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Cultural highlights this month


Moulin Route
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Brent Sommerhauser
Courtesy of UNLV Barrick Museum

Sept 16: Brent Sommerhauser at the Barrick Museum
The thoughtful and chance-taking artist — “he has designed a machine that spins pencil stubs against paper inside a sealed chamber,” the museum reminds us — talks with Barrick staffers about his process. 6p, free,



Russell Peters
Courtesy of the Palms

Sept 16: Russell Peters at The Pearl at the Palms
Summer’s over, pal. We’re heaving into the dank gullet of autumn. You need a laugh. Here’s your guy. 8p, $49-$99,


Body Awareness

Sept 18: Body Awareness at Inspire Theater
A staged reading by the theater company A Public Fit. Annie Baker’s play is set during Body Awareness Week at a Vermont College. Comedy and serious issues ensue, or, as the New York Times reviewer put it, “its quiet rewards steal up on you …” 7:30p, free,



Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Courtesy Hard Rock Hotel

Sept 18: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts at Hard Rock Hotel
You love rock ’n’ roll, and ex-Runaway Joan Jett has been supplying plenty of it for most of her life. Break out the leather and go. 8p, $39.50-$150,

Joan Jett, The Blackhearts - I Hate Myself for Loving You

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts


The Misunderstood Legend of the Las Vegas Moulin Rouge
Courtesy West Charleston Library

Sept 27: The Misunderstood Legend of the Las Vegas Moulin Rouge at West Charleston Library
Filmmakers Stan Armstrong and Gary Lipsman celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic, history-making hotel with a film screening and Q&A session. 2p, free,


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