las vegas – Scapa LV http://scapa-lv.org/ Sun, 20 Mar 2022 04:01:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://scapa-lv.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/icon-4-150x150.png las vegas – Scapa LV http://scapa-lv.org/ 32 32 How to deal with the teacher shortage | IN RESPONSE https://scapa-lv.org/how-to-deal-with-the-teacher-shortage-in-response/ Sun, 20 Mar 2022 04:01:00 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/how-to-deal-with-the-teacher-shortage-in-response/ As a Review-Journal subscriber, an experienced high school teacher for the Clark County School District, and a member of the Clark County Education Association, I feel compelled to counter some of the assumptions you rely on to solve the problem of teacher retention and encouraging effective teaching. In your March 13 op-ed, “Teacher Shortages and […]]]>

As a Review-Journal subscriber, an experienced high school teacher for the Clark County School District, and a member of the Clark County Education Association, I feel compelled to counter some of the assumptions you rely on to solve the problem of teacher retention and encouraging effective teaching.

In your March 13 op-ed, “Teacher Shortages and the Status Quo,” you suggest that “subject knowledge” should be the main prerequisite for obtaining a teacher’s license, as opposed to merely ” degrees” obtained in teaching schools, that degrees obtained through education in school courses are mostly irrelevant to actual teaching, and that the lack of incentives to improve teaching is the fault of the “trade union rules”.

First, “subject knowledge” is not enough. “Knowledge of educational content” is also necessary, an idea first presented more than 30 years ago by Lee Shulman in “Those who understand: the growth of knowledge in teaching”. Pedagogical content knowledge “goes beyond subject knowledge itself to the dimension of subject knowledge for teaching”. This would include a thorough appreciation of the many ways in which learners progress and the many ways in which students typically misunderstand a given topic, as well as strategies for dealing with these challenges.

This brings me to the second point regarding schools of education. This is where student teachers first encounter ideas about child development, learning and broader ideas about subject acquisition. Students need teachers who plan lessons, orchestrate class discussions, and identify where students are coming from, sometimes on the fly, sometimes by carefully reviewing submitted written work. Schools of education promote challenging and challenging research into how people learn that forms the basis of eventual expertise that accompanies teaching experience. Schools of education usually rely on other schools or departments to properly prepare students for knowledge of a subject. If a new teacher cannot correctly factor a polynomial, please point the finger at the college math department, not the school of education.

Third, it is misleading to characterize the terms of agreements negotiated between unions and school boards as “union rules”. They are also “school board rules”. If the school board wishes to modify the terms and conditions, it may propose new ones.

Proven free market mechanisms for retaining workers include improving working conditions and increasing pay. I suppose my union leadership would gladly consider such proposals.

Thank you for reminding readers of this important issue. I just don’t agree that any reform informed by the assumptions you make to this issue will lead to solutions.

Kenneth Wright writes from Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Strip F1 race announcement ‘imminent’ https://scapa-lv.org/las-vegas-strip-f1-race-announcement-imminent/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 21:07:00 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/las-vegas-strip-f1-race-announcement-imminent/ An official announcement regarding a Formula 1 race on the Las Vegas Strip is “imminent”, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. With talks between local and F1 officials since last year, the person said a race taking place in Las Vegas was “very real”. With the 2022 F1 calendar already set, the […]]]>

An official announcement regarding a Formula 1 race on the Las Vegas Strip is “imminent”, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

With talks between local and F1 officials since last year, the person said a race taking place in Las Vegas was “very real”. With the 2022 F1 calendar already set, the race could take place in 2023 at the earliest.

Plans tentatively include pilots racing in and around the Strip, including areas around the Bellagio and further north. Portions of Las Vegas Boulevard would be temporarily closed to accommodate the race.

Earlier this year, this same person noted that the race would not be a one-off race and that the Las Vegas race is likely to become the flagship race for F1 in the United States.

The abundance of pedestrian bridges that cross the Strip at multiple points is seen as a valuable asset to the race, the person noted. They would provide prime locations for spectators to watch the race and eliminate the need for F1 to build temporary viewing structures.

F1 would be responsible for temporary road improvements, including sealing sewer manholes and adding concrete barriers along Las Vegas Boulevard.

The race would mark the first time Las Vegas has hosted a Formula 1 race since a 1981-82 race held in the parking lot of Caesars Palace.

