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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Las Vegas Finally has a Halloween Parade...

If there is a holiday that should be embraced by Las Vegas more than any other it is most definitely Halloween. Visitors and locals alike constantly wear costumes throughout the year, whether they are going to Walmart or a nightclub. Just walk into any "club" on the Strip and look at how the women are dressed or not. Even in July a group of merry men dressed as Santa Clause outfits rampage through the "Strip" drinking plenty of nog to last them through Christmas.

Though Las Vegas has its cast of characters all year long, it is Halloween when the city really takes it to another level. I will tell you from personal experience that I have seen costumes that would rival anything produced by the movie studios of Hollywood. Who knows maybe some of their costume designers come to Vegas just to showoff their latest wares? Just a few years ago I saw a guy dressed as the devil with huge wings that would unfurl so wide that no one could stand within 10 feet of him.

With such a love affair with this fun holiday full of ghosts, goblins and Lady Gaga you would think that city would have made a more conscious effort to organize itself for such an important event? Like many events in Las Vegas things have to grow organically, like First Friday or the Helldorado Days Parade, to really take root and be successful. So finally after many years a few people with great vision decided to start a Halloween Parade. Yes you heard it right Las Vegas has never had a Halloween Parade! You would think that the city would have had one considering how popular the holiday is? Hello! But with all this said 2010 will be the year that the city celebrates Halloween like other cities around the country.

This years parade is based on the extremely successful Halloween Parade in New York City. If anyone has witnessed the parade in the Big Apple, the one in Las Vegas has the potential to be just as spectacular. Granted this is the first year that it is happening here so it will have a modest beginning, but it will be fun none the less. I am excited to see Las Vegas finally have its own Halloween Parade and truly embrace a holiday that is guaranteed to make the city the place to be in October. So mote it be...

For more information about the parade just click the poster below. Its free and fun for the whole family! Now what to wear?



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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Meet the Gangles...

The Gangles (gay angles) of Las Vegas spend a sunny day at their Political Pool Party

My fabulous friends Todd and Brian created this amazing and very artistic political parody. Though I try to keep my blog free of politics this video is just too perfect not to show my reading audience. I like art in all of its forms and these two guys have created a wonderful work, that I am certain will not be their last...



Make sure to vote November 2nd or you will regret it! Go Harry!!!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Great Music to bid October Adieu...

Hello and Happy Monday everyone. Here is the weekly line up of concerts from my musical maven Laraine Kaizer-Viazovtsev, who keeps me abreast of all the classics. Laraine also curates the awesome musical events at Brett Wesley Gallery every month. Great music to end a great month in the Radiant City we call home... Happy Halloween...


Tuesday October 26 7:30pm
UNLV Symphony Orchestra Concert II
Short Ride on Fast Machine
Bassoon Concerto Janis McKay, Soloist
Schumann Symphony No. 2
Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89119
$10 adults $8 Seniors, Military
UNLV faculty staff and students ONE free ticket with ID
702-895-2787 more info

Thursday October 28, 7:30pm
Opera Scenes Workshop Concert
UNLV
Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154
$?There is an unknown fee$$ couldn't find it.
but "Free with UNLV ID"
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Friday October 29, 7:30pm 
Nevada Pops: Tricks and Treats Halloween Concert
Nevada Pops Richard McGee, Music Director
$18 adults $14 students, seniors, military
Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89119

702-895-2787
www.nevadapops.org

Friday October 29, 8:00pm
Henderson Symphony
Richard Wagner, Rienzi Overture
Johannes Brahms, Violin Concerto, Op. 77 Oleh Krysa, Violin
Ludwig VanBeethoven, Symphony #7 in A Major. Op. 92

Henderson Pavilion
200 S. Green Valley Pkwy.
Henderson, NV 89012
Free and Open to the Public, $10 suggested donation
702-267-2171 more info

