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‘Arts & Culture’

Celebrate Historic Preservation And Archaeology Month!

Enjoy Museums, Tours And Events That Celebrate Las Vegas History

The city of Las Vegas celebrates Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month this May with the theme “See it! Save it! Celebrate it!” Everyone can participate in the preservation of significant monuments, landscapes and neighborhoods by visiting a museum, touring historic sites, or enjoying the Helldorado Days Parade. By joining in this month-long celebration of historic preservation and archaeology, you will learn about our collective heritage and participate in some great outdoor and indoor activities. For more information, call (702) 229-5260.

Las Vegas activities include:

  • Free Tickets to Local Museums
    Local museums, such as the Mob Museum, Springs Preserve and Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, the Clark County Museum and the Lost City Museum are offering limited free passes. To reserve passes and see a complete list of participating museums, go online to www.lasvegasnevada.gov/hp.  The deadline to register is May 8.
  • Pathways to Progress Bus Tour and Lunch Lecture
    Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    The Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission and Nevada Humanities are hosting the “Pathways to Progress” bus tour and lecture that will be led by Clark County Museum Director Mark Hall-Patton, renowned local historian and regular contributor on the nationally syndicated Pawn Stars television show. Hall-Patton will draw from his extensive knowledge of Las Vegas history to talk about the role of trails, rails, roads and runways in the development of Las Vegas. He will be joined by native Las Vegan and historian Brian Paco Alvarez. The tour will move from downtown Las Vegas to McCarran International Airport and back to downtown via Boulder Highway to the Historic El Cortez hotel-casino for lunch and a lecture about the casino’s history. Peter Moruzzi, southern California historian and author, will showcase the El Cortez history, followed by a “Then and Now” slide presentation of Las Vegas’ mid-century hotels and motels from roadside historian Jerry Stefani. Tickets are $20 each and include the tour and a light lunch. For more details, visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov/hp. The deadline to register is May 8. 
  • Helldorado Days Parade
    Saturday, May 18, 5 p.m.
    Join the city of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Elks Lodge #1468 for the Helldorado Days Parade in downtown Las Vegas on the Fourth Street parade route. The parade starts at Gass Avenue and heads north on Fourth Street to Ogden Avenue. Helldorado Days began in 1935 as a means to encourage tourism to the city after the completion of Boulder Dam. Helldorado Days events include a four-day rodeo, parade, carnival, treasure hunt for gold, whiskerino contest, golf tournament, poker tournament, art show and auction, trail ride, exhibits and food. For more information, go online to www.elkshelldorado.com/.
  • “See it! Celebrate it!  Early Las Vegas through the Eyes of Early Las Vegans”
    Saturday, May 4, 10 to 11 a.m.
    Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park, 500 E. Washington Ave., (702) 486-3511.
    Author and historical interpreter of Helen J. Stewart, Dr. Linda Miller showcases the sites of early Las Vegas and contributions of early Las Vegans in developing the town through her new book, “Early Las Vegas.” She also will discuss how the book was researched. A book signing will follow. Free admission.
  • Historic El Cortez Hotel and Casino National Register of Historic Places Plaque Unveiling
    Thursday, May 9, 4 p.m.
    El Cortez Hotel and Casino, 600 E. Fremont St., (702) 385-5200.
    Join Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Ward 3 Councilman Bob Coffin, Historic Preservation Commission Chair Dorothy Wright and others for the unveiling of the bronze plaque commemorating the designation of the historic El Cortez on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Free Day at the Clark County Museum!
    Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Clark County Museum, 1830 S. Boulder Highway, (702) 455-7955.
    The Clark County Museum boasts a 30-acre site that features a modern exhibit hall with a timeline exhibit about Southern Nevada from pre-historic to modern times and is home to the famous Heritage Street, a collection of restored historic buildings that depict daily life from different decades in Las Vegas, Boulder City, Henderson and Goldfield. Come see their current exhibit, “Cowboys and Indians: Myth and Reality,” which investigates popular romantic notions and widely held misconceptions of the western frontier, and examines some of the historic and contemporary realities. For more information, visit the website.
  • African-American Collaborative Community Town Hall Meeting
    Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., (702) 507-3989.
    The African-American Collaborative wants to hear your stories about working, playing and raising a family in Las Vegas. Bring a few photos and/or items to the meeting and learn how photos and other memorabilia (news clippings, menus, organization flyers and much more) help preserve the stories of the past. Who can bring the oldest photo? Who has a rare photo of the Westside School? Does anyone have a snapshot or menu from a Jackson Street restaurant or other business? Bring along a friend or family member to enjoy light refreshments and prizes. For more information, contact Claytee White or Barbara Tabach at the UNLV Oral History Research Center, (702) 895-2222.
  • The Misunderstood Legend of the Las Vegas Moulin Rouge
    Thursday, May 23, 6 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
    Neon Museum, 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North, (702) 229-5366.
    The Neon Museum will host a panel discussion to commemorate the 1955 opening of The Moulin Rouge. A panel of speakers, including former Moulin Rouge employees, will discuss the role this first racially integrated hotel-casino played in early desegregation efforts in the city. Las Vegas native Stan Armstrong also will screen portions of his new documentary “The Misunderstood Legend of the Las Vegas Moulin Rouge.” Admission is free and open to the public.

