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May 23, 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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Majestic Repertory continues its revolutionary season with ‘Animal Farm’
Thursday, May 17, 2018
The edgy musical stage adaptation features four songs and actors dressed as animals kicking around a giant dirt pit.
Sweet 16: Teenager Charlotte Rosiak to graduate from UNLV at age 16 with hospitality degree
Saturday, May 12, 2018
More than 3,000 students will cross the stage today at UNLV’s spring commencement ceremony. As fitting for one of the most diverse schools in the nation, this batch of grads hails from 37 states and 57 countries. The oldest graduate is 72. And at age 16, the youngest grad ...
Coyotes among us: How to live with them in the Las Vegas Valley
Friday, May 11, 2018
A battle is brewing in Paradise Palms—a neighborhood otherwise known for its charming midcentury modern homes. Coyotes are stalking residents, snatching beloved pets and striking fear into the ...
An LVLT play explores office secrets, while another skewers the faithful
Thursday, May 10, 2018
For its 10th-annual New Works Competition, the committee chose /’Se-krits/ by Robb Willoughby from more than 150 submitted manuscripts.
Steiner’s celebrates 20 years of pub grub and happy locals
Thursday, May 10, 2018
It pioneered the concept of the “Nevada-style pub.”
Renewable energy vs. the environment: Proposed project getting some blowback
Friday, May 4, 2018
While renewable energy seems like a no-brainer for environmentalism, this type of wind farm has garnered pushback from environmental groups because of the ...
Peppermill’s classic sign finds a new home
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Everything about the Peppermill is pure Vegas—from the mirrored ceilings and rainbow sprinkles to its neon signage. But the restaurant is replacing its famous neon street-side marquee sign with an LED screen. “This decision was deliberated for more than two years, and our hope is that this new sign will better inform first-time visitors of the food, drink and happy hour deals they’ll find inside our ...
Dropping into a Nevada Ballet Theater rehearsal as the troupe preps for a world premiere
Thursday, May 3, 2018
The program will be accompanied by a full orchestra with members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
Developer confident that luxury apartments will make splash in Chinatown
Monday, April 30, 2018
Big change could be coming to this oft-overlooked area. With this luxury property aimed at young professionals, Fore Property Co. is betting on Chinatown as the ...
A Palm Springs family struggles to reunite in A Public Fit’s ‘Other Desert Cities’
Thursday, April 26, 2018
The Las Vegas production features real-life mother-daughter duo Charlene and Rozanne Sher playing their fictional counterparts.
Nevada Preservation Foundation’s Home + History returns with even more history … and martinis
Thursday, April 26, 2018
If you can only attend one event, try the one that started it all: the Vintage Vegas Home Tour.
30 minutes from the Strip, a cafe opening is big news in tiny Blue Diamond
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
It’s located only 30 minutes from the Strip, but mountains protect the village from urban sprawl. Breathtaking desert views make the town of about 300 feel like ...
The Burlesque Hall of Fame debuts its bigger and sexier new museum
Thursday, April 19, 2018
When a burlesque museum announces a “big reveal,” you stop and take notice.
Check out these springtime books with a Vegas connection
Thursday, April 19, 2018
New work from comedian Louie Anderson, poet Claudia Keelan and more.
Winged Heart Awards add new honoree category—first responders
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Since 2013, the Clark County Medical Society has honored nurses and health-related nonprofit organizations.
Tickets to see ‘Hamilton’ at the Smith Center go on sale April 28
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The show runs May 29 through June 24 inside Reynolds Hall.
Warner Bros. and Amazon Studio's 'The Goldfinch' was set in Vegas, but it wasn’t filmed here
Friday, April 13, 2018
A chunk of Donna Tartt’s 2013 best-selling novel The Goldfinch was set in Las Vegas. Now, the book is being turned into a Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios film.
Don't tread the line: How Sin City can lead the #MeToo movement
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Gluttony, indulgence and sin—the famous perceptions of Las Vegas seem antithetical to the #MeToo movement. But as a city, we have a unique opportunity to be leaders in the campaign.
How can we rid our future of harassment?
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Many men in politics come from backgrounds of privilege, and the intoxicating nature of power can lead to arrogance and entitlement.
Vegas filmmakers ride horror genre with latest offering, 'Party Bus to Hell'
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
"Party Bus to Hell," an indie horror movie starring Tara Reid and filmed in Las Vegas and the Valley of Fire, will have its video-on-demand release on April 13 ...
Take 5: Las Vegas comic book stores you should peruse
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Part community center, pop-culture showcase, vintage store, museum, game lounge and special event space, comic book shops are universes unto themselves. Drawing loyal fans who subscribe to “pull boxes,” these shops continue to thrive as other outlets ...
