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Beautifying by Brushstroke: Artists Paint Utility Boxes near Desert Breeze

Dull gray utility boxes are being brightened through an art park project.

Not all art is found in museums. The Zap! Project, which was created as part of the Las Vegas Centennial celebration, brings public art into the suburbs. The newest effort, Zap 5, is in the area of the Desert Breeze Community Center, 8275 Spring Mountain Road, and utilizes utility boxes. They have been taken from a drab gray to sport colorful renderings by local artists.

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Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest

 

Rudy Amaya of Roy Martin Middle School and Jessica Judd of Las Vegas Academy earned top honors in the RTC’s Earth Day art contest.

The annual contest, sponsored by the RTC and Vector Media, invited local students in grades six through 12 to create artwork that celebrates Earth Day and the RTC’s sustainability initiative, “quicker, cleaner, greener.”

More than 300 students from 17 schools across the valley participated in this year’s contest. The artwork of the two winners will be displayed on the outside of RTC transit vehicles and will travel valley streets for up to a year.   

Runners-up were also recognized with certificates of achievement. They included:

Pure Aloha Festival Dances Into Rio

Pure Aloha Festival Dances Into Rio

Shave ice will be the biggest draw among the food, organizers said.

The Pure Aloha Festival starts today at the Rio, its new location, and runs through Sunday. And, according to officials behind the festival, the "purity" of the event begins with the weather forecast.

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Lights Grow Brighter for Vegas Cine Fest

Lights Grow Brighter for Vegas Cine Fest

Festival founders admit the event still is a work in progress.

Now in its fourth year, Vegas Cine Fest is growing by leaps and bounds.

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Review: Sharp Cast Make Mamet's 'November' an Enjoyable Jousting Match

Reviewer gives production of "November" high marks for its efforts on a difficult script.

Poor Richard Player's production of David Mamet's "November," now at the Las Vegas Little Theatre Studio, is a skillfully hysterical mounting of a difficult script.

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Seniors Prepare for Yarnstorming Day on Sunrise Bridge

Seniors Prepare for Yarnstorming Day on Sunrise Bridge

Local yarnstormers will adorn a pedestrian bridge over Maryland Parkway with crocheted and knitted art in the evening of Sunday, June 10 and complete it on Monday, June 11, with a public unveiling at 10 a.m.

The unveiling on the bridge, which leads to and from Sunrise Hospital near Desert Inn Road, coincides with International Yarnstorming Day. The bridge will be adorned with sunrise-inspired colored circles of all shapes and sizes. 

So far, the yarnstormers, who are 50 years old and over and are headquartered at the West Flamingo Senior Center, have crocheted enough circles to cover a central area on one side of the bridge.

Anyone 50 and over can participate in the yarnstormer group, which holds sessions on Wednesday afternoons to knit and crochet squares and rectangles incorporated into various yarn storming projects. Unlike many yarnstorming groups around the world, the West Flamingo group is for seniors only. However, the group is interested in partnering with teens and other yarnstormers under 50 to help install the works after they’ve been created.

Congressional Art Contest Winners Announced

Congressional Art Contest Winners Announced

Two southern Nevada students were named winners in the 30th annual Congressional Art Competition.

The winner for Congressional District 1 was Katie Caddick, a student at Las Vegas Academy. The winner for Congressional District 3 was Chelsea Bissell, a student at Spring Valley High School. Their artwork will be part of the “Artistic Discovery” exhibit in the U.S. Capitol.

The second and third place winners will be on display in congressional offices in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas. More than 200 students entered this year’s contest.

“The talent displayed by Nevada’s student artists is truly amazing and I congratulate the winners from my Congressional District and thank all those who took part in this year’s contest,” Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev. said.