As community members continue to fight for its preservation, the once vibrant Huntridge Theatre sits vacant at the corner of Maryland and Charleston. The gutted building’s rich history will be celebrated in the upcoming exhibit Huntridge Through the Decades, opening at the Nevada State Museum on June 16.
Opened in 1944 as a theater and shuttered in 2004 as a music venue, the Huntridge had been a highly regarded cog of the Las Vegas art and music scenes for decades. Last year, efforts to buy and restore the venue—initiated by the now-defunct Huntridge Revival LLC—ceased, but the venue’s story continues.
The new exhibit, hosted by the Huntridge Foundation with funding by Nevada Humanities, will focus on the building as “an essential piece of our state’s cultural heritage.” From memorabilia like the original 1944 theater seats to concert fliers from the ’90s punk and indie shows that gave the theater its second life, the display will span the Huntridge’s colorful and turbulent 60-year existence, and hopefully reignite discussions about its future. Through August 31, Thursday-Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free, 309 S. Valley View Blvd. —Leslie Ventura
After three years at the South Point, this year Amazing Las Vegas Comic-Con moves to the Las Vegas Convention Center, with expanded space for all its geek-related activities. In just the past few years, those activities have soared in popularity here in Vegas, with multiple events related to comic books, sci-fi and other genre fare. This year’s Amazing Con features another impressive roster of comic-book creators, including legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman and popular mainstream artists Jim Cheung, Steve McNiven and Tyler Kirkham.
There will also be plenty of room for local and indie creators, and one of the most exciting things about comic book conventions is discovering new work from unsung writers and artists. A costume contest, a geek pop-culture game show and a performance from nerd-focused parody band The Library Bards are among the scheduled programming. June 17-19; Friday 3-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $25-$60, amazinglasvegascomiccon.com. —Josh Bell
We spoke with drummer Darren Lackie in advance of the Scottish indie rockers’ first-ever Vegas performance.
You guys have been playing a couple of brand new songs on this tour. Is that nerve-racking, like, “Hey, we’re going to play a new song,” and then you see people going to the bathroom? (Laughs) We just don’t mention that they’re new ones. [We] just go right into them and hopefully catch everyone off-guard.
You recently reissued 2009 debut These Four Walls on vinyl. What are your thoughts listening to it now? We were never fully satisfied with how it turned out, how it sounds, [but] that adds to the charm of it. It sounds almost DIY-type. [But] it’s still pretty current. People still like it. I’m very happy with that album.
Are you a vinyl collector yourself? I have started recently. I wanted to start off getting all of my favorite albums and then work from there—LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver, Frightened Rabbit’s The Midnight Organ Fight, Jimmy Eat World’s Bleed American. The classics.
Get our full interview with Lackie here.
With Close to Modern, the Astaires, Hektor Rawkerz, June 16, 9 p.m., $10-$12. —Annie Zaleski
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada commemorates the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling with a panel discussion featuring three married couples. and a photo exhibit highlighting local same-gender married couples and previous rallies at the Center. June 17, 6 p.m., free. —Mark Adams
Everyone’s favorite boxed treat gets the beer-pairing treatment at Lovelady Brewing when the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada partner with the Henderson brewery for Cookies & Kegs. Brewer Richard Lovelady has also crafted Porter deLite, a brew infused with Caramel deLites and extra coconut and cocoa nibs. June 22, 5-9 p.m., $20-$25. —Mark Adams
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