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Poncho Sanchez brings a dynamic mix of latin jazz and R&B mix to the Smith Center

You don’t go to a Poncho Sanchez performance to relax like a limp potato. His grooves bring your feet to life. “I wish to welcome the general public to having fun,” Sanchez says about his upcoming Smith Center efficiencies. “We’re going to jump, shout and shimmy.”

The 66-year-old Texas native grew up listening to the soul and R&B of Otis Redding, Motown and the Four Tops, in addition to salsa. “So I put all those things in my show,” says the conga player and vocalist. The result is a melting pot of joyous noises called Latin soul music. “Jazz, doo-wop, Latin jazz, salsa, soul music, rhythm and blues– that’s the music I love,” Sanchez states.

Sanchez is jolly and passionate, with a big beard and a ritual of wrapping his fingers like a boxer to avoid them from suffering damage when they hit the drums. He’s a writer and a born entertainer. He’s the uncle you want at your household event because he’s guaranteed to make it fun. He’s also an outstanding artist who gathers uncommon James Brown records.

After 47 years of carrying out, Sanchez has actually more than made his awards, that include a Grammy, several Grammy nominations and a Latin Grammy Life Time Achievement Award. Lesser artists may think about retirement, but the bandleader remains enthusiastic. “I still enjoy playing the drums,” Sanchez states. “I do feel blessed and still enjoy it. After the program’s over, you know you have actually done a great show, people are delighted, and I believe, ‘Wow, it still works.'”

Plane travel is another story. After traveling the world, Sanchez has grown sick of long flights. He sticks to carrying out in the region around his Whittier, California, home.

Fortunately, Las Vegas is close sufficient to make the cut. A Poncho Sanchez show is a must-see, partially due to the fact that it’s always brand-new. Prior to each show, the band collects backstage, fractures beers and prepares a setlist, drawing from Sanchez’s deep catalog of 27 albums. That series can likewise change mid-concert, and the group even more twists the kaleidoscope through jazz improvisation. “We never ever play the exact same music,” Sanchez says. “We prefer to mix our set so it’ll be a lot of different tunes, although a program can not go by without individuals requesting ‘Watermelon Man’ or ‘Besame Mother’– the hits, so to speak. Got ta keep individuals delighted.”

In early December, Sanchez and his band will get in the studio to tape-record album No. 28– a homage to late saxophone terrific John Coltrane. It will be a mix of Coltrane-penned songs and Sanchez’s own product, consisting of some older salsa music. “Nowadays we have so many strategies, a great deal of recordings have simply one man recording at a time. But when you hear [them], they sound excellent however calculated,” Sanchez states. “We go in like we’re playing a live program.”

PONCHO SANCHEZ December 1, 7 p.m.; December 2, 6 & & 8:30 p.m.; $37-$59. Cabaret Jazz, 702-749-2000.

Melody Sweets brings naughty enjoyable back to the Smith Center

It seems like Tune Sweets has actually been one of Las Vegas’ most identifiable performers given that she arrived from New York City in 2011 to carry out in the acclaimed Absinthe at Caesars Palace. That’s probably due to the fact that the small burlesque star with the huge, soulful voice pops up all over town to support her fellow entertainers and take part in charitable events, something she states has been simple to do.

“The artist community here invited me with open arms,” Sweets states. “When you first come, you are led by exactly what you currently think about [Las Vegas], the ‘exactly what occurs here.’ It took me a minute to see this is an actually fantastic place which the neighborhood wanted to reveal that, and it made me fall in love with Las Vegas.”

She’s bringing a seasonal edition of her Sugary foods’ Spot show back to the Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz this month, a Halloween-flavored magnificent with a 10-piece band, huge burlesque names like Kalani Kokonuts and LouLou D’vil and, for the very first time in this venue, boy-lesque performers.

“This is my fourth show, and it’s an honor to be able to play there,” Sugary foods says. “I did the first burlesque the Smith Center ever had. The room is just spectacular, and it’s the best place to bring that sense of old Vegas meets brand-new Vegas.”

