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“The Hues of Souls”
Exhibition by John Trimble
Saturday, January 30 to Saturday, March 19, Meet-the-Artist Reception, Jan. 30, 2 pm
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.


Free and open to the public.

“The Hues of Souls” is a collection of Acrylic paintings illustrating the various moods and emotions one might experience in daily life through the amplified use of color. Whether these pieces depict a jazz artist playing music, the beautiful inspiration of a landscape or the expression of worship through praise dance, the enhanced blues, yellows and other hues emphasize the emotions and atmosphere the subject or scene may provoke. How do these hues change the subject matter, and what do they represent? This exhibition will encourage viewers to look at color in a non-traditional way. What will these hues say to you? For more information, please call 702-229-4800.

 


“Know Thyself” Series – The Native Son Bookstore Revisited
Friday, February 5 to Friday, March 25, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 702-229-4800.


Cosponsored by The Samuel L. Smith Educational Foundation; hosted by Al Gourrier, Ph.D., and various community leaders.

The Native Son Bookstore is a series of educational and cultural activities designed to educate, empower and uplift citizens of West Las Vegas. The initial series is scheduled to run for 12 weeks beginning in January and address a wide variety of topics. The topics were selected and based on the overall goal of the project which is “to improve the quality of the life for poor and disadvantaged families.” The activities will be free and open to citizens of all ages. For more information, please call 702-229-4800

Feb. 5 My African Experience Helen Toland
Feb. 12 Organizing Black Parents Jillian White
Feb. 19 The Roots of African-American Culture Al Gourrier, Ph.D.
Feb. 26 Black Youth/Small Business Jeremy Washington
March 4 Political History of West Las Vegas Senator Joe Neal
March 11 Poetry / The Art of Rap Keith Brantley
March 18 Sunz / A Mentoring Program Yusef R. Sudah
March 25 MOTHERWHIT China Hudson

 


Drawing and Painting a Portrait Workshop
Saturday, February 6 to Saturday, February 13, 12:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383


Saturdays, February 6 & 13
Beginner-Intermediate levels, ages 13 yrs. & up
Two-week fee: $26
Instructor: Jacqueline Eihausen

Students will learn the basic skills required for portraiture and will explore ways of depicting the human face. Students will be guided through methods of measurement for placement of features & aspects of the head & face. Finished portraits will be achieved through observation & execution by first drawing their subjects and then practicing their art-making skills with use of paint. Clothing may get dirty; bring an apron or dress accordingly.

 


Jester Hairston Music Association Black History Concert
Saturday, February 13, 3:30 p.m.
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 702-229-4800.


Free and open to the public.

Join us as the Jester Hairston Musical Association presents a historical musical celebration sharing works composed and / or performed by those of African American descent. For more information, please call 702-229-4800.

 


The Poets’ Corner (ages 17+)
Friday, February 19 to Friday, March 18, 7 p.m.
West Las Vegas Arts Center Community Gallery, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 702-229-4800.




Friday, Feb. 19 & Mar. 18, 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public.


Hosted by Keith Brantley this monthly forum for established poets and open-mic participants features the best local poetry talent. Call 702-229-4800.

 


Handmade Book Workshop
Saturday, February 20 to Saturday, February 27, 12:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383


Saturdays, February 20 & 27
Beginner-Intermediate levels, ages 7 yrs. & up
Two-week fee: $26
Instructor: Jacqueline Eihausen

Bring 4-5 photos, small drawings, and/or writings you would like to combine into a one-of-a-kind artful book. Students will assemble abstract, collaged, rainbow-hued covers with fan-folded pages between. They will compose their stories, anthologies, pictures--whatever creativity suggests--and find themselves with a "whole" that is greater than the sum of its parts.

 


Black Weekend 2016: Kemit in the Desert Series
Thursday, February 25 to Friday, February 26, 7 to 10 p.m.
West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 702-507-3989.


Free and open to the public.

Join us in celebrating leading voices that represent the vast range of the black experience. Guest lectures moderated by Franklyn G. Verley III, host of “Like It Is” Radio, Power 88 FM.

