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Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas Celebrates First Birthday

Elegant sin is still hanging on in Sin City as the Las Vegas’ Erotic Heritage Museum celebrates its first anniversary all this month with a one-of-a-kind exhibition entitled “Sex on the Streets,” featuring contemporary, noncensored artistic works inside the huge 17,000 square-foot museum. eroticheritagemuseum

In celebration of the exhibit, urban artists Vezun, Veks 3, KD Matheson, Dray, Damien Drake, Gearboxxxrox and Ras One are donating their time and materials to paint murals on the outside of the museum building. 

“Not only will this draw attention to the artists, but it will draw attention to the building as an existing body of work itself,” says Dr. Laura Henkel, EHM resident curator. 

The museum will showcase works by Mark Burns and art graduate Ann Davis Mulford; photo-realist Ross Johnson; pop artists Bobby Logic and Francois Dubeau; figurative artist Tom of Finland, Hector Silva; illustrative artist Michael Kirwin; and many more talented artists. 

The anniversary party will take place September 12 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

For more information, www.eroticheritagemuseum.com

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Burning Man LIVE!

For those of you that are not one of the fortunate 48,000 or so radical and self-reliant Burning Man participants- called ”Burners” -now hanging out and trying to survive the sweltering heat in Black Rock City in Nevada with few worldly possessions, at least you can relax in the comfort of your home and see a techno live streaming view of the self-expressive, artistic event that runs through September 7 at:  http://www.ustream. tv/channel/ burningman- live    Not only can you view the event live, but you can socially chat online at the same time.   My how technology is all pervasive, not matter where you go in life.

Last time Las Vegas Backstage Access took a peek, we saw bicyclers galore peddling on the dusty playa– and then an ambulance raced across the screen in the foreground.  What fun!

[On March 25, we wrote an article on Burning Man.]

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Artist Bren Betaclan Pays it Forward– One Painting at a Time

Not everything or everyone requires a trillion-dollar federal government bailout.  Boston-based Filipino artist Bren Bataclan is committed to his personal quest of spreading happiness and hope all over the world with his inspiring paintings, one painting at a time. BrenBataclan

As a spin-off from his original “Smile Boston” project, for the past six years Bataclan has been turning many cold faces, symbolically pockmarked by the ravages of our economy, happy and beaming by stealthily leaving his cheery acrylic critters in parks, benches, libraries, trains stations, and street corners. 

Now, his “Smile Project” has spread like wildfire- in fact, his paintings are found in half the states – including on the Bellagio grounds in Las Vegas and the Strip – and in 32 countries, as well.

Betaclan simply leaves his colorful smiling paintings all over with attached no-string notes: “Take it, it’s free.” and “Everything will be OK.” 

He sees his cheerful artworks as an extension of his Philippine culture, which is proud of its people who can still muster a smile even at dire times.

“Life here can be very challenging, it’s a survival,” Betaclan said, “But people still find something to smile about.” 

Although not all of his art is for free – individual works sell from $10 to $3,000 and he has been commissioned  to do murals in schools, parks, hospitals, and showrooms, while being featured in newspapers, magazines, on television and radio – still, Betaclan is a strong believer that giving is as important as receiving, even in the worst of times.  

Don’t underestimate the determination and power of a single individual.

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Andy Warhol is Dead- but His Pop Art Show Makes Las Vegas Debut

For the first time ever, Andy Warhol and Steve Kaufman, his protégé student and assistant, are having a Pop Art Show onAndyWarhol July 4th in Las Vegas.  It’s at the Fashion Show Mall main level, next door to the Bebe store at 3200 Las Vegas Boulevard.

Centaur Art Galleries will host the art work of Andy Warhol, who passed away in 1987, and that of his former assistant, Steve Kaufman, who will be at the exhibition of the “Master” and his “student,” reunited at last and exhibited together, at Centaur Art Galleries’ most ambitious undertaking in more than 20 years.

