Thursday, July 25
You’ve heard of indie rock? How about a little kindie rock? It’s cool music for kids, and it’s the new thing. Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band lay it down thick today at 10:30 a.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School, one of the coolest venues in town. ArtsLasVegas.org.
Saturday, July 27
Las Vegas a cultural wasteland? We think not. Tonight, for example, you could head over to the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Dr., for a 6:30 performance of “Herencias Mexicanas,” a celebration of Mexican dance traditions staged by the Ballet Folklorico Izel and Wa-Kushma dance troupes. ClarkCountyNV.gov.
Sunday, July 28
Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are all plentiful here in the Valley, but it helps to know how to attract them. Learn the secrets of making your garden irresistible to these delightful creatures during the Gardens Workshop at 8:30 a.m. at Springs Preserve. If yesterday would have worked better for you, the presentation also took place July 27 at 8:30 a.m. So grab your gardening gloves and your time machine: All things are possible in Las Vegas. SpringsPreserve.org.
Saturday, Aug. 3
Journalist and author Peter Lance spent 15 years writing books about the often-unholy alliance between the mob and the FBI. In his latest work, Deal With the Devil, Lance tells the story of Gregory Scarpa Sr., a violent criminal whose relationships with people at the highest levels of the FBI kept him out of jail and on the streets doing his dirty work. Lance will discuss his book and sign copies from 1-3 p.m. at the Mob Museum. MobMuseum.org.
Tuesday, Aug. 6
National Night Out, the annual effort to heighten crime awareness and get people on the streets, turns 30 this year. Come celebrate the milestone with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department from 5-9 p.m. at Town Square Park. There will be live music, lots of cop gear on display and the obligatory appearance by McGruff, the crime-fighting dog. MyTownSquareLasVegas.com.
Wednesday Aug. 7
In other notable anniversaries, Les Miserables is turning 25 this year, and it’s hitting the stage with a fully reimagined show featuring new staging and scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. The show’s five-day run at The Smith Center—7:30 p.m. today and continuing through Aug. 11—brings the revamped classic to Las Vegas. One caveat: Tickets have been a hot item, so if you’re just making plans, you may have to make a pricey stop at StubHub. TheSmithCenter.com.