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  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009

    A lovely diagram review of the book edited by Peter Terzian.

  • Music

    Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009

    This is one way pitiless Sin City shows its heart: throwing an A-team of Strip performers at a good cause. In this case, to remember Michael Jackson for the benefit of school music programs.

  • Oscar Goodman

    Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009

    Minutes before deadline, we did a Google news search on the terms “Oscar Goodman” + “Time Magazine.” After all, Time’s new cover piece about effed-up Vegas is just the sort of vandalism that reliably gets Oscar foaming.

  • Culture

    Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009

    Why stop at a mob museum? If the Mayor is right, if we can launder the city’s grubby soul into squeaky-clean tourist coin, why not capitalize on the full range of immorality Vegas offers?

  • Art

    Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009

    So what do you make of these prints by New York sculptor Richard Serra? Start with the obvious: They’re big and uncomplex and heavy. Not intimate, these etchings.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009

    I absolutely am not one of the tortured writers. I’m having a good time, and if I wasn’t I’d do something else. I don’t like to suffer. Depression doesn’t work for me—I think I could have a good time at a car wreck.

  • Dining

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    It’s hard to explain why a single giant Cheeto is better than a handful of regular Cheetos. Trust us.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    Anger toward vandals? Exaggerated dismay at Obama’s Las Vegas remarks? His drinking habits? Oscar Goodman shares it all. Now, he's letting us share in his birthday party, complete with a special gin cocktail for the occasion.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, July 23, 2009

    Quick, name America’s poet laureate. Those of you who knew it’s Kay Ryan will surely be on hand November 5 when she gives the opening keynote speech for the Vegas Valley Book Festival.

  • Business

    Thursday, July 16, 2009

    What is the value of creativity? Not in some artsy-fartsy, theoretical way, either: What’s it worth in dollars?

  • Comedy

    Thursday, July 9, 2009

    Scan the list of big shots on the cover: Buck Henry, Al Jaffee, Bob Odenkirk, Paul Feig, Merrill Markoe, Larry Gelbart, Harold Ramis, David Sedaris, Jack Handey, Larry Wilmore. That’s a lot of funny business for one book.

  • Friday, July 3, 2009

    I’ve written more than one premature obit for the Reading Room, the independent bookstore snuggled into a mop closet in Mandalay Place, but on Thursday Reading Room employees confirmed the sad finality: July 17 will be the store’s last day.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, July 2, 2009

    These hard-won tales, dragged in from the grubby margins of America—where Wright’s anarchists, grifters, white supremacists, porn performers and one very gonzo war documentarian all hang out—deserve a wider audience than the latest fad diet manual.

  • First Friday

    Thursday, July 2, 2009

    The co-founder of First Friday and owner of the Funk House addresses concerns over the future of the monthly art festival and her rebuttal from other artists that she's a "control freak."

  • Politics

    Thursday, June 25, 2009

    Whereas the senator is deceitful, the Hair is steadfast. Whereas the man commits hypocrisy—in public, family-values warrior; in private, doing a married employee—the Hair remains unwavering, always.

  • City Hall

    Thursday, June 25, 2009

    Given Mayor Goodman’s announcement it'll be impossible to build a new city hall, a recent visit to the mostly empty Neonopolis has put the obvious idea in our head: Annex Neonopolis as a new city hall.

  • Literature

    Thursday, June 18, 2009

    Idiot America—we’ve all been there. It’s that other country, overlaid on top of this one, that you hear on talk radio and Bill O’Reilly’s show, and it’s probably occupied by a few people you know.

  • Literature

    Thursday, June 18, 2009

    "I differentiate between the greatness of America in producing people who are completely crazy—and it’s a wonderful thing about us. But if we act upon it as a society, and if we accept these ideas whole into the mainstream, actual people get hurt, and actual damage is done."

  • Dining

    Thursday, May 14, 2009

    Okay, let’s not bullshit each other here. I’m not going to pretend I can tell you whether the food at Kabob Korner is “authentic” in the sense that it tastes like what you’d get in the Middle East. (Never been there.)

  • Business

    Thursday, May 7, 2009

    Here’s your main takeaway from this story: Academy Fine Books is open again.

  • Literature

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    Patron saints—isn’t it time to deputize some new ones, fresh inspirational figures to help us face our uniquely modern problems?

  • Dining

    Thursday, April 23, 2009

    At Timbers Bar and Grill on Sunday morning, in full view of my wife, friends and the overly caffeinated waitress, I commit the biggest mistake I’ll make all week: I don’t order the Sierra Madre Omelet.

