Stars like Jennifer Hudson, Carole King, Martina McBride and Merle Haggard turned out in their black-tie finest with many others in the valley to christen the opening of the much-anticipated Smith Center on March 10. Philanthropists from throughout the city joined Smith Center president and CEO Myron Martin for the reception in an evening that, Norm Clarke of the R-J said, no one wanted to end.

The whole setup looks poised for a spectacular first season. For a rundown of the opening gala, check out Norm Clarke’s column here. A great video from the Las Vegas Sun is here. For show information, visit the Smith Center homepage here.