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March 6, 2014

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Ope ning Scullery Michael Cornthwaite and Future Restaurant Group's latest endeavor will start slinging drinks and small plates on the irst loor of the Ogden around April 1. The venue will also be connected to a black box theater. Moving One Man's Trash The bad news: OMT is ditching its gorgeous Main Street showroom for a space at 2960 Westwood Drive (units 22 & 23), where it will open two Saturdays each month and by appointment. The good news: They're saying goodbye with a moving sale you won't want to miss—March 79, noon-6 p.m., stunning furniture and decor up to 75 percent o . Moving Alios Todd VonBastiaans' showroom space is out of Container Park as of April 1 and heading back to its former digs at 1217 S. Main St., which it will share with the CAC for the next few months. That means you still have a few weeks to catch the inal exhibit on Fremont Street, Valentine's Day Mascular, featuring punching bag faces, Al Capone's mirror ball and a Swarovski crystal relective work. Closed Better Than New boutique The Arts District rave-wear shop known for embellished bras and LED every- thing closed on February 11. A note on its Facebook page says it will be "coming back 'better' than ever." Moved Brett Wesley Gallery The Arts District developer's landmark gal- lery is out of its glass-walled home at the corner of Charleston and Casino Center and into a new corner space at Art Square just a block away. Moving Patina Décor OMT out, Patina in. The vintage furniture/ décor/apparel outlet is heading across the street to 1300 S. Main St., where it will spread out and show o even more luscious design. Hip, hip, you know. –Sarah Feldberg 14 LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM MARCH 612, 2014 FIRST FRIDAY BY LEILA NAVIDI; PATINA BY CHRISTOPHER DEVARGAS COMMENTS? QUESTIONS? BEEFS? RANTS? LET'S HEAR IT! SHOOT AN EMAIL TO LVWEEKLY GMGVEGAS.COM AS WE SEE IT… The evolution of First Friday seems to spring eternal. A few months ago, it moved its offi c- es into the Emergency Arts build- ing. Though it had been holding Downtown meetings for at least the previous year, this move caught everyone's attention, because Emergency Arts is a corner- stone on East Fremont Street, the Monopoly board of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project. Hsieh and partners purchased First Friday almost three years ago, and the recent move had people wondering: Will First Friday, an art walk/street festival, eventually uproot from its origins in the Arts District and move to East Fremont? That wouldn't be a bad thing for Downtown Project, of course. It has a growing cadre of business- es on Fremont that could use the once-a-month injection of 25,000- 30,000 people who roam the Arts District each First Friday. Back to that in a minute. The festival also announced this week that Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada is now a First Friday sponsor. First Friday has always been a community event. However, support by Southern Wine, whose general manager is Larry Ruvo, founder of Keep Memory Alive Foundation and the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, serves notice that even as it has grown, the festival remains connected to its roots. Spokesman Charles Ressler says that "as of right now, there are no plans" to move any part of First Friday toward Fremont Street. He calls Southern's sponsorship "a nod to First Friday as a community event. Southern Wine & Spirits has been leading the charge for com- munity activation for years, and it's a real testament to the work we've done with First Friday that it wants to engage with us." Ressler adds that Southern Wine considers First Friday "an important community event that, by partnering with us, can be made into one of the most important in our city." Sponsorships are important to First Friday for another reason. The event comes with heavy secu- rity expenses and is reliant in part on fees collected from artists and food vendors who lease space dur- ing the event. Although the festival already has prominent local spon- sors—Health Plan of Nevada, for one—Southern Wine would be a big hitter. Might that translate into residents who live in Summerlin and Henderson taking notice of what's going on down here? Downtown residents will cer- tainly be watching. They'll be ask- ing if Southern Wine's involvement with First Friday—which launched more than a decade ago with just a few hundred people—coupled with the recent move into the Emergency Arts building, might signal a bigger change—perhaps the eventual shift of the festival from the Arts District to East Fremont. It wouldn't be a complete sur- prise. When Hsieh and others pur- chased First Friday in the fall of 2011, the Review-Journal reported that their intentions included an expansion to "other Downtown areas." Wes Myles, who owns the Arts Factory, considers the idea inevitable—and he welcomes it. "I send them a text every month that says, 'Please, leave us alone,'" Myles said earlier this week. "We used to have a nice adult crowd. Now we have kids." He also isn't happy about the First Friday food and other vendors positioned so close to his restaurant, Bar & Bistro. "Why would I want that?" Myles' belief that the move will happen stems, in part, from Hsieh's announcement earlier this year that Downtown Project was removing "return on community" from its company literature. Hsieh said the concept confused people, adding that Downtown Project is "not a charity." Or, as Myles interprets: "'We have to make money.' Like we didn't know that." J O E D O W N T O W N FESTIVAL IN FLUX Southern Wine's involvement in First Friday could signal bigger changes coming B Y J O E S C H O E N M A N N Joe Schoenmann doesn't just cover Downtown, he lives and works there. He is Greenspun Media Group's embedded Downtown journalist, stationed at an o ice in Emergency Arts. His work appears in the Las Vegas Sun and Las Vegas Weekly. > ARTFUL PARTNERS? Southern Wine's recently announced sponsorship of First Friday could have far-reaching e ects. MOVING AND SHAKING What's new, what's closed and what's hitting the road Downtown 14_AWSI_3_20140306_CB.indd 14 3/5/14 1:31 PM

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