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Las Vegas Arts: Art Scene in Las Vegas

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“The Entertainment Capital of the World” needs no introduction, but some advice never hurts. All the organizations recommended below offer a fine evening of cultural entertainment, and we strongly recommend them to all southern Nevada cultural arts enthusiasts. However, none of them are worth traveling several hundred miles or more to see – your hometown (or a nearer city) offers comparable opportunities.

So what should you do for entertainment when visiting Las Vegas? You need not ignore the arts, but you should focus on enjoying what the town is good at. Walk the Strip (which can take several days to fully explore, and is free), check out mega-hotels (also free), and enjoy the sun and warmth by also hanging out at a pool (usually free if you are staying in the hotel). Spend some bucks on the big shows, especially the ones that you would never get to see at home. In other words – enjoy Vegas for Vegas!

Arts Info

Art Museums

The Neon Museum

The Neon Museum

For years, the Neon Museum has been one of Vegas’s best-kept secrets. To visit this museum, you had to put in an advance reservation, then show up at what looked like some non-descript office building to meet your tour guide, who would proceed to escort your small group of visitors across the street to a dusty three-acre site known as “The Boneyard”. Walking …more…

Theater

Las Vegas Little Theater

Las Vegas Little Theater

“By the Community, for the Community,” the Las Vegas Little Theater is an amateur theater company with a professional spirit. Each year, LVLT, now in business for over 30 years, presents six shows on the Mainstage, and another six in the Fischer Black Box. The Mainstage shows tend to have broader appeal, often featuring plays by well-known crowd-pleasers like Neil Simon, Alan Ayckbourn, …more…

Nevada Conservatory Theatre

Nevada Conservatory Theatre

Surely there is no city in the U.S. with a more peculiar theater scene. There are small amateur theater companies like Las Vegas Little Theater and there are gargantuan multi-million dollar productions on the Vegas Strip like Cirque du Soleil’s massive shows, but there is little in-between. That’s why UNLV’s Nevada Conservatory Theatre is such a vital part of the Vegas theater world. …more…

Signature Productions

Signature Productions

This community theater, which is dedicated to providing family entertainment, typically produces two or three musicals per year. Part of Signature’s stated mission is to provide an outlet for young and up-and-coming performers, directors and stage designers in the Las Vegas area. In the summer, Signature often does a production in conjunction with the Super Summer Theatre at Spring Mountain Ranch. ...more...

Super Summer Theatre

Super Summer Theatre

What’s so super about the Super Summer Theatre? It offers Las Vegas theater lovers the opportunity to enjoy big musical productions in the picturesque open-air Spring Mountain Ranch State Park theater. SST partners with local Vegas companies like Jade Productions and Stage Door Entertainment to produce one musical each month from June to September. The shows, which are generally family-friendly musicals such …more…

Classical Music

Las Vegas Philharmonic

Las Vegas Philharmonic

Talk about an oasis in the desert! Each year, the Las Vegas Philharmonic (yes, it does really exist) offers a stellar season of classical and pops concerts to locals who are tired of Rat Pack tributes and all that weird Cirque du Soleil music. The Philharmonic also offers a unique “Connoisseur” series, where intimate concerts are held in beautiful homes around Las Vegas. ...more...

Jazz

Las Vegas Jazz Society

Las Vegas Jazz Society

Scouring the city for a suitable jazz scene and finding it lacking, Monk Montgomery (bassist and brother of famed guitarist Wes Montgomery) formed the Las Vegas Jazz Society in 1975 to provide more outlets for Vegas’ great jazz musicians and draw national acts to major venues on and off The Strip. Since then, the Society has helped to bring most of the greatest national acts to Las Vegas and assisted …more…

Dance

Dance in the Desert Festival

Dance in the Desert Festival

(July 27–28, 2012) Las Vegas may be a dry, arid state, but not when it comes to dance. The annual Dance in the Desert Festival, a Nevada summer tradition, is a testimony to the area’s prolific and juicy dance scene, hosting local companies and choreographers as well as those from other parts of the country.

DDF was founded by Kyla A. Quintero, a prominent choreographer, director, and dancer, and Kelly …more…

Nevada Ballet Theatre

Nevada Ballet Theatre

Founded in 1972, the Nevada Ballet Theatre is the largest professional ballet company and dance academy in the entire state. The company operates out of a 36,000-square-foot facility in Summerlin and generally runs four seasonal performances per year, including a traditional Nutcracker during the holidays. NBT also runs a ballet academy, offering classes and training for all ages and skill levels, including adults. ...more...

Venues

Onyx Theatre

Onyx Theatre

The Onyx Theatre has become the go-to place for the irreverent and the unusual. The venue dedicates itself to providing an alternative to more showy, mainstream fare, presenting productions by amateur theater companies, off-beat plays, one-person shows, talent showcases, late-night offerings, and special events. The Onyx also hosts ongoing series, such as a twice-monthly midnight Rocky Horror and a Monday night improv show.

Onyx Theatre Information

Public Transportation: Fair (a …more…

smithcenter

The Smith Center for Performing Arts

Scheduled to open March 2012.

