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October 21, 2017

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Weekend best bets: Boston Pops Orchestra, Sunset Park’d food-truck festival and Nine Inch Nails


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Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor.

Holiday travel season is fast approaching, but it’s not here yet — kick back and enjoy some local music and theater offerings this weekend before it’s time to hit the road.

Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:

    • Saturday: Sunset Park'd food truck festival at Sunset Park

      Tie on a bib and head to Sunset Park on Saturday afternoon to feast on offerings from more than 30 food trucks. Vendors include local favorites like Sausagefest, Chi Town Hustler, Haulin’ Balls and Sin City Dogs. The free all-ages event also will feature music from the likes of Crash Kings, The Remedies and Lady Reiko and the Sin City Prophets, among others. The festival is noon to 10 p.m.

    • Nine Inch Nails performs at Pearl at the Palms on Monday, May 18, 2009, followed by a set from Jane's Addiction.

      Friday - Saturday: Nine Inch Nails at the Joint

      Trent Reznor and Co. return to play Las Vegas for the first time in four years, touting their latest album “Hesitation Marks.” Though tickets are sold out, plenty are still up for grabs on eBay at close their original price. Soaring instrumental rockers Explosions in the Sky open. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $71 to $81.

    • Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart takes a bow during rehearsal for the orchestra's Fourth of July concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

      Sunday: Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at Smith Center

      The world’s first Pops orchestra stops by Reynolds Hall this weekend for an evening of century-spanning classics that promises to please the whole family. Expect tunes ranging from Dvorak to Gershwin to Queen to the film scores of John Williams. The show starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are $39 to $149.

    • Ron White, best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour," will perform his hilarious stand-up comedy inside the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage. Tickets are $59 to $79.

      Friday - Saturday: Ron White at the Mirage

      The cigar-smoking, scotch-sipping standup from the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” returns to Las Vegas with his hit “A Little Unprofessional” tour inside the Mirage’s Terry Fator Theater. Tickets are $75 to $97. Shows start at 10 p.m.

    • Tonight - Sunday: Salzburg Marionette Theater at Smith Center

      The renowned puppeteers of the Salzburg Marionette Theater bring classic stories to life this weekend inside Smith Center’s Troesh Studio Theater, performing classics like “Hansel and Gretel” and “The Sound of Music” as only they can. Celebrate the troupe’s 100th anniversary with this four-day showcase. Tickets are $15 to $40. Showtimes and more information can be found at the Smith Center website.

    • "Alien Welcome Home Party" at the Learning Village

      Friday: Youth Educational Spaceship at Learning Village

      Head downtown Friday evening to welcome Youth Educational Spaceship, the latest addition to the Learning Village. The interactive art installation-turned-mobile spaceship classroom offers a collaborative art program for youth to explore art and technology in a hands-on experience. Y.E.S. will provide free public tours and youth programming through Dec. 8 before setting off on its national tour. Come celebrate its arrival at a free “Alien Welcome Home Party” from 6 to 9 p.m. with food, drink, demos and tours. All ages are welcome. Alien and astronaut attire is encouraged.

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