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Thom Yorke, ‘Swan Lake,’ the USA Today Food & Wine Experience and more happening this week in Las Vegas

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Wale stops at Light on October 25.
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  • Swan Lake at Reynolds Hall

    Nevada Ballet Theatre’s new production has it all: a story about doomed love, a score by Tchaikovsky and a timeless ballet presented anew in the Smith Center premiere of choreographer Ben Stevenson’s version of Swan Lake. October 24-27, $36-$150. –C. Moon Reed

  • Wale at Light

    The Nigerian American rapper just dropped sixth studio album Wow…That’s Crazy, on which he considers the power of black girl magic, global issues and more. Wale heads to Light on Friday, where you can expect to hear new cuts that set a big mood. October 25, 10:30 p.m., $20-$30, Mandalay Bay. –Leslie Ventura

  • August: Osage County at The Usual Place

    After a successful staged reading over the summer, A Public Fit puts on a full production of this Pulitzer Prize-winning comedic family drama by playwright Tracy Letts. Days & times vary, October 25-November 17, $25-$30, 100 S. Maryland Parkway. –C. Moon Reed

  • USA Today Wine & Food Experience at Las Vegas Festival Grounds

    Spend the day hanging out with celebrity chefs like Susan Feniger and Roy Ellamar, noshing on gourmet food. More than 30 restaurants will be dishing out delectable bites, with premium spirits, wine and craft beer to wash it all down. October 26, $65-$140, 1-4 p.m. wineandfood.usatoday.com. –Genevie Durano

  • Thom Yorke at The Chelsea

    Radiohead hasn’t played Vegas since 1995, but its frontman has become a regular by comparison, returning to the same Cosmo venue he played last December. If you missed that electrifying performance, or if you’re ready for round two—with Yorke, Nigel Godrich and visual conductor Tarik Barri adding more material from June album Anima to the set—head for the Strip. With Andrea Belfi. October 26, 8 p.m., $49-$69. –Spencer Patterson

  • Freak The Beat at Bunkhouse Saloon

    Get your freak on at this outdoor hip-hop party, featuring performances from Mr. Carmack, Mike Xavier, THEY., Andre Power of Soulection and 143 Tommy, plus bites, drinks and a costume contest. October 26, 4 p.m., $30-$50. –Genevie Durano

  • Vicki Barbolak at Jimmy Kimmel's Comedy Club

    America’s Got Talent top 10 finalist Vicki Barbolak continues her Trailer Park Tuesdays residency this week at Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club at the Linq Promenade, and while she’s balancing her dream gig with a hectic tour schedule, she’s relishing her time in Las Vegas. “This is the most beautiful time to be out there in the desert,” Barbolak says. “And the shape of that room is amazing. You feel like you’re right there with the audience. If you were going to hug somebody and you’re putting your arms out as wide as you can, that’s what it feels like to be on that stage.”

    Barbolak didn’t attempt stand-up until she was 39 years old, when she took a class from Sandy Shore, daughter of Comedy Store owner Mitzi Shore. “Everything good that has happened to me is because I made people laugh. [Sandy] told me I was special and had a gift, and no one [had] ever told me anything like that. So I started going to open mics like crazy, and I was terrible for probably the first four years. But I worked and worked.” October 29, 8 p.m., $25-$55. –Brock Radke

  • Martin Creed at Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art

    The Guardian called him a “social artist” whose work “lies in the way it interacts with people and places.” The British artist, musician and 2001 Turner Prize winner brings his one-person show, Getting Changed, to UNLV. October 29, 7 p.m., free. –Leslie Ventura

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