There was a time not too long ago when skateboarders were considered outcasts and troublemakers. Now we have the X Games, Shaun White and Tony Hawk, and skateboarders are celebrities. Local artist Craig Davis of the Youth Digital Arts Cyberschool has captured images of local skateboarders, b-boys and b-girls in a new exhibit, Sublime Lines Rise From the Mojave Desert’s Las Vegas Valley. Through the use of painting, photography and drawing, Davis’ work captures local skateboarders doing their thing. The opening reception is 5 p.m. at the West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Visit lvccld.org for information.
Although it can be difficult to see stars through the light pollution of the Strip, astronomy lovers know that once you get outside the city the night sky comes alive. See for yourself and join the Las Vegas Astronomy Society for its first trip to Death Valley for a little stargazing. The group will have telescopes set up for your use as it takes over the Furnace Creek Airport for two days. Visit LVAstronomy.com for information.
Classic rock group Foghat is coming to the Orleans Showroom for a two-night stand. Known for classics such as “Slow Ride” and “Fool for the City,” Foghat has seen a lot of lineup changes since the ’70s, and have also seen a recent spike in popularity after their tracks have been featured in modern films and the Guitar Hero video games. The group will cover more than 30 years of music, and tickets for the event are only $20, a bargain. For information, visit OrleansCasino.com.
If you’re a NASCAR fan, chances are you’ve dreamt of taking a hot lap in a stock car. Today, you’ll have a chance to make at least part of that dream come true when the Las Vegas chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities invites race fans to take a lap of Las Vegas Motor Speedway in their own cars. At Laps for Charity, race fans can drive behind the LVMS pace car for three laps at up to 75 mph for $30. For $10 more you can get your picture taken in victory lane. The checkered flag drops at 11 a.m. Visit LasVegas.SpeedwayCharities.org for information.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and outspoken political strategist James Carville (pictured) are in town to tackle the big questions in a lecture titled “Post-Midterm America: Where Do We Go From Here?” as part of UNLV’s Barrick Lecture Series. Moderated by journalist and political analyst Jon Ralston, Bush and Carville will hash out, and perhaps attempt to solve, our country’s troubles at 7:30 p.m. at Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Visit pac.UNLV.edu for information.
An evening of wining and dining alongside Lake Las Vegas sounds like a romantic, but expensive, date night. Here’s a cheaper option. Sunset & Vines inside MonteLago Village offers a wine tasting from 6-7:30 tonight and every Tuesday. The staff will walk you through samples of different wine varieties each week. The tasting only costs $10, but if you spend more than $10 on appetizers or anything else the fee is waived. It’s a great way to impress your date without breaking the bank. Visit SunsetVines.com for information.
Jobs are not easy to come by nowadays, especially in the Valley, making events like the Las Vegas Job Fair all the more important. Beginning at 11 a.m. at Palace Station, hundreds of potential employers will be on site looking to hire. A few job counselors will also be on hand to look over your résumé and offer advice on how to improve it. The event is open to anyone 18 or older and is free to attend. Call 367-2411 for information.