p>In a nation that looks relentlessly forward?Is that an iPhone4 you?ve got there, loser??anniversaries are both necessary and oddly popular. They give us an excuse, a sort of temporal safe zone, to think a bit at the world we?ve left behind. It doesn?t take the media-entertainment complex (that?s us!) long to occupy such safe zones with our own meditations, spins, stories and souvenirs. We?re fast approaching perhaps the mother of all ghoulishly market-friendly anniversaries. On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas by a man who?depending on which books you?ve been reading?was either a solitary misfit or the ultimate pawn in a master plot hatched by Mafiosi, hard-core anti-Castroites and shadowy American intelligence types. Kennedy?s iconic nature, his presence at the crossroads of a radically changing culture and the uncertainties surrounding his death have made his story ripe for retelling not only on round anniversaries, but even on angular ones. (Oliver Stone?s JFK came out around the 27th anniversary of the assassination. Go figure.) Working ahead of the 50th anniversary, we decided to narrow our focus and look specifically at Kennedy?s friendships, entanglements and legacy here in Las Vegas. David G. Schwartz, a historian and the director of UNLV?s Center for Gaming Research, has told a rich tale?one that, we hope, will start the commemoration season not merely with sensation, but with reflection.
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.