Where to go, who to hear and what to read this week

Brand takes the stage at the Mandalay Bay on Friday.
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Russell Brand He battled British newspapers long before it was en vogue. See the comedic visionary’s Vegas debut at Mandalay Bay Theatre this weekend. July 22, 10 p.m., $72-$99.

Queens of the Stone Age The Soundgarden show is sold out, which makes Saturday’s alt-rock dilemma a lot less tricky. Not that Josh Homme and the gang are anyone’s consolation prize ... With Le Butcherettes, July 23, 8 p.m., $39.50, Cosmo pool.

Ty Segall The San Francisco garage-rocker lists two influences on his Facebook page: The Troggs and The Pretty Things’ 1970 album Parachute. Cool specificity. With Audacity & Dude City, July 24, 9 p.m., $8-$10, Beauty Bar.

The Avett Brothers Scott and Seth compel you to weep and stomp. And honorary brother Bob Crawford might have the hairiest forearms ever to stroke an upright bass. With The David Mayfield Parade, July 22, 8 p.m., $35, Silverton.

The Drowsy Chaperone The Tony Award-winning musical comes to life under the stars at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. Through July 30, Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m., $12-$15.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 The final movie in the mega-popular fantasy series is a satisfying wrap-up to the story of the boy wizard and his fight against evil. Now playing.

Wilfred Not so much My Mother The Car as My Psychosis The Dog, this is dark, quirky fun. But c’mon, Wilfred—all that wasted pot smoke? Bad dog! Thursdays, 10 p.m., FX.

Rocky will be screened on the Cosmo marquee sign, visible from the pool, this Monday.

Rocky When life’s got you down, you need the ultimate underdog story, preferably shown on a casino marquee visible from the pool deck. July 25, 8 p.m., free, Cosmo pool.


Wugazi Even if you’re not into mash-ups, Cecil Otter and Swiss Andy’s cleverly constructed Wu-Tang Clan/Fugazi blends might blow your mind—and your earbuds. Free at wugazi.com.


Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed Frédéric Chaubin’s photos—of strange sci-fi-esque Soviet architecture—provide a glimpse behind the Iron Curtain. $60.


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