If vintage performance like the kind in which Sweets specializes sounds like something various for the Downtown carrying out arts center, she concurs. “For the first program I was a bit nervous about bringing burlesque there, due to the fact that I wished to ensure it’s sophisticated and still edgy, beautiful but still naughty. Trying to tread that line was a bit nerve-wracking. However the audience liked it and they asked me back, so I figured they loved it, too.” The Sweets’ Area at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center, October 24.

Michelle Johnson goes back to the Smith Center with ‘Tapestry Unraveled’


Michelle Johnson performs September 15 at the Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz theater.


Netflix makes Hall H debut with big spending plan Will Smith picture


Al Powers/ AP Will Smith reacts at the Netflix Films’ “Bright” panel on the first day of Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 20, 2017, in San Diego.

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SAN DIEGO– Picture “End of Watch” but with orcs and fairies and magic. That’s the vibe of Will Smith’s big budget Netflix film “Bright,” which unveiled its very first complete trailer Thursday in a presentation at Comic-Con.

The movie reunites Smith with his “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer and takes audiences to a gritty Los Angeles setting where 2 police officers, one human (Smith) and one orc (Joel Edgerton) have to contend with some legendary, evil forces plaguing the city. Noomi Rapace and Edgar Ramirez likewise star.

It was the Hall H launching for the streaming service, which brought out Smith, Edgerton, Ayer and the movie’s other stars to charm the 6,500 incredibly fans in presence and get them delighted about the $90 million movie, which makes its Netflix debut on Dec. 22.

Ayer stated “Intense” is not some “standard concern PG-13 motion picture.”

“I was able to do some real (curse),” Ayer said. “I had the ability to tell a genuine story. I was able to do my thing.”

He praised Netflix for its support.

Smith said the movie has the tough “rated-R grind of ‘Training Day'” mashed up with “Lord of the Rings.”

His character is stuck with the force’s very first orc police officer, which Smith said gave him a rare character opportunity: to be racist.

“You never ever get to be racist when you’re black,” Smith stated. “You’re like, ‘Look male, I do not want no orcs in my automobile.'”

Smith is simply the current A-list film star to try his luck doing a big movie with Netflix and has made waves in Hollywood with his support of the service.

“There is a distinction in between seeing a movie in a theater and seeing it on Netflix,” Smith yielded, however included that he is “really thrilled” to see “whatever this new wave of home entertainment is going to be.”

Netflix also trotted out the director and cast of its upcoming movie horror pic “Death Note,” which some Comic-Con guests will get to see in full Thursday night before its Aug. 25 Netflix launch.

Based on the manga series of the very same name “Death Keep in mind” follows a high school student (Nat Wolff) who finds a supernatural notebook that gives him the power to choose who passes away and how. All he has to do is compose a name and an approach in the note pad and the Willem Dafoe-voiced devil Ryuk carries out the grim job.

Netflix is simply one of a few studios previewing movies for audiences at the yearly fan convention. Previously on Thursday, Fox showed footage from “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” and on Saturday the comic book giants DC and Marvel will go head-to-head with prolonged presentations.

Comic-Con runs through Sunday.

Best choices: Wynonna at the Trop, Chita Rivera at the Smith Center and more for your Las Vegas weekend


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Music from bygone eras and unforgettable theatrical efficiencies are on the docket for this Vegas weekend. Go out there and take it all in.

