10 moments that proved Las Vegas’ cultural identity in 2017
By Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal
December 30, 2017 – 11:43 am
Arts & Culture
Whether you’re a tourist or a local, whether you gravitate to Strip showrooms or The Smith Center, you know Las Vegas’ arts and entertainment scene experienced an eventful 2017. Arrivals and departures — of shows and of people — joined multiple milestones to mark the year. The Smith Center, Springs Preserve and Cirque du Soleil all had reasons to celebrate, as did Southern Nevadans who experienced their impact. Any year that encompasses “Magic Mike” and a statewide art exhibit, or swings from trippy “Absinthe” to plans for a major art museum, reveals the breadth, depth — and eclectic nature — of Las Vegas’ cultural identity.
- Cirque gets the blues
Consider it the Eighth Wonder of the Cirque World: Face-painted zanies Blue Man Group joined the Cirque-verse in July when Cirque du Soleil purchased Blue Man Productions. That includes the Luxorproduction, plus those in New York, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Berlin, Germany and a world tour. Strip-wise, that bumped Cirque’s stockpile up to eight shows, which will revert back to seven after Criss Angel’s “Mindfreak Live!’ shutters in October.