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    How to Experience Life Is Beautiful 2015

    Welcome to the party. Life Is Beautiful (which is owned by Vegas Seven's publishing company, WENDOH Media) is three solid days of cuisine, art, learning and music, and we want to help you experience it in full. Here are some suggestions, neatly tailored to the way you’re living.

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    4th Annual Deals on Meals

    By Max Jacobson and Grace Bascos

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    Tim Chambers’ Triple Crown

    By Rob Miech

    A recent stellar stretch for UNLV baseball boss Tim Chambers included home victories on five consecutive evenings, the announcement that his contract was extended through 2015 and a stunning three-game sweep at ninth-ranked Stanford, which put the Hustlin’ Rebels into the national rankings, at No. 21, for the first time since 2003. It was a sign that the rebuilding phase of the Tim Chambers Project was over at UNLV, and that the real fun was about to begin.

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    Bryce Harper Dreams Bigger Than You Do

    By Rob Miech

    Forgive his bias or whimsy, for Washington Post sportswriter Adam Kilgore wasn’t even around Bryce Harper for a full season. But Kilgore saw enough to believe something epic is in Harper’s future —a National League MVP award this season. “What he has done at 19 has perhaps been unprecedented,” Kilgore wrote in late September, “what he could do at 20 is unthinkable.”

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    The Other Guys

    By Rob Miech

    As Trevor Kirk parked cars at the M Resort last summer and into the fall, he was surprised by how many visitors came from Washington, D.C. And it seemed like every one of them was a Washington Nationals fan. He was regularly pelted with the same inquiries: Hey! Harper’s college is around here, right? Do you know him?

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    Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Celebrates 20 Years

    By Deanna Rilling

    LVA by the numbers 1931: Year the main building was opened as Las Vegas High School 1993: Year the Las Vegas Academy opened for the fall semester 735: Number of students when LVA opened in 1993 1700: Current students at LVA 27-29: Average class size 2000: Number of hopefuls who audition each year for 250 spots

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    UNLVino Turns 39

    UNLVino is the grande dame of epicurean festivals, having served Las Vegans every spring for 39 years. And, like a vintage Bordeaux, the event seems to improve with age. This year’s version, which has moved from its customary late-March slot to mid-April, expects to be bigger and better than ever, with more than 600 wines, spirits and sakes for tasting over four days instead of three.

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    Food U Offers a Crash Course in Celebrity Chefdom

    By Jen Chase

    If you’ve ever fantasized about cooking on the Food Network, here’s your chance (minus the drama queens and the sad being-sent-home bits). Food University at Caesars Palace (March 27-29, $1,995, FoodUniversityLasVegas.com) is where cooking-show fanatics can get off their couches and into a classroom for nine hands-on sessions taught by renown chefs during a breakneck 72 hours in one of the world’s top international dining destinations. 

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    Instant Access

    By Xania V. Woodman

    When tickets go on sale for Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, knives hit the floor the world over as self-proclaimed foodies, hard-core home cooks and culinary geek royalty race to score admission to the supreme festival of the season.

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    Best of the Southwest

    By Xania V. Woodman

    California Pebble Beach Food & Wine, April 4-7: Second only to Vegas Uncork’d, a hedonistic group of well-heeled foodies, celebrity chefs and golf fanatics gather on a swath of one of the most picturesque coastlines in the world. PBFW.com.

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    The Meaning of Anthony Bennett

    By Mike Grimala

    What is Anthony Bennett worth to the UNLV basketball program? Not in a monetary sense, of course—according to the NCAA, college athletes don’t generate any revenue for their schools. But in terms of everything else, how do you quantify Bennett’s value?

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    Community Starts With Commitment

    By Kurt Divich

    As a 41-year resident of Las Vegas, when I think of a better tomorrow, I think of my past, of epic lizard hunts in deserts where McMansions now stand, neighborhood block parties and touch football out front until the street lights came on, massive 99-cent shrimp cocktails Downtown, a UNLV Rebel shirt on everyone you encountered.

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    Water Will Keep Us in Check

    By Rob Mrowka

    Las Vegas has long been a place to play the odds, but at a certain point the house always starts cashing in. That’s true at the blackjack table, and it’s true with Mother Nature. Case in point: Las Vegas has always bet that, no matter how fast or how big it grew, there would be enough water. But here in the driest desert in North America, hope and luck only get you so far.

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    A Luxury Town in Search of Disposable Income–and Certainty

    By Tony Marnell

    The success of Las Vegas correlates with the economic health of the country overall. Our primary industry is about luxury; it depends on people having disposable income that they can spend on things like entertainment and nice dinners when they come here. In that respect, Las Vegas is not unlike cities that produce movies or sports cars. We’re the product of people living in an affluent society. ...

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    The Coming Tsunami in Education

    By Henry Chanin

    As the Valley recovers and growth resumes, we can’t go back to old models of education. The current systems we use to fund and operate both public and private educational institutions are not sustainable in the long run. Troubling low test scores and graduation rates in our public schools discourage increased funding, and private school tuition and fees keep increasing year after year, with no end in sight, limiting access to top-flight education.

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