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Take 5: Cultural highlights this month

Phil FortenberryAssociate conductor of “Jersey Boys” Philip Fortenberry takes center stage in his one-man show, “The Man at the Piano.” He’ll play the songs that serve as touchstones for his amazing life as a piano player, which has taken him from a church pianist in Mississippi to Strip stalwart to the crime-fighting cosmonaut supermodel we know and love today. (Sorry. Phil’s life inspires that kind of hyperbole). Philip Fortenberry performs 2:30p June 23 at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center. Tickets: $25-$35. Info: thesmithcenter.com

Whether you’re a humble Instagram shutterbug or you’ve got a sentient QR4000PX 7R Skynet surveillance drone, the Camera 2 Camera Photo and Video Expo — filled to the frame wih expert seminars and the hottest vendors — will teach you how to get the perfect shot. The Camera 2 Camera Photo and Video Expo is June 28-30 at the South Point hotel-casino. Registration $35-$197.
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Ah, the crushing existential dilemma we just all face: Do you pursue your rock ’n’ roll dreams or remain a numb suburban loserbot? Forget Jean Paul Sartre, “American Idiot” has the answer! This hit musical celebrates the power of thinking big and the redemptive magic of a three-chord punk song. “American Idiot” is June 11-16 at The Smith Center. $24-$129. Info: thesmithcenter.com

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Frankie's Tiki Room - Liquid VacationIf you’ve had more than one of Frankie’s Tiki Room’s famously potent rum drinks in a single sitting, then you, too, have woken up in a hotel jacuzzi wearing nothing but leopard-print underwear as a hat. And where did you get that sword? Exactly. Now you can make the magic happen at home with the release of “Liquid Vacation,” a tiki drink recipe book featuring all the Frankie’s faves. The “Liquid Vacation” release party is 8p June 22 at Frankie’s Tiki Room, 1712 W. Charleston Blvd. Info: frankiestikiroom.com

Michael NigroBy the time guitarist  Michael Nigro is done with you, your ears will be sporting passport stamps from all the spicy hotspots — Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba and more — as he takes you on a musical tour of Latin America. Michael Nigro performs 2p June 23 in Clark County Library’s main theater. Free. Info: lvccld.org

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