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Double Down’s anniversary, ‘The Bad Seed’ and other stuff you need to know about

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The Double Down celebrates its 24th the way you would expect.
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    • 24TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND AT DOUBLE DOWN SALOON

      You know those friends who stretch their birthdays through the week to accommodate every last person that wants to celebrate? The Double Down is kinda like that friend, except way less annoying. For its 24th birthday, Las Vegas’ den of drinking ’n’ degeneracy has programmed a five-night run of celebration, aimed to suit just about anyone who leaves the house after 10 p.m. Things get down and dirty starting on Wednesday with Thee Swank Bastards’ Basstravaganza, which will build to the 24-bassist Big Bottom finale. Goldtop Bob and his Goldtoppers move their third-Wednesday residency gig to play some Thanksgiving blues. Tokyo rawk ’n’ roll trio The Heiz returns to Las Vegas for Friday’s multi-band marathon. Dirk Vermin & the Hostile Talent plus support acts do the same Saturday. And Uberschall closes it all out with its usual last-Sunday gig, an appropriately far-out band for the most far-out of hangouts. November 23-27, free, 10 p.m. –Mike Prevatt

    • DW BISTRO AT THE GRAMERCY

      When it opened in a deep southwestern spot on Fort Apache Road in 2011, DW Bistro was a neighborhood food oddity. Hidden in one of many half-empty strip malls, shadowed by fast food stops and corny franchise dining, was a hip, peaceful space serving some sort of New Mexican-Jamaican fusion? It didn’t make sense until it did, in the most delicious way. After teasing us with expansion plans, Dalton Wilson and Bryce Krausman have moved DW to a new 4,500-square-foot location in the same neighborhood at the Gramercy development, where favorites like the pesto torte, green chile cheeseburger and ahi tuna couscous salad should continue to flourish—not to mention its legendary brunch, which couldn’t possibly become more popular. 9275 W. Russell Road #190, 702-527-5200. –Brock Radke

    • 'THE BAD SEED' AT ALIOS

      Majestic Repertory Theatre’s inaugural season began with a man-eating plant and continues with a heartwarming story about rich, American housewife Christine Penmark and her adorable, 8-year-old daughter Rhoda—who she suspects is a cold-blooded killer. The Bad Seed is an adaptation of the 1954 best-selling novel by William March, and its controversial subject matter made it a huge hit on Broadway and onscreen. “I’ve loved this one since I was a kid,” director Troy Heard says. “My mom raised me on a steady diet of old thrillers, and this was one of them.” He says that the “campfest” classic will make you laugh hysterically one moment and feel emotionally torn the next, but this adaptation will be “more pulpy than campy.” The staging will also be immersive. As the unfortunate events unfold, you’ll be sitting in the living room. Plus, since the production opens on Thanksgiving, it will provide perspective as to why you should still put up with your conniving yet relatively normal mother-in-law. “If you get tired of your family, come spend a Thanksgiving with the Penmarks,” Heard says. “It’ll make you thankful for yours.” November 24-December 17; Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m.; $20-$23; 1217 S. Main Street. –Rosalie Spear

    • UNLV VS. UNR AT SAM BOYD STADIUM

      The Wolf Pack rallied for a 38-37 win over Utah State last week, while UNLV lost by 17 at ranked Boise State. What does that say about the Rebels’ chances of winning this rivalry game to keep the Fremont Cannon down south? How should we know? November 26, 1 p.m., $20-$60, unlvtickets.com.

    • CARRIE UNDERWOOD AT T-MOBILE ARENA

      She’s one of country music’s top stars, but her concerts are more like old-school arena-rock spectacles, with some modern pop stylishness. This time, she’s performing in the round, giving everyone a glimpse at the glossy stage show that accompanies her stellar vocals. November 26, 7 p.m., $50-$80. -Josh Bell

    • RICHIE HAWTIN AT MARQUEE’S BOOM BOX ROOM

      Stop gorging yourself with leftovers and re-energize for this Black Monday industry party. The techno pioneer returns to Vegas for the intimate, free gig, which also features local talent Bad Beat, Brett Rubin and Spacebyrdz. November 28, 10:30 p.m. –Mike Prevatt

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