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C O V E R S T O RY WEEKLY | 07.13.17 BEST VEGAS HISTORY LESSON Out of the Neon Closet by Dennis McBride The local historian's exhaustively researched account of Nevada's LGBTQ community also tells the story of Las Vegas' slow-cooked sociocultural evolution. BEST LOCAL ACTIVIST GROUP Battle Born Progress If you're even halfway part of the "resistance," you've likely encoun- tered Battle Born Progress. The ad- vocacy organization empowers Ne- vada voters to "build a state where everyone has a fair opportunity to succeed." BEST LOCAL BOUTIQUE Tatyana Las Vegas-based designer Tatyana Khomyakova creates glamorous, vintage-inspired clothing. Her bou- tique's new Downtown location also offers vintage consignment, crafts by local artists and a full-service pin-up studio. 1412 S. Main St., 702-485-4999; Planet Hollywood's Miracle Mile Shops, 702-636-1100. BEST YOGA STUDIO The Grateful Yogi Singer/songwriter Ashley Wynn founded the Grateful Yogi in re- sponse to her best friend's tragic death. Wynn shares a sense of heal- ing community through live-music yoga, call-and-response chanting, group meditation and more. 6070 S. Rainbow Blvd. #4, 702-754-0040. BEST HOTEL POOL FOR LOCALS Silverton's Sway Pool Leave those hectic Strip joints to the tourists and head south to the Sway, where the vibe stays chill and admis- sion's always free with a Nevada ID. Membership has its privileges. 3333 Blue Diamond Road, 702-263-7777. BEST FREE STRIP PARKING SLS The free-parking SLS is the fi nal stop on the Las Vegas Monorail, which costs just $1 per trip for locals and stops at MGM Grand and Linq/Harrah's. Splurge at SLS's Umami Burger with the money you save. 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-761-7000. BEST LOCAL CELEBRITY YOU'LL PROBABLY RUN INTO Nicolas Cage The Leaving Las Vegas and Con Air star moved here for a simpler life. Fortunately, the Vegas version of "simple" still includes ritzy restau- rants and celeb friends. Fans can channel him by buying his old mansion in the Southwest. BEST DISPENSARY Euphoria Wellness Euphoria has much going for it—a trendy, southwest Valley ad- dress, an inviting retail space—but its customer service wins the day. The staffers ask good questions and fi nd what you're looking for, even if you're not sure yourself. 780 S. Jones Blvd. #105, 702-960-7200. BEST PARK Sunset Park Large enough to accommodate everyone who mistakenly accuses Vegas of having no great parks, the 324-acre spread is simultaneously an outdoor fi tness spot, fi shing hole, festival grounds, family desti- nation and meetup mecca. 2601 E. Sunset Road, 702-455-8200. BEST LOCAL HERO Andre Agassi There are only so many legends who have come from our still-small town here in the desert, but even as it happens more and more, something tells us this tennis icon and philanthropic ace will forever be at the top of your list. BEST INSTAGRAM FEED Springs Preserve Close-cropped fl ower petals. A bird perched on a cactus. Las Vegas' nature and history attraction offers a quick hit of the sublime with gorgeous, square photos of desert plants and insects. BEST NEIGHBORHOOD CASINO Red Rock Resort We're with you, dear readers, when it comes to this Summerlin spot's luxurious dominance. But maybe we should retire the Red Rock and give another casino a chance? Nah. 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., 702-797-7777. BEST STRIP CASINO The Cosmopolitan When others go wide, the Cosmo goes vertical. Still "the right amount of wrong," this resort attracts hipsters of all ages with enduring hot spots (the Chandelier bar and Marquee club) and trendy delights (Eggslut and Momofuku). 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-698-7000. BEST VEGAS ATHLETE Bryce Harper It would have been plain weird for Las Vegans not to pick this 24-year-old baseball phenom for this one, considering he just picked up the most votes of any player in the entire world for the MLB All- Star game. His numbers this year—.431 OBP, .590 SLG, 1.021 OPS—qualify him for all-time all-everything. BEST SPORTS BOOK Westgate Las Vegas The SuperBook was already the biggest in terms of size and betting menu, and with several years worth of multimillion- dollar renovations nearing completion, it has only gotten better. 3000 Paradise Road, 702-732-5111. BEST GENTLEMEN'S CLUB Sapphire At fi rst blush, the enormous Sapphire— 70,000 square feet—looks like a Strip megaclub. But when you interact with the 400-plus dancers that shimmy through here nightly, you'll feel like the biggest deal in the room. 3025 Sammy Davis Jr. Drive, 702-869-0003. BEST OUTDOOR ESCAPE Red Rock Canyon The offerings at this National Conserva- tion Area go from mild to wild: a 13-mile driving loop with breathtaking views, an educational visitors center, hiking trails for all levels (even wheelchair accessible), biking, world-class rock climbing and more. BEST PLACE TO TAKE THE KIDS Wet 'n' Wild It was your family's summertime go-to when it had one less apostrophe and sat on the Strip, and the newer, Summerlin version offers nearly similarly slippery, soaking fun. 7055 S. Fort Apache Road, 702-979-1600. BEST FREE WIFI WORK SPOT Makers & Finders This Arts District café has ample seating, plenty of outlets and strong Wifi —but as importantly, it serves up terrifi c coffee drinks and Latin-inspired plates, the real fuel you need to power you through a spreadsheet build. 1120 S. Main St. #110, 702-586-8255. BEST VEGAS TCHOTCHKES Battle Born Pins No Las Vegan's denim jacket or satchel is complete without one of Holly Vaughn and Gabriel Allred's nostalgia-stoking pins, especially their Huntridge Theatre tower. BEST ACTIVISM WARRIOR Jane Heenan at Gender Justice For the tenacious and peerless Gen- der Justice Nevada director, trans- gender rights aren't some feel-good cultural crusade—they're necessary for survival. As she once told the Weekly: "I am an activist by nature of existing." BEST PRO TEAM Bishop Gorman High School The football team has gone 54 games without losing, en route to eight straight state titles (and three national ones), while the boys basketball squad has won six con- secutive state trophies. Plus, do the names DeMarco Murray, Zach Collins, Inbee Park and Joey Gallo mean anything? The Golden Knights better muscle up if they hope to wrest this one away in 2018. BEST ALTERNATIVE WEDDING Flora Pop Since entrepreneur, artist and fl orist Victoria Hogan moved from New York City to Las Vegas to launch her mobile, pop-up wedding company in 2014, Flora Pop has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and on CNN for its unique approach to everyone's favorite four-letter word. fl BEST PLACE TO ESCAPE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS Great Basin National Park Designated last year as an "interna- tional dark sky park," this 77,000- acre oasis offers heavenly views, aided by low humidity and high elevation. Camping, cave tours and ancient pine complete the trip.

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