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When COVID-19 led to the cancellation of festivals across the U.S.,  organizers from four major queer, womxn-centric festivals united to create one big virtual event. This Saturday, Aug. 15,  Clexacon, She Fest, SumOfUs and Vegas Women’s Fest will host the SQ:UAD Festival,  a  free 12-hour, virtual community event, beginning at 10 a.m and featuring workshops, panel discussions, entertainment, curated watch...
William "Bill" Schafer, former publisher of the Las Vegas Night Beat and former managing editor of the Las Vegas Bugle, passed away on July 27, here in Las Vegas. Born Jan. 1, 1949, in Buffalo, NY, Bill had retired after publishing his last Night Beat magazine for December, 2018. Bill was a good friend, a fantastic editor and collector of all...
The history of Las Vegas’s LGBTQ+community can be told through the history of its lesbian and gay bars — Maxine’s, The Red Barn, Le Café, Snick’s, and many others. None holds the history of gay Vegas though quite like Gipsy, located in the heart of the “Fruit Loop” at Paradise and Naples. Born as a series of swank Italian restaurants...
As we prepare to publish, the Nevada Legislature is meeting in special session, mostly to consider how to fund a necessarily expanding state budget with dwindling revenues. We wish them well. There are a few obvious fixes that must be done. A safe and secure election must be held this fall. It’s obvious that we need to do more vote-by-mail....
The question everyone is asking is, “When is Jimmy’s@Madisons opening?” In an interview with the Spectrum, we posed that question to Jimmy Emerson and got an exasperated look. Jimmy threw up his hands and said, “Gawd! I wish I knew,” and then he smiled. “Honey, I get the same question, dozens of times every day, via phone, Facebook, text, Instagram,...
Las Vegas lost a legend on July 19 with the passing of Marcos Antonio Garcia, known by most as Margot Villaseñor, la amiga del pueblo (friend of the people). Margot lost her two-week long battle with COVID-19 but won the hearts and friendship of many in the LGBTQIA+ community. Garcia, born Feb. 25, 1970, was the consummate female impersonator and...
Stuck in Phase 2 of the reopening, with rumblings of returning to Phase 1 if COVID-19 infections continue to skyrocket, our community theaters remain closed. But not dark, because live theater in Las Vegas is continuing online and at the drive-in. The Smith Center’s online Living Room Sessions continue, featuring The Composers Showcase virtually from Myron’s Cabaret Jazz, sponsored by Toyota....
ARIES (March 21 - April 19) Be aware of how you are always connected to spiritual purpose and guidance. Take nothing for granted and be delightfully ready when coincidence prompts you to action. Pay attention to the littlest of details this month, there are messages being presented to you. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) As soon as you relax into your direct connect with...
I cringe at reports that suggest the coronavirus does not discriminate. While anyone can become infected, the virus’ effects are more significant for vulnerable populations that have underlying health conditions and lack access to quality healthcare and community services – resources that help people to better fight the disease and its aftermath. Even history bears out that crises magnify...
Using technology to simplify political engagement, increase voter turnout and strengthen American democracy, Vote.org is the largest non-profit, non-partisan voting registration and get out the vote (GOTV) technology platform in America. To turn out the vote among young people, people of color, LGBTQ and other marginalized communities, Vote.org partners with corporations and other organizations in the civic space, including The...
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