My magical journey to see the Zappos-sponsored production of Sin City Opera’s “The Magic Flute on Fremont Street” in downtown Las Vegas began when I arrived beneath the giant mechanical praying mantis at the entry to Downtown Container Park. I was swept up into a warm-up session of aerobics with Mission: I’m Possible, an evangelical runners group that meets there each Thursday before a run to The Smith Center and back. We stretched our limbs to the booming spouts of flame from the monster mantis.
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’Tis the season. Make that seasons, as Nevada Ballet Theatre launches its 2014-15 season this weekend at The Smith Center with Act One of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Seasons.”
Arts events around town include the Las Vegas Jazz Festival, American String Quartet, “My Children! My Africa!” at UNLV, a reading of “Rabbit Hole,” a new butterfly habitat at Springs Preserve and more.
Here are a few pop culture tidbits that caught our eye this week.
They say that “if you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life.” Such is the life of Henderson resident Christina Jones. Through her love for swimming, her career in broadcast journalism blossomed.
Brian Jones, a photographer with the Las Vegas News Bureau, is taking iconic Las Vegas photos and giving them a new perspective in an exhibit called “Re-Visualizing Las Vegas.”
The Henderson Symphony Orchestra is set to kick off its 2014-15 season with a diverse collection of performances.
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It didn’t take long for Arturo Sandoval and his five colleagues to stake out their musical territory on Saturday at The Smith Center’s intimate Cabaret Jazz.
Las Vegas Little Theatre’s tender presentation of Jeffrey Hatcher’s “Mrs. Mannerly” is like a sweet little ditty about an era gone by, like a fleeting memory of a childhood moment filtered affectionately through the eyes of a man long grown.
It’s easy to see why “9 to 5: The Musical” ran for only four months on Broadway. Because the book is based on the runaway hit film playwright Patricia Resnick co-authored, and with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, you expect more. Then, you wish for less.
The Nevada Ballet Theatre’s academy is now offering a pre-professional dance program to help those looking for instruction in styles of dance other than ballet.
More than 35 artists from around the world — and around Las Vegas — will converge on downtown Las Vegas to create works during October’s second annual Life Is Beautiful Festival.
There’s travel. There’s time travel. And there’s the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, where you can do both — in one trip.
Arts events around town include “Mrs. Mannerly” at Las Vegas Little Theatre, Arturo Sandoval at The Smith Center, chamber music at UNLV, “9 to 5” in Summerlin, and more.
Valley residents are set to receive a taste of the island life while living in the desert.
The Palms discovered last week it is easy to attract attention hosting the Pole Expo. Women spun, slid and twirled on poles, dazzling crowds flocking to see the spectacle.
The Neon Museum hosts “Unsigned Heroes: Sign Painters’ Art and Stories” Tuesday; the panel discussion focuses on painted signs and the often overlooked role they play in showcasing fanciful neon designs. People “think of the neon and gas tubes” when they consider neon signs, acknowledges Rob McCoy, who chairs the Neon Museum’s board of directors. “But painting is an integral part of neon signage.”
It’s amazing to see how much a child changes — in size, personality, temperament — from age 3 to age 4. And it’s no different for the Fiesta Las Vegas Latino Parade and Festival, which celebrates its fourth year this weekend showing a few changes from years past.
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David Mamet channels Henry James in “Boston Marriage,” a fascinating play about women that is being presented at Las Vegas Little Theatre’s Black Box under the direction of David McKee.
What better way to herald the fall weather than with the cool sounds of jazz? The outdoor Las Vegas Jazz Festival is planned for Sept. 19-21 on the grounds of the JW Marriott.
The Tony-winning musical “Kinky Boots” — kicking off its year-long national tour through Sunday at The Smith Center — struts its stuff with irresistible, pump-you-up energy, demonstrating that a show cobbled together from the most familiar elements can display exemplary craftsmanship.
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