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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Preview Thursday sets the stage for First Friday's 8th Anniversary...

With Preview Thursday upon us and First Friday ready to celebrate its 8th Anniversary here are a few things to entice those with Artistic sensibilities who want to avoid the masses. Come Downtown and enjoy the festivities, some fabulous art, great people and the very soul of Las Vegas. 

See you soon!







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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Smith Center goes Wicked...

Just when you thought things could not get any better at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Myron Martin and his team announce the Broadway smash hit musical "Wicked" as the opening act for 2012. The Smith Center is not even open yet and they are making fabulous waves with an awesome announcement. With hundreds of people in attendance, basically a whose who of Las Vegas' intelligentsia, performers from the show sang two amazing songs from the musical, the last being the hit "For Good."

It was barely three weeks ago, in New York City, that I handed my mother a copy of the novel so she could enjoy. In Spanish no less! And who would have thought that I would be writing about the show coming to Las Vegas a few weeks later. Serendipity? Perhaps...

It is without any doubt that Wicked will take Vegas by storm and demonstrate to the world that yes Las Vegas is ready to host a world renowned Broadway Show and make it a huge success. By opening at the Smith Center the show will hearken a new era in Las Vegas' Cultural Arts that will finally bring this community into the league of great cities.


Wicked the Musical announcement at the
Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
(Photo by Brian Paco Alvarez)
For more information about Wicked the Musical please visit this site http://www.wickedthemusical.com/
For more information about the Smith Center for the Performing Arts please visit http://thesmithcenter.com

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Downtown is getting Hot Hot Hot!

Wow is Downtown Las Vegas Hot or what!!! Can you imagine three new venues to open up in the Entertainment District! Yes its true and Mayor Oscar B. Goodman will be on hand to welcome the latest additions to what is becoming the hottest spot in Las Vegas. And guess what? It's real! not some Town Center, Town Plaza or Town something or other its simply Downtown... Where Las Vegas' soul resides...

Come join me tomorrow for three awesome ribbon cutting ceremonies to celebrate new businesses in the Downtown mix...



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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Huntridge Circle Park... A Photo Essay by Desiree Duncan...

This photo essay was completed a few days ago by Downtown Denizen Desiree Duncan. As she and her partner Crystal were taking photos of Huntridge Circle Park, within 5 minutes City Marshals descended to inform her that the park was closed and asked them to leave. Though everyone in the neighborhood, myself included, know that the parks closure is a prime example of an aspect of dysfunctional city government, what is our responsibility as residents to make sure that this does not happen again? Not all city government decisions are as poor as this one but we do have to ask the question why?

As you will see in the photos that were taken by Desiree the park is beautifully maintained. The grass is well kept and watered and the facilities are practically brand new. As the summer ends and fall descends upon our city this is the perfect season for all of us to go and enjoy this wonderful park. Why should we wait until a new city council person is elected for us to have our park back? Why should we wait for a new war memorial to be built? The park is ready for us NOW and we want to enjoy it...







Photos taken by Desiree Duncan
September 2010
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Music, Music and More Music and some Dance too!

I do have to say the last few days have just been wonderful! With the Nevada Ballet Theater celebrating it's 39th season we are poised with a great Fall in Las Vegas. Artistic Director James Canfield has chosen an amazing group of young and energetic dancers that assure us that we are in for a treat. The party this past Thursday at Brett Wesley Gallery showed us just a smitten of what we are to expect. So please make sure to get to the ballet and support these fabulous performers and amazing organization.

Tango anyone?
With momentum growing in the arts in various quarters, despite the economic downturn and of course the closing of Las Vegas' beloved Liberace Museum, there is lots of light at the end of the tunnel. Last night I attended the Grand Opening of Sergei Shapoval's dance studio in the Southwest part of the valley. The award wining and internationally recognized Ukrainian dancer is living the American dream here in Las Vegas.

