Smith Center for the Performing Arts

Review: Kronos Quartet makes history in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas is changing. Not the strip, a symphony of ersatz that only knows how to become more so. Along with a phony Paris or sham Sphinx, the city has a fairly recent faux Frank Gehry design that serves as a home to high-end shops, including Prada and Louis Vuitton (which should know a thing or two about knockoffs).

But funky downtown, always more real, is getting a better face-lift. It boasts an authentic Gehry, the architect's cerebral-cortex design for the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health that glints intriguingly in the strong desert sun. And around a Vegas-size corner (which means a 15-minute walk through acres of broken rock eventually to be turned into ever more...