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ART
Armand Thomas: Egypt

May 1-Aug. 5. Reception; May 1, 5-6:30p. Beyond the breaking news, away from the glare of television cameras, daily life continues in Egypt much as it has for eons – carefully, cautiously, steadily. In this photography exhibit, Thomas attempts to depict the duality of contemporary Egypt, a nation caught between stability and change, tradition and modernity, history and progress. Free. West Las Vegas Library Art Gallery


The Rhythms of Africa

Through Oct. 11, Tue-Fri, 12-5p; Sat, 10a-3p. The exhibition will feature African statues, masks, musical instruments, baskets, African cloth and various other artifacts. Also featuring paintings by internationally known artist, Calvin B. Jones. Free. Left of Center Art Gallery, 2207 W. Gowan Road, leftofcenterart.org


Why Masterworks?

June 19-Aug. 23, reception June 19, 5:30-7:30p. Artists in this invitational exhibit will select one or more elements and principles of art, which are the tools or building blocks the artist, sometimes intuitively, employs to make a unified piece of artwork. The artists will be asked to make a piece of artwork that explores and defines the particular element and principle chosen. Free. Mayor’s Gallery at the Fifth Street School. Call for appointment, 702-229-3515


Jeff Fulmer: Posts

June 26-Sep. 6, Wed-Fri, 12:30-9p, Sat, 10a-6p; reception June 26, 5:30-7:30p. Fulmer studied sculpture, art theory and graphic design, receiving his Master of Fine Arts from UNLV in 2000. He has taught at UNLV, Wabash College, Herron School of Art and most recently at CSN. Free. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., fulmerdesign.com


Kate Shannon: You Deserve More

Through Aug. 1, Mon-Fri, 9a-4p; Sat, 10a-2p. A solo exhibit of digitally manipulated photographs, video and animation by Kate Shannon, The Ohio State University Mansfield's Assistant Professor of Art. Free. CSN Fine Arts Gallery, sites.csn.edu/artgallery


Pressed: Introduction, Intermediate and Serigraphy Printmaking

Through Aug. 1; artist reception July 10, 6-8p. A group exhibition by the fine arts students of CSN, featuring new works that make use of a variety of printmaking techniques. Free. CSN Artspace Gallery, sites.csn.edu/artgallery


Celebrating Life! 2014 Winners Circle

July 17-Sep. 11. Southern Nevada residents age 50 or better entered their original works in this juried event. The Winners Circle exhibit features the award-winning pieces in six media categories, along with one Best of Show award. City Hall Chamber Gallery, artslasvegas.org


Harmony of Balance

July 24-Sep. 17. Reception July 24, 5-7p. Artist Yaffa Cary’s work is inspired by “Shiva Lingam,” a sacred icon of the divine manifestation. This collection represents a journey of developing ideas and an exploration of feelings about the duality of masculine and feminine. City Hall Grand Gallery, artslasvegas.org


Tokyo in Vegas: Vision Collision

July 25-Oct. 5. East and west collide gloriously as Japanese artist Sush Machida Gaikotsu blends traditions to fashion his own brand of stylized art, which is revered in fine art circles and commercial endeavors such as Burton Snowboards. Free with paid general admission. Springs Preserve


In-Sight by Linda Alterwitz

“In these photographs,” the artist says of her exhibit, In-Sight, “I weave together images of the human body derived from repurposed medical imaging with images of landscapes, revealing ethereal figures in a raw and vulnerable state. The mind, wrestling with sadness, fear and hope, retreats to a safe refuge. Through these pieces, I hope to bring insight to the struggles and the resulting withdrawal of the inner mind.” Through July 27, reception July 3, trifectagallery.com


Painting Women: Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Until the development of fine arts training programs for women in the 1870s, painting was an exclusively male province, marked mostly by an unaccountable obsession with depicting fruit. “Painting Women: Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston” showcases the work of female artists, including Mary Cassatt (whose “Mrs. Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa, Reading,” is pictured), Georgia O’Keeffe and Berthe Morisot. “Painting Women” is on exhibit at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art through Oct. 26. Tickets $11-$16. Info: bellagio.com


Roadrunners that Wont Run Far

Roadrunners: zippy, darty, a blur of motion! What if, artist Alisha Kerlin wondered after seeing a roadrunner doorstop at a swap meet, you turned them into heavy, immobile sculptures with overtones of Italian futurism? That’ll put some meep-meep in the Rotunda Gallery! Roadrunners that Won’t Run Far shows through July 25 in the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. Reception 6p, June 5



DANCE
Ethnic Express International Folk Dancing

Every Wed, 6:30-8:45p  Have an evening of fun learning international dance styles, including Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Greek, Israeli, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian and Turkish folk dances. No need to bring a partner. $4. Ages 8+. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., ethnicexpresslasvegas.org


Scottish Country Dancing

Every Friday. 6:30-8:45p. (No dance April 18.) Celebrate the beautiful ballroom dance styles of Scotland. Dances can be joyfully energetic or graceful. From the first chord to the final bow or curtsey, participants will be inspired by the driving reels, jigs, strathspeys or lilting airs. Dancers should wear comfortable clothes and soft shoes. Ages 13+ only. $5. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., ethnicexpresslasvegas.org



FAMILY
Farmers Market

Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich’s sustainable farmers market. Seasonal offerings, regionally and locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, fresh eggs, honey, nuts, dates, locally roasted coffee and more. Free admission. Note that vendors accept cash only. The Springs Preserve


