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Emergency Arts

  • DTLV

    Remembering The Beat

    By Jessie O'Brien

    The coffee shop that became a creative community hub closes next month

  • DTLV

    The Beat Coffeehouse to Close

    By Jessie O'Brien

    In addition, Emergency Arts will relocate to the second floor

  • Art

    Small Space Fest Is Open to Big Ideas

    By Jessie O'Brien

    Artists take over the Emergency Arts building for a for a one-day festival.

  • Art

    Rafael Espino’s Dreams Take Shape

    By Jennifer Kleven

    Espino’s lack of formal training allows the artist to form exactly what he imagines using Styrofoam, plaster and paint, completely free of the limitations imposed by fine art.

  • Art

    Saturday Is the New Friday

    Launched in February, Second Saturday at Emergency Arts has been growing steadily each month, as has the loose collective of galleries and studios involved in its promotion.

  • The Hit List

    Artist Paula Billups Gives Us a Yummy Treat

    By Ian Caramanzana

    Plus: poet Richard Siken reads at UNLV, comedian Steve Solomon brings his one-man show to the Smith Center and Pizza My Art hosts an "Arts N Crafts" night.

  • Culture & Community

    Best Cultural Nexus

    Emergency Arts is one of Downtown’s four arts hives. While each is home to good galleries and restaurants, they don’t quite have the energy that Emergency Arts and its most heavily trafficked business, The Beat Coffeehouse, generate on a daily basis. Everything from collaborative art installations to music festivals has been dreamed up by people sitting around tables at The Beat.

  • Art

    Born Again (and Again)

    By Jarret Keene

    Upon entering a cool little gallery in Emergency Arts, I anticipate a range of sensations. One thing I do not expect, however, is to feel panic grip my spine when my entrance triggers a motion detector and a whirring, mechanical, three-headed hellhound suddenly springs to life. Fashioned from Frankensteinian, bargain-bin fright masks and a reverse-engineered, wire-strewn, robotic frame, Shannon Eakins’ “Cerberus” combines nature with technology. If you’re not ready, you’ll flinch (or yelp) when the animatronic chimera activates.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Best Art-Per-Footstep

    Sure, you can get your culture—and your exercise, too—by walking the First Friday street fair. But if you want to see the most art for the least effort, check out the impressive cluster of spaces along the main hallway of Emergency Arts.

  • Arts

    Someone to Look Up to

    By Cynthia Behr Warso

    This summer, the departure of artist/UNLV professor Stephen Hendee ignited a firestorm in the art community. Amid the furor of sad fans and former students, one person made a disparaging comment about all this “hero worship.” The remark got artist Erin Stellmon thinking. She wondered who is a hero, what is heroic and whether the concept mattered anymore. This exploration resulted in her new show, Hero Worship, at Kleven Contemporary.

  • Art

    Power Pop


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    The pop culture décor of Angee Jackson’s living room says a lot about her own art. In the corner, she’s got a 1965 Lucky Strike pinball machine with fantastic drawings of suburban women bowling. Next to that are three pink Eames-esque fiberglass shell chairs that look fresh from a funky old Laundromat. Beyond that is an enormous shelf of vinyl records. Then there’s the 4-foot-high thrift-store painting of an eight-point buck, praying hands and a serpent.

  • Art

    Deck the Walls

    By Gianna Petro

    Empire Gallery owner Justin McCroy is hosting the group show LVSK8 V, opening his doors to more than 70 skateboard decks, each covered in a different artistic vision. The contributing artists are mostly local tattooists who deviated from their usual medium. Decks start at $100, which is cheaper than most tattoos. Here are five highlights. “Untitled” by Jesse Squints. A surveillance camera extends from the board, while on the board itself is a monkey that says “Quick, Steal That One.” The perfect blend of humor and street attitude.

  • Art

    Art Anarchy

    By Laura Henkel

    Melanie Coffee’s personal collection of 1980s nostalgia and teen angst is perched behind black wrought-iron gates and displayed upon X-ray light boxes and metallic blue walls. The punk-rock art fliers, Ann Summa photography and video art installations are all part of the inaugural exhibition of Coffee’s new space in Emergency Arts, Gamma Gamma Gallery (Fri-Sat 7-9 p.m., 520 E. Fremont St., Suite 109). The show, which runs through May 30, is appropriately called Gamma, Gamma Hey! 1980s Punk Rock Flyer Art and Ephemera Show.

  • Art

    Love Fest

    By Jarret Keene

    This is the story of a nonprofit organization and a downtown cultural scene uniting for an arts awareness event. On one side, there’s Opportunity Village, a work-training program for people with intellectual disabilities and the Valley’s best-known charity group. On the other, Emergency Arts, the Vegas hot spot that has been the main reason for much recent press about our Sin City arts scene.

  • 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).

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