The highlights of this week in your city.
Give your vocal cords a workout at AFAN’s “funraiser” in Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar at Town Square. Sing with the piano players as they duel and try to remember all the words to “American Pie.” The $10 cover charge goes to Aid for AIDS of Nevada, the state’s oldest and largest AIDS service organization. More than 2,800 people find nutritional assistance, educational programs and services through the group every year. 6 p.m., ages 21+.
“I hate the way you talk to me, and the way you cut your hair. I hate the way you drive my car. I hate it when you stare.
I hate your big dumb combat boots, and the way you read my mind. I hate you so much it makes me sick; it even makes me rhyme.” That poem from 10 Things I Hate About You isn’t exactly Shakespeare, but Shakespeare At Play’s interpretations aren’t exactly verbatim prose, either. (The traveling nonprofit theater group adapts classical Shakespeare productions and performs for underserved and young audiences.) They bring
The Taming of the Shrew to Lake Las Vegas this weekend, so grab your lawn chair and take in the free performance at 7 p.m. in front of Sonrisa Grill.
What do you get when you combine more than two dozen bands, professional wrestling, BMX biking and a roller derby? The annual Extreme Thing Sports and Music Festival, of course. The event, now in its 15th year, brings together music and alternative sports at Desert Breeze Skate Park courtesy of the Clark County Parks and Recreation Department. (See page 82 for a preview. 8245 Spring Mountain Road, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., $17 in advance, $20 day-of, extremething.com.) For a more sophisticated take on Saturday, sashay your way to UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall to see the Nevada Ballet Theatre production of Brave New World. The show starts at 8 p.m. but get there 45 minutes early for “Insights,” an insider’s look at the performance, then stay for “Talk Back,” an interactive after-show Q&A with the cast. $10-$75, 895-2787.
A cleaver, a torch, a salt shaker, a ukulele, a skillet, a fish, an egg, a block of dry ice and a bottle of champagne—these are just some of the objects that the Flying Karamazov Brothers use in their high-flying circus production. The familial troupe of street performers brings a wide range of throwable objects to the Orleans Showroom this weekend, all of which weigh more than an ounce but less than 10 pounds and are smaller than a breadbox. 8 p.m. March 27 and 28, $22-$44, 365-7075.
If March Madness has the kids going hoop crazy, send them to the March Mayhem Basketball Clinic at the Hollywood Recreation Center. The program teaches kids ages 6-13 to embrace their inner Evan Turner, shoot like Sherron Collins and run a defense like John Wall—and reinforces b-ball basics, too. 1650 S. Hollywood Blvd.,
6-8 p.m. March 28 and 29, $20, 455-0566.
WWE superstars all have good nicknames but the name of the game is coming out on top. See which names tap out and which ones emerge victorious as the stars of World Wrestling Entertainment have it out at SmackDown. Top billing on the card goes to “The Deadman” (The Undertaker) and “The Rated R Superstar” (Edge), who team up to take on Chris Jericho and “The Straight Edge Superstar” (CM Punk). Meanwhile, eight other well-named wrestlers—including “High Flying”
Rey Mysterio and “The Big Red Machine” Kane—make up the undercard. Thomas & Mack Center.
6:45 p.m., $15-$70, 739-3267.
Get ready for April Fools’ Day and check out the Amazing Johnathan’s practical joke primer, Every Trick in the Book (self-published, 2001)—then fill an unsuspecting friend’s showerhead with Jolly Ranchers. The candy-coated shower will leave the victim sticky and sweet, and not knowing why—so they’ll go take another shower. Rinse and repeat as needed, thanks to the prankster’s 123-page book. $20 to buy the book, or $72.50-$83.50 for the show at the Harmon Theater, 9 p.m., 836-0838.