enculturating las vegas into the next millennium... art, dance, film, music, poetry, theater, history, nature and everything else that enriches the lives of those who live and visit southern nevada... Since 2003...

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Seductive Simplicity - Francois Dubeau - September 3 - October 24

Sin City Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of new pieces by François Dubeau whose finely rendered artworks are an achievement of skill and imagination. Always well made, Dubeau’s art is sought after by collectors of contemporary and modern art as well as those who love historic prints.

The artist’s subject matter is quite diverse, from lyrical pictures of instruments, linear Asiatic style animals, views of graceful nudes like Femme au Chignon, and edgy works like Top picturing a stunningly retro brunette garnishing a whip.

The popularity of Dubeau’s work is found in the graceful simplicity of his calligraphic style. Many of the line drawings like CatWalk 672 are so effortlessly gestural that one can imagine the artist’s hand holding a fountain pen, poised above the paper.

However, one might be surprised to know that artist’s captivating pictures are in fact, first conceived using a digital stylus, the virtual canvas allowing an unparalleled range of motion and artistry. The drawing is transferred to paper or canvas, the latter enhanced with traditional painting techniques creating lyrical scenes.

The simple elegance of shapely line against negative space is a motif of greats such as Henri Matisse who also depicted the body of woman with graceful curving gesture, creating a tension between form and emptiness, sensuality and plainness such the French master’s famous Reclining Nude (1927).

Dubeau’s oeuvre is often alluringly erotic and sometimes delightfully daring, and yet his range is both impressive and expansive as other pieces seems pensive and draw on traditions of calligraphy. Still others are whimsical and play on prototypes of sex appeal sexiness, such as the timeless pin up girl. A tribute to the naturally sensuous and beauty of the feminine form Dubeau’s work incorporates digital technology, engraving, illustration and painting to create memorable work that has a calm allure.

In addition to the private demand for his work, Dubeau’s artistry has premiered in numerous exhibits and events such as Art@Large (New York); Gallery by the Bay, Stanwood, Washington; Circuit des arts Memphrémagog, Magog, Québec, an Artist’s Workshop Open House; La maison Blanche Montreal; the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival; The Dirty Show, Detroit and Los Angeles; Unclad, Portland, Oregon; and the EHM, Las Vegas. Dubeau’s work can also be found in the permanent Collections of the Exodus Trust and the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University. In addition to honors such as second place in the Public’s Choice, Seattle Erotic Art Festival, and honorable mention in Art @ Large, Going Underground, New York, Dubeau has been featured in various publications including Erotic Signature and Hors Série Décoration.

The artist will give a talk on October 1st, 2015 at 7:00pm. www.sincitygallery.com

Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Call for Work - Opportunity to Exhibit '12 Inches of Sin' at Sin City Gallery in Las Vegas

12 Inches of Sin is the largest international juried exhibition of contemporary provocative art in Nevada. As an exploration of sensuality and the erotic, this show has a twist: every piece submitted for consideration must be one foot square or less. Judges such as former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman, Christine Fey, Resource Development and Cultural Affairs Manager at City of Reno, and Will Roger Peterson, co-founder of Burning Man, evaluate the tension within the art itself, challenging each artist to produce an image that is deeply expressive, provocative, sensory and daring on such a small scale. Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas will hold the competition for its fifth year and is accepting art submissions thru October 31, 2015 at www.12ofsin.com.

THE COMPETITION PROCESS

Every year our juries are selected from a pool of leaders and specialists in the fields of art and culture. There are two primary competition categories, 12 Inches of Sin and Obscura. Submissions are placed in the appropriate category based upon medium. Voting is electronic. The highest votes are invited to participate in the exhibition. $12.00 (plus $.65 Paypal fee), 12 maximum submissions per artist.

12 INCHES OF SIN 
Annual Competition for Painting, Drawing, Prints, Mixed Media, and Sculpture.

An international group of twelve judges will choose twelve artists from the pool of international submissions to participate in a group exhibition at the Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas. A separate group of twelve international judges will choose the Best In Show awardee. The artist named the Best In Show receives an invitation for an exclusive solo exhibition at Sin City Gallery, in addition to having their winning piece featured on the cover of the accompanying art book, 12 Inches of Sin: So Much Art You Can Barely Fit It All In, Volume V. Invited artists will be featured in the art book.
OBSCURA,
New Annual Competition for Photographic Artwork


A novel juried exhibition and catalog devoted to the international accomplishments of artists in the photography field. Submissions that provoke, entice and enthrall can be made via traditional modes (cameras, polaroid, pinhole) and new digital technologies. Short film works are also accepted. An international group of twelve judges will choose twelve artists from the pool of international submissions to participate in a group exhibition at the Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas. A separate group of twelve international judges will choose the Best In Show awardee. The artist named the Best In Show receives an invitation for an exclusive solo exhibition at Sin City Gallery, in addition to having their winning piece featured in the accompanying art book, 12 Inches of Sin: So Much Art You Can Barely Fit It All In, Volume V. Invited artists will be featured in the art book.

LE SALON DES REFUSÉS DU PÉCHÉ
Annual Group Exhibition.

Gallery Director Dr. Laura Henkel will curate a grouping from the pool of outstanding work that was not selected by the jury. These works will be featured in a group exhibition at Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas. A select number of artists will be featured in the accompanying art book, 12 Inches of Sin: So Much Art You Can Barely Fit It All In, Volume V.

