THE WEEK’S BEST BETS
1. Stars and Stardust — Sidewalk Astronomy in the Neon Boneyard:The third annual event is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Neon Museum, 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North, in partnership with the Las Vegas Astronomical Society. The free educational event offers stargazing for families using the society’s professional telescope equipment. Children also can enjoy a self-paced solar system scavengerhunt and space-themed scratchboard art-making activity. Advance registration for a particular time is required: 6 to 7 p.m., 7 to 8 p.m. or 8 to 9 p.m. To register, visit neonmuseum.org/happenings. For more information, call 702-387-6366.
2. Bridge: The performance by the electric cello duo, part of the Downtown Cultural Series, is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Visit artslasvegas.org or call 702-229-3515.
3. Community Safety Forum:The Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave., plans to host a free Community Safety Forum from 2 to 3 p.m. the third Sunday of each month through 2016. Each presentation includes free general admission to the museum following the presentation as well as livestreaming of the event. Topics announced so far are: Jan. 17, Distracted Driving and Accident Prevention, featuring officers from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Traffic Section discussing tips and tools for safe driving; Feb. 21, The Active Shooter, with officers from the MACTAC (Multiple-Assault Counter Terrorism Action Capability) unit talking about active shooter awareness, incident response and workplace violence; and March 20, The Ins and Outs of the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, including information about the progression of a criminal case from arrest to post-conviction procedures. Call 702-229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org.
IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
“Reservoir Dolls”:Performances of the play, written by Erika Soerensen and based on the film “Reservoir Dogs” by Quentin Tarantino, are scheduled at 8 p.m. Jan. 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 and at 2 p.m. Jan. 24 and 31 at the Onyx Theatre, 953-16B E. Sahara Ave. Tickets are $20. Visit onyxtheatre.com or call 702-732-7225.
Granger Smith: The performance is scheduled at 10 p.m. Jan. 15 at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country at Town Square Las Vegas, 6611 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets for the 18-or-older event are $15. Visit stoneysrockincountry.com or call 702-435-2855.
The Native Son Bookstore Revisited Series: The free event for all ages is planned from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., on the topic “Black Boys to Men” with Yusef R. Sudah. The Native Son Bookstore is a series of educational and cultural activities designed to educate, empower and uplift residents of West Las Vegas. The initial series is scheduled to run for 12 weeks and address a variety of topics, which were selected based on the overall goal of the projects “to improve the quality of the life for poor and disadvantaged families.” Call 702-229-4800 or visit artslasvegas.org.
Contemporary Arts Center Opening Reception for “Taste”: The event is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Contemporary Arts Center’s new location, 900 Las Vegas Blvd. South (entrance is on Hoover Avenue). The show features work by Wendy Kveck, Justin Favela, Chris Bauder, Mikayla Whitmore, Linda Alterwitz, Adam Morey, David Ryan, Daniel Habegger, Shawn Hummel, Sean Russell, Brent Sommerhauser, Alisha Kerlin, Mark Brandvik, Sierra Slentz and Elizabeth Blau. Visit lasvegascac.org.
The Poets’ Corner: The event for ages 17 or older is scheduled at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at the West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Visit artslasvegas.org or call 702-229-4800.
Broadway in the Hood Presents “Driving Miss Daisy”: Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Jan. 15-17 and 3 p.m. Jan. 16 and 17 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Tickets are $34. Visit thesmithcenter.com or call 702-749-2012.
Stretching and Seated Yoga class with Carol Dickman: The event is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 16 and 30 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-3400.
History project meeting: The Southern Nevada Women’s History Project is set to hold a bimonthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 16 at the Las Vegas Country Club, 3000 Joe W. Brown Drive. The cost is $26 for lunch. The speaker is set to be Gina Geldbach-Hall, a former battalion chief with the Clark County Fire Department, who will discuss her book, “Firegal — Rising from the Ashes.”
