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2013 Fall Culture Guide, Part II

Is it us, or is there a little bit of cultural renaissance going on up in here? The Smith Center is hitting its stride, the downtown arts scene is sizzling with fresh energy, UNLV’s Black Mountain Institute continues to serve up big brains and thinky discussions, and it seems there’s now a nosh festival for every food group. But for us, the strongest evidence is in the pages ahead, where we packed more than 75 must-go events this season, from concerts and plays to festivals and discussions. Hold on to this issue — and stay cultured through the end of the year. Venues

Theatre & dance

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Sept. 20-29

The dogs that go boom

The title “Dog Explosion” isn’t some kind of oblique, overreaching metaphor — the title of UNLV film professor Sean Clark’s dark comedy refers to an actual exploding dog that kicks off this work with a literal bang. In a small town in rural Mississippi, three slacker siblings must deal not only with said exploded dog — from a comically mishandled attempt at euthanasia — but with the death of their mother. As they confront the question of what to do — both with her body and with their newfound freedom — they’ll wrestle with some tough existential dilemmas, and, like proper slackers, consume all the donuts and beer required to fuel their decisions. (AK) Sept. 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 8p; Sept. 22, 29, 2p, $10-$15, UNLV’s Black Box Theatre

Oct. 6 & 13

A moving Performance

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Between training, rehearsals and performances — not to mention keeping those Olympian bodies in flawless shape — you’d think the fleet-footed talents at Nevada Ballet Theatre and Cirque du Soleil would have little time for anything else in their schedules besides sleep. In fact, many of those dancers and acrobats choreograph their own pieces in their free time, and the annual “A Choreographers’ Showcase” is where they get to show off this side of their dance talent. From classic showcases of balletic poise to experimental mind- and body-benders, “A Choreographers’ Showcase” reveals the creative minds behind these constantly moving bodies. (AK) $25-$45, 1p, Mystère Theatre at Treasure Island,

Oct. 11-13

Sucker punched by drama

The bonds of family and friends are one thing — but sometimes shared drama forges stronger ties. Dennis Bush’s “Below the Belt” is about a neighborhood tragedy that ties together the lives of 10 people — people with their own histories, motives and pasts that are slowly revealed in a surprising conclusion. (AK) Free, Oct. 11-12, 7:30p; Oct. 13, 2p, BackStage Theatre at CSN’s Cheyenne Campus

Oct. 11-27

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No! No gifts! Please! Noooo!

Boarding-house owners Meg and Petey Boles want to throw a nice birthday party for their tenant Stanley Webber. Of course, this being a Harold Pinter play, “The Birthday Party” quickly spirals into a dark whirlpool of menace, violence and horrific nonsense, as two thugs looking for Webber subject the ex-piano player to a cryptic and brutal interrogation that drives Webber to the brink of insanity. In its 1958 London debut, “The Birthday Party” certainly inspired a violent reaction in critics, who were baffled and enraged by the play’s cruelty and darkness — the qualities that today have enshrined it as an absurdist classic. Erik Amblad directs Cockroach Theatre’s production. (AK) Oct. 11, 12, 17-19, 24-26, 8p; Oct. 13, 20, 27, 2p, $16-$20, Art Square,

Oct. 11

American Place Theatre inspires kids to enrich their lives with literature by bringing famous works to life on stage, from Richard Wright’s Black Boy to contemporary works such as Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. In this production, American Place puts on a production of Jeanette Walls’ The Glass Castle, a memoir of growing up in a household run by an eccentric dad and unpredictable, artsy mom. How eccentric and unpredictable? Think starving broke-ass nomad painter drunk on-the-run thieving crazy flake freak clan. Jeanette Walls not only lived to tell the tale, but she tells it with deep affection and gratitude for this most unusual upbringing. American Place Theatre’s production features 60 minutes of verbatim performance from Walls’ powerful memoir. (AK) 7:30p, $10-$15, Historic Fifth Street School,

Oct. 18-19

Dance, mythical goat-man, dance!

