Yes, it is possible to make a movie in 48 hours, maybe even a watchable one. Since the 48 Hour Film Project began in 2001, more than 9,000 teams in cities around the country have done it. (Las Vegas teams have been cranking out films since 2005.) See the results of this year’s contest tonight at the Century 16 Suncoast theaters, 9090 Alta Dr., 341-5555. Check the 48 Hour Film Project’s website, 48hourfilm.com/lasvegas, for details.
It’s all about the muscles this weekend at the National Physique Committee USA Bodybuilding, Figure & Bikini Championships at Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV. The flexing starts at 4:30 p.m. with the men’s bodybuilding and bikini pre-judging, and continues on Saturday with the women’s competition. Tickets are $40 for the pre-judging and $55-$100 for the finals. Call 895-2787 or visit lindsayproductions.com.
There are fake lifeguards—we’re talking to you, David Hasselhoff—and there are real lifeguards. See the latter compete at the 10th annual Southern Nevada Lifeguard Games. Twenty-two teams will battle in four events, testing their swimming, rescuing and life-saving skills to see who is the best in Vegas. Sponsored by the American Red Cross, the event is free to attend and takes place 6-8 p.m. at Baker Pool, 1100 E. St. Louis Ave. Call 229-1532 for more information.
Hey kids: Feel like no one understands your frustrations? You’re not alone. In fact, you’re not even original. James Dean immortalized your ennui on film 55 years ago in Rebel Without a Cause, the legendary tale of hell-raiser Jim Stark. As a result of his lifestyle choices, things go bad for Jim. Perhaps there’s a lesson in that. Find out at a free screening of the movie today at 1 p.m. at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.
If we build it, will they come? That’s the question before Clark County commissioners at their 9:15 a.m. regular meeting as they ponder a proposal from the investment group International Development Management. A representative of IDM says he has an NBA team ready to move to Las Vegas, provided the county builds a new arena on the Strip. Check CCTV Channel 4 if you miss the meeting.
Think Star Trek fans take things a little too far? You might want to keep that to yourself, because Star Trek Las Vegas is in town and it bills itself as the world’s largest gathering of Trekkies (there were about 15,000 of them at the event last year). They’ll be here to see Trek royalty such as William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, to listen to the Nevada Pops perform Star Trek music, and to take a crack at the world record for the most Star Trek-costumed people gathered in a single place. It only stands at 508, so they should have a good shot.
Sixty-five years ago today, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Las Vegan Morris Jeppson was onboard the Enola Gay on Aug. 6, 1945, helping arm the bomb. Jeppson, who died in 2007 at age 87, was the penultimate living member of the plane’s crew. Now it’s down to navigator Theodore Van Kirk, who is 89 and lives in Georgia.
Two things to know about the Conservative Country Concert at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway, 6 p.m.: Bryan White is the headliner, and U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle will be making an appearance. White has charted 17 times in his career, including six No. 1 singles. Angle spends as little time as possible talking to the media, and ducked out of a July 21 press event in Sparks after just three minutes. You’ll probably be seeing a lot more of White than Angle tonight. Tickets are $10-$30, hendersonlive.com/tickets.
The Phantom has moved from the opera to the Flamingo Library. Musicians William Waldrop and Robert Williamson will create an afternoon of music performed by musicians and actors from Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular. Waldrop had access to the performers from his day job as assistant conductor on Phantom. A silent auction and reception begin at noon, followed by the concert at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Visit waldropandwilliamson.com or call 866-967-8167.