Culture in Las Vegas? You Bet Las Vegas has Culture!

The Smith Center for the Performing ArtsIs there culture in Las Vegas? That's a question we hear from clients who are considering moving to Las Vegas. Years ago, it might have been difficult to answer that with a firm yes.  Today, Las Vegas can hold its own with any of our West Coast Cities.  

A look at the events of the past week, finds plenty of culture in Las Vegas. For starters, we had the Tony award winning Broadway Revival of "Anything Goes" with Cole Porter's music playing at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz venue presented  Grammy winning jazz vocalist Kurt Eling last Friday and Saturday. Color Purple at Smith Center

LVCDance Theatre at West Las Vegas Library[/caption] Las Vegas first contemporary dance troop, The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre opened their 2013 season.   The group performed at the West Las Vegas Library on Lake Mead. As a way of showing gratitude to their supporters, the week-end shows were free. We had the opportunity to attend Friday night's show. The LVCDance Theatre easily rivals San Francisco's ODC. The LVCDance Theatre performed two new pieces as well as a medley of hits from their first five seasons. It was an incredible show and we can't wait to see them at The Smith Center in May.

Las Vegas Contemporary Dance TroupCulture in Las Vegas continues this week with classical treats at The Smith Center. Tonight Keith Lockhart conducts the BBC Orchestra. On Wednesday night, violinist Itzhak Perlman takes the stage. The Yellow Jackets take the stage at Reynold's Hall with jazz on Friday night.  The Las Vegas Philharmonic follows with a night of New Orleans style jazz on Saturday.

The Bellagio's Art Gallery is currently displaying works by Andy Warhol.  The Cosmopolitan features a variety of contemporary artists.  The Las Vegas Art Museum has found a permanent home in the Sahara West Library at the edge of Summerlin.  The up and coming artists have found a home in the Downtown Arts District. From theatre to music to art to dance, Las Vegans had all of these cultural events in only a week's time. And that doesn't count the incredible shows that happen nightly on the Strip. Yes, we have Culture in Las Vegas!

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