Do we need (or want) another celebrity memoir about substance abuse and subsequent redemption? Surprisingly, Kristen Johnson’s Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster (Gallery Books, $25) provides fresh insights, raw self-exposure and acute comedy. A consummate functioning alcoholic/prescription drug abuser, the television (3rd Rock From the Sun) and stage actor is in denial until her burgeoning habit of two bottles of wine a night accompanied by pills ultimately causes her guts to give way. She nearly dies. Slowly, during her extended stay in a London hospital, she comes to realize what she’s done and what she must do. Brutally honest; exceedingly funny.
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.