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Big This Week in Las Vegas: A four-night Phish run, Chromeo, a Whitney Houston hologram and more

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  • Movies: Silver State Film Festival at Century Orleans

    It’s been a minute since we’ve enjoyed the non-streaming film festival experience, but if you’re vaxed up and ready to mask up, Silver State has you covered with a weekend of local and international independent film, including a screening of Pj Perez’s UNLV-district documentary Parkway of Broken Dreams and Justin McAffee’s doc about the imminent dangers to our Mojave, Desert Apocalypse. Thru October 31, $15-$250. Orleans, –Geoff Carter

  • Readings: Axie Oh & Veeda Bybee at The Writers Block

    Downtown’s literary hub hosts two young adult authors, and we’re all ears. Las Vegas resident Axie Oh will share passages from her July K-drama, XOXO, which follows an ambitious cello prodigy who first meets a mysterious, handsome man in a karaoke bar, only to discover he’s a K-Pop sensation who doesn’t date (bummer!). Meanwhile, ex-journalist Veeda Bybee arrives with Lily and the Great Quake: A San Francisco Earthquake Survival Story, a harrowing tale centered around a 12-year-old Chinese-American girl and her fight against the elements—and the odds. October 29, 7 p.m., free, –Amber Sampson

  • Party: Chromeo at Discopussy

    Canada is the gift that keeps on giving—Justin Trudeau, Drake, Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber. And now at Discopussy, Chromeo. The north-of-the-border electro-funk duo kicks Halloween weekend into high gear with a DJ set of synth-pop, soul and, most appropriately, disco. The costume theme of the night is “creature feature,” so put on your hairiest or slimiest outfit and get on the dancefloor. October 29, 10 p.m., $10-$20, –Amber Sampson

  • Celebration: Life in Death Festival at Winchester Dondero Cultural Center

    In honor of Día de los Muertos—a Mexican holiday paying tribute to family members and friends who have died—Winchester Dondero hosts a two-day event featuring an art exhibit, ofrenda contest, performances by Mexican dance troupes and readings of calaveras (humorous poems poking fun at the living). Craft and food vendors will also on-site. November 1-2, 5-9 p.m., free,

  • Concerts: Phish at MGM Grand Garden Arena

    After months of speculation, we’ll soon know: What Halloween trick does Phish have hidden in this year’s candy pillowcase? Past full-album Vegas “costume” sets have included The Velvet Underground’s Loaded, David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars and an obscurity by Scandinavian prog-rock outfit Kasvot Växt (actually a set of wild new tunes by Phish itself). Will October 31 deliver a familiar favorite by Neil Young, Radiohead or Frank Zappa, or some out-of-nowhere surprise? Prepare with three full nights of Phish, then behold the main event on night four. October 28-31, 7:30 p.m., $85+, COVID vaccination or negative test required. –Spencer Patterson

  • Show: An Evening with Whitney at Harrah's

    It’s easy to imagine a world in which Whitney Houston performs her own amazing residency show—one of the greatest vocalists of all time taking her rightful place on the Las Vegas Strip. Although that’s not our reality, her music will be celebrated with this intriguing new hologram concert production launching at Harrah’s Showroom from Base Entertainment, GFour Productions and Houston’s estate. Backed by a live band, singers and dancers guiding the audience through her many hits, that legendary voice will be celebrated in a new way. October 28-31, 8 p.m., $47-$92, Harrah’s, 702-777-2782. –Brock Radke

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