Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: October 11, 2005

LAS VEGAS MAYOR and Centennial Commission Chairman Oscar Goodman last week opened the 50 Years of Fabulous Neon exhibit, which is on display through the end of the month at the S2 Art Center, 1 E. Charleston Blvd., in the Downtown Arts District. The display features more than 50 photographic works by Bill Hanapple that depict more than a half century of neon signs for which the city has become so well known. Prints of Hanapples work will be produced in limited editions numbered and signed by him and/or the signs designers. The prints will be for sale through the gallery with a portion of the proceeds going to support the restoration of signs to be installed on Boulder Plaza in the Arts District. The exhibit premiere also included the presentation of centennial Fabulous awards to these 10 Las Vegas sign designers whose signs are showcased in the display:  Betty Willis (Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas), Brian Leming (Hacienda Horse and Rider), Charles Barnard (Vegas Vickie), Marge Williams (Riviera), Jack Dubois (Stardust), Rudy Crisostomo (Sands), Raul Rodriguez (Flamingo), Dan Edwards (Aladdin), Jack Larsen Sr. (Silver Slipper) and Hanapple.


THE DOWNTOWN ARTS DISTRICT last week also saw the dedication of five murals, which are part of the Centennials City of 100 Murals project. A Cirque du Soleil mural is located at the S2 Art Center, a Gay and Lesbian mural is at Rainbow Plaza on Third and Imperial, one titled Our History is located at 1630 Commerce St., Viva Las Vegas can be found at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, 1205 Las Vegas Blvd. S., and Glow Las Vegas is at the Nevada State Bank, 212 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

BECAUSE OF REPAIR work on the southbound airport connector tunnel to mitigate water runoff, McCarran Airport officials suggest that motorists use an alternate route. Through mid-November, traffic will be reduced to one lane between midnight and 8 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. To access Interstate 215, motorists can take Eastern Avenue and turn west on Sunset Road. The I-215 entrance is west of Paradise Road, off Sunset Road. Motorists using the southbound tunnel should expect delays because of lane closures and reduced speed limits to 35 mph during these periods.

THE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE for Las Vegas Odyssey 2005 is Bruce Sulzberg, owner of Sulzberg Dimensions in Las Vegas. In his role, Sulzberg will create an original painting specifically for the event, which is slated for Nov. 10 through 13. The unique piece will be unveiled during the opening event Nov. 10 and will serve as the cover image for the 2005 event program book. The painting will be auctioned Nov. 11 during the Masters Dinner charity live and silent auction, which will benefit Odysseys three major charities:  Healthy Hands of Vegas Valley, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Odyssey Lifestyle Le Cordon Bleu Educational Program. Sulzberg also will display some of his works at the Celebrity Chef Golf Tournament on Nov. 13 and will present the winners with a limited-edition, signed artwork created in his studio.


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