Thursday, July 5
Yes, we love shoving our faces into a good pastry as much as the next guy. And no, we didn’t know pastry-making was a competitive sport either. But apparently it is: The world’s best pastry makers are at Red Rock Resort through July 9 for the 15th annual Amoretti World Pastry Forum and Team Championship. WorldPastryForum.com for schedule and ticket information.
Friday, July 6
Paintings, sculpture, literature … they’re all nice, but you can’t ride them. LVSK8 once again addresses that conundrum with its sixth annual display of artistically enhanced skateboards by local artists. Some are painted, others are carved, still others made out of cardboard. It ain’t stuffy. 7 p.m., Emergency Arts, LVSK8.com.
Saturday, July 7
We’re kind of picking up on a theme here. The Las Vegas Chocolate Festival and Pastry Show is from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Venetian. Do these listings make our butt look fat? SinCityChocolateFestival.com for a schedule and tickets.
Sunday, July 8
You are a tastemaker, a person whose opinion matters. We know this because you are reading this column. The CBS Television Research Center, which does audience testing for several networks, needs people like you to screen new shows, find the good ones and weed out the dogs. Should you help scuttle the next Jersey Shore, we’ll thank you in advance. In the MGM Grand, near the pool. Call 891-5752 for more information.
Monday, July 9
It’s Dive-In Movies night at the Cosmopolitan. Every Monday through September you can catch a free flick and take a dip, an especially nice combination at the Boulevard Pool. Tonight’s movie: Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Perfect. Doors at 7 p.m., movie starts at 8 p.m. CosmopolitanLasVegas.com.
Tuesday, July 10
Tuesdays are tenuous and introspective, which is why they are good art days. Today would be a fine opportunity to take in Stephen Hendee’s The Pinpoint Remains, a sculptural exploration of the natural landscape, and lack thereof, in these here parts. Through Aug. 3 at the Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery, ClarkCountyNV.gov.
Wednesday, July 11
To paraphrase an old Saturday Night Live skit, Michael Jackson is still dead. But he’s not forgotten, particularly in this town. Local portrait artist Alex Krasky is displaying his collection of portraits he’s painted of the King of Pop through Aug. 20 at the Historic Fifth Street School Mayor’s Gallery, and a reception with Krasky is set for 6-8 p.m. LasVegasNevada.gov.