Seven Days

A curated tour of this week in your city

Thursday, July 12

Have you ever wondered why RVs have names like “Born Free,” “Wanderer” and “Independence” when in fact they’re an expensive indulgence on wheels? We have, and we intend to find answers at the Las Vegas RV Expo, today through Sunday at the Orleans Arena. See for schedule.

Friday, July 13

The NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League returns to the Thomas & Mack after a yearlong hiatus due to ugly contract negotiations. It’s still the best place to see promising rookies in some fast-paced play. Through July 22. Check for tickets and schedules.

Saturday, July 14

The Nevada Ballet Theatre’s annual Hope production typically takes place in the fall. Not this year. It’s been a collaboration between the NBT and dancers from Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular since 2008, but Phantom is closing in September, so it’s curtains for this successful pairing that benefits Family Promise of Las Vegas. Catch it while you can. 2 p.m. today and Sunday, $20, for info and tickets.

Sunday, July 15

We here at Seven Days like to steer you away from the Strip because there are other things to do in this town. However, when a Strip property has something special, we make an exception. This week’s exception: Da Vinci—The Genius at The Venetian. Get inside the head of history’s most prolific Renaissance Man via this interactive exhibit and you may never come back. Daily through October,

Monday, July 16

Here’s your chance to meet not one, but two Las Vegas legends … who just happen to have husbands you’ve heard of, too. Carolyn Goodman will preside at Coffee With the Mayor, and Ward 1 Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian is slated to attend. No word on whether Oscar and Jerry will show up for martinis and moistened towels. 8 a.m., The Egg & I, 4553 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 5.

Tuesday, July 17

Fancy yourself a photographer? Then dust off the Hasselblad and hit Henderson’s network of trails in search of the perfect shot to enter in the city’s Trails Day Photo Contest. There are several categories, and you’ve got until Aug. 25 to get something good. Winners’ work will be shown at the Southern Nevada Trails Day festivities in October. Visit for an entry form.

Wednesday, July 18

In addition to being the edifice where bureaucrats grind through municipal machinations, Las Vegas’ City Hall is also a warren of small art galleries offering pretty interesting stuff. Example: Mythos, an exhibit of “phantasmagoric totems in a sculptural safari,” by artist K.D. Matheson. 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon-Thur.