Contact Mick Akers at makers@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2920. To follow @mickakers on Twitter.

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Sun Valley Opera has a final reminder for the winter | Events https://scapa-lv.org/sun-valley-opera-has-a-final-reminder-for-the-winter-events/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 19:15:00 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/sun-valley-opera-has-a-final-reminder-for-the-winter-events/ Sun Valley Opera will close its Winterfest 2022 with a “Diva Party & Concert” in Ketchum on Sunday, March 20, featuring Broadway artist Allison Blackwell. She will perform her show “First You Dream”, featuring songs from her biggest influences including composers George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, Carole King, Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim, and […]]]>

Sun Valley Opera will close its Winterfest 2022 with a “Diva Party & Concert” in Ketchum on Sunday, March 20, featuring Broadway artist Allison Blackwell.

She will perform her show “First You Dream”, featuring songs from her biggest influences including composers George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, Carole King, Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim, and performers such as Judy Garland, Barbara Streisand , Leontyne Price and Aretha Franklin.

She had the chance to play Franklin in the Broadway show “A Night with Janis Joplin” in 2014 to rave reviews.

Debuting on Broadway with the opera “Porgy and Bess”, she shared the stage with her idols Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier. It’s one of the first operas she remembers listening to, along with “Hansel and Gretel.”

During the early phases of “Pretty Woman: The Musical,” she helped grow the show into what it became, originating a starring role.

In Las Vegas, she starred in the original cast of “The Lion King,” one of her favorite shows, and was later invited to do the show on Broadway.

Blackwell recognizes the difficulty of realizing his dreams.

“We love what we do, but it’s physically and mentally very taxing to put on a consistent performance eight shows a week for an audience,” she said.

She has won numerous awards in her field, including one from the San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle.

“No matter what field you work in, it will be competitive,” Blackwell said. “I just think you have to be true to yourself, work your art and your craft. Don’t worry about rewards. Just be honest with yourself and give your best to your audience.

Before taking the stage, she sips honey and ginger tea, turning on the humidifier while warming up vocally and physically. Despite her expertise, she still feels anxiety before performing, she said.

“I’m nervous all the time,” Blackwell said. “Even though I’m well prepared, it’s still nerve-wracking.”

The reaction of the public puts her at ease.

Growing up, Blackwell listened to his father play the piano. Both of his parents were music teachers, now retired after 45 years. She saw her mother conducting orchestras. She started to play the violin, then to dance.

She gave lessons herself.

“I want to give them the lessons I’ve learned – the pitfalls, the joys, the successes – I hope to give them something they can use to become the best actor and performer they can be,” Blackwell said.

While studying at Spelman University, she majored in English, planning to become a lawyer. Taking a year off, she worked in Congress for Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a Representative from Ohio.

However, opportunities to sing continued to appear. After performing a concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2002 as a featured soloist, she realized it was her calling. She received her master’s degree at the Boston Conservatory and then moved to New York. The rest, as they say, is history.

“We have a lot of choices in our lives,” Blackwell said. “I think you should go for what you love to do. Sometimes it’s really scary. …I hope when I sing it inspires people to dream bigger. If you work hard, dreams can come true. 

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First Responder Training Center Gets $3 Million in Federal Funding https://scapa-lv.org/first-responder-training-center-gets-3-million-in-federal-funding/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 16:17:00 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/first-responder-training-center-gets-3-million-in-federal-funding/ A sprawling first responder training center in the northeast Las Vegas Valley has received $3 million in federal funding through President Joe Biden’s recently signed omnibus funding bill. Tom Kovach, executive director of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation, credited the senses. Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., for helping secure new funds […]]]>

A sprawling first responder training center in the northeast Las Vegas Valley has received $3 million in federal funding through President Joe Biden’s recently signed omnibus funding bill.

Tom Kovach, executive director of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation, credited the senses. Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., for helping secure new funds for the Reality Based Training Center, 7370 E. Carey Road.

“They understand the importance (of the training center) to the safety of everyone who lives and works here, as well as the tens of millions of people who visit here,” Kovach said.

The training center is expected to help first responders, including Las Vegas Valley police officers, better prepare for complex public safety threats such as acts of terrorism or a mass shooter like the one that killed 60 people. during the Route 91 Harvest festival shootout on October 19. 1, 2017. The project has been in the works for years and includes administrative offices, classrooms and simulators for training police officers, firefighters and other first responders. A larger, adjacent indoor tactical training village remains under construction. The $3 million in federal money will be used to help pay for the construction of the tactical training village.

