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Matthew Couper’s new exhibit, TSMRKT’s dark comedy and other stuff to do this week

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“Chief Mourner and the Last Drops,” 2017, oil on panel. (With the artist’s permission, this piece has been cropped to fit this print space.)
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  • Pig Roast at the Kitchen at Atomic

    From his SLO Boy pop-up to his Whiskey in the Wilderness events to his efforts helping open Sparrow + Wolf, chef Justin Kingsley Hall keeps doing delicious things. Congratulate him on his new gig at the Kitchen at Atomic during a patio pig roast at the iconic Downtown bar.November 9, 4 p.m. –Brock Radke

  • AFAN’s Art in Full Bloom at Mayesh Wholsesale Florist Artists

    Florists, fashion designers and DJs—this year’s “Crazy Daisy” theme brings these distinct creative worlds together in a benefit for local nonprofit Aid for AIDS of Nevada. November 10, 4 p.m., Free, 3950 W. Diablo Drive #B11. –Leslie Ventura

  • Cancer Dog at Center for Science and Wonder

    Margaret has terminal cancer, and she’s not bothering with chemo or cannabis oil. No, she’s done and over it, so she has planned an end-of-life party for her last—and we mean last—hurrah. But, per her luck, no one attends. What’s there to do when there’s no one to watch her go? And, more importantly, on what grounds is this a comedic play?

    Cancer Dog is “an incredibly dark” one, says Las Vegas writer/director Ernest Hemmings (TSTMRKT). “You know, like when you are telling a group of friends a story about your childhood that you think is funny, but they are horrified? It’s that vibe. It deals with abuse, narcissism, choice and family.” It also sees Hemmings briefly returning to the more straightforward approach he took on previous works like Tinfoil Haberdashery and The Proletariat. The play’s run precedes Hemmings and Cancer Dog lead actress Breon Jenay’s double showcase at the IFC-sponsored SF Sketchfest in January. “It’s a pretty big deal,” Hemmings says. “Breon and I are sh*tting confetti over it.” November 10-12, Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.; $10 (tstmrkt.com/tickets). –Mike Prevatt

  • Matthew Couper: From Dust to Water at Rise at Holsom Lofts

    There aren’t a lot of ways to dress up the boring issue of water in the desert, but artist Matthew Couper handily accomplishes it through his paintings, which often juxtapose the religious imagery and aesthetic of Spanish Baroque colonial art with iconography and commentary pertaining to the physical, social and cultural environment of Las Vegas.

    This unique approach informs the 20-odd paintings that will go up at Holsom Loft’s RISE gallery for his latest exhibition, From Dust to Water, made possible by the Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship award for painting Couper was given (via the National Endowment for the Arts) in July. You can catch the opening reception and artist talk on November 14 (6-9 p.m.) or reserve some time November 15-30 (Thursday-Saturday, 1-4:30 p.m.) to view the work, all made in Las Vegas between 2011 and 2017 and some receiving public wall space for the very first time. Novemeber 14-30 –Mike Prevatt

  • 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

  • Remembering Marsha P. Johnson at Inside Style

    Local nonprofit Gender Justice Nevada hosts two back-to-back documentary screenings to bring awareness to a prominent transgender legend—and to issues that community faces. Marsha P. Johnson is widely regarded as one of the first people who fought against police violence during a raid on New York City gay bar the Stonewall Inn, an event commonly viewed as the start of the gay liberation movement.

    The Death and Life of Martha P. Johnson chronicles her life with archival footage, exploring her many contributions as a trans activist, including opening S.T.A.R. House in New York, the first shelter for gay and trans youth in 1972. Gender Justice follows that screening with the short 2015 film Stealth by LA-based filmmaker Bennett Lasseter. It tells the story of transgender tween Sammy, whose identity is jeopardized when friends threaten to tell her school she was born a boy. The screenings are followed by a discussion on being trans and gender-noncomforming in America today. November 15, 6:30 p.m., Free (donations accepted), 1119 Main St. –Leslie Ventura

  • Chris Kraus reading & discussion at The Writer's Block

    Her cult novel I Love Dick has been adapted into an Amazon streaming series starring Kevin Bacon. UNLV’s Black Mountain Institute brings the author and editor Downtown for a reading of her new work After Kathy Acker. RSVP at blackmountaininstitute.org. November 15, 7 p.m., 1020 Fremont Street. –C. Moon Reed

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