Briefs: Music, art and theater

Theater benefit



If life is a cabaret, old chums, then Friday’s “Love & Art” cabaret represents life for Off-Strip Productions, which is hoping to raise funds for its upcoming season at the Onyx Theatre.

Hosted by Balloon Master’s Bruce Radel, the benefit will feature performances by the cast of Off-Strip’s upcoming musical, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” along with the Balloon Master Show, Cha Cha Velour and Scott Hitchcock.

Onyx regulars scheduled to perform include Kellie Wright, Margaret “Gret” Menzies, Kim Glover, Amanda Kraft, Brenna Folger, Gus Langley, Danyel Arianna, Sevyn Mindoro, Taylor Henderson and Nakaze Harris.

Performances are to begin at 8 p.m. at the Onyx Theatre, 953 E. Sahara Ave., preceded by a 7 p.m. cocktail hour and silent auction.

For tickets ($30), call 702-732-7225 or go online to www.onyxtheatre.com.




Everybody loves a winner.

Including art fans, who can catch the “Celebrating Life! 2013” Winners Circle Exhibition at Las Vegas City Hall’s second-floor Chamber Gallery.

The 13th annual juried competition, for Southern Nevada residents who are 50 and older, features works ranging from paintings to sculpture to textiles.

Among the winning entries chosen by jurors K.D. Matheson, Linda Alterwitz and Lynda Whitehair: Neil Merryweather’s “Triangle Factory,” named best in show; Scott Sturman’s “829 Pieces,” the first-place sculpture winner; and Susanne Forestieri’s first-place painting, “Fakir.”

The free exhibition continues through Sept. 5 at Las Vegas City Hall, 495 S. Main St.

Gallery hours are from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday (except on holidays). For more information, call 702-229-1012.




Two local choirs are in action this weekend — one concluding its season, another gearing up for the fall.

Friday afternoon, the Winchester Cultural Center’s Encore Show Choir presents its summer recital, featuring full-choir performances of pop hits, along with solos and duets. The recital will showcase the choir’s own arrangements and choreography.

The performance begins at 4 p.m. Friday at the Winchester center, 3130 McLeod Drive. For tickets ($7), call 702-455-7340.

And area singers are invited to join the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society’s 65-member chorus as the group begins rehearsals for its 51st season, which includes performances with Andrea Bocelli and at Carnegie Hall.

The rehearsal begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in Room 159 of the Beam Music Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. For more information, call Douglas R. Peterson, SNMAS director, at 702-451-6672, or visit www.SNMAS.com.




San Francisco erotic artist Nancy Peach remains in the Sin City Gallery spotlight with an exhibit that continues through Sept. 16.

Peach, who often is commissioned for private portraits, specializes in larger-than-life oil paintings — some as large as 15 by 10 feet — exploding with color.

Sin City Gallery also is accepting submissions for its third annual “12 Inches of Sin,” a juried exhibition of contemporary art that explores eroticism and sensuality with a twist: Every piece is no larger than 1 square foot.

Submissions will be accepted through Sept. 30; for details, visit www.12ofsin.com.

Sin City Gallery, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., is open from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more details on the Nancy Peach exhibition, call 702-608-2461 or go to www.sincitygallery.com.