Seven Days

This week in your city.

Thu 8

Join retailers at Crystals at CityCenter to celebrate style and support charities at Fashion’s Night Out. Philanthropic partnerships include: Tom Ford and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Nanette Lepore and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas, and Yves Saint Laurent and Opportunity Village. Enjoy a performance by the Nevada Pops Jazz Trio and the soulful Fitz and the Tantrums (1) while munching on small bites from Crystals restaurants. Stop by Dior for makeup tips and Stella McCartney for a photo booth and raffle. (6-11 p.m., free, Visit for all participating stores.) Modern-day style icon and E! News personality Giuliana Rancic and hubby Bill host a Fashion’s Night Out soiree of their own at the Shoppes at the Palazzo, where they’ll take one lucky couple on a $2,000 shopping spree. (6-9 p.m., RSVP to

Fri 9

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation and the National Bone Marrow Registry are hosting the sixth annual NCCF Bone Marrow Drive. Registration is free today and tomorrow from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at St. Rose Siena Hospital (3001 St. Rose Parkway) and at Wal-Mart. (7200 Arroyo Crossing Parkway; or for more information.) Fill your night with music as Opera Las Vegas presents the Italian melodrama Tosca (7 p.m., Nicolas J. Horn Theatre at College of Southern Nevada’s Cheyenne campus, tickets $35 or $50, 651-5483) or sing along with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Crosby & Nash (2). (9 p.m., Mandalay Bay Theatre, tickets start at $73 at

Sat 10

Join Vegas Seven for our inaugural Desert Hops Beer Festival with unlimited tastings of 150 beers from around the world. (6-10 p.m., pre-sale tickets $30 at Nove Italiano executive chef Geno Bernardo (3) will display his talents at this month’s Project Dinner Table event at the Jackie Gaughan Plaza across from the El Cortez, with proceeds benefiting the Animal Foundation. (7 p.m., 600 E. Fremont St., $140, The Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Masterworks series makes its fall debut with viola soloist Miles Hoffman (4) performing. (8 p.m., Artemus Ham Hall on the UNLV campus, for more information.)

Sun 11

Some of Las Vegas’ top musical and theatrical talent will come together at UNLV’s Judy Bayley Theatre for a performance of the spiritual musical God Lives in Glass (1:30 p.m.; $25 reserved seating; $20 for seniors, military, students and people with disabilities, 895-2787, Henderson will host the Marine Corps Ironman World Championship Triathlon, which starts at Loews Lake Las Vegas at 6:30 a.m. and ends 70.3 miles later at the Henderson Pavilion. The Islamic Society of Nevada marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a discussion at Jamia Masjid mosque. (5:15 p.m., 4730 E. Desert Inn Road) then joins the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada to commemorate the victims of 9/11 at the UNLV Student Union Ballroom. (6:30 p.m., free.) Dunkin’ Donuts is offering free donuts and coffee to all emergency personnel today. ( for locations.) For a moment’s contemplation, visit the 9/11 Memorial Garden at Vegas PBS. (3050 E. Flamingo Road.) See more information on the Valley’s events commemorating 9/11.

Mon 12

Sign up for the Nevada Naturalist program, an environmental education program created for adults interested in learning, volunteering, teaching and participating in conservation projects. Become an expert on ecology, regional plants and animals, environmental laws, biological diversity and more. Classes are held through the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program. (For more information or registration, contact Denise Parsons at 948-5906 or, $125,

Tue 13

The 32nd annual San Gennaro Feast moves to the Rio this year, with more Italian food and carnival fun than ever. Enjoy the rides, then grab a meal to remember. (Don’t try it the other way around.) The feast runs today through Sept. 18. (4 p.m.-11 p.m. through Sept. 15, 4 p.m. to midnight Sept 16, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 17 and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept.18. Adults $8, seniors $7, children under 4 feet free; ride passes on weekdays $25, weekend $30. Visit for coupons.)

Wed 14

Madame Tussauds debuts a limited-time engagement: the Michael Jackson Experience. The lifelike wax figures highlight three stages of the King of Pop’s career: the Jackson 5 years, the Invincible era and the canceled This Is It concert series. Madame Tussauds offers free admission to anyone who shares the same birthday as Jackson (Aug. 29). The exhibit runs through Dec. 27 in conjunction with the opening of Cirque du Soleil’s The Immortal World on Dec. 3. (Museum open at 10 a.m., at the Venetian, visit for more information.)

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CityCenter, despite its bravura architecture, is a bit of a mystery—a place that wants to impress you but stubbornly refuses to welcome you. Maybe it’s the oceans of glass, which look beautiful on the skyline but up close seem aloof. Or maybe it’s simply that designers chose not to sully the project’s lengthy front facade with a pylon sign. No big letters. No neon. No LED. And few clues as to what’s going on inside. The lack of a sign has rendered CityCenter somewhat mute.