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‘Hear, Here,’ June’s First Friday to focus on auditory adventures

The First Friday arts festival is scheduled from 5 to 11 p.m. Feb. 6 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.

For June, the organizers are celebrating the art and science of sound with “Hear, Here,” featuring a variety of auditory programming, including a silent dance party, a design-your-own instrument station where visitors can craft their own rainmaker or shaker and other family-friendly activities.

Music is set to be performed by Eddie Jeffers, School of Rock Las Vegas, musicians from Deblanc Music Entertainment and the kids from Xpressions Talent. Patrons can also expect pop-up performances throughout downtown. Speakers are set to discuss the support of unity in music. Live performances are also scheduled at Artifice and Bar + Bistro @ The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd. Teen attendees can dance at the Shuffle Zone behind Art Square, which is set to feature DJs and electronic music.

Screenings of music-related TED talks are scheduled at Colorado Avenue and Main Street.

For information on shuttle services, artists, music and more, visit firstfridaylasvegas.com. Many downtown art galleries also open from 6 to 8 p.m. for Preview Thursday.

Galleries planning to participate in June’s Preview Thursday and First Friday festivities include:

  • Jana’s Red Room in The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., is set to show small works by local artists and feature the show “Birds of a Feather” by Lynne Adamson Adrian. Visit janasredroom.com or call 702-454-3709.
  • R Space in The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., is set to show works by gallery members Olga Gault and Douglas Clark. Visit facebook.com/rspacestudio or call 858-733-2135.
  • Sin City Gallery in The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., is set to show “Bunny’s Bombshells,” featuring photographs by Bunny Yeager. Visit sincitygallery.com or call 702-608-2461.
  • The Trifecta Gallery in The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., is set to show “comedians and magicians,” a group show curated by Andreana Donahue. The show is set to feature work that embodies a sense of humor, mythology or illusion by artists Alisha Kerlin, Justin Favela, Hazel Meyer, Philip Denker, Lisa Rock, John Stoelting and Nathan Cote. The Attachment Room is set to show “promise of a horse and saddle,” an installation by Donahue. Visit trifectagallery.com or call 702-366-7001.
  • The Brett Wesley Gallery in Art Square, 1025 S. First St., is set to show pop art by Giovanni Morales. Visit brettwesleygallery.com or call 702-433-4433.
  • Blackbird Studios, 1551 S Commerce St. is set to show “Dinosaurs Versus Robots,” a group show featuring work by more than 40 artists. Visit blackbirdstudioslv.com or call 702-782-0319.
  • Clay Arts Vegas, 1511 S. Main St., is set to show “Give and Take,” sculptural works by Michelle Laxalt. Visit clayartsvegas.com or call 702-375-4147.
  • Reclaimed Art Suppliez, 1114 S. Casino Center Blvd., is slated to exhibit work by local artists. Visit reclaimedart.org.
  • City of the World, 1229 S. Casino Center Blvd., is set to show work by gallery members. Visit cityoftheworld.org or call 702-409-7549.
  • Downtown Spaces, 1800 Industrial Road, plans a number of activities starting at 5 p.m. June 6 including Skin City Body Painting owner Robin Slonina doing a body painting demo, 3 Baaad Sheep showing work in Skin City’s lobby gallery; Square Shooting Photography hosting “We Become Monsters,” a show of handcrafted resin toys; multimedia artist Raul Herrera at Wasteland Gallery; and Ortego’s Juniper Gallery featuring work by Matt Ortego, Erika Allison, Ve Z Un, Alejandro Aranda, Adrienne Motley and SeaHawk Wang; and a podcast by Siril Beil. Visit dtspaces.com.
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