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Monday, November 29, 2010

Zappos Inc. moving Downtown is a game changer...

In what could be the biggest paradigm shift in the history of Downtown Las Vegas, Zappos.com one of the most innovative and creative companies in the United States has decided to roll the dice and move to the city core, or at least that is what the city has recently announced (see below). Zappos is one of America's top 100 companies to work for. It's workforce is dedicated to the highest standards of customer service and with Tony Hsieh at the helm, one of America's youngest and most successful CEO's, this can only be the story of the decade for Downtown.

With Zappos moving into one of the most rapidly redeveloping areas of the city, this will instantaneously create a synergy that will unlock potential that many naysayers said could never happen. In addition to Zappos, The Beat Coffeehouse at Emergency Arts, the El Cortez, The Ogden (formerly Streamline Tower), The Gold Spike, The MOB Museum, and all of the businesses in the Entertainment District are creating what has been championed in the seminal book, "The Rise and Fall of Great American Cities" by Jane Jacobs and recanted in part by Richard Florida in his book "The Rise of the Creative Class." Basically the premise of these books is Live, Work and Play within walking distance thus creating a true urban core.

Slowly but surely Downtown is creating small synergistic centers that will eventually be interconnected with each other. Even where I live at the L'Octaine building on Las Vegas Boulevard and Gass, synergy has been created. With the hugely successful show "Pawn Stars" broadcasting from Gold and Silver Pawn, the opening of the Verdict's Inn Cafe on the first floor of the L'Octaine, Studio 810, Super Cleaners, Globe Salon and a new market at Soho Lofts, a new urban vibe is being harnessed. Not to mention all the success that the Arts District is having just a few feet away.

As I have always said it takes a cultural arts infrastructure to lure creative and innovative businesses to an area. Creative industries demand the arts for their creative workforces, it is basically a quality-of-life issue. If the workforce is happy with their surroundings, they will be very productive. Productivity equals prosperity. The cultural arts are demanded by the creative class and today's announcement is most definitely up there with the opening of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, the building of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts and the Groundbreaking of the new Discovery Childrens Museum. All this positive energy has finally created the spark that we so longed for.

It is a good day to live, work and play in Downtown Las Vegas...

Check out this link for more details and an awesome video by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh...
http://blogs.zappos.com/blogs/ceo-and-coo-blog/2010/11/29/secret-downtown-project
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Zappos Eyes Downtown Las Vegas

Company Hopes To Relocate Headquarters To City Hall Site


In what would be a major economic boost, Zappos.com, Inc. is looking to relocate its corporate headquarters to downtown Las Vegas on the current City Hall site. 

The Resort Gaming Group (RGG), wholly owned by founder and CEO Andrew Donner, made an unsolicited offer to the city of Las Vegas to buy the site and about seven surrounding acres earlier this year with the intent of developing it as a corporate campus for Zappos.

Such a move is expected to bring an initial 1,000 jobs into the downtown area. Zappos.com is a leader in on-line clothing and footwear sales by way of an unparalleled focus on customer service. Zappos is known as having a fun and family-type culture with a focus on employee happiness. Highlighting Zappos’ accomplishments is inclusion in Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies To Work For” list for 2009 and 2010. 

“This will be a game changer for Southern Nevada,” said Mayor Oscar B. Goodman. “This move will bring about a critical mass of creative persons to the inner core of Las Vegas in addition to causing a significant shot in the arm for the economy and for new jobs.”

City leaders have noted the importance of keeping local businesses excited about being in Las Vegas. “Having Zappos in the Las Vegas area is vital to diversifying our economy beyond gaming,” said City Manager Betsy Fretwell. “This move will also encourage similar companies to look at Las Vegas as a potential site for corporate headquarters.”

The city had already made plans to relocate City Hall to another downtown location with a timeline to vacate the current facility in 2012. Zappos hoped to capitalize on the city’s move, expressing an interest in being in a downtown environment with room to grow. The current City Hall campus and nearby city-owned properties comprise approximately 17 acres.

"At Zappos, our number one priority is our company culture. Our belief is that if we get the culture right, most of the other stuff -- like delivering great customer service and building a long-term enduring brand and business -- will be a natural byproduct of our culture,” said Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, Inc. “Our proposed future downtown location will be a great urban environment that will help grow the cultures of both Zappos and Las Vegas."

Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zappos first moved to the Las Vegas Valley in 2004. At the time, the fast-growing start up brought 70 employees with it.

“Zappos is among the world’s most successful, progressive and forward-thinking companies as created by its incredibly visionary leaders,” said Donner. “To work in partnership with Tony Hsieh, Fred Mossler and the entire Zappos team has been both humbling and enlightening. The company is committed to this project and more importantly, to reinvigorating downtown. The support of this caliber of business leader speaks volumes for our city. We believe this project will have more impact on downtown revitalization than any other development to date.”

The city had been in exclusive negotiations with The Cordish Companies to build an arena and entertainment district on the current City Hall site. City officials could not negotiate with any other potential developers unless Cordish was agreeable. The city and Cordish agreed to move the arena/entertainment complex to Symphony Park, clearing the way for RGG to discuss the purchase of the City Hall site with city leaders. A new exclusive negotiating agreement (ENA) with The Cordish Company was approved by the City Council on November 17.

The City Council must now consider the sale of the current City Hall site to RGG. The item is scheduled to be on the council agenda of December 1. If approved, the parties will enter a due diligence period, meaning this would be the first step in seeing the deal come to fruition. The transaction is expected to take several months to finalize and is expected to close by mid-2011. Construction will begin as soon as the new City Hall is complete in the spring of 2012 and city workers have transitioned to the new facility. 

“The economic uplift that will be created by Zappos’ move to downtown will be significant,” said Donner. “Zappos’ corporate campus will elevate downtown, its profile, its vibe and its appeal to both locals and tourists alike.”

About Zappos.com
Established in 1999, Zappos.com, operated by Zappos Development, Inc., has quickly become the leading destination in online apparel and footwear sales by striving to provide shoppers with the best possible service and selection. The Zappos Family has gross merchandise sales exceeding $1 billion annually. Zappos.com currently showcases millions of products from over 1000 clothing and shoe brands. Zappos.com, Inc. was recognized in 2009 and 2010 by FORTUNE MAGAZINE as one of the "100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR". More information about the customer service philosophy, unique culture, and job openings can be found at http://about.zappos.com. More information about Zappos Insights, Inc. and its business membership program can be found at http://www.zapposinsights.com

About Resort Gaming Group 
Resort Gaming Group (RGG) is a Las Vegas, Nevada-based, regional hospitality management and development company founded in 2002 and privately owned by Andrew B. Donner. Currently, RGG provides management services to several businesses including gaming taverns, full-service restaurants, quick service restaurants, catering operations and casino gaming operations under the direction of President Keith E. Grossman. RGG is licensed by Nevada Gaming Control. RGG and its affiliates are partners in the redevelopment of the Lady Luck Casino and Hotel. The newly renovated hotel casino is expected to open under a new name in fall 2012 along with many new food, bar, club and retail venues in the exciting, new 3rd Street District. RGG and its affiliates are also developing approximately 100,000 square feet of retail, food, beverage and convention space surrounding The Mob Museum, which is expected to open fall 2011. 

Jace Radke

Public Information Officer
City of Las Vegas
jradke@lasvegasnevada.gov
702-229-2205(o)
702-249-3514(c)
702-384-7197(f)

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Zappos Inc. to Relocate Downtown...

The City of Las Vegas announces that Zappos Inc., one of the top 100 companies to work for, is looking to relocate to Downtown Las Vegas at the site of the current city hall.

More to come...


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Laraine Kaizer's Weekly Musical Round-up... November 29 - December 5

Over the last few months you have seen me post quite a bit about musical concerts that have been happening about town. Luckily I have had the wonderful help from acclaimed violinist and artist Laraine Kaizer who has been providing this great information. Many of these concerts are free so please go out and support these great musicians and organizations! Ill see you tonight at the concert...

