TO-DO LIST, JAN. 16-22

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<p>Robby Krieger, the man with the white hair, used to play guitar in some band called The Doors.</p>
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

[SEXY ROCKERS]

FRIDAY, JAN. 17

The Objex

There’s some sort of epic AVN crossover action to make the happiest place on earth just that much more extra-happier. Shay Lynn and the boys with The Objex will rock the Double Down. With Scorpion vs. Tarantula, Punk Rawk Elvis, more. 10 p.m., Double Down Saloon, free.

[ROCK]

FRIDAY, JAN. 17

The Blasters

The Blasters were one of the original Southern California bands that built a new rock scene in the garages and bars they shared with X, the Germs, Black Flag and others. The Blasters channeled Johnny Cash and pre-dated both the 1980’s rockabilly revival and bands like Social Distortion. With the Lucky Cheats, The Crimson Balladeers and The Beau Hodges Band. 9 p.m., LVCS, 425 E. Fremont St., $12.

[SKA!]

FRIDAY, JAN. 17

The English Beat

In 1978, the decaying British Empire produced some of the greatest pop music in the history of English pop music. One of the bands that came out of that crippled economic scene was a Birmingham band called The Beat, which for copyright issues was called The English Beat over here. The bands first album included the song “Mirror in the Bathroom,” a syncopated ode to ska and the mods that sounds as fresh today as it did 35 years ago. Dave Wakeling is one of the original members and will play at this free, all ages show. Oh, and its the AVN across the parking lot, so who knows who might wander it? 9 p.m., Hard Rock Cafe at the Hard Rock Hotel (the one on Paradise), free.
 

[TOUGH GIRL]

SATURDAY, JAN. 18

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Joan Jett's first stomped on America's cultural sidewalk as a member of The Runaways, a band that perfectly captured the alienated, who-gives-a-fuck rock ethos of Southern California's teenage zeitgeist of the mid-1970s. Jett also understood the power of glam rock and its direct descendent, punk. She channeled that instinctive knowledge and three chords into a successful solo career; while many of her temporal compatriots are consigned to nostalgia acts, Jett rocks fresh and loud. Almost four decades of rock under her leather belt, Jett also has become a feminist icon. 8:30 p.m., Eastside Cannery Hotel, $35.


[THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!]

SATURDAY, JAN. 18

The Golden Gates

The Golden Gates, a music and dance ensemble formed 12 years ago in St. Petersburg, Russia, which is like a completely different country, provide a taste of old Russia with “unrestrained dancing, singing and music by the group’s band, Moscow Nights.” They use authentic folk instruments and encourage audience participation. 6 p.m., Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 South McLeod Drive, $12.

[LAST CHANCE?]

SATURDAY, JAN. 18

Robby Krieger and His Jam Kitchen

Robby Krieger may have been overshadowed by his charismatic bandmates Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek, but Krieger (and drummer John Densmore) made critical contributions to The Doors, and has writing or co-writing credits on songs such as “Light My Fire,”“Touch Me,”“Love Her Madly” and “Love Me Two Times,” among others. He was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. With Frankie Perez and the Truth, Moksha. 9 p.m., Backstage Bar and Billiards, 601 E. Fremont St., $29.

[PUNK]

SATURDAY, JAN. 18

The Dwarves

The Dwarves, originally from Chicago but now hailing from San Francisco, peddle a potent mix of garage, shock rock and hardcore punk. They have been called, with equal parts relish and malice, the filthiest band in America. With Since We Were Kids, IDFI, CGS, The People’s Whiskey. 8 p.m., LVCS, 425 E. Fremont St., $15

[VIKINGS]

SATURDAY, JAN. 18

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth is a Swedish death metal band, so the singer kind of sounds like Cookie Monster from Sesame Street, but we’re sure they’re nice boys. The band gets its name from a “Sindarin” translation of Mount Doom, a geographic feature in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings saga (snicker). With Enslaved and Skeletonwitch. 8 p.m., House of Blues, Mandalay Bay, $27.

[THE PRE-COLUMBIANS]

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, JAN. 18-19

The Braunstein Symposium

The Braunstein Symposium is a in-depth discussion and examination of recent research in pre-Columbian archaeology and anthropology. The weekend will include presentation of a paper on “Artistic Programs and Classic Maya Architecture: Recent Discoveries and Interpretations,” with a focus on newly excavated temple facades, murals and ritual deposits at El Zotz, Holmul and other sites in the El Peten of Guatemala. Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Marjorie Barrick Museum, UNLV, $75.

[FUSION]

SUNDAY, JAN. 19

The Aristocrats

The Aristocrats are a progressive-rock-fusion band with a sense of humor: Their name refers to the famous stand-up joke. They channel such progressive mainstays as King Crimson, Frank Zappa, and more-or-less contemporary bands such as Rage Against the Machine. With the Travis Larsen Band, Days After Hail, Midnight Clover, The Third Degree. 8 p.m., LVCS, 425 E. Fremont St., $10.

[CREAKY]

SUNDAY, JAN. 19

Styx

Once upon a time, some kids from the Midwest realized some English prog-rockers were getting rich, and a lot of nookie, and so Styx was born. More than four decades later, that commitment to artistic credibility remains undiminished. Plus, Styx member Tommy Shaw played in a band with a guitarist best known for threatening to shoot a machine gun in the vagina of a former First Lady and Secretary of State. Critical sneering notwithstanding, Styx remains a fan favorite. 8 p.m., Pearl Concert Theater at The Palms, $40-$80.

[WATERCOLOR]

THROUGH FEB. 16

Nevada Watercolor Society Member Show

The NWCS will hold a reception at the Clark County Wetlands Park Jan. 19, 2 to 4 p.m., to show paintings by more than 30 regional artists inspired by the wetlands park and surrounding desert areas. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Clark County Wetlands Park, free.

[CIVIL RIGHTS]

MONDAY, JAN. 20

Martin Luther King Holiday Parade

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was just 39 years old when he, while organizing city workers in Memphis, Tenn., was gunned down by an repentant racist. His legacy of nonviolent resistance to evil lives on. For the 32 annual year, Las Vegas will honor his memory with an annual parade that starts on 4th Street, north of Charleston and Gass, and travels north on 4th. 10 a.m., downtown Las Vegas, free.

UPCOMING…

CSN will present Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew (as opposed to Pee Wee Herman’s Taming of the Shrew, which we would still totally love to see) Feb. 7 and 8 on the Cheyenne Campus.