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Friday, July 30, 2010

The Great Las Vegas Paintbrushes have arrived!

After several years of anticipation the Dennis Oppenheim Gateway Paintbrushes have arrived in 18b and not a minute too soon. As you will see from the images below the paintbrushes are supposed to tilt towards each other so at night they will create this dramatic lighted gateway over Charleston Boulevard. The gateway arch is supposed to reach 2000 ft over Charleston and change colors.

Though the brushes were supposed to create a gateway the paintbrush on Casino Center and Charleston actually points away from the other brush located on 4th and Charleston. Why? Well I think they may have forgotten a little detail; power lines! In either case 18b now has two fantastical sculptures that will dramatically change the night sky over Downtown.

We Downtowner's welcome the new addition to the neighborhood, which marks yet another fabulous milestone in our trek towards creating a wonderful and livable Downtown!

Here are a few images to entice you before the dedication in a few weeks.

Paintbrush Gateway, 2010
Galvanized Steel, Aluminum, perforated metal, acrylic rod,
LED string lights, searchlight with colored filters,
Each element: 45' High x 5" diameter
Commissioned by the City of Las Vegas
Rendering by D. Rittinger
The Paintbrush on 4th & Charleston
The Paintbrush on Casino Center & Charleston
The Paintbrush from Brett Wesley Gallery
The Paintbrush pointing towards the Arts Factory
The Paintbrush is Tall!
The Leaning Paintbrush of 18b!
4th and Charleston Paintbrush lit-up
Changing colors

For more information on the Gateway Paintbrushes by artist Dennis Oppenheim http://www.lvartscommission.com/

About Artist Dennis Oppenheim http://www.dennis-oppenheim.com/

About 18b Las Vegas' Arts District http://18b.org/

About Brett Wesley Gallery http://www.brettwesleygallery.com/

About the Arts Factory http://www.theartsfactory.com/

(Images by Brian Paco Alvarez, If you would like to use them please do so just give me a little credit Thanks!)

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Camp 107 Returns to the Arts Factory, Nicky Watts Closes Show @ SPACE TONIGHT!

Make sure you come Downtown for another evening filled with Art and Culture. Camp 107 returns to the World Famous Arts Factory in 18b. In addition if you have not made it down to see Nicky Watts Wear Recycle Show at SPACE, tonight will be your last chance to muse with this dynamic artist and her work.

The Arts Factory is located at 107 East Charleston Blvd in the heart of 18b. Just look for the HUGE Paintbrush. http://www.theartsfactory.com/

SPACE gallery is located at 8 East Charleston Boulevard #8A, directly across the street from the Arts Factory. http://wearrecycle.com/



Nevada Public RadioFor 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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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Brett Wesley Gallery Presents - In the Limelight...

Brett Wesley Gallery in fabulous Downtown Las Vegas will be presenting the very artwork of the proprietor himself; the photography of Brett W. Sperry. This is definitely a must see show for me since I have never had the opportunity to muse with Brett's work. I am looking forward to this exhibition and I would of course encourage all of you to experience this wonderful and creative space.

For more information about Brett Wesley Gallery please visit their site at www.brettwesleygallery.com
1112 S. Casino Center Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
702.433.4433 - inquire@brettwesley.com
Gallery Hours - Tuesday - Saturday 12 to 6 PM - Sunday 1 to 5 PM - Closed Monday








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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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Brad Summerhill @ Sunrise Coffee...

Brad Summerhill
(Image from the
Nevada Arts Council)
My good friend and artist Diane Bush sent me this wonderful information about Reno based writer Brad Summerhill. Brad will be offering a free workshop this coming Monday at Sunrise Coffee. For more information please take a look at the information below. 


FREE Writer's Workshop and Reading at Sunrise Coffee
Monday, July 26, 6-8pm


Brad Summerhill, a visiting writer from northern Nevada is in town briefly (in part) to promote his recently launched (July 21) first novel, GAMBLER'S QUARTET.

