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LEONARDO DA VINCI: MACHINES IN MOTION Through May 4. These full-scale machines were built after detailed study of da Vinci’s designs by a group of scientists and skilled craftsmen in Florence, Italy. Visitors may touch and set them in motion, creating a captivating hands-on experience with an exploration of the principles da Vinci utilized to create each machine. Free with general admission. Springs Preserve

NEVADA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY SPRING SHOW Through May 10. An exquisite array of watercolor paintings showcasing works by outstanding local watercolorists and exploring subjects as varied as still life, abstracts, portraits and landscapes. Free with general admission. Big Springs Gallery at Springs Preserve

HILLARY PRICE Through May 16. Price’s oil paintings extend off the wall and into the space of the viewer. Fragmented images are painted onto layers of stretched pantyhose nylon, suggesting a visual representation of memories within the space of the brain. Free. Winchester Gallery, 3130 S. McLeod Drive,


Through May 23; Mon-Fri 9a-5p interactive performance. A site-specific installation presented by artist and former U.S. Marine, Michael Barrett. Barrett crawls on his hands and knees, individually polishing his mosaic of nearly 7,000 pennies – one for every war casualty between 2001 & 2014. The project is scheduled for eight workweeks of five, eight-hour workdays, totaling 320 hours over 40 days. Free. Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery,


Through June 6, Mon-Fri, 9a-4p; Sat, 10a-2p. A solo exhibit of fine art prints, drawings and installation artwork by CSN Professor of Printmaking and Drawing, Anne Hoff. Free. CSN Fine Arts Gallery,


Through June 7, Wed-Fri, 9a-6:30p. Sat, 9a-5:30p. Award-winning artist Brenda Dumas pres-


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ents glass transformed into jewelry, plates, bowls and other pieces of art. Carolyn Hurst is a master quilter. Gaile Ferguson is a student of photography and cinematography in the film department of College of Southern Nevada. The three combine for a holistic multimedia exhibit. Free. West Las Vegas Arts Center Community Gallery, 702-229-4800


Through June 21, Sat-Sun, 11a and 1p. Mad scientists roam the Preserve with interactive experiments that are different every week. Free with general admission. Springs Preserve

IMAGINATION IS EVERYTHING … BUT PIZZA IS A CLOSE SECOND May 1-31. Reception May 1, 6-10p. Local artist Dan45’s solo exhibition is a collection of his original characters doing the things he loves, like skateboarding, drinking Icees, consuming cupcakes, eating pizza and daydreaming about eating pizza. All works are multilayered wood pieces cut out, painted and displayed by themselves or arranged in shadow boxes. Free. Wasteland Gallery, 1800 Industrial Road,


May 1-Aug. 5. Reception May 1, 5-6:30p. Beyond the breaking news, away from the glare of television cameras, daily life continues in Egypt much as it has for eons – carefully, cautiously, steadily. In this photography exhibit, Thomas attempts to depict the duality of contemporary Egypt, a nation caught between stability and change, tradition and modernity, history and progress. Free. West Las Vegas Library Art Gallery


May 6-June 14. Reception May 6, 5-6:30p. A theater musician and circus roustabout with a large dose of wanderlust, photographer Bill Payne barnstormed the U.S. for many years in his truck and trailer with his wife, Danise, by his side. These two had great travel opportunities that provided many compelling picture-taking moments. These photographs reflect that adventure. Free. Sahara West Library Art Gallery,

CELEBRATING LIFE! 2014 May 23-July 12. A juried art exhibition for artists ages 50+. Open to residents of Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Mineral and Nye counties of Nevada. Free to enter. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-6383


SEVEN DEADLY SINS May 2, 7p; May 3, 2p. In a town where people falling from grace form the bedrock of the local economy, choreographer Kelly Roth chooses to bite the hand that feeds him as he examines the spiritually corrosive effects of moral relativism. Enjoy a night of dance with the Concert Dance Company and the CSN Dance Ensemble plus special guests. $10 adults, $8 students/seniors. Nicholas J.

Horn Theatre,

ETHNIC EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Every Wed, 6:30-8:45p. Have an evening of fun learning international dance styles, including Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Greek, Israeli, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian and Turkish folk dances. No need to bring a partner. $4. Ages 8+ only. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., ethnicex


RENÉE FLEMING: GUILTY PLEASURES May 1, 7:30p. One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Fleming is known for her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence. She will perform pieces ranging from opera favorites to Broadway standards. $39-$129. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center

TOM DREESEN May 2-3, 7p. In this unforgettable performance, Dreesen will take you from his hearing Sinatra on the jukebox to one day touring the nation as his opening act. Dreesen mixes standup comedy with his keen insights and storytelling to bring to life the greatest career show business has ever known. $39-$69. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center

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