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LOVE CORP: Years ago, the showrooms of the Strip regularly featured orchestras, gamely entertaining what I like to imagine as a nobler breed of casino drunkards. Those days are long gone, but something of that enduring Vegas spirit lives on in groups such as Thievery Corporation, which are playing poolside at the Cosmopolitan on Sept. 10 ($45). Some deride the Corporation’s worldly downtempo dub as background music, but writers like tdwenger on get it: Thievery Corporation is an old-school Vegas orchestra, compressed. “They genre-hopped from Caribbean to Middle Eastern influences smoothly and effortlessly,” raved tdwenger of the group’s Aug. 14 show, even praising the stage setup as being “very lounge-like” with a chaise lounge and chandeliers. Know what we call that? One heckuva Vegas show.

NOT A SPACE STATION: Something amazing happened: Two of my favorite MCs reunited for the first time since 2006. Talib Kweli and Mos Def, alternatively known as Black Star, will take the stage at the House of Blues on Sept. 13 ($39.50-43.50) and perform their masterful 1998 debut, Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star, from start to finish. It’s worth noting that rumors of a second Black Star album have recently gained frequency, fueled by an untitled Mos Def/Talib Kweli song snippet that Mos posted to his Facebook page without explanation on Aug. 7. There’s a possibility that Black Star may drop some new tracks after the old, but even if they don’t, there’s enough gold in the grooves of Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star to make this show a must-see.

NOW ON SALE: Stone Temple Pilots play the Pearl on Sept. 24 ($45-$100). Even though Scott Weiland has been playing with his old band since 2008, this seems like a reunion tour to me.

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This action film follows the sexy, vengeful contract killer Cataleya (Zoe Saldana), named after a Colombian orchid, signing her victims with lipstick. After a well-handled prologue gives us Cataleya as a child (Amandla Stenberg) witnessing the assassination of her next of kin by crime boss Don Luis (Beto Benites), we catch up with the beautiful adult Cataleya, now a hit-woman working for her uncle. The action sequences are effective, and Saldana is able to not only exude ruthlessness and sexiness, but also sympathy.