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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of April 21st...

Monday April 21st 5:30pm
Piano recital by Jae Ahn-Benton, program includes Sonata no. 1 by Brahms, "Eine Kline Mitternachtmusick" by George Crumb and Jae's own original composition "Remember my
Pain" a short opera for soprano, piano and off stage baritone, other performers include Cassandra O' Toole and Xavier Brown
Doc Rando Hall (UNLV Beam Music Center)
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89119
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Monday April 21st 6:00pm
Horn recital by "High Desert Horns" directed by Bill Bernatis, program includes the music of
Borodin, Oldberg, Texidor and Gabrieli
room 160 (UNLV Beam Music Center)
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89119
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Tuesday April 22nd 7:30pm
UNLV Concerto competition winners: Micah Holt, trumpet; Erin Vander Wyst, clarinet; and Jeremy Russo, cello, perform with the UNLV Symphonic Orchestra
directed by Taras Krysa, program includes Bohme, Mozart and Elgar
Ham Hall 4505 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89119$10 adults, $8 military/disabled/seniors and 1 free ticket for faculty/students with ID
more info: 702-895-2787

Wednesday April 23rd 7:00pm
Chamber music recital featuring the music of women composers: Amanda Maier,
Mel Bonis, Amy Beach and Elfrida Andree, performers include mezzo soprano Lilian Roberts and violinist Maria Bessmeltseva, cellist Elizabeth Marshall and pianists Ekaterina Bessmeltseva, and Maria KolesnykChrist the King Catholic Community Church
4925 S. Torrey Pines Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89118
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-871-1904

Friday April 25th 7:30pm
Vocal recital featuring 'male roles' traditionally sung by women in Opera including excerpts from "The Marriage of Figaro, Les Huguenots, Tales of Hoffman, Orpheus and Eurydice" and more
Doc Rando Hall (UNLV Beam Music Center)
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89119$10 adults, $8 military/disabled/seniors and 1 free ticket for faculty/students with ID
more info: 702-895-2787

Friday April 25th 7:30pm and
Saturday April 26th 7:30pm

Percussion and lighting recital by UNLV percussion ensemble and 'Moving Light Lab,'
they will perform cutting edge works including "Sextet" by Steve Reich, "Dream of Leaves"
by Caleb Pickering, "Lift Off!" by Russel Peck and much more: full program: http://www.unlv.edu/sites/default/files/Percussion%2004.25.14.pdf
UNLV Black Box Theater (HFA)
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89119
$10 adults, $8 military/disabled/seniors and 1 free ticket for faculty/students with ID
more info: 702-895-2787

Saturday April 26th 5:30pm
Doctoral chamber music recital by pianist: Ekaterina Bessmeltseva
featuring the music of women composers: Amanda Maier
Mel Bonis, Amy Beach and Elfrida Andree, performers include mezzo soprano Lilian Roberts and violinist Maria Bessmeltseva, cellist Elizabeth Marshall and pianist Maria Kolesnyk
Doc Rando Hall (UNLV Beam Music Center)
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89119Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Saturday April 26th 7:30pm
Las Vegas Philharmonic with guest conductor Alondra de la
Parra performs works including "Sheherazade" by Rimsky Korsakov
and the famous "Concierto de Aranjuez" by Joaquin Rodrigo with
guitar soloist Pablo Sainz
Smith Center
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas NV 89106
$25-$94
more info: 702-749-2000

Sunday April 27th 1:30pm
Doctoral tuba recital by doctoral student: Stephen Turner, program includes:
Koetsier, Penderecki and Schumann, other performers include:
Jae Ahn-Benton, piano; Leanne Stamp and K. C. Singer, euphonium; Dean Snavely, tuba
Doc Rando Hall (UNLV Beam Music Center)
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89119Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Sunday April 27th 4:00pm
Traditional music of India featuring vocalists Sunil and Vibhavari accompanied by
melody synthesizer, tabla, dholak, drums and octopad
Clark County Library
1401 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV $25 adults, $15 children regular tickets/ $50 adults, $25 children for VIP tickets
more info: 702-274-0583

upcoming!

Monday April 28th 10:30pm
Musical/comedic improv by "the Janes" (Zoe Kohen-Ley, cello/cajon/vocals/loop pedal and
vocalist Savannah Smith) and "Celloprov" (Zoe and comedian Matt Donnelly) along with guest performers: (comics/clowns/dancers): Paul Mattingly, Kasey Wilson, Spencer Novich, and Brett Alters from "Iprov Kingdom, Rose.Rabbit.Lie and La Reve" event is titled "Zoe's Little Playthings"
"The Scullery" (bar/black box theater) in the Ogden Tower downtown
150 Las Vegas Blvd
North Suite #190
Las Vegas NV 89101$5
more info: 702-910-2396 (the Scullery)
or facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1377132142569335/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming









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Thursday, April 03, 2014

First Friday is nothing to Fool Around About... Or is it...

The crazy and zany monthly fete has arrived! First Friday in April should be fun and exciting as the weather is finally beginning to feel like Vegas. The event begins at 5pm. All are welcome even tourists!

First Friday takes place in Las Vegas' 18b Arts District off of Charleston and Main.


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Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Essence of Ailey

Onnoleigh
Sweetman
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
― Martha Graham


My first introduction to modern dance was at 15 years of age. For an hour every day, for six months, I learned a form so uniquely different than the strictness of ballet that I was mesmerized. There seemed to be an unrestricted free flowing attitude in regards to the movement of modern dance. That if there was a boundary or certain technique you were able to push it with great fortitude and explore other mediums of movement through avant-garde styles of music and multi-media. I recall being gifted the freedom to choreograph with no judgment on the movement, just a pure, selfless expression of who I was emanating through me into boundless turns, free flowing arms, stretches and leaps. A new love of dance awakened inside of me and my love and admiration for forms of modern dance have remained fervent in my heart ever since.

