Robert Ballard, the world renowned oceanographer who discovered the Titanic and other famous lost ships, is this year’s recipient of the Desert Research Institute’s Nevada Medal.
Ballard will receive the award and give presentations at two Nevada dinners open to the public, April 20 in Reno and April 22 in Las Vegas. The annual award includes a medallion minted from Nevada silver and a $20,000 lecture honorarium sponsored by AT&T.
Best known for finding the Titanic, Ballard also discovered other legendary lost ships, including the German battleship Bismarck, John F. Kennedy’s PT-109 and the USS Yorktown, the aircraft carrier that sank in the Battle of Midway during World War II.
Proceeds from the award dinners go to the DRI Foundation, which supports the research institute.
Established by DRI in 1988, the Nevada Medal acknowledges outstanding achievement in science and engineering.
Sixth and Fremont may seem like an unlikely place for Las Vegas artists to congregate, and the El Cortez Casino may seem like an unlikely patron of the arts. But the city’s growing supply of surplus real estate and downward spiraling financial vectors has opened up a budding entrepreneur opportunity reminiscent of SoHo in New York in the 60’s. The business venture is called the Emergency Arts Creative Collective, Las Vegas’ latest contribution to the West Coast art scene.
The El Cortez has a specific business need – increase foot traffic. And the El Cortez also has an empty building just around the corner. But opening another mini-mall collection of souvenir shops and yogurt bars won’t be enough to boost the number of Friday night slot players.
What to do? Why not take a page from the area South of Houston street in New York where, in the late 60’s, a dying bit of ill conceived government infrastructure that was turned into an art mecca of wide open spaces with great light and cheap rents. The El Cortez is banking on it, hoping that people will come to view exhibits and shop and then walk over to the casino for an evening’s entertainment.
The local people behind the Emergency Arts are gallery owner Jennifer Harrington and her fiance Michael Cornthwaite, owner of the Downtown Cocktail Room. “For a couple hundred dollars a month they [the artists] can have their own brick and mortar [location],” said Harrington.
The Emergency Arts already has space rented to several artists, a vintage retailer, a coffee shop and a cafe. On-site fixtures are being reused and recycled. X-ray light panels will become part of a photographer’s display. The large open sections of floor space, once the nurses stations and patient waiting areas, are being turned into general use display centers and communal meeting sights.
“Part of the charm of this place are all the common areas, so people who rent very small spaces can come out here and use these bigger areas for meetings,” Harrington said.
There’s a lot happening at Sixth and Fremont in Las Vegas now. The April opening is just weeks away and more than 15 spots are still available for rent. Those involved in the Emergency Arts Creative Collective are looking forward to introducing this artist venue to the Las Vegas community.
Only time will tell if this is the beginning of a Vegas SoHo evolution.
The long-awaited movie premiere of “She’s Out of My League” will be held Wed., March 10, at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, with a 6:30 p.m. red carpet that’s open to the public.
As it gets close to its release date, the movie keeps teasing audiences by releasing a new steamy snippet which shares a racy sequence. This age-restricted clip gives a preview to the movie’s star, Jay Baruchel, who admits that he has not experienced sex for quite some time, before he is going to make love with her on-screen girlfriend, Alice Eve.
In the film, Baruchel portrays Kirk, an airport security agent who is forced to believe that he is not woman’s favorite type of a boyfriend. When he gets what he never dreamed before – dating smart, sexy, charming young woman called Molly (played by Eve) – their relationship is threatened by his own insecurities and the advice from family and friends.
Beside the two lead actors, “She’s Out of My League” is supported by Krysten Ritter, who plays Patty, Mike Vogel, who stars as Jack, and Geoff Stults, who portrays Cam. Directed by Jim Field Smith, this romantic comedy is set to be unleashed in the U.S. on March 12.