The highlights of this week in your city.
Since its publication in 1960, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird has never been out of print. Its themes of racism and injustice have made it a modern classic, so much so that British librarians ranked it above the Bible as a book everyone should read before they die. The Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, is celebrating the book’s 50th anniversary, beginning today at 3 p.m. with a screening of the 1962 movie adaptation, a panel discussion and a sneak preview of the new documentary Scout, Atticus and Boo: A Celebration of 50 Years of To Kill a Mockingbird. Check lvccld.org, or call 507-3400 for information.
A long time ago it was common to practice yoga in the nude. Students could more easily study form, they enjoyed the physical freedom of being sans clothing, and they were able to shed barriers and boundaries. And it’s cooler. Revisit the old ways today at the Erotic Heritage Museum, 3275 Industrial Road. There are classes for men (12:15 p.m.), women (6 p.m.) and couples (7:30 p.m.). Check the museum’s website, eroticheritage.org, or call 369-6422 for information.
How do you photograph an atomic bomb? The obvious technique is from a distance. The less obvious techniques will be on display at the Atomic Testing Museum’s How to Photograph an Atomic Bomb exhibit, based on the work of documentary filmmaker Peter Kuran. Admission to the gallery is free, but admission to the museum is $12, with discounts for seniors and kids; 755 E. Flamingo Road, 794-5161.
You know that History Channel show that pits combatants against one another who never really met on a battlefield? The Las Vegas Natural History Museum’s Prehistoric Beast Wars series is kind of like that, except with animals. This weekend, the imaginary matchup is between a whorl-tooth shark and a hammerhead shark, which is more likely to happen than a knight taking on a ninja, come to think of it. The museum is at 900 Las Vegas Blvd. North, and is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults with discounts for seniors and kids.
Steven F. Dansky is a Las Vegas- and New York-based photographer, thinker and activist. In his exhibit, In Public: Studies From the Street, he draws on the work of great 20th-century photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus and Garry Winogrand to make portraits that speak to the life of a city by reflecting on its lesser-seen residents. The exhibit is on display though Aug. 8 at the Enterprise Library, 25 E. Shelbourne Ave. Call 507-3760 for information.
Las Vegas’ Redevelopment Agency wants to extend its efforts to the historic West Side, and it would love to hear from you, residents, about how best to proceed. The agency uses tax-increment financing—essentially property taxes from new development—to pay for new projects. But what should those projects be? What do you want to see in the neighborhood? What’s the best way to create jobs? Speak your piece at Kaplan College, 3535 W. Sahara Ave. 6:30 p.m. Room 157.
Although the Sin City Roller Girls don’t start their season until September, you can get your fix of aggro-ladies bashing into one another at RollerCon, a five-day confab of all things roller derby that begins today. The get-together features seminars, parties, exhibitions and camaraderie with skaters from across the country. Some events are free, others are for registered attendees only. Most are held at the Sport Center of Las Vegas, 121 E. Sunset Road, and the Tropicana. Check rollercon.net, for information.