Laugh at blasphemy. Monty Python’s classic religious satire Life of Brian is getting a fancy new DVD release, and to celebrate the occasion CineVegas is sponsoring a screening of the film on February 21 at the Grail Theater inside Wynn Las Vegas, preceded by a cocktail reception with special guest John O’Hurley, star of Spamalot. The reception starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by the movie at 8. Tickets are $30 and include admission to Tryst after the show; proceeds benefit Nevada Public Radio. Call 952-5537 or go to www.cinevegas.com for tickets and info.
Freak out. It’s a party even Julius Caesar would give the thumbs up. Red Room Saloon owners Mike Taing and Rick Barcode have saved up their scheckels to throw a circus of oddities on Friday, February 22, so big it could only be called “Freakus Maximus.” Guests of the Saloon will be entertained by the world-famous Snake Babe and her slithery friends, a fortune-teller, a magician, fire-breathers (outside, natch), live body painting, jugglers, complimentary barbecue and of course the flair bartenders that make Red Room famous. The cast of the Swing Shift Side Show will also be performing their shocking carnival acts. The Bargain DJ Collective provides the beats. The spectacle begins at 10 p.m. for this free event. 257-9663.
Take in The Show. Even if you’re not in the nightclub and bar industry, you can still reap the rewards of what the Nightclub and Bar Show does annually when it brings together industry heavyweights, newcomers and everyone in between for what industry members affectionately call “The Show” at the Las Vegas Convention Center. From February 24-27, when the convention hall closes, the bar is open (so to speak)! The full week of nighttime activities—including Vino Las Vegas—culminates at Tao on Wednesday, February 27 for the Nightclub & Bar Magazine Editor’s Choice Top 100 party at 9 p.m. For a complete list of events and passes to the convention and parties, visit www.Nightclub.com.
Learn to win. If his previous hit poker manual Kill Phil was a graduate course in tournament poker play, Lee Nelson’s new book, Kill Everyone, is graduate-level stuff, and should be read and studied by anyone serious about his stature as poker player in town. Kill Everyone can be purchased for $19.49 through www.amazon.com or
Space out. With names like Black Patterns From Saturn, Caused By the Sun and Black Acid Laser, it’s pretty much a given the three bands on the Beauty Bar’s February 22 bill are gonna mess with our heads. Listening to a swirling tune called “Daydreaming Lantern” on the headlining Black Patterns’ MySpace page, it’s a pretty safe bet the shoegazey San Francisco duo will also get us moving our bodies. February 22, 10 p.m., $5. Beauty Bar, 598-1965.
Go Hollywood. Don your fine apparel and head to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar for the unveiling of Paul Newman’s Own Wines on February 26 or 29. The restaurant is rolling out the red carpet; hostesses will be decked out in evening gowns, and waiters will be wearing tuxedos, while the film The Color of Money plays in the background. Guests, too, are asked to dress in fine style for the old-Hollywood dining experience. And be prepared to answer Newman movie trivia. Reservations 838-4774. 8721 W. Charleston Blvd.