Manuel Gonzales earned high praise from Aimee Bender in her New York Times review of his debut book, The Miniature Wife. “His prose is never sloppy, and his rhythm is impeccable,” Bender writes. It’s no wonder Gonzales was chosen for Black Mountain Institute’s Emerging Writer Series. Meet the author Feb. 19 at UNLV’s Greenspun Hall. UNLV.edu.
WORK IT OUT
Inspiration comes from everywhere, even the shittiest of situations. That’s the thought behind the Onyx Theatre’s new improv show: Don’t Quit Your Day Job. In the Feb. 19 edition, magician Murray SawChuck will regale us with tales of employment past as actors bring it to life. Read more on the Onyx Theatre’s plans to become a comedy hub at VegasSeven.com/Onyx. OnyxTheatre.com.
MUSICAL MASH UP
Curious what Frankie Moreno’s been up to since he left his post at the Stratosphere? The singer will re-emerge at The Smith Center for the Nevada Ballet Theatre’s gala in honor of its co-chairwoman/co-founder Nancy Houssels on Feb. 21. Also on the bill is viral sensation and jookin’ dance pioneer Lil Buck, who starred in Janelle Monáe’s “Tightrope” video. NevadaBallet.org.
AS YOU WATCH
Inspire Theatre will screen everyone’s favorite quotable fantasy film, The Princess Bride, at 7 p.m. Feb. 25. Entry is free with a cocktail purchase, and cocktails make the likelihood of the whole audience shouting, “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die,” a little less inconceivable. InspireLasVegas.com.