Seven Days

This week in your city.

Thu 11

Calling all Trekkies: Don your favorite intergalactic outfits because the weekend you’ve been anticipating is finally here. The Official Star Trek Convention, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the show, blasts off today at the Rio. Live long and prosper while you enjoy parties, themed meals and writers’ workshops. (In the Rio, Today also kicks off the weekend events for the ninth annual Hoodie Awards (1), hosted by Steve Harvey, which honors all the best of the ’hood—businesses, religious establishments and community leaders—for their contributions to their neighborhoods. (In Mandalay Bay,

Fri 12

You probably won’t find Vince Vaughn or Ben Stiller there, but the National Dodgeball League World Championship and Convention (2) is happening this weekend at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy. Divisions include recreational, women’s and coed, plus there is a Last Dodgeballer Standing competition. (2730 S. Rancho Drive, visit for more information.) It’s the perfect time of year for a cold one, and you can taste more than 80 rare specialty brews handpicked by the owners of Aces & Ales for the second Strong Beer Festival (3), which starts today and runs all weekend. (Aces & Ales, 3740 S. Nellis Blvd., $15 entrance fee buys a commemorative glass and first drink, and then refills for $4; 12-ounce goblets of any beer are available for $8.)

Sat 13

The renowned chef of the Palms’ acclaimed Nove Italiano will host An Afternoon With Chef Geno, where Geno Bernardo teaches guests how to prepare a five-course specialty meal. Guests are then invited to partake in the creations in the restaurant. (At noon, in the Palms, 942-6800 for reservations.) What do A Flock of Seagulls, the Motels, When in Rome UK, Tommy Tutone, Animotion (pictured), Dramarama and Boys Don’t Cry have in common? They’ll all be performing at Mandalay Bay Beach for the Lost ’80s Live (4) summer tour! (9 p.m., $40, Don’t blow the opportunity to enjoy one of America’s true musical treasures when the incomparable B.B. King performs at Green Valley Ranch. You’ll have the blues for sure if you miss this show. (Doors open at 7 p.m., tickets from $30 at

Sun 14

Addicted to Dancing With the Stars? Then shuffle over to Rain Nightclub in the Palms for Dancing With the Las Vegas Stars, where our very own celebrities and dancers will take to the floor. Each team will dance for a different cancer-fighting charity, and for $2 guests can vote for their favorite couple. Celebrity dancers include Channel 13 weekend weather anchor Ashlee DeMartino, hypnotist Anthony Cools and KLUC 98.5-FM DJ Lauren Michaels. ($50 ticket includes admission, two drinks and appetizers, 2 p.m., visit

Mon 15

As the carefree days of summer dwindle, kids can play, learn and create at the Springs Preserve. For a small fee with paid general admission through August (Nevada residents, $10; ages 5-17, $5), school-age children can visit the Nature Exchange and make a butterfly out of household items and go on a Cicada Safari to learn how and why these interesting insects make so much noise. After that, go to the Origen Museum and decorate a bug box to hold your insects. (Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 333 S. Valley View Blvd.,

Tue 16

If you haven’t escaped to Tivoli Village, Summerlin’s newest shopping and dining destination, now is the perfect time. On Tivoli Truckin’ Tuesdays, a variety of vehicles ranging from tow trucks to ambulances are on display. Learn about the vehicles and meet the people who drive them. (10 a.m.-2 p.m., 302 S. Rampart Blvd., free.)

Wed 17

Has that long hair become a burden? How about cutting it off for a good cause, like Penn Jillette allowed Teller to do last year? The Rio Spa and Salon hosts the second Locks of Love (5) donation drive in honor of a longtime Rio employee’s granddaughter, Rylie Cruz, who lost her battle with cancer in April. Donate at least 10 inches of hair, and receive a complimentary blunt cut and 30 percent off styling or coloring treatments at the salon. (10 a.m.-4 p.m., or Feast in more fundraising at Hussong’s Cantina Taqueria for the TSCO Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno pre-race party, a kickoff to the longest off-road race in the U.S. All proceeds will be donated to Fast-Aid, a nonprofit that helps injured racers, support teams and their families. (6:30 p.m., in Mandalay Place, for race information.)

Suggested Next Read

Trouble on Paradise

Vegas Moment

Trouble on Paradise

Let’s say you’ve reserved, oh, a 50-seat limo to get you and your betrothed and 48 of your closest friends to the chapel and back. One of those champagne and caviar moments, right? But what better preparation for marriage than to learn right away that things often turn out a little differently than you imagined? And when passers-by on Paradise Road join in to get you to the altar, you’re bound to start your new life with gratitude and good humor.