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Dayvid Figler
Podcast Host
@oyvegas

Someone from Las Vegas you should know about:
Jonathan Hensleigh Local business owner, liquor impresario, and screenplay writer and/or director of some of the most popular action films of all time.

The tourist trap in Vegas that’s actually great:
Circus Circus! (Not really, but sort of.) Real pick: The Cosmopolitan

Best book or movie or TV show about my city:
About a Mountain by John D’Agata and the movie Showgirls

Host Vogue Robinson
Vogue Robinson
Podcast Host
@Vogue_316

A hidden gem in Vegas:
Left of Center Art Gallery & Studio in North Las Vegas!

The tourist trap in Vegas that’s actually great:
Meow Wolf/Area 15, they reach out to local artists and organizations to build partnerships. They know what their impact can be in a city and they want to be a force for good! 

Best book or movie or TV show about Vegas:
Off Boulder Highway by Jennifer Battisti (and almost everything she writes) 

Sonja Cho Swanson
Lead Producer
@sonjachoswanson

A hidden gem in Vegas:
There’s a Rural Preservation Neighborhood tucked between Rancho Dr. and the N. Las Vegas airport—it’s all ranch homes and horses, plus a community garden, and really good barbecue.

Where I’d take you to eat in Vegas:
The Thai temple on the south side of town hosts a food fair once a month—we can’t leave without ordering the chicken and prawn dumplings with thin, tender rice noodle wrappers.

Something we do better in Vegas than anywhere else:
We keep the lights on 24/7 (or just about)—you don’t have to try very hard to find a hot meal, no matter what time it is.

Layla Muhummed
Audio Producer
@layla_alon

A hidden gem in Vegas:
West Wind Drive In Theater in North Las Vegas…bring something cold to drink in the summer!

Where I’d take you to eat in my city:
Rollin Smoke Barbeque and I’d order The “Outlaw” Burger.

The tourist trap in town that’s actually great:
The Pinball Hall of Fame

Scott Dickensheets
Newsletter Editor
@DickensheetsLV

A hidden gem in Vegas:
Because it’s attached to the university, UNLV’s Barrick Museum is usually overlooked in the “Vegas needs a museum” discourse. The Writer’s Block is the city’s terrific independent bookstore, beloved by the literary strata of Las Vegas but relatively unknown.

Someone from Vegas you should know about:
Erica Vital-Lazare, a writer, editor, curator, and English prof at the College of Southern Nevada. She heads up a series of Black literature reprints for the McSweeney’s publishing group, is a tireless advocate for the local cultural scene, and is one of the smartest and most generous people in town.

The tourist trap in town that’s actually great:
The Neon and Mob museums — both appeal to superficial elements of Las Vegas, then take you deeper. The Bellagio Conservatory: So. Many. Flowers.