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Desert Glory

Death Valley may be getting all the press with its third best wildflower blooming in 20 years, but an amazing explosion of desert color is far closer. Just 15 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, the Springs Preserve’s gardens are awash in blooming cactus, wildflowers and perennials. The 180-acre cultural…

Puppet power

Puppetry may appear to be an incongruous fit with a town whose nickname is “Sin City.” It is often stereotyped as “for the kids.” For many, children’s televisions shows like “Howdy Doody,” “The Muppet Show,” and “Sesame Street” were their first introduction to puppetry. But puppetry occupies headline roles in numerous…

Tour Vegas’ newest resorts at CityCenter

CityCenter is a 67-acre urban metropolis and one of the world’s largest green developments. The property includes Aria, a 61-story, 4004-room gaming resort; the non-gaming Mandarin Oriental, Vdara Hotel & Spa and Veer Towers; and Crystals, a 50,000-square-foot retail and entertainment district. The Harmon boutique hotel will open in 2010. Enjoy…

Autumn comes to the Springs Preserve

It’s not just spring that brings out the blooms at the Springs Preserve. The 180-acre cultural and historical attraction is awash in botanical color all year long. Fall brings a unique set of blooming plants to the Springs Preserve gardens including the familiar (roses) and the unique (calliandra, also known…

The Little Mermaids

Behind the scenes at the Silverton Aquarium, mermaids Heather Carrasco and Rosalie Raymond are assisted by mermaid Tamee Simon as they prepare to swim with the fish and entertain guests. All mermaids at the Silverton are dressed in a nude colored wet suit with sea-shell bra, a 15-pound weight belt…

Unmasking the Phantom

Creating a face as startling as the title character in “Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular” takes expert makeup skills. That’s where two-time Emmy Award-winning makeup artist Ron Wild comes in. Wild spends an hour each night working his magic on Anthony Crivello, who plays the Phantom in the show…

A do-it-yourself job

Part of a Cirque du Soleil performer’s job is to do their own makeup, so workshops in makeup techniques are part of the training provided to artists. Guitar player Lionel Hamel has one of the more complicated makeup designs in “KÀ” and it takes him about an hour and a…