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Turn up the volume! "Today we walked the space again, conceiving all the layout; it's going to be such a strong show," VAST Space...   
April 19. 7p. Do you love watching “Whose Line is it, Anyway?” Come see Las Vegas’ hottest improv troupe perform such games,...   
April 15-20. 7:30p; Apr 19-20, 2p. The beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the...   
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  Festivals and Holiday Events  

Nevada Watercolor Society Spring Show

Mar. 14-May 10.  An exquisite array of watercolor paintings showcasing works by outstanding local watercolorists and exploring subjects as varied as still life, abstracts, portraits and landscapes. Free with general admission. Big Springs Gallery, Springs Preserve

Hillary Price

Mar. 25-May 16.  Price’s oil paintings extend off the wall and into the space of the viewer. Fragmented images are painted onto layers of stretched pantyhose nylon, suggesting a visual representation of memories within the space of the brain. Free. Winchester Gallery at the Clark County Government Center,

Memories for the Future

Mar. 31-May 23; Artist reception Apr. 3, 6-8p.  An interactive performance and site-specific installation presented by artist and former U.S. Marine Michael Barrett. Barrett will crawl on hands and knees, individually shining the more than 6,000 pennies making up his mosaic pattern on the Rotunda Gallery floor in order to honor service men and women. Free. Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery,

Mad Science Mania

Through June 21. Sat-Sun, 11a and 1p. Mad scientists roam the Preserve with interactive experiments that are different every week. Free with general admission. Springs Preserve

First Friday

April 4 and May 2. 5-11p. Celebrate Downtown Las Vegas’ unique brand of arts and culture with exhibits, open galleries, live music and DJs, food trucks, vendor booths and special activities for the kids. Free. Arts District; hub at Casino Center Blvd. between Colorado St. and California St., with an extension on 3rd St. and Colorado, plus music in the Get Back Alley in the Fremont East district,

Seeking Silence

April 4-June 6, Mon-Fri 9a-4p, Sat 10a-2p. A solo exhibit of fine art prints, drawings and installation artwork by CSN Professor of Printmaking and Drawing, Anne Hoff. Free. CSN Fine Arts Gallery,

Mohogany Showcase Spring Exhibit 2014

April 19-June 7. Wed-Fri 9a-6:30p, Sat 9a-5:30p. Award-winning artist Brenda Dumas presents glass transformed into jewelry, plates, bowls and other pieces of art. Carolyn Hurst is a master quilter. Gaile Ferguson is a student of photography and cinematography in the film department of College of Southern Nevada. The three combine for a holistic multimedia exhibit. Free. West Las Vegas Arts Center Community Gallery, 702-229-4800

Celebrating Life! 2014

May 23-July 12. A juried art exhibition for artists ages 50+. Open to residents of Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Mineral and Nye counties of Nevada. Free to enter; entries due April 22-23, 11a-3p. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-6383

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:

Volume Control

Turn up the volume! "Today we walked the space again, conceiving all the layout; it's going to be such a strong show," VAST Space Projects gallerist Shannon McMackin reported in mid-March, as she and artist Mark Brandvik planned out Volume Control, his new exhibit. Designed specifically for VAST's Henderson warehouse, the show comprises "sculptural vignettes, dioramas, and tableaus referencing memory, architecture, and landscape," says the artist's statement. "Drawings in the office, a loop of Brandvik videos ..." McMackin adds. Plus, nods to the automotive legacy of the space itself. Opens April 19 with a 7-10p reception. 727 Susanna Way,

Matt Ortego

Hey, Las Vegas artist Matt Ortego, what’s up with this image, titled “Saving Face,” from your exhibit "Welcome the Enemy"? “It depicts someone losing one’s self due to mistreatment,” he says. “I came up with the idea when I was going through an episode of not being true to myself. The title is a play on words juxtaposing the meaning of the idiom with the meaning of the painting, which hopefully gives a comedic perspective.” See for yourself April 22-June 24, free, Summerlin Library,


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.,

Seven Deadly Sins

May 2. 7p; May 3, 2p. In a town where people falling from grace form the bedrock of the local economy, choreographer Kelly Roth chooses to bite the hand that feeds him as he examines the spiritually corrosive effects of moral relativism. Enjoy a night of dance with the Concert Dance Company and the CSN Dance Ensemble plus special guests. $10 adults, $8 students/seniors. Nicholas J. Horn Theatre,

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.,

Leonardo Da Vinci: Machines in Motion

Jan. 26-May 4   Experience genius in motion as you interact with 40 machines from the mind of Leonardo da Vinci. These full-scale machines were built after detailed study of Leonardo da Vinci’s designs by a group of scientists and skilled craftsmen in Florence, Italy. Visitors may touch and set them in motion, creating a captivating hands-on experience. Free with paid general admission. Springs Preserve,