Arriving in the United States just ten years ago he has reached the pinnacle that so many immigrants from other lands have done, establishing their own business. The energy at the studio was electrifying as dancers of all ages took to the floor to show their talents. I was sad that I could not have shared the moment with my mother who lives in New Jersey. My mom being from Argentina and all, dances the Tango like no other and she definitely would have enjoyed the "Milonga" (party) atmosphere.

With everyone dancing all over the valley, this brings me to another important fact; you cannot dance without music! Thanks to renowned local violinist Laraine Kaizer here is an amazing lineup of great musical concerts to entice the senses beginning this evening.

All this excitement reminds me of what Mae West once said;

Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful!

Saturday September 25th, 3:00pm
Lee Richey, Jack Gaughan, Ray Pancarowicz,
D. Gause, Paul Firak and Jeremy Meronuck
includes Rachmaninov, Mendelssohn, and Claude Bolling
Grace in the Desert
2004 Spring Gate Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89134
$15 admission
(702) 838-7444 for more info
Weiwei Le

Saturday September 25, 7:30pm 
Weiwei Le, Violin and Yin Zheng, Piano
Beethoven, Prokofiev, Higdon and Schoenfield
UNLV
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Saturday September 25, 7:30pm 
Nevada Pops Broadway to Hollywood
UNLV
Ham Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
$18 tickets, $14 seniors, students, military
702) 254-6774 for more info

Lee Richey
Sunday September 26th, 2:00pm
Lee Richey, Jack Gaughan, Ray Pancarowicz,
D. Gause, Paul Firak and Jeremy Meronuck
includes Rachmaninov, Mendelssohn, and Claude Bolling
Mountainview Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89134
Free and Open to the Public
Donations accepted
(702) 341-7800 for more info

Sunday September 26th, 3:00pm
(doors open at 2:30)
Igor Lipinski’s “The Unknown” magic and music
Grace in the Desert Episcopal Church
2004 Spring Gate Lane Las Vegas, NV 89134-6246
$15 general admission tickets will be available at the door.
(702) 255-0695 for more info

Wednesday September 29th, 7:30pm
NOMAD-Brahms Horn and Clarinet Trios, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Jonathon Troy, Clarinet
Andrew Smith, Cello
Andrew Lisbin, Violin
John Gattis, French Horn
John Kane, Piano
Alexandria Le, Piano
UNLV
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info







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Friday, September 24, 2010

Camp 107 is back with Car Wash... TONIGHT!

The folks at the Arts Factory are at it again with their Camp 107 Movie Series this evening. They will be featuring the funny and campy Car Wash featuring none other than Richard Prior, George Carlin and many more to make you laugh well into the evening.

So make sure you make it out tonight to the Arts Factory for good times, cocktails and a laugh or two.

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Ukrainian Dancer opens Studio in Las Vegas TONITE...





The Grand Opening of Sergei's Dance Studio...


Grand opening of Sergei’s Dance Studio; enjoy an evening of ballroom and Latin-style dancing featuring special performances by professionals; complimentary appetizers and beverages; learn basic dance steps in a friendly atmosphere.

WHO:
Special performances by Sergei Shapoval, owner & instructor, and Liza Smith; National Champions Felipe and Carolina Telona

WHEN:
Friday, September 24, 2010
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

WHERE:
Sergei’s Dance Studio* 4555 South Fort Apache Road, Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89147
*Located just west of Tropicana and the 215 (behind Fanco)

ABOUT: 
Sergei’s Dance Studio is a modern dance facility featuring 2,400 square feet of indoor space and an additional 600 square feet of outdoor event space (patio). Adorned in rich tangerine and plum shades, the contemporary open design features a world-class, “floating” dance floor, custom light fixtures, and a DJ booth with high quality sound. All ages and levels are welcome.
For more information visit www.sergeisdancestudio.com

About Sergei Shapoval

Sergei Shapoval, 30, discovered his lifelong passion for dancing at the age of nine in his hometown of Zaporizhzhya, Zaporiz’Ka Oblast’, Ukraine. At the age of 14, Sergei represented his country at the 1993 International Festival of Culture in France, where Ukraine earned first place. This achievement led to appearances on Ukrainian regional and national television and additional competitions as an amateur dancer in International Latin and Standard in Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland and Russia.

