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Cultural highlights this month

BugJanuary 16

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Art Square Theater

Cockroach Theatre knows that nothing says Welcome to 2015, Baby New Year! like a production of Tracy Letts’ claustrophobically intense drama about secrets, paranoia, abuse, blood, death and shared madness. Baby New Year’s gonna need a new diaper! Through Feb. 1, $16-$20, cockroachtheatre.com

 

Moscow Nights

January 9

Moscow Nights & The Golden Gates

Clark County Library

It’s Moscow, babushka! In addition to Russian music and colorful costumes, this evening promises rootin’-Putin “feats of gymnastic leaping and syncopation of foot-stomping ferocity.” 7p, free, lvccld.org

 

January 20

Is the Mob Still in Las Vegas?

Clark County Library

It’s widely believed the mob was driven from Vegas by a combination of the Corporate Gaming Acts of 1967-’69, and Howard Hughes’ robot ninjas. But is organized crime gone-gone or, you know, “gone”? Come watch smart people talk about it. 7p, free, lvccld.org

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D.K. SoleJanuary 20

D.K. Sole

Winchester Cultural Center

In the hands of artist D.K. Sole, cast-off scraps of modern life — an earbud, a twist of plastic — are upcycled into ethereal, whimiscal artwork that rescues our junk from our neglect. “The artist sees the individual scrap items as having their own temperaments and personalities,” we’re told. Or, as Baby New Year always says, “We are our waste.” Through March 13, reception 5:30p, Jan. 23, 702-455-7340

 

Ira Glass

January 17

Ira Glass: Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host

The Smith Center

The star of This American Life recasts some of his radio interviews as dance-accompanied stage pieces — an unlikely but affecting mix of storytelling and interpretive movement that’ll have Baby New Year checking another item off his bucket list. 7:30p, $29-$99, thesmithcenter.com

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