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Monday, May 18, 2015

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of April 18

Monday May 18th 7:00pm
Flute recital by Young Artist Competition Winner: Emily Osborne, program includes
Mozart's Flute Concerto in G Major, Faure's "Morceau de Concours," Tournier's "Promenade a l'automne for Flute and Harp," Burton's Sonatina for Flute and Piano, and more, other performers include competition finalist Jacob Cannon, harpist Elisabeth Osborne and pianist Jae Ahn-Benton
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Tuesday May 19th 5:30pm
Doctoral vocal recital by baritone Jonathan Baltera, program includes Verdi, Mahler, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and more, other performers include pianist Jae Ahn-Benton
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Tuesday May 19th 10:00pm
Salsa music by Michito Sanchez Salsa band complete with dance floor, this 10 piece band will be performing favorites including music by Ray Barretto, Richie Ray, Bobby Cruz, Tito Rodriguez and more
Artifice
1025 First St. suite #100
Las Vegas NV 89101
$10
more info: Facebook 

Friday May 22nd 7:00pm
Nevada School of the Arts chamber concert featuring NSA and UNLV collaborative ensembles, NSA Seniors cello choir and soprano Isabella Ivy
Nevada School of the Arts Auditorium
401 S. Fourth St.
Las Vegas NV 89101
$5
more info: 702-384-2787

Friday May 22nd 7:00pm
Saturday May 23rd 7:00pm
Sunday May 24th 2:00pm
Opera by Humperdinck: "Hansel and Gretel" performed by Sin City Opera, arranged by Skip Galla and
Jack Gaughan, (closed captioning available on Sunday)
Winchester Cultural Center
3130 S. McLeod
Las Vegas NV 89121
$10 in advance, $15 at the door
more info: 702-455-7340




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Friday, May 15, 2015

ARTrageous Vegas Returns!!!

For 11 years the LGBT Center of Southern Nevada has been celebrating the arts with its annual fete Artrageous. The celebration continues this year with art, fashion, entertainment and a bit of history as the event is held at the historic Tropicana Resort. The Tropicana was once called the Tiffany of the Strip because of its progressive design and unrivaled class. Today the newly remodeled resort will beckon the Las Vegas Arts Intelligentsia for an evening that celebrates the arts. Of course I am very excited to be returning to co-curate the event with my friend and fellow arts cohort Melissa Petersen, President of the Contemporary Arts Center of Las Vegas.

So come out and get your ART ON at Artrageous this Saturday Night! 7pm!

For more information - http://artrageousvegas.org/




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JP Rakehorn at Sin City Gallery


By Dr. Laura Henkel,
Contributing Writer

Sin City Gallery is delighted to debut a curated collection of the erotic drawings and paintings of British artist Jp Rakehorn, Best in Show Awardee, 2014, 12 Inches of Sin on view from April 30th – May 31st, 2015. 12" of Sin is an international juried exhibition attracting submissions from allover the world, and as such, the show is recognized as one of the key venues for the erotic art genre.

Known for showcasing daring artwork of all types, Dr. Laura Henkel, Director, Sin City Gallery says: “It’s so exciting to debut JP’s work. I cannot wait to share his work with Las Vegas and beyond. We were delighted when he was awarded best in show for the 12 Inches of Sin exhibition and it’s truly an honor to show case his work which has among many remarkable qualities beauty, mystery and skill. Evocative, subtle and yet also sometimes thrillingly shall we say unambiguous, these contrasts mean he is a master of his genre.”

Clearly imbued with a sense of handwork and craft, and often drawn on non-traditional perishable materials, the works are intensely erotic. Titillating, daring, and intoxicating, a visit to a gallery of his works drives the visitor from one picture to the next to see what intense sexual encounter is captured. Some pictures are overt, graphic and undeniably sexy, while others are subtler –the use of negative space punctuated by a hand, a mouth, and the tilt of a brow or the costume floating fay-like in the sky of the paper.

The play of light and shadow, the sensual line drawing highlighted by white, or black recalls instantly the intimate erotic sketches of the famous artist Gustav Klimt. Like Klimt’s portraits of women in erotic bliss, Rakehorn captures the immediacy, ardor, and moment of erotic encounters. We feel as if we have come upon a series of wonderful secrets, a treasure trove of hidden desires.

Using ordinary people as his subjects, Rakehorn places a heavy emphasis on the process, drawing, filling in, taking away, and this practice is visible in the finished image. This technique makes the artist’s work all the more engrossing, and often deceptive, one stares into a network of seemingly industriously sketched darkness, to see a face emerge, and then the rest of the body clearly engaged in a sexual encounter. Through all the shadow, lines, sfumato, it is as if one can hear breathlessness or a heart beating.

Other pictures are tributes to sexual expression, such as the couple in movement, two becoming three with an intriguing sense of otherworldliness, heat, and passion.

There is an intrinsic naturalism to the artist’s work, not only in the sense that his works are realistic, but his attitude to human sexuality is not isolated, pulled apart from real living in a fetishlike way, but rather runs through themes of the lifecycle experienced by all people, life, creation, death and decay. Blue is like a ghostly memory, a remnant of a dream, an anonymous woman, nude from the waist up, her body disappearing into the wall. Moving beyond sublimation and allegory, Rakehorn’s work is a masterly dance between lascivious views of the most amatory of embraces and an understated grace. One lovely picture shows the movement of hands forming illusory wings from a smoky background and a classical nude. Of his noteworthy practice, the artist says “I try to make pictures that stand up as objects in themselves, without needing lengthy or esoteric explanations. However, that is not to say that they are all surface. I like unfinished work, too. For me, a highly finished picture or sculpture is somehow dead. Sketches, workings, they retain a sense of potential, of life.”

