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City Of Las Vegas Cultural Arts January 2020 Calendar Of Events

Discover the Arts!

PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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

Winter Class Registration available through Jan. 18 for six-week session Jan. 7-Feb. 15, 2020. Spring I Class Registration available Jan. 28-March 7 for six-week session Feb. 25-April 4, 2020.

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). Cultural centers will be closed Jan. 1 and 20 for holiday observance.

  • 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 in 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.
    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, Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29; 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/.

The Poets’ Corner (ages 17+)

Hosted by LaBlaque.

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

USA Ballroom Dance (ages 13+)

Saturday, Jan. 18; 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.

Gallery Workshop: Celebrating the Chinese New Year (ages 7+)

Saturday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m.

Free and open to the public.

Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., Room 160.

This new visual arts workshop series features drawing, painting, color theory, sculpture, and more. Cultural Affairs staff, as well as guest artists, share their inspiration and expertise, offering personal insights and individualized attention, building children’s knowledge and confidence. Workshops are available to beginner to intermediate students. Las Vegas Visual Arts Instructor Vanessa Valdivia will facilitate and discuss the Chinese New Year and celebrate the Year of the Rat. Participants will create make-and-take, mixed-media art, learn to interpret a gallery exhibition and experience an artist critique. Please note that clothing may get dirty, dress accordingly or bring an apron. To register, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

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

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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

Three unique workshops consisting of book discussions and dialogue using 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 literacy-based and led by a group of community facilitators, exploring the soul of black folks as a result of the miseducation of the Negro; 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.

New Exhibitions

Celebrating Life Masters Exhibition

Jan. 16-April 28; Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Artist Reception Jan. 16, 5 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).

Closing Exhibitions

“Les Folies Bergere” Exhibition (all ages)

Through Jan. 11, 2020; 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, 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).

Current Exhibitions

Chinese Heritage Exhibition: Year of the Rat

Dec. 6, 2019-Feb. 15, 2020, hours Thursdays and Fridays, noon-5 p.m.

Artist Reception Jan. 24, 5 to 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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 will 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).

Southwest Teapots Exhibition

Presented in partnership with the Nevada Clay Guild

Through Feb. 6, 2020; 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed weekends 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).

Public Employee Art Exhibition

Nov. 27, 2019, to Feb. 20, 2020; 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed weekends 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).

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

Featuring the artwork of Sierra Slentz

Through May 1, 2020; 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, 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).

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