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.
- Arty party
Downtown’s Smith Center for the Performing Arts celebrated its fifth anniversary as Las Vegas’ “Heart of the Arts” in March with a gala concert and a renaming of Cabaret Jazz to honor Smith Center President Myron Martin. But the real party was a cumulative one, with more than 2 million patrons attending almost 2,000 performances during the center’s first five years.