Sober in Vegas: Tilting the Basin

Happy Monday sober friends!

For the first time in a little while, I’m feeling that spring sunshine start to lift my mood.

I did have a bit of a hard time on St. Patrick’s Day, ended up that I was on The Strip with some friends who wanted to go out for a drink before I went to a concert.

When we made plans for the concert, it never even crossed my mind that we would end up at a bar beforehand.

I had a split-second panic and then I went through in my mind all the ways that things could play out…And I had a moment of panic when I thought everyone there would make me feel weird about not drinking, and it ended up no one even noticed, or if they did notice, they didn’t even ask!

I ended up not drinking anything but a tonic water, and then when we finally got to the concert, I was delighted because I really enjoyed the show sober.

Over the years concerts have been one of the places where I drank the most, and it felt really good to wake up the next morning without a hangover.


Anyway, onto today’s alcohol-free post.

Normally I don’t post things here that are limited time Vegas offerings, but I making an exception for the exhibition Tilting the Basin because it’s too fucking great not to write about and get the word out about.

The exhibition is being hosted at a temporary space downtown, 920 S. Commerce Street (not too far from The Smith Center if anyone has visited there before!) and will be open until May 14th.

It’s most definitely Uber/Lyft/Cab friendly both from the Downtown Fremont area as well as The Strip and hours are Wed-Sun 10 am – 6 pm & Fridays until 9 pm.

The one thing I will warn you of–there is some construction happening on Commerce Street where the exhibition is set up.

There are orange traffic signs pointing you in the right direction of the exhibition that say Tilting the Basin, but it’s rocky/dirt at the moment so don’t be deterred!

And just FYI here are some instructions from their site:

Please note that S. Commerce Street is under construction, but is open for business. The road is only accessible from Main Street. If you are driving north on Main, turn left at Gambler’s General; heading south on Main, turn right at Gambler’s General. Drive forward and look for the colorful Tilting the Basin graphics on the building. 

If you are brave enough to navigate the construction however, you will be oh so rewarded!!!

The exhibition is FREE.  100% free (thanks MGM Resorts!) and they have tons of free events over the two month period they’re in Vegas.

The show transferred down to Vegas from The Nevada Museum of Art located upstate in Reno, and most every artist in the show resides in Nevada or has resided long term in Nevada.

The Art Museum at Symphony Park is working to bring a permanent art museum here to Las Vegas–and I can’t wait.

If Tilting the Basin is any indication, we have an amazing museum to look forward to in the future!

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3 thoughts on “Sober in Vegas: Tilting the Basin

  1. I can totally relate to your comments on not drinking before the concert, there have been many times when I get so worked up about what people are going to say when I’m at an activity and not drinking. Then I’m relieved when they’re response to me not drinking is ‘ok’… why did I get myself so worked up!

    Great Blog!

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    1. thanks so much for your thoughtful words and for reading. isn’t it funny how much time we spend worrying about things that never come to pass? 🙂 hope you had a great day and thank you again!

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