Our world is impermanent. As the song goes, the Rockies may tumble and Gibraltar may crumble—meaning that eventually every little thing we know, from the Great Pyramids to Kanye, will fall to dust … and then that dust will be turned to atoms when our sun goes nova. Nothing will survive that event, except for maybe the documentation of your student-loan payments (couldn’t they have lost those fucking records in the fire?) and the Dead Words, a “blog of lettering” that collects archaic and obsolete pieces of our language and resurrects them in a way that’s both clever and stylish. An obvious labor of love for graphic artist Karen To, the Dead Words takes those units of our language that your dictionary may have misplaced—words such as xylogenous, pamphagous and gaudiloquent, and some even sexier than these—and fashions them into smart-looking text graphics that partially explain the meanings of these lost soldiers. For example: Tornatil, an obsolete adjective meaning “made with wheel,” is rendered as an interlocking series of shapes that look for all the world like machine parts. The Dead Words are dead! Long live the Dead Words!
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.