WYNONNA & & THE BIG SOUND Wynonna Judd certifies as country music royalty after rising to popularity in the 1980s carrying out with her mom, Naomi, before launching 8 solo studio albums. She’s still mixing rock, blues, gospel, pop, folk and R&B into her Kentucky-rooted nation sound, and now, backed by brand-new band the Big Noise, brings her Roots & & Revival trip to the Tropicana Theater for a one-night engagement. April 28, info at 800-829-9034 or < a href="

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https://www.venetian.com/entertainment/steely-dan.html” target & =” _ blank “> venetian.com. HEDWIG & THE MAD INCH The Crossroads inside the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay plays host to a regional production of the Tony Acclaimed rock performance musical– the program’s very first time on the Las Vegas Strip– Friday and Saturday. Starring Enoch Augustus Scott (Zombie Burlesque) and Anne Martinez (Baz: Star Crossed Love), this variation is an immersive experience where the audience belongs to the program. April 28-29, information at 702-632-7200 or < a href=" http://www.houseofblues.com/lasvegas/EventDetail?tmeventid=17005284C27A611D&offerid=45601" target=

_ blank” > houseofblues.com. Related material DISCO EXPLOSION Head to the Cannery in North Las Vegas and travel back in time to the 1970s with the Town Individuals, Sis Sledge and the Trammps including Earl Young. Confess: It’s been too long since you grooved to “YMCA,” “We Are Household,” and “Disco Inferno.” April 29, info at 702-507-5700 or < a href=" http://www.cannerycasino.com/" target="_

blank “> cannerycasino.com. CHITA RIVERA WITH SETH RUDETSKY Here’s a roundabout Vegas connection for Chita Rivera, the Broadway icon best known as Anita from West Side Story: Another of her many popular roles is Rosie Alvarez, the sweetie secretary from Bye Bye Birdie– a role that will be played by existing Strip local performer Jennifer Lopez in NBC’s next live musical occasion in December. Rivera checks out the Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall Sunday with pianist and host Rudetsky to run through her numerous remarkable efficiencies. April 30, details at 702-749-2000 or thesmithcenter.com.

Q+A, Part 2: ‘Idaho’ at Smith Center’s development, barriers and casting



“Idaho: The Funny Musical.”

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In Part 1 of 2 of our Q+A with brand-new musical “Idaho: The Funny Musical” writer Pal Sheffield and author Keith Thompson, now under production at our Smith Center for the Carrying out Arts, the vibrant duo discussed the motivation for the musical, the Smith Center and, obviously, Idaho potatoes.

In Part 2, the discussion counts on the progress, challenges and casting of “Idaho”:

In regards to portions, are you 90 percent house with the task?

I would say 90 percent sounds about right. Every time we have actually done any variation of it or reading or anything, there have actually been changes, and I anticipate modifications this time. One thing that writing for television taught me was not to be afraid of rewrites. The good idea is that in this case, rewrites are my own ideas and what I wish to see occur rather than some suit at the network informing me what to do.

The primary character in the program is a person named Whip, and he is a young man who up until now has actually simply been a jokester and doesn’t really take anything really seriously, however he fulfills and falls in love at very first sight, as individuals in musical theater are wont to do, with a young woman who has pertained to town to marry another person who happens to be the bad individual who has everyone in the area under his thumb.

Our hero becomes a reluctant hero. Fulfilling the lady and falling for her modifications his life because it makes him recognize that he has a responsibility to the neighborhood, and the irony is that that commitment might be the very thing that keeps him from having the ability to be with the female.

Is this a difficult task due to the fact that it’s “out-of-town” theater, or exists a benefit to it?

Perhaps because of our early experience, we can work anywhere. It makes it a little more difficult for the Smith Center in needing to put some people up, and we’re going to be casting people in Las Vegas initially, then there might be some who originate from New York and L.a. It’s a logistics problem for the production team, but for us not really.

It always ends up sensation like a household, and we have an excellent collaborative, working relationship with the director and choreographer. Any time we gathering, it just feels like we remain in the playpen, like we remain in the sandbox having a good time.

We are acutely aware that New York and Broadway have specific attitudes about things that are available in from different locations, and I know that New York most likely has specific attitudes about Las Vegas. Since I’ve been right here, among my huge objectives has actually been to make Las Vegas– to put us on the map as far as initial music, as far as theatrical music and new programs. This is an excellent chance for us to state, “Yeah, here we come, yeah, we’re from Las Vegas.”

