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Chump (Garrett Grant), left, Lil' Boss (Gus Langley), center, and Slick Garrison (Sean Critchfield) perform in "Pawn Shop Live!" at the Golden Nugget Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. The production show is a parody based on the story of Gold & Silver Pawn, home of the History Channel's Pawn Stars television series.
Joe Downtown: ‘Pawn Shop Live!’ moving to the Riviera
March 3, 2014
A stage production inspired by the hit reality TV show “Pawn Stars” is moving from downtown to the Strip.
Restaurants, cafes that hit sweet spot
March 2, 2014
Some business ideas are immediate hits. Some take time and more attention to detail before they catch on. Others seem dead on arrival. In the “immediate hits” category ...
Contortionist Stephanie Castellone performs as "Lady Labella" during "OK, OK the Amos Glick Variety Show!"  at the Square Apple in Las Vegas Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Castellone has her own performance business called "TwistIT Up!" The Variety Show, hosted by "Le Reve" clown Amos Glick, is an open house for performers of all disciplines.
Joe Downtown: Performers get together for unrehearsed, late-night show
Feb. 28, 2014
Early Friday morning, a lithe woman with a body fat of, let’s say zero, hung from netting high above the stage of downtown’s new Inspire Theater. Magenta, then blue, then white lights were projected on and behind her, as technical crews yelled incremental instrumental changes back and forth.
In an undated file photo, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, center, and Harold Ramis, right, appear in a scene from the 1984 movie "Ghostbusters". Harold Ramis died early Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Chicago from complications of autoimmune inflammatory disease, according Fred Toczek , an attorney for Ramis. He was 69.
Joe Downtown: Special showing of ‘Ghostbusters’ in memory of star Harold Ramis
Feb. 27, 2014
There may be no better way to commemorate the life of comedic filmmaker and actor Harold Ramis than a showing of “Ghostbusters” at a downtown Las Vegas park.
Long before they were lawyers and judges, Carl J. Christensen and Lloyd
George let their fists make the ruling (1947).
Joe Downtown: Historical society crowdsourcing for not-so-famous Las Vegas photos
Feb. 26, 2014
Some of the pictures the society already has are ones you may not have seen before: Elvis checking into the Sahara a day before “Viva Las Vegas” shooting began; Liberace standing by his car talking to a priest; and Lloyd George as a young man in 1947.
Game on! The Plaza’s rooftop will soon host the Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team.
Joe Downtown: A rooftop Wranglers arena at the Plaza could be just what Downtown needs
Feb. 26, 2014
The hotel-casino has eight months to turn its roof into a hockey rink.
Workers hang a banner with a Huntridge logo at the Huntridge Theater at Maryland Parkway and Charleston Boulevard Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.
Joe Downtown: New logo graces the Huntridge, signaling project's progress
Feb. 24, 2014
Until today, little new information has emerged about renovating the historic Huntridge Theater. But late this morning, a crew with a hydraulic cherry picker began to erect a massive square banner on the building.
Jolene Mannina
Joe Downtown: Former food trucker has her hands in fundraiser, reality TV gig
Feb. 21, 2014
A former Las Vegas food truck operator turned festival-food honcho may be on the verge of reality TV stardom in a show featuring a food trucks-and-chefs competition she started some two years ago.
Runners are coated with special "elf-made magical color dust" during the Color Run in downtown Las Vegas, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. Runners got dusted with a different color at each kilometer checkpoint. About 5,000 participants ran the 5K event, a benefit for Three Square Food Bank.
Joe Downtown: Special events create conundrum when they limit access for business customers
Feb. 21, 2014
The third annual Color Run on Saturday morning is a fun event for runners, who end the race covered in a rainbow of colored powder sprayed on them at different intervals over a course of about three miles. But the run, one of at least a half dozen planned to wind their way through downtown over a few months, along with various parades also using downtown as staging area, aren’t always planned with local businesses in mind.
A driver hands out bottled water on Foremaster Lane Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Citing traffic issues on Main Street and Foremaster Lane, Metro Police are considering ways to ease traffic congestion, such as by designating areas for people to make donations to the homeless.
Joe Downtown: Project seeks to help homeless in a more organized manner
Feb. 20, 2014
Metro Police are about to embark on a new initiative meant to lessen the intensity of traffic and criminal activity in a downtown area growing increasingly congested with homeless people. What’s happening, said Metro Capt. Shawn Anderson, is that people who want to help the homeless will drive to the area to drop off food, clothes or other items near North Main Street and Foremaster Lane.
Musical accompaniment: The Downtown Rangers are ready to help visitors, improve Downtown, and bang out a tune on their ukuleles.
Joe Downtown: One year in, Rangers take it to the streets — with ukuleles
Feb. 19, 2014
Downtown Project's Rangers don't carry cuffs or guns, but they are trying to create a smile pandemic.
Crazy Ely Western Village, seen here Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, could lose its special-use permit to sell beer, wine and wine coolers for off-premises consumption.
Joe Downtown: Alcohol-related issues downtown continue to spill into City Hall's lap
Feb. 18, 2014
A Fremont Street Experience retailer on Wednesday could lose its right to sell beer and wine, and it may be just the beginning of an effort by city officials to stem the tide of booze-related businesses opening downtown.
The Emergency Arts building in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Joe Downtown: Tech library at Emergency Arts logs off
Feb. 14, 2014
The usr/lib, one of the first places to establish the idea that, beyond casinos and bars, downtown could be home to those interested in the tech industry, has closed.
Joe Downtown: Concert to benefit Las Vegas Rescue Mission
Feb. 14, 2014
A benefit concert to collect new or slightly used clothing for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission will take place Friday, Feb. 21, at Backstage Bar and Billiards at the corner of Fremont and 6th streets.
American ‘holacracy’: Downtown Project’s new management system is less top-down, yet some want Tony Hsieh to be more hands-on.
Joe Downtown: Downtown Project’s growth left some young employees underserved
Feb. 12, 2014
Two 20-somethings who came to Las Vegas for DTP may move on before their two-year fellowships end.