Who to hear, where to go and what to eat this week

Local bands unite at Artifice on Friday to celebrate the music of Johnny Cash.


Johnny Cash tribute The Man in Black gets his due Vegas-style, courtesy of Sistas From Anotha Mista (Penny Pibbets and Melody Sweets from Absinthe), Deadhand, Sexx Hammer and many more. August 17, 9 p.m., free, Artifice, 1025 First St.

Enrique & J.Lo If Mandalay Bay had a sexy meter, it would max out for this dynamic duo. With her dance moves and his vocal bloodlines, it should be a stunner. August 18, 7:30 p.m., $45-$250, Mandalay Bay Events Center.


Las Vegas 51s The city’s Triple-A affiliate wraps up its season soon, so help them celebrate in style at one of two upcoming home stands—dollar beer night (August 16) and fireworks after the game (August 17). Hell, go to both! 7:05 p.m., $10-$20, Cashman Field.


Cupcake Bake-Off Mixers are their weapon of choice. Kitchens are their battlefield. This Sunday, 100 cupcake masters compete for pride, cash and a featured spot at Gigi’s Cupcakes. The “non-baking public” gets sweet samples and cocktails. August 19, noon, $20 ($10 children), Suncoast Casino.


Rifftrax Live Manos: The Hands of Fate is such a wonderfully terrible movie that the guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000 have decided to tear it apart yet again. Check out a live broadcast of their all-new commentary on the 1966 schlock classic. August 16, 8 p.m., $10.50-$12.50, various local theaters, fathomevents.com.


Time Machine Chefs Imagine Top Chef set in Tudor England with only the technology of the time available to competitors and you’ve got an idea of this show from local writer/comedian Jason Harris. The pilot features a Frankenmeat dish called cockentrice. Be warned. August 16, 9 p.m., ABC.


Desperado Celebrate National Roller Coaster Day properly: by throwing your arms in the air and screaming at the top of your lungs while you plunge on one of the fastest coasters around. Buffalo Bill’s offers free rides on its famous attraction from 11:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on August 16.


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