Seven Days

A curated guide to this week in your city

Thursday, Sept. 13

In keeping with the idea that we can never have too many film festivals, UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law is holding its own cinematic celebration. The Public Interest Law Film Festival features movies about the law and the legal process. It’ll be way better than it sounds. Through Friday,

Friday, Sept. 14

Cinco de Mayo is a great day for swilling beer, but it isn’t Mexican Independence Day. That would be Sept. 16, 1810, the day the Grito (“cry”) de Delores went up in that small town near Guanajuato, demanding independence from Spanish rule. The anniversary is a full-on party in Mexico, and is celebrated by Mexicans around the world, including our little corner of it. The Cosmopolitan has a weekend of music, food and drinks planned.

Saturday, Sept. 15

Or head over to Fiesta Las Vegas at the Fremont Street Experience for a parade, party, entertainment and the Miss Fiesta Las Vegas pageant, all in honor of Mexican Independence Day. The parade starts at 10 a.m., the festival at 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 16

And just so you know how multi-culti things are around here, we note that Henderson is throwing its annual Hawaiian bash, the Prince Jonah Kuhio Ho’olaule’a Festival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Henderson Events Plaza on Water Street. Come and join your fellow ninth islanders for music, food and culture. Free admission, starts Saturday.

Monday, Sept. 17

Las Vegas’ Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and Hope of Nevada are seeking volunteers for free peer-specialist training 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 21, but if you can’t make it, they’ll still need volunteers and donations in order to maintain vital services., 234-9068. Read more at

Tuesday, Sept. 18

But what about the gnomes? There are a couple of them on display at Las Vegas City Hall for some reason, ostensibly as part of something called the Las Vegas Gnomes Project. 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon-Thu,

Wednesday, Sept. 19

Combine the speed of road racing with the obstacles of mountain biking and you get Cyclocross, an extreme form of bike racing that’s big in Europe. And we’ve got the biggest Cyclocross race, CrossVegas, in the United States right here, 4 p.m. at the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex. 8275 Spring Mountain Road.

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