Seven Days

A curated tour of this week in your city

Thursday, March 8

OK then! It’s NASCAR Weekend, Las Vegas’ turn to celebrate the uniquely American sport of driving fast and turning left. Ours is the third event in this young Sprint Cup season, and it begins with a parade of car haulers lumbering down the Strip tonight at 6. Practice for the Kobalt Tools 400 is tomorrow and Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and the race is Sunday at noon.

Friday, March 9

The Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship got going Thursday, but with the NASCAR parade there was no room to mention it. So here’s your mention. The semifinals are today at the Thomas & Mack Center, and the championship game is at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday, March 10

Our pledge: We will go above and beyond the call of duty to track down Valley beer festivals whenever they occur. In that spirit we offer Brew’s Best, a malt-soaked afternoon, 1-6 p.m. at Lake Las Vegas.

Sunday, March 11

Perhaps the next Yo-Yo Ma is in our midst. Perhaps he or she will share a stage with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the annual Young Artists Competition at 2 p.m. at the Henderson Pavilion. Perhaps you’ll be able to say you were there.

Monday, March 12

It’s a big day for the cultural life of our city. So we’ll focus on The Smith Center’s auspicious inaugural act, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Disregard everything you know about the banjo, and most of what you know about folk music, because Fleck doesn’t fit into genres; he expands them.

Tuesday, March 13

Back when he was alive, Michael Jackson wanted to build a 50-foot robot likeness of himself to roam the desert outside Las Vegas. Author Kris Saknussemm says the idea was stolen from his 2005 novel, Zanesville. Now Jackson’s dead and Saknussemm is in town at Greenspun Hall at 7 p.m., courtesy of the Black Mountain Institute, for a mixed-media performance from his new novel, Reverend America. This should get weird.

Wednesday, March 14

Capping off an excellent week of music, we offer this cultural gem: Chinese classical guitarist Xuefei Yang, 8 p.m. at the UNLV Performing Arts Center. Yang, 34, was born a year after the end of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, a time when western music and instruments were banned in China. She was the first guitarist to enter a formal music school in China, and she’s very good.