Talk about interdepartmental collaboration: UNLV’s Department of Dance and the UNLV Symphony Orchestra are joining up to create some beautiful music — and dance — together. For their annual Fall Dance Concert, they’ll perform “Rite of Spring” and a reconstruction of Vaslav Nijinsky’s “Afternoon of a Faun” — considered one of the first modern ballets, and certainly one of the first that cast fauns in a positive role, after years of being typecast as thugs, pimps and drunks. (AK) Oct. 18, 8p; Oct. 19, 2p and 8p, price TBA, UNLV’s Artemus Ham Concert Hall

Nov. 1-2

Magic swans > unicorns

For all the gauzy, swoony charm of Tchaikovsky’s more popular works, such as Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, you’d think the Russian composer spent his days bemusedly cloudwalking among pink-winged cherubs. In fact, the closeted and conflicted Tchaikovsky lived a life of psychological torment over his sexuality. It makes Odette of Swan Lake and Aurora of Sleeping Beauty — and the musical score that animates them — that much more poignant. Nevada Ballet Theatre will celebrate his legacy with not only fine dance, but lavish scenery and costumes as well in their performances of Swan Lake Act II and Sleeping Beauty Act III. (AK) $35-$128, 7:30p, Reynolds Hall in The Smith Center

Nov. 8-17

The original ladies who lunch

When it debuted in 1936, “The Women” took many by surprise with its sharp social satire — and some of its unusual theatrical conventions. The fact alone that it has an all-female cast — men are off-stage, only talked about (and sometimes ridiculed and criticized) — turned heads, as did its clear-eyed commentary on the straitened societal roles of women. Times have changed since then, but perhaps not as much as we like to think. Clare Boothe Luce’s seminal play still raises trenchant questions about gender roles, sexism and self-determination; Rhonda Carlson directs this classic. (AK) Nov. 8, 9, 15, 16, 7:30p; Nov. 10, 17, 2p. $10-$12, Nicholas J. Horn Theatre on CSN’s Cheyenne campus

Nov. 8-16

Queue up the existential drama

The next time you’re being shoved, jostled and bumped in line, here’s a comfortable thought: It’s more than a line, it’s a test of your soul. Playwright Israel Horovitz’s “The Line” weaves a tale of envy and desire from the most ordinary of situations: People waiting in line for an event. As the line grows and the crowd thickens, people began to lie, cheat, cut and shove their way for a spot at the front, revealing humanity at its most petty and small-hearted. Original title: “Walmart on Black Friday.” (AK) Nov. 8, 9, 8p, UNLV’s Black Box Theatre; Nov. 9, 10, 2p, UNLV’s Black Box Theatre; Nov. 15, 16, Cockroach Theatre in Art Square

Dec. 6-22

Eww, you have a crush on a dead person?

Jeff Chalk, the most popular boy in the small town of Clear Creek, has disappeared. Who’s going to find him? Certainly the four girls who have crushes on Chalk can help — that is, if they don’t combust in the flames of their own rivalries, jealousies, secrets and betrayals. But “The Chalk Boy” is about much more than catty teen girls and romantic competition; part dark satire, part mystery, Joshua Conkel’s play — here directed by Troy Heard for Cockroach Theatre — peels back the veneer of quaint small-town life and exposes the psychodrama seething underneath. (AK) Dec. 6, 7, 12-14, 19-21, 8p; Dec. 8, 15, 22, 2p, $16-$20, Cockroach Theatre in Art Square

Dec. 6-15

Ghost of Christmas awesome

You know the story: Scrooge is Tweeting up a storm about “OMG Xmas is lame!” and “Santa = govt LIE!” and “I luv reindeer ... steak! lolz” until he’s convinced by a trio of terrifying specters to stop being such a troll and get in the #xmasspirit already. In the hands of the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre, “Scrooge, The Musical” is an upbeat and holiday-affirming treat for all ages and faiths, even the stubbornly Santa-agnostic. (AK) Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 7p; Dec. 8, 14, 15, 2p, $5, Charleston Heights Arts Center,

Dec. 14-22

Bigger nuts, more cracking

Last year, Nevada Ballet Theatre debuted its Nutcracker 2.0 in its new home at The Smith Center. Perhaps it’s natural maturity, perhaps it’s Artistic Director James Canfield hitting his stride, or perhaps it’s the inspiring new space, but Nevada Ballet Theatre seems to have noticeably stepped up its game. The dancing of The Nutcracker last year was as crisp and fine as ever, but the sets — whimsy writ large, at once playful and polished — truly took this holiday classic into yuletide overdrive. In its new home, The Nutcracker is a tradition that is sure to become a Smith Center holiday institution. (AK) Dec. 14, 15, 18-22, 7:30p; Dec. 15, 21, 22, 2p, $52-$178, Reynolds Hall in The Smith Center


