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Friday, February 05, 2010

First Friday Tonight!

Hello Everybody here is the list of event festivities that was sent over by Whirlygig the great organization that brings you First Friday every month. Take a look and see if there is anything that tickles your fancy. Goodness knows there is something for everyone at First Friday. Don't complain that there is nothing cultural to do in Las Vegas when there is all this listed below. Come join me and the rest of the city for some great art and culture in Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas.

First Friday Las Vegas February 5, 2010
6:00 pm -10:00 pm

Event Sponsor

Cirque du Soleil is an international company from Quebec dedicated to the creation, production and distribution of artistic works. Their mission is to invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions of people throughout the world. With seven permanent productions in Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil continues to participate and take an active part in the local community.

Cirque du Soleil--in February once again supports First Friday Las Vegas. Ever since it has had the resources to follow its dreams and to present shows around the world, Cirque du Soleil has chosen to be involved in the community. Every year, an amount equivalent to 1% of Cirque du Soleil gross earnings is committed by the company and its founder for various cultural programs supporting emerging artists, social action and responsibility programs including Cirque du Monde, Cirque du Soleil’s social circus intervention program geared to underprivileged youth, as well as the ONE DROP Foundation.

Whirlygig Inc., the non-profit producer of the First Friday arts event is fortunate to be one of the cultural programs Cirque du Soleil supports here in Las Vegas.

Come down this month to enjoy both visual and performance art! Indiekrush.com is programming the Land Rover stage, live improv on the street, artist, vendors and more!

We will be hosting more than 100 artists on the sidewalks and in the gallery spaces within the outdoor festival area on Casino Center Blvd and Colorado. Check out Commerce Street Studios and the Arts Factory in the surrounding area.

El Cortez/First Friday Express Trolley

The El Cortez Hotel & Casino joined with First Friday and is sponsoring an Express Trolley. The trolley will take patrons from the El Cortez, 600 East Fremont Street at the Cortez Garden Gateway (with 1,200 free parking spaces in the garage and also valet) to The Funk House Trolley Stop at First Friday (and back again). The bus will run from 6:00 p.m.(starting at the El Cortez) until 10:00 p.m. with the last First Friday stop at approximately 9:30 p.m. Take advantage of the convenient parking and avoid traffic after the event. You can also enjoy the Entertainment District's First Friday after parties when you arrive back at the El Cortez.

Outdoor Festival Information

Buy a Best Friend of First Friday card and help support your favorite Las Vegas arts event for just $25 per year. (go to this link for benefits: http://www.firstfriday-lasvegas.org/foff.html) We also have special "I 'heart' First Friday" t-shirts available for just $7 (for 7 years) at the First Friday Las Vegas Information Table (located in front of The Funk House). Make a $2 donation at the info table and receive a raffle ticket for valuable prizes. (Gift certificates, dinners, bar tabs and more...)

City ordinance requires no glass bottles or cans!

Artists Showing Outdoors

Below is a partial listing of our Outdoor Artist Exhibits Curated by Enrique Nevarez.
Luis Martinez--oil painting; Fred Morledge--photography; Steve Shuck--mixed media/metal; Giovani Morales--mixed media; De La Luz--acrylic/ink

On The Land Rover Stage

Live performances by - A Marionette Matinee; Roccanova, Grimehaus; Bass and Treble; Live Sounds by Todd Produsctions; Visuals by Indiekrush

Art @ Casino Center and Colorado

Art @ The Funk House
Showing Derrick McAdoo from Feb 5-March 1, 2010. Abstract watercolors and prints. 1228 S. Casino Center Blvd. LV, NV 89104 702.678.6278 www.thefunkhouselasvegas.com      

Brett Wesley Gallery
Proudly present Full Figured Neon Kiss opening exhibition February 4, show runs through Feb 28th — This exhibition will feature established painters Constance Edwards Scopepolis from Indianapolis, Kristine McCallister from Las Vegas and Sculptures by Christopher Schulz from Los Angles. For more info visit our website at http://www.brettwesleygallery.com/.

The Box Office
Showing new artists each month 1129 S. Casino Center, one block north of The Funk House 6-10pm

City of the World
February's featured artist Gia Ray has been drawing since the age of four. At 14, she began to experiment with oil based paints and discovered that her broad strokes were covered by her left hand while finite details were to be done with her right. Come see her fascinating artwork at City of the World. 1229 S. Casino Center Blvd.

