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August 29, 2014

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Andrea Domanick

Arts and Entertainment Reporter

Andrea Domanick is a reporter covering arts, entertainment and the behind the scenes stories of life in Las Vegas. Before joining the Sun, she worked in her native Los Angeles covering public affairs, music and culture for outlets including LA Weekly, Southern California Public Radio, the BBC, American Public Media and Broadcasting & Cable. She spent her college years in the tiny splendor of Middletown, Conn., at Wesleyan University, from which she graduated with a B.A. in sociology. Domanick enjoys vinyl records, lemonade and the New Yorker and is a proponent of good grammar. She doesn’t know how to ride a bike.

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Weekend best bets: Keith Urban, The Avett Brothers and Gregory Popovich
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Get out and celebrate the last days of summer with the locals this Labor Day Weekend, with events ranging from a celebration of a beloved Strip performer to a Hawaiian-themed fun run to an up-close-and-personal encounter with Las Vegas nightlife.
Weekend best bets: Bruno Mars, SLS grand opening and Restaurant Week
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
It's not every day that we welcome a new casino to the Strip. The opening of the new locals-friendly SLS Las Vegas highlights a weekend packed with exciting entertainment offerings on the Strip and beyond. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets. ...
Can a locals casino survive on the Strip?
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
The team at SLS Las Vegas, formerly the Sahara, are embracing the challenges of opening on the north end of the tourist trap that is Las Vegas Boulevard ...
Weekend best bets: Al Pacino, National Roller Coaster Day and Viva Veracruz
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Take a break from the usual headliner fare in the Entertainment Capital of the World with a slate of unique options across town this weekend, from Academy Award winner Al Pacino to roller coasters. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Valley data center is among most secure in the world
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
The hulking Switch SuperNAP 8 data storage facility in Enterprise may not look like much, but the data fortress keeps the servers of Fortune 500 companies such as eBay and Fox Broadcasting Network running around the clock. It takes a lot to ward off the mechanical and human error that routinely threaten servers’ operations, but the SuperNAP 8's system is among the most elaborate and secure in the world. Last week, the facility earned Tier IV Gold certification for Operational Sustainability, the top certification level available in the data storage industry.
Part 2: Sampling Las Vegas’ cultural diversity through music, art and food
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
About a fifth of Southern Nevada’s residents came here from another country. They bring with them tastes and customs from more than 100 nations. We take a look at the area’s cultural festivals and the state’s connection to the people who celebrate them ...
Part 1: Sampling Las Vegas’ cultural diversity through music, art and food
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
About a fifth of Southern Nevada’s residents came here from another country. They bring with them tastes and customs from more than 100 nations. We take a look at the area’s cultural festivals and the state’s connection to the people who celebrate them, plus suggest some must-try dishes.
Weekend best bets: Kathy Griffin, Nick Waterhouse and World Hip-Hop Dance Championships
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
There’s good reason to step out and enjoy the mild August weather this weekend, with a colorful variety of music offerings and more highlighting the days ahead. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Weekend best bets: USA Basketball, Weezer and Las Vegas Film Festival
Thursday, July 31, 2014
It’s a big weekend for film fans with the return of the Las Vegas Film Festival, and whether you’re a cinefile, a sports fan or just looking for a laugh, there’s plenty to do in town this weekend to kick off August in style.
Everything you want to know about death in Las Vegas
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Who deals with dead bodies? How much does a funeral cost these days? Are you allowed to scatter someone's ashes on the Strip? How are organs harvested from the deceased? Funeral home directors and others who work in the death industry answer questions you may be afraid to ask ...
Navigating the rules of the valet
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Where can you valet? When? How much do you tip? What happens if your car is damaged?
High school isn’t all mean girls
Sunday, July 27, 2014
For the 14-year-old who helped found the nonprofit group Teens Helping Teens, "It’s not, ‘Here, I need charity, I need handouts;’ it’s, ‘Here, I’m your friend, and I’m gonna help you and make you feel confident and excited to go to school and be successful in the future.’"
Weekend best bets: Styx, ‘The Voice’ and Summer Santa Rampage
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Dust off your Santa suit and grab your air guitar: The weekend ahead is packed with entertainment options sure to please just about anyone, whether you’re a bar crawl enthusiast, a classic rock fan or just looking for a few laughs.