On Sunday afternoon, I and four other artists made the trek to the ever so luxurious Smith Center for the Performing Arts. I had the innate pleasure of experiencing for the first time one of the most famous modern dance companies of all time the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Founded by Alvin Ailey in 1958 (former director of The Lester Horton Dance Theater), the founding mission with a dedication to enriching the American modern dance heritage and preserving the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience, still exists in full force today.

The dancers took the stage in a commanding and authentic stance. At first glance I was in awe at the muscles that lined the bodies of these dancers. With each controlled movement, and contractions of the upper body, I basked in appreciation of athleticism at its finest that can be righteously assumed, comes from years of hard work and dedication. A dedication that emerges with an un-rippled discipline conjured by an intense love for this technique and form of dance. In the act “Pilgrim of Sorrow” a strong duet performed to “Fix me Jesus” was bridled with strong lines, strict extensions and endearing interaction between dancers. It brought me back to my days in my twenties when I really started to study modern dance. I had the opportunity to study under Tracilyn Tasch of Philadelphia, PA. A graduate with a masters in Peace and Conflict resolution, Tracilyn had also studied for years in the technique of Lester Horton/ Martha Graham. I remember her always speaking of Alvin Ailey and the infamous 1960 Choreographic work “Revelations” which I now was experiencing first hand. She would speak of Alvin Ailey and point to him for inspiration in my artistic work. Tracilyn would explain the tradition, the history of modern dance to me and in effect, exposing me to an in depth knowledge of modern dance I had never really experienced before. As I continued to watch and admire the skilled dancers of Alvin Ailey, these memories continued to flood my senses. I remember how I relished what it felt like to move within the lines of that particular technique, to reach out with those particular extensions. My heart began to yearn again for those movements. I wanted to kick of my stilettos and feel my bare feet on the stage again, my body stretching, reaching, contracting, and most importantly “being” one with the movement. And once again, as in years past, another awakening of love for modern dance rushed through my soul.

Experiencing Alvin Ailey, in my opinion, is experiencing the history of modern dance. As the performance continued, tears of inspiration flowed down my face as the most memorable of acts was “Take Me to the Water”. This piece of choreographic symbolism was met with an array of flowing blue and white fabric to represent the water with reverent dancers almost alluring to a baptism and rebirth of sorts. You could see the dedication and love for this dance pouring out of the performing company members with a sincere glow of authenticity and ritualism. The entire production had an essence of the old south or rather referred to as “blood memories” by the late Alvin Ailey. One can full-heartedly admire the directors and dancers of the 2014 Alvin Ailey whom are keeping his vision alive and well..I almost felt as those I was watching a ballet of Gone with the Wind, complete with his inspirations of the blues, spiritualism and gospel music.

Over all, Alvin Ailey was a spectacular showcase of athleticism, tradition, and pure joy of modern dance with an effect of an honorable admiration for the company, and inspiration of ones own continued journey of movement.

-Onnoleigh Sweetman

About - Onnoleigh

Originally from Rochester, New York Onnoleigh began performing at the tender age of three. Tap dancing on tables at relative's homes, to making makeshift stages out of toy blocks in nursery school, Onnoleigh knew the performing arts would ultimately be a lifelong companion.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of March 17...

Tuesday March 18th 7:30pm
Joshua Bell with Academy of St. Martin in the Field perform pieces including
Saint Saens' "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" and Schubert's "Death and
the Maiden" arranged for chamber orchestra
Smith Center
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas NV
$39-$150
more info:702-749-2000

Tuesday March 18th 7:00pm
Guitar recital by the Vanguard Guitar Ensemble, they will perform arrangements
of modern compositions and ethnic folk music for an "orchestra of guitars"
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo
Las Vegas NV 89119
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-507-3459

Friday March 21st 12:00pm
Finnish folk music and original compositions performed by "Aallotar":
Accordion player Teija Niku and Violinist Sara Pajunen
Lloyd D. George Courthouse; Jury Room
333 Las Vegas Blvd S.
Las Vegas NV 89101
Free and Open to the Public, must have ID
more info 702-229-6511, 229-6383

Friday March 21st 7:00pm
Traditional Music of Senegal by Toumany Kouyate and fellow Cirque Du Soleil musicians from the
"O" show including saxophonist and pianist Eric Plante, erhu player Lei Qiang, guitarist Ibou Ba, and Peter Fand bass, guitar, kora and drummer John Abraham
Winchester Community Center
3130 S. McLeod Dr.
Las Vegas NV
$10 in advance $15 at the door
more info: 702-455-7340

Saturday March 22nd 7:00pm
Arabic music and dance by the Bishr Hijazi Arab Ensemble featuring
Bishr Hijazi; Oud and Ney, Laraine Kaizer-V; Violin, Charles and Charbel Azzi
percussion, Belly Dancer tba
Winchester Community Center
3130 S. McLeod Dr.
Las Vegas NV
$10 in advance, $15 at the door
more info: 702-455-7340

Sunday March 23rd 5:00pm
Chamber Music recital featuring Las Vegas Philharmonic
concertmaster: De Ann Letourneau, principal cellist: Andy Smith, principal violist: Jason Bonham
and special guest Steinway Artist, Pianist: Sandra Rivers, program includes Piano Quartets by
Turina and Mozart, and a Duo for Violin and Cello by Kodaly
Green Valley Presbyterian Church
1798 Wigwam Pkwy
Henderson NV 89074Free Admission, voluntary donations accepted
more info: 702-454-8484

Sunday March 23rd 7:00pm
Guitar recital by the Vanguard Guitar Ensemble, they will perform arrangements
of modern compositions and ethnic folk music for an "orchestra of guitars"
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo
Las Vegas NV 89119
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-507-3459

Upcoming

Monday March 24th 5:00pm
Trombone recital by Nathan Tanouye, with guest flutist
Bonnie Buhler-Tanouye, program includes Ewazen, Peaslee, Bach
and Schumann, they are joined by pianist Otto Ehling
Doc Rando Hall (UNLV Campus)
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Photographer Chris Jones exhibits his latest collection at Tasty Space Gallery

Open now at Emergency Arts in the heart of Las Vegas' Downtown.