Saturday October 30, 8:00pm
Oleh Krysa, Violin
Tatiana Tchekina, Piano
(from the Eastman School of Music)
"Evening of miniatures" including Tzigane, Scherzo-Tarantella, Sabre's Dance and Liebesleid
UNLV
Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Saturday Oct. 30, 2010 8:00pm
Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89119

$70, $50, $35
Jennifer Koh, Violin
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
Pictures at an Exhibition and Capriccio Italien
702-895-2787 more info



Sunday October 31, 2010 1:30pm
Ohio University Brass Quintet Recital
presented by Steven Kunzer
UNLV
Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info




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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Mid-Mod Marvels: A Celebration of Mid-Century Modern Architecture and Design... TODAY!

Many say that Las Vegas is a place that does not respect its history, constantly throwing away its past in search for the better. Though that may be true in some regards there are a few jewels from our past that make Las Vegas a fascinating place for architectural historians to drool over. Especially historians and architects that have a penchant for Mid-Century Modern design. 

Las Vegas is dripping with fabulous examples of Mid-Century Modern homes and neighborhoods. Many of those neighborhoods are being sought after by young and forward thinking individuals and families seeking unique designs and large lots. Homes that are anathema to what is being produced in the cookie-cutter and McMansion suburbs of Las Vegas. The unique homes and buildings that continue to survive in Las Vegas are a testament that some things are still sacred, slowly being rediscovered and reclaimed by those who are willing to love these places again. 

This coming weekend the community comes together to celebrate Las Vegas' great architectural past with a series of events planned that will shed light on this important period of history. Please join me in celebrating Mid-Mod Marvels of Las Vegas. 

The Morelli House
Home of the Jr. League of Las Vegas

The Friends of Classic Las Vegas and the Architectural and Decorative Arts Society present:

Mid-Mod Marvels
A Celebration of Mid-Century Modern 
Architecture and Design

Friends of Classic Las Vegas (FCLV) and the Architectural and Decorative Arts Society of Las Vegas (ADAS) are pleased to announce a weekend of programming devoted to Las Vegas’ rich heritage of midcentury modern architecture and design, October 22-24, 2010.

As the Las Vegas community looks for ways to celebrate its rich and exciting history with residents and visitors alike, its significant architectural resources should not be overlooked. MidMod Marvels is intended to make the citizens of Las Vegas aware of the architectural gems that are in their own backyard.

The event will highlight a number of historic neighborhoods and businesses whose architecture was designed by or influenced by midcentury modern designs, including the work of architects Wayne McAllister (El Cortez and Fremont Hotels), William Krisel (Paradise Palms), Paul Revere Williams (Berkley Square, La Concha) and Welton Beckett (McCarran Airport) as well as local architects like Walter Zick, Harris Sharp, Hugh Taylor and others.

MidMod Marvels is an opportunity for participants to immerse themselves in a design era that has, in recent years, resurfaced in popular culture. Tapping into this current trend and linking it to its historical roots in Las Vegas will ensure a fun, educational, and exciting event with broad appeal.

The weekend’s schedule of events is below. Tickets for the entire weekend and for individual events are available at www.adas-lv.com or www.VeryVintageVegas.com

The Events:

Living the Mid-Mod Lifestyle Party

The fun begins on Friday evening, Oct. 22nd with a reception at the famed Morelli House. The Junior League of Las Vegas has graciously agreed to open their doors for a cocktail party to kick off our weekend of Mid-Century Modern madness.

Alan Hess will be there to say a few words about not only the era of Mid-Century Modern but also provide a bit of history about the Morelli House.

The reception starts at 5:30 pm and goes until 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25.

Junior League of Las Vegas
The Morelli House
861 East Bridger Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101-5539
p-702.822.6536 | f-702.822.6538
info@jllv.org

Mid-Century Modern History & 
Las Vegas

We kick-off Saturday afternoon, Oct. 23rd at the National Golf Course's (originally the Stardust Golf Course) Clubhouse with two panels on the era and Las Vegas.