Art @ Main Street and Charleston

Atomic Todd - I Dont' Want to be Friends
1217 S Main Street
Would you be my Valentine this February First Friday??? Some think I have a really big heart... so this Friday I dug real deep and I hauled out my giant heart on display for your pleasure and a few other surprises sure to tug out your heartstrings. A sickly sweet exhibition for Valentine's Day but not a massacre.
Love and tugs - Todd

Open First Friday11am-10pm..1211 S. Main St. OPEN FIRST FRIDAY 6-10PM--Antiques--Furnishings--Accessories--Art. Call 702.384.2700 for more info. Photo featuring live sculpting by Charles Christian and Jesse Smigel

Rooftops and Stoops: New York City featuring the work of photographer Travis Gluckler. Using very long exposures; Travis captures the vibrant glow of the city allowing a detailed look at a New York Minute. Authentic Stoops and vast panoramic views of New York's Night Skyline and traffic lit streets. The work is contemporary with powerful color saturation that really brings the city to life. Along with art on the walls visitors and guests will be able to enjoy the East Coast Vibe from B Boys to Pizza and music reflecting the feeling of the city. Mingle, purchase some prints, and soak up some New York swagger. at S P A C E studio 8 E. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89104.

Sharon Gainsburg

Will host many artists in many media such as painting, sculpture, jewelry, fabric and mixed media for Feb First Friday

Art @ Commerce Street Studios
1551 South Commerce

Live Music Outside

Circadian Gallery
Will be showing new work by Daniel Pearson. These pieces are unusual for their size all around 4 feet x 3 feet and topics ranging from health insurance to life & death and beyond!

The Fallout Gallery
"Instantaniation" through Feb 5, 2010- 702.678.6278 http://www.thefallout.net/ Open First Friday 6-10pm.

Naked CityTattoo
Special shows on First Fridays. Open daily. 702-612-5516.

Art @ The Arts Factory
101-109 E. Charleston Blvd. 

The Contemporary Arts Center
Presents Tomorrow People -February 4-March 20 Painting, drawing and sculpture by emerging artists Leah Craig, Catherine Cruise, Justin Favela, and Thomas Willis. First Friday 6-10 at the CAC. 101 E. Charleston, Suite 107 in the Arts Factory. Visit http://www.lasvegascac.org/ for more information. 

Cricket Studio
Studio 203. Cricket Studio--107 e. Charleston Blvd. Studio 210--Upstairs in the Arts Factory--continuing thru Dec 31, 2009 "Primitives"--mixed media on board--by Brian Swanson--www.cricketstudio.com/primitives 12 - 4pm tues-fri. Open FF and Tues - Fri 12 noon - 4pm, Evenings/Wknds by Appointment, 24/7 on the web. www.cricketstudio.com 702-366-9077.

Damned Ink Studio
Suite 204, showing new work. Located in the Arts Factory upstairs. Open First Friday Fri/Sat 1-6pm and by appointment. http://www.damnedinkstudios.com/ (702) 480-9090. 

Face Up Gallery
107 E. Charleston Blvd. Studio 210 "FACE UP": the "TEXT" show, acrylic on wood and canvas featured artist: Dar Freeland July 3 - Sept 15, 2009. Open First Friday

The Green Gallery
is pleased to announce the unveiling of the "Dresses" collection of artist Kimberly Cockrum at February's First Friday. Cockrum hails from Arkansas, where she has been contracted for murals and custom home decorating. In addition, Cockrum also created hundreds of pieces of artwork in her nature and life collections. For more of her work, go to http://www.kimberlycockrum.com/.

The Joseph Watson Collection
Features a couple of new urban paintings from Joseph. Arts Factory Suite 115 http://www.josephwatsoncollection.com/ 

Laura Henkel Fine Art
Presents the art of Bobbuy Logic
First Friday 6-10 PM/Tuesday – Saturday 11 AM-2 PM Arts Factory Ste 100, 702.952.9656 http://www.laurahenkel.com/

Mark Jenkins Fine Art
107 E. Charleston, Suite 115 Las Vegas, NV 89102-- http://www.thewindowstothesoul.com/ and http://www.markjenkinsfineart.com/ 702-301-5492

