Horror Movie Group Art Show at Bubblegum Gallery
The Shining. Scream. A Nightmare on Elm Street. Explore watercolor paintings, mixed-media pieces and other creepy, crawly and macabre works from local Las Vegans paying homage to—and re-creating moments from—their favorite horror films. July 7, 6 p.m., Free, 1800 S. Industrial Road. –Leslie Ventura
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers at Brooklyn Bowl
Some things will never change. A KNPR spot for Friday’s Bruce Hornsby concert features precisely one song, and I’m sure I don’t need to tell you it’s 1986’s “The Way It Is.” But while much of the world might think of the 62-year-old piano man as a one-hit wonder (two if you count “Mandolin Rain” off the same debut LP), his live shows offer evidence to the contrary, and not just because he doesn’t play “The Way It Is” every time out.
Since “sitting in” with the Grateful Dead from 1990 through 1992 (and for occasional concerts after that), Hornsby’s sound and setlists have reflected that band’s exploratory approach. Meshing an improvisational, jazzy vibe with back-porch, Southern storytelling, his shows are free-flowing affairs that can vary wildly from night to night, sprinkling Dead and Dylan covers into his own underrated catalog. Hornsby even invites fans to slip written requests onto the stage; for those, try to delve a bit deeper into his catalog than, well, you know. July 7, 7:30 p.m., $39-$70. –Spencer Patterson
NBA Summer League at Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion
New hope Lonzo Ball will take Tarkanian Court for a battle of Los Angeles to kick off Summer League play Friday at 5:30 p.m., when the Lakers play the Clippers. The two LA teams are among a record 24 squads playing 67 games in 10 days at the UNLV arenas. Hoops fans, exalt! July 7-17, unlvtickets.com. –Brock Radke
From Broadway With Love at Smith Center
Musical theater lovers, unite! Benefit performance From Broadway With Love: Honoring the Shoulders We Stand On celebrates stars like Lena Horne, Redd Foxx and Nat King Cole, who “kicked doors open in Las Vegas and throughout the world.” The talent showcase offers samplings from 16 Broadway musicals (including Hamilton, The Wiz, Cats, Matilda, The Lion King and A Chorus Line), along with a tribute to Old Vegas headliner Sammy Davis Jr. The cast of more than 300 features local favorites and Broadway veterans. Legendary tap dancer and Tony winner Savion Glover—you might recognize his moves from the film Happy Feet—will make a star performance. Locals Clint Holmes, Reva Rice, Earl Turner and Deniece Williams will share the stage with hosts and stage veterans Anthony Wayne, Travis Cloer and Anika Ellis-Mungin.
Proceeds help fund Vegas-based nonprofit theater program Broadway in the H.O.O.D., which works to bring educational and cultural opportunities to at-risk youth. Initiatives include original productions, low-cost performances and a free, 10-week Summer Theater Camp. And unlike many benefit events, this one is affordable. July 8, 3 p.m., $19-$105, Reynolds Hall. –C. Moon Reed
Skate or Dive ’17 at Dive Bar
They won’t have a jersey barrier quarter pipe this year, but the Facebook page promises punk rock, skating, “hectic anarchy” and “bad decisions.” We wouldn’t expect anything less from a bill featuring McRad (Philadelphia), Fastplants (Chicago) Since We Were Kids (LA), Stale Phish (Detroit) and Vegas’ own Mersa. July 8, 6 p.m., $7. –Leslie Ventura
Blondie and Garbage at the Pearl
The argument can be made that even if this show consisted simply of Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Garbage’s Shirley Manson sitting onstage playing cards, it would be worth watching. These are two of the most compelling singers in rock. Both defined the performing style of their respective eras; both have a look and sound that can only be imitated, not stolen; both are outspoken critics of an industry that has tried to own their careers. But they’re also bringing two great bands, each filled with influential players and possessed of too many great songs to name, including “Call Me,” “Only Happy When it Rains,” “Atomic” and “Push It.” Oh, and the opening act? X’s John Doe and Exene Cervenka. If we list off their accomplishments we’ll be here all day. (Okay, just one: “The Hungry Wolf.” Epic.) July 8, 8 p.m., $64-$149. –Geoff Carter
Plus, the opening of Cannabition Cannabis Museum.
Hopes are high for Michigan quartet Greta Van Fleet, which has been riding the buzz train thanks to its unabashed re-creation of 1970s rock.
The sixth LIS fest will feature The Flytraps, Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout, Snailmate and many more.
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