For more information please visit -http://tastyspacelv.com/

520 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
On the corner of Fremont and 6th

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Inspire Theater in Fabulous Downtown brings out the best! Selene Luna's Dog and Pony Show!!!


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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of February 17...

Wednesday February 19th 7:30pm
UNLV Symphony Orchestra directed by Taras Krysa along with special guest
violinist Oleh Krysa (violin professor at Eastman School of Music) present a concert dedicated
"in loving memory of Tatiana" the program includes:
Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 and
Rimsky Korsakov's "Scheherezade" Ham Hall
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$10, $8 seniors/staff/military/faculty, students with ID receive 1 free ticket
more info: 702-895-3332

Thursday February 20th 7:30pm
Chamber Music concert featuring Las Vegas Philharmonic Concertmaster De Ann Letourneau, UNLV professors of piano: Timothy Hoft, cello: Andrew Smith, viola: Jason Bonham and clarinet: Marina Sturm; program includes Haydn's Piano Trio No. 39, Brahms' Clarinet Trio in a minor, Turina's Piano Quartet in a minor, and Diego Vega's Piano QuartetDoc Rando Hall
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$25, discounted senior/military/staff/faculty and student rush tickets available
more info: 702-895-2787

Friday February 21st 12:00pm
Cello/Vocal recital by Shana Tucker, she performs jazz/folk standards and her own original works on cello while singing. "You rarely see Joni Mitchell invoked as a reference point because her music is so uniquely individual. In Shana Tucker, we have a worth successor." -David Menconi, News and Observer, Raleigh, NC
Lloyd D. George US Courthouse - Jury Room
333 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas NV
Free and Open to the Public,
must have ID for entry
more info: 702-388-6355

Sunday February 23rd 4:00pm and 6:00pm
The Winners of next weekend's Bolognini competition for Young Classical Musicians 9-18 years of age,
will display their prize winning talents
Green Valley Presbyterian Church
1798 Wigwam Pkwy
Henderson NV 89074
Free and Open to the Public a voluntary donation will be received
more info: 702-454-8484

Sunday February 23rd 4:00pm 
Organ/Strings/Flute/and Voice Chamber Music recital featuring
organist Dr. Dorothy Young Riess, cellist Jeremy Woolstenhulme, bassist Bill Bailey, vocalists Kelly Bailey-Martinez, Kristi Bailey, Jonathan Mancheni, Nathan Van Arsdale, and Isabella Ivy and flutist Julie Ivy. The program includes Handel, Bach, Saint-Saens, and Wagner
First Christian Church
101 S. Rancho Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89106
Free and Open to the Public,  voluntary donation to benefit the Alzheimer's Association will be received
more info: 702-384-1544

Friday February 21st 7:30pm
Saturday February 22nd 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday February 23rd 2:00pm

Traditional Chinese Music, Dance and Costumes performed by the amazing Shen Yun performing group
Smith Center for the Performing Arts
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas NV 89106
$53-183
more info: 702-749-2000

Sunday February 23rd 8:30am-7:00pm
Flute recital, and masterclasses hosted by the Las Vegas Flute Club featuring guest artist Alexa Still
9:00am Technique class with Anastasia Petanova (room 160), 10:00am Masterclass with Alexa Still(Doc Rando Hall) 1:00pm Improvisation workshop with Miguel Rodriguez (room 160)
Beam Music Center (BMC) room 160 
&Doc Rando Hall
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$25 for non-members $15 for members
more info: 702-895-2787

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of February 10...

Monday February 10th 7:30pm
Classical Guitar recital featuring Nicholas Goluses, program includes Villa-lobos, Manuel deFalla and
Benjamin Britten Doc Rando Hall
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Friday February 14th 7:00pm
Pianist/filmmaker Ophra Yerhushalmi will present and discuss her film "Liszt's Dance with the Devil" an exploration of the life and music of Franz Liszt
Christ Episcopal Church (homepage has the wrong date):
http://www.christepiscopallv.org/
2000 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89104
$15
more info: 702-735-7655

Saturday February 15th 6:00pm
Cellist Elizabeth Marshall performs her own arrangements that accompnay screenings of various movies dealing with love including: "Beyond the Rocks," "One Week," and "A Woman" (starring Charlie Chaplin as you've never seen HER before!) the whole show is entitled "Cinema L'Amour"
The Artifice
1025 First St.
Las Vegas NV 89101
$20
more info:
http://amour.brownpapertickets.com/

Saturday February 15th 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Las Vegas Philharmonic performs the musical score in real time for "Casablanca"
as this iconic film is shown on a large screen on stage with guest conductor
Francesco-Lecce Chong; Associate Conductor of MilwaukeeSmith Center
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas NV 89106
$25-$94
more info: 702-749-2000

Saturday February 15th 7:30pm
Wind Ensemble concert by "Desert Winds" 
Community Lutheran Church
3720 E. Tropicana Ave.
Las Vegas NV 89121
$15
more info: http://www.thedesertwinds.org/index.html

Saturday February 15th 8:00pm
Classical Guitar recital by "Duo Siqueira Lima:" Uruguayan Guitarist Cecelia Siqueira and Brazilian
Guitarist Fernando Lima 
Doc Rando Hall
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$41.50, $37.50 military/senior/students, student rush tickets available one hour prior to concert
more info: 702-895-2787

Sunday February 16th 2:00pm
Nevada Opera Presents a reception and concert, performers include Eduardo Villa; frequent guest artist with the Metropolitan Opera and Demetra George; two-time Grammy Nominee
Doc Rando Hall
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$40- $75-(VIP Champagne Reception ticket)
more info: 702-895-2787



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Friday, February 07, 2014

First Friday in February will be filled with Poetry! TONIGHT!

