Thursday, July 18
Big bombs are a big part of Las Vegas’ history. Artist Eric LoPresti’s work blends the history of the Nevada Test Site with an overlay of fantasy and imagination to create art that speaks to the culture of the Atomic Age. Check it out at the Atomic Testing Museum, through Sept. 1. AtomicTestingMuseum.org.
Friday, July 19
What goes well with ridiculously hot weather? Beer and shade. You’re on your own for the latter, but Bagatelle has you set up for the former. The Sin City Beer Festival features dozens of beers on tap. Sample a lot of them, or go for a full pour, your choice. Either way, your drinking benefits local food bank Three Square. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Bagatelle, $85, SinCityBeerFestival.com.
Saturday, July 20
Haven’t been to the sparkly new Nevada State Museum at Springs Preserve yet? Today’s your chance, because admission is free. Check out the desert from dusk to dawn, learn how Native Americans survived in these crazy temps and see how Las Vegas itself has changed over the years. Museums.NevadaCulture.org.
Sunday, July 21
It’s time to party like a Peruvian at the Peruvian Festival of Las Vegas. Plan on dancing, eating, drinking and dancing some more. Perhaps you can also score some colorful headwear. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the My Dream and Union Hall, 1701 Whitney Mesa Dr., Henderson. Free. Visit the Festival Peruano de Las Vegas Facebook page for more information.
Monday, July 22
So who was this Jesus fellow anyway? Scholar and author Reza Aslan has spent the last 20 years pouring over historical documents to answer that question. In his new book Zealot, Aslan portrays Jesus as a radical revolutionary fighting the Roman occupation. Aslan, a professor at UC Riverside, discusses his findings at 7 p.m. in the Clark County Public Library’s main theater. LVCCLD.org.
Tuesday, July 23
Closest rainforest? That would be in Springs Preserve’s Origen Museum, where you’ll find the Rainforest Adventure. This multisensory expedition features a replica kapok tree, a gorilla nest and information on why rainforests need to be saved. Through Sept. 8 during regular hours. $9.95, $4.95 kids under 17. SpringsPreserve.org.
Wednesday, July 24
Here’s to family-friendly fun paired with a purpose. The Rainbows in the Wind fundraiser at Town Square features face painting and cake-pop decorating for kids of all ages, plus adult-approved raffle prizes such as a private wine-tasting party. Proceeds benefit the Little Miss Hannah Foundation to support local children with rare medical conditions. LittleMissHannah.org.