First Friday Brings the Carnival to DTLV

Targeting this week's most-wanted events



Gina Quaranto is the curator de force that makes Blackbird Studios one of the best in the Valley. She’s also a very talented artist in her own right. Beginning Feb. 5, you can see Quaranto’s Regarding the Moon exhibit, her first unveiling of all-new art in more than four years. You can also join her for a reception on Feb. 6.


February’s First Friday is carnival-themed, a nod to debaucherous pre-Lenten celebrations in Venice, Brazil and New Orleans. In addition to the usual abundance of art, music and food, you’ll find a profusion of poetry this month. Performers from the Human Experience, Provoke Infusion, Battle Born Slam and more will all sling verses on Colorado Avenue, between Third Street and Casino Center Boulevard.


You’ve heard that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but what about a painting? On Feb. 8 during Painted Stories at Bootlegger Bistro, five local writers will take turns reading their work aloud while artist Michael Davies uses their inspiration to transform a canvas. Afterward, all of the paintings and published works will be for sale.


The College of Southern Nevada hosts the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s presentation of Macbeth Feb. 6-7 at the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre. These public performances are among a series of shows and workshops that the touring ensemble is conducting at schools across the Valley this month. So, if you see a lot of teens tweeting, “Out, damned spot!” now you know why.

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