The Black Mountain Institute presents “The Future of American Liberalism,” a panel discussion hosted by Las Vegas Sun political journalist and commentator Jon Ralston, and featuring former Harper’s Magazine editor Lewis Lapham, and authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Curtis White. They’ll be discussing what liberalism means today and why it’s relevant. The event is at 7 p.m. in UNLV’s Beam Music Center, and is open to the public. Meanwhile, Las Vegas rock band As Yet Unbroken puts their talent to use at the Las Vegas Country Saloon, 425 Fremont St., headlining a benefit show for the nonprofit Kids’ Co-Op Preschool and Kindergarten, Nevada’s only registered parent cooperative preschool. No charge for the show, which starts at 8 p.m., but donations are encouraged.
The dance department of UNLV, with support from Philadelphia’s esteemed Jeanne Ruddy Dance Company, is set to perform Dancescapes, which they will take to Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia next week. The show will be in the Alta Ham Fine Arts building at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $18, $10 for students, seniors and military, and are available at the UNLV Performing Arts Center box office, or by calling 895-2787. Fabric sculptor and performance artist Nick Cave—no, not the Bad Seed—shares his series Soundsuits, at 6:30 p.m. in the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art and will lead a discussion titled “Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form.” There is no charge for college students, $10 for gallery members, $23 for non-members and $15 for non-members who only want to see the exhibition. Non-members must arrive by 5:30 p.m.
Start your morning on the right foot at the annual Walk With the Heart of a Child at Fashion Show mall, a fundraiser for the Children’s Heart Foundation. Registration begins at 7 a.m., or online at CHFn.org. Continue the good deeds tonight at the Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala at Bellagio, benefiting the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The event features a silent and live auction, entertainment, dinner by world-renowned chefs and a celebrity guest list.
Celebrate generosity, glamour and a golden man named Oscar tonight at Brenden Theatres in the Palms as it hosts a viewing party for the 83rd Academy Awards, beginning at 3 p.m. General admission tickets are $50 and with an additional $30 voucher you get food and drink, a souvenir Oscar program (the same one the stars get!), theater seating, photos and admission to the after-party in Playboy Club. To truly feel like a star, get dropped off in a limo and walk the red carpet for $97.50 extra. All proceeds go to Variety, the Children’s Charity of Southern Nevada.
Today is the beginning of Nevada Department of Education’s Nevada Reading Week. To help celebrate and encourage literacy, Spread the Word Nevada is holding its annual Pennies for Pages Read-a-Thon, with proceeds used to purchase books for students at 22 schools “adopted” by Spread the Word Nevada. To make a donation or join the Read-a-Thon, visit SpreadtheWordNevada.org.
It’s Teacher Tuesday at Bodies … the Exhibition in Luxor. Teachers present their IDs and receive one free ticket to Bodies or Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, a $66 value. Bodies has become a global phenomenon and toured the world, giving viewers the opportunity to gawk at the skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine and circulatory systems of dead folks. And there’s a bit of showmanship involved as the cadavers are in everyday-life poses. Call 262-4400, or visit BodiesTheExhibition.com for more information.
The third annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon at Caesars Palace, hosted by United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, will fill both the stomach and the mind. In the past, the luncheons have tackled subjects such as financial stability, health and education. Maureen E. Peckman, chief emerging business officer for Cleveland Clinic Nevada, will be discussing her path to leadership among other topics. The luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m in the Palace I Ballroom. Tickets are $80 and must be purchased by Feb. 25 at uwsn.org. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Southern Nevada.