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PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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

 

Spring I Class Registration Available Through March 7 for Six-week Session Feb. 25-April 4

The city of Las Vegas offers 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 6-adult)
    Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.
    Courses offered include Adult Drama Fundamentals and Introduction to Improvisation, Youth Art, Teen Art, Beyond Sketch, Hip-Hop, Modern Dance, Group Guitar, and private lessons visual art, piano, voice, guitar by appointment.
  • Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Drama Class Registration (ages 4-17)
    Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., and
    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, Ballet, Hip-Hop, African Drum, Audio Recording and Engineering, Video Production, Martial Arts and Chess.

Ethnic Express International Folk Dancing (ages 8+)

Wednesdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26; 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/.

 

Sankofa Conversations Series: Continuing the Journey of Language (ages 13+)

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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

Three different workshops consisting of book discussions and dialogue will use the past to understand issues affecting the African-American community for today and tomorrow. Sankofa literally translates to "look to the past to inform the future." The symbol itself depicts a bird, which appears to be moving forward while looking back, supporting the idea of incorporating the aspects of the past into the future. The workshop will be literary-based, led by a group of community facilitators, exploring the soul of black folks as a result of the miseducation of the Negro using literature by both W. E. Burghardt Du Bois and Carter G. Woodson. For more information, please call 702-229-ARTS, or visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org.

 

StorySLAM “Oops” (ages 13+)

Saturday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.

Pay what you wish ($5 suggested).

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

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 – “Oops.” No word in the English language captures the drama and the tension of a mistake as well as the word “oops.” Join us as storytellers share the humor, gravity and thrill of experiences that made them say… “Oops.” This event supported 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.

 

Broadway’s Next Hit Musical (all ages)

Friday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $25 (plus tax/fees).

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

The hilarious “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made-up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter. The audience votes for its favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full-blown improvised musical -- complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue and plot twists galore. BNHM has been seen recently at The Triad, Tribeca Film Festival and the New York Musical Theatre Festival, among many others. Under the direction of improv veterans Rob Schiffmann and Deb Rabbai, TheaterWeek hailed the show as “brilliant” and The New York Post called it “remarkable.” Don’t miss the next great American musical – it could be written by YOU! For tickets, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Presents “The Nevada Series” (ages 6+)

Feb. 14-15 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 15*-16 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $5.50 (plus tax/fees).

Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

From Helen J. Stewart to Mark Twain, Nevada history always provides rich characters for the Rainbow Company to inhabit and tour throughout Clark County schools. Join us to discover which characters and episodes from Silver State history are next to step into the limelight. One weekend only! For more information and tickets, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787). *American Sign Language interpreted performance.  This event supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

 

USA Ballroom Dance (ages 13+)

Saturday, Feb. 15; 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.

 

Black Weekend 2020: Kemet in the Desert Series

Feb. 20-22 at 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

West Las Vegas Library Theater, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 702-507-3989.

Held in honor and recognition of African-American Heritage and Black History Month, this three-day cultural event features guest lecturer programs accentuated with dancing, music, spoken word and affirmations to the vast history of a people in afro-ritualistic traditions. Presented in partnership with Like It Is Radio, Nia Productions, Platinum Productions, Power 88 FM and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. For more information, please call 702-507-3989 or visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org.

 

The Finest Hour Concert

Featuring: Davina and the Vagabonds & The Hot Club of Cowtown (all ages)

Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $25 (plus tax/fees).

Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the iconic music that ended Word War II, the legendary tunes of Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, the Andrews Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald and more are brought to life by two remarkable bands, each with their own dynamic sound and style. Davina and the Vagabonds’ edgy vocals and superlative musicianship combine jazz and the blues for a uniquely ageless sound, while the Texas trio, Hot Club of Cowtown, ignite the stage with their hot jazz and Western swing. For tickets, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

The Poets’ Corner (ages 17+)

Hosted by LaBlaque.

Friday, Feb. 21, 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).

 

Night of Expressions Youth Talent Showcase

Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

Join us as the city of Las Vegas hosts Night of Expressions, a youth talent showcase. This experience unveils the talents of young community performers in recognition and celebration of Black History Month. Participants will showcase their talents via singing, dancing, acting, music and spoken word. If you are ages 8 to 22 and have a talent you would like to share, please contact Willie Henderson at 702-229-6309 by Jan. 31.

 

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

Written by Margery Williams, adapted by Janet Allard.

Saturday, Feb. 29; 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 production of “The Velveteen Rabbit.” For almost a century, this 1922 novel has reminded readers of all ages that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Now for the first time in its 43-year history, the Rainbow Company brings the toys of William’s storied nursery to life with imaginative stagecraft and indelible heart. Roles available for both children and adults. No preparation is required to audition; wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Performance dates are April 24 to 26 and May 1 to 3. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

New Exhibitions

 

Laurens Tans: The Three Wise Monkeys (all ages)

A Public Art Collaboration Exhibition

Feb. 13-May 7; hours Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Friday-Sunday and holidays.

Free admission and open to the public.

