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Fall culture guide, 2045 A.D.

Julugust 1-65

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Artistic algorithm XQ44T-7000.exe’s exhibit of 3-D-printed 3-D printers printing 3-D printers. Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery

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October 25-until the Porta-Potties overflow

Life Was Beautiful

This annual gathering around the Third Straw intake in the dry basin of Lake Mead will feature music (an ancient Killers CD on portable speakers), storytelling (old-timers reminiscing about how Vegas was better when the Water District ran things) and Burning Man — some guy spontaneously combusting from the heat. Opening remarks by St. Thomas Mayor Oscar Goodman.


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September 16

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Joan Rivers

“Live” from her amniotic stasis preservation chamber, the sentient spinal column of Joan Rivers hosts this hilarious and heartwarming retrospective of 80 years of comedy, from her celebrated appearances on The Tonight Show to her recent cameos on Compulsory Laughter Corp.’s continuous psychstream hit, The Big Bang Theory. 70,000,000-250,000,000 credits, Venetian orbital entertainment panoptiplex


Decembertron 15

“Will Direct Thought-Sharing Kill the Internet?”

A TED Telepathy presentation. Has Buzzfeed’s failure to keep up with brain-to-brain listicle-distribution doomed it to irrelevance? When your easily read thoughts mean people can believe what happened next, should Upworthy still exist? Guest presenter Disembodied Intelligence No. 892Xz argues that there will always be a market — primarily among Brooklyn youth with hipster implants — for the Internet's old-timey, artisanal experience of placing your fingertips on a keyboard. Free, at the Downtown Planet’s Brainatorium



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Injecting Shakespeare in the Park!

There’s much ado about something in (the habitable portion of) Sunset Park: intravenous Twelfth Night, that’s what! Not just for literature junkies anymore, medicinal-grade Hamlet, Macbeth and even Troilus and Cressida have gone mainstream. Bring a picnic, find a vein and let the Bard take you away from global warming, your spouse’s robo-mistress and the asteroid crater where your house used to be! Presented by PharmaTech Global


New Year’s Eve

The Rolling Stones

Ticket prices start at $10 million in perfect-cut diamonds

Scott Dickensheets is a Las Vegas writer and editor whose trenchant observations about local culture have graced the pages of publications nationwide.
As a longtime journalist in Southern Nevada, native Las Vegan Andrew Kiraly has served as a reporter covering topics as diverse as health, sports, politics, the gaming industry and conservation. He joined Desert Companion in 2010, where he has helped steward the magazine to become a vibrant monthly publication that has won numerous honors for its journalism, photography and design, including several Maggie Awards.