THE JUDGES

We are honored to have an esteemed panel of international jurors to determine the overall narrative of each exhibition. Each person is a respected expert in the field of art, academia and publishing.
  • Allena Gabosch (USA) is one of the founders of the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival in Seattle, Washington. 
  • Catherine Johnson-Roehr (USA) is the curator and archivist for The Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, Indiana. 
  • Christine Fey (USA) is the Manager of Arts and Culture for the City of Reno, Nevada. 
  • Christopher John Ball is a widely exhibited, published and award-winning London based, fine arts photographer, playwright and co-founder of the Association of Erotic Artists in England. 
  • Dennis McBride (USA) is the Director of the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada and a widely published Nevada historian. 
  • François Dubeau (Canada) is a mixed-media artist and the President of Circuit des arts Memphrémagog in Montreal, Canada 
  • Henry Rosenthal (USA) is a documentary filmmaker, musician and arts advocate located in San Francisco, California 
  • Jerry Vile (USA) is an artist, publisher and co-founder of the Dirty Show in Detroit, Michigan. 
  • Marne Lucas (USA) is a photographer and filmmaker residing in Portland, Oregon and New York City, New York. 
  • Oscar Goodman (USA) is an American attorney, politician and art activist. He was the mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada from 1999 to 2011. 
  • S.R. Sharp (USA) is an artist and one of the founding members of the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles, California. 
  • Steve Diet Goedde (USA) is a photographer and author in Los Angeles, California. 
  • Cory Mervis (USA) is a multi disciplinary artist, entrepreneur, and producer of large-scale projects. A force of nature who produces art of monumental scope & effect in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
  • Eric Minh Swenson (USA) is a photographer, documentary filmmaker and writer for The Huffington Post in Los Angeles, California. 
  • JK Russ (New Zealand/USA) is a multi-media artist, filmmaker and art blogger for The Huffington Post in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
  • Julian Murphy (USA) is an artist and co-founder of Erotic Signature in Washington, D.C. 
  • JP Rakehorn (UK/Bulgaria) is an artist specializing in figurative illustrations utilizing classical techniques in Sofia, Bulgaria. 
  • Lou Lou Roxy (USA) is a burlesque performer, as well as co-producer of Afterglow, the official after-party celebration for the 12 Inches of Sin exhibitions in Detroit, Michigan. 
  • Madison Young (USA) is the artistic director and founder of Femina Potens in San Francisco, California. 
  • Melinda Sheckells (USA) is a published writer and editor of Vegas Rated Magazine in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
  • Sister Loosy Lust Bea Lady (USA) is a performance artist and founder the Las Vegas chapter of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. 
  • SM Shifflett (USA) is an American painter specializing in classical Renaissance techniques to capture modern themes in San Francisco, California. 
  • Will Roger Peterson (USA) is a photographer, professor and one of the founding members of Burning Man, San Francisco, California. 
  • Laura Henkel (USA) is the director of Sin City Gallery and the creator of 12 Inches of Sin in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
ABOUT SIN CITY GALLERY

Sin City Gallery is known internationally as a destination experience. The gallery is continually featured in the press for its exemplary exhibitions. The gallery produces 12 Inches of Sin, the largest international juried art exhibition of provocative contemporary art in Nevada. The gallery has been recognized as one of the best 25 galleries in American by the American Art Awards. It is located inside The Arts Factory at 107 E. Charleston Boulevard, Suite 100, Las Vegas, Nevada in the Downtown Las Vegas 18bArts District. Information regarding the gallery’s exhibitions may be viewed on the gallery's website.www.sincitygallery.com

Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Monday, July 06, 2015

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of July 6...

Sunday July 12th 2:00pm
Traditional music and dance of Hawaii celebrating "Christmas in July" with Polynesian Music and authentic hula dancing
Las Vegas Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas NV 89119
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-507-3459

Sunday July 12th 3:30pm
The music of John Philip Sousa will be performed by the National Community Band
Artemis Ham Concert Hall
UNLV
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-2787


Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Friday, July 03, 2015

Summer Art-walk on First Friday TONIGHT!



Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Monday, June 15, 2015

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

Tuesday June 16th 7:00pm
Traditional Brazilian Jazz including works by Egberto, Gismonti, Camargo, Pascoal, featuring pianist Alex Clements, saxophonist and flutist Eric Tewalt, bassist Jeff Davis and percussionists Pepe Jimenez and Kurt Rasmussen
Artifice
1025 First St. #100
Las Vegas NV 89101
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-489-6339

Friday June 19th 7:00pm
Saturday June 20th 7:00pm
Traditional Samba and Choros from Rio de Janeiro by classical guitarists: Assad brothers
and jazz guitarist Romero Lubambo
Cabaret Jazz Theater
Smith Center
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas NV
$35-$59
more info: 702-749-2000

Saturday June 20th 2:00pm
Violin recital featuring William Wainwright, he will perform a variety of styles including
gypsy jazz, country, celtic and much more
Winchester Cultural Center
3130 McLeod Dr.
Las Vegas NV
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-455-7340

Saturday June 20th 5:00pm
Gypsy Jazz festival starting with pre-concert cocktails and performances, performers include New Hot Club of America, International String Trio featuring incredible guitarist Olli Soikkeli and amazing jazz violinist Leah Zeger, festival is called "DjangoVegas"
Historic Fifth Street School
401 S. 4th St.
Las Vegas NV
$15 at the door, $10 in advance
more info: 702-229-ARTS





Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Monday, June 08, 2015

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

Tuesday June 9th 6:00pm
Traditional music dance and more from around the world including belly dancing, Taiko drumming, Japanese folk dancing, Chinese Lion dancing, Mariachi and more!
Winchester Cultural Community Center
3130 McLeod Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89107
$10 at door, $8 in advance
more info: 702-455-7340 

Thursday June 11th 7:30pm
Chamber music concert, program includes: Barber's Adagio for String Quartet, Dvorak's "American" String Quartet No. 12, John Adams' "Hallelujah Junction" for Two Pianos and Paul Schoenfield's "Cafe Music" for Piano Trio, performers include: violinists Philip Setzer, Clara Lyon, and Jennifer Caine, violists David Chavez, Chieh-Fan Yiu, cellists Arnold Choi, and Sally Singer and pianists Oksana Ezhokina and Christina Dahl, event is part of "Las Vegas Wine and Music" series
Nevada State Museum at Springs Preserve
333 S. Vegas Valley
Las Vegas NV 89107
$79 includes wine, hors d'oeuvres, coffee/tea sweets, and Museum souvenir,
$199 gets you 3 nights of chamber music and wine, more info at www.lasvegaswineandmusic.com
become a donor and watch some rehearsals
more info: 702-997-1806