Monday November 29, 6:00pm
UNLV Woodwind Recital
UNLV Paul Harris Theater
(downstairs in HFA next to the Black Box)
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Tuesday November 30, 7:30pm
Nick Royce, Flute -DMA chamber recital with Dr. Michelle Latour, Soprano, Dr. Karen McCann, Piano
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Wednesday December 1, 7:30pm
String Chamber Music Recital
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Thursday December 2, 7:30pm
Frederick Umar, DMA Chamber Recital
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Thursday December 2, 7:30pm
Opera Las Vegas , around the world in 80 minutes
I'm playing, not sure who all's singing
Flamingo Library Theater
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
$79 in advance or at door
to rsvp and more info:
Alvida Lane 702-459-6353

Concert Friday December 3, 7:00pm
Mariachi Holiday Concert
Flamingo Library Theater
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Free and Open to the Public
call 702-384-0092 for more info

Concert Friday December 3, 7:30pm
Cello Ensemble Concert
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Friday December 3, 8:00pm
Andre Watts, Piano
UNLV Artemis Ham Hall
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV
Sec A: $65, Sec. B: $45, Sec. C: $30
call 702-895-2787

Saturday December 4, 9:00am
Masterclass with Jennifer Grim, Flute with the Las Vegas Flute Club
Beam Music Center room 160
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Saturday December 4, 3:30pm
Tom Kmiecik, Clarinet DMA Recital
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 December 4, 5:30pm 
Music of composition student Brian Myer
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Sunday December 5, 5:30
Michael Smith, Tenor-DMA recital
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Sunday December 5, 7:30pm
Organ Guild Holiday Recital
Christ Church Episcopal
2000 S. Maryland Pkwy. at St. Louis Ave.
Free and Open to the Public
702-895-1575
Mariachi Holiday Concert
Flamingo Library Theater

Jennifer Grim, Flautist
Las Vegas Flute Club
Andre Watts at the
Artemis Ham Concert Hall 

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, November 26, 2010

Black Friday, Logan's Run, Arts Factory... Can it get any better?

Now that we are finally finished with Thanksgiving and have eaten more food then we would normally eat on any given day, we sit back, relax and enjoy the day. Though it is unseasonably cold outside even for Vegas standards the Arts Factory in 18b is still hosting Camp 107 tonight. Though I suspect it may be featured inside Bar + Bistro where it is nice and warm and you can enjoy hot toddy, some fabulous pizza and other fare.

The chance to see Logan's Run, one of the most technically advanced movies of the 1970's is too much to pass up. And the fact that it came out the year after I was born just makes even better. The movie based on the book by William Nolan and George Johnson takes us to a dystopian future full of pleasure, sex, desire and youth. Granted there is a catch to all of this bacchanalian debauchery, one little detail actually, that is when your time is up... But you will have to wait and see what happens in the carousel...

Is there renewal after turkey?

Camp 107 {Cocktails, Cuisine & Classic Cinema Experience}

1070s Logan’s Run was widely lauded as the herald of a new age in science fiction cinema. In a hermetically sealed, post-apocalyptic urban environment several centuries hence, Logan 5 (Michael York) and his friend Francis 7 (Richard Jordan) work as “sandmen,” Logan and Francis are charged with tracking down and killing “runners” -- those citizens who will submit to neither “renewal” (a peaceful death) nor “carousel” (a gladiatorial battle).

Shake off the turkey coma and renew yourself with a warming cocktail or dinner before the movie at 8pm. Too cold? We’ll move it inside for a fun, urban experience.

Saturday, November 27th, join us for Painters’s on the Patio, including slammin’ poetry performances and live music. You won’t find this anywhere else but at Bar+Bistro.

702.202.6060 

107 E. Charleston Blvd. #155 (on the NW corner of Charleston and Art Way (Casino Center) 

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, November 22, 2010

Something to be very thankful for... A Year Later...

It was exactly a year ago when my good friend RaShelle and I were eating dinner at a Downtown eatery, talking about a myriad of topics, from my career to the cultural arts that an epiphany happened. She told me about how cool it was that I constantly posted great tidbits of information about the arts in Las Vegas on my Facebook page. She challenged me to start blogging, letting the world know about Las Vegas' cultural events and news. I informed her that I indeed had a blog that was given to me by my friend Robert in 2005. At the time Robert approached me about taking over the blog I was knee deep in building an exhibition for the Las Vegas centennial. I was extremely reluctant to accept such a responsibility considering the amount of time it would take to keep up with what was happening culturally about town. Though I had kept up with it for a few months after Robert handed me the reigns I sadly let it go dormant.