Literature & ideas

Sept. 17

“Corporations are people, my friend!” *gagging self*

How better to celebrate the Constitution than to question the rights it gave us? Meta, huh? In 1787, a task force of Founding Fathers (Madison, Hamilton, Washington and other ’ons) got together to sign the Constitution, the framework of American government that dictates what We The People can and cannot do. Fast forward two centuries and corporations are people, too. But are they really, and do they have the same First Amendment rights? According the Supreme Court circa 2010 — and one-time Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who dropped the infamous quote above — the answer is yes. In “Are Corporations People?,” UCLA professor Adam Winkler will deconstruct Citizens United v. F.E.C., compare “corporate personhood” to other corporate constitutional rights (yes, there’s more than one), and show where the reform movement fails. (KT) 7:30p, free, UNLV’s Barrick Museum Auditorium

Sept. 24

Foreign territory made familiar

You might say longtime UNLV writing professor and associate director of the Black Mountain Institute Richard Wiley has a mind that wanders — to places like Korea, Japan, Nigeria and Kenya, which is just a sampling of where his ambitious, searching but finely tuned novels are set. His latest novel, The Book of Important Moments, doesn’t take place in a far-flung country, but it’s troubled territory to be sure: Mother-to-be Ruth Rhodes faces the man who raped her years earlier, while her husband copes with the murder of his own mother. He’ll read excerpts from his upcoming novel and answer questions. (AK), 7p, free UNLV’s Greenspun Hall

Sept. 26

Pry my “Catcher in the Rye” from my cold, dead hand

Why ban books? Well, otherwise, how are you going to know what the good stuff is? Ba-dum-bum! Seriously, while we all like to think we live in a free and open society — Tumblr porn and snarky blogs for all! — there are, surprisingly, still attempts to censor books in the 21st century. In the Vegas Valley Book Festival and ACLU’s “Uncensored Voices,” local literati will celebrate free speech by reading from popular banned titles. Afterwards, in a discussion moderated by Review-Journal political columnist Steve Sebelius, they’ll talk about the power of ideas — and the perils of censorship. (AK) 7p, free, Clark County Library

Sept. 28

A short poem

Dear Poetry,

There was a time when I didn’t understand you. But now I know you’re just a story with different spacing.

Celebrate written, spoken and illustrated poetry with Gretchen Henderson, an accomplished San Franciscan who has held fellowships at Harvard and MIT, and writes poetry, literary criticism and fiction. With local poets Mick Axelrod, Shaun Christensen and Jamison Crabtree, Tara Phillips, Joan Robinson and others, the Vegas Valley Poetry Celebration will feature poetry long and short, famous and obscure — whether or not you understand it. (KT) 7p, free, Fifth Street School

Oct. 8

I’m not a zombie, but I totally want this brain

When Albert Einstein, the world’s favorite crazy-haired genius, died in 1955, his body was cremated, but his brain was preserved. Thomas Harvey, the pathologist who performed the autopsy, removed it, photographed it and divided it into 240 pieces, which Harvey kept and shared with his fellow doctor friends. Einstein’s remains vanished for some years until 1978 when journalist Steven Levy, now known for co-authoring “Freakonomics,” tracked down the missing lobes. All along they’d been bobbing in mason jars in Harvey’s home office in Wichita, Kansas. In 2010, three years after Harvey’s death, his family donated a file of never-before-seen photos to the National Museum of Health and Medicine. In “The Amazing Saga of Albert Einstein’s Brain,” evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk recounts the travels of Einstein’s brain and reveals surprising recent findings. (KT) 7:30p, free, Barrick Museum Auditorium at UNLV

Oct. 12

A story of empowerment and intrigue

History has a habit of telling his story. Now’s a chance to hear her story. From My Haley, the wife of Alex Haley, who in 1977 published Roots: The Saga of an American Family, comes this historical narrative about a seamstress slave who exposes her owner to empower herself. Roots, which was later adapted as a TV series, tells the story of an 18th-century African boy who is captured and forced into slavery in the states. The Treason of Mary Louvestre relates the journey of a Southern spy who traveled 200 miles in winter of 1862 to inform the Union Secretary of the Navy about her owner’s plans for the ironclad CSS Virginia ship. Sometimes you have to risk your life to save it, and this is a moving reminder from one-half of a powerful literary couple. My Haley will read an excerpt and discuss her work. (KT) 2p, free, West Las Vegas Arts Center

Oct. 15

three generations of writers — together

The worlds conjured by George Saunders — sometimes bleak, sometimes absurd, sometimes dystopian, but always ringing with comic truth — strike so closely at the anxieties of the modern age, you sometimes have to remind yourself you're reading fiction. In "Three Generations of American Writers," he'll join two UNLV professors: Douglas Unger taught Saunders, and Maile Chapman studied under him. Douglas Unger’s five books include Leaving the Land, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Maile Chapman is the author of Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award. (AK) 7p, free, Student Union theater at UNLV

Oct. 15

You don’t know where that water’s been!

