First Friday is going to look different in August. Many of the tents and vendors will move to the north side of the Arts District, creating more accessibility for galleries. In recent months, downtown business owners have raised concerns about rowdy crowds and underage drinking. Will the changes help shift First Friday's focus back to the arts? And will they alleviate concerns about safety?
The four-day music festival Neon Reverb returns this weekend for its tenth installment. The founders have passed the torch to Jason Aragon, who is bringing the festival back to its roots as a showcase of local music.
The Smith Center for The Performing Arts opens its doors this weekend with a black tie gala to celebrate the debut of one of downtown Las Vegas' biggest cultural and redevelopment project. The center is the cornerstone of Symphony Park which developers say will eventually include residences, a casino hotel and other projects.
The Smith Center for performing arts is set to open in early 2012 with numerous Broadway touring shows and local productions. The Smith Center will be one of the new focal points of downtown revitalization.