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Jon Kimura ParkerPraised for his seemingly effortless, vibrant interpretations of classics,  Jon Kimura Parker  performs with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in a night of musical celebration so magical, sparkling and wondrous you’ll cry tears of YUM EVERYBODY THEY’RE TEARS OF CHAMPAGNE IT’S A MIRACLE. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra featuring pianist Jon Kimura Parker performs 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at the UNLV Performing Arts Center. Ticket $35-$75. Info: pac.unlv.edu

Ray KurzweilInventor, thinker and futurist  Ray Kurzweil  is perhaps best known as a zealous proponent of “The Singularity,” the coming era when we’ll have sufficiently advanced technology to completely digitize our minds into living software and never die. Love the idea! Just make sure we’re not on a Windows server. Kurzweil speaks on “How to Create a Mind” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Reynolds Hall in The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets $24-$59.

UberschallWhat do Blue Man Group members do in their off-hours? As you might guess, they play krazy mesmerizing experimental jammy ambient space funktronica in the middle of the night at sketchy dive bars under the name of  Überschall. In this rare engagement, Überschall performs at a normal hour at a venue where you don’t run the risk of getting your face shivved. Überschall performs 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 20 at Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center. Tickets $24. Info: thesmithcenter.com

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Sure, you can risk a grievous urinary infection by watching the bladder-burstingly long “The Hobbit” while elbow-scrapping over the armrest with grown men who believe orcs are real — or you can catch clever and engaging short films like “Seeing Other People” (pictured) with real actual adults at the legendary Dam Short Film Festival . Your bladder can thank me later. The 9th annual Dam Short Film Festival takes place Feb. 6-9 at the Boulder Theatre in Boulder City. Tickets $7-$75. Info: damshortfilm.org

Seeing Other People

Surely you remember “Feliz Navidad,” that modern holiday classic that played so frequently during the Christmases of your youth that by season’s end your frontal cortex was soaked like a sponge with that irrepressibly jaunty refrain — from the bottom of my heeeaarrt! Now you can hear it straight from the José’s mouth.  José Feliciano  performs 8 p.m. Jan. 19 at Club Madrid in Sunset Station. Tickets $29-$49. Info: sunsetstation.sclv.com

Jose Feliciano

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