A trio of celebrity murders marked the ’90s. Pushed along by sensationalized media coverage, each one—Selena, Tupac Shakur and Nicole Brown Simpson—became embedded in our pop culture lexicon. In Car Show at the Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery, Justin Favela and Sean Slattery propose light-hearted memorials that focus on the vehicles associated with each crime. A red low-rider truck constructed from Favela’s signature piñata materials rests upon the floor, its bed filled with purple blossoms. The piece pays homage to the murder of Latin pop star Selena with the vehicle in which her murderess barricaded herself after the shooting. A small cardboard model of O. J. Simpson’s white Bronco drives upward into infinity, his “low-speed pursuit” never ending. Lastly, the flat silhouette of Shakur’s black sedan is situated on a gray pedestal as a memorial to the drive-by shooting of the rapper, which took place on Flamingo Road and Koval Lane. The tragic circumstance of these celeb-minority figures, amplified by mass media, has constructed monuments to them upon our cultural memory. Pay your respects through May 8.
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.