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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

  • Features

    Thursday, May 6, 2010

    What if that nationally-sought fugitive is your own flesh and blood? Worse, what happens when you're the only one who can stop him?

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 28, 2010

    Steve Friess is what is wrong with the gay community in Vegas.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, April 21, 2010

    It’s not often that a major corporation is involved with both one obviously prescient decision and another possibly shortsighted one within the span of hours.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, April 21, 2010

    Human Nature celebrates a successful first year. And Goss? He couldn’t quite fill a tiny lounge at The Palms, only to relocate to Caesars' which, again, he is not filling up.

  • CityCenter

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    Talking with a couple of out-of-towners who think MGM Mirage’s latest gamble is - wait for it - the best place in town.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 7, 2010

    The Greatest Living Architect has a soft spot for ... the Excalibur?

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    Inside perhaps the most expensive - possibly the most civil - divorce ever

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    Where Froot Loops are more prominently displayed than Count Chocula.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, March 17, 2010

    Robert Earl arrived from—almost literally—another planet.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, March 10, 2010

    The Hangover may have struck out, but Vegas still scored a Wynn at the Oscars

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, March 3, 2010

    After Viva Elvis opened, local reviewers were highly critical and out-of-town critics could not have been more thrilled.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010

    David Osborne keeps the politics to a minimum as he keeps Commanders in Chief entertained.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010

    What a whirlwind web-tour of Vegas—with a little help from my memory—taught me

  • Stage

    Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010

    Franco Dragone flew the Cirque coop because he didn’t want to be a factory hand.

  • As We See It

    Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010

    The LED installation at Aria is the best evidence that CityCenter dares to be different.

  • LV Weekly

    Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010

    In a remote corner of Montreal, plans for world domination are laid.

  • As We See It

    Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

    I went into my first interview with the Wayner early this month with a very specific impression of what he’d be like, only to realize that there are at least two—and maybe more—Wayne Newtons.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010

    Garth Brooks’ performance at Wynn Las Vegas last Friday was the single best thing Steve Friess has seen on any Vegas stage ever. Yes, ever.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009

    He paved the way for cross-dressing entertainers in Vegas, but he’s ended up as little more than a footnote.

  • The Strip

    Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009

    Vegas collegiality only seems to work in times of plenty

  • As We See It

    Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009

    The debate about disrupting shows to update Twitter followers rages on.

  • As We See It

    Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009

    We should thank Tiger. He could very well be a one-man Las Vegas stimulus package.

  • The Strip Sense

    Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009

    “To compare CityCenter to Mirage is a ridiculous non sequitur," Steve Wynn shouts.

  • The Strip Sense

    Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009

    Poker’s time in the sun may have come and gone, if recent ratings are any indication.

  • Caesars Palace

    Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009

    The Divine Miss M takes her leave from that gargantuan stage on January 31, checking out precisely when her contract is fulfilled and not a day or performance longer.

  • As We See It

    Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009

    Since retiring as CEO of his corporation nearly two years ago, William S. Boyd has decided to “get back to what we did when we were much smaller, and that is get out to the properties, meet the people who are actually making money for us and servicing customers.”

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009

    Wynn is devoted to socialism-lite right here in Vegas in the form of his jihad against would-be scalpers of the tickets for the first 20 Garth Brooks shows sold Saturday.

  • Economy

    Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009

    An audit forces a columnist to take a long, hard look back at the dream that was Las Vegas.

  • Entertainment

    Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009

    Garth Brooks will sell out every seat of every show for however long he appears at the Wynn Las Vegas. Period. But there's more to this story.

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009

    Eleven years ago, a group of fourth-graders created a lasting piece of art at McCarran International Airport. Where are they now?

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009

    Whether it’s the economy or a newfound savvy, Vegas resorts have stopped worrying and learned to love the Internet.

  • television

    Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009

    This is Las Vegas, the world capital of self-promotion and hype. How is it possible that this city could be, seven episodes into the season, failing this miserably at exploiting this opportunity?

  • Stage

    Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

    The events of last week represent a serious cultural step back for Las Vegas, from a disastrous opening for Zowie Bowie and CineVegas being canceled to Playboy model Aubrey O'Day whining about topless photos.

  • As We See It

    Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009

    Does a Las Vegas neighborhood slam by The Office's Mindy Kaling really merit all the fuss (you know, the chick with the annoying voice)? Was the custard at least good?

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009

    Even at 81, Broadway legend and Phantom director Hal Prince has lost none of his enthusiasm for what he does.

  • Film

    Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009

    Every article and interview available online refers to Ted V. Mikels as a savant of sorts. But there's a different story to tell. Ted V. Mikels is 80 years old and broke.

  • LV Weekly

    Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009

    My wild, wacky, journalistically complicated Michael Jackson benefit journey.

  • Monte Carlo

    Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009

    Why the Monte Carlos’s stab at the top end with Hotel 32 comes off more as one giant copycat.

  • Dining

    Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009

    Why we hope a hotel executive’s decision to populate properties with locally based restaurants is a hit.

  • As We See It

    Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009

    There may be great stories about the Stage Door, but good luck finding them.

  • As We See It

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    Somewhere along the way, all the reasons to love Sin City went bye-bye.

  • Film

    Thursday, July 23, 2009

    Lottery tickets, magic tunnels, scorching heat in January and other Vegas-movie flaws.

  • Poker

    Thursday, July 16, 2009

    Twitter is giving new life to the World Series of Poker.

  • As We See It

    Thursday, July 9, 2009

    A trio of the worst ideas in Vegas right now.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, July 2, 2009

    I know you felt it, too, so I’m just going to come right out and say it: Michael Jackson’s untimely death was the best thing that could ever have happened to Michael Jackson’s music.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, June 25, 2009

    When the Broadway diva chastised a texter, it highlighted problems with Vegas audiences.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, June 18, 2009

    In New York and Los Angeles, when a major star drops dead of unknown causes, there is a repulsive ritual that takes place. In Las Vegas, when left to our own devices, we do things a little differently.

  • Casinos

    Thursday, June 11, 2009

    Why the people of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, should be grateful for, not suspicious of, their new casino.

  • Casino

    Thursday, June 4, 2009

    I was a bit confused when I showed up at the Treasure Island on Monday for lunch with its new owner, Phil Ruffin, and his assistant told me on the house phone to meet the Kansas billionaire at Francesco’s Pizzeria.

  • television

    Thursday, May 28, 2009

    Someone here needs to sign American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert right now