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Thursday, April 01, 2010

April First Friday Has Arrived...

Well it is that time of the month when everyone in the community gets excited to celebrate the monthly arts festival in 18b Downtown. This month just like the many before will entice you with new and exciting works of art from Las Vegas's growing crop of artists and cultural types. As always our friends at First Friday have prepared the schedule of events below to get the public ready for the festivities. Here is what is happening this coming Friday...

MUNDO a Culinary Haute Spot Presents 

First Friday Las Vegas April 2, 2010 
6:00 pm -10:00 pm

Come down this month to enjoy both visual and performance art! See the Shaolin Kung Fu Academy performance in front of 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 Holsum Lofts, Commerce Street Studios and the Arts Factory in the surrounding area.

Donate to support First Friday: http://www.firstfriday-lasvegas.org/fundraise.html 

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 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 coupon for a 10% discount at Naked City Sandwich Shop(http://www.nakedcitylv.com/ ).
City ordinance requires no glass bottles or cans!

Outdoor Artist Exhibits
Casino Center and Colorado

·         Kathleen Houlihan--Graphite, chalk drawings
·         Steve Watley--Oil Paintings
·         Phil Perrin--Metal  Sculpture
·         Christoper La Tourette—Acrylics
·         Al Gutierrez--Oil Rub Collaging
·         Garry Hoholik--Light Sculptures/Recycled Materials

Land Rover Stage
Casino Center and Colorado

·         6-7pm acoustic & Dj Noel
·         7-7:45pm Gina Christine Sempadian--Chamber Pop/Rock
·         8-8:45pm Lance--Rock/Alternative/Pop
·         9-10pm John Zito and the Electric Church Band--Blues, Southern Rock 

Art @ The Funk House  
April 1-June 1, 2010 Amy is fairly new to Las Vegas. She makes wonderful mixed media art that is a perfect fit for The Funk House. Amy is a self taught artist from the Midwest, a recent transplant to Las Vegas 1228 S. Casino Center Blvd. LV, NV 89104 702.678.6278 www.thefunkhouselasvegas.com       

Brett Wesley Gallery
Brett Wesley Gallery 
Brent Sommerhauser will be the featured artist at Brett Wesley Gallery this coming Thursday.

Brett Wesley Gallery is located at 1112 South Casino Center Boulevard
inquire@brettwesley.com - www.brettwesleygallery.com 

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

City of the World Gallery
1229 Casino Center
Founder, Roz Knight, is April's featured artist at the gallery. She's a very energetic person and puts forth that energy in everything she does. You may have already met her. She's at the City of the World Gallery, 1229 Casino Center, open 1 to 4, Thursday through Saturday! Get a preview of what you'll see at the gallery at http://www.cityoftheworld.org.
Gaia Flowers, Gifts and Art
4 East Charleston Boulevard
April will be your last chance to see "Ancient Art of the Mojave," an exhibition of photographs by Hamilton Moore at Gaia Flowers. Hamilton describes the work as juxtaposing "the enormity of creation and thousands of years of human habitation with the insignificance of modern civilization." In conjunction with his exhibition, Hamilton and Gaia are sponsoring a display for the Southern Nevada Rock Art Association. Titled "Nevada's Original Art Show," it will also be showing through April.

Sharon Gainsburg 
1039 Main Street 
Will host many artists in many media such as painting, sculpture, jewelry, fabric and mixed media for March First Friday

PLACE Gallery
1054 S. Main Street

Come see the amazing art we have collected from
around the world. Reception tonight, and there will be a few artists
from other countries here to answer questions and talk about their
work. MUSIC, Free food, and WINE.. what more can you ask for on a
Thursday night!! Come support these amazing arti
sts who have traveled
so far! Meet me at PLACE! 6p-10p

Retro Vegas
1211 S. Main Street
Julian Ritter (1909-2000) was born in Hamburg, Germany and immigrated to the U.S. in 1924. In 1932, he found work at the film studios, doing portraits and backgrounds for movie sets. In 1941, Julian exhibited at the Gallery of Modern Art, and at the Newhouse Galleries in New York City. Both exhibitions were highly acclaimed. In 1945, Julian returned his most prolific period regularly working ten to twelve hours a day, Julian became known for the fine craftsmanship of his nude studies and clowns. 1211 S Main Street
702-384-2700  Mon - Sat from 11:00 - 6:00 with late hours on First Friday
Electronic Music Cafe
1308 S. Main Street
The Electronic Music Cafe proudly presents
LIVE FRIDAYS - 1st FRIDAYS Edition(7 pm to 12 midnite)
We'll be previewing our upcoming DJ CLINIC, STYLISTA SATURDAYS (7pm)!
  • 6pm Remote Broadcast (From Chicago) DJ L Monte
  • 7pm DJ Ta...tiana
  • 8pm Doug Wilcox
  • 9pm Nate Scott
  • 10pm Rob Alahn
  • 11pm Edgar Reyes
Makeovers by Goldilocks
Your Donations help keep the cause going!

