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The Neon Museum

The Las Vegas Strip is really remarkable. As someone that has been to Disney numerous times, I truly began to understand why people say that it is like Disney World for adults. Las Vegas Boulevard is a feast for all senses with its towering hotels, people movers (moving sidewalks) that go in every direction and every angle and street performers. Not to mention the week I was there, the tallest ferris wheel in the world open. Even with all of this, I think the most exciting thing I saw was Circus Circus. Although this hotel may not be the most posh place to stay these days, I was blown away by its old Vegas charm. It made we wonder what Vegas looked like so many years ago. So while everyone else around me was looking for the next drink or black jack table, I was taking a bus and then a cab to the Neon Museum. It is located on Las Vegas Boulevard, but it's a bit of haul. The trip was well worth it. 

The Neon Museum is a nonprofit organization that host dozens of old signs that would have otherwise been destroyed. Many of them are in pretty poor condition, but still really cool to see. They are also working to restore some back to their previous glory.  A Vegas must see.

 


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Trastevere, Rome

We arrive in Trastevere. I love this place. Rome is absolutely beautiful and one can understand why it's called The Eternal City

One place that is often overlooked is Trastevere. It may not have all the grandeur of The Trevi, Coliseum, St. Peter's Basilica, etc, but what it does have is the most wonderful character.

It's not a big neighborhood so I really like wandering around and discovering new things. With its narrow alleys and streets, surprises are never lacking. 

You can get there by bus or taxi, but why miss out on the opportunity to walk down this wonderful path and cross one of these bridges? 

This is always my last stop in Rome. It's my own personal love letter from the Eternal City.

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Elsewhere

So how cool is this place? Elsewhere describes itself as a living museum designing collaborative futures from old things. I'm just amazed that one person collected this much stuff.  
–Greensboro, North Carolina

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Art & Copy

Art & Copy is the acclaimed documentary that follows some of the most influential creatives that have affected American buying habits for years but remain relatively unknown outside their own industry. This is a documentary every creative person should check out, especially if you find yourself working in the world of advertising. I'm sure anyone that works with clients will recognize themselves in this piece somewhere. 

This is part of the statement by Director, Doug Pray about Art & Copy. 

It was, of course, inspiring to meet these creatives and hear their passion for effective communication and their anger at boring clients and market research, but what amazed me was how much their commercial work was a direct reflection of their personal lives. How Mary Wells’ zany and theatrical ads were a result of growing up in a family that hardly ever communicated. How George Lois spent his youth fighting on the streets of West Bronx and kept right on fighting the status quo in his ads for MTV and Hilfiger. Or how the late Hal Riney’s depression-era childhood robbed him of the very emotions that he spent a lifetime recreating in his ads for Saturn, Gallo, and Reagan. By interviewing these icons, they became real for me, and I saw advertising as an art form with enormous potential—when done well. 

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Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty

You know genius when you see it.

This is still my favorite thing I've ever seen in a museum. And believe me, I've seen a lot. Alexander McQueen's exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was truly one of the most spectacular and thought provoking experiences I've had.

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