Friday June 12th 7:30pm
Traditional drumming of Japan by "Taiko Ten"
UNLV Student Union Courtyard
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: http://natc.taikocommunityalliance.org/taiko-ten/

Friday June 12th 7:30pm
Opera Las Vegas under the direction of Gregory Buchalter and Henry Akina (director of Hawaii Opera) will perform with a full live orchestra: Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," soloists include Metropolitan starts: Inna Los, Viktor Antipenko, and Daniel Sutin
UNLV Judy Bailey Theater
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$55-$95
more info: 702-895-2787

Friday June 12th 7:30pm
Chamber music concert program includes: Luciano Berio's "Folk Songs" for soprano, harp, clarinet, cello, viola and percussion, Poulenc's "Sextet" for winds and piano, Andrew Normans' "Guide to Rome" for piano trio, and Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence" for String Sextet, performers include: violinists Clara Lyon, Jennifer Caine, and Christina McGann, violists David Chavez, Chieh-Fan Yiu, cellists Arnold Choi, and Sally Singer, pianist Christina Dahl, flutist Carol Wincenc, clarinetist Alan Kay, oboist Pedro Diaz, bassoonist Frank Morelli, horn player Javier Gandara, harpist Michelle Gott, soprano Wonjung Kim, percussionists Charles Gott and Ian Sullivan, this event is part of "Las Vegas Wine and Music" series
Nevada State Museum at Springs Preserve
333 S. Vegas Valley
Las Vegas NV 89107
$79 includes wine, hors d'oeuvres, coffee/tea sweets, and Museum souvenir,
$199 gets you 3 nights of chamber music and wine, more info at www.lasvegaswineandmusic.com
become a donor and watch some rehearsals
more info: 702-997-1806

Saturday June 13th 7:30pm
Chamber music concert, program includes William Bolcom's "Garden of Eden" for Two Pianos, Andy Akiho's "LiGNeous 1" for Marimba and String Quartet, Copland's "Quiet City" for Trumpet, English Horn and Strings, as well as his "Appalachian Spring" for 13 Musicians, and Dvorak's Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major for Winds and Piano, performers include:
violinists Samantha Ciarlo, Clara Lyon, Jennifer Caine, and Christina McGann, violists David Chavez, Chieh-Fan Yiu, cellists Arnold Choi, and Sally Singer, pianists Oksana Ezhokina, Alexandria Le and Christina Dahl, trumpeter Thomas Bergeron, flutist Carol Wincenc, clarinetist Alan Kay, english horn and oboist Pedro Diaz, bassoonist Frank Morelli, horn player Javier Gandara, and marimba player Ian Sullivan,this event is part of "Las Vegas Wine and Music" series
Nevada State Museum at Springs Preserve
333 S. Vegas Valley
Las Vegas NV 89107
$79 includes wine, hors d'oeuvres, coffee/tea sweets, and Museum souvenir,
$199 gets you 3 nights of chamber music and wine, more info at www.lasvegaswineandmusic.com
become a donor and watch some rehearsals
more info: 702-997-1806

Saturday June 13th 8:00pm
Traditional music and dance of Japan featuring the best Taiko drum performing groups from North America and Japan, featuring a special guest Japanese Folk Dancer: Chieko Kojima
Ham Hall
UNLV
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$30 all seats
more info: 702-895-2787

Sunday June 14th 2:00pm
Opera Las Vegas under the direction of Gregory Buchalter and Henry Akina (director of Hawaii Opera) will perform with a full live orchestra: Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," soloists include Metropolitan starts: Inna Los, Viktor Antipenko, and Daniel Sutin
UNLV Judy Bailey Theater
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$55-$95
more info: 702-895-2787

Sunday June 14th 5:00pm
Traditional Jewish and Eastern European music
Summerlin Library
1771 Inner Circle Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89134
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 818-419-1606 (Svetlana)

Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Thursday, June 04, 2015

First Friday in Downtown Las Vegas has arrived!

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better BAM they are taking First Friday to the next level! So they tweaked the lineup, added more music and changed up the footprint to keep the zany event more exciting than ever. 

When - Friday June 5, 2015 - 5 PM
Where - Charleston and Main
FREE




Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of June 1...

Wednesday June 3rd 1:00pm (Clark County)
Flute and Guitar recital by husband and wife duo "Folias Flute and Guitar Duo"
classically trained they perform original material inspired by the tango music of Piazzolla, jazz and more,
they are based out of Grand Rapids MI.
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas NV 89119


Wednesday June 3rd 6:00pm (West Charleston)
Flute and Guitar recital by husband and wife duo "Folias Flute and Guitar Duo"
classically trained they perform original material inspired by the tango music of Piazzolla, jazz and more,
they are based out of Grand Rapids MI.
Sahara Library
9600 W. Sahara
Las Vegas NV 89117
both are
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-507-3458

Friday June 5th 7:30pm
Organ recital by James David Christie, head of organ department at Oberlin College
Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
UNLV
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-898-5455

Saturday June 6th 2:00pm
Trombone quartet concert by "Dynamic Brass" led by Walt Boenig, program includes classical, pop and more.
Charleston Heights Center
800 Brush St.
Las Vegas NV
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-229-6383

Saturday June 6th 8:00pm
Henderson Symphony performs the movie score to Charle Chaplin's movie "The Kid" as the
movie plays above them on a giant screen
Henderson Pavilion
200 Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson NV 89015
Free and Open to the Public, 10$ donation suggested
more info: 702-229-6383

Sunday June 7th 2:00pm
Brass Band concert by Las Vegas Brass, program includes classical, pop and more
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas NV 89119
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-507-3459

Sunday June 7th 5:30pm
Flute and clarinet recital by flutist Francisco Barbosa and clarinetist Sergio Coelho, program includes Debussy's "Syrinx,"
Stravinsky's "3 Pieces for Solo Clarinet," Villa-Lobos' "Choro No. 2 for Flute and Clarinet," and much 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


Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Monday, May 18, 2015

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of April 18

Monday May 18th 7:00pm
Flute recital by Young Artist Competition Winner: Emily Osborne, program includes
Mozart's Flute Concerto in G Major, Faure's "Morceau de Concours," Tournier's "Promenade a l'automne for Flute and Harp," Burton's Sonatina for Flute and Piano, and more, other performers include competition finalist Jacob Cannon, harpist Elisabeth Osborne and pianist Jae Ahn-Benton
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 May 19th 5:30pm
Doctoral vocal recital by baritone Jonathan Baltera, program includes Verdi, Mahler, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and more, other performers include pianist Jae Ahn-Benton
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 May 19th 10:00pm
Salsa music by Michito Sanchez Salsa band complete with dance floor, this 10 piece band will be performing favorites including music by Ray Barretto, Richie Ray, Bobby Cruz, Tito Rodriguez and more
Artifice
1025 First St. suite #100
Las Vegas NV 89101
$10
more info: Facebook 

Friday May 22nd 7:00pm
Nevada School of the Arts chamber concert featuring NSA and UNLV collaborative ensembles, NSA Seniors cello choir and soprano Isabella Ivy
Nevada School of the Arts Auditorium
401 S. Fourth St.
Las Vegas NV 89101
$5
more info: 702-384-2787

Friday May 22nd 7:00pm
Saturday May 23rd 7:00pm
Sunday May 24th 2:00pm
Opera by Humperdinck: "Hansel and Gretel" performed by Sin City Opera, arranged by Skip Galla and
Jack Gaughan, (closed captioning available on Sunday)
Winchester Cultural Center
3130 S. McLeod
Las Vegas NV 89121
$10 in advance, $15 at the door
more info: 702-455-7340




Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Friday, May 15, 2015

ARTrageous Vegas Returns!!!

For 11 years the LGBT Center of Southern Nevada has been celebrating the arts with its annual fete Artrageous. The celebration continues this year with art, fashion, entertainment and a bit of history as the event is held at the historic Tropicana Resort. The Tropicana was once called the Tiffany of the Strip because of its progressive design and unrivaled class. Today the newly remodeled resort will beckon the Las Vegas Arts Intelligentsia for an evening that celebrates the arts. Of course I am very excited to be returning to co-curate the event with my friend and fellow arts cohort Melissa Petersen, President of the Contemporary Arts Center of Las Vegas.

So come out and get your ART ON at Artrageous this Saturday Night! 7pm!

For more information - http://artrageousvegas.org/




Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

JP Rakehorn at Sin City Gallery


By Dr. Laura Henkel,
Contributing Writer

Sin City Gallery is delighted to debut a curated collection of the erotic drawings and paintings of British artist Jp Rakehorn, Best in Show Awardee, 2014, 12 Inches of Sin on view from April 30th – May 31st, 2015. 12" of Sin is an international juried exhibition attracting submissions from allover the world, and as such, the show is recognized as one of the key venues for the erotic art genre.

Known for showcasing daring artwork of all types, Dr. Laura Henkel, Director, Sin City Gallery says: “It’s so exciting to debut JP’s work. I cannot wait to share his work with Las Vegas and beyond. We were delighted when he was awarded best in show for the 12 Inches of Sin exhibition and it’s truly an honor to show case his work which has among many remarkable qualities beauty, mystery and skill. Evocative, subtle and yet also sometimes thrillingly shall we say unambiguous, these contrasts mean he is a master of his genre.”

Clearly imbued with a sense of handwork and craft, and often drawn on non-traditional perishable materials, the works are intensely erotic. Titillating, daring, and intoxicating, a visit to a gallery of his works drives the visitor from one picture to the next to see what intense sexual encounter is captured. Some pictures are overt, graphic and undeniably sexy, while others are subtler –the use of negative space punctuated by a hand, a mouth, and the tilt of a brow or the costume floating fay-like in the sky of the paper.

The play of light and shadow, the sensual line drawing highlighted by white, or black recalls instantly the intimate erotic sketches of the famous artist Gustav Klimt. Like Klimt’s portraits of women in erotic bliss, Rakehorn captures the immediacy, ardor, and moment of erotic encounters. We feel as if we have come upon a series of wonderful secrets, a treasure trove of hidden desires.

Using ordinary people as his subjects, Rakehorn places a heavy emphasis on the process, drawing, filling in, taking away, and this practice is visible in the finished image. This technique makes the artist’s work all the more engrossing, and often deceptive, one stares into a network of seemingly industriously sketched darkness, to see a face emerge, and then the rest of the body clearly engaged in a sexual encounter. Through all the shadow, lines, sfumato, it is as if one can hear breathlessness or a heart beating.

Other pictures are tributes to sexual expression, such as the couple in movement, two becoming three with an intriguing sense of otherworldliness, heat, and passion.

There is an intrinsic naturalism to the artist’s work, not only in the sense that his works are realistic, but his attitude to human sexuality is not isolated, pulled apart from real living in a fetishlike way, but rather runs through themes of the lifecycle experienced by all people, life, creation, death and decay. Blue is like a ghostly memory, a remnant of a dream, an anonymous woman, nude from the waist up, her body disappearing into the wall. Moving beyond sublimation and allegory, Rakehorn’s work is a masterly dance between lascivious views of the most amatory of embraces and an understated grace. One lovely picture shows the movement of hands forming illusory wings from a smoky background and a classical nude. Of his noteworthy practice, the artist says “I try to make pictures that stand up as objects in themselves, without needing lengthy or esoteric explanations. However, that is not to say that they are all surface. I like unfinished work, too. For me, a highly finished picture or sculpture is somehow dead. Sketches, workings, they retain a sense of potential, of life.”

While much of the erotic art is sensational or sometimes delightful to enjoy in a gallery, artists like Rakehorn are universally appealing to the novice art collector, the amorous gift giver and have course, the serious collector of erotica.






Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Monday, May 04, 2015

Las Vegas Academy art students take over Zappos Lobby!

Zappos is excited to announce the opening art reception for the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts this Thursday at 2:30pm inside the Zappos lobby. The exhibition will feature LVA artists Reina Dalton, Abbigail Breen, Jennfer Kong, Sophia Arredondo and Emika Hughes. With a special exhibition by internationally acclaimed Irish Artist Graham Knuttle and local artist F. Andrew Tayor. In addition, featuring a Guerrilla Kage by LVA artists. Special thanks to Ruzo Logic for making art magic happen. The event is free and open to the public.
 

Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Friday, May 01, 2015

Its May Day First Friday!!! TONIGHT!

The fun and zany monthly fete known as First Friday has arrived! So get out and get your Art On!!! 

Location - Charleston and Art Way! FREE all are welcome! 


Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of April 27

Monday April 27th 6:00pm
Horn ensemble concert by "High Desert Horns," program includes Gabrielli, Byrd, Ewazen, Alford and more
Room 160
UNLV Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Monday April 27th 7:00pm
Piano recital by UNLV piano professor Mykola Suk and pianists Maria Kolesnyk and Haeun Kim, program includes J. S., C. P. E and J. C. Bach, Ignaz Moscheles, and Mozart
Christ the King Catholic Community
4925 Torrey Pines Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89118
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-876-1904

Tuesday April 28th 7:30pm
UNLV Symphony orchestra concert featuring the winners of the concerto competition, program includes F. S. Kelly's Elegy for Strings, Ibert's Flute Concert, Rodrigo Corral soloist, Bartok's Viola Concerto, David Chavez
UNLV Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegs NV 89154
$10, $8 discounts available, 1 free ticket per student with ID
more info: 702-895-2787

Wednesday April 29th 5:30pm
Saxophone Studio at UNLV performs a concert including Bozza, Bach, Tanak, Chan 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

Thursday April 30th 7:00
Guitar Studio of UNLV performs a concert
Beam Music Center room 160 - UNLV
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Thursday April 30th 7:30pm
Doctoral Clarinet recital by Ivan Ivanov, along with pianist Jae Ahn-Benton they will perform
Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major K. 622, Messiaen's "Quatuor pour la fin du temps," Brahms'
Sonata for Clarinet in Eb No. 2, and Widor's "Introduction and Rondo Op. 72"
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-2787 
 
Thursday April 30th 7:30pm
Band concert by UNLV Symphonic Winds, program includes Husa, Grieg, Broughton, and more
UNLV Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$10, $8 discounts available, 1 free ticket per student with ID
more info: 702-895-2787 
 
Friday May 1st 5:00pm
Doctoral Piano recital by Zheni Atanasova, along with pianist En-Zu Anais,
they will perform works by Messiaen, Frank, Vladigerov, Liszt 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

Friday May 1st 5:00pm
Masters Horn recital by Thomas Frauenshuh
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 May 1st 7:30pm
Piano recital by Sasha Kassman with reception to follow
Christ Church Episcopal
2000 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89104
Free and Open to the Public, donations accepted for musician
more info: 702-735-7655

Friday May 1st 8:00pm
Henderson Symphony directed by Taras Krysa performs Beethoven's 9th Symphony (the one with
"Ode to Joy" in it), featuring soprano Helen Lyon, mezzo soprano Stephanie Weiss, tenor Mark Thomsen,
baritone Tod Fitzpatrick
Henderson Pavilion
200 S. Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson NV 89012
Free and Open to the Public, $10 suggested donation
more info: 702-267-2171

Saturday May 2nd 1:30pm
Doctoral Bassoon recital by Kevin Eberle, along with violinists Lisa Ratigan and Samantha Ciarlo, David Chavez viola, Maren Quanbeck cello, Albina Asryan piano they will perform Vivaldi, Saint-Saens, Gershwin 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

Saturday May 2nd 3:00pm
UNLV Trombone Choir, program includes Dukas, Bach, Korsakov and more
UNLV Beam Music Center - room 160
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Saturday May 2nd 5:00pm
Chamber music recital featuring Sarah Walton horn, Stephanie Redman soprano, Bill McCullough tenor and Jae Ahn-Benton
piano, program includes Bernhard Krol's "Horati de Vino Carmina, Op. 30," Benjamin Britten's "Serenade Op. 31"
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 May 2nd 7:30pm
Doctoral vocal recital by baritone Jonathan Baitera, program includes Verdi, Debussy, Mahler, and Rachmaninoff he is joined
by Jae Ahn-Benton on piano
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 May 3rd 2:00pm
Traditional Music of China performed by the Li Ling Hong Chinese
Music Ensemble including pipa, erhu, ceramic flute and more
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Library
Las Vegas NV 89119
Free and Open to the public
more info: 702-507-3459

Sunday May 3rd 3:00pm
Chamber Orchestra concert featuring the music of Aaron Ramsey, guest cellist is Andrew Smith, refreshments available
Auditorium
Nevada School of Arts
401 S. Fourth St.
Las Vegas NV
$20 at the door $15
VIP table $150




Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Friday, April 24, 2015

First Friday Art Walk Preview Party TONIGHT


Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Monday, April 20, 2015

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of April 20

Monday April 20th 7:30pm
Piano recital by UNLV artist in residence Jerome Lowenthal who has served as piano professor at Julliard
School of Music, and Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, and has recently been awarded an 'honorary doctorate' from the Cleveland Institute of Music, his program includes works by Chopin, Faure, Webern and more including
an arrangement of Frank's Violin Sonata in A Major for solo piano and Beethoven's Sonata No. 29 in Bb Major, "Hammerklavier"
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 April 23rd 7:30pm
UNLV Wind Orchestra directed by Thomas Leslie perform a concert including works
by Korngold, Williams, Rozsa and more
UNLV Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV
$10, $8 military/seniors/disabled, 1free ticket per student with ID
more info: 702-895-2787

Friday April 24th 7:30pm
Opera scenes performed by UNLV Opera Theater, program includes excerpts from Bernstein's
"West Side Story," Cole Porter's "Kiss Me Kate," Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet," Otto Nicolai's "Merry Wives of Windsor,"
and much more
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$10, $8 military/senior/disabled, 1 free ticket per student with ID
more info: 702-895-2787

