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Arts Factory

  • music

    Hip-Hop Artist Mike Xavier Pays It Forward With a Holiday Toy Drive

    By Zoneil Maharaj

    Once homeless themselves, the rising rapper and his 9-year-old son are helping those in need

  • Art

    Sin City Gallery Moves Out of the Arts Factory

    By Caeli Chesin

    After 9 years, gallerist Laura Henkel plans to take her provocative exhibitions to other places.

  • Ask a Native

    Why Can’t the Restaurant Space at Downtown’s Arts Factory Succeed?

    By James P. Reza

    Given its prime Charleston Boulevard location, expansive patio and easy parking, one wonders what plagued the list of Arts Factory restaurants that have come and gone.

  • DTLV

    New Downtown Spots to Shop This Season

    By Ashley Miles

    Support local business this Christmas and find original gifts at these DTLV stores and fairs.

  • Art

    Sin City Gallery Goes Big With Immersive

    By Geoff Carter

    The daylong "art happening" puts provocative art out in the open.

  • Art

    Trifecta Gallery’s Closing Marks the End of an Era

    By Cindi Reed

    Gallerist Marty Walsh on closing a Vegas institution and what happens next

  • Art

    Can a New Weekly Gallery Walk Succeed in the Arts District?

    It’s a Thursday night in Trifecta Gallery at the Arts Factory, where about 10 people sit on couches and chairs in a semicircle, surrounded by the vibrant, geometric, cut-foam works of local artist Philip Denker. Most of those in attendance munch on chocolate cake or sip drinks smuggled in from the neighboring Bar + Bistro.

  • Seven Days

    By Bob Whitby

    Thursday, June 13 Best game they don’t play in schools anymore? Dodgeball. Who didn’t love pelting that hated jock with a fat rubber ball? Relive the glory days of middle school from 8-11 p.m. at the Arts Factory parking lot Downtown. Get a team together, or just go and watch. For more information, contact

  • CAC

    After 25 Years, Contemporary Arts Center Gets New Directors and Newfound Maturity

    By Jarret Keene

    Exquisite Corpse at Contemporary Arts Center 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 120, artworks are $500 each and proceeds benefit the CAC, 382-3886,

  • Best Place to Recover

    Las Vegas is slowly but surely learning the restorative powers of brunch, and Bar + Bistro at the Arts Factory has one specifically designed to take the edge off of the weekend’s nighttime antics. Its off-Strip location means you can recover in peace, without having to deal with stumbling tourists. Chef Beni Velázquez is largely self-taught when it comes to cooking, so his dishes have personal touches of what he grew up eating and what he feels will set everyone straight.

  • Dining

    The Bistro Has Landed

    By Cate Weeks

    Beni Velázquez thinks of himself as a rebel. But that bit of navel-gazing is off. It’s not so much that the co-owner and chef of Bar + Bistro wants to break the rules; he wants to make them. All of them.

  • Art

    Architectural Striptease

    By Cynthia Behr Warso

    Scott Carter’s solo show, Affect/Effect, lays bare the bones of the Contemporary Arts Center. The 27-year-old Chicago-based artist has peeled away, sawn and cut the gallery walls, exposing pipe, plywood and two-by-fours. Unlike the detritus of an ordinary demolition site, the removed drywall—cut into geometric shapes like jigsaw puzzle pieces—is then sandwiched together to create furniture, such as chairs or bedposts (Carter’s grandfather was a furniture maker). The result is a visual seduction that addresses the mood of Las Vegas in the wake of the housing collapse.

  • Cirque Gets Visual

    By Cindi Reed

    Strip entertainment giant Cirque du Soleil is taking over the art scene this month with two big events. The first is Safewalls (Trifecta Gallery in the Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 135, through Aug. 26), a touring collection of vintage-style circus posters reimagined by contemporary artists. Frank Kozik, Chet Zar and local Casey Weldon created three creepily beautiful Zumanity posters, while Vegas native Amy Sol’s ethereal Kà poster (pictured) makes us wish we could crawl into her visual world.

  • A&E

    A Tree Grows on Charleston

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    R.J. Reynolds taped a sheet of college-ruled notebook paper to a cocktail table near the outdoor stage that said, “To perform, just write your name.” The June night was young and attendance was sparse—the first three performers recycled a few times. The house band jammed, a self-proclaimed math geek vivisected his romantic dystopia and somebody read from a collection of somebody else’s poems. This was the scene in the Arts Factory’s backyard at the ninth Talky Trees, a multimedia art gathering every first Saturday of the month. And I wasn’t sure I wanted to hang around.

  • Here’s the Deal

    Valentine’s Day on the cheap

    Everyone knows Valentine’s Day is really for the ladies. Men, you have only this weekend to make those romantic wishes come true. So here’s the deal: Two shops inside Emergency Arts (520 E. Fremont St.) are making the hunt easy and inexpensive. La Flor Argentina offers handmade, crocheted pieces, including bags and headbands, for 20 percent off through the holiday. Downstairs at Flockflockflock, peruse the half-off rack for spring vintage fashions ($7-$15).