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City Of Las Vegas Cultural Arts May 2019 Calendar Of Events

Discover The Arts!

 

PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

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

 

Summer Class Registration Available for Six-week Session June 12-July 27

Registration available through June 22 for fine arts classes at two 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).

  • Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Drama Class Registration (ages 4-17)
    Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.
    Classes taught by award-winning 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, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.

Cost: $4 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.

 

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre “The Land of the Dragon” (all ages)

May 3, 4 at 7 p.m.; May 4, 5 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $5.50 (plus tax/fees)

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

In this stylized Chinese play, the lovely Princess Jade Pure is held captive by her jealous scheming step-aunt and her chancellor. Road Wanderer, a minstrel passing through with his pet dragon, learns of her plight and rescues her, only to be rewarded with contempt. He soon comes to see the Princess as thoughtless and unkind and leaves her behind. Realizing her mistake and knowing she must marry soon in order to become Empress, she tries to find him. The Princess decrees that only someone with a pet dragon may court her. The evil aunt has the Road Wanderer imprisoned so she can steal his dragon. Still others create fake dragons so they can win the throne. Will the princess see through the deception? For tickets or information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

The Poets’ Corner (ages 17+)

Hosted by LaBlaque.

Friday, May 17, 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).

 

StorySLAM: White Lies (ages 13+)

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

Admission: Pay what you wish at the door, $5 suggested.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

StorySLAM is a celebration of words and experiences that shape and define who we are. Members of the community share their own personal, genuine stories with the audience, connected to a chosen theme for the evening. Clark County Poet Laureate Vogue Robinson moderates as storytellers share true personal tales of how bending the truth, saving face and the unintended consequences of telling “white lies.” For complete details and information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

USA Ballroom Dance (ages 13+)

Saturday, May 25; 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).

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 to www.usadancelasvegas.org.

 

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Ensemble Performances (all ages)

Saturday, May 31, 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

Enjoy a performance of short works written and produced by the students of the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Ensemble. For more information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

New Exhibitions

 

Overcast: A Multi-Media Art Exhibition

Featuring the artwork of Brett Bolton

May 10-Aug. 9; hours Tuesday-Friday, 12:30–9 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

Overcast is a multi-media interactive projection installation in which participants create generative landscapes of life by spreading projected rainfall onto a dry and barren desert valley. This project explores the endless possibilities that human influence can have to transform our desert valley once given the much needed (and often scarce) supply of water needed to produce and sustain life. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Reverence for the Irrelevant Exhibition

May 16-Aug. 1; hours 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Fridays, weekends and holidays.

Artist Reception: Thursday, May 16, 4-6 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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

This exhibition displays the beauty in irrelevant objects by re-configuring them into sculptural art. For more information, call 702-229-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org.

 

Celebrating Life! 2019 Exhibition

May 24-July 13; hours Tuesday-Friday, 12:30–9 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Awards Reception: Friday, May 24, 6-8 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Charleston Heights Arts Center Ballroom, 800 S. Brush St.

Enjoy this exhibition of artwork selected for the 2019 exhibition by juror Ted Decker. For more information, call 702-229-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org.

 

Salon des Refusés May 24-June 22, hours Tuesday-Friday, 12:30–9 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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

An exhibition of artwork by artists age 50 and older that was submitted for Celebrating Life! 2019 but was not selected for the main exhibition. For more information, call 702-229-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org.

 

Closing Exhibitions

 

Overcast: A Multi-Media Art Exhibition

Featuring the artwork of Brett Bolton

Through May 9; 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Fridays, weekends and holidays.

Free and open to the public.

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

Overcast is a multi-media interactive projection installation in which participants create generative landscapes of life by spreading projected rainfall onto a dry and barren desert valley. This project explores the endless possibilities that human influence can have to transform our desert valley once given the much needed (and often scarce) supply of water needed to produce and sustain life. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Current Exhibitions

 

Nevada Watercolor Society – Signature Member Exhibition

Through June 1; hours Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 5 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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

This exhibition features the artwork of the top and longest members of the Nevada Watercolor Society. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Hearts4Vegas Touring Exhibition

Through June 17; hours Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Friday, weekends and holidays.

Free and open to the public.

Development Services Center, 333 N. Rancho Drive, 702-229-6251.

A traveling exhibition of items sent to the city from all over the world expressing love, support and healing for everyone in Las Vegas affected by the tragic events of Oct. 1, 2017. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

“Exploring the Twisted Nature of All Things… Fiber” Exhibition

Through July 15.

Free and open to the public.

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

This exhibit celebrates fiber arts and demonstrates the aesthetic and conceptual qualities of using various fiber media in making art. Fiber arts is currently a popular medium and allows artists to explore and present contemporary concepts related to our culture and society in a texturally subtle way. The artwork created for this exhibition communicates that any material can be used to make art that is extremely thoughtful and filled with excitement. For more 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. 1, 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 circumstances the Las Vegas Valley and the world around us experiences. For more information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

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