Saturday April 25th 1:00pm
Violin recital by Sammi Ciarlo, program includes Pagaini's Caprice No. 5,
Wieniawski's Polonaise Brilliante Op. 4, and String Quartet No. 12 "American," other performers include
pianist Maria Kolesnyk, violinist Sara Wright, violist David Chavez, and cellist Maren Quanbeck
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 April 25th 2:00pm
Traditional music of Italy by "Trio de Amici:" Joe Cairo accordion, Gary Queen mandolin, John Falbo guitar and voice
Winchester Cultural Center
3130 McLeod
Las Vegas NV
$12 at the door, $10 in advance
more info: 702-455-7340

Saturday April 25th 3:30pm
Wind ensemble 'Ventuex Quintet" performs a concert......group includes flute, horn, bassoon, oboe and clarinet......
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Saturday April 25th 5:30pm
Chamber Music recital by doctoral piano student; Ryan Kelly, program includes pieces with piano, flute cello and voice
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 April 25th 7:30pm
Las Vegas Philharmonic directed by Donato Cabrera performs a program including John Adams'
"Chairman Dances," Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, and Rachmaninov's "Variations on a Theme by Paganini" featuring
piano soloist Joyce Yang
Reynolds Hall
Smith Center
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas NV
$26-94
more info:702-749-2000

Sunday April 26th 1:00pm
Doctoral tuba recital featuring Stephen Turner, program includes works by Broughton, DiLorenzo, Ewazen 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

Sunday April 26th 3:30pm
Las Vegas Guitar Quartet: Eddie Carcamo, Rese Comas, Julien D'Ottavio, and Daniel Munoz perform a concert including J. S. Bach, Bellianti, de Falla and much 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






Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Monday, April 13, 2015

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

Monday April 13th 7:30pm
Contemporary classical music including works by UNLV composer in residence Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, G. Liu, Theo Musgrave, Takemitsu and more, performers include flutists Anastasia Petanova and Martha Barth (of Eighth Blackbird), guitarist Dieter Hennings, violinist Sammi Ciarlo, pianist Jae Ahn 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 April 14th 7:30pm
Doctoral Vocal Lecture recital by Stephanie Weiss, program focuses on the voice type
required for works by Wagner and Strauss, along with pianist Jae Ahn-Benton, she will
perform excerpts from "Tannhauser, Der Rosenkavalier, Parsifal" and more
UNLV HFA buidling - Room 147
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Wednesday April 15th 8:00pm
Guitar Concert by "Brasil Guitar Duo:" Joao Luiz and Douglas Lora,
program includes classical and Brazilian works
UNLV Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$40, discounts available, students with ID 1 $13 rush ticket, 1 hour before concert
more info: 702-895-2787

Friday April 17th 7:30pm
Saturday April 18th 7:30pm

Experimental percussion and lighting concert featuring the UNLV percussion and
moving light groups
UNLV Black Box Theater
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$10, $8 discounts, students with ID 1 free ticket 1 hour before concert
more info: 702-895-2787

Saturday April 18th 7:00pm
Middle Eastern/Flamenco/Jazz fusion concert featuring Flamenco guitarist R.J. Fox, Arabic Nay player Bishr Hijazi and Arabic Keyboardist James Yousef, they will present a unique concert with jazz and arabic improvisational styles
Police Memorial Park (on the lawn, bring chairs/blankets)
3250 Metro Academy Way
Las Vegas NV 89129
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-229-2787

Saturday April 18th 7:30pm
Vocal recital featuring tenors Alfredo Martirena and Tianci Jay Zheng, and soprano Cheyna Simone Alexandra along with cellist Eddie Yu and pianist Albina Asryan, they will perform works by Gounod, Faure, Massenet, Shoenberg, and much more
Green Valley Presbyterian Church
1798 Wigwam Pkwy
Henderson Nv 89074
Free and Open to the Public, donations accepted for the musicians
more info: 702-454-8484

Sunday April 19th 2:00pm
Henderson Symphony directed by Taras Krysa presents a concert featuring the young artist competition winners
Henderson Pavilion
200 S. Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson NV 89012
Free and Open to the public, $10 donation suggested
more info: 702-267-2171

Sunday April 19th 3:30pm
Doctoral Vocal recital by tenor William McCullough, along with pianist Jae Ahn-Benton they will perform Schumann's "Liederkreis" and Mahler's "Ruckert Lieder"
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 April 19th 25th 5:30pm
Vocal Recital by Chapman University Voice professor and UNLV Artist in Residence; soprano Rebecca Sherburn, along with UNLV Voice professor Tod Fitzpatrick
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

Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Monday, April 06, 2015

Nancy Good, Photography: A Collage Made of Secrets

Dr. Laura Henkel,
Contributing Writer

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.”
Diane Arbus (1923-1971)

Renown for her mosaic like compositions that suggest metamorphism, hybridity, and transformation, Nancy Good’s striking work addresses thematics such as landscape, identity, as well as ideas of purification, gender, beauty, and concealment.

Good uses images of masks, and portraiture as a means of telling a story and like the contemporary photographer Cindy Sherman, Good is her own primary model, and the result is enigmatic, suggesting disguise, secrecy, façade, and veiling. Of this essence Good says: “The unseen (shadow) is as crucial as the visible, and quite often far more powerful.”

Good’s newest series of multi-media works are intricately assembled from photography, digital techniques, including postproduction digital manipulation, with striking additions of paint and ink. The titles as well call to mind inner struggles, and as such are deeply emotive. Works like Draped in Unmasked Secrets of Masked Thoughts (2014) use the combination of natural texture − earthy sand, stone and wood surface, juxtaposed with the ominous patterned skin of a snake, human eyes staring out, echoing a sense of entrapment.

Yet, like most of Good’s work this picture is not easily interpreted, for the serpent can also refer to fertility and feminine power. Similarly, Emerging from Palette Strokes of My Own Doing (2014) is a haunting and perplexing picture. There is a cracked surface encasing a woman, the bright colors are refracting against what seems like a forest scene, reminding one of the transformative Greek myth of Daphne who finds herself turned to a tree. Good’s piercing eyes make the work at once compelling and ethereal, teaching us about the power of hidden and multifaceted symbolism.

