What to do in Las Vegas this week (September 15-21 edition)


Thursday, September 15

Lighting Up Las Vegas

Lighting Up Las Vegas

ARTS: LIGHTING UP LAS VEGAS: YESCO MARKS A GLITTERING CENTURY Daily, times vary, East Las Vegas Library, lvccld.org.

MUSIC: GRUPO FIRME 8 p.m., Allegiant Stadium, ticketmaster.com.

ARTS: LECTURE: DAVID PAGEL ON DAVE HICKEY 7 p.m., Barrick Museum Auditorium, unlv.edu.

COMEDY: GABRIEL IGLESIAS Times vary, thru 9/18, Mirage Theatre, mirage.mgmresorts.com.

SPORTS: LAS VEGAS AVIATORS VS. TACOMA RAINIERS Times vary, thru 9/18, Las Vegas Ballpark, ticketmaster.com.

PARTY: TIËSTO 10 p.m., Zouk Nightclub, zoukgrouplv.com.

MUSIC: ALEJANDRO FERNÁNDEZ 9 p.m., & 9/17, MGM Grand Garden Arena, axs.com. 

PARTY: ALESSO 10:30 p.m., Hakkasan Nightclub, events.taogroup.com.

MUSIC: BARRY MANILOW 7 p.m., thru 9/17, Westgate International Theater, ticketmaster.com. 

MUSIC: CARIN LEÓN 9 p.m., Michelob Ultra Arena, axs.com.

ARTS: BOOK RELEASE PARTY With No Body Panic, Garrett James Dillon, Seth Singer, 8 p.m., Avantpop Books,  avantpopbooks.com.

MISC: RETRO 45 CELEBRATION During the summer of 1976, actors—doubling as ticket sellers—began delivering performances at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. Since then, more than 1 million patrons have enjoyed Super Summer Theatre’s productions under the stars, according to the group’s website, and the community has donated thousands of dollars to keep it going. After postponing due to the pandemic, SST will finally get the opportunity to celebrate its first 45 years with Retro 45, a show built around songs from those four and a half decades of performances, presented by some of Las Vegas’ top talents. 7 p.m., $45+, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, supersummertheatre.org. –Evelyn Mateos

MUSIC: NINE INCH NAILS We’ve come a hell of a long way since, “God money, I’ll do anything for you.” Thing is, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor didn’t mean that then, and he surely doesn’t mean that now—he has fought record labels, retailers and waves of irate parents to make his music the way he wants to make it, which is aggressive, dreamy, danceable and atonal by turns. Even today, with encroaching respectability threatening to tame Nine Inch Nails—name another hard rock/industrial-inspired songwriter who has won Grammys, Oscars (with his NIN partner Atticus Ross) and a spot in the Rock Hall of Fame—Reznor has kept the band dangerous, mysterious and unpredictable. In other words: Don’t see this show expecting to see Nine Inch Nails play the hits. You won’t know where they’re taking you until you’ve gotten there. Just enjoy the trip, as Reznor has. With Yves Tumor, 8 p.m., $120+. Zappos Theater, ticketmaster.com. –Geoff Carter

Friday, September 16



MUSIC: PITBULL With Iggy Azalea, 8 p.m., Zappos Theater, ticketmaster.com.

MUSIC: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL Thru 9/18, Downtown Las Vegas, lifeisbeautiful.com.

PARTY: DIPLO 11 a.m., Encore Beach Club, wynnsocial.com. 

MUSIC: GLORIA TREVI 8 p.m., Michelob Ultra Arena, axs.com. 

COMEDY: ALV COMEDY FEST With Franco Escamilla, La Cotorrisa, La India Yuridia & more, 8 p.m., MGM Grand Garden Arena, axs.com.

MISC: THE FOREIGNER Thru 9/25, times vary, Las Vegas Little Theatre, lvlt.org.

MUSIC: GIRL TALK With Jay 305, 9 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl, ticketweb.com.

PARTY: DUKE DUMONT 10 p.m., Zouk Nightclub, zoukgrouplv.com.

MUSIC: ENRIQUE IGLESIAS 9 p.m., & 9/17, Resorts World Theatre, axs.com.

FOOD & DRINK: ALICIA SHEVETONE MEXICAN CUISINE POP-UP 6 p.m., Zeffer’s Café, saharalasvegas.com.

MUSIC: NELLY 8 p.m., M Pool, ticketmaster.com.

PARTY: BLU DETIGER 10 p.m., Sand Dollar Downtown, thesanddollarlv.com. 

PARTY: MARSHMELLO 11 p.m., XS Nightclub, wynnsocial.com. 

MUSIC: SANTANA 7 p.m., & 9/17-9/18, 9/21, House of Blues, concerts.livenation.com.

PARTY: LIL JON 11 a.m., Tao Beach Dayclub, events.taogroup.com.

PARTY: SHIBA SAN 11 p.m., Area15 Portal, area15.com.

MUSIC: PANCHO BARRAZA 8:30 p.m., Theater at Virgin, axs.com. 