Though I had let the blog lapse for a few years it was RaShelle who lit a fire under my butt and told me to start blogging again. That evening conversation, over some hummus and pita, set in motion a series of events that have brought me closer to what is happening in Las Vegas' cultural arts landscape. Within 48 hours of me relaunching the blog and posting my plans on Facebook, I received a phone call from Flo at KNPR who also lit another fire for me and encouraged me to move forward with this new writing venture. Though I am not a writer, no matter the obstacles, I felt I needed to chronicle cultural experiences here and insightful thoughts. It all happened so quickly that by the end of 2009 I was so fired up about diving full force into the arts that I could never look back. A decision I will never regret.

Though 2009 was a terrible year for so many, because of the lagging economic malaise that we found ourselves in, I said to myself that 2010 would be better. I declared Zen in 2010 and instead of allowing people to complain that there was no culture in Las Vegas I would do something about it. My philosophical approach was to keep it positive and constantly put out information that would be of interest to the public. Even though it seems that I am on the pulse of what is happening in the arts, I will admit that I cannot keep up, which is a wonderful thing. That means that there is so much happening that no one person or group of people can keep up.

Relaunching this blog was monumental for me. It brought positive change in my life and, I hope, others in the city. Now that we are a few days away from Thanksgiving I have something to be thankful for. Thanks to RaShelle Roberts, Flo Rogers, Robert Kimberly and every single person who is involved in the Cultural Arts in Las Vegas. And "Most importantly, to all of you who have read and supported this blog.

I would like to leave you with a special wish. Even though Las Vegas is not as perfect as we would like it to be, please support your local cultural arts, whether it is a museum, art gallery, artist, non-profit organization or group that is attempting to make this Radiant City in the desert a little bit more perfect.

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving everyone...

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

December to Remember in The Cultural Corridor...

The Cultural Corridor in Fabulous Downtown is throwing a party. All the great museums will be open for the public including a sneak peek at the wonderful things that are happening at the Neon Museum. So mark your calenders and make sure to bring the family and celebrate the great cultural offerings that take place in Downtown. See you in December!

For more information about the Cultural Corridor please visit this site. http://www.culturalcorridorvegas.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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Musical line up for the week of November 22...

Here is the weekly lineup of musical events for this Thanksgiving week. Including a little Jazz to spice it up. Have a great week everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!


Monday November 22 6:00pm
Doctoral Percussion Recital:
Jeremy Meronuck
UNLV
Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Tuesday November 23 6:00pm
Senior Jazz Composition Recital:
Julian Tanaka
UNLV
Paul Harris Theater
(downstairs in HFA next to the Black Box)
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Tuesday November 23 7:30pm
UNLV Symphony Shostakovitch No. 5, Mozart Violin Concert A Major
Taras Krysa Violin, Strauss Serenade for 13 Winds T. Suzuki Conductor
UNLV
Ham Hall
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV
$10; $8 for Seniors, Military, Students and UNLV Faculty & Staff; Students - ONE Free Ticket with ID

Wednesday November 24 9:00pm
John Nasshan's Jazz Quintet, "Quintessence"
The Freakin' Frog
4700 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV
(702) 597-9702
http://www.quintessencejazz.com/
http://www.freakinfrog.com/
FREE 21 and over

Art Jazz Composition
John Nasshan - Quintessence 
Composer Dmitri Shostakovich
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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, November 19, 2010

The Arts Factory rocks Monty Python and the Holy Grail TONIGHT...

I have been naughty this week and not blogging like I normally do and I apologize for that. If I do not celebrate the 1 Year Anniversary of relaunching this blog in style by blogging then I will have no choice but to jump off the new bypass bridge. But I digress... Not just is it Third Friday but it is also Camp 107 at the World Famous Arts Factory in Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas! So please join me tonight in 18b (arts District) for some Monty Python, cocktails, art and camp...

Camp 107 {Cocktails, Cuisine & Classic Cinema Experience}

Are you suggesting coconuts migrate? “Release your outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society,” and join us at Camp 107 for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The 1975 classic is an absurdist send-up of the legend of King Arthur & his knights’ quest for the Holy Grail. 8pm heralds the start of the movie, but grabeth a patio seat early - drinkith a warming cocktail, or eatith some specialty menu items, and prepareth yourself. But remember, “...you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.”

Saturday, November 20th, join us for Painters’s on the Patio, including slammin’ poetry performances and live music. You won’t find this anywhere else but at Bar+Bistro.

