Magazine article Sunset

Oscar Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas, with Wife Carolyn and Friends

Magazine article Sunset

Oscar Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas, with Wife Carolyn and Friends

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Las Vegas is successful because we provide an escape, a fantasy, a mystique. There's a local place we go, Vintner Grill; service is great, and there are lots of young people. I like being around young people. I like the barbecued lamb ribs. And the Bombay Sapphire martini-no vermouth; it takes up too much room. $$$; 10100 W. Charleston Blvd., Ste. 150: Vglasvegas. com or 702/214-5590.

You Know what they say ...

... but Las Vegas isn't always what you think. Five prominent locals share their favorite spots in Sin City

PENN JILLETTE, ILLUSIONIST, PENN & TELLER

I love the humility of Las Vegas. Notice it doesn't have a casino named Vegas. It has New York-NewYork, it has the Rio, it has the Venetian, it has Paris. It's the absolute pure American idea of individuality. And there's a wonderful sense of design. Paris Las Vegas: rooms from $200; 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; parislas vegas.com or 877/796-2096. Penn&Teller perform at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino; tickets from $75; rooms from $190; 3700 W.Flamingo Rd.; riolasvegas.com or 702/777-7777.

LIBBY LUMPKIN, DIRECTOR, LAS VEGAS ART MUSEUM

This fall, we featured masterpieces by Andy Warhol. Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and more. Our next exhibit, L.A. Now, opens December 11. Misconceptions about the sophistication level in Las Vegas are disappearing. …

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