WELL, OKAY, only since you asked about what Trenchant, Fascinating Insights I’ve gleaned about Las Vegas since launching TheList.Vegas, I’ll dish: Locals make the best tourists.
That sounds fake-aphoristic, wannabe cryptic. All I mean is that the dizzingly diverse, continually morphing menu of events we serve up every day here at (*slaps hood*) TheList.Vegas there reflects a city that, whoa, has more quirk, depth, texture, and nuance than we typically give it credit for. Las Vegans hella have their curiosities, their nichey passions, their intriguing subcultures. That realization glimmers anew every time I apply our different label to an event, whether it’s pagan book-lovers, fans of AI-generated anime music, or religiously devoted rollerskaters.
Anyway, here are some cool things going on this weekend.
Jan. 21-22 @ Chinatown Plaza: It’s Lunar New Year. Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit (traits: intellectual, cautious) at Chinatown Plaza with food vendors, cultural performances, guest community speakers and leaders, vendors, and more.
Also, 5p Jan. 22 @ Downtown Summerlin: The Lunar New Year parade will fan-dancers, stilt-walkers, and a big-ass dragon.
12p Saturday Jan. 21 @ Left of Center Gallery: Saundra Lyle’s vibrant portraits in “Women of Fire” are expressionistic captures of female courage, strength, determination. The sober but optimistic oomph of these portraits is undeniable.
Starting Friday Jan. 20: We’re a football town now — time to bone up on some gridiron history via theater. Las Vegas Little Theatre’s Lombardi explores the life of Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi, a super-inspirational and mega-quotable sports figure.
8p Saturday Jan. 21 @ Millennium Fandom Bar. If you’re not feeling this timeline, Millennium always offers a nice escape hatch. This Saturday sees the cosplay bar going back to the ’90s, a la “Friends,” “Seinfeld,” “ER,” “Twin Peaks” and more.
3p Sunday Jan. 22 @ Clark County Library: The Las Vegas Sinfonietta joins with the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Chorus to perform Mozart’s super-emo and spiritually intense Requiem.
6p Sunday Jan. 22 @ 18bin: I’ll be 194 years old and living in a formaldehyde-filled stasis tube, and I’ll still delight in awesome-looking cars like I was 11. This is the 2023 kickoff of the Arts District Car Show, featuring tricked-out rides.
7p Sunday Jan. 22 at SoulBelly BBQ: You’re sure to love something in this local variety pack: The amiable pop-punk of The Dollheads, the ripping, high-velocity rawk of White Noise, or the driving, sci-fi soundtrack tunes of Shatter the Moon.
(Pictured: The Dollheads)