His vision is one of grandeur where themes of socio-political commentary, mortality and emotional drama are woven into iconic imagery that express an innate sense of populism and vernacular aesthetic. His visual inspiration comes from the movies and television of my childhood.When exhibiting his work a consorted effort is made to create a space that allows for a “theatrical” exaltation of a given metaphor or overarching theme. Essentially, he is creating a stage for the drama inherent in his sculptures to play out.
  • DEVYN (Featured Live Painter)
  • NIKKI (Featured Live Painter)
  • Gisselle Platfoot
  • Athena Garcia
  • AmieLee
  • James Oliphant (more TBA)

Commerce Street Studios
1551 S. Commerce Street
Be sure and check out the new studios and galleries already open at this location!!

Circadian Galleries 
1551 S. Commerce Street 
Presents Spirits and Ghosts an abstract show by by Daniel Pearson. Lifestyles, People, Seasons and the essence they leave. open First Friday 7 -10 and by appointment. for more info 525-2850    Show times are from 6pm to10pm a great stop on the trolley route! For more information call  525-2850

The Fallout Gallery
1551 S. Commerce Street
Exhibit from March 3-May 22, 2010 "Character Matters" featuring 3 artists: Cristina Paulos, Kelly Shon, Maranda Espinosa.The show features new work from these artists. All have Animation & Illustration backgrounds. Celebrate Girls Day (a Japanese holiday) by checking out these unique Character driven pieces in the heart of Vegas at The Fallout. 1551 S. Commerce St. Las Vegas, NV 89102   702.678.6278 www.thefallout.net  Open First Friday 6-10pm.  Regular hours: Thursday, Friday and Sat Noon-4pm.

Eric Beehn Studio
1551 S. Commerce Street
located in Commerce Street Studios showing new work.

Naked CityTattoo 
1551 S. Commerce Street
Special shows on First Fridays. Open daily. 702-612-5516.
The Arts Factory
101-109 E. Charleston Blvd

Contemporary Arts Center
The Arts Factory - Suite 120
presents its "21st Annual Juried Show," juried by L.A. based artist Jeff Gauntt. Opening reception, Wednesday, March 31st 6-9 with an Awards Ceremony at 7. Through May 22nd. Suite 120 in the Arts Factory. Visit http://www.lasvegascac.org/  for list of participating artists! 

Cricket Studio
The Arts Factory - Suite 210
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--"Bugspeak"
illustrations by Brian Swanson--www.cricketstudio.com/bugspeak --visit us during the week...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 Studios
The Arts Factory - Suite 204
Showing new work. Located in the Arts Factory upstairs.Open First Friday Fri/Sat 1-6pm and by appointment. www.damnedinkstudios.com (702) 480-9090. 

Face Up Gallery 
Arts Factory - Suite 210
"FACE UP": the "TEXT" show, acrylic on wood and canvas featured artist: Dar Freeland July 3 - Sept 15, 2009. Open First Friday

Becky Misso Gallery
Arts Factory - Studio 222

Showcasing four new paintings that highlight the artists passion for finding the perfect escape. Take a moment to relax and slip down memory lane . Recall your own personal paradise with a little help from these serene pieces.
Open every Preview Thursday and First Friday, 6pm - 10pm

The Green Gallery 
In The Arts Factory 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 
The Arts Factory - Suite 115
features Spencer Davis, creator of the world famous Booty Babe figures. Also new urban paintings from Joseph. The Arts Factory Suite 115 (downstairs)http://www.josephwatsoncollection.com/ First Friday & Preview Thursday 6:30-9:30pm March 4 & 5, 2010.

Heavy Petting at Laura Henkel Fine Art
Laura Henkel Fine Art
The Arts Factory - Suite 100
 FRANCOIS DUBEAU  “Heavy Petting”    April 1 to June 12, 2010

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

Niki J Sands Contemporary Fine Art 
Arts Factory 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 

The Ortego Gallery
The Arts Factory - Suite 115
Peg Lozier is exhibiting her new original art nouveau watercolors, along with still lifes, painted furniture and portraits. For more info. call 702-281-6714.