The idea of masks and identity is taken further in her series eARThen (2014-15) a group of images showing her visage shot in contrast light, echoing the famous Richard Avedon photos of the West. Good has adorned her face in clay, reflecting on her relationship to the natural landscape and the idea of purification, and models of womanly beauty, particularly the often-exhausting extent of beauty rituals and models of perfection.

Good has been honored with solo exhibition at The Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas; The Gallery @ 417 Union, Nashville; The Gallery@theatre7, Las Vegas; Tepoca Artists Group; Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, as well as the Nashville International Airport among many others.

She has also participated in numerous group exhibits, a selection of which includes Las Vegas City Hall (2014-2014); The Charleston Heights Arts Center, Las Vegas (2014); The Mayor's Gallery, Historic Fifth Street School, Las Vegas (2014); Charleston Heights Arts Center, Las Vegas (2013/ 2014); The Nevada Arts Commission and the Goldwell Open Air Museum.

Good is the recipient of various awards including Best in Show and the Inspire Award, Juried Exhibition, Think & Wonder, Inc. Las Vegas (2014); Nevada Arts Commission, Las Vegas, The Office of Cultural Affairs (2014); and from the Professional Women Photographers Spring 2013 Competition, New York. In addition to expansive commercial success, the artist’s work has been featured in a wide array of print publications including Nevada Magazine and the book Life Cube (2014). As well, Good leads workshops and teaches photography and is a member of the Las Vegas Photography Collective. Good lives and works in her ateliers in Southern California and Nevada.

THE UNMASKING | March 5 - May 14, 2014
Closing Reception and Artist Talk | May 14, 2014 @ 6:30 PM


R. Cline Arts
8 E. Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103




Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of April 6

Monday April 6th 7:30pm
Classical music concert featuring pianist Raja Rahman, violinist and
concertmaster of the Las Vegas Philharmonic DeAnn Letourneau, cellist
from the Cirque show "O" Dena Massaro, violist from Broadway's "The Lion
King" Ralph Farris, program includes Chopin, Hindemith, Dvorak and Beethoven
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas NV 89119
$15 adults, $10 children
more info: 702-507-3459

Tuesday April 7th 7:30pm
Piano recital by Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman, program includes the US premiere of Ukrainian Composer Yuri Ischenko's Sonata No. 6, along with works by American composers James Matheson and Tom Flaherty that call for toy piano and electronics
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 April 8th 7:30pm
UNLV community concert band directed by Anthony LaBounty, program of patriotic music including works by Leroy Anderson, John Philip Sousa, novel works including "Concerto for Cell Phone" by Stephenson, the traditional "Taps," and more, this concert benefits "T.A.P.P.S." an organization promoting the performance of "Taps" at Las Vegas military funerals by quality live musicians (they are being replaced by recordings)
UNLV Ham Hall Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$10, $8 discounts available, 1 free ticket per student with ID
more info: 702-895-2787

Thursday April 9th 1:00pm
Doctoral Conducting Lecture Recital by Rachel Waddell, focusing on the "Gap Between University Training and Professional Experience of Orchestral Conductors," and will include a performance of F. S. Kelly's "Elegy for Strings"
Room 160
UNLV Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Thursday April 9th 5:00pm
Doctoral Clarinet Lecture Recital by Jennifer Iles, considering Mercadante's scenes from "Emma d'Antiochia Atto II," Schoenberg's "Pierre Lunaire" and Dolphy's "God Bless the Child"
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

Thursday April 9th 6:30pm
Las Vegas Youth Orchestra and Band Concert presents a program featuring their concerto competition winners
Smith Center Reynolds Hall
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas NV 89106
$10-$40
more info:702-749-2000

Friday April 10th 7:30pm
Organ recital by Dr. Angela Kraft Cross, program includes works by Cross (the organist her self,) Langlais, Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms and more
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
more info: 702-898-5455

Saturday April 11th 12:00pm-5:00pm
International cultures' dance, music, food and more presented at UNLV's "Festival of Communities" there will be performances all day along with art, food and more for sale
"Alumni Walk" (big green lawn behind and south of the music alumni and student union buildings)
UNLV
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the public
more info: 702-895-5607

Saturday April 11th 2:00pm
Jazz and Contemporary music by Firenze Strings, Vertex 3 and friends: violinists Rebecca Sabine, DeAnn Letourneau, Geri Thompson, cellist Moonlight Tran, bassist Geoff Neumann, and pianist Otto Ehling and composer/percussionist Aaron Ramsey, they will perform the music of Chick Corea including "Miniatures for Bass and String Quartet and Piano" arranged by Aaron Ramsey along with the music of Aaron Ramsey himself
Winchester Cultural Center
3130 S. McLeod Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89121
$10 in advance $12 at the door
more info: 702-455-7340

Saturday April 11th 3:00pm
Popular, folk, 'easy listening' styles and more performed by violinist Jennifer Argenti, she played with Willie Nelson...........
"Hattie's House"
9109 Lazy Hill Circle
Las Vegas NV 89117
$15, (cash/check only)
more info: 702-255-0695

Saturday April 11th 6:30pm
Traditional music of India performed by vocalists Rana Chatterjee and Sangeeta Melekar, along with keyboardist Piyush, and percussionists Daxesh and Jaykumar
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas NV 89119
$25-$50 adults, $15-$25 children (tickets include traditional Indian dinner)
Bharti Sharma: 702-339-2688
Saturday April 11th 7:30pm
Wind ensemble concert by Desert Winds......program includes music that makes you think of the color green....
Congregation Ner Tamid
55 N. Valley Verde Dr.
Henderson NV 89074
$15
more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colorations-in-emerald-tickets-13566488733

Sunday April 12th 3:00pm
Handel's famous oratorio "Messiah" (Parts 2 and 3) presented by Musical Arts Chorus and 22 piece orchestra with guest soloists
UNLV Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$18, $15, $8 discounts available
more info: 702-895-2787








Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Friday, April 03, 2015

April First Friday Has Arrived! Its no joke! TONIGHT! Seriously.

The zany and fun monthly fete has arrived and with the weather feeling ever so perfect on this April 2015 it makes for an event that should not be missed. So get out of the house and come Downtown to celebrate Las Vegas Arts and Culture at its best!

