Six Picks: Our experts pick their favorites for Aug. 23-29

Russell Peters

Russell Peters is scrunched into the No. 3 spot on Forbes’ list of the top-earning comedians, right between the more Vegas-familiar Terry Fator and Jeff Dunham. Peters’ audience, comedic outlook and heritage (Indian-Canadian) are all more global. He brings his stand-up to the Palms at 8 p.m. Saturday; tickets are $49-$99; call 702-944-3200.

— Mike Weatherford


They’ve put their hearts, livers and eardrums through hell in pursuit of honky tonk heaven, but if the pearly gates aren’t necessarily in Lucero’s future, another round certainly is. See them at 8 p.m. Friday at Backstage Bar & Billiards, 601 Fremont St. Tickets are $28; call 702-382-2227.

— Jason Bracelin

‘Blue Jasmine’

Admit it. The first time you saw “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane,” you told anyone who’d listen that some day, Andrew Dice Clay would work with Woody Allen. That day is here as the director’s “Blue Jasmine,” featuring Clay as a rough-around-the-edges handyman, finally opens in Las Vegas.

— Christopher Lawrence

Chinese ensemble

East meets West, musically speaking, as the Lin Hong Li Chinese Ensemble — featuring Lin Hong Li and her students — presents a free concert featuring everything from Chinese folk songs to contemporary pop, played on traditional Chinese instruments. The cultural fusion takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive; call 702-455-7340 for more details.

— Carol Cling

Beer pairing

The beers of Las Vegas’ very own Tenaya Creek Brewing Co. will be paired with the food of star chef Hubert Keller in a dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fleur at Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The menu: baby heirloom beet salad paired with Calico Brown Ale, roasted apricot tart with Hop Ride IPA, seared Alaskan halibut with Tandem Double IPA, roasted loin of venison with Hauling Oats Oatmeal Stout and ancho chile molten cake with Old Jackalope ice cream and Old Jackalope Barleywine Style Ale. It’s $75; call 702-632-9400.

— Heidi Knapp Rinella

Calvin Harris

Hit songwriter DJ Calvin Harris performs Saturday at MGM’s Hakkasan nightclub, and then on Sunday at MGM Grand’s Wet Republic day club. A year ago, Rihanna got all the public credit for their collaboration, “We Found Love.” But since then, everyone realized Harris was the more talented one, having created the fun dance hits “Sweet Nothing,” “I Need Your Love,” “Feel So Close” and “Bounce.”

— Doug Elfman