On the artScene

On January 11, Vegas PBS launched a weekly series called artScene, which focuses on local artists and arts-related stories. The series is part of a 28-station collaboration that, according to a PBS press release, “allows large-market PBS stations to share arts features with one another.” In other words, these Vegas stories are going national, translating into a much bigger audience for our local artists and performers.

Says Vegas PBS General Manager Tom Axtell: “We believe this will grow the audience for live performances in Las Vegas and stimulate interest in music, dance and theater among our local community members.”

The debut episode is devoted to Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana, and includes interviews with the creative team. Hosted by UNLV professor Clarence Gilyard, the next dozen episodes will address Vegas music, dance and theater. Expect a look at the Las Vegas Art Museum collection now housed at UNLV and a profile of artist Terry Ritter, whose 50-foot showgirl mural graces the international terminal at McCarran International Airport. ArtScene will also delve into Springs Preserve’s Dia de los Muertos event, where viewers will encounter booth artists Ska Gomez and Dorian Gomez. Tune in to artScene at 9 p.m. Friday evenings. For more info or to see the trailer, visit VegasPBS.org/artScene.

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