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UNLV Wind Orchestra Provides 5th Annual “President’s Concert” Nov. 15

The award-winning, 10-time Grammy-nominated UNLV Wind Orchestra provides its fifth Annual UNLV “President’s Show” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall. Functions to be performed consist of John Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” and “Experiences in the world”; Charles Gounod’s “Soldier’s Chorus” and “Avant de quitter ces Lieux”; Johann Strauss’ “Nur Fort”; Morton Gould’s “Excitement for Flexibility”; and W. Francis McBeth’s “They Hung Their Harps in the Willows.”

Signing up with professor Thomas Leslie, creative director and conductor of the UNLV Wind Orchestra, are guest conductors Col. John R. Bourgeois, director emeritus, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and Lt. Col. Dr. James Bankhead, former conductor/commander, United States Flying Force Band. The performance likewise includes visitor speaker teacher Clarence Gilyard; baritone musician Richard Hodges; and UNLV Wind Orchestra associate director Zane Douglass.

As part of this special tribute to the service males and females of the U.S. Armed Forces, all profits from the concert will be contributed to the UNLV Rebel Veterinariansfund. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at pac.unlv.edu or by calling 702-895-ARTS (2787). Discounts are readily available, and veterans are complimentary.

Caroline Kennedy Emphasizes UNLV Foundation Annual Supper

UNLV leadership welcomed more than 900 visitors to the UNLV Structure Yearly Dinner at the Bellagio Oct. 8. Guests– some of UNLV’s most prominent fans– concerned commemorate philanthropy with speaker Caroline Kennedy, previous U.S. Ambassador, lawyer, and best-selling author.

Here are five takeaway moments from the sold-out event.

1. A Place of Opportunity

UNLV President Marta Meana inspired with a speech about why she picked to operate at UNLV more than 21 years back– and why she is still passionate about it today.

” I picked UNLV specifically because it was not like those recognized organizations. It was dynamic and generous of spirit and ripe for a million chances to grow and develop in groundbreaking ways,” she said to applause.

” What I fell for then, and what I still feel fervently about today, is that UNLV continues to break with chance! It is nontraditional. It is plain. It is future-oriented … terms that likewise describe the city of Las Vegas– and obviously, that is no coincidence.”

2. Growing Together

Meana and UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Greg McKinley honored 8 brand-new members of the Palladium Society, which acknowledges philanthropists who have actually given a cumulative $1 million or more to UNLV.

” A lot of you have poured your energy, your imagination, and yes, your funds into producing UNLV,” Meana informed the ballroom filled with benefactors. “You did it with the exact same spirit and audacity that built the city of Las Vegas, the most enterprising city anywhere. And we are so grateful.”

McKinley, ’80 BS Accounting, added, “I am very happy to be part of the Las Vegas neighborhood– a neighborhood where visionaries, like much of you in this space, have actually made the difficult, possible. Thank you for sharing in the promise, and excellent prospective, of UNLV. Together we have the chance to make sure that this university has a bright future for generations to come.”

The honorees were: Barrick, Dunn Household Foundation, Mark and Gloria Fine, Huntsman Foundation, Mel and Marilyn Larson, The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Structure, Stuart and Flora Mason, and Edward D. Smith.

3. Impacting Students

The new Palladium Society members were commemorated on stage and in a video tribute featuring the students and programs straight taking advantage of their support.

4. Joining Through Education

Included speaker Caroline Kennedy provided a sincere speech about the significance of education in her life.

” My household shared a sense of intellectual interest and a love reading and of history,” Kennedy said. She described how her uncle Ted Kennedy (previous U.S. Senator) would take her and her cousins on trips as kids to teach them American history. “Everything was about education; we were finding out all the time, and it entered into our lives.”


Golden Rainbow’s annual Ribbon of Life show goes on at SLS


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Image”/ > Christopher DeVargas Dancers rehearse for Golden Rainbow’s approaching annual Ribbon of Life advantage program, happening on June 24 at the Foundry at SLS Las Vegas.

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. When the folks at Golden Rainbow, the grass-roots nonprofit company that provides housing, monetary support and other assistance to Southern Nevadans coping with HIV and HELP, got together to plan this year’s Ribbon of Life fundraising production, the focus was on a Broadway program. After all, last year’s occasion was a Vegas all-star version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

However the many different local performers who line up to offer their time and take part in Ribbon of Life– integrated with this year’s place, the contemporary display room and concert hall the Foundry at SLS– dictated that the production must return to its variety show-style traditions.

