Seven Days

A curated guide to this week in your city

Thursday, Nov. 22

Unless you’re tucking into one of this town’s signature Thanksgiving buffets or prix-fixe meals, you’re probably at home today watching football and eating fowl. Which is what you should be doing because it’s Thanksgiving and there’s nothing else going on. Go ahead, spend a whole day with the family. It won’t kill you.

Friday, Nov. 23

OK, we’ve seen enough of those people. Let’s do something about that nasty case of cabin fever. We recommend the Motor Trend International Auto Show, today through Sunday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Drool on a new Dodge. Lust over a Lotus. Get your paws on a Porsche. There’ll be dozens of manufacturers and hundreds of models on display. The ultimate Black Friday indulgence.

Saturday, Nov. 24

Today’s your last chance to tour a vineyard without leaving the desert. The Wine Country display at Bellagio’s Conservatory—featuring a talking tree, an aged stone face and a 40-foot-tall cider mill—will be broken down tomorrow. Time to put up the Christmas decorations.

Sunday, Nov. 25

Speaking of experiences we don’t really get in Las Vegas but can simulate thanks to our ability to synthesize almost anything, it’s snowing at Town Square! In fact, due to some kind of weather anomaly, it snows there at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Weird.

Monday, Nov. 26

And now for a Public Service Announcement: Hey Las Vegas, don’t throw that used cooking oil down the drain. It’s bad for your pipes, and it mucks up the sewers. Instead, bottle it up and take it over to Springs Preserve and they’ll recycle it for you. Just feel good about your environmentalism and don’t ask what they do with it. The program began on Friday and ends today at 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

Another reason to celebrate the re-opening of UNLV’s Barrick Museum: Storytime. Park the kids in front of a storyteller while you immerse yourself in art for a bit. The price is right: free. 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday.

Wednesday, Nov. 28

There are about 6,000 homeless students in the Clark County School District. When school goes on break, many of them lose access to food. Project 150 was launched a year ago to address the problem, and helped 17 families get through the holidays in 2011. At 6 p.m. at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria and Bar, Project 150 holds a fundraiser featuring live music and a silent auction so it can do more. Tickets: $100.

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