Where to go, what to hear and what to download this week
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 (5:10 p.m.)
Illustration: Wes Gatbonton
MTV Spring Break Dev, Young Jeezy, B.o.B., The Wanted and more will take the stage at the Palms Pool & Bungalows, performing for MTV's infamous under-the-sun debauchery fest. Visit onsetproductions.com to apply for free tickets. March 20-22, 11 a.m.
Neon Reverb The twice-annual Downtown gathering kicks into high gear next weekend, but why wait to get into the festival spirit? There’s a hip-hop night at the Country Saloon (3/20), indie rock at Beauty Bar and an “Absinthe Friends” showcase at Artifice (both 3/21) and films at Theatre 7 and the Sci Fi Center (3/20-3/21) happening this week. Get going! neonreverb.com.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival If you’ve never attended a St. Paddy’s Day parade, you really don’t know what you’re missing. Festival March 15-18; parade March 17, 10 a.m.; Henderson Events Plaza.
SFJazz Collective Each year, this crack eight-piece group focuses on one composer’s catalog—John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk … This year’s pick: Stevie Wonder. Boogie on, SFJazz Collective. March 17, 7 & 10 p.m. & March 18, 2 p.m.; $39-$69; Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz.
Blake Shelton You’ve watched The Voice judge evaluate singers’ skills (or lack thereof) for weeks. Now it’s your turn. If a song’s not working for ya, just turn your back to the stage. With Justin Moore, Dia Frampton; March 17, 8 p.m., $32-$52, Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Casablanca Here’s looking at this noir classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, which gets a big-screen showcase to celebrate its 70th anniversary, featuring pristine digital presentation plus a new behind-the-scenes special. March 21, 2 & 7 p.m., $10.50-$12.50, various local theaters.
Carmen UNLV mounts one of the most beloved operas ever. Plus, proof that, no, that was not originally the theme to The Bad News Bears. March 16-17, 7:30 p.m. & March 18, 3 p.m.; $5-$25, Artemus Ham Hall.
Community The best comedy on TV returns from an extended hiatus with all-new episodes featuring sitcom deconstructionism, oddball references and hilarious, endearing characters. Thursdays, 8 p.m., NBC.
Karma This app just made gift-giving a whole lot easier. You don’t even need the recipient’s address; you just have to be his or her friend on Facebook.