Now that Steve Wolfson has started his new gig as the Clark County district attorney, there’s an opening in Ward 2 to fill on the Las Vegas City Council. And the vacancy has ’em crawling out of the woodwork: Nine candidates have filed for the March 20 special election, including a retired cop, a school teacher who runs a bakery out of her home, a former state senator. Now’s the time to register to vote in this special election at the Las Vegas city clerk’s office. The deadline is 9 p.m. Saturday, March 3. LasVegasNevada.gov.
Burning Man is a celebration of radical inclusion, anti-commodification, unfettered creativity and plain gritty survival. Las Vegas is a celebration of none of these things. Yet the two intersect this evening, and the resulting conflagration should be spectacular. Lucky Lady Lucy, a 20-foot tall wooden statue, will be set ablaze as part of this month’s First Friday downtown. FirstFridayLasVegas.com.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation began in 2000 with three people shaving their heads on St. Patrick’s Day as a fundraiser for cancer research. Their goal was to collect $17,000; they raised $104,000. In 2011, St. Baldrick’s raised about $28 million, 82 percent of which goes directly to research. Get involved, if you don’t mind a little public humiliation, at either New York New York’s Brooklyn Bridge, or McMullan’s Irish Pub on Tropicana. StBaldricks.org.
Attention gourmands: Today is the last day of Las Vegas Restaurant Week 2012, the sixth annual event that benefits both Three Square Food Bank and your stomach. Choose from more than 100 restaurants—see the list at helpoutdineoutlv.org—select your price point and go sup. Every meal includes a donation that helps Three Square fight hunger in Southern Nevada.
Talk a walk across the Black Canyon-spanning Mike O’Callaghan Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and remember former Gov. O’Callaghan, who died on this day in 2004. He was a decorated war hero, a teacher, a champion of women’s rights, a journalist and, from 1971 to 1979, one of the most popular governors in the state’s history.
Where are the jobs? Excellent question, but far beyond the purview of this humble column. Allow us to direct you to Greenspun Hall this evening, 5:30 p.m., where economist Gary Burtless will parse our jobless recovery in his talk, economically titled, “Where Are the Jobs?” No tickets or reservations required. Brookingsmtnwest.unlv.edu.
Devote this day to art, as there are three worthy installations closing in the next few days: “Defeat the Future” at the Contemporary Arts Center, Supreme Skateboard Exhibition, at MCQ Gallery, and Short Stories—Art Exhibit by Bobby Ross at the Charleston Heights Arts Center. Check MetroArtsNevada.com for details.