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Heaven Freezes Over

With temperatures well below freezing on the morning of Jan. 15, one Henderson resident decided to use his pool furniture to test the waters. Looks like it passed. Remember this photo the next time you complain about the heat around Read More

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Las Vegas on a Roll?

It’s been awhile since we thought of ourselves as a city on the move. The Strip’s last major opening was the Cosmopolitan in December 2010, and the Downtown renaissance, while uplifting, has not yet sprinkled its fairy dust on the rest of the Valley. But the design of Caesars Entertainment’s Linq project suggests that the Strip’s new era could begin with a nod to the hurlyburly streetscapes of downtowns Read More

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Make room on the Ark

And so they came, two by two, in time of flood, unto the ship that would bring them urban vibrancy and meaningful interactions. Thus were the Downtown Programmers saved from the fate of Lesser Vegas, and the Call Center Specialists, and the Denizens of the Cocktail Room, and, at long last, upon the birthday of the Helmsman, came the Unicorn. But of such Specimen, as of the Helmsman Himself, there were not two, but only Read More

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One less Paper milk bottle to worry about

As Mayor Carolyn Goodman will tell you, she’s a straight-shooter—and she proved it at the Dec. 6 opening of the Strip Gun Club. It’s the seventh shooting range licensed in the Valley this year, but the trend hasn’t sparked much concern among local officials. Apparently, they’ll ask questions Read More

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Dragon Racer

Never doubt the fire in a half-marathoner’s belly, especially when the half-marathoner happens to be a glowing golden dragon. An estimated 30,000 runners—most of them without scales or forked tongues—hit the nighttime streets for the Zappos.com Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half-Marathon on Dec. 2. Kenya’s Jonathan Ndambuki won the men’s marathon in 2 hours, 32 minutes. Nuta Olaru of Longmont, Colo., won the women’s marathon in 2:51. The dragon apparently finished the half-marathon in 3:13, more than two hours off the Read More

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All Hail!

Shania Twain arrived for her new Caesars Palace gig with some first-rate percussion backup: the thunder of 160 hooves. The 40-horse Strip procession on Nov. 14—Caesars called it an “orchestrated stampede”—promoted Shania: Still the One, which debuts at the Colosseum on Dec. 1. That’s just in time for the less orchestrated stampede of the National Finals Read More

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Tot Gun

As if they didn’t give enough already, our armed forces offered up some old-fashioned fun at Aviation Nation on Nov. 10-11 at Nellis Air Force Base. Veterans Day should be inspirational for kids—and it seemed to work wonders for this one, striking a pose in front of a KC-10 Read More

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Oh, the Zumanity!

They are slippery beings, shedding skins and changing identities to suit the needs of the moment. And they’re not even politicians. Zumanity cast members are each taught to do their own makeup, and here, in the catacombs beneath the stage at New York-New York, Alex Stabler—a.k.a. “Scottish Fantasy”—gets some tips from makeup designer Nathalie Read More

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All the Rage

Katy perry showed up wearing a ballot. President Obama showed up wearing a smile. Mitt Romney wasn’t with them at Doolittle Park on Oct. 24 to form a triangle of discord, but he’d just paid us a visit at the Henderson Pavilion with his very own hottie, Paul Read More

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Wayne on wheels

The last time Lil Wayne went skateboarding in Vegas, it was at 1 Oak when the club built a makeshift ramp for him. Apparently it was time to take it al fresco when he recently shot a video downtown. Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst will also appear in Wayne’s lil movie. Probably wearing that stupid red Read More

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Illuminated Descent

Sky and technology offered complementary splendors on the morning of Oct. 15, and this YESCO worker had a front-rope seat. The sign at Harmon Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard—the world’s largest full-motion LED screen—passed diagnostic muster. We hear the big blue canopy above it is just fine, Read More

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The Downtown Aquarium

Of all the impressive neon-hued characters among the 4,000 participants of Vegas Seven’s inaugural GlowRun, perhaps none made a bigger impression than the Balloon People. This festooned bunch drifted elegantly—if a little squeakily—like aquatic creatures through the sea of humanity that was Fremont East the evening of Oct. 7. The event, which featured a 5k race and AfterGlow block party, raised more than $5,000 for Aid for AIDS of Southern Read More

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Elevate Your Game

Spring comes early in youth baseball—or, rather, it never really goes away. And plenty of kids wouldn’t have it any other way, especially the 110 members of the freshly minted LV Rebels baseball club, ages 8-13, who got a chance to practice with UNLV coaches at the home of the real Rebels, Earl E. Wilson Stadium, on Sept. Read More