Discover The Arts!

PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Cultural Arts & Community Events programs: www.ArtsLasVegas.org

Fall I Class Registration available through Sept. 14 for six-week session Sept. 3-Oct. 12.

The city of Las Vegas offers fine arts classes at several locations that are designed to mold the next generation of artists in a guided, dynamic and studio-style program tailored to the needs of each student. These open-enrollment classes encourage exploration while creating the opportunity for each student to experience a diverse performing and visual arts education. Classes are available for all ages and levels of experience in dance, music, theatre, visual and cultural arts. To register, or for more information, visit online or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

  • Charleston Heights Arts Center Class Registration (ages 6-adult)
    Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.
    Courses offered include Adult Drama and Improvisation, Visual Arts, Music Theory, Group Guitar and private lessons in piano/voice/guitar by appointment.
  • Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Drama Class Registration (ages 4-17)
    Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.
    Classes taught by Rainbow Company staff. Courses offered include Story Drama, Performance Fundamentals, Acting Essentials for Youth, and Acting Skills for Teens. Classes are in demand and space is limited; early registration recommended.
  • West Las Vegas Arts Center Class Registration (ages 2-adult)
    West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
    Classes offered include African Dance, African Drum, Ballet, Street Funk, Hip-Hop, Audio Recording/Engineering, Kemetic Yoga and Chess.

Ethnic Express International Folk Dancing (ages 8+)

Wednesdays, Sept. 4, 11, and 18; 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.

Cost: $6 per person per week at the door.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-ARTS (2787).

Have an evening of fun learning international dance styles, including Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Greek, Israeli, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian and Turkish folk dances. No need to bring a partner. Dances co-presented with the city of Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-732-4871 or go online to www.ethnicexpresslasvegas.org/.

 

The Kingdom Choir (all ages)

Friday, Sept. 6; 7 p.m.

Tickets: $25, plus taxes/fees.

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

Formed of individual singers and performers from in and around London, England, The Kingdom Choir is a group of like-minded artists dedicated to creating a sound that demonstrates the community they share. After performing for more than 20 years, the choir became famous when they performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. They are known throughout the United Kingdom and the world for their united sound, warm energy and enthusiastic performance. Led by one of the country’s most respected gospel tutors and choir conductors, Karen Gibson, The Kingdom Choir is a sterling example of the unity within the British gospel community. This performance is outdoors with lawn seating. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to be more comfortable. Tickets are available online at www.ArtsLasVegas.org or by calling 702.229.ARTS (2787).

 

Gallery Workshop Series: Remnant

“Looking Into The Picture Plane” (ages 7-12)

Saturday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

This new visual arts workshop series features drawing, painting, color theory, sculpture, and more. City of Las Vegas Cultural Affairs staff, as well as guest artists, will share their inspiration and expertise, offering personal insights and individualized attention, building children’s knowledge and confidence. Workshops are available to beginner and intermediate students. Las Vegas visual arts instructor Vanessa Valdivia will facilitate and discuss photographic art displayed in the “Remnant” exhibition by artist Jason Tannen. Students will create make-and-take mixed-media art, learn to interpret a gallery exhibition and participate in an artist critique. Please note that clothing may get soiled — dress accordingly or bring apron. To register, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

USA Ballroom Dance (ages 13+)

Saturday, Sept. 7; 7 to 10:30 p.m. Dance lesson at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 per person at the door.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-ARTS (2787).

The event is co-presented by the city of Las Vegas and USA Dance Las Vegas Chapter #4038, a local chapter of the national nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion of ballroom dancing. For more information, call 702-260-0772 or go online.

 

Viva Las Popera (all ages)

Co-presented with Vegas City Opera

Saturday, Sept. 14; 7 p.m.

Tickets: $15, plus taxes/fees. Enter Promo Code EARLYBIRD to save $5 off each ticket.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

Viva Las Popera features the best crossover hits from Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Queen, Michael Bublé, Andre Bocelli, Sara Brightman, Phantom of the Opera, ABBA and more. All of your favorite crossover classical and standard hits performed by vocal masters. Vegas City Opera is Las Vegas' premier contemporary opera company, dedicated to bringing affordable opera and classical music to our community in fresh and exciting new ways. For tickets, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787). This performance is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

 

Fiestas Patrias (all ages)

Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 to 8 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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

The Mexican Patriotic Committee and the city of Las Vegas present Fiestas Patrias, celebrating Mexico’s cry of independence “El Grito” that happened Sept. 16, 1810, beginning a revolt against Spain. Celebrate with an outdoor community fiesta that includes live entertainment, food vendors, arts and crafts and children’s  activities – featuring Sonora Mar y Mar, Mexican banda music, mariachi music, folkloric dance and a variety of local talent. For more information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

The Poets’ Corner (ages 17+)

Hosted by LaBlaque.

Friday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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

Founded at the West Las Vegas Arts Center in 1997, The Poets’ Corner premiered as the first established poetry program in Las Vegas. This monthly forum event, hosted by LaBlaque Williams, is for established poets and open-mic participants and features the best local talent. Due to potential subject matter, we strongly advise participants be age 17 or older. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

“The Witches” (all ages)

Written by Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood.

