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Vegas - 2015 - Issue 7 - November - Natalie Dormer

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PhotograPhy by roberto Finizio/PaciFic Press/Lightrocket via getty images (santana); Joan marcus (eLF); seth oLenick (garFunkeL anD oates); JenniFer kLeven (Whitmore) From the Barrick museum to the Winchester cultural center, Vegas photojournalist mikayla Whitmore has made the rounds at some of the city's best- known art galleries. this month, she digs in for a residency at cosmopolitan's P3 studio. a commentary on the degenerative quality of memory, Whitmore's exhibition, "When the Night comes," invites participants to assemble layered collages of personal photos, which the artist then condenses and reshapes into buttons to be taken home as souvenirs. November 11 through December 6. P3 Studio, Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7000; Como Va Carlos santana is on a roll—and not just with record ticket sales at house of blues. by joh atsilometes By all accounts, Carlos Santana is enjoying a banner residency at House of Blues, which sold its 100,000th ticket in September. But as any Santana disciple knows, the musician is not in it for the money. The headliner is giving back—whether it's at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, Three Square Food Bank, or Opportunity Village. His September visit to OV brought him to tears, and to his feet, as the OVertones music ensemble played a medley of his hits. After a tour of OV, he sat down for a quick catch-up.... What's the term you use for those who perform acts of charity? We are an army of weapons of mass compassion. We give people who need support a dose of daily validation. Your wife (percussionist Cindy Blackman) is going to be working more frequently with you, right? Yes, she's great. She has left Lenny Kravitz's band and is going to be on stage with us more often, including the House of Blues shows. We're going to shift gears and plan on doing a lot together. It comes naturally. What's the latest with Santana IV, the reunion album you've been recording with your original band (including guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Gregg Rolie, drummer Michael Shrieve, and percussionist Michael Carabello)? The album is fnished and should be out in the spring. People are really going to be shocked and surprised. There is so much vibrancy and vitality. Everybody had fresh ideas. People our age, they don't play with much energy anymore, but we do. You still want to move spirits with music, don't you? Music still has power to make change, oh yes. You know, I am guided by the spirit of people like John Lennon and Bob Marley. I am them now, and they are with me in my heart and telling me what to say every time I open my mouth.; v Image Obsessed laugh in on stage Forget A Christmas Story—the latest cult classic holiday flm is Elf, about a charmingly guileless orphan named Buddy who returns to Manhattan to fnd his biological father after being raised by elves at the North Pole. So beloved was the flm by kids and adults alike that in 2010 it was adapted into a Broadway musi- cal by award-winning writers Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan. Featuring original music from The Wedding Singer songwriters Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, the touring production ushers in the holiday season in Vegas with an eight- show run the week of Thanksgiving. November 24–29. Reynolds Hall, the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 702-749-2000; The laTeST act to take the stage at the Sands Showroom as part of Venetian's all-female Lipshtick comedy lineup is actually a folk-singing duo. Performing under the name Garfunkel and Oates, Kate Micucci and Riki lindhome pay homage to the "two famous rock 'n' roll second bananas," art Garfunkel and John Oates, with deadpan delivery of satirical songs like "happy Birthday to My loose acquaintance" and "My apartment's Very Clean Without You." But don't be fooled by their dulcet tones; since frst meeting at the los angeles branch of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 2007, the women have established a reputation as formidable comedic talents, releas- ing fve full-length albums, including September's 17-track lP Secretions, and even starred for one season in a TV series on IFC. November 7. Sands Showroom, Venetian, 702- 414-9000; First Fiddlers Now elf-ish Culture spotlight 62

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