Fore! The Planet

Through Sep. 1, 10a-6p. Eighteen holes of serious indoor fun. Explore a tropical rainforest, navigate a polluted waterway and learn how to make a wildlife refuge in your own backyard, all while playing a game of indoor miniature golf. Free with paid general admission. Springs Preserve


Vegas Night Life Animal Show

Through Sep. 1, 11a and 1p. The real animals in Vegas come out at night. Some are freaky, some are sneaky and some are downright creepy. You’ll uncover the Mojave Desert’s nocturnal animals including geckoes, centipedes, nightsnakes and more “hidden nightlife” that creeps out while you sleep. Free with paid general admission. Big Springs Theater at the Springs Preserve


Twinkle Time

July 24, 7p and July 25, 10:30a. This energetic, bilingual, pop music show is an outstanding experience for families and their young kids. $3. July 24, Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.; July 25, Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., twinkleandfriends.com


Little Miss Hannah's Rainbows in the Wind Festival

July 23, 5:30-9p. Children will enjoy face-painting, magic shows, games, balloon animals, arts and crafts, costumed characters and so much more! Adults will enjoy the entertainment, food and amazing raffle prizes. Benefits Las Vegas families of children diagnosed with rare, life-limiting and complex medical conditions. Free. Town Square Center Park, littlemisshannah.org



FUNDRAISERS
Broadway Open Mic Night

July 27, 7p. An evening of strictly musical theatre with you at the mic and a live accompanist at the piano, complete with theatrical lighting and sound. Your donation includes one free drink and a video of your performance. Proceeds benefit the upcoming season for Off Strip Productions. $10. Onyx Theatre, onyxtheatre.com


Go Orange Day

Sep. 4, all day. To kick off Hunger Action Month, Three Square Food Bank, in partnership with Feeding America, encourages Southern Nevadans to wear orange, update social media pages with orange backgrounds and profile photos, while businesses can get involved by promoting orange products (cocktails, food items, fashion). Last year, several hotel-casinos along the Las Vegas Strip and throughout the valley changed their marquees orange as part of the effort. threesquare.org



LECTURES, READINGS AND PANELS
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Walking Tours

10:30a,Wed and Sat. Take a guided tour of the campus and learn about its architectural accomplishments, artwork and historic overview. Register in advance for free. The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com



MUSIC
Clint Holmes: Stop this Train

Feb. 7-8, 8:30p; Feb. 9, 2p. With carefully arranged compositions inspired by his early family life, Holmes showcases varying moods, styles and tempos, captivating the audience the whole way through. Titled with the desire of stopping the train of time in its tracks to remain young forever, “Stop This Train” is about all of the stops, high and low, between the stations of life. $35-$45. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center


Soul on Fire with Cuba Gooding Sr. - Spontaneous Combustion

July 26, 8p. This Las Vegas based, all original, 12-piece super-band masterfully blends soul, R&B, jazz, funk, pop and classical styles to create an exciting and inspiring musical experience for all ages. $49-$59. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center


Boston and Cheap Trick, Hard Rock Hotel

You’re all, Boston and Cheap Trick are old dudes, dude, and we’re like, Yeah, but at least one of those bands can still bring the noise, and then, after a brief pause, we all spontaneously break out into, Mommy’s all right, daddy’s all right, they just seem a little weird … Might as well surrender. 8 p.m., $49.50 and up, hardrockhotel.com



THEATER
Happy Hour Jam Session

July 2, 16 and 30, 8p. Love improv but want to do more than just watch? In this show, the audience is part of the action. $10. The Sci Fi Center, 600 E. Sahara Ave. #13, facebook.com/happyhourimprov


Improv Kingdom

July 7, 14, 21 and 28, 8p. The Las Vegas comedy show featuring both short and long form improv from some of the valley’s most experienced improv actors. Wine and concessions available. Come at 6p for drop-in class with Paul Mattingly. $10 show, $15 for both drop-in and show. Baobab Stage Theatre, 6587 Las Vegas Blvd. S., baobabstage.com


Really Rosie

July 11-27, Thu-Sat, 7p; Sun, 2p. Rosie, the sassiest kid on her block of Brooklyn's Avenue P, entertains herself and her friends by acting out show biz fantasies, notably directing and starring in an Oscar-winning movie. Music by Carole King, based on the book by Maurice Sendak. $25. Las Vegas Little Theatre, lvlt.org


Cabaret

July 18-Aug. 3, Thu-Sat, 8p; Sun, 2p. Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where emcee Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times? $24, $19 seniors/military/students. Onyx Theatre, onyxtheatre.com


Las Vegas Improvisational Players

July 26, 7p. From musical improv to crazy games, you will enjoy being part of the action as you help create what goes on the stage. Clean-burning, interactive fun that is safe for the whole family. $10 at the door, kids free. American Heritage Academy, 6126 S. Sandhill Road, lvimprov.com


Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England

Technically, this happens in August, but we want you to mark your calendars early. It’s a production of Madeline George’s play Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England. One reviewer describes it thusly: “a hilarious satire on present-day academia and the current generation of college students, a playfully irreverent depiction of lesbian relationships, a profound meditation on selfishness, spirituality and mortality …” Aug. 13-24, Cockroach Theatre in Art Square, $25, cockroachtheatre.com



 

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