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Monday, January 31, 2011

The Kaiser Report... Musical happenings for the week of January 31...

Here is Laraine Kaiser's weekly update of musical happenings about town. As you can see the week is full of concerts and events to entice all tastes. This week also marks the beginning of the month which means First Friday. So stay tuned for all the my blog posts regarding the monthly arts festival.

Have a great and artsy week!

Concerts 1/31-2/6

Concert Monday, January 31st, 2011 7:30pm
Doctoral Recital Donald Malpass, Flute
Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
702-895-3011 for more info

Concert Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 7:30pm
Nextet Piano Music
Doc Rando Hall UNLV
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
702-895-3011 for more info

Concert Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 7:30pm
Doctoral Recital, K.C. Chai, Bassoon
Doc Rando Hall UNLV
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
702-895-3011 for more info

Ballet Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 8:00pm
Russian Ballet Romeo and Juliet
Ham Hall UNLV
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV
Tickets run from 35-70$
Student rush tickets 1 hour prior to curtain
702-895-2787 for more info

Festival Friday, February 4th, 2011 6-10:00pm
First Friday, Las Vegas arts district down town, music,
Art, food, and more
Shuttles available
Maps at the heart of the festival:
Funk House 1228 South Casino Center
Las Vegas NV
Free and open to the public!
http://www.firstfriday-lasvegas.org/next.html

Concert Saturday February 5th, 2011 2:00pm
"Firenze Sextet" performs String Sextets by Schubert and Brahms Group lead by Rebecca Ramsey,
and includes Lindsey Springer, Moonlight Tran, Tianna Hepner Harjo Hanna Suk and Geri Thompson
Winchester Cultural Center
3130 S. McLeod
Las Vegas, NV
tickets $10, $7
702-455-7340 for more info

Concert Sunday, February 6th, 2011 4-6:00pm
Junior and Senior Bolognini Winners’ Concert
Doc Rando Hall UNLV
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
702-895-3011 for more info
Russian Ballet

Nevada Public Radio
For more information on the Cultural Arts in Las Vegas please visit Nevada Public Radio. NPR has detailed listings of many cultural and civic events hosted by area non-profits click on this link http://www.knpr.org/common/psa/listNEW.cfm and if you are planning an event in the next few months, be sure to get your free listing in Nevada Public Radio's Desert Companion magazine by submitting the information here at http://www.knpr.org/culture/eventaddnew.cfm
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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Jewish Film Festival closes with "Howl"... A docudrama about Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg...

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked... - Allen Ginsberg

It was just last night that I attended the Poets and Painters event at the Arts Factory that I read 20 lines of Allen Ginsberg's seminal work Howl. Though I would say 60% of those in attendence never heard of Ginsberg it is intereting to hear many of the young poets in attendance reciting their own prose that could have been easily mistaken for his work. The urban grittiness of Ginsberg's work is heard everyday in the urban poets of today. The contemplative words of their struggles living and breathing in an urban landscape replete with all of the trials and tribulations of contemporary life. But aside of a poets life today the Jewish Film Festival closes out its 10th Anniversary tonight in celebration of what was the life of one of the greatest Beat poets of all time.

This evening the Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival closes with the  film “Howl” beginning at 7:30 PM at the Brenden Theaters at the Palms Hotel and Casino. Starring James Franco and Mary-Louise Parker, “Howl” received critical acclaim after its recent limited release. The screening at the Brenden Theaters will be the Las Vegas Premiere of this important docudrama about the legendary poet Allen Ginsberg. 

The film “Howl” is being presented by J.U.M.P. and JewEL with all proceeds from this screening going to support Jewish Family Service Agency.

Tickets are $10.00 for the film only and $20.00 for reserved priority seating at the film and entry to a pre-screening private reception at 6:00 PM in the Brenden Suite at The Palms.

Visit www.jfsalv.org (click Jewish film festival icon on home page) for ticket information, venue addresses and the full film festival program schedule.

Tickets for “Howl” are also available through the Jewish Federation’s website:
http://jewishlasvegas.com/servertransfer.html?targetURL=/ft2/form.html?__id=21254

The Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival produced by the Desert Space Foundation and the Jewish Family Service Agency, is positioned to benefit and raise awareness of the Jewish Family Service Agency, a comprehensive, non-sectarian, social service agency that provides food, jobs, counseling, emergency aid, adoptions, indigent burials, Holocaust education outreach and Survivor support.

