With its launch date three weeks away, UNLV’s Solar Decathlon Team, DesertSol, is shifting into panic mode. On a recent drizzly morning, project manager Alexia Chen showed press and sponsors around the sustainable, solar-powered house designed by five dozen UNLV students, faculty and staff. “We don’t have any choice,” Chen said. “We have to get it done by September 20.” That’s the date the the team loads the house on its custom-designed trailer and heads to Irvine, Calif., for the October 3-13 competition. But first, they have to install walls and flooring, appliances and electrical wiring, and put other final touches on the interior. DesertSol will face stiff competition in the Department of Energy-sponsored competition, which features the top 20 college teams from around the world.
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.