Tales of Terror!
Last Saturday I saw actor Joshua Kane perform a dramatic recital of Edgar Allan Poe material, including the Tell-Tale Heart, Hop-Frog, The Raven (of course), Cask of Amontillado. Sadly, he was forced to pass on the Masque of the Red Death (personal favorite) by a popular vote for Hop-Frog. To offset this injustice, please feel free to read it in it’s entirety at the Literature Network.
The performance took place on the first cold day of the season here in Las Vegas (a dark and windy night), downtown at the Historic 5th Street School’s auditorium. I can only hope more worthy arts events are staged there, although that would certainly add some quarters to the city coffers and some headaches to local arts enthusiasts, as there are only about 50 parking spaces available on site.
The Grammar School occupies land in between 4th street & Las Vegas Blvd, and has been recently renovated to match the large government building which sits next door, and in which Congress and the Justice and Defense departments have offices.
The area surrounding these buildings has been steadily cleaned up for years, but it only serves to make the blight immediately adjacent seem all the more unfriendly. Visiting DOJ administrators or Congressional staffers need only take a short drive down Bonneville to know how little affected by the Manhattanizing this area remains.