In 1998, Sergei moved to Kiev to continue his dance education in an intense university program at International Slovjanic University. In his three and a half years in the program, he broadened and deepened his dance knowledge with training in ballet, jazz, modern and choreography while continuing his focus on ballroom dancing.

Sergei was invited to the United States in 2001 to teach at the Royal Ballroom Dance Studio in New York City. Soon after, he joined the staff of the prestigious Fred Astaire Dance Studios in New York. Simultaneously, Sergei attended Brooklyn College and was a founding member of the Olympic Hopefuls Dance Program at the college.
In April 2005, Sergei partnered with fellow ballroom dancer Liza Smith. After just three weeks together, they won the Fred Astaire Rising Star American Smooth title in Las Vegas. The partnership continued as they became winners and finalists of Rising Stars and Open Professional Championships at the Ohio Star Ball, Emerald Ball, Yankee Classic, Manhattan Dance Sport, Nevada Star Ball, American Star Ball, Embassy Ball, San Diego Dance Sport and Holiday Dance Classic competitions. The pair has successfully competed at a professional level for the past three years in the American Smooth Championship.

Sergei and a team of dance professionals relocated from New York to Las Vegas in 2005 and opened the Super Shag Vegas Dance Complex in Henderson in 2006. From there, Sergei went on to teach at VZ Ballroom Academy. Most recently, Sergei developed his own brand, Dr. Dance LV, and taught at Ritual at Sunset Dance Studio.

In August 2010, Sergei realized his ultimate dream when he opened his own studio in Las Vegas near Summerlin, “Sergei’s Dance Studio.” Sergei continues to instruct students on both International and American styles of dance at the competitive and social levels. Sergei is also in demand as a coach and choreographer for professional and pro-amateur students competing throughout the U.S and Canada.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ruckus at the Rhinestone Ritz...

Passions flared at the Liberace Museum with dozens of people congregating to protest the museums closure on October 17. The protest was organized by Jeffery White former Retail and Events Manager at the museum. The museum even hired a security guard to keep the peace.

Here are some impressions from the event... Enjoy...





Jeffery White speaks to Channel 8

We'll be Seeing you!

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Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Presents ‘Zombies Walk Among Us...




Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Presents ‘Zombies Walk Among Us’
Performances October 1-10 At Reed Whipple Cultural Center

The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre will present the play, ”The Zombies Walk Among Us,” Oct. 1-10 at the Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd.

When an earthquake devastates Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince, old fears and superstitions rise to the surface, including the reappearance of thewalking dead. In this exciting new play, the daughter of an aid worker dreams she has seen her deceased sister walking with the zombies, and sets out on a mysterious adventure into Haiti’s underworld to discover the truth about the “vodoun” culture and zombification.

Appropriate for ages nine and up, show times are 7 p.m. Oct. 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9; and 2 p.m. Oct. 3, 9 and 10. Tickets are priced at $3 for children age 12 and younger, $5 for teens and seniors, and $7 for adults. Tickets are available by mail, in person or by telephone at (702) 229-6553. Tickets can also be purchased on line at www.artslasvegas.org.

The play is a new script by local playwright Brian Kral, who also directs. The cast of 21 features Sasha Bond as Alanis, the girl who dreams her dead sister is a zombie and Katarina Renee plays her best friend, Chantal. Dale Segal-Kral plays Alanis’ mother, Dr. Ducette, and Martha Watson plays Dr. Plantain. Also featured are Benjamin Onyx Dowdy, Shannon Lutz, Michael Syverson, Audrey Cordero, Johanzen Palomata, Jackie Shick, Harper Kral, Jenaisy Alfonso, Morgan Johnson, Conrad Kauffman, Alex Krabiel, Chelsea McLin, Alexis Phillips, Aleja Quinn, Ayoollu Walker, Tatiana Elizabeth Weiford, and Francisco Weller. The set is designed by Kris Van Riper, lights by Jody Caley, sound by J. Neal and costumes by Karen McKenney and Emily Anderson.