Kovach said the foundation is actively trying to raise an additional $10 million to complete the first two phases of the project, covering all costs for the first two buildings which cover nearly 200,000 square feet of space. Donations are sought from the public, foundations and local governments to help pay.

Plans also call for a dramatic expansion of the training center in the coming years with the help of public funds. Officials have requested tens of millions of dollars from President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion U.S. bailout package, which would be doled out by the governments of Las Vegas, Clark County and Nevada if approved.

This money would also help fund a course on how to operate emergency vehicles. Nellis Air Force Base has set aside 200 acres of federal land off Hollywood Boulevard on the southeast perimeter of the base for the Vehicle Training Center. Police said this aspect of the project will help first responders train on patrol cars and SWAT vehicles, while firefighters will train on fire trucks and ambulances, and army personnel of the air will train on the vehicles of the air force.

Contact Glenn Puit by email at gpuit@reviewjournal.com. To follow @GlennatRJ on Twitter.

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Uncommon community, mall to open in Southwest Valley https://scapa-lv.org/uncommon-community-mall-to-open-in-southwest-valley/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 01:35:26 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/uncommon-community-mall-to-open-in-southwest-valley/ LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A new mixed-use community is looking to bring something unique to the Valley. Uncommons will soon be opening in Durango and 215 in the Southwest Valley near IKEA, and not too far from the future Durango Casino and Resort. The Durango Casino and Resort opened last week in Durango, but before […]]]>

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A new mixed-use community is looking to bring something unique to the Valley.

Uncommons will soon be opening in Durango and 215 in the Southwest Valley near IKEA, and not too far from the future Durango Casino and Resort.

The Durango Casino and Resort opened last week in Durango, but before it opens, a unique shopping experience is coming to the Southwest Valley.

“The biggest thing we bring to the Valley is a sense of community and belonging,” said Amalie Zinsser, Uncommons Community Manager. “We have a local cafe that we can’t wait to announce and Urth Cafe which will be the first location off the strip.”

Zinsser said other areas of the Valley like Henderson and Summerlin have their community centers and stores and Uncommons wants to be that for the Southwest with unique stores, bars and restaurants.

Several office buildings dominate the commercial area and several businesses have already signed leases.

“We have a full building that Draft Kings took over,” Zinsser continued.

She said that between Durango Casino and Resort and Uncommons, the Southwest has much to be excited about.

“Born and raised in Vegas and I was raised with Town Square, I was raised with Sunset Station and all of that had a big impact on how you can get together with friends, that’s another issue for Las Vegas and something we’re aiming to have and that’s community first,” Zinsser said.

People can expect art, music, and events like farmers markets to come to the area. As they get closer to opening, more and more retail businesses are also looking to set up shop in Uncommons.

Alisha Alexander of Speakeasy Candle Co. opens the cocktail-inspired candle shop and will be one of the first to open. She told 8 News Now that her store will not only be a unique experience, but also Uncommons.

“We’re made in Las Vegas,” Alexander said. “My life is in Durango, my kids go to school in Durango, my husband works in Durango, we are thrilled to have a footprint like this coming to our community.”

As construction continues on Uncommons, stores will be open throughout 2022, but the first stores plan to open by summer.

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The Las Vegas hookah lounge shooting happened at a birthday party; 2 dozen shots fired https://scapa-lv.org/the-las-vegas-hookah-lounge-shooting-happened-at-a-birthday-party-2-dozen-shots-fired/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 00:53:03 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/the-las-vegas-hookah-lounge-shooting-happened-at-a-birthday-party-2-dozen-shots-fired/ The saloon where 14 were shot did not have a proper license LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The suspect in last month’s shooting at an unlicensed Las Vegas hookah lounge is accused of firing at least two dozen bullets at people celebrating birthdays, according to court documents obtained by 8 News Now I-Team. The shooting happened […]]]>

The saloon where 14 were shot did not have a proper license

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The suspect in last month’s shooting at an unlicensed Las Vegas hookah lounge is accused of firing at least two dozen bullets at people celebrating birthdays, according to court documents obtained by 8 News Now I-Team.

