From Stonewall to Snowflakes at the Center
Have you ever questioned what can be accomplished through protest? Explore the significance of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, a violent police raid on popular New York City gay bar the Stonewall Inn, widely regarded as the launch point for the LGBT movement and the contemporary fight for equality in this country. Hosted by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada’s QVolution Youth Program, the multimedia performance will focus on the impact Stonewall and other protests have made throughout history. June 29, 7 p.m., $10 suggested donation. –Leslie Ventura
Raw Femme Showcase at Brooklyn Bowl
Raw Femme founder Rawky Lozano vowed that this femme-focused music showcase would go on after March’s Neon Reverb cancellation, and it will. Halsey Harkins, Kaylie Foster, Jessica Manalo, Candy Warpop and a School of Rock student band will perform, and art and fashion from local vendors will be featured. June 30, 6 p.m., $10. –Leslie Ventura
African art returns to Left of Center Gallery
The North Las Vegas gallery marks the grand reopening of its Museum Collection of African Art with a free party. Get a first look at the refreshed permanent exhibit and enjoy performances by African folklorist Binni Wilkin and the Olabisi African Dance and Drum Ensemble. June 30, 6-8:30 p.m., 2207 W. Gowan Road. –C Moon Reed
Mel Brooks at Encore Theater
Bad news first: Both shows are sold out. Check StubHub, check SeatGeek, do what you gotta do. The good news is that Mel Brooks—he who made Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, The Producers, Spaceballs, History of the World Part 1 and several more of the funniest films ever made—is coming to Las Vegas to talk about his life and career. Perhaps, if Mel likes it here in Vegas, he can be persuaded to come back. (But don’t make too much of a fuss—“Mel the all-powerful,” “Mel the magnificent”—as he’ll tell you, he’s just plain Yogurt.) Just in case he doesn’t like it, though, maybe you oughta cough up the tall money to see a living legend. June 30 & July 1, 7:30 p.m. –Geoff Carter
Rammstein at T-Mobile Arena
In its native Berlin, Rammstein is the face of a hard rock/industrial subgenre called Neue Deutsche Härte, which translates to “New German Hardness.” And while the wildly entertaining band isn’t exactly new anymore—the band formed in 1994, and its breakthrough appearance on the soundtrack to David Lynch’s Lost Highway happened 20 years ago—it still brings humor, catchy riffs and yes, the skull-thumping härte that enabled Rammstein to build its own metal kingdom all those years ago. Here are three reasons to see the band now: 1. It still features all its original members; how often is that the case? 2. The live show can be described in a word: theatricality. Maybe two words: Everything explodes. Okay, three more words: Phallus water cannon. 3. “Du Hast” still rocks like a mutter-liebhaber. July 1, 6:30 p.m., With Korn, Stone Sour. $50-$250. –Geoff Carter
July 4 Celebrations
Just because the holiday falls on a Tuesday this year doesn’t mean you can’t go all-out in the name of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and roman candles. Here are three celebrations to consider:
Damboree. For the 69th year, Boulder City goes big for the Fourth, with a full day of events in celebration: a 9 a.m. parade down Nevada Highway; midway booths at Broadbent Memorial Park (1301 5th St.) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a water park and DJ entertainment at Veteran’s Memorial Park (1650 Buchanan Blvd.); and the capper, fireworks at 9 p.m. Parking costs $10.
City of Henderson. The southeast suburb’s yearly party moves to Heritage Park (350 E. Racetrack Road), where you’ll find family fun starting at 6 p.m., including bounce houses, a Ferris wheel, lawn games and, yes, fireworks beginning at 9 p.m. Admission and parking are free, though some activities cost money.
Station Casinos. It’s tradition: Find a parking spot—or better yet, some real estate atop a parking garage—near Red Rock Resort or Green Valley Ranch Resort, tune your radio to 96.3-FM KKLZ or 102.7-FM KCYE and count down to the 9 p.m. start of this annual fireworks assault. We have a hunch you’ll hear “Born in the U.S.A.” and “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” before heading home.
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