HOWL (USA 2010, 90 min.)
Date: Sunday, Jan. 30 @ 7:30 PM
Location: Brenden Theatres, Palms Hotel and Casino (Closing Night Party)
Presented by: J.U.M.P. and JewEL
Moderated by: Dayvid Figler and Bruce Isaacson
Tickets: $10.00 - $20.00 Call 732-0556

HOWL is simultaneously a portrait of a renegade artist breaking down barriers to find love and redemption, and an imaginative ride through a prophetic masterpiece that rocked a generation and was heard around the world. James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg—poet, counter-culture adventurer, and chronicler of the Beat Generation. In his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless and electrifying work of his career: the poem HOWL. (Adult themes) 



Nevada Public Radio
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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Robert Oleysyck @ Vanguard TONIGHT...

My goodness every time I hear the name Robert Oleysyck it conjures up memories of my heady days partying at "The Club." Yep you know it, the one and only Club Utopia. Club Utopia was and will always be the Grand Dame of Las Vegas night spots. Clubbers with Glow-sticks in hand and enough candy bracelets and necklaces to supply every kid in the United States for a year partied at Utopia. The sounds that permeated from its hollowed halls hearkened one of the greatest moments in Las Vegas night club history. There is no club in Las Vegas today that could even match what Club Utopia created when it opened in 1996.

As I am writing this very post I am listening to Roberts seminal recording "Digital Bliss" which I believe may have been produced in 1999 or early 2000. I bought the discs at small record store that was located in the Arts Factory way back in the day; I think it may have been owned by a couple of guys named Edgar and Michael *wink*. In either case Robert will be the guest DJ joining Resident DJ Chad Stolarick tonight at Vanguard Lounge.

Come and listen to Las Vegas History...

Vanguard Lounge
516 Fremont Street
In the heart of Las Vegas's Entertainment District


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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Jewish Film Festival Presents - Lepke, staring Tony Curtis... TONIGHT...

For 10 years the Jewish Film Festival has brought Las Vegas a great series of films celebrating Jewish culture from Israel and the diaspora. This evening the JFF in conjunction with the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs and the El Cortez Hotel and Casino will be presenting "Lepke" staring Tony Curtis. The film will be screened this evening at the Historic 5th Street School in Downtown. There will be an after screening party at the El Cortez.


About the Film...


LEPKE stars Tony Curtis as Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, the feared leader of Murder, Incorporated. A Brooklyn Jewish kid with sticky fingers and ambition who quickly graduates to labor racketeering and murder, he falls in love with nice Jewish girl, Bernice, whose parents insist they marry in a shul. When his partners Albert Anastasia and Lucky Luciano show up uninvited to the wedding party, it is clear to everyone that Lepke is not in the pickle business. Lepke provides a unique window into the Jewish immigrant experience in the trajectory of a man driven to achieve one version of the American dream. 


Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 7:00 PM
Historic 5th Street School
401 South 4th Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101

(After Screening Party at El Cortez Hotel & Casino)
USA, 1975 * 110 Minutes * Adult Themes

Tickets: Free Screening, Limited Seating

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, January 28, 2011

Arts Factory in Downtown is the Place to be TONIGHT!

Hey Larry Brown, Chris Giunchigliani & others running for Mayor? You want our vote? Get down to the Arts Factory and show us what you got? Well even if they don't show up, the Arts Factory is the place to be with two great events taking place to fill in a nice Friday evening.

The Arts Factory is a one stop shop where you can enjoy a movie, poetry, some nosh and a cocktail.

The Contemporary Arts Center will be hosting Neon Lit...

NeonLit in the new year! Come for the literature. Stay for the snacks. 

This month features a special guest along with another group of talented writers from UNLV's MFA program. Donald Revel, acclaimed poet and proud father, will read from some very, very, perhaps never heard before, early work, accompanied by band members from Distilled Sunshine, including Ben Revel.

Writers Laura Brightenbeck, Mary Elder, Eunai Joh, Michael Kroesche, Mary Catharine Martin and Andrew Merecicky will also take to the mike reading new and, perhaps, old pros and poetry.

