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The Renaissance Festival, comedian Todd Barry, UNLV’s art walk and other stuff to check out this week

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Oliver Heldens hits Marquee Dayclub on October 13.
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  • UNLV Art Walk at Barrick Museum

    Sample the seven branches of UNLV Fine Arts—dance, film, theater, architecture, music, art and entertainment engineering and design—at the second annual Art Walk, which means in addition to visual art, you’ll experience stage and concert performances. Begin at the Barrick and stroll to Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, Grant Hall Gallery and beyond. October 12, 5-9 p.m., free. –C. Moon Reed

  • Renaissance Festival at Sunset Park

    The Age of Chivalry is back … for one weekend. Clark County’s annual Ren faire offers really retro delights: jousting tournaments, period re-enactors and belly dancers—along with three stages of music, food fit for a king and vendors selling everything from corsets to armor. October 12-14, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (closes 5 p.m. on Sunday), $13-$30. –C. Moon Reed

  • Viva Las Vegrass at Craig Ranch State Park

    The local bluegrass community scores three days of music—18 bands, several workshops and two Sunday gospel sets—as the Southern Nevada Bluegrass Music Society’s signature event returns. October 12-14, Times vary, $20/day, $50/three days. –Mike Prevatt

  • Joe Jack Talcum at Starboard Tack

    He’s the guitarist/co-lead vocalist of The Dead Milkmen, and he’s passing through Vegas on an acoustic tour, playing songs from that band’s “Punk Rock Girl” heyday, along with lo-fi solo cuts. With Coolzey, Brett Vee. October 13, 9 p.m., donations accepted. –Leslie Ventura

  • Oliver Heldens at Marquee Dayclub

    Celebrating that you can still do the pool club in mid-October is reason enough to hit Marquee Saturday. But if you need another excuse, this Dutch DJ will be there to spin his melodic dance music—and possibly some of the more techno-heavy sounds he creates under the alias Hi-Lo. October 13, 11 a.m., $20-$30. –Brock Radke

  • Todd Barry at Comedy Cellar

    If you’re not familiar with Todd Barry, it’s because you’ve been avoiding him. Since he emerged fully-formed on the stand-up landscape in the late 1990s, his soft-spoken, deadpan wit has found its way onto nearly every form of recorded media. He’s done Comedy Central and Netflix specials; movies (notably Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler); acclaimed television comedies (Flight of the Conchords, Master of None), books (a 2017 memoir, Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg) and many of the Adult Swim shows (Delocated, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Tom Goes to the Mayor). BT and Mike Doughty even name-checked him in their breakbeat track, “Never Gonna Come Back Down.” (Don’t look it up. It hasn’t aged well.)

    So, yeah. You’ve been avoiding Todd Barry, and you shouldn’t, because he’s hilarious. It’s not the kind of humor that translates well to print—Barry’s setups are kinda twisty, and much of the humor of his punchlines is derived from his delivery—but you can find lots of clips on YouTube, which you should do. Then see him at the Rio and apologize for ducking him. October 15, 7 p.m., $25-$55. –Geoff Carter

  • Ballet Folklorico De Mexico at Reynolds Hall

    The dance company returns with a relaunched show reflecting Mexico’s rich cultural history and featuring adapted works being performed in the U.S. for the first time—plus more than 500 (!) costumes. October 15, 7:30 p.m., $25-$79, Smith Center. –Spencer Patterson

  • Big Ideas Under The Big Top at The Mob Museum

    For 50 years, Circus Circus has been both an anomaly and an icon of the Strip. Find out how the pioneering resort came to be —and remains—during this courtroom panel discussion. October 16, 7 p.m., $25. –Mike Prevatt

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