Desert Companion

The guide: Even more culture for September


Branford Marsalis Quartet
Photo courtesy The Smith Center

Branford Marsalis Quartet

September 14

Branford Marsalis Quartet

The Smith Center

The jazz horn titan and his band join forces with another jazz master, vocalist Kurt Elling. Swing on, you guys! 7:30p, $29-$125,


September 23


Oil, by Edward Burtynsky

Barrick Museum, UNLV

Some 50 large-scale photos examining the whole lifespan of oil: drilling, production, distribution, the uses it’s put to.  (The Canadian artist took some of the photos in North Las Vegas.) Oil — it gets into everything. Through January 14. Free,


Painting by Edward Burtynsky; Photo courtesy UNLV Barrick Museum


September 16

Ray LaMontagne

Pearl Theatre at the Palms

His soulful tenor earns him comparisons to Otis Redding, but his delivery gets him likened to Eddie Vedder. If you don’t recognize LaMontagne’s name, there’s still a good chance you’ll recognize some of his songs, which get soundtracked in movies and TV shows all the time. 8p, $65-$92,

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Ray LaMontagne

Photo courtesy the Pearl Theatre at the Palms


September 9, 10

Mas Americanos

Winchester Community Center

This English-Spanish play proceeds from a singular dramatic setup: Space aliens offer the U.S. abundant clean energy and all-healing medicine ... in exchange for 11 million humans. Amid this, a young DREAMer tries to determine her place in a changing world. Think maybe there’s a message here? 7p, $15, 702-455-7340

Mas Americanos

Photo courtesy Winchester Community Center


Spectacle of ViolenceSeptember 29

Spectacle of Violence


Violence as entertainment, entertainment as violence: It’s a deep, rich subject this panel intends to plumb, and the Black Mountain Institute has gathered a great panel: gonzo writer William T. Vollman, (Rising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom and Urgent Means), Jonathan Gottschall (The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch) and Kerry Howley (Thrown, about mixed martial arts). BAM, BAM, BAM! 7p, Si Redd Room at Thomas & Mack Center, free,

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