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Comedian Jena Friedman, ‘National Geographic’ photographer Jodi Cobb, a new Justin Favela’s exhibit and more happening this week in Las Vegas

  • Jena Friedman at Jimmy Kimmel's Comedy Club

    A couple years ago, comedian Jena Friedman deadpanned to Conan O’Brien, “What a weird time we’re living in. I just hope all this Trump stuff doesn’t make it even harder in the future for men to become president.” Sarcasm might not break the political glass ceiling, but Friedman is chipping away at it bit by bit. Catch her when she stops by the Linq. March 12-15, 8 & 10 p.m., $20-$45. –Genevie Durano

  • Shopping at Bunkhouse Saloon

    Downtown gets a too-good-to-miss post-punk twofer when the U.K.’s Shopping shares the bill with LA’s Automatic. On its February LP All or Nothing, Shopping spring-loads chopped-up disco riffs and drumbeats. Meanwhile, Automatic’s debut album, September’s Signal, draws influence from late synth-punk icon Alan Vega (and, perhaps, Bauhaus’ Kevin Haskins, who just happens to be Automatic drummer Lola Dompé’s dad). With Girl Friday, Ariel View, Negative Nancys. March 13, 7 p.m., $15. –Leslie Ventura

  • Justin Favela: 20Twenty (opening reception) at Test Site Projects

    Mixed-media artist, cultural commentator and Las Vegan Justin Favela is known for his larger-than-life piñata installations and for co-hosting the Latinos Who Lunch podcast. Recently commissioned by Boston Properties to produce “¡Provecho!,” a beautiful public piece that envelops an entire wall of that city’s Prudential Center in a colorful, Latinx celebration, Favela has evolved from local artist to in-demand cross-country figure. “My life is a goddamn blur,” he jokes.

    For his latest Vegas show—and first exhibit here since last year’s Sorry for the Mess at UNLV’s Barrick Museum—Favela pairs with Test Site Projects, a fine art publishing house and gallery space from Erik Beehn and RC Wonderly. Bringing Favela’s point of view to a new medium, 20Twenty showcases three new print series, one of which takes on pop artist Edward Ruscha, known for visually abrasive paintings and prints of LA’s gas stations and storefronts. Favela focuses on the Latinx community (and Vegas’ East Charleston Boulevard) as an equally important part of the American canon. Instead of a hardware store, there’s a quinceañera boutique. In place of “tires,” one print reads “tortas.” Also on display? New sculptures—and a chance to purchase a Favela print before the artist heads to the Big Apple. March 14 Through April 26; reception 4-7 p.m., free. 1551 S. Commerce St. –Leslie Ventura

  • National Geographic Live at Reynolds Hall

    Jodi Cobb’s mantra is “What can I do that I never have done before?” As a veteran Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist for National Geographic, Cobb has traveled the globe to document everything from Japanese geishas to an Ozark commune. “It’s been a lifelong scholarship to the world,” she says. View her work—and listen to her speak about it—when the Smith Center presents career retrospective Stranger in a Strange Land. March 18, 7:30 p.m., $20-$39. –C. Moon Reed

  • Today Is the Day at Dive Bar

    Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist Steve Austin has spent nearly three decades crafting some of the noisiest, sludgiest and all-around most miserable metal imaginable with a revolving door of collaborators and touring members. Dive Bar’s proudly dark and dingy environs should be a perfect setting to showcase songs off this year’s No Good to Anyone, Austin’s 11th (and possibly best) album released under the Today Is the Day moniker. With Child Bite, 16. March 18, 9 p.m., $13. –Case Keefer

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