Six Picks: Our experts pick their favorites for Aug. 9-15

Eric Benet

Fans didn’t live up to the commitment promised in Eric Benet’s big 1999 hit “Spend My Life With You.” Still, the former Mr. Halle Berry continues to croon R&B that’s solidly rooted in the classic sound of the 1970s. Benet sings at 8 p.m. Saturday in The Railhead at Boulder Station, 4111 Boulder Highway. Tickets are $38-$62; call 800-745-3000.

— Mike Weatherford

Burning Monk

On their latest release, Oakland’s snarling, sardonic Burning Monk sing of World War III while attempting to approximate its building-crumbling devastation with metallic hardcore that rockets from a doomy lurch to G-force inducing speeds. See them at 10 p.m. Saturday at Dive Bar, 4110 S. Maryland Parkway. Call 702-586-3483.

— Jason Bracelin


Audiophiles, rejoice! Not only is Matt Damon’s “Elysium” available in the immersive Dolby Atmos sound system at Brenden Theatres at the Palms and the Galaxy Cannery, it’s the first movie you can hear in the new Barco Auro 11.1 system at Century South Point. The theater’s big-screen XD auditorium has been retrofitted with 57 speakers. Ceiling speakers give new meaning to the term “surround sound.”

— Christopher Lawrence

‘Les Mis’

“One Day More”? Technically, you’ve got three days (and six performances) more to catch “Les Miserables” before the curtain closes on its 25th-anniversary tour at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. The show’s already played to more than 65 million people — to join the throng (tickets range from $31-$153), call The Smith Center box office at 702-749-2000 or visit

— Carol Cling


Carnevale continues at The Venetian and the Palazzo, with several food-related events scheduled for August. First up: “Tour d’Italy Wine Walk,” from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Grand Canal Shoppes. For $29, walkers can sample wines from the 20 regions of Italy, plus small bites.

— Heidi Knapp Rinella


Vegas-raised Ne-Yo is back in town to perform Friday at the Palms pool’s daytime event, “Ditch Fridays.” The writing-and-singing phenom is a very nice guy, and he’s the creator of the songs “So Sick,” “Sexy Love,” “Because of You,” “Miss Independent,” “She Got Her Own” and “Let Me Love You,” in addition to being a guest-singer on Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything.”

— Doug Elfman

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