During a 2007 visit to Albania, President George W. Bush had a watch stolen right off his wrist in broad daylight. A crowd of grateful Albanians leaned over the barrier to shake his hand, and one came away feeling even more grateful. There are several things one can take away from this event, many of them shrilly partisan … but the lesson that stands out to me, and to the Beware of Pickpockets blog, is that the light touch can catch anyone unaware; it doesn’t matter if you’re surrounded by news cameras and Secret Service. (A video of the Bush incident appears on the blog, and for the life of me I can’t tell who took the watch.) While Beware of Pickpockets can’t get Bush his watch back, it can help you avoid becoming a victim yourself. With precise detail, the site’s unnamed author patiently explains how pickpockets work, and more importantly, how to thwart them. The Secret Service can’t help you, but sticking a comb in your wallet can: The teeth will catch on the fabric of your pocket lining, anchoring the wallet in place. Do you want to keep your valuables? Read this blog.
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.