The highlights of this week in your city.
Tip your hat to the Old West as Las Vegas Helldorado Days returns for four days of bull ridin’, bronc bustin’ and calf ropin’ at the Downtown Rodeo Grounds. The annual celebration of all things Western includes carnival rides for $3 from 5 p.m.-midnight and a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned rodeo at 7 p.m. Other events include the Whiskerino beard-growing contest Friday, and a poker tournament, parade and fireworks on Saturday. Las Vegas Boulevard and Seventh Street from Stewart Avenue to Mesquite Avenue, $10, free for kids ages 10 and younger.
He may be taking a break from major touring, but Kenny Chesney just can’t stay away from the Hard Rock Hotel. Check out the former Mr. Renée Zellweger as he returns to The Joint for the first of two consecutive nights, and if you can’t make it, don’t stress: The country singer will return for another pair of shows in July. 8 p.m., $150, 693-5220. Another option: Pack your bags and cross your fingers during the inaugural Spread the Word Nevada Suitcase Party at Fletcher Jones Imports. You have to bring an overnight bag to this fundraiser, because one lucky ticketholder will be whisked away in a Maybach for a mini-getaway at Caesars Palace. The event benefits Spread the Word Nevada, which promotes children’s literacy and gives more than 20,000 books monthly to underprivileged children. 7300 Sahara Ave., 5:30-7:30 p.m., $50 in advance, $60 at the door, 564-7809.
What’s better than free? Hit Sunset Park as the Kids’ Mix returns with a range of no-cost, family-friendly entertainment, including balloon twisters, face painters, super soakers and a hoops clinic.
Mix 94.1 FM is footing the bill, which means everything is gratis for the first time in the event’s five-year history. Vegas Drive at North Rampart Boulevard. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., free. Later that night, feed your inner Rocky fan by manning up with the Nevada Pops as they give a testosterone-charged performance with special guest the Desert Chorale.
“Guy Movies” features music from films such as Star Trek, Apocalypse Now, The Hunt for Red October and Gladiator. UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m., $15-$18, 895-2787.
If Liberace were alive today, he’d be really old—91. Although he has passed, celebrate his birthday at the culmination of the Liberace Museum’s weeklong festivities. Admission is $3.50, which was the price when it opened in 1979. (These days, it’s $10-$15.) Meanwhile, Ali Spuck performs in the Cabaret Showroom. 1775 E. Tropicana Ave., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., cabaret shows $10-$35,liberace.org.
Start your week off with the Schweiger Vineyards wine dinner at The Grape at Town Square. Andy Schweiger will be on hand to present selections from his namesake winery, sourced from the fields of Napa and Sonoma. The four-course dinner includes sesame-crusted ahi tuna and smoked pheasant breast, and finishes with chocolate raspberry lava cake paired with Schweiger Port VIII, of which only four barrels were produced. 6:30 p.m., $118 including tax and gratuity, 220-4727.
It’s International Museum Day, so why not soak up some history? Las Vegas historian Michael Green suggests learning about construction of our local Eighth Wonder of the World at the museum at the Boulder Dam Hotel (1305 Arizona St., Boulder City, $1-$2), or visiting the Old Las Vegas Mormon State Historic Park’s visitor center (500 E. Washington Ave., $1), which tells the tale of the oldest building in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, the Clark County Museum (1830 S. Boulder Highway., Henderson, $1-$1.50) offers the opportunity to take a walk down Heritage Street, lined with historic homes, and the Atomic Testing Museum (755 E. Flamingo Road, $9-$12) is always a blast.
Get over your fear of clowns by celebrating National Circus Day at Circus Circus or a Cirque du Soleil show. Take advantage of Cirque’s new $50 tickets, or try your luck at the $1 carnival games at Circus Circus. Although the city’s only circus-themed casino doesn’t have a resident Cirque du Soleil show of its own, it does house the world’s largest permanent circus, and features free daily shows under the big top from 11 a.m. Granted, Circus Circus’ newest performer isn’t a French-Canadian-sourced contortionist, but Bulgarian-born aerialist Stoyan Metchkarov has appeared in Jubilee! and Peepshow.