Desert Companion

Your Arts + Entertainment Calendar for January

January 18-22

Toruk — The First Flight

T-Mobile Arena

If you see only one touring Cirque show this month based on the movie Avatar, and featuring projections, indoor kites and puppets, this ought to be the one. 8p, $39-up$,


The Mountain TopJanuary 13-15

The Mountain Top

The Smith Center

Presented by Broadway in the Hood, Katori Hall’s play about Martin Luther King Jr. — born this month in 1929 — takes place inside Memphis’ Lorraine Motel the night before his assassination. The charismatic and doomed civil rights leader meets a mysterious maid who seems to know a lot about him. 7p, with matinees 3p & 2p, $34,



All Month, January

Havana — In the Time of Fidel

Summerlin Library

Cuba is a hotter potato than normal right now, with the recent death of Fidel Castro and its uncertain status vis a vis the U.S. government. But as these evocative photos by Armand Thomas show, the island’s lovely, dilapidated capital and its resilient people carry on. Free,


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Drug dollarsJanuary 19

Drug Dollars, Killing Fields and the New Politics of Latin America

The Mob Museum

Author Ioan Grillo talks about the rise of narco-kings in Latin and Central America, “hybrid CEOs, terrorists and rock stars” and the new king of threat they pose. Scary. Essential. 7p, $13.95 (Nevada residents),



Dam ShortFeb. 8-11

Dam Short Film Festival

Boulder Dam Hotel

The annual soiree featuring more than 100 short films, plus parties, meet-and-greets and more – including rumors of a James Franco appearance *squee!* — all held in the historic Boulder Theatre. For details, see


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