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This week’s 5 best bets for arts & culture in Las Vegas

‘Tuna Does Vegas’

An oddball right-wing radio host and his wife visit Vegas to renew their wedding vows, prompting everyone else in Texas’ third-smallest town to come along, in this romp from the funny folks who brought you “Greater Tuna.” Two actors play all the characters — from Tuna Texans to showgirls — when “Tuna Does Vegas” opens at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Drive. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through May 22., with a 2 p.m. matinee May 14 For tickets ($20-$25), call 702-362-7996 or visit www.LVLT.org.

First Friday

Explore “Art Through the Ages” at May’s First Friday celebration, which takes place from 5 to 11 p.m. in the downtown arts district. In addition to five costumed artists painting in the style of Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and more, members of Art Beyond the Paintbrush — featuring weavers, scribes, carvers and quilters — will interact with the crowd. Other First Friday attractions range from the monthly ArtWalk and Dance DepARTment to pony rides, food trucks and entertainment. For more information on May’s First Friday, visit www.facebook.com/firstfridaylasvegas.


Two acclaimed Hawaiian music stars join forces for the “Soul Slack Tour,” as slack key guitarist Makana teams with “modern Hawaiian soul” vocalist Paula Fuga this weekend at The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz. Makana made his professional debut at 14, going on to share the stage with (among others) Sting, Carlos Santana and Elvis Costello. He and Fuga will perform at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; for tickets ($35-$55), call 702-749-2000 or visit www.thesmithcenter.com.

Capathia Jenkins

Anyone who attended The Smith Center’s New Year’s Eve concert knows Broadway showstopper Capathia Jenkins (“Newsies,” TV’s “The Wiz Live!”) has a voice that can raise the roof. (She even sang a song about it in the Martin Short musical “Fame Becomes Me,” titled — what else? — “A Big Black Lady Stops the Show.”) But at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Jenkins moves to The Smith Center’s intimate Cabaret Jazz, sharing songs and stories in “More Woman Than You Know.” For tickets ($39-$59), call 702-749-2000 or visit www.thesmithcenter.com.

Music of Virko Baley

After 46 years at UNLV, Grammy-winning composer-in-residence Virko Baley retires as a full-time professor, but not before his musical colleagues celebrate his tenure — and his music — at a free “Les Adieux” concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Dr. Arturo Rando-Grillot Recital Hall on campus. Among those joining the farewell party: renowned tenor John Duykers, who sang in Baley’s opera “Holodomor,” the finale of which will be performed, along with other vocal and orchestral compositions. For more details, visit www.unlv.edu/music/events.

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