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Cultural highlights this month

May 28

Robert Plant at the Brooklyn Bowl

Time to show a whole lotta love — that’s right, stamp our passports because we went there! — for this rock god turned frontman for the Sensational Space Shifters. Their spacey, jammy, folky blues are a great base for Plant’s late-career voice, brined in five lifetimes of hard-rockin’ experience. 8p, $76.50, vegas.brooklynbowl.com

 

May 7

Walter Mosely at UNLV

Great choice to deliver the first Jim Rogers Contrarian Lecture — in this case an against-the-grain talk about higher ed. Not just because Mosely’s written some 40-odd books, including the celebrated Easy Rawlins mysteries. No, look closely at the picture: That’s one badass ring he’s wearing. Contrarian credentials sealed. 7p, free, blackmountaininstitute.org

 

May 22

Simon Majumdar at The Writer’s Block

Majumdar’s nicely plated memoir, Fed, White and Blue: Finding America With My Fork, chronicles his attempt to eat his way from immigrant to citizen as he explores his new country’s food cultures. 7p, free, thewritersblock.org

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May 23

Guys Sing Dolls at Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center

Men (from Phantom, Les Miz, Million Dollar Quartet and more) sing songs written by women, including Carole King, Adele, Cyndi Lauper and Peggy Lee. A hint, fellas: This has “date night” written all over it. 2p & 8p, $35-$40, thesmithcenter.com

 

May 28

Oscar Goodman on Jimmy Chagra at The Mob Museum

Imagine Oscar Goodman orating legalese for six hours. That speedy, self-confident yawp — six hours! That was the fate of jurors hearing closing arguments in the trial of Vegas drug kingpin Jimmy Chagra, defended by Goodman in a sensational murder case. Chagra’s gone, but Oscar’s still here to headline a talk about his “case of the century.” 7p, $26, themobmuseum.org

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Robert Plant
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Robert Plant

ROBERT PLANT - whole lotta love- live Italy(acoustic)

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Robert Plant - Whole Lotta Love Italy

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Walter Mosely
Courtesy UNLV

Walter Mosely

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Fed White and Blue
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Simon Majumdar

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Guys Sing Dolls
Courtesy The Smith Center

Guys Sing Dolls

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Oscar Goodman and Jimmy Chagra
Courtesy The Mob Museum

Oscar Goodman and Jimmy Chagra

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Jan 15, 2009

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