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March 20, 2019

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Geoff Carter

Senior Editor

Experts in paleoanthropology believe that Geoff Carter began his career in journalism sometime in the early Grunge period, when he joined the staff of Scope Magazine, the monthly alternative magazine that evolved into Las Vegas Weekly. Since then, it’s been nothing but hot rocks, big hits and fazed cookies: working staff gigs at the Las Vegas Sun, the Seattle Times and Vegas Seven; getting his freelance kicks at MSN, Time Out and Entrepreneur. He enjoys traveling, photography, Disneyland, fancy drinks and talking to you. His return to the Weekly staff was prophesied.

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Downtown dinner favorite Esther’s Kitchen delivers a winning weekend brunch
Thursday, March 7, 2019
The bread pudding French toast is every bit as filling as you’d suspect, but it’s not a gut bomb—more of a sweet naptime pillow.
Tig Notaro and Dina Martina join Believer Fest 2019
Monday, March 4, 2019
The acclaimed comic and Seattle cabaret star join what's already a must-see literary, musical and cultural bill.
With ‘Atomic Saloon Show,’ Spiegelworld attempts to raze the bar
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019
The agile, oversexed lunatics who brought us Absinthe will soon try their hand at an old-timey saloon show.
Reflecting on 20 amazing years of shows at Las Vegas’ House of Blues
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019
From Underworld to OutKast, and Erykah Badu to Jason Isbell
What inspires Vegas painter and printmaker Montana Black?
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019
“I love Valley of Fire. There’s some gorgeous rainbow rock over there that just … I see it and I just wanna eat it.”
Is it us, or are there a lot more musicals on local stages?
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019
It’s one of the things the Smith Center was built to do, but our smaller venues are exploding in song, too.
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.
Believer Fest announces its initial 2019 lineup
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019
This literary, arts and music fest is bringing together not merely a who’s-who, but a who’s-what of cultural figures.
Take 5: Celebrities married in Las Vegas
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
You don’t need to get down on one knee: Las Vegas will marry you. Tens of thousands of visitors and locals are married in Southern Nevada every year. We have an entire industry in place to bring lovers together in matrimony, and it’s little wonder that ...
What began as a hunger pang became Las Vegas’ thriving Chinatown district
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
The neighborhood now covers roughly three miles of Spring Mountain Road, and boasts many of the city’s absolute best restaurants.
The food grabs the attention, but there’s lots more to do in Chinatown
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
From Great Wall Bookstore to Wreck Room to the Golden Tiki, begin planning your adventures here.
What inspires Las Vegas artist, musician and mental health advocate Ryan Brunty?
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
“There’s a subgenre of vaporwave called mallsoft that’s supposed to give you the feeling of walking through a mall in the ’90s. I know it sounds so hipster and out there, but I just absolutely love it.”
Live the myth: Tony Spilotro’s home is for sale
Friday, Jan. 18, 2019
The house sits on a 13,068-square-foot lot and has what the client brochure describes as “one of the largest pools in the neighborhood.” The mid-century modern interior is bright and ...
Las Vegas has covered a lot of cultural ground during the Weekly' s 21 years
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019
We don’t yet have all the pieces. We still need a permanent fine art museum, for example, and we don’t have enough “third places” to hang out in that aren’t bars. But aspiring to these things is no longer a hazy, faraway dream for our city.
If you haven’t yet become a fan of Puddles Pity Party, it’s time to hug it out
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019
The alter ego of star cabaret performer Big Mike Geier is coming to Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace for a nine-date residency. And you owe it to yourself to experience it—the songs, the wordless gestures, the long and awkward hugs.
Arts District gets a new multi-use building, thanks to a neighborhood pioneer
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019
201 East Charleston, a three-story, 16,550-square-foot mixed use building that Brett Wesley conceived in collaboration with former ATLAS architect Brett Robillard, is now building adjacent to the Arts Factory and Art Square. At once crisply modern and compatible with the Arts District’s midcentury industrial aesthetic ...
Disneyland fans: Go now before you’re 'forced' out
Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019
If you’d like to have a nice Disneyland visit anytime next year, you need to go before the summertime opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Relaxing coffeehouses where you can craft your New Year's resolutions
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019
You might need one of Grouchy John’s sweet and potent frappes to power you through.
Two new housing-retail developments will change UNLV, Maryland Parkway
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019
The area surrounding UNLV comprises an assortment of suburban-scale apartments and strip-mall retail plazas, and that’s pretty much the way it’s been for years. But this year, the University District will see the ...
Concerts, albums and Las Vegas releases: recapping a busy year in music
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018
Janelle Monáe, David Byrne, St. Vincent, The War on Drugs, Robyn and more.
Filmmaker Tim Burton will bring a giant show of his art to the Neon Museum in October
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018
The exhibit will feature new and previously displayed large-scale work, and will be staged in such a way as to take full advantage of the Neon Museum’s combination of indoor and outdoor spaces.
El Dorado Cantina’s happy hour is a true treasure
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018
The booze offerings are generous, and the food menu short and sweet, including $3.50 street tacos with your choice of proteins.
Singer Kristen Hertzenberg provides one of this Las Vegas’ brightest wintertime traditions
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
“The audience gives you an entirely different sentiment than they do the rest of the year.”
What inspires muralist, enamel pinmaker and wedding minister Holly Vaughn?
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
