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C. Moon Reed never meant to make Las Vegas her home, but she found a kindred spirit in this upstart town. From trolling red carpets for celebrity gossip to writing in-depth feature stories and slightly self-indulgent personal essays, Reed has explored the kitschy yet endearing pioneer spirit of the Silver State. She is a staff writer for the Las Vegas Weekly. Follow her on Twitter @cmoonreed and at Facebook.com/cmoonreed.

Story Archive

  • Stage

    Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019

    Director Darko Tresnjak remembers reading a biography of the last Russian tsar while suffering through pneumonia as a child in Yugoslavia, and becoming fascinated by the history of the Romanovs.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019

    Most food and beverage items are offered as a trio—flights of shrimp, ceviche, mac ’n’ cheese, dips and pita, and even salad.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019

    Chef Ayoung Chang’s menu samples well-loved favorites from China, Japan and Korea. There are teppanyaki tables, a sushi bar, a noodle bar and a traditional booze bar that opens onto a large patio with waterfall view.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019

    “I loved finding out about the relationship between Elvis and Liberace. When Elvis was struggling in that 1956 show, Liberace came over, saw Elvis’ show, took some publicity photos with him and gave him one piece of advice: ‘Your show needs more glitz.’”

  • Health

    Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019

    During the course of 15-plus years, burlesque dancer and cocktail waitress Jennifer Affronti, aka Ms. Redd, knew something was dreadfully wrong with her body. But neither she nor an army of doctors and specialists could figure out what. Her symptoms seemed inconsistent ...

  • Noise

    Thursday, July 25, 2019

    With the help of Grammy-winning producer Chad Brown, he recorded in Nashville with a full array of musicians, including backup singers, horns, organs, piano and guitars. Locals can hear the songs July 30 at the Sand Dollar Lounge.

  • Noise

    Monday, July 22, 2019

    It was a night of hellish pyrotechnics, knee pads, paper straws ... and oh yeah, a number of hits.

  • News

    Saturday, July 20, 2019

    As far as desert jobs go, Bryan Sloan might have one of the most unusual — a yacht captain. We chatted with Sloan to ...

  • News

    Thursday, July 18, 2019

    It’s the dog days of summer, and desert dwellers may be tempted to stay inside until Halloween. But they’d be missing out on some very cool recreation opportunities.

  • News

    Thursday, July 18, 2019

    Did you know that Las Vegas is right next door to the largest national recreation area in America? Clocking in at 1.5 million acres with 8 million visitors annually, managing Lake Mead National Recreation Area is no small job. So when the National Park Service (NPS) announced the selection of a new superintendent for Lake Mead, Margaret L. Goodro, we jumped at the chance to find out more.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 18, 2019

    ‘Elvis in Vegas,’ ‘Lost Restaurants of Henderson,’ ‘Life Is a Country Western Song’ and more.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 3, 2019

    Her new tagline: “Your scars are your superpower.”

  • Weather

    Sunday, June 30, 2019

    If you think the weather has been weird recently — a lot wetter and cooler than usual — it’s not just in your mind. This has been the rainiest start of the year since 2005. The average annual rainfall in Las Vegas is 4.19 inches; we already reached 4.51 inches by May ...

  • Stage

    Thursday, June 27, 2019

    Off-Broadway star April Kidwell—a UNLV and Las Vegas Academy grad—has built a cottage industry parodying (and re-inventing) roles originally played by actress Elizabeth Berkley.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 13, 2019

    Nevada Public Radio will broadcast recordings of the Phil’s 2018 and 2019 performances on KCNV 89.7 FM, Sundays at 2 p.m.

  • Features

    Thursday, June 6, 2019

    Hotel pools, water parks, pool parties, community pools, great poolside menus and more!

  • Transportation

    Saturday, June 1, 2019

    Nowadays, there are more options than ever when it comes to transportation. So we've created this guide to help you get from here to there.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 30, 2019

    Upcoming and recent classes range from the practical (DIY Alterations & Repairs) and whimsical (Creating Your Own Cosplay Costume) to the fashionable (Techniques of Costume & Fashion Design) and artsy (Silk Painting).

  • Taste

    Thursday, May 30, 2019

    Locals have the advantage of 50 percent off standard ticket prices, which range from $35 to $52.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 30, 2019

    “To me, when I’m onstage, if I’m not risking anything, then I kind of think, “What’s the point?” A big part of the appeal of performing to me is the chance that I could completely embarrass myself.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 30, 2019

