Karin Q. Miller's I am Great? at Winchester Gallery
We’ve all been there: bouncing between moments of extreme self-confidence and crippling self-doubt. Then, the second you find a balance, you start comparing yourself to others and your whole self-concept is again thrown into flux. It certainly doesn’t help that the United States at large has been suffering from a similar identity crisis, especially surrounding the divisive 2016 presidential election and the popularity of the “Make America Great Again” slogan. When exactly did America stop being great? And how does one become great?
Las Vegas-based conceptual artist Karin Quindo Miller (UNLV BFA ’12) explores these themes and more in her new video installation I AM GREAT? In this piece, she teases out the connections between identity and emotion, asking: “Is true identity hidden from others and the self? Which nuance is indicative of this transition and can it be truly seen or exposed?” She uses a “meditative and ritual process” in her work, connecting “external environment and internal dialogue.”
The installation runs through June 29, and there’s a free artist workshop on June 23 at 11 a.m. Reception: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; free. –C. Moon Reed
The Wizard of Oz at Henderson Pavilion
Forget The Dark Side of the Moon. The 1939 family classic The Wizard of Oz is screening at Henderson Pavilion—not with Pink Floyd’s dubious accompaniment, but with a note-for-note performance of the film’s original score by the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Alexandra Arrieche. June 8, 8 p.m.; $19.—Geoff Carter
Duke Dumont at Encore Beach Club
EBC celebrates eight crazy years this weekend with sets from Marshmello, Afrojack, Kygo and the Wynn Nightlife debut of Rüfüs Du Sol. Friday’s Nightswim party explodes with Duke Dumont, the British deep house producer and DJ looking to blend ideal summer grooves into the Wynn sound for another season. June 8, 10:30 p.m., $25-$35. –Brock Radke
Jo Koy at Treasure Island
Fresh from releasing his first Netflix stand-up special, Live From Seattle, Las Vegas comedian Jo Koy has a homecoming date booked—with two performances, due to popular demand. June 8, 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m., $59. –Mike Prevatt
Kesha and Macklemore at Mandalay Bay Events Center
Could there be a more feel-good combo than Macklemore—who surprised his grandma for her 100th birthday and recorded it for his “Glorious” music video—and Kesha, who successfully reinvented herself with last year’s flourishing Rainbow LP (despite an ongoing legal battle with her former producer)? Expect an epic pop show. June 9, 7 p.m., $51-$126. –Leslie Ventura
Fiesta Mundial at Sunset Galleria
The Galleria and Telemundo Las Vegas invite you to celebrate the upcoming World Cup with live music and dance entertainment, face painting, giveaways and lots of fútbol-related fun. We’re a soccer town now, friends and neighbors. June 9, 1-5 p.m.; free.—Geoff Carter
Intergalactic Art Car Festival at Llama Lot
Meet up at the Ogden and 9th parking lot Downtown and follow the largest non-Burning Man assembly of art cars as they cruise the Strip and return for an all-ages festival with DJs, art, food and fire dancers. June 9, 7 p.m.; free. –Mike Prevatt
White Party at Andiron Steak & Sea
The Downtown Summerlin eatery celebrates summer with its annual White Party, layered with Champagne and rosé, a poke bar, a doughnut wall and more. Try not to get any of it on your all-white attire. June 9, 7 p.m.-midnight, $79. –Brock Radke
The Committee to Reward Unsung Good Deeds hereby acknowledges your meritorious service in the trenches of the daily routine, Capricorn.
Jaimie Wilson, Superfruit and Nina Sky are headed to Las Vegas.
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