Fundraiser of the week: A Parkway to Vegas’ soul

A public art project is installed on the pedestrian bridge across Maryland Parkway north of Desert Inn Road in Las Vegas on Monday, June 11, 2012.
Photo: Leila Navidi

In the 1990s, Maryland Parkway was very different. It was lined with locally owned record stores, cafés, shops, bars and restaurants, most of which are gone today. Writer, artist and general polymath Pj Perez aims to stir those ghosts in Parkway of Broken Dreams, a documentary film that tells the story of Maryland Parkway through the artists, business owners, radio DJs and coffeehouse poets who gave that UNLV-area thoroughfare that modified spark. Perez is hoping to raise $15,000 for music licensing fees, travel expenses for additional filming and other behind-the-scenes expenses. Give enough and you could get anything from a collection of vintage show fliers to a producer’s credit. seedandspark.com/fund/parkway-of-broken-dreams#story.

  • Among the handful of Nevada-based films screened at last week's shorts fest was a few music videos for local acts.

  • The group’s footprint here has included a Joint residency, Kiss by Monster Mini-Golf and Kiss-themed wedding packages.

  • It has become more political, with songs about the #MeToo movement and bias in the news. And its sound is noticeably more aggressive.

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