Scoopfest Vegas at The Space
Attention comedy nerds: Here’s your chance to watch (and mingle with) this gen’s up-and-comers. Back and bigger for its second year, Scoopfest delivers live comedy podcasts by day and entertainment by night, like musical sketch group The Apple Sisters. Local comics and event organizers Matt Donnelly and Paul Mattingly (of Matt and Mattingly’s Ice Cream Social podcast) will host. Other podcasters include magician Penn Jillette, Love + Radio’s Nick Van Der Kolk and the guys from Player One Podcast. The weekend starts with an official meet and greet and a variety show featuring Strip entertainers. “We’re building the best entertainment we can,” Donnelly says, “but also leaving room for people to hang out and meet each other.” September 22-24, $196, heyscoops.com. –C. Moon Reed
Saul Williams at Pearson Community Center
The acclaimed poet, rapper and actor has spent two decades working in the arts, including starring in 2014 Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me, based on the life of Tupac Shakur. The Poets of National Stature Reading Series present an evening with the poet, preceded by an afternoon workshop at 3 p.m. at Left of Center Art Gallery. September 23, 6 p.m., Both events free. –Leslie Ventura
Lords of Acid at Beauty Bar
“Pop That Tooshie.” “The Wet Dream.” “I Must Increase My Bust.” The oeuvre of Lords of Acid hints at Judy Blume innuendo but largely indulges in Adult Superstore hardcore. But the Belgian/American techno-sexual act is also renowned for its seamless merging acid house, industrial and breakbeat, and for helping diversify the soundtrack of European rave culture. The outfit’s first American tour in six years will feature the front-to-back performance of 1994’s Voodoo U, which means Fremont East will be alive with the sounds of … “Dirty Willy” and “The Crablouse.” With Combichrist, Night Club, Skumlove, September 23, 8 p.m., $20-$25. –Mike Prevatt
Star Trek: Discovery viewing party at the Sci Fi Center
Twelve years. That’s how long it’s been since the Star Trek franchise has been on television. In that time, we’ve seen three “reboot” Trek films, the unfortunate closing of Star Trek: The Experience … and maybe, just maybe, some of you finally experienced pon farr. (Mazel tov.) But the great drought ends with the arrival of Star Trek: Discovery, a new Trek series created by Alex Kurtzman (co-writer of two of the Trek reboot films) and Bryan Fuller (creator of several acclaimed shows, including Hannibal and American Gods.) There’s no telling if it will be good or not; some of us are still trying to decide if Enterprise was worth the effort. Thanks to the Sci Fi Center’s viewing party, however, we can start having those blood-fevered arguments in real time. Cue the “Amok Time” fight music! I burn, T’pau! September 24, 6 p.m., Free, 5077 Arville St. –Geoff Carter
Dave Hickey art lecture at Barrick Museum of Art
The razor-tongued author and critic has been tearing up the art world for as long as we can remember. Hickey, a certified MacArthur “genius” and former UNLV prof, returns to discuss his favorite subject: art. (On October 2, he’ll give a second lecture about writing.) $5. September 25, 7 p.m. –C. Moon Reed
3 reasons to attend Life is Sh*t Festival
The annual counter-culture gathering returns for its fifth year this weekend. In case you need extra motivation to attend …
Hamell on Trial. Bad Moon Booking tapped the American folk-punk artist to headline this year’s event, and it’s a fitting choice. Known for touring with Ani Difranco in the ’90s, Ed Hamell blends music and comedy to address controversial political themes. Given the current state of things, he’ll have plenty of content from which to dig.
Dude City. The Boulder City band, fronted by Vegas ex-pat and current Nashville singer-songwriter Jack Evan Johnson, regroups to perform. The punk-rock group has been working on new material, including just-released single “Nuclear Fusion.”
Death Hymn Number 9. Last year’s SadGirl set by was so well-received at Life Is Sh*t, Vegas has since become a regular tour stop for that band. From this year’s lineup, we hope LA outfit Death Hymn Number 9 follows a similar path. The group combines its “collective rage and wild abandonment issues” into abrasively loud, thrashy surf and punk rock—the perfect soundtrack for all your beer-soaked dreams.
September 23, 4 p.m., donations accepted. Dive Bar, 702-586-3483. –Leslie Ventura
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