Thursday, June 28
Mom said when one door closes, others open. Mom didn’t read Jorge Luis Borges’ The Garden of Forking Paths, a short story that envisions a world in which all possibilities exist simultaneously. Three Philadelphia-based artists explore the story’s theme in an exhibition of the same name opening at 6 p.m. in the Contemporary Arts Center. (See story, Page 98.) LasVegasCAC.org.
Friday, June 29
If your career aspirations include dancing and card dealing, then we have your job fair. The D Las Vegas, formerly known as Fitzgeralds, is auditioning ladies to work in the “city’s largest party pit.” Show up at The D’s ballroom at 2 p.m. and be prepared to shake your assets on a Fremont Street stage.
Saturday, June 30
Our country’s birthday is coming up, and Springs Preserve will ease you into in a patriotic mood with Red, White & Tunes, an evening of music from the UNLV Community Band, food and stuff to keep the kids entertained. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Opens at 6 p.m., show 8-10 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 kids 5-12, under 5 free; SpringsPreserve.org.
Sunday, July 1
The Oakland Raiders may have a renegade reputation, but you won’t find their fans legally selling fireworks anywhere near their home turf because, well, it’s illegal there. Las Vegas’ Raider fans don’t have to deal with such oppression, so the Las Vegas Raider Nation is selling fireworks to benefit HELP of Southern Nevada. Through July 4, Lowe’s Shopping Center, 2630 E. Craig Road, e-mail BlackHoleOfLV@yahoo.com.
Monday, July 2
Maybe, as a city, we just like to blow stuff up. El Rancho Vegas, the Dunes, the Hacienda, the New Frontier … all were shiny hotels in their day, and all fell victim to the city’s penchant to eradicate the past. The Clark County Museum has assembled what remains into Lost Vegas: Bulldozed and Imploded Casinos of the Las Vegas Valley. Through August, ClarkCountyNV.gov.
Tuesday, July 3
Best time to watch a summer race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: at night, when the heat subsides. Best night of the year for racing: tonight, when the NASCAR Late Models, Super Stockers and Bombers are followed by a huge fireworks show. LVMS.com for tickets.
Wednesday, July 4
It’s been 236 years since we broke up with Great Britain. Summerlin puts on an old-school parade, 9 a.m. at Hills Center Drive and Hillpointe Road. Henderson is always a party, and this holiday is no exception: 6-9 p.m. at Mission Hills Park, culminating with a fireworks show. And Station Casinos is once again painting the sky with gunpowder from five of its Valley properties. Just step outside around 9 p.m. wherever you happen to be.