If you were desperate, you’d probably drink dirty water — or Red Bull for that matter. But what if you didn’t have to be desperate? What if guzzling former sewer gunk was totally safe? Surprise: Lots of us already are. In the West, wastewater has many uses — agriculture, irrigation, industrial cooling, natural habitat restoration — and now, UNLV prof Daniel Gerrity wants to make it safe to drink. The civil and environmental engineering expert has a plan for Las Vegas that won’t leave a bad taste in your mouth, which he’ll discuss in “How Thirsty Are You? Quenching the World’s Thirst with Wastewater.” (KT) 7:30p, free, Barrick Museum Auditorium at UNLV

Wild boys and bad dads

When Justin Torres debuted “We the Animals,” in 2011, Esquire Magazine called it the best book of the year so far. It was September. The novella skews autobiographical, tracking the wild, unstructured lives of three young brothers living in upstate New York with their abusive Puerto Rican father and timid white mother. In simple, lyrical language, Torres follows the boys from childhood to late adolescence, noting the widening gap between the sensitive main character and his reckless siblings, until finally their differences come to an explosive head. Torres will speak as part of the Black Mountain Institute and Nevada Humanities Emerging Writers Series. (KT) 7p, free, Greenspun Hall Auditorium at UNLV

Oct. 30

Books! Ideas! Literature! Fun!

Bibliophiles cannot live on food and prose alone. Oh wait, yes they can. Since it was established in 2002, the Vegas Valley Book Festival has brought in big literary names such as John Irving, E.L. Doctorow, Neil Gaiman and Jennifer Egan, and this year will be no different. Lovers of the written word will enjoy four days of readings, discussion panels, writers workshops and a mini-food fest, typically featuring small bites from local high-end restaurants. Keynote speakers are Catherine Coulter, author of “Devil’s Embrace” and 71 other works, Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Pulitzer finalist “Devil’s Highway,” and Walter Dean Meyers, national ambassador for young people’s literature, whose speech will confirm what we know to be true: Reading is not optional. (KT) Through Nov. 2, free, Clark County Library and Fifth Street School, vegasvalleybookfestival. org

Nov. 2

From dirt street to Pulitzer finalist

From a Tijuana landfill to teaching fellowship at Harvard University, Luis Alberto Urrea has seen a lot. Born in Tijuana, Mexico, to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea was raised in San Diego and educated at the University of California San Diego and University of Colorado Boulder. In his Vegas Valley Book Festival keynote, “Universal Border: From Tijuana to the World,” Urrea will tell of his humble beginnings living on a dirt street to becoming a Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Devil’s Highway in 2004. Though much of his work is set in the Southwest, near the Mexico border, Urrea says, “Borders don’t interest me. I’m really in the business of building bridges.” (KT) 5p, free, Fifth Street School


Festivals, family & food

Sept. 21 

Something tasty brewing downtown

Whether you like to gnaw on a thick, chocolatey stout, sip a crisp lager or nip at a fizzy fruit beer that you’d swear was champagne if you didn’t know any better, the Downtown Brew Festival has a beer for every palate. What did you say? “I don’t drink beer”? Trust us — the new wave of beer festivals will open the eyes of even the most ardent oenophile loath to venture too far from his go-to pinot. Sip and swirl — and make some room in your wine cellar for some new company. Meanwhile, veteran beer drinkers who think they’ve tasted it all will enjoy some unique one-off batches cooked up by the Nevada Craft Brewers Association — think of them as pop-up beers with personalities and flavors all their own. (AK) 6p, $35-$65, Clark County Amphitheater,

Sept. 28

Moon-gazing and mooncake-grazing

Held on the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, the Asian Harvest Moon Festival is traditionally a time to give thanks for a plentiful harvest. But for desert-dwellers whose bounty is likely to come from the Smith’s produce department, there is still plenty to celebrate — like the end of a sweltering summer. Join like-minded locals at the Springs Preserve to honor this popular Asian holiday. The event includes food stalls, traditional dance performances and a children’s lantern parade. And don’t forget to try a mooncake — the iconic Chinese pastry is an acquired taste, but no festival is complete without it. (DL) 10a-5p, $9.95/free for members, Springs Preserve

