Mike Cockrill’s paintings seek to blend characteristics of the playful and the serious. His past works have featured little girls with guns, a sexually charged depiction of the Cuban Missile Crisis and a broken man raking up pieces of himself. He’s speaking at UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum 7 p.m. at Oct. 1. Ask him what inspires his work, if you dare. UNLV.edu.
Australian comedian Jim Jefferies hits The Joint at 8 p.m. Oct. 3 as part of the Freedumb tour. You’ve probably heard his profanity-laced jokes about dissecting the Bible or his modern take on Star Wars. He’s also known for calling out hecklers, so if you choose to go that route, be prepared to face the embarrassing consequences. HardRockHotel.com/TheJoint.
Onyx Theatre gives a classic, provocative Las Vegas film a musical facelift. Your last chance to check out Showgirls! The Musical! is at 8 p.m. Oct. 3. The “All Singing! All Lapdancing!” parody cranks up the sexual innuendo to 11. You’ll never look at the cult classic the same way again. OnyxTheatre.com.
Looking for a musical mishmash? Head to Brooklyn Bowl at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 for a performance by Australia’s Hiatus Kaiyote. The quartet’s genre-bending tunes received co-signs from several greats, including Prince, Questlove and Q-Tip. Try to pick out the jazz, neo-soul, rock and hip-hop elements within the set. BrooklynBowl.com.