The highlights of this week in your city.
Attention theater geeks and wannabe thespians: Cats is swinging through town for a three-night stand at Planet Hollywood’s Theatre for the Performing Arts (785-5555) starting tonight. Tickets are $44-$120, but you can get up close and personal with the cats for free, and maybe win tickets to a show, by entering the costume contest at Cats Family Fun Day, 3-5 p.m. There’s also a poetry contest, face painting and a meet and greet with cast members. And as a reminder that if someone makes it someone will collect it, we note that the 24th annual gathering of lighter enthusiasts begins today at the Tuscany Suites & Casino, 255 Flamingo Road. The gathering is dubbed On the Lighter Side, and before you scoff, know that vintage Zippos sell for up to $1,000. The show starts at 10 a.m., admission is $3.
Has it really been 31 years since Cheap Trick released Live at Budokan? Indeed. And to make you feel older still, it’s been 43 years since The Beatles dropped Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an album that marked the end of The Beatles’ live performances and one so layered it seemed impossible to do it justice live. Oldsters Robin Zander and company are going to give it a shot, though, with the help of guest vocalists and a full orchestra. It will cost you $89.25-$144.25 to see how they pull it off. Tonight, 8 p.m. at Paris, is the first of 20 shows.
Grab a pint—none of that lukewarm crap the Brits drink, thank you very much—and settle in to watch Las Vegas’ own Herculez Gomez and the rest of Team USA take on England in World Cup Soccer action, 11:30 a.m. on ABC. If you want to be social, the game will be on the telly at either Crown & Anchor British Pub location. Your other internationally flavored option is Reggae in the Desert, 2-11 p.m. at the Clark County Amphitheatre, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. Performers include the legendary Yellowman, and Jamaican mainstays Marcia Griffiths and Barrington Levy. Tickets are $25-$30.
Last week, 45 women who think they can dance tried out for the Las Vegas Locos’ cheerleading squad. The tryouts were closed to the public. But this week the ladies who made the cut will be strutting their stuff at the Town Square Blue Martini, 2 p.m., in front of God, celebrity judges and the public. There are 32 spots on the team, and not everyone will make it. It’ll be like a whole season of reality TV in one afternoon, with liquor.
Perhaps you’ve heard: Public schools in Nevada have a little budget problem. If that concerns you in the least, Henderson has a way to help: Stuff the Bus, a school-supplies drive going on through Aug. 20. Drop off notebooks, backpacks, crayons, glue sticks or other supplies at any Henderson recreation center. Your donation gets you a free pass to Black Mountain Aquatic Complex, 599 Greenway Road, valid Aug. 21 when all the donations will be shoved into a 40-passenger bus. Call 267-4070 for info, or visit cityofhenderson.com.
When F Street closed in the summer of 2008, the historically black neighborhood of West Las Vegas was effectively cut off from downtown. In May 2009, the Nevada Legislature took notice of the problem and ordered the city of Las Vegas to be re-open the street, which it has been struggling to accomplish ever since. There’s no timeline for completing the job, but Ward 5 Councilman Ricki Barlow is holding a town hall meeting today to update residents on the status of the project, 5:30 p.m. at the West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 507-3980.
Parents of young children know: Babies don’t do much except cry, eat, sleep and soil their diapers. Still, your prodigy can contribute to the advancement of science at the UNLV psychology department’s Auditory Cognition and Development Lab. The lab needs babies, and their parents, to study how children learn about language, music and sound. Don’t be concerned about your kid being a lab rat; babies are only exposed to sights and sounds they find interesting. Sign up online faculty.unlv.edu/ehannon/, or call 895-2995 for more info.