While much of the erotic art is sensational or sometimes delightful to enjoy in a gallery, artists like Rakehorn are universally appealing to the novice art collector, the amorous gift giver and have course, the serious collector of erotica.






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Monday, May 04, 2015

Las Vegas Academy art students take over Zappos Lobby!

Zappos is excited to announce the opening art reception for the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts this Thursday at 2:30pm inside the Zappos lobby. The exhibition will feature LVA artists Reina Dalton, Abbigail Breen, Jennfer Kong, Sophia Arredondo and Emika Hughes. With a special exhibition by internationally acclaimed Irish Artist Graham Knuttle and local artist F. Andrew Tayor. In addition, featuring a Guerrilla Kage by LVA artists. Special thanks to Ruzo Logic for making art magic happen. The event is free and open to the public.
 

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Friday, May 01, 2015

Its May Day First Friday!!! TONIGHT!

The fun and zany monthly fete known as First Friday has arrived! So get out and get your Art On!!! 

Location - Charleston and Art Way! FREE all are welcome! 


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Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of April 27

Monday April 27th 6:00pm
Horn ensemble concert by "High Desert Horns," program includes Gabrielli, Byrd, Ewazen, Alford and more
Room 160
UNLV Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Monday April 27th 7:00pm
Piano recital by UNLV piano professor Mykola Suk and pianists Maria Kolesnyk and Haeun Kim, program includes J. S., C. P. E and J. C. Bach, Ignaz Moscheles, and Mozart
Christ the King Catholic Community
4925 Torrey Pines Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89118
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-876-1904

Tuesday April 28th 7:30pm
UNLV Symphony orchestra concert featuring the winners of the concerto competition, program includes F. S. Kelly's Elegy for Strings, Ibert's Flute Concert, Rodrigo Corral soloist, Bartok's Viola Concerto, David Chavez
UNLV Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegs NV 89154
$10, $8 discounts available, 1 free ticket per student with ID
more info: 702-895-2787

Wednesday April 29th 5:30pm
Saxophone Studio at UNLV performs a concert including Bozza, Bach, Tanak, Chan and more
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Thursday April 30th 7:00
Guitar Studio of UNLV performs a concert
Beam Music Center room 160 - UNLV
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Thursday April 30th 7:30pm
Doctoral Clarinet recital by Ivan Ivanov, along with pianist Jae Ahn-Benton they will perform
Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major K. 622, Messiaen's "Quatuor pour la fin du temps," Brahms'
Sonata for Clarinet in Eb No. 2, and Widor's "Introduction and Rondo Op. 72"
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-2787 
 
Thursday April 30th 7:30pm
Band concert by UNLV Symphonic Winds, program includes Husa, Grieg, Broughton, and more
UNLV Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$10, $8 discounts available, 1 free ticket per student with ID
more info: 702-895-2787 
 
Friday May 1st 5:00pm
Doctoral Piano recital by Zheni Atanasova, along with pianist En-Zu Anais,
they will perform works by Messiaen, Frank, Vladigerov, Liszt and more
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Friday May 1st 5:00pm
Masters Horn recital by Thomas Frauenshuh
Room 159
UNLV Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info; 702-895-3332

Friday May 1st 7:30pm
Piano recital by Sasha Kassman with reception to follow
Christ Church Episcopal
2000 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89104
Free and Open to the Public, donations accepted for musician
more info: 702-735-7655

Friday May 1st 8:00pm
Henderson Symphony directed by Taras Krysa performs Beethoven's 9th Symphony (the one with
"Ode to Joy" in it), featuring soprano Helen Lyon, mezzo soprano Stephanie Weiss, tenor Mark Thomsen,
baritone Tod Fitzpatrick
Henderson Pavilion
200 S. Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson NV 89012
Free and Open to the Public, $10 suggested donation
more info: 702-267-2171

Saturday May 2nd 1:30pm
Doctoral Bassoon recital by Kevin Eberle, along with violinists Lisa Ratigan and Samantha Ciarlo, David Chavez viola, Maren Quanbeck cello, Albina Asryan piano they will perform Vivaldi, Saint-Saens, Gershwin and more
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Saturday May 2nd 3:00pm
UNLV Trombone Choir, program includes Dukas, Bach, Korsakov and more
UNLV Beam Music Center - room 160
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Saturday May 2nd 5:00pm
Chamber music recital featuring Sarah Walton horn, Stephanie Redman soprano, Bill McCullough tenor and Jae Ahn-Benton
piano, program includes Bernhard Krol's "Horati de Vino Carmina, Op. 30," Benjamin Britten's "Serenade Op. 31"
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Saturday May 2nd 7:30pm
Doctoral vocal recital by baritone Jonathan Baitera, program includes Verdi, Debussy, Mahler, and Rachmaninoff he is joined
by Jae Ahn-Benton on piano
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Sunday May 3rd 2:00pm
Traditional Music of China performed by the Li Ling Hong Chinese
Music Ensemble including pipa, erhu, ceramic flute and more
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Library
Las Vegas NV 89119
Free and Open to the public
more info: 702-507-3459

Sunday May 3rd 3:00pm
Chamber Orchestra concert featuring the music of Aaron Ramsey, guest cellist is Andrew Smith, refreshments available
Auditorium
Nevada School of Arts
401 S. Fourth St.
Las Vegas NV
$20 at the door $15
VIP table $150




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