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The Playground

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.

  • Just in time for Halloween! Grab your audio recorders and UMF readers, it's time to contact the dead.

  • Need a ticket for Friday's sold-out, three-set show? You'll need about $500—or a miracle.

  • Either way, this band was a festival highlight.

  • The former space of Ming’s and the 24-hour cafe features sit-down breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m. (other sections are open 24/7); late-night and gourmet pizzas; soup station; create-your-own salad bar; sandwich station; sushi bar; and noodle bar.

  • Lots of good local bands and a drawing for a PBR guitar. Good times.

  • The "best band in late night" was also one of the best bands of this festival.

  • This was one act that truly left everyone wanting more.

  • Will people stand for 10 hours in the sun just to see Kanye West? Yes.

  • Start planning your festival experience around these dozen acts.

  • LIB's learning element is stacked with inspirational speakers.

  • Orchestral renditions of "Eleanor Rigby" and professional aerialists? You won't want to miss this.

  • One of the things setting Life Is Beautiful apart from other festivals is its impressive culinary component. Try these five bites!

  • It's renditions of well-known songs, but she makes them her own.

  • One writer's reasons for sticking with the social media website.

  • A nine-piece band and dancers in industrial-inspired costuming take Vegas down the rabbit hole once again.

  • “Life is sh*t for a lot of people. And sometimes you gotta embrace that.”

  • “Las Vegas has truly become the world’s restaurant capital,” said celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. “Las Vegas has the best collection of celebrity restaurants and chefs of any city in the world.”