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Friday, December 11, 2009

City Of Las Vegas Cultural Arts & Community Events - January 2010 Calendar Of Events

400 Stewart Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Contact: Margaret Kurtz, (702) 229-6993
Arts & Community Events programs: www.artslasvegas.org
City of Las Vegas Web site: www.lasvegasparksandrec.com

“Altered States: Artists Re-imagine the Book” Exhibition
Through Jan. 2, Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free admission.

Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 229-6211.
Curated by Los Angeles-based artist and designer, Joseph Shuldiner, the artists included in the exhibit are Tor Archer, Alisa Banks, Doug Beube, Elile Brown, Shannon Freshwater, Jessica Holada, Lisa Kokin, Alexander Korzer-Robinson, Guy Laramee, Emily Sandor and Jill Sylvia. This exhibit has been programmed as part of the events associated with the Vegas Valley Book Festival and is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Call 229-1012 for information.

“Paintbrush Gateway and Other Projects” (all ages)
Dennis Oppenheim Exhibit
Jan. 8-April 3, Monday through Friday, 12:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Free admission.

Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 229-6211.
Born in 1938 in Electric City, Wash., Dennis Oppenheim received his master of fine arts degree from Stanford University. Now residing in New York City, Oppenheim was recognized for lifetime achievement at the 2007 Vancouver Sculpture Biennale and has received international attention for a body of conceptual work that includes performance, sculpture and photographs. Call 229-1012 for more information.

“Undressed” Photography Exhibition (all ages)
Artist Aimee Helen Koch
Through Feb. 11, Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free admission.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 229-6383.
Call 229-1012 for more information. “Exploring beauty and the signals of body language, the images call attention to the extent that clothing and fashion sway female attitudes and understandings. Fashion tends to treat the body as mere mannequin – it is the clothing rather than the wearing of it that is purportedly significant. But on the runway, only certain bodies appear. The desire becomes not so much to wear the outfits as to accrue the status that beauty and conformity offer — it is to reach for the unattainable body and to punish the inevitable failure to achieve it.” — Aimee Koch

City Employee Juried Art Exhibit
Through Feb. 5, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed holidays.
Free admission.

Bridge Gallery, City Hall, 400 Stewart Ave., 2nd floor.
This is the second annual employee juried art exhibit. Visitors may reach the gallery through the second floor of the Las Vegas City Hall parking garage on the southeast corner of Stewart Avenue and Fourth Street. Parking is by paid meter only.

All Star Youth Jazz Band Auditions (all ages)
Monday, Jan. 4, 5 p.m.
Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 229-6211.
The All Star Youth Jazz Band is an exciting new program at the Reed Whipple Cultural Center. The program will provide an environment for talented youth jazz musicians ages 14 to 20 to expand their musicianship, performance techniques, reading and focus on jazz improvisation. The All Star Youth Jazz Band season will run from September through June each year and include a concert performed at the Reed Whipple center. Rehearsals will be held every Monday at the Reed Whipple Cultural Center from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The band plays in Big Band format. Prepare a ballad and a jazz swing étude for the audition. Call 229-6211 for additional information.

Ethnic Express Folk Dancing (ages 13+)
Wednesdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.
Tickets: $4 per person, per day
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 229-6383.
Catch the Ethnic Express for an international evening of fun! Dances include Armenian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Greek, Russian, Serbian and Turkish, to name a few.

Scottish Country Dancing (ages 13+)
Fridays, Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, 6:30-8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5 general admission, $4 for Southern Nevada Old Time Contra Dancers members.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 229-6383.
Cosponsored by Southern Nevada Old-Time Contra Dancers, the National Folk Organization, and the city of Las Vegas. Classes begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8:45 p.m. This class is recommended for ages 13 and up. It is not suitable for younger children unless they have previous dance experience. Scottish Country Dancing is the beautiful “ballroom” dance of Scotland. The dances may be lively and joyful or gentle and graceful. From the first chord to the final bow or curtsey, dancers are inspired by the driving reels, jaunty jigs, snappy strathspeys or lilting slow airs. And thanks to the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, any dancer can be welcomed by a local group almost anywhere in the world.
Saturday Contra Dancing (all ages)
Cosponsored by the Southern Nevada Old-Time Contra Dancers
Saturday, Jan. 9 & 23, 7 to 10 p.m.; introductory group lessons 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $7 adults; $5 members, students, active military; $3 children.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 229-6383.
Dance to the live music of an acoustic band playing joyful fiddle tunes, driving reels, circle mixers and a waltz or two. These lively community dances recapture aspects of New England and frontier barn dances, with more modern twists. All dances are taught and called, newcomers and families are welcomed. No partner is necessary. Wear comfortable, soft-soled shoes and casual clothing.

