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December 20, 2014

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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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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, 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.
Teller and Tom Waits bring 'The Tempest' to the Smith Center
Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
Penn and Teller? Try Prospero and Teller.
Review: Jay Z brings his Magna Carter World Tour to Mandalay Bay
Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
Effortlessly charismatic, the rapper born Shawn Carter held the entire arena’s attention for nearly 30 songs by literally doing nothing more than rap.
Pink, Queens of the Stone Age, 2 Chainz, Empire of the Sun and more announce Vegas shows
Friday, Dec. 13, 2013
New show announcements for the months ahead just keep coming, with heavyweights from rock, pop and hip-hop posting Vegas show dates this week.
Photos: Nevada Ballet Theater ‘tightens the magic’ for second year of ‘Nutcracker’ at Smith Center
Friday, Dec. 13, 2013
From planning to redesigns to marketing to fundraising, the elaborate holiday production is a daunting undertaking for any dance company, but Nevada Ballet Theater hopes to raise the bar in the production’s second year at Smith Center that opens Saturday.
Weekend best bets: ‘The Nutcracker,’ Jay Z and Carnival of Cuisine
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
It’s a great weekend for live music in Las Vegas, with options ranging from hip-hop heavyweight Jay-Z to the festive stylings of Tchaikovsky with Nevada Ballet Theater. Beyond music, you can chow down for a cause at a number of food festivals and fundraisers in town.
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."

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