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Apr 25, 2017

Nancy Uscher believes “life is an adventure.” Make that adventures. Her UNLV office — the one she occupies as dean of the College of Fine Arts — reflects that belief, with keepsakes of her adventures as musician and educator.

Mar 30, 2017

Heavy themes with a light touch. It’s a challenge, but one that helps make “Disgraced” such a taut — and topical — theatrical experience.

Mar 6, 2017

Master magician Lance Burton, who retired after 30 years of wowing audiences with his incredible wizardry, will be honored Tuesday evening at the 14th Annual College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame celebration at UNLV.

Feb 13, 2017

University of Nevada Las Vegas students from the colleges of engineering, architecture, hotel management, health sciences, fine arts and construction management will be competing in Solar Decathlon 2017 at Denver this fall to showcase their skills in designing an energy-efficient, solar-powered home that can actively support aging residents.

Jan 25, 2017

UNLV’s Barrick Museum of Art turns 50 this year with a new name and new leadership. Dean Nancy Uscher of the university’s College of Fine Arts has been on the job less than a year and says her fresh eyes see value waiting to be unlocked in the museum.

Dec 12, 2016

I was in no rush to see Oil, the exhibit of large-format photographs by Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky, which opened back in September at UNLV’s Barrick Museum. For one thing, it’s up until January 14 — still a lotta time on the clock. But for another, knowing Burtynsky’s subject (the life cycle of oil, from drilling to disposal) I had a pretty good idea of what I’d see. Petroleum gothic: vistas of industrial grime and the desolate machinery of extraction; bafflingly dense pipescapes only a cyborg could love, each limned in harsh chemical lights; highways choked with cars whose drivers remain oblivious to the massively destructive process that makes it all go. Blights on the land. Oodles of black goop. All presented with a documentary matter-of-factness that not so subtly implicates the viewer: Do you understand what we’re doing here?

Dec 12, 2016

Dr. Seuss + musical = “Seussical.” From the Cat in the Hat to Horton the Elephant, Rainbow Company Youth Theatre’s “Seussical” brings Dr. Seuss’ fanciful world to musical life at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Additional performances are at 7 p.m. Dec. 9-10 and 2 p.m. Dec. 10-11; for tickets ($6), call 702-229-6553 or visit

Dec 12, 2016

Drive right over to see Edward Burtynsky’s Oil at the Barrick Museum. Inside the exhibition, choose your best option: (A) Recoil from the horror; (B) Surrender to sensational beauty; (C) Erect safety barriers; (D) Accelerate into the cognitive fog; or (E) All of the above.

Dec 1, 2016

The fourth time was the charm. At least for the five members of Home Free. The a cappella quintet was working steadily, performing a variety of music showcasing their soaring harmonies at state and county fairs, corporate shows, aboard cruise ships and on college campuses.

Oct 3, 2016

Some of the Silver State’s most spectacular landscapes went on display Monday in Washington, D.C., as a weeklong photo exhibit called “Home Means Nevada” debuted in the rotunda of the Senate Russell Building.

Aug 25, 2016

Lighting, wall color, acoustics and hallway shapes may seem like aesthetic-based choices in the world of interior design, but when it comes to health care environments, those decisions can impact patient success.

Jun 22, 2016

More than 100 people attended the 2nd Annual VIVA Awards presented by the Forgotten Song Foundation recently at the Fifth Street School in downtown Las Vegas.

May 31, 2016

UNLV’s College of Fine Arts brings on a new dean this summer.

Her name is Nancy Uscher. She brings with her a diverse background in arts administration, teaching, and performing – including six years as a violist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

May 11, 2016

Reinvention has always been the game in Las Vegas.

And we’ve seen many successful attempts at changing the city’s tourism landscape. Many more, however, failed or never got off the ground.

May 5, 2016

Who has better Las Vegas entertainment stories than the people who were backstage, and even onstage, with the stars?

A couple of recent books remind us of the big role supporting musicians played in the city’s show business history. Admittedly, I’m a little partial to both.

Apr 28, 2016

Chris Edwards left UNLV in the early ’90s with a degree in business administration — and the feeling that his future wasn’t in business.

Apr 26, 2016

You try to cross this bridge with Seth MacFarlane, linking his affection for the crude/brilliant humor in “Family Guy” — where the highbrow canine Brian will talk of his in-progress novel and suddenly scratch at his fleas with his hind leg — and love of big-band standards.

Apr 19, 2016

No matter where he stands, Kent Twitchell looks to be in scale with the environment. At Lam Gallery in Los Angeles, he greeted friends who had come to the opening reception of Kent Twitchell: The Man Who Paints Giants, a show filled with photographs, renderings, and sketches of his signature massive California murals, including the eight-story “Harbor Freeway Overture” he completed in 1993; one of his smaller works, “Nelson Mandela Monument,” installed on a piece of the Berlin Wall in 2014; and a photo of his two-story “The Freeway Lady” from 1974, a portrait of the adored matriarch for 101 freeway commuters that was recreated at Los Angeles Valley College and dedicated Thursday.