Professor James Small
African Centered Spirituality

Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 to 10 p.m.
Guest lecturer Professor James Small connects the Las Vegas community to the larger black diaspora in communal dialogue, sharing his four decades of insights in making African spirituality relevant.

Dr. Leonard Jeffries
Curriculum of Inclusion vs. Exclusion to Incarceration

Friday, Feb. 26, 7 to 10 p.m.
Guest lecturer Leonard Jeffries’ “Curriculum of Inclusion” became a landmark case against the Board of Education of the city of New York to include more world history that includes contributions from people of color and its impact on the world stage; and, how when given to young students, it changes their world concepts.

In honor of Black History Month, there will be an African Drum Call and offerings of dance, spoken word and music related to the black diaspora. Cosponsored by “Like It Is” Radio, Nia Productions, Power 88 FM, and the Las Vegas–Clark County Library District. For more information, call 702-507-3989 or 702-229-4800

 


SONSHIP – A Ritual Passage to Manhood “Crossing Over” Graduation Ceremony
Facilitated by Yusef Sudah, Al Gourrier, Ph.D., and Alfatari Richards
Saturday, February 27, 2 to 4 p.m.
West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. 702-507-3989.


Free and open to the public.

Join the community celebration to share the meaning of “SONSHIP,” embracing and acknowledging the accomplishments of the SONSHIP – A Ritual Passage To Manhood (Boys) Fall 2015 Graduates.

Cosponsored by Las Vegas–Clark County Library District. For more information, call 702-229-4800 or 702-507-3989.

 


Native Son Read-A-Thon
Sunday, February 28, 2 to 4:30 p.m.
West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. 702-507-3989.


Free and open to the public.

Join in the Native Son Read-A-Thon, an African-American history and cultural activity purposed to bring together African-American families and the diverse collective community for a cultural, history-based educational experience. The event will illuminate the fact that there are many African-American writers of whom we can be proud and driving home the point that reading is a high priority for many successful African-Americans. This interactive cultural activity and communal exchange engages participants to read or recite African-American literature and history. Facilitated by Al Gourrier, Ph.D., and cosponsored by The Sam Smith Educational Foundation, The Gathering, Rodney Smith and Las Vegas – Clark County Library District. For more information, call 702-229-4800 or 702-507-3989

 


Legendary Queen of Swing — Norma Miller
An Evening “Swing” Presentation
Monday, February 29, 7 to 9 p.m.
West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. 702-507-3989.


Free and open to the public.

Join the legendary Queen of Swing, Norma Miller, 2015 recipient of The Satchmo Award created by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, as she shares her lively, life-long, inspiring journey. This iconic dancer, actress, choreographer, comedienne and foremost proponent of the “Lindy Hop” has co-authored books “Swingin’ at the Savoy: The Memoir of a Jazz Dancer” and “Stompin’ at the Savoy: the Story of Norma Miller. Book signing and sales will follow the program. Co-sponsored by Las Vegas–Clark County Library District. For more information, call 702-229-4800 or 702-507-3989.

 


Painting a Surrealist Landscape Workshop
Saturday, April 2 to Saturday, April 9, 12:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383


Saturdays, April 2 & 9
Beginner-Intermediate levels, ages 7 yrs. & up (skills extending thru experienced adults)
Two-week fee: $26
Instructor: Jacqueline Eihausen

Students will create a dream-inspired landscape where everyday rules of gravity & scale do not apply. Participants will be asked to push their limit of imagination. Students have the option to personalize their project by bringing photos and collage materials from home. Clothing may get dirty; bring an apron or dress accordingly.

 


Piñatas Artmaking Workshop
Saturday, April 16 to Saturday, April 23, 12:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383


Saturdays, April 16 & 23
Beginner-Intermediate levels, ages 13 yrs. & up (skills extending thru experienced adults)
Two-week fee: $26
Instructor: Jacqueline Eihausen

Learn how to make a piñata just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Students will learn how to create a piñata of their own using traditional papier mâché techniques and then decorate with colorful tissue papers. These fun temporary sculptures are great to display or can be filled with candies to be used for its intended purpose for the holiday or your next fiesta/celebration. Clothing may get messy, dress accordingly.

 

City of Las Vegas
Office of Cultural Affairs
495 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Monday - Saturday (702) 229-2787