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Cultural highlights this month

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March 10


Reynolds Hall, the Smith Center

This troupe’s show Alchemia looks like a cross between ballet and Cirque du Soleil, with props, outlandish costumes, dramatic lighting effects, visual dreaminess and glowing items onstage. As you gather from the title, Alchemia is themed after the four main elements: earth, air, fire and water. 7:30p, $19-$69,


Justin FavelaMarch 16

Justin Favela & Sean Slattery

Clark County Government Center Rotunda

Picture the glorious incongruity: the stately bureaucratic precincts of the county government center given riotous life by several piñatas in the shape of Chicano lowriders. Because that’s how Favela and Slattery plan to roll. Through May 8, opening reception 6p March 20


Jamaica KincaidMarch 19

Jamaica Kincaid & Caryl Phillips

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Student Union, UNLV

In the panel talk “Crossing the Black Atlantic,” the award-winning writers — both born in the Caribbean — will discuss how they explore themes of race, identity and the heritage of the slave trade in their work. Sponsored by the Black Mountain Institute. 7p, free,


March 17

Spying on Antiquity

Barrick Museum, UNLV

If you attend just one lecture about the applications of declassified U.S. intelligence-satellite imagery to Near Eastern archaeology this year, make it this one. It’s presented by Jason Ur, a professor at Harvard and director of the Center for Geographic Analysis. 7:30p, free,


Bishr Hijazi and the Arab EnsembleMarch 21

Bishr Hijazi and the Arab Ensemble

Winchester Cultural Center

A quartet of musicians, playing the oud, electric guitar, violin and percussion, and fronted by an Egyptian-style dancer, perform classical Arabian numbers. 7p, $10 advance, $12 door, 702-455-7340

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