The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy
Courtesy Dam Short Film Festival

From "The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy"

Cultural highlights this month

Desert Companion

February 10-13

Dam Short Film Festival

Boulder Theatre

Little films, all in your face! Comedies, dramas, documentaries, foreign shorts. This is quality short-attention-span theater. Pictured above, a still from The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy, directed by Alexander Jeffery. Schedules and ticket info at


H Lee BarnesFebruary 19

H. Lee Barnes

The Writer’s Block

Barnes, author of the classic Vegas novel The Lucky, busts out of the valley with his new Texas-set novel The Gambler’s Apprentice. His prose? Spare, tight. His stories? Moving, human. His cred? Been in the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame since 2009. 7p, free,


Fareed XakariaFebruary 9

Fareed Zakaria

Ham Hall, UNLV

The influential global-affairs pundit and CNN host rolls into town to discuss In Defense of a Liberal Education, his most recent book. 7:30p, free (tickets required),

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February 25-26

Black Weekend

West Las Vegas Library

Keynoted by two important talks — on February 25, Professor James Small discusses African-American spirituality and the African diaspora; on February 26, Professor Leonard Jeffries addresses the need for inclusiveness in teaching history — this two-day event will also feature a wealth of cultural presentations, from dance to spoken word to music. 7-10p both days, free, 702-507-3989


Audrey BarcioAll month

Audrey Barcio

Clark County Government Center

So you’re what, 5-9, maybe an even 6 feet? Safe to say that a group of 7-foot mirrored towers would, heh-heh, tower over you, right? But consider them as they sit in the vastness of the Government Center rotunda. Not so big now, are they? You have started down the thought-road — dealing with architecture, scale, human

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