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Container Park
New edition to the arts district
is turning a few heads.
By Benjamin Spillman
ContentsApril 2014
6
Features
4
Nicholas Bruno
Photographer Nicholas Bruno
takes us through his dreamscape
world of nightmares.
By Noel Kat
All photographs by Julie Ansell for
Metro Arts, April 2014
Cover Image: Container Park
6
Moondog Records
Vinyl is making a comeback.
Local record store owner
showcases his huge selection.
By Jason Bracelin
Departments
10 Fashion
Levis Jeans
New Waste<Less Collection
By Leon Kaye
12 Events Page
14 Film
Snow White and the
Huntsman
Get ready for a heroic adventure.
By Roger Ebert
Metroarts.com April 2014 5
Nicolas BrunoPhotography inspired from nightmares By Noel Kat
Photos by: Julie Ansell
Photographer Nicolas Bruno
has been haunted by epi-
sodes of sleep paralysis since
he was 15-years-old. To un-
derstand his trauma, imagine
waking up but being unable
to move. While your mind is
caught between sleeping and
waking, you are confronted
with terrifying visions such as
an intruder in the room but are
unable to react or even call out
in fear.
Finding himself in a per-
sonal rut after having to deal
with such horrible nightmares
regularly, Bruno began to write
down his experiences and draw
inspiration for his conceptual
photography from the recur-
ring visions of silhouetted and
masked figures. Photography
became his way of pushing
through the situation and ex-
pressing his creative conscience.
The reenactments of his
dreams were a bittersweet
homage and although these
photographs were derived from
terrible nightmares, they con-
vey much more than just fear.
In the dark surreal world of gas
masks, bowler hats, and lan-
terns inspired by Caspar David
Friedrich and Caravàggio,
Bruno is able to express him-
self and make something
stunning and beautiful from an
otherwise awful situation.
Now 19, Bruno is studying
photography at SUNY Purchase
in New York while he continues to
create his incredible and surreal
images of a dark dreamworld.
Close-Up
Nicholas Bruno
nicolasbrunophotography.com
Conceptual Surrealism
Photographer
Lives In: Northport, NY
Studies At: Purchase College
Metroarts.com April 2014 7
Spins Back Into Action At New Record Store
The wooden record bins house thousands of LPs.
And so does Clint McKean’s Living room.
This is why he opened the store in which he
now sits behind a glass display case loaded
with Metallica pint glasses, Kiss and Iron
Maiden picture discs and a seldom seen
vinyl copy of Bathory’s self-titled debut, priced
at $140, its goat-head cover image suggestive
of Satanic rituals in Scandinavian forests.
Nestled in a strip mall across from the
University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus, the
new Moondog Records (4440 S. Maryland
Parkway) is a labor of love -and necessity.
“In our living room right now, there’s
probably 2,000 vinyls,” says McKean, a be-
spectacled dude with a thick goatee, noting
that the store only houses about 30 percent
of his collection. “I have a storage unit
dedicated to vinyl, basically. So I was like, ‘I
need to do something with this,’ otherwise
I’m going to be on one of those TV shows,
‘Buried Alive.’ But under vinyl.”
In recent years, more record stores have
closed than opened, as digital sales have
begun to become the industry standard.
But this shift has also catalyzed movement
in the opposite direction, with significant
increases in LP sales as well.
A recent report on Spin.com detailed how
vinyl sales increased 18 percent in 2012, to their
highest levels since 1997, while album sales
overall dipped by 13 percent.
It makes sense, in a way: As your preferred
tunes increasingly become files on a computer
or iPod, some fans want something more tan-
gible, something they can hold in their hands
and also display.
And so the opening of Moondog Records
is timely, especially for McKean, who began
seriously collecting five or six years ago,
spending hours online and in thrift shops
hunting down rare LPs.
“I had a small collection from my childhood,
anything from Zeppelin to The Doors and
whatnot,” McKean says, explaining how his
record collecting gradually developed into
something more. “I just happened to get
on an eBay fix and I was seeing what all this
stuff was worth. I had all this extra stuff laying
around. It kind of went from there.”
McKean’s especially fond of blues and jazz
records, though psychedelic rock and ’90s
alternative albums also form a substantial part
of his offerings — he’s also got a sweet metal
collection, though that’s not really his thing.
There are refurbished boomboxes and
instruments for sale at Moondog, too, along
with a selection of cassettes and a few CDs
that he will add to his wares. Mostly, though,
it’s all about the vinyl, an obsession that’s
become a part-time occupation.
