The bridge bypassing the Hoover Dam opened Oct. 20, and you can expect it to be swarmed by tourists for the foreseeable future. If you want to avoid the crowds but still see how it all came together, visit the Patio Gallery at the Springs Preserve (333 S. Valley View Blvd.) for the Bridge at Hoover Dam photo exhibit. Jamey Stillings, the artist behind the camera, spent more than a year and a half capturing the amazing juxtaposition between technology and nature. Check SpringsPreserve.org for more information.
We want to suck your blood, but first we want to take you to see Dracula at UNLV’s Judy Bayley Theatre. The classic vampiric tale is based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with a good mix of witty humor worked in. Twilight and True Blood fans should make the pilgrimage to see the godfather of blood sucking and seduction do his thing. The show starts at 8 p.m., tickets and information are available at UNLVtickets.com.
Not sure what to do with the kids for Halloween weekend? Take them to Henderson for some Halloween horticulture and a bit of ornithology. At Tricks & Treats for Kids at the Acacia Demonstration Gardens (50 Casa Del Fuego St.), master gardeners will be on hand at 9 a.m. to demonstrate garden projects to kids ages 6 and up. Next stop: the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve (350 E. Galleria Dr.) for Birds With Spooky Reputations at 10 a.m. The demo is open to kids ages 6-12, allowing them to get a close look at crows, ravens, owls, turkey vultures and other ominous winged things. Check HendersonLive.com for more information.
It’s tradition to bring in the New Year with a kiss, but the Pub at the Monte Carlo will bring in this Halloween with a Mini Kiss (pictured). The KISS tribute band, made up of four little people, has been rocking audiences since their first show in 1996. Dressed in black sequins and white face paint, Mini Kiss will attempt to rock ’n’ roll all night, and perhaps even party every day. Check MonteCarlo.com for more information.
The Valley is alive with the Sound of Music. The time-honored musical is presented by Signature Productions, a local theater group that features local talent with high-quality sets and production values. Follow Maria and the Von Trapps as they try to escape from their Nazi pursuers amongst the mountains of Austria whilst discussing their favorite things. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Summerlin Library Theatre (1771 Inner Circle Dr.). Tickets and information are available at SignatureProductions.net.
There’s more to Halloween than just crazy costumes and delicious candy. In the Mexican culture, it’s a remembrance of loved ones lost to time. Called Dia de Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, this Hispanic holiday is celebrated with candied skulls, skeleton effigies and altar displays. One such altar, or ofrenda, will be on display at the East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., at 9 a.m. Presented in conjunction the Hispanic Museum of Nevada, the altar is furnished with traditional offerings and decorations supplied by students from across the Valley. Call 229-1515 for information on this free event.
Ethnic Express has been entertaining fans of international dance since 1978. Now, every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Charleston Heights Arts Center (800 S. Brush St.), the eclectic group of folk dancers will teach you dances from across the globe, including those rooted in Serbia, China, Russia and even right here in America. The group takes its name from the Orient Express, and the teachers will take you on a intercontinental dance journey weekly. Open to dancers of all levels, this event might bring a little culture to your two-step. Each class is only $4, so take a chance and learn a new dance.