TO-DO LIST, OCT. 17-23

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Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan

The UNLV College of Fine Arts and the Marjorie Barrick Museum, with the Japan Foundation, the Japan-America Society of Nevada and the Office of the Honorary Consulate of Japan, present 42 works from 11 Japanese artists, some internationally known, some relatively obscure, in a showcase of sculpture, photography, filmmaking, painting, ceramic ware, and installation work providing a look at contemporary Japanese art. Hours vary, UNLV Barrick Museum, 895-3381, $5.



Nevada’s Death Penalty: Should it be abolished?

It’s expensive for taxpayers, arbitrary, and racially and economically unbalanced. Should we have the death penalty at all? Professor Mary Berkheiser will moderate a debate between David Stanton, Chief Deputy District Attorney with the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, and Franny Forsman, retired federal Public Defender, for the District of Nevada to explore Nevada’s death penalty. 6:15 p.m., UNLV Boyd School of Law, free.



The Delta Saints

The Mississippi delta has always produced some of the best gut-busting American music. The Delta Saints continue that tradition with a performance of blues, rock and soul at Boulder Station. 8 p.m., Boulder Station, $5.



Ani DiFranco

Is she punk? Is she folk? Is she mad at me? Ani DiFranco assaults the status quo of pop music and conventional society when and where she can, but she’s also a helluva performer, a singer-songwriter that calls out social injustice in her huge library of powerful songs. With Toshi Reagon, a country performer unlike most. 8 p.m., Hard Rock Cafe, 3771 Las Vegas Blvd., $34.50.



Surfer Blood

In 2009, Surfer Blood broke out of native Florida with a fresh hyrbid of old-school surf rock and indie. They’ve consistently produced high-quality indie pop since. With Team Spirit. 9 p.m., Beauty Bar, 517 Fremont St., $15.



Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson

Jeff Beck is an English guitar god and, with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, one of the three original guitarists with the Yardbirds. Brian Wilson is the luminary member of the Beach Boys responsible for the highly creative and beautiful Pet Sounds and many, many other compositions. They are touring together in a rock history mash-up. 8 p.m., The Pearl at the Palms Casino, $69.



Michael Franti and Spearhead

From the mid-1980s when Franti, then on the Dead Kennedys Alternative Tentacles label, combined aggressive poetry with rock and funk beats with the Beatnigs, to his work with Disposal Heroes in the early 1990s, to his omnipresent appearances at rock festivals virtually everywhere, Franti has been a consistent voice for social justice and peace. 9 p.m., House of Blues, Mandalay Bay, $28,



Fall Dance Concert: Nijinsky’s Afternoon of a Faun

The UNLV College of Fine Arts, Symphony Orchestra and Dance kick off the fall season with a performance featuring Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky. Friday, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., UNLV Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, $10 and $18, 895-3827.



Tim Kasher + Laura Stevenson

Tim Kasher, an Omaha native and friend of Conor Oberst, has been with indie rock groups Cursive and The Good Life,Commander Venus and The March Hares. Kasher and Laura Stevenson bring their introspective mix of rock, folk and pop to Las Vegas. 8 p.m., Backstage Bar and Billiards, 601 E. Fremont St., $14.



All That Jazz!

The UNLV Libraries Oral History Research Center presents a panel discussion featuring some of the strip’s leading musicians who have contributed their stories to the Oral History Research Center’s “All That Jazz” project. Meet and hear the music of these talented masters who have played with the modern giants of pop music. 3 p.m., UNLV Lied Library, free, RSVP to 895-2277.



Visiting Artist Lecture, Mathieu Gregoire

The UNLV College of Fine Arts’ Department of Art presents Mathieu Gregoire, who has worked on many areas of contemporary art in public spaces, including planning, design and project management, with a special focus on new ideas. He has managed the design, commissioning and fabrication of 20 site-specific works in the Stuart Collection extending across the 2,000-acre campus of the University of California, San Diego. 7 p.m., UNLV Barrick Museum/Harry Reid Center, free.



The Challenge of Obesity

Brookings Mountain West presents a lecture by Ross Hammond, director of Brookings’ Center of Social Dynamics and Policy, for a discussion on one of the foremost threats to human health globally. U.S. obesity rates have doubled since the 1980s, with more than two-thirds of adults now overweight (including more than one third who are obese). These trends are paralleled by rapid growth in childhood obesity, suggesting adult rates may continue to climb for some time even if we take action soon. This talk will review the data and trends on obesity in U.S .(and globally), and discuss promising approaches for prevention science and policy. 5:30, UNLV Greenspun Hall auditorium, free.



Silent Films to Silent Springs: The History, Ecology and Stories of the East Mojave Desert

The UNLV College of Liberal Arts presents David Lamfrom, California desert senior program manager, National Parks Conservation Association, to discuss how millions of acres of pristine wilderness, rugged mountains, hidden springs, remnants of ancient peoples and an astonishing Joshua tree forest south of Las Vegas became the refuge for members of the Hollywood elite.7:30 p.m., UNLV Barrick Museum/Harry Reid Center, free.