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Puddles Pity Party, Unsane, a jazz fest and other stuff to do this week

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  • Hello from Japan at Discovery Children's Museum

    Explore the old and new worlds of Tokyo at this highly interactive exhibit, where the whole family can sing karaoke, play with sushi kits, hang wishes on a wishing tree, design mascots and more. November 23-January 31, Tuesday-Sunday, times vary, $10.50-$14.50, discoverykidslv.org. –Mike Prevatt

  • Jack Evan Johnson, Zach Ryan and the Wanderers & Ted Rader at Bunkhouse Saloon

    No, you’re not seeing things. Head down to the Bunkhouse for a local rock ’n’ roll reunion of sorts, featuring three musicians who once ruled Las Vegas’ music scene. Ted Rader, formerly of The Mad Caps, recently released neo-psychedelic album Tabula Rasa on Bandcamp—head to iamtedrader.com to give it a spin before catching him live with the Magical Mystery Detox Rainbow Band, his first show since moving back from Portland in June. He’ll be joined by Nashville friends and fellow Vegas expats Jack Evan Johnson and Zach Ryan (formerly of The Rooks), who’s playing with latest band The Wanderers. If you missed Johnson perform with Dude City and/or Dangerboner at September’s Life Is Sh*t festival—or you missed Ryan’s bluesy appearance with Benjamin D. Hale at the Smith Center last year—now’s the time to make amends. No telling if all three will ever be on the same stage again. November 24, 8 p.m., $10, 702-982-1764. –Leslie Ventura

  • Sin City Rollergirls: Princesses vs. Villains Exhibition Match

    Ariel and Maleficent—the former with her brand-new legs and the latter with her ability to transform into an angry pinwheel of sparks—would make excellent jammers. But they’d have to get around Moana and Mother Gothel, both natural-born pivots, and Rapunzel and Ursula, whose appendages make them formidable blockers. And we may well see these contests happen when the Sin City Rollergirls skate as your favorite Disney characters in an exhibition roller derby bout. Bring something to sit on, and bring the family, too—kids under 10 get in free. November 18, 6:30 p.m., $10, 4405 E. Colton Ave., sincityrollergirls.com. –Geoff Carter

  • Howie Mandel & Puddles Pity Party at the Mirage

    This dual-billed event is the very definition of a show with “cross-generational appeal.” Older fans will show up for Mandel, a likeable and funny observational comic who appeared regularly on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, starred on NBC’s acclaimed medical drama St. Elsewhere and provided the voice of Gizmo the mogwai in Gremlins.

    But millennial and Gen Y fans may turn out in numbers for Puddles Pity Party (born Mike Geier), the nearly-7-foot-tall sad clown and golden-voiced cabaret singer who rode his YouTube covers of Lorde, David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails songs straight onto America’s Got Talent—presumably where he and Mandel forged their more perfect union. Puddles has performed in Vegas before, most notably at El Cortez, the Bunkhouse and the Smith Center. This Mirage show, however, puts him where he’s always belonged—on the Strip, with his mopey name in lights. November 24-25, 10 p.m., $44-$65. –Geoff Carter

  • Fall Jazz Festival at UNLV's Black Box Theatre

    Here’s a great opportunity to catch the ever-impressive players and instructors of UNLV’s Jazz Studies program, as seven ensembles perform over three nights. Bonus: Renowned multi-woodwind specialist Bob Sheppard guests with Jazz Ensemble II on Tuesday. November 27-29, 7:30 p.m., $8-$10 per show. –Mike Prevatt

  • Unsane at Beauty Bar

    This NYC-birthed trio has stayed singular of purpose since the early 1990s—blasting out unforgiving, unrelenting noise-rock, adorned with fittingly blood-stained cover art. Pummeling September album Sterilize, supported by the band on a tour stopping in Downtown Las Vegas, makes no exception. With Plaque Marks, November 29, 8 p.m., $13. –Spencer Patterson

  • Andrew Wessels reading at UNLV

    Each semester, UNLV’s creative writing program and Black Mountain Institute bring home one of their own. It’s a unique opportunity for a successful alumnus to return to his or her old stomping ground and reconnect with the Las Vegas audience. This week, writer-editor Andrew Wessels will be back on campus for a reading and discussion. UNLV’s creative writing program has always focused on international literature, and Wessels is no exception.

    The poet, essayist, translator, book designer and teacher lives in both LA and Istanbul, and the pull between American and Turkish culture has enriched and inspired his work. His translations of the works of Turkish poet Nurduran Duman were published in the chapbook Semi Circle in 2016; his first book of poetry, A Turkish Dictionary, was published this spring. Entropy magazine describes the latter as, “Part travelogue, part historical journey and part love poem, Wessels’ beautiful book evokes a landscape in which every version of the place now called Istanbul coexists, where nothing is erased by time or war or death.” November 29, 7 p.m., Free, Beverly Rogers Literature & Law Building (Room 101), RSVP at blackmountaininstitute.org. –C. Moon Reed

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    • The annual benefit show for the water charity is set for March 2 at Mandalay Bay.

    • The Downtown music fest takes places March 8-11 at the Bunkhouse Saloon, Beauty Bar, Backstage Bar & Billiards, Artifice and Cornish Pasty.

    • Announced participants include Nick Hornby, Tayari Jones, Meg Wolitzer and John Hodgman.

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