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Artrageous is an evolution from the regimented showroom productions typically used for local gay causes to a more creative form of charitable celebration. An alternative to the type of events where you’re merely sitting through a real-life highlight reel of Strip shows, Artrageous revelers can engage in a more participatory and cutting-edge form of entertainment, while rubbing elbows with some of the most interesting and artistic people in Las Vegas — knowing their money is going to a worthwhile cause: The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, which offers not only a gathering spot for all LGBT Nevadans, but hosts free HIV and STD testing, as well as seminars and programs to help people improve their quality of life.

So what’s on offer? Several salons of art and expressionism, including an interactive visual exhibit. A fashion show showing off “avant-garde” work by local designers. Live music and improv performances. People painting people. A buy-in option for dinner, provided by the Cosmo’s well-regarded buffet, Wicked Spoon. And cash bars — hopefully enough to reduce the ridiculous lines we suffered through last year. Seriously, Artrageous, a half-hour wait for a Stella?

No, seriously, this is the type of who’s-who event that frequently happens in the American urban centers to which Las Vegas is often unfairly compared. Artrageous not only raises important funds, it raises the cultural bar of our increasingly diverse and artistically surging metropolis. 5:30 p.m.; Condesa Commons, The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, www.thecenterlv.com, $35-$60.