Seven Days

Thu 30

Sail back through time this evening at Bernard’s Bistro at The Village Lake Las Vegas with a Dinner du Titanic. Crafted by Chef E. Bernard, the feast includes lamb loin and champagne sorbet and offers guests a taste of the dining experience those on the RMS Titanic indulged in. (7 p.m., 15 Costa di Lago, $45 for a three-course meal, $65 for a “lavish” meal; for reservations, call 565-1155.) For an unsinkable dining experience, Govinda’s Center of Vedic India presents a vegetarian dinner during its Kirtan World Music night with multi-instrumentalist Rasa Lila (1). The talented singer’s songs vary from English, Spanish, Sanskrit and Hebrew with jazz, blues and pop undertones. (Dinner at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m., $15, 7181 Dean Martin Drive.)

Fri 1

Give back to your country and those who bravely fight for it this Independence Day. Join Old Navy and Operation: Care and Comfort as they host Operation Troop Donation, the third annual donation drive to collect everyday items for men and women overseas. Items such as sunscreen, lip balm, hygiene items and clothing are accepted. Donate $5 and Old Navy will match it, and those who donate will receive 10 percent off their purchase. (11 a.m.-9 p.m., through July 4.) Stop by the Arts Factory on First Friday to see Ryen McPherson’s eye-opening photography exhibit, Hands for Africa, which documents the horrors of civil war in Sierra Leone. (8 p.m., 107 E. Charleston Blvd., no cover.)

Sat 2

Celebrate Fourth of July weekend the old-fashioned way today, with traditional patriotic music and summertime treats at the Springs Preserve as it hosts Red, White and Tunes. Bring the whole family along to sing and dance to live music from the UNLV Community Band. (8–10 p.m., $5 for adults, $2 for children, gates open at 7 p.m., 333 S. Valley View Blvd.) North Las Vegas residents, make your way to James Seastrand Park for the annual Independence Day Jubilee with fireworks, a kids corner and teen zone, and live entertainment by Prince tribute band Purple Reign and talented rocker Franky Perez. (6-9:30 p.m., $2, 6330 Camino Eldorado.)

Sun 3

To honor vintage Vegas, El Cortez presents a showcase of one of America’s favorite obsessions at the annual Classic Car Show. Check out 60 classic American-made cars at the free event, along with local country act the Ryan Whyte Maloney Band and jazz heroes the Freddie Eckstein Group. Keep your eyes peeled for an Elvis impersonator hanging out in a 1963 pink Cadillac for photo opportunities. (1–6 p.m., free.) For more car-filled fun, head to the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the annual Night of Fire. The event will include a 76-lap NASCAR Super Late Model race, on-track driver autograph sessions, a jet car burn and Robosaurus (2)—a fire-breathing, car-crushing mechanical dinosaur—all followed by a spectacular fireworks show. (Gates open at 5 p.m., adults $15 in advance and $19 day of, $6 for kids 6-12, under 6 free, tickets and full schedule at

Mon 4

Independence Day is finally here, and although you’ve been celebrating all weekend long, here’s another opportunity to enjoy your freedom. This morning at The Village Lake Las Vegas (3), sing along to your favorite show tunes as Deblanc Music presents Show Time by the Lake, with tunes from Broadway, jazz, R&B, pop, country and classical genres. (9:30-11:30 a.m., free.) Hit Basic High School (4) for a family-oriented extravaganza at its second Independence Day Celebration on the football field. Local country group the Randy Anderson Band and classic-rock tribute band the Downstrokes will perform patriotic songs, followed by an 18-minute fireworks show. Traditional American favorites such as hot dogs and ice cream will be for sale, with proceeds benefiting Basic High School’s clubs, organizations and sports teams. (6-9 p.m., 500 Harris St., free.)

Tue 5

If you’re a jazz vocalist or instrumentalist, it’s time to sign up for the College of Southern Nevada’s 13th annual Jazz Combo Camp. From July 18-22, jazz lovers of all ages and abilities (students should have at least one year of study on an instrument) are invited to learn from professor of jazz studies Tom Ferguson. Courses include improvisation and theory study, daily rehearsals and final concerts. ($160, register by July 11 at; for more information, call 651-4110.)

Wed 6

Step into actor Leland Faulkner’s World of Wonder, a magical show designed to awe and inspire the whole family. Faulkner brings the arts of shadowgraphs (hand shadows), mime and comedy to the Charleston Heights Art Center. Through July, the center and the Historic Fifth Street School present engaging theater productions for children of all ages. Visit for a list of shows and tickets. (10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., $3 per person or $10 for a family four-pack, 800 S. Brush St.)

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