As far as running out town, I believe we’re lucky to have this chance, not to have it under the microscope, off the charts, if you will, off the radar. Although the Smith Center is anything but off the radar. We’re simply going to take advantage of the opportunity that we’re not saying, “Here’s the big end product.” We’re going to state, “This is a work in progress.”

I’m guessing that Broadway has a little more respect for La Jolla Playhouse than it does for Las Vegas as a birthing ground for Broadway productions.

Yes, I would need to say that’s true, which’s what we’re taking care of to change. Look at the number of programs Broadway has actually sent out to Las Vegas. It’s time we send one back.

I such as that attitude. Talk with me about the casting time table.

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We’ll probably begin casting in February, March, April– that time frame. At this moment, no one has been picked. We’re leaving it open. We’re going to think about individuals who have succeeded for us in the past, but we’re open to casting concepts. We desire the piece to really have to do with the piece and not so much about a star or stunt casting.

We’re not unfavorable to it. I indicate if Dolly Parton wanted to come and remain in it, we ‘d say, “OK!” But today it’s more of an ensemble piece. We have 8 main characters and a town of wackos, and we just want the very best individuals we can get for all those roles.

I’m sure we’ll be announcing probably mid-spring about the very same time the majority of the summertime stock theaters in America will be doing their casting calls. Our time slot is right about the same. We would be a very practical task for anyone, a star or starlet who’s aiming to put their period together.

It’s new work with genuine potential to head to New York, so we’re excited about it. Something that has been extremely motivating to me is that when we have had readings in New York, we have had a great deal of actors who have actually been in a lot of Broadway shows, and they definitely like “Idaho.”

They like belonging of it, they absolutely get it, they enter the household aspect of it where they recognize there’s something there that’s bigger than any of them as people, and they have a lot of fun doing it. That means a lot to me.

You pointed out Dolly Parton. Would that sort of a character be the girl in the town?

No. In fact, I know Dolly, and I have actually worked with her for a very long time, however at this point if she were to be in the program, she ‘d be the Aunt Perli character, which is the equivalent of Aunt Eller in Oklahoma.

Provide me a concept of a male who would fit the role of Whip.

Simon Jackson would be perfect. We have actually considered him many times. I have no idea that he ‘d be available for a summer season job at the Smith Center, but he’s somebody who we have actually thought about in the past. He’s fairly the leading man. He’s a handsome, earthy hero type. He’s naughty.

Cassie is the woman. She’s probably 25 to 30. She would remain in that classification because she’s a mail order bride-to-be. We believe she’s a virgin, however she’s from a town back East. The man who bought her actually paid additional due to the fact that she’s a virgin. She would think about the mail order bride idea since time is passing her by, and she has to go on and make something take place there.

However she’s got an ulterior motive. It’s all really, really complicated, Robin. She ‘d be a young Meryl Streep. Slim resembles a Will Parker in Oklahoma. The wicked one’s name is Jed Struck, sort of named after Jud Fry in Oklahoma, the bad guy.

He’s mean, and we like that he can be mean and funny at the exact same time. We have the kind of wide-open-eyed idiot who is in love with the town trollop, the Ido Ida woman, then simply completely does not care about her background. He’s been in love with her all his life, and he wants to marry her.

You’re going to have a good time casting this.

It constantly is, and I anticipate it will be even more this time. One of my favorite parts of the entire thing is to put the ideal individuals together. It’s an obstacle, however it’s enjoyable.

I have one amusing silly concern to end our interview: Does everyone get a potato when they go house?

I think we can work that out. I think that we’re going to be doing a lot of potato merchandising, and individuals like potatoes. They such as tater tots and French fries, and I’m hoping they’ll serve French french fries at intermission.

I can see it now: Discount rate coupons from McDonald’s.

They would need to make certain they were Idaho potatoes.

And a packet of Idaho seeds with every ticket offered.

There you go!

