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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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Vegas at the Grammys: Local winners and nominees
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
Imagine Dragons are just the latest in the legacy of Las Vegans to be up for a Grammy, and the past honorees just might surprise you.
McCarran bartender Gary Cymerman talks life before 9/11 and Vegas hospitality
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
“It’s a lot of fun to try to put a good shine on the city after they’ve given you the three credit cards and they’re all declined.”
International imitations: 5 global concepts for Strip developers to take on
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
With Bally's bringing Istanbul's Grand Bazaar to the Strip, a few suggestions for future Strip development.
Crazy! Circus Circus’ new roller coaster El Loco to open in January
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013
It twists, it turns, and it is sure to make even the most seasoned roller-coaster rider scream. The anticipated thrill ride El Loco inside Adventuredome will begin operating in late January, Circus Circus announced today.
Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, Bastille and more announce Las Vegas shows
Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
Mother Monster returns to the MGM Grand Garden this summer.
Encore and MGM Grand named among world’s top hotels
Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
Social trip-planning site Gogobot announced the latest edition of its semi-annual Travelers’ Favorite Awards on Thursday, with Las Vegas taking honors in two categories. The city placed fifth among the Top 20 destinations in the world — up a rank from last year.
How many drinks does the world’s fastest bartender (he works in Las Vegas!) make in an hour?
Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
If you’re tired of waiting in long lines to get drinks at bars on the Strip, you might want to consider swinging by Spearmint Rhino on your next night out.
Weekend best bets: Vince Neil, Great Santa Run, NASCAR and National Finals Rodeo
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
From opera to racing to rodeos to hair metal, there’s something for everyone in one of Las Vegas’ most entertainment-packed weekends of the year. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Photos: Flipping out on the set of A&E’s ‘Flipping Vegas’ with Scott and Amie Yancey
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
On A&E’s “Flipping Vegas,” abandoned homes across the Las Vegas Valley get a second chance in the hands of real estate investor Scott Yancey and his interior designer wife, Amie.
2013 Electric Daisy Carnival brought in $278 million to Clark County
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013
The $278 million generated at the three-day event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a 34 percent increase from the previous year. According to the report, EDC produced an estimated $17.4 million in tax revenue for state and local government.
Beyoncé at MGM Grand, Take 2
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013
Every element serves as a reminder: “That’s Queen Carter, to you."
The Killers release annual holiday single, ‘Christmas in L.A.’
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
The hometown boys teamed up with Dawes for the tune.
Las Vegas-based Facebook page lets plus-size women ‘know that they’re beautiful’
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
The “Plus Size Modeling” page of Las Vegas-based site Explore Talent has accumulated more than 153,000 “likes” and is the largest community page for plus-size models on Facebook.
Weekend best bets: Jenny McCarthy, ‘Sister’s Christmas Catechism’ and John Legend
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013
Thanksgiving is upon us, but if you’re looking to get away from leftovers and Black Friday madness this weekend, there’s plenty to do in town to help wear off the tryptophan. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Holiday guide: What’s open on Thanksgiving?
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013
Though the city’s pace will slow over the holiday, plenty of restaurants, shows and other entertainment options will remain open for locals and tourists alike to enjoy.
Photos: Ringo Starr and Co. bring hits to the Palms with varying success
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013
For more than two hours Friday night, the band delivered a lovingly cheesy slate of ’70s jams and ’80s soft rock, peppered with a half-dozen Beatles and Ringo solo tunes.
Weekend best bets: Ringo Starr, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Michael Buble and EnduroCross
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
A slate of top-notch talent is in store for the weekend ahead in Las Vegas, with concerts (including a rare gig from Ringo Starr), sports competitions and comedy aplenty.
Q+A: Mel Goodwin discusses Trans Pride Week and Las Vegas’ transgender community
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
We spoke with Mel Goodwin, co-director of programs and partnerships for the Center, to learn more about organizing Trans Pride, the history of local transgender activism and the challenges and misconceptions facing Las Vegas’ transgender community today.