As part of the TUMBLEWORDS Nevada Arts Council program, Brad
will be offering a free creative workshop and reading, this Monday, July 26, at
Sunrise Coffee.

At 6pm, Brad will be reading a few short excerpts from his
book, and then take a questions about his process, etc. We will have a small
intermission, and conduct a free creative writing workshop for the first 20
attendees, from 7-8pm.

What they are saying about GAMBLER'S QUARTET: "Brad Summerhill writes a story of obsession and betrayal with an intensity that burns like neon. His characters move through a surreal landscape of desire,
terror and loneliness...", "Brad Summerhill understands the tragic seduction of gambling and his work introduces that bleak and complex world in a tight, often tense, but ultimately redemptive narrative that challenges at our
notion of human strength and vulnerability...

Sunrise Coffee is located at 3130 E. Sunset Rd., (between Pecos and Eastern)LV, NV 89120. Sunrise serves only organic coffee and has great food too! See you then!

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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Frank Gehry's latest creation comes alive through the photographers lens...

This video was provided to me by James Dee who edited this wonderful piece by Nancy Byrne which appeared on KCLV Channel 2. The story is about local photographer Stillman Clark who documented the construction of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

If you have not had a chance to see the masterpiece created by Frank Gehry in our very own city, well here is your chance. Enjoy...



For more information on the Cleavland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health http://www.keepmemoryalive.org/Pages/default.aspx

For more information on Photographer Stillman Clark
http://www.stillmangallery.com/

For more information on Architect Frank Gehry
http://www.foga.com/

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Potential Convergence @ Left of Center Gallery

Left of Center Art Gallery is one of Las Vegas' best kept secrets and one that should not be missed. Though it is not located Downtown a 10 minute drive up Martin Luther King Boulevard will take you to this very creative space. Vicky Richardson, Director of the Gallery is definitely someone you should meet. Her energy is amazing and what she has created with this space is truly unique. Below is information on the gallery's latest show so make sure to make it down there.

For more information please visit the Left of Center Gallery site http://www.leftofcenterart.org/




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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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Attention Downtown property owners... Opportunity Village needs your help!

The recent fire that destroyed Opportunity Village's Downtown Thrift Store left our neighborhood with a huge void but it did not dampen our spirits. The outpouring of support from the community has been fabulous but in the end all of these wonderful donations need a place to be sold. Opportunity Village needs a temporary home and that home needs to be Downtown.

If you have a vacant building and or know someone who does please call Linda Smith at Opportunity Village 702.259.3741.

Let's start making calls and help this awesome organization stay Downtown!

For more information on Opportunity Village and the great services they provide please visit their site http://www.opportunityvillage.org/

Thank you!

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The Onyx Theater Presents - Jekyll & Hyde



Select performances of Jekyll & Hyde
at Onyx Theatre will benefit The Center
RagTag Entertainment brings to the Onyx Theatre a true musical theater phenomenon! Jekyll & Hyde has attracted legions of loyal fans even before the show began its smash-hit Broadway run. An evocative tale of the epic battle between good and evil, Frank Wildhorne's gothic thriller Jekyll & Hyde is based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart. Convinced the cure for his father's mental illness lies in the separation of Man's evil nature from his good, Dr. Henry Jekyll unwittingly unleashes his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of late 19th century London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde. Experience the multi-award winning sensation that features such hit songs as "This is the Moment", "Someone Like You", and "A New Life".

Friday, July 23rd and Saturday, July 24th at 8pm
Proceeds to benefit RagTag Entertainment & Off-Strip Productions
 
Tickets $25.00

Friday, July 30th at 8pm
Proceeds to benefit The Gay & Lesbian
Community Center of Southern Nevada
There will be a Mixer with Art, Wine and Cheese at
The Center after the performance
Tickets $10.00

Saturday, July 31st at 8pm
Sunday, August 1st at 5pm
Proceeds to benefit The Gay & Lesbian
Community Center of Southern Nevada
Tickets - $10.00

Tickets for The Center's
 benefit performances are going fast
and are expected to sell out, so advance purchase online
is strongly recommended
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS AT ONYXTHEATRE.COM



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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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Camp 107 returns to the Arts Factory & it's Blazin' Hot!!!

