Moviegoing can be a risky venture. Between high ticket prices and allotting two hours of time without any assurance the film in question won’t completely blow, even hardcore movie buffs are waiting for the DVDs these days. That’s why An Evening of Short Films: Academy Award-Winning Shorts at UNLV (Classroom Building Complex, Room A 106) almost guarantees a great evening. For one thing, it’s free. The two-hour event, 8-10:30 p.m., will showcase a variety of 15-30 minute films that pack gripping, well-paced stories into a tight timeframe without all the filler that sometimes permeates longer films. Bring your own popcorn and call 895-2535 for information.
Have you ever wanted to imitate Spider-Man and cling to the outside of a building? Now is your chance as the Rio and the Nevada Special Olympics present Over the Edge, a fundraising event in which participants rappel 400 feet down the northwest side of the casino. Adrenaline junkies collect pledges for the event before dropping 51 stories to the ground. If you want to do it, you must be in good health and weigh between 110 and 300 pounds. Fat people could snap the rope. Sign up online at OverTheEdgeLasVegas.com.
To see Shakespeare in the Park, or not to see, that is the question. The answer? Go see it. The Las Vegas Shakespeare Company presents Macbeth at Lake Las Vegas (15 Costa Di Lago), 7 p.m. It’s a free performance, so grab a blanket and take a spot on the lawn for a night of one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest tales. Taking on the lead role of Macbeth will be Ken Lally, best known for his role on General Hospital. Don’t expect any cheesy acting here; Lally is a classically trained actor who studied at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Check HendersonLive.com for show locations and more information.
Las Vegas is built on superstition, making today, 10/10/10, a big day in the Valley. The number 10 is critical in many games of chance, so bet on casinos being full of gamblers banking on a little extra luck. What else is going on? Cupid’s Wedding Chapel, 827 Las Vegas Blvd. South, will have special processions at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.; Donny Osmond will officiate 10 couples in an engagement event at 10:10 a.m. at the Trevi Fountain at the Forum Shops at Caesars (101010at1010am.com); and Station casinos are offering special wedding packages at their venues.
Instead of buying a new outfit, why not transform an old T-shirt into a fashion statement? Join jewelry designer Gulten Dye, from Jewels 2 Dye 4, as she shows you how to create an evening gown out of comfy cotton. The T-shirt, Gems and Jewels Party, sponsored by Crave, takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 2248 Timber Rose Dr. Guests enjoy complimentary wine and hor d’oeuvres, browse jewelry from Gulten and meet entrepreneurial women from Crave Las Vegas, a networking group that connects creative women. Visit Facebook.com/cravelasvegas for information.
Striking lines, beautiful curves and classic designs make some cars real head turners. But are they art? Decide for yourself at Automotive Reflections, a new exhibit by local artist Vincent Yuzon at the Enterprise Library, 25 E. Shelbourne Ave. Using watercolors and pastels, Yuzon’s work has a dream-like quality, focusing on the small details like a chromed taillight or an ornate hood ornament. Visit lvcdd.org for more information. Today is also the last day to register to vote for the upcoming elections in November. You’ll have to march down to the Clark County Election Department office (500 S. Grand Central Parkway) in person to sign up.
Hump day just got a little more tolerable thanks to an infusion of contemporary pop and jazz music at the Tropicana. The David Perrico Group featuring Marley Taylor is bringing their original compositions and unique sound to the Celebration Lounge Wednesdays at 10 p.m. The 10-piece group uses an eclectic mix of instruments to create an organic, free-flowing rhythm led by Perrico’s trumpet. Guests must be 21 to enjoy this free show. Visit Troplv.com for information.