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November 26, 2014

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Erin Ryan

Staff Writer

Erin got her first newspaper job in 2002 thanks to a campfire story about Bigfoot. In her award-winning work for weeklies, dailies and magazines throughout the region, she has crawled inside the heads of Pulitzer winners and urban vampires, played Scrabble with nudists, flown an airplane and eaten seven pickles in four minutes. She does not believe in nut grafs.

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Story Archive

Q&A: Wirtz’s Andrew Pollard on the state of drinking in Vegas
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
"We are finally seeing the growth and a significant point of differentiation that will continue to move the needle forward."
Brave new tradition: Colorful ways to stoke your local holiday cheer
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Face-melting Turkey Day meals, carols with Liberace and a drive to the North Pole (Experience)—it's time to shake your holiday season up!
Drink the season with new tastes at Cosmo’s Chandelier bar
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
A trio of seasonal sips at the hotel's crystal cocoon.
Neighborhood Italian: Chef Marc Sgrizzi holds it down for the little guy
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
The Local Dining Issue: Chef Mark Sgrizzi has fashioned Parma into one of the best local restaurants while building a pizzeria chain with Novecento.
Life Is Beautiful: Foo Fighters close the fest with explosive energy and gratitude
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
From their 9th-grade repertoire to hits from the past two decades, Foo Fighters rocked Las Vegas.
Life Is Beautiful: The crushing rock seduction of Arctic Monkeys
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
Frontman Alex Turner can even make singing about a vacuum cleaner sultry.
Three inspiring speakers not to miss at Life Is Beautiful
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
LIB's learning element is stacked with inspirational speakers.
Under the kangaroo onesie with YouTube goddess Jenna Marbles
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
Jenna Marbles knows what your eyebrows mean.
The How-To Issue: Your manual for becoming a more impressive human
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
How to ... Find your spirit cheese! Break an apple with your bare hands! Make the perfect mixtape! Speak teen! Our guide to becoming a more awesome you.
Fall color and toasty cocktails at Mt. Charleston Lodge
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
From hot buttered rum to apple ciders with a kick, the social space's hot drinks are the perfect hand warmers.
Twin tappers Sean and John Scott on happy feet, ‘Absinthe’ and music as jelly
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Identical twin tap dancers Sean and John are now holding down the stage in Absinthe: "Tap dancing is a form of percussion, and I’m just another instrument."
‘Jubilee’ dancers get snap happy with famous landmarks (and cheesesteaks!)
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
From the Supreme Court and the Capitol to the steps Rocky bounded up at the art museum in Philly, iconic scenery just got way more awesome.
In search of Las Vegas' stripper queens
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
The beauty, the body, the powerful moves, personality, hustle and a head for business—these are weapons she wields to the tune of six figures a year, working way fewer days than the average American.
Wisdom from the Vegas stripperverse
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
How do strippers tone that impossible upper-thigh region right under the butt? Deadlifts.
Local teen designer Huilin Chen’s fun debut collection has the whimsy of Las Vegas
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
Fashion phenom: You almost forget she’s a teenager when she talks the industry talk. Then she gushes about a selfie with Project Runway’s Christian Siriano, and you hope her style always echoes that breathless fun.
Bite now: Ume shiso roll at Bar Masa
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Super-fresh fish gets the spotlight, but don't sleep on the salted plum.
Checking in with fledgling schools shaking up Nevada education
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Reimagining education: From the Socratic method in the virtual classroom to mosaic making with Burning Man artists, the school experience looks different at Leadership Academy of Nevada and 9th Bridge.
Between comfort and culinary flash, Carson Kitchen hits the sweet spot
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
From bacon jam to a mysteriously succulent turkey burger, Carson Kitchen is full of surprises.
10 thoughts from the Red Bull BC One North American Final
Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
Power moves, crotch grabs and crazy acrobatics at Brooklyn Bowl.
Magic makes for fierce competition on 'Wizard Wars'
And it's all the brainchild of former 'Weekly' writer Rick Lax
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
It's like 'Chopped,' but with teleporting puppies.
Tell the Linq what you really think with Osurv
Monday, July 28, 2014
Surveys don't have to suck. Osurv promises "questions that people love to answer."
Gimmick vs. craft: Two cocktail styles converge on Hussong’s new margarita menu
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Just in time for National Tequila Day!
Barbara Bell designs uniforms you wish you could wear
