Inception This twisty, complex and riveting thriller proves that summer hits don’t have to be dumbed-down sequels or remakes. It combines exciting action, serious ideas and heavy-duty acting into a fascinating package that’s just about worth the hype. Now playing citywide.
Mad Men We don’t know anything about what’s coming up on the fourth season of AMC’s excellent period drama about advertising and ennui, but we’ll be glued to the TV regardless. Premieres July 25 at 10 p.m. on AMC.
Pawn Stars If you don’t know the names Chumlee and Big Hoss by now, pick up Season 2 of the History Channel’s addictive Vegas-set reality series. Out July 27.
Tommy Keene Unless you were a college-radio DJ in the ’80s, you’ve probably never heard (or heard of) this Maryland-bred singer/songwriter. Make up for lost time with Tommy Keene You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983-2009, two discs packed with shoulda-been power-pop hits. For fans of Big Star, The Replacements and Matthew Sweet.
Arts Factory art Brian Porray at Trifecta Gallery & Martin Kreloff at Laura Henkel Fine Art. Day glow colors! Ethel Merman! Pop and Op! It’s all vaguely familiar, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t the perfect complement to July’s hot, hot heat. Porray thru July 30; Kreloff thru August 21.
The English Beat The last time Weekly art director Ryan Olbrysh caught the ska-pop throwbacks, the dance floor was a blur of motion. Did he join in? Nah. But you should this weekend. With Squeeze, The Skooners, July 27, $47, Crown Theater.
Prettycoolthings.com As billed: A list of pretty cool things—toys, art, YouTube videos, products—regularly updated. Perfect for killing time when you’re supposed to be working.
Handmade in Vegas More than 200 local artists are creating origami crane lapels using recycled paper bags. Profits benefit the National Wildlife Federation’s Gulf oil spill rescue fund. It’s green, local and philanthropic. Spend $5 and feel good about yourself. etsy.com/shop/handmadeinvegas