According to his IMDB creation myth, Eli Roth’s filmmaking career began at age 8 when he saw Ridley Scott’s Alien. To young Eli, it played like a magical combination of Star Wars and Jaws. He watched. He vomited. He decided then, at an age when most of us still believe the stork delivers movies, that he wanted to be a film director. A horror-film director at that, employing fake blood and his father’s power tools to make the many short films that paved the way to New York University’s film school.
If Gordon Ramsay hadn't become arguably the most famous chef in the world, he says he might have joined the special forces or some other branch of the military. He got this inclination a few years ago when he was in Afghanistan cooking for the marines.
It’s not easy being a Las Vegas architect. Just ask Windom Kimsey, president of the venerable Las Vegas firm Tate Snyder Kimsey. For starters, there hasn’t exactly been a ton of work for local architects in the last couple of years. Across the Valley, projects were canceled and renderings were consigned to desk drawers and hard-drive archives. TSK, the firm behind some of the most important structures in the Valley, had to cut its staff by 40 percent.
Pop quiz: Which state had the highest amount of LEED-certified building space per capita in 2010?
No, it wasn’t California. And don’t say New York, Oregon or Vermont, because the answer is Nevada.
Bonus question: Which Nevada city has the most LEED-certified square footage?
Tonight in Las Vegas, we’ll drink to a bygone time. We’ll drink to the sprawling suburbs that we once thought would attract young families and keep them here from magnet school to UNLV. We’ll drink to the ghosts of lip-syncing pirates, to the skeletons of NASCAR-themed roller coasters and casinos that look like Playmobil. Tonight, we’ll drink to the memory of “family-friendly” Las Vegas.
$2 Crab Tuesdays
In the great Maryland tradition, Crab Corner features trays piled high with steamed blue crabs that are fresh from the Chesapeake Bay and seasoned with J.O. Spice, the Old Line State’s very own blend of seafood seasoning. On Tuesdays, crabs and beers are only $2 a pop. Get there early, as low prices like these can draw a crowd, which makes for a fun, communal atmosphere. $2, 4161 S. Eastern Ave., 489-4646, NVSeafood – G.B.
The ninth floor of the new $127 million North Las Vegas City Hall offers a sweeping view of low-rise sprawl, and from up there the city looks neat and orderly, stretching away nearly to the mountains with Las Vegas Boulevard pointing the way northeast along a corridor of commerce and activity.
On a chilly May night in 1955, Archie Moore defeated Nino Valdez in a 15-round heavyweight fight at the old Cashman Field in downtown Las Vegas. It was not a title fight, though its promoters tried to bill it that way. It was, though, if you take Las Vegas Sun publisher Hank Greenspun’s word for it, the “greatest event for the town since the government started using the area for atom bomb tests.”
Romo has a toothy smile and a mischievous soul. I watch him work the crowd clustered at the entrance to the Zappos-backed tech library upstairs from The Beat coffeehouse on East Fremont. A pretty blonde rolls him forward and spins him on his treads. I don’t see Romo wink, but I’m told he can.