Vegas Painting Parties' mission is simple: to invite artists of all skill levels to try their hand at replicating a fanciful image while enjoying one another's company. Scheduled around lunch or happy hour, the social classes encourage participants to fuel their creativity with food and drinks as they embellish canvases with paints and grape-juice spit takes. Depending on the theme of each event, partygoers might paint still-lifes, animal portraits, or sweeping landscapes.
In a crowded Vegas nightclub, it's usually all but impossible to get a bartender's attention. But for the Vegas Cocktail Experience at Palms on December 6, it will be the bartenders vying for guests' attention. Fifteen of the city's most talented cocktail artists will be competing for the title of Vegas's top mixologist, sharing their signature cocktails for guests to sip and vote on.
As revelers stroll through the party sampling libations, they'll be able to groove to music played by live musicians and spun by house DJ Bass Punks. They'll also be able to take in spectacular views from two of the Palms' lounges and nightclubs: The View and Moon. The View frames the city's glittering lights in floor-to-ceiling windows beyond a room furnished with leather couches, chandeliers, and billiards tables. Moon, a rooftop bar with a retractable roof, shows off starry skies and the gum on the bottom of Orion's shoes.
Founded in the spirit of the late Dennis Hopper’s CineVegas festival, the Vegas Indie Film Fest! celebrates self-produced works from established directors and first-time creators alike. Whether their creations are feature-length, shorts, documentaries, or photo-realistic flipbooks, every director stands to win one of more than 100 Golden Bulb awards—which are made from actual lightbulbs from the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. Past events have been attended by the likes of Wayne Newton and Ted V. Mikels.
The connection between art and sexuality goes all the way back to the Renaissance and earlier, but it's never been explored quite so earnestly as it is at the Erotic Heritage Museum. Far more than a collection of blush-inducing artifacts, the EHM is a testament to the power of eroticism as a force in shaping popular culture. The museum's collection encompasses everything from sculptures and mannequins to posters and magazine covers. The building itself was remodeled in recent months, and it now features new exhibition rooms and a forcefield designed specifically to block calls from Mom, who wants to know how you're spending your day.
The annual Las Vegas Film Festival, which is hosted at the Hilton Theater in the Las Vegas Hilton, illuminates screens with the flickering glow of Oscar-winning features, world premieres, and award-winning independent films from around the world. Mingle with movie mavens using the VIP all-access festival pass, which grants cinephiles priority admittance to three days' worth of films, short-film blocks, panels and seminars hosted by filmmakers, and award ceremonies. Alternatively, the all-day film pass admits guests to all films shown in a single day, including feature films, documentaries, animated shorts, and alternate endings to Alfred Hitchcock's third-grade piano recital.