The highlights of this week in your city.
After an eight-month hiatus, Wayne Brady returns to his improv-filled variety show, Making It Up. Now that his Let’s Make a Deal hosting duties are behind him (and his once-strained vocal cords are healed) the multi-talented performer reunites with his improv accomplice, Jonathan Mangum, during the first of several Whose Line Is It Anyway?-esque shows in the Venetian Showroom. 9 p.m., May 27-31, $49-$149, 414-9000.
While faking it is rarely encouraged, faux fretboard fancywork and exaggerated shredding take center stage during the U.S. Air Guitar regional finals at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip. Windmills, power slides and scissor-kicks abound, and the winner lands a spot in the national championship in New York City. From there, competitors will fake it to make it to the world championship in Oulu, Finland. 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 9:30 p.m., $20.
The six-film Star Wars saga spanned generations, but you can hear it from a new perspective as Star Wars: In Concert brings the John Williams’ score to the Orleans Arena. A full symphony orchestra and choir perform music from the cult classics and modern additions, while a three-story high-def screen shows synchronized footage from the films. Get there early to check out the Jedi Master costumes, helmets from Tatooine and handwritten sheet music from Williams’ The Phantom Menace. (4 and 8 p.m., $25-$125, 284-7777.) Meanwhile, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, a.k.a. New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo, Flight of the Conchords, take over the Theatre for the Performing Arts at Planet Hollywood. 8 p.m., $55 (plus taxes and fees), 785-5055.
Lewis Black doesn’t write his jokes down—he just starts talking about a topic (politics and religion are two of his favorites) an lets himself go. His rants are as funny as they are thought-provoking, and considering the BP oil spill and recent political scandals, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart contributor has plenty of material. (In the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage. 9 p.m., $59-$79. 792-7777.) Or, if you prefer comedy with international flair, Russell Peters brings his Green Card Tour to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. 9 p.m., $49.50 (plus taxes and fees), 469-6295.
Pack up the kids (or grab some friends) and take advantage of the long weekend by heading east to the second most popular recreation spot in Nevada, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. One of the best activities is paddling the gorgeous 67-mile stretch of the Colorado River that begins at Willow Beach and snakes through Black Canyon before hitting Hoover Dam. Rent a canoe ($15 for three hours or $65 for the day) or a kayak ($10 for three hours or $45 for the day) and get out on the water. The 50-mile drive to Willow Beach takes about an hour, depending on holiday traffic. 25804 N. Willow Beach Road, White Hills, Ariz. $5 per vehicle admission to the national park, 928-767-4747 for canoe/kayak reservations, nps.gov/lake.
Looking for a book club that’s all business? The Green Valley Library hosts a monthly session that’s very bottom-line oriented: the Business Book Club. In June, readers discuss Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson (Hyperion, 2009) and consider the ins and outs of free Web content. The event, like most Web content, is free—just be sure to buy the book (or borrow it from the library) ahead of time. 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, 6 p.m.
Fight childhood hunger and satisfy your gourmet appetite at the Palms as Taste of the Nation takes over Rain. Instead of hot DJs, the nightclub showcases 30 of the city’s hottest chefs for the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Part of a series of dinners, ticket sales support Share Our Strength, and local beneficiaries include Three Square Food Bank, Catholic Charities of Las Vegas, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Chefs for Kids and Project MANA. $75-$100, 877-26-TASTE (82783), tasteofthenation.org.