702.202.6060107 E. Charleston Blvd. #155 (on the NW corner of Charleston and Art Way (Casino Center)




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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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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Laraine Kaizer's Weekly Musical Round-up... November 15-21

Concert Monday November 15, 5:00pm
UNLV Percussion Ensemble Recital
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Concert Tuesday November 16, 7:00pm
'As I Wait' Daniel Alameda, percussion, jazz compositions
UNLV Paul Harris Theatre (in Ham Fine Arts building)
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Lecture Tuesday November 16, 7:30pm
'Nextet'
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Lecture Wednesday November 17, 5:00pm
Composer Samuel Adler lecture
UNLV Ham Fine Arts Building room 147
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Concert Wednesday November 17, 7:30pm
UNLV Wind Orchestra Concert
UNLV Artemis Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154
tichets $10 and $8 for seniors, military, and UNLV faculty and staff. UNLV and CCSD Students 1 free per valid I.D.
Call 702-895-2787

Concert Wednesday November 17, 7:30
UNLV Chamber Orchestra Concert
Andrew Smith Soloist, Haydn Cello Concerto in C
Alexander Teger guest conductor
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Concert Thursday November 18, 7:30
UNLV Flute Ensemble
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Concert Saturday November 20, 8:00pm
Las Vegas Philharmonic guest artist Laura Liu, Bruch Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4
World Premiere Piece by Samuel Adler
UNLV Artemis Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Tickets: Section I: $75, Section II: $50, Section III: $35 Call 702-895-2787

Concert Sunday, November 21, 2010 3:00pm
FROM RUSSIA WITH ART Russian art work and Music
Artist Elena Wherry will display watercolor paintings
Valeria Sokolova Ore – Mezzo – Soprano; Eugene Shapiro – guitar; and Albina Asryan – piano
Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
Free and Open to the Public, Donations accepted 702-341-7800

Concert Sunday, November 21, 2010 7:30pm
UNLV Tuba Quartet
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Las Vegas Philharmonic guest artist Laura Liu
Samuel Adler @ the Las Vegas Philharmonic
From Russia with Art - The Art of Elena Wherry
 @ Mountain View Presbyterian Church

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, November 09, 2010

The Tropicana Hotel Implosion?

Did you know there was an implosion at the Tropicana Hotel this morning? Thanks to my good friend Joel Rosales founder of www.leavinglv.net we have this exclusive footage of the event. Though none of the large towers came down, it is obvious they were just cleaning up the area around them.

The Tropicana, once known as the "Tiffany' of the Strip in its heyday, has been going through extensive renovations over the last year. Visionary Tropicana CEO Alejandro "Alex" Yemenidjian has been spearheading the renovation and reinvention of the vulnerable Strip property. So far from what I have gathered of the renovations they are doing a wonderful job. Goodness knows the hotel was in desperate need of a little love. It is great to see Alex and his team taking pride and creating a new resort, while at the same time celebrating its past.



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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Laraine Kaizer's Weekly Musical Round-up...

Here is the weekly round-up of music and concerts prepared by the lovely Laraine Kaizer. I do have to thank Laraine for keeping me abreast of all the musical happenings about town. It is people like this who care about the arts that make living in Las Vegas very livable. 

To find out more about Laraine Kaizer and her amazing talents, both as a renowned violinist and painter please visit her website http://www.larainespainting.com

Concert Wednesday November 10th 7:30pm
Artist in Residence, Dr. Hope Kohler, Voice
UNLV
Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Lecture Friday November 12th 4:00pm
Artist in Residence, Hans Sturm-Programming Workshop and Performance
UNLV
Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Concert Friday November 12th 7:30pm
Opera Scenes Workshop Concert
UNLV
Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154
$$ couldn't find ticket cost but free with UNLV student ID
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Concert Friday November 12th 7:30pm
Melody Loveless, Composition Recital
UNLV
Beam Music Center Room 159 (choir room)
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free Open to the Public
(702) 895-3011 for more info

Concert Saturday November 13th 2:00pm
Full Gospel Korean School (Traditional dances of Korea and play in mime)
Winchester Community Center
3130 Mcleod Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89121-2256
$5
(702) 455-7340 for more info

Concert Saturday November 13th 7:30pm
Steven Trinkle, Trumpet, Eugenie Burkett Piano/Marimba Hans Sturm, Double Bass
Tango! Piazzola and more
Green Valley Presbyterian Church
1798 Wigwam Parkway
Henderson, NV 89074
Free and Open to the Public, Free Will Donations accepted
702.454.8484 for more info

