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December 12, 2018

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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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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.
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
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.
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 ...
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.
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.”
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.
Downtown’s Arts Factory gets a much-needed face-lift
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
This rehab—reportedly budgeted between $250,000 and $300,000—is designed to bring the facility into the present.
Cousins Maine Lobster plants roots inside two local supermarkets
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Their trucks cover nearly 20 cities and regions (they’ve had one in Las Vegas since 2015).
Sean Megna’s Las Vegas Panoramics captures a city in jarring transition
Thursday, July 5, 2018
It’s tempting to shoot Vegas as a fantasyland; he shoots it as it is—bright, vast and in a constant state of making and undoing.
Albums we’ve liked in 2018: Cut Chemist’s ‘Die Cut’
Thursday, July 5, 2018
The producer/DJ seems equally at home behind rappers or in front of an orchestra—a versatility that permeates his second solo record.
Las Vegas’ cycling reputation takes a step up
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Last month, the League of American Bicyclists raised Las Vegas to “silver” status on its list of bicycle-friendly communities.
Five easy fixes: These modest changes could help accelerate the Valley’s cultural evolution
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Support at least one local artist a month.
Main Street is remade for walking
Saturday, June 23, 2018
The recent reconfiguration of Main Street will ease traffic flow in a Downtown that’s developing at an astonishing rate.
Las Vegas’ coworking spaces are staying busy
Friday, June 15, 2018
Simply defined, a coworking space is a shared office for independent workers who want the structure of an office. But that description doesn’t account for the collaborations and communities that form in coworking spaces. To understand that, you need to check out coworking yourself—and the Valley has a growing number of places where you can.
Five Thoughts: Nine Inch Nails at the Joint (June 14)
Thursday, June 14, 2018
If you showed up expecting “Closer,” “Down In It” or “Hurt,” frontman Trent Reznor sent you home thirsty.
See the Blue Angel before she’s put back atop a pedestal
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Once the Neon Museum’s showing is done, she’ll be restored and re-situated atop a pole on a traffic island at Charleston and Fremont.
Take 5: Cool ice cream treats to counter the Vegas heat
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Las Vegas has entered the hot season, and it won’t let up until sometime in October. But we have the tools we need to combat it: central air, an abundance of swimming pools and some fairly terrific places to get ice cream. Here are five of our favorites ...
Two historians visit ‘Places That Aren’t There Anymore’
Thursday, June 7, 2018
See photos of the Valley’s vanished bars, movie theaters and more—and hear their stories.
Kaylie Foster steps out of the singer-songwriter mold
Thursday, May 31, 2018
With her new single “Little Game,” Vegas’ “Best Emerging Voice” looks to reinvent herself as a performer.
Five Thoughts: Paul Simon at MGM Grand Garden (May 27)
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Anyone who came to the MGM Grand to hear Simon’s marquee hits got exactly what they wanted, and more.
Three reasons to see Paul Simon at MGM Grand
Thursday, May 24, 2018
This could be your last chance.
Why are so many downtown businesses expanding uptown? In a word, opportunity
Monday, May 21, 2018
Downtown businesses that many said would never draw customers from the suburbs ended up drawing so many that it makes financial sense for their owners to open up shop closer to their neighborhoods. They’re attempting to export the big-city otherness to ...
The iconic Blue Angel to visit the Neon Museum
Saturday, May 12, 2018
The Betty Willis-designed icon of the Blue Angel Motel was taken down in March 2017 for restoration.
The Human League outpaces the sum of its hits and misses
Thursday, May 10, 2018
The British band stops at House of Blues on May 11.
Food trucks roll into the Arts District
Saturday, April 28, 2018
hey’re ubiquitous in cities like LA and Portland: “pods” composed of several food trucks surrounding a number of busy picnic tables.
Talking sandwich science with Goodwich chef Josh Clark
Thursday, April 19, 2018
New flavors are always within reach, and ready to become your new favorite sandwich ever.
A 10-song playlist of David Byrne’s solo best
Thursday, April 12, 2018
The former Talking Heads frontman plays the Smith Center on April 18.

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