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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from Enculturate Las Vegas!!!


I just want to send a huge thanks to all of my friends, family, colleagues, readers, contributors and supporters of the little cultural arts blog that could. All of you have supported us through the thick and thin and I am greatly appreciative of all of you.

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful on so many fronts that I would have to spend all day listing them out! In either case I just wanted to simply say thank you!

A special thanks goes out to our contributors...

- Laraine Kaizer-Viazovtsev - Violinist & Coffee with Kaiser
- Onnoleigh Sweetman - Nytonix Entertainment
- Dr. Laura Henkel - Art Culture PR & Sin City Gallery
- Evelyn "Evie" Thompson - Spiritual adviser
- RaShelle Roberts - Creative Coach 
- Robert Kimberly - Blog founder

Happy Holidays everyone!

Paco

Paco

Laraine Kaizer-Viazovtsev

Onnoleigh Sweetman

Dr. Laura Henkel

Evelyn "Evie" Thompson

RaShelle Roberts

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of November 24

Tuesday November 25th 5:30pm
Masters Percussion recital by Ryan Harrison, program includes Xenakis, Gronemeier, Carter, Green and more 
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info:702-895-3332

Tuesday November 25th 7:30pm
UNLV Symphony Orchestra directed by Taras Krysa
performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 7,
Vega's "Red Rock" and Barber's Violin Concerto
featuring soloist Solomiya Ivakhiv
UNLV Artemis Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$10, $8 military/senior/disabled, 1 free ticket for students with ID
more info: 702-895-2787

Wednesday November 26th 5:30pm
Doctoral piano recital by Maria Pisarenko
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

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Monday, November 17, 2014

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

Monday November 17th 7:00pm
Piano recital by UNLV piano professor Mykola Suk's piano studio, program includes Schumann, Greig, Frank and Balakirev
Christ the King Catholic Community Church
4925 S. Torrey Pines
Las Vegas NV
Free and Open to the public
more info: 702-895-3332

Wednesday November 19th 7:00pm
Orchestral Band and Choir concert by LVA students, program includes selections from Verdi's 'Forza Del Destino,' Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet' and Orff's 'Carmina Burana'
Smith Center - Reynolds Hall
361 Symphony Park Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89106
$20-$100
more info: 702-749-2000

Wednesday November 19th 8:00pm
Guitar recital by Bosnian guitarist Denis Azabagic
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam music center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$40
more info: 702-895-2787

Thursday November 20th 7:30pm
Band concert by UNLV winds directed by Thomas G. Leslie and guest conductor Col. John R. Bourgeois program includes "Lincoln Portrait" and other patriotic selections
UNLV Artemis Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$10-$8, discounts available
more info: 702-895-3332

Friday November 21st 5:00pm
Vocal lecture recital by Pei-Ning
Dealing with the music of Hsiao Tyzen and its connection to Taiwan, other performers include Kosta Popovic
Room 147
UNLV Ham Fine Arts building
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Saturday November 22nd 7:30pm
Las Vegas Philharmonic performs Brahms' symphony no.1, Weber's Obern Overture and Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4
featuring guest conductor Danail Rachev and pianist Markus Groh
Smith Center - Reynolds Hall
361 Symphony Park Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89106
$26-$94
more info: 702-749-2000

Sunday November 23rd 3:00pm
UNLV Chamber Orchestra performs
Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb
Las Vegas NV
Free and Open to the Public
More info:702-895-3332

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Las Vegas Artists take over Designer Con in Pasadena

Gotta give them lots of props for putting on a great show at Designer Con 2014. Las Vegas should be very proud to have had such a great team of ambassadors in Pasadena, November 8-9th, as they showed their L.A. counterparts and beyond that they too could hang with the big girls and boys. Not to mention the artists were grouped all together in one continuous row in what they called the Las Vegas Strip approprietly.

Also I must add that I was deeply humbled to have been asked by artist Ryan Brunty, creator extraordinaire of "Yerman the Sad Yeti", to have been asked to moderate a panel discussion with Ryan and Juan Muniz on Art and Depression at the expo. I am glad that I agreed because I could not have had a better weekend with such amazing artists discussing such an important subject that moved many in the audience to tears.

When I look back at the 20 years that I have been personally involved in the local art scene it really is exciting to see how far we have come as a community. Though I have always said that Las Vegas has always had cultural arts scene, based on historical fact, it was not until the last 12 years that the scene has really picked up momentum. So much so that city's around the world are beginning to take notice.

