RuPaul’s Drag Race Stay 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 formidable authentic action-thriller referred to 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 compelled 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 traditional 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 issues 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 house on the Strip.
Le Rêve ends. Wynn Las Vegas introduced its aquatic spectacular received’t return after greater than 6,000 performances over 15 years.
Allegiant Stadium opens. The Las Vegas Raiders performed their first house recreation on September 21—with out followers within the stadium however with The Killers performing (prerecorded) at halftime, on Monday Evening Soccer.
Vegas reveals return. New COVID-19 tips introduced on September 29 allowed X Nation, Absinthe, Thunder From Down Below, Jabbawockeez, Carrot High and others to carry out reside in entrance of audiences once more. However lower than two months later, adjusted pandemic restrictions capped audiences at 50 folks, slowing the town’s leisure resurrection.
Zumanity concludes its run. Cirque introduced in November that the attractive, 17-year resident manufacturing at New York-New York received’t be again, however that the corporate’s different Strip reveals will return when viable. -Brock Radke
Area15 opens. The otherworldly arts and leisure advanced started its first part 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 following part, when its Meow Wolf exhibit opens in 2021.
The humanities world goes on-line. In 2020, innovation was the secret: Zoom performs and Fb reside 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 saved creating—simply not in particular person. To all these writers’ teams, e-book golf equipment and play readers assembly faithfully on-line, we salute you.
Believer Journal teaches drawing. Each week, a distinct artist shares their skills 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 e-book membership. As a part of the Nevada Reads e-book 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. Stay performances may 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 E book Pageant goes digital. This yr’s pandemic-friendly occasion stretched right into a “digital e-book 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 undertaking. With exhibitions nixed by the shutdown, the UNLV venue’s curators pivoted to a collaborative undertaking, 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 surprising 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 reveals, 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 gentle 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 fantastic thing about dance past the stage. -C. Moon Reed