“You can get a CD, of course, but the vinyl,
it’s art,” McKean says. “There’s just something
about it, man.”
By JASON BRACELIN
Photos by: Julie Ansell
8	 Metroarts.com April 2014
Container Park
If you’re looking for physical
evidence of the capitalist-hipster
culture that’s been imported to
downtown Las Vegas, look no
further than Container Park.
The striking shopping center at
Fremont and 7th streets is built
from dozens of large, steel cubes,
including nearly 40 re-purposed
shipping containers.
The entrance on Fremont is
marked by a giant, metal, flame
spewing praying mantis and a
dome shaped theater in front of a
plaza surrounded by the stacked,
steel cubes and containers that will
house stores, restaurants and bars.
Scheduled to open as early
as next month with more than
30 businesses, most of them
owner-operated, Container Park
is the physical manifestation of
the Downtown Project’s promise
to revive downtown Las Vegas
through art, fashion, business and
real estate development.
Funded largely through the per-
sonal wealth of Zappos CEO Tony
Hsieh, the Downtown Project is a
$350 million vehicle that’s backing
the project along with dozens of
other ventures downtown.
“WhatTonyHsieh’soriginaldream
wasforthistobeanincubatorofsmall
businesses,”DougMcPhailsaid.
A recent tour of Container Park
revealed a project with many of
the trappings of a typical, upscale
shopping center but with details
and amenities that make it unique
for Las Vegas and maybe even
the country.
It has a north-south orientation
between Fremont Street and
Carson Avenue with shipping
containers and manufactured steel
cubes stacked three-high to the east
and west.
The cubes and containers provide
space for dozens of businesses that
surround a central plaza with
an interactive playground and
concert venue.
Workers are installing trees
and a shade canopy to make the
plaza usable even in summer
months and the construction
style means businesses will need
to be economical with space. At
the southern end is a railroad
caboose that’s being retrofitted
to house a trendy barbershop.
“Right off the bat you know
something is different, something
is special about this project because
of the architecture and the way it
looks and feels,” said Bill Hinchliff
of ConGlobal Industries of Los
Angeles, whichprovidedtheshipping
containers.
Hinchliff said he’s sold thousands
of containers for everything from
schools to Starbucks outlets and
the Container Park downtown
is unique among projects he’s
worked on.
“Therearenootherprojectswith
thatmuchsquarefootage,foodand
beverage,retail,bridges,dining,
entertainment,”Hinchliffsaid.“Itis
theultimatecombinationofresources
andactivitiesusedincontainersinthe
UnitedStates.”
TheContainer Park alsohasseveral
shipping containersstanding onend,
whichHinchliff saidisuniquefor
container styleprojects.
While the Container Park is the
signature real estate development
of the Downtown Project so far,
the tenants moving in won’t be
household names.
McPhail said the operators aren’t
looking for chain stores that can
be found anywhere. They want
galleries, restaurants and boutique
shops unique to downtown
Las Vegas.
Among the tenants is Gina
Quaranto, owner of Blackbird
Studios in the Arts District.
Quaranto said she’s hopeful a
second space in Container Park
will bring much needed attention
to locally produced art.
Unlike the arts district, which
receives little foot traffic except
during monthly First Friday events,
the Container Park is located just a
block from a resurgent area of local
businesses and two blocks from the
massive Fremont Street Experience,
which hosts millions of visitors
annually.
“I’m excited because I think this
will open up a whole new viewing
audience who not only don’t know
us but anybody in the arts district,”
Quaranto said.
McPhail said the plan is to open
in mid-November and he expects
the center will be open from 9 a.m.
to 11 p.m. on weekdays and until 1
a.m. on weekends.
“I’m excited because I think
this will open up a whole
new veiwing audience who
not only don’t know us, but
anybody in the arts district.”
“Right off the bat you know
something is different, some-
thing is special about this
project because of the archi-
tecture…”
By Benjamin Spillman
Photosby:JulieAnsell
Metroarts.com April 2014 11
Levi’sWaste<Less Collection
Boasts 8 Bottles in Each
Pair of Jeans
By Leon Kaye
Levi Strauss has emerged as one
of the more environmentally
conscious clothing companies in
recent years.Now the San Francisco
based fashion icon is amping up its
sustainability efforts with its new
“Waste<Less”line as part of its
Spring 2013 collection.The most
exciting feature of this collection,
traditional yet edgy: each pair of
jeans will include an average of
eight recycled bottles within the
denim fabric.
