Coffeehouse people just get other coffeehouse people—they know exactly what is required to evoke that atmosphere of sophisticated caffeine-fueled eccentricity. The husband-wife team of Michael and Jennifer Cornthwaite are just such people, so you will often see them posted up at the counter at The Beat, reading about art or banging away on a laptop, hip-to-hip with other downtown scenesters. There’s vinyl on the turntable, the coffee is roasted by Boulder City’s Colorado River roasters, the art is created just steps away in the Emergency Arts co-op studios, there’s a large corner window for viewing urban life at the intersection of Fremont and Sixth, and the venue throws itself into every community involvement that makes sense for its loyal crowd. It really does take one to know one.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.