Niki J Sands Contemporary Fine Art
Suite 105A. Featuring original oils, acrylics, giclees and prints by artists Niki J Sands and Eric Belanger... Gallery is open Monday thru Friday 9am until 5pm.  Please call for an appointment 702.499.3984 

PeaceNart Studio
Presents: I Don't Wan't To Know The Rules !Finished Artwork and Works In Progress By Alexander P. Huerta

Trifecta Gallery
Angela Kallus "small" new work.Presenting the Kallus classic concentric circle and rosebud paintings in a smaller scale. Preview night Thursday February 4, 2010 from 5-9pm. 702.366.7001 in the Arts Factory.   http://www.trifectagallery.com/

Art @ Main Street
North of Charleston

One East Charleston Blvd. Fine art publisher and gallery operator S2 Art Group, Ltd. has its world headquarters in Las Vegas’ burgeoning downtown arts district, in a renovated facility. S2 limited editions are hand-pulled on extremely rare, antique lithography presses at the company’s 22,000 square-foot Las Vegas atelier – the largest such facility in the world. Opening Reception on First Friday from 6-10 pm. http://www.s2art.com  702-868-7880.

Art @ 4th

3rd St. Revolution Art Gallery
Works by Juan Ybarra and Ezequiel Lee Orona ,Sculptures, Bronze ,Metal and Wood. Mixed Media pieces.Oil Paintings ,Drawings and Graphics. Contemporary Modern Art with Social and Political Commentary. Mon_Sat.10-3. 224 Imperial Av. Las Vegas, Nv 89104.702-380-8442-702-644-5388.

Cob4lt blu3 Studio Gallery
Ed Dominguez artist: This renowned artist from Puerto Rico is passionate about creating art that changes the attitude of any wall. His oil paintgings are vibrant in color; warm yellows, deep blues and intense reds! This architect-turned-artist takes urban cityscapes and adds a whimsical touch, be it Vegas or any other. 1400 S. 3rd St. 702.771.0032

Neon Venus Art Theatre live performances

Southern Nevada Center for the Arts
An innovative and creative mix of artist studios, galleries and teaching facilities featuring paintings, ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, jewelry and more. Come joins us for our first open house this First Friday! Having a meeting or party? Contact us at 702-888-3400 for details. 1310 S. 3rd St. “Where Culture and Community Come Together”

Art @ Holsum Lofts

Open at Holsum Lofts
Stephen Jackson Architect 382-9200
Lola’s (the restaurant),227-5652, http://www.lolaslasvegas.com/
Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, 878-1227 http://www.lvdance.org/
DIGS Studio,651-6000 http://www.digsstudio.com/

D’Arte Designs POP-UP Gallery
Presents “Intrinsic Existence”, works by Scott Sandoval and Denise R. Duarte
For more information contact Denise with D’Arte Designs, 702-372-3755, http://www.dartedesigns.com/

Art Nearby

Art Gallery at Not Just Antiques Vintage ART
From established artists as well as new talent. Combine a cup of tea and ART. Open First Friday until 10pm. www.NotJustAntiquesMart.com. PARKING LOT IN FRONT OF NOT JUST ANTIQUES.

Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery
"Teetering on the Brink..." February 1 - March 7, 2010 Solo exhibit by artist John Bissonette whose new sculptures flaunt and deconstruct myths of stability, wealth, and excess. Opening reception: First Friday, February 5, 6-8pm Hours 8am-5pm M-F, 8am -10pm First Fridays.

The City of Las Vegas Employee Juried Art Exhibit
Opens on Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at the Bridge Gallery in Las Vegas City Hall , located at 400 Stewart Avenue . This exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit runs through February 5, 2010.

Reed Whipple Cultural Center
821 Las Vegas Boulevard N Las Vegas, NV 89101. Open until 9 pm on First Friday. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 229-6211. Local artists explore the title of the exhibit through their artwork. Free admission

Main Street

On First Friday The Attic offers a special discount. Open till 8pm.

Open First Fridays 6-10pm. We can do all of your clock repairs. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5pm. 702-384-8463.

First Friday store hours 9:00am till 10:00pm. Sales throughout the entire store. 50% off selected items. Collectable items and wild funky items for sale.

