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Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Lawry's The Prime Rib auditioning paid Christmas Carolers

Seeking professional singers age 21+

Auditions for Christmas Caroling will be held on Monday October 25th, from 3 to 5 pm., with call backs set for Sunday October 31st from 1 to 5pm. You must call for an audition time slot.

Auditions and performances will be held at Lawry’s The Prime Rib, 4043 Howard Hughes Parkway, Las Vegas NV. 89169

Lawry’s will feature Christmas Caroling daily at the restaurant from Decenber 3rd to December 24th. Times are generally from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. Performers will get a 10min break every 50mins, water and beverages are provided.

The carolers will be cast and directed by E.J.G. Productions under the direction of Ed Gryska and Brandon Klock. Musical direction is by Joseph Cottone.

Those auditioning are asked to bring a photo and resume, and will be asked to sing a Christmas Carol of their choice. You must call for an audition time slot. Actors will be compensated hourly, plus tips.

For additional information and to set a time slot, please call 702-648-7615. Please leave a message, name and phone number.

Is Cable dead?

After Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg's recent remarks about cord-cutting and the big uptick in over-the-top tech for consumers, there was a spate of gloom-and-doom articles about the future of cable. On the other hand, according to a research report, pay TV revenues are the linchpin of showbiz finances (Daily Variety, Oct. 6). Is cable essential? Doomed? Both?

With a battle going on between FOX and a major cable distributor, one that controls a portion of the profitable New York City cable market, the method Cable makes money and how networks divide of their bottom lines are in direct collision course.
Internet, telephone, iPad, Satellite, subcarrier channels on broadcast TV, DVD's, on-demand and systems yet to be publicly revealed or for that matter invented, threaten to send cable the way of the record, CD's and soon, DVD's.

Read more on this topic and other entertainment news : 


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City Life endorses Reid, read why

ILLUSTRATION: AARON MCKINNEY

Re-elect Reid

Regardless of the name-calling, it's clear which senator will (continue to) support Nevada in office

There's simply no contest.

In the race for United States Senate pitting Democratic incumbent Harry Reid against Republican former Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, the choice is unmistakably clear:

Harry Reid deserves to be re-elected.

Because of Reid, people can now buy health care regardless of whether they have a preexisting condition. They can't be dropped by their insurer if they get sick, or subjected to a lifetime limit on coverage.

Because of Reid, tens of thousands of trucks and trains carrying nuclear waste won't be headed toward Nevada's Yucca Mountain, eliminating risks for Nevada and the rest of the country as well.

Because of Reid, MGM Resorts International was able to get financing to complete its CityCenter project on the Strip, and thousands of jobs were saved.

Because of Reid, thousands more have jobs under the stimulus bill, from restaurant workers in Summerlin, to construction workers nationwide.

Because of Reid, thousands of people who were about to be foreclosed upon -- perhaps under dubious conditions -- will get a reprieve.

And none of these things would be true if Angle had been in office.

Obtuse Angle

Sharron Angle has demonstrated she's unfit to serve in the Senate in myriad ways, but none so devastating as this: Her manifest indifference to human suffering. That flaw alone is disqualifying.

Whether it's a woman raped by a relative, a parent with an autistic child, a worker laid off because of the bad economy, or a person unable to obtain health insurance, Angle simply couldn't care less. She's said so, on many occasions, calling workers on the verge of using up their unemployment insurance "spoiled" (later retracted) or telling a teenage incest rape victim to "take a lemon situation and make lemonade."

Remarks such as these betray Angle's most debilitating flaw: Her willingness to subordinate the needs of real people experiencing real suffering to the cold calculations of her political philosophy.

It's ironic that a woman who wears her religion so prominently on her sleeve (she told an interviewer God was in her campaign from the beginning and that he prepared and equipped her for the job, much like Jesus) should be so unlike Jesus in her regard for others. According to the Gospels, Jesus spent his adult ministry feeding the hungry, healing the sick, teaching his followers to love and forgive one another, and eschewing worldly riches in favor of good works that would be rewarded in eternity.

Angle's campaign, by contrast, has been about repealing health care, stopping unemployment benefit extensions and reducing marginal tax rates.

