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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Build a Greener Block Rocks the Arts District!

Build a Greener Block transforms a
section of Main Street in the heart of the Arts District

This weekend an amazing group of caring and dedicated individuals will descend into the 18b Arts District to build the ultimate pop-up business district. From shops and cafe's to galleries and entertainment, Main Street from Charleston to Coolidge will be transformed into a livable and walkable neighborhood. The energy and passion of these amazing individuals can inspire anyone to get involved and make a change in their community.

Come and join us for a fun filled weekend!

Build a Greener Block will take place this weekend April 27 and 28th.
18b Las Vegas' Arts District 
Main Street between Charleston and Coolidge
Saturday 10am to Midnight
Sunday 10am to 5pm
FREE

For more information check out the site - http://www.greenerblocks.com/




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Monday, April 23, 2012

The Kaiser Report... Musical happenings for the week of April 23...

The week would could not begin without Laraine Kaiser's weekly report of musical happenings about town. Have a great and culturally filled week everyone!

Tuesday April 24th, 7:30pm
UNLV Symphony Orchestra performs Grieg's
Piano Concerto, Tomasi's Trumpet Concerto and
Nielsen's Flute Concerto with competition winners:
Masha Pisarenko, Dumitru Cernei, and Chrissy McHugh
UNLV Ham Hall
4505 S. Maryland Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
$10, $8senior/military, Students and UNLV Faculty/Staff one free ticket with IDmore info 702-895-2787

Tuesday April 24th, 7:30pm
Voice (Doctoral) Recital, Barron Coleman, tenor
UNLV Beam Music Center
Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Wednesday April 25th, 5:30pm
Flute (Doctoral) Recital -Camella Cao
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Friday April 27th, 7:00pm
Guest Artist Chamber Music Recital (see attached pdf flier)
DeAnn Letourneau, violin Andrew Smith, cello
Sandra Rivers, piano and Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola
Nevada School of the Arts, Auditorium
401 S. Fourth St.
Las Vegas NV 89101
$25, adults, $10 students with ID
$50 VIP "meet the artists" champagne reception by celebrity chef Gustav Mauler
702-384-2787

Saturday April 28th, 3:30pm
Voice (Doctoral) Recital, Pei Ning Ku, Soprano
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Sunday April 29th, 3:30pm
Voice (Masters) Recital, Pier Porter (or Lamia), Soprano
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Sunday April 29th, 5:30pm
Voice (Doctoral Recital) Recital, Jonathan Baltera, baritone and Martha Banks, soprano
Unlv Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Sunday April 29th 7:30pm
Piano (Masters) Recital, Shane Jensen
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332



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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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Blinking Man Returns! The Blinking Bike Posse... TONIGHT!!!


Its amazing what 20 years of progress can do in a city like Las Vegas. I say 20 years because it was that long ago that cycling was my only mode of transportation. I loved riding my mountain bike all over the place. Not to mention the fact I was in spectacular shape! As time has passed bicycles are now seen more throughout the city, and not just in Red Rock Canyon. Cycling is a great way to get in shape and an excellent way to reduce our carbon footprint!

As cycling is being embraced, especially in a community where "Car-is-King", there are great events cropping up in support of this mode of transportation. On April 21st the "Blinking Man" returns to Downtown Las Vegas. This amazing Bike/ Bar Crawl will meander throughout Downtown to several of the neighborhoods most memorable watering holes. Obviously this is a 21 and over event but nonetheless a fun ride.

So if you want to hang out with an amazing crop of eccentric cyclists who deck-out their bikes in lights and all different kinds of accoutrements this is the party for you!

Ill be there and I expect you to be there too! Be safe and drink responsibly.

