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Andrea Domanick

Arts and Entertainment Reporter

Andrea Domanick is an award-winning reporter covering the behind the scenes stories of life in Las Vegas. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, SPIN, LA Weekly, The Village Voice and NPR, among others. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and holds a sociology degree from Wesleyan University. She does not know how to ride a bike.

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Weekend best bets: Nas, Ne-Yo and Las Vegas Foodie Fest
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
The weekend’s almost here, and with it comes a variety of top-tier concerts and a tempting food fest sure to keep your ears and belly full till Monday. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets ...
He puts a good scare into people — for the kids, of course
Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
Though he’d rather keep the focus on the Undead Maze and the organizations it benefits, Jacob Bailey said his own struggles with poverty have motivated him.
Weekend best bets: Seth Meyers, Rock ’n Roll Wine and Huntridge 70th Anniversary
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Eat, drink and be merry, indeed — from a Ren fair to Rock ’n Roll Wine to others, the weekend ahead gives plenty of cause to celebrate with festivities mixing food, music and more.
Las Vegas rebounds as Atlantic City spirals down
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
On a Tuesday morning in September, employees of Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza braced themselves as news of the resort’s closure arrived. The announcement was hardly unexpected, but its sting was acute. It confirmed a sinister trend for the resort town: One-third of Atlantic City casinos have closed this year, three within the past month. And the decline is expected to continue. Meanwhile, Las Vegas continues to bounce back. Why? ...
Weekend best bets: Kings vs. Avalanche, LuckyRice and Route 91 Harvest festival
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
October’s here at last — grab a scarf and kick off the month with an array of festive and cultural events this weekend ranging from an open-air food fest at the Cosmopolitan to a weekend-long celebration of country tunes.
Weekend best bets: Katy Perry, Greek Food Festival and Kristen Hertzenberg
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Fall is finally here, but it’s still far from sweater weather in Las Vegas. Get out and enjoy the sunshine with a variety of concerts, festivals and other events across town. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Porn Wars: Is Las Vegas the new Silicone Valley?
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
Las Vegas has a new vice. You might not notice it, but it’s happening all around, in industrial warehouses, luxury high-rises and the bedrooms of suburban homes. Porn is here, and more ...
Willing to struggle so kids have a voice
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
Las Vegas woman scrapes by, pays from her own pocket to keep magazine dream alive.
Weekend best bets: iHeartRadio, Wu-Tang Clan, Nevada Ballet and Jennifer Coolidge
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Whether you’re a pop enthusiast or prefer to kick back with some live jazz, music fans of all tastes and styles can take their pick of live shows with a bevy of offerings in Las Vegas this weekend.
Weekend best bets: San Gennaro Feast, Fiesta Las Vegas and Ho’olaule’a Pacific Islands Festival
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Skip holing up on the couch this weekend for quality time with fellow Las Vegans. Celebrate Clark County’s diverse heritage with a slate of cultural festivals and outdoor gatherings that is all about getting to know and giving back to the community.
Safety first: How do we keep children educated and secure in a culture of guns?
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
There are almost as many guns in America as there are people. More than 100,000 people are shot each year in this country, some by children in accidental shootings. The heartbreaking case of an Arizona shooting range instructor who ...
Weekend best bets: ‘Kinky Boots,’ Gay Pride, pole dancing and Great Las Vegas Grill-Off
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
From Gay Pride to professional pole dancing to a Tony Award-winning musical, this weekend's eclectic offerings give Las Vegas plenty to celebrate. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Weekend best bets: Keith Urban, The Avett Brothers and Gregory Popovich
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Get out and celebrate the last days of summer with the locals this Labor Day Weekend, with events ranging from a celebration of a beloved Strip performer to a Hawaiian-themed fun run to an up-close-and-personal encounter with Las Vegas nightlife.
Weekend best bets: Bruno Mars, SLS grand opening and Restaurant Week
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
It's not every day that we welcome a new casino to the Strip. The opening of the new locals-friendly SLS Las Vegas highlights a weekend packed with exciting entertainment offerings on the Strip and beyond. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets. ...
Can a locals casino survive on the Strip?
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
The team at SLS Las Vegas, formerly the Sahara, are embracing the challenges of opening on the north end of the tourist trap that is Las Vegas Boulevard ...