Whats interesting is the fact that we Las Vegans don't even know what we have in our own backyard. In another recent trip to L.A. back in June I was shocked at how much the cultural intelligentsia in places like Los Angeles knew about what was going on in our fair city. The world is quickly taking notice that Las Vegas is a place with fresh ideas that has a lot of opportunities for fledgling, mid-career and established artists. What the future holds is anyone's guess but I suspect that Las Vegas will continue breaking barriers and reaching new frontiers in art and culture just like we did with the gaming and entertainment industries.

Keep up the good work all you creatives out there for Las Vegas has an artistic mojo to be reckoned with.

Las Vegas Artists at Designer Con -

Juan Muniz - http://www.juanmunizart.com/
Das Frank - http://dasfrank.bigcartel.com/
Tanya Watler - http://www.lilartbodega.com/
Mike Biggs - http://biggsstudio.squarespace.com/
Dan 45 - http://dan45art.bigcartel.com/
Ryan Brunty - http://ryanbrunty.storenvy.com/
Iianit & Rich Moskal - https://happypandatoys.com/
Derek Douglas SN!PT - http://sniptart.com/
Dillon Boy - http://www.dillonboy.com/
Spencer Davis - http://bootybabe.com/

For more information about Designer Con (D-Con) 2014 -
http://www.designercon.com/

Huge thanks to Designer Con and the City of Pasadena for a great show!

The Las Vegas Crew @ Designer Con Pasadena 2014
From left - Juan Muniz, Das Frank, Tanya Watler , Mike Biggs, Dan 45, Ryan Brunty, Iianit Moskal,
Bottom - Derek Douglas SN!PT, Dillon Boy, Rich Moskal 

Derek Douglas, Juan Muniz, Tanya Watler, Dillon Boy

Happy Panda Toys

Juan Muniz

Mike Biggs

Paco, Ryan and Juan as Felipe. Panel discussion on
Depression in the Arts: A character study
Photo taken by Shahab Zargari

Ryan and Charlie

Spencer Davis & his awesome Botty Babe's

Ryan Brunty, Jeannette Hall, Juan Muniz as Felipe, Paco & Vezun

Derek Douglas SN!PT

Drawing by Las Vegas Artist Jeannette Hall

Star Wars Imperial Walker AKA AT AT
@ Designer Con

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Monday, November 10, 2014

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

Monday November 10th 5:30pm
Masters Composition recital by Travis Richards program includes works for
brass quintet, string quartet, violin and piano, trombone choir and more, performers
include violinists Samantha Ciarlo and Dmytro Nehrych, flutist Anastasia Petanova
and pianist Maria Kolesnyk
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Monday November 10th 7:30pm
Doctoral piano recital by Ryan Kelly program includes MacDowell and Liszt
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Tuesday November 11th 7:30pm
Wind ensemble concert by Desert Winds honoring our
armed forces for Veterans Day
Congregation Ner Tamid
55 N. Valle Verde Dr.
Henderson NV 89074
Free and Open to the Public
or $18 to make a dedication (see website below)
more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colorations-in-crimson-a-veterans-day-salute-tickets-13530400793

Thursday November 13th 7:30pm
Friday November 14th 7:30pm
Saturday November 15th 7:30pm

UNLV Opera Theater presents Barab's "Little Red Riding Hood" and Ravel's
"l'enfant et les sortileges," performers include Lacy Burchfield, Nicole Thomas, Olivia Sirota,
Christophe Kennedy and pianists Kosta Popovic and Jae Ahn-Benton
UNLV Paul Harris Theater - Ham Fine Arts Building
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$10, $8 staff/senior/military, 1 free ticket per student with ID
more info: 895-2787

Thursday November 13th 7:30pm
UNLV Flute Ensemble performs directed by Anastasia Petanova,
program includes Beethoven, Eckhart and Mozart
room 159
UNLV Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Friday November 14th 5:00pm
UNLV Flute Studio recital directed by Jennifer Grim performs music
including Hue, Telemann and Doppler
Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
UNLV
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Saturday November 15th 2:00pm
Traditional South American vocal/guitar music performed by 'Duo Oriental' -Sergio Eduardo and Marco Machin of Uruguay, program includes sambas, waltzes, pasajes, boleros and much more
Winchester Cultural Center
3130 S. McLeod Dr.
Las Vegas NV
$10 in advance $12 at door
more info: 702-455-7340 listen to them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGW7YXOO9uE

Saturday November 15th 2:00pm
Orchestral concert by CCSD's Honor Orchestras
UNLV Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-799-8531

