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Trust Us: ‘Idaho!’ at the Smith Center, Dixie Chicks at T-Mobile Arena and other stuff to do this week

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Idaho! ends its inaugural run at the Smith Center July 17.
Craig Winzer
    • Dixie Chicks at T-Mobile Arena

      It’s been 10 years since the Dixie Chicks released their last album and headlined a North American tour, and although the country trio doesn’t have any new music, it’s as relevant as ever. As mainstream country music has become increasingly pop-oriented and homogenized, the Chicks’ mix of country sounds and social commentary remains unique among superstar acts, and they haven’t shied away from taking on current events. In addition to hits like “Goodbye Earl,” “The Long Way Around” and “Long Time Gone,” setlists on this tour have included covers of Prince, Beyoncé and Lana Del Rey. Even without any new songs of their own, the Chicks haven’t lost their passion for experimentation. July 16, 7 p.m., $54-$154. —Josh Bell

    • The Princess and the Pea at the Historic Fifth Street School

      Professional puppeteers control the unique and vibrant 5-foot-tall dolls bunraku-style, or in full view of the audience. Don’t expect some cardboard-box-and-rumpled-socks show. July 20-21; Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Thursday, 10:30 a.m.; $3. —Rosalie Spear

    • Evo 2016 World Finals at Mandalay Bay Events Center

      The world’s largest fighting video-game tournament returns to Las Vegas this weekend. Join and cheer on an international showing of top players as they face off for the highest score while playing Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros. and other games. July 17, 8 a.m., $48-$97. —Bruce Gil

    • We are Love at the Bunkhouse

      The sheer number of those affected by last month’s mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub warrants a continued, full-hearted campaign for help, especially with Equality Florida’s crowdfunding goal of $3 million more in contributions. Eight of the local scene’s best performers—including singer-songwriters Brendan Scholz and Sonia Seelinger, MC Hassan and indie act Hidden Levels—are doing their part at this donation-only show, as is host venue Bunkhouse, which will funnel door/bar proceeds to the Pulse Victims Fund. July 16, 7 p.m., $10 suggested donation. —Mike Prevatt

    • Idaho! The Comedy Musical at the Smith Center

      Musicals named after places aren’t usually a laugh a minute—think Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, West Side Story, Oklahoma! But that latter production—and the others, given how ensconced they are in the conventions of Broadway—provided some obvious inspiration for Idaho!, a musical that’s not only very funny within the context of its story, but frequently sends up the Great White Way without throwing it under the bus.

      Not unlike Oklahoma!, Idaho! follows multiple romantic storylines, the central one involving everyman Whip (Nathaniel Hackmann) and Ohio ex-pat Cassie (Jessica Fontana), who’s reluctantly offered herself as a mail-order bride to the rich farm-gobbler, Jed (Paul Vogt, who spent time on the Luxor stage in 2006 for Hairspray). Meanwhile, Slim (Matt Loehr), eager to settle down, vies for the affections of someone who decidedly isn’t, Ida (Alex Ellis), named after the play for good reason. And local justice of the peace Uncle Fate (Jay Rogers) can’t seem to avoid emasculation, especially by the strong-willed Auntie Pearlie (Jen Perry, formerly of Mandalay Bay’s Mamma Mia!). Interwoven in that trifecta are small-town politics, the struggle to literally not lose the farm, a potato festival and, naturally, lots of songs and dancing.

      If those disinclined toward musicals remained unwooed, consider the production’s knack for double entendres and sexual innuendo, un-PC flippancy and generally zinging witticism. Catch this homegrown romp before it ends its first-ever run, and just as it begins the long, arduous march to Broadway. Through July 17; Thursday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m.; $19-$89. —Mike Prevatt

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