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March 19, 2019

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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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Trader Joe’s plans to cut 1 million pounds of plastic
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Disposable packaging is doing a number on our planet. After a moment’s use, it lives on to clog our waterways, poison animals and despoil nature.

Winter and early spring are great times for spectacular plumage in Southern Nevada
Friday, March 15, 2019
Las Vegas is an oasis to more than just whales and gamblers. Thousands of migratory birds stop here to rest up, refuel and sometimes even mate while they journey back and forth across the globe. Think of it as the Pacific Highway, running north and south, but for birds instead of Beemers.
Get lost in Big Whiskey’s vast bottle collection
Thursday, March 14, 2019
The extensive whiskey list is organized first by country of origin and then type. For example, you can try Nikka Taketsuru, a pure malt from Japan. The indecisive should opt for a themed whiskey flight.
A new crop of Vegas-related books, perfect for springtime
Thursday, March 14, 2019
From memoir to biography to novels, your options are blooming.
UNLV nursing school is eager to put new funding to use
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Nevadans need more nurses. Demand nationally will increase by 15 percent between now and 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What's next for Las Vegas climbing couple after Oscar gold?
Saturday, March 9, 2019
So what’s it like for a “dirtbag climber” to receive the Hollywood treatment? After six months touring to promote the film, Alex Honnold is back home in Vegas and still making sense of it all.
Itinerant Vegas company Poor Richard’s Players builds a theater to call home
Thursday, March 7, 2019
The Playhouse smells like fresh sawdust, that distinct woody scent of new beginnings. It’s still under construction, but the 5,000-square-foot space is already a thing of magic.
Cirque du Soleil pours its talent into the One Night for One Drop charity performance
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Over the course of seven events, it has raised $35 million dollars to help provide vulnerable communities with access to clean water.
Climate change in Nevada can be stopped with our help
Friday, March 1, 2019
While we may be distant from polar vortexes and sea-level rise, Southern Nevada faces its own existential challenges because of climate change. The American Southwest is at risk of rising temperatures ...
A Public Fit’s’ Small Mouth Sounds’ puts the sizzle in silence
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019
It’s a juicy challenge for a daring theater company: produce a play in which characters have taken a vow of silence.
Big blimpin': Shaking a fear of heights for an unforgettable ride over Las Vegas
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
A rare opportunity to ride a blimp offers a gorgeous and even thrilling voyage in the sky.
A first visit to new Downtown wedding chapel Sure Thing
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
In Sure Thing, Victoria Hogan, the founder of pop-up wedding service Flora Pop, intends to provide a comfort level beyond that of other Vegas chapels.
Visiting UNLV artist Amanda Browder wants your help to create her next installation
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
She plans to cover UNLV’s Archie C. Grant Hall in giant rainbow swaths of fabric. But her vision goes beyond just changing the look of a building. She hopes to recruit the community, and turn us all into co-creators and participants.
End of an era: Paymon’s shutters its longtime Maryland Parkway location
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
Fortunately for lovers of Athens fries, Paymon’s has expanded into the suburbs with locations in the southeast Valley and Summerlin.
Tips for spicing up a long-term relationship
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
From scheduling sexy time to knowing when to seek outside help.
A new book traces the roots of Nevada’s growing beer scene
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
“Coming from out of state, I’d heard a lot of bad things about Nevada beer,” author Pat Evans says. “I found that very quickly to be wrong.”
Find your happiness: Mental health tips for the modern era
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
According to research in the Review of General Psychology, 50 percent of happiness is genetic and 10 percent is because of circumstances, such as wealth or beauty. That means 40 percent of our individual wellbeing is in our control.
Art Institute of Las Vegas on the brink of collapse, leaving students with uncertain future
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019
“Printers are breaking down and they’re not even bothering to fix them,” student Angie Miner says. “Once it clicked, I started crying because I absolutely love this school. Video game art is the only thing I’m willing to do.”
Majestic Repertory’s ‘Spring Awakening’ delivers the right amount of anachronism
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
The original play was ahead of its time, depicting teens tackling a host of perennial issues—premarital sex, masturbation, homosexuality, child abuse, abortion, suicide and reform school—all without the help of the internet.
Royal scribe: Egyptologist talks female pharaohs, how ancient politics apply today
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019
Author and egyptologist Kara Cooney will bring her National Geographic Live lecture “When Women Ruled the World” to the Smith Center on Feb. 1. She’ll speak about female leaders — Nefertiti, Cleopatra, Hatshepsut and more — who managed to rule Egypt in spite of ...
The new edition of ‘Vegans, Baby’ points to the best plant-based food in town
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
The author especially loves the koshari at POTs, the brunch at Tacotarian and Good Pie’s Detroit pizza.
Cockroach Theatre’s ‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’ heads to the farce side
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
“This play is powerful. It’s a perfect artist response to corruption.”
Residents try to save Bonnie Springs Ranch from development. But how?
Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
The public backlash was swift. Recently, news broke that Bonnie Springs Ranch would be redeveloped. The petting zoo and Wild West town would give way to luxury homes and a smaller public area with an inn, restaurant and ...
What to expect at Southern Nevada parks during the federal shutdown
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019
A chilly January morning is the perfect time to hike Red Rock National Conservation Area. Enjoy fresh air, expansive views and … a trail littered with dog feces? This was the scene recently at Kraft Mountain Loop ...
New year, new you: Losing weight doesn't have to be a drag
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019
Locals share their weight loss journeys and share a few tips for others looking to shed a few pounds.
Planned housing at Bonnie Springs won't kill site's charm, developer insists
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019
The renderings are beautifully hand-drawn and colored. They depict a mountainous storybook village that could be vaguely Spanish or Italian. Visitors enter through an elegant circular driveway, pass under a charming stone archway and then the new world of Bonnie Springs Ranch opens up. Gone are the equestrian stables, Wild West-themed town, petting zoo and train ride. In its place are ...
Looking for new year's reading? Try these local authors
Monday, Jan. 7, 2019
Here's a roundup of Las Vegas or Nevada-related books that you may have missed in 2018.
Publish more, perform more, share more: Las Vegas' cultural resolutions for 2019
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019
What does 2019 have in store for the Las Vegas arts and culture scene? We ask the folks who help to shape it.
‘Razor Wire’ reflects the healing art and poetry of Nevada prisoners
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018
The poems are honest and deeply personal. They ruminate on themes of forgiveness, nature, the difficulty of love and even the innocent desire to pet a dog after 15 years behind bars.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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 ...
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.
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.
Great Basin National Park offers starry skies, ancient trees and glistening caves
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
Plus, cool-weather camping tips.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”

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