Seven Days

Thu 1

Bored with frozen dinners, takeout and pizza deliveries? Spice things up with lessons from Creative Cooking School of Las Vegas (1). The school offers hands-on Kid and Teen Chef camps and a variety of classes focusing on wine, healthful cooking, pastry baking and cuisines of the world. Tonight, chef Michael Anderson hosts The Cooking of Italy: From Tuscany to Sicily. (6-9 p.m. 7385 W. Sahara Ave., $99, 562-3900, visit for class calendar and other information.)

Fri 2

Take it to the streets for the inaugural Maryland Parkway Music Festival. The free three-day event includes local and touring bands, poets, exhibits and a fashion show. Things kick off at 5 p.m. at Huntridge Circle Park (1251 S. Maryland Parkway) and continue through the weekend. (Visit for full schedule.) Head east for the Smokin’ in Mesquite Nevada BBQ Championships at the CasaBlanca Resort. Events include a rib-off competition and pie-eating contest. (Events begin at 8 a.m. and go until 6 p.m. Sunday, $400 registration fee per team,

Sat 3

The Charleston Heights Arts Center is hosting a Labor Day big-band concert by Tony Scodwell & Friends, featuring Lena Prima (2) on vocals. (2 p.m., 800 S. Brush St., $10 in advance, $15 day of event, Country legend Kenny Rogers (3) performs at Texas Station’s Dallas Events Center. (8 p.m., tickets begin at $29 at, anyone under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.) Drink for a good cause! The Village at Lake Las Vegas is hosting a Wine Walk, with all proceeds going to New Vista Community, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality housing and support services to developmentally disabled adults. (7-10 p.m., $25 in advance, $30 per person or two for $50 day of event.)

Sun 4

Whether you like yours frozen or on the rocks, enjoy the third annual Sonrisa Grill Margarita Festival at MonteLago Village at Lake Las Vegas (4). For $20, taste 30 different margaritas and see which bartender takes home the grand prize of $1,000. (4-7 p.m., a portion of proceeds benefit Aid for AIDS of Nevada.) Ride up to the third floor of the Cosmopolitan and go to the French brasserie Comme Ça for The Feast. From 4-10 p.m., diners can enjoy a prix fixe menu that includes artisan cheeses, assorted tartars, crepes and more created by chef David Myers and executive chef Brian Howard. ($49 per person, 698-7910.)

Mon 5

The three-day weekend may be coming to a close, but you can keep the party going today at El Segundo Sol’s monthly “cinco” celebration with Cinco de Septiembre. Enjoy $3 nachos, $5 quesadillas and $3 tequila shots. With prices so low, you might even start to believe you’re in Mexico. (11 a.m., in Fashion Show, 258-1211.)

Tue 6

Teams of amateur golfers will vie for the chance to play with the pros at the inaugural Las Vegas Pro-Am Challenge at TPC Summerlin (5). Local threesomes qualified at golf courses throughout the Valley this summer to compete in the tournament, and the winning team today will receive an invitation to play in the MGM Resorts International Championship Pro-Am at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open on Sept. 28 alongside PGA Tour players. (11 a.m., 700 Village Circle, visit for more details.)

Wed 7

Sushi Samba celebrates Brazilian Independence Day with entertainment from Samba dancers and drummers. Enjoy specials on select items such as copacabana rolls for $16, pastels and trouxinhas for $13, and
bamboo-wrapped tilefish for $25. (Open at 11 a.m., in the Palazzo.)