The nationally recognized Rainbow Company Youth Theatre holds auditions open to both adults and young people throughout the year. The award-winning staff offers classes in all aspects of theatre for ages 4 through high school at Reed Whipple Cultural Center and Charleston Heights Arts Center, and presents five productions annually. There also are spring break workshops and a summer conservatory. For more information about the company, or to book a tour performance, call (702) 229-6553.

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Blackbird Studios (PLACE Gallery) Grand Opening...

Well finally after a few months of anticipation our friends who occupied PLACE Gallery have found a new home and an awesome new brand - Blackbird Studios. Here is all you need to know about the Grand Opening event that is poised to rock the Las Vegas art scene this coming First Friday...

Blackbird Studios (PLACE Gallery) grand opening with the art show 28DAYS2A Zombie Apocalypse

WHAT: “28DAYS2A Zombie Apocalypse” is a group show of local artists featuring the GRAND OPENING for the newly relocated PLACE Gallery, now Blackbird Studios. (Owned by Gina Quaranto, Gia Ray and Mike Arthurholtz) The grand opening will be displaying zombie themed artwork and appearances from the Zombie Squad. “ADMISSION IS FREE TO THIS FAMILY EVENT.

WHEN: 
First Friday Public Opening: Friday, October 1, 2010 from 6pm to 10pm

WHERE: 
Blackbird Studios – 1551 South Commerce Street (at Wyoming), Las Vegas Nevada 89102.

TIMES: 
Friday: 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

MEDIA: 
Cameras and reporters are welcome. Please contact Gina Quaranto at 702-782-0319 or gmachineq@aol.com or Gia Ray at 702-742-6241 or artbygia@yahoo.com

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
The artists of PLACE Gallery are happy to reopen our doors to the public as Blackbird Studios. Since the explosion of the power transformer left us homeless we were devastated. But we were able to raise enough money from the “Picking up the Pieces” Fundraiser to move to our new location on Commerce Street Studios. We thank everyone who was involved with helping us start over. We look forward to seeing everyone for the zombie apocalypse!

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NOMAD presents an Evening with Brahms...

As you can tell I have been busy posting lots of music concerts over the last few days. Of course, this is the season for wonderful music and dance so over the next several months we will be seeing lots of wonderful events springing up to entice the senses. Now here comes yet another awesome event and it's FREE. The Nevada Organization of Musicians with Artistic Daring or NOMAD for short, will be bringing the sounds Brahms to the masses.

Johannes Brahms was one of the great composers of the 19th century. He was joined by the likes of Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin and Schumann, to name just a few of the many greats, that the Romantic Era gave the world. Interestingly enough Brahms was the very first great composer to have been recorded playing the piano, thanks to the genius of Thomas Edison.

For more information about NOMAD and their upcoming events please visit their site http://www.nomadlv.org/




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Monday, September 20, 2010

Rita Mae Brown to speak at the Clark County Library this Tuesday...

One of the early pioneers of the feminist movement of the 1960's, an accomplished author, screenwriter, Emmy Award nominee and of course Polo Player Rita Mae Brown will be in Las Vegas on Tuesday, September 21 to discuss her newest novel A Nose for Justice. The story takes place in Nevada and details a sinister plot that involves the diversion of water to Reno by a local corporation. Does this sound familiar? Ahem...

I do have to say that the Las Vegas-Clark County Library district never ceases to amaze with their great repertoire of speakers that they have invited over the last year. With speakers like Armistead Maupin, David Sedaris and Rita Mae Brown, to name a few the library really has brought this community a collection of tantalizing treats. Rita Mae, I am most certain will not disappoint and just being in the presence of such a wonderfully accomplished author should make for a most memorable evening.

