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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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Local Festivities This Weekend

It may be hard to tell but fall is upon us and you may want to stop down at the Downtown 3rd farmers market and get some seasonal foods that you love. It is open today from 9am-2pm. Some seasonal foods such as, “Sugar Pie Pumpkins, Warren Pears, Fresh Crop Asian pears, Serpent Cucumbers, Chestnuts, Baby Brussels Sprouts, Pomegranates, Fresh Wild Huckleberries, Baby Watermelon, Radish, Smyrna Quince”, will be available so if you have a chance get down there and bring some yummy tastes home.

Can’t make it downtown? There is also the fabulous Fresh 52 Farmers and Artisan Market located in Town Square from 9am till 2pm today also. The best news is they have moved to Whole Foods Market so there is plenty of parking for attendees. Buy Fresh, Buy Local.

First Friday is celebrating their 10th anniversary this weekend. Come down for the party starting at 5pm. The hub is located on Colorado St and Main st. There are so many things going on down there to many to list. Come check it out.

Tonight at the Mob Bar an all woman electric string quartet, Phat String will be performing live from 8 – 11pm. Unique entertainment and an excuse to enjoy one of those phenomenal Mob Bar cocktails, who could ask for more? The bar is located on 3rd street between Ogden and Stewart St.

Attention beer lovers DOGtober Beer & Brat Festival event will be taking place this Saturday, October 6th at Big Dog’s Brewery located at 4543 N. Rancho St. Admission is free, drinks and food will be available through cash purchase. This is a charity event for Patrick Kelly Youth Foundation. Drink beer for a cause the event runs from 2 to 9pm.

The 19th year of the Chivalry Renaissance Festival l is taking place all of this weekend. It will take place at  Silver Bowl Park and you should be prepared to see lavishly costumed knights, knaves, fine ladies and wenches. The festival will feature stages with entertaining costumed performers. “There will be 50 shows per day along with historical re-enactments, jousting tournaments, medieval pageantry and more than 100 artisans – including blacksmiths, stained glass designers, jewelers, wood workers, toy makers, perfume blenders, stone carvers and sword, dagger and armor craftsman — to demonstrate and sell their wares. Authentic food, from fish and chips to an English feast, also will be available as well as beer and ales for adults with proper identification” The event starts tonight, October 5th and runs through Sunday, October 7th and is located at Silverbowl Park 6800 E Russell Rd.

It’s a busy weekend within the Las Vegas community  we have local performing arts shows all weekend as well, see Wednesday’s post here. Get out there this weekend and support our local community.

Dance, Dance and Theatre Las Vegas

Las Vegas has some great performing arts shows this weekend. If you don’t know what you want for entertainment, come and enjoy some local shows right around the valley.

The Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts, better known as LVA, dance Department is hosting their Fall concert on October 5th and 6th in the Performing Arts Center. This won’t break the budget tickets are only $7 and can be purchased at the door. The center is located on Clark St. between 9th and 10th. Come support the schools and local youth your attendance is appreciated. If you have questions you can contact LVA at 702-799-7800.

Las Vegas Ballet Company will be performing at CSN Cheyenne Campus on Sunday October 7th at 2pm in the Horn Theater. These talented youth ballet dancers will be showcasing excerpts of the classical Giselle Ballet and featuring their own Glory. The company will also perform a new modern piece choreographed by the wonderful Gregg Sample.  Tickets are only $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. This community event will raise money through tickets sales and donate all funds to the Youth Enterprise Scholarship for CSN. This scholarship is for financial need based students. A great way to committ to helping out a poor college student. You can purchase tickets by phone at 702-651-Live (5483) or at csn.edu/about/campuslife/performingarts

If you’re not in the mood for dancing, two theatre shows will concluding this weekend as well. If you haven’t checked out the newly opened Arts Square Theatre in the Downtown Arts District you still have a chance to enjoy the show Nurture, from this Thursday through Sunday. You can find out more information about this event here

Also, This is the last weekend to see the popular Broadway production, Wicked at the Smith Center for Performing Arts. The show’s last performance is on Sunday, Oct 7th. You can find more information here

So there you have it Las Vegas, four great reasons to get out and enjoy some quality community entertainment. Lets get out there and support our community!

 

….And The Show Must Go On

The Clark County Library officials made a bad move when they increased their rental rates on their five non profit Performing Arts Centers. The blame was put on the sluggish economy but the burden was put on the local youth as those performing arts groups are the ones that rent the facilities the most. Most understand that an increase had to happen since there hadn’t been one for many years. The mistake was that it jumped from $10 an hour to $170 an hour making it impossible to sell tickets at a high enough price to make up for the rental fees.

See the full story here http://www.change.org/petitions/lvccld-board-of-trustees-substantially-reduce-rental-technician-fees-for-performing-arts-centers

After organizers collected over 5,000 signatures and numerous visits to the library board meetings the voices were heard. On September 13th, Clark county Library was packed with local Las Vegans standing up for the performing arts. Although there was still an increase it is only going to be $40 an hour to rent a theater space. That means our local artists and youth can continue to express themselves through the arts in front of an audience.

Kudos to organizers, supporters and everyone involved in this mission. We look forward to seeing the shows.

Premiere Arts Square Theatre

The building has been bought, the construction has been completed and the performance has been picked. This Friday Cockroach Theatre is celebrating the opening of their new space,  Arts Square Theatre located in the arts district in downtown Las Vegas.

Nurture, a dark comedy by Joanna Adams will be premiering at the new community arts center September 21st at 8pm. The show will run for 3 weeks, closing out the performance on October 7th at 2pm. General admission tickets are $18 and $15 for students.

You can purchase tickets online and get more info at http://www.cockroachtheatre.com

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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