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Monday, November 24, 2014
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Contact: Patrick Gaffey 
Phone: (702) 455-7340 
Email: GaffeyPj@ClarkCountyNV.gov 
Thursday, December 27, 2012 
Author Brings Gypsy Culture to Life 

       Oksana Marafioti, author of “American Gypsy: A Memoir,” will offer an afternoon of Gypsy culture at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Drive, just north of Desert Inn Road. Mixed with humor and deep emotion, Marafioti will delve into her own family of Russian-Gypsy performers and its history using artwork and music and dance performances. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show.  

       During her presentation, Marafioti will shed light on the fascinating and often secretive world of the Roma people, with music and dance performances by Valeria Sokolova, Zarina Standridge and Coral Citron and artwork by Elena Pisnaya Wherry.  

       The performance is part of Winchester Cultural Center’s World Vibration Concert Series, which has hosted musicians from all over the world through the series during the last six years. Musicians from Brazil, Ireland, China, Thailand, Mexico and many other countries have brought their distinct rhythms to the Winchester stage. The series continues Saturday, Feb. 9. with Amor y Amistad, a ballet folklorico dance ensemble.  

       Those interested in Marafioti’s presentation or other performances in the World Vibration Concert Series can call (702) 455-7340. Additional information and tickets can be found online at www.clarkcountynv.gov/parks. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.  

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       Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability.  With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 42 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.