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  • Music

    Thursday, April 16, 2009

    Perry Farrell’s 50th-birthday party at the Mirage pool turned into a celebration of generations’ worth of alternative, punk and even commercial music. In many ways, this was a journey back in time.

  • Planet Hollywood

    Thursday, April 16, 2009

    It isn’t just about being in the spotlight—sometimes you need to make sure your glistening high heels don’t literally reflect too much as you bask in the fabled metaphor for success.

  • Casino

    Thursday, April 9, 2009

    Las Vegas is a town that depends on nonprofits more than most cities of its size, and one of the most visible signs of giving in Vegas is from corporate foundations.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, April 2, 2009

    AEG live/Concerts West is about to put their sterling reputation to the test with this week’s announcement that Santana will become the resident headliner at the Joint at the Hard Rock.

  • Art

    Thursday, March 26, 2009

    Dave Hickey and Libby Lumpkin are an unlikely looking couple with complementary talents who came to Vegas and spent almost two decades pursuing a dream: that Las Vegas was in a unique position and ready to become a player in the art world.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, March 12, 2009

    Jeff Beacher, showman and icon of Vegas success as excess, held a “farewell” party as a host at Tao recently. As with most things Beacher, first appearances were deceiving.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, March 5, 2009

    It looked like a high-school reunion, except everyone was way too good-looking. “No one here has aged,” said one attendee.

  • Film

    Thursday, March 5, 2009

    The Black Mountain Institute’s series of occasional lectures becomes a partnership with local festival CineVegas for “Books Into Film: How Novels Become Movies.”

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009

    At 9 a.m. the hookers at the Chicken Ranch are dressed and ready. Usually they wear gowns and look intentionally, even zealously, girly.

  • History

    Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009

    It seems almost like a fairy tale in which a lone black woman—before the civil rights movement, before the integrated Rat Pack appeared on the Strip, even before the Voting Rights Act—stood against the powers that were in Vegas in 1952 and won.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009

    After 23 years at the Riviera, Frank Marino has joined Las Vegas’ many laid-off workers.

  • Economy

    Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009

    Real people who have bills and not enough money might put their useless stuff up for sale on eBay, the contemporary take on a garage sale. If desperate, they might sell stuff they care about/

  • Music

    Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009

    Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys championed Western swing for nearly 30 years, bringing their music by bus from one small town to the next, playing dances to pay their bills.

  • 21

    Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009

    Even sex, at least the not-for-profit kind, is feeling the recession. But, as with other museums, big sponsors help.

  • Art

    Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009

    "Friends” might not be the best word to describe the uneasy yet undeniably connected gathering of artists grouped at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s latest exhibit, Classic Contemporary: Lichtenstein, Warhol & Friends.

  • Downtown

    Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009

    The vibe at The Fremont Street Experience has changed from even a year ago, when panhandlers and bargain-hunters and a terrible odor were the most obvious memories taken from visits to the Experience.

  • Culture

    Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009

    As with most things that come to Vegas, Beer & Blog originated somewhere else, in this case Portland, Oregon.

  • Economy

    Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009

    Look around. Everywhere, mixed signals. At lunch the other day, the Yard House in Town Square was packed. You wonder, this is a recession?

  • Government

    Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009

    An online Nevada blacklist containing the names of people and companies who gave money to support Proposition 8 in California recalls the notorious--and effective--blacklist of 1940s and ’50s Hollywood, meant to keep alleged communists out of work.

  • Economy

    Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009

    A group of men are standing in the cold. They watch me with wan faces, rubbing their hands for warmth. They don’t speak much, only look at each other and at the castle behind them.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008

    O quietly marked its 10th anniversary in 2008. Far from dating, however, the show remains a timeless experience; even its technology still impresses.

  • adult

    Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008

    This year Adult Entertainment Expo organizers expect to bring 30,000 porn professionals and their fans to town. But this year, the usually frivolous and party-filled convention is faced with a series of shadows.

  • Environment

    Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008

    The Solar Convention proved one thing: The future of solar is not sunny.

  • Dining

    Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008

    When a new restaurant opens on the Strip, owners like to announce their presence to the world with a grand opening. This turns out to be true even when the restaurant isn’t at all grand, like the new McDonald’s next to Circus Circus.

  • Music

    Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008

    In what fantasy rock-band league do the bass players of Killing Joke and The Beatles form a band? Yet The Fireman is unquestionably the sound of Youth and Paul McCartney working together.

