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Take 5: Cultural highlights this month

Lyle Lovett

While most of us spent the formative years of our youth in roving neighborhood gangs, spraypainting grannies and cursing at puppies, Lyle Lovett took the high road and formed a big band. Goodie two shoes! An Evening with Lyle Lovett & His Large Band is 7:30p Aug. 16 at Reynolds Hall in The Smith Center. Tickets $29-99. Info:

Rey IsipRey Isip wants you to lose yourself in dreamy contemplations as you gaze upon his paintings — and then THRILL VROOM WOOHOO FASTER as you gaze some more. His two shows, the contemplative “Expressions from Within”  and energetic  “Pedal to the Metal,”  are on exhibit through Aug. 31 at Left of Center Gallery, 2207 W. Gowan Road. Info:

The Girl Scouts have come a long way from being a smiling, pigtailed front for a global cookie cartel. Today’s Girl Scouts is a full-bore life-enrichment program for young women, offering them everything from financial literacy to arts education to how to tie a hemisphere knot. Their  “World of Girls” expo features booths and exhibits on these and more 10a-4p Aug. 31 at Cashman Center. Free. Info:

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Tired of weathering this troubled economy with spartan nights spent at home eating Ramen Surprise (surprise! It’s a bowl of ramen!)? Treat yourself by dining out for a cause. During  Restaurant Week,  every bite you take at select restaurants boasting special prix fixe menus priced from $20.13 to $50.13 goes to help Three Square Food Bank. Restaurant Week takes place at various Las Vegas restaurants Aug. 23-30. Info:

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AFANAid for AIDS of Nevada is an institution that’s been bringing support to the HIV/AIDS community for 30 years — so, please, you’ll understand if they want to take one night to pour rum on their naked chests and then roll around in whipped cream. Better yet, all the partying’s proceeds support this fine organization.  AFAN’s Black & White Party takes place 8p Aug. 24 at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Paradise Beach. Tickets $35-$100. Info:

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