Cultural Arts & Community Events programs:


 Charleston Heights Arts Center Fall II 2017 Class Registration (all ages)


Registration available through Nov. 1 for the six-week class session Nov. 1-Dec. 16, 2017.


Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.


Fine arts courses offered for youth, teens and adults include visual arts; drawing; ballet, modern, and hip-hop dance; adult theatre; and private lessons in piano, voice or ballet dance by appointment. For more information, call 702-229-ARTS (2787). To register online, visit




Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Celebration (all ages)


Thursday, Nov. 2, 5 to 9 p.m.


Free and open to the public of all ages.


Sammy Davis, Jr. Festival Plaza in Lorenzi Park, 720 Twin Lakes Drive.


Bring the family to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead)! This vibrant homage to life is a true community event and one of the most charming and colorful holidays celebrated by Mexican and Latin American cultures. This lighthearted and joyful tribute honors the memory of family and friends who have passed away in a fun and immersive atmosphere featuring special entertainment, interactive children’s activities, artisan vendors, refreshments available for purchase, face-painting, special décor and an exhibition of alters created by community organiza-tions and groups. For more information, visit or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).




Sankofa Book & Literature Series (teens & adults)


“Healing and Beauty System by The Light of The Moon!"


Facilitated by Queen Esther.


Saturday, Nov. 4, 2 to 4 p.m.


Free and open to the public.


West Las Vegas Arts Center Community Gallery, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.


The West Las Vegas Arts Center will host a series of Sankofa presentations. Sankofa symbolizes the people’s quest for knowledge, believing that the past must never be forgotten. Healing and Beauty by The Light of the Moon is a system designed to highlight the importance of being physically fit, mentally balanced, spiritually aligned and in sync with our prosperity potential toward ultimate beauty. This system is easy to comprehend and is aligned with the moon to promote rhythm, order and consistency. For more information, visit or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

West Las Vegas Arts Center Winter 2018 Class Registration (all ages)
Registration available Nov. 8, 2017–Jan. 3, 2018, for six-week class session Jan. 3–Feb. 10.


West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.


Cultural arts classes offered include Kemetic Yoga, African Dance for Children, African Dance for Teens/Adults, African Drum, Ballet for Children, Ballet – Beginner/Intermediate, Ballet – Intermediate/Advanced, Modern Dance – Intermediate, Hip Hop/Funk – Beginner, Hip Hop/Funk – Intermediate/Advanced, Introduction to Chess – Empowering the Student, Recording & Engineering - The Relationship of Mind Over Matter, and the Cultural Arts Ensembles – Children’s African Dance Ensemble and Youth Performance Ensemble. To register online, visit or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).




Downtown Cultural Series: Michael Lucarelli Concert (all ages)


Friday, Nov. 17, noon to 1 p.m.


Free and open to the public.


Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse Jury Assembly Room, 333 Las Vegas Blvd., South.


Critically acclaimed classical guitarist Michael Lucarelli has enthralled audiences throughout the country for more than 30 years in concert and with 13 albums and numerous popular music videos. For more information, visit or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).




The Poets’ Corner (ages 17+)


Hosted by Lablaque.


Friday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.


Free and open to the public.


West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.


A monthly forum for established poets and open-mic participants featuring the best local talent. For more information, call 702-229-ARTS (2787) or visit




Las Cafeteras Concert (all ages)


Saturday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.


Cost: $16 (adults); $8 (under 18)


Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.


Las Cafeteras seamlessly fuse traditional Afro-Mexican music with modern rhythms and rich storytelling to create a fresh urban folk sound from the streets of East Los Angeles. Their infectious sound is brought to life by a host of eclectic traditional instruments. Based in traditional Son Jarocho sounds, their inspiring lyrics, sung in English, Spanish and Spanglish, reflect a story that is at once uniquely East LA, yet universal in its appeal. This program is supported, in part, with funds provided by the Western States Arts Federation. For more information, visit or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).





Nevada Touring Initiative Words + Images: Broadsides from the Black Rock Press Exhibition


Through Dec. 2, 2017


Free admission, by appointment only.


Historic Fifth Street School Mayor’s Gallery, 401 S. Fourth St.


The Las Vegas Book Festival exhibit this year explores the use of broadsides as art. All of the broadsides featured in the Nevada Touring Initiative traveling exhibition program, “Words + Images: Broadsides from the Black Rock Press,” were produced at the Black Rock Press at the University of Nevada, Reno using the letterpress process with handset type and relief plates. The printing was done on a Vandercook cylinder proofing press.




