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Donate to a kid. The Coats for Kids drive continues through November 2. Here’s how it works: Drop off old coats at any Check City location in the Las Vegas Valley. They will send them off to Al Phillips the Cleaner, who, after washing them, will pass them off to the Salvation Army, who will then distribute them to the estimated 12,000 children in town in desperate need of one as winter approaches. All you have to do is kick off the process with a little compassion and a hand-me-down.


Catch (the other) Fergie. The onetime Nigel Wick of The Drew Carey Show and, currently, the host of The Late Late Show on CBS, Craig Ferguson returns for three nights of stand-up at the Orleans Showroom. The Glasgow-born Ferguson has navigated a mercurial path to late-night TV stardom. He was once a drummer for what his bio describes as “some of the worst punk bands in the U.K.,” and shifted to the stage after meeting Michael Boyd, artistic director of Glasgow’s Tron Theatre, while Ferguson was a bartender in a local pub. Self-deprecating about a rocky past rife with alcoholism, chain-smoking and two divorces, Ferguson has developed a solid following while following David Letterman on CBS. October 26-28, 8 p.m. Tickets are $29.95; call 365-7075 or go to


Watch a legend. While rumors of his potential imminent trade from the Los Angeles Lakers rumble every day, Kobe Bryant himself can’t say for sure when it’ll be that he puts on the historic purple and gold—the only jersey he’s ever worn during his stellar NBA career—for the last time. But if it is indeed this Friday, in an exhibition game against the Sacramento Kings at the Thomas & Mack Center, you won’t want to miss it. October 26; 7 p.m.;; tickets $11-$92.


Dress for battle. Party of 300? Your table is ready. Ain’t no party like a Spartan party. This Halloween, forget about all the wicked witch, savvy pirate and bandaged mummy nonsense (and definitely forget the SpongeBob SquarePants costume) and switch things up a bit in favor of sandals, capes, shields and gore. Tryst nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas will go Greek for their costume party on Wednesday, October 31 at 10 p.m., awarding $15,000 in cash and prizes to the best Spartan and Goddess. In the words of King Leonidas, “Unless I miss my guess, we’re in for one wild night!” $30 for men, $20 for women; 770-3352.


Hear some tunes. It’s been five years since the Yeah Yeah Yeahs played their only Vegas show, so excuse us for getting this excited about the return of one-third of their lineup. Nick Zinner, best known as the spiky-haired guy who played that shimmering guitar part on “Maps,” flies into town for a Halloween DJ set. Your guess about what he might spin is as good as ours, but it’s free, and that’s something everyone can dance to. With Monsters Are Waiting, The Opera, The Pandas. October 31, 10 p.m., free. Beauty Bar, 598-1965.


See some scary movies. Gear up for Halloween with weird and creepy movies of various kinds, including two installments of the series named after the holiday (Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers), along with featurettes about the franchise (October 30, 7:30 p.m., $10, various Regal Cinemas locations,; a program of spooky short films sponsored by the Dam Short Film Festival (October 30, 8 p.m., $5, Art Institute of Las Vegas,; a trio of off-kilter films (Donnie Darko, Bubba Ho-tep, Mirrormask) with dark fantasy elements (October 29, 1 p.m., free, Enterprise Library, 507-3761); the annual holiday blow-out from Rocky Horror Picture Show troupe Divine Decadence (October 27, 11:30 p.m., $7, Onyx Theatre,; and a couple of family-friendly movies (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Ghostbusters) under the stars (October 26-27, 7 p.m., free, The District at Green Valley Ranch, 564-8595).

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