Las Vegas Wind Quintet welcomes year with classical music concert

A free concert of classical music by the Las Vegas Wind Quintet will be 3 p.m. Sunday in the Charleston Heights Arts Center's theater, 800 S. Brush St.

Clarinetist Dave Hawley, flutist Sherrie Parker, bassoonist Sam Pisciotta, horn player Doug Beasley and oboe and English horn player Mika Brunson will perform.

The afternoon's program begins with Handel's "Suite in B Flat Major," followed by "Divertissement" by Gerald Hartley, "Album for Winds" by Tchaikovsky, "Woodwind Quintet" by Frank Fragale and "Quintet, op. 71" by Beethoven.

Music for the concert is provided through a grant from the Music Performance Fund and obtained with the cooperation of the Musicians Union of Las Vegas Local 369 of the American Federation of Musicians.

The arts center is operated by the Arts & Community Events Division of the city of Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services. It hosts numerous programs throughout the year, including a guest artist series.

Appearing Jan. 27 is Jason Petty, starring in "Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes," a tribute to Hank Williams Sr. and other country music legends.

Freda Payne performs her tribute to Ella Fitgzgerald on Feb. 10.

Tickets for both of those productions, which will be at 3 p.m., are $10 in advance or $15 on performance day.

They can be purchased by phone at 229-6383 or in person at the center's box office.


Performances of 'Fiddler's Green' part of city's Night Groov'in Series

The Reed Whipple Cultural Center's Night Groov'in Series features two performances of "Fiddler's Green" at 7 p.m. Jan. 17-18 in the studio theater, 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North.

The original play, by Las Vegas playwright Jack C. Stoddard, is a tale of love, regret, redemption and hope as lives intertwine through the ghosts of lost soldiers.

Tim Burris directs "Fiddler's Green," which is performed by actors from Endless Productions. Tickets are $7 adults, $5 teens and seniors, and $3 for children age 12 and under. Call 229-6211 or pick up tickets at the center's box office.

The Night Groov'in Series, presented by the Arts & Community Events Division of the city of Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services, takes place throughout the year.

Coming Feb. 1 is "Modern Griot," a spoken-word performance by Keith Brantley, a Las Vegas poet. Guitarist Calvin Brooks appears on Feb. 22. Brooks has played with many Motown artists all over the world.


Poets gather for public readings at West Las Vegas Arts Center

An evening of poetry readings at the West Las Vegas Arts Center's Poets' Corner will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 18.

Las Vegas poet Keith Brantley hosts the event, which is free and open to the public at the arts center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

There will also be open mic performances at the event.

The center is operated by the Arts & Community Events Division of the city of Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services.

In addition to the Poets' Corner, which is the third Friday of every month, the center is the site of numerous culturally focused activities.

Current programs include a black film series, including "Roots," the Emmy award-winning television series.

"Roots" is being shown at 6:30 p.m. on consecutive Thursday evenings throughout the month of January.

At 3 p.m. on Saturdays, recent feature films explore a variety of black issues. Although all of the films are free, there may be age restrictions.

On view in the community gallery is "Black Extravaganza: A Cultural Awakening!" by John T. Stephens II.

The pictorial exhibit is a return to the past and showcases the pioneering efforts of black dancers, fashion designers and musical talent in Las Vegas.

A free reception for the exhibit will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 19.

For more information on West Las Vegas Arts Center events, call 229-4800.