PARTY: ANDRE POWER 11 p.m., Commonwealth, commonwealthlv.com.

PARTY: SOLARDO 11 p.m., Discopussy, seetickets.us.

MISC: AMAZING LAS VEGAS COMIC CON Though it shares a name, at least in part, with another famous comics convention that happens in San Diego every year, you shouldn’t go to Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con expecting to see DC’s grand plan to reboot its cinematic universe or great packs of twerking cosplay She-Hulks. What you will see are the creators of comic books and animated series, and lots of them. Among those scheduled to appear are Garth Ennis, creator of The Boys and Preacher; Jim Starlin, the father of Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet; Pokemon and Sailor Moon voice actor Veronica Taylor; “writer of stuff” Peter David, whose funny and inventive work on The Incredible Hulk, Supergirl, X-Factor and others redefined the characters; and former Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, who had a hand in creating the characters of Wolverine, Ghost Rider, Luke Cage, Vision, Carol Danvers and too many more to name. You should go if you’ve enjoyed any part of the Marvel or DC superhero universes—and you should buy lots and lots of their stuff, because most of them don’t get any residuals from the movies or TV shows. Thru September 18, times vary, $25-$60, Las Vegas Convention Center, amazingcomiccon.com. –Geoff Carter

Saturday, September 17

Travis Scott

Travis Scott

PARTY: TRAVIS SCOTT 10 p.m., Zouk Nightclub, zoukgrouplv.com.

PARTY: CALVIN HARRIS With Tyson O’Brien, 10:30 p.m., XS Nightclub, wynnsocial.com. 

SPORTS: CANELO ÁLVAREZ VS. GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN 1:40 p.m., T-Mobile Arena, axs.com. 

MUSIC: LIFE IS SH*T 4:20 p.m., the Dive Bar, facebook.com/divebarlv.

ARTS: LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC: AMERICAN CLASSIC 7:30 p.m., Reynolds Hall, thesmithcenter.com.

MUSIC: LOS ÁNGELES AZULES 9 p.m., Michelob Ultra, axs.com.

PARTY: TOO SHORT 11 a.m., Daylight Beach Club, daylightvegas.com.

COMEDY: SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO 7 & 10 p.m., Encore Theater, wynnlasvegas.com.

MUSIC: AEROSMITH 8 p.m., & 9/20, Dolby Live, ticketmaster.com.

PARTY: 50 CENT 10 p.m., Drai’s Nightclub, draisgroup.com.

PARTY: BT With Christian Jones, Erika K, Vangar, 9 p.m., Area15 Portal, seetickets.us.

MUSIC: BRONCO 8 p.m., Theater at Virgin, axs.com.

MISC: HIDALGO CULTURAL EVENT: A CELEBRATION OF MEXICAN CULTURE Noon, Winchester Dondero Cultural Center, clarkcountynv.gov.

MUSIC: EMMANUEL 9 p.m., the Colosseum, livenation.com.

ARTS: DIFY DIASPORA: IN MEMORY OF DAVE HICKEY Curated by Sush Machida, reception 6 p.m., exhibit thru 10/7, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, unlv.edu/donnabeamgallery.

PARTY: ILLENIUM 10:30 p.m., Omnia Nightclub, events.taogroup.com.

SPORTS: BIGHORN RODEO 10 a.m., & 9/18, Horseman’s Park, eventbrite.com.

MUSIC: AMI DIVINE 2 p.m., Historic Westside Legacy Park, lasvegasnevada.gov.

SPORTS: UNLV VS. NORTH TEXAS FOOTBALL 10:30 a.m., Allegiant Stadium, unlvtickets.com.

MUSIC: SACRED REICH Venerable underground metal label Metal Blade Records is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and its adopted secondary home of Las Vegas gets to host the festivities. Veteran Phoenix act Sacred Reich, a band that has stayed loyal to the thrash sound upon which Metal Blade was founded, kicks off the near September-long bash with an intimate show at the Space. Sacred Reich released its first album, Ignorance, on Metal Blade in 1987 and has remained a favorite of label founder Brian Slagel, whose passion for heavy music has never wavered.

Slagel famously played a role in founding Metallica when he offered close friend and young drummer Lars Ulrich a spot on the first Metal Blade release, the Metal Massacre compilation tape in 1981. Slagel went on to help launch the careers of several other metal A-listers like Slayer, Cannibal Corpse and GWAR through Metal Blade.

Slagel moved from his longtime home in LA to Las Vegas in recent years, becoming a vocal, die-hard fan of the Vegas Golden Knights and opening a Metal Blade store at the Antique Mall of America near the South Point. For a limited time honoring the label’s 40th anniversary, the store includes a Metal Blade museum with several displays of artifacts amassed over the years.

A second anniversary show is scheduled for October 5 at House of Blues, featuring modern torchbearers Killswitch Engage, Fit for an Autopsy and Visigoth. 8 p.m., $20, the Space,

thespacelv.com. –Case Keefer

Sunday, September 18

Temptation Sundays (Season Closer)

Temptation Sundays (Season Closer)

PARTY: TEMPTATION SUNDAYS (SEASON CLOSER) Noon, Luxor Pool, temptationsundayslv.com.

