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In brief: A Downtown Grammys stage, the Wranglers are off the ice and more

The stage and venue construction for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards concert on Fremont East, shown Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in downtown Las Vegas.
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Street music There’s a pretty impressive blockage happening on Fremont Street right now. Credit—or blame—the Grammys for the rock ’n’ disruption. A temporary stage has been erected at Fremont and Sixth streets, between the El Cortez and Backstage Bar & Billiards, for a live performance by Imagine Dragons that will cut into the 57th Annual Grammy Awards (set for 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS). The performance, reportedly an hour-long set with cutaways from the televised show, will not be open to the public. Grammy officials have not confirmed the participation of the local superstars, but the ticketing website lists a Sunday performance by the band at 4:30 p.m. —John Katsilometes

Dropping the puck The Las Vegas Wranglers are finished—the Sun reported on January 30 that the homeless team that used to play at Orleans Arena has officially withdrawn from the ECHL—but efforts to start a new pro hockey team are heating up. Gavin and Joe Maloof, former owners of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, have been making the rounds to generate excitement and collect season-ticket deposits in order to show the NHL that Vegas is ready for the big leagues, and a commercial for their was broadcast locally during the Super Bowl. —Brock Radke

Feather babies? Announcing its February 3 grand opening, Downtown’s Writer’s Block slipped something odd into the promise of a mayoral ribbon cutting and coffee—“artificial bird adoptions.” Co-owner Drew Cohen explained that decorative birds you might use in floral arrangements will be placed throughout the shop and equipped with name tags and bios listing likes and dislikes (i.e. peanut butter and tickling). For under $10, you can take one home. The gimmick is in line with the bookstore’s indoor-outdoor vibe, though Cohen laughingly says, “There wasn’t a logical train of thought that led to it.” —Erin Ryan

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