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The Poets’ Corner
Friday, November 21 to Friday, August 21
West Las Vegas Arts Center; 947 West Lake Mead Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada 89106

Free Admission

Keith Brantley hosts a forum for established poets and open mic participants featuring the best local poetry talent.

Friday Evenings
Sept. 19, 2014 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 17, 2014 7 p.m.
Nov. 21, 2014 7 p.m.
Dec. 19, 2014 7 p.m.
Jan. 16, 2015 7 p.m.
Feb. 20, 2015 7 p.m.
March 20, 2015 7 p.m.
April 17, 2015 7:30 p.m.
May 15, 2015 7:30 p.m.
June 19, 2015 7:30 p.m.
July 17, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 21, 2015 7:30 p.m.


“A Celebration of African Values, Culture, & Community”
Saturday, December 27, 10 a.m. ~ 5 p.m.
WLVAC, 947 West Lake Mead Blvd; WLVLT, 951 West Lake Mead Blvd.

Free and open to the public

Join us in a communal Kwanzaa day-long celebration as we unite to reflect, honor, dialog and share in the meaning and principles of “Kwanzaa” hosted by Master of Ceremonies Keith Brantley “Modern Griot.” Embrace the best of African culture, community, and humanity as we acknowledge and support the accomplishments of youth graduates of the West Las Vegas Arts Center’s annual “SONSHIP” and “S.I.S.T.A.” Rites of Passage Mentoring Workshops. The event is co-sponsored by the Las Vegas - Clark County Library District.

Kwanzaa 2014 Activities & Program Itinerary Timeline:

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Marketplace Bazaar – Village Vendors
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Master Afro-Modern Dance Class taught by Artist-in-Residence Tyrell Rolle
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ancestral Stretch / Yoga Class taught by Maticia Sudah
12:15 - 1 p.m. Community Honors – Dr. Sarann Knight Preddy
1 - 3 p.m. “Two Trains Running*”
play by August Wilson, produced by the Ira Aldridge Theatre Co. of Nevada
Co-directed by Mr. Walter and Mr. Kent Jackman, featuring community artists.
Final performance on Sunday, December 28, 3 – 5 p.m. *For mature audiences.
3:15 - 4 p.m. Community Honors
Ramon Savoy featuring the Jester Hairston Music Association and spoken word artists
“LaBlaque” and Keith Brantley
4 - 5 p.m. SONSHIP: A Ritual Passage To Manhood
S.I.S.T.A.: Sisters In Society Taking Action
Rites of Passage Graduation Ceremony

Please call (702) 229-4800 for more information.


Howard Hughes: Footprints in the Desert Sand a Chautauqua presentation by Brian Kral
Friday, April 17, Noon - 1 p.m.
Lloyd George US Courthouse 333 Las Vegas Blvd. 89101 Jury Room

Admission: Free

For many Nevadans, the puzzle of Howard Hughes begins with a late-night arrival on a stretcher at the Desert Inn Hotel in 1966, and ends just as mysteriously four years later with his secret departure. Within that short time the elusive billionaire, film-producer and aviation pioneer never appeared in public—but he had purchased five Las Vegas hotels, a casino in Las Vegas and another in Reno, a television station, an air terminal, a regional airline, and thousands of acres of Nevada real estate. More importantly, he was credited with having legitimized corporate investment in the casino industry, which had long been associated with money laundering for the Mob. What many people don’t know, however, is that his involvement in Nevada began as early as the 1940s and continued into the 50s. In 1972, Hughes finally broke his personal silence with a press conference from a hotel in the Bahamas, to comment on a purported “autobiography” by Clifford Irving. This would be Hughes’ final comment on his life and achievements, and also on the persistent rumors about his strange appearance and obsessive behavior.


City of Las Vegas
Office of Cultural Affairs, 495 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Monday - Thursday 229-6511 / Friday - Saturday 229-6383