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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...   
Sep. 17, 7:30p. Richard S. Kay, Professor of Law, will discuss the foundations of American constitutionalism and their implications for...   
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  Festivals and Holiday Events  

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,

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,

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

Organic Study No. 1

Luis Varela-Rico’s past steel-origami sculptures contrasted the light, flexible and delicate qualities of paper with the heavy, unyielding nature of steel. In this exhibit, he plans to further challenge the attributes of metal by creating a large organic form, a hand, and suspend the segments of the sculpture in air. Free, Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery,

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

Through Oct. 17, 10a-7p. Featuring a series of paintings portraying female artists as confident practitioners of their craft, as well as a survey of work by women artists including Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe and Berthe Morisot. The works are arranged thematically from the 1870s, the era when fine arts training programs first became available to women, to the mid-20th century when women (like their male counterparts) adopted more abstract, modern styles. $11-$16, children under 12 free. Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art,

Vintage Bike Night

Sep. 19, 6-11p. Classic motorcycles, cafe racers, Harleys, custom bikes, scooters, art, live body painting and music all converge for a fun event. Free. The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd.,

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.,

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.,

Zombie Burlesque

Every Mon-Sat, 8:30p. With comedy, variety acts, a live Big Band and an award-winning cast of characters, Zombie Burlesque takes place in Las Vegas during the Atomic Era, circa 1958. Be the first living audience to experience classic burlesque, zany musical numbers and top-notch singing all performed by the sexiest zombies at the hottest, formerly zombie-only, nightclub in town. $65-$85. V Theater, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S.,

Dessert before Dinner Gala

Sep. 27, 6p. Local chefs compete with treats from this year’s chosen Girl Scout cookie, and attendees vote for the winning dessert! Try your luck in the silent auction and celebrate the 2014 honored women leaders in our community. This year’s featured entertainer is Mirage headliner Terry Fator. $300. The Palace Ballroom at Caesars Palace,

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

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

Every Tue-Sun, 4p. The most beloved family show in the world, featuring an amazing cast of housecats, dogs, parrots, even geese and mice! A unique blend of physical comedy, world-champion juggling and the extraordinary talents of more than 30 performing pets. Gregory Popovich has rescued these animals from shelters all over the country and has transformed them into Las Vegas stars. $35-$50. V Theater, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S.,

Healthy Kids Festival

Sep. 27, 10a-2p. The event provides children and their families with information about healthy eating and healthy activity choices, while raising awareness about childhood obesity issues within our community. Parents and families can engage in a day filled with fun activities and healthy eating demonstrations, music and entertainment, sports exhibitions, games and more. Free. Paradise Park, 4775 McLeod Drive, 702-948-5942,

Why Ranch Grand Opening Community Hoedown

Sep. 27, 10a-4p. Celebrate Asian heritage at this family-friendly event featuring art and crafts, food concessions, traditional music and dance performances, retail vendors, a children’s lantern parade and much more. $5 adult, $3 children 5-12, under 5 free. Springs Preserve

Las Vegas' 42nd Annual Greek Food Festival

Sep. 25-28, Fri-Sat 3-11p; Sun 12-10p. Be Greek for a day and enjoy all the sights, smells, sounds and flavors of Santorini and the fun of Mykonos. Raffle prizes, Torch Run, booths, food, and more! Free shuttle available. $6 adults, children and active military free. St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 5300 El Camino Road,


Sep. 13-Oct. 31, Fri-Sat, 7p. Drink with celebrity keg-tappers, enter drawings for free meals, compete in stein-holding contests and enjoy live entertainment, traditional German food and, of course, real brews from the homeland. Check website for details. Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas,

15th Annual Super Run Classic Car Show

Sep. 25-28. As many as 1,000 cars and trucks representing all years, makes and models will be on display in the city’s historic Water Street District, along with automotive competitions, weekend concerts, a retro fashion show and a variety of vendors. Free. Henderson Events Plaza, 200 Water St.,

Asian Heritage Celebration

Sep. 27, 10a-4p. Celebrate Asian heritage at this family-friendly event featuring art and crafts, food concessions, traditional music and dance performances, retail vendors, a children’s lantern parade and much more. $5 adult, $3 children 5-12, under 5 free. Springs Preserve

