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Take 5: Cultural highlights this month

One Drop

We take clean, convenient water for granted. For example, I’m writing this in the shower I’ve been taking for the last two hours! But that’s not the case for millions of people around the globe. Cirque founder Guy LaLiberté’s One Drop aims to make water accessible to everyone — and if anyone could do that, LaLiberté is the guy. You can help — it’s as easy as watching some contortionists dressed like plush baby aliens. The One Drop benefit show is 7:30p March 21 at the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre at Mandalay Bay. Tickets $225-$1,800. Info:


Painting Women: Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, BostonUntil the development of fine arts training programs for women in the 1870s, painting was an exclusively male province, marked mostly by an unaccountable obsession with depicting fruit. “Painting Women: Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston” showcases the work of female artists, including Mary Cassatt (whose “Mrs. Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa, Reading,” is pictured), Georgia O’Keeffe and Berthe Morisot. “Painting Women” is on exhibit at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art through Oct. 26. Tickets $11-$16. Info:

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People just love them some Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23 — its spirited thrusts and turns, its flights and plunges — so the pressure’s on young pianist Alexander Schimp. He’s the stellar talent of this “Rising Star” Las Vegas Philharmonic concert, with a program that also features Sibelius’ Second Symphony. David Lockington is guest conductor. The Las Vegas Philharmonic performs 7:30p March 8 at Reynolds Hall in The Smith Center. Tickets $25-$94. Info:

Alexander Schmipf


UNLVinoUNLVino hits the big four-oh this year, and you know what that means: a big silver Mylar balloon that reads, “Lordy lordy, look who’s 40!” The annual spate of fine dining and drinking events supports scholarships for UNLV’s hotel college, so know that every sip and nibble takes a student that much closer to being able to afford that outrageously priced textbook. UNLVino is April 9-12 at various venues. Tickets per event $125-$225. Info:

Lili St. CyrBefore Internet porn started gushing out of our computers in an unstoppable wave of quivering flesh, there was burlesque — risqué but classy, sexy but sophisticated, raucous but never raunchy. Members of this panel, including some famous performers, will discuss the history of burlesque and the state of its current revival. “Putting the Sin in Sin City: 60 Years of Burlesque in Las Vegas” is 7p March 20 at the Clark County Flamingo Library. Free. Info:

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