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.
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.
Encountering a scurrying rat is hardly a sign of good fortune. But absorbing the awesome beauty of a majestic, dare we say, noble, 2,000-pound golden rodent sculpture in feng-shui-inspired surroundings in the Venetian’s waterfall atrium for the Year of the Rat — which begins Jan. 25 — is another matter entirely.
Josh Breski spent his birthday with Banksy.
The Long Beach, Calif. resident, freshly 46, was delighted to discover that his birthday-week visit to Las Vegas coincided with the opening of the Banksy: Genius or Vandal? exhibition inside Immersion Vegas, a new venue at Fashion Show mall.