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Rick Lax

Rick wrote the books Fool Me Once: Hustlers, Hookers, Headliners, and How Not to Get Screwed in Vegas and Lawyer Boy: A Case Study on Growing Up. Lax enjoys playing Mafia (the party game, not the Facebook game), and hopes to turn Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit into a cult film before he dies. He currently writes for Las Vegas Weekly.

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Putting a wrap on Cirque Week
Monday, Dec. 12, 2011
Behind the scenes at 'Love' and a wardrobe malfunction.
Magic magazine goes digital with an eye on the iPad
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011
Magic magazine finally goes digital, all because of the iPad.
A Weekly writer scores $20,000 in a scavenger hunt
And you can too! (Probably)
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011
I don’t enjoy a good competition; I enjoy winning. Type A personality? Yeah, you could say that.
Is the Internet transforming—or destroying—the magic of magic?
The secrets are out, but maybe that's not such a bad thing
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011
The secrets are out, but maybe that's not such a bad thing.
Have iPhone, will amaze
Technoillusionist Marco Tempest isn't scared to reveal his devices
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011
Technoillusionist Marco Tempest isn't scared to reveal his devices.
Bungees, Battles and Beatles! Cirque Week is upon us again
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011
Now's your chance to find out how they do that cool stuff they do.
Staring at boobs, hiting a ball, the hardest game ever -- reviewing three new apps
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011
Rick Lax reviews three new apps for your phone
Tales from the SINdustry: DJK
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011
The local lady hosts Texas Station's Saturday Night Karaoke—and occasionally books a freelance gig.
Nevada casinos join the online poker game
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011
In February, the Nevada State Gaming Control Board will begin accepting online poker license applications.
Who’s crazier: the scam artist doing eyelifts in a living room—or her patients?
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011
A local woman was recently caught performing plastic surgery without a medical license.
Book review: Darrell Hammond's 'God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked'
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011
Darrell Hammond details a hard life in his new autobiography
Shucking delicious: P.J. Clarke's Oyster & Beer Fest
Monday, Nov. 14, 2011
Rick Lax takes in the atmosphere—and quite a bit of food—at P.J. Clarke's Oyster & Beer Fest.
Cosmo gets another kudo, courtesy of Fodor's
Friday, Nov. 11, 2011
The Cosmopolitan has made the Fodor's 100 Hotels list -- yeah, that's pretty good
The baccarat tables have turned: Joe Francis sues Steve Wynn
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011
"This is one soft-core porn peddler who won’t have his name dragged through the mud!"
A night backstage with the Green Fairy at 'Absinthe'
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011
Rick Lax spends a night at 'Absinthe' to see if the Caesars circus is even zanier behind the scenes.
How to (bow) tie one on
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011
Your primer to getting on board with the bow tie trend.
Machine Guns Vegas to make shooting sexy
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011
What else can Vegas sex up? Oh, yes—firearms.
A local medical marijuana user fights the feds to get a firearm
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011
Does federal law bar the sale of guns to medical marijuana users?
'Hostel 3' sets its torture-porn in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011
And the trailer just dropped last week!
Magic gets a new spin at Wonderground
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011
Wondgerground's a refreshing mix of comedy, magic ... and the just plain weird
Have they no decency? Part of Frankie's sign stolen
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011
Thieves got a piece, but not its heart
Duel in the desert: Notes from GOP debate No. 10 at the Venetian
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011
"Is this a Republican debate or the fifth Die Hard movie?"
In defense of the Heart Attack Grill
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011
Does the Downtown eatery really epitomize "everything that's wrong with the American restaurant?"
Jury awards $104 million in damages to a hepatitis C outbreak victim
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011
"Greed at the expense of safety isn’t okay."
Beat seasonal affective disorder with salty, chocolatey Starbucks
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011
You know that feeling of emptiness you get every fall? Here’s what’s going to fix it: Salt.
Learning about Liza Minnelli in the Hilton showroom
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011
She’s got a different facial expression for every line, and each one is big and campy and on target.
A die slides, and so does the couple who slid it
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011
Also, a lesson on details of dice sliding.
Welcome to the era of borrowed parties
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011
With Hugh Hefner and Heidi Klum now throwing their legendary events in the city, it seems Las Vegas may need some help with the party planning.
Flying on and off the ramp with skateboarder Bob Burnquist
Burnquist will compete in skateboarding vert at the Dew Tour Championships
Monday, Oct. 10, 2011
The Brazilian skater talks practice, pressure and which Vegas casino he'd like to skate.
What Elton John looks for in a million-dollar piano
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
Yamaha Entertainment Group's VP Chris Gero dishes on Sir Elton's instrument.
Slots of moonwalking: notes from the Global Gaming Expo
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
Michael Jackson slots and more!
The good and the bad about Nevada's moved-up GOP caucus
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
Is the bumped-up date strategic or only helping the state's Democrats?
A Vegas newcomer's first visit to a nightclub
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011
Weekly writer Rick Lax takes his friend to Pure.
Book review: 'Inside Scientology'
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011
Janet Reitman's book on Scientology offers up much more than you think you already know.
Sexy and you know it: Dissecting LMFAO's new music video
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011
If you like dudes in thongs, you'll probably like this video.
Penn Jillette pens an atheist bestseller
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011
God, No! examines the rise of the nonbeliever.
Tales from the SINdustry: Myra Borja
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011
"She just picked the drink up and threw it in my face."
The Weekly checklist: Brian Thomas, O'Sheas' Lucky the Leprechaun
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011
Dreams of 'CSI,' voiceover suggestions and more.
For those with anniversaries and birthdays on 9/11, life must go on
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011
Does celebrating on the date mean we don't respect the loss our country suffered?
Why MGM should settle that Legionnaire’s lawsuit—and quick
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011
Tough times for CityCenter.
Taking stock of three Las Vegas-based companies
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011
The stock market has leveled out—knock on wood.
Kiss your quiet coffee shop goodbye
Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011
Gene Simmons wants you drinking 100-ounce "rockachinos" out of guitar-shaped cups.
'Absinthe' star Penny Pibbets discusses her band Fish Circus
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011
The Absinthe star comments on the band's music, playing accordion and more.
'Robopocalypse' paints a frightening, believable future
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011
Rick Lax reviews Daniel H. Wilson's 'Robopocalypse' and finds it to be a gripping read
Q&A: Dre Whitt, singing bartender at Don't Tell Mama on Fremont Street
Monday, Aug. 15, 2011
Dre Whitt tends bar at Don’t Tell Mama piano bar on Fremont Street. She also sings, plays piano and offers up impressions.
A Q&A with Dre Whitt, singing bartender at Don’t Tell Mama
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011
“Women will walk in and think, Who’s the lesbian behind the bar? and then they hear me sing, and all of a sudden they’re falling all over me.”
Is Caesars' planned observation wheel just a fancy Ferris wheel?
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011
And they say the "urban gathering space" around it will "revitalize" Las Vegas Boulevard. Sound familiar?
Turning to liquid courage to face the Fremont zip line
Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011
Afraid of heights? One Weekly writer is...
Zombiefy your face, pimp your screen or get squirrelly with the latest Apps
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011
Rick Lax reviews some great ways to waste time for 99 cents or less.
Why is Nevada putting murderers in cells with nonviolent offenders?
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011
Should Satan-possessed murderers be rooming with inmates with much less severe convictions?

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