Celebrate the luck of the Irish all weekend long with a carnival, festival, car show and live entertainment during the 45th annual Southern Nevada Sons of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in Henderson. Admission is free, and tickets for rides begin at $1.25, with an unlimited-ride armband also for sale. Proceeds from the four-day extravaganza, which is based at 200 Water St., go to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps fund childhood cancer research. Visit HendersonLive.com for a full schedule.
A night of fabulous live music begins with multiple Latin Grammy Award winner Juanes. The Colombian musician and humanitarian, known for aiding victims of land mines as well as his pop-rock fusion of spicy salsa and rock ’n’ roll, will show off his moves at The Joint. The show begins at 8 p.m., and tickets, starting at $55, are available at Ticketmaster.com. Over at Paris, the one and only Barry Manilow is back in Vegas by popular demand for another five-month residency. The “Can’t Smile Without You” singer will perform nightly through the weekend. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets, which start at $65, are available at Ticketmaster.com.
This morning, executive chef Geno Bernardo and pastry chef Victor Solano of Nove Italiano in the Palms will honor St. Joseph’s Day, an Italian holiday about giving to the less fortunate. The chefs will share signature dishes—Bernardo’s spaghetti and Solano’s sweets—with Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada. The donations will take place 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Donald W. Reynolds St. Vincent Plaza, 1501 Las Vegas Blvd. North. Also, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health will host the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s annual Diamonds are Forever Gala. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a silent and live auction, followed by dinner and Saks Fifth Avenue fashion show, with all proceeds benefiting the orchestra. Purchase tickets at LVPhil.com.
Pull out your feather dusters, grab some storage bins and trade your sweaters for sleeveless because today marks the first day of spring. And with temperatures in the high 70s, it finally feels like it! One reason to be indoors today: retired NBA player, wrestler and bad-boy Dennis Rodman is in town. From 1-3 p.m., “The Worm” will be at the Memorabilia International store at the Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood, where he will meet and greet those who’ve purchased a meet-and-greet package. For details, visit MILasVegas.com or call 476-6151.
Start off your week in style and check out the unveiling of Fashion Show’s newest mecca for the trendiest of threads, Superdry USA, opening this morning. The brand, which is a modern medley of British tailoring, vintage Americana style and hand-drawn Japanese-inspired graphics, is a favorite of trendsetters and Hollywood fashionistas. This is Superdry USA’s fifth U.S. location. Visit the store from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. or shop the closet at Superdry.com.
Beginning today, more than 2,000 exhibitors and 140,000 attendees invade our city for the five-day CONEXPO, a convention focusing on “innovation from the ground up” in the construction world. There will be 126 sessions that cover such riveting topics as workforce development and asset management. After a day like that, hopefully all those conventioneers will blow off some steam (and spend some money) on the Strip. How will it all affect you? Besides a week of bad traffic around the Convention Center, CONEXPO hosts the Green Roads Summit, which will unveil fresh ideas on climate change, transportation and economic competition.
Why does neon have that gorgeous glow? What’s so noble about a noble gas? The Henderson Space and Science Center’s latest exhibition, “It’s a Gas! The Bright Side of Science”, explores the luminous beauty of chemistry. The exhibit, outside Dillard’s at the Galleria at Sunset mall, features hands-on learning activities, dazzling sculptures and a dose of civic inspiration: Neon signage was one of the great art forms of the modern age, and nobody did it better than Vegas. Admission is $6 adults, $4 children. Visit HendersonLive.com for details.