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Briefs: Theater, music and family fun, Dec. 20-26

Two ballet troupes stage ‘Nutcracker’: If there’s never enough “Nutcracker” to satisfying your holiday ballet cravings, take heart — because two local troupes contribute their interpretations of the fanciful Tchaikovsky classic this weekend.

Philharmonic anchors varied music program

Santa opened his pack Saturday evening and out spilled a wealth of musical pleasure. The Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall was nearly full, and the audience showed smiles and a growing holiday spirit.

Briefs: Music, theater and First Friday, Dec. 6-12

Winchester hosts Hawaiian concert: Hawaiian transplants like to call Las Vegas “the Ninth Island,” thanks to all the Aloha State natives who now make their homes in Southern Nevada.

Brubeck Brothers Quartet playing Dave’s music

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet — playing Friday and Saturday at The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz — “very consciously tried,” in bassist and trombonist Chris Brubeck’s words, to “do music that wasn’t Dave’s music.”

Briefs: Art, music and more, Nov. 22-28

MUSIC: Winchester hosts plenty of pianists: Six pianists, 60 fingers, 88 keys. That’s the formula for “60 in the 88s,” a Saturday concert presented at the Winchester Cultural Center, in conjunction with the Las Vegas Jazz Society.

It’s not profound, but Boston Pops delights Las Vegas audience

Open with Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” Overture. Close two hours later with John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” (a Boston Pops tradition). Fill the time in between with such offerings as the Largo from Dvorak’s “New World Symphony,” Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” Abba’s “Dancing Queen,” Harold Arlen’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and others equally as diverse.

Briefs: Music, theater and more, Nov. 15

Music: Ben Vereen headlines benefit concert: Encores — and more — highlight the second annual Joe Williams Jazz Scholarship Fundraising Concert, with Ben Vereen and Pia Zadora leading the musical lineup Sunday afternoon at UNLV’s Artemus Ham Hall.

Briefs: Music, theater and more

Theater: ‘THE WOMEN’ OPENS AT CSN, It’s a jungle out there. Get set to laugh as “The Women” claw and scratch their way through it, starting Friday at the College of Southern Nevada.

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