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Who says uniforms have to be blah? Bell Uniform Design kicks up hospitality wear with current fashion.
Cool vs. cash: In Vegas, sometimes the unsustainable is worth doing anyway
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Profits and popularity are often at odds on the Las Vegas Strip.
VegasTube: What happens when you search ‘Las Vegas’ on YouTube?
Saturday, July 12, 2014
“Potato” seems innocuous, but you’d be surprised what pops up on YouTube, from an aggressively sappy music video by a Thai rock band to some Danish guy peeling potatoes with a supersonic toilet brush attached to a drill. Searching “Las Vegas,” things get more colorful.
Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas to host Red Bull BC One North America Final
Friday, July 11, 2014
On their way to Paris for the Red Bull BC One World Final in November, the best b-boys on the planet have been working their way through 33 national cyphers, and the first of six regional finals is happening on the Las Vegas Strip.
A child of the ’80s grapples with the failures of the ‘war on drugs’
Thursday, June 26, 2014
My community, local and global, is deeply impacted by the drug war, and I need a deeper understanding than the 1987 PSA where a son tells his father: “I learned it by watching you.”
Biometric identity verification is coming to McCarran
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The convenience factor is impressive, but security technologists have raised concerns about vulnerabilities.
Fresh summer sips and the Chef’s Experience at China Poblano
Friday, June 13, 2014
Drinking Gold in Mexico and eating When Pigs Fly.
A turkey call and a robot vacuum: Browsing Henderson’s new liquidation gold mine
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
I’m pretty sure I blacked out after reading “discounts as high as 75 percent off” and “Dyson” in the same sentence.
First 18+ show booked at Fremont Country Club thanks to special licensing
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Standing on the line between booze and music.
Details leak for a skyscraping dream in Downtown Las Vegas
Thursday, June 5, 2014
You might not recognize Sixth and Fremont.
Luxe vintage meets fresh new threads at Exile on Main Street
Friday, May 30, 2014
Old-school Hermes and spanking-new handmade sweaters.
The fish is lit at Davy’s Locker!
Thursday, May 29, 2014
The community rallies behind a piece of classic Vegas.
Play with your food at bold, Japanese-inspired Yusho
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
There’s an angry red ball on the menu. And it's delicious.
The hip-shaking, hit-slinging, all-out appeal of Earl Turner
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Shimmying, kicking to the ceiling and letting Sam Cooke possess him to the point of knuckle biting.
The beloved neon at Davy’s Locker is in danger—again
Thursday, May 1, 2014
The giant fish on the Davy’s Locker sign has gone dark before, and in 2011 the neon was restored with the help of a generous bar patron. But when the lights started flickering again about five months later, bar owner Cindy Slight discovered that the $3,100 they’d paid didn’t cover any kind of maintenance. “So much of old Vegas is gone. You have to really look hard to find the little pieces that aren’t. That’s one of the things I love about Davy …”
The Interview Issue: In the tub with Piff the Magic Dragon
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Talking card tricks, Swedish hotness and Godzilla's table manners with the Dhalsim of the magic world.
Food for thought: Should the pizza angel feed the homeless?
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Good intentions vs. negative impacts.
Tweet it forward: Checking in with #dreamMaker
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Dream a little. Do a little. (Or a lot.)
Weekly Q&A: Beauty phenom Claude Baruk's American dream
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
As managing director of Wynn and Encore salons since 2013, Claude Baruk is working on a massive reinvention of the former while transforming hair at the latter through cuts, colors and treatments designed to make each client feel ...
Colliding al fresco: It’s patio season, and Downtown is on point
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Breaking the Downtown bubble with a buzz.
Tao + Snoop = Welcome to Snoopadelic Cabaret
The Doggy Dogg gets his own 1920s-style speakeasy
Friday, April 11, 2014
A series of "special classy events," courtesy of Snoop Dogg.
First look: Downtown Project app
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
A Downtown fun finder, from Tony Tone at Container Park to free bagels on Tax Day.
Five beers to drink during National Beer Day
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Beer has many holidays. Celebrate the one that matters!
The Palms' Beverage Butler brings drinks (and a bowtie) to check-in
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Wait more than five minutes, and that $5 vodka-cran is free.
100 miles of awesome: Checking in on the Vegas Valley Rim Trail
Saturday, March 22, 2014
What if a massive trail circled the entire Valley?
The beautiful, technical, secret worlds of canyoneering
Thursday, March 20, 2014
“You’re worked and you’re beat at the end of the day, but you feel high.”
Hit the trail: Our guide to 10 of the Las Vegas Valley's best routes
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Walking? Running? Biking? Horseback riding? We've got you covered!
Love Cloud lets you join the mile high club over Las Vegas
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
"What Happens Over Vegas Stays Over Vegas!"

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