Vegas Seven

Arts & Entertainment

  • Arts & Entertainment

    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.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    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."

  • Arts & Entertainment

    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.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    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.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    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."

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Realizing a Fairy Tale at Rise Lantern Festival

    By Maria Jessica Morales

    Remember that scene from Disney's Tangled?

  • musicArts & Entertainment

    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.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    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.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Best Vegas Reality-Show Star

    Pawn Stars is the reality show gift that keeps on giving, begetting Counting Cars and creating an, ahem, vehicle for its star, Danny Koker. Koker, the gravel-voiced, easygoing mechanic who runs the shop, had a ratings hit right off the rip, premiering to 4.3 million as the History Channel’s highest-rated debut. The show just wrapped a second season and is already filming its third, propelled as much by Koker’s relentless, infectious positivity as it is by the sweet whips that come out of his garage.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Best Residency

    The old saw about Vegas residencies is that it’s where past-their-prime performers go to die. Not so with Soul2Soul, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s 20-show series at the Venetian. This superstar married couple is still at the top of their game: McGraw’s latest album, Two Lanes of Freedom, came out in February, and he’s touring in support of it. Hill has a new music video and single out, “American Heart.” Moreover, they join Garth Brooks and Shania Twain in a line of country stars taking over the Strip.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Best Reality-TV Implosion

    Even by the reality-show standards of cable’s TLC—the channel that brought us Here Comes Honey Boo Boo—the high-speed train wreck called Sin City Rules was breathtakingly awful. Debuting in December and gone by New Year’s Day, Rules followed the lives of five Vegas women: clothing designer Lana Fuchs, poker star Jennifer Harman, cosmetics line owner Lori Montoya, Amy Hanley (late mob hit man Tom Hanley’s kid, who was reportedly missing, but not really, in a bizarre kerfuffle) and entertainment reporter/gadfly Alicia Jacobs.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Best Theater Venue

    Without getting bogged down in the “size matters” debate, let’s just say that big, satisfying things happen at the small, cozy Onyx Theatre. Over the years it’s given us alternative pleasures, including Naked Boys Singing and a female Hamlet. This year alone saw a fabulous Sweeney Todd, a sterling One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and an engrossing The Laramie Project. Don’t forget the numerous specialty shows—stand-up comedy, improv, burlesque and cabaret. All this in an intimate, 100-seat box of a theater.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Best Community Theater Comeback

    Roaches can survive a nuclear holocaust, so the theory goes, and our Cockroach Theatre thespians are no less resistant to death. Hatched in 2002 as a collection of some of the Valley’s best theater talents, the troupe bounced between venues over the past decade, even disappearing for a while. Resurfacing in March, they finally found a home—Downtown’s Art Square Theatre on First Street—and have roared back with a slew of productions, including Death of a Salesman, Love Song, You May Go Now and Gruesome Playground Injuries.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Best Music Venue You’ve Never Been To

    Come on in, the music’s fine. So’s the food. So’s the vibe. And pretty much everything else at The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz room, the city’s best untapped entertainment resource. Epitomizing elegance, the two-tiered, acoustically excellent venue is somewhere between a hip jazz joint and a sleek concert hall, and has given the city the likes of saxophonist Branford Marsalis, guitarist John Pizzarelli and legendary Broadway/cabaret star Barbara Cook. Next up: singer/musician/composer Billy Stritch, celebrating the songbook of Mel Tormé, on August 23-24./p>

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Best Art Import

    If the much-anticipated Vegas art scene is going to be fully realized, we need more participants like JK Russ and Matthew Couper. The married couple and professional artists moved from New Zealand to Las Vegas nearly three years ago and have been working diligently ever since. He creates haunting Old World-style oil paintings with biting contemporary insights. She creates colorful mixed-media collages and video installations that explore gender and sexuality. Both show prodigiously in and out of town.