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Travel back to vintage Vegas at the Peppermill’s Fireside Lounge. Photo by Jon Estrada

Where Should People Go for a Taste of ‘Old Vegas’?

I was recently asked something similar by a Canadian magazine, though their query was “Where can we walk among the ghosts of the Rat Pack?” That particular list is getting rather short, but includes the Riviera, the Golden Steer steakhouse, the Little Chapel of the West and—albeit it’s a stretch—the SLS (built in the bones of the Sahara) and Wynn Golf Club (formerly the Desert Inn Country Club). Read More

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Where to Escape the Football Crowds

You don’t like how your favorite dining haunts become de facto sports bars for five months a year? I feel your pain. While living in Summerlin, I quickly learned to avoid my go-to Italian joint on Monday nights in the fall, when the inescapable pallor of a flat screen would turn my otherwise dark, relaxing escape into a frat party. Read More

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Summertime, and the Living Is (Surprisingly) Easy

Long ago, locals struck a deal in the hard-count room at the Stardust to spread disinformation about how hot it gets here. If we didn’t, people would figure out just how great our weather really is, and the Valley would be crawling with 4 million faces sucking from Lake Mead’s straw, instead of “just” the 2 million we have now. And then we’d really have problems. Read More

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Has UNLV Ever Had a Greek Row?

Not really. Back in the day, near the northeast corner of campus, squatted a pair of plain buildings fronted by Greek-ish columns. I would paddle my VW Rabbit past those Cottage Grove Apartments, with Greek flags (ATO! TKE! SAE!) proudly adorning sliding-glass doors. The apartments remain, but a parking garage, an elementary school and the Science & Engineering Building have since devoured the rest of that street’s real estate. Read More

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The Three M’s Leave Little Room for Full-On Libertarianism

Our history is complex, owing to the confluence of the Three M’s: Miners, Mormons, and Mobsters. Freewheeling miners may have created Nevada’s market for goods and services, but it was the rather less freewheeling members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who built the enterprises that served that market—from early dry-goods stores to the banks that funded the casinos. Read More