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February First Friday highlights include pop-up poetry and a celebration of Trifecta Gallery’s 10th anniversary

The monthly First Friday arts festival is scheduled from 5 to 11 p.m. Feb. 7 at venues throughout the 18b Arts District in downtown Las Vegas. Admission is free, and free parking with shuttle service is available at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. A shuttle also leaves from Sixth Street across from the El Cortez valet entrance. Live entertainment, artists’ booths, food vendors and more are planned. Many downtown art galleries also open from 6 to 8 p.m. for Preview Thursday on Feb. 6.

February’s First Friday is set to feature poetry performances on stages and pop-ups throughout the festival. Haiku poems written by First Friday Twitter contributors are slated to be projected on walls and streets.

Activities are planned in the KidZone from 5 to 9 p.m. Paws For Friendship plans to offer a play on the classic kissing booth with a Hug-A-Ferret booth. Adoptable pets from the Animal Foundation are to be on hand ready to play and Kravenko Dance Academy plans dance lessons. Art Row on Casino Center Boulevard between Colorado Avenue and Charleston Boulevard is set to include artists and craft booths in The Bazaar. Green Street is slated to feature booths concerning sustainability. All-ages classes by Social Paintbrush are scheduled at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

For more information, visit Galleries planning to participate in February’s First Friday include:

  • The Trifecta Gallery in The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., is set to show Past Present and Future, a group show celebrating the gallery’s 10th anniversary. The show is set include work by Lee Bakofsky, JW Caldwell, Selina Davenport, Sam Davis, Philip Denker, Austin Dickson, Andreana Donahue, Jack Endewelt, Anthony Freda, Susan Futrell, Abigail Goldman, Eric Joyner, Angela Kallus, Alisha Kerlin, Jen Klevin, Wendy Kveck, Edith Lebeau, Su Limbert, Leonardo Aguirre di Matteo, Dylan Mortimer, Enrique Nevarez, Kathie Olivas, Kristen Peterson, Tom Pfannerstill, Victoria Reynolds, Amy Sol, Jim Stanford, Erin Stellmon, Anna Tillett, Todd VonBastiaans, Bryan McCarthy, Mary Warner, Casey Weldon and Thomas Willis. Visit or call 702-366-7001.
  • Larry Darnell Stokes’ new bronze sculpture exhibit Horse is set to gallop through Clark County’s sculpture gallery through March 21 at the Clark County Government Center’s Rotunda Gallery, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. The exhibit portrays a variety of equine activities from foals nursing to horses at full gallop
  • A. Stein Arts Studio/Gallery in The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., is set to show Freedom, works by Anne Stein. Visit or call 702-539-3400.
  • Jana’s RedRoom in The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., is set to show small works by local artists, including oil-on-canvas paintings by the gallery’s newest artist Chris Seckler. Visit or call 702-454-3709.
  • R Space in The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., is set to host a one-woman show featuring the work of Susanne Forestieri. Visit or call 702-327-2506. The artist also plans to offer a tour of her downtown home studio from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 9. For information about the tour, contact Forestieri at 702-327-2506 or visit
  • Sin City Gallery in The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., is set to show Myths and Muses by Jeff Wack. Visit or call 702-608-2461.
  • Freddie Ramon in Art Square, 1025 S. First St., is set to show photography by Justin Heap. Visit or call 702-468-3232.
  • The Contemporary Arts Center, 1217 S. Main St., is set to show Eco Logic, a cross-cultural art show featuring New York-based Filipino artists alongside Las Vegas-based artists whose work deals with the current ecological shifts and global environmental concerns. The show is curated by Jevijoe Vitug. Visit or call 702-496-0569.
  • The Brett Wesley Gallery, 1112 S. Casino Center Blvd., is set to show The Male Mind, a group exhibition. or call 702-433-4433.
  • City of the World, 1229 S. Casino Center Blvd., is set to show Who do you Love? paintings by Penny Ramos-Bennett. Visit or call 702-409-7549.
  • Clay Arts Vegas, 1511 S. Main St., is set to show Lighten Up, an exhibition of functional ceramic light fixtures. Visit or call 702-375-4147.
  • Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art, 900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is set to show Avant Kitsch, photography by Kent Anderson Butler. Visit
  • Blackbird Studios,1551 S. Commerce St., plans to present Outer Space and Inner Freedom by artist Alexandria Lee. Visit