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    • STAN LEE AT AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

      Face front, true believers. Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, the X-Men and too many more to name, is visiting Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Treasure Island—not to make sure they’re doing all right by his intellectual properties, but to launch the “Respect” cloisonné pin, a symbol of racial unity. The first 50 people who purchase a pin will get an exclusive meet-and-greet with Lee, but he’s scheduled to hang out all day, receiving a key to the Strip and meeting with late-arriving fans. Excelsior! November 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. –Geoff Carter

    • STEEL MAGNOLIAS AT SMITH CENTER

      “The nicest thing I can say about her is, all her tattoos are spelled correctly.” It’s that kind of Southern sass that lures crowds to Robert Harling’s 1987 play, first adapted into a movie (starring Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts) two years later. And Broadway in the Hood’s biracially cast version—taking inspiration from the popular 2012 Lifetime movie adaptation, which featured an all-black ensemble—should be no less of a draw. It’s the second of five productions for BITH’s latest series at Smith Center, following the local crew’s triumphant staging of Dreamgirls at Reynolds Hall last May. November 18-20, Troesch Studio, $34. –Mike Prevatt

    • CULTURAL CORRIDOR CLEANUP AT HERITAGE PARK

      Join Outside Las Vegas’ effort to tidy up a historic piece of Downtown. If that can’t get you up early on a Saturday, try this: Participants receive free entry to the neighboring Natural History Museum, along with a complimentary day or night tour at the Neon Museum. November 19, 9 a.m., getoutdoorsnevada.org. –Rosalie Spear

    • FAST AND FURRIEST 5K AT SUNSET PARK

      Get active for a cause—and bring your pooch! Fido can tag along on a 5K or one-mile walk. Dog adoptions, toy and treat stations and human treats—food, beer and wine—accompany the races, with proceeds benefitting the Animal Foundation and the 30,000 animals they care for each year. November 19, 10 a.m., free (festival), $20 (walk/run), $50 (5K). –Rosalie Spear

    • TENAYA CREEK ANNIVERSARY PARTY

      Seventeen years is a really long time in Vegas beer years. There wasn’t a local brewing scene in 1999, when the original Tenaya Creek restaurant and brewery opened near Cheyenne Avenue. In 2008, TC gave up on the food biz to concentrate on the beer, moving favorites like the Bonanza Brown Ale and Hop Ride IPA to bars all over the Valley. In 2010, the brewery was remodeled and a line of 22-ounce bottles was launched, paving the way for the company’s biggest move yet—relocation to a bigger spot Downtown last year, tripling brewing capacity. This year’s anniversary party will also be the biggest yet, featuring live music, food from the Kraken Café and Rolling Fusion trucks and $4 beers from a deep tap list that will include “offline series” brews you can’t find anywhere else. November 19, 3-11 p.m., 831 W. Bonanza Road, free entry. –Brock Radke

    • BOB NEWHART AT THE SMITH CENTER

      Twenty-six years after waking up from his Newhart dream in bed with his Bob Newhart Show wife, Bob Newhart remains a touring comedian. “As long as you are physically able to do it and still make sense—kind of make sense—why would you ever say, I’m tired of making people laugh?” Newhart recently told Las Vegas Magazine. And why would you not want to catch one of the masters at work while you still can? November 19, 7:30 p.m., Reynolds Hall, $29-$99. –Spencer Patterson

    • ANDERSON, RABIN AND WAKEMAN AT THE PEARL

      One Vegas memory stays lodged in Jon Anderson’s mind. “I met with divine energy there, like angels came and said hello to me. And I wasn’t drunk or stoned; I’d just seen a great show by Frank Sinatra.” Progressive rock fans might wonder if divine intervention has also reunited the vocalist with two Yes bandmates, guitarist Trevor Rabin and keyboardist Rick Wakeman.

      There are some real epics in this set, most notably “Awaken.” It personifies what Yes was all about, a musical adventure, the spiritual energy that surrounds us when we’re playing that music, the chord sequences. It’s not just a song; it’s an emotional event.

      Which Yes album was the most difficult to record? Big Generator, because we’d just had a No. 1 and everybody wanted another one—and I wanted to do something totally different. I just wanted to make a good album.

      The seeds of Yes began with you meeting [late bassist] Chris Squire in a bar. We were both hovering around, trying to figure out what to do, so we started Yes. And then we saw King Crimson and thought, “Whoa, sh*t! We’ve got to get better now!” (laughs) November 19, 8 p.m., $46-$119. –Matt Wardlaw

    • SCARLET’S FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY AT ARTIFICE

      Morpheus Blak, who co-founded “Las Vegas’ deepest red goth night” with DJ Style, is proud of Scarlet’s first five years. But even though the party achieved a kind of black-eyeliner singularity last month—a guest DJ set by The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst—Blak and Style aren’t letting up. “It’s down to us to provide a great place for Vegas’ goth culture,” Blak says. “And we love the classic gothic and industrial music ourselves.” Cool thing is, they get you to love it, too, even if you’ve no vampire in you at all. November 19, 10 p.m., free. –Geoff Carter

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