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Thursday, April 8, 2010

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First posted 8-8-2009

Will Vegas ever see a pro sports arena?

Proposed major league indoor 20,000 seat or more stadiums for Clark County "Las Vegas" metro.

None of the proposals are for Major League Baseball.
All could house National Basketball Association or National Hockey League teams.
All would be public event, convention and multi-use vanues.

-13 acres across the street from this city hall
-Parcel P-Q over in Symphony Park (the northern end of the park),
— A $750 million facility is proposed on the north part of the Strip on the former Wet 'n Wild property by IDM, a Texas firm. That property is owned by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sue Lowden.
— A $448 million facility, led by a group formed by former County Commissioner Bruce Woodbury, is proposed for 10 acres owned by Harrah's behind the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino.
- A $600 million facility is being proposed on Las Vegas Boulevard South on 260 acres further south.

Further details are available in the Las Vegas Sun, the Las Vegas Review JournalLas Vegas Review Journal archieves, and in web reports from TV FOX 5 , various publication archives.

The questions remain:
Who will pay for it?
Can a professional franchise prosper in Las Vegas?
Will locals support their local team?
What will it cost taxpayers to solve travel, transportation and other infrastructure support costs?
Will any major league allow a Las Vegas based team as long as Nevada has sports gambling?

Ace Your Next Audition

How To Audition - Ace Your Next Audition
By Tim Waddell

Many, dare I say, most performers are their own worst enemies when it comes to getting the part. They create obstacles from their own self doubt which they put in front of themselves at audition time. It’s a bit like that old saying – if you set yourself up to fail then it doesn’t hurt so much when you do!

Change your attitude to auditions and change your luck at casting time. Really, in a nutshell, it is that simple. However, this article wouldn’t be of much value if I left it at that now would it! (But it’s still true! )

As Gabriel Byrne, the successful movie actor admits, he was having no luck in auditions until, “one day I walked through a door and got two jobs – two movies on the same day – because I had changed my attitude. I no longer was in awe or fear of the audition process.”
In this series of articles, drawn from my new ebook, The Ultimate Audition Guide, you can learn how to de-mystify the audition and how to can take the awe and fear out of the whole process. Next time you audition you will arrive in front of a director or casting director ready, willing and able to deliver a top notch, all round performance that will give you the best shot of getting you the part you deserve.

Now, I can’t offer you an injection of talent or sure fire success but there is so much you can do to improve your own chances by being prepared and I’m going to help you get there.

You would be amazed at how many people have crossed my path as a casting director who are not just “unprepared” for the audition process, but who sadly believe that they deserved the part – despite their clear lack of effort in preparation.

You have probably run into them yourself if you have ever auditioned before. The people who think that however they audition they will get the part based on the way they look, the way they flirt with the director, the fact that they have always played the lead before etc.etc.


If you’re reading this though I’ll assume you are clearly not one of those people, (or maybe you are a reformed past offender), and you are on the right track.

Before we continue, however, I want you to make me a promise. I don’t care what you are auditioning for – and I strongly suggest you audition for as much as possible because at the end of the day winning auditions is a ‘numbers game’ (more of that later).

The promise I want you to make to yourself now is this:
When you go to your next audition you won’t just TRY your best you’ll DO your best. That means putting into practice EVERYTHING you’re about to learn. Making changes where you need to change and practicing where you need to practice.

I can already hear you saying “I’ll try” but let’s be honest here – “I’ll try” won’t cut it.

Let’s do a quick exercise. Put a pencil on the table in front of you.
Done that?
OK, now TRY and pick it up.
Did you PICK IT UP or Just TRY to pick it up?

That’s the thing see. You can’t just try. You either do it or you don’t do it.

There’s no room for doubt.

So promise me this: there’s no room for the word TRY in your pursuit of audition success. Either you are going to DO what is required and turn up for your next audition prepared to succeed and DOING things right or you’ll just be wasting yours and your would be director’s time and may as well stop reading now!

From this point on we are will always refer to Auditions not TRY OUTS. Because we are not going to be Tryers – we are going to be Do-ers. Auditionees. Well informed, confident capable and ready to succeed.
Rule #1 – “You deserve to get the part so believe in yourself – because if you don’t they won’t.”
Are you with me so far?

Look out for the next article in this series "In Pursuit of Talent"
This article is Copyright Tim Waddell 2007 - and can only be reproduced with the below author information intact. For more information visit

Energy Department to appeal over Yucca Mountain

(Las Vegas Review Journal)

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Energy served notice Thursday it will appeal a move by federal regulators to delay decisions on terminating the Yucca Mountain project.

