Wellred Comedy Fundraiser at The Space
Happen to see singer-songwriter Jason Isbell at House of Blues back in March? If you arrived early, you might’ve also caught his unconventional opener: self-described “liberal redneck” Trae Crowder. Half Jeff Foxworthy, half Bill Maher, the Tennessee-born stand-up likes to poke fun at the rural South and its conservative politics. Sample joke: “The way I feel about the Confederate Flag is the way I look at the original Power Rangers TV show: I liked it when I was a kid, but I didn’t know any better.”
You’ll get another shot to catch Crowder during this comedy fundraiser for local political action group Battle Born Progress. This time he’s bringing fellow Southern heretics Corey Ryan Forrester and Drew Morgan—which should mean triple the Trump digs. July 13, 8 p.m., $35-$55. –Mike Prevatt
The Weekly's Best of Vegas party at XS
Tooting our own horn? Yep, but mostly we’re touting our 2017 honorees, and inviting you to celebrate them with us. On the pages that follow, you’ll read all about the
restaurants, bars, bands and artists our staff and our readers are especially excited about right now, and everyone can rub shoulders with those giants—and yes, consume some complimentary beverages served up for the occasion—inside this year’s Best Megaclub winner: XS at Encore Resort. Save yourself a spot by RSVPing at conta.cc/2uPs6BO. See you Saturday night! July 15, 8 p.m. –Spencer Patterson
Chic at The Pearl
Opening for Duran Duran last year, Nile Rodgers’ disco/soul group coaxed a Mandalay Bay Events Center crowd from its seats with dare-not-to-dance hits like “Good Times” and “Le Freak.” The energy should be even higher this time, with Chic’s own fans populating the Palms’ concert hall. July 16, 8 p.m., $41-$96. –Spencer Patterson
The Big Lebowski at Boulevard Pool
Dudes, we finally got the venue we wanted. Joel and Ethan Coen’s modern comedy classic The Big Lebowski is screening at the Cosmopolitan on Monday night. (The Cosmo is on Las Vegas Boulevard, near the In-N-Out Burger.) And are you ready for this? The movie stars Jeff Bridges, who’s not a hero—’cause what’s a hero?—but he’s the man for his time ’n’ place. Fits right in there. It also stars Steve Buscemi and John Goodman … what, have you ever heard of a little show called Roseanne? John Goodman co-starred in 221 episodes—the entirety of the series. Not exactly a lightweight. So we’ll, uh, see the movie—should be a delight; the Cosmo’s poolside movies usually are—and we’ll have a few drinks, a few laughs. Our problems are over, dudes. July 17, 7:30 p.m., $5. –Geoff Carter
Taste of Spain Dinner at Andiron Steak & Sea
The Downtown Summerlin hot spot lets executive chef Robert Camacho go tapas-crazy for this one-night special menu event. Work your way through pan con tomate with Serrano ham, gazpacho and pulpo gallego, but remember to save room for the seafood paella and churros con chocolate. July 18, 6:30 p.m., $59, andironsteak.com. –Brock Radke
3 plays to catch in July
Instead of a classic film noir, watch a “clown noir.” Majestic Repertory Theatre brings a new dark comedy to Downtown from July 13-29. Tapping Clown Bar for a “critic’s pick,” The New York Times describes it as “unabashedly silly but also shrewd” and “a show made for those who enjoy a few winces along with their grins.” The immersive play follows Happy Maloney, a cop who descends into the gritty clown underworld to investigate his brother’s murder. Sounds pretty much like a regular day in Las Vegas. $25, majesticrepertory.com.
Massive spoiler alert: Winter is coming … no, scratch that, “laughter is coming.” Two days before the Season 7 premiere of HBO’s mega-hit Game of Thrones, the Space offers up some lighthearted fun. Running July 14-23, Thrones! The Musical Parody was created by improv group Baby Wants Candy. It has sold out shows both in the UK and stateside. “I could not help but laugh, be slightly embarrassed, but be wholly delighted,” one reviewer wrote on Chicagotheatrereview.com. $35-$55, thespacelv.com.
Finally, a jukebox musical revue spotlighting women’s voices. Beehive the ’60s Musical (July 14-30) features a six-woman cast who channel multitudes: Diana Ross, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and more. Expect a bevy of hits as the loose storyline takes you through the transformative decade: “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Downtown,” “Respect,” “A Natural Woman,” “It’s My Party,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and more. $25, lvlt.org. –C. Moon Reed
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