Come on down to The Arts Factory. Doors open at 6. Reading starts at 7. A good time is sure to be had by all!


Take a look at the flier below to find out what tonights feature will be at the World Famous Arts Factory!


Nevada Public Radio
For more information on the Cultural Arts in Las Vegas please visit Nevada Public Radio. NPR has detailed listings of many cultural and civic events hosted by area non-profits click on this link http://www.knpr.org/common/psa/listNEW.cfm and if you are planning an event in the next few months, be sure to get your free listing in Nevada Public Radio's Desert Companion magazine by submitting the information here at http://www.knpr.org/culture/eventaddnew.cfm
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Need to find out about Downtown? Well here ya go...

If you are a visitor or part of the bridge-and-tunnel crowd here are a couple of awesome ways to find out about Downtown.

The Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency has produced a great visitors guide for Downtown that is a must for locals and visitors alike. It has a great map and a list of places around the area that you can visit and enjoy. Just click on the graphic to the right and it will re-direct you to the visitors guide which you can print out and bring next time you venture to the area.

Another awesome place to find out about what is happening in Downtown is The City LV. It has a great listing of events, venues, lounges, galleries, restaurants and news to entice anyone looking for something fun to do.

Now all of my readers know I love the cultural arts, especially the Downtown arts scene. So over the next several weeks you will start to see a few visual enhancements to the blog that will make it even more fun to follow. Stay tuned!











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The Kaiser Report... Musical happenings for the week of January 24...

Concert Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 7:30pm
Nextet, an evening of world premieres for String Quartet
Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center UNLV
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Concert Thursday, January 27th, 2011 6:30pm
Gateway arts foundation Scholarship winners concert
Family Music Center
8125 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas NV 89117
Free and open to the public
For more information call 255-0695

Concert Thursday, January 27th, 2011 7:30pm
Guest Artist Cellist Dimitri Atapine, Professor of Cello from UNR, http://www.atapine.com/
Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center UNLV
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info

Concert Thursday, January 27th, 2011 8:00pm
Count Basie Orchestra
Ham Hall UNLV
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV
tickets run from 40-85$
(702) 895-ARTS (2787) for more info
Faculty/Staff and all Students are $27.00 $40.50 $58.50

Master Class Friday, January 28th, 2011 11:40am-1:00pm
Gold Medalist in the Szeryng Competition, Violinist Lee Chin, Professor of Violin at the College of Charleston South Carolina and visiting professor at Oberlin Conservatory
will be presenting a master class to UNLV students
http://www.leechin.com/about-mybio.htm

HFA Music Building room 224
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public although seating is extremely limited, please allow UNLV
Violin students into the room and take their seat before seating yourself as it is required for their degree that they attend
(702) 895-3011 for more info

Festival Saturday, January 29th, 2011 9:00am-4:00pm
Viola Day! registration is at 8:00am classes from 9-4
Nancy Buck from University of Arizona gives a master class at 12:00
a concert at the end for all players to perform
Coronado High School
1001 Coronado Center Drive
Henderson, NV 89052
702-235-8382 for more info

Concert Saturday, January 29th, 2011 2:00pm
Music and Dance of Scotland
Clark County Library Theater
1401 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Free and Open to the Public
call 702-507-3400 for more info

Concert Sunday, January 30th, 2011 2:00pm
Alexander Viazovtsev
Clark County Library Theater
1401 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
$15 tickets, $5 for musicians!
to rsvp your discount ticket!!
(702)-507-3400

Concert Sunday, January 30th, 2011 5:30pm
Masters Recital Composition Justin Raines 5:30pm includes new string quartet
Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
(702)-895-3011 for more info


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, January 25, 2011

"Vegas Spectacular" an exhibition at the World Market Center... TONIGHT ONLY...

Vegas Spectacular: From the Stage to the Strip
An exhibition by Brian Paco Alvarez, 
Curator, Las Vegas News Bureau 

A photographic retrospective from the Las Vegas News Bureau Archives that explores the relationship between the spectacle of the stage show and the city's exaggerated architectural vernacular of the 1960's.  

This exhibition explores the relationship between the stage performances and spectacles that have defined Las Vegas as the Entertainment Capital of the World, and its unique architectural vernacular. From its earliest development as a resort destination, Las Vegas attracted visitors with famous entertainers and over-the-top stage spectacles. The resorts competed with each other by bringing in the biggest names in entertainment and would go as far as importing famous shows from Paris, France to perform in their showrooms.