The monthly Fete is expected to be an exciting one especially since it will be filled with lots and lots of poetry! In any case here is the monthly flier for this evenings art festival in Fabulous Downtown. So come down and get your Art On!!!

First Friday February 2014
Located on Art Way between Las Vegas Boulevard and Main
5pm till...

Also the after party will be starting at 10PM as DJ Jesse Saunders rocks the night away with some amazing House Music. Jesse will be set up on the patio of Bar Bistro at the World Famous Arts Factory!


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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of February 3...

Monday February 3th 7:30pm
Flute recital by masters student Jamie Leigh O'Neil, program includes Elliott Carter's "8 Etudes and a Fantasy for Woodwind Quartet," Jolivet's "Chant de Linos," performers include Albina Asryan, piano, Chris Fujiwara, oboe, Vander Wyst, clarinet, and Ashlea Sheridan, bassoon
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Tuesday February 4th 7:30pm
Chamber music recital by "Trio Southwest:" UNLV flute professor Jennifer Grim, UNLV viola professor Jason Bonham and harpist Kristie Smith, program includes Arnold Bax's "Elegiac Trio," Sofia Gubaidulina's "Garten von Freuden und Traurigkeiten," Milton Barnes' "Tango 99," and Claude Debussy's Sonata for flute, viola and harp
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3322

Thursday February 6th 7:30pm
Contemporary classical music concert entitled "Nextet" featuring composer-in-residence Daniel Asia along with the music of composers: Elliot Carter, Alvin Etler, Anthony Pateras; performers include Timothy Hoft, piano, Janis McKay, bassoon, Anastasia Petanova, flute, Maren Quanbeck, cello, Samantha Ciarlo, violin and Mark McArthur saxophone
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the public
more info: 702-895-3332

Friday February 7th 7:00pm
Pianist/filmmaker Ophra Yerhushalmi will present and discuss her film "Liszt's Dance with the Devil"
an exploration of the life and music of Franz LisztChrist Episcopal Church
2000 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89104
15$ 
more info: 702-735-7655

Sunday February 9th 3:00pm
Nevada Chamber Symphony performs a children's concert, introducing young people to the world of
symphonic musicClark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas NV 89119Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-507-3459

Sunday February 9th 6:30pm
Lecture recital by doctoral trumpet student Justin Bland; program examines Philipp Jakob Rittler's (c.1637-c.1690) Sonatas a 18, and 17; performers include Jae Ahn Benton, piano, Micah Holt, Hazen Mayo, Allison McSwain, Kyle Overlay, and Kevin Tague, trumpets
UNLV HFA buidling
room 147
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3322
upcoming

Saturday February 15th 
2:00pm and 7:30pm
Las Vegas Philharmonic performs the musical score in real time for "Casablanca"
as this iconic film is shown on a large screen on stage with guest conductor
Francesco-Lecce ChongSmith Center
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas NV 89106
25$-94$
more info: 702-749-2000



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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of January 13...

Friday January 17th 7:00pm
Violin Performance of Original music by Rebecca Ramsey, "Music to Awaken the Heart"
is one hour of beautiful acoustic violin music guiding the listener on a visionary journey creating a
relaxing and healing experience of one's own inner sanctuary
Naturally Organic Healing Center
1171 N. Buffalo Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89117
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-324-0353
www.rebeccaramsey.com

Saturday January 18th 11:15am 
Guest artist concert
12:30pm masterclass
3:00pm concert
Viola Fest! Recital at 11:15 and Master class at 12:30 by Guest artist violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama. Viola students' recital at 3:00, middle/high school students welcome to register and participate (8:00am registration), all are welcome to observe masterclasses/technique classes and recitals
Coronado High School
1001 Coronado Center Dr.
Henderson NV 89052
$30 in advance $50 the day of to participate
free and open to the public to observe

Saturday January 18th 3:00pm
Band concert by CCSD Honor Band members
Artemis Ham Concert Hall
University of Nevada Las Vegas
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-2787

Saturday January 18th 6:00pm
Traditional Russian Music and Dance with "the Golden Gates" direct from St. Petersburg
Winchester Community Center
3130 South McLeod Dr.
Las Vegas NV
$10 in advance $12 at the door
more info: 702-455-7340

Saturday January 18th 7:30pm
Las Vegas Philharmonic will perform works including Debussy's "La Mer," Britten's "Four Sea Interludes" from Peter Grimes, and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with guest violinist Alina Ming Kobialka, and guest conductor Donato Cabrera
Smith Center for the Performing Arts
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas NV 89106
$25-$94
more info: 702-749-2000



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Thursday, January 02, 2014

First Friday 2014 in here!

My goodness its already 2014 and no less than two days after the new year began we are already celebrating First Friday. With the holidays officially over who can take any more parties! Well I can and the good news is that I can use the monthly art and culture fest as a decompression of sorts to help me get back into the groove of the daily grind so-to-speak.

So with said the time has come for ART so get out of the house, enjoy the great winter weather we are having and celebrate the new year at First Friday!

First Friday is located in the 18b Arts District off of Charleston and Main Street. Festivities begin at 5pm




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Friday, December 27, 2013

New Years Eve 2014 starting to rev up...

As has become a personal tradition I have decided yet again to hang out Downtown for New Years. Its safer for me since I live a 5 minute walk to most of my favorite lounges. So with that said here are a few parties to get ready for in Downtown thus far. I am still scoping out other parties in and around the area to post. So for now please take a look at these potential fete's to bring in 2014!








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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Neon Bazaar moves indoors for your holiday shopping needs!

The fun and zany shopping extravaganza that graces Las Vegas with its presence twice a year is now located throughout the month of December at Emergency Arts in Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas. So make sure to shop local this holiday season and support great little businesses in our community!

