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October 15, 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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Downtown’s Thunderbird hotel gets a retro renovation
Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
There’s a delightful stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard that time seems to have forgot. Located north of the Strip and south of downtown, it’s neither here nor ...
God Behind Bars trunk or treat
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
With the goal of connecting children with their incarcerated parents, the charity organization God Behind Bars is hosting a Halloween event October 13.
Opening alert: Freed’s new Dessert Shop brings baked deliciousness to northwest Las Vegas
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
The October 6 grand opening will double as the 59th anniversary celebration of the family owned shop.
Low water levels affecting fowl hunting
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
Located 90 miles north of Las Vegas, waterfowl, such as a mallard, green-winged teal, Northern pintail or canvasback know the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge as a nesting place, winter hideaway or pitstop along migration routes.

Shakespeare’s "Measure for Measure" gets an immersive Vegas disco upgrade
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
“Immersive theater is the next evolution in entertainment, and it has taken a large turn now that the video game generation has grown up and started producing shows.”
Five things we can learn from America’s Astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
He’ll be onstage at the Smith Center on September 27.
Fremont9 luxury apartments make a splash in downtown Las Vegas
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
The Downtown Project’s quest to revitalize downtown Las Vegas has always been hampered by a lack of available housing. Fremont9, a five-story mid-rise, could help change that ...
Suicide Prevention Month: Every Brilliant Thing at Cockroach Theatre
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
A son writes a running list of reasons to live to help his suicidal mother. The reasons are not grand, but small, intimate and attainable—such as “ice cream” and “the alphabet.”
Classic Vegas steakhouse Golden Steer celebrates its 60th anniversary
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
To mark its Diamond Anniversary, Signorelli is bringing back retro menu items on a rotating basis through December, starting with frog legs and Chilean trout.
Las Vegas Little Theatre channels Steve Martin with latest production ‘The Underpants’
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
Director Chris Davies points out that the play touches on the issues of immigration reform and women’s rights—without losing any laughs.
Spring Preserve duck stamps
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
It started as a federal conservation effort, and it’s turned into a career-making art competition for wildlife painters.
Take 5: Dig into these tasty tableside guacamole options
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018
Avocado toast may be the trend of the moment, but guacamole is an enduring classic. Its incredibly simple base recipe — chopped avocados, onions, tomatoes, chiles, cilantro and lime juice — provides a blank palette for endless variation. Ingredients can be added or subtracted ...
Your prescription delivery packaging may now be recyclable
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018
Prescription delivery can be a godsend for those who can’t visit the pharmacy. But those convenient packages come at a hidden cost to the environment.
With hopes of diversity, Metro hosts boot camp for women
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018
Early on a recent Saturday morning, more than 100 women gathered at Las Vegas Metro Police headquarters to try their luck at some of the physical tests required to become a cop or a correctional officer. Shirts bearing the Metro seal under a field of pink and the words “Women’s Boot Camp” were given to ...
Honey Salt cooks up a ‘Culinary Scrapbook’
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018
It’s a celebration of a culinary lifestyle, offering tips, stories and candid family photos.
UNLV receives grants for medical research and Latinx voices
Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018
Education money may be tight in Southern Nevada, but UNLV just received a little more to go around.
My fintastic stint as a mermaid—and how you can be one, too
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
I advanced from fearing that I’d sink in the middle of the pool to feeling like a magical dolphin that soared through the water with speed and more grace than I normally have on land.
Women of Intrigue: Alaina Alexander
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
Executive Director of Beverage and Cocktail Services, Wynn and Encore
Women of Intrigue: Ashley Farkas
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
Executive director of public relations, MGM Resorts
Born to run ... and run ... and run ...
Ultrarunning goes the distance in Las Vegas
Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018
Frantic mood swings, hallucinations and nausea—no, we’re not talking about the effects of the latest black market drug, but something much more intimidating: ultrarunning. Defined as any run longer than a marathon, ultrarunners embark on 50 and even 100-mile races.
Time for breakfast: Chefs cook and share their recipes for a cause
Friday, Aug. 24, 2018
Countless amazing culinary events happen in Las Vegas, but the city’s most ardent food lovers often can’t attend these events because they’re too busy working them. Locals Scott Green and TaChelle Lawson saw a delicious solution to the problem.
JottShots brings gel shots from the kitchen to the menu
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018
They come in four flavors—mojito, cherry, berry and lemondrop—and have already infiltrated the Vegas scene.
Artist Nancy Good opens a gallery and studio to fill an underserved niche
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018
She also sees Core Contemporary as an event space—hosting classes, lectures, artist talks and even the odd office holiday party.
Home means Nevada (for Californians, Utahans and Arizonans, too)
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018
While the addition of more than 100,000 residents since 2016 and three professional sports teams has certainly had a positive role in helping the market, those in the industry claim our local growth is thanks to Vegas’ booming economy ...
How this summer's extreme weather has hampered region's outdoor recreation
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018
The weather has hindered outdoor recreation, whether that’s forcing residents to find inside entertainment options during the 100-plus degree Southern Nevada summer, or ...
Guy Fieri joins efforts to aid wildfire victims, responders
Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018
“My team and I got involved. [We] loaded up the caravan from wine country and drove four hours up here.”
