April 05, 2009 Issue
Las Vegas is the most popular vacation destination in our country. So this month...Wait, before I get into that, I need to back up.
LIVING & LEARNING
MY LAS VEGAS
"I don't say this lightly: Jerry Mack and Parry Thomas built Las Vegas."
One of the best perks to living in Los Angeles is access to its wealth of amazing vintage-clothing stores. We would like to thank the following outlets and individuals that generously lent us the clothing that comprises this "50." Whether you're looking for the freshest new fashion or the rarest originals, you'll find it on this list. Happy hunting!
When the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded the pro-verbial "genius grant" to Dave Hickey in 2001, it noted his "original perspectives on contemporary art in essays that engage academic and general audiences equally." Many may have wondered if there was a typo in the line, for Hickey does not so much engage as enrage.
Even after years of retirement, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf are tennis royalty. And the world will salute them anew on May 17, as they grace the hallowed turf of Wimbledon?this time united against Tim Henman and Kim Clijsters for A Centre Court Celebration, an exhibition match to test the stadium's new retractable roof and air-management system. "Anytime Wimbledon asks, you say yes," says Agassi, "especially when they're breaking with such a tradition."
TÊTE-à-TÊTE: Who programs Air Force One? Why, L.A.s own Tena Clark
Win 27 Grammys and one Emmy, and throw in seven Oscar nominations. Would there be anything left for you to do? Quincy Jones could have settled for being the first African-American record executive in 1964, when he was vice president at Mercury Rec-ords. He didn't. But surely, wasn't it enough to produce Michael Jackson's Off the Wall and the most successful album of all time, Thriller? No. How about teaming with Steven Spielberg to produce the Oscar-nominated Color Purple? Guess not.
Mark Twain supposedly said, Whiskey is for drinking, and water is for fighting over, but in the arid terrain of Las Vegas, surprisingly only the first half holds true. And Pat Mulroy, head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, may just be the reason.
A love letter in photographs by Albert Watson
If Jenna and Michael Morton had any misgivings about moving from Chicago to Las Vegas, those doubts evaporated the moment they stepped off the airplane. When the couple decamped on a frosty February morning in 2003, the temperature in the Windy City had plummeted to nine degrees. Upon arrival in Vegas, they were greeted by sunny skies and a mercury reading of 75. They knew they were home.
CITY OF ANGELS
New York has George Soros. L.A. has Eli Broad. Vegas? Bet you thought everyone was busy wagering. Wrong. The city, historically known more for carnality than compassion, has a range of denizens working not only for a better city but a better world.
MY BEST STORY
Just two months ago, I wrote about how my obsession with Elizabeth Taylor colored my choices and changed my life. While that is certainly true, it was an outside manifestation, lighthearted and fun. Inside, though, at a much more profound place, its my relationship with Leonard Bernstein that alteredand perhaps even savedmy life.
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