Las Vegas Philharmonic: Cabrera Conducts Mahler (September 10, Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall) Donato Cabrera leads our hometown phil through an opening-night program of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate and a piece by modern composer Kevin Beavers.
Town and Country: From Degas to Picasso (Opens September 23, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art) The BGFA presents an artistic record of urban and rural life through the centuries, as seen through the eyes of Picasso, Degas, Renoir, van Gogh and many more.
Majestic Repertory Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors (October 6-31, Alios Gallery) A new Vegas theater company makes its debut with a staging of the off-Broadway musical horror comedy that puts you in the middle of the story. Don’t get too close to the props; they may bite.
Beetlejuice Group Art Show (Opens October 7, Bubblegum Gallery) Just in time for Winona Ryder’s and Michael Keaton’s respective comebacks! Local artists present their interpretations of Tim Burton’s classic 1988 film inside the Downtown Spaces gallery.
Diane Bush: Dishing it Out (October 7, First Friday street fair; November 8, UV Gallery) The Vegas artist comments on the presidential election by firing likenesses of the candidates to ceramic plates—then inviting the public to smash them (or not). Intact pieces will be auctioned off on election night.
Vegas Valley Book Festival (October 15, Historic Fifth Street School) This year’s Lollapaloooza for bibliophiles features appearances by Pulitzer Prize-winners Katherine Boo and Stacy Schiff, Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis, Latin Grammy winner Mister G and more.
Nevada Ballet Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty (October 22 & 23, Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall) NBT’s 45th season awakens with a full-length production of Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet, choreographed after the style of Marius Petipa. Both performances feature an educational pre-show discussion.
Absinthe (Opens November 1, the Cosmopolitan) The Gazillionaire, Joy Jenkins and the rest of the cast and crew of this wonderfully profane variety cabaret show have an all-new home to scandalize and defile. Let’s make them feel welcome.
John Cleese & Eric Idle (November 18 & 19, Venetian Theatre) This is the very definition of “something completely different”: two veterans of the legendary Monty Python troupe taking to a Vegas stage for an evening of comedy, songs and stories.
ALSO: Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling (September 14, Reynolds Hall); Janis L. McKay, The Rise and Fall of Las Vegas Casino Bands book signing (September 17, Mob Museum); Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (September 20-October 2, Reynolds Hall); The American Society of Railway Artists Annual Juried Show (September 30-January 8, Springs Preserve); Art in the Park (October 1 & 2, Boulder City); Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (October 5, Reynolds Hall); Juan Muniz (October 7, Sin City Gallery); The Sweets Spot with Melody Sweets & Lon Bronson (October 11, Cabaret Jazz); The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (October 13-30, Cockroach Theatre); Sarah Silverman (October 21, MGM Grand’s KÀ Theatre); Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival (November 5, Clark County Library, Flamingo); Hiromi: The Trio Project (November 12, UNLV’s Artemus Ham Hall).
FIVE FALL READS
Here I Am By Jonathan Safran Foer (September 6)
Born to Run By Bruce Springsteen (September 27)
Time Travel By James Gleick (September 27)
Swing Time By Zadie Smith (November 15)
They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story of #blacklivesmatter By Wesley Lowery (November 15) –Chuck Twardy