Even though it is well over 100 fabulous degrees in the Radiant City the folks over at the Arts Factory want you to come down and enjoy a night of cocktails and a movie. Your host Derek Washington will be presenting the classic Blazin' Saddles. So if you have some time and want to enjoy yet another campy film get Downtown TONIGHT...


It’s Still Blazin’ Hot! so this Friday, July 23rd, Bar+Bistro is cooling it down a notch with cold drinks, misters and the crowd favorite - ice water kiddie pools to chill your toes. Camp 107 continues this Friday with the Mel Brooks classic Blazing Saddles. $5 gets you in and includes one free PAMA chocolate martini and one bag of popcorn. Cocktails at 8pm, movie at 9. For this one, you may want to check your politically correct self at the door.

{Cocktails, Cuisine & Classic Cinema Experience} Hosted by Derek Washington “the Vegas Style Guy.”
8:00PM Cocktail Hour
9:00PM Experience Begins
9:45PM Trivia Contests, Drink Games
11:00PM “We’re flexible, drinks anyone?”
TICKETS $5 {includes one free drink ticket for the evenings’ specialty libation and popcorn}
Join us at Bar+Bistro @ the arts factory this Saturday, (July 24th) and every Saturday 6-10p.m. for PAINTERS ON THE PATIO hosted by Alex Huerta and INTERZONE founded by NYC ex-patriot, Joe Gallant. INTERZONE is an improv-based collective with the open-ended jam-band exploration.
Ice cold beer, gazpaucho, entertainment under the stars and art = a plethora of ways to beat the heat.
702.202.6060107 E. Charleston Blvd. #155 (on the NW corner of Charleston and Art Way (Casino Center)
www.barbistroaf.com
www.theartsfactory.com

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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Monday, July 19, 2010

A giant light at the end of the tunnel... A few thoughts...

Even though the week started out rough in the arts district with an explosion that did significant damage to the businesses and galleries on Main Street, two fires and a copper theft to boot, the week ended with the grand opening of Emergency Arts. Just when you thought Downtown was crumbling, positive signs were everywhere that indicate the resilience of the city's core is stronger then ever. Nothing can take down the spirit of dedicated individuals who through the darkest moments will stand up, dust off and rebuild. Sounds pretty damn American to me and that is what makes us great.

Friday evening at Emergency Arts was simply magical. Anyone and everyone in the arts was present to celebrate Downtowns newest attraction. The Beat Coffeehouse was serving up libations, everyone was hobnobbing, conversing, partying and having a grand ole time. Downtown power couple Jennifer and Michael Cornthwaite, our hosts, were running around making sure everyone was taken care of; James Reza and Staci Linklater, Las Vegas' fabulous couple were making their presence felt with amazing energy; Kristen Petersen was everywhere taking photos of everyone she knew, which was basically everyone; Mo and Mingo were mingling like monarchs holding court; Desire and her posse dressed to the nines in tuxedos looking like Taco about to put on the Ritz; and then there she was, the one, the only, Ari Eberlin dressed to kill like never before. I could go on for days listing every single person who was there but I think you get the point. Again it was a simply magical evening for our growing Downtown.

With new and exciting attractions happening every second one has to think how wonderful the future will be for our city. Even though the economy is slowly lifting itself up after a disastrous two years we cannot lose hope that things will and are getting better. This is not the first time that we have been here and of course it will not be the last. That is part of the ebb and flow of our society, its the natural course of things. Humans are not perfect by any stretch of the imagination and our mistakes sometimes cause great calamities. Luckily our ingenuity will get us out of the very messes we create. In either case we move forward stronger and with a better awareness of our surroundings and a better awareness of what we need to do to improve our community.

