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Saturday, December 02, 2006

December 2006 First Friday - Better Late Than Never

2006 2007 Winter Schedule: Dec 1, Jan 5, Feb 2

The family's left, the leftover turkey tryptophan's worn off and what do you have to look forward to between now and the next holiday? Why, First Friday, of course! It's the best excuse December 1 has to offer to get you out of the house, out on the bustling streets of Downtown and into art galleries and tents where you can find unique gifts for your loved ones.

There will be all kinds of entertainment, like music from Killian's Angels and the Southern Nevada Lamplight Carolers. Plus, the Las Vegas Chess Club will be hosting a life-size exhibition game. Check out the ART 4 AIDS exhibit at 1540 S. Commerce Street, featuring work by Nick San Pedro, Michael Wardle, Jennifer Main, Denise R. Duarte and others on the theme of HIV/Aids in honor of World Aids Day. Net proceeds will benefit Positive Vegas and the Nevada Aids Project. And while you're down there, be sure to stop by MTZC at Commerce Street Studios for the LVSK8 Deuce, which features a group of hand-painted skateboard decks. And of course be sure and try some of the great food and beverage offerings that Downtown has to offer, from Casa Don Juan to Dona Marias to Art Bar and Dino's.

Commerce Street Studios and Funk House information table --We have 25 passes for 2 to "Bodies" http://www.bodiestheexhibition.com/ exhibit and 25 passes for 2 to the "Titanic" exhibit. These will be given out beginning at 6pm (NO EARLIER) until they are gone. ONLY ONE pass per person.

Don't forget to pick up your VIP pass to Vegas’ arts scene, the Friends of First Friday membership card, which offers discounts at First Friday-friendly vendors throughout the Las Vegas Valley. To see the list of participating vendors, visit the FoFF page ( http://www.firstfriday-lasvegas.org/foff.html ) on the First Friday website. You can now join on the website by clicking the Paypal button located on the FoFF page. Buy your membership card online or on First Friday (or any time) in The Funk House.

A printable map for the First Friday Event may be found on our website or you may pick up a copy anytime @ The Funk House, 1228 South Casino Center Boulevard. Maps are also available the evenings of FIRST FRIDAY at our information booths by the Arts Factory, Commerce Street Studios, Holsum Design Center and The Funk House. Parking options are plentiful thanks to the City of Las Vegas who have kindly suspended the street meter payment obligations from 6pm through the night. Clark County provides FREE parking at the Clark County Government Center with FREE City Arts trolleys to the party from 6 to 10 pm. The trolleys stop at Commerce Street Studios, Colorado Ave Festivities (Art, Antiques, Bands and more), Arts Factory, Holsum Design Center, Not Just Antiques & The Ice House every 20 minutes beginning at 6 pm. Click link http://www.firstfriday-lasvegas.org/schedule.html for a complete schedule.

GENERALLY THE HOURS ARE FROM 6-10PM (individual hours may vary, see below)


ART @ THE FUNK HOUSE-- This month - NOVEMBER 30-DEC 26, 2006 "Jewels Of The Jungle ", Ancient Ruins of the lost city in Cambodia, new work by Peter N. Operana. 384 0092. Admire Rick and his mad skills on the didgeridoo. Outside we have live art demonstrations, performing artists, & who knows what else? And as a special bonus for First Friday patrons up to 25% discount on merchandise, one night only. 6-10pm www.thefunkhouselasvegas.com

On Colorado Blvd-- Over 50 artists showing their work and performing on the street this month. Vista Four playing on Colorado Blvd in front of the Gypsy Caravan. Hot Dawg Daze, Walter's Cajun BBQ, Kettle Korn, Dino's www.dinoslv.com , and Panicci's Coffee will be providing food and libation! Be sure to stop by the Whirlygig Inc. official water and soda booth to quench your thirst, all proceeds benefit First Friday!

Land Rover Stage (Colorado and Casino Center) BANDS starting at 6pm. Music till 10pm







SOUTHERN NEVADA LAMPLIGHTER CAROLERS on Casino Center Blvd near The Funk House--performing at 6:30pm, 7:30pm, and 8:30pm

The Artist Original – CREATE your Original HOLIDAY Gift Baskets! Mix and match items hand made by Local Artists! Holiday Discounts on Local Ceramics, Photography, Fine Art, crafts and Ltd. Edit. Original Prints…. Gallery, and ART Garden are OPEN DAILY from 3-9pm, 1229 S. Casino Center. 805.637.3713. Support ART Feel Good..


