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April 13-14, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV

The Believer Festival is a two-day roving celebration of writing, music, and visual arts. In the heart of the desert of southern Nevada, established and emerging artists, comedians, literary luminaries, and the Las Vegas arts community come together & divine a creative oasis.


FEATURING

NIMA ABKENAR • WAJAHAT ALI • JERICHO BROWN • THI BUI • ZINZI CLEMMONS • JONATHAN COULTON • DAVE EGGERS • BEN EHRENREICH • JEAN GRAE • MOHSIN HAMID • JOHN HODGMAN • NICK HORNBY • LESLIE JAMISON • BARRY JENKINS • MORGAN JERKINS • JAVON JOHNSON • TAYARI JONES • HEIDI JULAVITS • RACHEL KUSHNER • AIMEE MANN • APARNA NANCHERLA • JOSÉ ORDUÑA • RAYO & HONEY • VOGUE ROBINSON • JOSHUA WOLF SHENK • KANCHANA UGBABE • VENDELA VIDA • AYELET WALDMAN • LAWRENCE WESCHLER • MEG WOLITZER


THE WRITERS OF NEON LIT

ARTISTS LAUREN BON, RICHARD NIELSEN, AND TRISTAN DUKE FROM THE OPTICS DIVISION OF THE METABOLIC STUDIO WITH THEIR LIMINAL CAMERA

 

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DESERT SONGS: HIDDEN TRACKS

Friday, April 13, 6 p.m.

The Amphitheatre at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
State Highway 159, Las Vegas, NV 89161

For navigation: 1000 Scenic Loop Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89161

6:30 p.m. - Program begins

Featuring: Jericho Brown, Nick Hornby, Leslie Jamison, Javon Johnson, Rachel Kushner, Jose Orduña and Kanchana Ugbabe. Special guests to be announced.

Note: Entry to the Red Rock Conservation Area is free for registered attendees of this program.

SOLD OUT

 
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LINER NOTES @WRITER’S BLOCK

Saturday, April 14, 1:00 p.m.

Reading will take place at Chow
1020 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Signing next door at Writer’s Block Bookstore
1020 Fremont St #100, Las Vegas, NV 89101

1:15 p.m. Program begins

Featuring: Thi Bui and Zinzi Clemmons. Hosted by Dave Eggers.

Note: Signing to follow.

SOLD OUT

 
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SONGS OF LOVE AND BETRAYAL 

Saturday, April 14, 3:00 p.m. doors | 3:30 p.m. start time

Performing Arts Center at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
955 E. Clark Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101

Featuring: A reading by Mohsin Hamid and Tayari Jones followed by an interview by Morgan Jerkins with Barry Jenkins

With a special introduction by Vogue Robinson

 
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LAUGH TRACKS: THE BELIEVER VARIETY SHOW WITH JOHN HODGMAN, JEAN GRAE AND MUSICAL GUEST AIMEE MANN

Saturday, April 14, 7 p.m doors | 8 p.m. start time

Fremont Country Club 601 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101

Featuring: Wajahat Ali, Jonathan Coulton, Jean GraeJohn HodgmanNick Hornby, Aimee Mann, Aparna Nancherla, Ayelet Waldman, Lawrence Weschler and Meg Wolitzer.

support the believer festival 

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A matching grant challenge ...

The Eleanor Kagi Foundation has pledged to match all donations made to the Black Mountain Institute leading up to the festival.

Donate today by joining the "Friends of the Black Mountain Institute" program. Your will inspire creativity in Southern Nevada and beyond. And the power of your investment will be doubled by the Eleanor Kagi Foundation.

City of Asylum Fundraiser

The closing event of the festival, featuring comedians John Hodgman, Jean Grae, and Aparna Nancherla, is a special fundraiser for BMI’s City of Asylum program. All proceeds from tickets for the fundraiser will support the City of Asylum’s mission to bring writers who are in peril in their home countries to Las Vegas, where they rebuild their careers and their lives.

 

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The Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio

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In 2010, artists Lauren Bon, Richard Nielsen and Tristan Duke formed the Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio, devoted to recontextualizing photography as a land-based medium and a social practice. The Optics Division has explored the photochemical agency of the natural landscape: mining the material resources, such as silver, halogen salts, water, and gelatin to make photographic film.  In this work the optics division has sought a photography that is literally of the landscape.      

The Optics Division has also mined the social landscapes within which they have worked to find new modes of engaged photography.  Their Liminal Camera, a moveable, monumental camera built from a shipping container, functions as an image capture device and a social sculpture, which as a roving community forum allows for collective vision.

The Believer Festival will host the Optics Division along with their giant Liminal Camera.  The camera will be stationed outside festival locations –and visitors will be invited to step inside the camera to see the focused image.

 

 

Lauren Bon

The Metabolic Studio is the expression of Lauren Bon’s practice as an artist bringing together a broad range of disciplines and media –utilizing farming, architecture, performance, sound, dance and photography to create urban, public, and land art projects that galvanize social and political transformation.  Based in the Intermountain West, Bon’s studio has focused on accessibility, quality, and supply of water with a special emphasis on promoting community stewardship of water.  Lauren Bon’s work is global in its reach, with an art practice that seeks to engage on the same scale as society’s capacity to destroy

 

Richard Nielsen

Richard Nielsen is an artist, photographer and printmaker.  With a background in lithography and etching, Nielsen’s photographic practice is informed by the expanded field of printmaking.  Committed to offering printmaking opportunities to established and emerging artists, Nielsen’s Los Angeles studio, Untitled Prints and Editions, has hosted guest artists from around the world.  Nielsen has been a close collaborator with Lauren Bon and her Metabolic Studio since 2007.

 

Tristan Duke

Tristan Duke is an artist with a special interest in light, optics, illusion, and visual perception. Using innovative approaches to imaging duke explores visual ways of knowing –building his own cameras and optical systems to create new perspectives. His Los Angeles based laboratory –Infinity Light Science is devoted to creative research in areas ranging from optics and holography, to polymorphic shapes and microminiature art.  Duke is a Fellow at the Museum of Jurassic Technology, and has exhibited internationally. He moved to Los Angeles in 2010 at the invitation of Lauren Bon to help establish The Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio.