Stephen Caplan, an oboist who has accompanied Ray Charles and Andrea Bocelli, performs a free recital in celebration of his 25th year of teaching. (7:30 p.m., in the Doc Rando Recital Hall of the Beam Music Center, free, Go.UNLV.edu/calendar.) Celebrate the anniversaries of two Las Vegas restaurants: Double Helix lifts a glass to its fourth year in the Palazzo and offers $4 drink and dessert specials until Jan. 31 at all three locations (DoubleHelixWine.com), and Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina celebrates its two-year mark with $2 Red Rocker shots and the “3 Ts” special: two tacos, a Tecate and shot of Cabo Wabo Tequila for $12.(CaboWaboCantina.com.) Centerpiece Gallery and MCQ Fine Art Gallery welcomes its latest exhibition, Supreme Skateboard. (9 a.m., 620 S. Seventh St., MCQFineArt.com.)
The Nevada Conservatory Theatre presents Anton Chekhov’s 1898 masterpiece, The Seagull, through Feb. 5 at UNLV’s Judy Bayley Theatre. (8 p.m., $20-$30, Go.UNLV.edu/calendar.) Fremont Street Experience hosts Chinese New Year—Dragon in the Desert tonight and tomorrow with live authentic dragon and lion dances, virtual firecrackers and a karaoke contest for prizes. (6 p.m., free, CNYInTheDesert.com.) Boa Steakhouse at the Forum Shops is closing after tonight and invites its guests and supporters to delight in a final gathering. (11 a.m.-11 p.m., in Caesars Palace, 733-7373, BoaSteakhouse.com.) The Arts Factory’s monthly literary event, Neon Lit, welcomes Ph.D. poetry candidate Jackson Wills, poet Mary Elder, fiction writers Regina Ernst and Amy Mayo Townsley and visiting alumnus Sean Tribe. (6 p.m., 107 E. Charleston Blvd., free.)
Tour UNLV’s brand-new, state-of-the-art basketball training spot, the Mendenhall Center, at an open house. (1-3 p.m., UNLVRebels.com.) Nevada Ballet Theatre hosts its yearly fundraiser, the Black & White Ball, with a cocktail reception, dinner, music and live auction, along with honoring Eva Longoria as its Woman of the Year. (6:30 p.m., in the Ironwood Ballroom at Aria, $600 and up, NevadaBallet.com.) Big Dog’s Brewing Co. hosts its second annual Winterfest, bringing more than 35 locally made and international craft beers to taste, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Humane Society. (2-9 p.m., 4543 N. Rancho Drive, free admission, samples start at $1 with $5 purchase of pint glass, BigDogsWinterfest.com.)
Get your nature fix at the Springs Preserve. Meet desert wildlife at a feeding demonstration with desert-adapted animals (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.), watch the birds of prey soar at Wings Over the Springs, a show featuring majestic birds (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) and brush up on your pruning skills with the two-hour classes (8:30 a.m., 333 South Valley View Blvd., SpringsPreserve.org.) Nature not your speed? Get your beauty fix as Pearl at the Palms hosts the Miss Nevada USA competition. (7 p.m., tickets start at $40, MissNevadaUSA.com.)
To commemorate National Skating Month, SoBe Ice Arena at Fiesta Rancho Casino offers free ice-skating lessons and free ice skate rentals. (3:30-5:30 p.m., 2400 N. Rancho Dr., 638-3785, StationCasinos.com.)
Catch an intellectual doubleheader at UNLV. At Greenspun Hall, Allan H. Friedman speaks on The Economics of Cybersecurity: A National Dilemma (5:30 p.m., free) and at the College of Liberal Arts, Mustapha Marrouchi discusses The Arab Spring: On the Border Line Between Religiosity and Democracy (7:30 p.m., free, Go.UNLV.edu).
The Vegas Valley Book Festival is seeking a poster artist for its 2012 events—and offering a $1,500 prize. Artists should create works that celebrate the main festival, the Vegas Valley Children’s Book Festival and the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival. Entries due by Feb. 10; artists can request applications at Info@ VegasValleyBookFestival.org.