Blinking Man 
April 21st @ 7pm
Event begins at the Huntridge Tavern
1116 East Charleston Boulevard
For more information check out the Blinking Man Facebook event page -
http://www.facebook.com/events/213435875421942/

Don't have a bike? Rent one at the Bike Center located inside the Bonneville Transportation Center in Downtown Las Vegas - http://www.rtcsnv.com/cycling/bikecenter/index.cfm



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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UNLV gets ready to celebrate culture and community! TODAY

Yes I will admit that I love UNLV, I have too because she is my beloved Alma Mater. And as a graduate from the Department of Anthropology one can only get excited when the university decides to throw a festival to celebrate our community's cultural diversity, art, food and everything else that make Las Vegas Fabulous!

The Festival of Communities begins this morning at at UNLV. The event begins at 11am and is FREE!!!

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
UNLV
4505 South Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154
702-895-3011
http://festivals.unlv.edu/


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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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pride in the Saddle Starts in Nevada: The Story of Gay Rodeo at the Clark County Library

Whether its the boom and bust cycle of mining, mobsters or any other mayhem, you have to admit Nevada is home to a lot of amazing and unique history. In addition to this history our state also has a very rich cowboy history. Just attend the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko to see that history at its best. But what is not widely known a lot about is Nevada's gay rodeo history. 

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library has teamed up with the Nevada Gay Rodeo Association to present the talk Pride in the Saddle Starts in Nevada: The Story of Gay Rodeo, part of the libraries acclaimed Out West series. 

Here is some further information about the event - 

Join Las Vegas rodeo producer, past NGRA president and current IGRA Archives committee chair Brian Rogers on a journey down the trail of gay rodeo in Nevada and beyond. His talk will be accompanied by an exhibition of original rodeo posters, programs and rule books from early Nevada Gay Rodeo. Rogers is joined by www.GayRodeoHistory.org website founder Frank Harrell who will demonstrate the depth and breadth of historical information, images and artifacts available online. A slide show of vintage gay rodeo photographs by champion bull rider Blake Little will also be shown.

“As the proud home of National Finals Rodeo, many Las Vegas rodeo fans may be surprised to learn that gay rodeo has been in existence for over thirty-five years, and got its start in Reno,” said Gregory Hinton, producer of the Out West series. “The International Gay Rodeo Association currently claims 28 member associations in the United States and Canada, with 5,000 members and fifty thousand annual attendees. Thank you, Nevada!”

The Out West at the Library series is generously sponsored by Las Vegas–Clark County Library District, HBO, the David Bohnett Foundation, Gill Foundation, Las Vegas–Clark County Library District Foundation, and the Gay & Lesbian Rodeo Heritage Foundation (www.glrhf.org).

The Jewel Box Theater
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Road
Saturday, May 19th from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
The event is free and open to the public
http://www.lvccld.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 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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Monday, April 16, 2012

The Kaiser Report... Musical happenings for the week of April 16...

Here is the cultural highlight of the week thanks to Enculturate Las Vegas' friend Laraine Kaiser! 

Have a great week everyone and make sure to get enculturated!

Monday April 16th, 7:30pm
Contemporary Classical Music by Nextet Alumni
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Tuesday April 17th, 5:30pm
Wind Quintet recital by UNLV students
Unlv Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Wednesday April 18th, 7:30pm
UNLV Chamber Orchestra Concert, Rachel Waddell conducting
Copland's 'Appalachian Spring' and Grieg's 'Holberg Suite'
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Saturday April 21st, 1:30pm
Trombone recital- UNLV Masters student Sara Geiger
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Saturday April 21st, 4:30pm
Tuba recital-UNLV artist in residence Alexander Lapins
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Saturday April 21st, 7:30pm
Saxophone recital-UNLV artist in residence Rhonda Taylor
Unlv Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Saturday April 21st 7:30pm
Piano recital by International Steinway Artist James D'Leon
Green Valley Presbyterian Church
1798 Wigwam Parkway
Henderson, NV 89074
Free and Open to the Public a free will donation will be received
more info 702-454-8484

Sunday April 22nd, 12:30pm
Mezzo-Soprano, UNLV Masters student-Belinda Jackley
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Upcoming Concerts...

