clark High senior Guy Tannenbaum likes to dabble in photography while pursuing his real passion: baseball. The Clark-Desert Pines game was his first as a a fan since leaving the band program – during previous three years he played snare drum in the marching band. Now he has more time to focus on the other playing field at the school – and hang out with his buddies once in a while

Note: Proud father and Las Vegas media celebrity Nathan Tannenbaum contributed to today’s Daily Frame.

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September 15, 2016

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“Franklin and 16th, Looking East”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Drive-by Series”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner roams the streets of the Radiant City at all times of day in search of the sublime.

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September 14, 2016

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“Zackie”
Photograph by Felicia Gassen
From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series”

The photographer writes: “Zackie is an 11 year old former feral cat who has finally attained her nirvana as an only fur-child to her two skin parents.”

Felicia Gassen is a UNLV graduate and a photographer and graphic designer who has lived and worked in Las Vegas since 1999.

Originally a San Franciscan, Felicia recognizes that the desert is now her ocean.

This is her first contribution to The Daily Frame.

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September 13, 2016

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“Men In Plaid: Kin Lui and Paco Alvarez”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

Born and raised in Hong Kong, with 7 million people spanning only 50,000 acres, Kin Lui knows a few things about how to stand out in a group. He has traveled all around Asia and America and he has worked with international companies including The Travel Channel, British Broadcasting Corporations (BBC), The Grammy’s, and Cirque de Soleil.

Currently, Kin is a freelance photographer and filmmaker in Las Vegas, NV.

Brian “Paco” Alvarez is the Art Curator and Historian at Zappos.com. He is a Las Vegas native and holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. During his career Paco has curated major historic collections at the Liberace Museum, Neon Museum, Hispanic Museum of Nevada and the Las Vegas News Bureau Photo and Film Archives. He has served on the boards of the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation-National Atomic Testing Museum, Nevada Museums Association, the Contemporary Arts Center of Las Vegas, Preserve Nevada and the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts. During his spare time Paco blogs about the cultural arts, reads, paints, and plays the African drums.

Text from Kin Lui‘s and the Las Vegas Arts Commission‘s websites. 

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner knows a lot of cool people.

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September 12, 2016

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“Super Specials”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
El Cortez Hotel & Casino

Text from Wikipedia

The word “keno” has French or Latin roots (Fr. quine “five winning numbers”, L. quini “five each”), but by all accounts the game originated in China. Legend has it that the invention of the game saved an ancient city in time of war, and its widespread popularity helped raise funds to build the Great Wall of China. In modern China, the idea of using lotteries to fund a public institution was not accepted before the late 19th century.

Chinese lottery is not documented before 1847 when the Portuguese government of Macao decided to grant a licence to lottery operators. According to some, results of keno games in great cities were sent to outlying villages and hamlets by carrier pigeons, resulting in its Chinese name 白鸽票 báigē piào, literally “white dove ticket”, pronounced baak-gap-piu in Cantonese (which the Western spelling ‘pak-ah-pu’ / ‘pakapoo’ was based on).

The Chinese played the game using sheets printed with Chinese characters, often the first 80 characters of the Thousand Character Classic, from which the winning characters were selected. Eventually, Chinese immigrants introduced keno to the West when they sailed across the Pacific Ocean to help build the First Transcontinental Railroad in the 19th century, where the name was Westernized into boc hop bu and puck-apu. By 1866 it had already become a widely popular gambling game in Houston, Texas, under the name ‘Keno’.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner, to the best of our knowledge, is not a gambler.

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September 11, 2016

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“Clouds Staccato”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner finds wonder in the clouds.

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September 10, 2016

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“Down on the Street”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
From the “Around the 18b” Series

Daily Frame contributor Lisa Stamanis reports: “When the weather is a bit nicer, I sleep with the window open. As a result, I often wake up to various dramas going on, down on the street…

WOMAN: Get away from me! I don’t want to see you ever again! (door slam)

MAN: It was nice to see you Kathleen. I love you! Hey, don’t hit my car!…”

Lisa adds: “Ah Love”

Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty-five years.

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

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September 9, 2016

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“View from the Cosmopolitan”
Photograph by Ariana DeCastro

Ariana DeCastro is a senior at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas studying print journalism. She is also a creative writing minor working on her sixth short story and second poetry collection. In addition to writing, she notes that she “loves photography, traveling, reading and cuddling with her three dogs.”

Ariana is the chief copy editor and assistant A&E editor of UNLV’s weekly newspaper, The Rebel Yell. You can visit her website for her book reviews, favorite recipes, photographs, DIY projects, and many more.

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September 8, 2016

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“Super Cleaners”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
Las Vegas Boulevard and Gass

From the “Around the 18b” Series
2014

The only Dry Cleaner on Las Vegas BLVD! Cheaper than the hotels!
800 S. Las Vegas BLVD
702-382-1014

Weekdays 7AM-6PM
Saturday 8AM-4PM

Text from business website.

May 2016 Google Street View screen grab [for future archival reference.]

Daily Frame contributor artist Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty-five years.

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

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September 7, 2016

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“The Return of Ernie”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets” Series.

Featured twice in 2015 (May 27 and June 3), the cat is back as one of Las Vegas’ most photogenic cats named Ernie.

His co-guardian provided the following biosketch for the June 3 entry: “Ernie is nearly 15 years old and loves living in the desert. Raised by Becky, Kathleen and Arte Nathan with a house full of dogs his age, he’s the kind of feline who comes when you call, loves hanging with people, and thinks it’s natural to cuddle up in bed with us and the other dogs. While he spent most of his life as a free-range cat here in Vegas, he has also lived in Laguna Beach and New York City, places where he was happy staying indoors and avoiding the crowds. Affectionately known as ‘Oonie,’ he enjoys summers in the Adirondack Mountains. Favorites include Fancy Feast dinners, lazing in sunny spots, kneading blankets, and head butting. He’s a purr-ty cool cat.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is an unabashed fan of felines.

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September 5, 2016

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“Doll House”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Around the 18b” Series
September 2, 2016

The photographer writes “It’s on the corner of Coolidge and Casino Center. At one point it was Mary Warner’s studio, we think. It was a doll store at one point. Now abandoned.”

May 2016 Google Street View screen grab [for future archival reference.]

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner attended September’s First Friday.

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September 4, 2016

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“Encore | Moon | Wynn”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Drive-by” Series.

The 614 feet-high Wynn hotel has 49 floors, with 2,716 rooms ranging in size from 640 sq ft  to villas at 7,000 sq ft . The complex also includes a 111,000 sq ft casino, a 223,000 sq ft convention center with   and 76,000 sq ft  of retail space. Together with the adjacent Encore, the entire Wynn resort complex has a total of 4,750 rooms, making it the world’s seventh-largest hotel.

Text adapted from Wikipedia

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner stops for spectacular views.

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September 3, 2016

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“Art Way”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
From the southern end of Art Way.
From the “Around the 18b” Series

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

– Dennis Oppenheim

From the entry on the Las Vegas Arts Commission website for the star-crossed project.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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September 2, 2016

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“Experience”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

It’s Friday and tens of thousands of visitors are pouring into the Radiant City. Many – along with a few locals – will make their way to the Fremont Street Experience – home to the still mind-bending, sensory overload 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide World’s largest light canopy | electric sign | video screen. Hourly presentations include sound blaring from “220 speakers powered by 550,000 watts of amplification.”

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

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September 1, 2016

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“Last Call: The Beat”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

From a quick call to The Beat we learn that September 25 will be the coffeehouse’s last day of operation. In a pay it forward operation, in honor of Throw Back Thursday  #tbt we salute a spot that will soon be history – and once upon a time Ground Zero to Downtown Projects‘ and others’ then lofty and inspiring vision of community in DTLV.

MORE:

•  July 1, 2016 RJ story by Jamie Munks:
“The Beat Coffeehouse in downtown Las Vegas to close later this year”

•  July 1, 2016 letter from Beat Owners Jennifer & Michael Cornthwaite (currently above the fold on the coffeehouse’s website.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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August 31, 2016

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“Monty Alexander (and Friends)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Wednesday Las Vegas  Pets Series”

Editor’s Note: Follow-up to last week’s action shot of Monty with devoted and loving guardian Mike Jones – now in the 2016 Daily Frame Archive.

Photographer Ginger Bruner writes: “Monty Alexander is named for his monkey’s favorite musician – Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander. Monty is a service dog and goes everywhere with Mike Jones, including a recent recording session for KUNV’s “Playing Favorites” with Nathan Tannenbaum (bow-tied).

Monty is the first canine to make an appearance on the show in its 25 years on the air.”

Additional Note: we hope to get more information on the monkey. Check our Facebook feed in the near future. 

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is the engineer and producer of KUNV‘s “Playing Favorites.” She is a cat person but has a big enough heart to love dogs.

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August 30, 2016

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“Graffiti House no. 3”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
From the “Around the 18b” Series

Today marks the kick-off of a new series, “Around the 18b,” which will feature photographs highlighting the city’s designated Arts District and its at times rapidly changing landscape.

We hope people are appreciating the remarkable graffitti’ed houses on the southwest side of Hoover and Casino Center. We suspect they won’t be there long as the forces of gentrification and urban redevelopment come increasingly into play..

Daily Frame contributor artist Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty-five years.

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

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August 29, 2016

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“Circus Downs”
Photograph by Jon Winet
Circus Circus

“The first thing to remember when betting on horse racing is that anything can happen. The favorite doesn’t win every time, even if they are considerably better than the rest of the field. In fact, on average the favorite only wins in horse racing approximately 30%. This is largely what makes horse racing betting so much fun – outsiders can and do win and often at very good odds. In theory at least, any horse can win any race.”

Text from GamblingSites.com

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet isn’t good at picking horses.

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August 28, 2016

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“Near Walker Lake”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“US-95 has the longest run of any major highway in Nevada, totalling 705 miles from the Oregon border at McDermitt to the California line about 20 miles east of Laughlin. It coincides with I-80 for 116 miles west from Winnemucca, and traverses eight counties (nine if you count the 76 miles of 95-A from Schurz to Fernley). Walker Lake sparkles beside it in the summer sun, and side roads lead to hidden treasures like Gabbs and Silver Peak.”

Text from NevadaTravel.net.

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Ginger Bruner travelled on US-95 in June while listening to podcasts.

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August 27, 2016

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“Huntridge Sunset”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

KNPR article by Doug Puppel reprinted in its entirety below.

State Settles Lawsuit With Huntridge Theater Owner
Aug 25, 2016

A split state commission on historic preservation accepted a settlement Thursday of a lawsuit against the owner of the Huntridge Theater over upkeep of the shuttered Las Vegas landmark.

By a four to one vote, the Commission on Cultural Centers and Historic Preservation approved an agreement with Huntridge owner Eli Mizrachi that ends more than two years of litigation.

The settlement calls for Mizrachi to pay nearly $390,000 to the state, but that would be waived if he makes the building usable by the end of 2028. That amount is half of state grant money the Huntridge received before Mizrachi owned it.

Commissioner Bob Stoldal voted against the settlement, saying it gives Mizrachi too much time to rehabilitate the building, which has fallen into disrepair. The building has received federal and state designation as a historic site.

Mizrachi did not return a phone call, and his attorney, Sigal Chattah, declined comment.

The Huntridge, which sits at the corner of East Charleston Boulevard and Maryland Parkway, opened in 1944 and closed in 2004. It began its life as a movie theater and then became a concert venue.

At today’s meeting, the commission called for a full inspection by the state. That inspection was tentatively set for October 10, 72 years to the day, the Huntridge opened.

Besides serving on the commission, Stoldal is a consulting editor at Nevada Public Radio and sits on its Community Advisory Board.

An earlier report by Doug Puppel, and a linked KNPR State of Nevada program with Heidi Swank, assemblywoman and CEO, the Nevada Preservation Foundation; and Daniel Roberts, president, The Huntridge Foundation, hosted by Joe Schoenmann can be viewed and heard on the KNPR site

Ginger Bruner frequented the Huntridge Theater during her Wonder Years.

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August 26, 2016

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“Gas Station Las Vegas”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“A filling station is a facility that sells fuel and engine lubricants for motor vehicles. The most common fuels sold in the 2010s are gasoline (gasoline or gas in the U.S. and Canada, generally petrol elsewhere) and diesel fuel. A filling station that sells only electric energy is also known as a charging station, while a typical filling station can also be known as a fuelling stationgarage (South Africa and United Kingdom), gasbar (Canada), gas station (United States and Canada), petrol pump or petrol bunk (India), petrol garagepetrol station (Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and United Kingdom), service station (Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom), a services (United Kingdom), or servo (Australia).”

Text and links from Wikipedia.

Ginger Bruner runs on unleaded – and iced tea.

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August 25, 2016

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“Bocce Dusk”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Bocce Anyone? 

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.”

Text from Italian-American Club website.

Ginger Bruner is a fierce and dedicated Bocce enthusiast. (And she might have an opening on her team.)”

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August 24, 2016

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“Guess Who’s Listening to Their Favorites?”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets” and “Las Vegas Creatives” Series

“Mike Jones – seen here with faithful canine companion Monty Alexander – is an American jazz pianist. He has appeared onstage with Penn and Teller since 2006, and continues to play with them during their nightly show in Las Vegas.

He first garnished praise as a young musician, performing professionally at the age of ten. Following the advice of Oscar Peterson, Jones attended Berklee School of Music, in Boston. While still attending the school he started work as a studio musician.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Editor’s Note: in an encore performance next week, we’ll learn more about Monty Alexander.

Ginger Bruner is the engineer and producer of KUNV‘s “Playing Favorites.”

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August 23, 2016

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“Victorville 14 =>”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Experience our quiet, relaxed resort in Southern California and you’ll find a getaway that spells R-E-S-T. Located in Helendale, off historical State Route 66, the Inn at Silver Lakes is the best-kept secret in the high desert. Take a dip in the refreshing outdoor pool and drink in the beautiful sunsets over a soft green blanket of rolling golf course vistas. If you need a lively alternative, join Friday night karaoke at the Silver Lakes Lounge.”

Text from Inn website

Ginger Bruner always has time to stop for a picture..

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August 22, 2016

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“Dunes”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Our Las Vegas'” Lead Photographer snuck out of town over the weekend, and sent this documentary trace of her road trip – signs of the abandoned Dunes Motel near Barstow and old Route 66, a reminder of rich history and natural and cultural wonders of the area.

More: “California’s Route 66 – Idealists and Visionaries” from CastawayPlanet.com

Ginger Bruner keeps it between the ditches.

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August 21, 2016

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“Robber’s Roost Trail”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré

“Midway up Robbers Roost* hike, located on the cross-over between Kyle & Lee canyon.”

* From birdandhike.com: “This is a short, but moderately strenuous, loop trail that heads up a narrow canyon to limestone caves that, according to local legend, were used by bandits as a hideout while raiding travelers on the old Mormon Trail. I’m not sure about that, but it is an interesting canyon with caves on both sides and a very nice slots and pour-over at the top. This is also a world-class rock climbing site, so the wall can echo from the sounds of civilization; otherwise listen for Canyon Wren and White-throated Swifts.”

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

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August 20, 2016

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“Near Arville and Oakey”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“A full moon occurs each month when the sun, Earth and moon line up, with the Earth in between the two. During this time, the Earth-facing side of the moon is completely illuminated by the sun, giving observers on the planet a stunningly bright lunar sight, weather permitting.

August’s full moon is known as the Full Sturgeon Moon (among other lunar names) by some Native American tribes because it marks the time when its namesake fish can be most readily caught.”

Text from Space.com.

“Our Las Vegas”  Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has creative night vision.

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August 19, 2016

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“Puppet Up! – Uncensored”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Puppet Up! – Uncensored is a new show at the Venetian Hotel, and is a combination of traditional Henson-style muppets, free-wheeling improv ala Whose Line is it Anyway, live tv show, live music, and audience participation.

Photographer Ginger Bruner says “the best part was seeing how the muppets are manipulated, and how camera angles are so important to the final product. Plus, it’s all made up on the spot with suggestions from the audience, and it’s hilarious!”  There are also a few vintage video clips from the very early days of the Muppet oeuvre.

Daily Frame lead photographer Ginger Bruner points out that this is NOT a show for kids.

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August 18, 2016

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“Clark County Government Center”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
August 15, 2016

Text from Clark County website, Government Center: About Us

The idea for the Clark County Government Center began in 1990 after a comprehensive study of the County’s short-term and long-term facility needs identified significant shortcomings in the County’s use of unconnected locations to house its service organizations. The 1990 Facilities Master Plan made four recommendations:

• Provide better public service to County customers by bringing departments back to a single location.
• Allocate County funds toward owning rather than renting office space.
• Build a quality building that would result in reduced life cycle costs covering the range from minimized maintenance to reduced energy costs.
• Accomplish the above without the need for new taxes.

With a commitment to construct a centralized office building, the County moved to pursue an architectural design that stressed several objectives: provide a logical, functional and straightforward design that embodies civic order. The building design also established a sense of place in the community and provided a resource that supports a variety of community-based functions while creating the concept of open and accessible government – a stable, permanent, and valued image of County government. The construction of the building was done in a way that supports the long-term needs of the County (minimum of 50 years) by accommodating growth and change required of government services and maximizing the use of space.

The Government Center is a 385,000-square-foot, six-story facility built on a 38.8-acre parcel of land located at the southeast corner of Grand Central Parkway and Bonneville Avenue. The site was the former Union Pacific Railroad freight yard, which the County purchased from the City of Las Vegas for $10. The building centralizes 1,100 employees who comprise 29 County departments, divisions, and agencies previously situated in 12 different locations.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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August 17, 2016

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“Rivier”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
August 15, 2016

Text excerpted from Wikipedia entry for Riviera Hotel– section “Bankruptcy and Closure:”

“On July 12, 2010, Riviera Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Its bankruptcy included a reorganization plan under which secured lenders, led by Starwood Capital Group, would receive new debt and stock.

The Riviera lost $4.5 million on income of $30.8 million in the first quarter of 2010. The decline in popularity of the Riviera was caused in part by the decline of pedestrian foot traffic in the vicinity. Previously, the Riviera was surrounded by the StardustNew Frontier, and Westward Ho, properties which were demolished to make room for new construction. A shutdown in the new construction in progress at the adjacent Fontainebleau Resort Las Vegas and Echelon Place contributed to the Riviera’s decline. The company had 1300 employees in Las Vegas and 260 employees in Black Hawk, Colorado.

In February 2015, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority acquired the Riviera hotel and its associated land for $182.5 million. The property was leased back to its existing operators, Paragon Gaming, who officially closed the establishment on Monday, May 4, 2015. After winding down operations the hotel was closed and demolished to make way for a planned expansion of LVCVA’s Las Vegas Global Business District exhibit and meeting center project.”

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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August 16, 2016

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“Fremont Hotel Neon”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
The Fremont Hotel opened in 1956, usurping the very recently imploded Riviera Hotel as the tallest hotel in Las Vegas. It’s also where Wayne Newton cut his teeth in the entertainment world! The Fremont has some of the best neon in town, to say the least.

Thanks to Wikipedia for their ongoing research help.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner really has a thing for neon.

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August 15, 2016

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“Shuttles – Stratosphere Hotel
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Shuttle buses are a common feature in the Las Vegas resort corridor, but the original meaning of “shuttle” comes from the world of fabric arts. It was the device that carried the weft back and forth through the warp.

Wikipedia has an interesting list of many types of shuttles.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner wants to ride on a shuttlecraft.

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August 14, 2016

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“Circus Circus – the long view”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“In Ancient Rome, the circus was a building for the exhibition of horse and chariot races, equestrian shows, staged battles, gladiatorial combat and displays of (and fights with) trained animals. The circus of Rome were similar to the ancient Greek hippodromes, although circuses served varying purposes and differed in design and construction, and for events that involved re-enactments of naval battles, the circus was flooded with water.”

“The circus was the only public spectacle at which men and women were not separated.”

“In 1825, Joshuah Purdy Brown was the first circus owner to use a large canvas tent for the circus performance. Circus pioneer Dan Rice was probably the most famous circus and clown pre-Civil War, popularizing such expressions as “The One-Horse Show” and “Hey, Rube!“. The American circus was revolutionized by P. T. Barnum and William Cameron Coup, who launched P. T. Barnum’s Museum, Menagerie & Circus, a travelling combination of animal and human oddities. … Coup was also the first circus entrepreneur to use circus trains to transport the circus from town to town; a practice that continues today and introduced the first multiple ringed circuses.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  has significant clowning chops/

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August 13, 2016

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“Dusk (From the 18b)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
August 12, 2016

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

— Jean-Paul Sartre

Editor’s Note: We love this quote, but suspect M. Sartre didn’t spend much time in Las Vegas where the Radiant City comes alive at night.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  appreciates the photographic possibilities of all times of day.

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August 12, 2016

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“Fremont Street Studies #5: The Last of the Las Vegas Showgirls”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“She struts and spins and kicks and glides. She floats under 30 pounds of crystals. She makes the impossible look easy. Mere mortals would crumble with a bejeweled sculpture affixed to their skulls, sprinting backstage staircases for the seventh costume change of the eighth show of the week. But the showgirl isn’t human. She’s our topless lady of the perpetual smile and natural breasts. Hallowed be thy headdress.”