” Doing a Broadway program was consulted with fantastic anticipation and excitement, but all the magicians, jugglers and comedians were wondering, where do we fit in?” states Gary Costa, Golden Rainbow’s executive director. “So we said let’s return to the range show format and actually highlight the talent and incredible variety of performers who put in their time every year.”

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Dancers reherse on stage for Golden Rainbow's upcoming annual Ribbon of Life benifit show, Wed June 20, 2018. This year's show takes place on Sunday June 24th, at The Foundry inside SLS Las Vegas. Practice Sessions for Golden Rainbow’s Ribbon of Life Thumbnails Gallery The result is called “The Program Should Go On,” an original show with all live music (and a British Intrusion style) set for Sunday afternoon at SLS. Entertainers from”Baz”at Palazzo, Human Nature at Venetian,”Zombie Burlesque”at Planet Hollywood, Spiegelworld’s programs “Opium” and “Absinthe,” Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity, “Mystere” and “The Beatles LOVE,” “Tenors of Rock,” Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas, “Dream” at Luxor, burlesque programs “X Country” and “X Rocks” and much more will take part in the show, featuring music by George Michael, the Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John and Queen.

The cast of 150 includes performers from approximately 30 various programs. Las Vegas entertainers from on and off the Strip love to take part in the annual fundraising production because it provides the chance to step out of the box, to do something different from their daily onstage grind.

“It’s likewise fantastic to view how they integrate and join a cast with their buddies,” states Ribbon of Life producer Pietra Sardelli. “Without exception the performers have actually constantly been so grateful to us for putting on the show and enabling them to carry out, and it’s fascinating because we cannot do this show without [them] and here they are thanking us.”

Ribbon of Life is likewise a great way to construct awareness for Golden Rainbow’s mission, which continues to evolve. Costa states the company wased established as a way to supply financial support for those who had fallen on hard times due to managing HIV and AIDS, and as medication and treatment strategies have actually enhanced and kept clients alive longer, the need for other services has grown.

“We are seeing an increase in the variety of individuals who wish to return to society. Their bodies have actually recuperated after they might have been on disability for a number of years and numerous need to go back to work,” he says. “So Golden Rainbow has expanded our objective to just offer real estate and financial help but programs designed to help individuals take part in much healthier practices and preserve their health and augment their medications, as well as meditation and yoga and classes like that, and programs that offer chances to return to work. There are job training programs that can help spend for extra education or specific types of training.”

The 32nd annual Ribbon of Life “The Program Need To Go On” production will be performed at 1 p.m. June 24 (the red carpet reception and silent auction starts at 11 a.m.) at the Foundry at SLS Las Vegas (2535 Las Vegas Blvd., 702-761-7000). Tickets start at $45 with proceeds going to Golden Rainbow and more info can be discovered at goldenrainbow.org.

Hospitality students include an unique touch to 44th annual UNLVino fundraising event


Zoe Sephos serves chicken and waffle skewers to visitors throughout a food tasting day at UNLV’s Hospitality Hall Wednesday, March 7, 2018. The tasting becomes part of the preparation for UNLVino, a wine, food, and spirits celebration, set up for Saturday, April 14.

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to work UNLVino for the previous two years, however given that she’s enrolled in the UNLVino class– the culminating course for many hospitality students– she’s much more involved this year. She’s completing an internship with the Hakkasan Group and preparing a profession in dining establishment management. “I delight in cooking however I do not believe I want to go that route, but I still wish to be around it,” she stated. “I’ve constantly thought of opening my own restaurant however that’s way further down the line.”

When you bite into a candied apple at UNLVino– a Hawthorne apple, so each partygoer has their own whole, mini-apple to delight in– you’re taking pleasure in Kraft’s handiwork.

“A great deal of these meals have to do with trends, things the trainees like or things they’ve seen,” said Mark Sandoval, the college’s executive chef and a veteran of a few of the most well-known restaurants in Las Vegas, including those by Joël Robuchon and Wolfgang Puck. “I’ve done the occasion so many times, I don’t want to come up with stuff. They create a dish and it’s on the menu so they have a vested interest. It makes it more fun for the students, and for the a lot of part they like to head out and eat so they understand what’s trendy.”

