BIGGER, BETTER AND BRIGHTER: THE EVOLUTION OF LAS VEGAS SIGNS Architect and scholar Stefen Al discusses the when, why and how of the Strip’s distinctive sign design during his presentation at UNLV’s Barrick Museum. February 2, 7 p.m., free.
STEAMATHON 2 Victorian tinkerers unite for a three-day celebration of steampunk, including vaudeville, a fashion show and costume ball at the appropriately train-themed Main Street Station. All aboard! January 29-31, doors at 10 a.m., $48-$178.
UNLV BASKETBALL VS. SAN DIEGO STATE Which Rebels will show up for this clash with the Mountain West Conference-leading Aztecs—the Rebels who reeled off three straight wins after switching head coaches or the Rebels who suffered an ugly loss to rival Reno on Saturday? Show up and see. January 30, 5 p.m., $20-$140, Thomas & Mack Center.
ZOMBIE PAINTBALL EXPRESS If you missed out in October, Bonnie Springs Ranch is bringing back its zombie shooting gallery/bus ride for a one-off. Tickets will only be sold to guests 10 and over at the main entrance, starting at 5 p.m. January 30, 6-11 p.m., $30 for 200 paintballs.
SPECIAL-K We included these lo-fi indie rockers in the online supplement to last week’s bands-to-watch feature—now catch them in a ’90s-centric bill with grunge tribute band Smells Like Nirvana, New York’s Mega Bog and local prog-instrumentalists Brother Mister. January 30, 9 p.m., $5, Bunkhouse.
NEVER SAY DIE Hard Rock Live hosts the latest RVLTN 18-and-over rave-up headlined by Belgian basslord Eptic, British boom-master Laxx and London dubstepper Skism. With Zack the Ripper, Blurnt Squad, Weavy, Zaiaku. January 30, 8 p.m., $25-$30.
WATOTO CHILDREN'S CHOIR UNICEF finds more than 80 percent of the world’s children orphaned by AIDS are in sub-Saharan Africa, and many more have lost parents to war and poverty. Watoto’s 18 young Ugandans represent and take on the statistics by raising their voices in hope. January 31, 6:30 p.m., Living Grace Foursquare Church; February 2, 7 p.m., Unity Baptist Church; free.