Concert Saturday November 13th 7:30pm
Opera Scenes Workshop Concert
UNLV
Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154
$$ couldn't find ticket cost free with UNLV student ID
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Concert Sunday November 14th 1:30pm
UNLV Brass Band Recital
UNLV
Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Concert Sunday November 14th 2:00pm
Yoko Fitzpatrick (Traditional Japanese Koto and Sangen)
from Japanese folk tunes to Vivaldi
Winchester Community Center
3130 Mcleod Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89121-2256
$10 $7 seniors and students
(702) 455-7340 for more info

Concert Sunday November 14th 3:00pmSouthern Nevada Musical Arts Society
Haydn's The Creation (Choir with Orchestra)
Ham Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154-5005
$15 $10 seniors/military/disabled $5 students
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Concert Sunday November 14th 7:30pm
Oboe Studio Recital
UNLV
Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas,
NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info


UNLV Opera
Full Gospel Korean School 

Traditional dances of Korea and play in mime
Yoko Fitzpatrick (Traditional Japanese Koto and Sangen)

from Japanese folk tunes to Vivaldi

Oboe Studio Recital

UNLV Doc Rando Hall


Nevada Public Radio
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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Vegas Valley Book Festival TODAY...

Do not miss out on the Vegas Valley Book Festival today at the Historic 5th Street School in Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas. I would write more but I am running late! Think books!

The 5th Street School is Located at
1401 S. Fourth Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101



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Friday, November 05, 2010

First Friday is back & So Much More...

The great thing about November First Friday is the fact that it coincides with the Vegas Valley Book Festival. So there are lots of activities that will bring art and the literary word together. There is so much happening that I cannot event fathom posting it all. For all the detail regarding this First Friday make sure to follow the link - http://www.firstfriday-lasvegas.org/next.html

Make sure to come out and get enculturated...






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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Nevada Repertory Dance Theater inaugural First Friday performance...

The Nevada Repertory Dance Theater in partnership with the Vegas Valley Book Festival and Alios Gallery will be presenting the Literary Word through dance on First Friday. 

This will be Nevada Repertory Dance Theater first involvement with First Friday and the Vegas Valley Book Festival. The work that was created for this event was a collaborative effort by the company. Utilizing the tools of improvisation, music and the words of the immortal Dr. Seuss, the company created a short work that ties several artistic elements together. However, the program will differ slightly from the performance at Todd VonBastiaan's Alios Gallery to the Historic Fifth Street School.

On First Friday the NRDT will make use of the quirky, yet entertaining music from the movie “Horton Hears a Who”, with the possibility of some Dr. Seuss thrown in. Whereas on Sunday at the Historic Fitth Street School, during the Feast on Words event, Marko Westwood has joined forces with two of Las Vegas's finest poets, Mick Axelrod and Hyatt Mason, to blend together dance, music and spoken word. Mick and Hyatt will assist the company's performance by reading Green Eggs and Ham.

NRDT has begun building a foundation for dancers, choreographers, and the public to support dance and the arts in Las Vegas and beyond.

Nevada Repertory Dance Theater’s mission is to create, develop and perform the art of dance as conceived by choreographer Marko Westwood. In doing so, we strive to cultivate a passionate and captive audience in the Las Vegas valley that is inspired to appreciate all art forms.

Performances begin at 8pm on First Friday
Alios Gallery
1221 South Main Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
Nevada Public Radio
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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Vegas Valley Book Festival Begins...


I will be the first to admit that I am not the best writer in the world. Goodness knows that on several occasions I miss commas, periods, semi-colons, and myriad of other punctuation issues that would make an English major cringe. But with all that said, one thing I know I am very good at, is reading books. Actually I have a decent library that keeps me quite entertained, especially in light of the fact that I do not have a television in my house. Come to think of it I have not had a TV in more than 5 years!

Reading is obviously in my blood, that is why every year the Vegas Valley Book Festival just makes me giddy with excitement. There will be lots of lectures, poetry readings, book vending, and a myriad of other events planned around the literary word to entice young and old. So make sure to click on the book festival logo above for a schedule of events and activities that are happening this week.

Today marks the beginning of the Las Vegas Valley Book Festival with the opening keynote adress by award winning author T.C. Boyle. The event takes place at the UNLV Student Union Ball Room at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public.

So pick up a book and read!


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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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