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A USA Basketball exhibition, Janet Jackson’s final dates, AFAN’s Black & White Party and more happening this week in Las Vegas

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Alan Walker takes a break from dystopia to play Vegas.
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  • This Will Destroy You at Bunkhouse Saloon

    Last time these Texas post-rockers played Vegas, in 2017, their expansive guitar interplay primed the Downtown crowd for Deafheaven’s metal heroics. This time, they’ll do the destroying, headliner-style. With Brin. Thursday, August 8, 9:30 p.m., $13-$15. –Spencer Patterson.

  • Art for Good at R. Cline Arts

    Linda Alterwitz, Rebekah Andrade, Robert Beckmann, Homero Hidalgo and Melissa McGill have created a set of art prints whose proceeds benefit The Shade Tree. Meet the artists and do some good. Thursday, August 8, 5 p.m., free, rclinearts.com. –Geoff Carter

  • USA Basketball exhibition at T-Mobile Arena

    LeBron James won’t be playing for the USA men’s national team. Neither will James Harden or other NBA notables. But this intrasquad exhibition will still have star power, with the likes of the Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton preparing for the 2019 FIBA World Cup for Men in China. Friday, August 9, 7 p.m., $25-$200. –Ray Brewer

  • Janet Jackson Metamorphosis at Park Theater

    The remaining dates of Damita Jo’s Park MGM residency see the legendary singer/dancer riding a wave of critical adulation. Variety praised Jackson’s stamina (“She’s doing a lot for us lately”), and the LA Times calls the show “a celebration of a pop icon who’s finally getting [her] due.”Saturday, August 10 through Saturday, August 17, 8 p.m., $50-$400. –Geoff Carter

  • An Evening of Poetry at Writer's Block

    Through swift, gold-flecked imagery of the desert and Las Vegas, local poets Rodney Lee and James Norman connect past to present and transients to natives with a reading presented by Zeitgeist Press. Saturday, August 10, 7 p.m., free, 519 S. Sixth St. –Leslie Ventura

  • Black and White Party at the Joint at the Hard Rock

    It’s the most fabulous charitable event of the year ... and the most coordinated one, too. Guests wear glitzy, fun and even skimpy black and white ensembles to the aptly named Black & White party. It’s been put on by Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) for 33 years now. The event started as a backyard party and canned food drive and has evolved into a fantastical Vegas tradition. Performers from the Strip and beyond will provide the entertainment. Brooke Lynn Hytes of RuPaul’s Drag Race will be joined by talent from Chippendales, Human Nature, Legends in Concert, Little Miss Nasty, Magic Mike and Celestia. While you party, sample some delectable food (Pink Taco, Oyster Bar, BonaBatiste, Caked Las Vegas cupcakes, Doughp) and drinks (Tito’s Vodka, Ambros Banana Whiskey, Malibu). Past events have drawn thousands of guests and raised thousands of dollars for the organization, which directly benefits Southern Nevadans living with HIV. AFAN programs include nutrition, housing, medical case management, prevention, education, testing, mental health services and more. Saturday, August 10, 9 p.m. (8 p.m. VIP early entry). –C. Moon Reed

  • Alan Walker at Encore Beach Club

    The Norwegian DJ broke onto the electronic scene in 2015 when he was still a teenager with his single “Faded.” Now, the 21-year-old has garnered a legion of fans, appropriately named “Walkers,” and just released “Live Fast” with hip-hop headliner A$AP Rocky. Don’t miss the DJ when he takes over at Encore Beach Club’s beloved Nightswim. Saturday, August 10, 10 p.m., $25-$45, Encore. –Leslie Ventura

  • A Touch of Africa at Clark County Library

    Revel in African culture featuring musical performances, a fashion show and a dance workshop, with artists from Africa and the diaspora, including local master drummer Papa Diarra Zumana. Sunday, August 11, $10-$20, 2 p.m., africalovestore.com –Genevie Durano

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