Saturday November 15th 7:30pm
Las Vegas Philharmonic presents a concert including traditional music of Hawaii
featuring guest conductor and performer Matt Catingub and vocalist Amy Hanaiali'i
The Smith Center - Reynolds Hall
361 Symphony Park Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89106
$26-$94
more info: 702-749-2000

Saturday November 15th 7:30pm
Guitar Quartet recital featuring Eddie Carcamo, Rese Comas, Julien D'Otavvio, and Daniel Munoz program includes Bach, Munoz, de Falla and Boccherini
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Sunday November 16th 5:00pm and 7:30pm
Zion Youth Symphony and Chorus perform "House of the Lord"
an original work about the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints in Southern Nevada directed by David and Jeffrey Skouson
The Smith Center - Reynolds Hall
361 Symphony Park Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89106
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-749-2000

Sunday November 16th 7:30pm
UNLV Horn Studio recital directed by Bill Bernatis, along with
guest performer flute professor Jennifer Grim, program includes
Hindemith, Rossini, Doppler, Dukas and Humperdinck
UNLB Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332





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Monday, November 03, 2014

ENIGMA by Anthony Bondi at Sin City Gallery

By Laura Henkel,
contributing writer

Las Vegas has long been a destination for entertainment, a visitor’s paradise of forgetfulness and excess. Many describe the environment as surreal. And yet, like the Dadaist’s disdain for urbanity, it appears as well, that artists who live within this bright world of guile artfulness, entertainment and sexuality have their own notion of urban life.

Anthony Bondi is one of these artists. His work serves as a commentary on the transient nature of the city, and of the idea of show, beauty and contemporary culture, and yet also offers a view into the world of artists who for all purposes function outside of the world of the casinos, who exist within this realm, but have another way of being and living, sometimes invisible, but always creating.

Overall, Bondi’s meticulous hand made collages have a retro feel, an archaism that reminds one of aesthetic of art deco and 1950’s black and white magazines. While Bondi’s work is decidedly late 20th century if not contemporary, it does use the idioms seen frequently in the collaborative collages and drawings and collages produced by the Parisian and Spanish Surrealists of the early 20th century. These works in the original French were called “cadavre exquis” (exquisite corpse or rotating corpse) and involved each participant adding a word or image to the paper, resulting the juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated imagery.

As well in classic 20th century Surrealist pictures, particularly that of Remedios Varo and Yves Tanguy strange often unrelated elements are often set against an expanse of sky, which may have seemed otherworldly to the Parisians, but might seem like simply home, or the desert to Nevada. Nevertheless this plain of sand has its own esoteric qualities even for the local. While Bondi has also worked in kinetic sculpture for the Burning Man Festival, he clearly has also enjoyed the creative force of automatism.

Bondi’s style is part of the heritage of Surrealism in America that spans so many mediums from artistic greats like Robert Rauschenberg who also collected and assembled images and objects to make remarkable large-scale tableaux. In fact, the influence of Dada and Surrealism is far reaching and even makes it imprint on the moving image and advertisement. As such, Bondi’s work displays a dedication to pursuing a form of automatism, to ensuring that handmade creative works are continually at the heart of an artist’s production.

It must also be mentioned that Bondi’s works are intrinsically related to Las Vegas’ artistic culture of the late 1990’s that met and flowered at the artist’s meeting place Enigma Café (1993-2000). A meeting place for exchange and collaboration; it was the center for artistic creativity. As part of this community, Bondi created a series of Flyer Collages, a “candy wrapper” for the café’s handwritten monthly event flyers.

These kind of collaborative magazines and print materials have a long history in America including the well known VVV magazine of the 1940’s and American surrealists for some time have encountered and absorbed and reinterpreted surreal imagery numerous artists, we need to only look at the work of the early 20th century artist Peter Blume and expand our horizons to film making today such as Anja Marais and even more famous Matthew Barney.

For its part, the Enigma Café was a place where making art mattered, and today, The Arts Factory, the location of Sin City Gallery, carries on this legacy. It is indeed a rare opportunity to see the results of this hidden subculture.

Works about the café include a series of monochromatic flyer covers with the name Enigma Café across mysterious imagery, that is at once puzzling and captivating, a tongue in cheek picture featuring a iconic coffee cup and saucer at the center, besieged by a crowd of reaching arms; Alfred Hitchcock’s somber profile sits outlandishly on a cup, and vintage image of a child leans in, adding to a sense of inversion and absurdity. Other images are more classical and enigmatic; a Grecian woman is posed next to a dark well of coffee, and botanical elements. A reclining nude draped in a white cloth recalls the classic feminine muse and model. Each work is graphically appealing and sufficiently mystifying to fascinate.

