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First Friday to Celebrate 10-year anniversary

FIRST FRIDAY to Celebrate 10-year anniversary

First Friday fans can celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary in the downtown 18b Arts District with two days of activities.

Festivities are set to begin a day early with pumpkin decorating and attempts at breaking 10 pumpkin-releated world records from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in First Friday’s Kids Zone, 1213 S. Casino Center Blvd. While supplies last, participants will receive a free pumpkin to carve and decorate on site and take home. Carving and decorating materials, snacks and beverages are to be provided.

Art patrons are invited to head back to the Kids Zone from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday to see entries in a competition featuring pumpkins crafted by downtown businesses. Other Friday activities in the zone are to include a visit from nonprofit zoo Roos-n-More’s exotic animals. For more information about First Friday, including information about the new First Friday Foundation, or tips on parking and shuttles, visit firstfridaylasvegas.com.

Additional Friday activities and exhibits are planned throughout the Arts District and along East Fremont Street.

Work by finalists in the Downtown Project competition will be displayed or performed at First Friday. A grand prize winner is scheduled to be announced during the festivities. Finalists include:photographer Ginger Bruner,  rap artist Mike Cao, mixed media artist Catherine Joy Calixto, animator Diana Cossio, long-form narrative artist Matt Dunsmoor, filmmaker Patrick Fournie, oil painters Kathleen Strukoff and Christine Han, sculptor Steven Liguori, and artists Mark Melnick and Robert Nelson.

The Get Back Alley, just south of Fremont Street between Sixth Street and Las Vegas Boulevard, is scheduled to host free painting lessons from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and 9 to 10:30 p.m. courtesy of Social Paintbrush.

The Brett Wesley Gallery, 1112 S. Casino Center Blvd., plans to show Giovanni Morales’ "New Thrills" through Oct. 27. Visit brettwesleygallery.com or call 433-4433.

The Funkhouse, 1228 S. Casino Center Blvd., plans to show "Blood Lilies," with illustrations by Albert and Roxy Montoya through Oct. 29. Visit thefunkhouselasvegas.com.

Blackbird Studios, 1551 S. Commerce St., Suite A, is set to show "Into the Wild: New Works by Su Limbert," featuring an ethereal cast of female and animal characters exploring the themes of vulnerability and empowerment, through Nov. 30. Visit blackbirdstudioslv.com or call 782-0319.

Gaia Flowers, 4 E. Charleston Blvd., is set to host a flower sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the local nonprofit Studio 8 Ten. Visit gaiaflowers.com.

J.W. Caldwell’s "Reading Between the Lines" is scheduled to run Thursday through Oct. 25 at the Trifecta Gallery inside The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd.

The Contemporary Arts Center inside The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., plans to show Aaron Nemic’s participatory audio and video project "Less Popular Music" through Oct. 27. Visit lasvegascac.org or call 382-3886.

The Rotunda Gallery inside the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, plans to show "Inner Sanctum" by Troy Gillett through October. The show is constructed from reclaimed Las Vegas doors in various states of decay. Gillett is scheduled to talk about this work at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Visit clarkcountynv.gov/parks.

City of the World, 1229 S. Casino Center Blvd., plans to present Carol Mittwede’s "Gone to the Dogs" and Lily Adamczyk’s "Under Water" shows in the main gallery. Visit cityoftheworld.org.

The Jenny Valdez Inc. Gallery inside The Arts Factory is slated to host a group show of Halloween-themed work.

Gussy up for First Friday at Bubbles, Braids, Buns & Blowouts, a cosmetology event scheduled to include $35 blowouts with Kerastase treaments or $25 braids or buns, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at Globe Salon, 900 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Wine and a classic film screening are also planned. Appointments are suggested. Call 938-4247.

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