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Blood Drive Offers Free Ticket to CSI: The Experience

Blood Drive Offers Free Ticket to CSI: The Experience

CSI: The Experience and United Blood Serves are partnering for a blood drive Saturday at MGM Grand, and all donors receive free entry to the attraction.

All donors will receive a complimentary ticket to check out the intriguing and hands-on exhibit, CSI: The Experience between March 26 and April 9, 2011.

"We hope that this partnership will help encourage the community to donate," says Jeff Pluth, General Manager of CSI: The Experience. "In return, donors will be given an opportunity to play the role of crime scene investigator as they crack the case in our fascinating and interactive exhibit."

According to United Blood Services, more than 200 pints of blood must be collected from donors each day to meet patient needs in Las Vegas alone.

Artist Ruel James to Open Local Gallery

Artist and sculptor Ruel James will open a gallery at a Friday night ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Ruel James Gallery is located at 2121 Industrial Rd., Suite 215, in Las Vegas. James will be joined by entertainer Tony Sacca at the event, which begins at 6 p.m.

James just completed a major project for The Las Vegas Mob Experience at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in which he created eight sculptures of famous mob figures including Bugsy Siegel, Sam Giancana, Meyer Lansky, Tony Spilotro, Mickey Cohen, Lefty Rosenthal, Lucky Luciano and Frank Costello. He also created a Reverse-Mold of each head and the sculptures’ eyes actually follow you wherever you go. The effect is not mechanical; it’s just a special technique that James created.

Proceeds of the silent auction and sales will benefit the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society.

Local Music Students Compete for $36,000 in Prizes

Local Music Students Compete for $36,000 in Prizes

Local middle school and high school students will compete Saturday for $36,000 in cash prizes for their music programs in the “Notes to Grow” music contest.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Myron Leavitt Middle School, 4701 Quadrel St., and admission is free.

Middle school and high school musical groups submitted applications and performance video for the contest for online evaluation and public voting. The four middle school and four high school groups receiving the most votes were invited to perform on Saturday.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or low folding chairs to be more comfortable during the event. Local Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores sponsored the prize money for the competition.

Call 229-2524 or visit http://bbgilv.com/hsnotes/jump.html online for more information.

Knight Rider Festival Kicks Off Tonight

Knight Rider Festival Kicks Off Tonight

The 2011 Knight Rider Festival kicks off tonight at 5 p.m. at the Fremont Street Experience.

It will include both the original and new KITT cars from Knight Rider, followed by an opening ceremony with Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and LVCVA President & CEO Rossi Ralenkotter.

The evening also features entertainment with Paul Casey, Glen Larson and other special guest performers on the 1st Street Stage beginning at 8 p.m. The Knight Rider Festival continues on Saturday, March 19 with opening ceremonies, a VIP Q&A session and autograph signings by current and former Knight Rider celebrities. The KITT replica cars will be on display until 11 p.m.

A full schedule of events follows:

Friday, March 18
5 p.m. – Opening ceremonies with Mayor Goodman; 1st Street Stage
8-11 p.m.

'In the Dark' exhibit reveals how creatures survive, thrive in pitch-black conditions

'In the Dark' exhibit reveals how creatures survive, thrive in pitch-black conditions

The new exhibit, 'In the Dark' at the Springs Preserve provides visitors with an interactive experience to showcase how certain animals have adapted to being nocturnal.

Rat Parmesan, anyone? Assuming your culinary tastes tend toward the, well, exotic, you've got to catch the creepy critter first.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nevada Ballet Program Lives Up to its Name With Expected, New

Nevada Ballet Program Lives Up to its Name With Expected, New

The Nevada Ballet Theatre's The Tried and True and The New was an intriguing feast for the senses that gave the audiences something to contemplate.

It was similar to a fine-dining tasting menu: a bit of this, more of that, all innovative and at once both serene and surprising.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review Journal

The Arts District Kicks Off Mural Painting Project Tonight!

This First Friday, the 18b Las Vegas Arts District will be the site of a new project kick-off, the “Pop2 Cultural Art Center Mural Program”. More than 50 urban artists from New York City, San Francisco, San Bernardino, New Jersey and Las Vegas will be there, all simultaneously painting murals throughout the arts district. People will be able to watch the artists at work throughout the evening and learn more about urban culture. There will also be an coordinating exhibit, "Midnight Marauders" open at the Arts Factory. 

Events run from 6pm to 10pm tonight, March 4th. Artists will be working throughout the 18b Arts Disctrict, and the Arts Factory is located at 101 E. Chesterton Blvd.