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 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 more 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.
    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 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, Recording & Engineering, Video Recording, Martial Arts, and Chess.

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

Thursday, Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m., and Saturday, Aug. 3, 2 p.m.

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'll be amazed at what happens next... and so will they! That's because the 45-minute show they're 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)

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

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

Free and open to the public.

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 information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org, or call 702.229.ARTS (2787).

 

Ethnic Express International Folk Dancing (ages 8+)

Wednesdays, Aug. 7, 14, 21, and 28; 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/.

 

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Ensemble Audition (ages 10-18)

Saturday, Aug. 10; 1 to 6 p.m. (arrive by 1 p.m., finished by 6 p.m.)

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre program is a nationally acclaimed, award-winning youth theatre group, operated by the city of Las Vegas. For more than 40 years, the company has provided theatre arts classes and a professional training program for young people. The core of the Rainbow Company is its Ensemble of 40 dedicated students, ages 10-18, selected yearly by open auditions. The Rainbow Company Ensemble members work in all aspects of each production. Under the tutelage of professional directors and designers, they are responsible for the creation of the show’s costumes, make-up, sets, lights, sound and backstage crew responsibilities. Serving as an Ensemble member requires participants to make a serious commitment to learning the art of theatre. No preparation is required for the audition; wear comfortable clothes and shoes. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org, or call 702.229.ARTS (2787).

 

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Audition - “The Witches” (ages 8-adult)

Written by Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood.

Saturday, Aug. 17; 1 to 6 p.m. (arrive by 1 p.m. finished by 6 p.m.)

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre is holding open auditions for their upcoming 2019-2020 Season production of “The Witches.” Based on the popular Roald Dahl book, originally published in 1983. In "The Witches,” a boy and his grandmother dare to tale on the Grand High Witch and her followers, who have some wicked plans in store for the world's children. Extravagant costuming and scenery will adorn this spirited adventure just in time for the spooky season. Roles available for both children and adults. No preparation is required to audition; wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Performance dates are Sept. 27, 28, 29, and Oct. 4, 5, and 6, 2019. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

The Poets’ Corner (ages 17+)

Hosted by LaBlaque.

Friday, Aug. 16, 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).

 

USA Ballroom Dance (ages 13+)

Saturday, Aug. 10; 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.

 

New Exhibitions

 

Native Nevada Basketry Traditions

Aug. 8-Nov. 7; hours 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Fridays, weekends and holidays.

Artist Reception: Thursday, Nov. 7, 4-6 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).

 

Closing Exhibitions

 

Reverence for the Irrelevant

Through Aug. 1; hours 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 more information, call 702-229-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org.

 

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. Also, the notion 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.

 

Current Exhibitions

 

Remnant

Featuring the photography of Jason Tannen.

Through 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, 5-7 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

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: 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).

 

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, 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).