Concert review: Lady Gaga’s ‘ArtRave’ is a surprisingly straightforward affair
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The crowd felt restrained, as if holding out for a moment to really let loose. For some, it never came.
Weekend best bets: Monty Python, ‘Lipshtick,’ Lady Gaga and Nine Inch Nails
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Need cheering up? This weekend’s entertainment options will give you plenty to smile — and laugh — about with an array of comedic theater and standup offerings, as well as music heavy-hitters.
Weekend best bets: NBA Summer League, Elvis Fest and Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Thursday, July 10, 2014
A weekend of Las Vegas entertainment both new and classic lies ahead, with offerings ranging from an NBA showdown at UNLV to the return of an iconic Las Vegas venue for live music. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Electric Daisy Carnival: Loving Axwell & Ingrosso and the fringes of Night 3
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
There's promise and appeal beyond EDM and the high-production stages for which EDC is most known
Ravers party until daybreak as Electric Daisy Carnival comes to a close
Monday, June 23, 2014
Neon lights bled into the sunset over the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday night as hordes of electronic dance music fans arrived to celebrate the third and final night of the Electric Daisy Carnival. About 134,000 people packed the speedway for a last night of surreal revelry soundtracked by some of the world’s top DJs. Traffic and road congestion...
Electric Daisy Carnival opens weekend with typical high energy, surreal flair
Saturday, June 21, 2014
As the sun set behind Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday evening, the glow of dusk gave way to a night lit by neon revelry as hordes of EDM fans celebrated the first night of the Electric Daisy Carnival. Long lines of cars gave way to even longer lines.
Las Vegas summer beer guide: Pick the right local brew for the season
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Craft beer has taken off in United States, and Las Vegas has several breweries offering drinks that pair perfectly with a hot day in the desert (for those 21 and up, of course).
13 reasons Las Vegas is a lucky place — even on Friday the 13th
Friday, June 13, 2014
Don't worry: It may be Friday the 13th, but Las Vegas is a lucky place. If you're still feeling a little bit of triskaidekaphobia – fear of the number 13 – we've built a little guide for you on how to find some good luck, plus a few reminders of the extra steps casinos take to keep you feeling the good fortunes. Forget the rabbits' feet, horseshoes and wishbones ...
All by himself: Man uses McCarran layover to film Celine Dion music video
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Our favorite part? Definitely the Flashdance-inspired water bottle pour.
Summer on the water: Your guide to Lake Mead
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Summer is upon us, and many will flock to the waters of the nation’s largest man-made lake and reservoir. For those out to fish, party on a houseboat or jet around on a personal watercraft, there are rules to follow. We break down the costs and guidelines ...
The price we pay for a drink on the Strip
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Fifteen years ago, food and beverage served as a cost-effective way to lure gamblers into casinos ...
Summer gardening survival
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Tips on what to plant, how to care for vegetation for the desert’s most challenging season.
Weekend Best Bets: Lewis Black, Helldorado Days and Billboard Music Awards
Thursday, May 15, 2014
From local bands and artists (Sabriel, Moksha, Rhyme and Rhythm) to chart-topping pop stars (Robin Thicke, Imagine Dragons, Miley Cyrus), the weekend ahead is all about music in Las Vegas. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Your guide to the Linq — for tourists and locals
Thursday, May 15, 2014
The High Roller is lit and spinning, and beneath its 28 glowing gondolas, the sidewalks and storefronts of the Linq are slowly filling with life. Caesars Entertainment’s...
Weekend Best Bets: Kevin James and Ray Romano, Marlena Shaw and ‘Coppelia’
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Celebrate Mother’s Day in style by taking Mom out for a day (and night) of great local entertainment and tasty cuisine in the Entertainment Capital of the World. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Weekend best bets: Mayweather vs. Maidana, Holly Madison’s 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque, AIDS Walk
Thursday, May 1, 2014
The month of May starts off with a bang in the Entertainment Capital of the World with top-notch entertainment this weekend ranging from Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight night to fresh standup to a little speakeasy jazz and burlesque.
Weekend best bets: Eric Church, Great Las Vegas Festival of Beer, Best in Show, ‘Vagina Monologues’
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The sun is out, and festival season is upon us. Las Vegas will host two very different gatherings this weekend — one celebrating beer, the other pirates — among a clutch of other hot ticket events.
