“I love movies. I hope people have a good time at them,” Roger Ebert wrote a few weeks back, in the course of lamenting what had happened to the cinema: “When a family of four can spend $80 or more, including refreshments and parking, to see a trifle like Ice Age: Continental Drift in 3D, isn’t that discouraging?” But we can’t give up the experience of seeing movies in a theater; there’s too much wonder to be derived from projected film, and no matzter how big your home flatscreen may be, the experience isn’t the same. Tell you what: If you’ve forgotten what the excitement of an opening-night movie feels like, look at Murat Palta’s art project Classic Movies in Miniature Style—scenes from A Clockwork Orange, Star Wars and others, done in the style of medieval illuminated manuscripts. You’ll immediately feel the passion of the storytelling and remember being awestruck at sights you’d never seen before, sights that are all the more wondrous at 20 feet tall. This is our mythology, and no one can snuff it out.
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.