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John Cleese, Sunset Park’d, the comic fest and more happening this week in Las Vegas

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  • Mustard at Tao Nightclub

    What’s better than attending a monster bash on the Strip for Halloween? Competing for $5,000 in a costume contest. Tao Nightclub ups the ante on All Hallows’ Eve, with sounds by DJ and record producer Mustard. It’s bound to be a graveyard smash. October 31, 10:30 p.m., $15-$20. –Leslie Ventura

  • Wovenhand at Bunkhouse Saloon

    For two decades, David Eugene Edwards’ second Colorado band has carried on the tradition of his first, 16 Horsepower, constructing an apocalyptic world of Gothic country sounds and faith-shaped lyrics. With The Unwieldies, The Midnight Disease. October 31, 9 p.m., $15-$20. –Spencer Patterson

  • John Cleese at Encore Theater

    Where to begin with John Cleese? With Monty Python’s infamous “cheese shop” or “dead parrot” sketches? With A Fish Called Wanda? Or with Basil Fawlty, trying to act normal with a concussion? Hopefully, his two-night stand at the Wynn will include all this comedy gold, minus his recent hamfisted comments about immigration. November 1-2, 8 p.m., $45-$150. –Geoff Carter

  • Life in Death Festival at Winchester Dondero Cultural Center

    This 19th-annual seasonal fiesta offers a cornucopia of cultural happenings in celebration of the traditional Mexican Day of the Dead: arts and crafts, food vendors, live performances and ornate ofrendas—altars dedicated to late loved ones. November 1-2, 5-9 p.m., free. –C. Moon Reed

  • Two Plays at CSN & UNLV

    We’re deep into the fall semester, which means academic theater companies are in full swing. This month, UNLV’s Nevada Conservatory Theatre and CSN’s Fine Arts Department Theatre Program each present plays about the plight of workers. It’s an especially timely topic, considering that income inequality is the worst it has been in 50 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

    At CSN’s Backstage Theatre, Dave Fofi directs The Idea Man by Kevin King. It’s a comic drama about the tension between a privileged engineer and a blue-collar worker with a million-dollar idea. Will the worker get his due, or will the company screw him over? The Los Angeles Times says, “The clash of classes is classic,” and, “The sheer philosophical scope of King’s drama is breathtaking.” Days & times vary, $12.

    Meanwhile at UNLV, NCT presents The Flick by Annie Baker. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play centers on a trio of smart and underpaid movie theater employees who run the state’s last analog film projector. The Flick earned a New York Times Critic’s Pick: “This lovingly observed play will sink deep into your consciousness, and probably stay there for a while. November 1-10, Days & times vary, $20. –C. Moon Reed

  • Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival at Clark County Library

    C’mon, nerds, this is what we fought Scorsese and Coppola for (respectfully, though). This one-day event—returning for a 12th year—brings together comic creators, publishers and readers in a frenzy of mutual appreciations. Check out author signings, vendor tables, film screenings, visits from surprise guests and more. November 2, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., free. –Geoff Carter

  • Sunset Park'd Food Fest at Sunset Park

    Clark County’s annual festival returns for its fifth year, featuring more than 30 food trucks (ranging from Hot Diggity Dog to Rolling Fusion), microbrews, a vegan village and live music. Free admission, November 2, noon-8 p.m. –Genevie Durano

  • Life is an Op-Ed at UNLV's Beverly Rogers Literature and Law Building

    We live in a world of (too much) information. How to cut through the noise in the Twitter age? Start with this talk by New York Times op-ed columnist Jennifer Senior. November 5, 7 p.m., free. –Genevie Durano

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