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n The Feste Fantini III trumpet festival is set to take place Friday and Saturday in Doc Rando Hall in the Beam Music Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. The festival is slated to feature professional trumpet players, including soloist Mark Gould, former co-principal of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. High school clinics are slated from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday and middle school clinics from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with a grand finale concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The event is free. Call Steven Trinkle at 895-1996 or visit

n Husband-and-wife duo Patti & Tuck plan a concert at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Patti Cathcart and Tuck Andress plan to perform songs ranging from rock to jazz and pop. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Visit or call 229-6383.

n The Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, plans to host a Scottish céilidh dance celebration at 3 p.m. Saturday in the main theater. Members of the Las Vegas Highland Dance Association are set to perform to music by the Desert Skye Pipes & Drums and other guest performers. Call 507-3400 or visit

n A Black History Month Festival is set from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. The event is set to include a children's film festival and art competition, a historic black Las Vegas photography exhibit, carnival games, a fire truck tour, entertainment and food and craft vendors. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 or younger. Visit or call 822-7700.

n The Las Vegas Natural History Museum, 900 Las Vegas Blvd. North, is slated to host a food fight with potatoes and pop rocks at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Saturday and 1:15 p.m. Sunday. Characteristics of the two foods will be compared in the museum's last food fight offering for the month. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults, $8 for students, seniors and military personnel and $5 for children ages 3 to 11. Visit or call 384-3466.

n A UNLV black graduate student organization's discussion on "The Tragic Mulatto: The struggle of biracial equity in the Black community" is scheduled at 7 p.m. today in the Student Union at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Visit

n UNLV's choirs and soloists plan to celebrate Black History Month with a concert of favorite spirituals scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Doc Rando Hall in the Beam Music Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Tickets are $10 and $8. Visit

n A University Forum Lecture titled "Women Casino Workers: An Appreciation Long Overdue" by Susan Chandler, University of Nevada, Reno professor of social work, is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. today. The series is also set to feature "Inside the Experience of a Virtuoso," a talk on a musical investigation pursued by Russell T. Hurlburt, UNLV professor of psychology, and Ricardo Cobo, UNLV director of classical guitar studies, set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Both free lectures are scheduled in the auditorium of the Marjorie Barrick Museum at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Visit

n "The Witch," a UNLV Wind Orchestra concert featuring Wei Wei Le as guest violin soloist and Eric Marienthal as saxophone soloist, is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Artemus Ham Concert Hall at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Tickets are $ 8 and $10. Visit

n RagTag Entertainment's production of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Assassins" is scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Onyx Theatre, 953 E. Sahara Ave., No. 16. Tickets are $20 or $15 for Nevada residents who purchase tickets at the box office. Visit or call 732-7225.

n Project Red Dress is set to feature auctions, a costume contest and dancing Saturday at the World Market Center, 495 S. Grand Central Parkway. Admission is $50 for a VIP party scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. and $30 for a main event party scheduled from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Sisters AIDS Drug Assistance Program. Visit

Worth A Drive

n "An Inappropriate Evening with Shel Silverstein" is planned at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 4 at the Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Drive. Enjoy short plays, poems and even a visit by Uncle Shelbie himself, played by Paul Draper. Come early for an open mic scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m., when you can present original poems in the style of Shel Silverstein or read your favorites by the author. Tickets are $12 for adults or $11 for seniors or students. Visit

n Roos-N-More, a nonprofit zoo that houses exotic animals for educational purposes, has scheduled an open zoo days at its Moapa facility from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4 and 18. Admission is $10. Visit or call 467-3585.

n A celebrity-filled Oscar Night Weekend Las Vegas is scheduled to include receptions, a dinner and viewing of the Oscars Saturday and Sunday at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Event ticket prices range from $50 to $125, with $300 VIP-access tickets available. No tickets are required for the celebrity red carpet scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds benefit Variety, The Children's Charity of Southern Nevada. Visit or call 383-8466.

n The National Aerial Pole Art Championship is scheduled Saturday and Sunday in the Rain nightclub at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Tickets start at $39. Pole art workshops are planned throughout the weekend at Shine Alternative Fitness, 6415 S. Tenaya Way, Suite 100. For a full schedule, visit

n Artist Brian Swanson's work is set to be on display through Feb. 28 at Perk Up Coffee Shop, 11370 Southern Highlands Parkway. Patrons can browse the art during the shop's business hours, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Visit

n Free concerts are offered from 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays through March 9 at Veil Pavilion in the Silverton, 3333 Blue Diamond Road. The next concert is set to feature the Will Thurmond and Friends. Visit

n NCM Fathom and Omniverse Vision plan to screen a Regent Theatre production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Love Never Dies," a sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera" in theaters across the country at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 7. Local theaters participating include Regal Village Square Stadium 18, 9400 W. Sahara Ave., Santa Fe Station 16, 4949 N. Rancho Drive, Orleans 18, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., and Sam's Town 18, 5111 Boulder Highway. For a complete list of theaters, visit

n Sam Wolfson's "Play Dates," a romantic comedy about love, falling in, falling out and everything in between, is set to open Friday and run at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 11 at the Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Drive. Tickets start at $21. Visit

Ongoing events

n The Mexico Vivo Dance Company is now open inside the Boulevard Mall, 3680 S. Maryland Parkway, and plans to host complimentary dance classes for diabetics on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. In partnership with the Health District of Southern Nevada, medical professionals are set to be on hand to provide advice and answers to various health questions. Visit or call 735-8268.

n World-renowned photographer Peter Lik is set to open a new gallery Saturday in The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The gallery is set to feature 55 of Lik's photographs, including "Pele's Whisper" and "Eternal Beauty." Visit or call 309-9888.

n "Curious George: Let's Get Curious!," a touring exhibit featuring the monkey made famous in film, television and books, is scheduled to visit the Lied Discovery Children's Museum, 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North, through May 13. Visit

n Wings over the Springs live bird shows are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through the end of February at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Visit or call 822-7700.

n The Bet on the Farm! Farmers Market is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Admission is free. Most farmers accept only cash. Visit or or call 822-7700.

n SPACE: A Journey to our Future is scheduled to be on display through May 13 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. The touring exhibit features lunar samples, a moon scale and various interactive, educational features on the universe. Visit or call 822-7700.

n The Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., is set to host the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards through March 4 in the Big Springs Gallery. The display includes works from local students in grades seven to 12. The gallery is included in general admission. Visit or call 822-7700.

Plan ahead

n Tickets are on sale for the Turtle Island Quartet's 7 p.m. March 2 performance at the Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. The city of Las Vegas plans to host the performance celebrating the music of John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Visit or call 229-3515.