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Andrea Domanick

Arts and Entertainment Reporter

Andrea Domanick is a reporter covering arts, entertainment and the behind the scenes stories of life in Las Vegas. Before joining the Sun, she worked in her native Los Angeles covering public affairs, music and culture for outlets including LA Weekly, Southern California Public Radio, the BBC, American Public Media and Broadcasting & Cable. She spent her college years in the tiny splendor of Middletown, Conn., at Wesleyan University, from which she graduated with a B.A. in sociology. Domanick enjoys vinyl records, lemonade and the New Yorker and is a proponent of good grammar. She doesn’t know how to ride a bike.

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Imagine Dragons make Billboard Hot 100 chart history with ‘Radioactive’
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
Las Vegas’ anthemic alt-rockers Imagine Dragons made chart history this week, breaking the record for the longest run on Billboard’s Hot 100 with their ubiquitous “Radioactive,” which charted a record 77th week.
Weekend best bets: The Jacksons in ‘Rocktellz & Cocktails,’ Pixies and Color Run
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
It’s still February, but the weather’s warming up, and there’s plenty to do outside this weekend, from a downtown bar crawl with the Budweiser to a color-filled family-friendly 5k. Here’s our weekend best bets.
EDMbiz returns to Cosmopolitan in June with new EDM expo
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
Electric Daisy Carnival is still six months away, but fans and industry players alike are already gearing up.
Photos: Halfway to EDC at Marquee Dayclub morphs into winter pool party
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
February might not exactly be swimsuit season, but try telling that to the more than 5,000 revelers who stripped down and hit the pool at Marquee Dayclub in the Cosmopolitan on Sunday for the club’s third-annual party Halfway to EDC.
Concert review: Queens of the Stone Age's profound, uncomfortable rock show
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
More than a decade in, QOTSA is in its prime as a live act, delivering songs that manage to be at once unhinged and precise.
Q+A: Jesse Waits of XS talks nightclub’s evolution and challenges ahead of fifth anniversary
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014
Wynn and Encore’s nightlife juggernaut marks its fifth year in Las Vegas tonight and is showing no signs of slowing. XS Managing Partner and local nightlife veteran Jesse Waits has been with the club since its inception.
Weekend best bets: Dam Short Film Festival, L.V. ProSoccer Challenge and Queens of the Stone Age
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
With Valentine’s Day and President’s Day bookending the weekend ahead, there’s plenty to celebrate — and plenty to do. From live music to free hiking to film screenings, here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Tool, Megadeth, Lana Del Rey and more announce Las Vegas shows
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
The past week has seen a deluge of new concert announcements, chock full of more Coachella spillover, metal heavy-hitters and other gigs to get excited about.
Raku, Eiffel Tower and Secret Pizza are named among the world’s top eateries
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
Still debating where to dine out in Las Vegas on Valentine’s Day? Social trip-planning service Gogobot might offer some guidance with its latest restaurant rankings, with Chinatown, Paris and Cosmopolitan spots making the list.
Late night love: The challenges of dating on the graveyard shift
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
Swingshifters must find not only the right match, but also the time and energy for dating
New male revue ‘Men: The Experience’ to take it off at Riviera in March
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
The 75-minute show features the tried-and-true fare of male revues across the Strip, including a multimedia set and well-muscled male dancers performing skilled choreography in costumes ranging from secret agents to cowboys to firefighters.
Former Las Vegas band Parade of Lights is ‘Golden’ at Sochi Winter Olympics
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014
You wouldn’t know it from the weather, but there’s a little bit of Las Vegas in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The song “Golden” by some-time Las Vegans Parade of Lights was recently selected by NBC as the theme song for this year’s Winter Olympics.
Q+A: XS' Jesse Waits talks club's evolution, challenges ahead of fifth anniversary
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
This Saturday, the Wynn’s nightlife juggernaut marks its fifth year in Las Vegas, and is showing no sign of slowing. We spoke with XS Managing Partner and local nightlife veteran Jesse Waits, who has been with the club since its inception, about XS’ evolution, challenges and plans for the future.
Hakkasan launches weekly radio show titled Hakkasan Nightclub Radio
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
The hourlong weekly show is hosted by Hakkasan resident DJ Mark Eteson and features a mix of the latest music, artist interviews and news coming out of the megaclub and the dance music scene.
Weekend best bets: Bela Fleck, ‘Les Miserables,’ Amy Schumer and Mayer Hawthorne
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
Music fans have plenty to look forward to this weekend in Las Vegas, with a diverse slate of options ranging from bluegrass to musical theater to indie soul. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil performers featured in Grammy tribute to The Beatles on CBS