Since UNLVino is an event where everybody is walking around while sipping and snacking, the students’ dishes are usually one or two bites each, although there will be a street taco station this year. They developed 30 parts of each dish for the March tasting; they’ll do 2,000 parts of each appetizer for the occasion at the Keep Memory Alive Center in downtown Las Vegas.

Assistant professor Todd Uglow, who leads the UNLVino class with Sandoval, said about half the trainees in the class go on to careers in food & & beverage and half pursue event tasks. No matter what course they choose, dealing with UNLVino will be a developmental experience.

“Every year I have students return to me and state, ‘This is way more than I expected,'” Uglow stated. “We aim to prep them by showing them pictures and products from years past however it’s never ever enough. But you can’t get this far without a great deal of hands-on experience. For the a lot of part, these are individuals who know exactly what they’re doing.”

The class isn’t just about cooking and serving food and beverages– there’s a huge marketing method that students like Summer season Horvath help with. “I have actually been operating in hospitality since I was a freshman in high school and I much like the marketing side of it, but I haven’t been exposed to public relations as much so I wanted to learn more about that,” she stated. “But also my uncle has worked for Southern [Glazer’s Wine & & Spirits] so I have actually absolutely been exposed to wine tastings and UNLVino.”

The state’s leading drink circulation business has actually been a partner in UNLVino considering that its starting occasion in 1974 at Southern’s warehouse, a small wine tasting developed by Senior Managing Director Larry Ruvo and former College of Hospitality Dean Jerome Vallen.

Of course, the trainees aren’t the only ones who will be dishing it up at UNLVino, and in truth this year’s event boasts an all-star lineup of chefs and restaurateurs. Amongst the participants are Scott Conant of the brand-new Masso Osteria at Red Rock Resort, Charles Phan of the Online forum Shops’ coming-soon dining establishment The Slanted Door, Hubert Keller of Burger Bar and Fleur at Mandalay Bay, Brian Howard of Sparrow & & Wolf and Paul Bartolotta, previously at Wynn Las Vegas and currently running his dining establishments in Wisconsin. Momofuku, RM Seafood, Bouchon, District One, Libertine Social and Lotus of Siam are among other participating dining establishments.

UNLVino will happen starting at 7 p.m. on April 14 at the Keep Memory Alive Occasion Center inside the Cleveland Center Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Tickets start at $100 and can be bought at unlvtickets.com with proceeds going to the College of Hospitality.

The 18th annual Latin Grammys captivate MGM Grand Garden Arena

Nobody at MGM Grand Garden Arena was amazed when “Despacito” took 4 trophies at the Latin Grammy Awards on November 16– the greatest night in Latin music was definitely going to recognize one of the biggest Spanish-language singles ever to strike the worldwide charts. But the rest of the musical event had lots of remarkable performances, astonishing award presentations and memorable moments– including some extremely Vegas team-ups. Henderson resident Steve Aoki and Marquee Club artist French Montana helped amp up an efficiency by J Balvin and Bad Bunny, and Wynn Nightlife super star Diplo became part of a show-closing ensemble (along with Bomba Estéreo and Victor Manuelle) that carried out Luis Fonsi’s smash “Despacito.”

Bringing awareness and aid to Puerto Rico was the focal point of the 18th-annual awards event, which opened with a minute of silence followed by Puerto Rican rap phenom Residente– who scored nine nominations and won two awards– performing “Hijos de Cañaveral.” Alejandro Sanz received the 2017 Latin Recording Academy Individual of the Year award, and Hamilton playwright Lin Manuel-Miranda was granted the President’s Benefit Award.

Among the surprises were bachata-pop singer-songwriter Vicente García snagging 3 Latin Grammys and actor-salsa vocalist Ruben Blades winning two times for the album he recorded with Roberto Delgado & & Orquesta– consisting of the coveted Album of the Year award, where the veteran performer won out over stiff competition from Juanes, Shakira, Nicky Jam and Residente.

Jeff Leibow’s annual NF Hope concert is growing beyond Las Vegas


Ira Kuzma”Jersey Boys”cast members(consisting of Jeff Leibow, center) at the NF Hope performance in 2014.

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. When previous “Jersey Boys” star Jeff Leibow arranged the first NF Hope benefit concert in Las Vegas in 2011, he was hoping the event would develop into something more than a yearly awareness and fundraising event for the Neurofibromatosis Network, a company devoted to households and people struggling with the obscure however prevalent congenital disease.