Symphony Park
This is the perfect time to think outside the box and look towards new and exciting adventures. Whether it is starting a new business, taking a long vacation, a new job perhaps, getting in shape, or finally beginning that project that you have been putting off for far too long, now is the time to get pumped up for the future. The cultural arts will be the driving force that will help spur Downtown's economy well into the future. The signs are all there and it is just a matter of time before we measure its tangible results. There are many naysayers that claim otherwise but I simply rebuke them for they are not willing to open their minds to the possibilities. With a vibrant Downtown scene that has been developing in 18b (arts district), Fremont East and Symphony Park we are a laying the very foundations that are needed to attract the innovative and creative companies that require a mix of cultural activities for their highly sought after employees.

On Saturday I was unexpectedly honored by the Hispanic Museum of Nevada for my years of curatorial work that I did for that fledgling organization. I used that opportunity to stand up and talk to the audience about the importance of investing in the arts. I even took the opportunity to call out by name businesses leaders that were in the audience who need to do more to help support organizations like this museum. I stated very clearly that there is no reason that after almost 20 years that the Hispanic Museum does not have a permanent home. Again it goes back to investing in things that help improve the community and our economy. Investing is not just about buying stock but its about taking stock in our community and visualizing where we want to be.

Las Vegas and Nevada is a great place to live and it is important that each of us play a role in improving its future. Many people moved here because of the abundant jobs, low taxes and easy living that the desert afforded but now its time to look beyond ourselves and see what we can do together to make our community better. The time has come folks and the future is here so get out of the house and be a part of an awesome experience that we can create together...

Thank you

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

CENTERpiece Presents ART WEAR @ City Center

If you have not been down to CENTERpiece Gallery you are missing out on the best thing City Center has to offer ART (among other things of course)! And there is no place better to muse with it then at this great little gallery. This month Nicole Moffat will be presenting three artists who will be featuring the wearable arts. So make sure to get down to City Center for some art and a cocktail too!

For more information about CENTERpiece Gallery please visit there site http://www.centerpiecelv.com/


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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The LGBT Center Presents the Art of Nick San Pedro...

The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada and FreeZone Las Vegas presents the art of Nick San Pedro this Friday. If you have not had an opportunity to muse with Nick here is a chance to see his work and meet the artist. Nick is one of the nicest artists I have met in Las Vegas so make sure you get down to FreeZone for a cocktail and some fabulous art.

For more information about the Center please visit their site http://www.thecenterlv.com/

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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Friday, July 16, 2010

A sad day in 18b - Las Vegas' Arts District...

This is a previous post from last Sunday but it continues being relevant considering the recent news about the arts district. As I said before we will continue moving forward and rebuild even better. 

Arts District fire...
(photo by Brian Paco Alvarez)
Saturday night in 18b was jubilant with the Contemporary Arts Center's first Beer Fest at the World Famous Arts Factory. A successful fundraiser for Las Vegas' grand daddy of Contemporary Art. Friends old and new coming together for a great cause at a great location. After a beautiful evening we were all rude-fully awakened by a massive explosion that shook the neighborhood. At approximatively 6:30 Sunday morning a power transformer exploded causing severe damage to many of the businesses along Main Street from Charleston to Gass Avenue. Sadly many great little galleries were affected.

This afternoon a fire flared up near a ruptured gas line that was damaged from this mornings explosion, possibly destroying Opportunity Village's Thrift Store. In either case we who live in or near the arts district are devastated by the destruction and as I stated to Gina Quaranto proprietor of PLACE Gallery we will do everything to help her rebuild her fabulous space. The outpouring of support from the people who live in the neighborhood and beyond is amazing and shows the dynamic of having a vibrant and livable Downtown.

Sadly as I was reading local news reports online about the explosion I was disgusted by the harsh comments left by several people about our neighborhood. These cowards hide behind their aliases and speak poison of things they know not. It is disgusting that Americans would denigrate the very businesses of their fellow citizens. It is despicable that in 21st century America that we cannot look beyond negativity and come together to support those in need.

