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Jw Caldwell

Rise Gallery in Holsum Lofts

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The Future of the Mind, Michio Kaku

UNLV’s Ham Hall

Assuming the mind has a future, this fella — who comes bearing a boatload of scientific honors, a shelf of best-selling science books, and the cojones to attempt the completion of Einstein’s unified field theory — is better positioned than almost anyone to say what it is. Jan. 29, 7:30p, free, but
tickets required, 702-895-2787

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Clark County Library

This is a staged reading of John Logan’s award-winning 2009 play about the artist Mark Rothko. Presented by A Public Fit, it centers on a commission for Rothko to paint murals for a swank restaurant, and his tug-of-war emotions about commercialism and the purposes of art. (Mature audiences only.) Jan. 26, 7:30p, free,

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Haydn, Handel

Southern Nevada Music Arts Society

UNLV’s Ham Hall

You can’t Handel the Haydn! Er, sorry, we were just overcome with the intensity of the music to be performed by the 65 members of the Musical Arts Chorus and the 32 players in the Musical Arts Orchestra: Coronation Anthem, by Handel, and Te Deum, by Haydn. Jan. 21, 3p, $20, 702-895-ARTS



The National

Joint at the Hard Rock

Pleasingly melodic white-guy indie guitar rock — to get a sense of their latest album, Sleep Well Beast, triangulate from Arcade Fire, Editors, and Interpol — to begin the new year. Jan. 20, 7p, $50.50-$126,


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Amanda Fortini

The Writer’s Block

Fortini will talk about her coverage of the Route 91 shooting for The New Yorker. “I’ve gotten so many questions about how those pieces came together,” she says. “It was a combination of pounding the pavement and utter lack of sleep — which is, to be honest, kind of true of every article — and it will be interesting to discuss the process.” First in a new series of craft talks at the bookstore. Feb. 2, 7p, free,



Dam Short Film Festival

Boulder Dam Hotel

Four days of short films, more than 120 of them, presented in 20-plus thematic groupings — drama, comedy, horror, documentary, music video, and more — plus a filmmaker panel, social gatherings, and an awards gala. All at the very groovy and historic Boulder Theatre. Feb. 8-11, details at