Next week-end is Memorial Day, when throngs of tourists who pay our school taxes (We love our tourists!) descend on Las Vegas. So most locals will probably avoid downtown. So why not head there tonight?
My fav downtown is The Container Park in the Fremont Street East District. The Container Park is an endearing, funky shopping center made of containers piled three high, the brainchild of Tony Hsieh, he of Zappos fame. In addition to unusual stores, there are seven restaurants and an entertainment plaza.
You are greeted by a metal fire-breathing preying mantis that crawled to Las Vegas from the Burning Man Festival.
The 40-foot long sculpture comes to life each night with some mechanical movement and periodic fearsome blasts of fire shooting out of its antennae. You can feel the heat and hear the ominous gasps a block away. It’s controlled by an operator who waits for opportune moments to scare the you-know-what out of unsuspecting passersby.
Watching them is half the fun. Who remembers Candid Camera?
The fire fight starts with a drum circle around the sculpture. Translate: an exuberant performance by kids and adults who want to act like kids banging on stuff. How un-Vegas!
If you stay after dark, The Wild Sparrows and the Orange Feathers, two local bands, perform. Everyone under 21 has to turn into a pumpkin at 9 o’clock, however.
I did mention all of this is FREE, unless you go shopping, of course.
Have a great pre-Memorial Day week-end, Las Vegas.
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