Enigma is truly a taste of nostalgia and exquisitely brewed to perfection.

Sin City Gallery
107 E Charleston Blvd #100
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 608-2461
http://sincitygallery.com/

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

Monday November 3rd 5:00pm
Percussion recital by the UNLV Percussion Ensemble, program includes
Trevino, Fleck, Mackey and a world premiere by Koppel
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Monday November 3rd 7:30pm
Doctoral horn recital by Jon Holloway along with Jae Ahn-Benton
at the piano and Arthur Chivis performing
the electronics, program includes Ernste, Michael Haydn and Gliere
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Wednesday November 5th 4:00pm
Percussion concert by the UNLV percussion studio, program includes
a wide array of contemporary composers including Zivkovic, Peel, Stout and Miyake
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Thursday November 6th 7:30pm
Doctoral trumpet recital by Micha Holt, along with Jae Ahn-Benton piano,
Kevin Tague trumpet, Linnie Hostetler horn, Stephen Turner tuba, and James Nelson trombone
program includes Tamberg, Pliss and Arnold
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Saturday November 8th 10:00am
Henderson Symphony directed by Taras Krysa performs patriotic classics
in honor of Veterans Day
Henderson Events Plaza
200 S. Water St.
Henderson NV 89015
Free and Open to the Public
702-267-2171

Saturday November 8th 3:30pm
Composition recital by Justin Marquis
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Sunday November 9th 2:00pm
Brass Band concert by the Las Vegas Brass Band, program includes
patriotic classics in honor of Veterans Day
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas NV 89119
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-507-3400

Sunday November 9th 3:30pm
Doctoral Trumpet recital by Kevin Tague
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Sunday November 9th 7:00pm
Ethnic Jazz Fusion -styles languages and instruments from 6 different countries
including Brazil, Japan and France group is called "Allegato"
Sammy Davis Jr. Plaza
Lorenzi Park
720 Twin Lakes Dr.
Las Vegas NV
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-229-6511



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10th Annual Latino Film Festival!!!

Congratulations to the Hispanic Museum of Nevada for 10 spectacular years celebrating Latin films!


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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Provocative Portraits by Will Roger Peterson @ Sin City Gallery

By Dr. Laura Henkel,
contributing writer

A camera alone does not make a picture. To make a picture you need a camera, a photographer and above all a subject. It is the subject that determines the interest of the photograph. - Man Ray - Oct. 2, 1966

The enchantment of erotic art has had a long history. From the explicit picture by Gustave Courbet L'Origine du monde to the sublimated metaphors of French Rococo painting, and the mystery of Victorian pornography, there has always been a dialogue between the explicit and the abstract in erotic art, and it is this dance that defines eroticism. For the artist Will Roger Peterson, one of the co-founders of Burning Man, the subject is one of celebration and performance. Exploration, spirituality, freedom and artistic expression are fundamental.

The appeal of Peterson’s compelling erotic black and white photographs is multifaceted. Peterson’s practice is at once technically interesting, intellectually engaging, and deeply sensual. In the pictures, there is a playful fluctuation between object, participant, viewer and voyeur. This fluidity is at the core of the success of Peterson’s alluring dance series (1987-present). The beguiling stop motion photographs skillfully merge erotic dance with the mystery of the 19th century Eadweard Muybridge’s photographic studies of movement. Using modes often associated with surrealist photography, Peterson inverts proportion, space and perspective creating an enthralling sense of discovery. To this end, Peterson uses motion effect including one-second exposure, strobe and spotlights on the moving subjects to create a dialogue about codified definitions of erotica, fine art and pornography. The spellbinding photographs emerge as a convergence between all three, suggestively fluctuating between a sense of the bacchanal, of the boudoir and the artistic. Light, shadow emerging from a darkness that is almost moonlit, pale snowy skin against light orchestrates a moving portrait, with an illuminated feathery atmosphere.

Many of Peterson’s images of a woman dancing are subtly erotic, elusive portraits of ballerina like dancer. The subject is Crimson Rose, Peterson’s partner of many years. The images are as much an expression of her sexuality and personality as his desire, or that of the viewer / voyeur. Peterson deftly shows glimpses of the feminine body against a foggy and dynamic elemental movement. She is deeply alluring, mesmeric.

Other images are reminiscent of classic example of modernist feminine beauty, channeling the magnetism of Gustav Klimt’s erotic poetry of womanhood; there is the play with closeness and distance that characterizes erotic art.

