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February 20, 2017

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Erin Ryan

Editor/The Sunday

Erin got her first newspaper job in 2002 thanks to a campfire story about Bigfoot. In her award-winning work for weeklies, dailies and magazines throughout the region, she has crawled inside the heads of Pulitzer winners and urban vampires, played Scrabble with nudists, flown an airplane and eaten seven pickles in four minutes. She does not believe in nut grafs.

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How to choose the right light for every space in your home
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017
The character of light changes a room and can affect your mood and focus. Walk through your home flipping the switches and ask yourself: Do I have the right light?
NV Energy and Apple partnering to build solar energy resources in Nevada
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
NV Energy and Apple have jointly announced an agreement to build 200 megawatts of additional solar energy in Nevada to support the tech company’s Reno-based ...
Your holiday handbook, from feasts and light shows to finding Santa
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016
Home for the holidays. For some Las Vegans, that means flying this fabulous coop to wherever loved ones are gathered. But tourists come for the mild desert winter and notoriously merry mood, so why not invite the family here to start a new tradition? In typical Las Vegas fashion, reality is being defied all over ...
Toasting the holidays: Around the world in 15 drinks
Monday, Nov. 28, 2016
Around the world, flavors and customs abound around holiday drinking. From Jamaican rum punch to the corn-and-chocolate richness of Mexican champurrado, why not branch out from your classic eggnog? Or at least do it the English way, with plenty of fresh nutmeg. And don’t forget to toast America’s Eggnog Riot of 1826!
On ISIS, trade, clemency and more, Obama not letting up in final stretch
Monday, Nov. 7, 2016
In his final State of the Union address in January, President Barack Obama made it clear he had no intention of spending his last year sitting down. With his time in the White House growing short, here's a look at some of the issues he prioritized in the final stretch.
Giving a hoot: Ambitious play by Hooters resort highlights power of cause marketing
Monday, Aug. 15, 2016
Charity partnership often takes the form of a one-off event or smaller-scale promotion tied to a business’ routine, so Hooters is making a gutsy, month-long play for the good of the community — and for that community to see it as more than the place with hot girls and tasty chicken wings. “I don’t like the idea of, I sit in my office and I cut a check, and it just goes out and it is what it is. If I’m gonna do something, I want it to be big,” said general manager Michael Storm. “It’s not just, ‘Hey, Hooters is donating some money;’ it’s an awareness campaign for the charities we’re involved with. And I think the best way to get that awareness is to do something big enough to where people take notice” ...
As the National Park Service hits the century mark, rediscover the beauty of the West
Monday, Aug. 8, 2016
A major shift thundered through the country in the 19th century, when westward expansion led to the discovery of America’s breathtaking landscapes. Seeing the potential for harm done by those living out newsman Horace Greeley’s famous advice — “Go West” — President Ulysses S. Grant signed into law a plan to ...
Scouring the city for the tastiest and most creative specialty food
Monday, July 4, 2016
Making food personal is the mark of any good chef, whether in a Michelin-starred restaurant or a stand at a flea market. And more and more eaters want to connect with the stories, family recipes and fever dreams behind the flavor. Here’s to the culinary artists and mad scientists of Las Vegas ...
Serious beauty: A Miss USA primer from Nevada’s not-so-secret weapon, Shanna Moakler
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Sure, Miss Maryland USA looks tough doing pushups out at Red Rock Canyon, but this is Miss Nevada’s turf. Emelina Adams isn’t featured in that particular promo for Miss USA, but she was born and raised in the valley …
Lost, and maybe found, in the renegade beauty of zines
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Adventures in the local archive of uncensored, unyielding expressions of humanness.
Coaxed from the urban core by sheer will and plenty of sweat, community garden Vegas Roots just won't stop blooming
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Green goodness is sprouting in the neon desert!
Picnicking goes deliciously rogue at global ‘epicurean phenomenon’ Le Dîner en Blanc
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
From the DJ in her egg-shaped cage to the acrobats performing on twisted-metal art to the servers shepherding chilled white wine among a crowd of more than 1,000 diners, everyone was dressed in white.
Nail your style for Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend with hepness from Rockin Bettie
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Heels are nice. Kitten-heeled saddle shoes are nicer.
T-Mobile Arena gives us the concessions of our dreams
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Seriously, guys. These snacks are the opposite of sad nachos.
In brief: Learn a language at the library, AFAN's free HIV testing and more
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Plus: Nuptial numbers are down in the (former) wedding capital of the world.
Spring style: The season gets electric in Main Street’s indie fashion corridor
Thursday, March 17, 2016
The fashion enclave is playing it very cool.
The Feast of Friends at Artisanal Foods marks a meal to remember
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
There are several event dinners in Las Vegas every week, but this one was special, odd and assembled with a greater purpose.
Vegas Extreme Park set for the south Strip
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016
Are you ready to ride zipline coasters, surf, skate and climb in one 90-acre park?
In Vegas’ dating desert, Tinder isn’t just about the hookup
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
Our annual Love & Sex Issue, from Tinder's sweet side to leather in the bedroom, lumbersexuals and more.
A cold pint and a warm introduction to Downtown Crown
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
Keep calm and have a beer—the bar is open.
Hot-button issues find their way onto license plates
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016