Friday April 27th, 7:00pm
Chamber Music Recital (see attached pdf flier)
DeAnn Letourneau, violin Andrew Smith, cello
Sandra Rivers, piano and Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola
Nevada School of the Arts, Auditorium
401 S. Fourth St.
Las Vegas NV 89101
$25, adults, $10 students with ID
$50 VIP with fancy reception by celebrity chef Gustav Maulermore info 702-384-2787


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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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Vegas StrEATS is Back! TONIGHT!

You know its going to be a fun night when Vegas StrEats returns into the cities belly to fill those bellies! The monthly festival, with its usual fine food truck fare, art and music to entice the masses is always a fun time. Though the weather is not perfect today things are expected to clear up this afternoon so I highly doubt there  will be rain to the keep people away. After a few fun hours out at the festival you can always go and hang out on Fremont East and enjoy more libations and maybe even a game of Pacman or Tetris at Insert Coins!

Vegas StrEats is located at the Jackie Gaughan Plaza located right next to the El Cortez Hotel and Casino.

For more information - http://vegasstreats.com/

Have a safe and sane weekend!


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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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Blackbird Studios and local photographer Mike Korn join forces to help local animal charities...

Photographer Mike Korn
With so many pets abandoned by their owners due to the economic downturn it is no surprise that people are coming together to assist our furry friends find new and caring homes. Local photographer and friend Mike Korn has taken the cause full force and has teamed up with the crew at Blackbird Studios for this amazing cause. I invited Mike to guest blog about his latest project. 

Further Our Furry Friends
By Mike Korn

Over the past few years as I began to immerse myself in the local arts scene, I became particularly attracted to the group exhibitions hosted by Blackbird Studios. In addition to its warm family-like atmosphere and terrific shows, Blackbird seemed to be one of the only galleries always looking to help the otherwise less fortunate by way of art. One such event was Japan'd Aid, held in April 2011 to raise money for earthquake/tsunami victims. So, with my never-ending desire to improve animal welfare coupled with my passion for the arts and everything local, I approached Blackbird's Owner and Art Director Gina Quaranto with an idea – a group art show benefiting local rescues. And to those who know her, Gina is also one to help the animals. So without hesitation, she was immediately on board, as was friend, fellow animal lover and artist Charles Christians.

Together the three of us brainstormed the details, first selecting the organizations we wanted to support. Foreclosed Upon Pets, Inc. (whose name says it all) was immediately chosen because as we all know; foreclosure is an issue specifically affecting our area. And because of the great work done by the folks at The Animal Foundation, we wanted to invite them as well. Choosing the organizations from so many was by far the most difficult part; but we knew it needed to be done, and quickly - there was a lot of work ahead of us.

Over the past few months, Charles, Gina, and I have been spending much of our time recruiting local artists, sponsors, vendors and entertainment in hopes of making the event as successful as possible. And I gotta add that although the development process has been somewhat overwhelming, it’s really been a great ride so far – I’ve met so many people – artists, businesses owners, and such whom either I’ve approached or who have contacted me asking to participate. The response has been outstanding. We’ve even received support from some names of local notoriety.

So, with everything coming together better than expected, I’m happy to announce that on Saturday May 19th, 2012 Blackbird Studios will be hosting “Further Our Furry Friends” – a group art show and benefit supporting Foreclosed Upon Pets, Inc. and The Animal Foundation. The event is scheduled to begin at 6PM and admission is free – complete with a ton of art, awesome raffle prizes, live music and special guests. This is a terrific opportunity to support local animal rescues, local art, and local businesses all at one. We're hoping for a great turnout, and with the events initial feedback and depending on its success, there’s talk of “Further Our Furry Friends” possibly going annual. So please, come out for what promises to be a wonderful night!