Excerpt from December 16, 2015 Las Vegas Weekly story by Sarah Feldberg, “With the closing of “Jubilee,” the Las Vegas showgirl goes extinct“.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  is often just up the street from the Fremont Street Experience at the “Our Las Vegas” lab | studio | office at Emergency Arts.

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August 10, 2016

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“Mr. Roamy Houdini”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series

This fine and noble being’s guardians are Las Vegas performers vocalist Ronnie Fabre and saxophonist Steve Golden. They write: “This is our handsome son, Mr. Roamy Houdini. He loves to roam around, and many times just disappears for a few days! His curiosity knows no bounds. He’s a friend to humans and all pets, has a crush on my friend’s cockapoo, and loves taking delicious treats, like dandelion greens right from your hand! We love watching Mr. Roamy grazing, drinking, eating, or trying to figure out a quick escape route! He’s a crepuscular creature, so most days we see him twice. We are so happy we have him!!!

The photographer adds: “Roamy is the quickest tortoise I’ve ever seen.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  can be pretty speedy herself.

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August 9, 2016

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“LV LV”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

The Louis Vuitton store at the unequivocally high end shopping mall  Crystals is the home of James Turrell’s remarkable installation “Akhob.”  In a May 15, 2013 Las Vegas Weekly review, Kristen Peterson writes: The experience inside the two-chamber space has been called heavenly and spiritual, but “pure” might be the best way to describe the full immersion in monochromatic, uninterrupted, slowly changing color inside a curved empty room as pristine as the interior of an eggshell. Perception disappears and the far end of “Akhob” seems like a ledge into eternity.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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August 8, 2016

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“The Salt Monster”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Editor’s Note: Since we haven’t quite sorted out a few Space Time Continuum issues we’re unable to transport you back to last week’s Star Trek  50th Anniversary convention at the Rio, but we’re glad our Lead Photographer was there  to a share a faint documentary trace. Live long and prosper.

Star Fleet Cmdr. Jean Shapowal, owner/designer of Cakes with Character, Hicksville, NY. created this gastronomic inspired by “The Man Trap,” the very first episode broadcast of the original Star Trek Series.

The creation was presented at Quark’s Bar, a popular feature of the Convention.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  knows a thing or two about Star Trek.

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August 7, 2016

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“Mount Charleston Inhabitants”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré

The photographer notes: “Took this shot on the trailhead up to Mary Jane Falls Hike. In my opinion, the Aspen trees are some of the best inhabitants of the mountain, especially when the wind blows & the leaves shimmer a beautiful noise. These are (unfortunately) carved w graffiti …but we all acquire scars…”

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

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August 6, 2016

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“Clown”
Photograph by Jon Winet
Circus Circus*  March 2014

“Our Las Vegas” director Jon Winet counts among favorite films Federico Fellini’s 1970 The Clowns about which Philip French wrote in a 2014 Guardian review: “Fellini saw himself as both a clown and a ringmaster and the circus as a metaphor for life itself, and The Clowns, which puzzled and disturbed audiences with its bitterness, ambivalence and obsession with death, is an uncategorisable combination of documentary, memoir and classic clowning, a sort of fantasia about the history and nature of a dying art form.”

Full review.

Subtitled clip | trailer.

Clip from score by Fellini’s longtime musical collaborator Nino Rota

* NB: Wikipedia entry above “needs additional citations for verification.”

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August 5, 2016

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“Big Sky Construction”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Drive-by” Series

The photographer notes: “Atlantic avenue looking east at  DMV construction. The staff at the old DMV are looking forward to it being habitable. I quizzed them when I was there this week.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner conscientiously uses her turn signals as needed. She does not have a busted tail light.

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August 4, 2016

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“Prime”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
From the “Drive-by” Series

The photographer notes: “Heck of a paint job/marketing tool.  Prime Apts, Cambridge just N of Flamingo. 

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

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August 3, 2016

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“IKEA”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“Older IKEA stores are usually blue buildings with yellow accents (also Sweden’s national colours) and few windows. They are often designed in a one-way layout, leading customers counter clockwise along what IKEA calls “the long natural way” designed to encourage the customer to see the store in its entirety (as opposed to a traditional retail store, which allows a customer to go directly to the section where the desired goods and services are displayed). There are often shortcuts to other parts of the showroom. Newer IKEA stores, like the one in Mönchengladbach, Germany, make more use of glass, both for aesthetics and functionality. Skylights are also now common in the self-serve warehouses; natural lighting reduces energy costs, improves worker morale and gives a better impression of the products.

The sequence first involves going through furniture showrooms making note of selected items. The customer then collects a shopping cart and proceeds to an open-shelf “Market Hall” warehouse for smaller items, then visits the “Self Serve” furniture warehouse to collect previously noted showroom products in flat pack form. Sometimes, they are directed to collect products from an external warehouse on the same site or at a site nearby after purchase. Finally, customers pay for their products at a cash register.”

Text from Wikipedia.

The Las Vegas IKEA opened on May 18, 2016

MORE: F. Andrew Taylor July 21, 2016 story: “Symposium between Las Vegas nonprofit, Ikea seeks to create sustainable food options”

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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August 2, 2016

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“Electricity”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Long before any knowledge of electricity existed, people were aware of shocks from electric fish. Ancient Egyptian texts dating from 2750 BCE referred to these fish as the “Thunderer of the Nile”, and described them as the “protectors” of all other fish. Electric fish were again reported millennia later by ancient Greek, Roman and Arabic naturalists and physicians.  Several ancient writers, such as Pliny the Elder and Scribonius Largus, attested to the numbing effect of electric shocks delivered by catfish and electric rays, and knew that such shocks could travel along conducting objects. Patients suffering from ailments such as gout or headache were directed to touch electric fish in the hope that the powerful jolt might cure them. Possibly the earliest and nearest approach to the discovery of the identity of lightning, and electricity from any other source, is to be attributed to the Arabs, who before the 15th century had the Arabic word for lightning (raad) applied to the electric ray”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner sings the body electric.

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August 1, 2016

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“Dust”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
July 30, 2016

“Dust consists of particles in the atmosphere that come from various sources such as soil, dust lifted by weather (an aeolian processes), volcanic eruptions, and pollution.

Atmospheric or wind-borne dust, also known as aeolian dust, comes from arid and dry regions where high velocity winds are able to remove mostly silt-sized material, deflating susceptible surfaces. sized material, deflating susceptible surfaces. This includes areas where grazing, ploughing, vehicle use, and other human activities have further destabilized the land, though not all source areas have been largely affected by anthropogenic impacts. One-third of the global land area is covered by dust-producing surfaces, made up of hyper-arid regions like the Sahara which covers 2.22 billion acres, and drylands which occupy 12.8 billion acres.”

Text from Wikipedia.

From sidebar to Raven Jackson‘s July 30 RJ story, Dust from Arizona storms blankets Las Vegas Valley, rain threatens to move in:

“The Clark County Department of Air Quality says airborne dust is a form of inhalable air pollution called particulate matter, which aggravates respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and asthma. It may be best for children, the elderly, and people with respiratory diseases to stay indoors. If you are experiencing breathing difficulties or medical conditions that you think are related to air quality, see your doctor.

Officials also recommend the following tips to keep dust down: drive slowly on unpaved roads, don’t take short cuts across vacant lots, ride off-road vehicles in approved areas outside the urban Las Vegas Valley, and fence off barren property or cover it with gravel, rock, or desert-friendly landscaping.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner gets her shot.

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July 31, 2016

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“Last Call for the Vault”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Text from Vault website.

“Raiding the Rock Vault” will end its residency at The Tropicana Las Vegas tonight, Sunday, July 31. The production has performed at the property since 2014, when it relocated from Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino – formerly LVH – Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, where it was launched in 2013.

“We’ve had an exceptional run at The Tropicana,” said producer Sir Harry Cowell. “Since our debut in Las Vegas, the enthusiasm and dedication of our fans has been nothing short of incredible.”

Eric Puhl, entertainment manager at The Tropicana commented on the show’s departure by saying, “We thank ‘Raiding the Rock Vault’ and their entire team for a wonderful run at the Tropicana Las Vegas. We wish them well in their future endeavors.”

“Raiding the Rock Vault” stars Howard Leese [Lead Guitar] (Heart), Robin McAuley [Lead Vocals] (MSG, Survivor), Paul Shortino [Lead Vocals] (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Jay Schellen [Drums] (Badfinger, Asia), Andrew Freeman [Lead Vocals and Guitars] (Lynch Mob, The Offspring), Michael T. Ross [Keyboards] (Lita Ford, Hardline), Hugh McDonald [Bass] (Bon Jovi), Mark Boals [Lead Vocals] (Dokken, Ted Nugent), and vocalists Stephanie Calvert (Starship) and Cian Coey (Meat Loaf).

Consistently ranked the No. 1 Performance in Las Vegas on TripAdvisor, “Raiding the Rock Vault” brings the history of rock ‘n’ roll to life and was voted Best of Las Vegas in 2014 and 2015 by readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

[Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group, Survivor and Grand Prix) with Heart’s Howard Leese in the background photographed July 29.)

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

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July 30, 2016

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“18b Highrise View no. 7”
Photograph by Jon Winet

“Our Las Vegas” director Jon Winet has CBDFS – Convention Balloon Drop Fatigue Syndrome.

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July 29, 2016

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“102 Days to the Election”
Photograph by Jon Winet
July 28, 2016
Wells Fargo Center

Las Vegas members of the Nevada Delegation were among the thousands celebrating the nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton last night on the final day of the 2016 Democratic Party National Political Convention in Philadelphia. Most will be making their way back to the Silver State today, undoubtedly tired from an around the clock schedule that included early delegation breakfast meetings and late night proceedings in the Convention Hall.

Editor’s Note:  Our thanks again to Bob Coffin and Mary Hausch for their collaboration on our Daily Frames featuring the sights of the Convention, now included in the Daily Frame Archive.

And of course, we encourage everyone to vote this fall on November 8!

“Our Las Vegas” director Jon Winet could use a long nap.

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July 28, 2016

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“Bob Coffin”
Photographed by Jon Winet on July 25, 2016, the first day of the 2016 Democratic Party National Political Convention in Philadelphia.
Text by Mary Hausch

On Tuesday Bob Coffin talked to disappointed Nevada Sanders delegates about the need to move forward as Democrats to elect the party’s nominee. He shared the personal disappointment he felt at two previous conventions when his candidate, Gov. Jerry Brown of California lost. He urged the Sanders’ backers, many of whom are new to politics, to listen to what Hillary Clinton has to offer and compare it to what Donald Trump is saying. Then they are likely to know that supporting her is best for the party and the country.

Editor’s Note:  On Monday and Tuesday’s Daily Frame we published the following contributor’s bio for Bob:

Nevada Delegate Bob Coffin is a Las Vegas city councilman, representing the city’s Ward 3. From 1987 to 2011 he was a Democratic member of the Nevada Senate, representing Clark County District 10 , and a member of the Nevada Assembly from 1983 to 1985.

This is his third Democratic National Convention as a delegate, having previously attended in 1976 and 1992.

Jon Winet has spent roughly a hundred days over the last three decades or so at national political conventions.

At the end of the Spring 2016, Mary Hausch concluded twenty five years of teaching journalism at UNLV, where she focused on print journalism and media ethics. She also worked at the Revew Journal for nineteen years, including more than a decade as Managing Editor.

She is available for lunch.

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July 27, 2016

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“Vintage”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner recently went on a photo safari to the Fremont Street Experience. At the Golden Gate Casino she found a number of  pristine vintage slot machines.

Editor’s Note: The Daily Frame is taking a break from its focus on Nevada and Las Vegas at the national political conventions. In the days ahead we’ll return to Philadelphia for an additional glimpse or two.

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July 26, 2016

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“From the Nevada Delegation: Angel Robinson”
Photograph by Bob Coffin | Text by Mary Hausch
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
July 25, 2016

Daily Frame reporter Mary Hausch submitted the paragraph below at 1:45 a.m. EDT. At 9:45 a.m. she sent an update.

Las Vegas Delegate Angel Robinson was all smiles as she left Philadelphia’s Embassy Suites Monday for the first day of the Democratic convention. She got her start in politics in 1999 as the legislative assistant for State Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus, who is now a congresswoman. Titus also is a delegate this year.


Update: The smile Robinson had on the way to Monday’s session was replaced with a look of weary exhaustion and frustration by Tuesday morning. Throughout the evening Monday her view of the proceedings from the seating area for people with disabilities was repeatedly blocked by people talking to a congressman from Arizona. Then following the convention she was unable to board buses back to the hotel like other delegates because they either were not wheelchair accessible or their lifts did not reach the ground and there were no ramps to close the gap. While other Nevada delegates were back at the Embassy Suites shortly after midnight Robinson did not make it back until after 3 a.m. Her sister, Nevada System of Higher Education Regent Allison Stephens, who also is a delegate, said it was inexcusable that there were not better resources for handicapped people. “We are Democrats. We should do better,” Stephens said. Transportation to and from central Philadelphia to the Wells Fargo Center on the outskirts of the city is provided by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation AUthority. (SEPTA).

Nevada Delegate Bob Coffin is a Las Vegas city councilman, representing the city’s Ward 3. He was a Democratic member of the Nevada Senate, representing Clark County District 10 from 1987 to 2011, and a member of the Nevada Assembly from 1983 to 1985.

This is his third Democratic National Convention as a delegate, having previously attended in 1976 and 1992.

At the end of the Spring 2016, Mary Hausch concluded twenty five years of teaching journalism at UNLV, where she focused on print journalism and media ethics. She also worked at the Revew Journal for nineteen years, including more than a decade as Managing Editor.

She is available for lunch.

“This is  Daily Frame Bob and Mary’s second collaborative contribution to the Daily Frame.

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July 25, 2016

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“The Nevada Donkey”
Photograph by Bob Coffin | Text by Mary Hausch
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
July 24, 2016

There are 57 fiberglass donkeys positioned throughout the city to represent delegates at the convention. Besides the representatives from 50 states the Democrats have delegates from Washington DC, Puerto Rica, Guam, Democrats Abroad, Northern Marianas, Virgin Islands and American Samoa.

The Nevada donkey sits in front of the Logan Hotel, near Logan Square and across the street from the Embassy Suites Philadelphia Center City where members of the Nevada delegation are headquartered.

The donkeys have been on display since July 1 and will remain as temporary works of art by local artists until Sept. 9. There is a scavenger hunt app to help convention-goers find them all but so far the search has not reached Pokeman proportions.

AAA map makers contributed a traditional paper map of the city showing all the donkey spots.

Nevada Delegate Bob Coffin is a Las Vegas city councilman, representing the city’s Ward 3. He was a Democratic member of the Nevada Senate, representing Clark County District 10 from 1987 to 2011, and a member of the Nevada Assembly from 1983 to 1985.

This is his third Democratic National Convention as a delegate, having previously attended in 1976 and 1992.

At the end of the Spring 2016, Mary Hausch concluded twenty five years of teaching journalism at UNLV, where she focused on print journalism and media ethics. She also worked at the Revew Journal for nineteen years, including more than a decade as Managing Editor.

She is available for lunch.

“Our Las Vegas” is honored and delighted to feature first time Daily Frame contributors Bob and Mary.

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July 24, 2016

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“Major League Media Party”
Photograph by Jon Winet
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
July 23, 2016

There was undoubtedly a strong contingent of Las Vegas Media at last night’s kick-off party to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. In the days ahead, we’ll do our best to track down members of the Nevada Delegation, and capture their views on the proceedings. Stay tuned.

Yesterday “Our Las Vegas” director Jon Winet drove from Cleveland to Philadelphia.

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“Commercial Center Sunset”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
July, 2016

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner finds many useful things in Commercial Center.

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July 22, 2016

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“What might have been”
Photograph by Jon Winet
Quicken Loans Arena
Cleveland, Ohio.
July 21, 2016

Although not within the frame, we are sure the small but undoubtedly spirited Nevada Delegation to the 2016 GOP National Political Convention reveled in the moments following Donald Trump’s 75 minute nomination acceptance speech.

While the four day convention was filled with moments of drama and spectacle, we can’t help but think wistfully at what might have been had Casino Mogul and heavy GOP funder Sheldon Adelson  successfully lobbied to have the convention held in Las Vegas. (The Radiant City was among six cities named in April 2004 as finalists for the event.) Now we can only dream of the wonders of playing host to the party’s 2,472 delegates, along with alternates, donors, staffers and hangers-on not to mention 15,000 plus accredited members of the media. We are quite sure, our mediagenic metropolis would have provided a cornucopia of  unique reporting and photo ops.

Editor’s Notes: we’re believe the GOP Convention Committee might not have encountered the same finance challenges had Las Vegas been selected for the event: July 15, 2016 Politico story by  Shane Goldmacher, Alex Isenstadt and Kenneth P. Vogel  – “GOP convention organizers apologize to Sheldon Adelson:  A letter to the billionaire donor misrepresented how many corporations had bailed on pledge donations because of Trump.”

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet wishes he had spent the last four days in Las Vegas.

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July 21, 2016

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“Night Construction”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Boulder and Flamingo.

Editor’s note: We’re taking a breather from our national political conventions project, but will again feature members of the Nevada delegations to the GOP and Democratic Party conventions in the days ahead. To view previous Daily Frames, check the Archive.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner drives at night.

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July 20, 2016

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“Delegate Noel Searles”
Photographed by Allen Spore and Jon Winet
2016 Republican Party National Convention
July 18, 2016

Las Vegan Noel Searles is a network engineer.

The 33 year-old Trump supporter and member of the Nevada delegate  notes: “I voted for him looking for stronger  border security.” He likes “how honest he is with people.” He adds: “I prefer him to people who sugarcoat things.”

Editor’s note: during the next 10 days we’ll occasionally feature members  of the Nevada delegations to the GOP and Democratic Party conventions.

Contributor Allen Spore is a veteran of 2000, 2004 and 2016 projects focusing on the U.S. Presidential elections. “Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet first attended national conventions as a reporter for the Nevada State Recorder, a Carson City-based legislative weekly.

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July 19, 2016

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“Delegate Ryder Haag”
Photographed by Allen Spore and Jon Winet
2016 Republican Party National Convention

19 y.o. incoming UNR Freshman and recent Reno High graduate Ryder Haag is among the youngest delegates at the GOP convention.

Mr Haag identifies national security and 2nd amendments rights as his two key issues. He was a Marco Rubio supporter during the primary|caucus campaign, but states that he will be representing the will of the people that chose him as their representative in Cleveland.

Editor’s note: Tomorrow we’ll feature a Las Vegas member of the Nevada delegation.

First time contributor Allen Spore is a veteran of 2000, 2004 and 2016 projects focusing on the U.S. Presidential elections. “Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet has been at this for longer than anyone should have to remember.

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July 18, 2016

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“Bonnie Springs Ranch”

“Bonnie Springs, where the peacocks roam free & the sun envelops the skin” is  the sentiment from Daily Frame first time contributor Mikayla Whitmore with this image from a recent visit to the venerable site. In just one-half hour, one can feel as though they’re in a completely different time, let alone place.

“In 1846, General Fremont, on his way to California, stopped at what is now Bonnie Springs Ranch to gear up for his trip through Death Valley. Since 1952, the ranch has been used as a tourist attraction.” – from Bonnie Springs website.

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

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July 17, 2016

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“Trump”
Photograph by Jon Winet
Trump® International Hotel Las Vegas
June 2016

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

The 5-star hotel in Las Vegas, NV is a 64-story tower of golden glass, home to 1,232 graciously furnished non-smoking guest suites and 50 luxurious Las Vegas Penthouse suites. Each room contains floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping, panoramic views of the city set against a majestic backdrop of the surrounding mountains.”

Text from Hotel website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet will be traveling today to Cleveland.

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July 16, 2016

“The Valley (View from the East)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Drive-by” Series

“The Las Vegas Valley is largely defined by the Las Vegas Valley landform, a 600 sq mi basin area surrounded by mountains to the north, south, east and west of the metropolitan area. The Valley is home to the three largest incorporated cities in Nevada: Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas. Six unincorporated towns governed by the Clark County government are part of the Las Vegas Township and constitute the largest community in the state of Nevada.

Since the 1990s the Las Vegas Valley has seen exponential growth, more than doubling its population of 741,459 in 1990 to more than 2 million estimated in 2015. The Las Vegas Valley remains one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States, and in its relatively short history has established a diverse presence in international business, commerce, urban development and entertainment, as well as one of the most iconic and most visited tourist destinations in the world. In 2014, a record breaking 41 million visited the Las Vegas area, producing a gross metropolitan product of more than $100 billion.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner lives in the Valley.

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July 15, 2016

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“From the Hard Rock Garage Looking East”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
July 1, 2016

The photographer adds: “Featured is one of Las Vegas’, very busy of late, flood-control channels. The rain was just starting as I took this. It got very heavy just a few minutes later.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner doesn’t let a little rain scare her.

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July 14, 2016

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“Liberté, égalité, fraternité”
Photograph by Jon Winet
Paris, Las Vegas
June 2016

Bastille Day commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, an important event in Paris in a violent revolution that had begun two days earlier. Celebrations are held throughout France.

Paris Las Vegas 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 sign in the shape of the Montgolfier balloon, 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.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet is an unabashed Francophile.

