The highlights of this week in your city.
Kick off Academy of Country Music Awards weekend with four artists in an informal setting, all testing new material and singing each other’s songs. Darryl Worley, Blake Shelton, James Otto and Jerrod Niemann headline the All-Star Guitar Pull at Ovation at Green Valley Ranch. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House. 7 p.m., tickets from $25, 547-5300.
Find out how to pair floral patterns or add color to your old go-to khaki outfits at the Spring Preview fashion show at Boca Park Fashion Village. Boutiques such as Broken Leash, Eccoci, C-Level and Bounce show off the latest fashions from 7-9 p.m. and the first 100 guests receive a gift bag filled with special offers. 750 S. Rampart Blvd., free.
The city of Henderson celebrates its 57th birthday with a heritage parade and festival under the banner, “Futuristic Henderson—Decade of Destiny.” Mayor Andy Hafen gets things started at 8 a.m. when he hosts a pre-parade breakfast at the Henderson Convention Center (200 S. Water St.), then the party takes over Water Street at 10 a.m. as UNLV men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger serves as grand marshal during a parade from Ocean Avenue to Victory Road. The fun continues with a classic car show on Water Street from noon to 5 p.m. and live entertainment and cooking demonstrations from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Henderson Events Plaza. Alternatively, while The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel also celebrates its birthday with a rock feast courtesy of Them Crooked Vultures, who take to the stage at 8 p.m. $49.50 plus taxes and fees, ages 6+.
The legendary Tony Curtis talks about his life, art and the glory days in Hollywood—including the making of Some Like It Hot with his former paramour, Marilyn Monroe—at Clark County Library. The 84-year-old’s artwork has made the rounds across North America, Europe and Asia—including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan—and collectors have paid up to $25,000 for his works, which blend landscapes, collages, sketches, acrylics and digital ink. After the 2 p.m. discussion, Curtis, who lives in Henderson, will sign copies of his autobiography. 1401 E. Flamingo Road, free.
Celebrate National Volunteer Week by signing up to help the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, which takes place Oct. 18-24. Volunteers have to pay $40 for the privilege, but they get a tournament jacket, golf shirt, hat, meals and access to a wrap party after the event in exchange for their donation and help with admissions, greeting, caddie services or transportation. Interested? Call Donna Millwood (589-4945) or visitjtshrinersopen.com/volunteer.
Learn how to give traditional Mexican dishes a twist with Diego Mexican Cuisine’s chef Noel Santos as he hosts an informative cooking demonstration at Whole Foods at Town Square. Part of the MGM Grand’s citywide chef series, the two-hour event gives aspiring chefs a chance to taste dishes and win gift certificates. 6-8 p.m., free but RSVP required, 589-7711.
Tune into the sounds of the Orient as the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic performs “The Road to China” and raises funds for their upcoming trip to Beijing. The evening starts with a silent auction at 6:15 p.m. in the lobby of the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre, and the concert gets under way at 7 p.m. with selections from Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird, Felix Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 and In the Steppes of Central Asia from Alexander Borodin. The Youth Phil’s 88 student-musicians need to raise $60,000 to finance a 10-day trip next year. College of Southern Nevada’s Cheyenne campus, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. $30, 385-2838.