It began with Richard Linklater’s Waking Life. That 2001 animated film spelled out several radical theories that are now widely accepted as immutable fact. No. 1: Life is truly a dream, and only by embracing that dream state can we achieve enlightenment. No. 2: Ethan Hawke’s face is a lot less scary in animation. No. 3: The guy at the coffeehouse, the one who keeps buttonholing you into tedious “meaning of life” conversations? Well, he has friends in Hollywood. Lots of them. And No. 4: You don’t need to know how to draw to be a fancy “animator.” All you have to do is make a regular movie and then run it through a program called Rotoshop, as Linklater did with Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly. It runs on off-the-shelf Macs and makes movies look like the rotoscoped cartoons of Ralph Bakshi, only more vivid. But that costs a bundle, so if I were you I’d go to Cartoonize.net and use its free tool to make your color photos look like stills from Waking Life. It’s fun, and it beats the shit out of the alternatives—which are learning to draw, or being Ethan Hawke.
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.