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Sometimes there's so many noteworthy cultural events to take in, we don't have room to highlight them all. So, to complement our usual Picks of the Week, we offer some alternative choices for the week ahead.
TONIGHT: As part of the reopening of Body English, which has smartly (and perhaps daringly) counterprogrammed against the glut of commercial house and top 40 found in other nightclubs, the Hard Rock Hotel nightspot has designated Thursday nights for "Bassment," a celebration of modern low-end electronic music (drum 'n' bass, dubstep, trap, etc.). The party debuts this evening, with headliner Kill the Noise. (10 p.m., $20-$30)
THROUGH SATURDAY: Our short attention spans are rewarded at the 10th Dam Short Film Festival, held at the Boulder Theatre in Boulder City. Short features -- including drama, sci-fi, documentaries, animation and even found-footage -- screen all day tonight through Saturday, ending that say with an awards gala and a party at Milo's Cellar and Jack's Place. Oh: If you're looking for features by homegrown talent, make sure to be there Friday at 8:30 p.m. (See website for schedule and ticket options.)
FRIDAY: The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art swaps out last year's Claude Monet/impressionist exhibit with one honoring Andy Warhol. Called Warhol Out West, the show culls together some 60 paintings, sculptures, prints and films. It's being billed as the largest Warhol show Vegas has seen, and it debuts to the public Friday. (10 a.m.-8 p.m., $13-$16). ... Meanwhile, over at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre kicks off its 6th season with a performance drawing from the company's neo-classical and modern dance reportoire. The kicker here is it's free -- but get there early, as it's first-come, first-served. (Friday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, 1 p.m.; free)
SATURDAY: When we heard the name Yallapalooza, we tought we were getting some alt-country music festival. Nope, turns out this one's for the terrible teens. Divert your SUV full of adolescents from the mall to the Centennial Hills Library, where the day-long event will feature well-known young adult authors, discussions (including one on Buffy the Vampire Slayer), animation and teen-writing workshops, and a fashion show for those dressed as their favorite characters -- you know: Bella, Edward, Jacob, et al. (10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., free).
SUNDAY: Are you really ready to go back to work on Monday? No, because you're still zonked and cranky from last week's grind. The Sunday Reset Project aims to counter that feeling with a social detox program that incorporates exercise, mediation, yoga and healthy eating, all organized by prominent downtown community members. By 10 a.m., not only will you have forgotten those missed deadlines and scowls from your boss, but you'll have the rest of the weekend day to enjoy before returning to the office. (7-10 a.m., $15).
TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY: Or maybe you're already feeling beat down from the workweek. We prescribe midweek concerts from UNLV's nationally acclaimed Jazz Ensembles. We've seen them all, and none of them have ever failed to give us a second wind for the evening. The first takes place at Black Box Theatre on campus (7:30 p.m., $8-$10), and will include a special guest. The second is part of Clark County Library's monthly jazz showcase (7 p.m., free).