Most stories come to life inside your head — except at the Discovery Children’s Museum, where the touring exhibit “Storyland” brings beloved books to life through imaginative interactive exhibits.
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Events include theater (“Sister’s Christmas Catechism”), family fun (Cosmo ice rink), art (Master’s Journey) and more.
Pitching its tent at The Smith Center through Sunday, the national tour of the Tony-winning musical revival “Pippin” takes its life’s-a-circus metaphor literally, transforming the title character’s journey of self-discovery into a Cirque-style show of marvels.
From the first time she dusted a museum artifact Dawna Joliff knew she wanted to spend her career studying history. The Clark County Heritage Museum turned out to be the perfect place for it as she worked on everything from display cases to an entire street of historic buildings.
“Pippin” hits The Smith Center for an eight-performance run — and the Tony-winning revival conjures observations, past and present, from major players who’ve been there from the show’s first steps.
Ice on the Strip usually means an on-the-rocks cocktail. But, starting Friday, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas transforms its Boulevard Pool into its overlooking-the-Strip ice rink.
When Genevieve Dew and Danny Titus met then-15-year-old Michael Villas, he was anti-social and would cling to his mother, Teresa, every time they went to classes at Life Long Dreams. Things changed for him the day they put a video camera in his hand.
Dance your way through Black Friday at the Discovery Children’s Museum, where the second annual “Nutcracker Extravaganza” celebrates Nevada Ballet Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Nutcracker” with dance performances and lessons, costume try-ons, photo ops and more.
Although it has been more than 50 years, interest in JFK, his life, his presidency and especially his assassination, continues unabated. A new exhibit at the Tropicana and a talk at The Mob Museum are designed to appeal to those interested in the nation’s 35th president.
The theater department at College of Southern Nevada is doing exactly what it should in choosing its productions. The program exists to teach students the craft of theater, and that cannot be accomplished by strictly concentrating on contemporary, known scripts by recognizable playwrights.
Guest conductor Matt Catingub was joined by a bevy of imported talent Saturday at The Smith Center for the Las Vegas Pops Orchestra’s first offering of the season, titled “Aloha from Las Vegas.”
Signature Production’s extravagant presentation of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” now at the Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center, is like a bright, shiny ornament you’d hang on the tree. A nostalgic picture-postcard look at an idealized time, it features the tap-dancing feet of numerous triple-threat performers and is perfect for inspiring a Yuletide mood.
Arthur Miller’s “The American Clock” is an ambitious choice for young actors to tackle. But the Las Vegas Academy cast is so focused and mature that it’s hard to believe it’s made up of high school students.
In what one wishes would become a Las Vegas holiday tradition, the UNLV Opera Theater presented two charming children’s operas at the Paul Harris Theater on campus: “Little Red Riding Hood” by Seymour Barab and “L’Enfant et les Sortileges,” or “The Bewitched Child,” by Maurice Ravel with a libretto by Colette.
Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “How I Learned to Drive” has been produced with elaborate sets, colorful backdrops and real cars on the stage. But, when all other elements are in place, it’s fairly amazing what can be done on a bare stage with four chairs, two tables and a bed.
Arts events around town include theater (“The Sea Gull,” “Foxfinder”), concerts (UNLV opera and guitar series), comedy (Kinsey Sicks at The Smith Center) and more.
Bigger is better. Most of the time, especially in Las Vegas, that philosophy prevails. But starting Nov. 14 at Bellagio’s Gallery of Fine Art, “Faberge Revealed” begins a six-month run, showcasing more than 200 bejeweled treasures, most of which are only a few inches tall.
Reel life meets real life when “The Las Vegas Story” — and the Howard Hughes story — share the spotlight at the Nevada State Museum at 4 p.m. Saturday. A screening of the Hughes-produced 1952 movie (starring Victor Mature, Jane Russell and Vincent Price) will be followed by a discussion of Hughes, his anti-Communist stance and the House Un-American Activities Committee.
“Frankie and Nina’s Big Italian Wedding,” an interactive lunch show, is “loosely based on the Romeo and Juliet theme. It’s two families that hate each other, but they get over it,” said actor and director Jon Paul Raniola.
The city of Las Vegas unveiled the First Street Art Trail Nov. 6 with four, of what officials hope to become many more, art projects.
Director Philip Shelburne takes advantage of “The Last Five Year’s” difficult structure to highlight the yearning of a couple in love in a charming staging of the off-Broadway musical from Nevada Conservatory Theatre.
The Swiss-based troupe Mummenschanz has been winning fans since the ’70s, when such legendary TV figures as “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson and Kermit the Frog (on “The Muppet Show”) praised their unique combination of mask and mime.
Light, and enlightenment, inspire “EnLIGHTen” activities at November’s First Friday in the downtown Arts District, just one of many arts events around town.
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