For one night only, Yost Theater's stage serves as the centerpiece of the Rock Star Beer Festival, a celebration that gives attendees the opportunity to taste unlimited samples of more than 40 craft beers. The VIP tent supplements the brews with mixed-drink samples from Cocktail City Vegas, and Chicago punk outfit Mest and Gwen Stefani?certified tribute No Duh will play throughout the evening. A portion of the proceeds benefit Beer for Boobs, a nonprofit that provides funding for breast-cancer research.
The Charcoal Room features top-grade cuts of meat, an extensive wine list, and fresh fish daily. The atmosphere is equal parts fine-dining class and low-key relaxation, like a news anchor whose desk is concealing a pair of sateen parachute pants. Peruse the menu to discover substantial steaks such as the pan-seared bone-in rib eye (22 oz., $32) and petite cuts such as the filet mignon (7 oz., $28). Classic salad styles such as the wedge ($7) or Caesar ($7) are perennially in good taste, complementing meat with the finest of chlorophyll. The boneless baby-back ribs ($10) and lobster mac 'n' cheese ($14) turn the traditionally difficult-to-eat into forkable fare. Since swords themselves always return from the grill too hot to eat, swordfish ($32) makes for a blade-inspired meal not forged by a sweaty blacksmith. Collect a cartel of iron-eaters who prefer their steak prepared on top of more steak and request a corner booth facing the door at The Charcoal Room.
Naomi Rosen and Louise Carruth understand that tea is more than just a beverage. For Naomi, it’s the deep, complex flavors—from her position at Joy’s Teaspoon, she fills area pots with more than 75 loose-leaf teas and more than 30 spices. For Louise, it’s the community aspect. Enamored of tea’s ability to unite people, she frequently attends afternoon teas at assisted-living residences, where she bonds with residents over tea-leaf readings and tea-related yarns. The two have joined forces to organize the Las Vegas Tea Fest, which combines Naomi's extensive knowledge of her stock with Louise's appetite for togetherness. Their one-day event includes tea and food pairings, cooking with tea demonstrations, a traditional Chinese Wu-Wo tea ceremony, and on-site exhibitors such as Little Candle Tea Company. Tastings gather teas from countries such as India, Japan, and China, while local artisans hawk tea-related wares, such as giant teabags you can sleep in when you have a sore throat.
Binner Aviation and Flight Training's location at North Las Vegas airport gives it direct access to the immense flying space over the deserts of Nevada. It gives pilot trainees a sense of freedom that is checked by the outfit's stringent commitment to surpassing all FAA safety standards, which prevents students from buzzing cacti on fly-bys or landing on every aircraft carrier mirage they see. Instead, they'll be expected to exhibit the same degree of vigilance as their instructors, whether they're taking the controls of a Robinson R22 helicopter over the Las Vegas strip or keeping current with instrument ratings in the cockpit of a Cessna 172 under the scrutiny of the staff's FAA Designated Practical Examiner. If students commit themselves to the material, chances are they're destined for success as Binner Aviation and Flight Training and its six instructors boast a 100% student pass rate.
Founder and member of an elite foreign Special Forces team, this tactical adventures instructor has since lent his expertise to military and SWAT teams as well as drug-enforcement organizations. Today, he dedicates his expertise to Vegas Tactical Adventures, where clients engage in scenarios designed to boost adrenaline and instill defensive strategies. These include everything from an adventure based on the Bourne movies to a women's Femme Fatale course, during which they learn to shoot a crossbow and jump from a moving vehicle. Always with an eye toward safety, the business maintains a strict zero-tolerance policy for those they deem unfit to participate.
"If they make a mess, so what?" says Jennifer Martin. "That's what the place is for." Martin is the owner of The Giggle Box, the indoor playground she created to give kids a safe place to play and escape the searing desert heat. But her words are music to parents' ears as well. Here, kids' imaginations run wild as they cook in the kitchen play set, draw pictures on the big chalkboard, read books, and make arts and crafts, while moms and dads feel good knowing kids aren't wasting time doing sedentary things like watching TV or filling out college transcripts.