Over time this one-upmanship spilled off the stage and onto the famous Las Vegas Strip. The hotels began developing signage to advertise their stage performances. The relatively modest roadside signs of the 1950s evolved into monumental signs that grew by hundreds of feet. By the time the 1960s came about the resorts were out doing one another with enormous marquees emblazoned with flashing neon and chasing lights. Eventually the resorts themselves became the spectacle and the Strip became its stage. 

The exhibition will be open to the public TONIGHT ONLY (Tuesday, January 25) during the preview screening of the film Bob and Denise, a documentary about architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott-Brown authors of the seminal book on Las Vegas - Learning from Las Vegas. In addition there will be a preview of the short documentary Saving Lieb House and an exhibition of drawings by Robert VenturiJim Venturi, son of Bob and Denise will be present during the screening.

The event will take place this evening at the World Market Center at 6:30 p.m., as part of the Las Vegas Market Design Series. The event is free and open to the public. Building C, Room 301

World Market Center
495 South Grand Central Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
http://www.lasvegasmarket.com/index.html

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Internationally renowned artist Dennis Oppenheim has passed...

It has been confirmed to me by the Public Relations and External Affairs department from the Studio of Dennis Oppenheim that Mr. Oppenheim has died. Mr. Oppenheim was currently completing work on two large Paintbrushes that are located in "18b" Las Vegas's Arts District in Downtown. Though the fate of the Paintbrushes is not known the best thing we can do at this time is offer our condolences and our prayers to the Oppenheim Family and of course to the arts community around the world.

Information on services are to follow.

http://www.dennis-oppenheim.com/

Paintbrushes by Dennis Oppenheim
Las Vegas Arts District 2010

Dennis Oppenheim 1938- 2011
May he rest in Peace

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Huntridge Circle Park Canvas... Today...

Photo by Des Duncan
Well the community is coming together to discuss the long closure of Huntridge Circle Park. A contentious decision that was made by city leaders to avoid problems that arose after a homeless man was killed at the park several years ago. The "canvass" will take place today at the Arts Factory in 18b (arts district). The details are below.

Huntridge Circle Park Canvas...

Saturday 22 January 2011
10 am – 1pm

Refreshments will be served
The Arts Factory Bar + Bistro Garden

107 E Charleston Blvd 89104

Co-Chairs: Nevada State Senator David Parks, County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, Bob Bellis, Wes Myles, Debra Heiser, Kelly McFarlane-Smith, Brian “Paco” Alvarez, “Princess” Anne Mulford, Jack Levine, The Nevada Youth Coalition, Stonewall Democrats of Southern Nevada and Organizing for America.

Special Guest Speaker: Nevada State Senator Ruben Kihuen

Circle Park has been closed for over two years depriving the surrounding neighborhood of a restful place to enjoy the best of what Downtown Las Vegas has to offer. This canvass will bring together local activists, homeowners, apartment dwellers and business owners to get a clear idea of how the people most affected by the park closure would like to proceed in regards to reopening Circle Park. Options include having the park be a place for families as a children’s park or providing a place for “man’s best friend” and his humans to enjoy a day in the sun.

Derek Washington
702 576 4978
Chairman Stonewall Democratic Club of Southern Nevada
www.sdcsn.blogspot.com


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Friday, January 21, 2011

Camp 107 @ the Arts Factory and Black Bird Studios Celebrate 3rd Fridays... TONIGHT!

And they say there is nothing cultural do in Vegas? As the evolution of Downtown continues First Friday is not the only art event that happens. There is Preview Thursdays that takes place the evening before First Friday and for the past year there in Third Fridays. Third Friday is yet another day that you can come down and enjoy Art and Culture Vegas style and now that the Arts Factory has a Bar + Bistro you can get some nosh and a cocktail! Ahhh La Dolce Vita...


“If they scatter, go for the baby and the mother.” 

CAMP 107 {Cocktails, Cuisine & Classic Cinema Experience}

Cult hero Paul Bartel directed this low-budget satire in which America’s passion for cars, violence, and sporting events are finally brought together. In Death Race 2000,a champion of a brutal cross-country car race of the future where pedestrians are run down for points has a change of heart while being hounded by rivals and a conspiracy seeking to stop the race.

