Eli Roth and the Killing Floor
The Strip’s new frighthouse brings the horror-film auteur’s vision to Las Vegas. But what is he really trying to tell us?
September 26th, 2012
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. Read more »
Soldier of the Kitchen
With his intense drive, Gordon Ramsay might have wound up on a battlefield or soccer pitch. Instead, he’s making dinner in Vegas.
May 17th, 2012
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. Read more »
Castles for the Middle Kingdom
An architect takes some Las Vegas audacity to China, where it’s still welcome
April 26th, 2012
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. Read more »
The past decade saw an impressive array of green buildings go up in Southern Nevada. How are they performing?
April 19th, 2012
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? Read more »
The Lonesome Death of Family Vegas
Once upon a time, a tide of family-friendly spectacle swept into Sin City and soaked everything in its path. They say it’s gone forever. We’re not so sure.
April 12th, 2012
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. Read more »
Scenes from the Near-Death of a City
Less than a decade ago, North Las Vegas dreamed of building a suburban utopia. Now it’s just trying to survive.
March 29th, 2012
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. Read more »
Road to Nowhere
The hopes of high-speed rail in America might be riding on a Las Vegas-to-Victorville route. That’s cause for concern. A special report from both ends of the line.
March 15th, 2012
Just before Christmas 2009, Las Vegas transportation expert Tom Stone and Orange County, Calif., millionaire developer William Buck Johns met in the middle for lunch. Their junction was in Victorville, Calif., at the Grumpy Golfer, a dimly lit bar overlooking the 18th green of a public golf course that’s served as a watering hole for weary Interstate 15 travelers and the “good ol’ boys” who ran this desert town for decades. Read more »