  • Economy

    Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008

    At 6:15 a.m. on Black Friday the line outside the Office Max at a strip mall near Sunset Station numbered in the dozens. Do people give office supplies as holiday presents?

  • Casino

    Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008

    Las Vegas, like Detroit, is a one-industry town. And, like Detroit’s, our industry is in deep trouble.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008

    Panic was in the air when Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular first raised its curtain at the Venetian in June 2006. Producers were understandably nervous about what had once seemed a sure thing: one of the most successful musicals in history permanently showing at the most popular tourist spot on Earth.

  • Silverton

    Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008

    I never intended to adopt an airman. And now I was pondering what sort of airman I wanted. Were there women airmen?

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008

    Jersey Boys’ narrative pours real blood into the veins of The Four Seasons’ members, bringing to life the times and culture that produced them.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008

    Vegas Rex looks her up and down, and then asks the attractive hostess assigned to give us a tour of Minus 5, “Will the cold make my penis shrink?”

  • Religion

    Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008

    The XXXChurch ministers to people addicted to porn, largely by attending porn conventions and handing out literature.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008

    In July 2007, Luxor announced a $300 million renovation to undertake the seemingly perverse task of taking the Egyptian theme out of the pyramid-shaped resort.

  • Literature

    Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008

    Can you name a major American writer from Nevada? I can’t. But undeterred, Cheryll Glotfelty, a professor of English at the University of Nevada-Reno, assembled Literary Nevada.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008

    The Sarah Palins were getting tipsy. There were 13 Palins, in bikinis and other outfits that you would freeze in if you wore them in Alaska.

  • Politics

    Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008

    Want to guess on which channel the McCain-Palin supporters watched last week’s debate when they gathered at Brendan’s Irish Pub at the Orleans? You are correct.

  • Music

    Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008

    After what one scholar called her “battle years,” describing the time of wild and fertile creations of the early 1860s, Emily Dickinson’s later poetry has a calmer, while no less grim, quality, and always faces ultimate truths. And listening to Tell Tale Signs, Volume 8 in Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series, it makes more sense to compare Dylan to a Civil War-era poet than to place him in the landscape of today’s music.

  • Economy

    Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008

    Flo Rogers is only the second leader in the station’s [KNPR 88.9-FM] history and the first to face trying to fund public radio in the midst of a major economic downturn.

  • Luxor

    Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

    Dressed in monks’ robes, with appropriately shaved heads, the half-dozen men acted more like tourists than religious figures about to perform a sacred ceremony. Or, as the press release described the occasion, with much fanfare: “Buddhist monks from all over the Las Vegas Valley will come together to perform an ancient blessing on the 13 whole-body specimens inside the brand-new Bodies: The Exhibition at Luxor.”

  • Sexuality

    Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

    In both his private practice and as general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, attorney Allen Lichtenstein has been fighting for the rights of adult businesses in Sin City.

  • OJ Simpson

    Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

    What is now going on at the Regional Justice Center is really just an echo from the trial of the century. The police and the media were the primary witnesses to what little spectacle attended Day 1 of O.J. Simpson’s kidnapping and robbery trial in Vegas. This was good news for the attention-seekers who did take the time to put in an appearance. A line of reporters was waiting to interview a lady dressed as Wonder Woman.

  • Music

    Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008

    The best that can be said about Brian Wilson’s That Lucky Old Sun is that, like ’70s Beach Boys discs 15 Big Ones and Love You, it exists as neither total embarrassment nor praiseworthy contribution to his catalog.

  • Politics

    Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008

    Denver and St. Paul are all-American cities, the sorts of places that host national political conventions. But why not Las Vegas? This city in many ways embodies the American dream.

  • Music

    Thursday, July 31, 2008

    On July 16, 1930, country music’s founding father, Jimmie Rodgers, and jazz progenitor Louis Armstrong found common ground in the blues, creating “Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standing on the Corner),” one of history’s most unlikely and extraordinary recordings. Almost 80 years later, on Two Men With the Blues, Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis find the same sweet spot—a perfect match between Nelson’s Western swing and Marsalis’ New Orleans jazz—showing how much vitality remains to be mined from that earlier recorded encounter between jazz and country

  • Monday, July 7, 2008

  • Literature

    Thursday, July 3, 2008

    The generation that fought World War II is beginning to pass, and few remember much about the final year of the war with Imperial Japan except for the decision to use the atomic bomb. That choice has echoed through history without context, endlessly second-guessed, attacked and defended.