First Panel - 
Mid-Century Modern Architecture, Design and Las Vegas 
Begins at 1:00 pm:

Panelists include Alan Hess, architects George Tate, Robert Fielden and Dr. Robert Tracy talking about the influence of architects such as Welton Beckett,Wayne McAllister and Paul Revere Williams on local architects such as Walter Zick, Harris Sharp, Hugh Taylor and the influence of Mid-Century design on Las Vegas. Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control, Mr. Krisel has had to bow out.

Second Panel - 
The News Bureau in the Mid-Mod Era 
Begins at 3:00 pm:

The Las Vegas News Bureau helped put Las Vegas on the map in the Mid-Century Modern era. The photographers captured not only the stars of the era but also the buildings and hotels of the era, most of which are gone or altered way beyond their original design. Panelists will include: former News Bureau manager, Don Payne, Current News Bureau Lead Photographer Darrin Bush and News Bureau Curator Brian Paco Alvarez.

In the evening of Oct. 23rd
Las Vegas premiere of the documentary, "William Krisel, Architect" 
Begins at 6:30 pm.

The documentary, produced by Design OnScreen and directed by Jake Gorst, looks at the life and the influence of William Krisel. Known mainly for his Mid-Century Modern architecture in California, Mr. Krisel's influence on the residential architecture of Las Vegas can be seen in the Paradise Palms neighborhood. Working with developer Irwin Molasky, Mr. Krisel designed the homes in that subdivison.

Following the screening, the will be a Q&A session with Alan Hess about Mr. Krisel's career.

Tickets for Saturday's events are $20.00

National Golf Course
1911 E. Desert Inn Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 734-1796

Mid-Century Modern Las Vegas 
Bus Tour

On Sunday afternoon, Oct. 24th, we will offer a double-decker bus tour highlighting the Mid-Century Modern neighborhoods of Las Vegas. This will be a different tour route than the one we did last year with new open houses at two Mid-Century modern homes. Neighborhoods we will glide through include Marycrest, Paradise Palms and the Scotch Eighties.

The tour leaves from the Reed Whipple Cultural Center at noon, include a stop at the Morelli House and will last three hours. The bus will return to Reed Whipple at the end of the tour.

Please be aware, like last year, seating for the tour is limited.

Tickets are $20.

Reed Whipple Cultural Center
821 Las Vegas Blvd North
Las Vegas, NV 89101-2030
(702) 229-6211

Now, if you want to save a few dollars, you can buy a three-day pass for $50. Passes and individual tickets will be available on the ADAS website. As soon as they have the page up, we will post a link here.So, start planning your wardrobe and your itinerary, because this is going to be one great weekend you won't want to miss.

Tickets are still available so go to www.adas-lv.com and order yours today!
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Friday, October 22, 2010

The Tell... Stories about cheating @ the El Cortez TONIGHT!

An evening of seven true, unscripted stories about cheating. Enjoy cocktails at 8 p.m., including the custom "Dash of Betrayal" cocktail by the USBG NV chapter's own Drew Levinson. The program begins at 9 p.m. and features host Dayvid Figler with DJ Ladyfingers Heather Hyte. Storytelling lineup includes: San Francisco storyteller Beth Lisick, My Boys actor Michael Bunin, Art Seller Naomi Arin, Philosophy Chair Todd Jones, Cindi Reed & Dr. Michael Green. Afterparty at Downtown Cocktail Room! http://thedowntownlv.com/



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Monsters... Movie screening at the Beauty Bar Downtown... EVENT CANCELLED...


Are you ready Las Vegas? FILM NIGHTS is coming to a theater near you! Presented by Relentless, FILM NIGHTS is an innovative new film series curated by Flux.

Always free with invitation, FILM NIGHTS will be presenting some of the most talked about films of the year.

Join us for an exclusive advance screening of Monsters on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Written and directed by filmmaker Gareth Edwards, Monsters is a new sci-fi thriller opening in theaters this fall.

