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National History Museum, Las Vegas

Egypt In The Age Of Mechanical Reproduction

King Tut brings Walter Benjamin's famous essay to mind

1400 BC or 2012 AD. The Sahara or the Mojave. Ancient Pharaohs or Casino Moguls. Face it: no matter how exquisite the desert, we need a little bit of flamboyant relief, something that is not beige. Even purists, swooning over lizard prints in the sand, benefit from a jolt now …more Egypt In The Age Of Mechanical Reproduction

Red Rock photographed by mtnrockdhh

Traces Of The Ancients

Learn to scramble the calligraphic rocks in Calico Basin

Red Rock National Conservation Area is 15 miles from the Strip—its peaks poke from the horizon between Caesar’s Palace and the Mirage—but few visitors to Las Vegas ever glimpse its burnished outcrops, let alone probe its oracular beauty. It rises abruptly from the Mojave, truly as red as its name, …more Traces Of The Ancients

Rodeo Queens with Purses

Cowgirls Prefer Ringlets

The Miss Rodeo America pageant comes to Las Vegas

Thankfully the house was dark and the spotlights were on the exhilaratingly cheerful Miss Rodeo America contestants. No one in the packed Las Vegas theatre could see the condescending sneer on my face as I watched 28 cowgirls in rhinestone-studded paramilitary jumpsuits toprock to “Danger Zone.” If ever a group …more Cowgirls Prefer Ringlets

The Las Vegas Springs Preserve

Viewing The Mojave In A Petri Dish

The Las Vegas Springs Preserve blooms in the heart of the city

Lift your eyes from the Vegas Strip and behold the Mojave Desert: it wraps Sin City in a cowl of austerity, emanates from empty lots downtown, etches the edge of the suburbs with Zen-like clarity. It thrums beneath our feet. But most visitors to Las Vegas never venture into the …more Viewing The Mojave In A Petri Dish