Thursday, March 22
Tired of the bluster that is political discourse these days? Neither are we—it’s quite entertaining. Still, it would be helpful if our country could put partisanship aside and occasionally agree on common goals. Whether that’s possible is a question that panelists—including Juan Williams and Kathleen Parker—will kick around at a Black Mountain Institute discussion titled “Is Moderation Possible in American Politics?” 7 p.m., UNLV’s Stan Fulton Ballroom, BlackMountainInstitute.org.
Friday, March 23
NASCAR Weekend was nice and all, but the real roots of racing in this town are out in the desert, where machines with 3 feet of suspension bash through terrain that would be a tough hike. The Mint 400 is the granddad of off-road racing, and it’s happening Saturday near Jean. If you can’t make it out there, see the cars and trucks on Fremont Street today from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Mint400.com.
Saturday, March 24
If you’re under 40 you probably don’t remember that iconic commercial with the Indian shedding a tear over trash strewn about the landscape. But trust us, kids, it was sad. (Google “Crying Indian Commercial” and see for yourself.) It turns out the actor wasn’t a Native American at all, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have an ongoing litter problem that you can pitch in to help solve today, 9 a.m. to noon at Government Wash in Lake Make National Recreation Area, as part of the Great American Cleanup. Bonus: you get in the park free if you volunteer. Call 293-8714 to register.
Sunday, March 25
All the hipsters are eating out of food trucks these days, so why not you? Street Food Throwdown 6: Pulled Pork-O-Rama presents the rare opportunity of six Las Vegas-area trucks parked side-by-side for your direct-comparison pleasure. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5165 S. Fort Apache Road, StreetFoodThrowdown.com.
Monday, March 26
The meetings at which residents could voice their views on the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed Gold Butte Recreation Area near Mesquite are over. But if you’ve got something to say about restrictions that will essentially rope off this rugged, scenic area to motor-vehicle use, you can still add your comments to the record until May 21 at BLM.gov/nv.
Tuesday, March 27
Dave Thompson’s art is trash, but you should nonetheless plan a trip to the Springs Preserve to experience it. Thompson is the ultimate recycler, making things of beauty from scrap metal. See them at the Springs’ 8-acre gardens now through May 20. Preserve admission $9.95 for Nevada residents, SpringsPreserve.org.
Wednesday, March 28
Today is your last chance to take a guided tour of Las Vegas’ new, $185 million City Hall. If you’d like to see where our exalted leaders gather to forge bold new visions of democracy and prosperity, and where you can pay your water bill, call 229-6672. Tours last 25 minutes and run between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.