Vegas! Are you ready for the all-new Vegas? Take our quiz. This desert oasis is a place of constant renewal, and there’s always something new, always something greater, grander, glitzier than before. Our guide showcases what’s new in terms of food—including the first-ever restaurant from Giada DeLaurentis—hotels, and entertainment in Sin City. Plus insider tips from a Chippendale’s dancer, a card counter, brunches, high-end suites, and more—click here!
The Rap Bias Can a fondness for violent rap or hip-hop lyrics cost you in the courtroom? A Q&A with UC Irvine criminology professor Charis Kubrin, who talks about her research into how American jurisprudence regards African-American hip-hop artists and fans (on the eve of the release of the film “Straight Outta Compton”). Click here.
Snapshot: Buena Park’s Boogeyman Jon Cooke started as a ghoul and now is in charge of staging the annual pre-Halloween Knott’s Scary Farm—check him out.
Read our Main Course review of MRK Public, a San Clemente gastropub. Check out the best cookies and ice cream in O.C.’s Best. Find three great places to get Banchan, the cluster of side dishes that accompanies Korean meals, in Global Diner. Plus, get the latest news on Kutsi in Santa Ana and Project West in Garden Grove.
Don’t forget to click over to our Dining Guide, our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 190 recommended Orange County restaurants.
Prep for fall with this month’s Finds, and visit Hot Shop Rock Etiquette in Laguna Beach. Plus, meet Newport Beach’s Diane Cotton Courtney, whose work with yarn, macramé, and beads is both gorgeous and expensive.
Editor’s Letter here.
My O.C. How an introvert survives in O.C.
Rituals The annual Silverado Country Fair, a glimpse of the Old West—O.C. canyon people style.
Answer Man has tons of O.C. trivia here.