Blues, rockabilly, sweat, sex, violence and camp — from two skinny twentysomethings
Robots are taking over our airwaves. Every other song you hear nowadays is shot through with Auto-Tune, synthesizer or the womp womp womp of chordless bass — and it represents the push toward a genre that promises the reversal of everything the musical classics spent years to build — all on instruments that need a three-prong outlet to function.
The old-school model of college radio has been on hiatus in Las Vegas since 1998, when UNLV station KUNV made the switch to a primarily jazz-based format, ditching programming such as the legendary “Rock Avenue” alternative rock show. Luckily, Donald Hickey, a former Rock Avenue DJ and fixture in the Vegas music scene, aims to fix this.
It’s not a sentiment normally associated with construction paper and crayons: “I think kids need to think progressively, they are our future … they must be able to think creatively and see how thinking creatively changes the world.
“We do our best to keep it fun,” says RagTag Entertainment Artistic Director Andrew Wright. Since bursting onto the Vegas scene a year ago, RagTag has been a beehive of activity, test-driving theatrical works in progress.
Erica Anzalone’s gutsy verse embraces — and explodes — formalism
Few bards these days can rock a red dress and cowboy boots and still be taken seriously by their professors and academic peers. But Las Vegas poet Erica Anzalone makes it look easy as she steps up to the microphone in the Contemporary Arts Center on this March afternoon.
For artists who don’t know a capital gain from a canvas stretcher, there’s Financial Groove
When sidewalk performers start shaking it in Lady Liberty costumes to remind you it’s tax season, artists might be thinking something different, like: Can they claim that costume as a business expense? For those who make their living in the performing arts, whether to write off their outfits is just one item on a list of unusual financial concerns.
Jessica Scheitler is the owner and operator of Financial Groove, an accounting and bookkeeping firm that exists to bridge the gap between the Internal Revenue Service and the world of artists.
As Pride celebrates its 28th year, pioneering gay community activists remember the struggles -- and the triumphs
Nowadays, it's pretty easy to be a gay activist in Las Vegas. It's no longer risky to be out of the closet in most quarters - even at Nellis Air Force Base - thanks to laws that protect workers and customers from discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Pecan pie at Delmonico’s Pastry Chef Stephanie Nikolic tells us the origins of Delmonico’s recipe for this Southern dessert staple are unknown, but it’s so popular, “it comes with the restaurant and no one would dream of taking it off the menu.” One bite past the crackling crust, bursting with pecan, butter, egg and sugar goodness and you will taste why.
The Nevada Museum of Art Las Vegas stands in sharp contrast to the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Whereas the Smith Center is dignified (or one might say even triumphantly staid) in its grand architectural gesture to the Hoover Dam, the Southern Nevada Museum of Art is quietly daring.
Editor’s note: The Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals would not have euthanized a rooster given to the organization. This fact was incorrect in an article (“Gives you wings,” August 2011).