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Cast members from Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles Love” at the Mirage have teamed up with the Recording Academy to take part in an upcoming Grammy tribute to The Fab Four on CBS.
Dim the lights: Las Vegas is named among most romantic cities in the country
Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
Well, we’re not called the Marriage Capital of the World for nothing, right? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Amazon.com has named Las Vegas among its Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S.
Elton John’s ‘The Million Dollar Piano’ is coming to a theater near you in March
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
If you can’t make it to the Colosseum to catch Elton John’s “The Million Dollar Piano” performances this spring, you can still catch him at the movies: For two nights in March, the singer’s resident show will be screened in cinemas across the world.
Weekend best bets: Super Bowl XLVIII, ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Picasso’ and Foodie Bowl III
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
It’s Super Bowl weekend, and viewing parties abound. But if football’s not your thing, there are plenty of other options to keep you entertained this weekend in Las Vegas.
Poppin' tags, poppin' bottles: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis land Vegas residency
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
It’s safe to say Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are having a good week—following the duo’s Grammy sweep Sunday night, the pair has signed on for an upcoming Vegas residency with Wynn nightlife.
Q+A: Rob Schneider talks George Carlin, Noam Chomsky and his return to standup
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
Actor, comedian and director Rob Schneider might be best known for his tenure on “Saturday Night Live” and roles in films including “The Waterboy” and the “Deuce Bigalow” series, but the San Francisco native cut his teeth in standup.
Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas reveals full opening lineup featuring Jane’s Addiction, Cake and more
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
So far, 35 artists are scheduled to perform from March through the end of August at the new Linq bowling alley and music venue.
Foster the People, Bryan Ferry, Rob Thomas and more announce Las Vegas shows
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
The past week saw a flood of Coachella spillover shows announced for Las Vegas, not to mention a few other heavy hitters for the months ahead.
Las Vegas’ Imagine Dragons, headliner DJ Zedd among Grammy winners
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014
With more than 80 statuettes to dole out, many of the 2014 Grammy Awards are revealed at a separate ceremony earlier in the day. Among those winners are Las Vegas’ own Imagine Dragons, who took home the award for Best Rock Performance.
Q+A: Las Vegas at the Grammys: Meet the local mix master behind Snoop, Aoki and more
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014
Imagine Dragons aren’t the only locals repping Las Vegas at the Grammys tonight. EDM producer and mixing and mastering engineer Luca Pretolesi, who helms Las Vegas’ Studio DMI, is part of the team behind Snoop Lion’s “Reincarnated.”
Smashburger among Forbes’ Top 10 promising companies
Friday, Jan. 24, 2014
Just months after local favorite Smashburger opened its eighth restaurant in Southern Nevada, the rapidly expanding burger chain (and sometimes wedding chapel) has been named one of America’s Most Promising Companies by Forbes.
Weekend best bets: Dolly Parton, USA Sevens Rugby and Jay Mohr
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
Big personalities and big hearts dominate this weekend's entertainment lineup in Las Vegas. Whether you're in the mood for contact sports or just a little country and soul, there's something in store for everyone. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
‘Newsies’ is hosting Las Vegas casting call Jan. 31 for Broadway and North American tour
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
Dreaming of Disney? The company’s theatrical-production wing will hold an open-call audition in Las Vegas this month for male dancers to join the upcoming Broadway and North American touring production of "Newsies."
Hard Rock battle of the bands gives Las Vegas acts a shot at music festival in Rome
Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
The Hard Rock might be known for celebrating international music royalty, but the venue chain is giving Las Vegas musicians a chance to shine with a new battle of the bands contest.
Post-recession, porn makes a comeback at 2014 AVN and Adult Entertainment Expo
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
Among the job fairs, declining foreclosure rates and heightened tourism, another more unlikely sign of economic recovery has emerged in Las Vegas: Pornography.
Katy Perry, Lorde, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts announce Las Vegas shows
Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
Just a handful of artists announced Las Vegas shows this week, but what's lacking in volume is made up for in star power.
Weekend best bets: Styx, Gabriel Iglesias, L.V. Philharmonic and Winter Beer Festival
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
The 2014 AVN Awards and Adult Entertainment Expo may be dominating Las Vegas’ entertainment headlines this weekend, but if that’s not quite your cup of tea, there are still plenty of options to enjoy in town. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
New party-planning app PartyPetition has Las Vegas clubs coming to you
