The highlights of this week in your city.
Meet motocross legends Jeremy McGrath and Nate Adams at the DC Shoes store in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood before they take over Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday during the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross finals (see page 102). Members of the DC Motocross team do an in-store autograph signing session from 5-6:30 p.m.
First Friday glows as the Global Light Objects Festival comes to the May installation of downtown’s monthly street carnival. Entertainment includes the Lon Bronson All-Star Band, a street-side screening of 10 Years of Burning Man and a conga line of partiers in light-up costumes. South Casino Center Boulevard between Charleston Boulevard and East California Street. 6-10 p.m., free, glow sticks not included.
Think you hate opera? Maybe you just don’t know opera. Find out at the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Masterworks V: A Night at the Opera (For People Who Think They Hate Opera) at UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Hall. Four vocalists and the Las Vegas Master Singers work their way through a highlight reel of the greatest operas of all time, including Puccini’s “Turandot” and “Toreador Song” from Carmen. (Doors at 7 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., tickets from $35, 895-2787.) Or, if opera just isn’t your thing, then do a complete 180 and embrace the guilty pleasure that is ’90s pop as former boy band New Kids on the Block play a second show in The Pearl at the Palms. (Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., tickets from $125, 942-6888.) And if you’re old enough to like NKOTB, you’re old enough to vote, so don’t forget that this is the last day you can register to vote in the June 8 primary without having to show up at Clark County’s Election Department in person (which you can do through May 18). Get your registration form online at Clark County’s website, www.accessclarkcounty.com, or at a library, post office, bank or the DMV.
Sit in on Dos Caminos’ Mother’s Day brunch cooking class, then make Mom some Mexican French toast crusted with corn flakes and coconut flan. Chefs Scott Linquist and Roberto Hernandez lead the three-hour cooking demonstration, which includes tastings and a copy of Linquist’s cookbook. (11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., May 8-9, $65, 577-9550.) Or, if you’d rather leave the cooking to the pros, take Mom to the midday version of dinner and a movie—brunch and a show. Start with a brunch at Aureole, where chef Charlie Palmer and pastry chef Megan Romano work their magic, and finish with a matinee performance of The Lion King followed by a meet-and-greet with the cast. At Mandalay Bay. Brunch at 1 and 3:30 p.m., matinees 4 and 6 p.m., 877-884-8993, vegasuncorkd.com.
What’s sexier than a 75-year-old lady telling stories about David Hasselhoff and thong underwear? Just about everything, but America’s Got Talent finalist Grandma Lee is funny, as are her yarns about her fictitious ex-husband, Duane. The hilarious Oklahoma native says 99 percent of her humorous tales are true stories and headlines at Bonkerz Comedy Club through May 29. At Palace Station. 8:30 p.m., $30, 547-5300.
Get to Cashman Field and pick up your Ryne Sandberg bobblehead before the Las Vegas 51s take on the Iowa Cubs. The Baseball Hall of Famer has transitioned from field to dugout and comes to town during his first year coaching the visiting team. The two Triple A clubs battle it out at 7:05 p.m., but you need to get there before that if you want the swag: Only the first 2,000 fans are leaving with a Sandberg bobblehead. It’s also Kraft Singles night, meaning lovers of plastic-wrapped cheese get two tickets for the price of one by bringing a Kraft package wrapper to the box office. 850 Las Vegas Blvd. North. Tickets from $9, 798-7825.
Shake it to a Mexican beat at the Clark County School District Mariachi Conference and Festival at UNLV. The three-day event in Artemus W. Ham Hall celebrates the life of singer-songwriter Jose Alfredo Jimenez, a towering influence on Mexican music to this day. The conference features Mariachi and baile folklorico workshops, while the festival brings in performers from around the country for two concerts. May 11-13, 4-8 p.m., free.