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Big This Week: Stargazing at Skye Canyon Park, ‘The Premonition’ by Michael Lewis’ and more

Sweeney (left) and Oldham
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  • Book: The Premonition by Michael Lewis

    Author Michael Lewis has a gift for making truth stranger than fiction. (2015’s The Big Short, about the 2008 financial crisis, reads like a movie thriller, albeit with real-life implications.) His latest book, The Premonition: A Pandemic Story, looks into how the COVID-19 crisis proliferated so tragically in the U.S., spotlighting the people who sounded the alarm bell early on but were ignored by those at the highest levels of power. It’s a thorough excavation of a systemic breakdown, from a dysfunctional health care system to the increasing politicization of the CDC. Read it now or wait for the inevitable movie adaptation. W.W. Norton and Company, $30. –Genevie Durano

  • Outdoors: Skye & Stars at Skye Canyon Park

    Las Vegas is the brightest city in the world, which is great for nightlife but not so much for stargazing. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy an otherworldly view on International Astronomy Day (May 15). Northwest Valley master-planned community Skye Canyon will host its sixth annual space-themed party on May 15. Enjoy food trucks, music, picnics and lawn games. The best part: Amateur astronomers from the Las Vegas Astronomical Society will point their telescopes to the night sky and let attendees peek. May 15, 6-10 p.m. (star viewings begin after dark, free). 10111 W. Skye Canyon Park Drive. –C. Moon Reed

  • Board Game: Horrified

    Open your bubble to include monsters. Horrified, an exquisitely-designed ages 10-and-up board game created by Seattle studio Prospero Hall, pits one to five players against the classic terrors of Universal’s golden age—Dracula, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein’s monster and more—in an attempt to save a village from being overrun. The level of difficulty is adjustable, and the play changes depending on who you’re up against: The Invisible Man needs to be trapped, the Wolf Man to be cured. Set up the board, gather your friends and run for your lives. Available at Target, $35. –Geoff Carter

  • Music: Matt Sweeney & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy: Superwolves

    I first caught Bonnie “Prince” Billy, aka Will Oldham, in 2003 in Phoenix. Also in the small crowd that night: Chavez frontman Matt Sweeney, along with some of his bandmates from Billy Corgan’s short-lived supergroup Zwan, which was playing in Tempe that night. Two years later, Oldham and Sweeney’s friendship birthed a collaborative gem of an LP, Superwolf, and now, 16 years after that, comes the follow-up, Superwolves. Where the countrified direction of Oldham’s recent music has left me somewhat cold, this circles closer to the rawer folk of his Palace and early Bonnie days. His affecting voice and plainspoken lyrics mesh with Sweeney’s dynamic guitar work for another teamwork treasure. –Spencer Patterson

  • TV: The Circle

    This guilty-pleasure reality show features a group of (mostly) millennials living in a house Real World-style and competing for a $100,000 grand prize, but the twist is that they never actually get to meet (unless someone gets blocked, aka “kicked off”). Instead, they communicate and get to know each other from within “the circle,” a social media app designed specifically for the show, in which the contestants interact, make alliances ... and catfish one another. Can anyone in the circle actually be trusted? Find out when you watch Netflix’s latest TV craze. Seasons 1 & 2 on Netflix. –Leslie Ventura

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