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City Of Las Vegas Cultural Arts July 2019 Calendar Of Events

Discover The Arts!

PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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

 

Fall I Class Registration July 16-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 amateur 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 descriptions and information, visit online or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

  • Charleston Heights Arts Center Class Registration (ages 7-adult)
    Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.
    Classes 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 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, West African Djembe Drum, Ballet, Urban Street Dance, Audio Recording & Engineering, Video Recording, Martial Arts, and Chess.

Ethnic Express International Folk Dancing (ages 8+)

Wednesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31; 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/.

 

Elite Theater Camp (ages 8-14)

Monday-Friday, July 8-19, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cost: $410.

Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave.

This fun and fast-paced, two-week camp is chock full of fun theatre games, improvisation and acting exercises designed to build students’ rehearsal and performance skills. Students will have opportunity to show off their talents the afternoon of Friday, July 19, when they perform a final presentation of “The Jungle Book” at the Charleston Heights Arts Center. Use code #172183-03 to register. For information and to register online, visit https://recreation.lasvegasnevada.gov or call 702.229.PLAY (7529).

 

The Okee Dokee Brothers Concert (all ages)

Wednesday, July 10, 10:30 a.m. at Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., and

Thursday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

Tickets: $5 (plus tax/fees). Call 702-229-ARTS for group tickets.

Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander have been exploring the outdoors together since they were kids. Now they are a Grammy Award-winning folk and roots music duo that puts the natural world at the heart of their Americana music, with songs written under wide-open skies and harmonies fine-tuned around the campfire. Performing songs from their new album “Winterland,” a tribute to the season of coziness, family time and fun, the Okee Dokee Brothers make room for kids to dance, for parents to share stories and for everyone to gain respect for nature, each other and the world we live in. They will inspire your family to get outside and get creative! Tickets available online at www.ArtsLasVegas.org or by calling 702.229.ARTS (2787).

 

Youth Leadership Day “Safe Spaces for Youth” (ages 13-20)

Co-presented with Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

Friday, July 12, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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

The program is designed to motivate and educate youth about the importance of developing leadership skills through thought, reflection and personal action in the community. Youth Leadership Day provides young people with learning sessions, group activities and motivational speakers.​ The all-day event offers fun activities and inspirational speakers, covering topics like self-esteem, ethics, goal attainment, teamwork, problem solving and communication. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Brave New Voices

International Youth Poetry Slam Festival Semifinal Event (all ages)

Co-presented with Youth Speaks, Inc.

Friday, July 19, 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

For the first time in its 21-year history, The Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival will be held in Las Vegas. Brave New Voices consists of 500 young poets, their mentors, artists and cultural workers who will convene in Las Vegas for five days of arts education, artistic expression and civic engagement. The semifinal round will be held at the Historic Fifth Street School. As seen on HBO, Brave New Voices currently features over 500 Teen Poetry Slam Champions and their mentors from over 50 parts of the United States and several cities abroad. The festival reaches an audience of over 10,000 throughout the week. These young writers and performers come to Brave New Voices each year not only to compete, but also to attend world-class workshops led by renowned poets and writers, build community and hone their craft. For information, visit http://youthspeaks.org/bravenewvoices/festival/ or call 702.229.ARTS (2787).

 

The Poets’ Corner (ages 17+)

Hosted by LaBlaque.

Friday, July 19, 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 Lucky Band (all ages)

Wednesday, July 24, 10:30 a.m. at Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., and

Thursday, July 25, 10:30 a.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

Tickets: $5 (plus tax/fees). Call 702-229-ARTS for group tickets.

The Lucky Band has been crowned the very first and only Americans to win a Latin GRAMMY in the Children's Album category! Straight off of live appearances on CNN, Sprout, and Univision, along with a nationwide tour, husband and wife duo Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis were named "The face of kindie music" by the Washington Post, "superstars" by Red Tricycle, "The Rolling Stones of Kids Music" by Style Network, and People Magazine called their album "The #1 in COOLEST kids' music!” The Lucky Band is an all-star group that lights up the stage with their many #1 Sirius XM Kids Place Live Hits! Iconic brand Coca-Cola chose their song “Falling” as their national summer campaign anthem, playing on television and movie theatres everywhere. Get ready for a hip-shaking, head-bopping dance party explosion of indie fresh pop rock beats at this fun family event. Tickets available online at www.ArtsLasVegas.org or by calling 702.229.ARTS (2787).

 

USA Ballroom Dance (ages 13+)

Saturday, July 27, 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.com.

