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MEN IN BLACK COLD CAVE HAS ADOPTED THE SOUND, ATTITUDE AND EVEN THE WARD- ROBE OF 1980S POST- PUNK—EVEN GOING SO FAR AS TO RECORD A FAITHFUL COVER OF THE 1983 NEW ORDER CLASSIC "YOUR SILENT FACE." This all-female exhibit draws inspiration from Virginia Woolf's 1929 feminist essay of the same name, with its cen- tral theme that women need space to create in a world tradition- ally dominated by men. Professional artists from LA and Las Vegas will showcase their work in a diverse range of me- diums, from video to in- stallation art. Prominent writers, including local poet Vogue Robinson and journalists published in the Los Angeles Times and Huffi ngton Post, will display pieces relevant to feminism. You can meet the more than 20 creators at a reception on January 28 from noon to 3 p.m. Select dates through- out the exhibition's run will also feature art and writing workshops, mo- tivational talks from Dr. Karmen Smith and Dr. Karen Laing and read- ings. Additionally, Left of Center's fi rst exhibi- tion of 2017 kicks off its 20-year anniversary as a nonprofi t. Free. –Rosalie Spear A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN AT LEF T OF CENTER ART GALLERY 17 THRU MARCH 31 On April 3, 1968, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech in Memphis that all but foretold his premature death. The next day, he was murdered. What might have happened between those two events while he relaxed inside the Lorraine Motel is the subject of The Mountaintop, Katori Hall's 2009 Olivier Award-winning play. It comes to us, fi ttingly, at the start of Martin Luther King Weekend from Las Vegas-based Broadway in the Hood, which stages relevant works largely about the African-American experience. Times vary, $34. –Mike Prevatt Garage-rock veteran Timothy Styles— formerly of Vegas bands Skorchamenza, Beta Bomb and The Big Friendly Corporation—ventures into psychedelic and glam-rock territory for his latest project. Dirt City Three fi nds him teaming with bassist Brandon Johnson and drummer John Barrow, and drawing upon some of classic rock's loudest and fuzziest, like Black Sabbath and T. Rex. Come for the music—Arizona punks Heebie Jeebies and Golden Tiki DJ mainstay Professor Rex Dart share the bill—then stay for a round of Mai Tais (and Dole Whip!). Free. –Leslie Ventura Motown the Musical is billed as the life story of Berry Gordy, and it does offer some behind-the-scenes peeks at Hitsville USA, including Gordy's initial, ill-fated seduction of Diana Ross and his disagree- ment with Marvin Gaye over "What's Going On." But given that his biography is so wrapped up in the legend of the artists he discovered and the sound of the label he founded, it seems forgivable if the life details are glossed over in favor of the music. More than 60 Motown classics are given vibrant life in this jukebox musical, and chances are good you'll know them all. Times vary, $29-$132. –Jacob Coakley THE MOUNTAINTOP AT SMITH CENTER'S TROESH STUDIO DIRT CITY THREE AT GOLDEN TIKI MOTOWN THE MUSICAL AT SMITH CENTER 13 14 17 S O U N D & S T A G E THRU JANUARY 15 SATURDAY, 9 P.M. THRU JANUARY 22 Cirque du Soleil takes a decidedly different direc- tion—a show with a clear narrative guiding the eye- popping action—with its latest touring production, the Avatar-inspired Toruk, for which the blockbuster fi lm's director James Cameron served as a consultant. The jungle world of Pandora is the setting, the blue Na'vi are the stars and saving the sacred Tree of Souls is still the objective. It takes an arena to capture the scale of this endeavor. Times vary, $39-$155. –Brock Radke TORUK—THE FIRST FLIGHT AT T-MOBILE ARENA P A I N T I N G S & P A N D O R A 18 THRU JAN 22 Going where the banshees are: Cirque du Solieil's Toruk. (Courtesy) L A S V E G A S W E E K LY 0 1 . 1 2 . 1 7

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