I would like to finish and say that we Downtowner's will rebuild Main Street and we will make it better then it ever was. We are going to continue investing in Downtown; we are going to have a brand new sparkling city hall; we are going to have a performing arts center; we are going to have a new arena, new galleries, restaurants, cafe's, bookstores and we are making Downtown Las Vegas the envy of every neighborhood. Whether you like it or not Downtown is not going away because we are making it the place to live, work and play in Southern Nevada.

Thank you...



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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Vegas Valley Book Festival has arrived!

Here is another fun event to celebrate Las Vegas' great cultural scene. The 2010 Las Vegas Valley Book Festival has arrived which means lots of parties and lots of books to read! As someone who prides himself for NOT having a television, I am an avid reader who constantly promotes reading as an alternative to the tube. So if you love books and love a good cocktail or two come Downtown and celebrate the written word.



Shake & Stir
A Sipping Experience of Vintage Cocktails

Please join us for a fundraiser and a toast to the Vegas Valley Book Festival, celebrating the art and taste of the vintage cocktail, from classic recipes drawn from a  rare  collection of cocktail books - with proceeds to support the book festival’s Senior Reading Project.  

Thursday, July 15, 7 pm – 9 pm
Golden Nugget - The Hideout, the upstairs pool side bar
129 Fremont Street
Valet and Garage Parking Available

7:30 pm A presentation of seven classic cocktails in a 30 minute program - each unveiled through a classic toast made by an iconic Las Vegan, with drink tastes for the hearty and delectable appetizers from the kitchen of the Golden Nugget.

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Silent auction of seven items in the spirit of the evening.

Tickets $20
Tickets available at the door and online at  www.aigalvshakeandstir.eventbrite.com
Must be 21+ to attend.

Special thanks to the Golden Nugget as the venue sponsor.
For more information, call (702) 229-5431 

The Vegas Valley Book Festival, planned for November 3-7, 2010,  is  produced by the city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs;
Las Vegas-Clark County Library District; UNLV’s Black Mountain Institute;
Las Vegas Review-Journal; the local chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts; and Nevada Humanities, a festival founder.


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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Brett Wesley Gallery brings HOT Music to Fabulous Downtown...

As you know I am always singing the praises of Brett Wesley Gallery and the wonderful exhibitions that they present every month. But not just do they present incredible contemporary art in an amazing space but they also present a wonderful music series. This month the gallery presents the sounds of Lee Richey and Jack Gaughan; with a cello in hand, a piano to boot and the sounds of  Rachmaninov, Mendelssohn and others Thursday evenings concert should be absolutely divine. So make sure you come down to 18b dine at Bar + Bistro and then head over to Brett Wesley Gallery for some awesome music! Tell them Paco sent you!




 1112 S. Casino Center Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
       Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12 – 6 p.m., Sunday 1 – 5 p.m., Closed Monday


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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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

World Fighting Museum could come Downtown...

Could Downtown Las Vegas see yet another museum and attraction? Has the cultural momentum picked-up to such a point that we are witnessing a critical mass that will propel Las Vegas into a bright cultural arts future? If you talk to Paul-Felix Montez the answer is yes and the time in now. I have had the pleasure of knowing Paul for several years and every time he talks about the potential of a museum dedicated to the history of boxing his enthusiasm is contagious.

Well you do not need to tell me about the potential of Downtown Las Vegas and it's bright future so when I see projects like this pop-up I get very giddy at the prospects. In either case Las Vegas is the perfect venue for such a museum considering our states history with boxing, especially on the 100th anniversary of the Johnson-Jeffries fight that took place in Reno in 1910.

If this project ever gets off the ground it will add another great cultural venue to our growing Downtown...

For more information on this project and the history of boxing in Nevada please visit these sites...
Johnson-Jeffries Centennial Exhibition at the Nevada State Museum 

Rendering by Architect H. Stephen Jackson -
image provided by Paul-Felix Montez 

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