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February 22, 2018

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C. Moon Reed

C. Moon Reed never meant to make Las Vegas her home, but she found a kindred spirit in this upstart town. From trolling red carpets for celebrity gossip to writing in-depth feature stories and slightly self-indulgent personal essays, Reed has explored the kitschy yet endearing pioneer spirit of the Silver State. She is a staff writer for the Las Vegas Weekly. Follow her on Twitter @cmoonreed and at

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Playwright Tylar Pendgraft and director Troy Heard chat about ‘Sentience’
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
“I’ve been navigating from my experience as a woman of color, and those are stories I wanted to tell.”
Choreographer Gail Gilbert turns her sculptures into performers in ‘Warp & Weft’
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
The artist plays the nursemaid in Cirque du Soleil’s .
Nevada desert: Military training ground or wildlife refuge?
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
The story of the West is one of competing interests, each group gunning for resources that seem vast and infinite but are in fact finite: ranchers versus city slickers; tourists versus locals; environmentalists versus developers; and in this case, the Air Force versus ...
Visiting author Tayari Jones has joined the world’s best-known book club
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
"I was driving my car when she called. It was Oprah’s voice in surround sound."
As she fights cancer, Painter Susanne Forestieri shares intimate portraits of her friends
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Reminiscences includes images of couples in love, friends seeking love and others dressed as showgirls.
Retreat. Relax. Reorganize. Tune out the outside world by turning your home into a sanctuary
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
There may be no way to fix what’s beyond your front door, but what’s inside can be a haven of your own creation.
Valley's first responders are celebrated in true Vegas style
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
In a formal gathering on Saturday night that was equal parts sober and celebratory, Caesars Entertainment honored many of those who responded to the Oct. 1 mass shooting on the Strip ...
Some cities are tossing old cannabis convictions. Will Nevada?
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed a bill that would have helped with vacating past marijuana convictions. Where does that leave low-income individuals with little resources ...
Aaron Mayes’ ‘Built’ considers the constructed landscape of Las Vegas
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
“My job is to show everything as it is—warts and all.”
The Neon Museum’s ‘Brilliant!’ makes classic signs shine again
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
Two towers house eight projectors, which splash 80,000 lumens of life back into the old signs. In short, magic.
You might not like the Strip's cellphone solution
Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
Nobody wants to stand behind the person using their phone at a concert, but everybody wants to use their phones at concerts. One day we’ll learn manners. But in the meantime ...
Barrick Museum’s latest exhibits explore identity, culture and local vision
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
On February 9, the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art will debut its Spring 2018 shows.
The pros next door: Las Vegas has become home base for rock climbing’s new wave
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
The greatest rock climber of our generation lives in an anonymous house in west Las Vegas.
Cockroach Theatre’s ‘The Wolves’ marks an energetic, athletic victory
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
“The timing, the movement … it’s all dialed up to 11 in this show.”
Addio Spago: Dispatches from a culinary farewell party
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
To be in the dining room at Spago was to feel like royalty. The entire town turned out to wish it bon voyage.
A campaign begins to preserve Downtown’s neon Holiday Motel sign
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
In one week, nearly 370 people signed on with their support.
Second Stage offers first chances for UNLV students to work in theater
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
For his directorial debut, Noah Keeling chose the play The House of Yes by Wendy MacLeod.
A local hemp oil enterprise gets a physical store—with a consumption lounge
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
Unlike marijuana, hemp-based CBD oil doesn’t create a high due to its small amount of THC.
Storyteller and TV writer Jessica Lee Williamson visits Las Vegas
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
“People focus on the broad strokes of stories, but the interesting parts are the small details within it.”
These library apps will expand your mind—and your wallet
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
Hoopla and Libby by OverDrive offer instant access to your library’s digital content.
Riding Lyft’s autonomous car from CES into the future
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
Despite Tuesday’s rain, the demo rides were so popular, people were waiting outside for nearly an hour to try one.
Literary tour guide: Vegas-based writer Noah Cicero takes his fans on a journey