Since it was founded by Kenneth J. Carpenter more than 40 years ago, the Press has been dedicated to the practice and teaching of the art and craft associated with the creation of finely printed books. The Press now has a national reputation for its outstanding work and has become a living museum of traditional printing technology, housing a variety of cabinets filled with metal type, and a number of historically significant printing presses. Its centerpiece, a gilded 1837 super-royal Columbian iron handpress, is one of the finest examples of a 19th-century iron handpress to be found anywhere in the country.




Letterpress broadsides are created for numerous reasons, frequently to honor a visiting writer at a campus event. The Press has produced broadsides to honor university residencies by U.S. Poets Laureate Robert Pinsky and Billy Collins. Several broadsides were printed in conjunction with a national poetry broadside competition held in the 1990s; winning poets received cash awards and had their poems printed as broadsides. In recent years, broadsides have been produced for the Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writers Award, presented annually by the university’s Reynolds School of Journalism. Those broadsides feature quotations from the writings of Robert Laxalt, one of Nevada’s finest writers.




Broadside writers include Marjorie Agosin, Willis Barnstone, Daniel Boorstin, Andre Codrescu, Billy Collins, Hayden Curruth, Carol V. Davis, John Dofflemyer, Joseph Duemer, Gretel Ehrlich, Martha Elizabeth, A. Bartlett Giamatti, Shaun T. Griffin, James W. Hulse, Linda Hussa, Donna Johnson, Robert Laxalt, Wally McRae, Joel Nelson, Steven Nightingale, Naomi Shahib Nye, Gailmarie Pahmeier, Robert Pinsky, Kirk Robertson, Gary Short, Kevin Stevens, Bill Stobb, Michael White, Terry Tempest Williams and Paul Zarzyski. Call 702-229-ARTS (2787) for appointment and information.




Hispanic Cultures: Histories & Traditions/Culturas Hispanas: Historia y Tradiciones


Through Dec. 7; hours Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed weekends and holidays.


Free admission and open to the public.


Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery, 495 S. Main St., second floor.


This exhibit focuses on the local Hispanic visual arts community through a group exhibit exploring relevant cultural topics. For more information, call 702-229-ARTS (2787).




Nevada Clay Guild Exhibition


Through Dec. 28; hours Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed weekends and holidays.


Free admission and open to the public.


Las Vegas City Hall Grand Gallery, 495 S. Main St., first floor.


The exhibit includes both functional and non-functional sculptural work chosen from the artists in the Nevada Clay Guild. Call 702-229-ARTS (2787) for more information.

“Past Perfect” Exhibition


Artist Jeana Eve Klein


Through Jan 20, 2018


Free admission and open to the public.


Charleston Heights Art Center Gallery, 800 S. Brush St.


Abandoned houses haunt my waking dreams. I think about who once lived there, what their stories were, and why those stories weren’t important enough to be preserved. I wonder when the first broken window was left unfixed, when the first roof tile wasn’t replaced, and why the former inhabitants fled.     –Jeana Eve Klein


Other programs involving this exhibit are available. Call 702-229-ARTS (2787) for details.




Windows on First:  “Appropriation”


Featuring the Artwork of Camilla Quinn


Through March 1, 2018, and available to view at all times.


Open to the public on First Street; no admission fee.


Las Vegas City Hall, Windows on First, 495 S. Main St., along First Street.


“Appropriation” explores the history and evolution of the mandala. Originally a Buddhist and Hindu geometric figure representing the universe, the mandala has been appropriated by many religions and cultures, and has even found its place in pop culture. Using neon inspired by the lights of Las Vegas, these vibrant mandalas are designed to unite the numerous mandala appropriations and have been fashioned using elements found within the various mandala styles. For more information, call 702-229-ARTS (2787) or email




“Red” Aerial Gallery Banner Exhibit


Through May 3, 2018


Vinyl banners will be available to view at all times on First Street from Boulder to Bridger avenues.


The Aerial Gallery along the First Street Art Trail is the newest rendition of this long-running banner artwork program. Artworks by Lyndia Radice, Camilla Quinn, Valentin Yordanov, David Ryan, Matthew Couper, JK Russ, Gig Depio and Andrew Colunga are featured on light poles spanning eight blocks from Boulder to Bridger avenues. Other artworks along the trail include the Windows on First temporary public art installations, Mary Hill’s Cycled Musings bike racks, and Jesse Smigel’s Snowball in Vegas cat sculpture. Visitors are invited to bike and walk the trail to explore and discover. For more information, call 702-229-ARTS (2787) or email