This announcement by Levi’s is
just another example of the 160
year old company’s transformation.
Whether pushing the fashion
industry to adopt tough new sus-
tainability standards, slash water
consumption or roll out a climate
change strategy, Levi’s ranks with
other apparel companies who
are changing how they conduct
business Patagonia, Marks and
Spencer, Nike and PUMA.
This upcoming line of jeans and
jackets will include a minimum
of 20 percent post-consumer
recycled content within each
garment. But that 20 percent is
hardly churning out a dowdy line
of trousers and jackets. Various
materials, such as brown beer
bottles, green soda bottles, those
pesky clear water bottles and
drab black cafeteria trays will
add various levels of texture and
sheen to the fabrics.To that end,
Levi’s is working with various
partners and municipal agencies
to source waste; clean, crush
and sort; and make polyester
fibers that Levis will then weave
within its cotton fiber much of
which the company sources via
the Better Cotton Initiative.
The results are clothes that not
only have a reduced impact
on the environment, but beam
with a polished look and allow
the jeans to stand out in the
hyper-competitive blue jeans
market.The brown bottles in
Levi’s straight fit 504 jeans add
sublime depth to the indigo
hues; green bottles intertwined
within the 511 slim fit jeans give
a sheen other faded and stone
washed jeans lack. For those
who really focus on the “green”
aspect of the clothes, the Stan-
dard Trucker jacket is the winner:
29 percent post consumer content
and Levi’s “Water<Less”finish
together result in a timeless, deep
blue garment that would go
well with slacks or, of course, a
favorite pair of 10-year-old jeans
in your closet.
Levi’s expects to re-purpose
over 3.5 million PET plastic
bottles alone for its Waste<Less
line. And what is compelling
about this collection, besides
its appearance, is that it brings
recycling and waste diversion
alive.Too often it is easy to pitch
that bottle because once it is out
of sight it is out of mind. But
a lesson here is that the empty
bottle we toss has value–dispose
of it properly and you may soon
end up wearing it.This collection
is a lesson that what we describe
as “waste” is really a resource into
which companies should tap, not
toss.
Leon Kaye, based in Fresno,
California, is a sustainability
consultant and the editor of Green
GoPost.com. He also contributes to
Guardian Sustainable Business;
his work has also appeared on
Sustainable Brands, Inhabitat and
Earth911. You can follow Leon
and ask him
“Levi’s expects to
repurpose over 3.5
million PET plastic
bottles alone for its
Waste<Less line.”
Photoby:JulieAnsellModel:JoshMahoneyinLevis501Waste<LessJeans
April 2014 events
Festivalsand Special Events
1st Friday Downtown: The Fool
Arts District, Downtown
Apr. 4, 5pm-11pm
www.firstfridaylasvegas.com
AMC Music Festival
The Linq
Apr. 4- 5, Times vary
www.acmcountry.com
15th Annual Petapalooza
Sunset Park
Apr. 5, 10am-6pm
www.mix941fm.cbslocal.com
Vegas Loves Brazil Festival
Rio Resort and Casino
Apr. 5 & 6, 11am-11pm
www.vegaslovesbrazil.com
49th Annual ACM Music
Awards
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Apr. 6, 5pm
www.mgmgrand.com
13th Annual Pure Aloha
Festival
Rio Resort and Casino
Apr. 17-20, Times vary
www.vizzun.com
Sabakon Anime Convention
Alexis Park Resort Hotel
Apr. 26-27, Times vary
www.sabakon.com
Theater
William Shakespeare’s
The Tempest
The Smith Center, Symphony Park
Apr. 1-27, See box office
for show times.
www.thesmithcenter.com
The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess
The Smith Center, Reynolds Hall
Apr. 15-20, See box office
for show times.
