Seven Days

A curated tour of this week in your city

Thursday, May 3

Only a few days are left to catch the Nevada Watercolor Society’s Spring Show at Springs Preserve, and if you think watercolor is all about vases and flowers, you need to go. The winner of this juried show, Lolita Develay’s “Let Them Eat Cake,” for example, is a weirdly haunting comment on consumer culture. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through May 6. SpringsPreserve.org.

Friday, May 4

Taddy Blazusiak can do things on a motorcycle that humans are not supposed to be able to do. Logs, rocks, tires, boulders, are all immaterial to the King of EnduroCross. Watch Blazusiak and dozens of other riders defy physics and common sense at the Geico EnduroCross. 8 p.m. at the Orleans Arena, tickets $37 and $47. OrleansArena.com.

Saturday, May 5

It was only three months ago that the controversy over Susan G. Komen for the Cure defunding, and quickly re-funding, Planned Parenthood boiled over. And now it’s time for the 17th annual Race for the Cure 5K run, our local chapter’s signature fundraiser, at 8:15 a.m. at the Fremont Street Experience. Nothing has changed about the cause—fighting breast cancer—so get out and run. KomenSouthernNevada.org.

Sunday, May 6

Hawaiians get all the attention here on the Ninth Island, but there are many Filipinos in our midst as well. Dabble in the culture, art and food of the world’s 12th most populous nation today at the Filipino Festival from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Town Square. Abodo is never to be missed when available.

Monday, May 7

Make some time to visit the National Atomic Testing Museum’s Area 51: Myth or Reality exhibit and put the issue to rest in your own mind. Aliens in cold storage? Just a place where the Air Force tests new planes? Of course not, that wouldn’t be very exciting. 755 E. Flamingo Road, $17. NationalAtomicTestingMuseum.org.

Tuesday, May 8

Not all worthy performances take place in The Smith Center, you know. The College of Southern Nevada’s 55-piece Concert Band will be ripping through some forgotten gems by composers Francis McBeth and John Philip Sousa, 7:30 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre. 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., $8, $5 for students and seniors.

Wednesday, May 9

Tree huggers unite! In celebration of Nevada’s Arbor Day, which was actually April 27, Las Vegas will plant an acacia tree at 10 a.m. in Majestic Park, 3997 Hualapai Way. (School kids will be there too, so the city moved the date to accommodate testing.) Little-known fact: The guy who started Arbor Day, J. Sterling Morton, was a journalist from Nebraska. See, we’re not all bad.

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Editor's Note

Reason to Believe

By Greg Blake Miller

On April 28, my grandmother, Lillian Dubin, turns 100. I have been blessed with a lifetime of her warmth, her stories, her example: kindness amid adversity, good humor in the face of time’s thousand slights, a gentle contentment that signifies not complacency but an appreciation of the long view. One day not long ago, we went out to the yard of her assisted-living facility and sat together beneath the noontime sun. Grandma looked upward, closed her eyes; her soft skin became luminous with the light, with delight.

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