The inaugural FILM NIGHTS event will take place at Beauty Bar. All members of the press are invited to attend. This FREE event is open to the public, and RSVP is required.

Monsters
A NASA probe carrying samples of a newly-discovered alien life-form crashes into Central America upon reentry, setting the scene for the new guerilla sci-fi thriller, Monsters. A few years later, the U.S. and Mexican militaries are struggling to contain the proliferating aliens, and half of Mexico is quarantined as an infected zone. Up-and-coming director Gareth Edwards' takes us on an astonishing, post-apocalyptic road trip as an American journalist escorts a shaken tourist through Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border.


Monsters will open in select theaters on October 29, 2010 by Magnet Releasing.

Advance screening Wednesday, October 27, 2010
7:00PM: Doors open
8:00PM: Screening begins

Public RSVP: flux.net/monsterslv
Press RSVP: angelique@charmschoolcie.com
Rsvp is no guarantee of entry.
Early arrival is suggested.
21+

About FILM NIGHTS
FILM NIGHTS is an exclusive series of film events presented by Relentless.

As a brand, Relentless represents No Half Measures.
No Half Measures means approaching your passions without compromise.

The series amplifies the Relentless attitude and artistic vision through its exclusive screenings at unique venues, special surprises with filmmakers and talent, audience interaction and after parties.
FILM NIGHTS takes place in select cities across the U.S.

Programming for FILM NIGHTS is curated by Flux, a global creative community that celebrates film, art, music, design and culture.

For more information on Relentless, visit drinkrelentless.com.

Beauty Bar
517 Fremont Street
Las Vegas, NV
http://thebeautybar.com/las_vegas/

Relentless FILM NIGHTS Press and Media Inquiries
Angelique Groh | Charm School
angelique@charmschoolcie.com
T: 323-363-9338




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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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Camp 107 returns to the Arts Factory & its chilling...

With the weather getting cooler the movies at the Arts Factory are to as we get closer to All Hallows Eve. The Arts Factory will be presenting the chilling thriller "The Shining." This is definetly one of Stanley Kubrick's best movies and one that left me terrified as a child. See you tonight if you dare...





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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lots of great music happening about town this week...

Wednesday, October 20 7:30pm 
UNLV Classical Guitar Series
Carlos Barbosa - LimaDoc Rando Hall (Friday)
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Wednesday, October 20 9:00pm 
"John Nasshan's Quintessence" Jazz Quintet
The Freakin' Frog
4700 S. Maryland Parkway
Free but must be 21 over

Thursday, October 21 7:30pm 
Classical and Folk Music from Afghanistan
Tameem Afzali Tabla and Samad Salahi, Rubab
Brett Wesley Gallery
1112 S. Casino Center Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
$10 tickets in advance or at the door, seating is limited-
RSVP Victoria: 702.433.4433 victoria@brettwesley.com, BrettwesleyGallery.com

Saturday October, 23 7:30pm (GVP church)
Las Vegas Sinfonietta includes
Taras Krysa, De Ann Letourneau, Laraine Kaizer-V., Lenka Hajkova, Alissa Fleming, Naoko Taniguchi, Jennifer Morette Patrick Hsieh Violins
Jennifer Grim, Megan Lanz, Flutes Stephen Caplan, Oboe, Janis McKay, Bassoon, Bill Bernatis, Horn, Andrew Smith, Cello, Tianna Heppner-Harjo, Viola, Geoff Neuman, Bass

J.S. Bach -Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
K.A. Hartmann- Concertino for Trumpet and 7 solo instruments
Stravinsky- Pulcinella Suite 1920

Doc Rando Hall (Friday)
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Green Valley Presbyterian Church (Saturday)
1798 Wigwam Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89074-0985
(702)-454-8484

Sunday October 24, 2:00pm
Performing Arts Society of Nevada fundraiser
-variety show including Souvenir De Florence,
"American Quartet" performed by Lenka, Zoe, Ray and Tianna and
Mykola Suk performs Liszt

Flamingo Library
1401 East Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
$20
(702)-658-6741




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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, October 18, 2010

A great set of Arts & Cultural events to entice the senses...





