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Stories published February 8, 2012

Lead Photo 5 sexy questions with Absinthe’s Penny Pibbets (and her puppets)

The keys to a good Valentine's Day? Cognac and socks.

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Lead Photo Random photo of the week

Samantha Ratcliffe D'Arrigo | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (7:50 p.m.)

Submitted by Samantha Ratcliffe D'Arrigo.

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Lead Photo Are less-than-progressive portrayals of women preventing young professional women from moving here?

J. Patrick Coolican | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (7:40 p.m.)

Sun columnist J. Patrick Coolican detects an old-boys club in town.

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Lead Photo Local open mics for musicians, writers, visual artists and their groupies

Chris Bitonti | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (6:51 p.m.)

Calling all performers in need of a stage ...

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Lead Photo What in the world is a Las Vegas diamond?

Sarah Feldberg | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (6:33 p.m.)

The new cut packs a whole lotta bling, much like the city itself.

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Looking back at Las Vegas in 1997

Ken Miller | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (6:28 p.m.)

After hearing Standard and Poor's report that local housing prices had sunk to 1997 levels, Weekly takes a look back at what was going on then.

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Lead Photo Three days, 100 titles at the Dam Short Film Festival

Josh Bell | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (6:27 p.m.)

Championing an underrated art form in an underrated city.

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Lead Photo Conventional Strip wisdom aside, the Smith Center books Broadway—and it worked

Kristen Peterson | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (6:09 p.m.)

And according to ticket sales, it's a great idea.

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Lead Photo Hard-rock home sweet home: Motley Crue’s Joint residency starts with a bang

John Katsilometes | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (6:08 p.m.)

Veteran quartet shakes off some opening-night snags to get its "Sin City" residency rolling.

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Lead Photo Shelling like hotcakes

Jim Begley | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (6:07 p.m.)

Love and mollusks come together at local oyster bars.

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Lead Photo Weekly playlist: The Valentine’s Edition

Here's what members of the local music scene will be grooving to come February 14.

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Lead Photo Le Thai’s feisty food takes Downtown

John Curtas | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (6 p.m.)

Downtown’s feisty new Thai restaurant puts forth aggressive (and authentic) versions of fiery dishes priced right.

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Lead Photo Four Vegas chefs share dishes to lock love down

Brock Radke | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (5:57 p.m.)

Your Valentine's menu should feature lobster, risotto, steak and peaches.

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Lead Photo Bets, books and bowls: The Big Game by the numbers

Las Vegas Weekly Staff | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (5:55 p.m.)

The amount wagered by Nevada gamblers, what they won and more.

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Lead Photo Seafood worth wading (through tourists) for: Mastro’s Ocean Club

Brock Radke | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (5:54 p.m.)

Alaskan king crab black truffle gnocchi. Bam.

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Lead Photo CD: Van Halen’s ‘A Different Kind of Truth’ is surprisingly decent

Josh Bell | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (5:51 p.m.)

David Lee Roth's first album with the band in 28 years is much better than its first track would indicate.

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Lead Photo CD review: Air

Annie Zaleski | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (5:48 p.m.)

Ultimately, 'La Lune' is a success even apart from its cinematic accompaniment.

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Lead Photo Can Barnes & Noble hold off Amazon much longer?

Chuck Twardy | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (5:46 p.m.)

Can Barnes & Noble and Amazon co-exist? Time will tell

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Lead Photo Politics and purpose: The aftermath of the Susan G. Komen fiasco

Sarah Feldberg | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (5:45 p.m.)

"It has reminded us to educate ourselves before writing that check..."

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Lead Photo Film: Denzel can’t save ‘Safe House’ from action-thriller mediocrity

Josh Bell | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (5:42 p.m.)

Even Washington’s mischievous smile can’t elevate it.

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Lead Photo Still life with sock monkey

Kristen Peterson | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (5:39 p.m.)

The voyeuristic works on paper—graphite, charcoal and carbon pencil—display impeccable drafting.

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Lead Photo Take our ‘Star Wars’ quiz to get you in the mood for the 3D rerelease

Las Vegas Weekly Staff | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (5:39 p.m.)

Think you know 'Star Wars'? Try our quote quiz and find out

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Lead Photo Film review: ‘Pina’

Mike D'Angelo | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (5:35 p.m.)

Wim Wenders' 3D documentary works well as a primer on legendary dance choreographer Pina Bausch.

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Lead Photo Where to go, what to see and what to drink this week

Las Vegas Weekly Staff | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (5:33 p.m.)

A musical legend, an edgy musical and lots and lots of booze

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Lead Photo Hot Spots: Nelly at Haze, a lingerie masquerade ball at the Erotic Heritage Museum and more

Mark Adams | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (5:25 p.m.)

Also, Rhumbar's romantic evening under the stars.

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Lead Photo Tim Bavington sculpture headed to Dowtown’s Symphony Park

Kristen Peterson | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (5:22 p.m.)

Tim Bavington’s sculptural translation of Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” will be installed this month in Downtown’s Symphony Park.

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Lead Photo Nightlife news & notes: CollectiveZoo throws a Valentine’s Day sleepover at Artisan and more

Sarah Feldberg | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (5:02 p.m.)

Also, the Magic trade show brings free DJ shows to the Cosmopolitan.

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Lead Photo Strip Scribbles: A new wave of reality TV heads toward Las Vegas

Robin Leach | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (4:52 p.m.)

It will be gut wrenching and brutally honest. It’s the next step forward in reality TV shows, except this one is not for television. Call this reality live, ...

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Lead Photo The life of a sex nerd: Q&A with the Erotic Heritage Museum’s Amanda Morgan

Ken Miller | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (4:52 p.m.)

Amanda Morgan wants to break down sexual barriers through her work at the Erotic Heritage Museum

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Lead Photo The Wynn’s Aphrodite cocktail is liquid flirtation

Sarah Feldberg | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (4:28 p.m.)

Just in time for Valentine's Day!

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Lead Photo Rugby and its ‘gloriously brutal contact’ comes to town

Erin Ryan | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (4:24 p.m.)

Forget football, with all its padding and rules about where you can hit.

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Lead Photo Classical to contemporary: three orchestras and three different concerts

Ken Miller | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (3:56 p.m.)

If you’re a fan of orchestras, there’s plenty to enjoy this week.

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Dream Zone: ‘just the baby’s leg’

Lauri Quinn Lowenberg | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (3:28 p.m.)

I needed to deliver the rest of the baby but was scared to because I was afraid that the baby would be sick.

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Peggy Plots Your Planets

Peggy Allison | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (3:24 p.m.)

Venus, the planet of love and money, meets up with Uranus.

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Lead Photo ‘Vegas Stripped,’ an insider’s look at South Point, airs tonight on Travel Channel

Robin Leach | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (2:27 p.m.)

As Vegas DeLuxe reported two weeks ago, the Travel Channel’s new, original six-part series “Vegas Stripped” premieres with two half-hour, back- ...

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Lead Photo Power of Love’ Muhammad Ali celebration to be broadcast on ABC, ESPN2

John Katsilometes | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (11:06 a.m.)

The "Power of Love" Keep Memory Alive gala Feb. 18 honoring Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday will be broadcast on ABC and ESPN2 on Feb. 25.

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Lead Photo Star Surveillance: ‘Girls Next Door,’ Super Bowl, ‘Peepshow’ and Joe Jonas

Robin Leach | Wed, Feb 8, 2012 (7 a.m.)

It was a Las Vegas-style party weekend at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis with a “Girls Next Door” reunion for Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett, Bridget ...

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