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First Friday returns with Wonderland

The monthly celebration of art, music, food and community returns to downtown this Friday.

First Friday returns August 1 with an event called Wonderland.  For the first time, all of the artistic installations for the event, from concept to activation, will be handled by local artists. They will all be a take on the idea of wonderland and of Lewis Carroll immortal “Alice in Wonderland.”

The installations will not only show the artists’ visions, but they will also be interactive allowing visitors to completely explore the artists’ concepts.

First Friday will be from 5 to 11 p.m. in the Arts District downtown. For parking information, an event map and more, go to firstfridaylasvegas.com.

Federal grant will bring public art to Maryland Parkway Project

Federal grant will bring public art to Maryland Parkway Project

The plan to improve Maryland Parkway from McCarran Airport to downtown will now include public art thanks to a federal grant.

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the project a $50,000 grant. It is one of 66 projects around the country to get money from the $5 million “Our Town” grants.

The money from the NEA is only the beginning. Clark County, the City of Las Vegas and UNLV will all contribute $10,000 to the art project. Plus, the Urban Land Institute will give in-kind support so that all together more than $100,000 will be available for public art along Maryland Parkway.

Those involved in the project say the money will allow planners to create a cohesive and creative design along the length of the Maryland Parkway Project.

Art Project Aims to End Blight

Art Project Aims to End Blight

Making homes and neighborhoods more beautiful is the goal of a new city program, which will turn the plywood used to board up abandoned buildings into works of art.

Artist Markus Tracy was commissioned to paint five different designs for the boards.

The decorate boards will then be used to place in the doors and windows of 10 abandoned homes as part of the pilot program. Tracy says he used vibrant colors and themes specific to southern Nevada.

City leaders say they want the project to help more than just homeowners.

"We're going to have artists who are unemployed or underemployed helping us create designs and do this painting and ambition is to have taggers, graffiti artists also work some of their time off to the city by doing this kind of work," Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin said.

The Las Vegas Arts Commission is funding the project. The cost to paint the boards won't be charged to the property owners.

Plans Announced for Modern Art Museum Complex Downtown

Plans Announced for Modern Art Museum Complex Downtown

A group has announced plans to create a new museum and cultural center in downtown Las Vegas.

The Modern Contemporary Art Museum will be one of three parts of a cultural center planned for two acres near the arts district.

The 35,000-square-foot museum will have several galleries and host rotating exhibits. It will focus on art from the 20th century forward.

Developers have already received a pledge of $2.4 million in land and cash donations and are currently working to get $29 million in capitol to complete the project.

The idea of the museum and cultural center is to showcase modern and contemporary art, technology and design. Besides the museum, the complex will include the Center for Creativity, which will offer education programs and interactive labs.

The third element of the cultural center will be Luminous Park, which will include a sculpture garden, walking paths, and community gathering spaces.

Life is Beautiful Festival Schedule and Map Released

Life is Beautiful Festival Schedule and Map Released

The organizers of the Life is Beautiful Festival announced the schedule and released a map for the music, food, art and learning festival set for Oct. 26 and 27 downtown.

The festival will take over 15 city blocks and include five stages, two chef demonstrations, culinary village, craft cocktails area and pop-art gallery space.

Streets impacted by the festival will include Carson Avenue, Las Vegas Boulevard, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th streets along with Fremont Street.

Parking options and shuttle service are available from the World Market Center and from hotels on the Strip.

Las Vegas' own Imagine Dragons will play the downtown stage on the first night at 7 p.m. The final band of the opening night on that stage will be Kings of Leon.

Another Las Vegas band, The Killers, will close out the festival Sunday with a show downtown starting at 9:40 p.m.

Top Chefs Make Life is Beautiful Festival Foodie Heaven

The upcoming Life is Beautiful Festival is more than just music. There is a food dimension that local foodies will love. 

By now you’ve probably heard that the Killers, Imagine Dragons, the Kings of Leon, Beck and a whole bunch of other musical acts will be in downtown Las Vegas in October for the Life is Beautiful Festival.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Pianist Fortenberry Moves to Center Stage with Cabaret Show

Pianist Fortenberry Moves to Center Stage with Cabaret Show

The musician lands an unusual role in a TV movie.

Michael Douglas could study Liberace’s mannerisms and body language all day. He could talk like him, walk like him, “ostentate” like him. But he and everyone else involved with “Behind the Candelabra,” the HBO film about Liberace and his former lover, knew he could never play the piano like him.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal