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Mike Tyson, Jay Som, a Lego fest and other stuff to do this week

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Tyson starts a run at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club on September 7.
    • Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth Round 2 at Brad Garrett's Comedy Club

      After making its stage debut in 2012, selling out runs at MGM Grand and on Broadway and becoming a popular HBO film, Iron Mike’s one-man show tumbling through the ups and downs of his wild life in the ring returns with plenty of changes. Round 2 begins where Tyson’s boxing career ends, so expect to hear untold stories about his appearances in The Hangover movies, what it’s like to be a cartoon in Adult Swim series Mike Tyson Mysteries and how Spike Lee helped turn the first version of this show into a Broadway success—the first Vegas-produced show to ever make it to the Great White Way. Thursday’s premiere launches a limited run that stretches into November. September 7-November 20, Thursday-Sunday, 10 p.m., $55-$250. –Brock Radke

    • Jay Som at UNLV’s Pida Plaza

      It’s a rare moment when the campus plays host to a rising indie musician like Jay Som, whose recent LP, Everybody Works, has been praised by NPR and Pitchfork—but it’s happening, thanks to the university’s partnership with November’s Emerge Music + Impact Conference. September 7, 3 p.m., Free. –Leslie Ventura

    • Kaki King at Historic Fifth Street School

      They say the guitar has its limits, but a survey of Kaki King’s artistry proves that adage wrong. Complemented and contextualized by atmospheric instrumentation, her intricate six-stringed handiwork takes on an otherworldly feel. You never know where she’s taking you, but you trust her behind the wheel. $13-$25. –Mike Prevatt

    • Newborn Peace Festival at Backstage Bar & Billiards

      On July 4, 1998, local musician and activist Lin “Spit” Newborn and his friend, United States Air Force Serviceman Daniel Shersty, were killed by racist skinheads. In an effort to combat the recent rise of white supremacy, local musician and activist KC Wells and Danielle O’Hara of Nevermore Productions joined forces to create the Newborn Peace Festival, a two-day event filled with performances by local musicians and bands. “This festival is a chance for those who oppose hate ... to come together in a non-violent way and voice concerns, find out how to become more involved in their community and meet other like-minded people to stand up with,” Wells explained in a statement.

      The weekend will feature sets from War Called Home, Dead Money, DiM, Wolfounds, Jr. Ska Boss, For the Fight, Purejoypeople, DJ Day Won, Light ’em Up, Lisa Mac and Bricks, with speakers and activists presenting throughout both evenings to address injustice and intolerance. Friday and Saturday night’s proceeds will go toward the Just One Project and the Human Rights Campaign. September 8-9, 7:30 p.m., $5-$10. –Leslie Ventura

    • One Man, Two Guvnors at Las Vegas Little Theatre

      LVLT’s 40th season continues with this adaptation of 18th-century Italian comedy Servant of Two Masters. In it, a musician finds two jobs, and tries to keep each of his bosses—a gangster and a high-society type—from finding out about the other. September 8-24, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.; $21-$24. –Spencer Patterson

    • Brick Fest Live at Las Vegas Convention Center

      This is the dawning of the age of Lego. The Danish-made building toy has spawned what Wikipedia accurately describes as “a global subculture”: At present, Lego is represented worldwide by 125 Lego retail stores (including one at Fashion Show Mall), six Legoland amusement parks and several wildly popular feature films, for starters. But if you want to see how Lego hits on a personal level, look for the #legogram hashtag on Instagram; you’ll find thousands of photos of custom Lego creations, made by builders of all ages (I’m one of them). There’s an unalloyed fun in reaching into a bucket of bricks and coming up with an airplane, an elephant or even a simple abstract shape. Legos appeal to everyone, because one bucket of them can be all things to all people.

      Cue Brick Fest Live, a Lego fan fest coming to the Convention Center this weekend. It’s a family-friendly event featuring Lego derby races, architectural models, building zones, a giant “sandbox” full of bricks and more. But above all, you’ll find the part of yourself that wants to make something. September 9-10, $20-$39, events.brickfestlive.com. –Geoff Carter

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