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Take 5: Cultural highlights this month

Mariza

Need a good cry? Well, gird up your tear ducts for this high-intensity workout: Musical artist Mariza is a renowned performer and interpreter of fado, Portugal’s notoriously sad folk music that’ll turn your heart into a wailing smoothie of inconsolable lament. Enjoy! Mariza performs 7:30p Nov. 11 at Reynolds Hall in The Smith Center. Tickets $26-$125. Info: thesmithcenter.com

Xyachimal

Usually when you want to see colorful dancing figures like this, you have to go through the trouble of finding a friend of a friend of a friend who knows somebody who knows somebody who can get mushrooms. You’ll trip in a good way when you witness the Xyachimal Ballet Folklorico celebrate its 11th anniversary with an evening of Mexican dance. Xyachimal Ballet Folklorico performs 6:30p Nov. 15-16 at the Winchester Cultural Center. $10-$12. Info: 455-7340

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Ethel MIt’s a Las Vegas holiday tradition right up there with the office egg nog drink-off and the Sinful Santa Grope Exchange: Marveling at the spiky, glittering wonderland that is the Ethel M Cactus Garden all lit up for Christmas. It’s on display through Jan. 1 at 2 Cactus Garden Drive. Info: ethelm.com

FirebirdThe firebird of Russian folklore could be either a good omen or a curse — but we’re sure the sight of this “Firebird” will only bring good things: It’s the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater’s spicy, sexy, decidedly un-Russian version of this Russian ballet classic. The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater performs “Firebird” and other pieces 7:30p Nov. 8 at Reynolds Hall in The Smith Center. Tickets $24-$79. Info: thesmithcenter.com

Talk about obsession. Philip Denker’s drawings, sculptures and mixed-media work are so painstakingly meticulous and obsessively crafted, your eyes may just get OCD. “Over and Under” is on exhibit through Nov. 29 at Trifecta Gallery in the Arts Factory, 135 E. Charleston Blvd. Info: trifectagallery.com

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