Women's Club of Summerlin: Prom Night

Oct. 9, 6p. Includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, raffles, silent/live auctions, fun entertainment and dance music provided by Ronnie Lee Twist and the Future Cats. Proceeds benefit Project 150, helping homeless and disadvantaged students in 34 local area high schools. $75 individual, $700 table of 10. JW Marriott in Summerlin,

Mercedes-Benz Dealer Championships Golf Tournament

Sep. 30, 7a. Includes breakfast, fabulous raffle prizes, cocktails and a chance at the National Final. Registration deadline is September 20. Benefits Keep Memory Alive, working towards enhanced treatment and cures for neurocognitive disorders. $1600 foursome; $800 twosome. Cascata Golf Course, Boulder City. Register at 702-798-1819

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,

What are Constitutions For?

Sep. 17, 7:30p. Richard S. Kay, Professor of Law, will discuss the foundations of American constitutionalism and their implications for implementing the law of the Constitution and for perpetuating our political institutions. There will also be some focus on the role of courts in construing the Constitution and advancing constitutional principle. Free. UNLV Barrick Museum Auditorium,

An Afternoon with Jerry Reuss

Sep. 20, 2p. The former Dodger and World Series Champion shares his hilarious new book, Bring in the Right Hander! My Twenty-Two Years in the Major Leagues. His book puts us on the mound for the winning pitch in the 1981 World Series and then takes us back to the schoolyards and ball fields of Overland, Mo., where Reuss first dreamed of that scene. A book sale and signing will follow his presentation. Free. Sahara W. Library,

An Afternoon with Tod Goldberg

Sep. 21, 3p. The author talks about his new book, Gangsterland: A Novel, a dark and funny page-turning crime story in which a former hit man, hiding out as a Las Vegas rabbi, isn’t quite as done with the Mafia as he wanted to be. Goldberg is the author of several crime novels including Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A book signing and reception will follow the talk. Free. Clark County Library,

Becoming Insomniac: How Sleeplessness Alarmed Modernity

Sep. 22, 7:30p. Doctors attribute the recent increase in chronic sleeplessness to the 24-hour media saturations of the Internet age, but the connection between technology and insomnia is hardly new. In the Victorian period, it was widely and worriedly believed that telegraphs and telephones, electric lights and night trains would forever encroach upon the night and the mind at the expense of sufficient sleep. Lee Scrivner, Visiting Lecturer in Humanities, explores the history and phenomena of this “modern insomnia.” Free. UNLV Barrick Museum Auditorium,

Uncensored Voices: Celebrating Your Freedom to Read

Sep. 23, 7p. Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from the shelves of bookstores, libraries and schools. This year’s event shines a light on graphic novels. Despite serious literary merit and popularity as a genre, it’s often subject to censorship. Co-sponsored by the ACLU of Nevada. Free. Clark County Library,

Under the Castles' Cannon: The Archaeology of Africa in the Atlantic World

Sep. 24, 7:30p. The Atlantic trade, including the slave trade, linked Africa and the Americas for more than four centuries, engendering dramatic changes for societies on both sides of the ocean. Christopher DeCorse, Professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University, will explore the impacts of Africa’s interactions within the wider Atlantic and examine how the Atlantic trade affected and transformed West African societies. Free. UNLV Barrick Museum Auditorium,

B-A Tribute to the Beatles

Every Mon-Sun, 5:30. This show takes everything you love about the Beatles and presents it just as if John, Paul, George and Ringo were on stage together again. You will want to get up, sing and dance as some of the best Beatle musicians recreate some of the most memorable Beatle moments from every era of their career - from Beatlemania all the way up to the White Album. $60-$70. Saxe Theater, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S.,

The Magic Flute

Sep. 18-20, 8p; Sep. 21, 6p. Sin City Opera opens its 2014-2015 season presenting a modern day version of Mozart’s masterpiece with the characters and story inspired by historic Las Vegas. Family-friendly and sung in English by the top operatic talent of the Las Vegas Valley. Free. Downtown Container Park,

