Seven Days

The highlights of this week in your city.

Thur. 8

President Obama is in town to do a little stumping for Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. Air Force One is scheduled to land at McCarran International Airport at 5 p.m., and then the prez is off to the Aria hotel-casino for a Reid fundraiser. He’ll stay the night and then give a speech at UNLV Friday morning at 9:20 a.m., which may or may not be open to the public. Maybe this time he won’t insult us.

Fri. 9

Something bothering you about Las Vegas? Take it up with Mayor Oscar Goodman this morning, 8:30 to 10 a.m. He’ll be available to chat at the Omelet House in Summerlin, 2227 N. Rampart Blvd., presumably sans martini. This is Vegas and lots of good things happen after midnight, including softball—Henderson’s 22nd annual Midnite Madness one-pitch tournament, to be exact. Teams pitch to themselves, games take 30 minutes and the winners move on the one-pitch playoffs in Florida in the fall. Play starts at 7 p.m. and continues at three local parks through the weekend. Call 267-5700 for information.

Sat. 10

Ready to drink to a good cause? Or any cause? Good, because today is Beer Fest, 4-10 p.m. at the Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd. Your $20 at the gate ($15 for members of the nonprofit Contemporary Arts Center, for which Beer Fest is a fundraiser) buys you unlimited samples of brews from area microbreweries and local distributors, a chance to hang with downtown hipsters and the opportunity to see a 5-foot-tall beer tap carved out of Styrofoam. Where’s the downside?

Sun. 11

You may know John Philip Sousa

as the guy who wrote our country’s national march, “Stars and Stripes Forever,” but did you also know the “March King” penned 135 other marches and a few operettas? Hear a few of his best for free today when the John Philip Sousa Foundation and the National Community Band put on a free concert, 3:30 p.m. at UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall. Call 895-2787 for information.

Mon. 12

Hoop dreamers between the ages of 10 and 16 listen up: the city of Las Vegas is putting on a Basketball Boot Camp today through Wednesday at the Doolittle Center, 1950 N. J St., and the instructor is none other than former NBA player Jerome “Junkyard Dog” Williams. Two sessions are scheduled for each day, at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The cost is $49 per session, or $79 for both. Come brush up on your fundamentals. Call 589-4658.

Tues. 13

That screenplay you’ve been working on, the one about a lonely Goldfield miner and his unrequited love for a prostitute named Toots? Bust it out, dust it off and polish it up because the Nevada Film Office is conducting its 23rd annual Screenwriters Competition. To qualify, your work has to be unsold, in standard screenplay format and filmable mostly in Nevada. Oh, and it can’t be pornographic. The winning script is eligible to be pitched to production companies and earns the writer a one-on-one consultation with an “industry professional.” The entry fee is $25 per script in PDF form, $50 in hard copy, and the deadline is Aug. 31. Entry form and info are at


Kids and dogs go together like ice cream and apple pie … usually. Sometimes they go together like coffee and toothpaste. If that’s the case in your house, and you can’t get rid of either the dog or the kids, then you need to dog-proof your kid or Kid-Proof Your Dog. Clark County’s Parks and Recreation Department can help with the latter today, 9 a.m. at Dog Fancier’s Park, 5800 E. Flamingo Road. You’ll learn how to teach your dog not to attack your kids, and other necessary behaviors. Call 455-6877 for information.