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Las Vegas Philharmonic Auditioning Conductors Through Series of Concerts

The previous conductor was David Itkin.

It's their first full season in The Smith Center's Reynolds Hall.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Doc Severinsen, Latest Band in Fine Form

Doc Severinsen, Latest Band in Fine Form

Reviewer: former "Tonight Show" band leader hasn't lost a step.

Twenty years have passed since Doc Severinsen ended his 30-year stint on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." Judging by the average age in the intimate Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, most - if not all - of the near-capacity audience fondly remember the show and its charismatic trumpet player and band leader.

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Las Vegas Shakespeare Company Kicks Off Effort to Fund New Theater

Las Vegas Shakespeare Company Kicks Off Effort to Fund New Theater

 

An effort is underway to build a new home for the Bard in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Shakespeare Company kicked off its campaign to raise money to renovate and expand the Reed Whipple Cultural Center.

When the center is finished, it will include performance and rehearsal space for the company along with a lounge, an art gallery and space for a new restaurant headed by famed Las Vegas chef Mike Jordon of Rosemary's Restaurant.

The company now must raise $45 million for the renovation. It hopes to raise the first $15 million and break ground early next year. The plan is to present the first season of Shakespeare plays, along with works from other playwrights, musicals, and children's theatre in early 2014.

First Friday Features Food, Art, Yoga, 'Hair'

First Friday Features Food, Art, Yoga, 'Hair'

Entertainment options continue to grow at the downtown gathering.

Food trucks and music, yoga and art. It must be First Friday.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Jazz Series Planned for Upcoming Smith Center Season

Jazz Series Planned for Upcoming Smith Center Season

Tickets are now on sale for a jazz concert series at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

Jazz Roots: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series will feature four shows focusing on the story of jazz and how it developed. It is considered one of the premier concert series.

The concert series package allows people to buy tickets for all four Jazz Roots shows and to reserve the same seats for each show. Package prices start at $110.

Titles in the Jazz Roots series:

Brazil meets Funk

  • Featuring Sergio Mendes & Candy Dulfer
  • November 9, 2012 – 7:30 p.m.

Vocalese

  • Featuring Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices and special guest Jon Hendricks
  • January 17, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.

A Tribute to Ella, Joe & Basie

Crystal Bookmark Awards Seek Nominees

Crystal Bookmark Awards Seek Nominees

Nominees are being accepted for awards honoring those who champion literature in southern Nevada.

Nominations are open for the 2012 Vegas Valley Book Festival Crystal Bookmark Awards Southern Nevada recognizing an individual and an organization advancing the cause of literature. The submission form can be accessed at www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org/crystal-bookmark/. You also can call 229-5431 for a nomination form.

Nominees must live in southern Nevada, and the call is open until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. The two awards will be presented at the Vegas Valley Book Festival at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in the auditorium of the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.