Seven Days

The highlights of this week in your city.

Thu. 20

A lot can happen in 10 years, especially in a city that changes its identity as often as Las Vegas. Luckily, local artists Catherine Borg, Clay Heximer and Joel Rosales have been documenting the evolving landscape and have combined their efforts in a new exhibition titled Decade. Their photographs, on display at the Historic Fifth Street School Gallery, 401 S. Fourth St., pay tribute to once vibrant, now abandoned buildings downtown, as well as renovated structures that have taken on new roles. Curated by Erin Stellmon, the exhibit is free and open to the public. For information, call 229-1012 or visit

Fri. 21

Want to go on a tough hike? Then make reservations at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area to scale Fortification Hill, one of Boulder Basin’s most imposing mountains. A strenuous four-mile round-trip hike will take you to the top of 2,000-foot cliffs that overlook Lake Mead, and the view from the top will be worth the journey. You’ll need a four-wheel drive vehicle to get to the trailhead. For information, call the Lake Mead Visitor Center, 293-8990.

Sat. 22

If you’ve ever watched Dancing With the Stars, you know that the tango is a fiery dance of sharp moves and passionate choreography. Now see the dance as it was really meant to be performed when Tango Buenos Aires, a troupe from Argentina, performs The Fire and Passion of Tango, 8 p.m. at UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall. The newest routine from this traveling troupe will take concertgoers through the history of the tango, from its roots to its modern moves. Tickets are $40-$85. For information, visit

Sun. 23

Paula Poundstone, one of the most prolific female comedians working today, has been entertaining audiences for more than 30 years. Poundstone’s quick wit and educated humor will be on display at 8 p.m. at the Orleans. She uses a mix of political satire, her love of cats and audience participation to create a night of laughs. For information and tickets, visit

Mon. 24

Hey, hipsters: From 7-9 p.m. every Monday, The Beat Coffeehouse inside the Emergency Arts building, 520 Fremont St., hosts the Human Experience, a night of poetry, spoken word and music. Let the world, or at least those gathered inside downtown’s only independent coffeehouse, hear your voice. Check for information.

Tue. 25

Mayor Oscar Goodman used to represent mobsters and their families in court, so who better to speak to the intricacies of the mob and the law? He will do just that at 7 p.m. at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Goodman, along with author Dennis Griffin and former mobster Andrew DiDonato, will talk about escaping the world of organized crime, protecting their families and moving forward with their lives. This is the last installment of the library’s Mob Month series, and it’s free. Visit for information.

Wed. 26

Ever have one of those days when nothing seems to go right? Judith Viorst’s popular children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, recounts such a day for young Alexander, but in the end he learns a valuable lesson. It’s very sweet. The California Theatre Center brings the pages of the book to life in a musical adaptation of the book at 10 a.m. at UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall. Find tickets and more information at

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Scott “Carrot Top” Thompson has made his mark in the comedy world with crazy inventions and an unmistakable look. The fiery-haired Thompson found a niche with his suitcase of homemade props accompanying his ever-changing stand-up act. As the son of a NASA engineer, Thompson’s clearest career choice wasn’t comedy. But an open-mike night at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, where he was going to school, gave him his first taste of the stage. After graduation, Thompson held odd jobs while working on his stand-up, and began touring college campuses.