Did we say men in boats? We meant women and non-binary people on boats. This is the high-voltage creative twist in Jaclyn Backhaus’ historical-adventure-comedy chronicling John Wesley Powell’s 1869 expedition through the Grand Canyon. However full of laughs it may be, this isn’t a drag-campy, RuPaul Goes West caper. The nontraditional casting subverts the macho bluster of Western mythmaking while, as the New York Times noted in an approving review, underlining how impossible it is to know the whole truth about the past. (SD), various times, $XX, Art Square Theatre, theatre.vegas
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Twitter mocks the very idea of “best practices” — mostly, it’s a nonstop flensing of trollery, misinformation, shouty opinionizing, angry mobbing, and presidential syntax bombs. “It’s a poison,” one British intellectual wailed in disgust. “It is making you stupider, uglier, and worse every second you’re exposed to it.” Stipulated. However, amid the carnage, some inventive writers find on Twitter a space for creativity and community. That’s the needle novelist Kristen Arnett (Mostly Dead Things) and poet Morgan Parker (Magical Negro) will thread in this free Black Mountain Institute event. (SD) 7p, room 101 of UNLV’s Rogers Literature and Law building, RSVP at blackmountaininstitute.org
Ah, spring. A time for cutting tulips, decorating eggs, and indulging in the guilty pleasure of watching pink-clad adolescents whose shopping budgets could solve L.A.’s homeless crisis abuse each other for sport — to song! The cherry on top: comeuppance. (HK) The Smith Center, $30-$138, thesmithcenter.com