    The menu mostly comprises shareable plates, except for a few truly grand entrées. Our server recommend eating in a specific order: from cold to hot, mild to spicy. That means you can expect to taste the ceviche and sushi (by chef Kiyotaka Jet Asano) first.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    MsEasy advises partiers visit the revamped Downtown EDC to see the fest’s new concepts, like a drag bar with live drag queen performances. She also says she’s excited to bring back an open-air theater with fire performers, which hasn’t been seen at EDC Vegas since 2015.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    “It’s a tough role vocally,” Traci Kesisian says of the Witch. Belting out songs in an “old, ugly witch voice” while physically hunched over is difficult, not to mention the intense Sondheim score. Still, she says, she loves it. “She’s a strong, funny, sassy character—a dream to play, really.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    “Multi-color sequined bags, alien-shaped backpacks [and] fun-colored drawstring bags are all very popular. We suggest something like this, because no one wants to lug around a big bag when they’re trying to dance and socialize.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    This is the work of photographer Cody Brothers, who shot six national parks for his latest project, ‘Forgotten Horizons.’ Created to mark the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary—and with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts—Brothers’ exhibit captures the majesty of Nevada, New Mexico and Death Valley, California.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 2, 2019

    “Because I’m a bubbly blonde and I try to keep things light, people don’t always take me seriously. There’s more than what you see to her and me. People are very surprised when I start talking to them—‘Oh, you aren’t stupid.’ That’s Elle, too.”

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    We were bested by an imaginary stripper, but we had a lot of smart fun in the process, working through some decidedly sexy clues. No spoilers, but some of my favorite puzzles included lace bras and sky-high stripper heels.

  • News

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    The South has fried chicken, Texas has barbecue, Chicago has hot dogs, New York has pizza and Las Vegas has them all. That is to say, our regional cuisine is the buffet. The all-you-can-eat extravaganza is the epitome of Sin City self-indulgence. But how did ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    Try an all-day pass, survey the scene before you begin and work with the staff if you have dietary restrictions.

  • Taste

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    Bay Area import Doughp is a self-described “millennial-brand on a mission.” Everything about the Las Vegas location is tailored to the Instagram era. An enormous mixer stands in the window, whipping up 50-pound batches of dough daily in full view of phone cameras.

  • Features

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    Where to bring the kids, meet the in-laws, sample sushi or splurge for VIP treatment.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    The South has fried chicken. Texas has barbecue. New York has pizza. And Las Vegas has them all. That is to say, our regional cuisine is the buffet.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    “Even when you’re cooking for thousands of people, I want to do everything from scratch. Everything has to come in fresh, and we make it all here.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    “We live in such an alienated culture. We avoid those closest to us, and that makes sense, because it tends to go awry. It’s good to be functional within your community and to organize, because the people at the top profit by our dysfunction.”

  • Fine Art

    Thursday, March 21, 2019

    Shan Michael Evans presents playful, bold designs that could be at home in a hipster toy store. “[If] any of these works receive a smile from someone passing by, well, that works for me.”

  • News

    Friday, March 15, 2019

    Las Vegas is an oasis to more than just whales and gamblers. Thousands of migratory birds stop here to rest up, refuel and sometimes even mate while they journey back and forth across the globe. Think of it as the Pacific Highway, running north and south, but for birds instead of Beemers.

  • Print

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    From memoir to biography to novels, your options are blooming.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    The extensive whiskey list is organized first by country of origin and then type. For example, you can try Nikka Taketsuru, a pure malt from Japan. The indecisive should opt for a themed whiskey flight.

  • News

    Saturday, March 9, 2019

    So what’s it like for a “dirtbag climber” to receive the Hollywood treatment? After six months touring to promote the film, Alex Honnold is back home in Vegas and still making sense of it all.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 7, 2019

    Over the course of seven events, it has raised $35 million dollars to help provide vulnerable communities with access to clean water.

  • Stage

    Thursday, March 7, 2019

    The Playhouse smells like fresh sawdust, that distinct woody scent of new beginnings. It’s still under construction, but the 5,000-square-foot space is already a thing of magic.

  • News

    Friday, March 1, 2019

    While we may be distant from polar vortexes and sea-level rise, Southern Nevada faces its own existential challenges because of climate change. The American Southwest is at risk of rising temperatures ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

    It’s a juicy challenge for a daring theater company: produce a play in which characters have taken a vow of silence.

  • News

    Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

    A rare opportunity to ride a blimp offers a gorgeous and even thrilling voyage in the sky.

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

    In Sure Thing, Victoria Hogan, the founder of pop-up wedding service Flora Pop, intends to provide a comfort level beyond that of other Vegas chapels.

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

    From scheduling sexy time to knowing when to seek outside help.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

    She plans to cover UNLV’s Archie C. Grant Hall in giant rainbow swaths of fabric. But her vision goes beyond just changing the look of a building. She hopes to recruit the community, and turn us all into co-creators and participants.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

    Fortunately for lovers of Athens fries, Paymon’s has expanded into the suburbs with locations in the southeast Valley and Summerlin.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

    “Coming from out of state, I’d heard a lot of bad things about Nevada beer,” author Pat Evans says. “I found that very quickly to be wrong.”

  • News

    Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

    According to research in the Review of General Psychology, 50 percent of happiness is genetic and 10 percent is because of circumstances, such as wealth or beauty. That means 40 percent of our individual wellbeing is in our control.