Weekend best bets: Al Pacino, National Roller Coaster Day and Viva Veracruz
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Take a break from the usual headliner fare in the Entertainment Capital of the World with a slate of unique options across town this weekend, from Academy Award winner Al Pacino to roller coasters. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Valley data center is among most secure in the world
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
The hulking Switch SuperNAP 8 data storage facility in Enterprise may not look like much, but the data fortress keeps the servers of Fortune 500 companies such as eBay and Fox Broadcasting Network running around the clock. It takes a lot to ward off the mechanical and human error that routinely threaten servers’ operations, but the SuperNAP 8's system is among the most elaborate and secure in the world. Last week, the facility earned Tier IV Gold certification for Operational Sustainability, the top certification level available in the data storage industry.
Part 1: Sampling Las Vegas’ cultural diversity through music, art and food
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
About a fifth of Southern Nevada’s residents came here from another country. They bring with them tastes and customs from more than 100 nations. We take a look at the area’s cultural festivals and the state’s connection to the people who celebrate them, plus suggest some must-try dishes.
Part 2: Sampling Las Vegas’ cultural diversity through music, art and food
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
About a fifth of Southern Nevada’s residents came here from another country. They bring with them tastes and customs from more than 100 nations. We take a look at the area’s cultural festivals and the state’s connection to the people who celebrate them ...
Weekend best bets: Kathy Griffin, Nick Waterhouse and World Hip-Hop Dance Championships
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
There’s good reason to step out and enjoy the mild August weather this weekend, with a colorful variety of music offerings and more highlighting the days ahead. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Weekend best bets: USA Basketball, Weezer and Las Vegas Film Festival
Thursday, July 31, 2014
It’s a big weekend for film fans with the return of the Las Vegas Film Festival, and whether you’re a cinefile, a sports fan or just looking for a laugh, there’s plenty to do in town this weekend to kick off August in style.
Everything you want to know about death in Las Vegas
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Who deals with dead bodies? How much does a funeral cost these days? Are you allowed to scatter someone's ashes on the Strip? How are organs harvested from the deceased? Funeral home directors and others who work in the death industry answer questions you may be afraid to ask ...
Navigating the rules of the valet
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Where can you valet? When? How much do you tip? What happens if your car is damaged?
High school isn’t all mean girls
Sunday, July 27, 2014
For the 14-year-old who helped found the nonprofit group Teens Helping Teens, "It’s not, ‘Here, I need charity, I need handouts;’ it’s, ‘Here, I’m your friend, and I’m gonna help you and make you feel confident and excited to go to school and be successful in the future.’"
Weekend best bets: Styx, ‘The Voice’ and Summer Santa Rampage
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Dust off your Santa suit and grab your air guitar: The weekend ahead is packed with entertainment options sure to please just about anyone, whether you’re a bar crawl enthusiast, a classic rock fan or just looking for a few laughs.
Concert review: Lady Gaga’s ‘ArtRave’ is a surprisingly straightforward affair
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The crowd felt restrained, as if holding out for a moment to really let loose. For some, it never came.
Weekend best bets: Monty Python, ‘Lipshtick,’ Lady Gaga and Nine Inch Nails
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Need cheering up? This weekend’s entertainment options will give you plenty to smile — and laugh — about with an array of comedic theater and standup offerings, as well as music heavy-hitters.
Weekend best bets: NBA Summer League, Elvis Fest and Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Thursday, July 10, 2014
A weekend of Las Vegas entertainment both new and classic lies ahead, with offerings ranging from an NBA showdown at UNLV to the return of an iconic Las Vegas venue for live music. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Electric Daisy Carnival: Loving Axwell & Ingrosso and the fringes of Night 3
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
There's promise and appeal beyond EDM and the high-production stages for which EDC is most known
Ravers party until daybreak as Electric Daisy Carnival comes to a close
Monday, June 23, 2014
Neon lights bled into the sunset over the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday night as hordes of electronic dance music fans arrived to celebrate the third and final night of the Electric Daisy Carnival. About 134,000 people packed the speedway for a last night of surreal revelry soundtracked by some of the world’s top DJs. Traffic and road congestion...
Electric Daisy Carnival opens weekend with typical high energy, surreal flair
Saturday, June 21, 2014
As the sun set behind Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday evening, the glow of dusk gave way to a night lit by neon revelry as hordes of EDM fans celebrated the first night of the Electric Daisy Carnival. Long lines of cars gave way to even longer lines.
