Monuments opening night at Sahara West Library
Three Nevada national monuments—Gold Butte, Tule Springs Fossil Beds and Basin and Range—serve as artists’ models in this “monumental” group show. Meet the artists—including Fawn Douglas, Brent Holmes, Checko Salgado, Sierra Slentz, UNLV art students, juried competition winners and more—at the May 3 reception, or check out the show during regular library hours through June 23. 5:30 p.m.; free. –C. Moon Reed
Star Wars day & free comic book day
This weekend will be full of geeky goodness, with Star Wars Day on May 4 followed by Free Comic Book Day on May 5.
On May 4, fans can check out Star Wars characters, games, build-a-saber stations and more at Rogue Toys’ Henderson and Las Vegas West locations from 5-8 p.m., and then head to Downtown geek-themed bars Millennium Fandom (7 p.m.) and the Nerd (10:30 p.m.) for cosplay, drink specials and more.
The next day, comic book stores across town will be giving away hundreds of free comics from dozens of publishers. You can find local comics artists sketching at stores including Alternate Reality Comics, Cosmic Comics and Cheese Boy Comics. At Cosmic Comics, they’ll be raffling off a copy of New Mutants #87, featuring the first appearance of Cable, signed by creator Rob Liefeld. And at the Sci Fi Center, FCBD is a two-day event, with the premiere of local filmmaker Michael Keene’s feature Fatal Future on May 5 at 6 p.m., followed by a marathon of 1940s Superman cartoons on May 6 at 3 p.m. Free. –Josh Bell
LVL Up Expo at Las Vegas Convention Center
If you love anime, comics, games (video or tabletop), Pokemon, cosplay, pro wrestling, scavenger hunt-like “side quests” or K-pop, your weekend plans are pretty much made for you. May 4-6, Daily $20-$25, weekend pass $50, lvlupexpo.com. –Geoff Carter
STS9 at Brooklyn Bowl
As if its generous helping of infectiously rhythmic synth-rock wasn’t enough, STS9 will be supported by live electronic music performer Maddy O’Neal, plus Chali 2na (Friday), Jade Cicada (Saturday) and Michal Menert (Sunday). 8 p.m.; $35-$60. –Mike Prevatt
Indian Food Festival at Clark County Government Center Amphitheater
Don’t know your samosa from your naan? This annual favorite is a great entry point into the delicious world of Indian food, with live musicians and dancers as the backdrop. May 5, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., $7-$10. –Spencer Patterson
Neon Indian DJ Set at The Bunkhouse
As a live performer, Alan Palomo commands your gaze. But during his DJ sets, he allows us to cut loose and get lost in his indie disco reverie. May 5, With Youth Fables, Olan, Turkey, Jaz. 9 p.m., $15-$20. –Mike Prevatt
Travis Scott at Marquee
Travis Scott is having a pretty good week. The rapper and singer—his singular vocal style is hard to describe but often duplicated—was announced as a performer for this year’s Life Is Beautiful festival. Then girlfriend Kylie Jenner rented out Six Flags Magic Mountain so the couple, their 2-month-old daughter and other family and friends could celebrate Scott’s 27th birthday with some roller coaster rides. May 5 10:30 p.m., $19-$60. –Brock Radke
He’s Huge in France—also the name of his upcoming Netflix series, launching next year—but since Moroccan-born comedian Gad Elmaleh began performing in English about three years ago, he’s been blowing up everywhere else, too. His Vegas debut saw him open for idol Jerry Seinfeld at the Colosseum last year, and now Elmaleh returns for two hour-long sets at the Rio’s new club. May 9, 7 & 9 p.m., $45-$55. –Brock Radke
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