Oct. 4-6

Meet the rock stars of your mouth

Just a few years ago, Vegas was the place you’d come to drink daiquiri through an IV while playing Deuces Wild video poker for 74 hours straight. How times change: Now we’re the place where you can eat a dollop of a celebrichef’s molecular pork belly foam for $37. Indeed, chefs are the rock stars of the new Vegas, and their foodie groupies will be out in force at the Food & Wine All-Star Weekend at the Aria, Bellagio and MGM Grand. With personal multi-course meals prepped by marquee names (Joël Robuchon! Shawn McClain!) live cooking demos and more tastings than you have taste buds, the Food & Wine All-Star weekend will provide you with envy-inspiring Instagram fodder for years to come. (AK) Times vary, $195-$595, Aria, Bellagio, MGM Grand,

Oct. 4-6

Fortune favors the foodies

Sip on sake, nosh on noodles, and rub elbows with today’s brightest culinary stars at the LUCKYRICE Festival. The annual outdoor food festival, now in its second year, features inventive Asian-inspired cuisine prepared and presented by a diverse lineup of top chefs. Expect a mix of local favorites (Fukuburger, Wicked Spoon, Raku) and high-profile talent (Pichet Ong, Todd English, and “Top Chef” season 10 winner Kristen Kish.) The event offers all of the gustatory pleasures of an open-air market in Asia, minus the discomfort of eating from a street curb. (DL) 8p, $88, Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan

Oct. 5

Say “prost!” and chug a bock or three

You don’t need to hail from Munich or drink doppelbock — heck, you don’t even need to know what doppelbock is — to celebrate Oktoberfest. The Original German-American Social Club of Nevada invites locals of every background to its condensed, family-friendly version of the world-famous festival. Traditional German fare will be served, and children’s activities will keep the little ones busy while you sample ice-cold brews. If you’ve had one too many mugs, help yourself to a second serving of bratwurst — folk dancing by the Las Vegas Bavarian Dancers and musical performances by Salzburger Echo and master yodeler Kerry Christensen will keep you entertained until you’re ready to drive. (DL) 2-9p, free, Centennial Plaza at the Historic Fifth Street School

Oct. 5

Hic! Keep sipping for a cure

What better way to do a good deed than through philanthropic alcohol consumption? In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Springs Preserve hosts its 4th annual Grapes & Hops Festival. Sample an assortment of wines and unique beers, enjoy live music from The Buster Kings, and dig into gourmet bites courtesy of El Segundo Sol, Stripburger, Mon Ami Gabi and P.F. Chang’s. Once you feel the buzz, do some impulse shopping via a silent auction. Don’t worry, your purchases will be justified — funds raised support Par for the Cure, a non-profit organization dedicated to breast cancer research. (DL) 5-9p, $40-$50, Springs Preserve

Oct. 11-13

Saturday knight fever

Spit-shine your leather boots and dry clean your wool cloaks, because the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival is back to take over (the finally renovated) Sunset Park for an entire weekend. Now in its 20th year, the event features historical re-enactments, stage performances, jousting tournaments, and artisan demonstrations. Mayhap thou shalt learn a few medieval phrases before attending, but total immersion is not required. Festivalgoers who are uninterested in nitpicking the historical authenticity of it all can just take pleasure in gnawing on turkey drumsticks and listening to local bands. (DL) Oct. 11, 12, 10a-10p; Oct. 13, 10a-4p, $10-$25, Sunset Park,

Oct. 11-27

It’s like a Halloween dress rehearsal

Why limit Halloween to a single day? For three weekends leading up to the official holiday, the Springs Preserve hosts its annual Haunted Harvest. Expect a haunted house, carnival games and a petting zoo. There’ll be candy too, of course. But if the kids take more than their fair share of Kit Kats, encourage them to stop by the donation station — members of Operation Gratitude will be on hand to collect extra sweets and thank you notes for our troops overseas. (DL) Oct. 11, 13, 18-20, 25-27, 5p, $5-$8, Springs Preserve