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
“Compared to my Ohio life, people are more positive here, more responsive to literary things.”
A new federal threat creates a cloud of uncertainty for Nevada’s cannabis industry
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
“I’m telling everybody to go down and buy as much as you can, because tomorrow it may not be there.”
Five historic spots to visit in Las Vegas
Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018
The Little Church of the West, the Old Mormon Fort and more.
Majestic Repertory Theatre makes its Main Street location permanent
Friday, Dec. 29, 2017
The 2018 schedule will include the world premiere of a new musical called Big Foot.
10 fitness tips for your post-holiday transformation
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017
“Just win the day, not the week, month or year.”
Can a robot be your casino host?
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
As the tech improves, what brave new world awaits us all?
Tim Bavington takes a meditative route in his new MCQ watercolor show
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
“I’d forgotten about the magic of the liquid of the medium.”
Peering into the future at UNLV’s Senior Design Competition
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
This fall, nearly 100 students participated, a record.
Nevada Conservatory Theatre breathes new life into ‘A Christmas Carol’
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
‘It really is a comment on where we are as a culture and a society right now.”
Another casino adds charging stations to its tables, and we wonder where else we need them
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
Rideshare vehicles. Lyft drivers could earn a five-star ratings by offering backseat chargers.
Hill Bill, aka The Psychic Hillbilly, knows he’ll see you at the Space
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
It’s a wacky comedy magic show with a down-home twist.
Nevada Ballet Theatre continues its ‘Nutcracker’ tradition
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
The holiday production runs December 9-24 at the Smith Center.
Poncho Sanchez brings a lively mix of latin jazz and R&B mix to the Smith Center
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
He also collects rare James Brown records.
Aaron McCrary, Master Grower, Zion Gardens
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
These are some of the men and women responsible for cannabis' overwhelmingly successful start in Southern Nevada.
Brian Padgett, Owner, CW Nevada
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
These are some of the men and women responsible for cannabis' overwhelmingly successful start in Southern Nevada.
Get a 3D doll of yourself at Cashman Photos
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
“It’s the new dimension in making memories.”
UNLV’s United Conversation Network group hopes to start a new dialogue
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
Like most of us, UNLV senior Robert Gipson II is fed up with political polarization.
Downtown’s evolving Bike Share seeks citizen input
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
Should they add stations by the Stratosphere, the Regional Justice Center or in the new Medical District?
Five Vegas reality shows you should watch
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
Flip or Flop, Outdoor Nevada and more.
Coming to a gas station near you: Sheriff the one-man band
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
He slowly built up his rig, sleeping in his largest drum case until he had a Chevrolet Silverado with a 13-piece custom glass drum kit.
Two print anthologies benefit victims of the Route 91 mass shooting
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
Proceeds from Vegas Strong and Where We Live will go to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund.
In ‘Celestial Abstractions,’ painter Benjamin Schmitt dreams in enamel
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
The paintings, up at Priscilla Fowler Fine Art, are shiny, vibrant and abstract—like a disco inkblot test.
A Public Fit brings Pulitzer-winner ‘W;t’ to life
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
Co-director Joseph Kucan doesn’t want you to think that a play about terminal illness is “as terrifyingly horrific as it sounds.”
Tom Devlin’s Boulder City Monster Museum reflects his quirky personality
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
His first pro gig was doing makeup effects for The X-Files.
Exploring Las Vegas’ scariest new attraction, Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
The imposing star of Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures led us on a tour of his personal masterpiece.
Halloween read: ‘The House Always Wins’
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
What happens when our mobster past comes back in undead form?
How to stay on good terms with your conspiracy-buying friends
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
Try to convince your friends of “the truth,” and the facts might backfire, causing believers to double down.
Vegas’ reading culture grows with Janco Books
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
“I want this to be a community hub—a place that’s warm and welcoming.”
The way back to Mandalay: A return to the Strip aids the healing process
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
If “Vegas Strong” meant anything at all, it meant that I couldn’t hide.

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