Conversely a number of racy images showcase fetish, costume and role-playing. Throughout, there is a riveting sense of delight, sexuality and enjoyment. As well, one of the most compelling pictures is an inversion of the typical female nude, a self-portrait of a masked Peterson as an expression of male virility veiled in mystery that also functions as a trope on surrealist practice linking his work to the practice of Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Andre Breton, Brassai, Salvador Dali, and Andre Kertesz.

Peterson’s journey to the capturing of the reverie of sexual exploration has taken an interesting path. Before beginning his study of the elusive subject of human sexuality and desire, he began in a field defined by quantification. Originally trained in analytical chemistry, Peterson worked at the Rochester Institute of Technology, eventually earning an MFA and finally serving as a professor of photography. As a teacher he became well known for his course, “In Search of the Mystical Image.” And indeed, Peterson’s work juxtaposes the mystical and ephemeral with physical desire in this series of suggestive photographs, a dance is captured as a moment in time with tactile sexuality. Always interesting in depicting and portraiture, Peterson moved to California in 1991 to concentrate on portrait photography. However, when digital film took over the industry, he turned his focus to Burning Man. This concentration culminated into an artistic and personal affinity for the desert. Today, in addition to his captivating erotic photographs, Peterson also takes botanical photos and aerial images of Black Rock City. As a pioneering co-founder of The Burning Man Festival, Peterson’s work is intrinsically tied to exploration, dance and the expression of self and sexuality. The Erotic Dance series mirror not only an undercurrent of raw sexuality, but also the grace and choreography of classic art, and modern photography.

This focused study of Peterson’s erotic images offers an unprecedented and intimate view into the magnetism of sexuality, dance and discovery and is the first exhibit of the artist’s work in twenty years.

Exhibition Dates

October 18, 2014 - Meet The Artist @ Sin City Gallery

Exhibition runs through October 18, 2014 @ www.sincitygallery.com

October 6, 2014 – Meet the Artist @ Sierra Arts Foundation

Exhibition runs through November 4 – 26, 2014 @ www.sierra-arts.org

www.sincitygallery.com


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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Gay Marriage legalized in Nevada!!!


“The lessons of our constitutional history are clear: Inclusion strengthens, rather than weakens, our most important institutions,” Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt

Finally! After years and years of discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down Nevada's constitutional amendment banning marriage equality. This is a monumental win for gay and lesbian couples in Nevada who have been denied the basic rights and privileges of straight couples. Though this was a hard fight, in the end those on the right side of history have prevailed.

Congratulations to everyone who fought so hard to make this a reality in Nevada and beyond. Now come to Las Vegas and get married!!!

For more information on getting a marriage licence in Clark County -

http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/depts/clerk/services/pages/marriagelicenses.aspx

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Saturday, October 04, 2014

Community Spotlight: Allison Burns

By Onnoleigh Sweetman,
contributing writer


Bartering Bad Ass

Ali Burns is platinum blonde haired, blue-eyed girl with a cute pep in her step and a light southern twang. I first met Ali back in my club days at Club Ice on Paradise and Harmon. I was immediately captivated by her inviting personality, zest for life and friendly demeanor. She was spunky, she was blonde, she was my soul sister…

One thing I've learned about Ali over the years, is not to be fooled by the small stature and southern drawl. This girl has a big personality and even more fiery ambition. If she’s not appearing in rock videos, she’s spending her time building her resume’ as a Vegan Chef, humanitarian, world traveler, performer, model, designer, and the list goes on and on. Founder of Conscience Cuisine (just as the name suggests) and Founder of Howl at the Moon Festival and Food drive, Ali also spends her time volunteering with local Burners without Borders projects and Go-Go dancing for the DTLV electronic dance troupe Nytronix. Ali makes a New York gal like myself look at the term Bad Ass with a whole new meaning and reverence. Add single mother to the equation and you get nothing but respect for a gal that continues to push forward, move ahead and reinvent herself and her artistic approach at every corner.

These days, Ali has teamed up with former Green Valley High School classmate Brianna Coleman to bring Las Vegas The Open Closet Project.- “A karmic clothing encounter” in which both women are reinventing retail in a trade-based setting. They currently have a space to trade daily inside Reclaimed Art Suppliez at 1114 S. Casino Center, an experimental art gallery, store and community center in downtown Las Vegas. To kick off the premier of this fashion forward project, Ali and Brianna are producing a large scale event at Rainbow’s End on Saturday October 4th. “Wear it Forward: Fashion Show & Clothing Drive” is an interactive clothing exchange and fashion show complete with over 25 vendors, fine art by Mike Wardle, organic food by Rainbow’s End Cafe, live band CoConUT & the CLue, beats by Dre Morningstar, poi spinning by Hope Quinnones and live performances by Sara Lyn and Georgia Curringa of Nytronix Entertainment. The event starts at 6:00 pm and goes till 10:00pm. So clean out your closets ladies (and gems), fill up a barter bag, and experience the Bad Ass Bartering Blonde that is Miss Ali Burns.