For more information about Blackbird Studios
http://blackbirdstudioslv.com/

For more information about Photographer Mike Korn
http://www.mike-korn.com/

For more information about the event
http://www.facebook.com/groups/158381280945847/


Everyone is an artist!

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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Monday, April 09, 2012

The Kaiser Report... Musical happenings for the week of April 9...

After an amazing First Friday that saw lots crowds, the fun and excitement of the cultural arts in Southern Nevada are not letting up. Its really amazing to see the huge potential the arts has in a community not necessarily known for it. But things are changing as more and more people are taking notice, especially visitors that come to our Radiant City for vacation and fun. Las Vegas is more than ready to be a Cultural Tourism destination and the arts are ready for the challenge!

Thanks to talented and creative people like Laraine Kaiser, who keep us abreast of musical happenings, the city is morphing into a place that in the next few years few will recognize. Creative people are jelling together for a common good to create a more livable and sustainable community. Are you ready for the change? I know I am...

Have a great and culturally filled week everyone!

Monday April 9th, 6:00pm
Violin recital, Liam Mansfield program includes Saint Saens Concerto no. 3 op. 61,
Beethoven Violin "Spring" Sonata
Nevada School of the Arts, Gallery
401 S. Fourth St. #125
Las Vegas NV 89101
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-384-2787

Monday April 9th, 7:30pm
New Music by Composer in Residence Jed Distler
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Tuesday April 10th, 7:30pm
Mezzo Soprano, Latoya Lain, doctoral lecture recital
UNLV HFA (Ham Fine Arts building) room 147
it's a classroom, other end of the same side of the building as the music office, towards the art department
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Wednesday April 11th, 4:00pm
Percussion recital
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Publicmore info 702-895-3332

Wednesday April 11th, 7:30pm
The Community Band of UNLV with New Horizons Band
UNLV Artemis Ham Concert Hall
4505 Maryland Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89119
$10, $8, free with student id
more info: 702-895-2787

Wednesday April 11th, 8:00pm
Guitar Concert, Ricardo Cobo
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
$40more info 702-895-2787

Thursday April 12th 6:30pm
Las Vegas Youth Orchestra
Smith Center, Reynolds Hall
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106
$40-$10 tickets
more info: 702-982-7805

Thursday April 12th, 7:30pm
UNLV Symphonic Winds Concert with guests Gary Cook and
Timothy Jones
UNLV Artemis Ham Concert Hall
4505 Maryland Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89119
$10, $8, free with student id
more info: 702-895-2787

Friday April 13th, 5:30pm
Trumpet, Justin Bland, doctoral recital
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Publicmore info 702-895-3332

Friday April 13th, 7:30pm
Weiwei Le, violin professor of UNLV and the UNLV Percussion Ensemble perform
experimental music with lighting and effects, program includes
violin concerto by Harrison and compositions by Vannucci, Zivkovic Taknara and the drummer for the
Killers: Ronnie Vannucci also performing
UNLV Black Box Theater
4505 Maryland Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89119
$10, $8, free with student id
more info: 702-895-2787

Friday April 13th, 7:30pm
Opera Workshop
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154$10, $8, free with student id
more info 702-895-3332

Saturday April 14th, 2:00pm
Percussion Masters recital A J Merlino
Black Box Theater
4505 Maryland Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89119
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-2787

Saturday April 14th, 7:30pm
Weiwei Le, violin professor of UNLV and the UNLV Percussion Ensemble perform
experimental music with lighting and effects, program includes
violin concerto by Harrison and compositions by Vannucci, Zivkovic Taknara and Ronnie Vannucci also performing
Black Box Theater
4505 Maryland Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89119
$10, $8, free with student id
more info: 702-895-2787

Saturday April 14th, 7:30pm
Opera Workshop
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154$10, $8, free with student id
more info 702-895-3332

Saturday April 14th 8:00pm
Pops Concert, Las Vegas Philharmonic with vocalist Lisa Vroman and jazz pianist
Dave Loeb perform Rhapsody in Blue, an American in Paris and more music by
Gershwin
Smith Center! pre-concert lecture 7:15pm
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106
$42-$82 tickets
more info 702-651-5483 or
http://www.lasvegasphilharmonic.com/concert_schedule/popsIII.php

Sunday April 15th, 3:30pm
Viola and Organ Recital: Isadora Trinkle and
Eugenie Burkett
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

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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Friday, April 06, 2012

Don't Be a Fool! Attend April First Friday!!!


