The Smith Center’s Promising First Full Season

Forging into its first full season, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has, as expected, a full slate to fill its three venues—Reynolds Hall, the Cabaret Jazz room and Troesch Studio Theater. Among the highlights:

Wicked: The story The Wizard of Oz never told you in the form of the hit Broadway musical, Aug. 29-Oct. 7. Yes, tickets are still available.

Doc Severinsen and the San Miguel Five: Legendary Tonight Show bandleader/trumpeter in a program of Latin rhythms and jazz, Oct. 12-13.

A State of the Union Conversation: An Evening with Frank Rich & Fran Lebowitz: Wit and insight from the social commentator and New York magazine’s writer-at-large, Oct. 17.

Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra: Music of Schubert, Chopin and Brahms by the acclaimed orchestra led by Zubin Mehta and pianist Yuja Wang, Oct. 29.

Steppin Out With Ben Vereen: The Tony Award-winning showman takes audiences on a journey through his storied career via what he does best: song and dance, Nov. 10.

Betty Buckley Starring in: Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway: The Great White Way dynamo belting out “men’s songs” from Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls and others, Nov. 15-18.

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Our local classical ensemble presents four programs for the fall, beginning with its opening-night Masterworks concert (Oct. 20). In a case of musical deja vu—following the Henderson Symphony Orchestra’s accompaniment to Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times back in June—the Philharmonic presents Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” (Nov. 3). Featuring some offbeat casting, An American Portrait gives us CEO Tony Hseih narrating Aaron Copland’s musical portrait of Abraham Lincoln (Nov. 17). And a Christmas-themed A Very Vegas Holiday welcomes guest narrators Mayor Carolyn Goodman and ex-Mayor Oscar Goodman (Dec. 8).

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(PG-13) ★★☆☆☆ Jeremy Renner reboots the Matt Damon franchise as Aaron Cross, another highly trained government killer. The film pits Cross against his would-be assailants and sends him running alongside fellow target Marta (Rachel Weisz). Some old faces make cameos. But largely, the film misses the craft of previous director Paul Greengrass. It’s not sharp, too tangled narratively, and while it picks up at the end, it’s hard to get excited about and doesn’t touch its predecessors.