By Chantal Corcoran

A graduate of Canada’s Carleton University and Bennington College, in Vermont, Chantal Corcoran began freelance writing when she arrived in Las Vegas in 2010. She can’t imagine a more exciting city in which to seek and document the inside scoop. Her fiction can be found in Lost Magazine; her nonfiction has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education; she’s a regular contributor to Vegas Seven and Desert Companion magazines; and she blogs regularly about the trials and tribulations of parenting at When she finds the time, she tends to her short stories.


Matt Goss: Singer Always Gives His Best

FOR MORE THAN THREE YEARS, British singer Matt Goss has been playing Cleopatra’s Barge in Caesars Palace with such swagger that the famous room—where Sinatra had been known to stop in for a scotch and a song— since has been redubbed The Gossy Room. But Goss has more than swagger and a stylish fedora going…


Michael Yackira: Commitment to Community

HAVING GROWN UP IN THE BRONX, in a neighborhood just behind Yankee Stadium, Michael Yackira’s first job was selling popcorn and peanuts at baseball games. He’s long since hit it out of the park. Today, he’s the head of NV Energy (which, it was announced on May 29th, as we were headed to press will…


Commissioner Steve Sisolak: Political Reflections

YOU MAY KNOW Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak for boldly taking on the Clark County Fire Department in 2011. Then he went toe-to-toe with the Las Vegas Valley Water District and its general manager, Pat Mulroy. There was also that brief and ugly scandal of 2012, involving ex-girlfriend and former Henderson City Councilwoman Kathleen Vermillion,…


Gina Gavan: Gathering for Good

IT WAS DURING THE BOOM, then the subsequent bust that the concept of Las Vegas’ favorite family-style gathering came to Gina Gavan, the visionary and founder of Project Dinner Table. “It’s about people, food—and purpose,” explains 43-year-old Gavan. As president of a marketing company servicing numerous real estate developers, Gavan was hearing a lot of…


Brian Ayala: A Philanthropic Favorite

FOR 25 YEARS, BRIAN AYALA, 48, ran his father Dan Ayala’s business. That concession shop in the airport where you buy your snacks for the plane, that’s one of several stores owned by Ayala’s Inc., an airport retail business operating in the McCarran and Denver international airports—the fifth- and sixth-largest airports, respectively, in the country.…


Kirk Clausen: A Good Old Fashioned Visit

“LET’S JUST HAVE A GOOD OLD-FASHIONED VISIT. That’s what my father would tell us,” says Kirk Clausen when he shakes my hand at Dal Toro Ristorante. The Italian restaurant in The Palazzo is a favorite of his for its exceptional service, although he’s quick to point out that the food is always good, too. As…


Dr. Keith Boman: He’s Involved

AS A CARDIOLOGIST WITH HIS OWN PRACTICE and a man deeply committed to the community, Dr. Keith Boman is very busy. During the past 25 years, he’s served on too many boards and held too many trustee positions to list. Currently, he’s the medical director for Boyd Gaming Corp., MGM Resorts International and the Health…