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Rage the pain away at Mandalay Bay.
    • THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY AT ART SQUARE THEATRE

      And in this corner: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity! This witty powerbomb of a play smashes into Art Square Theater, slamming a Pulitzer Prize-caliber script with the choreographed violence and over-the-top spectacle of pro wrestling. Cockroach Theatre’s approach differs for every production and this one includes a full-sized wrestling ring and consulting from former WWE wrestler Sinn Bodhi. “There’s so much in this show,” director Kate St-Pierre says. “It challenges the notion of the American Dream while tackling globalization, racism and xenophobia—all through professional wrestling.” They’ll sell you the whole seat—but you’ll only use the edge! October 13-29, days and times vary, $16-$20. –Jacob Coakley

    • BOB DYLAN AT THE CHELSEA

      There may be no veteran act more hit-or-miss than Dylan. Will we get the spirited Dylan that wowed the Joint in 2008, or the disengaged Dylan from Mandalay Bay Events Center in 2012? Fingers crossed that his first local show in four years resembles the former. October 13, 8 p.m., $49-$129. –Mike Prevatt

    • PROPHETS OF RAGE AT MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER

      Zack de la Rocha might not be raging against the machine this election season, but his politically minded bandmates can’t stay quiet. Rage instrumentalists Tom Morello (guitar), Tim Commerford (bass) and Brad Wilk (drums) are touring as Prophets of Rage, with two other famous frontmen sharing the mic: Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real (P.E. turntablist DJ Lord is also onboard). The rappers’ inclusion means Friday’s Vegas show will be sprinkled with hip-hop hits like “Fight the Power” and “Insane in the Brain” (Prophets of Rage took its name from a cut off 1988 Public Enemy LP It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back), but the focus should stay mostly on Rage Against the Machine’s catalog. Frustrated by American politics in 2016? Get to Mandalay Bay and rage. With Awolnation and Wakrat. October 14, 7 p.m., $20-$70. –Spencer Patterson

    • LIL LAVEDY AT BUNKHOUSE SALOON

      We spoke to Vegas rapper Lil Lavedy (real name: Alice Villa), who performs this weekend at the Bunkhouse.

      Were you born and raised in Vegas? I was seven when I moved here. I spent up until early adulthood here, and [then] I was like, I’m not ready for responsibilities yet, and I dirty-kidded it up for two years. I’ve lived in Seattle, Colorado and Nashville and been through 24 states hitchhiking and riding trains. Sometime last year, through going sober and being tired of that culture, I was just like, I’m done.

      You grew up in the punk scene. What got you into hip-hop? We all wanted to drink 40s behind 7-11 as teenagers, right? I was actually obsessed with hip-hop for a really long time, sitting next to my little AM/FM radio with a tape deck, recording songs that I liked. I only found punk rock because that was the place that accepted me for being as weird as I was.

      Have you had any challenges being an out trans artist in the hip-hop community? You just show up and spit bars, and they don’t give a f*ck. It’s honestly been way more accepting than punk. Hip-hop’s just like, okay, you’re here, you’re queer, whatever. Hip-hop is about challenging people and ideas. Punk has absolutes. Hip-hop is still a dream. With B. Dolan, Wheelchair Sports Camp and Hassan. October 14, 9 p.m., $8-$10. –Leslie Ventura

    • 3-ON-3 WEEKEND AT TOSHIBA PLAZA

      The Park turns into something close to a real park this weekend when MGM Resorts partners with Spokane Hoopfest to bring this 3-on-3 basketball tourney to the plaza at T-Mobile Arena. Registration is over, but your game is off anyway; cheering and talking trash are free. October 15-16. –Brock Radke

    • ‘FAMILY FRIENDLY LAS VEGAS IN THE ’90S’ LECTURE AT NEON MUSEUM

      Remember the theme park behind MGM Grand? The boat ride inside the Luxor? The pirate show at Treasure Island? Or when the New York-New York coaster was called Manhattan Express (and didn’t use your head as a punching bag)? They’re all bygone attractions that represented the kid-friendly era of the Strip, a phenomenon local professors and historians will discuss during the next Times of the Sign lecture. October 18, 6 p.m., $5-10, registration required (702-387-6366). –Mike Prevatt

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