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November 23, 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

Cutesy to creepy, Pinball Hall of Fame's novelty games are the not-so-hidden gems
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The Pinball Hall of Fame has a whole lot more than just the standard arcade game—Just take a spin on the "Relax-a-lator."
March madness: A by-the-numbers look at the city's best tourism month
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Plus, niche events that rock our economy (hint: EDC).
The beauty experience at Look Style Society, Town Square's chic new destination
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
At Look, you can get your nails done and take down a croissant. Now that's beautiful.
Rent the Runway is the average girl's fashion fairy godmother
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
Get the Cinderella experience at the Cosmopolitan.
On the manhunt: Deconstructing Vegas' dating wasteland
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
How many phone numbers will three popular nightspots yield?
Gettin’ some at new Henderson bake shoppe Gimme Some Sugar
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
Finally, a cookie with figs, goat cheese and meringue.
Weekly Q&A: Sin City Trivia’s Gemini talks factoid love and the Trebek mystique
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
Do you know what liqueur is traditionally served with three coffee beans?
Despite regulatory roadblocks, car service Uber is making a name in Vegas
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
A recent Uber blog post launched the #VegasNeedsUber social media campaign—and blasted Nevada's "outdated" laws.
Local musicians find their tribe with Vegas on the Mic
Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
"No interviews, no introductions. Just show the music."
Why the lobby is the most important space in Las Vegas
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
Edgy, elegant and avant-garde, Las Vegas power lobbies will suck you in.
At Dream Racing, being in the club means owning a Ferrari F430 GT
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
What's 512 horsepower and juicy red?
Go brut: Three Champagnes to pour this NYE
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013
A brut bubbly for every budget, so you can end 2013 with a clean, dry snap.
Rent the Runway puts designer duds within reach at Cosmo
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013
Can't buy designer? Rent. You'll look fabulous and smart.
Project 100, abridged: A guide to Downtown's ambitious transportation project
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
The endeavor's model blends green vehicle sharing, chauffeured rides and public shuttle services available through a mobile app.
We need more than a new medical school to improve Nevada’s health
Without residency programs, the doctors we train will practice elsewhere
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013
Las Vegas is the nation’s largest metro area without an allopathic (M.D.) medical school—but that's not the only thing that's missing.
Country crooners to naughty nuns, the Downtown Hoedown defied the cold
Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
“It’s a high school prom, it’s a Springsteen song ..."
Help wanted: Weekly's personal ad for UNLV's next president
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013
With Neal Smatresk leaving for the University of North Texas, UNLV is in need of a new big cheese.
Do your holiday shopping right at the Neon Bazaar
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013
This pop-up market has everything you need for the art lover in your life.
Get your Fix with a new menu at Bellagio’s pre-club mainstay
Friday, Nov. 22, 2013
Yogurt on bread is your new addiction. Trust us.
Under the crown: Getting real with Nevada pageant royalty
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
We know the beauty queen, with her perfect tan legs and glittering dental work. But the pageant industry has more than one face. What about Miss Earth and Miss Ethnic Opulence? What about contests celebrating culture or scholarship, overcoming disability or riding on horseback? There’s a sash for any number of passions, and Las Vegas is home to some colorful titleholders. You might not recognize them without their regalia, a nice reminder that real people are attached to the royal Miss, Ms. and Mr.
Memory screenings and ‘beautiful minds’ at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013
How juicy is your brain?
In search of stellar suds: A Weekly writer finds her perfect beer at Pub 1842
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013
"I’ve always wanted to find my beer, one I’d order over an Old Fashioned not because it was socially correct or cheap but because it tasted that awesome."
Wasteland Gallery celebrates the creative underground
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
This place even has a shrunken head with a third eye.
Snapshots from anti-fest Life Is Sh*t
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013
The view from the "never-ending mountain of sh*t."
Checking in on Enterprise's motorcycle rentals in Vegas
Care to rent a Harley in a dangerous driving city?
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013
Care to rent a Harley in a dangerous driving city?
Ink Master Joey Hamilton on realism, fake skin and his prophetic license plate
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
Talk about making a mark.
A drink-this-not-that download with cocktail savant J.R. Starkus
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
Drink better: Still ordering a whiskey and coke? Vodka-cranberry? We tapped a master mixologist for some tasty upgrades.
Breast cancer survivors take us inside the latest Komen debate
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
What exactly is Komen's stance on partnering with adult-themed businesses like Riviera's Crazy Girls?
LV Philharmonic and Alfred Dunhill make like chocolate and peanut butter
Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
One classy brand partnership.
Our favorite bites from this year’s LuckyRice Night Market
Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
The traveling Asian food fest's second trip to the Cosmopolitan was deliciously relaxed.
Behind the smile (and the booty shake) with 'SYTYCD' champ Fik-Shun
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
Unreal moves from a very real Las Vegan.
Street Drum Corps brings dark whimsy and driving beats to Vinyl
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
Making music on the dash of a Nissan Sentra.
The Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency has been improving Downtown since 1986
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Downtown Project isn't the only organization out to boost the neighborhood.
Consul of Monaco Jonathan Warren on Europe's elegant playground vs. America's party capital
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
In the West (and everywhere else), Jonathan Warren spreads the word about the elegant and richly storied Principality of Monaco.
The Garden of Dreams is not where you think it is
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
Palm Downtown Mortuary and Cemetery dedicates a civil rights monument.
‘America’s Matchmaker’ Patti Novak gives Vegas some tough love
Friday, Feb. 22, 2013
First date tips, 'intestinal fortitude' and more.
Learn your cuts from the Butcher Block's Ron Lutz
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012
The "ribeye guy" has the answers to your meaty questions.
Creature creator Miriam Writer spills her DIY Halloween secrets
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012
Got nightmares? Make them into costumes.
Blisters, hallucinations and miracle Coke: Meet ultramarathoner Karla Kent
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The brutal course is nonstop from Death Valley to Mount Whitney, and racers contend with 13,000 feet of elevation gain, heat that can boil to 130, the innate limitations of their bodies and the darkest places inside their minds.
Do the Psychic Friends really live in the same building as Las Vegas Weekly?
Friday, July 20, 2012
Following the cosmic breadcrumbs to the truth.
Big things are happening at UNLV regarding small invaders
Professors leading research that is proving microbes are an essential part of human existence
Friday, July 20, 2012
At a coffee shop near UNLV, the discussion turns from alien movies to poker chips to theories on the origin of life. The common thread: microbes, invisible organisms that share our planet — and our bodies — in ways both threatening and essential.
Bite Now: 'Banh-Mi' Burger
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Pork pâté does belong on a bun.
Tarot 2.0: The Psychic Friends Network is back—and online, too
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
In need of breakup advice or stock tips? You're in luck.
'Guys and Dolls' vs. Eeyore: What are Las Vegas gamblers really like?
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Are depressing gaming revenues a reflection of the people playing?
Shakespeare’s is the neighborhood haunt you’ve been thirsting for
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Everything you want in a pub, plus freaking awesome chicken tenders.
If your ice tastes of frozen meatloaf, will your bourbon cry?
Monday, July 16, 2012
Deep thoughts about frozen water with the International Packaged Ice Association.
Bite Now: Salmon Lover
Thursday, July 12, 2012
So this is love.
More than human: Microbes are an essential part of our world—and us
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Invisible life is good, bad and everywhere. Welcome to the microbiome.
Bandits of all kinds: Real Vegas criminal nicknames
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
It seems law enforcement often gets colloquial with serial thieves.
Bite Now: Eggs Nova Scotia
Friday, July 6, 2012
Because cream cheese goes with everything.

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