www.thesmithcenter.com
Concerts
Sheryl Crow
Container Park
Apr. 4, 6pm
www.downtowncontainerpark.com
Rob Thomas
The Pearl @ The Palms Resort and
Casino
Apr. 4, 8pm
www.palms.com
Empire Of The Sun
The Chelsea@ The Cosmopolitan
Apr. 9, 8pm
www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com
Grouplove with Warpaint
The Cosmopolitan
Apr. 10, 8pm
www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com
Lana Del Rey
The Chelsea@ The Cosmopolitan
Apr. 11, 8pm
www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com
Ellie Goulding
The Cosmopolitan
Apr. 12, 8pm
www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com
An Acoustic Evening with
Sevendust
Vinyl @ The Hard Rock Hotel
and Casino
Apr. 12, 10pm
www.hardrockhotel.com
Lorde
The Cosmopolitan
Apr. 15-16, 8pm
www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com
Nekromantix
House of Blues @ Mandalay Bay
Resort and Casino
Apr.18, 9pm
www.mandalaybay.com
Bastille with special guest
To Kill A King
House of Blues @ Mandalay Bay
Resort and Casino
Apr.19, 7pm
www.mandalaybay.com
Sports
Las Vegas Wranglers vs
Bakersfield Condors
Orleans Arena
Apr.1, 7:05pm
www.orleanscasino.com
Manny Pacquiao vs.
Timothy Bradley
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Apr. 12, 3pm
www.mgmgrand.com
14	 Metroarts.com April 2014 	 Metroarts.com April 2014 15
Movie Review
Snow White andThe Huntsman
By Roger Ebert
Photos by Julie Ansell
“an enchanting
fairyland, which
is a triumph of
art direction and
CGI”
“SnowWhiteandtheHuntsman”
reinventsthelegendarystoryinafilm
ofastonishingbeautyandimagination.
It’sthelastthingyouwouldexpectfrom
apicturewiththistitle.Itfaltersinits
storytelling,becauseSnowWhitemustbe
entirelygood,theQueenmustbeentirely
bad,andthere’snoroomfornuance.The
endisthereforepredetermined.But,oh,
whataride.
This is an older Snow White than we
usually think of. Played for most of the
film by Kristen Stewart, capable and
plucky, she has spent long years locked
in a room of her late father’s castle,
imprisoned by his cruel second wife
(Charlize Theron). When she escapes
and sets about righting wrongs, she
is a mature young woman, of interest
to the two young men who join in
her mission. But the movie sidesteps
scenes of romance, and in a way, I
suppose that’s wise.
The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth)
is a heroic, mead-guzzling hunter
assigned by the Queen to track down
Snow White and bring her back to the
castle. After encountering her, however,
he is so impressed he changes sides
There is also Prince William (Sam
Claflin), smitten since childhood,
and the two men join in an unstated
alliance.
The Queen lives in terror of losing
the beauty of her youth and constantly
tops up with the blood of virgins to
restore it. She tests her success with the
proverbial mirror on the wall, which
melts into molten metal and assumes a
spectral form, not unlike Death in “The
Seventh Seal,” although its metallic
transformation process reminds us of
“The Terminator.”
The castle, which sits in eerie
splendor on an island joined to
the mainland only at low tide, is a
gothic fantasy that reminds me of the
Ghormenghast series. The Queen is
joined there by her brother, some-
what diminished by his blond page
boy haircut, who does her bidding
but seems rather out to lunch. Extras
appear when needed, then disappear.
The Queen commands extraordinary
supernatural powers, including the
ability to materialize countless black
birds that can morph into fighting
demons or shards of cutting metal.
All of this is rendered appropriately
by the special effects, but the treasure
of this film is in two of its locations:
a harsh, forbidding Dark Forest, and
an enchanted fairyland. Both of these
realms exist near the castle, and the
Huntsman is enlisted in the first place
because he knows the Dark Forest,
where Snow White has taken refuge.
In this forbidding realm, nothing
lives, and it is thick with the blackened
bones of dead trees, as if a forest fire
had burned only the greenery. There
is no cheer here and a monstrous troll
confronts Snow White in a dramatic
stare-down. After the Huntsman frees
her from the Dark Forest, they are
delighted to find, or be found by, the
Eight Dwarves.
Yes, eight, although one doesn’t
survive, reducing their number to the
proverbial seven. These characters look
strangely familiar, and no wonder:
The magic of CGI has provided the
faces of familiar British actors such
as Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray
Winstone, Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan
and Toby Jones. While this technique
is effective, it nevertheless deprives
eight working (real) dwarves with jobs,
which isn’t really fair.
Thedwarvesleadthemtomyfavorite
realminthefilm,anenchantingfairyland,
whichisatriumphofartdirectionand
CGI.Mushroomsopentheireyesand
regardthevisitors.Cuteforestanimals
scamperandgambolintributetoaforest
sceneinDisney’s1937animatedfilm.The
fairiesthemselvesarenaked,pale-skinned
spriteswithold,wisefaces.Thespiritof
thisforestisembodiedbyagreatwhite
stagwithexpressiveeyesandhornsthat
spreadinawesomecomplexity.Thisisa
wonderfulscene.Thedirector,Rupert
Sanders,whobeganinTVcommercials,
is clearly familiar with establishing
memorable places.