Cine En El Centro Film Series Feature “Partes Usadas”
Thursday, Jan. 14, 6 p.m. introduction, 6:30 p.m. feature presentation
Series curator Luis Bonilla will present a short introduction of the featured film at 6 p.m. After the screening, Bonilla will lead a discussion on the film in Spanish. Admission is free.
Ivan is a 14-year-old boy and lives with his Uncle Jaime, a mediocre businessman of used car parts. Both of them dream of a better life and are saving to immigrate to Chicago. They soon realize they need more money to pay the pollero. Jaime decides to introduce his nephew to the world of stolen car parts. Ivan is a quick learner and invites his friend Efrain to help him. Both teenagers start to have fun and fulfill the uncle's "invoice orders" until Ivan finds out that his uncle has opposite intentions for the trip they are saving for and planning to do together. The Cine en el Centro Spanish-language film series is presented by the city of Las Vegas, Cox Communications, VeneMovies, Venevision International, La Nueva 103.5 FM, Recuerdo 99.3 FM, Radio Variedades 870 AM, Tortillas Los Arcos and El Mercadito. The movies, all award-winning, blockbuster films from Latin America and Spain, have been donated by VeneMovies and Venevision International to provide cultural enrichment to the Hispanic community. The unrated film, which runs 95 minutes in Spanish, was released in 2007. Call (702) 229-1515 for more information.

Downtown Cultural Series – Nomad Concert (all ages)
Friday, Jan. 15, noon to 1 p.m.
Free admission
Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Boulevard South\t "_parent"
Enjoy this free program of exciting and intriguing music for clarinet, trumpet, and piano, featuring Jonathon Troy, principal clarinetist for the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Daniel Beck on trumpet, and vocalist/pianist Voltaire Verzosa. For more information, call 229-3515.

The Poets’ Corner 9 (all ages)
Friday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.
No admission charge.
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., (702) 229-4800.
Keith Brantley hosts a forum for established poets and open-microphone participants.
Free Rock Fiesta (all ages)
Featuring Haleamano and The Remedies
Friday, Jan. 15, 7 to 9 p.m.
East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center Bandstand, 250 N. Eastern Ave., 229-1515.
Rock Fiesta brings together two of Las Vegas’ most talented bands, Haleamano and The Remedies. The evening consists of a fusion of ska, reggae and rock music. Haleamano will deliver an exciting show with their original reggae music while The Remedies will rock the house with classic sounds of ska and reggae music. No admission charge.

Las Vegas Wind Quintet Concert (all ages)
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $5
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 229-6383.
The Las Vegas Wind Quintet members include Sherrie Parker on flute, Lisa Smolen on oboe, clarinetist Dave Hawley, Doug Beasley on horn, and bassoonist Sam Pisciotta.

Ballet Folklorico Xyachimal - Magia Mexicana Mexican Dance Showcase (all ages)
Friday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $5; $3 youth ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and younger
East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center Ballroom, 250 N. Eastern Ave., 229-1515.
Ballet Folklorico Xyachimal will showcase its vibrant and colorful traditional folk dance in this evening performance. Ballet Folklorico Xyachimal was founded in Las Vegas, with the objective of presenting the Mexican culture through traditional folkloric dance. Currently, with a cast of more than 70 members, they possess a vast curriculum of international performances. Everyone’s invited to this spectacular Mexican dance showcase.

Killian’s Angels Concert (all ages)
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2 p.m.
Tickets $7 all seats
Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 229-6211.
This fantastic all-female band offers an amazing spectrum of tunes, arrangements and styles from contemporary Celtic to country and classic rock. Killian’s Angels will set your toes to tapping and your hands to clapping. Each lovely and accomplished musician sings and plays a variety of instruments including violin, tuba, mandolin, tin whistle, guitar, keyboard, harmonica, drums, bodhran, spoons, bass and more. This concert also will feature Sharon Lynn and the Celtic Storm Dance troupe.

Free Young Men’s Conference 2010 (ages 10-25)
Saturday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Advance registration is requested.
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., (702) 229-4800.

Exercising Our Voices…Say What? (ages 10-16)
With the support of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, the West Las Vegas
Library and the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, 100 young men from
Clark County schools, ages 10-16, will gather at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory
Academy to create new bonds of friendships through dynamic dialogues on leadership, community and brotherhood.

The Apprentices (ages 17-25)
The purpose of the training is to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the tools and skills necessary to effectively pursue, gain and maintain social and economic independence. This will be done by having a variety of career tradesmen speak with the participants. Please call 229-4800 to register.

Media Contact:
Margaret Kurtz
Publicity Specialist
City of Las Vegas
400 E. Stewart Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89101-2986
(702) 229-6993
Cell (702) 249-1828
E-mail: mkurtz@lasvegasnevada.gov
www.lasvegasnevada.gov www.lasvegasparksandrec.com www.artslasvegas.org

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