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Las Vegas Is Framed

( I ran into one of my heroes last week while sitting at Bar + Bistro: that mighty twin-fisted champion of Las Vegas’ arts and cultural scene, Brian Paco Alvarez. We met a few years ago through my good friend Robert Kimberly, who was in the employ of Las Vegas’ late, barely lamented Guggenheim before moving to Houston to class up that particular burg. Anyway, Paco maintains the blog Kimberly founded, the Las Vegas Arts and Culture blog—a record of all that is good-looking, swell sounding and soul-serving in this wonderful city, from gallery openings to chamber music recitals to bar events, and he does so with the fervor of a true believer. Paco understands that Las Vegas is coming at this arts and culture thing from a disadvantage—that many outsiders, and too many locals, consider this town a cultural void—and through sheer evangelism, Paco makes you want these group gallery shows and spoken-word events the way those rolling billboards make the douchebags want happy endings. The Las Vegas Arts and Culture blog supports the idea of this richer, fuller Vegas, even when we forget to. That’s a hero’s work, and I thank Paco for doing it.

Right Between The Four-Eyes

( These are the nerd times. We like to pretend that we’ve brought the whole geek-and-nerd thing into the hipster camp (and by “we,” I mean you; I’ve always been a huge geek and always will be), but the truth of the matter is that the nerds have swallowed the popular culture and spit out the footballs. Two of the most popular shows on television are about how colossal nerds relate to beautiful women (The Big Bang Theory and Late Show With David Letterman). The biggest-grossing feature films feature comic book characters, or are adapted from scripts written by a 13-year-old James Cameron. Sometimes nerds go too far, though … and when they do, Nerds Ruin Everything knocks them down and steps on their horn-rimmed glasses. The blog considers what happens when nerddom begins to feed on itself—when Civil War re-enactors dress in Star Wars drag, or when the zombie craze meets a perfectly innocent bag of beef jerky. This isn’t “mashup culture,” nerds; it’s shameless self-indulgence, and Nerds Ruin Everything is here to knock your asses back into comic book stores that inspired all this wonderful nerd culture in the first place.

Cheez Whiz

( The gesture is a simple enough one: You put a hand over your eyes (or over one cheek, with your fingers covering one eye), lower your head, and allow your posture to sag a bit. Yet the “facepalm,” as it has recently become known, contains a multitude of emotions … and this blog, fittingly called “The Facepalm,” attempts to identify a few of those emotions and their causes. Depending on who you are, a facepalm could mean “That Dr. Gregory House is driving me insane,” or “I’m about to be deposed as the Libyan dictator,” or just plain “D’oh.” But if you’re looking for pithy captions at the expense of the facepalmers, look elsewhere: The Facepalm maintains a respectful distance from its subjects while they’re, y’know, working some stuff out. And in case you’re wondering: Yes, Jon Stewart and Jesus Christ, both renowned facepalmers, make appearances on The Facepalm. Also, Kobe Bryant, Jean-Luc Picard and Godzilla make multiple appearances, because those guys have difficult jobs and are often surrounded by idiots. Classic facepalm conditions.

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Martin Sexton

Concert Review

Martin Sexton

By Deanna Rilling

Translating his music to the stage with the right amount of liberty from album versions, Martin Sexton’s April 28 solo show at the Hard Rock Café was a great night for those who appreciate a finely crafted tune. Unfortunately, those music appreciators only numbered about 50 people. (Just to give a little perspective, the Syracuse, N.Y.-based singer has sold out three upcoming shows in New York City). On the bright side, the intimate setting allowed for pleasant bantering and a full view of the singer/songwriter’s unabashed emotion.