READ IT AND SPEAK
The Contemporary Arts Center is starting a book club, and you’re invited! Join fellow lit enthusiasts at the Writer’s Block at 2 p.m. March 14 for a discussion of Dave Hickey’s Pirates and Farmers: Essays on Taste. Hickey is a former art critic, former Las Vegan and recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship … just in case you need a conversation starter. Facebook.com/LasVegasCAC.
BOOKS AND BANDS
Author Michael T. Fournier will read from his second novel, Swing State, at 8 p.m. March 14 in Blackbird Studios. “A reading in an art gallery,” you ask? Oh, yes, with live music from local rockers Coastwest Unrest and Dreaming of Lions to boot. Consider this an integral part of your well-balanced A&E diet. MichaelTFournier.Tumblr.com/Readings.
The Smith Center delivers Disney’s Broadway musical Newsies March 17-22. The 2012 Tony Award winner for Best Score and Best Choreography is based on the New York City Newsboys Strike of 1899. We’re guessing there weren’t musical outbreaks during the real deal, but we can’t wait to be wowed by them now. TheSmithCenter.com.
Inspire Theater’s Boozy Movie series continues to impress. Screening March 18 is the 2002 Brazilian drama City of God, a beautiful Oscar-nominated glimpse of life in 1970s Rio de Janeiro that’ll make you laugh, cry and think. As always, entry is free with cocktail purchase. InspireLasVegas.com.