The department is opposing an order this week by administrative judges at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to have a federal appeals court rule first on legal issues connected to the shutdown.
In a court filing Thursday, attorneys for DOE and NRC said the matter will be appealed on Monday to the commissioners that oversee the NRC and who have the final word on how the nuclear safety agency will proceed.

According to DOE officials, the department believes it has the authority to withdraw a license application for the Nevada nuclear waste site. DOE is fighting lawsuits from the states of Washington and South Carolina and Aiken, S.C., that argue only Congress can end the project.

Contact Stephens Washington Bureau Chief Steve Tetreault at or 202-783-1760.

Using cell phones while driving can get you in big trouble.

1 in 6 driving fatalities are caused by use of text messaging or services like Facebook on cell phones while driving. Be aware that police departments can access your phone records to see if you were texting at the time of an accident. Even in a non-injury property damage accident this could increase the level of the "crime" to reckless endangerment and other higher level criminal acts (a car is heavy machinery, and a potential fatal weapon, by law).

1 in 4 driving fatalities involved the driver using a cell phone.

Statistically it does not matter if you are hands free or using the handset, it is the process of being in a conversation or texting environment that takes your mind off the road, no matter how you may feel about it as you drive.

Drive safely.

Opposing Views

A letter in the Las Vegas Sun that puts the need for multiple newspapers in a market and divergent views into context:

Let’s put today’s angst into context

Thursday, April 8, 2010 | 2:05 a.m.

One of the pleasures of having the Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas Review-Journal delivered together is that I get to read the editorial pages of two newspapers with such opposite philosophical viewpoints.
The Review-Journal usually has me shaking my head and wondering what alternate universe the writers inhabit while the Sun seems to be right on target. This past Sunday was no different.

In fact, I want to especially thank Brian Greenspun for his column, “Is Tea Partyers’ hate really that strong?” As a retired federal employee, I hope it will make people realize that most public employees at all levels are doing their jobs to the best of their abilities and go home to their families with the same problems and concerns that people in the private sector have.

I would also encourage readers of both papers, if they hadn’t already done so, to read the Sunday column on Page 5 in the Sun by Northwestern University professor T.H. Breen about the colonists of 1773 and 1774 who started the protests against the British empire. There has been too much confusion and misunderstanding about what happened at the beginning of the revolution, and its ideas have been misappropriated to justify all kinds of crazy talk and ideas lately.

Dynasty's Ben Carrington's final curtain

Dynasty loses second star

CNN: Actor Christopher Cazenove died in a London hospital after a monthlong battle with a blood infection Wednesday, his family said.

Cazenove was best known for the role of Ben Carrington on TV's "Dynasty," although he appeared on hundreds of television shows over the past four decades.

His death came one week after that of John Forsythe, who played his nemesis on the 1980s prime-time soap opera.

Cazenove, a British-born actor, contracted septicemia in late February, said a statement from his partner, Isabel Davis, and family.

"Despite a valiant fight and the untiring efforts of the wonderful team at St Thomas', he was eventually overwhelmed," the statement said.

Before "Dynasty," Cazenove was well known in the United Kingdom for playing Charles Haslemere in the British series "The Duchess of Duke Street."

He was 66, according to the Internet Movie Database.

 Photo: Christopher Cazenove in 2006.  (Andrew Stuart/PA Wire)

(CBS)  Septicemia, a massive bacterial infection of the blood, has taken the life of British actor Christopher Cazenove.

The 64-year-old was best known in America for playing the role of Ben Carrington on the 1980s soap opera "Dynasty." But the actor had played dozens of roles in television and film since the 1970s. Ironically, his nemesis on Dynasty, John Forsythe, died a week ago on April 1.

Cazenove had been battling septicemia since February, according to the Guardian. The illness can come from many sources - an untreated wound or a serious infection such as MRSA which some contract in hospitals - but septicemia is often treatable with heavy doses of antibiotics. In some cases, the bacterial infection is so aggressive and wide spread that a patient's immune system and antibiotics cannot beat it back.

Cazenove is survived by his son, his ex-wife Angharad Rees, and his current partner Isabel Davis, according to the Guardian. Another son died in a car accident more than a decade ago. 

Sweet Marijuana

From film historian Michael Toole..."Sweet Marijuana" by Gertrude Michael (1934)

Interesting cultural difference, proving that perceptions and word use changes over time. 

Remember  Cole Porter's lyrics from "Anything Goes" (also 1934)..."I get no kick from cocaine, mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at all, but I get a kick out of you!"

I guess out Great Grandparents looked at things differently...

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