For more information about the Las Vegas-Clark County Library please visit their site at http://www.lvccld.org/

For more information about Rita Mae Brown please visit her site at http://www.ritamaebrown.com/content/index.asp





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Monday, September 13, 2010

I am back...

My my my finally after two weeks away from the Radiant City I am back to take over the world. Well if anything I am ready to take over Las Vegas. New York City as always, re-energizes me with a great amount of spunk to start new and exciting adventures. But now that I am back I can finally start blogging about what I saw in the "Big Apple" and the Las Vegas diaspora that lives and works in that city. I also begun to write down my thoughts on Huguette Clark and her infamous father William Andrews Clark who founded the city of Las Vegas.

Lots of adventures to talk about, lots of arts gossip to share and some thoughts on recent developments at one of our local museums that has announced its closure late last week. Ahhh it is good to be back in the Great LV...

The mausoleum of William Andrews Clark
at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City (Bronx)
The mausoleum of William Andrews Clark
at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City (Bronx)
These photos were taken by Brian Paco Alvarez with permission by Woodlawn Cemetery http://www.thewoodlawncemetery.org/

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Blue Moon Call for Work...

Now I know that artists love attention and love to show off their talents. So here is a great opportunity to get your creative juices going. So get the brush and paint ready and see if you are the lucky artist to be chosen. Look at the details below for more information.

Artfully yours...


Thank you for your interest in the Blue Moon “Artfully Crafted” event and contest, the winner of the contest will have their painting featured as a full-page ad in City Life!

Instructions
  • Simply create an original Blue Moon painting on a 22 x 28 canvas 
  • Enter it in our “Artfully Crafted” Blue Moon contest by simply emailing njones@teament.com with the listed information below 
  • First and Last Name and Contact Number 
  • Deadline to submit your artwork is September 24th; all artwork is to be submitted to the Artisan Front Desk. 
  • Event is Oct 1. 8-10pm at the Artisan Hotel, bring friends and family to come vote on your piece of art!
Rules
  • As for the actual art there is no set criteria, you are simply taking the theme “Artfully Crafted” and creating what you think will fit to be the next Blue Moon ad. 
  • Winner (voted on by event attendees) receives a full page ad in City Life, date to be run in October. 
  • Once your painting is submitted, you have the option to donate your painting to be used at the discretion of Wirtz Beverage/Team Enterprises. 
  • All artwork is subject to being disqualified should TEAM Enterprises or Wirtz Beverage deem it unacceptable. (i.e. foul language, extreme nudity, not in line with branding) 
  • Must be 21 to enter. 
For Questions and or more information email Niki at njones@teament.com or call 702-985-1718.

Or check out this site http://www.8newsnow.com/Global/link.asp?L=456885

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Sounds del Paraguay... Harpist Mariano Gonzalez Ramirez @ Brett Wesley Gallery...

It is so great to be in the swing of things again after a two week holiday. Though just because I was gone from Las Vegas does not mean that I did not keep up with what was happening in this Radiant City we call home.

Now I just received this poster about the next Live Music Series at Brett Wesley Gallery this coming Thursday. I am really excited about this concert. There is nothing more beautiful than the harp and the fact that it will be performed by internationally recognized harpist Mariano Gonzalez Ramirez makes it all the more special.

So now that you know what to do this Thursday, I will see you at Brett Wesley Gallery in Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas...


For more information about Mariano Gonzalez Ramirez please visit this site http://www.mariano-gonzalez.com/

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





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Sush Machida @ CENTERpiece Gallery...




Centerpiece Gallery “Locals Only” Artist Series
Presents the works of Las Vegas artist, Sush Machida
Gallery to host VIP reception on September 16, 2010, including an appearance by the artist

What:
MCQ Fine Art and CENTERpiece Gallery is pleased to present the second installation of its “Locals Only” rotating exhibition series. Held quarterly, each exhibition will feature the works of selected artist from the Las Vegas community.

