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Atomic Energy Makes History

Atomic Energy Makes History

The museum gains national status through an act of Congress.

The Atomic Testing Museum is already in rare company as one of only two museums in the country that deal with nuclear science.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Philharmonic Holiday Concert Adds New Twists to Chestnuts

Philharmonic Holiday Concert Adds New Twists to Chestnuts

Some twists on holiday classics keep it fresh.

As music director and conductor of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, David Itkin knows how to make chestnuts -- the musical variety -- crackle and glow. On Saturday, he mixed them with newer and unexpected offerings for a big, bright holiday concert including all or part of at least 18 songs.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Fifth Graders Win RTC Art Contest

Fifth Graders Win RTC Art Contest

 

Two area fifth-grade students took top honors in a recent anti-graffiti art contest.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) honored Carlos Gonzalez of Ruby Thomas Elementary School and Ashtyn Fink of the Meadows School as the grand prize winners of the Anti-Graffiti Art Contest at a special D.A.R.E. event hosted by the RTC Thursday night.

Their winning artwork was unveiled on a 40-foot RTC vehicle before an audience of friends and family.

All of the artwork was created by local fifth-grade students. More than 20 local elementary schools participated in this year’s contest, submitting more than 475 entries. The entries were narrowed down to 10, and the winners were selected by an online community poll.

Renaissance Festival Starts This Weekend

Renaissance Festival Starts This Weekend

The lords and ladies of the past will be taking over at Sam Boyd Stadium this weekend at the annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival.

The festival starts Friday at 10 a.m. and ends on Sunday at 5 p.m. The festival will feature music, food and games from the period. Visitors will also get a chance to see jousting, medieval pageants and historical re-enactments.

There will also be dozens of artisans showing off their skills. Visitors will see how Renaissance artists made stained glass, jewelry, toys and even blended perfume. 

Food will include authentic English fare plus beer and ales for adults with proper identification.

Single day tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. Three day passes are $25 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. There are also VIP packages available. For more information, go to www.LVRenFair.com.

Philharmonic Brings Well-Balanced Program

Philharmonic Brings Well-Balanced Program

Review: two pieces in Saturday's show please the crowd.

Las Vegas Philharmonic music director and conductor David Itkin did not go for the obscure for the opening of the 2011-2012 season before a near-capacity crowd Saturday at University of Nevada, Las Vegas' Ham Hall. In fact, he noted in his pre-performance remarks that Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, which occupied the second half of the program, is "the most famous tune in all of Western music."

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Performances for Kids Hit Downtown This Summer

Performances for Kids Hit Downtown This Summer

A number of exciting children’s performances will take place downtown this summer.

The city of Las Vegas will present concerts and theatre especially for children of all ages this July at the Charleston Heights Arts Center and at the downtown Historic Fifth Street School.

Tickets are priced at $3 per person or $10 for a family four-pack for each of the four events. Large group discounts are available. Purchase tickets online at www.artslasvegas.org. For more information or to purchase tickets by telephone, call 229-6383 or 229-3515.

  • Leland Faulkner will perform his “World of Wonder” show at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at the Charleston Heights Arts Center at 800 S. Brush St. The “World of Wonder” is theatre designed for the whole family — a show that combines the amazing and lost art of shadowgraphs (hand shadows), comedy, a mime's skill, an actor’s imagination and the conjuror's craft.

Pet-A-Palooza Returns Saturday

Pet-A-Palooza Returns Saturday

The 12th Annual Pet-A-Palooza festival in support of animals in need returns Saturday near Sam Boyd Stadium.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and takes place at Star Nursery Fields at Sam Boyd Stadium, 7000 Russell Rd.

Admission is an $8 donation for adults and is free to children 3 and under, day of/at the door only - advance tickets will not be available for purchase. Parking is $7 per vehicle.

Attendees can receive $2 off the admission price with a donation of pet canned food item at the gate. Additionally, a portion of every ticket sold will benefit one of the 40 non-profit Animal Rescue groups onsite for the event to help feed Las Vegas' hungry animals.

Those Left Behind Foundation Vaccination Clinic is offering free vaccinations at Pet-a-Palooza. Animals must be eight weeks old and not older than 10 years.

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