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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Celebrating the Artistic Side of Halloween...

Now here is a great series of events that are ready to make the Halloween season in Las Vegas very memorable. Besides who does not like dressing up in costume and rampaging through the street of the glitziest city in the world!






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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 Rocks the Fall with a Tantalizing Lineup of Art and Music

Brett Wesley Gallery is one of the crown jewels of redevelopment in Downtown. This ultra modern gallery located in the heart on the 18b Arts District is a must see destination and the best way to experience the space is by visiting it during one of the many planned events. Here is a list of great events planned at the gallery over the next few weeks. Enjoy...


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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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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Saturday, October 16, 2010

18b Arts District Music Festival TODAY!

It is so nice to know there are wonderful things to do in Las Vegas that do not require too much thought nor a dress code. Oh and by the way I absolutely loathe dress codes, but I digress. So if you have nothing to do Today please join me for some great art and awesome music in Las Vegas' greatest neighborhood 18b! So get out the suburbs and come to the real Downtown, you know the one on the North end of the Strip.

Check out the flier below for all the details... See you soon!




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Friday, October 15, 2010

Face-to-Facebook Art Show @ Studio 810 TONIGHT

2010 has turned out to be a productive year for me artistically. Besides curating and or assisting in curating a gaggle of exhibitions throughout the community and afar I have actually participated in three art shows. First my "MGM Grand" piece appeared at Erin Stellmon's Reign of Glass exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center. Then I entered "8 Bit" a painted skateboard into the LVSK8 IV at Place Gallery and now I have entered "Liberace's Heart" into the Studio8ten show. Well I did say Zen in Ten for this year so there you have it.

Anyway, with all this said Studio8ten will be holding a reception for all the participating artists of the Face-to-Facebook 2 show this coming Friday, October 15. So this is a perfect opportunity for you to come down and meet me and all the awesome and fabulous artists. See you soon!

Studio 810 Face-to-Facebook
(Photo courtesy of Jacie Urquidi-Maynard ©)
Over 30 of Las Vegas' art talents on display with proceeds from the sale of original art and reproductions benefiting Transition Services, Inc.

Artists showing:
Carol Mittwede, Norma Ramirez, S.A. Davis, Montana Black, Laura Zollar, Mikel Patrik, Andrew Caston, Cat Rutherford, Carrie Bordeau, Christina Ambubuyog, Lincoln Maynard, Natalie Mazzullo, Colin Pringle, Gina Quarento, Bonnie Kelso, Mark T. Zeilman, ShaRose Neidelman, Kelly Patterson, Suzanne Marie LeClair, Jessica Galindo, Gia Ray, Brian Paco Alvarez, Deborah Ortego, Maria VanderMolen, Jan Harris-Arduini, Scott VanderMolen, Heather Pyle, Lisa Fields-Clark, Marz Pacheco, Justin Newberry, & Gilbert Cuevas

They found us on Facebook, find them at Studio 8 Ten!

Artist Reception
Friday October 15th, 2010; 6PM-8PM

Join us for food, wine, art, & live music by Sursum & As Yet Unbroken

About Transition Services- Studio 8 Ten
Studio 8 Ten is a non-profit arts and crafts studio providing paid training and employment for adults with disabilities in Las Vegas' Transition Services supported employment programs. Resident artists train in the design, production, and sales of over 50 different handmade products, all unique to our company, and learn the specifics of running their own business. Studio 8 Ten fosters pride, self-suffiency, and self-esteem by providing positive interaction with the community and opportunities to show off their personal talents. All proceeds from sales in the gift shop go directly back into the program to purchase supplies, upkeep facilities, and pay the individuals for their efforts. Transition Services, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 company and all donations are tax deductible.