Located at 1211 S. Main St. OPEN FIRST FRIDAY 6-10PM--Antiques--Furnishings--Accessories--Art..Call 702.384.2700 for more info.  www.retro-vegas.com

Colorado and Casino Center

The Funk House
1228 Casino Center Blvd. Open First Friday 6-10PM. Discounts up to 30% with your ‘I Heart First Friday 2!’ sticker. Also, Rick on the didgeridoo, FF only. Hours: Mon-Sat. 10am-5-pm. www.thefunkhouselasvegas.com 

Antiques-Open for First Friday on 3rd street next door to William's Costume

Shopping Nearby 

Gaia flowers • gifts • art
Through January, Gaia features recent and earlier works by local painter Dan Hooker, who describes his art as "a never-ending itch, a need to create..." Also showing, an exploration of global metaphysics by B.J. Lipari. Starting with canvas and prayer mats, Lipari combines paint, ink, dye, found objects and more into complex observations of belief systems. 702-997-0222.

Not Just Antiques
1422 Western Avenue. 12,000 sq. ft. filled with Antiques, Collectibles & Art. Voted Las Vegas Review-Journal Best Place to Buy Antiques & Collectibles 2007. Open daily. Holsum Loft Lamp Showroom Liquidation. Open late First Friday. www.NotJustAntiquesMart.com

Valentino's Zootsuit Connection
WEARABLE ART at it's best, "for the COOL in you". Featuring a great selection of fine suiting, classic clothing, and stylish fedoras. Inside the Arts Factory--107 East Charleston Boulevard,Suite 135--Las Vegas, Nevada  89104,702-383-9555 

Restaurants and Cafe's Nearby

The Electronic Music Cafe
Proudly presents LIVE Fridays Every Friday (6 pm to 12 Midnight)

Where YOU are a part of the EXPERIENCE! This Week FEATURING:



6pm DJ Shoe
7pm DJ Tatiana
8pm Doug Wilcox
9pm Sarah Fab
10pm Edgar Reyes
11pm Nate Scott
12am DJ THinC vs. Les Paul
1am Jesse Saunders

Live Artists painting musically inspired ART! Models and Photographers in a LIVE photoshoot and more...

$10 Donation helps us keep the cause going! http://www.electronicmusiccafe.com/

Lola’s Restaurant @ Holsum
227-5652, http://www.lolaslasvegas.com/

Paymon's Mediterranean Bistro
107 E. Charleston Blvd. #155, located in the Arts Factory. Open M-F 11am-3pm. First Friday 5pm-9pm. 272.0200 

After Parties

N.O.I.S.E. - Network Of Immersive Sensory Entertainment
The Aruba Hotel and Spa
Come Celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of one the best First Friday After Parties in Downtown. We present a Forum for local art and music to inter-weave an impulsive synergistic event for all to be a part of .First Friday at the Aruba and Thunderbird lounge 1215 Las Vegas Blvd. 10pm- till? 

Downtown Cocktail Room
111 Las Vegas Blvd. South (100 feet south of Fremont). On First Friday: Soulful House, Downtempo by DJ Carlos Sanchez. Live Percussions by Cayce Woody. Valet Parking provided in adjacent alley after 8pm ($5 all night). Seating is limited and may require reservations, so arrive early. Please dress appropriately. 702-880-DOWN (3696) for questions or reservations. http://thedowntownlv.com/

Beauty Bar
Features The Get Back, funky soul dance party w/ deejays: John Doe, Danny Boy, Phoreyz, Aurajin, 8-bits and special guests. 10pm until the wee hours. $5 for girls, $10 for guys. A funky good time guaranteed!! http://www.thegetbackvegas.com/

Dino's Lounge
Drink Specials! Karaoke with host Danny G 10pm to ??. 382-3894  www.dinoslv.com     

Frankie's Tiki Room
A unique combination of South Seas exotica and modern primitivism with just a hint of Las Vegas kitch. Frankies is the place you can escape to the fantasy any hour of the day or night. Enjoy the exotic rum drinks from the menu and traditional cocktails. 1712 W. Charleston Blvd. 385-3110 http://www.frankiestikiroom.com/
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Nevada Public Radio

For more information on the Cultural Arts in Las Vegas please visit Nevada Public Radio. NPR has detailed listings of many cultural and civic events hosted by area non-profits click on this link http://www.knpr.org/common/psa/listNEW.cfm and if you are planning an event in the next few months, be sure to get your free listing in NvPR's Desert Companion magazine by submitting the information here at http://www.knpr.org/culture/eventaddnew.cfm

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


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