Dance in the Desert at the Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center
Back for its 19th year, this perennial (and free) festival favorite brings dancers, choreographers and companies from far and wide, offering performances, master classes and networking events for both dance insiders and enthusiasts. July 28 at 7 p.m., July 29 at 2 & 7 p.m., 702-507-3863. –C. Moon Reed
Live-cast 'Beetlejuice' at the Sci Fi Center
Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice has everything: macabre humor, a transcendent Michael Keaton, a well-cast Winona Ryder. But it hasn’t had a live, costumed ensemble in front of the screen, emulating its every move, Rocky Horror-style—until now. July 29, 7 p.m., $10, thescificenter.com. –Geoff Carter
The Who at the Colosseum
It’s about time that both The Who joined in on the Vegas residency racket and that the Colosseum finally lassoed a rock ‘n’ roll act for an extended run. And while we hope vocalist Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend and the rest of the band settle in nicely for the six shows, we’re also optimistic that the boys will show restlessness on the setlist, which has shown only minor differentiation on the band’s 50th anniversary victory lap. A residency will be the perfect occasion to substitute different album cuts and rare nuggets among the must-play hits. July 29-August 11, 8 p.m., $76-$501, 866-227-5938. –Mike Prevatt
51s Equality Night at Cashman Field
We recently reported the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada is facing financial trouble, and since then fundraisers have sprung up on the nonprofit’s behalf—including this promotion: Purchase your $10 tickets at the Center and head down to Cashman Field Monday when the Las Vegas 51s face off against the Sky Sox from Colorado Springs (which is, coincidentally, the base city of anti-gay group Focus on the Family), with the Las Vegas Men’s Chorus performing the National Anthem and $1 hot dogs, Cracker Jacks, peanuts, popcorn and churros on offer. How better to raise money for a good cause than baseball on a summer night? July 31, 7 p.m., $5-$30 tickets also available at Ticketmaster, 702-943-7200. –Leslie Ventura
Official Star Trek Convention at The Rio
We’re at the point in human evolution where a Star Trek convention doesn’t require explanation, right? We can bypass all discussion of attendees costumed as Vulcans or Borg drones and simply advance to who will be at this Star Trek convention—which, as it turns out, is everyone: LeVar Burton, Jonathan Frakes, Kate Mulgrew, Nichelle Nichols, William Shatner, Brent Spiner, Patrick Stewart, George Takei, Karl Urban and many more, either on stage or signing your intergalactic ephemera for a fee. Put on your damn pointy ears and go. August 2-6, $65-$479, creationent.com/cal/st_lasvegas.html. –Geoff Carter
Marvel Universe Live at the Thomas & Mack Center
When the new Marvel Universe Live show rolls into the Thomas & Mack Center this week—Age of Heroes features more than 20 beloved heroes and villains, including the freshly added Guardians of the Galaxy—Las Vegas will be well-represented. Among the lead cast of familiar comic-book faces are three Sin City citizens who’ve been touring the country with the massive Marvel production, which will continue its North American jaunt through 2019. That’s a lot of supering.
Kaitlin Murdock is originally from Huntsville, Alabama, and has been with Marvel Universe Live producers Feld Entertainment for three years, but was working as a dancer when she got the call to become the Black Cat. Her preferred power: super strength.
Honolulu native Matt Daos has been performing and practicing martial arts since the age of 7, inspired by Bruce Lee and his favorite movie stuntmen. His dream is to do a movie with Jackie Chan, but he’s already accomplished the goal of becoming his favorite superhero: Spider-Man.
Kevin Myrick, originally of Yorba Linda, California, brings a background in dance and theater to the role of Doctor Strange. When asked the all-important question of what he would commission Avengers’ tech genius Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) to invent in order to further advance civilization, Myrick went with the obvious choice of burrito maker. July 27-30, times vary, $15-$80, 702-739-3267. –Brock Radke
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