Studio 8 Ten
810 South Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 644-9418
www.studio8ten.com

Open Monday-Friday 10AM-6PM; First Friday 10AM-9PM
Saturdays 10AM-2PM

Free parking in the lot behind the studio.










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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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Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Contemporary Arts Center presents Off The Strip 2010


The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is pleased to present “Off The Strip 2010” a three-day new-genres festival that offers an alternative to the highly formulated entertainment and spectacle of the Strip in a format that invites the community to experience contemporary art and dialogue with participating local and international artists about their work. Introducing www.offthestrip.org

What:
The Contemporary Arts Center’s second annual “Off The Strip” is a three-day new genres festival featuring performance, video, and installation art that will take place in Downtown Las Vegas from October 14-16th, 2010. Artists from the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe have been selected to present challenging work addressing themes of consumption, visual spectacle, displays of sexuality, atomic testing, and Las Vegas as a global hub.

The Saturday panel of artists and scholars will address diverse cultural, social, and economic issues specific to Las Vegas and southern Nevada, including spectacle, consumerism and the state of our consumer society, the sex industry, representations of sexuality and the body, global tourism, as well as issues of sustainability and Nevada's role in the history of nuclear testing. The OTS10 selection committee has selected artists whose work was provocative, thoughtful, and would help local residents and tourists alike gain a new perspective on the locale. “’Off the Strip’ will engage the audience at many levels, and a constructive dialogue with the public is essential,” says panel moderator and event juror Kirsten Swenson, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art from UNLV.

When:
September 30th-October 28th: Let’s Build A Nation (CAC The Nation) Building A Nation collective declares Contemporary Arts Center a sovereign nation from September 29th-Octobter 28th, 2010, establishing its national identity, national symbols and history. To foster CAC nation’s economy, the collective re-invents the gallery as hotel casino – its “theme” inspired by cultures of nations least visited by tourists. 107 E. Charleston, Suite 120 (in the Arts Factory), Las Vegas NV 89104

October 14th-November 3rd: Installation at the Atomic Testing Museum, 755 E. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas NV, 89119

Open Field - Working out of the Sensorium Lab, Calgary-based artists Jean René Leblanc, Craig Fahner and Neal Moignard are a cross-disciplinary research group focusing on research that develops systems of interaction that encourage kinesthetic perception and interpretation. Their installation will generate audio and visuals based on analog phenomena related to the electromagnetic spectrum, body capacitance and the resonant properties of matter. Participants are invited to experience these phenomena by interacting with the space around the installation.

Also programmed, a video installation by Bay-area artist Heather Sparks and the distribution of a limited edition zine from Northern Nevada artist Laura Smith Fillmore.

October 14th-16th: 
The Beat Coffeehouse hosts Remote Viewing, a laptop based intervention from Australia for the duration of the OTS weekend and Montreal-based artist Douglas Moffat’s sound installation With Hidden Noise will be on view Saturday. 520 Fremont Street

October 14th: 
Opening reception at the Atomic Testing Museum. Opening night of live performances at the Thunderbird Lounge at the Aruba Hotel, 1215 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (performances by local theater group Test Market, Los Angeles artist Kristina Wong and TBD participation by Kirsten Swenson’s UNLV students)

October 15th: 
Multiple video-based events downtown. At Commercial Center, 900 E. Karen Avenue video installation by Joe Nanashe (Brookyln, NY) video installation 3xlady3x and a video screening event presenting work from around the US and Europe at the Sci fi Center Underground Screening Room. At 1217 S. Main a stunning 3D sound and projection installation titled Glitter Gultch by San Francisco artist Kerry Laitala Main Street is TBD--3D glasses provided!

Namaste Restaurant is partnering with the CAC and Yelp!, offering a Dinner and A Screening package for festival attendees.

A no-host after party at the Arts Factory Bar+Bistro where they will screen a late night movie on the patio, “The Night Stalker” (1972).

