Everybody has anecdotes about their “crazy family” but the story Jeannette Walls tells about hers in The Glass Castle (Scribner, 2005) would beat most. She, her brother and two sisters are raised by parents who are both disengaged (to the point of providing no food, clean clothes, habitable shelter or protection from sexual predators) and fiercely in love with their family. Repeatedly “doing the skedaddle,” the family moves from place to place and ever worsening circumstances. Ultimately, the children escape to better lives. Written without self-pity and describing remarkable self-reliance, Walls’ memoir shows us a world most of us try to look past.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.