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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The 12th Anniversary of First Friday is one for the record books...

I rarely talk about myself on this crazy little blog but on occasion things happen that require me to step outside and smile. I am very very humbled to have been asked to co-curate First Friday's 12 Anniversary this October. I strongly believe that First Friday is one of the most important cultural arts event in Las Vegas History. With 144 First Fridays that have occurred over the last 12 years there is no doubt that it has reached a great status.

The 12th Anniversary will be a great celebration of Art and Culture like we have never seen and with the lineup of artists that will be featured, I can say this one is for the record books. 

Thank You!

Las Vegas Cultural Icon Brian “Paco” Alvarez Named Guest Curator for First Friday Las Vegas’ 12th Anniversary Celebration

Oct. 3 Event to Feature 12 Veteran First Friday Artists Showing with 12 Emerging Artists

LAS VEGAS – September 17, 2014 – In celebration of the 12th anniversary of First Friday Las Vegas, one of the largest arts and culture festivals in the Western United States, event organizers have named Las Vegas cultural icon Brian “Paco” Alvarez as a special curator for “Time, Mythology and 12” on Friday, Oct. 3. First Friday has become the leader for family-friendly activities, art, cultural enrichment, educational efforts, community and more; mostly low cost or free of cost, for every age.

Following the likes of ISI Group and Jennifer Cornthwaite, Alvarez is responsible for choosing the artists represented on the main art thoroughfare at First Friday, Casino Center between Colorado and Charleston. To commemorate the 12th anniversary and the lasting impact First Friday has had on the Las Vegas community, Alvarez has invited back 12 popular artists who showed at First Friday in the early years and who have made sustainable careers as artists in the local community. These established artists will be paired with emerging artists, mentoring them through the First Friday process and giving them a platform to develop their own following.

“It’s an honor to be a curator for First Friday’s October event and especially for the 12th anniversary,” said Alvarez. “As a Las Vegan, I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact First Friday has had on the community as a whole and the opportunities it has afforded artists in our city.”

Native Las Vegan, UNLV graduate and urban historian, Brian “Paco” Alvarez is the current curator and corporate historian for Zappos.com. He also currently serves as arts commissioner for the City of Las Vegas, Ward 3. Alvarez’s major curatorial projects include Vintage Point, Contemporary Arts Center (2007); The Fabulous Flamingo, West Charleston Library (2009); Fabulous Downtown, City of Las Vegas City Hall (2011); Golden Age of Glam, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (2012); and the Zappos Mural Project and Artist Showcase, Zappos.com (2014). He has served on the boards of the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation – National Atomic Testing Museum, Nevada Museums Association, Preserve Nevada, Contemporary Arts Center of Las Vegas and the 18b Arts District Neighborhood Association to name a few.

Celebrating its 12th anniversary with “Time, Mythology and 12” on Friday, Oct. 3. First Friday Las Vegas turns to the representation of the number 12 to serve as inspiration for the event. From hours on a clock, months in a year, signs in the Zodiac; 12 is the number that dictates the rhythm of life. 12 represents that which is completed, that which forms a whole and that which embodies a perfect and harmonious unit, it is the symbol of the closing and of a circle and new beginnings. 12 is the number of years First Friday Las Vegas has been bringing enchantment to the Las Vegas community.

First Friday Las Vegas will continue the popular Arts Row, featuring works of emerging Las Vegas artists, arts and crafts vendors in The Bazaar and live music in The Hub, running down Casino Center from Colorado to Charleston, in the heart of the Arts District.

The popular Green Street on California Avenue, between Main Street and Casino Center Drive, is set to transform into Pure Green Place. First Friday has always been committed to reducing its carbon footprint and through Pure Green Place will educate and foster action within the community by showcasing alternate methods of transportation, renewable energy and sustainable products. First Friday organizers continue to make the Kids Zonemore interactive and appealing to the young art aficionados while the Think Safe Zone continues with a focus on local charitable organizations, community action and involvement and safety tips for Las Vegans.