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July 13, 2016

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“Frenchman Mountain”

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

Frenchman Mountain is the highest peak in the craggy mountain range that forms the eastern border of the Las Vegas Valley. The range is composed of two peaks: Sunrise Mountain to the north and Frenchman Mountain to the south, which are separated by Lake Mead Blvd. From the perspective of town, Frenchman Mountain has two peaks: a northern lower summit (3,942 ft, actually twin peaks) and a southern true summit (4,052 ft, also twin peaklets).

Heading south from Lake Mead Blvd, the route climbs 1,300 ft to a saddle between the twin northern lower summits, drops 260 ft into the main saddle between the northern and southern summits, and then finally climbs 700 ft onto the true summit, for a total distance of 2.2 miles and 2,000 feet of elevation gain.”

Text from BirdandHike.com.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner appreciates a good mountain and sky.”

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July 12, 2016

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“Excalibur”
Photograph by Jon Winet
From the “Drive-by” Series

Excalibur is named for the mythical sword of King Arthur. Its facade is a stylized image of a castle. Until 2007, a wizard-like figure representing Merlin looked out from a high turret (since replaced by a figure advertising Dick’s Last Resort).

The land on which the Excalibur sits was originally the proposed site of the Xanadu Resort envisioned in 1975. The 1,730 room Asian-tropical themed resort would have been the first mega resort in Las Vegas. The project was never built when the developers could not secure a deal with the county on the sewer infrastructure such a large project would have required.

Circus Circus Enterprises constructed Excalibur which opened on June 19, 1990 as the largest hotel in the world with over 4,000 rooms and covering over 70 acres. As of 2016 it is the seventh-largest hotel (by total number of rooms) in Las Vegas, and the eleventh-largest hotel worldwide. MGM Resorts International purchased the property in 2005.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet has never been to a Renaissance Fair.

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July 11, 2016

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“Floral Display”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Bellagio Las Vegas

“Floral design is the art of using plant materials and flowers to create a pleasing and balanced composition. Evidence of refined floristry is found as far back as the culture of Ancient Egypt. Professionally designed floral designs, arrangements or artwork incorporate the elements of floral design: line, form, space, texture, and color, and the principles of floral design: balance, proportion, rhythm, contrast, harmony, and unity.

There are many styles of floral design. The Eastern, Western, Zebra and European styles have all influenced the commercial floral industry as it is today. Ikebana is a Japanese or eastern style of floral design and incorporates the three main line placements of heaven, man and earth. In contrast, the European style emphasizes color and variety of botanical materials not limited to just blooming flowers, in mass gatherings of multiple flowers. Western design historically is characterized by symmetrical, asymmetrical, horizontal, and vertical style of arrangements.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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July 10, 2016

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“Downtown Lenticular”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Text from Wikipedia:

Lenticular clouds (Altocumulus lenticularis) are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form in the troposphere, normally in perpendicular alignment to the wind direction. Lenticular clouds can be separated into altocumulus standing lenticularis (ACSL), stratocumulus standing lenticular (SCSL), and cirrocumulus standing lenticular (CCSL). Because of their shape, they have been offered as an explanation for some unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings.

OLV Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner,  enjoys meteorology.

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July 5, 2016

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“Downtown Parking Structure”
Photograph by Jon Winet
Binion’s Casino

Benny Binion bought the Eldorado Club and Apache Hotel in 1951, re-opening them as Binion’s Horseshoe. The casino’s interior had a frontier flavor, like an old-style riverboat, with low ceilings and velvet wallpaper. It was the first casino in downtown Las Vegas (also called Glitter Gulch) to replace sawdust-covered floors with carpeting,  and was the first to offer comps to all gamblers, not just those who bet big money. Binion also instituted high table limits. When Binion 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 entry for Binion’s Gambling Hall and Hotel.

Jon Winet with Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner, directs “Our Las Vegas,” on ongoing work in progress cultural animation project.

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July 4, 2016

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“Atomic Flag”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Atomic Liquors

Atomic Liquors is the winner of the 2016 Las Vegas Weekly Readers’ Choice for Best Downtown Bar: “Best beer selection. Best cocktails. Best bartenders. Best old-Vegas vibe. Best patio. Atomic could contend for any of those awards, too.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer, tuba player and legendary night hawk Ginger Bruner was up early this morning to participate in the 22nd Annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade which has a 9 a.m. start time.

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July 3, 2016

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“Mandalay Bay Concerts at the Beach: Slightly Stoopid”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
July 1, 2016

Mandalay Bay Concerts at the Beach 

Slightly Stoopid

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

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July 2, 2016

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“Pet Sounds”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Last night, Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and a great band performed  the entire Pet Sounds album – and more Beach Boys hits – at The Joint for the 50th anniversary of the release of Pet Sounds.

From “Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’: 15 Things You Didn’t Know,” May 16, 2016 Rolling Stone story by Jordan Runtagh:

“The story of Pet Sounds is the story of art versus commerce, youthful optimism versus adult cynicism and the independent spirit versus the mundane status quo. It’s also a story of tremendous courage. In 1966, 23-year-old Brian Wilson hijacked the Beach Boys, a multi-million-dollar industry consisting of his two brothers, cousin and childhood friend, to give voice to the sounds he heard in his head and the emotions he felt in his heart. The result was an album that had leading musical figures struggling to match his technical innovation, lyrical depth and melodic genius. Half a century later, it’s questionable whether anyone has.”

MORE: BBC Music’s Pet Sounds video that features Brian Wilson and  a star-studded cast.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner was in The Joint last night and reports that it was jumping.

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July 1, 2016

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“After the Storm”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Carolyn Williams‘ Weather Channel story  reprinted in its entirety below.

‘Unprecedented’ Rains Flood Las Vegas Area

Severe storms slammed the Las Vegas area with hail and “unprecedented” heavy rain that led to flash flooding Thursday, causing water rescues and leaving thousands without power.

A woman was hospitalized after she was plucked from a flooded wash, authorities said. The woman was believed to have suffered a heart attack while she and two other people were rescued Thursday from rushing water near the Hard Rock Casino Hotel east of the Las Vegas Strip, Deputy Clark County Fire Chief Jeff Buchanan said.

According to KLAS, the woman was swept down the wash, but rescued by golfers at the National Golf Course.

Additional water rescues were reported east of the Las Vegas Strip later in the evening, including two people and their dogs, the Associated Press reported.

“Strong to severe thunderstorms developed northwest of Las Vegas and slowly dropped toward the southeast into extreme southern Nevada,” weather.com digital meteorologist Jonathan Belles said. “Storms brought 1-2″ hail and high rainfall rates to Las Vegas, and hilly and urban terrain promoted flash flooding. An early monsoon and near record high atmospheric moisture helped these storms saturate the area.”

Erin Neff, spokeswoman for the Clark County Regional Flood Control District, characterized the rain in some parts of the area as “unprecedented.”

KLAS reported that three southbound lanes of US Highway 95 were closed due to flooding. The intersection of State Routes 159 and 160 was also closed at one point due to water and debris near the Blue Diamond Community Thursday afternoon, KSNV-TV reported.

Weather service meteorologist John Adair said Henderson received up to 1½ inch of rain between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Red Rock Canyon, about 25 miles west of the Strip, received more than 1¼ inches, and Adair said flooding closed the scenic 13-mile loop road through the preserve.

Around 4,500 Nevada Energy customers were left without power as the storms rolled through, according to KVVU-TV. The outages were focused in the southeast Las Vegas Valley.

Fire crews responded to a two-alarm fire in the southwest Las Vegas Valley after lightning struck a home, LasVegasNow.com said.

The Regional Transportation Commission advised motorists to avoid the inundated intersection of Eastern Avenue and Warm Spring Road, says the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Henderson, Nevada, experienced several flooded roadways and stalled vehicles, as well.

Hail also caused quite a scene, with stones up to 2 inches in size blanketing the area in white.

Additional note: Williams’ story online includes striking video.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner stayed mostly out of the rain yesterday.

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June 30, 2016

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High Roller | Linq
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“The original Ferris Wheel, sometimes also referred to as the Chicago Wheel, was the centerpiece of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.

Intended as an attraction in the same manner as the 1889 Paris Exposition’s  1,063 ft Eiffel Tower, the Ferris Wheel was the Columbian Exposition’s tallest attraction, with a height of 264 ft.

The Ferris Wheel was dismantled then rebuilt in Lincoln Park, Chicago, in 1895, and dismantled and rebuilt a third and final time for the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. It was demolished there in 1906.

The Ferris Wheel took 20 minutes to make two revolutions, the first involving six stops to allow passengers to exit and enter and the second a nine-minute non-stop rotation, for which the ticket holder paid 50 cents.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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June 29, 2016

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“Bellagio | City Center”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
From the “Drive-by” Series

Bellagio, Lombardy, Italy is situated upon the cape of the land mass that divides Lake Como in two. The city center occupies the tip of the promontory, while other districts are scattered along the lake shores and up the slopes of the hills. The great Pleistocene glaciations with their imposing flows coming from the Valtellina and Valchiavenna modelled the actual landscape of Lake Como.

Nowadays, a luxuriance of trees and flowers is favored by a mild and sweet climate. The average daytime temperature during winter is rarely below 43º), while during summer it is around 77 to 82 °F, mitigated during the afternoon by the characteristic breva, the gentle breeze of Lake Como.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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June 28, 2016

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“The Road Home”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Drive-by” Series
June 27, 2016

U.S. Route 95 (US 95) is a major U.S. highway traversing the U.S. state of Nevada from north to south directly through Las Vegas and providing connections to both Carson City (via US 50) and Reno (via Interstate 80). US 95 is cosigned with Interstate 80 for 95 miles (153 km) between a junction in Churchill County and Winnemucca before heading north into Oregon at McDermitt.

Along much of its course through Nevada, US 95 has signs designating it as the Veterans Memorial Highway. A portion of the route in Las Vegas northwest of downtown is also called the Oran K. Gragson Freeway, named for the Las Vegas mayor who advocated for construction of that portion of freeway in the 1960s.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  recently returned home from a stint at “Fiddle Camp” in the northern Sierras.

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June 27, 2016

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“House of Cards”
Photograph by Jon Winet
Stratosphere Casino
June 16, 2016

House of Cards is an American political drama web television series created by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the BBC’s mini-series of the same name and is based on the novel by Michael Dobbs. The entire first season, comprising thirteen episodes, premiered on February 1, 2013, on the streaming service Netflix.

Set in present-day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Democrat from South Carolina’s 5th congressional district and House Majority Whip who, after being passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, initiates an elaborate plan to get himself into a position of greater power, aided by his wife, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright). The series deals primarily with themes of ruthless pragmatism, manipulation, and power.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet has watched all 53 episode of Netflix’ political intrigue.

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June 26, 2016

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“Studio Plaza Apartments”
Photograph by Jon Winet
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June 14, 2016

Google Maps 3-D view.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet‘s second favorite photographer really is Google Street View.

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June 25, 2016

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“Highrise Pool Sunset”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
June 2016

“High-rise apartment buildings had already appeared in antiquity: the insulae in ancient Rome and several other cities in the Roman Empire, some of which might have reached up to ten or more stories,[6] one reportedly having 200 stairs. Because of the destruction caused by poorly built high-rise insulae collapsing, several Roman emperors, beginning with Augustus (r. 30 BC – 14 AD), set limits of 66–82 feet for multi-story buildings, but met with limited success, as these limits were often ignored. The lower floors were typically occupied by either shops or wealthy families, while the upper stories were rented out to the lower classes.

In Arab Egypt, the initial capital city of Fustat housed many high-rise residential buildings, some seven stories tall that could reportedly accommodate hundreds of people. Al-Muqaddasi, in the 10th century, described them as resembling minarets, while Nasir Khusraw, in the early 11th century, described some of them rising up to 14 stories, with roof gardens on the top story complete with ox-drawn water wheels for irrigating them. By the 16th century, Cairo also had high-rise apartment buildings where the two lower floors were for commercial and storage purposes and the multiple stories above them were rented out to tenants.

The skyline of many important medieval cities was dominated by large numbers of high-rising urban towers, which fulfilled defensive but also representative purposes. The residential Towers of Bologna numbered between 80 and 100 at a time, the largest of which still rise to319 feet.

The Hakka people in southern China have adopted communal living structures designed to be easily defensible in the forms of Weilongwu (围龙屋) and Tulou (土楼), the latter are large, enclosed and fortified earth building, between three and five stories high and housing up to 80 families. The oldest still standing tulou dates back from the 14th century.

Currently, the tallest high-rise apartment building in the world is Chicago’s John Hancock Center, constructed under the supervision of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and completed in 1969. The building has 100 stories and stands 1,128 feet high.”

Text adapted from Wikipedia.

Daily Frame contributor artist Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty-five years.

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

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June 24, 2016

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“Grand Hallway”
Photograph by Jon Winet
Downtown Grand
June 15, 2016

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet has wandered the hallways of the Grand.

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June 23, 2016

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“The Greatest”
Photograph by Jon Winet
Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym Parking Area
June 14, 2016

“Johnny Tocco opened his legendary boxing gym in Las Vegas in the early 1950’s. Mr.Tocco operated the gym for over 40 years, he was a trainer to many successful professional boxers. Throughout his career, the compassion and attention Johnny Tocco had shown his fighters, as well as the sport of boxing, had a tremendous impact on many lives.

Johnny Tocco sold his gym in 1997 just prior to his death. The small ringside gym has changed ownership several times, but has remained a historic icon.

Currently, the gym is family-owned and operated by James and Elizabeth Benitez Smith. James has ties to boxing through his grandfather, the late Indian Johnny Smith, a professional boxer in the 1930’s. Sharing Mr. Tocco’s passion for the sport, James quickly decided to preserve the little piece of history that sits in downtown Las Vegas.

The Smith’s never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Tocco but they are committed to return honesty and integrity to the gym and operate it with the same passion for the sport as he did.

Text from Gym website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet has the gym’s “First Friday sparring exhibition” – July 1, 2016, 8:00pm – July 1, 2016, 11:00pm on his calendar.  [NB: “Free to all. However we do accept donations to support out Amateur Club.”]

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June 22 , 2016

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“Pyramid”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“A pyramid (from Greek: πυραμίς pyramis) is a structure whose outer surfaces are triangular and converge to a single point at the top, making the shape roughly a pyramid in the geometric sense. The base of a pyramid can be trilateral, quadrilateral, or any polygon shape, meaning that a pyramid has at least three outer triangular surfaces (at least four faces including the base). The square pyramid, with square base and four triangular outer surfaces, is a common version.

The most famous pyramids are the Egyptian pyramids — huge structures built of brick or stone, some of which are among the world’s largest constructions. They are shaped as a reference to the rays of the sun. Most pyramids had a polished, highly reflective white limestone surface, to give them a shining appearance when viewed from a distance. The capstone was usually made of hard stone – granite or basalt – and could be plated with gold, silver, or electrum and would also be highly reflective.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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June 21 , 2016

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“Walker Lake”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Drive-by” Series.
June 17, 2016

Walker Lake is a natural lake, 50.3 miles in area, in the Great Basin in western Nevada in the United States. It is 18 mi (29 km) long and 7 miles wide, in northwestern Mineral County along the east side of the Wassuk Range, about 75 miles southeast of Reno. The lake is fed from the north by the Walker River and has no natural outlet except absorption and evaporation.

The lakebed is a remnant of prehistoric Lake Lahontan that covered much of northwestern Nevada during the ice age. Although the ancient history of Walker Lake has been extensively studied by researchers seeking to establish a climatic timeline for the region as part of the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository study, this research has raised many puzzling questions. Unlike Pyramid Lake, the lake itself has dried up several times since the end of the Pleistocene, probably due to natural diversions of the Walker River into the Carson Sink approximately 2,100 years ago. Also, this research found no evidence that the Walker Lake basin contained water during the Lake Lahontan highstand, although based on the surface elevation of the highstand evidenced elsewhere in the region it must have.

Walker Lake is the namesake of the geological trough in which it sits, and which extends from Oregon to Death Valley and beyond, the Walker Lane.

The Walker Lake State Recreation Area is located along the western shore of the lake. The Hawthorne Army Depot, which claims to be the world’s largest ammunition depot, fills the valley to the south of the lake. U.S. Route 95 passes along the western shore of Walker Lake.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Google Map

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner recently made her way from Las Vegas to northern Nevada.”

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June 20 , 2016

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“Well & Being”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré

Photographer Ellie Mendré notes: “1 of 3 newly renovated workout rooms at the Well & Being Spa at Red Rock Station. Come and enjoy complimentary yoga classes for the month of June.  Classes include boot camp yoga, vinyassa & wall yoga!”

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

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June 19, 2016

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“Fremont Street 2 (from the El Cortez Parking Garage)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
June 15, 2016

Hernán Cortés de Monroy y Pizarro, Marquis of the Valley of Oaxaca (1485 – December 2, 1547) was a Spanish Conquistador who led an expedition that caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and brought large portions of mainland Mexico under the rule of the King of Castile in the early 16th century. Cortés was part of the generation of Spanish colonizers who began the first phase of the Spanish colonization of the Americas.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner keeps things in focus.

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June 18, 2016

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“Newport Lofts Jacuzzi”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
June 14, 2016

“Founded in 1915 by seven brothers, led by Giocondo Jacuzzi, Jacuzzi and Brothers made wooden propellers under military contracts, based in Berkeley, California. In 1920 the brothers also dabbled briefly with aircraft design and manufacture, with a single-seat monoplane and a seven seat cabin monoplane. Both aircraft were noted for their use of laminated wood products for fuselage manufacture, but were essentially unsuccessful, with only one of each type being built. By 1923 the company was styled as Jacuzzi Bros Propellers.

The company survived to become famous as the whirlpool and bubble bath manufacturer of today, with the name Jacuzzi becoming synonymous with the bath products regardless of manufacturer.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner likes to soak her feet.

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June 17, 2016

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“The People’s Theatre”
Photograph by Jon Winet
June 16, 2016

“The Huntridge Foundation presents the grand opening reception for “Huntridge Through the Decades: A Close-Up of the Iconic People’s Theatre” exhibit at Nevada State Museum. The new exhibit will take its place within the 70,000 square foot museum alongside impressive displays of fossils, caves, and classic Las Vegas glitz, all of which celebrate and display influential pieces of Nevada’s unique history.

The Huntridge Theatre is an essential piece of our state’s cultural heritage. Listed on both the State and National Registers of historic places, the Huntridge Theatre opened in Downtown Las Vegas in 1944. During its illustrious 60 years of operation, the Theatre hosted many iconic arts and cultural celebrations.

The exhibit, funded by Nevada Humanities, will run from June 16 through August 31, and will serve to remind the community about the Huntridge Theatre’s role in Las Vegas history, allowing people to recognize and appreciate its important legacy. Attendees will discover decades of theater memorabilia, including former furnishings from the Huntridge Theatre, such as original 1944 theater seats and concert fliers from the heavy alternative rock era of the 90s.The exhibit will also feature a series of intriguing memories from longtime Las Vegans such as Senator Richard Bryan to former stage hand Jenn O. Cide, who frequented the theatre in its varying forms throughout the years.”

The museum is located at 309 S. Valley View Blvd.

Text from Facebook Event page.

Jon Winet directs “Our Las Vegas,” a cultural animation project that launched in 2012.

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June 16, 2016

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“Wynn | TI”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Ginger Bruner is the lead photographer and associate producer for “Our Las Vegas,” a cultural animation project that launched in 2012. She is a tireless observer of the city.

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June 15, 2016

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“Lizeth Sarabia”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner & Jon Winet
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

Native Las Vegan 23 year-old Lizeth Sarabia is a graduate of the Culinary Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Following turns at Wolfgang Puck’s Cut, Radio City Pizzeria Le Thai and Glutton, she has found a happy professional home as a  server and front of house maven at Sheridan Su and Jenny Wong’s acclaimed Flock & Fowl. The restaurant features a menu that focuses on perfectly prepared Chinese Hainanese chicken dishes.

With Paul Argier, she also co-hosts the Downtown Dinner Club.

An advocate for community gardens, Lizeth’s life goal is to help educate people in the hospitality industry on healthy eating and sustainability. She states it simply: “I support community endeavors that help people. That’s what I do.”

Ginger Bruner and Jon Winet co-produce “Our Las Vegas,” a cultural animation project that launched in 2012. They both had Hainanese Chicken Rice for lunch yesterday.

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June 14, 2016

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“East Sahara 4:40 a.m.”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner stays up and out late.

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June 13, 2016

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“Vigil”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
June 12, 2016

“Hundreds gathered yesterday evening for a vigil at the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada. “Our Las Vegas” joins the Center in solidarity with the families and victims in Orlando – and all champions of Human Rights.

Below is the text posted on the Center’s webpage. Statements from other organizations are also currently on their site.

“Our community this morning woke up to the sickening and sad news of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We are sickened by the heinous nature of the shooting. We are saddened because we have lost brothers and sisters who are like ourselves.

Our community stands in solidarity with the victims and their families and the entire LGBTQ community. As an act of reverence for their lives, in solidarity, our community is coming together tonight at 7pm at The Center to mourn the loss of those who have lost their lives and encourage support of those who are fighting for their lives.

This incident also, once again, raises our awareness to the availability and accessibility of guns in our society, especially guns of a semi-automatic nature. We call out to our political leadership to respond to the cries of thousands, perhaps millions of people calling for greater gun control.

