EAST LAS VEGAS CENTER
Latin musicians provide dance music
Rick Arroyo and the Latin Percussion Ensemble will perform dance music Saturday in the East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center's ballroom, 250 N. Eastern Ave.
The band will play salsa favorites as well as original music from 8 to 11 p.m.
If your moves need a little help before you step onto the dance floor, you can attend a pre-dance workshop at 7 p.m. at the center.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 on Saturday and may be purchased at the facility or by phone at 229-1515.
Musician, composer and arranger Arroyo was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and began his musical education playing piano, followed by drums, congas and vibraphone.
Arroyo has performed professionally for 20 years. He and his band have performed throughout the valley, both on and off the Strip.
The evening includes refreshments, a no-host bar and a special presentation during intermission by Rafael Serrano's Salsa Negra Dance Company.
Serrano, the East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center's resident salsa dance instructor, has choreographed for Salsa Negra for several years. The troupe has performed at the annual Las Vegas Salsa Congress, along with special engagements on the Strip and at private functions.
The dance is presented by the Arts & Community Events Division of the city of Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services.
NEVADA STATE MUSEUM
Desert Love Buggy currently on display
The Desert Love Buggy, one of the city's oldest public relations tools, is on display at the Nevada State Museum, 700 Twin Lakes Drive in Lorenzi Park.
The Desert Love Buggy is a 1911 Sears-Roebuck Model K business car. In 1939, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce bought several antique vehicles to run in that year's Helldorado Pioneer Parade, then offered them for sale to various individuals and organizations willing to restore them for the celebration.
Las Vegas businessman Tim Cashman, who owned the local Cadillac dealership, bought the K car for $75 and had his shop mechanic, Roy Leland, rebuild it.
Christened the Desert Love Buggy and given Nevada license plate 7-11, the vehicle debuted at the Pioneer Parade in May 1939. In October 1939, the Love Buggy was featured in the Diamond Jubilee parade celebrating Nevada's statehood, sporting a sign with the Las Vegas slogan "Still A Frontier Town."
The car became a favorite prop in celebrity photographs promoting Las Vegas tourism and a regular part of Helldorado parades. The car last appeared publicly in the 1994 antique auto parade.
Still in running condition, the Desert Love Buggy is one of the oldest operating automobiles in Nevada.
The Love Buggy is being exhibited in the museum's History Gallery on long-term loan from Cashman.
For details, call 486-5205.
CHARLESTON HEIGHTS CENTER
Pianist performs with local wind quintet
Guest artist Barbara Riske will join clarinetist Dave Hawley, flutist Sherrie Parker, bassoonist Sam Pisciotta, horn player Doug Beasley and oboe and English horn player Mika Brunson for a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday. in the theater at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 830 S. Brush St.
Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance. Call 229-6383.
Pianist Riske has performed with orchestras worldwide, including the Israeli Chamber Ensemble, Orquestra del Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires, the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
The afternoon's program includes "Quintet, Op. 2, No. 3" by Henri Brod, "Woodwind Quintet" by Charles Queener, "Three Shanties" by Matthew Arnold, an Adam Lesnick arrangement of William Grant Still's "Folk Song Suite No. 4," and "Gavotte and Tarantelle, Op. 6, No. 1" by Fritz Fuhrmeister.