Celebrate the annual Las Vegas Helldorado Days with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association all weekend long, beginning with the Helldorado Carnival, featuring exhibits and food vendors. Tonight, sport your pink in honor of breast cancer awareness and join the boys in Cowboys for a Cure. (7 p.m., arena preshow at 6 p.m.) More events, such as the Whiskerino Contest, the PRCA Pro Rodeo and the Helldorado Parade with a fireworks ending, will take place at the Downtown Rodeo Grounds throughout the weekend. Visit LasVegasNevada.gov/Helldorado for the complete schedule and parking map. If you fancy style over the Wild West, hit Fendi in Crystals to explore its unique design project, Modern Primitives, where attendees will have the opportunity to create and customize and purchase their own Modern Primitive piece. (1-8 p.m., CityCenter.)
Don’t let the fear of Friday the 13th keep you in the house today. Did you know the day occurs at least once but at most three times a year, or on average every 212.35 days? Freaky Friday doesn’t hold back celebrity chef Hubert Keller (1), owner of restaurant Fleur de Lys in Mandalay Bay and host of Secrets of a Chef, from giving an exclusive cooking demonstration. The demonstration is open to the public with a $365 donation to Vegas PBS, which includes entry for two people, one Cuisinart Elite Collection food processor and an autographed copy of Keller’s book, Burger Bar (Wiley, 2009). Donations can be made at VegasPBS.org. (2 p.m., Vegas PBS Educational Technology Campus, 3050 E. Flamingo Road.)
One of the coolest projects to land in Las Vegas is the Pop Up Art House: a temporary, contemporary gallery traveling through one various vacant storefront in the Valley to the next, bringing culture to the spaces by showcasing vibrant and creative art and collaborations. The opening reception tonight will feature San Francisco-based painter Matthew Marchard. (6-8 p.m., 730 W. Sunset Road, Henderson, ThePopUpArtHouse.com.) In conjunction with the American Craft Beer Week Celebration, Las Vegas and Reno are holding the first Nevada Beer Week. Through May 22, more than 30 events will take place throughout the state. The kickoff is the fifth annual Lee’s Beer Experience (3-8 p.m., Las Vegas Hilton; visit a Lee’s Discount Liquor store for tickets), and the finale is at Aces & Ales (noon, 3740 S. Nellis Blvd.; visit NevadaBeerWeek.com for more information).
Take in some of Las Vegas’ culture at the historical 1959-built Morelli House. The Junior League of Las Vegas and the city of Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission host An Afternoon at the Morelli House: Where the Arts and History Meet, demonstrating how the records of visual and theatrical art portray our history. (1-4 p.m., 861 Bridger Ave.) The Nevada Ballet and Cirque du Soleil have partnered again for their fourth annual collaboration, A Choreographers’ Showcase: A Project Designed to Stimulate and Encourage Artistic Growth. The hour-and-a-half presentation will be a fusion of contemporary aerialists and classic ballet dancers. There will be a second performance May 22 as well as a free showing May 20 for Clark County students.
May is not only wonderful because of its perfect temperatures, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day Weekend—it’s also National Hamburger Month and Get Caught Reading Month! I ♥ Burgers (2) shows its love for the two treats by giving away sliders to anyone who donates a new or used book. Up to 12 books per person per day will be accepted, and anyone bringing 12 books at a time will receive a “booker’s” dozen. Books will be donated to Shade Tree, a rescue shelter for homeless and abused women and children. (The Palazzo, ILVBurgers.com.)
Many of us are too young to have ever met Liberace, but Piano! Las Vegas offers the opportunity to meet another man of the keys, Ryan Ahern (3), the star of V Theater’s musical show. Guests can take a special VIP tour and seating, enjoy the pre-show rehearsal and hang with Ahern in his dressing room. Locals can take advantage of 50 percent off normal prices, which are $30 and $40 for VIP. (1:45 p.m., Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood; show times Saturdays-Thursdays 2:30 p.m., PianoLasVegas.com.)
The ultra-chic and modern appliance, enviable décor and furniture store, UnicaHome, is throwing a Hospitality Design party from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, with preview collection highlights from its partners Kenneth Cobonpue, Royal Botania, Artemide and Missoni Home. The event will be in the UnicaHome showroom, 3901 W. Russell Road.