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014
If you’re looking for easy access to a Las Vegas nightclub, chances are you have to know a guy who knows a guy or spend your afternoon hunting down a promoter. Not anymore with Petitioners’ new mobile app and website PartyPetition.
Science-fiction burlesque(?!) is en route to Las Vegas
Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
Villains and vixens will gather this weekend as Las Vegas-based burlesque troupe Nerdlesque hosts its new show “Nerdlesque! Evil Geniuses: The Ones We Love to Hate” on Saturday night at the Sci-Fi Center. The show begins at 9 p.m., and tickets are $10.
Confused about tipping? Now IRS has reclassified automatic gratuity on bills
Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
If you’ve dined out in a party of six or more, you’ve likely noticed the automatic-gratuity charge on your bill. An IRS ruling effective Jan. 1 has reclassified the tips as service charges, reasoning that the charge is not a true gratuity if the customer is not given a choice.
Q+A: Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins talks Dave Grohl, new music and playing Las Vegas
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
Las Vegas favorites Zac Brown Band return to town this weekend for two days of their acclaimed live jams tonight and Sunday in the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Q+A: ‘Hardcore Pawn’ star Seth Gold takes inventory at 2014 CES
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
CES is for more than tech execs and gadget geeks — for Seth Gold, star of TruTV’s “Hardcore Pawn,” the trade show means an important opportunity to network and keep up with the fast-paced tech world that helps drive business at his family’s pawnshop in Detroit.
Fall Out Boy, Childish Gambino, Deafheaven among new Vegas concert on-sales
Friday, Jan. 10, 2014
Also: Daughtry and Eric Church are coming to the Chelsea.
Weekend best bets: ‘Mamma Mia!,’ ‘Panda!’ and Zac Brown Band(!)
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
The weekend ahead is full of local love, from free rides at the Stratosphere tower to a film festival celebrating the city’s cultural diversity. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Penn Jillette’s original pilot ‘Street Cred’ is green lit by the Travel Channel
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
Rio magician headliners Penn & Teller know how to keep busy. On the heels of Teller’s new side gig co-directing “The Tempest” at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Penn Jillette has signed on to host a new hidden-camera show for the Travel Channel.
2014 CES: Must-see gadgets of the trade show
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014
The 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show kicked off at the Las Vegas Convention Center today featuring more than 3,200 exhibitors touting the latest technological creations across 15 categories. CES continues through Friday.
Weekend best bets: UNLV vs. Air Force, Garth Brooks and Glittering Lights
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
If you haven’t recovered from New Year’s Eve yet, there’s a slow weekend of local-friendly entertainment to help you unwind from the revelry. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Crowds choose Calvin Harris and Hakkasan for New Year’s Eve
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
A makeshift second dance floor is all but required for the hitmaker’s first set of 2014.
Concert review: Fleetwood Mac caps its tour with an emotional Vegas stop
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
As many of their peers have devolved into nostalgia-driven caricatures, Fleetwood Mac remains authentic.
Meat Loaf returns for more ‘Rocktellz & Cocktails’ at Planet Hollywood
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
On the heels of his 18-show run at Planet Hollywood, Meat Loaf has whipped up another batch of “Rocktellz & Cocktails” to share in 2014. The Grammy winner returns with a slate of 24 shows on the Strip beginning Feb. 13.
First winter in Las Vegas? Dress in layers, drink up and …
Friday, Dec. 27, 2013
We might not experience regular snowstorms, but outsiders forget that this famously sunny city gets about as cold in the winter as it does hot in the summer. For newcomers planning to arrive with a suitcase of Bermudas and flip-flops, save yourself the rude awakening.
Q+A: Smashburger founder Tom Ryan talks holidays, food trends and healthy dining
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013
As the creator of the McGriddle and the Stuffed-Crust Pizza, Smashburger founder Tom Ryan is equal parts marketing wiz and mad food scientist (literally — he holds a PhD in flavor and fragrance chemistry).

Q+A: ‘America’s Got Talent’ finalist Forte brings popera to the forefront at Tropicana
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013
Part pop, part opera, tenor trio and “America’s Got Talent” Season 8 finalist Forte headlines the Tropicana Theater for three nights of performances Saturday through Monday to ring in the New Year.
Gary Numan, Fitz and the Tantrums, Lita Ford and more announce Las Vegas shows
Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
This winter's entertainment lineup has finally filled out with rock acts and drag queens. Yes, drag queens.
Weekend best bets: Sunset Wonderland, ‘The Nutcracker’ and Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013
It’s a slow pre-holiday weekend ahead, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of festive activities for the whole family. Enjoy some football, holiday celebrations, music and more. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.

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