Get a scoop and save a pooch from 4-8 p.m. today at Atomic #7 (605 Mall Ring Circle, Henderson) as it hosts a fundraiser for the Shelter Pet Rescue Network. With the purchase of a $25 ticket, you can build your own organic sundae, sample many delicious vegan treats and watch a dessert demonstration by local vegan advocate, Chef Mayra. If you’re planning to attend, consider bringing dog toys, washable beds, organic treats or nylon collars to donate. Visit ChefMayra.com for information.
Redneck chick Gretchen Wilson brings her country/rock ’n’ roll thing to the Silverton hotelcasino tonight. Wilson debuted in 2004, when she won a Grammy and reached No. 1 on the Billboard country charts. Her in-your-face attitude is reflected in her newest album, I’ve Got Your Country Right Here. Tickets are $40, the music begins at 9 p.m., and the night will rock because Wilson’s “Here for the Party.”
If you spent high school sitting in calc class wondering when you’d ever use such seemingly worthless knowledge, tonight you may finally find an answer. Author Jennifer Ouellette will be signing copies of her new book, The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse (Penguin, $15) at 2 p.m. at Borders Town Square, (6521 Las Vegas Blvd South). Ouellette breaks down the complicated jargon and makes math entertaining by relating it to everyday applications such as playing craps and avoiding zombies. And you thought math was silly.
Want to get lei’d? You’ll have your chance at the 20th annual Prince Jonah Kuhio Ho’olaule’a Pacific Islands Festival this weekend at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St. At this celebration of all things Hawaiian, Polynesian and Tahitian, you’ll find more than 100 food and craft exhibitors, plus hula dancing, Taiko drumming and live performances on the two main stages. Admission and parking are free, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club. Call 267-2171 for details.
Are you ready for some football? The NFL season kicks off this weekend, culminating with a Monday night doubleheader as the Baltimore Ravens face the New York Jets at 4 p.m., followed by the San Diego Chargers-Kansas City Chiefs game (7:15 p.m.). McFadden’s Pub in the Rio is going all-out with a blitz of food and drink specials, including $1 sliders, 25-cent wings and 25-ounce beer for $10, along with raffles for T-shirts, hats and a chance to win tickets to the Super Bowl.
What’s the state of UNLV? We’d say “in flux” right now, given the impending budget crisis. There’s a sort of Mexican standoff going on, with the state’s Board of Regents wanting more money during the next fiscal period, and the state likely offering less. But don’t take our word for it. Hear about the state of UNLV from president Neal Smatresk himself at his annual address. Maybe he’ll say all is well. Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, 10 a.m.
Todd “T” Rexx is hosting a new comedy showcase to make hump day a little more bearable. Every Wednesday at 9 p.m., Rexx and a group of fellow comedians will entertain guests at the Lounge inside the Palms. Rexx, a 17-year comedy veteran, rose through the ranks of the D.C. comedy scene, establishing a reputation for over-the-top celebrity impersonations and cynical looks at American culture. Sounds perfect for midweek. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $20 for booth seating, and to get them you can visit palms.com.