Seven Days

This week in your city.

Thu 3

Geeks unite! NeonCon, a fantasy-come-true for gamers, starts today. The convention, which continues through Nov. 6, focuses on playing, discussing, designing and purchasing all types of games, including role-playing, miniatures, collectible card games and board games. (In the Tropicana, $50 for a four-day pass, Turn the page this weekend at the Vegas Valley Book Festival’s 10th anniversary. Sit in on panel discussions; workshops for children, youth and adults; and meet and celebrate fellow book lovers. Max Brooks, author of The Zombie Survival Guide, is tonight’s keynote speaker at the Clark County Library Theater. (7 p.m., 1401 E. Flamingo Road, free,

Fri 4

First Friday is bigger than ever with assistance from new sponsors, partners and community members. Festivities include a kids zone with interactive activities, the Blinking Man Poetry Bike Brigade, an outdoor cinema and a book exchange with Zappos boss Tony Hsieh, who will be giving away copies of his book Delivering Happiness. (5:30 p.m., Casino Center Drive and Colorado Avenue, free, Opera Las Vegas hosts the Toute Sweet Trio performing Arias Under the Stars at the Sun City Anthem home of Philip T. Varricchio. (6-9 p.m., 2173 Silent Echoes Dr., $40 in advance, $45 at the door, 459-6353.)

Sat 5

Celebrate Día de los Muertos (1) at the Springs Preserve with traditional Mexican food, mariachis, storytelling, skull decorating, an art exhibition and more. (4-10 p.m., 333 Valley View Drive, adults $8, kids 5-12 $5, members receive half off, If you’re in or are trying to break into the music business, head downtown for the Vegas Music Summit and meet performers, industry professionals and music fans from across the nation. (Conference at noon, concert at 8 p.m., Fremont East district, free with registration, Show off your dog’s talents at Strut Your Mutt at Dog Fancier’s Park. (10 a.m.-5 p.m., 5800 E. Flamingo Road, $2, free with donation of dog product, Roots rocker Ben Harper headlines legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk’s (2) annual Stand Up for Skateparks. Proceeds benefit Hawk’s foundation, which helps bring public parks to low-budget communities. (12:30-4:30 p.m., at Red Rock Resort, $400, King Tut’s Tomb (3) was discovered 89 years ago. Today and Sunday, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum celebrates with Egyptian-inspired activities. (Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 900 Las Vegas Blvd. North, adults $10, students $8, children 3-11 $5,

Sun 6

Rick Moonen, acclaimed chef of RM Seafood, hosts Feasting on Words—The Literature & Food Fair at the Fifth Street School, where nine local chefs will cook on wood-fired grills. The event includes panel discussions and workshops, a health and nutrition monitoring station and more. (11 a.m.-3 p.m., 401 S. Fourth St., $10, Spotlight Senior Services of Las Vegas is throwing its fundraising gala, Straight From the Heart, benefiting Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, which provides services to local senior citizens. Enjoy dancing, entertainment from jazz artist Michelle Johnson at the event in the Assisted Living Community. (5:30-9 p.m., 8374 Capovilla Ave., $40,

Mon 7

Political junkies—or people just wanting to hear some ideas about fixing the many messes we’re in—can get their fix when U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle, D-N.D., and Mike Huckabee, host of Huckabee on the Fox News Channel, speak at UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Hall. (7:30-9 p.m.; free, but tickets required; Site Conditioned, a drawing exhibition featuring the work of artists Siah Armajani, Richard Fleischner, Robert Irwin and George Trakas, opens at UNLV’s Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery. The exhibition runs through Dec. 17 and is curated by UNLV professor and local artist Pasha Rafat. (Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Fri, , 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat, free,

Tue 8

The Rio Secco Golf Club hosts the 20th anniversary of the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge, benefiting the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Watch three top players from each of the PGA, LPGA and Champions tours play in a team competition for a share of a $1 million purse. (8:30 a.m., free, 2851 Grand Hills Drive,

Wed 9

Get the best of this season’s freshest produce, such as pears, cranberries, sweet potatoes and butternut squash, at the weekly Farmers Market at Bruce Trent Park. (4-8 p.m., 1600 N. Rampart Blvd., free, Greek musician Elena Papandreou (4), hailed as a “poet of the guitar” by The Washington Post, performs as part of the UNLV Classical Guitar Series. (8 p.m., the Doc Rando Recital Hall inside the Beam Music Center, $13 students, $40 general,