With more than 8,000 varieties of wine from which to choose at Summerlin’s Total Wine and More (730 S. Rampart Blvd.), picking the right bottle can be overwhelming. So it’s a good thing Total Wine offers classes to expand your wine knowledge and educate your taste buds. Tonight’s topic: the sexy wines of Spain and Portugal. At 6:30 p.m., experts will take you through one of the hottest new collections from the Iberian Peninsula, including a tasting of eight different selections. Classes cost $25. Call 933-8740 or visit TotalWine.com for a schedule.
Bluff, fold or go all in. These terms apply to poker, and life. The Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the UNLV Boyd School of Law will demonstrate how at How to Play Your Hand: Lessons From Poker for Negotiators. Poker notables—including gaming legend Jack Binion and World Series of Poker winner Howard Lederer (pictured)—will be on hand to discuss how poker strategy can give you the edge in life. It’s free and open to the public at the Cox Pavilion. Call 895-2486 for information, or visit UNLV.edu.
Halloween has come and gone, but the skeletons are still hanging around at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos at 4 p.m. The holiday is a 3,000-year-old Hispanic celebration to honor those who have passed, and this year’s celebration of those who’ve gone before includes live entertainment, traditional dances, sugar-skull decorating, face painting and classic Mexican cuisine. Bring your used, candle-less jack-o’-lanterns so that the gardeners at the Preserve can compost them. It’s free and good for the environment. For information, visit SpringsPreserve.org.
As one of the most grueling events in North America, the Silverman Nevada Triathlon attracts athletes from around the world. The race is 17 punishing hours of endurance, starting at Lake Las Vegas with a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride and concluding with a 26.2-mile run to the Henderson Pavilion. More than 1,100 gluttons for punishment from 43 states and 17 countries will compete. Visit HendersonLive.com or call 267-2171 for more information.
Are you the funniest person in your office? Always cracking up your co-workers? See if that funny bone translates to the stage at Open Mike Nite at Cadillac Ranch in Town Square. Hosted by Garlyn “Tek G” Norris, the event is open to fresh faces and seasoned stand-ups alike. Potential comedians should arrive by 8:30 p.m. because the show starts at 9 p.m. There’s no cover charge, ladies drink Johnny Love Vodka for free at starting at 10 p.m. and drinks are half price for everyone all night. Call 294-7300 for information.
Removing a fired pot from a kiln while it’s still hot can result in cracks or a crumbled piece of pottery. However, artists using the Japanese firing process called raku have learned to control this fracturing to create unique pieces that look like they’ve been around for centuries. Local artist Shari Bray has developed her own technique, creating ceramics by drawing, painting or lightly carving pieces with a lace-like pattern. Check out her work, Figurative Works in Raku, starting today at the Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. Visit LVCCLD.org for more information.
If you think short films are cool, you might dig one-act plays. These self-contained performances maintain the high production standards, sets, costumes and the large casts of longer plays, but they’re over quicker so you can get your culture on and get out. The Nevada Conservatory Theatre presents its fall one-acts: 27 Wagons Full of Cotton by Tennessee Williams and Glory in the Flower by William Inge. Shows start at 8 p.m., and tickets are $7.50 (free to UNLV students). Visit NCT.UNLV.edu or call 895-3663 for information.