The Mayor of Downtown
Oscar Goodman bet his legacy on an urban renaissance. Did he pull it off?
June 9th, 2011
A dozen years ago, when he was a rookie Las Vegas mayoral candidate, the mob lawyer Oscar Goodman—who had once flicked away FBI agents and federal prosecutors like lint from a smoking jacket—decided that he wanted to be loved. So the first thing he did was tell the city how much he loved it. Read more »
Return of the Prodigal Art
June 2nd, 2011
Television killed burlesque. All the glamour, the fans, the feathers, the tassels, the revealing peeks, the coquettish smiles, the girls fighting over top billing and who could dance to “Night Train”—all of it faded away when people started staying home to watch TV in the late 1950s. Read more »
Annie Duke could have been a scientist or a poker player. So she decided to be one of the world’s leading experts on the science of poker.
May 26th, 2011
There was a time when Annie Duke was regarded in poker circles simply as the little sister of green-felt legend Howard Lederer, but those days are long gone. That’s what winning a few major poker events will do for you. Read more »
Seven mothers, seven journeys and one photographer with a vision
May 5th, 2011
This project began when a friend of mine told me about his days in the army. His mother had told him that every time her phone rang, she would panic, fearing the worst for her son. When I thought about my friend’s mother, I pictured her sitting in a worn-out armchair, the room just lit by one lamp and the phone to her right. As if it were her nemesis. It felt as if I had already taken the picture. Read more »
Las Vegas is no longer riding the DJ wave. It is the DJ wave.
April 28th, 2011
"Good morning, Las Vegas!" says Nick van de Wall, better known as Afrojack. It is 1 a.m., but the night still rages at Surrender, a nightclub in Encore. Several hundred revelers have waited two hours for this 23-year-old rising star to appear, chanting “Afrojack! Afrojack!” The warm-up act, DJ Milo “Mighty Mi” Berger, has just finished building anticipation to a frenzy by deftly weaving a contemporary electronic pop mix while dropping remixes and “edits”—old pop chestnuts retrofitted with a post-millennial beat—of classics such as Madonna’s “Holiday.” Read more »
Is This any Time to Open a new Mall?
Tivoli Village is betting big on a unique environment and an economic upswing
April 15th, 2011
The commercial real estate market is in the gutter. Sales are down everywhere. Housing? Wait ’til 2015. Suicides are up. Depression. Recession. Yawn. There you have it, all the tempering and caution needed for stories like this, about the opening of a luxury, $850 million retail site in Las Vegas. Read more »
The Once & Future Rebels
With the departure of Lon Kruger, the legend of Tark reasserts itself
April 7th, 2011
On March 15, 2004, Lon Kruger walked amiably into the rubble and promised to make it right again. It was a fool’s errand, and Kruger very nearly pulled it off. Now that he is gone, whisked away on April Fool’s Day by the University of Oklahoma and its deep war chest while the Nevada Legislature slowly starves UNLV, one is wonder-struck that he endured for seven years, a deceptively wily Kansan among the fast-talking hucksters of the Vegas boom and bust. Read more »