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A&E Fall Preview

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    Stage

    Additions (hello, The Smith Center), subtractions (good-bye, Phantom) and relocations (rent that U-Haul, Blue Men) mark the shifting entertainment landscape: Our new performing arts center opens the cultural floodgates, while the Strip welcomes newbies such as Rock of Ages and married music-makers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and waves ta-ta to that vengeful masked romantic and our favorite Peep, Holly Madison.

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    Music

    Animal Collective, Morrissey and Ty Segall are live acts you expect to see performing at indie-rock extravaganzas such as Pitchfork Music Festival and Coachella, sure. But Vegas is drawing the best thanks to an established festival (Neon Reverb), bookers with good taste (Brandy Vinyl, who nabbed the Melvins for October) and the Cosmopolitan’s continued coolness. Here’s a list of upcoming shows that we had better see you at—or else we’re confiscating your hipster credentials!

  • A&E Fall Preview

    Art

    So many enticing exhibitions and events to look forward to in the coming months as Vegas artists cool down from the summer heat and get to work. Three cultural gatherings (London Biennale, Off the Strip, the Las Vegas Valley Book Festival) have stirred the creative community into action, pushing artists to do their best work. As a result, the fall is jam-packed with notable shows. Mark your calendar with the following: Three Can’t-Miss Fall Art Fests

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    Books

    As summer comes to a close, the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy continues to dominate best-seller lists. Erotica is red-hot right now, and readers can expect a steady stream of BDSM fiction in 2013 (it takes a while for the publishing machine to react to a trend). In the meantime, J.K. Rowling is publishing her first novel for adult readers, Justin Cronin (The Passage) and Ken Follett (Fall of Giants) deliver two of the biggest sequels of the year, and more than a dozen big-name music biographies will vie for your attention between now and December.

  • A&E Fall Preview

    TV & Movies

    In fashion, some color is always being touted as “the new black.” Maybe it’s red or pink or (shudder) chartreuse. But every few years, editors are finally forced to admit that black is the new black. Or the old black. Whatever. The point is, everything old is new again—which could be a great slogan for this fall’s crop of new TV shows and movies.

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    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.

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    Comedy for Christmas

    After a brilliant summer that saw the likes of Matt Braunger, Aisha Tyler and a blistering set from Kyle Kinane in front of only 40 people at Boomer’s Bar on Aug. 12, the comedy road map to the end of the year looks surprisingly slim.

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    Rising Rapper

    Timing has been everything for Sean Rose. Timing, coupled with hustle and passion, has made the 22-year-old one of the fastest-rising MCs in Las Vegas. However, on one August afternoon, timing wasn’t on Rose’s side. Sitting on a bench outside sneaker haven UNDFTD, I wait an hour for Rose to show up. What makes Rose think he can be fashionably late for this interview? Maybe it’s the 5 a.m. phone call from R. Kelly who stumbled across his music earlier this year. Or perhaps the e-mail from Kanye West who heard his Rose to the Occasion project through a friend?

  • A&E Fall Preview

    Stage

    Repertory in Residence. Insurgo Theater Movement makes history this month by moving into its new 75-seat theater at the Plaza, becoming the first local repertory company to hold a residency at a major hotel-casino. Waiting for Godot is Insurgo’s thought-provoking opening production. The much- anticipated Cannibal! by Book of Mormon co-creator Trey Parker debuts later in the season. 8 p.m. Thu-Sat, beginning Sept. 8, PlazaHotelCasino.com, InsurgoTheater.org, 386-2110.

  • A&E Fall Preview

    Comedy

    By Jason Scavone

    The deconstruction of long-accused joke thief Carlos Mencia (Sept. 16, Treasure Island) on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast over the course of two fraught hours was a fascinating journey into the unseemly aspects of stand-up that ended with the former Comedy Central mainstay, distraught, admitting he Hoovered material from other comics.

  • A&E Fall Preview

    Art

    Window Shopping. With a truly apt title, this exhibit presents local artist Lolita Develay’s arresting series of oil and watercolor paintings of mannequins. Develay reveals witty, pointed commentary on fashion, consumerism and the subjective nature of aesthetics. Opens Sept. 9, Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Drive, 455-7340, free.

  • A&E Fall Preview

    Books

    By M. Scott Krause

    Fall 2011 looks to be quickly shaping up into one of the best book seasons in recent memory: strong literary fiction, hotly anticipated imports, provocative nonfiction and a few big children’s books, some from beloved, though long dead, authors. Even as Borders is forced to auction its intellectual property, and Amazon introduces the Kindle Cloud Reader to compete with Apple for e-book dollars, publishers are still ordering print-runs in the hundreds of thousands. That’s encouraging news for authors and relief for book-lovers everywhere.

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    Book Bash

    By Jarret Keene

    10x10. In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Vegas Valley Book Festival, the best of Las Vegas’ visual artists and writers—those whose work is particularly influenced by Southern Nevada—engage in a creative collaboration at the Clark County Government Center Rotunda for an evening of literary and imagistic synergy. Art inspired by prose and vice versa? You bet. Should make for a fascinating evening, especially if artists such as renowned installationist Erin Stellmon are involved. The show runs Oct. 24-Dec. 2, but don’t miss the launch party.

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    Music

    By Jarret Keene

    New York City Fresh Fest. What’s being billed as “an all-star roster of hip-hop pioneers from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s” is going to turn our hot summer frowns upside down. How can we not start the fall right with Salt-N-Pepa, Whodini, Doug E. Fresh, Kool Moe Dee and Sugarhill Gang? That’s a whole lotta old-school rap that can’t be ignored, especially if you grew up during those years. In the meantime, we’re going to dig up our parachute pants and hone our break-dancing and pop-and-lock moves. 5 p.m. Sept. 3, Henderson Pavilion, 200 S.

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