“I hoped, but it wasn’t up until after the 2nd year that I believed it could be a reality,” Leibow states. “I just [believed] wouldn’t it be cool if we could do this in cities across the country every year, maybe a couple lots, and I never really let that go. I hoped quietly to myself I would see the seventh and 8th and ninth and 10th concerts, and now we’re seeing it end up being reality.”

Leibow left “Jersey Boys” in 2014 to end up being the director of advancement for the Chicago-based network and the organizer of the benefits, which are just now breaking out of the Las Vegas market. The first NF Hope performance in New York was kept in Might and the inaugural Chicago event is set for April.

Meanwhile, the seventh yearly Las Vegas show is set for 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Palazzo Theatre, with entertainers consisting of Clint Holmes and Kelly Clinton, Mark Shunock and Cheryl Daro, the stars of “World’s Greatest Rock Program” at the Stratosphere and “Tenors of Rock” at Harrah’s and more. Regional radio personality Chet Buchanan will host and ticket information can be found at nfhopeorg.

Leibow and his partner, Melody, will perform also, continuing with a custom of singing a song selected by their 8-year-old daughter Emma, who was identified with Neurofibromatosis when she was 9 months old. “Normally the song comes from a film she’s delighted about, so this year we’re doing ‘True Colors,’ the Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick version from ‘Giants,'” Leibow states. “She actually has a knack for choosing the ideal song for the concert, and this will be an excellent one to sing.”

Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder of the nerve system characterized by tumors that can grow on any nerve in the body without caution. It impacts around 128,000 individuals, more common than cystic fibrosis, genetic muscular dystrophy, Huntington’s disease and Tay Sachs integrated.

Leibow says Emma has about 30 growths that they’re aware of and went through a comprehensive surgical treatment over the summertime, but she’s doing extremely well. “If you saw Emma on the street you probably wouldn’t think a lot of it, but that’s not constantly the case with NF,” he states. “Even if somebody looks best on the exterior doesn’t imply there isn’t really something going on, which’s always been the most significant challenge in getting support. NF reveals itself in various ways. However even if it isn’t really among the much better supported illness out there doesn’t indicate it doesn’t require aid.”

The Las Vegas occasion is assisting in a different method this year, with a part of its earnings going to the Path 91 shooting victims’ fund. For Leibow, it was a natural choice.

“This concert is born in Las Vegas and I’m happy that NF Hope will constantly have actually been established in this city. Individuals and performers in this city have actually been so kind and generous and encouraging over the years, and I have actually only been here 9 years however I feel like I was born here,” he states. “This is a really good chance to commemorate that and return to the people who need it today. And knowing we stopped to pay homage to this city and back up its individuals is important and required.”

AFAN’s 31st annual Black & & White Party goes back to the Hard Rock Hotel


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Antioco Carrillo has been attending AFAN’s annual Black & & White Party for “as long as I can keep in mind,” he states, most likely for more than 20 years. For the last 5, he’s been the executive director of Aid for Aids of Nevada, the earliest and largest AIDS service company in the state (founded in 1984).

In 2015, for the party’s big 30th anniversary, it moved from its most frequent house at the Hard Rock Hotel to take Aria for a spin. While it was still an extremely effective occasion, Carrillo enjoys to bring the celebration– one of Las Vegas’ favorite nonprofit occasions of the year– back to the Acid rock on Saturday, August 19, for its 31st edition with a “New Orleans Soirée” theme. (Tickets start at $65, the opening VIP reception starts at 7 p.m. and information can be discovered at afanlv.org.

“We’re extremely fortunate to have a collaboration with the Acid rock. They bend over in reverse to assist us and ensure we have a successful occasion,” Carrillo says. “Aria sort of hired us actively [last year] and it was a terrific idea. This event is truly a locals’ event, though we love to have tourists attending, however many people are residents and it’s just much easier to go to the Acid rock than the Strip, specifically with some [residents] worried about parking and things. The Hard Rock is our house.”

AFAN 30th Anniversary Black & White Party, August 23 Launch slideshow” As soon as once again”The Duchess of Decadence”Norma Llyaman will play host

for Black & White, which will include lots of food and drinks, a quiet auction– in 2015’s raised more than $140,000– and efficiencies from “Absinthe”star Tune Sweets, cast members from other Strip shows “Human Nature, “”Baz: Star Crossed Love “and” Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas, “acrobats Brandon Scott and TJ Stutts and DJ Axis. The opening reception will feature additional efficiencies from Pia Zadora, Michelle Johnson and more.(VIP tickets start at$ 85. )In the pantheon of Vegas charitable

occasions, the Black & White Celebration is the ensured good time, particularly known for the frequently risqué costumes guests use to celebrate.”It is a great celebration and we’re lucky so many individuals anticipate it every year. We’re honored to have a great deal of people supporting us,” states Carrillo.” But in the background is that this is an excellent way to continue creating awareness for out neighborhood and how we’re still handling AIDS. It’s not gone.”

