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City Of Las Vegas Cultural Arts October 2019 Calendar Of Events

Discover The Arts!

PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

 

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

 

Fall II Class Registration available Oct. 1-Nov. 9 for six-week session Oct. 29-Dec. 14.
No classes the week of Nov. 24-30.

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, Hip-Hop, 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., and
    Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.
    Classes taught by award-winning Rainbow Company staff. Courses offered include Story Drama, Performance Fundamentals, Acting Skills for Youth, and Acting 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, Hip-Hop, Audio Recording and Engineering, Video Production, Martial Arts and Chess.

Ethnic Express International Folk Dancing (ages 8+)

Wednesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; 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 information, call 702-732-4871 or go online to www.ethnicexpresslasvegas.org/. 

“The Witches” (all ages)

Written by Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood.

Presented by Rainbow Company Youth Theatre.

Oct. 4, 5, at 7 p.m. and 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.

 

Rites of Passage Young Men and Women Mentoring Workshops (ages 10–16)

Parent/Child Orientation: Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m.

Saturdays, Oct. 12–Dec. 21, Boys: 1 to 3 p.m.; Girls 3 to 5 p.m.; no class Nov. 30.

Registration fee: $42.

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

Participants in this 10-week youth mentoring workshop will travel on a journey toward the path of adulthood. It is designed to provide the necessary tools to help our sons and daughters become responsible, caring adults, independent thinkers and outstanding citizens of the Las Vegas community. Community elders are encouraged to support this event as the youth prepare for their “crossing over” ceremony. The Rites of Passage workshop topics will include Attitude/Self Respect, Values/Choices, Family/Role Models, Grooming/Hygiene, Cultural Awareness, Social Graces, Image, Decision Making, Education, Career, Financial Literacy, Puberty/Sexuality, Male/Female Relationships, Personal Safety and more. Applications will be available at the West Las Vegas Arts Center beginning Sept. 4. For information, call 702-229-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org.

 

Gallery Workshop Series: Las Vegas Book Festival

“Let’s Make A Book” (ages 7-12)

Saturday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m.

Free and open to the public.

Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

A new visual arts workshop series that 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. Vanessa Valdivia, a visual art instructor and artist from Las Vegas, with Aleida Castro, a literature specialist, will facilitate this 90-minute workshop in ways to develop a story and create illustrations to go with it. Participants 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 an apron. To register, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Auditions - “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (ages 8-adult)

Saturday, Oct. 12; 1 to 6 p.m.

There is no cost to audition.

Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

Auditions begin promptly at 1 p.m. and may take up to five hours. Please arrive early to register and plan to stay for the afternoon. Come prepared to sing 16 bars; accompanist provided, or bring music on CD, phone, or mp3 player without background vocals. Come dressed to dance. Show performances will be Dec. 6-15 at Charleston Heights Arts Center. For more details, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

PHILADANCO! (all ages)

The Philadelphia Dance Company

Saturday, Oct. 12; 7 p.m.

Tickets: $30, plus taxes/fees.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

Founded in 1970, PHILADANCO! has a legacy of breaking barriers and building bridges across cultural divides, consistently performing for audiences representing an amalgamation of people from diverse communities. PHILADANCO! is recognized for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances. Across the nation and around the world, PHILADANCO is celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance. This event receives support from the Nevada Arts Council, WESTAF (the Western States Arts Federation) and the National Endowment for the Arts. For tickets, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

The Poets’ Corner (ages 17+)

Hosted by LaBlaque.

Friday, Oct. 18, 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).

 

Las Vegas Book Festival (all ages)

Saturday, Oct. 19; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

Hear keynote speakers, celebrity authors and other writers from all genres, ages and cultural backgrounds as they share their work and creative process. Festival attendees will enjoy book signings, readings, workshops, vendor exhibits and other special programs. Local food trucks will be available to sell refreshments. The children's side of the Las Vegas Book Festival features live music, crafts, performances, special bilingual entertainment, bookmaking and presentations from renowned authors and illustrators of children's books. Now in its 18th year, the event is the largest literary event in the state of Nevada. The event is co-produced by the city of Las Vegas and Nevada Humanities and presented by the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. This event is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For information, visit www.LasVegasBookFestival.com or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

S.T.O.M.P.

Standing Together Opposing Misuse of Power (adults and teens)

Saturday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free and open to public.

