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Trust Us: Emeli Sande at House of Blues, Willie Nelson at the Smith Center and more

Sande storm: The Brit R&B star hits the House of Blues this weekend.
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Emeli Sande Considering that Brit R&B songstress Emeli Sande performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics, and that her debut album was the UK’s best seller of 2012, you probably won’t be able to catch her in a venue this size for much longer. August 9, 8 p.m., $25, House of Blues.

Gary Clark Jr. He’s been called the future of the blues, but don’t take our word for it. Check out the rock ’n’ roll protégé crank out the tunes and prepare to be blown away. August 8, 8 p.m., $30, Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool.

An Evening with Willie Nelson & Family The Red Headed Stranger is an indelible piece of American history, and for one night he tackles the Great American Songbook—with a bit of help. August 13, 7:30 p.m., $39-$129, Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall.


Out of the Gutters Dreamed of bowling with the hunks of Thunder From Down Under? Local celebs join animal lovers at this Nevada SPCA fundraiser, where working on spares supports the rescue and rehabilitation of pets in need. August 11, noon red carpet, 1 p.m. bowling, $21 in advance, $25 at the door, Sam’s Town Bowling Center.

World Hip Hop Dance Championship Finals Crews from across the globe bust moves to make you go “oh-ohhh” at the culminating night of this annual tournament. You’ll even cheer for Canada. August 11, 7 p.m., $25-$60, Orleans Arena.


Portraits Through Books Anyone who missed Walter Taieb’s photographic portraits of notable locals’ bookshelves can view them at the Nevada State Museum. Through September 23, Thursday-Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Forensic Science: Fact vs. Fiction If you’re 12 or older, learn about trace evidence, latent prints, handwriting analysis, toxicology and more from Metro’s forensic scientists. August 13, 4-5:30 p.m., free for members, included with general admission ($5-$19), Springs Preserve.


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