I’ve had a bit of writer’s block this week. At first thought I was simply overwhelmed by abundant birthday celebration, but as the week moved on I questioned that maybe it wasn’t fatigue that was holding me back, but instead concern that Las Vegas was just too big for me to adequately describe!
Las Vegas is called The Entertainment Capital of the World and it certainly is unlike anywhere else on earth. If you have never been on the Vegas Strip that may seem an audacious claim. If you have, then you know what I mean.
I need pictures to tell this story!
The Las Vegas experience is best enjoyed for its extremes. There is no subtlety in Vegas! In the last fifteen years the Vegas Strip has experienced tremendous growth, boasting many of the world’s largest hotels, casinos and resort properties, creating a cityscape with the most dramatic architecture. And despite Nevada’s hard-hit economy, the entire vicinity is a continual work in progress!
Loud, brash, gaudy… just three of many descriptive words I could use! Walking between hotels, our heads swiveling as we walk up and down the street, there is just so much to see–and all at once–so much so that it’s almost laughable. Yet it is fascinating and must be appreciated for exactly what it is–a combination of pure sensory overload in visual entertainment!
Of course, we did choose an extremely busy weekend to be in the thick of it! St. Patrick’s Day weekend AND 2012 NCAA March Madness! Let me take a little diversion here and explain March Madness to anyone who may not know college basketball. I’m probably the last person to explain it, really–but it’s a tournament, right? And sports betting is a Vegas staple–so it follows March Madness in Las Vegas brings NCAA college basketball fans and sports bettors by the thousands (seemed like millions) for viewing parties and
drunken enthusiastic revelry. I had previously intended to find a green beer in a “cute” little Irish Pub, but they were taking it to the streets…so I took pictures of the street.
The noise and smoke of the casinos wears on me quickly, but Vegas is much more than gambling and fortunately for me, opulence and excess also extends to the most exceptional architectural detail and art worth examining closely.
Of course, as much as I enjoyed fine dining and the exquisite sights–not to mention the gawking at behaviors congruent with “Sin City,” the original intention of the trip was to satisfy my one birthday request–to see Cirque du Soleil’s LOVE at the Mirage.
Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of the inside of the theater. In fact, we witnessed a phone being confiscated and another “guest” detained until he deleted his entire photo memory card. You would need to see it for yourself, anyway. Photos can’t capture the acrobatics, dance and the best in visual effects. And a brief video wouldn’t do much to share the wonderful soundtrack of classic Beatles.The music director for LOVE is Sir George Martin, best known for producing the Beatles’ music.
LOVE was first envisioned by George Harrison collaborating with Cirque du Soleil’s Guy LaLiberte´and following his death the remaining Beatles and families of George and John worked with the creative directors to bring it to life. The show is currently celebrating its 5th anniversary.
There isn’t a bad seat in the theater, and in true Las Vegas style, there is more to see at one time than the eyes can take in! Two huge screens flash documentary footage of the stars while the theatrical performances of skilled acrobats and dancers take the audience on a slightly psychedelic journey through the ’60s, encompassing trends, politics and the lives of the Beatles. Many portions of the show are very moving. Eleanor Rigby is one of my favorites–and the song is central to a segment dramatizing the boys’ youth during the WWII bombing of London. Even the Queen (or a character meant to represent the Queen) appeared throughout the performance, giving me my birthday connection to the Royal Family. Wasn’t that a surprise?
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds combined beautiful dance with spectacular aerial ballet. Energetic Help combined athleticism with in-line skaters acrobatically coordinating dramatic jumps and leaps across space, synchronized to the tremendous score. The show is 1 1/2 hours of non-stop musical excitement. The sound system is perfect for the classic rock rhythms, too. Surround sound is perfectly placed, with individual speakers in each seat, enveloping you in the music. I like my music LOUD so this did not disappoint.
We had a wonderful time! I don’t know when we’ll have the opportunity to return, but there were many shows, musical cabarets, art museums and exhibits of all kinds–not to mention dozens of wonderful and notable restaurants, that we did not have the time to experience. We did enjoy one additional venue, but I’ll be sharing that at another time!
Las Vegas is a great vacation destination and if you have the chance to visit I don’t think you’d be at all disappointed–particularly if you’re interested in a vacation of pure escape. In that case I think Las Vegas might be just right! I hope you enjoyed my little tour. I’m afraid it is impossible to really do the town justice!
If you have Vegas adventures to share, I’d be interested in hearing your stories,too–or at least the ones you can share! I understand What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
Your tour guide, Debra