English playwright Alan Bennett once said, “A bookshelf is as particular to its owner as are his or her clothes; a personality is stamped on a library just as a shoe is shaped by the foot.” In Portraits Through Books, artist and Downtown Contemporary Gallery owner Walter Jacques Taieb offers a peek into the libraries (and psyches) of local notables such as gallerist Brett Wesley and the Mayors Goodman. Visiting the homes of his subjects, Taieb curated each owner’s collection—manipulating the order and arrangement for composition before capturing it in a photo. Taieb’s lens reveals volumes about his subjects, while simultaneously documenting that most endangered of household species: the bookshelf. The show runs through February 5 at Downtown Contemporary Gallery in the Art Square, 1025 S. First Street. For more information, call 358-7022 or visit Downtown-Contemporary.com.
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.