Desert Companion

Cultural highlights this month


Simply Ella
Photo courtesy of The Smith Center

Simply Ella at The Smith Center.

November 13

Simply Ella

The Smith Center

The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre celebrates Ella Fitzgerald with a suite of dances that include a number by Alvin Ailey. Also: live music by Clint Holmes and Reva Rice. 7:30p, $35-$125,


Ali NandaNovember 5


Backbird Studios

You read their compelling backstory - refugees from Iran, chased out by the regime's restrictive attitudes toward art - in the June Desert Companion.  Now see the artwork the mullahs don't approve of.  Opening reception 6p, November 6, free


StrippedNovember 7

Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival

Clark County Library

A flat-out must-attend for every comic-book nerd and pop-culture enthusiast.  There'll be big-name guests such as Matt Wagner, Jen Van Meter, Carla Speed McNeil, Shannon Watters, as well as panel talks, workshops, vendors, live music and a movie screening. 9:30a-4:30p, free,

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LV PhilNovember 21

Las Vegas Philharmonic

The Smith Center

The philharmonic goes for the Finnish line with an evening largely devoted to composer Jean Sibelius — his Symphony No. 1 has been called “vibrant” and “charged.” But a local note will be hit with the premiere of “Desert Flight,” a composition by the LV Phil’s principal tromboner Nathan Tanuouye. 7:30p, $26-$96,


Public Image Ltd.

November 25

Public Image Ltd.

Brooklyn Bowl

As long as even an ounce of bile gurgles in John Lydon’s spleen, punk will be alive. 8p, $30-$50,

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