For more information please visit - http://fflv.net/menu/



Yours Truly with a REAL First Friday Tattoo

Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Cass Fuller to open at Sin City Gallery

Sin City Gallery in Las Vegas is delighted to present Incognito a show of the electrifying work of Cass Fuller. The show will open on April 2 through the 26th of April 2015. Incognito represents the fact that Fuller’s work is seen in the most popular venues in Las Vegas, and yet, no one knows who Cass Fuller is.

Glamorously bright arresting compositions link his work to the legacy of American Pop Art and Fuller has become very popular for a signature style that is truly of his time: ambitious, epic, engaged with contemporary culture and new techniques in the arts.

Building on the culture wide permeation of imagery from street art, as well as its way of inscribing large expanses of space, Fuller’s work takes Pop to another level. Fuller presents images from popular culture, and advertising, with large rhythmic swashes of color, often custom made for the space. The artist reimagines the paradigm of Andy Warhol’s silkscreen portraits of Hollywood stars to present a fashionable style, erotic, flashy, often developed in flat constellations of color that recall the majestic work of the iconic American Pop artist James Rosenquist. What ties Fuller to artists like Rosenquist is his command of formal elements, the adroit mastery of composition, color, the impactful use of text and collage, and areas of rich color offset by expanses of white space.

Many of the images are super real and have a delightful tromp l’oeil effect. Fuller’s work takes well to large scale sites and he uses a series of remarkable devices to compose his work, such as the recombination of images from print or advertising interrupted by expanses of color, and inscribed with graffiti like marks. His ability to render an almost photographic image is well regarded and seen in murals such as Lavo and Whist Stove and Spirits. While the artist has earned a reputation for his grand murals, his rare small works are equally remarkable and much sought after.

Fuller travels nationally for special commissions and his work includes installation art, large-scale murals in private homes and public spaces, as well as commissioned works. The artist’s projects may be seen at Commonwealth, Park on Fremont, Allure, Rumors and many high-end private residences in Las Vegas.

Sin City Gallery
http://sincitygallery.com/
107 East Charleston Blvd., Studio 120
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104 USA
In The Arts Factory, 18B Arts District
702.608.2461



Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the next millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of March 23


Tuesday March 24th 7:30pm
Contemporary classical music featuring UNLV composer in residence
and pulitzer prize winner Bernard Rands, other compositions on the program include
Lafontant, Baley, Crumb and more, performers include flute professor Dr.
Jennifer Grim, violin professor Weiwei Le, violist Hanna Suk, cellist Lindsay Johnson,
clarinetist Erin Wyst, mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley and harpist Emily Montoya
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 March 25th 4:00pm
Percussion recital featuring UNLV students performing on marimba, program includes
Gronemeier, Sejourne, Koshinski, Pickering 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

Wednesday March 25th 7:30pm
Piano recital by UNLV artist in residence Nadejda Vlaeva, she will be performing a program
of compositions by composer Sergei Bortkiewicz including "Espana, Lyrica Nova, 3 Mazurkas,
Jugoslav Suite" 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 
 
Thursday March 26th 7:00pm
Wind Quintet recital by the "Fantastique 5 Quintet:" Patience Randall flute, Erika Hill oboe,
Jason Burchette clarinet, Trevor Stojanovich french horn, Jesse Edge bassoon, program includes
"Passacaille" by Barthe, Quintet by Haydn and "Renaissance Suite" by Roseman
UNLV Beam Music Center - Room 160
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
More info: 702-895-3332

Friday March 27th 7:30pm
String Quartet concert by "Moscato Quartet:" Sammi Ciarlo and Tammy Hung violins, David Chavez violin and Maren Quanbeck cello, program includes Kostors' "5 Variations on Loss and
Isolations," Dvorak's "American Quartet" and Schuberts "Death and the Maiden"
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 March 28th 7:30pm
Las Vegas Philharmonic directed by Donato Cabrera presents a concert full of the most well known selections from the classical symphonic repertoire, hear favorites such as Rossini's Overture to "The Barber of Seville," Dances from Bernstein's "On the Town," Copland's "Rodeo" and much more!
Smith Center
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas NV 89106
$26-$94
more info: 702-749-2000







Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments

Sin City Gallery continues Kickstarter campaign!


Stick It Places. Hand Job. Clothing Optional. Popping Cherries, Cuddle Party, Foursome With Benefits, Bukake.…Got your attention?  These are just some of the smartly designed Rewards that are intended to stimulate support, if not conversation, for Sin City Gallery’s crowd-funding campaign for its publication and printing of a hardcover book series from four years of the annual renown international juried art exhibition 12 Inches of Sin: So Much Art You Can Barely Fit It All In.  Sin City Gallery is excited to launch its innovative Kickstarter campaign to melt the hearts of the most ardent critics of art.

Sin City Gallery is dedicated to providing a serious professional forum, exhibit space, and series of publications for practitioners of erotic art who have too long been marginalized or excluded from so much of the art world. The gallery has put together an amazing series of four books with color illustrations, critical text, and incredible design. Throughout its history, the groundbreaking exhibit 12 Inches of Sin has featured the most innovative, daring, and beautiful examples of erotic art. Gallery founder Dr. Laura Henkel says:

“For the inaugural call for art four years ago, the competition received forty submissions from artists from five different countries. As the exhibition has grown and become more established, more competitive, and increasingly international in scope, we have achieved a record of three hundred submissions from twenty countries. Imagine a glossy, color illustrated collection of contemporary erotica all yours to browse at your leisure, a treasure trove of sexiness and gorgeousness. There’s a little something for everyone.  I hope everyone shares the Kickstarter campaign because the Rewards are so well conceived and designed to de-stigmatize the general assumption that all erotic art is porn.  Art is art and good art should ignite the senses.”

Please share this FUN Kickstarter with your friends.  It will certainly bring a smile to your face and theirs! To learn more about the most memorable and humorous Kickstarter campaign ever...

For more information - 

Sin City Gallery - http://sincitygallery.com/



Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at | 0 Comments