A few weeks ago, I tried getting into Inspire Theater but was turned away. I was wearing a button-down shirt, a pair of slim jeans, casual sneakers and—gasp—a baseball cap. The bouncer looked at my hat and pointed to a sign: “Tasteful attire required.” I demonstrated to him that the hat, like hats everywhere, was removable, but to no avail. Meanwhile, the rooftop DJ was blasting rap songs, including Ludacris’ “My Chick Bad,” the uncensored version, with tasteful lyrics such as “My bitch bad, my bitch good. My bitch do shit that your bitch wish she could.” I get that the defenders of Downtown’s renaissance want to stay classy—and, hey, so do I, my friend. But if you’re going to look down on everyone else, at least be consistent and put in a jazz band. Don’t play music by and for people you wouldn’t let in.
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.