Coachella Weekend 2: Do’s and Don’ts for the SoCal festival
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Don't get caught in the proverbial (dust) storm!
Coachella Day 2: The good, the bad and the weird
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The ladies represent, extreme PDA and why Future Islands' frontman sounded like Cookie Monster after a bottle of whiskey.
Five hours, 150 beers and zero boredom: Coachella Day 1 by the numbers
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Long lines, Coachella consumerism and focusing on the music at the festival's Yuma Tent.
Weekend best bets: UNLVino, Bryan Ferry and Pacquiao vs. Bradley
Thursday, April 10, 2014
From UNLVino’s 40th anniversary to a hotly contested fight night at MGM Grand Garden Arena — a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley — ’tis indeed a weekend to eat, drink and be merry in Las Vegas.
Deadmau5 returns to Vegas with April 25-26 gigs at Encore
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
We knew he couldn’t stay away.
Weekend best bets: ACM Weekend, Michael Jordan, Las Vegas 51s and ‘The Tempest’
Thursday, April 3, 2014
The weekend ahead is packed with star power, from the Academy of Country Music’s five days of celebration starting tonight with Hunter Hayes to sports champions teeing up for a cause in the annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek.
Nightlife News & Notes: A Downtown DJ shop, remembering a house pioneer and more
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Also, a weekend chock-full of dayclub openings headliners you won't want to miss.
The ripple effect of less water
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Amid growing concern that the drought gripping the West isn’t history repeating itself but instead is a new normal brought about by climate change, the effects of the dwindling water supply in the region are beginning to become all too clear.
SLS firms up venue roster with Life nightclub and dayclub
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Just months ahead of its Labor Day Weekend debut, the new north-Strip resort announces a 20,000-square-foot party venue.
Weekend best bets: John Legend, Extreme Thing and Lake Mead chili cook-off
Thursday, March 27, 2014
The weekend ahead is laid back and locals-friendly, with a number of concerts, plays and even a chili cook-off to keep the whole family entertained. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
For 10 years, SKAM Artist agency has made its mark on Vegas nightlife
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The management company now boasts a roster of more than 60 artists, ranging from DJs Vice and Havana Brown to R&B artist Cassie.
‘It’s not a joke, it’s not a fad’: Understanding Self-Injury Awareness Month
Friday, March 21, 2014
This month is Self-Injury Awareness Month, a grassroots event focused on bringing attention to self-harm and self-injury — commonly in the form of cutting — and combating stereotypes surrounding the condition.
Weekend best bets: ‘Jubilee!,’ ‘One Night for One Drop’ and Life Cube Burn
Thursday, March 20, 2014
The weekend ahead is one of signature Las Vegas entertainment, ranging from a revamped Strip classic to a new take on Cirque du Soleil for charity to community art for locals downtown. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Tips for National Proposal Day from Las Vegas’ American Gem Society
Thursday, March 20, 2014
If you’re still struggling with the right way to pop the question — or with the right ring to choose — Las Vegas-based nonprofit the American Gem Society has got you covered with their Perfect Proposal Toolkit.
Kids get top billing over Las Vegas headliners
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Las Vegas Magazine's "single most ambitious project to date" puts kids in the spotlight ...
Weekend best bets: Mountain West basketball, Elvis Costello, Flogging Molly and Ozomatli
Thursday, March 13, 2014
St. Patrick’s Day Weekend is upon us with plenty of festivities and food and drink specials across the Strip. But if green isn’t your color — or you’re looking for something a little different — there’s still plenty else to keep you entertained. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
An event inspired by ‘The Walking Dead’ is a hit for apocalypse-themed bar the End
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Come for the zombie TV show, stay for the drinks, zombie swag and unabashedly nerdy karaoke.
Weekend best bets: NASCAR, Alvarez vs. Angulo, Restaurant Week and Brooklyn Bowl
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Las Vegas’ March entertainment madness continues with another weekend packed with events sure to please music and sports crowds, from two NASCAR Weekend races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to the opening of Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq.
New Saturday LGBTQ dayclub is opening at Tropicana on March 29
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Xposed!, a new weekly LGBTQ beach party, is kicking off at Tropicana Beach Club beginning March 29. The dayclub, open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., will feature entertainment and DJs Ryan Kenney, Kidd Madonny, Roland Belmares and Hector Fonseca.
There will be tongue: Miley Cyrus brings 'Bangerz' to Vegas
Monday, March 3, 2014
Teens were in abundance, pants were few and far between.

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