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An Area 51 celebration, The Joy Formidable, sketch comedy and more happening this week in Las Vegas

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Robin Schulz spins at Marquee Dayclub on September 21.
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  • Area 51 Celebration at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

    No need to visit the empty desert to enjoy some alien-themed fun. The Facebook meme inviting the world to “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” has an official pre-party Downtown. Event founder Matty Roberts will host, and Collective Zoo will curate the “classified lineup” of electronic music. September 19, 8 p.m., free. –C. Moon Reed

  • Devotchka & The Joy Formidable at Vinyl

    Alternative worlds collide when Denver circus-rock veterans DeVotchKa share a bill with Wales dream-rock outfit The Joy Formidable. The latter is going acoustic for this tour, while the former will stay plugged in … but if you’re curious what DeVotchKa might sound like stripped down, head to Zia Record Exchange on Rainbow for a free 5:30 p.m. acoustic set before you hit the Hard Rock. September 19, 8 p.m., $20. –Spencer Patterson

  • Truth to Tell Reception at CSN Artspace Gallery

    Virginia Derryberry creates large- scale oil paintings, but what appear to be straightforward illustrations contain a multitude of abstractions, worlds where truth lies in the interpretation. September 19, 6 p.m., free; exhibit up through October 26. –Genevie Durano

  • Bleach Comedy Variety at Art Square Theatre

    Eric Angell, Neil Corso, Kim Scott Faubel, Phillip Kotler and Tommy Todd are Bleach, a razor-sharp sketch comedy troupe that dresses in white shirts, like professionals, and flat-out slays audiences. $12-$15, September 20, 10 p.m. –Geoff Carter

  • Ben Vereen at Cabaret Jazz

    Ben Vereen is a true Las Vegas veteran. “I came to Vegas when the covered wagons were coming to Vegas,” he laughs. “I first came out to open a coffee shop that we called Caesars Palace.”

    Jokes aside, his first local gig was a version of the Bob Fosse stage musical Sweet Charity with fellow dance sensation Juliet Prowse. Vereen can easily reminisce on those days, hanging with the Rat Pack and Paul Anka and Danny Thomas, but he says most people don’t realize that old-school Vegas carousing was a 24-hour job.

    “Someone was always doing a show somewhere, so you’d do yours, go see someone else and then all of a sudden, it’s 4 or 5 in the morning at the Riviera coffee shop, and Shecky Greene and Don Rickles are in there trying to outdo each other. … We’d laugh so hard. Then you get a couple hours of sleep and come back and do it all again the next day.”

    Catch more cool stories from the entertainment legend when he returns to the Smith Center for a triple shot of his Steppin’ Out show. September 20-22, Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.; $49-$75. –Brock Radke

  • Robin Schulz at Marquee Dayclub

    The German musician and deep house DJ just dropped the lyric video for his latest single, “Rather Be Alone,” a collaboration with singers Nick Martin and Sam Martin. And judging from that teaser, it looks like Schulz got made into a sci-fi video game character. What visuals might he bring to the Cosmo? Only one way to find out. September 21, 11 a.m., $20-$30. –Leslie Ventura

  • Sarah M. Broom at The Writer's Block

    The makers of the Believer Festival present a series pairing great writers and readers. This time, The Yellow House author talks to Claytee White, director of the Oral History Research Center for UNLV Libraries. September 23, 7 p.m., free. –Geoff Carter

  • Moonchild at Bunkhouse Saloon

    This melodic and jazzy LA R&B trio—Amber Navran, Max Bryk and Andris Mattson—just released a new LP, Little Ghost, and the group’s soulful tranquility should sound even richer performed live. September 25, 9 p.m., $22-$25. –Leslie Ventura

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