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Ho Ho Holiday Happenings

The Holiday Season is in full force now and I’m sure your wallet is coming out for the purpose of giving. So what are you going to give? You could stick with those corporate stores that offer the same mass produced products or realize it is the most wonderful time of the year and the best time to put some money into your local economy and buy some spectacular gifts.  So this weekend happens to be a perfect weekend to buy local and enjoy some Las Vegas culture all at the same time.

The first Friday of this month will be on the same weekend as the Second Saturday, which means the popular First Friday Festival and the StrEATS Festival are happening on the same weekend. First Friday has become a large event over the years which means there is plenty of opportunity to buy local as there are a plethora of artistic vendors that participate in the festival. It’s perfect for the holidays, you can go out enjoy the community and find unique cool stuff for your giftees. What you are going to see out there is an array photography art, paintings, and even sculptures. You can also find threads from local fashion designers and my personal favorite, fashion accessories to add finishing touches to your looks. If you can’t make it to First Friday, the StrEATS Festival is on Saturday and although it is still in its beginning stages there are several local vendors to check out.

One of the newest vendors that I adore and they just happen to make appearances at both events is A Girls Glitter. They are a local company that is online and sells at local events as well. They specialize in bling and originality of fashion accessories. It’s hard not to buy at least one of their unique fashion accessories with all that sparkle reeling a girl in. Besides every girl needs a new accessory and of course, so does her friend, right?  Be sure to hit them up online if you don’t make it out and see them this weekend.

Of course at both events there will be plenty of those delicious food trucks to help tame the appetite you work up. Just remember to grab a jacket and maybe some gloves as it will be chilly outside this weekend. Hey and even if you don’t buy anything at the festivals get some ideas and grab some business cards to follow up later on that unique gift idea. Save the corporate stores for buying your paper towels and remember keep it real by buying from local businesses for your gifts this season.

One of the best traditions for the Holidays are those beautiful light displays and of course our awesome city has got that covered as well. Take the family out this weekend and enjoy some displays our city graciously offers. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts an annual light show called, Glittering Lights and it is open now until January 6th from 5:30 till 9 pm,Monday Thru Thursday and till 10 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays. It’s $15 per carload during the week , $20 on holidays and weekends so be sure to pack all your friends and family in the vehicle and split the cost.

Also, the Springs Preserve is hosting the Holiday Light Spectacular this weekend on December 8th and 9th from 5 to 9 pm,  it will also be open from December 15 thru the 23rd at same time in the evening. This event will be, “bathed in the glow of thousands of colorful, eco-friendly LED lights, the family-friendly celebration will feature tasty treats, holiday arts and crafts, reindeer (pony) rides for the little ones, photos with Santa, and much more”.

One of the most talked about holiday events for this weekend is the 12th annual Lakes Festival of Lights, located just South of West Sahara and West of Durango Drive. The event is free to attend and there will be many festive holiday family happenings to enjoy like arts and crafts, live entertainment and even a boat parade. It starts at noon on Saturday, December 8th and runs until 6p.m.

Oh, one last thing just to let you know the Mob Bar is celebrating it’s 1 year anniversary tonight offering drink pricing from back in 1933. If you’ve been looking for something to do tonight this is it. So stop downtown tonight at the Mob Bar after 5pm to enjoy some of their delicious cocktails basically a buy one get one free opportunity (buy one get one free should always be taken advantage of…just an FYI).

Whatever you do be sure to get out there this weekend, enjoy and support this fabulous city we live in. Happy Holidays Las Vegas!

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Cockroach Theatre Finds Downtown Home

Don’t be alarmed it’s only a metaphor for the stellar survival techniques of those creepy critters. Cockroach Theatre was thought up by five UNLV Alumni in 2002. The students did not expect to stay in Vegas, although, that’s what ended up happening. After graduation they began putting together ideas and performed a midnight showing of the famous Broadway production “Line”  by Isreal Horovitz. The performance went well so the company continued to feature “nomadic” performances throughout Las Vegas. They even got the opportunity to showcase performances at several festivals outside of Vegas, such as the Endinburgh Fringe in 2003, the Burning Man in 2005  and the Minnesota Fringe in 2007. They still continued to entertain in the valley and for the past ten years Cockroach Theatre has put on many shows throughout the city in different venues, well until now that is.

The Cockroach Theatre purchased a space in the Las Vegas 18b Arts District and was able to raise enough money -$23k to be exact – to revamp the space and build a 80+ person theater.  This month they will introduce their new home, Arts Square Theatre which is located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. The Cockroach Theatre plans to entertain the community with their own works as well as be a resource for other performing art groups in need of a venue. The Arts Square Theatre will be an available space for dance, improv and other types of creative expression artists. They also plan to have workshops and classes during the day at the theatre.

Arts Square Theatre will have a soft opening sometime this month with the official opening set for September. This will be an exciting addition that will bring more performing art focus to the local art community. We will continue to bring you up to date information about the theatre so keep checking in.

You can also learn more about the theatre at http://www.indiegogo.com/artsquaretheatre

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