A nosh or drink more your speed? Enjoy dinner and a cocktail before the movie at 8pm. And unlike Death Race, you won’t get points for running over pedestrians on your way home.

Saturday, January 22nd join us from 7-10pm for Painters and Poets Jam, hosted by Alex P. Huerta and Born and Raised Productions. Enjoy the backdrop of live music from INTERZONE to the swaying rythmic words of the poets. The live mike is not only for established poets, but for anyone who wants to explore the fusion of poetry, spoken word, and music. Whether you choose to show off your inner talent or remain a spectator, 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)
www.barbistroaf.com


Drink & Draw @ Black Bird Studios

Blackbird Studios is happy to announce that we are starting up "Drink & Draw" every Third Friday! All artists of any medium are welcome to bring your art supplies and come paint with us! BYOB! Music and cupcakes! See you there!

Also! For everyone who didn't make it to First Friday, you don't have to miss out. Come check out our currant show Escape to Sanity by the Three Bad Sheep.

Special thanks to Blackbird Studios sponsors!

*Home Depot *Albertsons *Food for Less*Fresh & Easy

Blackbird Studios
1551 South Commerce Street
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Blackbird Link


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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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Getting Close to the Event Horizon... An exhibition by Andreana Donahue...

January 19-March 19th
Opening reception with the artist: January 21 5:50-7:30PM

Andreana Donahue's work explores ideas of the impermanence of place through sculptural hand-cut paper installations that relate to various forms found in non-desert landscapes in her exhibition “getting close to the event horizon.”

An event horizon is the surface of a black hole. At a certain point, there is no way to control the force of its gravitational pull, beyond which there is no return. Artist Andreana Donahue has been researching black holes and is interested in the impermanence of place, the unpredictability of nature, and our human experience.

The artist explores these ideas through a sculptural hand-cut paper installation that references forms not naturally found in the desert: lush grass, surging waves, and arctic glaciers. Her intricate line work calls to mind topographical maps; these "maps" hint at previous events and connect distant landscapes with the experience of here and now. The fragile nature of her materials and the abstractions in the gallery suggest our transient, cyber-society’s distanced relationship with nature and a disconnect with any real sense of place, yet the physicality of Donahue’s cut paper forms creates a space of contemplation and reconnection for the viewer. The process of making the work balances intuition with controlled cutting and shaping in response to the unpredictability and imperfections of nature and our human experience.

The work responds to the surrounding environments of both Las Vegas and the Winchester Gallery space. Las Vegas has a history of reinventing itself, its sense of place ever-shifting as it borrows from other cultures’ architecture, landmarks, and natural landscapes to create a new reality. Featuring a dynamic wave piece spanning half the length of the gallery’s curved wall that calls to mind the spectacle of the Bellagio’s fountains or the quiet drama of a Turner seascape, Donahue’s works are drawings undefined by the picture plane, and investigate actual, imagined, and the illusion of space.

Andreana Donahue is an artist/curator currently living and working in Las Vegas. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and studied at Temple University in Rome, Italy. Donahue owned and curated main gallery, an exhibition space that featured contemporary, emerging and mid-career artists in downtown Las Vegas from 2007-2009 and has recently returned to her studio practice. Her work has been exhibited in Chicago, Rome, and Las Vegas, including last year’s “Inscribed Messages” exhibition at the Clark County Govt. Center.

The Winchester Cultural Center Gallery
3130 S. McLeod Drive, just north of Desert Inn
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The center and gallery are closed on Sunday and Monday.


Nevada Public Radio
For more information on the Cultural Arts in Las Vegas please visit Nevada Public Radio. NPR has detailed listings of many cultural and civic events hosted by area non-profits click on this link http://www.knpr.org/common/psa/listNEW.cfm and if you are planning an event in the next few months, be sure to get your free listing in Nevada Public Radio's Desert Companion magazine by submitting the information here at http://www.knpr.org/culture/eventaddnew.cfm
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Bennett Peji @ Brett Wesley Gallery...