For more information please visit - www.neonbazaarlv.com

Emergency Arts - 
520 Fremont Street
(NW Corner of 6th and Fremont)
http://www.emergencyartslv.com/index.html

Parking available
-Valet at El Cortez on 6th and Ogden
-Free Parking Garage entrance on 7th between Ogden and Fremont
-Metered street parking on 6th or 7th street, bring some quarters!
-Parking along Jackie Gaughn Parkway metered credit card or coins!


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Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of December 9...

Tuesday December 10th 7:30pm
Contemporary Music Concert "Nextet" including the music of Virko Baley, Christopher Gainey, Maxwell Lafontant, Britta Epling, and Chris Arrell, performers include pianists: Virko Baley and Timothy Hoft, cellist Andrew Smith, flutist Anastasia Patanovona, oboist Ben Serna-Gray, soprano Britta Epling and Michelle Latour
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332
upcoming

Tuesday December 10th 7:30pm
Concert by CSN Concert Band directed by Dr. Richard McGee and Mariachi Band directed by
Albert Garcia
CSN Horn Theater
3200 E. Cheyenne
Las Vegas NV
$8, $5 students/seniors
more info 702-895-3332

Wednesday December 11th 7:30pm
CSN Steel Drum Band directed by Robert Bonora along with the
CSN Big Band directed by Dr. Richard McGee perform classics and holiday music
CSN Horn Theater
3200 E. Cheyenne
Las Vegas NV
$8, $5 students/seniors
more info 702-895-3332

Thursday December 12th 7:00pm
Henderson Symphony performs holiday music including Handel's Concerto for 2 Oboes and 2 Violins and Telemann's Concerto for Trumpet Violin and Orchestra
Henderson Convention Center
200 S. Water Street
Henderson NV 89015
Free and Open to the Public, suggested voluntary donation is $10
702-267-2171

Thursday December 12th 7:30pm
Vocal/Chamber music Recital featuring baritone Jonathan Baltera, program includes Rameau, Daron Hagen, Sylvie Bodorova, and Lori Laitman, performers include violinists: Jena Tracy, Noemi Luna,
violinist Winston Canilao, cellist Jonnie Jo Williams and pianist and harpsichordist Spencer Baker
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Friday December 13th 5:00pm
Vocal Lecture Recital by UNLV Doctoral Student Barron Coleman,
joined by pianist David Skouson
program features the music of Leslie Adams: "Night Songs"
UNLV HFA Room 147 (it's a classroom towards the art department-south west corner of HFA)
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Friday December 13th 5:30pm
Viola recital featuring Tianna Heppner-Harjo and pianist Jae Ahn-Benton, program includes Schostakovich's Viola Sonata Op. 147, J. S. Bach's Solo Suite for Cello No. 2, and Hindemith's Der Schwanendraer
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Saturday December 14th 2:00pm
Orchestra concert by Las Vegas Youth Orchestral Ensembles
Artemis Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
$10-$17
more info 702-895-2787

Saturday December 14th 7:30pm
Wind Ensemble Concert including holiday music by the "Desert Wind Ensemble"
Community Lutheran Church
3720 E Tropicana
Las Vegas 89121
$10-$15
more info 702-735-7655

Saturday December 14th 7:30pm
Sunday December 15th 2:00pm and 7:30pm
The Nutcracker presented by Nevada Ballet with a live Orchestra
Smith Center for the Performing Arts
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas NV 89106
$52-$178
more info: 702-749-2000

Sunday December 15th 2:30pm
UNLV Brass Players and Summerlin Saxophone Quartet and the Randy
Crawford Ensemble and organist Amy Homer-Smith perform holiday music and sing-along
Green Valley Presbyterian Church
1798 Wigwam
Henderson NV
Free and open to the public, donations accepted
more info 702-454-8484

Sunday December 15th 3:00pm
Nevada Chamber Symphony performs Classical and Holiday music
Clark County Library
1401 Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-507-3400

upcoming

Saturday December 21st 1:00pm
Harp and Flute Duo "Duo Mystique" performs classical, holiday and celtic tunes
Featuring Harpist Tara Skouson and Flutist Bonnie-Tanouye
Clark County Library
1401 Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-507-3400

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of November 25...


Monday-Thursday November 25th-28th 5:00pm-6:00pm 
Paraguayan Harpist Mariano Gonzalez
Friday-Saturday November 29th-30th 5:00pm-6:00pm
Violinist James Harvey and Cellist Mert Sermet
in the beautiful Autumn Garden of the
Bellagio Conservatory (large garden near the front desk, and self parking)
Bellagio Las Vegas NV

Monday November 25th 7:30pm
Chamber Music concert by Doctoral Piano Student Otto Ehling joined by
cellist Lindsey Springer and violinist Laraine Kaizer-V program features
Tchaikovsky and Faure Piano Trios
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Tuesday November 26th 7:30pm
Mozart's Requiem and Symphony No. 38 "Prague" performed by
UNLV Symphony and Chamber Choir directed by Taras Krysa and
David Weiller, featuring Soprano Lillian Roberts, Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Weiss, Tenor William McCullough and Bass Nathan Van Arsdale
UNLV Artemis Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$10, $8 military/seniors/staff, 1 free ticket per student with valid ID
more info 702-895-ARTS

Wednesday November 27th 7:30pm
Doctoral Chamber Music recital featuring
Micha Holt
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Saturday November 30th 3:30pm
Traditional Celtic Music and Dance presented by Desert Skye Pipe and Drums
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas NV
Free and Open to the Public
more info 719-339-0629