PeaceNart Studio
The Arts Factory - Studio 202
Presents: I Don't Wan't To Know The Rules! Finished Artwork and Works In Progress By Alexander P. Huerta

The Arts Factory - Suite 160
Leonardo Aguirre di Matteo 'En Escena', Educated in Montevideo Uruguay as an architect Leo changed his tune to painting. Architectural references are made and one would think the artist also studied theatrics.  The well drawn paintings take on a surreal stage presence but with an extremely compressed depth of field.  The fun begins when you start following lines that lead to trap doors, wrap around pinball bumpers and dangle heavy objects from what appears to be simply a line- not a cable, and sometimes a dotted line. You begin to doubt your sense of weight, space and even time by the clever choice of totally unrelated objects drawn into his scenes.  Trifecta Gallery www.trifectagallery.com 702.366.7001 Through April 30

S P A C E 
8 East Charleston Boulevard
Studios presents  solo exhibit by mixed media artist BRAD BERNHARDT "Weapons of Mass Consumption" features artwork from Reno native artist Brad Bernhardt. Introspective takes a look at consumerism and the false reality we as a society have created. These larger then life canvasses are a mix of mashed up media, acrylic and spray paint. Thursday 4/1/10 6-10PM & Friday 4/2/10 6-10PM 

One East Charleston Boulevard 
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.
Gypsy Den
213 East Colorado

Presents: Original Art by Nickhole Arcade, Christina Abbott, Elyse Weatherup, David Overstreet and many others Performances by Shark Speed, The Ladyboys, The Rooks, The Pines, and DJ Ladyfingers - Fully stocked PIRATE BAR for the 21+
And as always, sweet vintage attire that the Gypsy Den is known for.
Friday April 2nd
6pm - 12am

Cob4lt blu3 studio gallery
1400 S. 3rd Street
Ed Dominguez artist: This renowned artist from Puerto Rico is passionate about creating art that changes the attitude of any wall.  His oil paintings 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.  702.771.0032

Southern Nevada Center for the Arts
1310 S. 3rd Street
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. “Where Culture and Community Come Together”
Holsum Lofts

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

D’Arte Designs in association with Debbe Sussman presents

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.

The Bridge Gallery at City Hall 
Located on the second floor of City Hall, near the information desk. Las Vegas Perspective: Reflections of the African-American Artist. Visitors may enter through the breezeway from the second floor of the parking garage, which is on the southwest corner of Fourth Street and Stewart Avenue . Parking is by paid meter only. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Call (702) 229-1012 for more information.

Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery
REDUCED: Part II at the Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery Minimalist works by Daniel Habegger & RC Wonderly III both employing humble materials and basic solutions in new sculptures. Opening reception:  First Friday, April 2nd 6-8 p.m. Exhibition runs March 22 - May 7, 2010  
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

THE ATTIC On First Friday The Attic offers a special discount. Open till 8pm.
Greg Santos and GrowinUp.com present an evening of stand up comedy at The Attic clothing store.  Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm, and it is a BYOB event!  It's a unique atmosphere, which only the best vintage store in Las Vegas can provide!
J J C CLOCKS & ANTIQUES MAIN SOUTH OF COLORADO. Open First Fridays 6-10pm. For all of your clock repairs. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5pm. 702-384-8463.
OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE THRIFT SHOP 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.
RETRO VEGAS 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

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

Confetti's--Antiques--Open for First Friday on 3rd street next door to William's CostumeSHOPPING—NEARBY

Cottages Castles and Closets--"Feed Your Soul with Wonderful Treasures for You and Your Home" We are a neighborhood Antique, Vintage, Shabby Chic, Home Decor Shoppe located in our Las Vegas Arts District at 220 E. Charleston Blvd and 3rd Street. 281-8887 

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.

"Hillary" is a referral-based, by appointment only hair salon which celebrates ART, creates BEAUTY, demonstrates MUSIC and produces FASHION accessories. The home of MY FIRST RODEO. All events are smoke-free, free of charge and all ages and take place between 5-9PM. 1104 s 3rd St, Las Vegas, NV 89104

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 & Cafe's

Bistro @ The Arts Factory Grand Opening!
Be one of the first to get a sitting at the newest restaurant in the 18b Arts District. Experience the new menu and libations presented by Chef Franco, formerly of The Artisan.
Open for Dinner This First Friday
Lunch Served Monday thru Friday
11am - 3pm - 702.202.6060

Lola’s (the restaurant), 227-5652, http://lolaslasvegas.com/  in Holsum Lofts

The After Parties

Beauty Bar
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   

Downtown Cocktail Lounge
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.  

Frankie's Tiki Room
1712 W. Charleston Boulevard
A unique combination of South Seas exotica and modern primitivism with just a hint of Las Vegas kitch. Frankie's 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. Every First Friday DJ BEELZEBOZO spins from 10 pm - 2 am 385-3110www.frankiestikiroom.com 

N.O.I.S.E network of immersive sensory entertainment
The Aruba Hotel 1215 Las Vegas Boulevard South 
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 ABSOLUTELY FREE! 10pm- till? 

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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 Nevada Public Radio's Desert Companion magazine by submitting the information here at http://www.knpr.org/culture/eventaddnew.cfm  

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