Today, the Web teaches us that the garments we once thought of as “Cosby sweaters” are at once more and less than that. That’s not to say that Bill Cosby didn’t wear colorful sweaters every week on The Cosby Show—he did, oh mais oui, he did. And it’s not to say that those sweaters aren’t worthy of their own taxonomic rank, probably between genus and species. No, my arguments are these: They should be called “Cliff sweaters,” because it was Cosby’s Cliff Huxtable character who wore them and not the comic himself; and Cliff wasn’t the only character on the show who wore those iconic garments. The Cosby Sweater Project, a visual encyclopedia of Cliff sweaters that includes pencil sketches of the sweater patterns next to photos from the series, proves that nearly everyone on the show wore those sweaters—yes, even Lisa Bonet. This site also demon- strates the need for a museum devoted to Cliff sweaters—not only for their historical value, but also for their artistic qualities. When you consider the sweaters solely as wearable paintings, some of them actually look quite nice.
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.