Zappos fights Kanye’s fury with ... a plunger?
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
Yo, Kanye, I'm real happy for you and Imma let you finish, but Zappos had one of the best comebacks of all time. OF ALL TIME.
Never-before-seen Ringo Starr photo exhibit coming to Palms this weekend
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
Fans of The Fab Four will get an extra treat when Ringo Starr rolls into town this weekend for a pair of headlining gigs in Pearl at the Palms.
Inaugural Trans Pride Week in Las Vegas is Wednesday through Sunday
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013
The celebration, which continues through Sunday, arrives as a collaboration among the Center, Gender Justice Nevada, Mary Magdalene Friends UCC, Northwest Community Church and Get Equal Nevada.
Where is the top Thanksgiving meal in the U.S.? Hint: It’s in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013
According to Foursquare, three of the 10 most popular restaurants to dine at on Thanksgiving Day are here in Las Vegas, with the most popular being Wicked Spoon Buffet at the Cosmopolitan.
Funding issues prompt new plan for $45 million makeover of Reed Whipple Cultural Center
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
Supporters are hoping to inject life into the Reed Whipple Cultural Center, once a hub of the city’s performing arts scene, to create a modern facility that will house a dozen local arts organizations. But doing so will come at a cost.
Q+A: Joey ‘Hollywood’ Hamilton reflects on ‘Ink Master’ win, Las Vegas tattoo scene and what’s in store for the future
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
Now that the dust of his "Ink Master" win has settled, we asked Las Vegas tattoo artist Joey Hamilton to reflect on the impact of his win and what’s in store for the future.
Weekend best bets: Boston Pops Orchestra, Sunset Park’d food-truck festival and Nine Inch Nails
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
Holiday travel season is fast approaching, but it’s not here yet — kick back and enjoy some local music and theater offerings this weekend before it’s time to hit the road.
Ice skating returns to the Venetian and the Cosmopolitan
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013
Ice skating returns to the Strip this month, as the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the Venetian prepare to open their respective rinks in the coming weeks to celebrate the season.
Q+A: Talking (auto) shop at SEMA with ‘Car Chasers’ star Jeff Allen
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013
For Jeff Allen and the team behind CNBC’s car-flipping reality TV show “Car Chasers,” SEMA is a feast of opportunity to bring back to their auto shop and workplace Flat 12 Gallery in Texas.
Weekend best bets: World Food Championships, Judy Collins and Paul Williams
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
With Halloween behind us, Las Vegas can look forward to a mellower string of events this weekend. Kick back and enjoy entertainment offerings ranging from dance performances to pop concerts to cooking competitions. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Good gourd! 5 pumpkin beers to consider this autumn
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
Skip that pumpkin pie this season!
The Golden Age of Vegas Dining: How the world's best ingredients end up on local plates
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
Just one of 10 reasons we're living in the Golden Age of Vegas Dining: Many Las Vegas Valley restaurants are "sourcing" their ingredients from far-away locales to compete within the city and with dining hot spots such as Los Angeles and New York.
Weekend best bets: Halloween Parade, Vegas Valley Book Festival and Dia de los Muertos
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
Get our your costumes and light the jack-o-lanterns — Halloween is upon us! There are plenty of options to celebrate the spooky happenings this weekend, as well as a number of other fall festivities for the whole family to enjoy.
Visit if you dare: Las Vegas’ most haunted places
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
If you’re looking for an authentic scare, there are locations across the Valley rumored to be paranormal hubs haunted by the ghosts of grisly events past. Grab a buddy and a flashlight and visit them.
Brainstorming Halloween costumes with Tommy Trash
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013
The electro house DJ talks playing Vegas gigs, Halloween costumes and more.
