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First Friday: The Art of Life

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First Friday in the Las Vegas Arts District brings together a wide variety of art, music and people. With so many types of art on display at First Friday, we wondered how people would define something so broad. So we decided to ask a few people to tell us their own definition of art.

Italian-born tenor Andrea Bocelli performs with conductor Eugene Kohn at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
Celebrity preview: Lady Antebellum, Andrea Bocelli, NFR, NASCAR, Great Santa Run, Ultimo, UFC 181
Las Vegas:
Friday, December 5, 2014
Flamingo headliner Olivia Newton-John, entertainment legend Wayne Newton and Jaime Lynch of “Fantasy” at Luxor are stopping by the Great Santa Run to wish walkers and runners Happy Holidays. Elsewhere, will the cowboys take to Andrea Bocelli’s magical voice?
See all the gory details of Goldman's Home Sweet Home dioramas at Downtown's Trifecta Gallery.
‘Home Sweet Home’ dioramas illustrate America’s obsession with violence
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
The exhibit features scenarios so over the top you want to laugh—and so real you want to cry.
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert arrive at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 1, 2012.
Celebrity preview: Aldean, Shelton + Lambert, Bentley, Gilbert, The Band Perry, LuckyRice, Lampanelli, Sykes
Las Vegas:
Friday, October 3, 2014
Stetsons, spurs and cowboy boots will be the fashion on the Strip this weekend as the inaugural Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival turns Las Vegas into Nashville when Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are joined by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Dwight Yoakam.
Lady Gaga performs during her “ArtRave: The ArtPop Ball” tour stop at United Center on Friday, July 11, 2014, in Chicago.
Celebrity preview: Lady Gaga, Aerosmith, Daughtry, Goo Goo Dolls, Dave Koz, Crystal Hefner
Friday, August 1, 2014
It’s music mayhem because in addition to Lady Gaga’s second time at MGM Grand in two weeks, there’s Daughtry, Goo Goo Dolls and The Plain White T’s at Red Rock Resort; Journey and The Steve Miller Band at Mandalay Bay; Aerosmith at MGM Grand; and more.
The official opening night of "CeeLo Green Is Loberace" at Planet Hollywood on Saturday, March 2, 2013.
Celebrity preview: Billy Joel, CeeLo, Lionel Richie, Kid Rock, Ryan Lochte, Miss USA and burlesque
Friday, June 6, 2014
It’s music of all sounds for all people this weekend, which is why poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said decades ago, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” So without any more “notes” to interrupt, let’s play our own Royal Robin Rundown.
Foster the People performs at Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday, July 7, 2012.
Celebrity preview: Bastille, Jason Derulo, Foster the People, Aloe Blacc, Claire Sinclair, Jay Cutler
Friday, April 18, 2014
Happy Easter Weekend, everyone! Viva Las Vegas — it’s also a rockabilly pin-up party weekend, plus a lot of music high notes. The Strip plays host to Foster the People and Phil Lesh, the founding member of The Grateful Dead, while Tyler Farr takes care of country.
Kerry Simon and Elizabeth Blau attend the Simon Says Fight MSA benefit at Keep Memory Alive event center Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas.
Strip Scribbles: Master Chefs, First Friday, Yard House, Brooklyn Bowl, ‘Teen Swingers’
Monday, March 10, 2014
Restaurateur Elizabeth Blau (Honey Salt, Simon, Buddy V’s, Stewart +Ogden) was honored and named Dame de L’annee (Woman of the Year) for her nearly three decades of commitment and contribution to the betterment of the Las Vegas and U.S. culinary experience.
Outside the box: Nicky Watts' Isolation.
Boxed in: Performance artist Nicky Watts explores emotional isolation
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Catch the socially experimental exhibit at Brett Wesley this month.
Local artists help fundraise for autism with painted skateboards
Local artists help fundraise for autism with painted skateboards
Monday, December 16, 2013
Local kids' passion for skating gets turned into one-of-a-kind artwork at the City of the World gallery.
Metro Police Capt. Shawn Andersen poses at the Downtown Area Command on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.
Downtown's top cop takes a look at how crime's changing with area's renaissance
Q&A with Metro Police Capt. Shawn Andersen:
Friday, October 4, 2013
For the past nine months, Metro Police Capt. Shawn Andersen has been the guy in charge of police downtown, which includes the ever-popular and growing bar scene. This spring, East Fremont Street welcomed several new hangouts; later this year completion of the Downtown Container Park will add more choices to the mix. Police estimate downtown events and bars draw thousands more people to the area — with a palpable increase in just the past six months. Downtown’s renaissance has sparked excitement along with safety fears, propelling police and city leaders to look for solutions.
Metro Officer Jason Deel patrols in the Fremont East District on Friday, July 5, 2013.
Joe Downtown: One bad side effect of downtown resurgence — barricades may be permanent fixture on First Friday nights
Joe Downtown:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Cattle barricades might be coming to the Fremont Street Experience. If you don’t like that, blame downtown’s resurgent popularity.
Chalk messages, such as this one, were written on sidewalks outside the Metro Police Headquarters and the Regional Justice Center.
Chalk protesters' lawyer says First Amendment favors his clients
Friday, August 16, 2013
A First Amendment battle is looming in Clark County District Court, and the attorney for four Las Vegas protesters facing anti-graffiti charges says you can chalk it up to overzealous law enforcement.
Live penguins are on display at "antARTica," a blocklong section of Casino Center Boulevard that was transformed into an ice-themed 3-D street mural for First Friday on Aug. 2, 2013.
A welcome chill comes to downtown's First Friday
the arts:
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Downtown Las Vegas was transformed into a winter wonderland as penguins and icebergs took over this month’s First Friday celebration. With August notoriously one of the smallest months for turnout, organizers of the downtown art festival chose to rearrange the vendor-heavy event into a block-long Arctic-themed art installation, complete with glaciers, whales and a soundscape. The gallery stretched down Casino Center Boulevard, from California Avenue to Colorado Avenue.
Hall & Oates -- Daryl Hall and John Oates -- perform at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.
Weekend best bets: Kathy Griffin, Hall & Oates and First Friday
Thursday, August 1, 2013
August is here, and with it comes a slate of new summer events. Start off your month right this weekend with plenty of live music offerings from touring acts and locals alike — or maybe just kick back with a good, old-fashioned Tupperware party. Here’s a look at the weekend’s best bets.
First Friday in downtown Las Vegas.
First Friday’s Charles Ressler: We make a difference by working together
Thursday, August 1, 2013
It’s always amazing how many points-of-view there are about Las Vegas. Tourists will visit for “what happens here, stays here” (think sex, drugs and debauchery).

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