Peek inside some Southern Nevada homes that are icons of architectural style
Residential architecture — like any other art form — has its categories, from baroque to postmodern and beyond. A common lament about Las Vegas’ design landscape is its shallowness, but dig a little and you’ll find a few gems of specific genres — and in some cases, some examples that perfectly embody their spirit.
If Bryce and Zion had a love child, it would look like Cedar Breaks National Monument. Located only 56 miles to the west of Bryce — and an even shorter drive north out of Zion’s Kolob Canyon area — Cedar Breaks is significantly smaller and much less crowded than more popular attractions in southern Utah, but it’s no less spectacular.
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a stately limestone building whose classical composition — both elegant and formal — features Art Deco details drawn from Hoover Dam, suggesting enduring social purpose and monumental achievement. Indeed, the newly opened center has already attracted a constellation of star talent.
Southern Nevada’s gleaming malls are great for getting your shop on, but what about that dictum to support your small, local, independent retailers? You won’t find many of those in the mix when you’re going wall-eyed deciphering the mall’s billboard-size directory map.
But you will find them in force at The Market LV in Tivoli Village.
There’s a home cleanse that all the Windex and Lysol in the world can’t deliver — a balance of energy and promotion for good health and fortune that a 4,000-year-old Chinese tradition claims to accomplish. Sound more appealing than sweeping away that trail of crumbs going from the couch to the kitchen? Thought it might.
British reserve? Pshaw! Transplant Claire Jane Vranian takes English sensibility and rocks it up
Fashion and music have seen a recent British renaissance of sorts. From the ongoing buzz about the royal couple to Adele’s domination of pop music to the worldwide craze over Alexander McQueen, everyone’s eye is on British style — and Las Vegas is no exception.
Eating at gourmet burger joints all over town has reminded me what I love about a burger. Combining contrasting textures and splashing wild flavor around is fun, but what are we really talking about here? That super juicy, savory-rich bite of beef.
Jajangmyun at Chapaghetti In South Korea, April 14 is known as Black Day. The anti-Valentine’s Day, it’s an occasion when the lonely commiserate by wearing dark clothes and wallowing over bowls of jajangmyeon, or noodles in black bean sauce.
Home means a lot of things — sanctuary, roots, multimedia escape pod — but say “investment” these days and you’re likely to get a round of rueful, bitter chuckles. Many Southern Nevadans were laughing all the way to the bank in the Great Stucco Boom years, but the joke was on us.
Meet six unlikely businesses that are taking things green. Compressed soil pucks and solar-powered chocolate, anyone?
So single-minded are the confectionery warlocks at Ethel M in their pursuit of creating chocolate by whatever means necessary that they have harnessed the elemental power of the sun itself for their dark, rich arts.
The Las Vegas News Bureau and local publicists celebrated Easter with this March 31, 1958 photo, using the Barry Ashton Dancers to remind potential tourists that Las Vegas had — imagine this — beautiful women to see.
Donn Arden was and remains the gold standard for the production show, with feather-clad showgirls from the “Lido de Paris” at the Stardust to today’s “Jubilee!” at Bally’s, but others like Frederic Apcar (“Casino de Paris” at the Dunes), Matt Gregory and Ashton, to name a few, contributed to that image of the classic Las Vegas production show.
A beginner dips a toe into the dance scene to find a footloose world where strangers become friends — in just a few simple steps
Last summer, a friend of mine married into a Bavarian family. Following custom, the first dance was a full-on, magic-of-Disney, Fred-and-Ginger-eat-your-heart-out waltz — none of that gentle swaying stuff people get away with these days.
That comment is directed to Steve Sebelius and his “answer” to the question, “Why did we celebrate the Las Vegas Centennial in 2005, when the city wasn’t incorporated until 1911?” (The Answers, January).
In his response, Sebelius says the reason why we celebrated Las Vegas’ birthday in 2005 was “Mayor Oscar Goodman.
In the studio of Brent Sommerhauser, fine art emerges from dirty, hot, dangerous places
CORRECTION: This article has been corrected to reflect that Brent Sommerhauser was an assistant gaffer in the creation of the Domsky Glass sculpture for The Cosmopolitan's Book & Stage venue. Artist Larry Domsky conceived, designed and fabricated the piece.