SPORTS: LAS VEGAS RAIDERS VS. ARIZONA CARDINALS 1:25 p.m., Allegiant Stadium, ticketmaster.com.

MUSIC: BANDA MS With Eden Muñoz, 7:30 p.m., Michelob Ultra Arena, ticketmaster.com.

PARTY: LUDACRIS 11 a.m., Tao Beach Dayclub, events.taogroup.com.

MUSIC: STAIND 8 p.m., Theater at Virgin, axs.com.

PARTY: STEVE AOKI 11 a.m., Wet Republic, events.taogroup.com.

MUSIC: CHRISTIAN NODAL 8 p.m., MGM Grand Garden Arena, ticketmaster.com.

PARTY: MANILA KILLA With DJ Mes, 11 p.m., We All Scream, weallscream.com.

MUSIC: FEA With Second Glance, 8 p.m., Double Down Saloon, doubledownsaloon.com.

PARTY: JACK HARLOW We won’t pretend this Louisville hitmaker hasn’t ruffled a few feathers lately. Yes, his sophomore album was coolly received by Pitchfork, inspiring the headline “Jack Harlow’s new album is just terrible.” Yes, he released that song about Dua Lipa that literally no one asked for. And yes, he had no idea Brandy and Ray J were siblings, let alone that she sang the song “Angel in Disguise”—one of her most popular. Yet Harlow continues expanding his fan base. He’s the hunky, wholesome himbo from Kentucky, suave in the studio and palpably nervous in-person around beautiful rappers like Saweetie. He’s the emcee who brought Fergie back into the limelight, sampling her 2007 pop hit “Glamorous” on his hit single “First Class” and soaring it back up the charts. He’s the guy who caught a fan’s phone one-handed from a high balcony while partying with Drake and then snapped a selfie. And we can forgive the fumblings of a rapper this likable. If you miss him at LIB, catch him in the club. 10 p.m., $30-$50, Zouk Nightclub, zoukgrouplv.com. –Amber Sampson.

Monday, September 19

Yo Yolie

Yo Yolie

PARTY: YO YOLIE 10:30 p.m., Jewel Nightclub, events.taogroup.com.

MUSIC: SCARLET: NOX NOVACULA & NEW SKELETAL FACES 9 p.m., Artifice, artificebarlv.com.

MUSIC: JONNY CRAIG With KeepMySecrets, Foreign, 6:30 p.m., Rockstar Bar, seetickets.us.

PARTY: MAGIC MONDAY 10 a.m., Azilo Ultra Pool, azilolasvegas.com.

COMEDY: MARSHA WARFIELD With Allan Havey, Jeff Arcuri, Michael Yo, thru 9/21, 7 & 9:30 p.m., Comedy Cellar, ticketmaster.com.

Tuesday, September 20

Human Nature

Human Nature

MUSIC: HUMAN NATURE 6:30 p.m., thru 9/22, South Point Showroom, ticketmaster.com.

MUSIC: BOY HARSHER With Riki, 8 p.m., Fremont Country Club, seetickets.us.

SPORTS: LAS VEGAS AVIATORS VS. RENO ACES 7 p.m., thru 9/25, Las Vegas Ballpark, ticketmaster.com.

MUSIC: FEVER DOG With The Freeks, Cromm Fallon & The P666, DJ Jacob Savage, 8 p.m., SoulBelly BBQ, eventbrite.com.

MUSIC: DRAGGED UNDER With Rivals, Aryia, Grasslands, 6 p.m., American Legion Post 8, seetickets.us.

PARTY: KILL BILL 10 p.m., Discopussy, discopussydtlv.com.

MUSIC: CENOTAPH With Depulsed, Primitive Brutality, Foul Deformity, Godless Throne, 8 p.m., the Usual Place, eventbrite.com.

MISC: SIX You don’t need to be married to a king to be a queen. Donning bedazzled Tudor-style outfits, which won a Tony Award this year for best costume design, the six wives of Henry VIII unite onstage for a pop retelling of their lives and gruesome deaths. The wives, each inspired by contemporary divas like Beyoncé and Celine Dion, belt their sides of the story while serving up energetic choreography. What begins as a competition to be the lead singer, based on who had the worst experience with their mutual ex, turns into a show of solidarity and empowerment under a shared spotlight. Thru October 2, times & dates vary, $45-$165, Reynolds Hall, thesmithcenter.com. –Shannon Miller

Wednesday, September 21

Diana Ross

Diana Ross

MUSIC: DIANA ROSS 8 p.m., Encore Theater, ticketmaster.com.

FOOD & DRINK: SAN GENNARO FEAST Thru 9/25, times vary, M Resort, eventbrite.com.

PARTY: TWO FRIENDS 11 p.m., EBC at Night, wynnsocial.com.

MUSIC: THE MIDNIGHT 7:30 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl, ticketweb.com.

PARTY: ALTURA & FRIENDS 10 p.m., Commonwealth, commonwealthlv.com.

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