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HiGHly Rated Geoff Carter curates your entertainment to-do list for November and beyond

ANTHONY BONDI: ENIGMA Throughout November One day I walked into the now-defunct Downtown Las Vegas coffeehouse Enigma Garden Café and found Anthony Bondi sitting at a shaded table with a pile of papers and a large pair of scissors, chuckling to himself. Bondi is this city’s foremost collage artist, a man with a preternatural gift for taking a person or object out of their own environment and placing them into another bizarre, yet somehow more suitable, environment (as he himself did when he appeared alongside Anthony Bourdain on the Las Vegas episode of CNN’s Parts Unknown). He kept chuckling to himself, so I asked him what was so funny. “Nothing,” he replied. “I just love making collage.” Some of the results of that happy work—a collection of striking, monochromatic fyers for the very café where Bondi was hanging out that day—are on display in their original, hand-cut form at Sin City Gallery this month, and they’re beautiful. You can’t look at them without a delighted laugh escaping your mouth, maybe looking for new context. Sin City Gallery, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 100, 702.608.2461; RJD2 November 21 What I know about the Philadelphia-based DJ and multi-instrumentalist RJD2 is probably far less than

you know, unless you didn’t know that his song “A Beautiful Mine” is the theme to the acclaimed AMC show Mad Men. If you didn’t know that, then let’s pretend I know what I’m talking about and move ahead. RJD2 was born Ramble Jon Krohn, which is too awesome a name to conceal with a pseudonym; he specializes in trip-hop and jazzy electronic beats, and I always dig on his tracks when I hear them; and he’s produced everyone from Murs to Aesop Rock to Yo La Tengo, which is promising indeed if you believe, as I do, that you can tell a lot about someone by looking at the people they hang out with. Tell you what: Let’s go down to Bunkhouse together and see what this guy is all about. It’ll be an adventure. Tickets $15, The Bunkhouse, 702.854.1414; CULTURE CLUB November 22 It could be great, and it could be awful. Not gonna get your hopes up. Culture Club has been a stopstart affair since the late 1980s, regrouping and dissolving over and over again in a morass of hurt feelings, hired guns and heroin. But there’s no getting around the fact that this band made some songs—quite a few, in fact—that have stood the test of time. (I’ve never loved their bigger hits—“Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” and “Karma Chameleon” don’t connect with me—but “Time [Clock of the Heart]” and “Church of the Poison Mind” sound as fresh to me today as they did in their prime.) And

when you extract Boy George from the homophobia and manufactured controversy that surrounded him in the band’s heyday, you’re left with one of pop’s most distinctive and recognizable vocalists, ever. So, yeah, I can’t say what you’re going to get from this reunion show … but I do think it’s worth the investment to fnd out. Tickets start at $63, The Pearl Concert Theater in Palms Casino Resort, 702.944.3200; DAVID SEDARIS November 23 David Sedaris is one of the fucking funniest authors alive. There, now I’ve said it. I’ve split my sides to his essay collections Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and Me Talk Pretty One Day. I have laughed a mad giggle at his guest shots on Craig Ferguson’s show. And I have coughed up organs—living human tissue!—while listening to his pitch-perfect interpretation of Billie Holiday singing the Oscar-Mayer bologna jingle. (Google it, and hold on to something.) He comes to The Smith Center probably to read from his latest book, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, but I can’t go for fear of loosening my spine or something. You go to the show and report back to me what he says, breaking up the anecdotes with mournful laments so I don’t rupture myself with the funny. Tickets start at $46, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 702.749.2000;

Vegas Rated Magazine | November 2014  
Vegas Rated Magazine | November 2014