Art @ The Box Office F1RST FR1DAy Dec. 1st Featuring local Artist Greg Gumas, Alex Cole,Letroy Peak,Alberto,Pat Bearden,Biggs/Daria, Mpivo Photography & Shannon Dorns Exotic Posters. Broken Leash ,Eric Labar & Music of V.A.M.P 6p-10p

Casino Center and California stage: The Spell Casters performing from 6:30pm to 9:30pm


Avant Gallery: "Put It In Your Head" Steve Roche / Michael Todoran /Jason Adams / Rose Bernfeld /raphaeljohnbuckles aka js&stB /Steve Olson /Russ Pope / Jessica Starkey / Kevin Willrick / Jai Tanju Wasted Space: The Backroom: DJ Ginger the photography of NeonComa
Drink: Whiskeys for the World. Learn the differences between Irish, Scottish, Canadian, and American whiskeys.

DUST GALLERY Ryan Spencer Romance and Adventure November 29 – December 31, 2006 Ryan Spencer resides: Las Vegas, Nevada Opening December 8, 2006 www.dustgallery.com


ARTISTIC IRON-- wineNart© and Artistic Iron Works continue their “One-Stop” art event, December 1, 2006, from 6-10 pm. wineNart© works with AIW to promote over 20 artists’ artwork and showcasing of AIW’s beautiful iron furnishings/accessories. This event includes a full bar. Location: 105 W. Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas. For more information: http://www.winenart.com/artisticironworks.htm.


THERE IS NOW STUDIO SPACE AVAILABLE @ 1531-1541 S COMMERCE, DIRECTLY NORTH OF COMMERCE STREET STUDIOS FOR INFO PLEASE EMAIL: studios@commercestreetstudios.com Be sure and check out the new studios already open at this NEW location!!

420 Stainless presents new work by Michael Kruis in acrylic. Open First Fridays 6-10pm. Or by appointment 918 407 3774

Against the Wall a new art studio. Open First Fridays 6-10pm or by appointment .

Archinofsky Gallery Please join us this First Friday, Oct 6 from 6:00-10:00PM for the Artist's Reception, celebrating Antonio Gomez and his amazing exhibition!

MTZC the edge of sin city and Michael Todoran present 'LVSK8 Duece' a group show of hand painted skateboard decks. This is the follow up show to the wildly popular 'LVSK8' held earlier this year at UNLV. First Friday, Dec. 1st from 6pm to 10pm. Free. http://www.mtzc.com/ or http://www.michaeltodoran.com/ for more info.

Naked City Tattoo-(1551 S. Commerce St, 1/2 block north of Wyoming, 1 block west of Main Street) For more information call 612-5516 Open Daily. Special shows on First Fridays.

Obstacle Art Course (www.obstacleartcourse.org ) The latest Whirlygig Inc. (the non-profit that brings you First Friday each month) Art Project sponsored by Todd VonBastiaans/Alios. Don't miss this exceptional art exhibit by several of Las Vegas favorite artists. golf@obstacleartcourse.org

The Modern Vegas Art Studio New work by artist Eddie Bush. Open First Friday 6-10. Open Third Thursdays 6-10pm.

NEXT DOOR : 1531-1541 Commerce Street

ART 4 AIDS exhibit at 1540 S. Commerce Street #100, space provided by Todd VonBastiaans, features Nick San Pedro, Michael Wardle, Jennifer Main, Denise R. Duarte and others on the theme of HIV/Aids in honor of World Aids Day. Net proceeds will benefit Positive Vegas and the Nevada Aids Project.

Bonnie Kelso Studio--Paintings by Bonnie Kelso, newcomer to Las Vegas. Open studio and reception from 7pm to 10pm on Friday, October 6th at 1531 Commerce Street Studios, suite 115. All are welcome.

Circadian Studios 1541 S. Commerce Suite showing new work by Daniel Pearson


Boulder Ave Appearing on the city’s Showmobile stage is a local favorite band, Killians Angels. In commemorating World Aids Day, AFAN will host an exhibition of works by local artists living with Aids, including Wade Cook and Bob Williston. Their works, in a range of media, remind us how creativity can bring stamina and hope to those living with the disease.

capital h Gallery PERVERSION FOR PROFIT : This is a public service announcement : Repeated EXPOSURE to PORNOGRAPHY will PERVERT you! A new collection of nudie paintings, decoupage and media by Brian and Jennifer Henry. Upstairs in the Arts Factory, www.capitalh.org