Equality Florida, the state’s LGBTQ civil rights organization, has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for the victims and families of the horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub. Please donate if you are able: www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund.”

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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June 12, 2016

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“Walkway”
Photograph by Jon Winet
From the “Drive-by” Series.

“Here are some tips to make your walking experience enjoyable:

• The one thing you must bring is the most comfortable pair of shoes you have. Make that two pairs! You are going to do more walking than you can even imagine. Shoes that are too high or tight will end your walk much sooner than you had planned.

• Make regular stops. Rest whenever you can to avoid getting tired quickly, maybe get refreshments at shops along the way. After each stop, you will be able to continue with a fresh burst of energy.

• Take some water with you to avoid dehydration. Take as much as you can carry comfortably and plan to buy more along the way if you run out.

• In the extremely hot Summer months, spend as little time outside as possible. You may actually want to reconsider walking during those months. Las Vegas is in a desert after all, and the temperature is usually in the hundreds.”

Text from “Taking a walk along the Vegas Strip.”

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet can walk for miles and miles.

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June 11, 2016

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“Rexford Apartments”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Rexford Drive is located in the central area of Las Vegas, NV! We offer 1 and 2 Bedroom apartments for rent. Our Senior Community amenities include a well lit lush landscaped property in a park like setting with an on-site laundry facility. It is peaceful and quiet and we are convenient to downtown Las Vegas with friendly on-site management. Come visit the Rexford Drive family today for a personal tour!”

Text from ForRent.com website.

Google Street View

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner pays attention to the background.

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June 10, 2016

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“High Roller Sunset”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“On September 17, 2012, Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced that Imperial Palace, formerly the Flamingo Capri, would be renamed The Quad Resort and Casino. The official conversion was completed on December 21, 2012.

In July 2014, Caesars announced that the Quad would be again renamed The Linq Hotel & Casino in order to join the LINQ Promenade, an adjacent shopping and entertainment center that opened in January 2014, following a $223 million renovation of the property. The hotel and casino were officially renamed on October 30, 2014.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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June 9, 2016

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“UNLV Parking Garage Progress”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“[G2CapCo CEO Frank] Marretti bought the land, which previously housed the Freakin’ Frog bar, in 2013 and had no idea at first what he wanted to do with it.

Rather than simply pursuing a retail project, he said, he wanted a project that would redefine Maryland Parkway. After approaching UNLV, he realized that students needed more parking spaces, especially in the hectic southeast quadrant of the campus.

‘I also wanted them [the students] to have a place to go to after class and knew they would be going to their cars anyway,’ he said, explaining his decision to have retail on the site.”

Text from January 17, 2016  Rebel Yell story, “Officials hold groundbreaking for new parking garage,” by Bianca Cseke.

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner is an ace UNLV parking specialist.

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June 8, 2016

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“Under the Sea (detail)”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Bellagio Las Vegas

“Drifting to a sleepful rest is a 35′ x 9′ 15th century inspired fishing vessel made of teak, mahogany, and cedar wood. Treasures embellished with aged jewels and treasures.

Nestled amonths the rocky hillside of the waterfall are arrays of colorful coral and fistail palm trees.

Seahorses, mermaids, and starfish adorn this display.

A horticulture staff of 120 maintains the Botanical Gardens and the entire grounds of Bellagio. The staff has the ability to achieve seasonal designs by selecting flowers that complement the trees, gazebos, bridges and ponds,and can add or remove water features to enhance the seasonal effect.

When the seasons turn and the displays rotate, 90 percent of the trees, flowers and plants in the conservatory are recycled.”

Text from Conservatory website.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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June 7, 2016

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“Tropicana & I-15”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Drive-by” Series.

Tropicana Avenue is a major east–west section line arterial in the Las Vegas area. The road is named after the Tropicana Resort & Casino which is located on the Las Vegas Boulevard where it intersects with Tropicana Avenue. Part of it is signed as Nevada State Route 593 (SR 593).”

Notable attractions along the road include:

•  Orleans Hotel and Casino
•  Wild Wild West Casino
•  Excalibur Hotel and Casino
•  New York-New York Hotel & Casino
•  Tropicana Resort & Casino
•  MGM Grand Hotel and Casino
•  Hooters Casino Hotel

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner knows her way around the Radiant City.

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June 6, 2016

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“Decatur & Blue Diamond”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
From the “Drive-by” Series.

Decactur Boulevard was named after the city of Decatur, Illinois in the 1930s by Leonard Frechette, who lived on the junction of the street and Vegas Drive. The city was itself named in honour of Stephen Decatur, a naval officer during the early 19th century.

A $46 million Clark County construction project that widened the widened much of Decatur Boulevard and introduced railroad crossing for both Decatur Blvd and Warm Springs Road under the Union Pacific tracks was completed in summer 2010. Sewerage along parts of the route was renewed in spring 2011.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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June 5, 2016

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“Pool no.7”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré

reflection
re·flec·tion
rəˈflekSH(ə)n/
noun
1. the throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it.
“the reflection of light”
synonyms: sending back, throwing back, casting back
“the reflection of light”
• an amount of light, heat, or sound that is reflected by a body or surface.
plural noun: reflections
“the reflections from the streetlights gave us just enough light”
• an image seen in a mirror or shiny surface.
“Marianne surveyed her reflection in the mirror”
synonyms: image, mirror image, likeness
“her reflection in the pond”
• a thing that is a consequence of or arises from something else.
“a healthy skin is a reflection of good health in general”
synonyms: indication, display, demonstration, manifestation; More
• a thing bringing discredit to someone or something.
“it was a sad reflection on society that because of his affliction he was picked on”
synonyms: slur, aspersion, imputation, reproach, shame, criticism
“a sad reflection on society”

2. serious thought or consideration.
“he doesn’t get much time for reflection”
synonyms: thought, thinking, consideration, contemplation, deliberation, pondering, meditation, musing, rumination; formalcogitation
“after some reflection, he turned it down”
• an idea about something, especially one that is written down or expressed.
“reflections on human destiny and art”
synonyms: opinion, thought, view, belief, feeling, idea, impression, conclusion, assessment

Text from a google search for “reflection.”

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

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June 4, 2016

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“Trixie Little”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend (2011)

Reigning Queen of Burlesque Trixie Little will relinquish her crown to a new queen later tonight at the 2016 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend at the Orleans Hotel & Casino.

She will have to do her step-down performance on crutches, as a week ago a cab hit her and broke her knee. Ginger notes: “Trixie is tooling around the BHoF weekend in a sparkly wheelchair.”

MORE:  Burlesque Hall of Fame

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner has experienced Glitter Lung and Boob Fatigue while photographing past BHOF Weekends. She wouldn’t miss one for the world.

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June 3, 2016

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“Downtown Spaces”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 2016

From Seven Magazine‘s 2014 Best of the City:

Best Downtown Art Hive
“All arts districts eventually outgrow their parameters, as their denizens look for larger, cheaper, more offbeat spaces. The 18b Arts District has begun spreading into the Naked City neighborhood behind the Stratosphere, and Downtown Spaces is one of the strongest footholds on this new frontier. Located in a mid-century office building on Industrial Road, the structure has been glowingly restored and is home to the expected painters and photographers, but also to body painters, retail shops and burlesque studios. On First Friday, the place hops with activity as tenants open their studios to feature their work and additional creative types set up shop for the night—just the kind of sharing and synergy that an arts community needs.”

Odds on, “Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner will actively engage in tonight’s First Friday event.

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June 2, 2016

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“From the 12th Floor Justice Center
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 2016

“On my way to the downtown Regional Justice Center at 200 Lewis Ave., and eventually to that building’s municipal court, I passed a bail bonds business with a full-scale in-ground barbeque oven in the yard. I guess some good hamburgers and ribs give a marketing advantage to those seeking the business of the incarcerated and their relatives and friends. Also near the courthouse stands a wedding chapel, perhaps for those who might bolster their defense by invoking the marital privilege against testifying.”

Excerpted text from “Justice is Served” by Chris Arabia, dated March 22, 2009 on “Living Las Vegas: Real Life in the Shadow of the Strip.”

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner is on the right side of the law.

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June 1, 2016

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“Eeva, the Pooped Pup”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 2016

Sweet Eeva is a 3 year old Shepherd/Lab mix. She was a puppy rescue who emigrated to Las Vegas when the Bakersfield pound closed. She loves being in charge of all the smaller dogs and cats in the house, but she’s shy around bigger dogs at the dog park. She was up very late – partying – at the Spahle’s “Inaugural Fifth Annual May Bash” and needed a good, long nap. More on Naps from our friends at Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner went to that party, and also needs a nap…

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May 31, 2016

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“Zelzah Shrine Center”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 2016

If you’ve ever been to a parade and seen fez-adorned large men in tiny cars, you’ve seen a Shriner. The Las Vegas outpost for this charitable organization is located on Eastern Avenue, just north of Sahara, and has a statue of a Shriner holding a child. For history of the Shriners and the origins of the “Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children” network, please visit or friends at Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” lead photographer Ginger Bruner likes a good fez.

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May 27, 2016

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“The Plaza (exterior detail)”
Photograph by Jon Winet
October 2013

The Plaza began an extensive $35 million renovation project at the end of 2010 that included brand new guestrooms and suites, an entirely remodeled casino floor and lobby, and all new restaurants, bars and entertainment options. The renovations utilize contemporary furnishings and materials purchased from the Fontainebleau Resort after it suspended construction on the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel and the full casino reopened on September 1, 2011.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet  has spent a few nights at the Plaza over the decades.

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May 26, 2016

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“I-15”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
from I-15 and Blue Diamond

Interstate 15 (I-15) is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Nevada that begins in Primm, continues through Las Vegas and it crosses the border with Arizona in Mesquite. The freeway runs entirely in Clark County. Many motorists use I-15 to visit Las Vegas, as it is the only primary Interstate Highway in the city. The highway was built along the corridor of the older U.S. Route 91 (US 91) and Arrowhead Trail.

Text from Wikipedia.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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May 25, 2016

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“Fremont Street”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

•  The 1964 Elvis Presley film Viva Las Vegas features nighttime footage of Fremont Street during the opening credits.

  The 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever features a chase scene in which James Bond, running from Las Vegas police, side-rolls a car through an alley exiting onto Fremont Street.

Text from Wikipedia

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner keeps an eye on things from up high.

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May 24, 2016

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New York New York (From Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard)”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“New York City is the most populous city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the State of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. A global power city, New York City exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment, its fast pace defining the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy and has been described as the cultural and financial capital of the world.”

Text from Wikipedia

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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May 23, 2016

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“D. F. (DTLV)”
Photograph by Jon Winet
September 2015

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet  enjoys a 7 a.m. Fremont Street experience.

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May 22, 2016

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

“The sky is an infinite movie to me. I never get tired of looking at what’s happening up there.”
— K. D. Lang

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has a keen appreciation of the Celestial.

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May 21, 2016

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“Fremont at Maryland”
Photograph by Jon Winet

John Charles Fremont (January 21, 1813 – July 13, 1890) was an American military officer, explorer, and politician who became the first candidate of the anti-slavery Republican Party for the office of President of the United States. During the 1840s, when he led four expeditions into the American West.

The trail of his second expedition passed through what is now the City of Las Vegas.

Text adapted from Wikipedia.

Google Street View

Google Street View August 2016 archival view

The Alicia Motel is not among the many lodgings where “Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet  has stayed in the Radiant City.

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May 20, 2016

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“Titus Andronicus Hilarious “
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
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Text Redux: “A recently divorced middle school teacher finds himself at the end of his rope when he’s assigned to take over the spring play. He decides to exorcise his demons and win back his ex by staging Shakespeare’s goriest play: Titus Andronicus…with kids! Using a soundtrack of 90s power ballads, the scenario eventually flips as the kids take over the show and the teacher become the real student.”

Text from Onyx Theatre website

Tickets for Titus Andronicus, Jr. performances through May 28

Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  loves this show. She notes: “This original production will go to the LA Fringe Festival next month.”

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May 19, 2016

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“Maryland at Fremont”
Photograph by Jon Winet
September 2015

Maryland is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware to its east. The state’s largest city is Baltimore, and its capital is Annapolis. Among its occasional nicknames are Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State. The state is named after Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I of England and mother of Charles II and James II.

One of the original Thirteen Colonies, Maryland is considered to be the birthplace of religious freedom in America, when it was formed in the early 17th century as an intended refuge for persecuted Catholics from England by George Calvert. George Calvert was the first Lord of Baltimore and the first English proprietor of the then-Maryland colonial grant. Maryland was the seventh state to ratify the United States Constitution, and played a pivotal role in the founding of Washington, D.C., which was established on land donated by the state.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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Google Street View August 2015 archival view

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet  longs for a bikeride across the city.

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May 18, 2016

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“Gold”
Photograph by Jon Winet
September 2015

Gold Spike (formerly Rendezvous) is a bar, lounge, residential building, and former boutique 112-room, seven floor hotel and casino. It is connected with the Oasis at the Gold Spike, a 50-room three floor hotel located in downtown Las Vegas. It was owned by entrepreneur Tony Hsieh and his Downtown Project, having bought it from The Siegel Group; and the casino was operated by Golden Gaming.

Hsieh closed the casino on April 14, 2013. After a three-week remodel, Gold Spike re-opened the casino as a restaurant and bar on May 6, 2013. The hotel portion of the building was recently converted into permanent and temporary workforce housing for Downtown Project, entrepreneurs, and Zappos; Oasis hotel is a separate building on the same property.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet  spends a lot of time downtown – virtually.

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May 17, 2016

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“The Cat’s Meows”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 16, 2016

Pamela and Christina Dylag, photographed in 20’s finery at the Velveteen Rabbit in the 18b on the occasion of the presentation of “The Cat’s Meow,” an immersive theatrical event of “dialogue and situations” by Steven Peros, staged by Troy Heard.

The action takes place at a birthday party in November 1924 on William Randolph Hearst’s yacht, The Oneida. The Dylags, co-owners of the Velveteen Rabbit, served drinks to the mingled actors and audience members.

A second performance is scheduled for May 23.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a VR regular.

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May 16, 2016

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“Thru Lane”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

McCarran International Airport

“In its first year of operation [1949], McCarran Field handled over 35,000 passengers. As Las Vegas’ casino industry grew and air travel became more popular during the 1950s, passenger traffic to the airfield rose significantly, with 959,603 passengers transiting through it in 1959. To cope with the increase, airport officials began planning a new passenger terminal. While the original terminal was located on Las Vegas Boulevard, the new terminal was built on Paradise Road. The terminal, whose design was inspired by the TWA Flight Center in New York City, opened on March 15, 1963.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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May 15, 2016

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“Goldent Stratosphere”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“It arrived in the midst of the themed-casino boom, after Excalibur, Luxor and Treasure Island; before Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Venetian and Paris. Bob Stupak originally envisioned a replica of the Eiffel Tower as an upgrade to his Vegas World casino, which originally opened in 1979, but the size and shape of the land just north of Sahara Avenue wouldn’t accommodate the broad base necessary for such a structure. So, we got Stratosphere, a tower with a shape reminiscent of Seattle’s Space Needle and containing the rotating Top of the World restaurant, plus more hotel rooms and a bigger casino. (It now has more than 2,400 rooms and 80,000 square feet of gaming space.) The thing is, that tower is such a big deal and draws so much attention, a lot of people haven’t spent much time exploring the rest of this unusual Vegas property.”

Excerpt from May 11 Las Vegas Weekly story by Brock Radke, “The Stratosphere is aging well, but it’s hard to see from way up there.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner navigates by the Stratosphere.

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May 14, 2016

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“Titus Andronicus, Jr.”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“A recently divorced middle school teacher finds himself at the end of his rope when he’s assigned to take over the spring play. He decides to exorcise his demons and win back his ex by staging Shakespeare’s goriest play: Titus Andronicus…with kids! Using a soundtrack of 90s power ballads, the scenario eventually flips as the kids take over the show and the teacher become the real student.”

Text from Onyx Theatre website

Tickets for performances through May 28

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner lends us her eyes.

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May 13, 2016

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“Major Sky”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Sometimes Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner‘s mind is in the clouds.

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May 11, 2016

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“Container Park Mantis”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“The larger-than-life mantis was originally created for Burning Man by aerospace engineer and artist Kirk Jellum. Jellum said the mantis is a 150:1 scale replica of a female mantis he found in a field. That one probably didn’t do the fire thing.

The mantis took 3,000 hours to build.

The mantis is 40 feet tall and 30 feet wide, and it burns about 50 gallons of liquid propane each day. The flames from the mantis reach about six stories high.

As if that weren’t awesome enough, the mantis has a 4,000-watt sound system. Which means from time to time the music gets cranked up and the mantis gets down.”

Text excerpted from VitalVegas.com story “Downtown Container Park’s Praying Mantis Breathes Fire, Also Has Rhythm.”

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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May 10, 2016

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“Laughlin Desert Classic”
Photograph and text by Brytnee Avery
May 2016

Best in the Desert changed their usual Silverstate 500 race in May this year to the Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic. The race brought rollovers, break downs, engine fires and much more.  Three trophy trucks battle it out here on the last lap.

Brytnee Avery is a junior at UNLV, majoring in Journalism & Media Studies while minoring in communication. She is involved with organizations outside of the university including the off-road associations  Best In The Desert and SNORE.  She is currently a production specialist for the Channel 13 Morning News and Morning Blend. She is also training in radio broadcasting, working on air during the weekends at Mix 94.1.

This is her fifth contribution The Daily Frame.

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

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May 9, 2016

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“Weather”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 8, 2016

“Weather is the state of the atmosphere, to the degree that it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy. Most weather phenomena occur in the troposphere, just below the stratosphere. Weather refers to day-to-day temperature and precipitation activity, whereas climate is the term for the statistics of atmospheric conditions over longer periods of time.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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

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May 8, 2016

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“18b (SXSW view from the Newport Lofts)-2”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis

Daily Frame contributor artist Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty-five years.

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

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May 7, 2016

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“Paris”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Paris was founded in the 3rd century BC by a Celtic people called the Parisii, who gave the city its name. By the 12th century, Paris was the largest city in the western world, a prosperous trading centre, and the home of the University of Paris, one of the first in Europe. In the 18th century, it was the centre stage for the French Revolution, and became an important centre of finance, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts, a position it still retains today.

Paris is the home of the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre, as well as the Musée d’Orsay, noted for its collection of French Impressionist art, and the Musée National d’Art Moderne, a museum of modern and contemporary art. The notable architectural landmarks of Paris include Notre Dame Cathedral (12th century); the Sainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Eiffel Tower (1889); and the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur on Montmartre (1914). In 2014 Paris received 22.4 million visitors, making it one of the world’s top tourist destinations.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner enjoys a good French Onion soup with a few slices of baguette.

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May 6, 2016

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“View from McCarran Passenger Pick-up”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

Like a beating heart, tens or thousands of visitors arrive –and depart each weekend, pumping millions of dollars into the Radiant City’s economy. The total for arriving and departing passengers at McCarran International Airport for February 2016 was 3,443,923, a 8.9% increase over the previous February.

During 2015, McCarran handled over 45,000,000 passengers.

More: Arriving & Departing Passengers Monthly Total

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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May 5, 2016

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“That Painting”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Excerpt from March 31, KNPR State of Nevada story “That Painting” – So Awful, Yet So Great” by Fred Wasser

“Ginger Bruner is a regular at Vickie’s Diner and loves the painting.

“I’m a huge fan of ‘That Painting,'” Bruner said, “I’m one of the main fans.”

Bruner admits the painting is “not good.”

“It is like Clint Eastwood or John Travolta – pick your poison – was teleported into the upper left quadrant of a terrible, terrible forest scene,” she explained.”

MORE:
•  Listen to the KNPR State of Nevada Feature
•  March 14, 2016 Wall Street Journal story by Alexandra BerzonFans Rally Around ‘That Painting,’ a Symbol of Las Vegas Kitsch”
•  Vickie’s Diner
•  “That Painting” Facebook Page

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner moonlights as a DJ and Producer on KUNV, regularly teaming with Nathan Tannenbaum on “Playing Favorites.”

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May 4, 2016
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“Spring Display”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“Blooming cherry blossoms, peaceful waterfalls and traditional Japanese architecture welcome the spring season to Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, now through May 14.

Upon entering the Japanese-themed spring display, guests will embark on a journey of the senses beginning with a symbolic tea house nestled among raked golden sand and cherry blossom trees in the East Garden. The 12-foot-tall house, made from bamboo and natural material and ornamented with mineral copper accents, honors Japan’s cultural tea tradition, dating back to the ninth century. Inside the tea house, a mesmerizing hand-made wreath named Senbazuro Nest, complete with 1,000 Origami cranes, will delight the eyes and mind. Each delicate and colorful crane symbolizes peace, good health and longevity. Intricately hand-painted with cherry blossoms and cranes, 14 colorful parasols float above the garden, visible from every vantage point.”

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Origami (折り紙?, from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”  is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. In modern usage, the word “origami” is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin. The goal is to transform a flat sheet square of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. Modern origami practitioners generally discourage the use of cuts, glue, or markings on the paper.”