As for the rest, there is a sufficiency
of medieval battle scenes, too many for
my taste, and a fairly exciting siege of
the castle, aided by the intervention of
the dwarves, and featuring catapults
that hurl globes of burning tar -always
enjoyable.
There is a great film here somewhere,
perhaps one that allowed greater
complexity for the characters. But
considering that I walked in expecting
no complexity at all, let alone the visual
wonderments, “Snow White and the
Huntsman” is a considerable experience.
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  • 1. C I T Y A R T C U L T U R E L I F E S T Y L E APRIL 2014U S $5.95 CONTA I NE R PA R K SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN LEVI’S WASTE <LESS
  • 2. 8 Container Park New edition to the arts district is turning a few heads. By Benjamin Spillman ContentsApril 2014 6 Features 4 Nicholas Bruno Photographer Nicholas Bruno takes us through his dreamscape world of nightmares. By Noel Kat All photographs by Julie Ansell for Metro Arts, April 2014 Cover Image: Container Park 6 Moondog Records Vinyl is making a comeback. Local record store owner showcases his huge selection. By Jason Bracelin Departments 10 Fashion Levis Jeans New Waste<Less Collection By Leon Kaye 12 Events Page 14 Film Snow White and the Huntsman Get ready for a heroic adventure. By Roger Ebert
  • 3. Metroarts.com April 2014 5 Nicolas BrunoPhotography inspired from nightmares By Noel Kat Photos by: Julie Ansell Photographer Nicolas Bruno has been haunted by epi- sodes of sleep paralysis since he was 15-years-old. To un- derstand his trauma, imagine waking up but being unable to move. While your mind is caught between sleeping and waking, you are confronted with terrifying visions such as an intruder in the room but are unable to react or even call out in fear. Finding himself in a per- sonal rut after having to deal with such horrible nightmares regularly, Bruno began to write down his experiences and draw inspiration for his conceptual photography from the recur- ring visions of silhouetted and masked figures. Photography became his way of pushing through the situation and ex- pressing his creative conscience. The reenactments of his dreams were a bittersweet homage and although these photographs were derived from terrible nightmares, they con- vey much more than just fear. In the dark surreal world of gas masks, bowler hats, and lan- terns inspired by Caspar David Friedrich and Caravàggio, Bruno is able to express him- self and make something stunning and beautiful from an otherwise awful situation. Now 19, Bruno is studying photography at SUNY Purchase in New York while he continues to create his incredible and surreal images of a dark dreamworld. Close-Up Nicholas Bruno nicolasbrunophotography.com Conceptual Surrealism Photographer Lives In: Northport, NY Studies At: Purchase College
  • 4. Metroarts.com April 2014 7 Spins Back Into Action At New Record Store The wooden record bins house thousands of LPs. And so does Clint McKean’s Living room. This is why he opened the store in which he now sits behind a glass display case loaded with Metallica pint glasses, Kiss and Iron Maiden picture discs and a seldom seen vinyl copy of Bathory’s self-titled debut, priced at $140, its goat-head cover image suggestive of Satanic rituals in Scandinavian forests. Nestled in a strip mall across from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus, the new Moondog Records (4440 S. Maryland Parkway) is a labor of love -and necessity. “In our living room right now, there’s probably 2,000 vinyls,” says McKean, a be- spectacled dude with a thick goatee, noting that the store only houses about 30 percent of his collection. “I have a storage unit dedicated to vinyl, basically. So I was like, ‘I need to do something with this,’ otherwise I’m going to be on one of those TV shows, ‘Buried Alive.’ But under vinyl.” In recent years, more record stores have closed than opened, as digital sales have begun to become the industry standard. But this shift has also catalyzed movement in the opposite direction, with significant increases in LP sales as well. A recent report on Spin.com detailed how vinyl sales increased 18 percent in 2012, to their highest levels since 1997, while album sales overall dipped by 13 percent. It makes sense, in a way: As your preferred tunes increasingly become files on a computer or iPod, some fans want something more tan- gible, something they can hold in their hands and also display. And so the opening of Moondog Records is timely, especially for McKean, who began seriously collecting five or six years ago, spending hours online and in thrift shops hunting down rare LPs. “I had a small collection from my childhood, anything from Zeppelin to The Doors and whatnot,” McKean says, explaining how his record collecting gradually developed into something more. “I just happened to get on an eBay fix and I was seeing what all this stuff was worth. I had all this extra stuff laying around. It kind of went from there.” McKean’s especially fond of blues and jazz records, though psychedelic rock and ’90s alternative albums also form a substantial part of his offerings — he’s also got a sweet metal collection, though that’s not really his thing. There are refurbished boomboxes and instruments for sale at Moondog, too, along with a selection of cassettes and a few CDs that he will add to his wares. Mostly, though, it’s all about the vinyl, an obsession that’s become a part-time occupation. “You can get a CD, of course, but the vinyl, it’s art,” McKean says. “There’s just something about it, man.” By JASON BRACELIN Photos by: Julie Ansell
