While attractive young actors portraying fictional superheroes occupy our cinemas from here to Labor Day, a real-life superbattle is brewing in Seattle. You may have heard of Phoenix Jones, the mixed martial artist who several years back donned a mask and bulletproof vest and began fighting crime in Seattle’s Belltown and Pioneer Square neighborhoods. He even inspired the formation of a sort of real-life Avengers, the Rain City Superhero Movement. But without a supervillain, a superhero is nothing but an empty cape. Phoenix Jones can now stand on guard knowing that Rex Velvet, an effete and mustachioed supervillain with a bowler hat and a hatred of “silly, vigilante nerds,” has thrown down the gauntlet with a social-media barrage that Jones may be unable to counter. Velvet has made several slick-looking videos calling out Jones, but at press time the hero hasn’t deigned to meet his nemesis. This is really happening. I haven’t declared my allegiance for one or the other just yet … but as soon as Rex Velvet puts that cool “New and Improved! Local Villain” logo on a T-shirt, I may be tempted to cross over to the Velvet side.
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.