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Best in Print

Best in PrintGetting (and sometimes making) her props
Emily Jillette doesn’t need the money—note the famous last name—but she’s still working her ass off on ... read article
Best in PrintThe story so far
Updates on a few big Las Vegas stories you might’ve lost track of read article
Best in PrintGone and back again
Claire Vaye Watkins grew up in Southern Nevada, then left. A recent return gave her a new, ... read article
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The Intersection

The IntersectionSame/difference(2 comments)
Sen. John Ensign insists he’s different from Bill Clinton. Let’s examine that more closely. more
The IntersectionRandom photo of the week
How big are they? more
The IntersectionIt’s only money
For his recent Las Vegas cover story in Time, writer Joel Stein scored a rare sit-down with Sheldon Adelson. Stein describes the interview as one ... more
The IntersectionCash for other clunkers
The auto program is over. But there are still plenty of things that don’t work around here. more
Suggestion Box: A thought for the new school year
Teachers, administrators and, hell, even federal education bureaucrats—you take the achievement tests used to judge schools. more
The IntersectionWhere’s the passion?
A health-care forum yields little drama, while a workshop on the domestic partnership law proves—too pragmatic. more
The IntersectionMinor in a major key
This weekend’s minor-league game proves one thing: If you throw a football, they will come. more
The IntersectionNew Pecking order
After 13 years of hell-raising as executive director of the Las Vegas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Gary Peck is finally calling it ... more
The IntersectionA not-quite-so-transformative experience
Why the Monte Carlos’s stab at the top end with Hotel 32 comes off more as one giant copycat. more
Ask Dead Elvis: How long does Las Vegas Boulevard extend?
Las Vegas Boulevard was originally the old Los Angeles Highway, or Highway 91, and it’s a pretty long stretch of road. more


NightlifeSplash/ Sunkissed meltdown
Vegas, not big enough for two gay pool parties? Vegas?! more
NightlifeThe 45 turns 60
Remember records? Even stranger, remember those smaller records with the big ol’ holes in the middle? Red Bull, is celebrating the really old-school records with ... more
NightlifeTracy Mahoney—You go-go, girl!
In 2003 Tracy started Flaunt Entertainment, a go-go, model and special-act booking agency, and in 2005 created the Flaunt Foxxes, a collaboration of 20 of ... more
NightlifeMost likely to win free money!(1 comment)
While the categories wouldn’t exactly be flattering to most—even by Vegas standards—contestants threw pride to the wind and spent the week campaigning for the third ... more
NightlifeMan, I love these BluBlockers(3 comments)
Yep, these sunglasses are really, really keen. So much so, the company is throwing an all-out block party in Vegas for the opening of a ... more

Arts & Entertainment

Arts and EntertainmentCreating his own structure(1 comment)
Classical mixed with hip-hop? Well, that’s something you don’t hear about every day, and that’s exactly the appeal for young Las Vegas violinist Anthony Williams, ... more
Arts and EntertainmentKings of Leon
Alternating between somewhat gritty Southern garage-rock and more M.O.R. arena cuts, Kings of Leon did nothing to embarrass (unless you count those distracting and unnecessary ... more
Arts and EntertainmentDepeche Mode
Depeche Mode ended up opening for itself, playing three songs off their flat new disc before unleashing a string of grade-A catalog cuts that showed ... more
Arts and EntertainmentGreen Day
It’s nice that the members of Green Day connect so well with their audience, but the band’s concert this past Friday at the Mandalay Bay ... more
Arts and EntertainmentReview of a preview
Despite showings of the special 16-minute preview of James Cameron’s Avatar allegedly being sold out across the country, the 6 p.m. screening at the Regal ... more
Arts and EntertainmentSlapstick noir
In Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, a dope-buzzed PI watches the ’70s California dream unravel. more
Arts and EntertainmentMama said there’d be nights like this(3 comments)
Soaking in the scene at Downtown’s favorite piano bar. more
Arts and EntertainmentBack to Berlin
The crowd at White Square Gallery’s final reception was as diverse as the work on the walls. Present: the dreadlocked hippie, the fedora-wearing hipster and ... more
Arts and EntertainmentAn honorable tribute
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 ... more
Arts and EntertainmentThree questions with Sleepy Sun
Guitarist Matt Holliman chats about how moving from Santa Cruz to San Francisco, psychedelic rock, and the interesting roster of acts on the ATP record label. more
Arts and EntertainmentHeavy Rotation: Twenty Writers on the Albums That Changed Their Lives
A lovely diagram review of the book edited by Peter Terzian. more


ScreenAng Lee’s lamest movie ever
It was inevitable, I suppose, that Ang Lee would eventually get around to the historical docudrama—or, as I’ve recently dubbed that generally useless collection of ... more
Somewhere between Oscar fodder and unpredictability, Adam, about a man with Asperger’s syndrome, is one of those rare gems that manages to meet at the crossroads. more
ScreenHorror Showdown: Halloween II vs. The Final Destination
Horror sequels Halloween II and The Final Destination both open this week, but neither was screened in time for review. We pit them against each ... more
ScreenGoodbye Solo
The immigrant community depicted here is Africans in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, represented by Solo (Souleymane Sy Savane), a cheery Senegalese cab driver who sees life ... more
ScreenSoul Power
Power’s colorful footage follows James Brown, B.B. King, The Spinners and others on their journey from an airport Holiday Inn through a mid-flight jam to ... more
ScreenKiller Biker Chicks
Killer Biker Chicks provides plenty in the gratuitous-nudity department, but it fails pretty miserably on most other fronts. more

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Italian shake-up
TasteSo few Italian places bring anything new to the table, not so at Caffe Dolce.
Eating for the hungry
TasteFighting hunger has never been so delicious. From August 31 through September 6, more than 80 of the Valley’s best restaurants will serve prix fixe menus for Las Vegas Restaurant Week.
So long, Whole Foods
A Weekly staffer trades in Whole Foods’ endless olive selection and fields of salad toppings for eateries that don’t tell him how to feel about Obama’s health-care plan.




CD Cover Hack the Mack
Hack the Mack starts strong, but as the CD proceeds, there’s less spitfire, and Hack’s retreat to tired and ultimately unadventurous topics (guns, girls and ganja) seems to sap his ...
CD Cover Skydro
Daydream-inspiring, but in a generally good way, Success Stories is unlike anything you’ve ever heard from Vegas hip-hop. For starters, the 20-song CD is overwhelmingly positive.
CD Cover Rideout
Cut from the North Las Vegas thug-hustle cloth, Rideout is, perhaps, one of Northtown’s more able lyricists.

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Cocktail of the Week

Cocktail of the Week Aug 27, 2009
by Xania Woodman

Kiwi Watermelon Lemonade

Next week’s looming Labor Day holiday signifies the unofficial end to summer. Though it will remain summery here for some time, we want to bid adieu to that season with ...