5 picks for art in Las Vegas this week

A Choreographers’ Showcase

Dancers — and dancemakers — from Nevada Ballet Theatre and Cirque du Soleil flex their creative muscles in the annual collaboration known as A Choreographers’ Showcase, which celebrates its 10th anniversary with new works that are moving in more ways than one. Opening at 1 p.m. Sunday in Treasure Island’s Mystere Theatre, the showcase continues at 1 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15. For tickets ($25-$45), visit nevadaballet.org.


Frankenstein’s bewildered creature confronts a hostile universe when his horrified creator casts him out in Nick Dear’s acclaimed adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. Cockroach Theatre Company’s production continues at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Art Square Theatre, 1025 S. First St.; additional performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 29. Tickets ($15-$25) are available online at cockroachtheatre.com.


Hawaiian vibes are as close as The Smith Center this weekend, when slack-key guitarist, singer and songwriter Makana brings traditional music, his own compositions — and his witty humor — to Cabaret Jazz at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For tickets ($35-$45), visit thesmithcenter.com.

Benefit concert

The College of Southern Nevada’s Concert Band, Chamber Chorale and Jazz Singers team up in a benefit for music scholarship funds honoring late jazz great Joe Williams, Richard McGee (who leads CSN’s Concert Band) and Tom Ferguson (CSN’s now-retired Fine Arts chairman). The music begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at CSN’s North Las Vegas campus, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. Tickets are $15; call 702-651-5483 for reservations.

‘Dinosaur Zoo’

Some 65 million years in the making, this tour of prehistoric Australia introduces an eye-popping array of dinosaur puppets brought to life by performers and puppeteers who not only educate but entertain. Part of The Smith Center’s family series, “Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live” arrives at Reynolds Hall at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; visit thesmithcenter.com for tickets ($14.95-$75).

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