Just in time for the new year, Bennett Peji will help you re-energize your business and your community. On January 21, he’ll share case studies that are entrepreneurial and culturally insightful, based on his 7 key insights to solving complex branding challenges, whether for a business or a community. Bennett’s presentation will cover the Key Elements of Strategic Brand Positioning including Mission, Vision, Competitive Advantage, Value Drivers, and Implementation Examples. He’ll also speak on civic branding: helping cities and districts be – or become – relevant and competitive in the face of rapid change. For example, he identifies an area’s “DNA” to make its identity central to the design of new or redevelopment projects, and to cultivate the building blocks for positive growth.

eurie creative is proud to host this special event with IABC Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Advertising Federation, with gracious support from our event partner, Neenah Paper and location partner, Brett Wesley Gallery.

About Bennett Peji l Bennett was a featured speaker from the USA at the 2010 ICOGRADA World Design Congress in Madrid, Spain and has spoken at over 40 conferences worldwide.

Bennett has served as local chapter President and on the national board of the AIGA, the world’s largest communications design association, with headquarters in New York and chapters in 67 cities. He was one of the co-founders of the AIGA Center for Cross-Cultural Design and is San Diego’s first AIGA Fellow honoree.

Bennett is inspired by multi-faceted businesses, communities, and cities. He serves as a Commissioner of Arts and Culture for the City of San Diego and was 2009 Chairman of the Asian Business Association of San Diego, whose member network spans from India to the Philippines, Korea to Malaysia, and China to Laos. He serves on City of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sander’s Civic Leadership Team and the Boards and Commissions Advisory Group, and is a director of the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce.

Join us at the Brett Wesley Gallery as we serve up drinks, food and great conversation. There’ll also be great giveaways from our event sponsor Neenah Paper.

DATE Friday, January 21, 2011 l TIME 6 pm - 9 pm
PLACE Brett Wesley Gallery 1112 South Casino Center Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89104

RSVP RSVPs accepted until day of event
$10.00 IABC Members / AAF Members/Students l $15.00 Non-Members

event link: http://iabcadfedhostbennettpeji.eventbrite.com/


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Monday, January 17, 2011

The Kaiser Report... Musical happenings for the week of January 17...

Tango @ Ham Hall
Here is the weekly line-up of musical happenings from Laraine Kaizer-Viazovtsev. Goodness knows with Tango and Klezmer in the same week how can some of us keep our sanity! The Meshugginah Klezmorim at the Winchester Community Center will rock your socks off. I had the pleasure of seeing them last year and boy it was one of the funnest concerts I had been too in a long time. Heck, even the audience got up and started dancing!

The Cultural Arts are alive and well in this Radiant City we call home. So get out of the house and go listen to some music!

Concert Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 7:30pm
Artist in Residence: Pianist Dimitri Rachmaninov solo recital
Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center UNLV
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
702-895-3011 for more info

Concert Thursday, January 20th, 2011 7:30pm
Pianist Masha Pisarenko, Doctoral recital
Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center UNLV
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
702-895-3011 for more info

Concert Friday, January 21st, 2011 7:30pm
Artist in Residence: Clarinetist Julia Heinen solo recital
Doc Rando Hall UNLV
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
702-895-3011 for more info

Festival Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 12:00-6:00pm
Woodwind Day
Doc Rando Hall UNLV
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
702-895-3011 for more info

Recital Saturday, January 22, 2011 3:00pm
Jeffrey Brewer Drum Recital
Clark County Library
Main Theater
1401 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Drumming Extravaganza recital, presented by the students of music instructor Jeffrey Brewer. Free admission & open to the public. For more information, please call 308-6087.
Free and Open to the Public
Call 702-308-6087

Concert Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 7:30pm
Alexander Viazovtsev, Kim DeLibero-Glennie, Janis McKay, Bill Bernatis, and Jae Ahn
Green Valley Presbyterian
1798 Wigwam Parkway
Henderson NV
Free and Open to the public, a voluntary donation will be received
Call 702-454-8484 for more info

Concert Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 8:00pm
The Fire and Passion of Tango (Tango Buenos Aires’ tango show)
Ham Hall UNLV
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV
tickets run from 40-85$
702-895-2787 for more info

Concert Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 2:00pm
Klezmer Music with the “Meshugginah Klezmorim”
Including Lee Schreiber, violin and Daniel Philippus, clarinet
Winchester Center
3130 S. McLeod Dr.
Las Vegas Nevada
call 702-455-7340 for more info

Concert Sunday January 23rd, 2011 7:30pm
Jessica Morel, Masters Conducting recital
Includes Mozart, Cosi Fan Tutti Overture, Wagner, Siegfried Idyll
and Dvorak, Cello Concerto
Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center UNLV
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
702-895-3011 for more info
Meshugginah Klezmorim @
Winchester Cultural Center
Nevada Public Radio
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Remembering & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King...

