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Oct. 8 & 22, 8p. Long-form improv in an intimate setting, so close to the Strip you can taste it! Come early to participate in improv games and...   
Oct. 22, 3:30-7:30p. Have fun at this safe event where costumes are encouraged. Carnival games, trick or treat town, $2 laser tag, $2 haunted...   
Oct. 23, 7:30p. Celebrating its 39th season, ASQ is recognized as one of the world’s foremost quartets. Championing contemporary music and...   
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ART
Clarity of Youth

Through Oct. 26. In his fourth solo show at Brett Wesley Gallery, Kevin Chupik uses idealized images from childhood, including ships, planes and board-game figurines to deal with larger topics of adulthood. Free. Brett Wesley Gallery, brettwesleygallery.com


Will Roger Peterson

Through Oct. 29. Best known for his involvement with creating Burning Man, Peterson is still a well-known photographer. This installation is a revisit of stylish nudes he shot 20 years ago. Usually reserved for posh, ocean-side galleries, we are blessed to have them here. Free. Sin City Gallery, sincitygallery.com


Kinky

Through Oct. 31. Stacy Rink’s exhibit is a funny and brazen look at how Sin City’s sexy-glam dream-factory jostles our everyday lives. Free. Blackbird Studios, blackbirdstudios.com


Panorama

Through Nov. 26. A selection of work in every genre: painting, textiles, digital, photography, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media by some of the recipients of the Nevada Arts Council fellowships. Free. UNLV’s Barrick Museum, unlv.edu


Illustrators 56

Oct. 3-31, opening reception Oct. 17, 7-9:30p. The Annual Traveling Show provided by the Society of Illustrators will feature 58 pieces of the most outstanding works created throughout the year by the most cutting-edge and popular illustrators in the world. Free. Clark County Library, lvccld.org



DANCE
Zombie Burlesque

Every Mon-Sat, 8:30p. With comedy, variety acts, a live Big Band and an award-winning cast of characters, Zombie Burlesque takes place in Las Vegas during the Atomic Era, circa 1958. Be the first living audience to experience classic burlesque, zany musical numbers and top-notch singing all performed by the sexiest zombies at the hottest, formerly zombie-only, nightclub in town. $65-$85. V Theater, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S., vtheaterboxoffice.com


Zombie Burlesque

Every Mon-Sat, 8:30p. With comedy, variety acts, a live Big Band and an award-winning cast of characters, Zombie Burlesque takes place in Las Vegas during the Atomic Era, circa 1958. Be the first living audience to experience classic burlesque, zany musical numbers and top-notch singing all performed by the sexiest zombies at the hottest, formerly zombie-only, nightclub in town. $65-$85. V Theater, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S., vtheaterboxoffice.com


A Choreographer's Showcase

Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 1p. The Nevada Ballet Theater and Cirque du Soleil are collaborating on the seventh installment of their gymnastics-influenced dance - or is a ballet-influenced tumble? Both, and more, say audience members, who applaud the boundary-pushing performances that give the city’s most talented dancers and directors a unique forum for flexing their collective muscles. $25-$45, Mystère Theater at Treasure Island, nevadaballet.com



FAMILY
Farmers Market

Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich’s sustainable farmers market. Seasonal offerings, regionally and locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, fresh eggs, honey, nuts, dates, locally roasted coffee and more. Free admission. Note that vendors accept cash only. The Springs Preserve


Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

Every Tue-Sun, 4p. The most beloved family show in the world, featuring an amazing cast of housecats, dogs, parrots, even geese and mice! A unique blend of physical comedy, world-champion juggling and the extraordinary talents of more than 30 performing pets. Gregory Popovich has rescued these animals from shelters all over the country and has transformed them into Las Vegas stars. $35-$50. V Theater, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S., vtheaterboxoffice.com


Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

Every Tue-Sun, 4p. The most beloved family show in the world, featuring an amazing cast of housecats, dogs, parrots, even geese and mice! A unique blend of physical comedy, world-champion juggling and the extraordinary talents of more than 30 performing pets. Gregory Popovich has rescued these animals from shelters all over the country and has transformed them into Las Vegas stars. $35-$50. V Theater, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S., vtheaterboxoffice.com