Proposed renewable energy project south of Las Vegas to host public meetings
Friday, April 6, 2018
Clark County could get a wind farm that generates 500 megawatts of electricity. But first, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wants your opinion on the matter.
Nevada’s outdoor recreation industry is organizing
Friday, April 6, 2018
With the recent creation of the Nevada Outdoor Business Coalition, the recreation industry is growing.
The Bellagio Gallery’s Samurai exhibit will pierce your expectations
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Behold the rare exhibit that will appeal to art lovers and loathers alike.
Victim funds are in the process of distributing aid
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
The Las Vegas Victims’ Fund has begun distributing its $31.4 million. Money is allocated via seriousness of injury, with $275,000 going to those who ...
How we remember: Status updates on the memorials and artifacts of a tragedy
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Despite rumors to the contrary, the Healing Garden is here to stay. The City of Las Vegas contracted with ...
Survivors, heroes of tragedy leave lasting legacies
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Gina Argento hired Erick Silva at Contemporary Services Corp. back in 2014, opening the doors for where Silva would spend up to 20 hours a day for the next three years working ...
Cockroach Theatre’s new play gets inside the head of a man suffering from dementia
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Florian Zeller's 'The Father' is presented in partnership with the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Lifestyles of the Fish and Famous: Animal Planet’s 'Tanked' swims into its 8th year
Thursday, March 29, 2018
A new season of Las Vegas’ own hit reality show will premiere at 9 p.m. March 30.
Two artists visualize universal truths in unique ways.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
April brings a couple of very different exhibits to CSN's North Campus.
On-Demand tutoring arrives with the Knack app
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Knack is like the AirBnB of peer tutoring.
Be ready for pollen season
Friday, March 23, 2018
Officially known as seasonal allergic rhinitis (or, more casually, hay fever), pollen allergies strike in Las Vegas in the fall and spring. But there’s no reason to stand by and wait for the season to pass.
Las Vegas rock climbing legend Alex Honnold talks ropeless Yosemite climb
Saturday, March 17, 2018
More than 250 fans crowded into The Refuge Climbing Center on Thursday night for a presentation by climbing great Alex Honnold ...
Get involved: A citizen's guide to getting your voice heard by government
Thursday, March 15, 2018
The long, grueling and combative 2016 election had at least one silver lining. According to the website VolunteerMatch, its highest-ever traffic numbers happened four days after Trump’s inauguration and ...
3 Baaad Sheep flex their artistic might with an ever-evolving show at Priscilla Fowler
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Yes, it’s on purpose. The misspelling in the exhibit’s name is a sly joke proving the show’s very point.
Nevadans promote culture and communication in D.C. on Arts Advocacy Day
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Nevada’s coalition included arts leaders, high school students and Sarah O’Connell, a Las Vegas-based theater director and founder of the website
Lovelorn Nevadans most likely to get cyber-scammed
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Nevada has the highest online romance scams per capita, according to a study released last week by and Safewise. “America’s Matchmaker” Patti Novak says ...
Does ride-hailing increase congestion in Las Vegas?
Friday, March 9, 2018
Researchers in Boston found that the convenience and low cost of ride-hailing led commuters to choose it over mass transit, biking or walking.
Nevada Conservatory Theatre presents an all-female ‘Julius Caesar’
Thursday, March 8, 2018
“It acknowledges that women have a place in political struggles and that they can just as believably fight and die for a cause as a man could.”
Could Las Vegas support a world-class zoo? This group believes so
Monday, March 5, 2018
Amid the excitement surrounding potential new stadiums, arenas and art museums, some locals want Las Vegas to get a different kind of venue. During the past few years ...
Beyond the cactus: A quick-start guide for springtime planting
Friday, March 2, 2018
In many other parts of the country, gardening comes easily. But the Mojave Desert requires a little more finesse.
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon aims to add perspective to history
Friday, March 2, 2018
Fewer than 15 percent of editors on Wikipedia are female or non-gender binary.
The road to a bike path at Red Rock Canyon
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Grassroots organization Save Red Rock was in the spotlight last year for its “Keep Red Rock Rural” campaign against urban encroachment. But that was just a side effort.
Threads of nature, spirituality and family love hold together this Harold Bradford retrospective
Thursday, March 1, 2018
He moved to Las Vegas more than 30 years ago to design neon signs for YESCO, most famously the Buffalo Bill’s Casino sign in Primm.
The Smith Center unveils its 2018-19 Broadway Las Vegas season
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
The School of Rock, The Lion King, Dear Evan Hansen and more.
How 2018 is faring for environmental policy
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
If it seems like the Environmental Protection Agency has been in the news more often than usual, well, that’s because it has.
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 .
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.”
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 ...
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.

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