CRICKET STUDIO Hours: Tues - Fri 12 noon - 4pm, Evenings/Wknds by Appointment 24/7 on the web @ www.cricketstudio.com/shop www.faceupstudio.com/press FEATURED in CRICKET STUDIO "Squaresville" works by BRIAN SWANSON through mixed media, illustrations, pastels and prints www.cricketstudio.com/shop

FEATURED in FACE UP GALLERY FACE UP - The Art of Recognition "The Mandelbrot of George" works by DAR FREELAND SPECIAL GUESTS/EVENTS TBA www.faceupstudio.com/press

H. Stephen Jackson's Architectural Studio/Gallery, In a Gallery setting, Mr. Jackson, an Architectural Concept Specialist, will
be showing a variety of project related exhibits of current and past Design work...including High-rise Mixed-Use Complexes, Casino/Resorts, Bar/Restaurants, Office, Commercial, and Residential building types. Website is www.hsj-architect.com.

MIKE WARDLE GALLERY ( upstairs in Arts Factory): Showing new work. Large abstract paintings, some with figures. Featured this month; paintings of the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood.

TRIFECTA gallery in the Arts Factory minUMENTAL INVITATIONAL- a very large exhibition of very small work. Partial list of Invited artists: Jerry Misko, Amy Sol, Mary Warner, Brian & Jennifer Henry, Marty Walsh, Casey Weldon, Fanok, Tom Pfannerstill, Diane Bush and other favorites of Trifecta. Exhibit runs Nov. 2 - Dec 24, 2006 www.trifectagallery.com

S2 Art Center/Atelier One East Charleston Blvd. Dirty Martinis & O the r Delights. December 1-31. Lithographs on exhibit with a “beverage” the me, from Absin the , wine and beer to water any way you like it… Featured artwork from Matt Rinard includes “Dirty Martini” and “Bottled Water is for Wimps;” also Todd Goldman’s latest, “After Dinner Drink.”

Gainsburg Studio, Inc. (1039 Main Street, #103 behind S2 Art Group Building) is pleased to announce our upcoming opening featuring nationally recognized stone sculptor Sharon Gainsburg and the works of other award winning artists in all media. Gallery hours: By Appointment. 702-384-1388 http://www.gainsburgstudio.com/ Ongoing First Friday event is Free Stone Carving Open Studio with the Artist between 6pm and 10pm

HOLSUM DESIGN CENTER 231/241 W. Charleston. Stop #8 on the First Friday Event Map. Open Mon.-Sat. 11-6PM. For December: DJ entertainer Joey Saccavino spinning tunes in the Holsum courtyard; eat at the Grill on Charleston; enjoy a tasty cocktail; browse 16 galleries and shops for your holiday gifts. Info 366-9171.

ART & SOUL GALLERY at the Holsum Lofts, featuring local artist Tanti Hill showing her Raku pottery & sculpture. Also showing blown art glass works from Geo Soul Arts. 241 W. Charleston Blvd. Suite 130. Open Wed-Sat 12-4. 795-2787.

Contemporary Arts Collective announces the "Winter Solstice" exhibition and art sale. Show will open December 2nd First Friday through Tuesday December 26th. For information call 702-382-3886. The Contemporary Arts Collective, 231 West Charleston Blvd., Suite 110, Las Vegas, NV 89102 at the Holsum Lofts “Gateway to the Arts District”. info@lasvegascac.org , http://www.lasvegascac.org/

Gallery P - Dec. lst -3lst. Artwork by Maynard, Iglikowska, Gieraga, Spann, Metzler, Shortridge, Gilmore,Volborth, Ross, Cook, Constantine, Flanders, and Palermo. 231 W. Charleston, Suite 160 (at the Holsum Lofts) 384-8155. Gallery hrs. noon-4:30 p.m. Tues. - Sat.; Sun. & Mon by appt. only.

Home Expression -Manufactures of Fauxstone Furniture and unique home décor. The works of Russ and Mary Peters in ceramic and metal, Darrel Johnston's one of kind lighthouses, Mark Hines glass and metal vases and Steven Kaye pottery are some of the beautiful pieces that you can find here.

Las Vegas Paper Doll: Do the write thing this month. Visit this fantastic shop that features stationery and notecards from the paper industry's top designers such as R.Nichols and Saturate. The space also features the roses of artist FB Fogg who uses an ancient Egyptian paper making technique in her colorful work. Open 10.30am to 6pm Tue-Fri; First Fridays until 10pm. For more information, please contact (702) 385-7892 or visit www.lvpaperdoll.com.

Lynn Peri Collection 241 W. Charleston Blvd. Suite 160. 366-9171. In the Holsum Design Center. Holiday opening featuring ornaments by Eric Cortina; sculpture demonstration by Roy Butler; portrait demonstration by Gregory Colhouer. Discover new works by eight local artists; Italian etchings and unique gifts. Open Tues.-Sat. 11-6PM.