Las Vegas summer beer guide: Pick the right local brew for the season
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Craft beer has taken off in United States, and Las Vegas has several breweries offering drinks that pair perfectly with a hot day in the desert (for those 21 and up, of course).
13 reasons Las Vegas is a lucky place — even on Friday the 13th
Friday, June 13, 2014
Don't worry: It may be Friday the 13th, but Las Vegas is a lucky place. If you're still feeling a little bit of triskaidekaphobia – fear of the number 13 – we've built a little guide for you on how to find some good luck, plus a few reminders of the extra steps casinos take to keep you feeling the good fortunes. Forget the rabbits' feet, horseshoes and wishbones ...
All by himself: Man uses McCarran layover to film Celine Dion music video
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Our favorite part? Definitely the Flashdance-inspired water bottle pour.
Summer on the water: Your guide to Lake Mead
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Summer is upon us, and many will flock to the waters of the nation’s largest man-made lake and reservoir. For those out to fish, party on a houseboat or jet around on a personal watercraft, there are rules to follow. We break down the costs and guidelines ...
The price we pay for a drink on the Strip
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Fifteen years ago, food and beverage served as a cost-effective way to lure gamblers into casinos ...
Summer gardening survival
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Tips on what to plant, how to care for vegetation for the desert’s most challenging season.
Weekend Best Bets: Lewis Black, Helldorado Days and Billboard Music Awards
Thursday, May 15, 2014
From local bands and artists (Sabriel, Moksha, Rhyme and Rhythm) to chart-topping pop stars (Robin Thicke, Imagine Dragons, Miley Cyrus), the weekend ahead is all about music in Las Vegas. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Your guide to the Linq — for tourists and locals
Thursday, May 15, 2014
The High Roller is lit and spinning, and beneath its 28 glowing gondolas, the sidewalks and storefronts of the Linq are slowly filling with life. Caesars Entertainment’s...
Weekend Best Bets: Kevin James and Ray Romano, Marlena Shaw and ‘Coppelia’
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Celebrate Mother’s Day in style by taking Mom out for a day (and night) of great local entertainment and tasty cuisine in the Entertainment Capital of the World. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Weekend best bets: Mayweather vs. Maidana, Holly Madison’s 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque, AIDS Walk
Thursday, May 1, 2014
The month of May starts off with a bang in the Entertainment Capital of the World with top-notch entertainment this weekend ranging from Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight night to fresh standup to a little speakeasy jazz and burlesque.
Weekend best bets: Eric Church, Great Las Vegas Festival of Beer, Best in Show, ‘Vagina Monologues’
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The sun is out, and festival season is upon us. Las Vegas will host two very different gatherings this weekend — one celebrating beer, the other pirates — among a clutch of other hot ticket events.
Coachella Weekend 2: Do’s and Don’ts for the SoCal festival
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Don't get caught in the proverbial (dust) storm!
Coachella Day 2: The good, the bad and the weird
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The ladies represent, extreme PDA and why Future Islands' frontman sounded like Cookie Monster after a bottle of whiskey.
Five hours, 150 beers and zero boredom: Coachella Day 1 by the numbers
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Long lines, Coachella consumerism and focusing on the music at the festival's Yuma Tent.
Weekend best bets: UNLVino, Bryan Ferry and Pacquiao vs. Bradley
Thursday, April 10, 2014
From UNLVino’s 40th anniversary to a hotly contested fight night at MGM Grand Garden Arena — a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley — ’tis indeed a weekend to eat, drink and be merry in Las Vegas.
Deadmau5 returns to Vegas with April 25-26 gigs at Encore
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
We knew he couldn’t stay away.
Weekend best bets: ACM Weekend, Michael Jordan, Las Vegas 51s and ‘The Tempest’
Thursday, April 3, 2014
The weekend ahead is packed with star power, from the Academy of Country Music’s five days of celebration starting tonight with Hunter Hayes to sports champions teeing up for a cause in the annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek.
Nightlife News & Notes: A Downtown DJ shop, remembering a house pioneer and more
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Also, a weekend chock-full of dayclub openings headliners you won't want to miss.
The ripple effect of less water
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Amid growing concern that the drought gripping the West isn’t history repeating itself but instead is a new normal brought about by climate change, the effects of the dwindling water supply in the region are beginning to become all too clear.

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