ATTENTION!!! There is so much happening in Downtown I cannot keep up! And you know when the self-proclaimed Curator and Chronicler of Culture declares it, that's a big deal! No seriously, there is a ton of amazing things happening this evening and weekend, that it has become virtually impossible to keep track of it all. So if I am not listing it on here it does not mean it is not happening. Come Downtown and explore for yourself.

As always I want to thank Ryan Reason and Michael Welsh at the Arts Factory for keeping me abreast of what's happening there. Also a huge thanks to all the artists and gallery owners who constantly call, email and text me what they are up to.

Have a safe and absolutely fabulous First Friday!
For more information about First Friday - http://www.firstfridaylasvegas.com/

The Reason Report of happenings in and around 18b Las Vegas' Arts District 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.


There is just SO MUCH to do Downtown this Culture Weekend, we can't possibly keep up with reporting all of it. But here are just a few of the great things you can see, do and experience this Preview Thursday, First Friday, Talky Trees Saturday and Bluegrass Brunch on Sunday!!

At the Arts Factory:

Contemporary Arts Center
Suite #120
CAC's 23RD ANNUAL JURIED SHOW
This year the Contemporary Arts Center received over 600 digital submissions for consideration in its annual juried exhibition. Submissions came in from artists located throughout the United States, Europe and parts of Asia, with 47 artists and 52 pieces being selected for final review at the gallery. This years juror was Mat Gleason, Los Angeles art critic, curator, commentator and regular contributor to The Huffington Post’s arts section and a contributor and publisher of the Coagula Art Journal.

OPENING RECEPTION, FRIDAY, MARCH 23rd 6:00pm - 9:00pm
(Awards Ceremony & Jurors remarks promptly at 7:00 p.m.)
Preview Thursday, April 5th · 6:00pm - 9:00pm
First Friday April 6th · 6:00pm - 10:00pm
www.lasvegascac.org

Trifecta Gallery
Suite #135
SO SINCERE by Miguel Rodriguez
Think Super Mario Brothers meets Little Shop of Horrors, then couple that with Louis Jimenez (best known for the bronco riding cowboy sculpture on the grounds of McCarran) and you will have a slight semblance of what the April 5 - 27 exhibition, SO SINCERE is all about.
So Sincere - The Art of
Miguel Rodriguez
Trifecta Gallery
In the Attachment Room we introduce Phil Shafer, the founder of Sike Style Designs and Sikenomics Clothing. Sikenomics has become the number one independent apparel and accessory brand in Kansas City.
Preview Thursday April 5 6:00pm - 8:00 p.m.
(702) 366-7001 E. marty@trifectagallery.com www.trifectagallery.com
Open 7 days a week M - F 11 - 5; Sat and Sun 11 -3

Jenny Valdez Inc. Gallery
Suite 160
Various Artists
During April's Cultural Weekend in Las Vegas, Jenny Valdez Inc. Gallery plans to feature new works from a variety of local artists including Barbara Gomez, Theresa Lucero, Lynne Adamson, Nicholas Walsh Jaye, Jana Lynch, and former Miss Nevada USA Jenny Valdez.
Preview Thursday, April 5, 2012, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
First Friday, April 6, 2012, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
www.JennyValdez.com
alettertojenny@gmail.com