Today is a special day where we set aside our differences and celebrate the wonderful salad bowl that is our great nation. In honoring and remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we look back at the civil rights struggles that gripped our nation years ago and whose reverberations are felt to this day. Though the civil rights struggles are not as pronounced today as they were back in the 1960's we are still growing as a nation when it comes to tolerance of those that are different. Let us not forget what Dr. King once said, Free at Last, Free at Last, Thank G-d Almighty we are Free at Last...

Las Vegas like communities around the nation are celebrating this special day with parades and celebrations. The Martin Luther King Day Parade will begin at 10am along 4th Street in Downtown. Arrive early so you can get the best seats in the house. There is plenty of parking around Downtown and after the parade make sure to patron many of the businesses that are open and ready to welcome the masses.

Parade Grand Marshal 
Living the Dream
The ROTC with the Stars & Stripes
Mayor Oscar B. Goodman & wife Carolyn
MGM Resorts Celebrating Diversity

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Painters and Poets Jam at the Arts Factory...

The Arts Factory in 18b (Arts District) will be rocking as always this Saturday with their signature Painters and Poets on the Patio Jam. So come down to the Arts District to see what all the fuss is about. Besides its Downtown where the real Las Vegas begins!

For more information...

Painters & Poets Jam,
Saturdays at Bar+Bistro


Join us this Saturday, January 15th and every Saturday night, 7-10pm, for painters, poets, and live jazz. Enjoy the backdrop of live music from INTERZONE to the swaying rythmic words of the poets. The live mike is not only for established poets, but for anyone who wants to explore the fusion of poetry, spoken word, and music. Whether you choose to show off your inner Shakespeare or remain a spectator, you won’t find this anywhere else but at Bar+Bistro.

107 E. Charleston Blvd. #155, Las Vegas, NV 89104
(on the NW corner of Charleston and Art Way (Casino Center) 
702.202.6060
www.barbistroaf.com




Nevada Public Radio
For more information on the Cultural Arts in Las Vegas please visit Nevada Public Radio. NPR has detailed listings of many cultural and civic events hosted by area non-profits click on this link http://www.knpr.org/common/psa/listNEW.cfm and if you are planning an event in the next few months, be sure to get your free listing in Nevada Public Radio's Desert Companion magazine by submitting the information here at http://www.knpr.org/culture/eventaddnew.cfm
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Downtown Bodega (Grocery) Opens!!!

Finally after almost 6 wonderful years living Downtown I can literally walk across the street and pick up eggs, peperoncinis, mixed nuts and a coke without even getting in my car. Even better, I can get a can of shaving cream without having to ask an attendant to open up a case!

After months of anticipation Resnicks Grocery Store, located on the first floor of Soho Lofts has finally opened. It is without a doubt the very thing that we were missing Downtown; an independent grocery store that does not require me to drive miles just to get a few things.

The place is very reminiscent of the bodegas in big cities. There are plenty of great and healthy products to choose from, convenience and honestly you can't get any more green then walking to the place. Come to think of it Soho Lofts is where I can shop and get my hair cut (Globe Salon) all within a few feet of my front door!

Resnicks is the perfect addition to a growing and even more exciting Downtown.

Resnicks Grocery
900 Las Vegas Boulevard South Suite 120
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
702-982-2999
Open 7 days a week from 7:30am - 8:00pm

BAAA Getting in the Groove @ Resnicks!


Soho Lofts @ Hoover and Las Vegas Boulevard

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Decade... An exhibition Curated by Erin Stellmon...TONIGHT!

The reception for "Decade" will be held tonight at the Historic 5th Street School. So if you are about-town make sure to make it Downtown for this new and exciting exhibition. The event begins at 5:30pm and is FREE and open to the public...

5th Street School
401 South 4th Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89110
702-229-1012


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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