Given the raging debate about guns in America, you have to wonder if anyone will protest the Second ...
Let the wave of new ‘Star Wars’ merchandise wash over your life
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
How to travel, eat sushi, drink beer and play with maximum Force.
Weekly Q&A: Robert Teddy’s art is an edible marvel
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
A man who can appreciate lowbrow cookies and build epically luxurious cakes. Not to mention a candy-cane dragon ridden by Santa on national television.
Wynn targets millennial gamblers with Encore Player’s Club
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015
Blackjack and the big game with a DJ, special drinks and interactive perks for the millennial set.
Fight hunger with the sassy pinups of Bombshell Bingo!
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
A Harvest Hoedown benefitting Las Vegans in need.
Tips to help you Fogo de Chão in style
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Fogo de Chão grand-opened a Downtown Summerlin location, and the Weekly was there to fill up on meat.
Time to celebrate No-Shave November, and the adornment of our time
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
Tis the season of razors sitting idle on sinks.
Personal decisions and sorting through new guidelines for breast cancer screening
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015
The American Cancer Society says most women should start yearly mammograms at age 45.
Haunt-your-dreams dessert from Vegas sweet spots
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015
Did we eat all of this dessert? Of course. And we would do it again.
Fear of losing free parking: At what price Vegasness?
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015
The murmurs started early last year, when MGM Resorts revealed that its new 20,000-seat arena would rely on existing properties to accommodate all those cars. But the indignation I’m hearing doesn’t seem as rooted in the potential wallet hit as erosion of the Vegas idea.
With cheeky pirates and hot barbarians, the Age of Chivalry ren fest thrills again
Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
Always try on the corsets before you hit the meat pies.
Glenfiddich whiskey has a smart, sassy new emissary in Jennifer Wren
Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Glenfiddich brand ambassador Jennifer Wren on the great ice debate, nose libraries and the "George Takei effect."
New UNLV President Len Jessup answers Vegas’ burning questions
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015
You never know when you’re going to get a Slip ’N Slide question, even when you’re the president of a university.
Get an eyeful of Downtown’s souped-up Las Vegas Hostel
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015
Steaks by the pool and a llama in the game room—welcome to the new Las Vegas Hostel.
Wisdom, joy and a landslide of Tribbles at the 'Star Trek' convention
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015
"I didn’t bring my Picard action figure, but I am nerding out on the inside. This character helped teach me about honor, love, loss and drinking songs. I really did grow up with him."
Vegas’ favorite magic dragon is on the menu at Kuma Snow Cream
Sunday, July 12, 2015
What's up with Piff, from a namesake dessert to a Kickstarter quest to flirtations with Heidi Klum.
Cupcakes with 'Cupcake': In the kitchen with UFC star Miesha Tate
Thursday, July 9, 2015
"The more I get hurt, the harder I fight. If I go down I’m definitely gonna go down swinging."
Weddings are better with Elvis, Ewoks and vampires at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel
Thursday, June 25, 2015
“You want it to be magical. It’s a production ... we’re used to making everything bigger and grand."
Under the hood of the legendary Las Vegas wedding machine
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Do you know how many wedding guests can fit in a pink super-stretch Hummer?
Tweet of fate: How a chance meeting on social media became a vow of love forever
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Love at first tweet? A local couple who met on Twitter just tied the knot (on Periscope no less).
A spaceship with room service? A UFO Hotel in Baker could become reality with your help
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Turndown service could use a little Abducted Cow jerky.
Where to grub in Vegas on National Burger Day
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
A national holiday, in a bun.
PBR is back in Vegas with Cowboy Spring Break
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The Last Cowboy Standing competition is complemented with three days of country music and slices of Western life.
A club for all mankind: Sampling the Valley’s best unpretentious hangs
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Where the music is sweet (and so are the Jell-O shots). It's time to get down with your bad self!
Giant meatballs to legit Bloody Marys, Lavo brunch will spice up your Mother’s Day
Friday, May 8, 2015
Moms love breakfast in bed. But they also love cocktails and views of the Strip.
Trailer drops for documentary on Martin Jacobson’s thrilling WSOP win
Monday, April 20, 2015
As described Jacobson's situation heading into last year's World Series of Poker Main Event final table: "He's never won a major live poker tournament. He's second to last in chips to start the final table. He's too quiet to become the leading poker ambassador. No player from Sweden has ever won this tournament."
Kickass climber Alex Johnson on first ascents and finding home in Las Vegas
Thursday, April 2, 2015
She drinks her coffee with butter. Her Chihuahua runs 8-minute miles. And she can hang her entire body weight on two fingers. Something tells me extreme rock climber Alex Johnson would be good at Two Truths and a Lie.
Dreaming out loud: Charles Ressler aims to inspire Las Vegas with ‘Brave’
Thursday, March 26, 2015
“I’m hoping ... maybe it can create a shift in the thinking of how things happen here. Brave is about changing your comfort zone.”
Bold young designers break out in the ‘Project Runway’-style Fashion Forward
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The Junior League of Las Vegas' annual design competition culminated in a March 14 runway blowout at Fashion Show Mall.
Spring fashion’s light, bright, relaxed allure
Thursday, March 19, 2015
With blossoms winking from the trees and the air turning luxuriously warm, you get the urge to throw your wardrobe out the window and start fresh.

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