Joseph Watson Collection
Suite 115
Strength in Numbers II, The limited edition art of Lucky Bunny.
Thursday, April 5, 6-9pm
Friday, April 6, 6-11pm
www.josephwatsoncollection.com
info@josephwatsoncollection.com
858-733-2135

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*
*Jaikowskistudios@gmail.com
*http://www.jaikowskistudios.com/

HellPop!
Studio #105b
Welcome Spring!
When you close your eyes and think of spring, what do you see? Vibrant colors? Magnificent fields of flowers? Maybe...but maybe not! During the month of April, experience the wonders of spring through the eyes of local artists.
April 5, 2012 - April 30, 2012
702.518.0767 maria@hellpop.net

Hiptazmic Studio @The Arts Factory
Studio 105C
Welcome to the hip & wonderful world that is "Hiptazmic"! Steampunk & Aluminum Jewelry & Art by Christine Esposito. Acrylics & Crayon Art by Gabby Esposito and introducing "cANTICS" a wild & wacky collection of character cans by Matt Esposito of Freak Society.
Tuesday - Saturday 11a.m. - 6p.m.
Closed Sunday & Monday
Preview Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
First Friday 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.
www.Hiptazmic.com
Matt Esposito 325-6333
christine@hiptazmic.com

Hillary Salon
Suite 250
The Art of Hair Design
Transformational, feel-good hair sculpting by appointment
Tues-Sat 10am-7pm
hillary.salon@gmail.com
(702) 525 1053

Christian Gabriel Art
Suite 125
Marine Corps Vet / Art therapy
Unveiling of new piece, also new "Metal Injection" acrylic print (only 5 made) available for purchase
Thursday & Friday, April 5 & 6 - (Thurs 6-10pm, Fri 5-11pm)
www.christiangabrielart.com
christiangabrielart@hotmail.com

Sin City Gallery
Suite 100
QUANTUM VISITS
Painter and sculptor KD Matheson and mixed media artist Alexander Sky will present a dream realm; how one can be in one place and in a second somewhere completely different, jumping from space through the transcendental and multidimensional. Composed of celestial like characters, colors and stimulations, and the occasional shock value, the title of the show and the works therein sit on a mind stretching quasi thought plane of intrigue, supernatural intangibles and multicultural ideologies.
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Sin City Gallery Mural Project
HONKY TONK ROBOTS
Peter Mengert presents an ingenious mural that represents our robotic nature and its transcendence. On an instinctual level, we are like robots, pre-programmed and reactive to stimuli. Sin City Gallery Mural Project features an array of mural and graffiti artists. Each artist volunteers their time and materials to create temporary works of art on the gallery's exterior wall for your viewing pleasure.
April 5 - May 27
Preview Thursday, April 5 at 6:00 -10:00 pm, ARTIST TALK at 8:00 pm (refreshments are served)
Friday, April 6 at 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

PeaceNart Studio
Suite #230
New Collection of APH-Chaos and More
3 Baad Sheep-New Furniture Pieces
Opens Preview Thursday and First Friday 6pm April 5th & 6th
closing: April 29th

La Chica Art & Music
107 E Charleston #220
"It's not just a gallery, it's a destination."
call 702-715-2880 for information
http://www.lachicaartnmusic.com/

Around the Neighborhood:

Retro Vegas
1131 S Main Street
Viva Velvet
Inspired by a recent visit from Carl and Caren of Velveteria, the museum of velvet paintings, Retro Vegas curates a small set of Velvets for April's Featured Art Exhibit. Our collection spans the genre from Classic Polynesian to Asian Motifs and a Whimsical "Crying Lion" in between.
Opens First Friday, April 6, at 6:00 pm - continues until April 30.
Mon - Sat 11 - 6 with late hours on First Friday
retro-vegas.com, 702-384-2700

