I recently saw the movie The Young Victoria and wanted to know more about her early life. There are numerous biographies but I wanted something very readable, and I found it in Queen Victoria: A Personal History (Basic Books, 2000) by Christopher Hibbert. He paints a vivid picture of her life and dispels many of our one-dimensional stereotypes of her as a dour, repressed woman. We learn that she was passionate, sexual and had a great sense of humor. We also learn about the politics, history and social evolution of the empire during her 64-year reign. Sink into this absorbing book with a nice cup of tea.
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.