Commodore club meeting: The Clark County Commodore Computer Club plans to meet from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan 16 at the Clark County School District Adult Education Campus, 2701 E. St. Louis Ave., Room 16. News, demos and a presentation on CES 2016 are planned. Email Al Jackson at email@example.com or Forrest Nettles at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 702-363-3331.
“Rob the Mob”: The screening, part of Mob Month, is scheduled at 2 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-3400.
Lucie Arnaz — Latin Roots: The performance, highlighting songs from Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer alongside tunes by Dan Fogelberg, AgustÃn Lara, Rafael Hernandez, Margarita Lecuona and Desi Arnaz, is scheduled at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Tickets are $39 to $55. Visit thesmithcenter.com or call 702-749-2012.
Chasin’ Crazy: The performance is scheduled at 10 p.m. Jan. 16 at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country at Town Square Las Vegas, 6611 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets for the 21-or-older event are $10. Visit stoneysrockincountry.com or call 702-435-2855.
Think For Yourself — A Restoration Of Our True Selves: The six-week, multi-media conversation facilitated by Alfatari Richards is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6, 13 and 20 at the West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Visit artslasvegas.org or call 702-229-4800.
Dr. King Peace Week Celebration: The event is scheduled at 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 J. St. The event is set to include a celebration of the life, legacy and contribution of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and recognition of community leaders and a performance by the Trinity Dance Academy under the direction of Monica Armstrong. Visit lasvegasnevada.gov or call 702-229-6125.
Angie LaSpina Sings Cole Porter: The performance is scheduled at 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Tickets are $25. Visit thesmithcenter.com or call 702-749-2012.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: The performance of works by Mozart, Elgar and Tchaikovsky featuring Pinchas Zukerman, principal guest conductor and violin soloist, is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Tickets are $39 to $119. Visit thesmithcenter.com or call 702-749-2012.
“The Postman Always Rings Twice”: The screening, part of the Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou series “Femme Fatales, Gumshoes & Film Noir,” is scheduled at 1 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-3400.
Nonprofit Strategic Planning 101: The event is scheduled at 5 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-3400.
Linq and Lunch Trip: The event for seniors 50 or older is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 20, leaving from the Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road. Participants are set to ride the High Roller and have lunch. The cost is $30 per person for the High Roller ride and the transportation. The lunch cost is not included. Visit lasvegasnevada.gov or call 702-229-6454.
Estate planning classes: The Clark County Law Library and Nevada Legal Services plan to offer a free monthly class on estate planning in Nevada January through June from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Clark County Law Library, 309 S. Third St., Suite 400. Class dates are: Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 16, April 20, May 18 and June 15. Topics include trusts, health care, financial decisions, avoiding probate, and how to receive free help. Qualified participants may apply for a pro bono attorney after attending class. Seating is limited. Call 702-455-4696.
Meet Your Customer Day: The event is planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Clark County Government Center rotunda, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. Local minority-owned, woman-owned, small, physically challenged, veteran and disabled veteran business enterprises interested in supplying Clark County’s business needs will have a chance to network with various representatives of Clark County departments and purchasing analysts in partnership with several resource agencies. Call 702-455-3092.
“Bronson, Brody and The Beatles — A Hard Day’s Night of Legendary Music”: The performance by the Lon Bronson All-Star Band, a 14-piece ensemble, is scheduled at 8 p.m. Jan. 20 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Tickets are $15 to $35. Visit thesmithcenter.com or call 702-749-2012.
“The Passion of Love by Zinovy”: The show, featuring music with vibrant visual art blended by composer and painter Zinovy Shersher, is scheduled to be on display from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Jan. 21 through March 1, at the Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave. An opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-4010.
