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Desert Companion

Your arts + entertainment calendar for April

April 10

The Artist as Culture Producer

Barrick Museum

Subtitled “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life,” this panel talk — featuring local artists Andreana Donahue, Justin Favela and Wendy Kveck among others — dwells on the artist’s role on the front lines of community development. Inspiringly timely. 7p, free, unlv.edu/barrickmuseum

 

April 7-8

7th Annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer

BeerEast Fremont Street

It’s beertopia! Five hundred beers! Now expanded to two days. Bottoms up! 7p April 7, 3p April 8, $44-$80, greatvegasbeer.com

 

April 21-22

The Believer Festival

believer festivalVarious locations

Something bookish this way comes — an innovative new literary event, featuring an evening of readings in Red Rock Canyon, a clever mock trial (of the American Dream) in the Mob Museum’s historic courtroom, and more at Downtown locations. Guests include Dave Eggers, Heidi Julavits, Carrie Brownstein, Miranda July and more. Big, big. See blackmountaininstitute.org for details.

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April 21

Don Rickles

Don RicklesThe Smith Center

Into this moment of free-speech skirmishing — campuses roiling over who can say what, the excesses of political correctness as a key spur of Trump support, marches galore — this guy drops like a hockey puck: Don Rickles, undying master of insult humor. Political incorrectness incarnate. How will the post-election cultural context affect his in-your-face shtick? Zing! 7:30p, $35-$129, thesmithcenter.com

 

April 9

Twilight: LA, 1992

West Las Vegas Library

After the so-called Rodney King riots in 1992, playwright Anna Deavere Smith spent months gathering real quotes related to the event, layering them into a one-woman theatrical investigation of urban anger and America’s racial, class and economic divides, here performed by Maythinee Washington, Desert Companion’s 2017 Best Actress. 2p, free, West Las Vegas Library, lvccld.org