Seven Days

This week in your city.

Thu 23

Acoustic-guitar-picking singer/songwriter Brett Dennen makes his way to Las Vegas to sing his heart out, along with folk rockers Dawes, at the Silverton. (8 p.m., $15, Support the Young Professionals Against Cancer at the Mad Hatter’s MarTeani Party at Café Nikki in the Tropicana. Dress to impress with your maddest hat, partake in the buffet and enter in the Champagne Raffle for prizes such as flights, bottle service and show tickets at p.m., tickets $15 in advance, $25 at the door, or $40 for both entrance and raffle ticket.)

Fri 24

Don’t forget to bring your Sharpies and Rebel posters to the UNLV Legends Reunion party, honoring all Rebels who have made fans of the scarlet and gray proud. Presented by Rebel Swag, a team of UNLV icons from all sports, including basketball greats Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon, Moses Scurry (1) and Freddie Banks, along with new UNLV men’s basketball coach Dave Rice, will celebrate past victories and cheer on many more to come. (7-11 p.m., at the Hooters Casino Pool, free.) Head down to the MGM Grand for funny man Drew Carey, whose talents soar beyond his stand-up act (he was recently inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame and can be found on the sidelines of Team USA as a press photographer). (9 p.m., $89,

Sat 25

Hold your feet to the fire for the annual Running With the Devil Marathon. Run either 50 miles, a marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K through the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. (5 a.m., visit for prices.) Couture Community Challenge knows it’s stylish to serve. This season’s project: Independence Couture (2), where fashion designers compete to create USO girl and patriotic garments using recycled fabric followed by a benefit fashion show. All profits from the catwalk benefit the organization Defending Freedom, which honors and raises funds for soldiers and their families. (6-8 p.m., Dinosaurs and Roses, 6029 W. Charleston Blvd., $5 donation suggested.)

Sun 26

Dance down to Chateau Nightclub to celebrate Ribbon of Life’s (3) 25th anniversary. Featuring singers, dancers, performers and surprise acts from the best shows on the Strip, Ribbon of Life benefits Golden Rainbow, which provides housing and financial assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada. (1 p.m., Paris Las Vegas, tickets start at $35, Where can you find commedia dell’arte performers, an art auction, flying aerialists, martial arts masters and a high fashion show with a twist? At The Revolution, presented by Circus Couture (4), of course! Held inside The Joint, the wild evening of art, fashion and trickery will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. (7:30 p.m., Hard Rock Hotel, tickets $35 in advance, $45 at the door,

Mon 27

Today through June 30, the Children’s Heart Foundation hosts the seventh annual Camp Mend-a-Heart, a program for children with heart problems. The medically supervised camp allows kids to meet others like them and participate in activities such as hiking, arts and crafts, water games and obstacle courses. (At Rapport Executive Retreat,

Tue 28

Local or tourist, everyone can reap these in-the-know Vegas benefits. Blue Man Group (5) is offering an exclusive package for $135, a total savings of $70. Enjoy a delectable prix fixe dinner at one of the Venetian’s or Palazzo’s restaurants (Enoteca Otto Pizzeria, Lagasse’s Stadium, Pinot Brasserie, Dos Caminos, Sushi Samba or Zine), then receive a blue-zone ticket for the best seats in the house, two-for-one cocktails at Salute Dueling Pianos Lounge and a complimentary drink and admission to Lavo Nightclub in the Palazzo. (414-9001;

Wed 29

Do you Jukari? If that sounds foreign to you, get familiar with the innovative new workout, Jukari Fit to Flex, a blend of Cirque du Soleil artistry and Reebok athleticism. Offered at the Spa & Salon Bellagio, the 50-minute cardio class puts elastic bands to work, enhancing flexibility, coordination and muscle tone. Fit to Flex is the sequel to the international program Jukari Fit to Fly, and is set to custom-mixed Cirque du Soleil music. (Classes held 9 a.m. Wed-Fri and 10 a.m. Sat, $40,

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