Seven Days

A curated guide to this week in your city

Thursday, March 7

NASCAR’s back at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Sam’s Town 300 is at 1 p.m. Saturday, but the festivities start their engines today with the Speedway Children’s Charities NASCAR Driver’s Auction, raising money for local children’s organizations. Auction admission is free, 5 p.m., Sam’s Town.

Friday, March 8

Today is special, for it marks the beginning of Spring Restaurant Week, the twice-yearly dining extravaganza that benefits the Three Square food bank. Just enjoy a prix-fixe meal from any of dozens of participating restaurants, and a portion of the price goes to helping feed the hungry in Southern Nevada. Restaurant Week runs through March 15.

Saturday, March 9

Like your art in frames? Critical Care Comics, which gives comic books to hospitalized children, is holding a fundraiser and comic-book donation drive at Hellpop! in the Arts Factory. The event features the music of 3d6, Time Crashers, Fuzz SoLow and others. Donation drive 3 p.m., concert 7 p.m., 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 105B.

Sunday, March 10

The pop-surrealism art of painter Michael Summers—think Dali with a splash of Warhol—is in town, but the show ends today. Summers’ whimsical, nostalgic and slightly weird work is hanging at the Exclusive Collections Gallery in the Forum Shops at Caesars.

Monday, March 11

And speaking of art, the Henderson Multigen is showcasing local talent in its Ladies With Attitude exhibit, through March 22. A raised eyebrow, a stare, a glance … they all convey meaning, as captured in oil by Southern Nevada painters. 250 S. Green Valley Parkway.

Tuesday, March 12

Sequester got you down? Interested in how funding and policy priorities at the federal level set the agenda at the state level? Well then, today’s your lucky day, because John Hudak, a fellow at Brookings Mountain West, will be discussing just that at 5:30 p.m. at Greenspun Hall on the UNLV campus. Free,

Wednesday, March 13

We can’t vouch for the artistic merit of The Call, a new movie about a 911 operator who takes a life-changing emergency call, but we can vouch for the price of admission: free. At least that’s the price tonight only at a special 7 p.m. screening sponsored by Brenden Theatres at the Palms. You will need a free ticket, though, so check for info on how to get one.

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The New Center of the Neighborhood

The New Center of the Neighborhood

By Geoff Carter

The best thing about the redevelopment of downtown Las Vegas is that it’s begun to make a place for every cultural institution that’s needed one, from a gallery district to a performing arts center. The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, which until recently operated out of a 6,000-square-foot storefront, has desperately needed such a place. Now, it’s got one.