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Written by Pal Sheffield with music by Pal Sheffield and Keith Thompson, “Idaho: The Funny Musical” is produced by the Smith Center and will certainly be presented from July 12-17, with previews July 6-8.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” popularity has actually been a reporter for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the within scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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Presidential arguments as seen in Smith’s World

Monday, Oct. 5, 2015|2 a.m.

On Oct. 13, Nevada will host the first of six Democratic presidential main disputes.

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What: The very first of 6 Democratic presidential arguments

Who: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, previous Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee– and moderated by Anderson Cooper

When: 6 p.m. Oct. 13

Where: Wynn Las Vegas


“These six debates will certainly not just offer caucus-goers and main voters sufficient chance to hear from our prospects about their vision for our country’s future, they will highlight the clear contrast between the values of the Democratic Celebration, which is focused on reinforcing the middle class, versus Republicans, who want to pursue out-of-touch and obsolete policies,” Democratic Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz stated.

The Republican politician Party had its very first argument in August and another in September. The next is scheduled for Oct. 28, and the GOP prospects will certainly dispute Dec. 15 in Las Vegas.

In advance of all the upcoming disputes, our cartoonist Mike Smith shares his take on a few of the candidates.

Kanye, The Killers, Sam Smith, The Who, Coldplay set for iHeartRadio Music Celebration at MGM Grand


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In this April 15, 2015, picture, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend perform with The Who at the tour opener of “The Who Hits 50! U.S. Trip” at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. Kanye West, Sam Smith, Janet Jackson and The Who are some of the A-Listers set for the iHeartRadio Music Celebration from Sept. 18-19 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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New York City– Kanye West, Sam Smith, Janet Jackson and The Who are some of the A-listers set for the iHeartRadio Music Celebration this fall.

Lil Wayne, Coldplay, The Weeknd and Blake Shelton also are scheduled to carry out throughout the two-day event from Sept. 18-19 at MGM Grand, IHeartMedia announced Thursday.

The festival, in its fifth year in Las Vegas, will certainly take place once again at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Ryan Seacrest will once more host the event.

Tickets go on sale Saturday for the public.

Other performers consist of David Guetta, Kenny Chesney, Fall Out Boy, Disclosure, Duran Duran, Prince Royce, Diplo, The Killers and Jason Derulo.

The celebration will live stream on Yahoo! and iHeartMedia’s radio stations.

It will air as a two-night special on the CW on Sept. 29-30.

The celebration also will consist of outdoor daytime efficiencies at MGM Resorts Village throughout from the Luxor on the Strip on Sept. 19.

Entertainers for the Daytime Town consist of Demi Lovato, Hozier, Tove Lo, Trey Songz, Stroll the Moon, Nick Jonas, Big Sean, Lee Brice, Echosmith and James Bay.

Don Chareunsy, the Las Vegas Sun’s entertainment and luxury senior editor, contributed to this report.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous popularity” has actually been a journalist for more than 50 years and has actually invested the past 15 years offering readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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Dalai Lama joins Patti Smith on Glastonbury celebration phase


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Singer Patti Smith, right, and the Dalai Lama appear onstage at the Glastonbury music festival on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, England.

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Among the most talked-about looks at Britain’s Glastonbury music festival had not been a vocalist or rocker– it was the Dalai Lama.

The banished Tibetan spiritual leader signed up with singer Patti Smith on stage Sunday, where she led the crowd to sing “Delighted Birthday” to mark his 80th birthday next week. She then presented him with a birthday cake.

The spiritual leader, who appeared at the celebration for the very first time, applauded Smith’s white hair, voice and “physical action,” stating she was “very beautiful, extremely powerful.”

He earlier spoke on a small platform about the need for a moral education at schools and universities. The Nobel Peace Reward winner likewise commended Glastonbury a “festival of individuals, not politicians and governments.”

He previously dismissed as a “normal response” criticism from the Chinese foreign affairs ministry, which said it was firmly opposed to any company that offered a platform to his “anti-China separatist activities.”

