The tower, 17 stories tall and magnificent. The marble-accented lobby with its art-deco chandeliers, strikingly beautiful. And the performance hall itself: vast, splendorous and breathtaking. The Smith Center was always intended to be a “Wow!” from the first sketch to the last laid brick—and it certainly is that. In fact, the new 2,050-seat symphony hall is too impressive; walking through The Smith Center, you almost forget which big city you’re in. Fortunately, two things tether you to Las Vegas, one good and one less so. Tim Bavington’s terrific, multicolored sculpture on the property’s northeast side evokes both the city’s colorful past and limitless future. And the dusty, undeveloped acres surrounding the Smith are purely a Vegas thing.
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.