Text from Bellagio News Room and Wikipedia websites.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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May 3, 2016

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“An Old Sound for a New Age”
Photograph and text excerpt by Jacob Lasky

After a two-year hiatus, a profile by  Jacob Lasky of 22 year-old jazz musician and singer Peter LaCasia relaunches our Las Vegas Creatives Project. Below is an excerpt from “An Old Sound for a New Age.”

“’I think all my arrangements speak a little about me,’ said LaCascia during a home interview before playing a rendition of the Elvis Presley hit, ‘Love Me Tender’ on his upright piano.

Unlike the original Elvis recording, LaCascia’s arrangement has a darker, minor tone to it.

LaCascia began performing at an early age.”

Jacob Lasky, 21, is a Las Vegas native and a sophomore at UNLV. He is a major in Journalism with an English minor – and a staff writer for the UNLV twice-weely student newspaper The Rebel Yell.

Besides writing, Jacob enjoys playing music in two local bands and exploring the culture of Las Vegas. This is his second of what we hope will be many contributions to The Daily Frame.

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

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May 2, 2016

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“Bally’s”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

“The MGM Grand was sold in 1985 to Bally Entertainment Corporation for $594,000,000., and the property’s name was changed to Bally’s (the MGM Grand name was transferred to the former Marina Hotel, now known as MGM Grand Las Vegas). Bally Entertainment was purchased in 1995 by Hilton Hotels Corporation. On April 17, 1997, ground was broken on a sister property, Paris Las Vegas. In September 1999, the new resort was opened and tightly integrated with Bally’s property by a promenade. For many years, the two resorts operated under a single gaming license.

Hilton’s casino resorts division was subsequently spun off and became Caesars Entertainment, Inc. in 2003. The hotel’s North tower was renovated in 2004. Harrah’s Entertainment (now Caesars Entertainment Corporation) acquired the property with its purchase of Caesars in June 2005.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia

Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner knows her Las Vegas history.

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May 1, 2016

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“Paris | Bally’s Parking”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

Bally’s Las Vegas, formerly the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, is a hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment. The hotel features 2,814 extra-sized guestrooms.

On November 21, 1980, the hotel, then operating as the MGM Grand, was the site of one of the worst high-rise fires in United States history, in which 85 people died.

The 43 acres site was first occupied by the Three Coins Motel, which opened in 1963. The Bonanza Hotel and Casino opened on the site in July 1967. It was later renamed the New Bonanza Hotel and Casino in 1973 shortly before construction of the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, owned by Kirk Kerkorian, began.

Text excerpted from Wikipedia

Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner rarely valets.

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April 30, 2016

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“18b (SXSW view from the Newport Lofts)”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
April 28, 2016

“The Las Vegas Arts District, or the 18b in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada was created in 1998 as an 18 block zone set aside to encourage art and artists.

The district won Las Vegas Review-Journal‘s Best of Las Vegas award in 2005.

Known as the 18b, the Las Vegas Arts District contains a mix of independent businesses including vintage clothing boutiques, antique stores, art galleries, hair salons, restaurants, The 18b is located halfway between the Fremont East Entertainment district and the Stratosphere Resort, clustered around Main and Charleston, bounded loosely by Commerce Street to the West, Hoover Avenue to the North, Fourth Street to the East and Wyoming Avenue at the south. It is an easy bike ride, walk or bus ride from Fremont Street. The name, “18b,” represents the original Arts District area, which consisted of 18 blocks. Today, the Arts District area has grown beyond those original 18 blocks and is a classic urban mix of residential, commercial and cultural uses that will continue to grow as the hub of the arts scene in Las Vegas.”

Text from Wikipedia

Daily Frame contributor artist Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty-five years.

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

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April 29, 2016

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Emergency Arts Alley”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner knows all the entrances and exits.

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April 28, 2016

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“Mia Marie Randell”
Photograph and text by Brytnee Avery
From the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series – Thursday Edition

Mia Marie Randell, a 5-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever is Frank Randell’s companion and little girl. She loves being lazy most of the day, but can’t wait to play with her rope as soon as someone picks it up. Mornings at the park are fun, but only when she has the whole area to herself. Other dogs make play time with Frank’s girlfriend not as much fun. (Mia wants all of her attention the entire time.)

Nighttimes at home consist of laying next to the couch and watching whatever Frank and his girlfriend have on the television.

Brytnee Avery is a junior at UNLV, majoring in Journalism & Media Studies while minoring in communication. She is involved with organizations outside of the university including the off-road associations  Best In The Desert and SNORE.  She is currently a production specialist for the Channel 13 Morning News and Morning Blend. She is also training in radio broadcasting.

This is her fourth contribution The Daily Frame.

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

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April 27, 2016

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“Au Tennis”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Historians believe that the game’s ancient origin lay in 12th century northern France, where a ball was struck with the palm of the hand. Louis X of France was a keen player of jeu de paume (“game of the palm”), which evolved into real tennis, and became notable as the first person to construct indoor tennis courts in the modern style. Louis was unhappy with playing tennis outdoors and accordingly had indoor, enclosed courts made in Paris around the end of the 13th century. In due course this design spread across royal palaces all over Europe. In June 1316 at Vincennes, Val-de-Marne and following a particularly exhausting game, Louis drank a large quantity of cooled wine and subsequently died of either pneumonia or pleurisy, although there was also suspicion of poisoning.

It wasn’t until the 16th century that rackets came into use, and the game began to be called “tennis,” from the Old French term tenez, which can be translated as “hold!,” “receive!” or “take!,” an interjection used as a call from the server to his opponent. It was popular in England and France, although the game was only played indoors where the ball could be hit off the wall. Henry VIII of England was a big fan of this game, which is now known as real tennis. During the 18th century and early 19th century, as real tennis declined, new racket sports emerged in England.

Further, the patenting of the first lawn mower in 1830, in Britain, is strongly believed to have been the catalyst, world-wide, for the preparation of modern-style grass courts, sporting ovals, playing fields, pitches, greens, etc. This in turn led to the codification of modern rules for many sports, including lawn tennis, most football codes, lawn bowls and others.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is an avid bocce player.

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April 26, 2016

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“Frank in the Booth”
Photography and text by Carla Wilson
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

Frank Mueller is General Manager for KUNV 91.5 FM and an instructor in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. He has more than 20 years of radio experience in both commercial and nonprofit environments.

Carla Wilson is a senior at UNLV majoring in journalism with an emphasis on broadcasting. Carla writes, shoots and edits stories and hopes to produce docu-style news. If she’s not on campus, she’s with her dog Fudge, her constant companion.

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to work with students and alumni of UNLV Professor Mary Hausch‘s Journalism classes.

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April 25, 2016

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“Prince Memorial”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré

Local artists Ivan & Krie have created a memorial mural for Prince located on the Southwest corner of Main & Colorado.

The artists collaborated earlier this year on a tribute mural for David Bowie at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

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

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April 24, 2016

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“Pictorial Full Moon”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
April 22, 2016

Follow-up to Ginger Bruner’s April 23 “Pictorial Sky” Daily Frame, again with accompanying text from Wikipedia.

“Many of the strongest voices that championed pictorialism at its beginning were a new generation of amateur photographers. In contrast to its meaning today, the word “amateur” held a different connotation in the discussions of that time. Rather than suggesting an inexperienced novice, the word characterized someone who strived for artistic excellence and a freedom from rigid academic influence. An amateur was seen as someone who could break the rules because he or she was not bound by the then rigid rules set forth by long-established photography organizations like the Royal Photographic Society. An article in the British journal Amateur Photographer stated ‘photography is an art ‒ perhaps the only one in which the amateur soon equals, and frequently excels, the professional in proficiency.’”

“In 1948, S.D.Jouhar defined a Pictorial photograph as ‘mainly an aesthetic symbolic record of a scene plus the artist’s personal comment and interpretation, capable of transmitting an emotional response to the mind of a receptive spectator. It should show originality, imagination, unity of purpose, a quality of repose, and have an infinite quality about it.’”

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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April 23, 2016

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“Pictorial Sky”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
April 22, 2016

Pictorialism is the name given to an international style and aesthetic movement that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries. There is no standard definition of the term, but in general it refers to a style in which the photographer has somehow manipulated what would otherwise be a straightforward photograph as a means of “creating” an image rather than simply recording it. Typically, a pictorial photograph appears to lack a sharp focus (some more so than others), is printed in one or more colors other than black-and-white (ranging from warm brown to deep blue) and may have visible brush strokes or other manipulation of the surface. For the pictorialist, a photograph, like a painting, drawing or engraving, was a way of projecting an emotional intent into the viewer’s realm of imagination.

Pictorialism as a movement thrived from about 1885 to 1915, although it was still being promoted by some as late as the 1940s. It began in response to claims that a photograph was nothing more than a simple record of reality, and transformed into an international movement to advance the status of all photography as a true art form. For more than three decades painters, photographers and art critics debated opposing artistic philosophies, ultimately culminating in the acquisition of photographs by several major art museums.”

Edward Steichen‘s 1904 photograph of the Flatiron Building is a quintessential example of pictorialism.

Text excerpted from Wikipedia

Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a key member of the brilliant team of Daily Frame contributors that celebrate photography and the Radiant City.

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April 22, 2016

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“Passenger Pick-up”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“From Short Term to Valet, McCarran International Airport has more than 17,000 public parking spaces offering a variety of choices to meet your needs. Learn which option is best for you. Parking facilities are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Parking in the garages is subject to availability. Reservations for parking are not available.”

“As a courtesy to our parking customers, we provide the following services free of charge:

Battery Jump starts
Tire inflations
Lost car searches”

Text excerpted from McCarran Parking website

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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April 21, 2016

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“Setting up for The Killers”
Photograph by Michael Palmer

In advance of the April 6 opening show at T-Mobile Arena, contributor Michael Palmer captured a nose bleed section-eye view of the final preparations.

MORE:
April 13
Las Vegas Weekly
“Impressions from T-Mobile Arena’s Opening Night with the Killers”
Story by Spencer Patterson and Brock Radke

April 7, 2016
Hollywood Reporter
“The Killers Open Las Vegas’ New T-Mobile Arena”
Story by Jimmy Im

Michael Palmer, a Las Vegan born in Tarzana, California, is a senior at UNLV graduating this summer with a major in Journalism & Media Studies. He is currently interning for UNLV’s Athletic Media Relations department and is the secondary source for Track & Field/Cross Country. He plans to have a career in professional or university media relations.

Michael shares the following: “I once had the chance to meet Pete Rose at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and my dad played high school football with John Elway.”

“Our Las Vegas” is delighted to work with students and alumni of Professor Mary Hausch‘s classes in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. This is Michael’s fifth contribution the Daily Frame.

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April 20, 2016

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“Flipping Good “
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Google Street View March 2015 archival view

Flippin’ Good believes in giving back to our local community. We are always ready to lend a helping hand. We will be giving back throughout the year to support some of the amazing charities that we have right here in Las Vegas.

Ways that we give back:
– Fundraisers
– Sponsorships
– Food and Clothing Drives
– Back to School Events
– Volunteering

We are always open to new suggestions. If you have any local charity ideas that you would like to share with us please contact our Corporate Office at (702) 896-0093.”

Text from business website.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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April 19, 2016

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“Cashman Field”
Photograph and text by Karina Perez

Located in Downtown Las Vegas, Cashman Field is home to the local minor league baseball team the Las Vegas 51s. Named after Area 51 located about 80 miles away in Rachel, Nevada, their logo is a UFO believers-styled alien.

The 51s’ home-opener was last week, ahead of  a major rain storm.

Karina Perez, 21, has lived in Las Vegas for the past 20 years. Currently a junior at UNLV studying journalism, she aspires to work in the fashion industry. She is a lover of “all things coffee, baseball, and fashion.”

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

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April 18, 2016

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“Palazzo”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“The Palazzo /pəˈlɑːtsoʊ/ is a luxury hotel and casino resort situated between Wynn and The Venetian on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is the tallest completed building in Nevada. 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.”

“Sands Corp. (LVSC) is an American casino and resort operating company based in Paradise, Nevada, USA. Its resorts feature accommodations, gaming and entertainment, convention and exhibition facilities, restaurants and clubs, as well as an art and science museum in Singapore.”

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“Entrepreneur Sheldon Adelson and his partners Richard Katzeff, Irwin Chafetz, Ted Cutler, and Jordan Shapiro bought the famous Sands Hotel in 1989. They opened the Sands Expo and Convention Center across from the hotel in 1990. The 1.2-million-square-foot center is currently the largest privately owned convention facility in the world. In 2007, Las Vegas Sands Corporation hired Partha Ojha (22 year construction veteran) to save the company which was heading in losses of up to $1.5 billion. Fortunately, the company recovered, started recording profits from 2009 and reported a profit of $780 million in FY2015 Q2.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia’s entries for Palazzo and Sands Corporation

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner‘s work was recently selected for inclusion in Clark County Visual Arts’ 2016-2017 season.

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April 17, 2016

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“Northshore Road”
Photograph by Justin McAffee
Lake Mead National Recreation Area

“Northshore Road leads through areas of brilliant red boulders and rock formations in between Callville Bay and Echo Bay. Stop at the beautiful Redstone Picnic Area and Dune Trail.

The Pearce Ferry Road crosses one of the world’s finest Joshua Tree forests. Unpaved approved backcountry roads penetrate remote regions.

Lakeshore Road follows the scenic South shore of Boulder Basin with many opportunities to stop and enjoy picnic areas with spectacular views.

Check on road conditions before traveling these routes. Take water for yourself and your vehicle and tools for emergency repairs. Drive only on paved roads or unpaved approved roads signed with yellow arrows.”

Text from National Park Service website.

The photographer adds: “with my iPhone6.”

Justin McAffee moved from southern Illinois to Las Vegas in 2001. He is professional photographer and outdoor enthusiast. He notes: “Capturing the wild beauty of Nevada is a passion for me.”

You can follow Justin’s work at justinmcaffee.com.

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April 16, 2016

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“Lamp | Trail | Flag | Hotel”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner catches the details in the corners.

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April 14, 2016

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“On the Corner (of of Eastern and Charleston)”
Photograph by Diana Perez
April 7, 2016

Diana Perez, 32, was born and raised in Las Vegas. She is a senior at the UNLV, pursuing a career in Broadcast Journalism. She works at the Clark County School District Department of Adult Education as an ELL (English Language Learners) Coordinator Assistant.

Diana is an alumna of Mary Hausch‘s advanced classes in the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. We are always delighted to feature the work of Mary’s students – past and present!

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April 13, 2016

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“Blue Diamond Sky”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“State Route 160 is a state highway in southern Nevada, USA. It connects the southern Las Vegas Valley to U.S. Route 95 northwest of the city via the Pahrump Valley. The southern part of the route sees heavy traffic, mostly due to Pahrump’s continued growth as a Las Vegas bedroom community.

The route is known as Blue Diamond Road within the Las Vegas area, with the remainder referred to as the Pahrump Valley Highway”.

Text from Wikipedia. 

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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April 12, 2016

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“The Western Hotel”
Photography and text by Jacob Lasky

Although no longer opened for business, the neon lights of the Western Hotel and Casino still flicker. Opened in 1970, the establishment was once a popular destination for tourists and locals seeking cheap fun. The casino featured a bingo room which could host up to 1,020 players.

The operation met its demise in 2012 due to a lack of visitors. However, the building now falls under the ownership of the Downtown Project. What will become of the former hotel and casino is yet to be determined.

MORE: The Western Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas  

Jacob Lasky, 21, is a Las Vegas native and a sophomore at UNLV. He is a major in Journalism with an English minor – and a staff writer for the UNLV twice-weely student newspaper The Rebel Yell.

Besides writing, Jacob enjoys playing music in two local bands and exploring the culture of Las Vegas. This is his first of what we hope will be many contributions to The Daily Frame.

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

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April 11, 2016

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“Wired Palms Place”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Google Street View
November 2007 Google Street View screen grab for future archival reference

“Palms Place is a residential 58 story condominium  and spa tower with 599 suites built on the west end of the Palms property. The design architect was Jerde Partnership Construction.”

Text adapted from Wikipedia

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner rarely gets her wires crossed.

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April 10, 2016

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“Great Vegas Festival of Beer”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
April 9, 2016

“The name of the game, of course, is craft beer—those small, independent brews that you and your friends nerd out about. It’s the antidote to fast-drinking, commercially produced swill; you drink craft beer for the sheer pleasure of drinking it, not to just finish it. There will be plenty of pleasure on hand at this festival, whether you prefer to drink seasonally, chew your way through a stout, take a few hours to finish just one IPA, or get fruity with a saison thanks to more than 400 varieties from more than 100 breweries, including Magic Hat, Rince Cochon, Left Hand and Dr. Jekyll’s.”

Text from Las Vegas Weekly story by Grace Bascos, “Spring for Beers at Motley Brews’ Sixth Annual Beer Fest”.

More: Festival website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner: make hers a Guinness.

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April 9, 2016

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“Stratosphere Skyline on a Cloudy Night”
Photography by Sallie Douglas
Shot from the roof of Jana’s Red Room

Jana’s RedRoom is a working art studio and gallery. Our goal is to inspire the next generation of art collectors by offering original works at reasonable prices and, in turn, putting meaningful money into the hands of emerging and established local Las Vegas artists.

Jana’s RedRoom got its start inside in the world famous Arts Factory in July of 2012. The RedRoom is owned by Jana Lynch and her loving husband Kevin Stepp. Jana first came up with the idea of the RedRoom after renting wall space for herself in the Arts Factory and letting other local artists use the space along side her free of charge. Realizing that there is a huge demographic of artists that have such talent and no outlet she then birthed the idea of the magnificent “Jana’s RedRoom.” Simply put her continual goal and theme is to have an avenue where emerging and established artists alike can come to display their creative soul. With her patchwork of magic through the array of small and large pieces she has built up an imaginative quilt of artistic creativity. Where many galleries charge to display art, Jana thinks it is crucial to never charge any artist to put their work up on her walls.

The arts community of Las Vegas is expanding more and more by the day and Jana’s RedRoom feels privileged to be a part of it. Supporting our local artists is our main goal. We consider everyone who steps foot into the RedRoom family. With a strong sense of community and an open heart to all, we welcome you to come check out the beauty that is Jana’s RedRoom.”

Text from Jana’s RedRoom website.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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April 7, 2016

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“Purpose”
Photography and text by Desiree Sheck

Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber performed his tenth show of “Purpose,” his third world-wide tour in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Friday March 25. The tour began on March 9, 2016 in Seattle and is scheduled to end on November 29. Bieber will be performing 114 shows on this tour.

Bieber performed songs from his fourth studio album, “Purpose,” which sold 522,000 copies during its first week. Three of the singles from the album, “What Do You Mean”, “Love Yourself”, and “Sorry” have reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Performing for over 15,000 beliebers, Bieber did not disappoint. From doing backflips on a trampoline during his performance of “Company” to inviting children to perform on stage with him during his song “Children”, he brought the fun to Las Vegas. Bieber also slowed it down to perform a new single called “Insecurities” acoustically, accidentally starting to sing “Home To Mama” before he realized it was the wrong song. Bieber also bared his soul to his beliebers and got emotional during songs like “Life Is Worth Living” and “Purpose”, his voice cracking during his performance.

“For a while I lost my purpose,” Bieber said.

During “Life Is Worth Living” and “Purpose” Bieber sat down on the stage and held the hands of the beliebers in the audience to make the night even more special for them. He opened the concert with “Mark My Words” and closed the concert with an encore of “Sorry,” leaving fans screaming for more.

MORE:
Purpose (Justin Bieber album)
Purpose (World Tour)

Desiree Sheck, 21, is pursuing a journalism degree at UNLV. Born and raised in Las Vegas, she is fascinated by people and enjoys writing, music, and spontaneous adventures. She is currently working on her first novel.

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

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April 6, 2016

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“View from the Far West.”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Drive-by” Series.

Summerlin Parkway is a freeway in the western portion of the City of Las Vegas, Nevada, connecting U.S. Route 95 (US 95) to Clark County Route 215 (CC 215). Summerlin Parkway serves the master planned community of Summerlin.

The parkway was initially constructed by the developers of Summerlin through the Summerlin Homeowners Association. The first construction along the parkway consisted of rebuilding the US 95 interchange and a divided highway west to Town Center Drive. Later projects funded by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada brought freeway interchanges to Buffalo Drive in 1992 and Rampart Boulevard in 1994

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner covers the territory.

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April 5, 2016

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“Views from the High Roller”
Photograph and text by Ashley Miles

Known for being the tallest ferris wheel in the world, the High Roller located at the LINQ on the Las Vegas Strip offers the best view in town. At the peak of the wheel’s rotation, it is possible to see every corner of the valley, from the depths of Henderson to the outskirts of Summerlin. Although the High Roller is often regarded as a tourist attraction, locals should not miss the opportunity to experience the incredible views.

Ashley Miles has lived in the Las Vegas area for 13 years and considers herself a local. She is a UNLV senior double majoring in Journalism and Communications. In the future, she hopes to work in a company’s social media department – or become a sports journalist.

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

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April 4, 2016

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“Caesars Palace | Crane”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Drive-by” Series

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is game to cruise the Strip.

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April 3, 2016

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“Capturing The Burn”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
April 2, 2016

The Life Cube in downtown Las Vegas was set on fire Saturday night.

The art installation located near Fremont Street and Ninth Street burned at 8 p.m.

The burn was supervised by the Las Vegas Fire Department.

