Thursday, Feb. 14
Take your Valentine around the world without leaving Las Vegas via the Venetian’s exhibit, The 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic. The show features iconic images from the magazine’s 125-year history, along with stories about the men and women who shot them. Beats the hell out of a box of chocolates. 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Nevada residents $15, children under 12 free, Venetian.com.
Friday, Feb. 15
It may look white bread, but Henderson’s got soul. Check out Gospel Fest, this weekend and next at the Henderson Pavilion on Green Valley Parkway, if you doubt it. This weekend pays homage to Motown with the stage production A Night of Soul. Next weekend, the focus is on gospel, featuring local performers, choirs and soloists. Both weekends feature vendors and plenty of good times. Visit HendersonLive.com for schedules and tickets.
Saturday, Feb. 16
The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre’s series of historical productions continues today with a staging of Across the Truckee, a play that sets Nevada history to music. This year’s production includes appearances by Henry Comstock, familiar to anyone with even a passing knowledge of our state’s history, and Civil War photographer Timothy O’Sullivan. 2 and 7 p.m. today and Sunday at the Historic Fifth Street School; $7, $3 children 12 and under; ArtsLasVegas.org.
Sunday, Feb. 17
Celebrate the Year of the Snake at the city’s biggest Chinese New Year party, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Chinatown Plaza on Spring Mountain Road. You’ll find dancing, drumming, acrobatics and, of course, food, all in one convenient place.
Monday, Feb. 18
There’s a new park in town, and it’s got a pretty cool centerpiece: a scale model of an F-22 Raptor fighter jet, in honor of Nellis Air Force Base. The newest phase of Raptor Play Park, 6105 N. Durango Drive, officially opened Saturday, but if you missed the celebration (10 a.m.) you can still enjoy the park’s amenities.
Tuesday, Feb. 19
The Clark County Government Center’s Rotunda Gallery is hosting the interactive sculptures of David Sanchez Burr. Using vibration, sound and audience participation, Burr’s work references Nevada’s mining and geologic roots. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through March 22, ClarkCountyNV.gov.
Wednesday, Feb. 20
They say people don’t know their neighbors in this town; here’s your chance to prove them wrong. Winder Farms is holding a contest called “I love my neighbors.” Share your thoughts by February 28 and you could win a block party for you and 20 of your neighbors. Send entries to Facebook@WinderFarms.com. WinderFarms.com/ILoveMyNeighbors.