Seven Days

A curated guide to this week in your city

Thursday, Feb. 21

Cirque du Soleil? Sure, but what about Circus Oz, the high-flying Aussies in town tonight at The Smith Center? You haven’t seen it all until you’ve seen this self-proclaimed “ridiculous debacle.” Gotta love that Down Under humor. 7:30 p.m. today and Feb. 22; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 23. TheSmithCenter.com.

Friday, Feb. 22

Those folks you see on the street sweating and tossing advertising signs now have their own Super Bowl: The World Sign Spinning Championship, 2-7 p.m. today and noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Fremont Street Experience. There are 75 spinners registered; some have traveled from foreign countries for this, if you can believe it.

Saturday, Feb. 23

How about a sport that’s a little more … established? Mesquite’s got you covered with its Off-Road Weekend. Celebrate Nevada’s off-road bounty with guided ATV trail rides, endurocross motorcycle racing and the Nitro Circus performers, who do things on bikes you should absolutely not try at home. Friday and today at the Eureka Casino. MesquiteOffRoad.com.

Sunday, Feb. 24

Spring in Las Vegas lasts about three weeks, so you may want to get going sprucing up the old homestead while the weather’s nice. Toward that end, we offer Home Expo Las Vegas, which is basically the Cashman Center stuffed to the rafters with products to improve your digs. If you’re the DIY type, this is the place to be this weekend. HomeExpoLasVegas.com.

Monday, Feb. 25

There’s a new show in town starting tonight, and it features none other than Playboy 2011 Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair. It’s called Pin Up, and it features the curvaceous Sinclair bringing the centerfold girl to life, accompanied by live music and an elaborate stage show. Be the first to see it. 10:30 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays at the Stratosphere, $50, StratosphereHotel.com.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

There are some talented kids residing in our midst. As proof we offer the regional Gold Key winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, on display through March 3 at the Springs Preserve. The Scholastic Awards are the longest-running recognition program for student achievement in grades 7-12, and these are Southern Nevada’s entries into the national competition. SpringsPreserve.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

The United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women’s Leadership Council holds its annual fashion show at 11:30 a.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel. Today’s all about the runway, but make no mistake: The rest of the year the council deals with issues like education, health and financial aid to those in need. It’s beauty for a good cause. $95, UWSN.org.

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