Six Picks: Our experts pick their favorites for the week

Ben Folds Five

Ben Folds just may be a piano man out of his time, too late for either the Burt Bacharach day of the perfect pop song or Elton John’s rocking ’70s version of one. But the Ben Folds Five are still doing great songs for this era if you know where to look. And today that would be the Palms. Tickets are $34-$79 for the 8 p.m. show; call 944-3200.

– Mike Weatherford

De La Soul

Equally inventive and irreverent, De La Soul has long doubled as hip-hop’s conscience and creative wellspring. The “D.A.I.S.Y. Age” blossoms once again at 10 p.m. Sunday at Body English at the Hard Rock, 4455 Paradise Road. Tickets are $20 for ladies, $30 for men; call 693-5000.

– Jason Bracelin

‘Any Day Now’

A professional drag queen (Alan Cumming) and his attorney lover (Garret Dillahunt) fight discrimination in 1979 West Hollywood in their battle to adopt a neglected teenager (Isaac Leyva) with Down syndrome in “Any Day Now.” The throwback to the social issues movies of the ’70s offers Cumming a role he can sink his teeth into, even if it’s far from the feel-good movie of the season.

– Christopher Lawrence

‘Billy Joel Songbook’

Play us a song, but who’s the Piano Man? Billy Joel himself chose Michael Cavanaugh to star in the Broadway musical “Movin’ Out,” and the Tony-nominated Cavanaugh returns the favor as he brings “The Billy Joel Songbook” to The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz, 361 Symphony Park Ave., at 7 tonight and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday. For tickets ($39-$56), call 749-2000 or go online to

– Carol Cling


Wine lovers, start your corkscrews: Tickets are on sale for the 39th annual UNLVino, planned for April 18-21. The event helps fund scholarships for students in the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Advance tickets for the four events are $100 to $125; a wine-lovers’ passport package, with admission to all, is $350. For tickets and more information, visit or call (877) 413-VINO (413-8466).

– Heidi Knapp Rinella


Avicii has been playing Las Vegas a lot, lately. The DJ-producer returns to the Wynn Las Vegas club XS at 10 tonight. His hit “Levels” remains inescapable. It’s not just overplayed. It’s not just ubiquitous. “Levels” is heard so often in clubs, online and radio, the song is now approaching omnipotence. Suns may soon begin revolving around it.

– Doug Elfman

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