All interview and photo inquiries, as well as camera clearance and parking instructions, can be directed to Michelle Wilmoth at michelle@prpluslv.comor 702.561.3872.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

PARKING/SHUTTLES:

Shuttle service will run from 4:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Four Open Top Sightseeing Shuttles, two Celebrity Coaches and an additional handicap equipped shuttle will make a constant loop around the entire event route.

For Handicap Transportation to event, please call: 702-736-6491

There will be ample free parking as well as $5 parking lots.

**If you park in unauthorized parking areas, you may be subject to towing.

Fremont Route Shuttle Stops:

* El Cortez- pick up and drop off on 6th St. across from the El Cortez valet entrance

* Container Park – Newest Stop

* Arts District Hub at Colorado and Main

Please note the Government Center Route Shuttle Stop or parking at the Government Center is no longer available for First Friday visitors.

GENERAL INFORMATION

For more information on First Friday Las Vegas, please check the website www.firstfridaylasvegas.com, the Facebook page www.facebook.com/firstfridaylasvegas or on twitter at @firstfridaylv.

ABOUT FIRST FRIDAY LAS VEGAS

First Friday Las Vegas has been a mainstay of arts and culture in downtown Las Vegas for eleven years and has become the leader for family-friendly activities, art, cultural enrichment, educational efforts, imagination, community and more; mostly low cost or free of cost, for every age. The outdoor event which averages 20,000 patrons each month features several areas throughout Downtown Las Vegas that showcases artists of all calibers and genres. Stages throughout the festival feature live music, food vendors and food trucks offer the finest in cuisine and other celebratory events each month are always working to build community in Las Vegas. First Friday Las Vegas, LLC’s Managing Partner is Joey Vanas. For more information on First Friday Las Vegas, please check the website www.firstfridaylasvegas.com, like on Facebook page or follow on Twitter.

For media information, please contact:
Michelle Wilmoth
PR Plus
702-696-1999
michelle@prpluslv.com


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of September 29...

Tuesday September 30th 7:30pm
Doctoral recital by soprano Keri Rusthoi with pianist Kosta Popovich, program
includes Berger, Strauss, Hundli and Poulenc
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89101
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Thursday October 2nd 7:00pm
UNLV Wind Orchestra with Palo Verde High School Wind Symphony and Concert Choir
perform "Bells for Stokowski" by Michael Daugherty, along with works by Sousa and Maslanka
directed by Zane S. Douglass
UNLV Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89101
$10 all seats, discounts available
more info: 702-895-2787

Friday October 3rd 7:30pm
Organ recital by Arizona University Organ and Composition Professor:
Dr. Pamela Decker, program includes Preludes and Fugues by both JS Bach and Mendelssohn
UNLV Doc Rando Recital Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89101
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-898-5455

Saturday October 4th 7:30pm
Wind Ensemble performance by "Desert Winds" with guest conductor
Dick McGee, and guest euphonium soloist: Leanne Stamp, program includes
works by Eric Whitacre and Peter Meechan
Nicholas Horn Theater
CSN Cheyenne Campus
3200 E. Cheyenne Ave.
North Las Vegas NV 89030
$15
more info: www.thedesertwinds.org

Sunday October 5th 2:00pm
Brass ensemble recital by the "Las Vegas Brass Band"
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas NV 89119
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-507-3400

Sunday October 5th 2:00pm
Traditional Flamenco Guitar recital by Ricardo Griego
Windmill Library
7060 W. Windmill Ln.
Las Vegas NV 89113
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-507-3964

Sunday October 5th 7:00pm
Traditional Bluegrass Music by local bluegrass groups including the Red Rock Ramblers
acoustic banjo, fiddle mandolin and other traditional instruments
Lake Band Shell
Lorenzi Park
3333 W. Washington Ave.
Las Vegas NV
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-229-5443


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of September 15...

Wednesday September 17th 7:30pm
Violinist Oleh Krysa, professor of violin at Eastman School of Music, along with UNLV faculty including Mykola Suk and Timothy Hoft, piano, Bill Bernatis, horn Taras Krysa, violin Jason Bonham, viola and Andrew Smith, cello will perform Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 3 in Eb Major, Brahms' Horn Trio, Op. 40, and Schumann's Piano Quintet in Eb Major, Op. 44
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$25 general admission
Full Season tickets (all 4 concerts) $85 (see flier)
Student rush tickets $5 with valid ID available 1 hour prior to performance
UNLV Faculty/Staff discounts also available
more info: 702-895-2787

