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Federal grant will bring public art to Maryland Parkway Project

Federal grant will bring public art to Maryland Parkway Project

The plan to improve Maryland Parkway from McCarran Airport to downtown will now include public art thanks to a federal grant.

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the project a $50,000 grant. It is one of 66 projects around the country to get money from the $5 million “Our Town” grants.

The money from the NEA is only the beginning. Clark County, the City of Las Vegas and UNLV will all contribute $10,000 to the art project. Plus, the Urban Land Institute will give in-kind support so that all together more than $100,000 will be available for public art along Maryland Parkway.

Those involved in the project say the money will allow planners to create a cohesive and creative design along the length of the Maryland Parkway Project.

Chinese language, culture classes available at Winchester Cultural Center

Winchester Cultural Center is offering Chinese language and culture classes for kids 10 to 15 years old now through August.

The classes are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The classes are free but there is a $35 materials and supplies fee per participant.

Kids will learn basic Mandarin Chinese along with exploring the Chinese culture, philosophy, calligraphy, folk songs, dance and martial arts.

Those interested can call the Winchester Cultural Center at (702) 455-7340. For details about what the classes will cover, call the American-Chinese Foundation at (702) 275-6516. 

Music of China to be featured in upcoming performance

The music of China will be featured in an upcoming performance at the Winchester Cultural Center.

The Firenze String Ensemble will perform “A Leaf in the Wind: Music from China and Beyond” as part of the center’s World Vibration Concert Series. The concert will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21.

The ensemble will include guest Linhong Li. Li blows over a leaf to achieve a flutelike effect. Haiyue Zhang will play the ruan during the show.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. 

Latin American culture featured in Saturday performance

The cultures of Latin America will be featured in a dance and music performance at the Winchester Cultural Center this weekend.

Mexican folkloric dance will presented by Xochipilli Macuilxochitl. The troupe will perform dances from Mazatlan and Vera Cruz.  A dance troupe from Peru's La Asociacion Cultural Peruvana will also perform.

Special guest singers Lourlily Scarlett and Hilaria Ley will also be featured.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the show. They can be purchased in person or online at clarkcountynv.gov/parksregistration.

Cultural center opening new patio venue

The warm summer nights are almost here and their is a new way to enjoy those nights at the Winchester Cultural Center.

The center is opening a new outdoor patio venue with a jazz concert from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 2.

The patio concert series will start with music from Ambience Trio. The trio plays Latin and straight-ahead jazz.

Besides the music, the event will feature a wine tasting and food will be available for purchase.

For more information, go to www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks.

Spanish-Version of Controversial Play at Winchester Cultural Center

A Spanish version of the controversial play "The Vagina Monologues" will be presented Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Winchester Cultural Center Theater.

The play will be presented by VDay LV en Espanol. The play is a collection of monologues performed by various women, each dealing with aspects of the female experience.

The play deals with adult themes, including sex, love and birth. The overall message is one of female empowerment.

The tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the show. The tickets can be purchased in person or online at clarkcountynv.gov/parksregistration.

Part of the proceeds will go to Safe Faith United, a Las Vegas nonprofit, which works against domestic violence. 

Saxophobia Concert Planned for Winchester Cultural Center

Saxophobia Concert Planned for Winchester Cultural Center

A group of saxophone musicians by the name of Saxophobia will collaborate for a concert at the Winchester Cultural Center.

The "Swingin' Saxes" concert is planned for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show. They can be purchased at the front desk or online at clarkcountynv.gov/parksregistration.

The group is made up of accomplished saxophonists from around southern Nevada who have all played with top artists and at noted jazz festivals. They will be accompanied by a pianist, bass, drums and emcee.

The concert is presented in cooperation with the Las Vegas Jazz Society.