#TrytheTower: The partial tower practice climb for the Scale the Strat race is scheduled from 7 to 9 a.m. Jan. 23 at the Stratosphere, 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The practice climb will allow participants access to the stairwells at the very top of Stratosphere Tower, Level 101 to Level 112. The cost is $30, and the Stratosphere has offered for each climber to receive two coupons for free admission for the Stratosphere Tower for use at a later date. Sign up at action.lung.org/TrytheTower2016 or register onsite the day of the practice climb by the Top of World podium inside Stratosphere Tower on the second level, starting at 6:30 a.m. The American Lung Association’s Scale the Strat race is set for Feb. 28. Visit scalethestrat.com.
Spring class registration: Registration for classes is scheduled during regular business hours through Jan. 24 at the West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Classes include African dance for children, ballet, and audio engineering and are scheduled for Feb. 24 through April 12. Visit artslasvegas.org or call 702-229-4800.
Aquatic classes: High School Tune-up swim classes are planned through Feb. 20 at Municipal Pool, 431 E. Bonanza Road. The classes are meant to teach and improve swimming techniques and build endurance by learning how to use a diving block and make flip turns. Students will also learn swim meet etiquette and how a meet is run. Friday class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. will focus on strokes and technique, and Saturday class from 9 to 10:30 a.m. will focus on endurance, starts and turns. The tune-up classes are $4 per visit. The pool also plans to offer American Red Cross Lifeguard Training classes for those 15 or older on weekends or nights beginning in January. Trainees must pass the prerequisites on the first day before they are taught and certified in lifeguard training, CPR/AED and first aid. Call 702-229-6309 or visit lasvegasparksandrec.com.
Public Employee Art Exhibit: The exhibition is scheduled to be on display from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Feb. 4 at Las Vegas City Hall, 495 S. Main St. Visit artslasvegas.org or call 702-229-1012.
“Monkey”: The fine art exhibit focused on Chinese heritage is set by appointment through Feb. 20 in the Mayor’s Gallery at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. A meet-the-artists reception is planned from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Admission is free. Call 702-229-1012.
Vintage Urban Collection:The exhibition of works by Alexander P. Huerta are scheduled to be on display from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday through March 8 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-3400.
WORTH A DRIVE
Membership drive mixer for OV Nation: OV Nation, a new generation of Opportunity Village supporters, is set to host a membership drive mixer from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 14 at Born and Raised, 7260 S. Cimarron Road. Open to the public, the event is to feature food and drink specials and raffle prizes, as well as an opportunity to learn more about OV Nation, its mission, programs and membership benefits, and the chance to network with other like-minded emerging professionals. The location is to donate $10 to Opportunity Village for every person who attends. Visit opportunityvillage.org.
“Middletown”: The play by Will Eno, to be directed by Ela Rose, is set to be performed at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 and 16, 21-23 and 28-30 and at 2 p.m. Jan. 17, 23, 24 and 31 on the main stage at Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Drive. Tickets are $24 for adults and $21 for seniors or students. Visit lvlt.org.
Shana Tucker in Concert: Singer, songwriter and cellist Shana Tucker is set to perform at 2 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Visit artslasvegas.org.
Cabin Fever: Park interpreter David Low plans to lead a dutch oven cooking demonstration from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 16 on the porch of the 1870s historic sandstone cabin at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, 6375 state Route 159. Participation is free with park admission, which is $7 for Nevada residents or $65 for an annual pass. Visit parks.nv.gov.
Mary Wilson: The singer from the legendary Motown trio The Supremes is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and 17 in the Suncoast Showroom, 9090 Alta Drive. Tickets start at $20. Visit any Boyd Gaming box office, suncoastcasino.com or call 702-636-7075.
Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival: The 15th annual festival is scheduled through Jan. 24, with most films set to screen at the Adelson Educational Campus, 9700 Hillpointe Road. The remaining schedule is: “Apples from the Desert,” 7 p.m. Jan. 16, Adelson Campus; “Semicolon,” 1 p.m. Jan. 17, Adelson Campus; “The Search for Israeli Cuisine,” 3:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Adelson Campus; “Dough,” 7 p.m. Jan. 21, Cinemark Theatres in the South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South; “Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict,” 7 p.m. Jan. 23, Adelson Campus; “Rosenwald,” 1 p.m. Jan. 24, Adelson Campus; and “The Liberators,” 3:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Adelson Campus. All films will be accompanied by the filmmakers, or related experts in the subject matter, who will provide introductions and moderate post-screening discussions with the audience. Tickets are $10 at lvjff.org.
