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Cultural highlights this month

The Sands: A Place in the Sun

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Nevada State Museum

Historians Larry Gragg, Eugene Moehring and Michael Green hold forth on the fabled home of the Rat Pack, that long-gone reliquary of classic Vegas style. 1p, free, 702-486-5205

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House of Blues

He’s won awards, topped the R&B charts, collaborated with big names and guested on CSI — but, before all that, he worked on his chops at the Las Vegas Academy. One imagines that when he’s up on the HOB stage, he’ll measure the distance he’s come. 7p, $49.50-$73.50,



Oct 23


Middle of the desert

A drama about Jim Jones, Guyana, that Kool-Aid … all the elements of a tragedy, additionally heightened by director Troy Heard’s inventive staging: Buses will take audiences to an undisclosed location for the actual production. Through Nov. 8, 7p, $30,


Oct 2

Sin City Gallery

Better known as Burning Man royalty — Peterson’s a co-founder — he is also a photographer. Though these theatrical, kinetic nudes are some 20 years old, this is their first gallery showing, appropriately in the art space most willing to take Vegas up on its promise of racy good times. Through Oct. 29, free,



A Choreographers’ Showcase

Treasure Island

The elegance of ballet meets the athletic grace of Cirque du Soleil in this annual collaboration. Ballet brings its sense of timeless movement, Cirque its acrobatic but dreamlike élan, forming a kinetic new hybrid. (Second show Nov. 1) 1p, $25-$45,