Six Picks: Our experts pick their favorites for the week

Linkin Park

It’s not well explained why Linkin Park will do only one show in the United States this year, but at least it’s here. The wildly eclectic rockers have made Las Vegas a habit in recent years and frontman Chester Bennington has one of his Club Tattoo stores in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort. In fact, the band will visit the store at 7 p.m. Saturday before the 9 p.m. show in the nearby PH Live theater. Tickets are $75.50-$89.50; call 800-745-3000.

— Mike Weatherford


Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera has been called the Bob Marley of metal for both his dreadlocks and Third World social consciousness, incorporating musical influences from his native Brazil into his band’s groove-heavy, jungle-dense thrash. See them at 8 p.m. today at the LVCS, 425 Fremont St. Tickets are $30; call 382-3531.

— Jason Bracelin

Best pictures

You have two chances to see this year’s best picture nominees, marathon style. Catch “Amour,” “Les Miserables,” “Argo” and “Django Unchained” starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, then see the other five Feb. 23 at AMC Town Square. Tickets are $30 for Saturday, $40 for Feb. 23 or $60 for both. Or see “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Amour,” “Life of Pi,” “Les Mis” and “Lincoln” at noon Saturday and the rest Feb. 23 at Santa Fe, South Point and Orleans. Tickets are $30 each day or $60 for both.

— Christopher Lawrence

Circus Oz

All the world’s a circus stage, including The Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall, where the down-under wonders of Circus Oz launch a three-day run Thursday, combining daredevil antics with a love of the absurd. You can catch their high-flying act at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23; for tickets ($24-$79), visit The Smith Center box office at 361 Symphony Park Ave., call 749-2000 or go online at

— Carol Cling

Cask tasting

Beer aficionados are invited to a cask tasting of Apostelbraeu Dinkel Bock — which organizers assure is “quite refreshing in spite of its 6.6 percent alcohol by volume” — at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Freakin’ Frog, 4700 S. Maryland Parkway. The beer is made with floor-malted barley, spelt and Pilsner malt and hops from Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. The tasting is $35 per person in advance, $40 at the door if any seats remain. Call 217-6794 to make reservations.

— Heidi Knapp Rinella

Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli raps Sunday at Bellagio’s club Bank. You may remember Kweli for the song “Get By,” the album “Eardrum,” or his appearances in “Chappelle’s Show” and “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.” But get this. Sunday’s show is part of his official tour. In other tour cities, he tours theaters. In Vegas: a nightclub. That’s how big clubs are here now.

— Doug Elfman