Additional emergency phones to be installed at UNLV
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
Thanks to $1 million in new funding from the Nevada System of Higher Education, UNLV is getting a safety upgrade.
Vegas for tourists: How to pack your visitors’ vacation with a whirlwind of fun
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
Suggested itineraries for everyone—newbies, families, party animals and beyond.
Las Vegas Theater Alliance boosts local performers with a community-wide casting call
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
“The goal is twofold: to support producers and make sure actors have enough work.”
Come to Majestic Repertory Theatre for ‘Cabaret,’ stay for ‘Clown Bar’
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
Actress Natalie Senecal loves Clown Bar so much, she plans to get a rubber chicken tattoo.
Everything you need to make your summer pool party perfect
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
Decorating and landscaping ideas, safety tips and more.
New crafts bar catches a trend, opens the creative side of Downtown Summerlin
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Corks ‘n Crafts is like the countless painting-and-wine venues scattered across the Las Vegas, except for one key difference ...
Bar Sake offers summer suggestions to help keep you cool
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Sake isn’t one type of drink, but rather a complex beverage as versatile as wine.
How to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses in Southern Nevada
Thursday, July 26, 2018
The arid desert keeps mosquitos more or less at bay—we have it way better than Louisiana or Florida. But that doesn’t mean we’re completely in the clear.
Interactive show ‘Quest World’ delves into epic-fantasy hilarity
Thursday, July 26, 2018
It’s part comedy improv, part choose-your-own-adventure and part full-on fantasy world building.
Two young Las Vegas musicians set to play Carnegie Hall
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Since 1892, New York City’s Carnegie Hall has been a beacon for musicians. Just performing there is a sign of having made it as an artist. On Tuesday, two Las Vegas classical musicians will play the famed concert venue as the culmination of of an elite fellowship program ...
Boulder City Railroad Museum gets a grant for expansion
Saturday, July 14, 2018
The Nevada State Railroad Museum Boulder City has big dreams, and a new $469,000 grant is bringing them into the station.
A wannabe child star is ‘Ruthless’-LY funny in LVLT’s kitschy new musical
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Like her fictional counterpart, local 10-year-old Teah DeStefano dreams of entertainment stardom.
When target shooters and hikers collide
Friday, July 6, 2018
Hiker Billy Taylor hits the trails around Las Vegas about three times a week — more when the weather is nice. Almost every time, he encounters people shooting guns. As Southern Nevada grows and suburbia spreads farther into the desert, Taylor has seen what he describes as a tenfold increase in open-desert shooters (Metro Police does not measure such incidents and cannot comment on the change). “It has gotten out of control,” Taylor said. “They shoot indiscriminately and don’t pay attention to ...
The Big One: Could an earthquake cut us off from California?
Monday, July 2, 2018
What would happen to Nevada if a big earthquake hit California? We’d most likely be far enough away to avoid any direct damage, but secondary repercussions could ...
Late-night TV writer Amber Ruffin debuts hilarious new musical ‘Bigfoot’ at Majestic Repertory
Thursday, June 28, 2018
“It’s really, really funny, but there’s an emotional truth to it.”
Expanding master-planned community in northwest valley draws crowds of potential homebuyers
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
On Saturday, nearly 1,000 people braved the blistering summer heat to attend the First Look Event for Phase 2 of the Skye Canyon master-planned community in the far northwest valley ...
Study ranks McCarran No. 1
Friday, June 22, 2018
TravelBank, a business travel app, released a study of the best and worst airports for business travelers, and McCarran International Airport topped the list as the best airport in the nation.
Handcrafted’s libations, small plates and epic views are a feast for the senses
Thursday, June 21, 2018
The bar features a “Wine ATM” along with a cocktail menu divided into thirds: Signature, Mid-Century Modern and Classic.
Super Summer’s charming She Loves Me dates back to the pre-internet era
Thursday, June 21, 2018
The source material has also inspired three hit movies, including 1998’s ‘You’ve Got Mail,’ with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
Clark County considers turning 39,000 acres of public land into private development
Monday, June 18, 2018
After a recession-fueled decade of abandoned construction sites and empty houses, the Las Vegas Valley is now feeling the squeeze. Land and housing prices are rising because demand outstrips supply. And this is just the beginning with Clark County’s population, projected to reach 2.81 million by 2050. With the economy expanding and more people moving here, officials have ...
Las Vegas climbing star basks in record-setting El Capitan feat
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Las Vegas-based rock climber Alex Honnold has crushed another record ...
Here are a few ways to make Las Vegas' air quality challenges better
Friday, June 15, 2018
On the worst days, there’s a toilet bowl ring of smog around the valley. You may not notice it if you spend most of your time in the center of town: When you’re in the mix, you can’t see it. But if you venture to the edge of town and find a good view, you probably won’t like what you see ...
Image Comics’ anthology ‘Where We Live’ benefits Las Vegas in more ways than one
Thursday, June 14, 2018
More than 150 writers and artists explore themes, causes and responses to gun violence, with all proceeds benefiting the nonprofit Route 91 Strong.
Las Vegas Little Theatre’s Fringe Festival delivers new, bite-sized plays
Thursday, June 7, 2018
This year’s event features 11 different productions, from musicals to dramas to comedy.

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