I stayed in Las Vegas for a solid month to do a film series of the Chemtrails that were being sprayed near McCarran Airport. I really enjoyed myself the first 3 weeks and almost felt like I could possibly move there. The 4th week there, I forced myself to do things in the city that I would do if I moved somewhere. Their culture and architecture is completely wrapped up in the gambling industry and casino industry. It made me kind of "home sick"- when I realized that even their movie theaters were staged inside of huge casinos.
The city feels a bit "ungrounded". The Las Vegas Strip is very exciting full of neon lights and a lot of "flash"... but somehow feels very empty.
The fact that the real estate is so easily changed by constant controlled demolitions- blowing up older hotels to be replaced by newer and bigger casino/hotels is very unsettling. This created a unique Feng Shui to Las Vegas as a city. There is an emptiness here with this-- almost as if the city is built on a huge facade and something fake, without substance.
Also, the fact that a number of the tourist-y type casinos (which mimic other world landmarks) turns this city into something that looks more like a Disney-land staged set design, than a city with major substance.
One of the best things that I did while visiting Vegas that month- was to go to "Vegas, the Show". It basically tells the history of the Las Vegas strip-- and featured costuming, dancing, and music from every era since the beginning of this famous gambling city. It starts with an actor who gives a monologue surrounded by all of the old famous signs of casinos and businesses which are now in the "sign dump yard"... tossed to the side, where something newer and shinier has replaced it.
The show ends by showing a very emotional video which shows a number of controlled demolitions which was narrated in a way that brought tears to my eyes. It ends with the fact that we, as humans, are all just passing through time and history - just like these signs that are sitting in the "sign dump yard". It had a very profound message... leaving the audience with a very profound realization.
If you get a chance to see this show--
Go and see it!
I've seen a number of performances on Broadway and local theater performances in a number of cities. This was one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES, because of its attempt to create awareness and to leave a very powerful message which touches the hearts of each audience member.