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See Hear Do: The Music of the Midwinter Night

Keller Williams and his guitar peek out being submerged in water
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Even the chilliest of days can't freeze out the music, comedy, and art of Las Vegas' late January, early February cultural scene

Jan. 25

In the age of streaming, many musicians have diversified their styles to span multiple genres or defy categorization entirely. Keller Williams is a progenitor of this philosophy, meshing elements of rock, jazz, bluegrass, and more since he released his first album in 1994. With a reputation for unique live performances, he plays tunes that are dynamic enough to get you out of the house on a cold January night and moving around the dance floor like it’s the middle of summer.

Through Jan. 24

Each year, Nevada Humanities — our state’s partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities — produces six curated in-person exhibitions at its Program Gallery in Las Vegas. This one brings northern perspectives south, presenting 13 artists’ interpretation of the Great Basin. Representing a mix of media, Between Earth & Sky: Exploring the Great Basin Through the Eyes of Northern Nevada Artists offers a range of takes on what this highly diverse landscape means to the diverse people who inhabit it. Nevada Humanities Program Gallery is open Tues.-Thurs. 1-4p, First Fri. 1-9p.

Through Feb. 4

Las Vegas Little Theatre has carved itself a comedic niche in the valley, and its newest farce doesn't disappoint. Edward, a mild-mannered telephone operator, is about to experience an evening he will never forget. Unbeknownst to his wife (and meddling mother-in-law), Edward has been chatting up women operators at other exchanges, and not always sticking to the truth. His double life threatens to fall apart when four of these glamorous operators travel to London to compete in the Miss Europhone Contest ... and they all show up on his doorstep. A high hilarity factor is practically guaranteed.

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Feb. 4

The Phantom might have had a happier life if he worked in a library, where locking yourself in the basement can just be considered archival work. An Evening with the Phantom features singers from Broadway and the Metropolitan Opera performing pieces from not only the famed Phantom of the Opera, but also other Andrew Lloyd Webber favorites such as Cats, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Boulevard, and more. Thankfully, there’s no ornate chandelier to worry about in this venue.

Through March 16

Imagine learning that your people were buried under a heap of waste. How could you process such contemptuous disregard? This question drove artist Jeannie Hua to develop Tailings. The mixed-media installation exposes the burial of Chinese Americans in Tonopah, outside the region’s official cemetery under an unmarked mound of tailings removed from local mines. It’s part of Hua’s larger exploration of the neglect of Asian Americans who helped settle the West. The show is on display in the museum’s Window Gallery, where, depending on the time of day, viewers may see their own reflection — an effect Hua says is an intentional part of the experience. Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is open Tues.-Sat. 10a-5p.