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Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

April 18

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

The Joint

It’s 2015 — is love still a battlefield? I mean, it’s been 32 years; you’d think someone would’ve won by now. There’s only one way to find out: seeing this show. 8p, $39.50-$175, hardrockhotel.com

 

April 24

Mr. Burns

Art Square Theater

Anne Washburn’s dark comedy mashes up the fall of civilization, the “Cape Feare” episode of The Simpsons, the evolution of pop culture into mythology and the enduring power of live theater. Through May 10, $16-$20, cockroachtheatre.com

 

April 23

Paul Koudounaris

The Writer’s Block

He sees dead people — that is, corpses and skeletons used in cultural rituals. And photographs them. And puts those photographs in books, like last month’s Memento Mori. And goes around with a slideshow of those photographs and talks about them. 7p, 1020 Fremont St., thewritersblock.org

 

April 11

Great Las Vegas Festival of Beer

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Downtown

Said to be Nevada’s largest craft-beer festival, with 300 beers from 100 brewer … what? We had you at “craft beer”? Well, you GO, Barney Gumble! 3-7p, Fremont East Entertainment District, $30 and up (with $40 early entry and $75 VIP tickets), greatvegasbeer.com

 

All month

Allison Streater

Winchester Gallery

Thwarted desire is the theme of Streater’s mixed-media collages: Models clipped from fashion catalogs — where their clothing and surroundings represented a lifestyle the artist can’t afford — are placed into settings based more closely on Streater’s own life. 702-455-7340

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Mr. Burns

Mr. Burns

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Paul Koudounaris

Paul Koudounaris

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Great Las Vegas Festival of Beer

Great Las Vegas Festival of Beer

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Allison Streater

Allison Streater

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

"You know I wrote this for you, baby — you know that." "Oh, yeah, sure.”

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo do mock-bickering as well as any long-married couple – which, of course, is exactly what they are. More notably, they've formed a commercial and creative juggernaut spanning more than three decades, with the Brooklyn-born Benatar singing and Giraldo working as her guitarist, producer and fellow songwriter.

Benatar's recording career spans a dozen studio albums, seven of which have sold more than a million copies, and has yielded multiple Grammy Awards and some remarkably sturdy staples of the classic-rock canon. Though most widely associated with a string of chart-toppers in the late '70s through the '80s — "Love Is A Battlefield," "Heartbreaker," et al — Benatar and Giraldo still draw huge crowds, for reasons made abundantly clear here. Classically trained as a mezzo-soprano, Benatar still possesses a formidable instrument, and the pair's songs have lost none of their appeal in the intervening decades. And, of course, the duo performs with an agreeable mixture of lighthearted banter, chops and charm.

At the Tiny Desk, Benatar and Giraldo ran through three of their classic songs: 1979's "We Live For Love," 1984's "We Belong" and, after a long and satisfying windup, 1981's "Promises In The Dark.” -- STEPHEN THOMPSON

Set List
"We Live For Love"
"We Belong"
"Promises In The Dark"

Credits
Producers: Bob Boilen, Maggie Starbard, Kevin Wait; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Colin Marshall, Maggie Starbard; Assistant Producer: Susan Hale Thomas; Photo by Susan Hale Thomas/NPR

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