World Food Championships Hundreds of chefs, home cooks and foodies converge to compete in categories ranging from barbecue to chili to sandwiches. Competitions are free to attend, but get tickets to special events—like Saturday’s Ultimate Bacon Experience—to sample the goods. November 7-10, Fremont Street Experience.
Wiesenthal This riveting one-man show, written by and starring Tom Dugan, follows the journey of Simon Wiesenthal from concentration camp survivor to famous Nazi hunter. You’ll probably, literally, laugh and cry. November 9, 8 p.m.; November 10, 2 p.m.; $38-$42, Smith Center’s Troesch Studio Theater.
Firebird Head Downtown for Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater’s take on the classic ballet, which typically features a storybook tale aided by a magical, vibrant firebird. You’ll recognize Stravinsky’s score from Fantasia 2000, and the choreography should be just as inspiring. November 8, 7:30 p.m., $24-$79. Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall.
Canon 21 If you missed Jose Bellver’s exhibit at Donna Beam Fine Art, be sure to check out his geometric paintings at the Sahara West Library gallery, the former home of the Las Vegas Art Museum. 9600 W. Sahara Ave.
Zoé The Brit-pop movement of the early 1990s spawned countless bands, including a Mexican quintet that would concoct the rock en Español equivalent. Fans of Muse, Placebo and even Radiohead will double-take Zoé, just as a large group of non-Spanish speakers did at Coachella in 2010. November 13, 8:30 p.m., $24-$31, the Joint.
The Casualties & Misfits Invasion of the East Coast punks! Dust off the bullet belt and watch New York’s spikey-haired Casualties do their street-punk thing at LVCS on Friday, then head back Downtown Tuesday for Jersey’s legendary horror-punk Misfits on the same stage. The Casualties with Negative Approach, MDC, Brutal Resistance, Unfair Fight, November 8, 8 p.m., $17-$22; Misfits with The Attack, IDFI, Guilty by Association, Sector 7G, Brutal Resistance, Roid Rage, November 12, 8 p.m., $20-$25.