What to watch and where to go this week
Wed, Oct 6, 2010 (7:15 p.m.)
Illustration: Wes Gatbonton
The Social Network David Fincher’s meticulous examination of the contentious early days of Facebook is a thrilling piece of entertainment and one of the most impressive, engrossing movies of the year. Now playing citywide.
Thor at the Bus Stop The crowd-pleasing local feature film from writer-directors Jerry and Mike Thompson comes to DVD with a bounty of bonus features, including commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, music videos and more. Available at thoratthebusstop.com.
LCD Soundsystem One of those bands we never thought we’d see in Las Vegas is playing Las Vegas. If you’ve never heard “Yeah,” Losing My Edge” or “All My Friends” in person before, now’s the time. With Sleigh Bells, October 12, 8 p.m., $36-$46, the Joint.
Hot diggity! For lovers of stubby-legged canines, October means one thing: Hallo-Wiener, the glorious annual event bringing together hundreds of dachshunds for an afternoon of costume contests, belly-rub competitions and, naturally, wiener races. October 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., $2-5, Charlie Kellogg and Joe Zaher Sports Complex.
Michael Franti & Spearhead The weather is cooling off, but keep that positive, sunny feeling going with the Bay Area outfit’s latest album, The Sound of Sunshine. Franti will give you the lyrical warm fuzzies—inside an eco-friendly pack (for those who still buy physical music).
Mad Men x2 With Season 4 wrapping up, you’ll soon be facing withdrawal. Our suggested remedy: two books—Mad Men Unbuttoned: A Romp Through 1960s America, which looks at the men and culture that inspired the show, and Mad Men and Philosophy: Nothing Is as It Seems, an intriguing philosophical romp through the show’s characters and cultural era.
In the Shadow of Freedom Come November, everybody will be talking about childhood soldier Tchicaya Missamou. So before the CNN special airs, why not stay ahead of the curve and read Missamou’s new memoir, co-written by Travis Sentell?