My Life with The Thrill Kill Kult at Beauty Bar
The problem with the ascending industrial music genre in the late 1980s: how to make it sexy. The solution: Chicago’s My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, founded by former club kids Frankie Nardiello (stage name: Groovie Mann) and Marston Daley (Buzz McCoy). Its application of groove-laden bass and sleaze-laden lyrics (and samples) would enliven the otherwise stiff and stark industrial scene, evidenced on the band’s first two longplayers, I See Good Spirits and I See Bad Spirits and Confessions of a Knife...—both of which will be performed in full at Beauty Bar, as part of Thrill Kill Kult’s 30th anniversary tour. November 2, 8 p.m., $15-$20. –Mike Prevatt
Arts at the Heart art conference at Fifth Street School
In celebration of the Nevada Arts Council’s 50th anniversary, artists and leaders from across the state will gather to discuss how art and culture are fundamental in shaping and enriching community. On Thursday, participate in walking tours of the Neon Museum and Seven Magic Mountains, followed by a keynote and reception before heading to the Historic Fifth Street School on Friday for a full day of conference sessions and a presentation with Americans for the Arts’ Jay Dick. November 2 & 3, $50, nvculture.org/nevadaartscouncil. –Leslie Ventura
Dia de los Muertos festividades
The City of Las Vegas hosts its Dia de Los Muertos celebration at Lorenzi Park—our pick for budget-minded folks (it’s free and open to the public). Expect all the usual festival fare: live entertainment, food and craft vendors, a children’s area, face-painting and more. The event highlight will be a display of altars to deceased loved ones, which were created for a contest by different local organizations. November 2, 5-9 p.m., 720 Twin Lakes Drive.
Downtown’s Wonderland Gallery is celebrating the Mexican cultural holiday for the month of November. The gallery invited artists to submit creative interpretations of Dia de los Muertos, with the best paintings and sculptures on display November 2-23. Tuesday-Thursday, noon-4 p.m., Friday-Saturday noon-6 p.m.; 107 E. Charleston Boulevard #100.
And the Springs Preserve will host a three-day Dia de los Muertos festival. In its ninth year, the event will include dance folklorico, theater, mariachi music, sugar skull decorating activities, face painting and an exhibition of art and altars. November 3-5, 4-9 p.m. $8-$10. –C. Moon Reed
Studio Ghibli Group Art Show at Bubblegum Gallery
The Japanese animation house founded by Hayao Miyazaki in 1985 is world-renowned for its transportive and whimsical feature films, the inspiration behind this First Friday group show. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character—whether it be from classics like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke or the feel-good film My Neighbor Totoro—and experience the magic of Miyazaki’s fantastic worlds, interpreted through the lens of various local artists. November 6 p.m., Free. –Leslie Ventura
Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival at Clark County Library
The city’s longest-running comic-book event returns for its 10th year with an expanded Artist Alley showcasing independent and local creators, plus panels, film screenings and guests including popular comics creators James Robinson, J.H. Williams III, Mairghread Scott and more. November 4, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Free. –Josh Bell
Sunset Park’d Food Truck & Micro Brew Festival at Sunset Park
Clark County Parks and Recreation brings together 30-plus food trucks (including Stripchezze and Truk-N-Yaki), New Vista’s Brew’s Best beer festival and a vegan food fest in one of the Valley’s best green spots. November 4, Noon-9 p,m.; main event free, beer fest $30-$35, sunsetparkd.com. –Geoff Carter
The Pharcyde & Souls of Mischief at Brooklyn Bowl
Ask any serious hip-hop head to list the best debut albums from the 1990s, and The Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde (1992) and Souls of Mischief’s 93 ‘til Infinity (1993) are sure to make the cut. The California crews responsible for those influential LPs—the former from LA, the latter based in Oakland—team up for a night of throwback fun, with additional support from Tha Alkaholiks and Ras Kass. November 4, 7 p.m., $35-$40. –Spencer Patterson
A Double Shot of Opera
Sin City Opera is known for making opera fresh. The company kicks off its eighth season by revisiting the god of classical composition with Mostly Mozart: A Celebration. On November 4 (7 p.m.) and 5 (2 p.m.), Sin City will present a “festival of creativity” bringing together multiple genres of talent through the performance of both classical and contemporary pieces. $15-$20, Winchester Cultural Center.
Despite the fancy German title, UNLV Opera Theater’s production of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus is seriously silly … and it’s sung in English. The script is “good-natured froth” with “marvelous old Strauss melodies,” according to The New York Times. It’s a bubbly, champagne-infused tale that centers around a ball held by Prince Orlofsky and the invited guests who attend in disguise. Hilarity, pranks, costumed revenge and waltzing ensues. November 8-9, 7:30 p.m., $10, UNLV’s Lee and Thomas Beam Music Center. –C. Moon Reed
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