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2012 Fall A+E Guide: Culture

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Alison O’Daniel’s film Night Sky shows one night only at Pop Up Art House September 20.
Kristen Peterson

London Biennale Exhibition (Contemporary Arts Center, through September 29)

Missed July’s London Biennale in Nevada at Pop Up Art House? See what the chatter was about. This CAC exhibit features documentation of the Valley’s best-ever performance art event.

Las Vegas Art Museum (UNLV, opens September 19)

UNLV celebrates its new partnership with the Las Vegas Art Museum by featuring the collection in four campus locations: Barrick Museum, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, and the entrance halls of Judy Bayley Theatre and Artemus Ham Hall. The opening reception happens September 18 at Barrick, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Alison O’Daniel, Night Sky (Pop Up Art House, opens September 20)

Alison O’Daniel’s synaesthetic-rich film, Night Sky, is on a nine-city tour, stopping in Las Vegas for a one-night-only showing at PUAH’s Tempo Space. Don’t miss the opportunity to follow the story of two girls as they head into an otherworldly realm when their car breaks down in the desert.

Nurture (Cockroach Theatre, opens September 21)

Cockroach inaugurates the new Art Square Theatre with the winner of the 2011 Sin City New Play Contest, Johnna Adams’ Nurture, a dark comedy about two single parents horrible at being single parents. It blew people away at its reading for the contest; Erik Amblad and Francine Gordon look to take Cockroach Theatre and the play to the next level--Jacob Coakley

David Pagel (UNLV, September 27)

David Pagel, the tell-it-like-it-is art critic who contributes to the LA Times, curated LA Now at the Las Vegas Art Museum in 2009, a visually invigorating show of recent works by LA artists. Pagel returns to town for UNLV’s visiting artist lecture series.

Frank Rich & Fran Lebowitz (Smith Center, October 17)

Lebowitz, a hilariously wry New Yorker and social commentator, and Rich, writer at large for New York magazine, hit the road in October for a series of live discussions on today’s political climate.

The Pillow Man (Las Vegas Little Theatre, in association with Poor Richard’s Players, opens October 19)

A tense piece, the story of a children’s author who’s grimmer than Grimm being questioned in a brutal police state about a series of children’s murders done in the style of his stories. It promises to get at the bloody, still-beating heart of what makes art, art--Jacob Coakley

Anniversary Fall Concert Series (Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, October 26-28)

LVCDT ends its fifth anniversary season at Judy Bayley Theatre with master Milton Myers’ “Variations,” artistic director Bernard Gaddis’ “Immortal Memories” and “Solstice” and new work by choreographer Roni Koresh.

Vegas Valley Book Festival (November 1-3)

Now in its 11th year, the Vegas Valley Book Festival busts out with “100 Authors, 100 Events, 10,000 Readers”—promising the largest mix of cultural and literary offerings in its history. Authors Jennifer Egan and Charlaine Harris serve as keynote speakers.

Masterworks I (Las Vegas Philharmonic, October 20)

Conductor David Itkin threw a wrench into the Philharmonic’s first season at the Smith Center by stepping out at the last minute, leaving yet-to-be-announced guest conductors to take his place. See how it pans out, beginning October 20 with pianist Navah Perlman, violinist Philippe Quint and cellist Zuill Bailey.

Jewels (Nevada Ballet Theatre, October 13 & 14)

Nevada Ballet teams up with Pacific Northwest Ballet and Ballet West to launch its 2012-13 season with a performance of George Balanchine’s Jewels, comprising the works “Emeralds,” “Diamonds” and “Rubies” at the Smith Center.

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