For 33 years, AFAN has been offering health proficiency, assistance and advocacy for Southern Nevadans living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Its programs consist of direct customer service, food and nutrition, avoidance and education and community outreach.

“The method we see HIV has moved,” Carrillo states. “It used to be education and workshops and speaking to individuals about condom usage and all those things that are essential for individuals to end up being mindful, but eventually the national technique moved and we are looking at a brand-new way, which is getting tested. The faster you know, the quicker you enter treatment and stabilize your health so you can live a longer and healthier life. And we’re here to help in everybody and anybody accessing those services.”

Spirit Rampant at Marcus & & Millichap ' s Annual Reconnaissance Retail Discussion

The Marcus & & Millichap Retail Trends discussion is always one of the best barometers of the mood at ICSC’s RECon– and this year’s 16th yearly discussion held by the brokerage was positively celebratory, with just a few little caveats cautioning lenders and designers not to get too overconfident about the good times.

Unlike the previous realty cycle during the 2000s, the Marcus & & Millichap execs think the current economic growth has underlying strength from well balanced basics and more disciplined underwriting, said president and CEO John Kerin. He noted the total number of net lease transactions was 21 % greater this year than the peak of last cycle, while multi-tenant retail offers are still on the upswing, falling short of their 2006 peak by a mere 5 %.

“Fundamentals are extremely, really favorable and the side effects of overdevelopment is nowhere to be seen today,” stated Kerin. “We prepare for the market will continue to be strong for the foreseeable future,” he outlined 500 attendees who gathered for the yearly discussion at the Renaissance Hotel beside the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The panel moderated by Bill Rose, vice president/national director for Marcus & & Millichap’s National Retail Group, included Randall A. Young, senior vice president/real estate advancement of The Fresh Market; David Todd, vice president, U.S. retail financial investment of Prudential Realty Investments; John A. Kite, chairman/CEO of Kite Realty Group, Gary B. Sabin, chairman/CEO with Excel Trust, Inc.; and Hessam Nadji, senior executive vice president for Marcus & & Millichap

. All the panelists concurred that the growth is nowhere near the end of its run, although some varied on how they expect it to play out.

“People are worried about increasing cap rates today, but the fact is we’re in a low-return environment, so that’s helping drive extremely restricted new supply,” said Kite. “I feel actually favorable. We’re in a pretty good cycle now, however we’re constantly stressed over what’s around the corner.”

The combination of the rally in need and the pullback in construction for more than 5 years after a number of years in which developers constructed 100 million to 150 million square feet of brand-new retail area has actually brought job back into balance in markets throughout the U.S., Marcus & & Millichap’s Nadji said.

“Retail supply and need principles look wonderful,” stated Nadji. “The issue today is, we have almost 400 million square feet of new supply in the pipeline of planned new construction tasks coming out of the ground or in the approval procedure, the biggest because 2006. Just how much of that will be built simply as the economy slows and rate of interest increase? That’s the only danger I see to our very beneficial conditions,” Nadji stated.

Amongst the sellers in expansion mode is specialized grocer The Fresh Market, which operates 168 stores in 27 states and prepares for 12 % to 15 % development year over year in 2015.

“We’re seeing a fair bit of activity provided to us since the capital markets are so healthy and offered to designers and property managers alike– so we’re really hopeful about both our short and long-term development,” Young stated. “We’re seeing many very-affordable deals existing to us.”

“I do worry about being overconfident and (the marketplace becoming) over frothy, kept in mind Sabin, chairman/CEO of Excel Trust, Inc. “We believe you can get the most bang for the buck by mining your own portfolio– the gestation period is much shorter and it’s the greatest return on your financial investment. The reason we’re healthy now is because the banks, merchants and designers have actually been limited.”

Prudential’s Todd said he remains bullish on retail for near future, saying he thinks it’s really early in the expansion stage, and the capital markets will hopefully keep rampant property development in check.

“Designers are going to develop, so you have to seek to the banks to be the brakes,” Todd said.