In Brief: Theater, music and family fun



West Africa's rhythmic drums have inspired music around the world - as demonstrated in tonight's "Jazz Roots: Brazil Meets Funk" concert at The Smith Center's Reynolds Hall.

Representing the Brazilian half of the equation: Grammy-winning pop master Sergio Mendes , who has moved on from Brasil '66 to explore more jazz, funk and hip-hop sounds. Holding down the funk fort: Dutch-born alto sax star Candy Dulfer , whose musical collaborators range from Pink Floyd to Prince.

The concert begins at 7:30 tonight at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. For tickets ($29-$99), call 749-2000 or go online to



Family matters - comedic and tragic - inspire two very different theatrical productions, both of which open tonight.

The College of Southern Nevada presents Nobel Prize-winner Eugene O'Neill's sole comedy, the coming-of-age classic "Ah, Wilderness!" - set in small-town Connecticut on the Fourth of July, 1906.

On the dramatic side, Nevada Conservatory Theatre's production of playwright David Lindsay-Abaire's "Rabbit Hole," staged at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, focuses on a tragedy's impact on surviving family members.

"Ah, Wilderness!" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at CSN's Cheyenne campus, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas; additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-17 and 2 p.m. Nov. 18. For tickets ($12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors), call 651-5483 or visit

"Rabbit Hole" will be presented at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Black Box Theatre at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway; additional show times are 8 p.m. Nov. 14-17 and 2 p.m. Nov. 18. For tickets ($15 for adults, and $13.50 under 18), call 895-2787 or go online to

Family fun


Big Bird and his "Sesame Street" pals, who became unexpected political fodder during the just-ended campaign season, return to their primary function - making kids happy - this weekend at UNLV's Cox Pavilion.

"Sesame Street Live: Elmo's Super Heroes" finds Big Bird, Elmo and other Muppet friends singing, dancing - and serving up fun tips on healthy habits.

"Elmo's Super Heroes" will be presented at 7 tonight, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Cox Pavilion at the Thomas & Mack Center, Tropicana Avenue and Swenson Street. Tickets ($13-$55) are available at 739-3267 or



The ongoing celebration of the Great American Songbook - and beyond - continues at The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz with two standout singers.

Sam Harris leads off tonight, bringing a wide-ranging repertoire stretching from Broadway (Stephen Sondheim) to rock (John Lennon).

Harris performs at 8:30 tonight and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday; tickets are $39-$59.

Speaking of Broadway, "Cats" Tony-winner Betty Buckley brings "Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway" to Cabaret Jazz for four shows starting next Thursday; Buckley performs songs she's always wanted to sing - that were initially sung by male characters in such classic musicals as "Sweeney Todd," "West Side Story," "My Fair Lady" and "Guys and Dolls."

Buckley performs at 7 p.m. Thursday; additional shows are 7 p.m. Nov. 16-17 and 3 p.m. Nov. 18; tickets are $40-$70.

Cabaret Jazz is at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. For tickets and information, call 749-2000 or visit



The Yellow Brick Road leads to the Onyx Theatre on Sunday afternoon as David de Alba revives the Judy Garland impersonation that made him a fixture at the San Francisco club Finocchio's , where glittering female impersonators performed for more than six decades.

In his "loving tribute to Garland," de Alba not only conjures the legendary star's appearance but re-creates her singing voice and shares various anecdotes - some Garland's, some de Alba's own memories of meeting the star he salutes.

The show begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Onyx Theatre, 953 E. Sahara Ave., No. 16B, in Commercial Center. Tickets are $10; call 732-7225 or go online to

Family fun


Calling all Earthlings - and aliens too, if you're out there. The National Atomic Testing Museum's Family Fun Day wants you - at Saturday's annual Family Fun Day.

This year's event, "Earthling and Alien Flight School," features interactive exhibits, activities and handouts, along with a helicopter ride raffle.

The Family Fun Day runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Atomic Testing Museum, 755 E. Flamingo Road. Admission is $15 for a family of five ($5 for each additional child), or $25 with Area 51 exhibit admission. More information is available by phone at 794-5151 or online at



Technically, winter doesn't arrive until next month.

But that's not stopping pianist Jim Brickman from getting a head start on the season as the Grammy-nominated performer brings "On a Winter's Night" to The Smith Center's Reynolds Hall on Monday, weaving together holiday favorites old and new to get the season off to a melodic start.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday in The Smith Center's Reynolds Hall, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Tickets ($26-$79) are available by telephone at 749-2000 or online at



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