“We live in a cynical world,” Tom Cruise said in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire. I couldn’t agree more, and as a gesture of understanding I’d like to introduce him to a pair of my dearest friends, Johnny Dundee and Seamus Heaney. Dundee is my left fist and Heaney my right, and they’re just dying to express their appreciation for Maguire through coordinated discourse. Now, I did not name my own fists; that would be presumptuous of me. Dr. O’Callaghan’s Scientific Fist Names Generator, a Xorph.com service dedicated to the notion that “all gentlemen and ladies … must be properly introduced” before a proper round of fisticuffs can ensue, christened them. By the way, should the other party in my planned meet-and-beat want to christen his lieutenants, Cruise’s fists are named “Devon Murray actor and Timothy Smiddy.” Now let’s show ’em the money, Seamus!
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.