Oct 12-13

Masters of art take over a master-planned community

Downtown Vegas is not the only local destination for getting a dose of culture. At the 19th annual Summerlin Art Festival, scores of artists and craftsmen from all over the Southwest flock to the suburbs to showcase original paintings, sculptures, glasswork, pottery and more. Visitors who are inspired to unleash their own inner Rembrandts are encouraged to sign up for the popular chalk art competition; for $5, amateurs can contribute a non-juried masterpiece. Those who are less inclined to leave their artistic mark on the sidewalk can keep busy with children’s activities, live music and ice-carving demonstrations. (DL) 9a-5p, free, Summerlin Centre Community Park,

Oct. 27

All candy, no creepy old hermit houses

Instead of knocking on your neighbors’ doors for candy this year — how many Snickers do you really need? — dress the kids in their costumes and head over to Tivoli Village in Summerlin for Cox Treat Streets. The outdoor mall will play host to a spooky but safe Halloween fantasyland, replete with free candy, games and prizes. Entertainment comes in the form of face-painters, stilt-walkers and, perhaps scariest of all, balloon artists. Food stalls and a DJ will also be available. Note: Most of the swag at this event is only available to costumed children up to 10 years old (sorry dad, you’ll have to get your face painted somewhere else.) (DL) 3-6p, free, Tivoli Village

Nov. 9

A festival for food-loving families

Shortly before the fresh52 farmers market goes on hiatus for the winter, it hosts its annual Harvest Festival at Tivoli Village. All of the usual farmers and vendors will be in attendance, but be sure to bring the kids along for pumpkin-carving, face-painting, and a petting zoo. If Junior has a big appetite, permissive parents and unusual career aspirations, he can even enter the pie-eating competition. For the grown-ups, there are beer tastings (and cider for teetotalers), chef demos and live music. Consider it your last chance for outdoor fun before winter hibernation. (DL) 8a-4p, free, fresh52 at Tivoli Village

Nov. 17

A dog day in autumn (literally)

Just like humans, dogs need to mix up their fitness routine every once in a while. Keep things interesting by bringing Fido to Tails & Trails, a day dedicated to canines at the Springs Preserve. The event features over three miles of hiking trails for you and your furry friend to explore. It’s an excellent opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and mild weather while it lasts — plus it’ll provide the two of you a chance to sniff out other animal lovers and pets. (DL) 10a-4p, free, Springs Preserve


Venue index

Art Square
1025 S. 1st St.,  483-8844,

Brett Wesley Gallery
1112 S. Casino Center Blvd., 433-4433,

Charleston Heights
Arts Center, 800 Brush St., 229-6383,

City Hall
Chamber Gallery, 2nd floor of City Hall, 495 S. Main St.

Clark County Amphitheater
500 S. Grand Central Parkway, 455-8200

Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400,

Cockroach Theatre (at Art Square)
1025 S. 1st St.,

Contemporary Arts Center (in the Arts Factory)
107 E. Charleston Blvd. #120, 382-3886,

CSN Cheyenne Campus (Artspace Gallery, Fine Arts Gallery, BackStage Theatre, Nicholas J. Horn Theatre)
3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas, 651-4000

Fifth Street School
401 S. Fourth St., 229-6469

The Palms
4321 W. Flamingo Road, 942-7777

RTZvegas (at Art Square)
1017 S. First St. #195, 592-2164,

Sin City Gallery (in the Arts Factory)
107 E. Charleston Blvd. #100, 608-2461,

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
361 Symphony Park Ave., 749-2012,

Springs Preserve
333 S. Valley View Blvd., 822-7700,

Summerlin Centre Community Park
800 S. Town Center Drive

Sunset Park
2601 E. Sunset Road

Tivoli Village
440 S. Rampart Blvd. 570-7400

Trifecta Gallery (in the Arts Factory)
107 E. Charleston Blvd., 366-7001,

UNLV (Artemus Ham Hall, Barrick Museum Auditorium, Black Box Theatre, Doc Rando Recital Hall, Greenspun Hall Auditorium, Student Union ballroom)
4505 S. Maryland Parkway, 895-3011

West Las Vegas Arts Center
947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. 229-4800

Winchester Cultural Center
3130 McLeod Drive, 455-7340

Scott Dickensheets is a Las Vegas writer and editor whose trenchant observations about local culture have graced the pages of publications nationwide.
As a longtime journalist in Southern Nevada, native Las Vegan Andrew Kiraly has served as a reporter covering topics as diverse as health, sports, politics, the gaming industry and conservation. He joined Desert Companion in 2010, where he has helped steward the magazine to become a vibrant monthly publication that has won numerous honors for its journalism, photography and design, including several Maggie Awards.