Claudio Giron Mariachi Skull at Winchester Center in 2016. Photo: PTD
BRING OUT YOUR PROSE: Words are wanted for the 2017 Life in Death Festival at Winchester Cultural Center. “We always wanted to renew the written word to the festival,” says Irma Munoz, the cultural specialist who was the first to bring Dia de los Muertos to Clark County, Nevada. Poets and writers are invited to send 10 to 40 verses as rhymed or free verse in English, Spanish, or both. Entrants are also encouraged to use sarcasm, satire, or topical subjects in their submissions. “Now satire is an important part of the tradition,” says Munoz. “It’s a funny way of seeing life.” For more information email iiw(at)clarkcountynv.gov.
DREAM MACHINE: Wayne Littlejohn was recently interviewed by KNPR about his public art piece. "Does the piece have anything to do with UFOs?" He replies: "I don’t think I could do something in Vegas without somehow referencing that type of stuff. There’s references to all sorts of things. I incorporate a lot of the area. So, from flight and experimental technology to aliens and the desert – it’s all in there."
TOMORROW: "Workshop w/ Ginger Bruner: Camera Phone Photography" on Saturday, August 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. PR release says: "Ginger Bruner will lead a creative workshop to coincide with her exhibition UNNATURAL LANDSCAPES. Attendees will be encouraged to create and document a small still life utilizing materials provided. Exploring the vast techniques of using camera phones and how to improve the final product. (Participants must bring their own cell phone, cameras will not be provided for this demo)" Winchester Cultural Center. Free and open to the public. Facebook
ALSO SATURDAY: August 19, the animated and engaging D.K. Sole, who you know as the artist and writer at the Barrick, will be speaking on the topic of GENIUS for Creative Mornings. RSVPs are requested. Coffee will be served.
PIRATE: The UNLV College of Fine Arts welcomes art critic Dave Hickey back to the campus to deliver two lectures: one on art (September 25, 2017, 7pm) and the other on writing (October 2, 2017, 7pm) at the Barrick Museum of Art.
ANOTHER 'ALSO': Speakers for UNLV's Fall Artist Lecture series were announced in July.
SPEAKING OF UNLV: Tim Bavington, UNLV faculty art-star, will have his first solo exhibition with David Richard Gallery will consist of his paintings from 2002 through 2017. "Bavington’s artworks are spectacular color-based abstractions rooted in color theory and visual perception, while being inspired by Rock and Roll music," wrote ArtDaily.
LAW RETURNS: "The year that changed everything for Burning Man was 1996. A man died. Several folks were injured. There were guns and cars driving at high speeds. Some call it the best year, some the worst, in Burning Man's history. And, afterward, John Law left. Since leaving, Law, considered Burning Man's rogue founder, has been openly critical of Burning Man in the media, " writes RGJ. Tonight, Law will give his first public talk about Burning Man since he left. It will be live on Facebook via the Reno Gazette-Journal's page. Video posted later to the Reno Gazette-Journal's website.
HEADS OF STATE: Mark Salinas, Carson City’s Director of Arts and Culture, has been appointed to the board of the Nevada Arts Council by Gov. Brian Sandoval.
ENDING WITH A RANDOM PIC: Snapshot on the wall of Bootlegger Bistro. Date of photo unknown.
iPhone photo of photo: PTD.
Above: Krystal Ramirez “I Want to See More Brown Bodies” from 2017 will be reassembled at UNLV’s Barrick Museum of Art in Spring 2018.