Sunday December 1st 4:00pm
Organ recital by members of the American Guild of Organists
Christ Church Episcopal
2000 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89121
Free and Open to the Public, donations for musicians accepted
more info 702-735-7655

upcoming

Thursday December 5th 7:30pm
Opera Scenes performed by UNLV Opera Workshop students
including Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Mozart's Idomeneo, Bizet's Pearl Fishers
and much more
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$10, $8 military/seniors/staff, 1 free ticket per student with valid ID
more info 702-895-ARTS



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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Velocity of a Downtown…



"Many people see technology as the problem behind the so-called digital divide. Others see it as the solution. Technology is neither. It must operate in conjunction with business, economic, political and social system." 
Carly Fiorina

Velocity of a Downtown…

The stage has been set, the lights are on and the curtains have risen. A feeling of anticipation washes over the audience as the players take the stage for what is to be the next “movement” in downtown Las Vegas. What once was considered a backdrop to the flashy lights and shows of the Las Vegas strip is now making headlines. The tribes have gathered and the intensity of downtown accumulates with a velocity like none other. As I watch the growth of the city around me, I can only relish in the thought of how far DTLV has truly come. I remember my first time on the infamous Fremont Street in old town Vegas. I was fifteen years old walking to the corner of Fremont and Las Vegas boulevard. An acting student 2,ooo miles away from my home in Rochester, NY, I was shocked to see a homeless man shooting up heroine right in front of myself and others to see. I recall ringing my parents that evening back in New York to tell them they wouldn’t believe what a rough neighborhood I was living in. Seven Cities and many years later, I now find myself living just blocks away from that first memory. What was once a humble beginning has now come full circle to a community of progressive thinkers, movers and shakers, all of which have vigorously infiltrated the downtown scene. And so now as I walk the streets of old town, I can sense an intensity building, an intensity of what is yet to come…

Proof of such intensity is the buzzing photo exhibit “Who is Downtown”. A collaboration between Blackbird Studios and Nomic, a new start up company with a solid mission to get people more connected downtown. The exhibit will feature photos of the people that power our cities or in this case, Downtown Las Vegas. Co- founded by MIT alumni Nate Boyd, this San Francisco transplant is making waves in a very short time since moving to the bustling community of downtown Las Vegas. He has immersed himself into the culture of DTLV igniting inspiration among everyone from bartenders to dancers to business owners. And why? After working a decade for other start up tech companies Nate decided to travel the world. Upon returning he met Scott Yara and together they decided they wanted to create a company that would not only enhance lives, but change them.

I first heard of Nomic (derived from eco-nomic) while browsing through a section of the Craigslist ads. The headline “Are you downtown”? Caught my eye right away. The sense of community inclusion and integrity of a project through passionate words on a page got my curiosity brewing. I checked out their website www.nomic.com and was intrigued by everything I read. And with that I landed myself a meeting with the fire starter himself Nate Boyd. At first glance, Nate has a burneresque kind of vibe. Tall with tussled hair he has a calm and welcoming demeanor. In conversation it is evident that Nate is a solid person with a clear and simple vision. To create a more personal economy…

“The idea behind Nomic is to simplify and amplify the communication that drives our cities”, states Nate.
“We have all these great ways to share with friends and family, but what about everyone outside our social circles? Where's the network to connect with coworkers, customers, and collaborators at the local level”?
And a local level it is. With over a 1000 invites on Facebook for “Who Is Downtown”, one can see how the vision of of Nomic is starting to spread like wildfire. One strong point that Nate makes in nearly every conversation in regards to Nomic, is simply about connection.

“And how do we connect with the people behind the local businesses we love”? Asks this driven co-founder. “Because it's not about the yoga studio, it's about the yoga instructor. Same goes for stylists, bartenders, doctors, artists, waiters, babysitters and all the people who help us out and hook us up on a daily basis”. “Nomic aims to be that connection” he says. “We're building software to connect our city”.

The road to Vegas seemed a natural step in the progression that is Nomic. Originally founded in San Francisco the crew found themselves visiting the eclectic city to check out The Downtown project. “DTLV is a community in transformation”. Says Nate. “Every day we meet people who are rewriting the rules and creating something new and needed. What sealed the deal was getting out into the community and meeting so many amazing locals”. He says. “Community-minded pioneers who instantly got our vision for a more connected city. We realized there was no better time and place than here and now to launch our business”.

A powerful statement of a positive vision… And what better City to launch than Downtown Las Vegas, where the culture emanates with a progressive mixture of art and business at every corner thriving to make an impact against the back drop of the tourist filled strip….

The ultimate vision for Nomic and DTLV?

“So our vision is for Vegas to be the best city in the world to start a new business or a new band. The easiest city in the world to get plugged into your scene, whatever that may be. The most personally connected city in the world, combining the feel of a small town with the richness of global culture”.

And a richness of culture it is…Nate and his crew of designers and photographers have created a velocity of economic inclusion and an awakened vivaciousness of a community. Flyers line the buildings of the entire arts district igniting a buzz like none other. On the tip of everyone’s tongue is now Nomic. A clever endeavor and one which creates an enticing foreplay for the curtain call of which is to come this Thursday evening at Black Bird Studios.

“WHO IS DOWNTOWN” PHOTO EXHIBIT & PARTY
November 21st, 7pm-10pm
Join us for a photography exhibit featuring the craft and soul of people making a difference downtown.
Mingle with people shaping culture and driving business across our community, and have some fun!

Incredible food from Slidin' Thru and cutthroat culinary will be provided. Drinks byEvents With A Twist LLC and...special live performances by Anna Duerden Music,Aziam and Joey Pero!!

A complimentary shuttle from The Odgen and The Juhl will be provided. First shuttle leaves the Ogden at 6:45pm, arrive at The Juhl around 6:55pm, and then drop off at the venue. The shuttle will be on loop for the duration of the event.

Complimentary on-site custom screen printing from Ink+Cotton Live Screen Printing, plus Hotmess Boutique will have their fashion truck open for shopping!

