I always find it difficult to recap music festivals. To me, they feel like a vortex. In just a couple days, thousands of people come and go, elaborate stages get built left and right on the fair grounds just to be taken down when the show’s over, and I am most likely left with a bad hangover and hashtag memories.
But the show goes on forever when people like Charlotte Dutoit get involved. For its second year, Downtown Las Vegas’ Life is Beautiful festival unveiled a public art component curated by JustKids, with murals and installations that are meant to stay and interact with last year’s narrative, embellishing the surroundings and infusing art into the neighborhood in a very permanent way.
As always, the ultimate street art boss lady excelled at putting together the perfect group of people who would not only create striking work, but also the best vibe. “Ever since I met you, my life has completely changed!” Renato Reno of Brazilian collective Bicicleta Sem Freio exploded with love to his manager – who took him around the world and back since they started working together this past year – on multiple occasions throughout the trip, voicing the general consensus: Charlotte rules.
After living in a velvety party cocoon with some amazing humans for almost a week, there are too many stories and secrets; and somehow I just want keep them to myself and hold them tight in my heart forever. Babysitting. Wigs. Tequila shots. Wings. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right?