Life is Beautiful Festival

Oct. 24-26. Musical headliners include Kanye West, Outkast and the Foo Fighters, among many others. Food booths, craft cocktails, and motivational talks abound! $105-$595. On four stages in Downtown Las Vegas, lifeisbeautiful.com


Get Outdoors Nevada Day

Oct. 25, 9a-3p. The premise is simple: Get outside and meet community groups, non-profits, government organizations, retailers, outfitters and promoters in the playground! Free. Craig Ranch Regional Park, getoutdoorsnevada.org


Dia de Muertos

Nov. 1-2, 5p. The Mexican tradition of remembering the dead celebrates our memories of them and the impressions that their lives made on us. Ofrendas, or altars, will be set aglow with flickering candlelight and covered with the food, drink and objects the dead loved in life to lure them back for a visit. Free. Winchester Park and Cultural Center, clarkcountynv.gov


The Sands: A Place in the Sun

Oct 25. Nevada State Museum. Historians Larry Gragg, Eugene Moehring and Michael Green hold forth on the fabled home of the Rat Pack, that long-gone reliquary of classic Vegas style. 1p, free, 702-486-5205



FESTIVALS AND HOLIDAY EVENTS
Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest

Through Oct. 31, Fri-Sat, 7p. Drink with celebrity keg-tappers, enter drawings for free meals, compete in stein-holding contests and enjoy live entertainment, traditional German food and, of course, real brews from the homeland. Check website for details. Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, hofbrauhauslasvegas.com


Hofbrauhaus

Sep. 13-Oct. 31, Fri-Sat, 7p. Drink with celebrity keg-tappers, enter drawings for free meals, compete in stein-holding contests and enjoy live entertainment, traditional German food and, of course, real brews from the homeland. Check website for details. Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, hofbrauhauslasvegas.com


Asylum and Hotel Fear

Oct. 3-4, 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, Oct. 29-Nov. 1; Fri-Sat, 6:30p-midnight; Thu & Sun, 6:30-10p. Visit Nevada’s longest running stand-alone haunted attraction as it celebrates its 16th year of being a “Top Haunt.” Please bring a new or gently used coat to benefit the homeless and receive one free entry any Thursday or Sunday. $15 each or $25 for both. Meadows Mall, lvhaunts.com


Haunted Harvest

Oct. 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 5p. Come in costume and enjoy this family-friendly event featuring a petting zoo, trick-or-treat stations, carnival games, live music and performances. $3-$6. Springs Preserve


Chills and Thrills Halloween Carnival

Oct. 22, 3:30-7:30p. Have fun at this safe event where costumes are encouraged. Carnival games, trick or treat town, $2 laser tag, $2 haunted house, $1 carnival rides.  Walnut Recreation Center, 3075 N. Walnut Road, 702-455-8402


Munchable Monster House

Oct. 25, 10a-3:15p. Take some chocolate frosting, graham crackers and colorful candy and make your own sweet haunted house. Join us for a real Halloween treat as we make festive and edible munchable monster houses. Free. Silver Springs Recreation Center, 1951 Silver Springs Parkway, cityofhenderson.com


Zombie Run 5K and Family Fun Walk

Oct. 25, 3:30-8:30p. Are you ready to run for your life? Lace up your sneakers and try to survive the post-apocalyptic world. Outsmart dozens of hungry zombies on the 5K or take the shorter, family-friendly route for those who do not dare to encounter the living dead. A monster mash of activities follow the run and fun walk. Participants are encouraged to wear zombie outfits and costumes. $12-$25 for the 5K; $6-$25 for the Family Fun Walk. Equestrian Park South, 1200 Equestrian Drive, hendersonlive.com/special-events/zombie-run-5k


Cox Treat Streets

Oct. 26, 3-6p.  Families are encouraged to bring their children out to join Tivoli Village’s retailers and restaurants for a night of safe trick-or-treating.  This event will offer a variety of family-friendly activities including interactive game booths, costumed characters and live music performances. Free. Tivoli Village, tivolivillagelv.com


