Desert Companion

Your Arts + Entertainment Calendar for February


Cabrera Conducts Dvorak

Donato Cabrera will be conducting Dvorak's Symphony No. 7.

Bonnie RaittFebruary 17

Bonnie Raitt

The Pearl at the Palms

Do we really have to say more than “Bonnie Raitt”? Must we really compose a tiresome come-on about “hard-rockin’ queen of the blues” and so on? People! It’s Bonnie Raitt! 8p, $46-$334,


February 23

Krystal Ramirez

Clark County Government Center

The exhibit I Want to See comprises diaphanous sheets of handwritten panels by Ramirez, hung so as to be flooded by light from the rotunda’s large windows. She’s best known as a photographer, but you can see a sample of her handwritten work in the Downtown restaurant Eat. Through March 3, free.



February 17

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

A Public Fit

If you like your comedy black, shocking and Irish, this Martin McDonagh piece is for you. At its heart throbs a toxic mother-daughter relationship, around which McDonagh arrays a tale of repression, sex, murder and twisted reality. Presented by Best of the City theater troupe A Public Fit.

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Walter KirnFebruary 23

Walter Kirn

Doc Rando Hall, UNLV

If you follow the iconoclastic novelist and essayist on Twitter, or read his always learned, counterintuitive column in Harper’s, or have read any of his books, you know why Black Mountain Institute selected Walter Kirn to deliver the Jim Rogers Contrarian Lecture. If you haven’t, think of this as a timely introduction. 6p, free (registration required),


February 4

Cabrera Conducts Dvorak

The Smith Center

Time to celebrate Donato Cabrera’s birthday, so the Las Vegas Philharmonic will cue up one of his faves, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7, as well as the West Coast premiere of Clarice Assad’s Nhanderu, which has an Amazonian theme, and the world premire of Nathaniel Stookey’s YTTE (Yield to Total Elation). 7:30p, $30-$109,

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