'Tilting the Basin' Opening Reception
Nevada Museum of Art’s acclaimed show—featuring works by David Ryan, Justin Favela, Rachel Stiff and many others— comes to an Arts District pop-up that’s standing in for our future Art Museum at Symphony Park. Visit it through May 14, as often as possible. March 16, 7 p.m., free, 920 S. Commerce St. –Geoff Carter
'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at UNLV
Benjamin Britten’s operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s psychological play A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes a musically dynamic and assured team to stage, which is why UNLV has employed both its Opera Theatre and Symphony Orchestra to perform it. Arrive 30 minutes early for a discussion about the work. March 16-18, Judy Bayley Theatre, $15-$25. –Mike Prevatt
'Matilda the Musical' at Reynolds Hall
This is a story about a young girl who learns to sing with help from a kindly tutor and escapes a fascist regime. … Nope, not quite right. It’s the story of a telekinetic girl who rebels against an oppressive family. … Nope, not that either. Matilda is actually a meta-textual musical that calls into question the very form of its telling and affirms some deeper truths about the power of stories and community. Well, yes, but …
The truth of the matter is that Matilda is kind of like The Sound of Music, Carrie the Musical, and Into the Woods—but it’s also it’s own unique story, a musical that’s both straight-ahead and meta, breaking the fourth wall to tell a story about wish fulfillment and standing up for oneself, with enough of original weirdness to keep things lively.
Adapted from Roald Dahl’s 1988 children’s novel Matilda, the musical is jangly and sly, with infectious tunes and lyrics that bite. In the end, it isn’t just about children, or for children (though it is certainly both of those things). It’s also pretty perfect for those who like to retain a little bit of childhood optimism and wonder at the world. And that’s welcome no matter the story. March 16-19, 7:30 p.m.; March 18-19, 2 p.m.; $29-$127. –Jacob Coakley
Adult Film Festival at Erotic Heritage Museum
Adult films are typically viewed in the privacy of one’s home, but this weekend they’ll be out in the open at an event featuring movies in a variety of categories, plus panels, workshops, live appearances from adult stars and “a bounce house with topless ladies.” March 18-19, noon-7 p.m., $35-$60. –Josh Bell
Gøggs at Bunkhouse Saloon
Ty Segall has juggled instruments—and bands—for recent Downtown stops: drumming with Fuzz in ’13; guitar-raging under his own name in ’14; staying at the mic with the Muggers last year. This time, he’s back on guitar (and drums), with Ex-Cult’s Chris Shaw doing the singing. With Dogyear, March 18, 10 p.m., $15. –Spencer Patterson
Louie Anderson Presents: The After Show at the Space
At this exact moment, Louie Anderson might be best known for his Emmy Award-winning performance as Christine Baskets on Zach Galifianakis’ show Baskets, but he’s been on Vegas stages forever—since 1984, to be exact, “when I played the Comedy Store at the Dunes with Harry Basil, of all people, who’s at the Tropicana’s Laugh Factory now,” he says. “In the old days, Vegas used to have a real scene, whether it was people’s houses or different lounges or restaurants, where all the comics hung out and maybe performed.” Anderson is teaming with Mark Shunock to create such a scene at Shunock’s venue the Space, where the new monthly After Show launches Saturday. “I’m gonna be there, and so are other comics in town, and it’s going to be an anything-goes kind of thing.” Act now if you want to be part of this scene, because there’s only room for 150. March 18, 10:30 p.m., $20, thespacelv.com. –Brock Radke
Director Edgar Wright attempts to do for music geekery what his Scott Pilgrim vs. the World did for video gamers.
Not all shows need an encore, though Saturday’s deserved one.
It was a night of audience confrontation, wet pants and peanut butter dreams.
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