Tots Trick-or-Treat Trail

Oct. 30, 10:30a-12:30p. Toddlers ages 1-5 can show off their costumes and trick-or-treat in a fun, safe environment. Free to those who bring canned food to benefit the Henderson Salvation Army. Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris St., cityofhenderson.com


Tots Monster Mash

Oct. 30, noon-2p. Bring your toddlers dressed in their Halloween finest for a safe trick-or-treating event filled with carnival games with prizes and bounce houses. A professional photographer will have picture packages available for a nominal cost. Free. Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, cityofhenderson.com


Lights on Tour of Hotel Fear

Nov. 1, 4-6p. Let the little ones tour one of the scariest haunts without all the monsters. $2 benefits the Nevada Broadcasters Association. Meadows Mall, lvhaunts.com



FUNDRAISERS
Las Vegas Inspiring Connections Outdoors

Oct. 24, 6-8p. Join us in celebrating our third annual "Friendraiser." Enjoy a delicious complimentary meal, a wine bar and the music of a jazz quartet. Get a head start on your holiday shopping with our fabulous raffle prizes and silent auction items.  Learn more about how you can bring our urban youth into the outdoors. Free. Las Vegas World Bridge Club, 5580 W. Flamingo Road, #101, sierraclub.org



LECTURES, READINGS AND PANELS
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Walking Tours

10:30a,Wed and Sat. Take a guided tour of the campus and learn about its architectural accomplishments, artwork and historic overview. Register in advance for free. The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com



MUSIC
B-A Tribute to the Beatles

Every Mon-Sun, 5:30. This show takes everything you love about the Beatles and presents it just as if John, Paul, George and Ringo were on stage together again. You will want to get up, sing and dance as some of the best Beatle musicians recreate some of the most memorable Beatle moments from every era of their career - from Beatlemania all the way up to the White Album. $60-$70. Saxe Theater, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S., vtheaterboxoffice.com


American String Quartet

Oct. 23, 7:30p. Celebrating its 39th season, ASQ is recognized as one of the world’s foremost quartets. Championing contemporary music and complete quartets by Beethoven, Schubert and Mozart has won ASQ critical acclaim worldwide. $25. Performing Arts Center at UNLV, pac.unlv.edu


Memoirs of a Celebrity

Oct. 26, 3p. Celebrity City Chorus is a dynamic group of women singing four-part harmony in the singular American style of barbershop harmony. These women, from all walks of life, have joined together in harmony for more than 50 years, performing and competing with more than 500 other Sweet Adeline Choruses in Las Vegas and around the world. $13. Starbright Theatre, suncity-summerlin.com/starbrighttheatre.htm



THEATER
Improv Kingdom

Sep. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 8p. The Las Vegas comedy show featuring both short- and long-form improv from some of the valley’s most experienced improv actors. Wine and concessions available. Come at 6p for drop-in class with Paul Mattingly. $10 show, $15 for both drop-in and show. Baobab Stage Theatre, 6587 Las Vegas Blvd. S., baobabstage.com


Improv

Oct. 8 & 22, 8p. Long-form improv in an intimate setting, so close to the Strip you can taste it! Come early to participate in improv games and to get a good seat. $10 at the door. The SciFi Center, 600 E. Sahara Ave. #13, facebook.com/sinscityunderground


The Bucket Show

Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10p. Paul Mattingly (Second City) and Matt Donnelly (former writer for Penn & Teller) offer up improv at its finest. You call the shots from songs to Same Scene, Different Genre. Free - donations go in the buckets at the end of the show. Scullery Theater, 150 Las Vegas Blvd. N., mattandmattingly.com


Jonestown

Oct 3 - Nov 8. Middle of the desert. A drama about Jim Jones, Guyana, that Kool-Aid … all the elements of a tragedy, additionally heightened by director Troy Heard’s inventive staging: Buses will take audiences to an undisclosed location for the actual production. Through Nov. 8, 7p, $30, facebook.com



 

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