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

Laurens Tan’s Three Wise Monkeys lanterns were originally commissioned by the city of Sydney Australia, and one of the pieces from this Public Art exhibition will be featured in City Hall’s Grand Gallery. Laurens Tan lives and works in Wollongong, Beijing, China, and Las Vegas, Nevada. He has a year-long curated solo exhibition at the Sahara West Library and his work was recently acquired by the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. This larger-than-life exhibition continues Tan’s playful exploration of Chinese linguistics and symbolism, and developments in CAD technology. It stands 16 feet tall and is made up of more than 1,600 pattern pieces. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Aesthetics Primary II Exhibition (all ages)

Feb. 21-May 30; hours Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment only. Call 702-229-4631 for reservations.

Artist Reception: Thursday, March 12; 5 to 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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

This exhibition focuses on artists whose work could be defined as possessing aesthetic beauty or visual pleasure. Posted with each piece is a brief statement by the artist expressing how aesthetics influence their creative process. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

African-American Heritage Exhibition

Featuring the artwork of George Ameal Wilson

Feb. 27-May 21; hours Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Friday-Sunday and holidays.

Artist Reception: Thursday, Feb. 27; 4 to 6 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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

This annual exhibit features the work of an African-American artist who lives and works in Nevada. This year the featured artist is George Ameal Wilson, who spent his formative years in Texas developing his love for cowboys by watching western movies with his grandmother. After moving to Los Angeles, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from California State College Los Angeles. Wilson studied under Si Fountain for five years and was a student of Joseph Gibby for two years. Inspired by artist Norman Rockwell, he wants his artwork to tell a story. People of all ethnic groups are part of the western experience. These ethnic groups contributed to our history and he wants to show this in his work. They were here; they did something; and he believes we need to open up to our history and see that various groups of people built this country. He saw no mention of these people growing up as a child and his goal is to convey his thoughts and messages through the people in his work. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Closing Exhibitions

 

Southwest Teapots Exhibition

Presented in partnership with the Nevada Clay Guild.

Through Feb. 6; hours Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Friday-Sunday and holidays.

Free admission and open to the public.

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

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

 

Chinese Heritage Exhibition: Year of the Rat

Through Feb. 15; hours Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m., by appointment only. Call 702-229-4631 for an appointment.

Free and open to the public by appointment.

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

This annual invitational fine art exhibit focuses on Chinese heritage. The 2020 Chinese New Year celebrates the Year of the Rat. Artists show pieces that include the rat and signifiers, images, or visual concepts that honor and celebrate Chinese tradition. For more information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Public Employee Art Exhibition

Through Feb. 20, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Friday-Sunday and holidays.

Free admission and open to the public.

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

Exhibition of artwork submitted by public employees who practice art in their spare time. Featured artists include: Rico Arana, Clark County Parks & Recreation; Stephanie Bethel, Southern Nevada Health District Office of Communications; Cesar Ceballos, Clark County Property Management Department; Kim Cochrane, city of Las Vegas Parks & Recreation; Grace Davis, Nevada Arts Council Community Arts Development Specialist; Natalie Delgado, Clark County School District Fine Art Teacher; Christopher Louis D’Errico, Clark County Department of Aviation; Margaret DeClerk, Retired, city of Las Vegas Office of Communications; John Easton, city of Las Vegas Public Works; Rebecca Holden, city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs; Steve Horlock, city of Las Vegas Office of Communications; Bobbie Ann Howell, Nevada Humanities Program Wrangler; Afsaneh Javanmard, Clark County School District Substitute Teacher and UNLV  Lab Monitor; Jacqueline Laredo, Clark County Parks & Recreation; Karon Lee, Retired, Clark County School District Teacher; Marcus Montgomery, city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs; Gail Moser, Clark County Parks & Recreation; Manfred Peter O’Hare, College of Southern Nevada Adjunct Art Instructor; Yasmine Redding, city of Henderson Multigenerational Center; Sean Russell, College of Southern Nevada Fine Art Department Professor; David Seidner, Retired, Clark County School District Support Staff and Teacher/Family Assistant; Glenda Sessums, UNLV College of Liberal Arts Administrative Assistant; Sandra Sirgo, UNLV Art Instructor; Christine Stergios, Retired, city of Henderson Graphic Artist; Georgia Stergios, Retired, UNLV Office of Information Technology; Christopher Tsouras, College of Southern Nevada Fine Art Department Professor; David Wignall, Retired, Clark County Air Quality Specialist. For more information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Current Exhibitions

 

Celebrating Life! Masters Exhibition (all ages)

Through April 28; 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, 800 S. Brush St.

This is the fifth year of this part of the Celebrating Life! annual juried art exhibit program. It includes three artists that have won three or more awards over the past 19 years. Artists were chosen based on the texture present in each of their works and the visual similarity in the subjects each artist presents. Artists this year include Drina Fried, Terry Harvey, and Myra Oberman. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Windows on First: “Under the Sky – Ceramic Landscape Wall Series”

Featuring artwork of Sierra Slentz.

Through May 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.

A collection of individual abstract pieces or ‘landscapes’ that depict the Basin and Range region in which we live. When these individual pieces come together, the contrasting colors, textures and forms are reminiscent of the experience of wandering through the desert, taking in geological forms, reflections, mirages, sunsets and ghost town remains. 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, available to view at all times.

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).