  • Television

    Thursday, April 23, 2009

    The measure of John Madden is simple: He helped make Sunday the new Monday.

  • Literature

    Thursday, April 16, 2009

    In Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Quirk Books, $13), humor writer Seth Grahame-Smith took Austen’s original masterpiece and added the undead.

  • Dining

    Thursday, March 19, 2009

    Deep-frying might be the best thing to happen to food since the advent of eating it. It’s alchemical.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 12, 2009

    David Kamp traces the evolution of the American Dream and how it became the twisted pursuit of excess that appears to be the reigning interpretation of the phrase.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, March 12, 2009

    Of all the things that phrase could denote—a new album by The Vermin; a chapbook by a desperately hip poet; a display of mildly taboo art in a gallery you’re not cool enough to know about—perhaps the most surprising is this: a zombie-themed burlesque show.

  • Film

    Thursday, March 5, 2009

    Nite Owl's defining characteristics: Geeky, gadget-dependent, needs persona to connect with women. Closest local equivalent: Criss Angel

  • Business

    Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009

    Every time a bookstore closes, a broker in bundled subprime derivatives should be tossed from the roof of a government-rescued bank.

  • Film

    Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009

    In TV ads for Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, scenes showing actress Rhona Mitra are edited in a speedy way that leaves just a little hope that the woman you see is, returning for a third time, Kate Beckinsale. It’s not.

  • Literature

    Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009

    Ryan D’Agostino cold-called residents in some of America’s wealthiest neighborhoods to ask rich people how they got that way.

  • Literature

    Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009

    It’s still there, the Reading Room. You may have assumed that the plucky and wonderful independent bookstore occupying a broom closet in Mandalay Place had closed by now. Nope.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008

    If you can drag your eyes past the nearly naked Jennifer Aniston on the cover, then past the nearly naked photos of Jennifer Aniston on Page 60, Page 63 and Pages 64-65, the January issue of GQ has a “best eats” package with a couple of nice Vegas shout-outs.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008

    Yeah, ZZ Top is a Texas mile past their hit-making years, but their best stuff has real staying power well worth the $25 ticket price.

  • Art

    Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008

    It can be easy to let the Goldwell Open Air Museum slip out of mind, seeing as how it’s near Rhyolite, which is near Beatty, which is near no place you’ve been lately.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008

    Rick Lax is a magician turned lawyer turned author. Weekly sat down with the man at his de facto workplace, Borders at Town Square.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008

    I was about to attend a birthday party with 15 preschoolers dancing to hula music; and my hapless Broncos were losing to the even more hapless Raiders. So I downed a can of Drank.

  • First Friday

    Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008

    For those who keep an eye on the arts district, Dray’s departure—for Atlanta—changes the metabolism of the scene a little.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008

    Beer and Bond—if it’s not a match made in the movies, where the spy favors martinis, it’s now one made in certain movie theaters.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008

    Change arrived in the mail: Rolling Stone. Well, it said Rolling Stone on the cover and had the same middle-of-the-road music coverage inside. But it didn’t feel like the old Stone. Because it isn’t: The venerable music mag has ditched its singular oversize format in favor of standard magazine dimensions.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008

    was playing Tickle Monster with my granddaughter - an adorable and convenient symbol of What's At Stake - when the networks started calling the presidency for Obama.

  • Las Vegas History

    Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008

    If you want to have a conversation about writing and Las Vegas, it would be hard to find a better-matched pair than Douglas Unger and H. Lee Barnes.

  • Literature

    Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008

    A scarily of-the-moment premise here, for a piece of speculative fiction: The American economy implodes, the dollar becomes worthless, government disbands, nothing works, chaos reigns, and, while the world looks impassively on, the U.S. disintegrates into criminal syndicates, hostile tribes, nomadic bands and worse.

  • Art

    Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008

    Abstract. Color-drunk. Pattern-happy. Spazzy! Occasionally pinwheelish. Doodle-reminiscent. Plausibly inspired by casino carpeting? Gaudy!

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008

    "It feels like it’s kinda time.” Not much of an epitaph, perhaps, but that’s what Mark T. Zeilman offers in the way of final words for his soon-to-close Downtown art gallery, MTZC.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008

    Who doesn’t want to look at naked people? You might not by the time you get to the last page of Naked Las Vegas (W.W. Norton and Co., $24.95), a book by photographer Greg Friedler that pairs clothed and unclothed shots of people photographed here.

  • television

    Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

    When she gets home early enough, my wife watches Judge Judy, and it always drives me from the room.