From the Publisher October 2017

Max & Joanne Friedland

It is our duty and pleasure as media to shine the spotlight on the individuals and organizations that contribute so much. For many years, we proudly manned our booth at the Komen Las Vegas Race for the Cure®, the tens of thousands of participants in pink that we encountered inspired us with their indomitable spirit. We will be seeing a lot of pink again this month, both on restaurant and bar menus and generally around town. Keep an eye open for a pink illuminated High Roller at the Linq and little the pink rubber duckies at the Forum Shops; I am sure others will be doing their bit as well. We cover all of this in Marisa Finetti’s piece Pinktober, pages 32-35. Susan G. Komen and the American Cancer Society will greatly benefit from any funds and awareness raised. We encourage our readers to participate and give generously.

Also this month, Jaq Greenspon gets a little personal. In Travels with Monki, pages 28-31, he writes about taking his one-year-old daughter to theme parks in Southern California and France. I had discussed these attractions with him over the years and invited him to write about what it was like to experience it through Monki’s eyes.

Our intrepid food writer Jason Harris was asked to judge a cooking competition that was recently held in a parking lot near Chinatown at 1 a.m. on a Sunday morning. He very much wanted to write about it and sent me information about the Back of House Brawl. A few years ago we met Jolene Mannina, the originator of the Brawl when we covered her involvement with another food competition, the Jewish Community of Southern Nevada’s annual barbeque cook-off & festival. In his excellent piece Back of House Brawl, pages 36-40, he shows us why it might be a good idea once in a while to burn the midnight oil.

In a follow-up to a piece we ran last October, Brian Sodoma interviews Donato Cabrera, Music Director and conductor of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. In his piece Under Copland’s Sombrero, pages 42-45, we read about the programming created to bring the music of Aaron Copland and Mexican composers Carlos Chavez and Silvestre Revueltas to the diverse Vegas audience. We applaud their efforts and recommend this season’s concerts to our readers – get your tickets early!

Magazines need top-notch photography. This month we are blessed with fantastic images of WOW, the new show at the Rio. In her piece Making a Splash, pages 46-51, Lynn Wexler interviews the creative forces behind the show. WOW comes to Vegas after a successful fifteen-year run in Eilat, Israel. Our wish is that they play to full houses for years to come.

Finally, I want to welcome Dayvid Figler to the pages of our publication. We had been trying to get him to contribute for some time and are extremely pleased that he chose to cover the challenging subject of the 1st amendment and anti-Semitism. In his essay Can We Split the Bill…. of Rights, pages 52-56, he discusses free speech and its intended, and unintended, consequences.

Enjoy the fall Las Vegas, and as always we’ll see you in the racks.

Max D. Friedland

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