Blackbird Studios
1551 South Commerce Street #A 
(Located at the Commerce Street Studios)
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102

For more information on Nomic please visit www.nomic.com

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-Onnoleigh Sweetman
Founder, Artistic Director
Nytronix Entertainment
The Project UrbanLandwww.nytronix.com

Contributing writer
Onnoleigh Sweetman

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Monday, November 11, 2013

P. Moss' Stardust Rocket @ the Nevada State Museum!

When P. Moss, proprietor of the the Double Down Saloon and Frankie's Tiki Room took me over to his house in one of the historic neighborhoods in the greater Downtown area, I was shocked, I mean shocked at what was in his garage. Not just did it have an amazing classic Cadillac convertible but the Stardust time-capsule rocket too! But it was the rocket that really struck me. All I could do was smile. A great piece of Las Vegas History randomly sitting in a garage in Downtown. Well luckily after all that the rocket returns to the public eye for all to enjoy. 

On Friday, November 22 the Nevada State Museum will be celebrating a book signing for P. Moss' latest book "Liquid Vacation" and an opening reception for the famed Stardust Rocket!

The event begins at 6pm. All are welcome!
For more information about the Nevada State Museum - 


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Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of November 11...

Monday-Thursday November 11th-14th and Sunday November 17th 5:00pm-6:00pm 
Paraguayan Harpist Mariano Gonzalez

Friday-Saturday November 15th-16th 5:00pm-6:00pm 
Violinist James Harvey and Cellist Mert Sermet in the beautiful Autumn Garden of the
Bellagio Conservatory (large garden near the front desk, and self parking)
Bellagio
Las Vegas NV

Tuesday November 10th 7:30pm
Chamber Orchestra concert featuring violin soloist
Ilya Korol and viola soloist Jason Bonham performing Mozart's Concertante.
Haydn's Symphony No. 99 in Eb Major also on the program, conducted by Taras Krysa
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Thursday-Friday November 14th-15th 7:30pm
One Act Operas by Puccini: "Suor Angelica" and Hindemith:
"Sancta Susanna" presented by the UNLV Opera Theater, and pianist Jae Ahn-Benton,
directed by Linda Lister
UNLV Beam Music Center - Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$10, $8 military/seniors/staff
more info 702-895-ARTS

Friday November 15th 12:00pm noon
Baroque, South American, Impressionistic, Folk and Improvised music by
Harpist Kim Delibero-Glennie and guitarist Emanuel Schmidt
Lloyd D. George U.S. Federal Courthouse - Jury Room
333 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas NV 89101
Free and Open to the Public, must have photo ID
more info 702-388-6355

Friday November 15th 4:30-6:00pm
Viola Master Class featuring USC and UC Fullerton professor of strings
Che-Yen Chen who will work with UNLV viola majors performing Bach and Bartok
UNLV - HFA building - Room 224
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Saturday November 16th 7:30pm
Chamber Music concert by UNLV violin professor Wei-wei Le along with and guest artists: violin professor at UC at Fullerton: Ernest Salem, and violist and winner of the 2003 Primrose International Competition Che-Yen Chen 
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Sunday November 17th 5:00pm
Boston Pops and Esplanade Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart
program includes Gershwin, Ellington, Dvorak and Copland, piano soloist
Michael Chertock performing "Rhapsody in Blue"
UNLV Artemis Ham Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$39-$149
more info 702-895-2787

upcoming

Wednesday November 20th 7:30pm
Doctoral Clarinet Recital by Jennifer Iles, program includes Debussy,
Joan Tower, Alban Berg and Max Reger
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332





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Friday, November 01, 2013

November First Friday has arrived!

Well the zany and cool First Friday arts festivities have arrived for yet another month and with the weather being as perfect as it has been tonight should be delightful. First Friday begins at 5pm and continues through 11pm. Bring comfortable walking shoes and a lot fun cheer. Be safe and see you tonight!

For more information on First Friday - http://www.firstfridaylasvegas.com/


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Monday, October 28, 2013

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of October 28...

Monday-Thursday October 28th-31st 
and Sunday November 3rd 5:00pm-6:00pm
Paraguayan Harpist Mariano Gonzalez
Friday-Saturday November 1st-2nd 5:00pm-6:00pm
Violinist James Harvey and Cellist Mert Sermet
in the beautiful Autumn Garden of the
Bellagio Conservatory (large garden near the front desk, and self parking)
Bellagio Hotel and Casino

Monday October 28th 7:00pm
Piano recital featuring UNLV piano professor Mykola Suk and UNLV piano students including Maria Kolesnyk, Katia Bessmeltseva and Dejan Deskolov piano. Program includes Liszt and Amy Beach
Starbright Theater
2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd.
Las Vegas NV 89134
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-240-1301

Tuesday October 29th 7:30pm
Contemporary Music Concert featuring flutist Anastasia Petanova and pianist Timothy Hoft
concert series is called "Nextet"
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Thursday October 31st 7:30pm
Doctoral Flute recital by Carmella Cao
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Friday, Saturday November 1st, 2nd 8:00pm
Dramatic Opera by Menotti entitled "The Medium"
will be performed by Sin City Opera
Onyx Theater
953 E. Sahara
Las Vegas NV 89104
$15
more info 702-900-4492

Friday November 1st 7:30pm
Cello recital featuring UNLV visiting cello professor
Daniel Gaisford, program includes Sonatas 1 and 2 for unaccompanied cello
by Michael Hersch
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Saturday November 2nd 7:00pm
Piano recital by Pat Sue
Christ Church Episcopal
2000 S. Maryland
Las Vegas NV 89121
Free and Open to the Pubic, voluntary donations received
more info: 702-735-7655

Sunday November 3rd 2:00pm
Chamber Music recital by CSN students, faculty and friends
CSN Recital Hall (room 1430)
Cheyenne Campus
3200 E. Cheyenne Ave.
N. Las Vegas
$8, $5 students/seniors
more info: 702-651-5483

Sunday November 3rd 7:30pm
Piano recital by Spencer Baker, performers also include Shakeh Goukasian, Yuuki Hashimori violins, Tianna Heppner Harjo viola, Elena Kapustina cello, Chris Davis Bass and dancers Katie Kenner and the Dance Loft Dancers. Program includes Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin and Dohnanyi
Green Valley Presbyterian Church
1798 Wigwam Pkwy
Henderson NV 89074
Free and Open to the Public, voluntary donation received
more info: 702-454-8484

upcoming

Tuesday November 5th 7:30pm
Concert featuring the music of Elliot Carter
Free and Open to the Public
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332




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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Life is Beautiful has arrived!


