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What to chew on (literally and figuratively) this week

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American Heroes Challenge The best from the armed forces, law enforcement and first responders compete in simulations of real-world events. And you get to watch it for free. But feel free to donate, as all proceeds go toward building a veterans memorial in Las Vegas. November 6 & 7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Clark County Shooting Park.

Stand up for Skateparks Tony Hawk throws a mean party. The Birdman’s action-sports carnival hits the Wynn, featuring a vert demo by Hawk and Shaun White, a live auction and a DJ set by Z-Trip—all funding skatepark construction in low-income communities. On the auction block: a chance to appear in Hawk’s next video game. Time to clear out that piggy bank. November 6, noon-4 p.m., $350 ($300 to sponsor a local child), Wynn Las Vegas, win tickets here.

Jason Alexander We know he can do self-loathing and unscrupulous. (See: George Costanza in every episode of Seinfeld.) Here’s evidence he can also do a hilarious send-up of motivational speaking. Alexander stars as toupeed life coach Donny Clay. November 4-10, 8 p.m., $77, Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand.

Lightscapes Forget LCDs. Las Vegas is still the city of neon and lights. Derek Sola reminds us with his black-and-white night photographs overlapping iconic illuminated signage of Fremont Street and the Strip for a pulsating retro feel. Through November 27, Brett Wesley Gallery.

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Sufjan Stevens Wanna hear that banjo-playing folkster you loved last decade? Go play Illinois. New disc The Age of Adz finds Stevens embracing electronics, orchestration and, on one track, Auto-Tune. Brilliant? Quite possibly. Must-hear music? For sure.

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The Walking Dead Sick of zombies? Give the undead one more chance with a new series that’s as much about character moments and moral quandaries as it is about people getting their flesh ripped off. Sundays, 10 p.m., AMC.

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Extra Dessert Delights Gum Yes, we’re recommending gum. Because it’s so effing awesome. Available in key lime pie, strawberry shortcake, and—our personal fave—mint chocolate chip! Visit facebook.com/extragum for a sample pack.

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