  • 5. 8 Metroarts.com April 2014 Container Park If you’re looking for physical evidence of the capitalist-hipster culture that’s been imported to downtown Las Vegas, look no further than Container Park. The striking shopping center at Fremont and 7th streets is built from dozens of large, steel cubes, including nearly 40 re-purposed shipping containers. The entrance on Fremont is marked by a giant, metal, flame spewing praying mantis and a dome shaped theater in front of a plaza surrounded by the stacked, steel cubes and containers that will house stores, restaurants and bars. Scheduled to open as early as next month with more than 30 businesses, most of them owner-operated, Container Park is the physical manifestation of the Downtown Project’s promise to revive downtown Las Vegas through art, fashion, business and real estate development. Funded largely through the per- sonal wealth of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, the Downtown Project is a $350 million vehicle that’s backing the project along with dozens of other ventures downtown. “WhatTonyHsieh’soriginaldream wasforthistobeanincubatorofsmall businesses,”DougMcPhailsaid. A recent tour of Container Park revealed a project with many of the trappings of a typical, upscale shopping center but with details and amenities that make it unique for Las Vegas and maybe even the country. It has a north-south orientation between Fremont Street and Carson Avenue with shipping containers and manufactured steel cubes stacked three-high to the east and west. The cubes and containers provide space for dozens of businesses that surround a central plaza with an interactive playground and concert venue. Workers are installing trees and a shade canopy to make the plaza usable even in summer months and the construction style means businesses will need to be economical with space. At the southern end is a railroad caboose that’s being retrofitted to house a trendy barbershop. “Right off the bat you know something is different, something is special about this project because of the architecture and the way it looks and feels,” said Bill Hinchliff of ConGlobal Industries of Los Angeles, whichprovidedtheshipping containers. Hinchliff said he’s sold thousands of containers for everything from schools to Starbucks outlets and the Container Park downtown is unique among projects he’s worked on. “Therearenootherprojectswith thatmuchsquarefootage,foodand beverage,retail,bridges,dining, entertainment,”Hinchliffsaid.“Itis theultimatecombinationofresources andactivitiesusedincontainersinthe UnitedStates.” TheContainer Park alsohasseveral shipping containersstanding onend, whichHinchliff saidisuniquefor container styleprojects. While the Container Park is the signature real estate development of the Downtown Project so far, the tenants moving in won’t be household names. McPhail said the operators aren’t looking for chain stores that can be found anywhere. They want galleries, restaurants and boutique shops unique to downtown Las Vegas. Among the tenants is Gina Quaranto, owner of Blackbird Studios in the Arts District. Quaranto said she’s hopeful a second space in Container Park will bring much needed attention to locally produced art. Unlike the arts district, which receives little foot traffic except during monthly First Friday events, the Container Park is located just a block from a resurgent area of local businesses and two blocks from the massive Fremont Street Experience, which hosts millions of visitors annually. “I’m excited because I think this will open up a whole new viewing audience who not only don’t know us but anybody in the arts district,” Quaranto said. McPhail said the plan is to open in mid-November and he expects the center will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and until 1 a.m. on weekends. “I’m excited because I think this will open up a whole new veiwing audience who not only don’t know us, but anybody in the arts district.” “Right off the bat you know something is different, some- thing is special about this project because of the archi- tecture…” By Benjamin Spillman Photosby:JulieAnsell
