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Life Is Beautiful 2014 Preview: How will this year compare to last year? Plus so much more!

Life Is Beautiful: Five burning questions

October 23rd, 2014

Life Is Beautiful 2014 Preview: How will this year compare to last year? Plus so much more!

  • Better start practicing "Home Means Nevada"!
  • Photo op! The local artist's "Snowball in Vegas" sculpture is now Downtown—and ready for your next selfie.

    Photo op! The local artist's "Snowball in Vegas" sculpture is now Downtown—and ready for your next selfie.

  • If elected, Lauren Scott will be the first openly transgender state legislator in Nevada—and the U.S.

    If elected, Lauren Scott will be the first openly transgender state legislator in Nevada—and the U.S.

  • Chatting with Mike Tyson: “I want to stay home and stay away from all the bullsh*t because I’ve been there before. I know what that fall feels like, and I don’t want to ever experience that again.”

    Chatting with Mike Tyson: “I want to stay home and stay away from all the bullsh*t because I’ve been there before. I know what that fall feels like, and I don’t want to ever experience that again.”

  • Dressing up at Elsa from Frozen this year? Here's some advice: Let it go.

    Dressing up at Elsa from Frozen this year? Here's some advice: Let it go.

  • "These are wild animals ... and they earned their spots just like we earned ours."

    "These are wild animals ... and they earned their spots just like we earned ours."

  • The non-religious organization offers community (and karaoke).

    The non-religious organization offers community (and karaoke).

  • Let the chalky fun begin!
  • Dressing up at Elsa from Frozen this year? Here's some advice: Let it go.

    Dressing up at Elsa from Frozen this year? Here's some advice: Let it go.

  • The polarizing performer deserves his role as LiB headliner.

    The polarizing performer deserves his role as LiB headliner.

  • Festivals + flip-flops = Bad. Sitting once in a while = good.

    Festivals + flip-flops = Bad. Sitting once in a while = good.

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

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

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

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

  • A whimsical wall by locals Sush Machida and Tim Bavington and more.

    A whimsical wall by locals Sush Machida and Tim Bavington and more.

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

    LIB's learning element is stacked with inspirational speakers.

  • Plus, a 'Playa Ween' burner bash Downtown.
  • The DJ talks his new gig at SLS' Life, where he hopes to push the sound a little more left of the dial.

    The DJ talks his new gig at SLS' Life, where he hopes to push the sound a little more left of the dial.

  • Also, EDC producer Insomniac throws a bunch of money at local charities.

    Also, EDC producer Insomniac throws a bunch of money at local charities.

  • Find macabre mixology at the Mirage bar this Halloween.

    Find macabre mixology at the Mirage bar this Halloween.

  • From cocktails to beer to wine, you are seriously covered here.

    From cocktails to beer to wine, you are seriously covered here.

  • And 'Weekly' critic Josh Bell hosts a screening of 'Night of the Living Dead'.

    And 'Weekly' critic Josh Bell hosts a screening of 'Night of the Living Dead'.

  • Seven years after its frontman performed naked at Art Bar, the glam-pop band delivered an eye feast of extraordinary visuals and a (sometimes) hypersexual catalog.

    Seven years after its frontman performed naked at Art Bar, the glam-pop band delivered an eye feast of extraordinary visuals and a (sometimes) hypersexual catalog.

  • This was SBTRKT's first Vegas show. We can't wait for the next one.

    This was SBTRKT's first Vegas show. We can't wait for the next one.

  • When you have as many big songs as Fogerty, it’s easy to phone it in. But that’s not what this John Fogerty is about.

    When you have as many big songs as Fogerty, it’s easy to phone it in. But that’s not what this John Fogerty is about.

  • The hip-hop artist played his Illmatic album in its entirety at the outdoor Cosmopolitan venue.

    The hip-hop artist played his Illmatic album in its entirety at the outdoor Cosmopolitan venue.

  • The "Same Love" singer is complex, imperfect and utterly charming on her first full-length.

    The "Same Love" singer is complex, imperfect and utterly charming on her first full-length.

  • The Vegas quartet reconnects with reality on its new, sociopolitical EP.

    The Vegas quartet reconnects with reality on its new, sociopolitical EP.

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

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

  • Who wants cake, cake and more cake?
  • Think of Jamaica as an island of smiley, laid-back rastas slinging rum on calm beaches? A Brief History of Seven Killings will serve as a Third World wake-up call.

    Think of Jamaica as an island of smiley, laid-back rastas slinging rum on calm beaches? A Brief History of Seven Killings will serve as a Third World wake-up call.

  • The stage show, currently at the Smith Center, was written and directed by Nevada native Ryan Reid, granddaughter of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

    The stage show, currently at the Smith Center, was written and directed by Nevada native Ryan Reid, granddaughter of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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

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

  • From a German folk-pop duo to an indie-pop foursome from LA.

    From a German folk-pop duo to an indie-pop foursome from LA.

  • “Freefall” is a vertical move from Tillinghast’s courtyard water installation (a 30-by-60-foot reservoir) last year at the Odyssey,

    “Freefall” is a vertical move from Tillinghast’s courtyard water installation (a 30-by-60-foot reservoir) last year at the Odyssey,

  • The indie pop artist on her parents' Vegas showbiz past, Troop Beverly Hills and what you'll hear on the LIB stage (hint: Rilo Kiley).

    The indie pop artist on her parents' Vegas showbiz past, Troop Beverly Hills and what you'll hear on the LIB stage (hint: Rilo Kiley).

  • But at least it has Bill Murray in a starring role.

    But at least it has Bill Murray in a starring role.

  • Still, why can't more movies try to be this ambitious?

    Still, why can't more movies try to be this ambitious?

  • f this is indeed PollyGrind’s last year, it was a hell of a swan song.

    f this is indeed PollyGrind’s last year, it was a hell of a swan song.

  • The plot is simplistic in the extreme and more than a little silly, but John Wick is delivered with style and energy.

    The plot is simplistic in the extreme and more than a little silly, but John Wick is delivered with style and energy.

  • With Ouija (about an evil Ouija board) opening this week, we remembered some past objects that have terrorized onscreen.

    With Ouija (about an evil Ouija board) opening this week, we remembered some past objects that have terrorized onscreen.

  • The third new fall drama based on a DC Comics character, Constantine is neither as fun as The Flash nor as grandiose as Gotham.

    The third new fall drama based on a DC Comics character, Constantine is neither as fun as The Flash nor as grandiose as Gotham.

  • And its varied menu is arguably better than the award-winner down the street.

    And its varied menu is arguably better than the award-winner down the street.

  • Guy Fieri missed at least one perfect Vegas spot for Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with this southwest Mexican grill.

    Guy Fieri missed at least one perfect Vegas spot for Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with this southwest Mexican grill.

  • Recent renovations have brought changes in dining to the veteran Fremont Street casino.

    Recent renovations have brought changes in dining to the veteran Fremont Street casino.

  • Don't miss the new Philadelphia water ice-inspired cocktails—and save room for desert!

    Don't miss the new Philadelphia water ice-inspired cocktails—and save room for desert!

  • Kick off LIB weekend early with grub from celeb chefs and tunes by festival acts and local outfit The All-Togethers.

    Kick off LIB weekend early with grub from celeb chefs and tunes by festival acts and local outfit The All-Togethers.

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

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