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

2014 Great Vegas Festival of Bear

April 26. 4-8p. Nevada’s largest independent craft beer festival is bigger and better than ever with more than 250 brews from more than 80 breweries. Featuring beer-inspired culinary menus, mixology demonstrations, educational elements, interactive exhibits and live music. $35-$80. Fremont East Entertainment District of Downtown Las Vegas,

National Rebuilding Day

April 26. 7a. Presented by Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada, this daylong event unites more than 1,200 volunteers and community partners to repair and renovate 20 homes of low-income homeowners (elderly, veterans, disabled and families) throughout the Las Vegas Valley, in just one day! Various locations in Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas,


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,

Creativity and the World: A Poetry Performance by Lee Mallory

April 22. 6:30p. Celebrate National Poetry Month with “the love poet.” A widely published performance poet and author of Now and Then, Mallory will read, discuss creativity and sign copies of his book. Free. Whitney Library,

Out West @ The Diversity Library - A Staged Reading

April 24. 7p. A reenactment of combative public testimony adapted from the Missoula City Council hearing to add anti-discrimination protection for the LGBTQ community, a first in Montana history. Author, playwright and filmmaker Gregory Hinton adapted the script from the actual Missoula City Council Journal of Proceedings. Discussion follows. Free. Clark County Library,

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

Laura Taylor: It Might as Well Be Spring

April 24. 7p. Singer, recording artist and award-winning songwriter, Taylor and her talented group of musicians will perform a mixture of favorite spring songs, originals and songs from her CDs. This evening will feature special guest guitarist Joe Lano. $28-$55. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center

Soul Men: A Tribute to Soul, R and B and Motown Starring Spectrum

April 26. 7p. The group boasts four incredible singers, each with the voice of a solo artist, who combine their voices and dexterity to create the angelic harmonies and deft choreography that have become trademarks of Spectrum, Las Vegas’ own award-winning Soul/R&B vocal group. $34-$37. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center

Love Around the World

April 26. 7:30p. Las Vegas Philharmonic’s vibrant concert demonstrating that love means the same in any language. Featuring music from Ricardo Castro’s 1900 Mexican opera, Atzimba and Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez showcasing sensational classical guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas. $25-$94. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center

CSN Orchestra

April 28.

7:30p. The Department of Fine Arts’ Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Davis, showcases its 50-piece orchestra performing works from their symphonic repertoire. $8 adults, $5 students/seniors. Nicholas J. Horn Theatre,

Las Vegas Youth Orchestra and Symphonic Band Present Musical Montage

April 30. 6:30p. The best of Southern Nevada’s student musicians ages 8-18 perform in the last of a series of family concerts for the season. Some music selections include: Highlights from "Porgy & Bess" and "American Landscape" by Newbold and Holst’s “Brook Green Suite” featuring Catherine Patton performing “Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso” by Saint-Saens. $10-$40. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center

Renee Fleming

May 1. 7:30p. One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming is known for her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence. She will be performing pieces ranging from opera favorites to Broadway standards. $39-$129. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center

Tom Dreesen

May 2-3.

7p. In this unforgettable performance, Dreesen will take you from hearing Sinatra on the jukebox to one day touring the nation as his opening act. Dreesen mixes standup comedy with his keen insights and storytelling to bring to life the greatest career show business has ever known. $39-$69. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center

William Shakespeare's The Tempest

Previews April 1-4, 8p; Opening Night April 5, 8p; Shows April 6-27, Tue-Sun 8p; Matinees Sat-Sun, 2:30p. Enter an untamed world of phantoms, monsters, madmen and lovers with this wild adaptation of Shakespeare’s final play. This timeless tale of love, loss, virtue and vengeance is destined to leave you breathless, bewitched and begging for more. $25-$65. Symphony Park at The Smith Center

The Gershwins' Progy and Bess

April 15-20. 7:30p; Apr 19-20, 2p. The beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover, Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker, Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love stories. $26-$129. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center

Compleat Female Stage Beauty

April 18-19 and 25-26. 7:30p; April 20 and 27, 2p. Set during the reign of King Charles II, this dramedy is rich in theatrical history as it tells the story of London’s most famous portrayer of female roles, Edward Kynaston, who is devastated when a royal decree allows women to act onstage. Recommended for mature audiences only. $12, $10 students/seniors. Nicholas J. Horn Theatre,

Las Vegas Improvisational Players

April 19. 7p. Do you love watching “Whose Line is it, Anyway?” Come see Las Vegas’ hottest improv troupe perform such games, live! Interactive and safe fun for the whole family. $10 at the door, kids free. American Heritage Academy, 6126 S. Sandhill Road,

Ozma of Oz

April 25-26, May 2-3. 7p; April 27, May 3-4, 2p. This modern fantasy explores the relationship between a now teenaged Dorothy and her elderly Uncle Henry. After they are swept off a boat, they find themselves in the Land of Oz, where time does not exist, but lots of thrilling adventures do! Don’t miss Bill, the giant wisecracking chicken, the wacky Wheelers, and the wonderfully wise Ozma. $5. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.,

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