  • 6. Metroarts.com April 2014 11 Levi’sWaste<Less Collection Boasts 8 Bottles in Each Pair of Jeans By Leon Kaye Levi Strauss has emerged as one of the more environmentally conscious clothing companies in recent years.Now the San Francisco based fashion icon is amping up its sustainability efforts with its new “Waste<Less”line as part of its Spring 2013 collection.The most exciting feature of this collection, traditional yet edgy: each pair of jeans will include an average of eight recycled bottles within the denim fabric. This announcement by Levi’s is just another example of the 160 year old company’s transformation. Whether pushing the fashion industry to adopt tough new sus- tainability standards, slash water consumption or roll out a climate change strategy, Levi’s ranks with other apparel companies who are changing how they conduct business Patagonia, Marks and Spencer, Nike and PUMA. This upcoming line of jeans and jackets will include a minimum of 20 percent post-consumer recycled content within each garment. But that 20 percent is hardly churning out a dowdy line of trousers and jackets. Various materials, such as brown beer bottles, green soda bottles, those pesky clear water bottles and drab black cafeteria trays will add various levels of texture and sheen to the fabrics.To that end, Levi’s is working with various partners and municipal agencies to source waste; clean, crush and sort; and make polyester fibers that Levis will then weave within its cotton fiber much of which the company sources via the Better Cotton Initiative. The results are clothes that not only have a reduced impact on the environment, but beam with a polished look and allow the jeans to stand out in the hyper-competitive blue jeans market.The brown bottles in Levi’s straight fit 504 jeans add sublime depth to the indigo hues; green bottles intertwined within the 511 slim fit jeans give a sheen other faded and stone washed jeans lack. For those who really focus on the “green” aspect of the clothes, the Stan- dard Trucker jacket is the winner: 29 percent post consumer content and Levi’s “Water<Less”finish together result in a timeless, deep blue garment that would go well with slacks or, of course, a favorite pair of 10-year-old jeans in your closet. Levi’s expects to re-purpose over 3.5 million PET plastic bottles alone for its Waste<Less line. And what is compelling about this collection, besides its appearance, is that it brings recycling and waste diversion alive.Too often it is easy to pitch that bottle because once it is out of sight it is out of mind. But a lesson here is that the empty bottle we toss has value–dispose of it properly and you may soon end up wearing it.This collection is a lesson that what we describe as “waste” is really a resource into which companies should tap, not toss. Leon Kaye, based in Fresno, California, is a sustainability consultant and the editor of Green GoPost.com. He also contributes to Guardian Sustainable Business; his work has also appeared on Sustainable Brands, Inhabitat and Earth911. You can follow Leon and ask him “Levi’s expects to repurpose over 3.5 million PET plastic bottles alone for its Waste<Less line.” Photoby:JulieAnsellModel:JoshMahoneyinLevis501Waste<LessJeans
  • 7. April 2014 events Festivalsand Special Events 1st Friday Downtown: The Fool Arts District, Downtown Apr. 4, 5pm-11pm www.firstfridaylasvegas.com AMC Music Festival The Linq Apr. 4- 5, Times vary www.acmcountry.com 15th Annual Petapalooza Sunset Park Apr. 5, 10am-6pm www.mix941fm.cbslocal.com Vegas Loves Brazil Festival Rio Resort and Casino Apr. 5 & 6, 11am-11pm www.vegaslovesbrazil.com 49th Annual ACM Music Awards MGM Grand Garden Arena Apr. 6, 5pm www.mgmgrand.com 13th Annual Pure Aloha Festival Rio Resort and Casino Apr. 17-20, Times vary www.vizzun.com Sabakon Anime Convention Alexis Park Resort Hotel Apr. 26-27, Times vary www.sabakon.com Theater William Shakespeare’s The Tempest The Smith Center, Symphony Park Apr. 1-27, See box office for show times. www.thesmithcenter.com The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess The Smith Center, Reynolds Hall Apr. 15-20, See box office for show times. www.thesmithcenter.com Concerts Sheryl Crow Container Park Apr. 4, 6pm www.downtowncontainerpark.com Rob Thomas The Pearl @ The Palms Resort and Casino Apr. 4, 8pm www.palms.com Empire Of The Sun The Chelsea@ The Cosmopolitan Apr. 9, 8pm www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com Grouplove with Warpaint The Cosmopolitan Apr. 10, 8pm www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com Lana Del Rey The Chelsea@ The Cosmopolitan Apr. 11, 8pm www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com Ellie Goulding The Cosmopolitan Apr. 12, 8pm www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com An Acoustic Evening with Sevendust Vinyl @ The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Apr. 12, 10pm www.hardrockhotel.com Lorde The Cosmopolitan Apr. 15-16, 8pm www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com Nekromantix House of Blues @ Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Apr.18, 9pm www.mandalaybay.com Bastille with special guest To Kill A King House of Blues @ Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Apr.19, 7pm www.mandalaybay.com Sports Las Vegas Wranglers vs Bakersfield Condors Orleans Arena Apr.1, 7:05pm www.orleanscasino.com Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley MGM Grand Garden Arena Apr. 12, 3pm www.mgmgrand.com