The event featured fire-spinners, musical performances, and more.

The Life Cube Project was a 24-foot art installation created by Scott Cohen.”

Text by Brenda Yahm from KVVU website. The site includes video of the event.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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April 2, 2016

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“Last Call at Brendan’s Irish Pub”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
April 1, 2016
[l-r: Marlo Zemartis, Nan Fortier, and Beth Mullaney]

Band Leader Beth Hald Mullaney notes: “15 years is a long time to play at the same pub but we were ready to keep going. Just announced, Brendans Irish Pub in the Orleans will close its doors forever on April 30th. That means that this is Killian’s Angels  final weekend EVER at our home away from home. We would love to see you on this, our final weekend. Slainte!”

Editor’s note: Like many we hoped this was a cruel April Fool’s joke, but alas, the space now occupied by Brendans will soon give way to a gastro pub. (Does Las Vegas really need another one of those?) We wish Killian’s Angels all the best in the future homes and creative musical endeavors!.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer and Killian’s Angels Tubist | Bass player Ginger Bruner is all about the lower register.

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April 1, 2016

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“Clarice Tara at the Cube”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas 
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

Pittsburg expat and UNLV BFA candidate Clarice Tara writes: “Ever since I can remember, art has been a guiding force in my life. Art has been my constant in this ever-changing world. It is my breath, my heartbeat.”

Her work is currently on view at the Cube – through tomorrow “when the art project will burn in a controlled blaze,” OPIA Gallery on 1st Street in the 18B and on Facebook.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

The “Our Las Vegas” team wishes her a fabulous day – and a brilliant year ahead!

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March 31, 2016

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“Easter 2016”
Photograph and text by Joaquin Lomeli Jr 

Friends and families gathered  at the Craig Ranch Regional Park last Sunday for the largest Easter egg hunt festival in Las Vegas.  Hosted by the Christian Hope Project, this free community event featured jumpers for the kids, over 20 free carnival games, raffles every hour, live music, face painting, pictures with the Easter bunny and 3 Easter egg hunts for children of all ages..

26-years-old  Joaquin Lomeli Jr  is currently attending UNLV Journalism major with an emphasis on broadcast journalism. He is currently a Junior at UNLV and has  worked for CNN, MSNBC, Telemundo and the Associated Press covering the Nevada and national politics and the presidential debates.

He notes: “The reason I decided to pursue journalism is because I would like to be a voice for the voiceless of the community. I have always been the type of person who looks out for others and I feel that journalism allows me to continue that at a greater scale.”

In his leisure time, Joaquin can be found hiking and camping. He is always searching for his next adventure and is keen to learn more about the world through the eyes of other individuals’ perspectives.

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

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March 30, 2016

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“Ciel”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
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A spa is a location where mineral-rich spring water (and sometimes seawater) is used to give medicinal baths. Spa towns or spa resorts (including hot springs resorts) typically offer various health treatments, which are also known as balneotherapy. The belief in the curative powers of mineral waters goes back to prehistoric times. Such practices have been popular worldwide, but are especially widespread in Europe and Japan. Day spas are also quite popular, and offer various personal care treatments.

The term is derived from the name of the town of Spa, Belgium, whose name is known back to Roman times, when the location was called Aquae Spadanae.

Text from Wikipedia

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

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March 29, 2016

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“Education is Power”
Photograph and text  by Diana Zeineddine

The Lied Library at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas consists of five stories and 302,000 square feet. It is the largest library on campus. It was designed by Leo A Daly. The Architect of Record was Pugsley Simpson Coulter Architects.

The library consists of a University Teaching and Learning Center, Honors College and a Graduate student study lounge. It also has a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on the first floor.

There are 800 data drops and opportunities to connect laptops to the network, 317 public desktop computer workstations, 18 laptops and a portable projector available for checkout within the building, 4 instructional rooms, 16 group study rooms, 4 media viewing rooms and 13 public photocopiers. The cost of the Lied Library is worth $55.3 million.

UNLV Libraries participate in the articulation and assessment of student learning, provide direct instruction to students, partner with classroom faculty on course and assignment design, and intentionally create co-curricular learning experiences.

Text source from Wikipedia and Library website.

Diana Zeineddine is a junior at UNLV, majoring in broadcast journalism with a double minor in theater and dance. She is originally Lebanese, was born in Canada and lived in Dubai for eleven years. Diana works with UNLV TV as a productions assistant and is on the UNLV Scarlet Dance Line.

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

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March 28, 2016

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“Sonic (Diagonal)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

In geometry, a diagonal is a line segment joining two vertices of a polygon or polyhedron, when those vertices are not on the same edge. Informally, any sloping line is called diagonal. The word “diagonal” derives from the ancient Greek διαγώνιος diagonios, “from angle to angle” (from διά- dia-, “through”, “across” and γωνία gonia, “angle”, related to gony “knee”).

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is on a first name basis with the drive-thru staff of the East Sahara Sonic.

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March 27, 2016

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“Spring Pool”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

”Our Las Vegas” wishes everyone happy Easter and a brilliant Spring season!

From her earliest moments with the medium “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner took to photography like a duck takes to water.

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March 26, 2016

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“Everafter”
Photograph by Jon Winet
September 2015
6th Street between Ogden and Stewart

Lakwena Maciver is a London-based artist, exhibiting internationally both in the gallery and on the street. Inspired by the human instinct for adornment and embellishment, their use and power as a means of communication, much of Lakwena’s work is an exploration of how this decorative instinct is outworked in popular culture and within the urban environment.

Commercial clients include Adidas, American Eagle Outfitters, ASOS, Clinique, Converse, Diesel, H&M Longchamp, Nike, Palladium Boots, Red Bull and Tiger Beer.”

Text from artist’s website.

March 2015 Google Street View – screen grab for future archival reference.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet  occasionally reads Public Art Review.

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March 25, 2016

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“VVWD, Vegas Valley Water District offices, Valley View, north of Charleston”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

In the early 1900s, Las Vegas was a hub for the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City Railroad, which later became part of the Union Pacific Railroad. The company formed the Las Vegas Land and Water Company (LVL&W) in 1905 to sell land and provide water to Las Vegas’ growing population. At that time, water came solely from wells and the Las Vegas Springs. Hoping to curb groundwater usage, the Nevada Legislature created the Las Vegas Valley Water District in 1947 to begin using the state’s Colorado River allocation. The Union Pacific Railroad agreed to sell LVL&W in 1952 and the Water District began operations on July 1, 1954.

The district’s first major undertaking is one of the most important achievements in Southern Nevada’s history: the district created facilities to bring water from Lake Mead to the valley. This relieved an ongoing water shortage for the city, but also helped create one of the world’s most popular resort destinations and America’s youngest major metropolitan area.

Over the years, the district has built more than 3,000 miles of pipeline, created a reservoir system capable of storing 700 million gallons of water and implemented a sophisticated water-quality monitoring program.

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner cruises the City in search of inspiring images.

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March 24, 2016

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“Sunrise Manor”
Photograph by Justin McAffee

Sunrise Manor is an unincorporated town and part of Las Vegas Township in Clark County, Nevada, United States, located on the western base of Frenchman Mountain, east of Las Vegas. The population was 189,372 at the 2010 census. If Sunrise Manor were to be incorporated, it would be one of the largest cities in Nevada. Sunrise Manor was formed in May 1957

Text from Wikipedia.

Justin McAffee has lived in Las Vegas since moving here from Southern Illinois in 2001. He is an amateur photographer and outdoor enthusiast. You can follow his outdoor journeys at adventurenevada.com.

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March 23, 2016

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“Patio Progress at the Last Neighborhood Bar”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 2016

“Rinaldo Dean Bartolomucci, AKA Dino, came to Las Vegas in the late 50′s. He was looking for prosperity, because his hometown Salida, CO was small and work was scarce. He started selling cars and making good money, and within a few months, he moved his family here. A few years later he came upon an opportunity to buy a bar called Ringside Liquors. It was owned by a notorious mobster named Eddie Trascher. A few years ago, there was a book written about Eddie Trascher and his time as a mobster. The book has two chapters dedicated to his time as a gangster at Dinos.

In 1962, Dino bought the bar and the surrounding land for 60,000 dollars. He quit selling cars and quickly got to work on the bar, changing the name to Dinos. Dino had many friends and created an environment where everyone felt at home and welcome. He was generous , kind, and helped anyone who needed it. At that point, it truly became a neighborhood bar. During the years, many changes were made; the front doors were moved and the packaged liquor was no longer sold. Dino worked here everyday of his entire life, until the last few years when he spent his time golfing and traveling.
He had many other business ventures as the years progressed: Dinos II , Krackers, The Cow Palace, a couple bars in Pahrump, and even a coin company. But the one thing that has stood the test of time is Dinos…

Dino had two sons that helped him run his businesses and became part of the legacy. One of them was my Dad, Chuck. He was strong, smart and full of life. He taught me how to work hard, to be honest, and most of all to always stand by your word and live your life with integrity. Chuck was my hero, my best friend, and I worked alongside him for years learning the ways of Dinos. He passed very suddenly in 2001 at age 52, and left a hole in my heart that cannot be filled. The only way I have to cherish their legacy is to work as hard as I can at Dinos and keep the memories of my family alive.

My sister, Casey, and I have owned Dinos for 11 years. We have created a buzz in Vegas and won many local as well as national awards for Best Dive Bar and Best Karaoke in Las Vegas. On a typical weekend we are full of the hippest people in town… Everyone feeling welcome and at home with no pretenses to be anything you are not, and the freedom to be whomever you are. We welcome everyone to enjoy the feeling of history and the unspoken word of comfort and home.”

— Kristin Bartolo

Text from Dino’s website.

Additional note: Ms. Bartolo was profiled in February 2014 as part of the UNLV Journalism – “Our Las Vegas” project Las Vegas Creatives:
”Women Behind Bars: Dino’s Kristin Bartolo”
by Crystal Mae Muguerza (February 13, 2014)

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner is a Dino’s regular.

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March 22, 2016

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“The Red Pump”
Photograph by Ginger
March 2016

“Early depictions of high heels could be seen on ancient Egyptian murals, dating back to 3500 BC. These murals would depict Egyptian nobilities wearing heels to set them apart from the lower class, who would normally go barefoot. Heeled shoes were worn by both men and women, and most commonly for ceremonial purposes. However, high heels also served a practical purpose for Egyptian butchers who wore them in order to walk over the bloodied bodies of animal carcasses. During Egyptian times, heels were leather pieces that were held together by lacing to form the symbol of “Ankh”, signifying life.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner believes, and we concur, that you can never photograph the Red Shoe too many times.

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March 21, 2016

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“Roa DTLV Mural”
Photograph by Jon Winet
September 2015

Street artist Roa is a muralist from Ghent, Belgium. At a very young age Roa remembers wanting to be an archaeologist or something adventurous and collecting little skulls from birds and rodents to draw at home. He grew up in the eighties and naturally was inspired by the American life; music, skating and so forth.

His  giant horned lizard on Stewart between 6th and 7th Street was created as part of the  Life is Beautiful 2014 festival.

Text excerpted from Street Art Bio website

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet  counts Diego Rivera murals among his favorite visual artworks.

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March 20, 2016

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“Untitled no. 7
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Skies” series.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a keen celestial observer.

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March 19, 2016

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“Experience”
Photograph by Jon Winet
September 2015

“The word ‘experience’ may refer, somewhat ambiguously, both to mentally unprocessed,  immediately perceived events as well as to the purported wisdom gained in subsequent reflection on those events or interpretation of them.

Some wisdom-experience accumulates over a period of time,  though one can also experience (and gain general wisdom-experience from) a single specific momentary event.

One may also differentiate between (for example) physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, vicarious and virtual experience(s).”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

On occasion, “Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet has stayed at the D.

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March 18, 2016

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“El Cortez Hotel”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“The El Cortez Hotel and Casino is one of the few casinos to have never changed its exterior facade in Las Vegas, retaining the same signage and ranch themed architecture for over seventy years.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

Rarely does a week go by that “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner misses walking through the El Cortez Casino.

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March 17, 2016

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“Dallas Perry”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

Dallas Perry is the Manager – and Quizmaster at McMullan’s Irish Pub.

Our Las Vegas wishes all a happy Saint Patrick’s Day – and may you be in Heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you’re dead!

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer and Tubist Ginger Bruner  will be performing tonight with Killian’s Angels from 9 pm on at the Brendan’s Irish Pub at the Orleans Hotel & Casino.

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March 16, 2016

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“Riley”
Photograph and text by Ashley Miles
From the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series

Ashely writes: “6-month old Corgi Riley loves his new Las Vegas home. He is incredibly energetic and loves being outdoors. His favorite hobbies include going for walks and annoying our pet cat, Milo.”

Ashley Miles has lived in the Las Vegas area for 13 years and considers herself a local. She is a UNLV senior double majoring in Journalism and Communications. In the future, she hopes to work in a company’s social media department – or become a sports journalist.

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

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March 15, 2016

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“Morning Blend”
Photograph and text by Brytnee Avery
From the “Las Vegas Workstations” series.

Behind the scenes of The Morning Blend. The show doesn’t go live until 9 a.m., but during sweeps producers of the show and the production crew bustle around to get a sound check on the live band. Every morning is different filled with local businesses, entertainment and more on Channel 13.

Brytnee Avery is a junior at UNLV, majoring in Journalism & Media Studies while minoring in communication. She is involved with organizations outside of the university including the off-road associations  Best In The Desert and SNORE.  She is currently a production specialist for the Channel 13 Morning News and Morning Blend. She is also training in radio broadcasting.

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

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March 14, 2016

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“6th & Fremont Las Vegas Showgirl”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Google Street View
July 2015 Google Street View – screen grab for future archival reference.

“Showgirls were presented in Las Vegas in 1952 as the opening and closing act for Las Vegas headliners, sometimes dancing around the headliner. They were introduced at the Sands Casino for a show with Danny Thomas. In 1957 Minsky’s Follies took the stage at the Desert Inn giving birth to the topless showgirl in Vegas. This was followed by a long-running The Lido de Paris at the Stardust Casino that ran for 31 years.”

Text from Wikipedia.

More : Las Vegas Performing Arts  What is a Las Vegas Showgirl?

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner experiences the Radiant City in sharp focus.

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March 13, 2016

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“The Great American Off-Road Race”
Photograph and text by Brytnee Avery

The Hutchins Motorsports pit crew rushes to fuel their car – in second place  at the time. From  their Facebook feed we learn: “As expected, crew did a fantastic job of fueling and getting the car ready to tackle the dying of the light! Sadly, half way to pit A, we lost a front shock, ending our day.”

Brytnee Avery is a junior at UNLV, majoring in Journalism & Media Studies while minoring in communication. She is involved with organizations outside of the university including the off-road associations  Best In The Desert and SNORE.  She is currently a production specialist for the Channel 13 Morning News and Morning Blend. She is also training in radio broadcasting.

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

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March 12, 2016

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“Mint 400 | BIK ISMO”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The photographer notes: “Fremont Street is closed down for the Mint 400. There are tons of big rigs and off-road vehicles lining the street. This one, the official Mint 400 truck, is parked in front of Emergency Arts.”

Background:  mural by BIK ISMO.

Rumor has it, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has been seen riding around town on a bicycle.

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March 11, 2016

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“Stratosphere Traffic Light”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
From the “Drive-by” Series

“Traffic lights are signalling devices positioned at road intersections, pedestrian crossings, and other locations to control conflicting flows of traffic.

The world’s first, manually operated gas-lit traffic signal was short lived. Installed in London in December 1868, it exploded less than a month later, injuring or killing its policeman operator. The first safe, automatic electric traffic lights were installed in the United States in the late 1890s.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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

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March 10, 2016

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“The Ninth Island”
Photograph and text by Jessica Sagawa

On take off Hawai’ans look down lovingly at the city they call the Ninth Island.”

More: E.C. Gladstone February 2012 Las Vegas Weekly story: A Hawai’ian island in the Las Vegas desert: how a Downtown hotel helped turn the Valley into the ‘Ninth Island’.”

Jessica Sagawa is a small town girl who flew in from Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai’i in 2011 to study journalism at the UNLV. She reports that she’s “enjoying the journey, exploring Mother Nature one snapshot at a time.”

She notes that in her hometown it rains approximately 275 days of the year.

This is her second contribution to the Daily Frame.

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

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March 9, 2016

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“Atlantic Vista”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has been monitoring signs of construction of a new State building on Atlantic Avenue near Charleston. Stay tuned for future visual reports.

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March 8, 2016

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“East Stairwell”
Photograph by James Schaeffer
Greenspun Hall, UNLV

The photographer notes: “The staircase is typically flooded by hurried secretaries and late professors, but in this moment it welcomes one lone occupant.”

Henderson born James Schaeffer is a UNLV journalism student whose interests range from politics to film. He has a keen interest in political forecasting and plans to work in broadcast media.

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

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March 7, 2016

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“Lanterns”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Detail from “the world-famous (and world’s largest) Benihana, located inside Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner performed one summer in an all female Dixieland band that played at an amusement park in Japan.

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March 6, 2016
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“Pool”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré

“Utility poles are commonly used to carry two types of electric power lines: distribution lines (or “feeders”) and subtransmission lines. Distribution lines carry power from local substations to customers. They generally carry voltages from 4.6 to 33 kilovolts for distances up to thirty miles, and include transformers to step the voltage down from the primary voltage of the lines to the lower secondary voltage used by the customer. A service drop carries this lower voltage to the customer’s premises.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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

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March 5, 2016

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“Stratosphere Dusk”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
February 28, 2016
From the Soho Lofts.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is on the beat from dusk to dawn.

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March 4, 2016

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“Monorail”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Drive-by” Series

Joe W Brown Drive Google Street View

“The Las Vegas Monorail is a 3.9-mile monorail mass transit system located adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip, in Clark County, Nevada, United States. It connects several large casinos in the unincorporated communities of Paradise and Winchester, and does not enter the City of Las Vegas. It is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Monorail Company. Total annual ridership is currently about 4.2 million, down from a peak of 7.9 million in 2007. The monorail is a registered not-for-profit corporation, allowed under Nevada law since the monorail provides a public service. The State of Nevada assisted in bond financing, but no public money was used in construction; citizens may eventually have to pay taxes that fund the monorail.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner rides in style.

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March 3, 2016

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“5 O’Clock (one)”
Photograph and text by Jessica Sagawa

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere and that’s here in Las Vegas on the wrap-around patio of a Cosmopolitan suite.

The City’s  sunsets are breathtaking and compliment the Strip’s glow once day turns to night.

In view: the Bellagio

Jessica Sagawa is a small town girl who flew in from Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai’i in 2011 to study journalism at the UNLV. She reports that she’s “enjoying the journey, exploring Mother Nature one snapshot at a time.”

She notes that in her hometown it rains approximately 275 days of the year.

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

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March 2, 2016

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“Goose & Maverick”
Photograph and text by Iren Kosteva
From the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series

Weimaraners Goose & Maverick [l-r] are named after the main actors in the movie “Top Gun.” Energetic 11 month-old Goose’s hobby is to bother his big brother. At 12, Maverick  prefers not to be bothered.  He loves to cuddle with his guardians.

Maverick and Goose are best friends, but they can also occasionally be worst enemies over issues involving food and the attention they both enjoy.

Iren Kotseva is a senior at University of Nevada Las Vegas, majoring in journalism with a focus on public relations. She came to UNLV as a student-athlete and has lived in Las Vegas for three years. Ms. Kosteva began playing tennis when she was six years old and began competing at age nine. She won her first championship in summer 2005. She was ranked the number 1 player in her age group in Bulgaria in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

She was born in 1993 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and speaks Bulgarian, German and English. In her free time she enjoys playing with her dogs. Upon graduation college, she plans to pursue a career in public relations.

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

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March 1, 2016

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“Calico Tanks”
Photograph and text by Amanda Rich 

Located a few miles from the outskirts of the Las Vegas valley, the Calico Tanks are home to breathtaking red and white sandstone cliffs, as well as large, natural depressions in the rocks that occasionally have water in them.

If you hike to the top of the cliffs, you can experience spectacular views of the Calico Basin and Las Vegas valley.

Calico Tanks website.

Amanda Rich is a junior at UNLV majoring in Journalism. She loves to hike, write, read, and travel as much as she can in her free time.

She was born in Palm Beach, Florida and has lived in Las Vegas for 11 years and is a 2013 Coronado High School graduate. She is currently a server and host at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. This summer she will join a study abroad program in in San Sebastián, Spain.

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

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February 29, 2016

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“El Cortez Parking”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 

El Cortez
Stories: There are two garages for the El Cortez, which have five levels each. Entrances located on: El Cortez’s main self-parking garage can be found off Seventh Street near Ogden Avenue. An additional self-parking garage is situated across the street on the northeast corner of Seventh Street and Ogden Avenue. Access to the hotel located on: One garage offers direct access to the El Cortez on Level 1. You must walk across the street from the other garage to get to the hotel. Description: Only registered hotel guests and select Club Cortez players card members can use the main parking garage. The second garage is also free to registered hotel guests and select Club Cortez players card members, and there’s no charge to the general public until 5 p.m. A flat-rate fee is collected daily from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. This fee is $5 on Sundays – Thursdays and $10 on Saturdays – Sundays.

Text from Vegas.com Las Vegas Parking Garages

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner, not surprisingly,  is a card-carrying Club Cortez member.

