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Drake, a taco and beer fest, NBT’s ‘Alice (in Wonderland)’ and more to do this week in Las Vegas

Drake pops into XS on May 4.
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  • Three Indie Shows at Various Locations

    It’s a good week to be an indie-rock fan in Las Vegas, well beyond Wolf Parade man Spencer Krug’s May 8 stop at the Bunkhouse. First up, fresh off an appearance at Coachella, Beach Fossils plays the Hard Rock Hotel pool on May 2 (8 p.m., $20). The Brooklyn foursome’s sunny melodies and breezy instrumentation should sync up well with the outdoor setting.

    On May 4, DeVotchKa performs at the Las Vegas Film Festival’s closing party at Fremont Country Club (9:30 p.m., $23-$30). The veteran Denver act, whose music has been variously described as circus-rock, cabaret-folk and gypsy-punk, is most revered for its high-energy live show. The big-screen connection? Leader Nick Urata has scored such movies as Little Miss Sunshine, Paddington and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

    And on May 7, The Dodos return to town after a four-year absence, stopping at the Bunkhouse (9 p.m., $12-$15) with support from locals Chefs and Suites. The rhythmic San Francisco duo, which impressed during a 2015 opening set for Mew on the Strip, should get to dig deeper into its seven-album catalog this time. –Spencer Patterson

  • Alice (In Wonderland) at Smith Center's Reynolds Hall

    Nevada Ballet Theatre presents a fantastical crowd-pleaser inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic novel. Enjoy a variety of dance styles including hip-hop, colorful costumes and surrealistic set pieces. It’s choreographed by Septime Webre and set to a live orchestra with music by Matthew Pierce. Arrive early for the education, pre-show Insights. May 3-5, Times vary, $29-$139. –C. Moon Reed

  • The Elephant Man at The Usual Place

    A Public Fit presents the classic, Tony Award-winning play about a deformed man and his doctor, covering themes of cruelty, mercy and society. May 3-5, Days & times vary, $30, 100 S. Maryland Parkway. –C. Moon Reed

  • Drake at XS

    Schoolboy Q just called him one of hip-hop’s greats, but it’s not like he needed more hype. Drizzy’s 2018 album Scorpion was the most popular record of the year, according to Nielsen Music, and the Grammy-winning rapper recently said he’s already at work on the follow-up. Catch him under the stars at XS for Cinco de Mayo weekend. May 4, 10:30 p.m., $150. –Leslie Ventura

  • May the fourth be with you at Henderson Pavilion

    Celebrate the 42nd birthday of the Star Wars franchise with costumes, lightsaber duels and an open-air screening of The Empire Strikes Back—still the best film of the series. Bring the younglings. 5 p.m., free. –Geoff Carter

  • Vegan Tacos & Beer Fest at Tacos & Beer Parking Lot

    Vegan tacos and beer pair up for a food fest, the first of its kind here, with 100 different brews, Mexican snacks, desserts and more. May 4, Noon-5 p.m., $10-$75, 3900 Paradise Road. –Genevie Durano

  • An Evening with the Clintons at Park Theater

    No, not George (though he’ll be in town later this year). Bill and Hillary are headed to the Strip to talk about their careers and the state of the nation, though we hope the possibility of a musical number or a Cirque routine isn’t off the table. 7 p.m., $72-$228. –Geoff Carter

  • Lesley Nneka Arimah at The Writers Block

    The Shearing Fellow’s 2017 book, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, explores connections to our children, parents and friends. May 6, 7 p.m., free (RSVP required), 702-550-6399. –Leslie Ventura

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