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Cultural highlights this month


Hills and Hopes - mixed media on canvas - 58" x 130"
Valentin Yordanov

Hills and Hopes - mixed media on canvas - 58" x 130"

All month

Valentin Yordanov

Winchester Cultural Center

In West From Home, the artist torques lines, shapes and colors into patterns that almost look like landscapes but which don’t quite jell into discrete placeness — in other words, perfect for the disorienting liminality of modern life. Free, 703-455-7340

December 10

Kim MacQuarrie

The Writer’s Block

The Downtown bookstore continues to bring the world to Las Vegas, this time with the author of Life and Death in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes and Revolutionaries — MacQuarrie’s tale of traveling South America to investigate stories  about Che Guevara, Pablo Escobar, Butch and Sundance, and that Kon-Tiki guy. 7p, free,


Space Karate

December 5

Space Karate

Winchester Cultural Center

Space Karate is a local experimental music outfit — just the sort of band to pick up the challenge issued by the musician Beck when he released Song Reader, the sheet music for a suite of songs, and urged bands to create their own versions. Space Karate will. Expect ukulele. 7p, $10-$12, 702-455-7340

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December 10-19

Blanche DeBrie’s Emergency Xmas Broadcast

Onyx Theatre

The premise: Burlesque queen DeBrie finds herself snowbound at a low-watt outback radio station, and uses her imagination to conjure a freewheeling holiday extravaganza. 8p, $20,



December 26


West Las Vegas Arts Center, West Las Vegas Library

Begun in 1966, Kwanzaa has become a significant celebration of African values, culture and community. This year’s event will feature a speaker, performances, a marketplace and more. 11a-4p, free,


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