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ZZ Top, ‘Spamilton,’ a clash of prep basketball titans and more to do this week

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Saweetie stops at Light on January 19.
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  • City Hall Chamber Gallery at After Images

    The City of Las Vegas’ annual African-American Heritage Exhibition features artist and Left of Center Gallery founder Vicki Richardson. January 17-April 11, Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., free. Reception January 17, 4 p.m. –C. Moon Reed

  • ZZ Top at Venetian Theatre

    Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard return to the Strip for eight shows likely to span the Texas blues-rockers’ gritty early years (“Just Got Paid,” “Waitin’ for the Bus”), synthy MTV days (“Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs”) and beyond. January 18-February 2, 8 p.m., $74-$182. –Spencer Patterson

  • Memories of Parker Brothers at Local Libraries

    Enthusiasts of old-school board games: Listen to former Parker Brothers executive, product inventor and author Philip E. Orbanes talk about the creation of Monopoly, Risk, Clue, Trivial Pursuit and other institutions of childhood and adult leisure. January 19, Noon, Centennial Hills Library; 4 p.m., Sahara West Library; free. –Mike Prevatt

  • Big City Showdown at South Point Arena

    It’s the best high school basketball day of the season. The Big City Showdown features five games in succession, including what is typically the contest of the year: Bishop Gorman versus Findlay Prep, both of which feature a who’s who of college recruits. The South Point is nearly at its 4,800-seat capacity for the game, which in years past hasn’t been decided until the final seconds. January 19, 9:30 a.m., $7-$25. –Ray Brewer

  • Saweetie at Light

    The Pacquiao-Broner fight afterparty at the Mandalay Bay nightclub is going to get wild, featuring Bay Area breakthrough Saweetie—who followed up her Instagram freestyle over “My Neck, My Back” with icy new single “Pissed”—and rapper and producer P-Lo. January 19, 10:30 p.m., $20-$30. –Brock Radke

  • The Folies Bergere in Las Vegas at Clark County Library

    Karan Feder, author of The Folies Bergere in Las Vegas and Nevada State Museum Vegas’ guest curator of costume and textiles, moderates a discussion with the legendary show’s cast and crew. January 19, 2 p.m., free. –Leslie Ventura

  • Spamilton: An American Parody at The Smith Center

    Last year, the Smith Center hosted mega-hit Broadway musical Hamilton, the story of an American founding father through a powerful—and very earnest—score of rap and song. It was the hottest ticket in town.

    This year, the same building will house another musical tale of our nation’s founding fathers, Spamilton, and this production contains a lot less earnestness and a lot more laughs. Created by Broadway parody veteran Gerard Alessandrini, the show playfully mocks contemporary Broadway at large. If you weren’t lucky enough to score Hamilton tickets, you can enjoy another show that satirizes it. And in addition to the requisite Hamilton jokes, Spamilton also references hit musicals Chicago, Sweeney Todd, Camelot, Assassins and The King and I, along with stage legends Stephen Sondheim, Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone and … Beyoncé.

    The off-off-Broadway spoof received a New York Times Critic’s pick, which described the production as “smart, silly and often convulsively funny” with performances by “a motor-mouthed cast that is fluent in many tongues.” January 22-February 10, Tuesday-Sunday, times vary, $55, Troesh Studio Theater. –C. Moon Reed

  • Accidental Death of an Anarchist at Cockroach Theatre

    This Italian farce—which sees a cover-up derailed by a wacky detective—is a contemporary classic perfect for Cockroach Theatre’s first 2019 show. Allegra Libonati directs. January 23-February 10, Times vary, $20-$25. –C. Moon Reed

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