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(Visual Art)

Sapira Cheuk

CheukCore Contemporary

Through her ink-and-paper works — which call on traditional Chinese drawing practices as well as ancient Greek sculpture — Cheuk explores how bodies are shaped both by internal and external forces. Beautifully, too. “There is an aesthetic to Cheuk’s work that conveys a certain dignity and grace,” says gallery owner Nancy Good. Look for a large, site-specific installation to be part of the exhibit, titled New Vessels, Unmade Structures. Through August 31, 900 Karen Ave. #D222, free, corecontemporary.com

 

(Music)

Alexandra Dariescu

Alexandra Dariescu

Summerlin Library

So here’s the concept: Pianist Dariescu busts out a 50-minute solo performance, using digital animation — said to be the product of some 30-plus animators — and a ballerina to tell her life story as intercut with the story of Clara, from The Nutcracker. Says the promo material, “The audience will feel like they are actually in and a part of The Nutcracker story.” Summer whimsy! July 9, 11a and 7:30p, free, lvccld.org

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Common

CommonThe Smith Center

This is the first North American tour by the award (Grammy, Emmy, Oscar)-winning rapper in 10 years. He’s got a new album coming out, sharing a title with his candid memoir Let Love Have the Last Word. Miss it, and you might have to wait another 10. July 20, 7:30p, $39-$79, thesmithcenter.com

 

(Music)

Veserium

East Las Vegas Library

Movement equals sound with this duo, which uses something called “Tone Sculptor technology” — what will Silicon Valley think of next?! — to translate gestures and motion into electronic dance music. Sounds like something you gotta see to believe. July 11, 6p, free; also July 13, 2p, at Windmill Library, lvccld.org

 

(Dance)

Dance in the Desert Festival

Summerlin Library

For the 21st time, this annual event brings top local, national, and international performers in contemporary dance to Las Vegas. Don’t be made wary by the phrase “contemporary dance” — organizers say it will be accessible and fun. July 26, 7p, and July 27, 10:30a, free, lvccld.org

 

 

Youth Poetry Slam This is the semifinal event of the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, which is meeting in Las Vegas for the first time in its 21 years. Some 500 young poets, plus teachers, and literary types will be in town for this. It’s rhyme time! July 19, 7p, free,  Historic Fifth Street School, 702-229-ARTS

 

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