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'Nutcracker' sizzles with special effects

It's a gift, to be sure - but one so resplendently wrapped that the contents can't possibly compete with the elaborate exterior packaging. That's Nevada Ballet Theatre's new edition of "The Nutcracker," which opened Saturday at The Smith Center and...

Skillful Buckley makes Broadway hymns hers

She's the man. Which is exactly how Betty Buckley wants it in "Ah, Men! The Boys of Broadway." Buckley's one-woman salute to Broadway classics, men's division - which continues tonight and Sunday at The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz - ranks as a...

Steve Martin peppers lively concert with humor

That Steve Martin sure can play. In more ways than one. The same holds true for the Steep Canyon Rangers, who joined Martin on Wednesday night at The Smith Center for a brisk, frisky romp through the bluegrass. Music, that is. Make no mistake,...

Ailey troupe's finale still a national treasure

Speaking volumes without saying a word. It's an undeniable, if almost indescribable, art -- one that the members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater have mastered. Making their Smith Center debut Tuesday night in Reynolds Hall, the Ailey...

'Act of Valor' mixes fact, fiction

Maybe you remember a TV commercial from some years back, in which an actor pitches an over-the-counter medication by advising viewers, "I'm not a doctor -- but I play one on TV." Substitute "Navy SEAL" for "doctor," switch the slogan around and you'...

'This Means War' a slogging bromance

What would Cary Grant do? That's the question I generally ask myself when pondering a new romantic comedy: Is this the sort of movie Cary Grant would do? (Grant being, of course, the gold standard when it comes to combining on-screen love and laughs...

Easygoing 'Big Miracle' a family-friendly experience

It takes a village to save a whale. Make that three whales -- and a media village. But never fear. If you weren't around in 1988 -- or only dimly recall the real-life incident it purports to depict -- along comes "Big Miracle" to warm your heart,...