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February 28, 2016

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“Tule Springs Vista”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 

Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs has been a work in progress for literally thousands of years. With signs of life dating to prehistoric times, the park has become a true oasis in the desert within the city of Las Vegas.

Fossil remains of early mammoths, bison, horses, camels and other Pleistocene fauna have been found documenting creatures that roamed the area long before humans. Early human habitation has been documented to have been in the park as many as 11,000 years ago. The Paiute Indians were known to have lived in the area hunting, fishing, planting and using the land for their survival in this dry climate. Tule Springs was the source of water supplying their daily needs. Prospectors, travelers and the stage coach line stopped here as they traveled across the desert because of the water.

In the early 1900s, 10 acres in the area were purchased and cultivated by a man name John Herbert (Bert) Nay. He sold his property in 1929 and the property remained vacant until 1941 when Prosper Jacob Goumond began to transform this desert into a working ranch. The working ranch became self-supportive, raising livestock and growing all types of vegetables for the ranch hands who worked at Tule Springs. Gradually, it became a guest ranch accommodating several visitors who sometimes participated in the daily chores of the ranch. Over the years the property grew to 880 acres.

A group of businessmen purchased the property from Mr. Goumond’s granddaughter in 1959 and leased it as a working cattle ranch until the city of Las Vegas purchased the property in 1964 for use as a city park and renamed it in honor of State Senator Floyd Lamb. The park was acquired by the state of Nevada by legislative action in 1977. On July 2, 2007, it was officially transferred back to the city of Las Vegas at which time the park was renamed Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs.”

Text from archived City of Las Vegas website

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner, surprisingly,  is a nature enthusiast.

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February 27, 2016

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“Clark County Poet Laureate Bruce Isaacson”
Photographed by Ginger Bruner at “”The Reading Room at Nest Studio,” an installation created by artists Kathleen Nathan and Diane Buttner From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

Learn about “Poet-in-Chief: Clark County’s First Poet Laureate”  Bruce Isaacson in a July 2015 interview on KNPR’s State of Nevada. The 25 minute segment includes a recitation of his 2005 poem “Life in Las Vegas:”

“Life in Las Vegas”

Even in the shadow of Casinosaurus

Life springs irrepressibly from the sands

Artists, poets, lovers, children

Dream of the seventh gold city…

To those who see in Vegas only what is small

We contain strange multitudes

Old west gun-racked in a pickup

The Liberace Museum

Street dudes lined up to work

New west corporate Disneysaurus

Every great nation’s culture presented in a buffet cuisine

Las Vegas—LA extended east to absurdity

A strip of Hollywood Babylon spread-eagled over the Sierra

Las Vegas— the only town with enough twisted imagination

to conceive of a life size replica of New York

and the humor to call that a resort

Casinosaurus gold flashes in teeth

But maybe here will be raised up the new man—

beautiful, sexual, immune to breasts on a billboard

Casinosaurus drowses in the dawn

after a typical night on the kill

Later the sun will plump up like a tomato going bad

Later the beast will stretch its talons in advertising

roar back about blackjack, insurance and family fun

But there’s also the gathering of the art tribe on the sands

Or I’m alone 6 a.m. writing poems

in the natural light of the desert

In a moment before the desert begins

When casino neon still outshines the sun

Here I am— a jew in the desert— found

among the fabled seven cities of gold

Flamingo… Dunes… Sahara…

We are shimmering.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a dynamic personality on the radio – and in real life.

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February 26, 2016

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“McCarran Moon”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas 

 February 26, 2016 Channel 8 Las Vegas Now story by Stephanie Eisenberg reprinted in its entirety.

“Passenger traffic is up 7.3% at McCarran International Airport

New numbers from the airport show 3.5 million people arrived and departed in January of this year. That’s up 2.3 million compared to January 2015.

Domestic travel saw big gains last month. It was up 8.1%. International travel rose by 0.7%.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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February 25, 2016

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“Channel 10 Reception.”
Photograph and text by Raven Jackson
(Featured in the photograph: Channel 10 staffer Jared Kash.)

“While inside the open and spacious Vegas PBS television studio waiting area on East Flamingo Road, you discover that contrary to popular belief, print journalism is not dead. There is an impressive array of texts to read while at the station. Reads are locally focused and revolve around the Las Vegas community. Magazines range from business and weekly newspapers, industry magazines, Source (the  VegasPBS magazine), art brochures and city attraction brochures.”

Las Vegan Raven Jackson is a senior at UNLV, graduating this May. She is a Communications major with a minor in Journalism & Media Studies, and plans to pursue graduate studies in marketing and a career in media.

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

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February 24, 2016

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“Cameron & Tropicana Sunset”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Google Street View

April 2014 Google Street View– screen grab for future archival reference.

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

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February 23, 2016

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“Caucus Day at Ms. Wickel’s room – Ms. Wickel’s Room”
Photograph by James Schaeffer
February 20, 2016

Contributor James Schaeffer was in attendance at last Saturday’s  Democratic Party caucuses and captured this moment in the exercise of American democracy.

Today, Republicans in the Silver State take their turn. Visit the Nevada Republican Party website for details on where and how to caucus.

More: February 23 Las Vegas Review Journal story by Adelaide Chen: “Nevada Republicans hope for speedier caucus Tuesday” 

James Schaeffer is a UNLV journalism student whose interests range from politics to film. He has a keen interest in political forecasting and plans to work in broadcast media.

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

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February 22, 2016

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“City Center Canoes”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
February 21, 2016

Nancy Rubins – “Big Edge” 2009, Stainless steel and aluminum water vessels, 51 x 75 x 57 feet – Vdara’s main drive

“A sculptor and artisan famous for her grandiose works created from salvaged and industrial consumer goods, Nancy Rubins created one of the most visually stunning commissions at CityCenter with a large-scale installation: “Big Edge.” Cantilevered over Vdara’s main drive and measuring approximately 57 feet wide and 75 feet long, Rubins’ work of art at CityCenter is a colorful composition of numerous aluminum rowboats, canoes and other small river and ocean vessels finessed into an eye-catching, gravity-defying form the artist calls “a blooming flower.” The boats are connected with thousands of pounds of stainless steel wire cable forming a web-like structure, where compression and tension create what Buckminster Fuller referred to as “tensegrity,” making the whole stronger than the parts. Each boat was precisely placed according to Rubins’ direction based on its color, shape and structural contribution to the whole. Rubins maintains the look, shape and feel of her chosen objects, so each reclaimed craft showcased in the piece is exactly as originally found. The commission is located on the exterior of Vdara Hotel & Spa and is one of Rubins’ few works with a permanent home. Rubins has designed amazing works of art from mattresses, trailers, hot water heaters, airplanes and small appliances since the 1970s. For more than 25 years, Rubins has exhibited extensively around the world in major solo and group exhibitions.

Text from CityCenter Press Room website

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a deft navigator of the Radiant City.

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February 21, 2016

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“2016 Caucus at Caesars “
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Saturday, February 20, 2016

By the numbers – with data graphics – from the Washington Post: “Nevada caucus election results.”

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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February 20, 2016

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“2016 Caucus Day 1”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis

Text from “Caucusing 101: How it works, and where Clinton and Sanders stand on key issues,” Las Vegas Sun Feb. 18, 2016 story by Megan Messerly:

“How to caucus” (Democratic Party Edition)

“Check online at nvdems.com/caucus to find your caucus location. Show up at your caucus site at 11 a.m. Saturday. The caucus will start at 11:30 a.m., and you must be in line by noon to participate.

After arriving at your caucus site, you will either sign in or register to vote if you are not a registered Democrat. After the precinct chair counts the number of people in attendance, you will cluster with other supporters of your chosen candidate on a certain side of the room or say that you are undecided.

After that, supporters of candidates can try to persuade caucusgoers into their groups, and people are then given a chance to move. Once the groups are established, the number of delegates awarded to each candidate is determined. Groups then elect delegates to attend the county convention on April 2.”

Daily Frame contributor artist Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty-five years.

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

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February 19, 2016

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“Feeling the Bern”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Bernie Sanders Campaign Rally
Canyon Springs High School
December 28, 2015 | video *

The run-up to the Nevada Caucuses is in its final moments. In this presidential cycle, the Nevada Democratic  and Republican parties will hold their caucuses on separate dates.

Democratic Party Caucus 
Saturday, February 20 | 11 am
More information on party website
how to caucus (video)

Republican Party Caucus 
Tuesday, February 23 | between 5pm-7pm  (may vary by county)
More information on party website
how to caucus

* the Senator’s remarks begin at the 11:35 mark.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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February 18, 2016

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“Vdara View”
Photograph and text by Brytnee Avery

The Vdara provides locals a little escape from their everyday lives while staying close to home. The Vdara Hotel & Spa is in the midst of Las Vegas with condominium, luxury style suites. The 20th floor offers spectacular views of the surrounding Las Vegas hotels that you know and love.

Hotel website

Brytnee Avery is a junior at UNLV, majoring in Journalism & Media Studies while minoring in communication. She is involved with organizations outside of the university including the off-road associations  Best In The Desert and SNORE.  She is currently an associate producer for the morning talk show at Channel 13 and is training in radio broadcasting.

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

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February 17, 2016
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“Omelet House Interior no. 3 “
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
2160 West Charleston

“Good Morning Breakfast Lovers”

Omelet House
7 AM to 3 PM.
7 days a week except Thanksgiving & Christmas.

Greeting and information from Omelet House website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner may some day try the “The Spartacus” omelet – no. 28 on the menu: “A Kirk Douglas Special, stuffed with asparagus, mushrooms, cheddar cheese, and special cheese sauce on the side, upon request.”

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February 16, 2016

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“Nevada Science Bowl”
Photograph and text by  Nicole Soto

The top two teams in the Nevada Science Bowl competed on the set of Las Vegas PBS earlier this month on February 6. Reno’s Davidson Academy of Nevada defeated Las Vegas’ Clark High school. The championship lasted nearly 11 hours with competitions held all day. The final competition will air mid-March on Vegas PBS.

Davidson Academy won first place and a grand prize of $5000 for their science department. They also won an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. where they will represent Nevada in the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in April. 200 exceptionally gifted students from all over Nevada competed in this year’s 25th annual Science Bowl.

More: Nevada Science Bowl Facebook Page

Nicole Soto is a student in Journalism and Media Studies at UNLV. She aspires to become a multimedia journalist. She plans to graduate in the Fall of 2016.

Nicole was born in Naples, Italy and moved to Oahu, Hawai’i when she was four. She has always had a love of traveling and photography. In high school her nose was constantly buried deep inside an edition of National Geographic. After graduating from Pearl City High School in 2009 she moved to Las Vegas. She enrolled in the College of Southern Nevada to study photography and discovered journalism.

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

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February 15, 2016

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“St. Baldrick’s sets world record with Lepre-Con”
Photograph bySallie Douglas

September 13, 2016 KSNV News3LV Story by Jami Seymour reprinted in its entirety.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation broke a world record Saturday with the largest gathering of leprechauns.

More than 1,400 people participated in the Lepre-Con event to raise money for childhood cancer research.

The 1,466 participants dressed in their finest leprechaun costumes at Town Square Las Vegas, breaking the previous record set in Ireland in 2012.

However, the event was not just about breaking a record; the main goal was to help give kids with cancer a future.

The event kicked off with 9-year-old Hallie Driscoll shaving her head in honor of her sister who is currently fighting brain cancer.

Spectators had the chance to see leprechauns doing acrobatics and various tricks while also having the opportunity to participate in a 5k run/walk, see musical performances, and dance a classic Irish jig.

“We are thrilled to have collaborated with our dedicated Las Vegas volunteers to host this incredible event to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research,” said Kathleen Ruddy, CEO of St. Baldrick’s. “We thank our volunteers, participants, and the city of Las Vegas for finding new and creative ways to ensure every child has the happy and healthy childhood, and future, they deserve.”

Proceeds from the event will support childhood cancer research through the grants funded by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

To locate an upcoming head-shaving event or fundraiser in your area, or to donate or volunteer, visit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation website.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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February 14, 2016

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“Tule Springs Wildlife Moment no. 4”
Photograph  Ginger Bruner

Tule Springs is one of the larger urban retreats in the Las Vegas Valley. It is a significant desert ecosystem consisting of a series of small lakes that formed an oasis in this area of the Mojave Desert. Both the springs and the ranch are located within the Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs which is operated by the City of Las Vegas.

The area was home to numerous Native American visitors in the pre-Columbian period. More recently, it served as a guest ranch for out-of-state residents seeking to “live” in Nevada and gain access to its easy divorce requirements. Several of the ranch’s buildings remain, as do a few peacocks.”

Featured: Canadian Geese

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner makes frequent trips to the Valley’s natural environments.

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February 13, 2016

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“Future Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion”
Photograph  Ginger Bruner
Las Vegas and Riviera Boulevards
[April 2015 Google Street View – screen grab for future archival reference.]

“The Riviera (colloquially, “the Riv”) is a closed hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, Nevada, which operated from April 1955 to May 2015. It is owned by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which plans to demolish it to make way for convention and meeting facilities.

The hotel had over 2,100 rooms, less than half of which are located in a 23-story tower. The casino

The casino was first proposed by Detroit mobster William Bischoff as the Casa Blanca, and received a gaming license in 1952. Bischoff later withdrew from the project, which was taken over by Miami businessman Samuel Cohen. By March 1955, Cohen, identified as a member of Miami’s S & G gambling syndicate, was no longer part of the investment group, though rumors persisted that he secretly maintained an involvement. Harpo Marx and Gummo Marx held minority interests at the opening.

The Riviera opened on April 20, 1955 as the first high-rise and the ninth resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Liberace cut the opening ribbon, and became the first resident performer. The Riviera is one of the oldest and most famous casino resorts in Las Vegas. The Riviera also broke new ground in its design: previously, Strip resorts resembled roadside motor courts.

The opening of the Riviera, along with The Dunes and the Royal Nevada casino resorts within a month were the subject of a famous issue of Life Magazine, on June 20, 1955 with a Moulin Rouge showgirl on its cover. The headline was “Las Vegas—Is Boom Overextended?” and a story about how Las Vegas had built too many hotel rooms to be profitable.

The Riviera casino went bankrupt just three months after opening. A group of former Flamingo Hotel managers led by Gus Greenbaum took over operation of the property, leasing it from the ownership group.  Greenbaum had recently retired, and it was widely suspected that he was coerced to return to work by threats from Chicago mob boss Tony Accardo.

Among Greenbaum’s staff was entertainment director William Nelson, who was soon discovered to be mob informer Willie Bioff, leading to his murder in November 1955.

Greenbaum’s drug and gambling addictions led to his embezzling from the casino. In December 1958, Greenbaum and his wife were murdered in their Phoenix, Arizona home, reportedly on the orders of either Meyer Lansky or Tony Accardo.

Mob fixer Sidney Korshak played a major role in the property’s management.[10] Law enforcement agencies suspected that he represented the Chicago Outfit’s interest in the Riviera, and was responsible for skimming the casino’s revenue and delivering the proceeds to Chicago.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a big fan of the Marx Brothers.

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February 12, 2016

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”Construction Site – T-Mobile Arena”
Photograph and text by Michael Palmer
February 23, 2015
From the New York-New York parking garage.

Editor’s Note:  follow-up to yesterday’s  February 2015 photograph of the arena under construction, shot from the same spot. Both will be featured on the Daily Frame Archive in the near future. 

T-Mobile Arena is slated to open on April 6 of this year. The first event will be The Killers on April 6 followed by  Guns N’ Roses April 8-9. Other Events to be held at the Arena include concerts, UFC fights, boxing, college basketball games, and NHL preseason games. It is also in consideration for a future NHL franchise.

24 year-old Michael Palmer has lived in Las Vegas since the age of  3. He is an intern for UNLV’s Athletic Media Relations Department. He comments: “Sports is my life and I hope to one day work as a Sports Information Director.

On a related side note he adds: “My father played high school football with Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway.”

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

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February 11, 2016

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“#tbt: Construction Site – T-Mobile Arena”
Photograph and text by Michael Palmer
February 23, 2015
From the New York-New York parking garage.

T-Mobile Arena is slated to open on April 6 of this year. The first event will be The Killers on April 6 followed by  Guns N’ Roses April 8-9. Other Events to be held at the Arena include concerts, UFC fights, boxing, college basketball games, and NHL preseason games. It is also in consideration for a future NHL franchise.

Editor’s Note: a December 2015 photograph of the arena under construction, shot from the same spot, will be featured as tomorrow’s Daily Frame.

24 year-old Michael Palmer has lived in Las Vegas since the age of  3. He is an intern for UNLV’s Athletic Media Relations Department. He comments: “Sports is my life and I hope to one day work as a Sports Information Director.

On a related side note he adds: “My father played high school football with Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway.”

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

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February 10, 2016

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“Orleans Interior”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From our new “Blast from the Past Series.”
Orleans Hotel & Casino. October 2012

With Mardi Gras in mind, we launch a new series, “Blast from the Past” that will feature images from the “Our Las Vegas Archive.”

“The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of “Boeuf Gras,” or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies.

On March 2, 1699, French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville arrived at a plot of ground 60 miles directly south of New Orleans, and named it “Pointe du Mardi Gras” when his men realized it was the eve of the festive holiday. Bienville also established “Fort Louis de la Louisiane” (which is now Mobile) in 1702. In 1703, the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile celebrated America’s very first Mardi Gras.

In 1704, Mobile established a secret society (Masque de la Mobile), similar to those that form our current Mardi Gras krewes. It lasted until 1709. In 1710, the “Boeuf Gras Society” was formed and paraded from 1711 through 1861. The procession was held with a huge bull’s head pushed alone on wheels by 16 men.  Later, Rex would parade with an actual bull, draped in white and signaling the coming Lenten meat fast. This occurred on Fat Tuesday.

New Orleans was established in 1718 by Bienville. By the 1730s, Mardi Gras was celebrated openly in New Orleans, but not with the parades we know today. In the early 1740s, Louisiana’s governor, the Marquis de Vaudreuil, established elegant society balls, which became the model for the New Orleans Mardi Gras balls of today.

The earliest reference to Mardi Gras “Carnival” appears in a 1781 report to the Spanish colonial governing body. That year, the Perseverance Benevolent & Mutual Aid Association was the first of hundreds of clubs and carnival organizations formed in New Orleans.

By the late 1830s, New Orleans held street processions of maskers with carriages and horseback riders to celebrate Mardi Gras. Dazzling gaslight torches, or “flambeaux,” lit the way for the krewe’s members and lent each event an exciting air of romance and festivity. In 1856, six young Mobile natives formed the Mistick Krewe of Comus, invoking John Milton’s hero Comus to represent their organization. Comus brought magic and mystery to New Orleans with dazzling floats (known as tableaux cars) and masked balls. Krewe members remained anonymous.

In 1870, Mardi Gras’ second Krewe, the Twelfth Night Revelers, was formed. This is also the first recorded account of Mardi Gras “throws.”

Newspapers began to announce Mardi Gras events in advance, and they even printed “Carnival Edition” lithographs of parades’ fantastic float designs (after they rolled, of course – themes and floats were always carefully guarded before the procession). At first, these reproductions were small, and details could not be clearly seen. But beginning in 1886 with Proteus’ parade “Visions of Other Worlds,” these chromolithographs could be produced in full, saturated color, doing justice to the float and costume designs of Carlotta Bonnecase, Charles Briton and B.A. Wikstrom. Each of these designers’ work was brought to life by talented Parisian paper-mache’ artist Georges Soulie’, who for 40 years was responsible for creating all of Carnival’s floats and processional outfits.

1872 was the year that a group of businessmen invented a King of Carnival, Rex, to preside over the first daytime parade. To  honor the visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff, the businessmen introduced Romanoff’s family colors of purple, green and gold as Carnival’s official colors. Purple stands for justice; gold for power; and green for faith. This was also the Mardi Gras season that Carnival’s improbable anthem, “If Ever I Cease to Love,” was cemented, due in part to the Duke’s fondness for the tune.

The following year, floats began to be constructed entirely in New Orleans instead of France, culminating with Comus’ magnificent “The Missing Links to Darwin’s Origin of Species,” in which exotic paper-mache’ animal costumes served as the basis for Comus to mock both Darwin’s theory and local officials, including Governor Henry Warmoth. In 1875, Governor Warmoth signed the “Mardi Gras Act,” making Fat Tuesday a legal holiday in Louisiana, which it still is.

Like Comus and the Twelfth Night Revelers, most Mardi Gras krewes today developed from private social clubs with restrictive membership policies. Since all of these parade organizations are completely funded by their members, New Orleanians call it the “Greatest Free Show on Earth!”

Text from Mardi Gras New Orleans.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a frequent performer at the Orleans, as tubaist in the Celtic band Killian’s Angels at Brendan’s Irish Pub, and as a photographer for the annual Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend.

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February 9, 2016

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“Kili + Fili ”
Photograph and text by Ariana Erin de Castro
From a rare Tuesday edition of our “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series.”

Adopted from the local no-kill animal shelter, Nevada SPCA, these purebred Yorkies have been inseparable since birth. They can’t eat, sleep, or go outside without the other nearby. These brothers were continuously returned to the pound due to their lack of potty-training, but Kili and Fili (named after J.R.R. Tolkien characters in “The Hobbit”) are now fully-trained. The key to successfully training a puppy is having a lot of patience, just like sometimes, the key to happiness lies with two little dogs who look at you like you’re their world.