 

Story Pirates “Create-A-Show” (all ages)

Wednesday, July 31, 10:30 a.m. at Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., and

Thursday, Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., and

Saturday, Aug. 3, 2 p.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

Tickets: $5 (plus tax/fees). Call 702-229-ARTS for group tickets.

When the Pirates take the stage, you will be amazed at what happens next... and so will they! That is because the 45-minute show they are performing has not been written. The Pirates will steal your kids' ideas and incorporate them on the spot into an interactive show that validates the imagination of every child in the audience. Laugh as your daughters and sons invent monsters, dancing ninjas, superhero tomatoes - or any other idea they call out - and watch the Story Pirates bring their ideas to life. “Create-A-Show” is as crazy, hilarious and unexpected as kids themselves.  Tickets available online at www.ArtsLasVegas.org or by calling 702.229.ARTS (2787). This production made possible through grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts, WESTAF and the Nevada Arts Council.

 

2019 Performing & Visual Arts Camp Final Productions (all ages)

Saturday, July 27, 7:30 p.m., The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave.

Wednesday, July 31, 2 p.m., Clark County Library Theater, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2 p.m., Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

Saturday, Aug. 3, 2 p.m., West Las Vegas Library Theater, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

Free and open to the public, advanced tickets required for The Smith Center performance.

Enjoy the final production created by talented students of the Performing & Visual Arts Camp. Created and performed by the youth participating in this annual summer camp program, this breathtaking production shares stories of their search for self-identity, social justice and personal truths through dance, music and theatre. Presented in partnership with the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. For free tickets to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts performance on July 27, please call 702-749-2000.

 

New Exhibitions

 

Remnant

Featuring the photography of Jason Tannen.

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

 

Celebrating Life! 2019 Winner’s Circle

July 22-Oct. 3; hours Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Fridays, weekends 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 artists this year include:

  • Best of Show - J.D. Houghton;
  • Ceramics: 1st - Allen Graef, 2nd - Diane Sogan, 3rd - Beth Macleod, Honorable Mention - Nanci Rose Marmer;
  • Watercolor: 1st - Linda Smith, 2nd - Patty Stroupe, 3rd - John Birkland, Honorable Mention - Shari O’Donnell;
  • Sculpture: 1st - Gail Seidner, 2nd - Marian Rasfeld, 3rd - Austine Wood Comarow;
  • Photography: 1st - Lamar Marchese, 2nd - Robert Oberman, 3rd - Glenda Sessums;
  • Mixed Media: 1st - Karin Serra, 2nd - Casey Southard, 3rd - Sheila Spargo, Honorable Mention - Beth Phillips-Folwell;
  • Painting: 1st - Janet Wand, 2nd - Sue Irish Katz, 3rd - Lily Adamczyk, Honorable Mention - Susan Richardson;
  • Drawing and Pastel: 1st - Laura McEwan, 2nd - Diane Crane Benelli, 3rd - Marie Hee, Honorable Mention - Terry Gailey, Honorable Mention - Judi Rosenthal. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

Closing Exhibitions

 

Celebrating Life! 2019 Exhibition

Through July 13; hours Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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

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

 

“Exploring the Twisted Nature of All Things… Fiber”

Through July 15; hours Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Fridays, weekends and holidays.

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

 

Current Exhibitions

 

Reverence for the Irrelevant

Featuring the artwork of David Fay, Geoffrey Gorman and Terrian Hale.

Through Aug. 1; hours Mondays-Thursdays, 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.

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

 

Overcast

Featuring the artwork of Brett Bolton.

Through Aug. 9; hours Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Charleston Heights Arts Center Lobby, 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).

 

The Wide View

Co-presented with Opportunity Village.

Through Aug. 31, hours Thursdays and Fridays, noon-5 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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

This exhibition will display visual work in different media created in different settings by a majority of female artists participating in classes and workshops at Opportunity Village’s fine arts program. As the title suggests, the concept of this show focuses on the wide (as opposite to a narrow) view how artists in the program contemplate the natural world, from observation to imagination and abstraction, and how these viewing angles are non-linear or hierarchic, and multi-faceted, layered across, non-vertically. The exhibition’s positive and progressive message is to prove that cultural barriers can be overcome. In addition, the focus is on ability rather than on (barrier building) disability of program participants at Opportunity Village. A sense of artistic freedom can be discovered in three multi-media showcases, varying from the grand scheme of things to the specifically noted. It is being presented as a survey spanning works from 2012-2019. 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).

 

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 and Mary Hill’s Cycled Musings bike racks. 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).