Six Picks: Our experts pick their favorites for the week


Sure they let old guys crash the Coachella festival, if said old guys happen to be Madness. The horn-driven English band that fueled the '80s ska scene is guaranteed to get the dust flying, but you can catch them Saturday between their Coachella dates in the climate-controlled luxury of the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Tickets are $34.50-$38 for the 8 p.m. show; call 632-7600.

-- Mike Weatherford


Remember when Brit popsters James set your bed on fire with passionate love with the title track of their 1993 disc "Laid"? Fan those flames once again when the band returns to the States for a rare U.S. tour. Wonder if the neighbors will complain about the noises above at 8 p.m. Sunday when James plays the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip, 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show; call 650-8590.

-- Jason Bracelin

'The Godfather, Part II'

It's still you, Fredo: It may be the best sequel ever made. It was certainly 1974's best picture -- and even has a Best Picture Academy Award to prove it. And on Thursday, you've got a chance to revisit "The Godfather, Part II," as restored by director Francis Ford Coppola -- complete with location work in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe. Catch it at 2 and 7 p.m. on the giant XD screen at Century South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

-- Carol Cling


You can't stop the beat -- at least not when "Hairspray" twists and shouts its way through a Tony-winning musical satire of early '60s teen rebellion, inspired by John Waters' cult movie of the same name. And the beat goes on through April 28 with Signature Productions' current staging at the Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and Mondays through April 28. Tickets are $15-25; call 878-7529.

-- Carol Cling

Tax break

We'll all be thinking about the tax collector Tuesday, but if you think about The Tax Collector, you may enjoy it more. That's a cocktail at Andre's at the Monte Carlo, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South, that's made with gin, dry vermouth and green chartreuse and is $14. All specialty cocktails at Andre's will be two-for-one from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, and if you either check in to Andre's that day on Facebook or tweet #MeetTheTaxCollector@AndresLasVegas inside @MonteCarloVegas, you can get one free cocktail per check-in/tweet, in the lounge.

-- Heidi Knapp Rinella

Robin Thicke

R&B singer Robin Thicke performs tonight at 1 Oak nightclub at The Mirage. Thicke has succeeded in his own right. But here's a fun fact: His mom and dad (Gloria Loring and Alan Thicke) co-wrote the theme songs for "Diff'rent Strokes" and "The Facts of Life," and his dad also wrote the theme song for "Wheel of Fortune."

-- Doug Elfman