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Cultural highlights this month

May 22

Cabrera Conducts Tchaikovsky

The Smith Center

Who doesn’t love them some Vitamin T? After all, he’s perhaps the most beloved of Russian composers, conducted on this afternoon by the LV Phil’s Donato Cabrera. 2p, $26-$96,



May 12-28

Titus Andronicus Jr.

Onyx Theatre

Keywords: despairing teacher, children, “Shakespeare’s goriest play,” ’90s power ballads, turning the tables … sounds like another delightfully loopy pastiche from the Onyx laboratory. 8p, $20,

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May 6

Rachel Stiff

Winchester Gallery

Opening reception for Framing the West, Stiff’s exhibit of paintings abstracted from landscape forms. Good buzz on this one. Through June 24. 5:30p, free, 702-455-7340


Echoes of Homer


stiffMay 5

Echoes of Homer

UNLV Student Union Ballroom

To wrestle with the question of how literature reckons with war — especially now, in a new century of asymmetrical warfare and nonstate combatants — the Black Mountain Institute has … well, LOOK at this lineup: George Packer (The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq), Brian Turner (My Life as a Foreign Country), Siobhan Fallon (You Know When the Men Are Gone) and Phil Klay (Redeployment). 7p, free,



Gangland NYMay 11

Mob Geography of New York

The Mob Museum

If Las Vegas was the mob’s playground, New York City was its incubator. Many of the most famous figures in organized crime, from Luciano to Gotti, walked its streets and alleys. Author Anthony DeStefano helps you tie people to place. 7p, $13.95,

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