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‘Waitress’ and ‘Psycho’ at Smith Center, the Rise Lantern Fest and more to do this week

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Rick Ross finds Daylight on October 6.
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  • Joseph Cassara at The Writer's Block

    The Writer’s Block might be moving south, but it will still feature October’s visiting authors—including Cassara, author of the acclaimed The House of Impossible Beauties— at the original Fremont store. October 4, 7 p.m., free, RSVP at bit.ly/2DIPuKu. –Mike Prevatt

  • Gareth Emery at The Pearl

    It’s been a busy year for England-to-LA DJ/producer Gareth Emery. Aside from the usual club gigs and production work (see this year’s “Call to Arms”), the trance mainstay launched his own streaming music service, Choon. Several things set it apart from Spotify, Apple Music and the like. You don’t use Choon to hear all your favorites; you go to discover new artists. And instead of paying a $10 monthly fee, you buy cryptocurrency tokens called notes—80 percent of which goes directly to the artist. Emery’s goal with Choon: establishing a fairer, more artist-friendly alternative to the digital music establishment.

    Which means Emery picked a hell of a time to also debut a new performance concept. Laserface is not your typical DJ set; Emery has some help thanks to laser production whiz Anthony Garcia. Together, the two create a Pink Floyd-gone-raving experience that floods large rooms with big trance tunes and dramatic, choreographed laser walls. For those accustomed to his usual Marquee gigs, Laserface is a whole other experience altogether—and yet another way Emery is disrupting the status quo. With Emma Hewitt. October 5, 8 p.m., $27-$91. –Mike Prevatt

  • Rise Festival at Jean Dry Lake Bed

    Marvel as thousands of glowing lanterns are sent into the night sky during an event augmented by live music and food trucks. Begin clearing photo space on your phone now. October 5-6, 3:30-10:15 p.m., $69-$129 (parking $29), risefestival.com. -Spencer Patterson

  • 25th Anniversary Honorarium at Red Rock Casino

    Join the LGBT community hub as it pays tribute to Imagine Dragons (Allies of the Year), Station Casinos (Corporation of the Year), U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto (Woman of the Year) and others at this silver-anniversary bash. October 6, 5:30 p.m., $225-$325. -Spencer Patterson

  • Psycho at Reynolds Hall

    The Bernard Herrmann score to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller stands among filmdom’s most iconic. (The “vreep vreep vreep” strings from the shower scene are practically a terror shorthand.) See the film with live orchestral accompaniment. October 6, 7:30 p.m., $30-$109, Smith Center. –Geoff Carter

  • Chelsea Wolfe & Russian Circles at Brooklyn Bowl

    If you missed the gothic queen when she opened for Ministry in March, the spellbinding singer and guitarist behind 2017’s Hiss Spun returns to the Bowl with Chicago post-rock instrumental trio Russian Circles, celebrated for early-aughts records Enter and Station. $22-$25, October 6, 7:30 p.m. –Leslie Ventura

  • Rick Ross at Daylight

    The Mandalay Bay beach club brings the Miami mogul back to the stage Saturday for its last mega-party of the season. Expect to hear “Florida Boy” and “Green Gucci Suit” from Ross’ upcoming 10th studio album, Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill. October 6, 11 a.m., $20-$50. –Brock Radke

  • Waitress at Reynolds Hall

    Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 comedy-drama leaps from screen to stage with this Tony award-nominated musical, featuring a book by filmmaker Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles (“Gravity,” “Brave”). It’s all about Jenna Hunterson, a waitress and pie chef who alights on the idea of baking her way out of her abusive marriage. Bring tissues. Times vary, October 9-14, $36-$127, Smith Center. –Geoff Carter

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