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Cultural notes: Smith Center releases spring program; Krave to screen LGBT films

Ira Glass will be part of The Smith Center's spring season program.
Ira Glass will be part of The Smith Center's spring season program.

Some arts-related news for today:

*Just ahead of its first anniversary, The Smith Center released its program for the spring season, and it's a capital-C cultural doozer. Highlights of the March-June roster include: The dramatic war-themed word Letters Home (Troesch Studio, March 1-2); Jazz at Lincoln Center with icon Wynton Marsalis (Reynolds Hall, March 7); the return of SFJazz Collective, which will play originals and the work of Chick Corea (who will himself play Reynolds Hall on March 29 with Bela Fleck) (Cabaret Jazz, March 22-23); pop songwriting legend Burt Bacharach (Reynolds Hall, March 28); Arlo Guthrie, son of Woody (Reynolds Hall, April 11); NPR's This American Life host Ira Glass (Reynolds Hall, April 27); and the also-return of New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band, playing with The Del McCoury Band (Reynolds Hall, May 31). 

Those highlights complement the previously announced Broadway Las Vegas Series selections -- which include, among other productions, Billy Elliot (May 14-19), Green Day's American Idiot (June 11-16), and the stage adaptation of the hit film Catch Me If You Can (June 18-23) -- as well as programs from residents the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Nevada Ballet Theatre. An impressive bounty of quality entertainment for the months ahead, indeed. (Visit here or here for more details.)

*Gay nightclub Krave has yet to open or complete its considerably larger Krave Massive in downtown's Neonopolis complex -- that is now slated for spring, a few months from its original end-of-2012 target. So, to keep appetites whetted, it has announced plans to retain two of the theater auditoriums from the Galaxy 11 cineplex it's now repurposing for Krave Massive, for the screening of LGBT films. Named Guest House Theatres at Krave Massive, after sponsor and studio Guest House Films, the endeavor will feature new and revival/repertory gay titles Wednesdays through Saturdays, with occasional events featuring visiting filmmakers and cast members.

This is a boon to fans of gay cinema in Las Vegas, as the release of such fare at local theaters has been growing more scant over the years (as it has elsewhere, to be fair). In the past year, only one independent gay film, In the Family, has opened at our de facto "art house" theater, Regal Village Square 18 (another called Any Day Now, starring Alan Cumming, is living up to its title with continued release delays; it's now slated for a Jan. 25 opening). It will also serve as a litmus test to see if Las Vegas will regularly patronize a downtown-based niche movie theater that regularly shows older films. 

Another holdover bone thrown to local and visiting gays: Beginning tomorrow night, Krave will begin hosting parties much like the ones held at its original Miracle Mile Shops location at Rio's Crown Theater and Nightclub until Krave Massive is completed, on Fridays and Saturdays. For more info, visit here.