I pretty much always have a copy of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles handy. I feel like we’re living in that Mars landscape—like it’s the story of my hometown.
Three ’90s pioneers of electronic music play Vegas this week
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
Tricky, The Orb and Goldie are all in town for separate shows.
Diane Bush and James Stanford deliver stunning, holiday gift-worthy compilations of their art
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
Shimmering Zen presents Stanford’s mandalas at the size of record sleeves, big enough to allow you to stare deeply into the details or for them to wash over you in a kaleidoscopic swirl
The best way to experience ‘The Moth’ storytelling series is live onstage
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
Scheduled to appear are teacher/author Ruby Cooper; “disease detective” Vikram Krishnasamy; journalist/artist Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika; and professional skeptic Teller.
Does Las Vegas really need to bring its visual charms down to selfie-stick level?
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
We already have some of the world’s best Instagram backdrops. Adding more is like putting the proverbial hat on a hat.
Five Thoughts: Simple Minds at the Pearl (October 21)
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
Anyone expecting a low-key, nostalgia-heavy set was doubtlessly surprised by how much of themselves the band put forward.
Pick 5: Movie theaters that are perfect for autumn date nights
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
For a city that’s appeared in so many movies, Las Vegas doesn’t have a great moviegoing legacy. What we do have, however, is something people in other cities would kill for—an abundance of clean, state-of-the-art theaters with crystal-clear digital sound and picture, most of which rarely sell out completely even on opening night ...
What inspires ‘Absinthe’ performer and Small Space Fest co-curator Heidi Rider?
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
“I love to go into nature. I balance out my time walking on concrete by going out into the desert.”
Guitarist Charlie Burchill sizes up our Simple Minds playlist—which doesn’t include the band’s biggest hit
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
The Scottish band—which plays the Pearl on October 21—has a discography that ranges from the experimental to the expansive.
The man behind ReBar delivers another will-be Arts District institution in Nevada Taste Site
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
Chef Nikki Hughes’ small plates are top shelf, and the beer list is a living legend.
Las Vegas’ literary and visual arts communities are about to get a significant new address
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
Called the Lucy, it will be the new home to an expanded Writer’s Block, whose Fremont Street storefront closed this week, and to a rotating cast of visiting creators-in-residence.
A year later, we’re still attending music festivals
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
The first music and arts event scheduled after the Route 91 Harvest festival was Emerge, a multiple-day fest dedicated to emerging artists and tastemakers.
Life Is Beautiful 2018 refreshed Downtown’s gallery of street art with bold new work
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
And you can see it for free.
The art of Life Is Beautiful 2018 isn’t as surprising as last year, but it still astounds
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018
Once again, the JustKids studio has curated a striking assortment of murals, with a few eye-popping standouts.
What inspires our Las Vegas artist Justin Favela? Veggie tacos and Mister Rogers
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
A lot of people are sleeping on the Library District galleries. They show some really awesome art.
Dive into the surrealism and surprises of Life Is Beautiful’s art program
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
It’s not the craziest idea to visit the festival just to see the art, and this year there’s more of it than ever.
Three shows to consider this week: The Distillers, Life Is Sh*t and Shonen Knife
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
The sixth LIS fest will feature The Flytraps, Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout, Snailmate and many more.
Symphony Park gets a parking overture
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018
On September 17, the stop-start development of Downtown’s Symphony Park kicks into gear with the groundbreaking for two parking garages.
New bike racks downtown offer utility and style
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018
In a few weeks, when summer reduces to a simmer, some Downtown residents will get on their bikes. And when they ride to their favorite cafés, bars or parks, they’ll find ...
Shinya Maru Ramen & Izakaya is your new Fremont East pregame spot
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
The tonkatsu broth is creamy, the thin noodles are perfectly cooked and there isn’t an item on the menu priced above $11.
Women of Intrigue: Alissa Veretennikov & Madeline DeVaux
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
Co-owners, Toast Society
Women of Intrigue: Caroline Ciocca
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada
Help the Pinball Hall of Fame move to a larger space
Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
Located three miles from the Strip on Tropicana Avenue, the Pinball Hall of Fame is a 10,000-square-foot collection of vintage pinball machines that’s beloved by locals and tourists ...
Despite criticism and sabotage, Amy Schumer keeps crafting wickedly brilliant satire
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
The peril of saying everything you need to say—about sexual harassment, about gender inequality, about body image—is that you’ll take flak for it, from within your fanbase and from without.
With ‘Polyhedral,’ Jerry Misko reinvents himself using the tools of the common nerd
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
The resulting art, though boldly minimal in comparison to his other insanely detailed paintings and murals, still looks like classic Misko.
Five tiki bars to visit to beat the Las Vegas heat
Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
Not for nothing is local bar owner P Moss’ book about tiki culture called “Liquid Vacation.” There’s something about a tall, cold, sweet tiki beverage that somehow turns this blistering heat into an asset. Las Vegas now boasts...
Three under-the-radar shows to consider this week
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
The Chamanas at Bunkhouse, Ben Nichols at Backstage Bar & Billiards and Snakehips at the Hard Rock Hotel pool.

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