Thursday, May 16
Time for another installment of Helldorado Days, Las Vegas’ longest-running civic event. This one’s big: a daily carnival, the Whiskerino beard contest Friday, a parade Saturday and professional rodeo stars doing their thing daily. The fun happens in and around Downtown. ElksHelldorado.com.
Friday, May 17
While you’re Downtown this weekend, stop at Fremont Street to take a peek at some vehicular divas you may recognize: the Batmobile, the General Lee, Herbie the Love Bug and KITT from Knight Rider, among others. They’ll be gathered today and tomorrow for Las Vegas Car Stars, a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network. LasVegasCarStars.com.
Saturday, May 18
You’d have to travel to Hawaii to find a place with more celebrations of island life than Las Vegas. And now you can add the Springs Preserve’s Ohana Festival to the list. This newly minted party features hula lessons, a lei-making workshop and lots of island cuisine. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SpringsPreserve.org.
Sunday, May 19
The term “jazz brunch” just oozes civility, and we’re always suckers for a good tuck-in, so join us today at Gordon Biersch, 3987 Paradise Road, for some music to eat a lot of food by. There’ll be a live band from noon to 3 p.m., and noon is pretty much the ideal time of the day for that first beer, which just happens to go well with brunch.
Monday, May 20
Ideal Monday topic: human sacrifice. UNLV Gallery Practices students have put together a collection of pre-Columbian artifacts from Central and South America that explore the topics of bloodletting, ritual sacrifice and feasting. You may call it grisly, but for the ancients, such rituals were a means of communicating with God. Pre-Columbian Sacrifice: The Burden of the Elite is at UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 20.
Tuesday, May 21
Olympia Dukakis first performed Rose, Martin Sherman’s one-woman play about a feisty Jewish woman who grew up in the 20th century, in 1999 at the Royal National Theatre in London. The show has been all around the world, and now it’s at The Smith Center. 7:30 p.m, TheSmithCenter.com.
Wednesday, May 22
Wednesdays are turning into free-movie day in the Valley. This week’s offering: Now You See Me, a sort of Houdini-meets-Oceans 11 joint set right here in Las Vegas. Admission is free for the 7 p.m. show at AMC Town Square 18, but seating is limited and you’ll need a ticket. Gofobo.com.