Seven Days

The highlights of this week in your city.

Thur. 11

Independent redneck woman Gretchen Wilson walked away from Columbia Records and releases her new album, I Got Your Country Right Here, on her own label, Redneck Records, at the end of the month. The free spirit comes to town for a free show at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country, which means you can take the $20 you would have paid to see her elsewhere and apply it to the all-you-can-drink beer special. Ladies can also buy beers one-by-one—which is $1 at a time because it’s ladies’ night. Meanwhile, rides on the mechanical bull, as always, are free for everyone. 9151 Las Vegas Blvd. South, doors at 7, show at 8:30 p.m.

Fri. 12

The Las Vegas Wranglers celebrate the 98th birthday of the spritely squad that brought us Thin Mints and Do-si-dos—the Girl Scouts—with special jerseys complete with the Scouts’ iconic sash. Grab a box of Tagalongs and cheer on the home team as they take on the Bakersfield Condors at the Orleans Arena (7:05 p.m., $12.50-$38). Or skip the cookies and go for a second helping of country at Green Valley Ranch. Songwriters Lee Miller and Travis Howard have penned ballads for several big-name country stars (including Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins and Miranda Lambert) and they will talk about, then perform a few of the hits they created at “Nashville Unplugged: The Story Behind the Song.” The $5 cover includes one well or draft drink.

At Ovation. 8 p.m., 21+.

Sat. 13

Casino MonteLago is closing on March 14 but operations continue at MonteLago Village Resort, as brewmasters Steve MacMillan and Jon Christensen conduct a two-hour workshop about the basics of making beer. Expand your hops and barley knowledge at 11 a.m., then check out Brews Best Village Beer Fest from 2-8 p.m. Advance passes for Beer Fest get you into the workshop. (Advance passes $25,; stay-and-play packages from $169, Another option: Get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with Celtic dancers, festive floats, bagpipers and marching bands at the 44th annual Sons of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. The procession starts at 10 a.m. and the carnival goes for 12 hours. At the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St., free.

Sun. 14

Set your clocks forward: Daylight saving time is here. While you might not have time to hit the StairMaster today since the day is an hour shorter, try to find time to cheer on climbers as they compete in the second annual Scale the Strat finals. Starting at 12:30 p.m., the final 50 of about 400 entries navigate the Stratosphere’s 1,455 stairs to ascend the tower’s 108 floors, all in support of the American Lung Association in Nevada. Couch potatoes rejoice: No stairs are required to watch the race to the top, thanks to a network of closed-circuit TVs scattered throughout the casino. Register or donate

Mon. 15

Have an artful Honey, I Shrunk the Kids moment at Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens as you check out Susan P. Cochran’s new installations. The new display includes towering yellow jonquils, 15-foot-tall mushrooms and giant bronze ants. While you’re there, climb on top of the 8,500-pound

queen ant for a different view of the tulips, poppies, daisies and mums that fill the four gardens on display.

At Bellagio. Through May 9, free.

Tues. 16

Join renowned chef Geno Bernardo as he goes back to school and prepares a four-course meal alongside students from UNLV’s Harrah Hotel College program. The sixth Artist Series dinner, which raises money for scholarships, includes four courses of fine food, including meat-stuffed dumplings, pan-seared turbot with Maine lobster sauce Americana and beef steak with foie gras. Diners can then enjoy a special version of build-your-own-cannoli similar to the one Bernardo serves up at his home base, Nove Italiano at the Palms. In the Stan Fulton Building at UNLV. 6-9 p.m., $100, 895-1330 for reservations.

Wed. 17

If you’re looking for a raucous night, discover some new music at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip, where Ry Cuming plays “ShamRocked.” The Aussie performer’s sound is definitely different (think Jeff Buckley-meets-The Police) and the atypical event also features a Lucky Charms eating contest. Offbeat? Sure—but it’s all for a good cause: Admission is by suggested donation and your $10 or so goes to support Musicians on Call. Doors at 7, show at 8 p.m., 21+.

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Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Jacob Snow, general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission, has spent his career working on ways of bringing people to Las Vegas and moving them around. In a transit-averse, auto-heavy town like this, that hasn’t been easy. Cars are happiest, he says, when there aren’t other cars around. “We’ve got a lot of unhappy cars.” And Snow thinks he has a solution to get people out of them. It’s called Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), and it’s about to unfold across Las Vegas.