Saturday, October 16th: 
A day full of performances and interventions primarily in the downtown vicinity, including a wedding-as-performance at 10 a.m., a call for audience participation by political artist Diane Bush at the Arts Factory (107 E. Charleston), an afternoon panel discussion with artists and scholars at 3:30 p.m. at the Beat Coffeehouse in Emergency Arts (Fremont and Sixth) and a final evening of performances and closing soirée at the Downtown Cocktail Room (111 Las Vegas Blvd South) where LV-artist Danielle Kelly samples found google images while telling true stories that will make you laugh and cry.

Additional highlight. Brooklyn-based artist Zach Rockhill will be creating a video while demolishing a building in downtown Las Vegas. His stop-motion project will be included in the Friday evening screening. Mr. Rockhill is in town September 23-October 16th and is available for interviews at the site on Monday, October 11th. His recent video projects can be seen at http://ps1.org/studio-visit/artist/zach-rockhill

Please visit the OTS website for schedule of events, ticket information and more: offthestrip.org
Participating Artists:
Roger Beebe, Gainesville FL
Building A Nation, Las Vegas, New York, and Bogota, Columbia
Diane Bush, Las Vegas, NV
Patrick Cadenhead, Richmond, VA
Diane Dwyer, Brooklyn, NY
Laura Smith Fillmore, Gardnerville, NV
Liz Hickok, San Francisco, CA
Jeane Jo, New York City
Taylor McVay & Jordan Tynes, Jamaica Plain, Boston MA
Douglas Moffatt, Montreal, Quebec
Danielle Kelly, Las Vegas
Kerry Laitala, San Francisco
Magsamen & Hillerbrand, Houston
Nicola Morton, Australia
Joe Nanashe, Brooklyn
Laura Napier, Bronx, NY
Minou Norouzi, London, UK
Cindy Rehm & Launa Bacon, Los Angeles
Zach Rockhill, Brooklyn
Heather Sparks, San Francisco
Scott Stark, Austin, TX
Test Market, Las Vegas
The Bridge Club, Huntsville TX, Warren CT, Knoxville TN, Gunnison CO
The Sensorium Lab, Calgary, Alberta
Kristina Wong, Los Angeles

Event Sponsors:
The Arts Factory, Aruba Hotel and Spa, Atomic Testing Museum, Audio Visual One, Bar + Bistro @ The Arts Factory, The Beat Coffeehouse and Records, Cirque Du Soleil, Downtown Cocktail Room, El Cortez Hotel & Casino, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Humanities, Sci Fi Center, UNLV, Yelp!, Oakbrook Realty, Don’t Tell Mama, Todd Alios Von Bastiaans, McMenemy Investment Services

This program has been funded in part by grants from Cirque Du Soleil: Nevada Arts Council, a state agency; the National Endowment For The Arts, a national agency and the Nevada Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About the Contemporary Arts Center

The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is a non-profit 501(c)3 art organization dedicated to presenting new, high quality, visual, and performing art, while striving to build, educate, and sustain audiences for contemporary art. The CAC strives to provide a place where artists can learn about best practices, test new ideas in the public arena, and connect with fellow artists within and beyond our own community.

The Contemporary Arts Center was voted winner “Best of Las Vegas 2010” Art Gallery, by the staff of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Contemporary Arts Center recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and is a recipient of the 30th annual Governor's Arts Award for Leadership in Organizations. The Nevada Arts Council and the Governor's Office presented these honors in March 2010 for outstanding and enduring contributions to Nevada through artistic achievement and service to the arts. 


Gallery Hours and Admission: Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm and by appointment. First Friday of each month 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Admission is free and donations to the Contemporary Arts Center are accepted.

General Information: The Contemporary Arts Center is located in The Arts Factory at 107 East Charleston Boulevard, Suite 120. For information on the CAC and it’s programming, please visit the website www.lasvegascac.org or contact via telephone at 702-382-3886 or via e-mail at info@lasvegascac.org




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