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Celebrate Oktoberfest for Free

Celebrate Oktoberfest for Free


Just like everyone is Irish in March, everyone is German for Oktoberfest.

The city of Las Vegas is celebrating the German festival Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Centennial Plaza, 401 S. Fourth St. The outdoor festival is free and open to the public. It will feature traditional music from Salzburger Echo and traditional dance from The Las Vegas Bavarian Dancers.

It would not be Oktoberfest without food and beer. German potato cakes, potato salad, sauerkraut, bratwurst, apple strudel and a variety of beers will all be available. There will also be activities and games for children.

Free parking will be available at the Historic Fifth Street School parking lot but it will be limited.

Museums Free for Cardholders


This weekend a trip to three local museums will cost nothing for Bank of America cardholders.

The bank is offering "Museums on Us" on Saturday and Sunday. The free admission applies to Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum and the Springs Preserve.

People interested in the offer must present a valid identification and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card. The offer is good for one free general admission to one of the museums.

Design Your Own Series at Smith Center

Design Your Own Series at Smith Center

Tickets are now on sale for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts' first Design Your Own series.

The program allows people to buy tickets to a series of performances but they get to pick which performances they want. The performances in the series are set for March through June of next year. Some options include a dance performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, a musical performance by Yo-Yo Ma and an evening with humorist David Sedaris.

Tickets are as low as $24. When patrons bundle three shows or more into their own mix-and-match series, they can save 15 percent. The Smith Center for the Performing Arts hopes to be the premiere showcase for the arts in Las Vegas. The center is set to open in March.

To see a complete list of performances and to create a series, go to thesmithcenter.com

Miss America Visits Las Vegas Academy Today

Miss America Visits Las Vegas Academy Today

Miss America plays the piano and she’ll do it Thursday afternoon in Las Vegas.

Teresa Scanlan, the 2011 Miss America, will be on stage at the Las Vegas Academy Lowden Theater, 315 S. 7th Street, at 1 p.m.

Students will welcome Scanlan and will participate in a Master Class where she will play the piano. Scanlan won the talent portion of the Miss America Pageant with a piano performance of “White Water Chopped Sticks” and she will be sharing her performance knowledge with the students of the Academy.

Springs Preserve to Host Grapes & Hops Festival

Springs Preserve to Host Grapes & Hops Festival

Join wine and beer fans and help raise money for a good cause at the Springs Preserve’s 2nd Annual Grapes & Hops Festival, slated for Saturday, October 1, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Benefiting Par for The Cure—a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research—Grapes & Hops will highlight tastings of amazing wines and a unique selection of beers.

The festival also will feature live music performed by Kava Kreation, fine food from such local restaurants as Mon Ami Gabi, Flemings, Strip Burger and El Segundo Sol, and a silent auction benefiting Par for the Cure.

All Stars Tour Invading Downtown

Advance tickets are $22.

They sound like a needle-in-the-red grindcore troupe, a clutch of free jazz freakazoids and an anarchist electronica outfit all fighting for air inside a telephone booth.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Small Room Used to Show Big Life Decisions

Small Room Used to Show Big Life Decisions

A local artist used a small room to explore big decisions in series of photographs going on exhibit this week.

Marcos Rivera will unveil his exhibit "Narratives" at Brett Wesley Gallery at a reception Thursday, August 4. Rivera designed and built a small room then asked his subjects to use the space to express the big decisions and crucial moments in their life. The photographs give a glimpse into the points on which a life turns.

“I started this series with a simple idea: build a set and allow my subjects the opportunity to work with me to tell their story. Everyone is at a different point along their personal timeline, all being defined by their choices along the way,” said Rivera.