The shooting happened around 3:15 a.m. on Saturday, February 26 at Manny’s Glo Afterdark Lounge on East Sahara Avenue near Maryland Parkway. At one point, a fight broke out between several people. At least one attendee was a known gang member, police said.

Demetreus Beard, 33, died from multiple gunshot wounds. Thirteen other people, including the man accused of shooting him, Lee Wilson, 44, were injured.

Several people pulled out guns during the scuffle, resulting in Beard’s death and a dozen injuries, police said. Wilson is the only named shooter.

Police learned that Wilson had been taken to a local hospital, but he refused to provide a statement to police, they said.

Lee Wilson faces charges of murder and attempted murder. (Credit: LVMPD)

Detectives determined the shooting started in a VIP area, which consisted of several couches, tables and booths. They located 25 casings in the area. There were also bullet holes in the walls, a table and sofas, police said.

Investigators then found video of Wilson at a pre-birthday party at the show. A witness later identified Wilson as the person in the video and as the individual he had seen in the hookah lounge at the time of the shooting.

Police then examined surveillance from inside the hookah lounge, showing the altercation and people running as shots were fired.

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Wilson faces one count of open murder and 12 counts of attempted murder with the use of a deadly weapon. He told a judge he had been shot six times in the exchange of gunfire.

During his first court appearance, a prosecutor said Wilson had an extensive criminal history dating back to 1995, including 82 arrests and nine felony convictions.

The county suspended the salon’s license after the shooting. When police notified the county of the shooting, it was learned that the lounge was serving alcohol and hookah and operating as a nightclub, all without the proper licenses.

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Silk Sonic is back on the Strip, just like the 70s https://scapa-lv.org/silk-sonic-is-back-on-the-strip-just-like-the-70s/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 22:39:00 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/silk-sonic-is-back-on-the-strip-just-like-the-70s/ Sonic Silk has passed the “two and send” test. How it works: While playing the album “An Evening With Silk Sonic”, somewhere during the second track, which is “Fly As Me”, you text a friend with the message: “You must download ‘Silk Sonic, now, and thank me later. I texted this during the song’s intro […]]]>

Sonic Silk has passed the “two and send” test.

How it works: While playing the album “An Evening With Silk Sonic”, somewhere during the second track, which is “Fly As Me”, you text a friend with the message: “You must download ‘Silk Sonic, now, and thank me later.

I texted this during the song’s intro bass riff. You could wait for the chorus, “I deserve to be, with someone as awesome as MEEEE!”

Letting the funk soar on Dolby Live, Silk Sonic is the 70s-tinged brainteaser of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak. The Silk Sonic show returns on Wednesday, runs all weekend, and is scheduled on select dates through May 29.

I don’t know who “Silk” is and who “Sonic” might be in the Mars-.Paak tandem, or if those roles are meant to be defined. No matter.

We know Mars is the international superstar who floored him during a five-year residency at the venue when it first opened as the Park Theatre. .Paak is his percussion, hip-hop, rap and groove partner. .Paak is also the former opening act for Mars on the “24K Magic” tour when the two became fast friends. .Paak hit the Vegas scene with an open throttle, spotted at Delilah (twice) and at David copper field, carrot top, “Love and Shim Lim’s shows. .Paak is such an entertaining personality. I don’t know who smiles more through this show, those dancing in the crowd or .Paak himself.

The Silk Sonic concept exploded in March 2021, with the hit out of nowhere, “Leave The Door Open”. Over the next few months, “Skate”, “Smokin’ Out The Window” and, in November, the full album had been released. A fully realized production was already being designed.

Mars was sure to rock the scene in Vegas. He presented his solo show since So long it actually predates its policy of locking phones. Because of this decision, which the headliner clearly appreciates, Mars now has two versions of a song called “I Took Your Phones Away.” The first, from his old show, is a ballad. The second beats like the latest dance hit debuting on “Soul Train.”

And that syndicated dance show from a bygone era is what a performance by Silk Sonic brings to mind. “Soul Train” like a bullet train (but without the Afro-Sheen Hair Food commercials). Even upon entering the venue, before being stripped of cell phone technology, you come across a 70s lounge outside the NoMad library and bar. There is a leather sofa with multicolored throw pillows and a Zenith-style solid-state TV. Where is the image of Don Cornelius in this concept? Found that.