Ricardo Griego - Spanish Guitar Fusion

Sep. 21, 2p. This performance will feature Flamenco music in the nuevo and puro traditions interpreted by Flamenco dance. Griego will perform classic Latin sounds accompanied by two salsa dancers. Free. W. Charleston Library,


Sep. 26, 7:30p. An artist with an incredible history in Reggae music: Born albino in Jamaica and raised at the Maxfield Home orphanage in Kingston, he overcame such obstacles to become, at one time, the biggest reggae artist since Bob Marley. $16 advance, $21 at the door. Backstage Bar & Billiards, 601 E. Fremont St.,

Dangerous Curves

Sep. 27, 7p. Lisa Smith, Margaret Menzies and Karen Michaels are excited to bring their award-winning cabaret to your backyard. Known for their spectacular blend of powerhouse vocals and delicious harmonies, they deliver timeless classics made famous by the Andrews Sisters and Judy Garland, as well as many of the Billboard hits and Broadway melodies you’ve come to know and love, all presented in beautiful, three-part CURVY style. $15. Starbright Theatre,

Bob Mould

Sept. 30 There’s no better reason to visit this refurbished downtown venue than to watch the former Hüsker Dü frontman sing his heart, lungs and larynx out, accompanied by gales of deeply felt guitar. 8p, $15-$20,

Sufi Qawwali Party

More specifically, the Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Party: an ensemble (playing harmoniums, temporas, tablas) performing the music of Pakistan’s Sufis. Could be your new global jam. 7p, $10-$12, 702-455-7340

Comedy in Action

Sep. 1, 3-6, 7-8, 10-11, 21, 24-25, 27-29, 4p. Combining juggling, unicycle maneuvers, slapstick comedy and even inspirational messages, Jeff Civillico’s family-friendly show is a must-see. He juggles everything from bowling balls to chainsaws, even while balancing a 12-foot ladder on his chin. $44. The Quad,

Improv Kingdom

Sep. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 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.,

The Bucket Show

Sep. 3, 10, 17, 24, 10p. Paul Mattingly (Second City) and Matt Donnelly (former writer for Penn & Teller) offer up improv at its finest. You call the shots from songs to World’s Worst. Free - donations go in the bucket at the end of the show. Scullery Theater, 150 Las Vegas Blvd. N.,

Boston Marriage

Anna and Claire are two bantering, scheming “women of fashion” who have long lived together on the fringes of upper-class society. Anna has just become the mistress of a wealthy man, from whom she has received an enormous emerald and an income to match. Claire, meanwhile, is infatuated with a respectable young lady and wants to enlist the jealous Anna’s help for an assignation. As the two women exchange barbs and take turns taunting Anna’s hapless Scottish parlor maid, Claire’s young inamorata suddenly appears, setting off a crisis that puts both the valuable emerald and the women’s futures at risk. $15 adults, $14 seniors/students, Las Vegas Little Theatre,

The Spot Improv

Sep. 10 and 24, 8p. Long-form improv in an intimate setting, so close to the Strip you can taste it! Come early to participate in improv games and to get a good seat. $10 at the door. The SciFi Center, 600 E. Sahara Ave. #13,

Mrs. Mannerly

Sep. 12-13, 18-20, 25-27, 8p; Sep. 14, 20-21, 28, 2p. Mrs. Mannerly is a demanding teacher, and no student in her 36 years of etiquette classes has achieved a perfect score. But when young Jeffrey discovers her secret past, he is determined to be the first to achieve this feat. $24 adults, $21 seniors/students, Las Vegas Little Theatre,

My Children! My Africa!

Sep. 19-28. In this compelling tale, the great South African playwright Athol Fugard confronts the tragedy of apartheid in his native land: In a segregated township, a humble and humane black teacher tries to persuade just one young person that education, not violence, is the answer to South Africa’s problems. Black Box at UNLV’s Nevada Conservatory Theatre, call for times and prices: 702-895-2787

Las Vegas Improvisational Players

Sep. 20, 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,

Big Daddy's Barbeque

A variety show directed by Ted Lange (“Isaac” from TV’s The Love Boat), performed by standup comedian Jeff Wayne. Compared to Defending the Caveman, this show shares laughs, singing and dancing with theatre. $15. Starbright Theatre,


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