As an inhabitant of the Sun Belt, I’ve always felt excluded from the stuff of Christmas carols. All that dashing through the snow just doesn’t describe my Nevada holiday. But at last comes a book that does. Christmas in Nevada (University of Nevada Press, $27), by former Nevada Treasurer Patricia D. Cafferata, compiles photos and stories about how the Silver State celebrates. Highlights include tales of late-1800s “Christmas on the Comstock”; photos of snow-covered casinos (El Rancho Vegas, Sahara, Stardust and Sands); and nods to contemporary traditions such as Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest.
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.