Seven Days

A curated guide to this week in your city

Thursday, May 2

Your kids may not agree, but we think that what the world needs now is science, sweet science. That’s why we’re so excited about the Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival, through May 4. It features speakers, activities and presentations for everyone—not just school kids—and it’s free. This year’s festival focuses on applied health and natural sciences.

Friday, May 3

We’re in a festive mood this week, so let’s continue the theme with the Vegas Independent Film Festival, which began Wednesday and runs through May 9 at venues around town. VIFF features films shot in Nevada, including Little Monsters, the 10th feature film by UNLV film professor David Schmoeller. See for a full schedule and tickets.

Saturday, May 4

May brings many gifts, including Karpay Diem, CSN’s annual spring dance concert. The event blends music by composer Robert Karpay with the talents of local dance companies, including the Las Vegas Ballet Company. 2 p.m. at the Nicholas H. Horn Theatre, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave.,

Sunday, May 5

Attention ninth islanders (and everyone else): The Lei Day Polynesian Arts & Crafts Festival concludes today (it started yesterday) at 6 p.m. at the California Hotel parking lot. Go and you’ll find Hawaiian food, music, crafts and a touch of that spirit of aloha often missing in Las Vegas.

Monday, May 6

Remember when rescuers plucked 33 trapped Chilean miners out of the ground in 2010? It was an amazing, unifying moment. Relive it with a visit to the Hope Rises exhibit, through May 12 at the Henderson Convention Center, 200 Water St. The exhibit features tiles created by local students and dedicated to the miners.

Tuesday, May 7

Tuesdays are a drag. Here’s a good way to change that: Swing Dance Tuesdays at Artifice Urban Lounge, Downtown at 1025 First St. Come early (7 p.m.), and the admission price ($5-$10) buys you a swing-dancing lesson.

Wednesday, May 8

And now back to the festing! The San Gennaro Feast begins today and runs through May 12 at 4245 S. Grand Canyon Dr. The party’s titular saint got his head removed for his beliefs back in 305 A.D., and is now the patron of Naples, Italy. But all you really need to know is that five days of great food, music and culture begin today at 4 p.m. Go to for tickets and information.

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