Desert Flower Power Landscape at Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery
Photos of desert plants and Las Vegans intermix in artist JK Russ’ sculptural collage exhibit (up through September 14). Attend the opening reception to meet the artist, hear her talk and view a special performance by the UNLV Dance Club. August 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free. –C. Moon Reed
Winemaker's Table Dinner at Estiatorio Milos
Journey through Europe’s famed wine regions with each glass, while savoring Milos’ favorites like Maryland crab cakes, Bay Scallops and the signature octopus. August 2, Seating times 5-10:45 p.m., $79 (reservations required; 702-698-7930). –Leslie Ventura
Tales of the Vegas Mob at various venues
“This town was better when the mob was running it.” That’s a popular statement among Las Vegans who are upset about paid parking or something, and who presumably don’t have an active, local threat against their lives right now (that they know of). Two upcoming events will endeavor to put Vegas’ mob-run years into perspective.
The first, part of Clark County Library’s Las Vegas Stories series, brings author Larry D. Gragg for a two-hour discussion of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and his influence on Las Vegas on August 2 (7 p.m., free, Clark County Library). Gragg will talk about Siegel’s place in popular culture, the accuracy of the stories about his place in Vegas’ mythos and, of course, the Flamingo.
The other event, an August 6 screening of T.W. Gilbride and Ned Day’s 1987 documentary Mob on the Run, is quite naturally happening at the Mob Museum (6 p.m., free with museum admission or membership). Veteran journalists Bob Stoldal and George Knapp will be on hand to provide further expert commentary on this wild time. August 2 & 6. –Geoff Carter
Destructo & Troyboi at Drai's Beachclub
DJ, producer and dance festival mogul Gary Richards tunes up for his recently announced fall tour with a day set at the Cromwell’s rooftop club, teaming up with South London house head TroyBoi Friday. Drai’s continues to expand its musical diversity. August 3, 11 a.m., $20-$30. –Brock Radke
Levitation Room at Bunkhouse Saloon
This LA quartet released a Burger Records full-length in 2016, but its garage-psych groovers sound like they carbon-date to the late 1960s. With Kurumpaw, Free LSD’s Bad Trip. August 3, 9 p.m., $8-$10. –Spencer Patterson
Dat Phan at South Point Showroom
The first-season Last Comic Standing winner returns to Las Vegas to weave his energetic, funny stories about Vietnamese-American culture, systemic racism, family life and other topics—and maybe to grab a bite at the Peppermill. August 3-4, 7:30 p.m., $15-$25. –Geoff Carter
Kingdom Hearts Orchestra at The Joint
The popular Square Enix role-playing video game series hits the concert stage with more than 100 musicians, a choir and a giant HD screen featuring hero Sora and various Disney and Final Fantasy characters. August 5, 8 p.m., $54-$114. –Mike Prevatt
School of Rock: The Musical at Reynolds Hall
What happens when a wannabe rock star/substitute teacher turns his straight-laced fifth-grade class into straight-up rockers? A hit musical! The hilarious 2003 Richard Linklater film starring Jack Black hits the Smith Center as a Broadway rock-musical extravaganza that includes 14 new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and a talented cast of instrument-playing kiddos. August 7-12, $29-$127. –C. Moon Reed
"I can’t believe Foster the People didn’t play ‘Pumped-Up Kicks.'"
Once again, the JustKids studio has curated a striking assortment of murals, with a few eye-popping standouts.
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