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Best in Print

Short-short-SHORT Stories
We gave writers a little space and no money; they gave us tiny bits of literature read article
Best in PrintLiberation: Being the Adventures of the Slick Six After the Collapse of the United States of America
by Brain Francis Slattery. Tor, $16.95 read article
Best in PrintMr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream
by Steven Watts. Wiley, $29.95 read article
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The Intersection

The IntersectionSarah smiles in Henderson—in a sea of American absurdism
If you don’t think about it at all, it makes perfect sense. One minute you’re eating Kettle Korn outside the Henderson Pavilion, waiting for Sarah ... more
The IntersectionMooselini look-alike contest proves to be a bipartisan affair
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. more
The IntersectionNo-brainer(1 comment)
Let’s begin with what Barack Obama is not. He is not what they say he is, of course: a socialist, a friend of terrorists, a ... more
The IntersectionMore cops in ’09
Metro may be seeking as many as 400 officers a year over the next nine years. The question is not only whether we need all ... more
The IntersectionA dwarf and the seven Snow Whites
I’ve always dreamed of going to the ball dressed as a Disney princess. However, my childhood fantasies of happy endings never included latex. more
The IntersectionNo ado about something
As momentous occasions go, this one should have been a big deal. And yet, until a friend who works there mentioned it last week, I ... more
The Final Pieces
Adventurer Steve Fossett’s downed plane was found October 1, 2008, in the mountains west of Mammoth Lakes, California. more


NightlifeWhat this town needs is more tiki
“The place is going to be very authentic but with a hint of Vegas kitch,” says Double Down Saloon owner P Moss. A menu of ... more
NightlifeThe secret life of… …liquor locker VIPs
Membership has its privileges. Hordes of ’em! more
NightlifeSunrise or bust
“It’s 8 a.m. Do you know where your soul is?” I scan that final text and switch my phone off. I reek of smoke, booze ... more
Don’t say this. Ever:  “Google me.”
But if you absolutely must, then at least Google yourself first and make sure that the first 10 items are porn-free. more

Arts & Entertainment

Arts and EntertainmentInterior designs
Judging by these small studies of interiors, it seemed that Mary Connelly had never lived in a home she hasn’t wanted to paint. more
Arts and Entertainment‘Like a bomb going off’
“It’s almost like there’s a bomb going off underneath you every time they open the gate. …” To Donaldson, sitting on top of a quivering ... more
Arts and EntertainmentThree reasons to check out Fabulous
A rave in the Orleans Arena. Sounds … interesting. Strange as the setting might seem, however, the lineup for the Fabulous festival ought to excite ... more
Arts and EntertainmentPolitical cartoons
Americans are more fired up about this presidential race than most, and that excitement has apparently carried over into mainstream comics. more
Arts and EntertainmentAnamorphosis
Wanna totally freak out your neighborhood? Blare this out into the street while kids are trick-or-treating. more
Arts and EntertainmentJimi worship
Covering a Jimi Hendrix song is quite the risky venture; after all, a lot of folks consider him rock’s all-time greatest guitarist, and his voice ... more
Arts and EntertainmentGinsberg, Germans and solid gold
“We’re gonna see if we can pull off the full version here,” Mikey cautions as 22 revelers go impressively batshit for apocalyptic closer “Future Thinkers.” more
Arts and EntertainmentTrying their (lady) luck(1 comment)
Chemical Ex plans to make Vegas’ arts scene a “big-ass orgy.” From which planet has this group descended? more
Arts and EntertainmentCapital ideas
Artforum writer and California College of the Arts instructor Glen Helfand recognizes the whiff of desperation and the spit-shine of nostalgia in our declining empire. more
Arts and EntertainmentPlease kill me (in a ridiculously convoluted fashion)
A Saw marathon culminating in Saw V sounds like a good idea, right? Wrong. more
Arts and EntertainmentThe new West’s outlaws
The era of bootlegging ended long ago, but true cocktail aficionados will tell you if you want something done right, sometimes you gotta do it yourself. more
Arts and EntertainmentSign of the times
Vegas is all about signage, but something about the splashy new sign that went up on top of the Vdara condo tower at CityCenter doesn’t click. more
Arts and EntertainmentA brief, opinionated guide to Las Vegas’ used-book stores
Dead Poet Books is friendly and cool, with enough books to browse for hours. more
Arts and EntertainmentLet There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark
Darkness is so many things: It’s where the imagination is free, it’s where mysteries hide, where dreams rule, it’s what allows us to see the stars. more
Arts and EntertainmentLife, letters and Las Vegas
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 ... more


ScreenHigh-toned trash
For all its highbrow trappings, Changeling is in fact the most compulsively watchable piece of trash Eastwood has ever made. Much of its breathless allure ... more
ScreenA “Porno” with heart
With Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Smith has fully appropriated both the Apatow aesthetic and one of Apatow’s top collaborators, actor Seth Rogen, while ... more
If I.O.U.S.A., a documentary about the national debt, doesn’t sound particularly sexy, well, maybe that shouldn’t matter, given the current financial mess. more
It’s easy to accuse Guy Ritchie of making the same movie over and over again, but in the case of his latest, RocknRolla, that may ... more

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Getting your goat
TasteThis comely little place does breakfast, Mexican specialties and American-style sandwiches, so the kitchen is quite ambitious. And to quote Marc Antony, when he eulogized Julius Caesar, ambition can be (in this case only sometimes) a grievous fault.




CD Cover Dead Confederate
The Georgia sons’ MySpace page lists three primary influences: On the Beach (a Neil Young album), Meddle (Pink Floyd) and Bleach (Nirvana).
CD Cover Snow Patrol
For an album with such a high-wattage title, the follow-up to the multiplatinum-selling Eyes Open comes off a little dim.
CD Cover Secret Machines
Even with the departure of powered-by-plutonium guitarist Ben Curtis, Secret Machines’ new album is full of nervous energy.

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Cocktail of the Week

Cocktail of the Week Oct 30, 2008
by Xania Woodman


"Please take one" signs never work with trick or treaters, nor do they work with Twix. Too-too scrumptious, with layers of chocolate, caramel and crispy graham cracker cookie, Twix bars ...