Robert Burns Night Dinner: The St. Andrew’s Society of Southern Nevada, a nonprofit cultural organization, plans the 32nd annual event at 5 p.m. Jan. 16 at Sunset Gardens, 3931 E. Sunset Road. The cost is $50 per plate, which includes salad, an entree, a vegetable, dessert and coffee or tea. The event is slated to feature bagpipe music and dancing. Checks must be payable to SASSN and can be mailed along with with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to PO Box 33244, Las Vegas, NV 89133-3244. Visit sassn.com.
Homebuyer’s Education Seminars: The Nevada Partners seminars are planned from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 20 and 27 in the meeting room at the Rainbow Library, 3150 N. Buffalo Drive. Learn about the process from A to Z, including managing your money to achieve your financial goals; the importance of good credit; and sustaining homeownership once you’ve achieved it. Upon completion of this eight-hour seminar, the participant receives a Homebuyers Education Certificate, a requirement for most down payment assistance programs. Workshops are free and open to the public. To register, call 702-924-2100, ext. 230. Additional sessions are planned in February. For more information, call 702-507-3717 or visit lvccld.org.
“Forecast 2016 — Finding a Way Back”: NAIOP Southern Nevada and the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies in the Lee Business School at UNLV plan to present a program featuring panel discussions and a keynote presentation by Calvin Schnure, senior vice president of research and economic analysis for the National National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 21 at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana. Registration is $60 before Jan. 15 or $80 by Jan. 18, the registration deadline. Visit naiopvn.org.
Tree care: The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension plans to present its annual Professional Tree Care Seminar and Workshop in English on Jan. 22 and in Spanish on Jan. 29, both from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road. Early registration will begin at 6 a.m. both days. This year’s emphasis is on urban tree care, including best practices for tree health. The cost is $25 with pre-registration or $30 at the door and includes the full-day seminar, handouts, coffee and beverages, CEUs and lunch. Register at 2016treecareseminarenglish.eventbrite.com. For more information, call ‘Chelle Reed at 702-257-5536 or email email@example.com, or for the Spanish seminar, call Martha Barajas at 702-257-5522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black tie gala: The Fashion Artist Guild plans the inaugural gala from 7 to 11 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Revere Golf Club, 2600 Hampton Road. The guild is partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the event to help with medical studies on wearable baby technology. The event is aimed at raising funds for the guild’s on-the-job training and partnering programs for emerging art and fashion students. Tickets are $55 for members, and nonmembers pay $75 for early-bird tickets and $125 at the event. VIP tables for six guests cost $700. RSVP by Jan. 15 by contacting Pamela Humphrey at 702-374-9410 or email@example.com. Tickets are available at tinyurl.com/fashionartistguildgala.
Junior Master Gardener open houses: The Nevada Cooperative Extension plans to host an open house for its Junior Master Gardener program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Research Center and Demonstration Orchard’s Children’s Garden, 4600 Horse Road in North Las Vegas. A second open house is planned for the same time on Jan. 30 at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road. View projects and collect information on the upcoming sessions for children 7 to 12 that are set to begin in February. Junior Master Gardener Ambassadors will be on hand, and a make-and-take project, tours of the children’s demonstration gardens and refreshments are planned. Registration for the spring sessions will be available. Call Karyn Johnson at 702-257-5523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gardening in Small Places: The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension plans the hands-on workshop on pruning from 8 a.m. to noon. Jan. 23. Taught by Dr. Angela O’Callaghan, the class is designed to show the what, when, where, why and how of pruning a landscape to keep plants healthy. Bring pruners (but do not buy them for class; that is a topic to be addressed), gloves and eye protection. Class space is limited and pre-registration is required. There is a $25 fee for each class that includes class materials. To register for the workshop held at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, contact Elaine Fagin at email@example.com or call 702-257-5573. To register online, visit tinyurl.com/gp6nqne. Upcoming Gardening in Small Places workshop dates are Feb. 20, vegetables; March 19, composting; April 9, irrigation; May 7, problem solving; and June 11, organic gardening.
