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Epicurean Affair, Whitney Cummings, Jim Gaffigan and more to do this week in Las Vegas

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Kristian Nairn provides the JEMAA soundtrack on May 17.
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  • Las Vegas Epicurean Affair at Red Rock Casino

    With the window for spring weather so short, we can’t seem to get enough of al fresco dining. The Las Vegas Epicurean Affair, sponsored by the Nevada Restaurant Association, has gathered the city’s best chefs for an evening of poolside feasting and drinking for 35 years. This year’s lineup edition is expected to attract some 1,500 guests.

    “We have brand-new restaurants that just opened across the Valley that are participating, along with custom cocktails created just for this event,” says NvRA’s Tanya Suba-Tang. The 2019 lineup includes Scotch 80 Prime, TAO Las Vegas, Beauty & Essex, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis, Mint Indian Bistro, b.B.d.’s beers burgers desserts and many more, complemented by top-shelf libations shaken and stirred by the city’s finest mixologists.

    And lest you think those calories are for naught, the evening’s proceeds will fund NvRA’s educational and scholarship programs, which train young chefs to one day take up the mantle for future epicurean affairs. May 16, 6-10 p.m., $100-$120, nvrestaurants.com –Genevie Durano

  • Shapiro Project at Cabaret Jazz

    Celebrate International Jazz Day with a Smith Center performance by this guitar-centric Las Vegas quartet, marking the release of new album Planet X. May 16, 7 p.m., free (reserve seats at smithcenter.com). –Spencer Patterson

  • Kristian Nairn at JEMAA

    Imagine if EDC were like Game of Thrones, with DJs battling to sit on a spiky iron throne at festival week’s end. Our money would be on this guy, the 7-footer who played trusty attendant Hodor on the HBO show. Hold the door! May 17, 11 a.m., $20-$30, NoMad Hotel. –Spencer Patterson

  • Whitney Cummings at Orleans Showroom

    She’s done three television specials, produced 2 Broke Girls, wrote a book (2017’s I’m Fine … and Other Lies) and more. Yet Whitney Cummings’ greatest accomplishment is her brazenly honest, terrifically funny stand-up act, honed to a fine point from many hours of jokes about bad dates and IUDs. May 18, 8 p.m., $45-$65. –Geoff Carter

  • Jim Gaffigan at Encore Theater

    Jim Gaffigan has mastered food humor, from overcoming McDonald’s shame to cultivating a pint-a-day Ben & Jerry’s habit. (“I eat a lot at night, because that’s what the cool people do. And the drug addicts.” ) Just find his Hot Pockets routine on YouTube and admire the craftsmanship. May 18, 7:30 & 10 p.m., $54-$118. –Geoff Carter

  • Tito Puente Jr. at Clark County Amphitheater

    A free concert in a gorgeous outdoor environment? Yes, please. The son of the late, great mambo legend headlines this installment of Clark County’s annual Jazz in the Park series. Arrive early to picnic. May 18, Doors at 5 p.m. –C. Moon Reed

  • Taste of the Caribbean at Arts District

    Experience the cool of the islands before the summer heat descends in full force at this celebration of Latin, Caribbean and West Indian culture and cuisine. May 18, Noon-9 p.m., free. –Genevie Durano

  • Othello at Velveteen Rabbit

    Shakespeare’s timeless play gets a modern update. Jealousy and dirty deeds will still cause the undoing of poor Othello. But in this version, the tragedy unfolds in an hour as you sip cocktails at a hip Arts District watering hole. May 19, 7 p.m., $10. –C. Moon Reed

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