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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

March Madness First Friday! Its gonna be burning hot!

Just when you thought it could not get any hotter in Las Vegas the new First Friday crew have teamed up with the Burning Man crew to do the unthinkable. Yep its true... They're gonna be burning something; something big and beautiful. She is tall, she is glamorous and she will give any Las Vegas Showgirl a run for her feathers. She is none other than Lucky Lady Lucy.

The 20ft effigy of Las Vegas' ultimate icon the Showgirl, will be set ablaze in what is being billed as Las Vegas first public burning! Though I am still trying to verify that stat. In either case this coming First Friday is expected to be one amazing party as every crazy, wild and over the top character is expected to descend upon Downtown to make this First Friday go down in history. Heck I am even pulling out some of my wild and outlandish outfits to join the misfits in a tribute to art, culture and everything else that is making Downtown the place to party and live.

So you have absolutely no excuse not come Downtown and enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and everything else that makes Las Vegas so livable! See you at First Friday...

Here is Ryan Reason's Culture Weekend report of happenings around the neighborhood...

The Reason Report - First Friday Happenings and Beyond...

The Arts Factory has been bringing art and music festivals to the residents of Las Vegas since 1998. Open every day of the week, from the time we roll out of bed, until the time everyone has gone home.

Some parties are just bigger than others.

Here is just a small sample of the great things you can see this Preview Thursday, First Friday, Talky Trees Saturday and Bluegrass Sunday here at the Arts Factory and around the 18b Neighborhood:

At The Arts Factory

The Backyard Stage Presents:
Shamrock-a-Rama Pre-St Patrick's Day Party
The Publin Draught Irish Celtic Rock Band will be performing from 6pm to 8pm and the Backyard Bars will feature $3 Green Beer - $4 Jameson Shots - $5 Irish Iced Teas\

Christian Gabriel Art Gallery
Studio #125
"Luck of the Irish"
Christian Gabriel with guest animae artist Mark Stephens & Pin up artist Jimmy Catanzaro. Come and dance the night away to Irish music. Be sure to get here early and get green beaded necklaces while they last!
Friday, March, 2nd - 5pm-11pm

Jenny Valdez Inc. Gallery
Suite 160
Various Artists
March’s Cultural Weekend at Jenny Valdez Inc. will feature cupcakes, owls, and art for the home. Pottery artist Barbara Gomez, as well as painters Theresa Lucero, Nicholas Walsh, Lynne Adamson, Jaye, Jana Lynch, and Jenny Valdez will each be showcasing new works.
Preview Thursday March 1 6:00pm - 8:00pm
March First Friday - March 30

Sin City Gallery
Suite 100
Award-winning New Zealand artist JK Russ will be exhibiting a series of collage works incorporating landscapes, flora and fauna from the desert, spray-painted sunsets, and the titillating femmes from Las Vegas Strip culture. On Thursday, March 1, there will be an “Artist Talk Preview” from 6-9 p.m. with the talk at 7 p.m.
Preview Thursday, March 1, 7pm - 9pm,
Friday, March 1-25, 7pm - 11pm

Trifecta Gallery
Suite #135
Mary Warner : Heavy Petals
Full time in the studio again after retiring from her painting professor position at UNLV over many years.
The paintings and drawings are full force. Warner has always pushed the boundaries of flower painting to a place that respects the content while using drawing and painting techniques in alternative ways. The contrast between tradition and contemporary is beautifully balanced. Large and small drawings and paintings available.
Preview Thursday March 1 6:00pm - 8:00pm
March First Friday - March 30 Open 7 days a week.

Joseph Watson Collection
Suite #115
The Joseph Watson Collection Presents Sabali. A solo exhibition from artist East 3.
Preview Thursday March 1, 6:00pm -9:00pm
First Friday, March 2, 6:00 - 11:00pm

Jaikowski Studios
Suite #115 Backroom
Where Las Vegas Entertainment comes alive...
From oil and Acrylics to Pen and Inks...
Several new framed works varying in size.
Preview Thursday Jan 5 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday, Jan 6 7:00pm -11:00pm
For an appointment or more info: 702-204-9335

Happy Panda Toys
Suite 105A
A designer toy shop focusing on art toys, apparel and lifestyle products. All our products are limited edition, collectible pieces of art that feature a fusion of graffiti art, graphic design, and pop surrealism.
Open Daily:
Tuesday - Thursday 11AM - 6PM,
Friday 11AM - 7PM and Saturday 1PM - 9PM
(702) 516 3432

Suite 105b
HellPop! presents Jska Priebe
Predominantly self-taught, her style arose from beloved films and animation, with a growing focus on macabre and enchanted themes mixed with an appreciation for the great masters and illustrators.
The underlying thread that ties her personal artwork together is the appreciation of the weird and the search for beauty in uncommon circumstances. Each frame is a unique focus on a moment of fascination and inspiration, whether it be a portrait, illustration, or abstraction.
March 1-March 31, 2012
Contact Info: Maria@Hellpop.net
(702) 518-0767