Skin City Body Painting Studio & Boutique
1209 S. Main St.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Live Latex Body Painting Demo
As they do every First Friday, Skin City Body Painting Studio & Boutique will host a live body painting demo right in the store for all to witness! But this time, even those familiar with the demos will be in for a treat, as Skin City artist Krystle will be using Brand X Latex for a rare latex body paint demo! A collection of photographs by world-class photographer Madison Alexander and a brand new series of "Kiss" paintings by Skin City owner Robin Slonina will be on display in the Studio--all to the spinning tunes of DJ Dan the Man!
Friday, April 6, 2012, 6pm-11pm
www.skincitybodypainting.com
Contact: Robin Slonina
702.431.7546 (Main)
702.885.3777 (Cell)

Theater 7
1406 South 3rd Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
702-568-9663
http://www.theatre7lv.com/

At Emergency Arts on Fremont Street
520 Fremont Street
http://www.emergencyartslv.com/

Tasty Space - http://www.tastyspacelv.com/
Kleven Contemporary - http://klevencontemporary.tumblr.com/
Gamma Gamma - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gamma-Gamma-Gallery/190633677638596
Lit'l Art Bodega - http://www.lilartbodega.com/
USR LIB - http://usrlib.org/

And so much more!

The Michael Welsh Report
New Business in 18b Arts District

Electric Lemonade Shop- vintage wear- 220 E Charleston @3rd St
Gin & Sake productions- photo gallery/studio- 1104 S 3rd St
Retro Vegas- NEW LARGER LOCATION- corner of Main St/Colorado
Better Than New- lifestyle boutique- 1216 S Main St
Cowtown Guitars- new location downtown- 1009 S Main St
CAV- Clay Arts Vegas- 1509 S Main St (formerly Art Bar)
Medussa's- Antiques- SE corner Main St/Colorado
Art Square- new multi-use building opening soon- 1025 1st St
Oryan fine art- gallery- 10 E Charleston Ave
Mericia fine art- gallery- 4 E Charleston Ave
R+D Design- architects- 6 E Charleston Ave


Tasty Space at Emergency Arts




CAC Annual Juried Show 2012



Quantum Visits
Sin City Gallery
New Work by  KD Matheson
and Alexander Sky
Fabulous Downtown exhibition
Curated by Brian Paco Alvarez (that's me!)
At Emergency Arts on Fremont Street
New roving billboard
advertising the arts in Downtown

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
Have You donated to KNPR? Pledge Now at http://www.knpr.org/index.cfm

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Monday, April 02, 2012

The Kaiser Report... Musical happenings for the week of April 2...

Hello and happy April everyone! Here is Laraine Kaiser's musical happenings about town for the week. Also make sure to keep an eye on the blog for my First Friday round-up. In addition, I will be inaugurating an exhibition from the archives of the Las Vegas News Bureau so stay tuned on that front.

This week is going to be crazy with lots of amazing arts and culture activities. Have a great and culturally filled week everyone!

Friday April 6th, 3:00pm
Piano Masterclass with Masha PisarenkoRecital Hall
CSN Cheyenne Campus
3200 E. Cheyenne, one block west of Pecos.
Las Vegas NV 89030
Free and Open to the public
more info 702-651-LIVE

Friday April 6th 6:00-10:00pm
First Friday Las Vegas arts district down town,
art, music, food and more
shuttles available
maps at the heart of the festival:
the Funk House 1228 S. Casino Center
Las Vegas
free and open to the public!
more info : 384-0092
http://www.firstfriday-lasvegas.org/next.html

Saturday April 7th, 9:00am
Piano CompetitionRecital Hall
CSN Cheyenne Campus
3200 E. Cheyenne, one block west of Pecos.
Las Vegas NV 89030
Free and Open to the public
more info 702-651-live

Sunday April 8th, 3:30pm
Violin Studio of UNLV recital
UNLV Doc Rando Hall (Beam Music Hall)
4505 Maryland Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332



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
Have You donated to KNPR? Pledge Now at http://www.knpr.org/index.cfm

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