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 Las Vegas arts scene has undergone a lot of changes since 2009, when the Las Vegas Art Museum closed its doors. Its most high-profile champion, Dave Hickey, left town with his wife, Libby Lumpkin, who ran the museum.
This weekend, downtown will host a number of events that are expected to make parking a tricky situation. Between performances at The Smith Center, First Friday and The Pride Parade, the city estimates about 40,000 people to flock downtown for the festivities.
Arts Factory owner Wes Myles says city fees and what he calls an overbearing bureaucracy for events downtown are out of control and it might drive him out of Las Vegas. Myles purchased the Arts Factory in 1996 and says he's exploring opportunities in other cities.
In late July, organizers of downtown Las Vegas' First Friday arts festival announced the event would be put on a two month hiatus. This month marks the return of First Friday but now the festival is under new ownership.
Three executives from Zappos and a fourth partner purchased the trademark from former owners Whirlygig and will now be the main organizers of the First Friday. The new organizers have promised a bigger and better First Friday with improved parking and an expanded space.
After the change in ownership was announced business owners in the arts district area said they were surprised when they learned of the purchase and were unaware the deal was going down. Despite that, gallery and business owners say they are excited about the changes. We take a look at what's in store for the new look First Friday.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman has been on the job for a few months and one issue she has taken on is downtown parking. The Mayor has hired a new parking czar to help alleviate problems with meter pricing and to clarify parking rules downtown.
Nevada's Black Rock Desert plays host to the annual Burning Man festival and this year organizers are getting cities from around the world involved in the festivities. As part of the event Burning Man attendees in cities around the U.
With pieces titled "Grub Baby" and "Furby Totem-Pole" artist Jesse Smigel's says his giant Styrofoam sculptures are meant to appeal to the child inside of everyone. So what is it about Ren and Stimpy, kittens and B-Movies that inspire this local artist to create giant cicadas and half-human half-insect like sculptures?.
Artists Michael Todoran and Rhoda Lazo are making their wedding into performance art at this month's First Friday -- the downtown arts festival. And they will be making a political statement about the need for all people to be able to wed.
Imagine taking geometric shapes like squares and triangles, mix in people's faces and bright colors, and you've got a small taste of John Bell's world. The art brings his colorful showcase to First Friday.
Artist Cristina Paulos uses Animation techniques to create paintings that evoke childhood rituals and themes. Her artwork is on display at the Fall Out Gallery in a show aptly titled "Character Matters.