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The Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival starts early on November 5 at the Clark County Library.
    • SOUL TRAIN WEEKEND

      Teddy Riley, founder of seminal R&B groups Guy and Blackstreet and creator of the New Jack Swing sound that changed the genre forever in the ’80s and ’90s, moved to Las Vegas about three months ago. That was before he learned he’d be the recipient of the Legend Award at this year’s Soul Train Awards on November 6 at the Orleans Arena. “It means a lot,” the producer says of the award. “I’m very thankful and honored to still be doing this after 35 years. There’s not a lot of us that last this long. It’s a beautiful thing.” Riley’s massive impact goes beyond his groups’ hits (“No Diggity” and “Rump Shaker”), as he’s worked with everyone from Britney Spears to Lady Gaga to Snoop Dogg to Michael Jackson.

      In addition to Sunday’s awards show—tickets are still available for that starting at $50 via Ticketmaster—Soul Train Weekend brings plenty of music, comedy and parties to Mandalay Bay. There’s the Acoustically Speaking concert with Monica, Jazmine Sullivan and Yuna at the House of Blues November 3; the Music Fest concert with Jill Scott, Tyrese and Anthony Hamilton at Mandalay Bay Events Center November 4; a day party with Bell Biv DeVoe at Daylight Beach Club November 5; and the Comedy Get Down with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and others at the events center November 5. November 3-6, bet.com/soul-train-weekend. –Brock Radke

    • VEGAS VALLEY COMIC BOOK FESTIVAL AT CLARK COUNTY LIBRARY

      In recent years, Las Vegas has become home to some pretty big comic book conventions, but the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival has been celebrating comics and graphic novels since long before those larger events came to town. Now in its ninth year, the single-day Comic Book Festival remains family-friendly, small-scale and free, with a focus on local creators and comic book stores. In addition to Vegas-based artists like Ashleigh Popplewell, Deryl Skelton and Greg Boucher, this year’s edition will feature a handful of comics luminaries, including artists J.H. Williams III (Batwoman, The Sandman: Overture) and Scott Koblish (Deadpool) and writers James Robinson (Starman, Fantastic Four) and Amy Chu (Poison Ivy). The day’s programming includes panel discussions, workshops, live musical performances and film screenings. There’s even an afterparty at Dive Bar (keep the kids home for that part). November 5, 9:30 a.m., free. –Josh Bell

    • PROJECT TACO FESTIVAL AT CRAIG RANCH

      More than 15 restaurants and food trucks contend for the title of best taco at Craig Ranch Regional Park, including Me Gusta Tacos, Tacos & Beer and Umami Poke. The inaugural festival includes a car show and live cultural performances, plus you can watch (or compete in) a taco-eating contest. November 5, 10 a.m., $10. –Rosalie Spear

    • ASTRONAUTALIS AT BUNKHOUSE SALOON

      “Rap is dead, punk is dead, we all seen that T-shirt,” Charles Andrew Bothwell raps on Cut the Body Loose opener “Kurt Cobain.” The Southern MC tears through Las Vegas on Saturday in support of his fifth kerosene-fueled full-length. With Oxymorrons, Hassan. November 5, 9 p.m., $10-$15. –Leslie Ventura

    • THE WONDER YEARS AT BROOKLYN BOWL

      Young fans of the revered Pennsylvanian sextet ought to have no problem getting permission to marathon five pop-punk bands on a school night—their parents did the same thing at the Huntridge Theatre some 25 years ago. With Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, Moose Blood, Seaway. November 8, 6 p.m., $22-$35. –Mike Prevatt

    • THE FINAL TALLY AT VICTOR XIU GALLERY

      Artist Diane Bush concludes her yearlong Dishing It Out series—a yearlong election commentary delivered on ceramic plates—at Art Square’s Victor Xiu Gallery with a group art show and Mexican food nosh that begins one minute after the polls close. November 8, 7:01 p.m., free. –Geoff Carter

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