Kendrick Lamar Dude’s debut album doesn’t hit until October 22, and he’s already a huge name in hip-hop. That’s what happens you’ve worked with Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne and Talib Kweli by age 25. October 19, 9 p.m., $30-$34, Hard Rock Cafe (Strip).
RZA Wu-Tang’s rapping producer—Samurai Apocalypse in Californication land—brings his soundtrack to martial arts film The Man With the Iron Fists to life at House of Blues. October 19, 9 p.m., $20-$23.
Runnin' Rebels Scarlet/Gray Showcase Get your first look at this year’s UNLV men’s squad, plus a glimpse of legendary alums like Freddie Banks and Anderson Hunt, at this free exhibition. October 18, 7 p.m. (fan fest out front at 5 p.m.), Thomas & Mack Center.
James Longenbach Where better to hear a poetry reading (from this University of Rochester English prof) than a Strip property? Culture at a casino? Poetic. October 18, 3:30 p.m., free, Flamingo.
Masterworks I The Las Vegas Philharmonic opens its season with Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, featuring Navah Perlman, Philippe Quint and Zuill Bailey. Andrew Grams guest conducts. October 20, 8 p.m., $46-$94. Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall.
Pilobolus Dance Theatre You could call it dance, but Pilobolus’ blend of strength, grace and humor is more like physical storytelling. Expect to laugh, marvel and gasp. October 24, 7:30 p.m., $26-$79, Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall.
Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein James Whale’s classic films—featuring Boris Karloff as the misunderstood monster—hit the big screen for one day only. October 24, 2 & 7 p.m., $10.50-$12.50, various local theaters.
Argo Ben Affleck’s tense thriller—about a rescue effort during the Iran hostage crisis—is one of the year’s best movies, entertaining and intelligent. Now playing citywide.
Jim Norton He’s hilarious, and he’s everywhere: Opie & Anthony, Leno, Comedy Central’s roasts, Vegas ... Catch him vent his particular style of rage. October 19, 8 p.m., $30, Sunset Station.
Asian Food Festival The second annual event features DJs and other musical entertainment to match cuisine from Thai 1 On Eats, Island Malaysian Grill, Fukuburger and more. October 20-21, noon-10 p.m., $10, Silverton.