John Prine & Kris Kristofferson Prine played here in December, but this time the 69-year-old folk vet has another roots legend, 79-year-old Highwayman Kris Kristofferson, co-headlining. Expect a night of engaging storytelling and heartfelt Americana. October 30, 8 p.m., $45-$91, the Pearl.
Skinny Puppy There’s nothing traditional about the Canadian act, from its pioneering of the electro-industrial genre—which it turned into a jumping-off point with its myriad sounds and concepts (and remixes)—to its ostentatious, macabre performance style, which should make for an ideal Halloween eve. With Youth Code, October 30, 8 p.m., $28.50, 21+, Hard Rock Live.
Gaytheist Why Gaytheist? Because Power Bottom was taken, or so says the Portland, Oregon, trio, which sounds one part stoner rock (evidenced in its heavy axe attack), one part punk (short and loud compositions). Check out its Alien-esque “Stomach Pains” video. November 2, 9 p.m., free, Beauty Bar.
Violet Steeped in blues, jazz and gospel, this Civil Rights-era musical follows a handicapped white woman who seeks healing from a televangelist but ends up being saved by a young black soldier. Amen. October 30, 8 p.m.; October 31, 3 p.m.; November 1, 3 & 8 p.m.; $34; Smith Center’s Troesh Studio.
Barnyard in the Boneyard Horses4Heroes brings its too-cute-to-be-real miniature ponies and goats to this benefit for the H4H Equestrian Center and the Neon Museum. Bonus adorbs points if wear your Halloween duds. October 31, 11 a.m., $5, Neon Museum.
Lonnie Hammargren's Nevada Day Open House Replicas of Stonehenge, giant casino signs and anything else imaginable abound in the 12,000-square-foot home and yard of the former lieutenant governor (and on his roof)—and you can tour it during his 20th annual Nevada Day open house. October 31 & November 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $15, 4318 Ridgecrest Drive.