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Shame on Chicago

January 8th, 2011

The Windy City could learn a little something from Las Vegas' food truck scene.

  • Weekly writer Mark Adams recaps the facial hair festivities of the Silverton's Mustachio Bashio.

  • High speed meatball eating goes wrong for one Weekly staffer

  • The new Hot 'n' Juicy is being offered exclusively in Las Vegas. How does it stack up?

  • The news is good or bad, depending on your personal belief system.

  • Sometimes it seems like all the cool stuff happens in other cities.

  • The Birdman raised funds for a Vegas skatepark with a few of his star friends.

  • What Christina Aguilera and Cher's new movie can teach us about our fine city.

  • This playmate and "Crazy Horse Paris" guest star is a 19 years old, but you couldn’t tell that by looking at her.

  • Chris Pastras and Ben Snowden talk Vegas, life choices and the Harlem Globetrotters.

  • How many live shows can you squeeze into 48 hours?

  • Laughing at gravity (and lunch) during a 400-foot rappel down the Rio.

  • Face-melting Turkey Day meals, carols with Liberace and a drive to the North Pole (Experience)—it's time to shake your holiday season up!

  • Opulence, decadence, excessive ornamentation and extreme wealth.

  • The most common mistake they make is thinking bigger equals better.

  • The program places local youth from single-parent and low-income homes on skate teams, pairing them with adult skate mentors.

  • "That seemed to be the right thing to do. Let’s do an album dedicated to all of our drunk, dead friends."

  • Macaulay Culkin’s pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band handed out pizza. #MetaMoment

  • Plus David Sedaris at Smith Center and secret pot stickers.

  • Black celebrates his first EP with a release party on November 21.

  • And there's still time to donate! But seriously, check out her donation reminder videos. You won't be disappointed.

  • The stars align and just when you think it’s never going to happen, it happens ... to someone else.

  • The gaming machines of the future are built by teams of video-game caliber animators and artists—and they’re hitting casino floors today.

  • Also, Hot Water Music at Fremont Country Club and Death From Above 1979 at Brooklyn Bowl. Find all the details here!

  • From Pleasantville to I Love You Phillip Morris, a look back at the strongest work from Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.

  • TV and star chef and restaurateur Brian Malarkey (“Top Chef,” “The Taste” and “Guy’s Grocery Games”) is bringing Searsucker to Caesars Palace in the spring. “Las Vegas is the big stage,” the animated Malarkey says.

  • Whatever you do can and will be used against you in a court of public opinion.

  • It’s similar to the magic trick where the woman is sawed in half, except in this trick, she is known as the Zig-Zag Girl.

  • "It took me 20 years to finally 'get' Kate Bush, so maybe one day I’ll truly, actually like Twin Peaks."