Clear your calendar for the next few months — because we’re about to fill it with our top picks for the can’t-miss cultural events this season. Whether you love big musical theater, provocative art exhibits or festivals to thrill the whole family, you’ll find them here.
His vibrant, restless paintings will open your eyes — and teach them to listen
You don’t so much look at a painting by Biscuit Street Preacher as listen to it. There’s an unmistakable music — maybe a broken calliope or toy xylophone — coming off his big canvases that nudge and bumble lovingly into your visual field.
Beneath the multiple masks of this actor: a taut, quiet intensity
With his tall, reedy physique and voice to match, there’s no actor in Las Vegas quite like Shane Cullum. His performances are notable for a quality that makes his characters neither heroes nor villains, but simply human.
From her small downtown gallery, she inspires artists to take big risks
The current incarnation of Kleven Contemporary gallery is a spaceship command console — a crisp vision in sterile white streamlines and geometric vents, interrupted only by a tidy bank of computer readouts. It’s something right out of “2001: A Space Odyssey” or “Alien,” an homage to the triumph of technophilic order.
A: I eat many small meals a day in order to keep in top shape for the eight hours I dance each day, six days a week. My typical day might go like this: A light breakfast of oatmeal or avocado, with coffee or tea.
Camille Duskin and her husband just wanted to clean up the neighborhood. The owners of an apartment building in Naked City — the area near the Stratosphere with a rep as a crime-ridden neighborhood — Duskin and her husband were tired of that tell-tale eyesore of the inner city: graffiti.
The future of journalism is snarky, nimble, funny, restless — and its epicenter just might be an apartment in downtown Las Vegas. From there, writer Paul Carr recently launched the Not Safe For Work Corporation, which aims to be a new media powerhouse on the national scene — or maybe just a droll node on the web where the topics of the day are given a good snarking.
Who takes Cheryl Slader’s yoga classes? A better question: Who doesn’t? In an age when Yoga Inc. has become corporate, packaged and accessorized, her yoga practice welcomes students of all skill levels and backgrounds.
Sure, Fleming’s is a chain steakhouse but, hidden in its menu of standard albeit well-executed steakhouse fare, is their Prime Burger — probably among the best in town. The patty’s a combination of trim from their main steak offerings, best ordered to medium-rare perfection, and topped with peppered bacon and cheddar.
Off to a big show at The Smith Center? Graba bite in the neighborhood
During the six months it’s been open, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has already lured much traffic — and many diners — downtown. But that was something of a test drive, as The Smith Center fine-tuned its performing spaces and its programming mix.
This looks like a magazine to you, sure, but to me, the September Fall Cultural Guide is a stylized Wes Anderson steamer trunk straining to hold shirts, pants, jackets and other pedestrian clothing metaphors for all the culture we’ve got going on. A good and classic problem to have: Too much stuff to do, not enough space.