MGriesgraber Gallery Parody Paintings "Gauguin in the 21st Century" on exhibit. October 6 through December 23, 2006

Mist Harbor Tapestries and Décor (Suite 140).View pieces from our newest gallery addition, artist James Dean and his famous blue cat, Pete, as they make their Las Vegas debut. PetetheCat travels many places and is sure make you laugh out loud. For additional information visit mistharbor.com or petethecat.com


ArT Gallery at Not Just Antiques 1422 Western Avenue - Combine a cup of tea and ART including latest arriveal by Adriano Chaves! Local Artists will be giving us a face lifet all day long with a mural on our walls - giving us a new look! Limited Gallery space available www.NotJustAntiquesMart.com

Clark County Government Center The Clark County 3-D Invitational with work by Chris Bauder, Daisey Contin and Richard Hesketh, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. Amphitheater: Veruca Salt and special guests, FREE; doors open at 6 p.m. Food and beverages and local merchants on site.

REED WHIPPLE CULTURAL CENTER: Open until 9 pm on First Friday


DURETTE STUDIO: Stop in and listen to a set of live Jazz featuring Mike Candito's Jazz Trio, while browsing our unusual selection of knobs, knockers, and accessories. Great Fall and Holiday decorating ideas. Specials throughout the store. Open First Friday 'til 9PM.

MODIFY: Vintage Modern furnishings. Open late.

OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE THRIFT SHOP: Opportunity Village First Friday store hours 9:00am til 10:00pm. Sales throughout the entire store. 50% off selected items. Come shop and save. Check out our collectable items, we also have some wild funky items for sale!!

THE ATTIC: 20 % off sale. Open till 8pm


D'LOE HOUSE OF STYLE: Charleston between Casino Center and 3rd Street Vintage clothing and accessories. Refreshments. Open late.

Gypsy Caravan Antiques and Sweet Pea's Dolls--Open Late. 10% discount to First Friday patrons

Trudi's Furs--selling vintage furs, open late on First Friday


NOT JUST ANTIQUES: A FF Trolley Stop! 12,000 sq ft filled with Antiques, Collectibles & Art. Get off the trolley and enjoy an old fashioned Christmas Boutique! Free Trade Exhibit, Music, Free Hot Dogs - and come see how local artists have painted a gorgeous mural. Free Tarot Reader in our Tea Gallery. Limited Gallery Space Avail Open until 10 PM. 1422 Western Avenue


DINO'S LOUNGE: From 10:30 to ?? 2 LIVE BANDS, followed by Karaoke with host Danny G. Live bands every Friday night. Check website for future dates and details. www.dinoslv.com 382-3894

Get Back: funky soul dance party at the BEAUTY BAR! Check it out and prepare to have a funky good time w/ deejays: John Doe, Danny Boy, Phoreyz, Aurajin and special guests. 10pm until the wee hours. $5 for girls, $10 for guys. Drink specials all night, free easy parking, and a great vibe guaranteed...besides, where else can you completely cut loose on a dancefloor to an old dusty funk 45 and be joined by a few hundred other funky soul freaks?? Only at Las Vegas' only Funky Soul Dance Party: "The Get Back"!! Check out http://www.thegetbackvegas.com/ for more details.

Hogs & Heifers Saloon is proud to be a part of and support First Friday. Come and join our beautiful and sassy women for cold beer, loud
classic American music and a lot of attitude! We've got 65+ feet of designated motorcycle parking right out front, so ride on down! BEST
Friends and FRIENDS of First Friday are entitled to drink and merchandise discounts. Leave your apprehension at the door and have a sh*t kickin' good time at Hogs & Heifers!

THE ICE HOUSE: Live bands and drink specials . www.icehouselounge.com


Andre's Wine & Cheese Tasting, First Friday December 2006, 5:30pm - 9:00pm 401 S. 6th St., 702/385-5016 Sample 4 wines and enjoy a cheese plate from our extensive fromage selection. Featured artist; Andre's Niece, Isabelle Michaud. 15.00 per person. Nevada sales tax and gratuity are not included.

Island Flavors Cafe 300 E. Charleston Blvd. Ste. 101 phone 702.474.7127

TINOCO'S BISTRO (www.tinocosbistro.net ), CHICAGO JOE'S, CASA DON JUAN & FLORIDA CAFE (www.cuban-food-usa.com/vegas_florida.html ) all have food & drink specials throughout the evening!

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