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From a beautiful nighttime hike to a celebration of erotic art, this month's recommendations


12 Inches of Sin

New Orleans Square

Sex is everywhere! From the headlines to the cineplex, from the Stormy-lashed White House to *winkwink* your house. Into this hothouse milieu comes Laura Henkel, gallerist, curator, and scholar of erotica, with a go-big-or-go-home iteration of her annual 12 Inches of Sin sexapalooza. Begun years ago as a visual art exhibit in her tiny Sin City Gallery at the Arts Factory, 12 Inches is now making the most of its newish home in New Orleans Square by utilizing a whopping 35,000 square feet not only for exhibits, but for performances and classes. The free juried exhibit includes many locals, such as Ali Fathollahi, Nanda Sharifpour, Amanda Keating, Brent Holmes, Clarice Tara, Nancy Good; others are from such exotic locales as Los Angeles (Eric Minh Swenson) and Salt Lake City (Eric Wallis); there may even be a Canadian. Friday will close with a two-hour cabaret ($30) featuring burlesque, performance art, and drag — locally recognizable names might include Aaron Sheppard, Blue Ruin, Cheyenne Sia Desoto. Saturday will feature classes on the value of erotic art, femme fashion basics, and 101s on pole-dancing and BDSM. The festival concludes with a gonzo performance ($30) by infamous band Tippy Elvis, plus related madness. “Art provides people the opportunity to explore, express, and learn,” Henkel says. “(The event) provides a platform to engage in a manner that is not normally available to (the artists); 12 is all about art, and it’s about really good art!” May 11-12, various times, 900 E. Karen Ave.,

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Cinco de Mayo

Emely Lotfe

Whitney Library

Not Mexican Independence Day, as many gringos assume, Cinco de Mayo celebrates an 1862 victory by the Mexican army over France’s occupying army. Lotfe, a singer and TV personality, will perform Mexican and French songs from the period. May 5, 6p, free,



Fossil Ridge Night Hike

Red RockRed Rock Nat’l Conservation Area

The 2.5-mile hike is considered “moderate difficulty” — right off the bat you gotta get up a 400-foot rise. But, oh, the payoff: Red Rock at sunset, followed by a full moon hanging over the desert. Worth it! May 27, 702-515-5367

Atomic Art. Naval artist Arthur Beaumont’s compelling watercolor of an atomic test on the Bikini Atoll is on temporary display at the Atomic Testing Museum. His son, Geoffrey, a Las Vegan, talks about his father’s work. May 11, 6:30p, $5, National Atomic Testing Museum, 702-794-5151


Visual Art

Karen Q. Miller

Winchester Gallery

Miller’s video installation, I Am Great?, zooms in close to its subjects’ faces to explore shifts between self-confidence and anxiety — seeking the precise moment when that internal dialogue becomes external, in revealing microexpression. May 24-June 29 (opening reception June 7), free, 702-455-7340


Madeleine Peyroux. She’s described as a “chanteuse,” a word that evokes a jazzy but eclectic repertoire and a sultry stage presence. Check and check. 6 and 8:30p, The Smith Center, $39-$69,



Chuthis. Dance

West Las Vegas Library

Chuthis DancePeter Chu’s choreography, as expressed by his Vegas-based troupe, Chuthis., balances fluidity and sharpness, while drawing inspiration from different dance milieus: urban, theatrical, contemporary. Sounds like it should command the stage. 7p, May 4 and 2p, May 5, free,


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