Thursday, Aug. 30
Are you ready for some football? UNLV’s home opener is at 8 p.m. at Sam Boyd Stadium, against Minnesota. Hope springs eternal.
Friday, Aug. 31
Attention preppers: Do you realize that the end of days is less than four months away? Have you finished all your shopping? If not, this weekend is your chance to pick up survival supplies and hang around hundreds of others just as deeply concerned as you are at the Survival Expo! The, uh, festivities continue through Sunday at Cashman Center. 2012SurvivalExpo.com.
Saturday, Sept. 1
Meanwhile, the rest of us will be enjoying the last blast of summer. It’s Labor Day weekend, after all, time for grillin’, chillin’ and floatin’. The last is brought to you courtesy of Collective Zoo’s The Float. You get on a bus at UNLV, they drive you to Bullhead City, Ariz., where you board a raft and float down the Colorado to Laughlin. And then you party until 10 p.m. and ride the bus back. CollectiveZoo.com for tickets and info.
Sunday, Sept. 2
Where do the future stars of MMA come from? All over the country and the world. And the best place to see them before they make the big time is Tuff-N-Uff’s Festibrawl series. These amateur fighters return to the cage at South Point Casino at 7:30 p.m. TuffNUff.com.
Monday, Sept. 3
If you are enjoying a day off today, thank a union member. The holiday is a product of the labor movement, to celebrate those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” So said American Federation of Labor co-founder Peter McGuire, one of the people to whom the holiday is attributed. Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894, six days after Federal troops put down a strike in Pullman, Ill., killing 13 strikers in the process.
Tuesday, Sept. 4
Fancy yourself a thespian? The College of Southern Nevada is looking for nine men and six women to fill parts in its fall production of Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! Auditions are set for 6 p.m. today and tomorrow at the BackStage Theatre on CSN’s Cheyenne campus. 651-4834.
Wednesday, Sept. 5
And now for something completely different: ethnic folk dancing! Ethnic Express, a group that meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Charleston Heights Arts Center, wants to teach you everything from the Abba Emma to the Zorba. Just show up and dance. EthnicExpressLasVegas.org.