To Vegas for the Culture?

Shows, Museum Exhibits, Art, and More!

Going beyond roulette in Las Vegas Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Going beyond roulette in Las Vegas
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

I head to Las Vegas because it’s not New York, in winter. I head to Las Vegas because I can, because it’s there, because on my last visit I had to stay in a nongaming hotel because I worked with regulators. I head to Vegas because I get a good deal on airfare, on a hotel room. I head to Las Vegas because I just need to get away.

I am thinking I’ll hear the ringing of slot machines, the call of the bartender, the spin of roulette.

The House of Blues in Las Vegas is an intimate venue.

The House of Blues in Las Vegas is an intimate venue.

I arrive in Sin City and experience its nightlife, its music, its accommodation of travelers. I love hearing Carlos Santana play at the House of Blues, a small venue where I can see the star’s expressions, smell the incense burning, enjoy a cocktail, and sit at a table. At the Criss Angel show, I become a part of the act, appear on stage, enjoy that mad rabbit, learn that many acts in Vegas are participatory.

I become a lucky onstage participant at the Criss Angel show in Las Vegas. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

I become a lucky onstage participant at the Criss Angel show in Las Vegas.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

On a night with Donny and Marie, I flash onscreen, and realize how tiny Marie in real life really is, and how very talented they both are, and how fervent some fans still remain. At Penn & Teller, I appreciate the humor, the libertarian edge, that they greet audience members after the show. Getting ready to head into the Rod Stewart show, I see his guitarist at a bar. I like that Las Vegas caters to its visitors. Would a drink make your time better? Order one! Theaters are designed so that even super-tall people do not block my view.

Appearing on the big screen at the Donny & Marie show in Las Vegas Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Appearing on the big screen at the Donny & Marie show in Las Vegas
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

I like Las Vegas because I discover better Fabergé eggs there than I saw in the Kremlin. I like Las Vegas because I get to sniff perfume that was on the Titanic and sank with it, only to be brought up much later. I like Las Vegas more than I expect to, and I cannot wait to go back.

—Lori Tripoli

Titanic, Las Vegas

The Titanic in Las Vegas
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Rod Stewart in Las Vegas

Having all the luck in Las Vegas at the Rod Stewart show

Las Vegas beyond gambling and show girls Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Las Vegas beyond gambling and show girls
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

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1 comment for “To Vegas for the Culture?

  1. March 31, 2017 at 5:48 am

    The entire experience is an affordable alternative to high end venues when visitors are looking for entertainment. Onyx Theatre is an alternative theatrical and performance space just blocks from the Las Vegas Strip.

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