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Steve Friess

Steve Friess is a freelance journalist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek and USA Today, among many other outlets.

Story Archive

  • A&E

    Tuesday, May 24, 2011

    To hear the 45-year-old singing ventriloquist tell it, until quite recently he was a dummy.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011

    I’m not sure why it took so long to figure out how interminably badly this had all gone.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    It would have been just so easy to take the ungodly fistfuls of money at first offer and run.

  • CSN

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    A CSN instructor may be going over the line with his insensitive, sometimes racial, comments.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Pity the poor souls trying to make that Trump International Hotel

  • Gaming

    Wednesday, April 20, 2011

    Are gaming venues in the city really doing as much as they can to help gambling addiction?

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

    The Tillerman recently closed its doors - and without much ado about it.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

    This was supposed to turn out differently.

  • Stratosphere

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    “Nobody likes to look out and see abandoned buildings and empty plots of land"

  • Tropicana

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    Until last week, the Tropicana’s new management had been firing on all cylinders.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    Criss Angel's show: a dramatic improvement?

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011

    “Do you want to see one?” Arthur Nelson asked with a raised eyebrow.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    Back when concrete plans were coming together for the construction of a $43 million mob museum in Downtown Las Vegas, I was a vocal media cheerleader.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011

    Up until now, most of us assumed the folks operating the troubled, bankrupt Las Vegas Monorail were doing their best amid so many challenges.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011

    Sierra Boggess wouldn’t be where she is today without it.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

    Where most have left the Colosseum with a shrug, Celine left with hugs

  • celebs

    Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011

    This city has always been known as the place where washed-up crooners go to die.

  • People

    Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011

    The day before Christmas, Shae Wilhite’s email box started filling up with some unusual messages.

  • The Strip

    Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011

    @24k and @VegasBill are a very familiar Vegas breed, the sort of freeloaders who make it more difficult for real media vanguards to be taken seriously by either publicists or the public.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011

    Jean Bartel was crowned before the pageant began being televised, before Miss America was a pop icon.

  • Print

    Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011

    I hate reading books by local authors I know. If I dislike them, I want to say so and that gets awkward. So I try not to.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

    After a month of awful accidents at the new Spider-Man show in New York, maybe Broadway should consider taking a few hints from the Boulevard.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010

    As we made our way past the tri-level chandelier that is the signature of Vegas’ newest playground, two grouches provided decidedly different reactions.

  • Wynn Las Vegas

    Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010

    The resort boom is over. What are Las Vegas construction tycoons to do now?

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010

    Warren Buffett gets in Elaine Wynn’s ear every so often about this little project he and Bill Gates want her to consider.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010

    This weekend begins an open-ended, six-nights-a-week production called Sinatra Dance With Me at Wynn Las Vegas, a modern dance revue set to recorded tunes by the original Rat Packer.

  • The Strip

    Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

    Here we go, heading once again into yet another December casino-resort opening on the Strip.

  • Dining

    Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010

    Now seating ego, party of three

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

    The more I think about it, the more I worry.

  • CityCenter

    Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010

    MGM Resorts brass made many pre-opening claims about CityCenter that were, in retrospect, ridiculous.

  • Poker

    Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010

    Now that those thrilling elections are behind us, who’s ready for some poker?

  • Politics

    Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

    She answers pretty much any question, however politically imprudent.

  • People

    Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

    Bob Forbuss is known for remaining cool and steady in virtually any situation.

  • celebs

    Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010

    Normally, ex-managers are pretty good for the inside scoop on what stars and celebrities are really like—but what about Chip Lightman?

  • Theatre

    Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

    That’s right, someone in the theater, a place we all believe to be a haven for all sorts of societal misfits and outcasts, felt it was appropriate to angrily deploy the nuclear bomb gay word, “faggot,” and to attack a man’s gender identity.

  • Stratosphere

    Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010

    Meet Ruby Malalay - former rides operator, Big Shot enthusiast and cameo star on the Travel Channel.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010

    How does it feel to lose? Turns out, not so good.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010

    Monorail signage is woefully confusing.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010

    At 84-years-old, she's an ageless wonder.

  • Sports

    Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010

    "All I can tell you is, ‘Listen, I made a bad mistake, I’m sorry and I’m trying to go on with my life.’"

  • The Strip

    Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010

    “You can’t drive down the fucking Strip and tell me it’s all beautifully laid out."

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010

    In an Internet minute, two brothers ascend from suspiciously regarded unknowns to publicist-adored media fixtures, invited or given access to all sorts of fancy events.

  • Sports

    Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010

    Personal vendettas might be getting in the way of a massive, job-creating venue

  • Economy

    Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010

    Hear Steve Friess out, please. He's not in favor of anyone going broke or losing their jobs. Really.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, July 28, 2010

    Steve Friess agrees with Sherm Frederick? Believe it.

  • Casinos

    Wednesday, July 21, 2010

    “Well, cutting back hasn’t worked. I decided to try something new. I got tired of hearing about everybody cutting back.”

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    Steve Friess on the cashless gaming process.

  • Comedy

    Wednesday, July 7, 2010

    A sense of dread hung over me for most of the hour Brad Garrett commanded the stage.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, June 30, 2010

    “The most important thing to help Vegas is to get a train up and running from LA. You get even a slow train, I don’t care, with all the gimmicks to make it fun, that would be the single biggest thing.”

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, June 23, 2010

    Scandal on Top Chef Masters!