UNLV Performing Arts Center

UNLV Performing Arts Center

The UNLV Performing Arts Center is the premiere off-Strip venue for plays, musicals, dance, concerts, and visits by noted speakers. The Center has three theaters: the Black Box, the Judy Bayley, and the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall. UNLV’s own Nevada Conservatory Theatre uses the Bayley for its mainstage season and the Black Box for its smaller shows. Touring artists, from …more…

Art Museums

The Neon Museum

The Neon Museum

For years, the Neon Museum has been one of Vegas’s best-kept secrets. To visit this museum, you had to put in an advance reservation, then show up at what looked like some non-descript office building to meet your tour guide, who would proceed to escort your small group of visitors across the street to a dusty three-acre site known as “The Boneyard”. Walking …more…

Theater

Las Vegas Little Theater

Las Vegas Little Theater

“By the Community, for the Community,” the Las Vegas Little Theater is an amateur theater company with a professional spirit. Each year, LVLT, now in business for over 30 years, presents six shows on the Mainstage, and another six in the Fischer Black Box. The Mainstage shows tend to have broader appeal, often featuring plays by well-known crowd-pleasers like Neil Simon, Alan Ayckbourn, …more…

Nevada Conservatory Theatre

Nevada Conservatory Theatre

Surely there is no city in the U.S. with a more peculiar theater scene. There are small amateur theater companies like Las Vegas Little Theater and there are gargantuan multi-million dollar productions on the Vegas Strip like Cirque du Soleil’s massive shows, but there is little in-between. That’s why UNLV’s Nevada Conservatory Theatre is such a vital part of the Vegas theater world. …more…

Signature Productions

Signature Productions

This community theater, which is dedicated to providing family entertainment, typically produces two or three musicals per year. Part of Signature’s stated mission is to provide an outlet for young and up-and-coming performers, directors and stage designers in the Las Vegas area. In the summer, Signature often does a production in conjunction with the Super Summer Theatre at Spring Mountain Ranch. ...more...

Super Summer Theatre

Super Summer Theatre

What’s so super about the Super Summer Theatre? It offers Las Vegas theater lovers the opportunity to enjoy big musical productions in the picturesque open-air Spring Mountain Ranch State Park theater. SST partners with local Vegas companies like Jade Productions and Stage Door Entertainment to produce one musical each month from June to September. The shows, which are generally family-friendly musicals such …more…

Classical Music

Las Vegas Philharmonic

Las Vegas Philharmonic

Talk about an oasis in the desert! Each year, the Las Vegas Philharmonic (yes, it does really exist) offers a stellar season of classical and pops concerts to locals who are tired of Rat Pack tributes and all that weird Cirque du Soleil music. The Philharmonic also offers a unique “Connoisseur” series, where intimate concerts are held in beautiful homes around Las Vegas. ...more...

Jazz

Las Vegas Jazz Society

Las Vegas Jazz Society

Scouring the city for a suitable jazz scene and finding it lacking, Monk Montgomery (bassist and brother of famed guitarist Wes Montgomery) formed the Las Vegas Jazz Society in 1975 to provide more outlets for Vegas’ great jazz musicians and draw national acts to major venues on and off The Strip. Since then, the Society has helped to bring most of the greatest national acts to Las Vegas and assisted …more…

Dance

Dance in the Desert Festival

Dance in the Desert Festival

(July 27–28, 2012) Las Vegas may be a dry, arid state, but not when it comes to dance. The annual Dance in the Desert Festival, a Nevada summer tradition, is a testimony to the area’s prolific and juicy dance scene, hosting local companies and choreographers as well as those from other parts of the country.

DDF was founded by Kyla A. Quintero, a prominent choreographer, director, and dancer, and Kelly …more…

Nevada Ballet Theatre

Nevada Ballet Theatre

Founded in 1972, the Nevada Ballet Theatre is the largest professional ballet company and dance academy in the entire state. The company operates out of a 36,000-square-foot facility in Summerlin and generally runs four seasonal performances per year, including a traditional Nutcracker during the holidays. NBT also runs a ballet academy, offering classes and training for all ages and skill levels, including adults. ...more...

Venues

Onyx Theatre

Onyx Theatre

The Onyx Theatre has become the go-to place for the irreverent and the unusual. The venue dedicates itself to providing an alternative to more showy, mainstream fare, presenting productions by amateur theater companies, off-beat plays, one-person shows, talent showcases, late-night offerings, and special events. The Onyx also hosts ongoing series, such as a twice-monthly midnight Rocky Horror and a Monday night improv show.

Onyx Theatre Information

Public Transportation: Fair (a …more…

smithcenter

The Smith Center for Performing Arts

Scheduled to open March 2012.

UNLV Performing Arts Center

UNLV Performing Arts Center

The UNLV Performing Arts Center is the premiere off-Strip venue for plays, musicals, dance, concerts, and visits by noted speakers. The Center has three theaters: the Black Box, the Judy Bayley, and the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall. UNLV’s own Nevada Conservatory Theatre uses the Bayley for its mainstage season and the Black Box for its smaller shows. Touring artists, from …more…