SteveKaufmanSteve Kaufman has painted numerous famous celebrity paintings, inlcluding Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, President Obama, Elvis, Beatles, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, U2, Janet Jackson, Al Pacino, Muhammad Ali, Oscar De La Hoya, Cuban Cigars, Andy Warhol, Picasso, Dali, Van Gogh, Campbell soup, Red Bull, Coca Cola, Liz Taylor, Brad Pitt, Superman, Spiderman, John Gotti Godfather, Scarface, Sopranos, Las Vegas sign, Playboy girl next door, Donald Trump, Michael Jordan, Mickey Mantle, Madonna, and John Travolta.

For further information, please contact 702-737-1234 or log on to: www.centaurgalleries.com/

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Burning Man Turns Up Las Vegas Heat

Tired of the politico-speak, technobabble, and continuous water-drip torture of our choking economy?  Want to try your hand at building art- or a mutant vehicle?  Perhaps your cup of tea is spinning fire with  some poi and java?   If you don’t mind bringing in all your own sustaining necessities and using foot-power to travel, then you may enjoy escaping it all and heading to the Burning Man events in Nevada this year. burningman

Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind. It means different things to different people.  But suffice it to say that every summer 48,000 plus artistic Burning Man participants (aka Burners) meet in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada to create Black Rock City and re-engage with community, and celebrate shared values of radical self-expression and self-reliance.   Expressing and relying on themselves to a degree that is not normally encountered in one’s day-to-day life, they celebrate the power of community, honor the importance of art, and enjoy the immediacy of experience. Then they leave a week later – without a trace of having been there. 

This year the eclectic artsy clan will gather from August 31 through September 7.  Having an “evolution” themed event which promotes the very core of individual survival and philosophies of Charles Darwin and Natural Variation, the event urges participants to question themselves, where they’ve come from, and how they can adapt to our ever-changing world. 

Prior to that, though, Southern Nevada burners have just announced that they are gathering for the Dark Skies Arts Festival 2009, their own annual branded regional Southern Nevada Regional Burn event.  It will be at Mojave Drums in Meadview, AZ (about 100 miles north of Las Vegas) for four days from April 23rd through April 26th.   A limited number of 250 tickets have gone on sale yesterday afternoon, ranging in price from $45 to $75 each.  There will be no gate sales. 

The Las Vegas artist and performer community is small, but mighty and growing – they’ve increased the number of locals attending events every time they do them.  Their community is based on participation and communication, creating a growth outlet for creative people.  The Dark Skies community is planning this year to build an art installation, a mutant vehicle for roaming the playa (you can’t drive your own vehicle within camp), and put on various performances. 

Dark Skies promotes a radically inclusive, participatory, self-reliant, leave-no-trace event existing amid a gifting society environment (no buying and selling of goods and services) where people don’t direct others, but rather do what is necessary (they call it a “DO-Ocracy”).  It’s not a rave or camping trip – it’s a community. 

Dark Skies is accepting applications for either participating in or conducting workshops and special events. Last year they had a hula hoopin’ workshop, past life regression, fire spinning, solar power, creative rope bondage and more.  They also have crazy, zany events like a tightie-whities contest.  Deadline to submit workshop requests is April 17. 

Are we really just a very small piece of a gigantic cosmic puzzle?

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Naomi Arin Contemporary Art Gallery in Las Vegas Presents “Yo Mama: Sheila Pepe and Friends”

On the first Friday of each month, the Las Vegas downtown art district hosts a celebration of local Las Vegas artists called First Friday.  As the past board vice-president for First Fridays, Naomi Arin continues to be an active leader in the development of the Las Vegas downtown art community.  Her gallery, Naomi Arin Contemporary Art, formerly known as Dust Gallery, is located at 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Suite 120B.  Past exhibits have included Israeli Art Now which featured works by Israel’s top contemporary artists,  Adi Nes and Ori Gersht, and ‘MARKED’ with paintings by Chad Brown and Etsuko Ichikawa. 

Through March 29, from Tuesday through Saturday from Noon until 5 p.m., the Naomi Arin Contemporary Art sheilapepeGallery will present “Yo Mama: Sheila Pepe and Friends,” an exhibition of work by artist Sheila Pepe.  

Knitters from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas have knitted individual pieces expressing their own matriarchal background.  The artist, Pepe, gave the participants a formula to instruct them how to incorporate references to their mothers, grandmothers, and other maternal relatives into the knitted work. The pieces are being joined together into one installation at the Naomi Arin gallery, 702-880-3878

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