AJ Lambert at The Space
Unless you count the one song she sang at the Mondays Dark year-end show at the Joint in December, Friday night marks AJ Lambert’s first performance in Las Vegas, which is a big deal considering Lambert is the granddaughter of Frank Sinatra. She’ll be performing his pioneering 1955 concept album In the Wee Small Hours at the Space, and continuing with monthly gigs there throughout 2018, rotating that LP with performances of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 1958 classic Only the Lonely.
Lambert has always been a musician, but she hasn’t always been a singer, so she waited for the right time to tackle the family material. “I had to have a voice to use. To sing stuff like what I’m doing now, especially, it helps to have a little life behind you,” she says. “And I didn’t want to do the typical tribute stuff, even though it would be easier and people would get it quickly, because I don’t feel like I can do those songs in a way that would be honest. It doesn’t make sense to me to sing ‘High Hopes,’ for the person I am and the singer I am and what I’m trying to communicate about him.” January 12, 10 p.m., $35. –Brock Radke
Aces & Ales Winter Beer Fest
What better way to celebrate our Valley’s mild winter than by downing winter beer? Sample seasonals from more than 30 breweries, including Avery, The Bruery and Mikkeller at both Aces locations—Nellis on Friday and Tenaya on Sunday, both starting at 3 p.m. $15 entry (includes first pour), $5 tastes. January 12 & 13 –Spencer Patterson
A Raisin in the Sun at Smith Center
What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up, like a raisin in the sun? Langston Hughes asked in his 1951 poem “Harlem.” Playwright Lorraine Hansberry offered an answer with her Tony-winning 1959 play about an impoverished black family striving to achieve the American Dream in a hostile America. “A Raisin in the Sun has vigor as well as veracity and is likely to destroy the complacency of anyone who sees it,” The New York Times wrote. As part of its “Resilience Personified” series, Broadway in the H.O.O.D. presents the classic inside Troesh Studio Theater. January 12-14, $39. –C. Moon Reed
Ruby Cup at Lee Canyon
Take a break from jogging with this snowy fun-run benefitting the Nevada Donor Network, dedicated to coordinating organ and tissue donation for transplant patients. Skiers and snowboarders of all ages and ability levels are welcome at the event, which will also feature live music, prizes and raffles. January 13, 11 a.m., $20 (cost of lift ticket not included). –Spencer Patterson
Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival
For its 17th edition, the Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival expands from its longtime venue at the Adelson Educational Campus in Summerlin to add the Palms, Suncoast and Eclipse movie theaters. This year’s programming is heavily focused on documentaries, including Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me (January 13, 7 p.m., Century Suncoast 16), a festival favorite documenting the life of the legendary Vegas headliner; short films A Place of Hope and Pista (January 21, 3 p.m., Adelson Educational Campus), both about Holocaust survivors now living in Vegas; and a double feature of Wanderlust: Lesley Hazleton and Heather Booth: Changing the World (January 28, 1 p.m., Eclipse Theaters), whose activist subjects are both scheduled to appear in person. The festival’s only narrative film is acclaimed Hungarian drama 1945 (January 25, 7 p.m., Brenden Palms), a tense story about the aftermath of the Holocaust in one small town. January 13-28, $10 per screening; lvjff.org. –Josh Bell
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Many years after his assassination, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s example still looms large. Multiple events honoring his legacy transpire through his holiday weekend. The Dr. Martin Luther King Peace Week Show, to be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the West Las Vegas Library, will feature MLK-inspired performances by the Trinity Conservatory of Performing Arts school. At 10 a.m. the following morning, the annual MLK Parade marches down Fourth Street between Gass and Ogden avenues. And the Dreamers Fest follows at 2 p.m. at Raw Remedies, where performers and food keep the celebration going through the holiday. January 14 & 15, Free. –Mike Prevatt
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Release Party at The Nerd
The Street Fighter franchise—a video game juggernaut that has resulted in numerous home and arcade games, several animated and comic book series and an unwatchable film that, sadly, contained the great Raúl Juliá’s final screen role—turned 30 last year. The Nerd gives the latest iteration of the franchise, PlayStation 4’s Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, a proper debut with a night of hadouken-sized hijinks including drink specials, a game tournament (with a few PS4s set up for casual play) and most promisingly, a cosplay contest. You can be the M. Bison that Raúl only dreamed of. January 15, 10 p.m., Free. –Geoff Carter
K.Flay at Brooklyn Bowl
Haven’t heard Every Where Is Some Where? Get on it. The sophomore LP from the Illinois-born singer-songwriter—released last April—is necessary listening. Raw, sexy and loaded with intoxicating hooks, it swirls up bluesy rock ’n’ roll, hip-hop and indie-pop. K.Flay has already caught the attention of Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, who tapped her as the first signee to his Night Street Records label. One listen to “Blood in the Cut” and you’ll know why. January 16, 7:30 p.m., $21-$22. –Leslie Ventura
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