Wizard Wars The magic battle born in a Las Vegas apartment is now a hit show on Syfy, and its creator (former Weekly staffer Rick Lax) is hosting a Season 2 kickoff at the Sand Dollar, with magic-themed drink specials and a live spin on the show’s head-to-head wonderment. January 29, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., free entry.
Rakim He’s been called the “God MC,” picked as a top-5 rapper by Chris Rock and in-song name-checked by LCD Soundsystem. If you already know about the quality of Rakim’s flow, you’ll be at the Bunkhouse Thursday—and if you don’t, head down for some schoolin’. With Rhyme N Rhyhm, January 29, $15-$20.
Bishr Hijazi Arab Ensemble This Vegas group—featuring its namesake guitarist/oud player, along with Laraine Kaizer (violin), the Azzi brothers (percussion) and dancer Zhanna—blends classical and contemporary sounds from the Middle East. January 30, 7 p.m., free, West Charleston Library.
A Night of Cosmic American Music Some of the best musical events come from the ancillary shows of Strip performers. Benjamin D. Hale, who plays Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet, demonstrates his passion for American roots music with this program, which includes his backing band and guest singers. January 31, 5 & 8 p.m., $29-$45, Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz.
Global Day of Action Against Torture If you’re pissed that the recent Senate report on the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” didn’t get the attention it deserves—and you should be—remind your fellow Americans during this local representation of a worldwide protest against torture. January 31, 1 p.m., Fremont Street Experience at Third Street.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons No tea, no shade—last year’s installment of this touring production featuring fan favorites from the popular Logo reality program was on point. These queens don’t just lip sync, so be ready for hilarious comedy routines and live performances from the talented ladies of Drag Race. House of Blues, February 1, 8 p.m., $30-$35.