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December 18, 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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Las Vegans share their thoughts on new short-term rental rules
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018
This month, the Las Vegas City Council voted to limit new short-term rental licenses to owner-occupied homes. The new rule is effective immediately.

Six reasons Nevada Ballet Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker’ remains a classic holiday must
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018
The uniquely Vegas production has come a long way since the days of scavenging for casino performance spaces.
When can rural Nevadans merge onto the information superhighway?
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
Like oxygen, the internet is both vital and easy to take for granted. Big city Nevadans—that’s us—are sitting pretty with easy access. Yet for rural Nevadans, connections are harder to come by ...
Henderson’s Ambros brings authentic banana flavor to its whiskey
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
“We’re not a whiskey company that makes a banana flavor; we’re just a banana whiskey company.”
Taking in the many sights at North Las Vegas outdoor marketplace Broadacres
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
Now in its 41st year, Broadacres has adapted to compete in the age of Amazon, drawing 1.3 million customers a year.
Opening Alert: Sambalatte’s latest outpost elevates the Smith Center’s nosh stash
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
Expect special show-related treats, like The Lion King-themed “Hakuna Ma-Latte.”
Military requesting more public and private land in Nevada
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018
According to Capt. David Halloran, commander of the Naval Air Station Fallon, modernization and expansion is essential to accommodate new technology.
How to pick the perfect hiking shoes
Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018
If you’re just beginning to explore the outdoors, you might not realize the importance of a good pair of hiking boots.
You don’t have to be athletic to enjoy the majesty of nature
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
Get off that couch and try outdoor yoga, ice skating or a low-key urban stroll.
Documentary film ‘Free Solo’ features extreme Las Vegas athlete Alex Honnold
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
The story follows his heroic effort to climb the 3,000-foot El Capitan rock wall—without ropes.
Embrace the outdoors during Nevada’s mild months
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
From skydiving to a camel safari, here’s your guide to getting outside.
How to get outdoors, do good and save nature
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
Volunteer, get active and do no harm to the environment around you.
Great Basin National Park offers starry skies, ancient trees and glistening caves
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
Plus, cool-weather camping tips.
The great outdoors is the ultimate muse—and these regional artists have listened to its lessons
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
From illustrator Mary Felker to painter Robert Beckmann.
Las Vegas asks city’s residents to ‘open up the dream box’ on parks downtown
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018
Downtown covers 13 square miles, but only about 1.3 percent of it is dedicated to parks. City planners would like to change that, increasing to about 9 percent in the next 25 years. They envision underutilized areas …
Bobby Mao’s adds more culinary variety to the Galleria at Sunset
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
Chinese food, Mexican food and some stuff in between.
‘The Lion King’ musical returns to Las Vegas, with a new Simba leading the pack
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
“There’s so many parallels of my life. It’s one of most relatable roles I’ve ever played.”
Star Costume shop, a longtime fixture in Las Vegas, revels in the spooky season
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018
Star Costume is one of the last of its kind. As the old guard of family-owned costume shops have slowly closed around Las Vegas, one shop carries on. Star Costume and Theatrical Supply has been outfitting the Las Vegas community for about 40 years, and Marc Salls has ...
Bram Stoker meets Buffy in Nevada Ballet Theatre’s ‘Dracula’
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
Boasting elaborate costumes, Gothic set pieces, a score by Hungarian composer Franz Liszt and choreography by the famed Ben Stevenson, it should fulfill your spookiest of Halloween dreams.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper hits the Colosseum stage with comic pal Andy Cohen
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
“Andy says I’m reality and he’s escape from reality,” Cooper says. “I’m more introverted, he’s the life of the party. I rarely go to parties.”
Chatting with political funnyman Bill Maher, who returns to the Mirage this weekend
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
“Does it sometimes get hard to parody a president who is involved in self-parody? A little bit. Sometimes I think he’s trolling me. I’ll make fun of what he did, and then he does it worse.”
Hit Creamistry for ice cream treats and a show
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
They pour the flavor and the base into a mixer, blend it up and shoot it with nitrogen, which flash-freezes the concoction.
Sampling the flavors of Palace Station’s all-night buffet
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
At $11 (or as low as $7 with a Boarding Pass loyalty card), the price—and time—is right.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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: Ashley Farkas
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
Executive director of public relations, MGM Resorts
Women of Intrigue: Alaina Alexander
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
Executive Director of Beverage and Cocktail Services, Wynn and Encore
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.
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.
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.
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.

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