Helldorado Days Since 1934. Seriously. The rodeo and festival offers everything from a beard-licious “whiskerino” contest to an evening parade and dream-haunting carnival food. Thank the Las Vegas Elks for the good times, and for giving the proceeds to good causes. May 14-18, times vary, $10-$25 per day, Symphony Park.
Local bands at Brooklyn Bowl What’s better than catching quality Vegas acts—in this case soul songstress Sabriel, hip-hop crew Rhyme N Rhythm and jam masters Moksha on May 15 and the über-rhythmic, Blue Man Group band-populated Überschall on May 21—playing a new stage? Doing it all for free. May 15, 8 p.m.; May 21, 10 p.m.
Paris, Je T'aime The Las Vegas Philharmonic takes listeners to Paris with a selection of works by Bizet, Debussy, Gershwin and others in a concert conducted by Sarah Hicks, principal conductor of Pops and Presentations with the Minnesota Orchestra. May 17, 7:30 p.m., $25-$94, Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall..
Viva Las Vegas Fifty years ago, Elvis Presley created one of our city’s most iconic screen representations in Viva Las Vegas. On the anniversary of its release, the movie will screen along with a talk from UNLV film professor Sean Clark. May 17, 2 p.m., free, Clark County Library.
Doug Benson: Doug Loves Movies The comedian’s popular cinephile podcast routinely tapes in front of a live audience, and for an upcoming edition, he’s doing it here. With the celebrities and people of interest who tend to participate, it might behoove you to stop by yourself. Or maybe you just like to laugh. May 15, 8 p.m., $21, Backstage Bar & Billiards.
Epicurean Affair Get your tickets now and get set for the annual Las Vegas Epicurean Affair, a dine-around benefitting the Nevada Restaurant Association’s scholarship programs. Julian Serrano hosts, with food by DB Brasserie, Ferraro’s, Herbs & Rye, Simon and more. May 22, 7-10 p.m., $105-$175, Pools at the Palazzo.