Life in Las Vegas

Inspiration Strikes Downtown

Dec 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Life in Las Vegas
Don’t ask the people at the Heart Attack Grill where the Inspire Theatre is. They do not know, even though it’s at the same intersection: Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street. Maybe they’ll catch on that there’s a cool new meeting place a short stone's throw from their front door, but on Friday night when Inspire opened its doors for the first time, the Heart Attack Grill folks didn’t have a clue. Part of the problem may lie in the design of Inspire’s sign. It’s skinny, vertical, and turned at the perfect angle to render it invisible to anyone peering out from inside the Heart Attack. I doubt that this ... (more...)

The Promise of Vegas Pulp

Sep 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Life in Las Vegas
Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with Mark Hall-Patton in his offices at the Clark County Museum. He had agreed to talk with me about a collection I had learned about the last time I spoke with him and had remained curious about ever since. For the last decade or so, Hall-Patton has been quietly but consistently identifying and acquiring hard copies of every mass-market paperback novel that is set in Las Vegas. Because he sees these books as valuable to understanding Las Vegas’s history, he has donated the collection to the Clark ... (more...)