The decor, emblazoned with giant multicolored stars, streaks of neon and rainbows, is breathtaking. The same goes for Mars’ choreography, .Paak and the four-man lineup that takes center stage. The dance moves, which copy Spinners and Pips, are complex, tight and demonstrated throughout the night.

Mars, in particular, didn’t have much time to learn a brand new dance performance while performing his residency production. But he did. This guy doesn’t do anything by halves. Come to think of it, do you know who can still perform these moves? Who lives and breathes them? Bouba Knight, an original Pip, Gladys Knight’s brother and a resident of Las Vegas. I just saw him throw it at The Nevada Room a month ago (and if you take that as a suggestion that Knight might join Silk Sonic onstage for at least one number, you’re fair).

The entire “Evening With Silk Sonic” album plays, including the Vegas-inspired “777” (Mars and .Paak are heard heading out to the Grammy Awards show next month). An album isn’t enough material for a full show, of course, so we’re getting a sample of originals from Mars. “Treasure”, “That’s What I Like” and “Runaway Baby” are dusted and shiny, like a pair of leather wingtips. The same goes for .Paak’s “Come Down”.

But really, it doesn’t matter if you know the nuances of the set list. The Silk Sonic show is like a trip back in time to a time when it was good to fit in, show up, show up and get in the groove. And to Mr. Mars, who sings about picking up our phones, we just call “Thank you!”

Paisley does the honors

Saturday night Brad Paisley finally met the couple who issued the 5 millionth marriage license in Clark County in February. We are talking about Mayra Ramirez and Luis Pantoja of Patterson, California. It turned out that Luis was wearing a Paisley tour shirt, given to him by Mayra, at the Marriage License Office and at the ceremony, both on February 20. ” show at the Encore Theater. He dedicated his hit song, “Then,” to the couple and caught up with them backstage.

During the show, the second of two sold-out performances, another couple were engaged as Paisley performed “Whiskey Lullaby”. The unidentified lovebirds were from Idaho, aptly known as the Gem State.

cool hang alert

The next move actually dates from the era mentioned by Silk Sonic. The R&B group was formed in 1972 in South Chicago and still plays in Vegas. Original members Cornell Haywood, Earl Shelby and Samuel Thomas Jr. celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary with a monthly residency at The Nevada Room at Commercial Center. The next performance is at 6 p.m. (dinner) and 7:30 p.m. (show) on Friday. The act harmonizes through the hits of The Temptations, Jackson 5, The Dells, The Chi-Lites and more. A group of four musicians and a three-course dinner are also on the menu. Visit vegasnevadarooms.com for tickets and information.

John Katsilometes’ column airs daily in Section A. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at jkatsilometes@reviewjournal.com. To follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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Saucon Valley’s Jones walks in the shoes of his idols in second place at PIAA 2A https://scapa-lv.org/saucon-valleys-jones-walks-in-the-shoes-of-his-idols-in-second-place-at-piaa-2a/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 23:46:00 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/saucon-valleys-jones-walks-in-the-shoes-of-his-idols-in-second-place-at-piaa-2a/ The realization hit Jake Jones at the same time as the spotlight. “In the middle of the run, I realized right away that I had been dreaming about it for a very, very long time,” Jones said of Saturday’s 2A Champions Parade. “This (the state tournament) is probably my earliest wrestling memory, my favorite part […]]]>

The realization hit Jake Jones at the same time as the spotlight.

“In the middle of the run, I realized right away that I had been dreaming about it for a very, very long time,” Jones said of Saturday’s 2A Champions Parade. “This (the state tournament) is probably my earliest wrestling memory, my favorite part of the year. I remember my dad taking us outside… When my brothers started high school, we started going out on Thursdays to watch the whole thing.

As a youngster, the Saucon Valley High School junior was wowed by the spectacle that accompanied the final day of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships.

“Finals was definitely the best part, watching the parade of champions and watching all my heroes,” said Jones, whose older brothers Josh and Jason were both state qualified. “I remember after every final game I was trying to get everyone’s autograph after I won.”

Jake Jones lived part of his dream Saturday afternoon at Hershey’s Giant Center. The rest will have to wait.

The Panthers junior was pinned by Frazier sophomore Rune Lawrence in the 172-pound final of the 2A tournament.

Lawrence, who won a state title at the same weight last winter, had a 9-0 lead after two periods and secured the fall in 4:43.

