LORENZI PARK EVENT
African dance group ready to perform
An exciting blend of African and modern dances will be performed by the internationally renowned Lula Washington Dance Theatre at 8 p.m. April 12 in the Sammy David Jr. Festival Plaza at Lorenzi Park.
Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center box office, 800 S. Brush St., or by calling 229-6383.
They will also be available at the gate one hour prior to the performance for $15. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.
Audience members are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating on the grass or patio. Picnics also are welcome, but glass objects are prohibited.
Lula Washington’s distinctive vision has earned her and her 10-member dance company accolades from around the world.
Her choreography is set to music that ranges from classical to jazz, from experimental to blues.
Some dances may be light-hearted and humorous while others are emotionally intense or politically driven. Washington augments her own works with those of other established choreographers and talented newcomers.
The company comprises young, athletic dancers, many of whom began their training in Washington’s inner-city studio where she works with children as young as 3 years old.
She has been honored for her commitment to education with an Educator of the Year award from the American Association of Dance on Film and a lifetime achievement award from the Professional Artists in Schools Association.
The local program is presented by the Arts & Community Events Division of the city of Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services.
ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT
Cultural center hosts Children’s Festival
The 15th annual Clark County Children’s Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 12 at the Winchester Cultural Center and Park, 3130 S. McLeod Drive.
The event is free, but there are fees for selected activities, rides and concessions.
The festival combines recreational, cultural and creative activities to entertain and educate children of all ages.
In the play area, challenges can be faced in an inflatable obstacle course and bounce houses. A Ferris wheel, train, face painting and balloon animal artists bring a festive carnival atmosphere to the event.
During indoor and outdoor crafts workshops, children can paint ceramic tiles, craft paper flowers and spin paint to create their own artwork.
Other activities include carnival-style games, historical mock battles with Knights of Black Talon, Dixie Pony Rides’ Pony-Go-Round, storytelling and a drum circle.
On the outdoor stage, Winchester’s own Star Catchers, a hip-hop youth dance team, and the Winchester Players, the center’s resident youth theater troop, will entertain the crowd.
Other performers include magic by Dixie Dooley, steel drums by Harris Todman, the Encore Dance Vegas City Arts, Joyce Rice from the Candoos, African Arts Productions, Showbiz Kidz and the Lohan School of Shaolin.
Food and beverages, provided by Quality Food, El Jalapeno and local groups, are available for purchase.
Some activities require registration and information can be found at the front desk.
Those interested in attending the festival can call Winchester Cultural center at 455-7340 or visit the county Web site at www.accessclarkcounty.com.
CINE EN EL CENTRO
Film series screens ‘Life is Beautiful’
Roberto Benigni’s film “Life is Beautiful” will be shown as part of the Spanish-language Cine en el Centro film series at East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave.
Series curator Luis Bonilla will introduce the film at 6 p.m. April 10, and lead a discussion in Spanish following the screening.
Admission is free. Call 229-1515 for information.
“Life is Beautiful,” was released in 1998. The story is of a father’s ingenuity to save his son when both were interred in a World War II concentration camp.
The film went on to earn awards, including Cannes’ Grand Prize and Oscars for best foreign film, best actor for Benigni and best original score.
The monthly film series is presented by the Arts & Community Events Division of the city of Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services with support from KWID-FM 101.9 FM, El Tiempo, Tortillas Los Arco and El Mercadito.
The film series continues on May 15 with the French production of “Cyrano de Bergerac” and on June 27 with Les Miserables.”