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Las Vegas Film Festival Begins Thursday

Las Vegas Film Festival Begins Thursday

The fifth annual 2012 Las Vegas Film Festival opens Thursday at the Las Vegas Hotel.

The four-day festival will feature 60 original films from around the world. The opening event of the festival is a block of films from Asian and Asian-American filmmakers.

A new film starring “Back to the Future” star Lea Thompson will premiere at the festival Friday. “The Trouble with the Truth” will be screened at 8 p.m., in the Las Vegas Hotel Theater. Thompson will be presented with a 2012 Indie Icon Award after her new film is screened.

The featured film on Saturday will be “An Officer and a Gentleman.” It is the 30th anniversary of the film. Following the screening, Louis Gossett Junior, one of the stars of the movie, will be presented with the 2012 Indie Icon Award.

A History of Music is the Focus of Saturday Performance

A History of Music is the Focus of Saturday Performance


The history of string music will be the focus of a performance Saturday at the Winchester Cultural Center.

The Firenze String Ensemble will give a musical history lesson in “From Beethoven to Bluegrass.” The performance is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the show.

The ensemble is made up of six women who are some of the finest string instrument players in the state. Collectively, the musicians have played for several shows on the Las Vegas Strip and for noted musicians, including Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavarotti and Beyonce.

The ensemble is including four musical guests so they could accurately cover a wide range of musical styles.


World Folk Arts Festival Opens Thursday

A festival celebrating cultures from around the world opened Thursday.

More than 1,000 dancers, musicians and artists from around the world will participate in Las Vegas' ninth annual World Folk Arts Festival today through Sunday at Boulevard Mall, 3860 S. Maryland Parkway.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Chaparral Students Enjoy Free Show on the Strip

Chaparral Students Enjoy Free Show on the Strip

Students and teachers from Chaparral High School got a chance to see "Le Reve – The Dream" at the Wynn Las Vegas Tuesday.

Wynn Las Vegas and the producers of  "Le Reve" gave the students and teachers the complimentary tickets because of their dedication and perseverance throughout the school year. The group included members of the swim team. The team continued to compete despite the fact it had to forfeit every competition because it didn’t have enough members.

Theater students were also at the special showing. The students continued to put on productions even after their budget had been cut. The tickets were handed out last month during Teacher Appreciation Week. The group was able to meet the cast members before taking a group photo. 

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.

Barbershop Chorus Performing at Winchester Cultural Center

A barbershop harmony chorus The Gamble-Aires will be coming back to the stage with a show at the Winchester Cultural Center this weekend.

The show is at 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $10. The Gamble-Aires has not performed at the Winchester Cultural Center in a decade. The new show is titled “Back in the Old Routine.” The group was created in 1960 by a group of airmen at Nellis Air Force Base. Since then, they’ve performed together as a chorus and separately in barbershop quartets.

 The show at the Winchester Cultural Center will be a vaudeville-style performance with iconic songs from the height of barbershop popularity. People can buy tickets at the center, online at clarkcountynv.gov or from a member of the Gambler-Aires.

House and Home Focus of Upcoming Art Exhibit

An art exhibit opening in April will focus on the meaning of home and house.

Three local artists used paint and sculpture to explore the theme in the exhibit called “Dreamhouse.” Works by Mary Warner, Mark Brandvik and Emily Kennerk are included in the display. All the works explore how owning a home can both trap and stabilize a family. The artists have all been influenced by the housing crisis of the past several years.

The exhibit opens Friday, April 6 at the Winchester Cultural Center Gallery, 3130 S. McLeod Drive. A reception for the artists will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13.  The exhibition will be on display through June 1.