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Friday, December 17, 2010

A "rejectingsobriety" Holiday Film Fest

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Nutcracker opens tonight at Paris

Nevada Ballet

Opening night tonight! It's not too late to get the Paris Box Office at 946-4567...

Little Shop of Horrors (past and future)

Feed Me (Git It) - Little Shop of Horrors

Tax Cuts for the Rich, a powerful Political Mandate

The mean income of a Member of The House is around $920,000 a year.

The mean income of a US Senator is around 2.3 million.

And you wonder about the vote Republicans and the clock forced on extending tax cuts to the rich.

These figures vary by where you look them up, or whether outside income is considered.  To judge elected public servants income as you would your own budget does not take into account the cost of running for office, the cost of keeping up two households (one in your district and one near Washington), the high cost of doing business in Washington DC and the level (and therefore cost) of education we select for our representatives.

Each member of congress has some outside form of income, from a business or real estate investments or money passed down by family. While they do not work for outside paychecks, dividends and other forms of income are allowed.

The house is suppose to represent the average citizen of their district. That ended a long time ago and yet we still go on pretending it is true.

Just to win an assembly district in Nevada costs over $320,000. Sure you get donations, but most civic minded candidates also put in their own money and literally mortgage their home in the process.

US Senate races, not counting powerful and influential third party advertising, has gone into the millions and even triple digit millions.

Americans are stuck in the rut of identifying with wealth and prosperity, believing in bootstraps and, for some, that everyone should take full responsibility for their actions, regardless of the circumstances.

What we forget is that our founding father envisioned a nation governed by popular elections, but led by the educated and qualified elite, Sheppard's elected to lead and look out for the flock.

Those who care about the little guy, the minority, or about those who need the jobs, appear to have lost this round to the egos of the near millionaires who reflect a country where it is believed we all can become very rich.

A New Crop of Christmas Movies (in the modern senesability)

It's a well-known fact that non-holiday movies suffer mightily in comparison to their yuletide counterparts. Which is why the blog Rejecting Sobriety, the brainchild of a couple of behind-the-scenes staffers at Team Coco, retrofitted some classic movie posters to envision our favorite films with a decidedly more seasonal bent. With their permission, we chose our favorite 16 posters below. Be sure to visit Rejecting Sobriety for higher-res images and to see the rest of these hilarious posters. And vote for your favorite!

Winter Break begins at CSN

Last day of finals. Congratulations everyone on wrapping up the semester and happy holidays! 

What are you doing during your well-deserved break???

New Plays needed for LVLT New Works Festival, Act Fast! Deadline is only 2 weeks away, Dec. 31, 2010

Deadline for submissions: December 31, 2010

Are you a budding playwright?

Here's your chance to shine!
Let's see what you've got!

Submit your work by December 31, 2010!

Performances: April 29 - May 15, 2011!

  • All plays must be full length (90 minutes or more). No musicals please!
  • Plays must have no more than 8 characters - doubling is allowed.
  • The set must be simple, or representational.
  • Ideally looking for subject matter that will appeal to an age range of 18 - 30.
  • Seeking new plays that have not been professionally produced or published.
  • Plays will be screened by the competition committee. The top 10 will be submitted to the judges.
PRIZES: First Prize - Production of the play in LVLT's
Fischer Black Box in May PLUS $150
Second Prize - $75 Third Prize - $50

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CSN Fundraiser Black History Month tickets on sale now

College of Southern Nevada
December 13 at 2:53pm Report
Mark your calendars for this scholarship event Feb. 9, 2011 beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Dallas Room at the Texas Station Hotel and Casino. All proceeds from this brunch are used to provide one-year scholarships for CSN students. Last spring, the Black History Month Scholarship Committee awarded $1000 scholarships to 10 hardworking students from more than 60 eligible applicants. With your help in 2011, we hope to award another ten $1000 scholarships. If you would like to help us increase our number of annual scholarship winners, purchase a table for your organizaiton, $350; an individual ticket, $35; or visit the CSN Foundation page at to donate to the Black History Month Scholarship Fund.
Location:Texas Station Hotel and Casino - Dallas Room
Time:10:30AM Wednesday, February 9th