A long-ago revolt’s legacy has yielded a reason for revelry. Mexican Independence Day, Sept. 16, marks the moment in 1810 when Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, aka Father Hidalgo, called for Mexicans to enter armed battle to end three centuries of Spanish rule. Events including many concerts by top Latino singers and musicians, will enable a weekend of proper celebration throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
Before Las Vegas’ neon can glitter and glow on screens large (movies) or small (television, tablet computer, smartphone), the Las Vegas-based Nevada Film Office — which was created as the state’s Motion Picture Division in 1983 — and its director, Eric Preiss, are working to get contracts signed, regulatory hurdles cleared and local personnel hired and involved. Judging by the numbers, they’re pretty good at it. Since 2013, there have been more than 2,700 productions welcomed to the state, raking in nearly $355 million in revenue, based on local spending figures reported to the film office. And of the last seven years in which numbers have been tracked for film permits, 2018 reached a high of 782 permits granted.
As we approach the 50th anniversary of that famous run of shows that kicked off July 31, 1969, journalist Richard Zoglin argues that Elvis Presley’s white-hot, two-week concert series was a watershed event for both performer and city.