Wed, Jun 30, 2010 (5 p.m.)
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Holy Rollers This gangster drama about Hasidic Jews smuggling drugs hits all the standard beats of its genre, but it does so with visual flair and effective performances. It successfully translates a familiar story into a new context. Playing at Village Square
UFC 116 Two UFC heavyweight champs, with one loss between them. One’s never been taken past the first round (Shane Carwin). One’s a bull of a man who’s been waiting more than a year to get back in the Octagon (Brock Lesnar). Live from the MGM Grand. Available on pay-per-view.
Dierks Bentley Up on the Ridge, Bentley’s mostly acoustic album, showcases the singer-songwriter’s bluegrass side while keeping one foot planted in mainstream country. The result is an entertaining mesh of styles, with guest appearances ranging from Miranda Lambert to Kris Kristofferson.
DIY U Anya Kamenetz, author of Generation Debt, explores the realities of student debt, while looking at ways to transform higher education—and reveals some startling figures. $15
LVSK8 Michael Todoran’s annual skate-deck art show—which features local talent using the boards as a canvas—returns. Anything goes: pop art, tattoo art, figurative paintings and boards as subjects. Place Gallery, 1054 S. Main St. Reception, July 2, 6-10 p.m.
Fireworks Celebrate independence one night early: The 51s take on Reno on July 3, and they’ll light up the sky over Cashman Field afterwards. Or, if you’re the type who prefers to wait until the 4th, you’ll have lots of fireworky choices: Basic High (featuring live bands and activities), Lake Las Vegas or most Station casinos, to name just a few.
Matador at 21 tickets We know who’s gonna be at Matador Records’ big 21st birthday bash. We know it’ll go down happening at the Pearl inside the Palms October 1-3. What we still don’t know: anything about tickets (how much they’ll cost, how many will be available, when they’ll go on sale). Those details will be revealed Monday, July 5 at matadorrecords.com/matablog. Refresh often.