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Nas returns to Vegas for Labor Day Weekend.
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  • The Beast on Amazon.com

    One of the highlights of the 2016 Las Vegas Film Festival is finally available to the general public, as the debut feature from brothers Ryan and Cody LeBoeuf premieres on VOD at Amazon. Originally titled Rabbit Days, the movie has been renamed The Beast for its home video release, but under any title it’s still a fascinating surrealist work of art, and one of the best features ever created by local filmmakers.

    UNLV theater professor and veteran character actor Clarence Gilyard stars as Auguste Porter, an eccentric theater director and disgraced former university professor, who invites three of his associates to a gathering at his remote lodge, all under false pretenses. There he tortures them with oblique warnings about “the beast,” some sort of monster that has escaped capture and is roaming the surrounding woods (he also accuses it of stealing his jet ski). Gilyard is fascinating and funny as Porter, conveying real menace with the LeBoeufs’ often absurd dialogue, and the movie has a dreamy David Lynchian feel that gets more intense as it goes on. Available Now, $4-$13. –Josh Bell

  • Las Vegas 51s' Final Home Games at Cashman Field

    Las Vegans have a love/hate relationship with 35-year-old Cashman Field (the third-oldest stadium in Triple-A), but it will still be strange to watch pro baseball anywhere else in town. You have five more chances to catch the 51s at Cashman before they move into their shiny Downtown Summerlin digs. Times vary, August 30-September 3, $11-$17. –Spencer Patterson

  • TSTMRKT at Cornish Pasty Co.

    The mysterious, avant-garde group TSTMRKT will bring its minimalist “comedic performance art piece” to the hip Downtown restaurant. Expect to be amused—and bemused—by a show billed as “humorous, dark and furiously absurd.” August 31, 8 p.m., $20. –C. Moon Reed

  • Soul Asylum at Carnival Court

    Radio heads may only know the veteran Minnesota alt-rock band for its hit “Runaway Train.” But music enthusiasts highly regard Soul Asylum for its onstage prowess, deep catalog and deeper rock sound. September 1, 9 p.m., $20. –Mike Prevatt

  • Cedric the Entertainer at The Joint

    The Barbershop star has a busy fall and winter ahead—his new CBS sitcom, The Neighborhood, debuts October 1—but this Original King of Comedy is never too busy to take the stage and dominate. September 1, 8 p.m., $46-$73. –Geoff Carter

  • Shakira at MGM Grand Garden Arena

    In support of latest studio album El Dorado, the Golden One brings two decades worth of Latin hits to Las Vegas, including “Hips Don’t Lie” and her recent, fiery Maluma collab, “Chantaje.” $51-$161, September 1, 7:30 p.m. –Leslie Ventura

  • Queen & Adam Lambert at Park Theater

    Just ahead of the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, the surviving members of Queen have lined up a 10-date engagement dubbed The Crown Jewels, with American Idol alum Adam Lambert at the Park Theater, which kicks off Saturday night. September 1-2 & 5, 8 p.m., $68-$350. –Brock Radke

  • Nas at Marquee

    Hot off his Kanye-produced 12th studio album, Nasir, and ahead of a September 7 concert with Lauryn Hill at the Joint, the 44-year-old NYC emcee stirs up Labor Day Weekend in Vegas. Expect his Marquee set to include new songs, as Nas is planning a second album for 2018. September 2, 10:30 p.m., $30-$40. –Brock Radke

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