The exhibition features large-scale murals and interactive installations enriched by artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya’s belief that power and impact are created through connections and networks. Through Feb. 22. Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV, unlv.edu
In Ghana, the word “sankofa” is a one-word proverb that roughly translates into “Go back and get it.” In other words: Don’t forget the lessons of the past. That’s the animating idea behind Sankofa: A Musical Celebration of Black History. The show promises to be a fond revisiting and historic consideration of the rich music and dance of African culture, whether it’s tribal music from the continent, gospel songs from church, or jazz from the Harlem Renaissance. Las Vegas entertainer Michelle Johnson, the show’s producer, has culled an all-star team from friends and colleagues in the Las Vegas entertainment scene to perform, which promises to make Sankofa just as much a talent showcase as a celebration of heritage. (AK) 3p, Myron’s Cabaret Jazz in The Smith Center, $25-$40, thesmithcenter.com
From Leontyne Price to Jessye Norman, Scott Joplin to Porgy and Bess, the contributions of African Americans to the American musical canon were achieved in the face of prejudice and exclusion. In this concert, Opera Las Vegas salutes back composers, performers, and works. (SD) 2p, free, Windmill Library, operalasvegas.com
What is the secret sauce of Shen Yun that the show inspires such fervent fandom, such reverential awe? The flawless dancing, the impeccable music? The aura of optimism that seems to beam from every colorful poster and TV ad? Could be. Or it could be the larger story that looms behind all the joyous dancing: Shen Yun performers are practictioners of Falun Dafa, a religious practice related to Buddhism that employs meditation and moral instruction in service of human goodness and achievement; and they feel that dance in particular is an art form that flourishes under the auspices of their religion. But in China, Falun Dafa is banned, considered a dangerous cult; adherents are regularly persecuted. In that light, Shen Yun is more than a dance performance; it’s a highly physical expression of religious devotion. (AK) 7:30p, Reynolds Hall in The Smith Center, $84-$224, thesmithcenter.com
Shania will serve as creative director for her new Las Vegas show, combining her three decade-long career with inspiration from her iconic videos and elements from her 2018 sold out global NOW tour. We are bringing you specially-priced tickets.
ICES is looking for families in Southern Nevada to host high school students (ages 15-17) from other countries for the upcoming school year. Students must be provided with their own bed and a place to study, plus two meals each day. They have spending money and insurance.
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum has family Weekend Science programs on Saturdays from 11 to 3 and on Sundays from 12:30 to 2:30. Kids can do hands-on activities and experiments. They also have the Science Explorers Club for ages 5 to 11.