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Lecture

1955: The Desert Boomtown

Clark County Library

There are some milestone years in Las Vegas history: 1932, the year gambling was approved and divorce laws loosened, both transformative in their way; or 1989, when The Mirage opened and kicked off the megaresort boom. To that, add ... 1955? Yes, says David Schwartz, boss of UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research. Why? Gotta show up to find out. July 5, 7p, free, lvccld.org

 

Theater

Peter Pan

Spring Mountain Ranch

Flying children, a charismatic villain, a gee-whiz sense of adventure — there’s a reason Peter Pan is a classic yarn. Add musical numbers and outdoor temps a few degrees more livable than down here in the valley, and you have Super Summer Theatre. August 1-18, $15, supersummertheatre.org

 

Music

Paris Chansons

Historic Fifth Street School

Break out your finest joie de vivre and celebrate the storming of the Bastille ... what, you didn’t know this is Bastille Day? Well, celebrate it anyway with this French musical ensemble as it busts out the Piaf, the Aznavour, and the other biggies of French music. July 14, 7:30p, $22, lasvegasnevada.gov

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Music

Tumbledown House

West Charleston Library

Says here this Bay Area band plays “modern speakeasy,” and “saloon jazz,” and even some “parlor pop.” Whatever, music critics! We just like this band’s bouncy, old-timey jazz vibe, threaded with Tyler Ryan Miller’s smooth guitar, all backing the sultry growl of singer Gillian Howe. July 14, 2p, free, lvccld.org

 
Visual Art

Polyhedral Art CardPolyhedral, by Jerry Misko

Sahara West Library

Misko let polyhedral dice and data charts — think Dungeons & Dragons — dictate his mark-making in these works. “Much like life, it’s a bunch of randomness bouncing around inside a system of arbitrary rules.” July 13-September 15 (opening reception, July 19, 5:30p), Sahara West Library, free, lvccld.org

 

World Snake Day. Well, why not? There’ssss a day for everything elsssse! Learn about our slithery tubular friends with an informative presentation and an easy desert walk. (Forbidden apples not provided.) 10a and 11a, July 16, free, Red Rock Visitor Center

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