Magic Mike Live Las Vegas at Hard Rock Hotel
Just how feminist can a male revue be? Channing Tatum’s Vegas show version of the Magic Mike movies should answer that question. It opened for previews last week at the Hard Rock space that used to be Body English, now known as Club Domina.
“Years later after doing the movies, he said, ‘Let’s change it. Let’s revolutionize what this is,’” says associate director Teresa Espinosa, who also worked with Tatum on the films. “It’s about, at this point, what do women need? This is a way to women to ask for more, because there is more; sometimes when you don’t know it’s there, you don’t know to ask for it. With this [type of show], there can be so much more to men than just showing your body—there are layers and layers of personality and talent and intellect that should go into something like this, and people wouldn’t say that before but we will.”
Expect more (and more creative) dancing than your average male stripper extravaganza, and a more intimate, cabaret-style feel to the production than you might encounter at Thunder From Down Under. Wednesday-Sunday, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $63-$128. –Brock Radke
Sensitive White Boy Syndrome opening reception at Sin City Gallery
The last time we heard from onetime Las Vegan Aaron Sheppard, he was marching through the sandy desert landscape of Joshua Tree, California, dressed as an 8-foot-tall mermaid creature with horns, flanked by a cast of eccentric sea-humans and an Easter bunny—a nod to the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade happening concurrently on the other side of the country. For Sheppard’s latest body of work, the artist will take over the walls of a space he likens to a metaphorical garden, where personal ideas can be cultivated and shared with the rest of the world.
“In this place we are entering, we plant truths that will be celebrated, tolerated and provide foundation, like magnificent trees of a forest,” he said in an artist statement. Centering on ideas of intimacy, sexuality and sense of place, Sheppard’s work invites onlookers into his own realm of thought via mixed-media collage—drawings with ornate frames and NSFW adult magazine cutouts (see: “Exotic Bird”) tied together with bright, hand-embroidered images. Reception April 6 at 6 p.m., on display through April 29, free, 107 E. Charleston Blvd. #100. –Leslie Ventura
Green Day at MGM Grand Garden Arena
The Bay Area alt-rock trio returns to the scene of the crime—singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s onstage, pre-rehab breakdown during 2012’s iHeartRadio festival—with a proper show and punk tunesmiths Against Me! in tow. April 7, 8 p.m., $45-$65. –Mike Prevatt
The Damned at House of Blues
Help the first-wave U.K. punk survivors—whose lineup still includes founders Dave Vanian (vocals) and Captain Sensible (guitar)—celebrate their 40th anniversary by singing “New Rose,” “Neat Neat Neat,” “Smash It Up” and other genre classics really, really loudly. With Bleached. April 9, 7 p.m., $30-$35. –Spencer Patterson
David Bazan at Bunkhouse Saloon
If you missed the former Pedro the Lion singer’s house show in December, fret not. He’s back in town Sunday, when he’ll play the almost-as-intimate Bunkhouse in support of his month-old album, Care. April 9, 9 p.m. $10-$12. –Mike Prevatt
Las Vegas 51s home opener at Cashman Field
Everybody’s been talking football and hockey around here lately—with some March Madness thrown in, of course—but as the weather warms up, it’s time to refocus on the diamond. Las Vegas’ triple-A team finished third in its division last season, but that hardly matters. What does is that a) Having the New York Mets’ highest-level affiliate in town means getting a chance to scout players like Noah Syndegaard, Jacob deGrom and Lucas Duda before they hit the bigs, and b) There’s not much better than kicking back in the bleachers with a beer in one hand and a dog in the other—especially when the temps are still in double digits. The 51s start off with five road games versus El Paso; help welcome them home for the first of four against Fresno. April 11, 7 p.m., $9-$16. –Spencer Patterson
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