 

Las Vegas City Council To Proclaim 18B Arts District Day On April 18

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Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and Ward 3 Councilman Bob Coffin will proclaim April 18, as 18B Arts District Day at 6 p.m. at Boulder Plaza, located at 1046 S. Main St. Members of the city of Las Vegas Arts Commission are also scheduled to attend the event.

The presentation is being made in honor of the founders of the 18B and all the improvements that have occurred in the area. Among those being honored are former Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, Cindy Funkhouser, Dick Geyer and Wesley Myles.

Following the proclamation ceremony there will be a mixer sponsored by the 18B Arts District.

Senior Idol Talent Showcase Auditions

Registration For Senior Idol Talent Showcase Auditions Under Way
Auditions To Be Held May 8-9

Registration for the 2013 Senior Idol Talent Showcase auditions is under way for the 10th annual competition that will be held Thursday, June 13, at 3 p.m., at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

This showcase is for talented, performers age 50 years and older, and includes a variety of categories for individuals and groups to compete in. Categories include, but not limited to, singing, dance, musical instruments and comedy. Each year the array of talent has been some of the best Las Vegas has to offer, and this year will be no different.

To get a registration packet, contact the Las Vegas Senior Center at 229-6454, or stop by at 451 E. Bonanza Road. Packets must be completed and returned to the Las Vegas Senior Center by 6 p.m., Friday, April 26. Invitations to audition will be mailed out, and auditions will be held May 8 and 9 at the Las Vegas Senior Center.

Las Vegas Science Festival April 28 – May 4, 2013

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7 days of science fun for everyone!

This week-long festival offers something for everyone – families, adults, school groups, and kids – and it’s free!

The 2013 Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival is gearing up for their third year and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. Stay informed by becoming a fan of their Facebook Page.

Historic Fifth Street School Contributes to Revitalized Downtown

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The Historic Fifth Street School: Then & Now

Historic Fifth Street School Contributes to Revitalized Downtown
by Michael Clark

Thanks to Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh and a group of passionate activists, downtown Las Vegas continues its revitalization. The City of Las Vegas also deserves recognition for its cultural contribution at the Historic Fifth Street School, located at 401 South Fourth Street.

The former Las Vegas Grammar school and its site were both listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Then in 2008, after four years’ work and nearly $15 million from the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency, the restored site opened as a center for cultural organizations.

“Today, the former school serves as a cultural oasis in the heart of downtown Las Vegas,” declared Courtney Mooney, a City historic preservation officer. Besides hosting several arts and architectural organizations, the school’s venue is an excellent location for live music and stage performances. Call (702) 229-3515 or 229-6469 for more information.

Budget-conscious seniors will be pleased at the modest admission price for most events.

On Friday, January 25, 7 p.m. a dynamic force in American brass chamber music, Presidio Brass, will provide an engaging musical program celebrating the world of Hollywood.

The Presidio Brass presents a performance that connects the audience to both exciting jazz and classical music used in movies as well as great selections from film soundtracks. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door

On Friday, February 22 folk legend Peter Yarrow will perform at 8pm. Yarrow’s fame began in the early 1960s when he joined with Mary Travers and (Noel) Paul Stookey to form “Peter, Paul and Mary.” Yarrow’s song writing helped create some of Peter, Paul & Mary’s most famous songs.

Or you might consider taking the grand-kids for a stage performance of “The Little Engine That Could” on Saturday, March 9. Admission is only $3.

Hawaiian music fans can enjoy a performance by world famous musician Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’Ole on Saturday, April 13. Advance tickets for this performance are $10.

“The Historic Fifth Street complex offers common areas for public or private functions including the multi-purpose performance area/auditorium, gallery space, open courtyards and the 16,000-square-foot outdoor Centennial Plaza,” Mooney noted. The City of Las Vegas Cultural Affairs Division shares space with other tenants including the UNLV Fine Arts Program and the Nevada School of Architecture.

When the school was built in 1936, Las Vegas Boulevard was known as Fifth Street. The original architects, Orville L. Clark and George K. Thompson, designed and built the Mission/Spanish Revival-style building to serve as the city’s first permanent grammar school. Originally, it was named the “Fifth Street School.” The school closed in 1966 and over the following years it was used by both Clark Country and the City of Las Vegas for municipal offices.

Senior United States District Judge Lloyd W. George, one of Nevada’s most prominent citizens, attended Las Vegas Grammar School. The George family home was at 1006 So. 3rd Street, a short walk away. “Charleston was a dirt road and 3rd was gravel,” the Judge recalled.

“Originally, the school was a block longer to the north,” the distinguished jurist explained. The Foley Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse now occupies that site. A railroad grant had put the property into City hands, but with the provision that it be used for educational purposes. Judge George thought the original parties involved in the land grant would be pleased to see how things turned out.

SDLV Visits Clay Arts Vegas

This past weekend, we had the pleasure of touring the new Clay Arts Vegas location in the Downtown Arts District. Clay Arts Vegas is a unique ceramics workshop that offers classes and services to students of any skill level. They also have a gallery, supply store, and host regular events like their monthly First Friday celebration.

Artist/instructor John Gregg was kind enough to chat with our own Donna Rose about CAV and take her on a tour of the workshop. If you are interested in signing up for a class or purchasing a one-of-a-kind piece of art, please pay them a visit at 1511 South Main Street, www.clayartsvegas.com or the Clay Arts Vegas Fan Page on Facebook.