Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets First the NHL, now the NBA. Las Vegas gets another taste of the big leagues—or at least, a preseason facsimile thereof—with this Western Conference clash between the Chris Paul/Blake Griffin-led Clippers and the Ty Lawson/Kenneth Faried-anchored Nuggets. Bonus: Former UNLV stud Lou Amundson plays for LA. October 19, 7:30 p.m., $15-$750, Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Boulder City Zombie Walk Take advantage of the on-site makeup artist at Boulder Dam Brewing Company, then shuffle and moan through the city until you’re back where you started for live music and a raffle benefitting the Nevada Veterans Assistance League. The undead do care. October 19, meet at 6:30 p.m. (walk at 7 p.m.), $5 donation.
The Icarus Line This LA outfit draws frequent comparisons to The Stooges, and 2013 LP Slave Vows takes the noise to the next level—sleazy vocals, distorted guitars and loud, haunting effects. Iggy would be proud. With Candy Warpop, Har Mar Superstar, 1776. October 17, 8 p.m., $10-$15, Backstage Bar & Billards.
Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck Hey, it’s a traveling Rock and Roll Hall of Fame jam session! Okay, so the pair won’t play side by side the whole night, but based on tour reports, there’s definite Beach Boy/Yardbird teamwork to be heard, including some Smile interaction. Tasty! October 18, 8 p.m., $69-$129, the Pearl.
Taste of the Nation Stop messing around and help end childhood hunger while sampling tasty bites from Andrea’s, STK, Fleur, N9NE Steakhouse, Top of the World, Viva Las Arepas, Raku and many more. October 17, 7-9:30 p.m., $100-$125, Rain at the Palms, ce.strength.org.
Las Vegas Foodie Fest Yes, White Castle is headed back to town, and the Buttermilk Truck, BaconMania, Jogasaki Burrito, Fist of Fusion and 30 other food trucks and vendors will also be serving it up. October 18-20, times vary, Silverton, $5-$50, lasvegasfoodiefest.com.