William Shakespeare wrote some of the most enduring love stories ever told. And just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Russian National Ballet will perform Romeo & Juliet as part of its Charles Vanda Master Series. The Montagues and the Capulets will face off in a heated battle of precise choreography at 8 p.m. at UNLV’s Performing Arts Center. The RNB, formed in Moscow during the final years of the Soviet Union, is renowned for its innovative approach to telling timeless stories. Tickets start at $35. For information, visit PAC.UNLV.edu.
Local magician Mac King’s best trick may be getting kids to read. He’ll be teaming up with the Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team for Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour, which kicks off with a book drive at the 7 p.m. at the Orleans Arena, right before the Wranglers take on the Elmira Jackals. Donate three new or slightly used books appropriate for elementary schoolers and receive two tickets to see King at Harrah’s, and one ticket to a future Wranglers game. King will even deliver your donated books to four needy schools during Nevada’s Reading Week. Visit MacKingShow.com for more information.
What time is it? Tool Time! Tim Allen is going back to his stand-up roots with a 10-week extended stay at the Venetian Showroom. Marking a 20-year career in comedy, Allen will perform at 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The comedian has grown since Tool Time days–literally, if you recall the Santa Clause films—and has a lot more to draw from than a neighbor whose face is perpetually hidden behind something. For information and tickets, check Venetian.com.
Even if you don’t have a dog in this Super Bowl fight, you’ve got to admit it’s a great excuse to party. The Silverton has transformed two lounges into team-themed rooms for the Bud Bowl, complete with free snacks and $1 beer drink specials. The Hofbräuhaus (4510 Paradise Road) will offer food and drink specials, including football-shaped meatballs and German pancakes. N9NE Steakhouse has “the Whole N9NE Yards Menu,” featuring nine items for $9. Or you could stay at home and drink Bud Light in front of your own TV. See more about Super Bowl parties.
Afraid of the dark? Still sleep with a nightlight? Maybe you wouldn’t be so scared if you checked out In the Dark, a new exhibit at the Springs Preserve that exposes the flora and fauna that comes out after the sun goes down. Take a walk through a darkened forest, see glowing mushrooms and watch the desert come to life as a nocturnal wonderland. The exhibit also explores the fragile life found at the bottom of the ocean and in the depths of black caves. Visit SpringsPreserve.org for exhibit times and more information.
If you’re planning to go the extra mile for Valentine’s Day and cook something special for your smoochie face, here’s a tip: Master sommelier Robert Smith from Picasso in Bellagio will be at Whole Foods at Town Square at 6 p.m. to will help you to find the best bubbly to go with whatever you’re whipping up for Valentine’s Day. Smith’s a popular dude and spots are limited, so call 589-7711 to make your reservation.
For kids, Valentine’s Day means candy and possibly a night with the babysitter. This year, Clark County libraries rescues us from the routine with some special Valentine’s Day events, early for the little ones. The Hugs and Hearts Puppet Show will be at the Enterprise Library (25 E. Shelbourne Ave.) to entertain grade-school children, while the Centennial Hills Library (6711 N. Buffalo Drive) is supplying materials for kids to make V-Day cards or presents. Visit LVCCLD.com.