Contemporary Arts Center
Suite #120
The Annual Juried Show is the Contemporary Arts Center's (CAC) annual opportunity to expose artists working in contemporary visual arts to a wide audience. This exhibition is a prominent showcase in the Southern Nevada region and highlights the exceptional work of national and international artists in all media. Juror Mat Gleason is a Los Angeles art critic, curator, commentator and writer for The Huffington Post, and founder/publisher of Coagula Art Journal.
Show Opens Friday, March 23rd with awards ceremony and commentary given by Juror, Mat Gleason 6:00pm-9:00pm

Hillary Salon
Suite 250
Incomparable service. Undeniable results.
Expert hair design by appointment
Follow @hillarysalon
(702) 525 1053

Around the Neighborhood

Brett Wesley Gallery
1112 S. Casino Center Blvd.
Experience Las Vegas from a whole new perspective as local artist Sam Morris showcases aerial photographs in Forms from Above. Morris has taken ordinary, mundane places seen everyday and turned them into interesting graphic spaces from a perspective few get a chance to encounter.
Opening artist reception Thursday, March 1st from 5 - 8 p.m. and First Friday, March 2nd from 5 - 9 p.m.
This event is free to the public. The exhibition will run March 1 - 31, 2012.
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 6:00 p.m. Also open by appointment.

Retro Vegas
New Location: 1131 S Main Street
Glazed Porcelain Originals
Barbara Lee Johnson (1928 - 2012) worked in mixed media, oils and acrylic on canvas, metal sculpture and, in her final years, glazed porcelain to create one-of-a-kind wearable art. Her hand-made jewelry is evocative yet understated.
Opens Preview Thursday, March 1, at 6:00 pm - continues until March 31.
Mon - Sat 11 - 6 with late hours on First Friday

Skin City Body Painting Studio & Boutique
1209 S. Main Street
Hosting a Live Body Paint Demo by world-famous visiting artist Allison Weston of Chicago! As a special treat for visitors, one of the best bodypainters in the country is coming to town to do a live bodypaint demo at Skin City Studio from 6pm-11pm. Her model will be the gorgeous Vegas dancer Estelle. DJ Brandon will be providing music, and there will be artwork by local artists on exhibit in the back galleries. Skin City is open First Friday March 2, 5pm - midnight
Contact: Robin
(702) 885-3777

Art @ The Funk House
located in The Funk House antique store
1228 S. Casino Center Blvd.
Thursday March 1, 2011 5-9pm Exhibit will run through April 26, 2011

Preview Thursday Art @ The Funk House
We are pleased to announce that on our first opportunity to be open for preview Thursday, Art @ The Funk House will have a new exhibit "Curve of the Spine". This will be a group exhibit featuring altered books by:
Gina Quaranto, Montana Black, Amber Gardner, Carrie Bourdeau and Amy Gonzalez

Cindy Funkhouser email: 
phone: 702.678.6278 (noon-4pm)

Saturday March 3rd at the Arts Factory

Talky Trees
5pm - 11.30pm
What exactly is Talky Trees? It's a 7-hour Arts festival centered around two ideas:
1) Self-expression of the audience such that they and the performers are one and the same! YOU have the gift of art, and we encourage you to realize it.
2) Collaboration between mediums: painters coloring a piece to a poet who then gives his words to the music of others.
In keeping with this, we offer an open mic for all mediums, a community canvas, a community poem, space to display one's work, bodypainting, belly dancing, and whatever else you decide to bring. This an Arts & Entertainment festival FOR the community BY the community. That's why we call it homegrown!

This month's community canvas by KENDALL FRANKLIN, MATTHEW MURPHY, & YOU with live jams from the Anal Beads (and YOU, if you fancy)

poetry by SETH WALKER
music by STOLAS & JACKIE

$2 Raffle at the end of the night for the Community Canvas and 3 copies of Stolas' Losing Wings EP! Kendall Franklin will also be selling prints and t-shirts!
More info? http://www.facebook.com/talkytrees

Sunday March 4th at the Arts Factory

Bluegrass Brunch
12pm - 4pm
Now Every Sunday, Bar+Bistro's Hangover Brunch (named “The Best Brunches in Vegas” Las by Vegas Weekly) becomes Bluegrass Brunch when 'Out of the Desert' stops by to play. A little banjo with your B+B Pancakes is a perfect start to a lovely day.

Las Vegas Scooter Rally
3pm - 9pm
As one of the final events for the High Rollers Weekend, Bar+Bistro will be playing host to hundreds of scooters from all over America and the UK. Scooter gymkhana, awards, raffle, and Build Off scooter awards. And the final event will be, everyone's favorite, the big raffle with tons of scooter swag / parts and top prize being a Kymco scooter. Pig Roast and Paella will fill your belly while drink specials and music performances will help put a smile on your face.

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 linkhttp://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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