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

The Las Vegas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosts “Standing Together Opposing Misuse of Power” (S.T.O.M.P.), a Stop Domestic Violence Awareness Festival. S.T.O.M.P. is designed to allow the sharing of personal experiences, engage the expertise of professionals in the community, and encourage men, women and teens to be advocates for themselves and those they care about via interactive workshops. Cosponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Las Vegas Alumnae Chapter and the Las Vegas–Clark County Library District. For more information, call 702-229-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org.

 

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Auditions - “The Nevada Series” (age 18+)

Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.

There is no cost to audition.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

Auditions begin promptly at 10 a.m. and may take up to five hours. Please arrive early to register and plan to stay for the afternoon. Rainbow Company Youth Theatre seeks adult actors, performers, devisers, and storytellers for their annual Nevada history touring production that performs for Clark County schools from February through May. An original play with music, The Nevada Series celebrates the 26th year of Rainbow Company performing the Nevada Series for students in Southern Nevada. The first weekend of public performances will be held Feb. 14-16 at the Historic Fifth Street School, after which touring performances commence at schools in the mornings, afternoons and select weekends through May, subject to bookings. This is a paid position with the city of Las Vegas. Please bring a prepared song to sing of any style, a cappella or with guitar accompaniment. (If you would like accompaniment, please bring a lead sheet.) Be prepared to audition with a small group using theatrical improvisation. If you play a musical instrument, please bring it and be prepared to play it. For more details, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Hispanic Heritage Month: Sugar Skull Workshop (ages 7-adult)

Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m.

Cost: $15 per person.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

Families are invited for a one-day workshop celebrating Latino/Hispanic heritage. Learn about the tradition use of sugar skulls. Create a colorfully decorated sugar skull to take home, just in time for the “Dias de los Muertos” celebration. Sugar skulls are used annually in traditional Dias de los Muertos celebrations in central and southern Mexico Nov. 1-2, most notably with colorfully decorated "ofrendas." Day of the Dead celebrations are becoming more popular in the United States as a way to celebrate and honor our loved ones who have passed on. In this workshop, participants each receive a skull to decorate following a lesson on traditions, origins and how to create one from scratch. Note that clothing may get soiled — dress accordingly or bring an apron. To register, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

StorySLAM “The Dark Side” (age 13+)

Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.

Pay what you wish ($5 suggested).

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

Back by popular demand, StorySLAM is a celebration of words and experiences that shape and define who we are. Las Vegas storytellers will share their own personal and genuine stories with the audience, connected to the theme for this presentation – “The Dark Side.” Sometimes we need to expose ourselves to the darkness to appreciate the light. Join us as storytellers recount experiences of encounters with “The Dark Side.” This event 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. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

New Exhibitions

 

“Les Folies Bergere” Exhibition (all ages)

Oct. 3, 2019-Jan. 11, 2020; hours Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Artist Reception: Thursday Oct. 3; 5 to 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

An exhibit featuring photographs, artwork, documents, and costumes from the archives at the Las Vegas News Bureau, UNLV Libraries Special Collections, and the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas. Debuting at the Tropicana Hotel in 1959, the “Folies Bergere” stage show offered song and dance numbers, novelty acts and showgirls. Imported directly from Paris, the French production was a mainstay on the Las Vegas Strip for nearly half a century. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

“Contemporary Interpretations of the Retablo,” a Hispanic Heritage Exhibition (all ages)

Oct. 10-Nov. 20; hours Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Friday-Sunday and holidays.

Artist Reception: Thursday, Oct. 10; 4 to 6 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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

The exhibition features an array of art pieces by Las Vegas Hispanic artists to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture. The city of Las Vegas is proud of its diverse and vibrant multicultural community that attracts people from across the globe who want to seek opportunity and call Las Vegas home. This art exhibition is a celebration of our diversity and acknowledgment of the contributions of our growing Hispanic/Latino community. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Closing Exhibitions

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

Featuring the Artwork of Shan Michael Evans.

April 25-Oct. 18, available to view at all times.

Artist Reception: Thursday, Oct. 17; 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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).

 

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).

 

Current Exhibitions

 

Native Nevada Basketry Traditions (all ages)

Aug. 8-Nov. 7; hours Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; 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).

 

Las Vegas Book Festival Exhibition – “Pencils to Ink”

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).

 

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).