When the heat drives you a little crazy, sometimes the only sane reaction is to just go with it. Take that 3 p.m. walk to the office-park deli, leaving the shades on your desk; hit the walking trails till noon on Sunday, then take the kid out for some extra batting practice. Vegas in the summer is a reality show waiting to be made: Deadliest Vinyl Car Seat. We may not have the gritty-joyous open-the-hydrants street scenes of a Brooklyn midsummer, but there are badges of honor to be won out there in the cicada-buzz of our deserted August streets. This week, Matt Jacob wonders why our lily-livered kids insist on staying indoors, Geoff Carter earns his summer stripes by living without wheels, and Kerry Candaele explains his peculiar but oddly convincing preference for roasting at a Vegas pool over chilling at the California beach. It’s all part of our annual Dog Days issue, complete with fiction, fashion and an old-fashioned tale of man’s best friend.
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.