Get out and have some fun before Study Week hits— after all, it is Las Vegas

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Las Vegas might not be a hallmark of comedy, despite all the shows populating the Strip, but this Saturday, Dec. 1, the show at UNLV’s very own Cox Pavilion will make a temporary change to that. Before you think it might be some boring event made up of local comics (though there are some good Las Vegas funny-people around), the event includes big names like Joey “Coco” Diaz, popular for his recurring role on My Name is Earl, not to mention his own stand-up comedy that has made him well worth watching. Sarah Colonna, popular writer and “round table regular” on Chelsea Lately will also be stopping by to bring the laughs. In addition will be Bryan Callen, one of the original cast members on MADtv; K-von, who, based on near-10,000 likes on Facebook should be good enough, and finally, UNLV’s very own Gil Revolorio. Tickets are $5 for UNLV students and $25 for the general public.

Fans of action and thriller movies should be on the lookout as both The Collection and Killing Them Softly will be hitting the theaters this weekend. The Collection focuses on a serial killer known as “The Collector” and Arkin (Josh Stewart), who escapes from the killer and is blackmailed by a mercenary group to help take him down. Killing Them Softly focuses more on the crime and mob aspect of action and stars Brad Pitt as an enforcer tracking a group of guys down that mistakenly tried to rob a Mob-protected card game.

While school isn’t quite out yet, shock-rocker Alice Cooper will be coming to Las Vegas this Friday, performing at the Pearl Concert Theater at The Palms. Cooper will be sure to excited, even if Halloween was a month earlier, with shows that often include horror-tinged set designs and classic songs like “Poison,” “School’s Out,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” and “I’m Eighteen.” Tickets start at $49 and doors for the show open at 8:00 p.m.

Rest assured other music aficionados as Paul Banks, the lead singer of Interpol, will be stopping by the House of Blues Thursday night for an intimate show that is sure to excite (and we will report on it come Monday’s issue as well). Tickets are $15 and doors open at 9 p.m.

Those wanting an even louder, more classic rocking sound will find solace in “The Global Warming Tour,” which, despite the title, does not include Al Gore, but instead Aerosmith and Cheap Trick.

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