Freddie for a Week at Hard Rock Cafe
Freddie Mercury would have turned 73 on September 5, and Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip is throwing an eight-day birthday party fit for a Queen. All-female tribute act Killer Queens performs on the 5th, and the restaurant will serve a boozy Freddie’s Mustache Milkshake throughout the celebration. Sales from those—and related merchandise—benefits the HIV/AIDS-focused Mercury Phoenix Trust. September 5-12 –Leslie Ventura
Green Day's American Idiot at Majestic Repertory Theatre
This edgy and vibrant Broadway musical is “a pulsating portrait of wasted youth,” “thrillingly raucous” and “gorgeously wrought,” according to The New York Times. The Tony-winning American Idiot turns the 2004 Green Day album of the same name into a punk-rock opera of the highest caliber.
“It’s the modern Hair,” says Troy Heard, who’s directing an intimate staging of the production at Majestic Repertory Theatre. “Green Day appeals to everybody from Gen X to millennials and beyond. And the music is phenomenal.”
The plot follows a group of disaffected youth as they come of age in the George W. Bush era. “Although it was written in response to 9/11, it speaks to today’s political landscape,” Heard says. “It’s about a generation of young people struggling to make a living and make sense of the world in the face of insurmountable odds.”
Mike Vargovich, formerly of Vegas band Avalon Landing, plays the lead. Local arts collective Colt 33 designed the set. And live music is performed by a punk rock band and string trio. September 5-29, Days & times vary, $30. –C. Moon Reed
Polynesian Football Classic at Bishop Gorman High School
This powerhouse football package boasts top-end prep teams, plus island music, food and flair. Liberty takes on national power St. John Bosco of California Friday at 7 p.m., then Desert Pines, Faith Lutheran and Bishop Gorman play in succession starting noon Saturday. $55 or $16 per game, highschoolclassics.com/polynesian-classic. –Ray Brewer
Harvest Festival at World Market Center
It’s never too soon to start holiday shopping. This craft show features 24,000 handmade creations from the nation’s top artisans. Specialty food, live entertainment and a KidZone set up a fun family weekend. September 6-8, 10 a.m., $9. –Genevie Durano
Lost '80s Live Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
The Reagan-era pop package tour celebrates its (sweet) 16th year with sets by A Flock of Seagulls, Missing Persons, The Tubes, The Motels, Wang Chung and more. Y’know, “Dance Hall Days” really holds up. September 7, 5 p.m., $23-$60. –Geoff Carter
Lobo Loco at Core Contemporary
Mexican American artist Leobardo Bracamontes delves into his cultural heritage to produce colorful paintings, drawings and sculptures with a Lucha Libre theme. Through November 2; reception September 7, 6 p.m., free. –C. Moon Reed
Too Short at Light
West Coast hip-hop pioneer Todd Anthony Shaw has been releasing music under the name Too Short since 1983, but 1989’s Life Is... Too Short remains his best-selling album (2 million-plus copies). Relive hip-hop’s early days when Too Short brings SoCal vibes to Mandalay Bay. September 11, 10:30 p.m., $20-$30. –Leslie Ventura
San Gennaro Feast at 6555 S. Riley St.
San Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples, is celebrated in many cities with a significant Italian population. Las Vegas’ fest is a biannual event, featuring food vendors, arts and crafts, entertainment and kid-friendly activities. September 11-15, 5 p.m., $10. –Genevie Durano
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