Vegas Seven

Arts & Entertainment

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    Concert Alert! Linkin Park, Marc Anthony and More Announce Vegas Dates

    By Katie Michaels

    Plus: A few throwback shows featuring acts who owned the airwaves in the late '90s/early '00s.

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    Death Cab for Cutie Went Rock-Heavy at The Chelsea

    By Jarret Keene

    "The little group I saw play a campus pizza shop for a crowd of no one two decades ago packed the 3,000-seat Chelsea."

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    Tilting the Basin Exhibit Makes Its Las Vegas Debut This March

    By Kristen Peterson

    The exhibit, which debuted at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, features works by Northern and Southern Nevada artists.

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    Nevada Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker Is Dreamy Winter Escapism

    By Aric Lairmore

    The veteran ballet company's 35th annual run of the holiday favorite kicked off December 10.

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    Jersey Boys Star Travis Cloer Talks His With A Twist Show at South Point

    By Mark Adams

    "[My wife and I] liked Las Vegas, so we decided to stay in Vegas and give it a shot for a while."

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    Realizing a Fairy Tale at Rise Lantern Festival

    By Maria Jessica Morales

    Remember that scene from Disney's Tangled?

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    Paul Anka Puts On An Intimate Performance At The Smith Center

    By Danny Axelrod

    The 75-year-old performed with the energy of someone half his age.

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    Pretty Fly Will Bring ’90s Nostalgia To Foxtail Nightclub at SLS

    By Ashley Miles

    The jukebox musical features over 100 pop culture references from the era.

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    Best New Venue

    From the soulful reggae-blues pop of Maui-born Anuhea, to the heavy Louisiana-boiled Cajun rock of Lost Bayou Ramblers, to the punky-Motown frenzy of Chantal Claret, Vinyl has hosted a diverse array of artists and bands in the year since it’s been open. The sound there is great, the dark-wood bar (with its attractive ’tenders) is fun to belly-up to and we love watching people exiting a butt-rock residency show at the adjacent Joint only to discover there’s something even cooler happening in this little venue in the Hard Rock Hotel.

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    Best Broadway Production

    Who knew it was possible to create an ’80s-themed show that’s even kitschier than the decade itself? Yet the Venetian’s Rock of Ages is up to the mock-tastic challenge with a crazy-fun riff on the mullet-and-hair-band goofiness of Reagan-era America. With hilarious snark to spare—and with way more verve than the limp movie version—Rock takes a tongue-in-cheek boy/rocker-wannabe-meets-girl/actress-wannabe story on the Sunset Strip and immerses it in a merry hard-rock set list from the likes of Poison, Styx and Journey. Quite simply: Rock rocks.

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    Best Outdoor Gallery

    Don’t call it graffiti; don’t call it guerilla art. The murals that line the alleys of the 18b Arts District—stretching from Imperial all the way up Casino Center to a cluster of bungalows near Hoover—amount to nothing less than an outdoor art gallery. Its curator, Ras One—the fifth-generation Nevadan behind POP2 in the Arts Factory—has managed to recruit street artists from all over the world to create an “ever-changing, ever-evolving” gallery of murals funded wholly out of pocket—his own, and those of his collaborators.

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    Best Hair Metal Comeback

    The Rat Pack at the Desert Inn gave way to Elvis at the International who gave way to Celine at Caesars who gave way to … Mötley Crüe at The Joint in the Hard Rock? OK, so one of these things definitely is not like the others—which is pretty much how the Crüe and The Joint prefer to roll: outcasts marching to the beat of their own double-bass drum. So it was a no-brainer that the Hard Rock decided to hire Nikki Sixx and Co. for Las Vegas’ first rock ’n’ roll residency back in February 2012.

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    Best Art Show

    David Sanchez Burr’s Beyond Sunrise Mountain at Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery earlier this year was a thought-provoking autobiographical multimedia installation. At the show’s reception, a flamenco dancer tangoed while a guitarist plucked nylon-stringed chords, a nod to Burr’s Spanish roots. The artist himself strummed electric guitar—feedback emanating from speaker-housing sculptures of imploded Strip hotels. Black balloons, helium-sapped, fell. Billboards caked with red mud, dried and flaked off.

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    Best Actor

    Good-ness, gra-cious, great balls of acting fire! Swallowing the scenery, belching, then swallowing some more, Martin Kaye jumps into the heart, soul and skin of rock trailblazer Jerry Lee Lewis in the resident production of Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s. The Brit-born, live-wire actor with the mop of blond curls pounds the 88s, leaps atop the piano and tosses off one-liners with smart-bomb precision, detonating across the stage.

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    Best Vegas Movie Moment

    Much funnier than the horrid Hangover Part III, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone satirizes the out-of-control-for-far-too-long egos of the Strip’s headlining magicians. While he’s almost outshined by Jim Carrey’s sado-masochistic Criss Angel caricature, Steve Carell’s falling-star protagonist unveils a neat feat. He manages to potshoot David Copperfield by having groupies sign consent forms even as he invites these ladies to witness the Biggest Bed in All of Las Vegas: “Would you like to see it?” he says.