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Monday, August 30, 2010

September First Friday is here...

Well I hate to say it but First Friday is upon us and I will not be here to celebrate it with everyone. I am off to the Big Apple for my yearly pilgrimage of family, friends, museums, Broadway, gastronomic delights and all the other wonderful things that make up that amazing and exciting city. In either case I will be here in spirit...

Here are many of the details for First Friday thanks to our friend City Funkhouser. 

For Immediate Release

contact: Cindy Funkhouser
hi res images available

First Friday Las Vegas September 3, 2010

This month Whirlygig Inc. will operate the beer/wine and liquor booth, all proceeds will benefit the First Friday event. The beverage and food booths inside the barricaded area all support First Friday. We hope you will show your support as patrons of these vendors. For the summer we have sno-cones, ice cream and the slider truck will be here as well. The vendors near the stage will be serving BBQ, hotdogs, desserts and drinks. All proceeds from the water and soda booth at Casino Center and Colorado benefit First Friday Las Vegas.


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).

City ordinance requires no glass bottles or cans! Strictly enforced by First Friday security and Metro.

First Friday Trolley

You can park (stops @ Clark County Government Center Amphitheater Main Entrance) and ride the First Friday trolley (goes to Outdoor Festival, Commerce Street Studios, Main St. and Holsum Design Center, see map page on our website for route).

El Cortez/First Friday Express Trolley

The El Cortez Hotel & Casino 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 Exhibition Spaces (outdoor festival area juried artists, casino center, pedestrian traffic only)

Paul Tokarski--mixed media
Albert and Roxy Montoya --acrylics/watercolors
Crystal Taylor--acrylic/mixed media
Maynard Breese--Digital painter
Phil Perrin--metal sculptures

On the Land Rover Stage:

6pm - 7:30pm Amanda and Co Co Nut--acoustic trio
7:30 - 8:30pm Lex Rox (pop singer)
8:30 - 10:00pm Las Exit (Blues/Rock and Roll)

Galleries, Retail, Restaurants:

Art @ The Funk House "What I Must Do-An Exploration of Ephemeral Pleasures" New work by Jacqueline Pichardo----Exhibit: through Sept 29, 2010. Jacqueline is a former UNLV student currently working towards a B.F.A. at Indianapolis' Herron School of Art and Design. In her latest body of work Jacqueline seeks to explore the psychological and emotional transformations that are a product of interactions in the tangible world. 1228 S. Casino Center Blvd. LV, NV 89104 702.678.6278

The Box Office located @ 1129 S. Casino Center Blvd. Music-Art-Photography-Entertainment-Comedy! Photographers: Michelle Kolchins, Cochrane, Glenn Elliott, Tracie Graf. Artists: Nay, Heather, Christian & Diego. String Sextet, Nikki Trent, Tierra Buena, and Acoustic Invasion. First Fridays 6-10 p.m. THE ART DISTRICT. (702) 388-1515, myspace.com/theboxofficecion, facebook.com/theboxofficecion.

Brett Wesley Gallery is proud to presenting Fluid, featuring paintings by New York artist, Peter Fox. Opening and artist reception will be Thursday September 2, 2010 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 1112 S. Casino Center Blvd. This event is free to the public. Foxs paintings dizzy the eye with a kaleidoscope of harmonious color, formed of an acrylic/gel medium that he carefully pours from the top of the canvas. Intense layers of paint overlap and push off the canvas, nearing the brink of the third dimension. Foxs kinetic paintings transcend their medium and the relationship between color, texture and form.

Circadian Galleries 1551 s.commerce street, Bad Fairy clothing company fashions by Marilyn Olsen new and vintage wear and accessories. Paper Mosaics by H. Nelson a look at the twilight books and movie series. Paintings by Jeremy Robards with an etheric multi dimensional feel and new works by Daniel Pearson. For more information call 525-2850.

City of the World Mike Carroll, a local photographer, is City of the World Gallery's featured artist for September. He specializes in fashion, glamour, beauty, headshots, shoot portraits, events and commissioned projects. See his work at 1229 Casino Center, Las Vegas, First Friday, or Thursday thru Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m., or visit
Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery KD Matheson "Penumbra"
August 23 through October 8, 2010 Reception September 2, 2010 6-8 pm
Exhibition open First Friday 6-10pm Known for his striking and finely-crafted vessels and busts, this dynamic sculptor presents new large scale works

Gaia Flowers, Gifts and Art Through October, Gaia is pleased to present a collection of works by Leslie Rowland, includingabstract paintings, and painted furniture and artillery shells. Also showing is "Nature in Art," stained glass works by award-winning Las Vegas glass artist Christine Curtis Wilson. For more information, visit

Going Green Gallery in the Arts Factory. Eco-friendly products and services. Artists: Kimberly Cockrum, Brian Malpasso, Christine Esposito.

Just J Art Gallery (The Arts Factory) 107 E Charleston Blvd, #235 Featuring "the Art of Mitchell Todd" For September "Breaking the Illusion"
Retro Vegas, 1211 S Main, Mon - Sat 11 - 6, 702-384-2700. Kelly Fowler's art is inspired by the beauty that is already there:A seed in the Mojave Desert that lay dormant for 80 years and sprung up alone one rainy day in April. The fabric designed by an artist, made in a factory, and sent to an upholsterer who cut it up and tossed it in the trash. The illustrated book printed in New York in the 50's, read by thousands and found in a library discard pile.

SouthWesternScenery upstairs in Studio 215 at the Arts Factory: Original Poetry and Photography (Landscape, Macro, and Wildlife) by Robert L. Angier, Framed and Unframed Prints on Canvas and Premium Photo Paper. Most prints $10-$100.
www.swscenery.com andwww.southwesternscenery.deviantart.com

SPACE STUDIOS--Zackery Williams will be showing some of his latest photography and graphic t shirts at space studios, while also showcasing photos of five local musician. The limited t-shirts will be on sale

Bar + Bistro @ the arts factory is creating the finest social gathering place for 18b and downtown through food, drink, and inspiration. Join us every Friday evening on our patio to participate in Camp 107. Saturday evenings experience our "Painters on the Patio" series. Open11am-3pm Mon-Fri and 5-10pm Tues-Sat. (702) 202-6060.

www.firstfriday-lasvegas.org next ff page

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