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Take 5: Cultural highlights this month

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Remember when graffiti was a wrenching semaphore of inner-city crime and despair? Yeah, us neither. If you love vibrant street art, Peat Wollaeger’s stencil graffiti will grab you — and you don’t even have to get mugged to enjoy it! “Eyez on Las Vegas” is on exhibit through March 22 at Get Up Gallery in Emergency Arts at 520 Fremont St. Info:

Damien Hirst - YOU'RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME!Artist Damien Hirst’s spot woodcuts are his way of using formal means of controlling color in an artistic medium. Much better than his previous method, which was going to the hardware store and shouting, “YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME!” at the housepaints. Hirst’s work is on exhibit through April 26 at Michele Quinn Fine Art, 620 S. Seventh St. Info:

Take a bumbling ogre and a feisty princess who wants it all, and what do you get? Well, yes, Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign — but you also get the twisted fairy tale, “Shrek the Musical”! “Shrek” is 8 p.m. March 19-24 at The Smith Center. Tickets $24-$129. Info:

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Noel H. PugachIf this were a zany presidential time-travel comedy flick, the tagline would be, “Harry’s baaaaack!” But President Harry S. Truman is back for real — er, as channeled by Truman impersonator Noel H. Pugach of the University of New Mexico, anyway. Truman/Pugach will dish on blowing up Japan, invading Korea and other lighthearted moments of his tenure as King of America. “A Visit with President Harry S. Truman” is 7:30 p.m. March 12 at UNLV’s Barrick Museum Auditorium. Free.

From “Over the Rainbow” to “My Heart Will Go On” to the themes to “Chariots of Fire” and “Rocky,” there’ll be so much savagely poignant and fiercely inspirational movie music at the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s “Lights, Camera ... The Oscars!,” you can forget Kleenex — your tear ducts are going to need an adult diaper. “Lights, Camera ... The Oscars!” is 8 p.m. March 9 at Reynolds Hall in The Smith Center. Tickets $46-$94. Info:

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