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See Hear Do: Liberty Lineup

The members of the Las Vegas Men's Chorus stand in tuxedos on stage
Las Vegas Men's Chorus

Celebrate artistic freedom with this smattering of plays, music, art, and gatherings

June 30

The dilemma for the four-decade-old, 100-member-strong Las Vegas Men’s Chorus: How to end its 31st season, but also warm up for its participation in July’s huge LGBTQ-chorale GALA Festival in Minneapolis. The solution: Give audiences a little bit of everything. The selections for June’s Color the Wind program will span genres and artistic disciplines, from pop (Cyndi Lauper) and R&B/soul (Motown) to musicals (The Sound of Music, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and even classical and jazz (George and Ira Gershwin). If there’s anything that unites all that, it’s melody and harmony -- coming from and espoused by the unabashedly feel-good chorus.

June 28-29

The final production of A Public Fit’s 10th season could be filed under: The One That Got Away. But as it turns out, it’s more complicated than that. Old school sweethearts Peter and Kari run into one another at their 20th high school reunion, and with the pangs of what could have been also comes resentment from what actually happened. Cue an existential exploration of overcoming regret and bad decisions — as well as trying to fully realize a second chance when life’s complications stand in your way. Craig Wright’s 2003 talker doesn’t bog itself down in sentimentalism, but it does thoughtfully ponder the circumstances where love gets a second chance. Come witness it during this free staged reading, which, in the hands of A Public Fit and its casts, are much more than readings.

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June 28-July 7

Above ground nuclear testing conducted by the United States government in the 1950s led to decades of suffering by those affected by fallout, termed "downwinders." In this adaptation of Darcy Hogan's nonlinear, critically-acclaimed play, a young writer travels to Southern Utah to investigate years of lies. Upon arrival, she's met with a shocking truth: that the American government intentionally conducted nuclear tests on the days when the wind was blowing in that direction, towards those whose religious beliefs would keep them compliant and quiet.

July 4

What's more patriotic than busting out your American flag attire, grabbing a hot dog at a food truck, listening to live music, and rounding out your evening with legal fireworks? Not much, I'd argue. Whatever your definition of a good time celebrating Uncle Sam is, you'll find it at Henderson's annual, family-friendly Fourth of July Celebration.

Through July 11

For every five creatives that went to Blick’s to pick up a brush, canvas, and some acrylic paint tubes, there’s one that rummaged in their garage or a second-hand store for inspiration. The American Southwest artist participants of this show took a similar route, giving another look at an old clock or crate or maybe another sculpture and remixing it like a Daft Punk song. And Influence isn’t just a celebration of second-chance art, it’s a statement for the value — and beauty — of repurposing. Head over to City Hall on your lunch break and take in an exhibit that might look like your living room … after popping an edible.

Mike has been a producer for State of Nevada since 2019. He produces — and occasionally hosts — segments covering entertainment, gaming & tourism, sports, health, Nevada’s marijuana industry, and other areas of Nevada life.