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PLANET NERD & THE RINGS OF GEEKDOM:  Our correspondent takes a wondrous journey through the videogame universe at LVL Up Expo

Forget the postwar despondency of Lost Generation literature or the Kerouacian meditations that foresaw legions of peripatetic Boomers. The single most prescient piece of American art in the 200-and-some-odd years of this great nation is Revenge of the Nerds.

No one in the ‘80s heyday of jocks-vs.-geeks war footing would have seen it coming, but the Great Pop-Cultural Revolution swept through the land, and the winners were in their glory at the LVL Up Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center Feb. 21-23, 2020.

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RACE-FULL ENTRANCE: As NASCAR’s Pennzoil Weekend roars into town, take a joyride through its highlights and history

If your heart pumps gasoline and you take your morning coffee with a side of motor oil, you already know the joys of NASCAR’s Pennzoil 400. You may also want to see a doctor. None of that sounds remotely healthy. If, instead, your last car purchase was a late-’90s Camry, you don’t know what you’re missing. Since 1998, NASCAR has made a home on the northern edge of Las Vegas, debuting what was then known as the Las Vegas 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race has gone through several name changes, settling on the Pennzoil 400 in 2018. More than just a race, NASCAR’s Pennzoil weekend (Feb. 21-23) is a celebration of motorsports in the desert. The event is expected to draw more than 85,000 attendees to town, generating an economic impact of $166.6 million.

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WHAT DREAMER MAY COME: An immigrant toddler matures into an up-and-coming Vegas hospitality dynamo

What is the All-American Story? We are passionately, divisively — nay, acrimoniously — debating that in this country, writ large. Perhaps it would help to narrow the focus and examine it, writ small. That brings us to Maria Miranda: The All-American Story.

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