For her new book Legends: The Living Art of Risqué, French photographer Marie Baronnet traveled the country to take joyous, revealing portraits of early burlesque performers, many in Las Vegas (such as Bambi Jones, above).
Fourteen summers ago I happened upon a festive gathering in a strip mall parking lot on H Street and Owens Avenue. My first experience with Juneteenth happened to be the city’s first large-scale commemoration of June 19, 1865, the day slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned of their freedom.
June 16 is the 111th anniversary of Bloomsday; not bad, considering it marks a day in 1904 that only exists within James Joyce’s legendary modernist classic Ulysses, a novel that nearly all literati bow down before even if many have never finished it.
Las Vegas’ transient populace can make for a lot of brain-drain and skeletal, undernourished relationships, but there’s definitely one advantage to living in a city where everyone comes from somewhere else: Whoa, what great backstories. Amid the drifters, dreamers and second-chancers who float our way, there are countless compelling tales of arrival.
With any luck, by the time you read this, the 2015 Legislature will have come to a merciful close. Then again, it’s also entirely possible that, as of this writing, Assemblywoman Michele Fiore and Cliven Bundy are holding our lawmakers hostage at musket-point until they recognize the independent city-state of Fioria. At any rate, here’s a roundup of the newsworthy people, the politics and the power plays of the 78th session.
If you paid any attention to the Nevada Legislature this year — the policy part, not the part about the weird woman with all the guns who thinks cancer is a fungus — you heard a fair amount about the need to finally improve education so that Nevada’s youth will be prepared for the exciting jobs of tomorrow.
Wielding hashtags like throwing stars, the social-media ninjas at the Nevada National Security Site showed us some love for Alan Gegax’s account of touring the former Test Site, which ran in our May issue: “Great #article by Desert Companion magazine about the many #cultural resources at the #Nevada National Security Site,” they posted.