Thursday, March 15
Two options tonight: Get all serious and high-minded at UNLV, where Southern Nevada Water Authority general manager Pat Mulroy discusses water in the desert, 7:30 p.m. in the Science and Engineering building (call 895-3965 for info); or get your Irish up early as Henderson kicks off its St. Patrick’s Day festivities with a carnival from 5-9 p.m. on Water Street. HendersonLive.com.
Friday, March 16
We try to raise the cultural bar around here, so in that spirit we note that the UNLV Opera Theatre is staging its production of Carmen beginning tonight, 7:30 at Artemus Ham Hall. Not interested? What if we mention the story involves a sexy, free-lovin’ gypsy chick? PAC.UNLV.edu.
Saturday, March 17
Every bar in town is having some kind of St. Patrick’s Day throw-down; check Seven Nights—the yang to this column’s ying—for the best party bets. It is within our purview, however, to recommend the 46th annual Southern Nevada Sons of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival, 10 a.m. until the party ends, in downtown Henderson. It’s family friendly. HendersonLive.com.
Sunday, March 18
Did you know Las Vegas has a community garden? You do now. It’s at 715 N. Tonopah Drive, and today at 5 p.m. they’re having a SOUP event, which is both the food and a forced acronym: supporting, organizing and uniting people. They’ll also be voting on which of several community organizers deserves their funding. Democracy in action!
Monday, March 19
And then the culinary pendulum swings to the other end of the scale with the Friends of James Beard Benefit at 7 p.m. in the Venetian. For $150, you’ll sup from a five-course menu that includes wine pairings—and do so knowing that you’re helping fund the James Beard Foundation, named in honor of man who dedicated his career to exploring America’s culinary history. Venetian.com/JamesBeard.
Tuesday, March 20
Now that we have The Smith Center, we get shows like the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, declared by Congress in 2008 as a “vital American cultural ambassador to the world.” Showtime is 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow. TheSmithCenter.com.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21
You paid for it, so why not see what you bought with a tour of the new Las Vegas City Hall? It’s open to the public from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. today and March 28. Call 220-6672 to schedule a tour. In unrelated news, today marks the 70th anniversary of the film Casablanca, and theaters all over Las Vegas are showing a remastered cut at 2 and 7 p.m. FathomEvents.com.