Presented by Rainbow Company Youth Theatre.

Sept. 27, 28; Oct. 4, 5, at 7 p.m. and Sept. 28, 29; Oct. 5*, 6 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $5.50, plus taxes/fees.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

Based on the popular Roald Dahl book originally published in 1983, this Rainbow Company Youth Theatre presentation of "The Witches” features a boy and his grandmother who dare to defend the world’s children against the Grand High Witch and her wicked followers. Extravagant costuming and scenery will adorn this spirited adventure, just in time for the spooky season. For tickets, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787). *This performance includes an American Sign Language interpreter for the hearing impaired.

 

New Exhibitions

Las Vegas Book Festival Exhibition

Sept. 6-Nov. 30; hours Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 5 p.m., and Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Mayor’s Gallery, Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. This exhibit features illustrations and cartoons from Amy Kurzweil, “New Yorker” cartoonist and author of “Flying Couch,” a graphic memoir about three generations of women, Jewish history, and the inheritance of family memories. This exhibit will illuminate Kurzweil’s process, as she refines her images and ideas from initial spark to final finish. Included in the exhibit will be original framed illustrations from “Flying Couch,” alongside sketches and plans from the artist’s drafts over a decade of work. The exhibit also will showcase original cartoon drawings that humorously comment on the artist’s process, plus images from Kurzweil’s new book in progress, “Artificial” -- another graphic memoir. This is a rare opportunity to see an artist’s mind and hand at work. For young artists interested in making and publishing their own drawings, studying rough sketches provides invaluable insight into the thought and intuition behind the artist’s skill. Presented with support from the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute. For more information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Closing Exhibitions

 

Remnant (all ages)

Featuring the photography of Jason Tannen.

July 3-Sept. 28, hours Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Artist Reception: Thursday, Sept. 26, 5 to 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

Jason Tannen is a photographer, gallery curator, and educator. Since 1978, his photography has explored the urban landscape, integrating photography with video, installation, and time-based digital media. Tannen has exhibited his photographs and video projects widely in the United States and internationally. This exhibition explores the urban environment and his interest in tracing urban erosion and obsolescence, as seen in storefront displays and the topography of signs, symbols and human representation. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787). This exhibition is funded in part by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

 

Current Exhibitions

 

First Street Art Trail Aerial Gallery Banner Artwork Exhibition

Through March 2, 2020

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

The Aerial Gallery along the First Street Art Trail is the newest rendition of this long-running banner artwork program. Artworks by Natalie Delgado, Shan Michael Evans, Chase McCurdy, Austine Wood Comarow, Diane Bush, Jeff Fulmer, Brian Martinez and Joseph Watson are featured on light poles spanning eight blocks from Bridger to Boulder 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 information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Celebrating Life! 2019 Winner’s Circle

Through Oct. 3; hours Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Friday-Sunday and holidays.

Free and open to the public City Hall Chamber Gallery, 495 S. Main St., second floor.

This exhibit features the award-winning artists of the juried fine arts competition open to residents ages 50+ of Clark, Esmerelda, Lincoln, Mineral and Nye counties of Nevada. Winning 2019 artists include:

  • Best of Show-J.D. Houghton;
  • Ceramics: First Place - Allen Graef, Second Place - Diane Sogan, Third Place - Beth Macleod, Honorable Mention - Nanci Rose Marmer;
  • Watercolor: First Place - Linda Smith, Second Place - Patty Stroupe, Third Place - John Birkland, Honorable Mention - Shari O’Donnell;
  • Sculpture: First Place - Gail Seidner, Second Place - Marian Rasfeld, Third Place - Austine Wood Comarow;
  • Photography: First Place - Lamar Marchese, Second Place - Robert Oberman, Third Place -Glenda Sessums;
  • Mixed-Media: First Place - Karin Serra, Second Place - Casey Southard, Third Place - Sheila Spargo, Honorable Mention - Beth Phillips-Folwell;
  • Painting: First Place - Janet Wand, Second Place - Sue Irish Katz, Third Place - Lily Adamczyk, Honorable Mention - Susan Richardson;
  • Drawing and Pastel: First Place - Laura McEwan, Second Place - Diane Crane Benelli, Third Place - Marie Hee, Honorable Mention - Terry Gailey, Honorable Mention -Judi Rosenthal.

For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Windows on First: “There Is Nothing I Can Do Without You”

Featuring the Artwork of Shan Michael Evans.

Through Oct. 18, 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.

This living and evolving public art exhibition features themes of dependency, growth, change and circumstance the Las Vegas Valley and the world around us experiences. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Native Nevada Basketry Traditions (all ages)

Aug. 8-Nov. 7; hours 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; closed Friday-Sunday and holidays.

Artist Reception: Thursday, Nov. 7, 4 to 6 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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

Co-curated with basket weaver Rebecca Eagle from Northern Nevada, the focus in this exhibition is to display baskets that have differences and similarities in construction and design having to do with tribal traditions and affiliations. All basket weavers are Native American and either from Nevada, or currently living in Nevada. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).