The Henderson Space & Science Center dreams of a home of its own: 72,000 square feet indoors and another 40,000 outdoors. And the vision just might come true: The center is one of the linchpins of Henderson’s proposed $1.5 billion Union Village project, which would also feature a new St. Rose Dominican Hospital and a major retail and entertainment center at U.S. 95 and Galleria Drive. But in the meantime, the center has used empty storefronts in the Galleria at Sunset mall for interactive exhibits that have been a blast for kids and parents alike. This year, “It’s a Gas” gave a glowing entrée into the world of neon. Great metropolitan regions have great museums that have become true civic landmarks. But great communities also know how to use hollowed-out spaces for something new and vibrant. After all, the science museum in Portland, Ore., is in a decommissioned power station. There’s something fitting about Las Vegas reaching toward the future in a decommissioned retail space.
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.