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Exhibits / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Elvis Presley / Elvis / King's Ransom / Binion's / Fremont Street / → All Tags
We've previously mentioned The King's Ransom, the long gone Elvis Presley exhibit at the Imperial Palace, whenever we've pondered why there's so few local tributes to the King. Michael Jackson is our new king of pop culture. But, fear not, the King's Ransom is back. And, heading downtown.
Binion's will host an updated version of the former touring exhibit and the creators are talking like it'll become a permanent home for this collection. Where exactly in Binion's? We don't yet know. We'll need to talk a walk around.
Michael Jackson ONE rushes closer to its official premiere night of June 29. And, with our ear to the ground, we've been hearing good things about the show from people we trust. When we were last in the Mandalay Bay theater neighborhood, there was still some construction to be finished. Now, it all looks ready to go. And, they've added some of Michael's personal possessions to the re-vamping. Here's a preview:
At Caesars, Shania Twain shares with her fans a very nice selection of personal items when you attend her concerts. We'd been expecting something similar at Mandalay Bay, but discovered it's much more smaller in scale. Surprising, as they are all on loan from the Michael Jackson estate. They can't be short of mementos.
Vegas Reveals / CityCenter / Crystals / James Turrell / Art / Exhibits / → All Tags
Utilizing the upscale mall's monorail entrance and the mezzanine below, the already faux-futurist setting means most folks won't notice the change or additions. But, stop for a moment, let the people walk by and watch the continually shifting hues fill the space. Head to the new windows and see Crystals from another angle. And, note the visual illusion of light cutting through a wall.
The Shops at Crystals will soon feature an extraordinary new tenant asking you to spend some time and thought. American artist James Turrell has been commissioned to create an art installation for the very upscale mall that will transform the surroundings and your senses with his acute emphasis on the human intersection with light and space.
Sound familiar? We've been exclusively alerting you to the very secret Ganzfeld Project masterminded by Turrell on the top floor of the Crystals' Louis Vuitton store. The very private, invitation only exhibit is composed of a featureless "sensing space," bathed in light. Once inside, you'll see no horizon and your mind will race to find form and texture, before resting in a meditative state. This is a radical and potentially divisive project. A major work of locally created art, cut off from the locals and hidden within a designer boutique.
Seems only yesterday we shared a gallery of Bellagio's Chinese New Year floral display. Now, spring has sprung at the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and this season's star attraction are butterflies.
Spring will remain in bloom until May 11 and, as usual, Mr. & Ms. Green Thumb will be available every day from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to answer any questions about the exhibit. Last year, we told you how helpful they can be. The popular and welcome tradition of live music also continues, played daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Victorian gazebo, creating a harmonious accompaniment to your stroll.
Art / The Cosmopolitan / Exhibits / P3 Studio / → All Tags
This is the scene Downtown Las Vegas is chasing. We've long been an advocate of The Cosmopolitan's third-floor P3Studio art space. Even when it fails, it's a crucial and unique connection to global creative cultures. They present some great art with a self-conscious knowing eye turned to its surroundings and anachronistic home in a Las Vegas casino. And, that understanding has been instrumental in driving their booking policy, inviting creative talents who can be commercial and accessible, but possess an innate lilt to rebellion and self-expression. Precisely the world The Cosmopolitan would like to be.
Artist David LaChapelle rightfully fits that description. In the past, we've actually wondered out loud why The Cosmopolitan doesn't commission someone like him to create or license his work for their hotel rooms. And, then the Cosmo goes and actually commissions him to create some work and even brought him to the P3Studio to lecture.
Remember how fictitious CSI chief Gil Grissom was really, really into bugs? Back in those episodes when you could be assured someone would split open an arthropod to calculate a victim's decaying timeline? The good old days.
Well, now there's a Vegas exhibit to help you learn the real-life intricacies of forensic entomology and the scientific art of using insects as evidence. And, no, it's not the CSI exhibit at MGM Grand. This one's also a TV show-endorsed exhibit, but chockfull of creepy crawly facts. Think Bodies The Exhibition meets Marg Helgenberger. (Maybe some of you have already mentally done that.)
Last year around this time, we wondered whether Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor would auction off its collection and close its doors in the spring. Well, guess not -- here we are a year later and not only is the exhibit still open after a much touted mass auction by its parent company fizzled out, but it's brought in some new booty, too.
Fifteen artifacts referred to as the Jewels of Titanic will be on display March 22 through May 31 as the newest addition to the popular exhibit. It will feature diamonds, sapphires, pearls, and gold jewelry that once belonged to some of Titanic's wealthiest passengers.
Elvis / Vegas News / Graceland / Exhibits / → All Tags
Apart from our local Elvis tribute artists (E.T.A., an actual technical term we just discovered), Vegas can seem mighty weak in paying historical tribute to the King. From his first appearance in 1956 through 1976, Elvis Presley helped bolster the early 70s reputation of Las Vegas and vice versa. Yet, there's no longer a permanent Elvis museum in town. The Elvis-A-Rama Experience closed in 2006. And, the King's Ransom temporary display left the Imperial Palace building in 2010.
This weekend, a truly fitting tribute to Elvis in Vegas debuted chockfull of authentic and relevant relics. In Tennessee. In Graceland. For the next two years, "Elvis: Live From Vegas" will remain a permanent part of the Presley homestead. And, they've got all sorts of unusual stuff. Thirty jumpsuits, part of a marquee from his 1956 New Frontier Hotel concert and bus benches advertising appearances at the International and after it became the Hilton. Plus, bushels of other Vegas specific artifacts.
Comics / Comic Books / Exhibits / Events / Conventions / South Point / → All Tags
Comics taking over Las Vegas? Really? Maybe. Comic-Con International in San Diego has become one of the most popular conventions in the United States, but Las Vegas will have two comic conventions of its own this year.
The first convention happens this summer when The Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con comes to the South Point June 14-16. Details are sparse while they are putting the finishing touches on the gathering, but there will be a wide array of special guests from the comic world including:
Art / The Cosmopolitan / Exhibits / P3 Studio / → All Tags
Here's some art with a practical application. The latest exhibit at The Cosmopolitan's P3 Studio is a series of mini-residencies under the title, Do Not Disturb, "an artistic interpretation of a closed door policy." Six artists have created new door hangers for The Cosmo. You'll be able to buy them as a set soon, but for now, the artists have super-sized versions on display on the third floor.
Theo-Mass Lexileictous, The Date Farmers, Bert Rodriguez, Alan Aldridge and, the most well known contributor, David LaChapelle, each created their variants on the Do Not Disturb/Please Enter theme. Some more successfully than others.
Openings / National Geographic / Exhibits / Events / Venetian / → All Tags
When the Venetian announced it was bringing in National Geographic's 50 Greatest Photographs to replace last year's Da Vinci - The Genius exhibit, we were giddy with childhood memories. The 50 greatest photos of all-time in one room together? It would be like walking through a living 'This is Your Life.' A childhood life spent running into the school library to flip through the latest issue of Nat Geo and admire the newest nudie pics it contained. Sure we may learn a thing or two between boobs, but in the pre-Internet era this was, it was always quite a score for a zitty middle school kid that hadn't yet met Hef. So, to think that the 50 greatest images of not just our childhood but the past 125 years would be assembled under one roof with no page flipping required? Mind blown.
The Venetian exhibit consists of larger than life images supplemented with video, back stories and in some cases additional frames of before and after "the shot." Visitors are greeted at the entrance by a wall of the 50 numbered photos which we used to pick out a few favorites before taking them all in.