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(Classical)

Music Unwound: Dvorák in America

The Smith Center

“From the New World” was the subtitle of Antonin Dvorák’s famed Symphony No. 9: It was the Czech composer’s ambitious attempt to evoke the vast American experience in modern classical music. Fiercely debated upon its debut in the late 19th century for drawing inspiration from Native and African-American sources — sources many people didn’t deign to see as truly “American” — it has undergone fluctuations in popularity and critical appraisal since. It’s experiencing an upswing now, thanks in part to the work of musicologist Joseph Horowitz, who has curated a weeklong festival devoted to the composer and his magnificent achievement. There will be talks, concerts, and other events, culminating in a performance of the work by the Las Vegas Philharmonic. See the website for full schedule. Concert: April 6, 7:30p, $30-$109.

(Lecture)

The Revenge Porn Epidemic

UNLV’s Barrick Museum Sexting: don’t. Easy, right? Not so fast. Thanks to changing the mores of social media, some 50 percent of young adults have sent risqué photos of themselves to other people. (Some not-so-young, too, right, Mr. Bezos?) But who knows where those pix will end up? That’s what Asia A. Eaton, assistant professor of psychology at Florida International University, wants to talk about. March 14, 7:30p, free, unlv.edu/calendar

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(Literature)

The People of Las Vegas, featuring Amanda Fortini

UNLV’s Doc Rando HallThe Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute honors the spirited memory of local media maverick and philanthropist James Rogers with this “contrarian” event — a “panoply of voices” will push back against the notion that Las Vegas is not a serious city. Keynoted by an original essay written and read by BMI fellow Amanda Fortini (below). Who doesn’t love a good panoply?! March 25, 7p, free, RSVP at blackmountaininstitute.org

 

(Theater)

00000184-2ffb-d624-afed-bffba36c0000Zora Neale Hurston

Lloyd George Federal CourthouseActress Juanita Westbrook adopts the persona of Zora Neale Hurston, famed author, anthropologist, and African-American folklorist, one of the brightest lights of the Harlem Renaissance. It’s a chance to learn more about a legend. March 15, noon, free, lasvegasnevada.gov

 

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(Comedy)

Who’s Live

The Smith Center

It’s a night of improv comedy as a live version of the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? comes to the stage. Current cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray cram audience suggestions into a variety of funny setups. Laughter ensues. March 30, 7:30p,
$29-$79, thesmithcenter.com