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Leave it to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts to turn architecture into music: The centerpiece of the complex, which will open in March, is a 17-story carillon tower. Here, Phil Dravage, a technician for bell manufacturer Verdin, helps hoist one of the center’s 47 cast bronze bells up the tower. It’s heavy labor—the bells weigh a total of 29,500 pounds. But come March, when they ring out over the Valley, our battered civic hopes will soar.

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For a few wonderfully scorching summers in the late 1970s and early ’80s, I spent weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Summer Thing. Summer Thing—let me repeat the name; it’s delighted my mind’s ear for 30 years—was an old-fashioned, all-around-fun kids camp at UNLV. We played basketball and carved wood and wrestled and tumbled and, at lunchtime, sitting on the grassy plaza near the spot where the Bigelow building now stands, we listened to Donna Summer and Glen Campbell on an eclectic counselor’s extra-super-powered ghetto blaster.

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