Festivalgoers mostly well-behaved, full of praise for Life is Beautiful
Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013
The inaugural Life is Beautiful festival downtown continued to run smoothly on its second and final day, with an expected 24,000 attendees flocking to the festival grounds to take in dozens of bands, gourmet eateries, art installations and lectures at the weekendlong celebration. However, the day was not completely without incident. One of the towers at the entrance to the festival on 6th Street at Carson Avenue toppled in the wind around 4:45 p.m. No injuries were reported.
Downtown's Life is Beautiful festival off to peaceful start
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
The pace of life downtown was unusually mellow Saturday afternoon, the first of the two-day Life is Beautiful festival expected draw some 20,000 per day. Police reported no arrests or citations by 5 p.m. Traffic was a snap. Music filled the streets, the aroma of cooked meat and savory dishes filled the air, and people walked breezily down the streets taking in sights and sounds all too rare for the city’s urban core.
Weekend best bets: Life Is Beautiful, PBR World Finals and ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
Downtown’s highly anticipated Life Is Beautiful music and arts festival is here at last along with a slew of other festive fall events to help get you in the spirit for Halloween next week. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Beautiful People: Festival veteran Allen Scott on booking this year's lineup
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
Life is Beautiful's lineup is very focused in terms of the type of listener—and foodie.
The Weekly Interview: Janelle Monáe
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
The Electric Lady talks her new album, music effecting social change and more.
What will success look like for Life is Beautiful?
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
A look into Downtown's festival gamble with Life Is Beautiful staffers and industry experts.
Local love: The natural ingredients in Echo & Rig's French Kiss come from home
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
Farm to plate? Try farm to glass.
Fatal shooting at club raises questions about security, gun policies
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013
Police are calling Monday’s fatal shooting at Drai’s After Hours nightclub at Bally’s an isolated incident. But the discreet and often nebulous security policies behind Las Vegas nightclubs mean that bringing weapons onto Strip properties isn’t always difficult.
Q+A: The Dirty Guv’nahs make their L.V. debut at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Friday, Oct. 18, 2013
The PGA Tour returns to Las Vegas this week with the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin. This year’s event amps up the party atmosphere with a new concert series running today and Saturday featuring Knoxville band The Dirty Guv’nahs.
Weekend best bets: Clippers vs. Nuggets, ‘Sister Act’ and Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013
The weekend has arrived at last, and with it comes a slate of tantalizing food festivals, top-tier sports bouts and a couple of rock and roll greats.
Q+A: Josh Wolf of ‘Chelsea Lately’ brings his standup to South Point
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013
Comedian, storyteller, “Chelsea Lately” writer and roundtable member Josh Wolf helms the E! Entertainment show’s hosting seat tonight for an edition of the talk show hit to make his own.

Concert review: Gogol Bordello brings its gypsy-punk party to the pool
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
Frontman Eugene Hütz is the best-known member, but the rest of the band can hardly be discounted. That was proven during 90 nonstop minutes of revelry.
21st annual Taste of the Nation at Rain combats childhood hunger in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
While Las Vegas is renowned for its decadent restaurants, less known is the fact that 1 of 6 households in Nevada struggles with hunger, one-third of which include children younger than age 5.
Halloween biz not for faint of heart: ‘If you’re only in it to make money, it’s not for you’
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
“Haunted houses are very expensive to operate. They’re very labor intensive. [Fright Dome] costs us a fortune each night, so every night’s really got to be a winner,” Fright Dome at Circus Circus owner Jason Egan says.
From William Shatner to Pat Metheny, Smith Center’s winter lineup features top talent
Monday, Oct. 14, 2013
And tickets go on sale just in time for the holidays.
Six facts about LAX as Luxor nightclub celebrates sixth anniversary
Friday, Oct. 11, 2013
On the EDM-saturated Strip, the Luxor nightspot has held fast to its hip-hop and Top 40 roots, cementing its reputation as a party destination for countless musicians and celebrities over the years.
Weekend best bets: Panic! At the Disco, Sin City Scare Fair and Las Vegas Burlesque Festival
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
Grab your coat and scarf and head outside this weekend to check out the many fall festivities and events happening across the Las Vegas Valley.

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