Thursday-Saturday September 18th-20th 8:00pm

Sunday September 21st 5:00pm
Sincity Opera presents a family friendly and modern Vegas take on
Mozart's famous opera entitled: "The Magic Flute on Fremont" it will
be performed in the Container Park on Fremont Street. It will be sung in
English and feature some of the best local Vegas talent
Downtown Container Park
707 Fremont St.
Las Vegas NV 89101
Free and Open to the Public
more info: www.sincityopera.com

Friday September 19th 8:00pm
Henderson Symphony directed by Taras Krysa Performs Beethoven's "Coriolan Overture," Schumann's Symphony No. 4 and Brahms' Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, soloists: Oleh Krysa violin and Andrew Smith cello
Henderson Pavilion
200 S. Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson NV 89012
Free and Open to the Public, 10$ donation suggested
more info: 702-267-2171

Friday September 19th 7:00pm
Traditional Sufi Music of Pakistan and India "Qawwali Music" performed by
California Ensemble: "Fanna-Fi-Allah" instrumentation includes:
harmoniums, tempura, tablas, handclapping and singing
Winchester Community Center
3130 S. McLeod Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89121
$10 in advance, $12 at the door
more info: 702-455-7340

Friday September 19th 7:00pm
Saturday September 20th 7:00pm

Traditional music of Hawaii by George Kahumoku Jr., Led Kaapana and "Uncel" Ho Opi'i
Cabaret Jazz - Smith Center
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas NV
$35-$43
more info: 702-749-2000

Saturday September 20th 7:30pm
Piano Recital by Dr. James D'Leon, International Steinway Artist, performs Beethoven Ginastera and Bill Evans
Green Valley Presbyterian Church
1798 Wigwam Pkwy
Henderson NV
Free and Open to the Public, donations welcome
more info: 702-454-8484

Saturday September 20th 7:30pm
Sunday September 21st 2:00pm

Members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic under the direction of Emil de Cou
perform live for the Nevada Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet's performances of Choreography by Balanchine and Vasterline, program includes Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" with violin soloist: concertmaster DeAnn Letourneau and Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night's Dream" (Act I.)
Reynolds Hall
Smith Center
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas NV
$29-$128
more info: 702-749-2000

Sunday September 21st 2:00pm
Flamenco Guitar Recital by Ricardo Griego with dancers
West Charleston Library
6301 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas NV 89146
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-507-3964



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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of September 8...

Tuesday September 9th 7:30pm
Lecture recital by vocalist Dr. Matthew Hoch entitled:
"The Lieder of Richard Strauss: A Contextual Introduction with Emphasis on his 1918 Song
Cycle 'Kramerspiegel'" Dr. Hoch is the professor of Voice at Auburn University
UNLV - HFA Building Room 147
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Thursday September 11th 7:30pm
Vocalist Dr. Matthew and Linda Lister along with pianist Kosta Poposic
perform "Will You Marry Me" an opera in one act for Soprano and Baritone by
Hugo Weisgall
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Saturday September 13th 2:00pm

"Circle the World Concert" featuring Chinese Pipa master Linhong Li, blues man Junior Brantley, Hawaiian musicians Gary and Kurin Haleamau, and Lebanese percussionist Charbel Azzi. They will merge their styles to create a unique and one of a kind concert
Winchester Cultural Center
3130 McLeod Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89121
$10 in advance $12 at the door
www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parksregistration
more info: 702-455-7340

Saturday September 13th 10:00am-3:00pm
Traditional Scottish music featuring Violinist
Diana Romero, Desert Skye Pipe Band, Las Vegas Highland Dancers and more
Sahara West Library
9600 W. Sahara
Las Vegas NV
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-507-3631

Saturday September 13th 11:00pm
Hot Club of Las Vegas performs gypsy jazz music
Tuscany Casino
Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas NV 89169
Free and Open to the Public

Saturday September 13th 10:00am-10:00pm and
Sunday September 14th 10:00am-6:00pm

Traditional Music and Dance of the Pacific Islands all day during the
Prince Kuhio Ho'olaule'a, full list at http://www.hendersonlive.com/special-events/ho-ololauepacificislandfestival/
Henderson Events Plaza
200 South Water St.
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-267-2171

Upcoming -

Wednesday September 17th 7:30pm
Violinist Oleh Krysa, professor of violin at Eastman School of Music performs chamber music with UNLV faculty including Mykola Suk and Timothy Hoft, piano, Bill Bernatis, horn Taras Krysa, violin Jason Bonham, viola and Andrew Smith, cello program includes Brahms, Beethoven and Schumann
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$25 general admission
Season tickets to all four chamber music series concerts $85
Student rush tickets $10 with valid ID available 1 hour prior to performance
more info: 702-895-2787


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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Its Harvest Season at First Friday in September!







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