AROUND TOWN: Summerlin full of culture

It’s an old joke: The only culture in Las Vegas is in the yogurt. But, don’t laugh, because the city has been making strides in that area.

The arts district with its First Friday events is reviving a once-stale area. The eventual opening of the $475 million Smith Center for the Performing Arts, located in downtown’s 61-acre Union Park, will help seal Las Vegas’ place on the world stage.

Out in the Summerlin area, the Nevada Ballet Theatre has been winning accolades for years with its top-notch performances. The community has taken the ballet under its wing, so to speak, supporting it with wine and cheese events and silent auctions. Read about the ballet’s arrangement with a top piano maker.

Then there’s the Las Vegas Art Museum, which brings in notable exhibits. Catch its latest one before the museum closed up to find a new home, closer to the Strip. Check out the Art Museum’s newest exhibit.

Smaller steps in the journey toward art savvy-ness are taking place, too, like the opening of the edgy — and sometimes adult-only — White Square Gallery Berlin — Las Vegas, nestled in the Village Square Shopping Center, at 9440 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 180. Learn more about White Square in this article.

— Jan Hogan/File Photo

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