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Bo Burnham at the Joint

Bo Burnham at the Joint

January 30

Bo Burnham at The Joint

Whew. For a while, it didn’t seem as though 2015 would ever end. But now that it has, let’s get 2016 off to a better, funnier start, thanks to this comedian and slinger of comic songs. 8p, $49 and up, hardrockhotel.com

 

Ignomonimious RefuseJanuary 19

Ignominious Refuse at  Winchester Cultural Center

Shameless-plug alert: This artist, Brent Holmes, is a Desert Companion designer. We’re plugging him anyway, shamelessly, because he’s a terrific artist, both forward-thinking and backward-looking in an exhibit that applies the philosophies of Epicurus and Lucretius to the world of today. Reception 5:30p, January 22, free, 702-455-7340

Stardust

January 16

Stars & Stardust: Sidewalk Astronomy at The Neon Museum

Who isn’t game to bounce between intimations of astral time and the shabby but chic artifacts of local time? Join the Las Vegas Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing amid the enduring glamour of the nighttime Neon Boneyard. 6-9p, free, neonmuseum.org

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Blood will outJanuary 20

Laura McBride & Walter Kirn at The Writer’s Block

The first great superhero team-up of 2016 brings together the Vegas author of lit hit We Are Called to Rise and a visiting emissary of the Big Time (courtesy of the Black Mountain Institute), the guy who wrote Up in the Air and Blood Will Out. 7p, free, thewritersblock.org

 

Pinchas ZuckermanJanuary 17

Pinchas Zuckerman with the Royal Philharmonic at The Smith Center

Maestro Zuckerman will conduct one of the world’s great orchestras and solo on the violin, bringing decades of mastery to Reynolds Hall. 7:30p, $39-$119, thesmithcenter.com

 

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