Thursday, March 29
OK, so watching celebrities golf might not seem as interesting as, say, watching celebrities do something they’re actually good at. But this year’s Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational tournament at Shadow Creek features an interesting lineup that includes actor/comedian Joel McHale, whose work on The Soup and Community is nothing short of brilliant. We’d go just to see him raise an eyebrow. Today through Sunday, ShadowCreek.com.
Friday, March 30
Do you like songs about trucks, beer and America? Do you think life would be simpler with fewer liberals and more swimmin’ holes? If so, you probably already know the Academy of Country Music Awards’ big show is at 5 p.m. Sunday at MGM’s Grand Garden Arena. What you may not know is that you can “shop, taste and ride country” via the ACM Experience, through Sunday at Mandalay Bay. Please note: This event is irony-free. ACMCountry.com.
Saturday, March 31
At the other end of the commodified-lifestyle continuum lies the Extreme Thing Sports and Music Festival, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Desert Breeze Park. This one features musical acts and spectacles such as bike jumping, a scooter stunt-riding team and mixed-martial arts demos aimed at the angsty set. ExtremeThing.com.
Sunday, April 1
For 29 years now, a group of peace activists have made the six-day Sacred Peace Walk from Las Vegas to the Nevada National Security Site, formerly known as the Nevada Test Site, to meditate on the beauty of the desert and the destructive power of nuclear weapons. They set off for a 30th trek today at 9 a.m. from the National Atomic Testing Museum. Stop in and wish them well. NevadaDesertExperience.org.
Monday, April 2
It’s a Monday, and there isn’t a lot going on. So take this time to ponder why Las Vegas is the most interesting town in America. Write down your thoughts, gather your photos, and send them to Reader’s Digest for its “We Hear You America” campaign. You could win some money, and you could get on the cover of the mag, and wouldn’t that make grandma proud? ReadersDigest.com/America.
Tuesday, April 3
It wasn’t so long ago that Tuesdays were cultureless. Now’ve we got The Smith Center, and it’s got a six-day run of The Color Purple. Salvation. (Better hurry; it’s almost sold out.) TheSmithCenter.com.
Wednesday, April 4
It is not too early, parents, to start contemplating those long, school-less summer days when it’s 100-plus and you’ve got a house full of bored kids. One suggestion: Summer Youth Writing Camp, hosted by the Southern Nevada Writing Project. Registration is now open for the June 18-29 session. SNWP.Education.UNLV.edu.