“Whenever I meet individuals or a company, the Chinese officials always object,” he said. “They consider me as a devil so they have to oppose the demon’s activities, although I’m not seeking independence or separation.”

Here’s the filthy rundown on Boz Scaggs at the Smith Center


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Boz Scaggs performs throughout the Dukes of September Tour at the Seminole Acid rock Hotel and Casino on July 25, 2012, in Hollywood, Fla.

, “A Fool to Care. “He played to a conveniently crowded Smith Center audience, nine stops into a U.S. tour that continues into August. The majority of those in attendance were in their 50s and beyond and likely had actually been introduced to Scaggs in the mid -’70s when he released “Silk Degrees,”his top-selling cd that produced some of his most significant hits, consisting of

his hallmarks”Inside information “and”Lido Shuffle. “Even the opening act, solo artist Rayland Baxter, mentioned his introduction to Scaggs by means of “Silk Degrees.” “I have actually got hip to that album …

probably a little later than you people did,”the 31-year-old deadpanned.(My good friends, having actually born with me pulling out different Scaggs’cds during late-night songfests through the years, can attest to my appreciation of the Grammy Award winner’s music ). Alas, the stimulate that stired up listeners’enthusiasm for Scaggs many years ago never ever appeared to gain fuel during his 1-hour and 45-minute set Wednesday. Possibly

the location was to blame? After his first song, “Runnin Blue, “off the early ’70s album “Boz Scaggs and Band,”Scaggs marveled about the Smith Center’s beauty. But he also included,” I miss out on the cigarette odor and the ching, ching, ching that lets me understand I’m in Vegas. “It may have been that Scaggs didn’t unwrap any of his”Silk Degrees

“cuts until five tunes into his set with”Harbor Lights.” Not till his 12th tune did he unleash the first of his greatest hits,”Lowdown,”and by then the

audience had actually set its tone. There was little feeling in the Smith Center hall and even less soul. The musicians backing Scaggs were on top of their game. How couldn’t they be, playing a variety of music from country to retro rock to blues to Latin? Providing backup vocals was Conesha Monet Owens, aka “Ms. Monet, “and she provided a solid performance, including her cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “Something to Talk About.”Scaggs, at 70, still revealed the vocal abilities and wide range he showed in his heyday. However throughout the night, something was missing out on– most likely more of Scaggs ‘hits. Left for another concert were his well-known ballads”Look Exactly what You have actually Done to Me “and”We’re All Alone,”and, in spite of the late B.B. King’s advice to constantly leave them desiring more, Scaggs might have left his Las Vegas audience desiring a little too much Wednesday. The”A Fool to Care Tour”stop setlist:”Runnin ‘Blue”(1971), “Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl”

(2013), “I’m a Fool to Care”( 2015 ),”Hell to Pay “(2015),” Harbor Lights “( 1976 ),”Gone Child Gone”(2013 ), “Rich Female “(2015),”Georgia “(1976), “Hey Miss Sun”(1980),” Something to Discuss”(1991),” Last Tango on 16th Street”(2015), “Lowdown” (1976)and” Exactly what Can I Say?”( 1976 ). Repetition:”There’s a Storm a Comin'” (2015), “Lido Shuffle “(1976)and “Loan Me a Penny”(1969 ). Robin Leach of” Lifestyles of the Rich

& Famous “popularity has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the previous 15 years giving readers the within scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground. Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/ Robin_Leach. Follow Sun A&E Elder Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/ VDLXEditorDon. Smith Center for the Performing Arts The Smith Center for the Performing Arts provides a blend of efficiencies by resident companies and touring destinations. The 5-acre cultural campus functions three efficiency areas, that includes a primary efficiency location with more than 2,000 seats. This downtown cultural center of Las Vegas looks to educate, captivate and delight neighborhood members. 361 Symphony Park Ave Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV 89106 702-749-2000 John Taylor is

the copy chief of the Las Vegas Sun.