RuPaul’s Drag Race Dwell opens. The Vegas model of the hit TV present took over for Donny & Marie within the Flamingo Showroom in January.
R.U.N shutters. Cirque du Soleil’s bold unique action-thriller known as it quits in early March after a four-month run at Luxor.
Garth Brooks plans Allegiant Stadium live performance. The nation megastar was set to open the $1.9 billion venue on August 22 however was pressured to postpone the live performance, now scheduled for February 27, 2021.
Extravaganza opens. A brand new showgirl-laden homage to all issues Vegas was staged simply as soon as on the basic Jubilee Theater at Bally’s in March, earlier than the pandemic shut down the Strip. Extravaganza was one of many few large-scale productions to reopen within the fall, with restricted capability audiences.
Roy Horn dies. The legendary illusionist and animal lover, who paired with Siegfried Fischbacher to assist reinvent Vegas leisure, died from problems of COVID-19 in Las Vegas on Might 8.
Human Nature leaves Venetian. In June, the Australian singing group signaled the tip of its seven-year run on the Sands Showroom and commenced on the lookout for a brand new dwelling on the Strip.
Le Rêve ends. Wynn Las Vegas introduced its aquatic spectacular gained’t return after greater than 6,000 performances over 15 years.
Allegiant Stadium opens. The Las Vegas Raiders performed their first dwelling sport on September 21—with out followers within the stadium however with The Killers performing (prerecorded) at halftime, on Monday Evening Soccer.
Vegas exhibits return. New COVID-19 pointers introduced on September 29 allowed X Nation, Absinthe, Thunder From Down Below, Jabbawockeez, Carrot Prime and others to carry out stay in entrance of audiences once more. However lower than two months later, adjusted pandemic restrictions capped audiences at 50 folks, slowing town’s leisure resurrection.
Zumanity concludes its run. Cirque introduced in November that the attractive, 17-year resident manufacturing at New York-New York gained’t be again, however that the corporate’s different Strip exhibits will return when viable. -Brock Radke
Area15 opens. The otherworldly arts and leisure complicated started its first section in September with a novel mixture of immersive artwork installations, sculptures, procuring, foods and drinks, rides, murals, ax throwing (!) and extra. We’re all awaiting the subsequent section, when its Meow Wolf exhibit opens in 2021.
The humanities world goes on-line. In 2020, innovation was the secret: Zoom performs and Fb stay storytelling by A Public Match and Poor Richard’s Gamers; livestream live shows by Las Vegas Philharmonic; video excursions of artwork galleries, digital residencies on the Rogers Arts Loft and on-line courses at Open Artwork Las Vegas. Creators stored creating—simply not in individual. To all these writers’ teams, ebook golf equipment and play readers assembly faithfully on-line, we salute you.
Believer Journal teaches drawing. Each week, a unique artist shares their abilities as a part of the free, on-line Friday Evening Comics workshop. Watch in actual time or binge all of them later at believermag.com/comics-workshops.
Black Mountain Institute will get an on-air ebook membership. As a part of the Nevada Reads ebook membership, BMI produced Severance Radio, on which a who’s who of the state’s literati mentioned Ling Ma’s novel, Severance, at blackmountaininstitute.org/severance-radio.
Broadway within the H.O.O.D. celebrates 10 years. Dwell performances is likely to be restricted by COVID-19, however that may’t take away from the unimaginable legacy created by this nonprofit group, which helps at-risk youths entry theater.
Las Vegas Guide Pageant goes digital. This yr’s pandemic-friendly occasion stretched right into a “digital ebook week,” and readers can nonetheless watch the happenings—together with readings, discussions, poetry and extra—at lasvegasbookfestival.com.
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Artwork launches a pandemic drawings challenge. With exhibitions nixed by the shutdown, the UNLV venue’s curators pivoted to a collaborative challenge, A Drawing a Day Retains the Pandemic Away, inviting the general public to reply to every day prompts and put up artwork on Instagram. The result’s a shocking and well timed nine-volume archive, viewable at digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/barrick_drawing.
Majestic Repertory Theatre creates drive-in theater. The immersive Arts District firm took its present on the street—actually. Majestic made nationwide information with its drive-in exhibits, performing The Parking Lot, Horrorwood Video and extra.
New murals cowl the Valley. The naturally socially distanced artwork type bloomed in 2020, with highlights together with Nanda Sharifpour’s mild set up at Soho Lofts; an array of murals on the former Moulin Rouge on line casino; Eric Vozzola’s again wall at Space 15; and Camila Magrane’s “Transmigrations” at Downtown Grand.
Nevada Ballet Theatre connects by means of Instagram. Unable to carry out on the Smith Middle, NBT performers took to the social media platform, bringing followers into their lives and taking the great thing about dance past the stage. -C. Moon Reed