In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Arts & Community Events Division of the city of Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services is offering a praise dance and sign arts workshop for young people ages 10 to 21. Facilitated by Victoria Gordon and Jocyelyn Wilson from Victory Missionary Baptist Church’s movement and sign ministries, the workshop will be held on Saturday, January 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 West Lake Mead Boulevard.
Participants are encouraged to dress in dance attire or wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Registration is now open for a fee of $5. Call (702) 229-4800 for more information.
The arts center hosts numerous programs for all ages, from classes for children and adults to special events such as gospel and jazz performances. Two film series focusing on African-American issues take place in January. Alex Haley’s Emmy Award-winning and groundbreaking mini-series, “Roots,” will be shown on five successive Thursdays, beginning January 3 at 6:30 p.m. A series of recently released feature films begins Saturday, January 5, at 3 p.m. “In My Country,” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Juliette Binoche, focuses on South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s hearings. It will be followed by “The Long Run,” “Tsotsi,” “The Last King of Scotland,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Pursuit of Happyness.” All films are free.