Seven Days

A curated guide to this week in your city

Thursday, Jan. 24

Remember those three wisecracking dudes from Mystery Science Theater 3000? Well, they’re back and providing running commentary on two of the worst movies ever made: Manos: The Hands of Fate and Plan 9 From Outer Space. The former screens tonight at theaters around Las Vegas, the latter on Jan. 31. Check for showtimes.

Friday, Jan. 25

Tonight, eschew the lascivious diversions of the Strip and go instead to the Historic Fifth Street School, where you’ll find the celebrated Presidio Brass band putting on a concert. Presidio hails from San Diego and has played with major orchestras, including the London and Los Angeles philharmonics. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Saturday, Jan. 26

Pop stars never really die; they’re resurrected over and over again on book tours. In that vein we note that Michael Bush, Michael Jackson’s longtime costume designer, is in town tonight to talk about his new book, King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson. 5 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd.

Sunday, Jan. 27

Yes it’s a bit of a drive, but we think the Mesquite Balloon Festival is worth it. Crisp desert winter skies dotted by colorful hot-air balloons, a champagne tasting, balloon rides … it’s all so civilized. The festival began Saturday and runs through today. Visit for details.

Monday, Jan. 28

Every year about this time, those of us who question the consumptive habits of our society look around at our yuletide hauls and wonder if maybe enough is enough. Local artist Eri King is such a person, and she’s made her thoughts manifest in an exhibit called Buy Kingdom, a whimsical world of castles and palaces made out of junk. Through March 8 at the Winchester Cultural Center,

Tuesday, Jan. 29

The folks at Brookings Mountain West want you to have a cerebral 2013, so tonight they’re offering a lecture titled “Technocracy vs. Democracy: Understanding Technology Policy Decision Making.” Go and wise up. 5:30 p.m. in the Greenspun Hall auditorium on the UNLV campus.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Lake Mead’s just an artificially fattened-up leg of the mighty Colorado, so it’s fair to say a river runs through it. And who doesn’t hear those words and think, “Let’s go fly fishing”? Let expert John Campell teach you how today at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. You’ll even get to see the ever-popular “Cheeto fly.” Details: 499-8921.