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June 20, 11a. From the most popular legend of the 1001 Arabian Nights, watch as Aladdin thwarts the evil sorcerer, discovers the magical lamp,...
June 21, 6p. A fun night featuring live local bands Wild Card and the Joey Vitale Trio followed by DJ Ultra. Magicians, fortune tellers and...
June 21, 7:30p. Featuring the best local poetry talent and an open-mic forum for both new and established poets. West Las Vegas Arts Center...
Tourism: We are well-traveled
Story by Andrew Kiraly
You can’t have a travel issue without some kind of nod to the curious fact that we ourselves live in Las Vegas — one of the most visited, blogged, reviewed, navel-gazed, philosophized-upon and Facebooked destinations in the solar system. And among those clamoring hordes: Writers! With Important Thoughts! Even in a flatlining economy, Las Vegas continues to be a subject of fascination, commentary and, yes, howling ridicule. In case you missed them, here are some capsule takes on recent high-profile travel pieces about — aw, shucks — little old us.
Paul Carr, author, columnist, “The Strip Diary”
Grade: A-minus. Carr takes on the typical tourist institutions with biting candor and a gleeful penchant for exaggeration. On the Trump International Hotel: a “glittering monstrosity.” On his room at the trapped-in-time Riviera: “A phone next to the toilet! Such opulence!” On the escort profession: “It involves fewer old, fat people than you’d think.”
Matt Gross, New York Times travel writer, “Lost in Las Vegas”
Outtake: At N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms: “But then I found out that the bartender, A.C., had a daughter a week older than mine; we showed off iPhone photos of our kids, and the thaw began. ... Very cool. Even here, deep in Shays territory, conviviality ruled, stereotypes faltered.”
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