The most anticipated and of course the most ambitious art, music, food and all out entertainment festival in Las Vegas History has finally arrived. In a matter of a few hours tens of thousands of festival goers, myself included, will be descending into the Downtown area for what is expected to be the grand dame of Las Vegas parties. Not even New Years on the Strip will come close to what is being planned in the real City Center of Downtown Las Vegas. Luckily the way to the festival is only 8 short blocks from my Downtown flat.

I haven't been this excited to attend a festival since my raving days back in the late 1990's when we would drive to Southern California to hit up the massive parties like Nocturnal Wonderland or Lollapalooza. Festivals that would bring out thousands of people to dance into the wee hours of the night. Of course Life is Beautiful is a completely different animal and experience. One that is rooted far beyond just music and includes all the other aspects that make life beautiful.

There is something to be said about the cultural maturity of a city when a festival of this magnitude can be executed right smack in the middle of an urban environment. As a cultural observer the profound impact that this event will have on our community will be incalculable in terms of culture. For a city that has struggled for a cultural identity outside of the late night lounge acts, "good-ole-boy" run town attitude and casino ascetic one can only imagine what the next ten years will be like for Las Vegas. The questions that are begged to be asked today are; Could this festival be the ultimate tipping point for Las Vegas' cultural scene? Could it change the ultimate rhythm of the heart beat of a community only known for it's dated "What Happens in Vegas..." marketing campaign? Only time will tell of course. But the good news is that we are here today to observe it, live it and be in it. So stay tuned for my next posts about the festival itself.

Culturally yours Paco...

For more information about Life is Beautiful please visit - http://lifeisbeautifulfestival.com/

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of October 14...

Monday-Thursday October 14th-17th and Sunday 20th 5:00pm-6:00pm
beautiful classical harp music by Kim Glennie
Friday-Saturday October 18th-19th 5:00pm-6:00pm
Violinist James Harvey and Cellist Mert Sermet
performing a light mix of classical music
in the beautiful Autumn Garden of the
Bellagio Conservatory (large garden near the front desk, and self parking)
3600 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas NV 89109
Free and open to the Public
http://www.bellagio.com/attractions/botanical-garden.aspx

Thursday October 17th 6:00pm
Youth Orchestra concert by the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras
Henderson Pavilion
200 S. Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson NV 89012
$12, $8 students/seniors
more info: 702-385-2838
http://lvyo.org/events/#winter-concert

Friday October 18th 12:00-1:00pm
Gypsy Jazz group "The Hot Club of Zion" performs 1930-40's gypsy jazz
standards in the style of Django Reinhardt, Nathan Royal led guitar,
James Martak rhythm guitar, Liz Conway jazz violin, Kevin Schultz upright bass Jury Assembly Room
Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse
333 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas NV
Free and Open to the Public
free lunch served - bring ID
more info: 702-229-3515
http://thehotclubofzion.com/

Friday October 18th 7:30pm and
Saturday October 19th 2:30 and 7:30pm

Orchestra and Dance concert by the UNLV Symphony Orchestra and
the UNLV Dance department, program includes Nijinsky's original choreography and
Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun" with
Ravel's "Mother Goose Suite" and
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring!
UNLV Ham Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$18, $10 students/military/seniors
more info:702-898-5455

Saturday October 19th 6:30pm
Traditional Dance of Mexico by Ballet Folklorico Izel
Winchester Community Center
3130 S. McLeod Dr.
Las Vegas NV
$10 tickets in advance, $12 season pass
more info: 702-455-7340
website info
http://pac.unlv.edu/calendar.php?event_id=2090

Sunday October 20th 1:30pm
Bassoon masterclass by principal bassoonist of the Minnesota Orchestra
and the bassoon professor at the University of Minnesota John Miller
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info:702-895-3332

upcoming

Monday October 21st 7:30pm
String Quartet concert by the Kronos Quartet, program includes
Philip Glass, Jimi Hendrix, Laurie Anderson, Jerry Garcia,
Clint Mansell and Richard Wagner
Smith Center Reynolds Hall
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas NV 89106
$26-$125

Tuesday October 22 7:30pm
String Quartet performance by the Fry Street Quartet, they will perform Schubert
Britten and Ravel
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$25
more info 702-895-2787


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Friday, October 04, 2013

First Friday Celebrates 11 Years and Las Vegas Arts and Culture Celebrates 10 Years!!!

Not just does First Friday celebrate it's big 11th anniversary but my little arts and culture blog that could celebrates it official 10th anniversary this month! Who would have thought that we would have been around so many years. Especially in a city known more for the "What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas" hype than arts and culture. But as a Las Vegas native I know that my home town is so much more than a brand. There is a vibrant and ever expanding cultural scene that is making huge strides in shaking up the world that locals and visitors alike are used to.

So now that First Friday sets another milestone for itself, with great support from the community and like minded individuals, what next? Oh yes of course! First Friday is TONIGHT! So make sure to get your butts up off the sofa and head Downtown where Las Vegas comes alive with the zany and wild culture artists and their supporters have created. Besides its free and artists make great pets!

First Friday begins at 5pm and heads into the night. There will be lots of things for the kiddies to do! Pumpkin patch anyone?!








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