If you are interested in adopting a pet, please visit nevadaspca.org.

Ariana Erin de Castro is a junior at UNLV, studying journalism with a focus on print and advertising. She is also a creative writing minor and is working on her fifth short story and second poetry collection. Besides her passion for writing, Ariana loves photography, traveling, and reading.

You can see her book reviews, favorite recipes, photographs, DIY projects, and more on her blog, arianaerin.com.

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

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February 8, 2016

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“恭禧發財”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden

“The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. The festivities usually start the day before the New Year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the new year.

Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like its western counterpart, but with the major difference being that each house has a time-length of one year instead of one month.

This year it’s the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the cycle. The next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028.”

Text from the Telegraph, “Happy Chinese New Year 2016! Everything you need to know about the Year of the Monkey”.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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February 7, 2016

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“Range”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis 
From the “Las Vegas Skies” series.

“A mountain range is a geographic area containing numerous geologically related mountains. A mountain system or system of mountain ranges, sometimes is used to combine several geological features that are geographically (regionally) related. On Earth, most significant mountain ranges are the result of plate tectonics, though mountain ranges are formed by a range of processes, are found on many planetary mass objects in the Solar System and are likely a feature of most terrestrial planets.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Daily Frame contributor artist Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty-five years.

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

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February 6, 2016

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“Absinthe View no. 6”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Absinthe
February 4, 2016

Acrobatics (from Greek ἀκροβατέω, “walk on tiptoe, strut”) is the performance of extraordinary feats of balance, agility, and motor coordination. It can be found in many of the performing arts, sports (sporting) events, and martial arts. Acrobatics is most often associated with activities that make extensive use of gymnastic elements, such as acro dance, circus, and gymnastics, but many other athletic activities — such as ballet and diving — may also employ acrobatics.

Acrobatic traditions are found in many cultures, and there is evidence that the earliest such traditions occurred thousands of years ago. For example, Minoan art from c. 2000 BC contains depictions of acrobatic feats on the backs of bulls. Ancient Greeks and Romans practiced acrobatics[citation needed], and the noble court displays of the European Middle Ages would often include acrobatic performances that included juggling.

In China, acrobatics have been a part of the culture since the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Acrobatics were part of village harvest festivals. During the Tang Dynasty, acrobatics saw much the same sort of development as European acrobatics saw during the Middle Ages, with court displays during the 7th through 10th century dominating the practice.

Text from Wikipedia.

Some days, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner‘s life is a tight-rope walk.

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February 5, 2016

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“Absinthe View no. 5”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
February 4, 2016

”Imagine Cirque du Soleil as channeled through“Rocky Horror Picture Show” and painted by George Grosz. A blend of skill, erotic innuendo and zaniness. The memorable moments make a jaded audience literally gasp.”

– The New York Times

Absinthe, now in its fifth year, remains an irreverent and acrobatic work of shock and awe. “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner paid another visit last night to one of our favorite shows on the Strip.

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February 4, 2016

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“Saturday Morning Hike”
Photograph and text by Jennifer Hurtado

The Spring Mountain range is home to numerous caves. Many visit the range throughout the year to enjoy its spectacular vistas and natural surroundings.

“Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and be prepared with a flashlight because the caves are dark in some places.”

23 year-old UNLV Journalism student Jennifer Hurtado came to Las Vegas from El Paso, Texas five years ago. She recently completed an an internship with Univision Las Vegas. Her hobbies include collecting vinyl with her husband, photography, making soap, and discovering new coffee shops. She plans to become a broadcast reporter. 

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

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February 3, 2016

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“Roman Alexei”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

Roman Alexei, an American artist, was encouraged by his educator parents to follow his creative impulses to explore and develop his love of the arts.

Roman possesses a deep-seated desire to find new and innovative ways to create original pieces of art through his application of various mediums. His desire, both to depict the lives of individuals on the fringes of society and situations from his own personal experiences, is now at the core of his artistic style.”

Text from Jana’s Red Room website.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

About today’s Daily Frame she notes: This is Roman working on a paining of Bernie Sanders at Eden Gallery.”

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February 2, 2016

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“The Year of the Monkey”
Photograph by Nicole Soto
From the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden, decorated in honor of Chinese New Year. The New Year begins on February 8th.

“The Monkey (猴) is the ninth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Monkey is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol 申.

Occupying the 9th position on the Chinese Zodiac, the Monkey possesses such character traits as curiosity, mischievousness, and cleverness. Forever playful, Monkeys are the masters of practical jokes. Even though their intentions are always good, this desire to be a prankster has a tendency to create ill will and hurt feelings.

Although they are inherently intellectual and creative, Monkeys at times have trouble exhibiting these qualities. When that happens, they appear to others to be confused. But nothing could be further from the truth as Monkeys thrive on being challenged. Monkeys prefer urban life to rural, and their favorite pastime is people-watching.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Nicole Soto is a student in Journalism and Media Studies at UNLV. She aspires to become a multimedia journalist. She plans to graduate in the Fall of 2016.

She was born in Naples, Italy and moved to Oahu, Hawai’i when she was four. Nicole always had a love of traveling and photography. In high school her nose was constantly buried deep inside an edition of National Geographic. After graduating from Pearl City High School in 2009 she moved to Las Vegas. She enrolled in the College of Southern Nevada to study photography where she discovered journalism.

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

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February 1, 2016

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“Medical Corridor”
Photograph by Stephanie Helms

“The Women’s Cancer Center is a recognized leader in the fight against gynecological cancers including ovarian, breast and uterine cancer.

We recognize that our patients must walk a long, and often difficult road to better health.”

Text excerpted from Center website.

Stephanie Helms is a native Hoosier transplanted to Southern Nevada in 1991. She is Director of Business Affairs for a major global entertainment firm and owns two local family businesses. She is a wife, mom, entrepreneur, volunteer and cancer survivor who loves music, movies, baseball, books, and beets.

This is Stephanie’s first contribution to the Daily Frame.

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January 31, 2016

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“Near Baker”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
January 25, 2015
From the “Drive-by” Series

Baker was founded as a station on the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad in 1908, and was named after Richard C. Baker, business partner of Francis Marion Smith in building the railroad. Baker later became president of the T&T himself.

Baker was established in 1929 by Ralph Jacobus Fairbanks (1857–1942), who was an American prospector, entrepreneur and pioneer who established several towns in the Death Valley area of California, including Fairbanks Springs (1904–05) and Shoshone (1910).

As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 735.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner occasionally ventures out of Clark County.

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January 30, 2016

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“Noe at Work”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Text by Emily Burtz Hernandez
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” Series

Master Barber Noe Hernandez Jr. was born on South Padre Island, Texas. He spent most of his life in Chicago before moving to Las Vegas in 2004 to run Truefitt & Hill inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

He honed his craft with a straight razor in England working with the Royal Family. Specializing in hot towel shaves, he now has his own shop inside the Las Vegas Country Club, and has recently returned to Caesars to moonlight as their barber for Qua Spa.

He has two wonderful children from his first marriage. He married Emily Burtz on October 10, 2015. They have a delightful tiny terrier named Buddy.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner will be playing with Killian’s Angels tonight at Brendan’s Irish Pub at the Orleans Hotel & Casino.

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January 29, 2016

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“Workstations: 91.5 FM The Source”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The Daily Frame is pleased to launch a new series that highlights Las Vegans’ workplaces. In the near future we’ll be initiating a call via Twitter, Facebook inviting people to submit photographs from their job sites.

91.5 FM The Source: “Providing quality cultural, educational, informational, and entertainment programming to the Las Vegas valley and far beyond via our online streaming service. Additionally, KUNV 91.5 The Source offers UNLV students the opportunity to develop professional broadcast and media management skills.

We hope that you’ll enjoy 91.5 The Source so much that you’ll want to share it with your friends, your family, your co-workers, your neighbors … you get the idea!

KUNV 91.5 The Source is a broadcast service of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.”

Text from KUNV website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner and KUNV go way back. These days she is the producer-engineer of “Playing the Favorites” featuring fellow cultural landmark Nathan Tannenbaum (Friday evening 7 to 8). She is also a contributor  to Sunday night’s 9 to 11 program “Neon Reverb.”

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January 28, 2016

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“Newport Lofts (Detail)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Newport Lofts
200 Hoover Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner notices the details.

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January 27, 2016

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“Brent Holmes | Ignominious Refuse Installation”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Exhibition “Ignominious Refuse” through Friday, March 11, 2016
Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive, Las Vegas
Artist reception:  Friday, January 29 from 5:30-7:30pm

Text below from Clark County Parks & Recreation website.

“Ignominious Refuse,” Brent Holmes’ series of polaroid and digital imagery coupled with an installation composed of Doric columns positioned both on the ceiling and floor of the gallery.

The effects of the Latin world on ours are so intensely felt over 2000 years later, this exhibit posits “the ideal that still all roads lead to Rome but frequently they do so through Las Vegas.”

“Ignominious Refuse”, is an exhibition focused on the Latin ideologies of epicurean ideals through the philosophical views of Lucretius.

The artist states, “This series embarks upon a focus around Latin and Hellenic ideals and aesthetics while maintaining a contemporary eye. Holmes explores many of Lucretius’s themes through the “ancient” art of polaroid pack film, capturing random structures and objects to surmise the nature of things currently.

Tuba gigs permitting, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner will most likely be at the opening, camera blazing.

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January 26, 2016

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“Stratosphere Vista (From East St. Louis)”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
From the “Drive-by”series.

“The stratosphere is a region of intense interactions among radiative, dynamical, and chemical processes, in which the horizontal mixing of gaseous components proceeds much more rapidly than in vertical mixing.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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

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January 25, 2016

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“Thank Heaven”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Skies” and “Drive-by”series.

“The company’s first outlets (of convenience stores) were named “Tote’m Stores” because customers “toted” away their purchases. Some stores featured genuine Alaskan totem poles in front of the store. In 1946, the chain’s name was changed from Tote’m to 7-Eleven to reflect the company’s new, extended hours, 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, seven days per week. In November 1999, the corporate name of the company was changed from The Southland Corporation to 7-Eleven Inc.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner often gazes skyward.

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January 24, 2016

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“Taste (with Melanie)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Contemporary Arts Center, Soho Lofts.
“Taste”
through February 12 | Gallery hours: Thursday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m

“(Taste)  has a distinct Vegas feel. This is a city in which unrelated buildings share a sidewalk or wall—a tattoo parlor next to an accounting office next to a sewing shop. Turnover, flexible zoning and speed of construction result in surprising juxtapositions, wacky combos and glimmers of poetry. Taste, too, has a collaged quality. It’s a reminder that there isn’t a Las Vegas “school” of art so much as a profusion of artistic tendencies and styles.”

— From review by Dawn-Michelle Baude – “CAC’s Taste Showcases the Range of Talented Las Vegas Artists”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer and Contemporary Arts Center Board Member Ginger Bruner has been recently sighted at the Center’s recently opened gallery space.

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January 23, 2016

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“Rainbow at Blue Diamond”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

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August 2015 Google Street View – screen grab for future archival reference.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at City of the World Gallery and at Jana’s Red Room

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January 22, 2016

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“Cortez El”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
January 19, 2016

Final of three images captured in the space of a minute at the corner of 6th and East Fremont.

April 2015 Google Street View – for future archival reference.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner animates the Radiant City.”

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January 21, 2016

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“El Cortez – January Rain”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
January 19, 2016

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has a keen appreciation for “the longest continuously-running hotel and casino in Vegas.”

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January 20, 2016

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“The Beat. The Rain. Downtown.”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
January 19, 2016

Downtown Las Vegas. Independent coffee. Vinyl. Handcrafted food. Beer. Wine. Community.”

(At Emergency Arts, home to “Our Las Vegas” office | lab | studio suite.)

Google Street View
April 2015 Google Street View screen grab [for future archival reference}

Worth repeating: “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is on the beat.

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January 19, 2016

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“Newport (Lofts)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Newport is a seaside city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. The City of Newport is located approximately 37 miles south-east of Providence, 21 miles south of Fall River, and 74 milessouth of Boston. Known as a New England summer resort and for the famous Newport Mansions, it is the home of Salve Regina University and Naval Station Newport which houses the United States Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and a major United States Navy training center.

A major 18th-century port city, Newport now contains among the highest number of surviving colonial buildings of any city in the United States.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Newport Lofts
200 Hoover Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner knows her way around downtown.

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January 18, 2016

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“Onyx Stage”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Reservoir Dolls
Thu Jan 14, 2016 – Sun Jan 31, 2016
“Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 indie hit breakthrough gets an estrogen-fueled makeover with an all-female cast. A group of thieves assemble to pull off the perfect diamond heist.”

Onyx Theater
953 E Sahara Ave 16B E, Las Vegas, NV 89104

Review Journal review by Carol Cling:
‘Reservoir Dolls’ a gender-bending twist on Tarantino classic

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner hears the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd.

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January 17, 2016

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“Enchanted Arts Reverse Angle”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Follow-up to January 15th’s Daily Frame. While we retool our Archive, visit our Facebook feed to see the earlier photograph.

2407 Highland Drive.
Google Street View
April 2015 Google Street View [for future archival reference]

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

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January 16, 2016

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“Grand Opening”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Hundreds were in attendance last night as the Contemporary Arts Center launched its new, permanent space at 900 Las Vegas Blvd at the SoHo lofts. KNPR’s State of Nevada featured an interview with CAC President Melissa Petersen by Carrie Kaufman:

“Petersen says that the first exhibition is named ‘Taste.’ She explains that the art work that’s being displayed is just a  ‘taste of what’s out there in our contemporary art world here in Las Vegas.'”

LISTEN

READ – December 1, 2015 Las Vegas Weekly story by Kristen Peterson
“Contemporary Arts Center Returns with Permanent Home and New Exhibit Space.” 

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a CAC Board Member and ardent supporter of the arts in Las Vegas..

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January 15, 2016

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“Enchanted Arts (No Whaling) no.1”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

2407 Highland Drive.
Google Street View
April 2015 Google Street View [for future archival reference]

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner finds local treasures.

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January 14, 2016

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“Paris Chandelier”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“The earliest candle chandeliers were used by the wealthy in medieval times, this type of chandelier could be moved to different rooms. From the 15th century, more complex forms of chandeliers, based on ring or crown designs, became popular decorative features in palaces and homes of nobility, clergy and merchants. Its high cost made the chandelier a symbol of luxury and status.”

Text from Wikipedia

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner lights it up.

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January 13, 2016

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“Construction”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Infrastructure refers to the fundamental facilities and systems serving a country, city, or area, including the services and facilities necessary for its economy to function.  It typically characterises technical structures such as roadsbridgestunnelswater supplysewerselectrical gridstelecommunications, and so forth, and can be defined as “the physical components of interrelated systems providing commodities and services essential to enable, sustain, or enhance societal living conditions.”

Text from Wikipedia

As she makes her way through the Radiant City’s busy thoroughfares, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has construction and infrastructure in mind and in sight.

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January 12, 2016

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“Sahara Hotel Welcome”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré

“The theme was North Africa.  Statues of plastic camels and Arabs dotted the facade.  Inside there was the Congo Room (the showroom), the Casbah Lounge and the Caravan Room.  All that seemed to be missing was the Cafe Americain from Casablanca.  Life-size models of African warriors, spears held high, flanked the Congo Room entrance.  A nomadic caravan including camels was placed out front on the lawn.

The Caravan Room looked out over the pool terrace.  Like all the other hotels back then, the Sahara was basically a motel in form.  It had a low main building with a lobby and a casino in the front and the rooms to the sides.  The glassy restaurants such as the Caravan Room looked out not only on the pool area but the well manicured and landscaped lawns.  Lucius Beebe gushed ‘its twenty acres of landscaped ground with rare blossoms and shrubs to make even Boston’s Public Gardens look to its tulips.'”

Text from Classic Las Vegas: “The Swinging Sahara Hotel History – 1950s.”

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

About the photograph she notes: “Taken out NW, lots of horses and farm animals mixed with residential ranch style houses. This property has a variety of old plywood signs for fencing…”

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January 11, 2016

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“Today’s Morning Commute on Frank Sinatra”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
From the “Drive-By” series.
January 8, 2016

“Traffic congestion is a condition on road networks that occurs as use increases, and is characterized by slower speeds, longer trip times, and increased vehicular queueing. The most common example is the physical use of roads by vehicles. When traffic demand is great enough that the interaction between vehicles slows the speed of the traffic stream, this results in some congestion.

As demand approaches the capacity of a road (or of the intersections along the road), extreme traffic congestion sets in. When vehicles are fully stopped for periods of time, this is colloquially known as a traffic jam or traffic snarl-up. Traffic congestion can lead to drivers becoming frustrated and engaging in road rage.”

Text from Wikipedia.

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

Her artwork is exhibited at City of the World Gallery and at Jana’s Red Room

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January 10, 2016

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“Atlantic Site – #3”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Skies” series.

According to Wikipedia, “the invention of a post- or pillar-type fire hydrant is generally credited to Frederick Graff, Sr., chief engineer of the Philadelphia Water Works around 1801. It had a combination hose/faucet outlet and was of “wet barrel” design with the valve in the top.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has been monitoring signs of  soon-to-be underway construction of a new State building on Atlantic Avenue near Charleston. Stay tuned.

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January 9, 2016

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“16th & Franklin”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “In the Neighborhood” series.
January 7, 2016

Google Street view.

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

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January 8, 2016

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“January 7 Sky”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
From the “Las Vegas Skies” series.

Google Earth view from the Newport Lofts. [for future archival interest] 

Daily Frame contributor artist Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty-five years.

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

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January 7, 2016

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“Paris Hallway”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“The ground was broken for the Paris Las Vegas on April 18, 1997. The cost of the Paris was estimated at $760 million. Construction on the project began in May 1997 and was completed in April 1999. When the scale model of the Eiffel Tower was designed, it was planned to be full scale, but the airport was too close and the tower had to be shrunk. The scale is approximately 1:2. The property that the Paris Las Vegas is built on covers 24 acres. The hotel is 33 stories tall. A unique architectural aspect of the Paris is that the back legs of its Eiffel Tower actually come down through the ceiling into the casino floor.

Paris Las Vegas opened on September 1, 1999, with fireworks being shot from the Eiffel Tower. French actress Catherine Deneuve flipped a switch, turning on all of Paris’ lights, including the various crystal chandeliers in the main lobby.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Rumor has it, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner enjoys French Onion Soup.

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January 6, 2016

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“Karl and Tuffy” [l-r]
Photograph by Rain Barlow
From the Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series

The photographer and co-guardian of the two pooches writes: “Tuffy recently lost her companion of 11 years. Chance was her best friend. We were all sad. Karl came along and soothed our broken hearts. Tuffy loves to wrestle with him. Sometimes we all feel like Chance lives in Karl. He likes to hump his bear, bark at Tuffy and hang his head off the bed like a bird. All things that Chance used to do.”

Rain Barlow is a Massage Therapist and has lived in Las Vegas for 16 years. She hails from Idaho, land of the potato. She likes to paint, watch sunsets and walk her dogs.

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January 5, 2016

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“State Building Site”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Construction on Atlantic  Avenue on a new State building will soon begin. Stay tuned.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner keeps track of changes to the Las Vegas landscape – past, present and future.

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January 4, 2016

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“Therapy”
Photograph by Jon Winet

“Therapy is the attempted remediation of a health problem, usually following a diagnosis. In the medical field, it is usually synonymous with treatment, which is used more commonly than “therapy”. Among psychologists and other mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and clinical social workers, the term may refer specifically to psychotherapy (sometimes dubbed ‘talking therapy’). The English word therapy comes via Latin therapīa from Greek: θεραπεία and literally means “curing” or “healing”.”

Text from Wikipedia.

MORE:
“Therapy Is Good For Your Stomach and Your Soul”
July 21, 2015 restaurant review By Al Mancini

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet is convinced of the Radiant City’s therapeutic effects.

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January 3, 2016

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“Palms in Perspective”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“In Assyrian religion, the palm is one of the trees identified as the Sacred Tree connecting heaven, represented by the crown of the tree, and earth, the base of the trunk. Reliefs from the 9th century BC show winged genii holding palm fronds in the presence of the Sacred Tree. It is associated with the goddess Ishtar and is found on the Ishtar Gate. In ancient Mesopotamia, the date palm may have represented fertility in humans. The Mesopotamian goddess Inanna, who had a part in the sacred marriage ritual, was believed to make the dates abundant. Palm stems represented long life to the Ancient Egyptians, and the god Huh was often shown holding a palm stem in one or both hands. The palm was carried in Egyptian funeral processions to represent eternal life.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner sees the Radiant City through an impressive array of filters.

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January 2, 2016

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“Underpass Horses Near Blue Diamond”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

The “Our Las Vegas” team wishes all health and happiness in the New Year, with heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all the contributors to The Daily Frame!

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

Her artwork is exhibited at City of the World Gallery and at Jana’s Red Room

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January 1, 2016

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Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The “Our Las Vegas”team wishes all health and happiness – and their very own special pair of ruby slippers in the New Year.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a tireless and inspired chronicler of the Radiant City.  We are grateful to her and all the brilliant photographers whose contributions make the Daily Frame possible.

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