The highlights of this week in your city.
Day No. 1 of summer vacation and somewhere there is a tween already saying it: “I’m bored.” That’s where the Bamboozle Roadshow comes in handy. This music festival is the little brother to the Warped Tour, and features the angsty pop kids love these days. The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel, noon, $35.50-$85.50, 693-5000. But for the older and wiser worried about the destruction of the Gulf and other consequences of our addiction to oil, there’s a group of likeminded folks at the monthly meeting of Solar NV. It should be an excellent opportunity to rub elbows with advocates of clean solar energy. We live in the desert, after all. Springs Preserve, Desert Living Center, 6-7:30 p.m., free.
Another Friday, another First Friday downtown. But this month’s art stroll is special as it includes the inaugural 18b Music Festival featuring local bands competing for cash (see preview). We’re rooting for the Dirty Panties, an all-girl punk outfit “formed seven years ago at a bar in a drunken stupor,” according to their bio. Perfect. Boulder Sculpture Plaza, 5-11 p.m., $9.99 for festival admission, 384-0092. Also, Crosby, Stills & Nash are in town. If you don’t know who they are, you’re too young to be interested. The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel, 8 p.m., $42-$116.50, 693-5000. Cineastes are slobbering at the thought of the Las Vegas Film Festival, which we’ve covered in detail. Las Vegas Hilton, opening night party 9:30 p.m., festival continues through Sunday, $8-$100, 552-9330.
It’s National Trails Day, an excellent reminder to use your legs occasionally. And there’s a newly designated place for you do so: the River Mountains Loop Trail, a paved, 35-mile path connecting Henderson, Boulder City, the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Check the trail’s website, rivermountainstrail.com, for a map. Exercise complete, you may attend the Brews and Blues Festival guilt-free. Your admission buys unlimited samples from 70 craft brewers—Chicago Brewing Co. to Boulder Dam Brewing Co.—and music from the likes of The Lucky Cheats and Scott Rhiner & the Moanin’ Blacksnakes. Food is available at kiosks and in the Springs Café. Crossroads Commons Amphitheater at Springs Preserve, 4 p.m., $25 in advance and online, $30 at the gate, 822-7700.
Everybody wants to get here, which means you can get anywhere else easily, including Paris. XL Airways’ non-stop service between McCarran International Airport and Charles de Gaulle International Airport just started, and today is the second Sunday flight. It leaves for the City of Light at 8:20 p.m. Catch your return flight Thursday at 3:30 p.m. local time, leaving several days to get your Parisian on. XL says it can only guarantee the service until Sept. 23, so this summer would be the time to do the crossing.
About this time every year the thought of living in the arctic, or Antarctic, seems appealing. What would it be like to walk outside and be in a refrigerator rather than a convection oven? Satiate that curiosity in the comfort of the Galleria at Sunset mall at the Ends of the Earth: From Polar Bears to Penguins exhibit. Kids will dig the polar bear and penguin labs, adventurous types can learn about the regions’ early explorers, and everyone can look forward to the time when Henderson has a permanent museum to house such exhibits. Galleria at Sunset, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 12; $4-$6, 267-2171.
It’s Election Day, your chance to do something about the pols you love to hate. (In the 2008 primaries, only 15 percent of Clark County’s registered voters exercised that right.) To polish up on the issues check “20 Questions (and Answers!) for the Upcoming Political Season,” our political primer published May 20 and available online on our website, weeklyseven.com. Just type “20 Questions” into the search box. For info on candidates, the League of Women Voters of Las Vegas Valley has an excellent voters’ guide at its site, lwvlasvegasvalley.org. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout Clark County.
Still a climate change skeptic? Perhaps a talk from local environmental activist and Red Rock Audubon Society conservation chair John Hiatt will help you make up your mind. Hiatt will discuss climate change as recorded in Arctic ice and the implication of increasing carbon dioxide emissions at the general program meeting of the Sierra Club Southern Nevada Group, a topic worth a listen even if you’re not the tree-hugging type. NV Energy Building, 6226 W. Sahara Ave., 7:30 p.m., free, 648-2983.