Trust Us: Bela Fleck, drag queens and hearting food at Bellagio

Mayer Hawthorne brings his Motown-tinged crooning to Vinyl on February 8.
Photo: Andrea D'Aquino


RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons A must-see for RuPaul’s Drag Race diehards, with queens from seasons 2 through 5 serving up fierce looks and lip-syncs from the House of Blues stage. Michelle Visage hosts. February 7, 10 p.m., $30-$75.

Les Misérables The story never gets old, and neither does the music. The musical’s concert production doubles as a fundraiser benefiting UNLV’s College of Fine Arts and local nonprofit Golden Rainbow. February 7, 8, 14 & 15, 7 p.m., $27-$100, Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall.

Seminar A professor, four students and a $5,000-a-head writing seminar. Playwright Theresa Rebeck mines that combo for humor, with results good enough to attract actors Alan Rickman and Jeff Goldblum for past shows. February 6-8 (8 p.m.), 8 & 9 (2 p.m.), $20-$30, UNLV’s Judy Bayley Theatre.


XXII Winter Olympics From Sochi’s Opening Ceremony (airing on NBC February 7 at 7:30 p.m. PST) through the men’s ice hockey final (live on NBC February 23 at 4 a.m. and re-aired at 10:30 a.m.), the next two weeks will be a snow- and ice-lover’s dream. And you don’t have to get anywhere near a polar vortex to experience it.


Bela Fleck & Brooklyn Rider The banjo wiz has already been booked to play Reynolds Hall three times—solo, with jazz great Chick Corea and now with this contemporary string quartet. Hear why the Smith Center’s bookers are so Flecked-out. February 8, 7:30 p.m., $29-$89.

Mayer Hawthorne He may not be as quotable as the Goodmans, but this Mayer’s no stranger to Las Vegas. The Motown-tinged crooner returns in support of his third LP, Where Does This Door Go, with his yacht-rock party in tow. With Quadron, February 8, 9 p.m., $20-$30, Vinyl.


I Heart Food If the way to your crush’s heart is through the stomach, this edition of Bellagio Executive Chef Edmund Wong’s Culinary Classroom should help you woo with food. Learn to make smoked salmon crepes and butter poached lobster tail, then dine on the assignment. February 13, 7 p.m., $125, Tuscany Kitchen at Bellagio.

  • Once again, the JustKids studio has curated a striking assortment of murals, with a few eye-popping standouts.

  • A few tips: Bring a water bottle and keep it filled, wear earplugs and be ready to deviate from your itinerary.

  • The sixth LIS fest will feature The Flytraps, Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout, Snailmate and many more.

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