Talib Kweli We’ll let Dave Chappelle do the honors: “Please welcome a good friend, scholar, ghetto philosopher, three-time Nobel Peace Prize winner, first black man to pilot an aircraft ... the man that made Kool-Aid say, ‘Oh, yeah!’ Brooklyn’s own, Talib Kweli!” March 6, 8 p.m., $20-$24, Brooklyn Bowl.
Raw Dusty Fruend’s black-and-white monochromatic photography captures the edgy, sexy side of life through party girls and high fashion. Through March 28, Brett Wesley Gallery.
NASCAR Weekend From the start of Stratosphere Pole Day to the final lap of the Kobalt 400, Las Vegas Motor Speedway once again turns into a car-racing mecca from Friday through Sunday. So snag some tickeys, start your engines, and drive north to get in on the action. March 6-8, times & prices vary.
College Hoops Invasion Of course, the Mountain West Conference basketball tournament starts this week (March 9 for women, March 11 for men, unlvtickets.com), but that’s just the beginning. The Pac-12 tourney tips off March 11 at MGM Grand Garden Arena (pac-12.com) and the WAC basketball championships (wacsports.com) are going down at Orleans Arena, also starting March 11.
Grouchy John's Community Drive Event Local coffeehouse Grouchy John’s has always served as a gathering spot and supportive hub for its southeastern neighborhood—and beyond. So it’s fitting that it’s celebrating its third anniversary by holding a benefit for Child Haven—which includes a toy/school-supply drive and $1 charity raffle—and a parking-lot blood drive. March 5, 4-8 p.m.
AFAN Brunch at Double Helix You just can’t do brunch without booze. Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge is offering buy-one, get-one-half-off pitchers of red sangria to benefit Aid for AIDS of Nevada on Saturday, as 20 percent of sales during brunch will go to the local support and advocacy organization. It’s a good time to sign up for the April 19 AIDS Walk, too. March 7, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Town Square.