“He’s really big. It was really hard to get my under hooks,” Jones said of Lawrence, whose brother Thayne was a two-time PIAA champion and lost an all-time classic to Notre Dame’s Andrew Cerniglia in the final. 2020. “Hands down, he’s probably the strongest kid I’ve struggled with all year – maybe even all through high school, except Gavin Garcia (from southern Colombia) last year. He was incredibly strong, and it was very difficult to get to what I had to do.

Saucon Valley’s Jake Jones wrestles Frazier’s Rune Lawrence in the 172-pound weight class in the PIAA Class 2A Individual Wrestling Final on Saturday.Saed Hindach | For lehighvalleylive.com

Jones qualified for the States in each of his three seasons and ranked fourth at 172 as a sophomore.

“My goal this year was to do better than last year. In the grand scheme of things, I achieved that goal,” he said. “Of course I want to be state champion. I guess all of this is a stepping stone in the process of becoming a state champion one day.

Jones’ next competition will be in a slightly more exotic location than Hershey. He will participate in the Tallinn Open in Estonia.

“It definitely makes me want more,” he said of his runner-up finish. “In a week and a half I’m battling overseas in a freestyle and greco competition, Europe’s biggest tournament for young people…I’m excited to be back over there and competing and m ‘to improve.”

Then there’s the US Open in Las Vegas.

First, Jones, who helped the Panthers win the PIAA 2A dual-competition title, can pick up a pace to take advantage of the remarkable individual and tag team campaign just wrapped up.

“It’s definitely been a great season,” Jones said. “…It didn’t end the way I wanted, but I’m happy with everything that happened this year. I created good memories with the coaches and teammates.

Brackets

Class 2A

(Championship)

106 | 113 | 120 | 126 | 132 | 138 | 145 | 152 | 160 | 172 | 189 | 215 | 285

(Consolation)

106 | 113 | 120 | 126 | 132 | 138 | 145 | 152 | 160 | 172 | 189 | 215 | 285

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Kyle Craig can be reached at kcraig@lehighvalleylive.com.

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A show of Ukrainian stars is coming to the Strip https://scapa-lv.org/a-show-of-ukrainian-stars-is-coming-to-the-strip/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 02:18:00 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/a-show-of-ukrainian-stars-is-coming-to-the-strip/ The Kats! Office at the time of this writing is the red carpet entrance to “America’s Got Talent Live!” in Luxor. Show Creator Simon Cowell and judge of the TV show “AGT” Howie Mandel are in town to accept the key to the Las Vegas Strip, and also to review the show. Mandel asked earlier, […]]]>

The Kats! Office at the time of this writing is the red carpet entrance to “America’s Got Talent Live!” in Luxor. Show Creator Simon Cowell and judge of the TV show “AGT” Howie Mandel are in town to accept the key to the Las Vegas Strip, and also to review the show. Mandel asked earlier, “What if you lock your car key? I also want the Coat-Hanger for the Strip.

Howie is always on, believe it. More from this scene and beyond:

Ukrainian Stars Show Set

In April 2011, during the opening night of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, I experienced a premiere in Las Vegas. For the first time, I gave an act a standing ovation – twice. And that was even before the end of the act.

We are talking about the marvelous skater Aratas who spin endlessly, or Victor and Jenny Arata, amazing artists and proud Las Vegans. The couple are now a favorite act on “V – The Ultimate Variety Show” at the V Theater at the Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood. Email boxoffice@vtheater.com for tickets and details. Get there fast, as it should easily sell out.

The Aratas are preparing a star production of Ukrainian acts for their V Theater stage at 9 p.m. on March 31. Jenny’s family is originally from Kiev. Her sister was safely out of the country and is now in Poland.

The Aratas have participated in protest and support events in Las Vegas since the launch of the Russian invasion, including a Feb. 26 event on the Strip.

They have also been busy reaching out to actors in the war-torn region. Each act of the March will come from Ukraine. Balance Artist Vladimir Dovgan and acrobatic juggler Vladik Myagastupov (also a Cirque du Soleil touring artist) are signed. Rhythmic Gymnast World Champion Tamara Yerofeeva should also occur.

The artists present videos describing their hometowns. The Aratas will also perform.

As Jenny said on Saturday, “We will work hard to continually raise funds for Ukraine, because rebuilding will take years after the destruction that has been caused.” Jenny waves the Ukrainian flag at every show. “We have great support.”

