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First Friday

First Friday: The Art of Life

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First Friday in the Las Vegas Arts District brings together a wide variety of art, music and people. With so many types of art on display at First Friday, we wondered how people would define something so broad. So we decided to ask a few people to tell us their own definition of art.

Metro Police Capt. Shawn Andersen poses at the Downtown Area Command on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.
Downtown's top cop takes a look at how crime's changing with area's renaissance
Q&A with Metro Police Capt. Shawn Andersen:
Friday, October 4, 2013
For the past nine months, Metro Police Capt. Shawn Andersen has been the guy in charge of police downtown, which includes the ever-popular and growing bar scene. This spring, East Fremont Street welcomed several new hangouts; later this year completion of the Downtown Container Park will add more choices to the mix. Police estimate downtown events and bars draw thousands more people to the area — with a palpable increase in just the past six months. Downtown’s renaissance has sparked excitement along with safety fears, propelling police and city leaders to look for solutions.
Metro Officer Jason Deel patrols in the Fremont East District on Friday, July 5, 2013.
Joe Downtown: One bad side effect of downtown resurgence — barricades may be permanent fixture on First Friday nights
Joe Downtown:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Cattle barricades might be coming to the Fremont Street Experience. If you don’t like that, blame downtown’s resurgent popularity.
Chalk messages, such as this one, were written on sidewalks outside the Metro Police Headquarters and the Regional Justice Center.
Chalk protesters' lawyer says First Amendment favors his clients
Friday, August 16, 2013
A First Amendment battle is looming in Clark County District Court, and the attorney for four Las Vegas protesters facing anti-graffiti charges says you can chalk it up to overzealous law enforcement.
Live penguins are on display at "antARTica," a blocklong section of Casino Center Boulevard that was transformed into an ice-themed 3-D street mural for First Friday on Aug. 2, 2013.
A welcome chill comes to downtown's First Friday
the arts:
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Downtown Las Vegas was transformed into a winter wonderland as penguins and icebergs took over this month’s First Friday celebration. With August notoriously one of the smallest months for turnout, organizers of the downtown art festival chose to rearrange the vendor-heavy event into a block-long Arctic-themed art installation, complete with glaciers, whales and a soundscape. The gallery stretched down Casino Center Boulevard, from California Avenue to Colorado Avenue.
Hall & Oates -- Daryl Hall and John Oates -- perform at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.
Weekend best bets: Kathy Griffin, Hall & Oates and First Friday
Thursday, August 1, 2013
August is here, and with it comes a slate of new summer events. Start off your month right this weekend with plenty of live music offerings from touring acts and locals alike — or maybe just kick back with a good, old-fashioned Tupperware party. Here’s a look at the weekend’s best bets.
First Friday in downtown Las Vegas.
First Friday’s Charles Ressler: We make a difference by working together
Thursday, August 1, 2013
It’s always amazing how many points-of-view there are about Las Vegas. Tourists will visit for “what happens here, stays here” (think sex, drugs and debauchery).
A look at First Friday's "antARTica" art installation the night before the opening, Friday, August 2, 2013.
First Friday goes frozen in August with 'antARTica'
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Carved Styrofoam penguins. What more do you need to know?
A look at First Friday, the celebration of Arts held in the Las Vegas downtown Arts District Friday, August 5, 2011.
Joe Downtown: First Friday to undergo dramatic shift next month
Friday, July 12, 2013
A downtown event that has drawn upwards of 30,000 people one night each month is changing direction in August. Organizers plan to set up a winter streetscape and either eliminate vendors in tents or shift them north to provide more visibility to local galleries and businesses.
There'll be no fencing off of Fremont East for July's First Friday, sources say
Joe Downtown: Fenced in Fremont East won't be part of First Friday in July
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Police will be on horseback and will more strictly enforce open-container laws, but there will be no fence around Fremont East when the overflow crowds from First Friday descend upon the area July 5.
This March 2013 file photo shows the Fremont Street Experience near The D casino.
Joe Downtown: Two injured in early Saturday shooting under Fremont Street Experience, police report
Monday, June 10, 2013
As expected on a First Friday night, the hordes descended upon eastern Fremont Street. With an added police presence though, little trouble beyond a few skirmishes occurred in the burgeoning Fremont East Entertainment District, sources said.
Casino Center Boulevard is closed to car traffic during First Friday in Las Vegas on Friday, October 5, 2012.
Joe Downtown: First Friday crowds likely to see more police this month
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
After tavern owners last month expressed fears that the growing popularity of eastern Fremont Street on First Friday was creating a potential powder keg — one called the street scene “ugly” — expect a much larger police presence this week.
The East Fremont Street district is seen at sunset Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
Joe Downtown: Unannounced First Friday street-closing creates chaos, bar owner says
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
“It was ugly” is how one business owner described Friday night in the Fremont East Entertainment District. “It felt dangerous,” said another. And "it" might have been encouraged by the city closing a portion of Fremont Street during and after First Friday activities. The First Friday art show/street fair is one of downtown’s biggest successes, driving 25,000 to 30,000 people to an area near Charleston Boulevard and Main Street on the first Friday night of each month.
Vendors are set up in the Arts Factory parking lot during First Friday in Las Vegas on Friday, October 5, 2012. First Friday celebrated it's tenth anniversary this year.
Joe Downtown: First Friday, by the numbers
Friday, May 3, 2013
I remember bits and pieces of the first First Friday in downtown. The October 2002 night was chilly. Someone had set up a small table with wine, crackers and cheese inside the Arts Factory. Maybe 200 people, more or less, were there. Unlike today, no food carts or vendors were on the street.
An image from Justyna Badach’s Bachelor Portraits exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center.
Three exhibits to see at April's First Friday
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Intimate photographs of men, a 'sleeping performance' and more.
Grow created his spaceman sculpture from meteorite that fell to Earth around 6,000 years ago.
Scott Grow's meteorite sculpture lands at RTZvegas
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The piece is complemented by casts made in bronze as well as space-inspired paintings.