  • 8. 14 Metroarts.com April 2014 Metroarts.com April 2014 15 Movie Review Snow White andThe Huntsman By Roger Ebert Photos by Julie Ansell “an enchanting fairyland, which is a triumph of art direction and CGI” “SnowWhiteandtheHuntsman” reinventsthelegendarystoryinafilm ofastonishingbeautyandimagination. It’sthelastthingyouwouldexpectfrom apicturewiththistitle.Itfaltersinits storytelling,becauseSnowWhitemustbe entirelygood,theQueenmustbeentirely bad,andthere’snoroomfornuance.The endisthereforepredetermined.But,oh, whataride. This is an older Snow White than we usually think of. Played for most of the film by Kristen Stewart, capable and plucky, she has spent long years locked in a room of her late father’s castle, imprisoned by his cruel second wife (Charlize Theron). When she escapes and sets about righting wrongs, she is a mature young woman, of interest to the two young men who join in her mission. But the movie sidesteps scenes of romance, and in a way, I suppose that’s wise. The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) is a heroic, mead-guzzling hunter assigned by the Queen to track down Snow White and bring her back to the castle. After encountering her, however, he is so impressed he changes sides There is also Prince William (Sam Claflin), smitten since childhood, and the two men join in an unstated alliance. The Queen lives in terror of losing the beauty of her youth and constantly tops up with the blood of virgins to restore it. She tests her success with the proverbial mirror on the wall, which melts into molten metal and assumes a spectral form, not unlike Death in “The Seventh Seal,” although its metallic transformation process reminds us of “The Terminator.” The castle, which sits in eerie splendor on an island joined to the mainland only at low tide, is a gothic fantasy that reminds me of the Ghormenghast series. The Queen is joined there by her brother, some- what diminished by his blond page boy haircut, who does her bidding but seems rather out to lunch. Extras appear when needed, then disappear. The Queen commands extraordinary supernatural powers, including the ability to materialize countless black birds that can morph into fighting demons or shards of cutting metal. All of this is rendered appropriately by the special effects, but the treasure of this film is in two of its locations: a harsh, forbidding Dark Forest, and an enchanted fairyland. Both of these realms exist near the castle, and the Huntsman is enlisted in the first place because he knows the Dark Forest, where Snow White has taken refuge. In this forbidding realm, nothing lives, and it is thick with the blackened bones of dead trees, as if a forest fire had burned only the greenery. There is no cheer here and a monstrous troll confronts Snow White in a dramatic stare-down. After the Huntsman frees her from the Dark Forest, they are delighted to find, or be found by, the Eight Dwarves. Yes, eight, although one doesn’t survive, reducing their number to the proverbial seven. These characters look strangely familiar, and no wonder: The magic of CGI has provided the faces of familiar British actors such as Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan and Toby Jones. While this technique is effective, it nevertheless deprives eight working (real) dwarves with jobs, which isn’t really fair. Thedwarvesleadthemtomyfavorite realminthefilm,anenchantingfairyland, whichisatriumphofartdirectionand CGI.Mushroomsopentheireyesand regardthevisitors.Cuteforestanimals scamperandgambolintributetoaforest sceneinDisney’s1937animatedfilm.The fairiesthemselvesarenaked,pale-skinned spriteswithold,wisefaces.Thespiritof thisforestisembodiedbyagreatwhite stagwithexpressiveeyesandhornsthat spreadinawesomecomplexity.Thisisa wonderfulscene.Thedirector,Rupert Sanders,whobeganinTVcommercials, is clearly familiar with establishing memorable places. As for the rest, there is a sufficiency of medieval battle scenes, too many for my taste, and a fairly exciting siege of the castle, aided by the intervention of the dwarves, and featuring catapults that hurl globes of burning tar -always enjoyable. There is a great film here somewhere, perhaps one that allowed greater complexity for the characters. But considering that I walked in expecting no complexity at all, let alone the visual wonderments, “Snow White and the Huntsman” is a considerable experience.