Place for sweets

“You are truly unique. I’ve never met someone like you before,” was by Jeff Goldblum quick review of Melody Candy after Goldblum headlined two shows Saturday night at 24 Oxford at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Sweets donned a dress with a giant heart as a cape (and pulled smaller hearts out of her bra, tossing them to the crowd).

With Sweets offering curves and charisma, Goldblum and his band went through “My Baby Just Cares for Me”, “Love Me or Leave Me”, “Come On-A My House” and “Straighten Up and Fly Right”.

Goldblum riffed on Sweets’ name, “She’s Sweets, so sweets…” and the two displayed true chemistry onstage. Offstage there were bubbly conversations about the Rat Pack, Elvis and Jerry Lewis (Golblum spoke with Lewis about the role of Lewis’s son in “Max Rose” before the role went to Kevin Pollack).

Goldblum – a terrific jazz pianist – met each audience member before and after each show. We would support more of this show. The buzz about a possible return, even an extended engagement, starts here.

Keith in Utah

Sadness falls on the column as Randal Keith leave our town.

As Keith said on his Facebook page, “It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that I am leaving Las Vegas.” He was engaged for six months at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts at Snow Canyon State Park in Ivins, Utah.

We caught up with the great actor and bellowing baritone just after he arrived in town to open “Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular” at The Venetian. Keith also co-starred in “Showstoppers” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot”, both at the Encore Theatre; and in “Baz” at the Palazzo Theatre. Keith was known across the country as Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” on tour and on Broadway.

We’ve also seen Keith in several appearances as The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas, as part of The Phat Pack of former “Phantom” performers. bruce Ewing, Randal Keith and Kevan Patriquinwith Phil Fortenberry at the piano.

A particularly memorable show was a Phat Pack show several years ago for around 50 people at the Plaza Showroom. I said at the time that it was the best collection of talent in front of a small crowd that I had ever seen. Keith was just as awesome in Enoch Augustus Scott The production of Baritones of Love, another show that should play for the masses.

Keith said in his outgoing message, “I will miss the incredibly talented community I have been blessed to be a part of over the past 15 years.” Dozens of friends on the Vegas entertainment scene feel the same way.

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Level-Up at the MGM Grand offers live entertainment every night. sunday is flannel channel. This is a Cool Hang alert where we’re flying a bit blind, having not experienced the place with music, but getting there anyway. We like the concept.

John Katsilometes’ column airs daily in Section A. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at jkatsilometes@reviewjournal.com. To follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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Safety Concerns at SDCC Valley-Wide Schools https://scapa-lv.org/safety-concerns-at-sdcc-valley-wide-schools/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 06:56:55 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/safety-concerns-at-sdcc-valley-wide-schools/ LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — From bringing possible weapons to school to group fights on campus to two lockdowns that had to be enforced at Desert Oasis High School this week. 1 adult, 1 teenager arrested, 9 others cited after 2nd consecutive lockdown at Desert Oasis HS At Thursday night’s school board meeting, many parents and […]]]>

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — From bringing possible weapons to school to group fights on campus to two lockdowns that had to be enforced at Desert Oasis High School this week.

At Thursday night’s school board meeting, many parents and teachers expressed the need for change.

Community and school leaders calling for increased school safety and student discipline at Thursday’s board meeting.

Tommy Burns, a police and security consultant, has watched what is happening in schools and agrees security is in desperate need of a boost.

“I think the school district needs to look at putting more school police on those campuses, which means they need to increase their numbers because obviously there’s a problem,” Burns said.

The incidents at Desert Oasis High School this week are one of them.

“Even though they have to mix some security with that, private security with school police to try to stop some of the issues that we’re having,” Burns added.

Fred Hutchison is a retired SDCC police officer and parent and says he would like to see more security features installed to ward off intruders.

“Not enough cameras. More visibility to look in the corridors. Someone is monitoring these cameras because there is not a single monitor they are recording,” Hutchison said. “See who comes and goes from campus. Secure the exterior perimeter doors and perhaps put alarms on the doors. »

Three weeks ago, 8 News Now obtained a report from SDCC indicating that there had been more than 5,000 reported violent incidents this school year. A new figure updated this week reveals that the number of violent incidents is over 6,000.

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