Junior Master Gardener: The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension plans to offer the hands-on program for children 7 to 12 starting in February. The first classes of the eight-session program are set for 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 6 at the Research Center & Demonstration Orchard, 4600 Horse Drive, for residents in the north valley, and 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 13 at the Lifelong Learning Center’s Outdoor Education Center, 8050 Paradise Road, for residents in the south valley. Children will learn about plants, water, soil, vegetables and more. The program also helps foster leadership skills and community service, organizers said. The eight-session class fee is $52, and sessions are planned twice monthly. Register by contacting Karyn Johnson at 702-257-5523 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit jmgkids.us.
Bluegrass Festival Craft Market: The city of Las Vegas is looking for artisan vendors to showcase and sell their work at the 2016 Bluegrass Festival’s Craft Market, set from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 9 at Durango Hills Park, 3545 N. Durango Drive. Applications are free and must be submitted by Feb. 29. All artists who create original Americana/folk art and crafts in any variety of media, including paints, sculpture, print work, photographs, fabric art, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking and home decor are encouraged to apply. Visit lasvegasnevada.gov/faces/home/office-of-cultural-affairs. For more information, call 702-229-3514 or visit artslasvegas.org.
Olivia Lane: The performance is scheduled at 10 p.m. Jan. 22 at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country at Town Square Las Vegas, 6611 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets for the 18-or-older event are $10. Visit stoneysrockincountry.com or call 702-435-2855.
Morris Day and The Time: The performance is scheduled at 8 p.m. Jan. 23. at Sam’s Town Live! at Sam’s Town, 5111 Boulder Highway. Tickets start at $25. Visit any Boyd Gaming box office, call 702-284-7777 or visit samstownlv.com.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME: The circus is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 16-18, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. June 18, and 1 and 5 p.m. June 19 at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Tickets are $20 to $50. Visit pac.unlv.edu or call 702-895-2787.
Look inside “Ka”: Cirque du Soleil invites visitors and locals to get an inside look at “Ka,” as it reveals the history, background and science behind the show in free Ka Theatre Spectacular open houses scheduled for 11 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The open houses will highlight the work, inspiration and technology used in the $165 million production. Call 702-891-7940.
Social CirKish: Acrobatic performance and social skill development classes for youths 13 to 19 are planned from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays at The Center, 401 S. Maryland Parkway. Email Shannon Pates Xhola at email@example.com.
“Matt and Mattingly’s Bucket Show”: Performances are scheduled at 10 p.m. Wednesdays at the Art Square Theatre, 1025 S. First St., Suite 145. The two-man improv show with musical accompaniment is free, but audience members are encouraged to pay what they want into a bucket at the end of the performance. Visit mattandmattingly.com.
African drum class: Master teacher “Papa” Diarra Zumana is scheduled to instruct this class from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Baobab Stage at Town Square Las Vegas, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The cost is $20. Visit baobabstage.com or call 702-202-8010.
Rhythm of Life drum classes: Percussionist and musical facilitator L.A. is scheduled to instruct classes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the City of the World gallery at 1229 S. Casino Center Blvd. The cost is $35 per class. Visit cityoftheworld.org or call 702-409-7549
“Failure Is An Option!”: The original comedy show featuring anti-success guru Tom Rubin is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. nightly (dark Tuesday and Wednesday) in the Sin City Theatre at Planet Hollywood Resort, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $49.95 for general admission and $59.95 for VIP front rows. Visit failureisanoption.vegas.