And what's more, Angle's latent religiosity points up another fatal flaw: The notion that church and state separation is unconstitutional, and that religion should be free to interfere with, even guide and control, public policy. That idea misunderstands history and mocks the freedom Angle loves to extol.

Seen against this backdrop, Angle's refusal to meet with some journalists, including CityLife Editor Steve Sebelius, is almost understandable. It's not simply a defense mechanism that compels Angle to speak almost exclusively to friendly reporters; it's a tacit admission she's unable or unwilling to defend her ideas to unsympathetic questioners. And there are plenty of unsympathetic interlocutors on Capitol Hill.

Finally, Angle's disturbing tendency to renounce, redefine or reject some of her earlier positions renders her untrustworthy for any voter. Moderates and liberals offended by her pre-primary stances cannot vote for her, but conservatives who agree with the old Angle (the one who wanted to phase out Social Security, completely eliminate the Department of Education and the EPA, or privatize the Veterans Administration, for example) now hear Angle trying to weasel out of those ideas. Just what does Angle really believe, and do conservatives want to risk waiting until she's a senator to find out?

A close race

The hatred for Reid that shows up in opinion polls, on bumper stickers and on deliberately misspelled yard signs ("Anyone butt Reid") is almost entirely irrational. It's based, in some cases, on misperceptions of Reid's personality -- he's certainly not a gregarious political type. In other cases, it's based on misunderstandings of Reid's own philosophy (his shepherding of the health-care bill has been denounced by some as "socialized medicine" or a "government takeover" when it's quite obviously neither).

And in other cases, it's based simply on lies -- lies told by Reid's political opponents, as in the case of the ad that accuses him of trying to pay Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants or ensure child molesters get their Viagra. It would be -- it is -- laughable, if only the consequences were not so high.

Reid has also suffered from the slings and arrows of the Review-Journal, a newspaper owned by the same parent company asCityLife. The venomous anti-Reid bile that bubbles up on its opinion pages long ago leached into the news columns, which are routinely antagonistic toward Reid and sympathetic toward Angle. To be sure, the newspaper's endorsement of Angle required the Review-Journalto put its usually principled libertarianism in a drawer. In the end, the Review-Journal's only real principle seems to be "get Reid."

Nobody's perfect

Now is no time for hagiography, however. Reid is not a perfect candidate. There are many times this newspaper wished he'd took a stronger stand, or a more progressive one. Remember, Reid voted for the war in Iraq, when 21 of his fellows saw through the lies and obfuscations of the George W. Bush administration. He voted for the USA PATRIOT Act. He's pro-life, favors a constitutional amendment to ban flag burning and has yet to deliver on promises to enact a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

The health-care bill specifically excluded a public option, much less a single-payer system. Those things weren't even seriously considered by Reid and the allegedly socialist Democratic Party. But a single-payer option would have avoided the debates over the individual mandate by eliminating the grotesque impulse to find new and better ways to pay insurance companies rather than provide health care.

Nevertheless, progressives often expect too much of Reid, even after he took the mantle of the Democratic Party in the Senate. Reid has never claimed to be a progressive. He's never claimed to be a liberal, either. Reid is, and has always been, a conservative western Democrat.

Reid for Senate

The sheer insanity -- shared, if the polls are to be believed, by nearly half the electorate -- of replacing a reasonable, intelligent and long-serving senator who has reached the pinnacle of his power with a freshman member of the minority party is difficult to comprehend. But the differences between the two are easy to see: While a Sen. Angle will be vainly trying to eliminate the Department of Education or establish a fictional link between abortion and breast cancer, a Sen. Reid will continue to fight to steer federal dollars to help cash-strapped Nevada though hard times. While she will likely trade away any influence she might have had by sticking to the far-right, Reid will continue to work quietly to ensure Nevada isn't put to the worse in the shuffle of national legislation.

It's an understatement to say the choice in this election is clear; in fact, there is no contest: Harry Reid has earned the right to represent Nevada again.

Hoover Dam Bridge now open to traffic

The O'Callaghan-Tillman bypass bridge is now open to traffic, according to Arizona Department of Transportation.

Commuters traveling between Arizona and Nevada will no longer be able to use Hoover Dam