Bryan Ferry at the Chelsea
It’s safe to assume you already know a few things about Bryan Ferry. Perhaps you’ve heard the monster 1985 hit “Slave to Love,” the first single Ferry released after disbanding Roxy Music in 1983. (You have, even if you think you haven’t. “Slave to Love” has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including 9 1/2 Weeks and American Horror Story: Freak Show.) Or maybe you know him from the various incarnations of Roxy Music—the glam outfit that included Brian Eno and made the avant-garde classics “Virginia Plain” and “Re-Make/Re-Model,” or the soulful version of the group that recorded such durable art-pop as “More Than This” and “Dance Away.”
But there’s another aspect to Ferry. The 71-year-old is the last of the legitimate crooners—a singer’s singer who has recorded roughly as many covers as he has originals, putting his exquisite vocal to songs by Bob Dylan, Cole Porter and even The Smiths. (Drop what you’re doing and cue up 1987’s “The Right Stuff,” a remake of “Money Changes Everything” that features Johnny Marr.) Ferry savors good songwriting as some do fine wines; his covers are more like tastings. Also, he allies himself with terrific collaborators; he’s recorded with David Gilmour, Nile Rodgers, Jonny Greenwood and more. (He also continues to work with his former Roxy Music bandmates, including Eno.) It’s that Ferry who’s visiting the Chelsea. And you’ll enjoy savoring what he’s selling. August 17, 7 p.m., With Judith Owen. $49-$89. –Geoff Carter
We Rise Tour at House of Blues
CNN commentator Van Jones headlines this feel-good traveling symposium of public figures, artists and athletes discussing how to better strengthen and engage with one’s community. All ticket proceeds help fund the socioeconomic initiatives of Jones’ Dream Corps nonprofit and benefit local charities. August 19, 7 p.m., $13-$58. –Mike Prevatt
Black & White Party at Hard Rock Hotel
Home is where the best party is, and after trying something new at Aria for its big 30th anniversary event last year, AFAN’s annual fundraising soiree returns—with a New Orleans theme this year—to its longtime headquarters at the Hard Rock. It’s never a good idea to skip this one. August 19, 9 p.m., $65-$125. –Brock Radke
Monty Python and The Holy Grail at Beer Park
Graham Chapman would surely chuckle at his comedy troupe’s 1975 low-budget film screening on the Las Vegas Strip … if he weren’t dead. You, meanwhile, are alive, so celebrate by rewatching the cult classic. It’s free, provided you cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with … a herring! August 22, 7 p.m., Paris Las Vegas. –Spencer Patterson
Die Antwoord at the Chelsea
This is your last chance to catch the alternative South African hip-hop outfit … or maybe it won’t be. After declaring last year that Die Antwoord would release “final album” The Book of Zef this September and then disband, the group has seemingly backtracked a bit. Still, better safe than sorry. August 23, 8 p.m., $29-$135. –Leslie Ventura
Opulent & Beach Paintings at Priscilla Fowler Fine Art
Matte and high gloss. Two female artists play with surfaces in a joint show up now. In Opulent, Lolita Develay (UNLV MFA 2014) uses oil paints and watercolors to depict the world of luxury fashion in Las Vegas. Bright colors and large canvases dazzle the eyes. Mirror-surfaced mannequins pose in elaborate window displays. The effect is so breathtaking, it takes a while for the growing dread of consumerism to boil up behind the beauty. By then, the viewer is already complicit in that which Develay critiques
With Beach Paintings, Eva Celin offers calm, matte depictions of midcentury-era playing on the beach. Her images have the warm quality of found vacation snapshots from the 1950s. She has created a world the viewer will want to join. Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. and by appointment, free, 1025 S. 1st St. #155 (inside Art Square), 719-371-5640. –C. Moon Reed
Also: a double shot of poet and rapper Saul Williams.
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