Lords of Vegas

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Las Vegas 18b Arts District is a thriving arts community, but also an ever-changing palate for local graffiti artists to express themselves. It is not uncommon to find amateur filming crews documenting artists as they add new art atop what may be only a few days old.

The Arts District is also home to the long First Friday tradition: a gathering of artists, food, drink, fun, friends, and entertainment The even is free and happens on the first Friday of each month that draws crowds in the thousands. No, I’m not advertising! It’s quite fun, and I strongly recommend it when temperatures aren’t raging hot. If you do ever have a chance to go, be sure to get there early enough to explore the District’s fun shops beforehand. They’re all unique and interesting in their own way.

Photographers: hours ahead of time, if you’re anything like me.

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Graffiti from the Arts District in downtown Las Vegas

Red, White, and Ruvo

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Las Vegas has an odd mixture of architectural offerings for photographers, including small scale replicas of several global icons: the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, the Rialto Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty, among others. What many don’t realize is that we also have a Frank Gehry building: the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, a division of Cleveland Clinic. It is located near the Arts District and the Smith Center (I highly recommend both).

To learn more about Lou Ruvo Center’s important brain research, building location and tour information, visit the Keep Memory Alive website.

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Ruvo in Red