Sure, we all know him as the TV dad on the nauseatingly family-friendly series Full House and its recent Netflix reboot Fuller House. But when Bob Saget is off the set and onstage behind a mic, you’ll forget all about Danny Tanner. The title of his critically acclaimed New York Times best seller, Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian, is quite telling of what to expect when he makes a stop at Brooklyn Bowl this season.
Sept. 16, at Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq Promenade, brooklynbowl.com/las-vegas
Vegas Valley Book Festival
Nevada’s largest literary event returns for a 16th year with some serious star power, as authors Sharon Draper and Daniel Handler headline the festival as keynote speakers. Draper is a five-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award and is most recognized for her Jericho and Hazelwood trilogies. Handler is better known as Lemony Snicket, the pen name under which he wrote the hit series A Series of Unfortunate Events, which was adapted into both a blockbuster film starring Jim Carrey and a Netflix series with Neil Patrick Harris in the lead. VVBF also features panel discussions on contemporary literary subjects, exhibits, workshops, YA programming and children’s activities.
Oct. 21, at the Historic Fifth Street School, vegasvalleybookfestival.org
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I
A true Broadway classic, The King and I was based on Margaret Landon’s novel, Anna and the King of Siam, and tells the story of British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens’ time spent educating the king’s many wives and children (and falling in love with her difficult-at-times employer). The original 1951 Broadway production and its four revivals on the Great White Way have been decorated with a number of Tony Awards and the 1956 film adaptation snagged five Academy Awards. Plus, its score produced some of the most recognized songs of the Broadway canon, most notably the delightful “Getting to Know You.” With drama, humor and fantastic music, there’s something for everyone.
Oct. 25–29, at The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com
Capturing Pablo: An Evening With Javier Peña & Steve Murphy
The DEA agents who took down so-called “king of cocaine” Pablo Escobar spend a night discussing the drug lord’s capture and the rise and fall of the Medellín Cartel. Sound familiar? That’s because Peña and Murphy’s story is what inspired the Netflix megahit original series, Narcos. The discussion will also hit on the duo’s roles in the production of the series and will end with an audience Q&A.
Nov. 1, at Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq Promenade, brooklynbowl.com/las-vegas
Las Vegas Philharmonic: Copland in Mexico
The Phil fuses the arts with education for its November performance, which is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program features works by American composer Aaron Copland and Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas, with each piece inspired by Mexico and the American Southwest. As part of the NEH’s Music Unwound initiative, the special production is augmented by additional performances, lectures, exhibitions and more, through collaborations with UNLV and other community partners. Just don’t say “Beef: It’s what’s for dinner” at the end of Copland’s Rodeo.
Nov. 4, at The Smith Center, lvphil.org
Nevada Ballet Theatre: Classic Americana
NBT celebrates Veteran’s Day this year with a special performance featuring pieces with a patriotic focus. The program begins with Tchaikovsky’s Serenade, the first ballet that master choreographer George Balanchine created in America. The performance then moves into all-American music with two NBT premieres: Company B featuring music by the Andrews Sisters (best known for their “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” hit) and Western Symphony, another Balanchine work set to traditional American folk songs.
Nov. 11–12, at The Smith Center, nevadaballet.org
Funded in part by the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Preservation is a group exhibit focusing on themes of survival and renewal and the preservation of everything from land to history. Curated by Aurora Tang, program manager at the Center for Land Use Interpretation, the mixed media show features contemporary artists’ work in sculpture, film and more.
Sept. 28–Jan. 20, at UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, unlv.edu/barrickmuseum