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August 19, 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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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 ...
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.
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.
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.
CCSD schools cut French and other electives to help bridge budget gap
Thursday, June 7, 2018
“Each individual school site makes the decision on where they would make adjustments to their budget,” said CCSD spokesperson Mauricio Marin.
Review: 'Hamilton' at the Smith Center is ‘young, scrappy and hungry’
Friday, June 1, 2018
The music is fantastic, but the real joy comes in seeing the costumes, set, dancing, acting and singing giving shape and sight to the sounds.
Peek inside the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender
Thursday, May 31, 2018
The annual fundraiser for the Burlesque Hall of Fame features a “Texas Tease ’Em” poker tournament, a burlesque bazaar and lots of tassel-twirling fun.
New women’s veteran writing workshop wants you
Thursday, May 31, 2018
“Everyone has a story to tell. If you’d like to learn how to tell yours, join us,” founder and leader Sonya Padgett writes in her event flyer.
'Remembering 1 October' oral history project wants your story
Thursday, May 31, 2018
You don’t have to be a first responder to participate in UNLV Libraries’ “Remembering 1 October” oral history project.
Golden sound: VGK music director spins soundtrack to a winning season
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The Golden Knights are known for their deep connection to the local community, and the game music is no exception.
A win for Winchester: Cultural center gets major expansion
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Built in 1982 with a dance studio added in 2015, the center has desperately needed more space for years.
Hip-hop American tale ‘Hamilton’ sweeps into the Smith Center
Thursday, May 24, 2018
It’s time to place the musical up there with the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.

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