Where to go and what to watch this week
Wed, Feb 23, 2011 (5:30 p.m.)
Illustration: Wes Gatbonton
127 Hours James Franco probably won’t win an Oscar this week for his performance as trapped hiker Aron Ralston, but he deserves it—and the rest of Danny Boyle’s exciting, creative movie is pretty great, too. Available on DVD March 1.
When Vacations Attack Besides the fantastic name of this show, there’s absolutely fascinating footage of just how stupid travelers can be abroad—and survive Sundays, 8 p.m., Travel Channel.
Berenstain Bears The iconic furry family from the ’80s books and television series has been reinvented as a musical. Relearn life lessons like not eating too much junk food and staying out of trouble at school. February 25, 10 a.m., Ham Hall at UNLV, for tickets call 800-497-5007.
Nick Cave The fabric sculptor and creator of wearable Soundsuits, one of which is on display at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, lectures on his work. February 25, 6:30 p.m., Bellagio, $15.
Julieta Venegas Whether you speak fluent Spanish or can’t say much more than “burrito, por favor,” Mexican American singer/songwriter Julieta Venegas’ tunes are playful, indie goodness. March 2, 9 p.m., $30, Crown Nightclub.
Arcade Fire tickets Planned on going to Coachella but slept on getting tix? Here’s a Grade A consolation prize: On April 14 at the Joint, Montreal’s indie-rock icons hit town for the first time in six years—armed with Grammy Album of the Year The Suburbs. Set an alarm this time. Tickets go on sale February 26 at noon, $36-$40, ticketmaster.com.
8MM Sure, you’ve been able to shoot iPhone videos for some time, but this app allows your footage to look like it was shot in different eras—say, the grainy ’20s or the super-cool ’70s. Get in touch with your inner Tarantino. Available now.
bornthiswayblog.com Everyone’s humming along to Gaga’s new hit, “Born This Way.” For more fun, check out this site, where viewers post stories and charming childhood photos of their young gay selves.