Who:
The second exhibition will feature the works of local contemporary artist Sush Machida. This is the first solo exhibition of his work in the Las Vegas area and will include a VIP opening reception with the artist. (Photo: Zepp In, 2008, by Sush Machida)

When:
Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 6:00pm-8:00pm

Note: The exhibition will run through November 7, during normal business hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Where:
CENTERpiece Gallery – located along the lower level of Crystals Place, situated inside Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas porte-cochere.

Cost:
Event is free of charge and open to the public. Enjoy cocktails and conversation with the artist.

For more information on this event and other upcoming events contact the gallery at 702.729.3314 or visit: www.centerpiecelv.com.

Media Contact:
Lori Goodwine, (702) 502-3108

CENTERpiece Gallery is a 2,500-square-foot fine art and design venue that focuses not only on the traditional mediums of contemporary art such as photography and works on paper, but also presents unique and functional design objects and furniture. The gallery showcases works by many of the contemporary artists and architects featured throughout CityCenter, including artists Claes Oldenburg, Richard Misrach, Jenny Holzer and David Rockwell. For more information visit: www.centerpiecelv.com. CENTERpiece Gallery is located along the lower level of Crystals Place, situated inside Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas porte cochère, next to Kiton and Carolina Herrera.


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Thursday, September 09, 2010

The Erotic Heritage Museum Celebrates 2 Years...

There is something to be said about a person or a museum that can get me to leave New York City a day early so I can participate in the party of the year. This Saturday the "EHM", the hottest and naughtiest museum in Las Vegas, will be celebrating it's second anniversary. Dr. Laura Henkel, the museums amazing curator and managing director, has been working very hard to get the institution ready for the big party. The museum will be presenting new art exhibitions and entertainment to entice the wild side of our deepest desires. This will definetly be a party not to be missed.

So it will be my highest recommendation that if you have nothing to do this Saturday evening please come down to the Erotic Heritage Museum and celebrate human sexuality and all it's fabulous forms.

For more information please visit this site http://www.eroticheritage.org/


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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The Beauty of Museums...

I took this image on Labor Day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This golden moment shows a mother explaining a painting to her children and showing them how to draw a tree. This is the most spectacular photo and moment I have ever experienced. It is moments like these that make museums a very important part of a childrens education.

Las Vegas has many museums that you can visit and experience. Support a local museum today.




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Thursday, September 02, 2010

Preview Thursday & First Friday have arrived...

Hello fabulous Las Vegas! Despite the fact that I am visiting the Big Apple for my yearly holiday I have not forgotten about the great cultural activities happeing in the Radiant City.

Tonight is Preview Thursday in 18b so make sure to hit up all the galleries if you do not want to fight the masses on First Friday. Looking over at the Facebook posts and emails I have recieved over the last week I am really excited about this months activities. There is so much happening that it's mind boggling! As Mae West once said, "Too much of a good thing is wonderful."

I do want to give a shout out to Gina Quaranto and the artists of the former PLACE gallery, that have moved to their new space at Commerce Street Studios. In addition get over the Arts Factory for Suzanne Hackett-Morgan's exhibition at Trifecta. Dr. Laura Henkel is rocking it at her gallery, as is Joseph Watson and Alex Huerta. I hear that Laura Zoller is showing at Damned Ink and at the CAC, the grand daddy of them all, has a new show up. Definetly do not miss out on Brett Wesley Gallery, City of the World, the Funkhouse, Retro Vegas, The Gypsy Den and so much more!

Oh and before I forget, definetly get over to Emergency Arts on Fremont for some great eats, art and convo. Jennifer Henry's Flock Flock Flock has an awesome little show well worth visiting.

Have fun, be safe and adopt an artist... I hear they make great pets!


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