Catching up with Cirque Stars, Owl-watching, and Cooking with Alexa

The February 23 issue of Vegas Seven magazine.

The February 23 issue of Vegas Seven.

The February 23 issue of Vegas Seven magazine featured a trio of stories I’d recently submitted, including a Q&A with some of the stars of Las Vegas’ Cirque du Soleil shows.

The performers who answered my brief questionnaire are among those starring in a new “neighbors” campaign that will show Cirque stars out and about, picking up laundry, drinking espresso’s, etc. Among the questions I included in the feature were “What’s your Vegas guilty pleasure?” and “Which movie makes you cry?” Because those are the kinds of things inquiring minds want to know.

Also in the magazine is a brief piece on throwing the perfect dinner party with help from the Amazon Echo and its Alexa A.I. assistant. Alexa can do much more than just read you recipes, and I picked out a few of the Echo’s specialized “skills” that you can use to enhance the experience for your dinner guests.

By far my favorite feature in this issue is my conversation with wildlife photographer Andrew Feiler, who is currently exhibiting his photos at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum in a dual collection titled “Naturally Nevada” and “The Wild World.” Feiler and I spent an afternoon hiking in the Spring Mountains near Summerlin South, where we came across a pair of great horned owls that he’s been watching for the last two years. It’s not often that I get away from the city, and this little adventure made me realize I should get out more. After all, the mountains are right next door.