Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. Wait: Don’t stop us, because we all need to hear it again. Andre Agassi—a tennis player once known for showboating, emotional impetuousness and an unseemly emphasis on image (blame Canon’s admen for that last bit)—is our city’s best role model. Maybe the best ever. He endured a bruising, stage-managed childhood, bewildering early success and a humiliating downfall to return to championship form—not only as an athlete, but as a deeply reflective individual. Just as importantly, he realized upon his retirement that his city—mired in seemingly permanent educational mediocrity—needed him. He founded the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, which has educated thousands of underserved K-12 kids since 2001, and the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, which has raised $177 million for educational enrichment and reform. This year, he brought a lighter touch to making our city a better place to grow up: As a key investor in the new Wet ’n’ Wild Las Vegas, he helped revive a summer tradition that once cooled off many a scorching summer for kids of his own generation.
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 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products